Plymouth's very own fashion week will take place in the city next month.
The event will be held at various venues across the city from September 9 to 17, kicking off with a glamorous launch night which includes a mini catwalk show, canapes and champagne.
In addition to seeing models parade this year's new Autumn and winter collections from top high street retailers, designed outlets and local fashion houses, the shows will also offer stylist advice, hair and beauty demos.
Meanwhile, students from Plymouth College of art will also be getting on the catwalk to showcase collections of their latest work.
The aim of the week - organised jointly by the Plymouth City Centre Company and the event’s main sponsor Drake Circus - is to highlight the city’s growing reputation as a brilliant shopping venue, as well as a great holiday destination.
It will end with a weekend of catwalk shows in the Drake Circus Shopping Centre, which last year attracted a staggering 25,000 people and saw 45,000 people taking to social media to tweet about the event.
Other attractions include special fashion brunches in local cafes, bars and restaurants, colourful and eye-catching student window displays and a fashion photography exhibition – Fashion in Focus - at venues around the city.
There will also be Beauty Spots dotted around the city centre offering mini makeovers and free pampering sessions for the weary shopper.
What’s hot and what’s not in fashion this week
Isaac Newton We’re sure he would be thrilled to know he’d helped inspire Lucky Blue Smith and Stormi Bree’s baby name. Fingers crossed Gravity doesn’t have too bad a time at school.
Adidas Adilette velvet pool sliders The aesthetic mid-point between Liberace and Mark Zuckerberg. Not to be worn near water, obviously.
Shell necklaces See the Prada AW17 catwalk, as well as your wardrobe during that trip to the French seaside, aged 17, for details. This is souvenir chic at its beachy best.
Flight Of The Navigator The 1986 film has a liquid-looking metallic spaceshipremarkably like the one in the new Gucci ad. Time for a rewatch.
The emoji with a line for a mouth Acne has dedicated a whole collection to this guy. Find it on sweatshirts, shorts and polo shirts – and, of course, on your keyboard.
Slicked-back ponytails Instead, go with hair wisps, face-framing bits of hair. Flattering, fun, the styling tic at Zara for AW17, and on Alexa, too.
Sans serif We have reached the peak, appaz. Outdoor Voices, Airbnb and Missguided, you’ve been warned.
Mid-blue On both Hadid sisters, at Ikea, fast-tracking its way to being as ubiquitous as millennial pink.
Plandid Term coined by Man Repeller to describe the Instagram trend for planned candid selfies – as in, posed pictures of you taken by someone else. Genius word, depressing thing.
Pineapples The overplayed symbol of summer. We’re over it. Move on to the Matisse-approved Monstera deliciosa, or the cheese plant to you and me.
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Roman jewellery brand Bulgari will be unveiling their latest collection at their second SerpentiForm exhibition this week in Singapore. The event will be held from August 19 to October 15 in the city’s Art Science Museum – the iconic lotus-inspired building that has been known to showcase works by Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol – and will welcome special guests like Alicia Vikander. Bulgari are taking their iconic serpent motif to the next level and with the theme of rebirth and transformation, are set to show how the snake itself has inspired the work of artists, designers and photographers alike. Overseen by Bulgari brand and heritage curator Lucia Boscaini, the exhibition will welcome antiquities dating back to 4th century BC, contemporary artworks including Niki de Saint Phalle’s Pouf serpent jaune, archival pieces such as the Serpenti bracelet-watch in gold with rubies and diamonds from 1954, vintage dresses and theatre and movie costumes. In response to the success of the first SerpentiForm exhibition in Rome last year, the Singapore edition will be followed by another in Tokyo from November 25 to December 25. [Vogue inbox]
Coming in hot off the hype surrounding her first Met Gala appearanceand US Vogue #CelineTakesCouture series, Celine Dion has unveiled the first line of bags from her 50 piece collection exclusive to Nordstrom. There are nine products ranging from totes and cross-body bags to clutches and backpacks available in a range of colourways including grey, black, burgundy and blue with prices starting from just AUD$104.98. Very Dion, each item is named after a musical reference and a number of the pieces feature golden honeycomb hardware accents. The 49-year-old Canadian superstar – who just wrapped her 12th concert tour – announced The Celine Dion Collection back in February and is set to release a series of small accessories and luggage in the near future. [The Cut]
