Calvin Klein show delivers political message at Fashion Week

With the help of David Bowie’s infamous song “This is Not America,” designer Raf Simons made a pointed message during his debut collection for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion week. “It reflects the environment,” Simons wrote in the show notes. “It is the coming together of different characters and different individuals — just like America itself.” The music, the clothes and even patterned bandanas he sent to guests with a note saying: “Unity, inclusion, hope and acceptance: Join us at Calvin Klein in wearing the white bandanna. #tiedtogether,” Simons…

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Victoria Beckham Previews Her Comfy Fashion Week Wardrobe

Fresh in from London, Victoria Beckham quickly plunged herself into a busy work week in New York. While she’s in the midst of preparing for Sunday’s runway show, the designer found time last night to dash uptown for a Q&A session with Roopal Patel at Saks Fifth Avenue about her collection. In between meetings, Beckham hopped on the phone to explain her Fashion Week travel essentials, her ever-evolving style, and how she manages to look paparazzi-ready at all times. “Throughout the week, the shoes will turn into trainers and the…

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Fashion Industry Officially Stands With Planned Parenthood

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced a new collaboration Monday with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), to raise awareness and support for the wide range of services that the nonprofit organization provides. Just in time for New York Fashion Week, the CFDA and PPFA have collaborated on hot-pink pins designed by Condé Nast’s Creative Group that read “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood,” and they are already expected to become a hot item. They have been distributed to all participating NYFW designers, public relations agencies, modeling agencies, creative agencies, fashion…

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Why You’ll See Planned Parenthood Pins at New York Fashion Week

Last September, two days before New York Fashion Week began, supporters of Hillary Clinton paid $100 to $25,000 to attend a fashion show co-hosted by Anna Wintour that featured fancy T-shirts designed by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg. This week, however, post-Trump victory and a will-designers-dress-Melania brouhaha, fashion’s political-statement making is taking a more visible, and vocal, turn. As part of an effort to raise awareness for Planned Parenthood, an organization whose funding is under threat from a Republican-controlled Congress, the Council of Fashion…

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Everything You Need to Know About This Fashion Season

The world is topsy-turvy — on this we all agree. But when down is up and up is down, and everyone is busy looking in all directions at once because so much is going on (Super Bowl! Grammys! Oscars! Trump!), what happens to hemlines? Flux, of course. Fashion is not exempt. Disruption is the overriding trend of the ready-to-wear season. Cities, separation of the sexes, and the very shape of a show are just some of the elements under scrutiny. As fashion month begins in New York on Thursday and…

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SAG Awards: Snubs, flubs and fashion disasters

Politically-charged speeches were the order of the day at this year’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, with many attendees choosing to speak out against President Trump’s controversial immigration ban. Yet that wasn’t the only talking point at the Los Angeles ceremony, which also saw some more light-hearted moments, the odd surprise – and more than one fashion catastrophe. Here are seven things that grabbed our attention. 1) Nicole Kidman’s dress Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionKidman was up for a supporting actress award but lost out to Fences’ Viola Davis The Oscar-winning…

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London’s Art And Fashion Afternoon Teas for 2017

Most hotels in London offer afternoon tea as do many restaurants and cafes. For something different, it’s fun to try a themed afternoon tea and what better subjects than art and fashion. The Rosewood London, near Holborn station, has just launched an “art” tea created by Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins. In Knightsbridge, the Berkeley Hotel ties in with the new fashion season to offer its popular Prêt-à-Portea “fashion” tea. Rosewood London’s afternoon tea includes the traditional items of crustless sandwiches with various fillings; smoked salmon, ham and Comté cheese, coronation chicken, avocado and tomatoes and egg salad,…

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Dash of Punk Opens Men’s Fashion Week in New York

Punk has always been good for fashion. Ever since the long-ago days of the Sex Pistols and SEX, the London boutique where Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood formalized a style to go with the music, punk has been a trusty ploy for designers looking to strike a subversive posture while also providing a fairly impressive soundtrack for anyone who gave a damn that the movement was about something more than a look. So there was something bracing, if not altogether surprising, about the latest iteration of New York Fashion Week:…

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Fringes, Abstract Prints Rule Pre-teens’ Fashion in 2017

New Delhi: Pop shades, fringes and abstract prints will rule the roost in the kids’ fashion market in 2017, says an expert. Mohita Indrayan, Chief Creative Director and co-founder of 612 League, lists some trends to watch out for: * Pop-up tones: While 2016 was all about pastels and neutral tones, 2017 will be all about bold and pop shades. Hues of orange, bright yellow, green, ink blue and fuchsia pink will be perfect for the spring/summer collection while autumn/winter collections will be dominated by colours like dark greys, maroons…

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Fashion Features Heavily Among The 33 Companies Selected For Tech City UK Upscale Program

Numerous early stage fashion and e-commerce businesses are among the new intake for Tech City UK’s six-month Upscale program. Included are Mastered, an online education platform for creative professionals led by industry experts; Poq, an app commerce solution for major retailers; Wolf & Badger, a global online marketplace for independent brands; and Trouva, a curated online shopping site pulling together 150 independent boutiques. Many of the others bring further relevancy to the fashion industry, including real-time video platform Grabyo, which has worked with brands in the past including Hunter, where…

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