Michael Howells, Production Designer in Film and Fashion, Dies at 61

LONDON — Michael Howells, the fashion, film and theatre production designer whose work ranged from the dramatic runway sets for John Galliano’s Dior shows to the period backdrops for ITV’s “Victoria,” has died, according to his company Michael Howells Studio.
Howells, who wove his passion for history, travel, literature and the arts into his dramatic sets and costumes, died Wednesday of complications from a heart condition. He was 61, and is survived by his mother, a sister and a nephew.
A tall, gentle and elegant man with a razor-sharp intellect and fertile imagination, regularly collaborated with Galliano on the designer’s own label and at Dior. He also worked with Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen.
In 2007, Galliano told WWD that he would brief Howells — and then let him go wild. “He makes the magic happen and works out how to find a merry-go-round and transform Stade de France into a tumbledown Hamptons holiday,” said the designer. The carrousel from 1900 that Howells eventually found had to be dismantled and brought to the show piece by piece, by crane.
Galliano was referring to the October, 2006 show for his label, which was inspired by “Grey Gardens.” With help from Howells, Galliano had arranged a seaside

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New York Fashion Week: Men’s Inspirations

As the men’s show season enters its final lap, New York designers are prepared to embrace classic tailoring, the Mayan Riviera, the cool skater boy and even state fairs.

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Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung, Bobby Abley Join London Fashion Week Schedule

LONDON — Victoria Beckham is just one of the new names to join the London Fashion Week women’s calendar in September, according to the preliminary LFW schedule, which is now on the British Fashion Council’s web site.
Other newcomers include Alexa Chung, who has been eschewing the traditional show schedule in favor of themed events hosted around the world and a see-now-buy-now format, and men’s wear talents Bobby Abley and Kiko Kostadinov.
Burberry will host its seasonal show on Sept. 17 and though not new to the lineup, all eyes will be on the brand this season since this will be the first show from new creative director Riccardo Tisci.
Beckham will host her spring 2019 show in London on the morning of Sept. 16 and mark the 10-year anniversary of her business. The company also said that more events, exclusive pieces and other activations will take place throughout the year to celebrate the brand’s decade.
The contemporary label Rixo London, best known for its mid-priced printed dresses, will be hosting a see-now-buy-now presentation during the five-day event, which runs from September 14 to 18, while emerging men’s wear labels Bobby Abley and Kiko Kostadinov are also taking the September plunge as they dip

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CFDA and NYCEDC Highlight Graduate Fashion Collections

The CFDA and New York City Economic Development Corp. earlier this week held the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a three-day showcase of design talent from some of the top fashion schools in the U.S. at Industria Studios. Collections by 53 graduates from schools including Academy of Art University, California College of the Arts, FIT, Kent State University, Parsons, Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design and SCAD were exhibited July 9 and 10, with the top four collections presented on July 11. The students selected for Wednesday’s presentation included Zhouyi Li of the Academy of Art University, Taliah Leslie of Pratt, and Britt Luttio and Peng Ye of Parsons.
All four students took the conceptual route, with Li working her garments with three-dimensional geometric shapes inspired by Richard Serra. Luttio worked with the concept of identity. “Within our persona we have multiple identities,” she said. “How I am in this space is not how I’m going to be with my lover or with my mom.” Her collection featured transformative pieces with a definitive Nineties attitude, that was influenced by things from her childhood — Victoria’s Secret and Betsey Johnson. Ye based his collection on the word 刹那, which represents the shortest accountable

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Christian Siriano on Emmys, Inclusivity and New York Fashion Week

Christian Siriano made a summer stop in Los Angeles this week, just in time for Thursday’s Emmy nominations announcement. That night, he hosted a dinner at Chateau Marmont with 11 Honoré, the size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site cofounded by Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer. Said Herning, “Christian was one of the first designers we launched with and he’s still one of our best-selling designers a year later. He’s really on board with changing the game.” The designer’s inclusive approach to retail and celebrity dressing has heightened his profile, but he remains as down-to-earth and energetic as ever. “I’m always up sending e-mails in the middle of the night, because otherwise, what are you going to do? We’re there for our customers.”
WWD: When was the last time you were in L.A.?
Christian Siriano: I came for my book launch last November and for a few quick Oscar fittings in January. We dressed almost 17 people and I barely was here. I don’t know how we did that; it was crazy.
WWD: With Emmy nominations on Thursday, has your phone and e-mail already been blowing up?
C.S.: We already got a couple of e-mails, which I love. Judith Light and I were texting and Leslie Jones

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EXCLUSIVE: Longchamp to Stage First Fashion Show in New York

PARIS — In one of the latest twists in the trans-Atlantic fashion show shuffle, Longchamp is planning to stage its first official runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. Known for its best-selling Le Pliage bag, the French leather goods firm has expanded its ready-to-wear offering over recent years as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand.
The New York show is scheduled for Sept. 8, with the venue yet to be confirmed. The family-owned brand also plans to stage an event on its home turf at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on Sept. 11.
The NYFW show will cap Longchamp’s 70th anniversary celebrations and a U.S.-centric year for the brand. Building on its ambition to be seen as a fashion brand, Longchamp in May opened its Fifth Avenue flagship with a dedicated space for rtw and shoes in the center of the main floor, and launched a clothing and accessories capsule with Shayne Oliver. Meanwhile, Kendall Jenner, the new brand ambassador, is on board for four seasons, beginning with the fall 2018 campaign.
When asked if the New York show will be a one-off, Sophie Delafontaine, Longchamp’s artistic director, said: “We felt that this was the right time to take things to the next level and

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Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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Fashion Review: A Declaration of Independence at Valentino and Fendi

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LES HOMMES URBAN

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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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Fashion Review: Getting Out the Youth Vote at Maison Margiela and Armani

John Galliano defines millennial couture, while Giorgio Armani looks back and doesn’t entirely move forward.
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The Many Style Stages of Justin Bieber: See the Fashion Evolution

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Rochas Names Federico Curradi to Head Men’s Fashion

Rochas has named a new creative director for its men’s wear activity, which it put on hold last year after only two seasons.
The Interparfums-owned fashion house said Italian designer Federico Curradi will be charged with bringing “a new attitude” to Rochas men’s wear going forward. The brand is expected to relaunch in January 2019.
“I am sure Rochas can find its own place in the men’s wear industry and Federico has the talent to bring Rochas to a next level,” stated Interparfums Group and Rochas chief executive officer Philippe Benacin.
Curradi, a native of Florence, launched his own men’s wear label, which shows in Milan, in January 2016 at Pitti Uomo. The designer, who lives in the Florentine countryside, is also creative director of outerwear specialist Peuterey. Born in Florence in 1975, after living in New York for several years he moved back to Italy, first working at Ermanno Daelli, then as head of the men’s styling office at Ermanno Scervino and later becoming head of the men’s collection of Roberto Cavalli in 2005. A year later, he began working at Iceberg on the company’s men’s wear as a consultant. He was also Iceberg’s first men’s wear creative director, succeeded by James

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EXCLUSIVE: VFiles Announces Runway 10 Show, Mentor Committee for New York Fashion Week

It’s back to the runway for VFiles, which will be holding its 10th show on Sept. 5.
Last season, instead of the traditional runway/performance extravaganza the company hosts, it staged “Be Heart, Make Noise,” an immersive music and fashion event done in collaboration with Adidas Originals. In the past, runway shows included celebrity guest judges such as Khloé Kardashian and Young Thug. For VFiles Runway 10, the brand is bringing its event a bit more down to earth by, for the first time, appointing a committee of eight industry leaders that will select and mentor show contestants throughout their journey to New York Fashion Week. After that, the VFiles team will provide mentorship for the following season. The pivot brings a slightly more serious — yet welcome — tone to the show that has otherwise been high on experimental fashion.
The mentor committee includes: Julie Anne Quay, founder and chief executive officer of VFiles; Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle magazine; Rio Uribe, designer and founder of Gypsy Sport; Candy Pratts Price, fashion consultant; Anna Trevelyan, stylist and creative consultant; Erin Magee, founder of MadeMe; Paul Cupo, designer, and James Costas-Michael, merchandise director of VFiles.
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Fashion Trust Arabia Supports Local Talent with New Prize Initiative

LONDON — As the Arab fashion industry continues to gain ground, a new charitable venture, Fashion Trust Arabia, is being launched and it’s spearheading a new prize initiative to support local design talent through mentorship and funding.
The initiative, which follows on the footsteps of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust, will be chaired by Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and co-chaired by Sheikha al- Mayassa Bint Hamad Al- Thani and Tania Fares, founder of the Fashion Trust in the U.K.
A wide range of local and international business and fashion leaders are said to participate in the new venture, joining its executive committee or judging panel and mentoring participating designers. Fashion Trust Arabia is yet to announce its committee members.
The launch of the prize aims to coincide with the increased interest in the growth potential of the region’s fashion industry, to support local talent that has so far been operating under-the-radar and spark investment opportunities.
Earlier this year, the Arab Fashion Council – which is now headquartered in Saudi Arabia – also announced a partnership with the British Fashion Council and hosted the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, in a bid to develop a sustainable fashion infrastructure across the Arab world and create new revenue

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7 Celebrity Summer Fashion Trends That Don’t Look so Obvious

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Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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Sneakers Rule Men’s Fashion. Even Ugly Sneakers

This past week’s men’s fashion shows in Milan have underlined the sneaker’s continued reign in menswear.
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British MPs to Probe Fast Fashion Business with New Inquiry

LONDON – Fast fashion will be thrust under the spotlight in a new inquiry that was revealed and launched here Friday. The U.K.’s environmental audit committee is looking to reveal the damage done by fast fashion and clean up its environmental footprint.
Investigations will be conducted on fast fashion’s impact, such as its life cycle and carbon and water footprint. It will also focus on providing solutions for waste and pollution reduction. The committee is seeking submissions and contributions to their inquiry by September 3 to inform their first hearing.
“Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth, but the way we design, make and discard clothes has a huge environmental impact. Producing clothes requires toxic chemicals and climate-changing emissions,” said Mary Creagh, chairwoman of the environmental audit committee.
According to a report conducted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by 2050 fashion will have consumed over a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget if it continues to grow at the same rate. Fast fashion encourages a throwaway culture – mass production to capture current trends shortens the lifespan of clothing – and clothes that have been disposed into landfills have contributed to methane emissions.
In an interview with WWD last month, Stella McCartney said “the industry basically

