Designers Take High-Tech Measures to Achieve Perfect Fit

Representatives from Burberry, ASOS, and Topshop were among the attendees at ASBCI’s latest workshop on sizing and fashion technology. The two-day event, held in the UK, featured a hands-on introduction to the latest shape scanners, pattern generation systems, and new digital practices that will help achieve precise sizing in apparel and footwear. As we all know, an ill-fitting garment can really kill your look (and overall mood), so designers targeting perennial sizing conundrums is a sight for, well, sore eyes.

“Global morphology is very varied so fashion suppliers should go to size surveys to identify their target consumer demographic, then generate body measure charts for their consumers that can be translated into design and pattern chart,” says Karen Schiller of tech solutions firm Lectra, as reported by Fibre to Fashion. “There is no investment in fabric or shipping and it allows for fine tuning before any physical samples are made saving time and money.” Utilizing life-like avatars to develop target-sized garments in realistic proportions is the future of fashion, people.

And these quality-check advancements are built to adjust to all body types in a multitude of fabrics. A rep for the Human Solutions body scanner, Dr. Jochen Balzulat, explains that the breakthrough device “adapts products to the real human shape by providing detailed information on customers’ sizes and shapes.” We can’t wait to see this hit the states. Not only will it reduce returns, increase sales, and boost customer loyalty for fashion brands, but consistency in sizing will ensure that customers really get the most out of their investments. And considering the hefty price tag, they’ll want to squeeze out as much value as they can get.

Hot Hosiery That Makes Spending New Year’s Eve Outdoors Less Hectic

Now that you have a few NYE outfit options and party plans, it’s time to think about the little things, like what accessories to bring that will make you feel prepared for anything. You know that at some point in time you’re going to be outside, which means enduring the freakin’ freezing cold weather in your little dress and heels, secretly resenting all the boys walking around in their warm pants without a care in the world. The thought of getting really, really drunk to warm up crosses your mind, but remember what happened last year? You do not want to repeat that midnight kiss ever, ever again. So, what are your options? You could wear pants, but those Camilla Skovgaard heels you really want to wear look so much better with a dress. Hosiery is the next best thing, and although they’re not quite as supportive as pants, the thin layer of warmth really does make all the difference. See a few favorites after the jump.

From left: ASOS Lace Over-the-Knee and Sheer Tights, $17.24; House of Holland For Pretty Polly Super Suspender Tights, $20.69; Grey Antics Shirred Mesh Leggings, $78; Anna Sui Black Crochet Sweater Tights, $19.99; Anthropologie Daisy Chain Tights, $9.95.

Will Kate Middleton Bring the Fascinator Trend to America?

Now that Kate Middleton is engaged to Prince William, everything from her wedding plans to fashion decisions have become top news. And believe it or not, she’s become somewhat of a UK trendsetter for her classic, semi-conservative style and has actually spawned a wave of royal-deficient wannabes on the prowl. But regardless of whether you think she’s worthy of the fashion attention, there’s no denying that the girl knows how to rock a traditional British hat—specifically, the Fascinator. Worn at society events, the Fascinator headpiece is an alternative to a traditional hat and normally includes feathers, flowers, and beads. It can also be worn instead of a bridal veil, which is not too far-fetched of an idea for Middleton.

And although they were previously worn by an older set, brands with a younger demo like ASOS and John Lewis are starting to stock modern fascinators in their boutiques. In America, I’ve only see Lady Gaga and Anna Dello Russo work this accessory, but that’s sure to change once more high-street brands catch on and begin to mass produce their own versions.

Photo via Sky News.

From Runway to Real Way

Alexander McQueen always put on incredible runway shows, there’s no doubt about it. You can’t describe them as anything less than spectacular. They are always my favorite shows to watch because you never know what you’re going to see or what is going to happen. We can only hope the incredible designs live on, despite the untimely death of Lee Alexander. While absolutely stunning, Alexander McQueen designs can sometimes be a little over-the-top for some of us. I love the drapey look and shimmery pink/gray color combo of this runway ensemble. So how can we appropriate the design and create a wearable version? With just a little research and creativity!

