Wearables, 3-D Printed Fashion to Be Spotlighted in Fashion Show During World Maker Faire in New York

The 26-foot hydraulically activated “Hand of Man” and the Cosplay Contest will get their share of attention at this weekend’s World Maker Faire in Queens. Attendees may also be surprised to find the Future of Fashion Show, showcasing 3-D printed clothing, wearables and pioneering clothing.
As the East Coast’s largest showcase for tech and innovation, the event will have 600-plus projects on display at the New York Hall of Science Saturday and Sunday. The style-minded will find models hitting the stage in the main NYSCI auditorium Saturday at 5 p.m.
Presented by ThreeForm Fashion, a label that specializes in 3-D scanning and 3-D printing, the show will feature an assortment of on-the-rise companies. Katya Lee & the Space Force; Heisel; Tracy Belben; SciChic; Stephania Stefanakou; Zoa Chimerum; Emiko Shinozaki; Adrienne Sack; Erin Winick; WearWorks; and Spring & Wonder jewelry are among the labels that will be in the show. Several of the participants have been upstarts in different fields.
Designer Lee, for example, was the lead singer for the pop band Hi-Fi and later Fabrika. As a solo artist she is blending AI, fashion design and music. For this weekend’s runway, she has created “clothes and space suits for those who travel through

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Nary Manivong Returns to the Fashion Scene With a Direct-to-Consumer Signature Collection

TIME FOR A SECOND ACT: After a four-year hiatus, Nary Manivong is back on the scene with a direct-to-consumer signature collection.
The designer decided to hit the reset button, even leaving New York for the better part of 2014, before returning. Interestingly, Manivong said he didn’t jump at the opportunity to start his own label when Handa Fashion’s Jack Shi presented the idea. The duo have known each other professionally for 10 years, but their partnership evolved over time. Not wanting to rush back into fashion full time, the conversation played out over 18 months during which Shi offered to provide all the production services for his signature label at no cost.
Manivong now occupies a floor that serves as a factory, sample room and showroom in a West 35th Street building. His capsule collection — three dresses, a skirt and six tops — will be sold online direct-to-consumer starting Thursday. Aiming to be strategic with his growth plan, he wants to find the right retail partner initially rather than multiple ones. Retail prices will range from $ 400 to $ 900 with the higher-end of the spectrum made from Laotian textiles. The Ohio-born designer took the 19-hour flight there earlier this year to meet many relatives for the

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7 Breakout Trends From London Fashion Week Spring 2019

Designers at London Fashion Week flooded the British capital with fearless fashion for the Spring 2019 season. The four-and-a-half-day-long schedule of shows and presentations wrapped up on Tuesday, and provided enough highlights to keep critics entertained for months to come. Both big-name …

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will return to New York after stints overseas

There’s a heat wave in the forecast for New York later this season.

A bevy of beautiful models is set to descend on the Big Apple for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, returning to town after two back-to-back stints overseas.

Unlike the lusty lingerie-clad ladies who will be making their way…

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SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space transportation company, on Monday named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo.


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Meet the hidden women behind London Fashion Week

Here’s how fashion week actually happens…

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Another London fashion week has been and gone, seeing bad traffic, excellent celebrity spotting and a lot of well-dressed people frequent the city.

Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Erdem, Christopher Kane and Roksanda highlighted the weekend, with Kendall Jenner and Winne Harlow being among those walking the runway.

But it’s not just models, designers and influencers that make London fashion week. What about the hidden women that are actually making it happen?

From fashion illustrators and street style photographers to backstage managers, DJs and make up artists, we spoke to the women behind LFW to find out what really goes on…

Jessica Bird

Job title: Fashion Illustrator

What my job entails at fashion week: Lots and lots of drawing. Capturing backstage activity and key looks from shows, live drawing, interpreting the collections from 3D to 2D essentially.

This LFW I have been… In residency each evening at the London EDITION hotel drawing guests and LFW goers, capturing their looks in 15 minute pastel portraits. I’m also SHOWstudio’s collection artist for London for this season so I have been illustrating shows live from their studio during the day.

What I wear on the job at LFW: I feel like my wardrobe has started to reflect my work – I play with colour a lot as I do in my illustrations, my wardrobe is very bright, quite fun, lots of fluorescent colours. This week I’ve been wearing a few of my favourite pieces from Roksanda – with my trusty artists apron over the top of course!

Three essentials in my LFW bag: Pastels, sketchpad and paint markers.

My most stressful part of fashion week: Trying to keep up with all the shows, there’s just so many looks I want to capture!

My most exciting fashion week experience: Being asked to cover LFW for Showstudio for sure. It’d been a dream of mine since I started illustrating so I’m feeling very grateful to have been asked!

Fashion week work snack: Popcorn!

Top LFW tip: COFFEE!

Samantha Qureshi

Job title: NARS UK Senior Makeup Artist

What my job entails at fashion week: As a makeup artist ambassador for NARS, my job behind the scenes entails various missions: assisting the lead makeup artists backstage is one of those, making sure my hands become the extension of their creative vision without a fail and I am also in charge of doing VIP makeup sessions during Fashion Weeks seasons.

This LFW I have been… Part of the most beautiful shows from New York to London so far. Rodarte was a dream and the exquisite pop art inspired makeup by James Kaliardos and beautiful flowery hair composition by Odile Gilbert, was part of one of the most inspirational moments of my career. I had the privilege to assist Lucia Pieroni during her makeup test at Christopher Kane’s studio in London, I loved to see how she creates and works the skin and how she really connects with Christopher Kane’s vision of beauty. All the shows always feel really special to me. As a creative person I feed my artistry juice with all the artists surrounding me, fashion designers, makeup artists, hairdressers, nail technicians, models are a huge part of my artistry growth.

What I wear on the job at LFW: All black, neutral and chic, comfortable clothes. Backstage, it’s always speed, you have to be ready to run, be on your knees, and be 100% effective and dynamic. I keep my makeup very glowy and lightweight with a lot of NARS Skincare. Our new Climax Mascara and the Radiant Creamy concealers are my bests products to wear when working on shows.. Orgasm lip balm this season and go!

