September 2022

French fashion

Kylie Jenner puts on a VERY busty display for the Coperni show during Paris Fashion Week

Leggy Kylie Jenner puts on a VERY busty display in an extreme plunging blue mini dress for the Coperni show during Paris Fashion Week

Kylie Jenner made sure to grab the attention of onlookers as she headed to the Coperni show during Paris Fashion Week in France on Friday.

The reality star, 25, showed off a very daring leather mini dress with a deep plunging neckline as she led the front row stars in attendance on the night.

Kylie looked absolutely amazing in the leggy number, which featured a blue abstract floral pattern all over.

Stunner: Kylie Jenner made sure she grabbed the attention of onlookers as she headed to the Coperni show during Paris Fashion Week in France on Friday

The dress cinched in her slender waist and accentuated her famous curves.

Kylie boosted her height with a pair of matching heels by buzzy French label co-founded by Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant.

Her makeup looked flawless, with the cosmetics mogul opting for her usual face of flawless makeup and fluttering lashes.

Sensational: The reality TV star, 25, put on a busty display in a very daring leather mini dress

Sensational: The reality TV star, 25, put on a busty display in a very daring leather mini dress

Amazing: Kylie wowed in the Coperni dress which featured a deep plunging neckline as she led the front row stars on the night

Going out: Kylie looked absolutely amazing in the leggy number

Amazing: Kylie wowed in the Coperni dress which featured a deep plunging neckline as she led the front row stars on the night

Fashionista: the dress fitted in her slender waist and accentuated her famous curves

Fashionista: the dress fitted in her slender waist and accentuated her famous curves

Beauty: Her makeup looked flawless, with the cosmetics mogul opting for her usual face of flawless makeup and fluttering lashes

Scene: The businesswoman took some close-up footage of herself as she struck a few poses for the camera while in a multi-storey car park

Beauty: Her makeup looked flawless, with the cosmetics mogul opting for her usual face of flawless makeup and fluttering lashes

Shades: She finished the stunning look by donning a trendy pair of rimless sunglasses

Shades: She finished the stunning look by donning a trendy pair of rimless sunglasses

She finished off the stunning look by donning a trendy pair of clip-on rimless sunglasses as she strutted through the Museum of Arts and Crafts.

Kylie also treated her 369 million fans and followers to several sultry snaps on her Instagram earlier today.

The businesswoman took some close-up images of herself as she struck a few poses for the camera while in a multi-storey car park.

Futuristic: Kylie also treated her 369 million fans and followers to several sultry snaps on her Instagram earlier today

Futuristic: Kylie also treated her 369 million fans and followers to several sultry snaps on her Instagram earlier today

Glamour: Kylie wore her long brown locks straight and kept them to one side

Glamour: Kylie wore her long brown locks straight and kept them to one side

It comes as fans who watched Hulu’s The Kardashians Season 2 premiere believe Khloe Kardashian’s daughter, True Thompson, may have accidentally revealed the name of Kylie’s son.

The baby boy, whose father is Travis Scott, was initially introduced to the world as Wolf, but the makeup artist later told fans that she and her beau have disowned the moniker.

On Thursday’s episode of their reality show, four-year-old True is heard chatting with her mother Khloe shortly after welcoming a new baby boy via surrogate, with True referring to her baby brother as “Snowy”.

But as her mum corrects that Snowy isn’t the baby’s name, fans are now speculating it could be Kylie’s son’s name – with True just mistaking her new sibling for her cousin.

The episode documented the birth of Khloe’s second child with love rat Tristan Thompson – with their firstborn True virtually meeting his new baby brother.

During a FaceTime call, True shouted “Hi, Snowy!” to the newborn, before Khloe corrects her daughter: “His name is not Snowy.”

Photoshoot: Kylie showed off her long legs in the thigh-grazing designer dress

Photoshoot: Kylie showed off her long legs in the thigh-grazing designer dress

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Fashion brand

Fast fashion brands are accelerating their growth

Earlier in September, AEON Vietnam launched fast fashion brand My Closet at AEON Binh Tan in Ho Chi Minh City, marking the first step into fast fashion in Vietnam.

According to data from the Vietnam Retailers Association, more than 200 foreign fashion brands are currently present here, accounting for more than 60% of the market share and ranging from affordable to high-end products.

After five years, the Swedish brand H&M has 12 stores in five major cities in Vietnam. Elsewhere, Zara – owned by the world’s biggest fashion group, Inditex – has had a presence in Vietnam since 2016, with two stores in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Together, the two Zara stores generated more revenue than high-end fashion chains such as Tam Son Fashion – which distributes Hermes, Bottega Veneta and Boss – and MaiSon International Retail, which sells Mango, Topshop, Charles & Keith , and Other brands.

Following the success of Zara Vietnam, Mitra Adiperkasa Group – partner of Inditex in Indonesia and also distributor of Zara in Vietnam – brought other fashion brands to the country such as Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius.

Meanwhile, Japanese brand Uniqlo has seen an impressive rate of expansion. Since its debut in Ho Chi Minh City in 2019, Uniqlo has grown the total number of stores to 11, including the largest in Southeast Asia.

Tadashi Yanai, chairman of Uniqlo owner Fast Retail Group, said at the grand opening of the first Uniqlo store that he plans to open 100 stores over the next 10 years.

In addition to easily recognizable names, the fast fashion market has also witnessed the presence of new brands such as Cotton On and Muji, as well as international fashion brands that have acquired domestic brands. And in 2020, Global Fashion, owner of shoe and handbag brand Vascara, officially merged with Japan’s Stripe International.

However, the market also witnessed the withdrawal of new names, such as AVA Fashion from Mobile World Group (MWG) after only six months of launch. Similar to AEON, the company also outsourced products to a number of domestic companies. While AVA Fashion’s website is now closed, MWG has also launched sportswear, mother and child products and jewelry boutiques.

MWG CEO Doan Van Hieu Em admitted, “AVA Fashion originally planned to follow the path of Zara and H&M. However, things did not go smoothly as Vietnamese consumers were not enthusiastic about the new brand.

According to Statista, the clothing market in Vietnam is expected to reach $7.33 billion by 2025 and there is still plenty of room for exploitation. Data from Vietnam’s National Textile and Garment Group shows that every year, Vietnamese spend about $4.3 billion on clothes, and this rate is expected to steadily increase by about 10% per year.

Source: VIR

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Fashion style

What Emma Raducanu thought of her first fashion show

You might be used to seeing British tennis star Emma Raducanu on the court, but this week the professional athlete swapped her trainers for heels to take advantage of the latest trends from Paris Fashion Week. While Raducanu has traveled the world for her various tournaments, she admits that she has a soft spot for the City of Light. “I love Paris and food, so I always try to make good meals,” says Raducanu. “I was only in Paris for a very short time, so I didn’t have the opportunity to do too much. I walked around the city a bit, it’s so pretty!

Considering this week was Raducanu’s first fashion week already, she was particularly thrilled to attend Christian Dior’s spring 2023 presentation. “It was my first show,” she says. “It was really exciting to see all the buzz – and obviously all the different styles and outfits.” This season, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by French Queen Catherine de’ Medici, who reigned from 1547 to 1559, and Raducanu was a fan of the theater that accompanied her. “I loved the whole atmosphere, from the set design to the music to the dancers,” says Raducanu. “It was pretty epic and very cool. The historical Paris theme that still had modern features worked so well. Her favorite looks in the new collection were the most themed ones.” I really liked the looks with the old designs historical maps of Paris on different skirts and corsets,” she says.

Although she may be a fashion week newbie, Raducanu admitted that she needed a strong look for the front row. For her VIP cameo, she wanted an ensemble that stayed true to her own style, but was just a more elevated version of it. “I wanted to wear one of Maria Grazia’s signature styles, but also something comfortable,” says Raducanu, “so I chose a skirt and jacket that embody that.” Specifically, she wore a blue cotton jacket, black knit sweater and printed cotton skirt from Dior’s Fall 2022 collection, with buckled pumps.

As someone used to dressing for performance on the field, the athlete adds that she often looks for more comfortable clothing when off duty. “I like to wear something quite casual and comfortable, like a knit sweater and flared jeans,” she says. “But when I get the chance to go to events like this, I have a little more fun dressing up and trying out different styles. I had the chance to wear beautiful Dior dresses. When it’s not fashion week, she’ll be wearing some of her must-haves this fall. “I will wear a jacket or coat over sweaters with jeans.” she says. “I will probably spend a lot of training in the fall in warm weather, so it will be even more summer clothes.”

As the tennis season is nearing its end, the athlete will take part in a few final matches before the end of the year. “I will be playing tournaments in the Czech Republic, Romania and Mexico over the next three weeks,” she says of her schedule. “It was good that there was a gap in the program that allowed me to attend fashion week with Dior, but it’s back to training and preparing for the next tournament. ”

Below, check out some exclusive photos from Raducanu’s Paris Fashion Week.

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Fashion designer

Heron Preston launches his personal sneaker collection on eBay

“‘From the Collection: Heron Preston’ makes so much sense. Wear your shoes! Collecting is no longer relevant in today’s world if you don’t plan to use what you collect,” said Heron Preston . “I think one of the worst things is to buy something and never use it when it takes so much energy and love to create it. Collecting with no intention of using is a residual concept linked to materialism and wasteful consumption. Wear your shoes, otherwise pass them on to prolong their life and purpose.”

At auction, Heron’s first-ever Foamposites, kid-favorite Halloween “SF Giants” dunks, Jordan 6 “Infrared”, Nike Air Max 95 and New Balance x JJJJound 992 collaboration among others. He also shows off one of the very first pairs of Yeezy 750s, given to him by Kanye West when he worked on the team that brought them to life.

“It’s important to me to support the next generation of creatives who care about imaginative and innovative solutions that reflect my commitment to sustainability and the environment,” said Heron Preston. ‘100% of the ‘from the collection: Heron PrestonProceeds will therefore help provide scholarships and grants to young creatives through the Heron Preston LED (Less Environmentally Destructive) initiative powered by the Fashion Scholarship Fund.

“Heron Preston is a fashion icon, and so many sneakerheads would give their left foot to shop in her wardrobe,” said Garry Thaniel, Managing Director of Sneakers at eBay. We’re always finding new ways to bring inventory to eBay that you won’t find anywhere else – the new ‘From the Collection’ series will regularly bring this kind of unprecedented access to our community through partnerships with legends like Heron . »

Pre-loved pairs of the grails in “From the Collection: Heron Preston” will be sold and delivered in revived condition in partnership with Reshoevn8er, known for their proven expertise in cleaning and restoring sneakers. Reshoevn8r will breathe new life into some of Heron’s most coveted grails before they find their new home, while maintaining all aspects of the sneakers’ original, authentic glory.

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French fashion

Parisian Seafood Cafe Coming Soon to Sonoma County

The highly anticipated Oyster, a Parisian-style seafood cafe, is set to open at Barlow in Sevastopol in early October.

Chef Jake Rand of Sushi Kosho announced the opening of his compact restaurant in March with hopes to open during the summer. Slightly longer-than-expected construction knocked the schedule off, but Rand expects to welcome guests by Friday.

The 400-square-foot open-kitchen restaurant is thoughtfully laid out to include nine counters and outdoor tables for alfresco dining.

“This inspiration comes from any corner bistro on any street in Paris,” Rand said, standing outside the cafe’s rolling door last month. Rand opened Sushi Kosho in 2018, and it’s right across the street.

Chef Jake Rand of Sushi Kosho is opening a new Parisian-style seafood cafe in Sebastopol. (Heather Irwin/The Democratic Press)

In addition to a raw bar, Oyster’s menu will include French classics like mussels-frites (steamed mussels with fries) and fusion twists (Hawaiian kanpachi tartare, panko-dusted oysters) to round out the concept. . Duck fat fries, chilli-dusted squid and oyster po’boy are also on the menu, along with grilled octopus and whole branzino.

Every inch of space inside the Oyster is designed to maximize dining space. There is a full kitchen with a small cooker and griddle for searing, an oven, a deep fryer and a brass kitchen hood. Rand plans to expand the restaurant into an adjacent storefront next door in January and move the dishwashing area and prep kitchen behind a wall and add another 20 seats inside.

Rand said his small-plate restaurant concept is an alternative to his more chef-led Sushi Kosho.

“Oyster will be more about socializing, small plates, a la carte sharing and just showing up,” Rand said. “It fits the times perfectly. People can come out and sit on a bench, take it home, or have a one-to-one experience inside the restaurant.

Rand hopes to offer a ticketed, multi-course tasting menu in 2023, using counter seating to provide an intimate experience at the chef’s table.

The drink menu will focus on sparkling wines from around the world but will focus on France, Italy and Sonoma County. Several open bottles will be set on ice near the raw bar to showcase current selections by the glass, Rand said.

Oyster will open at 6761 McKinley St., Suite 130, Sebastopol.

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Fashion brand

Fobi Announces Passcreator Digital Membership Card Deal

VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fobi AI inc. (FOBI: TSXV FOBIF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “FOBI”), a leader in providing real-time data analytics using artificial intelligence to improve operational efficiency and profitability, is pleased to announce a new Passcreator by Fobi digital membership card dealing with Scotch & Soda, one of the world’s leading fashion brands. Scotch & Soda will distribute Passcreator by Fobi Wallet passes to all customers who sign up for the “Club Soda” membership program. Members will then be able to show the pass at their points of sale where the pass’ QR code will be scanned. Scotch & Soda will collect the POS data, which will be synced to their Salesforce CRM system and the transaction data can then be attributed directly to the customer. Fobi will generate revenue from this agreement through upfront onboarding, training and installation fees and a monthly license fee per pass.


Scotch & Soda chose Fobi’s Passcreator over other solutions because of the platform’s ease of use and Passcreator’s ability to integrate with their current systems. In particular, Scotch & Soda centralizes all of its customer data in its Salesforce CRM system, so any new customer-facing systems it implements must connect to its Salesforce system. In this case, customers present their Wallet Pass which contains their customer number in the form of a QR-Code at the Scotch & Soda store. Scotch & Soda scans the QR code with their POS system and all data is sent back to their Salesforce system. In Salesforce, they can now see all of that customer’s transactional data, can create segments based on that data, and can then send personalized, targeted messages through the Wallet pass to their users to encourage them to buy more. They can also contact customers who haven’t purchased recently through Wallet Pass and send them notifications encouraging them to purchase again. With the Passcreator by Fobi Wallet Passes, Scotch & Soda will be able to use geofencing to display notifications to its customers when they are near a Scotch & Soda retail store, encouraging them to enter and purchase the latest line of clothing which has just been launched. The Passcreator by Fobi Wallet pass platform is an incredibly simple and effective tool for Scotch & Soda to issue digital membership cards and better understand their customers’ buying habits, then be able to act on that data. to deliver more personalized and targeted messages to their customers that entice them to spend more.

Claire Boots, Scotch & Soda Global CRM Manager said, “Our partnership with Passcreator by Fobi has allowed us to go beyond simply distributing membership cards through a digital wallet solution. We have been able to easily integrate their tool into our ecosystem, allowing us to monitor, serve, retrieve and update individual members’ wallet pass. In addition to this, their solution has opened up a new communication channel, allowing us to interact with wallet pass holders personally and locally. through push notifications through the wallet app.Since the majority of our wallet pass holders will be in-store customers, as they can unlock their membership benefits by scanning their membership card, being able to login with them via this new channel gives us many new opportunities that we are very excited about.”


Adoption of using Apple mobile wallet cards and Google Pay is also growing rapidly thanks to pandemic-accelerated behavior. According to a recent report by Juniper Research, the number of people using digital wallets is expected to reach 4.4 billion by 2025, up from 2.6 billion in 2020, with QR codes accounting for 40% of all digital wallet transactions. The desired goal of all players in this industry is obviously one-click payment or scan and rewards for customers.

Rob Anson, CEO of Fobi said: “For Scotch & Soda, we are bringing them a new way to collect and leverage customer data that allows them to engage and deliver value to their customers through Wallet Passes. Our Wallet Pass-based digital membership card solution allows them to activate their customer data and run much more segmented and personalized communications directly on the lock screen of their customers’ phones, which is a game-changer for their digital marketing team.

This press release is available on the Fobi Website and the FOBI verified forum on AGORACOM for shareholder discussions and management engagement.

About Scotch and sodas
Born in Amsterdam in 1985, Scotch & Soda celebrates the free spirit of its hometown. Infinitely optimistic, the brand champions individuality, authenticity and the power of self-expression to create the unique – an attitude reflected in its collections, which include men’s, women’s, children’s, jeans, eyewear, perfumes and accessories, occupying a unique space in today’s world. global fashion landscape.

Collections can be found worldwide in 270 independent stores across Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia, as well as 7,000 doors in select of the biggest cities in the world, including New York, London and Paris. The brand’s online operations also ship to more than 70 countries.

For more information, visit

About Fobi
Fobi is a leading data intelligence company that helps our clients turn real-time data into actionable insights and personalized customer engagement to drive increased profits. Fobi’s unique IoT device has the ability to integrate seamlessly into existing infrastructure to enable data connectivity across online and on-premises platforms, creating highly scalable solutions for our global customers. Fobi partners with some of the world’s largest companies to provide the best solutions and operates globally across retail, telecommunications, sports and entertainment, casino gaming, hospitality and tourism.

For more information please contact:

Fobi AI Inc. Fobi website:
Rob Anson, CEO Facebook: @ Fobiinc
T: +1 877-754-5336 Ext. 3 Twitter: @ Fobi_inc
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Fashion style

Queen Letizia’s Incredible Anti-Aging Fashion Moments: Mango, H&M and More

Tania Leslau

Queen Letizia is one of the ultimate icons of royal style. From Mango to Massimo Dutti, from Zara to Nina Ricci, the Spanish queen knows how to get noticed with her clothes. Whether she’s wearing high-street or high-fashion items, the mother-of-two never fails to look immaculate.

RELATED: How to Copy Queen Letizia’s Flawless Summer Style

To mark her fiftieth birthday, we’ve rounded up some of her best looks over the years. Brace yourself, there are some serious style inspirations to come…

Slip Dress

Queen Letizia wowed onlookers as she wore a satin dress from It-girl & Other Stories to the Atlantida Mallorca Film Fest closing ceremony. Letizia stepped out at La Misericordia cultural center in Palma de Mallorca wearing the £85 number, stunning royal fans in the surprisingly affordable streetwear.

Mini coat dress

The fashionable royal stepped out to host the President of Bulgaria and his wife at the Zarzuela Palace last April looking divine in a baby pink coat dress with floral twee detailing.

Classic black dress

Letizia nailed the classic black dress look while attending the “In Memoriam” concert at the National Auditorium in 2019. A pair of dazzling diamond earrings elevated her timeless look to new heights.

feather corset

We love a touch of plumage, which is why Queen Letizia’s feather-trimmed satin corset made the cut. Boasting a feminine nude pink hue with feathers galore, the striking garment stood out when paired with black heels and trousers.

Fishnet dress

The royal amped up the glamor for the Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Awards this year. Queen Letizia drove royal fans wild by recycling a semi-sheer fringe dress by BOSS, which she teamed with a Nina Ricci leather clutch and black snakeskin pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

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pink suit

Pink is one of the Queen’s favorite shades – and we can totally see why. The royal looked radiant in a candy pink suit with silver buttons and double-breasted detailing. A white tank top layered underneath added a casual touch to her aesthetic outfit.

Semi-transparent dress

When it comes to luxury it-girl brands, Queen Letizia is something of an expert. The 50-year-old attended the 2020 National Culture Awards at the El Prado Museum, sporting a sweet but surprising Maje number.

Featuring a classic shirt style, long sleeves, a midi cut, a romantic baby pink hue, sheer layers of delicate organza fabric and a feminine belted waist, Queen Letizia’s dress has paid tribute to her ability to command attention with her dress sense.

Dress with multicolored sequins

Now is a real highlight moment. In 2016, Letizia attended a royal dinner – fully embracing the 80s nostalgia for the event. She dazzled in a vertically striped and sequined dress that featured lime green, aqua, purple and bronze hues. A slicked back hairstyle and a mix of bold dark blue eyeshadow added to the drama of the outfit.

2000s ruffled dress

We couldn’t resist a throwback to the 2000s – and here it is. Queen Letizia looked pretty in pink ruffles when she stepped out alongside husband King Felipe VI in 2004. A classic blazer style that culminated in a lather of ruffles, the outfit was certainly unforgettable.

Satin blazer

Finally, the sublime salmon-colored satin blazer of the Queen of Spain. The romantic garment featured wavy piping, a stand-up collar and a straight cut – and was worn by the royal when she was three months pregnant. An oyster-colored satin skirt completed her shimmering two-piece.

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Fashion designer



The internationally acclaimed actor, model and fashion designer was recently awarded Best Fashion Designer for Designer Collection at a Sector 26 function here.

Mrs. Bahar Chawla, who is a famous model, fashion designer, actress, presenter, famous stylist, entrepreneur and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She has to her credit the opportunity to win many beauty contests including; “Miss Beautiful Face”, “Miss Beautiful Skin”, “Miss Photogenic”, “Miss Trendsetter”. She is also the former brand ambassador of ‘Videocon Telecom’ for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for the year 2013-2014. She was recently also the face of ‘TAJ’ Chandigarh.

She is currently the face of the prestigious company ‘CLEOPATRA’ Spa & Salon. She has also done shoots for many renowned brands in the country. She is also regularly invited as a celebrity judge for many beauty pageants and related events. She is also the woman behind her own label Bahaar Chawla. She presented her first designer collection “BOLD & BEAUTIFUL” in Chandigarh, Haryana, Jammu and Punjab.

The amazing response to her collection led her to launch her brand “BAHAAR Couture” in 2014 and her collections have been a huge hit with her clients. She also started her own clothing and fashion accessories export company “NEER EXPORTS” in 2015, but Bahaar didn’t even stop there. She also launched her home decor brand “B HOME” in 2016 and a stylist has also styled many celebrities like Ms. INDIA and famous Bollywood artists. Bahaar’s portfolio is surely diverse and interesting and it’s going to be fun to introduce you all to his life!!!!

BAHAAR SEWING: Bahaar Chawla launched his brand in 2014 as “BAHAAR COUTURE” after an amazing response to his designer collections which deal with bespoke and ready-to-wear keeping in mind followed fashion and statement style of today’s women. The brand “BAHAAR COUTURE” is a design company that explores the world full of colors, springtime delights and chic glamour.

The brand identity originates from the delightful season giving a feeling of floral, fragrant and diffused bliss translated into a fashion-oriented international silhouette style that describes today’s woman. With a sophisticated and elegant look, the brand focuses on modern designs that not only provide comfort but a complete transformation of FEMINA’s personality. The influences are global but glamorous. The brand not only describes the journey of a specific style, but also focuses on changing personal perception of fashion and enhancing a woman’s true beauty.

The brand identity originates from the delightful season giving a feeling of floral, fragrant and diffused bliss translated into a fashion-oriented international silhouette style that describes today’s woman. With a sophisticated and elegant look, the brand focuses on modern designs that not only provide comfort but a complete transformation of FEMINA’s personality. The influences are global but glamorous. The brand not only describes the journey of a specific style, but also focuses on changing personal perception of fashion and enhancing a woman’s true beauty.

B HOUSE: BAHAAR CHAWLA didn’t even stop there. Keeping an eye on the latest trends, tastes and preferences of people who opt for unique, chic and elegant designs to create an aura of peaceful yet fashionable surroundings for their homes. Bahaar Chawla launched his home decor brand “B HOME” in 2016, which offers home decor accessories to transform every space into a beautiful home. The slogan of this brand is “BELIEVE IN THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE” with BAHAAR STUDIO where each house is transformed into a Home.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN HIS NAME: Bahaar Chawla has a record of many accomplishments at such a young age. She is listed in versatile personalities based on her work which is very inspiring. Let us show you her achievements in different fields by this avant-garde;

MODEL: She has to her credit the opportunities to win many beauty pageants including:-

• She started her modeling career at the age of 14 where she gained a lot of experience and exposure to the fashion world.
• She is also the former brand ambassador of ‘VIDEOCOM TELECOM’ for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for the year 2013-2014. She was recently also the face of ‘TAJ’ hotel group, Chandigarh. She is currently the face of the very prestigious brand ‘CLOEPATRA’ Spa & Salon.
• She has done shoots for many of the company’s major brands, including LAKME, CLEOPATRA spa & salon, Strands, L’oreal, Meena Bazaar, Pinnacle Institute, INIFD, Adaah couture, Day & Night new channel, PTC channel, Amritsar Fashion week, 10 Downing Street, The Altius hotel Chandigarh, Duke, Crompton Greaves, SATYA PAUL, TARUN TAHILLIANI, ROHIT BAL, Samsung, DSOI, Burn gym, Simply Punjabi magazine, Urban melange magazine, Headmasters, Art Karat, K MARK sweaters , Woolmark, Hugo Chavez, Jia Diamonds, 107^f, FEMINA magazine, COSMOPOLITAN, NACHIKET BARVE, Ravishing Wedding magazine, GLIMPSE Magazine, HIGH ON PERSONA magazine, Wedding Mantra magazine, TIMES OF INDIA, HBS style speak, Little Icons, ASIANA Magazine MARRIAGE and many more.

