Akiko Aoki RTW Fall 2017

With her first solo runway show, Akiko Aoki solidified her status as one of Tokyo’s up-and-coming designers to watch. She presented her own definition of feminine dressing, which was both soft and edgy, created by breaking down elements of classic garments and then recombining them in intriguing ways. In some ways it was reminiscent of Chitose Abe’s work at Sacai, but it still had its own unique flavor.

Aoki deconstructed trenchcoats in neon pink and classic Glen plaid, reimagining them as crop tops and floor-length skirts with belts tied at the waist and slits up each leg. Many of her looks featured different textured fabrics in the same color, such as an emerald green satin slipdress worn over pleated chiffon bell-bottoms. She also riffed on striped men’s wear-inspired shirts, turning them into baby-doll dresses, blouses and aprons with bustier tops.

The designer turned out coats in black-and-white houndstooth and baby blue wool. Her design managed to look both classic and entirely new, with scalloped lapels, a gathered and belted waist, and puff sleeves with dropped shoulder seams.

Conservative but sexy, quirky but wearable, and girly but grown-up, Aoki’s collection captured the contradictions of modern Tokyo women.Read more at:occasion dresses | prom dress shops uk


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How The Industry Has Changed

American Fashion Icon Nicole Miller Shares How The Industry Has Changed

An iconic American fashion designer, Nicole Miller has graced the industry with her signature graphic prints and innovative silhouettes. Miller’s Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection headlines the second part of the Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend series held in Fort Lauderdale’s FATVillage from March 30 to April 2, bringing together fashion influencers and enthusiasts. We spoke with Miller prior to the event about her design inspiration, a day-in-the-life and the behind-the-scenes at a runway show.

What sparked your interest in fashion?

My mother was from Paris, so she was very chic and always had French fashion magazines arriving from Europe, usually two months late because they came by boat. Early on I was very interested. I went to school in Paris for a year, and then I also went to Rhode Island School of Design.

How have things changed since you started in the fashion industry?

I have to say today I don’t love it as much as I have loved it, but I always have a great time because I have a great staff, and I love the creative process. For me, I’m very involved in the design process—everything from the prints to the silhouettes. In essence, I have the background both technically and artistically between design school and couture school in Paris. ... A lot of the fashion business is about hype these days. Every celebrity has a clothing line, every socialite has a clothing line. And you know what happens [is] they come and go with it, but I’m still here.

What is a typical day like for you?

It varies. Some days we have fittings. We work from collection to collection. Sometimes it’s more about inspiration and finding a great idea. And then after it’s a great idea, then I try to conceptualize the prints I’m going to use. Meanwhile, I’m doing fabric research to find new fabric, find new technological advances to work with. I’m also working on new silhouettes all the time. I’m in-between these things. There’s always a sketch pad at my desk. I’m always sketching as well.

You will be showing your Spring 2017 Collection at Underground Lauderdale. What inspired the line?

The spring was Panamanian molas [which are colorful, multi-layered paneled blouses worn by Kuna women of Panama]. I bought these Egyptian molas from an art gallery and that was the inspiration for that. (Editor’s note: Miller will also show pieces from her new beach collection, La Plage, which is French for beach.)

How is showing the spring collection in South Florida different from NYC’s Fashion Week?

Well, it will be a lot less stressful that’s for sure. Fashion shows are always very stressful. There’s always some crazy thing that can go wrong. The music gets stuck or a girl trips, or someone breaks a heel. There’s always worries about something that you can’t control.

This year [during the Fall 2017 Collection show at New York Fashion Week] the funniest thing happened. I went to get my lint roller because some of the clothes were wool, and I wanted to make sure they were all de-linted before they went out on the runway. I am the last person to check them on their way out, so I go to grab the lint brush and it was one of those tape ones, and it was stuck to a seam ripper. The seam ripper goes flying out in the middle of the runway, and the show had just started. So, I had to make a decision whether to send someone in to grab it, like get a hanger and bring it back, have a model kick it or leave it alone. ... So I thought, ‘Ignore it.’ I was tearing my hair out backstage because of the stupid seam ripper.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a fashion designer?

I have no idea, but I’m always obsessed with cooking. That’s my hobby. Cooking, and I do a lot of water skiing. ... But my de-stress hobby is to cook at home. I love cooking and entertaining. So who knows, I could have had a restaurant.Read more at:princess prom dresses | short prom dresses


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The Nina Ricci Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 collection by Guillaume Henry revisits the cowgirl codes of the American West in a mix of references to the rodeo and the circus.

The Nina Ricci woman is a traveler, and she’s in it for the fun. The color palette captures a portrait of joyful rodeo girls: soft pastel hues of blue-gray, pink and yellow are contrasted and structured by black, navy and an array of beiges. Stretch materials — lace and lacquered silk — alternate with prints inspired by the corral and the rodeo arena. Leather or lizard patches and trim lend the pieces a luxurious structure. Fringe is handled like fabric. Coats in Mongolian lamb fur or shearling express refinement with an offbeat dash of humor.

Upon her return to Paris, the pretty dust of Death Valley settles on the Avenue Montaigne. In a sleek and sensual celebration, curve-skimming daywear with bodysuits in sequins, lace or lacquered jersey — are worn under a sky blue quilted coat with a cowboy cut. Plunging necklines reveal bikini top brassieres that are anything but demure. A black and navy sequined stretch dress stirs under a wide-wale corduroy trench with large woven buttons, either in beige or Nevada turquoise.

Sharply constructed high-waisted pants in ski tricot are trimmed in contrasting leather. A Pierrot blouse or a Seventies jacket cut to echo a guitar contour slip down a shoulder, to reveal stretch lace lingerie. Caramel chaps with side restorations reveal the curve of the hip, right where a hand might caress.

