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Charles de Vilmorin to debut ready to wear during Paris Fashion Week

Following his time at fashion house Rochas, Charles de Vilmorin will now also be focusing on a ready-to-wear collection for his own label.

The French designer, who has previously only shown couture collections under the eponymous brand, will present his own ready-to-wear collection for FW24, reported the trade magazine WWD. This is to be presented in the Sphere showroom during Paris Fashion Week, which starts at the end of the month.

The new collection will consist of 25 pieces. These include dresses, denim shorts, shirts, a trench coat, bomber jackets and a handful of printed scarves inspired by a poem by French writer George Sand. The prices of the collection range from 500 euros for a printed cotton shirt to around 2,000 euros for a trench coat.

The 26-year-old designer has an impressive CV. He graduated from L’Institut Français de la Mode in April 2020, after which he immediately made a name for himself as a successful couture designer. In 2021, he was a finalist for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers. Shortly afterwards, he was appointed creative director at Rochas. He left the French fashion house in April 2023, the same year he became a guest designer at French luxury department stores’ Galeries Lafayette.

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Can better data protect fashion workers from climate risks?

Fashion suppliers are starting to take climate risks into account when deciding where to locate factories or how to keep workers safe in them, but a lack of good data is holding back early efforts to mitigate threats, industry officials warned.

“Climate change poses the risk of supply chain disruption so we must take such risks into account to do business in the long run,” said Mohammad Monower Hossain, head of sustainability for Team Group, a leading apparel supplier in Bangladesh.

His organisation, seen as an early adopter in incorporating climate risk into its business plans, now takes into account land elevation and potential flood risk when siting new factories – a key consideration in a low-lying country listed among the most at risk from climate impacts, Hossain said.

The manufacturer also has two factories certified as green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council, and three more waiting to receive a similar designation, he said.
But Hossain said much of Bangladesh’s apparel industry is struggling to similarly plan for climate risks, in large part because of a lack of easily available and reliable information on the threats facing factories and their workers.

THE DATA GAP

Bangladesh’s fashion industry has in recent years focused on curbing its carbon footprint, with major brands investing in emissions-cutting changes to win over green buyers and help meet global climate goals.But work on preparing for direct climate threats facing the industry – from extreme heatwaves to flooding – is newer.”The fact that we have so much attention on mitigation solutions means that in some ways adaptation is a little overlooked,” said Sabina Lawreniuk, a garment industry expert at Britain’s University of Nottingham who works on the impact of climate change on Cambodia’s apparel industry.

In January, Lawreniuk and a team of researchers launched

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Style Watch: Malaysian image coach Ong Ming Yen believes fashion is empowering

Digital content creator and image coach Ong Ming Yen makes it her aim every day to dress appropriately for every occasion.

Her aim in her line of work, which ranges from corporate image training to individual styling and personal shopping, is to encourage people to embrace and express their own unique style.

“As an image coach in the fashion and beauty industry, I strive to empower individuals to express their unique style with confidence and authenticity,” says Ong, who is known by the moniker “Stilettoes Diva” on social media.

She describes her personal style as being a mix of three specific looks – classic, dramatic and sporty – as her wardrobe includes many pieces relevant to these styles on repeat.

What is your favourite go-to look?

I am meticulous with my OOTD (outfit of the day) so I will make sure my outfit is tidy enough to step out my front door. When it comes to work, I love a good non-wrinkled little black dress and sometimes I’ll add on a blazer. I think a blazer is a must-have if one is in the corporate world.

On casual days, my favourite go-to look is sporty and relaxed. A pair of cargo pants and a collared shirt, or just with a tee.

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What are your three must-have style/beauty items?

It really depends on what I want people to focus on me that day. If I want them to look at my nice, hydrated, porcelain skin, then a good cushion foundation is a must-have for me.

Talking a lot on a particular day will mean that I want them to see my lips first so a red lipstick is a must-have. And I can

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Six recycling innovations that could change fashion

Paris – The fashion industry’s enormous waste problem is pushing governments, particularly in Europe, towards ambitious recycling targets. 

