The last few months have seen the unveiling of new Spring and Summer collections at pet couture shows in cities across the globe. Getting things rolling at the top end of the market was the famous Harrods Department Store in London which held its fifth annual Pet-& agrave-Porter dog fashion show in November. The theme of the show was 'Diamond Dogs' and one of the highlights was a spectacular Stephen Webster diamond and precious jewel dog collar worth over half a million pounds. Other designs incorporated pearls, sapphires, and rubies. Hundreds of people turned out to sip champagne and nibble on canapés at Harrods while watching the well behaved dog models (and their human companions) strut down the runway wearing outfits by top designers including Ben de Lisi and Vivienne Westwood. After two hours of dazzling dog fashion, guests left with an exclusive doggy bag full of treats for those furry friends who couldn't attend the show.Tokyo is another up-and-coming centre of dog fashion where canine couture is particularly popular. Walking through the city's parks you will rarely see a dog that isn't dressed to the nines and perfectly accessorized, and some Tokyo owners are known to have several dozen different outfits for their dogs. Tokyo also hosted Japan's first New Year Dog Party in January. The event featured activities such as dog yoga, photo sessions, gourmet dog food bars, and fashion shows with human and dog models strutting down the runway in matching outfits by top international designers. Highlights of the show included a $20,000 diamond-encrusted leather doggie jacket modelled by a dachshund and a gold and silver coloured jacket with Swarovski crystals for $5,000. Other canine uber-models included shih-tzus in biker jackets, poodles in polka dot dresses, bull dogs in sailor suits, a poodle dressed as Audrey Hepburn, greyhounds in rasta hats, a maltese in a denim body suit and yellow boots, and even a dog in a neon green wig. The two day event attracted crowds of up to 20,000 people who enjoyed themselves almost as much as all the dogs who welcomed the chance to socialise, enjoy the aromatherapy spas, sniff, do a little yoga, perhaps compete in a speed-eating contest, and of course - show off their latest outfit.New York is naturally at the forefront of dog fashion and it is the site of Pet Fashion Week New York, an annual event since 2006. In addition to the runway shows, this event features a lifestyle tradeshow, a black tie fundraiser for charity, and awards ceremonies. The show is held in August and last summer some of the most outrageous fashions were provided by Isle of Dogs whose canine and human models ranged from visions of post-apocalyptic, metallic silver and purple robots to a pink chiffon Mary Poppins accompanied by a teacup poodle with pink highlights and a sparkling princess crown. Other designers showcased leopard print and denim combinations, ruffled dresses and even a yorkie wearing a white angel outfit with feathers and wings.So - what fashion trends emerged from these shows? Well here's a rundown of what's in for pet couture this Spring.Pink is as hot as ever this Spring season but with a new twist of pretty floral patterns, ruffles, lace and appliqué detail, polka dots, metallic fabrics and accessories. For a fresh Spring look and feel, soft sheer fabrics combined with cotton and linen will feature and yellow will be popular alongside contrasting black and white, colours that suit dogs of all shapes and sizes. Shades of green will also be popular as the more environmentally friendly hemp will be making an impact amongst more eco-conscious owners in the coming months.White will also feature strongly this Spring/Summer season for both boy and girl dogs with smocking and puff sleeve detail making an appearance as well. Making a comeback this season are soft cosy pajamas, and they're not just for casual home wear - pet parents wearing matching pj's are predicted to be a new street-wear trend combining style with comfort. For cooler days, stylish warmth will be provided by cotton hoodies, soft knit jumpers and ponchos in pastel shades of pink and green.Dog Tee's with slogans are always popular. This Spring, Tee's with leopard trim are predicted to be a big hit along with Tee's with chiffon trim for girls and skull and heart designs for boys. And finally, pet parents of big dogs will be finding it easier to dress their dogs in the latest funky trends this year as more and more pet fashion designers are including big dog sizes in their lines.
Organizing a fashion show is one of a challenging task. It needs team work where it involves many people's co-operation and co-ordination. Whether your fashion show is to be a simple fundraiser or an elaborate fashion extravaganza you will have to work hard to achieve proud tears and rounds of applause. Choice of lighting, location and music are important elements of the production process.Organizing a fashion show means selecting and inviting a suitable judge, selecting models and new fashioned apparels that suit them, selecting a theme and getting the hall, wall and floor done accordingly, choosing a place or a hall that has a ramp, selecting music, inviting the press and photographers, selling tickets, and the list goes on and on.Do you want to keep it on a local level or go big? In either case, prepare yourself for a little begging as well as negotiating and you had better be organized or be good at it. Get yourself a land line because your cell phone bill is going to be outrageous if you don't have a plan. Factor in your fuel consumption as you will no doubt be doing a lot of traveling.Theme also plays a role in this. The environment should ideally reflect the central theme of the clothing line you are featuring. This can be achieved with props and decor as well as through the location itself. The wrong venue can kill a show.The judge for the fashion show needs to be someone famous and also should have idea about the recent trends in fashion. The audience are more fascinated about the one who presides the show as well. There should be a minimum of 3 judges to judge a particular show so that the final results are not biased. Judges should be invited at-least a month prior to the day of the show. Make sure the judges are warmly welcomed and are escorted to their seats by the ushers.Models should be selected with care so that they merge with the theme and the clothes or any fashionable they display. The make up man should also be invited to dress up the models and make them presentable on time. The models and the make up man are free to select the clothes and costumes that suit them. The theme is usually selected depending on the clothes that are to be show cased.Thus with team work & good planning, fashion shows can be organized and populated.
