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Chanel and Farfetch team up for digital push

French label Chanel has taken a minority stake in the London-based online retailer Farfetch, the company announced on Monday, as part of a tie to develop digital services on their website like chats to connect the label’s clients with store assistants.

Luxury companies worldwide have all been trying to expand and extend their digital services to bring in younger clients. Chanel is the only company that hadn’t made a big push to shopping online by deciding not to pursue more web sales.

The deal between Farfetch and Chanel does not include Chanel selling its clothes on Farfetch’s website but rather working together to create digital services linked to customer service.

“This is about how to enrich our relationship with our customers,” Pavlovsky told Reuters, adding that Chanel was not trying to monitor the clients but rather offering to give more tailor-made assistance to those who wanted it.

“The challenge for our luxury industry is that our clients are used to ultra-personalized experiences,” Farfetch’s Portuguese founder and Chief Executive Jose Neves said. “When you walk into a store, people don’t know you.”

Anthony Davis and Saks Fifth Avenue celebrate newest fashion collection

Anthony Davis was in Los Angeles because of the NBA All-Star game but also to visit the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Thursday night to celebrate his latest fashion collection, Saks Fifth Avenue x Anthony Davis.

“This city is amazing,” he told The Times. “The people are amazing. I actually stay here in the summertime. I love the weather. It’s, in my opinion, the best city in the United States. Over Miami, [over] everything, you know?”

A huge group of influencers all gathered to commemorate Davis’ latest luxury capsule collection, which was first debuted in 2016.

“Every piece is unique,” Davis said. “Every time we put a collection out there, we want it to be unique and different from the last — and a little unique and different from what everybody else is doing. I’m excited about it.”

Davis’ newest collection is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and at Saks.com

“As a guy who’s tall, it’s hard to find clothes,” laughed Davis, who is 6-foot-10. “I thought [this collaboration] was the perfect opportunity to try to showcase my style with a great brand like Saks…. It’s been great for me to get another side of me out there instead of basketball.”

“We are proud of how the Saks Fifth Avenue collection ― our private label offering ― has grown over the past few years, evolving into one of our top performing menswear brands at Saks,” Louis DiGiacomo, general merchandise manager for men’s, said in a statement. “And, since 2016, we’ve been partnering with Anthony on the Saks Fifth Avenue x Anthony Davis capsule collections that have an athletic-inspired, youthful sensibility … And our customers love it.”

Anti-fur protester crashes London Fashion Week

PETA and anti-fur protesters have become a presence at many Fashion Weeks over the past couple of years, but none of the demonstrators made it inside to the actual show. At Mary Katrantzou’s show at London Fashion Week, one anti-fur protester actually made it into the building and onto the runway.

As shown in the video, the protester was escorted off the runway as models continued to walk down it. What made the situation so ironic was that the Mary Katrantzou show was actually fur-free.

The shoes for your shoes

After every fashion show, there’s always the circulation of which trends will take the extra step into the fashion world. After Paris Men’s Fashion Week, a question was asked: do our shoes need their own pair of shoes?

Chinese fashion brand Sankuanz thinks so. Its design team sent a model down the runway wearing high top sneakers that never really touched the runway.

“They’re transformable sneakers that have an outer layer of protective sandal that you can enter Velcro into and you can strap them on or off,” Sankuanz publicist Courtney Wittich described.

The shoes really look like big-cushioned, rubber Birkenstocks with added Velcro straps you add to your already existing shoes.

“I think they’re going to be really popular,” Wittich said. “I mean, you know, the streets are quite dirty and people want to protect their shoes, especially if they’re paying a lot of money for them.”

The shoe sandals are expected to be sold for around $355 when they become available in August.

“You can walk totally normal in them and it gives you an extra layer of protection and then also height,” Wittich said.

The concept isn’t far off from what the company’s image is nor from the layering trend that is happening in today’s fashion world.

“So far we haven’t heard anything about a third layer generation, but if we hear about that we’ll let you know,” Wittich said.

David Beckham and co. sit front row at Victoria Beckham’s Fashion Week show

Victoria Beckham’s line was set to show at New York Fashion Week, but it wouldn’t be a proper event without her family sitting front row to watch in awe. David Beckham and three of the kids, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and Harper, 6, all attended the James Burden Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side as Victoria Beckham showed off her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection.

After the models were done, Victoria Beckham walked out to greet the crowd in an all-black ensemble and also gave every one of her family members a quick kiss.

The whole family was sporting looks. David Beckham, who just launched a soccer team in Miami, went with a classic black suit and tie, and the two sons wore long coats. The daughter was rocking a more stylish look with a white dress and burgundy coat, with her hair in two French braids.

The only one missing from the family event was Brooklyn, 18, who moved to New York to study photography. Despite the absence of the oldest child, both parents gave him a shout out on their social media pages.

Men’s New York Fashion Week was crypto-inspired

Some of the men’s shows at New York Fashion Week are showing signs of a potential kick start to crypto high fashion. Meanwhile, the wait times between the shows are providing time and opportunity for attendees to discuss the recent crypto market dip.

The Belgian fashion designer and icon Raf Simons’ runway show was described by the Financial Times as “looking like the inner sanctum of a boiler room, where brokers pitch their clients on penny stocks and digital currencies with a Machiavellian zeal.”

Simons showed off slim cut three-button suits, topcoats paired with some type of surgical gloves and rubber boots. The runway was also filled with turtlenecks with slits. Some of them had patches with three letter acronyms like XTC and GHB. “One was just a letter off” from a Bitcoin code, the Financial Times jokingly said.

The Financial Times said Simon’s clothing could “fit easily on today’s youngest investors, who don’t stick to the Kiton and Zegna suits of their fathers and prefer Coinbase to TD Ameritrade.”

TD Ameritrade surprisingly advertised Bitcoin futures during their ad, which aired during the Super Bowl.

Tom Ford showed “Wall Street-approved pleated trousers” paired with snakeskin printed ties. The Ford show ended with models showing off the company’s new launch of underwear, which included silk boxers in different metallic and animal prints.

Vic Mensa, IDK and King Combs hit New York Fashion Week runway

Music and Fashion are two things that almost always go hand in hand, especially when its rap music. It was no surprise that some artist hit the runway showing off new fashion looks. Some of the artists included Vic Mensa, IDK and King Combs.

King Combs sported looks for Philipp Plein. “Walk it like I talk it,” Combs wrote on Instagram.

IDK for Pyer Moss 2018.

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Mensa and IDK were both on the runway for Pyer Moss’ new collection with Reebok. “Incredibly honored to be a part of this moment,” Mensa wrote on Instagram. “We’ve been kept out of so many industries that it makes it that much more impactful when we reach those levels, u feel me?”

Ralph Lauren heads to Jamaica during New York Fashion

After Ralph Lauren finished its job as the official outfitter for Team USA at the Olympics, the company was left to wonder what was next.

Ralph Lauren went to a retreat in Montego Bay to look for inspiration for his spring and summer collections for both men and women.

