Bullying in the playground and at work. 16 July 2015, 0 Comments
Technology in the new millennium has afforded the world many benefits but it has also opened up a plethora of other problems as well for young people that must deal with a new type of attacks on their self-esteem and value: bullying has reared its ugly head with ease on social media. For parents of children, it is one of the greatest hurdles to raising them today; for schools, it is a problem that poses a challenge as the laws and ways to prevent it are new and constantly on the upgrade as more is known about the epidemic. With social media both a help and hindrance to the world at large, the way in how we raise and nurture our children, as well as protect them, has become one of the most important issues affecting schools and playgrounds worldwide. The apparel industry is no different from any other industry in this respect and for all its glamour the runway can be an unpleasant and unforgiving environment.
An Epidemic Of Great Magnitude
According to confirmed sources, nearly one-third of all students from kindergarten through to high school have suffered some form of bullying. The type of bullying ranges from name-calling to more serious physical fights. Whether physical or emotional, the repercussions of bullying can be far-reaching and sometimes permanent. According to medical experts that have studied the effects of bullying for years, it has been reported that students that are bullied are much more likely to engage in acts of violence and bring weapons to school. Additionally, they are far more prone to depression, health issues, and mental problems. Conversely, they suffer as students, learning at a slower rate than their peers (especially minority students) and further evidence states that schools with higher incidences of bullying have an overall student body that scores worse on standardized tests than schools with a more supportive environment. With all of these issues at play, it has become even more important to be able to recognize bullying as it occurs and if possible, prevent it before it even begins.
The Building Blocks to Identifying and Eradicating Bullying
All students should be able to learn in environments where they feel safe. When children are nurtured in schools and safeguarded on the playgrounds, they become better students and people all around, even more of an incentive to protect children from the dangers of bullying. One of the first lines of defense to prevent bullying is knowing the students in question. By knowing them personally, both schools and parents are able to better assess how to handle a potential situation once it occurs, and preferably beforehand. There are also several strategies that have been cultivated to combat bullying. In many instances, the same programs that effectively fight against substance abuse and violence can aid in decreasing the amount of bullying in schools and playgrounds. Finding out how often bullying actually occurs in schools can be one of the most important ways to know how effective an anti-bullying campaign can be and what further steps, if necessary, to take to ensure that prevention continues to occur.
Guidelines to Aid Teachers Against Bullying
Since bullying in its current new form is a fairly new area, to combat it requires a change in cultural attitudes to be most effective. Even the best laid plans take time to make an impact, but already there are many steps that both parents, teachers, and parental figures can use to began to turn the tide against bullying.
Listen, Reflect, Respond
School leaders and parents can first begin to be a beacon for change by taking a proactive role through listening to their students, processing the information, and then reflecting before making a decision on how to best change the status quo. Principals at schools should also make their staff feel comfortable enough to voice any issues that are occurring in their classrooms and maintaining an open door policy. This is by far one of the most effective ways to keep bullying at bay and encourage both teachers and students to connect more for the greater good of classrooms and schools at large.
Assessing the Damage
Before action can be taken, both faculty and parents need to know the extent of the actual bullying, what has transpired, as well as other logistical concerns to effectively implement preventative measures. Studies have shown that schools that thwart bullying the best are those that have discovered the best ways to quickly survey the issue at hand, and then act quickly to provide assistance before the problem spreads.
Implementing a Code of Conduct
Institutions should have a clear set of guidelines for their students to adhere to, delineating what is acceptable behavior and what is clearly a breach of school policy. Once students are well-versed in what is expected of them in class and on the playgrounds, they are more likely to report any inappropriate behavior to their teachers.
The Visibility of Parental Figures
Students that have a certain amount of adult supervision are less likely to bully their peers as most of these incidents occur in their absence. This means that schools should not only have teachers in classrooms, but also a presence in the hallways, stairwells, locker rooms, buses, and playgrounds of their campus.
