London hosts ‘Modest’ Fashion Week to celebrate hijabs and long hemlines – just a month after women in Iran burned headscarves in protest at Islamic dress

London Modest Fashion week kicked off this weekend, showcasing the latest styles in hijabs, abayas and long hemlines. The second installment of the two-day event, held at Victoria House, Bloomsbury, saw models parading down the runway in demure clothing – and rumoured Muslim convert Lindsay Lohan even made an appearance. Running alongside London Fashion Week the event, which charges up to £200 for tickets, features shopping, runway shows, talks and workshops – including a ‘sharia legal hub’. It comes just weeks after thousands of women in Iran, and around the world, risked imprisonment by…

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Velvet dress sales put Zara owner firmly in fashion

Velvet dresses, military blazers and mini-skirts helped Inditex, the owner of chains including Zara and Massimo Dutti, post a strong rise in sales for the nine months to October. The world’s largest clothing retailer posted an 11% rise in net sales to €16.4bn compared with the same period last year. Net profit was 9% higher at €2.2bn (£1.8bn). Sales have also risen since November despite unseasonably warm weather. The increase comes as rival fashion groups struggled with tough trading conditions in many markets. Inditex, which also owns Bershka and Pull…

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‘Designers should be proud to dress Melania Trump’: Tommy Hilfiger leads the pro-Melania fashion pack

The fashion community has so far been divided in its consideration of how to ‘treat’ Melania Trump. Designers and media outlets, from the Council of Fashion Designers of America to US Vogue, had officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, and so when Donald Trump won the election, there were immediately whispers of snobbery and snubbing, with refusals to lend clothes to the new First Lady. But now, the first designer name has put himself out there to say that he would be delighted to dress Mrs Trump. American fashion stalwart Tommy Hilfiger has thrown…

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