The urban cowgirl wears a jacket inspired by the denim classic, a silk twill cowboy shirt with snap closures and a metal-tipped collar cinched with a long bolo tie. A pink Mongolian fur coat with leather patches and woven leather buttons makes an extravagant statement. A quilted skirt with rodeo motifs is paired with a shearling pea coat edged in navy leather. For evening, a sky blue smoking with lizard shoulder details projects the glamour of a heroine from “Dallas”.

Shoes slip on like gloves. Mules in textured leather mix with low boots and formfitting thigh boots or shoes in crépe de Chine. Handbags swing to a country beat: the Tupi, the bridle-zip Chimariko and the Mexican saddle-inspired Bronco with a patchwork of stars evoke a beautiful night in the desert.Read more at:sexy prom dresses | prom dresses


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Fashion Statement

If you grew up in the 80s and the 90s, chances are you own a funky collection of pin badges that has now been confined to a dusty tin box somewhere at the bottom of your closet. At 15, when you couldn’t get a tattoo, the only means of self-expression and asserting yourself as a new-age rebel, was to throw on a backpack or satchel that had the name of your favourite band pinned on to it. And if you were a little more daring, these little badges made their way on to your school blazer or even lab coat!Cut to 2017, and they’ve made a comeback, and fashion stores, both physical and online, have been stocking up on them.

According to Robert Bready, Chief Creative Officer at Koovs.Com, “Once the favoured accessory of 80’s school kids and collectors, the last couple of years has seen a resurgence of pins – as part of the wider customised clothing trend. The good thing is this one is for both girls and boys, so you can steal it from your men, or they from you.”He adds, “Pin badges are an easy and fun way to add personality to your outfit, so it’s hardly surprising that they are a big trend.

These days pin badges include everything from cartoon characters and rebellious messages to signs, telling a different story. The most popular pin badges are slogans, emojis, and tiny depictions of rappers and sneakers.”There’s definitely more to patches and badges than them making a statement. Kamakshi Kaul, Vice President- Design, Max Fashion, says “If you’re wondering how to inject some punky attitude into a simple jeans-and-tee ensemble, throw on a pin badge over your outfit. This trend isn’t about dressing head-to-toe in shapeless, bedraggled black clothing, but more about incorporating small elements of punk into your everyday wardrobe. This could be something as subtle as a mere safety-pin pendant, or as bold as a spiked, studded denim jacket.”Designer Aditi Lal says “The sudden craze of pin badges has brought out the inner child in us. My favourite pin badges are those of food. What I love most about these badges is that you can accessorise anything and everything. I have badges of a breakfast buffet on my denim jacket which I absolutely adore.”For makeup artist and blogger, Naina Ruhail, “Pins are one of the easiest ways to up your accessorising game.

They’re small, easy to wear, and come at different price points, making them accessible to all. I love wearing pin badges on everything denim. Anything that's funky, cool, or vintage, and reflects my personality, is my kind of pin.”“A pin badge is a versatile accessory. If you love food, grab some French fries and pizza pins. If you’re in the mood for florals, you have pins for that too. Pin badges are a perfect mix of kitsch and glam and are the best way to sport the ‘patches on everything’ trend without the permanence of patches,” says apparel expert, Abhilasha Bahl.Pin badges are now also about depicting your state of mind. Stylist, Pranita Mehta says, “I like the ones with some text and illustrations. There are also WhatsApp emoji pin badges. My current favourite is a badge that features a caricature of Wonder Woman with ‘Wondering Woman’ written next to it. I wear it on tees, shirts, and denims and on my bag.”

On how the trend is to be sported, Bready suggests you “put it on a solid colour dress, t-shirts or bags and summer hats.” Naina says “If you’re aiming for a subtler look, wear only one or two of your favourite designs at a time. However, if you’re feeling bold, pile the pin badges on.”With this reappearance of playfulness in everyday fashion, wearing your heart on your sleeve (or lapel!) is the coolest thing to do.Read more at:prom dresses | long prom dresses


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The Olsen Twins Reveal

The Olsen twins revealed in a recent interview about their fashion brand, how they’ve managed to cross over from childhood acting to fashion and achieve outstanding success. They run two fashion labels, The Row and Elizabeth and James. The Row is a luxury brand and Elizabeth and James is contemporary lifestyle.

The sisters have made the transition from the jarring experience of early fame to eventually having a more low key existence in the fashion world. Their lifestyle took a shift after they decided to attend college. They stepped away from much media attention and instead focused on having tremendous levels of career productivity.

Mary-Kate is the married twin. She wedded wealthy French banker Olivier Sarkozy, 47, in 2015. She spoke to The Edit about how she balances family life with business life, and still finds time for necessary relaxation.

Sister Ashley is dating 64-year-old art dealer Richard Sachs.

The Olsen twins take great care in the clothing they produce, asking their staff to try outfits on and make sure they’re functional and wearable, not just pretty. They do the same quality tests themselves.

Besides a very functional sense of quality and style, the twins attribute their success to staying sheltered, meaning, staying off social media. Though their brands keep social media, the twins themselves keep away from any potential productivity-draining platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Where other celebrities are constantly trying to build a buzz through social media, the Olsen girls just want to stay focused on the concrete work in front of them.

As productive, meticulous, and hardworking as the Olsen twins are, they faced a backlash from an intern claiming unfair working conditions over at The Row. As The Fashion Law reports, the Olsens’ ended up paying a total $140,000 to 185 interns recently.

