Has Pantone’s Color of the Year Panned Out?

CFD looks for shades of “Living Coral” Pantone Color Institute has been selecting a featured Color of the Year (COY) for 20 years now. Designers of all sorts look to Pantone for guidance as to upcoming lines of clothing, accessories, home furnishings and more. Ultimately, however, it is retailers and shoppers who determine whether the […]

Farewell, Karl Lagerfeld

A pictorial tribute to his career and impact By now you’ve heard about the passing of fashion mega-designer Karl Lagerfeld, and many have already honored him in the press. Here is our favorite piece about Lagerfeld’s career, along with our own homage (below) to the fearless designer. These “before and after” images demonstrate the immense impact he had […]

Hope for NY’s Garment District?

If you could travel back 80 or even 50 years, nearly everything you’d be wearing would have come from New York’s Garment District. At that time hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of workers were jammed into just a few square blocks of Manhattan, pumping steam out the windows from the heavy-duty pressing machinery. […]

Street Style: Where Fashion Finds Inspiration

When you think of fashion, glamorous runways may come to mind—complete with flashing cameras and impossibly long-limbed models. We could call this a “top-down” view, where big-name designers decide what the Next Big Thing is going to be. But fashion is as bottom-up as it is top-down, and the truth is that the zone in […]

Italian Fashion Quiz

How well do you know Italian fashion design? Test your IQ (Italian fashion Quotient) below! What Italian designer is known for his use of bold reds? For what major Italian fashion house is Allesandro Michele currently the Creative Director? What 1980s TV show featured men’s clothing by Giorgio Armani? Pitti Uomo is a) a famous […]

Real-world Education Is Our Stock-in-Trade

Department faculty Ronda Chaney, Peggy Perruccio and Kathleen Lorist attended the June show of the Fashion Market Northern California. This highly respected trade show happens right in our backyard—at the San Mateo Event Center—making it very convenient for Cañada faculty and students to check out. There you can get an insider’s view into the business […]

Capri or not Capri …

… there’s just no question. Our adventurous department head Ronda Chaney recently took a well-deserved jaunt over to the island of Capri, after teaching the Italian fashion course (see video here) in Florence for two weeks. And it got us thinking about the many connections between Capri and fashion. If these connections aren’t immediately leaping […]

Top 5 Reasons to Sew

Those of us who sew probably do it because we enjoy it. It turns out sewing has a lot of physical and mental health benefits as well, including: So whatever your reason, keep sewing! Your brain and body will thank you! Sources: https://www.allfreesewing.com/Reference-Information/Health-Benefits-of-Sewing https://www.mindfood.com/article/5-health-benefits-of-sewing/ http://www.sewingmakesmehappy.com/the-benefits-of-sewing-as-an-adult/

Resort Season Means Business!

Fashion Week in Milan is drawing to a close, after dozens of runway shows featuring Resort 2019 collections. But what is the Resort season anyway? According to Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, Resort collections are also sometimes called Cruise, Holiday or Pre-Spring, but they all take place “after fall clothes have gone on sale but […]

Sewing Tips from Our Resident Expert

Our fearless leader Ronda Chaney is unmatched in the field of fashion education, particularly when it comes to impeccable construction. She is co-author of the book Make It Your Own and has written for such publications as Sewing Update, Serger Update, Sew News, F.I.T. Review and Singer Sewing Books. She has also appeared on the nationally syndicated television program America Sews. Here she shares […]