Educate Students Via Anti-Bullying Activities
Effective anti-bullying campaigns involve students as much as possible through large-scale group meetings that reinforce school policies, highlight any areas that need room for improvement, and giving student bodies the sense of community necessary to feel secure enough to report any abuse against them whether verbal or physical. When students are consistently reminded of how hurtful and long-lasting the effects of bullying are, they are far less likely to inflict it on their peers as studies have shown.
Parents Play an Important Role
Many studies have shown that the reason bullies attack their peers is because of problems that often begin at home. As such, schools must communicate with parents to be active in the lives of their children once they leave the school campus. Effective campaigns against bullying include establishing safety committees in which teachers and parents meet regularly to lay out a plan that addresses any concerns that may arise and how to evaluate them once they arise.
Guidelines to Aid Parents Against Bullying
Arguably the most effective component against bullying starts at home with parents, who usually have a more thorough connection with their children than anyone else in the world. Since research indicates that bullies are bred at home, as the result of abusive parents. Therefore the role of supportive, loving parents in the equation cannot be underestimated. For those children that are bullies and use schools as a way to release their anger, parents that are dedicated to sanctity of their children should also be able to notice the warning signs in their children’s friends as well. The adage ‘it takes a village’ is one that rings true when it comes to the welfare of children’s right to an environment that is not abusive in any way, shape, or form.
Interact with Your Children
Parents that keep abreast of what is occurring in the everyday lives of their children are effectively keeping bullying at bay by knowing about their daily activities. Parents should take time aside each day to ask their children about their peers, their students, the environment, and any other events or issues that may be occurring at any given time in their lives. Children that feel comfortable enough to share with their parents are more likely to report any problems that may arise - including bullying – and therefore maintain their emotional and physical well-being.
Participation in School Functions
The everyday lives of parents these days are more hectic than any other generation, yet it has been proven that parents that take a more active role at their children’s school are better able to gauge the progress of their children and notice any potential emotional problems that could be the result of bullying. Many schools have committees and organizations on campus that look for parents to get their input on how to protect their children from the dangers of bullying and a multitude of other issues that young people face.
Children often emulate what they see and hear, and that usually comes first through parental figures. Parents that are abusive many times pass these habits on to their children, with the repercussions affecting everyone in their community in some way. Parents that strive to set great examples for their kids in the end nurture children that are well-balanced and better able to navigate their way through school and through life.
Empathy as a Tool
The younger parents start to engage their children, the better results they will yield. When kids are taught at a young age that is not acceptable to taunt and tease others, to treat everyone with mutual respect, and to empathize with others from all walks of life, they are more likely to follow these guidelines and incorporate them into their own young lives.
The Dictionary of Anti-Bullying
Children should be taught at the youngest age possible the exact meaning of what bullying is, how to define it, and how to counteract it in order to protect them in the future. They must known succinctly what it looks like in order to be able to report it to parents and teachers alike.
The anti-bullying message is something that we at Dimity Bourke feel strongly about. Not only are we employers but we are parents. We have two young girls ourselves and see the damage that can be caused in the playground and at school when comments are made and feelings hurt. Working in the fashion and apparel industry with our girls wear collections and with designer women's wear, we know these young children grow up and take the examples that they have learned and witnessed with them into adolescence and then adulthood. When working with young child models it is important to us that we both nurture their talent and help to educate them as they head out into the world.
We realize the serious issues facing children in this current advent of technology and we have committed ourselves to not only providing beautiful clothes that celebrate women and children but also diversity and individuality. Incorporating our core values and beliefs with the help of our extensive network of children and parents, working with children's charities such as the New York Foundling we strive to utilise our knowledge and position to help others. We believe at Dimity Bourke change begins in them home, then extends outwards. Embrace your children, support them every step of the way, and they will grow up to be shining lights, reflections of those that helped them along the way.
Our Secret Beach - Isabella and Sophia Canepa 16 July 2015, 0 Comments
Shot last week in California and featuring styles from our White Collection and Girls Classics for Little One Magazine.