Despite the claims, the dispute could be a result of not everybody having the same work ethic that Mary-Kate and Ashley are accustomed to. As the Olsen twins continue to forge ahead in their fashion careers and life, and all without the distraction of social media, they create milestones that the fashion and business worlds are forced to notice.Read more at:prom dresses uk | formal dresses uk


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Making me sick

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After much soul-searching, Perth designer Aurelio Costarella has decided to leave behind a celebrat­ed 34-year career in the fashion industry to concentrate on his wellbeing, as he continues his battle with depression.

“It was a simple decision in there was really only one option for me in terms of managing my mental health and that was to step away from the industry,” Costarella told The Australian.

“It’s so demanding and unrelenting, you really can’t manage mental health issues and be in the fashion industry, it’s impossible.”

Costarella’s work, known for its luxurious glamour and romantic sensibility that draws on Victor­iana and corsetry, as well as a fine eye for tailoring, was belove­d and worn by celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Dita von Teese, Dannii Minogue and Kate Ceberano, as well as Princess Mary of Denmark.

Costarella cites the increase in the pace of the industry and the number of collections expected each year — something that a number of designers have spoken out over in recent years — as among the issues that contributed to his decision.

“Having to be creative 24/7 and having to meet collection deadlines and production deadlines and travel commitments and appearances and everything that comes with the territory, then the public criticism and scrutiny and the demands of retailers and consumers — it’s become ridiculous.

“I got to the point where I thought: ‘Why am I doing this? It’s not fulfilling me, I’m not getting anything out of it, it’s making me sick.’ ”

Costarella came out publicly about his struggle with depression in 2015, when he became an ambassad­or for Lifeline.

“The response from people was just phenomenal — it felt to me like it was probably the single most important thing I’ve done in my life. I just talked about something that people are too afraid to talk about. Whatever I move into will certainly involve an element of mental health advocacy.”

Costarella was one of a coterie of Australian designers who started showing regularly at New York Fashion Week before the global financial crisis. His pieces have been stocked at retailers including Barney’s, Henri Bendel, Harvey Nichols and Villa Moda. He defected from long-term stockist Myer to David Jones in 2015.

Costarella has been a survivor of the industry, even overcoming a fallout with a former investor in the late 90s which saw him lose his original brand name, Ray Costarella; he relaunched under his actual name, Aurelio Costarella.

Costarella will take time out before deciding what his next move will be, although he says it will likely still involve something creative — perhaps in the homewares space. He is also working on a book about his life, work and mental health battles.

He is clear on one thing: “I’ve spent 34 years working to timelines. Whatever it is that I do will not be dictated by timelines. Part of me is very sad about (leaving the fashion industry), because it has been such an important part of my life, but I just feel there are other things for me to be doing that are perhaps more important.”Read more at:prom dresses online


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weddings feature

What do NASCAR drivers do during their three-month offseason? They get married, apparently.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. married Amy on New Year’s Eve, 2017 Daytona 500 champ Kurt Busch married Ashley in January and Brad Keselowski married Paige just two weeks before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“I’m still grasping and understanding what marriage is, what my responsibilities are,” Earnhardt said, calling their commitment “comforting.”

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“You’re always trying to be better and be more of an asset to your spouse, so I’ve got a lot to learn.”

While those at Busch’s wedding would probably agree the best part was the 90-minute concert by Steven Tyler, drivers who attended Earnhardt’s and Keselowski’s weddings raved about the food at both – though not surprising considering they had the same wedding planner.

“My favorite part of (Dale and Amy’s) wedding was that they had food stations,” No. 1 Chevrolet driver Jamie McMurray said. “It was a bunch of different types of food. So if you didn’t like barbeque, then you went over and got steak. If you didn’t like steak, then you went and got Chinese food.”

And then there was dessert, which didn’t stray from the food station theme at Junior’s wedding, held at NASCAR team owner Richard Childress’ vineyard.

“The ice cream stations were special,” No. 11 Toyota driver Denny Hamlin proclaimed. “They had this crackerjack that they froze with dry ice, and as you were eating it, you could just feel the dry ice. It was just amazing.”

Keselowski – who also said he went to Earnhardt’s wedding – admitted that he wasn’t in charge of too much for his own celebration, but the food was all him. Looking back, he said he still feels really good about the success of the food options because “most weddings have terrible food.”

No. 22 Ford driver Joey Logano attended Keselowski’s wedding – as well as Team Penske tire changer Ryan Flores’ – in the offseason and played a part in both, a role he and his energetic personality loved.

“I was a groomsman in Ryan’s, and I was an usher in Brad’s wedding, so I sat everyone down. I said, ‘Sit down and shut up and watch the wedding!’ That’s how I did it,” Logano joked.

But Logano didn’t stop there. While he said the reception gave the drivers and their families a welcomed chance to hang out in the offseason, he was quick to point out one obvious detail.

“It was a total NASCAR wedding – no one knows how to dance,” he added.

From what he saw at Junior’s wedding as the celebration counted down to 2017, Hamlin agreed.

“Most of them are not (good dancers,)” he said. “I am! I just don’t show it. Give me the proper beverages, and then maybe I’ll show you a move.”

Aside from the great food, terrible dancing and Danica Patrick catching Amy Earnhardt’s bouquet, the drivers agreed the best part of the Earnhardt and Keselowski weddings was sharing the bride and groom’s special moment with them.

Although not everyone in attendance believed that day would ever come.

“I didn’t think it was going to be possible,” said Jeffrey Earnhardt, Junior’s nephew. “I didn’t think anyone would be able to settle him down, but he got in good with Amy. She’s a sweetheart. They’re good together. … He’s in a much happier place in life, and I think for me, that was the coolest part.”

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Susan Lucci

In four decades as a daytime television titan, Susan Lucci has amassed an enormous amount of elegant designer clothing and luxurious accessories. Now, she's ready to unload some of her most precious belongings for a good cause.

