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VOTE: Franco-Filipino fashion designer Anthony Alvarez reaches the semi-finals of the LVMH Prize

Lifestyle Inquirer December cover star Anthony Alvarez and his brand BLUEMARBLE are up for fashion’s highest honours: the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers

As a semi-finalist, Alvarez is one of 20 emerging talents chosen to present their creations at the showroom at LVMH’s Paris headquarters. In this stage of the award, around 70 international experts determine who will reach the final.

A online voting, open to the public, is also used to determine the finalists. This year, voting is open until tomorrow Wednesday, March 9.

After the announcement of the finalists, a jury of the most important names in fashion then chooses the final winner. At previous awards, the jury included the legend, Karl Lagerfeld. For the 2021 prize, the jury was made up of designers like the late Virgil Abloh, Jonathan Andersen, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Kim Jones and Stella McCartney. They were joined by Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton Delphine Arnault, adviser to Bernard Arnault and Director of Patronage at LVMH Jean-Paul Claverie, and Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group Sidney Toledano.

If Alvarez wins, he will receive a one-year mentorship and endowment from LVMH. This support adapted to the vision of their brand is offered through a rich pool of resources via teams of LVMH mentors in fields as varied as sustainable development and the legal aspects of the company. He will also be the first mixed Filipino designer to receive this honor.

Since 2013, the LVMH Prize has launched the careers of today’s trendiest names such as Marinne Serre, Jacquemus, Marques’ Almeida and Hood by Air.

BLUE MARBLE is a menswear brand founded in 2019. In Alvarez’s designs, you glean his curiosity for world cultures. It explains how our differences as people are all interconnected. He fuses different influences like streetwear, skate culture and travel in his designs. Last year, Alvarez paid homage to Siargao for its Spring/Summer collection.

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Stella McCartney nods to Ukraine crisis with Lennon’s anti-war song at winter show

PARIS, March 7 (Reuters) – In a nod to the war in Ukraine, Stella McCartney closed her eponymous label’s winter fashion show to the music of John Lennon’s anti-war ballad “Give Peace a Chance.” .

Models curled up in glass-encased hallways atop the Center Pompidou, parading in elegant bohemian-flavored dresses with pockets and slit balloon sleeves as rhythmic music played, with sweeping views of Paris in the backdrop.

“I believe very strongly in peace and love and obviously using John’s song, who was my dad’s best friend…it just shows for me, it’s a personal song that reflects the thoughts of the world whole, I hope, right now,” McCartney told reporters after the show, referring to her father, Paul McCartney.

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Some fashion designers have spoken publicly about their struggle to find the right tone for their shows and make the decision to go ahead with Paris Fashion Week events as the world focuses on the Ukraine crisis.

The French capital is hosting the latest series of industry fairs which have also taken place in New York, London and Milan, and end on March 8.

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In Paris, Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia spoke about his experience as a refugee from Georgia and presented guests with Ukrainian flag t-shirts, while Isabel Marant bowed for her brand’s runway show with a blue and yellow top. nL2N2V90CN

“Obviously I’m anti-war… My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine tremendously and it’s heartbreaking, it’s a traumatic experience to go through, so one can only imagine what these poor people are going through,” said McCartney.

His brand is part of the luxury group LVMH (LVMH.PA), which, along with Hermès, Kering, owner of Gucci, and Chanel, announced on Friday a suspension of its operations in Russia.

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As Ukraine-Russia war escalates, designers seek safety and resolution – WWD

Faced with the onset of war and a large-scale invasion by Russia, Ukrainian designers and other fashion executives offered a stark view of their experience on Thursday.

In retaliation for the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the US administration, 27 members of the European Union, Australia and other countries announced plans Thursday afternoon to hamper the Russian economy.

President Joe Biden has revealed new sanctions against Russia. Addressing how Putin’s military efforts threaten freedom everywhere, Biden said, “Aggression cannot go unaddressed, if it did, the consequences for America would be far worse. America stands up to bullies. We stand up to bullies. We defend freedom. It’s who we are.

As Russian tanks continue to roll into Ukraine and bombs are dropped in various cities, traffic has intensified in Kyiv, with many residents seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

As more US military troops were deployed to Germany in response to the invasion of Ukraine, major retailers like H&M and Adidas were watching the situation closely. H&M has closed its nine stores in Ukraine until further notice, according to a company spokesperson.

Traffic jams are seen as people leave the city of Kiev, Ukraine, February 24, 2022.
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Some fashion designers based in the capital Kiev, such as Alina Kachorovska, had taken refuge in underground metro stations to avoid airstrikes. Other designers, like Ivan Frolov, the creative force behind the Frolov label, had evacuated Kyiv en route to Poland. But that didn’t happen due to mandates put in place Thursday night that prevent Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country. Only women and children are currently allowed there.

Jen Sidary, a global fashion brand strategist who is showcasing six Ukrainian brands in New York this week, said she has been in “constant contact” with Frolov and other designers since the airstrikes began. Besides Kachorovska and Frolov, Elena Burenina, Chereshnivska, Paskal and 91 Lab are the brands that Sidary works with.

Burenina and her team were sheltering in place in Kiev. Frolov, her boyfriend and a few friends had packed their bags and were driving on back roads to avoid major cities in an attempt to get to Poland. “There is some pretty horrific coverage right now that the Kremlin will target members of the LGBQT community. Hopefully Ivan will reach the border at 2:30 am Kyiv time. I text him every hour,” Sidary said.

However, this hope has disappeared, due to the new mandates.

Ivan Frolov evacuated Kiev on Thursday en route to Poland.

Ivan Frolov evacuated Kiev on Thursday en route to Poland, but new warrants prevented that from happening.

Eponymous shoe designer Alina Kachorovska, whose grandmother started making shoes in Ukraine in 1957, had just returned to the land of Lineapelle in Milan. “She was very happy about it because she has three children,” Sidary said. “At 4am EST, Alina was in her design studio right after the bombing. These Ukrainians can’t stop working. I’m in awe.

Noting that Kachorovska’s design studio is not located in a secure building, Sidary said she moved to take shelter but “stays strong with her family.” Acknowledging reports that Putin plans to repeatedly hit Kiev and overtake the capital, Sidary said, “I think we have to be prepared for what is to come.

In an email Thursday afternoon, Public Kitchen founder Anastasia Ivchenko said she and her business partner Eugenia Skibina and most of their team members remain in Kyiv. The PR company works with Ukrainian fashion brands such as Ienki Ienki, Katimo, Anna October, Jul and Oberig. Some Public Kitchen employees have decided to relocate to the west of the country for security reasons. When military sirens signal potential airstrikes in Kyiv, public kitchen workers go to the nearest underground bomb shelters, Ivchenko said.

Awakened at 5 a.m. by the sound of explosions, Ivchenko said it was very difficult to speak of any calm. “Ukraine is the geographical center of Europe, a country with an extremely rich history and culture with a surprisingly strong spirit and a creative economy that breaks all the patterns of ideas about Eastern Europe”, she said. “The war in eastern Ukraine has been going on for eight years, but today Russia attacked us on a large scale, including in Kiev, where our team, most of our customers and our friends live.”

As recently as Wednesday, despite the threat of military action at the time, Ienki Ienki employees were eager to discuss how the brand had spent six months designing parkas for scientists at the research base Vernadsky working at the National Antarctic Science Center of Ukraine. Ienki Ienki presented his collection in Milan on Wednesday as planned.

Anastasia Ivchenko and Eugenia Skibina plan to stay in Kyiv.

Anastasia Ivchenko and Eugenia Skibina plan to stay in Kyiv.

Skibina said they are keeping “cool heads and fiery hearts” and staying in touch with family and friends as a show of support. “We support each other. That’s all we can do now. We don’t give up and we do what we have to do – we tell the world about Ukraine, all its diversity of talent, its rich culture and its amazing people. she says. “There are many of us here. And we need the support of the world, while our country is on the front line.

After being in touch with her family in Kyiv on Thursday, Ukrainian-born fashion designer Nataliya Ivantsova, who runs her iconic Miami company, said they were hiding bombs in underground subway stations and old buildings, including those that had been used as shelter. during the Second World War. Noting how the airstrikes were happening from east to west in Ukraine, Ivantsova said Ukraine “can be attacked from all sides from land, sea and air.”

Some of his relatives, who live in Kharkiv, suffered an explosion right next to their house, forcing them “to take the children and flee to nowhere”. Located in the northeast of Ukraine, the city has more than 1.4 million inhabitants. They also say that Kharkiv is “so blocked that it is difficult for them to even get out of the city”, she said.

Having heard from friends in Ukraine who are actively involved in charity, Ivantsova tries to figure out how to get Ukrainian residents what they need through other friends, who work in diplomatic relations. “I was told today that even the hot water was not working. We have to figure out how things can be shipped to Ukraine because now they say a lot of airports [there] will be bombarded. Some of them have already been bombed,” she said. “We just need to figure out what we can do.”

Although the designer does some manufacturing in Kyiv, now is not the time to think about changing operations there in any way, she said. Many stocks are available in the United States and the company uses other factories, including one in Mongolia, so as not to be dependent on any factory.

“My family is fine but you don’t know what might happen next,” Ivantsova said. “The whole country could easily be on fire.”

As of Wednesday, the founders of the Gunia project, Natalia Kamenska and Maria Gavrilyuk, planned to stay in Kiev. A spokeswoman for them said on Thursday that communication in Kyiv is periodically lost due to airstrikes. She said Kamenska and Gavrilyuk would comment on Friday, adding that “today is so emotional and now the main thing for us is to survive the night.”

Sidary was among more than 100 people who attended a rally in Times Square on Thursday to protest the war in Ukraine. “After that, everyone headed to the Russian consulate,” she said. “We came back to the showroom. We still have retailers placing orders.

Recalling a call with Burenina on Thursday, Sidary said she advised the company’s employees were all safe. “She wanted to tell me that if I take orders for her brand, she will produce them and make sure retailers get their orders. It’s amazing how hard these people work. That wasn’t really why I called them.

Noting how Russia clearly wants to overtake Ukraine and harm the country’s economy, as evidenced by frozen assets and banks, Sidary said she has brands trying – so far without success – to send money to Ukrainians to donate. “They can’t even access their money,” Sidary said. “I think supporting Ukraine in every way possible is what we should be doing.”

Across the Ukrainian border in Russia, a spokesperson for the fashion-oriented department store Tsum said on Thursday that “so far nothing has changed in terms of business operations” at its Moscow and St. -Petersburg. The company also has multiple pick-up points in six cities across Russia as well as in Belarus, which also borders Ukraine. Personally, the spokesperson said: “This is a very worrying situation. We are all surprised. We watch, of course, all the meetings and check all the situations. People don’t agree. Of course, it’s not our decision. We want to live in peace and live in love.

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The MN brand unveils its first runway collection at New York Fashion Week

Designer Andre Sackman says Love Disorder is about loving your disorders and learning to live with them.

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Minnesota fashion designer Andre Sackman says his brand, Love Disorder, is about “loving your troubles and learning to live with them” and, obviously, some big names in the industry fashion designers love the message behind the brand.

First, about eight months ago, the Mall of America welcomed Love Disorder to its new Community Commons space intended to help minority-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic and civil unrest.

“It’s about mental health and awareness,” Sackman said of his label. “All the pieces I make are meant to carry on the conversation. »

Not even a year later, Sackman had more good news. This time it was an invitation to participate in New York Fashion Week.

“They contacted me,” Sackman said. “Emailed me and said, ‘We love your brand and we love everything you do.'”

At Break Free NYFW Fashion Show, the models wore eight exclusive pieces designed by Sackman. He describes the collection as avant-garde and medical. During the design and production process, he had to overcome a challenge, just like his brand message.

“I actually had some very difficult personal issues with my family, so I had a deadline to build my collection,” he said on Zoom Tuesday while waiting for a return flight from JFK to MSP. “It was literally eight days but it went very well and a lot of people enjoyed it and I’m happy with the result.”

love disorder currently offers exclusive Love Disorder Runway 2022 hoodies at its Mall of America store.

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Fashion Festival: Let’s talk about size in fashion

Watch our panel of incredible and opinionated five wahine talk about the state of size inclusivity in Aotearoa, hosted by “fat babe” and multidisciplinary artist Tanya Barlow.

With the political and societal shifts and movements that have taken place across the world in recent years, fashion is one of many industries that have been pushed by consumers to become more ‘inclusive’ – from the representation of who figures in the campaigns to the diversity of those working behind the scenes and the supply of clothing actually available to shop and buy.

These conversations rightly range from the need for greater inclusion in terms of gender, identity, ethnicity, age, ability and more – a push for an industry that for years has helped to perpetuate a Euro-centric beauty standard that is white, thin and cis.

Multidisciplinary artist Tanya Barlow hosts a panel discussion on the state of waist inclusion.  *Disposable Fashion Festival*


Multidisciplinary artist Tanya Barlow hosts a panel discussion on the state of waist inclusion. *Disposable Fashion Festival*

Things are changing, and the key to that change is increased korero around these sometimes uncomfortable topics – and one of them is the topic of size, and the place of size and release inclusivity fats in the fashion space.

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In the New Zealand fashion industry, some figureheads are leading these conversations and encouraging others – from fashion designers to stylists to the media – to look at their own internalized fatphobia.

These are conversations we had honored to welcome on Ensembleand we wanted to continue as part of the Fashion Festival with a panel discussion featuring five incredible and opinionated wāhine.

The conversation was led by “fat babe” and multi-disciplinary artist Tanya Barlow, who was joined by plus-size designer and label founder Sarah-Jane Duff lost and misplacedQiane Matata-Sipu, founder of NUKU and social activist, Jess Molina, writer, influencer and activist, and Kaarina Parker, model and writer.

Their conversation was wide-ranging, addressing the state of size inclusivity today and whether it has gotten better and better, whether brands that use terms like “for everyone” and ” inclusive size”, while offering limited extended sizes simply cash in, and whether consumers should pressure brands to extend sizes or focus on supporting existing inclusive brands.

Duff, who was a plus size fashion designer for 15 years, offered a unique perspective. “I meet these women and I see these women and I try to make clothes that actually match their bodies, rather than fashion-matching them,” she said.

Through her wardrobe, Jess Molina chooses to challenge preconceived notions of inherent style.

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Through her wardrobe, Jess Molina chooses to challenge preconceived notions of inherent style.

Molina, who is widely respected in the local industry for her perspective on the lack of visibility of fat bodies in fashion, spoke about the possible emptiness of the buzzword “inclusiveness” and her own personal experiences.

“To feel like I have to fight and really be heard for brands to be like, ‘oh, actually, we’re going to meet your needs,’ it’s so exhausting,” she said.

“Existing in a fat body, it’s a privilege to go into a store and have something that you can physically try on,” she says. “I love things made to order, bespoke and having that option, but at the same time if you’re in a slump you just want to look sexy on a date, I want to go to a store and buy something off the rack. There aren’t a lot of options for that.

As a “curved” model, Parker also had a unique grip. “So often the style of curvy, plus-sized people, as a model, I’ve experienced that too – the focus is on hiding your body, or trying to make you look as small as physically possible, or over coverage of areas that people consider to be “undesirable”.

'Curve' model Kaarina Parker shared her experience in the industry.

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‘Curve’ model Kaarina Parker shared her experience in the industry.

“I want to see everyday clothes designed to fit our bodies,” Matata-Sipu commented. “I want to wear well-fitting, beautifully made clothes that I can wear every day, and be proud of who made them, how they were made, but also know that I look good and that I feel good when I’m in it.”

We’re excited to share this important kōrero as part of the Stuff Festival of Fashion, and will post the full panel conversation at Together next week.

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Hubert de Givenchy’s Fine Arts and Decorative Arts collection at auction

French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague on November 23, 2016 during a retrospective of the fashion designer’s work at the To Audrey With Love exhibition. More than 1,200 lots of works of art and decorative arts from its two houses will be auctioned via Christie’s Paris in June.

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The fine and decorative art collection of the late French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy will be auctioned via Christie’s in June.

More than 1,200 lots, including French and European furniture, sculptures, Old Master paintings, and modern and contemporary works of art, will be sold in a series of live, online auctions from July 14 to June 23.

“Through this sale, we are very happy to be able to celebrate the exceptional taste of Hubert de Givenchy and his lifelong companion Philippe Venet,” the Givenchy family said in a statement via Christie’s. “We wish to share the elegance and the aesthetic heritage that they bequeathed to us in order to inscribe their vision in the history of art and interior decoration in a universal way.

Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018) moved to Paris at age 17 to study at the Beaux-Arts and later apprenticed to some of the most successful fashion designers of the time. He opened his own fashion house in 1952 and instantly rose to fame. He went on to design iconic wardrobes for high profile clients such as actress Audrey Hepburn, US First Lady Jacquline Kennedy and horticulturist Bunny Mellon.

De Givenchy retired from styling in 1995 after selling his eponymous label to LVMH in 1989. He died in 2018 aged 91. His lifelong companion, Philippe Venet, also a fashion designer, died last year. Venet’s collection of nearly 270 lots of post-war and contemporary art, furniture and decorative arts, housed in his Parisian pied-à-terre, sold for 12.8 million euros (14 .6 million dollars) at Christie’s Paris last September.

Most of the lots offered for sale came from two of Givenchy’s houses, Hotel d’Orrouer in Paris and Chateau du Jonchet in the Loire Valley in central France, Christie’s said.

The auction house has yet to release highlights and full content of the sale. Selected items will be the subject of a worldwide traveling exhibition, from Palm Beach, Florida, from March 5 to 26, to New York from April 8 to 13 and to Hong Kong from May 23 to 26 before returning to Paris before the auction.

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Tan France and Gigi Hadid host Next In Fashion Season 2

Queer Eye’s Tan France and model Gigi Hadid will team up to host the Netflix Next In Fashion design contest for its second season.