Editorial in Little One Magazine. A big thanks to the team and the mums. Photography: Natalie Warr | Hair/Make up: Stormi Yates | Styling: Veronika Howard | Models: Isabella Canepa & Sophia Canepa | JE Model/The Osbrink Agency
White Collection Photoshoot 16 July 2015, 0 Comments
We are so excited to launch our first instalment of Dimity Bourke 'WHITE' named 'An Indian Story'. The pure white collection is made from 100% cotton voile, poplin and brushed cotton. The pieces are framed with intricate Schiffli embroidery and beautiful Kingre laces. All styles are a collage of textures encompassing our signature union between Boho and Glam. We are launching this in our e-boutique late December when the shop goes live! .. and it will be available all year round. We had a lot of fun putting together this campaign, photographed by Chantelle Bliss in black & white and treated with golden graphics. “I wanted to create a collection that was available all year round, that was casual yet beautiful and could be worn from day to early evening without a change. Pieces that girls can splash around in by the sea or wear to a grown up dinner!” – Dimity Bourke
Celebrity mothers who are designers 16 July 2015, 0 Comments
Fashion is an industry that has always attracted the rich and famous, particularly in the world of Hollywood, with many of the leading ladies of music and movies taking the plunge into the business with their own lines of apparel. Although many have come and gone, there are a select group that have not only made a name for themselves in their respective fields, but expanded their considerable empires through their apparel lines.
Kim Kardashian - DASH, Kardashian Kids
Kim Kardashian is a celebrity that has taken a page from the Dimity Bourke playbook by expanding her empire to include not only a line for women but also a line for children as well. Along with her boutiques called DASH that clothe fashion forward women, since the birth of her daughter North West, the entrepreneur has three stores situated in the United Stats (Miami, New York City, Los Angeles) that include options for women as well as kids, tweens, and teenagers. The boutiques, jointly owned alongside her sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, are meant to embody the spirit of today’s modern woman, serving up a confident style option that has made the brand a popular choice for women worldwide.
Nicole Richie - House of Harlow 1960
One of our favourites this boho queen first came to worldwide recognition as the daughter of singing sensation Lionel Richie, but a stint on reality television with her best friend Paris Hilton brought her to even more prominence in her own right. Nicole Richie parlayed her young fame into her own clothing line, House of Harlow 1960, featuring an extensive line of fashionable jewelry, clothing, shoes, and handbags for women. Also known for her SoCal style with Gwen Stefani. Growing up in the realm of Hollywood and stars at her side from a very young age, Richie has shown with her collection that she has an eye for fashion, and her line has become a worldwide hit globally. The line, which debuted in the spring of 2010, is not just a vanity project for the starlet, as she has a hands-on approach to everything featured and serves as the creative director of the collection. Its popularity cannot be underestimated, where it is available in high-end stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges, and on their own website, HouseofHarlow1960.com
Another designer that has a famous last name, Stella McCartney arguably could have entered any field and garnered a massive following simply based on the fame of her father, Paul McCartney. Considered almost as royal as the actual British monarchy itself, she has been in the public spotlight since she was a toddler. McCartney decided to pursue her passion for fashion, enrolling into the acclaimed Central St. Martins, then honing her talents and gaining insights into the business as creative director of Chloe before launching her eponymous line in October of 2001. The Stella McCartney brand includes an extensive range of products, offering women’s pret-a-porter, lingerie, eyewear, accessories, and childrenswear. The line has been an immediate his and is known the world over, with locations in Soho NYC, West Hollywood, Milan, Tokyo, Shanghai, and over 70 countries in total. Further proof of her fashion genius involves a partnership with Adidas, with the release of a line of apparel for tennis, swimming, cycling, and winter sports. One of the highlights of her label was being named creative director for the United Kingdom at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. And in a move that is also in touch with the Dimity Bourke line, the Stella McCartney line works on a commitment to sustainability and adhering to environmental respect in each collection. No matter who her famous parents may be, it is clear that Stella McCartney has become a force in her own right.
Madonna – Material Girl
The Queen of Pop has been reigning for more than thirty years, and now she has expanded her empire via a clothing line that celebrates her emergence on to the world stage as a fashionista that made even the simplest of clothes edgy and chic. Material Girl, her fashion line that she heads alongside her daughter, Lourdes, is in short an homage to her classic looks from the 80s. What does that mean for young girls and women that adore and want to emulate the pop queen? Layers and layers and layers with a side dose of grunge thrown in for good measure. Material Girl is a line that is sure to rock you, one thread at a time!
