Fashion Photographer – Through The Lens Of a Career In Fashion

You may love all things having to do with fashion, from the diverse clothes that are worn and beautiful dresses, to the offbeat designers, to the celebrities as well as models that show off the clothes – lets face it, one of the most exciting and diverse industries is the fashion industry.

However, perhaps you do not have the creative drive necessary to become a fashion designer, and most people would not blame you if you do not wish to lose thirty pounds to become a fashion model. This however does not mean that you can’t get into the fashion industry. There are numerous other options available to you in the industry of fashion.

There is one type of career in the fashion industry that is very common choice and that is as a fashion photographer. Some people are under the impression that this type of career is out of reach for most who wish to get into this line of work, however, in reality you can achieve this position with a good amount of effort and just a little bit of luck. So if your very interested in photography in addition to fashion, then you should give fashion photography a try.

What Exactly is a Fashion Photographer?

A fashion photographer conceptualizes shoots, develops and prints out photos of models wearing the attractive creations of fashion designers. One of the significant attributes that a fashion photographer should have is a creative eye and the ability to capture the models in a way that is creative that will catch the attention of various prospective buyers.

The photographs shot by a fashion photographer can be utilized in numerous fashion magazines. for instance Vogue and Elle, or they can be featured in various advertisements. A fashion photographer must be at ease while working with models to capture the right quality poses and photographs.

They must have the necessary skills in the proper use of lighting, and quite often they have the responsibility of choosing the appropriate venue of the shoot. If you end up choosing to be a fashion photographer, you should be comfortable and prepared for competition as this field is one of the most competitive in the fashion industry.

Nevertheless, it is also one of the most exciting. An additional benefit of being a fashion photographer is that you get to develop the opportunity of developing relationships with famous celebrities as well as models. They also have the opportunities to travel to numerous on location destinations for one site photo shoots. The median salary that a fashion photographer can get is between $25,000 and $40,000.

How to Accomplish Your Dream

You have the ability to become a fashion photographer through working your way up one step at a time. Begin by being an assistant to a photographer. Then gradually work your way up to either a staff or freelance photographer, then move onto a photo editor, and then to a director of photography. Even starting out as an assistant to a photographer it is very important that you have a portfolio that shows all of your work.

Lakme India Fashion Week – A Review

Introduction

India is becoming the latest fashion hub for the fashionistas. Indian designers are no longer confined to the domestic fashion and apparel market, they are gaining recognition and fame from all over the world. The various government policies and a boom in fashion industry have made it possible. One of the major breakthrough provided to Indian designers to showcase their talents are through the medium of fashion shows. Lakme India Fashion Show is the most popular fashion show celebration of India where the talents of already established and upcoming designers are showcased.

This event is a fashion celebration laced with lots of glamour and national as well as international media coverage. This time lakme India fashion week was held at Mumbai from 31st Oct- 4th Nov. Many high profile designers as well as audience witnessed this fashion fiesta. Famous bollywood celebrities were part of it.

Eminent designers like Surily Goel, Narendra Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Nalandda Bhandari, Nandita Mahtani, Anand Kabra, Abhishek Dutta , Wendrell Rodericks, Anupama Dayal, Vikram Phadnis, Chaitanya Rao, Sanchita, Savio Jon, Payal Singhal, Sanjay Malhotra, James Ferriera, Priyadarshini Rao, etc presented their spring/summer 2007 collection. Also South African designer duo Sun Goddess and Clive Rundle presented their collection.

Brief descriptions of some designer’s creative work are as follows :-

Nalandda Bhandari

Nalandda Bhandari designs simple yet attractive and wearable collection under the brand name ‘Nasha’. She named her spring/summer 2007 collection ‘Free Spirit’. She covered all patterns and styles of contemporary women clothing, dress patterns like- tunics, kaftans, tube dress, skirts, shirts and burnt gold evening gown dominated her show. She played with glamour clad fabrics like chiffon, silk, georgette, voile, cotton and crepe. Her collection was largely ruled by animal prints and embroideries like African embroidery, sequin embroidery, etc. She also presented her men collection. She included her logo of rose embroidery in almost every outfit.

Narendra Kumar

The very famous designer Narendra Kumar presented his spring/summer collection 2007 at Lakme Fashion Week. The collection was named as ‘Love Touches You’. He presented a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designing paired beautifully with each other. The women’s line of western collection had smocked & pleated skirts, balloon skirt with shirt dress, half collars, bloomers, chiffon with appliqué sleeves, etc which were created with the designer’s unique touch and detailing. The preferred fabrics by the designer were cotton, georgette, net, silk, mull and linen. The collection was unique but wearable in terms of design and pattern.