What came from it was spectacular. The show was filled with barefoot models, looks that screamed beachy feels, and a lot of the classics from Ralph Lauren. The clothes included the yellows and greens of the island country’s flag and pennants, along with spots of red and blue in bold, graphic designs. There were even yachts on wide ties and practically everywhere else.

“Everyone wishes for a magical place where they can step out of time into the beauty of nature,” Lauren said in a press release. “For Spring 2018, I wanted to share the mood, the light, the blue and white freshness of my retreat in Jamaica. My collections for women and men conjure up the carefree, sophisticated style of this special experience—exuberant, luxurious, timeless!”

The clothes reflected the words spoken by Ralph Lauren. It was shown in the cotton and silks, stripes and tie dye. There were leather shorts and jackets that were meant for an afternoon deckside of a tropical downpour. The predictable whites even looked fitting for any occasion.

Nike Air Monarch is a fashion sneaker now

John Elliot just designed one of the best fashion sneakers with the newly revamped Nike Air Monarch for his Fall-Winter 2018 show.

The Air Monarch is so entwined with the dad look that many believed it couldn’t cross into the fashion world, but the shoe quickly proved those nonbelievers wrong. The shoe has already been seen on the feet of OKC Thunder basketball player Russell Westbrook.

The show appeals to the masses with its unconventional oversize shape and mundane colorway. The shoe debuted at John Elliott’s Fall-Winter 2018 runway show while adding three new colorways.

The difference between the new Monarchs and the old version is in the details. The most notable detail for the new design is the smaller swoosh, allowing the colorway to take up all the attention. The “Air” logo is gone from the back, and the midsole shape is designed just a tad differently.

The shoes have yet to be announced to have gone on sale but will most likely make a splash in the current market of ugly sneakers.

Men’s street style stats might make man berets a trend

This year, the New York Fashion Week: men’s has been tied to the women’s show to make for a 10 day long fashion marathon. This allows smaller brands to be shown alongside big fashion juggernauts like Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. Just as with previous years, however, the streetwear styles kicked off the season by catching eyes with no help provided. So far for the 2018 shows, their new gimmicks have proven to be just as fashionable as they were last summer, which brought in fanny packs, cross body bags and Hawaiian shirts.

So far for the winter season, the looks include berets, coats that are dazzling with how well they were tailored, panels of mirrored armor and full-on balaclava.

To see the shots of the streetwear styles, click here.

David Jones shows off what is to come for men’s fashion

David Jones recently held their Autumn/Winter womenswear and menswear collection at the Sydney Carriageworks. The event is always filled with celebrities and air kisses, so it is always an interesting event during this time of year.

Recently, during most of these sorts of events, menswear has hardly shown up and has been very underwhelming; however, at David Jones’ show, there were glimpses of hope that this year might be a change for the ever so boring menswear market.

This year, the menswear fashion show was led by male model Jordan Barret. This season’s show focused on layers and earth tones. Green coats, burgundy checks and sleek black suits were shown throughout the show.  This show could have arguably been the best collection from the Australian retailer in years.

David Jones’ International Menswear designer collection was also a very impressively styled selection that has been introduced in recent years. That collection was filled with wool hats, heavy frame aviator glasses, green coats and patent leather brogues.

This season might prove big time for the Australian brand.

Massimo Dutti holds fashion show in Paris

Massimo Dutti held its second-ever fashion show in Paris, sending a very much Texan-like men’s and women’s spring collection down a sandy runway at the Palais de Tokyo.

“For a fashion player, it’s essential to be in Paris, it’s essential to be in France,” said Jean-Jacques Salaün, the director of French operations of the brand’s parent company, Inditex.

The brand was able to pull off a see-now-buy-now collection by projecting images from the show on its internet site. The label has also planned on doing the same projection style on screens in brick and mortar stores.

Men’s outfits in the collection were trim and dressy, featuring lots of suits. The colors for the men’s collection ranged from a dark olive green to light browns and ivory. Most of the models carried a small bag tucked under a wrist.

H&M falling out of favor

H&M has been on a downhill tumble both financially and in the public’s eye since the racial ad and following events. It was clearly evident in Hennes & Mauritz Ab’s recent annual report, and it’ll worsen in the following months if H&M continues down this slippery slope. In the recent review of the latest financial results, Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M’s parent company, commented:

“The weakness was in H&M’s physical stores where the changes in customer behavior are being felt most strongly and footfall has reduced with more sales online. In addition, some imbalances in certain aspects of the H&M brand’s assortment and composition also contributed to this weaker result.”

With more disappointment to follow, the company has announced it will close 170 stores, their largest number since 1998; however, they also will be opening 390 new ones. The company did not state which stores will be closing but they did hint that they are located within their major market, which the U.S. and Germany fall under.

Consumers, however, aren’t reading the financial reports but rather reading the look of H&M’s messy brick and mortar stores. Some believe that part of the reason H&M is struggling is their lack of keeping up with the fashion scene. Michael Dart, co-author of “Retail’s Seismic Shift,” elaborated:

“Consumers have felt that H&M has been somewhat drab and not on trend as much as competitors. With slower supply chain (unlike super-fast Zara), they have not responded as quickly to rapid shifts in taste and increasing fragmentation in the consumer market with many more small segments. As a result, they have had more markdowns, promotions and less inspiration for the consumer. It’s a formula for sagging results.”

The problem could lie with other factors, but for the time being it is safe to say H&M is on the come down after many years of successful fast fashion.

Reebok launches Always Classic campaign

Reebok has launched an ad campaign called Always Classic. The athletic line brought together a collective consisting of Lil Yachty, Gigi Hadid, Teyana Taylor, Ariana Grande and Rae Sremmurd. The star of the whole collection featured a re-installment of a new model of Freestyle Hi. The new collection is sure to catch some eyes, especially with a star-studded lineup of celebrities.

H&M is calling its newest brand “paradise” for discount treasure hunters

H&M’s newest brand collection will be on sale from the start. After the Swedish company’s plunge in profits for six years, the company announced that it will soon offer a new off-price marketplace called Afound.

H&M describes the new outlet as a “style- and deal-hunting paradise” that will begin selling discounted clothes and lifestyle items from H&M group’s own labels, which also include offshoots such as COS and Cheap Monday, as well as outside labels. The first Afound store will open up in Stockholm, Sweden in 2018, along with a new website.

H&M is entering a profitable category. According to Euromonitor, the global off-price market grew more than 30% between the years 2012 and 2017, going up to $62 billion. The U.S. owns the biggest share with 80% of the total.

Considering that big retailers such as Nordstrom have had much success in the discount business, H&M’s move is different from the mega brand because it is a fashion brand selling clothes from other brands.  H&M has yet to state what other brands will be sold alongside theirs or if they are planning on buying overstock and out-out-season items directly from the brands.

The company surely needs a boost of some kind to pick up its declining growth. H&M took too long to build its e-commerce and has realized it has way too many brick and mortar stores. It has also been outmatched in speed by digital competitors such as ASOS, BooHoo and longtime rival company Zara, thus leaving H&M stores filled with unwanted clothes.