Three essentials in my LFW bag: I make sure all my NARS skincare set is ready – radiant Creamy can do it all without fail, and my precious brushes which I never live without.

My most stressful part of fashion week: Time keeping, sometimes we have to wait for a while for the models to come from other shows, and when they arrive, hair, nails, and makeup teams become one big team making sure in the last minutes before the line-up, every model looks fabulous and ready to go on the catwalk.

My weirdest fashion week experience: The day we used just a concealer on a show was not the most satisfying feeling being a makeup artist. It also shows how being an artist is so subjective and I appreciated the reflection and inspiration behind it… but my brushes stayed clean!

Fashion week work snack: In my bag I always carry a protein and cereal bar, a banana and plenty of water. (Take away coffee isn’t an option…)

Top LFW tip: No coffee on an eyeliner/bold lips look day. Unless you have a really steady hand… Lucky you!

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Yossy Akinsanya

Job title: Street style photographer

What my job entails at fashion week: This fashion week I’ve taken to the main venues being used for shows and have captured every kind of outfit you can think of from designer to conceptual to on trend.

This LFW I have been… Running from venue to venue trying to find the most interesting and eye-stopping outfits out there. I’ve lost count of exactly how many people’s Instagrams I’ve asked for after taking their picture.

What I wear on the job at LFW: As it’s fashion week I do try and dress up a little bit myself but bring an element of comfort as I’m doing a lot of running around so I’ve been wearing dresses paired with vans, so pretty much girly but comfortable.

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Three essentials in my LFW bag: A power bank for sure because my phone is always in my hand whether it’s for directions, taking usernames, checking the fashion week schedule or snapping the experience. Water because it is a long day and you will find yourself feeling dehydrated if you don’t. Lastly, business cards. I made the mistake of not having any ready but after working it I’ve come to realise how much everyone uses them and how helpful they can be for building contacts and getting your name out there.

My most stressful part of fashion week: I think trying to feel like you’ve covered everything and getting to places on time definitely.

My weirdest fashion week experience: I got stopped myself along with my friend who was doing photography and we were interviewed on our outfits and being black girls in fashion which was cool!

Fashion week work snack: Energy bars, they fit anywhere, taste good and are quick to eat.

Top LFW tip: Always do a schedule for your day the night before – times, locations and shows. You need to be prepared on the day.

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Cathie Carday

Job title: Showcaller/Backstage Manager

What my job entails at fashion week: Ensuring the show goes smoothly, making sure any backstage requirements are met, setting up and breaking down the backstage area, and liasing with the show director, technical team and security to identify and solve any problems that arise. I’m also the go-to person for the designer and stylist to keep to schedule and ensuring everyone can do their job within the given timescale. I take care of the models and inform them of choreography and creating model line ups before and during shows, provide model lists for hair, make up and dressing teams. And as a showcaller I work with the sound and lighting team and cue the sound, lighting and models when we go to show.

This LFW I have been… Working primarily as backstage manager in the BFC main show space but have worked on Steven Tai, Johnstons of Elgin and Mark Fast as a showcaller this season.

What I wear on the job at LFW: I need to be I invisible but not insignificant – the standard ‘uniform’ in event world is smart blacks but it is fashion so think utility chic – a jump suit with a designer pair of trainers is working well this season!

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Three essentials in my LFW bag: A bum bag, a clipboard and Paracetamol/ lipstick.

My most stressful part of fashion week: The most stressful moment is when the alarm rings at 4am for a 5am call!

My most exciting fashion week experience: Richard Quinn last season – our special guest was the Queen !!!

Fashion week work snack: Bounce balls!

Top LFW tip: Be fabulous, fierce and feminine!

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From Spice Girl to fashion icon: How Victoria Beckham built her clothing empire

Victoria Beckham started her career as a Spice Girl after answering an ad for young women who were "street smart, extrovert, ambitious and able to sing and dance," that was placed in British industry magazine "The Stage" in 1994. 
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Slay for a Change Uses Fashion To Spread Police Brutality, Cultural Appropriation Awareness

Shayla Janel is an entrepreneur, fashion activist and creator of “Slay for a Change” a bold initiative using fashion to spread awareness about police brutality as well as cultural appropriation. “After the untimely and unjustly death of Sandra Bland I felt sadness and frustration, so I conceived the idea for Slay For A Change,” said Shayla Janel. “Then it was the horrendous murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that gave birth to my vision. At the time, the whole world seemed to be in shock and in mourning. As a fashion lover, I was following most of the major fashion designers, publications, and influencers on social media and I noticed an eerie silence from the fashion community. I thought to myself, “wow…this is an industry that profits so much from the culture but can’t even acknowledge this tragedy. “In music, sports, television, and etc., people were seemingly taking a stand, she said. But the fashion industry seemed to care less. So, I took our police brutality issues to their front door—Fashion Week. It was a very passive aggressive way of being an activist.”

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Shayla Janel, along with her team of fashion industry disruptors, has also hit the streets of Houston, New York City, Paris, and a few more places in between. Donning a variety of strong statement-making pieces such as a sequin dress, a hoody, a bomber style jacket and penguin-slim-fitted blazer, the team has been featured in MSN China, Elle Brasil, Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Bomb Daily, and more.

“For the past four years, I’ve attended Fashion Week. While I never made it into the major shows, I learned quickly by just loitering around the streets that you could potentially capture the attention of the press from all over the world, she said. We were silent but the clothes made a very boisterous statement. The first reaction from people was “Are y’all a singing group?” Then we would turn around and we were greeted with “Yaasssss” left and right—especially from people of color. We were also bombarded by photographers and it was insane for a second. There were a few Caucasian photographers who mocked us and condescendingly shouted out “Black Lives Matter” but overall it was all love!