The former All My Children star teamed up with Everything But the House, the world's largest estate sale marketplace, to auction off hundreds of her personal items. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.

"It's really more about divesting and lightening up," Lucci tells ET. "Many of the things I have I've accumulated over the course of my career and have been photographed on red carpets, have been on All My Children, have been on Devious Maids. And then there's furniture from my prom dress shops room on All My Children and personal articles that mean a lot to me, either from events in my life or just beautiful china that I've accumulated that I'm no longer using."

The auction lasts March 1 through March 10, with all items starting at just $1.

Some of the items include a Crate & Barrel blended cotton off-white feather down sofa that was used in Lucci's All My Children dressing rooms in New York and Los Angeles, a black evening dress ensemble that she wore to the 1993 Emmy Awards, a couture strapless formal Escada gown she wore to the 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1998 and a vintage gold lamé Anne Klein piece that she wore when she met Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.

As one would imagine, the task of sifting through all of her belongings was daunting, and that's precisely where EBTH came into play.

"My son really found Everything But the House for me, and it was a way to do this without being so overwhelmed," she says.

The charity involved, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, holds a personal connection for Lucci, as her 8-year-old grandson, Brendan, was diagnosed with the congenital disorder. Last year, Brendan underwent a procedure that made it easier for him to walk.

"At the time, I didn't know anything about cerebral palsy. Ironically, I had been honored by UCP of New York City several years before that," she says. "I learned so much through them. I learned, for example, that there's a spectrum of cerebral palsy and Brendan, my grandson, would be on the lighter side of that spectrum."

"I wanted to make this auction a win-win," she adds. "So by including United Cerebral Palsy New York City, if feel that this is the best way to accomplish two things: to divest and also to give my very loyal, passionate viewers of both Devious Maids and All My Children and throughout my career and my own life access to some wonderful things, and at the same time, benefit United Cerebral Palsy of New York City."

In addition to the auction, there's also a sweepstakes coming up that will give a lucky fan and a friend the opportunity to have lunch with Lucci.

"The idea is, so many people had lunch with me every day for so many years as Erica Kane, and this is the chance for them to come to New York and we'll have lunch in person at one of my favorite restaurants in New York," she says.

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Beyonce looks glowing

The 35-year-old is expecting twins with husband Jay Z but it didn’t stop her partying at the swish Oscars bash.

In a series of new pictures, the singer displays her bump in all its glory as she strikes a series of sassy poses while wearing plenty of sparkling jewellery including emerald and diamond earrings by Kimberly McDonald.

In one snap, she has one hand in the air as the other is on her hip as she sticks her bump out for the camera.

Beyonce is glowing in a gorgeous green dress as she cradles her baby bump

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According to Page Six, the star partied until midnight with her hubby, who announced the news they were expecting twins earlier this month.

Meanwhile, The Sun exclusively revealed how the couple, who are already parents to daughter Blue Ivy, are preparing to fork out an incredible £85million on a new Hollywood mega-mansion to house their growing brood.

The pair have secretly viewed Petra and James Stunt’s outrageous 57,000-square-foot pad as they bid to make a fresh start with their newborns and daughter Blue Ivy.

The luxury home — which is bigger than the White House — has 123 rooms and includes an aquarium in the study, a nightclub in the basement and a bowling alley.

Beyonce and Jay were given the grand tour earlier this month by an agent for James and Petra, who is the daughter of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone.

A Los Angeles real estate source revealed: “Beyonce and Jay Z are actively hunting for a house, something they can settle in for the next decade or so, and Petra’s place seems to be very appealing to them.

“They were shown around two weeks ago and are thinking about whether it works for them.

“They know with their expanding brood it’s time to get serious about laying some roots, and having a statement pad in Hollywood is at the top of their list.

“They loved the space and the size, they just need to work out if it’s the right fit for the future.

“There’s an amazing pool for the kids, gift-wrapping rooms, a screening room and a top-notch gym space, so it has everything they’re going to need.

“They said they want to get a good deal though, so they were keen on getting the price down.

“More than anything they just want a pad that gives them the calm and serenity they need in their lives.”

Beyonce announced last month that she and Jay are expecting twins by sharing an incredible snap of her bump on Instagram.

Petra and her billionaire husband James first put their mansion on the market in 2014, just three years after buying it from US author Candy Spelling — mum of actress Tori — for £68million.

The crib is one of the biggest homes in Los Angeles and features a ridiculous 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms.

The lavish layout continues outdoors, with a tennis court, swimming pool, koi pond and a citrus orchard.

Well, Beyonce does love making her own Lemonade after all.

While Beyonce won't perform at this year's Coachella, she has promised to headline the festival in 2018.

It has not been revealed who will replace Beyonce as the headline act on her two dates, however Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar are also top of the bill on the two weekend event.

The British band will play April 14 and 21, while US superstar Lamar will take the April 16 and 23 slots.

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London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2017 presentations and runway shows saw the largest bursts yet of China’s boldest and brightest fashion designers and brands. They featured both on and off schedule, as well as in the showrooms. Below is a rundown of the Chinese designer highlights during the week, which concluded on February 26.

The opening day saw the return of London-based fashion fringe-winner Haizhen Wang. His energetic presentation played on ideas of transit—models moved boxes in repetitions, and slogans like ‘fragile’ and ‘priority’ made their mark stamped on garments and shoes. This statement, which carried through to the stickered invite, worked surprisingly well with Wang’s personal take on femininity. Oversized boxy silhouettes and utility pockets were punctuated with draped flourishes and the occasional cinched waist.