Gwen Stefani - L.A.M.B.
Another one embracing SoCal style, Gwen Stefani, front woman of No Doubt, and solo star in her own right, has always been connected to fashion – even before she launched her own fashion line over ten years ago in 2004. L.A.M.B., aka Love Angel Music Baby is a celebration of music and fashion, two of her first loves. What was initially launched as a side project has grown into a global brand that can now boast a series of partnerships that have made a lasting impact on the fashion industry. As its creative director, Gwen Stefani doesn’t need to use a covergirl, because? She is it!
Heidi Klum – Lavish
She may be known as one of the most famous and richest models of her era, but Heidi Klum is also known for her brood of children, as witnessed by the launch of not just one line of maternity wear bearing her name, but two: Lavish by Heidi Klum and Loved by Heidi Klum for Motherhood Maternity. Within each one, Klum showed the motherhood can be just as beautiful, chic, and fashion forward as any other line and these two collections soon led to yet another line for the supermodel: a partnership with New Balance, aka HKNB, serving up fashionable womenswear for the active woman exclusively via Amazon.com. Let's not forget her new lingerie line Heidi Klum Intimates and Truly Scrumptious Clothing for kids.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Her name is synonymous with style and substance since the turn of the century and Sarah Jessica Parker has gone one step further with the launch of her very own fashion line in Bitten. Since 2007, her partnership with clothing chain Steve & Barry’s has featured amazing apparel and accessories for women looking to get an edge on concrete jungles all for under $20 – a price point that Carrie Bradshaw would definitely fall head over heels for.
With so many celebrity mothers in the design business, it would seem that the market would be totally covered. But with the explosion of fashion worldwide, there are a number of other labels that have sought to offer amazing apparel at competitive prices. Dimity Bourke is an Australian designer and mother to two young girls whose international label has made a splash in the children’s apparel market and is now launching her first solo women's wear collection, steadfast on combining their penchant for creating high quality elegant and wearable clothing using only the best fabrics available on the market. From prints to patterns, bold colours and free flowing shapes, with a boho spirit Dimity has everything in her fashion arsenal to satisfy the tastes of many young girls and women. Come and visit our website, dimitybourke.com, and see what latest designer fashion collections we have for women and children.
Celebrity Mums who dress their kids the same. 16 July 2015, 0 Comments
From First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia to some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, celebrities and their offspring dressing the same is one of the latest trends that has caught the attention of the mainstream and now is trickling down to the common man and woman on concrete jungles everywhere. Imitation can be one of the most sincere forms of flattery and just like amongst everyday parents, celebrities have been passing down their own sense of style to their offspring, which has been captured by magazines around the world. When the New York Times recognizes teens that raid their parents wardrobes as a fashion pinnacle here to stay, it cements the notion that style is expanding into a different realm once again.
Seen on the streets together and photographed by the paparazzi, playing the game of sartorial dress-up has become a sensation in Hollywood and there are more than a few notable celebrities that have placed their own spin on the trend.
Considered one of the most stylish women in the world, Spice Girl and designer Victoria Beckham, alongside her husband footballer and model David Beckham, have turned fashion into a cash cow for their family, including their three sons and young daughter Harper. David Beckham has parlayed his football career into an enviable one into the world of fashion, following in the footsteps of his wife Victoria. Although their sons have made a name for themselves as child models, their youngest child and only daughter, Harper, has generated a massive amount of publicity since she was six months old, always photographed in the same color schemes or mini-me apparel of her stylish mom.
Selma Blair may be known as one of most popular actresses of her generation, but she has recently become known as a bit of a fashionista, frequently snapped in the press alongside her son Arthur featuring the two in stripes on the streets of Los Angeles.
Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise
Katie Holmes is one of the best known celebrities for dressing her equally famous and beautiful daughter Suri in the mini-me or matchy-match style.
