November 25, 2014

DECODED Fashion: the infusion of technology with design

Once a month, MBF invites a guest blogger to TrendTalk, giving our readers a fresh new voice to hear. This month, our friend Natalie Kathleen, founder of Sienna Ray leather goods and Creative Director of Natalie Kathleen, attended Decoded Fashion's New York Summit to report on what she saw and heard...

Photo via Decoded Fashion

I prefer to proudly file my preference for dabbling across multiple business disciplines under maintaining balance rather than accepting a seat in the audience of jack of all trades and master of none. 

This perspective, however, just may have been disrupted. 

November 20, 2014

Rebecca Minkoff promises you the best shopping experience ever

When we think about going shopping, especially in NYC, we first get really excited to buy new things to put in my ever-growing closet. Then, reality hits and the thought of waiting in a huge line for a tiny fitting room with bad lighting to try on an outfit just to find out that it doesn’t even fit makes me want to crawl in bed and shop online. 

At Decoded Fashion’s New York Summit, we learned about how one company in particular is changing our love-hate relationship with fitting rooms into an interactive experience that will make us want to never leave the store. Rebecca Minkoff, the leading millennial lifestyle brand partnered with Ebay to bring New York City the most tech savvy fashion retail space we have every seen.  

Rebecca Minkoff with her interactive dressing room, Photo via Fast Company

November 13, 2014

Flowergraphy: When pictures and drawings get together to write a beautiful story

Two passionate friends who met on the internet see flowers, music, photography and drawings as perfect ingredients to create one of the most successful and inspiring projects we've seen lately on Instagram. In Aflorigrafia (TheFlowergraphy), photographs meet drawings in such a beautiful way that got us wondering when we will be able to buy framed prints of the pictures to decorate our offices, living rooms and bedrooms. In only two months of existence the page has already attracted almost 1,500 followers.

Picture via AFlorigrafia

November 6, 2014

TAHAANGA has launched on Kickstarter!

As avid trend followers, we are quick to catch on to the latest trends. Athletic wear is huge right now in womenswear, on and off the runway. Menswear seems to be slower to catch on but, TAHAANGA, a new menswear line is ahead of the curve on this trend and we want to tell you all about them!

October 30, 2014

A New Face of Convenience

The sharing economy seems to be a hot topic as of late especially with all the controversial buzz over companies like Uber and Airbnb. Right now, we are seeing a major cultural shift towards lending, borrowing, and working together within the community to tap into underused resources. New business models and entrepreneurial causes are working to change how we live, work, and play, by keeping things personalized, sustainable, transparent, and making the economy work in our favor.

video via Share Better

October 28, 2014

Fashion Interconnected - A Summit on Wearables & Retail Innovation

The best of fashion and tech are coming together for DecodedFashion’s upcoming Summit taking place in our very own NYC. As you know, MBF is a huge fan of anything that combines fashion and technology, so naturally we are really excited to blog about this upcoming event.

Photo via Decoded Fashion

October 23, 2014

The Very Best of Instagram

Whether you're an avid fashion follower, looking for some inspiration, or just appreciate a nice use of filters, here are our top picks for the coolest Instagrams you need to be following right now!

photo via Cara Delevingne

October 14, 2014

CAT Pop-Up shop

Last week, the MBF team had the opportunity to visit CAT footwear’s first ever pop up shop in the US.  CAT, a Timberland meets Doc Martens footwear company based out of Illinois, has come a long way from their original business plan of making earthmoving equipment, machinery and engines.

Their latest SS15 collection shown on the corner of Lexington and 47th displayed durable but stylish footwear that seems to be in key with trends seen all over the runways. CAT’s combat boots, sneakers and work boots for both men and women hit the androgynous trend perfectly.

Photo via MBF Trend Consulting

In the shop one could see the full-blown Fall/Winter14 collection while we got a sneak preview of SS15. CAT presented their collection in a series of 4 segments.  8 models stood on pedestals dressed in clothing from various vendors including Top Shop, Levi’s, and NastyGal for each of the 4 presentations.  The styling was a fantastic reflecting of where CAT fits in the market, talking very much to the millenniums. The models as a whole carried a very laid-back vibe, sporting relaxed clothing, sunglasses and even dancing to the music while joking with the crowd. Because of the relaxed presentation, we could walk up closely to see evey detail of the shows – which was great!

October 9, 2014

Menswear is Conquering the Fashion Industry

In the past, menswear has been known for playing it safe in terms of fashion, keeping to the same basic trends as it has been showing for years and years. The best runway shows were saved for womenswear while menswear shows displayed little change from season to season – but this has all changed for the better, in our opinion. Here’s an update about what’s happening in the menswear market, and we love it!

Men’s clothing is now way more creative with more design. Nowadays, men are much more willing to experiment with fashion and try new things. Men love it, and it is reflecting in sales.  Total sales in menswear grew by 5% while womenswear only grew 4% this past year, according to NDP Group. Dolce and Gabanna, Jimmy Choo, and Holt Renfrew Co. Ltd. are just a few retailers taking notice of this trend by opening up spaces specifically designed for men only. Dolce & Gabanna recently opened its flagship Men’s boutique in London (seen below) with the presentation of its newest Men’s Tailoring Collection.

Dolce & Gabanna London Flagship store

October 7, 2014

It's Game Time on MBF TrendTalk!

We were challenged by Fanatics to create an outfit for a game day using their beautiful NFL Jerseys. We are really flattered and we accepted the challenge!

We start explaining our shirt choice. As good New Yorkers, we couldn't choose nothing less than a NY Giants shirt, and this specific one because of the color scheme. We chose this from the men's section, to get that boyfriend's shirt kinda feeling.

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