Next in fashion has found its hosts for season 2: Queer The eyes style expert, Tan France, and model Gigi Hadid. The series follows designers from around the world as they compete for the grand prize of $250,000 and a debut collection with luxury retail site Net-A-Porter. Tan was also the host of the first season, which premiered on January 20, 2020. He co-hosted with fashion designer and writer Alexa Chung, and the show received high praise from fans. Despite its popularity, Netflix announced in June 2020 that the show would not return for another season. However, the show is now making an unexpected return with Gigi in place of Alexa.


As a model and designer herself, Gigi has plenty of fashion knowledge that will greatly benefit the show’s contestants. Gigi has been on the cover of fashion magazines like vogue, Harper’s Bazaarand She several times. She has participated in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show three times and has collaborated with American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger for four collections titled TommyxGigi. Likewise, Tan has her own plethora of fashion knowledge, acting as a fashion stylist on weird eyewhere he helps the episode’s hero change his fashion sense from his current and sometimes dreary style to something more fresh and flattering.

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Tan broke the exciting news about him and Gigi’s new venture on social media Monday night. The star posted a series of photos of him and Gigi on instagram to let fans know that despite the cancellation, the show was back. The stylist captioned the post, “Who would have thought, when we met on Facetime 4 years ago (thanks @evachen212), that we would be hosting NEXT IN FASHION TOGETHER! You read correctly ! The secret is out.The comments were inundated with fans expressing their excitement for the show’s return and their excitement for Gigi to join the cast.

Gigi had a public friendship with weird eye‘s Fab 5 for a few years as the six stars are often spotted together. The stars seem to hang out in the same circle as one of Gigi’s best friends is pop superstar Taylor Swift, who featured the Fab 5 in her 2019 music video for her song “You Need To Calm Down.” The stars also hung out together on Gigi’s one-year anniversary, and Jonathan Van Ness even posted a special anniversary Instagram post referring to himself and Tan as the model’s “guncles” (a jumpsuit gay and uncle.) According to Tan’s Instagram, casting for the second season is now open to all aspiring fashion designers.

Both Tan and Gigi have gained a large and dedicated fanbase through their work in the fashion industry, and their fans are understandably thrilled to see the two working together. Gigi has been in the industry since she was a baby, so it only makes sense that Gigi would accompany Tan during Next in fashion season 2. While the model took time off to raise her baby girl Khai, she’s ready to make a comeback, and the Netflix series seems like the perfect reboot. There is no further information on the new season, but with the positive reception of the show’s new co-host, the two are sure to have a successful run.

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Sébastien Jondeau tackles Athleisure design for Karl Lagerfeld

A fitness enthusiast and sports enthusiast since his teenage years, Sébastien Jondeau has always recoiled from the idea of ​​his clothes and other personal belongings getting mixed up with sneakers in his sports bag.

As the Karl Lagerfeld The brand’s newly appointed product consultant tackled the problem: a trapezoidal bag with a separate zippered compartment for sneakers is among 16 items in his first design effort, an athleisure capsule that’s part from the men’s pre-fall 2022 collection which hits stores in June.

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The Karl Lagerfeld sports bag has a zipped compartment for sneakers. – Credit: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

Burly Jondeau, a longtime ambassador for menswear brand Karl Lagerfeld, is also a major fashion icon, his wardrobe brimming with Tom Ford suits, Saint Laurent shirts and plenty of on-trend brands worn by his boss. very generous, died early 2019.

After spending 20 years working alongside the legendary German designer, as his bodyguard, confidant and personal secretary, Jondeau learned a lot about the fashion system, how to dress for various occasions and the creative process. He was particularly interested in the highly technical sketches Lagerfeld made alongside his dreamlike, hand-colored fashion illustrations for Chanel, Fendi and its eponymous brand.

“I really go into detail in my sketches,” said Jondeau, who also strives to marry aesthetics with utility in his designs. “When I think of clothes, of course I want them to look great, but they have to be functional at the same time.

“When I was a kid, I drew everything – cars, dogs, things around me, and my mother kept all my drawings,” he noted. “Whenever I have an idea, I can do a lot of sketches. I love doing it.

A look from the Rue St. Guillaume Menswear Athleisure line.  - Credit: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

A look from the Rue St. Guillaume Menswear Athleisure line. – Credit: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

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In an exclusive interview about his nomination, Jondeau marveled at his good fortune, having worked his way from a tough upbringing to working for one of the world’s biggest fashion designers – and now perpetuating his legacy as a member of the Karl Lagerfeld design team.

According to the company, Jondeau provided “significant creative input throughout the design and development phases” of the first athleisure capsule, which will sell for 100 euros to 250 euros.

“I think Karl would be very proud of me,” he said in a video call from Milan, where he contributes to the creative team at Fendi on sports clothing and accessories.

Sportswear and sports leisure will also be at the center of his concerns at Karl Lagerfeld, which is second nature to him.

“The only sports I don’t play are tennis and golf,” said Jondeau, who enjoys boxing, kite surfing, foil boarding, jet skiing, mountain biking, motocross and all kinds of other sports. workouts and extreme sports. “My first approach to fashion was that of athletics.”

His first capsule, dubbed the Rue St. Guillaume Menswear Athleisure collection, nods to boxing, running and cycling, he said, though windbreakers, jogging pants and the sweatshirts are stylish enough to be worn on any casual and sweat-free occasion.

There’s also a two-tone parka that can be zipped up to create a shorter, bomber-like jacket. “I love multi-purpose and transformable clothing,” Jondeau said. “I’m always looking for ways to look different with the same clothes.”

This Karl Lagerfeld quilted coat can be worn in two lengths.  - Credit: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

This Karl Lagerfeld quilted coat can be worn in two lengths. – Credit: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

The collection also includes sweatshirts, t-shirts, hoodies and shorts with a hidden zip pocket to store small essentials while exercising.

Asked about his design methods, as he had no formal training, Jondeau said he collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld’s teams in Amsterdam, led by design director Hun Kim, contributing sketches, helping to fabric selection and color choices, and advising on graphics. The latter includes a more active iteration of the Rue Saint-Guillaume logo that references the address of Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris headquarters.

According to Kim, “Sebastien brings a very personal and valuable creative contribution to the new collection, offering ideas that showcase his extensive background as an athletic-minded person, combined with his genuine love of fashion.”

Jondeau is certainly not a fan of “over-thought-out” modes or superfluous details, appreciating portability and thoughtful features. He noted that many designer brands offer sports collections, but not all of them are functional.

In line with the company’s sustainability ambitions, approximately two-thirds of the fabrics used for the athleisure capsule are organic or low-impact, the brand noted.

Jondeau will focus on Karl Lagerfeld menswear, but he noted that some styles, like anoraks, are gender neutral. “I used to do a lot of sports with girls. I know how they use the clothes and I know what they like to look like,” he said.

Jondeau must continue his role as brand ambassador and is honored to do so. “It continues the family story,” he said.

He began modeling for Karl Lagerfeld’s menswear in 2005, with Lagerfeld shooting the campaign images. His first attempt in the field of design dates back to 2018 when he unveiled the Karl Lagerfeld Curated by Sébastien Jondeau collection at the Pitti Uomo show.


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VZ Creations to represent Nigeria at Paris fashion show – Guardian Arts – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

Abuja-based fashion designer Vivian Zadok, owner of VZ Creations, an eco-friendly fashion brand, has been nominated to represent Nigeria at the famous World Fashion Exhibition (WFE) held in Paris, in France, in April.


The Give your Light to the World (Africa Now-Campaign) themed exhibition will feature exclusive eco-couture outfits created with organic fabrics and eco-friendly materials by eco-conscious fashion designers from 1955 country.

According to Zadok, the show is an opportunity to promote the trend and the classic, as well as to ensure a sustainable planet and its social responsibility.

“Exclusive masterpieces created by great eco-conscious fashion designers will shine in Paris, raising awareness of a sustainable and eco-friendly fashion industry and the preservation of the earth.

“He will particularly focus on reducing child mortality on the African continent by empowering women and children. ”

Her Excellency, the First Lady of Nigeria, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, will be specially honored at the event for her advocacy for women’s rights and girls’ education and other values.

According to Zadok, “VZ Creations aims to combat the adverse effects of clothing on the environment, ethical treatment, wages and occupational health standards of garment workers. “

She added: “The brand seeks to improve all stages of the garment lifecycle to use, reuse, repair, remake and recycle the product and its components. Our goal is to increase the value of our production and products, extend the life cycle of materials, increase the value of timeless garments, and reduce the amount of waste and damage to the environment.

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& Other Stories collaborates with Minju Kim for Spring 2022

& Other Stories is about to bring romance and whimsy to your spring wardrobe with a special collaboration designed by Minjukim. The Seoul-based designer, who was the first Netflix winner Next in fashion, has created a playful spring collection of ready-to-wear and accessories inspired by its fairytale aesthetic.

In addition to winning Next in fashion, Minju Kim won the H&M Design Award 2015 and launched her eponymous brand the same year. Kim was also a semi-finalist of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. “Since Next in Fashion, many fans around the world, including those who weren’t interested in fashion before, have sent me messages,” Kim said in a press release. “I am delighted that the co-lab allows all those MINJUKIM lovers to easily access and experience our creations and gives us the opportunity to show our clothes to a wider audience. I was waiting for this kind of opportunity for a long time. and I’m so glad it’s with & Other Stories! “

According to Rocky af Ekenstam Brennicke, Brand Manager and Creative at & Other Stories, the Colab Minjukim is a wearable synergy between playfulness and avant-garde haute couture in a modern and appealing way to women. We expect it to feature Kim’s iconic puffed sleeves, smocked silhouettes, calming colors, and fun prints. Available in select stores and on, the Colab Minjukim & Other Stories collection will be available from spring 2022.

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Pera Museum exhibit shines a light on Byzantine heritage in popular culture

Istanbul’s popular art center, Pera Museum, has launched two exhibitions on Byzantine art simultaneously in collaboration with the Istanbul Research Institute. While the first, “From Istanbul to Byzantium: Paths to Rediscovery, 1800–1955,” focuses on Byzantine artifacts in Istanbul archaeological museums and sheds light on the development of Byzantine studies in Istanbul, the second show , “What is Byzantinism in Istanbul!” : Byzantium in Popular Culture “explores the representation of Byzantium and the Byzantines in popular culture.

Jonathan Godoy, “The Byzantine Stones”, 2007, fountain pen, with real textures, added colors and digital effects. (Courtesy of the Pera Museum)

Organized by Emir Alışık, “What is Byzantinism in Istanbul!” The exhibition brings together common themes of Byzantine perception in different fields ranging from literature to video games, from comics to music, from cinema to fashion. Initially exploring the multiple and contradictory meanings of Byzantinism, the show later examines popular culture’s interaction with Byzantine heritage.

The exhibition is named after a novel by the famous Turkish novelist Yakup Kadri KaraosmanoÄŸlu. In his novel “Panorama”, KaraosmanoÄŸlu recounts the social and political upheavals of the post-war years. The protagonist of the story says at one point: “What is Byzantium? With this expression, the author, through his character, tries to recount the sharpening of the cultural separation between the citizens of the young republic, their identity crisis and their attachment to blind beliefs as a remedy.

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Poster from the movie “Bizans Çöküyor”, Arzu Film, 1973. (Credit: Pera Museum)

The exhibition, which deals with the concept of Byzantium with its different faces and manifestations, reveals how the symbols and values ​​that represent or are attributed to Byzantium find their place in different artistic mediums. Noting that Constantinople (Istanbul) was naturally – historically and geographically – home to Byzantism, curator Alışık sums up the idea behind the exhibition: having repercussions on a wide variety of artistic expressions like painting, l architecture, theater, music and literature, curiosity for Byzantium and the Byzantines has amplified over time and flourished in new directions, improbable musical and literary genres and techniques of painting and painting. production of films to textile production and new narrative mediums such as graphic novels. Although Byzantine history is sometimes used to ignite hostilities through the manipulation of historical facts, Byzantine heritage is frequently used to reflect on complex socio-political issues, too. And this exhibit reveals how Byzantinism is a stretching phenomenon to be encountered even in places it doesn’t seem usual. “

Icons and superheroes

Benjamin Baumhauer, “Neo-Constantinople”, 2020. (Courtesy of the Pera Museum)
Benjamin Baumhauer, “Neo-Constantinople”, 2020. (Courtesy of the Pera Museum)

“What is Byzantinism in Istanbul! Opens onto an iconostasis, which is a wall of religious icons and paintings that separates the main space from the section where only the clergy can enter Byzantine churches. Traditionally covered with images depicting the holy scriptures, this wall, prepared in a contemporary design at the Pera Museum, showcases the influence of Byzantine icons on iconic figures and superheroes of our time.

The exhibition features works by over 50 artists, writers, illustrators, musicians, filmmakers and fashion designers who interpret and visualize the uniqueness and exoticism attributed to Byzantium from different angles.

Necdet Yılmaz, “Seraphim Gli”, 2020, 0.05 micron pencil on A4 paper.  (Courtesy of the Pera Museum)
Necdet Yılmaz, “Seraphim Gli”, 2020, 0.05 micron pencil on A4 paper. (Courtesy of the Pera Museum)

Max Bedulenko, Aliusio Cervalle Santos and Yurii Nikolaiko bring new perspectives to the Byzantine city and its monumental architecture with their digital illustrations. As Jonathan Godoy, Stelios Faitakis, Taha Alkan and Xanthe P. Russell transform scenes from the holy book with their art, Peter Tirpak portrays a pop-art icon as a saint. Aleksandar Todorovic, like Tirpak, portrays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a saint. Known for his extraordinary portraits, Scadarts plays with the mosaic of Empress Irene via iPhone. Fashion designer Özgür Masur’s Byzantium’20 collection and Victoria & Albert Museum-awarded “Hagia Sophia” design by Dice Kayek highlight the reflections of Byzantine iconography in fashion. While the photograph taken by Marco D’Amico for Vogue Italy highlights the Byzantine image, the historical adventure written by Romain Sardou and illustrated by Carlos Rafael Duarte represents the reflections of this iconography in the world of comics.

Illustrator-designer Necdet Yılmaz portrays the famous cat of Hagia Sophia, Gli, who died last year, as a celestial being. The cover of the book “Theodora, The Love God of Byzantium”, published in 1948 by the journalist and novelist Murat SertoÄŸlu, known for his serials, and the poster of the film “Bizans Çöküyor” (“Byzantine collapses”), featuring in scene the character of the Hunnic warrior Tarkan played by the actor Kartal Tibet, are presented as examples using Byzantium as an antithesis in the exhibition.

Peter Tirpak, “ICNE!  THE POP-ART ICON !, '2018-2019, mixed media (acrylic + gold) on canvas, 50 by 60 centimeters.  (Courtesy of the Pera Museum)
Peter Tirpak, “ICON! THE POP-ART ICON!”, 2018-2019, mixed media (acrylic + gold) on canvas, 50 by 60 centimeters. (Courtesy of the Pera Museum)

The catalog accompanying the exhibition brings together the articles of 10 researchers who examine and interpret all these representations of 50 artists in various fields of art. Articles discussing and classifying “Byzantinism” which appear in many fields of popular culture bear the signatures of Roland Betancourt, Felice Lifshitz, Brigitte Pitarakis, Sinan Ekim, YaÄŸmur Karakaya, Elif Demirtiken, Jeremy J. Swist, Marco Fasolio, Haris Theodorelis-Rigas and Emir Alik.

“What is Byzantinism in Istanbul! : Byzantium in Popular Culture ”will remain open to visitors at the Pera Museum until March 6. The Pera Museum can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. On Fridays, as part of “Long Friday”, all visitors are welcomed between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on Wednesdays, as part of “Young Wednesday”, all students can visit the museum free of charge.

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5 fashion and beauty women we loved in 2021, Lifestyle News

These women, from generation to generation and from different parts of the world, have captured our attention in 2021.

From the founder of a start-up celebrating the legacy of jade jewelry to an acclaimed British fashion designer who seems destined for even bigger things, read on to find inspiring stories from five inspiring women of substance.

Jade jewelry for the 21st century: The story of the start-up Ren

Crystal Ung knew the history of her grandfather’s lucky jade ring and was drawn to jewelry made with this gemstone, but found it old-fashioned. The successful entrepreneur founded Ren to make jade jewelry with contemporary appeal. The anti-Asian racism unleashed by Covid-19 made it personal. Read more.

The British designer worn by Meghan Markle, supervised by LVMH

Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and founded her namesake menswear brand in 2014. When she won the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers a year later, Delphine Arnault of Louis Vuitton said that “the jury thinks she has great potential in women’s fashion.” .

The Londoner dove into women’s fashion in 2018, and a year later Meghan Markle wore Wales Bonner for baby Archie’s debut. Subtle and timeless are the words used to describe her designs, and Wales Bonner says: “Working with tailoring is like having a conversation with history. ”

READ ALSO: Souvenir of Virgil Abloh: the highlights of his tenure at Louis Vuitton

Traditional Chinese medicine brought the healer closer to her culture

Taiwan-born Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner Debbie Kung spent her childhood in the United States trying to fit in with her friends and “didn’t think much about being Asian.”

She discovered Chinese medicine while working with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg – acupuncture made her glow and put her on a different path in life. She received a Masters Degree in Acupuncture in Austin, Texas, where she has a thriving TCM practice.

Fashion legend Mimi Tang on Gucci’s success story in Asia

In addition to the murder, House of Gucci, Ridley Scott’s opera flick about the Gucci family and his fashion brand depicts the ousting of legendary designer Tom Ford and CEO Domenico De Sole after their successful turnaround from the luxury brand Italian in the 1990s. They couldn’t have done it without Mimi Tang, who joined Gucci in 1998 and became its Asia-Pacific manager.

Fashion legend Tang recalled in an interview with the Post that Ford has an irresistible charm and that De Sole is a rare CEO who respects local management. And she revealed that one particular scene in House of Gucci rings very true to her.

