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شنبه 17 تیر 1396

The beauty benefits of roses have been touted for centuries. From the stress relieving properties of its aroma to the healing oil extracted from the rosehip, plenty of claims have been made about the magic this flower can work.

Should we buy into the hype? Sometimes. But only after careful research on a per product basis and with great caution even then. While, for example, rosehip oil can help even out skin tone and fade scars, it’s no real match for high-tech retinols. And the scent can make it an irritant for some very sensitive skins.

But if you like a more natural, fragrant approach to beauty, try these rose-imbued products.

Kypris 1,000 Roses: You might be disappointed to learn that this powerful serum has no fragrance whatsoever, but that’s a bonus for those with sensitive or breakout-prone skin. This formulation is devoid of all the usual irritants, making it a safe bet for most skins. A treatment oil packed with powerful antioxidants like CoQ-10, Kypris 1,000 Roses is especially good for dry, dehydrated, combination or acne-prone faces. All that and it will reduce sun spots, scarring, and other skin discoloration. If you’re looking for a natural alternative to expensive serums from the usual department store suspects—and if your skin freaks out during your menstrual cycle—this is the product for you.

Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm: A cult beauty product for over 30 years, this is the ultimate multi-tasker. Plenty of people use it as a cleanser, and it does a great job of removing makeup and oil. But frankly, it’s way too gorgeous a product to rinse off your skin so quickly. Wild Rose Beauty Balm makes a soothing final layer on your face when you’re breaking out—even if you have oily skin. The rosehip oil in this is a reparative antioxidant, and smoothing on just a dab of this on top of your serum will reduce redness and ensure skin doesn’t overproduce oil or aggravate acne. It also makes a gorgeous lip balm and will moisturize cuticles without the mess of a gloppy oil.

Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water: Most “rose waters” on the market are little more than plain water with fragrance added.But this organic hydrator is legit and is one of France’s most popular skincare products. With added glycerin, this spritz makes a superb neutralizer to spray over the face after using exfoliating acids. Use it to set or refresh makeup throughout the day, and pop it into your handbag for a quick wake-up mist anytime.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto: Once you get a whiff of this exotic scent originating from Northern Africa, you’ll want every single product in the range. It delivers all the floral impact without a trace of old lady smell. The Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash ($28) energizes in the morning and calms at night, while the Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish ($60) stimulates circulation and leaves skin smooth and soft as a rose petal. Just a few pumps of the Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil ($65) gives your body a fragrant glow that dries instantly with no greasy residue. If you want to sample the range at a steep discount, Sephora is now offering the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Gift Duo ($49). It includes both the Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash and Body Lotion, which would cost $74 if purchased separately. Warning: These are gateway products. You’ll soon be buying the entire collection.

Amarté Rose Gold Collection: Dr. Craig Kraffer, who founded the superstar skincare site Dermstore in 1999, continues his visionary work with this Korean-inspired range to address acne, scarring and dehydration. Loaded with reparative antioxidants, argan oil and other botanical ingredients, these luxurious products absorb instantly and are an excellent way to evade the extreme shine and breakouts that frequently plague summer skin. Amarté Wonder Cream ($120) is teeming with peptides to build up collagen and plump the skin without lingering on its surface. This is the daytime moisturizer that won’t make you look like you’re having a meltdown in the heat and humidity. Amarté Hydrolift Cream ($70) includes retinol to help even out skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and restore suppleness. Amarté Aqua Veil Hydrator ($65) is a light but substantial serum to layer under moisturizer for an ultra-hydrating boost you can use AM or PM, but its faint cucumber scent makes it especially refreshing in the morning. (Full disclosure: None of these products contain any rose whatsoever. But their rose gold packaging will look so good on your bathroom counter that you won’t mind at all.)

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  • پنجشنبه 15 تیر 1396

    Scary Spice Mel B Went Posh in Pink Latex and Lace-Up Sandals

    Melanie Brown may be best known as Scary Spice from the Spice Girls, but the star went posh for her latest walk on the red carpet. She joins an ever-growing list of celebrities who are turning “pretty in pink” attire into a red carpet mainstay, such as Zendaya and Gigi Hadid, who both transformed into life-size Barbies for their respective industry events as of late. Mel B, however, skirted the doll-like aesthetic in lieu of a more sultry look.

