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Inside On Running and Loewe’s luxury sportswear collection

On Running, the Swedish sportswear brand known for its high-tech sneakers, is going high fashion.

Earlier this week, On Running teamed up with luxury fashion house Loewe to launch a splurge-worthy capsule collection of cool, faded workout pants, performance tees and (of course) of running shoes to make you the best dressed guy at the gym, or the trails.

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Since British designer Jonathan Anderson took over the reins of Loewe in 2013, he has transformed the majestic Spanish leather brand into a modern cultural brand that speaks to the way millennials now dress, without losing the attention of the mark on very intricate designs. Technical is how we will also describe On. Launched in 2010, he designed a running shoe with Cloud 9-like cushioning, a shock-absorbing outsole and a propelling Speedboard that won awards and cult classic status among hardcore marathon runners.

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“They were really good for my feet,” Anderson told the Financial Times of his love for On. “Great support, very lightweight. And they go really well with everything,”

Considering we’re all wearing activewear these days, this limited-edition line is a match made in fashion heaven.

And we can’t argue with the results of the collection, comprising 26 outdoor-inspired items. Her three-layer parka features Sashiko-inspired stitching that resembles a starry night. On’s flagship temperature-regulating t-shirts, wind-resistant joggers and Cloudventure and Cloudrock athletic trainers have a gradient finish in earthy hues of orange, blue and brown. You can mix and match these pieces for a look that can hold up through the most rigorous race, while still looking great.

“A lot of people will wear a coordinated look to go for a run or hike, and I like that,” On creator Alex Brunner told the Financial Times. “I hope the collection inspires people to get out and explore.”

Prices range from $390 to $1,300. The collection is available online at Loewe and On Running while supplies last. Here are some of our favorite pieces from the line, organized by men’s health Fashion Director Ted Stafford.

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The world’s biggest luxury brands suspend operations in Russia

  • The French group Hermès has three stores in Moscow
  • Hermès “deeply concerned about the situation in Europe”
  • Russians spend $9 billion a year on luxury goods -Jefferies

PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) – The world’s biggest luxury brands said on Friday they planned to temporarily close stores and suspend business operations in Russia.

Bag maker Birkin Hermes and owner of Cartier Richemont were the first companies to announce such measures, followed by LVMH (LVMH.PA), Kering (PRTP.PA) and Chanel.

Doing business in Russia has become complex since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which prompted the United States, Britain and the European Union to impose sweeping sanctions.

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“Given our growing concerns about the current situation, the increasing uncertainty and the complexity to operate, Chanel has decided to temporarily suspend its activities in Russia,” the French luxury fashion house said in a post on LinkedIn.

Luxury giant LVMH, which owns brands such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Kenzo, TAG Heuer and Bulgari, among others, will close its 124 stores in Russia from Sunday but will continue to pay the salaries of its 3,500 employees in the country. , said a spokesperson. Reuters.

French multinational Kering, whose brands include brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Boucheron, among others, has two stores and 180 employees, which the company will continue to support.

While affluent Russians are big consumers of luxury goods, analysts say the proportion of luxury sales generated by Russian nationals is low compared to the industry’s main growth drivers, China and the United States. .

Richemont, which also owns Dunhill, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels among others, has a dozen stores of its own, mainly in Moscow. He said in a statement that he suspended business activities in Russia on March 3 after halting operations in Ukraine on February 24, the day Russia launched its invasion.

Hermes, which has three stores in Moscow, had planned to open an outlet in St. Petersburg later this year.

Investment bank Jefferies estimates that Russians account for about $9 billion in annual luxury goods sales, or about 6% of Chinese spending and 14% of US luxury goods spending.

Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group (UHR.S), which owns high-end watch and jewelry brands including Harry Winston, said it would continue operations in Russia but was suspending exports “due to the current situation. overall difficult.

L’Oreal (OREP.PA), LVMH (LVMH.PA) and Kering (PRTP.PA) have all pledged financial support to help Ukrainian refugees and Richemont announced on Friday that it was launching a “significant donation” to Doctors Without Borders.

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Balenciaga invites its guests to the FW22 show with cracked iPhones

Crushed it! Balenciaga invites guests to its Paris Fashion Week show with broken iPhones engraved with the date, location and time as a “real artifact of the year 2022”

  • Balenciaga invited guests to its show by sending them broken iPhone 6s
  • The phones had cracked screens and were etched with the date and location of the event
  • Mobiles described as “genuine AD 22 artifact” and not working
  • Brand’s Fall/Winter 2022 show will take place on Sunday and will be streamed live

Luxury fashion house Balenciaga invited guests to its latest fashion show by sending them personalized broken iPhones.

Rather than traditional paper invitations, the French brand opted to send personalized mobiles engraved with the date and time of its Fall/Winter 2022 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Described as a “true artifact from the year 2022”, the phone – and the damage to it – is real, but not working and should be used “for display purposes only”.

The brand’s 360° show will take place this Sunday and will be broadcast live worldwide from the Balenciaga website.

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The invitation reads: “Please find personalized information on the back of this phone. This is a true artifact of the year 2022.

‘It is not functional and should be used for display purposes only. This document certifies that this device is, to the best of our knowledge, not artificially made but made from years of use and later neglect.

The fashion house, known for its quirky marketing tactics, received a mixed reaction online, with some users calling the invitations “cool”, while others were taken aback by the bizarre invite.

“Balenciaga baby you’re a few years late… Tumblr iPhone-mania ended in 2015 I’m sorry,” one user wrote.

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Described as a “true artifact from the year 2022”, the phone – and the damage to it – is real, but not working and should be used “for display purposes only”.

‘Balenciaga has sent guests to its next show. The invite was a broken iPhone 6s with laser-printed Balenciaga detailing on the back. Wow, said another.

A third commented: “So Balenciaga’s invite to their Sunday show is an iPhone 6 with a cracked screen…interesting.”

‘A personalized iPhone for a Balenciaga fashion show? It’s crazy how far you can go with this shit, funds speak the jargon!!! another user said.

The celebrity-loved label has been worn by stars such as Beyoncé, Adele, Meghan Markle, the Kardashians and Kanye West, is known for its bizarre marketing methods.

The brand has previously been mocked for bizarre Instagram posts – including dogs posing in giant hoodies and modeling earrings on lemons, although these have all been removed in favor of a single photo of Ukrainian flag.

The fashion house, known for its quirky marketing tactics, received a mixed reaction online, with some users calling the invitations a

The fashion house, known for its quirky marketing tactics, received a mixed reaction online, with some users calling the invitations “cool”, while others were taken aback by the bizarre invite.


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Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022 Street Style is full of high-profile inspirations

After spending three weeks perfecting their outfits in New York, London and Milan, the fashion crowd is ending things on a high in Paris. The French city marks the final leg of the fashion month tour de force. If you’re in the mood for new outfit ideas to kick-start your creativity, turn your attention to street style from Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022. You’ll want to witness it all the iconic and candid style moments.

The PFW program began with Off-White’s tribute to Virgil Abloh – and all of your favorite models paraded on the catwalk. Next came presentations from Dior and Saint Laurent, where guests really stepped up their street style game. Rihanna wore a nude dress at Dior while other showgowers bundled up in leather and fur coats. The latter was a popular choice for those attending the Vaquera show. Many people have worked with pops of bright color, whether by way of a tart orange hat or a pair of green boots, in their attire.

With other big names on the program like Chanel and Loewe, you can expect plenty more coveted sets from arriving guests. Plus, one could risk there will be plenty of micro skirts and cropped sweaters outside of Miu Miu’s Fall/Winter 2022 show on March 8. (The highly anticipated presentation will be one of the closing acts of the season’s fashion month on the circuit.)

Ahead, check out all of PFW’s best street style outfits so far. Don’t forget to bookmark this article as it will be updated with more images.

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Anya Taylor-Joy wore a full Dior look to attend the brand’s Fall ’22 show. As Dior’s fashion and beauty ambassador, she also documented the event on Instagram.

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Thanks to this viewer, the dress-over-trousers look was officially recognized as a Paris Fashion Week obscene.

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To soften a printed outfit, simply wear more neutral pieces. This PFW contestant layered a classic beige trench coat over her blue and yellow ensemble.

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Alexa Chung attended the Dior show wearing a white button-up shirt, gray wool coat and matching Bermuda shorts.

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This guest’s OOTD is proof that you only need a few nifty pieces (i.e. statement earrings and a pair of green-soled boots) to bring an otherwise outfit to life simple.

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Behold: the most dramatic PFW street style coat this season so far. This looker teamed her signature piece with shiny pants and scarlet red pointy boots, creating a next-level look.

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Estelle Chemouny who wore this workout-chic look from Dior’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection to attend the brand’s fashion show.

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To attend VICTORIA/TOMAS, Blackhey donned a refreshing, sporty and stylish outfit in pastel green hues.

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Yoyo Cao wore a white jacket and skirt ensemble as well as a pair of patent leather pumps and black socks. All pieces were Dior. The green shoulder bag and a fuzzy orange hat added playful touches to her look.

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Jessie Andrews walked to the Botter show wearing a fishnet top with a bandeau bra and a pair of low-rise baggy pants. She wore a black shoulder bag around her neck.

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Candace Marie Stewart and Alioune Badara Fall posed in coordinating teal ensembles outside Botter. Stewart donned a monochrome pantsuit with white sneakers and a pair of silky gloves with white fingernails. Autumn carried two handbags, which became a popular street style trend in Europe.

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Sharon Alexie dazzled the crowd in a set of crystal-embellished ensembles.

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Ikram Abdi Omar wore a long white pleated skirt, a cream colored jacket and a Dior scarf. She finished with a black 30 Montaigne bag from the same brand.

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Rihanna was front row at the Dior Fall/Winter 2022 show. For her appearance, she wore a sheer black lace dress from the fashion house‘s Pre-Fall 2022 collection.

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Luxury fashion brand Balenciaga to open a Tysons Galleria store

Tysons shoppers will soon be able to dress like Justin Bieber — provided they have an extra $1,000 to spend on a pair of sneakers.

Luxury fashion house Balenciaga will open a boutique at Tysons Galleria tomorrow (Thursday), its first in Virginia and the DC area, a spokesperson confirmed to Tysons Reporter.

The store measures 133 square meters (or 1,431 square feet) and will sell the brand’s ready-to-wear clothing as well as bags, shoes, eyewear and accessories.

A press release highlights the store’s “intentionally eroded concrete facade” and “deconstructed” architecture, which Balenciaga says make it a more environmentally friendly design.

“The resulting structures inherently require less virgin material,” the press release reads. “In line with Balenciaga policies, new stores and renovations aim to achieve the highest standards of sustainable practices.”

Balenciaga was founded by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, who opened the house’s first official boutique in Paris, France, in 1937. His work was notable for its clean lines and full silhouettes, serving as inspiration for the film “Phantom Thread” by Paul Thomas Anderson.

The company now operates more than 100 stores worldwide, including 30 in the United States.

Balenciaga joins New Zealand clothing store Rodd & Gunn, which now appears to be open next to Kate Spade, and restaurant Empanadas De Mendoza as the latest additions to Tysons Galleria.

The mall also plans to add furniture store CB2, a CinéBistro movie theater, Crate & Barrel, a Yard House sports bar, and more. Many newcomers will occupy the space of the old Macy’s, which has been remodeled and divided into smaller units.

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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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Gaza’s first fashion design house helps residents fight unemployment

In the tiny Gaza Strip, which has some of the highest population and unemployment rates in the world, the thought of finding a job is next to impossible, especially with the continued deterioration of its economic and living conditions. Therefore, the need to change professions has become the only choice for many in order to survive.

Khalil Khudair and Aya Eid are among those who not only survived but believed in their talent in fashion design and used it to help others achieve their dreams and endure the cruel economic conditions at the same time.

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Aya Eid, right, founder of fashion house Khalil & Aya in the Gaza Strip, works with a design student

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Two months ago, the two designers and their three assistants opened the first fashion design house in the Gaza Strip, which teaches the methods and basics of the art of fashion design ahead of the launch of a private label and a production line. The move was seen as bold and risky given the coastal enclave’s unstable situation and economic fragility, as well as cultural barriers, but the payoff is greater, according to Khudair.

