JANE MCFARLAND’S OCTOBER FASHION ROUNDUP

From trenches with a twist and Danse Lente’s sellout bags to fashion’s power couples, our fashion director on what’s buzzing in the world of fashion this month. This season’s It bag Every blogger worth her salt was carrying a Danse Lente Johnny bag during fashion week, and the London label has since sold out. Nothing whets the appetite of the fashion pack like a waiting list, and the bag is back to order this week. £320; danselente.com Trenches with a twist Black trench, £1,100, and tartan trench, £870, Wanda Nylon; matchesfashion.com Johanna Senyk,…

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Can Paul Andrew Fix Ferragamo’s Fashion Problem?

Well, that was fast. A year after announcing a great fashion experiment — not one but three design directors: a different talent for women’s wear, men’s wear and footwear — and not quite two weeks after a critically savaged ready-to-wear show, Salvatore Ferragamo has decided that maybe a trio of designers for a single brand was one designer too many. As of Thursday, Fulvio Rigoni, the women’s design director, has left the company, and Paul Andrew, formerly design director of footwear, has been named creative director, women’s collections. He now has responsibility for…

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How social media is making luxury fashion available to everyone

A number of shows at London Fashion Week trialled a system where clothes are made available for sale immediately after appearing on the catwalk. Gigi Hadid modelled the outfits she’d collaborated on with designer Tommy Hilfiger in Camden. The brand is one of five which used the “see now, buy now” model. It’s a big change for high fashion brands. They typically take six months to make collections available to buy but social media’s shifted all that. Image captionBella Hadid also walked the Hilfiger show, which was heavy with American…

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Serving Those The Fashion Industry Ignores

Heath Fradkoff Jeff Hansen (left) and Peter Manning design apparel for a cohort of retail consumer with limited options: ‘not so tall’ men. A good rule of thumb for any entrepreneur is to address the needs of those who feel they have been ignored. For Peter Manning, that meant addressing his own. Manning, founder of the eponymous New York-based clothing company, is targeting a clientele he can relate to: the 30 million men in the U.S. whose height does not exceed 5 feet, 8 inches; a demographic ill-served by most…

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Fashion giants LVMH and Kering ban size zero models

FILE PHOTO: A model presents a creation by French designer Lea Peckre as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – French fashion companies Kering and LVMH will stop hiring excessively thin models worldwide under a new charter developed in response to continued criticism the industry encourages eating disorders. France banned ultra-thin models under a 2015 law though it only stipulated models needed a doctor’s note attesting to their health based on age, weight and body shape….

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Men! Gear up for a fashion and lifestyle exhibit

New Delhi [India], Aug 29 : The third edition of Gentlemen’s Club is where Delhi’s fashion conscious men from all ages will be witnessing the finest exhibition of men’s couture and lifestyle from all genres such as style, automobiles, wellness, travel, golfing, and grooming, at a one stop destination. Organized by Poonam Gurbuxani Puri and Smriti Puri, the event is aimed to create a unique destination for men to come and experience lifestyle and grooming interactions. It is scheduled for September 3 and will be held at the Lodhi Hotel….

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Evergreen fashion

Madhu Jain unleashes new possibilities in hand-woven bamboo silk ikat For over a decade, veteran couturier Madhu Jain has been experimenting with bamboo by combining the fibres of the evergreen flowering plant with other existing yarns to create classy women’s wear outfits. An exhibition featuring an eclectic mix of outfits from her maiden collection of bamboo silk ikat was inaugurated at Ogaan in Hauz Khas Village in Delhi by the Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi recently. “For over 15 years I have been experimenting with developing the…

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Call the fashion cops: ‘Jorts-wearing bandit’ hits St. Louis

Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call “the fashion police.” St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the “jorts-wearing bandit” in a tweet on Monday, and included a photo. The tweet says the suspect’s “disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends.” Officer Ben Granda said the unarmed suspect approached a cashier at a Walgreens store in Lemay with merchandise on Aug. 8, and then overpowered her when she…

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Amazon’s private label business is booming thanks to device sales, expanded fashion lines

Amazon has been doubling down on its private label business in recent months, though many of its own brands aren’t easily identifiable to consumers as they don’t indicate they’re Amazon-made products. But these private labels have been gaining steam, according to a new report out this week from 1010data. Several Amazon brands have been seeing tremendous growth, it found, including AmazonBasics, kids’ clothing brand Scout + Ro, Amazon Elements, and other Amazon-made devices like Echo, Kindle, and Fire TV. The report comes from analytics and insights firm 1010data, which regularly tracks…

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Are We Finally Ready for Gender-Neutral Fashion?

On its August cover, Vogue featured It couple Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik. The mag is clearly a fan of the superstars as both have been featured in its pages before. But this go-round, Vogue kind of stepped in it by calling the pair “gender-fluid” since neither identify as such. What the mag meant to showcase was the fact that the couple shares clothes and shops each other’s closet. This wardrobe sharing is actually nothing new. The French, as in most cases, did it first. Vogue contributor Marina Khorosh experienced it firsthand. While in grad school in Paris,…

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