Photographing a fashion show is a lot of fun but there are steps to follow before you get on the riser and join the rest of the press photographers.First and foremost, you want to make sure you've identified the event, and by this I mean research as to what typically takes place at the event you will be covering. Perhaps a place to start is the event's website. Images from previous events host by the same title in previous years or events hosted by the same production company. This will help you formulate an idea for how things will go that day. Needless to say, there are times where all preparation goes down the drain and you must improvise on the spot.Once you've gathered as much information about the event and, if you are lucky, have gotten some glances as to what is to come you may want to start selecting the gear you will be using for the event. This will take multiple determining factors such as lighting, distance, speed, and post production needs.It is typical that Fashion Shows are at night, yet their main purpose is to showcase a line of clothes. Most of the time designers choose a very well lit venue or location to showcase their garments and "most of the time" there is no need for an added flash. A hot shoe flash unit is helpful for the coverage of the event where the models are getting ready (make up and dressing up, etc.). Be sure that if time is permitted to cover the "getting ready" portion of the event you have allotted enough time to return and secure a favorable spot on the riser. There are times where the space on the Press/Media riser is limited and overload of photographers or cameramen are forced to move to less desirable areas where direct sight is limited or impossible.On the riser space, once again, is limited and most people that secure a spot are strong about protecting their territory. Be respectful and courteous to others line of sight.For fashion shows it is important to achieve the best "white balance" possible. If a fashion show is coordinated by a seasoned production company, there will be a press conference where designers will meet and greet the press. This segment wasn't just designed to meet and greet the designers but also to make sure lighting scenarios are tested and a "while balance card" is displayed for photographers to adjust their gear accordingly.Once the show starts, I typically adjust my camera settings to approximately: f.5.6-7.0 1/250 at about 800-1600 ISO. I tend to shoot fashion shows at JPEG + Raw in order to de-mark and process images quicker. The final selection will make it to my clients in high-res. The rest is eliminated. I tend to make any image selection during the show because I simply can't trust a 3.5inch screen, I rather see everything from a monitor.As a marketing tool, I upload my images over to Facebook and share them with the models, designers, production company. I watermark them for copyright protection and allow them to purchase the images they like.I hope this brief article is helpful to those interested in Fashion Show Photography. If you have any questions I may be contacted via Facebook.
Today, a belt has become a part of fashion. In various international fashion fair, we can find designers can not leave the belt, especially for young men; almost everyone will wear a belt. The use of belt is no longer simple to button pants; it has become an important part of fashion. Some international famous brands have launched a series of belts to meet people's needs, such as Montblanc, Easy. As usual, there are three kinds of belt: high slung belt, middle slung belt, low slung belt. Before 1980s, the belt is just used for buttoning pants. So the price of a belt does not have much difference and the difference attributes to different materials. The price of man-made fiber belt is less than 10 dollars and the price of cowhide belt is about dozens of dollars. Then, with the development of brands, the belt was raised to a new level. In 1990s, many people were proud of owning Goldlion belts. This moment, the price of belt had risen to 100 dollars. After 2000, the famous brands are more and more popular in high-end consumers. So the high quality of belts has an expensive price today. The genuine belt price is not cheap now, so how to buy a belt in a cheap price is not an easy thing. So whether there are another ways to get cheap Pandora beads, the answer is yes. Today with the developing of online shopping, we can buy many goods we like in online stores, especially online wholesale stores. You just search the wholesale belt in the search engine, you will find there is so much information about the wholesale belt and you may not know how to choose. Therefore, you should have a good resolving ability. First, you can try an Internet auction website to find a reliable wholesaler with good reputation. Second, you should not be confused by a much lower price and check its transaction record and valuation from other buyers. Third, do not pay your money directly and choose a Third-party trading platform.
As long as you get goods online according to the principles above, I think you will feel it is a simple thing to own a fit belt. In fact, we can not only buy whole belt, but also other things such as wholesale sunglasses, survetement and so on. Because the online whole store you have chosen must not only sell wholesale belt, you can also look for other wholesale things you need. In this way, I have succeeded to buy a wholesale belt in an online wholesale store. When I opened the packaging, I have to admit that I was fascinated by its beautiful design. The belt is very comfortable and looks like elegant. At my first time, I would buy such good belt in a wholesale belt store, undoubtedly, this is a happy experience. And I believe the wholesale online stores will have a great development in the future