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As the weather begins to cool, fall fashionistas are embracing the season’s trends and choosing crisp layers for a classic, chic look. Statement outerwear pieces will become a focal point, while cozy, chunky knits and jersey tops play an accompanying role. But how do you create a look that balances your personal style, is versatile, and still leaves room for fun?

Renaissance festival which was started in the backyard of a school teacher has now taken a giant leap and today they are celebrated all over the country. People take the leisure of renaissance foods, theatrical performances, acrobatics and the background in the theme of bygone eras but the main attraction of this event are renaissance costumes.

In any great civilization, costumes play a very important and prominent role, they are just like mirrors which reflect the image of civil society and this holds very true for medieval era. During that period people were differentiated on the basis of material and color of the fabrics which was totally unjustified and inhuman in nature. Lower class people were not allowed to wear expensive and extravagant cloths just like nobles and royals. The civil society at that time was going through a great civic turmoil or we can say an immense civil disturbance due to economical and political crises, war, diseases and disregard for civilians by law makers. In spite of all such hindrances many branches of arts saw development and expansion, one of such field were of medieval costumes.

At that time for lower class people, costumes meant utility and need but for upper class people they were the means of showing their status. They were trendsetters and fashionable in their own terms. The opportunity of investment at that time was very rare and the clothing worn by ruling class were costliest because the fabrics used in designing their cloths were rare and hard to reproduce due to this factor they were seen as a source of investment by their wearer and designer for the hard days.

Now all the historical facts of middle ages are the source of inspiration and enjoyment for today’s youth and renaissance costume is an important part of it. In modern world also the charm and allure of renaissance costumes hasn’t diminished, it is increasing only. Many fashion designers are making their clothing lines envied from that era. They are exploring the possibilities of making these costume dresses according to modern youth. The costumes of Hollywood movies based on historical incidents and fictional one are inspired from medieval costumes. Some costumes like Celtic chemise are also wearable in day to day life. They are not only appropriate for today’s fashion world but also are cost effective.

Apart from renaissance fair they are also worn on Halloween parties, pirate theme based parties, wedding based on medieval themes. Such parties and events are a great way of learning experience because you get to know a few very interesting historical facts along with some cherish able moments, to this costume dresses and fancy dresses add the much needed momentum to it.

Renaissance period was all about regal etiquette, great wealth, uniqueness in art and entirely distinct way of living. Layered cloths, lavish trims, antiques of buttons and eyelets in front, beautiful laces, rich embroidery, precious stones and gems are some interesting features of medieval costume dresses.

If you want to buy renaissance clothing, costumes, dresses and medieval costumes then research on magazine, books and internet will help you to find appropriate wardrobe but in my opinion internet searching will be the best option as it allow you to choose from its vast collection with minute detail of clothing and provides easy way for placing an order.

With the current recession, retailers are no longer getting away with selling clothes ahead of season.  Consumers have scaled back considerably on spending.  They're only buying clothes that they need at the moment.  In response to their shrinking profits, retailers have resorted to sellling "wear now" clothing.
Environmentally friendly fashions seem to be popping up everywhere.  Brands like Victoria's Secret, H&M and Banana Republic are using eco-friendly materials in their designs.  It seems like "green" is becoming the new black, especially in today's uncertain economy. 

So if you're a fashionista who's ready to go green, read on. 

Playful and Energetic, PANTONE FASHION + HOME nylon brights Add a Brilliant Pop of Color to Any Design

Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT) and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today introduced the PANTONE FASHION + HOME nylon brights collection. With 21 electric shades in a nylon format, the PANTONE FASHION + HOME nylon brights collection provides designers developing products in nylon materials with an internationally-recognized standard for accurate color selection, specification and reproduction.

“From the runway to the retail selling floor, vibrant, lively colors continue to make an impact on the world of fashion and design. Our nylon brights collection was developed to inspire designers with a selection of colors that energize and excite.”

When we talk about pirates, a seaman with long loose shirt and loose pants with flat or short heel boots comes in our mind. They were accessorized with swords, ropes and eye patch. Those were the notorious people with their own unique sense of styling. Captain Jack Sparrow and captain Hook were the famous pirates of their time even today they are the source of inspiration for fashion industry and their fashion statement is copied by many fashion designers even today.

