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Rwandan designer on her promotion to Swedish fashion brand H&M | The new times

Fashion designer Sandrine Gisa made history last week after being appointed head of the Visual Merchandising Group (VMG) at Hennes & Mauritz, a Swedish multinational clothing company based in Stockholm which focuses on fast fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children.

As of November 2019, H&M is present in 74 countries with more than 5,000 stores under the company’s various brands, with 126,000 full-time equivalent positions.

The Muhanga-born designer, who now lives in Gävleborg, a town in southern Sweden three hours from the capital Stockholm, is the youngest to hold such a position at just 29, which people say , became a huge problem as the last youngster to lead the global department had done so at 42.

In an interview with new times, Gisa talks about becoming the first Rwandan to work for the global fashion brand and what it means for her and the Rwandan fashion industry in general.


What powers do you hold in your new appointment at H&M?

I manage the visual merchandises (MD) department. H&M has so many departments and every design it’s ever done has to go through visual design before it becomes something people buy. It must be approved by the visual design department before going into production.

The fact that H&M is a global company headquartered here in Stockholm means that all decisions made must be implemented in all H&M stores, of which there are more than 5,000 worldwide.

When I got the job, it scared me a little when I realized that the decision our team is going to make will be global.

What does your appointment in such a big fashion brand like H&M mean for you as a designer and for the fashion industry in Rwanda?

When I was appointed in December, I went home and told my mother and my brothers. I just thought the job wasn’t a big deal until I started seeing people at the company so excited, saying there were people who had been with the company for over 35 years but never managed to return to the post.

I started to take things seriously when one of my bosses said to me ‘did you know that you are the first and the youngest woman to hold this position, especially from Africa? Your country should be proud of you!

Since then, I understood why people see it as something huge for me and for the Rwandan fashion industry in general.

Honestly, I’m a person who believes in actions over words. I like to take things slowly and let actions speak for me because I have people who have always doubted me.

So the position really means a lot to me personally or to my country.

How was your journey in fashion until H&M appointed you?

My mother is a seamstress, I grew up watching her do this for a living. She still helps me on my journey. I remember designing all the collections I presented at Kigali International Fashion Week in 2019.

So I grew up with the dream and passion of one day becoming a designer to the point that I tore up the clothes she bought for me to give them my favorite designs. We were arguing about it but I insisted, and then she had no choice but to teach me how it was done.

With the passion, I now have a master’s degree in fashion business and I happened to work at H&M during my internship as a tailor. Since then, we have become familiar. It is very difficult to work in a big company. With passion, I started working for them as a saleswoman in their store, and after finishing my studies, I joined their design team.

I didn’t go that far because I come from a wealthy family, but that’s all I told my dad and he never doubts me. I’m not the best in the whole company but God made me the chosen one.

Do your new responsibilities force you to stop your career as a fashion designer?

Yes, I have no choice but to quit because I’m supposed to work closely with them.

However, my goal is to one day own such a great company to develop and help my country because as a designer I personally watch how things are done and later see how we transfer skills because we have so many story that we could put into a design that can inspire people around the world.

How do you think this step can inspire the fashion industry in Rwanda and the African industry in general?

I think it can inspire Rwandan fashion and the African fashion industry because we have so much in us that people see but we fail to recognize ourselves.

Because in everything we do, we do it as an African native that when someone sees it, they get inspired and it’s sad that other people take advantage of our ideas. I would like to see the same happen not only in my country but in Africa as a whole. I would like this to happen in Africa too, especially in my home country, because we have so much to offer people who just think of genocide while our name always comes up.

What major fashion events have you attended during your career as a designer?

I represented Sweden at the Kigali International Fashion Week in 2019 in Kigali then in 2020 in Tokyo.

Other events where I have presented my collections include Scandinavia Fashion Week in Scandinavian countries.

But for now, for the sake of my new job, I can’t continue doing it because I’m no longer allowed to present at other fashion events because to avoid conflicts with employers, I might copy their creations.

Why do you think visual design is important to becoming a successful designer?

Visual merchandising design moves with the times. People used to make visual designs and presentations on papers, but they easily lost them or the papers got old. But, in the digital age, you can create your visual designs on your laptop and protect them from those who want to copy them.

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A fashion designer shapes a sustainable business

From throws made from 100% recycled wool to ‘anti-squat’ leggings made from recycled polyester and recycled spandex, one ambitious designer has tackled the colossal carbon footprint of the fashion industry.

Angela O’Donnell, from Cork, founded sustainable and ethical fashion brand YAWUW – an acronym for You Are What U Wear – last year.

Having gained in-depth knowledge of textiles and development with her former luxury womenswear brand, Angela’s “moment of enlightenment” came when she first became a mother.

Angela’s ‘light bulb moment’ came after the birth of her daughter

She said: “The climate crisis will be one of the biggest issues in the next generation and the fashion industry is one of the worst culprits.

“My moment of enlightenment was when my little girl was born. When she’s my age, 37, and she goes, ‘Mom, what’s going on in the world? made ?’ I can say that I did something.

“I went to design the best products to try and change an industry that is just decimated because of the textiles they use and the conditions people work in.”

Angela’s designs use 100% recycled or organic materials

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we dispose of around 110,000 tonnes of textiles as waste each year in Ireland. Of these textiles, 42,000 tonnes are clothing.

Angela uses recycled polyester yarn obtained from plastic bottles (PET), organic cotton, recycled wool and recycled elastane for her creations.

She said: “It’s so much easier to design products and clothes made from traditional textiles because these textiles are readily available.

“You can buy them from multiple suppliers, but whereas sourcing and keeping sustainable textiles from 100% recycled PET or recycled spandex, or something like that, it’s really difficult because they are not common.They are usually made in the Far East and sourcing them, testing them is very difficult.

“My life would be ten times easier if I just said to myself, ‘Yeah. I’m going to send this over there.’ do you take videos of your factories?”

Using 100% recycled textiles can be a challenge. Angela spent a year prototyping a pair of leggings that would pass the ultimate test.

She said: “The reason leggings are really hard to make from 100% recycled material is because most of the leggings you’re buying right now say they’re made from plastic bottles.

“But when you dig into the composition, you see that they’re only partially made from recycled bottles. It’s the rest of the composition that’s spandex or nylon that’s really hard to recycle.

“On my original samples, the leggings are made from 80% recycled polyester and 20% recycled spandex, but since the textile is so new, we were unable to dye the inside of the leggings.

“So when you put them on and do your squats, you can see yourself basically snapping. It was a disaster.

“With our final prototype, the quality of the recycled textile is so much better, and we could dye it completely. They are completely transparent!”.

Angela believes that the environmental impact of the global fashion industry will only be reduced by government policy.

She said: “I’ve always been obsessed with fashion. I’ve always used fashion and style as a way to express myself. But when you realize the reality of the industry and how quickly with which fashion businesses run and operate, you can’t ignore that anymore.

“I think real change will only come when governments say, ‘If you bring products here, you have to tell us that 50% of your textiles are made from sustainable materials. This is how you offset your carbon. Your packaging is biodegradable. Three simple things’.”

In our “Climate Heroes” series of reports, we shine a light on the people who are taking action to protect our environment and fight climate change. Although these people come from all walks of life, they share a common goal of improving the world around us.

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FW22 Fashion Week Style Of “Euphoria” Cast, Ranked

Miu Miu’s micro-mini skirt and adidas x Gucci collab are undeniably eye-catching for the fashion heart, but the industry is simultaneously entangled in a love affair with the cast of hit-and-miss Euphoria. fall-winter 2022 fashion month.

While EuphoriaIG villain and cool vintage outfits are the stuff of high school staff’s worst nightmares, the looks are an essential cornerstone of the top-rated show, especially for TikTokers.

But, the gag is – most actors are just as stylish IRL.

The Euphoria cast took over fashion month, gracing the front rows and even walking for brands like Prada, Blumarine and Bottega Veneta, to name a few.

From superstars to “happy to be here” non-enthusiasts, we’ve ranked the Euphoria the cast’s off-screen fashion month style from best to worst.

1. Zendaya: the “it” girl

Naturally, Zendaya, the latest face of Valentino, attended the house show on March 6.

After her Valentino Rendez-vous campaign, the Emmy-winning actress did it again with a dazzling pink number. I mean, you can never wear too much pink at Valentino’s pink show for their pink collection, can you? By the way, did I mention the collection was pink?

Either way, her sophisticated and chic look single-handedly won fashion week — another win for Zendaya and her CFDA Fashion Icon credentials.

2. Chloe Cherry: Breakout Star

While the internet can’t stop talking about Chloe Cherry’s lips, the catwalk can’t live without it.

During FW22 Fashion Month, the Euphoria star became an industry eye candy, walking and attending shows for LaQuan Smith, Blumarine, David Koma, Fashion East, Supriya Lele and GCDS.

It’s safe to say that Cherry is now a fashion girl, luscious lips or not.

3. Alexa Demie: Queen Balenciaga

Although I wish Alexa Demie made more appearances at fashion week, her Balenciaga FW22 moment satisfied my craving.

Micro bongs? The leather skirt-over-pants combo? Maddie’s goth energy? Alexa Demie was the moment at Balenciaga – especially for her fans who chanted her name and Maddie’s iconic Season 2 line “you better be kidding” outside of the show.

4. Angus Cloud: king of underrated style

I mean, who doesn’t love Angus Cloud? As EuphoriaAn underrated style hero, Cloud is also fashion’s off-screen gem.

During fashion week’s epic events, the Highsnobiety FRONTPAGE interviewee gave us some iconic moments, including sharing her Cheetos with fellow Coachettes Tommy Dorfman, Megan Thee Stallion and Rina Sawayama during the show.

Not to mention, he and Maude Apatow served up much-needed “Fexi” content, matching tartan ensembles at the Thom Browne FW22 presentation.

Moments in style are one thing but big bonus points for Cloud’s Cheeto moment – the behavior of the king.

5. Hunter Schafer: The Grand Finale

Hunter Schafer was the grand finale of Prada’s FW22 show, creating a proud moment for mums – Schafer’s mother was on hand to support her daughter’s Prada debut.

Not to mention, she also closed out the Gogo Graham FW22 show with a comfy ultra-oversized jacket and teddy bear hand accessory. Ah, talk about an elegant “night night” to the spectators.

6. Jacob Elordi: the bag hunter

At the Burberry and Bottega Veneta runways, Jacob Elordi gave us some tasteful bag action.

Between the matching Burberry jacket-bag combo and the Bottega intreccio leather shoulder bag, I have to say that Elordi’s handbag saga has been quite a sight to watch, adding promising excitement to her monotonous looks.

Although Elordi sadly ditched a handbag for Saint Laurent’s FW22, I’m here for the times it’s in its bag (literally).

7. Maude Apatow: Fashion Week Director

While our 2020 FRONTPAGE guest Maude Apatow attended the Saint Laurent show with teammates Dominic Fike and Jacob Elordi, her actual looks were pretty uneventful.

However, Apatow’s real moment of brilliance came when she channeled an IRL director Lexi while hosting a panel for Rodarte during New York Fashion Week.

8. Storm Reid: The Prada Girl

As a personal fan of rising star Storm Reid in the fashion industry, I longed for more style moments at FW22 events.

Reid is apparently going through her Prada girl phase, wearing several Prada looks in recent weeks, including the sunshine-yellow Prada outfit she flexed during the brand’s FW22 show.

Considering that Prada’s yellow number was the only truly jaw-dropping look of fashion month, it’ll have to do until her next style moment. We want more!

9. Dominic Fike: “Just happy to be here”

As for musician Dominic Fike, he was just “happy to be there”, according to an interview he gave at the Saint Laurent show.

Like his Euphoria character, the “Phone Numbers” artist was a mystery man during fashion week, wearing mostly monotonous all-black looks. While he claimed to be happy to be engulfed in the fashion festivities, he mostly gave off an “I’d rather be anywhere but here” vibe.

As an editor who barely survived fashion week, I can say: I get it, Fike.

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India-France: Market opportunities for sustainable textiles and fashion

Ethical and sustainable fashion has gained momentum globally, as the main objective of using sustainable materials in the production of fashion products is to preserve the environment from contaminants.

Recently, the Embassy of India in Paris in collaboration with the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) organized a webinar on “India-France: Market Opportunities and Areas of Cooperation for Sustainable Textile and Fashion”. “. Admired everywhere, French fashion and style are known the world over.


The webinar covered a wide range of topics, including water use, energy consumption, chemical load, air emissions, carbon emissions, solid waste and landfills, as well as environmental issues. circularity and social sustainability such as inclusion, skills, labor reforms and women’s empowerment. . The importance of blockchain technology and traceability was also discussed.

Trade Advisor, Ministry of Textiles, Shubhra spoke about policy and sustainability goals and ambitions related to Indian textile industry and sustainability. The trade adviser highlighted the fact that the Indian government employs various policies to improve productivity and reduce environmental pollution. “Initiatives such as PM-MITRA, which is establishing seven mega textile parks across the country, would integrate sustainability into the value chain and prepare the future of the industry by giving it a competitive advantage at scale. world,” the adviser said.

Speaking on the current situation and outlook for Indian apparel exporters, AEPC President Narendra Goenka said, “The Indian apparel industry is acutely aware of the alarming fact that without supply chains sustainable, the fashion industry will become less and less viable. Sustainability is now seen as one of the main pillars of garment exporting and a tool for growth.”

He added that “India offers the world a complete value chain solution, from farm to fashion, giving us a competitive edge towards effective implementation and monitoring of sustainability along the chain. procurement through a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach involving three pillars of sustainability. which are economic, social and environmental.

The Indian SU.RE project

To move towards fashion that contributes to a clean environment, India has also launched the SU.RE project which stands for “Sustainable Resolution” – a firm commitment from industry. Indian brands have committed to sourcing/using a substantial portion of their total consumption using sustainable raw materials and processes, by 2025.

United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to the world’s biggest pollution. This is due to the tons of water used producing excess carbon dioxide, excessive use of energy to produce clothing, and non-renewable sources of fiber, fiber and environmental pollution with harmful chemicals. . The fashion industry accounts for around 8-10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of wastewater.

The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is an initiative of UN agencies and other partners to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through coordinated action across the fashion industry. The Alliance strives to promote programs and policies that ensure that the fashion value chain contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to foster collaboration between United Nations entities working in fashion.

Through the Alliance, the UN is committed to changing the way of fashion, reducing its negative environmental and social impacts; and make fashion a driving force in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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It’s time for micro fashion trends to fall – Massachusetts Daily Collegian

This is how fashion is rapidly changing our climate

Social media apps like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook have exploded to new heights. Social media has provided fame and high status to social media influencers. This status offers endless possibilities in the world of marketing and advertising. For example, big TikTok influencers can post Shein races, sometimes worth well over $800. Almost immediately after, the influencer’s fans flocked to Shein to buy, buy and buy again in hopes of being like their idol. Because the phrase “Shein Haul” has become so common in society, we need to investigate consumerism as a global community.

Fast fashion is cheap, accessible and consistent with current clothing trends. Companies like Amazon and Shein have exploded due to its wide range of styles and trends at skeptical prices. Fast fashion often has negative results for our environment. The fast fashion industry is experiencing quiet and rapid changes due to the phenomenon of micro-trends. Micro fashion trends are distinct low-end clothing designs that quickly become unpopular in a short period of time. Ads on social networks are punctuated by sharp marketing strategies aimed at attracting a large audience.

The global fast fashion market has grown due to advancements in marketing, media, and technological developments. Garment companies thrive financially while profiting from the woes of our society. Factory workers internationally and in the United States work in inhumane conditions and experience wage theft. The fashion industry has relied on the exploitation of underpaid workers, many of whom work unreasonably long hours. Many fast fashion brands are also notorious for unethical tactics used in clothing development, such as the use of harmful plastics.

Sixty percent of fabric fibers are now made of synthetics derived from fossil fuels, so when clothes end up in a landfill (about 85% of textile waste in the United States is landfilled or incinerated), they won’t end up in a landfill. will not break down. Several other materials that risk harming the environment include fabrics like nylon, an all-synthetic material. Rayon is another cheap material that you see everywhere; its toxic chemicals harm the environment and factory workers who take precautions before using them. Viscose rayon is the least environmentally friendly type of rayon, but the most widely used because it is the cheapest. According to an article in the New York Times, “the viscose process is the most harmful to the environment due to toxic chemicals and inefficient recycling of said components”.

Consuming our clothes ethically is an immediate way to counter the fast fashion industry and the problems that come with it. From an environmental point of view, a more expensive shirt can save the costs of several cheap shirts. Another way to combat fast fashion is to shop for clothes. Apps like Depop, ThredUp and ASOS Marketplace are great places to start if you prefer online savings.

Buying upcycled or upcycled clothing is also ethical because clothing is created from unwanted clothing or scraps. Although recycled or upcycled clothing tends to be more expensive, it saves the costs of buying more clothing in the future. It also prevents more clothes from being thrown away and collected in our landfills. Sustainability efforts have obviously increased over the past decade since news about our climate has become much more dire.

While many recognize the critical impacts of micro-trends in fast fashion, many are not changing their shopping habits as many may believe they are a minor attribution to our global effects. However, the false reality of this is revealed as our world continually consumes unethical clothing to the detriment of mother nature. Ultimately, we can see that our consumption habits need to change.

Amy Aguayo can be contacted at [email protected]

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Best fashion and beauty brands to buy – The Hollywood Reporter

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, The Hollywood Reporter may receive an affiliate commission. Note that prices and offers are accurate at the time of publication, but may be subject to change.

It’s International Women’s Day, which means it’s the perfect time to honor the amazing women in your life and even those you admire from afar. One way to celebrate is to highlight some of our favorite female-led fashion and beauty brands, especially those who are trailblazers and who have made bold and courageous changes in their respective industries (there are many !)

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to buy from these women-founded brands, from a must-have tote bag to what could very well be your new holy grail sunscreen. Whether you want to gift an item to someone special or buy something for yourself, this is a great way to show your support today. Find 10 of our top picks below.

Fenty Beauty

Everyone knows that Rihanna single-handedly changed the beauty industry for the better when she dropped a 40-shade foundation line from the start. Since the legendary launch of Fenty Beauty in 2017, Rihanna has expanded her brand into skincare (and we can’t forget her hit lingerie line Savage x Fenty), no doubt inspiring many celebrities to follow suit. with their own beauty brands.

Shop the Fenty Icon Refillable Semi-Matte Lipstick and Set, $20-$32:
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After working at companies like Benefit Cosmetics, Juice Beauty, and Perricone MD, entrepreneurs Alison Haljun and Christin Powell set out to create their own beauty brand based on high-performance natural ingredients, but with Gen Z in mind. . Kinship checks all the boxes you’d want in skincare: non-toxic ingredients that meet clean beauty standards, sustainable packaging, and fun, colorful aesthetics, to boot. All the good stuff that anyone, Gen Z or not, can appreciate.

Buy Kinship Self Reflect Sport Triple Ceramide Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF $60.28:
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Michelle Ranavat combined her scientific training with the beauty rituals of her Indian heritage to create her eponymous skincare brand. The result was powerful botanical formulations using Ayurvedic ingredients like turmeric, bakuchi, saffron, and ashwagandha. Ranavat, which recently launched at Sephora, donates one percent of its profits to the Desai Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers women and children through community programs in India.

Buy Ranavat Radiant Rani Saffron AHA Resurfacing Mask, $75:
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Katie Sturino, body acceptance advocate, blogger and author, launched Megababe as a way to address traditionally private and “taboo” issues, like chafing thighs and sweaty breasts, without people feeling shame. . Unsurprisingly, the body care brand was a hit from the start.

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Uoma Beauty

As she witnessed the disregard for inclusiveness that the beauty industry helps to perpetuate, Sharon Chuter decided to launch her own cosmetics brand, Uoma Beauty. She continues to challenge beauty standards with her initiative, Pull Up For Change, a call to action for companies to publicly disclose the number of black employees in leadership positions, as well as the ongoing Make It Black campaign. .

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Sarah Staudinger co-founded fashion label Staud in 2015 with the goal of creating stylish and unique clothing and handbags that wouldn’t break the bank. Since then, there have been plenty of Staud “It” pieces, from square PVC totes to two-tone sweater dresses. The brand has been seen on celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid, to name a few.

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good american

Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede founded Good American in 2016 when the conversation about inclusivity was just beginning to gain traction in the fashion industry. From the get-go, Grede and Kardashian made sure that Good American’s beliefs were unwavering — Grede demanded that retailers buy all styles of denim in all sizes and not segregate them into a more distinct size area. The brand has since expanded from jeans to activewear, swimwear, shoes and more.

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Kat Maconie

If you’re looking for shoes with a little – no, a lot – of personality, you’ll find them at Kat Maconie. The British-born designer has had a penchant for flair ever since she used to decorate her mother’s high heels with costume jewelry and other flashy embellishments as a child. Her fun and colorful designs have been spotted on celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jessica Alba and Mindy Kaling.

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Since its debut in 2019, Parade has shaken up the lingerie market, thanks to its founder and CEO Cami Téllez. Frustrated with legacy lingerie brands that capitalize on its clientele’s insecurities, Parade’s goal is to make people feel good about themselves. The brand reached one million pairs of underwear sold in its first year.

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3 Black Denim Designers You Need to Know – Sourcing Journal

From shopping guides highlighting black-owned businesses to retailers featuring products made by black designers, fashion industry players have made various efforts over the past year to bring black-owned businesses to black people at the forefront of fashion. But sometimes it’s better to know more about the person behind the product. And what garment is more personal than jeans, after all?

Here, three black designers talk about why they are drawn to denim and how the sustainable fabric is a platform for self-expression, creativity and the realization of their dreams.

Aalim Abdul, founder of Aalim Abdul

RIVET: What made you want to create a denim brand?

Aalim Abdul: Denim was my canvas for personal expression at a time when I was beginning to understand myself. As a young teenager looking for comfort in his sexuality, the freestyle and customization of my jeans was my way of expressing those colorful feelings outwardly. It slowly became an outlet for me to be unabashedly myself. I knew it was an experience I wanted
share with others.

RIVET: Who is your client and what do you keep in mind when designing for them?

AA: Because I don’t live by gender norms, my client is just a forward-thinking individual with strong self-esteem who isn’t afraid to speak out loud. This creates room for inclusivity and freedom of expression. My jeans are for everyone. As a bespoke designer, during the design process I intentionally ensure that no two pairs of denim are the same. This encourages my client to recognize [what] distinguishes them from others.

RIVET: What does it mean to you to be a black fashion designer?

AA: For me, being a black fashion designer is about creating for a larger purpose. Everything I do is centered around storytelling. It’s about creating a message that can advance black art and inspire others to think outside the box. Drawing on my experience as a queer black male is central to what I do.

Aalim Abdul

RIVET: Where do you hope to see your brand in the next five years?

AA: My goal is to be in a position where I release collections without constantly taking long breaks. As a creative working from 9am to 5pm, life becomes overwhelming. Often I tend to step back for a long period of time to regroup. Having my brand fully supported without those long breaks is where I want to be.

I also want to give voice to those who will come after me. One thing that is close to my heart is to create opportunities for other young black creatives who may feel compelled to go to a school or institution in order to cultivate their natural creativity. My current experience as a self-taught designer is proof that it is possible on your own. Whether it’s in the front or back of my brand, saving space in the future for those kids is a big part of why I’m doing this.

Alexis Colby, founder of Bit of Denim

RIVET: What made you want to create a denim brand?

Alexis Colby: I’ve loved denim since college. I had a brand at the time, VampedCo, where I made shorts and hand-studded and tie-dyed them. Once I moved to New York, I got back into denim and made a denim rug for my bedroom. It was so much fun creating with denim, I stuck with it and Bit of Denim was born.

RIVET: Who is your client and what do you keep in mind when designing for them?

AC: I create for individuals, not for the masses, so my client is someone who likes to stand out. Someone who loves unique pieces that are [one-of-a-kind]. When creating, I make sure to push the envelope and think about what I haven’t seen done with denim and execute from there.

RIVET: What does it mean to you to be a black fashion designer?

AC: It means creating my own mini-world in the fashion world. Let’s be honest, this industry is not designed for black designers to succeed, so it’s up to all black creatives, myself included, to work hard and push our creativity to its fullest potential. We have to build our own ways.

RIVET: Where do you hope to see your brand in the next five years?

AC: Over the next five years, I see Bit of Denim tapping into footwear, expanding into retail in Japan and Europe, and expanding our creativity into the art world with installations. Big things on the way.

Sheila Rashid, Founder of Sheila Rashid, LLC

RIVET: What made you want to create a denim brand?

Sheila Rashid: I wanted to create a denim brand because initially I wanted to wear my own denim and have my own cuts because I couldn’t find what I was looking for elsewhere.

RIVET: Who is your client and what do you keep in mind when designing for them?

SR: My clients are people who appreciate the art of denim. I tend to do basic pieces that you can basically wear every day. I like to call it luxury denim. I tend to pay attention to detail, flexibility and durability in cuts and styles.

Aalim Abdul, Alexis Colby and Sheila Rashid share how they turn their creativity into denim businesses.

Sheila Rachid

RIVET: What does it mean to you to be a black fashion designer?

SR: Being a black designer means being a blessing. I can do what I love in life.

RIVET: Where do you hope to see your brand in the next five years?

SR: Over the next five years, I see my brand reaching new repeat customers through e-commerce, social media, and word-of-mouth. I see more collaborations and new collections.

Victor Vaughns Jr. is associate editor for WWD.

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Villanelle’s most iconic looks on Killing Eve

Photos: BBC America

There is an unwritten rule that assassins and spies also have an endless clothing allowance to help their abilities assimilate in any given circumstance. It’s also common in the world of subterfuge — or at least the version we see on TV or in movies — that a clothing skill set is a valuable asset. Jodie Comer as Deadly Villanelle in BBC America Kill Eve ticked both of those boxes from the very first episode and this character puts her fashion best foot forward in any scenario.

Designer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is long gone and the showrunner has changed with each season, but one constant is Villanelle’s playful attitude towards her work and leisure wear. Thanks to multiple stab wounds (including her own), the hitman never lost her fondness for expensive designer yarn, her Paris base helping to fuel her passion for high-end shopping. Three different costume designers brought Villanelle’s closet to life and turned the series into a living editorial starring Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Isabel Marant. After a long game of cat and mouse, Eve (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle have come to some sort of understanding, and the fourth and final season is set to rely heavily on symbolic imagery. On the eve (pardon the pun) of the critically acclaimed hit’s return, here are Villanelle’s definitive fashion moments from the show’s first three seasons.

Journey to Tuscany (Season 1, Episode 1, “Nice Face”)

From the first episode, Villanelle’s ability to blend into any setting is on display when she grabs a sky blue Burberry dress from the nearest closet and blackmails it at a wedding reception, but the outfit she wears when entering the beautiful villa is a little more reflective of her fashion personality. It’s not exactly incognito, but it shows her flair for casual fashion with an edge. The tailored Celine pussy-bow blouse, cut-off denim shorts and Doc Marten boots combine hard and soft visuals, which serve to highlight Villanelle’s contradictions from the start.

Pretty in Pink (Season 1, Episode 2, “I’ll Deal With Him Later”)

Villanelle wearing a voluminous bubblegum pink Molly Goddard tiered tulle dress paired with Balenciaga boots tells us all we need to know about her love of fashion and her disdain for the obligatory therapy session. Arguably the most revered of Villanelle’s fashion choices among fans, costume designer Phoebe De Gaye got the tongues wagging right from the start. A callback in Season 2 saw Villanelle killing an influencer guy with her words after she asked for a photo of her candy-colored outfit (“No, of course not. Don’t be pathetic. Get a real life!”). Luckily, it was just a nod rather than trying to recreate this singular costume.

Tailored Terror (Season 1, Episode 3, “I Don’t Know You?”)

The garment becomes a kind of business card at the start of this obsession shared between the two women. Their paths cross when Eve travels to Berlin to investigate Villanelle’s crimes, and the killer sneaks off with Eve’s suitcase. Her assessment of content is withering, and no doubt she wants to sprinkle some makeover magic on the woman following her — for what it’s worth, Eve mentions that she hates her own clothes. A green scarf with a zebra print is how Eve Bill’s (David Haig) best friend meets his untimely (and gruesome) end when he recognizes Villanelle wearing the accessory he gave his friend. Dries Van Noten’s graphic-print power suit isn’t exactly Berlin nightclub material, but Villanelle isn’t one to follow the rules.

Post-Prison Discussions (Season 1, Episode 7, “I Don’t Want to Be Free”)

Villanelle’s brief stint in a Russian prison separates the killer from her enviable wardrobe, but this shaggy jacket, black skinny jeans and another fantastic pair of ankle boots tap into a ’90s aesthetic that remains popular. Even the rustic Villanelle is in fashion.

Pop Art Pajamas (Season 2, Episode 1, “Do You Know How to Get Rid of a Body?)

