All the trend inspiration you need from the final day of fashion week in Delhi
The fashion week in the Capital took a bow at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on Saturday evening. The four-day event had a bit of everything — from ample inspiration for your autumn/winter wardrobe to Bollywood celebs sprinkling a bit of star dust to the bi-annual affair. And, the final day had a lot of trends that’ll help add to your autumn mood. Here are a few of them.
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For the Grand Finale, designer Tarun Tahiliani, the ‘Guru’, presented a collaborative collection with ‘Shishya’, Amit Aggarwal. The collections looked to the future for inspiration. From Tahiliani’s creations, one could choose from elaborate yet understated embroidery or go for cocktail-perfect graphic-printed separates. On the other hand, Amit Aggarwal’s structured mastery gave a vote to sustainable fashion as he restored Patola saris, lush brocades and played with three-dimensional details. Dedicated to a bride or to an ethnicwear aficionado — it’s clear the future of fall is made of metallics, bold prints and handcrafted weaves.
At Rohit Kamra, the collection was mostly made of black and white for fall with a touch of metallic. If you are not afraid of ushering in leather weather, invest in a pair of leather leggings to add mettle. Actor Richa Chadda turned showstopper for the Jaipur-based designer. .
Designer Dhruv Vaish showed a collection with statement formalwear. While layering was on-point for autumn, the checkered suit made an appearance often in the showcase. For the coming season, give gingham a chance, guys.Wrestler Sangram Singh walked for Vaish.
While eco-conscious fashion has been a buzzword for long, you don’t have to compromise on style to cash in on the trend. At H&M, actor Dia Mirza wore a romantic tulle dress made with re-cycled polyester. So for fall, experiment with consciously created or restored fabrics.
An umbrella that keeps you dry in winds of 100k, and looks good too
One helluvan umbrella
A common sight when wind and rain assail us are those awful umbrellas that turn inside out and are usually discarded on the street or end up entangled in trees. Help is in hand with Senz aerodynamic umbrellas, which have been made specially to withstand such turbulent Irish weather, their asymmetrical, lightweight shape allowing them to adapt to changing wind positions. Apart from promising to hold steady in winds of up to 100kmh, they look good too and come in a combination of colours or plain shades, all at €54.95.
Put your sister suede slippers (€301 Brother Vellies) on and your feet up this weekend.
Men’s shoes à la Maud
Maud O’Keeffe may not be a familiar name, but the founder of O’Keeffe shoes, born in the UK to Irish parents, has become associated with handsome men’s shoes whose fans include Michael Fassbender, Jimmy Fallon, Ewan McGregor and a host of other stars. The styles are inspired by the footwear of the 1920s and 1950s, “from working men’s shoes to the landed gentry”, particularly brogues, tasselled loafers and Chelsea boots as well as Bristol double monks with their twin straps which have female counterparts called Alice Monks in silver leather or cerise suede. Made in top-quality leather using Italian know-how, the shoes are made in small batches and prices start from €495-€695.
“Bright colours can only be worn so many times before they wear you, so invest in classic colours when it comes to clothes and let your shoes and bags make the statement.”
Cali chic from Irish label
Irish label Fee G, founded in 2003, has become a go-to brand for Irish event wear, and its latest spring summer collection will no doubt see this tradition continue. Inspired by the architecture and colours of the Californian coast, the collection is awash with colour and pattern. The label’s signature structured dresses, in neutral colours with nipped-in waists, are joined by new silhouettes featuring fluid lines, vibrant pinks and floral prints. Key items include a full-skirted obi belt dress, Capri pants, printed zip coats, as well as lots of organza. The separates collection includes Bardot stretch tops, draped silky blouses and full organza skirts. Pictured is the Gathered Belt Dress Pink, available in Arnotts for €255.
Steal vs splurge
Stop to smell the roses in these Giulia floral print silk trousers, €820 from Erdem, or be pretty as a petal in these Black Floral Tie Waist Trousers, €37.33 from Asos.
Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon might be at odds politically, but there is one thing they can both agree on: supporting local designers. Their perfectly matched policies of wearing items sourced from shops and designers in their respective hometowns was thrown into sharp focus yesterday.
