Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava Phillipe is now a model
Reese Witherspoon may be busy running various companies, starring in award-winning TV shows and championing change around the world for women but her daughter, 18-year-old Ava Phillippe is busy too.
Aside from making her debut in Paris last year, Phillipe has been flexing her modelling prowess, featuring in Rodarte’s new autumn/winter ’18 look book.
The look book, which features women the fashion house is inspired by, also includes pregnant Kirsten Dunst, Rowan Blanchard and musician Grimes.
Phillipe can be seen in two ensembles for the look book, a pink gown with red floral detailing and a white gown with complementary umbrella. While Phillipe was overjoyed to be handpicked for the gig, it’s unclear whether this is a one-off for the teenager or something of a passion we can expect to see more of.
PYER MOSS DEBUTS REEBOK COLLABORATION COLLECTION AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK
Following the announcement of Reebok linking up with Pyer Moss and its founder Kerby Jean-Raymond in November, the already-buzzy collaboration finally made its debut at New York Fashion Week on Saturday night with a memorable, moving runway show.
A choir took the stage to perform music curated by Raphael Saadiq, including tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Gil Scott-Heron, Boris Gardiner, Lalah Hathaway, Bruce Springsteen and Saadiq's own "Skyy (Can You Feel Me?)." It was the perfect musical backdrop for Jean-Raymond's Fall 2018 collection titled "American, Also," inspired by 19th-century Black cowboys and featuring his first foray into women's wear.
"The collection is the beginning of our journey in telling the story of underrepresented groups of Americans. We're starting the conversation and this new direction for the brand by first speaking about the original American cowboy," said Jean-Raymond in an official statement provided by Reebok. "The phrase cowboy, which was meant to be demeaning and derogatory is being re-seen as regal and spiritual. Our hope is to continue to challenge traditional narratives of minority groups in this country and tell uplifting stories within our work, which encourage inclusion."
Australian label Kitx to show at Buckingham Palace
A once in a lifetime opportunity presented by the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange for artisans in British Commonwealth nations.
On February 19, sustainable fashion will get a stage most designers could only dream of: Buckingham Palace. Livia Firth, the founder and creative director of Eco-Age, has launched a new initiative called the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, which partners designers with artisans in British Commonwealth nations to create pieces that are environmentally conscious and highlight each country’s heritage crafts. The finished products will be on display at a reception at the tail end of London Fashion Week.
Kitx was a no-brainer to include. The Australian designer Kit Willow has been dedicated to ethical and low-impact design since she started her brand in 2015, and takes it about 10 steps further than her peers. For her Fall 2017 collection, for instance, she used pailettes made from recycled bottle caps that took years to develop; in this fast-paced industry, that sort of patience is hard to come by. It earned her a fan in Emma Watson, Hollywood’s most ardent supporter of ethical fashion. Willow’s main concern is the sourcing of materials: She uses 100 percent organic silk when she can, or switches to cupro, which has a similar feel but is made from recycled cellulose, a byproduct of cotton. She also uses tons of linen, which is organic and requires less water and fertilizers than cotton, and often mixes cupro and linen together for a surprisingly glossy, satin-y hybrid. “Fashion is the second-biggest polluter in the world, and a lot of it comes down to the materials,” she explains. “We forget that fashion starts at the dirt level. It starts with the farmers, the cotton crops, the dyeing, the deforestation of trees for [wood-based fabrics like] viscose . . . . It has a profound effect on water and land, which is where we’re seeing the impact now.”
Future of fashion
The footprint of Bangladesh in the global apparel industry goes back to the early 1980s and by now the industry has achieved phenomenal growth in exports.
Until recently, the global apparel sourcing trajectory had been following a cost-based model and always found its way to cheaper destinations.
But as the evolution of fashion continues, global trade is increasingly affected by factors like fast fashion, social and environmental compliance, and responsible business.
Fortunately enough, the strategies adopted by Bangladesh over the years have mostly been in favour of the industry, which is why we could position ourselves as the second largest apparel exporting country in the world.
Our exports reached a value of $29.21 billion in 2017 from a meager $31 million in 1983.
In recent years workplace safety has become a major concern for the industry, and after addressing this issue the apparel industry is now making commendable strides towards environmental sustainability.
Smart world, smart fashion
The world is progressing faster in information technology and connectivity through smart devices. Only in 1985 we started to learn how to connect our files in the computer storage through a network system. The world now is virtually connected with almost zero lapses in time.
Fashion’s Push for #MeToo is Ignoring a Significant Number of Women
25 On-Trend Shoes to Shop at Zara Immediately.” “Gigi Hadid Rocked a Cute AF Sweater From H&M and You Need It.” “These Zara pearl biker boots are what your January needs.” “Forever 21’s new Riley Rose beauty stores have everything you need.” “H&M's stylish, eco-friendly sport collection is out!” “Zara's Winter Sale Is Finally Here!”
These are a few of the recent headlines from mainstream fashion publications. Coupled with striking street style photos and click-garnering celebrities, they all promote fast fashion. This an interesting – and perplexing – approach in the current climate if you think about it, and one that is worthy of discussion.
