Introducing The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange

The project, created and managed by Eco-Age, with support of the Commonwealth Fashion Council and the British Fashion Council, and in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and, builds on the premise of fashion as a common language. Brands from different countries, including Karen Walker representing New Zealand, Bibi Russell for Bangladesh and Burberry and Stella McCartney for the UK, will partner up to create exclusive, one-of-a-kind looks that will be showcased at a special reception at Buckingham Palace during London Fashion Week on February 19.

“Fashion is a huge weapon, because we are all connected to the clothes we wear,” Livia Firth, Eco-Age founder, told press this morning. “Sadly, today the industry is dominated by rapid markets and decentralised supply chains producing high volumes of cheap clothes through an overwhelmingly female, low-wage workforce.”

Following the London Fashion Week showcase, which the Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex will attend, the exhibition will be made public at Australia House on February 21. Digital partnerships with and Google Arts and Culture will mean those who cannot make the London presentation will be able to engage with the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange via online platforms, and start conversations on how to take the initiative further.

Millennials choose luxury accessories over clothing

The latest It bag is a bigger draw for millennials in the luxury shopping space than clothing.

Kim Kardashian, CR Fashion Book, Issue 11

In the first half of 2017, full price sales of luxury handbags increased 22 percent, while scarf and hat sales rose as well, at 20 percent and 83 percent respectively, according to a report by retail analytics firm Edited that examined 30 major U.S. retailers that sell more than 5,000 brands. Meanwhile, full price apparel sales have decreased by 34.5 percent. Jeff Staple, founder of e-commerce site Staple Design, said the shift toward accessories among millennials is in large part a result of the continued rise of fast fashion.

As these retailers continue to replicate luxury looks, millennial shoppers ultimately feel less compelled to shell out hundreds of dollars for a designer blouse when they can get a similar style on the cheap. Instead, they create their own high-low looks, mixing fast fashion pieces with select luxury products, which increasingly have become accessories.

Ultimately, Staple said Edited’s findings points to a larger cycle within retail. As luxury clothing has moved away from bold, ostentatious branding, the allure for high-end clothing has become lessened. Especially in the age of social media, Staple said, sharing an outfit of the day in a high-end dress you could ostensibly get for a fraction of the price at Forever 21 has less appeal.

“When brands like Rag and Bone and James Perse were at their height, there was a simplicity theme going on,” Staple said. “We were in a phase where it was cool to be nameless, brandless and generic. We’re going through this phase now where people want to be a bit more flossy and glossy. They want to show off a bit, but are still conscious of their budgets, so are thinking about where they want to spend.”

How Sex Came Back Into Fashion

The night sex came back into fashion began with an invitation in a black leather envelope to a catwalk show in a former monastery. It was a sultry evening in Paris last September, and the sun was setting behind the iconic YSL initials, picked out in neon, as the new designer at the storied house of Yves Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello, unveiled his debut.


The look was Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love video meets young-Kardashian on a date night, spiked with a twist of Helmut Newton. Long legs in high heels, oversized earrings grazing bare oiled shoulders, boned velvet corsets and sheer black lace. And then - just in case the message wasn't getting across - Binx Walton strode the catwalk resplendent in a black leather mini dress, cutaway to reveal one glittery silver nipple pasty.

Antonio Berardi, whose dresses are loved by Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively and a league of loyal clients for their killer combo of knockout sex appeal and silky sophistication, believes that seduction will never go out of style. "Never. Sex and clothing fundamentally go hand in hand. Every man and woman dresses to impress, whether it be the other sex, same sex or both," he says. From American Apparel to Calvin Klein, from Sophie Dahl for Opium fragrance to Gucci's infamous logoed pubis, the briefest history of fashion advertising confirms sex as a fashion perennial - as does the view of Natalie Kingham, buying director of Matches. "If we ever see sexy clothes, we do buy into them," she says. Sex sells.

After the high-octane vibrations of fashion week and the street style circus, I find that this is when the shifts in silhouette and mood percolate through into what I will wear to the office, or on a regular Saturday. Tellingly, one of my first post-shows purchases this autumn was a pair of Stuart Weitzman plush grey suede over the knee boots. Call it the spirit of Saint Laurent, but after checking out these boots on other women for months, I came home from Paris Fashion Week emboldened to buy a pair. And yes - to answer everyone's first question - I wear them to work.