“Despite everything, mainly the economic difficulties, we managed to realize our dream of starting this project. Hopefully this will give our young people a glimpse of hope to stay here and earn a living instead of dangerously migrating to other countries in search of a decent life,” Khudair said.

The fashion house Khalil & Aya strives to train professional and qualified designers ready to enter the labor market, in particular by offering them, for a nominal fee, valuable training courses in fashion design, sewing and international fashion production using the latest methods and the best machinery to ensure optimum results. In addition, the fashion house offers its best students employment opportunities in local companies or garment factories.

Rani Kafina, 24, a graduate in accountancy who hasn’t found a job in her field of study, decides to embark on a professional career and joins the fashion house’s design course.

“I didn’t know anything about this industry, but I was determined to learn from scratch and work hard because it’s my only chance before giving up life in this place. Thank God I can now design, cut patterns, sewing and producing high quality clothing. I am grateful for this place and for the instructors,” he said.

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Rani Kafina is an accounting graduate who failed to find a job in her field in Gaza

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Although recently established, the fashion house has achieved considerable success in attracting keen students of both genders; over 40 men and women to date have been trained and qualified to start their own businesses.

Etedal Lulu, 44, a householder and mother of five with no real source of income, is one of the fashion house’s talented students with a special promise.

“My sons and I looked everywhere for any kind of work to support our basic needs, but all our efforts were in vain until I found this house and started learning sewing and design” , she said. “I have acquired great skills and knowledge and am ready to start my own small business, and I have brought my youngest son to learn here too so that we can expand the work and improve our living conditions.”

Having such a project in Gaza will leave great impacts not only on small designers but on the whole future of Palestinian fashion design in general.

Khudair, who studied fashion design in Jordan in 1996, already has his own brand, Khalil Fashion, which he first launched in 2000 and has worked day and night to make it reach neighboring countries like the Emirates. United Arabs and Egypt. Her biggest wish, however, was to interest more people in Gaza in the fashion design industry and to change the negative image that the world has of Gaza – that it lacks creative talents and great abilities.

“With the efforts of our hard-working generations, we will be able to transmit our rich culture through fashion design to the world and our Palestinian brands will shine and compete with the most famous fashion houses in the world,” a- he stated confidently.

His partner Eid said: “We are trying to showcase the talent on the Strip by building skills and encouraging more people to get involved in the field, which will help achieve a kind of self-sufficiency in the future. in terms of importing goods and fashion from abroad. Why import it if we have the ability to compete with our excellent domestic industry?”

Eid and Khudair plan to expand their fashion house and add a new computer fashion design teaching department in addition to preparing for the launch of the Khalil & Aya production line.

The article was written by Sanaa Alswerky and reprinted with permission from the media line
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Chanel sends a princess on horseback to the catwalk in Paris

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Chanel unveiled its latest collection in dramatic style at Haute Couture Week in Paris — by sending a real princess to parade on horseback.

To the surprise of the guests of the Grand Palais Éphémère, the French fashion house opened its parade on Tuesday with the help of the niece of Prince Albert of Monaco, Charlotte Casiraghi, also a show jumper.

Dressed in a sequined Chanel jacket and black helmet, Casiraghi emerged on horseback, hurtling down the catwalk accompanied by a live performance by musician Sébastien Tellier. With several distinguished guests in attendance, including Margot Robbie, Pharrell Williams and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, she circled the room before breaking into a gallop.

Casiraghi, who is also the granddaughter of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, was unveiled as Chanel’s 2020 brand ambassador, having previously modeled for Gucci and Saint Laurent. Her mother, Princess Caroline of Hanover, was a close friend of the late Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld.

In a promotion video produced before the show, Casiraghi said the use of horses was consistent with the history of Chanel and its founder.

The set featured a number of “equestrian curves” according to the luxury label. Credit: Gao Jing/Xinhua/Getty Images

“I immediately think of the story of Chanel and Gabrielle Chanel,” Casiraghi added. “Horses and riding were hugely important, even defining, in his vision for the brand.”

The striking decor for the event, which was littered with geometric objects and featured what Chanel called “equestrian curves,” was designed by French artist Xavier Veilhan. In Chanel’s promotional video, Veilhan said he and creative director Virginie Viard wanted the models and clothes to “contrast with the beauty of the rider and the horse.”

“It was also a way to align the very strong aesthetic of the horse with that of haute couture, and to see how refinement and animality can come together,” he said.

After Casiraghi’s dramatic appearance, the rest of the models were part of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2022 Haute Couture collection. Check out the full collection in the video below.

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Thierry Mugler, legendary French fashion designer, dead at 73

Rest in peace. the celebrity deaths in 2022 include Sidney Poitier and other stars, actors and singers who died this year.

The 2022 celebrity deaths come after a year of loss in 2021, which saw the deaths of stars like Betty White, Joan Didion, Cicely Tyson, Prince Philip and Willie Garson. On the morning of December 31, 2021, Betty White-an actress and comedian best known for her roles in television shows like The golden girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show– died at age 99. His death came three weeks before his 100th birthday. “Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever,” White’s friend and agent Jeff Witjas said in a statement at the time. “I will miss her terribly, as will the animal world she loved so much. I don’t think Betty was ever afraid to die because she always wanted to be with her beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed that she would be with him again.

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Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle on the morning of April 9, 2021. He was 99. “I have, on my 95th birthday today, received many messages of well wishes, which I greatly appreciate. While as a family we are going through a time of great sadness, it has been a comfort to all of us to see and hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those in the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world,” said Philip’s wife, Queen Elizabeth said II in a statement at the time, “My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness we have shown over the past few days. We were deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had a such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.

Read on for the celebrity deaths in 2022 and the stars we’ve lost this year so far. May they rest in peace.

Thierry Mugler

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Age: 73 years old

Manfred Thierry Mugler, French fashion designer and founder of fashion house Mugler, died on January 23, 2022. “#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23, 2022. May his soul rest in peace . We have the immense sadness to inform you of the death of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler which occurred on Sunday January 23, 2022. May his soul rest in peace, ”wrote the Mugler team in a post on its instagram on January 23, 2022.

Mugler, originally from Strasbourg, France, began designing in the 1970s and was known for his dramatic and avant-garde designs. He retired from fashion in 2002, but has come out of retirement a few times. Once, in 2009, when he designed Beyoncé’s “I Am…World Tour” costumes, and once, in 2019, when he designed Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look. Mugler was relaunched in 201 under the creative direction of designer Casey Cadwallader.

Louis Anderson

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Image: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP.

Age: 68

Louie Anderson, a comedian best known for the FOX series Life with Louie, who died on January 21, 2022 of blood cancer. He was 68 years old. According to Anderson’s publicist Glenn Schwartz, who confirmed his death, the comedian died in a Las Vegas hospital, where he was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, the most common type. of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “He is survived by his two sisters, Lisa and Shanna Anderson. The cause of death was complications from cancer,” Schwartz said in a statement to People.

A week before his death, Schwartz said rolling stone that Anderson was “resting comfortably” after undergoing his treatments. “Iconic comedian Louie Anderson is currently in a Las Vegas hospital being treated for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer,” Schwartz told Rolling Stone in a Jan. 18, 2022, post.

Anderson won two Daytime Emmys for Life With Louie, his animated series which aired on FOX from 1997 to 1998. He also won Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Baskets in 2016. From 2003 to 2012, Anderson also performed a stand-up show called “Louie: Larger Than Life” in Las Vegas.


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Image: Scott Weiner/MediaPunch/IPX.

Age: 74

Meat Loaf, a rock singer known for songs like “I’d Do Anything For Love,” died Jan. 20, 2022. He was 74. “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, his daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends,” Meat Loaf’s agent Michael Green confirmed in a statement. People. “His incredible career has spanned 6 decades which has seen him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 films including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.” Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time. We know how much it meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through during this time of mourning the loss of such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man. The statement continued, Thank you for understanding our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…never stop swaying!

According to TMZ, Meat Loaf died of complications from COVID-19 and was due to attend a business dinner earlier this week for a show he was working on, “I’d Do Anything For Love,” but the dinner was canceled after he fell ill with COVID -19 and his condition became critical. Meat Loaf, real name Michael Lee Aday, was best known as a musician for his Bat out of hell trilogy albums——Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back to Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose– which have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. Alongside his music career, Meat Loaf was also an actor and starred in movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight club. He was also part of the original Broadway cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and appeared in the musical Hair both on and off Broadway.

Andre Leon Talley

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Image: Ilir Bajraktari/ Press.

Age: 73 years old

André Leon Talley, fashion writer and former creative director of Vogue, died on January 18, 2022. He was 73 years old. TMZ, Talley died at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after battling an illness. “Goodbye darling André ❤️🙏… Nobody saw the world in a more glamorous way than you ❤️🙏… nobody was bigger and more moving than you ❤️🙏… the world will be less joyful I ❤️🙏 I t loved and laughed with you for 45 years…. I miss your loud screams… I love you so much ❤️🙏,” designer Diane von Fürstenberg wrote in an Instagram post at the time. Talley joined Vogue in 1983 as the magazine’s fashion news director before being promoted to creative director from editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in 1986. He held that position until 1995. He also served as a judge on America’s Next Top Model for seasons 14-17. Talley is also the author of the 2020 memoir, Chiffon trench coats, which takes readers through her 50-year career in the fashion industry.

Bob Saget

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Age: 65

Bob Saget, a comedian and actor best known for his role as Danny Tanner in Full house, died January 9, 2022 at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida. He was 65 years old. Saget’s death was confirmed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which found no signs of foul play or drug use. “Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call regarding an unresponsive man in a hotel room. The man was identified as Robert Saget and pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case,” the sheriff’s office said. tweeted with the hashtag #BobSaget.

In September 2021, Saget launched a national stand-up comedy tour that was scheduled to run through June 2022. His most recent performance was on the evening of January 8, 2022 (one day before his death), at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Jacksonville, Florida. With Full house (in which he starred from 1987 to 1995), Saget was also known as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997. He was also the voice of the future Ted Mosby on CBS how I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014. From 2016 to 2020, Saget reprized his role as Danny Tanner on Netflix’s Full house to restart, More complete house.

Sidney Poitier

Picture: AP Pictures.

Picture: AP Pictures.

Age: 94

Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win the Oscar for best actor, died on the evening of January 6, 2022. He was 94 years old. Clint Watson, the Bahamian Prime Minister’s press secretary, confirmed his death. Poitier, who was born in Miami, Florida but raised in the Bahamas, is an actor, director and activist who became the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar in 1964 for his role in film. field lily. Throughout her career, Poitier has received two further Academy Award nominations, 10 Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy nominations, six BAFTA nominations, and a Screen Actors Guild nomination. He was the longest-serving male Oscar winner until his death in 2022. From 1997 to 2007, Poitier served as Bahamian Ambassador to Japan. With field lily, Poitier was best known for films like Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, with Love, Guess who’s coming to dinner and In the heat of the Night.

Kim Mi-soo

Age: 29

South Korean actress and model Kim Mi-soo died on January 5, 2022. She was 29. His Landscape agency confirmed his death in a statement. “Kim suddenly left us on January 5th,” the statement read. “The bereaved are deeply saddened by the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so the family can grieve in peace. Kim’s most recent role was in Disney Plus’ South Korean drama Snowdrop, in which she played a student activist who shared a female dormitory with Young-ro, played by BLACKPINK member Jisoo. Kim’s other credits include those in 2019 Souvenirs andThe world of Kyungmi, as well as TV series like Human Luwak, Hi bye, mom! and In the Ring. She on March 16, 1992. Some media reports that she is 30 and 31 years old due to different calculation methods.

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Fashion designer Panos Papadopoulos shares entrepreneurial advice in his autobiography Panos: My Life, My Odyssey

Fashion designer Panos Papadopoulos has thrived throughout his career in large part due to his innate ability to listen to advice from fellow successful entrepreneurs who openly shared their experiences and advice with him and the world. The acclaimed businessman is now sharing his own knowledge and advice on the world of entrepreneurship in his forthcoming autobiography, “Panos: My Life, My Odyssey,” which he co-wrote with Jack Yan.