As one of the world’s original supermodels, Kate Moss has always had the cameras on her, whether on runways or jetsetting around the world. Now a mother, her good looks have been inherited by her daughter Lila Grace, who she has been seen strolling around the streets of London in matching striped, short-sleeved shirts and similar black pants.
The television and silver screen actress may be known for her beauty, but she is also known for her two daughters that are prominently featured in magazines dressed like their superstar mother. Always style gurus, daughter Honor has been spotted walking around Los Angeles with her mother in matching black, white and gray outfits.
Reality television’s reigning queen, Kim Kardashian, has always had her hand in the fashion industry, even before becoming a household name. Now that she is married to Kanye West, has her own legion of fans, and a young daughter, she is constantly barraged by the press with daughter North West, who has been shown dressing like her famous father and her stylish mother. With both parents in the fashion industry, it is clear already that young West is destined to be a style icon before she can even speak.
Dressing Alike: The Method Behind the Madness
Naturally, there are a slew of fashion labels helping people to carry out this style slant and Australian designer Dimity Bourke is one of the leading fashion houses specializing in stylish, sophisticated clothing for both women and children. Whether you are a celebrity or not, the one thing unifying everyone is wearing great clothes that leave a lasting impression. Many women and young girls are interested in emulating their mother’s style and Dimity Bourke is creating fashionable lines of clothes that hit the mark on all fronts. Whether shopping on Madison Avenue, at a mall or online, it is evident that little girls and mothers are eager to make a style statement that is in unison. The age of ‘consumer lookalike’ is here to stay and fashion labels will continue to crank out designs that match the desires of the general public.
Similar styles between parents and children is a trend that has made such an impact that it has been researched as part of social studies, which show that it may be children influencing their parents sense of style more than the other way around. According to these studies, parents – particularly mothers and daughters – are inclined to imitate one another when they consider the other an expert in an area. Teen girls in particular prefer to copy celebrity culture and now as more women wear celebrity brands, it is a natural progression that the two converge and become more in sync.
The Impact of Trends
As trends emerge across the board, Dimity Bourke is a label that prides itself on being at the forefront of fashion for women and girls. Mothers and daughters, women and children have the option of selecting from our extensive range of inspiring designer apparel. We are an Australian designer brand selling our clothes around the world, in touch with the desires of people from all walks of life, with a penchant for creating beautiful collections that speak to the intricacies of design as well as the growing presence of multicultural fashion. Dimity Bourke is a fresh faced alternative in the apparel industry that promises to deliver casual couture for women and everyday kids fashion to anywhere in the world, satisfaction guaranteed.
Fashion for women over 40 and beyond - a huge wealthy consumer group and often ignored. 16 July 2015, 0 Comments
Yesterday I read a very interesting article by Anna Murphy the Fashion Director of the venerable Times newspaper in the UK. It was not about the latest trends or fashion shows, what is on the catwalk or high street but actually about women over 50 who command more than $11trillion in assets. It is a vast and wealthy consumer group that is often ignored or misunderstood. Anna suggests that women in this demographic like to buy clothes which are comfortable yet still stylish and still in vogue. Lengths, shapes and fabrics are important. When I consider glamorous older women especially in Europe and the US I think understated elegance and chic, well cut trousers and jackets, long flowing skirts and dresses. Colour can also be abundant.
Remember that Elle Macpherson is now 51, Liz Hurley 50, Christie Brinkley is 61, Kate Moss 41 and Heidi Klum is 42. Sarah Jessica Parker turned 50 this year. We would happily work with all of them. It is their style not age, that counts.
Christie Brinkley at 59
So why do I mention this? Well as a lifestyle brand our core demographic is 25-45 though this does not mean that we do not market to women older than that - we do. However, some styles will be more suitable than others. My mother in law is a very elegant 59 and she can still wear a few styles from our current collection. We do not and probably will never shoot super skinny teenage models, they just do not resonate with us a brand or with our customers. Our sizing is European and Australian 8, 10, 12 and 14, the majority of women will be in the 12 and 14 size category not size 6 and 8. We are interested in working with models who are mothers, we also have a girls wear brand and that leads us back to being a lifestyle brand. Women are beautiful and graceful at all ages, just look at Helen Mirren who still wows us all at 69. Our customers and fans can be any age, they will be drawn to our shapes and colours and use of lace and embroidery, comfortable but refined, chic and elegant. Pieces which can be worn from day to night.