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Steven Tai’s current mood of loungy procrastination was informed by sleeping sloths from the mind of an 8-year-old artist. Listless models yawned from behind nerdy glasses, wearing pillow-leg trousers and cocoon coats in muted tones. With soft, luxurious fabrics, it seems his muse is more duvet and less placard.

Taiwanese designer Angus Chiang, who is on the shortlist for the 2017 LVMH Prize, opened Fashion Scout, which remains a vital platform for Chinese talent. Chiang’s sherbet collection infused with love-heart motifs and graffiti scrawls took viewers back to the classroom. Schoolboy shorts paired with ill-fitting blazers and headbands were exercises in color and personalization.

Other highlights from Fashion Scout included Ru, winner of the Ones to Watch award for 2017, and the return of Han Wen’s elaborate ensembles. On its closing day a refined menswear collection from Harry Xu was injected with femininity through unexpected floral prints and whimsical embroidery. The resulting unconventional exploration of gender hints at promising things to come. According to Fashion Scout’s founder and creative director Martyn Roberts, the platform has been “showcasing and supporting Chinese designers longer than anyone else.”

“We launched Masha Ma, for example, and we’ve had a great selection of Chinese designers, including Xiao Li, Renli Su, Min Wu, and Momo Wang,” Roberts said.

Former Fashion Scout winner Leaf Xia presented her SS17 collection in the British Fashion Council designer showrooms. “The entire collection is available now,” she said. “I know Chinese buyers want to buy right now, and so do private individual buyers. I see this as a marketplace, an experiment to see people’s reactions to the pieces.” She chose instead to present her Fall/Winter 2017 collection at Shanghai Fashion Week this April.

Design duo Tommy Zhong’s exploration of texture included silhouette this season, and the showroom is the perfect setting to see the result in detail. Pinch pleats transform draped lines to reveal hourglass shapes and unravelled woven textiles create statement outerwear.

“Being based in the UK helps us a lot—it sets us apart in China,” the brand’s co-owner Jenny Nelson said. “London has a reputation we can use to build a brand, which is a creative business rather than purely commercial. … It is a showing place. It’s good to be in the showrooms to meet people, but there is a next step we need to take, and we hope to do a presentation here next season.”

In the Fashion East program, Asai, the new South-London based brand from Central Saint Martin’s graduate A Sai Ta, explored stereotypes, using a Chinese takeaway menu as his press release. Despite the humor, however, he is serious about material. Shredded, distressed, bleached and crocheted manipulations all featured on the runway.

The closing show from Royal College of Art graduate Xiao Li created a frosty finish to events. The Scandi-feel of the presentation was centered around what looked like white garments suspended in ice sculptures, an attempt to set-dress a rather dour showspace. Oversized chunky knitwear looks alongside gathered tailoring redesigned proportions in her signature, sculptural aesthetic.

London Fashion Week continues to trade off the positioning of London as a leading hub of creativity. “London is a great platform for new designers to build their brands and get awareness,” Roberts said. “London is the most open to new talent. … If you are looking to sell internationally, you are going to have to come here.”

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Wedding Was as Gorgeous

Leave it to a fashion designer to throw a super stylish wedding that has us clinging to our seats and fighting the urge to start pinning to our wedding Pinterest boards, immediately. Carly Cushnie, co-founder of the chic, feminine line Cushnie et Ochs, just made it #official with her sweetheart, tying the knot in a gorgeous destination wedding in Mexico this weekend. What does such a fashion maven's "I dos" consist of you, ask? Well, an absurdly divine wedding prom dress shops (duh), tons of color, and wedding guest apparel designed by the bride herself, to start. Oh, and a parade. Natch.

After previously marrying in a civil ceremony in New York (with Cushnie donning a crazy chic white outfit with dramatic sleeves, no less!), the couple headed to Mexico City this weekend to tie the knot in a stunning ceremony with all their family and friends.

First up was the rehearsal dinner, where Cushnie wore a colorfully beaded strapless number and couldn't resist cuddling up to her groom. Naturally, Cushnie's partner in crime fashion, Cushnie et Ochs co-founder Michelle Ochs, was right at her side. "When your girl is getting married... Let's get this party started," she wrote on Instagram.

Last year, Ochs was the one getting married and gave BRIDES a peek behind the scenes at her Jamaican wedding. But this time around, it was the other half of Cushnie et Ochs who was the star of the show!

On Saturday, February 25, Cushnie walked down the aisle at La Enseñanza Church, Spanish-Baroque style church that was just as grand as the bride herself, who stunned in an off-the-shoulder lace wedding dress for the occasion. A long tulle veil completed the look, and we can't forget about the adorbs flower girl who was a mini fashionista in her lacy look. Flower girl goals, anyone?

After the "I dos," the newlyweds and wedding guests (some even rocking Cushnie et Ochs looks!) took to the Mexico City streets. Joined by an honest-to-goodness parade (where do we get one of those?!), they all danced to the reception and, to put it mildly, it was freakin' awesome.

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Viola Davis Celebrates

Viola Davis isn’t just Hollywood royalty, with a résumé replete with some of the biggest hit films and TV shows and acting chops that clearly can rival even those of silver screen legend Denzel Washington. Over the past few years she’s also become a red carpet darling. With her love for structural silhouettes, vibrant, unexpected colors, and a serious smattering of diamonds, the actress has quickly found herself on many best marieprom dressed lists. And with the Academy Awards right around the corner, Davis gave us all a little preview of the type of glamour we can all expect at this weekend’s ceremony.

The Best Supporting Actress hopeful attended the 8th Annual Oscars Sistahs Soirée in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, celebrating all of the exceptional black actresses in Hollywood ahead of Sunday night’s big award show. The Fences star wore a sexy gown to the event with a black-and-nude patterned skirt, two small triangular cutouts at the waist and a deep-V wraparound neckline that showed off plenty of cleavage.