Rather than a high-fashion twist, Season 2 costume designer Charlotte Mitchell makes a bold statement on Roy Lichtenstein with a set of custom pajamas. The Pop Art theme isn’t a case of Villanelle trying to blend in at a sleepover, but a necessity when she’s fleeing her hospital bed. Recovering from a stab inflicted by Eve introduces her to the young Gabriel (Pierre Atri) who is the originator of this colorful outfit, and another victim on the assassin’s long list. It’s perhaps the most shocking murder Villanelle commits, and the fanciful bedding doesn’t diminish the horror of this moment – even if she considers it an act of mercy. It’s not the kind of loungewear she would choose herself, but definitely Kill Eve fans would snag a pair. In fact, the original set worn by Comer was sold for nearly $13,000 at auction in 2020.

Sartorial Swine (Season 2, Episode 4, “Desperate Times”)

Never let it be said that Villanelle doesn’t embrace the theater or take on her surroundings. In Amsterdam, she sees the curiosities accompanied by Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) and brings up the stench in the gallery in front of a awful painting by Jan de Baen catches his eye. Villanelle adds a Red Light District twist to “The Dead Bodies of the De Witt Brothers” by swapping out her Vogue-ready Dutch outfit (which includes an Alexander McQueen blazer and Rosie Assoulin satin blouse) for a perverse pig mask and a hybrid of schoolgirl. “Looks like bacon,” is Villanelle’s assessment of the 17th-century artwork that influences her latest murder tableau, which is mistaken for an elaborate performance by onlookers.

Widow Chic (Season 2, Episode 5, “Smell Ya Later”)

It’s no big surprise that Villanelle goes all out with her outfit when MI6 throws a punch at Eve and hires Villanelle to do the deed. Eve is in on it, and it’s the only way to get his attention, but this face-off is tense from previous stabbings. “Nice outfit” jokes Eve about the vintage Alexander McQueen sheer dress and dramatic polka-dot lace veil that taps into a theme. “I’m about to be in mourning,” she explains of her choice of widow-ready glamour. In the woods, the high-necked silhouette adds a fairytale villain element that wouldn’t be over the top for the international assassin.

Back to School (Season 2, Episode 5, “Smell Ya Later)

Adapting to your surroundings is key when working in this murky world and Villanelle loves to play dress up. She’s also incredibly versatile, going from ultra-feminine widow attire to looking like a chariots of fire additional at a glance. A brief detour to Oxford to set Eve’s wedding on fire sees her embracing the preppy slung sweater for maximum effect.

Crimson Queen (Season 2, Episode 8, “You’re Mine”)

There’s a lot of back-and-forth in the Season 2 finale in Rome with Eve and Villanelle saving the other from danger. The red Lanvin ensemble is part of Villanelle’s cover to ensnare tech villain Aaron Peel (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), and black belt Gucci breaks up the coordinating ensemble. At the hotel, she almost matches the ax wielded against her, and this costume looks even better after ditching the rose-tinted wig. The final showdown among the ruins gives the Italian tourist board a boost, and Villanelle plots sweet revenge in this femme fatale outfit.

Floral Fashionista (Season 3, Episode 2, “Management Sucks”)

Switching Paris for Barcelona in season three doesn’t lessen Villanelle’s penchant for expensive clothes. A stunning floral Vampire’s Wife dress that has since been dubbed the “Villanelle Dress” (and is always available to buy) immediately attracts attention. Even her hair gets the flower memo and if you didn’t know she was a hitman, you’d almost certainly think she worked in the fashion industry. It’s in stark contrast to Eve’s kitchen worker uniform and her mentor Dasha’s (Harriet Walter) Eurotrash outfit.

Feathered Hole in One (Season 3, Episode 7, “Beautiful Monster”)

Golf is known for its eye-catching lozenges, but Charlotte Knowles’ rich green feather-checked bomber jacket and high-waisted Gucci pants are a big swing that taps into the “handsome monster” of the episode’s title. Season three costume designer Sam Perry (who returns for season four) leans into the weird for the Aberdeen setting as Villanelle plays the novice on the golf course as part of the trick – his Scottish accent is also perfect. In a surprise move, she hits Dasha with the club instead of the intended target, and her rebellion against those who kicked her up a notch. It may be time for the traditional green jacket awarded to the Masters winner to get a makeover.

Power Print Pantsuit (Season 3, Episode 8, “Are You Leading or Am I?”)

A common thread throughout all three seasons is the reliability of a patterned power suit. A tailored masculine influence doesn’t have to be boring or subtle, and this marble geometric Halpern number is the boldest in the series yet. Villanelle takes to the dance floor with Eve – whose black suit and turtleneck complement the chaotic print – but rather than repeat what she did in Berlin to Bill, the pair join the waltz couples. Eve says the episode title, to which Villanelle responds “I have no idea”. The peace is short-lived, but the suit ends up coming in handy in a fight to the death against fellow assassin Rhian (Alexandra Roach).

Canary Crossroads (Season 3, Episode 8, “Are You Leading or Am I?”)

Villanelle wants out of the killing industry and the season three finale sets that in motion before culminating in a kind of farewell on London Bridge. Villanelle stands out in an oversized canary yellow Loewe coat and Ann Demeulemeester biker boots for the second half of the final. Everyone is muted, but Villanelle is rethinking her craft, not her love of fashion. This outerwear looks like Anya Taylor-Joy’s contemporary eye-popping cousin Emma. attire, which, as Eve finds out in the final moments, is impossible to look away from.

Kill Eve returns to BBC America on Sunday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET. After the premiere, episodes will air a week earlier on AMC+.

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Runway of Dreams Launches Adaptive Fashion Show in Los Angeles – Footwear News

The Runway of Dreams Foundation is heading west.

The non-profit organization working for inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities will hold its first show in Los Angeles next month. The one-of-a-kind adaptive fashion show, aptly titled “A Fashion Revolution” is presented by Kohl’s and will take place at NeueHouse Studios in Hollywood on March 8.

According to the organization, the evening will feature adaptive clothing and footwear from top brands such as main sponsor Kohl’s and other sponsors such as Target, Zappos, JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, No Limbits and Stride Rite. This will be the first time these brands have showcased their responsive designs on the same runway in Los Angeles. Notably, LVMH provided support with platinum sponsorship of the fashion show event, the nonprofit organization said.

“Hollywood is all about making dreams come true, and it felt fitting that we were bringing Runway of Dreams to Los Angeles,” said Mindy Scheier, Founder and CEO of Runway of Dreams Foundation and Gamut Management. “As with all of our events, I hope this show shines a light on this underserved population, calls for critical change in the fashion industry, and reveals that inclusivity doesn’t stop at size or shape. Everyone deserves the right to look good and feel good about themselves, and consumers deserve that access.

Influencer Grace Strobel walks the runway for the Runway Of Dreams Foundation Fashion Show on September 9, 2021 in New York City.

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The show will feature over 60 models with varying disabilities and differences, ethnicities and backgrounds to showcase mainstream adaptive clothing and footwear options and highlight the necessary changes needed in the fashion industry. .

Runway of Dreams was founded in 2014 by Scheier – a fashion designer and mother of a disabled child – who envisioned a world where disability-friendly clothing would be common.

Scheier launched its charity shows with Zappos Adaptive as its main sponsor in 2019. The online shoe retailer is among the industry pioneers in creating footwear for people with disabilities. Zappos’ adaptive shopping platform launched in April 2017 – three years after a customer, in a phone call with an employee, asked if she could trade in a pair of shoes for her granddaughter. son, who was autistic and needed help tying shoelaces on his own. .

Since then, the retailer has launched the Single and Different Size Shoes program – through which customers can purchase a single shoe or two shoes of different sizes and widths to create a pair – as well as Ugg Universal, a collection in partnership with the shoemaker. sheepskin that offers functional iterations of two iconic styles: the Classic Short and the Neumel.

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Fashion Festival: Let’s talk about size in fashion

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tan France and Gigi Hadid host Next In Fashion Season 2

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Adaptable, provocative, combatively feminine fashion

Designer Jonathan Liang launched his eponymous label in 2014 with the aim of creating “adaptable, provocative yet combatively feminine” womenswear, he wanted to juxtapose his “dream universe” with clothes that women could actually wear in their lives. daily.

Although he launched his Paris-based label long before the current fashion industry disruption in 2022, Liang hasn’t had it easy. For decades, too much fashion has circulated around the world. With new brands popping up almost daily on social media, it’s not easy to stand out, with a distinct creative voice, and make enough money to stay in business.

Originally from Malaysia, Liang has worked for several major fashion brands, including Givenchy and Surface to Air, and this journey has probably given him a better understanding of the vagaries of creating an independent fashion brand.

Still, having survived for more than eight years isn’t bad in an industry as full of fashion failures as it is successes.

Although you could describe the brand as international, it’s its ties to Australia and Asia that have helped Liang expand outside of the traditional European and American markets. Which is doubly helpful now that the rest of the world is slowly eating itself alive due to the economic and social impact of the Coronavirus, Covid19.

In addition to this most unexpected catastrophe, the entire fashion world has slowly woken up to issues of sustainability, ethical production, waste and customer desires to buy less and practice conscious consumerism more widely. .

Sustainability and Covid19

So how does a relatively young, contemporary womenswear brand deal with these additional issues as it grapples with global competitors? Liang says the impact of Covid19 has changed the way he designs and even affected some of the concepts of the brand’s aesthetics while keeping its underlying values ​​intact.

“In terms of design, we decided to prioritize comfort above all else. Since the pandemic, we believe that people are looking for something more comforting, not only physically but also mentally,” says Liang.

“It didn’t change the way we create, it was a lot of asking, is it good for our skin but in [the] context of the new world that we [are moving into]? The fashion industry has definitely changed as a whole, and we are constantly adapting while maintaining our basic design principles. »

As for the growing movement towards more sustainable and ethical clothing production, Liang says he has always taken this into consideration when designing and producing the brand.

“We always think about sustainability, not just [for] the environment, but also the sustainability of the company as a whole, as well as governance,” says Liang. “We are doing what we can to ensure that the smallest [environmental] impact as possible, such as controlling the amount of production, types of fabrics and designs that require very little, if any, waste.

Liang also says the company has always practiced ethical employment, but ensuring its manufacturers and staff have a “solid standard of living from day one.”

A wild garden

Liang’s latest collections have all been influenced by nature, with the concept of a “romantically carefree landscape filled with dramatic creatures” seen throughout.

Flowers feature heavily, not as garish patterns and prints, but rather as an aesthetic backdrop for soft, voluminous and romantic garments. Lace details combined with girlish/boyish cuts create a modern Edwardian vibe.

While pretty and quite #cottagecore in concept, Liang’s current collection includes pieces perfect for the workplace; should we ever come back. The clever use of more masculine fabrics cut into shirt-dress shapes with asymmetrical detailing blends the boy-girl aesthetic perfectly.

Jonathan Liang’s Spring-Summer 2021 collection maintains the romantic and carefree landscape of his previous work: “Each ready-to-wear piece imagined by the brand is not only inspired by, but reflects the characteristics of this fiery plane: from common thought, to the striking flamingo – elements of natural natives prevail in Jonathan Liang’s oeuvre and collective history, fused with her definition of expressive femininity.

The brand’s fabrics are a glorious explosion of all things delicate and beautiful – organza, tulle, lace, silk, silk jersey and Broderie Anglaise. Peachy pinks, white, soft lilacs and grays are offset by black and white in the current season’s color palette for Spring Summer 2021. Quality detailing and craftsmanship ensure garments look beautifully crafted with a sense of timeless craftsmanship about them.

The future of fashion

Jonathan Liang’s cute wearables manifest a nostalgic wish for the pre-Covid19 era, when picnics – or brunch at a trendy cafe – were a daily occasion.

Where will we wear these delicate and feminine pieces in the future? Will we be willing to spend our dwindling money on them? I suppose so, women with a sense of romance, sweetness and wishful thinking will gladly take Liang’s offerings to heart, if only for the nostalgic comfort they bring.

As for the brand, Liang agrees that the fashion industry has undergone some upheaval, but is not yet sure where the future will land.

“…It very much depends on the mindset of each brand’s customers and their circumstances too…so we prioritize slower fashion that stands the test of time.”

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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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Image: AP Photo/Rémy de la Mauvinière.

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

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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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Macron touts French fashion industry as economic engine ahead of election

PARIS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hailed the fashion industry as France’s top export sector, ahead of an election he wants to make on his economic record, as he inaugurated a complex workshops specializing in luxury craftsmanship.

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“Today, when I look at the numbers for 2021, it’s (fashion) our country’s number one export sector,” Macron told an audience of apprentices gathered at a new Chanel-sponsored site that brings together luxury craft houses.

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“Your craftsmanship is artistic craftsmanship… Your craftsmanship is important for the economy,” he said, adding that the sector represented 600,000 direct jobs in France.

The president and his wife Brigitte, who wore a Chanel haute couture jacket, spent two hours touring the workshops, viewing elaborate embroidery work and chatting with artisans.

Pent-up demand from international buyers eager, after months of confinement, to afford refined clothes and accessories from the cradle of haute couture – or at least stamped with the logo of one of the famous French fashion houses – has helped fuel growth.

Keen to capitalize on this growth spurt by promoting collaborative working, Chanel has grouped around 600 artisans on seven floors, at the site on the edge of the capital’s 19th arrondissement, known as 19M.

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French fashion team shows how to be horrible foreigners in Mexico


A crew member in Oaxaca for a French fashion shoot tricked Guillermina Gutiérrez into dancing for the camera, sparking outrage. (Photo via Instagram with permission @lienzos.extraordinarios)

MEXICO CITY — Strangers laugh as the elderly Native woman raises her arms and rocks back and forth to a 1960s pop tune as a professional photographer begins snapping pictures. Now, video of the photoshoot for a French fashion brand has sparked widespread outrage and a strong rebuke from the Mexican government.

The explosion involving Sezane, a clothing line founded in Paris in 2013, is the latest chapter in a long-standing debate around cultural appropriation and racism in the fashion industry. Big brands have been publicly shamed for being predatory at worst and culturally insensitive at best.

The controversy arose after a Sézane team staged a photo shoot with an elderly indigenous woman in the Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca state, on January 7. The wife, Guillermina Gutierrez, is wearing a green sweater from Sézane and is seated in front of a staged set.

A woman from the French team gets up and starts dancing with Gutiérrez to the song by Mary Hopkin from 1968 Those were the days. The woman then steps aside and encourages Gutiérrez to keep moving forward, eliciting smiles, peals of laughter and words of encouragement.

But one onlooker was outraged: an Oaxaca resident who had been hired by Sézane to help with his shoots and recorded video of the scene.

The company arrived in Mexico in early January with a team of about 20 people, including models, photographers and videographers, said Kandy Mijangos, another Oaxacan hired to work with the team. The photo shoot in Teotitlán, famous for its weaving, came three days after a planned nine-day shoot in various parts of the state, according to a “mood board” the company put together outlining its vision for the advertising campaign. The painting features models eating mangoes on the street, lounging in high-end hotels and posing in front of marigolds.

Those plans evaporated after the person who filmed the elderly woman being tricked into dancing shared the footage with Mijangos, who in turn shared it with Manuela Cortés, a textile artist and art curator. Cortés posted the video on her Instagram account with the comment: “Indigenous cultures are treated as a showcase from which to choose. No respect. No morals.”

The video quickly racked up thousands of views and furious comments directed at the company, which advertises “luxury quality at a fair and accessible price” and promises “Commitment to the community.” Most of her clothes sell for between $100 and $300. The person who shot the video declined to speak to VICE World News.

Mexico’s National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, a government agency, said Sézane’s actions reinforce “racist stereotypes” and called “private brands and companies must stop exploiting indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples and communities as cultural capital”. These are not objects for sale, specifies the institute, but citizens “possessing a vast cultural heritage and traditional knowledge”.

The agency said it would be in contact with Gutiérrez and his family, as well as authorities in Teotitlán del Valle, to pursue legal action. The agency did not respond to a request for comment from VICE World News on specific legal actions it may take.

Mexico’s government ministry and its culture secretary accused the French fashion company in a joint press release of “manipulate, use and make a spectacleof the elderly in indigenous villages as part of “their publicity”.

Morgane Sèzalory, the company’s founder, who was present at the photo shoot, wrote a letter to Cortés saying that she “never wanted to hurt anyone” and that her only intention was “to do things the most beautiful/good way, with all my heart and passion.” Cortes posted the letter on his Instagram account.

Sèzalory said in the letter that she met “the beautiful woman” at a market, where they had “a real connection and shared joy”, prompting them to dance together. Sèzalory said she returned two days later to “make beautiful pictures that I could then give to her and add to my diary”. She said the local production team helped Sèzalory meet the woman for a third time “and we made beautiful pictures of her – and with her and her daughter”. Sèzalory never mentions Gutiérrez by name.

In a statement to VICE World News, Sézane, who cut his trip short after the flap, said “the photos in question were intended for the sole purpose of a behind-the-scenes diary of the creative director.”

“We heard and understand that our approach has affected the local Mexican community,” the company said. “And we are truly sorry that our actions did not reflect our best intentions and the deep respect we have for the local community.”

Cortés said she believed the company was lying.

“I don’t believe they took those photos because it was a meeting of hearts and all that talk about love,” Cortés told VICE News. “It was clearly for an advertising campaign. There are professional cameras. There is someone who helps direct the image of the dancing woman. There are a lot of people in front of the woman trying to capture different moments.

In an interview conducted by the Milenio TV station Gutiérrez, who sells her own embroidery for a living, said she was told the photoshoot would only take a “little time”, but lasted an hour. She didn’t pay anything, she said.

Mijangos, the Oaxacan stylist hired by Sézane for the trip, said the French fashion company had annoyed Mexican staff from day one. production teams.

French photographers and videographers did not ask Oaxacan residents for permission to appear in the footage, added Mijangos, who left filming early out of anger at the crew. In one instance, she said, they staged one of the foreign models in a line of women waiting for a bus. Another time, she said, they took video in a market without asking permission from people appearing in the background.

“I told the person filming that it was inappropriate. That they should at least ask permission from the people at the back of the market who appeared in the photo,” Mijangos said. “After that, they sent me to do other things further away from the set.”

This is not the first time foreign clothing lines and companies have sparked allegations of cultural appropriation and disrespect for indigenous Mexican traditions. Major companies, from Nestlé to Benetton, have been accused of appropriating images and designs created by artisans around the world. Tenango de Doria, a city in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. And in 2019, the Mexican Minister of Culture accused the New York fashion line Carolina Herrera to steal embroidery techniques and designs from indigenous peoples.

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Trendy Sunglasses Under Rs. 700 That You Should Watch Out For

Don’t let the sun’s kisses get in the way of the shimmer in your eyes. Hold on to these trendy sunglasses now and join the Generation Z movement. To make it easier for you, we are bringing you some of the trendy sunglasses under Rs. 700 that you should resist. ‘purchase. They’re worth the display, they’re worth the buy, and they’re worth the style. Buckle up! Now is the time to say: “Yes! EYE do.

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Aviator shaped sunglasses never go out of style. And this set of 3 aviators will help you spice up your OOTD effortlessly. The front deck of sunglasses is something you can’t take your eyes off of. The UV protection of mercury glasses ensures that the scorching heat will not damage the vision of your eyes.

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Oversized sunglasses have taken the fashion industry by storm. Whether in any shape, oversized sunglasses will help you swing in style. These oversized sunglasses are square in shape and fit any adult face. It has intricate jewelry details on the sides that will spice up your sunglasses style.


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Retro or vintage sunglasses are here to stay. Their style, pattern and design always attracts a plethora of compliments to anyone who chooses it to flaunt for the day. Narrow square glasses and a wide frame are the hallmarks of retro sunglasses. This high fashion accessory is suitable for daily use all year round.


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Diamond shaped sunglasses are another take on cat eye frames. They are there to liven up the vintage fashion of sunglasses. The nose pad, temples and hinges of the sunglasses make them an exceptional fashion accessory. They are comfortable and offer better flexibility.


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Sunglasses are not just simple fashion pieces available in the market, but rather a high fashion accessory that adds a touch of drama to your overall look. Pair with antique jewelry and bring your lively look with your favorite pair of sunglasses. Here you have the option to say “Yes, EYE do”. not just one but all.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Melbourne label Bugskin creates conceptual props from PVC waste



“The material holds back an arduous journey of change and transformation, ultimately metamorphosing into its final state – much like an insect.”

Sometimes billboards can look good. Yes, most of the time they serve as a big horror to the capitalist highway – but sometimes they play a thought-provoking art role. Three special cases come to mind: in the film Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (big movie), in this public art campaign and in their colorful, decomposed, reconstructed Bugskin form.

What is Bugskin, you ask? “A multi-faceted label exploring the process of upcycling and sustainability,” says Melbourne designer Nick Chin. After learning over 50,000 kilograms of PVC each year rot in our already scarce landfill space, Nick began experimenting with recycling vinyl from discarded billboards.

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After a long process of trial and error, Nick began to create Bugskin’s practical yet conceptual bags (with his aptly named “Cicada” and “Grasshopper” styles). Using ethical thinking and structural design, Bugskin brings his unique form of “material makeover” to Melbourne’s diverse fashion scene.

How was the label born? Tell us about the process and the challenges.

I have always been passionate about the marriage of fashion and sustainable development. After several failed attempts, I consolidated what I was trying to achieve and narrowed it down to “why”? I wanted to reduce the mess we created by giving a second life to what many saw as waste.

While researching billboards, I discovered over 50,000 kilograms of PVC vinyl rot in our landfill each year. I noticed the durability and vibrant colors offered by the display panels and spent the following months designing and executing the Cicada and Grasshopper bags, the first stop on the Bugskin journey.

How would you describe Bugskin to someone who has never seen him before?

Bugskin is a multi-faceted label exploring the process of upcycling and sustainability. He experiments with texture and color through design and practicality, while also helping to help the world heal.

Dream Australian collaborators?

I am always open to collaboration. If our ideas match, don’t hesitate to send me a message!

What would you like to know when you started?

All good things grow organically, and you should always set aside time for creativity. When I first started Bugskin what I found difficult was balancing the different tasks involved in creating a label.

I had a direction I trusted, but it was powerful in the way I applied pressure to it. By letting go and trusting the creative process, I learned what worked for me and was able to grow from it.

What about the Australian fashion industry that needs to change?

It’s great to see the Australian fashion industry thrive. There are many amazing collaborations and many designers are starting to think outside the box. I have always been inspired by our local talents and am proud of the creative growth of our country.

As we continue to navigate ideas and trends, I think it’s important for designers to consider sustainability and be aware of the damage the industry is doing to our healing world. Especially the fast fashion industry. If we collectively make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, it would make an amazing difference.

Where does the name come from?

The name Bugskin is derived from the idea of ​​growth. The material holds back an arduous journey of change and transformation, ultimately metamorphosing into its final state – much like an insect. “Skin” was included because it is commonly used in billboard jargon (as a way to describe the material).

How can we buy one of your parts?

You can purchase a part through our online site. We drop our products every two to three weeks and constantly update our catalog; be sure to stay up to date via our Instagram (@ You can also purchase our parts through Sucker, which is located on Sydney Rd in Brunswick. We hope to spread more bugs in the new year.

What are you most proud of in your work on your label?

I take great pride in the distinctive nature of the product. The process of creating this was discovered through months of trial and error, which has now manifested into a sentiment that sums up Bugskin.

Anything else to add?

Confidence in the process and gradual change will become something big.

Browse the entire Bugskin collection here.

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Creativity, style at the Rhoda Michael show | The Guardian Nigeria News

Fashion designer Rhoda Michaels recently hosted a show for her graduate students to showcase their talents and skills.

The 52 graduate students, at the event, paraded with models displaying designs. Among them was a 15-year-old boy, who also showed his skills. Wedding dresses, children’s wear, casual wear, red carpet outfits, men’s and women’s clothing were on display at the show.

The event was organized to help them launch their brands and showcase the practicality of what they learned.
CEO Rhoda Michaels frowned at the mistaken belief that tailoring / fashion design was for school dropouts.

He said, “Fashion is science. It’s math. You can’t be here if you don’t know math. We teach pattern drawing, which is similar to technical drawing. If you are not smart, you cannot get away with it. The 15-year-old was trained for three weeks while others learned for three months, six months and even a year and a half …

“The Nigerian fashion industry has evolved tremendously. Gone are the days when you saw older designers, but now you see younger designers everywhere. I see our designers competing on the world stage. They will excel because they have been properly trained.

Nollywood actors Yinka Quadri, Muka Ray Eyiwunmi and Wale Sanusi graced the occasion.

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Fashion fell for Blackpink in 2021

Other than their army of dedicated fans, the Blinks, no one loved Blackpink more in 2021 than the fashion industry. Lisa, Rosé, Jisoo, and Jennie have long been designer favorites, but they’ve been front and center this year like never before. Each member brought something different to the conversation. Whether it was Rosé becoming the first K-Pop star to dazzle at the Met Gala or Lisa launching her solo career with a vintage video that broke the internet, they helped liven up the year in style.

Thanks to their respective contracts, the girls have a special place during fashion week. During the Cruise 2022 Collections in June, Jisoo thrilled fans at Dior’s destination show at the Panathenaic Stadium in Greece by offering a glimpse of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection moments before she stepped onto the catwalk. . Her refined white linen dress, paired with the brand’s hybrid sneaker booties, captured the vibe of Chiuri’s show and her sporty Greco-Roman influences.

During Chanel’s spring 2022 ready-to-wear collection, Jennie returned to number one in a look that showcased everything young and playful about the 111-year-old house. Sure, she could’ve worn a little black jacket, but Jennie’s red tweed miniskirt and matching cropped cardigan were nonstop. Styled to the end with multiple double C necklaces and layered bead sashes, it was Chanel through Gen-Z’s lens and made her stand out in a crowd filled with beautiful brand ambassadors.

Rosé kept things interesting with many highlight moments, including the launch of her debut single “On the Ground” and her trending music video, which featured looks from Alex Perry, Re / Done and of course Saint Laurent. . A muse for designer Anthony Vaccarello, she joined him at the Met Gala is one of the most alluring looks of the night: a tight LBD amplified by the addition of an oversized white bow and choker dazzling clover motif with hundreds of crystals set against enamel. Of course, jewelry has become a priority for Rosé, who has made a lucrative ambassadorial contact with Tiffany and Co. this year as well.

No BlackPink discussion would be complete without the group’s rapper Lisa, who cemented her status as Queen of Daily Post. Even with the launch of his solo EP Lalisa to face, she still found time to maintain one of the most compelling Instagram feeds. Filled with plenty of glimpses of Celine’s latest offerings from Hedi Slimane, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the life of a pop superstar, and a glimpse into her ever-changing hair color, she was the must-have fad of 2021.

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Visa Fashion Week in Almaty puts Kazakhstan on the global fashion map

Despite all the fabulous optimism broadcast live, the fashion industry is struggling to cope with the negative impact of the global pandemic. From supply chain disruptions to anxious consumer confidence, the latest forecast from the McKinsey Global Fashion Index “an uneven recovery”After a 20% market loss over the past two years. While luxury conglomerates may better withstand uncertainty, smaller players and newcomers need extra support and attention. This is especially true for emerging markets. This is why the latest edition of Visa Fashion Week Almaty was a successful case study of how local governments can engage transnational capital to stimulate the needs of its creative community in these difficult times. Since Kazakhstan hosted the World EXPO and I spoke about it as “an emerging fashion destination for travelers from all over the world”, designers have benefited from Almaty, the former Kazakh capital, strengthening its role as center of traditional and modern expression of Central Asian cultures. What does it take to organize an event of this magnitude these days?

Kazakhstan, a country of 19 million people, has reported nearly one million cases of COVID since the start of the pandemic. With 47% of the population vaccinated, strict restrictions on movement and public gatherings are in effect. Although the event took place in compliance with all preventive measures, its capacity and scope were limited as many international power players fear to travel beyond the industrial bubbles of Paris or London. Bauyrjan Shadibekov, CEO of Visa Fashion Week Almaty, noted that the team always preferred the in-person format over the virtual-only option, as personal connections are important to any creative endeavor. In fact, a smaller audience allowed for more interaction between audience, press and talent.

Among the distinguished guests was the photographer André Barbier whose work has appeared in most major fashion publications, Anastasia Fedoseeva, founder of Street Pie, an avant-garde boutique and agency in Moscow, and Nino Sichinava, Associate Editor-in-Chief of London magazine Schon. As exposure and access to international media, buyers and direct customers are essential to building a nation’s style brand, all of the catwalks were broadcast live on #VFWAlmaty social media platforms.

Among the national highlights was a collection of cruises by Saken Zhaksybaev. Its label ZhSaken focused on monochrome dresses accented with yellow as an exploration of Spanish and Portuguese heritage in European royal histories. “Black, as the deepest color, awakens feminine beauty and is in itself a powerful accord, and when presented in a fabric such as velvet, it gives the image even more mystery”, explains the creator.

