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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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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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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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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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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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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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A poignant piece of history – Whanganui Chronicle News

Whanganui Regional Museum Archivist Sandi Black with Weldon’s Ladies Journal from August 2, 1897. Photo/Paul Brooks

Walter Weldon was known in some circles as an industrial chemist: it was he who developed the Weldon process for producing chlorine by boiling hydrochloric acid with manganese dioxide.

But this gentleman from Victorian England also set up Weldon and Company, producing sewing patterns. This extraordinary guy founded Weldon Ladies Journal which was a model for the women’s weeklies we have seen over the past few decades.

The Whanganui Regional Museum has original copies of the newspaper, and museum archivist Sandi Black chose the exhibit for this month’s WRM showcase.

“What we’re looking at is a women’s fashion magazine from 1897,” she says. “There are two currently on display in consecutive months: one in July, the other in August.”

It seems that Walter Weldon refused to be defined.

“He was a chemist, then became a journalist, then became a fashion designer…but he started this magazine to promote his own business, his own patterns that he designed.”

The pages of the magazine are rich with intricate line drawings of dozens of women’s clothing designs: the details are stunning but well printed with 19th century newsprint technology.

The magazine is filled with current fashion.

“It would come with a free pattern so you could make your own, or you could send the patterns for other images that were there.

“Everyone has advice on what kind of fabric would work best and how to structure it and make it so that women can get it, go home and order the fabric and make it themselves, or they can make it themselves. bring to their seamstress…”

Sandi says it was not unusual for men, and only men, to design clothes for women back then, but it was still a time of slow but significant change. It was “the good old days”, when fashion designers started to emerge.

“These date from the 1890s, but it wasn’t until the 1870s and 1880s that seasonal fashion became a ‘thing’, so there was winter wear, as opposed to summer wear, and Weldon’s was one of the first women’s fashion magazines to promote a little more equality.

“It’s not shown here, but there are women who go hiking, mountaineering, skiing and all those things: in fact, they let them out of the kitchen and the nursery to be more independent.

“There is also an undercurrent of rising feminism and equality.”

Sandi says Weldon’s Ladies’ Journal was published from 1875 to 1954 and had a worldwide circulation.

“So it covers almost 80 years, both wars. Elsewhere in the collection we have a First World War knitting pattern, by Weldon, for a Fair Isle jumper, and the jumper that was made from it.

“It’s more than a magazine.”

Weldon Ladies Journal also advertised sewing machines, fabric suppliers and gave advice on hair, makeup and cooking recipes.

“I think it’s really fascinating. It’s the precursor to women’s magazines that you can buy in any supermarket and dairy these days. We’re always very interested in what people are wearing.

“We don’t know where they come from, but I like the idea of ​​them being sent to colonial New Zealand so they can follow the high British fashion, in a way.

“I love that it’s representative of the turning point in women’s clothing; it was before women’s pants were acceptable, it didn’t come for a few decades, but the promotion of women’s sportswear instead of staying home and looking like an ornament on the couch.

“The level of detail is amazing. As a hobby seamstress, I like that they give advice on what fabrics are suitable and how to put a garment together.

“I imagine his wife would have been extremely well dressed.”

Sandi says part of the fascination of working in the museum industry is the “then and now”.

“So you look at this and it’s all variations on a theme: it’s all very long skirts, they all have very long sleeves, slightly puffy shoulders and a cinched waist, whereas fashion for women of today…wear what you want.

“The difference in attitude around what women wore kinda slaps me.”

The magazines and more are part of an upstairs exhibit titled Dressed for the thrill. There are cabinets on display, but the magazines are kept in large document drawers which museum visitors are encouraged to open and peruse.

“As an archivist, I promote paper. A lot of people still come to museums to look at objects, but quite often paper also has a story to tell. You look at this and you think: “Oh, it’s a stupid magazine,” but when you put it in the context of women’s freedom, suffrage, and fashion as a whole, it’s a pretty historic document. It’s a poignant piece.

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Fashion: Anti-fit: The right fit

If you had grown up in the past two decades, you would have worn skin-tight, form-fitting clothes. The rise of the anti-fit trend is a direct reaction to this, aided by hip-hop fashion, athleisure and then, largely thanks in part to the pandemic, people working more from home and the need for absolute comfort. , while still seeking put together. Well, according to all the fashion bibles of this year, now you can wear baggy, oversized clothes and look fashionable. The anti-fit macro trend is actually the most followed fashion trend of this century. What a victory!

First and foremost, anti-fit doesn’t mean oversized bag-like silhouettes that have no pattern detail; they just aren’t made to exactly match the contour of your body, and the fit is such that it doesn’t cling to the body. This doesn’t mean you look “messy” or unkempt. It’s all about being comfortable and looking good.

The seven anti-adjustment styles we present to you today are easy to put on, trendy and above all comfortable.

The Tiffany Trench

Pair it with bucket hats, sneakers and fanny packs to up the effortlessly cool look; United Colors of Benetton trench and trousers; Oversized Apartments by Charles & Keith (Hari Nair)

The fashion industry has been obsessed with it ever since Audrey Hepburn donned a Burberry trench coat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The iconic designs from the film are still impacting our wardrobes 60 years later.

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1. Contemporary interpretations of the trouser-trench combo with embellishments like colorful turn-ups are the anti-fit “it” look.

2. With oversized clothes, less is more. Keep accessories to a minimum and opt for simple clutches and shoes.

3. Neutral tones like grays, whites, and earthy tones are the best color choices for a look like this.

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Kunal Anil Tanna

“Anti-fit works for all body types; it’s a versatile silhouette. You can pair it with bucket hats, sneakers and fanny packs to enhance the effortlessly cool and comfy look. Avoid adding belts or anything too structured to the look,” suggests fashion designer Kunal Anil Tanna.

The long white shirt

You need to be aware of how you are playing with your body volume; Shirt by Genes Lecoanet Hemant; Pants by United Colors of Benetton; Shoes by Onitsuka Tiger (Hari Nair)

Dior Homme, George Condo, Dries van Noten and Yusuke Takahashi for Issey Miyake all created white shirts with an anti-fit twist for their Spring/Summer 22/23 collections, but it’s always been a staple in anti-fit wardrobes. .

Dior Homme, George Condo, Dries van Noten and Yusuke Takahashi for Issey Miyake all created white shirts with an anti-fit twist

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1. You can never go wrong with the timeless pairing of an oversized white button down shirt with classic jeans.

2. Pair it with large clutches, watches, hats, earrings and bags.

3. Boots, sneakers, or heels are all appropriate finishing touches.

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Shivan and Narresh

“When pairing anti-fit clothing, you need to be aware of how you are playing with your body volume. For example, if you intend to increase the volume at the top, it is important to ensure that the bottom is relatively straighter to restore proportionate balance. On the contrary, picking up a bulky bottom can work well with a tight-fitting knit top or even a tapered top with a relaxed fit.

“It should be an extension of your personality, because if you wear anti-fit fashion that doesn’t match your style, you can feel like you’re floating in the outfits,” say fashion designers Shivan & Narresh.

New York Style

If you are plus size, buy oversized jackets and shirts and pair them with any of your outfits. Combination at noon of November; Pero’s overcoat; Earrings by The Jewel Factor; Apartments by Charles & Keith (Hari Nair)

A memorable look of Carrie Bradshaw from sex and the city is her vintage-inspired, shimmering paneled linen jumpsuit designed by Claud Montanna.

A silk floral blazer by Dries Van Noten was layered over the jumpsuit, which created style history and was imitated by people around the world. Here’s how easy it is to do.

A memorable Carrie Bradshaw look from Sex and the City is her vintage-inspired paneled linen jumpsuit designed by Claud Montanna

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1. Choose a jumpsuit in a solid color; opt for high-quality materials that are structured and thus complement your shape.

2 . Wear it with a straight cardigan or a waterfall jacket and long cardigans.

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“Anti-adjustment garments are always a great choice, if styled appropriately. If you are plus size, buy oversized jackets and shirts and pair them with any of your outfits,” says fashion designer Shahin Mannan.

Timeless styling

If you are short, never wear an oversized outfit with another oversized item; Jacket by Shahin Manan; Dress by Genes Lecoanet Hemant; Bracelet and earrings by Forest of Chints; Rings by The Jewel Factor; Shoes by Charles & Keith (Hari Nair)

A whole generation of American women put a lot of effort into dressing like Jacqueline Kennedy, the former first lady of the United States of America and the most influential fashion icon of the 1960s and 1970s. blazers, tailored coats, strapless skirts and pillbox hats epitomized the Jackie-O look.

The Jackie-O look

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1. The all-black look is elevated when it includes a black skirt and a cape blazer.

2. Complete the look with leather sandals, lipstick and a matching leather handbag.

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“Thin patterns can help you balance out an oversized ensemble. You can wear a baggy shirt with skinny pants, a pencil skirt, or leggings. If you’re petite, never wear an oversized outfit with another oversized item,” explains fashion designer Shahin Mannan.

The Madrasi throw

Remember to balance the proportions while mixing and having fun in bright and energetic combinations; United Colors of Benetton skirt and top; Coat by Limerick; Shades by Emporio Armani; Earrings by The Jewel Factor; Shoes by Charles & Keith (Hari Nair)

According to color theorists, wearing a bright outfit can lift your mood, so if you’re looking for brighter colors to uplift your spirit, check out Tory Burch’s Fall 22 collection for colorful Madras throws.

Tory Burch’s Fall 22 Collection

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1. Create a vibrant and colorful anti-fit look in a ruched Madras plaid skirt with oversized jackets or classic trench coats.

2. Wear it with a printed top or a shirt with a plaid skirt.

3. You can even wear printed shoes or carry a printed bag with this look.

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Amritha Ram

“The mix of prints and checks always creates an illusion, which also works great for larger sizes. Remember to balance the proportions while mixing and having fun in bright and energetic combinations,” says fashion designer Amritha Ram.

cool kaftans

Combine a kaftan or an oversized shirt with a sensual shift dress and a large obi belt (Hari Nair)

Elizabeth Taylor-inspired kaftans are becoming wardrobe staples as fashion trends shift in favor of comfort, without compromising its romantic elegance. In the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor donned a kaftan for the first time, and they quickly became famous as her signature style. People all over the world love the comfort and femininity inherent in caftans.

Elizabeth Taylor-inspired caftans; Hoodie and pants by Pèro; Sneakers by Onitsuka Tiger; Earrings by The Jewel Factor

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1. The right fit depends on your body type; size up if you want to follow the oversize trend.

2. Kaftans have a variety of sleeve styles; choose them according to your body shape and size. You can wear a sleeve with batwings if you want a bigger frame. Women of average size should opt for bell sleeve kaftans, and to look petite they can opt for cap or sleeveless kaftans.

3. Wear a solid color under sheer caftans. For example, if you wear a kaftan with white pants, you should also wear a white camisole.

4. Hoodies are another fun addition to kaftans. Don’t forget to add some jute espadrilles or Mary-Janes.

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Nida Mahmoud

“Combine a caftan or oversized shirt with a sultry shift dress. Using a wide obi sash, cinch your waist. Wear ankle boots and a shoulder satchel bag to mimic my signature style,” says fashion designer Nida Mahmood.


Wear oversized jackets with thigh-high dresses, patterned t-shirts and sneakers; On Rhea: layer before noon November; Dress by Limerick; Earrings by The Jewel Factor; Shoes by Charles & Keith; On Sahil: pants by United Colors of Benetton; Shirt and coat before noon November; Sneakers by Onitsuka Tiger (Hari Nair)

The Great Coat, which served as a reference to Belstaff’s iconic Milford coat, has been recreated in the Sherlock houses television series starring actor Benedict Cumberbatch and has since been associated with the character of Sherlock Holmes. Follow in the fashion detective’s footsteps to achieve this look.

The Great Coat, which served as a reference to Belstaff’s iconic Milford coat, was recreated in the Sherlock Homes TV series with actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

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1. Keep in mind that the shoulders of the coat should slope down and the sleeves should end at the top of the wrist bone. You can also take a larger size.

2. Play around with fabrics, but this coat’s staples like the double-breasted closure and structured collar shouldn’t be messed with.

3. Try it with a long shirt or kurta and classic pants or harem pants.

4. Women can include colorful prints and a stylish sleeve in the blazer.

Expert favorite:

“I personally like to wear oversized jackets with thigh high dresses, patterned t-shirts and sneakers,” reveals fashion designer Nida Mahmood.

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Lourdes Leon apparently references Lady Gaga on her debut single

Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes “Lola” Leon, makes her first foray into music with her debut single “Lock&Key.”

The 25-year-old dancer and model collaborated with Eartheater on the songwriting and music video, featuring her choreography and direction for Eartheater.

The song was released under the stage name Lolahol through the Chemical X label, which is owned by Eartheater, who is an experimental artist and producer.

Lola is the daughter of legendary pop star Madonna and Carlos Leon, a dancer and physical trainer.

The futuristic “Lock&Key” features experimental sounds that create a fresh, hypnotic vibe supported by her ethereal, light vocals and cool girlish visuals.

The music video sees her on the beach, on top of a car under stormy skies, and in a graveyard.

Midway through the song, the lyrics also appear to reference Lady Gaga’s popular “no sleep” meme.

“No sleep, bus, club, ‘another club, ‘another club, plane, next place, no sleep, no fear,” says Lady Gaga’s quote.

The lyrics of “Lock&Key” reproduce a slightly modified version of the iconic quote with: “No sleep, next plane, no sleep, makeup, next club, next car, next plane, no sleep, no fear.”

One of her music video looks, a shimmering silver jacket, is also apparently a nod to Gaga’s. Notoriety time.

Previously, in reference to his career goals in an interview with Interview magazine, she said: “Honestly, the actors really piss me off and I can’t be with them. As for the music, I can sing. I don’t care. Maybe it’s too close to home me.”

“I’ve always been a big fan of house and techno, ever since I was young,” she said Interviewprefiguring the atmosphere of his debut.

Meanwhile, Lola is still pursuing her other areas of passion, including modeling and dancing, and previously said, “I want to create a world where models have more power over what they do, and it’s not just silent clothes. It’s the age we’re entering the world of fashion: models as personalities and artists.”

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For Rick Owens, “commercial” is not a dirty word

Fashion designers are often accused of living in ivory towers, but few – if any – admit it. Yet that’s exactly how Rick Owens describes his apartment on the Venice Lido, perched atop an incongruously brutalist 1950s building in the suburbs, about a five-minute walk from the fantasia Scheherazade of the Excelsior hotel.

“You can see how I live,” says Owens. And his life is buried in white Sardinian stone and mirror, with a gym instead of a kitchen and felt military blankets stuck to the floor instead of rugs. Through the floor-to-ceiling windows there is a panorama of the Laguna di Venezia.

Owens is a designer whose clothes have reshaped the way people dress on almost every level. His business is privately held – ‘I could just burn this whole fucking place down,’ he once told me happily – and hasn’t disclosed his earnings since 2017, when they broke up. amounted to approximately $140 million. It’s a fraction of the sales made by conglomerate-backed rivals, but its creative impact is seismic, greater than that of many fashion behemoths.

Dripping silhouettes and Owens’ signature fabrics – boiled or ribbed cashmeres, washed leathers – are ubiquitous in the style of Gabrielle Chanel’s tweed suits in the 1960s. Rick’s ripoffs proliferate on the high street and in high fashion and had been for around 20 years – about a decade after Owens started his business in 1994. He was working in Los Angeles at the time – it was there that he met his wife, Michèle Lamy, a Frenchwoman at the extraordinary allure he calls Hun (as in Attila) and who is now working on various aspects of his business, including his furniture line and his own jewelry line, Hunrod. Her clothes retain a sense of city casualness at their core.

Owens was born in 1961 in Porterville, California, a small town about 160 miles north of Los Angeles. His American accent is strong, ideologically and literally, despite having lived and worked in Europe since 2003. It’s there in his daily wardrobe – usually baggy black shorts and vests, Californian stoner clothes meet high sewing. Yet it is also evident when he designs an undulating evening dress, a feathered tulle cape or an iridescent fishskin waistcoat. They are always grounded in reality.

This is why the ivory tower is ironic. Although Owens’ work and world can sometimes seem strange and distant, it is actually rooted in a sense of the here and now, witness to his times. His fall/winter 2022 fashion show, presented in March in Paris, is an example of this: Owens closed it with a pair of dresses in the colors of the Ukrainian flag having, at the last moment, swapped a cacophonous, even aggressive sound atmosphere —” that sounds a bit like machine gun fire” — for the plaintive tones of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Which, yes, was used in Death in Venice. It sounds like small gestures, but in an industry that was largely unaware of the ongoing conflict, they felt human and caring.

Owen’s clothes are often described as gothic and cult, but they clash with glam rock with artful references to couture © Luca Grottoli

Owens also smothered this show in fog – models carried moving fog machines that belched smoke at the audience, with photographers screaming as the mist wiped out entire outfits. “It was intrusive,” admits Owens. “Like that moment of thinking ‘a war, now, nowadays, after everything we’ve learned? How is that part of our world? That’s kind of how I felt the fog, too. And it’s ubiquitous.”

There is undeniably a darkness in Rick Owens. Her father, a social service worker, was a strict and conservative disciplinarian. He refused to allow a television in the house until Owens was 16 and forced his son to read the classics and listen to classical music – references to Huysmans, Wagner and Proust proliferate in his designs . So, however, give a nod to Iggy Pop and the Ramones. His father was not entirely successful in warding off the evils of the modern world from his son.

“I always thought my dad was a misanthrope, and I always felt like he infected me with it,” Owens says today. “And so I end up overcorrecting and then not making up my mind at all, because everything is fine. Everyone behaves in their own way and you have to respect that. Anyway, when I make clothes, I think what I do has always been an expression of that, of my experience of being judged and mocked, and that feeling of disgust that I felt in a conservative city.

The influence of religion also made its mark: Owens went to a Catholic school, which explains his obsession with trailing dresses, with belts and stoles and large fabric gestures. He even combined his fog machines with brutalist incense burners. Owens renounced religion for himself, albeit quietly, without violent rejection. “I appreciate it for what it is,” he says. “I see it as a system that people have developed to help each other, which I think is a beautiful thing.”

Rick Owens at home in one of his dripping figure jackets

Owens at home in one of his dripping silhouette jackets © Luca Grottoli

Nevertheless, recently Owens has been toying with the pentagram, the five-pointed star often seen as a symbol of the occult. He crisscrossed laces into his shape in a collaborative sneaker with Converse, and slapped it on the crotch of a white skintight brief. Even writing this expresses Owens’ wry sense of humor, but not everyone sees it that way. Father Vincent Lampert, a priest and, incidentally, the appointed exorcist of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, denounced Owens’ Converse. He said the drawings “create a fascination with evil”.

Owens rolls his eyes a little when I mention it. “I sometimes feel that some people think I take it very seriously. It’s not, it’s camp,” he says. “This pentagram is my camp symbol of rejection of moralism and judgment. Nobody gets it. I don’t believe in Satan. Come on!” Owens rips out the last syllable, in disbelief.

Owens started his business with no formal training in fashion design – he studied fine art at the Otis Art Institute at Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles. He did, however, study pattern cutting at trade school and then began working for the city’s counterfeit merchants, cutting copies of designer clothing patterns from cheaper fabrics.

Owens is still working on his clothes, draping and cutting, designing silhouettes and shapes. Few designers have the simple technical skills to do this, and it gives Owens a remarkable level of control. You feel it in all of his company, which includes pre-collections and all-important release lines Lilies and DRKSHDW, as well as a bunch of incredible and horribly expensive monolithic furniture. The latter includes an alabaster bed that required a client to reinforce the floor of his house to support his two-ton weight, and a rock crystal toilet. Prices for both are only available on request, but a rock crystal chalice costs $6,000. He sold out.

Rick Owens in his Venice apartment

The designer says his work has always centered around perceptions of beauty © Luca Grottoli

Commercial is not a dirty word for Owens. “I like things to sell,” he says. “I want it to sell, because it means people understand it and respond to it, and the message makes sense.” Nonetheless, Owens also understands the importance of not just selling schmattes, but also selling the dream. “We want aesthetic excellence,” he says.

Owens’ perceptions can be misleading. Her clothes are often described as gothic, sectarian, with a sense of restlessness and disorder – perhaps you can blame those campy pentagrams and trailing dresses. Indeed, his color palettes are often delicate, multicolored; his models may be shod in boots that look like stage costumes for Kiss, but the clothes clash with glam rock with artful references to the interwar couture of Charles James, Madeleine Vionnet and Alix. Sandstone. They are exquisitely made.

And while Owens himself may seem tough and unapproachable, in person he’s warm, unassuming, humorous and sincere about his love for what he does. “I think fundamentally the essence is that it’s always been about suggesting options to a very narrow, bigoted perception of what’s beautiful,” he says of his work. “I just want to go a little further.”

And sometimes “further” means a pentagram, on the crotch of a panty. “Come on,” Owens said again, laughing unexpectedly. “It’s hilarious.”

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From the catwalks of Suva to the pages of Vogue: the rising star of Fijian’s young fashion scene | Fiji

The hopes of Fiji’s fledgling fashion industry rest on the slender shoulders of a 25-year-old young man from Muaninuku village named Laisiasa Raibevu Davetawalu.

The young designer has achieved what so many people in the Pacific country have dreamed of but haven’t had the opportunity to do.

Sponsored by the entire Fijian fashion community, who recognized his promise and raised funds for his tuition, he trained at the Fashion Design Studio in Tafe NSW Australia., making him one of the few Fijian designers to have been able to access professional training.

The strength of his recent graduate collection, a sultry summer wardrobe for women with nods to Fijian design traditions, landed him in the pages of Australian Vogue and a job as a junior garment technician at Zimmermann, one of Australia’s most successful fashion brands.

“I am proud of my heritage and want to represent Fiji on the global fashion scene,” he says.

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Laisiasa Davetawalu’s latest collection, for her label Elaradi, on the catwalk at Fiji Fashion Week 2022. Photography: Asvin Sing

Alongside his work at Zimmermann, Davetawalu has his own label Elaradi – a play on his initials, LRD.

In May, he brought an expanded version of his Sydney graduate collection to Suva for the Fiji Fashion Week closing show, where it was greeted by enthusiastic fans, well-wishers and supporters.

“Lai showed promise from the moment he launched his first collection as a student designer,” says Hosanna Kabakoro, a fellow designer, who makes resort wear under the brand name Duatani, Fijian for “something different”.

“Promise is something we see a lot here, but rarely has the opportunity to grow beyond that potential.”

And it grew, showing off sheer chiffon, intricate corsetry and hand-tied dresses that would look at home on a yacht anywhere from Ibiza to Barbados.

“He may be our first Fijian designer to really attract a general overseas market,” says Kabakoro.

by Davetawalu the designs made subtle nods to Fijian cultural influences. A fringed, high-neck dress, photographed for Australian Vogue’s annual New Graduate Fashion Portfolio to Watch, featured an intricate hand-knotting that took her four months to complete. It was the antithesis of fast fashion.

Davetawalu uses a hand-knotting technique that mimics Magi, a hand-woven coconut fiber rope. Photography: Asvin Sing

For the Fijians, the knots and fringes of the dress mimicked Magia hand-woven coir rope that is used in fishing nets, canoes and traditional architecture.

Other flowing chiffon pieces appeared to nod to traditional Indian dress, commonly seen across Fiji, due to the large Indo-Fijian population.

Not so long ago, Davetawalu was drawing pictures and reading fashion magazines while other boys were playing rugby at Queen Victoria School, a rural boys’ boarding school renowned as a bastion of indigenous masculinity that produced many iTaukei (indigenous Fijian) leaders.

“I was bullied a lot because I’m gay,” says Davetawalu. “They were like, ‘Why are you always designing dresses? Why not do something in a masculine way? One morning I ran away and never came back.

Davetawalu took a two-hour bus from the Lawaki countryside to downtown Suva, where he picked up the Fiji Fashion Week office, which had announced a student design competition.

He participated in the competition but did not win. With the support of those close to her, Davetawalu found a local school to go to and then presented her first full collection.

A number of fashion industry insiders, including Christine Evans, an Australian fashion designer then based in Suva, and Ellen Whippy-Knight, the indomitable founder of Fiji Fashion Week, took notice of Davetawalu’s talent. and took him under their wing.

Laisiasa (Lai) Raibevu Davetawalu, who now has a job at Zimmerman and has had her work featured in Australian Vogue.
Laisiasa (Lai) Raibevu Davetawalu, who now has a job at Zimmerman and has had her work featured in Australian Vogue. Photograph: Blake Sharp-Wiggins/The Guardian

Veteran Australian fashion educator Nicholas Huxley, who first met Davetawalu when he was running a mentorship program in Suva, calls him “the real deal”.

“He’s quite extraordinary and has an innate ability to see beyond the normal idea of ​​putting a garment on a body,” he says.

Whippy-Knight aims to bring fashion to the forefront of cultural conversation in Fiji. She lobbied for local fashion education and other initiatives to benefit the industry, such as the creation of a fashion council, an incubator for budding designers and greater support from the State.

It has held annual fashion shows since 2007 as a platform for up-and-coming designers like Davetawalu to showcase their craft and find buyers. As a result, a number of local designers – such as Samson Lee, Moira Solvalu and Michael Mausio, all of whom specialize in bold prints – have gone from showing at Fiji Fashion Week without formal design training to developing viable businesses. , although small. .

Fiji Fashion Week founder Ellen Whippy-Knight outside her home in Sydney
Ellen Whippy-Knight, the founder of Fiji Fashion Week, at her home in Sydney, Australia. She supported Davetawalu’s studies and career. Photograph: Carly Earl/The Guardian

The country’s fashion scene has also become a safe space for LGBTQI+ people to find community and express themselves without fear of reprisal.

Colorful native prints are what make Fijian fashion unique. For the Fijian and Pacific Islander wearer, they signify culture, identity and belonging, but local designers have had less success adapting these prints to Fiji’s tourist market, which sees nearly a million tourists a year.

The prints have global potential; which has already been exploited by foreigners. Ten years ago, sportswear giant Nike launched a line of printed leggings for women inspired by Fijian, Samoan and Maori tattoo designs; and in 2013, the now defunct New York womenswear brand Nanette Lepore castigated for cultural appropriation after using a Fijian Masi design (and mislabeling it as “Aztec”). Both companies pulled these products in response to outcry from Pacific communities.

For Davetawalu, the transition from a student designer to a young professional who dreams of one day having his own brand was not easy.

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Fiji Fashion Week has held annual shows since 2007 as a platform for budding designers to develop their craft and find buyers. Composer: Asvin Singh

There was the issue of paying for a design school as an international student in Australia, which cost AU$70,000. The Fijian fashion community pitched in: Whippy-Knight provided Lai with accommodation in her home in Sydney, while the Fijian Fashion Foundation held annual fundraisers to pay for her tuition fees, raising around A$15,000 a year. year over four years.

Today, he is one of the few Fijians with formal training in fashion design. This is despite a local garment manufacturing industry worth FJ$100 million (US$50 million) which produces general clothing ranging from sportswear to uniforms for Australia and New Zealand.

A number of Fiji-based factories also manufacture fashion garments for brands such as Kookai, the trendy women’s brand co-owned by a Fijian-Australian; Bimbi and Roy, a women’s lingerie brand founded by two Australian sisters who grew up partly in Fiji; and Scanlan and Theodore, an established high-end womenswear brand with more than a dozen stores in Australia.

Despite local fashion manufacturing capabilities, there is a deep disconnect between the garment industry and Fiji’s nascent fashion design industry. The latter faces a number of constraints, including a lack of access to formal education and training, incubation and mentorship, quality fabrics and funding, and more strong state support for industry.

“Our employees are naturally creative,” says Whippy-Knight. “We have a strong tradition of craftsmanship and making things with our hands. A true fashion school for Fijian and Pacific designers is what we need.

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Fashion designer Rohit Verma recalls Nisha Rawal’s head bleeding after Karan Mehra hit her

New Delhi: TV actors Nisha Rawal and Karan Mehra have made headlines for accusing each other of different allegations regarding their troubled marriage. Last year, Nisha had filed an FIR against Karan who is best known for his role as Naitik in the daily soap opera ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, accusing him of domestic violence and having an extramarital affair. Although he denied the charges, he was arrested by police and later released on bail.

In a recent interview with entertainment media portal PinkVilla, famed fashion designer Rohit Verma, who is a close friend of the estranged couple, opened up about Karan and Nisha’s equation and recalled the incident that sparked all lost. He recounted the incident when Karan hit Nisha after a fight and she was bleeding from the head.

He said: “I have the same love I have for Karan that I always had, although he filed a defamation suit against me. I am fighting. But at this time (describing a situation), the kind of situation that was, when you see a girl bleeding from the head, you don’t see left and right. I wasn’t in that fight.

Rohit then said that despite being hurt, Nisha asked Karan to “apologize and get it over with”, but things only got worse between the two. Being close friends with the couple, Rohit shared that he still wanted them to reconcile.

He further added, “When I got there, their friends in the building had already called the police. I stood silently and saw Nisha’s bleeding head. As Nisha was leaving, she told Karan to apologize and get it over with. But the situation that night was so bad that everyone lost their sanity. I just stood with my friend. Nisha is a grown person and she knows what is right and wrong for her. Everyone makes their own decisions. We just stand by our friends. But that doesn’t mean we’re involved in their controversy, which, in fact, is still ongoing. Both are very important to me. If I had a magic wand, I would want them both to patch themselves up.

While Karan accused Nisha of having an extramarital affair with Rohit Satia during a recent press conference, Rohit Verma refuted all the rumors and said that on the contrary, Karan Mehra has a daughter named ‘MM’ in his wife. life.

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Batman has a new god Mister Miracle Moonlighting as clothing designer

The following article contains spoilers for “Blood in & Blood Out” in Batman: Urban Legends #18, on sale now.

In his civilian identity of Bruce Wayne, Batman is known for being flashy and charismatic. Yet very little has been said about what goes into the creation of the billionaire playboy character. During “Blood in & Blood Out” by Batman: Urban Legends #18 (by Henry Barajas, Serg Acuna, Dave McCaig, and Hassan Otsmoane-Elhaou), readers got to learn who designed the various Bruce Wayne costumes, and the answer is quite shocking.

