LIM College Faculty Blog

HALLOWEEN 2016: Costume Predictions

Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 05:53 PM

by Professor Amanda Hallay

Amanda Hallay is a full-time faculty member at LIM College and a former fashion forecaster.

The country is currently scary enough without us adding to it with fiendish Halloween costumes, surely? Yet because of the nation’s current (and rather tense) landscape, we are sure to see a plethora of Halloween costumes that speak to the current crazes on social media, as well as those that address the race to the White House.

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Topics: Halloween, Creepy Clowns, costumes, scary, Hillary Clinton, Trump

Send in the Clowns: Looking at the Creepy Clown Craze and its Impact on Halloween Retail

Posted on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 12:24 PM

by Amanda Hallay, Assistant Clinical Professor, Fashion Merchandising

Prof. Amanda Hallay looks at the current "Creepy Clown" phenomenon and its impact on Halloween retail.

2016: Just when we thought that things couldn’t possibly get any weirder (and is there anything weirder than this Presidential Election?), America finds itself in the terrifying sway of (yup) Creepy Clowns.

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Topics: retail, Halloween, Creepy Clowns, pranks

Textiles & Home Fashion: An Interview with Professor Gayathri Banavara of LIM College

Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 02:34 PM

As we continue to connect as a global society and marketplace, the textiles and home fashion industries are experiencing an influx of new ideas, cultural access and sustainable practices from around the world. Gayathri Banavara, a full-time faculty member in LIM College’s Marketing, Management and Finance department, recently talked about textiles and home fashion in an interview with John Ahdoot of Ahdoot Oriental Rugs.

Read the interview here.

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Topics: Textiles, home furnishings, Millenials, Home Fashion

In Their Own Words: The Millennial Generation’s Sense of Value

Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 01:35 PM

by Dudley Blossom, Ph.D.
Marketing, Management & Finance Department 

This article originally appeared in the October 2016 edition of Fashion Mannuscript.

For the past 10 years, brand marketers have been trying to engage Millennials and entice them to their brands. Countless consumer studies and surveys try to tell us what Millennials want and need. Often their messages are contradictory or misleading, yet one thing we have learned is that Millennials have a very short attention span. However, we still struggle to understand the impact of this short attention span on brands.

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Topics: Millenials, consumption, consumers, value

Orry-Kelly: The Boy From Oz

Posted on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 02:44 PM

by Amanda Hallay, Assistant Clinical Professor, Fashion Merchandising

Prof. Amanda Hallay Discusses Legendary Hollywood Designer Orry-Kelly.

When we think of costumer designers from the Golden Age of Hollywood, the first names that spring to mind are inevitably Edith Head, Irene Sharaff, Walter Plunkett, and (for those in the know) Adrian. These are the names we remember, yet I would argue that the costumes we remember the best were the products of a designer who (in my opinion) trumps Sharaff, Adrian, and even Edith Head in his absolute understanding of how costume contributes to character; Orry-Kelly.

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Topics: Jazz Age, costume designer, Orry-Kelly

Small Town Sweetness Softens Our Screens

Posted on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 04:05 PM

by Amanda Hallay, Assistant Clinical Professor, Fashion Merchandising

Looking at the Cozy Binge-Watch Trend

“Fashion is not an island; it’s a response!” This is a mantra heard often in all of my classes, reminding students that fashion does not stand alone, but is a product of a million other socio-political and cultural forces.

Trend forecasters look outside of fashion for the clues to what will happen next, and television is always a pretty good barometer of how people are feeling. And as "fashion is feeling" (another much heard mantra), TV can be counted on to give a generally reliable indication as to fashion’s next move.

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Topics: TV trends, Binge-watch, sweet, nice

In Naples: Enjoy the Pizza. Skip the Ice.

Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 03:45 PM

by Fred Steinberg, Adjunct Faculty in Marketing, Management & Finance

Enjoy the pizza

There are many good reasons to go to Italy and among them is visiting Naples. This city is billed as home to more historic monuments than any other city in Europe and is just an hour from the magnificent ruins of Pompeii.

But for foodies, Naples is also Mecca for pizza lovers. And while some Israeli historians claim pizza evolved from a time 2,000 years ago when Roman soldiers added cheese and olive oil to matzos and certain Chinese scholars ascribe to the theory that Marco Polo brought pizza back from the Hidden Kingdom during his travels, most historians believe that Naples gets the credit when in the mid-19th century tomatoes and olive oil were added to a Neapolitan galette flatbread often known as “pizza,” a street dish originally sold for just a few lira.

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Topics: Italy, Naples, Pizza

A Summer Spent Studying in Europe

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:42 AM

by Gavin Goldstein, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Management & Finance

I am excited to return for this Fall 2016 semester. I recently came back from an amazing summer studying in Europe.  I learned about the celebrated tolerance of Holland, the spirit of Belgium, the love in France, and the cuisine and beauty of Italy. 

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Topics: Paris, Italy, new semester, Gavin Goldstein, Belgium

A Cosa Nostra Encounter on a Sicilian Vacation

Posted on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 02:44 PM

by Fred Steinberg, Adjunct Faculty in Marketing, Management & Finance

Sicily was added to our travel bucket list just some three years ago after many friends and relatives came back with almost universal raves for the big island off the bottom of the boot in Southern Italy. After listening to their travel tales, I realized there were 10 factors to take into account when visiting -- five broad attractions but five broad warnings.

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Topics: Italy, Sicily, Catania, Fred Steinberg, Syracusa

Faculty Focus - LIM College Faculty Newsletter

Posted on Mon, May 23, 2016 @ 12:23 PM

The inaugural edition of LIM College’s Faculty Focus newsletter is now available. Learn about what our talented faculty are accomplishing in the professional and academic arenas.

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Topics: faculty, newsletter, faculty focus