Month: September 2018

Titanium Mokume Rings

Over the centuries artisans have inspired us with beautiful jewelry and metalworks created from Mokume Gane’s metal laminates. Prized metals such as gold, platinum, silver, and others have been artfully united by her craftsmen. The captivating results speak for themselves. Mokume Gane’s “wood grain metals” tell stories of timeless beauty.

But now, and only through modern man’s amazing achievements in science, the powerful king of metals – Titanium – has arrived. Finally refined to its pure elemental state in 1910, Titanium has already transformed many aspects of human life. As you may know, it is a key metal used in our explorations of space, and it is also the preeminent material used in surgical implants. Titanium is 42% lighter than steel – yet stronger, possessing the highest strength to weight ratio of any known element. It will not corrode in salt water. Titanium is even hypoallergenic and extremely bio-compatible. Yes, having demonstrated its superior position among metals, and thus earning its noble status, Titanium is now dignified as a component of jewelry collections and mingles easily with our precious metals and gemstones.

The heralded Japanese art form Mokume Gane waited centuries, but she has finally met her match. The Titan among metals has found himself wrapped up in the art of Mokume Gane. Their union is rich in history and in power. They will do well together…

You can experience the beauty and power of Titanium Mokume by visiting Titanium-Jewelry.com, an online showcase of fine jewelry. Unlike many others utilizing undesirable industrial alloys, their Titanium rings are made from 99+% commercially pure Titanium, the only choice for use in jewelry.

Titanium-Jewelry.com offers the acclaimed Edward Mirell line of Black Titanium Mokume rings, an achievement dubbed “Timoku”, featuring gray and black titanium folded together using techniques echoing the ancient Japanese methods. Coupled with the natural gray tone of Titanium, in classic Mokume Gane fashion, is the trademarked Black Ti, a revolutionary alloy even within the Titanium world.

Find Pants That Fit and Flatter

Long Legs

Look for classic cuts and styles like a classic trouser or men’s-style pant. You can pull off cuffed styles, and look great in cropped pants that will give your legs a long, lean, line. Try to avoid straight skinny styles- they will make you look lanky.

Short Legs

Try on pants that have a streamlined design. Look for styles that have a straight leg or a boot cut- your goal is to have a long uninterrupted line from hip to toe. Avoid styles that sit too high on the waist, a lower waist will help lengthen the leg. Tip: wear pointy toed shoes with pants that end at the instep- this will help your leg look longer. Make sure your hem isn’t too short; it will visually shorten the appearance of your leg. Cropped pants, pleats, and wide silhouettes should be avoided.

Thick Waist

Search for pants with a waistline that hits just below your bellybutton. If the waistline is too high, it will create bulges, too low and your waist will hand over the material. Avoid pants with extra volume at the bottom like cuffed styles, and extra wide legs.

Large Hips

Try to find pants that are fuller through the thighs and pants that fall straight from the hips to camouflage heavier thighs. Low-rise cuts sit directly on your hips and draw attention to that area, so they must be avoided at all costs.

Petite

Check out low-rise, boot-cut styles and experiment with different textures, patterns, and colors.

Plus Size

Look for straight-cut, slightly flared pants in darker colors. To achieve an overall slimming look, choose one color head to toe like black. This will lengthen your body visually and make you look taller and slimmer.

Trends

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans look best on long legs tucked into boots, but girls with heavier thighs can wear them too. Pair skinny jeans with a longer tunic or sweater dress to hide any lumps and bumps.

Wide Leg Trousers

These look best on boyish figures, but they can also help balance out large hips. Wear them cuffed or uncuffed.

Shorts

Shorts can be surprisingly flattering- you just have to find a great cut and length. Hems that hit just above the knee are extremely flattering and for a work appropriate look, try on trouser shorts.

Capris

Wide legged capris will create a long, lean line, and skinnier styles flatter taller, slim styles. Avoid capris if you legs are short, they will make the leg seem even shorter.

T-shirt Evolution

Origins – Call to Arms in Short Sleeves

The t-shirts humble beginnings can be traced back to the early 1930’s. WWI European soldiers entrenched in mud wore the t-shirt as an undergarment. The advantages of the light cotton underwear were quickly adopted by the US military. By WWII the US Army and Navy had supplied the t-shirt as standard issue. T-shirts at the time were still considered underwear and not worn casually.

1950’s – Cult Movie Bad Boys

With the help of a sweating Brando in the 1951 film “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and later a brooding James Dean in “Rebel without a Cause” the t-shirt had moved to mainstream youth culture. By the time Elvis had gyrated, the teenage rebellion seed was planted and along with denim jeans the t-shirt had become the hot fashion statement.