The men collection was very stylish and appealing in nature. Men models walked the ramp with elaborate embroidered batik styled shirts paired with stylish trousers completed with patch pockets and shiny zippers. Fun element of, feminity to male garments was provided by showcasing sophisticated floral printed baggy tops paired with tight fitting pants and capris. The choice of colors was dull jade, beige, blue, brown, saffron and white. Complicated embroidery, smocking, appliqué work and shadow work were part and parcel of his creative designing. The fun element was when the famous model turned actor John Abraham walked the ramp with white linen suit. Thus he complied every bit of creativity and entertainment aspects to his collection which gained him standing ovation by the audience and showering of red carnations.

Surily Goel

Surily Goel is young and talented designer who even designs for film personalities. Her latest creation on big screen was for actress Preity Zinta for the film ‘Jaan-e-Mann’. Her collection presented the carefree and sensual side of women’s clothing. This year’s collection was marked by knee-length skirts of georgette, crochets, chiffon, light silks and organdy, highlighting pleats and waist gathering with satin belts. Also single piece bubble outfits created in wide range of colors and fabrics. In this time’s collection she used more of small colored stones.

The presence of film personalities like Dino Morea, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Fardeen Khan, Sameera Reddy and Tara Sharma in the audience during her collection put the star element into the show.

Chaitanya Rao

Chaitanya Rao’s collection was like early morning breeze with booming petals of budding roses. The delicate fabrics like georgette and chiffon provided that sexy feminine look to her collection. As her signature, she included moth in the form of embroidery or appliqué in all of her garments. The models took over the ramp with her mesmerizing feminine collection comprising of hem blouses with theme embroideries, pleated mini skirts with batik prints, moth appliqué blouses, long frayed double hem dresses, pale grey chiffon tunic, cream color chiffon bubble dress, dolman sleeved hipster blouses, the list goes on. To accessorize her collection she used thin and broad belts.

Sanchita

Sanchita’s collection presented in Lakme Fashion Week was bold yet wearable. She divided her collection into three segments- Punk chic, Copacabana and Swinging deco. The stunning designer pieces of bikinis and pareos, Hawaiian inspired kaftans, small balloon skirts, floaty dresses and minis provided the feeling of the beaches of Copacabana, St. Tropez and Riviera to the audience. Her collection was quite glamorous consisting of outfit like grey T-shirts with silver leggings, lycra T-shirts having sleeve ornamentations, strapless dresses accompanied with necklaces, earrings and brooches.

The men collection was marked by casual wear T-shirts, poplin trousers with detailed embroideries and white tuxedo jackets.

The garments were decorated with semi precious stones or with attractive patch works. Her line of collection was dominated by colors like white, apatite, agate, jade, opal and black onyx. The garments were accessorized with intrinsically crafted jewelry and bags.

Savio Jon

This designer emphasized heavily on the comfort factor of the garments. Savio Jon is well known for his simple yet attractive clothing lines which are high on value and seductive quotient. Unlike other designers he preferred his garments to hang loose around the body instead of body hugging/tight fitting clothes. He used free flowing fabrics like fish net, mul, chiffon, georgette and crepe.

Pinafore silhouette, long lean maxis, oversized blouses, deep shoveled armholes, low back and front necklines, were some types of garments he presented. In evening wear he glamorized the tubular silhouettes with shimmers. The ranges of colors choosed by him for his collection were beige, grey, brown, black, pale yellow and white. Thus the colors were also sober and subtle.

Payal Singhal

Payal Singhal for the first time presented her collection in Lakme Fashion Week. Her designer collection for women were designed keeping in mind today’s working women’s needs and comfort level. Stylish yet affordable was the key element associated with her collection. She beautifully used cutwork, satin, georgette, jacquard, tulle, cotton, crepe, taffeta, brocade and seersucker in club and partywear for dresses and tunics. Her display of outfits on ramp descended gracefully from daywear to glamorous evening wear. She started her showcasing of designs in oyster white color then, tea rose, yellow, coffee, watermelon to grapefruit color. Display of tunics and blousons were coupled with melon, gold or silver tights. The signature outfit was the oyster white kaftan embellished with golden embroidery.