Why Susie Bubble only dresses for herself, never for boys

In her secondary school yearbook in London, Susanna Lau was voted “more likely to be… the next Donna Karan”. As a teenager, she admits that she “never really had the idea of ​​dressing to attract the opposite sex”. She always saw fashion as a hobby, even after starting her blog, Style Bubble, which introduced her to fashion journalism.

Against all odds, the mother-of-one, better known as Susie Bubble, recently opened a bubble tea café in London with a friend from Hong Kong.

This article first appeared in South China Morning Post.

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Still shopping for the art and fashion lovers in your life? This chic museum product will make them happy

Welcome to 12 Days of Artmas, our new non-denominational holiday extravaganza – an Advent calendar with gift ideas and stories for art lovers of all stripes, every day until December 24.

When you hear the words ‘museum gift shop’ what probably comes to mind is a range of overpriced Georges Seurat magnets and Gustav Klimt postcards, maybe an Andy Warhol pencil sharpener for for good measure. But these days, more and more art institutions are collaborating with fashion designers to present selected products that are in fact highly coveted.

From cult favorites like Brother Vellies to biggest luxury houses like Moschino, here are five museum designer collaborations and their coolest products.

Lingua Franca x The Whitney

The “HEAR LISTEN” sweatshirt by Lingua Franca x Christine Sun Kim at The Whitney. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: Lingua Franca (LF) is one of New York’s most beloved small businesses making a difference, with really cute cashmere sweaters. LF employs local women to embroider its pieces with cheeky phrases, paying them a living wage while donating a portion of the profits to charity. To date, he has raised over $ 1 million for organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.

What: In response to customer demand, the Whitney Museum boutique is partnering with Lingua Franca for the fourth time, with their latest offering inspired by the works of Christine Sun Kim. The “TO LISTEN The LISTEN sweatshirt ”highlights the artist’s emphasis on the ways we communicate; her message is embroidered in Kim’s own handwriting.

How much: $ 160 ($ 144 for members) for the cotton sweatshirt; $ 300 for the cashmere version.

Brother Vellies x the Met

Brother Vellies x The Met.  Courtesy of the museum.

Brother Vellies x The Met. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: This exclusive Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) collection with Brother Vellies is from the Met Costume Institute’s two-part exhibition devoted to American fashion. Founder Aurora James—who started the 15 percent promise and honored the cover of the September 2020 issue of Vogue in a painted portrait by Jordan Casteel – Launched the Brooklyn-based luxury accessories brand in 2013 to help keep traditional African design practices alive while employing local artisans. (Talk about a match made in art history heaven.)

What: The capsule collection (available only via the Met’s Instagram store) features sweatshirts and t-shirts stamped with the words “American As Me,” as well as basket-woven handbags and recycled denim shirts celebrating American fashion in all its glory.

How much: From $ 55 for a t-shirt to $ 350 for a handbag.

Comme des Garçons x LACMA

Comme des Garçons x LACMA.  Courtesy of the museum.

Comme des Garçons x LACMA. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) currently holds no less than 19 works by Comme des Garçons (CdG) and its founder, Rei Kawakubo. Kawakubo, who was the subject of the Met Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition, showcased an avant-garde style focused on the “in-between” between boundaries; her seemingly impossible-to-wear clothes have become de rigueur on the red carpet and beyond.

What: CdG wallets come in a red and green tartan (what a party!), Which is one of Kawakubo’s favorite prints, while its small leather pouches come in solid dark green and black.

How much: $ 207 ($ 186.30 for members).

Moschino x The Academy Museum

Moschino x The Academy Museum store.  Courtesy of the museum.

Moschino x The Academy Museum store. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: Calling all moviegoers! If you haven’t been to the newly opened Academy Museum in Los Angeles yet, you can always bring home some of the movie magic with a selection of goodies from the Academy Museum Store. One of the highlights is a capsule collection designed by Moschino frontman Jeremy Scott, who collaborated with Oscar-winning costume designer Arianne Phillips to bring aspects of The Wizard of Oz to live.

What: The Ruby Slipper Sequin Bag is the perfect glittery accessory to enhance any girl’s ensemble.

How much: $ 480.

Vans x MOCA

Judy Baca at MOCA x VANS.  Courtesy of the Museum.

Judy Baca at MOCA x VANS. Courtesy of the Museum.

Which: Two Californian classics, Vans and the LA Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), have come together once again to showcase the creations of three artists on classic Vans styles. Details of the works of Judy Baca, Frances Stark and Brenna Youngblood are engraved on the Vans Authentic, Old Skool and SK8-HI styles.

What: A panel of the mural by Judith F. Baca The wall of the world: a vision of the future without fear (1990-2014), a design inspired by a still by Frances Stark Poets at the stake III (2015) and Brenna Youngblood Democratic dollar (2015) will give your kicks a boost.

How much: $ 70 to $ 90, depending on the style.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Fashion Designers in USA

In today’s era, the economy of the whole world is overwhelmed by the projects of houses of different style. American modders have their different methods and ways of presenting their ideas to the public. Some fashion designers are landing out of pocket for a lot of people and even big brands. The total value and expense of these designers runs into the millions and has been in the market for a long time.

Here are some of the most expensive fashion designers in the United States:

    Tom Ford has received overwhelming responses since entering the industry. He is known for his unique style of a mix of both nice and fashionable clothes. His creations are suitable for all age groups and are loved by all. He led the industry and also gained popularity when he entered the industry. His most expensive items are diamond moccasins ($ 2 million) and a tuxedo ($ 5,540).

    Marc Jacobs has been in the industry since the late 1980s and has been very popular ever since. He’s popularly known for his regular style, a mix of grunge, preppy, and couture, all in one mashup. He’s been at the top of his game since joining the company and is doing well too. His designs are very popular and worn by many celebrities. Her most expensive products are the Carolyn Crocodile handbag ($ 38,000) and the Puffy Clouds embroidery dress ($ 28,000).

    Ralph Lauren started his global team in 1968 with a high-quality menswear line. Her image has grown from the incorporation of feminine style, aromas, home furnishings and also just about anything else you can imagine. He has a unique, new and personalized style, also entirely American, which is achieved with his branded polo shirt that speaks for Ralph Lauren. His brand offers a variety of luxury lines, among which the most expensive products are: Purple Label Crocodile Duffel Bag ($ 25,000) and Purple Label Gregory Handmade Tailcoat Tuxedo ($ 9,995).

    Michael Kors is one of the best fashion designers in the world, known for his planning style as well as the usual things. He is a self-proclaimed fashion designer who is well known in the industry and also very popular. Kors trusts a form that should go beyond typical cases and designs. Her work is seamless and effortless, which can be accomplished while wearing her dress and other outfits. Simplicity is implicit in his creations, whether they are sportswear or accessories. Her most expensive products are Julie Nile Crocodile Large Bag ($ 13,000) and Miranda Crocodile Large Tote ($ 8,000).

    Calvin Klein is known to be an organizer who holds the title of “American King of Clothing”. He started his career in the mid-1970s and has dominated the market since entering the industry. His original ideas were jeans and the business sector which are now extended to cosmetics, perfumes, menswear, womenswear, bed and bath linen. He has his unique style ideas and his designs are loved by everyone around the world. Its most expensive product is the slaughterhouse raincoat ($ 6,940).

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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41 after private battle with cancer: NPR

Designer Virgil Abloh died on Sunday at the age of 41 after battling a rare form of cancer. The founder of the Off-White label and artistic director of men’s fashion Louis Vuitton was known as a visionary.


Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died from a rare form of cancer. He was a luminary. He founded the Off-White label. He was artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s fashion and made streetwear into haute couture. Earlier this morning, I spoke to Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR.

Hello, Karen.


KING: So he was quite different from a lot of fashion designers, wasn’t he?

BATES: It was. I spoke with Booth Moore. She is the West Coast editor of Bible Women’s Wear Daily magazine, devoted to the fashion industry. And she pointed out that Abloh was a pioneer. She says her entry into fashion was unique.

BOOTH MOORE: You know, he grew up on pop culture, not through traditional design channels. And he was very good at bridging the gaps between different disciplines. He was a DJ himself and, you know, had huge success on social media before he got into fashion. And so, he really changed the image of what a fashion designer should be.

BATES: He also had degrees in civil engineering and architecture. And Moore said that due to this non-linear entry into fashion, Abloh is a huge source of inspiration for young creatives.

KING: And what was it like?

BATES: Well, with his company Off-White, Virgil Abloh was one of the first to embrace streetwear and the streetwear crossover in fashion. Others would follow eventually, but he was way ahead of them. Here is Booth Moore again.

MOORE: He had that kind of clever way of labeling things in his line where, you know, that would be the actual name of the thing like a shoe or a hoodie. And so, you know, it created this mystique around the objects.

KING: He also had a very close professional relationship with Kanye West and Jay-Z, and those collaborations were incredibly important. Tell us why.

BATES: Yes, collaboration was really one of the guidelines of his work. He merged pop culture with high fashion, and he drew a lot of his influences from what young people wore and were interested in. Abloh’s has collaborated not only with celebrities, but with companies like Nike, Evian, fancy outerwear company Moncler. He designed furniture for IKEA and had a major exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London with artist Takashi Murakami, whose work is saturated with references to pop culture. I mean, he was everywhere.

KING: He was everywhere. IKEA – I had no idea. What do you think Mr. Abloh will ultimately be remembered for?

BATES: I asked Booth Moore about it, and she responded immediately.

MOORE: Virgil has been a catalyst for much of what is now expected of the industry and what it’s slowly approaching.

BATES: And, you know, Noel, the New York Times says that Virgil Abloh’s role at LVMH, I quote, “made him the most powerful black executive in the most powerful luxury group in the world.” In an industry still grappling with race and diversity, his death will leave a huge void that will be really hard to fill.

KING: Karen Grigsby Bates, senior correspondent for NPR’s Code Switch podcast. Thanks Karen.

BATES: You’re welcome.


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Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died aged 41

NEW YORK (AP) – Virgil Abloh, a leading designer whose revolutionary fusions of streetwear and haute couture made him one of the most famous taste designers in fashion and beyond, has died of cancer. He was 41 years old.

Abloh’s death was announced on Sunday by luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and Abloh’s own brand Off-White, which he founded in 2013. Abloh was the artistic director of men’s fashion for Louis Vuitton, but its pervasive and friendly presence in the culture was broad and vibrant. Some have compared him to Jeff Koons. Others hailed him as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a designer of genius, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom ”, declared Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, in a press release.

A statement from Abloh’s family on the creator’s Instagram account said Abloh was diagnosed two years ago with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which a tumor occurs in the heart.

“He has chosen to wage his battle in private since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing many difficult treatments, while leading several important institutions that span fashion, art and culture,” the statement said.

In 2018, Abloh became the first black artistic director of men’s clothing at Louis Vuitton in the rich history of the French design house. A first-generation Ghanaian American whose mother a seamstress taught him to sew, Abloh had no formal training in fashion but had an engineering degree and a master’s degree in architecture.

Abloh, who grew up in Rockford, Illinois, outside of Chicago, was often considered a Renaissance man in the fashion world. He moonlighted as a DJ. But in no time, he became one of the most acclaimed fashion designers. Abloh called himself “a creator”. He was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2018.

In 2009, Abloh met Kanye West – now called Ye – while working at a screen printing store. After he and Ye interned together at LVMH brand Fendi, Abloh was Ye’s creative director. Abloh was artistic director of Ye-Jay-Z’s 2011 album “Watch the Throne”, for which Abloh was nominated for a Grammy.

Abloh’s work with West has served as a model for future cross-border collaborations that combine high and low. With Nike, he teamed up with his label Off-White for a line of frenzied sneakers remixed with a variety of Helvetica styles and fonts. Abloh has also designed furniture for IKEA, refillable bottles for Evian and Big Mac boxes for McDonald’s. His work has been exhibited at the Louvre, the Gagosian and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Abloh’s death stunned the entertainment world. Actor Riz Ahmed said on Twitter that Abloh “stretched the culture and changed the game.” Fashion designer Jeff Staple wrote: “You taught us all to dream. Pharrell Williams called Abloh a “kind, generous and thoughtful creative genius.”

Abloh took what he called a “3% approach” to fashion – that a new design could be created by modifying a 3% original. Critics have said Abloh is more brilliant at repackaging than creating something new. But Abloh’s style was also self-aware – quotes were a trademark to him – and noble.

“In my mind, streetwear is tied to Duchamp,” Abloh told The New Yorker in 2019. “It’s that idea of ​​the ready-made. I’m talking about the Lower East Side, New York. It’s like hip-hop. It’s sampling. I take James Brown, I cut him, I make a new song. “

The stars lined up to be dressed by Abloh. Beyoncé, Michael B. Jordan, Kim Kardashian West, Timothée Chalamet and Serena Williams wore her clothes.

Abloh’s Off-White label, in which LVMH acquired a majority stake earlier this year, has made him an arbiter of cool. But his Louis Vuitton appointment took Abloh to the top of an industry in which he was once a rambling underdog – and made Abloh one of the most powerful black executives in a historically closed fashion world.

As Abloh prepared for his first menswear show in 2018, he told GQ: “I now have a platform to change the industry.”

“We’re designers, so we can start a trend, we can highlight issues, we can get a lot of people to focus on something, or we can get a lot of people to focus on ourselves,” he said. said Abloh. “I’m not. Interested (the latter). I’m interested in using my platform as a member of a very small group of African American men to design a house, to show people a poetic way.

Abloh is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh and his children, Lowe and Gray.

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Adele’s white pantsuit in her interview with Oprah sent a powerful message

As Adele’s re-emergence continues with the punch of an Oprah Winfrey interview and “One Night Only” concert at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles in front of a star-studded crowd, all as a prelude to the release. of an album on Fridays – so is his mastery of the art; his message of strength and post-divorce freedom as it is told through all the performative tools at his disposal. Including his lyrics, his interview and (yes) his clothes.

Not so much the Schiaparelli black taffeta mermaid dress she wore to take the stage for her concert, but the white pantsuit she wore for her one-on-one with Oprah.

The white pantsuit she wore, for example, as she talked about leaving her marriage “and finding my own happiness”, the joy of lifting weights, quitting drinking, feeling safe. in his new personality, to have his own body image and not care what other people think.

A white pantsuit: it is increasingly the garment most associated with the liberation and empowerment of women in the public arena. At this point, it’s a symbol as much as an outfit.

Adele just took the politics and reminded the world that it was also personal.

If anyone thought the garment was a rebellious relic from the Trump era, it just broadened its resonance instead.

The emergence of the white pantsuit as a cultural shortcut began in the 2016 election, when Hillary Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to accept her party’s nomination for president in white Ralph Lauren, establishing a direct link between her position and the history of the suffragists (one of the official colors of which was white) and the struggle of women to make their voices heard.

It was later adopted as a uniform in the election itself by women who were invited to #wearwhitetovote. Then it became a sign of opposition during President Donald J. Trump’s first State of the Union to his more backward ideas about gender (even Melania Trump wore a white pantsuit when she first appeared after that the public learned of the Stormy Daniels case, in which many speculated that it was an apparent reproach against her husband). Nancy Pelosi wore a white pantsuit as she stood in the halls of Congress to announce that the House would begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her cover of Vanity Fair; Kamala Harris, when she became Vice President-Elect.

(The White Suits also made a much-publicized appearance at the end of the 1996 film “The First Wives Club,” in which Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler play women who team up to take revenge on their exes and make a big splash. final catchy version of “You Don’t Own Me” wearing, yes, white suits.)

It’s possible that Adele just liked the idea of ​​wearing white, with its connotations of fresh beginnings and erasing slate, or thought it would look good in the greenery of the garden where she sat with it. Oprah – although maybe she wasn’t thinking of the story at all. But it is also true that the look she chose, by young black designer Christopher John Rogers, who just days before the show had been named womenswear designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America , was originally… a Skirt. This was Look 39 from its Resort 2022 collection, also known as Collection 008, and the only white style in a collection otherwise notable for its use of bright colors.

Adele had it customized into a pantsuit. Considering the theme of her album, titled “30,” and Oprah’s conversation, it clearly seemed on point. (So ​​much so that Oprah herself decided at the last minute to change her outfit from a shiny apricot Sally LaPointe suit to a neutral Brunello Cucinelli.)

Especially since, as Adele told Oprah, she had “never worn white before. I’m wearing it for you.”

And as a result, this symbol of solidarity leapt from Washington to the world at large.

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What to know, date, appointments, host – WWD

The 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards are approaching.

The event marks a return to an in-person format after 2020 CFDA The Fashion Awards were held online through the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Platform Piste360.

This year’s ceremony will see a competitive roster of contenders vying for some of the most coveted awards, including Gabriela Hearst, Thom Browne, Christopher John Rogers and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, among many others.

Honorary prizes will also be awarded this year, including the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, which will go to Zendaya for her daring and timeless style. This makes the actress the youngest recipient of the award in her history.

From the full list of nominees to the organizers of this year’s event, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards. Scroll down for more.

Where and when are the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards held?

The ceremony will take place at The Pool + The Grill, which is located in the iconic Seagram Building on Park Avenue in New York City. The event will take place on November 10.

Who is hosting the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards?

It was announced on Tuesday that Emily Blunt will host this year’s awards ceremony.

“Emily is one of the most talented actresses in the world,” Tom Ford, president of CFDA, said in a statement. “Its timeless style and elegance brightens up any room. I have great admiration for her and am so happy to have her as the host of this year’s CFDA awards.

Who is nominated for Women’s, Men’s, and Accessories Designer of the Year?

This year’s nominees for the American Womenswear Designer of the Year award are Catherine Holstein for Khaite, Christopher John Rogers, Gabriela Hearst, Marc Jacobs and Peter Do.

The nominees for American Menswear Designer of the Year are Emily Adams Bode for Bode, Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God, Mike Amiri for Amiri, Telfar Clemens for Telfar and Thom Browne.

