Fabrics and textures key in Bottega Veneta and Blumarine Milan shows
By Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - Fabrics and textures took center stage in the catwalk shows of Bottega Veneta and Blumarine on Saturday, in the fourth day of Milan's fashion week. Bottega Veneta, part of the Kering group, celebrated its 50th anniversary showcasing a combined men's and women's spring/summer 17 collection. Bottega Veneta also brought back from its archives 15 bag styles to mark its half-century, including an intrecciato clutch bag used in the movie "American Gigolo".
09/24/2016 - 10:30 AM
Subtle seduction in Giorgio Armani's Charmani collection in Milan
By Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - A woman's allure is a matter of small and subtle details for Giorgio Armani in his spring/summer 2017 "Charmani" collection presented on Friday during Milan Fashion week. Appearing charming and sophisticated, she attracts attention with short skirts and veils that do not reveal too much, with knitted elements and fringe-like decorations on her garments. True to his style, Armani, who celebrated four decades in fashion last year, kept his designs clean cut, rigorous and elegant. The palette used by Armani, known in the fashion system as "King Giorgio", is made up of hypnotic and intense blues and purples, at times deadened by beige, grey and red.
09/23/2016 - 11:01 AM
India's prize-winning designer steadies for world stage
"I never thought of myself as a top designer, more of a glorified tailor," Dhir told AFP at his small, busy design studio in the backblocks of New Delhi. Dhir is now in a race against time to deliver his award-winning collection to prominent department stores in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney from next month -- as well as around $75,000 in prizemoney to build up his business, he also gets to provide a capsule collection for key retailers worldwide.
09/23/2016 - 10:51 AM
Out with hunks: fashion breaks codes for male models
Muscular, classically chiseled male models are a dying breed as men are ever more chosen for thinness, even androgyny, in a fashion world playing with the notion of gender. It only takes looking back a decade to male fashion shows -- at Versace, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton or Gucci -- to see the change on the catwalk. Back then, "male models were a little bit bigger... not so, so skinny," said Tricia Romani, head of the Canadian branch of the Wilhelmina international modeling agency.
09/23/2016 - 10:50 AM
Plus-size fashion show scores big in Japan
By Kwiyeon Ha TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese pop girl group Pottya, who describe themselves as "chubby", performed their hits while eleven plus size amateur models strutted along the catwalk at a new men's fashion show in Tokyo aimed at breaking down obesity taboos. The Tokyo Pochari (plump) Collection, jointly organized by a plus-size clothing brand Sakazen Shoji Co and fashion magazine, Mr Babe, featured models weighing more than 100 kg (220 pounds) walking, twirling and posing on the catwalk.
09/23/2016 - 05:50 AM
Philipp Plein to move shows to New York
He is one of Europe's best-known fashion designers, but Philipp Plein has announced he is moving his fashion shows to New York.
09/23/2016 - 04:43 AM
Feathers and nostalgia add glam to Prada spring collection
By Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - Retro trenchcoats, feathered cuffs and brightly colored patterns hinting at the 1960s and 70s were among the highlights of Prada's spring/summer women's wear collection in Milan on Thursday. Last month it predicted a return to sales and profit growth next year, helped by improved sales trends in China, and there was plenty of variety in veteran designer Miuccia Prada's collection. Prada has said it is now trying to turn itself around by putting out more accessible products and slimming down its extensive retail network.
09/22/2016 - 04:27 PM
Fendi flashes glitter-lipped vision of summer
With the help of superstar models Gigi and Bella Hadid, Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday unveiled his vision of what stylish young women will be wearing next summer: glitter lips and big pants that everyone can see. The veteran German designer's latest work for Fendi was a playful affair -- or "decorative opulence twisted with an athletic elan," as he put it in his notes to the Roman house's 2017 Spring/Summer collection. Tennis champion Serena Williams provided some sporting star power to the front row, chatting animatedly with fashion Godmother Anna Wintour and veteran style correspondent Suzy Menkes.