ACTOR:The work profile of this model is truly inspiring, it inspires us even more when this multi-talented girl has also gone ahead to explore her talent in the field of acting.

• She was featured as a child artist in a South Indian film remake “KHEL KHEL MEIN” at the age of 7.
• She has also played lead role in almost 15 Punjabi songs with famous singers.
• She has been featured in an upcoming Bollywood movie with famous actors Puneet Issar and Ritu Shivpuri.
• After seeing her pleasant personality on screen, Bahaar was offered many roles and anchor commercials by major channels where she hosted episodes for DOORDARSHAN Channel, PTC Punjabi Channel, Beauty Pageant MISS INDIA CREATIVE as the anchor.

STRONG POINTS : The young and very talented BAHAAR CHAWLA seems to have an illustrious career where we show you her career progress:-

• She was a jury member of “Miss Manali Winter Queen” 2015 at the Manali Winter Carnival in 2015.
• She was also a jury member for the 2015 Fashion Awards at Punjab University, Chandigarh.
• She also participated in the jury of Mr and Miss North 2015.
• She was also a member of the jury of honor of ‘PALAASH MISS INDIA’ in 2015.
• We had also seen Bahaar Chawla as a guest of honor at the ‘FASHION FEST’ at the University of Chandigarh in 2016.
• She was also invited as a model and celebrity jury as well as the face for India’s biggest children’s fashion show campaign “LITTLE ICONS” in 2016 and 2017.
• She was honored by MAX Fashion company for “MOM&ME” and “MAX FASHION HUNT” contest in 2017.
• She was a member of the jury and guest of honor for “DELLYWOOD MR AND MISS INDIA” in 2017.
• She was featured in DIVAS ON TOP CALENDAR 2018 as one of the leading divas with a strong profile.
• Bahaar Chawla also walked as a celebrity model for former Miss India and celebrity entertainer Anjanna Kuthiala shows “Superstar Awards” in 2016 and “Superdivas with SHAHRUKH KHAN” in 2017 where she walked with many celebrities from Bollywood.
• BAHAAR CHAWLA is a recognized personality and is regularly featured in the media at shows and events.
So many things and many more to come, our BAHAAR CHAWLA TREND inspires us as SUPERWOMAN of our future!!!!

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What 3 Vogue Editors Are Wearing to Fashion Week—Plus, Shop Their Fall Fashion Obsessions

Fashion month is officially launched. With four cities on the schedule, plenty of shows to rewatch and presentations to attend, who better than our own global editors for the inside scoop as they tackle each city? let us vogues Chioma Nnadi, vogue Francesca Ragazzi from Italy, and vogue Frenchwoman Eugénie Trochu takes you on a tour of fashion week in their respective cities, starting in New York and ending in Paris later this month. Here, our editors share the local brands they’re most looking forward to seeing, new names to look out for, their fashion week style signatures and, of course, what’s on their wishlists. for fall fashion.

It happens now: Paris fashion week

Eugénie Trochu, Editorial Content Manager vogue France

I am Eugénie Trochu, responsible for the editorial content of vogue France. Vintage, casual chic and ever-evolving twists are a few ways to sum up my current style. I like to wear a cool pair of jeans, maybe by Loewe or Diesel, pair it with a trendy bag and keep it bold, yet casual, often adding a 60s twist. can’t wait to see Coperni, Paco Rabanne and Courrèges. When jumping from different shows, a comfortable shoe is a must, like my favorite loafers or high boots of the moment. Living in Paris, you’ll probably see me cycling around the city, showcasing a creative twist on French style.

Iconic Courrèges black jacket

The Frankie Shop Audrey mini skirt

Paco Rabanne shoulder bag

By Far Stevie 42 croc-effect ankle boots

Repossi Berber ring 2 rows

Loewe high-rise straight jeans

Blumarine pink insert jeans

Nodaleta Bulla Cara patent-leather pumps

Milan Fashion Week

Francesca Ragazzi, editorial content manager vogue Italy

Photographed by Style du Monde

I would define my style as bohemian chic with a touch of classic, while having fun with colors, patterns and shapes. For this season’s fashion week, I can’t wait to see what the young generation of Italian fashion designers have to show once again – Marco Rambaldi, Andrea Adamo and many more, with their innovative collections and fresh. Also, this week vogue Italia will host the opening of VogueRama, an exciting multidisciplinary exhibition that we look forward to seeing you!

Des Phemmes gathered pencil skirt

Andreadamo cutout jersey mini dress

Large Prada Symbol handbag

Ocelot Maxi Dress by Christopher John Rogers

Attico Rem heeled sandals

Gucci Beauty Powder

New York Fashion Week

Chioma Nnadi, Global Network Manager and Editor, United States

Photographed by Hunter Abrams

Fashion Week is back in a big way this season. It really feels like there’s something going on every second of the day and night, including our very own Vogue World!

Such a busy schedule gives me every excuse to shop for new things. Plus, fall is upon us, so there’s every reason to switch gears style-wise. I have a thing for conversation starters or anything with a sense of humor, something that makes me smile – think, sequins, playful novelty shoes, a bit of crochet. And then of course the basics: for example, good workwear jeans to accompany me through fashion week and beyond.

Martine Rose jersey football t-shirt



Carhartt Work in Progress double knee jeans

Vintage Christian Dior saddle bag

Hermès Lipstick 71 Orange Burnt Red

Vaquera Sequin T-Shirt Dress

Bianca Saunders x Wrangler Denim Shirt



Wales Bonner Marimba mirror-embellished top

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Milan Fashion Week Highlights: Kim Kardashian’s New Dolce & Gabbana Collection

MILAN (AP) — Kim Kardashian took Milan by storm on Saturday, curating a new collection for Dolce & Gabbana that draws inspiration from 20 years of archival looks.

It was a day of debuts in Milan, including Maximilian Davis, a 27-year-old British designer with Afro-Caribbean roots, who spearheaded the creation of Salvatore Ferragamo and Filipino American designer Rhuigi Villasenor at Bally, as the brand returns on the podium. for the first time in 20 years.

Some highlights from day four of Milan Fashion Week previews, mostly womenswear for next spring and summer:


Kim Kardashian’s love for Dolce & Gabbana goes way back, and the affection she showed in her selection from their latest collection, drawing inspiration from archive looks from 1987-2007.

She recalls growing up watching her mother dress in Dolce & Gabbana for dates with her stepfather, recalling “she always looked so smart and strong”. One year Kardashian borrowed one of her mother’s black Dolce & Gabbana dresses with a built-in bra and choker to wear for a family Christmas card, a look she said, “I will never forget.”

When Kardashian and her sisters owned a store, she borrowed her dad’s credit card to buy a bunch of D&G dresses, jeans and belts before her paycheck arrived.

Even the family dogs were named Dolce and Gabbana. Gabbana was a black Labrador, Dolce a little Chihuahua.

“It’s very close to reality,” joked Stefano Gabbana during a presentation of the new collection.

But no matter how hard she tried, even deploying her mother, Kris Jenner, to help make her case, the designers refused to open their archives. “The past is the past”, explained Domenico Dolce. “We are trying to move forward with the new generation.”

That is, until Kardashian proved she had the right stuff.

When Kourtney Kardashian married Travis Barker in Italy, social media took over the vintage Dolce & Gabbana dresses she and her sisters wore. They were all from Kim Kardashian’s private collection, which she amassed using a book of over 100 desired Dolce & Gabbana looks that she and her stylist compiled years before.

“Everything looked crazy. It was so much fun,’ Kardashian said of the wedding looks. “I think (the designers) were surprised that I came with all my stuff and collected it For years.”

Dolce said the wedding photos persuaded them to dig into the archives, and he approached Kardashian about the project.

“We were worried that vintage dresses would look old. Instead, they were always contemporary,” Dolce said.

And so the new Spring-Summer 2023 collection was born, with designers picking looks from the past they loved, many with memories attached to working with models like Linda Evangelista and Monica Bellucci. Kardashian organized from there.

“After all these years, that’s all we would wear today,” Kardashian said. “As a designer, I think it’s so cool to see everyone trying to emulate the looks. And why not do a whole collection, obviously with new pieces, but just redesigned in a way that we would wear today, which is so similar to how it was photographed and worn back then.



Designers Dolce and Gabbana presented their Spring/Summer 2023 collection curated by Kim Kardashian against the backdrop of a film showing Kardashian, dressed as a starlet, sensually eating a plate of pasta.

And indeed, Kardashian’s curation showed her total embrace of Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian roots.

“You don’t give shit to anybody when you’re here wearing Dolce & Gabbana,” Kardashian told reporters. “You feel powerful, strong and sexy at the same time.”

Lingerie strongly inspired the collection. There were corsets, incorporated bras and bodysuits, employing all the designer’s best tricks, from stiff bones for structural elements, to pretty lace and eye-catching crystals. They were worn with suspender stockings and long gloves, or under beautiful shawls.

Kardashian stuck to a mostly neutral palette: black, gray and beige, with a bit of burgundy. And she drew the line at the prints, completely rejecting the trademark fruits and flowers, causing Gabbana to lament, “She killed me. I said ‘Noooo!’

But she bet everything on the leopard.

“I would say the boys brought out the leopard in me,” Kardashian said. “I think you’ll see that for me, the color is the crystals.”

The collection was designed for women of all ages and shapes, Kardashian said, with the goal of simplifying the designs to help some of the more ornate pieces feel less intimidating.

“If you make it simpler, more people can feel confident wearing it. And I think we’ve really achieved that on the show,” she said.

Kardashian’s mother, three of her children and her sister Khloe sat in the front row. Proud mom Kris Jenner films the entire series on her phone.


Jil Sander created a tranquil island during chaotic Milan Fashion Week, filling a temporary show space in a far field with a grove of wildflowers and grasses, as well as soothing pastels and indulgent silhouettes.

The collection lends itself to easy layering and challenges all gender stereotypes. Creative directors Lucie and Luke Maier continued to dabble in embellishments, adding sequins, feathers and metallic accents to the brand’s minimalist silhouette.

Sleeveless suits worked for all genders and men wore long pastel kilts with button up shirts. Knits were distressed, with rough edges and splits, in both tops and dresses. The designers chose a unique print, featuring blurry points of light.

The models carried umbrellas to protect themselves from the seasonal rains – impractical for an outdoor show but welcome in Italy after months of drought.


Maximilian Davis created a vermilion red background for his debut with Salvatore Ferragamo in the courtyard of a 17th century baroque and neoclassical palace, which better underlines the new direction of the fashion house.

The 27-year-old British designer worked strong silhouettes and simple elements, like tank tops and leggings, or full bodysuits, to best showcase the season’s bag, oversized cut-out bags in highly polished leather with an interior Canvas. Dresses were form-fitting in solid colors or flowing chiffon in ombre prints; a combo of red pants and a skin-tight crystal-studded top. Strappy sandals featured a distinctive circular heel.

The masculine figure was challenged with an off-the-shoulder top dyed in sheer ombre, the colors being a tribute to the California sunset. Davis tapped into Ferragamo’s leather heritage with cropped, cropped leather shorts paired with a leather blazer. Any male divo can make a red carpet entrance in a silver off-the-shoulder top that flows dramatically into a trailing scarf.

The models walked on red sand that covered the entire yard, a reference to Ferragamo’s Hollywood origins near California beaches and Davis’ own Caribbean heritage.

The sea and the sand mean to him “a place where you can go to think and feel together”, he said. “I wanted to show that perspective, but now through the lens of Ferragamo.”

Supermodel Naomi Campbell turned out for the debut.


Filipino-American designer Rhuigi Villasenor, best known for his American streetwear label, is looking to lead a transition at famed Swiss label Bally, founded in 1851.

Its debut collection paid homage to the brand’s heritage of understated elegance, while introducing an edge. A plunging V-neck swimsuit was worn with snakeskin boots, while a long beaded skirt featured a slit at the waist and was casually teamed with a denim top. For him, a flashy reptile leather jacket was worn with a mesh top and jeans, but there was also a dark blue double-breasted suit for more formal business occasions.

Villasenor said he was inspired by “the codes of the brand around art, graphics, architecture and nature”.


For the uninitiated, Kate Moss looked downright dressed on the Bottega Veneta catwalk, in baggy jeans and a plaid shirt. But it’s the genius of designer Matthieu Blazy, who replayed something from his first season, showing leather pants that reproduce the look of jeans.

Every piece in Blazy’s second collection was strong: from intarsia knits where ice blue and red vied for the lead role, to shift dresses and leather jackets with unexpected pleats, to shredded leather skirts and dresses, and sheer dresses. embellished with floral appliqué velvet.

At Bottega Veneta, leather is king. Bags range from beautifully designed tackle bags that fit perfectly to the body, in flat leather or basket weave, to bucket bags worn over the shoulder.

Blazy collaborated with Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce on the sculptural resin runway and 400 unique chairs, some with hand drawings, used for show guests and destined for Design Miami.

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30 Best Harry Styles and Fashion Outfits of All Time

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Harry Styles’ fashion sense has come a long way since his One Direction days when his go-to uniform often consisted of a plain t-shirt, skinny jeans and western-style ankle boots. Since going solo, the multi-hyphenated star has proven to be a style icon, opting for glorious costumes rich in color and full of texture and experimenting with androgynous pieces. Here, we take a look back at Styles’ best outfits and moments over the years.

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At don’t worry darling premiering in New York, Styles looked stylish in a navy velvet blazer with gold buttons and pinstripe pants by Gucci.

The actor made a statement in an emerald double breasted blazer with a silk flower brooch, light green trousers and a matching bag from Gucci at the my policeman premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Earlier today, Styles teamed an orange pearl necklace with his pinstripe suit.

The singer introduced himself to don’t worry darling premiered at the Venice Film Festival wearing a navy Gucci suit over a light blue button-down shirt with Peter Pan collars. He paired the look with white dress shoes and oversized sunglasses.

For another event at the Venice Film Festival, Styles opted for a cream-colored pinstripe blazer over a white top, navy bell bottoms and a silk scarf.

At the Brit Awards, Styles accessorized her color-blocked Gucci ensemble with a brown handbag also from the luxury house.

Styles had a Cher Horowitz moment on the Grammy Awards red carpet when he wore a yellow and black plaid blazer with brown corduroy pants and a lavender boa scarf.

The former bander looked chic in a blue sweater, green pants and a pearl necklace in New York.

Styles wore a yellow and blue polka dot vest over navy striped button down pants at a SiriusXM event.

Styles played with pink, blue and purple colors for a performance in New York.

For the Brit Awards, the mega popstar dressed in a brown suit over a purple sweater and dress shirt with oversized collars. He completed the look with a pearl necklace.

Styles brightened things up in a canary yellow three-piece suit over a purple shirt after the Brit Awards.

Styles opted for a more subdued striped look when hosting guests The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Styles was spotted wearing a sheep print vest over a striped button up shirt with navy striped bottoms and pink shoes. Princess Diana would approve.

Styles nailed the camp theme at the 2019 Met Gala in a frilly black sheer top and matching pants by Gucci. He paired his look with a dangling pearl earring.

He wore a cobalt blue velvet suit to Stevie Nicks’ induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The star dazzled in a metallic purple suit with a paisley print at an Australian awards show.

Styles chose a sky blue ensemble for her performance at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Styles performed in a bold red Stella McCartney suit at a concert in Los Angeles

Styles shone on stage in New York in a floral red suit by Gucci.

The then-new solo singer attended the iHeartRadio Music Festival in a daring red and blue diamond suit by Gucci.

The musician wowed in a blue floral suit on his first tour.

For a runway show in San Francisco, Styles took the stage in a floral corduroy Gucci jacket and matching flares.

Styles looked dapper in an all-black ensemble during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

At the New York premiere of DunkirkStyles showed up wearing a tuxedo jacket in black with matching pants with embroidered detailing in white and red.

The singer looked cool in a retro suit with a snake motif.

Styles lived up to his family name in a sophisticated jacquard suit on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Styles dressed in a whimsical red and white plaid suit while doing the press.

Early in her solo career, Styles made more appearances in colorful ensembles. Here he wore a bright pink suit over a black shirt for a performance.

Towards the end of his stint at 1D, Styles began to experiment more with fun menswear. Here, he wore a floral suit while his bandmates at the time kept it classic in grey, black and navy ensembles.

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Glass Lighting, a tribute to Saint-Malo, and more

Pictured: William Jess Laird, Audrey Melton, Bryony Roberts, GBA

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Photos: William Jess Laird.

Photos: William Jess Laird.

Artist Sophie Lou Jacobsen and lighting design studio In Common With have collaborated on a series of striking lamps that pay homage to shapes found in nature like mushrooms and flowers. They are all made in Fort Greene by the artisans of dungeonwho have used traditional glass techniques such as fazzoletto, which involves spinning molten glass to achieve the appearance of flowing fabric, and collapsing, which uses gravity to mold a shape. The result is a fresh take on the classic Murano mushroom lamp and tulip shades. Starting at $1,250, available at

Photo: Audrey Melton

For Cheyenne Concepcionof the installation in “Sink or swim: the future of the climate”, a new exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park that presents artistic responses to climate change, it has created a tribute to Saint-Malo, a former fishing village about 30 miles southeast of New Orleans. Concepcion was shocked when she learned the history of the community: Founded in the 1760s, it was the first permanent Asian American colony in the United States Filipino sailors who had escaped indentured servitude on Spanish ships formed the village, building houses on stilts above the bayou. The community remained there until a hurricane destroyed the village in 1915. Today some stilts are still visible, but the site is threatened by erosion and rising sea levels. Little documentation exists of the village, so Concepcion envisioned a type of building that early settlers might have built based on the bahay kubo, a traditional Filipino house – but au instead of using the typical palm fronds on the roof, she covered it in shimmering silver fringe. “I bring this place lost in our collective memory,” says Concepcion. Until March 12, 2023.

Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein, courtesy of the artists and Sal on 94 Design. ©Robert Earl Paige. © Herbert Bayer

Chicago-based artist and designer Robert Earl Paige86 years old, coined the term abstract to define the brightly colored abstract paintings, ceramics, collages, sculptures and textiles he made throughout his life. Some of them are featured in “Robert Earl Paige: The Power of the People“, a solo exhibition at the Freeman Alley gallery in Salon 94. “There are something like 35 artistic movements, and I thought, How could I add to thisPaige told me during a guided tour of the exhibit, hosted by fashion designer Duro Olowu. “It had to be a new visual order, something I could bring to the table which was a combination of all the movements I love.” These references include Senegalese fabric patterns, Bauhaus fonts, Mondrian paintings, and the radical black political movements of the 1960s. “You hear all the time that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you’re not trained to see, then you’re going to miss things.” Until October 29.

Photos: Michel Vahrenwald.

Photos: Michel Vahrenwald.

Architect Bryony Roberts designs public installations that take sensory considerations into account – from a curbside nap nook in Hudson Square to a climbing rope sculpture for Exhibit Columbus, an architecture festival in Indiana. His latest piece was to fill the public square of Lincoln Center with dozens of large cushions, which are intended to be soothing and relaxing, to Large Umbrella, a festival for children with autism and other forms of neurodivergence. While the installation only lasted from September 16 to 18, Soft represented a heartwarming sensibility that is sadly lacking in the public space.

Clockwise from left: Photo: Ryan Hodgson-RigsbeePhoto: Courtesy of GBAPhoto: Courtesy of GBA

From above: Photo: Ryan Hodgson-RigsbeePhoto: Courtesy of GBAPhoto: Courtesy of GBA

During Mardi Gras, people belonging to the Black Masking Indian tribes wear ceremonial costumes adorned with beads and feathers to honor their descendants who escaped slavery. Charles DuVernay, member of the monogram hunters tribe who have been sewing these costumes since he was a child, riffed on the clothes for a new series of beaded wall hangings made in collaboration with Guilty By Association, an arts organization founded by former New Museum deputy director Karen Wong and l artist Derek Wiggins. “Our desire is to prolong the artistic practice by giving a second life to our work and to make this heritage contemporary”, specifies DuVernay. Starting at $1,900, available at

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Beirut: Discover the modern souks and vibrant nightlife of the Mediterranean’s most underrated city

For most Europeans, the Mediterranean evokes the sunny coasts of Italy, France, Greece and Spain. But does that overlook one of its best destinations?

Although Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, has long suffered from instability, it was once hailed as the Paris of the Middle East. Resilient to conflict and disaster, the city maintains a raw energy fueled by its fusion of the modern and the ancient.

Here’s where to explore the modern shopping districts and bustling nightlife of this underrated city.

Modern malls and high-end residences rise among Beirut’s wartime remnants

When heading downtown to the souks of Beirut, don’t expect the jumble and chaos of Marrakesh.

Partly designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, this open-air shopping district opened in 2009. It replaces the souk that was destroyed during the Lebanese civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 1990 with Beirut at the heart of the conflict. .

Contemporary design meets traditional architecture in the souks, injecting modernity into the historic district while nodding to its past.

As you browse the rows of high-end international brands, you’ll understand why Beirut has developed a reputation as a regional fashion hub.

Close by, in the central district of Beirut, is the chic neighborhood of Saifi Village. It is abuzz with boutiques, bars, galleries and Farmers markets that take over French colonial-style buildings.

These were rebuilt after the civil war, during which the village of Saifi sat along the ‘green line’, the no man’s land that divided the town. Today, the sniper’s nests have been converted into houses with warm-colored facades.

Remnants of the Civil War remain throughout the city – not in museums but in full view. A visit to the ruins of Beirut’s Holiday Inn, which was at the heart of the ‘battle of the hotels’, is a chilling reminder of how recent and personal this conflict is for locals.

To find out more about the furthest city the story, head to the behemoth National Museum of Beirut. It is full of Lebanese artifacts dating from prehistoric times through the different eras and 15 empires under which the city has lived.

From mosques to beer bars, tradition and modernity coexist in Beirut

Religion plays an important role in Beirut’s identity, and there are countless beautiful churches and mosques to visit. Not to be missed, the blue-domed Ottoman-style Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque is flanked by 65-meter-tall minarets and is stunningly architectural.

Next door is the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George, the oldest active church in Beirut. The cathedral’s interior is where it really comes to life, with colorful frescoes and gilt accents encased in a classic Orthodox exterior – also restored after the civil war. At the bottom of the crypt, you will find a multitude of architectural discoveries.

Just a 10-minute walk from the cathedral, you can stroll through the bohemian quarter of Gemmayzeh, a bustling world of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.

This is a great place to try the local Beerand relax with friendly locals among narrow streets and old French-era buildings.

A stone’s throw away is L’Escalier de L’Art, a staircase rising 500 meters which connects rue Gouraud to rue Sursock. As its name suggests, the staircase held a number of art exhibitions since 1973.

Beirut has a vibrant music and party scene

It might surprise you that Beirut also has a vibrant city music stage. Take a trip outside the city to discover some truly unique places.

Drive 42 km past resorts and skyscrapers in the green of the Chouf Mountains, where you will find Beiteddine Palace surrounded by orchards and terraces gardens. With its stunning blend of Italian and Arabic baroque, it’s easy to see why the Ottoman governor, Emir Bashir Chehab II, made it his residence.

Completed in 1818, it has continued to play a vital role in Lebanon’s political history over the years – but today it hosts the famous Beiteddine festival. The event traditionally attracts international talent from the opera and classical world, but has also hosted artists like Elton John, Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, UB40 and others.

Don’t want to drive? Beirut nightlife will not disappoint. Dance music is popular in the city, and things really kick off in the summer with international DJs doing their rounds.

Venues like SKYBAR, The Ballroom Blitz, and virtually every clubbing institution on the BIEL Waterfront have earned Beirut the status of a party hub. It even ranked third in CNN’s 2019 list of the best cities in the world to party.

Where to find the best falafel in Beirut

Any local will tell you that one of the best things about being Lebanese is the food. The country’s coastal climate lends itself to fresh, fragrant and colorful dishes, with centuries of history embodied in each one.

Must-haves include sfiha (cooked flatbread with minced meat filling), tabbouleh (levantine salad of chopped parsley), manakish (dough topped with thyme, cheese or minced meat), kibbeh (levantine croquettes) and knafeh (spun pastry dessert), to name a few.