For American Accessories Designer of the Year, the contenders are Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, Aurora James for Brother Vellies, Gabriela Hearst, Stuart Vevers for Coach and Telfar Clemens for Telfar.

Who is nominated for Emerging Designer of the Year?

The nominees for American Emerging Designer of the Year are Edvin Thompson for Theophilio, Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL, Jameel Mohammed for Khiry, Kenneth Nicholson and Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners here.

Will there be honorary awards?

Several big names are recognized this year, including Zendaya, who will receive the Fashion Icon Award from the CFDA. Anya Taylor-Joy, best known for her role as Beth Harmon in Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit”, will receive Face of the Year, a new award. The Model Alliance will receive the Positive Social Influence Award.

Other special prizes to be presented that evening will be the Founder’s Award to Aurora James, the Environmental Sustainability Award to Patagonia, the Media Award to Nina Garcia, the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award to Dapper Dan and the Board’s Tribute to administration to Yeohlee. Teng.


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Fashion designer Anjali waves the flag of Tanzania in France

By Lilian Ndilwa

Tanzanian fashion designers all go bold, mixing the colors on the fabrics to form bold and vibrant patterns, you get a stunning African print.

They push the limits with a simple “Kitenge” leaving masterpieces behind. Anjali Borkhataria, is a fashion designer who waved the Tanzanian flag on French soil during the Paris fashion show which kicked off on September 17th. There, she presented her new collection nicknamed “Made of Earth, made in Africa” ​​through her clothing line, namely EK-AN-TIK.

Speaking to The Beat, Anjali clarified that it was thanks to a pan-African fashion brand named Asantii, that she was shortlisted along with five other designers from different regions of Africa, including Nigeria, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire and Angola to exhibit their works of art at an event called Africa Fashion Up, organized by the Share Africa platform in partnership with Balenciaga.

“It was such an important step in my career. Being part of this incredible event, I felt proud of the road traveled, to have been able to fly the Tanzanian flag in front of other fashion gurus in the world and above all to show what Africa has to offer in Paris to such an important moment. event on the world fashion calendar, ”explains Anjali.

She further reveals that “I felt thrilled because this opportunity made me envision the next chapter of the design world in Tanzania. I was really nervous at the start of the show because there were a lot of buyers, publishers as well as people from Balenciaga, Kenzo and other fashion designers present at the show. It’s quite scary when you know that these people who know their “thing” keep a close eye on your collection. “

At the start of the fashion show Anjali adjusted to the feeling that the runway was her haven and creative domain to show what her brand had in store, the nervousness slowly fading away.


“My collection consisted of 14 looks that all reflected the title ‘Made of Earth, Made in Africa’, which is about finding new meaning in ancient wisdom in the wake of an uncertain world. My collection is a way to understand how to make sense of the world divided into small units. Made of Earth explores the resurgence of localism in a globalized world and the value of looking to the past to inform the future, ”said Anjali.

Anjali’s collection was inspired by the color palette which she says represents both Earth and Africa in terms of different elements including soil, mud, water, greenery, sun , mountains, etc. elements.

With each look showcased at the event, Anjali wanted each of them to have different statements related to fashion, land and Africa.

“I’ve learned that as a fashion designer you automatically depend on lots of people to make things happen. This means that you need to build a team of people to do things right in accordance with their responsibilities. In the world of design, every day is a challenge and a lesson at the same time, especially in a market like Dar es Salaam, you have to have a good team that will contribute to the company and not the other way around, ”he notes. she.

For her, fashion design is more than visually appealing sketches that result in clothes. It is about exploring the other facets of the company, for a fully commercial conduct.

“You have to be savvy and not just think that fashion is all about design, because to be successful in this field you also need to know the fields of work such as money, public relations, management, production and real estate, study them and ask people for advice to better understand, ”explains Anjali.

The fashion designer advises aspiring designers to work hard on their visions despite the challenges they face. She says it takes dedication, support, focus and self-esteem to be successful in the fashion industry.

“Designers must understand the essence of time, it passes very quickly. That’s why they need to make a commitment to improve on a daily basis, as it gets them to focus on their business as it flourishes. They must prepare for their moment, because it is coming, ”suggests Anjali. She started her design journey in 2016 and took a big step forward by creating her own fashion brand, “EKANTIK”, while studying at Cape Town College of Fashion Design in South Africa, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree. in fashion design in 2018.

Over the years, “EKANTIK”, which means “one”, has grown significantly and Anjali remains one of the people holding the key to unlocking the fashion industry. Her brand is famous for creating workwear, rare but aesthetic oversized collections for people working in fields such as plumbing, electrical and business, as it is guided by an approach that these collections are tributes to people in these areas.

“My fashion brand doesn’t have specific muses as it is inclusive and for everyone we focus more on creating designs for everyone and catching different looks at the same time, EKANTIK is more focused about creating statement designs for women and men at the workplace, ”says Anjali.

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Project Runway judge Elaine Welteroth explains what it takes to win the competition

It’s more chaos in the workroom and on the podium in Project track. The Bravo reality TV contest kicked off its 19th season on October 14. Viewers tune in to watch the new group of contestants wow the judges with their creations. There are a lot of talented fashion designers this season, but only one will be declared the winner. Judge Elaine Welteroth says there are specific criteria candidates need to progress in the competition.

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Project Runway Judge Elaine Welteroth Says Applicants Must Be Identifiable

At the season premiere of Project track, fans are presented to designers. Immediately, viewers start to choose their favorite competitors. With any reality TV series, there will be villains and underdogs. The personality of a competitor can be a determining factor in deciding his fate.

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In an interview with TV initiate, Welteroth says being able to connect with an audience is essential. “I think in these times people connect with the designer as much as they do the work. The stories behind some of these designers are often reflected in their work, in what they represent. Welteroth says that to be successful, the nominee must be “someone who people relate to and whose work inspires them.”

Comfort will play a role in designs

In addition to reporting to the public, Project track the competitors will also have to impress them and the judges with their clothes. As the former editor-in-chief of Vogue teens, Welteroth knows the latest fashion trends. For Season 19 contestants, Welteroth believes comfort will be a crucial part of their designs.

“Not only will they have an incredible skill level and be incredibly creative and innovative in their designs, the clothes actually have to be clothes that you can wear,” she explained. Welteroth also spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s views on fashion. “After the pandemic, if people want to put clothes on their bodies, it has to be clothes they can feel comfortable in. I think a lot of us have lived in sweats and pajamas on Zoom for over a year, so it’s harder to get people into things that don’t seem practical.

Who was eliminated in the season premiere of “Project Runway”?

Season 19 of Project track brought in another eclectic group of fashion designers. The first challenge was to divide the contestants into teams and create a collection of outfits celebrating the color. One team was assigned warm colors, while the other group worked with cool colors.

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Team Warm Colors impressed the judges and Bone Jones took the victory. Meanwhile, Team Cool Colors Chasity Sereal and Caycee Black found themselves in the last two. In the end, Black was knocked out for her unfinished look.

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High Fashion: How Cannabis Couture Infiltrates the Designer Clothing Industry | GreenState

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Cannabis was once associated with poorly dressed college-age stoners. But with legalization on the rise, it has spread far beyond these stereotypes and into lucrative industries. The last? Haute couture (seriously.)

With clothing made from cannabis-based materials and trendy leaf prints, cannabis sewing is a growing craze, and it just might stay.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a quick round-up of the hash-inspired trends that will put a little more green in your wardrobe. And yes, you can use that as an excuse to buy new clothes.

Cannabis trends in the clothing industry

Cannabis is more popular than expected in the fashion industry. Some designers use cannabis materials (hemp) as an alternative to cotton, and others use cannabis leaf prints and patterns.


Hemp has become very popular in the clothing industry. Candid magazine explains that the biggest appeal of hemp is that it is environmentally friendly. Hemp requires very little water for its growth and does not require pesticides.

The article goes on to say that hemp lasts longer than cotton and is easier to produce in larger quantities. Additionally, hemp is generally softer and more durable than cotton. For these reasons and many more, hemp is becoming popular in the fashion industry.

Cannabis Leaf Prints

The cannabis leaf emblem appears everywhere on shirts these days. Renowned rapper B-Real from Cyrpus Hill has his own clothing brand, Insane, and many of his products have the leaf print on it.

The cannabis leaf print is often used to appeal to young people. However, several creators are trying to incorporate the leaf print into a more upscale fashion. This use of the leaf appears to be an attempt to reject stereotypes and make cannabis elegant.

How designers are using these trends

Fashion designers are use sustainable materials like hemp in their lines. Designer Steven Tai used hemp materials for all of his designs during London Fashion Week 2018. Brands such as Nike and Levi’s are also incorporating hemp into their products.

Sheet-fed printing is also experiencing significant growth in popularity among designers. Just a few years ago, New York Fashion Week had several models in designer outfits with the leaf print. These high-end designs give the sheet a more sophisticated look, defying stereotypes of stoner culture.

The leaf print is used in subtle ways by designer Gela Nash-Taylor and her son Travis. Forbes recently covered their cannabis-centric clothing brand Powerful products, which sells high-end loungewear as well as bags and jackets. Their prints have a moody romance quality with the occasional use of the leaf, giving cannabis a more luxurious image.

This print has always been popular among cannabis users, but its adoption by the fashion industry could be seen as a sign of the growing acceptance of cannabis across the country.

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Paris Fashion Week: Acne Studios and the debate on deconstructed fashion

It’s no surprise that high fashion label Acne Studios has made a comeback on the fashion scene.

The Swedish brand returned to Paris Fashion Week last week to host its first fashion show since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Acne Studios has launched a fall collection, filled with sheer fabrics, deconstructed silhouettes and vibrant colors.

Acne Studios founder and designer Johnny Johansson has decided to take a fresh approach with his looks this season. Johansson brought square leather jackets, lace-up socks and wooden platform shoes to the track. The designer also went for hues of orange, cerulean blue, pastel yellow and even bright spring green.

The collection had elements of deconstruction, as threads were deliberately hung from the sleeves of the models.

Plain mode writer Rachel Douglass spoke about the historical references within the collection. “Corsets played a huge role in the collection, some designed with Baroque floral designs, reminiscent of medieval-style clothing but with futuristic twists,” Douglass wrote.

This season, the introduction of these futuristic pieces gives way to the deconstructionist movement. To fall under the category of “deconstruction”, clothes must look unfinished or in the process of being finished. They can also be taken apart and put together to form something new through techniques such as mixing fabrics or cutting out already finished silhouettes. There may also be exposed seams, hanging threads, or even holes.

According to Yugen, The origin of deconstructed fashion comes from three designers from the “royal family without a crown of destruction”: Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Martin Margiela.

During the 1980s, the fashion scene was overrun with designs considered refined and fitted. Yamamoto and Kawakubo sent frayed edges, tears, and layered fabrics to the catwalk, as well as loose, shapeless silhouettes.

These designs inspired designers like Margiela and Vivienne Westwood to create their own versions of deconstructed fashion, as Westwood would include rips and rips in its punk-inspired collections.

The term “deconstructionism” was coined by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the 1960s. From the fashion blog Make the unfinished, the term is “normally applied to text, but also describes breaking normal conventions and boundaries.” The term could not only be displayed through fashion, but also through architecture and music.

Even though deconstructionist clothing is made by elite fashion houses, the aesthetic has caught both fans and critics of the movement. The idea of ​​”looking poor” but selling the pieces for a high price made people not like the way the clothes were marketed.

In the 80s, The Washington Post recounted how Bloomingdale’s flaunted a “willow model in a dull colored, ragged and ragged dress”. A small demonstration of homeless people and their advocates formed outside the store. Their position accused the company of making fun of the poor just so the rich could dress like them.

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In 2015, Kanye West’s Yeezy line received the same reviews the distressed rapper-designer was selling sweaters for over $ 1,000.

Yet today there are more fans and critics via Twitter. Among those who support the movement, a Twitter user @samaradanielleb said: “The new deconstructed fashion is exactly what we needed. We are finally entering more futuristic designs.

On the contrary, the user @ sabrinaydm98 said: “Anti-fashion / deconstructed fashion can become a bunch of overpriced rags that are NOT worth the price.”

Ultimately, the era of deconstructed fashion is still here. From the 80s to the present day, we will see other collections highlighting the art of tearing and reassembling textiles.

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Cardi B escapes penalties in $ 5million lawsuit after being accused of misleading justice

Cardi B will not suffer any consequences after claiming that she was unable to travel to California for a trial, only to end up in Paris a few days later.

According to court documents obtained by Radar, a federal court judge dismissed a request demanding that Cardi be fined $ 8,310.

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As we previously reported, Cardi is being chased by a man named Kevin Brophy Jr. He asks for $ 5 million to have his photo used on his mixtape Gangsta Bi-ch Music Vol. 1 without authorization.

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The cover features Cardi sitting in the back seat of a limousine with his legs spread. Heavily tattooed man is seen from behind giving a blowjob on the Bodak Yellow rapper.

Brophy claims that the use of her photo caused her emotional distress and caused her problems with her family. Cardi says the costume is nothing more than a shakedown and denies causing any harm to the man.

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The judge allowed the case to move forward despite Cardi’s demands that it be dismissed. The rapper recently asked for a trial date from October until next year. She said her doctor advised her against traveling from New York to California because she had just given birth to her son.

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The judge was convinced by Cardi’s doctor’s note and postponed the trial until February. Brophy was furious and wanted it to start before 2022 but dropped the case.

That was until he saw Cardi partying in France for Paris Fashion Week. He accused her of lying in court about not being able to travel. He said: “There is no reasonable explanation for ‘Cardi’ to suggest that she couldn’t and didn’t want to leave New York because she needed to be with her children and he didn’t want to leave New York. was not sure to be in public places, only for her to appear two weeks later in Paris.

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Brophy asked that the trial be postponed from February 2022 to December 2021. He also wanted the $ 8,000 in penalties.

Cardi denied cheating on the court that the Paris Fashion Week opportunity arose after the judge pushed back the trial date.

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She said famous fashion designer Mugler approached her with a concert and she couldn’t refuse it. “The opportunity to participate in an internationally renowned, widely publicized and prestigious event on behalf of one of the world’s greatest fashion designers was just too important, from a career standpoint, and too lucrative. , to be ignored, “wrote his lawyer. .

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Now the judge has ruled and sided with Cardi on the matter. He dismissed the petition for penalties saying the evidence showed the rapper had not misled the court.

Additionally, the judge said she explained why traveling to Paris Fashion Week was different from traveling to trial. The order stated that Cardi was able to “leave her newborn baby in New York in the case of her mother and a nanny for the short trip to Paris, she was not able to make such arrangements. for the long journey necessary to prepare for and attend the trial in this case. ”

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Bridal Fashion Week: Andrew Kwon Bridal Collection

Korean-American designer Andrew Kwon had always imagined dressing women for the red carpet. The pandemic prompted him to change direction and focus on bridal fashion.

“I knew I would have a bride someday,” said Mr. Kwon, 25, who grew up in Colorado Springs and came to New York City in 2014. “I also knew I couldn’t stay home in waiting for Covid to go away. The brides were going to get married again. Weddings could be smaller or they would be postponed, but they needed their moment on the red carpet, which is walking down the aisle.

Mr. Kwon spent months reflecting on life and his career, and then he got creative. As of December 2020, he had six dresses and two veils. Her first bridal collection, Reminiscence, debuted at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Runway360, a digital platform for designers to publish their collections through videos and lookbooks anchored around Fashion Week and Fashion Week. married in New York.

This fall, he returns with his second collection, Dreamer. “I am a dreamer and everyone deserves the chance to believe in themselves,” he said.

In preparation for his release, Mr. Kwon conducted an outdoor photo and video shoot showcasing his 11-piece collection at Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY, which will again be featured on Runway360 on October 6. Private appointments in his studio in the clothing district. will follow.

What motivated your passion for bridal design?

In 2016, my mother remarried my stepfather. I remember the emotions I felt during the day and the emotions my mother felt when walking down the aisle. The trials she went through, the new chapter she was entering, the light at the end of the tunnel for her – it was an incredibly inspiring experience for me. I wanted to create that strength and resilience for other women.

What makes your wedding creations different from others?

I create a visual story. There is a story in the dress and the story the bride tells. When these two stories come together, that’s when the magic happens. My designs are modern, sleek and chic with a twist – interesting cuts, dramatic drapes in the back, and layering of different silk fabrics, such as crepe de chine, chiffon and tulle. I’m interested in movement, how the dress follows the bride and how she moves with her as she walks. The exciting moment is when nature organically moves the dress and you see it blowing and scooping up on the fabrics, especially if the room has floral embroidery or metallic lace. You can see and experience the opulence of highlights and colors.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I always start with a memory, an emotion, something that I saw of a performance that marked me, like Sophia Lucia, who is this incredible dancer from San Diego; or music like Abel Korzeniowski, Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins. These set a certain tone. It encourages reflection, inspiration and gives me strength when drawing or designing.

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What’s your process?

Once I’m inspired, I start drawing, which I do at my dining room table in my apartment, which is near Bryant Park. An image appears in my head when I am in this place that I am able to descend. I love to create moments, proportions and placement of embroidery in the dress. Next, I explore the fabric choices. The development takes place in my studio. I have a team of six people, including a seamstress, a cutter, a pattern maker and a workshop manager. We discuss the sketch and its meaning. The patterns are created digitally; draping occurs on the mannequins. It may take two to four months for a full collection to run.

You did your first series of trunk shows this year; how have they helped your career?

Hair salons are wonderful because you interact with the brides and the shopper in the store. My first was for 10 days in Bergdorf, Manhattan, right after Bridal Fashion Week in April, then Neiman Marcus, in Dallas, for five days. It allowed people to see my work for the first time. It gave me strength and confidence, and an impetus to continue. I had heard a lot of nays from retailers and other stores, who during Covid weren’t saying yes to new designers like me. Both department stores asked me to be part of their bridal salon, which prompted other bridal shops to be interested in me. It was also a great education to see what brides gravitate towards and what they don’t like.

