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Makeup based costume ideas

Makeup trends have gotten to the point of being feature specific; enough to make it a costume within its self. From dark eyes to fancy eyeliner, these are the looks you can turn into a costume.

Pale with dark eyes

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From fashion vampire to patient zero, this look is so versatile. Add red lips to become a sexy vampire (wear leather). Wear the dark eyes with pale lips to become a zombie (ripped clothes, wounds optional). Even less scary outfits like “black swan” and heavy metal princess will go as well.

Liberal eyeliner

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Eyeliner has come a long way from black and chunky. Use bright colors to create a tribal look and pair it with a hula skirt and a bra. Or add it to your monster costume (bright fur coat and  printed leggings). Even a bird of paradise if you have feather clothing in your closet.

Its Halloween week and it’s time for our closet costume instructions for a simple costume. Past costumes were teddy bears and fairies. This year, we picked three looks off the runway. This will be in three parts the costume, the makeup and the hair.

The bat
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The capelet is the piece of the season and is a simple bat costume. Take it further by wearing a black long fitted dress and becoming a vampire once you take off capelet. From bat to vampire, tres chic!

The bandita
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Navajo print blanket cardigans are an easy outerwear this season. Pair it with jeans, boots and belt it for a bandita costume. Add a seasonal hat with a wide brim to finish the look.

The Monster
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With so many faux fur jackets do you have in your closet and in bright colors this season, you could easily pair them with those monster gloves. Add horns from any costume store to elaborate the look.

For over 3 years, the T-project has provided Americans with all their manufacturing needs from pattern making to production as well as offer a showroom to international designers. This October, they are proud to offer a 360 service that will teach the Tuscan production system to American Designers. The system allows for quick production of accessories by using minimal seams and completing a lot of details before sewing construction of the piec similar to the cad mark-up below.

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The T-project teaches the Tuscan production system to local designers for just 2500 for 40 hours of lessons and takes them on a two floor journey of Italian workmanship. In the conveniently located garment district, 347 w 36th st, the 11th floor is a selection of final creations in thier showroom which can be a great source of inspiration.

This necklace by 'Brooklyn Brass' in Brooklyn is one of the inspirational pieces in the showroom and also an alumni.

This necklace by ‘Beauty Brass’ in Brooklyn is one of the inspirational pieces in the showroom and also an alumni.

The 10th floor is the teaching space where leather hangs from the walls imprinted with prints, texture, animal skins and glossy finishes. The classes are led by some of the most renown pattern makers including Master Geatano De Franceschi and Master Raphael Lombardo (who has turned out samples in just 24 hours). The course cover a full range of development and production techniques including 3d Computer prototypes, molding and branding.

The course is for all accessories designers (handbags, shoes, jewelry and belts) and is a fraction of the cost of FIT. Judging by the alumni upstairs, it is well worth the investment.

Information

Classes are offered in now thru march 2015, and further information can be seen at the t-projectshowroom.com.

Curvy Chic Layering Fall 2014

Short hair don’t care

At the Alternacare event this past week, I asked what the lastest trends in hair was and he said simply “short. Celebrities are going really short these days and trends are mostly about color”. As a person with short hair, I rejoiced but if you are not getting a pixie what styles can you incorporate this spring?

The bun

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The back knot is easy to incorporate and streaks of colors are optional. Hair chalk can be used if you want to completely create this look. For a more exact bun, there are bun forms that can be used. Simply twist your hair, fold in half and twist. Gray accents here can be replaced by the new fall color pastel blue or the spring color pink.

The fringe

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Bangs are longer for Spring and can go swept to the side for a change. The easy way to create this look is to go to stylist for a simple bang and blowdry. Frizz adds body to hair and is more acceptable this spring. For a more updated bang look, go for a beach hair look by scrouching you locks with salted water and let dry.

Spring color report

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Spring color themes are varied but we were surprised to see ombre come back this spring. A new twist on the trend is using pastel color at the end instead of blonde colors. Pink is posed to be the color for Spring and my sister blogger is wearing it right now.  Red is always my summer go to color (I wear black in the fall).

Shift dresses in every style

 

The shift dress is the one of the new silhouettes for fall. It is not new by all means but nothing in fashion ever is truly new. The New Look of today was the new look of yesterday. In any case, the shift dress has such a finite shape it may be the hardest dress to incorporate into your wardrobe. Look for these staples to create a shape more fit for your style:

Rock/Punk

Other than sticking with cliché prints like plaids, stripes and skulls, try a shift with a longer hemline that fits at the waist and drops straight down. Try scoop neck or collar detail and faux leather accents for a more edgy feel. For punk dresses, find an A-line shift dress in bright neutrals (i.e. cobalt blue, oxblood, or gray).

Pair it up:

Rocker: Pair a basic A-line shift with a printed moto jacket to full trendy. For a more true to you style, wear a bomber or utility jacket and a pair of ankle hitting boots.

Punk: Wear scarf for a retro vibe and wear printed stockings. Wool skull cap is am most. Pair it with sneakers.

Romance/Vintage

A lace shift dress would be perfect but for a true romantic or vintage look, go for a high neck line, square shoulders and flair at the waist fit. Go for soft pastels instead of cliché lace detail ( even though you secretly want one) and add scarf around the waist to add a touch of feminine.

Romance : Pair with a cardigan and sandals. For a cold weather look, wear ankle boots. Add a scarf around the neck.

Vintage: Wear a thin belt around the waist like the 70’s and pair with knee high go-go boots that are so in style right now.

Classic/Casual

Soft knit and jersey fabrics can make  a shift dress fit to wear every day for casual dressers. For classic dresses, look for a shift dress with a pencil skirt fit on the bottom to show off curves.

Classic: Pair with nude tights, pumps and an infinity scarf in a neutral color. Add bracelets and a blazer to dress up.

Casual: Add a jean jacket and sneakers for a comfortable look.

Glam

Brocade, embroidery detail and jewels are all the things you need to make a shift dress right for you. Pair it with heels and faux fur vest to add more glam appeal.

 

Printed Moto Jackets

 

 

The Moto jacket is the go to piece for fall. However, you might find it difficult to add this rocker staple to other styles. So we created this guide to help you add this piece effectively to your wardrobe.

Classic/Casual

We loved the JUICY COUTURE  Navajo print that has the casual feel and the edgy moto style. When looking for a printed moto jacket, cotton and faux leather combinations for casual looks and neutral tones for a more classic outfit.

For Casual:  Printed moto jackets can be paired with jeans for a easy and fun look.

For Classic: Pencil skirts can make a printed moto jacket look more refined.

Punk/Rock

BCBG MAXMARIA boucle jacket gives plaid print a more refined look but the unfinished edges give it that punk edge. The idea here is to find a printed moto jacket in traditional prints, stud details and a mix of faux leather throughout to increase to the edge factor. Choose one that appears rough around the edges for a more punk feel.

For Rockers: Pair it with ripped or torn jeans and ankle boots.

For Punks: Pair with sneakers and printed pants. Don’t go plaid all over because it will be overwhelming.

Romance/Vintage

Flowers and lace detail make for a great edgy/soft look.  REBECCA TAYLOR’s floral print detail adds a feminine look to the moto jacket and the faux leather plays down the edginess. Look for a feminine looking moto jacket, floral prints and lace detail as well as neutral faux leather colors to soften the edginess of the moto jacket.

Pair it with:  Full skirts increase the feminine feel, go short to be flirty and longer for work.

Glam

Animal prints and faux fur details on moto jackets add glam to the edginess. Finding moto jackets with fur detail is easy but animal print may be more difficult. Find fabrics with glitter thread accents and rhinestone detail.

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