In London, Theresa May attended the Commonwealth Day observance service at Westminster Abbey wearing a favourite jacket by London-based designer Amanda Wakeley with a hat by Liz Felix, a milliner whose shop is situated in Henley-on-Thames, just down the road from Fluidity, the boutique where the PM buys much of her wardrobe and a short drive from her home in Maidenhead.
"It's a lovely thing that she chooses to shop in the local area, I think it says a lot about her personality and everyone around her is very appreciative,"says Felix whose designs May has worn for key occassions including Remembrance Sunday and a reception for the Chinese President in 2015 when she was Home Secretary. "She comes in with her husband unannounced. She's very decisive," Felix adds of May's shopping modus operandi.
Meanwhile, at her official residence- Bute House- in Edinburgh, Nicola Sturgeon was laying out her plans for a second referendum on Scottish independence wearing a pink (although it looks red in photos) skirt suit by Edinburgh-based label Totty Rocks.
"Her P.A contacted us when she was going to be sworn in as First Minister," says Holly Mitchell, one of the design duo behind Totty Rocks which makes each item bespoke in Scotland, but at affordable prices. "She wanted to wear something by a local dress designer. Now we make a few suits or dresses for her each season."
Mitchell, who founded Totty Rocks with fellow designer Lynsey Blackburn 11 years ago, pinpoints the reason why it's so important for politicians to buy and wear patriotically. "It proves that she's the genuine article. She could be saying all these things politically but then if you knew all her clothes were made in China, it would all come unravelled."
That's a philosophy which Theresa May has long integrated into her wardrobe. Many of her accessories are picked up during shopping trips in her constituency. A £65 faux-fur collar by Louison d'Or which the PM wore during the Davos Economic Forum in January seems to have come from her browsing in Maidenhead's Craft Coop, "a social enterprise business, pleased to be giving over 150 local craftspeople the opportunity to trade in a High Street shop, and to bring vitality to the Town Centre by transforming otherwise empty units into fabulous craft shops full of unique, locally created products."
There are few names that come to mind when one speaks of elegant fashion and designer Farida Hasan easily tops the list. Having been around since 2010, Hasan has marveled her buyers with the finesse and feminine flair she brings to the table and has established herself as one of the leading designer labels of the country. What started off as a pop up exhibition has brilliantly flourished.
The label has very recently launched a new Spring/Summer 2017 Luxury Pret collection, a beautiful depiction of summer, which is why Instep got in touch with the mother-daughter duo, Farida Hasan, Creative Director, and Khuban Omer Khan, Managing Director, to talk about their work.
“The woman who wears Farida Hasan is free spirited and someone who isn’t afraid to embrace her feminine side,” answered Khan when asked to describe the quintessential ‘Farida Hasan’ woman. “She’s a woman who appreciates trends but also values timeless and classic ensembles which she can wear season after season.”
Further describing the label’s unique selling point, the the designer elaborated: “Our summers get really hot and women enjoy wearing a subdued colour palette. Perhaps this is why designers cater to this desire. Having said that, we’ve been doing luxury pret using pastel colours and signature floral hand embroideries much before the floral trend started. It’s something that comes naturally to us. Our attention to detail and our embroideries definitely set us apart.” The brand heavily invests in each embroidery, almost as much as a bridal designer would. But Farida Hasan treats each pret design like a work of art.
What would she recommend to women as summer trends for this year?
“We feel that layering with ruffles and frills with lace organza and pearl detailing are trending this year. However, we can never part with our standard chikan and cotton silk kurtas, which have a distinctive boho chic vibe and are super comfortable to wear in the heat.”
Pastel colours may be a favourite for the brand but the designer has an important thing to say to Pakistani women. There is a lot of dialogue around who should wear light pastel shades, where darker women are made to feel as though their skin colour does not allow light colours.
“We wouldn’t ever discourage anyone who has dark skin not to wear pastels. We absolutely don’t believe that pastels only suit a particular skin tone,” confirmed Khan, and we wholeheartedly agree with her.
