There are some fashion  color trends for 2018 that are very exciting for me as a fashion designer. I  LOVE  color, and it is no joke that you rarely see black, grey , or white in my shop. I love feeling happy, and the idea behind color affecting our moods, so offering bright and cheerful colors in my accessories and clothing for my shoppers is crucial! That’s why I was quite pleased to find out that the color palette for spring this year is bright, saturated hues either mono-chromatically or color blocked ; what a perfect excuse to put pop and pow into your closet and accessories. Although a ‘little black dress’ can be forever seen as the perfect dress up outfit, I invite you to think outside the box a little  and  warm up you and your surroundings with color.

As a handmade artist, I would be amiss in not mentioning how crucial it is to support handmade designers and creators. I think there is a misconception that a handmade designer , seamstress, creator, jewelry artist, accessory designer, etc, creates on “craft project” terms, and that is so SO far from the truth. While many of us are self taught, many of us also have either gone to school, or taken the time to take eons of classes and research to make sure that what we are designing and creating is not only unique and one of a kind, but is also made with the utmost care and quality. We live in a world of fast fashion, and it is so ‘ convenient’ , but also so disposable and ill-made. These articles of cheap, sweatshop made fashions not only end of in the landfills, destroying our planet, but  in addition these fast fashion hungry industries give us a false sense of affluence, making us believe that these fashions are as disposable as a coffee cup as we buy, buy , buy week after week. As an article in the Huffington Post says regarding fast fashion : 

“The reality is that outlets broker deals with designers so they can put designer labels on the cheaply made clothing manufactured in their own low-quality factories.

An article featured on Jezebel confirms: “The jig is up: Big brands like J. Crew, Gap and Saks’ Off 5th aren’t selling you discounted or out of season merchandise at their outlet locations. You’re just buying lower quality cardigans and patterned pants.”

I understand you may not be able to purchase and afford an entire wardrobe that is handmade, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start. For every 5 things you purchase at a store, make one of them handmade. And please, never throw your clothing out. Either donate them or if you know a handmade artist that might be able to recycle and remake with your used clothing( this is what I do) offer it up to them. Trust me, you are making a difference!

 

XOXO 

Erin Bass

*Fashion Designer*Creator*Unicorn Whisperer*

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