Former Kazakh student of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Tatiana yan immersed in the treasure of fairy tales. “The older we get, the more we notice that history is not going anywhere: good triumphs over evil, after darkness comes to light, actions are stronger than words. Only his characters change over time, but now we need them more than ever, ”remarked Yan. Designate Ainur Turisbek experimented with a new approach to co-branding the collections. “ALMA: powered by Jusan InvestIs a reference both to his mother and to the nourishing story of the generosity of the Medici family “sponsoring” the Renaissance.

Historical crossroads between the mythical East and West, Kazakhstan has continued to master fashion diplomacy by inviting great Ukrainian, Georgian and Uzbek designers. It was a powerful and welcome gesture of goodwill to every country navigating a geopolitical stalemate with Russia. Designate Lilia Litkovskaya and his “bold clothes fit for a city shaman” have become one of Ukraine’s most recognizable style business cards. Inspired by Keith Haring and the poppy fields in bloom, his optimistic vision for the future is decidedly triumphant.

Georgia Datuna Sulikashvili is a sought-after ambassador of the new sense of Georgian style. Working in silk and cashmere, he is building a stellar brand reputation on several international platforms. Uzbekistan was represented by the two best-selling brands in the country.

dressmaker Lali Fazylova envisioned the contemporary youth of old megalopolises like Tashkent and Samarkand. His fine collection emphasized the use of adras, traditional Uzbek hand-dyed textiles, and alo-bakhmal, a royal technique of velvet weaving.

Since 2007, kasimova dildo launched successful ready-to-wear collections to a growing audience of loyal customers and fans. Her fashion philosophy being a holistic lifestyle and not just a profession, she is one of the most followed style influencers in Central Asia, capturing the modern air of the Silk Road.

Looking and moving forward, Bauyrzhan Shadibekov, CEO of Visa Fashion Week Almaty, has the utmost confidence in the platform as he cites a few of his long-term project partners as Kaz visit, Citix, and Dyson, and its benefits to participating designers and national fashion industries in the region. From next year, a partnership with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana will allow a season-winning designer to present at a special showcase during Milan Fashion Week. An example of the international solidarity of the fashion industry, it signals a desire to make the economic recovery less “uneven” by prioritizing the future of emerging talents.

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Have you ever wondered what happens to the online shopping items you return? It’s not a pretty picture

In the Nobody Denim warehouse, it’s not uncommon for mail bags to come from online shoppers who return the same jeans in multiple sizes.

The behavior is sometimes referred to by the fashion industry as “bracketing”. This is when online shoppers hedge their bets by ordering clothes in different sizes and sending back what is wrong with them.

It suits the consumer in an era of online shopping that has only been accelerated by a pandemic.

But it also has an environmental impact.

“There is definitely a culture of returns,” said Lara Cooper, Marketing Manager for Nobody Denim.

This is not a new problem for the industry.

Even before online shopping, returns were a problem for retail stores, and that had an environmental and business impact as well.

Still, the consumer had to try on items before buying, which reduced behaviors such as bracketing.

With online shopping, when items are displayed, they are often wrapped in plastic as well.

Then there are the mail bags, swivel labels, and the less measurable environmental expense of sending items across the country and back.

Luxury brands in particular can organize complete packaging regimes for products that include gift cards, packaging layers and embossed boxes.

Lara Cooper of Nobody Denim urges consumers to think about the impact of their online shopping.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

Most of the items are returned to Nobody Denim in the same packaging, and some may be collected.

“We get a lot of these plastic items and binders that we ship and then get back to our hands,” Ms. Cooper said.

“It’s up to us to decide what to do with this waste. We have partnerships with recycling companies. “

How did returns become a problem?

Fashion sustainability experts note that behaviors such as bracketing have become particularly prevalent when online fashion websites offer low-cost items, free shipping, and free returns.

Some of the biggest names offering these deals in Australia are Asos and The Iconic. Neither of them disclose their rate of return.

No one Denim has tackled the problem by forcing consumers to pay for their own returns.

He also put sizing apps on his website.

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Nobody Denim uses an app on their website to help online shoppers shop for clothes that fit them. (ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

Its co-founder, John Condilis, says the brand, which makes their clothes in Melbourne, take pride in the quality and believe that it keeps people from wanting to return them.

“We are working on fairly low margins just that everything is made in Australia,” he says.

“It’s more important to us than giving a lot of free feedback.”

In doing so, the company lowered its return rate to single digits.

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John Condilis of Nobody Denim says the fashion brand is on a “sustainability journey”.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

The company has also already implemented simple measures such as the phasing out of purchase orders in online sales, now digital.

It is also studying the replacement of all its packaging with compostable bags. However, this is going to be an additional expense.

“This is approximately three to four times the cost of our current packaging materials,” said Mr. Condilis.

The company can also only control the packaging and return policy of the products it sells directly through its own website. It also sells through The Iconic which dictates its own packaging and return policies.

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The Iconic is one of the largest online fashion sites in Australia.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

In a statement, a spokesperson for The Iconic said the company’s packaging was made from recycled materials. They say the company has ruled out compostable packaging for now.

“Most customers in Australia and New Zealand do not have access to home composting or commercial composting services,” the spokesperson said.

“This means that the packaging would likely end up in a landfill or in the flexible plastics recycling stream, compromising its recycling potential. That’s why we landed on our 100% recycled post-consumer plastic bags.

“For returned items that need to be repackaged, we are currently in the process of switching to poly bags made from 100% recycled plastic. These bags can also be recycled and collected again. “

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Fashion brands are trying to improve their environmental impact.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

This year, the Australian government helped launch an industry initiative called the Australian Packaging Covenant. This is a voluntary code that retailers and brands can adhere to and commit to reducing their environmental impact.

The Iconic is one of the signatories. However, the code is not legally binding and many major online fashion websites, including UK-owned Asos, are not on the list of signatories.

In a statement, an Asos spokesperson said the company’s packaging contained up to 90 percent recycled plastic. He says he works with suppliers to recycle any packaging he collects on returns.

And what about the actual clothes?

Understanding what happens to our fashion returns online is even more complicated.

Nobody Denim claims that the vast majority of what it receives from online shoppers arrives in good condition and can be resold.

But sometimes things come back soiled or torn. Mr Condilis says that if they cannot be brought down to perfect quality, they are either sold at the company’s factory outlet or sent to charity.

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Nobody Denim has reduced its return rate with a series of measures.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

Aleasha McCallion, fashion sustainability expert at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, says this is a common protocol for Australian fashion brands.

“This is why it is really important that [online returns] come back in the best possible conditions, ”she said.

“Because otherwise they end up wasting seconds and are often reduced and potentially wasted. “

Asos claims that only 3% of its returns cannot be resold after inspection, cleaning and repair processes.

“When that happens, we either sell the product to second-seller markets so that it can be reused elsewhere, or we recycle it so that it can be made into something new,” his spokesperson said. .

However, Ms McCallion is concerned that there are no strict rules on what happens to unsold clothing in Australia.

“We don’t necessarily know what’s going on in landfills,” she says.

“We don’t want to make all of these beautiful things just to just go to landfill and not even be used.

“We should be concerned about that because we are actually overproducing and using everything less. And textiles have been fundamentally undervalued and neglected.”

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Aleasha McCallion of Monash University is concerned that there are no hard and fast rules for what happens to online shopping returns.(ABC News: Emilia Terzon)

Ms McCallion believes the problem was created by both businesses and consumers.

“We’re all in the same boat. We’re in a symbiotic relationship,” she says.

“Businesses want to stay competitive and want to provide great options for their customers, and customers want to have choice. And through that, we’ve just collectively created a waste problem.”

Back at Nobody Denim, Lara Cooper urges people to think twice before a post-Christmas sales period that will likely be largely online rather than in-store.

“Before you are happy with the clicks, you have to ask yourself if you really need them,” says Ms. Cooper.

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Leena Nair chosen as new CEO of French fashion brand Chanel

Leena Nair has been chosen CEO of Chanel, a French fashion brand

Chanel on Tuesday named Leena Nair, a former Unilever executive, as the next global CEO, hiring a consumer goods veteran to run one of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands.

Leena Nair’s background-

Leena Nair (born 1969) is the CEO of Chanel and a British Indian businesswoman. Nair previously worked for Unilever as the Company’s Director of Human Resources and a member of the Unilever Board of Directors. Nair was in charge of human resources at Unilever, covering 190 countries and various regulatory and labor contexts. Unilever was named the # 1 Employer of Choice for FMCG Graduates in 54 countries under his leadership. She was in charge of the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion program, ensuring that its staff was diverse and inclusive. Nair is a supporter of compassionate leadership and people-centered workplaces.

Kolhapur, Maharashtra, is his hometown. She attended Holy Cross Convent High School in Kolhapur. She studied electrical engineering at the Walchand College of Engineering in Sangli before obtaining a gold medal from XLRI in 1990-1992. (Maharashtra). After working in Jamshedpur, she moved to three different factories in Kolkata, Ambattur, Tamil Nadu and Taloja, Maharashtra.

Nair, 52, began his career at Unilever in 1992 as a management trainee. She rose steadily through the ranks of Unilever, eventually becoming the company’s “first woman, first Asian and youngest” Human Resources Director (CHRO) in 2016. She also served on the executive committee of Unilever (ULE).

Previously, she worked for the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as a non-executive director.

“Throughout her career at Unilever, Leena has been a trailblazer, but no more so than in her role as HRD, where she has been a driving force behind our equity, diversity and inclusion agenda, of transformation. our leadership development, and our preparation for the future of work, ”Unilever CEO Alan Jope said in a statement announcing his departure.

Nair, a British national named to Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful women in 2021, is known for her people-centered approach to business. “If you take care of your people, they will take care of the business,” she told the publication.

After the former CEO of Pepsico, Indra Nooyi – who also happens to be his mentor – Nair is the second female CEO of the Indian-born company.

Nair worked at Unilever for 30 years, most recently as Director of Human Resources and a member of the Executive Committee. She’s a rare outsider at the helm of the tightly controlled family-owned design company known for its tweed suits, quilted handbags, and No.5 fragrance.

The 52-year-old succeeds Maureen Chiquet, an American entrepreneur with a background in design who ran Chanel for nine years until early 2016.


Alain Wertheimer, a 73-year-old French billionaire who owned Chanel with his brother Gérard Wertheimer and who had been its temporary CEO, will now serve as global executive chairman.

Chanel was founded in 1910 as a rue Cambon hat boutique in Paris by fashion queen Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and has been synonymous with French elegance ever since.

Chanel is an upscale fashion brand based in Paris, France, founded in 1910 by seamstress Coco Chanel. It specializes in women’s ready-to-wear and luxury products and accessories. Alain Wertheimer and Gérard Wertheimer, grandchildren of Pierre Wertheimer, one of Coco Chanel’s first business partners, currently own the company.

Gabrielle Chanel earned the nickname “Coco” as a singer as a teenager. Coco Chanel responded to women’s tastes for the sophistication of clothing as a fashion designer, with blouses, suits, pants, dresses, and simple jewelry (gems ​​and jewelry) that replaced rich clothing and accessories. 19th century over-designed constrictors. Models, performers and actresses such as Margot Robbie, Lily-Rose Depp, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne Nana Komatsu, Jennie Kim and Marilyn Monroe have all been models for Chanel.

Chanel is famous for its Chanel No.5 perfume and the Chanel suit. Chanel used the Jersey fabric to create clothes that were both comfortable and inexpensive. Chanel changed both high and low couture (haute couture) and everyday fashion (ready-to-wear), replacing structural forms based on the corset and bodice with practical clothing that flattered the female figure.

The flat-chest garments made famous by Chanel couture in the 1920s were the opposite of the hourglass shape produced by late 19th-century fashion – the French Belle Époque (circa 1890-1914) and the era Edwardian United States Kingdom (circa 1901-1919). Chanel used hues generally associated with masculinity in Europe, such as gray and navy blue, to convey a sense of feminine confidence.

Quilted fabrics and leather trims were used in the clothes of the house of Chanel; the quilted construction reinforces the fabric, design and finish, resulting in a garment that retains its shape and function while being worn. The Chanel wool suit consists of a knee-length skirt and cardigan-style jacket trimmed with fur and black embroidery and gold buttons adorn the garment – is an example of such haute couture techniques. Two-tone pumps, jewelry, usually a pearl necklace and a leather handbag were the perfect complements.

Nair’s appointment comes at a time when the fashion industry is under pressure to be more inclusive. After starting out as an intern in the factory, he worked his way up the ranks at Unilever. Nair, who supervised 150,000 employees at Unilever, will join the company at the end of January and will be based in London, according to the company. The new hires will guarantee the company’s “long-term success as a private enterprise,” the statement said.


According to a Harper’s Bazaar article published last month, under his leadership, Unilever has achieved gender parity in global management, as well as a commitment to pay living wages throughout the supply chain.

Nair is a non-executive director of BT and previously served as the non-executive director of the UK government’s business, energy and industrial strategy department.

Chanel fought for self-reliance and only recently disclosed financial information. In July, he predicted sales would grow double digits this year, from $ 12.3 billion before the 2019 pandemic.

According to Luca Solca, luxury goods analyst at Bernstein, Chanel follows a model of attracting senior executives from the consumer packaged products industry.

“For the relatively young luxury goods sector, Unilever and Procter & Gamble are management reservoirs,” he added, citing Antonio Belloni, CEO of LVMH and former chairman of Procter & Gamble in Europe, and Estee Lauder CEO Fabrizio Freda, who is also a P&G veteran.

Emmanuel Lenain, the French Ambassador to India, also took the time to congratulate Nair on his busy schedule.

Rupa Dash, CEO of the World Woman Fund, thanked Nair and called Chanel’s selection “an incredible date”.

Edited and proofread by Ashlyn Joy

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WHO: Jacqueline Zenere, Stylist

For those who don’t know your job, what do you do? And how did you get into the fashion industry?

I am a stylist, but my background is entirely editorial. I started to W magazine then sspent my most formative years at Modern luxury, styling of over 300 covers and editorials. I grew up to realize that working on cover shoots and working with talent and developing a relationship of trust is even more rewarding, which has brought me to where I am now. When I stylize a client, I think first of the storytelling. When choosing a look I always wonder, Wwhy this creator? Why this design? Why this glamor? Each aspect is thought out and considered to convey the desired message.

As a stylist, a big part of your role is to discover new talent. How do you find new brands? And in your opinion, is there one thing that makes a booming fashion brand worth following?

The easiest way to identify a designer to follow is to signify yourself with new ideas. Once you’ve invested the time and studied the records, you can separate the new and the derivative. In terms of discovering creators, that almost implies that I look for them, when in reality, it is the other way around. They come to me so much at a point that I can’t ignore, whether it’s on Business of Fashion, Instagram, on the streets, from publicists, in so many ways.

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The celebrity red carpet trends that defined 2021

Written by Megan C. Hills

After a year of awkward Zoomed-in awards speeches and tie-dye hoodies, it was a relief to see the stars return to the red carpet. Glamor is back in full force, filling our streams with color, sparkle and flashes of nostalgia.
With highlights like Billie Eilish’s frothy Met Gala ball gown and Lady Gaga’s alien microrobe Valentino, 2021 was the year celebs got to redefine their wardrobe – and many have delivered. Below are some notable trends.

Dopamine dressing

Bright colors, sparkling dresses and playful looks brought joy to celebrity wardrobes this year, as stars gleefully dressed in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. At the Emmys, Michaela Coel was stunned in a yellow highlighter Christopher John Rogers outfit, while Anya Taylor-Joy was pictured of a retro Barbie in a fascinating hot pink dress at the Venice Film Festival. Others channeled their inner disco ball: Dakota Johnson’s fringed Gucci creation stood out at the Venice Film Festival, and most recently, Olivia Rodrigo’s periwinkle dress at the American Music Awards sparkled as she stood out. slipped under her feathered hem.

Archive mode

Cardi B attends the “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” photocall as part of Paris Fashion Week at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs on September 28, 2021 in Paris, France. Credit: Richard Bord / WireImage / Getty Images

Fashion history became this year’s biggest red carpet flex, as stylists and celebrities searched for rare archival pieces from decades past. Growing interest in upcycling and vintage undoubtedly played a major role in the trend, which included Rodrigo donning a 2001 Versace ruched dress at the MTV VMA Awards and archival queen Bella Hadid seen in vintage Gucci, Stella McCartney. for Chloe and more on the street snaps. And who could forget the olive green Jean Paul Gaultier dress worn by Kylie Jenner?

Dare to get naked

Zoë Kravitz attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

Zoë Kravitz attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

Post-lockdown red carpets were sexier than ever as some pandemic restrictions relaxed and celebrities returned to the public eye. See-through dresses, such as Zoe Kravitz’s Saint Laurent Met Gala look and Megan Fox’s Thierry Mugler dress (paired with a nude thong) at the MTV VMAs, have been seen at many major events, while other celebrities like Zendaya, Kendall Jenner and Halle Bailey went for cuckoo cutouts.

Carey Mulligan, Rina Sawayama and Alicia Keys wore sophisticated bellyless sets throughout the year, while Lil Nas X, Kim Kardashian and Hailey Bieber were among those who covered themselves in bodycon jumpsuits that left little in the way. imagination.

Fluid men’s clothing

Troye Sivan attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

Troye Sivan attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

With Gen Z defying gender binaries on TikTok and talk of fluidity reverberating through the fashion industry, celebrities didn’t hesitate to push the boundaries. With LGBTQ + stars in the lead – including Billy Porter in a pale pink suit and designer Harris Reed launching their first flowy fashion collection – others followed suit: Troye Sivan wore a minimal dress to the Met Gala and Kid Cudi wore a Floral dress inspired by Kurt Cobain for his Saturday Night Live performance, followed by a wedding dress at the CFDA Awards.

Some have taken more subtle approaches, most notably Bowen Yang, with his Syro wedge heels coming out of the hem of a pointy Emmy suit. Nail polish has also been widely adopted by stars such as Lil Yachty and Tyler the Creator, and Styles and Machine Gun Kelly have even launched their own nail polishes.

Fashion as an art of clothing

Bella Hadid poses as she arrives for the film screening "Tre Piani" (Three floors) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France on July 11, 2021.

Bella Hadid poses as she arrives for the screening of the film “Tre Piani” (Three Floors) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, July 11, 2021. Credit: Valery Hache / AFP / Getty Images

The sight of Bella Hadid at the Cannes Film Festival this summer, wearing a Schiaparelli brass necklace designed to resemble a pair of lungs, stopped the internet in its tracks. This surreal artistic approach to fashion continued throughout the second half of the year.
Di Petsa’s wet look dresses, created by self-proclaimed interdisciplinary artist Dimetra Petsa and meticulously layered with tulle, have transformed stars such as sisters Hadid, SZA, Chloe Bailey and Megan Thee Stallion into water nymphs who seemed just emerging from the sea. Zendaya opted for a similar style, crafted in nude leather by Balmain, for the Venice premiere of “Dune.” Her look was counterbalanced by that of her co-star Timothée Chalamet, who was dressed in a glittering Haider Ackermann outfit that appeared to have been taken out of the night sky. Of course, who could forget Kim Kardashian’s dramatic look at the Met Gala – a faceless custom Balenciaga outfit that sparked questions about the celebrity’s nature while generating endless memes on Twitter.

Celebrity Returns

Gemma Chan paid tribute to Anna May Wong at the Met Gala.  Wong is considered the first Chinese-American Hollywood star.

Gemma Chan paid tribute to Anna May Wong at the Met Gala. Wong is considered the first Chinese-American Hollywood star. Credit: Getty Images

While many stars have gone all out with their post-containment wardrobes, others have stepped back to pause and pay tribute to those who led the way before them. Feedback on specific celebrity and model outfits was seen throughout the year.

At the Met Gala, for example, Gemma Chan paid homage to Chinese-American movie star Anna May Wong in a minidress adorned with Prabal Gurung dragons and curled braids, and Jaeger’s YouTuber Nikkie stepped out in a floral dress. with a ribbon that says “Pay it no spirit” pinned to its hem – a reference to Stonewall transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson. Kendall Jenner, meanwhile, channeled Audrey Hepburn with a see-through dress covered in crystals. The dress was a contemporary take on the one worn by Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”.
Zendaya has made a number of iconic nods, wearing a long version of Beyonce’s 2003 BET Awards Versace dress for the same event this year and a cutout yellow dress to the Oscars, modeled on one previously worn by Cher on “The Sonny & Cher Show.”
And Angelina Jolie kept returning references close to home at the London premiere of “The Eternals,” with girls Zahara and Shiloh wearing some of Jolie’s red carpet dresses as they accompanied her. Jolie wore a 2018 Valentino dress.

Year 2000

Avril Lavigne attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City.

Avril Lavigne attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz / WireImage / Getty Images

Championed by Gen Z stars like Dua Lipa and Addison Rae, the 2000s obsession continued through 2021. All the old trends were back in full force, spotted in Beyonce’s pink Versace wedge heels and Lipa wearing different butterfly outfits à la Mariah Carey – even a Von Dutch-esque cap was featured by Rihanna and Miley Cyrus.

Surprising brands like Ed Hardy and Juicy Couture have made a celebrity comeback, and retro basics like printed mesh tops, monogram prints and corsets have become staple pieces.

Other maligned Y2K styles, including hipster jeans and baby t-shirts, have also found their way into the closets of Lipa, Hadid and Kaia Gerber. This love for the 2000s shows no signs of abating, and it’s likely we’ll continue to see celebrities championing the decade until 2022, with Versace, Fendi and others all leading the movement.

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RETHINK recycles old clothes in style


Artist and business founder Kristen McCoy has been rethinking the future of fashion for years. Together with her team at RETHINK Tailoring & Sewing (3449 Bloomington Ave. S.), she offers an alternative to the shoddy and shoddy clothing that can be found in abundance in many stores. The clothes on sale in his shop have all been recycled from clothes that would otherwise have gone to waste.
McCoy said, “At RETHINK, our mission is to keep as many textiles out of landfills and incinerators as possible. The average American adult sheds 80 pounds of clothing each year.
“To counter this, we adapt and recycle used clothing – and we allow others to repair and sew their own wardrobes during our classes and other gatherings in our tailoring salon.”

The real cost of fast fashion
According to McCoy, “Fast fashion is disposable fashion and it is the second most polluting industry in the world. Only the petroleum industry is more toxic to the environment. The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions. It is more than air transport and sea transport combined.
“As consumers, we need to rethink the true cost of every item of clothing, as the rapid rise in fashion has created an environmental nightmare. In addition to the cheap price, one has to count on plastic fabrics, a huge carbon footprint and the growing ill health of people who work in this industry. On average, a garment is only worn 4-7 times before being thrown away.

A long thread
McCoy grew up on a pig farm in Minnesota and started sewing when he was eight years old. She learned to use her grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine on her own. Because the nearest fabric store was 20 miles away, she figured out how to turn her worn out clothes into handbags. She said: “I learned my work ethic growing up on the farm and learned how to make money. ”
Eventually, she enrolled in the Clothing Technology program at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she studied clothing construction, draping, pattern making, alterations, and how to work with specialty fabrics. .
In textile classes, McCoy learned that polyester fabric has the same chemical makeup as plastic water bottles. She thought, “We recycle plastic water bottles, why can’t we find a way to recycle plastic fabrics?
“Discarded clothes either end up in landfills where they do not decompose for generations, or they are burned in incinerators. A lot of clothes aren’t made to last on purpose. The clothing industry has developed a throwaway mindset because it pays.
McCoy made a decision early in her training that in the future she would make all of her clothes from pre-used or dead fabrics.

Keep calm and sew
In 2015, McCoy started RETHINK Tailoring from his home with the goal of making recycled clothing a legitimate purchasing option. After the birth of her daughter that year, Kristen took a break from tailoring to develop a new concept: resizable baby clothes. A second child was born three years later and in 2019 McCoy began construction of his storefront at 3449 Bloomington Ave.
She said: “We had our grand opening on March 14, 2020 and closed the next day due to the COVID-19 lockdown. My design and tailoring philosophy has always been to be creative when a project seems impossible. Opening and closing in one day was overwhelming, but once I got out of the fog we sewed masks and created tutorials to help the community’s mask-making efforts. We have donated hundreds of masks to hospitals, shelters and other organizations in need. We also undertook an emergency project recycling more than 200 hospital gowns for a nursing home hard hit by COVID-19.
“Our goal had to change several times to better meet the needs of the community. We are still rebuilding our business according to our original vision, but it takes time. We are currently running daily classes (following CDC health and safety guidelines) and recycling more models for sale.

Classes are at the center
McCoy reflects on his time. She said: “The last two years have been strange and difficult, but I have high hopes. In this polarized world, it is important to have safe places to gather. Our store is a place where people can come together and do something creative – we can all use a little of it.
There are classes in visible mending, invisible mending, and weaving (where you learn how to mend holes in t-shirts and other knit clothing). There are courses on Learn to Sew machines and courses for more experienced seamstresses on alterations, design and recycling. One-to-one lessons are available, as well as small group lessons. There are options for learning at home with virtual lessons, question-and-answer sessions, tutorials, private lessons via Zoom, and more.
The regularly scheduled Feminist Stitch and Gab is a paid appointment. Anyone with a feminist mind can come, as long as they wear a mask and practice social distancing. Send an email to [email protected] with questions about any of the courses or gatherings. Holiday gift cards are also available for purchase. They can be applied towards tuition or recycled clothing and jewelry for sale in the on-site green shop. Visit the RETHINK website at for more information.
McCoy concluded, “People can be overwhelmed by the challenges of being environmentally conscious. When it comes to clothing, I like to say that any change in the right direction is a positive change. Go to clothing swap stores, buy second-hand clothes, and fix what’s already in your closet.
“A starting point is something to build from – you don’t have to do it all at once. “

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How to consume fashion ethically

By Emma Ingenohl – Contributor from 1851

As my last semester of school draws to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot. I realized that two things have remained constant for me over the past few years: my passions for the fashion world and planet Earth.

Protecting the Earth is so important to me, and combining that with my love of fashion is what I hope to someday do. Spreading knowledge about how to consume fashion ethically is a big use of my privilege and my voice to help change the narrative around the industry. I can’t think of a better way to end my stay at the Chronicle of 1851 than a final style corner on how to ethically consume and source clothing.

Vintage and second-hand clothes are a big part of my personal style, not only for the sake of durability, but also because it means finding unique pieces that help me organize my wardrobe and make it unique. Over the years, I have heard countless times from other people wanting to start shopping for second-hand clothes, but don’t know where to start. If you’re looking for some tips on how to get your fashion pieces more ethically, I’m finally going to share all of my secrets.

Savings – Seen most often as intimidating, saving is probably the easiest and cheapest way to shop. Stores like Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, Value Village, etc. exist everywhere and generally offer low prices and some great finds. My biggest tip when it comes to stocking up at a thrift store is to have patience and watch as much as possible. The best way to find good parts is to look at every item on the rack. As tedious as it may sound, it will eventually pay off when you find this amazing coin.

Buy Vintage Online – There are many websites / apps that are a resale format where individuals can buy and sell used goods and sometimes new goods. The most popular for vintage fashion are Depop, Poshmark, eBay, The RealReal, Etsy, and Mecari. Whether you’re looking for a specific brand or a general search for vintage pantsuits, there are plenty of great finds on any resale website. Patience is once again a key player in this type of sourcing. Sometimes you can scroll through dozens of pages before you find the perfect piece.

Sustainable brands – There are many clothing brands that produce their clothing ethically and sustainably. Patagonia, Girlfriend Collective, Parade, MaisonCléo, and Prada Re-Nylon are some of my personal favorites. There are also many brands that reuse and rework clothes like Frankie Collective. It’s probably the most expensive way to ethically source fashion pieces, but for those who can afford it, it’s a much better alternative to shopping from fast fashion companies.

Basic and Investment Parts – When shopping for new clothing, it’s important to consider usage and value over time. Basic parts can be worn over and over again, and items that are an investment but will last a lifetime are sometimes worth buying new. The quality and longevity of wear are other good indicators of whether these purchases are worth it or not.

Making an effort to find clothes more ethically is a huge accomplishment, and that doesn’t mean you have to be perfect and never buy fast fashion clothes or new fashion pieces. Accessibility is a huge factor in the ability to source clothing in a sustainable manner. The key to buying clothes ethically is to avoid overconsumption. The main problem with the fashion industry is the constant need to keep up with current trends and buy more clothes. By taking small initiatives to consume your fashion ethically, you are contributing to a more sustainable industry and world.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Australian adaptive fashion company EveryHuman launches inclusive footwear range

In a world where style makes statements as much as it is a essential daily, SydneyRetailer EveryHuman ensures that all fashion enthusiasts can experience the best that brands have to offer.

For the 4.4 million Australians who living with a disability, the best that brands have to offer is often a disappointment. Shopping for clothes can be a frustrating experience – one that 20-year-old Paralympian Tim Hodge knows intimately.