As for where to sample the best food in Beirut, local recommendations include Barbar in Hamra for sandwiches and M Sahyoun on Damascus Road for falafel. If you think you’re seeing double when you arrive, don’t go get your eyes checked yet.

Two Falafel Sahyouns stand side by side – belonging to two brothers who are engaged in a long and bitter feud. Even though the menus are practically the same, these two restaurants have legendary status in Beirut, with incredible falafels dividing the locals.

By now you have seen everything Beirut has to offer. It is a city with history, culture, religion and modern appeal.

But it’s the energy of the city that really stands out. People are friendly. The pace is fast. There’s always something to do. However you choose to spend your time here, your senses will surely be stimulated.

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Fashion Report: Black Canadians Share Their Inspiration

Alvero Wiggins, Halifax-based photographer said the National Black Canadian Summit should have been called Halifax Fashion Weekend.

To learn more about the beautiful and vibrant clothing worn by the 1,200 Black Canadian delegates, we asked what inspired their clothing choices.

From cool comfort and bold prints to family and heritage, their responses were as colorful as their looks.

Oghenemine (Mimi) Jarekre

“I’m Nigerian and I love dressing up in traditional African clothing. This is one of my home prints – I designed it and my family sent it to me in Toronto. I love it. It’s comfortable, it’s easy. With white sneakers and a white bag, I’m ready. It’s pretty, chic and simple.

Oghenemine (Mimi) Jarekre is CEO and Founder of Redeem Clothing Recycling, a company that aims to improve recycling behaviors in Canada. (Alvero Wiggins)

Josh Creighton

“I had to come dressed prepared: all black, blackout, to pay homage to the ancestors.”

Young black man with rust colored hair and beard wearing a black suit.  Standing in front of two paintings on easels.
Josh Creighton is a Community Engagement Specialist from Uniacke Square in Halifax, NS. (Alvero Wiggins)

Favor Nzeribe

“I’m an entrepreneur and I like to look really cool but at the same time simple.”

Dark-haired black male, smiling broadly, hands in pockets where a peach-colored button-down short-sleeved shirt and white pants
Favor Nzeribe is a business marketing student from Toronto. (Alvero Wiggins)

Dahabo Ahmed Omer

“My mum inspired my fashion. My mum is a wonderful woman, her sense of style is beyond measure, and she really dressed me up. I bought all of this in Dubai when I went on a trip, so that’s all my mum here, everything.”

Black woman with pink and beige headscarf, light pink jacket and pink pants carrying black handbag
Dahabo Ahmed-Omer is the executive director of the Black North Initiative in Toronto. (Alvero Wiggins)

Blessing Owowa

“I’m wearing one of my two summer pieces. It’s very comfortable around your body and lightweight for hot weather.”

Black woman wearing colorful headscarf, with black polka dot shirt and shorts on white.  With a bold black and white design around the waist.
Blessing Owowa is the founder of DB Pearlz, a one-stop Afrocentric fashion brand for men, women and children, based in Halifax. (Alvero Wiggins)

Aaron Sardinia

“I connect to my ancestry with this beautiful traditional shirt. It was given to me by an elder in our community who is from Kenya, and I’m so grateful. I have the Jordans, I’m picking up the Jordans. I know it’s owned and operated by whiteness systems but you gotta keep it fresh I’ve got the colors jumping on the right foot to honor Pride Month so I’ve got a little touch of pink there Shout out to black communities who identify as gay I have jewelry from family and friends.

Young black man with curly hair to below his ears making the peace sign, wearing a black and gold short sleeve shirt, black pants and white and black Nike shoes with pink laces in a show, sneakers black laces in the other.
Aaron Sardinha is the Youth Program Coordinator for the Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island. (Alvero Wiggins)

Camille Georges

“My fashion inspiration is Solange Knowles. I was going for ‘casual chic’. I’m often the youngest in spaces, and I like to challenge the formal fit. I like to mix a blazer with trainers, also shorts because it’s summer and we don’t have so many months to enjoy it. I like a pop of color, I like a statement.

Young black woman with long hair braided in dreads, with a black top and a short skirt with a thigh-length pink jacket and pink and white running shoes
Camille Georges works at McGill University on the action plan to combat anti-black racism. (Alvero Wiggins)

Dena Williams

“The vibe I was looking for was ‘luxury for the culture’: something a little more classy but also involving the culture. I have this bandeau, I’m not directly West African, but closely linked to many members of the culture. For my shoes, I have Vans, and these are actually limited editions where Vans collaborated with A Tribe Called Quest, one of my favorite hip-hop groups, very instrumental in the culture black music and black music. I wanted to bring those two things together.”

Black woman with long black hair, some in a bun, with a black dress and a long denim jacket with frayed ends and sporting a yellow handbag and black and white running shoes
Dena Williams is owner and founder of Vitamin D Entertainment and event director of Summit After Dark Youth, Halifax. (Alvero Wiggins)

Funmi Odeniyi

“I feel like home today, so I had to represent how I feel. Every day my dressing is a representation of how I feel, and I’m the one who feels like a queen.”

Black woman with an African print headscarf, with an African print long dress on the front and beige pointed shoes.
Funmi Odeniyi is the owner and founder of Michnat Fashion, an Afrocentric clothing brand where African prints are infused into designs to create a contemporary feel, based in Halifax. (Alvero Wiggins)

Drayton Mulindabigwi Jabo

“Generally, I’m not a big fan of fancy suits and cuts, but I feel like I’m in a company that’s considered professional. And I consider myself a professional, I’m a CEO! But coming to The Summit, I wanted to go for something really casual, fresh, swag and laid back.”

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Fashion designer

Milan Fashion Week hears calls for more designer diversity

MILAN — Milan Fashion Week which opens on Wednesday features perhaps the most ethnically diverse designer collections, including the debut of new creative directors Salvatore Ferragamo and Bally and the return of the Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean after a two-year hiatus.

But Jean and other industry insiders behind a campaign to open up the Italian fashion world to minority talent say true inclusion remains elusive.

Jean, who made her Milan debut in 2013, has pledged in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests not to return to Milan Fashion Week as long as she remains the only black designer represented. This week, it won’t.

Maximilian Davis, a 27-year-old British fashion designer with Afro-Caribbean roots, makes his debut as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo. Filipino American designer Rhuigi Villasenor brings Bally back to the catwalks for the first time in 20 years. Tokyo James, founded by the British-Nigerian designer Iniye Tokyo James, presents an exclusively feminine collection.

Jean said the real change that persuaded her to return to the Milan catwalk was the work of the We Are Made in Italy campaign, which she launched in 2020 with Milan-based African-American designer Edward Buchanan and the Afro Fashion Week Milano founder Michelle Ngonmo.

Jean is set to headline a show with Buchanan and five new We Are Made in Italy designers, including a Vietnamese clothing designer, an Italian-Indian accessories designer and an African-American bag designer. It is the third WAMI group to present its collections in Milan.

“We’re making ourselves felt,” Jean told The Associated Press. “We invited all these young people. We created the space. There have been gains. »

Among the successes of the 2-year campaign: Trussardi and Vogue Italia used the WAMI database of Italy-based color fashion professionals, although the lists were not used industry-wide as the founders hoped. One of the creators of the first WAMI promotion, Gisele Claudia Ntsama, worked in the design office of Valentino.

Giorgio Armani, who contributed to the launch of Stella Jean in 2013, participated in the textiles of the new WAMI capsule collections which will be presented here. Conde Nast and the European fashion magazine nss help finance their production. The three founders of WAMI are covering the rest from their own pockets after the fashion council offered a venue for the show but limited funding compared to previous seasons.

Ngonmo said Italian fashion houses too often confuse diversity – such as showcasing black models – with genuine inclusiveness, which would mean employing professionals in the creative process.

“I don’t think they understand what diversity means at all. They tend to confuse diversity with inclusion,” she said.

Buchanan said he remained optimistic but acknowledged the post-pandemic market was tough as stores were not investing in collections from new designers.

“We knew it was going to be slow growth,” Buchanan said. “Working with designers, we need to be transparent about what’s in store for them. … They won’t be Gianni Versace tomorrow.

Jean noted that the new designers of the big fashion brands did not come from the Italian system but from abroad. Despite the progress, she and her staff still see some resistance to hiring people of color in creative roles and the idea that “Made in Italy” can involve local black talent.

“It’s more glamorous to have someone from the outside,” she says.

Jean said she was also waiting for the Italian fashion council to follow up on an invitation to create a multicultural council within its structure. She said she felt the industry’s initial embrace of the diversity project had cooled.

“None of us believed all of the promises. We are now entering territory that we know well, where people feel free and comfortable not to keep their promises. said John.

As for her future: “I’m at a crossroads,” said the designer. “My traveling companions are outside the door I was allowed in. For a while, being the only one in the room, it feels special. But when you see that many of those still outside the door are better than you, you understand that you weren’t special. You were very lucky.

This release corrects the age of British designer Maximilian Davis to 27, not 26.

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Paris hotel suites get even more expensive as Americans flock to Europe

Le Bristol, a three-minute walk from the presidential residence at the Élysée Palace, has raised all of its room rates after a summer season that broke records in terms of occupancy and average room rates, says Catherine Hodoul-Baudry , commercial and marketing director of the hotel. She expects the upscale hotel to have its best year yet.

The best Imperial Suite in the Bristol went up to €30,000 a night during the week of August 29, according to Hodoul-Baudry, an increase of 20%. Prices for the hotel’s entry-level rooms also rose by €300, to €2,290, following a jump in demand since May.

It is common in the hotel industry to charge rates that vary from official rates, depending on demand, discounts given by tour operators, loyalty, as well as the length of a guest’s stay.

The 3,475-square-foot three-room suite overlooks its formal garden and has a dining room that seats up to 12 people, according to the hotel description. It tends to be favored by official delegations due to its size, the director explains.

“There is no price resistance” from our customers, says Hodoul-Baudry. “Paris benefits from strong demand, so we took advantage of it after years of suffering”, from confinement but also from attacks and demonstrations. Rising input costs for staff salaries, food and energy also prompted the Bristol to raise rates, she adds.

Hodoul-Baudry thinks a Netflix series might have helped too. “Emily in Paris, while full of clichés, probably made Americans want to come back, thanks to her beautiful depiction” of the city. The show, which premiered two years ago in the fall of the Covid-19 lockdowns, has also drawn interest from those now ubiquitous, immersive Van Gogh exhibits. Americans are particularly fond of the Parisian suite at the Bristol , which has gone up in price from €1,000 to €12,000 a night, she says. The sequel temporarily presents a masterpiece by Marc Chagall, Les Marés au coq.

The best luxury hotels in Paris have had to do without Chinese tourists, still stuck at home, and Russians since late February following the country’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions.

The Plaza Athénée, another palace that goes far beyond five-star status, also had a record summer helped by the euro-dollar parity, according to François Delahaye, the general manager. Americans now make up 45% of its customers, up from about a quarter before the pandemic. “They also stay longer,” he adds. Russians made up 9% of the hotel’s clientele before the war.

“Money is not an issue” for customers, Delahaye says, adding that others arrive by private jet to avoid possible disruption from commercial airlines. , which is aimed at companies and individuals, rather than at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The two managers say September and October are on track to be great months for luxury hotels, with Paris Fashion Week kicking off September 26 and Paris+ by Art Basel, formerly known as the Fiac show. , from October 20. This event usually attracts contemporary art collectors from around the world. But Delahaye and Hodoul-Baudry both remain cautious in forecasting trends for next year amid economic and financial uncertainties.

Newcomer Cheval Blanc has also done better than expected as the luxury hotel opened a year ago next to the Samaritaine shopping center, with rooms starting at €1,250.

He hopes to obtain the status of palace, which would bring to 13 the number of hotels of this type in the French capital. Atout France, the agency responsible for promoting the country as a tourist destination abroad, awards this title. Cheval Blanc is charging €55,000 per night for a stay in its 10,780 square foot apartment, which includes its own private elevator and swimming pool, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokeswoman declined to comment.

“Our first year exceeded our expectations,” said Olivier Lefebvre, managing director of the luxury hotel brand LVMH. He declined to give figures, because the owner of Louis Vuitton does not detail the figures by brand. “To date, if we did not have these prophets of doom, I would tell you that we will have a totally exceptional year 2022”, he launches cautiously, referring to gloomy economic forecasts.

But so far this year, customers have aimed “to have fun. Grandparents invite parents and grandchildren, we notice many multigenerational trips, people think that they could soon die and they did not make the trip they wanted to do, ”says Hodoul-Baudry. 2022.

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GANNI obtains B Corp certification

Danish fashion brand GANNI has just achieved B Corp certification, scoring 90.6 points, making it the highest rated contemporary brand.

In recent years, sustainability has become a buzzword, increasing the number of fashion brands that have “greened” their marketing campaigns to appear more eco-conscious. With the B Corp certification process, brands are better equipped to quantify and measure their sustainability efforts because it “provides a tangible and transparent framework for holding companies accountable and setting industry benchmarks.” Becoming certified is a rigorous application, comprising more than 300 questions that target five key aspects of business: governance, workers, community, environment and customers.

GANNI Founder Nicolaj Reffstrup says, “I’ve been hoping for years for an industry-wide audit, because sustainability initiatives are still largely unregulated. As long as our politicians continue to prove they don’t have the guts to push the green agenda through legislation, companies need to self-regulate Becoming certified is a testament to all the hard work our team constantly puts into this journey to become the most responsible version Receiving 90.6 points is worth celebrating, however, there is still a long way to go.

The Instagram-favorite brand has achieved cult status not only because of its ethical ethos, but also its dopamine-boosting colors and silhouettes.

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Fashion style

Nss magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary with Milan Fashion Week party – WWD

MILAN — Media platform Nss, which stands for Naples street style, has built a reputation over the past 10 years in Italy, following in the footsteps of online outlets such as Highsnobiety and Hypebeast and chronicling the rise of streetwear as a as a cultural phenomenon and its impact on fashion. .

Tuesday, Nss magazine – the editorial division of the multi-pronged firm, which also runs a digital agency known as Nss Factory; a shop, the Nss store; Nss galleria, a digital space for exhibitions, as well as sports and women-focused G-club verticals, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a party on the first day of Milan Fashion Week.

Led by co-founder and CEO Walter D’Aprile and devoted to fashion and cultural hunting, as well as increasingly reporting on the industry and the latest fashionable TikTok trends, the magazine is launching Nssx to trace its history with an agenda that includes opening a French and France-centric vertical on its website and unveiling the Nss archives.

He will mark the event by occupying a newsstand in Piazza XXIV Maggio in the Navigli district of Milan, where the party will take place and will be open to the public.

“From the very beginning, Nss has been a fun hunting project, a cultural hunting project. We have always researched and reported on stories, trends, habits and passions before they become cult or garner obsessive media attention,” D’Aprile said.

Launched in 2012 in Naples, the magazine drew on the experience of a blog launched in 2009 by D’Aprile with Vincenzo Schioppa and Simon Laudati. He first sought inspiration in the southern Italian city, beginning to showcase its street culture.

“We tried to connect seemingly distant worlds and cultures, mixing the street [culture] and tracks, clubs and football pitches,” explained the CEO. “We were a hybrid [project] to create a space where creativity could express itself without labels. »

Attico’s Gilda Ambrosio is among the creatives who created T-shirts marking the 10th anniversary of nss magazine.

Courtesy of Nss

For the anniversary, Nss magazine called on 10 creative voices, including Gilda Ambrosio of The Attico, street retail platform Slam Jam, Dj Sita Abellan and street brand Luter, among others, to design party t-shirts, for sale at the party for 10 euros. each.

Ambrosio said it was inspired by ‘churchcore’ and incorporated elements of Catholic iconography, while Luter incorporated one of his campaign images and Slam Jam paid homage to the early punk scene .

Playing by its own rules, D’Aprile said the magazine has always championed an interaction between digital and traditional media, with the Nssx party being an example with the newsstand location.

“It is about establishing a dialogue… between worlds that have fought for no reason, when in fact, as we keep saying, they are two sides of the same coin, if not a single entity. which is always evolving,” D’ Aprile said, emphasizing that change and improvement will come from this dialogue.

A fanzine dedicated to the anniversary event will also be published and sold with stickers and pins.

Slam Jam is among the designers who created t-shirts marking the 10th anniversary of nss magazine.

Courtesy of Nss

Following the conclusion of Milan Fashion Week, the Nss magazine team will head to Paris to tease the opening of Nss France, the French vertical, with an event at The Hoxton hotel on September 29.

In October, the Nss family plans to unveil the archive, a collection of over 90,000 images documenting streetstyle from the past 10 years. It will debut online and be followed by physical activations with exhibits mounted at the Nss Factory headquarters in Milan.

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Rebuilding a sustainable fashion scene

If you have it, post it, right? When it comes to a creative fashion design and manufacturing scene, Grand Rapids has it. The area serves as a launching pad for many international designers and stylists and is home to more than 10 different clothing and accessories manufacturers. Innovative parts are designed, sourced and produced right here in the West Michigan area. Many of these makers and artisans are also focusing on sustainability and moving away from the waste and harmful carbon footprint that the fashion industry is known for.

Lori A. Faulkner is Professor of Fashion Studies and Associate Professor at the Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion in Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University (KCAD). Faulkner wrote the curriculum for the program, based on his training and experiences as a designer in the fashion industry.

KCAD students within the School of Fashion follow a four-year program Bachelor of Fine Arts and Fashion Studieswith the possibility of studying at fashion institute of technology At New York. Faulkner says this degree is “designed to immerse the student in the study of fashion industry and practices, while filling supporting studios in core art and design courses and general education, for a complete and complete education”.

Students learn about sourcing trends, fabrics, applying design elements and principles, finding the balance between aesthetics and functionality, sketching designs and illustrations, fitting, model creation, retail buying, sustainability, fashion show production and more. Students also have access to fashion labs with industrial machinery used for construction, large tables for designing, subscriptions to trend, fabric and style services as well as AV technology for demonstrations and photographs of their work. Towards the end of their studies, students plan the annual capstone fashion show, showcasing original collections. In March 2022, students collaborated on costume design for the Launch the production to Ballet des Grands Rapides.

In addition to knowledge and experience gained locally, students can travel to larger cities like New York, Los Angeles, and internationally on donor-sponsored fashion research experience trips to London, Paris , Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney.

Faulkner describes the regional fashion scene as unique, boosted by these creative students and experienced industry professionals. “People are surprised to learn that there are more than 10 apparel and accessory manufacturers in our area,” she says.

Each year, Faulkner speaks about fashion and sustainability at a variety of venues, including the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kent District Library, and other local organizations.

Sabbatical show by Lori Faulkner, photo courtesy of KCAD“Creating my own sustainable couture collection is part of my job,” says Faulkner. “The work was shown at Alluvium Gallery at KCAD last February and one of my sets is currently on display at Fashion and Nature Exhibition at the Grand Rapids Public Museum,” she says.

The industry is witnessing a growing trend towards sustainability, which Faulkner says will be crucial to how clothing is produced in the future. In the Sustainable Fashion course, students learn everything from responsible raw material sourcing, new design practices, and dyeing and coloring practices, to reducing carbon footprint, recycling, recycling and consumer education.

Outside of the classroom, the focus on sustainability is also important, with many local producers creating right here in the West Michigan region, including Public threada local manufacturer of recycled accessories.

Faulkner says it’s important to use local fashion designers and professionals to reinvest in the community and also reduce the carbon footprint of shipping clothes to stores.

For Sarah Saunders, who uses the nickname Sarah Jo, owner of Joe Clothing, she started learning sewing when she was a teenager, growing up in Alpena. She started selling her crafts in local markets and online through Etsy in 2008. Her love of sewing turned into a full-time job creating one-of-a-kind clothes in 2011. Jo Clothing offers comfortable and casual clothing made from soft and durable fabrics.

Made-to-order designs are also customizable, something Sarah Jo enjoys creating unique for each person. Making fashion to order, as opposed to mass-produced fast fashion, contrasts with much of the industry, “built on waste and exploitation”, says Sarah Jo. “It’s not sustainable to consume as much as we do,” she says. “We should buy less, repair what we have, and invest in quality parts that will last.”

For fellow designer Ashley Trieu, sustainable fashion change always happens on a much smaller scale than necessary. The Grand Rapids native started curating and selling vintage clothing online during her senior year of high school. She became a designer, seamstress and entrepreneur when she launched Iconoclast in 2011, offering sustainable unisex, men’s and women’s apparel designed and produced in Grand Rapids. In 2021, she and her partner, Theo Jones, expanded the business by launching Ethos 33.

Photo courtesy of Iconoclasp and Ethos 33
“With Iconoclasp, I grew creatively and personally, which inspired a desire to create more responsibly and in a different aesthetic,” says Trieu. “Ethos 33 grew out of this desire and the perfect formula emerged – designing with luxurious and durable materials, which impacted and satisfied my growth as an artist,” she says.

The expansion of the company created several changes. “Thanks to Ethos 33, I also left behind the life of a solo entrepreneur by co-founding it with my partner, hiring my former intern and entering this new venture within a creative team,” says Trieu.

For Trieu, safety and durability are key considerations when sourcing materials for their designs. When ordering samples for the collection, she noticed a disclaimer stating that the materials could cause various health issues. “It startled me and I realized that we couldn’t consider these materials as part of a high lifestyle if [they] had serious potential harm to the health of our customers, us as designers, textile manufacturers and our environment,” she said.

“It led me to months of research into the harms of the fashion industry and, thankfully, some wonderful innovations in the textile industry that challenged the status quo,” she says. “These materials were quite luxurious and matched the bill of our other brand essentials. For example, prickly pear cactus leathers with recycled ocean backing that [are] negative carbon [and] efficient on water and energy in production.

Trieu says the elevated lifestyle brand found certified bamboo and fibers that not only feel great on the skin, but are antimicrobial, biodegradable, and ethically and responsibly made.

She hopes Ethos 33’s rigorously vetted materials show that there can be a healthier, more thoughtful supply chain within the fashion industry.

We obtained climate-beneficial tissues with processes that create a carbon sink, reversing climate damage and increasing biodiversity,” says Trieu. “We want to set an example that protecting the land, fair pay and inclusive and safe working conditions should be the norm. Our brand’s mission is to represent conscious entrepreneurship in hopes of inspiring more.

Although it is a positive change that small businesses, manufacturers and local artisans are using slow fashion, which approaches fashion with an awareness aspect. The aim is to advocate for the purchase of better quality clothing, which lasts longer than cheap items and is produced quickly. Trieu says it’s important that big fashion companies follow suit.

“Humans have caused so much damage to our natural resources and it’s important that we step up and represent a more holistic approach to creation,” she says. This provides an opportunity for everyone within the industry. “Sustainability is an investment in the conservation of our planet and collective,” says Trieu.

Our three-part series on West Michigan’s creative industries is made possible by the Grand Rapids Chamber and the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office’s Creative Industries Rebound Grant.

Through our solutions journalism storytelling platform, we seek to illustrate how West Michigan’s creative community is responding to their current challenges as our creative sector builds bridges so future opportunities can flourish here. .

Sarah briefly lived in Grand Rapids years ago before moving back to Lansing, but that West Michigan love never really left her heart. With her coverage of small business, arts and culture, restaurants and all things mitten, she’s committed to convincing everyone – just how great the Great Lakes State is. . Sarah earned her degrees in Journalism and Professional Communications. You can find her at a record store, at a local concert, or eating too many desserts at a bakery. If by chance she is not in any of these places, you can contact her at [email protected]

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Big brands face a dilemma on whether to continue selling their products in Russia

The Scene is a high-end fashion store in Florence. A cheerful middle-aged Russian couple have finished choosing their clothes and are ready to pay. The man pulls out a roll of freshly minted €100 notes and begins peeling them off one by one on the counter. Russians, even those with bank accounts abroad, cannot pay by card due to sanctions imposed by Britain, the EU and the United States in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

‘How many of them can we accept?’ shouts the assistant as the crisp green notes pile up in front of her. Italy limits the amount of cash used to pay for a single transaction ‒ a cap imposed to combat tax evasion.

The manager appears and a solution is found. The man and woman split their purchases to stay within the €2,000 limit and left smiling with two bags stuffed full of elegant designer clothes.

An EU ordinance prohibits the export to Russia of luxury goods – anything on a long list of nearly 50 types of clothing with a price tag of more than €300. Illustration: Marcos Farina

These are tough times for the fashion industry. And nowhere more than in Italy where large swaths of the population depend on design for their livelihood.

An industry normally focused on turning taste into revenue has suddenly found itself grappling with Article 3h of European Council Regulation 833/2014 (an amendment of 428/2022). This is the EU ordinance that prohibits the export to Russia of luxury goods – anything on a long list of nearly 50 types of clothing with a price tag of over €300.

