Around the World: Highlights from Tokyo Fashion Week

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With all of the hustle and bustle surrounding New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks – we can often forget that there are loads of other fantastic fashion week showcases all over the world. From Nashville to LA, Berlin to Moscow – fashion is an international language with each city putting it’s own unique spin on clothing and style. One of my favorite places to watch fashion unfold is Tokyo. Japanese designers and fashionistas are known the world over for their trendsetting (or trend bucking) creations – from the high-fashion, avant garde designs of Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo to street style trends like Lolita and Agejo, Japan is an amazingly artistic and unique environment that provides loads of inspiration for almost any sewing or DIY endeavor.

Under the Influence: Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Fashion

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Last week we were given the opportunity to share the results of a fantastic collaboration between Urban Threads and KMKostumes. The product was an amazing Steampunk-inspired dress that got me thinking about how much Steampunk and Victorian-era style has influenced fashion over the last few years, and vice-versa. Not only that, but tons of our talented BurdaStyle members have uploaded amazing creations inspired by both romantic Victorian style and the Steampunk aesthetic (which draws a good amount of it’s influence from the former).

So...What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

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Halloween is upon us and if you don’t already know, we’re hosting a pretty fantastic contest with BERNINA. Whether you’ve already submitted your entry (and we’re starting to see some amazing ones as evident by the images above), are putting the finishing touches on your costume or you’re still in need of a last-minute get up, we pulled together a few fun costume ideas and some of our favorite BurdaStyle patterns that you can use to make your look complete.

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Paris Fashion Week

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Ok, I’m going to make a little confession: as soon as fashion week starts I always wish I had a fast forward button that would skip immediately to the Paris shows. It’s not that I don’t love what designers in New York, London and Milan are doing – but there’s something about the beauty and artistry of Paris fashion week that still makes me as giddy as it did when I was a little girl waiting by the mailbox for my giant copy of Vogue to arrive. Regardless of where your favorite designers show or what city inspires you the most, there were loads of great looks on the Parisian runways just begging for you to try them next spring, and we rounded up our last batch of favorites as fashion month officially comes to a close and we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring 2012.

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - The Prints and Patterns of Milan Fashion Week

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Italian designers and fashion houses are known the world over for their luxury and flair for the dramatic, and this season during Milan fashion week it was no exception as designers like Miuccia Prada, Consuelo Castiglioni and Roberto Cavalli turned out fresh, fun and daring looks for spring 2012. Ready to get a jump start on the season? The Milan runways were full of vibrant patterns ranging from the pop art florals at Marni to the jazzy art deco looks at Etro and we pulled together a few of our favorites to inspire you to dig through your fabric stash and start playing with your prints!

Amann Group Mettler Trend Reports - Highlights from London Fashion Week

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Ah, London…I’ve always had such a romantic notion of London and the UK in general. I suppose I naively base my assumptions on one too many Masterpiece Theatre dramas, but a girl can still dream, right? Another reason I am so in love with London is that I feel like fashion is much less restrained than it is here in the US.

Amann Group Mettler Trend Reports - On the Runways: Spring 2012

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Just as we’re gearing up for fall’s colder weather, designers are rolling out their looks for spring 2012 and it already has me excited for warm weather to come back around. So far in New York we’ve seen in-your-face florals, sleek and sporty ensembles and everything in between but fashion week is just getting started and I can’t wait to see what the London, Paris and Milan designers have up their sleeves. Want to get started on a few of the spring trends? Check out some of my favorite looks from the runways, plus download great patterns for you to get the look now (but shhhh, don’t tell the designers!).

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Predicting the Spring Trends

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Even though pre-­‐season shows have taken on a life (and a series of trends) all their own, they are still a fairly good indicator of what we can expect to see on the runways come fall and spring. For this week’s Trend Report we’re playing a little game in the office called “Predict the Trends”, and decided to pull together some of the most prominent looks and trends from the 2012 Resort shows as an idea of what we could see designers sending down the runways in the coming weeks.

Amann Group Mettler Trend Report - Metallic Embroidery

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From the romanticism of Alexander McQueen to the rock ‘n’ roll rebellion of Balmain, metallic embroidery is adding a luxe edge to some of fashion’s latest looks. Check out some of our favorite embroidered creations and try it on your next project with Amann Group Mettler Poly Sheen® thread. A larger surface area means the thread reflects more light and is sure to bring attention to wherever you decide to stitch it. Toss in a few sequins or beads for a textural effect and take your garment project to the next level.

Make it Yours: The Button Up Shirt

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How many button up shirts do you have in your wardrobe? Me – too many to count. They are without a doubt my go-to choice when it comes to covering my top half. They can be dressed up, dressed down and anything in between; exude both a pulled together and casual air; and fit into almost any aesthetic no matter whether you like yours oversized and boho or slim and minimal. I picked 3 of my favorite BurdaStyle patterns and created a few fun outfits that are sure to inspire you to whip up a classic button up shirt for your own styling adventures.

Color Blocking: Fresh Combos to Try + Patterns

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While my closet is packed with it’s fair share of neutral hues, make no mistake about how much I love color. Spring runways were packed with fun new ways to pair shades ranging from acid brights to deep blues and I pulled together a few of my favorite new combos that you can rock well into fall’s crisp weather. Click through to see my picks and dare to make yourself a colorful new ensemble!

Fashion That Rocks: 4 Musicians with Serious Style

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When I was younger I dreamed about being a rock star. To me it seemed as if they lived entirely by their own set of rules; they could get away with anything – fashionably speaking and otherwise. I loved and was inspired by women like Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Shirley Manson and Kim Gordon, who were each beautiful in their own way – they didn’t need to rely on the stereotypes of over-sexed, under-dressed airheads in order to be considered attractive or desirable. I also loved how each of these women cultivated their own personal style.

1 Pattern, 4 Looks: The Lightweight Blazer

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I broke out of my usual 3 looks this time to bring you 4 – hope that doesn’t cause any problems!

One of my favorite pieces of clothing ever created has to be the blazer. There is something about slipping into one made so perfectly to measure that it almost feels like a second skin. It’s a near religious experience. I have no less than 8 blazers of different shapes, sizes and colors floating around my closet with a long wish list of others I would like to add (I have never been ambitious enough to make one from scratch, only subtly nipped and tweaked ones I’ve purchased), and I can think of few occasions where sporting a blazer would seem out of place. Ok, well maybe the pool isn’t exactly the best setting…

Summer Pattern Trends: The New Basics

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We style three of hot patterns for summer with bright new fabrics from MichaelMillerFabrics.com.

Best Patterns to Beat the Heat

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Yesterday our resident sewing and style expert Peter Lappin lamented his wardrobe choices as summer’s blazing heat descends upon New York City. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously feeling his pain as my clothing options seem to get slimmer and slimmer as the temperatures get hotter and hotter. I pride myself on being a tomboy who loves her pants and button-up shirts, but I admit to completely wimping out during summer’s intense heat and find that it takes all of my strength not to wake up and throw on a giant linen muumuu every morning (call it my equivalent to Peter’s pajama suit).

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