Which Is Your Choice Fashion Or Costume Jewelry

Is there any difference between costume and fashion jewelry or these words are used interchangeably? To explore the answer, we have to shuffle the pages of history from where the concept of jewelry was defined.

In the past days gold was used to adorn the body in Egypt but it was also found in tombs and in 13th century in Medieval Europe and England jewelry Commoners and artists were not allowed to wear gold, silver, pearls or gemstones. The people who used to wear gemstones and pearls were given a high respect and there was a good market of glass imitation.

By 17th century very special garments were prepared using jewelry pieces called dress ornaments. These pieces were usually used on the stomacher, or front, sleeves and skirts. There were trend during those days that fake jewelry was worn at the day time whereas fine or real jewelry was worn by the evening.

Moving one step ahead to the late 1800s, the jewelry standards were lowered to some steps when it started to move other countries like America and Australia. As time passed a ray of resistance against the lowered standard jewelry came into action and jewelers like Tiffany started work to make good a high quality jewelry. By the start of 1900s designers play their role in fashion jewelry. Slowly jewelry create its own place in the fashion world. Today every woman consider herself incomplete without jewelry.

The two terms costume and fashion jewelry is interchangeable and swappable and it is most of the time based on the traditions and locality. Anything that has less quality material if we compare it with the gold lies in the category of costume or fashion jewelry. But in the modern era the costume jewelry is cheap as compared to the fashion jewelry but there are common components between these two types of jewelries. In costume jewelry, gold plating is performed on different metals to give it new look.

So coming on the question, what is difference between these two types of jewelry, we must draw fine of distinction. By overview the materials, designs and price, it can be decided which term can be suited according to the situation. But I personally use the term fashion jewelry as I want to be fashionable.

Philip Smouha – Decades In The Fashion Industry

It has been said by many that the fashion industry is a cut-throat one. An industry that is very hard to succeed in simply due to the nature of how garments in particular change hands from manufacturers to end users.

The Smouha fabric company was a company that managed to successfully trade fabrics in Australia since 1950. That was until the Global financial crisis affected the customers of Smouha fabrics and they were unable to repay loans owed to the company.

We can still learn a lot about a fabric company that succeeded in this cut-throat industry. It was due to their great reputation, good service and above all else their commitment to stocking only the highest quality fabrics.

Smouha fabrics have lived through government changes in the last few decades which affected many importers. The government increasing the allowance of off shore manufacturing by reducing duties and tariffs is one such example. Even when competition became fierce with cheaper prices on offer to designers and manufacturers Smouha fabrics remained a trusted supplier. This was due to the fabric company delivering exactly what their customers wanted while financing them at the same time.

The fabric empire was started by Philips father Charles, originally from Manchester in the UK which traditionally was the textile centre. Long before the company traded millions of dollars each year the family business began with the goal of just surviving. The business continued to grow through many fashion trends from the 50s to today because of their great style and depth of knowledge of where trends were headed.

Philip Smouha, the director of the 49 year old family business has since found his footing after closing a chapter in his life and is successfully building companies once again. His son is involved in running a beer company called Lucky beer with him. The company has already had a great impact in Australia and off shore due to the cheeky nature of the marketing and original idea which no body has come up with before.

The solid principles of supporting customers and providing them with exactly what they need from the decades in the fashion industry have obviously not gone to waste. The Smouha family continue to live very successful lives.

Buy Camilla Kaftans To Make A Comfortable, Yet Stylish Statement This Summer

Top Australian fashion designers and designers all over the world are touting kaftans as the coolest trend for this summer. This light-weight clothing is appropriate for the hot and humid climactic conditions. They provide effective comfort from the heat and at the same time, make the wearer look smart and stylish.

Kaftans suit varied body types and can be worn on almost every occasion. For instance, if you’re tall and slim with a small chest, you can go for knee-length kaftans to accentuate your shape and show off your slender arms. If you are heavy at top and have flabby upper arms, a low-cut tunic with long or capped sleeves which finishes above the knee will help highlight your more shapely body parts.