For most continental fashion houses, the sanction represents a ban on all shipments to Russia. But companies that make cheaper parts can continue to export without breaking regulations. Whether they are morally right to do so is another matter.

A department at Yale University in the United States has been diligently monitoring the corporate response to the invasion of Ukraine. Companies have a legal obligation to comply with the sanctions, but due to the way the regulations have been developed, some companies are not required to comply. Others who follow the sanctions to the letter may nevertheless find that their goods still end up on sale in Russia, having been diverted from a third country to which they were legally exported.

Benetton has decided to continue its business activities in Russia

Opponents of Vladimir Putin’s war who have fled abroad say their friends in Russia can still buy many luxury items that were available before the invasion through Russian online retailers. “The only difference is that they have to wait seven days for the clothes or shoes to be delivered,” said a dissident who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.

Yale’s team of 29 researchers ranks companies from A (“companies ceasing Russian engagements or leaving Russia altogether”) to F (“companies continuing business as usual in Russia”).

Many luxury Italian brands – Moncler, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada and Zegna – are rated B, the rating given to “companies temporarily reducing almost all operations while keeping return options open”. Many French and German competitors are in the same category.

A senior executive at one of Italy’s major fashion houses said that since the luxury goods embargo came into force in March, “we haven’t shipped a single tie to Russia.”

In the short term, the ban will cost his businesses and similar businesses surprisingly little. The figures give the impression that Italian couturiers do not count on selling to the family of Russian oligarchs. Valentino revealed earlier this year that sales in Russia account for just three percent of its revenue. But that omits all the beautiful dresses, shoes and bags bought by Russian tourists abroad, whether in Rome, Portofino or in boutiques elsewhere such as London, Paris and New York. All these sales remain perfectly legal, as demonstrated by the Russian couple from Florence.

In the longer term, however, there may be a price to pay. Fashion houses risk being sued in Russian courts. Most do not own the stores where their wares are sold. They are operated by local franchisees with whom they have contracts. And, in many cases, the brands do not respect these contracts because they do not supply their Russian partners with goods, in particular those under €300 not subject to the embargo.

“This is an area where companies struggle to reconcile their legal obligations with the right thing to do,” says Tom Cummins, a partner at Ashurst, a London law firm that advises companies on sanctions. Added to the legal risks of cutting off supplies to Russia are the reputational dangers of exporting items that are not covered by the sanctions.

“Consumers may very well say, ‘I don’t want to buy your products anymore because you continue to profit from business in Russia,'” Cummins says. “Young people are particularly sensitive to ethical issues.

In fashion, the further down one goes into the market where products cost less than €300 and where young consumers are in the majority, the more delicate the balance becomes.

Yoox, the Milan-based global online retail giant, is an example of a company that could have continued working with Russia but decided not to. Its website offers many products under 300 €. But a few days after the invasion, it suspended all its activities in Russia, posting a message in Russian on its website which read: “Due to the current situation, we are unable to process new orders in your country. country”.

According to Yale, however, four of the best-known names in Italian fashion have taken a different approach. Armani, Benetton, Diesel and Calzedonia have all been relegated to the “trash can” with the lowest possible rating, accused of pretending nothing has happened.

The most surprising is Armani, since it hardly belongs to the bargain price segment, even if its Emporio Armani stores appeal to a young clientele. When asked to comment, the Armani Group released a statement saying it “does not operate directly in Russia and stores operating in the country with the group’s brands are run by independent franchisees.” He added that Armani “adheres in strict compliance with the sanctions regime issued by the EU”.

A spokesperson said the group had suspended online sales, but did not answer when asked whether it exported products under 300 euros to stores operating under its brand.

Diesel said it shut down its online business. She stressed that she did not have her own stores in Russia and that she respected the sanctions while specifying that they did not apply to products sold for less than 300 euros.

Calzedonia simply refused to discuss the matter. As for Benetton, a company that for decades has linked its products to the notions of diversity and racial equality, its website states: “Social responsibility is intrinsic to the Benetton group and has always been expressed through a way of “doing business” based on principles of respect for the environment and people ‒ at all levels ‒ and on campaigns for the defense of human rights.

True to these fine principles, following the invasion, “Benetton Group immediately expressed its deepest concern over the dramatic ongoing humanitarian crisis,” according to a statement provided to YOU. “In this context, the company has decided to suspend all its development business plans in Russia, affecting its business investments in favor of humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people supported by the Italian Red Cross.”

The Italian conglomerate has “also donated clothing to Ukrainian refugees and provides protection and support to Ukrainian refugees in Italy,” the statement said. But donating clothes and money is one thing, and under the current circumstances suspending future investments might even be seen as a smart business move. But what about stopping business in Russia to argue that invading another sovereign nation does not correspond to respect for people “at all levels”, let alone “defend the rights of the human being”. ‘man ” ?

No dice. “Benetton Group,” the statement continued, “has decided to continue its commercial activities in Russia, based on long-standing relationships with commercial and logistics partners and on a network of stores employing more than 600 families.”

For some fashion houses, expressing their solidarity with Ukraine does not mean stopping business operations in Russia. But whether customers understand this and whether it will influence their choices as consumers remains to be seen.

  • John Hooper is Italy correspondent for The Economist
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Fashion style

Charlotte could ‘break tradition’ at Queen’s funeral after Kate’s ‘softer’ style approach

At just seven years old, a funeral is likely to be a big experience for Princess Charlotte, and a fashion expert has explained how the young princess can deviate from traditional mourning attire for a “softer” approach. Speaking to, fashion coach Miranda Holder, known for her viral TikTok-style videos posted under the username @themirandaholder “Your Feel Good Fashion Coach”, said the young princess might not not wear an all-black outfit.

Miranda explained: “The Cambridge kids we expect and they will have to wear black. It’s tradition.

“Kate has broken with tradition on many levels over the years and they are setting the trend for the more modern monarchy.

“So it will be interesting to see if they do full black or just references to and if Charlotte just has black accessories, maybe a headband or something.

“She could just wear a dark color and she could be slightly softer.”

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As is tradition at royal events, the skirt fell below the knee.

The style expert said: “Kate Middleton wore a black polka dot dress to Prince Philip’s funeral which was a way to make him slightly sweeter and almost meet his kids on their level.

“The polka dot print is very playful and fun, and it just took away the real austerity of the moment.

“However, given the gravity of this event, I’m not sure she’ll opt for an impression this time around.

“It’s obviously a much bigger event for the whole world.

“I think she might take a darker tone out of respect.”

Prince George, slightly older than Charlotte at nine, is likely to be dressed more formally, according to Miranda.

She said: “I think we’ll see George in a black suit and tie.”

However, younger members of the royal family are unlikely to attend simply because of their age.

Miranda added: “The Sussexes, Archie and Lilibet, will probably be deemed too young.”

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Molly Goddard’s Spring/Summer 2023 show offers a new way to wear cowboy boots

Nobody dresses like a party Molly Godard. Since launching her eponymous label in 2014, the London-based designer has moved to the beat of her own whimsical drum, delivering layered candy-colored confectionery season after season. But while Goddard’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection, which debuted this Saturday, was certainly full of her signature fairy dresses, the designer also worked her way through some of 2022’s biggest style trends… including cowboy boots.

Yes, amid some more typical spring trappings – soft florals, cloudy polka dot prints, light shift dresses and candy-colored suits – unexpected pairings by way of the aforementioned (and very American) western boots and juxtaposed layering offered some interest. and dimension to traditional summer looks.

“I was thinking about red carpets before the internet,” Goddard says in the show’s official notes. “These are images that I love and often refer to for inspiration, to dress more for the party and for yourself. Much more laid back, laid back. No step and repeat and no posing. People looked like they wanted to have fun.

Part of that fun was creating interest and dimension with strategic layering. Indeed, Goddard doubled down on a combination that has crept into the fashion sphere over the past year: dresses over pants. While past runways have shown the trend with figure-hugging strappy dresses thrown over baggy denim, the English designer’s approach has read more British garden party than Y2K house rage. Off-the-shoulder mini dresses with bubble hems (a hot trend from the Spring/Summer 2023 runways) were layered over cropped pants with playful pastoral prints of bunnies, mice and foliage. The base of the otherwise precious look was, yes, color-blocked cowboy boots.

Goddard cited legendary British-American designer Charles James as another specific inspiration for his most recent work. The late artist is considered one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century, known for his structured ball gowns and evening wear. “He strove for perfection, which I’m not interested in, but rather the exploration of creating shapes on the body, altering the proportions of the body – that element inspired this season, pushing the fabrics to their extremes, using the qualities of each fabric and letting it do the work,” says Goddard in the show notes. “There is a juxtaposition in fabric choices, from cotton evening dresses to intricate cuts, jersey ball gowns.”

Juxtaposition was surely a resounding theme, as the designer mixed and matched a slew of opposing silhouettes: flowing, sheer dressing gowns over structured midi dresses, ruffled peplum minis that hovered above tiered midi skirts to at the ankle, ruffled accents on suit jackets and fitted cardigans with neon collars paired with voluminous tiered dresses.

The contrast continued with color as all sorts of neons and springtime shades were combined in combos that blatantly avoided everything you learned about the color wheel – think lime green and lilac, red and teal, tangerine and fuchsia.

Even the show’s layout and its athletically stripped-down venue, the Seymour Recreation Center, felt like a stark contrast to the collection’s precious vibe. Instead of the single-line procession, the models randomly walked around the perimeter of the basketball court, an intentional move on Goddard’s part. “I wanted the staging of the show to feel like a break from the endless scrolling, the experience of watching in person is different from seeing it online – slower, messier, more spacious,” he explains. her in the show’s notes.

Ahead, a visual breakdown of the whimsical spectacle in all its maximalist glory.

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Evan Fournier loves winning the Greek way and watching Olympiacos fans in action / News

Evan Fournier spoke about France taking last-second wins in EuroBasket and his future plans which could include a return to Europe.

Evan Fournier will have the chance to play his first EuroBasket final of his career this Sunday as France take on Spain.

Evan Fournier

Position: SG, SF
Age: 29
Height: 201cm
Lester: 93 kilograms
Place of birth: Saint Maurice, France

The 29-year-old goalkeeper is averaging 14.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 with the Blues so far in the tournament and spoke about his side’s win over Poland in the semi-finals and his plans for the future.

“Throughout the tournament we had a lot of ups and downs. We hadn’t played our best game yet and we felt like we were a team that could play better in key moments,” said Fournier on Greek public television ERT. .

Asked which opponent he prefers to face in the final on Sunday after France beat Poland in record fashion (95-54), he replied that “France vs Spain sounds good because we have a history”, before adding that he prefers to face Germany.

“We lost to them in the group stage, and to play against the host team would be great,” he explained.

Of course, the Germans will face Poland in the game for 3rd place as Sergio Scariolo’s side managed to emerge victorious from the duel.

Minutes after France beat Italy in the quarter-finals, bounced back in the dying minutes of the game and survived Simone Fontecchio’s missed free throws, Fournier revealed that in France winning games in the dying seconds is known under the name of “Greek style”.

“It shows that we have a lot of heart. We never give up and try to stay in the moment. The Greek style is to beat someone with the last second shot,” he said.

While France were certainly lucky against Turkey (when Cedi Osman lost a few free throws that would have sealed the result) in the round of 16 and Italy a few days later, Poland fell short. of Vincent Collet’s team.

“Tonight, it’s clearly our defense that won us the game,” continued Fournier.

“We were very physical, didn’t give them space and didn’t allow them to play basketball. They’re a very dangerous team when they gain confidence. But we started the game very well, and it started to go down. ‘accumulating’ was too difficult for them (to recover) after a while,” he pointed out.

Fournier played 79 games for the New York Knicks in the 2021-22 NBA season, averaging 14.2 points. He also snatched the franchise record for 3 points made in a single campaign.

Since his team was eliminated early, he was lucky enough to attend the last – and most important – day of the EuroLeague Final Four held in Belgrade last May.

The French international has arrived to express his support for his national team mates, like Moustapha Fall, Guerschon Yabusele, Vincent Poirier and Thomas Heurtel.

However, he was also able to witness the incredible support from Olympiacos Piraeus fans, which led him to the following tweet:

“If one day I had to go back to Europe and had the choice to go where I want, I think I would go to Olympiacos. It’s still a hell of a club,” wrote the Knicks player .

Reds manager Giorgos Bartzokas was delighted to hear Fournier’s tweet.

“It’s fantastic, I had no idea,” the Greek coach said from the mixed zone at Stark Arena after his side lost to FC Barcelona in the third-place game.

“That sums up what I said a few days ago – that Olympiacos is a hugely attractive destination for any player when they see this kind of support. Players want support in difficult times, and it doesn’t there is no better advertisement for the brand of our club.” Bartzokas told at the time.

Four months have passed and ERT asked Fournier about a possible return to Europe for Olympiacos.

“To be honest, I’m not someone who looks very far ahead,” he replied.

“But I always thought the atmosphere on the Olympiacos pitch was the best to play in. I hope to come and see Mouss (Fall) play one day and feel that atmosphere. It’s too early, and it depends on the injuries and all that,” said Fournier.

“It’s too far ahead,” he repeated. “But if I come back, I would like to go to a big club like Olympiacos. It’s too soon. I’m still 29 and I still have a long way to go in the NBA. Then we’ll see.” he concluded.

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Kanye West is not alone as major stars seek to have a say in the brands they support

Kanye West’s breakup with Gap Inc.

reflects a broader trend of celebrities seeking more control over the brands they create or support.

Mr. West belongs to an elite group of superstars with the following and the resources to plausibly succeed without a major consumer goods brand as a partner, but celebrities who continue to work with brands also claim new roles and influences in these relationships. According to some celebrity marketing experts, celebrities as a whole have been bolstered in part by the rise of social media, which offers them direct connections to their fans.

“Kanye has a very unique take on a lot of things, so it’s hard to really call him a representative of a movement,” said Doug Shabelman, CEO of Burns Entertainment, a company that matches celebrities with businesses to get endorsements and other opportunities. But in this case, Mr Shabelman said the friction between Mr West and Gap was part of a larger development in the world of celebrity marketing. “It’s a trend in terms of talent, celebrities, musicians, influencers, wanting to wield more creative control than they’re given,” he said.

Mr. West “doesn’t need these companies,” said Anjali S. Bal, associate professor of marketing at Babson College. “And we see a lot of celebrities saying, ‘Yeah, I don’t need you because I have a big enough brand that I can do it myself.’ And they do.

Gap is ending its partnership with Mr. West, saying the company and the rapper and designer are not aligned on how they work together, according to a memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. West officially informed Gap on Thursday that his fashion brand Yeezy LLC was ending its partnership with the clothing chain. A letter from Mr West’s lawyers said Gap breached the agreement by not delivering clothes and opening retail stores as planned.

The moves follow Mr West’s complaints on social media about the Gap deal and a similar pact he struck with Adidas. AG


An Instagram clip last month showed Mr West, known as Ye, telling Gap executives: “You really have to give me the position to be Ye and let me do what I think, or I have to think somewhere else. ”

Jared Leto and Kanye West were at New York Fashion Week’s Vogue World event on Monday.


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In recent years, celebrities have created a host of now well-known businesses.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop has become a household name since its inception as a newsletter in 2008. And actress Jessica Alba co-founded eco-friendly consumer goods company Honest Co.

in 2012, with the company going public in 2021.

More recently, tennis champion Naomi Osaka launched a media company last year called Hana Kuma in partnership with SpringHill Co., an entertainment company co-founded by LeBron James.

Kim Kardashian said last week that she was launching a private equity firm focused on investing and building consumer and media companies with a former Carlyle Group associate. Inc.

It’s not one or the other when it comes to the types of relationships celebrities are looking for.

As well as Mr. James’ production company and stakes in other ventures, the basketball great also has trademark deals, including a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike. Inc.

But stars who sign deals with established brands want more of a say. Some have openly stated that they leave brands, for example, when they feel that these brands do not reflect their values. Runner Alysia Montaño slammed Nike in 2019 after she said the company told her she would suspend her contract if she became pregnant, and she eventually changed sponsors and signed with Asics.

At the time, Nike said it was adding language to new contracts for female athletes that would protect their wages during pregnancy, and said it recognized it could do more to support female athletes.

Meanwhile, more companies, from pizza chain Papa John’s International Inc.

at marketing technology company Amperity Inc., have named celebrities to their boards as part of broader celebrity deals.

“The days of the Wheaties box or L’Oreal hair advertising and standard stuff like that are over, because in those days around the world, the audience was big, singular entities,” said Joe Gagliese, co-founder and managing director. of Viral Nation, a talent and marketing agency. “What is society [media] did, it’s decentralized.

Dimi Albers, chief executive of technology and marketing services firm Dept, said in many cases celebrities are becoming their own direct-to-consumer brands, rather than just vessels for brands to reach a celebrity’s audience. .

“Once they start investing in other businesses, they can use their own channels as a retail channel to create more revenue for the brands they care about,” Albers said. “It becomes this flywheel.”

He cited as an example actor Ryan Reynolds, who markets brands such as Mint Mobile and Aviation Gin, in which he is interested, along with Maximum Effort, the production company and marketing agency he co-founded. (The marketing side of Maximum Effort merged with ad tech company MNTN in 2021.)

There are limits. While celebrities may want certain levels of control when working with massive brands, some may not have the necessary experience.

“Those who have this audience at this scale and this magnitude with this level of control will eventually come out and stop a lot of these brand partnerships, because it’s not in their best interest.”

— Joe Gagliese, co-founder and CEO of talent and marketing agency Viral Nation

“A lot of times talent thinks they have all the answers,” said Mr. Shabelman, CEO of Burns Entertainment. “But the company may have years of experience to know what sells and what doesn’t, it may have advertising companies, it may have PR companies, it may have digital companies that do lots of research, years of experience.”

And old-school endorsements still make sense for many celebrities and brands. The most recent Super Bowl, for example, was again a parade of celebrities selling products from big companies in categories ranging from automobiles to snacks.

Many celebrities outside the top echelon of popularity don’t have the audience size to stand on their own and need to be supplemented by outside brands and agencies, Gagliese said.

“For the average celebrity, you’re not going to see them doing those kinds of activities or taking those kinds of positions. If anything, it’s actually going to be detrimental to them,” Gagliese said.

But for megastars in particular, it’s increasingly a different story.

“Those who have this audience at this scale and this magnitude with this level of control will eventually come out and stop a lot of these brand partnerships, because it’s not in their best interest,” Gagliese said. “I think some of these unicorn talents that have digital armies behind them, the Joe Rogans, the [Rihannas]the Kanyes, they’re starting to understand that, ‘Hey, I’ve got the upper hand.’ »

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How To Wear Dr. Martens With Any Style Aesthetic

Love it or hate it, the 2014 Tumblr aesthetic is back. To quote 1975s frontman Matty Healy, headlining the 2022 Reading Festival in the UK: “Wow, 75s and the Arctic Monkeys on the same weekend. Get your Dr. Martens and your fishnets and your vinyl and your Tumblr aesthetic – get them all out! With these two Tumblr-era bands releasing new music soon, featuring Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepson and Sky Ferreira, we’re officially taking over Tumblrcore. And while Docs fit right in with 2014’s soft grunge revival, the truth is that the iconic English shoe brand will never go out of fashion, which is why you need to know how to wear Dr. Martens for any occasion.

Platform shoes and combat boots in general have had a big moment in the style zeitgeist in recent years. They can be found on red carpets, at fashion weeks (most recently the Vogue World Runway), in street style, and in countless TikTok fit checks. “Who doesn’t want a classic and timeless black boot to dress up their favorite cuts?” style content creator Marie Eriksson tells NYLON. “Especially these days when people are becoming more conscious of their shopping habits and prefer to sustainably buy quality, timeless fashion pieces that they can wear again and again.”

Part of the reason the Docs transcend trends is simply because they are incredibly durable and last for years, even decades, considering they were originally designed as work boots. “I think a lot of people are looking to simplify their wardrobe in a way that will last them for years instead of a season or two – not just in terms of style, but also quality and durability in mind. “said fashion content creator Erika. Dwyer tells NYLON. “For me, I bought my first pair of Dr. Martens with this specific intention, to have a reliable boot that went with countless outfits in my wardrobe.”

Both Dwyer and Eriksson agree that we’ll see even more Docs pairs in the coming season due to the rise of grunge, punk and goth style aesthetics. “They’re especially trendy right now, due to the overhaul of the ‘Tumblr grunge’ aesthetic,” says Eriksson. “’Preppy grunge’ is another trend that’s thought to be very popular this fall, an aesthetic that Dr. Martens would fit right into as they’re perfect for both preppy and grunge dressing! But to be fair, I think they suit pretty much every fashion style.

Everyone knows Docs is the fall seasonal shoes, but wearing them all year round is actually quite easy, considering the chunky-soled, yellow-threaded shoes are arguably one of the most versatile on the market. Here’s what the experts have to say about styling timeless kicks no matter the season.

How to Style Dr. Martens for Cold Weather

Fall and winter are “the best time to wear Dr. Martens because you can finally wear the thick, comfy socks that will keep those break-in blisters at bay,” as Dwyer puts it. “An oversized sweater, black mini skirt, tights, chunky socks, a trendy handbag and my Docs will be my fall formula.”

If you’re sticking with skirts well into winter, the cool “It Girl” vibe of the moment, says Eriksson, is very centered around skirts and dresses with longer hems. “If you want to wear your Docs with skirts and dresses in cold weather, they also go great with tights and a layered look,” she says.

However, Eriksson’s must-haves with Dr. Martens in fall and winter are pants or jeans. “This fall, I think we’re going to see a lot of Dr. Martens paired with wide-leg pants and jeans, and baggy jeans, and biker/leather jackets and trench coats,” says Erikson. “The overall vibe will be somewhat laid back with an upside.”

As a style tip, Eriksson recommends making a conscious decision about whether you want your pants to go over your Dr. Martens or end just above them, especially if you have an ankle boot. “Loose-fit pants are the most popular way to wear them, and for good reason! I think it’s a more subtle and elegant way to style your Dr. Martens compared to cropped pants or shorter legs,” says Eriksson. “Of course, they also look really cool with a cropped leg paired with socks, but with the baggy jeans and the trendy long skirts, I really think longer hem pants [are] the “It” style for 2022.”

How to style Dr. Martens in hot weather

Because Dr. Martens are so versatile, you can pair them with just about any warm-weather staple: skirts, dresses, shorts, and more. “My favorite way to style my Dr. Martens is with a very feminine outfit,” Dwyer says. “I love the balance created by Docs, especially the Jadon, with the heavy, raised platform offsetting what could be laceiness and a soft color palette. I will also never get tired of seeing the Dr Martens styled in a moody, preppy style like dark academia.

Eriksson shares a similar sentiment when it comes to wearing Docs with sunny day outfits, as one of the best things about combat boot styling is the ability to play with a tough and soft aesthetic. “I love the contrasting look with a more edgy boot paired with a girly sundress,” she says. “Dr. Martens will definitely give you a whole other statement piece [and] vibe to your look, which sneakers simply could never do. So dare to embrace it and get creative with your summer style. For spring and summer, she recommends everything from Dr. Martens with very feminine floral skirts and dresses to denim ensembles, blazer looks and oversized graphic tees.

Just note that wearing Docs in the sun will definitely increase the heat a bit. “Dr. Martens does a really good job of keeping your feet warm, so pairing it with something that allows airflow around the legs is key when wearing them in higher temperatures,” adds Dwyer.

How to Style Dr. Martens for Casual Outfits

When it comes to Docs, casual outfits are the shoe’s strong point. “Dr. Martens are perfect for a casual look because they already give off that vibe,” says Eriksson. “It’s kind of like wearing sneakers, it’s really easy to dress up. [and] casual, but harder to dress up, I would say. She loves wearing them with both jeans and trousers for an effortlessly chic and casual look.

“I think I like the Docs the most with casual outfits because that’s how I wear them 90% of the time,” Dwyer says. “It’s hard to do anything wrong when it comes to casually styling your Dr. Martens.”

Her easy go-to is a baby tee, jeans and a vintage crossbody bag with Docs, but she loves long white flowy skirts and plaid miniskirts as the ultimate solution, as well as miniskirts on sheer black tights to 2014 Grunge Tumblr.

“What Converse was to dresses in the mid-2000s is what I think the Docs are to dresses now,” Dwyer says. “You can really wear them with any dress and it adds an edge – my advice would be to include other accessories in the look that match the vibe of the shoes.”

How to Style Dr. Martens for Going Out Outfits

Since Dr. Martens are almost the antithesis of formal wear, dressing them up for a going out look may require you to think a little more about your outfit. “The easiest way to balance out the casual vibe is to add a garment or accessory that we associate directly with ‘dressy’, which can be a matching set, an elegant dress, or something structured like a blazer” , explains Eriksson. “You can also play with colors; a monochromatic look (especially in neutral tones) is generally more associated with “luxury” and “dressy”. Another tip could be to add accessories or add matching elements to your outfit.