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Slay for a Change launched on 9/11. I wanted to let people know that I will never forget the victims of 9/11. I will also never forget about the deaths of the ones who were killed unjustly. Using #SlayForAChange fashion pieces to amplify her voice, she documented her journey from Texas to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and produced her very first documentary Fashion Weak with a budget of less than a $ 1,000. “During filming, we ran into my icon, June Ambrose, who makes an appearance in our documentary. Because June reposted our photo on her Instagram account, Slay For a Change went viral.

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“I chose to use the names of victims of police brutality and injustices because I noticed after the death of Sandra Bland, everyone was up in arms but a month later people moved on, including myself, which is why I didn’t go through with my vision the first time I came up with it,” she said. It’s also important for me to note that Sandra Bland and I are both alumni from Prairie View A&M University. Her death was my official wake up call. Initially, I thought if I could get some pictures taken with Sandra Bland’s name during NYFW,  the media would photograph me and continue to spread awareness.

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Two years later, the fashion activist has no plans of slowing down. “I’m most proud of my first documentary, Fashion Weak, which was directed by my sister, April Joi. She is also part of the SFAC team. It’s raw and imperfect with a very small budget, but the story is so powerful. It not only follows us throughout NYFW, it tracks my journey through fashion and brings the issue of racism within the Industry to the forefront. With the help of my dream team—Sr. Fashion Editor Kaye Washington; Web Director Chloe Moore, and Senior Editor Gabriella Layne; SlayforaChange.com is a digital safe space where African American millennial women can share their voice through articles and uplift people from all over the world. I’m also proud of my ever-growing business which is an online vintage store called Randomandchic.com.

 

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London Fashion Week street style: The six accessories to invest in NOW

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This London Fashion Week may be all about the designers’ SS19 collections (there’s lots of buzz around Alexa Chung and Victoria Beckhams’ first fashion shows in London), but if you’re really looking for style inspiration, then you need to look off the catwalk.

When it comes to new brands and trends, fashion editors, influencers and celebrities are always in the know, and trust me when I say that once a brand is spotted on a handful of them, it’s about to sell out – see last season’s STAUD bags and trench coat 2.0 for reference.

As for this season, there are already a few key pieces I’ve spotted over and over again on the cobbles, which is a sure sign they’re well worth investing in. From the next ‘it’ bag to the hottest sunglasses for spring, here are the accessories to shop now.

The snake print boots

I’m calling it: if you’re going to invest in one pair of shoes this season, make it a pair of ankle boots, in snake print preferably. Many designers and high-street brands have taken on the trend, but Chloé has been the standout style on the cobbles, whilst Mango have a purse-friendly option for you too.

Don’t be put off by the Western vibes, they’re surprisingly easy to wear. Pair with a 70s style denim suit, a floral dress or colour block trousers and an oversized mohair knit.

Shop now: CHLOÉ Rylee snake-effect leather ankle boots for £785 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: Snake-effect ankle boots for £69.99 from Mango

The shell anklet

In case you were wondering if shell jewellery was just a fad, I’m pleased to tell you it looks here to last. Rather than wearing them on their ears or their necks, editors are now wearing them on their ankles with a cropped trouser and mule. Chic.

Shop now: Shell anklet from £15 from Etsy

The 70s sunglasses

This London Fashion Week was mainly sunny (unheard of), and as such all the fashion editors whipped out their sunnies. The style of choice: whilst last season was all about the slim cat eye, this time round, it’s bigger, bolder and more retro.

Shop now: CHLOÉ Poppy square-frame acetate and gold-tone sunglasses for £265 from Net-A-Porter

The mum mule

Despite autumn being round the corner, when the style set hasn’t been wearing boots, their next shoe of choice has been the mum mule. Think kitten heel (sculptural look preferred), bold colour and minimal to bold strap according to your mood.

Shop now: NEOUS Shom leather mules for £435 from Net-A-Porter

The pearl earrings

Last season was all about mismatched gold earrings, but this time round, there’s more of a baroque vibe, thanks to statement pearl earrings. Into it.

Shop now: SIMONE ROCHA Pearl earrings for £195 from Selfridges

The micro bag

Who needs an oversized bag, when you can have a perfectly cute – if completely impractical – micro bag. I’ve seen a few STAUD beaded pouches around, faux croc Rejina Pyo box bags, as bejewelled D&G styles and more minimalist Roksanda pouches.

Shop now: STAUD Lance beaded canvas pouch for £160 from MatchesFashion.com

Shop now: Rejina Pyo black Olivia crocodile embossed leather box bag for £495 from FARFETCH

Consider yourself Fashion Week street style ready.

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Link Love: News From the Fashion Week Sidelines

Starting this season, London Fashion Week is going fur-free, which means no animal fur will be used in any official runway show or presentation.

Claudia Li featured an all Asian model cast in showing her Spring 2019 collection. It’s being hailed as a monumental step forward in fashion’s diversity movement.

Vanessa Friedman, The New York Times’ fashion director, talks about what it’s really like to be at the shows.

Yahoo! Lifestyle reports that Queen Elizabeth II’s umbrella styling trick is now a fashion week trend.

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Vildy wanted to share this look at the underbelly of ‘effortless’ French fashion.

Annagybe found this article about ‘menocore’ very interesting, “because it does address the aspirational part of this style.”

Is there life after skinnies maybe, asks Jenn.

Fashintern thought this Vice piece about the secret signals of far-right fashion might interest people, and she’s curious if anyone has noticed these phenomena.

She also came across this article about hoarding disorder, which can relate to clothing, and lots of other things: “‘Hoarders fear making the wrong decision about what to keep and what to throw out, so they keep everything,’ says Dr Whomsley, who was one of the authors of the British Psychological Society guidelines on hoarding compiled in 2013.’

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Alexa Chung Makes Her Official London Fashion Week Debut for Spring 2019

Ever since her debut on the scene as a model-turned-TV-host-turned-It-Girl, Alexa Chung has built a strong base of fans who take note of her every style move. So it only made good business sense that, following hit collaborations with the likes of Madewell and AG Jeans, Chung would put together a …

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These are the most Instagrammable places to go during London Fashion Week

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London fashion week has officially started which means all manner of things – bad traffic, excellent celebrity spotting and a lot of well-dressed people frequenting the city.