The problem is that recycling textiles is a highly complex task and technical solutions are still in their infancy.

NGOs warn the real problem is over-production, and that tech innovations may just provide cover for brands to continue pumping out billions of new clothes. 

But the pressure to start recycling at massive scale is happening now.

“Brands need to get to high levels of recycling at super-speed, and if they don’t, the EU will be giving them massive fines,” said circular economy consultant Paul Foulkes-Arellano. 

AFP spoke to multiple experts to see which ideas could make a difference. 

Many will fail, but here is a snapshot of current contenders that illustrate the different challenges in textile recycling.

– MycoWorks: Mushroom leather –

MycoWorks grows mycelium (fungus roots) that comes out like luxury leather, with early clients including Hermes and General Motors (for car interiors). 

“The only input is sawdust and energy costs are extremely low because it’s a fungus not a plant, so there’s no need for light, and very little water,” said CEO Matt Scullin. 

While the makers of most new biomaterials are struggling to reach industrial scale, MycoWorks claims to have cracked the problem, billing itself as “the first and only biomaterials company to open a full-scale factory” — in the US state of South Carolina — with the first 1,000-sheet harvest coming off the line in January.

– Circ: Unblending clothes –

Most clothes are a blend of materials, making them hard to recycle. US-based Circ has invented a chemical solution to separate the most common blend, polycotton, into its constituent parts.

It uses a hydrothermal process to liquify the polyester and separate it from the cotton. 

Both can

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What To Expect at New York Fashion Week FW24

Where September represents a livelier and party-filled New York Fashion Week, February returns to the basics with clothes at the core – breaking some of winter’s frost with their captivating designs. In New York City specifically, the season represents a time of heightened focus for brands to curate cohesive collections and refine their design expertise.

With this year’s calendar, a roster of designers is taking to the catwalk for their Fall/Winter 2024 collections. From names like Helmut Lang to Michael Kors and Thom Browne, there’s a range of moments to be on the lookout for featuring highlight returns, seasoned New York Fashion Week names and even a few newcomers – taking place from Friday, February 9 through Wednesday, February 14.

Highlight Returns

Last September’s NYFW, Peter Do held his first runway show as Helmut Lang’s new creative director in an attempt to return the brand to its former glory. With his signature tailored sentiments, Do brought a clean edge to the NYC-based label while maintaining its minimal stylings. Since then, Do offered up a clean collection for the Pre-Fall 2024 season, but now the designer is returning to the runway for his second show at Helmut Lang. Peter Do’s second show at Helmut Lang is set to kick off NYFW on Friday, February 9 at noon.

Edvin Thompson’s Theophilio is also back on the runway roster, marking its first show since September 2022. Culture remains at the forefront of the Jamaican-born designer’s process and each collection has seen him dive deeper into his roots. Tommy Hilfiger returns to the calendar as well, having not shown during NYFW since September 2022. If the past show was any indication – making a grand spectacle at Brookly’s Skyline Drive In – Hilfiger’s next on the runway will surely be a

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The Future of Resale and Rental Fashion

Resale and rental occupy a curious spot in the fashion market.

The pioneers that charged out ahead and into the public markets — including Rent the Runway Inc., ThredUp Inc. and The RealReal Inc. — have all struggled with investors, who are no longer willing to settle for growth and want actual profits.

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Still, brands and retailers keep jumping in, pumping more heat into a resale and rental sector that is sometimes seen as a kind of sustainable savior, a single-item logistics nightmare or just a black hole for money.

Maybe it’s a little bit of all of those, but certainly big companies are very much still paying attention.

Zara launched a pre-owned platform in 14 European markets in December. And Amazon Luxury Stores recently entered resale with Hardly Ever Worn It in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Urban Outfitters Inc.’s Nuuly rental platform drove $65.5 million in revenues in the third quarter, an 86 percent increase from a year earlier that produced operating profits.

“With the strong partnership of our sister brands Anthropologie, Free People, FP Movement and Urban Outfitters as well as over 400 other partner brands, we have curated what we believe is the most compelling rental clothing assortment on the market,” crowed David Hayne, Urban’s chief technology officer, to analysts last year.

