Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Conquering That Thing Called Fear...


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Oh wow... talk about feeling like a stranger in my own space...

Guess I am owing enough belated greetings - from Happy Independence Day Celebration (in arrears) to Barka de Sallah (in arrears).  Oh... my Sallah break was tres fab!  I enjoyed every minute of it!  :-D

Then moving on to Happy Birthday (in arrears), Happy Married Life (in arrears), Happy Anniversary (in arrears)... errr.... what else have I missed??? Oh yes!!!  Congratulations on the birth of your baby(iees)... :-D    And I say these greetings with the utmost sincerity!  

Great!  So now that I have redeemed myself, I'll start with my post for today!  Conquering Fear!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Forget the Customer! Around Here, the Product/Service Provider is King!

Happy New Month everyone!!!!!!  And welcome to the beginning of the 2nd quarter of 2014.  Goodness!  This year is going so very fast like you cannot even imagine!  But here is me hoping you had a great start.... even with the rain...  You know what they say... showers of blessings ushering in the 2nd half. :-D

Great!  On to my topic for today...

Original image in green (without the black text) culled from http://blog.mancx.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/customer-king-graphic.png

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Are You a Designer Swamped with Work?! Then You Should Consider Outsourcing...

Hello Everyone!!!  Been quite A WHILE!!!!!  Apologies... since my return from my trip it has been one thing or the other.  BUT truth be told, not updating the site has been partly due to work but mostly due to procrastination and laziness (insert-covering-my-face-emoticon-in-here) :-(

BUT here I am!  :-D... as always... ready to talk about one issue or the other.  And today's topic is about something that has been heavy on my mind for about 2 weeks now.... an issue which designers always face but refuse to do anything about - huge workloads!  

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Okay... pretend this is a designer under a huge pile of clothes and the computer is her sewing machine.  :-D 


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Happy Easter everyone!!!  Hope you are all having a restful holiday and reflecting on the reason for the Season... though somehow I doubt that from the tweets I've been reading...

So I was searching for nice Easter cards online and realised that most of the nice ones had either an Easter bunny or an Easter Egg on it which I thought would not properly capture my interpretation of the reason for Easter until I saw this one which I thought was perfect...

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Appalling Sales Technique of Making Money off People's Insecurities! >-(

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I have written this article several times in my head but felt the need to think clearly before getting to my keyboard else you will feel the raw anger coming through.

I find it completely appalling the way businesses try to prey on people's emotions and insecurities all in a bid to make money!   Over the past year, I have read with disdain several marketing campaigns from various companies blaming women for being the reason their husbands have cheated on them or why their boyfriends left them for "skinnier" women.  

It appears gone are the days when selling a product or service is about trying to make people feel good about themselves and rise to the top of their careers.  It is now about using emotional blackmail and idle indirect threats to make their target market, particularly women, buy what they are offering by hook or by crook!

Take these 3 captions for example...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Is the Customer Always King Even at the Expense of Your Reputation?!

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So we had this conversation last year - is fashion design about creativity or decency?    Here's the link just in case you haven't read it: 


I decided to revisit the "Creativity vs Decency" debate when my students pointed out that the controversial dress appeared to have been custom-made for the lady.  And they are probably right... judging from how the strips were strategically placed.  

Although I still maintain that the dress was a clever piece of work and pretty much everyone who responded to me via Blackberry agreed with me that fashion was more about creativity, my question now became "why create an outfit for a plus-size lady that would have been more suitable for a smaller size"?!  

I guess the real question is:

"What happens when your customer requests for an outfit you know fully well would be unflattering for her size and body shape?!  Would you still go ahead and create the outfit even when you have your own reservations about it and you know it will give your reputation as a creative expert a bashing?" 

I know this is a major challenge of many designers and seamstresses.  I have heard so many horror stories and the first thing that always pops to mind is:  "Why didn't you just walk away from the order?"

Picture this all-too-common scenario...