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.
Fine vs chunky: which jewellery style are you?
In favour of fine jewellery: Alice Birrell
I have a secret tactic whenever I need an emergency boost: my antique necklace with a thin-as- sacramental-bread Saint Christopher pendant is but a pinch away. I’m not entirely convinced of his power to stave off lightning, travel ills and toothache (who knew?), but when I’m far from home I can be brought back to calm and comfort in a superstitious blink.
How many other objects can we imbue with such mysticism? Not bulbous dangling earrings or bib necklaces bigger than a dress’s yoke: it’s the subtly exquisite jewellery with minute handiwork we reach for every day. Or, more accurately, never take off. Those pieces, like a friend’s custom-made ring with a personal aphorism, or my mum’s heirloom art deco necklace I was fascinated with (What kind of dinner parties did it jangle off to? Who was there? Who did it ensnare?), are the bijoux equivalent of a well- tailored pair of pants: they don’t drown out the wearer’s style and go anywhere.
There’s also plenty of room for personal expression in signet rings, lettered chokers or zodiac talismans. The only thing more personal is a tattoo, which, incidentally, looks indelibly intriguing beneath jewellery. Give me Alighieri’s pummelled gold-coin trinkets seemingly freshly unearthed from an Etruscan midden, or Spinelli Kilcollin’s glinting stack rings. I’m still undecided on the afterlife, but wherever I am in the world, I can reach to my collarbone, pluck the slender disc from my neck and feel nonsensically, giddily safe and like no-one else but me.
These are the six biggest fashion looks for 2018
There's not much you can be sure of in 2018, like whether you'll ever use your gym membership or stop binge-watching box sets.
What you can be certain of is what to wear, as fashion houses have already been setting out spring and summer's biggest trends.
From feathers to clear plastic, purple to polka dots, there were a wide variety of styles on display at London, Paris, Milan and New York Fashion Week.
With loads of Christmas sales to choose from, here's how you can get ahead with six trends to look out for next time you hit the shops.
50 shades of lavender
Every time the Spring/Summer shows come around, a new pastel palette takes over and this year is no different.
If you want to be on trend in 2018 then it's all about different shades of purple.
Lavender is taking over from "millennial pink" as the next must-have colour and was shown in floaty dresses, structured suits and metallics.
Michael Kors, Valentino, Bottega Veneta and Erdem were all over this look at fashion week.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake called and they want their double denim back.
The fashion houses are taking a nod from 00s fashion with matching denim ensembles, this time in a deep indigo shade.
The embellished and ripped jeans of the last decade make way for a more sophisticated and polished look.
Fendi, Tom Ford, Chloe and Nina Ricci rocked this look on the catwalk.
The Greatest Fashion Memes Of 2017The Fashion Meme. It holds the power to conjure a cursory chuckle, a firm follow or even ignite a full-blown movement. Take, for example Gucci’s resort 2018 show in Florence, where one look bore a suspicious similarity to a Dapper Dan creation from the Eighties. Beady-eyed meme artists placed the two looks together and a wave of both protest and adoration subsequently rippled through Instagram. The result? An eventual friendship and collaboration between Alessandro Michele, Gucci and the designer on a bespoke atelier opening January 2018 in Dapper Dan’s native Harlem.
Through social media, meme artists and luxury brands alike can reach boundless audiences, develop original or reconceptualise old content and rewrite the rules of fashion communication. Add to that the mammoth shift of advertising budgets into online platforms and it’s no wonder fashion and meme culture have harmoniously tied the knot. Earlier this year, Gucci commissioned a series of meme artists to reinterpret their watch campaign (to brilliant ends); Marc Jacobs recently collaborated with Instagram bootlegger @AvaNope on a capsule range of T-shirts; after @diet_pradaflagged Loewe’s use of Ecuadorian textiles in their spring/summer 2018 collection, creative director Jonathan Anderson promptly released a statement explaining profits from his tapestry styles were being donated to charities promoting craft around the world. They might at first seem frivolous, but the Fashion Meme is most definitely here to stay. Here are some of those that made the best impact in 2017.
Like Fashion & Ballet? These Mario Testino Photos Are For You
PHOTO: MARIO TESTINO ARCHIVE.In case you haven't noticed, the holiday season is fast approaching its merry end, which means you've probably already been to your fair share of holiday parties, dinners, and work events. But if you're really in the spirit, have you seen The Nutcracker for the umpteenth time yet? And indulged in spending your hard-earned, grandparents-loaned holiday cash on an outfit replete with sequins and velvet? Okay, we'll cut to the chase: For those of you who know what we're talking about — or don't, honestly — look no further for eye candy than these Mario Testino photographs of The Nutcracker. They're, for lack of prettier words, gorgeous as hell.
