A spooky, floodlit chateau in Paris’ historic Marais area was the venue Clare Waight Keller chose to stage her first couture show since being appointed creative director at Givenchy last year.
Guests were led up a dimly lit stairway as discordant music played to a mysterious hall with shimmering crystal chandeliers. The edgy music and venue represented the future and the past.
The sublime couture creations harked back to the designs of house founder Count Hubert de Givenchy – but Waight Keller infused them with a fashion-forward touch.
The house’s signature sharp shoulder – here, often on shoulder-draped coats – was a running style in the diverse looks that mixed hard and soft. In the more architectural moments, Waight Keller evoked the spirit of Givenchy’s mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga.
Lines – rigid bodices, cinched waists and a hard V-shaped decollete – fused with delicate materials. Feathers flashed vermillion peeking from the inside of a coat and a softly tiered full skirt bled from purple to electric orange and cobalt blue.
It made for some sublime looks that remained highly feminine at all times. Dark romance was at the heart of this accomplished display, which was possibly the best seen all season. – AP
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PARIS, Jan 28 — Rochas has announced the upcoming opening of its first pop-up store for women’s collections. The retail space, designed with elegance and modernity, will be located in the French capital’s prestigious Saint-Honoré neighbourhood on the Right Bank, a stone’s throw from the famous Place Vendôme.
After previously opening a pop-up store for the relaunch of its men’s collections in 2017, Rochas is now focusing on womenswear. From February 28, the luxury label will open a pop-up store showcasing a selection of women’s ready-to-wear apparel and various accessories.
Located at 4 rue Duphot, this 130 sq m store combines traditional features with more modern details, such as concrete, creating an atmosphere that’s warm, inviting and contemporary.
Inside, fashion fans will be able to browse and shop creations from the Rochas Resort 2018 collection, as well as ready-to-wear and accessories from the spring/summer 2018 women’s collection.
The store will be open from February 28 to the end of June 2018. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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PARIS, Jan 27 — Models in brightly coloured pant suits and ankle-length dresses graced a Paris catwalk this week in what organisers said was the city’s first show of modest fashion that highlights styles popular with Muslim women.
The event was part of the Oriental Fashion show held on the sidelines of the city’s haute couture fashion week, which showcases designers from Asia and the Middle East.
Organisers said modest fashion had met resistance in France because of its religious associations but there was demand for the styles in the country and beyond.
“We’re French and in France we want to address this French demand, because firstly there’s a French market for this and also an export market,” Oriental Fashion Show general director Hind Joudar told Reuters.
“France’s resistance to modest fashion has nothing to do with the fashion itself it has to do with religion,” Joudar said.
Modest fashion conforms to conservative social standards common in the Middle East. In recent years, it has attracted mainstream interest and brands including Dolce & Gabbana, Uniqlo and Burberry have entered the sector.
Spending by Muslims on clothing and apparel is projected to reach US$368 billion (RM1.4 trillion) by 2021, according to the 2017 Reuters State of the Global Islamic Economy report.
France, under former conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, was the first European country to pass a law banning burqa and niqab garments that conceal the face in public. Belgium later followed suit, as did the Swiss canton of Ticino.
Authorities said the full-faced veil is a security risk because it inhibit identification. France has the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at 5 million, and some of Europe’s most restrictive laws about expressions of faith in public. — Reuters [...]
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NEW YORK, Jan 26 — Ashley Graham has landed her first major beauty contract with Revlon.
The makeup giant has snapped up the plus-size model to front its new “Live Boldly” campaign, alongside three other fashion stars — Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam and Raquel Zimmermann. The four new recruits join Revlon’s growing portfolio of global ambassadors, which also includes Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot.
“I am thrilled to be part of this timely and groundbreaking campaign with different types of women across races, ages and sizes, and to leverage this platform to continue to create positive change,” said Graham in a statement. “To ‘Live Boldly’ is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”
Supermodel, activist and “Gurls Talk” founder Aboah, who was named “Model of the Year” by The British Fashion Council in December, added: “To me, ‘Living Boldly’ means being unapologetic, knowing no boundaries, being vulnerable, strong, authentic and yourself.”
According to Revlon, the four women were selected for the campaign because “they embody what it is to ‘Live Boldly’.” Graham has challenged convention throughout her career, rising to become the tenth highest-paid model in the industry in 2017, according to Forbes, while Aboah is known for founding “Gurls Talk”, an online platform that offers young women a space to discuss topics such as female identity, mental illness, addiction, sexuality and racial diversity.
African-Arabic model Hammam and Brazilian-born model and environmentalist Zimmermann have also broken barriers with their magazine covers and global runway appearances.
The move is the latest big career milestone for Graham, who became the first plus-sized model to hit the catwalk at New York Fashion Week last year when she walked in the Michael Kors show. The year 2017 also saw her land her first US Vogue cover. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]