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Kim Kardashian in a Celia Kritharioti ball gown for the Oscars 2014 Viewing Party hosted by Elton John in LA

I generally don’t hop on the Kardashian bandwagon especially having never seen their shows and just knowing very little about them in general except for what TMZ reports. But, I do know I was rather impressed with her choice of dress for the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party in LA on March 2nd.

While it’s very deep in the cleavage the dress is very form fitting and actually makes her look “normal” – she has been known to wear some quite interesting outfits in the past but this dress she definitely gets a thumbs up. Not sure if it was speed hemmed however or what happened but I don’t like how you can also see the hemline across the bottom in some areas and not even necessarily too prominent in this photo but I think seamstresses need to be more attentive to the fabric type they are using – my only criticism here.

However, on the flip side I think her siblings should of shared stylists with her as they were outshined. Khloe looks like she is trying out for a red velveted Morticia Addams role and Kourtney reminds me of something cute a pre-schooler may be dressed in for pre-school graduation. I know I may not share the same opinions as some but, regardless I am definitely found to be among the majority that think Kim K knocked this one out of the park this year.

Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party on March 2, 2014 in LA

Recently at a fashion event a designer that showcased afterwards told me “Cleveland has no fashion industry.” I can honestly say after trying to in a few quick words prove the designer wrong that I have stewed on these words since. Sometimes vocally to other professionals that I know in fashion, and sometimes to myself especially when I see other local designers or small to large businesses trying to make it in the fashion industry. To me the fashion industry is all encompassing whether it’s from resale, design, boutique or even the farmer that has wool producing animals with a small shop to sell their goods (sometimes even handmade).

In the past I have researched quite extensively “where has our fashion industry gone” and I came up with – no where. It’s is still here and “loud and proud.” It may not be in the large garment factories we had at one point along the Erie shores but I spied years ago in downtown Akron a bridal garment operation that is ran by Vera Wang Luxe in Canal Place. There are many designers with shops throughout Cleveland also – just have to look for it (or search my blog many have been featured!). There are even some factories still that have made local press when their employees go on strike for better wages – such as the Hugo Boss factory in Brooklyn. Those are just a few quick examples – so instead of going to the Walmarts, Targets or even the mall to buy your clothing go to a local clothier or boutique. A short list if you are in Cleveland check out communities such as Coventry Village or in Akron their are also many areas including Hudson, Highland Square or just the various downtown Akron retailers.

But, we have lost a lot of our garment industry and for historical perspective I am including a timeline of sorts found on the Cleveland Retail Commissions webpage that lists many of the great textile businesses we have lost and what Cleveland neighborhood they were in. The fashion industry is not dead in Ohio or today more specifically the Northern Ohio area I specify. It is all in your own perspective and how you utilize it and take advantage of it.

IN THE DARK: Wearable Technology with Light
January 30, 2014 / 7:00pm

FREE for MOCA Members & university students w/ valid ID
$8 Non-members

In partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Art

http://mocacleveland.org/programs/dark-wearable-technology-light

MOCA

Here is an excerpt from an article the Cleveland Plain Dealer published about the event online:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fashion meets technology at an avant-garde fashion exhibit and competition called “In the Dark,” which debuts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at theMuseum of Contemporary Art (11400 Euclid Ave.) in Cleveland and travels to three other venues around town during the next few months.

Students from Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering are working to create three innovative designs that merge art and technology with light.

The competitors have been working on their innovative, wearable designs since October. Guests will be able to choose their favorites at each venue (scroll down for details). Those results will play a role in the final judging in April.

“My design draws from centuries of European styles and fabric techniques,” CIA sculpture sophomore Graham Baldwin says of his piece, titled “Compendium.”

        Baldwin is incorporating 3-D printing, which he says can be difficult when dealing with multiple pieces that must             be correctly aligned. “The elbows were printed 13 times until the shape and design worked most effectively,” he             says.

CIA students Katie David, Jarrod Davis and Leah Yochman and CWRU student Zach Lerner teamed up to create what they call “H20 Glow.” The group says that the garment uses clear tubes with blacklight LEDs to expose the luminescent properties of tonic water.

The third entry, titled “Pulse,” is by CIA students Ben Horvat, Eric Payne and Marcy Kniss and CWRU student Ray Krajci. The group says the piece is a flowing garment that combines chic elegance with motion sensor light technology.

