Nary Manivong Returns to the Fashion Scene With a Direct-to-Consumer Signature Collection

TIME FOR A SECOND ACT: After a four-year hiatus, Nary Manivong is back on the scene with a direct-to-consumer signature collection.
The designer decided to hit the reset button, even leaving New York for the better part of 2014, before returning. Interestingly, Manivong said he didn’t jump at the opportunity to start his own label when Handa Fashion’s Jack Shi presented the idea. The duo have known each other professionally for 10 years, but their partnership evolved over time. Not wanting to rush back into fashion full time, the conversation played out over 18 months during which Shi offered to provide all the production services for his signature label at no cost.
Manivong now occupies a floor that serves as a factory, sample room and showroom in a West 35th Street building. His capsule collection — three dresses, a skirt and six tops — will be sold online direct-to-consumer starting Thursday. Aiming to be strategic with his growth plan, he wants to find the right retail partner initially rather than multiple ones. Retail prices will range from $ 400 to $ 900 with the higher-end of the spectrum made from Laotian textiles. The Ohio-born designer took the 19-hour flight there earlier this year to meet many relatives for the

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London Fashion Week: Representation is ‘still a problem’

Strides have been made towards diversity on London’s catwalks but is it enough?
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21 Times the Ladies of Game of Thrones Conquered Red Carpet Fashion

ESC: Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie TurnerThe women from the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones are conquering the red carpet.
While we know Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Gwendoline…

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Returning to New York

After a two-year trip abroad — to Paris and then Shanghai — the extravaganza and hype machine that is the Victoria’s Secret fashion show is returning to New York.
In a series of posts to Instagram Monday, the brand touted: “Start spreading the news…the #VSFashionShow is back in New York City!” The posts pictured the brand’s “angels” toting their wings about town, hailing a cab, emerging from the subway and passing through Grand Central Terminal.
Together the three posts racked up 1,400 comments in just a few hours — illustrating the reach of the event, which is preparing for its 23rd outing.
For the 2016 production in Paris, the brand imported 70 tons of equipment, 18 miles of cable and 51 of the world’s top models.
Last year, the show ran into other complications in Shanghai, when visas were denied to Katy Perry, reportedly after her perceived support for Taiwan, and Gigi Hadid and others.
Having the show in New York should avoid those kinds of difficulties, but the big question for the business is whether the show can help bring some vigor back to the brand, which has been casting about for direction and looking to reverse a trend of sales declines in its stores.

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Victoria Beckham makes London Fashion Week debut

A decade after launching her label, the fashion designer shows her SS19 collection on home ground.
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Fashion East RTW Spring 2019

Charlotte Knowles, Yuhan Wang and Asai’s A Sai Ta served up a combination of experimental and tongue-in-cheek designs at the Fashion East showcase, where utilitarian silhouettes, string bikinis and girly details poked fun at stereotypical female codes.
Knowles opened the show with a red corseted number that had a halter-neck bikini attachment, which laid out the foundation to her spring collection. A sea-lion printed dress, which looked like it was made out of bikinis, fitted leggings and Lycra shorts with leg ties all riffed off the two-piece swimwear. These hyper-feminine pieces were contrasted with trashy chic low-rise jeans and a fitted military jacket.
Wang’s portrait of a woman was soft, delicate yet slightly run down. Silk and printed jersey dresses were loosely bunched and gathered at the sides and these flounced gently down the runway. While these styles were dreamy, they also looked like ensembles made for women of the night. Dresses were cut out at the hip and slashed around the legs and their gloved hands fell drearily to the wayside.
Asai’s A Sai Ta took a welcome break from his usual fringed looks and introduced more tailored pieces, such as an oil slick coat and a wide utilitarian waist belt with flap

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H&M Stages See-Now-Buy-Now Fashion Show in Shanghai in Time for Tmall Super Brand Day

H&M’S SUPER DAY: For the first time, H&M dove into Super Brand Day Wednesday on Tmall, one of the leading e-commerce platforms.
To try to maximize its efforts, H&M China staged a see-now-buy-now H&M Studio A/W 2018 fashion show in Shanghai with some H&M-clad, well-known guests: Model Ju Xiaowen, pop idol Wang Ziyi, actress Rayza and musician and actress Summer. The garments worn by the celebrities sold out within minutes, according to H&M. In total, about 1,000 members of the media, influencers and special guests joined executives and staffers from H&M and Tmall for the runway show. The event was also live-streamed on Tmall. A hot-pink pussy bow blouse, a pink-and-red pleated skirt, a shimmery black cocktail dress, light-blue men’s suit and a gray crewneck sweater imprinted with a large “H” on the front were some of the runway styles.
Tmall’s base of shoppers helps to bolster H&M China’s 400-plus stores, as well as its e-commerce site. The company launched its Tmall store in March and Wednesday’s tie-in was the latest evolution of the alliance. Through its #YourDayYourWay campaign, Chinese shoppers were offered special promotions via the H&M Tmall store.
H&M’s managing director Fredrik Olsson noted that before the Super Brand Day event,

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From Chris Brown’s Ex to Front Row Stunner: Karrueche Tran Wins New York Fashion Week

ESC: Karrueche Tran, NYFWIn the wise words of Béyonce, “Always stay gracious, the best revenge is your paper.”
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From Chris Brown’s Ex to Front Row Stunner: Karrueche Tran Wins New York Fashion Week

ESC: Karrueche Tran, NYFWIn the wise words of Béyonce, “Always stay gracious, the best revenge is your paper.”
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Every Outfit Kaia Gerber Has Worn During New York Fashion Week Spring 2019

ESC: NYFW Best Looks, Tom Ford, Kaia GerberKaia Gerber has transformed from a runway newbie to a top model at New York Fashion Week.
In comparison to some of her older peers, the 17-year-old star has risen to success quickly. It…

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Every Outfit Kaia Gerber Has Worn During New York Fashion Week Spring 2019

ESC: NYFW Best Looks, Tom Ford, Kaia GerberKaia Gerber has transformed from a runway newbie to a top model at New York Fashion Week.
In comparison to some of her older peers, the 17-year-old star has risen to success quickly. It…

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Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary Fashion Show Exhibits His Designs for the End of an Era

Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and a star-studded crowd came to celebrate the designer’s 50-year career.
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Inside the Fashion Week Party Where Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Had Their Explosive Fight

Harpers Bazaar Icon Party, Cardi B., Nicki MinajNicki Minaj and Cardi B made headlines on Friday after the rappers got into an explosive fight during the Harper’s Bazaar Icon Party in New York.
Videos captured by E! News and fellow…

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7 Celebrity Fashion Trends You Need to Copy Now

ESC: Nicki Minaj If you’re looking for inspiration for your fall wardrobe, look no further.
Now that New York Fashion Week is off to a good start, celebrities are pulling out the best of their…

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Bella Hadid Makes This Iconic Risky Business Look High Fashion

ESC: Bella HadidA new fashion trend just slid into our purview, much like the way Tom Cruise slid across the floor in Risky Business.
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Bella Hadid Makes This Iconic Risky Business Look High Fashion

ESC: Bella HadidA new fashion trend just slid into our purview, much like the way Tom Cruise slid across the floor in Risky Business.
During New York Fashion Week, Bella Hadid took some time away from…

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2019: Best Looks From Celebrity Street Style

ESC: Priyanka Chopra, Street StyleGet ready to whip out your credit cards, because it’s time to shop!
While New York Fashion Week runways will make you drool with awing clothing, there’s a few reasons why you…

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2019: Best Looks From Celebrity Street Style

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Unbuttoned: The Fashion Circus Is Coming. Here’s a Cheat’s Guide.

The major designer debuts, the biggest bash and the questions to ask.
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Top Models Reveal What It’s Really Like to Walk in New York Fashion Week

ESC: Hannah Ferguson, Devon Windsor, Model SquadWhile modeling for top designers during New York Fashion Week seems like a glamorous job, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
From what we see, beautiful women put on designer…

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Top Models Reveal What It’s Really Like to Walk in New York Fashion Week

ESC: Hannah Ferguson, Devon Windsor, Model SquadWhile modeling for top designers during New York Fashion Week seems like a glamorous job, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
From what we see, beautiful women put on designer…

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Sarah Jessica Parker Attends Intimissimi Fashion Show in Verona

VERONA — “I can now wear pajamas on the streets, which is great for everybody, not just for me,” said actress, designer and businesswoman Sarah Jessica Parker ahead of the annual Intimissimi runway show, a fashion event focusing on the Italian innerwear brand’s newest lingerie collection, held here on Wednesday.
Parker chose to meet the press before the show sporting one of the brand’s pajama sets in a pale-mint lace version, matching it with high-heeled nude satin sandals from her own SJP Collection footwear line.
Intimissimi has tapped Parker as the face — and body — of the label for the first time, although it first worked with the actress back in 2012. The photo campaign and TV commercial were shot around Manhattan’s landmark locations including the city’s Public Theater and the West Village.
“It’s [about] choice, how you choose to walk out of the door, what you‘re trying to say about yourself. In the best of all possible worlds it should be your choice. I think this campaign is about feeling confident telling somebody who you are,” said Parker about the concept behind the images.
With the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements still holding momentum, Parker noted the campaign fuels the conversation around

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Second Edition of Green Carpet Fashion Award by Chopard to be Unveiled in Venice

MILAN – The second edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, will be once again held at the La Scala theater — this year on Sept. 23 — and organizers Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Eco-Age and Chopard will unveil this year’s trophy on Saturday in Venice during the city’s Film Festival.
In accordance with Chopard’s commitment to produce all its watches and jewelry in ethical gold starting in July, the statuette is crafted from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.
“Once again we are delighted to be able to have the opportunity to work with The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia for this year’s ceremony,” said Caroline Scheufele, copresident and artistic director of Chopard, as the awards “are closely aligned” with the company’s values of sustainability and the “celebration of the artisans involved in all levels of our supply chains.”
The trophy represents a woman, whose long braid is produced in Fairmined-certified ethical gold. “Draped in a long robe made of aluminum to lend a lighter touch, the silhouette of this noble 21st-century heroine evokes the models sketched by fashion designers,” stated the company. “She appears surrounded by a halo, borne by a thermoformed Plexiglas cape featuring engravings evoking a golden apple tree.”
On Saturday,

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This Clueless Fashion Trend Is Totally Back and Better Than Ever

CluelessMore than twenty years later, the fashion from Clueless remains our style goals.
Last night, as influencers from all over the world gathered on Santa Monica Pier for the #REVOLVEcarnival…

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This Clueless Fashion Trend Is Totally Back and Better Than Ever

CluelessMore than twenty years later, the fashion from Clueless remains our style goals.
Last night, as influencers from all over the world gathered on Santa Monica Pier for the #REVOLVEcarnival…

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Alabama Chanin Will Be Back in the City During New York Fashion Week

SOUTH OF THE CITY: After a nine-year break from New York Fashion Week, Alabama Chanin will be back on the scene with a private showing Sept. 4 to Sept. 7 at the Bowery Hotel.
The label’s namesake, Natalie Chanin, has been quietly building the sustainable-focused business in Florence, Ala. Committed to cultivating craftsmanship via the artisans and seamstresses that help to produce the collection, the company has been rooted in sustainable production for nearly 20 years. Its offerings are a combination of hand-sewn and machine-made garments. Chanin said, “It feels like our latest designs really stand out from work we’ve done in recent years, so it was important to us to join NYFW again. We’ve worked for many years now to build our manufacturing facility, improve our U.S.-based organic supply chain and develop these new designs.”
Chanin consults with other designers and brands such as Patagonia. For more than four years, the label has been working on a line of upcycled products using down jackets from Patagonia’s recycling program. Recently, Alabama Chanin has been exploring “the future of craft” with a major athletic company. “As our manufacturing capabilities have grown, so have the opportunities to work closely with established brands,” Chanin said.
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Global Fashion Agenda and IFM Join Forces to Advance Sustainability in Fashion