Calvin Klein is set to release its latest collection and for the first time, it will be made exclusively available to Australians. Previously known as Calvin Klein collection, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC is a luxury ready-to-wear line designed by chief creative officer Raf Simons and works to reinterpret the brand’s heritage style. While Calvin Klein 205W39NYC is available to purchase in-boutique and online, the fall collection will be offered exclusively at Parlour X. [Vogue inbox]
Sarah Jessica Parker has opened her second stand-alone shoe storeinside the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, following the first opening in Washington DC and explained to Fashionista that through her partnership with global hospitality company MGM, “it's given us an opportunity that as a new business we would not have had for many, many years.” With the Las Vegas opening having broken records, Parker feels that MGM made the right choice for her brand. "When they came to us and suggested having this door here [at the Bellagio] and had such enormous confidence and belief [in it], it's hard to say no to that… I think when people come to a hotel and a property this size and have sort of decided in their heads where their dollars are going to go and what their budget is... it's a clear victory for retail.” Having helped customers with sizes on the big day, the actress and business woman added that, “for me to be a part of my business, I have to be there.” [Fashionista]
Nike has unveiled its latest collaboration, releasing a capsule collection of Nike Cortez fronted by Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas with Los Angles based brand A.L.C. The brand – who has featured the original sneaker in its past six seasons of lookbooks – has reinterpreted the style, adding suede for a high fashion twist. The sneaker will be available exclusively through Nordstrom x Nike and Nordstrom the Grove from August 25, followed closely by Net-a-Porter, Nike, Nike SNKRS app, and alcltd.com from August 28 in black, terracotta and cream colourways with the brand’s mottos of “Love More”, “Do It, Own It” and “Think How You Can” printed inside. [Business Of Fashion]
Kanye West surprised fans over the weekend when he dropped an unannounced collection on his official site, Yeezy Supply. The release features both men and women’s apparel – with everything from sports bras and T-shirts to caps, tracksuits and socks – in colours such as “hospital blue”, “mist”, “grace” and what has already proven to be a crowd favourite, “frozen yellow”. Most notably, it was the Yeezy Wave Runner 700 that had people talking, the new and already sold out style takes a sharp left from previous slim silhouettes and retails at USD$300.
Vogue US has given us a 360-degree tour of Kendall Jenner’s wardrobe as part of a new virtual reality video series called Supermodel Closets.
In the video, Jenner shows off her startlingly large collection of thigh-high boots (picking out a Vetements pair as a personal favourite), her favourite vintage Hermes bag and her Versace from the 2016 Met Gala.
In the video, Jenner also admits she once tried to steal a pair of Marc Jacobs denim jeans from a Vogue photo shoot. “I was obsessed with the star on the butt and I shot in them … for a Vogue story actually. I did a Vogue denim story and I wore these and I was obsessed with them and I tried to steal them from set. But now that I am remembering clearly I’m not going to get in trouble because I didn’t get away with it. Then I got them sent to me because they heard I try to steal them.”
Jenner also showed off the one dress she says is going to be “part of her closet for the rest of my life.” The dress in question? Her Paris Hilton-inspired 21st birthday dress. Jenner also explained how the whole thing came about. “I found a reference photo online of someone and at the time I didn’t know who because their head was cut off. So I sent it to my stylist and had it made,” she says.
“I ended up going to my 21st birthday, Paris Hilton was there, and she goes, “Oh my god I wore this dress on my 21st birthday.” And I showed her my reference photo and she told me that that was actually her.”
“How the world works is pretty amazing and I love it,” the model adds.
Watch the whole thing below.
It used to be that if you liked the music, you got the T-shirt. Now, the band T-shirt is a fashion trend all on its own – whether you like what it stands for or not
Atour around the high street this summer would uncover a few standout trends. Pretty off-the-shoulder tops. Basket bags. Bleached denim. Even some pool-ready inflatables. And at stores including Topshop, H&M, Primark and Forever 21, T-shirts for bands including AC/DC, Metallica, the Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi. The kind of purchase once seen on merchandise stalls at gigs and market stalls in Camden Lock has gone mass.
