Refinery29: Sewing TikTok Is Social Media’s Own Project Runway. “The public’s interest in fashion’s behind-the-scenes process has long been a pillar of reality entertainment. It’s what shows like Project Runway and Making The Cut owe their success to. Now, as fashion communities grow on TikTok, people are using the app to showcase their own kind of reality show via short videos, diving into sewing challenges worthy of a Tim Gunn compliment.”
PPA: Numéro Netherlands launches new digital edition with Exact Editions. “The Dutch magazine Numéro Netherlands, the counterpart of the French Magazine Numéro, focuses on features pieces on fashion, art, culture, and lifestyle. The magazine has created a digital edition in partnership with London based digital publishing company, Exact Editions.”
The Vou: Best 12 Outfit Generator Apps And Websites Of 2021. “An outfit generator is an app or website designed to help users with their sartorial game by generating fresh outfits or combining existing clothes with future online purchases to create new styles. An outfit generator can be used for stylistic inspiration and as a wardrobe builder of custom outfits.” I love these things. I stare at them in awe. I’m like a fish looking at a rocketship.
University of Miami: Explore Florida’s fashion trends throughout the years. “Although visions of shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops may come to mind when one thinks of fashion in South Florida, the University of Miami Libraries’ ‘Deep Dives’ series will show otherwise. Cristina Favretto, head of special collections, is hosting a webinar that will give an inside look at fashion-related rare books and other items in the archives.”
New-to-me: the Curvy Pattern Database. From the About page: “I started sewing when I was young – my grandmother is an award winning quilter and my mother is a well versed garment sewer. I picked sewing back up in early 2020 (like many) and realized that garment patterns that I didn’t have to alter extensively to fit my body (most commonly by grading up a TON to fit my butt and belly) were very hard to find. When I did find a pattern or designer made to fit my body I started keeping it in a spreadsheet. Thus, the designer database was born!” The database is available in Imperial or Metric measurement and includes filters for bust, waist, and hip size. Excellent work.
Just Style: New tool assesses impact of apparel and footwear. “The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), along with its technology partner Higg, has announced the completion of a new tool that evaluates the comprehensive environmental impact of products. In addition to developing greener products, companies can also use the new tool to credibly communicate their performance, demonstrate progress towards sustainability and circularity goals, and address anticipated regulation.”
Ecotextile News: GoBlu launches Kyna Intel free database. “Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has launched a new online database which aims to provide the fashion and textiles industry with information to drive sustainable decision-making. GoBlu developed the curated, searchable database, called Kyna Intel, as a free service to help industry stakeholders navigate the news to find accurate and up-to-date information.”
PRZen: Sneakervista is the largest online catalogue of sneaker stores (PRESS RELEASE). “To help sneakerheads pursue the pair of their dreams, Sneakervista developed an entire sneaker and streetwear encyclopedia to provide all the information they need. The sneaker shops stored on the database feature accurate details of the store addresses all around the world. The comprehensive store catalogs extend from countries to cities that make it a reliable guide for tourists and travelers looking for just about any kind of sneaker – from local sneaker boutiques to hyped pop-up stores, Sneakervista offers it all.”
Argus Leader: USD students to launch sustainable fashion app after winning global competition. “The founders of Fomeno, an app that encourages sustainable fashion, were one of 11 businesses out of 30 finalists that won the 2020 Hult Prize Challenge, an award for an entrepreneurial venture from college students that addresses a pressing social issue. Fomeno allows shoppers to search its online database from local thrifters and online curators to find specific items. Simply put, it makes thrift shopping easier, said Payton Ryz, 20, chief of communications.”