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Buying 101 with Julie Eckert Clancy

Each market always leaves an impression on me and Spring 2017 did not disappoint.  I recall the precision of design.  The perfect ankle pant, pegged or flared just so.  The perfect shift dress that has an unexpected edge.  The refreshing botanical print or bug embellishment.   The clean, uncluttered, and draped to perfection evening gown. Sometimes it isn’t always what is different but what has been improved from season to season, especially when a new trend has emerged that is still growing and developing in our wardrobe and style.  For the past few seasons we have seen the accessory landscape change dramatically.  The influence of modern bohemian has refined our beads, diamonds and leathers into a layered story on our necks...

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High Collar Retro

Chokers seem to have arrested the fashion world's attention for good.  Whether you embraced the look when it came back in 2014 or are just now hot around the collar, there is one thing to keep in mind: these chokers are not like the hip mall stretch tattoo chokers of the 90s.  Photo Courtesy ebay You can get one on ebay these days for $.99, but why waste the dollar? Maybe you wore them, maybe you had kids who wore them.  I remember it felt like all of my girlfriends got to wear them, but my mom wouldn't let me.They looked so hot around the neck.  I can't say that I remember them that well, but I do remember thinking I...

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Building Jophiel: Finding a Home

Continuing our walk down memory lane with Jophiel President and Founder, Julie shares how a 12 week course started her on a journey to found Jophiel and move back to Fort Wayne. What did you see in Fort Wayne that made you decide to start Jophiel here versus maybe Chicago, where you were living? What I loved about Fort Wayne was that I already knew the market to some extent.  I grew up in Huntington and Rochester, Indiana and had clients from Fort Wayne that I was already styling in Chicago.  But I think you could say Fort Wayne found me.  When I would come home to visit my family in the summer for a week or so and stay...

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How Does a Fashion Trend Start?

We often seem to recognize a trend when it is in full force.  However, that is never how it starts.  The beginning of a trend is like putting only one toe in the water, it slowly tests itself on the fashion scene.  Let’s go back to 2006, when leggings came on the scene.  They were mostly in hosiery and we were wearing them with skirts and dresses.  Not everyone embraced them, in fact the first time I wore them, my husband said to me, “What the hell do you have on?”  Of course it was useless explaining the look to him, I wore them anyway regardless of his confusion.  A few years later, leggings were introduced in a heavier fabric so they...

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