What was the motivation behind Dreamer?

Mythology occupies a large place in my work. I wanted to create modern day goddesses and sartorial art. Each of the 11 dresses is named after a goddess. The collection features various weights of silk, metallic brocades, and white and metallic lace, some of which feature beautiful, intricate artwork. Eight dresses are white; three are colored. These were inspired by a trip I took in July to Provence, France. It was my first time there. The soft blue reminded me of the sky. A soft but bold green was reminiscent of the hills. A pastel yellow tulle ball gown reminded me of the sun shining on them.

Why did you decide to shoot your collection at Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers?

It is the most beautiful place. It’s as mythological as the collection. And both have a touch of modernism. The place is transcendent and peaceful and open to the public. It was founded in the early 1900s by Samuel J. Untermyer, and it has a fascinating history. There is music when you enter, there are extraordinary flowers and plants, trees, stones, sculptures, columns and waterfalls. I wanted to capture nature and how it plays a role in the movement of dresses and be able to capture sunlight on fabrics.

As an Asian-American, have you felt embraced by the industry?

I have always felt supported by the fashion industry. But being an Asian American during Covid and watching all the Asian hatred happen was very difficult and sad to see. The world needed beauty. This is partly why I made my collection. I couldn’t stop the Asian hate, but I could put something beautiful in the world and let people feel there was hope, and let the Asian community know that they could still achieve their goals. and find inspiration from others, like me, who were contributing, and follow their dreams during this time.

What is your favorite moment?

When a bride puts on the dress for the first time and sees herself in the mirror and puts her hand over her mouth and a sound escapes, and then nothing. There is just this silence, which you can feel. Their eyes widen and their expression changes and then freezes. When they are silent, all these thoughts go through their heads. It is a very strong moment, of which I am a part and which I witness at the same time.

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Swiss Watch and IWC partner with top Malaysian fashion designers

Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen go behind the scenes to discover the journeys of famous Malaysian designers in a rapidly changing landscape.

With the uncertainty created by today’s landscape, it goes without saying that change and transformation is happening quickly and beyond our control. On the contrary, it has driven many creatives to constantly experiment, evolve and develop their talents.

In a special collaboration to celebrate craftsmanship and strive for excellence, Swiss Watch and IWC are teaming up with three esteemed Malaysian fashion designers to talk about their personal challenges over the past two years and how they had to adapt and pivot to stay ahead. of their game.

Jovian Mandagie on staying together and trusting leadership

Since launching his eponymous brand – Jovian – in August 2012, Jovian Mandagie has established himself as one of Malaysia’s top designers. Jovian’s collections are highly sought after, and for good reason too, because his creations always aim to accentuate a woman’s look, whether it is a couture or ready-to-wear piece. That same intention played a big part in training Jovian through the COVID-19 crisis, which he admits has riddled him with uncertainty.

“I had no idea what was going to happen next, but luckily, with the support of my team and our ‘Jovianistas’, we were able to quickly turn the business from designing fashion clothes to items. essential like face masks, ”says Jovian. .

The decision to switch to accessories not only helped him weather the storm, but also opened up new opportunities for him in the world of styling.

He confides that despite their challenges, COVID-19 made Jovian’s team aware of different things about themselves. Whether it’s about trusting the leadership or depending on the team, supporting and supporting each other is extremely crucial. The crisis was an eye opener and highlighted the importance of staying together.

As a designer with a penchant for timeless, timeless and classic lines, Jovian is drawn to the IWC Portugieser Automatic Boutique Edition IW500713. With its attention to detail on a minute scale, applied Arabic numerals and slender leaf hands, the 42.3mm stainless steel model perfectly illustrates the Portugieser design.

Rizman Nordin on welcoming change and exploiting new opportunities

Rizman Nordin is a designer who connects with his unique flair and vision by combining colorful and glamorous plays on the red carpet. Running the famous fashion brand Rizman Ruzaini with its longtime business partner Wan Ruzaini Wan Jamil, the brand is known for presenting designs that are synonymous with their own distinctive identity.

But Rizman also has a tremendous business acumen to match his creativity as a designer. Finding opportunities and ways to be successful in business is fueled by his responsibility as a leader. When the pandemic hit, the brand immediately moved to an online platform to meet the ‘new normal’.

“I realized that people were staying at home, so I transformed my business to accommodate this new dynamic,” Rizman recalls. “I have a strong team behind me, and I know they depend on me, so that’s my motivation.”

While COVID-19 has been disruptive for all businesses, the designer admits being at home has given him the luxury of spending time with family. He was able to be with his wife throughout her pregnancy with their first daughter and watch her grow up, for which he is extremely grateful.

A busy man like Rizman is someone who divides his day into routines. To match his hectic lifestyle, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar IW503605 is the perfect fit for him. With its 46mm stainless steel case and blue dial, it carries on the long-standing tradition of Big Pilot’s perpetual calendar watches – keeping the wearer’s pulse on time and the tasks at hand.

Khoon Hooi on the power of perseverance in the uncertainty of time

Having been at the forefront of the industry since the late 90s, Khoon Hooi has become a household name in Malaysian fashion after launching his own brand. But alas – like most – the pandemic has proven to be a huge challenge for him.

“Our brand focuses on second-hand clothing, so COVID-19 has turned out to be a particularly difficult time for us,” shares Khoon Hooi. “There were no events, no weddings, and on top of that, we also ran the production on our own, which abruptly came to a halt.”

Despite the challenges, Khoon Hooi confronts them head-on. He changes gears and evolves his brand from a simple second-hand clothing design to the introduction of lifestyle creations that can be worn every day, such as loungewear, masks and kaftans for children. .

Khoon Hooi expresses that the lockdown made time feel like time was slowing down and made him think about his future. It changes his perspective as a fashion designer. He is also extremely proud of his team for stepping up and working together through the most difficult times.

Time turned out to be a luxury for Khoon Hooi. The designer admits that she is indeed precious, especially because of her busy schedule. For this reason, he finds the qualities of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 IW329301 very appealing. Functional and elegant, it exudes the qualities of a true pilot’s watch. The 43-millimeter stainless steel timepiece offers a strong presence on the wrist and is equipped with an automatic movement with automatic winding.

Discover hope through a creative lens

Through these unique stories shared by Malaysia’s top fashion designers, Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen offered insight into the challenges facing this diverse group of individuals. It highlights the creativity, tenacity and resilience that have been forged during times of adversity. Yet it also shows that despite the disruptions, this difficult time also presented an opportunity for many to adjust, reassess and take stock of their lives.

This collaboration between Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen with Jovian Mandagie, Rizman Nordin and Khoon Hooi highlights the trials, tribulations and perseverance faced by many during the global crisis. This intimate journey of hope and inspiration told through the lens of these talented designers is intended to serve as an important source of encouragement in these truly unprecedented times.

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House of Juniors part of the PUMAxYOU clothing project

A CLOTHING brand created by two Bradford moms has become the first international company to sign with a major sports company for a project where kids can design their own clothes.

House of Juniors has partnered with sportswear company Puma on their PUMAxYOU project.

House of Juniors has designed a number of white-colored clothing, including T-shirts, for children. Each garment comes with a set of fabric pens in different colors that children can use to complete the outline of the design.

The items first went on sale in the Puma store in New York. They will be available online in the UK and across Europe the week of October 18.

The project aims to promote creativity in children and to help budding fashion designers.

House of Juniors aims to provide the tools for children’s creative flair to flourish to its full potential.

The purpose of these collaborations is to anchor confidence in children, to be individual and to show their style with pride.

Part of the House of Junior / PumaxYou collaboration

Natasha Formoy, 32, and Chantelle Etienne, 33, and childhood friends worked from Natasha’s home, alongside their full-time jobs as social workers, to create the House children’s clothing brand. of Juniors, intended for children aged 5 to 16.

The entrepreneurial duo teamed up with now chief designer Kamila Ogrodnik, 26, who, alongside Natasha, focused on developing the brand’s design and has since become a partner of the company.

In 2018, House of Juniors was chosen to showcase their products at Mini Mode, the official London Fashion Week children’s runway show, where they paraded among brands like Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld.

The deal with Puma is House of Juniors’ latest success. Earlier this year, they saw their home-created luxury unisex children’s clothing brand fill the children’s wardrobes of top celebrities including P Diddy, Kylie Jenner and Snoop Dogg.

Natasha says Project Puma is a key moment for her business as it continues to grow.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

She said: “This is an exciting project.

“We are the first international brand to carry out the PUMAxYOU project.

“We are going international with this. The items will be sold in France, Germany, UK and Ireland.

It’s a really exciting time for the company

“Wc just wants to stay happy and humble. We’re just growing up. We’re still working with Yorkshire kids for our content.

“It’s about remembering where you came from.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“It’s not just about the sports brand on Project Puma, but people are engaging with the brand. It’s something creative for kids.

“The main thing is art and design for children.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“The kids can then upload their design to the Puma website. The project is very creative.”

House of Juniors will also be attending Swiss Fashion Week next week and Toronto Fashion Week in December.

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Model Farida Khelfa dismantles prejudices of Arab Muslim women in latest documentary

Tall and chic in the typical Parisian way, Farida Khelfa is a model, muse, actress and documentary filmmaker.

She was a darling of the Parisian night scene in the 1980s, forming long-standing friendships on the dance floor with designers Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin, Azzedine Alaia and photographer Jean-Paul Goude. Khelfa was eventually drawn to the catwalk and was one of the first prominent Arab models – decades before diversity was part of the fashion agenda.

She is still an occasional model for her designer friends, most recently for Fendi’s spring couture collection, but at 61 her interests are now behind the camera rather than in front of her.

Over the past 10 years, she has made documentaries about her famous friends, starting with Gaultier and later Louboutin. In 2012, she filmed Nicolas Sarkozy on his French presidential campaign with François Hollande, and released a documentary filmed after the Arab uprisings in Tunisia in 2011, shortly after the fall of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

His latest project is a stimulating film titled On the other side of the veil (The Other Side of the Veil), which was released in July on Khelfa’s YouTube channel.

Born in Lyon to Algerian parents, Khelfa fled her strict upbringing as a teenager, attracted by the bright lights of Paris. This experience gives her an insight and understanding of Arab culture, and in her latest documentary she uses it to provide a refreshing perspective on women living and working in the Middle East. Its aim is to dismantle the prejudices and misconceptions surrounding Muslim Arab women in the region.

“It’s a very personal project,” says The National. “I wanted to let these women speak and listen to them, because a lot of people speak for them, and you rarely hear them speaking. For me, it was fascinating to see their work and to see what changes.

The film features a series of interviews shot in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and London, with women from various creative sectors, including fashion designers and stylists, writers, artists, a chef, a film producer and director of an NGO that runs infrastructure projects in low-income countries.

“At first I thought I would make a fashion film,” says Khelfa. It was inspired by a trip organized by Vogue Italy and luxury retailer Rubaiyat in 2016 at a talent competition in Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, where she co-judged with Silvia Venturini Fendi and Alberta Ferretti. “I discovered all these young women and I was surprised by the quality of their work and their knowledge of fashion.

While in Jeddah, Khelfa was invited to Fashion Forward in Dubai, which sparked the idea of ​​making a film about fashion in the region. However, in Dubai, she met not only designers but their friends, who were artists, chefs and writers, and realized that it was possible to expand the case and give all these women a platform. Its mission was to correct the dated and inaccurate way the Western media portray women in the region.

Fashion was the starting point. The documentary explores the rich history of traditional clothing, such as the abaya, through interviews with designers such as Faiza Bouguessa from Dubai, Wadha Al Hajri from Qatar and Reem Al Kanhal from Saudi Arabia.

Mariam bin Mahfouz, designer at Sotra and Haal Inc, who won a special prize in the Saudi talent competition, suggests that abayas do not necessarily hide the wearer. “It’s another fashion play-off,” she said. “It responds to modesty but isn’t necessarily something that isn’t fun or elegant. It’s become a kind of fashion for us [designers]. It’s very empowering… it’s like wearing a superhero cape.

Khelfa then visited galleries and museums and met creators such as Saudi artist Manal Al Dowayan, who lives in London, and Ghada Al Rabea, who was the only one of his subjects who chose to appear in a niqab and an abaya. Khelfa offered everyone a choice of what to wear during filming and admitted that Al Rabea was making a statement by wearing his.

A handout photo of Suspended Together - (Standing Dove, Eating Dove) Manal al-Dowayan, 2012, Porcelain, 20 x 10 x 23 cm each at the Home Ground exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (Photo by Miguel Veterano, Capital D Studio © Barjeel Art Foundation) NOTE: For Anna Seaman's feature film in Arts & Life, July 2015

Wearing a niqab as an artist is a challenge, Al Rabea admits, as she is constantly asked how she can be an artist and veiled at the same time. “I knew that I had to dissociate my appearance from my painting, so that the audience would not be influenced by my beautiful or disturbing appearance, and only see my painting,” she says.

She remembers being questioned by a Dutchman at one of his headscarf exhibitions and responded by asking him how he thought people perceived him? “I don’t allow myself to judge you, so why are you judging me?” ” she said. Her message is not to judge by appearance, but that people see beyond her abaya and consider what she thinks, desires and dreams.

Khelfa describes Al Rabea as a charismatic worker who creates paintings full of joy and light. “This was not the idea I had before of the Saudi woman, and so it was interesting for me to deconstruct the misconceptions in the West about Muslim women.”

Khelfa withdraws from the conversation and gives her subjects space to speak their truth. In another impactful interview, Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO of the Doha Institute – a company that supports aspiring Arab filmmakers – highlights how 20% of independent films in the Middle East are made by women, compared to just 9% in the USA. . These women are not necessarily feminists or typical of their culture, but are strong and confident and yearn for independence.

As Al Dowayan points out, Saudi women are represented in two ways: the activist who ends up in prison or the veiled and oppressed victim. The women in the middle, who work for change within the system, are ignored.

It’s rare to see a documentary with images like this. Khelfa let the shoot develop organically, with subjects introducing her to others. “It’s always the best way,” she says. “I had the same experience when I was filming in Tunisia after the revolution. If you plan too far ahead for a documentary, that’s no good. You have to live in the moment. “

She believes that the openness of her subjects was encouraged by her personal experience as a filmmaker of Algerian heritage. “I don’t come from the same background, but I come from a Muslim culture and that’s probably why they felt comfortable with me.

On the other side of the veil is released at a time of tension in Khelfa’s home country, following the French government’s attempt to ban girls under 18 from wearing the hijab in public. The bill, debated by parliament in April, drew condemnation from around the world and led to escalating #HandsOffMyHijab viral protests and heightened fears of Islamophobia in France.

Khelfa wants her documentary to be constructive. “I was very touched by these women; moved by the way they wanted to get things done. It’s worth listening to them and seeing beyond the veil and all the stereotypical opinions that cloud our view of these women. I hope the documentary will open more eyes.

Update: October 3, 2021, 9:12 a.m.

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The Malagon group goes global and extends beyond Latinx fashion brands

Camila Malagon lost both parents at the age of twenty-one. While coping with her tragic loss, she launched her fashion consulting agency representing small Latinx fashion designers and helped them enter the US retail market. Camila has a laser sense for spotting new and hot brands; she quickly built a successful business in the United States and is now making a bold decision in the global marketplace.

Chan: When did you create Malagon Group?

Malagon: The Malagon Group was created in 2017. I returned to Colombia after my parents passed away, intending to reconnect with my roots after growing up in the United States all my life. It was supposed to be a quick trip with plans to return to New York City, but the local designers suddenly started contacting me and asking me to help them get into American retailers. Suddenly – and unwittingly – I found myself as a consultant in Colombia. Through years of working in wholesale, public relations and my retail experience in New York City, I was fluent in the language of the industry and had relationships with many key players. It has been four years since I first moved to Colombia. I have cultivated great relationships with retail partners like Net-A-Porter, Intermix, Saks and Bloomingdales, on a professional level but more importantly, on a personal level. It was at these retailers that I presented most of the brands that I have now.

Chan: What is the Malagon Group today?

Malagon: Today, Malagon Group is a fashion consulting agency representing various emerging fashion brands around the world. We now have an incredible turnaround time for new clients as we are seeing results in the first half of the year. We focused on a six to eight month period of perfecting the brand and the collections before they were ready to market. When we start with a client or a new campaign, I work hand in hand with the brand, I revise the fabrics, I revise the designs with the business strategy in mind, and then my team follows up on the execution. I trust every member of our team to divide and conquer. Whether it’s in the design or even in the analysis of technology and data, everyone is together to meet the schedule we have set for ourselves.

Chan: What was your first big break?

Malagon: My first “big” break was to integrate three brands (Waimari, Juan De Dios & Verdelimon) into Intermix in one season, during my first year of activity.

Chan: Do you have extension projects?

Malagon: Yes! We are currently focused on expansion targeting Europe and West Coast markets. In October, we meet with UK’s biggest retailers such as Net-A-Porter, Matches, Selfridges, Liberty London, Browns, Harrods and many more to expand overseas distribution. And at the end of November, we are opening offices in Los Angeles to support more brands beyond Latin America from 2022. We want to have a smart approach to the fashion-tech side of the industry, by focusing on data-driven markets and trends that will ultimately enable more growth at all levels. I am constantly thinking about how to maximize creative initiatives in the fashion world. I work closely with Net Sustain, Net-A-Porter’s organized platform, to ensure that each of my brands gives back in one way or another, socially or environmentally. For example, one brand guaranteed that every swimsuit sold would result in a planted tree, or MUV’s label initiative, where the labels themselves are made from carrot seeds, so if you drop them don’t no matter where – even in New York – they will sprout. The brands I started with are very resort and swimming focused, but in a way that reflects Colombia’s strength in this category. Last February, I signed on to my first athleisure brand called MUV Active, which I’m personally very excited about. In our first season together, we asked Bandier to take over the brand with Dallas, Los Angeles and online. We will launch in mid-October. We also have Agnes glasses, which have caught the attention of major publishers and buyers around the world in a very short period of time. I hope to expand the bi-coastal offices, maintaining our Latin American brands while simultaneously developing brands from France, Dubai, the Middle East and Asian countries.