    Brown chose a skin-tight latex dress in bubblegum pink. While the form-fitting number was enough to turn heads on its own, the singer’s shoes were just as eye-catching. In fact, the lace-up sandals had actual eyes as part of the shoe’s elaborate embellishments. The style, from Dsquared2’s spring ’17 runway show, also featured a fuchsia heart and red cross ,which added pops of color to her outfit.

    Other stars at the event alongside Brown were co-hosts Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, as well as host Tyra Banks.

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  • سه شنبه 13 تیر 1396

    From Kim Murray to Jelena Djokovic, these are the stylish spectators to watch during Wimbledon

    Wimbledon officially starts today, kicking off two whole weeks of racketing action. Off the court, though, there’s a whole other scene to take in, as the most stylish celebrities and sporty spouses turn up to support their friends and loved ones, whilst giving their best take on the oh so British ‘country casuals’ dress code. Kim Murray’s blow dry is now as synonymous with the game as the strawberries and cream, but there are several other fashion players worth noting in the stands. These are the tennis wives and girlfriends (and husbands and boyfriends) worth taking your eye off the ball for...

    Kim Murray

    Tennis star spouse: Andy Murray

    Courtside style signatures: Now expecting her second child with husband Andy, Kim’s Wimbledon 2017 wardrobe will be full of polished maternity-wear. Expect her to pick flared incarnations of her favourite Kate Spade dresses, accessorised with obligatory oversized sunglasses and an Aspinal bag or five.

    Mirka Federer

    Tennis star spouse: Roger Federer

    Courtside style signatures: Mirka and Roger are now British society favourites after attending Pippa Middleton’s wedding this year, and they regularly sit front row at Paris Fashion Week, too, alongside their friend, Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Mrs Federer’s fashion repertoire in the stands includes Gucci jumpers, Chanel handbags and Cavalli shirt dresses as she hosts friends like David Beckham and Bradley Cooper in the team box.

    David Lee

    Tennis star spouse: Caroline Wozniacki

    Courtside style signatures: Since Wozniacki and NBA player Lee started dating at the end of last year, they’ve been basking in a (Valencia-filtered) glow posting gorgeous photos for their adoring one million fans to see on social media. Expect Lee to break the dress code in the box and bring some nonchalant, basketball attire into the mix - topped off with those jock trademark, Instagram-ready sunglasses.

    David Lee

    Tennis star spouse: Caroline Wozniacki

    Courtside style signatures: Since Wozniacki and NBA player Lee started dating at the end of last year, they’ve been basking in a (Valencia-filtered) glow posting gorgeous photos for their adoring one million fans to see on social media. Expect Lee to break the dress code in the box and bring some nonchalant, basketball attire into the mix - topped off with those jock trademark, Instagram-ready sunglasses.

    Michal Navara

    Tennis star spouse: Dominika Cibulkova

    Courtside style signatures: Slovakian star Dominika married Michal last year in a stunning ceremony in Bratislava. Navara may have a hipster beard, but he always suits up for Cibulkova’s tennis engagements, so expect him to have a go at the classic straw hat, navy jacket and chinos combination that Wimbledon regulars Bradley Cooper and Jude Law don.

    Ester Berdych Satorova

    Tennis star spouse: Tomas Berdych

    Courtside style signatures: She’s a Czech model signed with the world-famous Wilhelmina agency in Miami, so her spectator style is that classic model-off-duty combination of denim shorts and a white t-shirt. The other staple? A pair of Dior’s mirrored sunglasses.

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  • جمعه 9 تیر 1396

    Who Said Pajamas and Nightgowns Are Only For Sleeping?

    The ultimate dream for me is to get up from bed and just go out in my pajamas. “I woke up like this” hair doesn’t cut it if you don’t have the outfit to back it up.

    Thanks to runway shows and trendsetters like Gigi Hadid and Selena Gomez, pajamas continue to be a trendy must-have. The styles range from button-downs as seen from Thakoon and Michael Kors; to silky nightgowns from Prabal Gurung.

    The key to the pajama trend is comfort while wearing a loose-fitting ensemble. This also gives you room to play around with shoes and accessories. For Gigi, she wore ankle-high boots to complement her pajama bottoms’ wide hem and made it sexier by showing off her red bra. You can also opt to wear pumps like Selena for a sophisticated look. Do the same for your slip dresses.