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Rochas Names Federico Curradi to Head Men’s Fashion

Rochas has named a new creative director for its men’s wear activity, which it put on hold last year after only two seasons.
The Interparfums-owned fashion house said Italian designer Federico Curradi will be charged with bringing “a new attitude” to Rochas men’s wear going forward. The brand is expected to relaunch in January 2019.
“I am sure Rochas can find its own place in the men’s wear industry and Federico has the talent to bring Rochas to a next level,” stated Interparfums Group and Rochas chief executive officer Philippe Benacin.
Curradi, a native of Florence, launched his own men’s wear label, which shows in Milan, in January 2016 at Pitti Uomo. The designer, who lives in the Florentine countryside, is also creative director of outerwear specialist Peuterey. Born in Florence in 1975, after living in New York for several years he moved back to Italy, first working at Ermanno Daelli, then as head of the men’s styling office at Ermanno Scervino and later becoming head of the men’s collection of Roberto Cavalli in 2005. A year later, he began working at Iceberg on the company’s men’s wear as a consultant. He was also Iceberg’s first men’s wear creative director, succeeded by James

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Iranian Fashion Company Persian Idea to Expand in Europe

LOOKING WEST: Persian Idea, a family-run fashion company based in Tehran, is looking to expand its presence in Europe.
Following its European debut at Pitti Uomo earlier this month with a men’s wear collection presented on the Baglioni Hotel’s rooftop, the company unveiled on Tuesday its plans to grow internationally with the opening of showrooms in Milan and Paris by the end of 2019.
“I think political turmoil could slow down our expansion, but I’m confident we will have both units opened in 2019,” explained Javad Sedghamiz, chief executive officer of the company, which runs the Persian Idea fashion brand.
Focused on growing a local community of fashion designers and keeping the entire pipeline in Iran, the company leverages sustainable production processes and has plans to expand its technological research and development hub, too.
Rather than a fashion brand helmed by one designer, Persian Idea organizes two contests a year, selecting each time a group of eight winning designers among the most talented applicants. The group of designers is committed to developing the seasonal collections for men and women. The collections are focused on a genderless approach and are rooted in the country’s cultural DNA.
Sedghamiz stressed his commitment to open Middle Eastern and Iranian

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A look from Les Hommes Urban’s spring 2019 collection. 
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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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Vin + Omi, London College of Fashion Spin Plastic Bottles into Clothes

ALL BOTTLED UP: Vin + Omi, the London-based label whose conceptual designs straddle luxury and sustainability, has partnered with London College of Fashion to launch Bin 2 Body, an initiative that will collect plastic bottles from the shows and turn them into fashion.
“We’re going to turn all of the plastic bottles into fabric and then, in August, we’re going to turn them into accessories. Then we’re going to partner up with a store and all the proceeds will go to a London salvage group,” said Omi.
Students from the college have designed bespoke bins that have been placed at the London Fashion Week Men’s show venues to collect used water bottles. The bins will be emptied daily and sent to processing labs that will transform the bottles into textiles with low microfiber release.
Vin + Omi’s designs will be showcased in September at London Fashion Week.
The Bin 2 Body scheme is part of a larger initiative at London College that began 10 years ago when the school launched a new M.A. course that put sustainability at the heart of the curriculum. London College of Fashion has since changed its curriculum across all courses to include elements of social responsibility and sustainability.
“It’s important

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Postapocalyptic Theme Ran Through 5,000 Works at London’s Graduate Fashion Week

LONDON — This year’s Graduate Fashion Week was one of the largest events to take place in size and ambitions with more than 5,000 pieces of work on display from 500 students — the majority of whom hailed from outside the U.K.
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity that was founded in 1991 and aims to bring together British and international fashion universities and elevate the creative industries.
“We’ve had more visitors than we’ve ever had. We’ve got 37 U.K. universities and 51 international ones, so we have managed to create a global stage for everyone,” said Mark Newton-Jones, chairman of Graduate Fashion Week.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between graduates and employers, we’ve introduced a protégé program so everyone up for an award tonight will be mentored by a designer or leader in the industry,” he said.
Hosted in east London’s Old Truman Brewery, the awards ceremony opened with a personal message from British Prime Minister Theresa May. “I am very proud of the U.K.’s fashion industry, some of the most iconic brands and biggest names in the business hail from the U.K. Graduate Fashion Week plays such an important role in the process of nurturing the very best talents.”
The designs drew on a

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A Broadway Mogul Redefines Clout in His Own Fashion

Jordan Roth’s theaters are full of hits. He’s up for a Tony himself as a producer. And his provocative self-expression has made him the talk of the town.
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On the Runway: Fashion Gives Its Top Award to a Man Who Says He Isn’t a Designer

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Abercrombie Is Official Fashion Partner of Jay Z’s Music Festival

Abercrombie & Fitch is the official fashion partner of Jay Z’s music festival “Made in America.”
The two-day festival is curated by rapper Jay Z and produced by Roc Nation. Presented over Labor Day Weekend, the festival is returning to Philadelphia for a seventh year and is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors and festival-goers. It will showcase nearly 70 acts across five stages. Nicki Minaj and Post Malone will headline the event. They will be joined by Meek Mill, Diplo, Zedd, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara, Fat Joe, 6lack and others.
The festival this year will benefit the ACLU and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Stacia Andersen, brand president of Abercrombie & Fitch and Abercrombie Kids, said, “Made in America is a reflection and celebration of what makes America great — self-expression, ingenuity, individuality, breaking down boundaries — and, as an all-American brand that stands for these values, we are honored to be its official fashion partner.”
Following the inaugural two-day music festival in 2012, the event generated $ 231.9 million in economic impact for the City of Brotherly Love.
Abercrombie was founded in 1892 in New York. The company said it has outfitted “free-thinkers, rule-breakers and world-changes,” and

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Blockchain Can Help Authenticate Ownership of Fashion Goods

Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to build a storage market called Stratus.
The premise of Stratus is to allow businesses to buy and sell excess storage space less expensively than cloud storage — and if they have too much storage space, they can rent out the excess capacity. To keep data safe, it also plans to have clients encrypt the information and then “sharded” into several pieces for storage in separated facilities. That’s supposed to provide a level of security and prevent any single data host from compromising the information in storage.
And while Stratus’ focus is on storage capacity, Global Blockchain’s chief executive officer Shidan Gouran said blockchain itself is a network that can be used for multiple purposes across many industries, including fashion.
Global Blockchain is a Vancouver-based investment firm that is also a blockchain incubator. Stratus is built on the Laser Blockchain, the base of the distributed public blockchain network Ethereum.
Gouran said relying on blockchain for storage is “more secure than the current system,” and much harder to hack.
He spoke of how the system can be used in the area of e-health to store medical records. That storage would allow algorithms to be used to

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Central Saint Martins Shows Off Conceptually Charged Designs at BA Fashion Show

LONDON — Central Saint Martins unveiled its annual BA fashion show at the school’s 1Granary campus this week, showcasing works from 41 students. Their designs, ranging from the experimental to the political and conceptual, reflected the breadth of the students’ specializations, including women’s wear, men’s wear, print, fashion design, marketing and knitwear.
Paolina Russo won the L’Oréal Professionnel Young Talent Award. By the time she turned 21, Russo had already been photographed by Kendall Jenner for Love magazine, styled for the band Dream Wife and been named a muse of John Galliano.
The collection was a love letter to Russo’s Canadian hometown, with ensembles drawing heavily from contact sports. She weaved together elbow pads, shin guards and protective gear to create structured outfits, while the final look was a crocheted dress that resembled a soccer ball, albeit a beautiful, wearable one.
The three runners-up included women’s wear student Simon Valer Dacsef, who was also awarded the LVMH Grand Prix scholar prize for his lineup of voluminous flouncy dresses in a sea of bright greens, pinks and blues.
Elsewhere, student René Scheibenbauer’s muted palette radiated peace of mind. Deconstructed tailoring took on soft twisting and draping elements and his black and white palette was punctuated

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Western Fashion Touches Down in China

Fashion and industry have long traveled from East to West and back. It’s no different today.
China for centuries has been a place of inspiration for everything from gowns to porcelain, maybe because it has always seemed the farthest from the West, in terms of distance and culture, and that sense of the exotic is still appealing, especially to designers always looking for something new and, if they’re lucky, something previously undiscovered in their own culture.
Appropriation is now a familiar word in fashion, but designers long obsession with China was on extensive display during 2015’s Costume Institute installation “China: Through the Looking Glass,” the museum’s largest installation to date. Head curator Andrew Bolton told WWD at the time that designers and other types of artists see the East “as this culture of unbridled inspiration and creativity.”

 “Many designers tend to look to other cultures, even their own cultures really, on a very surface level,” Bolton said. “It’s about aesthetics really, and they often don’t engage with the cultural context. Certainly, when it comes to Orientalism they engage with motifs.”
And maybe artistic engagement that reads as homage rather than appropriation is the best way to avoid the gaps in cultural understanding

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As a fashion designer, Recho Omondi used to think that keeping her head down, toiling away in her studio and not offering her opinion was enough — but then she realized it wasn’t.
“Historically there has been this notion that designers shouldn’t talk, and I subscribed to that a little bit, but those rules don’t work,” said Omondi, who is Kenyan-American and grew up in the Midwest. “That integrity s–t is so out of the window. It’s not that I am selling out, but I have a point of view and I’m over it.”
Omondi, who graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011 and held pattern making and design stints at brands including Calvin Klein, The Gap and Suno before launching her women’s line in 2013, said she loves fashion but is over how shrouded it is in smoke and mirrors. And she’s hoping to use her podcast, The Cutting Room Floor, which debuted this week, to lift the veil on an industry she believes is riddled with misinformation.
“I felt a duty to the young people who followed me, who love this industry but they feel shut out and they don’t know how to get in,” said Omondi,

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Exclusive: Gucci to Join Paris Fashion Week This Fall