PARIS — Denmark and France are aligning their efforts on the sustainability in fashion front.
Copenhagen-based Global Fashion Agenda and Paris fashion school, Institut Français de la Mode, or the IFM, on Wednesday signed a memorandum outlining their commitment to establishing more partnership agreements to accelerate initiatives in the field. 
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding took place at the opening of the Economic Forum, with as its backdrop French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Denmark. Present at the event were French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire; Dominique Jacomet, dean of the IFM; and Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.
“Confronting those global challenges requires a united effort,” said Eva Kruse, chief executive officer of Global Fashion Agenda, a leadership forum on fashion sustainability which organizes the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit as well as the yearly industry report, Pulse of the Fashion Industry. “The French fashion industry is one of the world’s most powerful and influential, which is why we already work closely with sustainability pioneer and leading French luxury group Kering, but signing this MoU is vital to accomplishing broader changes in French fashion companies and to creating concrete initiatives to educate and guide industry

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Fashion Rewind: 15 Red Carpet Outfits From the Weekend You Can’t Miss

ESC: Janet JacksonThis weekend had so many epic red carpet moments, we had to double back.
Between the iHeartRadio MMVAs 2018 and Black Girls Rock! 2018, celebrities brought their A-game to the carpet,…

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Fashion Rewind: 15 Red Carpet Outfits From the Weekend You Can’t Miss

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The Costume Institute’s ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Ranks Third Among Most-Visited Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Costume Institute’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” has passed the one-million visitor mark.
In doing so, the show now is the Costume Institute’s most visited and the third most visited for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Catholic-themed fashion extravaganza knocked out “The Vatican Collections,“ which was held in 1983, in the third-place slot. It is now just behind “Mona Lisa,” a 1963 show and “Treasures of Tutankhamun” from 1978. King Tut still reigns supreme for the Fifth Avenue museum with more than 1.36 million visitors.
But Heavenly Bodies may gain ground since it will continue to be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters through Oct. 8. Made possible through the support of Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and Versace, the show is meant to be a museum journey examining how the Catholic Church has inspired legions of designers. Catholicism — past, present and future — was considered to be a delicate (and exhaustive) subject to tackle. That may be more true now than when it opened in early May, given last week’s report of decades of alleged child sex abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania.
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Blake Lively Claps Back at a Fashion Critic

The "A Simple Favor" actress is no stranger to savage comebacks, and this was no exception! See what she had to say to those who criticized her colorful look.
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Blake Lively Has the Funniest Response to a Fashion Critic

Blake LivelyBlake Lively is back at it again.
On Friday the actress shared a photo of herself making the sidewalk her runway in a chic and eccentric pantsuit, captioning the Instagram pic of the bold…

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OMG, Where Are Blake Lively's Pants?! -What the Fashion, Ep.16

From Zendaya's Versace Joan of Arc look to Cardi B's Moschino dress, Morgan Stewart and Justin Martindale breakdown the Met Gala on "What the Fashion."
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The Next Great Fashion Trend Is…Newspapers?

Thanks to an advertisement for the streetwear brand Supreme, Monday’s New York Post flew off the stands. How fashion collaborations are, perhaps, making newspapers cool again
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Resort 2019 Fashion Trend: Poppy Plaids

Colorful stripes, alone or crossed to form squares, added graphic verve to contemporary collections for resort.

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Harper’s Bazaar Australia Editor in Chief Kellie Hush Quits to Launch Fashion Venture

SYDNEY – Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor in chief Kellie Hush said Saturday she will step down from her position after six years to launch “a unique fashion brand.”
Hush will leave the magazine on Aug. 31, with the September edition her final issue.
Deputy editor and beauty/features editor Eugenie Kelly will take over as acting editor.
A representative for publisher Bauer Media confirmed Hush has resigned but declined to comment further, noting the company will be releasing a statement on Monday.
“I’m not Anna Wintour,” said Hush, “but I think people start speculating about [editors] moving on and I made the decision, it was a personal decision, I’m doing something really exciting which I want to do.”
She added of her abrupt exit, which surprised the fashion industry, “When I spoke to my publisher Fiorella Di Santo [after resigning on Friday], I was very clear I wanted to control the message. The business is in great shape, we have just smashed our September budget for advertising. At this stage our sales are up 13 percent on budget, which in this kind of market is smashing it. I wanted to leave on my own terms.”
Hush declined to disclose any other details about her new venture, other

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Agnona Runway Show to Be Included on Official Milan Fashion Week Calendar

OFFICIAL SLOT: Following a few seasons of presentations and intimate shows, Agnona is making its first appearance among the brands listed by the Italian fashion chamber on September’s Milan Fashion Week official schedule, which Camera della Moda is releasing on Friday.
“It’s a formalization of what we have been doing in the next couple of years, since I joined the brand,” said Simon Holloway, which was tapped by the label’s parent Ermenegildo Zegna Group as Agnona creative director in November 2015. “I’m very happy Agnona is finally on the calendar, which is something the brand deserves, being a champion of the most authentic Made in Italy. Milan is such an incredible family of exciting and diverse brands.”
Holloway said the brand, which will show its spring 2019 collection on Sept. 22 at Milan’s Triennale design museum, is not hosting any mega events, instead keeping it small and intimate.
As part of the company’s retail expansion plan, last May Agnona inaugurated its first store in London, on Albemarle Street in the Mayfair neighborhood, and is opening a flagship in Moscow next fall.

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Target Shines a Spotlight on Fashion Tech

SYDNEY — Target Corp. is partnering with American fashion tech developer Anina “Net” Trepte on a “Future Jewelry” event at its Internet of Things concept store Target Open House in San Francisco.
On July 26, Trepte, the founder and chief executive officer of 360 Fashion Network, will stage a wearable-tech fashion show and panel discussion within the store.
According to a Target rep, the event is the first that Target has hosted in partnership with a vendor specifically about smart jewellery.
It coincides with the unveiling of a small range of Trepte’s products inside the store’s “Garage” area — an incubator space where early stage tech products are selected for hands-on testing, with the potential to subsequently roll out into wider retail.
To be displayed over August, the products include the new 360Fash Tech “Totwoo Love” Kit, a plug-and-play jewelry-maker kit that Trepte developed with Beijing-based smart jewelry company Totwoo, which allows fashion and jewelry designers to create smart jewelry without the need to code or solder; Totwoo’s new Love Bloom smart pendant; and 360Fashion Network’s new charging wallet and smart safety ring.
The Target rep declined to comment on any retail plans that Target has for the products.

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Ivanka Trump Closing Her Eponymous Fashion Brand

Ivanka Trump Ivanka Trump is saying farewell to her fashion label.
The First Daughter of President Donald Trump is closing her eponymous label more than a decade after she first launched with fine…

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Ivanka Trump Closes $100 Million Fashion Business

After what has been a bumpy few years, the Ivanka Trump brand has shuttered its doors for good.
Started in 2007 as a fine jewelry company, the Ivanka Trump brand branched out into sportswear, footwear, accessories, fragrance, denim and other categories over the years. Before Donald Trump took office, the label was estimated to be a $ 100 million brand, but post-inauguration, the company had a rocky time with consumers due partially to #GrabYourWallet founder Shannon Coulter’s call for a boycott of the brand. Many shoppers associated the brand with the first daughter although she stepped away from the company before her father took office.
Coulter did not respond immediately to a request for comment Tuesday.
Executives at the company did not disclose how many employees were affected by the closure. Retail distribution dwindled in recent months, and earlier this month, Hudson Bay dropped the collection in a very public way. That was followed by the circulation of an online petition by activist group Care2, which  called for Lord & Taylor to do the same. The group had nearly reached its goal of 18,000 signatures Tuesday.
In September of 2016, the company had distribution in 800 stores internationally including such accounts as Lord & Taylor,

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Yoox Net-a-porter, Bloomsbury Team on Fashion Video Archive Project

THE ARCHIVE COMES ALIVE: Yoox Net-a-porter is investing in education and the younger generations through a partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing that will make rare fashion-show footage available to the educational market.
YNAP has worked with Bloomsbury to digitize its runway archive collection between 1979 and 2003, before shows were automatically digitized. The result is more than 3,000 videos and hundreds of hours of footage that offer a window into fashion history and a new way for students to examine the evolution of the catwalk over the years, key collections and individual designers’ work.
The footage is supported by scholarly articles and video descriptions to make the archive easily discoverable. All accompanying content has been curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, fashion historian and director of the museum at Fashion Institute of Technology.
“We have always known the value of the archive to the educational community. It provides a great link to the future,” said Tara Tierney, YNAP’s digital collections curator.
Kathryn Earle, managing director at Bloomsbury Digital Resources, said the footage highlights the impact of some of the most influential designers of the period including the Antwerp Six, Rei Kawakubo and Hussein Chalayan.
“It  spans more than two decades of London, Paris, New York and Milan runway shows and

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Christian Siriano on Emmys, Inclusivity and New York Fashion Week

Christian Siriano made a summer stop in Los Angeles this week, just in time for Thursday’s Emmy nominations announcement. That night, he hosted a dinner at Chateau Marmont with 11 Honoré, the size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site cofounded by Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer. Said Herning, “Christian was one of the first designers we launched with and he’s still one of our best-selling designers a year later. He’s really on board with changing the game.” The designer’s inclusive approach to retail and celebrity dressing has heightened his profile, but he remains as down-to-earth and energetic as ever. “I’m always up sending e-mails in the middle of the night, because otherwise, what are you going to do? We’re there for our customers.”
WWD: When was the last time you were in L.A.?
Christian Siriano: I came for my book launch last November and for a few quick Oscar fittings in January. We dressed almost 17 people and I barely was here. I don’t know how we did that; it was crazy.
WWD: With Emmy nominations on Thursday, has your phone and e-mail already been blowing up?
C.S.: We already got a couple of e-mails, which I love. Judith Light and I were texting and Leslie Jones

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CFDA and NYCEDC Highlight Graduate Fashion Collections

The CFDA and New York City Economic Development Corp. earlier this week held the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, a three-day showcase of design talent from some of the top fashion schools in the U.S. at Industria Studios. Collections by 53 graduates from schools including Academy of Art University, California College of the Arts, FIT, Kent State University, Parsons, Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design and SCAD were exhibited July 9 and 10, with the top four collections presented on July 11. The students selected for Wednesday’s presentation included Zhouyi Li of the Academy of Art University, Taliah Leslie of Pratt, and Britt Luttio and Peng Ye of Parsons.
All four students took the conceptual route, with Li working her garments with three-dimensional geometric shapes inspired by Richard Serra. Luttio worked with the concept of identity. “Within our persona we have multiple identities,” she said. “How I am in this space is not how I’m going to be with my lover or with my mom.” Her collection featured transformative pieces with a definitive Nineties attitude, that was influenced by things from her childhood — Victoria’s Secret and Betsey Johnson. Ye based his collection on the word 刹那, which represents the shortest accountable

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New York Fashion Week: Men’s Inspirations

As the men’s show season enters its final lap, New York designers are prepared to embrace classic tailoring, the Mayan Riviera, the cool skater boy and even state fairs.

