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02/08/2017

The cleavage wars strike again

The cleavage wars strike again, this time it's back after a brief absence

In news that may surprise women in possession of a pair of breasts, they've apparently made a comeback.

According to the New York Post "boobs are back in a big way", in part thanks to Rihanna "bursting" out of her gown at the premiere of her movie Valerian And The City of a Thousand Planets with her "lady lumps" (sorry, everybody) and "out and proud cleavage".

Funnily though, this comes after Vogue rather controversially declared in December that cleavage (always the bugbear of fashion types anyway, so awkward is cleavage with its disruption of clean lines and good cuts and the need for garments to provide, well, support) was out.

In a rather bolshie fashion, Vogue said at the time, "The tits will not be out for the lads. Or for anyone else, for that matter" (cue the revolution!).

Funnily though, this comes after Vogue rather controversially declared in December that cleavage (always the bugbear of fashion types anyway, so awkward is cleavage with its disruption of clean lines and good cuts and the need for garments to provide, well, support) was out.

In a rather bolshie fashion, Vogue said at the time, "The tits will not be out for the lads. Or for anyone else, for that matter" (cue the revolution!).

Relief, one supposes for the women who have heaved their way through ordinary living with the indignity of gaping blouses, chest talkers and the extraordinary ability to make any outfit look a little obscene.

The thing is though, while various media outlets, and indeed fashion trends (ask any busty women their thoughts on the rise of bralettes as worn by the likes of models of the moment Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid) may declare a passing affinity with a body part (breasts are in! shoulders are the new erogenous zone! Highlight your mons pubis!) bodies aren't a trend.

And dressing them up as such is really quite far from being empowering to women. While the women with ample cleavage might celebrate their sudden thrust into fashion's "in" zone, it's less cause for "body acceptance" for women not in possession of a "bursting" pair of breasts, or something akin to Blake Lively's "melon-like miracles" (Vogue again, in 2014).

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31/07/2017

Top International Fashion News of the Week

Michael Kors Buys Jimmy Choo

What can you buy with 1.5 billion dollars? For one, you could buy one million, 580 thousand and 611 pairs of Jimmy Choo heels. Or, if the shoe fits, you could just buy the whole company. This week, U.S luxury brand, Michael Kors opted for the latter, paying a not so small fortune to acquire ownership of Jimmy Choo.

In 1996, the now famous brand, Jimmy Choo, launched in London. Since then, it has opened over 150 stores worldwide and established itself as one of the world’s leading designers of shoes and accessories. However, in April of this year, its majority owner, JAB, decided to focus on consumer goods and placed the iconic brand on the market. Although Michael Kors won the bidding war, loyal followers of Jimmy Choo need not fear a drastic change in the products produced. Michael Kors praised the brand, stating that it is “an iconic premier luxury brand that offers distinctive footwear, handbags, and other accessories. We admire the glamorous style and trendsetting nature of Jimmy Choo designs.” As a result, the brand will continue to operate as usual, with the existing management team staying on.

Gucci Goes Intergalactic with Trek to the Stars

In 2017, the fashion world put out the call for greater diversity in the industry. It is undeniable that Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, has approached this challenge head on. The fashion house’s Pre-Fall 2017 campaign featured an all back cast and flashed back to a time of disco. In April, the brand bent time and space to present a glimpse into the future with a strange series of casting room videos. Each of these short clips introduced, literally, otherworldly models to Gucci’s world. Now, the anticipated Fall/Winter 2017 campaign that evolved from these teaser videos has landed on Earth.

Photographed by Glen Luchford, the futuristic images are an ode to sci-fi films of the 1950’s and 60’s. Taking inspiration from Star Trek, Gucci placed their aliens, humanoids, robots, and monsters in intergalactic settings. Fortunately, the figure-hugging, colour block outfits from the film have been swapped for some high fashion couture. Eclectic and forward thinking, the collection, therefore, dazzles with crystals, embroidery, florals, and flares.

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19/07/2017

Upcoming Collaboration

UNIQLO Taps J.W. Anderson for Upcoming Collaboration

Following on the heels of Jil Sander and Carine Roitfeld collaboartions, Japanese apparel giant Uniqlo announced its latest partner: Loewe creative director: Jonathan Anderson.

“When I think of UNIQLO, I think of things that are perfectly made, that people have spent a lot of time considering; it’s a difficult job, and I think Uniqlo do it very well. Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels,” said Anderson.

Yuki Katsuta, Senior Vice President of Fast Retailing and Head of Research and Design at UNIQLO, also commented on the collaboration: ”In partnering with JW Anderson, one of Britain’s most innovative and creative brands, we will tap into traditions while pursuing progress in designs and fabrics, to craft styles that are enduringly appealing.”

The collection will include both men’s and women’s clothes and will be a combination of British heritage with Uniqlo’s fit, fabric and functionality. Uniqlo X J. W. Anderson will hit the Uniqlo stores for the 2017 fall/winter season.

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