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Rags 2 Riches

Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Avenue Event Center hosted the Rags 2 Riches Spring Fashion Show. Blue Candies took to the runway with its signature style of handmade couture crochet garments. But there were a few surprises. Blue Candies slayed the runway with custom jeans as well as a sexy lace number that awed the crowd.

Blue Candies also introduced some new pieces to their Brand staying true to the bold and vibrant colors and designs that hug each and every curve of the body. Giving their garments a custom fit that is sure to please. Bold, different and original, Blue Candies designs stood out from the crowd staying away from the Cincinnati tradition of t-shirts and jeans wear.  But Blue Candies line is not your traditional cut and sew line either. Blue Candies line is groundbreaking and ahead of it’s time in the Mid-West region making waves for a new and exciting trend to hit the local runway. Creating a brand that is long overdue to be in the forefront of innovative design and womenswear in Cincinnati.

There was also a long list of hot designers who showcased as well including, Body Kit Customs, Glamour Coated Melons, Petty On Fleek, Hands Down, Petty By Nature, Liam Clothing out of the Atl and at least 7 other local designers.

Watch Blue Candies Full Set From The Show


Crochet Is Here To Stay!

As trends come and go, and ebb and flow, we often see the resurgence of Crochet in fashion. It is often the ‘go-to’ technique when designers are inspired by such periods as the luxe Victorian Era, the hippie-chic ’60s, or their own resort getaways to the islands. Crochet’s beauty is timeless and it is always exciting to see how the fashion industry finds ways to make it new again.

Crochet’s history is both mysterious and modern, being a much newer handcraft than it’s close cousins, Lacework and Knitting. And although many different countries and cultures claim Crochet as their own, it is safe to say the influence of these various craftspeople over the past few centuries has made an indelible mark on the evolution of this intricate medium.

Research suggests that crochet probably developed most directly from Chinese needlework, a very ancient form of embroidery known in Turkey, India, Persia and North Africa, which reached Europe in the 1700s and was referred to as “tambouring,” from the French “tambour” or drum. In this technique, a background fabric is stretched taut on a frame. The working thread is held underneath the fabric. A needle with a hook is inserted downward and a loop of the working thread drawn up through the fabric. With the loop still on the hook, the hook is then inserted a little farther along and another loop of the working thread is drawn up and worked through the first loop to form a chain stitch. The tambour hooks were as thin as sewing needles, so the work must have been accomplished with very fine thread.

At the end of the 18th century, tambour evolved into what the French called “crochet in the air,” when the background fabric was discarded and the stitch worked on its own.

Crochet began turning up in Europe in the early 1800s and was given a tremendous boost by Mlle. Riego de la Branchardiere, who was best known for her ability to take old-style needle and bobbin lace designs and turn them into crochet patterns that could easily be duplicated. She published many pattern books so that millions of women could begin to copy her designs. Mlle. Riego also claimed to have invented “lace-like” crochet,” today called Irish crochet.

In early centuries, man – and it was the job of the men – created his handwork for practical purposes. Hunters and fishermen created knotted strands of woven fibers, cords or strips of cloth to trap animals and snare fish or birds. Other uses included knotted game bags, fishing nets and open- worked cooking utensils.

Handwork was expanded to include personal decoration for special occasions such as religious rites, celebrations, marriages or funerals. One might see ceremonial costumes with crochet- like ornamentation and decorative trimmings for arms, ankles and wrists.

Moving forward to Victorian times, crochet patterns became available for flowerpot holders, bird cage covers, baskets for visiting cards, lamp mats and shades, wastepaper baskets, tablecloths, antimacassars (or “antis,” covers to protect chairbacks from the hair oil worn by the men in the mid- 1800s), tobacco pouches, purses, men’s caps and waistcoats, even a rug with footwarmers to be placed under the card table for card players.

From 1900 to 1930 women were also busy crocheting afghans, slumber rugs, traveling rugs, chaise lounge rugs, sleigh rugs, car rugs, cushions, coffee- and teapot cozies and hot-water bottle covers. It was during this time that potholders made their frrst appearance and became a staple of the crocheter’s repertoire.

Now, of course, anything goes. In the 1960s and 1970s crochet took off as a freeform means of expression that can be seen today in three-dimensional sculptures, articles of clothing, or rugs and tapestries that depict abstract and realistic designs and scenes.

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Ever Heard of Prada?

I have! Just about everyone has. But do you know how she got her start. And it is quite interesting.

One of the world’s most famous fashion designers began her career as a mime. In 1978, Miuccia Prada inherited a leather goods company started by her grandfather, Mario over 60 years before. At that time, the Prada brand was associated with finely made leather traveling accessories. As for Miuccia, she was a student of political science and a mime, and her design experience was limited to items she had made for herself.

Once Miuccia assumed control of the company, her power as a designer became apparent. She took the designs of handbags that she had made for herself and turned them into the world’s first Prada handbag. A sleek statement in black that became synonymous with the Prada name.

In the 80s and 90s, Prada branched out from handbags and luggage, introducing the world to a line of clothing with clean lines and elegant fabrics. Miuccia Prada also experimented with more exotic materials, incorporating latex and pieces of mirrors into her designs. Of course the Prada handbag was still a coveted treasure, but the handbag has been joined by leather belts and high fashion shoes.


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Dolce & Gabbana?

Who are they? How’d they get their start. We all love their clothes but do we really know the people behind the brand? Well here is a little peak in to the lives of the brand designers Dolce & Gabbana.

Though there are two of them, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have created a single fashion powerhouse. The dynamic duo created men’s and women’s leather goods, knitwear, scarves, and ties. In addition, the famous Milan designers have created, beachwear, sunglasses, perfumes, colognes, and even underwear.

Domenico learned about fashion design in Sicily, and was slated to take over his family’s clothing factory. It was there that he met Stefano Gabbana, a graphic designer. The two learned how to fuse their vision of fashion and first took to the runway in 1986. They began opening small boutiques across the world.

Today, Dolce & Gabbana have branched out into decidedly new territory. The duo has even released a CD of dance music under their private record label.


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