One of the most exciting parts of London fashion week however is the Instagram opportunities, which are endless BTW.

Sure, you might not have invites to the hottest shows in town, but even if you’re not actually attending LFW, you can still get in on the buzz, right?

From cool monochrome cafes and fashion week backdrops, to beautifully tiled floors and pop up presentations, there are plenty of Instagrammable ‘fasshuuun’ opportunities to go around.

So from getting an on-trend coffee to a LFW beauty treatment, here are the most Instagrammable places in London to hang out during fashion week.

Duck and Dry

What’s happening? For blow dries in the capital, there are few places more Instagrammable than Duck and Dry. Marble counters, duck egg blue furnishings, bare-bricked walls and the perfect egg-shaped mirrors to take blow dry selfies and Boomerang videos in.

What to order: A blow dry and a glass of Prosecco, or if you manage to get an invite to a party or show, get yourself a professional updo.

Glow Bar

What’s happening? While this isn’t a London Fashion Week exclusive, plenty of influencers will be hanging out in the new Instagrammable health and beauty shop over the weekend to browse the self-care drinks and take advantage of the Wifi and photographic decor (we’re talking pastel pink furnishings and rich green plants).

What to order: A moon milk – yes, it’s a thing and it’s packed with superfoods. Take your pick from chill, glow, yoni, golden or siren, and be sure to snap it against the marble table.

The Shop at The Bluebird

What’s happening? Covent Garden’s The Shop at The Bluebird has got a pop-up London Fashion Week area. We’re talking vitamin IV drips, rails of Rixo dresses and Bella Freud jumpers to browse, complimentary Kombucha and pop-up agile work stations with every phone charger imaginable. Did we mention the extra strong WiFi?

What to order: A vitamin IV drip and a complimentary bottle of Kombucha.

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What’s happening? NAC is the place to go to for an Instagrammable brunch – and the food lives up to the hype. Expect the fashion crowd to head to NAC this fashion week season – and it’s not just because of the French bistro’s Mayfair location, situated near a lot of the shows. Decor-wise, we’re talking whitewashed bricks, pink backdrops and dark green plush sofas, and to eat, every brunch dish imaginable from churros and french toast to banana pancakes, acai bowls and all kinds of avocado concoctions.

What to order: The banana pancakes of course – they’re the most popular to Instagram and will give you a sugar hit before your day of fashion week oggling.

Saint Aymes

What’s happening? What’s not happening at Saint Aymes? Almost every fashion blogger you’ve ever heard of has had the obligatory Instagram snap on the black and white tiled floor in front of the wisteria-framed cafe. Flower walls, stunning tiles for downwards shoe shots and of course the pastel crockery to laden with whatever Instagrammable food you decide upon.

What to order: A signature unicorn latte – yes there is such a thing as a unicorn latte, and yes, as its name would suggest – it’s Instagrammable AF. Also on the must-try list are the pastel heart-shaped biscuit and the blueberry pancakes.

Farm Girl

What’s happening? Given the central locations of all three Farm Girls, they tend to be an obligatory stop for fashion bloggers and YouTubers – especially given the excellent lighting and photographic coffees. Whether they’re covered in lavender seeds or decorated with pug faces, their lattes might just be the most Instagrammable in history.

What to order: After bracing the cold weather for street style photo opps, we’d recommend a warming chai latte, but the liquid gold latte featuring a pug’s face and the rose petal latte are the most Instagrammable by far.

DryBy

What’s happening? DryBy has just had a revamp, turning it into an Instagrammable glam preparation hub. We’re talking agile working stations, allowing you to work on your laptop during a blow dry. Then head on downstairs for a gel manicure, with specialist technicians offering customised metallic designs and lettering.

What to order: A signature blow dry and a manicure of course.

Sketch London

What’s happening? Sketch has always been one of London’s most Instagrammable eateries, with each room offering different photographic opportunities. Fashion week is no exception, with influencers flocking to Sketch for the ‘gram. The Gallery offers the most photogenic afternoon teas, from its pink plush decor to the zigzag floors and monochrome drawings on the walls and the Glade is best if you feature a lot of greens on your feed. Maybe a trip to both is necessary? Just saying.

What to order: Afternoon tea at the Gallery, and an obligatory visit to the Sketch bathrooms for a photo in front of the iconic pod toilets. Trust us.

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What’s happening? For a post-fashion week cocktail, there are few places more on-trend. The Art Deco inspired decor (that lavender leather sofa), a soundtrack of 70s/ 80s rock mixed with funk and disco, and of course the most Instagrammable cocktail menu around – from the Nemo Old Fashioned and HMS Hi-ball, to the Nitrate Manhattan and Concrete Sazerac.

What to order: For Instagram purposes, the King Pig Sour or the Monkey Puzzle – solely for glass choice, cocktail colour and garnishing.

See you there! And happy Instagramming over fashion week!

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Rihanna Closes Out New York Fashion Week With a Supermodel Slumber Party

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One year ago, most would have described Rihanna as a “singer.” Now, her title is a little more complicated. Sure, she’s released eight albums (another is on the way, she promised on Twitter this week), but now the Barbadian-born star has entered mogul territory.

After launching her inclusive Fenty Beauty line in September of 2017, Rihanna debuted a lingerie label called Savage in May of this year, and appeared in Ocean’s 8 one month later. It seems like she can do anything—except maybe get a full eight hours of sleep with that busy schedule.

Dancing alone in one’s underwear is about as life-affirming as it gets. Perhaps no one knows that life truth better than Rihanna, who nixed traditional fashion week staging in favor of a supermodel slumber party that reinvented what a lingerie runway show can look like.

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9 Breakout Trends from New York Fashion Week Spring 2019

New York Fashion Week got a bit of its groove back this season. Designers across the board appeared to be swept up in a fervent, anything-goes type of excitement and creativity for Spring 2019, and in spite of the nonstop rain, the week was fun and it felt buzzy. This was Fashion Week as a …

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Black Fashion Designers You Need To Keep An Eye Out For

Black fashion designers are still a bit of a rarity in the industry, but a few  have recently made a few great strides. This is not only in terms of their design, but also in terms of how many opportunities they have created for other designers. So let’s shed some light on the most notable names in fashion, which have successful broken racial barriers and brought forward beautiful innovations and ideas.