Chan: Who are your favorite Latinx fashion designers?

Malagon: In my world, that’s a bit of a trick question – but Carolina Herrera has always been a favorite. My mom always wore Carolina, which was my first introduction to the iconic brand. Also – I love a shirt dress, and it does the best.

Chan: What is your philosophy for spotting new designers who will be successful? Malagon: My philosophy is to trust my instincts. I know when I see something special about the brand, even if the product isn’t something I would wear myself. I think I have a particular strength in having a very clear vision of the capabilities of each designer, and when I take on new brands within a pre-existing client category, they are unique. I don’t want to expand too much, and I hate making excessive promises, so I’m very picky about how much we take and how fast. Originally, I wanted to oversee every step of every project I’m involved in, which is, in fact, not possible for a human. In all aspects of my life, including business, I have – for better or for worse – the spirit of a perfectionist, and I love to be thoughtful. Another business philosophy is to prioritize customer and buyer relationships in a detail-oriented, organized and intimate way that makes customers feel heard and prioritized. Whether it’s meeting buyers one-on-one or with my clients at their homes, I’m not your typical CEO and you won’t see me at trade shows. I am incredibly proud of our team, our company and the progress we have made with the majority of the brands we currently represent at Malagon Group and it has been mind-blowing. I think my relationship with buyers is something that is my most valuable asset.

Chan: How fast can a brand grow?

Malagon: The best example I can give you is that I signed with a swimwear brand called Baobab in August 2020. They were selling to Victoria’s Secret, an account the brand got by attending a trade show, but not at other large retailers. In the past 12 months, the brand has already launched in stores like Intermix, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Revolve and most recently Shopbop resulting in 260% growth and we are expanding the international distribution of the Mark. It’s that kind of growth that nourishes me and keeps me going. We have settled our turnaround time. I don’t mean to sound naive, but it’s so gratifying to see the results of our hard work. The hardest part is that I’m about to venture into uncharted territory that I don’t know as well, especially Europe. Not to mention the fact that I am now completely moving my headquarters to the West Coast. My biggest challenge right now is making sure my brands don’t feel the consequences of my move and keep growing. I want to look to the future as I start to focus on new territories. But I have to stay innovative and maintain our current success. Overall, that means my role is to change gears. It will be a challenge, but I’m excited for myself – and terrified, but I’m so happy for Malagon Group.

Chan: What motivates you personally?

Malagon: I always juggle responsibilities and priorities, but I also remember being grateful and celebrating every win and the team. I am also a very intuitive person and I have to remember to keep driving this boat and to keep us going.

Chan: How did your parents influence you?

Malagon: I inherited my dad’s work ethic, not to mention he taught me the importance of keeping my word. My mother was a strong woman who was also a role model – as far back as I can remember; I was surrounded by friends of hers – designers, models, photographers – who had a huge influence on my tastes. She was bold, elegant and not afraid to be herself. She gave me the confidence to stay true to my beliefs and not be afraid to use my voice or own my opinions. The fact that I work in fashion, especially in business, is certainly no accident. But the strength of my voice and my belief that I can do it? I owe them that.

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Super Chic Fashion Week arrives in Los Angeles for an iconic show

The Super Chic Los Angeles Fashion Week event took place on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel. During the presentation of the track; we have seen substantial collections of fashion brands featuring a wardrobe for women, men and children. Among them were; Breathe Fashion By Snehal Velvandkar (clothing for women), Bella Fashion Designs (clothing for women, men and children) and Bindi Fashion Designs (clothing for women and children).

Super Chic Fashion Week is a production company based in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Founded by the fashion house; Bella Fashion Designs, Super Chic Fashion Week produces a world tour for fashion in various cities in the United States, Europe and South America. Create a platform for emerging and established fashion designers to increase brand awareness at national and international trade shows.

The models presenting the collections were; Kseniia Sokol, Gabriella Bales, Jacqueline Drexler, Jessica Carper, Nancy Chen, Jenny Guan, Mikayla Chitu, Selina Luo, Franchesca Rivera, Joyce Gao, Angela Zhang, Joseph Jones, Ethan Chang-Johnson, Felix Wang, Harrison Coronado, Rawlin Jefferson, Delbert Dai, Daisy Qin, He Yun Lang, Henry Yang, Hanee Yang, Grace Zhan, Felix Zhan, Oscar Du, Benson Du, Jonathan Xie, Sylvia Ye, Skye Ferrero, Cassidy Chang-Johnson & Saige Lopez.

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5 clothes that have shown the power of fashion over 1000 years

The notion of becoming is inherent in fashion: our clothing choices can tell a story of who we are or who we want to be. In many ways, donning an outfit can be one of the most powerful acts of self-expression, and it’s a tool people around the world have used for millennia.

“The Stories We Wear” – a new exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) – explores 2,500 years of style through approximately 250 objects classified by work and play, battle, performance , ceremony and rule. With a range that includes 17th-century samurai warrior armor and a coral-beaded Givenchy dress worn in 1965 by Hollywood star-turned-Princess Grace Kelly, the exhibition aims to showcase the connection between fashion and ideas. identity in a way that transcends “language, culture and time,” according to the museum’s website.

“Today, we often dismiss fashion as frivolous,” Senior Curator Lauren Ristvet said in a statement. “But our appearances matter. The way we dress communicates who we are and what we do.”

Here are five more historic garments that demonstrate the power of fashion as a tool for self-actualization.

Headdress of a 16th century Buddhist priest from Nepal

The crown of a 16th century Nepalese Buddhist priest can be found in the “Dressing for Ceremony” section of the exhibit. Credit: Eric Sucar / University of Pennsylvania

Tied to the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, this headdress features five cosmic Buddhas arranged in the form of a mandala, a geometric symbol used for sacred rites and meditation. When priests occasionally wore this Mukuta, or crown, it was an outward demonstration of their appropriation of the attributes of Buddhahood, including morality, self-denial, and wisdom.

“Our crown and other similar crowns are extremely heavy. So they wouldn’t have been the kind of thing you would want to wear for every ritual you perform,” Ristvet said in a telephone interview.

Those who put on the Mukuta became the most important figure in their religious tradition.

The ancient burial of a Chief Coclé of what is now Panama

The burial of a Coclé chief (circa 750-1000 AD) shines in the exhibition "Dress to rule" Region.

The funeral insignia of a Coclé chief (circa 750-1000 AD) glow in the “Dress to Govern” area of ​​the exhibit. Credit: Eric Sucar / University of Pennsylvania

These gold plaques and other materials were found in 1940 on a man buried among around a dozen people, whose death dates back to between AD 750 and AD 1,000, Ristvet said. Adorned with extravagant gold, “he was by far the richest clad individual found in the grave,” Ristvet said.

On each plaque is engraved a human figure with sharp teeth and legs that turn into alligators or crocodiles. Crocodiles have often been associated with dominance and power, Ristvet said. “The man who transforms into a crocodile was also understood in terms of esoteric or shamanic powers that a ruler might have.” And the jaguars – enclosing the emerald in the pendant – have been a symbol of power across Mesoamerica.

A 1930s velvet dress worn by Marian Anderson

The velvet merlot dress that belonged to contralto Marian Anderson is the star of the exhibition "Dress to play" section.

The velvet merlot dress that belonged to contralto Marian Anderson is the star of the “Dress to Play” section of the exhibition. Credit: Eric Sucar / University of Pennsylvania

This velvet merlot dress was likely designed by Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes, one of the first black fashion designers to open a boutique on Broadway in 1948, according to Ristvet. Valdes has dressed contralto Marian Anderson – the first black woman to perform with the Metropolitan Opera – for much of her career, Ristvet said.

This dress, which Anderson has worn several times during her career, could have been one of the dresses she wore for her annual performances at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, she added. Once rejected by the United States for her race but adopted by the European public, Anderson eventually became a cultural icon who sang for American presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

A court robe worn by an official during the Qing dynasty in China

A court robe worn during the Qing Dynasty in China (19th century) is in the "Dress to rule" part of the exhibition.

A public dress worn during the Qing Dynasty in China (19th century) can be found in the “Dressing to Rule” section of the exhibit. Credit: Eric Sucar / University of Pennsylvania

Donated to the Penn Museum in 1898 by a Miss Livingston, the Chaofu (audience robe) was the official costume of a second-rank civil servant, according to the museum. The silk and brocade gown, adorned with embroidered dragons, waves and clouds, was only worn on some of the most important occasions in the lives of officials, Ristvet said.

“In China, every aspect of official dress is fundamentally tightly controlled, and there is a lot of symbolism that goes into all of these results.… The blue-black color of this dress is something that is only worn by officials. of the court, “says Ristvet.

Blue was one of the main colors of the Qing Dynasty flag. “Of course, the dragon is a symbol of the emperor of power in China. And the number of claws on the dragon actually corresponds to the rank of an official.”

Gold floral crown of a Scythian warrior

The crown of a Scythian warrior is displayed in "The stories we carry" exhibit at the Penn Museum.

A Scythian warrior crown is on display in the “The Stories We Wear” exhibit at the Penn Museum. Credit: Eric Sucar / University of Pennsylvania

The rosettes of this gold tiara were made of gold leaf and wire and probably adorned a headdress or garment of an elite Scythian woman.

“Many cultures around the world viewed gold as a symbol of high status,” wrote Debra Breslin, an artifact conservator who examined and processed more than 200 artifacts for the exhibit, in a statement.

“This idea of ​​military prowess, we tend to really think of it as masculine down the centuries,” Ristvet said. “It is interesting to note that almost all of the (Scythian) material we have in our museum appears to come from women’s graves, which is cool and unusual, as much of the high-ranking material from this era comes from graves in ‘men.”

Exhibition “The stories we carry” is on display at the University of Pennsylvania Archeology and Anthropology Museum (Penn Museum) until June 12, 2022.

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Who is Christian Siriano’s boyfriend? Inside “Project Runway” Host’s Dream Relationship Story

From fancy cocktail dresses to evening gowns, Christian Siriano can make any ensemble stunning. The famous fashion designer recently broke a Met Gala record by becoming the first designer to present three pieces of his creation at the Costume Institute’s new exhibition.

And now he’s coming back as a mentor on Project track Season 19 where fashion designers show their skills to seize the opportunity to create a collection for New York Fashion Week.

While fans adore the award-winning CFDA designer, they are also keen to learn more about his personal life. According to Christian Siriano’s social media posts, the fashion artist is dating Kyle Smith.

Who is Kyle Smith?

Christian Siriano's boyfriend Kyle Smith (Image via kylesmithkyle / Instagram)
Christian Siriano’s boyfriend Kyle Smith (Image via kylesmithkyle / Instagram)

Christian Siriano’s boyfriend, Kyle Smith, is also a designer who creates men’s clothing for a New York-based clothing collection, Future Lovers of Tomorrow. Smith appears to be close to his family and often shares articles about his sister, Alexis Hope, who died in a tragic car crash.

He and Siriano started dating in 2018, with the latter posting the same on Instagram. Besides their profession, the couple have a lot in common, as both are known for their outrageous and unique fashion sense and are very active on social media. From their quiet moments at home to their trips to exotic places, Smith and Siriano shared everything on Instagram.

During the lockdown, the two spent more than their usual quality time as they were together throughout the quarantine period.

Explaining how they spent time together, Christian Siriano said:

“I watched everything. If Kyle asks me to watch another Hilary Duff movie, I won’t.

The next collaboration of Christian Siriano and Kyle Smith

Christian Siriano and boyfriend Kyle Smith (Image via kylesmithkyle / Instagram)
Christian Siriano and boyfriend Kyle Smith (Image via kylesmithkyle / Instagram)

Smith just posted a post on his Instagram account about hosting the very first pop-up store in Norwalk, CT with Siriano. It will be a two-day event starting October 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Smith’s caption read:

“We have some very exciting news to share !! Join us THURSDAY NEXT October 7, as we open our very first pop-up at @ troupe429 in Norwalk, CT 🍾 special drag performance 💛 see you soon!

Meanwhile, Christian Siriano is getting ready for his first museum exhibition which will take place this weekend. He’ll also be wearing his mentor cap again, along with Judges Brandon Maxwell, Nina Garcia and Elaine Welteroth, on the reality show. Project track. It premieres October 14 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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Katiyo-Mayhew at the Chengetedza Digital Fashion Show


LOCAL fashion designer and founder of Chengetedza brand Moline Katiyo-Mayhew has successfully launched Chengetedza National Digital Zimbabwe Fashion and Handcrafts.

The launch was honored by local designers and representatives of the Zimbabwe Cultural Fund, the European Union and the German Society.

“The digital and craft fair was intended to connect Zimbabwean designers to the rest of the world,” said Katiyo-Mayhew.

South African arts promoter and designer Masechaba Moloi, who was among the guests, said the world has learned from fashion designers.

“Fashion tells a story for every aspect of our daily life as witnessed by soldiers, pastors, schools and thus designates fashion as a language,” she said.

Ruvimbo Linda Chingoto of Sleek Missy Collections, who was one of the show attendees, said: “Working with Chengetedza was amazing. All of my fascinators were made using scraps of fabric, I was able to explore new techniques that I am using now and the advice will forever be invaluable.

Another emerging fashion and craft designer, Caroline Masvingise-Godzongere said, “When I got an invitation to enter the Chengetedza Fashion Show competition, that’s when I designed kimonos, handbags, sandals and skirts. “

“I use codes to create new products, curtains, bed runners, cushion covers and table runners.

Masvingise-Godzongere is gearing up for another showcase at the 2021 Harare Agricultural Show ahead of the Zimbabwe Dubai Expo scheduled for next year.

Designer Catherine Tanyaradzwa Mudzimu said the fashion show was an inspiring and overwhelming event that enabled networking and marketing for designers.

Katiyo-Mayhew is a woman with many creative skills who wears different jackets including designer, skills development consultant, visual arts, fashion and crafts trainer.

She is also a humanitarian worker, visual artist and passionate about fitness.

Katiyo-Mayhew said she was inspired and taught by her mother, a nurse by profession.

“I launched my fashion brand HB Designs in 2010 at the Delta Gallery in Harare. As a skills development consultant, I volunteer my time to mentor and develop fashion and craft skills for youth and women, ”she said.

“As a working designer, I bring a hands-on approach to my training with the help of other skilled volunteer artisans. “

Katiyo-Mayhew said his passion is working with young people and women encouraging them to use their God-given talents for joy and to earn income.

“Fashion is a career, a necessity and an entertainment. My designs are unique, simple cuts and those in the diaspora who love an African touch are also drawn to my clothes, ”she said.

“It would be interesting to see designers integrate ethical means to promote sustainable fashion. And also create styles that use locally produced fabrics and hand-printed materials to keep their designs unique. “

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that hasn’t spared the creative sector, Katiyo-Mayhew said she was busy working on a collection and publication that would be the nation’s premier digital fashion and craft show. as part of his Chengetedza project.

“During these COVID-19 induced blockages, I have managed to work on a number of projects which include Our Handcrafts on the Catwalk which was selected as part of the second Call Creative Actions project supported by Culture Fund, Creative Actions and the European Union, ”she said. noted.

“The creative sector needs to earn an income, so live fashion shows need to be held so that we can see the clothes in person and when these are closed we now know that digital platforms will bring these shows to the comfort of. our home. “

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Vir Das calls on young designers to dress her impeccably for Emmys

Emmy-nominated actor-comedian Vir Das has taken to social media for a special request, and it’s understandably good. This not only shows his funny side once again, but also takes a slight attack on the other actors who end up not doing the same. So here’s what happened …

We all know that there are many actors and actresses who wear high end designer tailor-made clothes just to wear them to an awards ceremony. Few people dare to give newbie fashion designers a chance and prefer to stick with popular names.

Even when some actors or actresses ask a novice designer to make their dresses, it is to the peanut rhythm. Most of these transactions are based on a barter system where the designer doesn’t get paid but has their name displayed all over the news when the celebrity wearing the outfit tells the media what outfit she’s wearing. Photos are splashed all over the place and the celebrity talks about the creator but ultimately doesn’t pay him too much money.

Now that Das has to go to the Emmys, he wants to look presentable in a way that he sports an Indo-Western look. And he wants it to be done by a new designer or students who are in their later years to pass the styling course, etc. him drawings and their past work on a specified email id. He and his team will not only select one of these young talents to design his outfit for the Emmys, he’ll pay them for the outfit as well, and once the event is over, he and the designer will go ahead and put the outfit on. held at auction. and donate the proceeds to charity.

Here’s what Das wrote when revealing his noble gesture:

Das was nominated for an Emmy for his Netflix stand-up comedy special, “Vir Das: For India”.

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The 2021 Met Gala stars who embodied American independence

Each year, some of the world’s biggest stars walk the grand steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the heart of New York City. Directory Met Gala is a fundraiser for The Costume Institute, one of the museum’s most distinguished collections.

This year’s Met Gala coincided with the opening of a two-part exhibition – In America: a fashion lexicon.

The dress code for the event was “American independence», To be interpreted in collaboration between the guests and the fashion designers who invited them. The looks that the guests and their designers brought to the event generated a lot of controversy and talk. Many critics called the looks boring and accused the stars of ignoring the theme, while others took issue with some of the political statements that were made.

Despite these claims, this year’s Met Gala brought a myriad of particularly diverse interpretations, in a wide range of categories such as classic Americana, bold political statements, and contemporary reflections on what it means to be American.

Some of the guests were bold and fearless with their attire, while others took a more subtle approach to the “American independence” theme. One of the most advanced examples was brought by New York Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her presence at the event and her sartorial choice drew heated criticism from both sides of the aisle.

