Seeing Red: You Can’t Be Mad at This Week’s Romantic Looks

Normally, when we think of the color red, words that might come to mind are along the lines of “passion”, “action”, or “anger”. Color psychology associated with red represents “our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.”

But, let us introduce you to the softer side of red. This look has been spotted multiples over the last week, especially at Cannes. Florals, naval stripes, and hints of nude and blush have been keeping things romantic, feminine, and, dare we say, soft?

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Red is a classic color that never goes out of style, but with its current popularity, now is the perfect time to design something of your own in the timeless shade.

Here are just a few examples of how you can achieve this style with MyWear®:

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How will you showcase red in your next MyWear® design? Tweet us your creations at @LaunchMyWear!

Stripes: The Perfect Companion for Your MyWear® Line this Summer

As we’ve reported a few times now, stripes have been quietly elevating their status from classic wardrobe staple to one of 2016’s biggest trends. We saw this budding as early as last year, gaining traction through early 2016, and now;  they’ve officially hit their trending tipping point:

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Stripes are easy to create, compliment other prints (think polka dots or floral pattern mixing), and go well with multiple colors and styles. Simply put, they’re perfect for incorporating into your MyWear® designs this summer!

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To design your own in Photoshop, use the rectangular marquee tool to select the size stripe you want. Then, use the paint bucket tool to fill in the selected area with a desired color. Repeat! Copy and paste your stripe design for an ongoing pattern.

stripe making how to make stripes in photoshop

Want to switch it up with a new color scheme, you chameleon, you? No problem! Use the Hue/Saturation dial located in adjustments to give a quick color change!

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As mentioned above, pattern mixing is a cinch with stripes, just remember to use at least one matching or complimentary color!

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Most importantly, have fun and infuse your own personality into this classic!

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Until next time, happy designing!

This Just In: MyWearStore Spring Arrivals

MyWear®‘s team of independent artists is growing quickly, and with it so is our lineup of products. Here’s a look at what’s new in the MyWearStore!

Tanks

Spring forward with ultra-soft tanks in poppy colors and designs!

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Artist-designed tank tops in Bright Playful, Block Party, Decalcomaniac , & Rio Copacabana

Dresses

Dress up for spring in an array of silhouettes and artist-designed prints.

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Dresses in Neon Khaki, Unicorn Blues, Fun and Fuchsia, & Aquaplex

Men’s Tees

Far out prints in comfy cotton!

 

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Men’s T-shirts in Bowie, Laser Lights, Bogomil Variation 7, & Clouds

Backpacks

Unique, bright backpacks that are stylish, comfortable to carry, and perfect for everyday use.

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Backpacks in Abstract Mirror, Beautiful Abstract, A Splash of Color, & Rio de Janeiro Wave

Totes

Carry all your necessities in a one-of-a-kind, artist-designed tote.

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Totes in Second To None, Coeur, The Heart Knows, & Traditional MotifFeeling extra creative? Design your own

This only skims the surface of MyWearStore’s vast product lineup, so head on over to see what’s new in travel bags, baseball tees, scarves, and much more! Feeling extra creative? Try designing your own clothing or accessories!

Kate Middleton’s Boho Chic Style & This Week’s Best in Bohemian Dresses

Spring is in the air, and unsurprisingly, so are floral dresses! Soft and airy dresses in floral prints really aren’t a new concept. Heck, it’s been a spring stable for close to a century. But, this spring, floral has an especially strong hold on our hearts. Exhibit A. Kate Middleton’s tour of India:

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Oh, just another day playing cricket or feeding a baby rhino in a stunning bohemian gown; delicate, globally-inspired jewelry; and effortless, perfectly-waved hair. Kate Middleton is living the dream.