09/22/2016 - 12:54 PM
Macy's teams up with grooming services provider in beauty push
Customers will be able to book beGlammed services ranging from $25.00-$185.00, including bridal makeup, on macys.com, on-demand beauty service provider beGlammed said in a statement on Thursday. BeGlammed was founded in 2014 by Maile Pacheco, a former Mac cosmetics employee, who created the on-demand platform to connect clients with professional stylists. Department store operators such as Macy's and J.C. Penney Co Inc are trying to grab a bigger slice of the fast-growing beauty products market as their mainstay apparel business comes under pressure from online giant Amazon.com Inc and off-price rivals including TJX Cos Inc .
09/22/2016 - 09:03 AM
Bottega Veneta marks its 50th anniversary at Milan Fashion Week
With Milan Fashion Week in full swing, the Italian label -- known for its leatherwork skills -- is set to unveil its spring/summer 2017 collection at a fashion show event. As well as marking the brand's 50th anniversary, it celebrates 15 years with creative director Tomas Maier at the helm. Founded in 1966 by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro, then bought by the Gucci Group in 2001, Bottega Veneta is celebrating five decades of existence, of luxury goods and of savoir-faire in 2016.
09/22/2016 - 08:46 AM
Fairytale and army-inspired looks open Milan fashion week
By Giulia Segreti MILAN (Reuters) - A kaleidoscopic fairytale by Gucci and Fay's military-inspired looks opened Milan's womenswear fashion show on Wednesday with a display of clothing and accessories for spring and summer 2017. For the next six days the Italian capital of fashion will be the setting for runway shows, art exhibitions, boutique openings and events as fashionistas, buyers, designers and bloggers flock to the city from around the world. In Gucci's magic lanterns collection, layered and ruffled gowns, gold decorations and outfits echoing a hippy style took center stage.
09/21/2016 - 11:33 PM
Ralph Lauren working on memoir, scheduled for next fall
NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren, one of the giants of modern American fashion, is working on his autobiography.
09/21/2016 - 12:14 PM
Youth to the fore as Milan fashion week opens
Milan fashion week kicked off on Wednesday with collections from Italian labels Grinko and Blugirl setting a youth-orientated tone for six days of catwalk creativity. Next up were newcomers Wunderkind, the youth-targeted branch of Germany's Joop which is one of three Milan debutants among the 71 catwalk shows scheduled between now and Monday. Paris-based couture star Giambattista Valli has shown his own younger line, Giamba, in Milan before but Friday's show will be the first time it has been included in the official programme.
09/21/2016 - 09:41 AM
Style Notes: The Weeknd's Haircut; Ralph Lauren Memoir Coming Next Year
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09/21/2016 - 12:00 AM
London wraps up fashion week amid Brexit uncertainty
London wrapped up its seasonal fashion week on Tuesday after five days of luxury and highstreet labels unveiling colorful and eclectic collections amid Brexit uncertainty. Holding its leg of the spring/summer 2017 shows after New York, London staged its first fashion week since Britain shocked the world by voting in June to leave the European Union. As well as runway trends, the uncertainty of how Britain's exit from the EU (Brexit) will affect the industry was also a hot topic among fashionistas.
09/20/2016 - 10:51 AM
Supermodel Kate Moss launches own agency
Kate Moss is launching her own talent agency after leaving the one that recruited her aged 14 earlier this year, the Business of Fashion website reported as London Fashion Week draws to a close on Tuesday. "I want to focus more on managing people's careers than just a modelling agency," said Moss, whose agency has a website, Twitter and Instagram presence despite her own well-known avoidance of social media. London-born Moss, the daughter of a barmaid and a travel agent, was recruited in a chance encounter at New York airport and is one of the few supermodels from the 1990s who still has a lucrative career.
09/20/2016 - 04:46 AM
Rihanna to Present New Fenty x Puma Collection at Paris Fashion Week, Stream Show on Tidal
RiRi is hitting the City of Light for her second collection with Puma.