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Escada Preps for First New York Fashion Week Show, Amid Brand Revamp

LONDON — Escada has been in the process of refreshing its image, having recruited designer Niall Sloan and introduced a new store concept on London’s Sloane Street last year.
Now, to mark this shift in direction and the brand’s 40th anniversary, the German label is planning its first runway show during New York Fashion Week, in a bid to highlight its international appeal and speak to a broader audience.
“Given all our activities around the refreshing of our brand, we felt that this was a fantastic moment to go out and join an international fashion week. We decided to go to New York because the U.S. is one of our core markets; we have been there since day one. We have a strong retail presence in the country and very strong relationships with some of the best department stores,” said Iris Epple-Righi, the brand’s chief executive officer. “We need to show the brand to a wider audience, which we wouldn’t have been able to [achieve] if we were to only do a presentation.”
The show — which will host buyers, press, as well as the brand’s most important customers from across the globe — will also offer Sloan a platform to showcase his

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Meets the Fashion Council Germany

MERKEL À LA MODE: For the three-year old Fashion Council Germany, it was a much-longed-for first: an official invitation for the Council board, select guests and fashion industry opinion leaders to a reception Friday at the Bundeskanzleramt, or Chancellor’s Office, from Dorothee Bär, the German commissioner for digitalization and state minister. “I see today’s meeting as the beginning of a dialogue to advance the concept of fashion designed/made in Germany in the digital age,” she remarked.
However, that was just the start. To everyone’s surprise — and delight — the chancellor herself, Angela Merkel, took the time to appear at the gathering and briefly talk to FCG members. Wearing a light blue dupioni silk blazer and navy trousers, and openly relieved to have the latest cabinet crisis behind her, she quipped, “What you [the fashion industry] do is 100 percent more interesting for people out there than what we’ve been doing the last days. Make sure you take a picture of all of us,” she added, “and I’ll put it up on Instagram.”
In a casual tête-à-tête on the balcony with the council board, Merkel was told that funding was needed to the tune of about 30 million euros to support critical

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Fashion Review: A Declaration of Independence at Valentino and Fendi

As the couture shows came to an end, there were fireworks of the most creative kind.
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Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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G-Eazy Steps Out Solo at Paris Fashion Week Event After Halsey Split

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LES HOMMES URBAN

A look from Les Hommes Urban’s spring 2019 collection. 
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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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Violet Chachki Teases Major Fashion Collaboration

NEW GIG: Violet Chachki has a new project out in a couple of weeks with “a major brand, a major, major brand,” she teased at the Alexis Mabille show, where she sat front row Tuesday afternoon.
The drag queen, who paired her outfit from Mabille with a Prada cross-body bag — could it be a hint? — was keeping mum on the details.
Attending Mabille’s show for the first time after discovering his designs through close friend Dita Von Teese, Chachki was enthusiastic about the theatricality of his proposition. “He appreciates costuming and glamour, and those are things we both have in common,” said Chachki, who will soon head off on tour.
Other guests included Mabille regulars Simon Buret and Olivier Coursier, of pop rock duo AaRON, who are working on a new album, as well as Marie Beltrami.
Actress Mathilde Warnier was just back from South Africa, where she shot a series for Amazon alongside Kate Beckinsale that will be out next year, she said.
Her other projects include a role in the next season of hit Canal+ series “Spiral,” a rare French export, as well as performing in “Curiosa,” a movie due out next year about 19th-century French writer Pierre Louÿs in which

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Fashion Review: At Chanel and Dior, the Incredible Intimacy of What You Can’t Buy Online

Karl Lagerfeld crafts an ode to the underneath and Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates an atelier of her own.
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EXCLUSIVE: VFiles Announces Runway 10 Show, Mentor Committee for New York Fashion Week

It’s back to the runway for VFiles, which will be holding its 10th show on Sept. 5.
Last season, instead of the traditional runway/performance extravaganza the company hosts, it staged “Be Heart, Make Noise,” an immersive music and fashion event done in collaboration with Adidas Originals. In the past, runway shows included celebrity guest judges such as Khloé Kardashian and Young Thug. For VFiles Runway 10, the brand is bringing its event a bit more down to earth by, for the first time, appointing a committee of eight industry leaders that will select and mentor show contestants throughout their journey to New York Fashion Week. After that, the VFiles team will provide mentorship for the following season. The pivot brings a slightly more serious — yet welcome — tone to the show that has otherwise been high on experimental fashion.
The mentor committee includes: Julie Anne Quay, founder and chief executive officer of VFiles; Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle magazine; Rio Uribe, designer and founder of Gypsy Sport; Candy Pratts Price, fashion consultant; Anna Trevelyan, stylist and creative consultant; Erin Magee, founder of MadeMe; Paul Cupo, designer, and James Costas-Michael, merchandise director of VFiles.
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Rochas Names Federico Curradi to Head Men’s Fashion

Rochas has named a new creative director for its men’s wear activity, which it put on hold last year after only two seasons.
The Interparfums-owned fashion house said Italian designer Federico Curradi will be charged with bringing “a new attitude” to Rochas men’s wear going forward. The brand is expected to relaunch in January 2019.
“I am sure Rochas can find its own place in the men’s wear industry and Federico has the talent to bring Rochas to a next level,” stated Interparfums Group and Rochas chief executive officer Philippe Benacin.
Curradi, a native of Florence, launched his own men’s wear label, which shows in Milan, in January 2016 at Pitti Uomo. The designer, who lives in the Florentine countryside, is also creative director of outerwear specialist Peuterey. Born in Florence in 1975, after living in New York for several years he moved back to Italy, first working at Ermanno Daelli, then as head of the men’s styling office at Ermanno Scervino and later becoming head of the men’s collection of Roberto Cavalli in 2005. A year later, he began working at Iceberg on the company’s men’s wear as a consultant. He was also Iceberg’s first men’s wear creative director, succeeded by James

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Atlein Wins 2018 ANDAM Main Fashion Award

SURF’S UP: Atlein, the young Paris-based label founded by surfing devotee Antonin Tron, has caught the main wave. Having limbered up as winner of the ANDAM First Collections prize in 2016, the designer on Friday, at a ceremony at the French Ministry of Culture in Paris, scooped the top prize of the 2018 ANDAM fashion awards.
The prestigious award comes with an endowment of 250,000 euros plus two years of mentoring from LVMH Group executive committee member Pierre-Yves Roussel, on matters including financial, legal, marketing, communications and production.
Roussel has been a member of the organization’s jury several times and played mentor to 2012 ANDAM winner Julien David.
Tron, who was also a semifinalist of the 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, as part of his win will receive a donation from Swarovski of crystals worth 10,000 euros to use before the end of the year.
“It will allow us to take the business to the next step, it comes right at the time that we need it,” Tron told WWD, adding of the event: “It’s for young people, new ways of creating and making businesses; it’s the future.”
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Kristin Cavallari Doesn’t Miss a Fashion Beat–Here Are Her Best Looks!

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Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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Sneakers Rule Men’s Fashion. Even Ugly Sneakers

This past week’s men’s fashion shows in Milan have underlined the sneaker’s continued reign in menswear.
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Rochas Names Federico Curradi to Head Men’s Fashion

Rochas has named a new creative director for its men’s wear activity, which it put on hold last year after only two seasons.
The Interparfums-owned fashion house said Italian designer Federico Curradi will be charged with bringing “a new attitude” to Rochas men’s wear going forward. The brand is expected to relaunch in January 2019.
“I am sure Rochas can find its own place in the men’s wear industry and Federico has the talent to bring Rochas to a next level,” stated Interparfums Group and Rochas chief executive officer Philippe Benacin.
Curradi, a native of Florence, launched his own men’s wear label, which shows in Milan, in January 2016 at Pitti Uomo. The designer, who lives in the Florentine countryside, is also creative director of outerwear specialist Peuterey. Born in Florence in 1975, after living in New York for several years he moved back to Italy, first working at Ermanno Daelli, then as head of the men’s styling office at Ermanno Scervino and later becoming head of the men’s collection of Roberto Cavalli in 2005. A year later, he began working at Iceberg on the company’s men’s wear as a consultant. He was also Iceberg’s first men’s wear creative director, succeeded by James

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Milan Fashion Week Men’s Spring 2019: Ones to Watch

LES HOMMES URBAN

A look from Les Hommes Urban’s spring 2019 collection. 
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Les Hommes is expanding into streetwear with the launch of the Les Hommes Urban line, which is available for sale at the brand’s Milan showroom during fashion week.
“The LHU collection was born out of a creative and a practical idea. When we go back to the very early days of Les Hommes, there were a lot of urban influences in the collection, such as graffiti and workwear. It is a creative playground that we always embraced and are very fascinated by,” said Tom Notte, who designs the collection with longtime business partner Bart Vandebosch.
“From the practical point of view, we were pushed to launch LHU by the feedback we were getting from our own stores. In Antwerp, where the first store was founded, we were confronted with a demand from young guys who were very interested in our collection, but because of its positioning, it was out of reach for them. We created a streetwear brand that carries the originality of a designer brand since many pieces are treated and designed with the same care as we do for Les Hommes.”
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St. James’s Retailers, Barbour International Take a Streetwear Turn at London Fashion Week Men’s

STREET SMARTS: Traditional men’s wear retailers from Jermyn Street, St. James’s took to the sidewalks of London for their fourth open-air show in a see-now-buy-now format during London Fashion Week Men’s.
New to the fashion week fixture were brands Paul & Shark, Aspinal of London and Grenson. The three brands joined seasoned labels Harvie & Hudson, John Smedley, Lock & Co. and Aquascutum in flexing their sartorial muscles.
The Jermyn Street retailers favored mustard yellow and cornflower blue separates. Bright, colored socks added a pop to traditional looks.

A look from the St. James’s spring 2019 show. 
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There were also streetwear staples in the mix, in the form of a camouflage-print windbreaker, a fishnet vest top and laid-back pieces such as cable-knit jumpers, gray track pants and basic T-shirts.
The see-now-buy-now presentation also saw female models dressed in men’s wear. One model wore a dark green slim-fit suit while another showed off a more summer-y look: Navy blue tailored shorts and a relaxed red pullover.
Later in the week, Barbour International showed off streetwear looks, too, incorporating elements from the brand’s classic Bedale jacket and T-shirts with retro-style brand logos.

Barbour International Men’s spring 2019. 
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Postapocalyptic Theme Ran Through 5,000 Works at London’s Graduate Fashion Week

LONDON — This year’s Graduate Fashion Week was one of the largest events to take place in size and ambitions with more than 5,000 pieces of work on display from 500 students — the majority of whom hailed from outside the U.K.
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity that was founded in 1991 and aims to bring together British and international fashion universities and elevate the creative industries.
“We’ve had more visitors than we’ve ever had. We’ve got 37 U.K. universities and 51 international ones, so we have managed to create a global stage for everyone,” said Mark Newton-Jones, chairman of Graduate Fashion Week.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between graduates and employers, we’ve introduced a protégé program so everyone up for an award tonight will be mentored by a designer or leader in the industry,” he said.
Hosted in east London’s Old Truman Brewery, the awards ceremony opened with a personal message from British Prime Minister Theresa May. “I am very proud of the U.K.’s fashion industry, some of the most iconic brands and biggest names in the business hail from the U.K. Graduate Fashion Week plays such an important role in the process of nurturing the very best talents.”
The designs drew on a

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A Broadway Mogul Redefines Clout in His Own Fashion

Jordan Roth’s theaters are full of hits. He’s up for a Tony himself as a producer. And his provocative self-expression has made him the talk of the town.
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Kate Spade: Fashion designer found dead in New York home

The 55-year-old was discovered in her New York apartment and is believed to have taken her own life.
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London College of Fashion BA Students Put Innovation First

LONDON — London College of Fashion staged its first multisensory and immersive graduate BA show, a visual-sonic event that highlighted works from 180 students studying media, print, fashion contour and men’s and women’s wear.
While some took the traditional catwalk route during the show at the Oval Space in east London, other students opted to project their portfolios as short films on screens positioned on the runway. Designs ranged from the experimental to the theatrical, and this year’s graduating class favored facemasks and utilitarian inspired ensembles.
Julia Hofer-Maire kicked off the show with foam-constructed tops. Men’s wear student Xu followed her, sending out stripes and checked suits with large floral patchwork embellishments. Women’s wear student Mijuko looked to the great outdoors, with separates designed with large heritage style checks that were adorned with sleeping bag-inspired decorations.
Carolina Raquel, another women’s wear student, opted for full volume. Her looks were created with technical fabrics that were bunched, folded and tied to create full skirt shapes in a simple palette of red, white and black.
Embroidery student Amelia Skarpellis and knitwear student Alexandra Anderson collaborated on colorful deconstructed textiles. Knitwear sat loose and large on the model’s body and there were cutouts and looped threads held together by metal rings. A

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Celebrities, Fashion Industry Commemorate Kate Spade

Kate Spade’s unexpected death Tuesday prompted an outpouring of grief on the Internet from admirers and fashion industry professionals.
Spade’s first accessories label, Kate Spade New York, issued a statement on Instagram that read: “Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into the world.”