Start with this Walter jacquard tank dress, $99.20. image

Layer on a neutral pink Forever 21 cardigan, $15.80. image

Add this draped sequins necklace by Suzanna Dai, $395, to implement the sparkle. image

Finish the look with this ASOS beaded silver belt, $44.82. image

Online Deals for Super-Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Bona Drag is so cute. Right now they’re offering free gift wrapping by request, which can also include a handwritten message on a vintage greeting card if you email them at info@bonadrag.com right after you place your order. They’ve also extended their holiday return policy and are offering FREE shipping when you enter CHESTNUT at checkout. The shipping deal ends today, December 17, so don’t miss it! ● Now this is a serious deal. J.Crew is offering an additional 30% off their already marked-down Factory items, plus free shipping on orders of $150-plus when you enter MUSTHAVE at checkout. Offer ends December 20. ● Because they know you can’t leave their site without dropping some serious cash, Topshop is hooking up FREE shipping on orders over $100. Plus, beauty buffs who order three or more Topshop makeup products receive a complimentary gift box, while supplies last.

Satine is hosting an impressive 50% off select items in their crazy-good inventory that includes loads of pieces from Thakoon, Rachel Comey, and Alexander Wang (like these dope Tasha Bandage Boots, pictured above). Offer ends December 20. ● The good people over at ASOS are hosting 30% off select ASOS collection items and up to 50% off select footwear. There’s also FREE shipping and returns on all U.S. orders, which includes fully-trackable courier service. ● Milk is not only offering 30%-50% markdowns, they’re also running a cash-back holiday sale where you get $10 back for every $100 you spend! Offer ends December 24.

The Trend for Less: Peter Pan Collars

If you loved the Peter Pan collar on the catwalk but not the designer price tags, don’t fret. You saw it on the Spring ’11 runways and now you can rock the trend for less. Check out online shop ASOS for a Cute Peter Pan Collar Dress, the Pins and Needles Peter Pan Woven Collar Blouse at Urban Outfitters, and Topshop’s Long Sleeve Peter Pan Contrast Collar Tunic.

Whether you’re going to the office, meeting up for after work drinks, or headed to holiday parties, this trend can go anywhere from sunrise to long after sunset.

Winter Trend: In The Nude

Nude shades are flattering for practically every skin tone. Nude nails work with any outfit. Nude heels make your legs look a mile long. Nude dresses are sexy, soft, and a change from the winter darkness. From walls to pantyhose—nude is timeless. You can go nude day or night, and, like black, nude pairs well with any color. Brighten up your winter wardrobe and work the trend with soft shades of nude that you can wear year around. Get in on the sparkle trend, as well, with this nude Ella Moss Majesty Allover Sequin Dress, $159.

Lengthen your gams with these Badgley Mischka Keeper Heels in Nude, $200. image

Work the feather trend with this ASOS Nude Feather Clutch, $44.82. image

And the holy grail of nudes, Burberry Long Crochet Overlay Trench Coat, $3,995. image

Festive Loungewear for Lazy Holidays

Over the next few weeks you’ll find yourself eating and lounging a whole lot more than you’re used to. Whether it’s hanging with family or just having a few days off to yourself, this is that one time of year when you need to stop yourself from being OCD about everything and just chill. Finish that book that you’ve been putting off for months. Let your mom make you those amazing banana pancakes from your childhood—and eat every bite. Listen to your dad explain in detail the latest addition to his classic model car collection (brace yourself). Turn off your phone and play boardgames with your cousins. Complete a crossword puzzle (this is actually very therapeutic). And while you’re enjoying all this R&R, you might as well dress the part—without sacrificing your vow to never, under any circumstances, wear a velour tracksuit.

From left: Gap Flannel Pajama Set, $39.50; Hello Kitty The Scarlet Fever Footed PJ Set, $32; Topshop PJ Waffle All In One, $55; ASOS Premium Angora Mix Knitted Lounge Jumpsuit, $125; P.J. Salvage Heart to Heart Flannel PJ Set, $49.99.