Friday, April 11, 2014

Fashion For Men : Modelled By Studio-Based Newscasters

Posted by Alex Perkins at 8:15 AM 0 comments

Check any television station during its news time.  See the similarity?  All male studio-based newsman wears a custom suit!   Now, take extra attention to the design.  You may check this out with other stations or on the next day’s news edition.  Have you observed how they rarely, if not never, repeat the same custom suit?

This is a fact for all media people appearing on national television regularly.  From make-up to custom suit, they are sponsored by many business establishments.  This is evidenced by the acknowledgement section at the end of each show or the companies they thank during the show.

If you ask me, studio-based male newscasters are the right models for menfashion.  Advertising through popular media personalities and high rated shows guarantee a wide advertising exposure.  And as there are many of these men with different body built, a clothing company can surely get media mileage for their new designs.

But why do male newscasters always wearsuits? In highly developed and first world countries, suits are their normal working clothes.  It is also perfect for the climate in their country.  Taking a quick look at the history of suits, you’ll find them of British origin.

In other countries, though not a traditional formal attire for them, they wear suits to add credibility to their profession.  And even if the country may be tropically warm, offices maintain a certain degree of cool temperature.  The low temperature is for the proper maintenance of the various machines used.

Formal fashion for men is synonymous to wearing suits.  Men in suits exude a certain degree of power which demands the highest form of respect.  Worn by a man with good physique, like the famous James Bond character, it also has the power to radiate with sex appeal.

Most fashion shows, anywhere in the world, focus on women fashion.  Men fashion is included in such shows but remain a minor event.  Though not as prevalent as women fashion, fashion for men clothing had undergone a gradual change through the centuries.

But fashion is not limited to formal wear.  With the relentless creativity of designers all over the world, fashion covers almost all locations and occasions.  The usual weather dictated clothing had widened its horizon to cover fashion on occasions.  Come to think about it, there is not much difference between women and men fashion.  Fashion, be it for men, women or children, remains the latest news for the day.

Monday, April 7, 2014

International T-shirt Day Celebration

Posted by Alex Perkins at 8:51 AM 0 comments
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Are you aware of this? There really is an International T-Shirt Day observed annually worldwide! This special day was created in 2008 and had been religiously observed each year. Each annual event is marked by an increase in the participation of key cities in different countries each year.

The International T-Shirt Day is always observed on the 21st day of June annually. 2014 marks its seventh annual celebration on June 21, a Saturday. Falling on a weekend, this year’s observance anticipates more participation and support from various companies in the men’s fashion niche.

The date chosen for this event is the usually the day which ushers the summer season and the longest day in the year. This is to ensure a fun observance and wide participation from T-shirt lovers, designers, brands, companies and manufacturers globally. Needless to say, summer is the best time to wear tee-shirts to school, work or at home.

2014 encourages expression, through the tee-shirts worn, of the person’s personality and beliefs. This continues the 2013 theme, “My Shirt, My Voice,” where tee-shirts are speak for its wearer. It also supports the belief that there is always a story behind every tee-shirt designed, bought or worn.

Consequently, the tee-shirt is at the gateway of becoming a personalize clothing and a statement of fashion for the individual wearing it. Thus, 2013 marked the change in the tee-shirt which is considered ready-to-wear and inexpensive clothing. International activities undertaken include:

  • Competitions on tee-shirt design;
  • Events organized in Boston, Berlin, Oslo, Kiev, Prague, New York, Zwolle, Manchester, Barcelona, Greensburg, and Leipzig;
  • Blog safari;
  • Open runways or catwalks open for all who wants to model their favourite tee-shirt or t-shirt collection;
  • Online events, campaigns and giveaways;
  • Tee-shirt day parties;
  • Tee-shirt swapping;
  • Donating tee-shirts;
  • Clothesline with tee-shirt display at parks;
  • Open houses sponsored by men’s fashion retailers;
  • Tee-shirt markets in public parks;
  • Participation in social media through articles of love for tee-shirts and tee-shirt stories;
  • Do-it-yourself events and gatherings;
  • Availing of tool kits for the special day;
  • Wearing tee-shirt the whole day;
  • Contribute photos and videos on the spectacular day’s festivities; and,
  • Promotion of tee-shirt brands and companies engaged in men’s fashion.

In 2015, International T-Shirt Day will be on June 21, 2015, a Sunday. If you can’t catch this year’s festivities, being just three months away, you can always start preparing for the next year’s event! So get that paper and pen, and start designing your unique tee-shirts!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuxedo Day Celebration

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A day to give a toast to a sartorial creation is celebrated every year on the tenth day of October in the United States of America. The date commemorates the day in 1886 when tuxedo had its debut in New York City. The first American tuxedo was created by Griswold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park.

There is no official record found documenting the origins and purpose of this special day. It can be simply deduced that it may had been created as a marketing tool for the continued promotion of the clothing industry. As to its purpose, it may serve as a constant reminder of the tuxedo’s contribution to the rich cultural American history.

The tuxedo is a formal wear suitable for ceremonial social occasions, such as weddings, debutante cotillion, races,formal garden events, prescribed dinners and decorous festivities. The Western elegance of formal wear, characterized by black and white garments, has gained wide acceptance in many countries.

Formal clothing has become the standard proper social attire in countries with no prescribed national clothes. The conventional dress in the evening is white tie for men. In the United Kingdom, morning clothing is the standard prescribed day time clothing. The lounge suit, of British origins, remains categorized as the casual attire.

On the other hand, morning clothes are rare in the United States of America and Canada. It had been substituted by the stroller, lounge and business suit. It is, however, comforting to note that morning dresses remain in Europe, Japan and Australia. The suggested observance of the annual Tuxedo Day may vary depending on the country and lifestyle of a person.

The general observance consists of:
  • Buying a new tuxedo for yourself or as a gift to a loved one;
  • Attending events where attendance requires formal wear;
  • Window shopping to be updated on the latest tuxedo trends;
  • Having a tuxedo altered to be in line with the latest style;
  • Sending eCards to friends reminding them of the event;
  • Helping in the promotion of the special day through the various multimedia sites;
  • Creating unique tuxedo design for a future formal event;
  • Hosting a dinner party requiring a formal dress code;
  • Organizing a weekend race with family and friends; or,
  • Learning more on the history and development of tuxedo.

Tuxedo Day will be celebrating on October 10, 2014, a Friday. With more than six months preparation time, think of your own special way to celebrate this event.

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