Perfectly on trend, President Obama wore a Marsala-colored Cashmere Jacquard Scarf for the White House Tree Lighting Ceremony this year.
Why do we let anyone tell us what color is hot, anyway? The good news for you is that apparently, everything is hot, and Silk Road Spirit has the colors, soup to nuts.
At the recent fashion shows, stylish women were chic in breezy scarves in lieu of statement necklaces.
Believe it or not, the debate is still going about whether men look hot - or not - in scarves. Extra conducted an online poll in September (Men in Scarves: Sexy or Silly?) - results indicate that 68% of women like their men in scarves. Some say ''yea!' and some say 'yuck!'
What do you think? Check out today's slideshow on Rediff News of some of Bollywood's most handsome men who love their scarves -- and we love their fashion sense! See pics of Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and more.
Check out this article titled "Scarves a Warming Trend for Summer Fashion" by Mike McGinley in Sunday's (10 May 09) Northeastern Pennsylvania's Times Leader.
You might also be interested to read Shaun kedikede/Nbu Melissa's blog titled "Today's Hottest Fashion Accessory is Women's Scarves," written today (11 May 09).
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I attended a do-it-yourself social media workshop last night sponsored by Local First Arizona, and came away with an appreciation of the power of Twitter. Then once I read Chris Brogan's article, 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business, I was sold, as they say. I'm going to give it a try.
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Anyway, BusinessWeek SmallBiz recently published a Special Report on Outsourcing, and I was quoted in an article titled Outsourcing Advice from the Pros. Check it out!
In the 1940s and ‘50s, a new morality emerged, and we saw the rise to prominence of such moral dictators as Edgar J. Hoover and Joseph McCarthy. Filmmakers endured strict censorship, and American families moved to the suburbs. Women squeezed back into their Maidenform bras and girdles, and accessorized with matchy-matchy belts, handbags, gloves and shoes. Is fashion following culture, and the mood of the country here? I think so.
The 1960s brought a new kind of liberation in the form of the birth control pill. Free love. Miniskirts were born, and as skirts rose, so did easy access, if you know what I mean. Or did ‘easy access’ give rise to rising skirts? Hmmm… Was ‘flower power’ a political movement or a fashion trend?
In my opinion, the 1970s were a slovenly period in our fashion history, and I can say that, because I came of age in the ‘70s. I, personally, wore overalls and either a red or a blue bandana on my head for most of a full year sometime in the ‘70s. We all walked on the backs of our blue jeans, the rolled up, frayed pieces of the jean straggling on behind us. Narrow wale corduroys, one in every color, and painter’s pants (complete with the hammer-holding loop) were de rigueur. Clogs. Adidas (this was before Nike came to pass). Earth shoes. While I lived through this era, I can’t begin to tell you why we dressed that way. I can’t honestly associate it with a political trend, and I certainly don’t think Nixon or Ford is to blame.
My point is this: Fashion and Culture are inextricably linked. I’m hardly the first one to notice that what’s popular in the culture finds its way into the fashions of the day. It’s no secret that manufacturers market their wares to the masses based on what’s popular in the culture. Sales of shirts and hats sporting flags increase when we go to war; sales of pink things increase proportionately with our increased awareness of breast cancer issues. How many offers did you receive in the month of March for green items, just because certain people wear green once a year on St. Patrick’s Day? I received eight offers by email alone. In these cases, fashion definitely follows culture.
If America falls in love with a little-engine-that-could film called “Slumdog Millionaire,” and we are moved by the story, and by the film’s Indian setting, not to mention the exotic beaded tops (kurtas) and patterned scarves worn by Latika, the lovely leading lady, then all things India will be hot for a while. Our interest in Indian culture thus piqued, new Indian restaurants will pop up, the rich saffron and curry color palette of India will find its way into our furniture and home décor, and fashion-forward women everywhere will wear the scarves and traditional salwar kameez of India with pride.
A case in point: On December 5, 2008 the AP published an article (I read it in the Minneapolis Star Tribune) stating that Pantone had declared Mimosa (the yellow flower, not the drink) would be 2009’s hot color. Expect to see it on the runways, etc. This was after Slumdog premiered in theaters, but long before it swept all the awards. Then on March 3, post award season, I read a blog post by Elizabeth Wellington on Philly.com’s fashion blog 'Mirror Image' titled “Slum Dog Millionaire's Freida Pinto in Pantone Color of the Year, Mimosa Yellow.” The article accompanied a picture of the film’s leading lady in that beautiful mimosa scarf that she’s wearing in the movie’s exhilarating final dance sequence, and in all the publicity trailers.
Which came first? Fashion or culture?
Give your wardrobe a Bollywood twist! Any of the Indian scarves from Silk Road Spirit will add that certain Indian spice style to your outfit -- one of my favorites is the beautiful and versatile Saffron & Curry Scarf woven in the rich spice colors of India. Or if you love texture, another special piece to bring that Indian flavor to your wardrobe is a silk blend turquoise and blue work of textile art called We Got the Blues.
Alex was really excited, because she wondered if it was possible that THE Taylor Momsen had possibly found the Silk Road Spirit website, and ordered her scarf from us. I had to admit that the pink cotton scarf Taylor is wearing is not ours, as the scarf has only just arrived in stock, but I wish it was from us -- I'd be thrilled!
Be that as it may, I am happy to say that SRS does now carry Taylor's pink scarf, as well five other rich jewel-toned colors of the same style. I like Taylor in the pink, but I also think she'd be smashing in the cobalt blue scarf.
My apologies in advance to the photographer who took the shot of Taylor -- if I knew who you are, I would gladly give credit where credit is due.
I'm writing today in Hong Kong, having just spent three weeks sourcing new products in Bangkok, Delhi, Guangzhou (the great Canton Fair), and Hong Kong. I've seen a lot, and am happy to write that I accomplished what I set out to complete. I've also witnessed first hand how the general panic over the economy is affecting commerce around the world. The big trade fairs in Asia continue on, business-as-usual, but where are the buyers? And specifically, where are the Americans? No matter where I am, be it trade show, coffee house, train station, or hotel lobby, the conversation centers on two topics: the state of the economy (where are the American buyers?), and who's going to be the next president of the United States (these are the two BEST candidates of each party that the great country of America has to offer?).
My best days this trip were in Delhi, India. I was shopping for new products for Silk Road Spirit, my fledgling fashion accessories business, and having a ball! I'm sure I reviewed more than a thousand new shawls, scarves, stoles, pashminas (take your pick of names to describe those lovely things) in search of the very best first collection. The color and variety of wools, silks, cashmeres, linens and cottons was quite stunning... overwhelming, really. The creativity of the designs, the skills of the weavers, the richness of the blends were a joy to behold. Besides the work, I have many wonderful friends in India now, garnered over many years of travel there. Yes, I had a good and productive trip to Delhi!
I am looking forward to putting this first collection together, photographing it and getting it online for you to enjoy. I'm also looking forward to hearing from you -- so please do write (that is, BLOG), and tell me what you think. Great days ahead!