Asked by the paparazzi who he wore, referring to who designed his costume, Bruce replied “Scott Free. I think”. As many fans will notice, Scott Free is the civil name of Mister Miracle, a new god and the son of Highfather. Learning that a higher being like Scott Free designs men’s formal wear in his spare time is surprising to say the least, but at the same time, it opens some much-needed doors for Scott in his personal life.

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As Mister Miracle, Scott can escape anything, it’s his main power. However, he still needs a normal life away from the violence of his own. Very few stories have actually looked at what Scott would do for a living outside of being a hero, because realistically putting on a colorful costume and punching aliens doesn’t pay much. A career in costume design might seem like it came out of nowhere, but it might just seem perfectly logical.

Scott has spent most of his life running from place to place, breaking the prison he’s been put in this time around. It goes without saying that he would like to do something for once. The act of creation, even of making oneself, can even be therapeutic for one who has endured so much suffering during his life. Plus, having one of the most distinctive costumes in the entire DC Universe, Scott has perhaps been pondering what can be called fashion for quite some time. Maybe he thought that if he could pull off his shiny suit, making a simple black and white tuxedo would be simple. Or maybe he just wanted to make a costume that didn’t stand out too much.

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Then there’s the question of how long he’s been doing this. Designing for someone as high-profile as Bruce Wayne is no mean feat. This means that Scott has connections and is talented enough to be confidently carried into a televised public gathering. Bruce’s uncertain answer to who he was wearing could imply it’s a recent development in his life, but it could also just be him playing the role. Scott could have been its only designer for years.

Making formal wear doesn’t have to be what he’s limited to either. Scott has a habit of bringing New God technology back with him. If he really wanted to, he could open a business making custom costumes for the heroic community. Not just civilian clothes, but also costumes. He could redesign the suits in new and exciting ways and even implement New God technology for defensive purposes, while charging a reasonable cost. It would definitely be an interesting way to further flesh out his character, as well as provide him with personal stability and community.

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Anne Roose obituary | Fashion

My mother, Anne Roose, who died aged 90, was a fashion designer who helped reinvent Welsh wool with her elegant contemporary designs inspired by Celtic tradition.

She was instrumental in saving the rare breed of Jacob sheep, working with Araminta, Lady Aldington and the Holywell Textile Mill in North Wales to turn the distinctive but rough fleece into beautiful fabric in natural tones , which resulted in her famous Anna Roose Jacob collection (she used Anna as her professional first name).

Anne was born in Blackheath, south London, to Muriel (née Richards) and Ralph Paton, who worked for the Mazawattee Tea Company. Her younger sister was Jane Paton, the prolific children’s book illustrator of the 1960s and 1970s. Shrewsbury area.

While at school, Anne and her sister learned that their father had gone missing, they were thought to be dead, and their mother eventually remarried. However, in the mid-1950s, when Anne was the subject of a newspaper article about her work, she received a phone call. She knew immediately that it was her father. Once reunited, they had a warm relationship. But it was never explained to Anne what had happened.

Anne Roose, far left, showing a cape from the Anna Roose Jacob collection to a group including Araminta, Lady Aldington in the early 1970s

Anne attended Shrewsbury High School, then transferred to Croydon High School once the war was over. She showed a great aptitude for art and, in 1946, after obtaining her school certificate, she was sent to France to continue her studies, staying with families in Paris via a student exchange. The first family were active Communists, which came as less of a shock to Anne than to her own family – then based in Purley, Surrey – when it was their turn to reciprocate.

Sketch by Anne Roose of a design from a 1950s Parisian haute couture catwalk
Sketch by Anne Roose of a design from a 1950s Parisian haute couture catwalk

As a student in Paris, Anne got her first taste of the haute couture world and even met Coco Chanel. Back in England, she enrolled at St Martin’s School of Art. After graduating, she got a job as a designer for a London fashion company, which sent her to haute couture shows in Paris. Every evening, she returned to her room to sketch the drawings from memory to post in London.

In 1954 Anne married Richard Roose, who worked in human resources. She soon combined running an increasingly successful business with raising three children in a sprawling arts and crafts house in Oxted, Surrey. The door was never locked, with family and friends of the children – and, later, grandchildren – always welcome at Sunday lunches around a large Welsh farmhouse dining table. Later Anne and Richard moved to Rye in East Sussex to be close to me.

Even in retirement, Anne remains busy making clothes – often in wool – for her grandchildren, to whom she is deeply devoted. Jacob’s sheep are now a familiar sight in the British countryside.

Richard passed away in 2009. Anne is survived by her children, Anthony, Simon and I, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Video interview with Alex Bovaird (Costumer of the Lotus Blanc)

“It’s a really fun time for contemporary costume design,” says first-time Emmy-nominated costume designer Alex Bovaird (“The White Lotus”) on the state of contemporary costume design. For our recent online chat, she adds: “I’ve noticed that people take a lot more risks. People maybe want to be a little more upbeat, a little more colorful,” she says. “There’s just a lot of variety compared to 10 years ago. I remember walking through Barneys New York and everything was dark. Absolutely everything. I think it’s quite different now. It’s a fun time for fashion and I’ve noticed people are making all kinds of interesting choices. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

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“The White Lotus” was created by Mike White, who wrote and directed all six episodes of the anthology drama. The series follows a week in the life of the employees of the fictional White Lotus resort on Maui and the guests who look forward to a week of rest and relaxation among the swaying palm trees, cocktails and idyllic sunsets of this getaway on a tropical island. However, things aren’t quite what they seem at first, as we learn more about the dysfunctional vacationers and the resort’s beleaguered staff, all of whom come to a head in the series finale. dynamite series as the identity of the mysterious corpse that features in the series’ opening scene is finally revealed.

The streak of 20 Emmy nominations includes eight of the actors, with Murray Bartlett, Jacques Lacy and Steve Zahn competing in the race for Best Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actor, while legendary comedian Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Breton, Alexandra Daddario, Natasha Rothwell and Sydney Sweeney occupy all but two spots in the corresponding women’s roster, marking the first time that five women have been nominated in a single series in a category. Seven of the nominated actors are also debutants, with only Britton being a past nominee (for “Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story” and “Nashville”). White is also an Emmy debutant, nominated three times, for Producer in Best Limited Series and also in the Writing and Directing categories. And of course, Bovaird herself is up for her first nomination alongside industry peers from “black-ish,” “Euphoria,” “Hacks,” “Only Murders in the Building” and “Pam & Tommy”.

Bovaird is thrilled that the Emmys include a category for contemporary costume, celebrating the nuanced and subtle work that is often overlooked in catch-all costume design categories where period and fantasy work often eclipses their more modern brethren. . “Because everyone dresses up, they don’t have as much respect for contemporary costume. I think it’s actually harder to do in my experience, I find it harder to work on contemporary projects, sometimes because everyone has a point of view. Everyone has something to say,” she explains. “So it can be quite difficult to get out of it.”

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Fashion designer Zac Posen is engaged to ballet dancer Harrison Ball

Zac Posen and Harrison Ball are ready to start their next chapter together. The couple announced their engagement on social media yesterday, August 8.

In a Captioned the Instagram post “Engaged 8.8.22”, the fashion designer tagged her fiancé and, in a slideshow of photos, he shared some of their memories leading up to the big moment. Ponser’s post was showered with love from her fans and peers.

His former ‘Project Runway’ colleague Heidi Klum commented heartily, writing, “OMG I’m so happy for you two. CONGRATULATIONS.”

Along with Klum, Reese Witherspoon and Nina Dobrev also congratulated the couple.

Harrison Ball had a similar situation post on his Instagram which featured the couple standing in front of two giant arrows with the caption: “ATTACKING – CUPID’S ARROW(S)”.

The famous fashion designer known for the red carpet looks of Katie Holmes, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker, worked with the New York City Ballet, the company for which Harrison is a principal dancer. While the exact date the couple started dating is unconfirmed, they went public with their relationship with a post on Ball’s instagram in April 2021. A few months later, in September 2021, the couple shared a nude photo on Instagram of Posen in honor of the premiere of a ballet in which their significant other starred.

Coincidentally, weddings have recently been a focus of Posen’s career. Released last June, Posen has collaborated with Blue Nile in a new line of inclusive wedding jewelry. He said, in an interview with Brides“With so many of us celebrating togetherness and love this month, it was the right time to release an inclusive range of engagement and wedding rings, a collection deliberately designed to represent love, regardless of gender.”

Posen went on to say that her line was inspired by “unique, ageless designs that also celebrate love, unity and marriage for all.”

He was also behind the looks of Ellen Degeneres and Portia di Rossi on their wedding day and designed wedding dress collections with White One Bridal and David’s Bridal.

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“Fashion in the Pines” returns to Fire Island – WWD

After a nine-year hiatus, “Fashion of the Pines” returns to Fire Island on August 20.

Approximately 200 people are expected to attend “A Day in the Pines” during the event at Whyte Hall and the Albert Lepage Pavilion which will feature a nod to the past with a modern twist. While many well-known designers have ties to the island, the show will spotlight young queer minority founders, designers and artists.

The show is an orchestrated production in association with the Fire Island Arts Project, an organization that has been organizing events and performances on the island for 35 years. JD Winston, board member, producer and former multidisciplinary performer, and Ryan Espinosa, fellow FIPAP board member and owner of the Denizen store on the island, are overseeing the revival of the event.

The track will feature items from the store and other stores, as well as donated parts. “We don’t sell a particular brand. Essentially, it’s a celebration of where we are as an island in this truly expressive moment of individuality. The island is very DIY. People will put on a headband, maybe a pair of designer shorts and the rest will be made as they go,” Espinosa said. “If you’ve spent a lot of time here, you know what can happen in a very free and safe space. The rules are abandoned [behind] when you get off the ferry.

Dating back to the 70s, “Fashion of the Pines” was an annual celebration of local style. The late Fire Island developer and former model John Whyte was instrumental in creating the show and hosting the pool festivities at the Botel.

The “Day in the Pines” theme was first used in the late 80s by Russell Graham. Andy Baker and Ward Auerbach helped plant the seeds to revive the event, which Denizen is touting. Winston said he and Espinosa started talking about the Fashion of the Pines events that ran from the ’80s to the early ’90s, and the prospect of having them again. The event started in the 70s but the onset of AIDS led to its suspension.

The duo pitched the idea to some of the people who experimented with the original shows, like Bob Howard and Scott Bromley, and gleaned some ideas. Some people from the Fire Island community have been enlisted to serve as role models. They will be showcasing Pins-related sports fashion, including a few styles from past Fashion of the Pines events.

An open bar with DJ and a silent auction will take place during the first hour of the first hour of this month. Guests will also find nostalgic ephemera from Fashion of the Pines events from years past. Once the crowd has moved inside, Luis Villabon will perform “My Strongest Suit” from the musical “Aida” in drag and Hal Rubenstein and Espinosa will host the event.

Noting how Fire Island first became a popular getaway for many gay artists, designers and celebrities in the 70s, Winston said it was known as a haven to escape, feel safe and be yourself. -even, “when it wasn’t the easiest thing to do” at that time.

In the 1980s, proceeds from the annual exposition went to the Pines Conservation Society. In recognition of this, the benefits of the 2022 edition will go to this organization and to FIPAP.

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Handcrafted Lehenga and Choli in USA | Launch of the Indian wedding wear collection

With the launch of the new collection of bridal lehengas, Chiro’s By Jigyasa helps every Indian bride stay connected to her rich heritage and celebrate individuality. Lehenga designers embrace the diversity of Indian culture and traditions through their immense color variations, range of high quality fabrics and intricate bead and thread work.

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Chiro’s By Jigyasa strives to provide global and local customers with quality traditional Indian fashion that is hard to find in their area. Their new collection features a wide range of designs, from traditional lehengas to more contemporary designs for brides and bridesmaids.

Because every dress is designed and manufactured at Chiro, all new wedding and bridal lehengas can be customized to fit any size, body type or personal preference. Some of the designs featured include a festive red and gold silk lehenga embroidered with gold. This elegant lehenga is accompanied by a light green dupatta which is also made from a luxurious silk fabric also embroidered with gold, giving it a festive look.

Another standout set from the new collection is a printed georgette lehenga that has a gray color fade. It has a ruffled dupatta and a matching choli, both in silky and soft pure georgette. This new lehenga set is suitable for a variety of occasions, including weddings and traditional parties.

Because floral hand embroidery is a hallmark of Indian clothing, Chiro’s lehenga choli designs also feature a wide range of handcrafted floral embroidery.

Plus, Chiro’s By Jigyasa online store offers a 30-day hassle-free return policy, to ensure that every customer can find their fit and style.

About Chiro’s By Jigyasa

Traditional Indian clothing and accessories are the focus of Indian fashion brand, retailer and distributor Chiro’s By Jigyasa. Chiro’s goal is to design and distribute Indian clothing to women in the United States and around the world. Because they believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and confident, the brand offers everyone access to high quality Indian clothing.

A company representative said, “We have all the latest trends in Indian wedding wear for men, women and children. Our dresses are designed by us, so you can find something special for everyone. The prettiest outfits imaginable await you as you browse our selection of ethnic ensembles that will have you falling head over heels in love right away without even trying them on. We ship within 24 hours from our headquarters in Houston to all states and worldwide.

Chiro’s designers are dedicated to creating eye-catching looks using vibrant colors, prints and embellishments, under the guidance of Chief Fashion Designer Jigyasa.

Interested persons can find more details of the new wedding lehenga collection by visiting

Contact information:
Name: Jigyasa Anand
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Organization: Chiro’s By Jigyasa
Address: 19822 Almond Park Drive, Katy, TX 77450, USA
Phone: +1-281-975-7595

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woman helps Carpenter with ‘electricity bill payment’, loses 3l | Bombay News

Mumbai: A fashion designer lost almost Rs 3 lakh of her family’s money trying to help a carpenter who was a potential target of a cyber crook. A criminal offense has been filed at Sick police station.
The 26-year-old fashion designer lives in sick west with her family. She had hired a carpenter to make furniture in her home. On Tuesday morning, while the carpenter was at work, he received an SMS from an unknown number informing him that the electricity supply to his home would be cut off because he had not paid the bill.
A phone number was mentioned in the text and the carpenter dialed it. But he couldn’t understand what the person on the other end of the line was saying. He handed the phone to the fashion designer and asked her to speak on his behalf.
The man pretended to be from the power company and asked the fashion designer to download an app called Quick Support. Little did she know that the app would give her remote access to the carpenter’s phone screen.
He asked her to pay Rs 10 to prevent the power supply from being cut off. She added her father’s debit card number and paid Rs 10. But soon after, three more transactions took place and around Rs 70,000 was debited from her father’s account.
The fashion designer confronted the scammer about the deductions he offered to refund the money to her via her digital wallet. “He then asked her to download the Quick Support app on her handset, which she did, allowing him to access her phone remotely as well. This time, three debit transactions totaling Rs 2.24 lakh was made on his account,” a policeman said.
The fraudster then disconnected the call and his phone was turned off.
The fashion designer then rushed to the Malad police station the same day and filed a fraud complaint.


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Lewis Hamilton Goes Pink With Zendaya In Groundbreaking Collab With Billion-Dollar Fashion House

Formula 1 has completed 13 rounds and is in its summer break, which shuts down all activity in the F1 world. Drivers are using this time to disconnect from the sport and recharge before returning to one of the fiercest competitions in the world. In his spare time, Lewis Hamilton extends his collaboration with Maison Valentino.


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The seven-time world champion has often amazed fans with his on-track results. However, off-road, it never disappoints in preparation for a Grand Prix. The F1 paddocks often see the Brit making a new fashion statement at the track he is visiting.


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New big title made him the face of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s ‘Valentino Pink PP Collection’. Notably, Hamilton is Valentino’s DI.VAs (meaning DI.fferent VA.lues), a term coined by Piccioli to refer to the main faces of the House of Valentino.

Besides, the Italian designer is also featuring American actress Zendaya to promote his new clothing line. The two superstars in their respective fields can help the designer achieve multiple strands.

Lewis Hamilton: DI.VAs

When not in racing suits, Hamilton is very much engaged in his off-road passions. He is very into creative fields like music and fashion and is an adrenaline junkie when skydiving. The Mercedes ace likes to contribute to society and never backs down from a new challenge.

For many years, the Brit has spoken openly about racism, diversity and social injustice. He is a leader who sets the benchmark in everything he puts his heart into. The Italian fashion designer is a big fan of these qualities he shows and is full of praise for his DI.VAs.


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piccoli said, “Lewis is a performer; he is able to use his energy to express his authentic and precious self. The talent that he spreads with all his personality goes far beyond his sporting excellence and embraces everything he does. Lewis believes in what he does and shows it with effortless intensity.

I saw him commit to social causes with great independence. I saw him wear a total pink look and make it personal. I saw him smile and chat with people in a very casual way. By doing whatever pleases him, he pleases us. As a DI.VA testimonial, it represents diversity, equality and, above all, love.

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“I couldn’t think of a better friend for this campaign. It will give an empathetic, human, inspiring message and it will be true”, Valentino’s creative director concluded.

The collaboration is a big hit in the fashion world and we can’t wait to see what the duo release next. What’s your favorite Lewis Hamilton haircut?

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Ranveer Singh hugs Deepika Padukone as they walk the ramp at Mijwan 2022

Deepika Padukone looked royal as she walked the ramp with Ranveer Singh at the Mijwan Fashion Show 2022 in Mumbai on Friday. From holding hands to Ranveer kissing Deepika as they starred at the star-studded event, the couple’s PDA was one of the highlights of Mijwan 2022. The couple wore outfits by fashion designer Manish Malhotra during the annual gala, which returned with its first edition in three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more: Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh Represent ‘Glam and Power’, Shabana Azmi Says of Mijwan’s Latest Hits

Many celebrities including Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, Vidya Balan, Nora Fatehi and Ishaan Khatter were spotted in the audience at the fashion show organized by Shabana Azmi in association with her NGO Mijwan Welfare Society. In one of the most emotional moments from the fashion show, Ranveer could be seen walking towards her mother Anju Bhavnani, who was seated in the front row near Gauri and Ishaan. The actor leaned in to kiss her before touching her feet. Fans reacted to Ranveer’s sweet gesture and commented on their video shared by a paparazzi account on Instagram. “Bahut sanskari hain (He is well cultured),” one person wrote. Another said, “Ranveer is a great actor and a nice human being.”

Meanwhile, many paparazzi and social media fan pages have shared images of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer’s ramp. In some videos, the actors were seen walking hand-in-hand as spectators amid cheers from the audience. As they posed on the ramp together, Ranveer was seen kissing Deepika on the cheek as the two smiled. Ranveer was dressed in a black sherwani with white embroidery and sported a ponytail. While Deepika wore a glamorous white and gold lehenga with heavy embellishments and a statement necklace.

Deepika also shared photos of herself and Ranveer from their special night. In a series of photos she posted to Instagram, the actors posed together in their Manish Malhotra looks. In one of the photos, Deepika and Ranveer looked lost in each other’s eyes. In another, the couple showed off the elaborate designer outfits.

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone walked the ramp together in Manish Malhotra looks at Mijwan 2022.

Ranveer and Deepika have become stars for Manish Malhotra, who presented his latest collection at the Mijwan Fashion Show 2022, hosted by Shabana Azmi. In a recent interview, the veteran actor said the couple represented “glamour, power and courage” and their Mijwan fashion show was the “biggest event yet”. While praising Deepika and Ranveer, Shabana told Mid-day. “Deepika is sensitive to the cause of empowering women and girls. Individually and together, they represent glamour, power and courage.

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9 fashion designers who created costumes for movies

Fashion and cinema have always been interconnected over the decades. It’s no secret that costume design is an important part of filmmaking. A well-designed costume can bring characters to life, transport the viewer to another time or place, and most importantly lend integrity to a director’s creative vision. Additionally, well-executed costumes can have a huge impact on how a movie looks. Take Breakfast at Tiffany’sfor example: despite being filmed in the 60s, the costumes remain timeless and modern and still as fashionable as ever, and undoubtedly cemented the film’s reputation as a Hollywood romantic classic.

Over the years, several top fashion designers have lent their creativity to film, from French couturiers to high-end shoe designers. In some cases, costume design launched their American careers, and some were already established designers before making the leap to filmmaking. In any case, these artists have definitely marked Hollywood. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s futuristic cuisine to Miuccia Prada’s reimagining of a Shakespearean classic to Paco Rabanne’s otherworldly wonders, the creativity of these designers knows no bounds. To commemorate these top designers and their incredible contribution to cinematic history, we’ve put together a list of nine groundbreaking films and the famous fashion designers who brought the costumes to life. Here are nine fashion designers who have created costumes for movies.

9 Jean Paul Gaultier – The Fifth Element

Whereas jean paul Gaultier collaborated on several films throughout his career, the most notable being Luc Besson’s 1997 sci-fi thriller The fifth Element. Not only has the film itself become cult, but so have Gaultier’s innovative costumes. Tasked with designing the costumes for the four main characters, Gaultier exceeded expectations when he designed over 1,000 costumes for the film, paying attention to the main cast and extras. His work on the film won him a second César for best costume. If you want to relive the fashion extravaganza, you can see the film in theaters this year for its 25th anniversary.


8 Hubert de Givenchy – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is based on a short story of the same name by Truman Capote, which follows the life of elegant but fickle socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) as she falls in love with her neighbor and struggling writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard). Although the movie itself is a classic, there’s no denying that it gets most of its notoriety from its chic and feminine fashion. Key elements of Hepburn’s wardrobe in the film were designed by Hepburn’s friend and Parisian fashion designer Hubert de Givenchyincluding the long black evening dress in the film’s opening sequence which is widely considered to be one of the most iconic fashion pieces in history.

seven Tom Ford – Specter

Aspiring author and fashion designer Tom Ford collaborated with costume designer Jany Temime on the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Spectrum, in which Daniel Craig’s Bond reveals the existence of an underground criminal organization called Spectre. Temime discussed his partnership with Ford in a 2015 interview with Squirestating, “It’s very good for me because I can design whatever I want and he just does what I like. Because he’s a director himself, he respects the role of the costume designer a lot.”

Related: A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals: How Tom Ford Went From Designer to Director

6 Giorgio Armani – American Gigolo

Giorgio ArmaniFilm’s love affair began with designing Paul Schrader’s 1980 film wardrobe american gigolo. The film’s main protagonist, Julian Kaye, embodied the spirit of an Armani man, and the film’s influence would go on to help launch Armani’s career in America. The famed designer would continue to work in film throughout his career and would go on to design costumes for the 1980s television series. miami viceand movies like The Incorruptibles, The bodyguard, The wolf of Wall Street, and inglorious bastards, to name a few. The film recently inspired a TV series remake on Showtime, also called american gigolowith Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye.

5 Paco Rabanne – Barbarella

Designate Paco Rabanne was one of the co-creators of the 1960s space age fashion movement. Who better to design the costumes for Barbarelle, which follows a futuristic astronaut on a mission to save the galaxy from evildoers. Rabanne’s inventive costumes, including skin-tight jumpsuits, chainmail mini-dresses and metallic boots, have become as iconic as the film itself.

4 Miuccia Prada – Romeo and Juliet

Miuccia Prada collaborated with director Baz Luhrmann on several of his films including Romeo and Juliet, Gatsby the magnificent, and Luhrmann’s latest film Elvis. Prada, the creative director behind Miu Mui and Prada, first worked with Luhrmann in Romeo and Juliet design Juliet’s signature white dress and angel wings, and Romeo’s navy blue wedding suit. On their second collaboration for Gatsby the magnificent, Prada revamped 40 dresses from its archives to feature in the film and recreated a dress from their Spring/Summer 2010 collection to feature on star Carey Mulligan. The infamous pair teamed up again recently for Elvis to recreate the iconic King of Rock n’ Roll costumes.

Related: Best Costume Design In Baz Luhrmann Movies, Ranked

3 Christian Dior – Stage fright

Christian Dior took advantage of his friendship with Stage fright leading lady Marlene Dietrich, who insisted that director Alfred Hitchcock hire Dior to outfit her for the film with the famous words “No Dior. No Dietrich!”. With that, Dior would continue to dress the German-American actress in its popular “new look” silhouette which featured nipped-in waists and flared-skirted dresses.

2 Coco Chanel – Last Year in Marienbad

famous designer Coco Chanel has a long history of involvement in film. According vanity lounge, film mogul Samuel Goldwyn of United Artists believed that “women went to the movies to see how other women dressed”, and so in 1931 he offered Chanel a whopping million-dollar contract to outfit his Hollywood starlets, both on and off screen, convinced she would bring class back to Hollywood. In 1961, she resumed the role of costume designer for the film Last year in Marienbadwhich features gorgeous dresses made from luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, tulle and lace, with its signature bead detailing of course.

1 Manolo Blahnik – Marie Antoinette

The name Manolo Blahnik stands for high fashion footwear. While the well-established designer designed shoes for big names such as Twiggy and Bianca Jagger in the 70s, Blahnik’s popularity grew in the 90s due to the increased visibility of popular television series. absolutely fabulous and sex and the city. In 2006, Blahnik will lend his creative forces to Sofia Coppola’s visual masterpiece Marie Antoinette. The veteran designer’s stunning period shoes paired beautifully with Oscar-winning costumes by Italian costume designer Milena Canonero.

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Learn to shop consciously on a luxury website VERS

As shoppers, we’re all becoming more aware of the downsides of fast fashion: environmental degradation, labor issues. Buying from ethical brands seems like an answer, but it can be difficult, if not impossible, to understand what it means when a company claims to be “sustainable”. Ana Kannan, founder of the luxury e-commerce platform TOWARD, has come up with her own solution.

Kannan’s upbringing inspired his passion for sustainability. Her car seats were leather, her entire family was vegetarian, and her mother always emphasized keeping clothes in your closet for as long as possible. She went to the University of Southern California to study STEM, but when she took a course on sustainability in fashion, her mental wheels started turning.

“I found myself asking questions,” Kannan explained, “like what percentage of [a brand’s] supply chain really trace? Are these materials really certified responsible? What stops a brand from lying? And I realized that there had to be some kind of space where brands could be independently vetted, and consumers could trust that those brands were really responsible.

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She created TOWARD to tackle this mission. On the website, TOWARD’s clothes strike a delicate balance between earth tones and more modern hues — think sleek strappy dresses, wide-leg pants and puffy pastel baby bags. The digital store has tabs labeled “Clothing”, “Shoes” and “Bags & Accessories” like any shopping platform, but it also offers consumers a “Liability”. tab, describing what sustainability means to the company. Kannan says that for her, the term “responsibility” goes far beyond just sustainable branding. “It really refers to the holistic impact of each element of the supply chain. Our framework is how we assess whether a brand is right for us.

To help conduct this assessment, the TOWARD team has developed nine pillars to assess all areas of a brand’s sustainability, ensuring that every designer TOWARD wears meets its standards. These pillars include worker rights, organics, water conservation and animal welfare.

To ensure that a brand is responsible enough to join the TOWARD platform, Kannan’s team, along with environmental experts, created over 100 questions for each brand to answer with documentary evidence. From this sustainability questionnaire, TOWARD determines which of its nine pillars the brand adheres to and whether it can be included on the site.

two models stand in the greenery one wears a brown jumpsuit and the other a long silver dress

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Not only do these pillars act as markers for brands driven by TOWARD, but, as Kannan explained, they also act as a roadmap for all brands “as they seek to improve their corporate responsibility practices. coming. They can see ‘What pillars am I excelling in at the moment? What pillars should I work on?“and then they can adapt and adjust their plans going forward.” His company is successfully setting a universal sustainability standard for the fashion world, while educating luxury consumers about brand transparency and responsibility.

In addition to opening its first store on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, TOWARD has big plans for the future. Staying committed to sustainability means going back and forth with our world, and, says Kannan, “we’re currently working on revamping our accountability framework based on the most up-to-date climate information and all of the sustainability research.” .

She hopes TOWARD can act as a “one-stop shop for buying fashion and beauty responsibly”, but she also sees it as a resource for anyone who wants to update their knowledge. The hope is that consumers will be inspired to move fully into the sustainable fashion space.

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“I’m very excited for the future of sustainable fashion,” Kannan said. “I believe transparency is the number one priority in fashion. If brands aren’t able to disclose anything and everything about their practices, then it’s harder to trust them. So, I imagine a very transparent future for fashion, one where all brands use the latest and greatest materials and innovation, and truly move the needle TOWARDS a more responsible future.

You can shop TO here. To get you started, these picks are some of Ana Kannan’s current favorites on her site.

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Marilyn Jean Robbins | Obituary

Marilyn Jean Robbins of Lancaster died at home on July 12, 2022, surrounded by her children. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Leland R. Ferguson and Edna W. Carter.

Marilyn was a talented costume designer and skilled seamstress for the Millersville Costume Shop who loved fashion and sewed her own clothes. When she wasn’t creating drawings, Marilyn liked to spend her time gardening outside, growing beautiful flowers. She was also an avid golfer and skier as well as a hand model and participated in many beauty pageants. She liked to dance and read. Due to her love of antiques, she was a strong supporter of historic preservation and was also a member of Lancaster Elks Lodge #134.

She has donated her time to many organizations including Water Street Mission, The Iris Club, Questers and The Elks club. Being a woman of faith, she willingly volunteered her time within her church/community. Marilyn was a loving mother who cherished her friends and family.

Marilyn is survived by her children: Lynn M. McDonough (wife of Larry) of Mars, PA, Jeffrey W. Robbins of Lancaster, PA, and Jill S. Young (wife of William) of San Antonio, TX.; three grandchildren; Kelsey L. McDonough, Reed G. McDonough, and Colton M. Trego; and a great-granddaughter, Rhiannon M. Trego.

Besides her parents, Marilyn is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Ferguson.

In honor of Marilyn, please leave your sadness at the door and come wearing beautiful bright colors to celebrate her life on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA at 3:00 p.m. h. A visit will take place one hour before the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lancaster Elks Lodge #134, 219 N Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602; the Questers, 210 Quince St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, or A Living Tribute at

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“Strap on and Enjoy the Ride”: Behind the Scenes of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Crazy Musical | Arrange

A Visiting a dance studio invariably conjures up images of ballet buns, leggings, and the kind of perfect posture that most of us will never achieve. Dance Attic Studios in West London on a Monday morning in early summer does not disappoint. Dancers gather outside to smoke and chat, wearing a mix of sportswear and crop tops. Inside, they practically float between the different spaces of the studio.