The book, which will be released in hardcover form on October 25, 2022, follows the story of Papadopoulos’ life from rags to riches. The autobiography tells how he was born to a father with only three years of schooling and an illiterate mother in a Greek village. His parents’ down-to-earth Greek values ​​formed the foundation of his career as a businessman who went on to build a multi-million dollar fashion empire.

“Panos: my life, my odyssey” then shows how the designer launched the successful company, Panos Emporio, in 1986 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The brand, which is currently the leading Scandinavian fashion house, specializes in swimwear and beach accessories. The brand is characterized by innovation and distinct designs that emphasize style, quality and individuality. Scandinavia’s largest swimwear supplier also combines simplicity and sophisticated clean lines with exceptional quality and fit. The company’s unique, high-quality designs have earned it an extremely loyal fan base, which ranges from Hollywood stars and celebrity models to world-famous athletes and royalty.

Papadopoulos established his empire in his new home, Sweden, in record time, as his company became known for its innovative designs, skillful entrepreneurship, and groundbreaking marketing. By telling how Panos Emporio quickly became so successful, he provides valuable lessons of success and advice for other entrepreneurs that can be applied to industries beyond fashion.

One of the main tips Papadopoulos shares in “Panos: My Life, My Odyssey” is that truth goes a long way in helping people succeed as entrepreneurs. He thinks this is especially true when it comes to people sharing information about their upbringing and how they got involved in business.

“I’ve always been fascinated by entrepreneurs, and one thing many think they have in common is that they went through a tough time as young people. Some sort of desire for revenge seems (the) ignite, and from there many skilled entrepreneurs are born… without a single shortcut,” noted the founder of Panos Emporio.

Papadopoulos added: “Physically, my odyssey has taken me from sunny, shimmering Greece, blessed by the Mediterranean Sea, to Sweden, close to the North Pole. A country where the sun shines dreary for six months of the year,” he noted.

“Mentally, I traveled much further. The road was never straight and there were obstacles along the way,” the fashion designer continued. “But the energy I gained in working alongside many of the brightest people in the world has strengthened me in the face of adversity and paved the way for success.”

Papadopoulos also revealed that “desperation was the starting point of my odyssey: a driving force that metamorphosed into prosperity and a richness of quality of life that is still hard for me to grasp. Thank you, desperation, for putting me on the right track.

Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt praised ‘Panos: My Life, My Odyssey’, saying: ‘The journey of an eventful life, full of drama, tragedy and triumph, yet grounded in principles , family values ​​and human philosophy, told in a masterful style. . A must read!”

The entrepreneur finally sold Panos Emporio last year, 35 years after its launch. The brand is still thriving and items can be purchased on its official site. More information about Papadopoulos can be found on his personal website.

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Milan Men’s Fashion Week dresses up for post-Covid excursions

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Milan (AFP) – Tailored frock coats, bow ties and exuberant colors graced the leak as Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi both dreamed up more glamorous post-pandemic wardrobes for their fall/winter collections during Men’s Fashion Week. Milano.

Designer Silvia Venturini Fendi was inspired by the dandy of the 1920s during her fashion house’s show on Saturday, punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity.

The shows that were still going on embraced a wardrobe suitable for post-pandemic excursions Miguel MEDINAAFP

Blazers were turned into capes, knitwear featured prominent chest cutouts, and accessories got flashy.

The collection also aimed for a more fluid take on typically gendered clothing, with wide-leg pants turning into half-skirts.

Silvia Venturini Fendi is inspired by the dandy of the 20s, while punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity
Silvia Venturini Fendi is inspired by the dandy of the 20s, while punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity Miguel MEDINAAFP

“We women wear men’s jackets, I don’t see why they couldn’t take inspiration from our wardrobe,” said the designer, granddaughter of the founders of the Italian fashion house.

During the show of the Sicilian duo Dolce & Gabbana, casual and sartorial styles mixed to celebrate the return to the great outdoors.

Fendi's Men's Fall/Winter collection also aimed for a more fluid interpretation of typically gendered clothing.
Fendi’s Men’s Fall/Winter collection also aimed for a more fluid interpretation of typically gendered clothing. Miguel MEDINAAFP

Designed to appeal to a younger generation, the show featured rap and punk music orchestrated by Machine Gun Kelly.

Models wore loose coats in leopard or zebra prints, white beaded suits or tight pants and tuxedos with wide shoulders and a cinched waist.

Others were wrapped in thick, oversized, brightly colored puffer jackets or eco-friendly furs, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions.

Dolce & Gabbana models wrapped in brightly colored oversized puffer jackets, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions
Dolce & Gabbana models wrapped in brightly colored oversized puffer jackets, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions Miguel MEDINAAFP

And like at Fendi, the skirt is part of the men’s wardrobe, the designer duo citing the ability of young people to choose their clothes freely, without worrying about gender.

Both shows went ahead despite the disruption wrought across Europe by the booming Omicron variant, which curtailed the fashion week schedule.

The Sicilian duo mixed casual and sartorial styles to celebrate the return to the great outdoors
The Sicilian duo mixed casual and sartorial styles to celebrate the return to the great outdoors Miguel MEDINAAFP

After Giorgio Armani announced his withdrawal, the number of physical shows fell from 23 to 16. Eighteen brands opted for a purely virtual presence, while others presented their collections by appointment.

Still, those who have gone forward, like Dsquared2 on Friday, have embraced the return to the podium.

In their first live show in two years – attended by soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the Canadian twins behind the brand presented a festival of bright yellows, pinks, reds and blues alongside floral designs, sequins and crystal embroidery.

The designer duo cited young people's ability to freely choose their clothes, regardless of gender
The designer duo cited young people’s ability to freely choose their clothes, regardless of gender Miguel MEDINAAFP

With a glimmer of hope and plenty of excitement, Dsquared2’s globetrotting styles were a snap to get out of the cocoon and off on a long-awaited journey.

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5 Italian clothing brands everyone should know

Looking for some new style inspiration? We’ve unearthed the best Italian clothing brands so you can infuse your wardrobe with an Italian touch.

While we love our British clothing brands and admire the chic of the best French clothing brands, no one does it quite like the Italians. With fashion powerhouses such as Gucci, Prada, Versace and Fendi under its belt, Italy is a master of sought-after luxury style. Rather than focusing on fleeting fashion trends, Italian fashion brands are pros at creating high-quality pieces that stand the test of time, making them a must-have if you’re looking to grow your wardrobe. – capsule dress.

Many major British, French and American brands also rely on Italian crafts and textiles to produce parts of their collections. Premium Italian leather plays a key role in making the best designer bags and winter boots. If you take a look, you’re probably wearing Italian leather right now. But it’s not just designer brands that Italy has on its incredibly stylish belt. There are loads of Italian fashion brands out there that are also worth a look. Perfect if you don’t have the Dolce & Gabbana budget!

The best Italian clothing brands to browse

  • Calzedonia– ideal for winter and summer basics
  • Diesel– the best for cool denim
  • Gucci– best for statement designer style
  • Miss sixty– ideal for looks inspired by the 2000s
  • Prada– the best for stylish designer clothes

The best Italian fashion brands chosen by our fashion editors

Whether you want to learn more about the best Italian fashion brands or want to splurge on a designer investment, these are the best Italian clothing brands that deliver to UK and US.

1. Calzedonia

Model of Italian clothing brands wearing Calzedonia

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You may already be familiar with Calzedonia as there are several stores in UK and USA. A must-have for all your tights and leggings needs, it achieves that comfortable and stylish aesthetic we’ve all been used to this year. These wardrobe basics are also guaranteed to last: think cashmere tights for that luxurious finish and leather-look leggings for a dose of Italian glamor. Not to mention their desirable swimwear and beachwear collections full of easy-to-wear silhouettes and stimulating prints for a belissima beach-ready look.

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2. Diesel

Model of Italian clothing brands wearing Diesel

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An Italian brand with denim at its heart is the favorite brand of the 90s, Diesel. The brand was launched in 1978 but really hit its peak in the ’90s, when it seemed like every cool girl was donning a pair of aged Diesel jeans. Their denim collection is still a worthwhile investment today with the added benefit of adapting to a more sustainable manufacturing with less water and chemicals, which was less common in the 90s. In addition to the best jeans, the brand’s flagship products include quilted bomber jackets, vinyl skirts and logo-embellished knits, all with a 90s cool vibe.

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3. Gucci

Model of Italian clothing brands on the Gucci runway

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We couldn’t take an overview of Italian clothing brands without mentioning the power that Gucci is. From the finest Gucci bags to their eclectic suits adorned by Harry Styles, Gucci is one of the most coveted designer brands. Although they carry the designer price, they are bullion coins that are built to last. Check out their signature geek-chic designs and plentiful logos, because if you wear Gucci you want everyone to know it.

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4. Miss sixty

Model of Italian clothing brands wearing Miss Sixty

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Miss Sixty supplied us with many low rise jeans in the early 2000s and we are delighted to see that the Italian brand is still going strong. It was brought back into the limelight in February 2021 when model Bella Hadid campaigned for the brand and with the recent resurgence of Y2K trends, it’s definitely one to put back on your radar. Denim still plays a key role in the collection, but you can also pick up ’90s-inspired puffer jackets and cute knitwear.

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5. Prada

Models of Italian clothing brands on the Prada catwalk

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Prada has to be one of the most iconic Italian fashion brands. From its finest designer bags to its elegant ready-to-wear collection, Prada exudes feminine elegance that is sure to elevate the everyday. Founded in 1913, the granddaughter of the original founder, Miuccia Prada, runs the luxury fashion house and propelled it to new heights. Creating trends rather than following them, Prada is renowned for creating future classics that define an era of fashion.

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Stella McCartney Gets a Pay Raise While Fashion Company Takes Cash Vacation | Stella mccartney

Stella McCartney received a salary of almost £ 2.7million from her fashion business last year, up more than £ 220,000 from the previous year, while the company claimed nearly £ 850,000 under the government leave program.

The creator’s salary rose despite a 26% drop in sales to £ 28.4million in the year through December 31, 2020, with UK sales more than halving, while the company recorded a pre-tax loss of £ 31.4million, according to the accounts. for Stella McCartney Limited filed at Companies House. The group recorded a pre-tax loss of £ 33.4 million the previous year.

The accounts show that McCartney’s label, in which she sold a minority stake to French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH in 2019, said it was dependent on additional funds provided by its new shareholder in order to stay in business.

LVMH, which owns a series of high-end brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy, had already granted additional loans of £ 26.3million last year, bringing its total loans to the group to just over £ 66million.

Stella McCartney Limited said the directors of Anin Star Holding, LVMH’s investment vehicle, had “indicated their intention to continue to make such funds available to the company”, but there was no certainty that support would continue.

The London-based fashion company, which prides itself on its environmental and ethical credentials, said its target for 2021 was to increase sales by 4% and “significantly reduce” losses. However, the business is likely to have continued to be affected by further street closures and limits on socialization imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

LVMH bought the label from McCartney in 2019, just over a year after ending its 17-year business partnership with rival conglomerate Kering, and bought back its 50% stake in its brand.

McCartney, the daughter of former Beatle Sir Paul and late photographer and animal rights activist Linda, designed her first jacket as a teenager. After professional experience at Christian Lacroix, she became Creative Director of the Parisian fashion house Chloé, before creating her own brand in a joint venture with Kering, owner of Gucci, in 2001.

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A spokesperson for Stella McCartney Limited said: “During the lockdown, senior management, including Stella, suffered a pay cut. The 2020 accounts relate to a year of transition and the effects of the pandemic on the distribution sector, but given these challenges, brand sales have remained strong.

“Like all companies in our sector, we are currently going through one of the most difficult periods in a generation and are thinking about how to adapt our activity to the economic evolution of our industry.

“Our mission to end cruelty to animals and help embed sustainability into the fundamentals of business conduct has made real progress. We believe we can come out stronger and better equipped to continue the vital work towards a more sustainable future for all. “

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Texan style expert reflects on Virgil Abloh’s legacy – “Symbol of a movement”

AUSTIN (KXAN) – To sum up, Virgil Abloh’s influence on the luxury fashion industry would be next to impossible, said Michelle Washington, an Austin-based television style expert. But through his pioneering work as a leading black designer in the luxury menswear world, Washington said he has left an indelible mark on the field and emerging artists.

