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At-Risk-Youth

2017年08月29日

Denver Fashion Community Rallies Behind At-Risk-Youth with Urban Nights

Urban Nights — Denver’s largest outdoor urban fashion show and fundraiser that benefits at-risk youth — returned for its fifth year on Saturday, August 5. Its latest theme was Threads of Promise.

“On any given night in Denver, more than 900 youth are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless,” said Donna Crafton Montgomery, 2017 Urban Nights chair. It’s a tough statistic to face but the creators of the respected fashion show hope to redirects the lives of at-risk youth through Urban Nights. “This year, we [were] thrilled to add new beneficiaries that expand our reach into this vulnerable population providing a wide range of services to the at-risk youth that each organization serves,” Montgomery said. This year’s show benefitted Urban Peak, The Danny Dietz Foundation and La Academia at The Denver Inner City Parish and was sponsored by The Joseph Family Foundation, Tempus Jets, Bank of America, Jeep, CBS4, and Matthew Morris Skincare & Salon, among others. Craftan gave us insight about how this year’s charity fashion show compared to last year’s and what we can expect for 2018.

How did Urban Nights get started?

Donna Crafton: Urban Nights began in October 2012 after the members of the Joseph Family Foundation assembled a committee of 50 volunteers to bring to fruition the inaugural Urban Nights held in August 2013. The event welcomed over 1,400 guests, raised more than $150,000 for Urban Peak and launched Denver’s newest and most exciting fundraiser.

Did this year’s earnings exceed last year’s expectations?

DC: Yes! We are still wrapping up, but we think we raised almost double.

How is the donated money dispersed?

DC: It is shared between our three charity partners, Urban Peak, La Academia and Danny Dietz Foundation.

Urban Nights benefits at risk youth. Can you tell me about a specific young person (or more) who’s life has been made for the better?

DC: While there are many, [but] because we are talking about youth, we are bound by privacy. However, I’ve had the privilege of spending time with many of the youth this year and even took one, Patrick, to 9News with me to promote this year’s event. He shared his story on the air.

Are there any designers in mind for next year’s show? Next year’s chairs?

Craftan: Next year’s event will be chaired by Andrew Feinstein and Sarah McCarthy. They will be fantastic and will announce plans as they begin making decisions on designers and all of the other event details.

Just for fun, did you have a favorite outfit on the runway?

Craftan: I loved them all, but was especially excited to have Nicholas K anchor the show. It’s a real treat to host a designer from New York City and to have them attend in person. They dressed me that night, with a sample from the show, so I’d have to say that was my favorite runway look!

The night had no shortage of talent as it opened with designs from The Art Institute of Colorado students, including Anthony Heimann, Emily Fritz, Chantal Goethals, Danielle Horrigan, Katherine McBride, and Dacy Luneburg. Suitsupply followed with a brilliant display of fall colors, dapper patterns, stylish layering, and elevated menswear. Lastly, Nicholas K closed the fashion show with “Threads of Change” and selections from his New York Fall/Winter collection. A stunning array of glamorous metallics, bold accessories, edgy prints, and New York-esque high fashion was modeled on the runway.

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Beckham style saga.

2017年08月25日

Another chapter in the ongoing Beckham style saga.

It's not surprising that Brooklyn Beckham and his dad David Beckham dress alike—and sometimes share a wardrobe. If your dad was a globetrotting, soccer-star style icon, you'd dress like him too. But it works the other way, too: if your son was as cool as Brooklyn Beckham, you'd probably cop some of his moves as well—secure in the knowledge you taught him everything he knows so far. Wednesday, the younger Beckham took a tour of his new stomping grounds in New York City with dad by his side. Brooklyn's enrolled at Parsons to study photography, and like any good dad, David was there to see his son off on this new journey. But he was also there to try and dress even more like a style-conscious college student.

Dressed in black jeans, a light blue chambray shirt opened over a white tee, matching light blue trainers, and a mustard-yellow beanie, David Beckham looked like the 2017 version of a California college kid. In contrast, Brooklyn's style was more in line with a '90s freshman who's heavy into grunge music. In fact if his pants weren't so tight he'd be a pitch perfect extra on the set of Reality Bites. The combat boots, the open flannel shirt, the floppy hair, and the army surplus backpack are all markers of the decade. Even his light dusting of facial hair is giving us nostalgia for the days of grunge.