What does it mean when something so aligned with an alternative point of view – one that prioritises your love of your favourite band as primary statement to the world – is co-opted by fashion? This year the humble band T-shirt has become something of a battleground between generations, where ideas of authenticity, image and symbolism are at loggerheads. This was writ large earlier this month when Kendall and Kylie Jenner released a series of T-shirts on their Kendall + Kylie website. On the front were designs that resembled T-shirts for Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls and Ozzy Osbourne, with selfies of the sisters superimposed on top. Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, was quick to denounce it on Instagram, posting an image of the T-shirt with a cross through it.
The T-shirts have since been withdrawn, with the Jenners posting identical messages of apology on each of their Twitter accounts. But they have arguably caught the flak of a change that has been happening for a while – the band T-shirt moving from merch stall to fashion item. Nicolas Ghesquière started it off in 2012, when he produced a T-shirt for Balenciaga using red font similar to that of Iron Maiden’s logo. Band shirts – or at least logos that have the look of a band shirt – were then a key part of the first Vetements collections, with T-shirts and hoodies in the spring/summer 2016 collection straight off a heavy-metal merch stall. Worn by Kanye West, Rihanna and Kylie Jenner, the look changed from fans at a gig to superstars with serious social media followings.
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From staple T-shirts to the laid-back workwear we just can’t get enough of, and everything in between, Bassike is one of those quintessentially Australian brands that just works.
And with the launch of their denim range two years ago, that signature off-duty style got a facelift, ensuring there wasn’t an occasion unmarked that Bassike couldn’t be the brand of choice — from Fridays at the office to a weekend brunch.
Now, ahead of their spring denim collection release, we spoke with co-founders and creative directors, Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan about all things denim, creating a product in Japan, and how to style your favourite pair of jeans.
“The spring denim line is a play on traditional vintage denim, with custom washes across our classic cuts as well as our signature low-slung jean for men and women. There is a big focus on sustainable production with the use of eco-bleach washes, which lightens the indigo without the inclusion of harsh toxins, saving the fabrication and is less damaging to the environment,” the pair say, reiterating their ongoing support for ensuring their products are sustainable.
From the collection, Sams and Ryan name the classic crop as a must-have, a lightened indigo wash — the first time the designers have introduced a heavier weight stretch fabric into their realm.
And, as has been the case with every Bassike denim launch, Southern Japan has been the location of the production for each and every piece, ensuring the handcrafted quality of the denim goes on without fault, employing denim artisans to undertake the task.
“Japan bridges the divide between minimalism and complexity which aligns with our approach not only to our denim collection, but the Bassike brand as a whole,” they say, going on to reveal how the country has defined two key styles from the collection.
“This influence can be seen in our deconstructed gussets detail skirt. Our denim branding also incorporates a white leather patch made with the same leather used to make baseballs – a highly regarded sport in Japan.”
Of course, despite jeans being a staple in every wardrobe, Sams and Ryan aren’t shy about why we all need a great quality pair.
“A great pair of jeans is a cornerstone of your wardrobe. Bassike denim is well-tailored and crafted using Japanese denim that ages really well. [It is] is also suited to the conscious consumer… We are very passionate about supporting small, family run operations,” they say.
And for styling? Breaking rules is all part of the fun.
“Pairing denim with understated jersey or oversized shirting is how we wear denim. We are also both firm believers in double denim when it’s done well.”
At only 36 years of age, American fashion designer Zac Posen has a long history in the fashion industry and is getting ready to give us a peak into the life he leads via an upcoming documentary, House of Z. His resume is one to envy, and at just 16 years of age, Posen attended Parson’s School of Design and only two years after the launch of his first collection, was awarded The Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear by the CFDA. With investors like Sean Combs and customers including Naomi Campbell and Kate Winslet, it’s no wonder the film has caught so much traction. However, the documentary makes an effort to note struggles undertaken by Posen, with particular attention paid to the falling ranks of his label not so many years ago. House of Z will air on September 6, exclusively at US Vogue's website.[Vogue US]
Morgan Pilcher, the Australian-born, Sydney-raised fashion all-rounder and current fashion editor of Porter magazine, has been enlisted by industry-leading luxury fashion retailer, Net-a-Porter to style their autumn/winter '17 campaign. The campaign draws on dark florals and colour confidence in suiting, disco and off-duty styles in order to provide customers with this season’s key trends. [Vogue inbox]
In other news today, campaign images for Gucci’s first women's fragrance under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele have surfaced. The Gucci Bloom images star its three faces – Dakota Johnson, Petra Collins and Hari Nef – dressed to the nines in floral numbers, all of whom were in attendance at the fragrance’s private launch party, held in May at MoMA PS1. The campaign was photographed by Glen Luchford in New York City, and according to a statement, was inspired by "urbanity and how scent can be a way to travel somewhere that does not exist, that is purely imagined. It's a surreal idea of wearing a garden."