At a time when women-centric activism is at a high, the feminist movement continues to gain steam, particularly in the U.S., and hordes of women are speaking out in an attempt to help rid workplaces of the rampant culture of sexual harassment and other abuses, the fact that the fashion media continues to overlook the women in the supply chain – particularly in connection with fast fashion (the focus here is fast fashion, as this is the segment of the market where abuses are unequivocally the most frequent) – is problematic.
Diversifying high-end fashion on the red carpet, runway
NEW YORK (WABC) --The high-end fashion industry has long been criticized for catering to just one demographic: young, thin, and often, white. But some designers are bucking the trend and embracing diversity.
Now, it's being called the "new beauty" that is fashion for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. What began on the red carpet is a trend that has now swept onto the runway, and it reflects a dialogue that's become part of Oscar season
"How wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old," Nicole Kidman told the audience at The Screen Actors Guild Awards.
What's true in Hollywood has now reached New York's Fashion Avenue, where one new star model, Maye Musk, is just shy of 70 years old.
"It's whole new ballgame," said Alex Badia, who is style director at Women's Wear Daily, or WWD. He says the entire look of the runway is changing.
Thigh high Ugg Boots are officially in fashion
They’re the shoe that divides the world. Love them, hate them, or swear they’re truly only to be worn in the confines of your home and strictly in winter, you’re bound to have an opinion on them.
And now, they’re back — and thigh high.
Perhaps the ugliest shoe of the ugly shoe trend so far (yep, Balenciaga’s dorky dad sneakers now officially have a cold weather friend), with Y/Project unveiling a thigh high version of the classic Ugg Boot at men’s Paris Fashion Week.
The brand, which is known for exaggerated, baggy layering, took the same approach to the iconic boot, with creative director Glenn Martens giving the thigh high style a textured, many-layered update.
Another shorter style was also seen on the runway, complete with three-tiered shearling details in the same much-loved tan brown suede.
Not sure how to feel? Us either, but we have to admit — those look mighty comfortable.
Fashion is getting personal as brands battle for shoppers
The idea that shoppers won't buy their clothes online has been more than proven to be a myth.
And with growth in the clothing category slower than the overall retail sector, those retailers need to fight for every sale on every platform.
Industry experts recommend a strategy that provides customized products and personalized services both online and in stores.
"What's in the store, on your phone, on your laptop … it's a 360, sort of, surround-sound shopping experience and that's where customers are going," said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, at the group's 2018 Big Show in New York.
Meantime, Amazon has created an overhanging "threat" against the sector that won't go away anytime soon, Don Kingsborough, the CEO of San Francisco-based One Market told CNBC. That's what has pushed some brands to do more and to act swiftly, he said.
"We've seen these trends come and go, but this time retailers are being
applauded because they're more thoughtful about where they position themselves
and how," said Kingsborough, who also serves as a member of NRF's board.
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CALLED M&S Collection Curve, the range is available in sizes 18-32 and includes everything from cotton basics to party dresses, and knitwear to coats, all designed to ensure a perfect fit for the curvier customer.
It's affordable too, with prices starting from £7.50 for a white T-shirt, going up to £89 for a black fitted dress.
During the design process, the retailer borrowed the expertise of popular plus-size fashion blogger Danielle Vanier, who says: "I have loved consulting on this collection with the team at M&S. It has been amazing working alongside a high-street retailer that I have grown up with, on this collection that really celebrates curves through every detail."
The 30-year-old, who has 94,000 followers on Instagram, also designed two dresses as part of the collection.
"For me, a little black dress is a must-have for any woman, and one of my favourite LBDs ever came from M&S," Danielle explains.
"I have taken a few elements of what I loved about this piece and created two new dresses for the collection. I have added some subtle sports details, like hardwear on the waist and mesh layering for a contemporary feel; so both can be styled in really different ways, whether you team with crisp white trainers for a chic take on daywear, or dress up with heels ready for the evening."
Dame Ellen MacArthur on Building Momentum for Sustainability in Fashion
This interview is part of BoF’s State of Fashion 2018 report, published in partnership with McKinsey & Company. For more insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the global fashion industry, download the report here.
LONDON, United Kingdom— After making yachting history in 2005, becoming the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, Dame Ellen MacArthur turned her attention to launching her foundation, which works with education, business and government enterprises to educate and support the transition to a regenerative circular economy.
BoF: Could 2018 be a watershed year for the fashion industry, in terms of a greater commitment to sustainability and circular-economy principles?
Dame Ellen MacArthur: Since we launched the Circular Fibres Initiative in May 2017 we have seen that leading brands are increasingly committed to tackling some of the drawbacks of our current “take-make-dispose” model.