The Farida Hasan brand is available at several leading stores nationwide and internationally but have yet to venture into the fashion week circuit. The designer cleared out as to why that is so.
“We do realize that participating in fashion week immediately ups your brand value and gives you recognition beyond what any advertisement campaign can do but we believe in moving things at a rate that is comfortable for us. We want to grow organically. We don’t want to participate one year and disappear for three years after that. It has to be sustainable for the long haul and it can’t be at the expense of enjoying our work.”
But does the designer think that designers who show at fashion week have an edge over those who don’t? “In terms of brand recognition yes. But not necessarily in terms of sales or customer satisfaction,” she reiterated.
Being a huge designer label means that success doesn’t come easy. It’s a lot of hard work, one that requires a lot of time and commitment. Hasan sheds light on the realities of working in the fashion industry, and shares some of the obstacles and hurdles faced in the business.
“Interacting with labour is what we find most exhausting,” she said when asked what part of designing and running an operation of this magnitude entailed. “This involves dealing with their internal politics, negotiating with them when they clearly want to black mail you into submission and dealing with the crises that ensues once they get poached by other designers. Of course we value and respect their work and this industry cannot exist without them. But we feel that the industry could do with a bit of ethics and stability in the labour department.”
As the world moves towards the digital era at an alarming rate, everything is now happening online, including marketing and social media plays a huge role in marketing a product effectively. Farida Hasan is one of those successful labels that has enough clout that it doesn’t really need social media marketing to help with sales. However, Hasan recognizes social media as an emerging tool for marketing and thinks that it’s something the brand will be delving into soon.
“We have never spent on social media marketing but we feel it is very important and we should do it because visibility is important with so many brands out there.”
On a concluding note, the designer shared with us that it’s the brand’s dream to open a standalone store. “We wish to open a store that reflects our design philosophy. Boutique and multi brand stores is where we stand at the moment. Also, our E-store is coming up soon!”
Contrary to reports that shoppers are avoiding the first daughter’s fashion line to protest her father's policies, the president of the company says recent sales are among the best in the brand's history.
Abigail Klem, a former lawyer who has worked at Ivanka Trump HQ since 2013 and took over the role of company president in January, insisted that the brand has experienced a major boost.
“Since the beginning of February, they were some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand,” explained Klem to Refinery29. “For several different retailers Ivanka Trump was a top performer online, and in some of the categories it was the [brand’s] best performance ever.”
Lyst, which monitors purchasing data from thousands of retailers, revealed that from January to February, Ivanka Trump sales increased a whopping 346 percent.
"We often noticed sales and search data are related to current events," explained Lyst's U.S. public relations director Sarah Tanner to Fox News. "During the presidential campaign last year, we saw a 460 percent increase in searches for pantsuits, which we likely tied to Hillary Clinton's affinity for the style. In the same vein, the Trump brand has largely been in the news many times during February, and it wouldn't be surprising to say that resulted in increased sales, in many calls for supporting the brand that we've seen online and throughout the last couple of months."
In February, it was reported that Trump’s namesake eau de parfum held two top-selling spots on Amazon: one for the full-sized bottle, the other a roll-on, which is still out of stock. Current reviews showed that customers were specifically purchasing the fragrance in support of the 35-year-old mother of three.
"Whether this is a long-term trend, we can't say," said Tanner on the growing demand for Ivanka Trump merchandise. "We've tracked the sales from March thus far and, if sales continue, we'll see an 8 percent increase, in relation to January sales, but nothing as large as what we saw in February. [But] it's still stronger than it had been in January."
Tanner also added that shoppers typically gravitated towards Trump's heels and dresses, which was the number two seller. However, every categroy of the brand sold much higher in February than what they've normally seen.
“We actually feel super optimistic because, I think, one, a lot of people support Ivanka, even across both political parties,” said Klem to Refinery29. “And then I think a lot of other people feel like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know Ivanka had a shoe line.’ ‘Oh, I didn’t know she had a handbag line.’ And they’re buying it.”
The beauty news site reported that while Klem declined to share internal sales data, available products online support the statement. Out of 134 pairs of Ivanka Trump shoes on sale at Zappos, 43 are marked “new,” indicating the site is still adding stock. Macy's had new products from Trump, and both Bloomingdales and Dillard's still carry the brand on their sites.