“Very few manufacturers in the world offer shoes that you can get in different sizes for different feet,” Tim told 9Honey.

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Tim Hodge often needs two different sized shoes, which is hard to find without buying two pairs. (Provided / EveryHuman)

At the age of four, Tim lost his right foot. Now he has a prosthesis, and sometimes needs two shoes of the same style but different sizes, which can be difficult to acquire without having to jump for two pairs.

“Getting two shoes of different sizes can be very difficult,” he says.

“For example, if my prosthetic foot has changed in size to my [left] foot, then things can be very difficult [like] getting shoes, making sure they fit well, and not having to buy two different pairs of shoes. “

Sydney entrepreneur Matt Skerritt saw this unmet need and decided to address it.

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EveryHuman has launched Unpaired, which allows customers to purchase single shoes or different sized pairs of the same style. (Provided / EveryHuman)

Having worked closely with his family in their various senior care facilities over the years, it was not unusual for Matt to welcome a client into the facility whose difficulty in dressing necessitated his move. .

Whether it was hard buttons on a shirt or the ability to fasten a hoodie or pair of boots with one hand, traditional fashion houses did not tailor their clothes for the sake of inclusiveness. .

Until now.

By working with brands that have embraced adaptive fashion – an industry expected to be worth US $ 400 billion (roughly $ 559 billion) by 2026 – by making subtle adjustments to their clothing, such as replacing buttons with magnetic closures, EveryHuman provides a catalog of clothing, shoes, accessories and lifestyle products that are as functional as they are stylish.

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Matt Skerritt founded adaptive fashion company EveryHuman two years ago when he was 26. (Provided / EveryHuman)

In the run-up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 – which also coincides with the second anniversary of the launch of EveryHuman – the retailer has released its Unpaired range, which allows customers to buy either a shoe or a boot, or shoes of the same style but in different sizes. And for customers who have a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS plan, EveryHuman’s inventory can be funded from the customer’s technical support budget at low cost.

For Matt, who started EveryHuman with a small team at the age of 26, it’s as simple as this: “People should have the ability to find shoes that they can wear that look good too. cool. “

Yet the simplicity of the logic does not mean that it is insignificant. As the goal of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, expression through adaptive fashion challenges perceptions surrounding disability.

“We want to facilitate more choice where there was none before, make disability fun, cool and sexy, and change the way people think about disability,” Matt told 9Honey.

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For Tim, initiatives like Unpaired and adaptive fashion becoming more mainstream reflect a broader shift in attitude towards disability. (Provided / EveryHuman)

For Tim, adaptive fashion retailers like EveryHuman reflect a larger Australia that is becoming increasingly inclusive.

The three-time medalist Paralympian fell in love with swimming after competing in his first school carnival at the age of nine, and now he juggles studying electrical engineering as he prepares for the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. world next year, and ultimately its third Paralympic Games.

He remembers, however, the differences in his early swimming days which suggest a wider divide between athletes with and without a disability.

Since Tim was swimming in multi-class series, which didn’t have as many athletes, he often won four first place ribbons in his four races. Although this would then place him in contention for the swimmer of the competition, he would not be eligible to win as he could only swim in multiple classes, which has only four races.

Over the years, however, Tim has noticed a shift in broader attitudes towards disability due to initiatives like EveryHuman’s Unpaired line and movements like International Day of Persons with Disabilities becoming more mainstream, as well as a change in attitude surrounding the Paralympics themselves.

“I think today it’s much more equal between the two [people without disability] and Paralympic sport, ”says Tim.

“It is definitely [been] worked hard both in the media and in organizations like Swimming Australia to put Paralympic sport and Olympic sport on an equal footing. “

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

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


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

Hello, Karen.


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

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

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

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

KING: And what was it like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BATES: You’re welcome.


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‘We are five to ten years behind’: a long way to go to solve Australia’s textile waste crisis | australian fashion

Last week, the Australian Fashion Council received a $ 1 million grant to start working with the industry to reduce the country’s mountain of textile waste. That’s a pittance compared to the money offered to recycle other products, however, and it has left some in the industry feeling disappointed.

Julie Boulton and Aleasha McCallion are project managers at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and co-authors of a report on a circular T-shirt which was released in March of this year. McCallion says the $ 1 million subsidy, compared to other waste streams, is further proof that the fashion industry is “consistently overlooked and underestimated, both on economic value and how the system affects everyone ”.

The grant, which will help establish the country’s first national textile products stewardship program, is part of a $ 1 billion plan to transform Australia’s waste and recycling that was announced last year. At the time, $ 190 million has been allocated for new infrastructure to recycle plastic, paper, tires and glass, a figure that eclipses the amount so far allocated to fashion waste.

Fashion Council Interim CEO Kellie Hush said there was “a long way to go of course, but it’s a good start for the federal government to join us in realizing the problem.”

The problem being the 23kg of clothing the average Australian throws in landfills each year – placing Australians in the unenviable position of being the second largest consumers of textiles in the world, per capita, behind the United States. While it is possible to recycle clothing in Australia, the sector has very low adoption rates due to a lack of infrastructure to collect, sort and recycle textiles.

The council will use grant money to work with industry stakeholders – including designers, retailers, manufacturers, charities and textile recyclers – to create three reports by March 2023 The first will examine the data and material flow. The second will analyze global initiatives, policies and technologies promoting circularity in textiles. The third will make recommendations on how to move forward, including a roadmap to 2030 in accordance with Objectives of the National Waste Policy Action Plan.

Hush says the first step is to work with the industry to investigate what is realistic. She says that once the reports are written, “we will have recommendations and I can assure you that some of them, or most of them, will require investments with the federal government and private companies to help us. finance these programs ”.

Alice Payne is Associate Professor of Fashion Design at the Queensland University of Technology and one of the experts who will shape the program. She says, “This is just the start of what will actually be a longer journey… this amount of funds is a way to bring stakeholders together. She says they will build on existing work in scientific literature and reports from around the world and adapt it to the “Australian context in consultation with Australian stakeholders”.

These conversations will explore changes in design and manufacturing for sustainability, as well as charitable recycling and used business models, the need for innovation and investment in recycling technology, and consumer education. For now, the focus is on the industry and not on policy or legislative changes.

The principles of a circular fashion industry are well established, but have recently been popularized by international nonprofit organizations like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which produces major research and reports on fashion circularity. According to the foundation, a circular fashion industry is one where clothing is designed to be recyclable and sustainable, so that it can be worn over and repaired, and shared and resold until end of life, when are collected to be recycled or returned to Earth.

McCallion and Boulton took inspiration from the foundation’s work to write their report on a circular t-shirt. “We should seek to adapt the great overseas examples to the Australian context and work together to move the agenda forward as quickly as possible,” says McCallion. “We are not reinventing the wheel.

They say there is evidence overseas that circularity works when you have a collaboration with industry alongside legislation and policy change.

Boulton says: “We are five to ten years behind what is happening in the EU, in France, in the Netherlands, in Germany. They’re having these debates right now on labeling and banning textile waste… that’s what we should be doing. It’s silly to focus on locally made products, it’s such a small part. We need to go beyond product stewardship and we need government regulation to look at what’s happening and stop the bad things. “

The European Union is currently working on legislation to manage and control textile waste. From 2023, all clothing and footwear sold in the EU will carry color-coded labels informing customers of the product’s environmental impact. Under the European Commission’s Waste Framework Directive, member states will have to set up separate collections for textiles by 2025. Payne says whether or not this model is followed will be determined by “conversations with councils as well as with state governments, etc. It can be part of it, but it is something that will have to be determined in the group.

BlockTexx founders Graham Ross and Adrian Jones present their fabric recycling process. Photograph: Supplied

Adrian Jones is the co-founder of BlockTexx, a technology company that is building Australia’s first large-scale textile recycling facility in Logan, Queensland. He also thinks the government needs to establish a legislative framework, because under voluntary codes companies don’t change.

“We only saw significant changes in France, the Netherlands and Denmark because governments said we were heading towards an export ban, or a system of remuneration for producers or consumers, or a combination of all of the above. Then we saw a significant growth in chemical recycling on land.

The BlockTexx factory uses chemical recycling technology, which is preferred over mechanics because it produces a higher quality material that can be recycled again. In three years, the plant is expected to process 10,000 tonnes of textile waste per year. Jones says, “If you want to solve the textile waste problem, you have to do it in volume, you cannot be artisanal. “

He says the infrastructure required for large-scale recycling would cost “tens of millions of dollars,” but it doesn’t all have to come from the government. To finance their new plant, BlockTexx raised $ 5.5 million: $ 1 million from the federal government, $ 1 million from the Queensland government and $ 3.5 million from private investment.

Despite this, it is fortunate that the $ 1 million grant has been awarded to the fashion council. “I just hope it’s well spent and doesn’t produce a lot of research that says ‘wouldn’t it be good if we did something about textile waste?’ We kind of know that.

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Fashion brand PH reshapes its business to protect frontliners

Despite the challenges that have plagued her business and the rest of the fashion retail industry, Filipino brand BAYO remains committed to its goal of using its platform to help others and have a positive impact on the market. company.
Filipino fashion brand BAYO is embarking on the production of PPE.

“One of the most important lessons our company has learned from this crisis is that adversity should not prevent us from helping,” said Anna Lagon, CEO of BAYO. “Focusing on helping others not only motivated our entire team to continue to be productive, but also opened up strategic partnerships that have kept our operations going, empowering more people. and even inspire product innovations. Since the start of the pandemic, BAYO has strengthened its ties with the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, the office of the vice president and the local government units of Pasig, Baguio and Kapangan Benguet. Being one of the few Philippine fashion retail brands with a manufacturing facility in the country, it has shifted from manufacturing ready-to-wear clothing to producing personal protective equipment for hospitals in front-line and medically-examined masks for consumers, government offices and businesses, which has allowed BAYO to keep its production workers and employ additional skilled sewers.

Save the frontliners

Even before the pandemic, BAYO had worked with PTRI to elevate and expand the use of local textiles to support the garment industry’s broader value chain, make sourcing more accessible to other local brands, and provide the ways to make a living for more Filipinos, from the farmers who propagate and raise the plants that become raw materials, to the weavers and sewers who make the clothes, to the retailers in both online and offline channels. In February 2020, due to growing concerns over COVID-19, BAYO contacted PTRI for the manufacture of sheet masks capable of resisting liquid droplets and effectively covering the nostrils and mouth. The company started making masks the previous month in response to the Taal volcano eruption, produced 10,000 sets, and distributed them to ashfall affected areas through the OVP. “The reason we wanted to explore fabric mask manufacturing was primarily due to our sustainability advocacy, which we have been actively promoting for several years. We were concerned about the use of disposable masks because of their negative impact on the environment, ”said Lagon. As BAYO began to refine his masks to be more effective against the virus, he again received a call from the OVP asking if he could make PPE. “We were hesitant at first due to our lack of knowledge in the manufacture of medical PPE and the logistics of mobilizing people during the early stages of the lockdown. However, seeing reports of deaths of frontline hospital staff due to the country’s insufficient supply of PPE has prompted us to rise to the challenge, ”said Lagon. “Opening our facility for the OVP was easy, but convincing our employees to report to work during the outbreak was a difficult decision to make. But to our surprise, everyone answered our call. The common reason? This is our way of helping frontliners tackle covid 19. Everyone was enthusiastic about working, showing up early and doing their jobs efficiently, even with minimal supervision and mobility constraints. due to security protocols. In order to ensure the health and safety of its employees, BAYO provided shuttle services between their home and its production site and set up an in-house catering service to provide lunch and snacks. The OVP organized transport assistance for employees who lived far away and for their PPE to be assessed and approved by medical experts. BAYO’s initial foray into making masks for the PTRI and PPE for the OVP opened the door to orders from private companies, LGUs and other government agencies. This allowed the company to involve other communities to help with the orders, thus providing these people with a livelihood during the lockdown. “When Pasig’s LGU requirements arrived, we tapped the sewers from five of its barangays to help us with production,” Lagon said. Exposure to the backbone of PPE manufacturing allowed BAYO to launch new merchandise that would excite consumers in containment. “We started to produce fashionable masks and workwear inspired by PPE. We have introduced masks with adjustable buckles that can be tied behind the ears or the head, and have come up with a bespoke coat made from water-resistant fabrics that users can wear over their clothing as extra protection. These have become bestsellers and we continue to add new models every month, ”said Lagon. “We have also strengthened and modernized our e-commerce site,, so consumers can shop from the comfort of their own homes. Income for the past two years may still fall short of pre-pandemic figures as Filipinos struggled with reduced incomes, travel and gatherings were banned. In addition, BAYO has had to intermittently close its stores in areas where strengthened community quarantines have been put in place. Sales fell during the months of March through May, which was the high season for fashion retailing when Filipinos were shopping for proms, graduations, summer vacation and partying. mothers. Nevertheless, BAYO’s pivots and innovations help to secure its future. “We had given up on our usual profits when we agreed to manufacture face masks and PPE for the OVP, Pasig City and PTRI. We cannot in conscience attribute huge profits to the misery of others. What is essential for us is to be able to support the country’s efforts to fight the pandemic. It is enough that we can simply continue to pay the wages of our workers to help them during the closures. ”


Even before the pandemic, BAYO had incorporated its objective into its business model. “The 5Ps guide our business – People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. Planet is focused on protecting our natural resources and the climate for future generations. People aim to end poverty and hunger in all their forms and to ensure dignity and equality. Taking care of our people has always been our priority. Prosperity is about ensuring shared economic growth for all of our stakeholders. Peace means fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies, while partnership covers building local and global partnerships to implement and accelerate our goals. Seeing how the global fashion industry has become the second biggest polluter in the world, after the oil sector, and contributes up to 10% of carbon emissions, the company chose to mark its 25th anniversary in 2017 by launching “Journey to Zero”, a circular economy initiative that reduces its environmental footprint. “We have already innovated in the way we use fabrics to reduce waste by 35% to 5%. When our recycling plant opens in 2022, we will be able to process the remaining 5% to achieve zero waste manufacturing. It also enlisted Green Story, a third-party auditor based in Toronto, Canada, to monitor Bayo’s greenhouse gas emissions. BAYO became a participating member of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest initiative calling on companies to align their strategies and operations with universal principles of human rights, the environment, labor and the fight against corruption. The company strengthened its adherence to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the eradication of poverty and hunger, the promotion of gender equality, the provision of decent work and the practice of responsible consumption. “The pandemic has been very difficult for our business, but it is important that we do what we can to foster more sustainable cities and communities where Filipinos can lead more dignified lives. BAYO has supported various weaving communities in Bulacan, Benguet, Aklan and Cebu. He partnered with PureOceans, a marine conservation social enterprise that collects and diverts plastic waste, and helped PTRI, Cordillera DOST Administrative Region and LGU of Kapangan, Benguet revive the sericulture industry. community and provide additional income to women farmers. A collection from this collaboration will debut in November 2021 during National Science and Technology Week. Her efforts have been recognized by the UN 2021 Women’s Empowerment Principles, which recently awarded BAYO the title of Champion for Gender-Responsive Marketplace and was the second finalist for the category: Community Engagement and Partnerships. Lagon hopes to motivate other Filipino businesses to pursue their goal and find their own way to help others while encouraging government and ordinary consumers to recognize the critical role of local businesses in economic recovery, resilience and sustainability. . “Fashion is part of the creative industry at large, which is a significant advantage right now. We need creativity to innovate and constantly think about ways to cope. Our sector can generate jobs with the support of well-meaning individuals, organizations and government who have the most ability to stimulate our economy. Supporting local businesses is not just a motto or a marketing drama. This is what we need to effectively support each other’s lives.

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Bottega Veneta propels Matthieu Blazy to the forefront as creative director | Fashion

Matthieu Blazy is the latest behind-the-scenes fashion designer to land a prominent position in a luxury brand. After waiting backstage at Bottega Veneta since joining last year, he has been announced as the new Creative Director. The appointment, effective immediately, follows news last week that English designer Daniel Lee had resigned amid a hugely successful turnaround, with sales boosted and Bottega Veneta setting the fashion agenda like never before. .

Blazy’s name is not well known outside of the fashion industry, but he has a wealth of experience. A graduate of the La Cambre art and design school in Brussels and protégé of Raf Simons for whom he worked on Simons’ own label and at Calvin Klein, Blazy continued to work with Phoebe Philo at Celine where he rode with Lee.

Matthieu Blazy joined Bottega Veneta in 2020 and worked at Raf Simmons, Calvin Klein and Celine. Photography: Willy Vanderperre

He may not be used to the limelight, but Blazy has firsthand experience of the pressures of the top position. Under the veil of anonymity that it offered to its creators, he managed the ready-to-wear and artisanal line of Maison Margiela. Her identity was revealed by Suzy Menkes in 2014, with the reviewer saying “you can’t keep such talent a secret.”

Blazy’s partner, Pieter Mulier, Raf Simons’ longtime right-hand man and recently appointed Alaïa’s creative director, is following the same professional trajectory.

It was once a common practice for fashion bosses to seek out the most star-studded name they could find to fill a vacant Creative Director position (and then give carte blanche to reinvent the house), but companies are looking to more and more internally when it comes time to start a new chapter.

It’s an approach that has worked well for Kering, the French multinational that owns several luxury brands: Alessandro Michele of Gucci, arguably the world’s most influential designer, for example, started out designing handbags before moving on. work your way up.

However, given the similarities between Blazy and her predecessor’s career trajectory (think sleek, demanding minimalism, much like the aesthetic Lee pitched at Bottega), the new appointment is unlikely to signal a change. seismic for the brand. Granted, insiders aren’t predicting a redesign of Michele’s scale and proportions.

Instead, fans of Lee’s best-selling pocket bags and stomping tire boots can expect more of the same. Without a doubt, we have the feeling that Kering privileged a need for continuity and a desire to hold on to new customers acquired during his tenure. An approach that has worked well for Saint Laurent who, under the direction of Anthony Vaccarello, is following a path that is no different from that traced by Hedi Slimane during his redesign of the house.

Blazy’s appointment was well received by the industry who congratulated him with a stream of emojis, posted on his Instagram feed. New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman took to Twitter to express her approval. “It is time that he [Blazy] has a mark. It’s going to be interesting, ”she wrote.

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Proudly South African, fashion label HUGIO is launching an online boutique showcasing a collection of Christmas-themed sleepwear and loungewear for the holiday season, while the great South African actress Fundi Zwane becomes the one of its first ambassadors | AFN News

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A new brand of sleepwear and loungewear proudly made in South Africa, HUGIO, launched today, with its online store, just in time to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season.

The Durban-based fashion brand has launched its first collection of Christmas pajamas on sale – aimed at keeping the whole family comfortable this holiday season.

The exclusive collection of sleepwear and loungewear covers all the essentials, from baby clothes to pajamas for men and women, and is fast becoming a holiday favorite, while celebrating Christmas with your loved ones.

One of SA’s famous actresses and entrepreneurs, Fundi Zwane, signed on to become one of by HUGIO first ambassadors.

The 36-year-old Port Shepstone-born actress and producer, who currently stars in the SABC1 series Skeem Saam, says she is “excited to celebrate Christmas in style” in December.

“I love how comfortable and idyllic the collection is. Christmas is an important time for me to spend with my loved ones and this year I will be able to do it feeling and being at my best in HUGIO ”, shares Fundi.

HUGIO was developed for the market by Durban-born entrepreneur Chanayé Pillay (30) from Sibaya, who was exposed to the garment and textile manufacturing industry from an early age.

Born into a family of industry tycoons to take on her role as Business Development Manager at a leading South African clothing manufacturer, Chanayé’s love for fabric began when she and her younger brother jumped on bales of fabric in their family warehouse.

“As I grew up, a love developed by seeing and understanding the process by which love, when hopped onto the fabric, was transformed into clothing,” she says.

After studying business management, Chanayé cemented herself in the industry solely through her passion and love for the industry and not through technical training in the discipline. She has always been intrigued by how magazines like Vogue have shaped the fashion industry and given a voice to designers. This led Chanayé to take the Vogue Intensive Summer Course at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in London in 2015.

After working in the industry for so long and with a deep respect and appreciation for the right clothes, coupled with something unique to offer, a fashion brand has always been close to its heart. Thus, HUGIO was born.

She says the collection was inspired by her family Christmases, paired with an underlying tone of nostalgia and warmth.

“The accents of the poinsettia collection pay homage to my mother’s deep love for flowers, especially the poinsettia flower which brings the Christmas season every year. Music has been the foundation of every Christmas party held in our family. Arousing feelings of joy, pleasure and festivities, hence the playful nature of design in the collections ”, shares Chanayé.

She adds: “My grandmother’s infamous Christmas pudding was a much anticipated treat every year, especially since it brought everyone together, to lend a hand or to lick the dough off a spoon, d ‘where the cooking aspect of our launch pays homage to unity. of family. Every aspect and detail of the collection has been carefully and meticulously inspired and curated by the driving force behind quality, to which I pay homage to my father.

HUGIO aims to grow and become a household name that is synonymous with leaving an imprint of comfort and quality – one hug in one. According to Chanayé, the brand’s slogan doesn’t necessarily mean a tight fit, but rather the feeling of comfort you get after receiving a hug.

“For a time like this” – amid the mania of the pandemic, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to bring warmth, love and unity into homes, by especially where our traditional sense of celebration is skewed. Hence the launch of a range of matching family Christmas pajamas.

Recently married, Chanayé tried to get some matching Christmas summer pajamas last year and to her dismay she couldn’t get any. This led to one of the driving forces behind the launch of this Christmas collection.

So what makes HUGIO so special for customers to wear this holiday season?

“This collection was made with a lot of love, a great deal of detail and thoughtfulness.

We’ve taken into account that we’re not celebrating the wintry cinematic Christmases we witnessed growing up, but rather a very sunny South African Christmas. Therefore, our aim was to provide a range of locally sourced and locally made summer pajamas. Topped with specialty softening washes on our fabrics to elevate your comfort level.

For Chanayé, launching this collection was “a dream come true” – despite the challenges of a global pandemic and all the obstacles it took to achieve his dream.

“One of my prayers, regarding this mark that has always been engraved in my heart, has been – God send me people to help me do the things that I cannot do and to help to make the dream come true and He did just that. Over the year He sent me the right people, and it was not just a testament but a collaboration of many hearts. I give all the glory to Jesus.

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How I Buy: Rickey Thompson

We all buy clothes, but no one makes the same purchases. It can be a social and deeply personal experience; sometimes it can be impulsive and entertaining, at others, goal-oriented, a chore. Where do you buy When do you shop? How do you decide what you need, how much to spend and what is “you”? These are some of the questions we ask important people in our “How I shop” column.

When Fashionista last met Rickey Thompson in early 2019, he said his dream would be to book a fashion campaign. (“Fingers crossed,” he told Maria.) Well, for over two years he’s been doing it – and then some: the actor and social media star doesn’t have one, not two, not three, but four commercials for Coach, one of America’s biggest fashion houses (and, not to mention, becoming a staple host for Coach’s TV spots). Her latest, for the brand’s “Give A Little Love” vacation spot, was released this week, and also stars Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan, Paloma Elsesser, Barbie Ferreira and more.

“I like everything in [the campaign] – literally everything, ”he says of Pierre-Ange Carlotti’s pictures, Thompson, where he appears alongside comedian Quen Blackwell and his real cousin. “I just loved the vacation clothes: the bags, the shoes, the top, the jacket. Everything went perfectly and gave an atmosphere of elegant friendship. Then I had to bring my little cousin on set to shoot with me, which is absolutely everything … Everything went so well. “

Thompson’s job for Coach was just the beginning. Since booking that first campaign in 2019, he’s attended the fashion week shows from brands like Balenciaga, Balmain, Mugler and Ludovic de Saint Sernin (and Coach, of course). He appeared on the covers of magazines. And he’s only just getting started.

“I hope to continue to grow more [and book] more campaigns, “he says.” I want to walk more and really explode in the fashion world. “

While his fashion profile has grown exponentially, some things haven’t changed for Thompson, like his belief that good accessorizing can make an outfit and the fact that there is only more to come from him in fashion space. Upcoming, he talks about Christmas gifts (and clothes), his love of bags, and the trends he’s been really excited about lately. Read on.

Rickey Thompson behind the scenes of his latest Coach campaign.

“[The last few years, working in fashion has] made me want to dress better, and I like that about me. I am literally so obsessed with getting dressed. I look at myself like a doll: I wake up every day and I’m excited about what I want to wear. I’m like ‘Okay, cute.’ I want to wear the nicest things and look my best. Everywhere I go, I want to take a look. Being able to work with fashion houses opened my eyes to fashion.

“I’m so proud to be able to work with big fashion houses. I never thought in a million years that I would really work with fashion. I was like, ‘I don’t know. not the right fit. But I realized I was. I love fashion so much. The fact that I’m doing this at such a young age and have so many Coaching campaigns under my belt makes me feel amazing.

“I love the Coach family. I love everything they do. They make me happy. They make me feel comfortable. They allow me to go into the workspace and really take ownership of everything. In fact, I’m obsessed with working with the fashion world is everything.

“I love trying on different things. Before, I was afraid to wear certain colors or certain cuts of clothes. Now I literally try everything. Like everything wearing a skirt and jeans – at first I was like, ‘ I don’t, “I don’t know if I like it. I don’t know if I can make it. But I had this cute black pleated skirt and I put it on with some cute jeans and I was like,” Oh my God, that’s it. I look so adorable. I love her look. I love the way it fits. “I was very nervous doing this, but now I’m obsessed. I love experimenting with fashion.

“I found [my style] for the first time when i moved to LA i am from north carolina so the fashion world is really not that big there. When I went to Los Angeles and saw different people wearing these clothes and going beyond, I was like, “Oh my God, I can do that too. Plus, being able to work in New York and being able to travel all over the world, I just saw so many different people who are really rocking the hype. And I’m like, ‘I can do the exact same thing.’ Traveling has really opened my eyes to the world of fashion.

“I was obsessed with the look of low rise pants. I used to be a high rise dude, but now I think the low rise is so cute. It’s so sexy. I love the way it looks on my skin. body, and I “I’ve seen him a lot lately on the catwalks. I’m like “Oh my God, I can’t wait to fit more hipster pants into my closet.” The oversized look also interests me a lot. I love myself in an oversized jacket. I love myself in loose pants. I love going out and being comfortable – this is one of my biggest things: if I go out I don’t “I don’t mean,“ I can’t breathe in this outfit ”or“ My pants. is too tight. I like to be relaxed. I like to be cool. Lots of brands do this all oversized look, and I love, love, love, love, love. When I go shopping I make sure, “Are my pants long? Quite ? Are they large enough? Is my jacket loose enough? “

“The only thing I’m looking for right now is the perfect leather blazer. It’s my biggest, biggest, biggest, biggest thing. It’s so hard to find. want to find the most perfect leather blazer that fits me perfectly – the right length and everything like that.

“Boots are my thing. It really describes my personal fashion right now – every time you see me, “Does Rickey have a nice boot?” If I do, I’m having a good day. I am really killing him. I will wear them all year round. I don’t care what people have to say: I’ll wear nice boots all year round.

“I’ve been really obsessed with wearing moccasins lately. I’ve bought a lot of different types of moccasins – platform moccasins, low moccasins, a bun with a heel on it. I’m still obsessed with boots, but i really wanted i love the finesse of moccasins.

“I love to accessorize. I feel like you always have to know how to do it. Once you accessorize it makes the outfit even better.

“I started carrying a lot of bags. My mom, aunt and grandmother are the purse ladies. They had a bag every time, and I was like, ‘I want to start them. carry. “Now my bag collection is amazing. Every time I go out and see a bag that I want, I’m going to have it. I’m working hard, I’m going to have some fun. Right now I’m about 20 years, and I will continue to expand the collection.

“I remember growing up my mom always wore turtlenecks. I was always scared to wear a turtleneck, but now I’m obsessed. [grow] up, I really like to make my fashion more classy, ​​elegant, grown up and sexy. My fashion has definitely turned a new leaf in this direction. I used to be someone who liked bright colors a lot, very 90s. But then I was like, “I really want to start dressing in a more adult, more sophisticated way.”

“The first Coach bag I can think of is the one my mom wore all the time. It was this simple black Coach bag with monogram. Fast forward to now, being able to work with Coach and be part of the family, that was. is amazing. I will never be able to forget that monogrammed black Coach bag. There was this simple black mini bag that my grandma always wore too. So I live for Coach – Coach has been in my family for a very long time.

“The last thing I bought on a whim was in Vegas. I bought this satchel and I was like, ‘Oh, is there a handbag that goes with it? need. ‘ And I bought it too. It was a crazy price, but it looks so good together. I’m like, “I can wear these two pieces together so much and be really rude with that.” So yeah, j bought a satchel and a matching bag to go with it.

“I love shopping online. Going to stores is fun, it’s cute, but I love being able to sit on my bed and shop until I fall. is so much fun. I feel like shopping in stores, I don’t know. I love that I can be on my laptop and imagine, “Will I look amazing in there? I think so. Let me put it on my card. ”I love that feeling.