Off-price retail, meanwhile, has shown an increasing attractiveness over the years. “Coincidentally enough, it looks very similar to the same reasons that people shop online too,” Tim Barrett, a retail analyst at market research provider Euromonitor, wrote.

Condé Nast creates new fashion and beauty networks

Condé Nast has been forming fashion and beauty networks across its platforms. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue’s beauty director, and Jenny Bailly, Allure’s executive beauty director, will be in charge of the beauty network. Rickie de Sole, W’s fashion market and accessories director, and Virginia Smith, Vogue’s fashion market and accessories director, will be in charge of the fashion aspect. All the directors will continue to hold their original titles but with additional duties.

The new structure is set up as a resource for Condé to help smaller brands that don’t have their own fashion or beauty departments, such as their brand Condé Nast Traveler. The idea closely resembles the way the company combined its creative, copy and research teams across all titles back in 2016. In 2017, the company reorganized its business side and cut around 100 jobs. Back in November, Condé Nast cut around 80 positions, reduced the number of print titles and closed off Teen Vogue’s print edition.

It has been very apparent that new editors in chief Radhika Jones and Samantha Barry want to make staffing changes. One of the upcoming tasks awaiting the new hires will be finding ways to reduce budgets even further.

Brooke Shields joins the fashion world

Brooke Shields is an actress, model and author who has spent most of her life growing up in the fashion world. This very reason was why she wanted to add another title to her long resume.

Shields is going to be designing a collection for QVC called Brooke Shields Timeless. It will be available to see on Feb. 15 but won’t be purchasable until Mar. 14. The actress will be on-air showing off her creations, which she got with the help of the KBL Group International, a New York-based apparel company.

The actress is planning on previewing her apparel and accessories collection to media outlets at The Beekman in New York on Wednesday evening.

Shields has shown that she is a hands-on designer by having a say in every aspect of her collection. She has an office at KBL and was often up there, late at night, e-mailing back and forth with her partners. The 52-year-old actress elaborated:

“I’m involved in every button, every zipper, every seam, every hem and every pocket. The whole thing is initiated by an aesthetic I have, and working with the manufacturer and QVC themselves. They have a great deal of input. What’s been so refreshing is they [QVC and KBL] have really consulted me on everything.”

Shields has been approached by companies before, but they were only interested in her name and refused to listen to her input. Doug Howe, chief merchandising officer for QVC Group, had a different reaction:

“When we first heard Brooke speak about her collection, we were blown away by her passion and her attention to even the tiniest detail. Each and every piece of this line is special to Brooke and she’s had her hand in every design decision, from stitch, colors to prints. We feel confident that her excitement will appeal to our customers and that her stories will inspire them.”

Shields continued:

“This has been a cumulative effort over the years on my part. Every show that I’ve ever done, every television show, every Broadway show, there’s a whole fit process and it doesn’t matter what you’re buying. You could be buying something off the rack at a discount store or you can be putting on haute couture of some famous designer. And they all can be tweaked and can look better.”

“It’s years of understanding that maybe I’m a little short-waisted, or maybe I’m long-waisted, or maybe I need a rise to be a little longer to bring your attention to my waist, my hips, whatever. The beauty of fitting these varied models is you watch these women of all sizes be able to not at all jeopardize their aesthetic or their look or line because it fits. It’s been such a revelation for me.”

Shields is hoping for the collection be a success in order for her to become even more involved in the fashion world.

Georgina Chapman’s Marchesa is ending its Fashion Week runway show

Georgina Chapman was hoping to make her comeback this season and was set to show her fashion brand Marchesa at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 14, but on Tuesday, The Post learned that the show was ultimately ended. An insider said that it will most likely be a digital presentation instead.

“Georgina couldn’t go through with it,” a NYFW veteran said. “She was too scared.”

The show was scheduled for Valentine’s Day and was set to be produced by Navia Vision, a Brooklyn-based production company.

“They were gung-ho . . . but as they got closer, she choked,” the fashion week vet said.

The NYFW vet also stated that Chapman’s brother, Edward, who is the CEO of Marchesa, “doesn’t really have the chops to navigate a boat that’s in that type of water.”

“Marchesa is looking forward to presenting their Fall ’18 collection in an updated format this season,” a spokesperson from Marchesa told The Post.

It didn’t come as a huge surprise that the 41-year-old designer wasn’t ready for the spotlight again. Chapman has barely been spotted since the wave of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein. More than 100 women have accused Chapman’s former husband. Chapman has also announced back in October that she and her two sons will be leaving Weinstein.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” she told People Magazine. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”

‘Black Panther’ premiere filled with stars and standout outfits

The “Black Panther” cast and attendants of the premiere stuck with the theme of the movie and dressed up as characters of the fictional nation of Wakanda. The attendees kept with the “royal attire” theme and showed up on the purple carpet in a massive display of regal, African-inspired outfits.

Taking inspiration from the film’s costumes (which were all designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter), Lupita Nyong’o channeled her character, Nakia, while wearing a purple, custom-made Atelier Versace chiffon gown which had a gold metal hardware harness that looked like armor. Chadwick Boseman, who plays the Wakandan ruler T’Challa, looked the part in a black and gold blazer made by Emporio Armani.

Letitia Wright plays Princess Shuri. Her character interpretation came in the form of a black-and-white embroidered Bibhu Mohapatra gown, which stylist Ade Samual helped pick.

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“We talked about what the movie meant and how strong it was and wanted to give that same powerful feel to Letitia’s look on the red carpet,” said the stylist, who took inspiration from her own Nigerian roots while researching the theme before landing on the ethereal, embellished number for Wright. “Letitia plays such a riveting character and she brings a light to the role. Keeping her fresh and young was the idea.”

The cast weren’t the only people dressing for the occasion. Yara Shahidi wore a youthful, white Etro gown and Christian Louboutin sandals, while British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo wore a traditional dashiki. “Insecure’s” Issa Rae showed out for the occasion in a pleated white Rosie Assoulin dress with rainbow-colored panels, paired with Giuseppe Zanotti metallic shoes.

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Even actor and musician Janelle Monáe worked with stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn to put her own spin to the theme while maintaining her own persona.  “Something black and white, but also something sculptural and avant-garde that felt very regal,” explains Mandelkorn. She then went with a billowing skirt paired with a top featuring two-tone sleeves. Monáe finished the look with an Erickson Beamon tribal choker and a traditional black kufi cap filled with gold embroidery.

“It looks like a crown,” Mandelkorn said. “It was very fitting for the theme.”

The Jonas Brothers reunite for fashion show

Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas all attended the John Varvatos fashion show on Friday, Jan. 26 in New York City. The boys were seen enjoying a guy’s night out while wearing matching leather jackets. Kevin and Nick, 30 and 25 respectively, who have a limited-edition collection with the menswear brand, were spotted on the front row of the show.

