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Fashion E-Commerce Firms

1. Amazon

Amazon, based in the United States and one of the largest online retailers in the world, offers, other than various other categories such as books, electronics, home décor, bags and luggage, jewellery, etc., clothing and accessories to its customers. Products within this category have been segmented according to gender, such as men’s and women’s clothing and shoes; according to brands, such as Arrow, Chemistry, Manyavar, or United Colours of Benetton; according to type, such as tshirts and tops, ethnic wear, pants and trousers, or lingerie and innerwear; or even according to stores, such as of that belonging to a specific designer, and so on. The site offers a 30 day return on its all its products within this category with ‘no questions asked’.

2. Flipkart

Founded in 2007 by Sachin and Binny Bansal, Flipkart is an online megastore based in Bangalore, Karnataka. Other than the basic categories such as electronics, home and furniture, books and media, etc., the portal offers two separate categories namely ‘men’, ‘women’, and ‘baby and kids’, which comprise all kinds of fashion products such as footwear, clothing, watches, accessories, bags and wallets, sunglasses, fragrances, and options in grooming and wellness merchandise. Flipkart also hosts a blog of the name ‘Flipkart Fashion Files’ where various authors contribute articles on global fashion news, trends, daily tips, and so on.

3. Snapdeal

Based in New Delhi and founded in 2010, Snapdeal is an online retailer that offers products in various categories ranging from Mobiles and tablets, electronics, to daily needs, sports and outdoors, or even real estate and financing. Within the fashion category, their merchandise is segmented into men’s, women’s, and kid’s fashion, which are further divided according to type of clothing or type of fashion product. Snapdeal offers a variety of options within each fashion segment for both men and women, such as Ethnic wear, which consists of sarees& more, anarkalis, dress material, stitched and semi stitched salwarkurtas, salwars and churidars, and so on.

4. PayTM

Launched in 2010, Paytm is one of the newest online platforms to be competing with global giants such as Amazon and eBay, and it has already been touted as a potential e-commerce giant, inviting large investments from major financiers. The firm began with providing services such as mobile recharging, bill payment, travel bookings, and later expanded to offer products within various categories such as home and kitchen, gifts and sweets, sutomative, electronics, and so on. In the fashion category, the firm offers men’s, women’s and kid’s products, and comprises different segments like types of clothing like ethnic wear, types of accessories like watches or footwear, or types of products such as eyewear or luggage, etc.

5. eBay

eBay is an e-commerce giant based in the United States, which facilitates sales between both ‘consumers and businesses’, and ‘two businesses’. Founded in 1995 and one of the very few online retailers to survive the ‘dot-com’ bubble of the late 90’s and early 21st century, eBay offers great deals in all kinds of categories such as mobiles and accessories, laptops and tablets, cameras, etc. Within the fashion segment, it provides products in women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, jewellery, baby and mom’s, t-shirts, and bags and luggage.

6. Jabong

Based in Gurgaon and founded in 2012, Jabong is an e-commerce platform that essentially offers fashion products in a range of categories like apparel, fashion accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home décor, etc. Since it is fundamentally a fashion portal, it offers a great variety of options for women, men, kids, in accessories, brands, sports, and so on, while additionally providing a separate section for sales, trending outfits, and even a fashion blog called ‘The Juice’. It provides its customers with options that range from local brands and designers like RohitBal to high street fashion brands such as Dorothy Perkins, Wendell Rodricks, etc. Jabong has partnered with different agencies to facilitate its position as a leading fashion portal, such as the NBA in 2014 to launch the first online NBA store in India, or the Lakme Fashion week for the coming 4 seasons, and even launched an online fashion week in the year 2014, that featured celebrity mentors like YamiGautam.

7. Myntra

Based in Bangalore, Karnataka, Myntra was founded in 2007 with an initial concept of providing personalized gift items that later shifted to offering branded fashion products. Officially merging with Flipkart in 2014 to compete with other e-commerce giants, Myntra moved to an app only business model to offer its customers a more focussed and service-centric experience. On the app itself, it offers all kinds of fashion options for men, women, and kids, and features a home page that announces sales, arrival of new items, or any such information.

8. Fashion and You

Founded in 2010, Fashion and You is an e-retailer that deals primarily with premium fashion brands and lifestyle products, and offers exclusive, mega discounts on most of its products. It claims to be associated with more than 1500 Indian brands and in excess of 200 brands, globally, and aims to be the topmost style destination for all fashion enthusiasts. It offers high street fashion and lifestyle brands across clothing, accessories, cosmetics, jewellery, fragrances, footwear, and so on.

9. Yebhi

Launched in 2009, Yebhi is an Indian, online shopping and services portal for lifestyle and fashion products. It offers categories like shoes, apparel, mobiles and tablets, eye wear, furnishing, etc.

10. Koovs

Headquartered in Gurgaon and founded in 2010, Koovs is an online fashion retailer that offers menswear, womenswear, jewellery, cosmetics, and so on. It provides its customers with a separate section that deals exclusively with new discounts, trending lifestyles, and also features collaborations between fashion giants and designers.