There’s nothing easier to throw on for summer days than a classic white T-shirt. Though there seems to be a different white tee for every person and situation (seriously, there are a lot), there's one group of people out there who really only want one thing in their white shirts: opacity. When I’m shopping these days, it feels like many retailers only offer semi-sheer options that double as beach cover-ups, in blissful disregard for the fact that some of us are looking for something a little more substantial. Call me conservative, but I’ve never been truly comfortable with showing off my lingerie in public, or rocking diaphanous tees that reveal more than they conceal.
In pursuit of stylish, full-coverage white tees that I (and you!) can embrace this season, I spent hours at the mall trying on T-shirts and rejecting any of the too-transparent fabrics. Click through to see the styles that made the cut.
I just collected my new blouse from the cleaners to find it had been prematurely aged. How was this "dry" cleaned? It looks like I'd chucked in a hot wash with a slug of bleach. It's once perky frilled collar now sags like limp celery. And it's shrunk.
Now, I know there are many excellent professional and careful drycleaners out there, but my luck is not strong in this department. The universe has been telling me to kick my habit for years. My zips come back stiff (why is that?), my buttons cracked or missing, those effing tickets pinned through the silk instead of the label. Once, the elastic waist of a favourite red dress literally melted in their machines.
What are those mysterious machines anyway? And how on earth do you shrink something without wetting it?
"They do wet it," says Anna Gould, an advocate for chemical-free dry cleaning. Who knew? "Dry cleaning is a funny phrase because it doesn't actually mean the clothes stay dry, just that water is not involved." Water swells fibres, which can lead to shrinkage in the drying process. Solvents avoid this problem.
If, like me, you'd imagined the cleaners wafting your designer duds into a westerly breeze or delicately dabbing at them with a baby wipe, you'd better sit down.
"It's not magic. It's just a system," says Gould. "You drop off your clothes, they fix a little ticket to them, then throw them in the machine. Sometimes they might sort them according to fabric or some other categorisation, for example put a whole lot of coats in together, but generally speaking it shouldn't matter because with the solvent the colours shouldn't run. Your garment isn't cleaned on its own.
"The machine soaks the clothes in solvent, then drains the liquid, and dries [the clothes] with heat. Then someone steams out the creases, covers [the garment] in plastic and hangs it up. That's the run-through."
Protest Fashion Takes Many Forms at Britain’s Port Eliot Festival
Whenever the Port Eliot Festival comes around in the last week of July, the sun somehow always shines in this idyllic part of Cornwall, so that revelers of all ages can bounce around in unabashed merriment. Around midsummer each year, Catherine St. Germans allows her ancient and lush estate to become febrile ground for a weekend of ideas and inspiration, spread across literature, art, music, food, and fashion.
That is until this year, when St. Germans was struck with torrential downpours for the most part of the weekend, turning the rolling hills into a sludgy mud-fest—but nobody was going to be deterred by a spot of rain. Out came the Hunter wellies and pack-away rain macs that enabled festival-goers to stand bravely in the rain to listen to the likes of Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis talk about the Trump election trail or take Museum of Witchcraft–hosted night walks along the scenic estuary off the River Tamar. Some even ditched clothing altogether and made like the Blitz Kids–era performance group Neo Naturists to get feral in the wet mud. Come rain or shine, Port Eliot is where minds and bodies can truly roam free.
Up in the walled garden, the Wardrobe Department was once again overseen by Vogue’s own Sarah Mower, who in the spirit of creative defiance sought to mount a fightback from fashion. There’s plenty to rile against—the increasing cuts to the arts in education in the U.K., a toxic atmosphere of conservatism and oppression post-Brexit and -Trump, and an ever uncertain future for when young graduates emerge from university, saddled with debt and fears about the job market. And so, Mower posed a question: Can fashion be utilized as a valid form of protest? Together with a whole host of creative rebels, the answer by the end of the weekend was a resounding yes.