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Joe, 28, shared a photo after the show of the three of them posing and captioned it “The Boys,” while Kevin posted the same photo soon after in black and white. Fans quickly jumped to conclusions about the band reuniting. They commented things such as, “REUNION TOUR PLSSSSS.” Another wrote, “IF THEY DO A REUNION … MY 2008 SELF WILL SOB.” One simply wrote, “Quit playing games with my heart.”

There was a previous report about the brothers getting the band back together when, on Jan. 15, photos of the band’s original Instagram page reappeared for the first time in four years. None of them have commented on the rumor.

The brothers first opened up about their decision to end the band in an interview with Good Morning America back in October 2013. “We feel like it’s time that the Jonas Brothers comes to an end,” Kevin said. Nick added to his brother’s statement:

“We’re family first and that’s always been our main priority and so honesty within what we do as a group was really important. I came to the table with the guys … and shared my heart with them and my feelings. I said, ‘Look, I feel like we’ve had some complications within the group for a long time [and] without addressing them I think this train will fall off the tracks. It was a tough conversation. It was the first time we really had that real conversation.”

British designs on show as ambassador to Rome holds fashion parade

Villa Wolkonsky, the home of Britain’s ambassador in Rome, was set to host its very first fashion show this past Saturday night, but a twist came about in regards to the parade’s tradition of pale-skinned models.

The show became the first catwalk in Italy to celebrate diversity, featuring 16 models of varying sizes, physical abilities and ethnic backgrounds.

Some of the models included a Brazilian-born model in a wheelchair, a model with a prosthetic leg and another whose hair signaled her mixed-race heritage.

The unusual take for the fashion show was the idea of Jill Morris, the British ambassador. With her time in office, she has made her mark by promoting British fashion and even modeling herself at times.

“It’s the very first diversity catwalk in Italy. I wanted to put on an event that brought together the themes of diversity and fashion,” the ambassador told The Telegraph. She continued:

“I’ve always been interested in fashion. But when I became ambassador, with the role of promoting British business, it enabled me to combine a personal passion with a more serious trade and investment objective.”

There were more than 200 attendants at the show. The clothes were designed by Sadie Clayton, a British designer who has had creations seen on catwalks in London, Berlin and Shanghai.

Clayton is known for incorporating copper in her dresses, admitting that it brings out “incredible colors – blues and greens and wonderful reds.”

Clayton herself was sporting a dress that was made entirely out of copper. “I smoothed the edges very carefully so that it could be worn next to the skin,” she said.

The Villa Wolkonsky was decorated with tapestries and oil paintings, making it a perfect historic backdrop for the show.

Guys rock suits on the Grammy Awards’ red carpet

All the men looked great at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Guys like Zayn Malik and Nick Jonas were sporting some of the best looks.

Zayn Malik, 25, Nick Jonas, 25, and Jaden Smith, 19, were among those that rocked the red carpet in fashion. Big Sean impressed with a navy suit paired with a dark blue-green velvet trench coat. Khalid, 19, took a different approach by adding a pop of color with a lime green shirt. He wore the bright top under a pastel jacket with same-color pants. This was the singer’s first Grammys, but he showed up and showed out!

 

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Bernadine Morris, veteran fashion observer, dies at 92

Bernadine Morris, the women who demystified women’s fashion for over decades as a New York Times critic, passed away on Jan. 12 in the Bronx. Morris was 92 years old at the time of her passing.

Her death occurred at a nursing home and was confirmed by her daughter, Cara Michelle Morris.

Bernadine Morris began her career at the trade newspaper Women’s Wear Daily. She switched to The New York Times on her 38th birthday when she answered a help-wanted advertisement in the newspaper for a fashion reporter. Some 4,000 bylines later, Morris retired as the newspaper’s chief fashion writer in 1996.

Morris won the Medal of the City of Paris in 1985 and an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1987. She was also quoted in Nicholas Coleridge’s “The Fashion Conspiracy” (1988):

“The theater critic of The New York Times I do believe wields power, but not the fashion editor. It’s too diffuse. The most I can do, if I’m really enthusiastic, is get a buyer to go see the collection.”

Morris was one of the greatest when it came to criticizing womenswear and fashion in general. Her legacy will continue to make an impact on future designers and writers alike.

The Dutch now have fashion police

The Dutch have implemented a new pilot program in the city of Rotterham in the Netherlands. The new program allows officers to confiscate designer clothes from young men who, based on the judgement of the officer, don’t look like they are able to afford them.

City ombudsman Anne Mieke Zwaneveld told the AD that the plan is going to be the start of a slippery slope into ethnic profiling.

Quartz News reported that while there may still be legal reviews of what the police can keep, they’ll still be taking the clothes from the suspects at the moment.

“We’re going to undress them on the street,” Frank Paauw, chief of Rotterdam police, told De Telegraaf. He later added that the suspects often act untouchable and that their flashy clothes send the wrong signal to the other residents in Rotterham.

“We know they have clothes that are too expensive to wear with the money they get,” a spokesperson for the department said. “We’re going to look at how they get those clothes, where did they buy them, from where the money came that they buy them.”

The most wearable trends from men’s fashion month

Every season there are styles that are meant to be outspoken and bold, but this is not the attire we expect to see on an everyday person. We’re here for the most wearable ongoing trends of this coming season.

Plaid

The fact that plaid was everywhere in the AW18 show in Paris indicates that you should be wearing it this autumn. Balenciaga had long plaid overcoats and patchwork plaid streetwear.

Corduroy Trousers

Corduroy trousers were the worst thing as a child, but lately, designers can’t get enough of them. During the Milan show, there were hundreds of versions of corduroy on the runway. Even streetwear brands like Palm Angels were getting in on the corduroy action.

Leather

Leather has always and will always be around, but this year it was a sight to see, ranging from knights and armor inspired leather at Les Hommes to the luxury leather at Berluti. Leather was worked into jackets, pants and even on some shirts. There was also a smaller theme of leather paneling and detailing among the lines.

Oversize

Proportion was a big thing for all designers, and this year we saw tons of new ways to shape clothes to make a statement. The biggest trend for this was oversized coats outerwear and knitwear. Oversized might be the way to go next winter.

Russian fashion designer gets backlash for privately using n-word

This year at Paris Fashion Week, Russian-born influencer Miroslava Duma posted a photo of a note from fashion designer Ulyana Surgeenko.

An excerpt of the note read, “To my n—-s in Paris,” which Duma posted on Snapchat. Sergeenko then sent out an apology on her Instagram:

“I woke up this morning with my phone full of insulting messages, ‘you deserve the worst in your life,’ ‘die white trash,’ and so on,” Sergeenko wrote. “I was born in a small town in East Kazakhstan, my daughter is half-Armenian, I have never divided people on white or Black. Kanye West is one of my favorite musicians, and NP is one of my most favorite songs. And yes, we call each other the N-word sometimes when we want to believe we are just as cool as the guys who sing it. I am deeply sorry to anyone I may have offended. Mira is a dear friend and even the fact that she so naively posted my private card to her on her social means that we meant nothing wrong and didn’t realize the consequences. I have certainly learned my lesson and I am grateful for it. There is enough anger in the world out there, please, can we stop it here? [heart emoji]”

The news shows ignorance among the fashion industry, according to Matthew Schneier, a New York Times reporter. It is “quite possibly the worst apology for casual racism.”

