Friday, 18 May 2018

How Linen Went From Hippie Favorite To Summer Must-Have.

Linen, once the mainstay of hippies and home furnishings, is experiencing a resurgence this season, thanks to designers reworking the natural fabric in a host of contemporary ways. Woven from the flax plant, linen has been used for clothing since Mesopotamian times, but has recently been relegated to resortwear, with floaty caftans and loose trousers.

But why are designers reviving linen now? It’s certainly a palate cleanser amid all the Gucci maximalism, as Candice Fragis, merchandising director at Farfetch, suggests: "It's an elevated version of minimalism which works well alongside some of the more extreme trends — raw fabrics are more interesting and can also be so luxurious." Linen’s return could also be a result of the drive to create more sustainable collections, as an eco-friendly but luxurious alternative to cotton.

By Georgia Murray.
Full story at Refinery29

Thursday, 17 May 2018

What fashion people say versus what they really mean.

There are times at fashion week when one can reasonably be left wondering, "What were they thinking?"

Luckily for the guests at shows, there is usually a piece of paper on the chairs known as the show notes, which outlines the designer's vision.

Sometimes, they read like an Emily Bronte novel, and other times, more like the musings of an ex at 3am after a bender.

In an attempt to sort the poetic from the prosaic, here is our guide to speaking fashion, from the pens of the designers themselves.

Full story at SMH
By Melissa Singer.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians Congress.

The 20th edition of the UITIC (International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians) Congress started in Porto. Dedicated to the theme From Fashion to Factory: A New Technological Age, the event will gather important international players in Porto for three days of visits to factories and two days of conferences with 30 speakers. 

According to Mr. Yves Morin, President of the UITIC: “The 20th UITIC Congress in Porto is already a success. We have witnessed an impressive record of registrations and the event is sold out.”

Full story at Foot Wear Today.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Louis Vuitton celebrates royal wedding with a patriotic bag collection.

The limited-edition range is only available in London.

It seems not even the luxury fashion industry is immune to royal wedding fever: Louis Vuitton has launched a limited-edition collection of bags in celebration of Harry and Meghan's 19 May nuptials.

The range, which is only available to buy in the London flagship store, features four of the fashion house's popular styles - the Keepall, Speedy, Neo Noe and Petite Malle - each emblazoned with the Union Jack. The patriotic collection only consists of 85 pieces, meaning customers who are quick enough to snap one up will have a truly special piece of royal wedding memorabilia.

The windows of the brand's New Bond Street store have also had a patriotic makeover to mark the wedding, featuring a series of mini moving Union Jack flags and "Louis Vuitton celebrates the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle" etched across the glass.

By Sarah Karmali.
Full story at Harpers Bazaar.

Monday, 14 May 2018

CAPRICE enters the Chinese market via Internet giant Alibaba.

The German shoe manufacturer CAPRICE now also offers its shoes in China. After months of successful testing “Tmall” has launched CAPRICE as a new footwear brand on their site. As a part of the Alibaba Group “Tmall” is one of the biggest e-commerce websites worldwide for name brand products.

CAPRICE CEO Jürgen Cölsch visited the headquarters of the Internet giant in Hangzhou for the official launch. “There are over 800 million internet users in China. With the fashion platform from Alibaba, we have found the best way to make our products available to the Chinese nationwide“ explained Jürgen Cölsch.

Full story at Foot Wear Today.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Five designers you need to know from Tbilisi fashion week.

Forget New YorkLondonParis, and Milan (at least for a minute). When it comes to fashion right now, the city with the loudest buzz surrounding it is the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Situated at the point where Europe meets Asia and Russia, Tbilisi is a melting pot of creativity where cultures clash and a new generation of designers are asserting themselves as ones-to-watch on the international fashion stage. While a certain Balenciaga designer might be the reason all eyes turned towards the city in the first place, there’s a reason it still has our attention three years on.