“He made black people dream,” she said. “He opened this door to dream again. And that was for a marginalized part of the community, where opportunities may or may not have been available. But here Virgil was a breaker of glass ceilings.

Abloh was an American fashion designer known for his work as the artistic director of the Louis Vuitton menswear collection and as the founder and CEO of the Off-White fashion house. He died Sunday, at the age of 41, from a 2019 diagnosis of angiosarcoma, a form of cancer.

Abloh made history as the first black designer to take over the artistic direction of a French luxury fashion house, Washington said. Her designs have helped modernize luxury menswear, taking it into the 21st century and beyond, she added.

“He was the symbol of a movement,” she said. “He was the fashion of what we recognize as a designer of modern men’s clothing – practically a trailblazer in all of this, in the only period of his career.”

She credited the “visionary color” and artistry that her designs brought to the Parisian catwalks, and for reinventing designs that could succeed and perform at the luxury level.

Prior to his career in luxury fashion, Abloh obtained degrees in civil engineering and architecture. These elements of his personal history, Washington said, have played into the identity of his designs and his artistic sense of detail.

“He came from a different aspect of building and creating and then he turned to the fashion industry,” she said. “He could see things that others could not see due to his different experience and perspective in the creative realm.”

For emerging creatives and black designers, Washington said his work left a monumental impact and rewrote the possibilities of what could be achieved. Combining her designs and artistic vision with her historic accomplishments as a black designer in luxury fashion, she said the legacy of her work will be felt for generations to come.

“Her mark on the luxury fashion industry will not be erased,” she said. “It will be something that people will mark until the end of time, because of what he could dream and achieve.”

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How did Balenciaga become so popular among fashion enthusiasts?

Balenciaga climbs to the top.

After reigning supreme for months, the Gucci house has been relegated to second place among the most popular fashion brands, overthrown by Balenciaga. A return to haute couture and a multitude of daring – and avant-garde – collaborations paved the way for this luxury brand to (re) conquer the hearts of fashion fans, notably driven by the notoriously hard-to-satisfy Gen Z.

Balenciaga seems to attract as much fascination as it does criticism, in large part thanks to a marketing strategy that can only be described as daring, if not totally crazy. Still, the fashion house is said to be the talk of the world to the point of becoming the most popular brand in the latest Lyst * report on trends and flagship brands for Q3 2021. The brand, led by Georgian Designer and founder of Vetements Demna Gvasalia has climbed five places in a few months to challenge Gucci, another particularly popular brand of Generation Z, which had until then been the undisputed leader of the ranking.

Fortnite, Simpsons, Kanye West

Although Balenciaga has always been a popular brand, its popularity continues to grow day by day. This rise was undoubtedly stimulated by the brand’s great comeback in haute couture last July – after about half a century of absence – and has grown steadily since the fall, with projects all more daring than the others. At the end of September, the fashion house unleashed social networks by announcing a collaboration with “Fortnite”, one of the most popular video games in the world, offering players the possibility of obtaining virtual Balenciaga fashion outfits and accessories, and, by extension, confirming the growing interest of luxury houses in Generation Z.

A few days later, the French fashion house struck again. During the presentation of its spring-summer 2022 collection at Paris Fashion Week, the brand released an unprecedented episode of “The Simpsons”, making Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and the rest of the gang the ambassadors of its last. looks. It was the world of luxury making a foray into pop culture – or vice versa – and an initiative that landed with full impact. And this mix of genres and cultures is an integral part of Balenciaga’s winning strategy. Indeed, the brand has understood that Generation Z, the new privileged target of luxury houses, does not want lockers or stereotypes.

As if to seal his success, it now seems a plethora of celebrities swear by Balenciaga – or almost. From Kim Kardashian to Rihanna to Kanye West – or Ye by her new name – the fashion house can count on a five-star cast to showcase its outfits. The brand’s success at the last MET Gala shows that Balenciaga is everywhere on the red carpet. Not to mention Balenciaga’s collaboration with the same Kanye “Ye” West when “Donda” came out. These bets may seem crazy at first glance, but they are winning on all fronts, as the luxury house has clearly never been so popular.

An ode to color and sportswear

According to The Lyst Index, Gucci is now the second most popular brand, ahead of Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Fendi and Saint Laurent. Dolce & Gabbana returns to the Top 20, closing the ranking.

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Fendi x Versace (Photo credit: Pier Nicola Bruno)

From July to September – a period marked by a return to a relatively normal life in many countries – trends were dominated by colorful pieces, sportswear-inspired clothing and a strong interest in accessories of all kinds. Prada’s raffia tote bag topped the list of most popular women’s items, followed by Versace’s Medusa Aevitas platform shoes in hot pink and terrycloth slides from Bottega Veneta. On the men’s side, the Adidas Yeezy sneakers remain uncontested at the top of the rankings, and more specifically the Yeezy Foam Runner, with searches up 411%.

* Lyst analyzed the online behavior of its 150 million consumers who search, browse and buy fashion items from 17,000 brands and online stores. The Lyst Index methodology takes into account consumer behavior on the platform, including conversion and sale rates. The study also takes into account Google searches, social media mentions and global engagement statistics over a three-month period.


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A treasure trove of fashion history

Tom McEvoy never intended to be a fashion historian. It was only through a series of fluids that the photographer fell in love with the brands – long gone and often forgotten – that were once the heart and beat of Melbourne’s thriving fashion industry before the 1980s. .

Today Tom collects, hosts and shares their stories as a temple keeper, but not too long ago he just wanted to be a photographer. Or a screenwriter. Or maybe an archaeologist …

“It really started because I’ve always loved taking photographs,” he says. “Then one thing led to another …”

In college, Tom tampered with his project photographs with odd chemicals, hot irons, butter, inks, anything for an experimental effect; “to create new organic textures and color distortions”.

The results were intriguing, often charming, but most important to Tom – and here begins the series of strokes of luck mentioned earlier – which can be traced back to the hand-coloring techniques used by black and white photographers in the early 20th century. century. “Of course,” Tom remembers, “I was drawn to those times.”

Naturally. In fact, Tom was so drawn that he started photographing and then hand coloring in the same photographic style as the fashion editorials and commercials of the early 20th century. “I shot ‘ghost’ editorials for labels that no longer existed,” he says, “I would even put the watermark of the labels on the photographs instead of mine.”

His obsession with authenticity also included patterned clothing. “So I went to a vintage store,” Tom remembers. “And that was it. I started noticing the labels and was immediately sucked in by this need to know, “Who are these people?” “

Since 2015, it has accumulated an archive of nearly seven thousand items of clothing, documents and objects mainly related to middle market brands considered too commercial to be kept by museum curators. Without Tom happily delving into their past, most would be lost in the mists …

“I started online, couldn’t find anything, I went to Google Journals, then (the National Library of Australia’s free journal resource) Trove.” (The story) was so huge and deep that I couldn’t stop … “

One day, a stunning 1950s dress posted online led to a meeting with its original designer, legendary fashion designer Elvie Hill. She was approaching her 100th year, still as crisp and sleek as she had ever been in her prime. Tom and Elvie hit it off.

Later, an article in The Age journal about their friendship broke another obstacle to Tom’s research. “People started calling,” he said, “Machinists, parents, friends..Debra Dascal, Simon Shinberg’s daughter, Jill Kemelfield …”

Tom will later present a retrospective of Shinberg’s work with Debra and restore a historic black and white photograph of Jill Kemelfield’s 1954 entry into Melbourne’s Dress of the Year with the delicate addition of her cool aqua color from ‘origin (photo).

Tom found himself entangled in Melbourne’s fashion history as he met and treated his aging characters for stories born from Flinders Lane when he buzzed and rattled with sewing machines and racks of dresses rolling on cobbled to waiting trucks, or workshops and factories dotted across the ‘burbs – Collingwood, Brunswick, South Yarra – buzzing with the age-old tailoring and tailoring skills of the New Australians.

“If you found a family,” said Tom, “they would know other families, and they would know others, and they would know …”

Its list of historic brands and fashion houses is growing. “When I met a guy called Neville Singh for example, a designer for Mr. Simon, he put me on others that he had also worked for: McWhirters, Deons, Ricki Reed, Zora, Gala Gowns, Louis Feraud, Fiorucci … “

Eventually, Tom mapped out a sort of “landscape” and a mid to high end hierarchy of Australian brands. “I started to focus on the concept of the fashion house in particular,” says Tom. “Like, (the house of) Lucas in the 1800s and the House of Shaving in the early 1900s …”

From the mountains of historical documents, Tom pulled out a 1911 record for fashion designer Charles Osbourn Shave whose fashion house would thrive for six decades. “He talks about the creativity of Melbourne,” he says, “and how its fashion scene is easily on par with Paris and London …”

Tom’s ultimate dilemma now that his historical archives grow like a living being, is what to do with it, how to share his precious wealth of brands: Hall Ludlow, Mr. Anthony, Merco Davron, Hartnell of Melbourne, Noeleen King, Van Roth , Ecstacy Creations, Leon Haskin, thousands more. “I would like to present a lot of my research so that younger cultures can play an interactive role. “

He is currently studying his master’s degree but is also playing with the idea, once it is completed, of developing a digital ‘loot-shooter’ style of play with color-coded treasure values ​​assigned to historic Australian fashion brands. “For example, if you find a piece of clothing from Maison du Rasage – and none exist to my knowledge – it’s mythical. It would certainly glow gold!”

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Isha Ambani and Manish Malhotra team up as Reliance acquires 40% stake in designer MM Styles

On Friday, October 15, Reliance Brands and Manish Malhotra announced a strategic partnership in the deal whereby the former agreed to buy a 40% stake in the 16-year-old designer MM Styles’ fashion house. years. This is one of the largest investments for Reliance Brands Ltd (RBL) and the first external investment for the Manish Malhotra brand, which was until now owned by the creator. Manish Malhotra is well known for his voluptuous creations and craftsmanship. Almost all the stars of the Indian film industry have at least one of his creations in their wardrobe.

“Our strategic partnership with Manish Malhotra is rooted in our immense respect for his craft and our deep commitment to Indian art and culture. As an entrepreneur, Manish, the man behind the brand, has always been agile and ahead of his time. Said Ms. Isha Ambani, Director of Reliance Retail Ventures Limited. Manish Malhotra, who will continue to lead the brand as CEO and Creative, said: “As the brand strives for international expansion, business diversification and renewed creative growth, there could have been no better strategic partner. to accompany us on this journey.

The partnership aims to expand physical retail both in India and international markets, creating a technological backbone for the business, developing phygital and experiential e-commerce opportunities. Reliance Brands is India’s largest luxury retailer and has partnerships with a handful of international luxury brands, including A list names like Diesel, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade and Versace. Understanding the importance of the ethnic clothing space over Western fashion, the retailer aims to create a larger market for the designer’s MMM styles with a price adjustment although the size of the case may not have been disclosed.

Over the years, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd has acquired two designer owned companies, Sabyasachi and Shantanu & Nikhil. Now that Manish Malhotra has joined the movement, let’s wait and watch the retail emporium expand around the world!

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‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ opens at Brooklyn Museum

While recent discussions around the city have focused on the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just across the East River, the Brooklyn Museum has brought an equally (if not grander) exhibit to life. which takes guests on a wonderful journey through the history of the iconic Dior fashion house.

“Christian Dior: Creator of dreams” is separated into two sections: an exterior section retracing the history and heritage of Dior and an interior “Enchanted Garden”. As guests enter the exhibit, they are greeted by Dior’s signature New Look, her iconic dress that features round shoulders, a voluminous skirt and a cinched waist. The look, which debuted in 1946, quickly became a favorite among women around the world.

Then take a look at the collections of Dior’s successors, starting with Yves Saint Laurent, whose designs were considered provocative at the time due to their bold silhouettes. Next come the beautiful ornate dresses by Gianfranco Ferré located next to the daring creations of John Galliano. The dramatic beaded dresses by Raf Simons and the collections of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s first female creative director, are also in the spotlight. Each section is complemented by works of art from the museum’s permanent collection.