    If you don’t feel like looking too dressed-up, you can always go for the classic sneakers or flat boots for a more casual get-up.

    Tempted to try this trend out? We’ve picked out PJ-like pieces for you. (Unless you really want to go out in your just-slept-in clothes, that’s fine too.)

    Olivia von Halle Lila Striped Silk-Satin Pajama Set

    Inspired by the pajamas worn by Coco Chanel, this Olivia von Halle set has traditional stripes that’ll make you look taller. You can also wear them together or separately.

    Victoria’s Secret Ribbed Sleep Cami

    A lightweight cami is ideal during warm days. Whether you’re going out for errands or a party, opt for this one from Victoria’s Secret. Pair it with your jeans, shorts, or skirts. Throw on a blazer over it even.

    H&M Cotton Nightshirt

    No one will know that you’re wearing a nightshirt with this piece. If you’re into wearing oversized shirt dresses to cut time, grab H&M’s Cotton Nightshirt. Pair it with sneakers to complete the laidback feel.

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  • چهارشنبه 7 تیر 1396

    Who is Marta Ortega, the Zara heiress and most influential name in fashion you've never heard of?

    Despite being the second richest man in the world, Zara founder Amancio Ortega usually keeps a low profile. But this weekend, the paparazzi caught the Spanish billionaire in a rare ‘display’ of mega-wealth in St Tropez, as boat watchers salivated over his £41.2 million super-yacht.

    For the fashion crowd, though, there was something else on board to catch the eye - and, alas, it wasn’t 81 year-old Mr Ortega’s (inevitably Zara-bought) bathing suit. His 33 year-old daughter and the heiress to his empire, Marta Ortega, was also present, and flexing her impeccable taste for resortwear. The appearance has, consequently, given us a rare insight into the woman who is likely behind 20% of the contents in an average British woman’s wardrobe.

    Marta acts as a senior creative consultant on all Zara Woman collections, and evidently has first pick of the new clothes before they hit stores. Despite her wealth (her father was worth £65 billion at last count) Ortega actually practices what she preaches, mixing her fully-stocked high street wardrobe with a few choice designer buys.

    It’s thought that she’s the one, over her two siblings, who will take over the family business if her apparent-workaholic father ever retires, and she has been working her way up the ranks since beginning her career at the family firm as a shop girl in the Oxford Street store, during her Business Management studies in London.

    With a circle of friends that includes Athena Onassis and Spain’s Queen Letizia (who is regularly spotted in Zara), Marta also is an established show-jumper, meaning that she’s a key figure in the Spanish equestrian social set. The entire family is, however, notoriously private, and great efforts have been made to keep her personal relationships out of the papers.

    In 2012, Marta married fellow champion rider Sergio Alvarez Moya in a private ceremony on her father’s estate, with an altar designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor - forgoing a bargain Zara look for a Narciso Rodriguez couture gown, just this once. After splitting some months ago, she is now in a relationship with Carlos Torretta, a model agent who establishes deals for Kendall Jenner and Adriana Lima in Europe. Torretta is the son of Roberto Torretta, the Argentinian designer and vice president of ACME , the Association of Fashion Creators of Spain and Carmen Echevarría, a woman who counts Jane Birkin among the clients at her Madrid boutique, meaning that this new relationship would only serve to seal the credentials of the first family of Spanish fashion.

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  • دوشنبه 5 تیر 1396

    They may be newcomers to Tokyo, but behind the fashion names picking up traction this summer is a wealth of experience combined with honed artisanal skills.

    Affordable minimalism

    The beauty of origami folds, pleats and twists in clothing is usually something that could only be appreciated by frequenting luxury fashion houses and having deep pockets. But now a new local brand is encapsulating the intrigue of Japanese minimalism and applying it to a range of clothing that is far more accessible than those that have come before it.

    UN3D (pronounced “un-threed”) launched in 2016 with both women’s and menswear and has quickly ballooned to hosting a standalone shop in Aoyama. Its raison d’etre is the study of geometry, asymmetry and folds in wearable clothing, with a decidedly unisex and minimalist approach to silhouettes.

    Colors are generally muted and are monotone or paired to complement the abstract accessories and statement shoes that match the quirky designs.