Dwyer agrees, supporting the monochromatic, masculine aesthetic as a way to make outfits with Dr. Martens more polished and put together. “I like to have an all-black moment when I dress my Docs up, because I feel like he looks a little neater,” Dwyer says. “I also like to use more luxurious textures like silk or leather when trying to elevate the look. The oversized suit and the Docs look are a great option for dressing Dr. Martens if you don’t want to go for a dress. – I think the tailored look with the grungy feel of Docs is a great pair.

The thing about Dr. Martens style is that you really can’t go wrong. Sure, they’re ultra-trendy right now, but they’ll also be just as cool in a few years – and not to mention they’re still untouched, which is more than many other fashionable shoes can tell. “Since they’re so versatile, my advice would be to stay true to your authentic personal style and dare to experiment,” says Eriksson. “I promise you Dr. Martens will fit any aesthetic or fashion look you want.”

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Ukrainian designers show perseverance at New York Fashion Week

Litkovska spring 2023Photo: Courtesy of Yaroslav Bugaev

Last Tuesday, five Ukrainian designers, Frolov, Litkovska, Bobkova, Kovalska and Gudu, had the opportunity to showcase their Spring 2023 collections during New York Fashion Week at Flatiron’s Mastercard Tech Hub. The following day, the group also celebrated at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen space in the West Village. “It is very important to show solidarity with other designers in other parts of the world, especially with Ukrainian designers at this time to show what is happening,” said Keanan Duffty, director of fashion programs at the Parsons School of Design. “We want our friends in Kyiv to know that we have a symbiotic relationship and connection with them.” International support for Ukrainian designers has poured in since Russia invaded Ukraine last February, a war that has uprooted millions of lives, including the people behind these labels.

One name of note was Ivan Frolov, whose Frolov label is based in Kyiv. The designer, known for his custom evening wear, has remained in Kyiv since the invasion, and he and his team have transitioned from designing clothing to producing body armor for Ukrainian volunteers. Later, when he was able to resume production, he received unsold fabrics donated by French houses, including a black mini-dress made with shimmering black sequins. “We worked on this collection through atmospheric alarms,” he says.

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Kanye West will no longer work with other brands on fashion projects

Kanye West said he would now only pursue fashion projects on his own.

Speaking to Bloomberg for an interview, rapper Donda said he’s decided his future fashion projects will be released without interference from other brands.

The 45-year-old has previously worked with sports giants like Adidas and Nike, as well as Gap.

“It’s time for me to go it alone,” Kanye told the outlet. “It’s okay. I’ve made business money. Business has made me money. We’ve created ideas that will change clothing forever.

He listed the ideas that he believes changed the fashion industry: “The round jacket, the foam skate, the tap shoes that changed the shoe industry”.

But the rapper explained that this was no longer enough.

“Now is the time for Ye to create the new industry. No more companies standing between me and the public,” he said.

Kanye called out Adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted for “blatant copying” of his Yeezy slide designs in June after the company released its Adilette 22 sandals, which come in colors similar to Yeezy slides.

Of the incident, he said: “No one should be held in this position where people can steal them and say we’re just paying you to shut up… It destroys innovation. It destroys creativity. This is what destroyed Nikola Tesla.

Bloomberg reports that Kanye wants to open Donda “campuses” across the United States, which will contain stores, schools, farms and dormitories. Products sold on campus would be designed by Yeezy staff.

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Goodlife Clothing Spotlight: 7 Fall Basics Under $100

The brands featured in this article are partners of NBCUniversal Checkout. E ! makes a commission on your purchase. Prices are correct at time of publication. Items are sold by the retailer, not by E!.

At Goodlife Clothing, it’s all about one thing: making “premium essentials” that support modern living. By responsibly designing, manufacturing and manufacturing everyone’s favorite layers (think t-shirts, henleys and sweatshirts), they’ve developed a range of high-end basics that make the dressed-up feel just a little dressier. They’re not too bold, not too boring, and worth noting – not too sexier. We are in 2022!

After all, even when you’re in comfort mode, isn’t it nice to put on something that hasn’t been worn out? And in fact, will it only get softer and more beautiful over time? This quality lived and loved forever defines every high-end piece from Goodlife. It’s almost like…they want their entire collection to support your good life! (They do. It’s in the mission statement.)

So whether you’re upgrading your wardrobe after a few years of leaning a little too heavily on your greatest hits, or just looking for some new fall layers, here’s what we love about Goodlife this season.

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Four Seasons celebrates NYFW with Christian Siriano

To celebrate New York Fashion Week, the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown unveiled a collaboration with fashion designer Christian Siriano. As part of the “Luxury Is Our Love Language” campaign, Siriano presented a collection of custom-designed postcards exclusively for Four Seasons.

The luxury postcard collection includes six unique designs with fashion sketches by an acclaimed fashion designer. Christian Siriano, from spectacular evening dresses to chic traveler looks. Guests of Four Seasons New York Downtown Hotel offered to delve into the lost art of letter writing and send the sweet note to their loved ones.

The “Letters of Love” pop-up experience in collaboration with Christian Siriano was launched during New York Fashion Week to prove that simple acts of care for ourselves and our loved ones really matter and to help demonstrate that luxury is the love language of Four Seasons.

Four Seasons x Christian Siriano

Four Seasons has offered free calligrapher services to guests whose handwriting doesn’t convey their feelings in the most elegant way. After a luxury postcard is filled out and dropped into a posh heritage mailbox, guests are greeted with a sweet treat from the specialty gelato cart.

Four Seasons Ice Cream Cart

On the occasion of fashion monthA postcard-perfect “Acts of Love” experience, the award-winning Tribeca-based hotel lobby was decorated by renowned art director and celebrated floral designer, Jeff Leatham.

Leatham has arranged stunning flower arrangements in the lobby and entrance of Four Seasons New York Downtown Hotelusing vibrant orange and purple flowers as an artistic medium.

For guests interested in examining their creativity through flowers, Four Seasons has offered fresh flowers to take from the cart in the lobby.

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Katya Bychkova is a beauty and style expert based in New York. A fan of face masks and a frequent traveler, Katya contributes to major lifestyle publications. She’s also been the founder and editor of the Style Sprinter blog—a luxury guide to skincare and makeup—since 2014.

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Why these Gen Z fashion critics are tearing up the rulebook

And for Chabbi, it opens up an important dialogue, rather than a top-down relationship. “I have so many people who are like, I disagree with what you’re saying. It’s fine, but at least it’s a human with another human. It’s an open conversation, rather than a one-way conversation between a magazine and a person, for example.

Work with next-gen fashion commentators

Content-rich social media reviews can have benefits for brands. “While style can be easy to see and scroll through quickly, journalistic content requires more engagement from the audience, leading to longer video watch times,” says Rob Jewell, chief growth officer at Power Digital, a technology-driven growth marketing company. “Story-driven content ultimately helps generate more brand recall,” he adds.

TikTokers like Lee want to move beyond the way brands traditionally work with fashion commentators — the “here’s a product, go buy it” model. For this SS23 season, she is pivoting her content to a more editorial video series, rather than her more typical green screen videos, to differentiate herself from the growing social media review community and potentially attract new brand partners.

“The success of influencers like Lee is a clear indication that brands should provide influencers/creators with more than just a product –– taking them behind the scenes, how products are made, the story and how people experience their brand — to give them content to work with,” says Jewell.

Brands can also harness the power of fashion critics as consultants, using their deep insights to educate and inform strategy, Karassoulis says. Phin, for example, is now a consultant for companies such as fashion tech app Idoru.

Coverage by critics and commentators often refers to talents like Hildreth and Lee as “fashion underdogs”. However, the majority of reviewers have industry experience and ties. “I never want it to be insider versus outsider, because what does that mean?” said Lee. “I think using terms and viewing TikTokers as outsiders is elitist. The platforms are powerful and even though I don’t work at Hearst or Condé Nast, I know they are listening. (Business in vogue belongs to Condé Nast.)

Hildreth has now started working for Paper magazine on a freelance basis during NYFW as a writer, which she will do in addition to publishing her own commentary. For her, it has always been her ambition to use TikTok content as a stepping stone to traditional media. “I definitely don’t want to be controlled by sponsors and stuff like that and not be able to say what I want to say,” she says. “But, on the other hand, there’s a power that comes with having a titular magazine behind you.”

Chabbi, on the other hand, believes in the power of the individual. “There were fashion commentators before us. And there have been platforms that tell people about fashion, like Diet Prada. But I feel like today we’re held to a level of responsibility where people want to see your name, your face, and your thoughts. People want to be able to define who is behind those thoughts and put them in context. »

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Sam Edelman on resilience, innovation and his greatest hopes and dreams for the brand

For decades, Sam Edelman has been a game-changer in the fashion industry, one successful shoe brand at a time. At Spirit to Sam & Libby to his eponymous brand, Edelman and his wife, Libby, have crafted coveted, high-quality, affordable kicks loved by generations of customers by innovating every step of the way.

How has innovation played a crucial role throughout your career?
For me, innovation is about adventure and creativity; if you take risks and believe in yourself, it can lead to incredible opportunities. When I was 25, I had a feeling that Brazil would be the perfect place to make shoes. I had the opportunity to work for Doug Tompkins, the founder of Esprit, who was one of the most innovative and creative people I have ever met. We started with an office that only had a dirt floor and a basket of shoes – shoes I had found all over the world and shoes I had designed. From this small office in a foreign country, I knew we could execute things that had never been done in the industry before. I built this office for Esprit with 50 employees; a decade later, I returned to that same city and opened an office for our Sam & Libby brand which has grown to over 100 employees.

Your eponymous brand has always offered ambitious shoes at affordable prices. Why is this important to you?
Libby and I found a way to interpret luxury with incredible understanding for people who love fashion, but have so many other things to spend their money on. We have a true understanding of luxury – from our equestrian roots to lifelong travels around the world, not to mention my story as a third-generation leather designer and Libby’s story as a stylist and editor for top industry magazines. Our process has been the same for nearly 50 years. It always starts with Libby as my muse, my co-founder and our fashion director. She guides what will be the fashion trends for the brand each season. She focuses my gaze.

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What early-career innovation are you proud of?
When I was president of the footwear division of Esprit, we designed a corrugated plastic box. It was way too expensive and complicated to make, and we could have easily given up on the idea and gone with a regular box. [Esprit’s] Doug [Tompkins] gave me the best advice: “Trust your heart. If you believe in something, if you think it’s special, take the risk. At that time, the box cost almost as much as the shoes. No one was doing anything like that, but taking those risks is what helped make Esprit shoes the biggest junior shoe company in America.

What about your Sam & Libby days?
When we launched the brand in 1987, the ballerina had never been successful in America as an everyday shoe. When we put the bow on this ballerina, it changed the industry. We sold 7 million pairs and became the most popular single shoe in the United States with the Bow Ballet, a feminine and seductive ballerina in a multitude of colors. Women of all ages simply loved it! Then, about 10 years ago, we saw a void in the market for dress shoes, which were not our focus; we had designed a few pumps here and there, but we were still the best at designing flats. When it came time to design the Hazel, we went straight to Italy to learn from the greats, people who really understood the anatomy of a shoe. We ended up creating a pump that to this day is the #1 dress pump in America. The Hazel is beautiful, with integrity, quality and incredible cut, all at an affordable price; it is built on true luxury at its heart. Sometimes innovation is about bringing great minds and skills together.

What did you enjoy about co-founding and running a business with your wife, Libby?
The happiest part of everything we’ve done is watching our own son, Jesse Edelman, grow through the business. He is responsible for all operations and sales for our division, overseeing not only Sam Edelman, but also Circus NY and Sam & Libby. As parents, this is the greatest joy. And we have about 60 people working with us, each one feels like family to us. I could tell you about high school, college, hometown, hobbies, and the story of how each person made their way to work with us at Sam Edelman. It makes me so happy to come to work with my wife, my son and 60 other people who I consider my family. The happiest part of everything we’ve done is watching our own son, Jesse Edelman, grow through the business. He is responsible for all operations and sales for our division, overseeing not only Sam Edelman, but also Circus NY and Sam & Libby. As parents, this is the greatest joy. And we have about 60 people working with us, each one feels like family to us. I could tell you about high school, college, hometown, hobbies, and the story of how each person made their way to work with us at Sam Edelman. It makes me so happy to come to work with my wife, my son and 60 other people who I consider my family.

What challenges have you and Libby faced professionally?
At Sam & Libby, we saw the absolute peak with our hugely successful Nasdaq public offering; only a few years later we experienced the financial demise of the brand. To start Sam Edelman in his 50s, we came out of retirement, sold everything we had and launched the brand in our living room – a risk we took knowing we risked losing everything. I remember at the age of 54, Libby looked at me with concern, one of those days when everything seemed to go wrong – the shoes were late, the warehouse was difficult, the factories were not sympathetic. Together we have seen it all, the highs and the lows. The real lesson is that when the going gets tough, we fight together, we get through it, and we don’t give up. We believe in the talent, vision and heart of everyone. With Libby by my side, we were able to pull through.

Why did you hire Naomi Campbell for the brand’s Fall/Winter 22 campaign?
Naomi Campbell has such a great story, such a legendary career and is such a powerful woman. It was to pay tribute to one of the greatest women in the history of fashion. Naomi is a pioneer, and I believe Libby and I are innovators and pioneers as well. It was just like the perfect match.

You are a hands-on co-founder who designs and oversees all aspects of the brand. Why is this important to you?
An expression that I live with in business is: “No detail is small”. I believe so much in strong integrity in all aspects of our business. The paper used in our packaging is just as important as the leathers we use in our shoes. All these little details keep me up at night. Logo placement, sock material, heel counters – the list is endless. Every detail is important, and I preach that mentality to everyone I work with.

Has your design process evolved over time?
My design process has never changed! For 35 years, I boarded a plane in a white T-shirt and jeans and flew to Europe. In a café, in an airport or on the street, I will see someone and they will become my muse for the season. Their eyewear, makeup, clothes, and shoes will energize the design process, and I’m building a lifestyle story around them. Understanding everything they eat, how they buy, and what they do for fun helps us focus on the lifestyle of those customers, and we design for that particular person. I will spend the rest of the trip hunting in small boutiques, vintage stores, department stores and flea markets. Every blanket, scarf, belt and trinket we find ends up being part of a story and part of our collection.

If not, how do travel and art inspire your creations?
Since COVID, we’ve learned that we don’t need to travel far to find inspiration. A bunch of vintage stores in Brooklyn were so inspiring and challenging for our process. That said, we’re heading to Europe soon with our first stop in Paris, and I couldn’t be more excited to begin my design process. Art is an important part of what we do, as is color.

You have mentored emerging and established designers. Why is it important to foster the talents of the next generation?
We have been mentors to many young people throughout our careers. You need so much strength because everyone will tell you why you’re wrong, why you’ll fail, and why the things you want to do can’t be done – and you have to believe in what your heart tells you to do and then go out and do it! One of these mentees is [LoveShackFancy founder] Rebecca Hessel Cohen. How did you two meet? Rebecca’s mother, Nancy [Hessel Weber], is the first person I met when I came to New York to start a shoe business with my father; she was fashion director at Seventeen magazine. We first hired “our daughter” Rebecca as a consultant when she was 25 years old. She did an amazing job working with our design team and helping the brand’s foray into dress shoes early on. I hope I was a kind of “great uncle” for Rebecca.

You have expanded into many lifestyle categories. And after?
I’ve always designed for all the women in my life, but I’d like to embrace my own personal aesthetic with a line for men. From casual to dress, creating a men’s collection is one of my aspirations. Another aspiration for Libby and I is to create a collection of household items; it would be a dream come true.

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Indian influencers Gaurav Taneja-Ritu Rathee and Aashna Hegde become NYFW stars for Archana Kochhar

Thanks to social media, “talent” has found its due and a platform. And if you are consistent, sincere and exceptional in what you do, the right talent will be chosen by the right person.

This is not obvious ‘gyan’ but a reality of Delhi-based husband-wife duo Gaurav Taneja and Ritu Rathee Taneja of Flying Beast fame and Mumbai-based lifestyle influencer Aashna Hedge who walked the ramp at New Fashion Week York.

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It was the first time Indian content creators became stars at NYFW, all thanks to renowned Indian designer Archana Kochhar for making the coup for local influencers possible.

Further setting the stage for increased representation of Indian influencer presenters on global platforms Archana teamed up with #meninskirt fame Jainil Mehta to open the show with a poetic freestyle dance.

Kochhar showcased her ‘Jharokha’ collection which highlights the importance of sustainability in fashion and focuses on locally handcrafted, low-carbon textiles selected by women weavers from upstate Madhya Pradesh.

The show was staged in association with ‘The Society’ on 9/11 at the Hall of Mirrors.

Commenting on her showstoppers, Archana Kochhar said in a statement, “I am very excited as this is my fourth showing at New York Fashion Week. In today’s age of technology, social media influencers present themselves as powerful thought leaders in the world of entertainment and fashion. Each of these content creators will promote and propel the cause of “voice for local” on the global stage for the very first time. »

Archana Kochhar with Indian influencers at NYFW
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Gaurav Taneja and Ritu Rathee Taneja added in a joint statement, “It is an honor to be handpicked from the Indian content creator community to represent India on the global stage.”

Aashna Hegde said, “I have been an avid fashion enthusiast and have always wanted to showcase my experimental fashion persona on the world stage and help leverage the cause of sustainability.”

This creative confluence not only marked the debut of these Indian digital influencers at international fashion weeks, but also marked the first incorporation of Indian social media influencers on the runway in New York Fashion Week history.

Well, congratulations for India.

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Éstudio Órganico: Meet the designers behind the Miami fashion label

Sustainable Design Workshop Organico Studio wears the Sunshine State on its sleeves – literally.

His designs have earned a reputation for incorporating iconic Florida brands such as Publix, Sedano’s and Zephyrhills, as well as native and invasive species such as the green iguana and gopher tortoise. Designers and co-directors Brian Valencia, 28, and Angela Sofia Muñoz, 26, use recycled materials to create multifunctional clothing with a self-proclaimed “tropical industrial streetwear” twist.

“Being a fashion designer is about being a problem solver,” says Valencia, who founded the studio in 2020. “We definitely mix our tropical background with a bit of camp because they have flamboyant features and extreme color contrasts.”

An outfit went viral in February when Club Space doorman Alan T showed up at an Éstudio Órganico Publix themed jumpsuit. From the bucket hat to the removable pants, the cut was adorned with the bright green tote bag from the grocery store.

Valencia’s genderless silhouettes are rooted in structural sustainability and architecture, which he studied at Miami Dade College.

“Our skirts turn into tote bags, for example,” he explains. “It’s something that I find really cool and interesting for a man to wear and be able to change your look. It’s really just a piece of fabric.

Many Éstudio Órganico garments can be unzipped or reversed to go from sleeves to tote bags, from pants to shorts and from pockets to handbags. Valencia is inspired by her Colombian family, who taught her to design with versatile and eco-friendly efforts. He highlighted the impact the world is having on the South American country, which accounts for a dwindling chunk of the Amazon rainforest. As the world’s lungs dwindle due to deforestation and climate change, Valencia is prioritizing the ethical sourcing of materials.

“It’s one of the greatest natural forces in the world, and it’s disappearing,” he says. “So the focus is on being green, with intention.”

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Éstudio Órganico’s Publix tote jumpsuit went viral after Club Space doorman Alan T wore it in public.

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Florida, like the Amazon, is home to hundreds of invasive and keystone species. Éstudio Órganico’s upcoming collection plans to raise awareness of the environmental challenges posed by the introduction of invasive species to sensitive areas like the Everglades, with pieces pointing to flora and fauna like (invasive) green iguanas, turtles gopher (keystone) and the lantana camara flower (invasive).

The collection debuts next week at New York Fashion Week alongside enduring designer Natalia Trevino Amaro. Valencia and Muñoz aim to complement each other’s opposing design aesthetics through their latest work. Although both have studied sustainable design, Muñoz’s clothes offer a fluid and soft finish that contrasts with the avant-garde and industrial style of Valencia.

“We come from totally different fashion backgrounds, but I like to think of ourselves as a yin and yang type duality,” Valencia adds. “Éstudio Órganico would not be what it is without our two visions.”

Muñoz is pursuing a Masters in Fashion and Luxury Brand Management at Istituto Marangoni Miami.

As an architecture student, Valencia didn’t think he would work in fashion. He initially designed Éstudio Órganico as a recycled furniture studio.

“I wanted to incorporate furniture that was fashionable and functional,” says Valencia. “I would like to continue working on furniture, but I just don’t have the space.”

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A model dressed in Éstudio Órganico poses on a wooden chair designed by Brian Valencia.

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Valencia currently works out of his Cutler Bay home, which he shares with his friend Veronica Arroyo, another designer responsible for the brand. Vaed by VA.

Arroyo sees their work as an antithesis to the fast fashion movement popularized by stores like Forever 21 and H&M and online sites like Shein.

“What’s really the most unsustainable part is the overconsumption and the microtrends that are happening so constantly, where people are like, ‘It’s in, it’s out,’ and then throw it away or give it away. the,” says Arroyo.

According to the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado, approximately 85% of US textile waste is sent to landfills each year. While many people often try to donate unwanted clothes, Arroyo suggests repurposing them entirely.

“If you donate it and it doesn’t sell, they send it to [developing] country, and if it’s still not sold, they burn it in landfills,” Arroyo warns.

Éstudio Órganico’s take on the never-ending cycle of giving takes the form of a harness jacket and removable vest made from recycled Goodwill tote bags.

“Big brands and shoppers are throwing away so many faulty clothes,” Valencia says. “I wanted to do something that could hopefully change the industry.”

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3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2023 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Showing off a much-wanted pair of white denim trousers with a paper high waist and full legs at his Great Jones store this morning, Phillip Lim said: ‘No one needs us to make another pair of jeans, c ‘is denim out of context.’ Out of context is kind of shorthand for this collection and for Lim’s design philosophy in general. He makes clothes for real life (hence why he has off the catwalk three years ago), but there’s usually an element of surprise that elevates his clothes above the everyday.He’s used the same white denim (and acid-wash shades of pineapple and periwinkle) for dresses with lace-trimmed straps. “At the end of the day, it’s a textile, we can design anything,” he added. same irreverent way for an off-the-shoulder top and another with a cutout on the chest. takes away.

The suit follows the body or takes on boyish and oversized proportions, while it uses pleated recycled polyester for two dress silhouettes, one with a subtle hourglass shape and the other with a more generous flared volume. He likes to give his customers options, but the offer is smaller than in previous seasons. It’s strategic. “Do less, mean more,” he said, also pointing to the tote bags he constructs with scraps of strips of different-colored leather or weaving from leftover ribbons.

Lim had other news today beyond this Spring 2023 collection. Those who follow his personal Instagram account learned that he was involved behind the scenes with the upcoming Disney+ show. chinese born american, a genre story based on a graphic novel of the same name that will explore the underdog’s teenage years; he costumed one of his superhero characters. “The genre, he says, is our thing.”

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A Juicy Tangerine Trends on the Spring 2023 Runway Shows at New York Fashion Week

Bryan Barrientos for Supima.

Each season, a rotation of colors takes the throne of the trend. For Spring 2023, New York Fashion Week designers are infusing looks with a juicy tangerine hue.

Like an orange daffodil, a fresh highlighter or the infamous colorful Hermès box, the bright hue will ring in the season – on asymmetrical dresses, structured corset dresses, cut-out jumpsuits, batwing bralettes and even trench coats. Beyond its standalone moments on the runway, tangerine orange is also mixed with patterns, as we see in Marni’s Spring 2023 collection, which combines warm magenta pink and soft cream in a bright hue.

So far we’ve seen Tangerine in Monse, Lionne, Tanya Taylor, Naeem Khan, Simon Miller, Raisa Vanessa, Dion Lee, Private Policy and Bryan Barrientos for Supima. And it’s all in line with what the Pantone Color Institute – the authority on all hues and their trends – predicted in its Color Trends Report. (He named “Tangelo” a shade to watch for Spring 2023.)

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While it may deviate intensely from the capsule wardrobe we’ve built, we’re excited to add a must-have pop of color to our apparel. For New Yorkers who may have committed too heavily to a uniform of black, denim and neutrals, bold color trends like tangerine provide a fashion refresh. This is the unshakeable trend of the “dopaminergic bandage”.

See below for our favorite tangerine looks.

On the street, New York Fashion Week attendees are already showing off the trend. See below for some of our favorite Mandarin outfits spotted outside of the shows.