Perhaps the most magical part of the exhibition is the breathtaking “Enchanted Garden. Once you step into the garden, the fashion and the exhibition merge into one, creating an immersive experience like no other. Dresses float up to the ceiling as clouds and birds dance on the walls. The layout not only provides a beautiful backdrop for these works of art, but also gives every fitted ball gown, suit and jacket the chance to be admired up close. You can get so close that even the smallest details, from their intricate embroidery to the trims and lace adorning them.

“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” is on view at the Brooklyn Museum until February 20, 2022. Student tickets cost $ 16.

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St James Quarter: Kim Kardashian’s beauty icon Reuben de Maid to attend new fashion festival

The neighborhood, which opened in June, will host a series of events that will take place over the long weekend, with a lineup that includes fashion and beauty workshops led by world-renowned influencers, demonstrations fall wreaths, live music with Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and a fashion show in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art.

Participants can go to the “Style Dome” pop-up and watch a series of lectures hosted by eight influencers. These influential hosts include Scottish fashion guru Reuben de Maid, who counts Kim Kardashian as one of their number one fans, fashion house founder Dula Jilly Isabella and culinary expert Just Jess.

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Throughout the weekend, shoppers will also be entertained with pop-up bars, an art exhibit and selfie stations in “Styles Stories”. A number of The Quarter brands, including Boots, Peloton, Ixia Flowers, Bodyshop, Keihl’s and IOLLA, are also expected to get involved throughout the weekend.

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Rochelle Weir, Director of Brand and Marketing at St James Quarter, said: “What an event we hosted. Not only will this give people the opportunity to see all the amazing brands including Keihl’s and IOLLA that we have here at St James Quarter, but it is also a chance to display your own style and be inspired by others.

Edinburgh College of Art graduates will showcase their collections with models in the gallery and in the parking lot for a unique in-store fashion show. This will give them the opportunity to present their work in person, after last year’s diploma show was forced to operate online.

The “Edinburgh Style” event will take place from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th October in the St James district.

Attendees can also admire the work created by textile and jewelry and goldsmith graduates on display in the “Style Dome”, as well as hear Rosie Baird, winner of the Edinburgh College of Art and Graduate Fashion Week 2019 award, who will discuss her own collection of graduates and the inspiration behind the St James Quarter Tartan she designed.

Mal Burkinshaw, Head of Design at Edinburgh College of Art, said: “We are delighted to partner with St James Quarter for this unique event. This opportunity provides our graduates with a platform in a high end retail setting and will be an invaluable experience for them. “

Weir added, “We are also extremely happy to be working with the graduates of Edinburgh College of Art to bring our own fashion show to life. If you are in Edinburgh October 14-17, be sure to come and see all we have to do – it’s not to be missed!

To celebrate Edinburgh Style and other upcoming events, St James Quarter is offering half price parking for all customers from 5.30pm nightly until Sunday 31st October.

The model poses in Edinburgh’s St James district, which is set to host her first fashion festival this month.

Edinburgh Style events are free and will be awarded on the same day on a first come, first served basis. For more information on the events taking place from Thursday October 14 through Sunday October 17, visit the St James Quarter events page at:

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30 denim styles for spring dressing

We know Tiktok says skinny jeans are out. And in a post-pandemic world, as many Australians return in hard pants, we are advocating for adequate legroom. Calves call for freedom, so wide legs, 70s-style flared pants and bootcut jeans are the answer. But finding the perfect pair of trendy jeans is a battle – a battle many denim fans have yet to conquer. So we’ve rounded up our favorite styles to make it easier to find this laid-back denim, along with some skinny jeans suggestions for those who prefer a more streamlined pant bottom.

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Like Farrah Fawcett on her skate in charlie’s angels, the silhouette of the 70s invites itself in wardrobes around the world. Peachay jeans made in Melbourne are designed to fit smaller waists and juicier hips, buttocks and thighs. This summer, adopt its signature style in white. The brand does not use traditional pruning, but instead opts for names like Sunflower, Tulip and Lily. Arnhem’s Savannah flare jeans hug in all the right places, and Assembly Label’s high-waisted flare jeans are slightly cropped, making them the perfect pair to go from brunch to an afternoon aperitif. . The Byron Bay Thrills brand introduced a more comfortable and stretchy option in their best-selling high-waisted, wide-leg jeans, the Belle. It will fit your hips perfectly and is available in seven colors.

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Bootcut jeans – so called because you can optionally put a pair of boots under them – are more subtle than flares. And their return comfortably coincides with the resurgence of platform boots. Local label Neuw Denim’s Debbie bootcut is high waisted with a relaxed knee. Brisbane-based Outland Denim is dedicated to sustainable practices, with a mission to empower victims of human trafficking. The Mirage jeans in indigo wash have a wide fit and high waist. And, of course, there’s the classic Levi’s bootcut to wear all week.

Mom is the word

The 1970s weren’t the only denim decade to experience a resurgence. Chain style icon Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy with these ’90s-inspired mom jeans, a generally relaxed fit with a high waist that tapers to the ankle. Breezy Britts from Nudie, Frankies from Nobody and mum jeans from Zara are some of our favorite styles. These are available in seven colors – and cost $ 59.95.

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Copenhagen fashion house Ganni’s new denim line offers seven basic styles in a variety of washes. The double fly detail on the Figni jeans means they can be worn as a low rise cut or cinched higher on the waist. The LA Boyish brand took its signature Ziggy style and added carpenter details for a workwear feel. And Bassike’s unisex fit was designed in Australia, made in Japan.

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Nobody Denim has been worn by Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr and Emma Stone. But the brand’s local success suggests there is no need for international expansion. Her denim is still washed, dyed, aged and made into wearable clothing from her Fitzroy denim factory in Melbourne. And despite Tiktok’s commission, the label’s cult Skinny Ankle remains a signature style. Other favorites include these ultra-high rise jeans with removable belt from Reformation and this white pair from Re / done. And for the denim to accompany you in warm weather, we recommend the bike-short style from Viktoria & Woods.

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Greg Lauren is an artist, designer and nephew of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. He makes deconstructed clothes with combinations of couture, patchwork and vintage fabrics. Make a statement in the pinstripe denim blazer. Or wear the Canadian tuxedo with Denimsmith’s cropped shawl jacket, with gorgeous edge details, paired with this belted skirt. Deadly Denim was founded by Rebecca Rickard, a Ballardong, Whadjuk woman of the Noongar Nation living and working on Country in Perth. The recycled denim brand features creations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in its unique pieces. Customize your own denim jacket with Cungelella’s Marapai design.

Splashes of color

You can count on the Byron Bay Afends brand to add a playful touch to your serious denim wardrobe. Find us this summer in these vintage pink dungarees washed with hemp. And these wide jeans from Rollas will soften up over time. We also love Kowtow’s bold button-down skirt.


While denim – made from a durable cotton fabric – is one of the most widely used materials in the world, it also has devastating effects on the environment. But there are many local and international manufacturers looking to reduce their impact. Keeper Denim, founded in Perth by former architect and financial analyst Kate Bartuccio, is one of them. The label was born after Bartuccio watched the Real cost documentary, which helped her see the dark side of the fast-paced fashion industry and its impact on garment workers and the environment. Its range is limited to skinny jeans – and this light indigo pair is perfectly stretchy. Meanwhile, ELV Denim takes unwanted jeans destined for the landfill and turns them into modern pieces. All leftovers are donated to renowned artist Ian Berry, who creates pictorial works using denim. The ELV team, based in East London, cut each piece by hand. Her long dress is made of 46 pieces of denim.

Back in Australia, First Principles is one of the few bespoke denim brands in the country, offering bespoke jeans where you can choose the style, material, wash, fit, thread and buttons. Order your sample pack here or shop for pieces from her ready-to-wear collection online – the straight leg with fringes is our choice. Hera Denim is another local brand designed for women with a smaller waist and fuller hips, thighs and buttocks. Pre-orders for her first style – a loose fit made from 100% Japanese denim – launched on October 1. Elk worked with sustainable denim maker Saitex to produce five-pocket jeans with a flattering wide-legged silhouette. It’ll be back in stock very soon, and made from 91 percent cotton, seven percent lycra, and two percent spandex, it’s super comfortable. If cords are more your thing, give them a try.

And the trick to making your jeans last longer? Find tips for taking care of your denim here.

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Dolce & Gabbana Just Set Fashion NFTs $ 6 Million Record

The parts commanded such high prices, Mr. Menon said, because of “provenance; rarity – there were only nine, sold at a time; Arts and crafts; and utility – people can use them in the metaverse and have physical experiences, too. In the next few days, he added, UNXD will convert prices to US dollars at the market rate and pay Dolce & Gabbana, less an auction commission.

Pranksy (a play on Bansky) wrote in an email Saturday: “I was really excited about D&G entering the NFT space, especially since my wife, Magpie, and her close friend, one of my company directors, Josephine Dwyer-Mann, have a real passion for haute couture. Like many wealthy crypto natives, Pranksy keeps his real name a secret and would only communicate via email or voice-distorted Zoom.

He bought the virtual Golden Impossible Jacket only for 99.99 Ether; the Impossible Tiara, only virtual, also for 99.99 Ether; and The Dress from a Dream: Silver, which is digital and physical, for 188.1 Ether, and The Dress from a Dream: Gold, which is also digital and physical, for 225.5 Ether. (A fashion enthusiast himself, Pransky said he wore “a Versace shirt and scruffy jeans” as he answered written questions from an undisclosed location in Britain.) “The NFTs in fashion have enormous potential, especially when linked – as D&G has done – to the physical, ”he wrote.

For its part, Seedphrase (whose name is Danny Maegaard, an investor in Brisbane, Australia) paid 292.82 Ether for The Lion Crown, which Dolce & Gabbana based on the Venetian flag and coat of arms. “It invoked my deep love for the city of Venice,” Seedphrase said by email Sunday. “Being the first NFT collection from any major fashion house, it made a lot of sense from an investment standpoint as I anticipate these pieces will rise in value.”

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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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Designers team up with Milan Fashion Week Spring 2022

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In the past, a collaboration was the height of credibility – from top married to bottom, luxury mixed into everyday life. But after this just concluded Milan Fashion Week, this kind of movement looks so much like 2020. Now the designers who once existed in their own competing, non-intersecting lanes are merging, with unexpected results. Perhaps the model for this was the Gucci / Balenciaga tie we saw during the Aria collection from the first in April, whose “pirated” pieces merged Alessandro Michele’s embellished maximalism with that of Demna Gvasalia. Matrix-front ready.

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Fendi by Versace

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“Fendace”, AKA Fendi + Versace, was the coat rack that became the talking point of this Milan Fashion Week. But since the exhibition notes for the collection were quick to declare from the start, “This is not a collaboration.” Instead, it was a meeting of the spirits, as Fendi’s Kim Jones and Versace’s Donatella Versace brewed a potent brew of the house’s iconographies. “This is a first in the history of fashion,” said Versace, “two designers with a real creative dialogue that flows from respect and friendship.” The first part, Versace by Fendi, featured the safety pins of the first cutting the double-F logos of the second, while the second part flipped and inverted it, layering Medusa prints over the familiar brown logo pattern. Two good tastes that taste good together!

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Prada spring 2022

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Another fashion power couple, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, continued their successful partnership, forged in early 2020 when Simons was announced as co-creative director of the house. Their first IRL show was, deservedly, on a double podium, with models marching simultaneously in Milan and Shanghai. The theme: “seduction through reduction”, pairing Prada’s talent for unconventional sexy with Simons’ masterful minimalism. They wanted to explore, the show’s notes explained, the “clothing history … the memory of a train, the bones of a corset, the curve of a bra”. So the trains came thin and single-paneled, as a Brutalist architect might envision, and the corset cords hung as loosely as shoelaces, reminders of a standard of antediluvian beauty whose shadow still hangs over us today. hui. Ms Prada’s sense of humor shone through in an oversized sweater that retained the slight silhouette of a first-wave bra, with sashes hugging the particularly erogenous zone of the upper arms. Let Prada create clothes that are both sexy and ironic.

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A Rave Review look from the Gucci Vault.