The image of Amy Cartwright, Hannah Monkley, and Amy Towl in full suffragette costume, brandishing a placard that read Same Shit, Different Century, went viral after they were photographed at the Women’s March in London back in January. At Port Eliot, they once again donned their corsets to make a point by protesting in convincing costumes, highlighting that there are still so many gender disparity battles to be won. Ashish also led a glitter resistance of sequined slogans, which ran the gamut from the pointedly political, such as Planned Parenthood and Immigration, to the upbeat in Love Will Win and Don’t Give Up the Daydream. The demonstration here is that sequins need not diminish the message at hand.
Over in the Orangery, a new addition to the festival, was a rotating Art School, where various colleges, illustrators, and designers like Luella Bartley and Giles Deacon hosted drawing lessons to encourage people to take up the arts baton. This a response to an ongoing policy of diminishing art, music, and drama lessons in education curriculums.
Elsewhere, the pink-haired print maverick Zandra Rhodes regaled the crowds with stories of dressing everyone from Diana Ross to Princess Diana, as well as proving her archives have a second life, as an additional reissued collection of her 1970s seminal frocks has just dropped on MatchesFashion.com. Another OG provocateur, Stephen Jones, talking with journalist Alexander Fury, recalled his life through his most memorable hats, such as an English Breakfast–festooned beret and a Ms. Pac-Man helmet created for a 2008 Giles show. Tellingly, both Rhodes and Jones wouldn’t have had such illustrious careers were it not for their outward-looking ambitions. “When we were growing up, we wanted to leave England,” said Jones. “We wanted to be citizens of the world. That’s why Brexit is such a hard biscuit to take.”
From one rebellious generation to another, Mower’s selection of designers to showcase at Port Eliot prove that those emerging from fashion school aren’t content just to follow the norms of setting up their own label or working for a house. Star of the Central Saint Martins M.A. class of 2016, Richard Quinn—whose vibrant floral prints adorned the Wardrobe Department stage—has just set up an open-access print studio in South London to provide students and young designers with affordable screen-printing facilities. “Just f***king do it” is Quinn’s motto—appropriate for this year’s lineup. Conner Ives has already made a splash, dressing Adwoa Aboah for this year’s Met Gala. Ives spoke about the unlikely combination of having a cult label on his hands while still completing his fashion degree. Molly Goddard and Rottingdean Bazaar also highlighted the joys of small-scale operation and independent thought. “I wouldn’t know what to do with an unlimited budget,” said Goddard, whose dresses of inexpensive tulle began as a necessary cost-saving exercise. “I think it would be awful if I had all that money. I like having limits and boundaries.” James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks, who celebrate the beauty of found objects with their project Rottingdean Bazaar, echoed similar thoughts. “When you have less, you have to work harder to make it more beautiful,” said Buck. This sentiment behind an alternative way of working in the industry elicited cheers from the fashion-skeptic, lit-fest audience. “There was globalization 10, 15 years ago, and everyone hoped and could quickly launch themselves and be picked up by buyers all over the world,” said Mower. “But that has really trailed off in the past few years. Designers are being hired and fired at a greater rate. Young people are regrouping and making statements for themselves.”
Perhaps the talk that really cemented this year’s protest theme was a Dress to Protest extravaganza, copresented by Mower and David Serlin, a professor of communications and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. Together they made the point that visual symbols and slogans, along with clothing, have the power to communicate issues with immediacy and potency. Outfits from Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett, who is reviving her slogan tees with a to-the-point Cancel Brexit message for 2017, were featured alongside young fashion graduates who have been vocal with their designs from the onset. Menswear designer Daniel Fletcher, for instance, staged a guerrilla demonstration at London Fashion Week during the EU referendum with tracksuits emblazoned with the word Stay. “I think it’s important for young people to be heard and say, We’re not prepared to be ignored or accept what is happening,” said Fletcher.
Even when an outfit isn’t ostensibly capital-F Fashion, cloth is still being used to grab political headlines. Most recently, women dressed up as Margaret Atwood’s red-robed handmaids and descended on Capitol Hill to protest the Republican health-care bill. Their symbolic ensembles were re-created by award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and Jones at Port Eliot to startling effect.