The main studio is particularly lively, thanks to rehearsals for Fashion Freak Show, the musical revue based on the life of former fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, which opens this month at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, north London. Choreographer Marion Motin, wearing a Manchester United track top, mismatched tracksuits and an in-the-zone expression, leads a group of dancers across a stage at the show. Set in a recreated version of the Palace – a nightclub often referred to as Paris’s Studio 54 – it features music from Prince, Chic, Grace Jones, Divine and (slightly anachronistic) Amy Winehouse. If the dancers initially seem lanky and out of sync with each other, after less than half an hour they look great on the dance floor. A man on rollerblades, with a plastic cocktail tray, only adds to the ambiance.

Gaultier watches quietly, periodically calling dancers to discuss hairstyles and costumes. Dressed in a dark chambray denim shirt and jeans, accessorized with a greasy Coke and rimless glasses, he is different from the enfant terrible in Breton portrayed by Pierre et Gilles in 1990, or the chappie presenter cheeky in Channel 4 Eurotrash kilt. But, he soon sweats, only a little. He still employs classic French phrases such as “Ooh, la, la!” and likes to make slightly outrageous statements. “London is sex,” he says at one point, with an irrepressible wink.

The Fashion Freak Show, first presented at the Folies Bergère in 2019, begins with Gaultier as a schoolboy designing cabaret outfits for his teddy bears and goes through this disco moment, the AIDS crisis and collaborations with Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Pedro Almodovar. In addition to live on stage, his famous friends – including Rossy de Palma and Catherine Deneuve – appear in music videos.

Gaultier retired from mainstream fashion in 2020 after 50 years in the industry. “I said, ‘Fifty years in fashion is good, now I’m using my passion for something else,'” he told me during a break from rehearsals. Going to the theater wasn’t too much of an adjustment. “I knew [the story] because it was my life,” he says. “I couldn’t write but I could say [the story] by tables. He worked with director Tonie Marshall, who died in March 2020, to flesh out the tableaux for a full-fledged production.

He says the show is “not the conclusion [of my career] but a full circle moment” and maintains that this is the project he has worked on all his life. “It originally goes back to when I was nine,” he says. “I saw the pictures [of Folies Bergère dancers] on TV and I said, “Oh, I’d love to do scenes like that.” The next day I went to school and drew [the dancers] during the class. One of the teachers made me stand up and she put my drawing on my back. She wanted to shame me but everyone came [up to me]. I wasn’t good at football – ‘We don’t want Gaultier’ – but with the sketches all the boys smiled at me, so I was integrated.

Fashion Freak Show – as the name suggests – is full of fashion moments. It includes a life-size version of Nana, Gaultier’s teddy bear, and her corset outfit that inspired the famous conical bra Madonna wore on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990. There’s also a scene with a fashion editor much like that of Vogue. Anna Wintour.

The Fashion Freak Show cast members prepare for their 52 Roundhouse performances. Photography: Antonio Olmos / The Observer

A huge room in the rehearsal studio houses the 150 costumes used in the show, ranging from brightly colored feathered gear to garments from the Gaultier archives, including couture denim pieces with crystals and a leather jacket from his premiere. collection in 1976. Each cast member has between six and 10 costume changes per show. Motin worked on production when she was in Paris and worked on stage productions for Madonna and Christine and the Queens. Speaking on the phone a few days after the rehearsal, she says the costumes are part of what makes the show special. “It’s a complete show with dance, video, music, singing, theater. It’s quite different. It’s not a musical review, it’s a hybrid – like Jean Paul.

Gaultier spent time in London from the 1970s – it was his experience in sex clubs at the time that led to this earlier statement about the city – and feels at home in the British capital. “In London, I feel more freedom,” he says. He remembers seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Kings Road Theatre. “I saw the poster, a black face with red lips and blood. I said, ‘Wow, we have to see this.’ He says Rocky Horror influenced him ‘a lot’, as well as the Fashion Freak Show’s maximalism and abandonment – down to his catchphrase ‘Strap on, hold on tight and enjoy the ride’ – a la now classic musical sensation.

Fanny Coindet, assistant director of the show, starred in the 2019 production of The Fashion Freak Show. Over a dancer-friendly superfood salad lunch, she says working with Gaultier showed her how important it is to evolve. “He always questions everything and always wants to take the show somewhere else,” she says. “The show never sits in one place and that’s how I feel the show can live.” Coindet admits, smiling, that part of his job is to think: what would Jean Paul do? “It’s about how you try to project the way he thinks. If I were him, what would I say? I’m always wrong! Still, the duo form a tight unit – discussing costumes and the cast to polish the show for its new audience.

Models, actors and dancers in rehearsals for the Fashion Freak Show
Models, actors and dancers in rehearsals for the Fashion Freak Show. Photography: Antonio Olmos / The Observer

Among the costume changes, the story is an integral part of the Fashion Freak Show. “It’s about the life of someone who’s really been through all kinds of things,” says Motin. It takes rejection – Gaultier was first laid off in fashion in France because he didn’t attend fashion school, instead taking a job with Pierre Cardin at 18 – life as a LGBTQ+ person in 1970s France, and a love story between Gaultier and his partner Francis Menugé. The couple met in 1975 and Menuge played a pivotal role in the designer’s launch of his own brand. Menuge died in 1990 from complications related to AIDS. It’s also part of the Fashion Freak Show, with a stage dedicated to safe sex. In the Parisian production, condoms were thrown into the audience.

“[I didn’t include him] to revive it but to do it [part of the story]“, explains Gaultier. “I started collecting in my name because of him… He gave me [that] as a possibility. Not at all financially because we were poor, but psychologically… He was still younger than me but he was smart to give me confidence.

Gaultier says his experiences as a young gay man meant he was “attracted to people who were different…I remember a girl at school with a red afro and skin so pale you could see the veins. She was fabulous because she was different. Different kinds of intelligence always appeal to me too, that’s kind of a theme. It’s the one that continues in Fashion Freak Show. The cast is diverse across ethnicities and body types – a striking move with dancers traditionally considered size zero and white. “It should be because we don’t need everyone to look the same, because that’s life,” says Motin, “and it’s inspired by life.” Gaultier is however still not completely satisfied. “One is still missing,” pointing to the elderly. “It’s the last taboo, that wrinkles are not pleasant.”

Coindet says this inclusivity, something that has long been part of Gaultier’s universe, is particularly what audiences want now: “Everyone [came to see the show in Paris], from the oddball kids to his established fan base. I think it’s very multi-generational… For a lot of people it opened doors and freed some minds. With dancing teddy bears, a diverse cast, a strong story and a disco soundtrack, London’s Fashion Freak Show is likely to unleash a few more.

The Fashion Freak Show is at rotundaLondon, to August 28.

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Demnagram interview: talking to Saba Bakhia, founder of the creative director of Balenciaga instagram

In an age of social media overexposure, where sharing anything risks ruining the mystique of art, a designer’s digital footprint matters. We have already seen it, as Bottega Veneta, then under Daniel Lee, opted to literally go “off the grid”, deleting the brand’s Instagram account. Last summer, Balenciaga did something similar, an unsurprising decision given that its own creative director Demna’s IG grid is completely empty. Instead, her admirers went to @demnagramthe digital invention of georgian fashion obsession Saba Bakhiato keep up to date with his career.

The account — a support page, not a fan page, Saba points out — chronicles all developments in the world of Demna, whether it’s new Balenciaga collections, product launches and campaigns, or professional achievements, such as his recent place in the Time Influential people listing.

@demnagram’s bio reads: “Supporter of @Demna. SUPPORTED BY @BALENCIAGA. Since March 2022, Saba has worked with the house to ensure that the information reaching its nearly 200,000 followers is accurate and true to the spirit of the brand and its elusive creative director.

Here, the 22-year-old explains how a single Facebook post started his journey to becoming an essential part of the Balenciaga team, he and Demna’s shared Georgian heritage, and what it’s like to be invited to a show Balenciaga.

**You first communicated with Demna via Facebook during her early days at Balenciaga. Can you remember what you wrote in that message?
**My first communication with Demna dates back to 2016 via Facebook. I was amazed by his talent, and wanted to express my respect to him, so I texted him a sentence: “You are simply the best”. It was our first communication. Then, before @demnagram even existed, Demna sent me an inspiring message: “Believe in yourself and follow your dreams, they will always lead you to good places.” He gave me a whole new life.

**When you launched @demnagram, what were your intentions with the account?
**I wanted to pay tribute to what Demna does at Balenciaga. i think fashion [exists] before and after him. His vision of the brand is revolutionary and each show presented by Demna can be called a true artistic performance.

**You mentioned that @demnagram is a “support” account, not a “fan” account. Why was it important to establish this difference?
**For me, there is a big difference. Sometimes fan pages are like stalkers, gossiping and sharing very personal things about celebrities – but that’s not my style. I do not like it. Demna is an extremely private person. Demna is one of the artists who prefer to communicate through her work. That’s why @demnagram only focuses on Demna’s work, not her personal life.

** You share heritage with Demna – you are both from Georgia. What parts of your country’s DNA are found in Demna’s work?
**This is one of the reasons why his collections affect me differently. Georgia has played an important role in Demna’s personal and professional development; he grew up watching what Georgian women wore. Thus, each collection says a little about our country and our tastes, like an overview of what is fashionable here. Demna is a storyteller and a designer, and his stories are so personal. From the Georgian point of view — the feeling of dramatism; black color; oversized silhouettes; sadness and celebration at the same time – it’s so specific in our culture. In Georgia, black is everything. We wear it everywhere, from funerals to weddings.

Until recently, we didn’t have fashion magazines – but especially in the 90s, people didn’t know anything about fashion designers or trends, but we still wore oversized black clothes. If you weren’t super rich, your parents would buy clothes two or three years in advance, so you could grow into them. It may sound funny, but it was our reality. We wore clothes from cousins ​​who were four or five years older. So yeah, we didn’t know Margiela or Balenciaga shapes, but we still wore oversized t-shirts and pants. It’s very much alive and prominent in the Demna fashion world now.

Do you consider Instagram as a curatorial space in the same way as an art gallery?Nowadays, social media is such an important tool, but it’s not easy to do it right. It’s a new way for young creatives to discover their own style. In today’s reality, Instagram can be used as a curatorial space that is almost equivalent to an art gallery because Instagram has the power of visual storytelling. There are many examples of this, but I don’t see Demnagram that way. I think Demnagram is more of a media platform.

You are now working with Balenciaga on the page. When did they get involved? How does their influence affect him? In March, I started working with the brand. @demnagram is officially endorsed by Balenciaga, and it’s the greatest honor to work with the Demna team. Right from the start, he gave me freedom on my own, and that’s very important to me because I have my own strategy. The Balenciaga team is always with me to help me with anything. With their help, my page is more reliable than ever for people. They send me everything in advance for my account and that helps me a lot. I never post rumors, leaked images or anything that is not confirmed or published directly by Balenciaga.

**You are now invited to the shows. How does it feel to rub shoulders with others who have been co-signed by Demna?
**When I decided to create @demnagram, I never imagined that one day I would attend the Balenciaga show, have the chance to meet so many amazing people and start working with the brand . It’s more than a dream come true. I was invited by Demna himself; he knew what it would mean for me to be invited by him. I’ve never been to fashion weeks, not even in Georgia, so Balenciaga was my very first show. I met people who work with Demna and they were very nice to me. Obviously I was so nervous, but thanks to them everything went well.

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NeNe Leakes lists Atlanta House – DIRT

She only bought it just over eight months ago for $1.75million, but reality TV personality, actress, comedian and entrepreneur Nene Leakes has already knocked down her luxury villa in the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead returned to the market at a profit of $2.5 million.

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” OG, who deceased the drama series in 2020 and earlier this year for follow-up the companies behind the hit show, citing workplace discrimination, bought the townhouse in the months after her husband Gregg Leakes died in September. (As of late June, the trial was ongoing negotiated.)

That the SWAGG boutique owner, back on the reality TV carousel and currently doing her thing on the BET+ series “College Hill: Celebrity Edition,” decided to sell out so quickly may or may not have something to do with she The new boyfriend of dapper fashion designer Nyonisela Sioh, who doesn’t live in Atlanta but about 250 miles away in Charlotte, North Carolina.

One of the five-star hotel’s three private villas, the 4,000-square-foot townhouse’s three levels of living space sit atop a four-car secure underground garage where Leakes parks his Range Rover next to his over $300,000 Rolls Royce Wraith. (She is, after all, “rich, bitch!”) Guests arrive through the hotel and into a private gated courtyard, while a private elevator makes navigating the villa’s four floors in spiked Louboutins an easier and less painful experience than the stairs.

Wide-plank wood floors add coziness to the living room and dining room combination that showcases a high ceiling accented with cove molding, a well-stocked bar, and a minimalist fireplace wrapped in gray marble. Given his predilection for OTT luxury, it’s no surprise the decor is glamorous, with a curvaceous ivory leather sofa, two mirrored coffee tables, barrel chairs upholstered in alligator-patterned leather, and a chandelier. in the shape of a shimmering drum above the dining table.

Other highlights include a sparkling kitchen diner with snow-white cabinetry, cascading countertops and designer appliances, a downstairs study/office with access to the garden, and a family room.

There are three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, according to listings held by Debra Johnson of Coldwell Banker Realty. They include a penthouse-level owner’s suite replete with a white marble bathroom, linear gas fireplace, small terrace, and spacious walk-in closet and walk-in closet. Also on this floor, and well suited to a “glamorous suite”, is a good sized room with a second kitchen as well as an adjoining bathroom and dressing room with washing machines.

Residents are pampered with a multitude of amenities, as told real estate agent.comthe first to experience the list, such a 24-hour concierge, indoor saltwater pool, full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and upscale restaurant that gives a French brasserie a fresh southern flair.

A few months after closing the townhouse, Leakes sold his 10,500 square foot mansion in Duluth, about 25 miles northeast of Buckhead, for $2.65 million; the sale price was a steep discount from the $4 million she originally wanted, but still a worthwhile amount compared to the nearly $2.1 million she paid in 2015.

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Fall River native building on his success as a fashion designer

FALL RIVER — Last year, Fall River native Jeremy Lavoie had his big chance as a fashion designer. Now he’s building on that success and bringing it back to his hometown as much as he can.

“It’s so overwhelming, but it’s also such a good feeling,” he said.

In 2021, Lavoie, worked with his brother, Jonathan Lavoie, and another partner, Stephan Solway, to launch JL Creative Studios to sell clothes he designed.

In the months that followed, his brand quickly grew, with requests for his custom canvas jackets and vests coming from NBA players and musical artists.

And, he started working as a personal stylist for the likes of professional basketball player Ta’Quan Zimmerman and famed auto broker Brandon Medford. He broke into this business by connecting with people who bought him custom jackets.

“Now it has become a partnership,” he said.

“It all started with an artist”:Fall River native Jeremy Lavoie is launching a fashion label

Now Lavoie is getting noticed by bigger companies, including Carhartt, Fashion Nova and Ethika, who work with him and supply clothes to his clients.

Lavoie, a graduate of BMC Durfee High School, began working with his alma mater’s fashion department last year to teach students about the industry as well as sewing and design classes. He has also worked with other schools in the city, including Talbot Middle School and Resiliency Preparatory Academy.

On July 30, he’ll be hosting an outdoor event (likely in Kennedy Park) to talk to kids about the fashion industry, with plans for a few NBA players to attend. Later this year, he also hopes to hire a few students from Fall River as interns and bring them to fashion events in New York and to his embroidery shop in Providence.

Ta'Quan Zimmerman wearing a custom canvas jacket made by Fall River native Jeremy Lavoie.

In addition to teaching them the ins and outs of the industry, Lavoie also wants to encourage young people to develop their own personal style and have the confidence to promote themselves and build relationships that can help them in the future.

“I get these questions all the time, ‘how did you meet all these people?'” he said. “I want kids to really see, ‘You can do it too. You can make those connections too if you put the work into it.’”

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Steadfast in Artistic Activities | Borneo Online Newsletter

Izah Azahari

Two years after facing the pandemic head-on in the Sultanate and successfully managing every wave that has hit the country, people are starting over as they refuse to let COVID-19 hamper their daily lives.

After practicing standard operating procedures (SOPs) since the start of the first wave, the population is now used to health guidelines as they seek to move on with their lives.

The creative industry is no different. Individuals keep trying to make a name for themselves.

In the music industry, local singers were recognized and honored at the coveted Pelangi Awards in June. Local artist Putri Norizah received an exclusive award in recognition of her contribution to the business both locally and internationally.

Faizul Razali won the Chosen Male Vocal Award; Eia won the chosen female award; and Asmai, Waz, Swanz and Aziz Harun won the Chosen Duo/Group Vocal Award.

Meanwhile, Rizal Rasid received the New Artist Award; while Khilaf, composed by Faizul Razali and Fadil A Band Once, won the chosen song award. Satu, composed by Juan Madial and performed by Habib Adanan, won the Chosen Inspirational Song Award; and Perbatasan, produced by The Content Fuel and directed by Nazmo and Hanif Iqbal, won the Chosen Music Video Award.

Local artists performing at the recent Pelangi Awards. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI
Children from SMARTER Brunei paint the wall under the watchful eye of the Sketchone Studio team. PHOTOS: JAMES KON & IZAH AZAHARI
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Culture) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah presents the exclusive award to Putri Norizah

Held every two years and organized by Radio Television Brunei (RTB), the Pelangi Awards serve as an extension of appreciation for local artists active in the musical arts, including singing and song-making.

He hopes to encourage local talents to produce more high-quality works and improve the local entertainment arena.

On the international stage, Brunei artist Dila Junaidi and her band, The Stars, took part in the 2021 Round of the ASEAN-Korea Music Festival in January, where she performed five songs.

Featuring 15 Korean and nine ASEAN musicians, the six-hour online festival was organized by public broadcaster KBS and sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF) and the ASEAN secretariat.

AKCF hoped that the 2021 Round would strengthen the cultural bond and support between ASEAN and Korea through music, while providing the young generation from various countries with the opportunity to communicate through music and promote the formation of an active pop music network linking countries.

In film and cinematography, Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia (MIAA) actively cultivates local talent and skills, including through collaborations with Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS ) in its most recent Brunei Islamic Film Festival (BIFF) in March.

Entitled “Islamic Film Genre: Issues, Possibilities and Implications for the Brunei Screen Industry”, MIAA presented the Sultanate Film Festival dedicated to Islamic content as part of the annual Brunei Film Blitz.

The festival kicked off with a symposium allowing participants to explore the concept of film genre and what it means to have a Bruneian Islamic screen identity, with the aim of opening a roadmap for scholarly inquiry into the identity of Bruneian Islamic screen.

The symposium ended with a filmmaking workshop where participants applied what was discussed at the symposium and put it into practice.

During the workshop, participants were given various filmmaking exercises such as ideation, cinematography, sound recording and editing.

Mentorships were available for participants over the next two weeks as they produced their Islamic short films, which were screened in late March.

The BIFF Awards Night screening saw Q Fikri’s Langkah win the Islamic Short Film award, while Muhammad Haziq Aniq bin Hanip’s Hati-Hati Dengan Mata received the Jury Prize.

With BIFF, it was discovered that there were still many stories to be told as mentors explored ideas with participants who offered different perspectives and chose to tell stories in their own way as various genres were incorporated. in Brunei Islamic content.

The shortlisted films explored various Islamic themes including love, conversion to Islam, mental health, life struggles and daily Islamic practices.

The event aimed to encourage Islamic cinema in the Sultanate to provide a starting point for future academic studies.

Meanwhile, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has encouraged, fostered and cultivated the various art forms through its annual Spectrum event, which provides an opportunity to showcase the individual and collective skills gathered over the four years of students study at UBD while serving as a means for them to express themselves through their disciplines.

Fifty-three final year students from UBD’s Design and Creative Industries (DCI) program unveiled their graduation exhibition “Spectrum 2022: Infinite” following the motto “Exploring the Unbounded Depth of Creativity” for the Spectrum of this year, delving beyond the limitation of artistic ideals in a contemporary way through their creative projects.

Works featured fine art, media arts and design, installations, media production to publication, product design, conceptual architecture and interior design, and fashion design .

The exhibition was open to the public from May 23 to June 23 and also featured gallery talks which saw six to seven students share their creative and artistic practices as well as the process of creating the works on display.

Although there has been no significant fashion movement since the start of the pandemic, as travel restrictions have prevented local fashion designers from traveling to showcase their designs, discussions of sustainability of the fashion industry are actively conducted with fashion designers from Brunei. , Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

One such talk was held virtually as part of the 3rd Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Budayaw Festival in December 2021 on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. of fashion.

Fadzil Hadin of Dubai-based Chantique Brunei, Indonesian fashion designer Emmy Thee known for showcasing sustainable fashion, Emi Eglis representing the Philippines known for her use of traditional fashion in modern design and owner Anna Sue Couture, Dr. Sharifah Shukran, better known as Anna Sue in the fashion world, attended the event.

The dialogue sessions featured discussions on how COVID-19 has affected the fashion industry, particularly the cancellation of fashion shows.

Designers said the pandemic has pushed them to be more creative, adapt to the new normal using technology and hold virtual fashion shows.

Designers were also pushed to think outside the box by collaborating with other creatives such as photographers and videographers.

Fashion designers agreed that COVID-19 has brought people in the industry closer together and better prepared them to tackle challenges together.

The event also showcased the designers’ collections via a fashion short film.

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Confronting Stereotypes of Asian Women through Fashion Design

This article is part of Concentrate’s Voices of Youth series, which features content created by Washtenaw County youth in partnership with Concentrate staff mentors, as well as stories from adult writers who examine issues important to youth. local young people. In this episode, student artist Ella Yip shares her design for a dress that challenges common stereotypes of Asian women.

For more on this topic from Ella, check out the story she and fellow Voices of Youth participant Thylicia Babumba wrote about how stereotypes affect the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Ella explains each of the elements of her design as follows:

High: The shirt underneath represents who you really are, the design showing the complexity of all identity and personality. The layered chemise, made of a flowing light pink sheer tulle, shows how one identity can be masked by the prejudices and stereotypes of others. This top is inspired by the traditional Chinese dress, a Cheongsam, representing Asian heritage.

Cut: The waist of the dress has a corset look. This represents a stereotype/beauty norm that Asian women face regarding their expected body appearance and the stereotypes that surround their figure.

Left trouser leg: Represents words, sayings and opinions that can be internalized to combat stereotypes. The volume of the pants should represent the size or the amount of ways anyone can push back the stereotypes.

Right trouser leg: These pants are tight to represent the “real skin” and the complexity of a person: not how others see you, but who you really are.

Form: The train is made of a dark black mesh, burlap material, representing how stereotypes follow all Asian women and how they can sometimes feel. However, the fabric is porous with many gaps, which accounts for the fault and the lack of real evidence to support the stereotypes faced by Asian identities.

Color pallet: The color scheme, consisting of almost all red hues, is another way of representing Asian, especially Chinese, heritage. Red is a prominent color, considered to bring good luck, and the color is worn on almost all special occasions, weddings, etc.

Artist Statement:

I have loved fashion design almost all my life. I drew dresses as soon as I had the materials, making patterns on my baby blankets. I learned to sew around 6 years old when my mother got tired of me cutting my dolls’ clothes because I was playing “couturier”.

As an artist, speaking through something other than words inspires me. I like to see how I can make people think just by looking at something. Spreading a message with more than just words is something I hope to take even further in the future and even hopefully bring these pieces to life!

Concentrate staff member Yen Azzaro mentored Ella’s Voices of Youth on this project.

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“Folklore lends itself to it”: Irish horror films enjoy mainstream success | Ireland

A century after Bram Stoker introduced Dracula to the world, Irish storytellers are once again conjuring up vampires – along with zombies, ghosts, changelings and macabre and mysterious diseases – and this time on the big screen.

Young directors are channeling Ireland’s dark folklore and contemporary social ills into a wave of horror films that are finding mainstream audiences overseas.

The country’s small film industry has made 20 horrors in the past six years, with two more slated for release in the fall. The output ranges from slashers to horror comedies to psychological thrillers with supernatural elements.

Four of the 11 films presented at the FrightFest festival in Glasgow earlier this year were made in Ireland and Northern Ireland. American network TBS, which is part of Warner Bros, is turning a 2019 film, Extra Ordinary, into a television series.

You Are Not My Mother, which was a finalist for an Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, recently landed on Netflix.

“Irish folklore is particularly dark and lends itself to horror,” said the film’s writer and director Kate Dolan, 31. “Not a lot of happy endings – a lot of people are dragged down to their loss.”

A scene from the 2018 film The Hole in the Ground. Photography: Screen Ireland

Her debut feature, which cost €400,000 (£340,000), tells the story of a bullied teenage girl in a Dublin suburb who grows alarmed at her mother’s transformation, hinting at causes supernatural, mental illness and social alienation. The New York Times called it awesome, creepydeeply metaphorical and genuinely harrowing.

Dolan grew up in Dublin listening to her grandmothers’ stories of changelings, diseases and curses, which led her to question the origin and power of such beliefs. “I grew up in a row of townhouses and the idea that anything could happen there, and you’d be as isolated as you would be in a cabin in the woods, with no one to help you – I think I’ve found that even scarier.”

Dolan is currently writing screenplays for two horror-tinged films with LGBTQ themes.

Hollywood noted emerging talent from Ireland. Lee Cronin, who made a name for himself with the 2019 chiller The Hole in the Ground, set in rural Ireland, has directed the upcoming Evil Dead Rise, the latest in the Evil Dead franchise.

The ability to make small budgets and tap into ancient and contemporary Irish anxieties has drawn filmmakers into horror, said Louise Ryan, spokeswoman for Screen Ireland, a state agency that has funded many films. “The flexibility of the genre has attracted a lot of directors.”

Vivarium, a 2019 sci-fi horror starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots that premiered in Cannes, was inspired by ghost housing estates in Ireland, which were abandoned during a financial crash. “It was a way of talking about the social contract and people being trapped by a system,” said director Lorcan Finnegan, 43.

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in the 2019 film Vivarium
Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in the 2019 film Vivarium. Photography: Screen Ireland

His next film, Nocebo, is about a London fashion designer who seeks help from a Filipino nanny for a tick-related illness. Filmed in Dublin and Manila, and starring Eva Green and Mark Strong, it explores cultural exploitation.

It took a long time for Irish filmmakers to embrace the Irish heritage of storytelling and folklore, Finnegan said. “I grew up hearing stories from my parents about banshees and fairy curses, but it wasn’t really depicted in movies until 10 or 15 years ago.”

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Let the Wrong One In, a Dublin vampire horror-comedy set to be released around Halloween, paid tribute to Dubliner Bram Stoker by filming a scene at Dracula’s Castle, a tourist attraction in Dublin that claims have the only Bram Stoker Dracula in the world. vampire museum.

“It always seemed strange to me growing up that there were no Irish horror films,” said Let the Wrong One In director Conor McMahon, 42. When he started making short films as a teenager, he noticed that horrors had the best response. .

“All of my feature films have been in the horror genre and I’ll probably stay there. That’s what I like to do. There are so many subgenres that it never feels like you’re doing the same thing.

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When Gauri Khan said being called a ‘star wife’ drove her ‘crazy’

Gauri Khan, interior designer and wife of actor Shah Rukh Khan, once said the term “star wife” drives her “crazy”. In an old interview with filmmaker Karan Johar for Hindustan Times, he asked her to be a “star wife”. Calling it strange, Gauri added that she wants people to treat her like “a normal human being”. Speaking about her work, she said that when designing a space she wanted people to feel it was the best they had seen. (Also read | Shah Rukh Khan photobombs the return photo of Gauri Khan, Namrata Shirodkar and Sangeeta Bijlani)

Speaking to Karan for the Hindustan Times, Gauri Khan said: “The term drives me crazy. It seems very strange to me. If only people could treat me like a normal human being, treat me like a modern day woman instead of calling me a star wife. I don’t start with anyone and I’m not too ambitious either. All I need is to wake up in the morning, hit the gym, feel healthy, get to work, be creative, go home with the kids. “

She also added, “I want to do a really good job. I might not become a world famous designer because I didn’t start in my twenties. But it’s never too late to do anything. either in life and when I design a space, I want it to be the best home or the best office they’ve seen. When people walk into my new store, they have to say it’s the best store I’ve ever seen. they’ve seen. Everything I touch must turn to gold or be beautiful. I have a purpose, something to look forward to. It’s fulfilling and I feel like a complete woman today.

Gauri is an alumnus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Over the years Gauri has designed several spaces for many celebrities. She designed the nursery for Karan’s children, the homes of actors Ranbir Kapoor and Sidharth Malhotra, and remodeled actress Jacqueline Fernandez’s apartment. She also designed a party room for Antilia by Nita and Mukesh Ambani. Gauri was named on Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women list a few years ago.

Gauri often travels with his friends. Recently, she met fashion designer Manish Malhotra and actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna in London. Earlier, Gauri traveled for a vacation in Rome and posted photos with Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter, Shweta Bachchan. Before that, she went on a trip to Milan.

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Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian dazzle at a fashion show in Paris

Balenciaga’s Couture Fall 2022 show took Paris by storm when veteran runway stars Naomi Campbell and Bella Hadid were joined by Dua Lipa and Kim Kardashian.

The runway was set ablaze on Wednesday by the dramatic looks Demna Gvasalia debuted at the Balenciaga haute couture show as she opened her 51st show. The show opened with the models completely covered from head to toe in black neoprene, their faces completely concealed by their reflective face shields. It wasn’t long before the models’ faces were revealed, and they took the show by storm with their daring Balenciaga fashion.

Twenty-six-year-old music sensation Dua Lipa wore a jaw-dropping lemon yellow mini dress with a massive train. She wore opaque tights and very pointy high heels as she stared out at the crowd and strutted around like she was a model with years of experience. Her confidence stood out as dramatically as her cat-eye eyeliner and perfectly styled hair.