5 wedding traditions that should make a comeback

The United States is a melting pot, so American weddings have become a beautiful blend of many different cultures and traditions. Trends come and go (just think of all the mason jars and dessert stations that you’ve seen at weddings in recent years!). But, if you want your wedding to be more timeless than trendy, consider incorporating some of classic traditions that have been in hiding for years. We think it’s time to bring these sweet rituals back!


1. Tying The Knot
It turns out there is deep symbolism behind the phrase “tying the knot.” It refers to an old Irish and Scottish ritual called hand-fasting. The officiant ties the couple’s hands together with a brightly colored ribbon or cord.

2. Wedding Bells
The church bells tolling at the beginning and/or end of a wedding ceremony was once thought to ward off any evil or negative spirits. As many wedding ceremonies have moved out of the church and fewer churches seem to have bells, this tradition has fallen by the wayside. But, don’t give up on this one yet.

3. Sixpence In Your Shoe
Most of us are familiar with the rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” But, not as many are aware of the last line, “and a sixpence in her shoe.” The sixpence was given by a father to the bride to symbolize all the blessings he had for her. By giving her the sixpence, he was symbolically wishing her great health, wealth and happiness that could be passed down with the coin from generation to generation.

5. Groom’s Cake
You may think this cake is all about the men, but that’s not how it originated. Single ladies were the focus behind this cake. After a wedding was over, each unmarried female guest would take home a piece of the second cake and place it beneath her pillow.

6. Decorating The Car
The ritual of decorating the bride and groom’s “getaway car” with flowers on the hood and ribbons streaming from the side mirrors or antenna began in Germany.

Fashion success through reinvention

Sidney Toledano is "very pleased". The spectacular fashion show he has just been watching has gone well.
The event, staged last September in a vast hall in the grounds of the Musee Rodin in Paris, featured designs by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the new artistic director of Christian Dior, the fashion house run by Mr Toledano.


Ms Chiuri is the first woman to be the creative head at Dior.
The time is right for change, says Mr Toledano. "Who can understand better than a woman the needs of a woman, and express [her] identity today… in the West, in China, wherever in the world?" he says.
Ms Chiuri's show, which was well received by critics, displayed a feminist tone, including a T-shirt with a slogan that read "We Should All Be Feminists".

In 2017, the House of Dior celebrates its 70th anniversary. In an industry where the new is all-important, keeping brands fresh over the long term is tricky. But there are probably few people who know as much about how to do this as Sidney Toledano, who has run Dior since the 1990s.
He grew up in Casablanca in Morocco, where one of his closest friends was Joseph Ettedgui, who later went on to establish the successful fashion retail chain, Joseph, in the UK.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Mr Toledano recalls, Casablanca's lifestyle attracted a cosmopolitan crowd from Europe and the US. "I grew up seeing people very well dressed, and this is one reason why I like fashion.
"It was about feeling good - to have the right shirt, to have the right pair of jeans," he says. "Joseph and many of my friends had the same culture."
Despite his interest in fashion, Mr Toledano ended up training as an engineer. He found the disciplines he learnt during his studies helpful in his later career.
But it was not until he went to work for the French footwear business Kickers that he found his true vocation. The brand built a big following in the youth market for its boots and shoes soon after it was founded in 1970.




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Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian wear daring dresses

KOURTNEY and Khloe Kardashian attended the Angel Ball in New York last night alongside mum Kris Jenner… as their brother-in-law was hospitalised.


The women made sure all eyes were on them by picking incredibly racy dresses for the occasion…despite the unfolding family emergency.

Grinning on the red carpet the sisters were not joined by Kim, who was expected to attend after months away from the public eye.

It’s unclear whether Kim cancelled her appearance at the event last minute after hearing about her husband or had decided prior to the news that she would not be attending.

The other sisters perhaps felt they still needed attend as their late father Robert Kardashian was being honoured at the event.

Addressing the situation with Kanye at the ball, Kris said: “He’s exhausted he’s just really tired. He’s had a gruelling tour and it’s been a grind so he just needs some rest.”

Either way, the famous clan put on a typically glamorous display, showing off the fruits of their labours in the fitness department.

Khloe looked incredible wearing a completely sheer dress with strategically placed silver detailing.

The figure-hugging number, which shimmered as it caught the light, showed off her famous curves perfectly.

Mum-of-three Kourtney meanwhile opted for a rather different look but something that was equally as daring.

She picked a black strapless dress with cut-out sections around her legs – revealing her toned thighs.