The more hard-core literary types might be sniffy about the Wardrobe Department’s glitter-faced, flower-strewn presence at Port Eliot, but this year, there was no denying that the message behind the floral prints, slogan tees, and art classes was one with worthy heft. “I’m so inspired by this young generation of creatives,” said Mower in the closing moments of the festival, when the sun did indeed decide to come out. “Just keep doing what you do!”
Kim Kardashian Slapped with Infringement Lawsuit Over "KKW" Trademark
On the same day as Kylie Jenner was sued for allegedly copying the artwork of London-based artist Sara Pope, her sister Kim Kardashian was slapped with a lawsuit by Kirsten Kjaer Weis, a Danish makeup artist, who alleges that Kardashian is infringing her brand by way of Kardashian's newly-launched beauty company, which bears the “KKW” trademark.
According to Weis’s lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, she has made use of her federally registered “KW” trademark since September 2010 on cosmetics and that Kim K is infringing that mark with her KKW cosmetics line.
Weis alleges in her suit that Kardashian’s use of the KKW logo is causing confusion amongst customers (the central issue for trademark infringement suits), and that such use was a "knowing, willing, and deliberate" choice made by Kardashian, whose KKW brand is a “direct competitor” of Weis’s line.
A spokesman for Weis said in a statement: "This lawsuit is about protecting our reputation and our business. We have worked hard over many years to establish our brand identity and our unique market position.”
On the other hand, a representative for Kardashian said, "There is no merit to this lawsuit. Before launching, Kim received approval for KKW, KKW BEAUTY, and KKW FRAGRANCE from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. When Ms. Weis asked for a re-examination, the USPTO again approved the brand names for Kim's company a second time. Kim has done everything by the book.”
While it is rare that we side with the Kardashian/Jenners on copying claims, in the case at hand, it appears that Weis' allegations seem extremely tenuous at best (it is hard to believe that consumers believe that Kardashian and Weis's products are in some way affiliated). Nonetheless, she has asked the court to block Kardashian from using the “KW” logo, and is also asking that the court force Kardashian to destroy all of the infringing goods and pay monetary damages including lost profits and attorneys’ fees.
the story behind Cara Delevingne's new red carpet look
For years, we became used to seeing Cara Delevingne cast in the guise imagined for her by the latest designer she was working with; a sleek grown-up in a pencil skirt at Burberry one day, a vampish glamazon at Versace the next. But now that she has moved firmly into the realm of acting, Delevingne gets to dictate her own style.
“We were definitely conscious of making sure not to dress her as a model where a stylist can do all these avant-garde things,” says Mariel Haenn, one half of styling duo Rob and Mariel, who Delevingne has been working with for the past couple of years as her acting career has taken off. “We are still able to do that in a way, but we need to show her movie star side. Anything floral or flirty just isn’t who she is so we wouldn’t put her in anything like. that. Her personality and style are at the forefront”
Delevingne is currently on a whirlwind world tour promoting her latest film, Valerian, and it’s proved the perfect showcase for the “androgynous, cutting-edge” look which Haenn has helped her to hone. Yesterday, we saw Delevingne rock a checked Alexander Wang suit with played with proportion via an oversized blazer and drainpipe trousers; later, she wore a custom-made Burberry suit for the film’s London premiere.
“As a nod to Cara's home town, it was only appropriate that she wear a British designer,” says Haenn. She defines the feeling which they are searching for in every look as “more sexy tomboy rather than just going purely masculine."Although each one has “a masculine touch to it”, it comes with an extra element of edge or detail. Last night, that came in the form of the crystal capelet which was layered over the tuxedo jacket while a Mugler suit worn in New York last week “was a bright velvet so the colour really popped.”
Valerian’s sci-fi themes and Delevingne’s relatively new super-short haircut have given Rob and Mariel a lot to experiment with lately. “Her shaved head actually works with a lot more than we expected but there’s a definite tone and feeling”.
At the first premiere in LA last week, Delevingne eschewed tailoring, opting instead for an architectural halterneck Iris van Herpen dress crafted from sinuous metallic threads, it was a statement-making moment, especially combined with the silver marcel-waved hair created by hair stylist, Mara Roszak. “It’s not every red carpet that you can wear something like that!” Haenn observes, adding that the hair was carefully chosen to compliment rather than compete with the dress.