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Fashion Fiesta Wrapped

Creative sensational from different parts of the world taking style, beauty and definition of fashion to its edge, promotional linchpin of a multibillion-dollar industry, I am talking about nothing else but Fashion Weeks. Fashion weeks are hallmarks of fashion industry to rollout the new season feel in fashion. They generally last up to a week allowing fashion designers, artists and fashion houses to display their latest collection. It hallmarks next seasons in things, that’s why it is very important for buyers, media, celebrities and entertainment industry who take that fashion among the general public.

The most famous fashion weeks are held at Fashion Mecca Paris, Milan, London and New York. Since the new millennium fashion weeks are held in different parts of the world to put the local fashion on the world map and making a packed fashion calendar throughout the year. A refreshing sense of national identity and pride has emerged from the achievements of fashion sector – something that was otherwise traditionally been restricted to feats of sporting prowess, adding that its benefits go well beyond the fashion world (Emling 2006).

Fashion weeks are held several months in advance giving chance to designers, media and buyers to preview the trend for the next season. Fashion weeks are bi-annual events; the fashion weeks conducted between January and March are called “fall fashion weeks” whereas the one conducted in September through November are called “Spring Fashion Weeks”. Some fashion weeks can be genre-specific, such as a Miami Fashion Week (Swimwear), Prêt-a-Porter (ready-to-wear) Fashion Week, Couture (one-of-a-kind designer original) Fashion Week, Palm Springs Fashion Week (Resort Collections) and Bridal Fashion Week.

History

Omission of fashion week history would be curious at this point of time. Let me throw some light on that. Edna Woodman Chase–former editor of Vogue organized “Fashion Fete,” in 1914 to benefit the war-relief effort which is often apocryphally called the first fashion show ever. By the 1920s, the fashion show had gone mainstream. Early shows were often more theatrical than those of today.

Understanding Plus Size Fashion

As fashion and plus size evolve into a recognized and (soon-to-be) respected segment in fashion, so do the idiosyncrasies and nuances of fashion itself, as it pertains to plus size.

You see, ten years ago, plus size only belonged in one lump segment, leaving us fashionistas with very little or if any options for shopping and discerning which pieces were of a “fashionable” standard. However, now, with the amalgamation (yes, I had to use this word) and plethora of fashions within plus size clothing, one could easily find herself lost, frustrated, confused, irritated, or flustered when shopping for an ideal outfit or piece of clothing.

Why?

We no longer have “one type” of fashion option for the plus size woman- we have many. However, to better understand and sort through the madness of them all, a budding fashionista must first understand what these newer segments are and learn the identifiers of these to shop smarter, not harder.

No really… WHY?

See, as in the straight- sized market, you will find certain segments within fashion that are grouped together, and for the most part, you know what to expect when shopping from that retailer or specific set of retailers. With the evolution of Plus Size Ready-to-Wear Fashion, the same now holds true. For sake of argument, we will group these segments for plus size fashion as straight sized fashion does to help explain the price discrepancies, size differences, in relation to the integrity and quality of a retailers’ or designers’ garment. The fashion industry is divided into five segments: haute couture, luxury, contemporary, fast fashion, and discount.

* Haute Couture: Synonymous with “high fashion,” haute couture is a derivative of the French term “high sewing.” In France, the label “haute couture” is a protected designation. Designers, who attain this elusive and oft coveted title, produce custom-made clothing for the world’s most influential and wealthiest.
* Luxury: Pret-a-Porter or “Ready to Wear” is one-step down from Haute Couture relative to price and exclusivity, but still serves a discerning and well to do client.
* Contemporary: This fashion forward segment presents mid-priced fashions both fashion forward and quality driven. Oftentimes, these designers interpret fashions from the couture houses, making these fashions readily accessible.
* Fast Fashion: Quickly produced product in a cost efficient manner, delivering “high fashion looking” garments, at the lowest price possible. Relates to the manner of which items from the runway manufactured predominantly overseas with an extremely efficient turnaround.
* Discount: Usually looked at loss leaders, have quickly adapted to the fast fashion concepts leveraging their consumer’s buying power and reputation to fashion exclusive designer collections.

However, the division and classification of what to expect from these segments do not stop there. Please read further into each segment, sans Haute couture, as to understand which designers and brands fall into each classification and what differentiates each one.

Luxury Plus Size Designers

Yes! They do exist! Goods that are of a higher quality and a respective higher price point are the fashion leaders within plus size. Designers such as:

* Anna Scholz
* Cinzia Rocca
* Elena Miro
* Lafayette 148
* Marina Rinaldi
* Peggy Lutz

Are oftentimes carried in either specialty boutiques, specialty department stores such as Saks and Neiman Marcus command, at minimum, a $250 starting point. Expect the finest fabrics, usually imported from overseas, naturally a more conservative cut, with the exception of Anna Scholz and Elena Miro (the only plus size designer to continually show during Milan Fashion Week), impeccably tailored, fully lined, natural fabrics, with exclusivity in feel and wear.