Normally we'd say a man with a teenage son should dress more his age (42 in Beckham's case). But the guy's fit—despite its youthful leanings looks pretty damn good. (Though we'd lose the beanie, at least until the temperature drops below sixty.) In the Beckham household, dad wants to dress like son, who wants to dress like dad might have twenty years ago. When it looks this good, we're into it.

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Fashion legacy

2017年08月23日

Princess Diana's fashion legacy lives on in palace exhibit

Princess Diana remains a revered fashion icon, and the fascination with the style that saw designers from around the globe clamor to dress her shows no signs of abating.

The princess’s fashion evolution from a teenage bride to a fully-fledged style maven is laid bare in the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story, which has been on display at Kensington Palace, her former home in west London, since February.

Among the outfits on show are the pale pink ruffle collared Emanuel blouse she wore for the official portrait to mark her engagement to Prince Charles, and the blue velvet gown she famously wore to dance with John Travolta at the White House in 1985.

A blue tartan Emanuel suit she wore on an official trip to Venice in the 1980s is being showcased to the public for the first time.

Diana used to walk in the palace’s grounds, talking to the gardeners who cared for the blooms that changed with the seasons. Flowers and plants that evoke the princess's style have been planted in one of the palace's gardens to complement the exhibition.

"Diana, Princess of Wales has become a fashion icon very much in the same way as Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy — timeless, elegant, and still incredibly relevant," said Eleri Lynn, curator of Diana: Her Fashion Story.

"She championed British fashion designers — putting many of them on the international stage — and her outfits inspired copies the world over. She also helped popularize the romantic look in the early '80s, the fabulously glamorous ‘Dynasty’ look in the late '80s, and the sleek silhouettes of the '90s.

"What’s particularly interesting is that while each of these looks still reappears on the catwalk from time to time, they’ve become inseparable from the image of the princess."
  
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fashion news

2017年08月21日

Warp – when fashion and technology come together

They say that the bag a woman carries says a lot about her but could that be held true in a place with few statement bags of local origin? One could say that there are a handful of local brands making bags but there are those that are borne in the comfort of having leather tanneries in the family and bag stores on the side, those who are more inclined towards exporting their bags or those that are part of brands known for other products like shoes etc. There are longtime bag manufacturers like Jafferjees, who are known for their classic quality but they are hardly innovative. Designers like Wardha Saleem have collaborated with them to inject a dose of trendy into their designs but that’s only a one-off occurrence. Mahin Hussain has created line after line of handbags but they are more of the quirky statement rather than the classic handbag you’d carry around all the time. Are there any local bag designers that have the potential to be an investment akin to Birkins or Chanel bags? We’d say that new market entrant Warp has the potential to achieve that milestone!

Chances are that Warp’s bags are unlike any of the ones you’ve seen before because in a first, they aim to combine fashion and technology. The extent of possibilities that technology can offer and the bar in terms of functional design is noteworthy. Tech-fashion is quite a nascent market in Pakistan, as experienced by the startup company in its initial stages, but the unique crux of the business ie. combining technology with local traditional leather craftsmanship, helped the brand build their name.

“When we first set the basis of Warp, one thing was decided that design will be at its core. Design not just in terms of aesthetics, but also in terms of the use and how it stimulates the senses of anyone who sees it. Good design is always something that is evocative. Hence, the idea was to play with form,” says Hirra Babar, CEO and Creative Director Warp. The team has borrowed concepts from geometry and architecture to build forms and refined them in a subtle way. Currently they have three shapes in different colours: the tote, minibag, midi tote and the wallet on chain.

Interestingly, the collection today is not what they had planned when they started in January 2015. They started off working on a Smart Bag with built-in technology through which women on the go could charge their mobile phones and stay alert at all times. The idea was first of its kind at that time so they got themselves incubated in Plan9 as a startup. (Plan9 is regarded as Pakistan’s largest technology incubator.) They built their team there, gained industry knowledge and were able to make their first working prototype. However, due to the challenges of being in a non-existent fashion-tech industry in Pakistan they had to take some strategic calls and restrict themselves to introducing the product without the built-in tech.

Hira shared that working with local workshops who specialized in leather craftsmanship was another challenge.

“They had amazing grip on their craft but lacked the understanding of world-class production which came from finesse, quality control and operations optimization. We thought this was a bigger challenge and if we had to contribute towards the local manufacturing, this is the area that demanded the most attention.”