Armando Cabral

This designer is so prominent in the fashion industry that you may have actually heard his name before. If you follow the J.Crew catalog or fashion shows, then you’re probably aware of the geniuses of this Portuguese fashion designer.

Cabral has also been a model and sometimes designs shoes too. He launched his line of footwear in 2009. This line of Italian footwear features luxe materials of tough canvas and rich leather all the way to sneakers and woven derbies. This label is going to blow up any season now, and his range is already featured on Mr. Porter.

Carly Cushnie

Her perfect bone structure and gorgeous face fool most people. She isn’t a model, but is actually the co-founder of the huge women’s brand called Cushnie et Ochs.

Carly has studied from the Parsons School of Design and her skills resonate in her label’s venerable fashion houses. Her collection has this intricate sensuality to it. She has also been featured in the Forbes’ ’30 under 30’ list and her new collection is already set to be featured at the latest New York Fashion Week.

 

Duro Olowu

This person has been in this competitive industry since 2004 and has etched his name here. He has also made several of his pieces for one of America’s premier fashionistas, Michelle Obama!

Vogue covered Duro in 2005 as one of the most discerning and influential eyes in the fashion industry. The same year, he was crowned as ‘Designer of the Year’ in the British fashion awards.

Jeffery Banks

This designer has been able to pave a pathway for himself into designer labels such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. This 62-year old designer launched his designer label when he was just 25. He is one of the faces behind that brought back the 20’s and 30’s into Hollywood’s contemporary clothing lines.

The furs and accessories that this designer has tailored for boys and men are said to be so perfectly tailored and smart, that even women can’t resist wearing them! He still continues to design clothes for millions of people around the world who have a distinguished fashion sense.

With this, we conclude our list of fashion designers who have singularly made their place in the industry. We are also sure that because of them, the industry will see so many more of their apprentices and followers break racial barriers.

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For women who straddle the line between being young millennials and old Gen Z’ers, Lady Gaga’s early style was more than just a hit or miss on tabloid fashion pages.

When she burst into our mainstream teenage consciousness in 2008, mirror bra’d and channeling Bowie in lightning bolt eye makeup, we, too, had just discovered “Life on Mars” via mixtapes (or Pandora radio).

When she trotted through the “Bad Romance” music video in Alexander McQueen’s armadillo boots, we were teetering in our first pair of heels.

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The long-simmering feud between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj turned physical at the ICONS party, an event hosted by Harper’s Bazaar for New York Fashion Week, Friday night. An NYPD source confirmed the incident unfolded at the bash around 11 p.m.

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Ebony Fashion Fair: Defining African-Americans in Fashion

The Ebony Fashion Fair fashion show was established in 1958 by the Johnson Publishing Company under the close management of Eunice Walker Johnson, wife and co-founder of Johnson Publishing Company and wife of its founder, John H. Johnson. Co-founder Eunice Johnson had a keen eye for style, so it made sense that she would be […]

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RJ Mitte Is on a Mission to Make the Fashion Industry More Inclusive to Those with Disabilities

Breaking Bad‘s RJ Mitte knows the difficulties those with disabilities face when it comes to finding stylish clothes that fit well, and he’s invested in making a real change.

Mitte, who has cerebral palsy, grew up wearing leg braces and using crutches, which really limited the types of clothes he could wear.

“Back then if you wanted clothes to fit, you altered it yourself,” Mitte told PEOPLE at the Runway Of Dreams Foundation Fashion Revolution Event Wednesday night. “Luckily, I had family who would alter my pants if need be and my khakis or whatever I was wearing in school.”

But footwear was even trickier. “I had a size seven shoe but because of my braces I had to get size 12.”

Today, Mitte is helping spread the word about all the new advances in adaptive clothing by teaming up with Runway of Dreams to host its annual foundation gala.

Runway of Dreams is a nonprofit organization that develops adaptive-clothing designs and works with mainstream brands to incorporate them into their pieces by doing things such as replacing zippers and buttons with magnetic closures and adjusting arm and pant lengths.

“Back then they didn’t have any adaptive clothing and it was a weird thing finding clothes that fit or making them work for me,” he says about his childhood. “You know how sometimes it doesn’t look people are wearing the clothes but the clothes are wearing them? That’s kind of what it was like for me.” 

But now, thanks to Runway of Dreams’ founder, fashion designer Mindy Scheier, there are more choices available for those with disabilities than ever before.

“Like petite- and plus-size departments, adaptive clothing was a category that has never been tapped into before,” she told PEOPLE in 2016. “The notion that if you’re disabled you don’t care about what you look like or how you dress is so wrong. Everybody should have that right.”

Now, brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos, Target, Nike and many more have embraced Runway of Dreams’ mission and are developing adaptable-clothing lines in their companies.

And Mitte is thrilled that an organization like Runway of Dreams is changing the industry in such an impactful way. “There’s a massive untapped market when it comes to clothing apparel for those with disabilities and I think it’s now finally catching up with bigger companies and those that have the resources to do something.”

During its annual gala, Mitte helped award this year’s honorees, which included Jason Redman of Combat Wounded Coalition, for being a source of inspiration for the community and Zappos Adaptive and Target’s Jack & Cat clothing line for their vision and adaptive strategies.

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The night also included a fashion show with kids and adults modeling adaptive pieces by Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Target.

Mitte says none of them needed any of his modeling advice (he would know — he made his runway debut at a Vivienne Westwood show!), but says his only tip would be to remember, “It’s all about the attitude.”

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The New Fashion Brand That Is Also a Horror Movie

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If you associate futuristic fashion with Joan Jetson’s gravity-defying triangular collar, Simon Huck would kindly ask that you rethink things.

The publicist and longtime friend of Kim Kardashian West just launched A. Human, a body modification line and immersive theater experience.