By coincidence I also spent yesterday analysing the data on Facebook for different demographics and consumer spending behaviour across different age groups and state by state in the US. The main reason for this article is that I was amazed at how powerful the 45-65 age group is within the facebook community. Here are some facts - in California (the largest US state) this age group has 2.2m people interested in online shopping, 920,000 interested in shopping in boutiques and 920,000 interested in women's clothing. For this latter category this age group is double the size of the 35-45 group. These trends are spread across all the states and all categories of fashion (except kids) and luxury goods. No surprise that this group represents an affluent group with large disposable incomes and/or wealth.
I am not suggesting that designers go out and change their style to accommodate this age group just that women over 40 are still women who still want the same thing. Comfort, elegance, a touch of luxury and above all style. They want to look and feel good and marketers are missing out on this opportunity to include them and bring them into a brand's core audience.
Top Child Models Who Earn More Than You 23 June 2015, 0 Comments
A new fashion trend has emerged over the past few years, placing child models at the forefront of the apparel industry, and expanding the scope of the business like never before. In a significant move from generations previously, several child models have surfaced that are regarded as major forces on catwalks, print magazines, and international marketing campaigns, armed with large social media networks and contracts with some of the largest companies
Ethical Sourcing and Christmas 2014 23 June 2015, 0 CommentsThe children are all so excited as Christmas will be soon upon us, the trees are being decorated and look resplendent in shop windows, there is a feeling of joy and happiness all around us.
Behind The Scenes ‘An Indian Story’ 23 June 2015, 0 Comments
We had so much fun on the set of our campaign shoot for WHITE #1 ‘An Indian Story’ Resort Wear. “I wanted to create a collection that was available all year round, that was casual yet beautiful and could be worn from day to early evening without a change. Pieces that girls can splash around in by the sea or wear to a grown up dinner!” — Dimity Bourke
‘An Indian Story’ WHITE #1 23 June 2015, 0 Comments
We are so excited to launch our first instalment of Dimity Bourke ‘WHITE’ named ‘An Indian Story’. The pure white collection is made from 100% cotton voile, poplin and brushed cotton. The pieces are framed with intricate Schiffli embroidery and beautiful Kingre laces. All styles are a collage of textures encompassing our signature union between Boho and Glam. We are launching this in our e-boutique late December when the shop goes live! .. and it will be available all year round. We had a lot of fun putting together this campaign, photographed by Chantelle Bliss in black & white and treated with golden graphics. “I wanted to create a collection that was available all year round, that was casual yet beautiful and could be worn from day to early evening without a change. Pieces that girls can splash around in by the sea or wear to a grown up dinner!” – Dimity Bourke
Buddha Bombshell.... 08 February 2015, 0 Comments
NY jewelry designer Rachael Robbins exclusive design for Little Ones by Dimity Bourke - thanks Rachael, we love it....
Bubble London Rising Star finalist 21 June 2013, 0 Comments
We are now back in Sydney and had a great show at Bubble. We were finalists in the Rising Star category and made many new contacts and are now selling in the UK and France! Here is our little helper who also made a big impact, she had many kisses from and a few chats with other little ones....
Secret Garden SS 2014, our new collection at Bubble London June 16/17 04 June 2013, 0 Comments
come and see us at Bubble London on June 16th and 17th as we launch our new collection Secret Garden SS 2014
Bluebird - the story of a vintage collection. 15 March 2013, 0 Comments
An inspiration of LIfe. Travels that have taken us across many countries and the ones which truly touched my heart. India - the crackling energy, the smell of spices and the visual feast of colour that made every cell in me jump! The endless search of vintage sari's that takes me back to a time in history which enchants me. A collection that entices all of your senses.