Wear the kaftans with skinny-fit jeans, trousers, leggings, or a skirt for a cool and casual look or alternatively, pair them with a loud belt or a piece of sparkling jewellery for that effortless chic look that others will envy.

If you are planning to add this stylish clothing to your summer wardrobe, go for Camilla kaftans. Popularly dubbed as the ‘Kaftan Queen’, Camilla is one of the many leading Australian fashion designers to have successfully carved a niche for her clothing line in the international fashion market. The Camilla label enjoys sensational international success and has developed a strong and loyal following through its placement in high-end boutiques and luxury department stores in the UK, Dublin, Dubai & Riyadh. Camilla kaftans are soon going to be seen in high-end resorts in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Dubai.

You may buy bouquet short-lace up Camilla kaftan-white and burnt yellow flower print silk chiffon, hand beaded kaftan. Accessorise it with stacked bangles and a cocktail ring for an effortless glamorous look at the pub or a beachside. Sumi short jersey kaftan is a Royal purple jersey Camilla kaftan with diamond pleated detailing on the front. Lounge around the house in this comfortable kaftan or dress it up with gold accessories for a sophisticated appearance at a party.

Tulipanna Short Lace up Kaftan is another amazing Camilla clothing. Its a black and white tulip print silk chiffon, hand beaded kaftan. If you are looking for a long kaftan, check out Python Long Lace Up Kaftan. Python print silk chiffon with hand beading kaftan, it can be teamed with oversized glasses and high heeled wedges for a super stylish statement.

If you are wondering where you can buy these from, just log on to closetprincess.com.au. An online Australia fashion boutique, it offers Camilla kaftans and kaftans by several other leading Australian fashion designers at attractive rates. For more details, please visit the site.

Onesie Pyjamas Making A Return To Fashion

Up until the late 1800s, most men wore nightshirts to bed. India came up with the concept of cotton “pajamas” which involved both top and bottoms to sleep in, and soon caught on in London and other major cities in Europe.

Over time, there have been a number of advancements and innovations with pyjamas. Different materials such as fleece and flannel have come into prominence, along with tie waist, pockets and even bum flap! One of the most interesting advances in the night clothing industry has been onesie pyjamas or full body pyjamas as they are also known.

Onesies were invented in the 1950s but not as normal adult pyjamas. They were made by the Gerber company as tshirts for babies that fasten under the crotch. But the name “onesies” is now synonymous with full body pjs for people of all ages.

Adult onesies are popular for older people who like snug fitting night attire that keeps them warm and cosy, especially during the cold winter months. They usually come footed and some styles also have a hoodie and a bum flap, which lets you go to the bathroom without needing to strip right down!

Up until recently, adult onesie pyjamas have been considered a bit “nerdy” or “lame” and the negative connotations have prevented the garment from becoming a hugely popular bedding option. However over the last decade, its mainstream popularity has increased significantly and the item is now considered cool by many.

I believe the Teletubbies movement went a long way in putting onesies back on the radar, but I doubt they helped with the coolness factor. Although Tinky Winky deserves mad props if you ask me! Another prominent television star sporting a onesie is Wilfred, the talking dog that has become a huge success in both America and Australia. His non-pc attitude and hilarious antics have generated him cult status and broken the adult onesies back into the mainstream.

Recently, Brad Pitt was photographed in his very own onesies, which further proves that the attire is well and truly in trend. As Hollywood stars and more prominent people are shown to have this type of bed clothing, it will undoubtedly make them even more popular. Sales in Australia have increased significantly in the past couple of years, a trend that is probably
similar in America, England and other big economies.

They are a versatile item that not only looks fun but is very practical. Full body adult pyjamas are great as a gift to a friend or partner and good to buy yourself. I have friends that work from home and actually sit around the house during the day in their onesies. Maybe casual Friday in the offices will start to see a few appearances of onesie pyjamas. One can only hope!