“My best friend Denzel, anytime [I want to buy something] I send him like, ‘Is that cute? Will I look good in it? Is it correct?’ And he’s like ‘Yeah, understand that. It’s worth it.’ So I always hit him. Whenever I need advice, he will respond. I like having a friend like that, because that’s why I got into fashion. I didn’t care before, but he’d say, ‘Come on, Rickey. You are in LA now. You are seen. You have to be at your best. Since that day, I’ve been on it, so I’m really grateful for him.

“This holiday season, like I said before, I really want to give something big and warm and very stylish. When I come home I want to mess around, and I don’t know, wear a costume. , maybe. I just wanted to get dressed and be very pretty for the holidays.

“Whenever I shop for gifts, I always think to myself, ‘What can make this person smile the most? I’m going to mess around. I’ll think about what they told me, what they liked, or I’ll go through some old texts, see what they like right now, and get a giveaway around that. I want to make someone happy during the holidays. I love giving gifts. “

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Global smartphone brand OPPO is the official photography sponsor of Lagos Fashion Week 2021 – Nairametrics

  • OPPO is playing a leading role in photography and videography of Nigeria’s fashion industry as fashion meets technology during Lagos Fashion Week.

Global smartphone brand OPPO is taking the Nigerian fashion industry by storm by becoming the Official Photography Partner of Lagos Fashion Week # OPPOxLagosFW2021.

This is the first time that OPPO will present its capabilities and innovative photographic products to the Nigerian public after appearing at Big Brother Naija 2020 as a main sponsor. It is also the first time that the brand has activated its Reno5 series with the main leaders of the fashion industry.

Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW21) kicked off this year with the announcement of the Green Access and Brunch finalists announced. OPPO was live at the event to preserve the memories and capture the #ShotonOPPO event using the Reno 5 series.

This year’s Fashion Week kicked off with virtual events October 27-28 while the physical show takes place today, October 29-30, 2021, showcasing stunning collections from selected designers. Lagos Green Access Fashion Week finalists will also showcase their sustainable collections.

According to Jennifer Okorhi, Marketing Manager – OPPO Nigeria, “OPPO’s overall vision is to elevate life through the art of technology.” Capture the physical Lagos Fashion Week runway shows with OPPO’s flagship smartphone (Reno 5 series) in a low-light room and a packed house of people using the Reno 5 cell phone to capture the catwalks, street style and Fashion Week’s global event clearly shows OPPO’s mobile photography capabilities to deliver professional #ShotonOPPO photography.

“This year, our goal is to boldly demonstrate the photography and videography capabilities of OPPO’s flagship mobile phone”, Jennifer said. “As an official photographic partner, we have created a Reno photography studio to capture and preserve beautiful memories, again a showcase and live exhibit of Reno 5 | Reno 5F series.
Lagos Fashion Week’s goal of facilitating and supporting sustainability is aligned with OPPO’s goal of being “a sustainable brand that contributes to a better world”.

This edition features award-winning photographer Tope Adenola as the official OPPO photographer to capture all #ShotonOPPO photographs for Lagos Fashion Week 2021.

About OPPO

OPPO is one of the world’s leading brands of smart devices. Since the launch of its first mobile phone – “Smiley Face” – in 2008, OPPO has relentlessly pursued the perfect synergy between aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology.

Today, OPPO offers a wide range of smart devices led by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO provides its users with the ColorOS operating system and internet services like OPPO Cloud and OPPO +.

OPPO operates in over 50 countries and regions with over 40,000 OPPO employees dedicated to creating better lives for customers around the world.

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Unmatched: Fashion retailers band together to capitalize on booming sales

A customer looks at clothes on display in a store of a large second-hand clothes importer in Hungary, in Budapest, November 5, 2014. REUTERS / Bernadett Szabo / File Photo

October 28 (Reuters) – Second-hand clothing companies struggle to attract smaller competitors and lock in investment as demand for second-hand clothing soars thanks to an increase in the supply chain of traditional retailers before the peak holiday shopping season.

Newly listed companies such as Poshmark Inc (POSH.O) and ThredUp Inc (TDUP.O) are starting to take over small businesses to fend off competition from clothing brands with deep pockets such as Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N ) and Urban Outfitters Inc (URBN.O), which have started their own savings businesses.

Growth in volumes is essential for second-hand clothing companies to generate stable profits in an industry known for tight margins and inconsistent inventories, analysts say.

“Companies like ThredUp and Poshmark need to show growth, and one of the things they will probably do in the next few years is to acquire other players, possibly in foreign countries,” said Neil Saunders. , Managing Director of the research firm GlobalData.

The resale industry is expected to grow 11 times faster than the broader retail apparel industry by 2025, according to GlobalData, also driven by growing awareness of the environmental toll of fast fashion.

This could make the industry a magnet for transactions, as companies look to grow quickly to capitalize on a boom that is estimated to more than double the size of the US second-hand clothing market. reach $ 76.4 billion by 2025.

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Poshmark, a peer-to-peer selling platform that slashes every transaction by 20%, made its first acquisition earlier this month, from a company that authenticates sneakers.

He is considering more buyout deals, especially in overseas markets, as he seeks to put more than $ 500 million in cash on his balance sheet to work.

“So far the four countries we have entered – the United States, Canada, Australia and India – have all been organic, but there are certainly opportunities for inorganic growth there as well.” CEO Manish Chandra told Reuters.

Rival ThredUp bought European savings site Remix Global in July with the aim of expanding beyond the US coast, an acquisition it said would “kick-start” further expansion in Europe. He declined to comment on the prospects for other deals.

Etsy Inc (ETSY.O) also bought the UK second-hand fashion app Depop for $ 1.6 billion. More consolidation, Julie Wainwright, CEO of luxury retailer The RealReal Inc (REAL.O) said earlier this year, “is going to happen.”

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Supply chain disruptions making it difficult for retailers to have new styles on their shelves – clothing had the highest online out-of-stock levels among retail sectors in the United States at approaching the holiday season, said Adobe Analytics – second profit – sellers in hand. Read more

Tradesy, the Richard Branson-backed resale market, which raised $ 67 million in a funding round earlier this year, expects the shortage of new clothing to translate into strong sales for holidays.

CEO Tracy DiNunzio told Reuters the company promotes independent growth, but is open to “other possibilities.”

Other companies have found themselves ripe for investments from more established players. The high-end thrift store platform Vestiaire Collective raised $ 215 million this year in a funding round in which the French luxury group Kering (PRTP.PA) took a 5% stake in the company.

“I can’t imagine a major apparel or fashion player without partnering, investing or acquiring a successful (second-hand clothing) startup platform,” said Jon Copestake, senior analyst at of EY’s Global Consumer Group.

Levi Strauss launched his own “Levi’s Secondhand” thrift website last year where he sells authenticated used denim that he sources largely from his own customers.

Other clothing companies such as Urban Outfitters are moving to a peer-to-peer marketplace, where the company connects buyers and sellers of used clothing and earns a 20% commission on sales.

With slim margins, increased sales volume matters. Urban Outfitters says focusing on a peer-to-peer model, in which a company provides a platform for people-to-people transactions rather than getting directly involved in sales, is key to making its business model work.

“This is a volume game. In a peer-to-peer market model, scaling is a lot more possible and there is a lot more potential to do it quickly, because the platform doesn’t is not the supply arbiter, ”CTO David Hayne said. .

Uday Sampath report in Bangalore; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Jan Harvey

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2021 Ningbo International Fashion Fair and Fashion Festival Highlight New Trends in the Apparel Industry

Qiu Dongyao, mayor of the Ningbo Municipal People’s Government noted in the opening speech that Ningbo has maintained quality economic and social development in recent years, and its GDP has recorded 1,240.9 billion yuan in 2020, ranking 12th among Chinese cities.

Noting the current development of by Ningbo fashion industry, Qiu Dongyao pointed out that Ningbo is emerging as a leading city in the fashion industry thanks to its strong industrial base and advanced smart and intelligent manufacturing technology.

Faced with the new cycle of technological revolution and changes in commercial consumption, Ningbo has played an essential role in the development of from China the garment industry with constant efforts to stimulate intelligent reform, encourage design innovations and branding. It also helped Ningbo develop into an innovative manufacturing center with international influence, according to Chen Dapeng, vice director of the Chinese National Textile and Clothing Council and head of the National Garment Association of China.

Meanwhile, an award ceremony was held at the opening ceremony of the Fashion Festival, and 40 Chinese clothing companies were awarded the “Fashion Ningbo” award.

The event, sponsored by the Chinese National Textile and Clothing Council, the Ningbo Zhejiang Municipal Government and Department of Economics and Information Technology, attracted participants from 218 enterprises both abroad, including 18 foreign brands from seven countries such as United States, Japan and France.

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Fashion designer Anjali waves the flag of Tanzania in France

By Lilian Ndilwa

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo by Christian Vierig / Getty Images)

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

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

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

Cannabis trends in the clothing industry

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


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

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

Cannabis Leaf Prints

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

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

How designers are using these trends

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

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

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

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

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From music to fashion, BTS is the icon of musical style

BTS poses at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 20. (Big Hit Music)

K-pop sensation BTS debuted in 2013 with high top sneakers, bandanas, sunglasses and snapbacks. While the style of boy bands in the K-pop scene was to put on cheerful rags, the industry did not know that the septet would be the leader of creative hijinks in the fashion industry.

And aside from having one of the highest net worths on the South Korean A-list, the group’s seven members are also known for their taste for adventurous fashion.

Last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in appointed the globetrotter act to a cultural diplomacy role. And the group’s first official function as the President’s “Special Envoys for Future Generations and Culture” was an appearance at the SDG Moment, the second meeting dedicated to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

During the event, the group expressed support for the international community’s efforts to address global challenges such as climate change, and what the Seven wore during the speech became the topic of social media.

Although it may seem minor, the impact of people’s wardrobes on the climate is quite immense, as the fashion industry emits harmful gases while lacking proper disposal methods. The group donned upcycling suits on the catwalk to tackle the climate crisis, drawing many eyes to the lingering problem.

The companions of the group had eco-friendly fashion brand suits from Kolon Industries Re; Code tailored to reflect the purpose of the occasion.

The South Korean brand was established in 2012 and is considering the fashion of recycling, referring to taking old or worn out clothing to create new duds.

“To our surprise, Big Hit contacted our company and asked if we (Re; Code) could come up with nature-friendly suits for BTS. Both sides were on the same page in terms of climate change because our business is a nature-friendly business, which is why we wanted to be part of the difference, ”a Kolon official told the Korea Herald.

During the group’s seven-minute speech, J-Hope said, “Everyone agrees that climate change is a big problem, but it’s not easy to talk about the best solution. ”

Additionally, the group wore rainbow crystal Swarovski lapel pins representing the UN SDGs, as the brand partnered with a sustainable fashion project in 2019.

But this wasn’t the first time BTS has proven that small actions can have an impact. Although the boy group spends much of their time abroad, they never lost touch with their roots in spreading Korean culture around the world.

(Courtesy of Louis Vuitton Korea)

(Courtesy of Louis Vuitton Korea)

As Suga and Jungkook once said in an interview, they want to spread Korean culture to the global audience – artists have often embedded Korean traditions into their music and they like to wear hanbok, Korea’s traditional costume. .

With the megahit song “Idol,” the K-pop superstar began to spread K-culture globally.

Filled with traditional elements, they revealed the aesthetic of hanbok beauty to the world through the group’s black hanbok lined with gold. It was also later revealed that the modern style clothing was the work of famous hanbok designer Baek Oak-soo.

Three years ago, Korean Wave torchbearers wore the traditional hanbok during their 20-minute set at the 2018 Melon Music Awards. As the “Idol” tune passed, Jimin donned a modernized black version of the garment, appearing on stage and dancing “buchaechum”, a traditional form of Korean dance using fans. Jungkook mixed the old and the new by slipping into a pair of Nike Air Jordans.

V’s very early debut on the small screen also included hanbok. He appeared in the KBS drama series “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”, which revolved around a story set during the Kingdom of Silla, in a supporting role.

Additionally, an unwashed hanbok worn by Jimin during a performance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was slated to go under hammer in April. The opening bid was set at around 5 million won ($ 4,480), but it was later withdrawn after designer Kim Ri-eul felt pressure to sell it too much.

And as the group gained popularity on the global music scene, BTS began to focus on the fashion industry. In April, the luxury brand Louis Vuitton chose the seven superstars as ambassadors for the house.

(Courtesy of Louis Vuitton Korea)

(Courtesy of Louis Vuitton Korea)

“I am delighted that BTS is joining Louis Vuitton today,” said Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton for men, welcoming the group to its latest roster. He expressed his enthusiasm by explaining how he “looks forward to this wonderful partnership which adds a modern chapter to the House, fusing luxury and contemporary culture”.

The partnership with the famous atelier was no surprise as the pop icons hinted at a possible collaboration when they dressed in Louis Vuitton for the 2021 Grammy Awards. The reason was simple: BTS has maintained a vogue. which corresponds to their common status as stars of the music scene.

“I can’t wait to share all of the very exciting projects we are working on,” added the director.

A spin-off fashion film for the Fall / Winter 2021 menswear collection, which BTS modeled, marked the brand’s first major project.

(Screenshot by GQ Magazine UK)

In 2019, the French house Dior also plunged into the group’s stage outfits. BTS made the fashion headlines with bespoke Dior stage wear created by Kim Jones, the brand’s artistic director for the men’s collection. The group’s world touring outfit included jackets, cargo pants and shirts, and the harnesses were created with Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama.

By Park Jun-hee ([email protected])

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Coach will stop destroying unwanted property after TikTok outrage

Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

Luxury brand Coach has announced that it will no longer destroy damaged or “unsaleable” products returned to its stores, after a viral TikTok video claimed the label intentionally “cut” unwanted items for tax purposes.

Without directly referring to the claims, the American brand wrote on Instagram on Tuesday that it had “stopped” destroying returns in store and would seek to “responsibly reuse, recycle and reuse excess or damaged products.”
The move follows claims from TikTok user Anna Sacks, who filmed herself unpacking Coach products that appeared to be rendered unusable. In the one-minute video, Sacks, who goes by @thetrashwalker, said Coach’s policy was “to order an employee to deliberately cut (junk merchandise) so that no one can use it.”

Holding torn bags, shoes with cropped suspenders and a jacket with large rips, Sacks alleged in the video that the practice was part of a “tax loophole” that sees the brand write off products “as if they were accidentally destroyed “. Neither Coach nor its parent company, Tapestry, responded to CNN’s requests for comment.

The video, which first appeared on TikTok on Saturday, has been liked over 560,000 times at the time of writing. The social media backlash intensified on Tuesday when Diet Prada, an influential fashion watchdog, posted the allegations on Instagram alongside videos appearing to show Coach’s items recovered from a dumpster.

The luxury brand has said it will no longer destroy unsaleable or damaged goods returned to its stores. Credit: Budrul Chukrut / SOPA Images / LightRocket / Getty Images

Industry practices

The label is by no means the only luxury company to intentionally destroy unwanted inventory. This practice is generally aimed at preventing excess inventory from being sold at lower prices and harming the exclusivity of brands.

In 2018, Burberry announced that it would stop burning unsold goods after discovering it had destroyed clothing and perfume worth more than $ 36 million the previous year. Various fashion houses, watchmakers and clothing companies have faced similar charges in recent years.

But critics of Coach’s alleged policy have drawn attention to the brand’s (Re) Loved program, a repair service and resale platform marketed as “a cheaper way of doing things.” In the video, Sacks said she intends to send the damaged items for repair to see if the label will fix them for her.

Coach’s Instagram statement said the brand is “committed to sustainability” and “dedicated to maximizing the reuse of these products in our Coach (Re) Loved and other circularity programs.”

Tapestry, which also owns brands such as Kate Spade and Monique Lhuillier, said in its 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report it had repaired 28,258 Coach items – 85% of those sent to the brand that year. – and that it “continued to develop scalable products. solutions ”for the remaining 15%.

Speaking to CNN via WhatsApp, Sacks hailed Coach’s response as “a start.”

“I want to stress again that Coach is the brand that has been publicly caught this time, but it remains a widespread practice in the fashion industry,” she said. “My fear is that other brands, instead of taking production sizing seriously, continue to overproduce and destroy only now with great care in hiding the evidence.

“This could include the use of compactors, locking dumpsters and requiring employees to sign punitive (non-disclosure) agreements. It would be a shame, and to the detriment of our planet, if it is. the lesson the fashion industry learns from Coach Incident. It’s my biggest fear in exposing destruction. “

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The Muscular Dystrophy Association is teaming up with Advertising Week on how innovative platforms are changing the way we live – for good!

Posted: October 13, 2021 at 5:25 p.m. EDT|Update: 2 hours ago

NEW YORK, October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) today announced that Chief of Staff Kristine Welker will be presenting at Advertising Week New York 2021 on the DCI Track at Marketplace Stage presented by Walmart Connect on Monday, October 18 To 3:30 p.m. ET, Register here.

Joining Welker on the panel will be Mindy Scheier, Founder and CEO of The Runway of Dreams Foundation and Gamut Management, and Tiffany Meehan, vice president of marketing for Inclusively. During their panel, Welker, Scheier and Meehan will explore how we can join forces and use technology to create inclusive employment opportunities and create lasting change for good.

MDA has been known for its innovative approaches to fundraising since the organization partnered with the media industry and made history with the very first 24-hour telethon, hosted by the giant the comedy. Jerry lewis. This legendary event changed the world for good, raising mission awareness and spotlighting people with disabilities – the largest minority group in the United States Since then, MDA has continued to promote adaptive and accessible living by collaborating with Twitch ( Amazon) and brands. like Verizon and Unilever to amplify awareness.

Today, MDA empowers people through innovative platforms including games, streaming and social channels as a pipeline of promises. By joining Advertising Week, Welker hopes to shine a light on how media and brands are turning narrative into a narrative of ability.

“Everyone has the right to feel beautiful, which is why inclusive design is a factor that manufacturers must take into account to allow access for all,” said Khadija Bari, in Women’s Health magazine. Bari is the Student Careers Coordinator at VISIONS, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Scheier, a veteran former fashion designer, was inspired to start Runway of Dreams after her muscular dystrophy son Oliver dreamed of wearing jeans like everyone else. After its launch, Runway of Dreams partnered with Tommy Hilfiger on the first line of adapted consumer clothing for children and continues to work with numerous consumer brands such as Kohl’s, Target, JC Penny and Zappos. Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, Runway of Dreams develops, delivers and supports initiatives to expand the reach of consumer adaptive clothing and to promote people with disabilities in the fashion industry.

People living with disabilities represent the largest untapped talent pool in the United States today. Innovative technology platforms hold the key to bridging the gap between talent and the goal-oriented organization to drive progress.

About the Muscular Dystrophies Association
For 70 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is committed to transforming the lives of people with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. We do it through scientific innovations and innovations in care. As the primary source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside the federal government, MDA has committed more than $ 1 billion since our creation to accelerate the discovery of therapies and remedies. Research we have supported is directly linked to life-changing therapies for several neuromuscular diseases. MOVR from MDA is the first and only data center that consolidates clinical, genetic and patient-reported data for several neuromuscular diseases to improve health outcomes and accelerate drug development. MDA supports the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics providing top-notch care in over 150 of the country’s top medical facilities. Our Resource center serves the community with one-on-one specialist support, and we offer educational lectures, events, and materials for families and healthcare providers. MDA advocacy supports equal access for our community, and each year thousands of children and young adults learn life skills and gain independence in summer camp and through recreational programs at no cost to families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, MDA continues to produce virtual events and programs to support our community when in-person events and activities are not possible. COVID-19 guidelines and MDA virtual events are posted on For more information visit

About the Runway of Dreams Foundation
The Piste des Rêves Foundation is a non-profit organization working for a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation develops, implements and supports initiatives aimed at expanding the reach of adapted clothing and promoting people with disabilities in fashion. Through adaptive parades, awareness campaigns, wardrobe grants and scholarship programs, the Runway of Dreams Foundation gives people with disabilities opportunity, confidence, independence and style.

About GAMUT Management
GAMUT management is a market where businesses and industries can connect with people with disabilities (PH). GAMUT represents models, actors, sports figures and artists – including those who have no professional experience. GAMUT also provides expert advice to the entertainment industry by deploying people with disabilities to provide authentic casting, messaging and advertising portrayed in media and pop culture. In addition, businesses and industries are using the GAMUT market to integrate people with disabilities in every phase of their business – innovation, research, design, marketing, advertising and sales – to create new products and revenue streams for growth. . GAMUT continues to support the mission of Runway of Dreams, the company’s 501c3 partner.

About inclusively
Inclusive is the technology-driven professional network and employment platform. Our modern recruitment process connects disabled, mentally ill and chronically ill job seekers with inclusive employers who are committed to providing the necessary accommodations in the workplace. We are committed to boosting employment within the disability community as a matter of both human dignity and economic urgency. 1 in 4 of us have, or will have, a disability during our working years. We work with candidates who benefit from workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including mobility / physical, visual, auditory, neurodivergent, cognitive, speech, chronic disease, mental health issues and intellectual disabilities.

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5 local brands that upcycle

With waste becoming an alarming problem for the environment, sustainability has become a big (and urgent) movement, especially in the fashion industry.

As major global brands take steps to adopt environmentally friendly practices, small local businesses are more aware of their environmental impact and are taking a ‘slow fashion’ approach, recycling waste, dead stock and waste. discarded fabrics for their designs.

To look stylish while helping Mother Earth? It sounds like a win-win for us. If you want to advocate for a more sustainable future in fashion while supporting local designers, here are five awesome brands to check out:

PROJECT. (@ project.jectph)

Enhance your everyday outfits with PROJECT bobs, made from recycled flour sacks. These are available in a few colors (showing the original design of the bags), with small and large brim variants. If the standard circumference of the hats is too small for you, they will also respond to custom orders. Visit her Shopee page to buy.

Pride (@ pride)

This forward-thinking streetwear brand is known for its commitment to sustainability in fashion. A new collection, which will be released soon, will feature pieces crafted entirely from panels of fabric printed on the trial run and cutouts from sweater and t-shirt productions. In true Proudrace style, expect reverse stitching, contrast stitching, strategic panels and fun graphics. Follow his Instagram page for updates.

Atomic rework (@atomicrework)

An offshoot of It’s Vintage Vintage, a popular pre-loved clothing supplier based in Manila, Atomic Rework takes vintage t-shirts and breathes new life into them by transforming them into strappy tops and form-fitting corsets, which are one-of-a-kind pieces, which means that they are literally singular unique garments. Visit to shop.

Alyanna Ferrer (@alyannaferrer)

This young designer takes clothes from stock and re-imagines them as stylish and modern wardrobe staples. Key pieces in Volume 1 of her debut ‘Reissue’ collection feature neat cuts and masculine silhouettes, as seen on a mixed denim blazer, two-tone chore jacket, paneled polo shirt, and more. Consult the complete catalog at

RIOtaso (@riotasoclothing)

From dresses and dungarees to bags and hats, the brand champions sustainability by taking discarded fabrics and transforming them into stylish fashion pieces. If you love a funky patchwork print moment, RIOtaso’s style might just pique your interest. Go to and browse. Additionally, there is an ongoing clearance sale with selected parts up to 60% off.

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Bridal Fashion Week: Andrew Kwon Bridal Collection

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

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

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

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

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

What motivated your passion for bridal design?

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

What makes your wedding creations different from others?

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

Where does your inspiration come from?

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

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What’s your process?

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

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

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

What was the motivation behind Dreamer?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite moment?

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

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Michael Cinco lights up the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS – Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco presented a refined, elegant, crystal-encrusted collection at the American Cathedral during Paris Fashion Week.

This is the second time that Cinco presents its haute couture collection at the prestigious Parisian event, after being presented at the Haute Couture “Couturissimo” fashion show in 2016.

Besides Cinco, the majestic American Cathedral has also hosted other international brands such as Tiffany Brown, Ltd., Mimiela, Megmanski, Never Give Up Clothing Line, Therese Marie Collections, Tracy Toulouse, Atelier Bea Rodriguez, CHantwa, A. Renee Fashion, Caroline Couture, Troy Anthony, Yasemin Ozer, Michael Lombard, FFF Afffair and MM Milano.

Sparkling, colorful, intricate and richly adorned with luxe Swarovski crystals and French glitter, Cinco’s collection that served as the show‘s grand finale wowed audiences, leaving international designers and models in awe.

New York fashion designer Troy Anthony said he would jump at the chance to collaborate and share the catwalk with Cinco. “Very beautiful in the sense that the collection complimented the cathedral. The models were like angels descending from the altar to the aisle. Rich in color and very elaborate, ”he said.

The models were proud to have worn Cinco’s designs. “Oh my God, that was amazing. It’s beautiful, I feel like a fucking princess. I love her!” Los Angeles-based model Valerie Ehimhen got excited.

Cinco’s spring / summer collection is his response to the COVID-19 pandemic which he described as inspired by Chrysalis. “For me, it’s a new beginning. Most of the collection is inspired by butterflies – how a caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly. We are now in a new beginning in this world and we are “out there” again. I’m so happy, inspired again and artistic again, ”Cinco said.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-9 pandemic, Cinco continued to design and create. Now that Dubai has reopened for events and shows, Cinco is ready to respond to its customers and return to the global stage.

A dynamic collaboration of talents

Another Filipina, based in Milan, Chona Bacaoco, who is also the chief designer and founder of MM Milano, an emerging sustainable brand from Milan, Italy and Frankfurt, Germany, was also present at Paris Fashion Week.

Bacaoco has partnered with Cinco to organize back-to-back Paris Fashion Week shows.

While Cinco’s collection featured a magical stream of haute couture dresses and menswear encrusted with crystals, sequins and pearls, MM Milano showcased an equally stunning collection of glamorous designs in galactic hues and patterns.

Pluto, the new fashion line from MM Milano designed by 14-year-old Pluto Ernsberger, takes pride in its futuristic design. MM Milano fosters a sense of community among creatives and talents celebrating inclusiveness by using innovative sustainable materials – the MM Milano brand.

Bacaoco’s existing brand visions offer new perspectives and inspiration to the young designer and model. “She (Chona) helps us find each other. It helps us find what’s good about us, ”said Ernsberger.

Mentored by Cinco himself, Bacaoco is very grateful to have pulled off the show. “Michael is a good friend of mine. We have planned this collaboration, first of course in Milan which took place at the beginning of the year but without Michael. So when the restrictions were lifted and the borders opened, I said, let’s go to Paris, Michael. So here we are, ”Bacaoco said.

Cinco and Bacaoco both grew up in the Visayas. Ahead of Paris Fashion Week, MM Milano supplied models for Cinco’s Kid and Teen collection in 2019 and early this year.

“I have known Chona for a long time. I am very happy that she invited me to be part of this fashion show. I love her so much. She has so much energy that’s something I appreciate about her, ”Cinco said.

Although new to the fashion industry having launched her modeling agency in 2016, Bacaoco started designing very early on. Raised by a mother seamstress, Bacaoco had her first creation at 10 years old. She had previously organized international parades in New York and across Europe.

Andreas Volkmar, German business partner of Bacaoco, is amazed by his energy. “She’s explosive! She is so amazing. I learned a lot from her, ”Volkmar said.

Meanwhile, Paris-based hairstylist and makeup artist Suzette Riego is proud to have worked for both Cinco and MM Milano.

“The experience has been incredible. feeling. Being Pinoy, nakaka-proud kasi Michael Cinco ‘yan eh. Masaya. In saka hindi matutumbasan ‘yung nakapagtrabaho ka ulit after the pandemic and with them who are internationally renowned Pinoy designers, ”said Riego.

Michael Cinco Dubai and MM Milano are set to team up again for shows during Milan Fashion Week 2022 and Arab Fashion Week.

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Alber Elbaz: a moving tribute to fashion

In the fashion world where aerial kisses often don’t make sense, the design community gathered on Tuesday and paid tribute to Alber Elbaz, who died of COVID-19 in April at the age of 59. With contributions from Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Christian Dior, the latest Paris Fashion Week show was an extended French kiss for the designer who single-handedly relaunched the Lanvin house.

Elbaz’s peers and admirers have created moving pieces through the filter of the instantly recognizable designer, with his shrunken costumes, stout figure and bow ties. Unlike this year’s Met Gala, where the theme In America: a fashion lexicon produced disparate results, such as Kim Kardashian wearing a black hood and pop singer Kim Petras in a horse’s head, is what is described among the locals in the front row as a “moment.”

Fashion’s moving tribute to Alber Elbaz. Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent, Viktor & Rolf and Stella McCartney sent designs inspired by the man who brought Lanvin to life.Credit:Getty

Fresh off her success at Balenciaga’s breakthrough show featuring The simpsons, Demna Gvasalia created a voluminous dress in Elbaz’s favorite pink with iconic bows while Stella McCartney’s metallic gold pleated dress resurrected the glamorous Lanvin brand that dominated the 2000s.