09/20/2016 - 12:00 AM
London Fashion Week hits climax with Burberry, Erd
LONDON (AP) — Luxury British fashion house Burberry unveiled its highly anticipated display at London Fashion Week Monday, an opulent affair featuring frilly blouses, velvet blazers and silky pajama shirts - for both men and women. Elsewhere, Christopher Kane and Erdem were among designers showing off their newest collections to the fashion pack before they jet off to Milan.
09/19/2016 - 07:32 PM
Horrifying bejeweled crocs hit the runway in London's Fashion Week
The ugly shoe craze is not over. We've seen what happens when Uggs and Tevas team up, and even the horrifying invention of cowboy boot sandals. Now, we must stomach the crème de la crème of ugly shoes: bejeweled crocs. London designer Christopher Kane teamed up with Crocs to create this sparkly monstrosity for his Spring 2017 in London's fashion week. The theme of his show, "Make Do & Mend," is inspired by 1940's pragmatism and questions our faith in high fashion standards. Kane's metallic crocs are decorated with precious stones, such as diaspro, red leopard malachite and zebra jasper and will actually be produced and sold. SEE ALSO: Ugg and Teva's new mashup 'sandals' are confusingly impractical Oh no #crocs#christopherkane A photo posted by Michelle Vaughan (@mich_vaughan) on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:14am PDT As if we haven't been through enough, these crocs are paired with floral dresses and formal evening wear, because nothing screams, "night-at-the-opera," at the top of their lungs like a pair of crocs. It seems the designer's collection sparked genuine confusion on twitter as well. Please explain to me why Christopher Kane sent crocs down the runway — k-la (@KaylaManjarrez) September 19, 2016 Crocs happened at Christopher Kane?!! I can't wait to see how this plays out! — Grace Timothy (@GraceTimothy) September 19, 2016 If Christopher Kane just ordained Crocs as the new ironic shoe du jour I'm gonna lose it — Misty White Sidell (@MistyWhiteS) September 19, 2016 When will it end?
09/19/2016 - 05:56 PM
Model rocks up on a horse to fashion week like it's NBD
LONDON — Grand entrances just aren't all that impressive unless you're on horseback. SEE ALSO: Totally chill horses attend a church service because, why wouldn't they? One model at Prophetik's London Fashion Week show went for a full-blown jaw-dropping entrance, as she arrived on horseback at Freemason's Hall. Hessle, the "black beauty horse", was ridden by Feya, "the designer's Raven Queen" at the show on Sept. 17, according to an Instagram post by the fashion house. The golden hour at the Prophetik "Nevermore" catwalk show at London fashion week. Hessle the black beauty horse and Feya the designer's Raven queen. #jeffgarner #lfw #sustainablefashion #nevermorecollection @lucychoilondon A photo posted by Jeff Garner | Prophetik (@prophetik) on Sep 18, 2016 at 6:31pm PDT The model wore a jet-black full-length gown with feathered shoulders and a crown to add even more dramatic effect. One of the beautiful models arriving to open the @prophetik SS17 show on a horse last night! #prophetik pic.twitter.com/Nw6Noey6xf — Forward PR™ (@ForwardPR) September 18, 2016 Someone call this woman an Uber, people.
09/19/2016 - 11:41 AM
Marc Jacobs apologizes for response to critics of dreadlocks
NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Jacobs has apologized for his response to criticism over showcasing his models in dreadlocks during the final day of New York Fashion Week.
09/19/2016 - 09:42 AM
Topshop debuts faster buying at London Fashion Week
LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week swung into its third day Sunday with Topshop Unique debuting a new "runway to retail" model for fashion-hungry consumers, while luxury goods brand Mulberry showed off a collection rich in feminine ruffles and school uniform-inspired stripes.
09/18/2016 - 04:31 PM
Where to Shop, Eat and Play During London Fashion Week
From where to eat with the London cabbies (a recommendation from designer Anya Hindmarch), to the brand-new Tom Dixon-decorated Bronte, the must-visits.
09/17/2016 - 12:00 AM
This quantum physics-inspired 3D-printed dress shook New York Fashion Week
3D printing is making its mark on the world of high fashion, as this week’s New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 demonstrated -- with fashion collective threeASFOUR debuting a beautiful new 3D-printed dress.
