Iskra Lawrence Talks Instagram Fame, Struggling With Eating Disorders at FIT Symposium

Inclusivity, the power of social media fame, the prevalence of eating disorders among models and how they can transcend size were among the issues discussed Friday at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Model Alliance’s Sara Ziff led the talk with Iskra Lawrence, Lauren Chan and JAG Models’ Gary Dakin, which was part of The Museum at FIT’s “Fashion and Physique” symposium.
Lawrence described an experience when she was 13, being backstage at a fashion show “buck naked” and unable to fit into any of the garments. After telling a stylist what was wrong, she said he told her, “Well, you’re too fat then,” despite the fact that she wore a size 4 to 6. That experience triggered her disordered eating for five or six years, Lawrence said.
Now an internationally known large-size model with four million followers on Instagram, Lawrence said she believes aspiration “should not be a look but a feeling, if that’s confidence, empowerment, even if it’s sexiness, whatever that might be.” To that end, she decided to share only untouched photos and to talk about her relationship with her body, “to show that even as a model or someone in the media, we all have the same feelings of

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Struggling Esprit to Shut Hong Kong Flagship and Causeway Bay Location

HONG KONG–Beleaguered apparel company Esprit Holdings is due to scale back its store presence significantly in Hong Kong, where the company is listed, and will close its Peking Road flagship and a Causeway Bay location in coming months, a source said.
On Thursday, the company issued a profit warning, alerting investors that for the six months of 2017, it expects to record a net loss in the range of 950 million to 980 million Hong Kong dollars ($ 121.5 to $ 125 million), as compared to a net profit of $ 61 million Hong Kong dollars ($ 7.8 million) in the same period last year.
Esprit, which has been attempting a turnaround for years, blamed its poor performance on brick and mortar retail stores in the last quarter of 2017, a taxation expense, and the full impairment of its China operations realized.
Esprit’s three-storey 1,000 square meter (about 10,700 square feet) flagship store is near Tsim Sha Tsui’s famed shopping street, Canton Road, popular with tourists especially from mainland China but it suffers from poor foot traffic, according to the source. First opened in 2009, the store has been unable to draw shoppers away from the hub of Harbour City mall just one street away; pedestrians need

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What to Watch: Men’s Wear Holds Its Own in Struggling Environment

Historically in men’s wear, the highs are never as high and the lows are never as low as the more-volatile women’s market. That’s been the case this year as well even as men’s manufacturers and retailers struggle to navigate through the same rocky roads affecting the entire fashion world.
As department and large specialty stores battle the big online players, close stores and revamp their mixes, men’s wear isn’t immune to the downturn. But thanks to some must-have fashion pieces coupled with innovative in-store strategies, the second half looks promising for the men’s market.
Tailored Brands, the largest public men’s wear-only retailer with more than 1,500 stores, reported that business stabilized in the first quarter when net earnings increased. Last year, the company, which is still digesting the Jos. A. Bank acquisition from three years ago, closed more than 200 stores as it adjusted its portfolio to better address consumer demand. So while sales were down at its divisions, which include Men’s Wearhouse in the U.S. and Moores in Canada, the company did point to its growing custom business as an area of strength. “Custom is a big growth opportunity for us,” chief executive officer Doug Ewert said in June.
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U.S. families struggling with teens’ phone addiction: report

Half of teenagers in the United States feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages, a survey released on Tuesday found. The majority of parents concurred, with 59 percent of those with children between ages 12 and 18 saying their kids cannot give up their phones, according to a poll of 1,240 parents and children by Common Sense Media. The findings from the nonprofit group, which focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, highlighted the tension such close ties to devices can cause, with it disrupting driving, homework and other time together.

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