30/09/10

Cinderella moment

When you put something on that makes you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful.

From: "We interview Tricia Harris from Fashionese"

Dictionary of fashion buzzwords

Faux pas: A faux pas is a blunder that can occur in social settings, as well as in fashion. In other words, it's an error in (style) judgment that should be avoided at all cost. Common fashion faux pas include wearing white socks with dark trousers and wearing sunglasses indoors.

Glitterati: is a term used to describe a crowd of attractive people who tend to be well-dressed, usually referred to as the elite.

Trs chic: means very fashionable; it's usually used to describe a specific item, like a suit, for example, or as a compliment for a place or an event.

Pice de rsistance: In food lingo, plat de rsistance means main dish. In fashion, pice de rsistance is used to describe an important item, whether it's a must-have item of the season or an item that stands out from an ensemble.

Du jour: If it's an item du jour , that means it's ultra trendy.

Pass: The term pass is used to describe something that was once in style (see du jour ), but no longer is; basically, it's a thing of the past.

published on : uk.askmen

24/09/10

The Debeham fashion dictionary

High-street department store Debenhams is launching the online reference guide to help staff and customers through the retail maze of treggings, shackets, whorts and mandles.

Blurt:
[Blouse/Skirt] all in one blouse and skirt combo.

Cardigown: [Cardigan/Dressing Gown]Cardigan, usually long and belted like a cardigan.

Coatigan: [Coat /Cardigan] Cardigan with a coat appearance.

Jardigan: [Jacket/Cardigan] a thick jacket like cardigan that requires no coat on top.

Jeggings: [Jean/Leggings] Leggings with jean like qualities.

Jombats: [Jegging/Combats] tight combats of jegging quality.

Mace Mackets: [Male Lace] [Mac/Jacket] a cross between a mac and a jacket.

Mandles: [Man – Sandals] sandals for men.

Mankinis: [Male/Bikini skimpy swimwear for men championed by Borat.

Meggings: [Male Leggings] very tight jersey trousers for men.

Mubes: [Maxi Tube Dress] Shacket [Shirt/Jacket] Jacket of shirt like appearance.

Shacket: (Shirt/Jacket) Jacket with shirt-like appearance.

Shoots: (Shoe/Boots) Not quite a shoe nor a boot but something in between.

Skorts: (Skirt/Short) Shorts with the look of a skirt i.e. culottes

Skousers: [Skirt/Trousers] trousers with an attached skirt.

Tankini: [Tank/Bikini] cross between a bikini and a tank top for a more modest swim option.

Tregging: [Trouser/Legging] Leggings of trouser like appearance.

Watchlet: [Watch/Bracelet] a bracelet which includes a time telling decorative element.

Whorts: [Winter shorts] thick, often wool based shorts, normally worn with tights in winter.




13/09/10

OTK, VPL

Fashion-world initialisms.

Discussing fashion’s penchant for abbreviation, Hadley Freeman commented in The Guardian on the latest additions to the style lexicon:

OTK:over the knee, generally applied to boots but can also be used for hemlines
VPL: is well known but there is now also VBL (visible bra line) and VBS (visible bra strap) and then the particularly marvellous TFFF (too fat for fashion.)


published on: Schott's Vocab




House DNA

The fundamental design characteristics of a (fashion) brand.



Reporting on Paris Fashion Week for Agence France-Presse, Sarah Shard noted:

At the just-ended Paris ready-to-wear collections, the buzz word was “house DNA,” or what makes a label distinctive.

The chief buyer for the Paris department store Printemps, Aymeric de Beco, said he had been struck by the “insistence at all the shows on the house’s genetic code.”

“I think that’s also what the consumers are looking for, to go back to the basics of a brand.”

published on: Schott's Vocab