They moved out of Plan9 last year and set up a small place in Model Town, Lahore. That’s when they started selling their first product, the Hexella Minibag, in the market. Two years since inception, the team has been able to work out their supply chain setup end-to-end for designing with a collection in place and customers all over the world.

On who they consider competition Babar adds, “I am really glad to see a lot of people taking the initiative in the local fashion accessories space in Pakistan, especially the ones working with leather are doing great work. I believe, each brand has a very unique aesthetic and its own place in the market.”

They hope to be introducing new collections each year and diversifying their portfolio by tapping into footwear and new innovative accessories, which would include introducing a line of ‘smart bags’, when the market is mature. When and whether that happens remains to be seen but one thing Warp will always be, is the first tech-fashion accessories brand of Pakistan.

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Season 16 Premiere

2017年08月18日

Heidi Klum Hosts Bra Brunch in L.A., Talks 'Project Runway' Season 16 Premiere

Ahead of Thursday's Project Runway season 16 premiere, Heidi Klum took to Beverly Hills' Hotel Bel-Air to unveil her upcoming lingerie collection during an intimate floral-filled brunch.

Surrounded by red and pink roses and peonies, three models of various sizes showcased Klum's fall/winter intimates range, which is priced from $25 to $170 and comprised of balconette and half-wire bras with matching thongs and bikini briefs, sexy silk slip dresses and robes, lace-accented bodysuits and maternity bras, to name a few.

As a former Victoria's Secret Angel, the German model knows a thing or two about inspiring women to feel sexy. The designer herself fronted the latest Heidi Klum Intimates campaign, which was shot in Santa Monica by Emmy Award-winning director and photographer Francesco Carrozzini.

But in light of the country's current political climate — one where a president openly berates women (remember when Klum fired back at then-candidate Donald Trump after he declared her "no longer a 10"?) — the 44-year-old mother of four hopes she can instill confidence from within, which is why she included a range of sizes and styles in her lingerie collection, including bras in sizes F and G, maternity pieces and a deep-plunge bra that's "her personal favorite."

"To be honest, at the end of the day it's not [about] the lingerie. I don't want to push my [line] and say [it's] going to do everything for you, because it doesn't," she says. "Ultimately, you are the one that has to feel sexy in it. If you have a beautiful piece on and you feel extra special then yes, but it has to come from within. I can throw the sexiest piece on you but if you don't feel it, it's not going to happen."

In addition to designing her intimates brand, Klum is also set to debut her very first apparel collection with German supermarket chain Lidl, which reportedly plans to open over 600 stores in the U.S. Named Esmara by Heidi Klum, the label will include trendy and affordable pieces, including a leather jacket, from $7 to $30.

The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Klum following the brunch to learn more about where she finds design inspiration, her favorite Project Runway memories, her Halloween costume plans this year and more.

Your annual Halloween party is just a few months away. What do you have planned for your costume this year?

It’s going to be a scary one this year; last year I was me [as a 95-year-old]. ... Literally [that] happened because I was like, “How am I going to get out of one year not having to do prosthetics?” But this year I'm actually going to be very scary again [and] it's not really under-the-radar once I come to the party and people know that it's me.

Now that Project Runway is celebrating its Sweet 16th season, what are some of your fondest memories from over the years?

I would say the very first episode ever, that kind of set a tone [when contestant] Austin Scarlett did that very famous corn-husk dress. That was the very first episode, and we gave them the unconventional materials challenge where they went into the supermarket and they could [use] whatever they wanted. He just grabbed a bunch of corn, ripped the husks off and sewed the dress from that; we had to refrigerate it overnight. That will always stick [out] in my mind. Really, all of the unconventional material challenges, they're always amazing.

Have you ever gotten starstruck by a Project Runway guest?

I love Bob Mackie. Some people kind of get starstruck with different actors; for me, it was Bob Mackie. He's just so over the top and so flamboyant, [especially with] all of those Vegas outfits that he did for these gorgeous girls who were dancing. I actually did a photoshoot [in Las Vegas] once and I got to wear some of [his designs] and it was amazing. Fantasy! I wish we would still dress like that.

What can you reveal to us about this season?

Our very first episode this year, the designers have to do a red-carpet look, so we immediately hit them with a frying pan basically over the head and [challenged them to create it] in one day. You know, most designers take months to do that, so we keep them on their toes.

This is also the first time that models of all sizes will be included. What are your thoughts on the timing?

