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Lauren Laverne on style: black and white

There’s nothing more chic than black and white. But make sure you don’t try too hard. Here are the rule
Black and white fashion 
Lauren Laverne: ‘Monochrome is simple but wearing it requires a bit of forethought.’ Enlarge for details and more of Lauren’s picks

What better way to get dressed chicly, quickly, than by wearing black and white? In the words of Coco Chanel: “Women think of all colours, except the absence of colour. Black has it all. White, too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Theoretically, of course, this is absolutely correct. Unfortunately it can be surprisingly tricky to get black and white right in real life.

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Seven talking points from the Vogue festival

Well, Naomi Campbell has some very passionate fans

Naomi Campbell at the Vogue festival

Naomi Campbell and Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, at the Vogue festival 2014. Photograph: Darren Gerrish

One particularly devoted audience member asked the supermodel a question while wearing a Naomi Campbell T-shirt and explaining that he had a Naomi Campbell Sindy doll in his bag. Campbell received whoops and cheers when she revealed she had plans to release her own product line, with the first item being available in 2015.

Phoebe Philo wasn’t born a minimalist

Phoebe Philo at the Vogue festival 2014

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Fashion loves the look of fast food right now – but doesn’t want to eat it

Burgers and chocolate bars appear to be the height of chic, with designers queuing up to make insanely expensive versions of products that are too common for them to eat
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Moschino’s show at Milan Fashion Week featured bold fast-food-inspired logos. Photograph: WireImage

There seem to be a lot of references to food in fashion these days, such as the supermarket in the Chanel show. Is it now fashionable to eat?

Ha ha ha – you funny! Yeah, SURE eating is fashionable, Charlotte, if by “eating” you mean “counting chia seeds, calculating your glycemic load and banging on about how you let your children eat absolutely anything as long as it has no sugar”. Sure, that’s totally fashionable! But eating anything your grandparents would recognise as actual food? No – that will never be fashionable, not even among the Cool Girls. The Cool Girl is a species identified in the best bit of Gillian Flynn’s mega-seller Gone Girl, which refers to a woman who insists she’s not like other women – instead, she’s a man’s fantasy. So as well as loving “football, poker, dirty jokes and burping”, the Cool Girl “jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth … while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot”. Read the rest of this entry

Wild fashion at the Dubai World Cup

From horses to flowers to fruits as inspiration, the world’s richest horse race was a riot of colours

  • Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/ Gulf News
  • Michael Morcos and Natalia Shustova win the Best Dressed Couple award and receive a prize from Antony Treston, Neeraj Seth and Justin Weaving during the Dubai World Cup 2014 on March 29, 2014.

From horses to flowers to fruits, these attendees found their muses in nature

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2014 Kids’ Choice Awards: All the winners, best and worst dressed


“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was the big winner of the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, with three trophies, including favorite movie, movie actress and, yes, female buttkicker (Jennifer Lawrence), followed by “Iron Man 3″ with two wins. In the television category, “Sam & Cat” with two awards, for favorite show and favorite actress (Ariana Grande, finally answering the question for us, why is Ariana Grande famous?). One Direction picked up two awards, for favorite group and favorite song, “Story of My Life.”

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Creativity is the key to excel in fashion business — Adeaga

Adeaga Oluwabukunmi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Of Accost Collection, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State and a Masters in Marketing with speciality in internet and digital marketing from London School of Business and Finance. In this interview with TOYIN KOMOLAFE, the  young designer  delved into fashion business techiques. Excerpts:

When did you realise you wanted to become a fashion designer?
I had always loved fashion but  I discovered my passion for designing  during my second year in the  university. However, the urge to create and execute new ideas inspired me into becoming a designer. I’d always wanted to create something new for myself and my sister.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2014 – StreetStyle

To round up our reports from the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg 2014, we bring you the concluding part of the best urban street styles showcased at the show.

