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Innovative fabrics bark up Tokyo fashion tree

Posted by on 26/03/2017
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Innovative fabrics bark up Tokyo fashion tree

Innovative fabrics bark up Tokyo fashion tree

Wood fashioned into lace and sculpted into evening dresses: the Hanae Mori Manuscrit label led the way this Tokyo Fashion Week in showing the world the original craftmanship that helps set Japan apart from the crowd. Dresses of persimmon wood lace paired with soft falling black fabric were the star of the show at designer […]

Putting Tokyo fashion week on the map

Posted by on 23/03/2017
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Putting Tokyo fashion week on the map

Putting Tokyo fashion week on the map

For years headquartered in dull but convenient shopping malls, Tokyo Fashion Week has always been a poor cousin to the artistry of Paris or the commercial dynamism of New York. But this season a growing number of designers are branching out in search of new pastures, consciously or sub-consciously taking tips from the more seasoned […]

Art for art’s sake: Calls for Hong Kong to get more creative

Posted by on 21/03/2017
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Art for art’s sake: Calls for Hong Kong to get more creative

Art for art’s sake: Calls for Hong Kong to get more creative

Hong Kong will see a creative surge as Art Basel comes to town, but there’s a push for a more permanent change to the visual landscape of the city better known for its business hustle than its art scene. Asia’s largest art fair unveils its first preview yesterday and has boosted Hong Kong’s artistic credentials […]

Fashion renaissance: from slick city to hip Hong Kong

Posted by on 18/03/2017
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Fashion renaissance: from slick city to hip Hong Kong

Fashion renaissance: from slick city to hip Hong Kong

Soulless supermalls housing luxury labels, traditional suit tailors, and markets full of cheap designer knock-offs, Hong Kong’s flaccid fashion scene has long struggled to compete with the sartorial cool of Tokyo’s Harajuku, or the street style of Hongdae in Seoul. But a new generation of independent designers in Hong Kong is changing all that with […]

SYRIA’S KURDS HIT CATWALK TO PROMOTE TRADITIONAL ATTIRE

Posted by on 15/03/2017
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SYRIA’S KURDS HIT CATWALK TO PROMOTE TRADITIONAL ATTIRE

SYRIA’S KURDS HIT CATWALK TO PROMOTE TRADITIONAL ATTIRE

In a shimmering dress, Efin Hissu strides confidently down a runway to the beat of Kurdish music at a fashion show in northeast Syria showcasing a revival of the minority’s traditional clothing. Her outfit is a riot of contrasting patterns, starting with her full-length gown, a sienna shade overlaid with a delicate leaf-like pattern in […]

A stitch in time: fashioning a life behind bars in Panama

Posted by on 08/03/2017
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A stitch in time: fashioning a life behind bars in Panama

A stitch in time: fashioning a life behind bars in Panama

In a small room in a prison on the outskirts of Panama City, Kathia Thomas carefully presses the screen on a digital sewing machine to choose the colors and embroidery on her next item of clothing. Surrounded by other women, and by threads, patterns and a few religious images, Thomas, a 43-year-old mother of five […]

Acid victims redefine beauty in Bangladesh fashion show

Posted by on 08/03/2017
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Acid victims redefine beauty in Bangladesh fashion show

Acid victims redefine beauty in Bangladesh fashion show

Teen model Shonali Khatun strutted the catwalk as the audience cheered at a fashion show in Bangladesh’s capital. But Shonali is no ordinary model, and this was no ordinary show. She and the 14 other models are survivors of acid attacks, common in this South Asian country, where spurned lovers or disgruntled family members sometimes […]

Chanel rockets to space in Paris, Rihanna’s back to school

Posted by on 07/03/2017
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Chanel rockets to space in Paris, Rihanna’s back to school

Chanel rockets to space in Paris, Rihanna’s back to school

Chanel rocketed into space yesterday at Paris Fashion Week in an interstellar-themed show spectacular that saw designer Karl Lagerfeld reach for the stars – and a star-filled front row. Meanwhile, Rihanna stunned crowds in a standout citrus lime coat after her Fenty X Puma collection. The theme this season for the singer-turned-fashion designer was Fenty […]

Fashion designers turn to secondhand shops for inspiration

Posted by on 05/03/2017
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Fashion designers turn to secondhand shops for inspiration

Fashion designers turn to secondhand shops for inspiration

It is a humdrum secondhand clothing store in one of the most down-at-heel districts of the French capital. But for designer Francisco Terra and other rising stars of the Paris catwalk, the shop stuffed with shirts and skirts that sell for the price of a coffee is “a temple of fashion research”. Terra loves the […]

Dior in blue jeans raises the black beret of revolt

Posted by on 04/03/2017
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Dior in blue jeans raises the black beret of revolt

Dior in blue jeans raises the black beret of revolt

The first female designer to lead Dior took her feminist revolution to another level on Friday, unleashing models in workers’ blue overalls and Black Panther leather berets.  Maria Grazia Chiuri continued her radical shake-up of the fabled French label with a rhapsody in navy blue-the color the label’s founder Christian Dior said was “the only […]

Top Paris label sacks agency over ‘sadistic’ abuse of models

Posted by on 01/03/2017
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Top Paris label sacks agency over ‘sadistic’ abuse of models

Top Paris label sacks agency over ‘sadistic’ abuse of models

Fashion brand Balenciaga said yesterday it had sacked its casting agency amid a furore over the “sadistic” mistreatment of models at Paris fashion week. The label, the hottest on the Paris catwalk, said it had sent a written apology to the 150 women who were forced to wait in a cramped stairwell for three hours […]

Rio carnival fantasy hides dirty reality

Posted by on 28/02/2017
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Rio carnival fantasy hides dirty reality

Rio carnival fantasy hides dirty reality

Rio’s Sambodromo parades are a fantasy of beautiful bodies and dreamlike costumes but the self-declared greatest show on Earth is prepared in a dirty street next to an open sewer. The contrast between what happens inside Rio de Janeiro’s specially built samba stadium and just outside encapsulates the confounding, often tragic contradictions of Brazil. Inside, […]

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