She was wearing a white dress designed by Aurora James with the words “TAX THE RICH” splashed across the back. The dress has been vilified for being “performative activism” with people pointing out the irony of wearing this statement at an event displaying overwhelming richness.

Others have called Ocasio-Cortez a hypocrite, citing that someone who espouses economic justice would never attend such a lavish and ostentatious event as the Met Gala.

While the dress itself was a performance, it’s not fair to call out an active performative MP, especially Ocasio-Cortez who has spent her time in Congress fighting tooth and nail for tangible change.

Additionally, criticizing her participation on the basis of the luxury of the event ignores the fact that as an elected official she expects to attend fundraising events for museums and other cultural institutions. It is also reducing enough for the arts to dilute the Met Gala to a simple show of wealth, when there is so much more to understand about its purpose, as well as the hard work and creativity that characterizes both the event and its fashion.

While Ocasio-Cortez stole the show with her dress, other guests made more subtle statements on U.S. politics and social issues, including several looks channeling the Statue of Liberty.

Poet laureate that of Amanda Gorman look was by far one of the most meaningful and complex.

She wore a magical blue beaded gown by Vera Wang and a crystal hairpiece, resembling Lady Liberty’s iconic crown, but modified to symbolize the story of her title as Poet laureate. She was also holding a blue pouch with the words “give us your fatigue” on it, a line from the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty itself.

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The words are a poignant reminder of what America should to be, but often fails to live up to, a place of opportunity and refuge.

Along the same lines, Timothée Chalamet reminded people of some of America’s most negative contrasts today. When interviewed on the mat, he reminded viewers that it is important “not to get lost in the glamor because a lot of people are in pain”.

Chalamet wore a luxurious white tuxedo jacket by Haider Ackerman and vintage Cartier brooches, paired with white sweatpants and a classic white converse. Some people criticized her look for being too simple, but the inspiration had a lot of depth.

In an interview, Ackerman told Vogue “Whenever I visit America, I am always struck by the wonderful clash of upscale and downtown cultures, music and sports, and all that energy that just mixes together… I wanted to create something something inspired by that energy. “

Although many political statements were made, some took advantage of the event to enjoy the most nostalgic and beloved parts of America.

Barbie was an unmistakable inspiration to many guests, as touches of pink were visible all over the red carpet.

Barbie and the color pink are beautiful examples enough to “American independence ” can mean for young women. So many girls are dishonored by their female interests at a young age because they are demeaned and deemed inferior to more male interests. For many women, reaching adulthood means feeling free to take back the things they loved as girls.

Kate hudson wore a pink two piece Michael Kors with a pink fur coat, Lily-Rose Depp wore a pink Chanel set with a vintage look, Nicolas peltz looked like royalty in a hot pink Valentino ball gown with lighter pink gloves and Lili reinhart wore a fantastic pink Christian Siriano gown adorned with the state flower from each of the fifty states.

Youtube star Jackie Aina dazzled in a pink dress from designer Fe Noel, who explained that “Jackie’s dress is the perfect mix of glamor meet the girl next door.”

Billie Eilish, who partnered with Oscar De La Renta on the condition that they stop using fur in all of their work, wore a stunning Holiday Barbie-inspired ball gown.

Eilish usually goes for less lavish styles, so seeing her in a luxurious dress was surprising to many. She has said in the past that she wears looser clothes to hide her figure after growing up seeing hypersexualized and disgraceful pop stars in the media. Eilish used this event to reinvent her own fashion as she enters adulthood in the limelight.

The looks of many participants winked at old Hollywood, or the “golden age” of Hollywood, which laid the foundation for many of their careers. Some found the looks in the category boring and over the top, but old Hollywood is essential to understanding the key elements of “American independence.

In the early 1900s, we saw a shift to the five-day work week, and many Americans now had the means to relax. Hollywood was born out of this because Americans could use their time to go to the movies on weekends. Over time, movies have become a means of escape during tumultuous times like the Great Depression and the World Wars.

This golden age of Hollywood allowed Americans to take ownership of their time and imagine a new and more exciting world. It also paved the way for American fashion as we understand it today as people now had Hollywood starlets to mold their fashion sense.

So many of these looks were simple, but captured the glitz and glamor of that era beautifully.

Gigi hadid in Prada, Barbie ferriera to Johnathan Simkhai, Anok yai and Kaia Gerber both in Oscar De La Renta, Yara Shahidi at Dior, and Megan you stallion in Coach, all of them gave beautifully realized views of the Hollywood glamor of the Golden Age.

Kendall jenner, however, was the star of the evening in this category. She looked captivating and elegant in a gorgeous crystal-embroidered sheer dress by Matthew Williams for Givenchy. The look was a modern take on Aubrey Hepburn’s iconic look in “My beautiful lady”(1964).

Often referred to as the Super Bowl of fashion, the Met Gala is an important and highly anticipated event each year, playing a huge role in shaping fashion in the years to come and sparking a dialogue on the topics discussed each year.

This year’s guests and their designers did a fabulous job of thoughtfully responding to what it means to be American through the lens of costume. The looks are the culmination of thousands of hours in workshops and offices, planning, conceptualizing, designing and constructing every intricate detail of these looks.

This year’s gala was filled with dazzling displays of fashion and creativity, sparking conversations and controversy over competing ideas about how the theme should have been portrayed. The hundreds of guests went in many directions, but each was meaningful to the theme in a unique way as they all represented different aspects of what American independence means.

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Maison De Mode hosts the Future of Fashion Summit 2.0

The concept of sustainability is at the forefront of many contemporary fashion conversations, and Maison de Mode – a sustainable fashion platform co-founded by Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre – is no stranger to triggering these kinds of crucial discussions. On September 10, Maison de Mode hosted its second annual “Future of Fashion” summit, hosted by Nicky Hilton Rothschild on the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower.

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Publishers, fashion designers and other leaders in the fields of technology and culture have come together to discuss topics ranging from high fashion in an ethical framework to environmental responsibility in consumer affairs, and even the task of balancing aesthetics and durability. Speakers at the summit also engaged in conversations about the impact of ethical reviews in relation to people’s choices and social behavior.

And the ultimate goal of the event was to leave a significant impact on the attendees and to further inform the younger generation of designers and consumers. “The world is producing far too much, far too fast. It is not sustainable. We all need to do our part to make sure we leave this world a better place for our children, their children and so on, ”said Hilton Rothschild.

Nicky Hilton Rothschild speaks at the Fashion Futures Summit
Nicky Hilton Rothschild.

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Collina Strada and Quannah Chasinghorse.

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In addition to the informative discussions, the Future of Fashion 2.0 summit included stimulating Q&A moderated by a range of fashion industry stakeholders including CGVStellene Volandes editor-in-chief, luxury fashion designer Gabriela Hearst, model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse and many other personalities.

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Erin Dempsey Lowenberg and Stellene Volandes.

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Gabriela Hearst.

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One of the summit speakers, activist and creative director Marina Testino, shared a powerful opinion that we all need to think about: “Today more than ever, sustainability must be innovative and creative to stand out and stand out. engage with consumers … Having campaigns that break down the complexities of sustainability in a fun, artistic and cool way while still being informative is crucial these days. We need to spread creative messages around these topics to achieve a more sustainable future. “

Adam Lippes and Marina Testino speak at the Fashion Future Summit
Adam Lippes and Marina Testino.

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After a day of transformative conversations, speakers and friends of the Maison de Mode brand celebrated their successful event with a dinner at Times Square EDITION, where Tanqueray cocktails and herbal dishes were served. Special guests included actress Rosario Dawson, fashion designer Esteban Cortazar, Broadway star Paloma Garcia Lee and many more!

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Summit speakers and friends from Maison De Mode dine together.

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These 2021 CFDA Award nominations continue to reflect greater fairness in the industry

Dapper Dan attends Manhattan Magazine to Celebrate New York's Men on the Move on April 03, 2019 in New York City.

Dapper Dan attends Manhattan Magazine to Celebrate New York’s Men on the Move on April 03, 2019 in New York City.
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It seems that we have very tastes great here at The Glow Up, although frankly we already knew that. After all, we honored legendary luxury streetwear pioneer Dapper Dan with our Lifetime Achievement Award. when we launched the TGU 50 in 2020, making it even more official by give his name to the prize for life. (The “Dap Award” sounds great, right?)

We also seem to be in very good company in our admiration for one of the best in Harlem. The winners and nominees for the 2021 CFDA Awards were announced this week, and like us, the Council of Fashion Designers of America believes Dap’s is a legacy worth celebrating. He will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s in-person ceremony on November 10. According to Vogue, the man born Daniel Day is the first designer without a fashion show to win this honor.

Another TGU50 winner will have a first at this year’s ceremony; designer-activist Aurora James was nominated for a CFDA Award over the years, but in addition to her 2021 nomination for American Accessory Designer of the Year for her stellar work at Brother Vellies, James will also be honored with the Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert. for her revolutionary launch of the 15 percent pledgee. Launched last June, the initiative has been successful in lobbying a growing number of large retailers to allocate 15% or more of their inventory to black-owned products or designers, including Sephora, Macy’s and The Gap. James, who was also named one of the Time 2021100 this week and also designed the front page dress of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Monday’s Met Gala, captioned an Instagram post:

Wow. Guys! What a week and what an incredible honor. I am so proud of the work we have done with 15% commitment. Big thanks to my amazing team of women who work tirelessly in this fight for economic justice and racial equity every day … I promise you the best is yet to come. The work has only just begun.

James is one of several black designers returning to the nominees list this year, including Virgil Abloh and 2020 CFDA Award Winners (and TGU50 winners) Telfar Clemens and Christophe john rogers, who have both previously won the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in 2017 and 2019, respectively. British Fashion Award 2020 winner Grace Wales Bonner also won a CFDA nomination for International Men’s Designer, while Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo landed a first-time nomination for American Menswear Designer of the Year. And the Emerging Designer of the Year category is particularly exciting for us, as three of its five nominees are black: Evdin Thompson for Theophilio, Jameel Mohammed for KHIRY and Kenneth Nicholson.

“American fashion is experiencing a resurgence of energy and these designers play an important role in the future trajectory of our industry,” Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA, said in a statement to Vogue.

The 2021 CFDA Awards will be held in person on November 10 at The Pool Room in New York; the full list of nominees and winners is below (black talents highlighted in bold by us). The CFDA announces that more will be announced as the date of the ceremony approaches.

The Founder’s Prize in honor of Eleanor Lambert:

Aurora James for the 15 percent pledge

The price of environmental sustainability:


The Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard:

Nina Garcia

The tribute of the board of directors:

Yeohlee Teng

The Geoffrey Beene Prize for all of his achievements:

Dapper Dan

Nominees for American Women’s Clothing Designer of the Year:

Catherine Holstein for Khaite

Christophe john rogers

Gabriela Hearst

Marc Jacobs

Pierre Do

Nominees for American Men’s Clothing Designer of the Year:

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Thom browne

Nominated for American Accessories Designer of the Year:

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Aurora James for Brother Vellies

Gabriela Hearst

Stuart Vevers for Coach

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Nominees for American Emerging Designer of the Year:

Edvin Thompson for Theophilio

Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL

Jameel Mohammed for Khiry

Kenneth nicholson

Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen

Nominated for International Designer of the Year for Women:

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada

Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus

Nominated for International Male Designer of the Year:

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Dries Van Noten

Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner

Rick owens

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

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Albanian fashion designer wins biggest fashion award – Exit

Albanian fashion designer Nensi Dojaka won the prestigious LVMD Award for Young Designers in its 8th edition.

The jury selected Dojaka from a shortlist of nine finalists. The 28-year-old who now lives in London will receive a scholarship of 300,000 euros and a one-year mentoring program from a dedicated LMVH team that will cover many areas.

LVMH, otherwise known as Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is a French international company specializing in luxury goods. They also manage Christian Dior, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Céline, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co and Stella McCartney.

Each year, the LVMH Prize rewards young fashion designers “passionate about creativity”. Selected for their talent and “extraordinary creativity”, he hopes to allow the emergence of a new generation of fashion designers.

This year, Djoaka was shortlisted along with eight other people. They come from New York, Paris, London, China, Colombia and South Africa. This is the first time that an Albanian has been selected as a finalist in the competition. she was announced as a winner this week.

“This promotion of nine finalists is a wonderful snapshot of fashion today and tomorrow. These young designers are all talented, of course, but also committed and realistic. During this semi final, each one showed in their own way a very personal and successful creative universe ”, Delphine Arnault, executive vice-president of Louis Vuitton and founder of the LVMH Prize, Vogue said.

Dojaka left Tirana at the age of 16 to go to school in London. Her clothes are inspired by the 90s and include transparent, minimalist, simple and somewhat risky designs that could be taken from a fashion magazine of the 90s.

Her name became known internationally after model Bella Hadid wore some of her designs to the VMAs in 2020. She subsequently appeared in Vogue.

Since the event, Dojak has caused a sensation in Albania, as her fellow citizens are understandably proud that she represents Albanian talent on an international scale.

“I am happy to bring some pride to my small country which has many talented people and I think it needs a boost and support.”

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Western Design Conference + Sale Exhibition Names Six Top Interior Designers For September Jackson Hole Designer Show House, Including Max Humphrey Custom Porch Space | New

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., August 19, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The Western Design Conference + Sales Exhibition is delighted to welcome back guests to the four-day in-person conference Jackson Hole event in September, celebrating the best functional art inspired by the West and showcasing six great interior designers – including the famous designer and author of the new book “Modern Americana”, Max Humphrey – all look to the western style for the highly anticipated Designer exhibition house. Built in the middle of the 28,000 square foot showroom, the eclectic and artistic home features six life-size spaces exclusively designed for the WDC exhibition + sale.

The Show House 2021 will be unveiled during the Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show on Thursday September 9, at the Snow King Events Center in Jackson, Wyoming, and guests are free to tour the house at their leisure throughout the four-day event, which takes place through September 12. As executive director Allison merritt recently told “Architects + Artisans” in an interview about the return of the Western Design Conference 2021 in person, the event will be Wildly responsible and adhere to all CDC recommendations.

Starting with a spectacular rustic porch designed by Max Humphrey of Portland, Oregon, the Designer Show House opens with a theme that Humphrey calls “a little bit of country, a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll”. A weathered metal shed roof houses benches filled with vintage grain bag pillows, large cushions and camp blankets against custom-designed horseshoe wallpaper accompanied by old hickory furniture as well as of some of the designer’s favorite found treasures. Humphrey spontaneously coined the term “Modern Americana” to describe his signature style during an interview in 2018, and his popular book of the same name was published in April 2021. Acclaimed as a creator of design change and named one of Country Living’s 100 Most Creative People, Humphrey’s interiors are featured in Architectural Digest media at the Wall Street Journal.

Upon entering the Show House, WDC guests are greeted by the hallway designed by New West Fine Art, a contemporary art gallery in Jackson in exclusive partnership with the artist and Jackson native Connor liljestrom. Working primarily in oil and mixed oil, Liljestrom explores themes inspired by her life in Tetons, mythologies, Hollywood and pop culture, natural history, colonialism and the canon of Western art history.

From the nifty hallway, guests enter the living room created by the winner of the 2019 WDC Best Interior Design award. Anne Buresh Interior Design with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jackson, Wyoming. Buresh can’t wait to return to Show House with a new look connecting South and West, mixing traditional and contemporary, feminine and masculine, and showcasing a well-traveled lifestyle. A striking mural envelops the space, furnished with custom pieces, French antiques, and a dramatic black-and-white image by Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner.

Guests can then venture into the custom library designed by Antique hickory furniture and Gibbs Smith editions. The Show House’s timelessly charming book space will feature over 100 Western-themed books, all available for purchase. Montana photographer Audrey Hall and author Chase Reynolds Ewald, authors of interior design titles “Rustic Modern” and “Cabin Style” among others, will be on hand to sign their latest coffee table volume, “Bison, Portrait of an Icon,” and Max Humphrey will sign his “Modern americana“with the contribution of Chase Reynolds Ewald.

Across the hall you can relax in the living room, where you can work by Jackson Emily Janak Interiors and Fighting Bear Antiques, and Alley Modern and More, offering a contemporary approach to Western iconographic motifs. The exhibition collaboration will present Thomas molesworth, Stickley and mid-century rattan furniture with touches of soft textured ikat and floral accessories combined with Navajo weaves and contemporary art, providing a modern look with subtle touches of the past.

And finally, the Show House has a kitchen, dining and living room combination by Jackson Hole Harker design, also returning to Show House and winner of the 2018 WDC Best Interior Design Award. The multipurpose space will include a rustic 12 foot dining table crafted from old wood with inlaid dovetails, sectional sofa personalized in leather and Belgian linen and a personalized coffee table in reclaimed wood inlaid with antique metal butterflies, all accompanied by a complete kitchen installation with appliances and separate island.

WDC tickets are $ 20 for an Exhibition + Sale day pass, September 10-12, 2021, and include the ArtTitude Adjustment Happy Hours daily at 2:00 p.m. VIP early entry and reserved seats for the Preview Party + Fashion Show on Thursday, September 9, 2021, is available for $ 125 per person, $ 50 general admission; both include open bars. The Designer Show House at the Western Design Conference Exhibit & Sale is sponsored by Deanna briggs, Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty.

About the Western Design Conference Exhibition and Sale:

The annual Western Design + Sale Exhibition is a four-day, multi-million dollar event that brings together West-loving artisans, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers. The Western Design Conference was founded 29 years ago in Cody, Wyoming, to promote contemporary artists working in historic American craft methods. The Western Design + Sale exhibition has moved to Jackson Hole in 2007, where the executive director Allison merritt continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the scope of the show. Additional information, including timetables and tickets, is available at and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Cleveland-based production company aims to uplift the local fashion scene with high-profile events

CLEVELAND – Cleveland is home to many talented artists, including fashion designers.