The designs include bulging neck implants (as seen on Kardashian West), stilettos built into heels, and vestigial tails growing every which way out of a ribcage.

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Harlem Fashion Row Provides Exposure For Multicultural Designers

Some people see a need and talk about what needs to be done. Others see a need and do what needs to be done. That is the kind of person Brandice Daniel is. The founder of Harlem Fashion Row, an organization that helps to bring more visibility to multicultural designers, said she was led to her path by what she can only describe as a calling.

“It was an idea I believe that was given to me by God and I couldn’t let it go,” she says. “I was working a full-time job at the time and was going to school part-time. There was this idea to do a fashion show in Harlem that I couldn’t stop thinking about, dreaming about or talking about. So I started planning it.”

Daniel says that although a fashion show was her first idea, she quickly expanded on it, once again being led by spirit. It evolved into Harlem Fashion Row, now in its 11th year. Along the way, Daniel has provided exposure to more African-American and multicultural designers than any other entity.

HFR has now attracted the attention of elite sponsors including Nike, which this year sponsors their annual fashion show and awards dinner this Tuesday honoring design pioneers Dapper Dan and Bethann Hardison as well as stylist Jason Rembert (Zayn Malik, Usher, Wale, Kevin Love) and NBA superstar LeBron James.

The Memphis native was once a pre-med student who changed her major to fashion merchandising, ultimately working as a production manager for an intimate apparel brand. From there, Daniel hoped to work for a luxury brand or own a boutique. Instead, Daniel has become an ambassador for designers looking to build and audience.

When she first got the idea, Daniel researched and found that African-American and other fashion designers of color existed but weren’t getting the exposure of their less melanin heavy peers. In fact, she was hard-pressed to find any out of the thousands of designers whose clothes sold via department stores.

Social media and dogged research helped Daniels find more and now she has a list of almost 300 African-American and multicultural designers. But a calling that turned into a passion has led to a host of options for multicultural designers to showcase their wares – from pop-up stores to major fashion events.

There is also an e-book, available via download that showcases the history of Black fashion designers, a podcast and a blog. This year, Harlem Fashion Row is partnering with Cabana Trade Show, a swimwear and resort wear show, which will allow designers to get their clothing in front of potentially thousands of buyers.

As inspiring as she’s been to those in the fashion world who want to see more diversity, her personal story is just as compelling. Once Daniel decided to focus on Harlem Fashion Row, she says support for her endeavor came from places she would never have anticipated.

“Consistency wins the race,” Daniel says. “The more you have one message and keep putting that message out over and over, without taking things personal, so many amazing things can happen. People told me back in 2007 that I was crazy that it had been tried before and didn’t work – other people said they didn’t even want to talk about race and now those same people are some of my biggest supporters. It’s interesting to see what happens when you keep knocking at the door.”

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Two brands branching out into menswear, the top lip colour, Old Navy extending its plus-size section, and other style news that caught our attention in August.

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Did you know that Aretha Franklin, who passed away earlier this month, was a vocal advocate for size inclusivity in the fashion industry. “In an interview with Jet magazine in 1987, she reportedly asked Calvin Klein if he could ‘please make 14s,’ referring to the lack of clothing available over a size 12. She also called out Valentino: ‘Valentino has some of the most chic clothing that I have ever laid eyes on,’ she said at the time. ‘I become enraged every time I see the Valentino line,’ Franklin continued. ‘Please if you won’t do a 14 — and you’re making the girls who wear 14 very unhappy — please do a special order for me’.”


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Second Edition of Green Carpet Fashion Award by Chopard to be Unveiled in Venice

MILAN – The second edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, will be once again held at the La Scala theater — this year on Sept. 23 — and organizers Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Eco-Age and Chopard will unveil this year’s trophy on Saturday in Venice during the city’s Film Festival.
In accordance with Chopard’s commitment to produce all its watches and jewelry in ethical gold starting in July, the statuette is crafted from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.
“Once again we are delighted to be able to have the opportunity to work with The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia for this year’s ceremony,” said Caroline Scheufele, copresident and artistic director of Chopard, as the awards “are closely aligned” with the company’s values of sustainability and the “celebration of the artisans involved in all levels of our supply chains.”
The trophy represents a woman, whose long braid is produced in Fairmined-certified ethical gold. “Draped in a long robe made of aluminum to lend a lighter touch, the silhouette of this noble 21st-century heroine evokes the models sketched by fashion designers,” stated the company. “She appears surrounded by a halo, borne by a thermoformed Plexiglas cape featuring engravings evoking a golden apple tree.”
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Global Fashion Agenda and IFM Join Forces to Advance Sustainability in Fashion

PARIS — Denmark and France are aligning their efforts on the sustainability in fashion front.
Copenhagen-based Global Fashion Agenda and Paris fashion school, Institut Français de la Mode, or the IFM, on Wednesday signed a memorandum outlining their commitment to establishing more partnership agreements to accelerate initiatives in the field. 
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding took place at the opening of the Economic Forum, with as its backdrop French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to Denmark. Present at the event were French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire; Dominique Jacomet, dean of the IFM; and Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.
“Confronting those global challenges requires a united effort,” said Eva Kruse, chief executive officer of Global Fashion Agenda, a leadership forum on fashion sustainability which organizes the annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit as well as the yearly industry report, Pulse of the Fashion Industry. “The French fashion industry is one of the world’s most powerful and influential, which is why we already work closely with sustainability pioneer and leading French luxury group Kering, but signing this MoU is vital to accomplishing broader changes in French fashion companies and to creating concrete initiatives to educate and guide industry

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ICYMI: Kendall Jenner Issues Another Apology, Wrap Skirts and Jumpsuits & Where Fashion Nova Buys Its Clothes

Sure, we’re all glued to our phones/tablets/laptops/watches that barely tell time, but even the best of us miss out on some important #content from time to time. That’s why, in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories of the week to help you stay in the loop. No need to thank …

