Fashion lovers are hardwired to go for the classic pieces and find the hidden jewels that the eye may not catch. Like anything else, some people are born with a passion for fashion. Laurel Berman, creator of Black Halo, has that innate fashion gene. Berman’s personal love affair with clothing has led her to an extremely successful career in the fashion industry. Like most success stories, her rise to the top was not an easy one. It took years of hard work and dedication to make it seem as though it happened simply overnight. 

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“A lot of our work lives in the tension between high-octane drama and straightforward American pragmatism. I love garments that teeter and oscillate between those two planes.”

This is how Christopher John Rogers describes the clothes that define the identity of his brand. Known for dressing celebrities in headline-making looks, the new face in the fashion industry has already made a big name for himself. His works range from somewhat subtle to in-your-face intensity, but whichever piece you choose, his unique design tendencies are apparent.

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For me, business-ready and business casual fashion has always been reminiscent of beige pantsuits and boring pencil skirts. It never seemed fun or inventive, and it didn’t seem like you were able to show your personality through your clothes once you entered the workforce. Maggy London, a clothing company that primarily targets white-collar workers, features “business appropriate” but still unique and colorful fashions, and showcases the future of cute but still suitable office-ready outfits. However, despite the company’s outward appearance and messaging of female empowerment through clothing, all isn’t quite what it seems to be behind the scenes.

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Most generations have a playground trend, like kendamas or silly bands, that spread through schools like a wildfire. Millennials in America were obsessed with beaded crafts, from lizard shaped keychains, friendship bracelets to handmade purses that could barely hold a wallet. Every kid either beaded or knew someone who did. And like most of these typical kids’ crafting trends, it was expected to be nothing but a nostalgic memory once you left school. But, fashion designer Susan Alexandra refused to let the fun, vibrant appeal of this craft go to waste. 

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Fashion is an artistic business that’s hard to be objective about. It is virtually impossible to not form an opinion on, and it comes with more than its fair share of skeletons in the closet. Fashion requires models to adhere to rigorous body regimens, limited diets, and maintain a short shelf life; previous fashion model Stella Duval told the New York Times, “I see models who are 13, 14, 15. I’ve had someone tell me that she hadn’t eaten for two days because she didn’t know where to go to eat. I saw girls doing lingerie at 14.”

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When fashion brands make headlines, the conversation is usually focused on celebrities, whether in the fashion business or not, and new, exorbitantly priced collections. So much so that the idea of fashion seems completely inaccessible or elitist to a lot of people who are not already invested. However, when a brand finds the right balance between an elite image and affordability, they often become staple brands for the casual fashion enthusiast. Guillermo Andrade seems to have struck this balance with his brand 424 on Fairfax.

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