To fête principal Royal Ballet dancer Sarah Lamb's turn as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the ballerina maps out her routine. Pas de bourrée, arabesque, attitude and pirouette, pas de couru — you get it. In the clip, Testino's team captures the strength of ballerinas, and how the costumes, from rehearsals to the curtain draw, play an integral role in bringing the character to life. The product, as you'll see in the slideshow ahead, is exactly what the meeting of the fashion and dance worlds should look like. No Insta-models or celebrities who admired dance when they were younger — pure art, in two of its most breathtaking forms.
From Testino's photographs of former dancer Benoît Maréchal in Paris, to Darcey Bussell in London, all the way to snapshots of Natalia Vodianova and Kate Moss (yes, that happened), there's a lot to take in. To catch the rest of what it takes for Lamb to turn into the Sugar Plum Fairy, head over to Mira Mira for the full scope. And, look, if that doesn't get you in the spirit, or at least one step closer to treating yourself to a night at the ballet, then, bah humbug, or whatever.
Reliquia, the jewellery label everyone is wearing, just launched a new line
You’ve definitely heard of Reliquia or at the very least seen the brand’s fine jewellery hanging from lobes or around the necks of almost every woman in Australia in the last two years.
Launched in 2015, the brand’s spiral earrings and coin necklace are firm favourites for Reliquia converts and we imagine that if just one more purchase is made in 2017 the pieces can officially claim the ‘cult’ label or at the very least, become a permanent pillar of Reliquia’s offering.
And while Reliquia, which is a Spanish term for family heirloom, finds its inspiration in vintage pieces it seems fine jewellery can no longer satisfy the jeweller behind the brand – who prefers to remain anonymous – as Valet, the younger, bolder sister of Reliquia launches.
“Valet came from a desire to work with colour and dramatic shapes. Reliquia is based on the idea of jewellery that you can wear every day and easily not take off for months at a time. For Valet, I wanted to explore the idea of more ‘occasional’ jewellery,” says the designer. “I hoped to create pieces that one could put on for a day when you’re in need of a ‘pick me up’ or when you simply want to elevate your favourite denim and white tee,” the designer tells Vogue of the bold and brightly coloured resin pieces.
For this new label, resin gives the designer space to be as creative and as bold as possible, given that the material allows infinite options in colour and shape. In short, Valet is for the woman seeking adventure and thrill – the kind that can only come with a statement earring.
“I also fell in love with the idea that no two pair of earrings can ever be the same. Due to the way the resin is poured, there will always be differences within each piece and there is something personal, romantic and deeply appealing about that quality.”
Of course, resin is extremely lightweight, meaning you can be bold all day long and your ears don’t have to suffer. So go on, make a statement.
FROM STORES TO SYSTEMS: AN AMBITION FOR CIRCULAR FASHION
Now in its third year, the Global Change Award will select five successful entries that could revolutionise the way we design, make and use clothes. If selected by a judging panel including Ellen MacArthur and other experts, submissions will then proceed to a public vote to decide how the prize purse will be split. They’ll also gain access to a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Previous award winners highlight the spectrum of innovation possibilities in the fashion industry, and show how applying the principles of a circular economy can unlock new and creative solutions to our most pressing challenges.
There are the examples of materials innovation, with orange peel fibre and grape leather, which use waste byproducts from the food and winemaking industries to create new fabrics. The team behind last year’s ‘solar textiles’ entry discovered a way to make nylon using just water, plant waste and solar energy, with the biomass replacing conventional petroleum based material.
2017'S MOST SHOCKING MOMENTS IN PUBLISHING & FASHION
1. Riccardo Tisci not going to Versace
The past few years have seen a non-stop deluge of designer musical chairs. Superstar designers like Alber Elbaz, Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Peter Copping, Peter Dundas have left high-profile jobs. One of the biggest shocks was Riccardo Tisci leaving Givenchy after a 12-year tenure and making the label one of the hottest in the world. Everyone said he was leaving to take over Versace, alongside his dear friend and one-time Givenchy campaign model Donatella Versace. There are rumors that Tisci was too demanding in negotiations and derailed the hiring, one that most of the fashion world imagined was a done deal.
2. Graydon Carter leaving Vanity Fair
After Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter is the most legendary editor in American publishing. He's been at the helm of Vanity Fair for 25 years and overseen covers with every major global superstar, as well as an Oscar party that has eclipsed the actual awards themselves as the most star-powered event of the year. When he announced this year that he was leaving the publication, it was a rare case of a big fish leaving without being pushed, whereas other high-profile step downs have led to endless speculation. At Glamour, Cindi Leive left after 16 years as editor-in-chief. Robbie Meyers was out at Elle after 17 years and Jim Moore, creative director of GQ, has left the position after nearly 40 years at the magazine. As budgets are slashed at major publishers, it's often easier to save money by laying off legends whose contracts and salaries were negotiated back in the good old days. Still, Vanity Fair won't be saving much if the rumors are true that part of Carter's departure package is a full salary for 20 years.