MILAN — Continuing to speak with a French accent this year, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is joining Paris Fashion Week this fall, WWD has learned.
Decamping from Milan for one season, the Italian luxury brand is to parade its spring-summer 2019 collection in the French capital on Sept. 24. The show marks the crescendo of a three-part homage to France conceived by Michele, creative director.
“Gucci is a global brand with deep and vibrant Italian roots and a visionary French shareholder, Kering,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci. “When Alessandro told me of his desire to present the new collection in Paris — continuing the French-inspired narrative — I thought it was a perfect way to continue the creative homage to France.”
Bizzarri underscored that the show date marks the “transition day between Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks to avoid impacting schedules. We will then look forward to returning to Milan in February 2019.”
While foregoing a show in Milan for the season, the company is planning a special event to be held at the Gucci Hub on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the second day of Milan Women’s Fashion Week, scheduled to run Sept. 18-24. Details about the event are being kept under wraps.
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RISD Apparel Design Seniors Serve Up Fashion Show With a Little Poetry on the Side

Twenty-three Apparel Design seniors at the Rhode Island School of Design showed their collections Saturday in Providence, but for the second consecutive year the event was held on Brown University’s nearby campus.
By welcoming the 600 guests to an afternoon runway show at the George V. Meehan Auditorium, and then an evening one on the nearby Ivy League campus, RISD ensured that every guest had a front row seat. This year’s talent was selected by a jury made up of Laurie Brewer, associate curator of Costumes & Textiles for RISD Museum of Art; Gill Linton, chief executive officer and editor in chief of Byronesque; William Exaros director of visual merchandising for U.S. multibrand retail at Chanel, and Neil Gilks, associate dean of Fashion, Fashion Design at The New School’s Parsons School of Design.
As an added twist, RISD department head of apparel design Lisa Z. Morgan suggested students use creative writing to further explore “the experiential motivations behind their looks,” as they developed their collections. At the beginning of the fall semester, she asked each of this year’s seniors to consider how their collections would smell if it were a perfume or scent. She said, “Writing connected students more deeply to their

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A Look at Meghan Markle’s Fashion Highs From Her Wedding Weekend

Meghan Markle, Royal Wedding, beautyWhat a fashion whirlwind!
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Stella McCartney Joins Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN – Stella McCartney is headed to Milan.
The designer will present her women’s resort 2019 and men’s spring 2019 collections in a presentation to be held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, running June 15 to 18.
The label’s presentation will be held from 8 to 11 p.m., while details on the location have yet to be disclosed.
McCartney won’t be the only designer presenting women’s wear during Milan Men’s Fashion Week. Alberta Ferretti will also join the men’s calendar debuting her new resort 2019 and Limited Edition collections on June 15.
The show will take place at the Sala delle Cariatidi venue – located on the main floor of the central Palazzo Reale building – starting from 6:30 p.m. Divided in two parts, the event will first showcase the resort 2019 range, followed by evening and cocktail gowns from the fashion house’s demi-couture line.

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7 Times Celebrities Combined Religion and Fashion

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Daytime Emmy Awards 2018 Red Carpet Fashion: See All the Stars in Their Glam Ensembles

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The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards takes place tonight, two days before Sunday’s 2018 Daytime Emmys. Both star-studded gatherings take place at the…

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Secret Getaways, Splits and That Fashion Show: The Early Days of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Romance

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Keri and Yara Shahidi Master Mom-Daughter Fashion

ESC: Keri Shahidi, Yara ShahidiYara Shahidi and her mother, Keri Shahidi, are a different kind of power couple.
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TIME 100 Gala 2018 Red Carpet Fashion: See Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt and More Stars

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Fashion Business Students Hop to London City Island

CREATIVE WORKS: London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London, has mounted an installation in London that’s all about business.
Held at Arebyte’s gallery space on London City Island, a man-made island near Canary Wharf on the eastern end of town, #FashionMeansBusiness showcases the work of Fashion Business School students, with displays that take in animation, films and interactive displays.
Work from more than 150 students is on display, with projects including supply chain and cooperative formation, the effect of subcultures on high street retail brands, sensory shopping experiences and the luxury market, CSR and sustainability within U.K. retailers’ strategies and supply chain responsiveness.
There are also projects with brands including Hyundai, Asos.com, Harry Hall and Bally Switzerland.
“This was an exciting opportunity to showcase an important area of the fashion industry and how LCF Fashion Business Schools students, graduates and alumni are transforming this exciting global industry from the inside out,” said curator Rob Lakin.
The exhibition, held in association with EcoWorld Ballymore, will run from Wednesday to April 29.

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Queen Helena Shades Willow’s Engagement Story and Fashion Sense on The Royals: “It’s Cheap”

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Fashion Entrepreneur Matthew Mellon Dies at 53

LONDON – Matthew Mellon, the heir to banking and oil fortunes, has died aged 53 at a drug rehabilitation center in Mexico. He reportedly battled an addiction to Oxycontin.
An entrepreneur, a private equity investor and Harrys of London founder, Mellon has been linked to a number of fashion designers such as Tamara Mellon, his first wife, who co-founded Jimmy Choo. Noelle Reno, his former fiancée, aided Mellon with the launch of cashmere label Degrees of Freedom. Mellon married Nicole Hanley and together they started a line called Hanley-Mellon. They divorced in 2015.
Adam Drawas, a consultant who helped produce the collection at the time, said: “Matthew has a 100 percent input on the design. He knows color and he has a great eye. Matthew’s background is luxury.”
Born in New York, Mellon was raised in Florida and Maine. He is survived by Tamara Mellon and their daughter, Araminta, and Hanley, his second wife, and their two children Force and Olympia.

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Saudi Arabia Just Had Its First Fashion Week

Female-only audiences, no social media — but as one observer said, “Women here have been waiting for years for a time to shine.”
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New Garments Going on Display at ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ Exhibition

FASHION HISTORY: Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Kensington Palace, has been working toward adding new, never-before-seen garments for the reopening of the popular “Diana:Her Fashion Story” exhibition, later this month.
The exhibition charts the sartorial history of Princess Diana and highlights important moments in her life through her clothing.
Some of the outfits going on display include the Armani chinos and white shirt she wore to visit the landmine fields in Angola with the International Red Cross in 1997 and a violet body-hugging gown created by Gianni Versace, a dear friend of Diana’s, for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The pink David Sassoon dress Princess Diana wore en route to her honeymoon with Prince Charles will also be exhibited, alongside pieces by Catherine Walker, Caroline Charles and Victor Edelstein, a leading London couturier in the Eighties.
Princess Diana was also known for championing local designer names during State visits, as illustrated by a cobalt blue pleated gown by the London-based Japanese-born designer, Yuki, worn to a State Dinner with Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo.
The exhibition will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace and it’s predicted to attract large crowds as interest on the British Royals is peaking, with

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Hollister Has New Bitmoji Fashion Line

Hollister has teamed with Snapchat and Bitmoji so it can become topmost — and more embedded — in their customers’ minds.
Beginning later today, the company will introduce Hollister outfits to Bitmoji app users globally on iOS and Android devices. Users will be able to dress their “mini-me’s” in digital apparel inspired by the brand’s spring collection. Users will be able to choose from over 12 new outfits that include hoodies, Ts, bottoms and shoes. The line is currently in all Hollister stores.
Michael Scheiner, vice president of marketing, said, “At Hollister, we aim to create emotional and engaging brand experiences where we know our customers are spending their time. For us, it is about discovery and we are interested in building a relationship with our customer; it’s not just about a transaction.”
Bitmoji allows for great personality in digital conversations, and the new partnership allows community members to more accurately reflect their styling preferences.
Users need to download the latest version of Bitmoji in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. A tap on the shirt icon in the upper right-hand corner will provide outfit options.
Hollister has partnered with Snapchat before. Back in 2016, it became the first global retailer to launch

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Elie Tahari Honored by Harvard College’s Student-Run Fashion Show

TAHARI GETS AWARD: Elie Tahari was presented with the Leader of the Arts Award from Identities, Harvard College’s student-run fashion show on Sunday night. The award is given to notable artists who have made a significant impact on the fashion community, whether through championing diversity or pioneering innovative fashion. Previous recipients have been Vera Wang, Anna Sui and Jen Kao.
Tahari was given the award at the start of the fashion show, which promotes student creativity and cultural diversity. Every year, Identities features all student models with pieces from both established and emerging designers from a wide array of backgrounds to give a comprehensive view into the world of fashion.
Models of all backgrounds, body types, sexual orientations, religious affiliations and gender identities are selected. This year marked Identities’ 12th annual production. Among the brands featured in the fashion show were Alexander Wang, Hervé Leger, Cecilio Castrillo Martinez, Diamond Walker, Theory, Cynthia Rowley, Steven Alan, Dalia MacPhee, Carla Fernandez, Reformation, Alexis Walsh, Mascottes, Graciela Rivas and Ministry of Supply.
In accepting his award, the Israeli-born Tahari shared with Harvard students, staff, designers and the greater Boston community a few words about his personal journey in the fashion industry.
 

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A Look Back: Givenchy on the Changing World of Fashion

It’s easy for one to get stuck thinking about the past, even obsessing over it, but that wasn’t a trap Hubert de Givenchy ever fell into.
Although the legendary designer, who died March 10 at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early Fifties — aided in part by his high-profile and lasting friendship with Audrey Hepburn who famously wore exclusive Givenchy designs in some of her most beloved movie roles — Givenchy refused to pine for that time.
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” he told WWD in 1978, when fashion had veered very far from the structured chic that had once been his calling card.
While the friendship between Hepburn and Givenchy was a much more genuine precursor to the actor-brand-sales matrix we see in fashion today — now an industry all its own — he also dressed society doyennes like Jackie O and Bunny Mellon and never ignored his stable of non-famous devotees.
It’s likely that none of those women were caught limping around Paris in early 1968 after stepping on a needle while trying on brand new Givenchy designs in the house

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Sabrina Carpenter — Fashion Collaborator

Sabrina Carpenter has embarked on a new gig as fashion collaborator. The American singer, songwriter and actress was in New York on Thursday at Aéropostale’s store at the Manhattan Mall to preview her new fashion collaboration with the teen retailer. She is the retailer’s brand ambassador, and was the face of Aéropostale’s holiday campaign.
According to Aéropostale, the capsule line as 25 stockkeeping units, and will be available in stores beginning on April 8.
Carpenter told WWD that as the youngest of four girls, she wore a lot of “hand-me-downs.” When she finally could buy things that fit, Carpenter said she looked to brands such as Aéropostale. As for her decision to team with the teen retailer, Carpenter said, “The price point is reachable for my fans. They want a piece of me, and I loved that these [pieces] are affordable.”
As for the collaborative process, Carpenter said, “I saw sketches and swatches. They had decision makers who gave me their choices, but they were totally open to me saying, ‘Can you make a polo like this?’” She explained that she would give some ideas on how to adjust or tweak the design she was shown. Carpenter also said that she has been