Ralph Lauren and Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent (where Elbaz had succeeded the founder of the house in 1998, before being replaced by Tom Ford in 2000 and moving to Lanvin in 2001) sent models in updated versions of his parade uniform.

Viktor & Rolf and Jean Paul Gaultier riffed on red hearts, another familiar Elbaz motif born in Morocco and raised in Israel, against a dark background.

Alber Elbaz bowed out in 2007 when he was the Creative Director of Lanvin.

Alber Elbaz bowed out in 2007 when he was the Creative Director of Lanvin. Credit:PA

The dramatic show, called Love brings love, borrowed its structure from a 1945 Parisian exhibition, Théâtre de la Mode, where 60 designers celebrated the end of World War II but was purely Elbaz. At first, guests including Naomi Campbell and Vivienne Westwood took to the podium, enjoying snacks and drinks, a welcoming tradition introduced by Elbaz during his Lanvin tenure. I would have liked to keep a cookie in a cartoon figure of the creator of a Lanvin show, but like everyone in fashion, I was hungry.

In an interview with the American Vogue, designer Gabriella Hearst who participated in the tribute as Chloe’s artistic director, recalled: “It was modern in his attitude to understand that the most old-fashioned thing was to be a snob.

After being fired from Lanvin in 2015, following disagreements with the owner of the brand’s Chinese media mogul, Shaw-Lan Wang, Elbaz took a hiatus from the fashion industry, only returning this year with the support of the luxury group Richemont, by launching the more democratic AZ Factory label. .

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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.

set ablaze

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.

Bootscootin ‘

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.

If I were your boyfriend

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.

Skinny Love

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.

Denim jackets

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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India Fashion rewards a fashionable evening

The second season of the India Fashion Awards took place on September 25 to celebrate innovators in the fashion industry. The second award season took place in Delhi on September 25, 2021 at Andaz by Hyatt and was powered by Mario and DLF Malls, co-powered by Pepsi & Ebix cash, in association with Artize & Havells

The awards ceremony is designed to celebrate “the unsung heroes of the fashion industry. The initiative is a step towards creating a space where fashion can be celebrated. Fashion who’s who from across the country were there either to receive the awards or to celebrate those who won.

Founder Sanjay Nigam said it was amazing to wrap up the second season of the India Fashion Awards because we believe that every talent needs to be commended and we, the board of directors of the India Fashion Awards, are creating this platform -form. During the pandemic, we also tried to give a helping hand to model artists and backstage crews to survive through tough times.

Rajnigandha Pearls * is a brand that believes in kindness and is proud to be part of the India Fashion Awards, a platform that recognizes unsung heroes of the fashion fraternity. We are delighted to sponsor the India Fashion Awards 2021 for the second year in a row and applaud the creative and innovative efforts to harness the power of fashion for good, the DS Group spokesperson said.

The jury consisted of Creative Director-Rocky S, Sonalika Sahay, Maneka Gandhi, Ravi Jaipuria, Prasad Naik and Varun Rana, as well as Vagish Pathak, Chairman of the Board of India Fashion Awards. The nomination and winners were selected on the basis of their contribution to the industry as well as taking into account uniqueness and consistency.

Apart from this, 3 Chanderi artisans and weavers received special recognition for their extraordinary contribution to the fashion industry.

In addition, Conrad Sangma won the Sustainability Leader Award, Tarun Khiwal won the Country Legendary Photographer Award, Muzamil Ibrahim won the Legendary Super Model Award, Nitibha Kaul won the Fashion Designer Award of the fashion of the year, Shobhita Dhulipala won the youth fashion icon, Sunil Grover won the versatile personality of the year, Raghav Chadha won the stylish politician of the year award, Vaishali S won designer of the year award – internationally renowned, Suneet Varma won designer of the year award (popular choice), Rohit Bal won legendary fashion designer award for his contribution to Indian fashion and Manish Malhotra won the Legendary Fashion Designer award for contribution to Indian cinema and fashion.

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TikTok and Fashion Agree: This Side Part Makes You Look Old

“PROVE ME THE CONTRARY, but I don’t think there is a single person who looks better with a side part than with a middle part, ”Glorianna Restrepo said in a viral TikTok video she posted in July 2020. Ms. Restrepo, a 24-year-old Connecticut photographer, continued in the clip to tout the middle part as “tasty, elegant” and “supreme.” Her voice, recorded as “Middle Part Baddies”, has become a popular soundtrack for other TikTok videos on the strangely sensational topic of middle parts versus middle parts. By TikTok logic, side parts and skinny jeans are for disconnected millennials, while center parts and looser “mom jeans” are for cool Gen Z kids. In playful and controversial videos, Millennials are defending their territory in skinny jeans, while Gen Z trendsetters laugh at them. These subtle differences in hair division and denim cut have become a must-have generational lightning rod.

The middle part seems to have won the battle, at least for now. As the fashion industry rears its brilliant head with a full roster of in-person shows in New York and Europe after several sleepy seasons of digital presentations, we see the insidious little ways our time at home has informed the trends. . There are the editors who ditched high heels after almost two years at Birkenstocks. A few sneaky elastic waistlines crept into the front row. And then there’s our collective reliance on TikTok and Instagram to tell us what’s in and out. Ms Restrepo, whose original mid-section video has nearly 100,000 likes, said: “I think the trend cycle, last year in particular, has gotten so out of hand because of social media.”

With teenagers, designers and fashion insiders stubbornly embrace the middle part. No one wants to look old. Designers like Bora Aksu and Kiko Kostadinov as well as establishment brands Prada, Balmain and Chloé all presented masterpieces for their catwalks. Publishers and audience buyers of these shows, too, mainly sports center pieces. The September issue of Vogue? A multitude of models, all with central parts. Our biggest celebrities, like former side part fan Beyoncé, have mostly embraced the center part trend.

Beyoncé, shown here during a Brooklyn Nets game this year, recently parted her hair in the center.


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A little background: For much of the 2010s, when millennials were younger, fashionistas preferred gray skinny jeans tucked into the boots and side cropped hair a la Sienna Miller and Lucy Liu. The most revered fashion designer of this period, Phoebe Philo, often parted her blonde hair to the side, messy. But in the ’90s and around the turn of the century, a period that returns with a vengeance for Gen Z, a sharper midsection reigned. Many TikTokers fetishize this period, labeling the videos “90s fashion” and “y2k fashion”. Social media and high fashion are now on an incestuous feedback loop, so it’s no wonder the Gen Z fixation is bleeding into the catwalks and fashion circles as well.

New York hairstylist Edward Lampley said, “Absolutely, we’re completely obsessed with references from the late 90s and early 2000s right now.” He cited minimalist designers Helmut Lang and Calvin Klein, as well as chin-up grunge hairstyles for men from bands like Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He continued, “A lot of what we see is that kind of natural texture, a little bit oily, with a nice middle part, because it’s something from that period that’s always very good.”

A backstage photo of Kate Moss from 1991 shows the model with the kind of natural midpart that was familiar in the grunge era.


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Twin sisters Laura and Deanna Fanning, 31, the designers and womenswear directors of London-based label Kiko Kostadinov, also had this period in mind when they came up with the look for their spring 2022 collection. in Melbourne, were nostalgic for their interest in fashion around 2003, and devoured John Galliano and Alexander McQueen’s collections on They were particularly inspired by an early 2000s photograph from Vogue Italia, of a model with a middle part and very straight hair looking over her shoulder.

Center pieces have ebbed and become fashionable over the years. ‘Portrait of a Lady in Saint Lucia’, painted by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio in 1500, depicts a woman with a central part in the European style of the time.


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For Divya Seshadri, artistic director and illustrator from Austin, 28, the central part evokes a different kind of nostalgia. When she was a child in an Indian family in Dubai, she resisted her mother’s attempts to send her to school with a middle part, which is a traditional Indian style. Many Indian women part their hair in the center and pull it into a braid, sometimes dusting the line with red sindoor to indicate that they are married. When Ms Seshadri recently changed her role to the center side, her mother berated her: “Of course you think it’s cool now that the internet thinks it’s cool, not when I wanted to.”

But for those who still prefer their side part – or no separate part at all – it won’t be long before cool kids move on to the next thing. Hairdresser M. Lampley offered a few words of comfort for those who don’t want to succumb to the center: “No room makes you look old. Side part, middle part, left right, this is really about what best matches your face and what matches the symmetry of your face.


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Phoenix sustainable fashion event spotlights eco-friendly brands

The Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association, in partnership with Conscious Collective Co., hosted its first pop-up sustainable fashion store since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic on August 28 in Phoenix. The event provided an array of vintage vendors, independent businesses and innovative recycled clothing stores for the future of sustainable fashion.

“We’ve spent the last year connecting and networking with different local brands,” said Madeline Dolgin, executive director of the Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association. During this time, he connected with Conscious Collective Co., who introduced him to more ethical and environmentally conscious companies.

READ ALSO: Arizona Ranking: Top 10 Consignment Stores for 2021

One local business in attendance at the August 28 pop-up event was Voyce Threads, a “socially conscious lifestyle brand that raises awareness for important causes,” said Founder and CEO Drew Shaw. Voyce Threads is in partnership with Teach for America Phoenix, Arizona Humane Society, Circle the City, and other nonprofits.

Shaw said they were creating mismatched socks inspired by their nonprofit partners to start a dialogue about “the organization that’s pictured at your feet.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these socks goes back to their nonprofit partners in the form of a donation, Shaw said.

Sustainable manufacturing is a top priority for Voyce Threads because it uses “yarns like recycled cotton and recycled polyester,” Shaw said. He said their maker is also a zero waste company, so leftovers from the production process are reused “to make new products that are donated to the community.”

The area of ​​sustainability goes beyond reshaping environmental practices, as it also calls for the assessment of social practices. This can be illustrated by fair compensation for workers, ethical labor practices and philanthropy. Voyce Threads focuses on achieving both of these aspects.

A collection of Madeline Dolgin designs was on sale at the Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association’s pop-up fashion store in Phoenix.

Another supplier present at this event was the Tucson-based company without support, whose mission is to create clothes “for women who want to be comfortably without a bra while remaining modest,” says founder Erica Yngve.

Yngve produces all her clothes at Sonora Points Factory, a Tucson manufacturing company that she owns. Owning his own business has given Yngve greater control over the manufacture of his clothing in an efficient and sustainable manner, according to an interview with Well done Arizona.

Yngve said she used “a fabric made from bamboo and modal”. These fabrics have environmental benefits, in particular the low water consumption when producing modal fabrics and the potential of bamboo to be biodegradable. They were probably chosen for their breathability and silky soft qualities.

Yet navigating the emerging world of eco-friendly fabrics has its drawbacks, as all materials have the potential to be unsustainable in one way or another. In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that the Americans eliminated 17 million tonnes of textile waste, a number that has doubled in the last two decades.

The production of new products can be unsustainable as it only creates more clothes that settle in landfills. The reuse and reuse of old clothes is an alternative to respecting the environment.

When not spending her time working with the Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association, Dolgin focuses on her own upcycle fashion brand Healing Seams.

“I mainly take old jeans that I’ve received from friends and family that have torn and can’t be worn anymore, and I find creative ways to reuse them in new clothes,” Dolgin said.

His designs featured in recycled denim ranged from overalls to vests and everything in between.

Dolgin said his journey with sustainable fashion stemmed from his years in the industry at university, where the negative environmental impacts of the fashion industry changed his mindset.

She learned how the production of clothing produced around 2-8% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the hazardous chemicals used to make clothing fabrics and dyes. Pollution by these chemicals leads to about 20% of global water contamination, according to the common goal.

“I felt like I was at a crossroads between deciding to keep going with fashion and going on business as usual… or doing something,” Dolgin said. “I chose to take the path of sustainable development.

Dolgin said she always tried to stay involved by protesting fast fashion brands, growing her recycling business, or educating others with her podcast Growing Together. She also helps organize events and facilitate brand awareness with the Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association.

The Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association website showcases our brands. We currently have around 25-30 brands on our account, so it’s a great resource if you’re looking to buy sustainably, ”Dolgin said.

While the Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association has no upcoming pop-up events on the calendar, Dolgin said they will be involved in the Tempé Fashion Week. On October 2, they will showcase a lasting look on the track at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium.

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Canadian court to weigh extradition of fashion director accused in US of sex crimes

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Fashion executive Peter Nygard, wanted in the United States for alleged sex crimes, is due to appear in Canadian court Friday for an extradition hearing.

Held in prison since his arrest in Winnipeg, Manitoba last December, the 80-year-old Finnish-Canadian millionaire faces nine charges in the United States, including racketeering and sex trafficking.

These concern dozens of victims in the United States, Bahamas and Canada, and include minors, according to the New York federal prosecutor in charge of the case.

His extradition trial was scheduled for five days in November, but was unexpectedly postponed to this week and is only expected to last an hour.

Earlier this year, Nygard was denied bail on the grounds that he could tamper with witnesses or his accusers. The judge noted that he had violated court orders on at least five occasions and that the charges against him were “disturbing”.

His alleged crimes, US prosecutors said, took place between 1990 and 2020. Nygard and his alleged accomplices, including employees of his group, “used force, fraud and coercion to bring in women and minors to have sex “with them, according to the accusation.

It targeted women and girls from disadvantaged economic backgrounds or who had a history of abuse, using “the trick of modeling and other jobs in the fashion industry” to attract them, he said. declared.

The funds from his business were then allegedly used to organize dinner parties, poker games and so-called “chill-out parties” where underage girls were drugged and women assaulted if they did not comply with his sexual demands.

Corporate accounts have also been tapped to pay for travel expenses, living expenses, plastic surgery, abortions and child support for victims, prosecutors said.

According to court documents, revelers were often photographed and their personal information, including their weight and measurements, kept in a register.

The permanently tanned Nygard, known for his long flowing gray hair and flamboyant sartorial sense, and who claimed stem cell injections kept him young, denied the claims.

– “Worse than Epstein” –

His case drew parallels with that of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was awaiting trial for sex trafficking when he committed suicide in a New York prison in 2019.

“Nygard is worse than Epstein,” Lisa Haba, a female lawyer suing Nygard in a class action suit, told AFP, saying the victims were in “lifelong and devouring” pain.

“We believe he has claimed more lives,” she said. “And he was more violent in the crimes he committed,” including “incredibly violent rapes (and) forcing victims to defecate on him.”

Several women joined the class action lawsuit launched in February 2020, accusing him of assaulting, raping and sodomizing them after luring them to his beachfront mansion on New Providence Island, some when they were young. teenagers.

Nygard, the founder of women’s clothing company Nygard International, is estimated to be worth more than $ 850 million ($ 670 million) in 2015, according to Canadian Business magazine.

He has long boasted of his rise from humble beginnings, as a young immigrant who built a fashion empire with nearly 170 stores at his peak.

His company, however, filed for bankruptcy shortly after the FBI and police raided Nygard’s Manhattan headquarters last year.

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New York-based sustainable fashion brand presents eco-friendly and stylish new-age backpack at Kickstarter

CLE’s DREAM backpack is an incredibly stylish, practical and totally eco-friendly backpack that can be carried on any occasion.

The fashion industry, for all its pomp and glamor, is the second most polluting industry in the world. However, a handful of visionary fashion brands have taken over to enlighten the world on eco-friendly fashion which is strategically modeled to create stylish products without further harming the environment. One of them is New York-based sustainable fashion brand CLE which recently launched an advanced cruelty-free and eco-friendly backpack on Kickstarter. Entitled “DREAM Backpack”, the new-age backpack is driven by the philosophy that fashion is achievable without destroying the environment.

The DREAM backpack is made of 100% water, chemical, and cruelty-free vegan leather. The water-based synthetic PU leather used for the backpack has many advantages over ordinary synthetic leather, such as-

  • Fully water resistant
  • Free from destructive chemicals
  • Requires no maintenance
  • Comes with a 10 year lifespan
  • Holds up to 11 lbs
  • Displays a chic leather feel

“The fashion industry is one of the main culprits of the alarming problem of environmental pollution that we face today. Behind all the exotic leads, industry is largely responsible for 10% of carbon emissions, immense amounts of plastic waste and 20% of global wastewater. It is high time that we proactively take the necessary steps to stop the damage to the planet, otherwise the day of the apocalypse is right in front of us, ”said the spokesperson for CLE.

“We are a sustainable fashion brand and DREAM Backpack is one of our serious efforts to protect the environment with sustainable fashion without compromising the style quotient. Our latest backpack is whatever you want in your perfect backpack – it’s smart, stylish, sturdy, comfortable, versatile enough to match any garment or occasion, and of course durable. That’s why the name, ‘DREAM Backpack’. It’s time to change.”

The new-age backpack features a smart interior design to ensure easy organization of valuables. The internal part of the backpack includes –

  • 2 medium sized versatile elastic pockets ideal for a water bottle and umbrella
  • 2 slightly smaller open pockets for phones and other essentials
  • 1 large padded compartment for storing a laptop (13-15 “), a tablet or a diary

The inner liner of the backpack has been sustainably created from recycled PET plastic bottles.

Other important features of the DREAM backpack –

  • Adjustable air-cushioned shoulder straps provide ultra-comfortable fit and reduce shoulder strain
  • A sturdy loop on the top makes it easy to carry with one hand
  • Heavy-duty luggage strap ensures durability
  • Card holder features

“Our DREAM backpack will be your perfect partner, whether you are planning a trip, going shopping or driving for a corporate meeting. It’s incredibly stylish but also durable and environmentally friendly. In other words, this is “the” backpack you’ve been waiting for all this time. From now on, we plan to start mass production, hence this Kickstarter campaign. Your generous support will allow us to bring DREAM Backpack to life and make the world a better place to live.

Contributors will be rewarded with special Kickstarter discounts on DREAM Backpack units.

To show your support for the campaign, please visit Kickstarter.

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Cecilie Bahnsen Spring 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection

The modern fashion industry is built for speed, sound, and transmission to perform best in a global arena. While many brands are stacking the amps and cranking up the volume, Cecilie Bahnsen has chosen to play acoustic. This Danish designer revels in the touch and sound of her fabrics, in “happy accidents”, and is open to sharing the stage, as she has done this season.

Bahnsen teamed up with Okay Kaya (Norwegian-American singer Kaya Wilkins) for their digital presentation; it presents its first line of bags, produced in collaboration with the Japanese company Chacoli; and she sent a box of clothes to photographer Takashi Homma, for him to photograph as he sees fit in his world. The results, Bahnsen said on a call, not only complimented his work, but “it has been a really good thing to learn how you, as a brand and as a young designer, become stronger by working. with people. And you become even more aware of your own identity and your own writing in what you do, and you gain confidence in it. All these elements will be presented in a gallery in Paris; the 30 dresses on mannequins.

Bahnsen’s cursive is readable, his universe well defined. While there is a dreamy and fairytale quality to her dresses, they are also of this world, a point that was reminded to me when I visited the designer’s studio and found that most of the The team lives and works in these dresses. It is the wearing of one’s own designs and seeing them in action that underpins Bahnsen’s work and prevents it from being seen only as a special occasion outfit. “It’s really the beauty of everyday life, like the way you roll up the dress when you ride a bike, or roll up your sleeves to protect it when you work and these different kinds of curtains and folds happen accidentally,” she says. “These little silhouette-changing accidents are so beautiful and can light up so many new ideas, which was really the starting point this season.”

The first sign of novelty is the palette, which goes from black and white to sky blue, rose petals and a tangy red. Among the raised, embroidered and floating cutouts is the shimmer of rubber, used to draw an abstract floral. Wilkins appears in the video wearing just the basics of a Bahnsen ensemble, a cutout, a drawstring top and pants, all reminiscent of how the designer constructs her look through layering. It’s a process she says she applied when approaching bag design as well.

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Recover ™ honored at Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards for its mission to achieve circular fashion for all

LOS ANGELES–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Recover â„¢, a leading materials science company and global producer of high quality, low impact recycled cotton fibers and cotton fiber blends, received honorable mentions in two categories in Fast businessInnovation by Design Awards 2021. The company was recognized for its innovations in the Durability and Materials categories.

The 10th anniversary of the awards, which can be found in the October 2021 issue of Fast business, recognize the people, teams and businesses that transform businesses, organizations, and society through design. One of the industry’s most sought-after design awards, Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business and innovation, recognizing people, businesses and people. trends that have gradually brought design to the forefront of business conversation.

Recover is an innovative textile producer who has pioneered the field of sustainable materials and recycling since 1947. The company recycles post-industrial and post-consumer cotton waste, replacing the need to cultivate cotton, dramatically reducing waste. waste of water, limiting the use of dyes thanks to its RColorBlend system, and reduction of landfill textile waste. Recover is working with key industry players to drive change and establish a new circular supply chain that will allow it to devote a third of its production capacity to post-consumer recycling by 2025.

“My family has been innovating for generations to perfect the Recover process, which should be an exciting resource for the fashion industry as it strives to achieve sustainability goals,” said Alfredo Ferre, CEO of Recover. “We are grateful to receive an honorable mention at Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards, which is so positive as we pursue our vision of making sustainability more fashionable. ”

“Design is not just a beauty contest,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast business. “This is something that can change the world and create solutions at a time when we face pressing global issues such as systemic racism, climate change and a global pandemic. Many of these entries present these challenges while offering hope for the future through their unwavering commitment to uplifting design. ”

The 2021 award winners were selected from the following categories: apps and games; Cities; Data design; Design company of the year; Experimental; Fashion and Beauty; Finance; General excellence; Graphic design; Health; Home; Learning; Mobility; Packaging; Some products; Innovation in retail; Social good; Spaces and Places; Sports and leisures ; Students; Durability; User experience; Well-being; Workplace; Best Asia-Pacific Design; Best Design Europe, Best Design Middle East and Best Design Africa; Best Latin American Design; and Best Design from North America. The new categories included advertising, branding, impact, materials, pandemic response, real estate, and years in business.

Judges include renowned designers from various disciplines, business leaders from some of the world’s most innovative companies, and Fast businessits own writers and editors. Entries are judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user perception, cultural impact and business impact.

Winners, finalists and honorable mentions are featured online and in the October issue of Fast business magazine, on newsstands September 28, 2021.

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Recover â„¢ is a leading materials science company and a global producer of high quality, low impact recycled cotton fibers and cotton fiber blends. Its premium, environmentally friendly and competitive products are created in partnership with the supply chain for retailers and global brands, providing a sustainable solution to achieve circular fashion for all.

As a fourth generation family business with more than 70 years of history in the textile industry, Recover â„¢’s mission is to evolve its proprietary technology to have a lasting positive impact on the environment and to partner with brands / retailers and other agents of change to meet industry sustainability goals. Recover â„¢ was honored in Fast businessInnovation by Design Awards for 2021 in the Durability and Materials categories. For more information, visit and follow @recoverfiber on social media.


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India Fashion Awards organize second season to celebrate ‘unsung heroes of the fashion industry’

The India Fashion Awards held their second season on September 25 to celebrate innovators in the fashion industry with judges including fashion designer Rocky Star and winners including designers such as Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Verma and many others.

The awards ceremony took place in New Delhi on Saturday and was designed to celebrate “the unsung heroes of the fashion industry”.

The initiative is a step towards creating a space where fashion can be celebrated. Fashion who’s who from across the country were present at the do either to receive the awards or to celebrate those who won.

Founder Sanjay Nigam said it was amazing to wrap up the second season of the India Fashion Awards as we believe every talent needs a pat on the back and we, the board of directors of the India Fashion Awards, let’s create this platform.

The jury consisted of Creative Director-Rocky S, Sonalika Sahay, Maneka Gandhi, Ravi Jaipuria, Prasad Naik and Varun Rana, Chairman of the Board India Fashion Awards Vagish Pathak. The nomination and winners were selected on the basis of their contribution to the industry as well as taking into account uniqueness and consistency.

The second season winners are: Pushpa Bector as Stylish Business Owner of the Year, MissMalini as Social Media Personality of the Year, Pujan Sharma for Coup De food presents the behind-the-scenes director of the year, Akshay Tyagi won the Artize Presents New Age Fashion Stylist of the Year Award, Lokesh Sharma for New Age Show Director of the Year, Maddy (Made Art) won the Cream Bell Presents Emerging Fashion Photographer of the Year Award, Richa Dave won Pepsi Presents New Age Model of the Year Ramp, Avanti Nagrath won Pepsi Presents Editorial New Age Model of the Year, Feat Artists won Blyss by B presents New Age Talent Management Agency of the Year, Siddharth Tytler won Noa Fragrances Presents Influential Model of the Year, Karan Torani won Rajnigandha Pearls Presents Sparkling Emerging Designer of the Year and Nitibha Kaul won the Havells Presents Fashion Setter of the Year award.

Sahil Kochhar won the award for innovative designer in craft techniques, Abhishek Singh won the award for the most fashionable officer of the year, Namrata Soni won the award for makeup – artist of the year, Gautam Kalra won the Artize Presents Fashion Designer of the Year award, Arjun Mark won the Fashion Photographer of the Year award, Anu Ahuja won the Show Director of the Year award, Kanika Dev won the Editorial model of the year, Zander won the super model of the year award – Ramp, Sony Kaur won the super model of the year award – Ramp, INEGA won the management agency award Talent of the Year, Gaurang Shah won Designer of the Year – Handwoven & Textiles, Nikhil Shantanu won Rajnigandha Pearls Presents Shining Designer of the Year – Menswear, Gaurav Gupta won EBIX Cash Presents Designer from Bridal Wear – Fusion year, Tarun Tahillani won Ebix Cash Present s Bridal Wear Designer of the Year – Indian, Anamika Khanna won the Designer of the Year – Jury Choice award.

In addition, Conrad Sangma won the Sustainable Development Leader Award, Tarun Khiwal won the Country Legendary Photographer Award, Muzamil Ibrahim won the Legendary Super Model Award, Shobhita Dhulipala won the Fashion Icon for young people, Sunil Grover won the award for versatile personality of the year, Raghav Chadha won the award for stylish politician of the year, Vaishali S won the award for designer of the year – internationally renowned, Suneet Varma a won the Designer of the Year award (popular choice), Rohit Bal won the Legendary Fashion Designer award for his contribution to Indian fashion and Manish Malhotra won the Legendary Fashion Designer award for his contribution to the film and in Indian fashion.

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What can we learn from Gap and Benetton’s former dominance in fashion?

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In 1969, Don Fisher was struggling to find the right size of Levi’s jeans in traditional clothing stores. His solution was quite radical. With his wife Doris, he opened his own store, The Gap, selling a wide selection of products that Fisher had found so difficult to buy.

A year earlier, across the Atlantic, an Italian family business, Benetton, had opened its first boutique, entering the mass fashion market with a slightly different approach. Rather than designer clothes, Benetton started out by selling knits that they made themselves.

From those humble beginnings, The Gap and Benetton have grown into highly successful fashion retailers. At one time, their superiority within the industry was such that they claimed to be “category killers” – chains so big that they threatened the survival of smaller competitors.

A key feature of Category Killers – other famous examples include Toys “R” Us, Home Depot, and Staples – is the convenient availability of specific, affordable products. It is a retail format based on a clear understanding of what the customer wants and meeting that demand at low cost.

With the announcement this summer that Gap would be closing all of its stores in the UK and Ireland, and with Benetton no longer on the cool frontier, the idea that these brands were once so dominant seems rather odd.

But the influence of these category killers on the fashion industry today remains, with a story that is still relevant today for major current players like Primark, ASOS and Boohoo in an era of huge flux in the world. the retail landscape and immense pressure on established supply chains.

From the start, for example, The Gap had a clear vision of its clientele. By opening the first store near San Francisco State University, Fisher wanted to appeal to students and the counterculture generation.

To attract them, the first Gap stores also sold records, but these were quickly abandoned. Although the prices were not reduced, they were moderately and high enough to convince this core demographic to shop there.

Benetton, meanwhile, capitalized on its initial popularity by expanding rapidly in the 1970s. Having multiple stores in a small area meant the company could dominate local markets, generate high sales volume, and effectively manage its distribution network.

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A key difference between Benetton’s clothing and those available from their competitors (usually department stores) were Benetton’s bright colors. Last minute dyeing of clothes allowed the company to be flexible and responsive, reacting quickly to changes in demand.

The use of sophisticated inventory control and the organization of a network of suppliers, initially located nearby in northeastern Italy, was also critical to the success of the business. Being able to track inventory and know what was selling and where that meant Benetton could plan the store’s supply flow, while also designing and producing the clothes consumers wanted to buy.

In the United States, The Gap was transforming the way Americans shop and dress, from Levi’s jeans to ubiquitous khakis and pocket T-shirts. The stores have been redesigned, but the focus has been on a narrow range of products at affordable prices in convenient locations. Like Benetton, Gap’s adoption of computers to control inventory was critical to their superior ability to meet customer demand.

Of course, other retailers have sought to emulate some of these advances. In 1975, a Spanish clothing manufacturer, headed by Amancio Ortega, opened its first Zara store. Zara’s business model quickly focused on quickly meeting changing customer demand.

