Doctor to Design: a confession

Doctor to Design: a confession

If it weren’t for this man, this blog would not exist and my life would be completely different right now. Before I saw the work of Alexander McQueen, I had plans to become a doctor (I was leaning towards neurosurgery at the time) and had gone to a high school in which I took all science and math courses (and I was number 10 in my graduating class). But, despite all of this, I was not happy with medicine. It wasn’t until I was forced to look through a fashion magazine for a project (France’s economy and trades, to be a nerd) that I realized what I wanted to do with my life. McQueen’s designs spoke to me and made me want to explore the world of fashion.

Today is Alexander McQueen’s birthday. Forever rest in peace, Lee, and we will love and miss you forever.

Fashion Star: Season 2

With long lasting fashion-reality shows like Project Runway and What Not to Wear struggling to keep viewers (WNTW will air its last season this summer), NBC seems to have hit a mark with its business-meets-fashion show Fashion Star, which returned for its second season on March 8. The show is where designers compete for their designs to be bought by one of three companies– Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express– and then immediately sold within select stores and online within minutes of it airing on the show. Designers on the show are working in one of three teams, each one mentored by a different judge– either billion-dollar celebrity designer Jessica Simpson, menswear designer John Varvatos, or best-dressed winner and designer Nicole Richie–but their designs are bought individually.

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The show is currently only in its second season and has already made an huge impact with viewers. Perhaps what makes this show so marketable and popular with viewers is that 1) it is on a major, basic cable network and is thus more accessible to all audiences and 2) that the viewer can purchase the clothes. This show is breaking down that invisible boundary that has existed between the designer and the consumer– the viewer can immediately purchase what has walked down the runway– and it creates a connection. But another great aspect to this show is that, unlike Project Runway, the show displays that while a designer may design, it comes down to the buyer whether that item actually is seen and bought by customers. Essentially, Fashion Star combines the creativity of the design world and the reality of the business market.

I like the season thus far and many of the designers’ works. There are some truly creative and innovative designers (some with incredible resumes, I may add) who are on this season and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next. Below I have included the photos of some of the winning designs.

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What do you think of Fashion Star? And do you have a favorite fashion-related show?

Keep Calm and…Rape Shirts?

Keep Calm and...Rape Shirts?

I try not to rant on this website too much; I designed 1st on Trend to be a forum for fashion and pop culture, not rants. After all, I am just another college student in America– how are my rants any more effective than any other person’s in the world? Quite simply, they’re not. However, I just couldn’t let this topic go. It bothered me down to a point where I had to write about it.

Whether I have been noticing more of these events due to me taking a Women’s Studies course or just the fact these events are happening more recently, I have no idea. But, no matter how or why these events are happening, there seems to be an increase in sexist comments being produced in pop culture recently. Whether it is the fact that women have made some legislative advances (women now being permitted on the front lines in military combat and the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act) or whatever, there have been some equally wrong things to be happening in popular culture.

A few days ago the clothing company Solid Gold Bomb, which is known for t-shirts sold on Amazon, released some t-shirts with sexist slogans based on the over-done World War II phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The slogans included “Keep Calm and Rape A Lot” and “Keep Calm and Hit Her.”

Really? I mean, come on, really? These slogans completely make no sense and beat out the whole “Cool Story Babe, Now Make Me a Sandwich” shirts– or even the infamously moronic “YOLO” shirts (I only like the Lonely Island song, personally)– in stupidity. These shirts not only make no sense but are demeaning towards both genders. It is demeaning towards women for the obvious reasons of it making rape and domestic abuse a joke, but it is demeaning towards men in that it completely ignores the fact that men are beaten and raped in relationships too. It also continues the inaccurate notion “don’t get raped” rather than “don’t rape.”

With shirts and slogans like this being released (although they were recently taken down by the company with an apology letter) it is no wonder that there are still sexist comments and beliefs still being put out. Such as, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs recently published an amended Student Handbook with edited gun-control policies…and a “ten tips on how not to get raped” section. These “tips” included peeing yourself, vomiting, and telling your rapist that you have a disease or are on your menstrual cycle. It only took CNN, the Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitian Magazine to publish articles on it for UCCS to take the list down and say it was originally from 2006.

Nevertheless, this is silly and amazing that there is this amount of sexism still occurring. Women have been attending public educational institutions and voting for at least a century and yet women still are not being treated equal. Yes, the Hill is debating over the important issues of whether I, as a woman, have the rights to equal pay and legislature over my own body as a man does, but what about the idiotic things my generation seems to encourage? No one seemed annoyed by the “I (heart) boobies” wrist bands or even the “Cool Story Babe, Now Make Me a Sandwich” shirts, but does it take an extreme like this to make us realize that the current generation has sexist comments and beliefs too? Do they all have to be this extreme for us to even react anymore?

What do you think of the shirts? And what do you think of other possibly sexist comments/slogans that are in pop culture?

Fashion Photo of the Month: March

Fashion Photo of the Month: March

With Easter this month and the recent Pope’s resignation, this image seemed fitting for this month. The photo was done by Ben Trovato and features a model in a black outfit, a ring of flowers in her hair, and leaning against a black cross.

Now whether people will respond positively or not to this image (and so everyone is clear, I was raised Catholic but currently am a “casual Christian”) has yet to be seen, but I hope everyone can respect the artistic nature of this photo.

What do you think of the image? Do you like it or not? And do you have a recommendation for April’s photo?

Song of the Month: March

This song recently became a favorite of mine, mostly because it was played at a dance at my college when my I was dancing with my boyfriend and friends.

This is the second song done by Sia and David Guetta– the other song being the hit sensation “Titanium.” I really love the visual effects of this video and the song is very entertaining. As well, it is upbeat enough to celebrate the end of the winter season here in American (finally!).

What do you think of the song? And do you have a recommendation for April’s song?