Solve summer with this Australian label and their easy-going pieces
The name Magdalena Velevska will ring a bell for those who were fans of the Australian designer’s eponymous line or her work with high street brand Seduce but now, in 2017, Velevska is back with a fresh point of view and just in time for summer.
Alys, pronounced Alice, is the newest venture from the designer launching today and promising to solve all matter of wardrobe dilemmas with easy silhouettes, light-hearted prints and practical clothing.
“I took the time to have two little girls and I kind of felt that they’re now old enough and that I’ve had a little bit more time to give back to work as well and also I think have a lot of nice things to say to the customer again,” says Velevska of returning to design after pausing her self-titled line four years ago.
For Alys, the philosophy is simple, Velevska wants to produce clothes that are accessible in price point but also won’t compromise on aesthetics or the environment.
“What’s been important now that I’m also a mother of two - and it’s been increasingly important for me as a customer - is that it’s not just about beautiful clothes but a beautiful world also. We’ve got the choice to buy from companies with sustainable and ethical practices in our power and so we’ve made sure that Alys operates with a fair cycle commercial responsibility accreditation both here and overseas,” Velevska notes of the brand’s choice to use sustainably sourced natural fibres like cotton, linen and rayon.
“The idea is to give these pieces the longevity through the designs, original prints and good quality finishes so that that longevity is there and not just disposable fashion,” says Velevska, who adds while there’s a serious side to the brand Alys is supposed to be “fun, wild and youthful”.
With prices starting at $89 and hitting the $300 mark, Alys hits the sweet spot in terms of design and price – we dare you to take a look and not find anything you like. From separates to off-the-shoulder dresses and lace detailing, Alys is going to turn up on every beach as the mercury rises, so don’t get left behind.
Meet Instagram's New Wave Of Style Influencers
There are endless assumptions about the fashion influencer with the perfectly curated Instagram. Sure, many of them hold true: They do, in fact, snap photos of everything, from quirky outfit details to artfully arranged egg dishes; yes, they clock in more hours a week playing dress-up than you did in the entirety of your tween years; and, believe it, they're literally always on — whether they're at home, out to dinner, or on vacation. But there's a whole lot more to the women behind your favorite social feeds than meets the eye.
Today's sartorial stars, just like the blogger generation before them, are turning their Insta accounts into legit businesses — the kind that are all about the brand. They are choosy about what they say yes to — considering, above all else, what will resonate with and inspire their followers — and make a conscious effort to never bite off more than they can chew (knowing that when you overcommit yourself, your productivity and authenticity can take a hit). The truth is, in such a saturated space, style isn't enough to set you apart. You have to be driven, innately creative, and smart about how you use every minute of every day, too.
To celebrate this new wave of women successfully blending fashion and business, we tapped a trio on the rise across various time zones — Londoner Monica Ainley, a journalist and creative consultant; Reese Blutstein, the Atlanta-based 21-year-old behind Double3xposure; and Jiawa Liu, a lawyer turned content creator living in Sydney — to share a glimpse into the inner workings of their everyday lives. Donning Gucci's latest array of watches (which are polished, practical, and yet every bit as whimsical as you'd expect from the label), they reveal how they juggle the demands of their 24-hour, seven-days-a-week jobs and make it look truly effortless, plus the secrets to their impeccable personal styles, just below.
The Bag Brand That's Become the Fashion Set's New Obsession
Wandler preceeds itself: Before I'd even seen any product from the bag brand, no less than four people had told me how "obsessed" I'd be with them. Designer Elza Wandler, who launched the brand in 2017, hails from south Netherlands, currently resides in Amsterdam, and has her bags made in Italy—so yes, anyone who really knows my simple yet polished style, would be correct to guess I'd love Wandler bags. But anyone who knows me also knows I can be a bit stubborn, so I had a very "I'll be the judge of that!" mentality about the whole thing.
When the bags finally landed on Net-a-Porter, I had to give it to everyone: I'm obsessed. Clean lines? Luxe leather? No-frills colorways? Hell yeah, sign me up!
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Model/Performer Stephen Garcia Spotted at Denver Fashion Weekend
From November 9 through November 12, 303 Magazine put on a string of three fashion shows, in the seasonal social offering that is Denver Fashion Weekend. While the fashion on the runway was nothing short of amazing, there was great style off the runway as well. One standout ensemble came courtesy of local performer, model, and creative, Stephen Garcia, who loves pink and made it work during night one of the fashion shows. We spoke with him to learn what inspires him and how he concocted this eye-grabbing look.I draw my style from many places. My
Mexican/Samoan culture, my queerness, the call to challenge my own masculinity and limits, people I respect and more. The need to put those things at the front of my identity in plain sight really pushes me to dress the way I do. Especially in today’s violent, racist and homophobic climate. I guess it’s a small form of resistance. Also my boyfriend. He has the best eye for fashion and styles my outfits all the time. He really pushes me to be the best me in fashion and in life.