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Michele, who took advantage of GucciFest last fall to support up-and-coming designers like Charles de Vilmorin and Gareth Wrighton, had a trick up his sleeve in embroidered velvet this season. No, he didn’t put on a surprise show, but he did unveil the Gucci Vault, an online concept store featuring looks from up-and-coming brands like Swedish sensations upcycling Rave Review and New York designer Shanel Campbell endorsed by Solange, as well as vintage Gucci pieces that Michele describes as “mutant relics”. Teaming up with those on the rise and letting them enter the Gucci world was a natural move for a designer who has always welcomed new talent. (“I was like, ‘Why can’t a fashion house with a creative director also have space for expressive, aesthetic and social contaminations?’ Michele explained in a statement.)

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A look by Shanel Campbell from the Gucci Vault.

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This kind of “contaminations” between design talents with different perspectives makes sense not only on the client side, but also on the designer side. A simple logo might seem routine these days, and we’re all mired in collaboration fatigue, but the postmodernist, limited-edition appeal of two layered visions is the ultimate fashion joke for the hypebeast who has it all. In addition, the preciousness of brand holiness has collapsed and everything is now a fair game. As for the creators, they are no longer sitting alone in their workshops to pursue a singular vision. It is even possible that the solidarity rediscovered thanks to open source sustainable development efforts and the group’s commitments to change the industry will increasingly turn them into collaborators, and not competitors. And we’re all fancier for that.

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Balmain Celebrates Creator’s Birthday With Live Show

PARIS, Sept.29 (Reuters) – French fashion house Balmain celebrated 10 years in the tenure of creative director Olivier Rousteing with a runway show featuring a host of famous models including Naomi Campbell, former French first lady Carla Bruni, Milla Jovovich and Natalia Vodianova.

Models strutted across the stage of a crowded music hall on the Seine in deconstructed clothing slit to show patches of bare skin, draped in chains and layered with bold shoulder jackets or floor-sweeping trenches.

At the end of the show, the designer bowed to the jubilant crowd, surrounded by a dozen models dressed in whimsical dresses covered with sequins.

The label welcomed thousands of fans to the hall for a two-day festival that included performances by Jesse Jo Stark, Doja Cat and Franz Ferdinand.

Dozens of brands are hosting in-person fashion shows during Paris Fashion Week, which runs through October 5, as slowing COVID-19 infection rates and easing restrictions have allowed events to resume interrupted during the peak of the pandemic.

Spectators at the Balmain festival could purchase food and drink as well as branded goods, including sneakers priced at 850 euros ($ 986) and bags of hair cosmetics.

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Reporting by Mimosa Spencer; Editing by Richard Chang

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5 interesting facts about fashion brand Comme des Garçons

When we think of Comme des Garçons, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic heart-shaped logo in one of its clothing lines: Comme des Garçons Play. But if that’s the only thing you know about the brand, you’re missing out on the interesting stories behind this hugely successful fashion brand.

The legacy of Comme des Garçons began in 1969, when it was founded by Rei Kawakubo. Despite the fact that the brand was founded in Tokyo, its name was borrowed from a song recorded seven years before its premiere – “All the Boys and Girls”, written by French artist Françoise Hardy. Meaning “like some boys” in French, the brand focused on scrambling gender norms long before androgynous fashion took center stage in the sartorial world.

# 1 Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, did not graduate from a fashion school

A graduate of Fine Arts and Literature from Keio University, Kawakubo actually started her job in the advertising department of a textile company. Later, she found her passion in fashion and gradually entered the industry as a freelance stylist. Despite the lack of proper training for a career as a fashion designer, the passion has taken Kawakubo far, as she is now the famous founder and creative director of Comme des Garçons.

# 2 Kawakubo doesn’t make clothes – she does works of art

Known for her imaginative and totally original approach, the Japanese designer has always let her abstract creations speak for themselves. When it comes to her collections, she doesn’t offer alternative silhouettes – on the contrary, she completely reconstructs the way we interpret clothing, resulting in avant-garde designs that exist somewhere between fine art and clothing. .

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# 2 Comme des Garçons is the first Japanese fashion brand to present at the Paris Fashion Show

For decades, Kawakubo’s pioneering spirit and unique designs have endured, leading the brand to achieve its coveted status over time. In 1981, the first Comme des Garçons fashion show was held in Paris, and this is how the Japanese designer became known internationally. It also marks the first Japanese brand at the Paris fashion show.

# 4 Comme des Garçons’ first collection was somewhat controversial and called “the black crows”

With its exaggerated silhouettes and usual dark color palettes, many newspapers and magazines have called Comme des Garçons ‘the black crows’. While Kawakubo tries to challenge the fashion industry, she tends not to feature wearable pieces in her runway shows. Instead, she reinvents them with her endless innovation and creativity. Although it was very controversial at first, the brand was later seen as uncompromising modernity while at the same time being alluring.

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In 2017, the brand was presented at the Met Gala, with an extremely fascinating exhibition that resembles the fashion house itself. Entitled Art of the In-Between, it was only the second time in the history of the event, after Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, that a living designer was in the spotlight. With over 150 couture creations on display, the exhibition revealed the house’s extraordinary journey through the last decades, from the founder’s path and philosophy in fashion, to the broader context of her definition in art. and culture.

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(All images: Comme des Garçons)

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Charles de Vilmorin: new star of Parisian fashion

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There is no doubt that Charles de Vilmorin is a rising star of Parisian fashion. In April 2020, at the age of 23, he launched his eponymous label on Instagram, in the midst of a pandemic. Within months, the industry buzz around him saw one of his designs (a psychedelic bomber jacket) appear in an Apple commercial about American rapper Tierra Whack. Soon after, Jean Paul Gaultier sponsored him to be a scheduled guest at Paris Haute Couture Week in January this year. Two weeks later, he was appointed the new creative director of the famous French fashion house Rochas.

Founded in 1925 by French designer Marcel Rochas, the house was best known for its signature fragrance, Femme. After the death of the designer in 1955, the fashion branch of the company closed its doors, to be relaunched in 1990 under its perfume owner Wella, then acquired by Procter & Gamble. After four years of critical success under Olivier Theyskens as Artistic Director, P&G again shut down the brand’s fashion division from 2006 to 2008. Italian designer Marco Zanini then threw his hat into the ring, followed by Alessandro dell’Acqua whose departure in December 2019 led to a year in which the house was without a creative director.

De Vilmorin himself has an interesting heritage. Much has been said about the creator’s bond with the poet, novelist and socialite Louise de Vilmorin (her grandfather’s great-aunt), who was also a close friend of Hélène Rochas, wife and muse of the founder Marcel. However, neither de Vilmorin nor Rochas knew of their family ties when he was offered the appointment. And, yes, there is a castle that bears his family name, the Château de Vilmorin in Verrières-le-Buisson. But he never went. In fact, the designer says he spends most of his time crouching on his sewing machine on the floor of his Parisian maid’s room.

Charles de Vilmorin in a thoughtful mood. . . . © Matthieu Delbrève

. . . in his Parisian house © Matthieu Delbruve

“It’s true that my family, in general, is super creative and taught me a lot about art and culture,” explains de Vilmorin, whose mother is an art teacher and whose father is financial director. “In some articles, [it is written] that I come from a very rich family and that I am [at Rochas] because Louise de Vilmorin was a friend of Hélène Rochas, but this is totally false.

Aged 24 and very calm, de Vilmorin spices up his speech with charming Frenglish superlatives such as “mega”, “totally”, “super” and “crazy!” (crazy). He studied at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Mode et de la Couture, (followed by a master’s degree at the Institut Français de la Mode). De Vilmorin’s universe is dreamlike and fantastic, its exaggerated silhouettes and cheerful palettes, mixing surrealism with streetwise. “The Charles de Vilmorin woman is a bit shy, a bit ‘trashy’. She doesn’t know where she wants to go, but she goes. she corresponds [more] for me she is naive and a bit. . . ”He stops, searching for the word. “Clumsy!”

His first collection for his own brand, a series of ready-to-wear aviator jackets, was decorated with pictorial prints in acid shades hand drawn by the designer. These pieces evolved into its couture offering of leggings, chunky bombers and dresses with puffed sleeves, dripping with painted butterflies, rainbows and enticingly colored clown prints, inspired by Chagall, Dalí, Matisse. and Niki de Saint Phalle.

How will he reconcile this aesthetic with that of the more classic and elegant Rochas? “The Rochas woman and the Charles de Vilmorin woman are absolutely not the same. These are two totally different stories, ”he suggests. “The Rochas woman has a past. She is more confident, more sophisticated.

Rochas Resort 22 collection by Charles de Vilmorin

De Vilmorin says that the founder Marcel Rochas created the brand in the service of his wife Helene in 1925, but he wants “to tell the story of a more independent woman who does not need the help of her husband. I love Rochas’s story, but I think now we need the story of a super free woman.

This is a vision shared by Fabio Ducci, President of High Italian Manufacturing (formerly Onward Luxury Group), Rochas’ licensing partner. The brand’s parent company, Interparfums, announced the extension of its partnership with HIM for the Rochas women’s line on the day of Vilmorin’s appointment: its ability to embrace the brand’s past while guiding it towards a new one. time.

More looks from Rochas Resort 22

De Vilmorin’s first collection for the brand, Resort 2022, has not yet been marketed. Although the collection has only been shown to a few buyers, Ducci notes that it has generated interest. “This collection is a deliberate break with the past, and it resonates most with our business partners who are forward thinking and experimental,” he says. De Vilmorin’s second collection, which will be shown in Paris on Wednesday, will take the starting point of a woman in the middle of a house fire, throwing herself frantically into her wardrobe to save her precious Rochas. The flame burns flame prints on golden pleated lurex, a trompe-l’oeil jacquard that seems to drip from the heat, and flame-colored shoes and boots.

When asked why he thought Rochas had chosen him out of a handful of hopefuls, de Vilmorin said: “I think they liked the fact that I was not afraid to do a parade with clothes embroidered with erotic patterns and weird stuff. I proposed something more transgressive, while remaining in the codes of French couture.

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Francesco Risso on Rethinking the Fashion Show

Francesco Risso has been Creative Director at Marni since 2016, mixing the explosive prints of the Milanese fashion house and chic but quirky silhouettes with his own daring and often playful aesthetic. On Saturday, 18 months after Marni’s last physical show, the former Miuccia Prada protege once again upped the stakes with an experimental live event. Here he explains why.

How was your Spring / Summer 2022 show so different?

This season, after so many months of variation, I wanted to cancel any division between the observer and the observed. In practice, this means that we decided to dress everyone attending our show on Saturday in a bespoke Marni ensemble. The fitting process started almost a week ago on Monday and has been magnificent. We played music. We had a large team that worked day and night. The guests who were trying on clothes with you again and telling you about how they were feeling, felt happy.

Isn’t organizing a normal fashion show a stressful enough experience, let alone adding hundreds of additional accessories?

We had about 500 people coming to the show so it was a big undertaking. But dressing people for moments in their lives – making clothes for them, their tastes and their personalities – is the foundation of what we do. So it gave us so many new moments of personal interaction, a chance to re-engage and bond and have discussions after so much time apart.

The experience reminded me of another older era in fashion, where masters really knew their clients, with designers putting on small shows with direct connections. I wanted to channel this.

Where did you find all these clothes?

It was difficult. I didn’t want there to be a division with the new collection presented, but it was also important for me to have the reorientation at the heart of the community involvement aspect. So the audience looks like they’re coming out of seasons past – recycled pieces where there might have been excess stock or production flaws, for example, and then we also used recycled nylon to knit shoes or create new patches or hems. Each has been hand painted, so no look is the same.

How much was this idea inspired by the lockdown?

I think in some ways the pandemic has propelled a closer feeling of a global Marni community. People have participated in a more active and creative way with our house. They wrote songs for Marni, composed poetry, painted their own prints on clothes, then shared that with us online. I loved it and wanted to engage this virtual mood, bottle it and make it happen. It’s almost like our own little ‘Marni-land’ and the show is a way for a bigger family to expand into this world we have built.

But I was also thinking about sport this season. It’s not a sports collection, but I’ve been thinking about the philosophy of how a team works – how interactive and healthy the relationship is between everyone who participates in a game. I wanted to integrate part of it. And the coach is not me. The coach is our heartbeat, bringing us together as one.

Is the pandemic forcing the fashion industry to change?