Sanjay Malhotra

Sanjay Malhotra named his spring/summer 2007 collection -‘Dejavu’. The key phrase which inspired him for this collection was -Life through my rose colored glasses. He instead of sticking only to free flowing usual feminine fabrics, even experimented with fabrics like fur, leather, voiles, denim, suede and laces which were highly appealing to today’s power packed independent women. The beautiful mix-n-match of these fabrics in sober as well as striking colors presented a collection that was bold enough yet stylish and wearable. Few of the many outfits displayed by him were- ivory colored mirror jacket with chiffon sleeves, colorful corset skirt accompanied with net petticoat, tunic with fur edge, etc. His collection was for the woman who likes to seek attention of the crowd and be different.

Clive Rundle and Sun Goddess

Clive Rundle and Sun Goddess were two international South African designers who presented their collection at Lakme Fashion Week. Fusion was the key style of their outfits. Extravagant layered dresses and skirts, jackets, evening wear, loosely fitted shirts and trousers, long coats and tops were part of their garment showcase. Their choices of colors were mainly creams, cherries, plums, peaches, sapphires, maroons and mauves. The free flowing pleated and layered outfits depicted the south African culture and fashion essence through them.

James Ferriera

James Ferriera made his debut at Lakme Fashion Week. He named his collection ‘Bombay Tokyo’. His collections were inspired by Maharashtra’s rich textile heritage.

The collections were divided into seven segments which were even named. The sari, an ode to devnagari, the hardy traditional towel, black magic, the sholapur story, warli and diwali were the seven names given to the segments.

Traditional warli paintings and paithani motifs were done on the clothes. Very uniquely he transformed the traditional forms of maharashtrian clothing into contemporary designs, like nine yard saris were intelligently converted into tunics. Marigold and leaf motifs were used on black shirts with cowl necks.

To describe in a nutshell his collection used ethnic fabrics and designs on garments with style and attitude. The outfit presented during finale had black georgette garments with glittering Paithani embroidery designs on them.

Conclusion

This event is marked by presence of celebrities and traders all across the globe. Also it provides a platform for the budding designers to show their talent and establish themselves into the high profile fashion industry, for the already established designers to show their collection and maintain their popularity level. The above mentioned review is for few of the many prominent and talented designers. The nutshell description of the designers suggests that this celebration of fashion and style is a sure shot success for India’s designers and promote the export business too. The very presence of film stars on the ramp of their favorite designers and in the audience is the crowd puller factor of this celebration. Lakme Fashion week is extensively covered by media and promoted also.

Fabric For the Male Underwear

Underwears, especially for the men have flooded the market that includes style, comfort and fashion too. The most famous amongst them are the boxer briefs, which are amongst the popular choice because they are loose and provide a feeling of comfort and support at the same time. Whatever is the choice of a man, he should be comfortable and even confident about his them and he must choose something that fits him right. Cotton is the most favourable fabric for the male underwear. This is because it is durable and has a long lasting quality too.

Centuries and years ago underwears were worn only by the nobles and wealthy men. But when linen was introduced in the 18th century, commoners were able to afford them too. Underwear for men has become more of a fashion trend, especially for the muscular men, as they flaunt their assets in them. With the change of time and trends, guy’s underwear has transformed too. It is no longer about support and comfort; there has been a transition towards fashion and style.

There are many brands and fashion lines that are not only into clothing and couture but also designing underwears too. One of the most popular and famous line is from Calvin Klien. Calvin Klien underwear with its various intimate guys’ underwear flooded the market of America in the year 1982. And since then they have been transformed in the most innovative ways and popularised a brand name amongst the underwear for men. Calvin Klien has changed the common opinion of the people regarding undergarments related to style and pop culture. These have been kept along the cutting edge fashion lines and Calvin Klien introduces and continues to, to various new lines and fabrics.

This entire boy’s underwear or guy’s underwear is geared in the complete spectrum of usage, ranging from everyday use to sports use and even some for special days and occasions. There is the underwear for men by Calvin Kline which is complete with the design and available always with fresh styles for every season. Calvin Klien offers a selection of male underwear in wide range. Irrespective of the kind of guy, these underwears would suit and fit anyone. Men’s underwear from Calvin Klien has innovative cuts and fabrics, making it the perfect pair for any man. There are varied ranges of underwears, like the Cotton Knit Boxer Brief, Cotton White Basic Brief etc.

This innerwear for a man, especially if he is the athletic one, can choose from a selection of underwears with fabrics and cuts for the purpose of sports. These fabrics have high performance quality, with the management of moisture and also great room for ventilation. They are made from micro fibres that are of stretch quality, for gym and workout usage. Men are becoming more metro sexual in the recent days and they are more concerned with style and fashion. Not only comfort, they also want look and feel for the matter fact. Men’s underwear store is filled with wide range and variety of underwears, inclusive of brands, clothing lines, designer names etc.