“I actually prefer that these people air their unvarnished feelings, so the world will know,” Schneier added on Twitter. “But I am always surprised that they continue to pay tens of thousands of dollars a month to high-end PR firms who can’t save them from themselves before, during or after these idiocies.”

Tom Ford to show menswear at New York Fashion Week

Tom Ford will be taking the final spot for menswear in the New York Fashion Week calendar on Feb. 6 with a runway show. It will start at 8 p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory, which will immediately follow Joseph Abboud at 7 p.m.

Although Ford has shown menswear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his menswear collection exclusively at this event. His last New York show was back in September 2017 when he started New York Fashion Week with a women’s show at the Armory. His Spring 2018 menswear line was shown in Milan.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America decided last month to push the dates of the New York Fashion Week Men’s to Feb. 5 through Feb. 7, which then allows the women’s calendar to precede immediately afterward. This new schedule will create one big 10-day calendar.

The addition of Ford to the mix gives the fashion event a boost to the men’s portion, which it desperately needed. So far, the lineups have been filled with emerging labels but not so many established brands. The big names this season will be Raf Simons, Abboud, Perry Ellis and Hugo Boss.

Ralph & Russo present a fairytale for Paris Fashion Week

The simple aesthetic of Ralph & Russo, the only extant British haute couture house, can apparently be put into elegant dresses. The house capped off their show with an off-white duchess satin gown with a draped bodice, long train encrusted with leaves of Swarovski crystals and a lace veil embroidered with silk petals.

Ralph & Russo is the only brand that dedicates itself to the grand British couture tradition of Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell. These two designers moved from Australia and London, where their business has existed as one of British fashion’s biggest brands since it opened back in 2007. The brand is now an employer of more than 400 people, with a townhouse in Mayfair for fittings and a large atelier where the embroidery department consists of 30 people.

Most of their clients expected fairytale-esque designs, and that is exactly what they got during their Paris fashion show. The show was filled with frothy mint organza, blush pink silk gaza and ice blue Chantilly lace.

The show was filled with extraordinary outfits and outshone others. It gave names like Vertigo, Psychose and Illusion, but one silhouette that stood out was the one Grazia Chiuri made for Dior. The slim balletic torso with the simple, functional elegance of a leotard gives way to a soft, A-line midi-length hem. The silhouette took forms of long belted coats, blouses, skirts and lingerie-style gowns.

Hedi Slimane enters the fashion scene by joining Céline

In a shocking announcement this past Sunday, LVMH announced that Hedi Slimane will join Céline starting Feb. 1 this year. The designer will be the director of artistic, creative and image, and he will expand the LVMH label’s offering into menswear, couture and fragrance. The first collection he will show for the brand will be in September during Paris Fashion Week.  Slimane will be taking over for Phoebe Philo, who announced she would be leaving the brand after its Autumn 2018 presentation in March. Bernard Arnault, LVMH chairman and chief executive, commented in a statement:

“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time. I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison.”

Slimane has worked with Dior Homme, who he brought back to life both in 2000 and 2007. He left the brand to launch his own label, before which he worked with Saint Laurent.

“I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline,” Slimane said. “I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers.”

“Hedi Slimane is an exceptional designer, complete artist and passionate about his work,” Sidney Toledano, the man who made Dior a powerhouse for over 20 years, said. “I am certain that he will bring his renowned creative energy and discipline to lead Céline to ever greater success.”

Bella Hadid makes special appearances during Paris Men’s Fashion Week

Palestinian-American model Bella Hadid was at Paris Men’s Fashion Week walking the streets in a mix of fashion-forward outfits and was even seen with Hollywood stars like Josh Harnett and Robert Pattinson.

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and Pattinson saw the model on the front row of the Dior Homme show who made many headlines with her sharp black suit and lingerie.

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The 21-year-old model, who is the face of Dior Beauty and almost always seen with Kendall Jenner, wore a pair of the label’s new trainers, Dior Homme Runners. According to some media outlets, she thus committed a somewhat rare fashion faux pas.

Hadid posted her praise for the Dior show on her Instagram, which has 16 million followers: “seriously stunned to see your work move in real life, Kris. thank you for having me, big big honor.”

French fashion label rallies support for press freedom from Trump

Paris fashion stood up for press freedom Saturday with two brands teaming up with the New York Times to show their concern for Trump’s attacks on the media.

Japanese brand Sacai and French house Etudes used slogans from the newpaper’s “The Truth is Hard” and posted them on their clothes in their men’s winter collections.

Sacai designer Chitose Abe included all 19 lines of the declaration, posted by the Times last February to defend itself and other papers from the attacks by the U.S. president, on the back of T-shirts and hoodies. She herself wore a black one with the Tims logo and the line, “Truth. It’s more important now than ever.”

Abe told the Agence France-Presse that the stance was not political, “but I do think what the New York Times said is right and that’s why I wanted to collaborate and support them.”

“It is also about the importance of tolerance and accepting everyone… and about goodness,” she added.

Etudes used the New York Times’ logo on scarves among other collaborations with the newspaper.

Both designers Jeremy Egry and Aurelien Arbet told AFP that they did not “want to send a political message but obviously we want to support freedom of expression.”

Alexander Wang is leaving New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has lost longtime designer Alexander Wang. Starting this summer, he is moving his shows from the February and September schedules and place them in June and December. The move is likely to place his designs closer to pre-collection season.

According the company’s announcement, the move “is widely considered to be a transformative solution for the global industry, breaking out of the conventional fashion calendar.” The move also includes combining the pre-collection and main collections into one single collection, thus dividing the label’s products into monthly drops.

In terms of what the new change affects, the new schedule will shorten the time for purchases to four months after the show rather than the former span of six months. This also means that there will not be any ready-to-wear shows from Alexander Wang anytime soon.

The move will also shrink New York Fashion Week, which will likely affect a major portion of local industries such as hotels, restaurants, transportation and florists.

Wang will be the fifth New York designer of his generation to part ways with the official NYFW schedule.

Dior Homme looking to take over the millennial market

Dior Homme did something very unexpected during their show in Paris last week. Before the show, there were hundreds of teenagers shrieking in joy at the site of Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, but that wasn’t the most bizarre thing to happen.

The show started off with a series of slim black suits in single and double-breasted models. Then, the show took an unexpected turn with baggy ravers’ jeans, short-sleeved t-shirts layered over longer sleeved versions and the repeated heavy-metal motif that was etched on rucksacks and bomber jackets. The motif was even seen shaved on the sides of the models’ hair.

Most of the models varied in age, and not just in the 20s range. The theme for the show was “Forever Young,” a reference that dates all the way back to the 1984 Alphaville song.

The designs seemed to appeal toward a new set of customers while also bringing up the past for others. More evidence that Dior was trying to court the millennial market surfaced when Bella Hadid wore a pair of the label’s new trainers, Dior Homme Runners, on her Instagram page.