Then, as the power of technology accelerated rapidly and trade barriers continued to decline, the opportunity for retailers to source cheaply from Asia increased, leading to the formation of global value chains. focused on buyers in the garment industry.

The dizzying pace of change brought about by these developments has led to the global fashion industry as we know it today. It is fast (some would say too fast), practical and agile. Amazon has recently become the number one clothing retailer in the United States and the likes of ASOS are doing well.

As Gap and Benetton laid the groundwork for these changes, the power of these once daring and daring radicals has waned. New blockbuster fashion brands like Reformation, Sezanne and Rapanui are likely to mingle with brick and mortar retail online, and make sustainability a central part of their offering.

But The Gap and Benetton’s approach – solving a problem, being different, prioritizing convenience, reacting to change – deserves to be replicated for today’s industry innovators. As consumers become more aware of the environment and e-commerce accelerates further, the business acumen that has made these companies successful is unlikely to go out of fashion.The conversation

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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)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok.

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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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Gucci launches vintage site Vault during Milan Fashion Week

MILAN (AP) – Fashion houses trying to figure out how to reach new eyeballs after the pandemic’s long ordeal have focused around a singular idea: collaborations.

Many do it, in big and small ways. Gucci, which “hacked” Balenciaga last season, is now launching an e-commerce site featuring refurbished vintage Gucci products and capsule collections from young designers. The hatter Borsalino collaborates with the French brand Ami Paris and the equestrian-inspired brand Acheval.

If the fashion industry is going to change, now is the time, insiders say, even if the temptation to revert to old ways is great.

Highlights of the fourth day of the Milan parades on Saturday for next spring and summer:


Gucci launched an e-commerce site on Saturday featuring refurbished vintage Gucci pieces as well as capsule collections from young designers chosen by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

Michele said the project grew out of his long-standing obsession with the fashion collection, including Gucci items even before joining the brand.

“Yes, I do this job to tell stories. But I also do it because I really like objects, ”he told reporters in Milan.

Young designers featured included London-based Priya Ahluwalia. Nigerian and Indian in origin, Ahluwalia’s recycled collections have already found a large following ranging from sports figures like Lewis Hamilton to middle-aged hipsters.

“Completely out of the blue, I received a message from Gucci. I thought it was advertising or spam, ”Ahluwalia said. “When I realized it was real, I was extremely happy.”

Michele said the brand has an extensive network of vintage Gucci sources, which it uses to reconstruct its archives. The launch includes a white Jackie bag meticulously maintained by its previous owner that he wanted to keep to himself.

Then, laughing, he said, “Who knows, maybe I’ll log on tonight and buy it myself!”

Gucci strayed from the Milan Fashion Week calendar, finding its own rhythms. Her next show will be on November 3 in Los Angeles, coinciding with the 10th LACMA Art – Film Gala, which Gucci is sponsoring.



Dolce & Gabbana wanted to shed some light on glamor with their latest collection – and they did. Their dazzling gazes lit up a searchlight that could easily be seen from orbit.

The silhouette was decidedly sexy, built around corsets, mini-dresses and sheer lingerie, fundamental elements of the brand’s creative language.

This season, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have gone all out with light-reflecting embellishments, covering clothes with rhinestones, adding pearls and indulging in metallic accents and fringes. The models walked down a mirrored runway under traveling spotlights.

Jackets densely adorned with jewels contrasting with narrow camouflage cargo pants or distressed jeans. Jackets in one series had sculpted sleeves straight out of the fashion show. The pants were low waisted, leaving room for the studded lingerie to look through.

The designers said the collection was a “reinterpretation of the aesthetic of the 2000s”. They paid tribute to Jennifer Lopez with a pair of J-Lo T-shirts.

Calmer moments were reserved for on-trend little black dresses with lace accents and open fronts revealing almost sheer corsets, and even even smaller black jumpsuits.

The shoes were stiletto heeled sandals with laces, knee high boots and mid-calf boots, which helped the quick final a bit as the models slowed down to descend the stairs. The boots were in satin, denim, camouflage and crocodile.

Each Dolce Box handbag had a unique design.

Although in Milan for the show, the creators virtually appeared on a screen for their traditional post-show bow.



With the world almost at a standstill, Arthur Arbesser’s team kicked off their creativity by recycling shipping boxes into cardboard flowers and crocheting fancy hats.

The title of the collection “Lost and Found” makes concrete reference to inspirations found in a family attic that spark happy memories, but it can also mean things lost and found during the pandemic, such as the joy of doing things in homes. quiet moments.

“I realized that it’s so important to do something with your hands because you get some kind of satisfaction, and we need satisfaction,” Arbesser said.

In the wake of the pandemic, the Milan-based Austrian designer happily ditched the runway for more personal presentations, transforming a storefront in Milan’s luxury shopping district into a creative studio adorned with a bespoke mural and displaying a new line of tablecloths with its latest collection.

The details of the mural became a decoration on a dress pocket. The long, romantic silhouettes contrast with the crop tops. A black and white checkered mini dress was paired with a square print shirt, while a short tapestry skirt had a youthful appeal. This season’s prints include naïve designs, colorful checkerboard prints with a pixel effect, alongside gingham, retro checks and stripes.

“The most important thing to keep going,” said Arbesser. “We are happy because we believe that our own well-being and that of your team and the people around you is so important. “



Nothing like a stop in the event of a pandemic to rethink a business.

164-year-old Italian hat maker Borsalino took the time to focus on new collaborations, expanding the brand to leather goods and scarves through licensing deals, relaunching its digital presence, optimizing production and eliminating defects in machinery that might otherwise be unused.

“It was a great break. We made decisions which were not easy to take before, ”said Philippe Camperio, the manager of Haeres Equita behind the relaunch of Borsalino.

To reach new audiences and expand distribution, Borsalino collaborated with the Parisian brand Ami on a simple bell with a wavy edge and with Acheval on a raffia capsule collection with ribbons in the silhouettes of horses. The website now includes tutorials on how to cut and wear hats. And Borsalino is working with young designers from the Marangoni Fashion Institute to integrate hats into their stylistic language.

The Spring / Summer 2022 collection launched this week is a journey through Japan, Italy and South America. Dark denim baseball caps and bobs are personalized with charms or Geisha prints for a trendy Tokyo look. A hand-crocheted raffia hat represents Sicilian craftsmanship. And Ecuadorian influences shine through on the Panama hats with distinctive ribbons.

Each brand has a different response to how the pandemic has changed or challenged them.

“For us, it’s about embracing today’s values, being socially responsible, which includes sustainability and the circular economy, and diversity to attract everyone,” said the director creative Giacomo Santucci.



The Ferragamo woman for next summer is understated in an easy-to-wear silhouette with sexy moments.

Smocked dresses have a deep V and open backs, while more fitted wrap dresses feature suggestive slits. The pants were loose-fitting harem pants with wrapped details, associated, for example, with a crossover top.

“I wanted the collection to be feminine and sensual,” said design director Guillaume Meilland.

Men’s clothing included knit jumpsuits, low-rise pants with braided sashes, and bare-legged shorts under a coat jacket.

For women, the shoes have relaunched the Vara and Varina ballerinas in new materials including rattan, and an open toe sandal for him.

Brooke Shields, accompanied by her daughter Grier Hency, had a front row seat, along with American actors Ashley Benson, Madelyn Cline, Ashton Sanders and Ross Butler.

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Pur3taha From Benghazi to Hollywood: Sons of Immigrants Riding Wave as Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur

In just a few years working in the fashion industry, Taha Elghanai has already caught the attention of several prominent celebrities, even before moving to Los Angeles in January 2020. Settling in a city of such magnitude is a bold move, even for those who may move there from another metropolis.

It is not for the faint of heart. However, for young creatives and entrepreneurs, LA is a city filled with endless opportunities to grow, network, and find inspiration. For Taha, whose fashion label PocketStar was already making waves on the music scene, moving to the heart of the entertainment industry made sense despite the uncertainty that accompanies such a move.

In all fairness, it may have seemed less intimidating to him considering the wide variety of experiences he has already had when he was only 21 years old. Son of Libyan immigrants, his childhood is shared between Everett, Washington and Benghazi.

In Libya, he saw with his own eyes the effects of the constant tension that became a tragic norm in the region and saw large parts of a city with centuries of history reduced to rubble. Living in Washington had its challenges; to assimilate to a different culture while preserving his Arab roots and his Muslim faith, to see his parents struggling to get under their feet as they started a new life.

“Growing up my family didn’t have much,” he recalls, “just food on the table and shopping for clothes once a year.” This reality gave Taha the desire to be successful from an early age. It also became evident from an early age that he had a strong creative streak and already had reservations about going the traditional college route to find a career long before his final year of high school. “I knew that a normal job was not going to work for me even when I was in school, I was always sure. I was fed up with my family struggling and I was always very ambitious growing up. The only thing I wasn’t sure was exactly what I was going to build.

Taha says the answer was revealed to him in 2017, while he was still in high school. “I have always been a music lover. I love music, live concerts, the way music creates culture and trends. I went to concerts and saw Seattle’s greatest artists whenever I could. I too have always had a love for fashion. So I was going to these gigs, and at one point I realized I was going to the merchandising tables after the show ended and looking at the shirts and stuff they were selling and I thought the stuff was wrong. didn’t really look that cool. Like anyone could have conceived it. That’s when it occurred to me: launching your own brand of merchandise. A little later, the idea of ​​PocketStar came to me.

Once he saw the vision, Taha went straight to work. He found a job as a dishwasher, working the day to save the money needed to start his business and creating product designs at night on his way home.

The concept was simple, plain t-shirts with a chest pocket and an animated face of a famous rapper printed on the pocket. Taha ordered the shirts and drew the faces of artists like Drake, Travis Scott and Kanye West, printing the designs on the shirts himself. He started selling them locally, and PocketStar was born. “At first it was just word of mouth,” says Taha, “I started tossing the shirt around town and to my friends and stuff and eventually people I didn’t know would hit me up for them. That’s when I knew it could really work.

The initial success convinced Taha to go all out. He had started taking classes at the Art Institute in Seattle while he was working and launching his brand. But when the school announced that it would be closing its doors for good, instead of transferring to another school, Taha chose to accept the refund and put it in PocketStar. He started to look for ways to make PocketStar known and to integrate it to the general public.

A big break came soon after. “I knew celebrity mentions could be a good way to develop my platform, so I started branching out into the underground scene. I ended up going to a XXXTentacion concert wearing the X PocketStar shirt I had designed and having her DJ show her the shirt. X ended up wearing the shirt with his face on it and endorsed the brand.

This moment would prove to be the big break for Taha and PocketStar, as XXXTentacion not only endorsed the brand, but also made a deal with Taha so that he could make the X PocketStar t-shirt part of his official tour merchandise. . “After X showed love and brought the shirt on tour, it made PocketStar legit, and things started to move really quickly after that.”

Other great artists quickly followed. Tory Lanez endorsed the brand along with other artists including Playboi Carti and Smokepurpp. In 2018, Post Malone endorsed the brand and made the Posty PocketStar line part of the official cargo fleet for its Runaway Tour, which became the highest grossing tour of 2019. Now that it was fully established, Taha made the decision to move permanently to LA. .

Soon after, however, COVID-19 hit the United States, and like many, Taha had to adapt accordingly. With tour sales being PocketStar’s main source of income, Taha had to find other ways to apply his design and business acumen. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise and a great opportunity for growth. “I thought to myself that if I could create my own brand from scratch and on my own, I could do the same for other people. “

With this realization, Taha began to change focus. He started working closely with LA rap duo WAV3POP, who were among the first friends he made when he moved to LA and helped them launch their ONWAV3 clothing line. He handed over the majority of the maintenance tasks of PocketStar to his younger brother Modey, another aspiring entrepreneur, and started the company PUR3 Branding, which provides brand development, product design and derivative production services. to people looking to launch their own product lines.

It is clear that Taha is very proud of the success of his new business despite the pandemic. “At PUR3, we bring your vision to life. My goal is to make people’s vision come true. It is not surprising to hear him say this, since he has already experienced what it feels like to manifest a dream.

It has also given him the will to provide high quality service and not to take shortcuts, which is evident in the hours and attention to detail he devotes to each client. Although he now has many more resources than when he started PocketStar, Taha is putting as much effort into the brands he is currently developing as he did with PocketStar in 2017, still personally overseeing every step. of the development process. “I go from designing the fashion product to overseeing its handcrafted manufacture here in Los Angeles, creating websites and managing marketing campaigns. We run a full operation in-house for all your manufacturing needs, cut and sew products, sublimation and everything in between.

While Taha derives a clear sense of satisfaction from going into the details of the work he does, as well as the results, he exudes confidence rather than appearing arrogant; and with the performance of his business, he certainly deserved the right to enjoy success. So far in 2021, PUR3 Branding has developed over 18 brands and accounts, and Taha’s name is rapidly spreading in the fashion industry as a go-to person for branding themselves the right way.

While he likes to talk about his success and refer to himself as proof of what can happen when creativity is combined with hard work, Taha has not “gone to Hollywood” or forgotten his roots.

Despite all the demands he faces on a daily basis and being immersed in the largely secular and celebrity-filled LA scene, he still adheres to his Muslim faith and currently observes the month of Ramadan, fasting on all food and water from sunrise. at sunset, while maintaining the same level of productivity.

He attributes his success to his upbringing and not losing sight of his core beliefs as much as his own drive and work ethic. He is grateful for the lifestyle he has. “I dreamed big from the start. I saw it when I was doing the dishes, now I have worked with over a hundred celebrities. Post Malone, NLE Choppa, Trippie Redd etc. Don’t limit your success. Believe in yourself, I did it. As Taha continues to dream, he also wants his story to inspire others to follow theirs.

“It doesn’t matter who or what tells you that you can’t do something, if you see yourself doing it, then you’re going to do it. I went from broke and doing the dishes to making more money than I ever imagined. And not just the money, the lifestyle I can live. I work with my favorite artists and celebrities and I support myself financially. I can use my creativity to help others grow their brands and manifest their dreams like I have. Don’t sleep on your own, you can do it all.

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SoftBank invests $ 209 million in Vestiaire Collective

French online fashion platform Vestiaire CollectiveThe $ 1.7 billion valuation rose to $ 1.7 billion after a fundraiser that included $ 209 million from the private equity arm of SoftBank Group Corp. SoftBank Vision Fund 2, according to a Bloomberg report Wednesday, September 22.

Other investors in Vestiaire’s latest round of funding include Generation Investment Management and existing shareholders, including Condé Nast and Eurazeo. The company raised the same amount in May in a fundraising effort that included the owner of Gucci, Kering SA and Tiger Global Management.

Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Marcelo Claure will join Vestiaire Collective’s board of directors as part of its investment.

Vestiaire Collective will use the new influx of cash to improve its technology and enter new markets, according to the Bloomberg report. Business leaders also want to build a “more sustainable fashion industry“, including encouraging local transactions to reduce the carbon footprint of deliveries, according to the report.

These logistics represent “our largest share of carbon emissions; we are really working to reduce this ”, said the CEO of Vestiaire Collective Maximilian Bittner noted.

Vestiaire said its global orders grew 90% in the past 12 months and doubled in the United States. The company is making further progress in Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian markets.

Related: The second-hand market presents a ‘big opportunity’ for retailers ahead of the holidays

Marcus Shen, chief operating officer at Stock, told PYMNTS that demand for second-hand items “has gone crazy” during the COVID-19 pandemic as the world moves more and more online and disruption supply chain were causing a continuing shortage of some new items.

A report from thredUP and GlobalData earlier this year predicted resale to grow 11 times faster in the apparel industry than the broader retail apparel industry over the next five years, with the second-hand market reaching $ 77 billion. dollars by 2025.

“This younger generation – Generation Z, Millennials – are all a lot more aware of what companies are doing with products and merchandise and things like that,” Shen told PYMNTS.

The idea of ​​buying second-hand no longer has as much stigma among consumers, he said, “and so they can get good quality products, durable goods, at lower prices than they are. retail “.

PYMNTS research, conducted in collaboration with LendingClub, showed that 125 million American adults, or 54% of consumers, live on paychecks, including 70% of millennials and 53% of people who earn between 50,000 and 100. $ 000 per year.



On: Eighty percent of consumers want to use non-traditional payment options like self-service, but only 35 percent were able to use them for their most recent purchases. Today’s Self-Service Shopping Journey, a PYMNTS and Toshiba Collaboration, analyzes more than 2,500 responses to find out how merchants can address availability and perception issues to meet demand for self-service kiosks.

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How 12-year-old Ariella Maizner brought her theme brand to Walmart – WWD

Ariella Maizner is already making a name for herself in the fashion industry, becoming one of the youngest entrepreneurs to partner with a national retailer.

The 12-year-old fashion designer is behind the Theme label, which she created in 2018 to continue her love of fashion and tailoring. Her tie-dye and flowery pieces have developed a loyal following and celebrity clientele, and helped grab the attention of Walmart, which hired Maizner to create a clothing collection this year.

“It was a dream come true,” Maizner said of the partnership. “I have always dreamed of creating a collection for every aspect of a girl’s life. I also love that Walmart is accessible to so many people. It is a huge honor to have such a large organization that believes in me and my design abilities.

Maizner started in fashion design at a young age, saying she started dressing at the age of two and sewing at the age of six. She started making clothes for herself for school and events and her family and friends started asking her for special requests, which encouraged her to make more pieces. It was her tie-dye pieces that first resonated with clients and helped her develop a following that includes Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Whitney Port, Eva Chen, Rebecca Minkoff and others.

Since launch, Maizner has been working on the brand after school and slowly growing with more collections and partnerships. She has teamed up with other companies, such as clothing brand Terez, sold pieces in pop-ups and was featured at New York Fashion Week in 2019.

Maizner’s Walmart collection debuted earlier this year and features several of her signature styles, including matching sets in tie-dye and floral prints. The collection also includes pieces such as t-shirts, tops, dresses, skirts, shorts, sports bras and swimwear with tie-dye, floral and animal prints. Sizes range from seven to 16 for young and teenage girls. She is working on another collection with Walmart which will be released this fall.

“I just wanted to put my fashion forward and make other girls feel good wearing my clothes,” Maizner said of Theme. “It’s just a big passion for me and I really love to design.”


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Maison De Mode hosts the Future of Fashion Summit 2.0

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

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Daniel Ma and Miriam Arroyo.

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

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

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

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Collina Strada & Quannah Chasinghorse Speak Out on Top of Fashion's Future
Collina Strada and Quannah Chasinghorse.

Daniel Ma and Miriam Arroyo

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

Erin Dempsey Lowenberg and Stellene Volandes Speak Out on Top of Fashion's Future
Erin Dempsey Lowenberg and Stellene Volandes.

Daniel Ma and Miriam Arroyo

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Gabriela Hearst.

Daniel Ma and Miriam Arroyo

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

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

Daniel Ma and Miriam Arroyo

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

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Paloma Garcia-Lee.

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Summit speakers and friends from Maison De Mode dine together.

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Kolkata Fashion Brand HAŃSHU Turns Hand Printed Holiday Wear Into Everyday Wear

Versatile, anti-fit and reusable statement pieces created with natural fibers are the hallmark of Kolkata brand HAŃSHU. With vacation pullback at an all-time high, now you can at least feel like you’re on vacation, worry-free, when you slip into one of those luxurious silks whenever you need to step out (or in). My Kolkata caught up with Neelanjana Bhattacharya to discuss the allure of minimalism and the ease of flowing silhouettes, whether traveling or staying.

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Tell us a bit about your journey with Hanshu? Why and when did you create the label? What was your main inspiration?

HAŃSHU was not born from design but by default. In the fall of 2016, I took over a hand block printing unit in Serampore, left by my mother-in-law, which was about to shut down. I quit my law practice and was happy to pick up something that was never in my plan. I quickly realized that it was anything but easy as every transition comes with its share of obstacles, but at the same time, my mother-in-law had left behind thousands of beautiful hand blocks that she had. – even designed and felt that the unit had immense potential. The karigars who worked for my mother-in-law for years were extremely talented and I learned a lot from them about the art of prints, colors and the whole process. They were my first teachers in this profession. They showed me the beauty of colors, because before that, I had never touched colors and only wore black or white.

They also introduced me to the weavers of Sonamukhi, a small town in West Bengal, and there my love affair began with this beautiful hand-woven silk that looks like butter on the skin even on a hot summer day. summer. We now work regularly with the weavers. I used hand-woven silk to create simple, easy-to-wear silhouettes, using the gorgeous hand blocks we had, in vibrant colors. I have shown them to other brands and labels to make them understand how unique these hand blocks are, so maybe we can help them print their clothes by hand. I also happened to show it to Richa Kanoi, owner of Bombaim, who liked the aesthetics of it and agreed to keep the line in his store and thus started HAŃSHU’s journey.

How would you describe the look of the label?

In my head, I am constantly traveling. Sitting in Calcutta, my mind often drifts to beautiful places in the world where I have traveled or would like to travel. I think clothes should have a connection with their environment. For example, a silk kaftan is wonderful for a beach vacation in Amalfi, Santorini, Goa, etc. A summer dress or silk overlay, casually worn over jeans, is perfect for strolling through the stylish surroundings of Paris, Jaipur and the like, on a beautiful sunny day.

When traveling to beautiful destinations or just strolling around a beautiful city, you need comfortable clothes to float, but also to look and feel luxurious. HAŃSHU is a luxury resort brand for stylish strollers and discerning travelers.

What are the silhouettes that define Hanshu?

I gravitate towards effortless silhouettes with a luxurious look and feel. I like to float in relaxed silhouettes in an elegant environment. Stylish clothes, which don’t dominate the personality but compliment it, are more my style. So, as you can see on our Instagram page, the silhouettes are simple, unstructured, easy going with a carefree charm.

What is your design philosophy and how has it evolved over time?

Designs that stand the test of time! Apart from that, simple and elegant styles. I think the brand is constantly evolving in terms of presenting new silhouettes and colors every time it hits stores. I love geometric patterns, so we see how we can play with these in different ways.

Do you think that “resort clothing” could now be part of our daily clothing?

Sure! And I am already seeing this happening. Stylish loungewear or streetwear is an important part of our daily life, and resort wear easily meets this need as well. A kaftan can be casual day wear for getting in and out of the house, but it can just as easily transform into a stylish evening outfit, with a little bit of accessories. It is interesting how the wearer can get the most out of a single garment and make it look different depending on the time of day.

The pandemic has also sparked meaningful conversations about sustainable fashion. What is your personal vision for sustainable fashion?

Sustainable fashion is a complex subject, but an important one. The conversation around sustainable fashion has been around for some time, but the pandemic has made us step back and see every aspect of life differently. It definitely made us more aware of our lives and the impact we have on each other and on the planet. The global fashion industry is extremely energy intensive, polluting and wasteful. Despite some modest progress, fashion has not yet taken its environmental responsibilities seriously enough. I think the world’s biggest brands have a greater responsibility for sustainability because they have the resources to do it. Although in the immediate term it is not possible for brands (especially smaller brands) to be 100% sustainable, the mere fact that brands are taking steps in this direction is in itself a step forward. good direction. If we look at history, changes for improvement did not happen overnight but over a period of time, through continuous advocacy. I think all of these conversations around sustainability shouldn’t die or be taken lightly so that we (brands) remain aware of the positive changes we can make as we evolve.

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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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Elie Balleh showcased his Fall22 ‘The After Covid Recovery’ sewing collection at NYFW

Fashion designer Elie Balleh presented his next couture collection FALL22 “The after Covid Recovery” at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the fashion industry, particularly on brands specializing in tailoring and formal wear / formal wear. The designer managed to stay afloat during these difficult times and had to think outside the box to keep his head above water, finding ideas every day to keep his brands alive.

He has spent countless hours working on his new collection, and now is the time to share it with the world. He was delighted to present his “The after Covid Recovery 2022”, showing over 150 stunning luxurious designs embroidered with Swarovski crystals, pearls, pearls, furs and ostrich feathers.

The handmade collection took over 3 months to complete. Stylish style for men / boys. The collection was presented with beautifully enhanced makeup using exotic feathers. The show was a successful and starred event.

The designer is from Lebanon / Syria. Elie is the eldest of the four children of the Balleh family, he married the love of his life in January 2004, his family is growing very quickly, and today Elie and Mari have a beautiful big family. Her fabulous boys are seen in photoshoots, parades, and hang out with the rich and famous.

Elie is a self-taught professional. At the age of 6 he loved playing with sewing machines, growing up at 12 he was already able to deliver a total look, from the creation of the pattern to the making of a ready-to-wear piece. .

Appeared on numerous TV channels and featured in numerous NYFW RUNWAYS, Elie is a brand well recognized in the fashion industry for its quality, distinctive design and comfort.

Elie Balleh Brand is one of the leading trendsetters in the fashion industry. All of her designs, fabrics and styles come from the fashion capital, Milan, Italy. His styles are influential and progressive; he reinvents a modern approach to men’s fashion.

Elie has redefined luxury for the 21st century lifestyle brand. He is one of the original designers who started the “DADDY & ME” trend, followed by many other luxury designers. Its products represent the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and stand out for their quality and attention to detail. It is currently sold in many luxury department stores and in over 30 countries.

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Art Decoded at ‘Enchante 2021’ Annual Fashion Show by SIDT

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India], September 18 (ANI / PNN): The Sasmira Design and Textile Institute (SIDT) in its continued efforts to promote the pool of design literate human resources in today’s competitive market hosted Enchante 2021 on September 17 in Mumbai.

The central theme of the Fashion Collection 2021 was “Art Decoded”. During this annual festival, students had the opportunity to present their creations and collections. Dr Shivram Garje of the University of Mumbai, Maganlal H Doshi, President, SASMIRA; Mihir Mehta, Vice President, SASMIRA; Dr UK Gangopadhyay, Executive Director, SASMIRA; Dr Kamal Tandon, Director – Education, SASMIRA was the guest of honor.

Special guests were Ammit Dolaawat, Indian actor; Rituraj Mohanty, Bollywood Playback singer and winner of the reality show “India’s Raw Star”; Kunal Pandit, singer, songwriter, music producer and performer. Rituraj and Kunal sang some Bollywood songs to encourage the participating students and filled the atmosphere with joy and happiness.

The prominent members of the jury present at the event were Manali Jagtap (award-winning fashion designer and political artist); Reshma Bombaywalla (Former Indian model, jewelry designer); Asif Merchant (Founder and Managing Director of India’s Leading Fashion Footwear Brand for Women “CATWALK WORLDWIDE”); Lokesh Kerkar (one of the pioneers of the Indian visual artist industry).

There were 18 fashion show sequences which were led by Shie Lobo and his fantastic team to choreograph the sequences with panache and grandeur.

Uma, Shreya, Shailaja won the title “Most Commercially Viable Collection” for presenting an Indo-Western collection representing the face of urban women today; Meenakshi, Shilpa won the title “Best Surface Decoration” for showcasing an urban and avant-garde style collection using the art of origami; Prithi, Darshana, Rutuja won the title ‘The Best Ramp Appeal’, they presented a collection of party clothes using geometric and ornamental designs Klimits and Gaurav, Imran, Riddhi won the title ‘The Best Collection Fashion’ for presenting a super cool streetwear collection inspired by the works of the famous American painter Jackson Pollock and his signature Drip Technique.

Mihir Mehta, Vice President of SASMIRA was of the opinion that “In India, the fashion industry is in its infancy. There are many opportunities when we compare it with other countries. What is essential is the dedication and vision to analyze the opportunity. Our students are very focused and hardworking and our faculties try to train them not only on clothes and fashion, but also on textiles, fabrics, yarns and other important aspects “Krishnendu Datta, Dean SIDT said:” The students and faculties of SIDT have worked extremely hard, despite the difficult times of the pandemic, to put together an excellent fashion collection to showcase their design creativity. Enchante 2021 celebrates the positive attitude – “never say-die” of the Sasmira Design and Textiles Institute. “Due to COVID, entry was limited to a limited audience on the ground, but more than 1,400 people participated online; comprised of board members, industry leaders, partners and parents. was very well organized by Tefla’s, a renowned Mumbai-based event management group. Aseem Singh, Director of Tefla’s, said: “It was a challenge and a moral responsibility for us to manage and run the event. in accordance with government standards imposed due to Covid. We are happy to have been successful and look forward to running other events. We wish the students of SASMIRA all the best and congratulate all winners and participants for their valuable contribution to the success of the trade fair. Mills’ Research Association (SASMIRA) is a cooperative enterprise in the artificial textile industry and is a versatile and multifunctional research institute to meet its scientific and technological needs. logical. It was established on January 12, 1950 and is linked to the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. from India.

Sasmira has established itself as a renowned institute in the field of textiles, including fashion design and clothing merchandising. The Institute’s mission is to promote a pool of human resources literate in design for today’s competitive market.

The Sasimra Design and Textile Institute (SIDT) is a sister company of Sasmira; SIDT is dedicated to the Design and Textile vertical.