The star’s stylist Elizabeth Stewart told PEOPLE of the Oscar-nominee’s style, “Viola’s signature is strong color and clean lines. But there are no rules with Viola–she is always open and inspired by a variety of ideas.” According to Davis, however, when asked at the SAG Awards about the inspiration behind her look for the big night, her real style M.O. is, “always trying to emphasize my skin…I just always want to celebrate my skin tone — and my boob-age.” Sage words of sartorial wisdom from the thrice-nominated actress.

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Celebrities Fashion Events

Celebrity fashion activist Ivan Bitton, whose private showroom styles more celebrities than any organization in Hollywood and also represents a world record 270 high fashion emerging designers, is now setting a new tone in the Los Angeles culture, by celebrating the very core fashion culture of Los Angeles: the "Red Carpet culture." Paris has haute couture; New York has street style, Los Angeles has red carpets.

The Los Angeles "award season" is becoming one of the most significant fashion events ever and now showcases hundreds of new designers every year on Hollywood celebrities who are the biggest media platforms around. From the MTV awards to the Oscars , the range of fashion aesthetics is huge, but no matter what, it has to be larger than life, always pushing the fashion envelope on the rest of the world.


Ivan Bitton set the tone of a new era in the fashion culture by hosting an incredibly novel type of fashion show under a gigantic glass dome at the very top of a skyscraper in the heart of downtown. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres were abound, many celebrities and some of the most famous celebrity stylists were present.

300 lucky guests were treated to a very unconventional fashion show which included model and TV star Darius Mccrary from the hit show Star on Fox and showcasing pieces from over 70 designers which have been used on red carpet this award season.

Apparel news describes the event as "reminiscent of the days when fashion shows were about the style of fashion..." A styling feast for the ages and the beginning of a whole new exciting way of showcasing emerging designers all styled together from shoes to bags, jewelry to clothes on the same model.

Some of the celebrities included Tamron Hall, Darius Mccrary, and Ivan Bitton.

With one result every 4 hours, we have more fashion placements on celebrities than any PR organization in the world!

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Wedding Section

In the Wedding section of The New York Times, we often hear criticism that we publish only the wedding announcements of the sons and daughters of society’s white upper crust.

That is not true, of course. But even though we have had some success over the years in diversifying those represented in our wedding pages, in terms of both race and economic background, we know we can do better.


The Times is hardly new to the coverage of nonwhite newlyweds. This series, which explores 165 years of Times wedding announcements, shares some of those of stories, from Ida B. Wells to Jewelle and James Gibbs to Marian Wright and Peter Edelman.

As part of our quest to do better in finding couples from underrepresented groups, we are encouraging everyone to submit their announcement for consideration.

We ask that you shed any preconceived idea of who will or who will not be accepted into our pages. For example, you don’t need wealthy parents or an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower. We want to read about accomplished and interesting couples from all walks of life. That word — “accomplished” — does not only apply to brides or grooms who graduated summa cum laude, or clerked at the Supreme Court, or sit on the board of a Fortune 500 company. We have featured the weddings of police officers, truck drivers and letter carriers, too.

Remember: We can choose couples only from the submissions we receive.

Our selection process is subjective and sometimes excruciating, and many factors come into play, including how much print space and resources are available in any given week.

Go here to submit your announcement. And, thank you. We look forward to hearing your love story.

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fashion in the field

If you think your fashion sense has "no confines" and is a stand out from the crowd, an opportunity awaits for you to put your talent to the test at the J Swap Contractors Ltd Matamata Breeders' Stakes Day.

That will be where women and men are able to wear their best for this year's Tuscany Road Supreme Fashion in the Field on Saturday.

Matamata Breeders' Stakes Tuscany Road Fashion in the Field Supreme Winner for 2016 was Margaux Davison.

Matamata Racing Club sponsorship and marketing manager Jaye Clark said there will be two categories plus a new class giving contestants a chance at international modelling events.

The two fashion in the field events include the Envisage Race Day Elegance and the Jane's Fashion and Accessories Avant Garde.

Clark said the Avant Garde category is for lads and ladies who are considered to be "ultra creators" when it comes to raceday fashion.

"It's for the ones that stand out from the crowd, eye-catching unique flair, no confines. It's a more out there kind of marieprom dress.

"The Race Day Elegance category is more high fashion, with timeless style and sophistication, co-ordinated and accessories."

Finalists are selected from the two events and the supreme winner will go forward to Derby Day in Auckland on March 4.

"It's important to say that the Tuscany Road Supreme Fashion in the Field is open to male and female, we want to see men enter as well.

"It all happens in front of the public stand, so everyone can view the event."

Clark said she hoped guests at the raceday will take the time to inspect each contestant as the judges make their decisions.

Those looking to enter can do so from 11.30am but they must be on course to take part.

"The first 20 who enter will receive a goody bag and some of the things inside include a styling session with Annah Stretton, valued at $250, beauty vouchers and hairdressing vouchers," said Clark.

The first heat of the fashion in the field will be held at 12.30pm with more heats about every 30 minutes after. The final will be judged about 2.47pm before the major race of the day.

A new category, called Raceday Model, is being introduced this year by sponsor Moda Model Management for women looking to take modelling more seriously.

Those who enter the two Tuscany Road Supreme Fashion in the Field events will be judged separately and the top three will have automatic entry into the final of three national modelling pageants.

Love Racing's Elizabeth Charleston has plenty of tips for fashion in the field events and some of her racewear blogs may come in handy for this Saturday's event.

One of her most recent blogs looks at how to top off "your gorgeous outfit".

"You need to crown your glory with a suitable hat or headpiece. I personally recommend you find yourself a trusted milliner to help you on your journey entering fashion in the field competitions."