09/16/2016 - 08:10 PM
Weird and wonderful moments of fashion week
NEW YORK (AP) — "If you build it, they will come." That seemed to be one of the mantras of New York Fashion Week. Tommy Hilfiger built a carnival on a Manhattan pier, including actual rides, a Ferris Wheel, arcade games, a tattoo parlor, and cotton candy for everyone. And Ralph Lauren built a greenhouse-like glass structure on Madison Avenue, commandeering the block and stopping traffic in the most literal way.
09/16/2016 - 05:28 PM
Marc Jacobs criticized for having models wear wool dreadlocks on runway
After closing out New York Fashion Week on Thursday, Marc Jacobs is under fire for cultural appropriation. The designer was widely slammed on social media for having his show's predominantly white models, including Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid, wear brightly-colored wool dreadlocks. SEE ALSO: Bella Hadid took a tumble on the runway during New York Fashion Week "Okay but like y'all think black people w/ dreads are thugs and gross but when a white person does it for marc jacobs it's fashion?" one user wrote. Other people argued it was irresponsible to call the dreadlocks on the models "high fashion" when many black women, even celebrities like Zendaya, are subject to unfair criticism for wearing the same style. why didn't Marc Jacobs use black women with ACTUAL dreads instead of using fake ones on white women?樂 — karina (@karinaahowe) September 15, 2016 lol marc jacobs. you crystal tumbler of chilled stfu. — Bim aka Yung Jollof (@bimadew) September 16, 2016 @marcjacobs y'all wanna have dreads on your white models but have the audacity to only cast 2 black girls? pic.twitter.com/Wr0NllxZJO — Angelica Teixeira (@AJFearless15) September 15, 2016 The hairpieces Jacobs used were created by Floridian Etsy artist Jena, who specializes in wool dreadlocks. According to hairstylist Guido Palau, they were partially inspired by Lana Wachowski, a director, transgender woman and the face of Jacobs' spring 2016 campaign. Still, Jacobs' response to the accusations has not soothed his critics. In fact, the remarks, which he made by Instagram comment on Friday, have stoked even more controversy. Marc Jacobs is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/ADA9YEFmgZ — not lindsay lohan (@drugproblem) September 16, 2016 "...all who cry 'cultural appropriation' or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner — funny how you don't criticize women of color for straightening their hair," Jacobs wrote. "I don't see color or race — I see people," he added. Marc Jacobs: "I don't see color"Me: [looking at his foundation range] clearly — dog enthusiast (@bmahimaaa) September 16, 2016 Does Marc Jacobs really think white ppl own straight hair or what? — King Kylie (@Lyzzlemynizzl) September 16, 2016 I'm not mad a Marc Jacobs for using models with dreads in his show. I'm mad at how dismissive he was of the very ppl he's imitating — Helga G. Pataki ♐️ (@Ambitious_Lush) September 16, 2016 marc jacobs has never met a woman of colour with….naturally…straight…….hair…..???? https://t.co/xjnXe28afV — Scaachi (@Scaachi) September 16, 2016
09/16/2016 - 02:39 PM
London Fashion Week returns with big names hitting catwalk
LONDON (AP) — The world's style spotlight shifted to Britain Friday as London Fashion Week kicked off with the first in a dizzying series of shows planned for the coming days.
09/16/2016 - 02:20 PM
London Fashion Week puts brave face on Brexit
"It might not have been what we wanted, but I think there's actually a sense of confidence," said British designer Anya Hindmarch, one of hundreds showing their wares at London Fashion Week. Over the past few months, our luxury and retail has seen a bounce in terms of sales in the UK," said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council.
09/16/2016 - 07:30 AM
London Fashion Week puts on brave face after Brexit
Many designers wanted to stay in the European Union, and there are fears about the impact of leaving on exports, costs and London's ability to attract design talent. "London is a fashion, business, creative and cultural capital. It is a great place to live and work and is open for business," said Caroline Rush, the chief executive of the British Fashion Council.