The message, scrawled in white on a black background, was reposted by Spade followers. It received nearly 203,000 likes and 13,000 comments. Another popular commemorative graphic depicted the brand’s spade icon turned upside-down, with a tear dripping from its tip.
Fashion luminaries took to Instagram to express their shock and condolences. Saks Fifth Avenue posted an archival image of Spade, noting: “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Kate Spade. She was a beloved talent that made an enduring mark on American fashion. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family — Kate will be missed by many.”

Other posts were issued by the CFDA, The Zoe Report, The Carlyle Hotel (located close to Spade’s home), and former Glamour magazine editor Cindi Leive.
Presidential associate Ivanka Trump also commemorated Spade’s legacy, posting on Instagram as a notice to

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A Century of Fashion and Photographic Genius

In Los Angeles, an ambitious Getty exhibition includes Steichen, Avedon and Penn, and celebrates the little-known.
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Lady Gaga’s New York City Fashion Marathon Is Her Best Yet: See All 17 Looks!

Lady GagaWalk, walk fashion baby! Lady Gaga is back to doing what she does best.
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The Fashion Exchange to Stage Exhibition at FIT’s New Exhibition Space This Fall

EVERLASTING FASHION: After a successful debut exhibition in London earlier this year, The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, a major project that teams fashion design talent with artisans from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries, is planning a New York installation.
In September, fashion pieces made through the initiative will be shown at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The show will be staged in a new yet-to-be-named exhibition on the New York campus’ John P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center. Renovations are under way in the building’s lobby, which will double the exhibition space to 4,000 square feet.
This fall’s event, which is designed to encourage the exchange of creative ideas, will be scheduled during United Nations General Assembly is in session. In London, the CFE exhibition bowed in late February as a lead-up to the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was held in April. During London Fashion Week in February, a celebratory reception was held at Buckingham Palace, where the Duchess of Cambridge helped to mark the occasion.
Fashion 4 Development founder Evie Evangelou developed the partnership with FIT. She also hosted a high tea for spouses of the heads of state of the Commonwealth countries at Claridge’s to celebrate the

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Mushroom-Made Fashion Authority Aniela Hoitink Talks Global Change-Sparked Innovation

CAPPING FAST FASHION: Mention of mushrooms conjure all sorts of images, but for Dutch textile designer Aniela Hoitink mushroom mycelium can be a course for fashion.
Among this year’s winners of The Global Change awards, Hoitink is taking part in an incubator program in New York this week. The crash course is made possible through Accenture, KTH Innovation of Sweden and the H&M Foundation. Other winners include Agraloop, which makes sustainable textiles from leftover crop harvests; Swerea, which separates cotton and polyester blends for a new textile fiber; Algalife, which transforms algae into eco-friendly dye; Resortecs, which creates a dissolvable thread and the Early Bird winner Tandem Repeat, which uses self-healing textiles to reduce garment waste.
Four years ago Hoinik started working with mycelium — mushroom roots, but it took two years to figure out a way to create a flexible material. The trick was to figure out how to avoid the brittleness that is a result of drying it. The second step was how to make materials from it without having a standard supply chain. Combined with 3-D technology, they’ve found a way to produce custom-made clothes out of this new natural fiber without the need to cut and sew. Once

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Olivier Lapidus to Headline French Fashion Week Event — in New York

FRENCH TOUCH: His time at Lanvin may have been short-lived, but Olivier Lapidus remains committed to his mission of establishing a “conservatory of French savoir-faire” reconciling “ancient craftsmanship with technology.”
Dedicated to his own “maison” since exiting Lanvin in March after two seasons, following the brand’s acquisition by Chinese conglomerate Fosun Fashion Group, the designer is set to headline the inaugural edition of French Fashion Week — in New York.
Scheduled to run March 27 to 29, 2019, at a venue in Midtown Manhattan, the event, organized by French Touch USA, will present a selection of established and emerging men’s and women’s brands from across the fashion, jewelry, accessories and fashion-tech categories, according to a statement.
Participating brands will present collections in the venue’s French Fashion Room and be given access to a dedicated space for shows as well as networking events.
The program will also include a French Fashion Week awards ceremony, book signings, film screenings and an exhibition of fashion photography, as well as a French pop-up space open to the public.

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Olivia Munn Just Had Her Best Week in Fashion Ever!

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Montauk to Get Seven Australian Fashion Labels With Their Coffee at Bluestone Lane

Montauk beachgoers will be able to pick up a swimsuit and sunglasses along with their lattes at Bluestone Lane’s new Beach Collective.
The Melbourne-inspired brand is rolling out East to set up a pop-up with seven Australian brands that debuts Saturday. The outpost at 786 Montauk Highway will keep pouring Aussie-style coffee and serving Down Under fashion until Oct. 8. While consumers’ coffee intake may vary from one day to the next, the Hamptons crowd will be able to find each of the seven labels whether they’re in need of artisanal-style caffeine or not.
In addition to the tanks and bikinis from Matteau Swim, there will be activewear from The Upside, casualwear from P Johnson, pajamas from Jasmine & Will, sunglasses from Pared Eyewear, watches and leather accessories from The 5th and Neoprene bags and round beach towels from Chuchka. Each of these digitally born brands will be selling in Montauk for the first time.
Following the Memorial Day weekend soft launch, Bluestone Lane plans to celebrate the pop-up at a July 5 party with brand ambassadors and Australian expats. In the nearly five years since it launched, Bluestone Lane has opened 30 locations in six U.S. cities. The Australian-influenced, New York-based company

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Aries, Nabil Nayal and Teija Win BFC Fashion Trust Support

TRUST WORTHY: Three emerging fashion labels have won funding — and mentoring — from the British Fashion Council’s charitable initiative, the BFC Fashion Trust. They will join a list of five designers who were previously awarded the prize and who continue to benefit from the initiative.
The newest additions to the trust list are Aries, Nabil Nayal and Teija. They join previous recipients Marques’ Almeida, Mother of Pearl, Palmer Harding, Rejina Pyo and Sharon Wauchob, who will continue to receive mentoring and funding this year, according to the BFC.
The trust said that in 2018 it has awarded grants totaling 380,000 pounds between the eight designers. The BFC said the recipients were chosen “for their exceptional effort and development in the areas around e-commerce, sustainability, production and wholesale expansion.”
The charitable initiative was founded in February 2011, and offers selected British-based designers mentoring and financial support to promote the art and business of fashion. The BFC said the eight designers will benefit from international expertise and mentoring from the trust’s official partner HSBC.
They’ll also get legal advice from Taylor Wessing, digital training from Google, and mentoring on sustainability and industry best practice from Livia Firth and her team at Eco-Age. The trust has also

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Meghan Markle’s Favorite Stylist Lands Fashion and Bridal Specialist Job at Hudson’s Bay

Meghan Markle’s go-to stylist and closest adviser has a new gig at Hudson’s Bay as fashion and bridal specialist.
Already familiar face as a lifestyle commentator on “Cityline,” Jessica Mulroney is a stylist, p.r., brand and content strategist to major Canadian brands and labels. Having teamed with the retailer in 2014 to launch the Kleinfeld brand in Canada, her role has her helping “drive the fashion and bridal business” and acting as the spokeswoman for its new Core Life brand due out this fall.
Markle’s allegiance to Canadian labels like Sentaler, Line the Label, Greta Constantine and Mackage is believed to have been steered by Mulroney’s guidance. The stylist also is also chummy with Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Born Jessica Brownstein, her family tree stems back to Browns Shoes founder Benjamin Brownstein. Mulroney’s husband Ben is a Canadian TV host and is the eldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The couple’s daughter Ivy has been tapped as a flower girl for the royal wedding and their twin sons Brian and John will be page boys in the wedding party. Jessica is believed to have cinched the role of maid of honor, and Markle’s chief

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Prince Charles Has Tea With Fashion Figures in West London

TEA FOR MORE THAN TWO: Prince Charles cut a swathe through west London on Wednesday, paying a visit with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, to Yoox Net-a-porter’s tech hub and to the new Soho House outpost, White City House, to chat with sustainability-minded designers.
The day was all business, however, and there wasn’t a squeak about the forthcoming nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Yoox founder and YNAP chief executive officer Federico Marchetti led the tour and told the royals how the company is using artificial intelligence to create a personalized future shopping experience. The company created a prototype homepage tailored for royal tastes that included a curated range of luxury fashion pieces, jewelry and watches.
The duo also joined a coding session with 60 schoolgirls, ranging in age from 11 to 13, who took part in a hackathon and other digital games as a part of an initiative between YNAP and Imperial College London.
“Today, our guests had the opportunity to see how Artificial Intelligence can be about warmth, beauty and craftsmanship,” said Marchetti. “There is nothing more human than the desire for uniqueness. One of the great advances of digital technology is the power to personalize products and services on a vast scale.

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The House of Peroni Aims to Source Emerging Talent, Creates The Fashion Studio

TAPPING TALENT: In an effort to champion young fashion talent in London, Italian beer brand Peroni Nastro Azzurro, working under the House of Peroni brand, has created The Fashion Studio and enlisted a number of industry names to aid the search.
“The key thing is we want people to walk away with is that Peroni Nastro Azzurro is supporting emerging talent in the world of style,” said a spokeswoman for the brand. “We want to support the next generation of emerging talent to cultivate their own style.”
The House of Peroni has kicked off an incubator initiative that will offer eight designers across women’s wear and men’s wear a mentorship program and a fashion residency at a studio in London. The creative council, which is comprised of fashion industry names, will aid, counsel and mentor various designers selected. The council includes Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders; Dazed and Confused editor in chief Isabella Burley; fashion writer Pandora Sykes; journalist and editor of Another Magazine Alexander Fury, and British Fashion Council strategic consultant Anna Orsini.
Applications are open to designers in the U.K. and Ireland over the age of 18 until May 20. The studio will be a creative space where designers can collaborate, and

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Pamela Berkovic Talks Fashion, Ballet and Backstage Photography

BERKOVIC BEHIND THE SCENES: “My backstage photography started with a stripper.”
Pamela Berkovic was unabashed about how her career has played out. “Then it evolved into fashion, theater, movies, ballet, the opera, but that’s how it started,” she said.
Referring to one of her favorite photos on view in New York, Berkovic said it took “months and months” to shoot the stripper, who also worked as a makeup artist. That’s how much time was needed for the woman to become comfortable and confident enough to give Berkovic the respect to go backstage at the underground strip club in Brussels. “I had three hours. There was a pimp and a lot of strange things going on. The pimp was yelling at the girls, yelling at me,” she said. “I was 20 years old. I brought my father and said, ‘Dad, you stay upstairs with your friends in case something happens. We didn’t have cellphones 20 years ago obviously. But it went well.”
She said, “I tried to repeat this when I came to New York, but New York is such a difficult environment to get into those worlds.”
Her father Charles, an artist in his own right, was in the room of well-wishers including Charlotte

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Ruth Chapman Talks Life After Fashion, Hot Labels That Are Bucking the System

