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All That Glitters is Gold! Gold Tats That Is!

In Fall Fashion, FGI on September 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

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For anyone who’s been basking away on a tropical island all summer without WIFI, the newest craze is metallic temporary tattoos.

Of course, the queen B herself, Beyonce has been sporting them.  But when conservative Katie Holmes sports one at a New York Fashion Week party, you know thisis big!

The idea of temporarily inking your body with metallics is not new.  The earliest known information on the trend dates back to Japan in 2006.  Nobuhiko Akatsuko started inking with pure gold and it was extremely popular but the trend didn’t leave the island until Arnaud Flambeau visited.

Flambeau saw the exquisite designs that Akatsuko was doing and immediately thought of the henna tattoos popular in the Middle East.  The idea to merge the two…the asthetics of the henna tattoos but the gildedness of the gold would prove much success for him.

He opened up his first boutique at the Burj Al Arab, a 5 star hotel in United Arab Emirates.  Brides-to-be and the wives of wealthy businessmen soon flocked to him to get adorned.  He used 24 carat gold as well as platinum making the decorations a status symbol.  Very small pieces started at $50, but the prices soon rose as the market prices for gold and platinum rose as well.

Prices too steep for you but still want in on the trend?  Gold Tats offers metallic temporary tattoos at http://www.goldtats.com. ; Applied like traditional temporary tattoos, even children are in on the trend.  Lasting 2-6 days allows you to change your look as often as you change your mind without killing your checkbook!

So, get in on the trend.  Place them wherever your heart desires.  The possibilities are endless!

Kiddies, Ponies & Swarovski…Oh My!

In Couture, Events, Fall Fashion, Fashion Events, FGI, fiveloaves twofish on September 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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It’s that time of the year again!  Labor Day has come and gone.  We’re technically not supposed to wear white anymore (but, hey…we’re San Diegans AND fashionistas, we’ll wear what we gosh darn please!).  La rentree or the re-entry into the year after a summer of warm and sunny vacations is upon us whether we want it to or not.

And if you are a bit sad that the fun days of summer are behind you, fret not.  It’s time for the annual Polo Event for FGI San Diego.  Nothing says summer like a beautiful dress, a smashing hat, oversized sunglasses and ponies.  FGI secures VIP tables for their guests under the raised tents at the San Diego Polo Club fields in exquisite Rancho Santa Fe where the wind carries the salty tang of the ocean combined with the fresh earth smell of the divots.

This year’s festivities include a fashion show (of course!), but instead of tall, willowy models walking the field in the the chicest of San Diego attire, it will be filled with pint-sized fashionistas with lots of attitude.  This year’s fashion extravaganza is a “kiddie” show with the most adorable kids in San Diego and features attire from local San Diego based Five Loaves Two Fish Clothing and other children’s boutiques.

And no FGI San Diego event would be complete without an opportunity drawing!  And this year, boy is it a doozy!  The most stunning, sparkly, shiny necklace graciously donated by the phenomenal Swarovski.  With all proceeds benefiting local San Diego fashion students, is there a better way to look gorgeous while being philanthropic?

It is the MUST ATTEND event of the year that FGI San Diego puts on and this year will be no exception.  Tickets include admission to polo, reserved tables under the raised VIP tents, lunch, champagne during the divot stomp and an afternoon of fun with your fellow fashionistas.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click HERE.

What does Fashion Have to do with Technology???

In Events, Fashion Events, FGI, Uncategorized on August 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm
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Fashion tech.  Those are two words that don’t really go together.  Or do they?  If Fashion Innovations has anything to do with it, they will become the new norm.
Fashion Innovations is back again this August 8-10 at Co-Merge downtown.  It is San Diego’s 2nd fashion-themed entrepreneurial 54-hour workshop and competition.  They focus on the education of the fashion industry in the area of fashion technology and how it extends beyond textiles.  There are so many ways that our community can use fashion tech, for example: apps, 3D printing, using computers to dress us, games to teach styling (such as http://www.covetfashion.com) just to name a few.
Fashion Innovations is having a hard time getting the fashion industry to understand tech.  And the tech world doesn’t really understand what the words ‘fashion tech’ even mean.  Many tech companies think that they have nothing in common with the fashion world.  What they don’t realize is that fashion is the number one industry in the world and is always on the cutting edge.  Fashion Innovations is working on opening up those doors between the tech and fashion worlds-exploring the ideas of eCommerce, wearable technology and more.
San Diego has had the prestigious honor of being only the third city in the ENTIRE WORLD that has had a fashion-focused tech Startup Weekend.  Highlights from last year’s event included a presentation from an extraordinary company called Electrozyme  who make temporary tattoos that can analyze your sweat to assess your health.  Qualcomm also was there showing a demonstration of their new smartwatch and they didn’t just send a salesperson to speak.  Attendees and guests got to hear from the actual inventor and VP/Lead of the project.
So, Fashion Innovations and fashion tech are a BIG deal, specifically here in San Diego.  If you’ve got a fashion tech business idea that you’ve been kicking around, then this is the perfect chance for you to get help bringing your idea to life! Learn lean methods and meet others excited about Fashion Innovations (think Pinterest, Polyvore, Google Glass, etc.). Attendees pitch their ideas on Friday and form teams with other attendees.  They then build a prototype and validate it with potential customers through the weekend. They get the opportunity to work with mentors provided by the event to hone their pitches and present to a panel of judges Sunday evening.   All participants are provided with 7 outstanding meals, unlimited drinks and snacks, as well as a gift bag.  The winning teams get prizes to help them move their business forward.
Intrigued, but not sure if you want to participate?  This is an event that actually encourages spectators at the Friday night event (when everyone presents their pitches) and the Sunday evening event (when everyone presents their finished products).  So come for the inspiration!
For more information and to register, visit http://sandiego.startupweekend.org/
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