Fashion News: 2020 Virtual Met Gala?

Hello Bellah Blog Readers!

With the COVID-19 Pandemic running about, many fashion events were either cancelled or rescheduled for the 2020 Fashion Season.

The one highly anticipated fashion event of the year has been and always will be the Met Gala. This years met gala was not cancelled…..just postponed due to the virus pandemic the world is fighting! Though it was postponed, many celebrities and stylist kept its spirit alive on May 4th, 2020. The Metropolitan Museum of Art offered a virtual preview of this year’s Costume Institute exhibit, About Time: Fashion and Duration, which is now expected to open this fall on October 29, but some just couldn’t wait that long to get fabulous.

What do we mean by this? Well, celebrities and stylist got together and did a virtual look book with all who decided to dress up as one normally would to attend the Met Gala. People took to their social media, and those who normally would not be able to attend this event due to its exclusive guest list were able to join in on the “High Fashion Twitter Met Gala”.

…..“”High Fashion Twitter Met Gala” showed off images, collages, illustrations, and mood boards of what people would wear to fashion’s favorite night. It all gave many the opportunity to actively participate in an event that’s known for its exclusive guest list.” – Time’s Magazine

Now… I bet you all are wondering “Who came up with this event?” Well the who is surprising. This virtual event was organized by none other than Aria Olson. She is a 19-year old aerospace engineering student, and with the help of 10 other young women created a virtual event that no one can stop talking about.

The event itself was a full 24-hours with 4 different categories that over 800 people participated in. Those who participated also made a donation to the International Medical Corps and shared their looks with the hashtag #HFTMetGala2020. Not only was there a twitter gala…but there was also a #MetGalaChallenge where people could look at and share their favorite past Met Gala looks.

 

Fashion News: Clare Waight Leaves Givenchy!

Hello Bellah Blog Readers!

There is some big news in the Fashion World and I am here to give you the Tea!

Everyone remembers the royal wedding of 2018, it was a phenomenal and  major event all around the world. We all envied the dress that Meghan Markle wore, and Clare Waight was the one who dressed her.

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Now I know you are probably wondering…”Who is Clare Waight Keller? Why is this important?”

Well, she was the artistic director of the brand Givenchy for 3 years. The designs and ideas she brought to the brand and its team were truly revolutionary. Not only did she crate Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, but she also introduced the boy-meets-girl formula which became her signature. On top of that….she also revived couture when she brought the brand Givenchy back to the Haute Couture Runway!

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These are all pretty big and awesome accomplishments….but her biggest accomplishment was becoming the first female artistic director of the French Label  Givenchy since it began in 1952 when Hubert de Givenchy founded it.

Clare Keller has stated that she has appreciated the 3 magnificent years she had as the artistic director Givenchy, but since April 10th, 2020 she has left the position of artistic director and left the Givenchy House of Fashion. The Givenchy house has yet to announce who will be taking over this position….all I know is that whoever gets passed this mantel has some pretty big shoes to fill!

We in the fashion world will surely miss Clare Waight Keller and all that she did as part of Givenchy.

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Fashion News: Taking Face Masks to a New Level

Hello Bellah Blog Readers!

We here at Bellah hope all of you are staying safe and at home during this pandemic so that we ca all go back to normal soon. Though the COVID19 pandemic has taken the world by surprise, may people are doing their part. While most of us do our part by staying home, many others are helping to contribute medical supplies and face masks to rapidly declining supplies in hospitals and other medical facilities.

While many fashion designers have taken it upon themselves to take their own materials to create hospital masks and gowns to send to their local hospitals, people at home have found new and creative ways to make face masks at home. One mother has come to the realization that taking a bra, cutting it in half, and cutting the strap into two pieces can make a pretty cool and decorative face mask. We advise that if you want to try this out, don’t use your expensive favorite bras.

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Designer Christopher Kane has also contributed to the creation of face masks, but for the public. He has put together home kits for making face masks. These kits have past materials recycled from London Fashion Week. Therefor, these at home creation face mask have taken a chic look that even COVID19 can’t fight. By doing this, medical grade masks are being saved for medical professional and it helps the public stop the spread of COVID19. Making it a win-win for a lot of people.

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These inivative ways to make masks are just two of the many that are out there. If possible, we ask the public to make masks and leave the medical grade one for the medical facilities and for those who are actually sick! We will all get through this together! Happy Monday Bellah Bloggers! Stay Home and Stay Safe!

Fashion News: A Digital Fashion Week?

Hello Bellah Blog Readers!