Bella Hadid barely made it to the show in time after losing her passport, according to her Instagram account. Despite the stress that accompanied the day, she was always so irreproachable for her parade. Hadid dominated with her exquisite poise and innate ability to transform in unique ways for each designer, blending seamlessly into a fashion designer‘s dream. Hadid wore full-length black evening gloves with her green dress. The dress featured a corset at the top, then flowed naturally from the hips down. An adorable decorative bow added a touch of femininity to her outfit. (RELATED: Nicole Kidman’s Dramatic Runway Stroll Draws Attention At Balenciaga Fashion Show)

Kim Kardashian showed off her slim figure by sneaking into an all-black number that also included black evening gloves and black heels. The darling cut accentuated Kardashian’s curves and was a nod to the bond of friendship she shares with Balenciaga. She took her turn on the catwalk seriously and showcased her best parade skills while being surrounded by true modeling icons.

Naomi Campbell turned heads in a black Tudor-style dress with an oversized collar and boldly designed skirt.

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Lewis Hamilton Reps Latest Partnership With $1.5 Billion Fashion Designer, Strutting Around British GP Paddock In $4,000 Outfit

Formula 1 has returned to the UK, meaning it was the Mercedes duo’s home race. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were both in good spirits to return to their home soil. Of all the drivers on the grid, Lewis Hamilton was again the most acclaimed at Silverstone. But this time it may have been for another reason.


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The seven-time world champion is renowned for his world records in F1 and his exceptional racing art. However, off-track Lewis has often turned heads in the paddock with his style statement. Also coming to Britain, Hamilton dressed in style.


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The Mercedes driver kicked off the weekend in a stylish outfit on Friday. Followed by a low-key, blacked-out look on Saturday. Nonetheless, the cut that stood out was the dapper Sunday look before the British Grand Prix.


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The 37-year-old pulled off a contrast Valentino jacket worth $1,830 for the upper. He paired it with a pair of Valentino jeans worth $1,000, as well as open-back ’90s skate sneakers worth $1,020. A pair of Givenchy GV 7052/S sunglasses completed the exceptional look of the F1 fashion icon.

Lewis Hamilton: The Off-Road Story

Most of the world knows Lewis Hamilton as the most successful Formula 1 driver. To reach such high levels of success, a driver must be at his best, week after week.

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Recovery after a race is an underrated aspect that is often overlooked by many fans. Race results and performance can have a huge mental and physical impact on an F1 driver. Thus, Lewis often indulges in hobbies like music, fashion, surfing, and skydiving. These help him disconnect, reset, and come back every weekend to perform at his best.


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The Brit is even featured in a song with Christina Aguilera. In 2018, he signed a multi-year contract with fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger. This makes him an ambassador for sponsor Mercedes. In addition, he has repeatedly expressed his admiration for skydiving.


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The essential part behind conquering glory in F1 is the work that goes on behind the scenes. Although physical fitness is crucial for an athlete, mental toughness differentiates a pilot from the rest. Hamilton takes his training regimen seriously and enjoys hobbies that keep him mentally and physically active.

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Anna Robbins on Costume Design for Downton Abbey: A New Era

Designing costumes for the cinema is no small feat. Whatever genre you work in – sci-fi, romance, action – costumes can make or break a production, being one of the first things audiences notice about a story on screen. This case is even more true for period pieces, where the clothes of the characters must not only tell a story, but also evoke a certain moment in history, when fashion was very different from what it is today. today.

Checking all these boxes was the challenge for Anna Robinthe costumer behind Downton Abbey: A New Era. The second spin-off film from the beloved Masterpiece series, A new era not only entrusted Robbins with the task of designing for beloved characters as they enter a new decade, but also for all-new characters as Hollywood comes to Downton and family members visit in the south of France to find out why the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) inherited a villa from a mysterious stranger.


Ahead of the film’s July 5 release on DVD and Blu-ray, Collider had the opportunity to fly to England and interview Robbins at St. Mary’s Church in Belchamp Walter, the filming location of Tom (Allen Leech) and Lucy’s (Tuppence Middleton) marriage at the beginning of the film. During the interview, which you can watch above and read a transcript below, Robbins discussed the design process of such a prestigious franchise, working with real vintage textiles from the 1920s to create the look. perfect, and how she combines aesthetics with historical accuracy to make her stars absolutely perfect.

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COLLIDER: So, Downton Abbey: A New Era is obviously set in a very specific time in British history, and I know you worked with a lot of vintage textiles for this project. Can you explain this process a bit? Was it more difficult than working with modern fabrics?

ANNA ROBBINS: Yes. It’s infinitely harder, harder to find, especially during COVID. Our way of working at that time was really hard, then harder to maintain. They require a lot of restoration and upgrading to get them ready for the camera. And then you work with these really delicate pieces to incorporate them into a new build or just restore them to how they are. So, I mean, we’re surrounded by vintage textiles just in this small selection here.

COLLIDER: And they’re beautiful, absolutely beautiful. But I was curious in terms of a movie set in a time like this, how do you combine historical accuracy with creating an aesthetic? Because obviously you want a cohesive look for these coins – how much are you willing to sacrifice absolute historical accuracy for a good look?

ANNA ROBBINS: That’s a very good question, and I think Downtown is famous and truly prides itself on its authenticity and historical accuracy. But I think those two things are slightly different. And while we strive for complete authenticity, it’s not always completely historically accurate, it can’t be. My way of thinking about it is that I organize it with a modern point of view. So I look at the construction and the way the costumes are put together and I use textiles that would only exist at that time. But some of the textiles are modern, so it’s not…it can’t be one hundred percent, but it’s about always striving to be as authentic as possible.

And I think using vintage materials, accessories, jewelry, beads, even a button, anchors it to that era and makes it more authentic. And you’re looking at it through a contemporary lens, so it’s like, it’s our take on what, as an audience, we would find the most coveted from that era and put it together.

COLLIDER: Did you have any style icons that you referred to, maybe Hollywood stars, for Myrna Dalgleish and things like that?

ANNA ROBBINS: Yes, absolutely. We looked to all the big names in Hollywood. We were watching Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy. Yeah, all the superstars of that era, and looking at what was different about Hollywood glamour, that kind of high-octane beauty rubbing shoulders with the classic Downton ladies kind of beauty. So it was a nice kind of juxtaposition of two very different aesthetics.

COLLIDER: Yeah, I was going to ask: you have the costumes for the trip to the South of France, you have the Hollywood costumes, you have the usual Downton costumes. It must have been a challenge to come up with so many different looks for very different groups of people. Right?

ANNA ROBBINS: Absolutely. But it was lovely. I mean, I think when I first got the script, every page I turned, it was like, “Oh, hooray,” All of this…a new challenge, a new chapter , a new look. And being able to explore completely different palettes was really refreshing, and being able to contrast it with the palette we know and love so much from the Abbey itself. So it was a glorious challenge.

It was a very prolific film in terms of costumes. So there were a lot of them, but they were all equally wonderful to find and define that way.

COLLIDER: In the design, in terms of emotional journeys with characters, did that play into the design at all? Or was it rather the era and the aesthetic you were looking for?

ANNA ROBBINS: I think it’s always a balance between those two things. And I think Downtown is very well established and we know the characters, but that doesn’t mean they’re static. They are always moving in time and things are always happening to them and they inhabit a world. So we’re still looking to find out what those story arcs are, but some people more than others.

So, for example, Lucy is completely different in this movie from how we saw her in the last movie. And his situation has completely changed. So that gave us the opportunity to really express it through the clothes and have fun and show some kind of flourishing of her style because she had, all of a sudden, the ability to publicly wear this she wanted to wear.

Downton Abbey: A New Eraalso featuring Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Imelda Stauntonand Elizabeth McGovernis streaming now on Peacock and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 5th.

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Roll into summer with these retro-inspired fashion trends

As the summer sun settles on Denver, this season’s trends have come alive in remembrance of retro styles. The 1970s are making a comeback, fused with year 2000 nostalgia and contemporary designers.

Festival fashion is an insightful indicator of the styles that will take shape for the upcoming season. Coachella 2022 gave fashionistas a clear direction on what the summer fashion scene would have in store. As The New York Times and Grace observed while surveying the Coachella fashion scene, this year’s festival-goers dressed in on-trend outfits that mixed elements of the 70s and 2000s. This is hardly surprising since vintage trends always reappear in popular fashion.

Here has Charger 303we’ve curated looks based on what trends are set to hit the summer scene. Roller City West nostalgic atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop for a retro-inspired fashion editorial. This photo shoot plays with vintage styles while implementing a modern twist.

Catch disco fever

Lynea Donald wears Hailee Grace’s Sunny Jumpsuit, $112.

A common point between the fashion of the 70s and that of the year 2000 is that the trends were strongly influenced by music and dance. Both eras favored styles that made a splash on the dance floor while allowing freedom of movement. In 2022, fashion will be shaped by our desire to dance until summer with stylish musical artists like Harry Styles as the soundtrack.

Roxanna Carrasco, Hailee Grace, Lynea Donald, Hott Pink Matter, Gabriela Melgar, Mya Valenzuela

Gabriela Melgar (left) wears black wide leg pants from Dillard’s, $29 and Hailee Grace’s DIY Scarf Top, $35. Mya Valenzuela (middle) wears a Corset Top by Hott Pink Matter and Free People Wide Leg Jean Pants by Dillard’s, $78.

70s silhouettes will be the hallmark of this summer’s trouser trends. High-waisted bottoms still dominate people’s closets, along with straight-leg and wide-leg styles of pants. Bell bottoms and flared pants have made a comeback as statement pieces. Their reputation for disco dancewear tells us that fashion is leaning towards freer styles that take inspiration from the music scene.

Silk scarf tops, denim-on-denim and unexpected cutouts compare this summer’s trends to the Y2K era, which has been gradually integrating into contemporary fashion since the start of last year. In the early 2000s, the most popular fabrics were soft cotton, silk and linen. These fabrics will be the perfect airy materials to offset the hot weather and crowded dance floors this summer.

Roxanna Carrasco, Mya Valenzuela, Electric Bubblegum, Hott Pink Matter

Valenzuela wears a jacket by local designer Mariah Hodges of Electric Bubblegum.

Denim is a staple of the American aesthetic, especially for Westerners. Luckily for denim lovers, current trends call for a rush of denim in all shapes and shades. Two-piece sets, jumpsuits and denim jackets are the best way to get creative with a classic material.

To shop these looks, check out local brands like Bright pink material, created by a local designer Audra Stachnik, and Hailee Grace, who are raising the bar for designers and retailers with their modern takes on old-school fashion. Items like flamboyant corsets and vintage-style jumpsuits prove that both brands know what Denver fashion designers are looking forward to wearing this summer.

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Roxanna Carrasco, Aislin Stewart, Electric Bubblegum

Aislin Stewart is wearing a Free People denim jumpsuit from Dillards, $128 and a handbag from Electric Bubblegum.

Neons are back in trend after a long reign of minimalist neutrals in modern fashion. Post-lockdown, shoppers are interested in brighter hues that will bring out their optimism and zest for life outside of quarantine. Cheerfully saturated bright colors and warm, cheerful tones should liven up summer looks.

Roxanna Carrasco, Mya Valenzuela, Electric Bubblegum

Valenzuela is wearing a Dillards dress and an Electric Bubblegum handbag.

Candy-colored accessories will be the perfect way to add a splash of color to any outfit. Translucent or opaque, an exhilarating color palette makes accessories the most exciting way to give an outfit an extra oomph. This summer, include a decorative bag or eclectic jewelry to create a more dynamic look. Kitsch has never been so cool, so be sure to embrace your youthful side with designs of stars, hearts and butterflies.

Electric chewing guma local brand created by the designer Mariah Hodges, champions of unique liquid glitter accessories. Hodges rainbow confetti handbags and jewelry are the perfect way to elevate a summer look.

The power of the flowers

Roxanna Carrasco, Gabriela Melgar

Melgar wears Dillards’ Jade Floral dress in the ’70s color, $129.

Few things evoke the essence of a 70s flower child better than swirling floral prints and colorful crochet knits. The free-spirited mantra of the flower child has not only inspired lifestyles, but also fashion. As we break free from the pandemic, carefree florals and cozy knit materials reflect what we want to experience in 2022.

Roxanna Carrasco, Mya Valenzuela, Lynea Donald

Donald (right) is wearing Dillards’ Pop Pink Edie Crochet Set, $139.

Vibrant floral patterns grab attention as this season’s must-have print. Combining flowers with a midi dress, skirt or loose blouse can create a flowing, fresh and feminine look.

Meanwhile, colorful crochet knits continue to infiltrate summer fashion, proving that knits aren’t just for cooler seasons. This trend borrows from the 70s obsession with crochet knit vests, halter tops and dresses. This summer, wear a matching knit set for an edgy festival look or a street style moment.

Boogie Shoes

Roxanna Carrasco, Aislin Stewart, Electric Bubblegum

Stewart wears the Maya Ruched dress, $129, and green platform heels, both from Dillards.

Take a step towards a bolder shoe style this summer as trends point to strappy sandals and high heels. While platforms and strappy heels aren’t necessarily the easiest to dance to, they can liven up the dance floor if they come in electrifying colors. When it comes to footwear, this summer is all about adopting a prismatic palette.

Roxanna Carrasco, Lynea Donald

Futuristic platform heels are also back, taking fashion to new heights. This shoe trend can be further enhanced with the addition of dazzling embellishments, such as rhinestones. Footwear trends also take notes from the disco era and the year 2000 by involving shiny and translucent metallic materials.

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Photographed by Roxanna Carrasco

Location provided by Roller City West

Senior Stylist Ashleigh Perri

stylist assistant Nathalie Snyder

Clothing and accessories provided by: Dillard’s, Electric chewing gum, Bright pink material and Hailee Grace

Models Mya Valenzuela, Gabriela Melgar, Aislin Stewart and Lynea Donald

Hair by Jasmine mills

Makeup by Mary Willis

fashion editor Abby Schirmacher

fashion editor Isabelle Moses

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Italian eyewear magnate Leonardo Del Vecchio dies at 87

MILAN, June 27 (Reuters) – Italian Leonardo Del Vecchio, who rose from childhood poverty to build the eyewear empire that owns brands such as Ray-Ban and Oakley, has died at the age of 87, his company announced on Monday.

Del Vecchio added a touch of Italian flair to eyewear and became one of Europe’s richest men, investing some of his wealth to build influential stakes in Italian financial firms Mediobanca (MDBI.MI) and Generali (GASI.MI). Read more

The billionaire founded the Luxottica company in 1961, initially to supply components for eyewear, and remained the chairman and main shareholder of the world’s largest eyewear group after its alliance with the French Essilor in 2018.

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Fashion designer Giorgio Armani was among those paying tribute to Del Vecchio, with whom he had worked since the 1980s.

“Together, we invented a phenomenon that did not exist: we immediately realized that glasses, simple functional objects would become essential fashion accessories”, declared Armani. Read more

Partly raised in an orphanage, Del Vecchio’s rags-to-riches story reflected Italy’s own post-World War II recovery.

“Leonardo Del Vecchio was a great Italian. His story, from an orphanage to running a business empire, looks like a story from another time. But it’s an example for today and tomorrow. RIP” , European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni said on Twitter. .


Del Vecchio had remained an influential figure in Italian affairs and his death came as a shock.

“EssilorLuxottica announces today with sadness the death of its chairman,” the group said in a statement, adding that the board of directors would meet to “determine the next steps”.

He remained executive chairman of EssilorLuxottica (ESLX.PA) until December 2020, when he handed day-to-day management of the business to chief executive Francesco Milleri.

Del Vecchio’s influence has extended beyond his own company and by the end of 2021 he was the second richest man in Italy behind Giovanni Ferrero of Nutella’s manufacturing group, according to Forbes.

Its Delfin holding company is the largest shareholder in Italian financial services group Mediobanca (MDBI.MI) and has a stake of just under 10% in Italy’s biggest insurer Generali (GASI.MI). It also owns around 27% of the real estate company Covivio (CVO.PA), listed in both Paris and Milan.

Shares of EssilorLuxottica fell 1.8% at 10:50 GMT, while those of Generali and Mediobanca both fell 2.7%.

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The stars at the rendezvous for the 19,000 flowers of Dior at the Paris parade

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A model wears a creation as part of the Paul Smith Spring Summer 2023 men’s collection presented in Paris, France, Friday, June 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)


The world-renowned flowers, art and workshops of Dior collided on Friday for a burst of fragrant creativity. The house’s Paris Fashion Week show was a tribute to the late British painter Duncan Grant and famed member of London’s Bloomsbury Group, who died in 1978.

VIP guests were left in awe as they entered a DIOR-branded tent to experience the improvised view of the countryside – filled with around 19,000 real poppies, wildflowers and flora planted on hillsides next to two reconstructed English country houses . All that for the 10-minute fashion show. The set was, of course, intended to evoke Grant’s rolling landscapes.

There were almost as many famous faces on display as there were flowers. David Beckham and his son Cruz, Naomi Campbell, J Balvin, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were part of Dior’s star-studded front row, peering through petals and clumps of grass.

Here are some highlights from the Spring/Summer 2023 Friday shows:


For spring, designer Kim Jones recreated the painter’s universe not only by evoking his masterpieces, but by creating the clothes he wore while working, like his straw gardening hat reimagined as a fused pergola on a baseball cap, fashioned by Stephen Jones the milliner. Grant’s signature suits were also a key theme, but reimagined in Jones’ style with clever edgy twists.

A myriad of riffed references to the 1930s — the artist’s golden age. Two sleeves were used in place of a retro belt on a loose double-breasted vanilla suit. They hung abstractly in the middle, protruding under the jacket. Elsewhere, tailored shorts featured turned-down waistbands in the slightly clumsier styles of this interwar era.

The woolly socks and gardening shoes were an amusing nod to the painter, who spent much of his time outdoors, but also a nod to Jones himself, a designer for whom the humor is never far away. The collection’s palette was appropriately garden and pond inspired with greens and blues as well as pastels.


A fresh and sensitive wardrobe awaited the guests of Paul Smith’s spring show in the south-east of Paris.

Layering and play on optics were the themes of the season, in looks that drew on the British sartorial master’s daily bread of colours, florals and tailored looks.

A beautiful set of silver coats, loose and fluid, creates an on-trend preppy vibe with eye-catching suit shorts over suede socks and loafers.

Elsewhere, it’s the realm of soft optical illusion in patterning that has given several sets kinesis.

A granite-colored tunic shirt was constructed from a grooved fabric that rippled in zigzags that changed shape as the model walked.


The Japanese fashion designer – a protege of iconic Comme des Garçons couturier Rei Kawakubo – presented an urban yet soft display for his eponymous brand on Friday.

At the heart of Junya Watababe’s creations is a concept called “Monozukiri”, which literally means “production” or “manufacturing” in Japanese and which for him has come to encompass a know-how of advanced techniques to make clothes.

Here for spring, contrasting prints, patterns and textures created visual tension, while ripped jeans with a bias cut, replete with colorful appliqué patches, gave the collection some fun.

Coca-Cola logos and images of hamburgers on denim jeans commented on the capitalist nature of the world – and the fashion industry itself – in a pleasant moment of introspection.

There were a lot of interesting design twists: a denim jacket made of Japanese denim had a regal stiffness, which contrasted nicely with the lack of one of its chest pockets.


Guests sat like students in a row school assembly hall for Kidsuper.

The irony was not lost on guests who enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek vibe that pervades the alternative house’s fun and engaging mixed-media designs.

An urban style crossed the vibrant looks.

Faces painted in prints looked down from ponchos, pants and coats in colorful garments that spanned the rainbow in color.

The strongest look from the 24-look collection was a multicolored puff dress layered in lime green, bronze and orange tulle that looked a bit like Cyndi Lauper reimagined by a schoolteacher.

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‘Everyone wants them’: the sneakers that sold for $150,000 | Men’s shoes

Ohen a trainer commands a six-figure price at their own Sotheby’s auction, you know they’ve transcended everyday shoe status. Indeed, no sane sneakerhead – if such a thing exists – would wear one of 40 rare Nike Air Force 1 sneakers that sold Tuesday at Sotheby’s New York’s »40 for 40sale (supposedly because this year marks the shoe’s 40th anniversary).

AF1 is not just a trainer; it is a cultural phenomenon. Designed as a basketball shoe by Bruce Kilgore in 1982, it was to be replaced by the AF2, AF3, etc., but consumer demand paid for it. “It’s the perfect design in its simplicity,” says Simon Wood, the founder of The Sneaker Freaker Magazine.

It’s also an incredibly well-connected shoe, with strong ties to NBA stars, hip-hop royalty and high-fashion brands. All of this, Wood says, “seeps into creating an aura that’s far more dynamic than the shoe itself.” So which of the world’s most coveted AF1s turned out to be the most desirable of them all?

Sold for $151,200 (about £123,000)

Why spend six figures on a shoe you can’t – or shouldn’t – wear? The answer is Virgil Abloh, the pioneering American fashion designer and director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, who died last year. “He had the brilliant idea of ​​marrying two opposite worlds, street culture and luxury,” says Mathieu Le Maux, French journalist and author of 1,000 sneakers. “He was an artist, and now he’s a legend – that’s why everyone wants him.”

When the monogrammed calfskin shoe was released in February, one pair – a perfectly proportioned UK size 3 small – sold for $352,800. Even at that price, they’re an investment, says Wood: “Like the last thing Abloh did with Nike, it will still be historically significant 30 years from now.” With only 200 pairs in existence, it’s all about rarity. “Some could burn in a house fire, or they could be worn down and destroyed,” Wood says. Truly, a sneakerhead’s worst nightmare.

Sold for $35,280

Nike x Off-White Air Force 1 'University Gold'

This already good looking shoe features several additional layers of street cred, both visible and invisible. First of all, if you miss that this is another design by Abloh (under the auspices of his cult streetwear label Off-White), he has his name written on it, with his iconic quotation marks .

Additionally, Abloh dedicated this pair to American DJ and tastemaker Bobbito Garcia. Not only was Garcia, as co-host of New York’s legendary Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show, responsible for putting unsigned artists such as Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem on the map, but he’s also an aficionado of music. ‘AF1 (and has collaborated with Nike himself).

There’s also a high-art association, with the shoe “synchronized” with Abloh’s Figures of Speech exhibit at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, according to Sotheby’s. These shoes have since been known as “ICA”. All this adds to the halo. “The price reflects that,” says Wood. “That’s way above what this shoe would actually be worth.”

Sold for $35,280

Nike Air Force 1 Low Lux Alligator

“You’ll never see Nike make these shoes again,” Wood says. Considering they are made with alligator skin, many will be happy to hear that. It was produced in only 25 copies in the 2000s, before many fashion brands accepted stop using exotic animal skins. “Owning them is a little painful,” says Wood. “If you travel with them, you have to take the paperwork with you everywhere [to prove its legal origin]. So that adds another dimension to them.

Sold for $21,420

Sample Nike Air Force 1 Low Retro EKIN

This is one for the real trainer nerds. The Ekin – “Nike” backwards – is, according to the Sotheby’s catalog, “symbolic of knowledge ‘back and forth’ of Nike employees’ products”. Ekins is a dedicated subset of Nike employees who have been known to tattoo themselves with the reverse logo.

This shoe, produced in 2019, pays homage to them and features Nike geekeries such as the upside-down logo, the liner that says “For Ekin feet only” and the “E4L” slogan, which represents the “Ekin for Life” mantra. . The question is: are you Ekin enough for these shoes?

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Air Force 1 Shady Files

Unless you were on Eminem’s team, there was no chance of getting your hands on these all-white AF1s when they were released in 2003, in celebration of the rapper’s fifth album, Encore. “Friends and family pairs are special editions designed for the inner circle of a celebrity or brand and are much rarer than general release pairs,” says Brahm Wachter, Head of Streetwear and Objects. modern collection at Sotheby’s. It was the whitest pair of sneakers in the auction. As Le Maux puts it: “All purists will tell you that the Air Force 1 is white – and only white.”

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Snapchat and Vogue launch bespoke fashion exhibition in Cannes

Snapchat and Vogue have teamed up to launch an AR fashion exhibition with brands including Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci and Stella McCartney at Cannes.

Launching Monday, June 20, Vogue and Snapchat are teaming up to launch an exclusive, interactive augmented reality (AR) exhibit Vogue x Snapchat: Redefining the Body, curated by Edward Enninful OBE. The AR exhibition is the result of a groundbreaking collaboration between British Vogue and Snap, which will illustrate how physical fashion designs can be enhanced and transformed through innovative digital experiences and personalized Snapchat lenses.

Hosted at the La Malmaison Art Center, Snap and Vogue will showcase clothing designs from seven of the world’s leading brands and fashion designers, accompanied by augmented reality Snapchat try-on experiences. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the creative vision of these inclusive design leaders, walking through custom-designed rooms showcasing archival, contemporary and exclusive creations from Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, Kenneth Ize, Richard Quinn, Stella McCartney and Versace.

The Vogue x Snapchat: Redefining the Body exhibition will host six rooms at La Malmaison with custom-designed environments for each designer to display physical fashion with complementary AR experiences, bringing the whole creation to life. The facade of the exhibit is digitally “wrapped” by designers using Snap’s impressive Landmarker technology, truly transforming the exterior of the building.

“It has always been important to me to make fashion accessible to everyone. Using augmented reality, Vogue x Snapchat: Redefining the Body is an exhibition that invites everyone – regardless of race, gender, sexuality and size – to discover and enjoy fashion from some of the best designers and brands in luxury in the world. It doesn’t get any better than that. – Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue and European Editorial Director, Vogue

“We’re thrilled to partner with Vogue to enable hundreds of millions of Snapchatters around the world to digitally experience fashion from top designers and brands. Through this exposure, and augmented reality more broadly, we hope to introduce new levels of accessibility, creativity and expression in the world of fashion and design,” Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc.

Snapchatters around the world will also be able to join in the fun, as all trial and in-room experiences will be Global Lenses available in Snapchat’s Lens carousel or the Dress Up tab in Lens Explorer. There will also be a custom landmark available on the Snap Map to see La Malmaison in Cannes come to life.

Designer’s AR features include:


  • The showroom of the French house is plunged into opaque darkness. Dense black curtains line the space, which houses two high-light looks from Balenciaga’s 50th Couture collection, and nods to the design of a historic dressing room.
  • The pieces have been part of Balenciaga’s premier Couture collection since 1968, when the house’s founder retired.
  • Attendees can scan the room’s Snapcode to elicit different perspectives from the monochrome environment.
  • There will also be a personalized Balenciaga AR experience, with trial
  • Glasses available to wear the bright pink opera coat featured in the exhibit.


  • In the courtyard of the Center d’Art La Malmaison, a three-meter-tall statue of a model wearing the revolutionary 1947 Dior New Look welcomes guests to Redefining the Body.
  • Standing on a five-pointed star – the symbol of divine providence that inspired the superstitious founding couturier to open his house in 1946 – she holds the iconic Lady Dior bag, an emblem of elegance for nearly three decades.
  • Snapchat Snapcode Reveals Dior small hands Skillfully hand-stitched details on this statue as it descends from its star-edged base, unifying age-old craftsmanship with digital technology.


  • In its showroom, the Florentine house reproduces the white grid and the scenography of the funhouse illusionist mirror from the Exquisite Gucci show.
  • On the catwalks, the models present the looks of this explorer collection of masculinity, which imagined the costume as an invitation to dress.
  • Using the Snapchat lens, Snapchatters can use their phone screen to warp its dimensions, unearthing colorful portals in a palette that reflects the mood of the Exquisite Gucci show.
  • Snapchatters will be able to wear Gucci’s couture, faux fur coat, aviator-style sunglasses and beret, revealed in moving mosaic grids.

Kenneth Ize:

  • Kenneth Ize – whose brand founded in 2013 champions West African craftsmanship – has collaborated with Nigerian multimedia artist Jelili Atiku on an exhibition space featuring vibrant reproductions of his paintings and public performances.
  • In this showroom, colorful wall hangings and upholstery fabrics are created using Alright then – a hand-woven Nigerian fabric essential to Ize’s creations.
  • The models showcase unique dresses in vibrant colors, which reflect Ize’s commitment to craftsmanship.
  • Through the Snapchat AR experience, viewers can experience Ize’s West African story, brought to life through sound, and wear her tactile creations, which will ripple and unfold before their eyes.

Richard Quinn:

  • A geometric grid of florals and polka dots, the showroom of British designer and this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner Richard Quinn is wrapped in the idiosyncratic prints of his 2016-founded label.
  • The lenses will reveal a magical garden, where blue roses magnify through a mist, sprouting before your eyes and giving Snapchatters the opportunity to watch Quinn’s opera coat and wide-brimmed balaclava appear on their bodies in a interactive swirl of shine.

Stella McCartney:

  • The showroom of the British house founded in 2001 is transformed into a cave of giant colorful mushrooms, where models cascading down ruffled dresses from the spring/summer 2010 collection of the brand.
  • The space is rooted in Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection and campaign theme, Fungi Are The Future Of Fashion And Our Planet, as the designer was inspired by the potential of these incredible organisms to deliver more sustainable solutions. , from medicine to material innovation.
  • The Big Mushroom will transform to feature digital bees pollinating mushroom spores using Scan technology, and the trial AR feature will reveal a mushroom-adorned headpiece alongside a dress sprouting from fantasy mushrooms.


  • Golden tiles, baroque columns and Versace’s Medusa capture the Italian brand’s sense of modern opulence in its showroom.
  • On display are bondage-inspired pieces from the brand’s now-legendary Fall/Winter 1992 collection, “Miss S&M.”
  • Snapchat brings the experience to life, letting Snapchatters wear curly gazes that turn into writhing snakes as the mythological Medusa comes to life and transforms into the viewer herself.

Vogue and Snapchat are also teaming up with DressX to create a capsule collection for the exhibit. The collection will include limited-edition Vogue x Snapchat merchandise and will be available on the DressX website and at the exhibition in Cannes for guests to try on the pieces in augmented reality.

AR experiences were developed in collaboration by Arcadia, Atomic Digital Design and Snap’s new Paris AR Studio, which focuses on empowering and educating the next generation of creators to inspire the world about the possibilities of reality. increased in art, education and culture.