BuyPirateBoots.com makes availability of all pirates, medieval & renaissance related accessories for renaissance festival & pirate faire celebration or participating. Pirates were fighters, they always kept items which were used for battles and in those days battles cannot be won without swords, it had to be light weight and easy to handle. Brawny pirate sword measures 31 inches overall with a 25 inch 440 stainless steel blade similarly Corsair Pirate Sword, Cup Hilt pirate Scimitar and dark captain pirate Sword could be easily carried out. Latex Sword like Acheron battle blade was used for adventures games.

The kind of shirts pirates used to wear was long, puffy at sleeves and was without collars. They were available in many colors like purple, red, blue, orange etc. Buccaneer Shirt was with single frill & eyelets in front. Loose-fit sleeves with vertical & horizontal elastics offer you the comfort and Red-beard Shirt made of thick & rich Viscose Rayon fabric. The V-neck creates smart looks. It was also designed with eyelets & drawstring in front. Sleeves were loose fitting with a small frill. One can also look for pirates vest also; vest was worn for climbing aboard for any adventure.

Some other trending fashion accessories with reasonable prices like a High Boots with Fringe ($81.95), High Boots without Fringe ($81.95), Period Tights($33.95), Harem Pants($36.95), Francis Drake Pirate Shirt($33.95), European Medieval Pants ($36.95), Ashaki Skirt ($34.95), Ladgerda Blouse ($34.95), Jacquelyn Sleeveless Blouse ($39.95), Celtic Knot Necklace ($24.95), Bonnet ($24.95), Wooden Pirate Sword ($19.95), Pirates Sash ($28.95), Buccaneer Shirt ($34.95), Celtic Decorated Chemise ($49.95), Tristan Padded Shirt ($59.95), High Seas Boots ($72.95) etc are also popular among the people.

We know that pirates had unique sense of styling, in this there footwear is also come. Although they preferred not to wear every another day but on sea voyages footwear’s were must for them. Knee high boots were so common that they became a Trade Mark for pirates. Knee high boots are available for both men and women and are ideal in winters. Pirate boots other than the knee high ones are also available in the market such as the ankle length ones, strappy sandals and ankle high boots. One can search on Buypirateboots for wide varieties of attractive boots as. This website provides us with all kinds of medieval boots and pirate’s boots. It is the most economical way of buying them. This will not only saves one’s money but also time.

We offers wide range with attractive & comfortable designs of pirate shirt, medieval clothing, pirate boots, latex swords, pirate swords, renaissance clothing.

Wondering what will be this year’s shapewear must-haves? The buyers at Classic Shapewear, a leading online retailer of the best brands of shapewear, have identified the top five shapewear trends to expect in 2011.

 

Trend #1 – Cellulite Fighting Shapewear

Shapewear isn’t just about holding you in, with today’s advanced technologies, companies are incorporating science into their textiles to reduce the appearance of cellulite. “We expect to see a growth in the popularity among products that ease the fight against cellulite for the foreseeable future,” commented Oren Shapiro, buyer for Classic Shapewear. “In 2011, products based upon the principles of micro-massage, will become more mainstream as consumers begin to understand this revolutionary, cutting-edge new way to break up unwanted fat that creates the appearance of cellulite. “

 

Trend #2 – The Return of the Waist Cincher  

Thanks to the women of ‘Mad Men,’ the sexy, hourglass figure has returned as a refreshing trend after years of uber-thin runway looks. Yet, this look does not always come naturally. In recent years we’ve seen an incredible evolution of the classic ‘waist cincher.’ In fact, waist cinchers continue to gain significant popularity among women who are looking for that gorgeous hourglass figure. Definitely not your grandmother’s girdle, today’s waist cinchers are sexy, seamless, and surprisingly comfortable.

 

Trend #3 – Slimming Sleeves

 Ok women, you can finally wave goodbye to unsightly upper arm jiggle! Until recently, the options to conceal upper arm fat were slim. Thankfully, brands have caught onto this common ‘problem area’ and are creating sleeves designed specifically to smooth and tone the upper arms without looking like medical garments. In 2011, we expect this category to become more popular among brides (think sleeveless!) and women in the 40-plus categories.  

