In this first quarter of 8th grade, we got to be journalists. We all chose a topic to write about, we interviewed, researched and designed out newspapers.
The hardest part about journalism is the interviews and research. Although I got a lot of opininons on my topic, interviewing was hard because some people didn’t take it too seriously. Because my topic was “Weird Fashion Trends” it was laughable. The research was hard too because the trends come from different companys and artist so it took a while to find where the original idea came from.
My greatest achievment is the desgin of my groups newspaper. I was chose to design it along with my teammate Sang In. I worked hard on it at home so my group can add thier ideas to improve. I thik overall, the layout and design of the newspaper was good and my group worked very hard on it.
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Has the Fashion Industry Run Out of Ideas?
From clear plastic clothing to controversial mashups of different footwear, these new modern fashion pieces designed and produced in 2017 questions if the fashion industry has run out of ideas.
Today’s modern fashion has been designed to be simple, easy to wear and does the necessary coverings as clothes. But what happens when the purpose of clothing gets taken away? Clear Plastic clothing has been gaining attention this year expanding from the infamous “clear knee mom jeans” that originated from “Topshop”. At first glance, the fashion piece looks like a basic, regular pair of jeans, but another look on the knees and you can see that the rips have been replaced with clear, flexible plastic. “It looks like someone failed to make homemade rip jeans.” a student from SSIS states. Although this fashion piece’s design is quite questionable to the public, many companies have caught onto the trend and came out with their own plastic clothing, this varies from skirts, shirts, jackets, shoes etc. that are completely clear. What’s the purpose of this? Recently “Topshop” has decided that it wasn’t enough for just the knees to be clear, so they came up with all clear jeans that go over black shorts. “There’s no point” says Tony from 8th grade, “But, I would wear it outside because it looks fun.” he continues. This trend has gotten so popular even fashion shows feature clear plastic dresses, one dress had only plastic as its material but the cutouts and design made it much more complicated than it looks. Alice, who is very familiar with fashion trends observes, “It looks noisy and annoying to wear”. Still the question remains, What’s the purpose of these fashion pieces if the point of clothes is to cover up?
Speaking of clear knee mom jeans, the iconic piece has also sparked other ideas for the designs of different pairs of Jeans. Jeans go way back to 1873 where the first pair of jeans were invented but 2017 has taken it to the next level. When you hear the word ‘jeans’ the first word that comes to mind is plain, simple or basic, right? However, these are not the words used to describe these extraordinary jeans. We’ve all heard of ripped jeans, it’s been a trend for the past several years, their ripped effect adds a little distress and carefree touch to the pair but have you heard about mud jeans? These pair of Jeans are the definition of “Pay a lot of money to make it look like you have no money.” quoted by a student. Other than the mud jeans there are cut out jeans ranging from zippers to detachable leg covers. “The zipper jeans look trashy “it looks like you got plastic surgery and it accidentally ripped” joked John. These jeans appear to not be appropriate for professional settings as it “shows too much skin” as student says. Many students that were interviewed claimed that they would not wear these jeans anywhere as it is not appropriate for any situation. These jeans have gone too far and women say they just want pockets.
It’s not just clothing pieces that are taking an unexpected turn these years, shoes are too. Modern fashion has developed shoes in so many different ways, there are different type for every occasion, weather, setting etc. But what happens when companies decide to collaborate and combine these different designs. One of the more popular shoes are the “Ugliest Shoes in the World” made by Teva, a company that creates sandals and Uggs, a company that specialises in fuzzy boots. The collaboration includes the warm parts of the Uggs on the ankles, but has the sandal part on the toes. This doesn’t look like it serves any purpose other than the looks. Speaking of it’s looks, 4/9 students agree that these shoes are the “Ugliest Shoes in the World”. Alice says it looks more like a cast than something you’d call a regular pair of shoes. Other than this infamous collaboration, a designer mixed Converse shoes with Sandals, although this did not spark as much controversy, it is a pretty unique pair of shoes. Going against popular opinions, CY from advisory thinks “It looks cool.” Clear shoes also seem to be popular among with the clear plastic trend, this trend was started by the reality TV stars of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” For the past few years the family has rose to fame and they have started many new trends, the clear shoes are one of them. These shoes seem to have a more positive reaction from the interviewees. Some state that they “look cool” while others say “they’re the best from these weird shoe trends”. It’s crazy to see how 2 basic shoes can combine to be such a controversial topic to the fashion industry.
Fashion usually focuses on clothing pieces, footwear and accessories. But, makeup is also an important part in pulling the look together, it is essential for bold, unique looks and is very popular on the runway. There are many makeup trends that have been created in the past years but 2017 seem to be the year of the eyebrows. When we look at the ideal eyebrow for women, we see angular sharp lines with a perfect arch and a soft start. The perfect brow is named “instagram eyebrow”. However, makeup artists have been creative about their eyebrows this year. The glitter brow, the wavy brow, the feathered brow and the most recent, the braid brow are all apart of the 2017 brow trends. Looking at the votes, more people liked the glitter brows the most because it’s creative and unique. The look is more suited for a runway on a fashion show but it looks like it would match some bold looks. The feathered brow became a trend after instagram makeup artist @stella.s.makeup split her eyebrows as a joke. Soon other artists caught on to the trend and it lasted for a while. @promisetamang later came up with squiggly eyebrows with brows shaped in wavy, curvy lines. Fans didn’t know what to think of this new trend but others started to recreate the look themselves. The last look for the weird eyebrow trends are quite different from the rest, instead of creating it in real life, @erosmua edited braids onto his eye makeup look which took over instagram. Now people are gluing on actually braided hairs to their eyebrows or drawing them on with makeup themselves. Eyebrows are an interesting part of our face. To think of it, it’s just a patch of hair above our eyes stopping sweat from entering sensitive areas but now creative makeup artist have come up with new ideas for eyebrows that impacts the fashion industry strongly.
Fashion has been around for a while, it has been changed and developed throughout the ancient times. The designs are unique, creative and extraordinary but what happens if these designs are taken too far? Students from SSIS have been interviewed and questioned and it looks like the public isn’t too fond of these designs. What happens when this lack of creativity continues and the fashion industry really has run out of ideas? How will this change our perspective on fashion and impact our modern day lives?
Dragon’s Witness Newspaper PDF
I think in the 2nd Quarter, I should work on checking the rubrics for my projects and see if it applies to my project. I think this will help me get a better grade.