Simon Says: Simon Doonan on Working for Diana Vreeland, the State of Fashion and Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Trends

Film and fashion are inseparable – film influences fashion, and vice versa.” Fashion film festivals have taken place all around the world, from Croatia to South Korea and from the US to Japan, and the idea has been embraced by fashion and film crowds alike – and audiences who enjoy a thematic approach to movie-going. Post International Media managing director Sirimon Na Nagara, Post Publishing president and COO Supakorn Vejjajiva, and SF Corporations deputy managing director Suvannee Chinchiewchan, at the press conference of Elle Fashion Film Festival. While it is not easy to define a “fashion film”, after hard work and months of preparation, nine films have been selected for the inaugural event, hand-picked by a five-person selection committee, namely Elle Thailand editor-in-chief Panu Sombatyanuchit, SF Corporation’s Suwannee Chinchiawsharn, fashion stylist Araya Indra, Greyhound designer Jitsing Somboon and Bangkok Post film writer Kong Rithdee. None of the chosen films have been officially shown on the big screen in Thailand before (see sidebar for details). Panu said that the nine films reflect fashion in different ways.

Back-to-school fashion: The five trends you need to know

The two ambassadors obviously had different visions of how to project the country to the world. I had to design a more subdued collection of images also dressed in Filipiniana, and inspired this time by Damian Domingos muted paintings. Again, I asked Danny to illustrate them for me, says Ramos. But the ideas didnt go beyond paper.

I spoke to Simon this morning on a wide-range of fashion-related topics, from what he REALLY thinks about fashion trends to his love of street style and his advice on how to get a career in fashion. Simon Says: On Trends: I would tell shoppers not to worry about the zeitgeist. For example, 10 years ago leopard print was actually a trend. It was seen on the runway from designers such as Lanvin. Since then, it has just stayed around. continue I wouldn’t say it’s a trend again today.

Either way, it’s best to do it in style. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2013 Back-to-School Survey , families with school-age children will shell out an average of $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. Spending is expected to be down about 8 percent from last year, but the back-to-school business is still big — with total back-to-school spending expected to reach $26.7 billion in 2013. When it comes to your back-to-school wardrobe, what’s worth spending money on? Getting a couple of new pieces could be all it takes to freshen up your look. The runway’s micro-print trend is gaining traction this fall, and there’s always a way to wear your favorite summer dress a little longer by pairing it with the right closed-toe shoes or boots and a couple of new accessories — pair it with a blazer or cardigan and you’re all set.


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