Milliners are very creative and are always experimenting with new techniques and acquired materials.

"This means it is quite possible that they will have several beautiful hats and head pieces in stock at their studio that might perfectly match your race day outfit."

A good milliner should be able to take on board their clients vision but also be able to add their own creative touch to the headpiece. Never, ever ask a milliner to make an exact copy of a hat you have seen online or in a magazine.

Some milliners go to the trouble of travelling internationally to learn their trade and continue to up skill along the way with new millinery techniques that will quite possibly help you on your winning way in your fashion in the field competition.

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postpone my wedding?

'I want to explore the world. Travel, meet friends and do silly things. He is now looking forward to start a family, have kids and settle. But what about me?'

Rappler's Life and Style section runs an advice column by couple Jeremy Baer and clinical psychologist Dr Margarita Holmes.

Jeremy has a master's degree in law from Oxford University. A banker of 37 years who worked in 3 continents, he has been training with Dr Holmes for the last 10 years as co-lecturer and, occasionally, as co-therapist, especially with clients whose financial concerns intrude into their daily lives.


Together, they have written two books: Love Triangles: Understanding the Macho-Mistress Mentality and Imported Love: Filipino-Foreign Liaisons.

It seems that the levelheadedness that has enabled you to succeed materially in life so far is what is also enabling you to appreciate that there is more to life than just your job and your house. While your career may be on the right path, you don't want to ignore other aspects of your life, which understandably have had to take a back seat thus far.

Sensibly enough, you want to deal with this before you get married, have children and suddenly find that middle age has crept up unnoticed!

Mindful that your fiancé (let's call him Luis), being a decade older, already thinks he has put that stage of his life behind him, you also want to ensure that your married life together is not clouded by regrets that you didn't have 'fun', regrets that could possibly turn into resentment or worse.

Your plan to delay the wedding sounds eminently sensible if you are to explore the underdeveloped 'fun' side of life. You say that this will sadden Luis, reasonable enough if he wants to settle down and multiply, but it should also be something he supports if he truly wants you to be happy and ready to settle down yourself.

However, you should be prepared for the law of unexpected consequences to operate if you carry out this plan of yours. Firstly, you seem to believe that it will be something finite, akin to setting aside a couple of hours to see a movie, albeit a little more prolonged.

Of course it could be, at least in theory, because all you have to do at the end is get on a plane home on the appointed day. However, it is entirely possible that far from having exhausted your desire to make up for the 'fun' you have missed out on till now, you may have actually opened Pandora's box and find that you have acquired a taste for more of this new life.

Secondly, by your own admission, you have led a strictly controlled and focused life to date and presumably Luis has fallen in love inter alia with this aspect of your persona. There exists the possibility therefore that when you finally release the inner 'fun' element of your character, he may not be totally appreciative of the change – and of course you may not be as tolerant of his stick-in-the-mud 'been there, done that' approach to life either.

You ask if your thoughts and plans are normal, reasonable, fair, selfish. It is totally normal and reasonable to want some fun in your life but whether it is fair or selfish will depend on how you go about it. You and Luis have diametrically opposed views and an honest, open conversation about how you deal with this will be vital. He should be supportive if he truly has your best interests at heart and if he isn't, it will tell you a lot about the limitations of his love for you.

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Mariah Carey confirms new beau

Mariah Carey has a vision of love for her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka.

Carey, who posted an Instagram picture with her and Tanaka drinking champagne in a tub on Valentine's Day, confirmed the romance in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, though she declined to say much more than that..

Singer Mariah Carey, left, talks with Bryan Tanaka during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 99-84. Photo: Mark J. Terrill, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

"I'm just going to be like 'I really don't talk about my personal life.' Because that's what I used to do and it really worked for a minute, back, a while ago," she said, smiling. "I just don't feel comfortable talking about my personal life. ... Me and my boyfriend don't want to do that."

Carey's reluctance to talk in the media about her romance is understandable given the drama that erupted when she and billionaire James Packer broke up last year. The split wasn't amicable and led to plenty of tabloid headlines.

But it seems to have also inspired Carey musically. Her latest single, "I Don't," featuring rapper YG, is about a breakup: "We got together and did the song in like a day and the video the next day."

In the video, Carey evening dresses in sexy white lingerie with a white bridal garter on her thigh. In one line, YG raps, "Hold up, give me my ring back. Never mind you could keep that." Meanwhile, Carey flips off the camera with the ring on her middle finger — a ring that looks just like the one Packer gave her.

The video also shows her throwing a wedding gown in a fire pit, a gown that looks very much like the Valentino dress she had custom-made for her wedding.

"It was fun and it wasn't that very expensive one that they think it is," she clarified. "You shouldn't be wasteful, so I'm going to do something with charity and wedding dresses, I think."

Carey is due to hit the road this spring with Lionel Richie for "All the Hits Tour," which runs from March 15 through May 27. She met Richie for the first time when she was invited to sing "Hero" with Luciano Pavarotti in 1999.

For the tour — hitting such cities Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Detroit, New York, St. Louis, Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle, among many others — she'll be bringing her 5 year-old twins, Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon, along for the journey.

"Roc and Roe do get to come," she said. "They love to go onstage and actually they are very musical already. They have their school, and they have their teacher. They are doing really well but they don't love the school, let's just put it that way. But they are happy when they get to go with me on tour and there's other kids there, too, so it's good."

Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. But she says staying hot in the game isn't easy.

"It's very difficult, especially the way the business is now," she said. "I truly love music and always have. It's not like ... 'Oh, here's a way to get famous.' It wasn't any of those things. It was my release, it was my everything and it still is. So I think that I'm just grateful that people still tune in."

