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CFDA discusses race issue in fashion

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Though strides have been made in recent years to address the lack of colour on the runways, race remains a touchy subject within the fashion industry.

In an effort to tackle the issue head on, the Council of Fashion designers of America (CFDA) held a panel discussion in New York recently on the subject led by industry activist Bethann Hardison. With heavyweights like Prabal Gurung, Edward Emninful, casting director Anita Britton, Elle’s Samira Nasr and Laird+Partners’ Hans Dorsinville participating in the conversation, the scene was set for a lively exchange, through the resulting candid manner in which the talk played out.

“It has been something that concerns me as I grew up in the industry,” Hardison, a pioneer of diversity in fashion said at the discussion, according to a blog on the CFDA website.

“The fashion industry has struggled a great deal with diversity,” the former model added. “If television can be diversified, so can we.”

Hardison pointed to the late 1980s and early 1990s as a moment in fashion when the ethnic makeup of modeling began to diversify, but that didn’t last long, prompting Naomi Campbell and Talley to approach her with the plea to champion change. The first town hall meeting on the topic was held in 2007.

A takeaway was how different people have different takes on diversity, which can range from models and designers to age and size.

Bitton, a native of England, recalled how, when she started out back home, “It wasn’t a question of race but class. I came to New York very neutral and green. There’s a lot to be said for the word inclusive.”

Enninful said that when he plans a shoot, he looks for a character that fits the concept. “Beauty for me is beauty — whether it’s black or it is Asian, it doesn’t matter for me. I only use whoever is right for the story.”

Dorsinville said there is a “continuum” from runway to advertising—when it’s a mass brand, there is an opportunity to create a campaign feature a diverse group of multiple models, whereas a designer may just be looking for a face – a muse – to represent the brand, limiting options.

Gurung added that “Race is an issue that is not just in fashion. We need to address that immediately. As a designer, I want to work with the best girls, who are the best girls for me. Sometimes, an agent says ‘If you want this black girl, you have to use this white girl,’ whom I may not like.”

“Diversity, not just in race but also age and size, is very important to me,” he added.

Nasr, who is Lebanese and Trinidadian, said the issue of diversity reaches beyond models, and includes the designer community and other professional fashion environments. Addressing the audience, which also included models of diverse backgrounds and modeling agents, she noted, “This is most colorful room I ever seen in the fashion industry, and I want to say if we want to have change, we need to grow this room.”

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Target Corporation set to launch plus-size label AVA & VIV

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The American retailing company Target Corporation is set to launch a new reasonably priced, plus-size womenswear brand named AVA & VIV on February 22, 2015.

Created by the brand’s uber chic in-house design team, the range has been developed based on inputs taken from fashion bloggers Nicolette Mason, Chastity Garner and Gabi Gregg.

Speaking about the line, Stacia Andersen, senior vice president, merchandising, apparel and accessories, Target, said, “Target is synonymous with great design, and with the launch of AVA & VIV, we’re stepping up our fashion game for our Plus-size guests. From stylish original prints to the attention to detail and fit, this line is meant to impress and we can’t wait to share it with our guests.”

Targeted towards women who love fashion and appreciate a good value, the collection will offer a mix of trend-driven statement pieces along with stylish basics like bright skirts, tops, pants and accessories.

The line’s spring look book showcases the season’s looks modelled by the three bloggers who helped developing the collection. According to a press statement, the yet-to-be released range will be updated monthly.

Founded in 1911, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Target Corporation is the second-largest discount retailer, owning some 1,934 stores, in the US.

Target Corporation set to launch plus-size label AVA & VIV

target plus size

The American retailing company Target Corporation is set to launch a new reasonably priced, plus-size womenswear brand named AVA & VIV on February 22, 2015.

Created by the brand’s uber chic in-house design team, the range has been developed based on inputs taken from fashion bloggers Nicolette Mason, Chastity Garner and Gabi Gregg.

Speaking about the line, Stacia Andersen, senior vice president, merchandising, apparel and accessories, Target, said, “Target is synonymous with great design, and with the launch of AVA & VIV, we’re stepping up our fashion game for our Plus-size guests. From stylish original prints to the attention to detail and fit, this line is meant to impress and we can’t wait to share it with our guests.”

Targeted towards women who love fashion and appreciate a good value, the collection will offer a mix of trend-driven statement pieces along with stylish basics like bright skirts, tops, pants and accessories.

The line’s spring look book showcases the season’s looks modelled by the three bloggers who helped developing the collection. According to a press statement, the yet-to-be released range will be updated monthly.

Founded in 1911, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Target Corporation is the second-largest discount retailer, owning some 1,934 stores, in the US.

African designers show S/S15 lines at MBFW Africa

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The just concluded edition of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa showcased newest arrays of Spring/Summer 2015 creations from several well-known and emerging talents across the African continent.

Designer Marianne Fassler sent a riot of clashing prints and geometric graphics down the runway. Adorned with camouflage patterns and animal prints, the delicate lace and flowing fabrics made collection was enhanced with gorgeous embroidery.

Taking cues from the classic1950’s trends, the Ghanaian designer Aisha Ayensu of the Christie Brown label created her new line. Based on a palette of soft peach, lime green, off white, black and pristine white colours, the collection included full skirts, frilly blouses and apron cut tops accentuated with bejewelled peter pan collars and cutouts.

The South African native David Tlale presented his 49-piece fashion range titled Feminine Allure at the four-day-long event. A harmonious blend of modern as well as retrospective 50s, 60s and 70s styles, the line was replete with fitted lines, structured yet playful patterns, architectural elements, clinched waistlines and pencil cuts. The ensembles were made using silk crepe, wool crepe, brocade, silk raffia, gold lamé, chiffon and PVC materials.