    The brand’s name alludes to its manifesto of being unconventional, and the designer knows a thing or two about breaking out from the mold: Momoko Ogihara rose to fame as one of the breakout stars of the Shibuya fashion scene, co-opting her unique personal style into a wildly successful 109-mall brand called Murua before stepping down to create UN3D.

    Modest luxury

    People often say that the journey can be better than its destination, but in the case of new brand and boutique M, both are equally fantastic. M is located inside the grounds of the Kanda Myojin Shrine, which was founded in 730 AD. You enter through the shrine’s main gate and traverse multiple architectural wonders before you arrive in the back, where on the right is a stark white building housing the M shop in room 302.

    The brand may be new, but the designer is true-blue veteran Michiko Nakayama, who headed the popular brand Muveil for 10 years. Although Nakayama has built a cult following for her unusual collection themes, it comes as a surprise to see that M strips her design ethos down to its core with small editions of simple but luxe clothing. Nakayama explains, “This isn’t about seasonal themes of kitsch, it is about essential quality and the utmost comfort.”

    The silhouettes are roomy yet elegant, straddling the lines of city wear and luxe lounge wear. Until the 29th of June, anyone can drop by the chic salon-like store, but afterward, M requests that customers make appointments via the website.

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  • جمعه 2 تیر 1396

    Are Roller Skate Shoes Due For A Comeback?

    First, came the light-on sneaker revival. And now, the nostalgia for roller skates has once again caught on. From Charlotte Olympia to Saint Laurent and Veja, designers are playfully mounting sneakers to four wheels, with varying results. But the question is: are these lo-fi retro rollers collectables or wearables?

    For her resort ’18 collection, Olympia Dellal released a witty take rife with rainbows, metallic laces and glitter wheels. They are very charming, but don’t look exactly prepared to contend with city streets or replace one’s metrocard.

    Ethically-minded French sneaker brand Veja took a crack at the skater shoe too, recently releasing an impressively-engineered sneaker with removable wheels in collaboration with Flaneurz, a clever new snap-on roller skate label that came to market last year. It was started by four friends – Florian Gravier, Arnaud Darut, Walid Nouh and David Brun – with a passion for reviving the category. To date, their retro roller skates are sold on their site as well as a slew of influential boutiques such as Colette, Merci, Citadium, Le Refuge, Alex Eagle Studio and Anthom NYC.

    How did the collaboration with Veja come about? And why did you want to collaborate with them?

    “The Veja X Flaneurz adventure started in June 2015. Back then, Veja was already one of the first brands that had faith in us. Veja’s concept store “Centre Commercial” commercialized the Pantanal model, a dress shoe, during it’s fall ’13 collection. This model was turned into Flaneurz rollerskates during our crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. This joint adventure is now taking an even greater and stronger dimension. We share the same values with Veja.”

    How did the idea for Flaneurz come about? And how long did it take to develop your On Wheelz?

    “The idea came from the mind of our co-founder, Florian. He has always been a huge fan of roller skating — he was even making his own roller skates when he was younger. He also pays great attention to detail and style, that’s why he thought about fancy sneakers that could be turned into roller skates. It took three years of research and development to come to this product.”

    What are your professional backgrounds and how did that bring you to roller skates?

    “Florian has a rider past. He is part of SkateXpress, a roller dance crew. He has learned communication and traveled a lot before meeting Arnaud and starting the Flaneurz story. Arnaud has an engineer formation from the Arts et Métiers. He worked in different areas as diverse as connected objects and [the] perfume industry.”

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  • چهارشنبه 31 خرداد 1396

    Forget Fast Fashion, A Look at the Ramifications of Fast Media

    Digital media is an interesting thing. While most mainstream sites do not actively partake in the facilitation of fake news, a term with a very specific definition (i.e., entirely fabricated stories put forth for political or monetary gain), that is not to say that the information put forth by some of our "trusted" media sources is accurate. If ex-FBI Director James Comey’s recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee is correct, even some of the country’s esteemed publications are not always putting forth entirelyaccurate info – at least not when it comes to classified information.

    Kylie v. Kylie

    With this in mind, this past winter, a widely-reported story involving Kylie Jenner and Kylie Minogue recently garnered widespread attention in connection with a bitter trademark war involving their names. “Kylie Minogue Wins Legal War with Kylie Jenner Over Name Trademark” read an array of headlines coming from mainstream media outlets after legal counsel for Kylie Jenner, the 19-year old reality television star and budding cosmetics mogul, filed to appeal an unfavorable trademark ruling in connection with her name.