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Vanessa Schindler On Slow Fashion and Her Petit Bateau Capsule

MATERIAL GIRL: “It’s really, really slow fashion,” said Vanessa Schindler who will present a capsule of evening-based looks hand-crafted in her studio in Geneva at the upcoming edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories, as last year’s winner of the Grand Prize and Public and City of Hyères awards for the fashion section.
Schindler impressed a jury headed by Schiaparelli’s Bertrand Guyon with her otherworldly collection — “Urethane Pool, Chapitre 2” — based on cinematic silhouettes combining synthetic, interiors-inspired materials with urethane, a chemical resin that joins fabrics together when it dries.
This time around, she’s pushed the concept further, experimenting with new ways to build garments using the translucent, rubbery material. “The pieces are pretty much drawn with urethane,” said the designer, describing a voluminous pink wavy dress made by stretching a fabric and covering it with urethane to fix it. It also features embroidery by Maison Lesage.
The designer has also collaborated with knitwear specialist Cécile Feilchenfeldt on three pieces “drawn” with the material. “We basically filled urethane shapes with knits,” said Schindler.
The designer, who is “fascinated by the Fifties and Sixties, and interior design,” plans to work to her own schedule and focus on small editions. Urethane

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Anna Sui, Fern Mallis to Be Featured Guests at Nashville Fashion Week

SUI AND MALLIS TAKE NASHVILLE: Anna Sui and Fern Mallis will be the featured guests at Nashville Fashion Week, a city-wide celebration of Nashville’s fashion and retail community.
“NFW Fashion Talks with Fern Mallis and Anna Sui” will take place April 6 at 3 p.m. at Union Station Hotel. Sponsored by Union Station Hotel and UAL, the event will include a VIP reception, where guests will receive a signed copy of Mallis’ book, “Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.” Sui and Mallis will take the stage at 4 p.m. to share insights and personal stories. Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Textiles, Merchandising and Design will live-stream the conversation during the event. This is Mallis’ third Nashville Fashion Week.
The Nashville Fashion Week finale runway show will showcase Sui’s spring collection on April 7 at OZ Arts Nashville.
Sui has over 50 boutiques in eight countries and sells her collection in 300 stores in over 30 countries. She has also launched cosmetics, fragrance, shoes and accessories licenses.
“I’ve been wanting to visit Nashville for quite some time. It’s the legendary home of country western music, the Grand Ole Opry, Hot Chicken and Manuel: tailor to the stars. In recent years, I’ve been hearing

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Meghan Markle’s White Coat Is Officially a Celebrity Fashion Trend

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In honor of her engagement, the bride-to-be appeared at Kensington Palace arm-in-arm with Prince Harry to pose for their official…

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A Complete Guide to Fall’s Best Women’s Fashion Trends

As the fall 2018 fashion show season in New York, London, Milan and Paris comes to a close, we highlight the looks and moments that will influence the fashion landscape for the rest of the year.
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Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2018 to Honor Staff Sgt. Catherine Schmid

Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the annual benefit thrown by Jeffrey Kalinsky set for April 11, will be hosted by Judith Light and honor Staff Sgt. Catherine Schmid.
The event, which features both a silent and live auction, followed by a runway show of men’s fashion, raises money and awareness for HIV/AIDS and supports various LGBT charities. As in the past, this year’s function will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal. It will once again take place at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The evening’s honoree will be Schmid, a 12-year U.S. Army veteran and a key plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the ban of transgender individuals serving in the military. Schmid was one of five members of the armed services and three hoping to enlist who filed a suit, brought by Lambda Legal, against the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender people in August.
Light is a Tony and Emmy winner who most recently appeared on “Transparent” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story.”
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Jarel Zhang Brings Chinese Millennial Fashion to Paris

BRAVE ELEMENTS: Jarel Zhang chose a theme of exploration for his first presentation in Paris, showing a captivating lineup of hulking, sculptured puffer coats in a strange, futuristic setting. For the unknown territory, the Chinese Millennial designer equipped his models with long neon lights and provided a clear plastic tent for them to take refuge in. Two of them did, sitting down in the fake snow while a crowd of onlookers eyed the clothing from a distance.
Jarel grew up in the suburbs of Shanghai and his father was an architect, he relayed with the help of an interpreter. The stiff, shiny coats were made with a mirror-effect leather, a feminine copper cape in one instance; while a long, silver coat felt stern with angular shoulders. Jarel designed the print featured on a long coat covered in ruffles in front, and paired with a long hat, in the shape of a sleeve that jutted out behind and hung past the shoulders. It was blue with strokes of orange, yellow, black and white. Another coat was built upside down, with sleeves dangling down from the bottom. Footwear was either practical or sexy, and included black sneakers, shiny stiletto boots, or a hybrid

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Millennials to Fashion Brands: Sex Doesn’t Sell

Cosmetics and clothing companies are responding to pressure from millennials with ads that neither objectify women nor depict unrealistic physical beauty. Alexander Wang’s new campaign dispenses with models altogether.
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Fashion Review: Can You Wear Dior to the Demonstration?

Maison Margiela and Saint Laurent try to define a new look for a new world, and Lanvin falls flat.
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British High Street Retailers Named in ‘Dirty Fashion’ Report

DIRTY FASHION: British High Street retailers Next, Asda and Tesco are among the companies that continue to source their viscose from dirty and dangerous factories, according to Changing Markets Foundation, a group that exposes irresponsible corporate practices.
Last June, the foundation issued a report called “Dirty Fashion revisited: Spotlight on a polluting viscose giant,” following an investigation into two factories owned by the Mumbai-based Aditya Birla Group.
The latest statement from Changing Markets, set to be issued late Tuesday, said air and water pollution from the factories is among the causes of ongoing health and environmental issues, and that Next, Asda and Tesco continue to work with them despite the claim.
“Our investigation suggests that Aditya Birla Group is failing to live up to its sustainability claims,” said Natasha Hurley, campaign manager at Changing Markets Foundation. “Brands buying from the company should understand what is really happening on the ground, where local residents’ and workers’ lives are blighted by pollution on a daily basis.”
Located in India and Indonesia, the factories produce 20 percent of the world’s viscose fabric. Viscose is made from plants and is biodegradable, but creating the fabric involves the use of hazardous chemicals, which can be harmful if not monitored

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13 Reasons Why We’re Missing Kendall Jenner at Fashion Month

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Fashion Review: Tommy Hilfiger Runs Out of Gas

The designer brought his final see-now/buy-now Gigi Hadid collaboration to Milan for a Formula One-themed extravaganza.
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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Lists Designers for the Americans in Paris Event

COMING TO TOWN: The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have listed the nine designers who will be showing at the Americans in Paris event to be held from March 3 to 5.
They include: Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem, Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat, Victor Glemaud of Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill of Jordan Askill, Matthew Harris of  Mateo New York, Eli Azran of RtA, Sandy Liang of Sandy Liang, Telfar Clemens of Telfar, and Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses and Claire Sully of Vaquera.
Bella Hadid, Renzo Rosso and Nicole Phelps will host the event’s opening cocktail party.
“Cultivating the next generation of American fashion designers and providing them with global opportunities is part of CFDA’s overall mission,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement.
“Diesel has a proud history of supporting young talent,” said Rosso, founder of Diesel, a backer of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and president of the Italian fashion group OTB, which includes Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf.
Tomorrow London Holdings Ltd. is also supporting the event, managing sales appointments for the designers.
Underwriters of the fund include Caleres, Instagram, Lane Bryant, Lifewtr, MAC Cosmetics, Saks Fifth Avenue and Vogue.
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Fashion Review: Playing It Safe Amid the Protests

Armani, Cavalli and Ferragamo sent out classic styles but Versace took a chance by pairing styles with matching scarves.
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Meghan Markle Modeled Chic Looks in 2012 Fashion Photo Shoot

Meghan MarkleAs Meghan Markle counts down the days until she becomes Prince Harry’s wife, glimpses of her old Hollywood life continue to surface.
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Meet the people who gather for the extravaganza known as the Bronner Bros. show in Atlanta.
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‘Dad Style’ Is Now in Fashion. Yes, Even the Jeans

Once ridiculed, ‘dad style’ was all over the runways for spring, but before you dust off those saggy khakis with a triumphant ‘I told you so,’ consider our guide to this tricky trend.
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Nicolas Sarkozy, Fashion Crowd Cheer On Carla Bruni at Her L.A. Concert

Los Angeles’ European contingent — led by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy — was out in full force Wednesday night for Carla Bruni’s concert at The Orpheum Theatre downtown in support of her new album, “French Touch.”
“It’s so chilly in Los Angeles today, but you are so warm,” Bruni purred as she sauntered around the stage in all black leather jeans, T-shirt, blazer and ankle boots. (She changed into what looked like a Balmain band jacket after a brief intermission.) The crowd was full of seasoned continental types also donning leather pants and all manner of black clothing, along with recognizable faces such as Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and his swimsuit designer wife Susan Holmes, actress Lucila Solá, Nathalie Marciano, and two other model contemporaries of Bruni’s, Elaine Irwin and Patricia Velásquez.
Sarkozy emerged from the wings and slid into a seat in the orchestra next to Foster as the lights were dimming, but he didn’t remain unnoticed because his wife referenced “my man” several times and sang a song she wrote for him, with the chorus “triste garçon,” or “sad boy.”
Bruni’s fourth album, produced by David Foster, features a range of English language standards, pop and rock songs

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Fashion Review: At Gucci, Dressing for the Post-Human World

From Alessandro Michele’s cyborgs to Moschino’s aliens on earth and Alberta Ferretti’s female-centric universe, the future is riddling the runways.
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Fashion for Conservation Debuts Campaign to Protect Amazon Rainforest