Today’s textiles economy is so wasteful that in a business-as-usual scenario, by 2050 we will have released over 20 million tonnes of plastic micro-fibres into the ocean. While existing mitigation efforts are essential to reduce the negative impacts of today’s system in the near term, we need to start the transition to a fundamentally different and better system — a new textiles economy. We need to raise the level of ambition and aspiration by working towards a common vision and setting clear targets. There are already efforts underway to get commitments to some of the ambitions of a new textiles economy. For example, the Global Fashion Agenda is gathering commitments towards building a circular economy for textiles, to be achieved by 2020.
New Year, New You: Career Advice From Fashion Leaders
At the close of 2017, BoF asked speakers at VOICES, its annual gathering for big thinkers in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, to share advice for those seeking to break into the fashion industry and move ahead within it.
From Dries Van Noten's belief in the importance of being well prepared, to Karlie Kloss and Phillip Picardi's focus on staying true to your identity — and more prosaic advice from Dapper Dan and James Scully on the importance of fashion technology and the need for humility as you further your career — hear how to make the most of your fashion career from industry leaders.
A Virtuous Circle: Bethany Williams Makes Clothes With an Ethical and Environmental Spin
In what already feels like a menswear season in flux, one of the most interesting offerings from London on Day 1 came from an outlier set on doing things differently. On the face of it, Bethany Williams’s presentation seemed pretty darned sparse. The three looks included a coat in a lettered post-Céline shopping-bag weave over trackies, a Canadian tuxedo with more lettering, and a riotously piled sweater-short combo, all worn over Nikes.
It was the piles of frayed fabrics placed between the models that pointed to the richness in Williams’s interesting fledgling efforts to create clothing that is both morally and environmentally responsible. As she explained, the textiles had been woven by women in San Patrignano, a substance abuse rehabilitation community near Rimini, from waste materials generated there. That coat, for instance was made of repurposed electrical tape. After being designed by Williams, the garments were then sewn by inmates at HMP Downview, a women-only prison in Sutton, England, where Williams participates in programs designed to help vulnerable inmates equip themselves for life after incarceration. Furthermore, the models were cast by an agency that works with young Londoners affected by homelessness.
BoxLunch's new "Sailor Moon" fashion collection will have you channeling your moon powers
e can always count on the pop culture retailer BoxLunch to bring us the heat when it comes to fire collections themed around our favorite television shows and movie franchises. So it feels completely fitting that BoxLunch is launching a Sailor Moon collection to kick off the new year in proper ’90s anime style.
We’re honestly still reeling with delight from all of the offerings in BoxLunch’s recent Star Wars collection, so this upcoming Sailor Moon-themed line feels like an extra big treat to help us start our year in true fangirl style.
The collection officially launches on January 9th and will feature a variety of exclusive BoxLunch goodies, including a mini-backpack, a Sailor Moon denim jacket, a killer Sailor Moon flannel jacket, and of course, there is more swag on the horizon. Also, to make the collection even better – for every $10 you spend, BoxLunch feeds someone in need through its partnership with Feeding America.
While we don’t have many details on the prices for the collection, most BoxLunch pieces hover between $15 and $60, so you’ll be able to channel Usagi’s transcendent moon powers without breaking the bank.
In with the new: how to survive January in style
Navigate the post-Phoebe-Philo world
The departure of Phoebe Philo from Céline will leave a gaping hole in our wardrobes. Luckily, the high street is full of Philo-esque minimalism, which, if you’re a consummate liar, you can pretend is Céline. Wear this sky blue jumper from Arket and it will be like she never left! Fashion’s equivalent of sticking fingers in your ears and singing la la la. MF
Ditch your statement earrings
What with Ivanka Trump’s mismatched earrings, Zara’s rhinestone danglers and the clavicle-grazers from Saint Laurent, we’ve had it up to here with statement earrings. We are post-earring. This spring, it’s all about looking ahead, getting a bit “mystic” with your accessories. Think the aesthetic at Dior’s show, which was inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden, or whatever is on sale, like this Aquarius pendant, from Astley Clarke. MF
Pretend you know what you’re doing in the gym
With masochistic self-improvement a customary part of January, you may as well look the part if you decide to join the gym. No one likes a Johnny-come-lately though, so if you want to blend in, wear a sports bra in something tonal or neutral (like this NO KA’OI khaki-green Ola bra) and wear it like a top. Yes, it feels weird and naked but it’s that or look like a cardio tourist. MF
Top five fashion moments in 2017
This has been an eventful year in the world of fashion. We take a look at some of the most unforgettable fashion moments in 2017 as we get ready to enter 2018.
The French luxury brand showed its spring-summer 2018 collection against the iconic Eiffel Tower in September, with models trotting down the runway in a collection that paid tribute to the house’s signature design codes. Saint Laurent also opened two museums this year – in Paris and Marrakech – which celebrate its rich heritage.
For Chanel’s autumn-winter 2017 Haute Couture show, held in July, the maison erected a scaled-down replica of the Eiffel Tower inside of the Grand Palais. After the show’s finale, Karl Lagerfeld was awarded the Grand Vermeil medal – Paris’s highest honour – by the city’s mayor before an audience of celebrities which included Julianne Moore, Katy Perry, and Tilda Swinton.