Fashion giants light up the Big Smoke at London Fashion Week
Italian labels Versus Versace and Emporio Armani brought the darkness and light to London Fashion Week on Sunday, burnishing the city’s reputation as a fashion capital. Industry icon Giorgio Armani had not displayed in London for 11 years, ending his hiatus to celebrate the label’s renovated flagship London store in upscale Mayfair. The spring-summer 2018 show at Tobacco Dock, a former tobacco warehouse, was marked by playful creations including a lightweight windbreaker with printed crab design, small, round-collared dresses, pastel-coloured ensembles and flowing pants. The label described the „frEAdom“ collection as embodying „freedom as lightness of being and eclecticism of appearance“. The Italian fashion giant has about 3,000 points of sale worldwide, which the group is trying to consolidate. Armani, 83, said he had chosen London for its „dynamism, energy and cosmopolitanism“. Fellow fashion giant Tommy Hilfiger arrived in Britain on Tuesday in another coup for Fashion Week, which has ...

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Textile artist Kevin Koch shares talents during Fashion Week
What Kevin Koch does isn’t new. It’s where he does it that is surprising. Koch is a textile artist, a custom tailor. For nearly 40 years, he’s put stitches through cloth, in a variety of ways and a variety of places around his hometown. He turns measurements into a pattern and then cuts and sews a piece of clothing. Trousers, vests and sportcoats with expensive silk, wool or tweed are all possible. So are plain coats or button-front pants that Amish or German Baptist Brethren would wear. This week will be his coming out party as an artist and tailor. As part of Fashion Week in Goshen to raise money for the renovation of the Goshen Theater, Koch House of Design will have a cocktail party and open house Thursday night at 211 E. Washington St. The historic former church building has become a residence. Now it’s the home of ...

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NY Fashion Week answer must focus on women’s wear
Q. Last year you wrote about attending New York’s Fashion Week. I know it was recently, and was wondering if things are the same or did you are see anything new? A. As a heads-up for my regular Male Call readers, the content of this week’s column will, no doubt, be of more interest to female readers than what usually appears every week. In the years that I have been writing my men’s how-to dress book and this column, I have noticed that when someone asks me, „What is new?“ that question never comes from a man. Women care about what is new in fashion. Men, on the other hand, care about looking appropriate, not embarrassing themselves and feeling well dressed. Although a lot of the designers include a sprinkling of men’s garments, little of what is shown at Fashion Week could honestly be considered to be menswear. To answer ...

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The great cover up: why ​we’re all dressing modestly now
Do you prefer midiskirts that cover your knees to minis these days? When you wear a slip dress, do you sometimes layer a polo neck underneath it? On a lunchtime browse, do you find yourself drawn to a voluminous sleeve? If you are reading this, then the answer is probably yes. The look of 2017 is notably more demure than that of a decade ago. Hemlines have dipped a crucial few inches, from just above the knee to just below it. A collar up to your chin is the norm. Party dresses have sweeping sleeves, rather than plunging necklines. Or, to put it another way: for the simple reason that you are engaged with fashion, you have become a modest dresser. When Victoria Beckham launched her fashion house a decade ago, her style had already left the Wag days behind. Cleavage and Daisy Dukes had been replaced by neat knee-length ...

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Jaime King Calls for Politically Minded Questions From Reporters
On Sunday evening while seated front row at Prabal Gurung’s show, Jaime King was asked for her thoughts on Graydon Carter leaving Vanity Fair. Just as the show began, King turned behind her to a friend and expressed how jarring she found the question, given the political and weather-related events dominating the non-fashion news cycle at the moment. A few hours later, King and a series of other guests — Huma Abedin, Kaitlyn and Mady Dever, Sabrina Carpenter, Mia Moretti — gathered in the back garden of Narcissa for the designer’s post-show drinks and dinner. “Everybody’s truth is different — so what was important to the reporter in that moment was Graydon Carter stepping down from Vanity Fair but what was important to me, what I’ve been thinking about all day was totally different,” King explained of her earlier reaction. “But she can’t read my mind. And it would seem ...