Kim Jones leaving Louis Vuitton

Kim Jones will be leaving Louis Vuitton and vacating the role as artistic director of menswear after the Fall 2018 catwalk show on Thursday. The French label announced this, finally closing the months of speculation but bringing up more questions about where he will likely end up.

Jones is a graduate from Central Saint Martins who founded his own menswear line in London only to close it back in 2008 to become the creative director of Dunhill, then Louis Vuitton. He held the title at Louis Vuitton for seven years, and he is the fifth major designer to leave his job in the last six weeks along with Phoebe Philo from Céline and Jonathan Saunders from Diane von Furstenberg.

“These houses are under tremendous pressure to be right on the money of what certain generations want,” Michael Hainey, the executive director of editorial for Esquire magazine, said. “He showed just how you can take something that’s got a fantastic heritage and still do something very modern with it.”

Jones was widely applauded but also sometimes criticized for refreshing the Vuitton menswear line for much younger generations. He mixed house’s travel heritage with a more street-friendly style.

In a statement, Michael Burke, chairman and chief of Louis Vuitton, gave credit to Jones for some of the brand’s most successful collaborations:

“It has been a huge privilege to work with Kim. His ability to set trends is impeccable, and his talent and determination have ensured that Louis Vuitton is firmly placed as the leading brand in luxury men’s wear today. All of us who have been fortunate to work with Kim wish him continued success in his next venture.”

Burke did not announce a predecessor in the statement but said one will come in due time.

Thigh-high Ugg debuted on Y/Project’s runway

Just when the ugly footwear trend finally slowed down, another shoe appeared on a runway. Yesterday, at Paris Fashion Week Men’s, Y/Project revealed a new collaboration with Ugg. Glenn Martens, the label’s creative director, took his signature exaggerated layers and revamped the Uggs.

There were three versions worn by both men and women. There was a black pair turned into rippling cuissardes and a tan pair with more gargantuan proportions. The height was an attempt to enhance the Ugg’s comfort level.

“Putting on Uggs is like putting your foot in a warm pot of butter, and I thought why not elevate that and immerse your full legs!” wrote Martens. “So we decided to design an Ugg boot that climbs up to the crotch and covers the whole leg.”

The Ugg felt like it was going in a new direction for the California label that has been known to turn everyday items into bizarre and runway-ready pieces. This was a new and creative direction for the California brand’s Paris runway debut.

Adidas’ new boost shoes are a throwback with a twist

1996: inventor Frampton Ellis came to Adidas with a new way to create sneakers. Squared-off edges, he argued, were a driving force behind rolled ankles and should be replaced by wider, rounded soles that would produce more stability for athletes.

Adidas took his product and produced a new shoe called Feet You Wear. Adidas went on to use the bulky, rounded soles on everything from the Forty Low Trainer to the Salvation Running Shoe.  Kobe Bryant’s signature Adidas kicks, the Adidas KB8 III, used this tech.

This month, Adidas is bringing the soles back but with a more modern take on Boost technology to give them a more 2018 look.

NBA fashion persona star Nick Young has already been seen wearing a pair of what are now called “Crazy Boost You Wear” on the basketball court. He was wearing a pair of on court shoes rather than the streetwear ones. Both shoes are built to allow more natural movement for the wearer.

The shoe is cut into three parts, making each sole completely separated. The overall product is one of the most comfortable shoes you can wear.

The return of Feet You Wear on Kanye West’s Yeezy 500s and the new Boost You Wear is bringing back 90s nostalgia. This time, it might be around for good.

Iconic sons stormed the runway for Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana once again has decided to embrace the new models of the future on Saturday in Milan as many kin of famous Hollywood stars took the runway for the big brand.

The youngest son of RnB artist and entrepreneur P Diddy was joined by offspring from actors James Marsden, Daniel Day-Lewis, Pierce Brosnan and Jude Law. Both the sons of model Pamela Anderson joined as well, following in her footsteps.

All these figures were the face for Dolce & Gabbana’s new approach to the millennials at the Fall/Winter 2018 showcase.

Diddy’s 19-year-old son, Christian, made his debut for D&G in June last year and has been in two more shows since.

Gabriel can thank his father, Daniel Day-Lewis, for his good looks that have given him a name in the fashion world. He shares the Oscar-winning actor’s bold eyebrows and good bone structure, but he distances himself from his father with his collection of tattoos that could barely be seen from underneath the sleeves of a jacket.

Pamela Anderson’s kids have both made names for themselves in the fashion world, making their mother proud. Dylan, 20, is already the face of fashion brand Saint Laurent, while Brandon, 21, has previous experience working with Dolce & Gabbana.

Paris Brosnan, 16, is an established actor who signed to Next Models and is the youngest son to James Bond after Pierce.

Condé Nast no longer working with photographers accused of sexual exploitation

Condé Nast has confirmed that it will no longer be working with two of the fashion world’s most renowned photographers, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, after allegations of sexual exploitation surfaced around both of their names.

In a piece that was published this past Saturday, two dozen and counting current and former male models told stories about unwanted sexual advances from Weber and Testino to the New York Times. The alleged incidents ranged from nudity, inappropriate touching, masturbation and other sexual advances with some dating as far back as the mid-1990s.

“I saw him with his hands down people’s pants at least 10 times,” said Thomas Hargreave, a shoot producer who once worked with Testino.

“We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously,” Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor of Vogue, and Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., chief executive of Condé Nast, said in a statement. “In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber and Mario Testino for the foreseeable future.”

Wintour also said in a separate statement that the stories have been really “heartbreaking” for her.

“Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged,” she wrote. “I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously.”

Weber has so far denied every claim and said he never recalls any wrongdoing, while Testino’s lawyers have questioned the credibility of some of the pieces in the Times story. Other brands such as Stuart Weitzman, Michael Kors and Burberry have all announced plans to cut ties with the photographers.

In light of all the allegations, Condé Nast has released a new set of protocols in efforts to create a safer work space and to prevent any further sexual harassment. Some of the rules include setting the minimum age for models to 18, no drugs or alcohol on sets and the advanced approval of any shoot that involves nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use or sexually suggestive poses.

Best shoes from Milan Men’s Fashion Week

Way back when, men’s shoes were all plain and practically the same. Now, the menswear world has started to embrace the sportswear trend, allowing footwear to become more casual.

Luxury now lies in the fabrication, versatility, techonology and detailing applied to every shoe. Milan Men’s Fashion Week was filled with some of the best shoes to date.

Santoni showcased Santoni classics while also reinterpreting them with some more casual proportions.

Brunello Cucinelli debuted runners in premium leather and also showed off hiking boots with luxe shearling linings.

Jimmy Choo showed off the Lucas, which this time around had a metal toe plate on the undersole with the brand’s logo etched into it.

Giuseppe Zanotti brought out a two-way biker/combat boot with zip-off which was done in butter soft leather. Other styles include sneakers and slippers with removable socks with an addition of a rainbow high-top sneaker where each panel had hand-applied color.