It's shocking, actually, that we haven't done this earlier. I [have always said] it is important that designers can design for women of all sizes because women are shorter, taller, more voluptuous, skinnier, in between, everything — so you have to cater and design for all women. I also keep that in mind when I design lingerie, that I don't just have lingerie that goes to like, [size] D. We go to F, G — it's important because there isn't a lot for women with larger breasts out there.

Now that you're a lingerie and clothing designer, have you picked up any tips from Project Runway?

I wouldn't say [I've picked up any] "tips," but I think subconsciously everything you see does get stored in your head somewhere. I don't want to say [that the show] doesn't inspire me because it must somehow, and especially with me [because] I'm a very visual person. [For example] if you come to my house, it's very colorful. I have paintings everywhere, I don't get rid of anything, I collect weird things from all over the place, I have every boarding pass [for] any plane that I've been on, I collect heart rocks from the beach. I'm crazy — I have a lot of stuff! Our house is not a showroom, so I'm very visual. And I'm a little bit of a hoarder, it's a little bit of a problem. I collect a lot of things.

What other interesting things do you find yourself collecting?

I also collect old [Schildkrot] dolls that were made from celluloid and they have a turtle [logo] on their backs. I have them with the glass eyes, even older ones [that] the eyes were painted on — I have [about] 60 and [the kids] can't touch them. I also have a lot of Barbies — [she] was me at one point.

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How to Dress to Beat Fall Weather

2017年08月14日

Getting dressed this time of year is glorious: from suits to sweaters, from nubbly socks to bare feet and loafers, just about everything is in play. But sometimes the weather—the weather!—won't cooperate. One day you you're sweating buckets because you jumped the gun on all your tweed, the next you're shaking like a wet animal because you dressed for beach weather—and then it started pouring. The slick, simple fit Dev Patel's got on here is your best bet for cheating the tricky weather system—along with your office dress code, inconsistent air conditioning, and the prying eyes of your style-conscious friends.

While the colors of this look have an eye towards fall, the cuts and fabric are all breezy enough to wear on a hot day. Short sleeves and bare ankles will go a long way towards keeping you cool on a surprise 90-degree day, and a trench or mac is perfect insurance against a surprise shower. You're ready for it to be fall—now you just need to dress like it.

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Alexis Ren Launches Activewear

2017年08月11日

Jaden Smith Lands First Awards Hosting Gig; Instagram Star Alexis Ren Launches Activewear

Jaden Smith to Host Environmental Media Association Awards

Jaden Smith, millennial style icon, entrepreneur and environmental activist, is set to host the 2017 Environmental Media Association Awards. At last year's awards, Smith took home the Male Futures Award for his work with JUST, the "responsibly sourced" water company which uses environmentally friendly packaging. The awards show, set to place Sept. 23 in Los Angeles, will be the 19-year-old's first hosting gig. Given his poetic way with words, we're sure the show will be one you won't want to miss.

Instagram Superstar Launches Activewear Line

Instagram phenom Alexis Ren, who has 10.5 million followers and landed the August cover of Maxim, has teamed with Revolve to launch a new Activewear line called Ren Active. The debut collection is "for the girl who's passionately curious" and includes a range of black tops and separates, accented with pops of blush and bright red ($48-$152). There is also an option to sign up for a monthly subscription service, which will include one piece of activewear each month plus access to various exclusive branded merch including yoga mats, hats and outerwear.

Former InStyle Editor-In-Chief Ariel Foxman Joins Olivela as Chief Branding Officer

Ariel Foxman, the editor-in-chief of InStyle from 2008-2016, has officially landed a new gig. He revealed on Thursday that he is the new chief branding officer at Olivela, a luxury e-commerce site that donates a portion of the proceeds to various children's charities worldwide. Foxman had previously been an adviser to the site, and will now oversee the marketing and communications departments.

Yasmin Sewell Joins Farfetch as VP of Style and Creative

Yasmin Sewell has joined Farfetch as the vice president of style and creative, a newly created position. She was appointed after a brief run as the fashion director of Style.com, which was absorbed by Farfetch in a global partnership deal with Conde Nast, which was announced in June. In her role, Sewell will be responsible for the global editorial and creative teams.

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fashion's dark side

2017年08月09日

Zac Posen's documentary shows fashion's dark side

Zac Posen wants the world to know his life is not all about beautiful dresses and fancy parties.