LONDON — Ruth Chapman may be easing her way out of the day-to-day fashion business — and moving on to more cerebral pursuits — but that hasn’t tempered her passion for seeking the industry’s next great talents and rethinking brick-and-mortar retail.
It’s been a buzzy 12 months for Chapman, who sold Matchesfashion.com, the retailer she founded with her husband Tom Chapman in 1987, to Apax Partners in September in a deal valuing the company at $ 1 billion.
The sale was the surprise of the summer: For years the Chapmans had expected to pursue an initial public offering for their business, but in a matter of just a few weeks, they had multiple suitors knocking on their door, with Apax emerging as the winner.
“We got to a position where we were doing extremely well, the business was growing extremely fast and a lot of people came knocking. So we thought: ‘OK, we’ll continue to grow the business for IPO, but we’ll listen to what they have to say’ — and conversations began to develop,” said Chapman.
“We felt like we had done this for a really long time, and if we could step back that would be an exciting thing to do. Apax are a

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Pratt Fashion Show Honors Gabriela Hearst, and New Talent Rachel Lee and Emily Ridings

Pratt Institute went all-out Thursday night sending 20 student collections down-the-runway at a seated show at Spring Studios.
Guest of honor Gabriela Hearst, who received the Pratt Visionary Award beforehand, took in every passing look often sharing a word with her seatmate Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar. They were among the 600 guests at the school’s 119th annual show. Entitled “Diversiform,” the hourlong event featured the work of Rachel Lee, Quian Wu, Jiayue Ge, KJ Choi, Anderson Osmun, Samantha Debardeleben, Ryu Tomita Talia Leslie, Victoria Tom, Liv Ryan, Hannah Li, Shelby Grochowski, Ying Yang, Hajin Kim, Haley Switlekowski, Perri Vaaler, Amy Sullivan, Jeremy Wood and Emily Ridings. Each designer presented eight to 15 styles.
Before attendees headed out, there were a few other awards. Lee learned that she has been selected to participate in Graduate Fashion Week in London later this year. A rolled-neck white cape with an artistic design, and long-waisted wide-leg pants with a multi-fabric midriff skimming top were among her designs.
A second award, a $ 10,000 scholarship, was given in honor and remembrance of “beloved” Pratt professor Christopher Hunte who died in 2016. Jennifer Minniti, chairperson of Pratt’s Fashion department, explained, “Christopher Hunte used to come into

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Otis College of Art and Design Mentors From Bally, Universal Studios Talk Fashion, Commerce

Otis College of Art and Design on Saturday will stage its first fashion show and annual scholarship benefit at home — on the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus in Westchester, Calif.
As always, the event brings students together with talent from the fashion and entertainment industries, which this year includes mentors from Bally, Universal, Marvel Studios and Ironhead Studio. This year’s special gala guest is Jason Wu.
Featuring more than 125 designs from junior and senior fashion students, the show’s segments each have specific creative direction from the industry mentors, with the overall theme of “Celestial Bodies.”
Mentors and Otis alumni include Rod Beattie of Bleu, Marisol Bradford of NBC Universal, Chris Chang of Poesia and Sapna von Sick of Alo Yoga. Additional mentors include Claudia Cividino, Bally’s chief executive officer, Americas; costume designer Louise Mingenbach of the “X-Men” and “Superman” films; Jose Fernandez of Ironhead Studios; Johnson Hartig of Libertine, and Davora Lindner of Prairie Underground.

Otis College of Art and Design students present their designs for Universal Studios, which will appear in its annual fashion show. 
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Of particular note is the collaboration students have had with Universal as represented for the third year by Marisol

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Molly Goddard Scoops BFC/British Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

MOLLY’S MARK: Molly Goddard, the designer known for her exaggerated proportions, puffs of tulle and smocked dresses inspired by children’s clothing, has won the 2018 BFC/British Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an annual prize that comes with 200,000 pounds and mentoring for a 12-month period.
“Molly Goddard is an original, she has a singular vision that has propelled her label to an international level,” said Edward Enninful, editor in chief of British Vogue and chairman of the fund committee. “She is the definition of talent and what Britain does best in our creative industry.”
Goddard, who launched her label in 2014, was competing against David Koma, Huishan Zhang, Le Kilt, Marques’ Almeida and Rejina Pyo. The announcement was made Wednesday night at The Mayfair Hotel in London.
As part of the competition, which was created by the British Fashion Council and Vogue, brands lay out their business plans and collections in front of a judging panel, which this year included Enninful, Caroline Rush, Erdem Moralioglu, Gemma Metheringham, Helen David, Jourdan Dunn, Maria Hatzistefanis, Sarah Manley, Sarah Mower, Paul Price, Topshop and Xia Ding.
The fashion fund is supported by British Vogue, Burberry, Harrods, JD.com, Label/Mix, Paul Smith, Rodial and Topshop. Previous winners include Christopher Kane,

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Microsoft Invests in Fashion Education

LONDON — Microsoft believes that technology can empower the next generation of creatives and is joining forces with the London College of Fashion to give students access to its latest innovations.
As part of the partnership, the two organizations have created a short-term program dubbed the “Future of Fashion Incubator” where students studying across the school’s media, design and business departments can work together to come up with creative solutions addressing current industry and consumer needs.
The program will take place over the course of a semester and will allow students to explore a range of Microsoft technologies, such as artificial intelligence and mixed reality, before choosing one area of study to concentrate on.
“It has been fantastic to see how the students are answering an industry or consumer need and ideating a solution which technology is part of — but they didn’t start the challenge with the tech in mind. This is key for us to ensure that the solutions we work on have longevity and a true purpose,” said Maruschka Loubser, senior global marketing manager at Microsoft, pointing to the wide range of topics students chose to address with their projects, including retail experiences, supply chain managements and the design process.
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Daytime Emmy Awards 2018 Red Carpet Fashion: See All the Stars in Their Glam Ensembles

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The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards takes place tonight, two days before Sunday’s 2018 Daytime Emmys. Both star-studded gatherings take place at the…

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Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show 2018: High-Tech, High-Touch Design

Thursday night in San Francisco, the Academy of Art University graduate fashion show featured 104 fashions from 17 student collections, and vivid collaborations among knitwear specialists, textile designers and fashion designers.
Over 1,000 students, parents, friends and fashion industry participants filled the standing-room-only presentation, produced by the university’s executive director Simon Ungless.
The show opened with collaboration among eight MFA design students working with organic cotton fabrics and abstract digital prints of BFA textile student Mario Chinchilla’s San Francisco landscape images. It set the tone for complex designs and artful interpretations of current themes such as gritty urban life, contemporary experimental artists, and escapist fantasies.
A highlight of the show was the design and textile collaboration between Denise Ramos and Jorge Iglesias. Ramos, inspired by classic Saville Row menswear, shaped tailored pinstripe jackets in tropical weight suiting, on which Iglesias applied intricate black-dyed and layered repurposed denim threads printed with gold and copper foil. The jewel-like trompe l’oeil effect of the gold leaf was particularly effective printed on a long black lightweight wool suiting gown, and the gold adornment added luxury on a simple wool tunic over silver-leafed pants.
The forward march of tech was evident in the broad use of

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New Garments Going on Display at ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ Exhibition

FASHION HISTORY: Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages Kensington Palace, has been working toward adding new, never-before-seen garments for the reopening of the popular “Diana:Her Fashion Story” exhibition, later this month.
The exhibition charts the sartorial history of Princess Diana and highlights important moments in her life through her clothing.
Some of the outfits going on display include the Armani chinos and white shirt she wore to visit the landmine fields in Angola with the International Red Cross in 1997 and a violet body-hugging gown created by Gianni Versace, a dear friend of Diana’s, for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The pink David Sassoon dress Princess Diana wore en route to her honeymoon with Prince Charles will also be exhibited, alongside pieces by Catherine Walker, Caroline Charles and Victor Edelstein, a leading London couturier in the Eighties.
Princess Diana was also known for championing local designer names during State visits, as illustrated by a cobalt blue pleated gown by the London-based Japanese-born designer, Yuki, worn to a State Dinner with Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo.
The exhibition will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace and it’s predicted to attract large crowds as interest on the British Royals is peaking, with

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Circular Fashion Games Reward Sustainability, Circular Economy Ideas

The first edition of the Circular Fashion Games wrapped up last month in the Netherlands, but international expansion is already planned.
A field of 76 contenders from an array of countries was whittled to three, with this year’s top prize going to Lenzing for an online tool that will provide free access to information about circular use of the company’s fibers in apparel design. Design is evaluated and scored based on a recyclability scale to determine whether a garment qualifies for the Lenzing Take-Back program. The concept’s creators — Sabine Silaraja, Jasper Roosendaal, Melissa Ortuno de León and Marijn Pronker — will now be part of an accelerator program to build a platform to allow users to make the right design choices.
Made possible through the lead sponsor C&A Foundation, and the business developer Veerle Luiting, the Circular Fashion Games are designed to encourage circular design thinking and circular business modeling. Not restricted to fashion students and designers, the event welcomes creatives from different disciplines. The multidisciplinary teams competed in boot camps at the SingularityU Netherlands in Eindhoven and another one organized by Fashion for Good and Impact Hub Amsterdam.
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‘Visitors to Versailles’ Bows at The Met to Shed Some Light on Fashion

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is always the museum’s main event for fashion, but a smattering of historic styles will be found in “Visitors to Versailles” at the museum.
The exhibition bows April 16. Chief among the outfits in the newly opened exhibit is the three-piece suit worn by Benjamin Franklin during his visit to Versailles. The new exhibition at the Fifth Avenue museum also explores the various elements of a visit to the royal residence in the 17th and 18th centuries. Nearly 190 works from The Met, the Palace of Versailles and 50 different lenders are on view through July 29 in the Tisch Galleries.
As America’s first ambassador, Franklin was received by Louis XVI in 1778 and won the military support of France. Franklin’s three-piece suit from 1778-79 is on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Met’s new show will also feature a French silk brocade grande robe à la française, 1775-85, which was believed to have been worn by one of the wives of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf — a well-known textile manufacturer — for her visit with Marie Antoinette, as well as a men’s formal French suit and a women’s riding habit. The exhibition

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Rachel Roy to Be Headlining Designer at Memphis Fashion Week

Rachel Roy will be the headlining designer at Memphis Fashion Week, which runs April 11 to 15. She will show her spring 2018 collection on the runway.
Throughout the weekend, Roy will host and participate in several Memphis Fashion Week events. On April 12, she will host a “Fashion Night Out” event and trunk show where guests can shop the runway looks at her Rachel Rachel Roy pop-up shop. On April 13, she will be honorary guest at an influencer luncheon and participate in a Q&A with Abby Phillips, the creator of Memphis Fashion Week, at the Memphis Country Club.
On April 13, she will be the featured designer and show 30 looks from her spring Rachel Rachel Roy contemporary and curvy apparel, swimwear and jewelry collections on the runway at Graceland. In her collection statement, Roy said, “I love marrying contemporary influences with historical references, blending high and low, old and new, and finding the harmony in different influences. For me, design is storytelling and spring is always a fully charged fresh start.”
Other designers presenting on the runway are Ituen Basi from Nigeria; This Is Sloane from Austin, Tex.; Daniel Magana bridal from Orange County, Calif., and TIENA from Memphis.
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Naomi Campbell Walks Arise Fashion Week

Six years after the last Arise Fashion Week, the event that billed itself as Africa’s premier fashion showcase despite strong competition from rival platforms in South Africa and Nigeria made a comeback — and made it with a strong statement, care of supermodel Naomi Campbell walking down the runway.
Campbell jetted into Lagos, Nigeria last Thursday, and on Friday opened Nigerian designer Lanre Da Silva Ajayi’s show in a shimmering metallic gold gown with a fringed gold skirt. The audience was totally unprepared for the supermodel surprise. Then she opened the celebrated South African design duo Kluk CGDT’s fashion show, strutting along the catwalk in a glamorous fringed lilac geometric-print coat dress.  She elicited whoops of approval from the audience.  “We are so honored,” Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit said.
Campbell’s presence in Lagos was expected as part of her AFW promotional duties, which included meeting with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari; she toured a luxury development with him. But no one expected her to actually walk any of the shows.