    The reporting surrounding the like-named stars’ legal debacle was arguably quite indicative of the state of media and reporting in the digital space.

    Some background: The trademark proceeding between Jenner and Minogue got its start in the spring of 2015 when Jenner filed to federally register her full name, as well as variations of it, including “Kylie” and “Kylie Cosmetics,” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in a number of classes of goods and services. While federal registration is not required to claim rights in a trademark, a registration – if granted – gives its owner the exclusive right to use the mark on a nationwide basis in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration and accordingly, to prevent others from using confusingly similar marks.

    Before a mark is registered, any party who believes it may be damaged by registration of the mark may file an opposition, which is exactly what Minogue did. In February 2016, the Australian pop star, who already holds an array of federally registered marks in the U.S., initiated oppositions with the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (“TTAB”), a USPTO administrative tribunal, arguing that Jenner’s “Kylie” and “Kylie Cosmetics” marks were too similar to her own already-registered marks and were likely to confuse consumers and damage her brand if registered.

    The stars were able to settle the matter between themselves, and as a result, the matter was dismissed in January, and Jenner’s trademark applications were left intact.

    In the meantime, Jenner was embroiled in an unrelated matter involving an application for one of her “Kylie Jenner” trademarks in the class of goods that covers clothing and accessories. She was, until recently, in the midst of a back-and-forth with the USPTO over the registrability of that mark, which the USPTO ultimately held was too similar to existing marks to be registered.

    The USPTO, which examines every application for registration, initially refused to register Jenner’s “Kylie Jenner” mark in December 2015, stating that it is too similar to California-based Mimo Clothing's registration for “Kylee” in the same class of goods. The USPTO also held that the “Kylie Jenner” mark clashed with the “Kendall and Kylie” registration that Jenner also holds.

    Jenner’s counsel was able to convince the USPTO that there was not a likelihood of confusion between Jenner’s proposed mark and the “Kendall and Kylie” mark due to her joint ownership of the two marks. However, the USPTO issued a subsequent decision in July 2016, stating that Jenner’s proposed mark is, in fact, likely to cause confusion in connection with Mimo Clothing's 2012 registration for “Kylee.”

    Jenner’s legal team filed to appeal the USPTO’s finding, and when the international media moved to quickly cover the news, an interesting narrative emerged. A flurry of reports was led by the Daily Mail, a British publication, which published an article on February 4th, entitled, “Trademark our shared name? You should be so lucky, Kylie Minogue tells Kylie Jenner.”

    Formulating a mix of the two separate trademark matters, the article read: “She may have lost her man but devastated pop princess Kylie Minogue has one small consolation – she has hung on to something else close to her heart, her name.” The article continued on to state that in connection with the Minogue vs. Jenner trademark battle, “The Patent Office rejected Ms. Jenner’s application [and] Jenner, who wants the name for her clothing and beauty empire, has lodged an appeal.”

    The race to publish what Slate has characterized as one of the most “contentious … trademark dispute[s] in recent memory,” led well-known media outlets, ranging from People and Mashable to Forbes, Fox, and CNBC, to quickly parlay the Daily Mail’s flawed account of the trademark matter into articles of their own.

    In addition to entangling the two distinct legal matters, most publications uniformly opted to highlight one of the more scandalous excerpts from Minogue’s February 2016 opposition. In arguing that registration of Jenner’s “confusingly similar” marks would damage her brand, Minogue asserted: “Jenner is a ‘secondary reality television personality,’ who has received criticism from disability rights groups and African-American communities” and is best known for her "photographic exhibitionism and controversial posts” on social media.

    Such striking excerpts coupled with bait-y titles turned what could have otherwise been considered a run of the mill trademark matter into widely reported media fodder. W Magazine’s Kyle Munzenrieder, who penned an article on the matter on February 6th, noted in successfully distinguishing the two matters: “The reality is slightly more boring … Once you get beyond the tabloid-baiting drama angle, the details are excruciatingly boring and technical.”