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Keds and Altuzarra Debut Collaboration at New York Fashion Week: The Shows

Footwear collaboration continues Keds’ partnership with IMG as “Official Insole of NYFW”

NEW YORK, September 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Iconic Sneaker Brand keds, well known for its longstanding brand partnerships, is launching an exclusive footwear collection with luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand, Altuzarra, during the Altuzarra Fashion Week show in New York. The launch of this collection continues Keds’ partnership with IMG and New York Fashion Week: The Shows which solidified Keds as the “Official Sole of NYFW” for the second season. The footwear collection features new sneaker styles in a variety of colorways and solidifies Keds’ position as the style leader in the collaborative footwear category.

“Our partnership with Altuzarra marks Keds’ emergence into the luxury fashion space with our iconic silhouettes reimagined through the lens of the talented Joseph Altuzarra,” said Jen Lynch, vice president and general manager of Keds. “The collection offers unique styles in luxury fabrications for our customers in styles they cherish.”

The exclusive first look of the limited edition shoe collection with the brand was presented live during the September 10e Altuzarra Fashion Show in New York City and featured new sneaker styles that merge the brand’s two distinct aesthetics into new design features. “I am thrilled to collaborate with Keds this season. Their iconic brand language and heritage has been a huge inspiration, and the resulting footwear collection adds an exciting and dynamic layer to the show,” said Joseph Altuzarra.

“This collection marks an exciting time for two beloved brands bringing the creative fashion spirit of two teams to life,” said Patrick ConnorsSenior Vice President of Global Brand Partnerships for IMG Fashion Events and Properties.

The shoe capsule, which will be available Spring 2023, reimagines classic Keds silhouettes in luxe fabrications and unique styles. The ‘Renaissance’ trainers, inspired by Keds’ archive runner silhouettes, are crafted with satin underlays, ripped and distressed canvas uppers, and finished with suede and leather overlays. Shown on the runway in khaki and black, the shoe sells for $180 and is available for pre-order here. In addition to the Renaissance, the collaboration will also include two similarly crafted Champion styles priced at $140.

For more, follow @Keds, @NYFW and @Altuzarra.

For over 100 years, Keds has been making timeless, comfortable and accessible footwear so consumers can step out into the world their way. Since the creation of the iconic Keds Champion “sneaker” in 1916, Keds has believed that when we feel comfortable inside and out, we can leap forward and leave our mark on the world. world. This belief continues to inspire and motivate us every day. We design every product to support everyone, to give them the versatility, comfort and style they need to live confidently as themselves.

Keds. Wear yours.

Keds is a division of Wolverine Worldwide, the world’s leading manufacturer of casual, work, outdoor, athletic and children’s footwear.

Founded by creative director Joseph Altuzarra in 2008, Altuzarra is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand. Joseph’s seductive aesthetic combines modernity, femininity and unapologetic sexiness. Rooted in craftsmanship and a curiosity for the world, the collection draws inspiration from Joseph’s background and multicultural upbringing. The Altuzarra brand speaks of the power, audacity and sensuality of the modern woman’s wardrobe.

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events each year; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, athletic training, and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavour, a global sports and entertainment company.


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Fashion designer Rimzim Dadu’s new clothing line is about to launch

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Rimzim Dadu’s unassuming personality is deceptive by the bold moves she makes on her mood board. In her hands, steel transforms into a flowing sari and paper takes on the shape of a dress. Her experimentation with materials to give her designs three-dimensional qualities and her appreciation of the process as an art form led her to be known as a “progressive texturist”.

Dadu’s signature designs include the use of leather to create the traditional patola weave; make the cotton behave like paper to make the edges clean and finished; and her wildly popular Rimizim Dadu saree, where hair-thin steel wire is sewn together to create a structured yet flowing drape.

“Having someone try on something metal and having them say, ‘Oh, I had no idea it would be so soft and comfortable’ is something that drives me to constantly push myself and my muse, the material, further and further.. When people describe my work as wearable art, I feel vindicated,” she says.

To mark the completion of 15 fabulous years in the fashion industry, Dadu recently launched her new collection at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA). In her new line, she revisits her own creative journey since launching her eponymous label (originally named ‘My Village’) in 2007 at the age of 21.

“It was interesting to revisit the work I’ve done and see it with a new perspective. We drew inspiration from our textile innovations at different points in our journey to create the latest collection. It was refreshing to see that the textile explorations of more than ten years ago are still relevant,” says the
36-year-old designer.

The collection features a range of silhouettes–– jackets, blazers and kurtas for men, and sarees, lehengas, dresses and more for women–– using innovative surfaces including, but not limited to, paper, silicone , acrylic, steel, re-engineered zari and muslin.

Dadu is a rebel in more ways than one. In a fashion world that considers silhouettes sacrosanct, texture is the star of her designs. Its design philosophy is based on an alternative perspective to the use of traditional materials through unorthodox but intuitive craft techniques and vice versa. Often this involves deconstruction, modification and reassembly into a new form.

It is the “deception of fluidity in structure and structure in fluidity” that most excites Dadu. Having grown up around textiles – her father is a clothing exporter – fabrics and other materials were her toys. Growing up, she began traveling the world with him for his shows, soon realizing that design was what she wanted to do. Although she did her formal training as a fashion designer at Pearl Academy in Delhi, her curiosity is the main driver of her creative process, pushing her and the materials she works with to do something unexpected.

“Surface texturing is at the heart of everything we do. We love seeing the unexplored potential of
a material, often by separating them and then reassembling them. This is how we discover our techniques to understand the capacity of a material to take shape on human forms. The silhouette creation process starts at this point. This too is driven by the redesigned material and its capabilities and we are not imposing a silhouette on it,” she explains.

A champion of body positivity, the designer places comfort and wearability at the heart of her designs.
“I believe in celebrating all body types. We charge the same for our clothes, regardless of body type, and while I’ve always strived to make clothes that are technically perfect, I also ensured that they were also functional and comfortable,” she says.

The decision to launch her landmark 15th year collection as part of KNMA’s Art X Fashion series was prompted by her treatment of her designs as an art form, and she explored ways to extend her practice to the beyond the realms of clothing and fashion.

Rimzim Dadu’s unassuming personality is deceptive by the bold moves she makes on her moodboard. In her hands, steel transforms into a flowing sari and paper takes on the shape of a dress. Her experimentation with materials to give her designs three-dimensional qualities and her appreciation of the process as an art form led her to be known as a “progressive texturist.” Dadu’s signature designs include the use of leather to create the traditional patola weave; make the cotton behave like paper to make the edges clean and finished; and her wildly popular Rimizim Dadu saree, where hair-thin steel wire is sewn together to create a structured yet flowing drape. “Having someone try on something metal and having them say, ‘Oh, I had no idea it would be so soft and comfortable’ is something that drives me to constantly push myself and my muse, the material, further and further. . When people describe my work as wearable art, I feel vindicated,” she says. To mark the completion of 15 fabulous years in the fashion industry, Dadu recently launched her new collection at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA).In her new line, she revisits her own creative journey since launching her eponymous label (originally named ‘My Village’) in 2007 at the age of 21. . We drew inspiration from our textile innovations at different points in our journey to create the latest collection. It was refreshing to see that the textile explorations of over a decade ago are still relevant says the 36-year-old designer. The collection features a range of silhouettes–– jackets , blazers and kurtas for men, and saris, lehengas, dresses and more for women––using innovative surfaces including, but not limited to, paper, silicone, acrylic, steel, re-engineered zari and muslin. Dadu is a rebel in more ways than one. In a fashion world that considers silhouettes sacrosanct, texture is the star of her designs. Its design philosophy is based on an alternative perspective to the use of traditional materials through unorthodox but intuitive craft techniques and vice versa. Often this involves deconstruction, modification and reassembly into a new form. It is the “deception of fluidity in structure and structure in fluidity” that most excites Dadu. Having grown up around textiles – her father is a clothing exporter – fabrics and other materials were her toys. Growing up, she began traveling the world with him for his shows, soon realizing that design was what she wanted to do. Although she did her formal training as a fashion designer at Pearl Academy in Delhi, her curiosity is the main driver of her creative process, pushing her and the materials she works with to do something unexpected. “Surface texturing is at the heart of everything we do. We like to see the unexplored potential of a material, often by breaking it down and then putting it back together. This is how we discover our techniques to understand the capacity of a material to take shape on human forms. The silhouette creation process starts at this point. This too is driven by the redesigned material and its capabilities and we are not imposing a silhouette on it,” she explains. A champion of body positivity, the designer places comfort and wearability at the heart of her designs. “I believe in celebrating all body types. We charge the same for our clothes, regardless of body type, and while I’ve always strived to make clothes that are technically perfect, I also ensured that they were also functional and comfortable,” she says. The decision to launch her landmark 15th year collection as part of KNMA’s Art X Fashion series was prompted by her treatment of her designs as a art form, and she explored ways to expand her practice beyond the realms of clothing and fashion.

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French chic: Rugby stars celebrate Munster captain’s wedding in style

It’s been quite a long wait, but finally Munster captain Peter O’Mahony and the love of his life Jessica Moloney were able to live out the wedding of their dreams.

The beloved couple who have been together for eight years were due to wed in the south of France in the summer of 2020, but Covid-19 had other plans.

The couple had to postpone their big day for two years but it was all a distant memory yesterday when they exchanged vows in the sunny town of Aix-en-Provence not far from Marseille in the south of the France.

Irish rugby star Peter and lawyer Jessica have already said ‘yes’ in a low-key ceremony in their garden in July 2020 attended by their two children, Indie and Theo.

In February 2021, the couple welcomed their third child, a baby boy named Ralph.

A host of rugby stars from Munster and Ireland joined Jessica and Peter in the South of France for their rustic-inspired wedding, including Tadhg Beirne and his new wife Harriet Fuller who only married Conor Murray last month and his fiancee Joanna Cooper and Joey Carbery and his fiancee Robyn Flanagan.

Jessica opted for a classic off-white dress with a mid-thigh side slit paired with a gorgeous traditional flowing cathedral veil.

She wore her hair in a relaxed curl. Peter, meanwhile, sported an indigo blue suit with an open-necked white shirt and loafers.

One of the special features of the wedding reception was a Land Rover which was fitted with a bottle holder/wine dispenser from which guests could pour a glass of AIX rosé made in Provence.

Peter popped the question during a Grand Slam winning trip to Dubai in March 2018.

While 32-year-old Peter devotes much of his free time to the garden, Jessica has a keen eye for interior design.

Anyone who follows the popular couple on Instagram knows of course that Peter also has a thing for vacuuming, much to the amusement of his wife!


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Kate Spade New York Spring 2023 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Kate Spade New York was launched in January 1993, as a joint venture between Kate and Andy Spade, then soon to be married. She was an accessories editor Mademoiselle turned designer, he was an editor; their view on fashion could be described as “editorial”. The brand has always had a voice and a sense of humor, coupled with a purpose. The rectangular nylon Sam bag that made the company famous answered a gap in the market for something affordable and functional, yet chic. It wasn’t long before Kate Spade New York became a lifestyle brand known for its sophistication, wit and color.

Tapestry, Inc. acquired the brand in 2017 and a few days ago revealed the names of its latest creative directors, industry veterans Tom Mora and Jennifer Lyu. The duo held their first presentation at Three World Trade Center and the magnificent view underscored the brand’s association with the city. The ensemble and the collection referred to nature. Surrounded by a verdant ‘lawn’, the models braved a carefully designed shower to fall alongside rather than on them.

Color and charm were the takeaways here. Lyu’s children’s bath toy was one of the inspirations for a cloud bag with rain fringe that couldn’t be more Instagram-friendly, and was shown with a cardigan jacket and jeans. Great attention has been paid to detail and finishing, and the outfits have been expertly crafted. A floral dress, for example, was paired with matching rain boots.

As Kate Spade New York celebrates its 30th anniversary and Mora and Lyu build on the brand’s heritage, it makes sense that there’s a retro feel to the clothes. Silhouettes from the 50s and 60s predominated, adapted for today. This vision of femininity, as pretty as it is, is also sugary, somewhat formulaic and assumes – despite the rain gear – a festive attitude and blue skies, leaving little room for the expression of a range of emotions. .

But for those looking to escape to a perfect Instagram world, this collection comes in spades, just like the designers’ stated framework. “Our favorite adventures happen when we least expect it. Like getting caught in the rain. On the one hand, it’s an accident. show notes. Flexibility and the ability to see things from different angles are qualities that are sorely lacking in the world right now. They are what Kate and Andy Spade brought to the brand decades ago, and Mora and Lyu aim to push forward today come rain or shine.

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Flashback Friday: Katrina Kaif to Alia Bhatt, the celebs who raised the style quotient

Bollywood celebrities sure know how to serve up looks that turn heads. From Tara Sutaria’s sizzling black leather ensemble to Alia Bhatt’s soft pastel look, they were on top of their fashion game this week.

Here is an overview of the looks that have caught our attention in recent days.

Mom-to-be Alia Bhatt stunned in a soft purple blazer over a white top and blue jeans. Her makeup was soft and minimal, and a pair of gold hoop earrings added a touch of glamor to the look.

Janhvi Kapoor kept it simple and chic in a sleeveless white ribbed top and a pair of blue denim shorts. The actor’s natural, clean makeup further added to the street-style allure of the look.

Karan Johar went for a retro look in a Dhruv Kapoor ensemble – a polka dot scarf and an all-black outfit. Her Gucci sunglasses elevated her style even further!

Katrina Kaif kept it fresh and fun in a peach, yellow and ocher knit sweater. We love how the look was effortless and minimal with subtle accessories and makeup.

Tara Sutaria donned a black leather jacket, black leather pants and a black crop top for a photo shoot. She looked lovely with her long wavy hair and nude makeup.

Last, but definitely not least, Ananya Panday turned up the heat in sunny Capri in a chic green bikini paired with pretty gold jewelry.

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Instagram and TikTok go to war at New York Fashion Week

There comes a turning point in determining who sets the next trends and dominates the front rows of New York Fashion Week. For decades they were the esteemed editors of top fashion magazines. Eventually, top department store buyers and stylists joined them.

With the acceleration of the internet came the birth of the fashion blogger, with prominent fashion bloggers, like Bryan Boy and Chiara Ferragni, joining the esteemed ranks of the fashion industry’s elite at the forefront. of Fashion Week. The era of the blogger has evolved into the era of the Instagram influencer as Instagram has become one of the major social media platforms. Instagram has also become the fashion industry’s favorite social media platform as it is a highly visual medium. Fashion, of course, is all about visuals.

Now, with the next decade comes the next generation of influencers, and TikTok is in rivalry with Instagram over who will claim the status of the fashion industry’s favorite social media platform. This war is starkly highlighted during Fashion Month, as the front rows and the people brands woo change.

The small business blog did a study that showed some of the pros and cons between Instagram and TikTok that brands should think about. TikTok is found to have the best average session duration compared to other social media apps.

US TikTok users open the app more than 8 times a day. 13.15% of the 3.8 billion social media users use Instagram daily and 11.01% of the 4.54 billion internet users worldwide access Instagram daily. Instagram also has 1.3 billion users compared to TikTok’s 1 billion, but in 2021 TikTok had 745 million downloads compared to Instagram’s 545 million. Yet 89% of marketers prefer Instagram over TikTok for digital marketing.

Brands, like Coach, love to woo the next generation of trendiest influencers. TikTok star and model Wisdom Kaye was seen front row during New York Fashion Week at the Coach show. He’s also been known to receive lavish gifts from designers, like Rick Owens, who want to see him wear their clothes at Fashion Week events.

On the other hand, brands like Nicole Miller, which are more tuned in to millennials and up, have historically favored Instagram influencers, like Christina Caradona, in their top ranks.

Gen Z model and influencer Cole Etgen, who both attended and modeled for New York Fashion Week, has 70,000 followers on Instagram and more than 468,000 on TikTok. Although he has a significant number of followers on TikTok, he finds that the brands he has worked with woo him more on Instagram. “Instagram is the number one fashion platform, so people are taking fashion more seriously,” he said. “On TikTok, if you are perceived as attractive and you have fashionable clothes on TikTok, you are doing well. On Instagram, people are less concerned about being perceived as attractive, and they focus more on fashion current.

Other influencers, like Martin Soto who has 244,000 followers on TikTok, find that brands are courting them more through this platform. Some brands see TikTok as a more authentic and less organized platform.

“TikTok is better for brands because there’s more authenticity on the app,” he said. “Brands can share their products in unique ways. An example is the storytelling aspect of TikTok, where videos can show how a business starts its day. There’s also the ability to share behind-the-scenes video footage from things like Fashion Week, and videos can use trending sounds on TikTok to fit their content.

Some of Soto’s sentiments were also shared by Justin Kline, co-founder of influencer agency Markerly, in an interview with Forbes. “When it comes to brands, Reels have received higher engagements and we suspect this is due to the presences they have established and cultivated for much longer than on TikTok,” he said. “TikTok has made a name for itself on authentic, fun and creative content led by real people, so it’s no surprise that individual users always win against brands on the app – TikTokers come to see challenges of dance, songs and pranks, not overtly branded content.”

Instagram is a much more curated issue with images edited to certain standards, and the platform has only just focused on its Reels video component to compete with TikTok. While Instagram may still reign supreme as a fashion platform, the need for something less organized to connect with consumers, like TikTok, is something designers and executives recognize. (Instagram and TikTok did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Beast.)

“If we look at this from a business perspective, and only from a purely economic and ocular perspective, I just don’t see how a creator can continue to simply publish in [Instagram] feed,” said Vanessa Flaherty, president of influencer management firm Digital Brand Architects, for fashion company. “It’s kind of a dying breed at this point.”

“I found that TikTok has more eyes now, and I got a lot more orders from TikTok than from Instagram.”

— Adam Dalton Blake

Fashion designer Adam Dalton Blake, who has been to New York Fashion Week before, told The Daily Beast, “I found out that TikTok has more eyes now, and I’ve gotten a lot more orders from TikTok than Instagram. I definitely don’t get the same amount of interactions I used to on Instagram, and I prefer TikTok now because it’s more fun and creative.

Seating assignments at New York Fashion Week are also seeing a reboot. Last season, the TikTok account @nyctrends posted several videos of front row guests arriving on shows like Tory Burch and Collina Strada. There were occasional comments on the video for “Who is it?” about the guests. Many of them were rising or current TikTok stars.

Influencers who have made big names for themselves on Instagram have managed to translate their success on TikTok into moving on. Bryan Boy now has 3.9 million followers on TikTok where brands are seen wooing him with freebies like designer bags. Fashion editor and stylist Caroline Vazzana, who has 335,000 Instagram followers but over 550,000 on TikTok, is well known for her “Get Ready With Me” videos where she shows people how she prepares for Fashion Week in her Carrie Bradshaw-inspired outfits donated or loaned from the brands.

“The Instagram vs. TikTok war will ultimately be won by two things: visibility and who helps brands generate ROI.”

Some brands also tend to court Instagram influencers over TikTok influencers and vice versa. In February 2020, before TikTok gained popularity, the app partnered with IMG, the producers of New York Fashion Week: The Shows, and sent three TikTok influencers to cover shows such as Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, Rag & Bone, e1972 and Zadig. & Voltaire. This opened up these brands to the Gen Z world.

On the other hand, this same season, Instagram sent two stars of the Netflix show Cheernamely Lexi Brumback and Gabi Butler, to be part of the behind-the-scenes footage and capture them in various front rows.

The Instagram vs. TikTok war will ultimately be won by two things: visibility and who helps brands generate ROI. Instagram currently has the largest following, but TikTok overtakes the platform in terms of new users. Currently, most social media metrics include a sum total of all channels, including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter, so it’s hard to tell in terms of engagement where one outperforms the other.

However, as brands turn to individual influencer metrics to see where their best ROI lies, there will ultimately be a clear winner. Until then, the battle between Instagram and TikTok continues.

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Recreate French coffee brews at home and try to win a trip to Paris

From espressos to inspiring concoctions with L’OR Espresso Capsules

For java purists, black coffee is the only solution. It’s a way of observing all the layers of flavor in a cup of high quality coffee without the cream and sugar cover; others need the power of a shot of black coffee to get their day started quickly.

Yet among the “black teams” there are other subsets of varying styles and sizes. Coffee connoisseurs will quickly discern the difference between an espresso (basic black coffee), a ristretto (a more concentrated version of an espresso made with less water for a richer, more aromatic brew) and a lungo (Italian for “long” because more water is used than for an espresso for a larger cup of coffee).

It’s an art to enjoy the perfect cup of black coffee. Follow these guidelines to get the most out of your brew.

  • Use stoneware, earthenware or porcelain cups for better aromas
  • Before tasting, stir your coffee so that it is well distributed
  • Leave to cool for a moment to let all the shades shine
  • Try not to eat spicy or strong-tasting foods before having coffee (e.g. anise, mint, and licorice)
  • Swirl the coffee in your mouth for five to 10 seconds to engage all of your taste receptors
  • Keep tasting the coffee as it cools to discover aromas that may have initially been masked by the heat
  • Finish your coffee in 10-15 minutes

Add milk to the mix and other variations appear, like cappuccino, latte, macchiato and more. Mr. Brouwer notes: “If you find the right balance between coffee and milk, you can bring out caramelized notes in the smell.”

For something different, you can also try these two recipes from L’OR that are sure to elevate your daily brew.

Cococcino Coconut Coffee

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Take your favorite cup of espresso to the next level with this vegan and dairy-free alternative.


For a cup of coconut coffee

  • 1 cup of intense L’OR espresso, we recommend L’OR Espresso Supreme
  • 100ml coconut milk
  • A dash of caramel syrup


  1. Froth the coconut milk.
  2. Pour a dash of caramel syrup into a coffee cup.
  3. Pour L’OR Espresso over the caramel syrup and stir the mixture.
  4. Pour the coconut milk froth over the coffee mixture to finish.
  5. For an iced coffee, let the coconut coffee cool down a bit and add ice cubes.

Cardamom Fig Fusion Frappuccino

Preparation time: 5 minutes

A fusion of flavors, this “frappuccino” can be drunk simultaneously in two cups for maximum pleasure. Add flavors of chocolate, caramel or vanilla for more indulgence.


  • 100ml condensed milk
  • 50ml milk
  • 30ml coconut cream
  • ¾ cup crushed ice
  • 1 stroke L’OR Sontuso
  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • 1 fig
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate


  1. Shave the dark chocolate with a grater or a knife.
  2. Chop the fig as finely as possible. Set aside a slightly larger slice of fig for garnish.
  3. Add the finely chopped fig, condensed milk, milk and crushed ice to your blender. Blend until thick and smooth.
  4. Pour the blended mixture into a wine glass.
  5. Gently place the dark chocolate shavings and the remaining fig slice on the cold drink.
  6. Pour the hot espresso into a coffee cup.
  7. Take a green cardamom pod, crack it gently with your fingers and place it over the hot espresso to let the flavors meld.
  8. Serve and enjoy together (hot and cold).

Each cup of L’OR coffee is a unique experience: unapologetic pure pleasure in a cup. Follow your senses and let the intensity of the aroma overwhelm you.

For more information, visit or the Facebook page of LOREspressoSG

GOLD Espresso capsules, coffee beans and L’OR Essenso instant pre-mixed coffee are available at all major supermarkets and online at the official JDE World of Coffee webshop at Shopee Singapore.


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WNBA legend Sue Bird retires after Seattle Storm playoff loss: NPR

Sue Bird reacts after Tuesday’s game, the last of her career, in the 2022 WNBA Playoffs Semifinals in Seattle, Wash.

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Basketball legend Sue Bird played the final game of her unprecedented 20-year career on Tuesday night, walking off the court to thunderous chants of “Thank you, Sue” despite her team’s loss in the playoffs.

The Seattle Storm – for which Bird has played his entire career – fell to the Las Vegas Aces in Game 4 of their semi-final series, in a tearful end to what Bird had previously promised would be his final season.

“I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished here,” she said after the game, according to ESPN. “Of course I’m sad, but there’s also happiness, to be able to spend a moment like this with the fans, to make them sing like they did. I know that tears don’t look like tears of joy, but there is a lot of happiness.”

Bird’s storied career redefined basketball in Seattle and across the country. The WNBA named her one of the 25 Greatest Players in League History last year (after naming her one of its 20 Greatest Players of All Time during her birthday celebration). 20th birthday in 2016, and one of its 15 greatest players five years prior).

Among many highlights: The 2002 No. 1 draft pick became the WNBA’s all-time leader in assists (over 3,000) and career starts (549), and the only player in the league to have appeared in 500 career games. She won four WNBA championships and appeared in a record 12 all-star games, and also won five consecutive Olympic gold medals for the USA women’s basketball team.