We’re accustomed to see Delevingne wearing the likes of Burberry and Chanel- both labels she has modelled for in the past- but Haenn is also mindful to include unexpected names in the mix (Dion Lee and Mugler are a couple she’s worn this week). “We don’t want to limit her so we look at everyone’s collection for the season and what their inspiration and theme was, so there are the usual suspects which we lean towards because of who she is, but we’re always looking to push outside that boundary too.”
While the former supermodel might have been quoted today as saying she doesn’t care about how she looks, Haenn says she definitely plays a vital role in choosing the outfits she’ll be photographed in. “She’s great at trusting and trying things on, but she has an opinion too.”
It may still only be July, but fall is right around the corner and it is almost time to start breaking out those sweaters, scarves and boots and stocking up on fall fashion items.
When a new season comes around, fashion experts have already predicted what the hottest trends will be. Some can be the same as last year, but there are always a few that are completely different.
These trends are able to be predicted by what major designers like Prada, Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and others present in their spring fashion shows.
Fashion experts are usually spot on, so here is a comprehensive guide to some trends to look out for this fall.
Basics are back, but do not be afraid to experiment with wild prints starting this fall.
A classic white tee is cute, comfy and can truly be dressed up or down. Pair a solid tee with statement jewelry that catches the eye. Add a bold lipstick or eyeshadow to truly make the outfit pop.
According to Vogue and W magazine, prints will also be just as in this season as the basics.
Some prints that you’ll be seeing around a lot this fall are checkered, plaids and animal prints. This look will for sure be a success this season in medium to long outerwear jackets according to Stylecaster.
The type of plaid that fashion designers are going for gives off a more 70s vibe, including browns with oranges, yellows and blues rather than purples, pinks and dark blues.
Velvet will be a popular fabric this fall. It was seen on nearly all the runways including those of Dior, Jason Wu and many more.
A dark-colored velvet dress will be perfect for any occasion this fall — such as weddings, Thanksgiving dinner, date nights or practically anywhere since it can be dressed up or down.
One trend that I think everyone can get behind is the crazy cozy trend for this fall, meaning oversized everything. This means big cocoon coats, oversized chunky sweaters, baggy track pants, etc.
I am particularly glad this trend is being more accepted because wearing tight clothes all day long isn’t fun for anyone. I would much rather have a big shirt on so I can be as comfortable while also looking cute and put together.
Along with the oversized clothes, oversized purses and bags will be in as well according to Nylon magazine. Top brands such as Gucci and Michael Kors featured huge bags on their runways this past spring.
I'm talking ones that you can practically fit your entire life into, or can even double as a weekender bag.
And last, the go-to color of the season will be red, similar to the past spring's color which was pink.
All over red was the go to monochromatic look for the runways. Sleek red coats at Givenchy and statement over-the-knee boots by Fendi were big hits.
Whether you are out shopping for back-to-school clothes, work clothes or just for some new outfits, keep these top trends in mind to be a trendsetter before everyone else jumps onboard.
Check back next week to find out which men's fashion styles will be popular this fall.
We are seeing a growing trend of women dressing more conservatively. More women are dressing to be noticed for style and fashion rather than in a manner that might be considered overtly sexy. Styles on the “modest” continuum range from apparel that offers fuller coverage for religious reasons to pieces that offer less coverage but are artistic, interesting and fashion-forward.
I spoke with Sonia Trehan, cofounder of RUH Collective, a mainstream modest fashion company that launched in June 2016. The founders set out to create a modern brand that would appeal to a thoughtful, fashion-forward woman, and Trehan admitted that the company had an interesting start. She had studied religion at Columbia University, specializing in Islam, and met her cofounder, Soni Ruh, the brand’s fashion designer, after graduation. While at Columbia, Trehan had learned that many Muslim women use fashion to express their identity and break down stereotypes, and she and Ruh wanted to create a brand that was modern, fresh and mainstream rather than focused on religion in the same way that many other modest brands were. The RUH Collective website now offers carefully curated, sustainably made items such as palazzo pants, jumpsuits, joggers, maxi dresses, kimonos, tops and skirts.