Trump stated on January 11 that she was stepping down from her posts at the Trump Organization and her fashion brand.
“When my father takes office as the 45th President of the United States of America, I will take a formal leave of absence from The Trump Organization and my eponymous apparel and accessories brand,” Trump wrote on Facebook. “I will no longer be involved with the management of operations of either company.”
In February, Nordstrom announced it would no longer sell Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories. The move came amid a weeklong campaign known as "Grab Your Wallet," which called for a boycott of retailers that carry Ivanka Trump or Donald Trump merchandise.
The Seattle-based department store chain said the desicion was based on the sales performance of the first daughter's brand.
Tanner said that the boycotts didn't seem to dramatically affect Trump sales.
"And with that, there was also another movement to support the brand as well that we're seeing," she said. "That's definitely what we're seeing here."
Unlikely fashion icon Robert De Niro stars in new Ermenegildo Zegna campaign - with video
Luxury menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna has unveiled its spring/summer 2017 advertising campaign, which features seasoned actor Robert De Niro alongside newcomer McCaul Lombardi.
The two actors came together to star in Defining Moments, a short film by filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini, and the dialogue is all free form. Although set in clearly staged environments – inside a car, by a pool and just walking along – the atmosphere feels remarkably unrehearsed, as if the audience was privy to private conversations. De Niro discusses the mentors who have guided him, why he is drawn to some roles but not others, and even his approach to risk taking. Opposite him, Lombardi, who debuted last year as Corey in American Honey, seems visibly star struck. Far from feeling awkward, this awe is precisely what gives this film its charm.
Naturally, as this unfolds, both men are dressed in Zegna’s spring/summer 2017 collection, but this seems almost beside the point. Zegna will have known full well that De Niro’s presence would overshadow everything else, but has been content to let that happen, which gives the whole exercise an authentic edge.
Director Francesco Carrozzini was a natural choice for this fashion-meets-acting project. His mother is the late Italian Vogue editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani (about whom he made Franca: Chaos and Creation, in 2016) and he was nominated for an Emmy for his 2006 work, New York Times Screen Tests, starring Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillard.
The actress and her husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, have welcomed a baby girl, named Amalia Millepied, on Feb. 22. "Mother and baby are happy and healthy," a rep for the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Portman, 35, and Millepied, 39, are already parents to their 5-year-old son, Aleph. The couple, who first met on the set of Black Swan, tied the knot in August 2012.
Due to her pregnancy, Portman canceled her appearances at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars. Portman was nominated at both award shows for her starring role in Jackie. She had been showing her baby bump on red carpets, including the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.
While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last November, Portman chatted with the late-night host about her second pregnancy.
"It's weird because I'm a small person in general, so you show a lot faster and a lot more when you're small. Everyone thinks I'm about to pop and about to give birth any minute, and I have months to go," said the petite actress, who's 5-foot-3. "I went to the store the other day to buy water and the guy at the checkout counter was like, 'Almost, huh?' I was like, 'No! Not at all!'"
BCBG Max Azria filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, according to Reuters. The California-based fashion house, which listed assets in the range of $100 million to $500 million and liabilities in the range of $500 million to $1 billion, is the latest casualty in the struggling U.S. retail sector, as shoppers continue to abandon malls in favor of shopping online. According to reports, BCBG has already informed mall owners of its plans to shutter most of its approximately 200 U.S. stores.
BCBG, which was founded by Tunisian fashion designer Max Azria in 1989 and is currently owned by investment firm Guggenheim Partners, has received a commitment of up to $45 million in debtor-in-possession financing that will be used for working capital and to ensure normal operations during the Chapter 11 process, the company said in a statement.
"The steps we are taking now, to address the shift incustomer shopping patterns and the growth of online shopping, will allow us to focus on our partner relationships, digital, ecommerce, selected retail locations, and wholesale and licensing arrangements," Marty Staff, acting interim chief executive of the company said in a statement.
the World’s First Supermodel with Down Syndrome Will Present at DFW
Denver Fashion Weekend (DFW) has always been a proud supporter of diversity. We’ve had models and hosts of varying age, shape, size and sexual identity. This year, we are continuing that tradition with the addition of Madeline Stuart – the first professional model with Down Syndrome.
