Articles by Ian Crumm
May. 15, 2015
Travel platform celebrates launch at Knit Wit boutique
Wear We Went, a new travel and hospitality platform launched May 9 during a party at Center City boutique Knit Wit. Normally, the boutique celebrates the summer season with an annual bathing suit bash. This year, Wear We Went partnered with owner Ann Gitter to showcase bathing suits, beach essentials and share the fashion editorials from the newly launched website, created by Mollie Snyder and Ian Crumm.
Apr. 17, 2015
Street Style: Neda Kan and Mollie Snyder
The Triangle: What are you wearing today?
May. 2, 2014
Style Advice From Ken Downing
Ken Downing, fashion director and executive vice president of Neiman Marcus, came to Drexel April 11 to talk to design students about fall trends. Aside from his witty remarks concerning upcoming trends and color stories, the fashion director gave some sound bites that cannot go undocumented. Read on to hear what Downing said and how you can interpret his suggestions. Downing: “The ivory tower is not where you want to live. You want to live on the street with your customers.” Instead of focusing on the element of fantasy in design, it’s pertinent for anyone working in the fashion industry to also understand the customer. Will that shirt sell? How much can it be sold for? It’s still important to design in a hyper-reality sometimes, but it’s also important to understand that fashion is a business, and in order for a business to succeed, people must buy your products or services. Downing: “Complication is the curse of fashion. It’s also the curse of style.” Downing commented how he was once shown a collection where sweaters had one sleeve. Most people will not want to wear clothes that are hard to put on, are uncomfortable or only keep one arm warm. Keep it sophisticated! Guys can try the “air tie,” when your collared shirt is buttoned the whole way up and worn sans tie. This style dates to rebellious London schoolboys and is super sleek. Downing: “Don’t give me an evening wrap because it never works. But you can give me an evening cape and I’ll be very excited.” Capes are dramatic. Evening wraps fall on the floor and get caught on chairs. Ew! No need to buy evening wraps, or design them at that! Downing: “Keep your eye on the culottes. I haven’t see culottes since I dated girls in high school.” This is pretty self-explanatory: guys should consider wearing drop-crotch styles. Low-hanging pants and shorts were in last year and aren’t going anywhere. Pair the relaxed look with a simple t-shirt and arm jewelry. Downing: “We are a store for the woman that has Leo in her blood. She’s like, ‘I have arrived!’” Neiman Marcus focuses on serving women and men who are confident, ambitious, loyal and generous. Buyers know who is shopping at Neiman Marcus and market the store accordingly. In whatever career path you take, pay attention to your customers and their corresponding needs and wants. Personality characteristics will play a role in how businesses should interact with customers.
Nov. 1, 2013
Oct. 11, 2013
Chestnut Street: Philly’s New Fashion Row
As fall temperatures set in, new stores and new styles are popping up just in time for new wardrobe additions. Whether shopping in Old City or on Rittenhouse Row, there is no denying that Philadelphia is a fashion hub.
Jul. 12, 2013
Store Profile: Laundrea
In her senior year of high school, Rachel Godwin Becker realized she could take her passion for sewing and turn it into a career. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design with a minor in fashion marketing from the International Academy of Design in Tampa, Fla., and working in the bridal industry in New York City, Becker moved back home to Philadelphia and created Laundrea, a womenswear line that solves the constant need for dry cleaning. Her machine-washable collection features looks with clean lines, bright colors and soft fabrics.
May. 3, 2013
Designer Profile: Mona Gilbert
Looking for a chic way to spice up your look for spring? Try incorporating one of Mona Gilbert’s signature pocket scarves into your wardrobe. The local designer’s scarves are perfect to layer on those breezy spring mornings, and with their unique look, you will be sure to stand out. Gilbert’s start as a designer stems from the recommendation of a serger sales representative. When Gilbert purchased a sewing machine, the representative suggested she could make scarves to help defray the cost of the machine. Gilbert began researching scarves and wraps, and inspired by her research, she took to designing. “I then grabbed a piece of fabric and made what I thought I saw. This piece became the one-sleeved shawl wrap that is now a part of my collection,” Gilbert said. “I began making scarves, and they have evolved tremendously over the years.” Gilbert created the Monalisa collection, a unique assortment of scarves that has been widely successful in the Philadelphia region. Monalisa includes scarves in various fabrics, textures, lengths and prints, but her signature pockets are a recurring ascetic design throughout. Designs include a graphic patterned blue, tan and white scarf. Military green and simple black snoods look great for this transitioning season. Try pairing a plain white T-shirt with a graphic scarf, or try the opposite — pair a graphic T-shirt with a single-colored scarf. Either way you’re sure to look fabulous with a Monalisa scarf around your neck! The shawl wrap and majority of scarves in the Monalisa collection are under copyright due to their unique design and functionality of pockets. Look for Gilbert’s spring collection in Aoki Boutique in Center City.
Feb. 22, 2013
Designer Profile: Erin Barr
Hair and makeup expert turned fashion designer Erin Barr established herself in the beauty industry after graduating from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. Barr garnered an address book full of celebrity clients and worked on editorial shoots in New York City as a hair and makeup artist. Although she gained much success, Barr longed to discover her true calling.
Dec. 7, 2012
The bow tie dates back to the 17th century during the Prussian wars, when Croatian mercenaries used scarves to hold the openings of their shirts together. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the French upper classes used bow ties as a sign of the aristocracy and a fashion-forward royal court. Now, after a slight decline in popularity, the bow tie is back and bolder than ever.
Dec. 7, 2012
Designer Profile: Marina Makaron
Abstract prints might not be what you typically think about wearing when the holidays come around. Many people resort to wearing earthy tones or basic black in the winter. Why stick to the cold-weather palate of drab, dark colors? Former Drexel student turned fashion designer Marina Makaron is fresh off the runway of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Russia. Her collection is all about bold prints and luxurious textiles, characterized by colorful scarves, which are a great way to break up the dark, monochromatic looks of this season with a jolt of warmth. The scarves create a styled contrast by juxtaposing traditional winterwear with resort-inspired accessories.