 

Trend #4 – Maximizing the Gluteus

In a society that is obsessed with slimming down, little attention has been paid to women whose backside needs some TLC, until now. Thanks to curvaceous celebs like Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce Knowles, and Jennifer Lopez, women are embracing their curvaceous booty’s. The new generation of sexy rear enhancers are a great way for women who struggle with a flat or saggy bottom. In 2011, products that promise to ‘flatter not flatten’ will continue to gain popularity, such as those that feature removable pads or are designed with extra firm compression fabric to slim, lift, and sculpt the derriere to perfection. 

 

Trend #5 – Leg Shapers

Leggings have made quite an impression on the fashion industry. Styles that are versatile, fashionable, and comfortable will be key in 2011 and leggings are an easy way in which to build an entire look. As the leggings trend continues the focus will shift to products that flatter a woman’s figure and are fashion forward. In order to pull it off, without looking frumpy, women have caught onto the secret of leg shapers! Bestseller predictions for 2011 will be leg shapers with shapewear built-in to camouflage problem areas. Look for seamless legwear designed with distinct support systems and patented designs that smooth and tone the hips, buttocks and thighs.

 

Finally, the coming year will challenge brands to set themselves apart by experimenting with different textiles and fabrics that flatter a woman’s figure while complimenting the latest fashions. As buyers for one of the internet’s leading online site of all things shapely, we will certainly be on the lookout for the next ‘it’ thing in shapewear.

 

To find out which trend in 2011 will shape your style, please visit:

www.classicshapewear.com.

NEW YORK CITY- Mohan’s Custom Tailors is taking the boring and basic out of the word suit by designing a new and improved version for the modern man—the techy suit!   As men are dressing up and going out to dinner dates, museum galleries, and lounges in fine dress, Mohan’s is creating contemporary and handsome designs to fit their needs.  Mohan’s has introduced the fashion of the future with their new tech offerings, including pockets for your Blackberry, iPod, iScribe, Bluetooth and more. Most recently they have revealed the first ever iPad pocket in menswear.

Gothic clothing fashion is basically based on dark shades. During the Gothic clothing era of the middle ages people like sailors or those associated with churches and cathedrals wore this type of clothing. A Gothic dress is complete with a large ti-corn hat and long coat, knee length breeches, knee high buckled shoes or bucket topped boots. Peasants used to wear common fabrics in the form of rough and tunic dresses and they were barefooted since they had to work in the fields or in muddy waters. The womenfolk also dressed in the same way as men and they too were barefooted. Of course they wore belts to prevent their long skirts from trailing on the ground.

As mentioned Gothic clothing uses dark shades instead of extravagant colors to go with the dark mood. These came in the form of dark velvets, dark fishnet, dark lace, dark gloves and scarlet shaded dark leather. During the early part of 1980 this fashion reappeared in England. However Gothic fashion flourished in its original form from 1200 AD and 1450 AD. Compared to the Gothic clothing during the Romanesque period the clothing line was simpler and more graceful. Styles kept on changing with the passage of time. As such during 15th century Gothic fabrics became distinguishable because of its stiffness. There were padded doublets, leg-o-mutton sleeves, crisp pleat and tight belts.

One of the popular medieval costumes for women was the Gothic corset. The Gothic corset complimented the female body by giving it an hourglass shape. It was a common Victorian and medieval costume for women. Its prominence is till intact today. However the latest trend of Gothic corset is not like the ones worn during the Victorian and medieval period but is soft and convenient. There are different types of Gothic outfits like light natural fiber shirts with ruffles, the loose fit and frilly pirate shirt with drooping shoulders, dark trousers short in length and large dark hats etc that went with various accessories like black umbrellas, silver ornaments etc. latest trend of Gothic shirts and other dresses changes with the passage of time.

Though the Gothic history period lasted from 1200 AD to 1450 AD it can be divided into two periods namely the early period (1200-1350) and the late period (1350-1450) with each period having different styles. The early period outfits had simpler cuts and looked sophisticated and graceful. During the late period styles started changing rapidly.With the passage of time the fabrics became stiffer instead of the flowing draperies that were common during the early period. During the late Gothic clothing era of the 15th century the important features of Gothic clothing showed in the form of crisp pleats, tight belts, padded doublets and leg-o-mutton sleeves etc.

Today Gothic dresses are in great demand and everyone loves to wear them. People want to know about the latest trends of Gothic dress. Though this line of clothing came from a different period yet people in this age prefer to wear them because of its bold styles. The formal Gothic dresses look good on both the sexes and can go well with any formal occasion.