The 20-year model has been in shows such as New York Fashion Week, Art Hearts Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week China, Melange Fashion Week and Style Fashion Week among the countless others. She has made headlines in Iceland, Germany, the US, Australia, Mexico, Cuba, and the UK and is published in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day and New York Times – just to name a few. In 2015, Madeline received the prestigious ‘2015 Model of the Year Award’ at the international fashion show, Melange in San Francisco. In February of 2017, Madeline launched her own fashion line – 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart. Her line will be presented Thursday, March 30 on our Denver Fashion Weekend runway. In addition, she will be walking in designer Gino Velardi’s clothes on Saturday, April 1.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Madeline earned worldwide recognition when she posted her journey of weight loss to pursue a career in modeling. As with many with Down Syndrome, Stuart struggled with her weight. In early 2015, she decided to make a healthy change and lost close to 45 pounds. Stuart tracked her progress by videos of her training and posting motivational pictures. When she posted her ‘before and after’ picture, she started gaining the attention of millions. Almost overnight her following grew to over 100 thousand, and within a few days, the photo had received over 6.8 million times.
This initial success led to modeling engagements all around the world, as well as features in magazines, product endorsements and sponsorships. Now a household name, not only for her work in the fashion industry but for her advocacy for diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects. She supports a variety of nonprofits including InsideOutside Dance ensemble, Kulture City and Embrace Kulture and participates in the Special Olympics.
Be sure to catch Madeline Stuart grace the runway, with the proud support of the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association. It will be the event you should not miss. More information on DFW and how to purchase tickets can be found here.
Snaffle a gem, it’s a wrap at Kildare Village and look lacy
Well known in racing circles for his equestrian jewellery, master goldsmith George Bryan is a familiar figure on Irish racecourses, where customers for his horseshoe and stirrup pendants, hoof rings, and snaffle necklaces include leading figures and top trainers in the industry such as Willie Mullins and Ted Walsh.
He also made wedding cufflinks for showjumper Cian O’Connor, and more recently crafted silver cufflinks for President Michael D. Higgins, commissioned by Shelbourne Football Club.
Bryan’s jewellery pedigree began in Appleby’s in Dublin, where he served as an apprentice, after which he worked in Hatton Garden in London for 10 years, before returning to Ireland.
His range has expanded to include other collections inspired by architecture, hunting and even the Forty Foot, where he swims daily before starting work. See georgebryanjewellers.com.
Hilfiger tells his story
Tommy Hilfiger’s autobiography American Dreamer tells the story of the designer’s background in New York and his rise to fame when he started a clothing business with $150 in 1969. One of nine children from a working class family in Elmira, Hilfiger’s preppy all-American classics created an empire that now boasts £6.7 billion in sales and 1,400 stores all over the world.
The book traces how this “club kid” and “scrappy entrepreneur” developed the brand, his associations with musicians and rock stars – the memories of David Bowie are interesting – and his life as a father, husband and stepfather.
An optimistic nature helped him brave many personal and professional setbacks and when he received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award in 2012, Anna Wintour called him “the most grounded designer in fashion today”. Written with Peter Knobler (with a huge list of acknowledgements), the book is published by Ballantine Books New York ($30/€28).
DVF arrives at Kildare Village
Fans of Diane von Furstenberg will be interested to hear that a new outlet stocking the brand at reduced prices opened recently in Kildare Village. This month’s arrivals include a number of dresses in whimsical and floral prints grounded in black, midnight blue and white with shots of emerald green, blue and pink. As well as her signature wrap dresses (short and midi) there are jumpsuits, party wear dresses, skirts, jackets and leather accessories. Currently, a DVF Simonia dress in 100 per cent silk in what is called a Dream Dot print, originally €468 is now €292 and a pink floral coat called the Philipa that was €829 is now €497.