Fashion for Conservation presented two collections during London Fashion Week that were inspired by the Amazonian rain forest to raise awareness about the damaged ecosystem. Each collection featured zero waste and included materials from end of bolt textiles from interior design companies and upcycled pieces from donated clothes.
Kent-based designer Kalikas Armour opened the Rainforest Runway show with a collection inspired by the indigenous tribes who are living, and subsequently suffering, within the rain forest as the ecosystem declines. He sourced ethically made fabrics from around Europe and produced the one-off pieces in his studio. The black and gold collection was focused on eveningwear including shimmery gowns in varying lengths, sweeping opera coats and sequined suits with gold floral motifs.
Houston-based designer René Garza for the Magpies & Peacocks nonprofit design house utilized off-cuts and end of bolt textiles and discarded clothes and tablecloths and gave them a new life as beautifully draped dresses — some were long and fluid while others were nipped at the waist or featured plissé detailing. The show closed with a billowing yellow gown that started life as a tablecloth.
Celebratory cocktails followed the show, where Fashion for Conservation raised funds for Hoja Nueva, a non-profit organization that

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Judy Blame, Stylist, Jewelry Designer, Fashion Maverick Dead at 58

LONDON — The stylist, jeweler and underground club king Judy Blame has died at 58.
Known as a man of many trades, Blame ran underground clubs in London and later segued into styling where he worked with a range of talents including Boy George, Neneh Cherry, John Galliano and Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton.
He was also known for his outlandish jewelry designs made from artifacts that he dredged up from the mud of the Thames. He was a punk to his core.
Nick Knight described Blame as “always totally unique, always a champion of the underdog, always fiercely anti-fascist and anti-establishment, always inspiring, always so immensely talented and always one hundred percent brilliant. Judy, the world will be a much darker place without you, but your life’s work will continue to shine and to show this world that creativity and art are the highest forms of human achievement,” Knight added.
Blame started his career working alongside John Moore from The House of Beauty and Culture and the late photographer Rei Petri.
His work was celebrated by London’s ICA in 2016, with the space presenting his first solo exhibition, a retrospective called Judy Blame: Never Again that featured Blame’s jewelry and mixed media art.
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Fashion Review: London Fashion Week Goes Over the Rainbow

Christopher Bailey exits Burberry, J.W. Anderson mixes genders and Simone Rocha ties it all up.
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BAFTA Film Awards 2018: See All the Red Carpet Fashion

Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell, BAFTAs, 2018Before the Oscars, there is Britain’s equivalent: the BAFTAs.
Celebs such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Sam Rockwell and longtime partner Leslie Bibb,…

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Arab Fashion Council Plots Arab Fashion Week Riyadh, Partners With British Fashion Council

LONDON — The Arab Fashion Council is starting to lay the foundations for the development of a sustainable infrastructure across the Arab world, with a strategic partnership with the British Fashion Council and the debut of the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh.
The nonprofit organization, which represents 22 countries across the Arab world and has recently set up a regional office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is aiming to use the event as a platform to support local talent, as well as international names looking to enter the Arab market.
“The history and trajectory of the BFC goes hand in hand with what we are trying to achieve: nurturing young talent and adopting an international vision,” said Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, the organization’s honorary president.
In turn, the AFC will work toward providing opportunities for London-based designers to tap into the Arab market.
Jacob Abrian, the founder and chief executive officer of the AFC, pointed to the fact that their efforts are aligned with the government’s broader vision to diversify the economy of Saudi Arabia and create opportunities for its increasingly young generation — 70 percent of the population being under 30. “Most Arab countries are looking to diversify; Abu Dhabi, for example, announced that

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Central Saint Martins’ MA Students Present Graduate Collections at London Fashion Week

Student graduate shows can be hit or miss but the 19 MA students from Central Saint Martins presented an exciting mix that ran the sartorial gamut from extreme silhouettes and innovative textiles to sleek tailoring in more traditional fabrications.
Among the highlights: Liam Johnson, whose sculptural silhouettes opened the show; Elise Perrotta’s all cream collection featuring wardrobe staples in textural knits, and women’s wear designer Edwin Mohney, who closed the show with a provocative collection that included conceptual pieces made using inflatables wrapped in packing tape.
As in past seasons, craftsmanship in the men’s wear stood out. Particularly noteworthy was Olaf Tavares Vieira, whose draped men’s wear collection was awarded the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award. Inspired by utilitarianism and the stomach as the center of the body, his lineup included fluid ankle-grazing coats, along with sweaters with cutouts in the back and slouchy trousers enveloping the torso that had a monkish appeal.
“I like clothes that are close on the neck and belly and on the ankle,” Vieira explained. “It gives me a kind of strength, even if the clothes are soft.”
He shared the prize with women’s wear designer Rebecca Jeffs, whose tactile collection was a clever play on famous sayings such as

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Adidas Panel Talks Basketball Culture in Fashion

Refinement of just what defines streetwear is now emerging with the segment’s continued rise, and a panel of designers drawing inspiration from the court sought to tackle basketball’s influence on fashion as much of Los Angeles gears up for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
Adidas, while plenty of its crew prepped for its 747 Warehouse event, on Thursday evening took over sneaker store Nice Kicks and an adjacent parking lot in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of its Boost You Wear shoe collaboration with local label Bristol Studio.
A panel featuring Bristol cofounder and creative director Luke Tadashi, Eric Emanuel of his own namesake label and Adidas’ Brooklyn Creator Farm vice president and creative director Denis Dekovic led a thoughtful conversation on basketball’s reemerging influence on fashion.
“I think basketball for a little while got a little bit cold and there was no excitement,” Tadashi said. “We’re at a time right now where it’s almost a renaissance, where players are able to express themselves, especially walking through the tunnel [before a game] so they can show you how they look off the court. It’s exciting to see.”
Emanuel recalled watching Allen Iverson, noting the athlete as a style icon.
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Fashion Illustrator Jeanette Getrost Plans Phone Cases, Packaging, Talk at Camp David

BETWEEN THE LINES: In New York for a Q&A at Spring Place and a happy hour at Camp David in Brooklyn on Thursday, Los Angeles-based fashion illustrator Jeanette Getrost discussed how the medium is coming back to life.
About 20 will be at the NYFW event at Spring and the crowd will be considerably livelier at Camp David, the co-working space for creatives started by Milk Studios’ Mazdack Rassi and Erez Shternlich. Getrost chalked up the renewed interest in fashion illustration to social media giving artists a platform to get their work out. In addition, “People get a little tired of new media and have this yearning for the past and they want things to be handmade. You can see the same Instagram posts on a daily basis but with artists they are creating something new that you’ve never seen before.”
A few years ago she worked for “Project Runway” one season, sketching the winning looks from each episode for a social media campaign. Next week she will be live sketching at a Ferragamo event in Los Angeles. Getrost, whose work can be found on Absolut Art, also has a line of phone cases coming out with Fifth & Ninth, and she recently

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British Fashion Council Forges Closer Ties With China

LONDON — The British Fashion Council has been strengthening its ties with Hong Kong and China, including a new partnership with VIP.com, one of China’s top e-commerce platforms, and one with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
As part of the tie-in, VIP.com will become an official London Fashion Week sponsor and work with London-based brands throughout the year to help them enter the Chinese market.
The company also plans to host fashion shows that will be live-streamed in China and a variety of exhibitions, which will enable its customers to engage with these new labels.
Jenny Jioe, managing director of fashion at VIP.com, said that this partnership makes sense for the company given Chinese consumers’ increasing appetite for new brands.
“The fashion market in China is extraordinarily sophisticated and fast-paced, and hungry for new design talent,” said Jioe. “Our consumer is aware of London’s creative pedigree, and ready for both news and product. I know from firsthand experience that the brands in London, with all their energy and unbridled creativity, are precisely what we are looking for.”
Caroline Rush, chief executive at the BFC, added that the partnership will help emerging labels gain visibility in the market, despite their lack of advertising power.
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Fashion Review: Calvin Klein’s Electrifying Popcorn Fashion Apocalypse

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The Three Designers to Watch at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Name: Willy Chavarria
Background: Chavarria, a Mexican-American, grew up in Huron, Calif., a small town near Fresno, and held design stints at Ralph Lauren and American Eagle Outfitters before starting Palmer Trading Co., his Made in the U.S. men’s wear line that leaned heavily toward workwear and was snapped up by Japanese retailers. Now he’s exclusively focused on his namesake assortment of men’s wear.
Inspiration this season: “Faith in humanity during dark times.”
Mentor or idol: “I love the work of film director Romain Gavras. I find a connection with it in my work.”
Goal: “I’d like to help us see ourselves in a new light.”
What’s your favorite secret spot in New York?: The lobby bar at Jolly Madison Towers Hotel on 38th and Madison Avenue.
 
Name: Emily Adams Bode
Background: Bode was born and raised in Atlanta, and spent her summers in New England, where she frequented antique shops and shows with her mother. Through that she was introduced to age-old techniques and fabrications. “I have always been drawn to hand-work, craft and labors of love,” the designer said. “The stories told through craft and the sense of the hand, the individual-maker, drew me to them.” Bode eventually moved to New York, where she graduated from Parsons

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All of the Empowering Moments at Fashion Week Fall 2018

Ashley Graham, NYFWThis fashion week, the industry made some seriously emboldening moves forward.
Thanks to an expanding range of sizes, ages, ethnicities and genders represented on the catwalks, every…

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All of the Empowering Moments at Fashion Week Fall 2018

Ashley Graham, NYFWThis fashion week, the industry made some seriously emboldening moves forward.
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Stella McCartney, Graydon Carter Speakers at Copenhagen Fashion Summit

SUSTAINABLE STAR POWER: Stella McCartney and Graydon Carter are scheduled to speak at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which takes place May 15 to 16.
Eva Kruse, chief executive officer of Global Fashion Agenda which organizes the event, noted that McCartney had topped the speaker wish list since the summit was first organized in 2009.
“She is the impersonation of our vision for a sustainable fashion industry and the match simply couldn’t be better,” said Kruse.
“Another person whom I’ve always admired deeply is Graydon Carter — one of the most legendary magazine editors of all time,” added Kruse, of the former Vanity Fair editor in chief who retired last year.
The summit, which takes place in the Jean Nouvel-designed Copenhagen Concert Hall, will extend over two days for the first time this year.
Summit organizers last week said that the event will be hosted by model and entrepreneur Amber Valletta and Tim Blanks.
 

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Fashion Review: Politics Comes to the New York Runways

Prabal Gurung addresses #MeToo, and Pyer Moss pays homage to black cowboys and their part in the history of the West.
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Gigi Hadid Takes New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2018: Check Out her Looks!