This story is provided by PNN. ANI will not be responsible for the content of this article in any way. (ANI / PNN)

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Can I still dress all in black?

In art, where black was the first pigment used, black is an achromatic color – a color without a dominant tint but containing all tints in equal measure. Historically, this has led to considering, in the decorative arts and to some extent in fashion, a neutral, such as white or beige – a tone used as a base against which other colors can be displayed.

But over time, in culture, society, and politics, black clothing has become anything but regarded. Indeed, I can think of few colors in a closet that come with so many complicated associations and assumptions. So anyone who chooses to wear black because they think it will help them blend in with the background should really think again.

To consider:

In the Bible, black is associated with mourning and death. Christian monks adopted black robes as signs of humility. In the mid-14th century, the bubonic plague swept across Europe and Africa, permeating the color with fear. In pop culture, ninjas are often depicted dressed in black. Witches too. The maids too.

In the early 1800s, however, Beau Brummell became an advocate for black evening wear for men. In 1926, Coco Chanel created “the little black dress”, associating black with the elegance of simplicity. In the 1960s, it became the color of choice for the Beatniks and the underground. Black was also used as a rebellion garment. See the Black Panthers and Hong Kong democracy protesters.

In 1971, Johnny Cash, aka “the man in black”, explained his choice of clothes in song: so we remember those who are held up, in the front there should be a man in black.

And in 2018, Times Up asked everyone who attended the Golden Globes to wear black to show solidarity with victims of sexual harassment in Hollywood.

Black is, of course, the favorite color of many in the fashion industry too – the same ones that keep declaring red, purple or neon as the latest trend. At Monday’s Met Gala, Kim Kardashian wore a black Balenciaga lower body and a mini dress with a train, which drew comparisons with a black hole and raised eyebrows, given the plight of women in Afghanistan today.

All this explains why the color of your choice can provoke strong reactions. That doesn’t mean you have to give it up, of course. There’s a reason black has been so popular for so long, and if anyone thinks it’s going to go away, I have a bridge to sell you. But it does mean understanding the different layers involved and what can actually be going on in the viewer’s mind.

Each week on Open Thread, Vanessa will answer a fashion reader’s question, which you can send her anytime via E-mail Where Twitter. The questions are edited and condensed.

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The dirty secret of clothes is released

Instead, due to the pandemic, she was in custody in Brooklyn when news broke that dozens of major consumer clothing brands were refusing to pay factories for completed orders. The orders represented billions of dollars and the livelihoods of legions of impoverished people, mostly women.

“In the midst of this terrifying crisis, these really huge, profitable companies – their instinct wasn’t to protect the people who work for them, it was to screw them up,” Cline says. “It was too much.”

She launched a campaign called #PayUp, alongside activists and others following the fashion industry, demanding that brands, including H&M and Zara, pay what they owe. Factory owners have been exceptionally open with the press about the extent of the problem, Cline says. They rarely speak ill of their customers, whose whims control the fate of factories. But in this case, what did they have to lose?

#PayUp has gone viral. Over $ 22 billion of those unpaid bills have since been paid. But the bad taste in Cline’s mouth hasn’t gone away. For years, she had written extensively on brands’ efforts to do better on labor rights and the environment. But because fashion has largely escaped the official pollution and waste regulations that governments apply to industries such as petroleum and agriculture, clothing companies were watching and reforming themselves. Now Cline couldn’t muster even skeptical optimism.

It was time, she thought, for fashion to stop being. And she was not alone. In recent years, awareness of fashion issues has surged like a wave in society, especially among young people. The pandemic has only accelerated the process, with injustice and environmental degradation attracting the attention they rarely received before. Now Cline and other voices – activists, writers, non-governmental organizations – are calling for change, with real rules on the industry.

A glimpse of the future

The social problems of clothing manufacturing, which relies on low wages and long working hours, are no secret. But what you might not know is the depth of fashion’s sustainability problem. Along with little black dresses and trendy sneakers, clothing manufacturers are producing tons of trash and oceans of contaminated water. Clothing manufacturing doubled between 2000 and 2014, and many pieces are now only worn a handful of times. Each second, the value of clothes from a garbage truck is thrown away or burned. The fashion industry is a conveyor belt transporting natural resources through landfill at breakneck speed.

The solutions explored by the clothing brands themselves typically resemble using a pipette to put out a forest fire. Recycling cotton makes more use of the material, but recycling shortens its fibers, which must then be combined with fresh cotton to make a garment.

The best ideas involve the concept of circularity. “This means moving to a system where we no longer extract new materials from the earth,” says Elizabeth Segran, a fashion reporter for Fast Company.

If fashion were circular, the materials of one garment could be used to make a new garment after the first one is worn. They should be chosen from a list of materials that can be recycled endlessly. That’s a tall order at the moment, as the best-known examples are glass and aluminum, which are unlikely to be used much in clothing. And there is almost no infrastructure to do it: there are few supply chains of recyclable substances and no good way to recover the materials from the consumer.

Still, if brands are using materials that can be recycled multiple times, but not endlessly – like the PET plastic used in water bottles, which can be used to make polyester – and if they can invest in it. infrastructure and logistics to recover and reuse their products, just as they have adapted to e-commerce over the past 15 years, there may be a way forward.

Chloe Songer and Stuart Ahlum, founders of sneaker brand Thousand Fell, see their company as a pilot project for this potential future. Both had worked for several years for major clothing brands and kept an eye on researching new types of materials.

“Textile vendors and factories had heard the consumer want something more sustainable,” says Ahlum, and he and Songer had seen enough textile innovations to launch a first product that matched the bill. “By that I mean better [use of] carbon, water and energy across the entire supply chain than traditional leather, traditional rubber or traditional foams, ”he says. And “we could actually recycle a lot of that stuff.”

They chose a simple white sneaker, the kind that people could wear everyday for months on end until it was really worn out, then tossed in the trash, and designed it so that at the end of the day. its life, it can be disassembled and many of the components recycled.

From the way Songer and Ahlum talk about materials, you can begin to see a future in which companies have endless foods of plastic or synthetic cork or vegan leather that are marketed as finished products and come back as raw materials. (The company name reflects the founders’ interest in new types of “scraps,” an old term for leather or hides.) At the end of this month, the company will launch an online system for its recycling process that will allow consumers to track the material fate of their shoes and use credits when purchasing new ones.

This proto-circular economy is an appealing vision, but relying on companies alone to make it real is not enough, especially huge ones like Gap and Inditex, which owns Zara. “What we risk is that they are doing just enough to stop us from asking for real change,” says Cline.

In other words, they will only leave if they are pushed. We don’t have time to wait for them to move on their own.

Elizabeth Cline, author of “Overdressed” and “The Conscious Closet”.Keri wiginton

Real responsibility

In February, Segran wrote an article for Fast Company calling on Biden to appoint a fashion czar. “The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions,” she wrote. “It must be regulated like the other major sectors. The story sparked a movement: Activists wrote a letter signed by more than 80 groups, including fashion brands and nonprofits, urging the president to choose someone to take charge of this disaster at high speed, someone to inaugurate policies that make brands responsible for the environmental and social burdens of their products.

Cline was one of the signatories of the letter. “Although [the United States has] a huge fashion industry and is a leader in terms of design, we don’t have a lot of breakthroughs in Washington. And at the moment, we are late in this political conversation, ”she said. “We believe that every conversation the White House has on climate, energy or sustainability or domestic manufacturing should include people from the fashion industry.”

Elsewhere in the world, there are signs of what could be. When brands miscalculate demand, they often burn or destroy unsold clothing en masse – a practice France now has banned. The European Union’s Circular Action Plan includes another idea Cline hopes to have legs: a demand for extended producer responsibility. This would force companies to take back and recycle or otherwise treat their products once they have reached the end of their useful life. “It would be such an easy thing for the United States to adopt,” she said. The EU also plans to establish rules encouraging manufacturers to use recyclable materials.

In addition, the EU passes human rights laws that oblige companies operating in the EU – whether it is simply having a store there or having their headquarters there – to s ” ensure that their supply chains, wherever they are in the world, meet certain standards. . If they don’t, there will be financial consequences. “This marks a big step forward from self-regulation towards real accountability for brands,” says Cline.

In recent months in the United States, Cline has campaigned for the Garment Workers Protection Act in California, which would hold fashion brands legally responsible for ensuring workers earn at least minimum wage. She took on the role of director of policy and advocacy at Remake, an organization focused on overhauling the fashion industry, and fought for the renewal of an international agreement to protect factory workers from tailoring at work.

Almost 10 years after Cline helped revive the consumer staples movement to extend the life of clothing, the movement has gathered pace. People are now committing on social media not to buy anything new. Younger generations are showing increasing awareness of the fashion industry waste problem. In June, online resale firm ThredUp and research firm Global Markets announced that second-hand clothing sales are expected to quintuple over the next five years. That’s fine, says Cline, but changing consumer behavior is only a small part of what’s needed.

“My job has changed a lot over the past year,” says Cline. She now believes that instead of getting people to buy smarter or less and expect brands to reform from within, there is a need for change in the public sphere. “Instead of putting so much pressure on our consumers, we need to review what our citizens are capable of,” she says. “Which is a lot.”

Veronique Greenwood is a science writer who frequently contributes to Ideas. Follow her on Twitter @vero_greenwood.

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The Nana & Bird multi-label boutique invites you to join them

PHOTO: Nana and the bird

SINGAPORE – When we stumbled upon a store that feels like browsing a friend’s expansive wardrobe with every item that catches your eye, we know it’s a winner. Housed in the airy and spacious Yong Siak location, Nana & Bird is the place to venture when you need retail inspiration or to chat with the friendly owners, Georgina Koh and Tan Chiew Ling.

In addition to its eponymous clothing brand, Nana & Bird, the local multi-brand boutique also houses local and international brands. Over the past 11 years, from their beginnings as a weekend pop-up store in Georgina’s Tiong Bharu apartment, the brand has consistently responded to the needs of its customers by introducing relevant and thoughtful items in addition to offering engaging store experiences. From its roots in clothing, the fashion brand has branched out into accessories, children’s clothing and home goods. Faithful to their spirit of innovation, they recently launched three lines: Momentum, Essence and Re / love. These three new launches cover their fifth capsule collection, their home brand of perfumes and home care, as well as a pre-loved segment.


Born from a difficult year that the whole world went through, the aptly named Momentum is “inspired by the proposal to regain its momentum in 2021 after having survived the uncertainties of 2020”. The founders seek to instill a sense of hope and positivity by bringing lightness and forward momentum. The fifth capsule, a 30-piece collection, features easy-to-wear outfits, with funky prints and a colorful color palette. You’ll find tops, bottoms, outerwear and dresses designed with work from home in mind (wfh). Not quite loungewear, the Momentum collection is made for zoom-ready wfh situations, with a touch of elegance thanks to luxury materials such as jacquard.

On the one item every woman should own during this pandemic, Georgina shares her choice for a casual blazer that will get her through business meetings online quickly. Chiew Ling’s choice goes to a pair of comfortable house pants that can be dressed easily, which are also iron-free.

Prices start from S $ 115.


A single scent can evoke memories and inspire emotions. The same can be said of the Nana & Bird signature fragrance. After years of reviews from regulars who adore the boutique fragrance created by the founders, the bespoke store fragrance brand “RENEW” was born. Developed with Singapore-based essential oil company Ollie, RENEW is formulated with pure, natural lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils. By working with farmers and distillers around the world, customers can take comfort in bringing this familiar, chemical-free blend into their homes. Calming, relaxing and yet refreshing, Nana & Bird’s unique blend will definitely come in handy during this pandemic.

The “RENEW” range includes a room mist (S $ 25 for 50 ml), an essential oil (S $ 25 for 10 ml), an aromatic roller (S $ 18 for 10 ml) and the ESSENCE RENEW kit (60 S $ for all three products).

Re / like

In these uncertain times when people are starting to reassess their priorities in life, the founders recognize that fashion circularity is timely. Just as the preservation of products is due to the founders’ shared passion for fashion, the desire of the founders is for their fans to build a modern female wardrobe that can stand the test of time. This is done by injecting novelty in a sustainable way. For the founders, each item in the Re / love category is about celebrating moments, an item that evolves with you through the different stages of life and should remain relevant for years to come. Preserving rare, timeless and authentic pre-owned pieces from top luxury brands at affordable prices is more than owning a luxury piece. It is also about giving new life to each of the objects.

“The fashion industry is at a crossroads when it comes to assessing its footprint and its impact on the environment. As parents, we think about the world we want to create for our children. But as consumers ourselves, we cannot deny the joy of discovering new brands and new products, ”says Chiew Ling. “We believe the dichotomy between the two can be resolved by promoting fashion circularity. We can buy with intention, use with caution, and distribute responsibly.

Customers can follow the brand’s Instagram account, @relove_by, and schedule an appointment to view the items in store.

PHOTO: Nana and the bird

PHOTO: Nana and the bird

Meeting challenges together

The creative duo make entrepreneurship accessible to anyone considering doing the same. Please note that the two founders have full-time jobs and are each the mother of two children. So how did the two of them hit the jackpot with their shop? Far from chance, the success of Nana & Bird is the culmination of various factors, a large part of which lies in their chemistry and self-confidence.

Their 25 years of friendship have been built on a solid foundation, having met during their college years. Along with their promise to put friendship ahead of business from the start, their mutual respect has allowed them to build on each other’s strengths. But more importantly, both have their own ways of using time to their advantage.

A keeper of your time

For Chiew Ling, compartmentalizing her time in untouchable niches intended for her children, her husband and her business has done wonders. “You have to be aware of blocking your time and establishing the barrier,” enthuses the guardian of her time. The dynamic entrepreneur even manages to set aside time for his daily K-drama patch. Imagine having a full-time career, a thriving retail and online store, and juggling a family with kids, all while enjoying my free time. Go figure it out.

Georgina is aware of taking care of her energy level and being present at everything she does – whether it is focusing on the job during working hours, spending quality time with family or working on Nana & Bird operations and formulating business plans. This characteristic of being present has allowed her to focus on the issues at hand and to devote herself 100% to whatever she does. She repeats that when she dies, she really means it. “You have to think about how you use your time,” shares multitasking. While her business partner catches up with K-Dramas, Georgina enjoys relaxing with a glass of wine with her husband the evening after the kids have fallen asleep.

Understandably, both entrepreneurs credit their husbands with support and patience who willingly take on most of the babysitting duties, especially on weekends. Fortunately, the duo have established an am / pm time slot, so they can relieve themselves and enjoy some precious family time on the weekends.

Women lift women

PHOTO: Nana and the bird.  The founders (from left to right): Georgina and Chiew Ling.

PHOTO: Nana and the bird. The founders (left to right) Georgina and Chiew Ling.

Based on advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs, the founders would like to call on their female colleagues to embrace their ideas and actively seek out ways to manifest them.

“Don’t be afraid to have ambition. Don’t dwell on your ideas, just do it. Honor that energy and that instinctive feeling. Never doubt your instincts, protect it and see how it grows, ”Chiew Ling shares.

Georgina agrees: “We have to support each other. Women should not criticize other women but uplift each other. People are more than willing to share. When you’re stuck, talk to someone. Trust and reiterate your ideas along the way. “

The Nana & Bird community

On how they wish to bring Nana & Bird into the next decade, the founders have big plans. Recognizing that women are multi-faceted, they understand that having a highly organized offering is only the tip of the iceberg, their offerings also need to be sharp and different. Their dream for Nana & Bird is to build a strong community of women who will come together in a space to relax, even with their children. A unique destination where women not only get their dose of fashion, but also a place for their beauty needs. Most importantly, Nana & Bird will be a space where women can come together and support each other.

We can’t wait to see Nana & Bird take off.

PHOTO: Nana and the bird

PHOTO: Nana and the bird

Nana & Bird

1M Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641

Phone. : 9117-0430

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‘Gossip Girl’ taught Savannah Lee Smith her own style

On the new “Gossip Girl”, Savannah Lee Smith plays Monet de Haan, the Evil girl terrorizing Constance Billard while aiming for a PR career at all costs – friendships included, as the show reached its midseason finale with Monet MIA after a betrayal in a costume contest. It’s such a compelling performance that you couldn’t be blamed for assuming that Smith herself could, for example, throw a turmeric latte in your brand new sweater. But she’s (thankfully, for the sake of my own cream-colored Marc Jacobs sweatshirt) the exact opposite in person when we catch up at the Kate Spade New York event on Wednesday morning: lovely, bubbly, and super friendly.

“This is my very first fashion week! So I’m really excited,” she says. “It’s crazy. Little girl, I grew up watching the Met [Gala] and fashion week and all the catwalks and I dreamed of being a part of it. “

Another way Smith differs from the character she plays on TV? While Monet was probably born knowing the difference between Balmain and Balenciaga, for the young actor, “Gossip Girl” served as a crash course in the industry. She has always been interested in lowercase F fashion, but it was working with extraordinary costume designer Eric Daman that Smith invested in the genre of capital F fashion that rules the Upper East Side.

“After seeing the way Eric works with individuality, you can tell that each character is so designed in his clothes, so specific to him. It gave me an idea of ​​where I wanted to go with fashion. “, she says. “Every time I go to a fitting he says ‘Do you know this brand?’ And I’m like ‘No no no’; I’m looking, I write it in my Notes app, like, ‘I need this dress.’ It’s an educational thing for me. “

Smith turns out to be a quick study, showing up at the show‘s premiere at Louis Vuitton, then brightening up her simple black Kate Spade New York jumpsuit with a matching set of jewelry – a chunky cocktail ring and chandelier earrings – and glittering Mary Jane pumps. She loves to experiment with colors and pieces that catch the eye. “I also have a bit of an androgynous side that I’m trying to cultivate right now,” she says. “I love combat boots.”

Smith’s key accessory, however, was an apple-shaped “I Love NY” bag, as Wednesday’s event aimed to celebrate Kate Spade’s collection sporting Milton Glazer’s iconic tourist logo. That’s totally fitting for the Los Angeles native, who moved to New York in 2018 to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts only to land a starring role at one of the lesser properties. more in vogue on television a few years later.

Smith was already in love with the city, but “Gossip Girl” deepened her appreciation for her new hometown. “My life changed instantly. It made me fall in love with New York even more, because ‘Gossip Girl’ is like a love letter to New York,” she says. “The show showed me parts of New York that I had never seen before.”

Then, with a smirk, Smith leans in to share one of his favorite jokes: “It’s funny, because ‘Gossip Girl’ gives New York very handsome, and he is – sometimes! There is no trash on the street in “Gossip Girl”, but it is there in real life. “

Garbage Joke: Just another reason Smith is so much more lovable and relatable than his on-screen character.

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Brits want brands to sell more vegan fashion, study finds

The majority of Britons want to see more certified vegan clothing, bags, shoes and accessories both in stores and online, new research shows.

A report released earlier this month by the Vegan Society looked at consumers’ understanding of the different materials and supply chain issues within the fashion industry, and what shoppers are looking for in vegan fashion.

A survey in the report, aimed at those who buy new clothes rather than second-hand items, found that 95 percent of shoppers said they would like to see more vegan verified fashion, with almost half (48 percent) saying they want to see in all categories of fashion.

The survey found that 35% of respondents wanted to see more vegan options for items that typically use animal leather, such as jackets and boots, while 32% would like more bags and backpacks in vegan leather.

Thirty-two percent said they would like to see the use of leather (vegetable leather) extended to general footwear such as boots, heels and sandals, while 28 percent would be interested in vegan leather sneakers.

The new report comes as a growing number of fashion companies, from big brands to luxury houses, are moving away from animal products as the market for vegan alternatives continues to grow.

In the past three months alone, Canada Goose, Moose Knuckles and Nieman Marcus have announced their plans to go without fur, joining Macy’s, H&M, Gap, Urban Outfitters and J.Crew, Burberry, Prada, Gucci and Giorgio Armani.

The Vegan Society survey also found that 61% of respondents think the use of fur is cruel, while a tiny 57% feel the same about using animal leather. exotic ”.

Thirty-seven percent of those polled said the use of cowhide is cruel, with more than half (54 percent) “slamming the use of calfskin” – although the report did not clarified exactly what that meant.

Thirty-five percent said they wanted more vegan leather options, with almost three-quarters (74 percent) willing to pay more for non-animal alternatives.

More than half (55%) said they were interested in buying or already owning something made from vegetable leather, the highest percentages for all materials surveyed. Forty-two percent said they thought it was sustainable, 34 percent said it was ethical, and 31 percent said it was modern.

The study’s research was based on a survey of 1,000 UK adults conducted on the Attest consumer research platform between May 12 and 14, 2021.

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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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Making the Cut Season 2 winner reveals key to her success

Only one talented fashion designer has heard Heidi Klum’s coveted phrase. In the finale, Making the Cut season 2 winner Andrea Pitter proved once again that she can deliver a collection that wowed the judges. After this first revelation, Pitter seemed to have concluded this epic victory.

From the first episode to the final look, Pitter had a very clear goal with this Amazon Prime fashion. competetion. While winning would change her fashion business forever, the title was only part of the journey.

While the various episodes seem to culminate in an epic catwalk showdown between Pitter and Gary Graham, the reality is that these two designers have never lost sight of their own aesthetic. While the first episode may have set the stage for the bridal designer versus the artist, the reality is that both designers sought to bring out the confident woman behind the clothes.

The winner of Making the Cut season 2 has revealed the key to her success.

In a recent conversation with Culturess, Pitter shared that she wanted to show that “no matter how long I stay, I’m going to show them I’m more than a wedding dress designer.” She said “I was really aware of this during the competition.” Pitter thinks that’s part of the reason she’s been successful.

As the finale of Making the Cut opened, Pitter and his model had this amazing moment. Pitter shared that during the competition his model told him, “If you make me really sexy, I feel like I’m going to kill him.” As she revealed this lingerie, it was clear that this show was going to be more than just a moment of revealing.

Of course, the judges had commented throughout Season 2 of Making the Cut that a revelation was catching their attention. Pitter said it was “something the judges and I had in common. I like a good reveal, so they didn’t have to convince me twice.

But, that moment was more than just a fashion wow. It made an important statement about Pitter and his fashion brand. She said, “I want to celebrate all body types. I put my money where my mouth is. Granted, there was a desire to win the ultimate Amazon Prime award, but it was about changing the conversation about fashion, brotherhood, and inclusion.

Even looking at the range in its final collection, Pitter chose to feature inclusivity. From size to gender, the options were as bold as the sparkle and the prints. Even in the 10 Looks collection, Pitter showed she does glamor, business, and runway moments.

While she was able to cover it all in this collection of 10 looks, becoming the winner of Making the Cut was more than just a catwalk look. Pitter had to prove that she was a smart businesswoman.

While the fashion industry can be difficult to secure, Pitter believed in its capabilities. She said: “I think being a woman entrepreneur and also a woman of color, where we usually lack resources and opportunities, I had no choice but to drive my success. In this, in this space, it definitely gave me a head start as I was almost a jack of all trades and I’m grateful for that determination that I have.

Honestly, Pitter admitted that she “didn’t know what I was preparing for all my life”, but she was not “afraid of tough things.” Having been pushed before, she knew she had to embark on every mission. Through all of these “triumphs, trials and failures,” she knew that hard work paid off.

In his business, Pitter uses the expression dreaming in reality. While this great concept appears to be floating in the sky, his explanation for this idea is clear. She thinks she must have gone, she must have made her wildest dreams come true. Specifically, she encourages people to “go against the grain”.

Specifically, she said that “to dream in reality means to dream but to do it in reality, to do it in real time, to flex your muscles a little bit, to look at where you are right now, to think about what this opportunity brings to you, and can -be pushing this conversation in a different way.

As this opportunity with Amazon Prime presents itself, Pitter has a big voice and a big responsibility in the fashion world. Although she has been a mentor to other promising designers, it is more than this community. She is an example to everyone who looks at her, including her own family.

While there are many conversations about the importance of the role of the daddy girl, the role of the mommy boy could be even more influential. Pitter is a mom to a boy and when asked this question his answer was clear.

From the young man she is raising to her validating husband, she believes that she stands as a model of a strong, powerful and beautiful woman. Whether it’s complementing a woman when she feels confident in a gorgeous dress to the moment she feels empowered to express her voice, the reality is that celebrating women, themselves and their accomplishments is more important. than ever.

Standing up for others who are smart, powerful, and pretty means that dreaming in reality is not a noble goal, it is the truth. For now, Andrea Pitter proudly wears her Making the Cut Season 2 winner’s crown.

What do you think of the final of Make the cut season 2? Did the right person win the award?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bronx Fashion Week model casting for the September runway show


Bronx Fashion Week 2015 Fashion Designer: Francoise Desmangles Model: Veronica Bayb Background: No Longer Empty Exhibition Artwork by Teresa Diehl
Photo by Catherine Fonseca / Fonseca Photography via Flickr

The organizers of Bronx Fashion Week (BxFW) are planning their next fashion show, which will take place on September 18. In preparation for the show, the organizers are organizing a casting for the models on July 31.

According to its website, Bronx Fashion Week hosts some of the nation’s premier fashion events by encouraging and empowering people through fashion. Since its inception in 2013, the organization has been dedicated to “cultivating the success of established and emerging designers, as well as other talented individuals by advancing diversity and inclusiveness within the fashion industry” .

After having to cancel the Spring 2020 show, organizers of Bronx Fashion Week have now started the process of accepting designer nominations for the September 2021 show as well as organizing the next model casting call. They encourage anyone interested in either role to check out their website here and email or direct message to organizers with any questions. Contact details are listed on the website.

Flyer for the Bronx Fashion Week Fashion Show in September.
Image courtesy of Bronx Fashion Week

Organizers say Bronx Fashion Week events and programs spotlight designers, artists and models from the Bronx and surrounding areas. They say the group’s mission is to continue to create platforms and opportunities that help talented individuals build their brands, reveal their talent, and expand their networks.

Bringing people together to share their passion for fashion and give everyone an equal chance to do something for themselves in the competitive fashion industry is one of the main goals of the organization. The organizers say the group’s roots are stapled and tied to the Bronx, they really believe in the talented artist from the Bronx and they know these artists need help getting known and recognized.

Flyer for the next model casting by Bronx Fashion Week.
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Therefore, auditions for the casting will take place on Saturday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Confetti Party Place, 3190 Westchester Avenue in Pelham Bay. Masks are required and model coordination is provided by Andres Chulisi Rodriguez and Crystal Gomez of BxFW.

Models should wear all-black clothing, high heels and dress shoes only. Open-toed sneakers or sandals are not permitted and models are requested to arrive on time. Upon arrival, models must submit a mockup card, portfolio, and photos of the head.

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Wasted fashion: the need for eco-reinvention in the fashion industry

Sustainability is one of the most popular words in all industries right now. The fashion industry is among the most affected, with every designer taking it into account. Building a label while remaining environmentally conscious is not always an easy task, but it is a necessity.

Sustainability in the fashion industry is extremely important, being the second largest polluter in the world. Many big brands in the industry started out with little recognition for environmental sustainability, but the overwhelming discussion surrounding the devastating impacts of fast fashion has sparked backlashes from all sides. Brands have taken and are taking measures to combat the impact of their activities on the environment.

Quick mode

Fast fashion is arguably the biggest problem in the fashion industry. This trend fosters an increasing demand for new garments, which are produced quickly and inexpensively to maintain the cycle of increasing demand. This production trend responds to the preferences and choices of millennials. Analysis posted by Betway showed the serious impacts of fast fashion on our environment. The fight against the devastating effects of the fashion industry must begin with the elimination of fast fashion.

Scary future

If the impacts of the fashion industry are not combated, the future looks bleak for even the most optimistic person. Climate change, global warming and water scarcity are some of the biggest problems in stock. Therefore, eco-reinvention becomes necessary in the fashion industry.

Do more with less

Global resources are overly stretched, so finding ways to do more with less becomes critical. For example, a lot of water is consumed in the dyeing process, but a brand has found a way to remove the water from the process, saving the world from possible water shortage in the future.

Likewise, consumers have to wear longer with less clothing, hence the need to show a preference for high quality materials over cheap fast fashion products. This means a drop in demand for new clothes and a drop in waste going to landfill.

No longer works as usual

The fashion industry must move quickly towards sustainability as consumer attitudes change. Buying habits are changing – brands need to find ways to eliminate processes that are not environmentally friendly and be very transparent.


Consumers are now asking questions about the materials used, sources and production processes. Fashion brands should clearly indicate these details on their websites.

Brands that impressed

Some big fashion brands have shown impressive commitments to going greener – using renewable energy sources, recycling water, etc.

Nike and Adidas

These two sports giants control a large chunk of the market, with combined sales of around $ 50 billion in 2019. Adidas is ditching plastic in all of its offices while recycled materials are used for 75% of footwear and Nike clothing.


This Spanish brand has also achieved impressive feats and announced that all sustainable fabrics will be used for all of its clothing from 2025.

H&M is the fourth brand on the Betway List.

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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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