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Poll: When #FF Becomes “I choose everyone!” When do you say “Enough already!”?

June 24, 2011 Comments off

Social media keeps us super connected with each other, making us feel more connected to like minded people and companies that we admire, respect or just need to stay in tune with to keep up with the world (or our industry). But social media also makes people take drop their guard, they become lax in the way they type, the personal conversations they choose to share publicly and their “let’s all get along” over-share filter.

When a company or an organization that is not an individual has a twitter or other social media account where do you draw the line between informational and annoying? To get to the point I’m talking about the use of #FF lists. Fab Friday, Follow Friday, Friday Faves or whatever else you may want that to stand for has in my opinion gotten out of hand!

I find it a complete turn off when anyone makes multiple posts listing #FF’s if it takes you 4, 9, or fashion gods forbid 16+ tweets to list all of your #FFs,

You’re doing it wrong!

It makes me want to call them out on it. Every. Single. Time. The last thing I want to see when I wake up is 30 tweets from one industry leader in fashion listing almost all of the people they follow as #FFs. I don’t care if you make different categories. #FFs are supposed to be the most interesting tweeters of that week. The crème de la crème of your feed. This is not some preschool game where everybody is a winner. If it don’t fit in one tweet, two at the most.. then you need to rethink who you really think were the best, funniest, most informative, entertaining or just your all-around favorite. Read more…

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Urban Outfitters Copies Etsy Designer or Do Great Minds Think Alike?

May 26, 2011 2 comments

A tweet from fellow blogger Melissa at http://newseattle-lite.blogspot.com brought my attention to a case of “Let me steal your artistic ideas because I can make it just like you- only cheaper and faster.”

A blog post: “Not Cool Urban Outfitters, Not Cool” by Stevie from IMakeShinyThings.com explains how her World of Love necklace line sold at her Etsy store, Tru.che were copied by Urban Outfitters. They even took the title she uses in the listings “I heart [state or country]” and have called the necklaces “I Heart Destination Necklaces”.

Below are screen shots of two pieces and the webpages where those piece are listed. Both the one shown on the Urban Outfitters website and the one on Tru.che are of New York state.

These types of things get me fired up on first impulse. Copying, stealing and plagiarizing for personal or profitable gain just irks me. It’s not create a similar item or something that was inspired by Stevie’s necklaces but they created and sold almost an exact duplicate. Trends often produce similar items, markets get saturated, shit happens but it’s counterfeit and knockoff land that creates lookalikes… and big design houses that can afford it go after people and companies that do it but what do small designers do?

Of course.. after a few minutes the numbers and methodical fashion side of my brain kicks in….

And I have to relate it to the trickle down or trickle up effect that happens in the fashion industry. It’s harsh that it’s small, designer that  is the inspiration or target of the knockoff , but it’s also flattering.

For the consumer it comes down to the same question we face when looking at ready-to-wear verse fast fashion, mass market clothing, etc.: “Do you want the original for $55 or a knock-off for $19?”

*Sticky Post* Manic Designs is now on Facebook

May 16, 2011 Comments off

Yep, it’s that time for the obligatory post:

Manic Designs is now on Facebook so you can get your Manic fix there. Click on the links in this post and like the Manic Designs page. It will make it easy for you to never miss an article, event or review posted here. Since it will be in your FB feed when new posts and important news comes up you’ll get it instantly. Read more…

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Photographer Kathy Bugajsky talks Seattle Fashion, RuPaul’s Drag Race & ME with SeattleGayScene.com

May 14, 2011 2 comments

A week ago (May 7th) photographer Kathy Ann Bugajsky was a guest on a podcast for SeattleGayScene.com: Seattle’s local GLBT community site and go-to regional calendar with over 50,000 visits each months. Kathy has covered numerous events in Seattle including the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Emerald City Comicon, the Fremont Solstice Parade, and now fashion! Her runway photography can be seen in the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds “Fashion Crash” and the Trash Fashion: “Oh my Trash! Is that Recyclable?!” articles here on Manic Designs. (And be sure to click here to see all her photo sets.)

On the air, well recorded air(?), with Les Sterling and Michael Strangeways from Seattle Gay Scene they covered about a half dozen topics but they hit two of my favorite: Seattle Fashion (the presence and/or lack there of) and RuPaul’s Drag Race!! Click here to head to the fashion specific portion of this.. if you really must. Read more…

Update: Venue Relocation for the Revive Masquerade

March 24, 2011 Comments off

I just received word that there has been a venue move for Saturday’s Revive Masquerade. It has been relocated from the Little Red Studio to the Lake Union Cafe. The address is 3119 Eastlake Ave E. Seattle, WA 98102

So here’s where you’re going:

From the looks of the Lake Union Cafe it appears like they are moving the event into a bigger space. I haven’t been to either location so I can’t say for sure, but I’ll see if I can get the details tomorrow from Rene Ropas and update this post with that. From what I have been told nothing else has changed so be sure to wear your black and white. If you haven’t purchase your tickets you can still grab them at Brown Paper Tickets, though VIP seating was sold out (I’ll check on that as well at the new venue). Don’t forget that students with ID get in for $15 at the door and this is a 21+ event.

Don’t forget your mask! 😉

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