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L’Exception Teams Up With Land Rover for Born Awards Fashion Prize

NEW PRIZE: French multibrand store L’Exception is teaming with the Land Rover Born awards. In their eighth edition, the awards promote design creativity across different industries.
The theme of the eighth edition of the award is “Peerless,” with the aim of awarding designers that bring functionality with aesthetic, in six categories this year: architecture, technology, home, fashion, sport and mobility.
The L’Exception prize will be granted to the fashion and accessories category.
Selected candidates will be invited to show their pieces at Milan Design Week, from April 12 to 22, alongside the winners from six other regions around the world, as part of a “world creativity summit.”
The contest is open for applications on born.com and l’exception.com, with registration closing on Feb. 28.
The Born awards aim to generate communication between designers across different disciplines and are open to both new and seasoned designers.
Born is an online platform connecting 75,000 designers and entrepreneurs.
L’Exception, founded by former Céline executive Régis Pennel, sells some 400 French brands online and in a store in the center of Paris fashioned as an extension of the digital sphere where customers can drink coffee and eat pastries.

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Fashion Review: Dressing for the Dow

The Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta gave the old American Stock Exchange building a whole new look.
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Gigi Hadid Takes New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2018: Check Out her Looks!

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How Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and More Stars Are Taking Over New York Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week is officially underway and celebs are coming in droves. Everyone from Gigi Hadid to Cardi B are showing up to participate and to check…

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Z Supply Enters Retail Fray With Fashion Island Store

Z Supply LLC has opened its first store with plans of growing its retail footprint over time.
The 1,362-square-foot temporary store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach carries the company’s namesake basics brand and is also set to be used to test categories from the line.
The assortment includes the women’s collection in addition to some pieces from the Z Supply men’s line. The company will also sell items from its Zoo Supply line for pets, which launched last year.
The Fashion Island pop-up is scheduled to be open for a period of three to six months.
Z Supply chief operating officer Heidi Muther called the timing right to look at retail, as the company follows the game plans of a number of born-online brands or businesses with traditional wholesale models exploring direct-to-consumer through physical retail in a bid to learn more about their respective consumer bases.
Z Supply, the brand, has seen steady growth since its 2013 launch and is in more than 2,000 stores in the U.S. It’s part of a portfolio of brands created by Z Supply LLC that includes Black Swan, White Crow, Others Follow, Rag Poets, Icons of Culture and Pirate Surf. In total, the company closed 2017 with $ 50

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New York Fashion Week: How Philipp Plein became the industry’s bad boy

The enfant terrible of the fashion industry speaks to the BBC about pushing the boundaries.
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Best Runway Looks From New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2018

ESC: NYFW Best Looks Winter 2018, Ulla JohnsonStretch that index finger–because you’ll want to bookmark everything ahead.
New York Fashion Week has just commenced, which means plenty of awe-inducing, aspirational looks will…

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Telfar Clemens Is Teaching the Fashion Industry How to Be Inclusive

Before unisex clothing was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. He’s been designing nongendered clothes since 2002. Before see-now-buy-now was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. In 2011, he held mobile pop-up shows throughout New York Fashion Week and let guests purchase pieces from the spring 2012 collection on the spot. Before normcore was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. He created Extremely Normal before K-Hole coined normcore. And before casting models of various hues was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. See any of his early look books.
The fashion industry is notorious for latching onto “a thing” before abandoning it for another of-the-moment concept. But for 32-year-old Clemens, all those notions remain “the thing.”
The Liberian-American designer has spent the past decade showing collections that embody many ideas currently whirling through the zeitgeist: inclusivity, accessibility, equality, diversity and fluidity. He’s creating clothes and a business based on removing walls instead of building them: The tagline for his collection is, “It’s not for you, it’s for everybody.”
There’s been media presence at his shows since 2006, but it wasn’t until about two years ago when mainstream fashion publications found the language needed to write about his line, which some still don’t entirely

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Unbuttoned: Fashion Week in the Wake of #MeToo: An Insider’s Guide

Who’s showing? Who’s going? And what about Marchesa? These questions and more, answered.
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When the Fashion Cycle Meets the Cycle of Life

For decades, fashion has avoided the question of work/life balance. Now designers, including Narciso Rodriguez, are embracing the issue.
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NYFW by the Numbers: What Really Goes Into a Fashion Show?

ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 162 Shows and PresentationsHow do you quantify the work that goes into a NYFW show?
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NYFW by the Numbers: What Really Goes Into a Fashion Show?

ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 162 Shows and PresentationsHow do you quantify the work that goes into a NYFW show?
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6 Things at New York Fashion Week We’re Excited for

ESC: NYFW, Tom Ford, Gigi HadidGet ready because fashion week is only a few days away.
Starting this Wednesday, the top designers, models, makeup artists, stylists, influencers and shoppers will come together to…

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On the Runway: Kanye West Finally Gets His Fashion Right

With his Yeezy Season 6 Kim-a-likes, the artist-designer adds a much-needed element to his style arsenal.
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‘Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda’ Fashion Event Features 10 Designers

“Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda,” a nod to the fashion inspired by the new superhero movie, will be presented by Marvel Studios on Feb. 12 as part of New York Fashion Week.
The red carpet event takes place at Industria at 775 Washington Street from 8 to 10 p.m., and several stars from the movie are expected to attend.
Designers including Chromat, Cushnie et Ochs, Fear of God, Ikiré Jones, Laquan Smith, Sophie Theallet and Tome worked with Marvel Studios to create one-of-a-kind pieces interpreting different characters and themes from the movie. The designers were selected for their dedication to empowerment and individualism through fashion.
The seven bespoke pieces will be unveiled the night of the event and installed in a Wakanda-inspired venue that guests can explore. Following the event, the looks will be auctioned off via Charitybuzz.com in support of Save the Children.
Jones called the experience “awesome and great.”
“I was honored, and I saw the film with my partner. It’s an attempt to help uplift the voices of people who have been marginalized historically and in the present day, both in the U.S. and globally, and Ikiré Jones specifically does that by using fashion as a vehicle to address these issues. It’s beautiful

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Georgina Chapman Cancels Marchesa’s New York Fashion Week Runway Show

Georgina ChapmanIn the wake of his sexual assault, rape and misconduct scandal, Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman has pulled the plug on her brand Marchesa’s previously scheduled runway…

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Ones to Watch: Paris Men’s Fashion Week

PARIS — From the debut collection of design-led sustainable men’s brand, Phipps, to Nïuku’s modern-day tribute to men’s tailoring of yore, here are some of the new talents to look out for at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks into high gear today.
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A look by Phipps. 
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“It’s about acknowledging that we’re all people, we’re in this together,” said Spencer Phipps, founder of Phipps, a new men’s wear line mixing sustainability and style that is due to launch on Jan. 20 during Paris Men’s Week. (The venue is still to be confirmed.)
The Paris-based designer, who is from San Francisco, cut his teeth in the men’s studio of Marc Jacobs in New York before working for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp for three years. After leaving Van Noten, he spent eight months researching manufacturers and materials. “I did my graduate collection in sustainability in 2008 at Parsons and it was like a joke. I ended up finding one manufacturer in New England that was basically some hippy commune that made hemp and linen and one cotton flannel,” he said.
So Phipps opted to work with manufacturers in Portugal, “a country that is basically certified [for sustainability].”
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Meghan Markle’s Fashion Statement Proves She Wears the Royal Pants

Prince Harry, Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle is blazing her own royal fashion trail.
Since announcing their engagement in November, Harry has been introducing his bride-to-be to residents in different parts of the…

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Former Fashion Editors’ Sleepwear Line Sets Up Shop in the U.S.

Eighty percent of Sleeper’s clients are located in the U.S., but Asya Varetsa, who cofounded the sleepwear brand with Kate Zubarieva, will start to handle sales and business development out of New York and they will also set up a showroom during New York Fashion Week.
“It makes more sense to be here because a lot of our buyers are here,” said Varetsa. “We need to be here to figure out the shipping situation and build more relationships.”
It’s a big move for the brand, which is based in Ukraine and has steadily gained accounts including Moda Operandi, Harrods, Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony since launching in 2014 and the line has been worn by fashion industry influencers including Mira Duma, Aurora James and Eleonora Carisi. Retailers have been drawn to their stylish pajamas that are made by hand at its manufacturing facilities in Ukraine. They also produce a men’s and children’s collection.
Varetsa and Zubarieva have tapped into the pajama dressing trend and captured a modern consumer who is accustomed to the comfort of ath-leisure and working from home. The assortment includes a core collection of basic pajamas and robes, a linen collection of dresses and slips, and a bridal collection of

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There’s Not That Much Fashion in FX’s Big Versace Drama

A highly anticipated follow-up to the “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” focuses on life in and out of the closet — not as a shopper, but as a gay man.
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12 Fashion Moments You Probably Missed at Critics’ Choice Awards 2018

ESC: Fashion Moments You Missed, Yara ShahidiThere are just some things you just can’t catch on an award show red carpet.
There’s so much going on that in the flurry of cameras flashing and interviews happening, we may miss…

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How Meghan Markle Bent the Royal Fashion Rules With Her First Official Outfit of 2018

Meghan MarkleIf Meghan Markle’s outfits set the yearly trends, 2018 is shaping up to be quite cozy.
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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2018: Ones to Watch

John Alexander Skelton
Born and raised in York, John Alexander Skelton received his master’s in fashion men’s wear at Central Saint Martins and took on internships at E. Tautz and Patrik Ervell before launching his label last year. Selected by Giles Deacon, Skelton is a recipient of the Sarabande scholarship, an initiative from The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation that aids young designers. He is working out of a studio at Sarabande in east London.
Sustainability is a key theme for Skelton, who incorporates repurposed materials into his ranges and takes a DIY approach to his work. He has a loom in his studio and many of his fabrics are handwoven, as is much of his knitwear. “Everything I dye is also done by hand using natural dye. The handcrafted element is my signature, in a way,” said the designer.
For fall 2018, Skelton has been working with mills in Ireland, mixing British wool and Irish linen.
“I have been doing a lot of hand weaving, as well, on the loom. I have also done a few natural dyes this time, one using an ancient European dye, the European version of indigo, called woad,” he said.
Skelton’s main focus has always been on the process and

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Men’s Fashion Week: How Tinie Tempah went from charts to catwalks

The musician is set to debut his latest clothing collection as part of Men’s Fashion Week.
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London College of Fashion Spotlights MA Men’s Wear Collections

