This Saudi Arabian fashion designer makes fitness-friendly abayas

When Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving ended on Sunday, fashion designer Eman Joharjy and her friends drove to Jeddah’s seafront where they exchanged their car for bicycles. The colourful, embroidered jumpsuit abayas they donned stood out among the sea of women wearing similar loose-fitting full-length robes but in the traditional black. Yet no one stopped them. Women in this deeply conservative Muslim kingdom are rapidly gaining more freedom under a reform agenda spearheaded by young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who wants to transform the economy of the world’s…

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V&A launches Quant appeal for exhibition on 60s fashion pioneer

 Models wearing Mary Quant designs in 1967. Photograph: Keystone-France/Thames & Hudson The demure Peter Pan collars and teeny tiny skirts, wet-look plastic dresses and hot pants, see-through raincoats and paper patterns offering the dream of designer fashion at pocket-money prices will be celebrated in an exhibition at the V&A museum next year on the work of Dame Mary Quant, the designer whose name became synonymous with the swinging 60s. Quant’s clothes made international headlines when they were worn by the supermodels of the day including Jean Shrimpton, Pattie Boyd, Cilla…

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McQueen directors: ‘Fashion creates icons, then isolates them’

Cutting room … Alexander McQueen in a still from the documentary. Photograph: Tribeca Film Festival Before there was Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen, the chic, highly finessed and now financially successful fashion label, there was the Alexander McQueen of its namesake that – as this touching new documentary tells it – could barely sustain the creative dysfunction its creator and his companions wrought upon it. The man at its core, we know, killed himself aged just 40. What story is left to tell? McQueen left behind five distinct silhouettes, or reimaginings for the…

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Southeast Europe targets luxury brands’ fast fashion catchup

ROUSSE, Bulgaria/PRAGUE (Reuters) – Miglena Hristova’s factory near the Danube is among a growing number in southeastern Europe positioning themselves to help top brands adjust to faster fashion cycles. Women work in the “MIK-BG” garment factory in Rousse, Bulgaria January 22, 2018. Picture taken January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov Bulgaria, Romania and other countries in the Balkan region have established a foothold in the luxury market and fashion houses from Paris and Milan are quietly building a bigger presence as they feed demand for a quicker turnover of styles. More…

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Buy Future Lifestyle Fashion; target of Rs 536: Edelweiss

Future Lifestyle Fashion’s (FLF) Q4FY18 revenue, EBITDA and PAT came in line with our estimates. Key highlights: i) 4.8% YoY SSSG came on a strong base of 19.7% (versus -1% and -6% SSSG for Shoppers Stop and Pantaloons, respectively), aided by 13.7% SSSG in Brand Factory; ii) SSSG for Central came at 1% YoY, partially owing to strong base of 23.3% and strategy to have lower sale days of ~4 weeks vs. Outlook On account of sharpened focus on power brands, strong SSSG and margin expansion trajectory, we increase target…

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How the effect of Meghan Markle’s fashion sense may move the market

It seems as if everyone wants to know what Meghan Markle is wearing. The 36-year-old American actress, who’s set to marry Britian’s Prince Harry on Saturday, has quickly morphed into a fashion icon. Nowadays, almost every time a photographer snaps a photo of her, the outfit she’s wearing sells out, according to one observer. Fashionistas have dubbed it the “Meghan effect.” “We’ve seen it again and again; anything she’s worn sells out within hours,” Josh Duboff, senior writer for Vanity Fair covering entertainment and culture, told CNBC. “Brands have noted kind of immediate effects in terms of…

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Royal wedding fashion: Amal Clooney is a ray of sunshine in yellow Stella McCartney

Amal Clooney, you are our sunshine. Our fashion sunshine. (Photo: Gareth Fuller, AP) Even though she was on the Long Walk instead of a red carpet, Amal Clooney, fresh off the best-dressed list at the Met Gala, scored style points again at the royal wedding. She popped in a canary-yellow Stella McCartney dress with an asymmetrical train. And this being a royal wedding, of course, there was a matching hat involved: in her case, a wide-brimmed hat with a bit of yellow netting at the front. As for her husband, George sported a…

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Better Late Than Never? The Fashion Industry Is Finally Embracing The Plus-Size Woman

The average American woman wears between a size 16-18, according to research. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) One of the more cringe-worthy moments in the 2006 movie, The Devil Wears Prada, about the struggles of aspiring-journalist Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, working for Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor of fictional Runway magazine, happens in the office cafeteria. Andy observes to art director Nigel, played by the amazing Stanley Tucci, that all the other girls at the magazine don’t eat anything. He says, “Not since two became the new four and zero became…

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How the effect of Meghan Markle’s fashion sense may move the market

Toby Melville | Reuters Britain’s Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017. It seems as if everyone wants to know what Meghan Markle is wearing. The 36-year-old American actress, who’s set to marry Britian’s Prince Harry on Saturday, has quickly morphed into a fashion icon. Nowadays, almost every time a photographer snaps a photo of her, the outfit she’s wearing sells out, according to one observer. Fashionistas have dubbed it the “Meghan effect.” “We’ve seen it again and again; anything she’s worn sells out within hours,”…

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Eastern fashion is moving in the right direction

Situationist A/W 2018 ocated on the crossroads of Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is gaining reputation as an up-and-coming travel destination, but still remains an undiscovered gem in terms of contemporary culture. This ancient country in the Caucasus was part of the Soviet Union for most of the 20th century, followed by the turbulent 90s that saw civil wars and economic crisis. The memories of the post-Soviet transition are still fresh, but today Georgia is heading towards global integration, with its heritage redefined as a valuable cultural currency. With new…

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