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But the Dutchess of Cambridge isn’t the only one rocking these 70s-inspired, global dresses. Exhibit B.  Suki Waterhouse in Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini:

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Exhibit C. Chrissy Teigen:

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Exhibit D.TK Wonder and Man Reperller’s Leandra Medine in DVF:

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Exhibit E. Okay, pretty much everything from DVF’s S/S16 collection…

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Models Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and Gigi Hadid pose backstage at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

These bohemian gowns are the perfect attire for everything from a beach wedding to Coachella to brunch and I need one! Therefore, I shall try to make one (at a fraction of the cost, of course). Exhibit F:

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To make your own one-of-a-kind bohemian dress visit MyWearStore.com or design and sell your creations on LaunchMyWear.com

10 MyWearStores We Want to See

lady gagaLady Gaga     These days, no one merges the worlds of fashion, art, and music quite like Lady Gaga. Love it or hate it, her style is always memorable, imaginative, and conceptual. We’re not certain what her MyWearStore would consist of (meat? Teacups? Fishnets??) The only thing we’re sure of is that it wouldn’t get lost in a crowd, just like Mother Monster herself!

Rupaul

rupual side x sideRuRaul is glorious in all forms and pronouns! From his one-of-a-kind, custom suits to her elaborate, jaw-dropping gowns, RuPaul packs a serious punch of positivity and thoughtfulness to whatever he does (and wears). We imagine his store being full of form-fitting, cheerful apparel in poppy colors.

Beyoncé

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Because, duh.

Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama      Japanese born writer and mind-blowing multi-media artist Yayoi Kusama’s  collection would not disappoint. We could probably expect her MyWearStore to feature lots of psychedelic colors, trippy never-ending prints, and patterns that rival a Magic Eye book.

Prince

princeSure, there’s a high likelihood that Prince’s MyWearStore would have some purple garb, maybe some skin-tight bell bottoms. But, we’re also guessing he’d surprise us with a few items. If his MyWearStore were anything like the contents in his fridge, we’d be in for a slightly confusing and delightful treat. 18 shades of mustard tunics perhaps?

jayden smithJaden Smith       Jaden Smith is another trend setter that’s waaay ahead of his time. Not only is Jaden’s style elevated well beyond his 17 years, it’s also pushing ahead of society’s current fashion norms. The tunic he wore to prom being just one example.  We imagine him designing a MyWear® line of unisex clothing in futuristic colors and sustainable materials.

Bjork

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Bjork is so much more than that dang swan dress. Similarly to how she uses her voice, fashion is a tool for pure artistic expression. Although we can’t predict what her collection might look like, we could almost guarantee it would be awe-inspiring, just like her!

janelle monaeJanelle Monáe       It’s easy to imagine Janelle’s MyWearStore being filled with a plethora of fun suits and black and white attire, but it’s the story behind her style that’s the most inspiring:

“When I started my musical career, I was a maid,” “My parents, my mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trash man — they all wore uniforms. And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them.”

Janelle also reminds the media and those who criticize her suited style that she’s “not for male consumption”, encouraging girls to “embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.”

Beth DittoBeth Ditto      Beth Ditto is another style chameleon, but one element of her fashion remains consistent: Her looks are always fearless, creative, and inspired. We know her MyWearStore would be an extension of her already amazing sense of style: unexpected, fun, and unapologetic.

Marina Marina Abramović      Marina is arguably the most famous performance artist of our time. Possibly less know, though, is her passion for fashion. It wasn’t until after her piece The Great Wall Walk (and a heartbreaking breakup) that she began to embrace fashion, but since then, Marina has become a style icon in her own right, even co-art directing for Givenchy. Although we’re not sure what statement Marina would make with her MyWearStore, we’re sure her marriage of art and fashion would be a show stopper.

MyWear® 101: Create Clothing & Accessories On-Demand

MYWEAR CUSTOM MADE design your own clothing custom clothing site

For those of you not in the loop yet, MyWear® is a new on-demand eCommerce and manufacturing platform for artists and designers that gives you the ability to launch your own line of clothing and accessories for free.

The integrated platform provides you with everything you need to start selling your own merchandise: design tools, a branded e-store, pattern generation, supply chain, production, and free shipping & delivery to over 10 countries. We’re also the only platform to move beyond the heat-pressed T-shirt, offering apparel in a variety of knits and woven fabrics and advanced silhouettes, like custom dresses, jackets, and even chinos.

So, how do you get started?

  1. Register for your free account at LaunchMyWear.com
  2. Create and customize your own branded e-storefront: (your brand name).mywearstore.com
  3. Upload your art and design products without restrictions on MyWear®’s 3D model.
  4. Publish to make your design immediately available for purchase.
  5. After your first sale, link your Stripe account.
  6. You relax while we take care of manufacturing, shipping, and customer service!