Painting Walls – Paint Roller Tips & Tricks

The paint roller is our best friend when it comes to painting walls. Able to apply paint very quickly and uniformly, we owe a lot of gratitude to our friend the paint roller. Available in a multitude of sizes and in a variety of different materials generally if something needs to be painted there is a roller that can do the job. This article will discuss some basic tips that I don’t read about very often.

First a brief explanation of the terminology. ‘Paint cage’ this is the tool that you put the actual roller sleeve on. The tube bit that applies the paint is called a ‘sleeve’ or ‘roller sleeve’ etc. Sometimes I’ve used ‘roller’ or ‘paint roller’ to describe the cage and the sleeve together.

Loading your roller properly is an important step, the amount of paint you’ll want on your roller depends on the surface that you are painting and what sort of roller sleeve you’ve got but generally the motion is the same. You want to roll the roller down the pan until the just the roller sleeve touches the paint, let it get saturated for a moment before lifting your paint roller up, moving it towards the top of the pan and rolling it back down into the paint. Doing this a few times will load up the paint tray as well and super saturate your roller, you generally want your paint roller to be on the verge of over-saturation as this allows a consistent thickness of paint as well as full paint coverage on the wall. It’s also important to try not to smother the entire roller in paint, you only need it on the sleeve so try to keep it there.

Once you’ve got some paint on the roller and on the tray loading your roller, it’s extremely easy and doesn’t require a lot of time in the pan. A quick dab of paint on the roller from the pan, lift it back to the top, roll it down twice and you’re usually ready to keep on painting.

When applying the paint to the wall the best method is to use long motions going from the top of the wall to the bottom of the wall working in areas 2 to 4 feet wide depending on how tall your wall is and your roller sleeves paint holding capacity. This spreads the paint consistently and gives the best finish.

Once you’ve got your paint roller loaded with paint, it’s time to start painting. When using the paint roller you want to apply just enough pressure to get the paint onto the wall, in most cases and unless you’re painting a very rough surface like old brick there shouldn’t be any need to overly press or force the roller into the wall this is probably more work than necessary and can leave unsightly roller marks. Start near the middle of the wall, roll the roller up the wall to the top and then come back down to the bottom of the wall re-rolling through the area where you started. Now you should have something like a big straight patch on the wall, on your roll up you want to move in either direction left or right and don’t make it too far off, you want part of your roller to still reside in the previous area of paint you applied. On your way back down you continue to move in the direction and now your rolling motion is beginning to take on the shape of a very large V or W. Make sure you go back through your original area of paint to spread the paint out on the wall and give it a consistent thickness. For optimal results, after you’ve spread the paint onto the wall, finish your patch up by gently rolling downwards over the entire area you’ve painted, this will give a consistent finish.

Typical problems when rolling walls are over applying the paint, not spreading the paint evenly, under applying the paint, inconsistent finishes and roller lines or marks. Most of these problems are easy to fix if caught before the paint has had a time to dry or set, though with some modern day paints it can be only 5-10 minutes before fixing it is a problem so it’s best to check your work as soon as you are finished. If the paint is either over applied and/or not spread evenly the build up of paint can begin to drip or sag, this is usually pretty obvious and easy to fix if caught quickly by just re-rolling the area. If the paint has been under applied/not spread evenly you can see what is referred to as ‘holidays’, this is typically where an area was rolled only once or twice and you can see that the paint did not fully cover. When roller marks are present this is usually a sign that too much pressure was used when applying the paint, causing it to squeeze out of the roller unnaturally at the edges of the roller sleeve. Most of these problems are easy to detect my looking at the wall from an acute angle. Overall these problems are usually caused by one of the following: poor quality roller sleeves, poor quality roller cage, poor quality/old paint tray that loads the roller poorly or sloppily and simply an in-experienced painter.

I hope you find this piece informative and have learnt a thing or two you didn’t know about using a roller, good luck to all of your painting endeavours!

Fashion Industry: Ready To Face The Future

The fashion industry is very complicated. There are no standard fashion companies. They come from a wide spectrum of enterprises working in the apparel, footwear, home textiles and accessories markets.
The industry is made up of various kinds of companies like retailers, design source and selling companies, companies with their own manufacturing facilities and other companies who outsource production but retain control over parts of the production process.

Moreover, companies functioning in the high fashion segment often face a different kind of pressure as compared to those functioning with commodity fashion goods.

All of these aspects combine to make the fashion industry one of the most complicated industry. Yet, various issues can be noticeably recognized as common across the industry.