Designer Sheria Mgwoi drew inspiration from the Tanzanian freedom fighter Mwalimu for his menswear catwalk showcase entitled Pride. Enhanced with floral prints and polka dots, the collection included lapelled blazers, Mandarin collared jackets, trousers, ties and bowties.

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Caribbean designers gear up to showcase at CFW

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Young and seasoned fashion designers from the Caribbean region are gearing up to showcase their creativity at the forthcoming edition of Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) 2014.

Slated to take place from June 11 to 16, the heavy on fashion extravaganza, now in its 13th year, will feature knitwear, resortwear, swimwear and women’s and men’s collections from designers belonging to Jamaica, Trinidad, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Ethiopia, Cayman Islands, Zimbabwe and Tobago.

Due to be held in the Jamaican capital city of Kingston, the week-long soiree will showcase designs from names like Angelie Martin, Diana Williamson, Mahlet Afework, Barry Moncrieffe, Brenda Winstead, Jacqueline Cohen, Saleem Samuels, Tameka Jervis-George, Tigerlily Hill, Sabina Mutsvati and Amril Douglas.

 

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Other than the runway shows, an on-site shopping lounge, selling clothes right from the catwalk parades, as well as several business forums and workshops on topics ranging from branding to public relations will be included on the sidelines of the event schedule.

An e-commerce site shopcaribbeanfashion.com, aiming to serve as a platform for the participating Caribbean fashion designers to sell their products globally, will be launched on June 15, 2014.

 

CFDA announces nominees for 2014 Fashion Awards

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At an exclusive event hosted by CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski, the nominees and honorees for the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards were announced.

In collaboration with Swarovski, the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place on Monday, June 2nd at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

“Swarovski is proud to announce its partnership with the CFDA Fashion Awards for the thirteenth consecutive year,” said Nadja Swarovski. “We have a long-lasting and ongoing mission to support emerging talent in the fashion industry, and The CFDA Fashion Awards is the perfect platform to embrace the next generation of American designers.”

Before the nominees were revealed, it was announced that film director and screenwriter John Waters will host this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards.  In 2012, Waters presented the International Award to Rei Kawakubo and the Fashion Icon Award to Johnny Depp. “I’m so excited to be invited back,” Waters commented through a statement, “and I look forward to taking the stage to celebrate the thin line that divides fashion between glamour and creative insanity.”

Von Furstenberg started the proceedings by thanking Nadja and Swarovski for their continued collaboration with the CFDA in support of American Fashion.

Nadja Swarovski, Von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb made the announcements of nominees and honorees.

The nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year Award are Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra, and Marc Jacobs. The Menswear Designer of the Year nominees are: Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow for Public School, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville for Rag & Bone, and Thom Browne. For Accessories Designer of the Year Award the nominees are Alexander Wang, Lazaro Hernandez & Jack McCullough for Proenza Schouler, and Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen for The Row.

Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind, Rosie Assoulin, and Wes Gordon have been nominated for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear. The nominees for the Swarovski Award for Menswear are Tim Coppens, Todd Snyder, and Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air. For the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, the nominees are Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Fisher, and Marc Alary.

The Swarovski Award recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from Swarovski as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative Swarovski crystal resources.

The honorary awards go to a diverse group of fashion luminaries. The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the fiercely independent, four-time CFDA Fashion Award winner, will be presented to Tom Ford.

Roberto Cavalli designs costumes for Miley Cyrus’s tour

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Internationally-renowned designer Roberto Cavalli has been roped in to design stage costumes for the California-based young singing sensation Miley Cyrus’s forthcoming Bangerz Tour, scheduled to kick off on February 14, 2014, in Vancouver.

According to vogue.co.uk, the 73-year-old Italian fashion design veteran has created a variety of blingy, attention grabbing looks for the 21-year-old star’s on-stage performances.

The costumes include a sheer bodysuit embellished with strategically placed sparklers, a crystal studded denim hot pants and sleeveless vest ensemble, a cropped leopard and python print denim jacket and shorts combo, a black zebra-patterned number and a matching tiny top and knicker set.

Other than Miley, the Florentine designer has designed stage outfits for famous recording artists like Beyoncé, Cheryl Cole and the Spice Girls in the past.

Bath’s Fashion Museum to display 18th century fashion

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A delightfully nostalgic trip into the gleaming realms of 18th century fashion will be offered at the Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum from January 25, 2014 to January 1, 2015.

The exhibit will highlight the finest of ensembles worn by high-society men and women to the famous assemblies and other glittering occasions, which were held at Georgian Assembly Rooms, located in the World Heritage Site of Bath, during the reign of King George III.

The display will include an exclusive range of more than 30 original outfits and ensembles, such as richly patterned colourful woven silk gowns as well as embroidered coats and waistcoats, sourced from the museum’s archived and preserved collections.

Dubbed as ‘Georgians: 18th century dress for polite society’, the exhibition’s major attraction includes three exquisite wide-skirted court dresses (dating back to the 1750s and 60s), replete with cane-support panniers attached inside.

Also an exceptional showcase of 18th century-inspired designs from five eminent designers like Anna Sui, Meadham Kirchhoff, Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Jones, and AlexanderMcQueen will be put up on display at the event.

An Assembly was defined at the time as a stated and general meeting of the polite persons of both sexes for the sake of conversation, gallantry, news and play. As Bath grew in popularity in the 18th century, there was a need for a grand Assembly Room in the fashionable upper town, and in 1771 the New Rooms, designed by John Wood the Younger and financed by public subscription, opened to the public. Today, the New Rooms are known as the Assembly Rooms and are the location of the world-famous Fashion Museum.