Here is something new that is a first in the fashion world. Helsinki Fashion Week will not only be Green but also Digital!

Okay, so I know all of you are like: “Ooo, an online fashion week! Wait…What is Helsinki Fashion Week?”. I thought the same thing, and yours truly did some investigating (thank you internet) and got all the tea.

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Helsinki Fashion Week is a Finish fashion week that bring in international and local designers together for a full week of fashion. This years Helsinki Fashion Week will be held in July. 2020 Helsinki Fashion Week will be the 6th one to date.  It centers around sustainable fashion, and this year is no different. This year, due to COVID-19, HFW will also be going cyber, meaning that the fashion show will be cyber.

This year there will be 15 international sustainable designers that have already been selected. During the residency, designers will work together and reuse material to create their collects, and their residency will be filmed and live-streamed by a global broadcasting company. Apparently, the residency will be turned into a interactive game-like process, basically “creating a new co-creative web that enables conscious collaboration and change.”

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Helsinki Fashion Week is know for setting new environmental trends that have impacted the fashion industry in a positive way. Now they are doing it again, and we, the rest of the world, can’t wait to see what impact and turn out this years HFW will have.

 

Fashion News: Paris June Fashion Show Cancellation!

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There have been many things happening recently, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic that doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon. First, I just want to acknowledge all those who have suffered due to this pandemic. Second, I want to recognize all the health care and medical professionals that are working hard to detain and eliminate the COVID-19 threat.

With this going on, it is no surprise that many fashion show and fashion events have been shutting down, cancelling, or rescheduling due to not knowing what the future holds at the moment. Many fashion houses are shut down as well because of social distancing, those that are still operating are trying to help in their own way by creating supplies (like masks and hospital gowns) that are lacking in hospitals and other medical facilities.

One of the biggest and most anticipated shows of the summer is the June Paris fashion, swimwear, and lingerie trade shows. Unfortunately, if you were looking forward to this show be disappointed because it has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Of course we completely understand why, there would be too many people, and with the rapid spread of this virus, no one is sure if it will be over by the time June rolls around. Good news is that those responsible for organizing this event are looking into rescheduling options.

“In the unprecedented global health crisis, three federations representing the apparel, lingerie and swimwear sectors are collectively announcing our decision to cancel or postpone the fashion and lingerie trade shows that were supposed to take place in Paris in June 2020.” –the Fédération Française du Prêt à Porter Féminin and the Fédération Française de l’Industrie de Vêtement Masculin and La Federation Maille, Lingerie et Balneaire

One of the options being considered is rescheduling the show for September just to insure that everyone attending or participating in the event would not be at risk or any type of medical danger. Of course, with this being said, Paris Fashion Week that was to be held in June and July is also cancelled. These aren’t the only fashion events of this nature that are cancelled, global fashion shows are also considering cancelling or rescheduling. As we receive more information on the progress of stopping this pandemic and anything fashion related, we will make sure that here at Bellah’s World we keep you, the public, updated.

Fashion Weeks and Important Dates to Look Out For!

Hello Bellah Bloggers!

Here are a few important dates and fashion weeks to keep in mind. You know as soon as they happen, I will be reporting the highlights and fames looks from each designer that was present! So stay tuned to the Bellah Blog!

  • Columbia Kids Fashion Weekend (April 25th -27th)
  • Met Gala (May 4th; Theme: “About Time: Fashion Duration”)
  • Miami Fashion Week (May 27th-31st)
  • CFDA Fashion Awards (June 8th)
  • NYFW Resort Spring/Summer (June7th-11th)
  • Columbia Fashion Week (June 15th-21st)
  • Paris Haute Couture Week (July 5th-9th)
  • Copenhagen Fashion Week (August 4th-7th)
  • Charlotte Fashion Week (August 27th-31st)
  • NYFW (September 11th-16th)
  • London Fashion Week (September 18th-22nd)
  • Milan Fashion Week (September 22nd-28th)
  • Atlanta International Fashion Week (September 29th- October 4th)
  • Paris Fashion Week (September 28th- October 6th)
  • Shanghai Fashion Week (October 9th-16th)
  • Seoul Fashion Week (October 14th-20th)
  • South Carolina Fashion Week (December 8th-12th)

FASHION NEWS:Designer’s Pitching In To Help With The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Hello Bellah Blog readers!

The Bellah Blog is back up and running (about time!), and is ready to bring you latest news, trends, and looks in fashion in the year 2020!

2020 has already been a rough year due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has struck when no one was prepared or expecting it. Many events around the world have been cancelled, from concerts to fashion shows to even schools. No one has been spared from this.