Steal vs splurge
Add this lace panel tiered mini dress to your LBD collection for €56, from prettylittlething.com or start a new collection with this high neck star lace panelled dress for €290 from Self Portrait.
Is this the perfect sweater? Benetton seem to think so. Manufactured using only one thread, the totally seamless jumper is figure-hugging, comfortable and has less impact on the environment. Available in six colours, it costs €79.95 at Benetton.
“Trends come and go, invest in quality pieces that suit your personal style and make you feel good about yourself.” – Ciara Hughes, fashion stylist
H&M Plans Proper Pay Structures, Worker Committees in Garment Factories by 2018
Swedish fashion retailer H&M said on Tuesday it planned to have elected committees and proper pay structures for workers in its main supply factories across the world by 2018 in a bid to curb labor exploitation. Elin Astrom, head of H&M's Sustainability Program in India, said the clothing firm was aware of the exploitation of workers in the garment industry and was working on several initiatives with its main suppliers to improve worker conditions.
"We know that getting a job in the textile industry can be an important driver for independence for women. Many times it is the first paid job and can be a catalyst for positive change, but of course -- not by default," Astrom said at a United Nations event on women's economic empowerment. "We do face challenges ourselves within the industry when it comes to working conditions, excessive overtime, wages, etc. and we are trying to address this in several ways."
The fashion industry has come under increasing pressure to improve factory conditions and workers' rights, particularly after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Bangladesh four years ago, in which 1,136 people were killed. Many big fashion brands, including H&M, have been criticized for failing to check conditions of workers in their supply chains -- from poor health and safety standards to long working hours and low pay to not being allowed to form trade unions.
In May last year, a study by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (“AFWA”) found workers stitching clothes for H&M in factories in Delhi and Phnom Penh faced problems such as low wages, fixed-term contracts, forced overtime and loss of job if pregnant. The AFWA, a coalition of trade unions and labor rights groups, accused the Western high street retailer of failing on its commitments to clean up its supply chain.
Astrom said the fashion brand sources its apparel from factories across 25 countries and indirectly employs 1.6 million garment workers -- 64 percent of whom are women. "It is important to have responsible sourcing when it comes to the millions of jobs that we create throughout the supply chain," she said.
The company, she said, has strict expectations of suppliers through a code of conduct, but added that they faced challenges in making factory owners understand issues such as freedom of association and the need for workers' voices to be heard. She said the clothing retailer had set goals with its main suppliers to listen to workers, as well as pay scales that ensure adequate wages based on skill and experience.
"We do have capacity building programs to enable workers to raise their voices in a meaningful way with management. We have a goal with all our strategic suppliers to have democratically elected workers’ committees by 2018 as one step towards this," said Astrom. "We are also committed that every garment worker should earn enough to make a decent living and we want to ensure this across the industry."
Having taken an increasingly public role on the world stage in the past week or two, First Lady Melania Trump was front-and-center at the Saturday rally President Trump held in Florida.
Not to be missed in a cap-sleeve red Alexander McQueen knee-length dress, FLOTUS led the crowd in The Lord’s Prayer. The President (who kept his own look casual with a white buttoned down shirt but no tie) smiled affirmatively as he crossed the stage before his wife offered a few remarks.
Wearing the Republican party’s signature color, the First Lady pledged to create and support initiatives that would help women and children throughout the world.
She told supporters, “It is my honor and a great pleasure to stand here before you as First Lady of the United States. The America we envision is one that works for all Americans and where all Americans can work and succeed. A nation committed to greater civility and unity between people from all sides of the political divide.”
“I will always stay true to myself and be truthful to you no matter what the opposition is saying about me.” FLOTUS said.
Before she introduced her husband, the First Lady said, “My husband is creating a country of great safety and prosperity.”
Her choice of an Alexander McQueen frock designed by the House’s Sarah Burton is a first for an official appearance. With New York Fashion Week officially wrapped up and London Fashion Week under way, the First Lady may be thinking of England along with other fashion watchers.
Trump continues to spend school weeks at Trump Tower, since her son Barron is finishing the school year. Saturday’s remarks were the strongest signs of what she plans to focus on once ensconced in the White House.