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As consumers, we’re accustomed to seeing the end product in stores and online awaiting us in neatly folded stacks or virtual hangers. Typically, shoppers aren’t privy to the multi-step process that goes into the creation of each piece of clothing, pair of shoes, or accessory. This series will cover the design process from concept to consumer and focus on the fields that are associated with each phase. Some steps occur in a specific order; however, they can also take place in tandem depending on the preferences of the company, designer or brand. Decide which part of the process appeals to you and concentrate on those skills to carve out your area of expertise as you pursue your career path in the fashion industry.

The creative process begins with inspiration – a concept, idea or vision that can be derived from the designer’s travels, life experiences, current events, or anything else that sparks a runway- worthy idea. Research and analysis of forthcoming trends in terms of colors, fabrics, trims and silhouettes allows a designer to conceptualize a theme that will lay the foundation for upcoming collections. The theme is then translated to an inspiration or mood board that includes images, fabrics, trims and other relevant elements that will help visualize the concept for the creative team and set the stage for product development.

For some companies, trend forecasters are given the responsibility of identifying an upcoming season’s trends. Trend forecasting can make or break a season if their predictions are not received well by the end consumer. Forecasters may work with research and development teams to continuously create and develop new products or to improve existing lines. Their work supports the brand’s overall aesthetic while proposing new concepts to keep the offering current and competitive based on the market.

Taste levels must align with that of the brand in order to ensure a high level of consistency. Furthermore, they will partner with merchants throughout the development process and stay abreast of sales within each category deciding how to apply past and present data to future seasons. There work can be done up to two years in advance to remain ahead of the demands of consumers.

The role as a trend forecaster has developed over the years to entail a variety of responsibilities. The job title itself has evolved to include ‘merchant,’ ‘merchandising’ or ‘research and analysis’ as the industry continues to progress and roles begin to combine to serve the best interests of the business. If you’re passionate about being in the know before everyone else, this may be the career path for you!

Check out next month’s post to explore the next steps in the design process as we highlight the professionals who keep the fashion industry fresh and relevant.

By: Malicia Basdeo, New York City, @maliciaism

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As we prepare for 2014, one of my favourite things to re-evaluate is my wardrobe from the previous year. This year, I thought I’d round up my top 10 New Year Style resolutions I hope to stick to in 2014.

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1. The first New Years style resolution on the list is to buy things in the correct size – whether it’s a pair of shoes or a dress, if they don’t fit, you won’t wear them! Don’t be swayed by sale prices or “last size” signs and wait for something else to come along in the perfect style and fit. Jimmy Choo ‘Typhoon Pump’, $866.93, available at Farfetch

2. Steer clear of trendy sale items and focus on long lasting pieces. Re-adjust your clothes shopping budget this year to spend 70% on well-made classics, and 30% on trendy pieces to add individuality that you can switch up easily for different looks. Helmut Lang Ruched-Sleeve Slub-Woven Blazer, $518, available at NET-A-PORTER

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3. Experiment with colour in your wardrobe, but know which colours work for you. Pantone’s colour of 2014 is ‘radiant orchid’, but if you prefer the way that 2013’s emerald looks with your hair colour, keep wearing your emerald pieces but try injecting this year’s colour in smaller doses like in an accessory or manicure. NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Nail Polish in ‘No Limits’, $21.00, available at SephoraTory Burch Robinson Smartphone Wristlet in ‘Royal Fuchsia’, $155.00.

4. Clean out and organize your closet – if you have not worn a piece in one year, toss or donate it! Pieces that are still in wearable condition can be traded with a friend, or donated to a good cause. While you do this, pay close attention to why you didn’t wear those pieces so you don’t make the same mistakes in 2014! Ikea ALGOT Storage System, from $23 – $304

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5. Invest in good undergarments – the benefits for this one are pretty self explanatory, but bras are one of the most annoying things to shop for! Bite the bullet and shop in a comfortable shirt that’s easy to change in and out, but that is fitted enough to show shape when testing out different silhouettes. If you’re a Victoria’s Secret devotee, try a department store for a change and experiment with different brands. Calvin Klein Icon Convertible Perfect Push Up Bra, $44 USD, and matching Icon Stretch Cotton Briefs, $20 USD, available at NET-A-PORTER.