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Museum of Lace and Fashion to Stage ‘Haute Lace’ Exhibition

ACES OF LACE: Lacy creations from the couture and ready-to-wear collections of 14 international houses from across the past five years will enjoy some close inspection in “Haute Lace,” the latest exhibition headed to the Museum of Lace and Fashion. The museum is located in Calais, a town in northern France famous for its Leavers lace.
Participating brands include Chanel, Yiqing Yin, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf and Christian Dior, each presenting contemporary interpretations of the fine fabric, including couture creations involving up to 1,000 hours of handiwork. Designs range from a spring 2018 couture dress by Chanel featuring Leavers lace bonded to scuba material and a dress mixing Leavers lace interwoven with laser-cut leather from the spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection of Iris van Herpen.
In the mix will be photographs, videos and experimental lace swatches by ateliers including Maison Lemarié.
The show will run June 9 to Jan. 6, 2019.
The captions will share details on the process behind the collaborations, such as how an archive Thirties lace design made its way into one of the runway shows in 2017.
The most recent exhibition at the museum focused on the defining moments of Hubert de Givenchy’s career. Cristóbal Balenciaga, van Herpen and Anne Valérie Hash

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Graffiti Artist ‘JonOne’ Creates Candy Crush Collection for Fashion Designer Agnès b.

AGNÈS B’S SWEET ART: Agnès b.’s spring collection borrows from Candy Crush, but her label’s version features artwork by that name from the graffiti artist John “JonOne” Perello.
Unlike the rabidly popular smartphone game, the artist’s “Candy Crush” collection will include limited-run apparel and accessories for women and men. Known professionally as “JonOne,” the American-born artist got to know the designer after moving to Paris in the Eighties. After showing his work at her Galerie du Jour in Paris in 1989, Perello showed his work in two group shows at the gallery before having his first solo show “Fireworks” in 2015. His “Candy Crush” art was produced for the solo show in 2015.
That was a big year for Perello. After being commissioned for a large-scale work that is displayed in the French National Assembly in Paris in 2015, Perello’s work was reproduced as a French postage stamp. The American-born artist was awarded the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur that same year.
In honor of the Candy Crush collection, Perello is creating three large canvases for its launch at agnès b.’s downtown New York store. Set to open on April 3, the exhibition will also feature the work of artists from The 156

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Naomi Campbell Will Receive Fashion Icon Award at 2018 CFDA Awards

Naomi Campbell will be the recipient of the 2018 CFDA Fashion Icon Award. The CFDA today announced Campbell via Instagram, as it did the other nominees last week.
Issa Rae, best known for her HBO show “Insecure,” for which she has received two consecutive Best Actress Golden Globe nominations, is hosting the awards June 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.
As for the evening’s other honorees, Diane von Furstenberg will receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. Narciso Rodriguez will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolina Herrera will receive the Founder’s Award in honor of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert. Edward Enninful will receive the Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard. Donatella Versace will receive the International Award.

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A Look Back: Givenchy on the Changing World of Fashion

It’s easy for one to get stuck thinking about the past, even obsessing over it, but that wasn’t a trap Hubert de Givenchy ever fell into.
Although the legendary designer, who died March 10 at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early Fifties — aided in part by his high-profile and lasting friendship with Audrey Hepburn who famously wore exclusive Givenchy designs in some of her most beloved movie roles — Givenchy refused to pine for that time.
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” he told WWD in 1978, when fashion had veered very far from the structured chic that had once been his calling card.
While the friendship between Hepburn and Givenchy was a much more genuine precursor to the actor-brand-sales matrix we see in fashion today — now an industry all its own — he also dressed society doyennes like Jackie O and Bunny Mellon and never ignored his stable of non-famous devotees.
It’s likely that none of those women were caught limping around Paris in early 1968 after stepping on a needle while trying on brand new Givenchy designs in the house

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Sabrina Carpenter — Fashion Collaborator

Sabrina Carpenter has embarked on a new gig as fashion collaborator. The American singer, songwriter and actress was in New York on Thursday at Aéropostale’s store at the Manhattan Mall to preview her new fashion collaboration with the teen retailer. She is the retailer’s brand ambassador, and was the face of Aéropostale’s holiday campaign.
According to Aéropostale, the capsule line as 25 stockkeeping units, and will be available in stores beginning on April 8.
Carpenter told WWD that as the youngest of four girls, she wore a lot of “hand-me-downs.” When she finally could buy things that fit, Carpenter said she looked to brands such as Aéropostale. As for her decision to team with the teen retailer, Carpenter said, “The price point is reachable for my fans. They want a piece of me, and I loved that these [pieces] are affordable.”
As for the collaborative process, Carpenter said, “I saw sketches and swatches. They had decision makers who gave me their choices, but they were totally open to me saying, ‘Can you make a polo like this?’” She explained that she would give some ideas on how to adjust or tweak the design she was shown. Carpenter also said that she has been

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Anna Sui, Fern Mallis to Be Featured Guests at Nashville Fashion Week

SUI AND MALLIS TAKE NASHVILLE: Anna Sui and Fern Mallis will be the featured guests at Nashville Fashion Week, a city-wide celebration of Nashville’s fashion and retail community.
“NFW Fashion Talks with Fern Mallis and Anna Sui” will take place April 6 at 3 p.m. at Union Station Hotel. Sponsored by Union Station Hotel and UAL, the event will include a VIP reception, where guests will receive a signed copy of Mallis’ book, “Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.” Sui and Mallis will take the stage at 4 p.m. to share insights and personal stories. Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Textiles, Merchandising and Design will live-stream the conversation during the event. This is Mallis’ third Nashville Fashion Week.
The Nashville Fashion Week finale runway show will showcase Sui’s spring collection on April 7 at OZ Arts Nashville.
Sui has over 50 boutiques in eight countries and sells her collection in 300 stores in over 30 countries. She has also launched cosmetics, fragrance, shoes and accessories licenses.
“I’ve been wanting to visit Nashville for quite some time. It’s the legendary home of country western music, the Grand Ole Opry, Hot Chicken and Manuel: tailor to the stars. In recent years, I’ve been hearing

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Meghan Markle’s White Coat Is Officially a Celebrity Fashion Trend

ESC: Prince Harry, Meghan MarkleJust in: Meghan Markle is officially a trendsetter.
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Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2018 to Honor Staff Sgt. Catherine Schmid

Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the annual benefit thrown by Jeffrey Kalinsky set for April 11, will be hosted by Judith Light and honor Staff Sgt. Catherine Schmid.
The event, which features both a silent and live auction, followed by a runway show of men’s fashion, raises money and awareness for HIV/AIDS and supports various LGBT charities. As in the past, this year’s function will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal. It will once again take place at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
The evening’s honoree will be Schmid, a 12-year U.S. Army veteran and a key plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the ban of transgender individuals serving in the military. Schmid was one of five members of the armed services and three hoping to enlist who filed a suit, brought by Lambda Legal, against the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender people in August.
Light is a Tony and Emmy winner who most recently appeared on “Transparent” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story.”
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Kering, British Fashion Council Host Ethical Fashion Event in Paris

DOWN TO EARTH: Britain’s ambassador to France Edward Llewellyn opened his residence to a fashion crowd, assembled to discuss sustainable style in a networking event hosted by Kering, the London College of Fashion and the British Fashion Council.
“Inside Kering, we have a feeling that sustainability is key,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer, who is also in charge of institutional affairs for the luxury group. Daveu added that the industry needs to build a more “eco-resistant” business model and that it is important to get various people involved, including designers and students. She and Claire Bergkamp, who heads sustainability and ethical trade for Stella McCartney, stressed the importance of research and development for the endeavor. Start-ups also play a role in promoting sustainability, added Bergkamp, citing Bolt Threads, a company that makes silk out of yeast as an example.
Other speakers were Frances Corner of the London College of Fashion and Tamsin Lejeune of the Ethical Fashion Forum, while Godfrey Deeny, editor in chief of Fashionnetwork.com moderated the discussion.
The ambassador said he was pleased to see the halls of the historic diplomat’s quarters animated by the issue.
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Mark Hamill Is Honored With Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Perfect Star Wars Fashion

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Levenity Wins Dallas Fashion Award

RISING STARS IN DALLAS: Fashion Group International of Dallas presented its Rising Star Award for women’s fashion to Venny Etienne during its annual program to recognize emerging talent. The event was held Thursday at Seven for Parties.
Etienne, who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology, launched his Levenity sportswear label in Dallas in 2015.
Known for jackets and coats, Levenity is sold primarily through its web site, custom orders and one store, 9J Boutique in New York, Etienne said. Everything is made at his studio at South Side on Lamar, a large loft building that shelters many artists.
The other nominees for women’s wear were Tendai Tawonezvi, who creates colorful sportswear primarily with African fabrics under the label Neobantu, and Jerry Matthews and Francesca Viamonte for Nine Muses Collection contemporary sportswear.
Jason Simmons clinched the Rising Star Award for men’s wear. His company, DeadSoxy, manufactures fashion socks in Dallas and guarantees they won’t slip.
The other men’s wear nominees were Josh Madans, founder of Billy Baker Co. jewelry, and Don Morphy Privé Clothiers, which manufactures fashionable shoes and tailored clothing in Italy.
The program also honored Jo Franco for makeup artistry, Aaron Fairooz for photography, Amber LaFrance as fashion blogger and painter

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Pascal Millet, Anne Sofie Madsen Cancel Paris Fashion Week Shows

LIGHTENED LOAD: What started out as a thinner Paris Fashion Week has become even lighter.
In a break with a nine-year tradition, Pascal Millet has canceled his runway show. The French designer, who was scheduled to take the 7 p.m. slot on March 1, said in a brief statement that the brand recently opened up to new investors, without elaborating further. Sales sessions will still be held on March 3 to 9 as originally planned.
Also canceling her show is Danish designer Anne Sofie Madsen, who was scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 4. The brand did not provide an explanation and did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The late-stage bow-outs came as a handful of other labels were notably absent this season for a variety of reasons.
Alexis Mabille is foregoing his runway show for showroom appointments, which will be accompanied with a film clip, to present his new collection. The French designer said he is focusing on tuxedos and evening gowns.
Esteban Cortázar ended a dozen-year run in Paris and moved to New York for his fall collection, accepting a one-season invitation. It was a homecoming of sorts; the Colombian-born designer started his fashion career in Miami and debuted his

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Retailers Saw Variety and Quality at Milan Fashion Week

MILAN — It wasn’t an easy week, with a packed show schedule, lots of rain and the so-called Beast from the East, or polar vortex, blowing into town on Sunday, bringing with it Arctic temperatures. Despite the inclement weather, buyers were buzzing about the variety and quality they found in Milan. “Milano, Milano, Milano — what an energizing week full of imagination, vision and creativity,” said Roopal Patel, Saks Fifth Avenue senior vice president, fashion director. “The collections at Milan Fashion Week continue to excite and delight our senses on every level.” She cited Gucci’s “theatrical Cyborg show,” Prada’s “high-energy industrial couture” and the Moncler Genius project as among the highlights.
The Eighties trend remained strong, as did oversize outerwear. Retailers cited tartans and animal patterns, neon and pop colors, logomania, sportswear influences, faux fur and quilted looks as some of the recurring elements in the collections. As Coco Chan, Stylebop.com head of women’s wear said, “the new mood is all about more is more. Pile on the layers with prints, patterns, textures and embellishments.”
Here, a roundup of the Milan highlights from the mouths of retailers:
Linda Fargo, senior vice president, women’s fashion director and store presentation at Bergdorf Goodman: 
FAVORITE COLLECTIONS: Prada, Gucci, Attico and Moncler.
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CFDA Reminds Voters to Consider Race, Gender and Inclusivity for This Year’s Fashion Awards

