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Fashion Week Reactions Part 4. Redressing Feminism: Chanel’s Fashion Riot

October 10, 2014 by Julia

Under the glass roof of Paris’s Grand Palais, a protest is taking place, a procession of women, signs held aloft, calling for female empowerment, as they stride confidently past the large crowds they have attracted. Its setting is a monumental … Continue reading

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Fashion Week Reactions Part 3: JPG retires from RTW

October 7, 2014 by Fruzsi

The expression ‘enfant terrible’ seems to crop up frequently when Jean Paul Gaultier is mentioned. Since the founding of his fashion house in 1976, the designer has become known for collections characterised by a canny, yet humorous take on current … Continue reading

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Fashion Week Reactions Part 2

October 3, 2014 by Rebecca

As part of a special series this week, we give our reactions to the recent fashion weeks… Rebecca: One of the most striking aspects of the current fashion weeks’ coverage is the shift of focus away from the catwalk and … Continue reading

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Fashion Week Reactions Part 1

September 30, 2014 by Alexis and Katerina

As part of a special series this week, we give our reactions to the recent fashion weeks… Alexis: “I love New York, I’m a New Yorker, I can’t imagine living anywhere else” – video, DKNY S/S 2015 The city of … Continue reading

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SNAPSHOT: ISABELA CAPETO

September 23, 2014 by Liz

Over the last few seasons the Brazilian fashion designer Isabela Capeto has concentrated on expanding her eponymous design house into a globally recognized brand, at the same time that she has been designing and producing innovative collections. Capeto graduated from … Continue reading

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Collar meets Bar: historicism and circuitous timelines at Dior

September 2, 2014 by Alexis

One look from Dior’s Autumn-Winter collection, which was presented in July, comprises a top and trousers in blue taffeta. Its individual elements present a synthesis of references and blur the boundaries between casual and formal wear: while the trousers evoke … Continue reading

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Adidas shows the changing face of Brazil with tropical collection

May 27, 2014 by Liz

A row of ripe orange pineapples with green stalks, blossoms of fresh white orchids amid verdant foliage. A tranquil sunset of turquoise green, fuchsia pink and deep purple, a flock of yellow-beaked toucans, bright red parrots and lurid green macaws. … Continue reading

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Fashioning Astrology

May 23, 2014 by Katerina

Fashion and astrology, an ancient practice of divination that assumes a link between cosmological phenomena and human lives, in many ways form a natural complement because they are both seasonal and cyclical. The characteristics of each zodiac sign also correspond … Continue reading

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Flights of Fancy: Fashion and the Butterfly in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2014 Couture Collection

March 27, 2014 by Lucy

Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2014 couture collection, on the surface, was a platform of pulsating vivacity, spectacle, and shimmer. He declared “Life is a butterfly! So all the collection is that!”: a simile that not only provided fundamental inspiration, but … Continue reading

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Schiaparelli Awakes

March 25, 2014 by Elisa

The House of Schiaparelli was the new name during Paris couture fashion week 2014. In 1926, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) opened her business at 21 Place Vendôme and closed again on 13 December 1954. In 2007, Diego Della Valle, president and … Continue reading

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