Tickets for Thursday’s event at MOCA, the first showing of the competition, are free for museum members and students (with valid ID), and $8 for nonmembers. Go tomocacleveland.org to purchase. As part of the design process, students will continue to revise their garments after each of the first three exhibits. The final judging will take place in April at the fourth venue.

Hands in the air if you are tired of all the snow already…

…ok I’m putting mine back down so I can type.  I have like many others pretty well had my full share of the snow this year as I look out and it says “feel like -25” – ouch. Watching the news and weather maps looks like all of the US is getting it’s fair pounding though with low unusual temps. But, we will prevail and know here locally only about 3 more months of it to go and then onto summer and complaining about the heat waves. Quite a vicious cycle this thing called climate and sadly there is no escaping it.

Whilst grazing through some runways trying see trends other then scarves and boots I strolled thru Spring 2014 RTW – here are a few favorites:

Oscar de la Renta – Spring 2014 RTW

I really like this piece because of it’s European qualities with the lace work contrasted against the navy blue. A nice dress for a spring time wedding or other social event.

Ralph Lauren – Spring 2014 RTW

 I like this look from the Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 RTW collection. It is minimalistic but yet classy and can be worn either for a night on the town or even to a casual business meeting. An alternative that I like to the heel and knee high look would be come tall boots instead.

Prada - Spring 2014 RTW

Prada – Spring 2014 RTW

Pop art every couple seasons reemerges on the runways – Prada embraced it this year in there 2014 RTW collection. Bright and bold contrasting colors are a favorite amongst the young crowd for casual nights out. Andy Warhol would be proud!

I just heard the news this evening of the demolishment of Parmatown Mall being underway – I don’t frequent Cleveland too often but especially my old stomping ground of Parma. One of the added perks of my mother being faculty I got to attend CCC for nearly free in my earlier years – of course between classes and anytime outside of classes I could easily be found roaming the halls of Parmatown Mall. It was a middle-class mall this was in the years about 1999-2002 I truly didn’t find it much different then the local mall Chapel Mall which was the closest to where I had been living. I was even quoted the youth shopping policy a few times till I showed them my ID that I can legitimately spend all my money and not be chased out the door.

The mall has a history dating back well before I was born even some before my parents which I know they read this maybe dinosaurs were still roaming a la Fred Flintstone, I kid.

The new “Shops at Parma” has began it’s development and this is just the next phase. The community was glad that Parmatown Mall will not suffer the fate of Randal Park mall on the East side of Cleveland or even Rolling Acres Mall in Akron. Below is an artist rendering of the Shops at Parmatown.

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You can find more articles from the Cleveland.com website about the project. The Cleveland Memory project has many pictures of the former Parmatown Mall.

Are you a suicide survivor? Sadly, many of us this day in age are survivors of suicide. Whether we have lost friends, family, or co-workers most Americans have lost someone close to them to a leading cause of death, suicide.

Allyn Lewis from Pretty Living PR is helping to raise awareness after losing her father to suicide at the age of 18. Allyn has pushed through this adversity and along with her talent team from Pretty Living PR is hosting an event this Saturday as a fundraiser for suicide prevention.

The event is in near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but as they say for Ohioians what is a good run for the border – especially for a good cause.

Visit La Nuit Noire’s website for more details. (Click Here)

Event details:

La Nuit Noire
Event benefit:  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite (click here).

Address:
Cefalo’s  –  428 Washington Ave, Carnegie PA 15106

When:
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 7pm – 11pm.

Entertainment will be a fashion couture show by Tidal Cool Creations and there will be live music with several celebrity guests in attendance.

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Death by WordPress?

Every time I log in seems as though something has gone awry whether it’s lost blog posts, or just the template changing and the font is no longer in a logical sequence. Sadly, I wasn’t happy with Blogspot either or Blogger – so I’ll stick to WordPress and try to promise to post more and not let the technology get the best of me.

But, for those that follow regularly you know the Facebook page has been quiet busy as there are all sorts of local events going on such as prep for both Alternative Fashion Week, Fashion Week Cleveland and Great Lakes Fashion Week. It may be winter but as they say it is “haute” in the fashion industry!

Don’t forget to follow on Facebook – and stay tuned to this page for future articles and event promotions as winter blues and technology faux pas are pushed aside.

Also, OhioFashionista.com will be looking for correspondents again that would like to write articles in their region and have them published. Please email me for further details.

~ Nora