Today Gothic clothing great demand and everyone loves to wear them. People want to know about the latest trends of Gothic dress, pirate shirt, medieval clothing, Gothic corset, Gothic dresses, Gothic costumes for male and female at exclusive prices.
Do you have a passion for Medieval Clothing? Do you love to flaunt Medieval Clothes? Or do you want to gift your best friend on her or his birth day a cute and trendy Medieval Dress? If you are still in the dark about the best location for these adorable Medieval clothing’s, come and visit TheMiddleAges.co.uk. You will fall in love with the products provided by the site and you will visit it again and again.

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Some of the popular Pirate Shirts that the site offers include: Bully Hayes Shirt (£26.95), Cap'n Quincy Shirt (£24.95), Captain Charles Vane Shirt (£28.95), Captain Charles Vane Shirt (in cotton) (£31.95), Colonial Shirt (£29.95), Early Renaissance Shirt (£23.95), European Medieval Shirt (£33.95), Francis Drake Pirate Shirt (£22.95), Half Cape Medieval Shirt (£28.95), Henry Morgan Shirt (£29.95), John Calles Shirt (£27.95),John Cook Renaissance Shirt (£26.95), John Coxon Renaissance Shirt (£29.95), John Nutt Striped Shirt (£37.95) and John Reckham Shirt (£26.95) etc.

The site is one-stop-shop both for the males and females in so far as their tastes for Medieval Clothing, Medieval Clothes, Medieval Costumes and Medieval Dresses are concerned. Some of coolest stuff provided by it includes Men’s Medieval Clothing such as Pirate Shirt, Medieval Pants, Pirate Coats & Vests, Medieval Doublet & Tunic, Cloaks & Capes and Complete Garb Set. Among the finest Medieval Clothing, Medieval Clothes, Medieval Costumes and Medieval Dresses meant for the fair sex the finest Women Medieval Clothing includes Medieval Dresses & Gowns, Medieval Bodice, Medieval Chemise, Medieval Skirts & Pants, Medieval Blouses & Shirts, Cloaks & Capes, Complete Garb Set. If you have a penchant for Medieval Helmets or other Medieval Accessories, you can visit the site for your most desired products.

One particular aspect of the site is that it understands the pulse of the people and dresses are designed according to changing tastes of the people. The products are meant both for the males and females. Even the children are also not ignored and the medieval dresses and accessories are designed for the males, females as well as the children. People love to visit the site since they are pretty sure that they won't get dejected. Its trendy and adorable clothing lines are appreciated by people of all ages and the products are stitched using the best fabric. So make it a habit to visit the site again and again.

If you are really looking for buying medieval clothing, medieval clothes, pirate shirts, medieval costumes for celebrating birthday parties, festivals and making your look styles and attractive then today visit on TheMiddleAges.
Camille Eddera is a French jeweler living between Los Angeles and Paris. Eddera, Camille’s stunning jewelry company, has designs worn by Victoria Beckham, Charlize Theron, Maria Sharapova and Sarah Jessica Parker, all women of great style. The stars even do something they seldom do when they discover Camille’s artistic jewelry. They pay for the pieces. And I can see why. “The headband I did by accident," said Camille when talking about one of her top sellers. “A really good friend of mine is a celebrity hairstylist, and he said he liked my pieces. He wanted something to pin in the hair for awards shows. I came home and was playing with stuff, and I ended up getting carried away. Every time I would wear it, people would freak out. He liked it and took it on set, and Victoria Beckham bought them all." “She’s very classy, I have to say," she said of the stylish Beckham. “She sent me a letter to thank me. I kept showing the headbands at trade shows, and no one would buy them. Every time I would wear them, girls would ask me, take my number, even come to my house. I showed them twice before buyers actually bought them. Two seasons." “Victoria wears them all the time now. Maria Sharapova, and a lot of other girls too. I blew all of my own money on these headbands and nobody would touch them. Really though, I just do what my girlfriends like." Gorgeous and elegant are understatements. Eddera jewelry does just what you were hoping it would do. It elevates you. My own headband never came off for the entire week after I acquired it. Strangers stopped me in the street to compliment me. I was cutting lines, given preferential treatment, and I was adored. I was truly loving it. “They’re really great, even with t-shirt and jeans," said Camille. “They’re decoration for your beautiful face. The more hair you have, the prettier it looks." The inspiration for Eddera's first creations was a garden at night, both magical and ethereal. A place which can be simply breathtaking, which is maybe why Camille is one of the few jewelers sold at famously chic style stalwart Colette. “The snake," she said, when I asked about her ring, “I made when I was in jewelry school, but I wear it all the time. People really like snakes, so I think I’m going to bring more in. " Each piece is individually handmade, and many use original vintage elements found in Paris. Some necklaces or bracelets are only available in limited editions because they include certain chains and medallions that cannot be duplicated. “Most of the time I draw my jewelry in France. I make the mold over there and bring it back in my suitcase. I got the original lion at a flea market in Paris, and I made a mold. I bought it at this antique flea market that’s “the thing" in June in Paris," said Camille. She’s also planning on venturing to other parts of the globe to bring in some other influences. “I’m going to India in March. They have great colors there, and I can’t wait to be inspired," she said. “This season I’m doing a ton of colors," she said of her current line. “I made a set of necklaces with ribbons that are hand-dyed. I wanted something that looked vintage, but I wanted color too. My last collection was metal, and I liked that a lot, but right now I feel ethnic and colors. The same vibe as what I do, but also brighter. I used hand-dyed silk, and the colors are really fun. After this rainy winter, I really want some color. And I can’t decide which one I’m going to wear, so that’s a good sign." I don’t really follow what other people do, but I do need to really want to wear them myself.