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Masaba Gupta on harnessing the power of youth
Masaba Gupta is a bit of a firecracker—she’s not afraid to print what’s on her mind. What’s more is that she’s sure of having caught the pulse of the moment and the fact that everything she makes will translate into sales. When asked how can an upcoming designer use the power of youth to their advantage, Gupta is candid in her response: “By being honest,” she simply lays it down. The designer began her journey in 2009 with Lakmé Fashion Week’s prized Gen Next spot. She’s on the latest Forbes 30 under 30 list, regularly dresses the likes of Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor, and has no plans to slow down. “I’m never not working. If I am not at work, I am talking to a stylist or an actor or an agent for something or the other,” she says. But how did the 28-year-old achieve all ...

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Region’s annual funky fashion show lacking numbers
Waning interest from Taranaki’s youngest fashion designers may see major changes made to the region’s wearable arts competition. Organiser Lois Finderup said both the child and student sections in some of the seven categories of the Taranaki Fashion Art Awards had come up short of entries. „In recycled we only have six children, normally we would have around 19,“ she said. „And in the same category there’s only one student.“ The event committee have decided to extend the registration period until September 13 with the hope of pulling in more entrants or it may have to combine the student and children sections. „You can’t hold a competition with only one entrant in the category.“ Finderup said they needed at least three for it be a fair competition. It’s not the first time the show had experienced hardship. Last year, funding cuts pushed the event to a different venue and organisers ...

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Keep it classy with Kasavu
  (Photo:formal dresses canberra)Onam fashion wasn’t a rage a couple of years ago. Though wearing Onakkodi (new clothes specially purchased for the Onam festival) is an inevitable part of Onam, it was only restricted to buying a new dress as part of the celebrations. However, our affinity towards the kasavu saree and mundum neriyathum for ladies and kasavu mundu for gents always persuades us Malayalis to buy them, especially for festivals like Onam and Vishu. The fact of the matter is that kasavu saree or mundum neriyathum were not attires that were related only to festivals. A two-piece handwoven garment with thin borders (kara), mundum neriyathum used to be a daily wear for Malayali women. To make the attire look a bit lavish, the karas were woven with silver or golden threads. However, the kasavu saree is very much in demand today. As fashion changes, various trends have surfaced in ...
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Zac Posen: ‚Unachievable fashion is bogus‘
The designer and Project Runway judge has long been an advocate of inclusivity in the world of style, with clients including Oprah Winfrey, Lena Dunham and Rihanna. With a push for more diversity in the industry, and plus-size models like Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine making waves, Posen is pleased to see that clothes are becoming more accessible for everyone. „To me, that’s what’s exciting about being a designer,“ he told TODAY Style. „Being able to bring lots of different women with different backgrounds into your clothing. That’s the excitement of being able to create something that has the ability to work on a lot of bodies. „I think fashion, for a long time, relied on the marketing tool of the unachievable, and it’s a bunch of bogus. Today it has to be about authenticity. The way I cut my clothing… It is about empowerment and loving the curves of ...

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Mrs Universe 2017
ENTREPRENEURS, seasoned businesswomen, community champions, activists and advocates from around the world will unite in Durban next month for Mrs Universe 2017. As an activist-themed event, Mrs Universe falls outside the typical arena of pageantry, and recognises individual efforts made by each married contestant in her own country to uplift and empower women. Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba, is a TV host, global entrepreneur and a human and women’s rights activist both in her home country in central Africa and in her “adopted” home, Canada. Among her many entrepreneurial ventures, Madiba is the founder of the Safara African Print Fashion Show that celebrates various African cultures while raising funds for various causes that directly touch women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Gabon. “I strongly believe that it is only by coming together as one nation that we can bring powerful change in the world.” Madiba is ...