    The fashion magazine’s digital news editor appears to have done a bit of research before publishing his article, entitled, “Kylie Minogue and Kylie Jenner's Trademark Dispute Is Almost Over, Thank God.” Most notably, journalists for the BBC reviewed the official documents in connection with the trademark proceedings at issue, all of which are publicly available on USPTO’s website.

    Samanthi Dissanayake, the Asia editor of the BBC News website, who oversaw the publication’s report, which was published on February 7th, said: “We found the whole story very interesting but while reading, we quickly realized that the reports seemed rather misleading. We noticed that all of the articles cited a single media report, which did not cite its source.”

    As for whether she feared losing the first-on-the-scene advantage by devoting time to doing additional research, including reaching out to the parties involved, she noted: “We didn’t worry that we would be later. We wanted to provide the most accurate account that we could, given all of the publicly available information.”

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  • دوشنبه 29 خرداد 1396

    Young designers take spotlight during fashion week

    A fresh breeze buffeted Italy’s fashion capital during the second day of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, both literally, bringing relief from the June heat, and figuratively, as young designers took the spotlight.

    They brought with them fresh silhouettes with new proportions and reinterpretations of old summertime favorites from linens to stripes.

    Here are highlights from menswear previews Sunday in Milan for next spring and summer:

    TEXTURES AT FERRAGAMO

    Guillaume Meilland’s second collection for Ferragamo is inspired by the Mediterranean coastline shared by his native France and adopted Italy.

    The looks are defined by texture: cable-knit fishermen’s sweaters, velvety shorts, corduroy trousers and suede laser cut tops, all hearty fare for wind-swept seaside strolls. The designer also added touches of whimsy like sea horse prints and coral key chains.

    “Yes I like the idea of having, for me, something very Italian, something very much linked to the idea of the holidays and the seaside,” Meilland said backstage. “Textures, colors, we are trying combine soft velvet, English fabrics and heavy linens ... The fluid and something more rough.”

    The looks combined for an effortless silhouette that Meilland said was inspired by the 1960 French film “Purple Noon,” based on the Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels.

    Ferragamo’s footwear included penny loafers or slip on moccasins with rubber soles adorned with the trademark buckle for the city or rope accents for the seaside.

    CELEBRITY TURNS

    Italian rapper Ghali honed in on a pair of velvety shorts with a sea horse print on a golden background from the front row of Ferragamo’s show for next spring and summer.

    “I really like the collection. I love lots of the textures that I saw,” said Ghali, a Milan native whose new album, titled “Album,” is being promoted with an ad on the Duomo cathedral.

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  • پنجشنبه 25 خرداد 1396

    Converse Sneakers Got a Slick Makeover By J.W. Anderson at Pitti Uomo

    The sneaker scene just landed itself another collaboration. J.W. Anderson debuted a sneaker partnership with Converse during Pitti Uomo today. Shown at the Villa La Pietra in Florence, designer Jonathan Anderson’s spring ’18 men’s collection features his take on Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor high-top and Thunderbolt low-top styles.

    The collaboration sneakers include a variety of finishes. The most extreme sneaker shown is a metallic silver Chuck Taylor, which has a higher silhouette than usual (it’s cut at the calf). The Chuck Taylors also come in two-toned gradient colorways. Meanwhile, the low-top Thunderbolt styles appear in denim or beige suede.

    The sneaker styles will be available for purchase in the fall. Elsewhere in the collection, Anderson also showed grommeted flip-flops in black or nude.

    This isn’t the first time Converse has partnered with a luxury label. In a move to tap the burgeoning sneaker craze, it has teamed up with hyped labels such as Missoni, Comme des Garcons, John Varvatos and Maison Margiela.

    Anderson is one of a handful of guest designers showing at Pitti Uomo this season. Yesterday, Christian Louboutin staged a polo bike tournament to showcase his new sneaker styles. Off-White’s Virgil Abloh will debut his new collection tomorrow.

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  • سه شنبه 23 خرداد 1396

    In the fourth annual LVMH Prize, finalists from Japan, Europe and USA will battle it out for €300,000 (Dh1.2 million) winnings and a year-long mentorship.

    A record-breaking 1,200 people applied from all over the world.

    Cecilie Bahnsen, who takes ­inspiration from traditional craft techniques like quilting, patchwork and embroidery, is the first Danish designer to make the final.

    She was shortlisted by a panel of 45 experts – including designers, buyers, editors, photographers and models Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner – at a showcase during Paris Fashion Week.