. Consumers have the power

. Supply chains are complicated

. Product launching and delivery takes time

. Companies must be able to manage a product mix

. Inventory control maintenance is important

. Impact of the latest technology on the fashion industry

. Copyright issues for fashion designs
Consumers have more power

Today’s buyers have more purchasing power then ever before and are less tolerant due to increased time pressure in today’s lifestyles.

They are more aware about environmental and human rights issues and have superior quality demands. They demand a huge variety and more frequent changes in the choices available to them. Moreover, they also expect immediate availability of perfect matching set of garments and accessories in their preferred color and size combinations in the same store.

In terms of satisfying the consumer’s needs, retailers are the first in line, but all companies in the supply chain are driven by the prerequisite to anticipate the expectations and requirements of their customers. From design to production and to the final sale, all members of the supply chain need to check that stores are stocked with the correct requirements when the consumer needs to buy!

The companies that are quick to respond to the consumer requirements are those that will remain profitable in an environment of rapid global competition and increasing material and operational costs.
Supply chains are complicated

The fashion industry is distinguished by global supply chains and complicated logistics. Labor and transportation costs often determine where production takes place and outsourcing of all or part of production is common. Companies throughout the industry have to deal with global sourcing problems and need to regularly evaluate their sourcing strategies.

Production work is often done across multiple places, which may be also located in different countries. Setting up of cutting, sewing, subcontracting and transportation, and the synchronization with raw material supply, is a very tedious process.

Product launching and delivery takes time

While working through the many pre production steps, including yarn or fabric selection, garment development, specification and sampling, the industry takes a long time to introduce a new product in the market.

Both, the complex nature of the supply chain and the global nature of production add to the industry’s long lead times. This arrangement of long time-to-market and long lead times does not correlate with the need to react immediately to changes in customers requirements.

The ever changing seasonal and trend driven nature of the industry depicts that the product life cycles are too short. Even for cyclic demands where the life cycle may continue further, there are often small changes to design, and color or size combinations may be changed. The logistics of managing the large number of styles and maintaining stock keeping units is a difficult practice.
Companies must manage a product mix

Besides long lead times, fashion producers are stressed to constantly design and develop new product lines to maintain retailers’ interest and increase consumer sales. Producers have noted that in order to maintain this speed, raised flexibility and quickness to satisfy changing customer demand, which is quicker than ever before, it is very challenging for them to judge or come out with such types of products. Gone are the days when a perfect fashion trend direction decided what consumers wore. At present, many styles are available, and with rising globalization, consumers can approach fashion news through latest media tools.

Fashion products change frequently, from hosiery and basic underwear through medium-priced high street brands, to exclusive high fashion brands. Managing brand awareness and brand loyalty is a serious task in retaining the position in the market. Margins in repetitive basic products are low, so neither a retailer nor a manufacturer can ever afford being out of stock.

Shifting to the high-end fashion sector, margins increase and sales volumes are lower, but consumers demand an ever changing range of choices, forcing the companies to produce multiple collections per year.

Many companies have to put in efforts to overcome the added challenge of arranging a mix of repetitive lines and collection-driven products, and a requirement to segment their product range and arrange the different segments in a suitable way. From design to demand planning, sourcing, production, distribution and sale, the demand of various product segments must be separately tackled if companies need to perform well.

Companies require clarity about the sector of the market they are targeting, and they have to direct their business in that way.

Inventory control management is important

Companies try to keep inventory levels at a minimum in all industries. In the fashion industry the requirement to maintain inventory levels under control is worst due to less product life cycle. In this industry, there is only one solution to sell the goods.

For collection-driven brands, the entire floor sets must be in the retail stores when these products are introduced, otherwise the chance to sell the goods is missed and obsolescence exposure is a high risk.

For the products that are frequently in demand, it is crucial that retailers and suppliers do not undergo stockouts. This part of the market does not possess the same level of brand loyalty, and customers may well be attracted to shift brands if the color and size they required is not immediately available in the stores when they need to buy.

For all companies, the balancing action of keeping inventory at the necessary level to fulfill demand, while ensuring that they are not left out with obsolete inventory, is a main problem.
Latest technological impact on fashion industry

Recently, the Burton Amp jacket, what is depicted as “the world’s first and only wearable electronic jacket with an integrated Apple iPod” was introduced.