1960’s – From Beatniks to Vietnam

The 60’s were well known for social upheavals and political events. Many subcultures developed from Beatniks, Mods, Rockers to eventually Hippy’s. During the early 60’s The Beatles had ignored the t-shirt opting for their trademark suits. But by the late 60’s the haze of the Hippy generation had created the tie dyed t-shirt. Dunked in several buckets of colourful dyes it became a symbol of the psychedelic era and possibly one of the worst fashion crimes of the century. Other t-shirt styles were born including the ringer, muscle, v-neck and tank t-shirts. The invention of screen printing saw social and political slogans expressed on apparel especially for the anti war sentiments of Vietnam.

1970’s – Your Disco Needs You

Rock emerged beating to death the Hippy’s with their own sandals. The black t-shirt was now standard issue with printed logos of stadium rock Supergroups such as Led Zeppelin, ACDC and Pink Floyd. In the course of the mid 70’s Surf apparel started appearing. Niche surfing brands such as Lightning Bolt, Billabong, Rip Curl and Quiksilver would later become big corporations. Athletic giants Adidas, Puma, Reebok and Nike also gained prominence with their branded printed tees, shoes and apparel. The decade was also known for it’s many classic t-shirt motto’s including the Smiley face, “Sh*t Happens” and “I love NY” which would see a revival after 911. Fonzie in the TV sitcom Happy Days paid homage to Brando and Dean 20 years before by reintroducing the blank white tee. In 1977 the Star Wars phenomenon had exploded. Star Wars t-shirts were everywhere for the tween. But for the twenty something’s there was of course Disco. With movies like Saturday Night Fever and Thank God it’s Friday the flared trousers and tight t-shirts became the usual 70’s silhouette.

1980’s – Fashion beep beep

The influence of music had an extreme effect on fashion in the 80’s. The New Romantic movement in the early 80’s had passed on the simple tee, opting for a more extravagant look. Remember Flock of Seagulls? On the opposite spectrum the Punk movement was in full flight with black ripped up tees, Doc Marten boots, piercing and lots and lots of hair gel.

By the mid 80’s the Japanese fashion influence had caught on. Designers Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake had reinvented the t-shirt to a large oversized kimono style cut. Katherine Hamnett in 1984 took it even further with the notable “Choose Life” print which was immediately embraced by Wham! in their video “Wake Me Up Before you Go Go”. Not long after Frankie said “Relax” and The Smiths said “Meat is Murder” regurgitating the political t-shirt.

From the oversized tee stemmed the woman’s “t-shirt dress” which developed into neon and day glow colours.

Springsteen brought the jeans and a t-shirt back to basics with rolled up macho sleeves during his Born in the USA phase. For the MTV generation Armani took the t-shirt to high fashion wearing the tee underneath a suit jacket. Of course the suit jacket sleeves were rolled up ala Crocket and Tubbs Miami Vice style (parodied exceptionally in that Friends episode).

1990’s – Come As You Are

Surf tees saw a rebirth pioneered by new brands Stussy and Mossimo. Also adopted by Skaters long sleeve t-shirts became ever more popular. The Hypercolor t-shirt fad where the fabric changed colour with heat was very popular. Entertainingly if the wearer worked up a sweat big unsightly patches of colour change would occur around the armpits.

Again the influence of music came back into play. Hip Hop proved it wasn’t a phase adopting at first Adidas as a brand. Later various Rap specific brands emerged such as Sean John and Phat Farm. Dance, Trance and DJing gained prominence and tighter and sleeveless t-shirts worn with baggy pants become the mode. Grunge anti-fashion also took the tee in another direction with a dark worn appearance.

21st Century Brand Child

According to branding experts Al and Laura Ries in the book “The Origin of Brands”, as a product category evolves the category then diverges further into more categories. Like a tree some branches may whither and die while others will further grow and diverge again. This is probably best explained with the invention of the TV. The TV has diverged from the humble B&W television to many other categories. We now have CRT, Plasma, LCD, HDTV, Rear Projection, portable and widescreen.

All about Winter Fashion

To build a winter wardrobe that follows the current winter fashion trends you will want to start with your footwear. While you may not think that winter boots offer much flexibility when it comes to fashion choices there really are a lot of great options to choose from. However, if you want a boot that will remain in style through several seasons then you can’t go wrong with a black winter boot. Then if you winter budget can stand it, buy a second and/or third pair of boots in this season’s colors and styles.

The next area of your body that you will want to protect from the coldness of winter is the lower half of your body. To stay warm look for pants that have a flattering cut for your body type and that are also made from a heavier material like wool. If you like to wear skirts in the winter then you can protect your legs by wearing colored tights.

To really pull your fashion forward winter wardrobe together you will want to look for top options that really pop. Sweaters, scarves, and fashion accessories can also easily be added to reflect winter fashion trends from this season. For the best clothing options for your body, look for tops that have a shape that de-emphasizes your problem areas and that also have a color palette that compliments your skin tone and hair color.