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T-shirts and High Fashion Firsts

As a T-shirt company, we think we are the very pinnacle of fashion (or maybe anti-fashion). We love t-shirt culture and feel it is superior (at least in comfort) to the excessive primping and preparations of high fashion that in the end only detract from who we really are.

We have been known to eschew the paragons of high fashion, but this week’s New York Fashion Week has opened our eyes. Some of the designs on the catwalk this week have been breath-taking – some for their great beauty, others for their you’ve-got-to-be-kidding factor.

fashion_modelBut the greatest eye-opener of the event has been its inclusiveness (not a word often associated with haute couture). New York Fashion Week has blown the doors off our preconceptions of beauty and style with a number of firsts: a model with Vitiligo (a skin condition characterized by the loss of pigment in patterns), a model with Down syndrome, a male amputee model, a paralyzed teenage model, and a 5-year-old designer (no kidding).

Fashion has a way of reflecting reality and by exposure making it more acceptable. We hope that like other fashion statements that made their way into the mainstream these first from New York are just the beginning.

Fashion Week is an international show hosted by Mercedes-Benz and presented in places like Miami, Berlin, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Istanbul. We look forward to other statements and firsts.

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Comfort Colors Fashion Report: Color of the Month White with Shades of Grey

While up here in Vermont and New England, the color of the month is white with shades of grey (and not the steamy kind of shades of grey, but those slushy ones cast by snowplows),  the Pantone Fashion Report for the Fall of 2015 is out and full of color! And just in time for New York Fashion Week – February 12-19.

As a T-shirt company we are interested in fashion. Because we feel that the beloved cotton T-shirt is everyone’s perennial favorite fashion statement, you might say that we are interested in the edges of fashion, maybe even the outskirts of fashion.

We love Pantone’s color of the year. Marsala is such a delicious color, we were thrilled to see Pantone’s top ten for 2015 Fall. Here they are:

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Desert Sage
Stormy Weather
Oak Bluff
Biscay Bay
Reflecting Pond
Cadmium Orange
Cashmere Rose
Amethyst Orchid

We love them all! They have the hue and delectable, chewy feel of our favorite garment dyed Ts. We love the names as well. Each name describes its color quite well – except for maybe Reflecting Pond. This color could easily be a silvery grey or some kind of aqua marine blue, but for Pantone it is a deep blue-purple with brown overtones. It might sound like mud or a bruise, but it is indeed a velvety, sensual color. “Conveying a message of credibility, Reflecting Pond is a serious shade that speaks to the need for stability and security.”

Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman describes the palette this way: Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway. The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette.(http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=fall&year=2015&pid=11)

The colors are wonderful, but greatest thing about the Pantone colors this year is gender freedom (gender neutrality?). 2015 is the first year Pantone will not issue different palettes for men and women. “A grand shift towards an evolving color palette that is not reliant on color distinctions typically assigned to each gender. This Fall, designers look to sartorial styling and fabrics to define both a masculine and feminine interpretation of hues and color combinations.”

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