When RUH Collective launched, Trehan anticipated that 70% to 80% of its customers would come from the Muslim community, as the company’s clothes, being long and loose, are technically geared to Muslim women. However, she was surprised to learn that non-Muslim professionals ages 20–35 not only accounted for approximately half of the brand’s sales, but were also some of the brand’s biggest champions.
When Trehan discovered that sales were being generated from this unexpected customer base, she reached out to a few customers and asked if they would mind speaking to her, so she could learn more about their preferences and choices. Some of the young professionals she spoke with told her that they felt comfortable in long, beautiful, interesting clothes and that they felt they did not have to be obvious about being sexy. Some customers who were more artistic and creative said they enjoyed dressing in a way that evoked different cultures. One said that she enjoyed wearing more subtle styles as opposed to being “the woman in the miniskirt.”
Trehan added that some customers expressed joy when they learned about the company’s sustainability initiatives—where the company makes its clothes, the factories it uses and the ethical processes it adheres to. She noted that RUH Collective’s core customer is a thoughtful person who is interested in how these clothes make her feel and how they feel on the skin.
Trehan was also surprised to learn from some of RUH Collective’s Muslim customers that they felt conflicted and somewhat suspicious about the burgeoning modest fashion market. Due to recent hype about the industry, these customers were not sure which brands they could trust, and some felt as though retailers were simply targeting them as a group to make money off of them. Trehan said that this was critical in really understanding the company’s core customer and how she was feeling and identifying with who she was. At the end of the day, we all want the same things, Trehan noted, and our clothes should be inspiring and aspirational and beautiful, no matter what styles we choose.
‘The vending machine trunks only got one outing’ Jonathan Freedland
Perhaps the very last time I gave even the most fleeting thought to beachwear was exactly 10 years ago, during a family summer holiday to France. We weren’t on the beach but in a municipal pool, for an afternoon of splashing around with my two kids, then aged six and three.
We’d not been there long when I could hear my wife, Sarah, remonstrating with a lifeguard in Spanish. Which was odd – because we were in France – but not wholly unexpected. In moments of stress or confrontation involving non-English speakers, when only complete fluency will do, Sarah tends to revert to her excellent Spanish rather than her slightly less accomplished French. That the lifeguard did not speak a word of Spanish was scarcely relevant.
The issue, it turned out, was with my son’s swimming trunks. They were too long. The rule of the pool was that they be short, Speedo-style budgie-smugglers rather than knee-length shorts. I approached, but that only escalated matters. The guard pointed at my billowing shorts and said I had to leave the pool too. I can’t be sure, but I think he may have blown his whistle.
The two of us were directed to a vending machine that, incredibly, sold trunks-in-a-box. Two pairs cost me a fair few euros but also some dignity, once the two of us emerged in the mandated briefs. My son looked fine, but I was a pointed reminder of why Daniel Craig caused a global sensation in that scene from Casino Royale: it’s a look mere mortals, whose stomachs are less washboard than laundry bag, struggle to pull off. The vending machine trunks only ever got that one outing.
‘Painted toenails are mandatory’ Arwa Mahdawi
I used to think “beach fashion” was an oxymoron. Who looks stylish at the beach? You can look hot, sure – literally and figuratively – but you can’t look cool. As I grew older and sartorially wiser, however, I learned that beauty and the beach are, indeed, compatible, and have developed a signature seaside style.
One of my favourite things to wear at the beach is sand. Or, as I like to call it, “nature’s glitter”. I’ve found that sunscreen, liberally and lazily applied, makes a great base for sand. And the overall result lends texture and an exfoliating edge to every outfit.
Another of my tried-and-tested beachwear trends is fun tan-tattoos. If you cycle through a variety of different strappy tops you can achieve an interesting amalgamation of tan lines. It’s sort of like body art, via the medium of melanin.
I also enjoy wearing jean shorts to the beach. The great thing about jeans shorts is that they’re basically like jeans but shorter. Importantly, they allow your legs to breathe. Most of the year my legs are stuck in skinny jeans so this is the rare moment they’re able to get out in the world and I find it very freeing.
I tend to flip-flop about the right footwear but painted toenails are mandatory. If you go to the beach and don’t Instagram your ocean-facing feet then did you really go to the beach?
In general, my beachwear mantra is not-hot-not-bothered. The only thing worse than people who look like they’ve made too much of an effort for the seaside are people who turn up to the airport in evening wear because they think that will get them an upgrade.