Showcasing exactly what the city has to offer was this season’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, which took place last weekend. Featuring a diverse line-up of established brands, rising talent, and those looking to shake up the industry, the vibrant city played host to fashion insiders for a weekend of shows, talks and events that spanned all four corners of the capital. In addition to the main showspace – an incredible Soviet-era circus – designers presented collections in venues including the Tbilisi Institute of Physics, and the imposing Brutalist structure that houses the National Science Library.

First up, though, was Gosha Rubchinskiy, who kicked things off with an intimate conversation in underground techno club Bassiani. Returning to the venue two days later, the designer also threw theparty of the weekend alongside DJs signed to his new record label, Rassvet Records. Elsewhere on the schedule, The Situationist showed its latest gender-blurring offering as part of a co-ed show in an old movie studio, while George Keburia followed up last season’s presentation with a series of sugary-hued futuristic silhouettes, voluminous spotted smocks, and, yes, his signature tiny shades (which still haven’t lost their appeal, FYI). Also making waves was promising Spanish designer Célia Valverde, who made her debut in Tbilisi as part of the Mercedes-Benz International Design Exchange Program, and Gola Damian, who re-launched the Chaos Concept Store with a bang (literally).

Full story at Dazed Digital.

By Emma Elizabeth Davidson.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Instagram’s Hottest It Bag Is Now Available In Shoe Form.

Cult Gaia just launched its first shoe collection—and you're going to be obsessed.

The fashion set (and pretty much all of Instagram) embraced Cult Gaia’s Ark bamboo bag with a fervor and now, the brand is here to tempt us with a new footwear collection.

Making its first foray into shoes, the brand collaborated with Net-A-Porter on a 5-piece collection that brings its art-inspired ethos to the footwear scene—all at an attainable price point. From bamboo accented heels to artful yellow mules that mimic its iconic Ark bag, Cult Gaia's debut shoe designs are sure to become a favourite amongst the fashion crowd.

Full story at ELLE.
By Lauren Alexis Fisher.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

3 Ways To Wear A Suit On The French Riviera.

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We're taking notes from the chicest women at Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival, undoubtedly the most glamorous film festival in the world, kicks off today. Naturally, we are rejoicing because we'll be treated to a 12-day feast for the eyes: a parade of exquisite fashion—from couture gowns to some stellar daytime ensembles.

The film festival commenced earlier today in the South of France with a meeting of this year's jurors—which happens to include three of our favourite style stars, Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett and Lea Seydoux. Now, this isn't the boring jury duty you've been avoiding since you registered to vote—these esteemed actresses (along with Ava Duvernay and other international directors) will help select the best films of the week. If there's one thing they've already agreed upon, it's that you can alway rely on a good suit.

So we're taking notes from these ladies on how best to rock a suit for day.

Full story at Elle.
By Chrissy Rutherford.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Rock the boat: which shoes to wear this summer.

Well heeled: but what works well with shorts?
 Photograph: Guardian Design Team
Are boat shoes acceptable? Is it still OK to wear Stan Smiths or should you upgrade? Should we all be wearing ugly trainers? One writer looks at the dos and don’ts of men’s summer footwear

 Well heeled: but what works well with shorts? Photograph: Guardian Design Team.

On my way to buy some boat shoes the other day, I made the mistake of asking the internet what it thought of them. You can’t buy shoes without knowing what Twitter thinks. Not in 2018. There’s no worse feeling than getting home and discovering your new kicks are racist or haven’t seen Game of Thrones or something.

The responses were varied, in that they were various shades of negative: “Nigel Farage has several pairs.” “Not OK with socks.” “Fine on a boat.” This newspaper’s restaurant critic, Grace Dent, had the final word, inviting me to consider whether or not I was Simon Le Bon in Duran Duran’s Rio video. If I was, boat shoes were acceptable. If not, neither were they. After a moment’s thought I concluded that, on balance, I wasn’t Simon Le Bon in the Rio video. The boat shoes were off, but what could I buy instead?

Ugly trainers: which pair are you?

Another summer, another shoe crisis. As a man, you do not have to be especially fashion conscious to worry about what goes on the end of your legs between September and May. Owning a mirror is enough. But when the sun’s out, the rules change.

By Ed Cumming.

Full story at The Guardian.