Tuesday, February 17, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Shop Fashion Law!

New York Fashion Week is heating up the city, and the hot styles are not just on the runway.  The trailblazing Fashion Law Institute at Fordham now has...well, fashion law fashions!

You can now don the trademark collection, while supporting a much-needed institution in the heart of the fashion district.  The picks are stylish.  We hope there's more to come.







 The logo pin.  This is the hallmark of the collection. 





Fashion Law for Ladies...the perfect style for class or researching the latest in the industry.  Classy and comfy.

Gents, too!



Check out these items, and order yours now.  Why wouldn't you want to wear fashion law?!



Thursday, February 12, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Kirwin Patmon, Chicago Fashion Photog--

While NYC is just getting their Fashion Week underway, we're making note of what's hot in Chicago fashion, too!  Ms. Kirwin Patmon is one of Chicago's rising photographers, and a fashionista by trade.  We were able to chat with her and find out more about what she's done and where she's headed. She is quite the stylist and has a great eye for wonderful photos. We love her sass and style.  You will, too!


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1. How did you get started in Fashion? What sparked your interest?

Well, I've always loved a good sale and had a flare for dramatic statement pieces. When I was younger I wore hand me downs like it was a full-time job. As I got older my style started incorporating the old with the new. People would compliment me on my unique style and how I could pull off anything. Now after college, I am focused on maturing my style but keeping that quirkiness in my wardrobe. Something that has helped me with this is my blog KirKirChanel. I write about life after college, staying fabulous on a broke girl's budget, and staying true to one's self and personal style.

2. Do you apply your interest in fashion in any other arts? 

I am a photographer as well as a graphic designer. Photo shoots, choosing props, wandering around for a location, and of course the clothes are all things that make me happy. I love putting together trend reports and inspiration boards. I do a lot of D.I.Y. projects that can be worn such as rubber band jewelry and flower crowns.


3. What do you love about the Chicago fashion industry? 

I love the diversity in Chicago. We literally have every type of fashionista and fashionisto. (Is fashionisto a word?) My favorite style is the street fashion. I love the idea of mixing independent brands with corporate brands and even thrifty clothing. The way people dress themselves here is absolutely amazing. There is so much creativity and imagination when it comes to fashion in Chicago.

4. What do you feel the Chicago Fashion industry needs most? What do you plan to do to help achieve those needs? 

The Chicago fashion industry needs more meet ups, creative collaborations and networking events that are free. As far as internships for just fashion design and fashion business, I would love to see fashion communications and more graphic arts opportunities. Whenever I meet another creative mind the first thing I think of is some type of awesome collaboration we could do and the brainstorming process begins. In an industry like fashion we must help each other and be genuine in order to be successful.

5. What's next for you?

I am in the process of developing better content for my blog and Instagram. I am setting up fashion shoots, shooting friends, and potential new friends. I am attempting to merge fashion, photography, and design.

6. What is your favorite fashion line?

Betsey Johnson all day long! Betsey Johnson is the type of gal that celebrates femininity and isn't afraid to stand out. She proves that getting older doesn't make you boring, trying new things is fun, and to never let the Negative Nancies get in your way. When I wear Betsey Johnson I feel fierce.

7. What inspires your photography? 

A good composition. If my fancy camera isn't in my purse, I am usually found snapping pictures of neat things with my phone camera. Portraits are my favorite but shooting from the hip is a close second. 

8. What do you like to shoot the most? 


Candids, because they are honest and beautiful. 












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Thanks Kirwin!  This lady has some exciting stuff coming up.  Be sure to keep up with her on the web!


Twitter and Instagram: @Kirkirchanel
Blogwww.kirkirchanel.wordpress.com - The looks here are AMAZING!!  There's something for everyone and every occasion!
Portfolio blogKirwinpatmon.wordpress.com


Monday, February 9, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

DVF Urges Fair Treatment of Models--

Diane von Furstenberg is such a fashion icon.  She's a trailblazer in so many ways.  She brought us the wrap dress, has been a major supporter of anti-piracy legislation for fashion on Capitol Hill, and worked with fashion law leader Susan Scafidi in establishing the Fashion Law Institute. Now, she's commanding fair treatment of models as NYFW gets rolling this Wednesday.

Sure, fair treatment of models is nothing new.  We've talked about labor issues models face and the work Stand Up For Fashion (STUFF) has done.  The push from such a fashion powerhouse just might be, though.  For years, major fashion week participants have been scrutinized for their lack of diversity in runway shows and the self-esteem damaging atmosphere for the models they do choose.  As longtime President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Ms. von Furstenberg is saying loudly--no more!

Along with CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, Diane has penned a letter, encouraging this upcoming fashion week be just as much about debuting new trends and styles as it is debuting new attitudes.  She continues to remind us, beauty and fashion start on the inside.  

Check out the letter for yourself.

We love DVF, don't you?!


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