According to some fashion experts the clothes will soon turn into accessories for your gadgets. Today new technologies are much involved with clothing and apparels that you can not judge whether you are wearing technology or whether technology is wearing you?
Besides, electronics will keep decreasing in size to such an extent where we would no longer considerably need the objects to hold them. Hence, today the fashion industry is experiencing new challenges: “intelligent textiles”, “smart clothes”, “i-wear” and “fashion engineering” and are only a few of the trends which will transform the entire fashion industry within the next decade.

Nowadays, many new materials and technologies are applied in textiles and accessories when they are still too costly or primitive for other applications. A wide variety of electronic devices can already be made into clothes and this will rise. New fabrics are already being developed to offer power generation – by using solar power, electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical means.

The combination of high-technology into textiles, e.g. modern communication or monitoring systems or the development of new materials with new applications, has just begun, but the branch has already moved in a gigantic expansion for this sector. Particular applications for the health and security sector, e.g. clothes with extern monitoring systems, already today exist in a large quantity.

Within the coming few years, we’ll see a lot more new applications in garments with latest technology. Hence, there are many designing challenges for fashion designers and engineers for making most demanding fashionable wears.

Copyright issues for fashion designs

Fashion apparel is a multi-billion dollar business that has no national boundaries due to its global existence. Designers, retailers and consumers decide their statements according to international fashion trends. In the last decade, consumer awareness of particular designers has also raised dramatically. Magazines and newspapers also cover the fashion industry as a part of their national news coverage, concentrating on the dynamic world of creative designer expressions.

The common man is very much aware about names and faces of fashion models and the designers for which they model. At present many television channels and feature films involve the fashion industry. Consumers can now identify the various types of designers and designs.

Today, many designers find inspiration from street fashion, celebrities, vintage styles and other designers’ work. Even though there are possibilities of duplication in products and designs due to easy accessibility of the latest printing and computer technology, and due to appearance of the regional or traditional designs in apparels worldwide, it can not be ignored easily. It is really a challenging task to cope with this issue globally.

Do You Want to Go To Fashion School? Italy and the World Are At Your Fingertips

If you have spent years dreaming of the perfect fashion school, Italy just may be the type of thing that you have to set in your sights. Not everybody has what it takes to make it in the fashion industry, but those who are successful have found ways of setting themselves apart from the rest by doing things that are extra and setting themselves apart from the rest as extraordinary. With studying fashion abroad at such a fashion school, Italy could really help a person set themselves apart from the rest of the fashion students who did not have the resources or ability to travel abroad.

Fashion School? Italy Might Work For You

If you want to go to fashion school, Italy is only one of many European countries that have an edge in the fashion industry that American students could stand to gain. The thing about American fashion students is to become a dime a dozen, and when it comes to the best of what it has to offer, Paris and Milan and other European countries and cities really have what it takes. Fashion in America takes after the many different ideas and designs that are put out by Italian fashion designers and Parisian designers. If you have to go to one, Italy is a great place to start because it puts you right in the middle of the action.

Choosing a Fashion School: Italy Isn’t Your Only Option

When it comes to choosing a fashion design school, fashion industry is one of the most fun jobs a person could have, but not if you get the short end of the stick.

Selling fashion in mall stores is not the type of thing that people see as the proper type of fashion school; Italy and other foreign schools are more what people are looking for.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the ever growing fashion industry, you have to look into some of the fashion school. Italy is not the only place where you can study, but if you wanted to know the ins and outs of fashion from all over the world Italy is a great place to start.

For those who aren’t comfortable with the Italian thing, there are many places to go about getting your fashion degree. What is important is that you leave home, and explore the many things that the world has to offer to your budding career.

Exotic Male Underwear – Not Just For Strippers

It may come as a surprise to some, but straight men also wear exotic underwear without the need to be a ‘Chippendale’ and testimony to this is the increasing choice of it in on line designer men’s underwear stores.

Over the past few years the on line sales of men’s underwear has risen sharply and is reported to be one of the fastest growing areas of on line consumerism, even continuing to grow during the global downturn during the economic recession.

Additionally, one area of on line underwear that has continued to expand is in the variety of exotic and risqué designer underwear for men, which many speculate is due to a number of reasons. It seems that traditional bricks and mortar high street shops struggle to sell such daring styles which is thought to be due to the fact that men are either too shy to take a thong to the checkout and prefer the anonymity of shopping on line.

Giggleberries on line retailer report that, “the more exotic the underwear, the better it seems to sell and we have been surprised and what people what, both men buying for themselves and women buying for partners”.

Some might argue that it is just not right that men want to wear thongs and sheer mesh fabrics, but why not? Many would argue that there should be no reason why men should not enjoy the same kind of choice in their underwear that women have in lingerie; after all, we are witnessing a surge in demand for other things, such as face care products that were previously the reserve of women.