09/16/2016 - 06:00 AM
Marc Jacobs sparkles as NY Fashion Week wraps up
Marc Jacobs, the creme de la creme of American designers, brought New York Fashion Week to a glittering finale Thursday, delivering a must-see show starring multi-colored dreadlocks and towering platform boots. In keeping with the artistic, theatrical look of his clothes, Jacobs took over the Hammerstein Ballroom, a former opera house, that gave A-list guests Whoopi Goldberg and Courtney Love, as well as the assembled press, a stunning view. The stage was bathed in white, then soft pink from hundreds of naked light bulbs suspended from the ceiling, as some of the world's most famous models -- including Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner -- sashayed past.
09/16/2016 - 04:10 AM
'Girls' Star Zosia Mamet Reprises Role as Miss Adventure for Kate Spade Digital Series
The actress charms in the latest episode of the lifestyle brand's "buy now, wear now" series.
09/16/2016 - 12:00 AM
Glam rockers, baby doll goddesses: Marc Jacobs gets trippy
NEW YORK (AP) — Otherworldly goddesses? Looking-for-some-fun '90s ravers? Your basic acid trip — but a happy one?!
09/15/2016 - 08:29 PM
Under Armour debuts first collection at NY Fashion Week
NEW YORK (AP) — Wait, Under Armour presented at New York Fashion Week?
09/15/2016 - 06:14 PM
New York Fashion Week breaks out designs for all seasons
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More designers at New York Fashion Week broke out of the industry's long-established mode of showing clothes meant to be worn in six months' time by sprinkling wear-now fall looks among catwalk presentations largely focused on next spring. "Instant gratification, that is the mantra of a whole generation of people, and when they see it they want it, and we are going into the fall season so it makes a lot of sense," said Roseanne Morrison, fashion director at trends forecaster The Doneger Group. Marc Jacobs' spring-focused show at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday was all glitter and glam as dreadlocked models strutted in mini dresses, embellished satin shorts and platform shoes.
09/15/2016 - 04:50 PM
Ralph Lauren, inspired by American West, stops traffic during show
Veteran fashion designer Ralph Lauren staged his first runway-to-retail show promoting his September collection, an American West-influenced affair that turned heads and stopped traffic on Madison Avenue during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night. The runway was built between two of Lauren's flagship stores, spanning an entire city block. "This location is sort of my part of the city that says 'Ralph Lauren' on all quarters of the corner," Lauren said in a video that was made available to the media.
09/15/2016 - 04:04 PM
Natalia Grgona of Paris Modes TV: “color and flowers are the NY Fashion Week takeaways”
As New York Fashion Week wraps up, fashion journalist Natalia Grgona of Paris Modes TV gives us her take on this latest round of catwalk shows, showcasing upcoming trends and new faces to watch out for on the runway.
09/15/2016 - 03:40 PM
NY Fashion Week: Lauren, Kors, Simmons, Marchesa
NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren embraced the American West, Michael Kors wants us all to be a little more optimistic, while Kimora Lee Simmons went with a low-key office presentation Wednesday during New York Fashion Week. And at Marchesa, there was a journey in color, from sunrise to dusk and then darkness.
09/15/2016 - 09:19 AM
New York Fashion Week ends on a colorful high
New York Fashion Week wrapped up on Wednesday with an all-American finale from brands including Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors. Ralph Lauren, who hit the headlines earlier this week when it was revealed the house would join the growing coterie of brands adopting the 'see-now-buy-now' retail concept, took the Wild West as his main inspiration for Spring/Summer 2017. Michael Kors is another brand transitioning to see-now-buy-now, but the designer doesn't seem to be losing sleep over it, judging by the joyful aesthetic of his colorful collection.
09/15/2016 - 05:59 AM
Ralph Lauren embraces the American West _ and fast fashion
NEW YORK (AP) — Call it "fast fashion," ''runway-to-retail," or "see now-buy now." No matter the term, it's the unmistakable trend in fashion, and Ralph Lauren embraced it fully — presenting his New York Fashion Week collection on the street outside his store, then inviting guests inside to buy what they'd just seen.
09/15/2016 - 12:15 AM
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