The collection features pieces for everyone! Yes everyone – male, female, tall, short, slim, plus-sized, young, old, dark-skinned, light-skinned, blonde…whatever you are looking for and however you look, there is something for you in this collection. Whats more, the designs can be worn for just about any occasion or even no occasion at all, as they are delightfully multi-purpose.

Check them out!

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Lookbook: ‘The Goddess’ Collection By Alikoto & Josef Ottens

Designers all over the world keep finding stylish ways to infuse African designs into modern trends and Ghanaian brand, Alikoto in collaboration with Josef Ottens, has continued that trend with its bold and beautiful new collection for 2014 titled; ‘The Goddess’.

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Nigeria can use fashion to create wealth, employment – WFO

GOING by the world encyclopedia, fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses.

Obviously, people nowadays are getting crazier in the current prevailing styles, and the newest creations of textile designers.

Binta Sukai, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye,  Vien tetsola and  Eni Lawani

This has given  birth to a fashion week, a fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week. This is normally held in the four fashion capitals of the world: Milan, Paris, New York and London.

Binta Sukai, Nike Oshinowo-Soleye, Vien tetsola and Eni Lawani

The week put together by the World Fashion Organization (WFO) allows fashion designers, brands or “houses” to display their latest collections in runway shows, and buyers and the media to take a look at the latest trends.

Most importantly, these events keep the industry as well as the people abreast of what is “in” and what is “out” for the season. Read the rest of this entry

Evolution of Pakistan Fashion Design Council

HSY, who is pictured at the sixth PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013, says that designers today are more confident to invest in ready-to-wear and PFDC has finally found its niche. PHOTO:FILE


As PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week (PSFW), scheduled to take place in Lahore from April 10-13, 2014 draws nearer, the city is starting to buzz, as the business of fashion is about to begin.

When it comes to business of fashion, one cannot overlook the role the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) has played in making fashion an industry in Pakistan. Starting out as a fashion platform, the PFDC today has become a brand name, churning out shows and creating brand awareness. It has brought fashion to the common man. Slowly and steadily, one can see fashion trickling down to high-street brands and inevitably becoming more accessible.

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Zoe Saldana Is the New Face of L’Oréal—See the Gorgeous Pic!

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Not that we needed anymore proof that Zoe Saldana is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but the Star Trek beauty has just scored a big-time endorsement deal.

I can exclusively reveal that Saldana is the new international spokesperson of L’Oréal Paris.

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Oh no! The crop top is back

Spring/summer 2014 fashion: Oh no! The crop top is back
Zoe Saldana rocks the 1990s crop-top (Picture: DPA/Press Association)

Along with the wardrobe-friendly trends that emerge from the runway, each season ushers in some of the more challenging ones too.

Thanks to their shapeless silhouettes, maxi skirts have long sat in that camp along with peplum pieces and playsuits. But one of the most striking recent examples is Birkenstock-type sandals.

Once universally accepted as among the least appealing footwear, it took months for them to catch on after Phoebe Philo thrust them back into the spotlight when she sent models down the runway in fur-lined versions at Celine’s spring 2013 show.

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I am terrified of fashion: Soha Ali Khan

I am terrified of fashion: Soha Ali Khan
Pic Courtesy: – PTI Image

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan, known for her uber cool street style, says she is both in love and terrified of fashion.


“I am in love with fashion. I am a big fan of trends and style but at the same time, I am terrified of it. Fashion can be a very tricky thing to deal with at times. So have to be very careful,” Soha said on the sidelines of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

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Princess Beatrice shows off her slim figure in black and white mini skirt at fashion event

Princess Beatrice is known for her stylish fashion sense and did not disappoint when she was spotted at a fashion event on Thursday evening.

The 25-year-old stole the show at the launch of a new fashion blog inLondon store Fortnum & Mason with a very classy black and white ensemble.

She wore a tailored black blouse which cinched at her waist and paired it with a geometrically patterned black and white mini skirt, which showed off her slender pins.

Classy: Princess Beatrice looked refined in a black blouse and short geometrically patterned skirt.

Classy: Princess Beatrice looked refined in a black blouse and short geometrically patterned skirt.