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Victoria and David Beckham’s surprisingly small bedroom will leave you in awe

Nicholas Murphy

Victoria and David Beckham have an impressive property portfolio with breathtaking homes in London, the Cotswolds and Miami. However, in the 90s, the couple lived in a modest house in Salford – and their old bedroom might surprise you.

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A unearthed video, taken in 1997 two years before the couple got married, reveals one of their bedrooms with a small double bed. He had been dressed in white valance sheets and there was a soft stuffed bunny on the pillow, despite the fact that their eldest son Brooklyn was only born in 1999.

The space was finished with classic white walls, a wooden side table, and cream draped curtains. Unlike their super-chic homes today, the Beckhams’ former home was filled with small ornaments and pictures lining their windowsill, which added a warm, lived-in feel.

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The room also featured a dressing room in the corner with rails holding rows of silk shirts and 15 pairs of trainers neatly positioned under a radiator. Sky Sports presenter Rob McCaffery, who was given the house tour, joked: “All the women in the country want to walk around here now.”

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Former bedroom of David and Victoria Beckham in Salford. Picture: YouTube

By comparison, their family mansion in Holland Park, London, has a huge walk-in dressing room which is decorated with a green velvet sofa, a large black rug and a decadent chandelier. The walls are lined with wardrobe doors while a large window at the end of the space provides a bright room perfect for staging the fashion designer‘s outfits.

The property is said to be worth £150,000, and the rest of the interior boasted a living room with two white leather sofas, blue curtains and a life-size cardboard cutout of the footballer “that his girlfriend [Victoria’s] mama had wanted,” and a kitchen with white tile floors, pale blue cabinetry, and plaid blinds.

The footballer showed off his dressing room in the corner of the bedroom. Picture: YouTube

David and Victoria then bought a two-bed flat in Alderley Edge for £317,000 in 1998, and Rowneybury House – dubbed ‘Beckingham Palace’ after the Queenthe royal residence, Buckingham Palace – for £2.5million in 1999. The latter came complete with a maze, swimming pool and 24 acres of land.

“Beckingham Palace” in Hertfordshire

But their Salford home clearly held a special place in their hearts. In an interview with MEN in 2008, Spice Girls star Victoria said: “Last time we were in Manchester for the Spice Girls concert, David and I went back to this house in Hazelhurst Road to have a look. There are such great memories for us – of the Trafford Center and all that sort of thing.

“I know David misses Manchester as well and he still stays in touch with everyone.”

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The Ridgefield Playhouse has a weekend full of arts and culture!

The Ridgefield Playhouse has a weekend full of arts and culture! Stories and Songs on Saturday evening with renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, a modern take on a classic opera on Sunday afternoon and on Sunday evening we will honor Juneteenth with a special screening of diversity films and celebrate the month of pride with a projection of Healed On Monday!

Isaac Mizrahi Cabaret Show on Saturday June 18 at 8 p.m. – it will be an evening of stories, songs and lots of rosé! The famous fashion designer will also sing classics from Cole Porter to Barbra Streisand and beyond! Don’t miss exclusive pre-show events in our newly renovated lobby! At the new piano bar, we’ll be serving Isaac’s signature drink, a Rosé Spritzer! Check out the “Cabaret Shop” pop-up with Bohemian Royalty featuring vintage haute couture from its curated collection – 40% of all sales will benefit The Ridgefield Playhouse Arts for Everyone outreach program; and Jonathan Joseph of Little Red Fashion, the fashion company for children aged 6 to 18, will be there! VIP Meet and Greet upgrades are available – you can take a selfie with Isaac after the show! On Sunday June 19 we will present a Still in HD projection of Met Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor at 12:55 p.m.. Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the most formidable and legendary roles in the repertoire, in this new production that moves the Bel Canto masterpiece from 18th-century Scotland to a present-day Rust Belt city. American. On Sunday night, The Ridgefield Playhouse will honor Juneteenth with a FREE screening of Dear Whites at 7:30 p.m.part of the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series. Check out the movie that launched the popular Netflix series. Monday, June 20 brings an additional FREE screening of diversity films. In recognition of Pride Month, watch the award-winning documentary HEALED on the big screen at 7:30 p.m.. Bonus content for HEALED will consist of an interview with an award-winning New York-based filmmaker/writer Bennet Singer, who in addition to producing numerous award-winning films, is the co-producer of the film CURED. Entertainment Journalist, Cheryl Washingtonwill conduct the interview which can be seen after the screening at the cinema or on The Ridgefield Playhouse Youtube channel.

For more information or to purchase a contactless print-at-home ticket, go online to or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a nonprofit performing arts facility located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.

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The Style Diaries of Fashion Designer Elizabeth Kuzyk

welcome to Style diaries, a series where we research the physical manifestations of our IRL closet visits. We’re asking our friends and trendsetters to show us what they’re *actually* wearing during the week and to preview their thoughts on the current state of fashion. This week we follow Elisabeth Kuzykfrom his eponymous label Kuzyk, as she transitions from a workshop to a meeting with a client and a workout class. As a designer, Kuzyk swears by interesting pieces to create laid-back (read: minimal effort) ensembles with a touch of Parisian glamor and rock ‘n roll.

Look 1: Morning meetings and client lunch

Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Kuzyk

“I love the worn, worn feel of the Smith Patchwork Coat. It’s a cool alternative to a blazer. I wear it like a blazer: fold it over, roll up the sleeves. The minimalism without the hardware and trim adds elegance without effort. Waxed brown nubuck is crazy; it feels so good.

That day, I chose to put on a t-shirt that I made some time ago from unsold materials. I’m so picky about the fit of a t-shirt. I often stretch my neck and roll up my sleeves. So I had to make my own. We hosted a lunch for private clients, so I chose our Smith straight pants to match the coat. It is a good look, cool, comfortable. I imagine David Bowie wearing it. I added vintage cowboy boots underneath. I feel like myself in this look. It’s a rock ‘n roll version of a power suit.

Photos: Courtesy of Elizabeth Kuzyk

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Look 2: Zoom workouts and sketches on the floor

Photos: Courtesy of Elizabeth Kuzyk

“I started the day with an early morning workout on Zoom. I do ballet and Tracy Anderson. I wore a bodysuit, a cashmere cardigan and a black Lilly Bow in my hair. Then I sketched and worked from the ground. I do some of my best work from the ground. I feel like it’s playtime and I’m a kid. I’ve moved on to a Small boat T-shirt, Falaise Patchwork denim pants, cardigan thrown around the neck, and red vintage CHANEL bag for a walk in the neighborhood and a breakfast with a friend.

My favorite pieces can all fit in a suitcase and anything I pick up can work together. I design with this same intention. When it comes to workouts (or anytime really), I like to dress like a French girl – simple, cool, comfortable. Hair bows help.

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Look 3: A day at the Atelier

Photo: Isabelle Lombardini

“I went to my studio in downtown LA and met my production manager who has been making leather garments in the same building for over 30 years. I was wearing my Lou Suede sweater which I love. It’s a chic alternative to a sweatshirt. I made the pattern from my favorite worn-out sweater that was shrunk just before reinventing it in a combination of black and brown suede.

I wanted to wear patchwork lambskin, thrown over a pair of snakeskin boots, and rock n’ roll jewelry – Chrome Hearts hand-me-downs from my dad, vintage Navajo jewelry from Bob Melet and David Yurman from The RealReal. I feel like a cool and relaxed Parisian with an equestrian and rock n’ roll touch.

Photos: Isabelle Lombardini

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Look 4: A long drive on Mulholland

Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Kuzyk

“I put this on after an evening dance class. I hit Mulholland Drive and picked an album to sing on. It’s my perfect way to end a day. It’s my favorite to play. I can walk in water above my knees. The hem is sometimes a little wet but no matter. The pockets fit everything I need.

I like an overall dress. It’s casual and I can wear any t-shirt underneath. That day, I wore my favorite striped t-shirt that I bought in Paris eight years ago, but I also love LESET. They know how to cut a T-shirt. I wear whites all the time.

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What role does fashion play in your life? How does it serve you?

“For me, style is what makes me feel most like myself. I see clothes as a tool. I can choose to put on tools that make me feel confident, cool, comfortable, or empowered. And for my work, I build these tools.

What does your style look like these days? Do you have a go-to dress code or do you prefer to change it up when dressing?

“I have a few uniforms that I bounce between depending on how I feel. My first is leather pants, a patchwork coat (shabby, sleeves rolled up), boots underneath, and a white T-shirt. This is my go-to uniform for the workshop, meetings and dinners. I feel comfortable and comfortable. The combination of the leather jacket and the boots obviously gives me that boost of confidence. My second is for training. It’s a dance bodysuit, a cashmere cardigan, Lilly Bow and patent ballerinas. Then my third is a T-shirt, denim dress and ballet flats.

What energy do you bring to your outfits this season? What are you looking forward to wearing?

“When it comes to my ensembles this season, I’m letting go, feeling cool and comfortable with an element of play. I dress up and don’t take myself too seriously. I also like to juxtapose the pieces. For a night out, I’ll wear a sparkly mini skirt, thigh-high heeled boots but with a little white t-shirt and a baseball cap. Or for dinner, I’ll wear Adidas sweatpants, CHANEL ballet flats, a t-shirt. vintage t-shirt and a sturdy jacket.

I will mix timeless classics with something playful and unexpected. As the pandemic progressed, I discovered basketball shorts. (I’m expecting some shorts from the Louis Vuitton x NBA collaboration unearthed on Vestiaire Collective). I guess what I’m saying is that lately I’ve been dressing like a 13-year-old boy who stole his mom’s jacket and purse.

In terms of beauty, what does your hair and makeup routine look like and how does it change depending on what you wear?

“Hair and makeup never really change. I get ready in 10 minutes. I wear my hair with a center parting and loose waves, in a loose ponytail with a knot, or in a bun with a knot (if I I’m working out/in a dance class) My makeup is simple I don’t know if it’s because I identify more with the no-makeup look or if it’s because I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to makeup and don’t care enough to figure it out. I curl my lashes, then wear brown mascara, dewy cheeks (bronze highlighter and a hint of blush), glossy lips, and I call it a day.

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Fashion designer Prathyusha Garimella commits suicide in Hyderabad

Top fashion designer Prathyusha Garimella reportedly committed suicide at her boutique studio in the posh hills of Banjara on Saturday.

The 35-year-old man’s body was found in the bathroom of the MLA Colony store.

Police found the body after the guard alerted them when she failed to respond to his blows. A bottle of carbon monoxide was found in the bathroom.

Banjara Hills Police registered a case and transferred the body to Osmania Hospital for an autopsy.

Police, who initially treated it as a death under suspicious circumstances, later found a suicide note. She reportedly wrote that she was tired of her lonely life, saying it was not the life she wanted.

The fashion designer wrote that she didn’t want to be a burden on her parents and was sorry for taking the extreme step.

Prathyusha has worked as a fashion designer for several top Bollywood and Tollywood personalities.

The guard told the police that Prathyusha came to the shop on Saturday morning and did not come out until the afternoon, he went to see her. As she did not respond to the repeated knocks on the door, he alerted the neighbors, who notified the police.

Police suspect the fashion designer took the extreme measure due to depression.

Pratyusha had worked as a fashion designer for celebrities Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Jacqueline Fernandez and several Tollywood personalities.

Actor Ram Charan’s wife, Upasana Konidela, took to Twitter to offer her condolences over the death of her friend.

“My best friend, my dearest friend. Gone too soon – Upset/pissed/sad – she had the best of everything, career, friends and family, but succumbed to depression. Post this incident, truly believe the karmic baggage pass through lives. We pray for his peace,” Upasana wrote.

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sahar ahmed | Efforts

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June 8, 2022

Q: When you were a child, what was your answer to this question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

A: My interests have always changed over time. In elementary school, I had a deep passion for teaching. I had a mini-classroom set up in my house, where I pretended to play teacher with my imaginary students. There was also a time when I wanted to be a fashion designer, but that desire faded and my growing fondness for physics and math steered me towards engineering.

Q: Share the pivotal moment in your life that helped you choose your field of study.

A: In my last year of college, I was studying telecommunications engineering. So common practice was to work on software defined radios, antenna design and wireless communication systems – which never fascinated me. Looking for a different and unique project, I found one related to medical image processing. I started working with brain MRIs whose enigmatic architecture intrigued me. I have always wondered how the brain assembles its many structures to perform a myriad of tasks in a way that is transparent to the outside world. And I realized that we needed to develop computational tools that advance neuroscience to uncover the complex organization and functioning of the brain.

Sahar Ahmad and his family

Sahar (right) with her parents at her sister’s graduation from Duke University.

Q: Tell us about a time when you ran into a tricky problem. How did you handle it and what did you learn from it?

A: My doctoral research focused on brain MRI recording, an image processing method that aligns multiple images. My advisor suggested that I model nonlinear deformations of the brain as waves, a problem I tried to solve by developing different models. But none of them worked. Later, I discovered an article that seemed to me related to the problem and I began to study the wave pattern in depth, incorporating it into my research. After putting a lot of effort into formulating the method – 18 months to be exact – it finally worked. Overall, this journey from failure to success developed perseverance in me.

Q: Describe your research in 5 words.

A: Brain journey: from the cradle to the grave.

Q: What are your passions outside of research?

A: I am obsessed with cleaning and organizing my home. I like to clean up the mess and put everything in place. Being organized gives me peace of mind and increases my productivity. This also extends to my research: it helps me meet deadlines and complete daily tasks. Besides organization, I also enjoy cooking, watching thrillers and comedies, and playing puzzle video games.

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Check out this 1965 E-Type roadster with bespoke paintwork and other goodies from Jaguar Classic

The Jaguar Classic department has detailed the unique 1965 E-Type Roadster, which has been meticulously restored and made an appearance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant last weekend as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s parade of 26 vehicles.

The bespoke model is a special order from a customer born in 1965 who wanted an E-Type Roadster from the same year. So Jaguar Classic sourced a produced vehicle two days after the customer’s birthday and worked on it for a full year. The exterior is characterized by the unique deep metallic blue inspired by the Union Jack, which took many months to perfect. Other than that, it remains standard with shiny chrome bumpers and classic wire wheels, although the lighting units have been upgraded with LED technology.

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True to the E-Type heritage, the interior trim is inspired by British column boxes, with hand-finished red leather upholstery, a wooden steering wheel and a metal center console. The model has been modernized with the classic infotainment system bringing touchscreen, navigation and Bluetooth connectivity without running the period looks. This unit, which debuted in the E-Type 60 Collection Editions last year, is available to all E-Type owners who want a technology upgrade for their classic car. Finally, there’s a special plaque on the dash, proving this isn’t your typical restored E-Type.

Under the hood, there’s a 4.7-liter straight-six engine that’s been enlarged from the original 4.2-liter unit for improved performance. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox which provides a “quieter and more refined driving experience” according to Jaguar Classic. The company also updated the suspension and brakes and installed wider wheels for better handling. Finally, the new sports exhaust and the new manifold deliver a richer sound.

The special E-Type was one of 15 Jaguar models featured in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where it was driven by the owner, seated next to dancer, model and fashion designer Eric Underwood who occupied the passenger seat.

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Long before Bean Boots, Mainers were at the forefront of fashion

Long before LL Bean boots were modeled by Brooklyn hipsters and Angela Adams handbags draped over the shoulders of people in Los Angeles, Mainers had a keen sense of fashion.

In the 1870s, for example, fashion-conscious Maineers knew that the voluminous style of women’s skirt known as the “polonaise” was giving way to a much slimmer silhouette called the “cuirasse,” from the French word meaning close to the body, like armour. When Hannah P. Adams of Belfast received her wedding trousseau at the time of this trend change, it included a dress in the newest style, as well as a knee-length jacket called basque.

“Mainers have always been in style, and that’s something we see in our clothing collection,” said Jamie Kingman Rice, deputy director of the Maine Historical Society. “Because of links with British shipping in the mid-1800s, people in places like Eastport and Belfast would have had access to the latest fashions and trendy ideas. But we see that people from more rural areas were also interested.

The idea that Mainers – at least some – have long shown a flair for fashion is the theme of an exhibit at the Maine Historical Society in Portland titled “Northern Threads: Two Centuries of Dress at Maine Historical Society”, with about 50 sets from 1780 -1889, including Hannah P. Adams’ dress, on view through July 30. The company’s clothing collection is so extensive that the exhibition has been split into two parts, with clothing from 1890-1980 on view from August 12 to December 31.

The historical society is also currently hosting two other exhibits that help illustrate Mainers’ ties or obsessions with fashion over the past 200 years. “Cosmopolitan Stylings of Mildred and Madeleine Burrage” focuses on two sisters from Maine who were artists and includes drawings by Parisian fashion designers in the 1920s and 1930s. It is on view until September 24.

The other is “Representing Every Particular: John Martin’s 19th Century Fashion Illustrations”, featuring observations, opinions and drawings of local fashion from the diary of a Bangor businessman in the second half of the 1800s, On view until August 6.

Online versions of all three exhibits can be viewed at Maine Historical Society “current exhibits” page.

“Northern Threads: Two Centuries of Dress at Maine Historical Society” is a two-part exhibit. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

Rice, senior curator of “Northern Threads,” had begun planning the exhibit for the state’s bicentennial in 2020, but the pandemic and other issues pushed the exhibit back. So now it’s open during the historical society’s bicentennial year, which is fitting, Rice says, because it showcases part of the society’s collection of some 3,000 garments.

The “Northern Threads” show marks one of the few times the historical society has exhibited so much clothing, Rice said, because clothing shows are labor intensive. Many parts are light and fragile and should be handled and displayed with care. In addition, the lighting must be carefully arranged, so as not to damage the fabrics. Some parts cannot be left in the light and air for too long.

A 1931 design from Paris for an evening dress from the “Cosmopolitan Stylings of Mildred and Madeleine Burrage” exhibit at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. Photo courtesy of Maine Historical Society/Maine Memory Network No.54252

Much of the clothing came from family collections, donated to the historical society, while many came to the historical society from the collection of the former Westbrook College in Portland (now part of the University of New England ), which had a fashion program. Some pieces that represent the latest fashions of the day come from families who lived in small rural or remote places, such as the small town of Alexander, on Route 9 near Calais, or the city of Waterford in the county of Oxford. . In the second part of “Northern Threads”, there will be a wedding dress decorated with ostrich feathers used for a wedding on the remote island of Matinicus in the 1890s.

This first part of ‘Northern Threads’ includes Civil War-era military dresses and uniforms, bustle dresses, dresses made with repurposed fabric from a time when material wasn’t easy to come by. , mourning clothes and dresses with the “leg” or bouffant. sleeves popular in the 183os.

One of the leg-sleeved dresses exemplifies Rice’s view of remote places in Maine having a pipeline to foreign fashion. This is a woven silk and satin two-piece set, circa 1830, and belonged to the Leavitt family of Eastport. It comes with a small cape, called pereline, which fits over the dress. Dark purple silk was expensive at the time and probably dyed with imported logwood, before the advent of chemical dyeing.

In the 1830s, Eastport residents would have been influenced in their fashions and tastes by the steady stream of British ships bringing European goods to the remote Maine seaport, Rice said. The number of British ships coming to Eastport increased by 800% in the early 1830s.

Examples of the lamb sleeve in dresses of the 1820s-1830s, on display at the Maine Historical Society. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

Another theme running through the historical society’s clothing collection is the creativity of the Mainers, who sometimes bought the latest fashions but adapted them with their own hands and ideas, Rice said. The dress belonging to Hannah Adams in Belfast, for example, bears a label from a Boston clothier, WH Bigalow, 150 Warren Ave., Boston. But later, the dress was hand-embroidered with colorful floral designs – alluding to daisies, berries, cattails and poppies. A chenille fringe has also been added.

There is an area of ​​the “Northern Threads” exhibit dedicated to adaptive reuse. A very clever example is a green, white and pink silk brocade dress worn by a member of the Jewett family to an 1825 Portland ball honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, a Revolutionary War hero. The fabric of the dress dates from the late 1730s or early 1740s, and the dress was originally made in the 1770s. Then it was altered and redesigned for the 1825 ball, but in a neo style. -colonial.

A few more examples of Mainers’ own creative adaptations of the fashion will be seen in part two of “Northern Threads” when it opens in August. One is a women’s bomber jacket – think Amelia Earhart – that was popular in the 1930s. It was made by a Maine woman who worked in a shoe factory and had access to leather .

Surprising personal stories complement eye-catching fashions. Among the various military uniforms on display is the uniform coat of Oliver Otis Howard of Leeds, when he was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the 1850s. During the Civil War, Howard lost his right arm at the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia. After the war, he was commissioner of the United States Freedmen’s Bureau and founder of Howard University in Washington, D.C., now one of the nation’s best-known historically black colleges.

The other two fashion exhibits now at the historical society also stem from personal stories. Sisters Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983) and Madeleine Burrage (1891-1976) came from a Maine family that made their fortune in the woods around the Bangor area and eventually settled in Wiscasset. Mildred studied and worked as an artist in France, where she became interested in haute couture. Madeleine became a jewelry designer and both traveled extensively in Europe and South America, often writing at home about the fashions they saw.

Among the papers and writings collected by Mildred are original drawings and descriptions of clothing designs from fashion houses in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. The drawings were sent to potential customers in the days before catalogs and websites Web, said Tilly Laskey, curator at the Maine Historical Society and the Burrage show.

Thirty of these “line sheets” featuring models of clothing are exhibited as part of the show. The addresses and other information show they were not sent directly to Mildred, and it’s unclear how she acquired them over the years, Laskey said. Many of these designs are in full color and are accompanied by pictures of fabrics and color swatches.

Laskey also curated “Representing Every Particular: John Martin’s 19th Century Fashion Illustrations.” Martin’s designs are particularly interesting because he was neither an artist nor a student of fashion. He was an accountant and merchant from Bangor who was a keen observer. His own father had died when he was young, and he knew little about him. He therefore had a strong desire to help his children learn about his time and his experiences. He left behind a 650-page diary and several albums of notes and sketches, made from the 1860s to the 1890s. He drew what he saw and added his own commentary.

Annie Martin drawn by her father, John Martin, in 1866 from “Representing Every Particular: John Martin’s 19th Century Fashion Illustrations” at the Maine Historical Society. Photo courtesy of Maine Historical Society/Maine State Museum/Maine Memory Network No. 101171

One of his later drawings, “A Society Lady of 1889”, shows a woman in a lively dress, colored in bright colors of orange, red, purple and green, and holding a parasol and a small handbag. In his description of the design, Martin calls the subject “a lady of today’s society” and notes that if the fabric of the dress is not expensive, it “shows that the person wearing it is a person of good taste”. Ten of his doodles and illustrations are on display.

“He can get a little sarcastic about what people were wearing and his descriptions are pretty funny,” Laskey said. “He drew them freehand and offered a lot of information about what he was seeing.”

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Worldwise: Fashion designer Anifa Mvuemba’s favorite things

Anifa Mvuemba, founder of the luxury brand Hanifa.

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Anifa Mvuemba is blazing her own trail in the fashion world. The 31-year-old player behind the luxury brand Hanifa— the most recent recipient of InStyle’s Future of Fashion Award — has forged her own path at the intersection of technology and luxury. Beyoncé, Zendaya, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tracee Ellis Ross have all worn Mvuemba’s designs.

“It’s truly a surreal moment whenever I see my designs featured on magazine covers and worn by influential faces,” says Mvuemba. “I always intended to create pieces that encourage women to say less when they walk into the room because everyone is watching anyway.”

Born in Kenya to Congolese parents, Mvuemba was 3 years old when she and her family immigrated to the United States to escape war and start a new life.

“When I design Hanifa, I never focus on telling people where I’m from. A lot of times when you enter the industry as an African designer, you’re categorized as such,” Mvuemba explains. It’s easy to get pigeonholed and labeled as one thing, which is why I’ve moved away from tribal prints.”

As a graduate of Morgan State, Maryland HBCU, and a native of the Washington, DC area, Mvuemba’s journey into the fashion industry has followed an unconventional path.

“I didn’t go to a fancy design school or intern at Vogue,” says Mvuemba. “I’ve always done my own thing, but I think the pandemic has taught me to accept that even more.”

In May 2020, Mvuemba became a viral sensation when she launched the first-ever virtual catwalk featuring 3D designs and invisible runway models. For her first show last November, she skipped New York Fashion Week in favor of a successful show in her hometown at the National Portrait Gallery, which was streamed live on YouTube.

“Black designers constantly fight the stigma that their designs only belong in one space or one audience,” says Mvuemba. “I don’t believe that to be true, and I will continue to challenge that by inserting Hanifa into any conversation that interests me.”

Mvuemba, who lives in Washington, recently spoke with penta about his favorite things.

Something I do to relax is… my mind is always on the next thing and to relax I need to unplug. I like to pour a glass of wine and turn on Lofi Girl beats, or rain sounds, and relax. The rhythms of both are always so soothing to me.

The person I admire the most is… my mother has always inspired me. Migrating to the United States from a country at war and having seven young children to support while pursuing your dreams is beyond words for me. She does her best every day and I continue to learn from her example.

At my fantastic dinner, guests would include… Kanye West for his artistry, David Ajayi for architectural design, and Beyoncé for her work ethic and creativity.

A childhood memory that I cherish is… I loved playing games like The Sims, Monkey Island, Double 007, and Mario Cart growing up. As a teenager, I also had a lot of fun coding on Black Planet. When I wasn’t glued to a screen, I looked forward to our Congolese family evenings, they were the best! The food, my cousins ​​and everyone together really made my childhood memorable.

An artist whose work I admire is…
Kelly Wearstler. I appreciate her vision of interiors and how she is able to combine elements we might not think of to create something so striking. Also, Christopher John Rogers: I respect his design and his imagination. I have never seen rainbows presented the way CJR does. He is a peer that I really admire.

My idea of ​​a perfect meal is… a crab feast, anywhere and anytime…like a real Maryland girl!

One of my passions that few people know about is… I love music and I love to sing!

The one thing I travel with to make my accommodation/hotel room feel more like home is… in fact, I’d rather my hotel not feel like home. I appreciate the change of scenery while I’m away and try to immerse myself in whatever accommodation I find myself in to get the full experience.

The only trip I’ve done that I’d like to do again… I would love to go back to Williamsburg, Virginia, it was such a relaxing trip. This is one of the few trips where I was able to really relax.

What wakes me up in the morning is… I constantly have tabs open in my mind to prioritize throughout the week. Knowing this, I wake up in the morning to plan and get a head start on my day.

One person who inspired me to do what I do is… the women on my team really give it their all. Everyone works 200% beyond what is expected of them and collaborates by mutual agreement. Knowing that I’ve helped cultivate this work culture and passion really inspires me.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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ILC Dover will supply spacesuits for Boeing’s Starliner capsule

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Based in Newark ILC Dover was selected to be one of two suppliers of Boeing’s Ascent/Entry Suit (AES) for the company’s commercial crew program and has developed an AES space suit for CST-100 Starliner crews.

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Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. said on Tuesday that its board had approved the raising of up to ₹2,195 crore through a preferential issue of shares and warrants to a subsidiary of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

GIC will now invest ₹770 crore in equity and warrant subscription, followed by up to ₹1,425 crore in one or more tranches within 18 months of exercise of the warrants, the fashion retailer said in a swap folder. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.

GIC will hold an approximate 7.5% stake in ABFRL after the investment. Aditya Birla Group will hold approximately 51.9% of the capital of the company after the closing of this transaction.

The fashion retailer says it plans to use this capital to accelerate its growth engine built around its current business as well as a rapidly evolving game in emerging high-growth business models.

“Over the past few years, ABFRL has built a strong presence in all important and attractive segments of the Indian fashion market through organic and inorganic actions. This injection of capital will enable us to accelerate the growth of this brand platform. strong and well-established retail formats in the fast-growing branded apparel market and solidify our position as one of the industry’s leading players,” said Ashish Dikshit, Managing Director of ABFRL.

“We look forward to benefiting from GIC’s extensive experience investing in companies globally and its long-term focus as we plan to expand our presence and significantly improve our digital game in years to come in order to benefit from rapidly changing consumer habits,” he adds.

Earlier this year, the retailer announced plans to implement an e-commerce platform. The newly incorporated entity aims to organically incubate and also acquire scalable direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands.

“The Indian apparel industry is poised for robust long-term growth owing to strong fundamentals of a large and growing middle class, favorable demographics, rising disposable incomes and aspiration for ABFRL has become one of the leading players in this market with its diverse portfolio of strong brands, wide distribution and established business model and is well positioned to capitalize on this opportunity,” said Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group.

The company recorded a consolidated net profit of ₹31.90 crore in the fourth quarter, compared to a net loss of ₹195.86 crore in the January-March quarter of the previous fiscal year. Its operating revenue increased by 25.32% to ₹2,282.83 crore for the quarter ended March, from ₹1,821.58 crore for the corresponding period of the previous fiscal year.

Aditya Birla Fashion claims to have a network of 3,468 exclusive stores, 6,515 department store outlets and 28,585 multi-brand outlets across India as of March 31, 2022.

The owner of the Pantaloons and Van Heusen brands has also ventured into the branded ethnic clothing business. He acquired a 51% stake in the ‘Masaba’ brand promoted by designer Masaba Gupta for ₹90 crore in January this year. In February 2021, she partnered with fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani and a month before, ABFRL announced the acquisition of a 51% stake in designer brand Sabyasachi. In 2019, the company acquired ethnic clothing and lifestyle retailer Jaypore for ₹110 crore.

“Branded apparel is a large and attractive market, and we believe ABFRL is well positioned with its best-in-class management team, strong brand portfolio and solid plan to capture the next phase of digital-driven growth. We We continue to be excited about India’s long-term prospects and keen to participate in ABFRL’s sustained structural growth driven by improving demographics,” says Pankaj Sood, Head of Direct Investments, India and Africa, GIC.

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Fashion designer inspired Blackwood students’ ‘trash-ion’ show

PUPILS at a school in Blackwood have remade old clothes with the help of a fashion designer.

Students from Libanus Primary School repurposed clothes they no longer wanted, then took to the catwalk, with a ‘trash-ion’ show to highlight the damaging effects the fast fashion industry can have on people. the environment.