    "This was a really important moment, and putting together that presentation was a bit of a labour of love," says Bahnsen. "I especially enjoyed the conversation I had with Nicolas Ghesquière [of Louis Vuitton]."

    Looking ahead to the final, she says is nervous, but also excited.

    "Being part of this process has been really eye opening and ­really positive," she says.

    Other finalists include Yoon Ahn – a Korean-American ­designer based in Tokyo who designs unisex collections under the name of Ambush; Kozaburo Akasaka – a Japanese menswear designer in New York; two French womenswear designers, Antonin Tron (fashion label ­Atlein) and Marine Serre.

    Russia’s Maria Kazakova, who runs her Jahnkoy menswear label in New York, had to talk the panel through her collection via Skype on an iPad as her lawyer had advised her not to leave the United States because of visa issues.

    The UK’s Molly Goddard, known for her voluminous tulle dresses, meanwhile, submitted footage from her London fashion show – a dinner party setting for her models – to show off her clothes.

    She says the process of elimination to get to the finals has proven very valuable.

    "Getting constructive feedback really made me think about my aims and achievements in a new and challenging way," she says.

    "I am very nervous about the big finale. I get nervous when public speaking so I’m hoping I don’t mess up."

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  • چهارشنبه 17 خرداد 1396

    Christie Brinkley, Jonathan Groff and Yara Shahidi on Being Genuine

    If there was ever a time to try and celebrate the sense of American optimism that our nation was built on, that moment would be now. Sure, it might be difficult to conjure up a sense of patriotism in the face of a government that appears to be abandoning and neglecting undeserving individuals and communities, but that doesn’t take away from the historical events that shaped our culture. It would be a shame not to recognize the inspiring individuals that sacrificed everything for the sake of positive advancements of all sorts.

    Remarkably, that happens to be the theme of Gap’s latest campaign, a concept dreamed up by Edward Enninful. Titled “Bridging the Gap,” the video from the all-American retailer features stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Wiz Khalifa, Yara Shahidi, Adwoa Aboah and Alek Wek singing and dancing to Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny,” all dressed in white shirts and jeans. According to Enninful, the incoming editor-in-chief of British Vogue, that particular outfit is a blank canvas upon which his chosen talent could express who they truly were. That was done by adding flair, like a nameplate necklace, a simple belt or a peek-a-boo pair of boxer shorts. The various models, actors and activists were selected for this modeling gig due to their various takes on being an American, so it only makes sense that they should be able to express that.

    “Growing up, I loved the imagery I saw from America as it celebrated being the land of the free and home of the brave. This project is about authenticity and people living their truths,” said Enninful. In that vein, the Observer asked the stars of the campaign to describe the moment when they can be their most authentic self. From the shores of Christie Brinkley’s favorite island destination to model Maria Borges’ favorite people, these answers offer an intimate peek into the personalities of your favorite stars.

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    How Amazon is knitting together a tale of fashion domination in India

    Amazon has one goal in India – absolute e-tail domination. To achieve that it needs to first win the fashion category. The powers that be in the global e-commerce major know this well and have been working hard to make Amazon very fashionable indeed.

    Why is that, you ask? It is because of an illuminating statistic – one out of almost three new customers come to Amazon’s India site to buy fashion. No wonder, then, that Amazon considers it a magnet category. In fact, during the recently concluded ‘Great Indian Sale’ apparel was the single largest category on the platform, ahead of mobile phones, the traditional top seller. And fashion was the second largest category for new customer acquisition during the sale. That is big news in e-commerce as mobile phones continue to be the biggest category for the industry. In 2016, the share of mobile phones was at around 48 percent of gross online retail sales, while fashion accounted for around 20-22 percent, according to research and consulting firm Red Seer.

    Fashion is also a high-margin, high repeat purchase rate category, unlike mobile phones, which offer low margins, and customers replace their phone only after around a year. Amazon in the US had a late start in fashion, launching the category only in 2006. “There is a big difference in the way we look at fashion in India compared to how we do it in the US where we were first selling only books and then slowly started adding other categories,” says Arun Sirdeshmukh, Head of Fashion, Amazon India.