Opting to keep her outfit modest, the socialite wore a pair of sheer tights and some very elegant black high heels.

Concluding her stylish outfit, the 25-year-old sported a bright gold and purple cuff bracelet and carried a red compact leather handbag.

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Fashion Trucks Wheel Their Way Into Los Angeles

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The food and juice truck craze has been around for years, but the latest trend might seem a little fabricated: fashion trucks.

It’s exactly what it sounds like: Fashionistas can get their shopping done from trucks parked around Los Angeles carrying clothes and accessories.

“It’s fun, and it’s definitely different from shopping at the mall,” said Monique Cruz, who owns Selvedge Dry Goods, a vintage clothing boutique on wheels she launched February 2013. “We shop a lot of the estate sales and flea markets, and if an item is in good condition we sell it as is, and if we feel like we can update an item to make it more stylish for the time, we will reconstruct it to fit the time. Everything in the truck is recycled, vintage or handmade.”

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Sears’ New Fast Fashion Strategy Seems Destined For Failure

sears holdings mannequins

Associated Press

Kudos to Sears Holdings for being willing to make changes in an effort to turn its business around.

Too bad its recently introduced strategy—“fast fashion”—is going to be too difficult for the struggling retailer to execute.

The basics of Sears’ new fast fashion strategy: Through in-store floor space designated as “Here + Now,” Sears aims to rapidly source, stock and, sell through trendy fashions in a matter of weeks — if not days — rather than the usual multimonth cycle that department stores normally need to secure and sell inventory.

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Overseas success of S Korean music and TV opens doors for fashion

Models take to the catwalk wearing a creation designed by Big Park during the 2014 Fall/Winter Seoul Fashion Week, at the Dongdaemun design park in Seoul South Korea, 23 March 2014. The Seoul fashion week runs from 21 to 26 March©EPA

A stream of 15 stern, spindly Korean women stride on five-inch high heels through a blizzard of artificial snow, parading flowing white dresses and quilted romper suits amid throbbing house music.

It is an impressive display, and one funded mostly by the South Korean government, which granted Joo Hyo-soon, a fashion designer, Won30m ($28,000) to cover most of the costs of her show at Seoul Fashion Week.

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6 Things I Want To Say To The Fashion Industry Now That I’m 60

1) Clothes should never be uncomfortable.
Yet you have made dresses that we can’t sit in without revealing our privates, pants that don’t accommodate our bellies after lunch, and shoes that cause bunions and other foot problems. Why do you do that?

2) “Everyone has their own style” is just a myth you perpetrate on the innocent.
OK, I’ll soften that and say maybe we all do have our own style but most of us don’t actually know what it is. If you ask me, it’s a distinction without a difference. We just know that we want to look good and don’t have a clue how to get there. And so we turn to magazines and designers and stores to kind of teach us what we should be wearing. Instead what we get is this popular myth. Can we just say it: Style doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If I have style, it’s news to me. Besides, I’d much rather have brains, good health and a roof over my head than style anyway. Read the rest of this entry

Adama Paris to fashion industry: ‘Stop discrimination, black is beautiful’

Senegalese fashion designer Adama Amanda Ndiaye is better known by the name of her world renowned label, Adama Paris. Senegalese fashion designer Adama Amanda Ndiaye is better known by the name of her world renowned label, Adama Paris.

  • Adama Amanda Ndiaye is best known as the creator of fashion label, Adama Paris
  • The Senegalese designer wants to reinvent how African fashion is showcased
  • Tired of seeing a lack of black models on the catwalk, she launched Black Fashion Week

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Watch Naomi Campbell Lose Her Shit, Threaten Murder While “Mentoring”

Nelson Mandela’s honorary granddaughter Naomi Campbell is sometimes charming and disarmingly even-keeled in interviews. She has seemingly renounced her cell-phone throwing ways via anger management, and discussing said anger management sometimes makes her cry. She is a changed woman…until she isn’t and/or has a reality show to make interesting. Witness The Face.

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