As a point guard, Bird scored or assisted on nearly 33% of every Storm field goal during her 18 seasons with the team (she retired two due to injury) and assisted on 27.6% of every basket scored in the history of the team.

Bird poses with his gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last August.

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“She’s going to be one of those Mt. Rushmore, Mt. Everest players that you turn to every time you think of player greatness,” sportswriter Howard Bryant told NPR earlier this year. “I mean, man, woman – you can’t really top what she’s done.”

Bird is also known for her contributions and activism off the court.

She is an advocate for young LGTBQs and launched the “Love Is” campaign and fashion brand with soccer star (and her fiancé) Megan Rapinoe. And as vice president of the WNBA players union, she worked with her colleagues to navigate playing through a pandemic and taking a stand against racial injustice.

She spoke to NPR in 2020 about the importance of player activism in the WNBA, adding that female athletes are used to being judged on just about everything.

“When you’re a male athlete, you’re allowed to play your sport,” she said. “But everything about us, how we play on the pitch, we’re judged. We’re judged by how we look, we’re judged by who we love. And it’s been that way for many, many years.”

Bird signs autographs for fans ahead of Game 2 of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs Semi-Finals in August.

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Bird signs autographs for fans ahead of Game 2 of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs Semi-Finals in August.

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In recent years, Bird has become the first WNBA player (and third American basketball player of all time) to win four championships in three different decades, as well as the first WNBA player (and fifth American basketball player) to record at least eight assists in a game after turning 40.

His retirement is no surprise. Bird indicated at the time that the 2021 season would be her last – but fan chants of “one more year” helped change her mind and put her back in the game for one last flight, as the called the league. Now she says she is ready.

“Of course my body feels good,” Bird told ESPN on Tuesday, “so it might fool you, but there’s a reason I felt comfortable and I was confident that it was my last year. Being able to say that out loud was a big hurdle. Once I kind of jumped over that, I knew I had done the right thing because of how I felt afterwards.

Bird said she would miss basketball and suggested she might not quit the sport altogether. In recent years, she has been involved in other offseason ventures, including public speaking, analyzing women’s college basketball, and launching the media and business company TOGETHXR with fellow athletes Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim and Simon Manuel.

She talked about wanting to “do things in a way that makes the pie bigger for everyone,” as she told ESPN last month.

“I feel really passionate about it, given my background as a female athlete fighting for scraps,” she said. “I don’t want that to be the case for the next generation.”

Bryant, the sportscaster, told NPR he believes Bird’s legacy will not only be in his accolades, but also in helping to develop basketball and inspiring so many girls to take an interest in the game. .

Bird is retiring the same year several other great women are stepping back, like tennis player Serena Williams and track and field star Allyson Felix – all of whom have used their time and talent to help make their sports more accessible for the next generation.

Bird goes to the basket during the women’s final between the United States and Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August 2021.

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Kareena Kapoor’s athleisure logs are ‘fit and all fabulous’ | fashion trends

When it comes to combining style, boldness and comfort, no one does it better than Kareena Kapoor. The actor keeps raising the fashion bar for us to conquer with his sartorial fashion sense. From casual ensembles to formal outfits to ethnic ensembles, Kareena’s fashion sense is salivating and envy-worthy. Kareena’s athleisure diaries are also loved by her fans on Instagram. The actress is having her fans drooling with snippets from her fashion journals flaunting her athleisure collection, and they just keep getting better and better every day. Kareena on Wednesday shared a new set of photos from one of her recent fashion shoots and sent her fans into a meltdown.

ALSO READ: Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor Visit Parents In Stunning Casual Outfits. Pictures inside

Kareena Kapoor’s athleisure diaries are proof we can spruce up our workout looks, too. The actor chose a coordinating pastel purple ensemble for the photos. In the photos, Kareena can be seen wearing a pastel purple sports bra and a pastel purple bodycon pencil skirt, accented with a black leather belt at the waist. Kareena added a cropped lavender jacket to her look and looked as stylish as ever as she posed for the cameras. The second set of photos shows the ever-OG actor in a black sports bra and a pair of contrasting pink joggers. For shoes, Kareena opted for white sneakers with pink and black detailing. “Fab cuts and all that,” Kareena summed up in her athleisure diaries. Take a look at his pictures here:

Kareena, for the first set of photos, wore her braids in a ponytail and added white sneakers to her look. For the second set of photos, the actress accessorized her look with gold hoop earrings and decked out in nude eyeshadow, black eyeliner, mascara-laden lashes, contoured cheeks and a shade. of nude lipstick.

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On the Bergdorf Goodman menu this Fashion Week? Designer drinks

Designer drink, anyone? In honor of New York Fashion Week, Bergdorf Goodman asked some of the most recognizable names in the American fashion industry, including Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera’s Wes GordonSergio Hudson and Christopher John Rogers—to curate a custom cocktail list.

With the help of Temple Bar’s expert mixologists, they delivered. In September, you can sip Rogers’ “The CJR” margarita (mezcal, dry vermouth, lemongrass and lime) as well as Hudson’s The Hudson Chiller (tequila, amaro, cucumber, strawberry and lemon) at BG Restaurant and Goodman’s Bar .

For those who are still in a summer mood, the “Kors Krush” will hit the mark with its peach and orange blossom vodka, lemon juice and basil. “Basil leaves mixed with peach and orange vodka instantly transport you to a sunset drink with incredible ocean views, wherever you are,” says Kors.

The Puppets & Puppets “Dirty Dog Water” cocktail is a play on the classic Dirty Martini.Photo: Heather Phelps Lipton

carly brands Puppets and Puppets put your own spin on the classic Dirty Martini by replacing the vermouth with sherry. “I love a dirty martini more than anything after a long day at work,” she says Vogue. “Ordering one with a friend or two is the best way to relax when everything around me seems crazy.” Marks playfully dubbed his libation “Dirty Dog Water,” a nod to his beloved pet and the inspiration for his label. “Naming it after my dog ​​and muse Puppet was a must,” she adds. “I can’t think of anything more relaxing than leaning into a nice tall glass of Puppet’s Dirty Dog Water.”

Complete the menu? Studio 189’s “Rose Valentina” complex, which includes Japanese whiskey, white vermouth, umeshu, ginger, lemon, orange blossom and shiso, as well as Gordon’s “Herrera Marigold” with tequila, honey and lime.

And if you can’t make it to Bergdorf Goodman itself, whip up one of these chic cocktails at a home bar near you. Below is a recipe for “The Hudson Chiller” – sip and savor, preferably while streaming the Fendi show live.

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Coco Gauff, Frances Tiafoe, Carlos Alcaraz

NEW YORK — The US Open courts were remarkably quiet Saturday morning. It was the first day of the post-Serena Williams era, and it felt like the tune had been pulled from the site.

Ahead of Williams’ third-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic, there had been a palpable buzz everywhere – in the nosebleed seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in the food court queues, even while waiting in the circulation. Thousands of people flocked to catch a glimpse of the 23-time major champion during her training sessions, and her matches became the hottest ticket in town.

But then she lost and, just like that, her legendary career was over. Even Rafael Nadal’s (albeit lopsided) Saturday night game against Richard Gasquet at Ashe was flat.

But something happened on Sunday. Or rather somebody.

Playing in the second game of the afternoon on Ashe, 18-year-old Coco Gauff faced an uphill battle against Zhang Shuai, and with each fiercely contested rally and athletic feat, the crowd grew bigger and bigger. noisier. There were chants of “Let’s go, Co-co” and frequent reminders from the chair umpire for silence.

“That’s crazy. I mean, Ashe Stadium chanting my name?” Gauff said during his on-court interview after the match. “I was trying not to smile on the bench during the change. I was trying to stay in the moment.”

Gauff eventually won the match 7-5, 7-5, becoming the youngest American to advance to the quarter-finals of the event since 2009, and the first teenager since Victoria Azarenka, also in 2009, to reach the round. two major tournaments in the same season. (Gauff qualified for the French Open final earlier this year.)

With three matches preventing her from winning her first Grand Slam title – starting with a very tricky quarter-final clash against the scorching Caroline Garcia on Tuesday night – it’s clear she’s one of the next big superstars in the game. Game.

And she is not the only rising star to revitalize the crowds this fortnight.

On Monday afternoon, Frances Tiafoe pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Nadal, the 22-time major champion, to qualify for the second. great quarter-finals of his career.

The 24-year-old American has long charmed crowds with his fearless play, powerful striking and entertaining style. In the fourth-round clash, he found a way to put it all together at his Slam home. While Nadal remains one of the most popular players on the tour, Tiafoe converted the crowd as the match progressed, and in the end everyone was on their feet as Tiafoe claimed the biggest win of all. his career.

Around the same time, on the Louis Armstrong court, No. 1-ranked, two-time French Open champion Iga Swiatek advanced to the quarter-finals on Monday with a three-set victory over Jule Niemeier. After falling in the first set, the 21-year-old has won 12 of the last 16 games in the game.

Later that night, 21-year-old Jannik Sinner became the youngest since Novak Djokovic in 2008 to reach the quarter-finals of all four major tournaments when he held off Ilya Ivashka in five sets.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz beat 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win. qualify for the quarters, again. , At New York. He had a surprise run at the same lap in 2021 and has been a force on tour – and a fan favorite – ever since. A group of loyal supporters remained in the stands, chanting his name and waving Spanish flags, until the very end of his fourth-round match, well after 2 a.m. ET.

And of course there’s Nick Kyrgios, the 27-year-old Australian with seemingly limitless skills and electrifying showmanship. After years of failing to live up to expectations and attracting as much attention for his unpredictable antics as for his talent, he reached his first major final at Wimbledon in July.

He is now in his first US Open quarter-finals after a blowout win over Daniil Medvedev on Sunday. After Nadal’s loss, Kyrgios is the betting favorite to win the title. While everything seems to be falling into place for him on the pitch, his personal life is not without controversy. He was charged with domestic assault by a former partner and has a hearing related to the allegation in October.

It seems tennis has finally reached a moment of changing the guard. It was anticipated for years, as the biggest names were getting older, but the time has apparently come.

In addition to Williams’ retirement, Roger Federer, 41, has been sidelined for more than a year as he recovers from right knee surgery, Djokovic, 35, plays a limited schedule due to her unvaccinated status and 42-year-old Venus Williams played sparingly. . While Nadal, 36, has won two major titles this year, he has dealt with a host of injuries over the past 13 months and received his first Grand Slam outing since 2017 on Monday.

It is only the second Major since the start of the 2005 season to not have Nadal, Djokovic or Nadal in the quarter-finals. There hasn’t been a US Open quarter-final without the “Big Three” or Williams since 2003. No one in either draw has ever won the US Open before, and Swiatek is the only remaining Grand Slam champion.

“I think Nick is playing good tennis, it’s great for tennis,” Tiafoe said, while wearing a “GOAT” sweatshirt with images of Williams, after her victory on Monday. “You see him filling stadiums when he plays singles, doubles, whatever. Alcaraz is a big personality. Sinner. Myself. People support me…

“It’s cool to see a new era.”

There have been several players who looked like they could break through in recent years. Naomi Osaka looked like a safe bet with her four major titles, but she’s struggled on and off the pitch over the past 14 months. She lost in the first round in New York last week.

Medvedev beat Djokovic to win the US Open in 2021 and regained the No.1 ranking earlier this year, but he failed to defend his title this week.

A number of women have won Grand Slam titles in recent years since Williams temporarily left the tour on maternity leave in 2021, but almost all have not been able to achieve consistent success after their decisive moment.

And winning isn’t the only thing that makes a superstar. These young players have the “it” factor of charisma and authenticity, and it’s no surprise to see them filling stadiums and gaining new fans with each victory.

Gauff’s popularity continues to transcend tennis. She became a voice for societal issues, giving an impassioned speech at a Black Lives Matter rally in 2020 and writing “End gun violence” on camera at Roland Garros shortly after the school shooting in Uvalde, Australia. Texas.

Prior to this year, Gauff had never won a match against Ashe. In 2022, she has played every tournament match on court. His first three were scheduled just before Williams.

This placement under the marquee did not escape him.

“My first round, I was shocked to be put on Ashe,” Gauff said Sunday. “Then it happened again in the second round. At that point I thought maybe it would continue, especially when Serena was playing.

“It has to be like perfect programming for the viewers. You have me playing first, ending with the GOAT. It’s crazy.”

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Maui fashion brand Pulelehua Maui heads to New York Fashion Week

PC: Pulelehua Maui.

A 10-person team with Maui-based fashion brand Pulelehua Maui will head to New York Fashion Week on Thursday.

Owner Gemma Alvior rounds up 30 looks for The Model Experience event, taking place September 11, 2022 in Brooklyn, NY.

According to Alvior, other Hawaiian brands have been featured in New York Fashion Week events, but this is the first time a Maui brand has been invited and the first time a Hawaiian brand has hosted the event. Brooklyn.

The fashion show takes place at 3:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. HST) and features some 60 designers. Tickets can be purchased to watch virtually, but friends can also view the Pulelehua portion of the event live on Facebook and Instagram.

Pulelehua Maui began in 2016 drawing inspiration from the fashions featured at the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. Alvior was there as a member of Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi.


“I always wanted to be a designer when I was young. I went to Long Beach State, which has a really good College of the Arts, and there’s also a school for fashion designers in Long Beach, but I I was too scared to do that because I can’t cut straight and I can’t draw,” said Alvior, who then embraced her ability to visualize and manifest the designs she wanted.

After finding a seamstress, she then found a business on Oʻahu that could print designs. At first, she made selections of patterns and materials and used the designs they already had; but in 2018 she started using her own designs and selling her wares at local craft fairs and exchanges.

“The lehua was the first design because of the Merrie Monarch. I wanted to honor the year I competed,” Alvior said. At the time, Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death had doubled in impact in two years, expanding at 30,000 acres on the island of Hawaii.

“My seamstress couldn’t keep up. We kept selling,” Alvior said. In addition to the swap meet, she also sold her clothes at fundraising events and craft fairs. “She told me that if I wanted to continue, I would have to subcontract. I never wanted to outsource – I wanted to keep it in Hawaiʻi and Maui.

One of his designer friends told him that “people are going to buy your products because it’s your design, no matter who makes it”. That’s what you put in there. With the passing of his seamstress and no more orders to fill, Alvior decided to do just that.


In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alvior took time off from her job as a customer service agent at Hawaiian Airlines, allowing her to focus on her clothing brand.

“I found a great graphic designer who understands my vision of what I want my designs to look like,” Alvior said. The collaboration has led to designs that include the lehua, kalo, orchid, laʻi, and iwa bird.

On Mother’s Day, Pulelehua Maui launched the iwa, la’i and orchid designs as part of the Kuleana collection, which represent resilience, protection and honor. “The reason is that during COVID my third oldest sister died, and the following year my nephew died… With everything that happened in my family, I wanted to bring the iwa because it just have to be resilient to how life goes on, and you have to keep on going,” Alvior said.

The leaf of the laʻi, or ti, was selected because of its protective properties; and the orchid was chosen to honor Alvior’s mother who is battling stage 4 cancer.

Alvior was born in the Philippines, raised in Northern California and moved to Maui in 1999. She started hula dancing at age 10 and continues to do so today. “Hula has always been a part of me. I’ve always loved hula, the language, and I take it with me…I’m so honored to be able to support and embrace the culture, and share meaningful designs” , said Alvior.


Alvior’s daughter, Faith, also launched her own swimwear line called Kulunakinis, which is featured in Pulelehua Maui popups and online. The Baldwin High School senior launched the brand during the pandemic with designs that include protea, puakenikeni and gardenia.

Upon arrival on the East Coast, New York-based nonprofit group Hālāwai, which is committed to supporting people with a common interest in Hawai’i and the Pacific, will help with transportation and orientation of the Maui contingent. The group has selected iconic locations for Pulelehua photo shoots and has scheduled a concert for musicians Hoaka Music, who will accompany the Maui band.

Hoaka Music, which features Kalani Miles and Kason Gomes, will be sharing their music live at a free event at the Bryant Park Hotel from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

Their music will also be featured as part of the fashion show, with an oli on Maui composed by Luana Kawaʻa and shared by Leinaʻala Vedder.

The mission of the Brooklyn event is to create opportunities for models and talent. It was founded in 2012, and former participants went on to model for Vogue, HBO Max, Guess, and more.

The Model Experience will offer a total of 25 female models and 4 male models, whose objective is to be signed by a modeling agency. Two of the women featured on the Pulelehua runway are from Valley Isle–Miss Maui USA 2021-2022, Kawena Kanhai and Malie Meanor.

For the remaining models, Alvior shared his vision with the group, many of whom have never been to Maui or Hawaiʻi. “I sent them a long email about who I am and what the designs mean. It’s not just a flower you’re going to wear…I want to make sure they understand what they’re wearing,” she said.

Pulelehua Maui was also a guest at Los Angeles Fashion Week in October, but has yet to commit to the event given the limited prep time.

For the holiday season, Pulelehua Maui will host a pop-up store in the former Forever 21 store at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, where Alvior will launch three new designs. The event takes place from December 15 to 20, 2022.

The Pulelehua Apparel LLC website is temporarily in “off” mode while Alvior focuses on the New York fashion show, but will soon be back up and running with new fashions from the runway coming to the online store .

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7 Best Workout Clothes for Women from Amazon Deal of the Day

Health and fitness are very important aspects of our lives and with pollution and sedentary lifestyles on the rise, we cannot stress this enough. If you too are a wonder woman like us who tries to balance daily tasks and work, you already know that maintaining your physical shape is not easy. However, a simple morning run or an hour in the gym is enough even if you’re not into rigorous fitness sessions. And for a good workout routine, you need quality workout clothes to deliver flexibility and comfort in style. You can now buy some of the best and most comfortable workout clothes for women at reasonable prices at Amazon Deal of the Day. Here are some options we have selected for you.

7 Best Workout Clothes for Women from Amazon Deal of the Day

1. Oalka Women’s High Waisted Shorts

These sporty shorts from Oalka are made from 75% nylon and 25% spandex, making them lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking and stretchy. The high waist band is designed for tummy control and gives you ample coverage while you bend and stretch. They also have handy side pockets for storing a large cell phone or credit card. 4-way stretch fabric and interlock seams minimize chafing and chafing. It would be a perfect option for yoga, gym workouts, or running.

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2. KIKIWING Women’s Seamless Sports Bra

Made from 69% polyester and 31% spandex, this seamless sports bra is perfect for any workout, whether you wear it under a top or wear it like that. This sportswear gives you full coverage, is soft, comfortable, highly elastic and wicks away sweat. No matter your curvature, the upgraded chest pads are tough enough to fit you and the chest pads can be removed easily if you don’t need them.


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3. Aeuui Workout Tops for Women

This athletic workout top for women is made of 95% polyester and 5% spandex. It has a super soft mesh seam at the back which makes it more suitable for sports, as it helps maintain airflow and gives you more comfort. Sweat-wicking fabric quickly volatilizes your sweat and keeps you cool.


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4. Women’s Libin Cargo Jogger Pants

You can never go wrong with a comfortable pair of joggers. This pair of joggers is very versatile and you can wear them in a living room, while traveling, hiking, during workouts, walking or as daily wear at home. These joggers are water resistant and give you UV protection. They come with 5 functional pockets including 2 zipped side pockets, 2 cargo pockets with hook-and-loop closure and 1 zipped back pocket. They also have an elastic waistband with a drawstring to adjust to your waist size no matter what size you are.


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5. Lemedy sports bra for women

This athletic padded sports bra comes with removable pads that are adjustable, soft and comfortable to wear. This sporty top is fashionable and comfortable and you can wear it during your yoga sessions, fitness routines and any type of workout. The scoop neckline gives your neck a nice shape and the length of the cut fits perfectly with any high waisted bottom. It’s made with a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric that’s a combination of 80% nylon and 20% spandex. You can wash it by hand because machine washing may reduce its elasticity.


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6. HISKYWIN Women’s UPF50+ Sun Protection Long Sleeve Outdoor T-Shirt

Summers are really harsh in some parts of the country and while wearing long-sleeved clothing can make you feel warm, sometimes full coverage is necessary. This 100% polyester long sleeve outdoor t-shirt is what you need to protect your upper body from harmful UV rays. This top is lightweight, stylish, soft, breathable and quick drying. You can even wear them while swimming. Crew neckline and flat clasp reduce chafing.


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7. TOPONSKY Women’s 2-Piece Sportswear

This is a perfect combo for you if you are looking for an athletic ensemble. This 2-piece sports outfit is made of soft cotton and elastic polyester fiber, which makes it stretchy and comfortable to wear for a long time. Although the pants have no pockets, the stitch and shape make your body look toned and also act as a flat stomach. The top can be worn individually as casual wear or as part of a different sports outfit. Please review sizes and measurements before purchasing this product and if you are confused, purchase a size larger than yours as it may shrink after a wash.


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These 7 super comfortable workout clothes for women are of good quality and will easily fit into your budget. All you have to do is choose the sportswear that suits your preferences and place your order quickly because today’s Amazon deal is ending soon!

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6 local fashion designers on how to dress for an office job



“Dressing for the studio and beyond.”

More often than not, it’s hard for creatives to feel content within the constraints of an office dress code. The phrase “meaningful dress” conjures up images of neutral-toned blazers, circa 2011 peplum tops and low-heeled pumps; the uniform of a female professional who does the work.

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But it’s no longer 2011 and life is too short for a yawning work wardrobe. Believe it or not, there are ways to look stylish while maintaining just the right dose of seriousness. Below, six Australian and New Zealand fashion designers share their tips for dressing (right) for an office job.

Jamie Nelson, Founder of Nelson Made

Make sure your office wardrobe includes a good quality, versatile blazer – you can throw it over anything and feel polished. I also recommend investing in comfortable, well-designed shoes that make you feel invincible. Whatever your look, you want to rock a pair of stunning shoes that make you feel like you own the room!


Maddy Alexis, junior designer at Lee Mathews

I like to think of my work wardrobe as a uniform. It’s tonal, minimal, and usually involves tailored pants and a chunky shoe. I’m still on the lookout for tailored black pants; our Mortimer Pleated Front Trousers is a staple in my wardrobe. I like to pair them with a crisp white tank top or shirt. A tailored blazer always makes me feel good, I like these a bit oversized for a less corporate look.


Liam Bowden, Founder and Creative Director of Deadly Ponies

I prefer a take-out piece that is functional but looks good. Leading a busy life, I think it’s important to have a seasonless wardrobe staple that can carry everything you need (and a few things you don’t). Mr Breton is our new tote bag. It hits all those notes and was designed specifically for the working woman, with multiple compartments and plenty of room for your tech. It’s perfect for the office.


Emily Mae Poole, Founder of Studio Marlene

Dressing for the studio and beyond – for me, it’s all about that meeting moment. I like to start with a simple base line – a cotton top, leather pants and shoes. Then I’ll add a pop of color (if I feel like it) and accessorize.

Get to know the wardrobe companions that give you a dressed up edge when you need it and the pieces you go for when you want it laid back. Here I wear a Studio Marlene shirt in cobalt, a sample of Studio Marlene pants (coming soon), my Miu Miu bag, Prada biker boots and a pair of vintage statement earrings.


Olivia Cashmore, Founder of Olivia Cashmore

We’ve turned to comfort in our wardrobes over the past few years – for obvious reasons. Tracksuits and casual wear have become staples. [But] as the world begins to return to the action, I think it’s essential to find the balance between casual and formal.

A great blazer go far. A blazer – because of the way it is constructed and detailed – adds “formality” to any outfit. You can keep your outfit relatively simple…but once you add a blazer, you instantly feel put together. Oversized and boxy silhouettes are a great way to [professional dressing] as well!

I’ve always been a fan of casual but slightly formal pants, pared down with a crisp white t-shirt or a freshly ironed shirt. [It’s] my “I made an effort but I’m also comfortable” look.


Meg Wilcher, founder of Apres Studio

Are you looking for the same dark, boring, “executive”, slightly fitted work clothes every week? Have you lost your glow? I’m here to help you expand the restrictive parameters you think your dress code for getting the job done should adhere to. I always approach the dressing [for work] with layers that match my mood.

I want to feel supported [by my outfit] for the main task at hand. It’s always cold here in Melbourne so [I usually go] for the more is more approach. Hot tips to leave you: wear what makes you feel powerful, what you put on your body creates a feeling [and a] vibe. Your energy is transferable. Let people feel inspired because you do.

Effortless style can also be comfortable. If you feel cramped and stuck, you will approach all tasks with the same mindset. If your outfit seems mundane or boring but you’re rocking an amazing coat, shoes, and bag, I truly believe these items will take the rest of your outfit from dull to delectable.