FRESH TALENT: London College of Fashion’s graduating MA men’s wear students showcased their collections on Friday with a runway show ahead of London Fashion Week Men’s.
Ten students from the fashion design technology men’s wear course presented their ranges at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster, in the show styled by Adele Cany. The strongest lineups came from Hanni Yang, Ying Yi Lu, Hengmin Lu, Sohyeon Park and Xu Bo.
Yang, who has worked with Teatum Jones and Céline, explored pattern-cutting and worked scarves onto the garments. She sent out a range of tailored-yet-relaxed looks and draped burgundy and cream silk scarves over a white men’s wear shirt and burgundy trousers.
Ying Yi Lu looked to young boys of the Victorian era and focused on tailoring, as in a cropped blue pinstripe suit. Lu topped off the looks with sailor style hats done in collaboration with Atelier Millinery.
Hengmin Lu — who has worked with Ports 1961 — was inspired by the architecture of the Chairman Mao era. Lu explored functionality and pattern cutting as seen on a long brown coat, worn over a white shirt with a mandarin collar and white knee-length shorts. The student teamed with JKJY Handcraft Fashion Ltd. Shanghai on

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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2018: Inspirations

From skiing to winning the lottery, London men’s wear designers looked to a wide range of subjects for inspiration for their fall collections. Here, some of the topics that sparked their creativity ahead of the shows, which begin on Saturday.
“This season we celebrate the 70th  anniversary of the Trialmaster jacket, which gave me an opportunity to revisit our British roots and present our Made in U.K. collection. Looking through our Trialmaster history led me to explore English youth subcultures and how our jackets have been adopted and customized since the Fifties. The iconic silhouettes from this era including the field, parka and biker jackets have been updated this season with added functionality and modern fabrications. The hero piece of the collection is the anniversary Trialmaster, which is entirely manufactured in the U.K., in a new tumbled coated cotton and reflective tape with badges, celebrating our heritage.” — Delphine Ninous, creative director, Belstaff
“A deep dive into the big blue. The collection stands as a creative call to arms and focuses on responsible design and sourcing to protect both planet and wearer.” — Christopher Raeburn
“It’s about escaping life, going to Noel’s house party and the adventures of kids’ coloring books.” — Liam Hodges
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Andrea Crews to Stage Fashion Show Process As Performance

PERFORMANCE: Andrea Crews founder Maroussia Rebecq is taking the concept of backstage access to new heights. The Paris-based designer, who launched her label in 2002 as an art project geared around upcycling vintage garments, plans to stage the preparations for her fall 2018 co-ed show as a performance, titled “How to Make a Great Fashion Show.”
From today through Jan. 17, Rebecq, along with the members of her collective, will hold castings and fittings, shoot the brand’s look book and hold the final hair and makeup tests in the Le Cœur gallery in Paris’ Marais district. The actual show will be held on Jan. 20 during Paris Men’s Collections, with the location yet to be confirmed.
“This period, from now through to the show, is a very intense period where we’re building the story of our collection. This year we wanted to make an event out of it,” said Rebecq. “It will also allow for some distance from what I do. Preparing for a show can be both a highly stressful and beautiful experience, and for me gathering everyone together in a performance will make it more of a joyful, playful event.”
The designer, who is 40 but sees herself “very much as a Millennial,”

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The Once-Polarizing Scrunchie Makes Its Way Back to Fashion

What comes around goes around, even for the objects that adorn the tops of our heads. With that, fashion followers have extended a warm “welcome back” to one of the Eighties’ most polarizing accessories: The Scrunchie.
For the last decade, scrunchies have led a dual life: Decried as a faux pas by the fashion mainstream while also playing the role of hipster tiara for American Apparel employees and Silver Lake, Los Angeles’ larger population.

A scrunchie refashioned from a vintage Hermès scarf, designed by Comfort Objects. 
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Recently, however, scrunchies have begun attracting wider appreciation — perhaps a runoff effect of the Eighties’ renaissance trend. By some indications, scrunchies are on the cusp of a full revival — popping up at each echelon of the pricing spectrum.
Urban Outfitters has display racks dedicated to the scrunchie — offered in materials spanning from velvet to satin. The hair ties are a cute marketing gimmick for the Instagram-famous label Maison Cléo; the brand — based in Lille, France and known for its diaphanous, trendy blouses — sends shoppers a free scrunchie with each order.
To accompany its resort 2018 collection, Balenciaga cinched models’ hair with scrunchies — or chouchou, as they are known in French — theirs made of

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Spring 2018 Fashion Trend: Casual Satin

Designers worked light-catching satin into casual silhouettes for day.

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7 Celebrity Fashion Trends That Won’t Make It to 2018

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Billy Reid Reflects on 20 Years in Fashion

NEW YORK — Billy Reid could be a case study in resilience.
Since he created the first William Reid collection in March 1998, the soft-spoken Southern designer has experienced more than his share of ups and downs.
The ups: He has built his Southern-flavored Americana designer collection into a successful wholesale business at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom and 13 of his own Billy Reid stores. He’s also won four Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.
The downs: His initial foray into fashion, William Reid, failed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, driving the designer and his family from New York back to his home state of Alabama.
But despite the roller coaster that has defined his career, Reid is happy to be at the helm of a $ 25 million brand as he prepares to celebrate his 20th anniversary next year.
“Failure? I’ve been there,” Reid said, sitting on a chair in his showroom on Bond Street here. “Losing everything overnight was so humbling, but it makes you realize what’s important to you and that you can recover.”
Reid’s story begins in the small town of Amite, La., where his mother owned a women’s boutique called T.J.’s for Her that operated out of

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New York Cares and The Fashion Foundation Help New Yorkers in Need

‘TIS THE SEASON: More than halfway to its goal of collecting 125,000 donated coats, this year’s annual New York Cares Coat Drive has less than a week to go.
New Yorkers can drop off coats at multiple locations including the group’s West 31st Street warehouse, any New York Police Department precinct, all Queens library branches and Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station through Dec. 31. Those who don’t have jackets to give can text “coat” to 41444 to donate money that will be used by the nonprofit to buy and deliver coats. The city has at least 1.7 million people living below the poverty line including 60,000 who are without permanent housing, according to a New York Cares spokeswoman.
The group has collected and donated 1.8 million coats to New Yorkers in need over the past 29 years. This year’s requests from shelters, social service agencies and schools is an increase compared to last year’s tally of 109,000 coats.
Another local group, The Fashion Foundation, recently wrapped up another charitable initiative. Founder Amanda Munz helped to brighten the holidays for 100 students in three different Brooklyn schools by arranging for each of them to receive a complementary gift-laden backpack. Rebecca Minkoff and Calvin

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17 Reasons We Loved Fashion in 2017

The year began with a new accessory—the now-iconic pink pussy hat—and ended with a ‘Phantom Thread.’ From ingratiatingly ugly sneakers to the influence of ‘Stranger Things,’ here’s a look back at some highlights.
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Australian Fashion Foundation Reveals 2017/2018 Winners

SYDNEY — Lucy Dickinson and Mikala Tavener Hanks have been named as the winners of the Australian Fashion Foundation scholarships for 2017/2018.
Announced at a function at Sydney’s Pier One hotel on Tuesday evening, the graduates of Melbourne’s RMIT and the University of Technology Sydney, respectively, will each receive a financial grant of 20,000 Australian dollars or $ 15,324 at current exchange and a six month internship with an international fashion house.
The judging panel was comprised of Australian Fashion Foundation co-founder and Carfrae Consulting founder Malcolm Carfrae, Australian designers Dion Lee and Nicky Zimmermann, Harpers Bazaar Australia and 10 Magazine Australia editors-in-chief Kellie Hush and Alison Veness-McGourty, publicist Kara Hurry and fashion consultant Nancy Pilcher.
Tavener Hanks’ winning collection reinterpreted classic wardrobe staples such as the trench coat, V-neck and cable jumpers in merino wool, cotton and needle-felted silk organza, while Dickinson riffed on subculture customization techniques for her punk-infused sportswear collection with bold graphics.
Zimmermann said she had been impressed by the maturity of Tavener Hanks’s collection and Dickinson’s bold point of view.
“I felt that it was very, very creative, very strong, very powerful” she added, of Dickinson. “I could see where it would sell and who would wear it and I think

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Daisy Ridley Does Intergalatic Fashion Right & More Best Dressed Stars

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Milan Men’s Fashion Week Reflects Industry Changes

MILAN — The latest Milan Men’s Fashion Week schedule reflects the changes in the men’s wear industry, according to Carlo Capasa, president of Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda.
“The concept of how men’s wear is shown has changed and so has the concept of the calendar — everything is combined together and there is more and more cross-pollination,” Capasa contended. “The shift is real.”
The shows will start on Jan. 12 with the Ermenegildo Zegna evening show and will end on Jan. 15, anchored by the Giorgio Armani and Fendi shows. Overall, the runway shows will be 31 in total.
Capasa said the evolution has led the association to create a new format for the calendar, which now “combines presentations and shows in a single tale that each brand offers in line with its own aesthetic and vision.”
The first chapter of coed shows, as Capasa called it, will take place in January, followed by the second chapter in February. Next month these will include Diesel Black Gold; the Italian brand Isabel Benenato founded by Isabel Vitiello; Neil Barrett; Marcelo Burlon County of Milan; Dsquared2; Daks; Sartorial Monk; Palm Angels; GCDS, and Frankie Morello. A number of brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Missoni, have chosen to

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BFC Honors Donatella Versace at Fashion Awards in London

DOTING ON DONATELLA: The British Fashion Council will honor Donatella Versace with The Fashion Icon Award at the Fashion Awards next month.
Versace will receive the accolade for her work as artistic director for the label. The award honors the legacy built by her brother, the late Gianni Versace and her contributions to the design house as well as her role in the industry as a mentor and supporter of emerging British designers. The brand was launched in 1978 by Gianni Versace, and the creative director worked alongside Donatella who incorporated celebrities into their ad campaigns. Upon her brother’s passing, she became the artistic director in 1997. December marks an important date for the design house as it commemorates Gianni Versace’s 20-year legacy.
“For 40 years my brother and I have done what we love and that is a legacy I am honored to continue and uphold,” said Donatella Versace.
“We have celebrated empowerment, joy and, of course, glamour. We have championed a community of people who share our values and together with them have created truly iconic images in the world of fashion. I am truly humbled by how Versace has been embraced across the decades, across the world and across the

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Ming Xi Breaks Down in Tears After Falling During 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Galileo Global Education Acquires Two Fashion Schools in Milan

MILAN – Galileo Global Education has signed an agreement to acquire two Italian fashion schools and a Cypriot university from Laureate Education Inc. The operation was valued 225 million euros. The schools are the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, better known as Naba, and Domus Academy.
Both are located in Milan and specialized in fashion, design and the visual arts. The group has also acquired the European University Cyprus, or EUC, which is specialized in medicine.
Galileo Global Education has more than 54 institutes in its portfolio, including the Istituto Marangoni fashion and design school, which has branches in Milan, Florence, London, Paris, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Mumbai and Miami.
Following the acquisition, the group will establish the Gruppo Galileo Italia, which will group the three Italian institutes under its umbrella. Roberto Riccio, Istituto Marangoni’s chief executive officer, has been named ceo of the new company.