Her classmates were inspired by the Cardiff-based designer and founder of the Welsh clothing brand Sam Osbornewho visited during a fortnight of earth-related activities organized at the school to help mark World Earth Day.

Students also read mother earth is crying by Claire Donald before working together to cut, sew, glue and embroider old clothes which were then worn by fifth and sixth graders during the “trash-ion” show.

Libanus Primary School principal Lily Egan, 10, said:

“We want people to think carefully about the clothes they buy and get the message across – buy less, reuse more, because the fewer items we buy, the less damage there will be to the environment.”

Head Boy James Vacariuc, 11, added: “This Earth Fortnight has been a great experience and has taught us the massive impact that fast fashion has on our environment.

“It was a great opportunity to develop my creativity, working with others to create a fashion show that uses only recycled materials and highlights how we can turn waste into fashion.”

During his visit, Mr Osborne explained to the children why he created his ethical clothing line, Make-Land, to inspire them.

South Wales Argus:

Governor Carol Erasmus “really enjoyed” the fashion show and thanked everyone for their hard work.

“The most important thing is that the message about saving our planet has been understood, and I am very proud to be the Governor of Libanus Primary,” said Ms. Erasmus.

Headmaster Nicola Williams added: “It was a real joy to see the confident way our older students strutted down the catwalk in their trash-ion show.

“Using recycled materials to create their runway clothes was inspirational.”

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Fashion: The Big Block Theory! – Hindustan Times

Color blocking simply means combining two or more color blocks in your set. Although the trend has returned, history suggests that it never really left. Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian’s color-blocking technique has always inspired fashion designers. In 1965, Yves Saint Laurent extended Mondrian’s work to his designs and created the iconic Mondrian collection, which included shift dresses applying Mondrian’s “neoplastic” rules of placing primary color blocks, black and shades of grey, and horizontal and vertical dividing lines.

London in the 1960s celebrated Mary Quant’s color-block mini-dresses. The 1970s continued to incorporate color blocking solids with small colorful prints or polka dots, as neon color blocking was all the rage in

the disco era of the 70s and 80s. Salman Khan’s color-block blazers in Hum Aapke Hai Koun are a good example of how it was used in the 90s in Bollywood.

“New Age Indians are tech-savvy; so they can surf, understand and implement new fashion trends in their wardrobe. It’s a pleasure to see Gen Z and Millennials playing with contrasting, complementary or analogous hues to stylize their everyday looks that weren’t accepted before,” says fashion designer Nida Mahmood.

Try the tetradic scheme

Go beyond the usual suspects

Use colors close to each other on the color wheel to make sure they blend well (Vidushi Gupta)

Deciphering the trend

Tetradic colors are two sets of complementary colors that face each other on the color wheel. For example, the Google, Microsoft, and eBay logos follow a tetradic pattern.

It is a very rich and vibrant color palette, which helps the designs to stand out. Keep in mind that the vividness of the colors involved can cause them to overwhelm if not carefully balanced.

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The formula consists of mixing four colors to create an overall look, but leaving one dominant color.

You don’t have to stick only to solid pieces when color blocking. It can also be layered over a printed knit or crochet blouse with shorts or can be paired with a pantsuit or plaid skirt. When layering a corset or shrug over your dress, choose one in a contrasting color, like Brandon Maxwell did for Spring 22. “There are warm, neutral, and cool tones in the color wheel. . You can start with a color of your choice and pair it with nearby colors on the color wheel to make sure the combination is safer and the colors blend well,” suggests designer Aaina Mahajan.

A similar palette

The company of three

Using similar and analogous shades is easy on the eyes and looks quite classy; Bralette by Michael Kors (Collective India); Skirt by Karl Lagerfeld; (India Collective); Belt bag by Tiger Marrón; Coat by Two Point Two; Shoes by H&M (Vidushi Gupta)

Deciphering the trend

An analogous color scheme is defined as a grouping of at least three neighboring shades on the color wheel: blue-violet, violet, red-violet or yellow-green yellow, yellow-orange, etc. The colors of leaves and fall foliage, leaves and plants in a forest, the sky and the ocean follow this pattern.

The safe bet is to follow Claude Monet’s color palette from the iconic Water Lilies series to stylize your look. It has all shades of greens, blues and purples with some red accents used for the flowers.

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Analogous colors have a natural flow because they share common properties. There is also a sense of harmony in this type of scheme since the colors are linked. Combine two to three neighboring colors with black or white as the highlight.

“I believe color blocking using bold colors goes really well together if you really want to make a strong statement; however, a subtle way to do this is to use similar and analogous hues such as turquoise with blue or green or green-yellow with green. It’s nice to look at and it looks quite classy,” says designer Rahul Mishra.

Team up with the Triad program

This is a triangle that you will definitely love

Color blocking used vertically creates an illusion of height. It can work wonders for short people; Zara pants and top; Jacket by Vidhi Wadhwani; Earrings by Amama; Belt bag by Tiger Marrón; Shoes by FILA (Vidushi Gupta)

Deciphering the trend

The triad colors are equidistant on the color wheel, forming a triangle.

Abstract Expressionist, in his Color Field paintings, Mark Rothko used a combination of orange and purple, giving the impression of infinity.

A warm orange with purple (think FedEx logo) with a hint of green completes the triangle, just like Gucci’s spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection.

Style to go

Color your ensemble purple with a complementary shade of orange, or take it easy by choosing one and accenting with the other. Choose one color for your clothes, then the other as a statement accessory; the coolest choices would be shoes, boots, or your bag.

“Color blocking used vertically creates an illusion of height. If we use a long block for the top, it’s easy to create the illusion of height. It can work wonders for shorter people,” says designer Nida Mahmood, adding, “Also, it’s high time to explore the princess line with color blocking because it gives the illusion of a beautiful curve to the body.

Classic chic & complementary

These color combinations are usually bold, which is why many sports teams use them!

Color blocking with contrasting shades is superb; Dress by Forever New; Cloak of Vidhi Wadhwani; Zara shoes (Vidushi Gupta)

Deciphering the trend

Complementary colors face each other on the color wheel. The two colors complement each other in contrast, allowing each to stand out.

Vincent Van Gogh, in his masterpiece Le Café de nuit, used the power of complementary colors, red and green, to heighten the visual effect.

Style to go

Yes, this bold combination of red and green can be worn this season. All you need is the right attitude. Throwing a fringed shrug over any soft, flowy figure will give you the look you want.

“Color blocking with contrasting shades looks great. Just complement it with white accessories and cool, icy makeup,” recommends celebrity stylist Isha Bhansali.

Coupling of contrasts

Too hot to handle

The best part about mixing and matching different colors is that you can create a new look every time; Corset and pants by Cinnamon Stitch; Jacket by Vidhi Wadhwani; Bag of Tiger Marrón; H&M shoes; Earrings by Soulful by Percy Visaria (Vidushi Gupta)

Deciphering the trend

Hot pink is a brighter shade of pink, introduced by surreal fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who made it her signature color. The yellow and yellow-green of the color wheel complement the pink.

Although Andy Warhol painted Marilyn Monroe in virtually every color combination, his “Pink Marilyn” screen print brought those fun pop colors into every fashionista’s wardrobe. The bright pink hue has appeared on the Spring/Summer 22 catwalks from Alexander McQueen to Dior to Versace, spilling over to pretty shelves for us to shop.

Style to go

Combine three to four fresh and vibrant shades from the Pop Art palette and use one or two colors to accentuate the look using a bold accessory like a handbag, pumps or jewelry.

“The best part about mixing and matching different colors in a set is that you can create a whole new look every time. Each piece of clothing can have a longer lifespan because you reinvent each piece in the associating with something,” says Nida Mahmood.

Try the kawaii of Harajuku street style

Pastels are very present here

The new generation is mature enough to mix colors to create statement looks; Dress and shorts by Two Point Two; Earrings by Soulful by Percy Visaria; Boots by Aldo (Vidushi Gupta)

Deciphering the trend

Kawaii (meaning “cute” in Japanese) is a Japanese street style that offsets bold designs with soft colors. They create an outfit base with creams, ballet pink, lavender, light green and baby blue and mix them with classic styles and pretty prints.

Style to go

Kawaii Harajuku style can be pulled off by layering prints or plaids with solid colors, clothes and accessories. You can use a printed top with solid color pants and an accessorized jacket with solid color belts or high boots.

“Our youth share and consume experiences in real time. They explore different high fashion, couture and street styles to create their own style guide. I feel like the new generation is mature enough to mix colors to create bold looks,” says designer Pallavi Singhi.

Take notes on Raza’s web

The artist offers a lot of inspiration

Any color-block look can be enhanced with the right accessories; Dress by House of Fett; Cloak by Soulful by Percy Visaria; Karl Lagerfeld bag (Collective India); Shoes by Melissa (Vidushi Gupta)

Deciphering the trend

Famous Indian artist SH Raza was an early expressionist and later abstract artist. His paintings show the beautiful use of shades like teal and turquoise with a hint of complementary rusty orange filled with geometric patterns.

Style to go

Aqua with just orange accents gives it a fresh and energetic look. This bold and dramatic color block is a runway favorite this season. A good example is designer Prabal Gurung’s color blocking of a teal shirt and orange overcoat in his Spring/Summer 22 collection. Accessorize the aqua A-line sheath with a rust orange bag and platforms for the perfect date.

Designer Rahul Mishra says, “Any color-block look can be enhanced with the right accessories. One can start by adding jewelry to the look while keeping in mind that it only complements the outfit and does not overwhelm the wearer.

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Opera Singer and Fashion Designer Radmila Lolly Delights Miami Heat Fans With Custom-Designed Prom Dresses – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As an opera singer, Radmila Lolly is used to hitting the high notes with ease, but these days she’s scoring points for her court couture, wearing her own Miami Heat ballgowns custom-built for the playoffs.

The dresses, made from 14 Miami Heat jerseys, recently caught the eye of many Heat fans.

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Red was finished two years ago but COVID closed it.

Radmila Lolly in her red jersey ballgown with matching jacket and gloves. (Source: David Alvarez)

“I wore it for game one and game two,” Lolly said.

“It was an instant hit and it went viral,” CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo said.

“Yes, I was very surprised, but I was happy that it was very positive. People are so nice. If I can inspire even one person, that means everything,” he said. she stated.

Radmila, who came to the United States 17 years ago, made a splash as a classically trained soprano. She mixes it up by singing pop and hip hop.

She is a fashion designer with her brand called Eltara Casata, she wears a look today.

“So you have multiple careers going on,” Petrillo said. “I call myself a storyteller and I feel like what we wear is our story and what we sing is our story,” she said.

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Radmila Lolly sitting courtside in her red jersey ballgown. (Source: Instagram)

Her history with the Miami Heat was love at first sight, she became a subscriber in 2019.

“I fell in love from the first game. It was a pre-season game. I was like yeah, it’s like the music. You have a team that’s like an orchestra. You have string players, who are the wind instruments. For me, when everyone asks me who my favorite players are, it’s hard to answer, because it’s a team. You need each other,” she said. declared.

Radmila actually performed the national anthem in January of this year during a Heat game.

Radmila Lolly performing the national anthem at a Miami Heat game. (Source: YouTube)

As she models her white home game dress for us, she says she won’t be making a second appearance on Tuesday night, which will be revealed later.

But she’ll tell you that in the end, her Miami Heat will win.

“I think, I think we’re definitely going to win and I think maybe it’s six games away. Six games. I was hoping for 4, but I’m going to give it 6,” she said.

Radmila Lolly gives CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo a close up of her white jersey dress. (CBS4)

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With Gohar World Tabletop, sisters Laila and Nadia Gohar combine humor and tradition

Laila Gohar has spent her days creating a dream world of delicious food. Devoted admirers flock to her visually captivating Instagram feed to catch a glimpse of the brilliant way she shapes butter, braids cheese and deliciously dusts delicate berries with icing sugar and yearns to attend the affairs where these artistic meals are served. . Gohar uses food as both an artistic medium and a communication tool, creating unique experiences around the world for friends and luxury brands like Simone Rocha, Comme des Garçons and Tiffany & Co. Now, with his sister, artist Nadia Gohar, the New York designer by-way-of-Egypt launched Gohar World, a beautiful new way to build your own universe at the dining room table, one object at a time.

Encompassing whimsical tableware that embraces craftsmanship, time, tradition and humour, the brand was “born out of our love of entertaining and bringing people together,” says Laila, who conceived the idea with her sister during global lockdowns related to COVID-19 in 2020. Then, designing pieces in New York for future dinner parties felt like “kind of a fantasy, a way of getting away from it all.”

The Gohar World collection, handcrafted by artisans from several continents, includes a mother-of-pearl butter knife, an egg candelabrum and a clever baguette bag adorned with black satin bows. The designs are approached as future heirlooms, and many have a family feel. The sheets, for example, come from Egypt and are sewn in the Cairo workshop of Laila and Nadia’s great-aunt. Their grandmother, Nabila, a retired fashion designer in Egypt, “insisted on hand-sewing the knots of the baguette bags herself because she couldn’t find anyone else who could do it just like us. we wanted to,” explains Laila. “She then sent us a giant suitcase full of satin bows. We didn’t even know she was doing it. It was so sweet to receive.

The collaboration was of the utmost importance for the creation of Gohar World, whose slogan is “design for the table, where as much attention is paid to the dressing of the table as to oneself”. The brand marks the first time Laila and Nadia have worked together officially, and the former says she was continually impressed with her sister during the experience.

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“Because she’s a painter, she likes to dream like me, but she’s also very meticulous,” Laila says of Nadia. “She oversaw much of the production process and worked with the workshops that make our designs. She’s an incredibly hard worker, it was amazing to watch her.

Tradition is of paramount importance to Gohar World designs and intentionality is a prerequisite. Their products celebrate customs that are on the verge of extinction, showcasing the art of mouth-blown glass, needlework and hand-dipped candles. On the brand’s Instagram page, a fascinating video captures of one of their makers masterfully crafting a piece of lace.

“I prefer intricate and maximum pieces to sleek and minimal pieces,” says Laila. “The candy, fruit and veggie hats are two of my favorite pieces from the collection for this reason. Besides lace, I’m really fascinated by needlework. There is a towel in the collection that uses a stitch called up to date [openwork] it’s not used very frequently but it’s so beautiful. I’m glad we were able to include it and bring it back.

In the philosophy of Gohar World, “no object or piece of furniture has had as much meaning for the family and the community as the dining table”. With their surreal tableware, the Gohar sisters seek to revive one of humanity’s oldest traditions, communal eating, while creating new rituals. The simple act of hospitality resonates more than ever, and Gohar World has elegantly reinvented the way we break bread.

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Meet Angela Kelly: All About Queen Elizabeth’s Best Friend

Today we are going to tell you about the person responsible for Queen Elizabeth’s amazing outfits. The name of her clothing designer and best friend is Angela Kelly. Keep reading to get an in-depth look at the life of Angela Kelly.

The Queen has moved her best friend Angela to Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth’s closest friend and clothing designer, Angela Kelly, has moved into Windsor Castle as Her Majesty has recently faced some mobility issues. Queen Elizabeth and Angela have been friends for 28 years. From now on, Kelly will be staying in a private suite next to the Queen’s private quarters.

According to reports from The sun, The queen has trouble walking and she refuses to use the wheelchair at home. The first time Angela moved in with the Queen was during the Covid lockdown as part of the HMS Bubble team and helped Her Majesty with daily care.

Close sources spilled the wick on Kelly’s accommodation and told the outlet: ‘She lives there now. She moved in. ” According to The sunAngela would have a 42-inch TV in her bedroom.

Here’s everything you need to know about Angela Kelly

For those of you who don’t know, Mary Angela Kelly is a British fashion designer, dressmaker and milliner. She was born on November 4, 1957 in Liverpool to a crane operator and a nurse.

According to Express United Kingdom, Kelly was raised in public housing and reportedly never lost her Scouse accent. Unlike many others in Queen Elizabeth’s life, Kelly came from humble beginnings.

Angela started working for the Queen after she was interviewed at Windsor Castle in 1994. She is in charge of the Queen’s clothing, jewelry and regalia. She has been personal assistant and principal hairstylist to Queen Elizabeth II since 2001.

Kelly does some proper research on the royal places the Queen is to visit. She goes through the meaning of the different colors, to create good outfits for the monarch. Angela is also the author of Dressing the Queen: Jubilee Wardrobe and The other side of the coin: the queen, the chest of drawers and the wardrobe.

Kelly does a little more than just dress the Queen

According to United Kingdom Telegraph, Kelly hasn’t been solely responsible for dressing the Queen for some time now. Her official title is Personal Assistant, Advisor and Curator to Her Majesty The Queen.

Angela does her job like a pro. Her lengthy job description testifies to the Queen’s growing reliance on her to manage her day-to-day life, but it also marks the appointment of the royal’s first-ever personal assistant.

In an interview with the publication, Angela said: ‘I just want things to go well for the Queen – to make her life easier because she’s so busy. My job is to make sure that when the queen meets people, she looks good.

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Meet Jess Ng, the fashion designer turned Muay Thai trainer who is teaching her community to stand up for themselves

Out of college, Jessica Ng landed a designer job at Calvin Klein. But after a decade working for the brand, she decided it was time to work on something for herself. She ended up leaving the iconic fashion company and taking a sabbatical from the corporate world.

But that didn’t mean stepping away from fashion as a whole.

Over the years, Ng has made a name for herself as a fighter and designer within the New York Muay Thai scene. If you don’t know muay thai, you might not know that it’s a flashy sport. But when Ng began attending local muay thai competitions in 2008, fashion’s role in the ring immediately appeared to him. Muay Thai fighters not only drifted towards the colorful, exceptionally short shorts, but they also personalized them by adding intimate touches such as the flag of their country or the names of their family members. It wasn’t just the fighters who showed up either; coaches and their assistants also sported personalized cornermen’s jackets.

Getting this custom gear, however, took some time. “A lot of people would place an order in Thailand,” says Ng. “It would take about three months to ship.” Spotting an opportunity, Ng stepped in and started taking custom orders herself. At first, she balanced her side hustle between her day job at Calvin Klein and her own muay thai training. Eventually, in 2018, Ng traveled to Thailand and Hong Kong to visit factories to launch her own brand.

But almost immediately after returning to the United States, the pandemic hit. At the time, Ng had just teamed up with fellow muay thai practitioner Hannah Ryu to launch Left handed stitchesan active lifestyle brand whose name is a nod to the left-handed stance that Ng uses. They had debuted in January 2020 – but when COVID hit they saw that Southpaw Stitches needed to change tactics a bit.

At first, New York City was considered one of the epicentres of the pandemic. The city’s essential workers were among the most at risk. For Ng, their vulnerability was close to home. “My dad works for the United States Postal Service and he’s in his 60s,” says Ng. “When the pandemic hit, a lot of people were getting COVID. Luckily he didn’t, but a lot of people were afraid to work.

Ng and her business partner, Hannah Ryu.

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Watching his father continue to work amid a virus crisis, Ng took note of the lack of personal protective equipment and support for communities of color in New York City. It didn’t take Southpaw Stitches long to go from designing muay thai apparel to serving the immediate needs of communities.

“We have friends and family [who] worked in maintenance, cleaning, at airports, nursing homes,” Ng recalls. “So we got all of our raw material and distributed it to whoever wanted it. Rubber bands, all that. But Ng, whose design background was in lingerie, realized: “The molding machines used to make N95 masks are essentially the same machines we use to mold bra cups and foam pads. “

With this knowledge, Southpaw Stitches could do more than give away raw material. He could design and manufacture masks in bulk. First, antimicrobial silver fiber face masks. Then, when winter came, Ng noticed that the longer nights made delivery people more vulnerable to accidents. “We decided to take the reflective material from our combat shorts to make masks,” she explains, to help give delivery drivers increased visibility.

“[Southpaw Stitches] became a brand that gave the community what it needed,” says Ng. Companies often pay a lot of superficial talk to help their communities or prioritize diversity; in many ways, it has become a checkbox on a corporate to-do list that reflects no bigger, more meaningful action. But as Southpaw Stitches grows, Ng wants to not only empower people to lead active lifestyles, but also celebrate their own identities – and those of others.

It’s a goal very close to Ng. “I was very lucky to grow up where each of my friends spoke a different language at home,” says the Queens, New York, native. “When you make friends with people, you get to know different foods, say ‘thank you’, ‘how are you’ and ‘hi’ in different languages ​​to each other’s parents and grandparents… We learn to empathize with each other, other cultures and different people.

This commitment to empathy, in fact, grounds the other part of Ng’s work. While Southpaw Stitches made masks to respond to one part of the crisis, another needed attention: Across the country, hate crimes against Asian communities were reach unprecedented levels. Last February, Ng attended a Stand Up Against Asian Hatred protest where she carried a cardboard sign that read: Love our people as you love our food.

“It’s about the contributions of immigrants and people of color who have been in this country,” Ng says. It didn’t take long for the phrase to go viral.

“I’m not here to shout, scream and be on the microphone. I show up to make sure others are safe,” Ng told Mic of his state of mind during the protests. “I don’t know if it’s my muay thai training or being the eldest in my family. I always grew up look[ing] after everyone.

Of course, given her 5-foot height and slim build that qualifies her for the strawweight division (for fighters weighing between 106 and 115 pounds), Ng may not be the tallest person at a protest. But after competing in muay thai for more than a decade, his live as a fighter is impressive. She competed twice as a member of Team USA for the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (think of it like the Olympics for muay thai) and, in 2017, won the IFMA Pan Am Champion title for her weight class.

“I’m definitely a lot more confident than others when I’m out there,” Ng says. “Training all those years…it helps when something happens and you can defend yourself without thinking because it becomes a subconscious reaction.”

As reports of attacks on Asian communities continued to rise, Ng decided to enforce it expertise more formally. Following the murder of Christina Yuna Lee in February in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Ng teamed up with Hover over hatea non-profit organization supporting AAPI communities, to run a self-defense class at Two Bridges Muay Thai, a nearby gym.

“So many attendees have come into this class feeling scared and anxious about the rise in crimes against Asian women,” Soar Over Hate co-chairs Michelle Tran and Kenji Jones told Mic in an email. “Jessica transformed the energy and guided the room to find inner strength and confidence with tangible skills and situational awareness.”

Since then, Ng has continued to teach self-defense classes, which she finds both emotionally and physically helpful. It’s a bit ironic given that Ng was skeptical of self-defense classes herself. “I always thought…you take a class and you’re not going to knock somebody out or gouge their eyes out or anything like that.”

“But that’s because I’ve seen self-defense classes that look like hand-to-hand combat,” Ng continues. And of course, the classes she teaches definitely touch on combat. For example, Ng uses fundamental muay thai techniques to teach people how to walk away without tripping, and she focuses on palm strikes so people don’t hurt themselves throwing punches with their bare hands. But it also teaches broader skills, like how develop situational awareness and what to do when you are a bystander. One of Ng’s co-instructors has been practicing weapons training for over 10 years, so she teaches people how to use whatever they can grab to their advantage.

Ultimately, Ng’s classes are about empowering and confronting decades of gaslighting Asian communities. As she explains, “The violence that is happening is not something new. He has just grown bolder in recent years. … All of this happens to us and we are expected to compartmentalize all of these traumatic experiences.

The response to Ng’s lessons has been tremendous, which Tran and Jones of Soar Over Hate crediting Ng with being “a fierce fighter and also an incredibly compassionate person, constantly giving up her time to help teach others how to protect themselves”.

While people sometimes come into class feeling helpless, says Ng, “they come away uplifted. They leave accompanied. And the greater NYC community has played a vital role in extending that support beyond the gym. “We have people [in the food industry] who would just show up to seminars, set up a table outside, and feed everyone out of his own pocket. People contact us and deliver baked goods for the seminar,” Ng shares. “They would give money so everyone could leave with a security alarm.”

Anyone who has organized even a single event can attest to the frequency of burnout in activist spaces. Despite having worked several jobs before, Ng found herself saying yes to every seminar; once, she lasted three in 30 hours and became physically ill as a result. Learning that it’s okay to take time is always something she is working on. But for now, she can at least count on being an essential part of a community that helps take care of each other.

“We Venmo each other money like, ‘Lunch is on me. Dinner is on me,'” Ng says. These small actions are incredibly meaningful to her and shape the lifeblood of her work. she tells Mic, “activism doesn’t pay.” People who show up at rallies, host events, and feed each other do all of this, and more, because they care. For this type of work to continue, people need to support each other, especially in times when government and local authorities are not.

“There will always be hard and difficult times,” Ng says. “But at the end of the day, we all have to do what we think is right and care, not just about each other, but really care about the future.”

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Footwear Designer Mia Becar Wins FGI’s Rising Star Accessories Award – Footwear News

The next generation of fashion talent was celebrated Tuesday afternoon at Pier 61 in New York City for Fashion Group International’s Rising Star awards. Attendees included Kerby Jean-Raymond, Jason Wu and Tracy Reese, who helped honor emerging designers.

Mia Becar’s creative director, Betzabe Gonzalez, won the award in the accessories category. “I’m so honored and blessed to be nominated and to have won. I love what I do. There have been tough times, but I have so much passion for creating shoes that are constantly evolving with quality, craftsmanship and inspiration,” she told FN after the win.

Mia Becar launched in 2018 as a direct-to-consumer brand and is known for its Italian-made embellished heels. The brand forgoes the traditional fashion calendar and releases capsule collections every few months. Most recently, Gonzalez’s shoes could be seen on the runway at Kim Shui’s Fall 2022 show at New York Fashion Week, as well as on celebrities like Isla Fisher, Lizzo and Hailey Bieber. On top of that, Mia Becar will be featured in an Aspen pop-up this summer.

The Los Angeles-based designer was nominated alongside Pam Seidman of BYBBA, Melissa and Kim Bentz of Bentz, Jennifer Rose Smail of Cuddigan Leather and Salone Monet.

Other FGI Rising Star winners included Byron Lars with the President’s Award of Excellence. The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Cole Wassner of the Wassner Management Group.

Jean-Raymond, winner of this prize in 2014, presented the Men’s trophy to the creator of Aknvas, Christian Juul Nielsen. Christopher Lowman, Kenneth Nicholson and Terry Singh were also nominated in the category. Meanwhile, Elle editor Nina Garcia presented the Womenswear Award to designer Frederick Anderson in the category that also included Amir Taghi, Kelsey Randall, Junny Ann Hibbert and Mimi Prober. Prober won the Diesel Sustainability Award.

Late last month, Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Awards took over Diesel’s SoHo boutique for a pre-celebration. There, FGI CEO Maryanne Grisz told FN, “Sometimes the toughest times are when creativity is really embraced and arises, and in this case, I’m so inspired by the artistry of all the finalists,” she said. “This year’s finalists inspire hope. There are so many unique viewpoints and developments within the industry that they represent across the board.

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A Complete Guide to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week is here, and you’re invited.

Previously an affair reserved for the industry elite, After Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) opens to the public in 2022 with its new offering, AAFW: the experience.

Typically, Australian Fashion Week gives the general public a glimpse of its magic only on weekends, rarely on weekdays. But this year, AAFW announced it had a week of consumer-accessible, industry-exclusive events, which means you too can join in the fun.

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AAFW: The Experience will feature an array of Australian designers including Dyspnea, First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD), Karla Spetic, Hansen & Gretel, St. Agni and a showcase of AAFW’s Next Gen winners. Check out our guide to the 2022 program, which runs May 9-13, below.


Terry Vinson, 12 p.m.

Powered by Shopify, In conversation with… is a series of intimate discussions with some of Australia’s most esteemed fashion designers. Skin Synergy Founder Terri Vinson is about to chat with quite gritty founder and editor, Eleanor Pendleton, on how she engineered her success. Get tickets here.

Empowering Voices: Cultural Impact of Fashion on Representation and Inclusion, 4:30 p.m.

Part of The discussions series, this panel will explore representation and inclusion and uncover how fashion has sparked broader cultural change. It will feature the editor of Indoor retail, Jo-Anne Hui-Miller, artist and designer Jordan Gogos, Adaptive Clothing founder Jessie Sadler, designer and entrepreneur Liandra Gaykamangu and hairstylist Laura Mazikana. Get tickets here.

Beak & Bridge, 8 p.m.

After a two-year hiatus, Bec and Bridge will return to AAFW to celebrate its 21st anniversary. The cult brand will showcase its Resort 22/23 collection on opening night, first to the industry at 7 p.m. and then again to the public at 8 p.m. Get tickets here.


Anna Quan, 12 p.m.

As part of his In conversation with… series, Anna Hoang, the founder of contemporary womenswear brand Anna Quan, will break down her experience during the pandemic and how she harnesses nostalgia in her designs. Get tickets here.

St. Agni, 3 p.m.

After making his AAFW debut in 2021, St Agni returns to the catwalk to deliver an exclusive look to his Resort ’23 collection. Known for its high-end ready-to-wear pieces, you can expect a high take for its fashion week again. Get tickets here.

Digital Mode: The New Frontier, 6 p.m.

Part of The discussions series, this panel will break down all things metaverse, with NFTs and augmented reality on the agenda. It will include popsugar publisher Amanda Bardas, Injury Founder and Creative Director Eugene Leung, Games Producer Caitlin Lomax and BTC Markets Crypto Exchange CEO Caroline Bowler. Get tickets here.

Mariam Seddiq, 7 p.m.

The eponymous Sydney-based brand Mariam Seddiq is set to present its Resort ’23 collection on the catwalk. Mariam’s designs pay homage to her cultural experiences and architectural structures. Get tickets here.

Indigenous Fashion Projects, 8 p.m.

Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) will return to the catwalk, launching collections from six of Australia’s leading First Nations designers to close the second day of the event. The show, presented by Afterpay and supported by David Jones, features an exclusive performance by Jessica Mauboy and artistic contributions by First Nations artist Wayne Quilliam. Get tickets here.


Ngali, By Denni Francisco, 12 p.m.

As part of his In conversation with… series, Wiradjuri designer Denni Francisco will meet with Yatu Widders Hunt to discuss his brand Ngali and more broadly Indigenous fashion. Get tickets here.

Daniel Avakian, 12:30 p.m.