Next month, the American designer is set to premiere his documentary, "House of Z," to show both the good and bad sides of the fashion business. He debuted the film, which is directed by Sandy Chronopoulos, at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

"Fashion has a dark side - it's not all runways and lipstick and fishtail gowns," he told Vogue. "I think if you are going to make a movie, especially today about the creative process and media, you have to be honest. I wasn't interested in throwing myself into a puff piece."

Posen was the boy wonder of the fashion world when he emerged at age 21 in 2001. He started with an atelier in his parents' living room. The young designer quickly captured the spotlight for his breathtakingly beautiful gowns and evening wear, and he became a celebrity favorite on the red carpet.

By 2004, Sean Combs was an investor in his business. Posen did a line for Target and also received awards by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

According to Vogue.com, the film chronicles Posen's life from being a NYFW wunderkind to today, with all the bumps along the way. Posen's friends and collaborators like Claire Danes, Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell, and Paz de la Huerta make appearances, as do editors and critics like Nicole Phelps and André Leon Talley.

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ITVBe tonight

2017年08月07日

When is Real Housewives of New York City on ITVBe tonight, who’s in the cast and what’s it about?

Ever since it premiered in 2008, the cast have always brought the drama and the new series is giving fans more of the same. Here's all you need to know about the glamorous ladies...

When is Real Housewives of New York City on ITVBe?

The Real Housewives Of New York City returned to ITVBe at 9pm on June 4 and the series continues at the same time TONIGHT (Sunday August 6) with episode 10).

It is repeated several times during the week and is also available on the ITV player not long after broadcast.

RHONY first premiered in the US on Bravo in March 2008, following the success of The Real Housewives Of Orange County.

Currently in its ninth season in the states, it focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in NYC.

Who's in the of Real Housewives Of New York City cast?

Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel first came to fame when she was named first runner-up on NBC's The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.

Her success on a Real Housewife led to her own spin-off series' before she made a return to the main show in season seven.

The best-selling author is also a self-made businesswoman thanks to her low-calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl Cocktails.

Ramoana Singer

Newly single Ramona started her career in sales management for major fashion companies such as Calvin Klein and French Connection.

She most recently collaborated with Rodan and Fields as a consultant and is a passionate supporter of charities helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Carole Radziwill

Carole Radziwill enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning journalist before she turned her focus to writing.

Married to ABC News producer Anthony Radziwill, she still contributes to publications while working on her own projects.

Tinsley Mortimer

New girl Tinsley mixes southern charm with socialite glamour as she made her name in public relations while working at Vogue.

She has since launched her own line of hangbags and a clothing collection while also creating a lipgloss for French design house, Dior.

Dorinda Medley

Dorinda moved to America fromLondon where she started her own cashmere company servicing high profile clients such as Princess Diana and Joan Collins.

She married financier Dr. Richard Medley and after his tragic passing in 2011, she had the help of her daughter Hannah and fellow housewives to keep going.

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Social Change

2017年08月04日

Meet The Black Latina Youth Behind The Organic T-Shirt Line Dedicated To Social Change

If Kayla Robinson is any indication of where we’re headed as a people, it’s clear the future is bright and woke AF. The South Florida–based Afro-Dominicana is the founder of Green Box Shop and the teen designer behind a line of politically slanted tees, including Frank Ocean’s Panorama Festival T-shirt: “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”

What started out as a means to pay for yoga teacher’s certification turned into a full-blown online startup. Robinson began selling her tees in order to pay for proper yoga training before realizing the lucrativeness and necessity of her fair trade business.

Her passion for social justice and mainstream inclusivity doesn’t stop at fashion. Robinson plans to also forge her legacy in sustainable agriculture. “Now, my ultimate goal is to get involved in urban farming to make healthy and homegrown food more accessible in the many food deserts in our country,” she tells Teen Vogue.

To set herself apart from trendy “message marketing” campaigns and ensure her brand’s authenticity, Robinson stays up-to-date on current events and with our political landscape. She even designs shirts around the aftermath of those events in order to offer some relief. “My team and I have also started to do group volunteering once a month in our community of Broward County, Florida.”

Much of what drives Robinson’s work, besides her own identity and how she moves in the world, is what others experience in the body.

“For subjects that are relevant to my identity as a bisexual, feminine Afro-Latina, I understand those stigmas firsthand, so I create those designs myself,” she explains to the magazine. “For subjects that are outside of my identity — that involve the disabled, Asian, or transgender communities, for example — I check in with my followers if I have questions about those stigmas. Many times people volunteer shirt ideas or explain stigmas they face so that I can properly represent other marginalized groups with my shop.”

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