On the runway, crafted sneakers and snow boots took over at Zegna Couture. The shoes had the label’s triple X symbol. Laboratory inspired boots at Marni were so shiny people didn’t recognize it was made out of premium leather. Fendi produced a premium sock-boot, while at Versace, the collaboration with 2 Chainz on sneakers hit it off well.

Giuseppe Zanotti’s Fall 2018 filled with unique sneakers

Giuseppe Zanotti’s Fall 2018 collection was presented on the first day of Milan Men’s Fashion Week, and the versatility of the shoe collection was spectacular. The collection wouldn’t have been a full Zanotti collection without including something out of the ordinary, and this season it was in the form of a rainbow sneaker.

“I love black, but these sneakers will be delivered in June,” the designer told FN. “There’s no more winter and summer, so it reflects that.”

Each part of the shoe was hand-decorated with a different color. “This final result is more emotional than when it’s done via an industrial process,” Zanotti noted. “It costs nearly 40 percent more, but it’s 300 percent more beautiful.”

The shoe is unlike the rest of the collection because it drew inspiration from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ’n’ roll. “It’s a new interpretation of our black universe, using our codes along with memories from my own generation,” the designer said.

Other shoes included biker style mid-calf boots where the top part could be removed, turning the shoes into ankle boots. “There’s a zipper just like on a biker jacket, so you can transform them into a combat boot,” according to the designer.

Another shoe in the collection was a black velvet runner shoe where part of the sole was made out of metallic gold. “It’s a super-thin coating done by a special machine they use for cars; it’s a molecular spray with charged particles.”

There were also sneakers and loafers that came in a chunkier sock-style upper but with removable soles. “I took the idea of the sock from the world of sport and 1960s tennis players,” he explained. “You can take them off and wash them in the washing machine.”

Dolce & Gabbana’s show catches eyes at Milan Fashion Week

Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana put on an extravagant cat walk show on Saturday with a regal-inspired men’s range, and it even featured some high-profile names from social media.

The show, titled “King’s Angels,” featured tailored suits and patterned lapels with gold embroidery and happened underneath a huge crown.

The Italian powerhouse has turned to millennials as their target market and used a number of promising names to show off its latest collection at Milan Men’s Fashion Week.

Internet icons like Kevin Chaplin, grandson of Charlie; Dylan Jagger Lee, son of Pamela Anderson and drummer Tommy Lee; Paris Brosnan, son of actor Pierce; and Christian Combs, son of P. Diddy, were all on the catwalk.

They were also joined by Neel Visser, who has 2.7 million Instagram followers, Vine star Cameron Dallas and musician Austin Mahone.

The Italian designer Giorgio Armani, 83, already showed off a collection for his Emporio Armani streetwear brand with a full unisex show.

Tag Heuer creates a smaller smartwatch

Tag Heuer has the Connected Modular 45, which has an average 45 mm case and is great for people with big wrists but no so much for others. That’s why the company has taken it upon themselves to make a smaller watch for those with smaller wrists. Tag Heuer created the new Connected Modular 41, which has a 41 mm diameter.

Tag Heuer worked with Intel and Google to improve their newest smartwatch. The watch has a brighter screen that shows 390 x 390 resolution and gives 326 pixels per inch. They even added to the memory capacity, upgrading to 8 GB and 1 GB of RAM as well. The newest design is water resistant to 50 meters and includes GPS and NFC connectivity. The watch can connect to phones that have Android 4.4 or iOS 9 and above. It’s set at a retail price that starts at $1,200.

Craig Green caught the stars’ attention

Men’s fashion designers are always the busiest during the month of January. Most of them are busy finishing up their collections for the London Fashion Week Men’s, which was established in 2012 and now happens twice a year, a month ahead of the main Fashion Weeks.

“It’s a very long process,” Craig Green said. “Because the shows are six months apart, we start planning a month after the last show.”

During this year’s London Fashion Week, Green caught more attention than half the catwalk show. Green is a 31-year-old who has been named the British menswear designer for the past two years in a row, and he showed off his newest collection on the last day of London Fashion Week Men’s.

“But it’s continuously changing, we order fabrics, we get things back that we think are going to be great, and then we see them, we’re cutting them up, changing them, developing them in the studio. It’s a five-month process, and we work long hours!”

The hard work paid off, judging by how everyone reacted to the new collection. GQ Style’s Editor Luke Day recently said, “it’s the quiet confidence of his work that defines him as the most exciting new menswear designer of our time.”

Green opened his label back in 2012, and his success has made his popularity grow at a fast rate. His creations have been worn by high names like Rihanna, Jay-z and Drake.

“We were asked to create something custom for the opening look of Rihanna’s tour,” Green said. “But someone like Jay-Z, he just bought that T-shirt, so we didn’t know about that until we saw it. Sometimes they just go into a store and buy it.”

“I remember after the first collection, I was walking past Liberty’s and I saw someone wearing one of our knitted hats, and I didn’t know them, they weren’t a friend or fashion journalist, and I remember how weird it was. And to realize that that person made a conscious choice to go into a shop and buy it, that’s very strange in the beginning, but also exciting.”

Green is a man who pays great attention to detail, and lately it seems like it’s taking him pretty far.

Yxng Bane modeled for What We Wear

Up and coming menswear brand What We Wear has showcased their newest spring/summer 2018 collection at this year’s London Fashion Week Men’s. The brand also belongs to British artist Tinie Tempah.

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The collection was composed solely of solid silhouettes and was showcased with new East London rapper Yxng Bane. Yxng Bane modeled most of the collection.

The brand What We Wear was launched around this time last year and with Tempah’s luxe-sportswear aesthetic being brought up again this season. Utilitarian jackets, unnoticeable details and fully functional looks are featured throughout the whole collection.

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Yxng Bane, the young London rapper, is ready to take over this year. He has been spotted multiple times repping the brand on the streets, and the 21-year-old rapper consistently made good music last year. BBC 1xtra has posted him as an artist to look for on their “Hot For 2018” list.

H&M closes stores in South Africa after racial ad protest

The big label brand H&M has temporarily closed several stores in South Africa this past Saturday after several protests erupted over an image in its online store that many critics and celebrities said was racist.

The ad was an image of an African American child wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a printed slogan on it that said, “coolest monkey in the jungle.” There were two other sweatshirts that were jungle themed but modeled by white children.

Saturday protesters were representatives of the second-largest opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters, outside H&M locations all over South Africa.

Videos that turned up over the protests showed people either marching outside or through the store. There were other videos that showed people knocking mannequins over, overturning racks and scattering clothes.

“Out of concern for the safety of our employees and customers we have temporarily closed all stores in the area,” H&M said in an emailed statement on Saturday.

“None of our staff or customers have been injured. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will open the stores as soon as the situation is safe again. We strongly believe that racism and bias in any shape or form, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable. We stress that our wonderful store staff had nothing to do with our poorly judged product and image.”

