Thursday, September 27, 2012
Undeniably, Japanese school uniforms lead a special trend on the fashion stage to form a tasteful aesthetic tendency. Lucky Star Summer uniform and winter uniform sets a classic pattern with respect to school uniform fashion rooted in Japanese culture. Lucky Star was something of a smash hit when it came out among both Japanese and Western fans alike. Therefore, today's Cosplay Sunday entry gets to pay homage to this still popular anime franchise. Then get some inspirations from cosplay trend with Lucky Star Summer Uniform! As we know Japanese high school uniform gives us a nice vision - still curve-flattering but formally cute for a distinctive vigorous look. This does make sense on Lucky Star summer uniform. This uniform is spotted with a nice white and deep blue shirt as well as a blue skirt. The rich blue details cover the exaggerated square collar as well as the cuffs of short sleeves. The shutter styled pleated knee length skirt sees also white linear details to echo the upper look. Also there is a bright yellow bow tie as the spotlight to accent the cute look. Usually, there is a pair of white knee high stockings and a pair of matching shoes to finish the look. The intriguing storyline of the Lucky Star revolves around the main four characters: Konata Izumi, Tsukasa Hiiragi, Kagami hiiragi, and Miyuki Takata. Konata Izumi, or "Kona-Chan" for short, is kind of by default the leader of the main gaggle of girls, despite her being the shortest of the lot by more than a fair margin. Kind of eccentric but balanced out by being both friendly and outgoing, this girl can be more than a little mischievous and is blessed with quite a good sense of humor. Many Lucky Star fans really love this girl, who is smart but always occupied with video game and likes to study only before the exam. As such, Konata is the queen of all-nighters, something her grades tend to show up more often than not. Her comic friendship with other three main characters, Tsukasa Hiiragi, Kagami Hiiragi, Miyuki Takata, seems gives off an intriguing storyline of this series. However, every role is designed to embody vivid richness in personality and appearances. Thus there comes endless fun for wearing the Lucky Star summer uniform to be one of them.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
A recent Drapers article has been released and has shown some very interesting findings. G-Star Raw has been the most popular brand in terms of best selling. This is a surprise to economists who have predicted tough times for the Dutch super-brand, due to lack of disposable income in the young adult sector - the target market of the brand. G-Star is followed by Luke 1977 and Diesel which seem to indicate that there has been an increase in consumer confidence, with them now buying higher ticket items. This could be seen as 'light at the end of the tunnel' with consumer spending having fallen over the last 2.5 years due to the global financial crisis which has hit the UK particularity hard due to the importance of its financial sector. The best sell-through mens designer brands this year are Luke, G-Star, Adidas Originals, Duck and Cover and firetrap. Maintaining a strong sell-through is vital for retailers to ensure they are not over stocked. Overstocking will cause a problem with cash flow if not enough stock is cleared during the season with new stock arriving that will need to be paid for. As to be expected, the most popular selling category items were seasonal wear. The drapers article shows that the most popular types of clothing were polo t-shirts and t-shirts. Although these items sell all year round, the summer sees stronger sales than the winter. The biggest surprise this season has been the popularity of mens chinos. They have come from nowhere and have absolutely taken the UK by storm. The seasons in product has flown off the shelves with strong sales reporting showing them almost neck-and-neck with denim sales. This trend looks to continue into Autumn/Winter 2011 and beyond. But why have chinos performed so well in these tough economic times? Well, they have risen from the ashes. They are no longer straight leg, clean cut and what your Granddad would wear. They have been transformed. Elasticated cuffs, drop crotch, and pocket twist all have given chinos a new edgy look. They have received exposure from X-Factor with boy band One Direction seen wearing them. The figures themselves also look to be showing promise, with 54% of retailers polled saying they have better figures than last year, with 31% saying the same, and only 15% saying they have worse figures. These are encouraging signs for a fragile industry despite the cost of cotton constantly rising; perhaps it is not all doom and gloom for the retail industry. Source: Drapers Magazine- August 26th 2011 Menswear page. Daniel Mazurek (Marketing Manager) - Bridge55 offering a wide range of G-Star Jeans. Bridge55 is a bricks and mortar retailer and also an online retailer. Having been trading for almost 10 years, Bridge55 have an established yet growing loyal customer base that stretches to all corners of the globe. Bridge55 are at the forefront of cutting edge fashion and aspire to become the market leaders of the future.