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The Costume Institute’s ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ Ranks Third Among Most-Visited Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Costume Institute’s “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” has passed the one-million visitor mark.
In doing so, the show now is the Costume Institute’s most visited and the third most visited for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Catholic-themed fashion extravaganza knocked out “The Vatican Collections,“ which was held in 1983, in the third-place slot. It is now just behind “Mona Lisa,” a 1963 show and “Treasures of Tutankhamun” from 1978. King Tut still reigns supreme for the Fifth Avenue museum with more than 1.36 million visitors.
But Heavenly Bodies may gain ground since it will continue to be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters through Oct. 8. Made possible through the support of Christine and Stephen A. Schwarzman, and Versace, the show is meant to be a museum journey examining how the Catholic Church has inspired legions of designers. Catholicism — past, present and future — was considered to be a delicate (and exhaustive) subject to tackle. That may be more true now than when it opened in early May, given last week’s report of decades of alleged child sex abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania.
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New York Fashion Week officials are changing the culture amid the #MeToo movement by adding more private dressing rooms — including one specifically for models under 18, The Post has learned. The girls will also be able to pass in and out of backstage areas (like the one above) without being ogled by throngs of…
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Mary Jane Swim Introducing CBD to Fashion With Nine Capsule Collections

FIRED UP: Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult recreational marijuana use, but a walk down many city streets might indicate higher numbers.
As more states are trying to follow similar paths, two CBD-supporting fashion executives are forging their own inroads with Mary Jane Swim. Cofounders Diane Walker and Stacey Demar borrowed from the street name for pot for their own company’s name.
They needed only three months to pull together their company, having started Sweenie Manufacturing in 2008 to produce swimwear and manufacturing for other brands. After discovering and trying CBD, the non-psychoactive property of cannabis, 18 months ago, they said they found it to be life changing in alleviating arthritis back pain, bulging discs and other sports injuries.
A portion of sales will benefit Athletes for Care, an organization started by former professional athletes who advocate for research, education and compassion in relation to health issues. “They’re pro-cannabis but they’re also looking after the health issues that former athletes are facing as well as the general public with the opioid crisis. We’re both active and this is against the stoner culture, which a lot of people see cannabis based in. It hasn’t really crossed over into fashion yet.

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25 times Jennifer Lopez slayed the red carpet with her fashion sense

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25 times Jennifer Lopez slayed the red carpet with her fashion sense

There’s no denying that when it comes to fashion, Jennifer Lopez slays the game. From dazzling dresses that show off her rocking body to her “Bronx Barbie” street style, J.Lo knows how to make an entrance with her ensembles.

To this day, we still can’t get over the iconic green Versace dress she wore to the 2000 Grammys, or the Selena Quintanilla-inspired outfit she wore to the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards to honor the late Tejano singer. And now that the Boricua is getting the coveted Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV VMAs (she’s the first Latina to win the title, btw), it’s a perfect time to celebrate her greatest fashion moments.

1. 1997 The Selena Premiere

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This dazzling sequin dress would be J.Lo’s first of many.

2. 1997 Academy Awards

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Looking like Kate Winslet in Titanic, J.Lo attend the Academy Awards with this jewel-encrusted gown.

3. 1998 MTV VMAs

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If you can even believe it, this was J.Lo’s first-ever MTV VMAs, and she dressed as if it was her first rodeo (in the best way). She wore a cowboy hat, longline blazer, and simple bra top.

4. 2000 MTV VMAs

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J.Lo showed up to the MTV VMAs in this all-white ensemble that people still try to recreate today (hello, Halloween costumes). The bedazzled bandana, Sean John crop top, and rhinestones around her belly button really tied this street style look together.

5. 2000 Grammy Awards

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An iconic moment in fashion history, this Versace dress made the world go into a frenzy. Don’t believe us? Well, J.Lo is responsible for Google Images because of this outfit. Talk about legendary.

6. 2001 MTV VMAs

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What’s not to love about this outfit? It has everything, from a floppy hat, to leather knee-high boots, to sheer leopard print.

7. 2003 Academy Awards

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This is probably one of her best red carpet looks, mainly because it’s so out-of-the-ordinary for her. This flowy, mint green dress was simple and elegant.

8. 2004 MTV VMAs

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Not one to shy away from mixed patterns or hats, J.Lo showed up to the VMAs with this eclectic outfit.

9. 2006 MTV VMAs

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This outfit is serving us ’70s vibes with the billowy sleeves, headwrap, and leather boots.

10. 2006 Academy Awards

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Olive green is hard to pull off on the red carpet, but she knows how to rock it. We can’t get over the attached skirt.

11. 2010 Academy Awards

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While this gown is still very much J.Lo—it’s princess-like and body-hugging—the ruffles of this dress make it a lot more couture, which is something we rarely see her wear.

12. 2011 Grammy Awards

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J.Lo looked like a glam disco ball with this shimmery midi-dress. If you look closely, you’ll notice that each gem is a different size—there are larger ones at the hem, patterned ones in the middle, and tiny ones on her sleeves. This attention to detail is what we live for.

13. 2014 MTV VMAs

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J.Lo knows how to turn heads, and the extreme cut-outs on this dress made everyone do just that. Like the image before this one, she matched her silver sequin dress to her shoes and clutch. Proof that she never misses a beat.

14. 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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If there’s one thing we know about the “Jenny from the Block” singer, it’s that she loves sheer, rhinestone-filled dresses. And the addition of fur (faux?) took this gown to the next level.

15. 2015 Acadamy Awards

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She looked like a princess in this nude, bedazzled ballgown. It was definitely a fairytale moment.

16. 2015 Met Gala

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The 2015 Met Gala theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and J.Lo’s fiery gown emulated it perfectly. The gem-encrusted dragon that wrapped around her body was breathtaking.

17. 2015 Golden Globe Awards

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The cape, deep v-cut, slit, and crystals made this gown a showstopper.

18. 2015 Billboard Music Awards

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J.Lo was dripping in diamonds with this ultra-sheer, bedazzled gown—and we wouldn’t expect her to wear anything less.

19. 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards performance

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J.Lo honored the late Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla, during the awards show with this cream-colored outfit.