6. Upgrade your accessories game – bags, shoes, and jewelry. It’s amazing how the addition of accessories can elevate even the simplest outfit. A comfortable knit shirt and jeans can become a great party outfit in a snap with the addition of a glam statement necklace, or how a bright scarf can liven up a neutral coat. Club Monaco Radà Statement Necklace, $279.00
Stella & Dot Luxembourg Scarf in ‘Wild Hearts’, $64

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7. Find your perfect shopping partner – If you’re the type of person who enjoys bringing some company along for reinforcement in the dressing room, call on your most honest friend who provides helpful commentary while you’re trying on new styles. Style Inspiration: Feyt Editors – Ferebee Taube and Eleanor Ylvisaker, image courtesy of Refinery 29

8. Break out of your pattern rut – do you always gravitate toward stripes? Florals? I get made fun of all of the time (lovingly) by friends and family for wearing leopard print flats while holding my matching iPhone case. Make it a resolution this year to try new patterns. Who knows, maybe polka dots will be your new 2014 signature? Gap Supersoft Stripe Tunic in Navy Stripe, $29.95

9 & 10

9. Try a trend you’ve always wanted to wear, but were too timid to try last year. There’s no time like the present, and maybe you’ll find a newfound confidence when you wear it! My resolution is to try wearing boldly printed bottoms, like this Piamita™ pair from J.Crew, $285 USD

10. Last but not least…dress for yourself! If it feels right, wear it. I read a quote recently that says; “Life is too short to wear boring clothes” and I couldn’t agree more. If you love something, then that’s a good enough reason to wear it! Style Inspiration: Jenna Lyons – The Fashion Original byAmy Wicks, image courtesy of Glamour

By: Liz Doré, Toronto

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Founded by Mimi Lauzon, Fashionilla is a one-stop online boutique that connects buyers, sellers, and the rest of the fashion community. Infusing e-commerce and social networking, Fashionilla acts as a platform for industry professionals to promote their brand, build professional relationships and sell their creations to fashion enthusiasts and consumers alike. If you’re a budding designer, this is your gateway to the world of fashion made possible by Fashionilla. Whether you’re a buyer, designer or a style aficionado, Fashionilla has something for everyone including the latest buzz on trends and developments in the industry.

By: Janina Sarmiento, Vancouver

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I am super honoured to be featured in Framework Magazine‘s September issue! Read about entrepreneurship, fashion, and a lot about me here.

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As the end of summer approaches it is best not to mourn the loss of warm weather and sunny retreats. Instead, let’s get down to business and focus on what really matters – our fall work wardrobes. Celebrate the changing leaves by mixing patterns, wearing modern statement necklaces, pairing silk shirts with rich brocade skirts and topping it all off with a luxurious trench coat. Let your autumn additions be the silver lining during the remaining dog days of summer.

1. Club Monaco Harper Trench, $329
2. Hoi Bo Dry Wax Carry, $580, available at A2ZANE
3. KORS Michael Kors Kempton Platform Mary Janes, $257
4. Kenneth Jay Lane Satin Gold Hinged Collar, $222
5. J. Crew Collection No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Floral Brocade, $198
6. Zara Silk Shirt, $70

By: Gabi Pirraglia, Toronto

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Last week, the FW Fashion Camp 2012 took place on Saturday, July 14th where the most fashionable students and professionals gathered to discuss career, styling, and all things fashion.

In partnership with George Brown College, the event was focused towards guiding those who are curious about entering the fashion industry. Whether you were a student or in the middle of a career change, the event was filled with activities that were fun and informative, which included guest speakers, fashion challenges, prizes and an intern job fair.

Style Nine to Five attended the intern job fair, where we enjoyed meeting and helping students get one step closer to their dream jobs. 



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