Contemporary Plus Size Designers

Mirroring the contemporary collections represented in Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Saks, contemporary plus size fashion offers the fashion forward plus size woman options tailored to her curves at a moderate price point. These designers such as:

* Amanda Uprichard
* David Meister
* Igigi
* Jibri
* Melissa Masse
* Monif C.
* Svoboda

Are often the thoughts leaders, innovators, and risk takers within the plus size fashion segments, as they continually challenge the status quo or the norm in what fashion should be for the discerning plus size woman. This segment’s prices usually range from the low $100’s and can command up to $500 for more specialty pieces. Quality in these fabrics are only a sidestep lower than their luxury counterparts, introducing innovative blends in fabrics, specific silhouettes inspired by the designer’s artistic inspiration, and, like its luxury designers, have more intricate detailing.

Plus Size Fast Fashion Designers

In the light of Forever 21’s counterfeit lawsuits, fast fashion has received a tarnished image although fast fashion provides an amiable compliment to its contemporary counterparts. Popular designers in this segment include:

* Torrid
* Faith 21
* Ashley Stewart
* Lane Bryant
* Evans

With the ability to mass produce up-to-the-minute trends and incredulously low price points, fast fashion provides edgy, often directly inspired from design houses, looks that range from as low as a $10 price point up to a $150 price tag. In order to deliver the trends to the market quickly, the quality, can, at times, be inferior to the luxury and contemporary designers. Expect polyester blends, wool blends, single stitched garments, either a looser silhouette or a variety of shapes that vary from garment to garment. To be worn for the moment, the lifespan of these fast fashion fashions are intended to last for the current season.

Discount Plus Size Designers

Challenging and changing the fashion climate over the last year, discount leaders have created strategic partnerships with Contemporary Designers to bring affordable fashions to the masses. Retailers such as:

* Old Navy
* Wal-Mart
* Target

Have collaborated with the likes of Norma Kamali, Just My Size, Pure Energy, and others to bring quality fashion at an affordable retail price. Discount leaders have allowed women an introduction into fashion options rarely seen and experienced. Discount designers serve as an introduction as well as dispel the notion of plus size fashion not being available. Each segment both provides and serves its purpose for the 60% of us plus size women in the ever diversifying industry of plus size fashion. It is important about knowing the differences in these segments so that you know what to expect when shopping a particular designer or retailer. Learning the difference affords you the ease of a headache or frustration when shopping to put your best curve forward.

How to Become a Successful Fashion

If you are like me you live and breathe fashion. You are constantly inspired with so many new designs racing through your mind, so many you can’t seem to get them all down quick enough at the pace they arrive. You constantly dream of the day your fashions will be on the fashion runway with the lights beaming brightly overhead, the cameras flashing everywhere and the audience being completely mesmerized by your incredible designs. You can’t stop thinking of the day you will open a magazine or watch the Oscars and see a famous celebrity in one of your breathtaking designs. Your book shelf is stocked with fashion books and magazines, and you absolutely can’t resist visiting textile stores to view all the latest fabrics, decorative beads, rhinestones and trims.

It’s this ever present dream of being a successful fashion designer that has you work day and night on your designs in most cases for many years without pay and working a job to pay the pills which is brutal torture, when all you can think about is living and working in fashion.

Famous fashion designers come from all walks of life there is no one system to follow that will have you become the next famous fashion designer. Some have graduated from elite fashion schools and some have never attended fashion school. Some have undertaken a fashion internship with a fashion house and others have made their own designs in their basement. The only elements all these fashion designers have in common is they had an intense passion for fashion, were able to design fashions highly sought after and connected with someone who gave them the opportunity to break into the fashion industry. It is essential in becoming a successful fashion designer you get you and your designs out there as much as possible, as how will anyone know about your fashions if they can’t see them?

In getting your fashions out there here are a few things you can do:

1. We are not usually good at everything some of us are great at designing clothes but lack the sewing and pattern making skills. It is here you can partner with someone who shares your passion for fashion and has the skills you lack. It is in the bringing together of different skills you can create a real product that can be showcased.
2. In having a fashion line of 14 outfits you can apply to your local fashion week. In the USA: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all have fashion weeks. These fashion weeks attract many editors, journalists and local socialites who will see your fashions and potentially give you the exposure you need to get known.
3. Many city night clubs hold fashion shows, find out what night clubs hold fashion shows and contact them as to how you can be apart of an up and coming show.
4. Locate fashion boutiques that cater to the fashions you design, first make a trip to the stores to look around, if you can see your clothes fitting in well with the store, find out who the owner is and ask if they would be willing to have some of your fashions offered for sale in their store. You will be amazed at how many store owners are willing to work with you. I walked around San Francisco in the Nob Hill district and had my fashions placed after visiting and discussing my product with four boutiques. In having your fashions displayed you will receive valuable insights as to whether or not your designs are in demand and if you need to change your designs to increase sales. It will also give you free exposure to the public. When your fashions do sell you can present this to investors who are more than willing to invest in your line, when you prove the existence of a strong demand for your fashions.

If you are struggling to create your fashions due to the lack of capital, connections or all the skills required, you can visit: [http://www.cluehut.com] where it’s free to create a profile stating what you need and who you are hoping to connect with in achieving your fashion dream. You can also browse and connect with others who like you have created a profile offering opportunities where together you can become a great success in the fashion business.