Known for its flair for couture and contemporary design, Daniel Avakian’s eponymous label will debut its Resort ’23 collection on the AAFW catwalk. Get tickets here.

Karla Špetic, 3 p.m.

AAFW will feature Karla Špetić’s Resort ’23 collection on the 2022 catwalk. Since its debut in 2008, her eponymous label has been praised for its tailored luxury apparel that draws inspiration from both masculine and feminine design. Get tickets here.

Head to head with Bianca Spender, 4 p.m.

Designer Bianca Spender will meet with Porsche Cars Australia CEO and Managing Director, Daniel Schmollinger, and Caitlin Judd and Anna Mackenzie of Lady-Brains to share her journey and process as an industry-leading designer. Get tickets here.

First Nations Fashion and Design: Yours, Mine and Ours, 6 p.m.

Part of The discussions series, this panel is intended to explore the growing representation of Indigenous designers and the narrative of connection to country through textiles. With Agnt-Blak Co-CEO Bianca Hunt and Torres Strait Island Regional Council Mayor Phillemon Mosby, among others. Get tickets here.

Sass & Bide, 7 p.m.

After a five-year hiatus, Sass & Bide is set to return to the AAFW program. The midweek show will feature the iconic brand’s latest Resort ’23 collection. This year marks the brand’s 15th appearance at Fashion Week. Get tickets here.

The Future of Fashion from Afterpay, 8 p.m.

To wrap up a busy day at AAFW, Afterpay will host an exhibition featuring over 13 of Australia’s most esteemed designers. The stacked line-up includes Manning Cartell, Blanca, Oroton, Afends, Salt Murphy and PE Nation. Showcasing a fusion of technology, entertainment, and fashion, AAFW even signaled that a surprise performance might be on the cards. Get tickets here.


Adapted Clothing Collective, 10 a.m.

Just one year after its inception, Adaptive Clothing Collective will make its debut on the AAFW catwalk. The Adaptive Clothing Collective is a membership organization that seeks to represent emerging Australian designers and labels who place inclusivity and innovation at the forefront of their work. Get tickets here.

Bassike, 12 p.m.

As a member of In conversation with… series, Bassike founders Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan sit down to dissect their brand and the importance of sustainability. Get tickets here.

The sustainable business journey, 4 p.m.

Part of The Talks series, this panel will unpack the adoption of environmentally responsible business practices and their impact. Featuring the fashion editor of the Australian Financial Review, Lauren Sams and Australian Fashion Council CEO Leila Naja Hibri, among others. Get tickets here.

Back of the house, 6 p.m.

Part of The discussions series, this panel provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s biggest fashion shows. With consultant for QG, Grant Pearce, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Focus, Dominic Kaffka, and many more. Get tickets here.

Dyspnea, 7 p.m.

Perth-based brand Dyspnea is set to showcase its Resort ’23 collection to consumers at this year’s AAFW show. Created in 2013, by best friends Jameen and Rachel, the brand describes itself as “clothing with enough fluff, glitter, silk and sass to give anyone a migraine”. Get tickets here.

Hansen & Gretel, 8 p.m.

Capping off the penultimate day of AAFW shows, Hansen & Gretel will grace the catwalk with their latest collection. As a bonus, Australian artist George Maple will perform live. Get tickets here.


Next-Gen, 10 a.m.

Opening the last day of AAFW, the Next Gen show is scheduled for the early morning. The presentation serves to highlight the work of the four winners of AAFW’s Next Gen program. Since its inception in 1996, Next Gen has helped launch the careers of Camilla and Marc, Sass and Bide and Gorman, among others. Get tickets here.

Michael Lo Sordo and Alyce Tran, 12 p.m.

As a member of In conversation with… series, designer Michael Lo Sordo and entrepreneur Alyce Tran will explore fashion partnerships and how to build a brand. Get tickets here.

Generation: Nxt, 4:30 p.m.

Part of The discussions series, this panel will be moderated by Parlor X Director Eva Galambos and will feature the four 2022 winners of AAFW’s emerging creator program, Next Gen. After their runway show earlier on Friday, the winners will sit down to share their journey as up-and-coming designers during the pandemic. Get tickets here.

First Nations Fashion and Design, 7 p.m.

Sending the week-long event, the FNFD returns after a triumphant debut in 2021. This year’s parade is produced, styled, modeled and managed by an all-Indigenous team. And in a first Fashion Week, a party kicks off on the runway immediately after the show, bringing AAFW to its official close. Get tickets here.

To view the full program, go to here.

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How wealthy is Lionel Richie’s daughter?

Sofia Richie is an American social media star, model, and fashion designer. She has appeared in advertisements for Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Adidas, among other top brands. She is the younger sister of television personality Nicole Richie and the youngest daughter of musician Lionel Richie.

In this article, we are going to explore Sofia Richie net worth.

Sofia Richie’s early life

Sophie Richie was born in Los Angeles, California on August 24, 1998. Lionel Richie and Diana Alexander Richie are her parents. Sofia Richie is the younger sister of Miles and Nicole Richie.

Michael Jackson was his godfather. Growing up and visiting Neverland Ranch, she became close to Paris Jackson. She started singing at age five and playing the piano at age seven.

At 14, she began to take voice training. She also collaborated with her brother-in-law, Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, in the studio. Richie attended Oaks Christian School for a few years before being homeschooled while his father was on tour.

The professional life of Sofia Richie

Sofia made her modeling debut at the age of 14 when she was featured in “Teen Vogue.” She signed her first modeling contract at age 15 with Mary Grace Swim, a swimwear company. She was featured in editorials for a variety of magazines and businesses in 2015, including “Elle Girl,” “Nylon,” and “Love Culture,” among others.

Her first runway performance was at the annual Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection fashion show in February 2016, which took place during New York Fashion Week.

In the years since her debut, the actress has appeared in a number of runway shows, including those for Chanel, Adidas and Dolce & Gabbana. She also appeared in advertisements and essays for a variety of magazines.

Richie introduced Frankie’s Bikinis, a brightly colored swimwear brand, in July this year. Her collection included tie-dye, neon colors and vibrant floral patterns. The Sofia Richie x Missguided clothing line, which she developed for UK boutique Missguided, will be released in fall 2019.

It featured 60 pieces with prizes ranging from $20 to $100. Items included, among others, little dresses, try-on pieces and conventional coordinated sets.

Richie has collaborated with brands such as Lulus, Suspicious Antwerp clothing, Nip + Fab skincare and Cheetos, among others, as an Instagram influencer.

Sofia had already been on the VH1 reality show “Candidly Nicole”, which was about her sister.

Sofia Richie’s net worth

Sofia Richie, an American model and fashion designer, is said to have a net worth of $8 million in 2022. She has appeared in advertisements for various well-known fashion brands.

She is best known for dating Scott Disick from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” As an Instagram influencer, Richie has worked with brands such as Lulus, Suspicious Antwerp, Nip + Fab and Cheetos.

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie planned to move in together in the fall of 2019. The couple looked at a $19.9 million, 12,000 square foot home in Malibu while house hunting.

The mansion, originally owned by actor Kelsey Grammar, features four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a spacious ballroom, a pond, a swimming pool, a gazebo and two tennis courts. Richie lives in a beautiful villa with a pool in Hollywood Hills.

Instagram account of Sofia Richie

Sofia Richie has 7.3 million followers on Instagram as of May 2022.

Who is Sofia Richie in a relationship with?

Sofia Richie and her fiancé, Elliot, are currently engaged. After they were spotted together in West Hollywood, California in 2021, she was said to be dating a music executive Elliot Grainge.

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She then verified their connection by posting a photo of them together on Instagram. Sofia confirmed their engagement on Instagram in April 2022. Elliot and Sofia are now happy with their current situation. Her sexual orientation is heterosexual.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sofia Richie single?

Sofia Richie is engaged to Elliot Grainge.

How old is Sofia Richie?

Sofia Richie is 23 years old.

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BTC Markets goes couture in partnership with Australian Fashion Week

BTC Markets Partners with Australian Fashion Week to Launch NFT Dress

Today, BTC Markets announced that they are the “Official Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Partner”.

Via Twitter, BTC Markets tweeted,

“A week-long exhibition of Australia’s amazing designers will collide with #crypto, with lots of cool giveaways to come – watch this space!”

This year, Afterpay Australia Fashion Week will run from May 9-13.

Once again, crypto exchanges view major events as opportunities to build brand awareness and engage with target audiences.

BTC Markets CEO Caroline Bowler shared the announcement on Twitter, tweeting,

“Taking Crypto to the catwalk! Another first from @BTCMarkets – Official Cryptocurrency Partner for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. We also have a great collaboration with Daniel Avakian to share with lots more goodies to announce!”

Bowler will also be a speaker at Afterpay Australia Fashion Week’s “The Talks” on Tuesday, May 10.

Australian Fashion Week announcement the event indicating,

“Fashion week has entered the metaverse, with NFTs and augmented reality gaining popularity among consumers who want more ways to shop and interact with brands. The session will break down fashion-tech trends .

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Fashion royalty gather in Harlem for the André Leon Talley memorial

The spirit and memory of André Leon Talley, the groundbreaking creative director, fashion designer, journalist, memoirist and media personality who died in January at the age of 73, was celebrated Friday at a memorial at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. A who’s who from the fashion world was on hand to pay tribute to the famous black editor.

the New York Times reported this model Karlie Kloss was next to the old vogue creative director Grace Coddington “in the center of the church”. Bette Midler was also present, watching from the balcony. Naomi Campbell stopped at the neo-Gothic shrine on West 138th St. in an “all-white vintage Rolls-Royce” wearing a feathered outfit that evoked “an angelic swan heading for a gospel brunch,” as the Time Put the. Campbell was among those who spoke at the ceremony.

Anna Wintourglobal editorial director of vogue and global chief content officer of Condé Nast, was in attendance and also spoke, having worked with Talley for decades. (Talley was also previously a style editor for vanity lounge.) Julianne Moore, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Diana of Furstenberg, Paula Wallace, Derek Blasberg, Zac Posen, Martha Stewart, Gayle King, Kimora Lee Simmons, Sandra Bernhard, Bethann Hardison, Kate Moss, Dario Calmese, Claire Sulmersand Emile Wilbekin were also present according to People, TMZand page 6.

Valerie Simpson paid a musical tribute by singing “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” while accompanying himself on the piano. Before it happens, she shared how Talley used to come to her living room candy bar and play the tambourine.

Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Reverend Calvin O. Butts, spoke of Talley’s character in his eulogy, according to the Time, who noted that Talley was private about his health issues before his death. “His transition was between him and God,” the Reverend mentioned.

Talley’s official Instagram, who lives on, shared the footage.

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9-year-old fashion designer is making viral TikToks of her dresses

  • A nine-year-old fashion designer has received viral attention on her mother’s TikTok for her designs.
  • Kaia Aragon caught the eye of Vera Wang, who sent the young designer a sewing machine and a note.
  • Kaia said, “When I grow up, I hope to have a big fashion business with my best friend.”

It’s common for kids to fantasize about what they want to be when they grow up, but a 9-year-old fashion designer from Colorado is already making her dream career a reality.

Kaia Aragon made her first dress in November and now has a closet full of original designs, a sewing machine donated by Vera Wangand more than 600,000 subscribers on that of his mother Tonya Aragon TikTok account,

Tonya posts “little designer” videos of Kaia making dresses that usually receive thousands, if not millions, of views. In January, a video of a pink and black dress she designed earned Kaia over 14.3 million views.

Kaia told Insider that she’s always been drawn to unique outfits, even before designing them for herself. “Whenever I could dress up, I always chose outfits that would stand out or make a statement,” she said.

Tonya said she taught Kaia how to use a sewing machine in November, but admitted her own skills were limited to making simpler quilts and blankets. After Kaia did her first dress, a black T-shirt dress with an orange fox print that had over 1.2 million views on TikTok on Thursday, she continued to get more adventurous with her designs.

Kaia Aragon in a black fox dress, the first dress she ever designed.

Kaia Aragon in a black fox print dress, the first dress she ever designed.

Courtesy of Tonya Aragón

“His skills and ideas are quickly surpassing what I am capable of,” Tonya said, adding that she now watches YouTube tutorials to learn skills and techniques that will help Kaia develop her art.

Kaia said her designs come straight from the heart rather than imitating clothes she’s seen in magazines or on screen. “Most of the time I’m just starting to design,” she said, noting that she’ll be laying material on her mannequin rather than drawing the design first.

On occasion, Kaia said she would start with a concept in mind, like the triangle themed challenge a cousin ruled it, which has more than 727,000 views on TikTok, or the multicolored, sleeveless Encanto inspired dress she created, which has over a million views, but most of the time she chooses a fabric and pattern on instinct.

A triangle-inspired dress by 9-year-old designer Kaia Aragon.

A triangle-inspired dress by 9-year-old designer Kaia Aragon.

Courtesy of Tonya Aragón

“All the fabrics I choose are soft and stretchy. If there’s a fabric that I think looks nice but isn’t comfortable, then I won’t get it. It’s just based on feel and then appearance,” said the young designer.

It wasn’t just the family’s TikTok audience who were blown away by Kaia’s talents — she also caught the eye of Vera Wang in February. The famous designer, whom Kaia says she hasn’t heard of before, sent her a package containing a sewing machine, a backpack and a handwritten note.

According to a video posted on February 22, Wang’s note read: “Dear Kaia, So excited to see that you are already pursuing your dream of becoming a fashion designer! Congratulations and good luck. I love Vera.”

The note is now framed on Kaia’s bedroom wall and Tonya says that ever since she started acquainting her daughter with the work of top designers, “she’s been pretty obsessed with Vera Wang.”

Kaia’s future ambitions are also very specific. If she could design a look for any celebrity, she said she would pick Emmy Award-winning actress Zendaya.

She added: “When I grow up I hope to have a big fashion business in Paris with my best friend and we want to go to school at the Fashion Design and Merchandising Institute.”

His admiration for the FIDM is not without consideration. In March, the University of Los Angeles sent Kaia “goodies,” including glitter fabrics, a teddy bear, and a video challenge from former “Project Runway” contestant Nick Verreos asking her to design an inspired outfit. of Olympic figure skating, she said.

For the challenge, Kaia made a dress with a pink satin bodice and a shimmering light pink skirt to twirl around in.

Kaia Aragon in a figure skating-inspired dress for a challenge with the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Kaia Aragon in a figure skating-inspired dress for a Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising challenge.

Courtesy of Tonya Aragón

Although she rubs shoulders with the best minds and institutions in American fashion, Kaia also has modest ambitions.

While planning her global takeover, the coming months will see the young designer making clothes for her friends and siblings, and creating a look for the local Renaissance fair, she said.

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Travertine is the next surface of the day

Today, thanks to these same qualities, it rubs shoulders with favorite surfaces such as marble and terrazzo in the material libraries of interior designers near and far. Just look at AD proof: AD100 designer Steven Volpe opted for a ridged travertine bathtub with a view in the Manhattan apartment that made the cover of last February. May cover star Kacey Musgraves showed off a vintage travertine dining table in her Nashville haven. AD100 designer Vincenzo de Cotiis used the fan favorite on floors, furniture and a glamorous bathtub in the Paris apartment of fashion designer Pierre Hardy and her husband and brand CEO Christopher Turnier. And Parisian designer Diego Delgado-Elias recently designed a kitchen island and matching light fixture in the material of the moment for a French farmhouse in Provence. For the fronts of the island he left the porous and natural roughness of the material, while on the worktop he added a translucent resin filling to make it more suitable for a kitchen counter.

“The block can be cut two ways,” says Delgado-Elias, who has used travertine for flooring and outdoor furniture before. “We leave graphic lines that can be used vertically or horizontally; the other gives you different color tones and shades. You can use it wherever you want, keeping in mind that [it] is a natural stone that acquires a patina and stains over time.

A travertine tub in the Parisian home of Pierre Hardy and Christopher Turnier. Milanese designer AD100 Vincenzo de Cotiis used the material throughout the 17th century mansion, on floors and furniture.

Photo: Francois Halard

AD100 designer Julie Hillman, known for her bold use of stone in her interior design projects, counts travertine among her favorites. “Its earth tone palette is complementary to almost any finish or color, making it incredibly easy to use,” she explains. “It adds a sheer material that can warm up any space.” More recently, she has applied it to sinks, walls and floors. His advice for getting the most out of the equipment? Go for unfilled travertine on vertical walls and filled travertine on horizontal surfaces.

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Frey’s Aluminaire House remains in a shipping container in Palm Springs

The Albert Frey Aluminaire house that was donated and shipped to the Palm Springs Art Museum about five years ago will remain disassembled in its shipping container for at least a year or more.

The museum was able to develop a roadmap to unpack and rebuild the house, the museum’s executive director and CEO, Adam Lerner, said Saturday.

“It will not be erected by the winter of 2021-22. We know that for sure,” Lerner said. “But hopefully the path to building it will soon become clear to you. We have a commitment to that.

Lerner provided an update on the home during the first of two days of the Palm Springs Preservation Matters 2022 symposium, which was held Saturday and Sunday at the convention center.

He was one of seven presenters on Saturday on architectural topics such as “Preserving Paul R. Williams’ Legacy: The Town & Country Center and His Architecture in Palm Springs”, “Preservation through Education”, and “Southridge Beyond the Gate: Architectural Drama”. , Diversity and Excellence.

The four hours of free presentations were followed by home/site tours at an additional cost.

The event, held in the Primrose Ballroom, was hosted by fashion designer Trina Turk and attracted around 300 people.

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Lerner came to the museum in August 2021 when efforts were made to rebuild the Aluminaire’s House, created by Frey and his then architectural partner, A. Lawrence Kocher, to a permanent location in the museum’s south parking lot. .

Built in 1931, the three-story metal and aluminum structure was one of Frey’s first major works and was built as part of an exhibition, serving as an example of affordable and efficient home design that could be designed with mass production and modern materials.

“It’s been built and deconstructed multiple times,” Lerner said. “Although it was never built as a permanent structure.”

It was first exhibited at an exhibition in New York and later moved to an estate. After falling into disrepair, the house was moved to the campus of the New York Institute of Technology.

That campus closed, and in 2011 New York architects Michael Schwarting and Frances Campani established the nonprofit Aluminaire House Foundation and began seeking permanent housing for the structure.

The house was put into storage in 2012, where it remained until enough money was raised—about $600,000—to move it to Palm Springs in 2017. The plan called for the rebuilt house to be on permanent display in front the museum, in the south parking lot.

Palm Springs is home to several residential, commercial, institutional, and civic buildings designed by Frey, who lived in the city for many years. The museum has 65% of Frey’s archival materials in its custody, Lerner said.

It was originally planned that the Maison de l’Aluminaire be rebuilt by the winter of 2021-22. But when he first arrived in Palm Springs last year, Lerner said his goal was to get the art museum reopened after being closed for more than a year during the pandemic.

Others involved with the museum and the California chapter of the Aluminaire House Foundation were working on setting up the structure, he said, but some delays caused him to get directly involved in setting it up. on the way to the project.

The main issues raised by the city may prevent visitors from walking through the Aluminaire’s house, even when it is rebuilt.

One is temperature control, he said. The building, made of aluminum and metal, has no air conditioning or insulation.

“You’ve been in Palm Springs probably longer than I have, and you know what Palm Springs summers are like,” Lerner said, making the 300 people in attendance laugh.

“A 120-degree metal box will be 140 degrees in the summer, and so there would be no way to get people through,” Lerner said.

When exhibited in the past, Lerner said, the Alumina House was housed inside another temperature-controlled structure.

The city was also concerned about making the home accessible to people with disabilities, Lerner said.

Knowing the city’s concerns, the museum needs to decide what needs to be done to be able to make this building something the museum can proudly display, Lerner said.

The museum is hiring an executive architect to handle all the consultants needed to make the Maison de l’Aluminaire a permanent structure, he said.

The museum is also working with DW Johnson to find out what materials can be reused and what needs to be redone, Lerner said. “It turns out the aluminum panels have been removed and reinstalled so many times that they need to be redone,” he said.

The museum is exploring ways for the public to access the house, which could include installing ramps that would allow people to see without entering, in the absence of air conditioning.

“The important thing is that we review the scope so that we can understand exactly what is needed,” Lerner said.

With an understanding of everything needed to build the house, Lerner said a realistic cost estimate could be determined and fundraising efforts could begin.

Some put the cost of the rebuild at $400,000, while others thought it might be something architecture students could do on weekends, “and it wouldn’t cost us anything,” Lerner said.

“Well, it turns out there’s a big difference between a building temporarily set up for an exhibition and a permanent building,” Lerner said.

It will likely cost $2 million or more, Lerner said.

Inheriting the Maison Aluminaire as a project upon arriving at the museum “is like someone leaving a puppy at your door,” he joked. “And you’re like, well, I have other plans, and I wasn’t expecting to raise a puppy right now. … But he’s a puppy. You can’t turn down a puppy,” he said. he said to the laughter of the audience.

More homes designated for historic preservation

People attending the Palm Springs Preservation Matters Symposium at the Convention Center on Saturday, April 23, 2022, look at some architectural models made by local students across the "Preservation through education" program.

Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton welcomed everyone to the eighth annual symposium — the first held in person since the pandemic began.

“It’s so cool to see people in three dimensions again,” Middleton said.

She applauded the seven members of the Historic Places Preservation Council.

Palm Springs is known for its mid-century modern architecture, which attracts people from around the world who want to “see what we’ve built, what we’ve maintained and what we’ve opened up to the world,” Middleton said.

“Palm Springs, as we know, is internationally recognized for the architecture of our region. We are a name in architecture. For the treasure trove of diverse styles that visitors from around the world seek out when they come here,” Middleton said.

The City Council appoints members of the Preservation Council to identify, nominate and recommend potential historic sites and districts to the Council for Preservation.

Over the past year, the board has designated a dozen properties as historic sitesincluding six houses at Araby Cove, some of adobe brick with red clay roofs.

“It’s a very old neighborhood with a lot of character, a lot of charm…” said Katherine Hough, who chairs the board and lives in a house in Araby Cove, off S. Araby Drive, north of E. Palm Canyon Drive.

Among those designated as historic is one of the first houses built in Araby Cove.

Hough recounted how one of the designated houses, made of adobe bricks with a red clay roof, earned its nickname “El Dumpo Adobe”.

When Everett Dunlap bought the house in the late 1950s, it was around the time people were buying new, modern homes in Palm Springs.

“Mr. Dunlap’s friend joked with him and said, ‘You bought a bunch of mud,’ Hough said. “So the new owner named his house, ‘El Dumpo Adobe’,’ and he stayed, Hough said.

Another of the houses is a stone arts and crafts house built in 1925 – “one of the first houses built. It’s my favorite house; the nicest house in our neighborhood,” Hough said.

The Sutter Residence, designed by E. Steward Williams in 1960 on Ladera Circle and commonly known as the “Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway” because it was where Elvis and Priscilla Presley stayed after their marriage, was also designated a historic site this year.

The symposium continued on Sunday with additional presentations.

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10 Best Fashion Movies, Ranked By IMDb Scores

Fashion has been an integral part of cinema since the very beginning, just as it played a central role in live theater for thousands of years before movies even existed. Clothing is all about self-expression, and characters’ clothing choices in movies play a major role in how they are perceived.

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Of course, some films go further, making fashion in general or the fashion industry in particular the focus of their stories. There are many fashion movies to watch, but according to IMDb, these are the best.

ten Zoolander (2001) – 6.5

Ben Stiller as Zoolander, pouting and wearing a brown and white headband

The 2001 comedy Zoolander features Ben Stiller as the titular Derek Zoolander, a model caught up in a conspiracy far beyond his vapid personality and comic ignorance to handle. Taking a comedic angle with the fashion industry wasn’t something Zoolander invented, but the film managed to become a classic.

ZoolanderThe celebrity cameos also add to the film’s satire and extend it to a wider send-off of celebrity culture. Although Zoolander 2 was a disappointing sequel, the original still holding up over 20 years later.

9 Gucci House (2021) – 6.6

Patrizia showing off her ring in House of Gucci.

After her star came back and wrote Oscar-winning songs for, A star is bornLady Gaga joined a star-studded cast that included Al Pacino, Adam Driver, Jeremy Irons, Selma Hayek and more in Gucci Houseabout the Italian fashion label and the family behind it.

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The film follows the relationship between Patrizia Reggiani, played by Gaga, and her husband Maurizio Gucci, played by Driver, as their relationship deteriorates to violence. The film carries a true-crime perspective in addition to its drama, as it’s based on a 2001 book that does the same thing.


8 Coco before Chanel (2009) – 6.7

Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel

Coco Chanel became a famous fashion designer of the 20th century, and the brand she helped establish remains one of the best in the industry to this day. The premise of the 2009 biopic Coco before Chanel is the journey she has taken to establish herself and her family name as global icons. Leading actress Audrey Tautou gives a mesmerizing performance as Coco Chanel.

The film received industry acclaim and numerous nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, although that year the award ultimately went to The young Victoriaanother film about the debut of a female icon: Queen Victoria.

7 Distraught (1995) – 6.9

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There was a trend in the 1990s to have teen movies based on classic literature, and clueless fits neatly into this category as a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Directed by Fast times at Ridgemont High‘s Amy Heckerling, the film follows Alicia Silverstone as fashion-loving Cher Horowitz as she attempts to play matchmaker.

Even after 27 years, clueless manages to remain a classic teen comedy film, as well as a clever adaptation of its source material, taking what works Emma while managing to become its own story and have its own impact. Let’s hope Alicia Silverstone comes back, because she is very welcome!

6 The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – 6.9

Meryl Streep explains why she was miserable on The Devil Wears Prada set

What happens when Anne Hathaway plays Miranda Priestly’s assistant, editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine? The result is The devil wears Pradaone of Meryl Streep’s funniest films of all time, and not only an iconic film, but an incredibly re-watchable film.

Meryl Streep played a key role in making the film, but she also played a key role in helping it make such a splash on pop culture. The devil wears Prada is arguably the most iconic fashion movie of all time, and would probably be the first fashion movie that casual moviegoers could think of, if asked. There’s no way this one will be forgotten.

5 Fashion (2008) – 6.9

Meghna Smoking In Fashion

Priyanka Chopra has some great movies, but because her career started in Hindi cinema (aka “Bollywood”), many of them were overlooked by American audiences, and the movies of 2008 Fashion is one of them. Chopra stars as Meghna Mathur, a woman who aspires to be a model, and the transformations she undergoes in pursuit of that goal.

Fashion was Chopra’s first massive success as a movie star, and her performance was rightly acclaimed. Although the film is in Hindi, there are many places to find it with English subtitles, including, upon release, on Netflix; definitely worth a look for those interested in the premise.

4 Funny Face (1957) – 7.0

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Who said old Hollywood couldn’t make good fashion movies? In the end, if you take Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin, you get a pretty memorable musical movie.

Funny head sees a fashion editor looking to create the next big fashion trend. She and her photographer, played by Astaire, then meet a beautiful store clerk, played by Hepburn, whose natural charm and good luck make her the perfect candidate to become a new model for the magazine.

3 Blood and Black Lace (1964) – 7.1

A still from the 1964 horror film Blood and Black Lace.

Blood and black lace is an Italian-language thriller that uses a fashion show as a setting. In the film, a masked killer stalks models, looking for a diary kept by one of the girls that details the personal lives of those in the fashion house.

For those who are more into Zoolander or The devil wears Prada, Blood and black lace is about as far from the ones as you can get, but it heavily features fashion as a motif. As an older foreign-language film, it’s definitely underrated, but for fans of thrillers or foreign films, it’s worth a watch.

2 Cruel (2021) – 7.3

Cruel Emma Stone

Cruel It may not be a horror movie, but it’s the backstory of a character in its own right. Cruella de Vil first entered pop culture with the 1961 animated film 101 Dalmatiansand was the subject of two live-action films starring Glenn Close.

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Cruella’s name epitomizes cruelty and devilishness, and that’s fitting considering her fashion idea in the original story is to kidnap Dalmatians to use their fur for coats. It’s honestly kind of weird that Disney decided to do the previous movie, but it did well with audiences.

1 The Phantom Thread (2017) – 7.4

Daniel Day Lewis - Phantom Thread

If there was ever an actor whose name evoked a whole new level of acting, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis, a method actor’s method actor. Day-Lewis devoted himself entirely to his later roles, and his last film, ghost yarnin which he plays a renowned fictional fashion designer, was no exception.

For the film, Day-Lewis learned to make dresses by hand, to the point where it would have been able to accurately recreate a dress originally made by the man who inspired her character, Cristóbal Balenciaga. It is absolutely amazing, and ghost yarn was a great movie to retire to.

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Sheila Hicks moves seamlessly between dreaming and waking periods

The artist, who sleeps in four-hour blocks, is very busy, but often stops to observe the comings and goings in the courtyard of her Parisian building.

I arrived in Paris in the mid-1960s and have always lived three blocks from where I am today, in the Cour de Rohan, a series of three courtyards right in the middle of the city. It is very picturesque, with its large green iron gates and cobblestones, and at the entrance is the tower of Philippe Auguste, part of the old city walls built around 1400. This small area was the seat of the French Revolution, where people wrote and distributed Le Journal du Peuple, a series of pamphlets intended to move things in the right direction and to incite the elimination of all aristocrats. It’s a place full of ghosts because of its history. But above all, I am ignorant of all this; you can’t be haunted by the past.

I live on the upper floors of my building and my studio is on the ground floor. Still, the work could just as easily be happening while I’m on the stairs and watching out the window as someone trims the trees, or once I’ve entered the yard, where I’m hanging out. On one side of the house is The Procope, the oldest restaurant in Paris, where you eat on the sidewalk, and on the other side live various creative people. One is a designer for the opera. Another organizes fashion shows. And the Giacometti Foundation moved into the building across from my studio. It is therefore a cloistered but lively existence.

I tend to sleep in four hour segments and move very fluidly between dreaming and waking. When you see my work, you may be able to find your way into the dream world cave. There are times when I have to make an effort even to know what day it is. And I like to work on a lot of things simultaneously. For example, today I was asked to create an environmental artwork in King’s Cross near London Station for the summer months. I’m also doing something for a municipal complex near the port of Oslo to coincide with the opening of that city’s modern art museum. Tomorrow, we present models of tapestries at the Manufacture des Gobelins. And then I have an exhibition right now at Barbara Hepworth Museum in Yorkshire, England. I do whatever I find interesting.

