Fashion | The First Fashion Show EVER!

I stumbled across an interesting article yesterday on Harper’s Bazaar that had a very catchy title: When did the first ever fashion show take place?

Well, apparently the first fashion show hasn’t been attributed to anyone in specific. Yet further research indicates that fashion shows started around the year 1900, just a little over a 100 years ago and partly following the introduction of French Haute Couture in the mid 19th century.

 

The fist ever illustration of what was known as a "fashion show" in 1900
The fist ever illustration of what was known as a “fashion show” in 1900

 

It also turns out that the 1800s witnessed a bevy of fashion parades that took place in French salons. Throughout these events, the models- strictly called “mannequins” at the time – were taught the art of walking and posing in a saloon filled with onlookers. It was also an opportunity to show off the different body shapes that were the trend at the time; you see mannequins in the late 1800s had fuller figures than they do today. Yet, this saw a shift towards the 1920s, when they displayed slimmed down figures that were supposedly more desirable to both genders.

 

Mannequins with fuller figures were all the rage in the late 1800s
Mannequins with fuller figures were all the rage in the late 1800s

 

It also seems that the first American fashion show took place in 1903 in New York City’s Elrlich Brothers boutique. In the 1920s, fashion shows became more of a theatrical production, organized around a theme and narrated by a single person. The 1970s saw the introduction and the rise of private fashion shows and the eventual induction of fashion weeks around the world’s fashion capitals.

 

The first fashion shows were more like parades that took place in French salons
The first fashion shows were more like parades that took place in French salons

 

Source and pictures: Harper’s Bazaar

Trends | Military Pride Still Going Strong!

August 1st is Army Day in Lebanon and on this occasion I thought it would be fun to write a military inspired post. From Marc Jacobs to Burberry to my favorite Victoria Beckham, (take a look at Mrs. Beckham’s collection below!) the military trend has been taking the world’s runways by storm in the past few seasons and there are no signs of it slowing down!

 

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Fun flirty items like Rihanna’s print short-sleeved button down are a great way to inject a military feel into your wardrobe. Go fierce yet stay feminine in an olive colored pencil skirt with gold detailing like Alexa Chung did. Gwen Stefani and Kim Kardashian also adopted this trend; sticking to her signature style, Gwen wore printed pants while Kim went for a Burberry jacket with black accents.

 

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If you want to go for this trend, always remember to mix one military inspired piece that stands out, but keep the rest of your look simple. You may consider combat boots, cargo skinny jeans, or even a coat. Take note from the late Princess Diana who sported this white jacket with gold detailing from back in the day. (just make sure to pass on the headpiece ;) )

 

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Happy Army Day Everyone!

 

 

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