20. 2016 Golden Globe Awards

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This is a color we hardly see the superstar wear, so this outfit was shocking—in the best way. Not only did she look dazzling in that sunflower yellow dress, but she brought old-Hollywood glamour to the star-studded event.

21. 2016 Latin Grammy Awards

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J.Lo never disappoints when she attends a Latin awards show (there’s something extra glam about those red carpets that differ from mainstream ones), and this black see-through jumpsuit is no exception.

22. 2017 People’s Choice Awards

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The large crystals at the top half of this dress is the kind of drama we expect J.Lo to bring to the red carpet.

23. 2017 NBC Upfronts

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This nude dress might be subtle in color, but the off-the-shoulder top with the thigh-high slit make it far from basic.

24. 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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The “Dinero” singer brought the heat to Miami at the Billboard Latin Music Awards with this sizzling cut-out dress.

25. 2018 Met Gala

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The 2018 Met Gala theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and let’s just say, J.Lo’s jewel-encrusted dress took us to church. The Balmain gown was full of glamour with its feather train, multi-colored gems, and thigh-high slit.

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Link Love: Thoughts on Sustainable Fashion

Earlier this year, British publication The Pool published an interesting series called Wear Your Clothes: “An editorial series discussing sustainability and transparency within the fashion industry and looking at what we can do to love, treasure and make the most of the clothes that we enjoy wearing.” I wanted to share some of the articles today:

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La Belle Demimondaine found this article about Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop, and being in the “aspirational business,” fascinating.

MsMaven reports that San Jose outfit blogger Tanesha Awasthi has teamed up with Lane Bryant for a 20-piece clothing collection available in sizes 12 to 28.

Jenni NZ wanted to let us know that Karen Walker, one of New Zealand’s best-known fashion designers, is starting a collaboration with Madewell.

Runcarla thought this was interesting, and she’s glad some stations are encouraging and supporting their presenters to embrace their natural style.

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Walmart is launching an Ellen DeGeneres fashion line

Walmart said on Wednesday that it would tie up with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to launch a women’s fashion line, its latest attempt to make deeper inroads into the apparel space. The line, dubbed EV1, will feature nearly 60 items, ranging from denim, tees bearing Ellen quotes, accessories and footwear, all priced…
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Drag Race Winner Violet Chachki Wants More Queer Visibility in Mainstream Fashion

Violet Chachki—burlesque bombshell, corset queen and champion of Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race—has one thing to say about the fashion industry and its long-held conviction of gender binary representation: the LGBTQ+ community should also be visible.

In today’s society where the straights are slowly becoming the minority as people are beginning to realize that gender is a fluid concept, mainstream fashion has a lot of reorienting to do given its ingrained beliefs on sexuality and attraction. Chachki, who recently starred in Prada’s Neon Dream ad campaign, says it is important, if not imperative, for big brands to allow queer artists space in the mainstream sphere.

“It’s really great to see that brands are recognizing what it means to be a queer artist these days, how that looks politically, [and letting me] take up space as a queer person. Especially now, it’s more important to have visibility in mainstream brands and marketing,” she told Out magazine.

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Chachki has also modeled and walked for Moschino this year in Milan, sporting a “tandem tux” by Jeremy Scott. In an interview with Vogue, Chachki shared similar sentiments on queer visibility in the fashion industry and what it was like to walk for Moschino. “To me that’s what the show was—strength! It’s very important to have visual representation, to show that queers are important, queers are powerful, queers are beautiful, queers are valid, and you can’t erase us,” she said.

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Lauryn Hill Launches Her First Fashion Line ‘American Soul Since 1830’

Lauryn Hill is entering the fashion business by fronting her first clothing line in collaboration with Woolrich.

The singer has teamed up with the Pennsylvania-based company for the American Soul Since 1830 collection, which is expected to arrive in Woolrich locations later in 2018, reports Billboard.

Hill worked side-by-side with famed Rihanna stylist Mel Ottenberg for the exclusive 2018 autumn/winter capsule. “These pieces have been part of the American vocabulary for over a hundred years, and they are definitely part of my soul as a stylist, and Lauryn’s identity,” Ottenberg tells British Vogue.

For the jackets from the outerwear collection, Hill designed sui generis pieces celebrating 20 years since her Grammy-winning The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album and featuring collages of Hill and the album cover.

The ex-Fugees member appears in the campaign’s trailer, which shows her heading to the Harlem theater where she shot the Doo Wop (That Thing) video back in 1998. An acoustic Ex-Factor also plays as she traverses NYC’s Washington Heights.

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Slick Woods won’t talk about fashion with her mother

OHMYGOSSIP — Slick Woods talks about everything “except modelling” with her mother.
The 21-year-old model had a troubled childhood, with her mum Leah going to prison for manslaughter when she was four, but they have stayed very close and Slick insists her parent was great when she was young and she’s very “proud” of what her daughter has achieved now.
In an interview with Britain’s Elle magazine, she said: “We talk about everything – except modelling. She asks me how my day is. We don’t need to talk about magazines.
“Being a gang member, everybody expected her not to be the best mum. But my mum was very hands-on with me as a child.
“My mummy read to me in the womb. And she’s proud because she knows that everybody expected me to be exactly what she was.
“She went to prison when she was 19. I became a model at 19. And I can take care of my mother when she gets out.”
Slick was homeless when she rose to fame two years ago after featuring in a campaign for Kanye West’s Yeezy brand and since then, she has become the face and inspiration of Rihanna’s Fenty beauty range and the model believes the ‘Diamonds’ hitmaker chose her because of her unique sense of identity.
In an interview with Teen Vogue magazine, she said: “If Rihanna says it’s cool, everyone thinks it’s cool…She knows that I know who I am at the end of the day. I know my identity, what I offer, and what I bring to the table.”
Slick is currently pregnant with her first child, and says her pregnancy has made her view her body in a totally different way.
She said: “I now see my body as something that nourishes my child.
“I used to treat it as an accessory. I have a newfound appreciation for who I am as a woman, my body, and what I can do. I’m happy I’m experiencing it so young.”

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