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Naomi Campbell shames Vogue for lack of diversity
  (Photo:formal dresses melbourne)Naomi Campbell is one of the only two black models to have had a solo British Vogue cover in the past 15 years. Can you believe it? She has recently criticised the lack of diversity among the workers of the fashion magazine, highlighting how a staff photo taken under former Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman, showed a complete absence of ‘coloured’ members. Shulman was replaced by Edward Enninful after stepping down at the beginning of August. In its 100-year history, the fashion magazine has never had a man, or a non-white person as an editor. As the fashion industry has a long-established issue with race and diversity, it was no surprise that his appointment was announced by many as a moment of reckoning for the industry. However, the final picture of Shulman’s staff underlines how much Enninful may have to struggle. This prompted an outrage on social media as ...
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Lakme Fashion Week: Splash all about functionality
Clothes worn by models on the runway are often impractical to wear, but the collection rolled out by retailer Splash at the Lakme Fashion Week on Sunday, celebrated functionality. Stylish hoodies, long trench coats with fur trimmings, tapered pants for men, along with edgy maxi-dresses for women were the highlights this year. Randeep Hooda, the face of the brand, claims walking the ramp in his customised suit was a great way to celebrate his birthday. “I feel like a million bucks because I am in this classic check suit with funky shoes and accessories,” said Hooda after the show. His idea of a perfect birthday is to work hard and party even harder. Sunny Leone, the brand ambassador for Splash India, claimed that her body-fitting sequin-encrusted gown was comfortable. “I can dance in this the whole night. This is what I love about Splash, they are incredibly stylish and make ...

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30 Chinese Designers to Take Stage at Major Fashion Shows Internationally This Year
Chinese fashion designers have continued to make strides on international stages this year. During the upcoming Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Week in Milan, Paris, London and New York, according to the official calendar, 30 designers who are either Chinese or have a connection to China will debut their latest collections at one of the major shows. That’s a bigger number than last season. In February this year, shows in Milan, Paris, London, and New York for the Fall/Winter 2017 collections saw 26 Chinese designers presenting shows around the world demonstrating that the global fashion world has become increasingly receptive to Chinese designers and recognizes their significance to the industry. New York has once again attracted the highest number of talent from China, with 16 designers and their brands participating this September. For instance, renowned haute couture designer Lanyu will unveil her new ready-to-wear collection during the show. Nicole Zhao, the CEO ...

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Why Minneapolis’ Samantha Rei says she can win ‘Project Runway’
Yes, you will see Samantha Rei cry in the season of “Project Runway” that begins Thursday. “I really tried not to but I did,” admits the Minneapolis designer, one of 16 contestants in the 16th season of the reality series that pits fashion designers against each other. “When you watch the show, you see interviews with people and they’re all like, ‘I don’t want to be the crying one,’ and I said it, too: ‘I’m not going to cry. I’m a badass.’ But I did.” The stress of the New York-set show — not getting much sleep, being away from family, living with strangers, laboring around the clock on red-carpet looks — takes its toll on even the badassiest of contestants. But, tears or no, Rei says she has what it takes to be a “Project Runway” winner (this interview was conducted after Rei completed shooting most of the season, ...

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These are the shoes to wear if you’re going on a beach holiday
These shoes are known as espadrilles and they have become must-haves for men and women who are heading to seaside destinations. Espadrilles are a staple, even when it is not being lauded as a seasonal classic. The reason the espadrille has become the footwear for holiday makers is quite remarkable. Here’s a brief story on the espadrille. Origins Is the espadrille a French or Spanish creation? That’s the million-dollar question. Legend has it that this kind of shoe was discovered on the feet of a skeleton in Granada. History suggests that espadrilles were already being worn by soldiers of the King of Aragon in the 12th and 13th centuries. The shoe, traditionally has a sole made from braided jute or hemp rope, is also strongly linked to the Basque Country. In fact, a family in Mauléon-Licharre – a town in Southwestern France today intrinsically linked with the iconic shoe – ...

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