The first part of this list posted on Monday, Dec. 28 received an overwhelmingly positive response. Here is the second part of the mini-series of top fashion and style innovations that have developed throughout the decade in Baltimore, mentioned in no particular order.
The explosion of Under Armour – The athletic apparel company has been around since the mid ‘90’s, when Kevin Plank worked to develop a better football undershirt as a senior football player at the University of Maryland. But a lot happened this past decade to keep the global line, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., at the top. In late 2007, Under Armour opened its first retail location, at the Westfield Annapolis mall in Annapolis, and a year later Under Armour also opened a larger 6,000-square-foot store at Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora, Illinois. Throughout the last decade, the clothes have not only become a staple for most athletes, but they have also appeared in nearly a dozen major motion pictures including Michael Jackson’s This is It (2009),Twilight (2008), Knocked Up (2007), Bad News Bears (2005), The Wire, the HBO police drama series, and more.
Green living grows – Where to start? Since the mid-2000s the trend to live a more sustainable lifestyle has blossomed into a full-grown movement. With countless companies, stores, and products located in Baltimore designed to improve the way we live, some that come to mind include TerraLogos Energy Group & TerraLogos Eco Architecture, Chesapeake Solar, Baltimore Green Construction, Alterego, Second Chance, among a long list of others. Don’t also forget Baltimore’s first neighborhood of green homes, including 38 units, located in Clipper Mill.
Baltimore designers step up to the world stage – When Maryland’s Christian Siriano won Project Runway (then airing on Bravo TV) in 2008, he not only swept all the local and national news headlines, but he officially transformed from a freelance makeup artist with a dream to a celebrated designer with a label. Many other designers are quickly catching up to the same catwalk as Siriano, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, given a little more time and innovation. Some examples that come to mind include Stevie Boi, whose sunglasses have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, and others, and Nepali by TDM Design, whose scarves are in more than 600 boutiques nationwide.
Talk about creating a Baltimore City Fashion School – Within the past couple of years, Democratic Senator Catherine E. Pugh began to explore the idea of establishing Maryland’s first fashion design high school in Baltimore. While nothing has happened yet, the Maryland Academy of Couture began offering courses just this past year, offering a 14-week program to all levels of students.
The growing tribe of fashion/style bloggers in Baltimore – Over the past decade, Baltimore magazine’s blog “Talk Shop” and Baltimore Style magazine’s “Glamour Girl” have come about. But other blogs (excluding others also featured on the Baltimore Examiner Web site) were established with a similar interest in covering life in or around Baltimore and the city’s emerging style/fashion community. Other blogs that come to mind include Baltimore Rich Girls and panda head.
Was there something I missed? Please free to email me directly at email@example.com if you would like to recommend a particular development that’s taken place throughout the city within the past decade. Also, please feel free to drop me a line if you are a designer, entrepreneur, model, stylist, boutique owner, etc. with something exciting on the horizon for 2010. Happy New Years to all!