GET OUT THE VOTE: The Council of Fashion Designers of America has reminded voters for its Fashion Awards to give some thought to race, gender and inclusivity.
In an e-mail sent out Monday, CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb advised recipients, “We truly want the event to celebrate the full creative spectrum and richness of American fashion. Just think of how much fashion is changing, and the diversity of our industry. Designers with broad cultural backgrounds and political ideas are expressing their experiences and beliefs in their collections. Their work deserves greater acknowledgment, acceptance and visibility.”
Nearly 1,000 people are invited to participate and roughly 700 to 750 actively participate in the process for the CFDA Fashion Awards, which calls for nominations and then a vote for winners.
“Over the years, a lot of people have always said that they felt like the same people, over and over, are getting the same awards. Awards are really based on talent. Hopefully, people are nominating and voting based on who they think are doing the best things. But the power’s with the people — with the nominating committee, with the awards’ guild. If they feel there are people who are more deserving then

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Fashion Review: Playing It Safe Amid the Protests

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Fashion Crowd Cheer On Carla Bruni at Her L.A. Concert

Los Angeles’ European contingent — led by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy — was out in full force Wednesday night for Carla Bruni’s concert at The Orpheum Theatre downtown in support of her new album, “French Touch.”
“It’s so chilly in Los Angeles today, but you are so warm,” Bruni purred as she sauntered around the stage in all black leather jeans, T-shirt, blazer and ankle boots. (She changed into what looked like a Balmain band jacket after a brief intermission.) The crowd was full of seasoned continental types also donning leather pants and all manner of black clothing, along with recognizable faces such as Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and his swimsuit designer wife Susan Holmes, actress Lucila Solá, Nathalie Marciano, and two other model contemporaries of Bruni’s, Elaine Irwin and Patricia Velásquez.
Sarkozy emerged from the wings and slid into a seat in the orchestra next to David Foster as the lights were dimming, but he didn’t remain unnoticed because his wife referenced “my man” several times and sang a song she wrote for him, with the chorus “triste garçon,” or “sad boy.”
Bruni’s fourth album, produced by Foster, features a range of English language standards, pop and rock songs

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The Queen is already known for her impeccable style – but now she has attended her first ever London Fashion Week front row.
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THE QUEEN AT QUINN: Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at emerging designer Richard Quinn’s runway show on Tuesday afternoon as part of a visit to London Fashion Week and to present Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
She wore a duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket embellished with Swarovski crystals. It was designed by Angela Kelly, her longtime dressmaker.

Richard Quinn and Queen Elizabeth 
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The Queen visited LFW’s Designer Showrooms to view the collections and then attended Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

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The award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be handed annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality, while demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies, according to the British Fashion Council.
Born and raised in Eltham, southeast London, Richard Quinn holds a B.A. and M.A. from Central Saint Martins. He graduated from the M.A. program in 2016, and launched his line that year.

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Arab Fashion Council Plots Arab Fashion Week Riyadh, Partners With British Fashion Council

LONDON — The Arab Fashion Council is starting to lay the foundations for the development of a sustainable infrastructure across the Arab world, with a strategic partnership with the British Fashion Council and the debut of the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh.
The nonprofit organization, which represents 22 countries across the Arab world and has recently set up a regional office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is aiming to use the event as a platform to support local talent, as well as international names looking to enter the Arab market.
“The history and trajectory of the BFC goes hand in hand with what we are trying to achieve: nurturing young talent and adopting an international vision,” said Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, the organization’s honorary president.
In turn, the AFC will work toward providing opportunities for London-based designers to tap into the Arab market.
Jacob Abrian, the founder and chief executive officer of the AFC, pointed to the fact that their efforts are aligned with the government’s broader vision to diversify the economy of Saudi Arabia and create opportunities for its increasingly young generation — 70 percent of the population being under 30. “Most Arab countries are looking to diversify; Abu Dhabi, for example, announced that

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Central Saint Martins’ MA Students Present Graduate Collections at London Fashion Week

Student graduate shows can be hit or miss but the 19 MA students from Central Saint Martins presented an exciting mix that ran the sartorial gamut from extreme silhouettes and innovative textiles to sleek tailoring in more traditional fabrications.
Among the highlights: Liam Johnson, whose sculptural silhouettes opened the show; Elise Perrotta’s all cream collection featuring wardrobe staples in textural knits, and women’s wear designer Edwin Mohney, who closed the show with a provocative collection that included conceptual pieces made using inflatables wrapped in packing tape.
As in past seasons, craftsmanship in the men’s wear stood out. Particularly noteworthy was Olaf Tavares Vieira, whose draped men’s wear collection was awarded the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award. Inspired by utilitarianism and the stomach as the center of the body, his lineup included fluid ankle-grazing coats, along with sweaters with cutouts in the back and slouchy trousers enveloping the torso that had a monkish appeal.
“I like clothes that are close on the neck and belly and on the ankle,” Vieira explained. “It gives me a kind of strength, even if the clothes are soft.”
He shared the prize with women’s wear designer Rebecca Jeffs, whose tactile collection was a clever play on famous sayings such as

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Female Activists, Antifur Protesters Fight Their Causes at London Fashion Week

BARE NECESSITIES: Topless, or scantily clad, female activists braved the cold February weather to stage protests during fashion week, capitalizing on the media throngs at shows to gain attention.
On Friday, both PETA supporters and advocates for a more body-inclusive runway caused scenes, shouting out for their respective causes. The antifur contingent had “wear your own skin” painted on their bare torsos, and encouraged passersby to stand up for animals by embracing a vegan wardrobe. On the subject of fur, Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “It’s not fabric, and it’s not ours for the taking.”
Meanwhile, the pro-curves protesters held plaques that read “fashion rules rewritten” and wore lingerie by Simply Be, a plus-size brand. American model and actress Hayley Hasselhoff led the way, accompanied by eight activists who demanded to know when more curvaceous women will be seen on runways. Angela Spindler, chief executive officeroff N Brown Group plc, which owns Simply Be, said: “This isn’t about ‘skinny shaming.’ We think that shape should be celebrated irrespective of size.”
The women all got their say – and a few goosebumps.

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The Three Designers to Watch at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Name: Willy Chavarria
Background: Chavarria, a Mexican-American, grew up in Huron, Calif., a small town near Fresno, and held design stints at Ralph Lauren and American Eagle Outfitters before starting Palmer Trading Co., his Made in the U.S. men’s wear line that leaned heavily toward workwear and was snapped up by Japanese retailers. Now he’s exclusively focused on his namesake assortment of men’s wear.
Inspiration this season: “Faith in humanity during dark times.”
Mentor or idol: “I love the work of film director Romain Gavras. I find a connection with it in my work.”
Goal: “I’d like to help us see ourselves in a new light.”
What’s your favorite secret spot in New York?: The lobby bar at Jolly Madison Towers Hotel on 38th and Madison Avenue.
 
Name: Emily Adams Bode
Background: Bode was born and raised in Atlanta, and spent her summers in New England, where she frequented antique shops and shows with her mother. Through that she was introduced to age-old techniques and fabrications. “I have always been drawn to hand-work, craft and labors of love,” the designer said. “The stories told through craft and the sense of the hand, the individual-maker, drew me to them.” Bode eventually moved to New York, where she graduated from Parsons

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WWD Gathers Fashion Experts, Insiders for Samsung 837 Style Dimension Panels

Seen and heard: This New York Fashion Week at Samsung’s experiential hub, 837, WWD gathered top thought leaders, fashion designers and industry heavyweights to join in a series of in-depth and informed discussions on topics ranging from the role of social media for brand marketing to the evolution — and acceptance — of female executives within the landscape.

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WWD executive fashion editor Bridget Foley and fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez
“To seduce someone with something that’s really, really great,” said Narciso Rodriguez, “I think that’s a great challenge for any designer.”
During the course of their discussion, Rodriguez revealed that he still feels like a rookie fashion designer in many senses. It’s this mentality that’s kept his work remarkably fresh, and his burnout apparently at bay.
And while this may be freeing, Rodriguez confirmed that remaining an independent designer is not without its challenges. “When you have something like September 11 or the 2008 downturn or retail partners going bankrupt, those are things that are really damaging to a company that isn’t funded by a giant conglomerate, where they just move billions of dollars into your account,” he said. “It’s tough but we’ve survived. I’ve been very fortunate to create a

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PETA’s ‘Fashion Police’ Write Tickets for Fur-Clad Pedestrians as NYFW Wraps Up

FUR’S FIRST OFFENSE: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tried to leave their own stamp on New York Fashion Week on Wednesday afternoon.
Looking to crack down on showgoers wearing animal skins, the animal rights group recruited two supporters to pose as “fashion police” writing tickets for unsuspecting passersby. A delayed noontime start wasn’t the only glitch. Most of the runway shows were finished throughout the city, never mind at the corner of West Houston and Washington Street where their patrol began. (A utility worker off to work did look very Calvin Klein-esque in a reflective jacket though.)
While handling some last-minute adjustments to her fellow officer-for-an-hour’s costume, Mary Ann Persad said her real job is in finance. She had taken the day off to support PETA. Todd Elkins, a model represented by Major and a bartender for catered events, had a more flexible schedule to work with. Practicing her lines for a PETA photographer, Persad said, “It’s New York Fashion Week and the fashion police are out. If you’re wearing any kind of animal garment — fur, wool, leather, down — you might get a ticket.”
Aside from a few why-are-you-here type questions, most of the passersby waved off the “tickets”

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Fashion Illustrator Jeanette Getrost Plans Phone Cases, Packaging, Talk at Camp David

BETWEEN THE LINES: In New York for a Q&A at Spring Place and a happy hour at Camp David in Brooklyn on Thursday, Los Angeles-based fashion illustrator Jeanette Getrost discussed how the medium is coming back to life.
About 20 will be at the NYFW event at Spring and the crowd will be considerably livelier at Camp David, the co-working space for creatives started by Milk Studios’ Mazdack Rassi and Erez Shternlich. Getrost chalked up the renewed interest in fashion illustration to social media giving artists a platform to get their work out. In addition, “People get a little tired of new media and have this yearning for the past and they want things to be handmade. You can see the same Instagram posts on a daily basis but with artists they are creating something new that you’ve never seen before.”
A few years ago she worked for “Project Runway” one season, sketching the winning looks from each episode for a social media campaign. Next week she will be live sketching at a Ferragamo event in Los Angeles. Getrost, whose work can be found on Absolut Art, also has a line of phone cases coming out with Fifth & Ninth, and she recently

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New York Fashion Week: Runways, robots and Ralph Lauren

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Z Supply Enters Retail Fray With Fashion Island Store

Z Supply LLC has opened its first store with plans of growing its retail footprint over time.
The 1,362-square-foot temporary store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach carries the company’s namesake basics brand and is also set to be used to test categories from the line.
The assortment includes the women’s collection in addition to some pieces from the Z Supply men’s line. The company will also sell items from its Zoo Supply line for pets, which launched last year.
The Fashion Island pop-up is scheduled to be open for a period of three to six months.
Z Supply chief operating officer Heidi Muther called the timing right to look at retail, as the company follows the game plans of a number of born-online brands or businesses with traditional wholesale models exploring direct-to-consumer through physical retail in a bid to learn more about their respective consumer bases.
Z Supply, the brand, has seen steady growth since its 2013 launch and is in more than 2,000 stores in the U.S. It’s part of a portfolio of brands created by Z Supply LLC that includes Black Swan, White Crow, Others Follow, Rag Poets, Icons of Culture and Pirate Surf. In total, the company closed 2017 with $ 50

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Christian Siriano Thinks ‘Fashion Designers Should Still Be Celebrated’ on the Red Carpet

Actresses in Hollywood have been making a powerful statement against sexual harassment on the red carpet this awards season in support of the Time’s Up movement. Stars stood together at the Golden Globe Awards by wearing all black and musicians joined in at the Grammy Awards by pinning white roses to their outfits. Supporting from behind the scenes? Stylists and designers who work tirelessly to pull together powerful looks for their clients, like Christian Siriano.