A Canadian transplant who recently moved to the city discovered that there weren’t many venues to showcase their high fashion designs, so it is transforming the local industry and making it a more inclusive place for everyone.

Aimon Ali has worked in the fashion industry for over a decade. She spent seven years in Canada organizing large-scale fashion events in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. She moved to Cleveland three years ago.

“Toronto is a much bigger city so it’s very diverse and you can find all types of people and when I moved to Cleveland I had a bit of a hard time finding the same kind of crowd at first. I was used to it, ”Ali said. . “But slowly, I started to meet these amazing people, but I didn’t see a fashion scene.”

Instead of just accepting this, Ali decided to create his own scene. She began Fashion conferences, a production company focused on hosting high-quality fashion events in Cleveland with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

“It’s not your typical tall, skinny blonde that we always see in the industry. We are more inclusive in all shapes, colors, sizes, ”said Ali. “We include the body, we have plus size models on the catwalk, we have models of different ethnicities, of different sizes, of different origins, just from different backgrounds. We want to give everyone a fair opportunity. “

The company is holding its first fashion show at Madison in Cleveland on July 31.

The event features several local designers and models, including Mary Verdi-Fletcher. In addition to modeling on the show, she will be honored as one of five “Cleveland Ladies of Influence”.

“We actually handpicked five ladies in Cleveland who we think are contributing and doing amazing things in Cleveland,” Ali said.

Verdi-Fletcher was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, but that has never stopped her from pursuing her dreams. She founded Dancing Wheels, the first physically integrated dance company in the United States.

“My job is to connect with people and awaken them to possibilities,” said Verdi-Fletcher.

Next Saturday, she adds “model” to her CV.

“Someone my age and working in the arts, I think it’s a good mix,” said Verdi-Fletcher. “We’re going to show up and walk the track, or ride, in my case.”

In addition to the catwalks, the company hosts networking events for designers, influencers, and models in the hopes of building a thriving Cleveland fashion community.

“This event is very useful,” said designer Victoria Cohen. “These are great photography opportunities, these are great business opportunities to schedule photoshoots or get clients, and just to grow as a designer.”

For Verdi-Fletcher, Fashion Talks and Ali are a breath of fresh air.

“Being inclusive can mean a lot of different things, but I think it covers the depth and breadth of what it should be in our communities, so it’s age, ethnicity, ability, everything. this, ”said Verdi-Fletcher.

Ali said they are already expecting 300 people at the parade, but this is just the start of their plans to shake things up in northeast Ohio.

“I’m really excited to be in Cleveland, and I hope to bring something new,” Ali said.

More information about the Fashion Talks show can be found here.

Jade Jarvis is a reporter for News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Eid al Adha 2021 fashion trend is sustainability: NPR

Fatima Ibrahim wears the Haute Hijab recycled muslin hijab on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

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This week, Muslims around the world will finally be able to launch their most beautiful abayas, salwar kameezes, caftans and thobes that they have kept in the back of their closets for three pandemic Eids. For a growing number of people who have rethought their fashion choices during this time, these glitzy, intricately woven pieces will be more durable.

Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday marking the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage, begins on July 20. And Muslim designers, noticing a demand for sustainable clothing for Eid, threw eco-friendly pieces ahead of the holiday. Muslim fashion icons like Halima Aden and Mariah Idrissi have also recently promoted sustainable fashion practices.

“The importance of sustainability and ethical practices… we think this will be very important now and especially during Eid,” said hijab designer Lena Aljahim.

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Each year, Muslims spend $ 2.2 trillion on “ethical consumerism inspired by faith”.

“Clothing sustainability is gaining popularity with consumers and has also been the theme of many modest fashion events,” according to the 2020/2021 State of the World Islamic Economy Report. Modest fashion is a term used to describe the conservative style of dress adopted by Muslims. The last Modest Fashion Week – days of Muslim-oriented fashion shows – in 2019, for example, featured sustainability as one of its key themes, with a slew of Muslim designers releasing pieces made from it. raw materials or environmentally friendly technologies.

The modest value of the fashion market will be $ 402 billion by 2024, according to the report’s estimates. Millennial Muslims, one of the largest consumer groups of modest fashion, lead the demand for sustainability.

It aligns with Islamic values

British fashion designer Ainara Medina launched her sustainable modest clothing company Nea Wear amid the pandemic, after noticing a growing movement of forward-thinking Muslims concerned about where their clothes come from. To make it sustainable, Medina told NPR that it recycles fabrics and uses an eco-friendly supply chain, from manufacturers to shipping companies.

“We are confined and spend more time at home, having more time to think about things, I think that has had an impact on the choices we make and the way we consume,” said Medina. “There are a lot of Muslim consumers who have started to research and understand the importance of sustainable fashion and slow fashion.”

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Conscious consumption aligns with the Islamic values ​​that Muslims hold dear, she added.

“From the Islamic point of view, we are responsible for taking care of the earth and taking care of it, which means obviously being environmentally conscious and not harming the environment and therefore all beings there. live, ”Medina said.

Medina has released a special Eid collection of silky dresses, combining durability and glamor.

Fayena, a new sustainable hijab company, makes their hijabs from natural fibers that are environmentally friendly.

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Like Medina, Fakhrya Alshubi and Lena Aljahim from Dearborn, Michigan, launched their sustainable modest clothing line Fayena during the pandemic, in November 2020. They wanted to offer Muslim consumers an unsustainable and unethical fashion alternative, which, according to them, was often the most accessible. option.

And sales of their eco-friendly fiber hijabs have skyrocketed as Eid approaches.

“Especially during Eid, girls are looking for better and more cost effective hijabs,” Aljahim told NPR.

Sustainable is now more accessible

Older Muslim-owned companies are setting up initiatives to innovate in sustainable lines.

“Due to the fact that things are more available on a sustainable level, I think people, if given the opportunity, will gravitate towards them,” said fashion influencer Melanie Elturk.

Elturk, CEO of Haute Hijabs, told NPR that sustainability has been a hallmark of his New York-based company since its inception in 2010, when it turned vintage scarves into hijabs.

Realizing that Muslim consumers were increasingly aware of the products they buy and the brands they are willing to invest in, Elturk further explored sustainable fashion. In April, the company launched recycled chiffon hijabs made from 7-8 recycled plastic bottles to help reduce its carbon footprint. Last year, Haute Hijab launched woven hijabs made from renewable bamboo.

Hakeemah Cummings is wearing the Daffodil Bamboo Woven de Haute Hijab and a bamboo / silk blend undershirt.

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The trend will only increase

There will be an even bigger shift towards sustainability for Muslim consumers over the next three to five years, Alshubi predicts.

This Eid, fashion designers want to avoid overconsumption.

Medina buys her outfit from designers who buy their prefabricated fabrics in small quantities. Alshubi and Aljahim shop secondhand for their Eid cups. Elturk said she would wear classic basics, having made an effort over the past three years to stop buying fast fashion.

The best way to dress sustainably for Eid? “Becoming a more conscious consumer is really about thinking… about what you’re investing in and if it’s really worth it,” Alshubi said. “Trends will always come and go.”

Dalia Faheid is an intern at the NPR News Desk.

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Orangeburg Black History Focuses on New Book | Local

Kevin A. Rasberry is proud of where he comes from, a region that includes an assortment of historic and remarkable people, places and things, including cookbook writers, fashion designers, trumpeters, players. the NFL and more.

Rasberry has compiled so much of his hometown history into a 291 page book titled “Da ‘Burg – Orangeburg Black History: From Humble Beginnings to Success”.

“The book itself is about some of the black people who made it to Orangeburg. I heard a lot of negative things about Orangeburg. So I really decided to dispel that, ”said Rasberry, a business education teacher at Spring Valley High School in Colombia.

Let it spotlight businessmen like George Dean, the longtime Orangeburg resident who ended his 50-year journey in retail with the closure of his downtown store in 2019, or the late Earl Middleton, who was also a civil rights leader and state legislator, Rasberry has a story to tell that he wants others, especially young people, to hear and appreciate.

His self-published book involved a lot of research, but he said the work was worth it.

The book follows the impact of women on boys; “Seeing Mommy All Day Long” written by Orangeburg author

“I knew it was going to take some research, and as a school teacher my time was going to be tight, but I just got into it. As I started to watch it it just got easier and easier. I kind of announced on social media that I was looking for black people who had done great things in Orangeburg. He started to pour in. So I really broke it down, ”Rasberry said.

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Aura Productions Announces Season 2 of Aura Fashion Week and Aura Mr, Miss & Mrs India in Goa

Jul 16, 2021 2:00 PM STI

New Delhi [India], July 16 (ANI / NewsView): Aura Productions, a leader in fashion shows, talent hunts, art and literature festivals and exhibitions, has announced the second season of its two properties.
This is Aura Fashion Week and Aura Mr, Miss and Mrs India beauty pageant.
As Fashion Week sees top designers showcase their designs on the ramp, the competition promises to be the ultimate launching pad for young aspiring models from India to help them achieve their dreams and become the the country’s next fashion icons.
After the success of the first edition of Aura Fashion Week in Delhi in March 2021, Aura Productions is preparing for the second season of its fashion show in Goa in November 2021. Meanwhile, the first season of Aura Mr , Miss and Mrs. India took place in Jaipur in March of this year with the biggest celebrities. The second season of this competition will also take place in Goa itself.
Auditions for the competition started online recently and now applicants will be shortlisted through a ground audition, to be held in Goa on Sunday July 25, 2021. The jury for the event includes Piyush Agarwal – Founding Director from Aura Productions, Meenakshi Chaudhary – director of Aura Productions, Kapil Gauhri – Fashion choreographer, Pallak Yadav – MTV Spiltsvilla X3, Bhoomika Vasishth – MTV Spiltsvilla X3 and Rohan Rajput. Aura Productions has also hired famous actor model Prince Narula for their next event.

Auditions will be in small groups of 20 to 25 participants only. All security measures will be taken into consideration in accordance with COVID-19 rules during the event. The grand finale of the competition will take place in November and the winners will be announced in three categories – Aura Mr, Miss and Mrs India. For Aura Miss India, the official designer will be Sakshi Bindra. She will also be part of the prestigious final jury. Neeta Lulla, Rajdeep Ranawat, Dhruv Sehgal and Siddhartha Bansal are other abandoned fashion designers who are expected to partner for the big event. The show will be choreographed by renowned fashion choreographer Kapil Gauhri.
Speaking about the event, Piyush Agarwal – Founding Director of Aura Productions said: “We launched our Fashion Week and our contests this year and I am very happy with the response. The Delhi event was a huge one. success and we are all set to replicate the same success in Goa. In fact, we are planning to scale it up a lot more. “
Meenakshi Chaudhary – Director of Aura Productions adds, “India is a forward-thinking country and we have a huge talent that is still untapped. So, we decided to launch this platform so that anyone can apply and to become a star.”
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Filipino designer, artist Zim in an American shop window


VICTORIA FALLS-based visual artist Moses Kalembela has released a limited edition of the t-shirt line in collaboration with acclaimed Filipino fashion designer John Ablaza which will be presented in the United States in October.

Some of the t-shirts printed by Moses

Kalembela said NewsDay Life & Style that the T-shirt line would be showcased in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles at trade shows hosted by Ablaza.

“The project is called John Ablaza X Moses Kalembela. My artwork will be included in John Ablaza’s men’s collections for show in America. Proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to a charity, Project Africa 103 and a mentorship program for Zimbabwe led by John Ablaza, ”he said.

“For the t-shirts we used an African print called digital transfer printing. Ablaza first described to me what he wanted to do, then I designed and emailed the images to him that he then printed on T-shirts and this is called the digital transfer printing.

Kalembela said he was saddened that due to the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases and related issues, he was unable to attend the shows.

“Having first met Ablaza in 2016 as part of a Mentorship Program for Craftsmen and Fashion Designers hosted by the US Embassy in Harare, I feel honored to find myself able to collaborate with him. today, “he said.

“Being from Victoria Falls, I sold my work to
tourists from all walks of life, but this particular collaboration is special for me because it allows me to represent Zimbabwe at the global level, which fascinates me.

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Marist fashion program ranked among the top 10 by Forbes – CERCLE MARISTE

The fashion program at Marist College is one of ten universities in the world recognized by Forbes to be shaping the future of fashion. With degrees offered in both fashion design and fashion merchandising, Marist’s programs allow for a comprehensive and hands-on undergraduate experience.

Marist is ranked among other institutions considered to be “at the forefront of avant-garde digital-only and hybrid modes of education,” such as the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Fashion student Grace Mulvehill ’24 believes the program’s functionality in Forbes will benefit students more, increasing access to more experienced teachers and greater opportunities. “I am so excited to be a part of a program with such a bright future in the fashion industry,” Mulvehill said. “When I see articles like this coming out, it makes me even more confident in my decision to come to the Marists. “

Forbes acknowledges Marist’s dedication to their fashion program in the new steel plant, which opened in January 2019. The building is a creative beacon for students seeking inspiration. ‘Cutting-edge technology’ sets the building apart, housing digital labs, fashion studios, creative space, fashion exhibition gallery, art gallery, Mporium at Marist retail lab and the winter Garden. The makerspace is a designated area of ​​the building for students to practice designing with various textiles, draping fabrics, and making clothes. Fashion merchandising students gain direct experience in planning and designing marketing campaigns by running the campus store, Mporium, located on the ground floor of the steel mill.

Outside of the steel mill, Forbes thanks the Hudson Valley for inspiring designers through “a more serene setting to focus on. [their] creative process. ”If they ever need a change of scenery, the quick drive to New York puts design students at the epicenter of fashion opportunities. Marist has developed a partnership with New York Fashion Week, allowing students to make connections and gain experience with designers such as Betsey Johnson and Nanette Lepore.

In their final year, fashion students can also get involved in the Silver Needle Runway by showcasing their designs to leaders in the fashion industry. Forbes recommended that readers air the show to immerse themselves in the students’ creative designs.

If the Hudson Valley isn’t the dream destination for a design student, Marist offers his Fashion Design degree in Florence, Italy. In Italy, students can experience the Venice Biennale for inspiration from the world’s most prestigious art exhibition for class credit. They are also encouraged to explore and be inspired by the ancient architecture and art found throughout Italy.

John Bartlett, Fashion Program Director, helps differentiate Marist from other schools recognized by Forbes. Its goal for fashion programs is to ensure that students remain competitive as they enter the workforce with an emphasis on digital expertise and internship opportunities. His experience, talent and connections encourage his students on their own career path. Bartlett is a renowned fashion designer who was named Best Newcomer and Best Menswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He was also named Designer of the Year by the American Footwear and Apparel Association.

“We are working to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry and to prepare our students to be ‘industry ready,’ said Bartlett. “Our design and merchandising students enter the world with both a solid understanding and mastery of the fashion market as well as a comprehensive and imperative liberal arts education, which will serve them in all areas of their life after. the Marist. ”

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Fashion designer Paul Costelloe: My stuttering helped me triumph

Paul Costelloe explained how his stuttering affected his confidence.

But he says that’s why he’s still one of the world’s most famous fashion designers.

He made his comments in an episode of BBC Radio 4 Disks of the desert island, which is due to air today.

Host Lauren Laverne asked her, “You now have evidence of a stuttering. Was this a problem when you were a kid and if so what impact has it had on you? “

Costelloe said: “This has been to my advantage in a lot of cases.”

At school, the teachers “would just say ‘Costelloe sit down’ and give me a ‘five’ instead of a ‘four’ but I probably didn’t have the answer anyway,” he said. he laughed.

“I’m embarrassed and I’m not just embarrassed, but probably not confident enough.”

Laverne replied, “Of course. I can imagine it affecting your self-confidence ”, before saying,“ It also seemed like something that made you push yourself even harder ”.

Costelloe said, “Yeah that’s because you’re not fulfilled. You have your weakness and you don’t have that 100% self-esteem and in a way that’s why I always do. parades.

To prove yourself? she asked. “Yes, absolutely,” Costelloe replied.

Elsewhere, the designer – who also admitted he still couldn’t sew a button – explained that he was once “hungry” before mastering the art of tailoring.

Describing how he was just one of the many designer apprentices who worked “on a big table” in a big French fashion house, he said: “We were given projects every week to design costumes for clients and he there would be a stack of everyone’s sketches. .

“And then a client would come in and go to the head office downstairs and make their selection and those that had been chosen. “

Those creators would be paid that week, he said, “and the creators who weren’t chosen would not be paid and I’m afraid for a long time to be a skeleton until my work. starts to sell ”.

For the radio show Costelloe (76) chose Don’t be cruel by Elvis Presley and On the Raglan path by Luke Kelly among his best songs and he described himself as the Clint Eastwood of fashion.

“I’m still here and I’m sorry to some people who think, why hasn’t he retired?” I am ready to face anyone at any stage and say that I am always worthy and that I should always make nice clothes.

He also said he did not regret the comments he made in a newspaper several years ago in which he described the Irish as “only a few generations from the bog”.

“I still believe that we are a few generations from the bog and this is where the best things come from. our writers, our musicians… We are much better off with the floor on our hands than cleaned, ”he said.

He went on to say that he had apologized for these comments in the past: “I think I have apologized 100 times and I will continue to apologize to anyone I have ever upset, but this is only Costelloe who is Costelloe. “

Elsewhere in the interview, he recalls designing clothes for his most famous client, Diana, Princess of Wales, describing her as “kind, feminine, warm and humorous”.

He designed the tuxedo suit she wore to the Pavarotti in the Park concert in Hyde Park, London, in 1991, where the Italian tenor serenaded her in front of 125,000 people in a torrential downpour.

Admitting that he was on the verge of tears, Costelloe remembered her appearance as she stood soaked but with a huge beam on her face and said she looked “so happy … and I’m so grateful to have this picture of ‘it”.

The full interview airs today at 11am and can also be streamed online on BBC Sounds.

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