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Tattoo WhoDoo?

While taking a shirt off my 18 month old grandson, I was amazed and amused to find a skull and crossbones tattoo decal on his arm.  He was quite proud of his “dadoo” put there by his aunt, a rather conservative woman! Back in those Mötley Crüe days when teens were sneaking off to tattoo parlors in forbidden parts of town getting itty-bitty hearts and smiley faces placed in discreet places mom wouldn’t see, this would have been unthinkable. http://gossip.whyfame.com/brooklyn-beckham-has-a-tattoo-7691

I used to discuss tattoos with my FMM student as a “fad.” As it turns out this could not have been a fad- it didn’t go away. In fact, there’s an entire segment of all ages, coast to coast, country to country whose bodies serve as a billboard for unbelievable complex tattoo designs. So what’s up, if it isn’t a fad and it isn’t mainstream? Plus the celeb roster now has a Celebrity Tattoo Artist category. http://www.styleite.com/media/scott-campbell-marc-jacobs-tattoos/

I asked an FIT colleague; Norma Campbell who sports an Edo inspired geisha girl on her leg that I have to admit is “to die for.” Norma says tattooing is now a recognized art form meticulously practiced by serious gifted artists who have chosen the body as their canvas. Wow!

To learn more I talked to Michele Savoia, a high profile menswear designer and custom tailor who teaches for us.  He’s a walking authority on men’s dressing, be it career or social, Michele can be trusted to give you the very best advice on what to wear from the highest brow event to an interview.  Industry gala? State Department dinner? going to Ascot? Call Michele, oh and by the way, he’s “inked” on every body part you can see and probably more places we haven’t. Michele says that not only is this an emerging art form but tattoo artists must have a fine and or graphics art background with knowledge of how to design their concepts to transfer to the human body- a shifting elastic platform. The best parlors serve as art galleries for custom design.

What about that old fear about fading and aging?

Both Norma and Michele say no fear as the ink process is so advanced with tattoos being a balance of art and science including hypoallergenic slim needles and state of the art ink that come in a wide range of colors.  The designs are very personal according to Michele.  Tattoos are a reference to one’s personal life experiences meaning “This is my story” be it Goth, tribal, old school flash, sailor Jerry or Japanese style.  Fascinating and deep.  Should Hot Topics do a series on tattoo culture-what do you think?

Oh and one other tip from Michele. He says “women go crazy for heavily tattooed men- It’s that bad boy thing!” Oo quick let me get my grandson’s shirt back on-

Michele Savoia teaches SXF 325: Men’s Image Consulting with Style

Brooklyn-based Brilliance

by Trina Morris

Its always a delight to see and learn more about the awesomeness of my borough. While I am a transplanted New Yorker, Brooklyn has been my home for 10 years, so yes… I feel earnestly justified in representing its creativity and quintessential cool.

Its no wonder that many fashion and lifestyle innovations have ignited on this side of the Bridge, particularly over the last decade. Below are just a few examples of why I am one proud Brooklynite…

1)   In 2006, a Bay Ridge resident/mother felt that dining should be social for everyone, including nursing infants. Therefore, instead of covering them from the world, she invented a nursing sash that appropriately conceals; yet keeps ‘mother and child’ connected while feeding in public. Today, Baby Bond (originally named ‘Slurp & Burp’ by her husband, part of FDNY) has gained loads of press (Brooklyn News 12, Urban Baby, Mom Finds, etc.) and garnered nationwide retail acceptance.

2)   And what about that Red Hook resident/ designer who insisted on giving beach babes ‘something to do’ this summer, as they were undoubtedly ‘something to see’??? LOL He handcrafted a solar-powered bikini that charges iPods, mp3s, digital cameras and even cell phones!!! Lined with paper-thin panels that convert the sun’s radiation into electricity, the suit is completely safe on its owner and can still get wet!!! This hand-made marvel is definitely a high-end fashion item ($1000 retail), but can totally make any techy-eco-fashionista’s summer one to remember!!

3)   Beyond a distinct look, Brooklyn has an undeniable feel. More appropriately, Brooklyn’s got SOUL!! All of last week, MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art) celebrated the Soul of Brooklyn with fabulous events, exhibits and, of course, the infamous Fort Greene Festival (which happened this past Saturday)- headlined by Bed Stuy’s own, Rapper-turned-Actor, Mos Def.

Trust there’s much more COOL to experience in Brooklyn. Each neighborhood truly dances to its own beat. So do you wanna rock? Join me on a tour ; ) Welcome to Brooklyn, baby!

Trina Morris teaches SXT 320: Trend Track Alert – Greenpoint, Brooklyn and SXT 600: The Lower East Side – Mecca for Fashion.

Shop Savvy During Summer Sales

INSIDE IMAGE CONSULTING

As we near July 4th, summer sales begin to pop up in every direction. This season’s clothing and accessories are currently in stores at 30, 40 even 50% off of original prices!  It’s a great time of year to take advantage of the sales with your clients and grab those fabulous finds for less.  Encourage your clients to add a few more summer staples to their wardrobes—T’s, dresses, sandals – and to replace some of those summer whites that may have gone dingy.


Truth be told, I’m a big proponent of shopping the sales, but I’m not a big fan of shopping them exclusively.  My shopping philosophy is to shop twice a retail season: in the beginning of the season for pieces your client must have to fill major wardrobe gaps (like that great pair of dress ‘em up, dress ‘em down black trousers or a classic trench) or items that are needed to complete an outfit. Those should be purchased at the beginning of the season—when the selection is best.  Then, at the end of the retail season, I recommend adding those pieces that are the ‘nice to haves’—items that are not critical to your client’s wardrobe but rather add spice and variety to their existing pieces. They may also be repeat purchases (aka ‘back stock’) to items that they love and wear now.


Remember, our clients sometimes go into a shopping frenzy at sale time and buy things just because they are on sale. As their image consultant, it’s our job to help them determine what items are smart purchases, regardless of the price.


Carol Davidson teaches SXF 810: Color for Wardrobe Planning, SXI 100: Introduction to Image Consulting, SXI 110: Image Consulting Confidential.