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UFC Fight Night results, highlights: Ciryl Gane knocks out Tai Tuivasa in wild brawl from Paris

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Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa closed out the UFC Paris debut in spectacular fashion. Gane punished and eventually put away Tuivasa in an exciting Fight Night headliner full of momentum swings.

After a slow start to the first round, the second and third rounds brought action and then some. “Bam Bam” threw a wild right hand that dropped Gane and seemed, at least for a moment, to have knocked the hometown hero out. Gane stood up, dodging incoming blows and conjuring a cruel kick that sent Tuivasa retreating. Gane came forward for the finish but was deterred by a left hook that tripped him. The round ended with Gane landing a better attack, folding Tuivasa with body kicks and completing it with a heavy uppercut.

Gane got into the body attacks in the third round. The elusive kickboxer repeatedly hurt his foe with body shots to disguise a massive headbutt that nearly extinguished Tuivasa. The Aussie fighter tucked his otherworldly chin in and stepped back to keep Gane at bay. In the final minute of the round, Gane threw several front kicks into the midsection that noticeably hurt Tuivasa. Gane pivoted with the back foot to get an angle on an advancing Tuivasa and unleashed a hellish counter-right uppercut. The punch snapped Tuivasa’s chin back at an awkward angle and gave Gane a position outside of Tuivasa’s vision from which to reign the punches. Gane knocked Tuivasa down and followed with two hammer fists that knocked his opponent out of consciousness.

“Nobody on this planet expected that from the fans of France. It makes me so happy!” Gane said in the post-fight interview. “You may have London, England, but you also have Paris.

“It doesn’t matter who, Dana [White]I want to go back to [UFC heavyweight] belt. Please.”

Gane bounced back from his only career loss to UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou at UFC 270 and improved to 11-1 since making his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2018. Gane remains the ranked fighter No. 1 in the division. Tuivasa fell to 14-4 overall and ended a stellar five-fight winning streak, the best of his UFC tenure.

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Fashion deals: how to get a bargain, from sale to occasion | To save money

Find outlets online

Many brands are now selling their excess inventory through their own digital outlets. For example, Rixo, famous for its patterned dresses, has an archive section on its site where you can shop previous season’s styles for up to 50% off.

The Outnet is selling styles from the previous season that didn’t sell on Net-a-Porter, and that’s where Guardian fashion and lifestyle editor Morwenna Ferrier says you can find designer clothes for “absolute theft”. She says: “Victoria Beckham’s declining profits mean a lot of her pieces end up there. I got a nice blue silk shirt for a fifth of RRP [recommended retail price].”

Street shoe brands Schuh and Office are selling deeply discounted shoes that are end of line, ex-display or with a few scuffs, including children’s school shoes, on the Schuh Imperfects and Offcuts by Office sites. .

Mark the items you like, then wait for them to go on sale

“I always buy a designer winter coat during the summer sales,” says Monikh Dale, stylist and founder of

“I note when it comes out and, if possible, I bookmark the item online or on the shopping site. Two seasons later, when the sales start, I hope he’ll be waiting for me with at least 50% off. It’s a gamble if you really like it, because it doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it’s so good.

Many brands sell excess inventory through their own digital outlets, or you can search for a fashion item on websites that sell used goods. Photography: imagebroker/Alamy

You can use a price tracker app, while Google Shopping lets you monitor price drops.

If you need something more urgent, at least leave it in your online shopping cart overnight. You will often find that the brand sends you an email offering you a discount code to complete your purchase.

Sign up for reseller newsletters

You have to have the willpower not to be tricked into spending more by the regular marketing emails you receive, but subscribers are usually alerted to a brand’s sales, often 24 hours in advance, which means that you get the first dibs on the best, and deepest, discounts. choice of sizes.

You’ll almost always get a sign-up discount bonus as well – maybe 10% or 15% – for your first purchase.

Look first for used

If you have a specific item in mind, always see if you can buy it used before paying full or sale price.

For online fashion, Ferrier says it’s a good idea to start with eBay and Vestiaire Collective.

“Some brands sell for more on eBay, and vice versa. Slightly older and more expensive brands, like Toast, Cos or Arket, cost less on Vestiaire because people are looking for luxury on the latter. You can get designer bargains for less on eBay.

A tip for getting the best deals: search on weekends, when bored sellers list things on a Sunday night. Try spelling mistakes. “I once got something great from Paul Smith on eBay because someone misspelled his name,” Ferrier says.

Harry Styles is performing in Manhattan, New York, in May 2022
Harry Styles’ stylist has listed the singer’s archive pieces on Depop. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

“Try not to buy from overseas as they charge a lot, and it’s harder to spot a fake, and if you’re a newbie start with Cloakroom as they do the checking for you.

“I also go to fancy boutiques – Liberty, Selfridges – note new or lesser-known dealerships, then search eBay. I just got a dress from Farm Rio for £30. It was probably £300 new.

Buy second-hand items from your favorite stylists or influencers

Many stylists and fashion influencers who receive clothes sell their barely-worn wardrobes online. You can even get your hands on Harry Styles’ archive pieces after his stylist, Harry Lambert, said he listed them on Depop.

Frugality’s Alex Stedman recycles her old clothes on eBay for charity – mostly items that no longer fit her after motherhood.

“It’s worth knowing if your favorite influencers are offering something similar. There are so many great sites for second-hand shopping these days. [such as] Vinted and Depop, and I love shopping at more stylish stores like Shelter in King’s Cross and Crisis in Finsbury Park, London.

“I also love the thrill of a garage sale – the prices are much lower than at vintage and charity shops, and it’s a real social occasion. They don’t all start at five in the morning. My personal favourite, Battersea Boot, is a gold mine for fashion and home.

The classic car garage sale at the Southbank Centre, South Bank, London, UK.
Have you thought about visiting garage sales to find good deals? Photograph: Michael Kemp/Alamy

Rent for special occasions

If you’re looking for something special for an event, a wedding, or a big work presentation, you’ll save a lot by renting, and you’ll usually be able to wear something you wouldn’t normally be able to afford. Stedman says, “You can also ‘follow’ and ‘like’ renters who are similar in style and size to yours, which helps if you’re unsure about the look or size of the item.

Try sites like Hurr, My Wardrobe HQ, and By Rotation.

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Meghan Markle’s white suit shows she ‘wants to be a force for good in the world’

Meghan Markle appeared as the star of The Cut Magazine’s fall fashion issue, which featured an array of style choices from the Duchess, including beautiful dresses from designers such as Chanel and Bottega Veneta. However, in the final blow, a crisp white suit could have significant meaning according to fashion coach Miranda Holder.

Designer Proenza Schouler’s blazer features bold black buttons and an asymmetrical cut.

The Duchess highlighted her figure with matching flared pants and white pointed heels by Manolo Blank.

She kept her hair sleek and simple, with a middle parting behind her ears.

Meghan also refrained from wearing too many accessories, as is typical of her minimalist style.

In keeping with the color scheme, the Duchess carried a small white handbag with a gold chain and wore a pair of white pointy heels.

Her accessories were simple, with a delicate gold pendant chain around her neck and a pair of classic earrings.

Around her wrist, Meghan wore a gold watch, along with a thin chain that wrapped around her ring finger.

Meghan isn’t the only royal lady to have dazzled in a white suit this year. In fact, a white suit was one of Kate Middleton’s Looks of the Year, having worn one during her Caribbean tour with Prince William in March, as well as August at the Commonwealth Games.

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Design guru Jenna Fletcher: “I’m looking for people I don’t see in the Conran store”

Like many others, I spent much of the first Covid-19 lockdown browsing the Instagram feed of London-based design consultant, vintage furniture dealer and archivist Jenna Fletcher. It was an addictive space, the brightly colored architectural plastic furniture and housewares of the 1970s interspersed with photographs of “rappers with obscure design pieces,” like Kanye West posing behind a 1970s Maurice Calka Boomerang desk or Frank Ocean royally seated on a Tom Sachs Chair. This eclectic mix put Fletcher’s oswalde brand on the map.

Oswalde’s selection of 1970s furniture managed to be both timeless and hip: Joe Colombo’s Boby trolleys in red, green and cream alongside an Yves Klein blue Gae Aulenti lounge chair. At a time when everyone was stuck indoors and concerned about making their homes more welcoming and comfortable, Fletcher offered escape and inspiration. And it’s been made more interesting because of its subversive portrayal of darkness versus design.

We meet for coffee in Dalston, East London, at the height of summer, between two heat waves. For Fletcher, it’s the end of a busy day of citywide meetings, although you don’t know it. Friendly and engaging, she also overflows with enthusiasm. It becomes clear that every detail of Oswalde is intentional. She says that cultivating a good mood, the perfect look and that studied yet effortless countenance is something that comes naturally to her, the result of an obsession with aesthetics and a childhood immersed in design.

Fletcher, 30, was born in north-west London to an English father and an Anglo-Barbadian mother. His father worked in construction and his mother ensured that Fletcher and his siblings often traveled to Barbados to spend time with their family and maintain a connection to their roots. During one of these trips, her parents built a house on the island. “I was about 10 or 12,” she recalls, “and I had to go around with the carpenter and pick out the wood for the stairs, me and my dad, and I was like, ‘This is so cool.’ They were explaining the native woods and all the different woods for different uses, and all the hardwoods. When I look back, I was so involved in that design process. Learning about wood when I was 10 years old, at the Barbados, is an amazing thing to do. And now I’m trying to [re-]educate me on what the woods are.

Orange modular shelf (1969-75) by Olaf von Bohr for Kartell, via on Instagram

Boby Trolley by Joe Colombo

Boby Cart by Joe Colombo, via on Instagram

This early interest in design was also nurtured by an aunt “who is this iconic person in my family,” says Fletcher. “She was the first queer generation. And she was the first queer person in my mom’s family. She did all of this before me. And she was very involved in the design world, she always had amazing pieces in her house. [in London]. I was exposed to it through her. . . so I have that kind of understanding, that cultural capital, from day one without even realizing it.

Her aunt worked as a sound engineer but was always surrounded by fashion designers and Soho club kids. She frequently took Fletcher shopping with her. And when she traveled, she came back with the most interesting and eclectic pieces she could find.

The circles in which Fletcher now the gestures echo those of his aunt. Through her work with Oswalde, she stands firmly at the intersection of design, fashion, homosexuality and blackness. But it was a circuitous journey, starting in 2012 at the London College of Communication, where she studied advertising. The course was short and experimental, says Fletcher, but it offered its students an “incredible” amount of freedom and resources. It was there that she learned about branding, retail and art direction – which she would put to good use with oswalde.

After graduating, she dabbled in retail, then moved on to managing YouTubers, where she was “in charge of making it cool and going to fashion shows.” She was good at it, but it wasn’t her calling. She therefore worked as a freelancer in event production and creative consulting.

Just before the pandemic hit, Fletcher landed his first big design gig: a 13,000 square foot warehouse in downtown Los Angeles that was being turned into a workspace, library and studio for a company he worked with. she had worked in London. But faced with the possibility of being locked up in Los Angeles indefinitely, she quit the project and returned home to London. “I spent my days buying lots of furniture [mostly from auctions and dealers] and I filled an entire room in my house, then I started selling it. But I was already dealing informally,” Fletcher says. “It would be my friends sending me pictures of Mario Bellini sofas saying, ‘What is this? Like, where, where can I get one from? But I’m like, ‘You can’t.’ Or [them] be like, ‘I need to get two Wassily chairs, like, I want them right now.’ So I was kind of that person. . . Constantly ID-ing furniture for people. This is the thing for which I am the reference. »

The launch of oswalde was the logical next step. She named the business after her maternal grandfather. “It’s kind of a tribute to him,” she said. Instagram seemed like a natural home for the playful and accessible brand. He remains his only home: no website, no bricks-and-mortar location. (Unless you count oswalde stay, a guesthouse on the east sussex coast where if you like the look of furniture and designer items strewn about, you can buy it. It’s bookable, the way d’oswalde, only via Instagram.) “I could have a website,” says Fletcher. were sending to their friends,” she said.

Fletcher can’t wait to fix more accessible design. Its stock reaches a range of prices, from smaller, more affordable items, such as Rino Pirovano’s swivel desk organizers, to statement pieces, like Vico Magistretti’s Maralunga sofa. Sometimes she will even hold a product for a customer who cannot make the purchase right away. “I just think good design is for everyone,” she says. “If you can just have a small object that brings you joy and brings [an] the energy that you feel happy about in your space, I think that’s really important.

In the two years since Oswalde’s founding, department stores and fashion and hospitality brands have tried to woo her with offers of pop-up spaces, collaborations and design jobs. She has worked with Nike but is selective, keen to keep the company nimble. She is also focused on building a seat at the table for other black designers and creatives.

Candle holder by Andu Masebo, both via on Instagram

Candle holder by Andu Masebo, via on Instagram

Jenna Fletcher in black shirt

“I’m a real product,” says Fletcher © Sirui Ma

Fletcher was an early champion of the work of Nigerian designer Nifemi Marcus-Bello, whom she describes as “an incredible visionary”. Oswalde was the first European retailer of his Selah lamp and LM stool destined to become cult classics – sleek architectural numbers, the first being a three-in-one piece that is lighting, stool and shelf. “I’m looking for people that I don’t see in the Conran Shop and that I don’t see in the publications and that I don’t see in the panels and other people that are underrepresented,” she says. “I can’t look at another photo from a graduate year of design college without black faces. I can’t do that. There are black designers. We’re all out there. She’s interrupts to ask why a Castiglioni lamp shouldn’t sit next to Andu Masebo’s sconces. “In my world, they’re both equally important. We fetishize these design classics a lot.” And I’m like, well, where are the new design classics? Who makes the new design classics?”

The search for these new classics has recently become a more important part of Fletcher’s work. The complications of sourcing parts from mainland Europe after Brexit – it has become “faster for me to ship from Japan than from Italy”, she says – as well as bids for bigger and bigger projects ambitious means that Oswalde is increasingly ceasing to be a concessionaire of design. to an interior design consultancy. One designer Fletcher looks up to is his friend Masebo. Oswalde stores his work and the duo have collaborated on one of Fletcher’s most recent business ventures, a shop in Brighton for sustainable clothing brand Story mfg.

“I constantly draw Andu into projects. I just asked him to make a coat rack for someone,” she says. “Our symbiotic relationship is so amazing because he trusts me and trusts my taste and I trust his abilities as a product designer. He’s brilliant. She doesn’t hesitate to shout out to other peers, designers of color such as Kusheda Mensah of Modular by Mensah; Mac Collins, who she says is developing interesting ideas around dominoes and domino tables; and Lichen, “who kills on the New York scene”.

When I ask her how to navigate the design industry as a queer young black woman, Fletcher is candid and concise. “I think people really question me. I think you must be hot shit at your job. . . we need these people like me who destroy this invisible cellophane screen that exists, against which we are still fighting every day.

And Fletcher is “hot shit” at his work. She has shown a premonitory ability to identify what has power and what will become relevant. She has already begun to eschew the 1970s aesthetic that Oswalde originally became known for. “Times have changed, this seventies pop piece of furniture, you know, is very old fashioned. . . that kind of trend has passed, in my opinion. So I think as a company, we are . . . determine what happens next. What is the taste? What’s the look? »

Jenna in black shirt and shorts, hanging from a metal bar

“I think you must be super hot in your job” © Sirui Ma

Oswalde is called to grow. Soon there will be a limited series of oswalde extra virgin olive oil from an Italian mountain village. Further down the line, more Oswaldes are staying in shelters. And, eventually, maybe even the perfect sock. “I’m a real product person,” Fletcher says. “In my head, I have the ideal sock. It does not exist in the world., @oswalde.stay

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21 Best Labor Day Sales (2022) for Your Kitchen, Camping, Dining, and Beyond

The end of summer makes us nostalgic. Say goodbye to peach and tomato salads. Until next year, dine outdoors without a jacket. But a little comfort: the best Labor Day sales are here. There’s no better time to finally move this air fryer from your virtual cart to your real kitchen. From the weekend to Tuesday, you can score big on everything from Le Creuset Dutch Ovens (welcome, braising season) to outdoor fireplaces (because these marshmallows won’t toast). Whether you want to save or splurge, we’ve found the best Labor Day 2022 sales to ease your late summer sadness.

Warm spices reappear in everything pumpkin spice, including Le Creuset’s new colorway: nutmeg. Save $130 on exclusive Dutch ovens through Labor Day Monday.

Le Creuset 5.25 Quart Round Casserole

Associate Food Editor Rachel Gurjar loves her Miyabi chef’s knives, but they don’t come cheap. You’ll find this one on sale for almost $100 off.

8″ Miyabi Artisan chef’s knife

Have you ever air-fried a whole chicken? Do you want? Philips makes one of the best basket-style air fryers on the market.

Philips Premium XXL Digital Fryer

Enjoy 20% off our favorite thermometers all weekend, including the budget-friendly ThermoPop. If you cook meat, an instant read thermometer will be a life changer.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so if you don’t have an oven thermometer yet, now is the time to get one. Our favorite is the DOT thermometer from ThermoWorks, which comes with a probe that you can insert into your bird before putting it in the oven.

ThermoWorks DOT Thermometer

During Fly By Jing’s end-of-season sale, all kinds of hot condiments are up to 30% off, including one of BA’s favorite chili chips.

Culinary director Chris Morocco can’t get enough of the savory, spicy and sweet Zhong sauce. Put a dollop on everything from eggs to nachos.

French cookware brand Staub makes some of the best Dutch ovens. This 3.75-quart French oven is more gently curved than Staub’s classic casserole dish, but you can expect the same build quality and heat retention.

Staub 3.75 Quart French Oven

The Zwilling Madura, our favorite egg pan, features an ergonomic handle and non-stick coating that will make tidy omelets every time.

Zwilling Madura Non-Stick Pans

Save 20% on professional-grade pans, both on Hestan’s site and at retailers like Amazon and Nordstrom.

Ask any electrician or chef and they’ll tell you that copper is an excellent conductor. These induction compatible pans have a copper core wrapped in stainless steel.

Copper Induction Stoves

Chris Morocco seeks his Nanobond pan more than any other in his arsenal. Need we say more?

Nanobond Titanium Pans

Use code LABORDAY15 for 15% off linens, home decor and towels, like this velor and terry beach towel. Designed by Kath Nash, it’s an ode to New York summer treats like soft serve ice cream and the beloved dollar slice.

It’s time to swap linen for brushed cotton flannel.

Contributor Amanda Shapiro stocked up on her new kitchen all at once with this 18-spice packet. Like everything else on Spicewalla’s site, it’s 20% off during their Labor Day sale.

Collection of 18 kitchen essentials

Goodbye summer, hello 25% off Always Pan and this walnut cutting board. Editor Ali Francis swears by his slice of juice as he breaks down sticky, juicy melons and peaches.

These sturdy, generously sized drinking glasses come in a range of vibrant retro hues. In my house, they do double duty for water and dessert.

Save 33% on select All-Clads this Labor Day weekend.

All-Clad Stainless Steel Three-Layer Casserole with Lid

One of our favorite online resources for Asian pantry items and products is offering 20% ​​off all fruits and vegetables, including this show-stopping Pink Glow Pineapple.

We have some seriously amazing pie recipes to come in the coming months. Get ready with this pie plate from Great Jones.

Wouldn’t these decoupage taper candles be a treat paired with…

Misette Cutting Candles

…this candlestick from Maison Balzac?

Balzac House Candlestick

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Cultural ‘appropriation’ versus ‘appreciation’: stylists, designers on how to maintain a fragile but informed balance

In the recent past, many celebrities and luxury fashion brands have been called out for cultural appropriation – a topic that has gained momentum due to people’s refusal to remain silent about it, in addition to their interest in learning more about what casually lies between “appropriation” and “appreciation” of another culture.

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For the uninitiated, “ownership” refers to make certain choices that can hurt and offend people belonging to a certain race, ethnicity, community, etc.

For example, if you choose to dress in the traditional attire of another country – without even knowing more about it – and just make a fashionable statement with it, it is embrace this culture. Or, if you choose to wear a jewelry or accessory which is rooted in another culture and you display it as a mere accessory, you are guilty of doing so.

Cultural appropriation is believed to stem from people and brands not being socially and morally aware of the ramifications of their actions; it extends beyond clothing and accessories to include hairdressing and to put on makeuptoo.

Social media is almost always abuzz with mentions of such gaffes. Recently, Dior was embroiled in a controversy after being accused of appropriating Chinese culture. Protesters claimed the French luxury fashion house had copied a classic skirt design, which dates back to the Ming dynasty.

The black pleated skirt from Dior’s fall collection, which the fashion house says “highlights the idea of ​​community and fraternity in looks with a school uniform look” is actually a rip-off of the traditional “Mamian” or “horse face”. skirt that was popular in China during the Ming Dynasty era – between 1368 and 1644 – protesters claimed.

With many incidents like these, how do people in the fashion industry distinguish between cultural appropriation and appreciation? contacted experts to learn more about it and what they think about making conscious, informed decisions when designing, making clothes, styling a look, and more.

Shehla Khana fashion designer who has worked with many A-list celebrities, told this outlet that she believes culture appropriation is the improper adaptation of a particular culture.

“I can’t say I’ve seen this happen or comment on anyone who has, but I think as designers we tend to draw inspiration from different cultures. It doesn’t come with intend to disrespect. On this day, with so much emphasis on social media and exposure, it’s very easy to hurt people’s feelings or become an easy target to disrespect someone else when it’s not intentional,” she said.

Echoing her thoughts, fashion designer Shruti Sancheti said cultural appropriation reinforces stereotypes or presents an inaccurate version of a culture. “It means using symbols, rituals or mannerisms of one culture by another culture, but in an exploitative and distasteful way. Culture is part of life and someone can enrich their life by learning about other cultures and broadening their horizons – this is the essence of cultural ‘appreciation’,” she said.

Appropriation versus Appreciation

Explaining further, Sancheti added that designers are a “creative lot” and draw inspiration from societies, tribes and cultures. “I personally work on collections that are heavily borrowed from various tribes and regions and I think there is nothing wrong with interpreting something from another culture. There is however a thin line between copying in a way blatant cultural ethos and drawing inspiration from certain cultures.

Leepakshi Ellawadi, costume designer, luxury consultant and stylist, said that if someone makes an effort to understand and learn more about another culture in order to broaden their perspective and build cross-cultural relationships, they are showing appreciation.

“Appropriation, on the other hand, is simply taking an aspect of a culture that is not your own and using it for your own personal gain,” she said, adding that it happens when members of a majority group adopt the cultural practices of a minority group. in an exploitative, insulting or stereotypical way and derives financial or social benefit from it.

“One of the infamous examples of cultural appropriation in fashion is when Gucci was under fire for the Indy Turban listing for $790 as an accessory on their website. The product debuted at Gucci’s Fall 2018/2019 runway on several white models, upsetting members of the Sikh community,” Ellawadi remarked.

Khan pointed out that in all of this, social media plays a huge role. “Social media has now become a platform that anyone, anywhere can access. The smallest of things can explode out of proportion and it’s easy to become a target. This is why we as creative people must always accredit any culture or individual, personality or even historical figure that we use as inspiration in any part of our work… It is important to adhere to the fact that social media is an amplified form of images and news, and is purely recreational.

As mentioned before, besides clothes, other things like a particular hairstyle or even makeup can be invoked to appropriate another culture. Ellawadi said that if used commercially, makeup inspired by other cultures is “fine as long as the brand gives credit where it’s due, has deep knowledge of the culture, as well as portrays the makeup. and hair the right way”.

Divyak D’Souza, stylist and costume designer, felt that one cannot be so “openly awake” all the time that one does not allow “different aspects of culture to enter the art”. He said that when borrowing or drawing inspiration from an idea, what matters is recognition, credit and even monetary compensation in many cases.

“Is there an authentic representation of the community that you highlight? I think cultural appreciation is absolutely essential. For example, when I browse social media, I see a certain tribe in Kenya dancing to Bollywood numbers, or Indians making videos to K-pop songs. It’s a wonderful thing, but one that needs credit and not done in a disrespectful way,” he told this outlet.

D’Souza explained that a stylist’s job is all about “image creation.” “We have to observe the culture and draw an image from it, whether it’s for a celebrity or a brand, or a design on a catwalk. Then it becomes all the more important to be educated about all aspects of culture; it goes beyond wardrobe and clothes,” he said.

Finally, it is also the job of the model/artist to present the piece of culture with the utmost respect and responsibility.

According to actor and model Richa Ravi Sinha, style and fashion “say a lot about someone’s personality.” “When it comes to brands and collections, I try to understand the designer’s philosophy behind the brand and the collection as a starting point. Each designer has a unique perception and style. In whatever I choose to wear, I like to represent the ethnicity of the culture without hurting the feelings of anyone associated with it,” she said.

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