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Now, we’ll do a quick crash course on our 3D model:

  1. To design on the 3D model, first, you’ll want to upload your artwork. Art can for this can be created in a number of ways including Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, Adobe Illustrator, a photograph, or a picture of something you’ve drawn/painted. We recommend uploading 300 pixel/inch resolution, so your artwork is large and high-res enough to cover your design in full.

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2. Hover your mouse over the art you uploaded and select “Design your own”. This will take you to a menu of products to choose from.

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3. Now, we get to the fun stuff! When your design first appears on your product, in some cases it will show as a rectangle, one that most likely doesn’t fit the entire piece. There’s an Auto Fit button which will automatically fill the entire product.

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myear artwork tab4. Or, in order to get your print to cover your product entirely, you’ll want to use the plus sign to scale the art to the whole piece. To make the print smaller, use the minus option. Use the arrows to align it further to the left or right, or higher or lower. The small center button will make your arrows move in smaller increments.  If you’re planning on using more than one artwork on your piece, you can use the additional artwork tabs to do so.

launchmywear color tab5. To apply color, select the area of your product you’d like to fill and turn artwork off in the color tab, if needed. Choose the color you’d like to apply to the selected section.

6. When finished, double check to make sure art is covering the entire piece and save design in bottom right corner.

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Now your design is up and available for purchase on your MyWear® store! Share your newly designed piece with family, friends, and your social media audience! When an order is placed, we’ll manufacture and ship it, and credit your dues to your account.

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Happy designing!

Best of Fall Ready-to-Wear Part II

Burberry

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Christopher Bailey went full on 70’s Glam for Burberry’s Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Ashish

Ashish fall 2016 collection

Monochrome ensembles (and hair) from every color of the rainbow. Ashish Gupta said he was inspired by a box of crayons and, thankfully, it shows!

Diane von Furstenberg

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DVF’s Fall Ready-to-Wear show had serious disco fever and a lineup of It Girls like Kendell Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss backing it up.

Erdem

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Erdem continues serving us intricate vintage charm from the 30s and 40s this year.

Temperley London

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Temperley took inspiration from her friend’s tattoos and sailing the seven seas, ahoy!

Gucci

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Alessandro Michele has been killing it this year with a powerful aesthetic that’s all his own: a unique mashup of multiple decade’s worth of nostalgia that are effortlessly seamed together.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen 2016 show, fall 2016 fashion trends

Sarah Burton delivered her dreamiest show for Alexander McQueen yet, quite literally… She described her collection’s woman as, “Almost sleepwalking, in a state where reality and dreams become blurred.”

Best of Fall Ready-to-Wear Part I

New York Fashion Week is upon us, baring gifts of the newest collections from our favorite designers. Before the weekend even raps up, we thought we’d update you on the best of the best… so far. Without further ado, here’s our favorite Fall Ready-to-Wear collections that have shown:

Naeem Khan

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We were floored by this collection’s global influences and intricate detailing!

Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano fall winter 2016

Christian at his best! Classy, yet sassy.

Anna Sui

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Anna Sui described this collection as being “Pop-sydelic”!

Marchesa

marchesa fall winter 2016 collection

Absolutely breathtaking.

Zac Posen

zac posen fall winter 2016 collection

This collection showed the slightly more casual side of Zac.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham fall winter 2016 collection

A RuPaul-worthy runway!

Carolina Herrera

carolina Herrera fall winter 2016 collection

Soft and feminine with a hint of edge.

Marc Jacobs

marc jacobs fall winter 2016 collection

All hail the king, Marc Jacobs! His show is already being praised as one of the best from NYFW this year. Also, yep… that’s Lady Gaga.

2016 Fashion Trends That Will Take You from Spring to Fall

It still feels a little crazy to cover Pre-Fall collections at a time when the weather is just now warming up and NYFW’s Fall/Winter collections are just around the corner. I guess the excitement of fast-approaching spring hasn’t even entirely worn off for me, which is why I thought I’d take a look back at the Spring/Summer shows of this year and forward to 2016’s Pre-Fall Collections. There have been quite a few trends that are sticking around, and these are the ones we’ll focus on: Trends with the staying power to get you through the year and get the most bang for your buck! MyWear designers, take note of what customers will be looking for this year, too:

90s

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

90s 2016 trend
From left to right: Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant, Marques Almeida, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

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From left to right: Maison Margiela, Rochas, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Alexander Wang

Animal prints and slip dresses are here to stay for a while, so slip into something more comfortable and, when the weather cools down again, top it off with a leopard print coat for a Kate Moss-approved ensemble.