Julius Malema, the leader of the party, said in a speech on Saturday, “we make no apology about what the fighters did today against that store called H&M,” and said that targeting the stores was “just the beginning.”

“Every shop that undermines black people must be attended to,” he added. “It must be shut down. It must be closed.”

Malema believed that, despite the apology from H&M and the fact that they are no longer selling the shirt, the matter needs to be taken seriously.

“We cannot allow the humiliation of black people to continue,” he said. “No one should make jokes about the dignity of black people.”

Jimmy Choos makes royally attractive men’s shoes

Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi showed the new 2018 men’s collection on the first day of Milan Men’s Fashion Week. The collection was very unique to past Jimmy Choo collections. Sandra Choi was able to give a little insight on her inspiration for the collection:

“We looked at royalty and how they dressed, 16th-century dukes in feathers and organzas and pleats and draped pearls. They could do that to assert their authority. But at the same time, we’re living now in 2018, so let’s just pull it back a bit. Jimmy Choo is not afraid to load up, but it’s about knowing where to put things, what finish to use, what details to pick out.”

Choi took elements from past history but turned it into a more approachable and relatable model for the market. A highlight of the collection was the Baldwyn, a boot-sneaker hybrid. The shoe featured a translucent rubber outsole that was set under a more classically shaped rubber midsole, and the upper half was lizard-print calf leather and tortoiseshell patent.

“For me, the over-arching theme at Jimmy Choo is always about glamour,” said Choi, adding that when it comes to men’s, she tends to be more careful when she makes decisions. “The key is to know where the limit is.”

Versace and 2 Chainz reveal sneaker collaboration at Milan Fashion Week

2 Chainz was front row at Versace’s fall 2018 men’s runway show on day one of Milan Fashion Week, but the fashionable rapper was there as more than just a guest. Earlier that day, 2 Chainz teased at a possible collaboration project on Instagram: he posted a video that showed off a pair of co-branded Versace sneakers featuring his Chain Reaction logo.

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The shoe was a tan retro running sneaker featured a mesh upper with red color on the laces and lining, and the shoe was instantly loved by sneaker heads all around the world.

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2 Chainz and Donatella Versace had even more to show off. At the show, they displayed even more collaborative sneakers, and most of them stopped the show. The chunky styles featured a lot of mismatch color schemes that were blended with bold prints and textures drawn from the ready-to-wear.  This new collaboration shows that the chunky shoe trend is likely to stay during the new year. According to WWD, the Versace x Chain Reaction sneakers are expected to be purchasable in two months.

Four female designers making a big impact in British menswear

As the menswear market continues to grow, several women have tried their hand at designing menswear instead of womenswear. Most notably, a number of London female menswear designers are bringing much needed talent and takes and turning them into profiting brands.

Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St Martins back in 2014. She presented her first collection at Fashion East in 2015, and, that same year, she won Emerging Menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

She made her debut at London Fashion Week Men’s in 2016 with her own label titled Wales Bonner. Most of her designs explore inspiration from European and African influences. Now, Bonner’s collections and shows are some of the most anticipated on the show calendars. Keep in mind, Bonner has yet to turn 27.

Lou Dalton

Dalton dropped out of school when she was 16 and began to learn her craft while working as an apprentice to a tailor, then she went on to study menswear at the Royal College of Art.

Dalton’s tailoring combined with her Shropshire roots make her clothes beautiful and extremely durable. Dalton’s collections are now some of the most highly sought after clothes. She has made capsule collections for Dover Street Market, Grenson, Liberty and Opening Ceremony. Dalton’s designs are available internationally on her online store.

Astrid Anderson

Anderson launched her own brand back in 2011 and has caught attention for her knack of remodeling the sports-luxe category. Her designs go far beyond a simple tracksuit. She is expertly able to blend urban influences with small feminine details to make clothes that challenge the gender norms.

She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and was able to get support from Fashion East and NEWGEN before making her official debut at London Fashion Week Men’s. Her celebrity base, including Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Rihanna, all adore her clothes.

Martine Rose

Rose, a 36-year-old designer, is one of London’s most original menswear designers. Her label, which is now 10 years old, has constantly been pushing boundaries.

Her designers effortlessly play with shape and proportion. Her designs are now being stocked at Barneys in New York, Dover Street Market and Matches fashion. Rose has also been added to the Balenciaga team to consult on its menswear line.

Norman fashion line tries to help Oklahoma

Middle America has never been seen as a fashion hub of the United States. Menswear brand companies are years behind other areas, but Norman resident Alejandro Vaca is hoping his new men’s line will send Oklahoma into the future.

Vaca comes from Ecaudor, where accessories and ensembles are critical parts of the culture’s everyday attire for both men and women. America’s “renaissance of makers” will help them grab the attention of the manliest of men in Oklahoma. Vaca commented:

“We’re focused on marketing to women who are choosing clothes and accessories for their husbands, spouses, fathers, or who are making suggestions about what looks good and what they like on a man. I grew up in a matriarchal community, one where the role of women and their contribution was respected, and that’s what we’re trying to do with our brand, to respect a woman’s contribution and to help reshape the typical macho man’s way of thinking about women and about fashion.”

Vaca, 35, is the fourth-generation fashion man following all the men before him up to his great-grandfather.

“I used to sneak in as a kid and have the employees teach me how to use the machines before I was really old enough,” Vaca said. “I have a memory from when I was really young of being in this room that was filled with hundreds of rolls of leather and that smell, it has always felt homey to me.”

“The big goal is to open a boutique here in Norman,” Vaca said in December. “I’m hoping to do that next year, but it could still be a couple years. We’ll see how things go.”

Vaca displays some of his collection at Stash, a local shop in Norman, but also goes to the University of Oklahoma’s Innovation Hub.

“The Hub exists to support entrepreneurs among the campus community and the Oklahoma community at large,” Fabrication Lab Director Brandt Smith said. “Our goal is not that he would continue using the Hub forever, but we want to help him get to point when he is successful and eventually can sustain without us.”

“People here have been so welcoming and warm, and I want to contribute to that and to give back to the place that helped me start this,” Vaca said.

The Weeknd cut ties with H&M over racial ad

Canadian RnB singer and Toronto native, The Weeknd, recently cut ties with the Sweden-based retail brand H&M after the company featured an ad that pictured a child of African American descent dressed in a sweatshirt that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The artist partnered with the international brand for its 2017 Spring Icons Collection and even modeled some of its apparel.

On Monday, The Weeknd tweeted that he was “shocked and embarrassed” and “will not be working with @hm anymore” along with a photo of the racial ad.

By the next morning, the tweet had over 103,000 retweets and 230,000 favorites.

“We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said in a statement. “We will continue the discussion with The Weeknd and his team separately.”

The ad reached almost everyone with other celebrities chiming in on what had occurred. Lebron James posted an edited version of the ad on his Instagram that showed it in a more positive perspective, along with a compelling caption.

H&M had used the photo online to sell the hoodie in the United Kingdom. The brand then removed the photo, and the hoodie can no longer be purchased. The company said that it will “look into [their] internal routines to avoid such situations in the future.”