Cintas Issues Fall Fashion Trends Forecast 2010

Vivid prints, updated classics refresh this season’s apparel programs

In preparation for the autumn season, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today issued its 2010 Fall Fashion Trends Forecast. Now is the perfect time for hoteliers to review their apparel programs and consider seasonal changes. While functionality is important, runway-inspired apparel registers well with guests and takes a brand to a higher level.

“Cintas’ apparel solutions can build your brand through innovative styling and help make your guests and staff feel comfortable. While a uniform program is about durability and productivity, it should also be fun and fashion-forward.”

At Jewelry Information Center's Fine Jewelry Preview and Luncheon

Jewelry Information Center (JIC), the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America, held its annual Fine Jewelry Preview and Luncheon this week in New York City, unveiling the newest jewelry trend pieces that consumers will be vying for when the baubles hit stores later this year.

"Consumers and editors look to Jewelry Information Center for direction on fine jewelry and watch trends, so we carefully select and showcase the hottest new designers alongside respected jewelry houses at the event," says Helena Krodel, Director of Media and Special Events for Jewelers of America.


Read more about Jewelry Industry Unveils Its Top Trends for 2011 on the next page...

Sunglasses are not only a fashion accessory they are also a good source of eye protection. In this article you can read about popular types of sunglasses through history.


StyleMouse's use of new technology enables consumers to make online purchases and retrieve product information with the click of a mouse while watching fashion videos

Through the immediacy of the “Information Age,” including the immediacy of email/the computer era, DVR capability, online shopping, and beyond, today's consumers have certainly adapted shorter attention spans. This fast-paced lifestyle coupled with shorter attention spans has made traditional advertising less effective than in years past. Today's consumers are bombarded with countless messages and advertisements via traditional methods such as television and magazines, but online advertising has created just another venue for more messages to reach the already busy consumer/computer user.

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Fantasy-inspired Color Combinations Invigorate the Fall Palette

Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced the PANTONE® Fashion Color Report Fall 2010. The report features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for fall 2010, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots, and is available for free download on the Pantone Web site at www.pantone.com/fall2010. The release of the PANTONE Fashion Color Report coincides with the beginning of New York Fashion Week.

“Mindful of consumers’ need for practicality, plus their desire for newness, designers offer many options for women to extend and embellish their wardrobes this fall”

The top colors for women’s fashion for fall 2010 are:

PANTONE 13-0632 Endive
PANTONE 15-1050 Golden Glow
PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral
PANTONE 19-1764 Lipstick Red
PANTONE 18-3027 Purple Orchid
PANTONE 19-1526 Chocolate Truffle
PANTONE 16-5418 Lagoon
PANTONE 18-0538 Woodbine
PANTONE 14-1107 Oyster Gray
PANTONE 14-1307 Rose Dust
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