Siriano dressed 11 women at the Golden Globes and three at the Screen Actors Guild Awards so far this season, and he’s proud to align himself with the movement. He also hopes the creative process behind getting “red carpet ready” will continued to be honored.

“I’m glad all these powerful women are coming together and it’s time that their voice is heard,” Siriano told PeopleStyle at the launch of his new E.L.F. Cosmetics collection. “ fashion is still very important. Fashion designers should still be celebrated.”

Siriano pointed out that the red carpet is about “celebrating creativity and art” as a whole.

“It’s not just about showcasing the actors. The designers are being showcased. The hair and makeup teams are being showcased. We’re all in the industry together,” Siriano told us. “Actually, none of us can survive without the other, which I think sometimes people forget.”

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He continued, “Wearing a beautiful dress is a privilege too because without that, there would be no red carpet to go on. It’s a balance about supporting all of each other, so I hope to see that more.”

Siriano called the all-black movement at the Golden Globes “pretty great,” but wasn’t afraid to admit it created quite the challenge for him as a designer dressing 11 different women for the event. “It’s been hard,” he laughed. “It’s been a really rough one.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

“I remember we were doing a velvet gown and somebody asked for a velvet gown. I was like, ‘Oh, I already did a velvet gown, but what if she doesn’t wear it?’ It was crazy and a juggle of everything, but it all worked out. Everybody looked really powerful and amazing,” Siriano said.

To communicate empowerment through each look he designed, Siriano made sure each woman felt like herself when she put on the clothing.

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“Debra was killing it. She was like, ‘No, I don’t want to wear a frilly dress, which everybody thinks I’m going to wear,’” he told us. “She told me, ‘I want to wear a pant and something cool and powerful.’ So that was fun.”


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Efisio Marras Creates Bridal Capsule for White Carpet Fashion Show

SAY YES TO THE DRESS: Si Sposaitalia Collezioni trade show has revealed a partnership between Efisio Marras, creative director of the I’m Isola Marras brand and Antonio Marras’ eldest son, and the Apulia-based Bellantuono Bridal Group company, which was founded in 1968.
The capsule collection will be showcased during the White Carpet fashion show, to be staged on April 6, the inaugural day of the trade show in Milan.
The designer is said to be developing around five looks for brides-to-be as well as for the wedding ceremony’s guests.
Five other designers are expected to join the project and stage their capsule collections in partnership with as many Italian bridal companies. Their names are yet to be revealed.
The White Carpet project is part of the new format the bridal fair revealed in November.
In keeping with the aim of enhancing the quality of the event and its impact on a global scale, the fair’s venue will feature a dedicated area showcasing a special exhibition. Named “What’s new by Il matrimonio dei sensi” [“What’s new by The wedding of senses,”] the exhibit will display innovative services to visitors and buyers.
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The Costume Institute’s ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ to Be Previewed in Rome Next Month

WHEN IN ROME: The opening of the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is still a few months away, but organizers will stage a press preview Feb. 26 in Rome. The Met’s deputy director Carrie Rebora Barratt, The Costume Institute’s curator in charge Andrew Bolton, Anna Wintour and His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi will be on hand for the warm-up event at Galleria Colonna.
The location of the preview in Italy is a spectacle in itself. The Roman Baroque Galleria Colonna was commissioned in the mid-1600s by Cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew, Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna. It was inaugurated by Onofrio’s son, Philip II, in 1700. The architect Antonio del Grande handled the original project, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Paolo Schor and Carlo Fontana enhanced it in the last decade of the 1600s.
The Costume Institute’s main event bows to the public in New York on May 10 and will run through Oct. 8. “Heavenly Bodies” will be housed in two locations — The Met’s Fifth Avenue museum and the Met Cloisters. “Heavenly Bodies” will juxtapose fashion and masterworks of religious art so that patrons will consider fashion’s ongoing engagement with the

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Ones to Watch: Paris Men’s Fashion Week

PARIS — From the debut collection of design-led sustainable men’s brand, Phipps, to Nïuku’s modern-day tribute to men’s tailoring of yore, here are some of the new talents to look out for at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks into high gear today.
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“It’s about acknowledging that we’re all people, we’re in this together,” said Spencer Phipps, founder of Phipps, a new men’s wear line mixing sustainability and style that is due to launch on Jan. 20 during Paris Men’s Week. (The venue is still to be confirmed.)
The Paris-based designer, who is from San Francisco, cut his teeth in the men’s studio of Marc Jacobs in New York before working for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp for three years. After leaving Van Noten, he spent eight months researching manufacturers and materials. “I did my graduate collection in sustainability in 2008 at Parsons and it was like a joke. I ended up finding one manufacturer in New England that was basically some hippy commune that made hemp and linen and one cotton flannel,” he said.
So Phipps opted to work with manufacturers in Portugal, “a country that is basically certified [for sustainability].”
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Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style Still Casting a Lasting Impression on Fashion

Georgia O’Keeffe was a source of inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first cruise collection for Dior as the label’s ads featuring Jennifer Lawrence can attest. After the Brooklyn Museum’s heralded run of “Georgia O’Keeffe; Living Modern” last year, the Peabody Essex Museum outside of Boston is taking another look at the artist’s disciplined sense of style with “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style.”
For the most part, the Massachusetts exhibition features most of the major designer pieces owned by O’Keeffe including looks from Pucci, Balenciaga, Zoe de Salle, Ferragamo, Marimekko and Claire McCardell, as well as pieces the bespoke tailors Emsley and Knize. And Estrellita Karsh, the wife of the esteemed portrait photographer Yousuf, believes her husband mentioned how the artist wore couture made by Christian Dior. In 1956, Karsh traveled to New Mexico to shoot O’Keeffe. That portrait hangs near the entrance to what used to be her Abiquiu home, which is now a museum run by the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation.
“She really presents herself in many areas — in women’s rights, women’s independence. Taking herself to the desert and the fact that she was a schoolteacher who came to New York to a gallery that was in itself revolutionary. That was very,

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Meghan Markle’s Fashion Statement Proves She Wears the Royal Pants

Prince Harry, Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle is blazing her own royal fashion trail.
Since announcing their engagement in November, Harry has been introducing his bride-to-be to residents in different parts of the…

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Machine-A’s Stavros Karelis Collaborates With Copenhagen International Fashion Fair

KARELIS CURATES: Copenhagen International Fashion Fair has enlisted Stavros Karelis to curate the special projects area of the three-day Scandinavian showcase, which starts Jan. 31.
“I want the visitors to experience the process that goes into the creative aspect of a brand,” said Karelis of his approach to the space, which will be composed of workshops and collaborative areas. “Products that we mostly get to experience are the final result of a process — and I want to showcase the process, the beginning of an idea. This is what Machine-A stands for, and this is what I have tried to do throughout my career — to present people and brands with meaningful ideas who have successfully implemented these ideas.”
The Machine-A founder and buying director has tapped a number of brands for the special installations, items and projects for the showcase. The labels include MM6 Maison Margiela, which will work on a diorama, while Sami Janjer will work with Max Lamb on a “DIY Chair” with Virgil Abloh. Showcase attendees will have the opportunity to create their own chairs in the workshop.
Alyx will be showing images from the “New Happiness — Love Chaos” catalogue photographed by Nick Knight. Showstudio’s fashion illustration archive

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What’s the Future of Men’s Fashion? I Went to Italy to Find Out

At Pitti Uomo, the world’s largest clothing trade show, buyers and brands from around the world dictate what clothes you’ll find in store next year. WSJ’s men’s fashion columnist got a preview.
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There’s Not That Much Fashion in FX’s Big Versace Drama: There’s Not That Much Fashion in FX’s Big Versace Drama

A highly anticipated follow-up to the “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” focuses on life in and out of the closet — not as a shopper, but as a gay man.
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Fashion Scout Unveils Winners for The Ones to Watch Award

NEW FACES: Fashion Scout, an international showcase that aids emerging talent, has unveiled winners of The Ones to Watch award for London Fashion Week fall 2018. They are Maddie Williams, Zhi Chen’s I Am Chen, Susan Fang and Kristel Kuslapuu.
“We are excited to have expanded the award across the catwalk and presentation studio to fit with our winner’s creative views,” said Fashion Scout founder and director Martyn Roberts. “We have a bold and colorful eclectic mix of designers from diverse cultures.”
Launched in 2006, Fashion Scout has worked with, and supported designers including Iris Van Herpen, Peter Pilotto, Eudon Choi and David Koma with dedicated showcases meant to attract press and buyers.
Fashion Scout will mount its Ones to Watch Catwalk show during London Fashion Week on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in The Vestibule Catwalk.
The Ones to Watch Presentation will take place on Feb. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Presentation Studio, Freemasons’ Hall.
Williams, Chen and Fang will take part in a collective showcase in the Vestibule Catwalk Hall, while Kuslapuu will present her range within the Fashion Scout Presentation studio.
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, the British eco-designer Maddie Williams won the Catwalk Textiles Award and the

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12 Fashion Moments You Probably Missed at Critics’ Choice Awards 2018

ESC: Fashion Moments You Missed, Yara ShahidiThere are just some things you just can’t catch on an award show red carpet.
There’s so much going on that in the flurry of cameras flashing and interviews happening, we may miss…

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Lulu Guinness Set to Join London Fashion Week Lineup

SHOW TIME: British accessories designer Lulu Guinness is planning to join London Fashion Week schedule in February for the first time in the brand’s 28-year history.
The presentation will take place over two days from Feb. 17-18, so that industry members and consumers can attend.
It promises to be a “sensory and energetic” experience, according to Guinness.
“I’ve created something that is fun, interactive and sharable on social media. What people like about my brand is the playful, witty nature, so it will be a larger-than-life version of that,” she added.
The presentation will also include see-now-buy-now elements, with a selection of items at the event immediately available at the brand’s web site and the Covent Garden flagship.
Guinness said it was the right time to add her name to the British Fashion Council’s official schedule, having expanded her range to include clothing and footwear last year.
“Where else would we debut other than London? This is our home and heart of the brand. We love what the BFC has done for London Fashion Week in the last decade, it’s an exciting time to be part of British fashion,” she added.

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U.K.’s Graduate Fashion Week Travels to New York

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: In an effort to strengthen its international ties, Britain’s Graduate Fashion Week plans to mount a showcase in New York on Jan. 16.
“We have a great relationship with three major New York educational institutes: FIT, Pratt and Parsons,” said Graduate Fashion Week creative director Martyn Roberts. “And while in NYC on our weeklong showcase, we plan to visit each institute to see the upcoming talent we can expect on the International Catwalk Competition for 2018.”
Hilary Alexander, a GFW trustee and journalist, said there is a long-standing relationship between U.K. fashion graduates and the American fashion industry. “Many major U.S.-based companies such as Gap and Calvin Klein are hiring British fashion graduates, so it makes perfect sense to make New York the next stop for GFW this January.”
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity, platform and showcase for students from a range of global universities. Patrons include Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Nick Knight. This is the first time it is hosting events outside the U.K. and in association with SmartFocus, a digital messaging cloud.
The showcase will include the collections and portfolios of students from international universities.
Students under the spotlight include Kate Clark, a Kingston University graduate who

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How Meghan Markle Bent the Royal Fashion Rules With Her First Official Outfit of 2018

Meghan MarkleIf Meghan Markle’s outfits set the yearly trends, 2018 is shaping up to be quite cozy.
For her first official outing of 2018, the bride-to-be stepped out alongside her royal…

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