How to Prevent Paint Sags

Sagging is a term used in painting. It is when gravity will cause an overloaded area of paint to droop or sag in a horizontal line. It occurs with all paint applications; brush, roller and spraying. It also occurs when painting over-head and in this circumstance will appear as a drip. Strictly speaking, on application it occurs when too much paint is applied. Paint application thickness is measured in mm. Also referred to is spread rate, which details the square footage area of how much paint can be applied to a surface at the recommended mm thickness. Of course when a sag occurs it is when the specific area has exceeded the application thickness.

A sag occurs most commonly with spray applications. When you are using an airless sprayer a high volume of paint is being applied to the surface you’re painting. You have to take special precautions that you are not over applying the paint, especially around corners or crevices where paint can accumulate very quickly. A basic entry level airless spray machine will spray half a gallon of paint a minute, a gallon can generally come close to painting an average sized room. It is common practice when spraying walls to back roll with a roller. This is to apply the paint more securely to the surface and also to remedy any sags that may have occurred. Sags can be observed most commonly on commercial applications, often in these circumstances the contractor is under strict deadlines and the quality of the job is not the top priority. When trying to achieve one coat with a sprayer you can end up with a sag if not careful. When using a sprayer it is best to have a sponge and 9″ roller with you in case a paint sag occurs.

When rolling its generally the same reason; over-accumulation of paint on the wall, but a whole different cause. While rolling, the paint sags start before the roller even touches the wall. The perpetrator here is getting the paint off the roller. The only way to do that is back roll in your pan. Those grooves in the pan are there for this reason. What they do is give you just the right amount of paint to roll a section by spreading the paint on your roller evenly. When training an employee generally this will be one of there first mistake on rolling. The sag can always be traced back to the way in which the roller was used. For example; a sporadic or non-uniform painting motion will more than likely leave an area with to much paint, or at the top of the roll there may be some accumulation of paint that when gets on the wall will produce a sag. A back roll always comes in handy to prevent this type of paint sag from happening. The most adequate way to prevent paint sags from rolling is to back roll in your pan and roll the paint on in a fluent “I” or “V” shaped pattern. With rolling you just have to be aware, the goal is to catch the sag before it happens and ensure that the paint has been spread evenly without being over rolled.

Brush work is similar to rolling. It is similar in the sense that you are going through the same procedures. When applying paint on your brush you have to the right amount appropriate for the job. You need enough paint to obviously get paint on the wall, but not too much that the paint is going to drip from your brush land on the floor. On the other hand, someone wants the job done so please do not dry brush. There are a few schools of thought on how to get your paint off your brush. One method is to shake their brush inside the paint container to remove excess paint. Another method is to pat or tap your brush against the instead ‘walls’ of the paint container. While I generally scrape one side and then execute the cut with a underside bead! However all methods share the same goal of producing a feasible amount of paint on your brush. Just like rolling, brushing is the same in that you have to back brush. Anywhere along the stroke of the brush you can achieve a sag, your only defense is a back brush to spread the paint evenly and smoothly.

Another reason for a sag is the condition of the environment. Generally it will not be this reason however in extreme cases, and understanding the properties of paint we can know why this might happen. When paint dries there are two parts to the paint, liquid and solids, while the liquid will evaporate the solids become the finished paint. Rarely, extreme cases of moisture and temperatures may be the cause of a paint sag. With too much moisture in the air the liquid will not evaporate, causing the weight of the paint to produce a paint sag. A uniform coat can be applied and a sag can still take place providing that these symptoms are present. Careless painting over a glossy surface can also produce paint sags. Glossy surfaces are also slippery, so paint will then slip on the surface and cause a sag. To remedy this situation a quick scuff sanding is recommended. This will reduce the glossy affect of the surface and create a condition referred to as “tooth” allowing the paint to “bite” and adhere to the surface more ideally.

My last interaction with a sag was on a commercial job. I was using my airless sprayer to coat twelve shelves in a low light condition. After applying the first coat I was reviewing my work with a 500-watt work light and found a paint sag. Immediately, I back rolled the area with a mini sponge roller then re-sprayed a light coat to product a consistent finish. If a sag is caught in time you can back roll or brush it. If it dries you have to sand it with 60 to 100 grit sandpaper depending on the severity of the sag. If hand sanding will not produce a smooth finish on the surface you will need to plaster the area or even get out a belt-sander. After the surface prep is complete then you will prime and or top coat.

