Jewish Influence Touches Fashion World

Fashion is a worldwide phenomenon, with many of the world’s leading designers stem- ming from Jewish ancestry. designers includ- ing ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, isaac Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and diane von Furstenberg are among the ranks of leading designers in today’s market.

Notably, diane von Furstenberg, the creator of the iconic wrap dress, is still an inspiring, sophisticated and relevant fashion designer for women since launching her first line in 1997. DVF, as she is so often referred to in the fashion world, uses bright, bold colors and patterns often in her work, along with feminine yet modern designs suitable for most women and body shapes. diane’s mother was a holocaust survivor and sur- vived auschwitz just 18 months before diane was born.

Like DVF, ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein are among the elite of the fashion world, creating fashion and style empires with cloth- ing, accessories, footwear, home lines and more. Lauren and Klein were both raised in a Jewish immigrant community of Bronx, new York.
as the internet and the global fashion market increasingly make obscure and rising fashion designers and brands more accessible, israeli designers are becoming more accessible outside of their homeland.

For example, Yotam Solomon, a son of Israeli-born parents, grew up in israel and attended art school through his teen years. eventually, Yotam moved to Los angeles as a young man to pursue his blossoming career. recently, the American-residing Israeli designer’s clothes have been worn by Kim Kardashian, Stacy Keibler and “dancing with the Stars” dancers. The clothes successfully showed at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013. Yotam’s high-fashion finds can be bought in Israel, America and throughout the world at specialty boutiques and online at yotamsolo- mon.com/store/.

Style Tip of the Month:
The wrap dress is a simple, one-piece solution for most women. The built-in belt for the wrap creates or accentuates a waist on the body, creating the look of desirable curves. And it’s a classic that never goes out of style so it’s a style staple worth the investment.

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