    This focus right from when Amazon launched in India in 2013 has shown results. According to data from Counterpoint Research, fashion was Amazon India’s fastest growing category, with 78 percent growth in 2016 over the previous year, while Flipkart’s growth in this category stood at 15 percent. However, Flipkart has had a headstart over Amazon in this category, with the homegrown e-commerce major selling fashion products on its own platform and through subsidiaries—Myntra and Jabong. Flipkart, together with Myntra and Jabong, claims to have a 75 percent share in online fashion retail. Amazon disputes that, but has declined to share absolute numbers.

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    Leo DiCaprio Vapes, Rita Ora Nearly Pops Out of Her Dress at De Grisogono Party

    This year's theme for De Grisogono's splashy Cannes party was Love on the Rocks, fitting for the gala fashion show, party and concert held at Eden Roc, the Hotel du Cap's cliffside restaurant.

    The jewelry brand held its annual fete Tuesday night with Naomi Campbell, Rita Ora and Hailey Baldwin turning out to celebrate.

    Ora was dressed in a tight, plunging blue dress from Parisian designer Ulyana Sergeenko's spring couture collection, topped with a diamond choker.

    "My dress is so tight I feel like it might pop open and then I'd be really f--ked," joked the pop star after eating some of the goat cheese tarts being passed around. The dress was shown on the runway with a longer skirt, but Ora wanted it a bit shorter. "I didn’t really want to wear a gown because it’s a party, isn't it? I just wanted to let it out tonight."

    Ora has a busy week. She'll be singing at a private De Grisogono dinner Wednesday and at the amfAR gala Thursday, and her new single dropping Friday. She declared Cannes "the time to be chic."

    The brand held its own fashion show, with models on stage showing the latest collection of fine jewelry, as well as virtual models displayed on a large screen set up behind the stage before a massive fireworks display lit up over the Antibes bay.

    The show was followed by a gala dinner overlooking the sea that ran on Cannes time, starting close to midnight with plenty of rose, (alas, they ran out of butter), before guests including Naomi Campbell made their way out to the poolside stage for a performance by British pop star Jessie J. The singer started her set by saying she was going to sing "a few songs," which by typical party standards would be a set of three, but she kept the show going for nearly an hour with her hits to the delight of the crowd.

    The crush dancing along in front of the stage included Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson, who were later spotted sneaking into the men's room when the line for the women's was deemed too long.

    Leo DiCaprio made his entrance during Jessie's set, and quickly made his way to the corner of the garden where he held court wearing his now-signature cap and vaping.

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    Beyonce, Rihanna, Charlize Theron, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and Dakota Johnson. Those are just a few of the A-list stars who have worn fine jewelry designed by Valerie Messika in recent years but there are two names that matter most when it comes to Cannes: Kristen Stewart and Eva Longoria.

    Both actresses made high-profile appearances on the red carpet-laden steps of the Palais in 2016, showings that led Paris-based Messika to come back this year in a major way.

    For the first time ever, Messika, the daughter of a prominent diamond dealer, has set up shop in a suite at Hotel Martinez — a notable move that makes major brands like Chopard and L'Oreal her festival neighbors. Proximity aside, it's also a sign that Messika and her company, which stands out for specializing in white diamonds cast in modern, often fluid designs, is serious about competing with the heavyweights — and she knows it.

    "I won't lie to you — it comes with a little stress," she laughs during a telephone interview from Paris where, at that particular moment, she's running a company and keeping a watchful eye on her two young daughters due to a sick nanny. "When you're in front of these other big brands like Chopard or Tiffany — these people are so strong and they have their traditions. For me, I'm the outsider."

    Because of that, Messika admits the appearance is a "test" to see if it's a good fit and if her brand can find a place in the ever-competitive Cannes ecosystem. In doing so, she brings 60 pieces of her High Jewelry collection, nearly 10 Messika staffers and their own private security. (Martinez does not provide security for each suite.)

    Launched in 2005, Messika has seen her diamonds worn by other starlets and fashionistas in Cannes though none as high-profile as 2016. Messika says she was surprised when Personal Shopper star Stewart showed up to the premiere of the Olivier Assayas-directed film on May 17, 2016, wearing the Calypso ear cuff and the Gloria double ring to go with her white Chanel mini dress. "I think she loved it because (the ear cuffs) looked so cool with her new haircut," she says. "Kristen is not too much a jewelry person; she's quite rock and roll."

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