A Tour of Eyeglass Fashion History

We have all heard the saying, “The suit makes the man.” But, what about the eyewear? With styles changing as quickly as the weather one can be hard pressed to find just the right style. As you will quickly see, in the end the only thing that matters is what you like. But if you want a quick lesson in how it can effect the way others perceive you… take a look at some famous faces that set eyewear trends yesterday and today.

You have come a long way, baby! Or have we? We often tend to think that we have stumbled upon the latest greatest thing when it comes to fashion trends, including eyewear. But if we take a walk back through history just a few years we may find our choices today pale in comparison.

Let’s take stroll down memory lane through to our present day. As we look at people in history who, regardless of their careers, set the standard for eyewear in their own eras we will find styles as different, compelling as anything we can find today. In the 1950’s Grace Kelly was the picture of class and flawless style in eyewear that was never outlandish, yet stood out above the crowd for sophisticated design. Audrey Hepburn put Ray-Ban on the map in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (and you thought it was the Blues Brothers?). The Beatles enthralled us all with their small, rimless shades. Janice Joplin in turn appalled us all in her ghastly, large round shades that, despite everything, caught on quickly in the 70’s. Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis hid behind similar shades, large and dark with thick plastic frames. Nothing could have prepared us for The Fly, no wait! That was just Bono. No, wait again! It’s still Bono wearing the same ungodly shades, obviously stolen straight off the movie set.

The 80’s saw the revival of the Ray-ban shades that cost just enough to make any teen feel cool. The early 90’s are certainly to blame for Bono’s poor taste with the inception of Oakleys. No one was cool if they weren’t wearing those face hugging shades that cost entirely too much but made those working the Kiosk at the mall smile big. Today we have seen a resurgence of the big 70’s shades that not only protect our eyes, but our cheeks, ears and noses. Perhaps I am exaggerating, but not by much. I would be remiss to leave out the ever-popular prescription eyewear reminiscent of the Beatniks of the 60’s that I, admittedly, find quite appealing on any man! Today it is all about individual taste. Vintage, classic or futuristic – it is purely a matter of taste. There is a style for any mood, any price, and any trend you wish to follow.

Fashion Buying

Fashion buyers forecast industry trends and transform them into effective business proposals. Careers in fashion buying are extremely popular and challenging.

As a fashion buyer, you need to know what trends sold in the past and what is likely to be popular in the future. It is advisable to keep yourself updated on the changes in trends. You need to have a thorough knowledge of what’s been happening with the fashion changes in the past as this will help you decide what’s needed in the future. In fact fashion buyers must work months in advance, so that the goods are ready when the season starts. It helps to have a formal degree in fashion buying. You can also opt for an internship with the major stores and established companies to gain sufficient experience.

Attend fashion shows and keep yourself updated on all the latest aspects of fashion. Make a meticulous research on the quick selling styles, fads and other trends in the past and the present. Also, be original, inventive, organized and be primed to take risks. Work on your communication and interpersonal skills, as you might have to take bold decisions.

A fashion buyer gets to know about the newest and hot trends before anybody else does. You get the privilege of setting trends and predict what the next hot thing will be. You get to travel globally and meet interesting people. You also get to order interesting items from the major fashion capitals of the world. On the whole fashion buying is a very thrilling career, after all very few get the opportunity to formulate and set trends.

Plus Size Fashion Shows and Events to Get You Into the Industry

A vibrant lifestyle living in the heart of New York City isn’t a pre-requisite for breaking into the world of plus size modeling, and neither is snagging an agent.

Entering a few local plus size fashion show and events are toted as the best way to get started in the arena of fashions for the full-figured woman. There are a number of plus size fashion shows and events that sport an open door policy, requiring aspiring models to take a crack at the business without professional training or even pictures.

Charity auctions, and the lavish luncheons that accompany them, also double as some of the plus size fashion shows and events in the industry. While not marketed as plus size events, approximately half of the attendees at such events tote designer labels in plus sizes. Fashion committee heads generally cast a number of plus size models for the events-which doesn’t hurt in encouraging higher auction bids.

How to Enter the World Professional Plus Size Fashion Shows and Events

Shopping center fashion shows serve as one way to gain entry into the plus size modeling sector. Most shopping centers host two major plus size fashion shows and events annually, one showcasing back to school fashions, the other featuring the mall’s holiday fashion show. Aspiring plus size models can secure a spot in the next big fashion show at their local mall by attending a shopping center fashion show and venturing backstage to speak with the show coordinator.

Plus size models in the beginning stages of a fashion career often turn to the newspaper advertising in an effort to land their big break. Locally-owned and operated department stores have long been cited as a solid way to enter the world of plus size fashion shows and events. Models can speak to establishment managers and inquire about opportunities in plus size fashion.

Quaint boutiques and fashion specialty shops are often in search of a living mannequin to show clients just how they can expect their clothing to fit on a body like their own. This type of plus size fashion work is called informal modeling, and it often serves an entry way to inclusion in plus size fashion shows and events on a larger professional scale.

Showroom modeling is characterized by a strong demand for plus size fashionistas. Plus size showroom models are employed by the regional merchant markets where retail buyers venture to purchase the collection of couture for their establishments. Plus size showroom modeling is similar to informal modeling, however, showcase modeling is completed for the benefit of fashion buyers as opposed to mainstream consumers. Seasonal market weeks are the busiest times of the year for plus size models who work in the showroom, and fashionistas can expect to engage in frequent outfit changes.