A Guide to Buying Sexy Men’s Underwear

For a long time, men’s underwear has been a neglected area in fashion. But not any more, with new designers coming into play, the area is finally getting the attention it deserves. And hence, we are bearing witness to a revolution in the way men view their underwear. So when it comes to buying underwear, it is no longer a simple choice between boxers, briefs and boxer-briefs. It has now expanded to a whole new range of men’s underwear that contain some really unique and truly liberating choices.

When you are shopping for men’s underwear, you have to keep the physique in mind. Whether it is for yourself or for someone else, you have to remember what sort of a body the man in question has. This will help you choose things he can comfortably wear. Just like boxers and briefs; thongs, g-strings and bikini underwear have specific sizes and fits. They are meant for different types of men, so it is important that you know the man you are buying them for. Personal preference is another area that needs your attention. You have to choose something that you or that person is comfortable with wearing. This includes colors, prints, cuts, shapes, etc.

That said, do not ne afraid to experiment because you will never know if they are for you unless you try them out at least once. Low-rise underwear, thongs, g-strings and bikini underwear are all very liberating and are made to fit a man perfectly. So when you are wearing something that really fits you, you will feel t he difference immediately. It will be like slipping in to a pair of comfortable old slippers that you have been using for quite some time. You will know when it fits you just right.

Another feature is the absolute comfort and liberating feeling that they give. They are really minimalistic underwear and they are meant to liberate you in everyway. So you no longer have to feel uncomfortable on hot and sweaty days. Since these are very low profile, you will not show what you are wearing through your clothes. They do not have prominent outlines that they will carve themselves out on your pants. So they can actually help you look better and smarter with smooth lines all over your body. They are also perfect for wearing with low-rise trousers that show off that perfect six-pack ab.

When it comes to sex appeal, nothing can beat these pairs of underwear. They are made with men on mind, to make men look their best when they are wearing them. As you might already know, there is a separate kind of appeal that lies in wearing just your underwear to bed. So when it comes to impressing and attracting your partner, you cannot go wrong with a thong in a bold color or a pair of sheer underwear that will compliment you handsomely. Thus, when it comes to sexy men’s underwear, you really must try out some of the designer underwear that is available in the market.

Painting Your House Tips

House painting like a pro requires skillful performance associated with various painting procedures. Painting results may require lengthier or not as long spans of time based upon the dimensions of a building. Interior painting is a straightforward and affordable technique to enhance the appeal of a property. Presently there are a great deal of methods involved in painting like a professional.

The majority of of the painting job can easily be accomplished by any individual on their own provided they will possess at the very least fundamental understanding of painting principles and ample time to devote to it. Selecting the perfect color and painting the correct design and style is the main element when it comes to indoor painting.

Just before starting the painting project, all the painting gear ought to be accumulated properly in the in the area to be worked in. Additional equipment like hammers, screwdrivers, can openers, plastic material, and flooring covers must be set up appropriately. Interior painting demands a variety of tools and equipment that ought to be used specifically for diverse purposes. A few of the painting equipment which includes paint brushes, paint rollers, sprayers and drop cloths need to be chosen properly.

It is usually worth deciding on better top quality tools as they can easily supply a superior texture whenever utilized together with other painting goods. Acquiring good quality information and facts on various painting goods will aid to producing a far better end result.

Presently there are several painting models like color washing, dry brushing, highlighting, stippling and sponging techniques.

Knowledgeable painters may try out their hand in almost any one of these types of designs. Nevertheless, beginner painters can easily go with the normal painting design. Choosing the correct paint shade is the most essential point in interior painting. Paint color ought to echo the feeling of the home and it should complement the furnishings of a residence. Other painting jobs such as windowpane painting, home furniture painting and door painting must also be carried out using proper procedures.

It is far better to put on aged garments while performing the painting job. The flooring area ought to be
protected with the support of floor drops in order to avoid paint spills.

Household furniture and other home appliances should be removed from the floor area. Items that can not always be taken out should be covered with drops. Electrical lighting fixtures which includes light bulbs, switch plates and various other wall accessories should be taken off prior to painting.

Right after completing all the preparatory work, painting should be started by choosing the appropriate area.

Paint brushes and paint rollers should be managed properly to avoid paint wastage as a result of spilling. Correct understanding in picking the proper tool is really crucial for interior painting. Because paint rollers cover a huge area, it is simple to make use of rollers for painting in comparison to paint brushes. Ceilings may be painted with the support of paint rollers and extend-able poles. Nevertheless, small spots like wall ends can be painted solely with the assistance of paint brushes. If you keep these suggestions in mind it will make your home painting project a snap.