Even though some shows have been postponed till further notice, one specific designers has decided to help the cause by contributing to the stash of medical supplies so in demand.

Famous designer Christian Siriano (aka my personal fav modern designer of all times) and some other designers have decided to make 1,000 masks for hospital personal and medical professionals. Christian Siriano and his team have reached out to many other designers to pitch in to help the medical professionals by also pitching to make masks. His team is working hard in order to make 1,000 masks for the New York City hospitals in the next couple of days.

“I really think that if anybody still has team members who are sewing or who can sew, especially in New York, we could make a few hundred a day. There are only so many people who work in a hospital. Fashion could really change everything in a week. Look, we have nothing else to do right now. Nobody is buying clothes so what can we do? I hope that everybody can pitch in.” – Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano’s team is able to make around 100 masks per day. Claiming that the masks are not hard to make. They even have decided to use a washable fabric that could be used for a few days, instead of having to throw the masks away everyday. Though these masks are not medical-grade masks, they are still a huge hekp to the dwindling stocks of masks.

Siriano wants to further help by making aprons, but is waiting on the legal requirements for medical staff and clearance in order to begin production. “Project Runway” Brand Maxwell is also looking into helping make PPE gowns to help the medical personal on the front lines of this pandemic., while designer Nicole Miller is also mobilizing to help make gown s and masks.

These fashion designers, their teams, and all those reaching out to help resupply masks and gowns, as well as those helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic, all deserve the public’s recognition.

 

 

 

“Living Doll”

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Fashion has always been about expressing one’s self. Meaning that no matter how you choose to express yourself through you fashion can’t be wrong.

In Japan, one of the most fashionable and recognizable fashion trend is that of dressing like a doll. Know, we all know this type of fashion that I am referring too, it is more poularly known as Lolita fashion.

This fashion is super cute (at least in my opinion). The women  that make this type of their fashion their living are internet famous and super fashionable. They really do look like walking porcelain dolls. But what if someone took it a step further?

That’s exactly what someone did. Their is a new fashion trend in Japan called the “living doll”. As of right now there is only one, and her name is Lulu.

How is Lulu possible? Well it’s quite simple really.

A designer named Hitomi Komaki that was obsessed with dolls. So she made a doll suit. This doll suit is one of a kind at the moment and is super trendy. The model that wears the suit has a doll face, hair, and even doll like tights and arms! She is definitely a new type of Lolita Fashion Model!

She has become the New Tokyo trend. She even has her own social media platform and profiles!

 

Whats New In The Fashion World

This week on the Bellah Blog we will be discussing some new things happening in the fashion industry.

What do I mean by this?

Well simple….2020 Spring Trends, London Fashion Week, London Fashion Week 2020, New York Fashion Week, Disability and Fashion, Fashion inspired by current events, and so much more.

Stay tuned in order to keep updated on all things fashionable!!

Sumter Fashion Week

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Sumter Fashion Week had its Second Annual Fashion Week the last week of August in Sumter, SC.

It was a fun filled week full of fashion events with fabulous dressed people, and even more fabulous designers. Leading up to the Grand Finale Show on August 31st were a few events that involved everyone from fashion icons to the models themselves (including the children). Granted, it was no New York Fashion week, but it had its own charm and specialness that had everyone there glad that they decided to be a part of the fashion events that were held.

Starting off Sumter Fashion week was the Top 10 Fashion Icons of Sumter which was an award night for the major icons that were voted on by the people of Sumter, SC. The next event that kicked off SFW was an event for children models so that they too could enjoy the fashion week that they were a part of. They had their very own spa day at Audri J’s, which is a boutique in Sumter, SC. The Friday before show day was the Model Meet and Greet that was held at the Red Dot Hookah Lounge. If you weren’t in attendance then you missed out. Those who showed up were dressed fabulously.

Saturday was the big day of the show. I was there the entire day helping backstage, hosting, and doing a lot more. (Perks of being part of the team that runs SFW!) The day for models and volunteers began at 10am for hair and makeup, and many other miscellaneous things that had to be done in order to have things smoothly. Your truly did a lot of makeup that day. I even learned that I knew how to but eyeliner on other people.

The show itself was a blast. As host, I had the privilege of interacting with the audience and telling awful dad jokes. The fashion themselves were breath taking due to designers like BJ Johnson, Audri J’s Children Boutique, PTW&CO, Sydni Anderson, DWS Designs, TJ Max (who also sponsored my two outfits), E&E, and many more.

Over all, it was a fun experience and I am looking forward to the next Sumter Fashion Week!!