She also once again addressed the debacle on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve" where she stopped singing during her live performance after having technical issues, which led to fingers pointing between Dick Clark Productions and Carey.

"I didn't obsess over the New Year's Eve thing," she added. "I mean, I was upset about the fact that people didn't understand, but it's like, I can only explain it like this to you."

She added: "It's like I'm the only one that has to make five million comebacks. ... For me there are different rules, I don't know why. I don't know why it's not OK that I was just like victimized and vilified by the situation."

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Banning ‘Deplorable’ Dresses

Teens are taking a nightclub to task after owners attempted to put in place a prom dresses in uk code asking women to “keep it neat and discreet” due to the “deplorable dresses” at the last event.

A representative for the Fusion Ball Kilkenny in Southern Ireland shared on Facebook a strongly worded post asking for “knee length dresses with NO PLUNGING NECKLINE.” It went a step further with photos of dresses from Boohoo and PrettyLittleThing emblazoned with a large “NO.” Commenters have taken over the club’s Facebook page with accusations of sexism and misogyny.

“Disgusting that girls are being penalised for having boobs and legs,” wrote commenter Aiofe Lazenby. “I called the 1800’s to see if I could borrow a suitable frock for the event but they aren’t picking up. Shame,” joked Lila Naples. In the process, each angry commenter is leaving a one-star review on the club. They’ve received 251 one-star reviews so far, jacking the club’s numbers all the way down to 1.5 stars overall so far.

Some commenters agree that the club has a right to place a dress code, but take issue with the sexist wording of the post. “You’re more then entitled to place a dress code on an event you’re throwing, but the wording of your post is extremely problematic and promotes shaming female bodies,” wrote Erin Donnelly. It’s a mark of this generation of women that they know how they deserve to be treated, and it doesn’t involve the word “deplorable.”

The club attempted to stem the flow of anger by reminding commenters that men also have to ascribe to a dress code of “Suit and tie, slacks and shoes.” But unlike the women’s dress code, men weren’t insulted in the description process. Best of luck to Fusion Hall as it attempts to work through the impossible process of winning back the love of a swarm of angry teenage girls.

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Dress Sale Raises $17K

Max I. Walker Cleaners’ 10th Annual Ultra Chic Boutique evening dresses sale, to raise funds for families in need, took place Jan. 28 here at the Design Center. The event took in over $17,000 in just six hours for the Open Door Mission’s Lydia House, the company reports.

“We as a company are proud of our community and their efforts to support the Ultra Chic Boutique year after year,” says Lisa Walker Sekundiak, who is vice president of Max I. Walker and founder of the Ultra Chic Boutique. “Being a 100-year-old company, it’s been in our blood to want to give back, and we’re so happy to have found something that speaks not only to us but to our community.”

Dress donations were accepted across the Omaha metro area at all 23 Max I. Walker locations. Employees cleaned, pressed and mended over 3,000 donated dresses at no charge, the company says. Hundreds of ladies shopped, and volunteers donated their time to make a special day happen.

Proceeds go directly for food and care for women and children in the Lydia House emergency service program, Walker says.

The Open Door Mission provides a safe community for individuals and families that inspires hope for lasting change. Lydia House meets the basic needs of the homeless.

On a daily basis, the Open Door Mission provides 816 safe shelter beds for homeless men, women and children; serves more than 2,100 hot nutritious meals to the hungry; and empowers more than 275 needy families through prevention programs, Max I. Walker says.

“The Ultra Chic Boutique has experienced 10 years of success,” says Sekundiak, “and we’re humbled by the impact of our philanthropic efforts.”

What started in 2007 with a few hundred donated dresses has evolved into the Ultra Chic Boutique event, which includes fashion shows, vendors, thousands of formal gowns, and The evening dresses uk Flip design competition.

“This brings us to a total of $145,000 donated to the Lydia House over the last 10 years,” the company reports.

Max I. Walker Cleaners was founded in March 1917, and has grown over the years from a small route business to a company with hundreds of employees.


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When Taco Bell first opened its flagship Cantina restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip back in November, it seemed like only a matter of time before the fast food chain started offering wedding ceremonies for diehard fans at the flashy taco mecca. Well, it looks like that time has finally come. Really.

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T-Bell announced Tuesday that visitors to the Las Vegas Cantina will be able to get hitched in a taco-themed ceremony at the restaurant's wedding chapel, complete with food, booze, and plenty of swag, starting this summer. Countless people have already celebrated their big days with Taco Bell, but the new wedding service makes it even easier for couples who want to pledge their love for each other and, uh, tacos. The news comes just days after Domino's launched of a wedding registry, meaning the fast food wedding of your dreams is now easier than ever.

The T-Bell wedding service, however, will set you back way more than just a bag of midnight Crunchwraps and Smothered Burritos at $600. Along with a ceremony by an actually wedding officiant, here's everything you get: a Taco Bell garter, bow tie, Sauce Packet wedding bouquet, “Just Married” t-shirts, Taco Bell champagne flutes, a Cinnabon Delights Wedding Cake, and a Taco 12 Pack for your first meal as newlyweds. Oh, and probably a lifetime of suffering from heartburn together. Or something like that.

To kickoff the summer of Fire Sauce nuptials, Taco Bell has also launched the Love and Tacos Contest and Happily Ever Crashers Sweepstakes, which will award one lucky couple an all-expense paid trip to Vegas to become the first to be married at the restaurant. Specifically, the winners will get free travel arrangements, accommodations at Planet Hollywood, and "the wedding of their dreams" at the newly minted Cantina wedding chapel. To enter, you'll have to share you love story with Taco Bell by February and fans will vote for the winning couple, according to the contest's official website. In other words, relationship goals.

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