We all complained about the endless cycle before Covid. But for Marni at least, a hard stop made us slow down and think more about what we’re doing in a focused way. Specifically, how do we nurture relationships with our customers and those who have supported our brands when they suddenly feel so far away, through social media, through the cinema and now when we can potentially be reunited in person. The pivot to digital media has also sparked some very thoughtful creativity in terms of how the clothes are presented – it will be interesting to see where that goes.

Ultimately, however, when you do what we do, it’s hard to deny the importance of touch. And our practice is to do things with our hands. So getting together for a fashion show is once again a real joy and a privilege.

This conversation, first posted on Instagram Live, has been edited and condensed.

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Latinos who have succeeded in the fashion world

The fashion industry has always been a demanding, closed and difficult to access environment. Only the best manage to stand out. However, being successful in a country that is not the same as the country of origin often makes the task even more difficult, but there are several Latinos who have taken the names of their countries high in this world full of glamor.

Carolina herrera

María Carolina Josefina Pacanis Niño, better known as Carolina Herrera, is a Venezuelan fashion designer who founded her own fashion house in 1981 and is now recognized as one of the most influential in the fashion world.

Carolina quickly found success, standing out for the inclusion of feminine, classic and elegant silhouettes in her designs. Just a year after its launch, in 1982, it was already dressing Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Duchess of Feria, Countess Consuelo Crespi, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Ivana Trump, Kathleen Turner and Nancy Reagan. In addition, for twelve years, she dressed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, wife of John F. Kennedy and made the wedding dress of her daughter Carolina Kennedy, establishing her as one of the best bridal designers.

Oscar de la Renta

De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, but when he was very young he traveled to Spain to study fine arts. It was in this European country that he met Cristóbal Balenciaga, with whom he made his first steps into the world of fashion.

After moving to Paris and increasing his popularity as an emerging designer, he decided to move to New York to make his debut as the Creative Director of Elizabeth Arden. In the United States, he decides to create his own brand under his own name and instantly becomes one of the most recognized designers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Today, the Oscar de la Renta brand represents a true emblem of the industry, handling feminine and stylish cuts.

Nina Garcia

The Colombian, who stands out today for being the editor-in-chief of one of the country’s most important fashion magazines, ELLE magazine, calls herself “an anti-establishment rebel” because she never liked to follow the laws of industry. . On the contrary, she has always been known to leave her mark on what she does.

At the age of 15, Garcia emigrated to the United States to live with his sister, trying to escape the guerrilla warfare and drug trafficking that was suffocating his country at the time.

Nina Garcia’s career in the fashion industry began in the early 1980s when she started working in Perry Ellis’ public relations department.

Adriana lima

Adriana is a Brazilian model, best known for being one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels from 1999 to 2018.

Lima started her modeling career in 1990. In her early days, her career consisted mainly of fashion editorial work and also catwalks.

The worldwide recognition of this Latina came when she arrived on the Victoria’s Secret catwalks in 1999 with 19 years old, as one of their angels. She was in charge of the opening of the fashion show in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Lauren Santo Domingo

Lauren is one of the Colombian engines of this generation of Latin fashion which is conquering New York.

Santo Domingo is co-founder of Moda Operandi, distributor of exclusive Latin brands such as Mercedes Salazar, Isolda, Magnetic Midnight or Carmelinas ….

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez is a designer son of Cubans who rose to fame for the dress he designed for Carolyn Besset for her wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr.

“No one makes a simple line as extraordinary as Narciso,” said Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine.

Other celebrities who have worn Narciso designs include Michelle Obama who in 2008 wore a spring dress when Barack Obama first appeared as President-elect of the United States, Salma Hayek, Claire Danes, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Weisz and Jessica Alba.

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Indya Announces Bollywood Star Shraddha Kapoor As First Brand Ambassador

Indya, the modern Indian clothing brand from fashion house High Street Essentials, has signed Bollywood actor and style icon Shraddha Kapoor as the brand’s first ambassador. The star will be seen as the face of the brand, promoting its contemporary Indian clothing in various campaigns on media platforms.

Indya, an omnichannel fast fashion brand, was born out of an idea of ​​giving ethnic fashion and design a makeover taking into account the lifestyle and changing needs and choices of the modern Indian woman who wants to update its traditional ethnic clothing with current elements and in tune with what is happening from a world fashion point of view. Shraddha Kapoor, with his experimental fashion choices and lively personality, was hired to communicate this brand philosophy.

Commenting on the announcement, Tanvi Malik and Shivani Poddar, co-founders of Indya, said, “Shraddha personifies the millennial Indian woman our brand is centered on – independent, self-aware and rooted in character but modern in outlook. She truly exemplifies the confidence and determination of the free-spirited Indian woman. Our association with her is a step towards strengthening the bond with our customers and with millions of other women who will associate emotionally and sartorially with our brand. We are confident that her voice will inspire them to be bold, experimental and comfortable with their fashion choices. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as the face of Indya.

As the brand’s first ambassador, actress Shraddha Kapoor shares, “Indya has reinvented Indian fashion by beautifully capturing the essence of what the modern Indian woman is looking for today. I’m always on the lookout for stylish clothes that I can just slip on and take, so my personal style preferences completely resonate with the experimental, no-frills essence of the brand. I am an Indian woman and I am happy to be associated with them.

The announcement comes with the launch of the brand’s first campaign and digital film starring Shraddha – “That’s My Indya”. Debunking common and unpopular views on Indian and traditional party wear, the campaign sets the tone for the brand’s modern Indian design philosophy and positioning.

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Can luxury fashion brands really be inclusive?


LUXURY products tend to be associated with exclusivity rather than inclusiveness. But thanks to the scrutiny of social media and consumer activism, high-end brands are under increasing pressure to be seen as caring businesses.

Some have spent large sums on initiatives that address environmental concerns or have used their expertise to help deal with the pandemic.

For example, the Kering group (which owns Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen) has set itself a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025.

In response to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Burberry fashion house has donated more than 100,000 pieces of PPE to the National Health Service and health charities. Meanwhile, luxury firm LVMH used its fragrance manufacturing facilities to make free hand sanitizer for the healthcare system in France.

Yet it remains unclear whether consumers can reconcile the exclusive nature of luxury brands – selling at prices many cannot afford – with a public image of sustainability and environmental or social awareness. A series of studies have shown that consumers are ambivalent about these efforts. Research into the attitudes of millennials has shown that young consumers even view the concepts of luxury and sustainability as contradictory.

This is understandable, as some brands’ apparent attempts to address societal challenges have come after receiving much criticism for their own apparent failures.

Gucci, for example, has a $ 1.5million (£ 1million) plan to support young designers from underrepresented backgrounds. But it was launched after the brand was accused of racism over a sweater design.

And while Prada has spoken out against racial injustice on social media, the company has also been forced to apologize for merchandise deemed racist. Dior, meanwhile, launched a message of support and solidarity accompanied by a black background. But again, this comes after allegations of cultural appropriation.

A New York Times The report showed that among the best designers and creative directors in the fashion world, only four are black. Models and photographers with diverse backgrounds are also seriously under-represented in the luxury fashion industry.

Designer Virgil Abloh, men’s fashion manager at Louis Vuitton, is one of the few black figures to have reached the heights of a luxury brand. He commented: “Diversity is not just about gender and ethnicity. It is a question of experience. He brings new ideas to the table. And it would be nice if the fashion industry would listen to them and take them into account. “

In this complex context, we asked members of the UK public what they think of luxury brand inclusion campaigns. Overall, consumers – especially those with low incomes – had a negative response.

The majority of respondents (87%) believe luxury brands would do better to become more inclusive by focusing on fair pay and workers’ rights.

Efforts on climate change initiatives were also popular (79%), as was work to reduce racial and gender inequalities.

Respondents also welcomed the idea that luxury brands select partners and suppliers in response to social and political situations. For example, Burberry’s decision to boycott cotton from China’s Xinjiang region over alleged human rights violations.

Overall, our survey suggests that, despite some progress, a lot remains to be done by luxury brands. And the question remains, can an industry that revel in exclusivity can embrace inclusiveness in a way that drives real societal change?

As consumers increasingly demand a transition to an inclusive society, a unique window has opened for luxury brands to become better agents of social change by aligning their missions, values ​​and strategies with a social goal. Luxury brands are in a key position to lead commercial action by leveraging their cultural authority.

They have the opportunity to use their influence and actions to advance public debate and accelerate behavior change. If they don’t take it, any gesture of inclusiveness risks being seen as nothing more than an opportunistic exercise in public relations and image.

Paurav Shukla is Professor of Marketing at the University of Southampton, while Dina Khalifa is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.

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LV200: The French Couture House celebrates Louis Vuitton’s bicentenary in style

The year has been red in many ways for Louis Vuitton, the French fashion house. From art director Virgil Abloh’s groundbreaking Spring / Summer 2022 line, Amen Break, to one of the most exciting sneaker drops of the year in the Spring / Summer 2021 trainers upcycling collection, she was struck after the fact. It seems like the year is the right one to mark the bicentennial anniversary of the enigmatic founder of the eponymous house, and the brand pays homage to him with a series of creative collaborations and ideas that do it justice.

The celebrations are meant to re-familiarize the world with Louis’ elusive beginnings, from leaving his hometown of Anchay at age 14, arriving in Paris two years later, (having traveled on foot), learning with the trunk maker and packer, Romain Maréchal and, finally founding his own House in 1854 at 4 rue Neuve-des-Capucines near Place Vendôme in Paris.

Louis: the game

The celebrations, which are expected to expand over the next few months, are multi-faceted. There is the launch of a video game, Louis: the game, with integrated NFTs, store windows that proudly display the iconic trunk, redesigned as a vessel by 200 contributors from a multitude of worlds, including Nigo, Drake, Gloria Steinem and Marc Jacobs.

Works of art were created to commemorate the occasion, from a gargantuan triptych of Louis painted by figurative artist Alex Katz, a fictionalized novel by French writer Caroline Bongrand about the life and intentions of Louis (available in French and English in October), and In search of Louis, a documentary that retraces his history and highlights the man and his journey, from his humble beginnings to the legacy that LV is today.

Louis: The Game can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play for Android systems.


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Presentation of the new American sportswear

Most of the designers I’ve spoken to don’t do traditional fashion shows. “I’m still talking to CFDA [Council of Fashion Designers of America]- they really piss me off, to be very honest with you, ”Snyder said. “They, I don’t think, are supporting American designers. I don’t feel like they’re supporting Teddy Santis, who should be considered the best new designer. Like, without exception, he should get it. He built an empire under all our noses, and he did it his way. And the same with Noah. Now, of course, everyone knows who Jerry Lorenzo is, but… Fear of God was doing the same. Same thing Virgil [Abloh] was doing. “

The industry thinks that if an American designer is lucky, he could get a job at a European luxury house. But none of these stars seem destined for the fashion machine. Most of them grew up wearing sneakers, T-shirts and jeans, listening to rap, going to hardcore concerts. They don’t care about craftsmanship, nor does the European fashion system. “For us, our dream has never been to go to a big luxury fashion house; it has always been to create our own house, ”says Lorenzo. Now the goal beyond that is a creative position in a sneaker brand, like Santis with New Balance, or Kanye West with Adidas, or Pyer Moss designer Kerby-Jean Raymond with Reebok, or the one that Lorenzo formalized with the Adidas basketball last winter. .

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Snyder, from Iowan, has the pragmatism of a Midwest when it comes to explaining the ethics that make his brand work. His clothes are conservative, but he is in a way the godfather of this movement. He left J.Crew a decade ago knowing how to dress a tasteful 30-something. At the time, he saw brands like Bonobos grab this customer with their disruptive, direct-to-consumer pitch, but felt that while many men might be “scared” by the excess of runway fashion, there was more than one who was stylish and silver enough that they were drawn to something more thoughtful. It’s not independent – American Eagle acquired its brand in 2015 – but it has actually allowed it to do what the old-fashioned system, with its layers of middleman retailers and relationships with the mainstream media, does. didn’t: eliminate retailers so he can speak directly to his audience. As he learned from a successful partnership he oversaw between J.Crew and Red Wing, the collaborations are getting media attention, so he does a lot, with brands like LLBean and Champion.

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Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei to be celebrated at exhibition in San Francisco in 2022

“Elysium” by Guo Pei, from his spring-summer 2018 collection. Photo: Photograph by Lian Xu, courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of San Francisco Art Museums.