70s

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

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From left to right: Rebecca Minkoff, Rodarte, Coach, Gucci, Mara Hoffman

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

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Veronique Branquinho, Sonia Rykiel, Burberry, Valentino, Pal & Joe

Sherling coats, platform boots, & flared denim – The fashion industry will not stop until they’ve converted everyone from skinny jeans. Look to Gucci’s S/S & Pre-Fall 2016 collections and Pal & Joe Pre-Fall ’16 for some seriously 70s eye candy.

Dark Romance

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

Dark Romance 2016 Trend updated
From left to right: Gucci, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Erdem, Rodarte, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

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Fendi, Valentino, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Elie Saab, Philosophy, Zuhair Murad

This one stood out as the most obvious. Perhaps it comes from the 90’s and 70’s mashup that’s proved to be so popular in fashion right now, but there were soooo many dark, lacy frocks in feminine silhouettes. Something tells me this one’s here to stay for a while, so stock up on moody, ethereal maxis with confidence.

Shoulders

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

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From left to right: Proenza Schouler, Christian Dior, Simone Rocha, Celine, Jason Wu

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

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Opening Ceremony, J.W.Anderson, Ellery, Valentino, J.W.Anderson

Shoulders continue to inspire designers in 2016. Be it puffy, pointy, boxy, or embellished, this is another trend that’s not going anywhere in 2016.

Stripes

Then, Spring/Summer 2016

Stripes 2016 Fashion Trends
From left to right: Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Dior shows

Now, Pre-Fall 2016

Stripes, 2016 fashion trends
Missoni, Moschino, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra

This classic never really goes out of style, but in 2016 designers appear to be especially fond of them.

As you can see, there’s a lot of overlap and a little something for everyone in 2016. So, stay true to your own style and feel inspired by these designs, not constricted! Ultimately, designing and wearing things that you love are more important than following a trend that most likely won’t be around in two years.

Paris Shows Off 2016 Couture

This year’s Couture Fashion Week in Paris delivered exquisite, awe-inspiring designs from the best of the best fashion houses, as you’d expect. These one-of-a-kind pieces can take hundreds of hours to make (This Dior dress was 200 hrs in the making!) and can cost an upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Haute Couture dazzles and amazes as wearable art, but, for obvious reasons, is not available to most of us. Even if we’re not part of the billionaires club, we can still use these designs to inspire us, which is just what I’m doing today! I’m showcasing three couture collections straight from the Paris runways that we can use as inspiration for our own MyWear® designs.

First, we have to talk about Valentino’s Spring 2016 couture collection!!! This show was my absolute favorite. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s romantic Venetian royality-meets high priestess designs made my heart melt. Some of my favorites included this ethereal nude gown with velvet detailing, a dragon column dress with sheer bodice, and an intricately beaded coral tunic.

Valentino 2016 couture looks

Schiaparelli’s show made me hungry for more tabletop-inspired designs! Crimped hair, 70’s-esque boots and ladylike silhouettes complimented the delicious display of garments inspired by the table.  Bertrand Guyon said of his second collection for Schiaparelli, “It’s a return to things that are essential, the pleasure of having friends at home”. The runway was just the right balance of quirk and high fashion, in my opinion, and would make for an adorable foodie-themed fit n’ flare from MyWear!

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Last, but certainly not least, we have Atelier Versace’s collection. This show had all you’d expect from Versace: plunging necklines and curve-hugging silhouettes, but this time with an athletic twist. Donetella Versace wanted this collection to feel strong and I think she delivered. The models looked empowered walking the runway with athletic straps, cutaways, and intricate embroidery detailing, some of which she said was the most time consuming she’s ever devised.

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Hopefully, after feasting your eyes on these gorgeous masterpieces, you feel inspired to create your own works of art via LaunchMyWear.com. Tweet your designs @LaunchMyWear!