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Stella Maxwell Reveals How She Got Her Body Runway Ready for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia Award Fashion Prizes

DUBAI — The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia awarded three designers from the region the Fashion Prize earlier this week, an annual award going to the top talent from the Middle East. The designers represent three different categories: ready-to-wear, fine jewelry and accessories. The winners were chosen by a panel that included designer Reem Acra, Aquazzura creative director Edgardo Osorio, DDFC chief executive officer Jazia Aldanhani and Vogue Arabia editor in chief Manuel Arnaut.
“It’s wonderful to discover such promising new talent in the region,” said Osorio. Accra, who is on the board of the council, said: “The DDFC Vogue Fashion Prize is so important for the region. It empowers the new generation of designers.”
This year’s winners were:
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Palestinian designer Faissal El-Malak grew up between Montreal and Qatar and studied in Paris before settling in Dubai. His work is rooted in his search for identity. “Both sides of my family are Palestinian refugees,” he said. “My identity was only based on ideas and memories of my grandparents. I didn’t have anything tangible until I discovered traditionally hand embroidered cushions and dresses that my mother had. That was the first time I had something that related to my identity.”
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Victoria Beckham, Nina Garcia and More from the Fashion World Mourn Death of Designer Azzedine Alaïa

Some of fashion’s biggest names paid tribute to Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer Azzedine Alaïa, who died Saturday in a Paris hospital after experiencing a bad fall 10 days prior according to a French media report in Le Point. He was 77.

Dubbed “the King of Cling,” Alaïa made a name for himself for his distinctive takes on classic silhouettes, his garments often moulding the body into remarkable and eye-catching proportions.

“I don’t cut clothes for a board,” Alaïa told PEOPLE in 1982. “The body of a woman is sublime. I follow it.”

Alaïa began his career studying sculpture at the Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts in Tunis. He entered into fashion as a dress-maker’s assistant — eventually moving to Paris in 1957 and working for Christian Dior. He would go on to work for Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler before he broke out on his own and opened an atelier in the 1970s, dressing Hollywood stars in like Greta Garbo and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild.

 

It wasn’t until 1980 that he produced her first ready-to-wear collection, with couture leather-moulded pieces that would launch his name as a global brand. Over the years he would continue to make a name for himself for refusing to play by fashion’s rules, even eschewing the industry’s traditional seasonal collection calendars, which he retired from in 1992.

Still he was wildly popular with celebrities, including Kim Kardashian who often wore his designs. His last collection (and first since 2011) dropped in July, with Naomi Campbell making a rare catwalk appearance.

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Victoria Beckham, Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert, and Patrik Sandberg were just some of the names sharing memories of Alaïa on social media Saturday as news of his passing spread.

“A sad day. Rest in peace #azzedinealaia,” Beckham wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of Alaïa. “You were a true master and one of my biggest inspirations.”

“A fashion legend and true original. We will miss this creative genius,” Garcia said, sharing the same photo of Alaïa as Beckham.

Engelbert posted a series of photos of the two to Instagram. “Azzedine Rest in Peace, my N1 favorite,” she wrote in their caption. “My heart is broken, GENIUS #azzedinealaia @azzedinealaiaofficial. He is going to continue to make dresses for goddesses and Angels up in the sky now.”

Added Ines de la Fressange on Twitter of the 5-ft. 2-in. designer: “Small in size but huge in fashion. Farewell Azzedine Alaïa.”


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Fashion World Mourns Death of Azzedine Alaïa

PARIS — Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris of heart failure, his close friend Carla Sozzani told WWD.
The diminutive Tunisian-born designer was known for his structured, exacting tailoring and the way that he worked at his own pace.
He gained international fame in the Eighties because of the success of his evening dresses, snug knits and sculpted leathers, and he was nicknamed The King of Cling because his clothes fit like a second skin.
Alaïa counted Sozzani, founder of 10 Corso Como, and supermodel Naomi Campbell – who called him Papa – among his inner circle. Stars such as Tina Turner, Madonna, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones, Raquel Welch, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus were among his customers.
Sozzani said Alaïa died peacefully and without suffering. The pair were out and about as recently as Nov. 7, when they attended the opening of an exhibition of Leïla Menchari’s window designs for Hermès at the Grand Palais. Alaïa had known Menchari, a fellow Tunisian, since arriving in Paris in the Fifties.

Naomi Campbell on the catwalk at the Azzedine Alaia show 
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Exclusive: Elsa Hosk to Unveil Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s Swarovski Look

The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to be an even shinier and more extravagant spectacle than ever before. Not only is the brand jet-setting to Shanghai for the November show, it’s also celebrating the 15-year “Crystal Anniversary” of its partnership with Swarovski, the sole provider of crystal embellishments for the show. One million Swarovski crystals will take the runway, with Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk chosen to strut the special anniversary showpiece.
“This year’s Swarovski outfit is probably our most spectacular. The outfit has an incredible wing that is completely covered in brilliant multicolored stones,” said Monica Mitro, executive vice president, brand communications and events at Victoria’s Secret. “It is one of the heaviest wings we have ever made.” With more than 275,000 crystals, 200 yards of woven ribbon and pavé crystals, hand-beaded jewelry and a crystallized wing harness, the wings weigh in at 14 pounds. “The Swarovski anniversary look will be a major standout. It is an explosion of color,” Mitro continued of Parisian couturier Serkan Cura’s work. And stunning it is, with an astonishing 29 crystal effects and colors, ranging from Citrine Shimmer and Crystal Luminous Green to Fireopals, Topaz and Emeralds. The look includes a fiery-red

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Proof David and Brooklyn Beckham Are Fashion Twins

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The Power of the Celebrity Fashion Plate, Decoded

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Janet Jackson Makes a Fashion Statement in Fur and Lace at 2017 OUT100 Gala

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Trend Union’s Li Edelkoort: Goddesses Are Emerging Female Archetypes in Fashion

DRAPED CRUSADERS: As the social message of women’s empowerment continues to gain ground, goddess-like strength and traits are turning up in fashion.
Goddesses of all different heritages and persuasions were the focus of Li Edelkoort’s spring 2019 presentation for Trend Union at The New School in New York. The way she sees it, they are at the root of the emerging female fashion archetype for the industry with individuals determining their own goddess based on individual tastes. Predicting a revolution sparked partially from draping, folding and cuts, Edelkort expects normcore and streetwear basics to dissolve. That shift calls for “designers, not influencers,” she said.
With a myriad of colorful images that drew from art history, fashion, portraiture and nature, the trend forecaster offered a crash course in goddesses. Students and industry types learned of Aphrodite, Demeter, Hestia, Gaia, Flora & Fauna, Nike and others. Edelkoort also pointed to the increasing importance of the sack dress, regal colors and majestic fabrics. She also spoke of “this child woman” who is very dominant in society, accumulating jobs as if she is accumulating pairs of shoes. “She lives her life like a ribbon, like a bracelet — there is not a clear direction. She is

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Dion Lee Named the 2017 Australian Fashion Laureate

SYDNEY – Dion Lee has been named the Australian Fashion Laureate for 2017.
The New York-based Australian was presented with the award at a gala dinner for 300 at Sydney’s Barangaroo Cutaway venue on Thursday evening.
At 32, Lee is the youngest-ever recipient of the Laureate, which is now in its 10th year and recognizes outstanding industry achievement.
Previous recipients include designers Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevksi and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia founder Simon Lock.
The Laureate is the latest in a string of accolades for Lee, who launched his business in 2008, after graduating from Sydney’s Fashion Design Studio and quickly garnering a following for his deconstructed tailoring and signature dresses with complex surface treatments.
The 2013 sale of a strategic stake in the business to the Sydney-based Cue Clothing Co enabled the designer’s rapid retail expansion in Australia, where he operates eight standalone stores, in addition to e-commerce and concessions within the David Jones department store chain.
“It [the Laureate] is a bit of a landmark moment for me – knowing that it is voted by your peers,” said Lee, who is now a New York Fashion Week runway regular and boasts over 70 global wholesale stockists.
“It has been a really surreal journey and not

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Telfar Clemens of Telfar Wins 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

Telfar Clemens of Telfar won this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The runners-up were Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem Eyewear and Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat. The winners were announced at a gala dinner at The Weylin in Brooklyn following a conversation between Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri.
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Telfar Clemens of Telfar Wins 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

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Collections: Fashion Met Emotion at the Most Theatrical Antonio Marras Show

“It was the longest week of my life,” Antonio Marras says, referring to the days before his runway show in September during Milan Fashion Week — a complex production that yielded a powerful emotional charge. As Marras’ wife Patrizia Sardo ironically put it, welcoming WWD at the show: “We always like simple things!”
The complexity stemmed from the fact that the event took place inside Milan’s Teatro Lirico, which is being gutted and restored after being closed for 25 years.
“As soon as I got into the theater, it was love at the first sight. It left me breathless,” says Marras, who was originally asked by the [artistic and cultural] Gianfranco Dioguardi Fondazione to present a project to decorate the façade. Shortly after, the designer was asked if it would be possible for him to hold the show at the theater. “I said ‘Everything is possible.’ So we started.”

Antonio Marras Spring 2018 Runway Show 
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The designer’s show actually inaugurated Gianfranco Dioguardi Fondazione’s “Cantiere-Evento [Construction-Event]” project aimed at bringing life to locations that are being restored in order to involve the public in the process.
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Yes, Breitbart News Has a Fashion Critic

That would be John Binder, whose acid-tongued commentary covers the runways and the beltway.
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