Guo Pei, the internationally renowned fashion designer known as China’s “Couture Queen”, will be celebrated in a new exhibition at the opening of the Legion of Honor in the spring, the museum said.

The show, “Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy”, will run from April 16 to September 5, 2022 and will focus on the specialized craft techniques used in the construction of Pei’s elaborate creations and the role that Chinese culture and traditional art play play in the creation of its track. collections.

“As a creator and artist, there is no greater honor or privilege than sharing my creativity with a wider audience,” Guo said in a statement to The Chronicle. “I am therefore honored and touched that the prestigious Legion of Honor museum presents a retrospective of my work. … I hope… that through the art of tailoring and the universal language of art, it will foster intercultural appreciation, connections and ideas.

Guo, 54, established his fashion house in China in 1997 after working for Chinese ready-to-wear brands. Jill D’Alessandro, the costume and textile arts curator for the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums (which includes the de Young and the Legion of Honor), is hosting the exhibit. celebrities, including singer Song Zuying and actor Zhang Ziyi, and has been featured at national media events such as the New Year’s Eve celebrations and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Rihanna arrives in a Guo Pei dress at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Photo: Charles Sykes / Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

“It’s a wide range of jobs with a really unique vision,” says D’Alessandro. “She uses exquisite craftsmanship and unconventional sewing techniques drawn from her Chinese heritage and traditional textiles. She combines this interest in world culture and European culture with the fact of being a true craftswoman.

Many westerners discovered Guo’s work at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, when pop superstar Rihanna wore a gold beaded gown with meters of train circling her on the red carpet (the piece will not be part of the exhibition). A voluminous gold lamé dress by Guo was also among her pieces on display in the “China: Through the Looking Glass” costume exhibition at the museum in the same year. The Director and CEO of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, Thomas Campbell, was then Director of the Metropolitan Museum.

“We are especially excited to present the groundbreaking work of Guo Pei, who merges China’s imperial past with the present, using traditional embroidery techniques in his exquisite designs that transcend art and fashion,” said Campbell. .

“Alternate Universe” by Guo Pei, from his fall-winter 2019-20 collection. Photo: Photograph by Lian Xu, courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of San Francisco Art Museums

Campbell said San Francisco, with its vast Chinese heritage and setting on the edge of the Pacific, is a “natural location for the premiere of the first major museum exhibition on the work of Guo Pei.”

In 2015, Guo also became the first Asian-born and raised designer to be invited to become a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, the organization that governs the traditional French haute couture fashion weeks. In 2016, Time ranked her among the 100 most influential people in the world.

Guo’s dedication to detail and craftsmanship is well known in the fashion industry. Collections can take over two years and cost up to $ 3 million. Dresses can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes constructed with precious materials including 24k gold wire, pearls, glow-in-the-dark fabric, and crystals. They can also weigh almost as much as the models wearing them.

The exhibit will consist of a series of gallery rooms on the lower level of the Legion devoted to themes from Guo’s collections, including architecture, embroidery, flowers and fantastic creations. In the permanent decorative arts collections, Guo’s work will be brought into conversation with various objects and installations from period rooms.

D’Alessandro says that for Guo, the creation of this show in the United States at a time when the issue of violence against Asian Americans is at the forefront seems timely.

“She said, ‘I realized how important this exhibition is now because art brings us together. I want the beauty and joy of my work to bring us together.

“Guo Pei: couture fantasy”: 9.30am-5.15pm Tuesday to Sunday. April 16-Sept. 6, 2022. $ 15- $ 30. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., SF 415-750-3600.

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Dior fashion show celebrates fashion up close after pandemic

PARIS, July 5 (Reuters) – French fashion house Christian Dior kicked off Paris Fashion Week on Monday with an in-person show drawing celebrities to the front row in an attempt to rekindle a touch of pre-pandemic glamor.

Actresses Jessica Chastain, Cara Delevingne, Monica Bellucci and Florence Pugh were among the small crowd that paraded the catwalk for Dior’s Fall / Winter 2021-2022 haute couture collection.

“I’m just really happy to be in a room with people and watch some amazing plays,” Chastain said after the show, which she said was her first public event since the pandemic.

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri told Reuters she wanted fabrics to be front and center. An audience in the room might appreciate the detail and tactile nature of the fabric in a way that is not seen online or in video footage.

Tweed ensembles, from jackets to hats resembling riding helmets, took center stage in a patchwork of muted tones.

The models showed plant prints on a velvet and satin coat. For evening looks, there were long skirts embroidered with feathers and sheer pleated long dresses in silk gauze.

In recent months, fashion brands have showcased their collections in online-only formats, such as shorts.

With the progression of vaccinations and the release of blockages, fashion is tiptoeing back to traditional parades, for the moment mixing live audiences and online presentations.

“We’re all very emotional,” Chiuri said.

“There are so many people working on the collection. We were happy to make some great films but it was just a little impersonal. [Everyone] is really proud to see the show, to be backstage, to live the moment with our clients, the press, our friends. In a year and a half, we have lost a lot of these human contacts, ”she said.

Dior, owned by LVMH (LVMH.PA), organized the show in the gardens of the Rodin Museum in Paris inside a temporary structure covered with embroidery designed by French artist Eva Jospin and made by Indian craftswomen.

Paris Fashion Week runs until July 8.

Report by Laetitia Volga; Editing by Christian Lowe and Giles Elgood

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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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Top 10 luxury fashion brands for men

All men who care about fit, fabric and look are looking for brands that meet their specific needs and pay immaculate attention to detail and the finest things to create the right wardrobe and statement. Here are some brands that have a rich heritage of special knowledge in men’s fashion.

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1. Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is the equivalent of men’s haute couture. Founded in 1967 by American fashion designer Ralph Rueben Lifshitz, also known as Ralph Lauren, the luxury brand began making ties for men. The brand is also behind the iconic “Polo” design, the brand’s first complete line of men’s clothing. Today, Ralph lauren is a global luxury fashion brand that creates exceptional clothing for men and women.

Brunello Cucinelli, Top 10 luxury fashion brands for men
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2. Brunello Cucinelli

Luxury is handmade, and at Brunello Cucinelli, each product is handmade. Italian men’s clothing designer Brunello Cucinelli calls the look championed by his eponymous brand “Sportivo chic”. The brand is known for its unparalleled craftsmanship and specially selected materials. Considering the exquisite materials, craftsmanship and passion that go into every room, Brunello Cucinelli products are known to be expensive.

Rolex Submariner, Top 10 luxury fashion brands for men

3. Rolex

Rolex is considered the gateway to luxury watches, and we believe it is a staple in every man’s collection. The Swiss luxury watchmaker has been making exquisite watches since 1915 and the Rolex Submariner is considered one of the brand’s most iconic creations.

Giorgio Armani, Top 10 luxury fashion brands for men
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4. Giorgio Armani

If you are looking for an exquisite high-end suit, Giorgio Armani should be your brand. Renowned for its impeccable tailoring, Italian luxury fashion house Giorgio Armani offers ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics and interiors. The designer is known for his fresh yet luxurious approach to fashion. The brand’s luxury craftsmanship and materials make the Armani legacy a world-class and world-renowned legacy.

Paul Smith, Top 10 Luxury Menswear Brands
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Another important brand in the world of high-end men’s suit is Paul Smith. Particularly famous in the UK, the brand uses specially selected materials that make their costumes stand out from the crowd. Since its creation in 1970, the “classic with a touch” has remained the guiding principle of the company. A dry British sense of humor underlies every conception of Paul Smith: eccentric but not frivolous, eccentric but not silly. The fabrics, colors and designs of these costumes are a masterpiece creation that makes you feel ready to take on the world!

The Timberland Company, Top 10 Luxury Menswear Brands
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Sixth on our list is the American brand that produces the best outdoor shoes with the best materials. The Timberland Company, often known as “Timbs”, was founded in 1952 by Nathan Swartz. Some other men’s fashion items that you will find here are watches, clothing, leather clothes, sunglasses, etc. The company firmly believes in eco-innovation to reduce the impact on the environment. They also plan to create a net positive impact by 2030. Thus, all of their products use responsible materials and leather from regenerating ranches, reliable natural rubber or 100% recycled materials.

Bally, Top 10 Luxury Menswear Brands
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Bally is a Swiss company specializing in men’s fashion items. Carl Franz Bally founded the company in 1851, and the company honors its timeless traditions, believing that quality speaks for itself. One of the most iconic designs, the Scribe Novo formal men’s outfit, created by Carl Franz Bally’s grandson Max Bally to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary in 1951, is still handcrafted in Switzerland. , taking 240 craft techniques to complete. Bally is also renowned for its luxurious travel luggage.

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8. Salvatore Ferragamo

Synonymous with craftsmanship, Italian luxury fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo started its journey as a shoe company. They currently specialize in footwear, leather goods, Swiss-made watches and ready-to-wear for men and women. The company produces the finest footwear and has made a significant contribution to the fashion industry with notable innovations such as the wedge heel, shell-shaped sole, ‘invisible’ sandal, heels and soles. metal, the 18-karat gold sandal, the sock-shoes, sculpture heels, and many more.

Ermenegildo Zegna, Top 10 luxury fashion brands for men
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9. Ermenegildo Zegna

If you like rich and luxurious textiles, Ermenegildo Zegna is the brand for you. The Italian luxury fashion house initially focused on fabrics and wools, but after taking over Ermenegildo Zegna’s threads in the mid-1960s, the company branched out into men’s suits. Today, Zegna is synonymous with impeccable tailoring combined with premium fabrics.

Berluti, Top 10 Luxury Men's Fashion Brands
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10. Berluti

Berluti is renowned for its unique leather finishes and craftsmanship of its products. The French luxury brand uses a rich and individual patina for each pair of Berluti shoes. The leather they use has a unique character and is treated to take on deep and complex colors. For this reason, no two pairs are the same, which makes Berluti still memorable.

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Five brands supporting LGBTQIA + communities

In honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City on June 28, June is dedicated to celebrating the freedom, culture and rights of the LGBTQIA + community in society.

This pride month, Rich Mnisi got Twitter in a twist after posting high fashion photos of himself wearing a skirt as he showed his support for gender neutral fashion.

In line with support from the LGBTQIA + community, retail and luxury fashion brands have released Pride Month inspired campaigns. Here’s a quick look at five brands and their pride campaigns.

1. H&M

Retailer H&M has launched the Beyond The Rainbow campaign which aims to inspire individuals to share their personal values ​​and support the core values ​​of diversity, equality and transparency.

The campaign features South African activists Dolla Debbie, the alter ego of Siphesishle Duma and Lethabo Matseke.

“I hope this campaign goes beyond conversation and sparks real activism. We can all be advocates for equality and freedom in our spheres of influence and make sure the spaces we occupy are safe for all marginalized people, ”Debbie said according to IOL.


Sister of Versace founder Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace collaborated with Lady Gaga on a Born This way capsule in the form of a limited edition line to raise money for the singer’s charitable foundation.

“I am so excited to work with Lady Gaga on the tenth anniversary of Born This Way. It was a very exciting project for me, Born This Way celebrates individuality, inclusiveness and everything that needs to be done with pride, ”Donatella Versace said on Instagram.


The luxury fashion house that recently partnered with Crocs to launch the Stiletto Crocs, first released their Pride pieces during Demna Gvasalia’s pre-fall 21 collection.

The range includes hoodies, t-shirts, caps and sweaters, of which 15% of sales will be donated to the LGBTQIA + suicide prevention support service, the Trevor Project.


Popular for its line of denim jeans, American clothing company Levi’s raises funds for OutRight Action International, which fights for the rights of individuals in the LGBTQIA + community through its Pride collection.

The collection emphasizes the importance of using someone’s correct pronouns in a range of denim as well as bobs and fanny packs.


Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage x fenty is known for its inclusiveness and this month the brand released their Savage x Pride collection which includes an assortment of mesh bras with rainbow embroidery and underpants. matching clothing, garter belts, boxers, knee-length stockings, tuxedo jackets and more.

The brand will donate to five organizations supporting LGBTQIA + communities, including GLAAD, Audre Lorde Project, TransLatin @ Coalition, Caribbean Equality Project and Trans Wellness Center.

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