I go from idea to finished work in an acrobatic way – it’s like I can feel the clouds moving and the light coming and going. But because I frequently use fibers and textiles, I am also quite specific in my way of working; unlike a videographer or digital artist, I am physically engaged in the creation of all my works. It is a manual practice but filtered through the lens of architecture, photography, form, material and color. A few years ago I received an honorary doctorate from my school — I went to Yale in the 1950s — and that made me very happy because it validated my choice to work and live as a artist. It meant I could bring something to other areas, and so I’m looking for what that might be, unlike a lot of artists, who are just looking to express themselves.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Kornit Fashion Week elevates Israel’s cultural diplomacy

From the choreography of gestures to the combinations of national colors in outfits, international relations have been governed by protocols of style and decorum that inform the public of the state of the union(s). Then came the “I don’t care” jacket and the walk in front of the Queen. Given the seriousness of the blunders, the New York Times officially announced”the death of fashion diplomacyin 2019. Thankfully, that was premature praise. The Biden administration ushered in a new era of well-tailored sartorial communication. Pandemic mask mandates have highlighted the intersection of “function, fashion and politics” as world leaders navigate the intricacies of keep face without showing a face.

These days, fashion diplomacy thrives in three areas. It is increasingly becoming a means of mobilizing collective action and a platform for artists to express their solidarity in times of crisis. It serves as a means of supporting national economic growth while positioning national brands in the global marketplace. Finally, fashion diplomacy can create opportunities for historic breakthroughs and a sea change in the cultural status quo. Prepare for Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv, I was curious how one of the fastest growing events on the industry circuit would address the world’s pressing diplomatic concerns. Turns out fashion diplomacy isn’t just alive, it’s thriving!

Solidarity with Ukraine

From Balenciaga dedicating its fall-winter fashion show to Ukraine to Vogue Poland publishing its April issue with a focus on Ukrainian design talent, the tragedy unfolding in the Eastern European country has united the creative industries in their supportive response. In Tel Aviv, designers Tovale and Naama Chasin placed Ukrainian flags on all front row seats and had models sing ukrainian songs on the track. A poignant moment was made all the more poignant as this collection spotlighted Chasin’s Lifetime Achievement Award for creative longevity in fashion.

An Israeli-Ukrainian brand Para Ruk Featured handmade accessories, scarves and bags in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Most artisans managed to make their last-minute deliveries just as supply lines were under fire across the country. A collection of t-shirts We Ukraine designed by Ukrainian artists was sold in a showroom curated by fashion producer Roza Sinaysky. “Many Jews have a long history of family ties to Ukraine. The Ukrainian-Israeli diaspora is strong here, so we had to give this issue all the attention it needs and deserves,” said Motty Reif, founder of Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv. Purchasing an item made me reflect on the recent passing of Madeleine Albright and the late secretary’s legacy of fashion diplomacy. A collection of jewelry that accompanied her on her official state trips has become an exhibit Read my pins celebrating the soft power of intention. Gestures, big and small, matter in a time like this.

Pride of national product

Meanwhile, Jewish and Israeli designers have continually made the fashion media headlines for creative concepts and pioneering business practices in cruelty-free design, faith-based styling as well as NFTs and fashion technology. Oh, and for dress beyonce! After one of the shows, I asked Michal Herzog, the First Lady of Israel, what role fashion plays in Israel’s cultural diplomacy. “Israeli fashion has always been one of our biggest ambassadors around the world. I grew up a big fan of Maskit led by the late Ruth Dayane and the incredible Gottex swimwear. They brought the Made in Israel label to all major department stores around the world. Young designers take the lead and make us proud.

New talents include Aharon Genich who stood out for his fascinating vision of gender (non)conformity. Her collection featured identical items based on the strict Haredi dress code of her childhood. The garments were then personalized with unique digitally printed landscape elements highlighting the blurred boundaries between feminine and masculine.

YANKY & NATAF is a brand of the creative couple Yanki Golian and Nataf Hirschberg Golian. Their collection was one of the most fun of the week to see and imagine wearing. Inspired by the 1980s and 2030s, they infused their time travel nostalgia with a touch of metaverse hype. Israel’s main design institutions such as Shenkarthe Bezalel Academy and the Holon Institute of Technology focus on the development of new textiles alongside traditional fashion education. It’s no surprise that their alumni are some of the most innovative designers working today.

Young seamstress Alon Livne started her way into fashion by cutting and sewing up her grandmother’s old tablecloths. He now works with 3D printed leather designs and laser cut couture textiles to create contemporary fashion sculptures admired by Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Naomi Campbell. Blending a proud heritage with a forward-looking vision is a signature blend that makes Israeli style appealing to global audiences. “I love contemporary designs that incorporate traditional patterns and embellishments into modern pieces. Our designers come up with bold modern designs with a taste of the Middle East. Internationally, it’s an attractive combination with an interesting twist” , noted First Lady Michal Herzog.

make history

The most powerful fashion diplomacy statement of the week was the most ambitious yet. A year ago, fashion magazines The Official Arabia and Laisha exchanged goodwill gestures by putting the first Israeli model and the first Arab model on their respective covers. “But will it last?” I asked questions in my report about this incredible moment. Fast forward to spring 2022 and the Emirati luxury designer Mona al-Mansouri made history by becoming the first Arab designer to exhibit in Israel! The meticulously crafted collection of gorgeous gowns would have impressed even the most discerning high fashion audience in the world. Dr. Mona (as she is known to a million Instagram fans) is based in Abu Dhabi. An engineer with a successful career in the oil industry, she was inspired to pursue fashion by the late Gianni Versace. “I was very sad when he was murdered because I considered him a part of me. His work was differentinnovative, stimulating.

israeli singer Miri Mesika opened the show. A trainer on The Voice of Israel and a judge on the Israeli version of american idol, his presence added pop gravitas to an already powerful moment. By the time Dr. Mona came out for the required bow, the entire audience was on their feet for a standing ovation. A song of Arik Einstein played with Hebrew lyrics: “You and I are going to change the world together. Many were moved to tears. Dr. Mona has also been encouraged by the support of her Emirati, Saudi and Qatari clients. Motty Reif, Founder of Kornit Fashion Week, said, “It was a dream come true to finally host an Arab designer’s first show in Tel Aviv! Dr. Mona has always understood this was bigger than politics. It was a matter of peace, and she was very brave to be the first to take that step.

Following the cooperation mandate of the 2020 Abrahamic Accords by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, fashion is becoming one of the most eloquent voices for lasting peace in the region. “As a luxury brand, I compete with the biggest fashion houses not only in the Middle East, but globally. Tel Aviv exceeded my experience of fashion events in France, Italy, Spain. From the creativity of the designers to the professionalism in staging, lighting, organization, it was beyond imagination,” Dr. Mona remarked.

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Julia Haart calls Silvio’s allegations ‘ridiculous’

Ex-husband Silvio Scaglia delivers ‘ridiculous’, serious and legal allegations against My Unorthodox Life star Julia Haart.

Julia Haart, the star of the hit Netflix series My Unorthodox Liferecently responded to “ridiculous” allegations from her ex-husband and former business partner, Silvio Scaglia. Scaglia’s harsh accusations follow a dramatic downfall in the couple’s relationship; Haart filed for divorce and issued a restraining order against Scaglia in February, ending the couple’s marriage and two-year partnership at Talent Media, the Elite World Group.

Haart and Scaglia met in 2015 when footwear brand Haart collaborated with La Perla, owned by Scaglia, a Swiss media and technology entrepreneur. Haart and Scaglia became friends during the collaboration and grew closer over the years until they began dating in 2019. That same year, Scaglia named Haart co-owner and CEO of Elite World Group, a modeling and talent agency. which he acquired in 2011. The relationship between Haart and Scaglia seemed strong and supportive throughout Season 1 of My Unorthodox Life, but only two years after their wedding, their marriage came to a fiery end. Scaglia fired Haart from his role at Elite World Group.


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As reported by HEY, Scaglia accuses Haart of using Elite World Group funds for personal purchases. Along with serious allegations of business fraud, Scaglia expresses personal contempt for his ex-wife, calling Haart a “fake” and “hard to work.” Haart responds to Scaglia’s accusations, responding, “What I can say is that these are really ridiculous allegations. I’ve never taken a penny that isn’t mine, and the beauty of knowing the truth is that you know the truth, and for me, it’s just another battle that I have to face to fight for my freedom.” She keeps, “Obviously I can’t go into details, all I can say is that I have prevailed so far. I will keep fighting until I win, and I I hope there is a purpose in all this suffering. I hope that I will become stronger and more independent, and I realize that I don’t need men. It would be nice, to achieve this realization. I I’m not there yet, I have to get there.”

Julia Haart in a confessional for My Unorthodox Life

Before the success of her career, her marriage to Scaglia and her starring in My Unorthodox Life, Haart lived a very different life. As a young child, Haart moved with her family to the United States from communist Russia. They found a home in Austin, Texas, and joined the traditional Orthodox Jewish community. Haart lived her life according to the values ​​of the Orthodox Jewish religion until 2013, when she decided to leave the community she had known all her life and pursue her own life. Regardless of her community’s conservative values ​​and alleged discrimination against women, Haart built a life as a fashion designer, entrepreneur and eventual CEO of Elite World Group.

Serious allegations with potential legal ramifications from an ex-husband coupled with a tumultuous, high-profile divorce are a lot for a woman to deal with, but as Haart has proven so far, she’s not backing down. adversity. With Season 2 of My Unorthodox Life on the horizon, Haart continues to speak out, stand up for what she believes in, and approach every situation with her confident glamour.

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“What if Africa was the cradle of fashion?”

Last spring, when much-loved designer Alber Elbaz died suddenly of Covid just after launching a brand called AZ Factory, the fashion world first cried and then wondered what would become of his new company, backed by luxury conglomerate Richemont. How could this go on without him?

One answer came earlier this year: Hire a series of “amigo” designers to carry on the spirit of experimentation and self-care that has defined AZ Factory, expressing that spirit however they see fit: in clothes, but also in the objects, in the installations, whatever that may be. And the first would be Thebe Magugu, the 28-year-old South African designer, founder of an eponymous label and winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for the next generation.

This month, Mr. Magugu unveiled his collection for AZ Factory, which will sell out in two drops in June and September. Here, he reveals how it happened and what it meant to take on the role of Mr. Elbaz.

How did your collaboration with AZ Factory come about? Did you know Alber?

I never met him, but when we had satellite TV, I used to see his fashion shows. Then last year I got an email from Alex Koo, Alber’s partner, saying he and the AZ Factory crew were planning this tribute show, “Love Brings Love,” and that they had invited around 44 brands to pay tribute to Alber. He asked me to participate, and I said, of course.

It was such a beautiful sight, seeing the interpretation of each of Alber’s looks over the years. Two or three months passed, and I got another A-Z email telling me about their strategy for the future, that the company would be bringing in creatives from fashion, photography, etc. , to work with the brand, and I really wanted to do it. I wanted to tease the connection between me and Alber, especially the fact that we’re both from the continent: he from Morocco and I from South Africa.

This was the starting point of the collection. And then the question I asked was: What if Africa was the cradle of fashion?

What if?

Well, first and foremost, fashion values ​​in the northern hemisphere have to do with storytelling – this idea of ​​multiple hands working and knowledge that can be passed down from generation to generation. And these are really the same values ​​that we have in Africa for African craftsmanship.

So how did you connect these two?

I started researching a lot of silhouettes and merging them with my own. Prior to his death, Alber had worked on prints with an Algerian engraver named Chafik Cheriet. Many of them were animal prints, but quite abstract, and I was immediately drawn to them. It’s almost as if this collection is completing a collection that never existed. One of my favorites is this red burst meerkat.

Alber also worked with body-friendly knits, so I took that and made a pure white dress with those bell sleeves that reminded me of a bride, which in my language, Zulu, we call a makoti . It pays homage to this, but there is a cutout on the chest that has our stainless steel brotherhood emblem above. And then this little bag refers to the African geles, the hats, which I explored.

You also included the look you did for the show “Love Brings Love”, right, which is now part of the exhibition at the Palais Galliera?

Yes, we felt it was important to reintroduce this look and make it accessible to people because it was originally unique and is now in a museum. It was a reference to Alber’s Guy Laroche period, a two-piece skirt and shirt, but in dip-dye. We had a running joke in the studio that it looked like he ran into a giant squid.

We also did a lot of trompe l’oeil, like the skirt that looks pleated but is just a flat piece of fabric printed with the grooves and indentations of a pleat. Even the belt is fake.

Sounds like a collaboration to me, though. What makes it different?

The word collaboration, especially now, implies power dynamics. But here, there was no imposed writ. And what makes it quite special is that I was able to leave the project with a lot of resources, especially technical ones. Often the AZ design studio would do things that I technically didn’t know how to do. And they gave me contacts with some suppliers and manufacturers. It’s more like an incubator in a way.

What else did you learn from the experience?

I was really struck by Alber’s sense of kindness and duty to others. It’s not that common in fashion. Somewhere in our history, the idea of ​​kindness began to be associated with weakness or indecisiveness. But people like Alber, and like Virgil Abloh and a few others I’ve interacted with, operate from that inherent sense of kindness, even to the heights they reach. They still retain that soul and that humanity. Kindness, I think, will get you pretty far. I deeply believe in karma. What you emit will come back.

Does it make you want to tackle a bigger brand?

I think what I build with my brand is quite special and has ramifications beyond me as an individual. I really love what I do and what I create. But I will say that I am an insomniac. I do not sleep. So I could make a mark during the day and one at night. I could do anything.

This originally aired as part of The New York Times’ On the Runway series on Instagram Live. It has been edited and condensed.

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GLAZED STUDIO by Glazed NYC is the full-service atelier to breathe new life into your wardrobe and create pieces you’ll love for a lifetime. It will launch on April 30, 2022 with a pop-up at Cafe Erzulie in Brooklyn. Our services will include garment reconstruction, enamel customization exclusively using our in-house dead stock fabrics and patterns, pattern + sample making, and alterations. You will be part of a dynamic and creative environment working on all aspects of the product life cycle, from concept to final development. You will work directly with our clients and our production team to bring dream wardrobes to life in the form of stunning, one-of-a-kind garments.

• Meet and consult with our customers to create unique garments and accessories, effectively communicating design details, pricing and delivery times
• Liaise directly with our production team to communicate effectively and place each custom order
• Order Fulfillment: place orders with production and ship orders to customers as needed
• Maintain studio space before/after each appointment

• Knowledge of garment construction including pattern making, sewing and draping
• Sewing skills: intermediate/advanced skills preferred
• Understanding of models
• Knowledge of pattern drawing
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat) must be able to create flat sketches
• Creative and knowledgeable about fashion; understanding of the link between history + current trends
• Hardworking, motivated, reliable and concerned about the quality of work and meeting deadlines
• Good listener, friendly, fun, positive

Schedule – To be discussed

Glazed NYC is a multidisciplinary studio that explores black history in fashion, film and music while using design as a vehicle for storytelling and community building.

Our ideal candidate is available part-time and available for immediate hire. Please send your resume and portfolio with the subject line “Glazed Studio Fashion Designer” to [email protected].

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Meet designer and architect Felicia Toh, recipient of the DesignSingapore Council’s Good Design Research initiative

Between Two Worlds was a spatial sculpture that brought together the multiple facets of Singapore’s cobblestone reality in one busy passage; exterior mirrors reflect and dissolve into its glitzy surroundings, while an interior passageway inscribed with shadowed lines from the sonnet whispers alternate narratives.

We undertake community impact projects every year, and we are currently collaborating with Agency, a design think tank, to reimagine worker dorms and improve their living conditions.

We built a dormitory prototype with the Agency team. This project is spearheaded by Dormitory Association Singapore Limited and the Ministry of Manpower, and is a meaningful co-creation process that we hope will improve the lives of guest workers in Singapore in the near future.


We are fascinated by the idea of ​​creating an immersive world from the moment you enter a space, similar to Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Design has the power to evoke sensations and create immersive experiences, and our favorite projects are those that allow us to design details from space to graphics so we can tell these stories in new ways.


I started NOST in 2019 after traveling to India and meeting families of artisans who create beautiful, heritage textiles in the heart of their homes – families of weavers, block printers and master hand dyeers. indigo. As a designer based in Singapore, it was a dream to be able to partner with them to create something new while using completely traditional techniques.

NOST comes from “nostalgia”, which in its root etymology means “the desire for a home”. The idea was to celebrate the feeling of being at home wherever you are, producing quality and comfortable pieces that are handcrafted from the artisans’ homes to yours.

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Pip Edwards leads celebrity arrivals at a TAG Heuer event in Melbourne

Pip Edwards stepped out in style when she attended a TAG Heuer event in Melbourne on Thursday.

The 41-year-old fashion designer showed off her amazing physique in a black cutout crop top.

She also wore a pair of high-waisted black tapered pants with feather ruffles along the hem of each leg.

All dressed up: Pip Edwards (left) stepped out in style when she attended a TAG Heuer event in Melbourne on Thursday Pictured with Sarah Lew (right)

Pip completed her daring ensemble with a pair of sky-high black stilettos and accessorized with a pair of gold hoop earrings.

The PE Nation co-founder kept warm in a black blazer and carried a small turquoise handbag.

Her bobbed blonde hair was styled back in a bun and she wore smoky eye makeup.

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Ab fab: The 41-year-old fashion designer showed off her incredible physique in a cut-out black crop top

Ruffled feathers: She also wore a pair of high-waisted black tapered pants with feather ruffles along the hem of each leg

Standing tall: Pip completed her daring ensemble with a pair of sky-high black stilettos and accessorized with a pair of gold hoop earrings

Ruffled feathers: She also wore a pair of high-waisted black tapered pants with feather ruffles along the hem of each leg

Pip shared a photo of herself fully dressed in her hotel room ahead of the event on Instagram Stories on Thursday.

“Quickest change I’ve ever made,” she captioned the post, adding a green check mark emoji.

She also shared a series of photos from inside the event on her main Instagram page on Thursday, captioning them: “TAG TEAM.”

Covered: The PE Nation co-founder kept warm in a black blazer and carried a small turquoise handbag

Covered: The PE Nation co-founder kept warm in a black blazer and carried a small turquoise handbag

Ready to go: Pip shared a photo of herself fully dressed in her hotel room before the event on Instagram Stories on Thursday

Ready to go: Pip shared a photo of herself fully dressed in her hotel room before the event on Instagram Stories on Thursday

Pip has tangled up with his good friend Sarah Lew, who is the ex-daughter-in-law of billionaire retail tycoon Solomon Lew.

Sharing a series of photos of them together at the event, Sydney-based Pip said she loved being back in Melbourne.

“It took me over a year to come back to Melbourne and I missed it,” she wrote on Instagram on Friday.

Friends in high places: Pip has mingled with his good friend Sarah, who is the ex-daughter-in-law of billionaire retail tycoon Solomon Lew

Friends in high places: Pip has mingled with his good friend Sarah, who is the ex-daughter-in-law of billionaire retail tycoon Solomon Lew

Back in town: Sharing a series of photos of them together at the event, Sydney-based Pip said she loved being back in Melbourne

Back in town: Sharing a series of photos of them together at the event, Sydney-based Pip said she loved being back in Melbourne

“To finally see this beauty @miss_sarahlew and revel in @societyrestaurant’s exquisite new dining experience was well worth the wait.”

Also at the star-studded event was Bambi Northwood-Blyth, who looked stunning in a long red dress with cutouts on her chest.

The 30-year-old model accessorized a TAG Heuer watch and frosted diamond earrings, and she wore a pop of red lipstick.

Red hot: Bambi Northwood-Blyth was also present at the star-studded event, who looked stunning in a long red dress with cutouts on her chest

Red hot: Bambi Northwood-Blyth was also present at the star-studded event, who looked stunning in a long red dress with cutouts on her chest

Just flipping: Tahnee Atkinson was also on hand, showing off her toned abs in a long black skirt with a blue leaf pattern and matching black crop top

Just flipping: Tahnee Atkinson was also on hand, showing off her toned abs in a long black skirt with a blue leaf pattern and matching black crop top

Tahnee Atkinson was also there, showing off her toned abs in a long black skirt with a blue leaf pattern and matching black crop top.

The 30-year-old model wore her long brown hair parted in the middle and styled in a high ponytail, and opted for bronzed makeup.

Meanwhile, Montana Cox stepped out in a pair of high-waisted black pants, which she paired with a black long-sleeved crop top.

Cut out: Montana Cox stepped out in a pair of high-waisted black pants, which she paired with a black long-sleeved crop top

Cut out: Montana Cox stepped out in a pair of high-waisted black pants, which she paired with a black long-sleeved crop top

Working out: The 28-year-old model posed for photos alongside Bambi and Tahnee as they promoted TAG Heuer's latest <a class=collection” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

Working out: The 28-year-old model posed for photos alongside Bambi and Tahnee as they promoted TAG Heuer’s latest collection

The 28-year-old model posed for photos alongside Bambi and Tahnee as they promoted TAG Heuer’s latest collection.

Renee Bargh, who stepped out in a long white skirt with cutouts along the waist, also stepped out for the launch.

The 36-year-old TV host also wore a barely there white top with ties, while her long blonde hair was styled in loose waves.

White-out: Renee Bargh also stepped out for the launch, who stepped out in a long white skirt with cutouts along the waist

White-out: Renee Bargh also stepped out for the launch, who stepped out in a long white skirt with cutouts along the waist

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Unsung Heroes #233 | 06880

Staples Players’ first-ever production of “The Descendants” thrilled audiences with energetic hip hop dancing and fantastic sets.

Also earn kudos: stunning costumes.

Although often overlooked, The Players costume team works long hours during and after rehearsals – often right up to opening night – to ensure the actors look their best.

Some costumes are taken from stock, or ordered and embellished. But one in “Descendants” is very special.

The coronation dress for Maleficent’s daughter, Mal, was designed and crafted from the ground up by senior Eliza Bowens.

Eliza Bowens, in her studio.

His path to designer stardom began in 7th grade, at the New England Fashion and Design Association. Over the years she has designed clothes for herself and her friends.

As a Players actress, she performed on stage in “Legally Blonde” and “Back to the 80s.” But Eliza’s true love is “The Costume Shoppe”. There she lent her excellent eye and skill to help create looks for characters on shows like “Mamma Mia!”, “Seussical” and “Grease.”

When costume designer Christie Stanger was gathering ideas for “Descendants,” she knew Mal’s dress for the big coronation scene had to be extra special. She also knew that Eliza could do it.

The young designer has rewarded the confidence that Christie and directors David Roth and Kerry Long have shown in her.

She submitted 3 drawings. When one was chosen, Eliza created a pattern, constructed a chiffon dress, chose a fabric, and sewed the dress herself.

It took a month. With a few minor tweaks, he was ready for Mal (Quinn Mulvey).

Quinn Mulvey as Mal in a dress designed and made by Staples senior Eliza Bowens. Sebastian Gikas as Prince Ben wears a suit embellished by student designers Rosie Kauppinen and Alexis Mahon. (Photo/Kerry Long)

Eliza didn’t stop there. Using scraps of fabric, she covered shoes to complete the look.

This fall, Eliza is heading to Polimoda in Florence, Italy. She will continue her studies of fashion design there.

Two examples of Eliza Bowens’ creations.

Kerry Long says Eliza’s stunning design “reflects Mal’s funky side, but also her mellowness in Auradon.” She grows throughout the show, falling in love and learning to care for others, but also staying true to herself. The dress reflects both the “edgy” and the “sweet”.

She and her fellow Costume Shoppe artists are never in the spotlight. At the final curtain, the actors point to the pit orchestra and the lights (the stage crew), for well-deserved applause. Who thanks the customers?

“06880”, for one. Congratulations and thank you, Eliza and your fellow designers and tailors. We are “sew” grateful for all your work!

(“The Descendants” will be played again this weekend: Friday April 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday April 9 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information. To nominate an unsung hero, email [email protected])

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St. George fashion designer overcomes adversity and finds success with her handmade designs – St George News

ST. GEORGE-A local fashion designer whose designs have been featured in fashion shows, magazines, music conferences and even New York’s Time Square, talks about overcoming adversity and finding her own success amid chaos.

Marie Nohr works on her fashion designs, Date and location not specified | Photo by Heather Waegner, courtesy of Marie Nohr, St. George News

Marie Nohr, whose fashion design experience spans more than 15 years, told St. George News she’s faced several challenges since making the decision to start a business to herself.

“I was in survival mode for many years, but I’m grateful that my family, friends and longtime supporters of my fashion designs never let me down,” Nohr said. “I’m grateful that I never gave up on myself.”

Nohr said she moved to Washington County eight years ago as an independent parent to be closer to her family during a divorce. Shortly after the move, her son was diagnosed with autism.

At that time, she had to navigate several part-time jobs that would allow her to take her son, who was not eligible for daycare, to his multiple therapy appointments in addition to school obligations. She said amid the disarray, she began to endure health issues and even experienced blackouts while driving.

Nohr told St. George News that as a teenager, her original dream was to get her degree in fashion design, have a paid job designing, get married, have kids, and go to school. continue his life as a designer. She said when she had to start over with herself and her son, that future seemed out of reach.

“No, it didn’t happen overnight and there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that I put into and will continue to put into my dream life,” Nor said. “I’m grateful to be able to show my son that strength isn’t perfect.”

Drawings by Marie Nohr hang from a clothes rack, March 30, 2022, Ivins, Utah |  Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News
Drawings by Marie Nohr hang from a clothes rack, March 30, 2022, Ivins, Utah | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

Nohr said she originally started her own fashion design business as a side job to her full-time designer jobs in California. She has worked for several fashion companies, doing everything from design to technical design. She has been featured in several fashion magazines in New York and Los Angeles and has worked for major brands such as Rue 21.

Nohr said when the pandemic hit, most of the part-time jobs she was working at the time quickly disappeared. That’s when she decided to start making her own fashion face masks on Etsy and was shocked at how quickly the business took off.

“I started my own business because I wanted to be able to create my own form templates from start to finish,” Nohr said. “I make my own patterns, my own creations, my own cuts. What I love most about my business is that I’m the artist. I design clothes and bring art back into fashion.

When she first introduced Marie Nohr’s designs to Washinton County, she specialized in custom maternity designs, including dresses and shirts for nursing mothers under the fashion label “MaLux “. She’s since expanded her available designs to include everything from shirts, dresses, skirts and more under the transitional new label “Marie Nohr Designs.”

Nohr pointed out the amount of material waste she has seen throughout her design career. She said that as designs are cut out of fabrics and materials, especially in mass production, any scraps are discarded. She didn’t want her business to add to the growing problem of designer waste. That’s why she chose to use leftover fabrics to design scrunchies, headbands, gainers and more.

Nohr also said the fabrics and designs in its product line are unique and limited in quantity. She said she has what she calls a “dealer” in Los Angeles, who sends her pictures of all the fabrics he receives and that once she cuts them for the designs, she is unable to get more. She added that while she was doing it identifies herself as a seamstress, she is also a designer, which means that she does not do alterations on other people’s products. She provides custom modifications to her own designs.

To see Marie Nohr’s creations available for purchase, visit her Etsy Shop or come and see her at Tuacahn Saturday Market.

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Kenyan-born fashion designer finds inspiration at home

Silk. Sequins. Satin.

If it’s a type of fabric, bet Victoria Kageni-Woodard has it.

The York County-based freelance fashion designer has loads of colorful patterned textiles she uses to create the clothes of her wildest dreams.

Kageni-Woodard, born in Kenya, has always felt a passion for sewing and design. With the encouragement of her parents, Kageni-Woodard moved to the United States in 1991 and honed her skills at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

“It’s just fascinating to see that my life has continued to be this creative thing that’s constantly evolving,” Kageni-Woodard said.

In 2016, Gusa By Victoria was founded. Now Kageni-Woodard works with clients across the country to create bespoke shirts, dresses and wedding dresses.

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Additionally, she has pre-made pieces available to purchase from her collection online at

Although it heavily depends on what she’s currently working on, Kageni-Woodard said she can finish an item of clothing like a shirt in just a few hours. A wedding dress, on the other hand, can take several months.

Her muses and inspiration are primarily the women who live in her community, especially women in the workforce.

“Now that I call York home, that’s where I find inspiration among the people I live with,” Kageni-Woodard said.

Victoria Kageni-Woodard at her studio Gusa By Victoria, 7 E. Market St. Tina Locurto photo.

Her influence goes beyond fashion — and she wants everyone to know that her story and talents don’t stop at the sewing machine.

Kageni-Woodard organized two Gusa culinary excursions to Central Market York, during which she had the opportunity to cook traditional Kenyan dishes for the community.

The Gusa World Music Festival, meanwhile, has been bringing the community together through a variety of instruments and songs for four years now.

Victoria Kageni-Woodard at her studio Gusa By Victoria, 7 E. Market St. Tina Locurto photo.

“I always seem to want to surround myself with good things and creativity has gotten me this far,” Kageni-Woodard said.

That sentiment couldn’t be truer for Kageni-Woodard – in the form of a new idea that blossomed in his most recent project.

A subscription box, called the “story box”, will focus on female empowerment by introducing customers to various influential women from different parts of the world.

Victoria Kageni-Woodard decorated her studio according to her personality.  She also has several finished pieces on display.  Photo by Tina Locurto.

The box will contain a set of five garments meant to be worn throughout the workweek – made from African print embellishments that help illustrate the story of a specific community leader.

The box will also contain documentation and educational tools, as well as jewelry to match each item of clothing.

“This subscription box is meant to inspire and encourage women to celebrate our differences, no matter where in the world they come from,” Kageni-Woodard said. “Always ideas, ideas and more ideas.”

Editor’s note: York Against The Grain is a monthly series from The York Dispatch. Our goal is to highlight the county’s unique small business owners who deserve some recognition for the work they do. Would you like to nominate a company? Contact Tina Locurto at [email protected] or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.

A subscription box, called the "story box" will focus on female empowerment by introducing customers to various influential women from different parts of the world.  Photo courtesy of Victoria Kageni-Woodard.
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