Just where all these resale and rental efforts lead remains to be seen. But the sense is, they’re going somewhere.

“We’re kind of in the messy, let’s figure it out [stage], because brands and companies all realize now, yes, it’s a real market,” said Cara Smyth, chair of Fashion Makes Change at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

“Resale grew five times faster than the regular retail clothing sector in 2022,” Smyth said. “There’s money to be made. There are

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Fashion fans race to House of Fraser to nab sale bargains – with a shopper nabbing designer goodies for as cheap as 75p

FROM AllSaints and Barbour to Mulberry and Charlotte Tilbury, House of Fraser has it all. 

And now, eagle-eyed fashion fans have noticed prices on some of its biggest brands have been slashed. 

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The department store is selling posh candles for 75p, Versace undies for £8 a pair and luxury pyjama sets for a cool £2. 

Shoppers have been rushing to the House of Fraser website all this week to nab some bargains. 

Vicki Miles walked away with the biggest savings, picking up a whopping £1,121.06 worth of stuff for just £173.42. 

That means she saved an eye-watering £947.64 on Nike tracksuits, Ted Baker homeware and kidswear. 

She shared the shopping win on Facebook, saying that there was “too much to list” online but she found plenty of “branded” things. 

Similarly, Vicky Marsden picked up 16 items for just £33. 

“There’s 70% off at House of Fraser sale,” she penned on social media. 

“Three pairs of men’s trainers, five lots of family Christmas pyjamas, six outfits for my toddler and a workout outfit for me.”

Fabulous found Crocs slashed to £13.99 and Jack Wills slippers for just £3 in the sale.

Fashion brands like Missguided and I Saw It First have had items slashed to as little as £1.25. 

Calvin Klein denim shorts were just £23, while thongs and bralettes from the American designer were as cheap as £4. 

House of Fraser started as a small shop

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Is TikTok the new fashion trend?

Opinion editors are not responsible for agreeing or disagreeing with their writers but rather elevate each individual’s specific voice.

There has been a recent rise in UGG consumers, an influx in Amazon shoppers, and altogether a spike in fashion dupes. Interestingly enough, though, all these products have been available for plenty of time, but are just now gaining momentous popularity. Why? It’s all thanks to TikTok.

As a result of TikTok, styles such as cottage-corestyle=”font-weight: 400;”, an aesthetic that celebrates simple living, and Barbie-core, which encapsulates Barbie’s fun and vivacious way of living, have become popular. The list of aesthetics popularized by Tiktok is endless: goblin-core, fairy-core, and many more. 

With that, there is the rise of microtrends—fashion fads that peak in popularity before quickly falling out of current fashion—proliferated by social media. TikTok has millions of users who repeatedly watch hauls and sponsored videos that expose consumers to products or brands that they algorithmically want to purchase. 

For example, Remi Bader, an NYC-based Curve Model and full-time influencer on TikTok, garnered popularity when she started posting clothing hauls. She gave her unfiltered opinions on how brands like Zara, Aritzia, and Target fit plus-sized women, which created a mass following.

Many people watched Bader to get fashion inspiration, but that quickly changed when the influencer fell into TikTok’s generalized marketing scheme to bring in users. Nonetheless, millions of viewers blindly followed her opinions and reflected them in their own lives. 

This raises the question: does succumbing to these trends fuel or erase self-expression? The answer is clear: the fashion industry pervading TikTok is robbing individuals’ sense of identity through their clothing.  

Before the rise of social media, other mediums like catalogs, newspapers, and television were consumers’ primary sources to explore upcoming

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GENESIS AND THE COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS OF AMERICA ANNOUNCE FIRST DESIGN + INNOVATION GRANT WINNER

NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Genesis and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are pleased to announce the first ever CFDA | Genesis House AAPI Design + Innovation Grant winner, Grace Ling. With the support of notable industry mentors and funding from Genesis, participants were challenged to create a bespoke fashion collection highlighting the tension and balance between their Asian heritage and modernity over the course of five months.

Grace Ling awarded Genesis and CFDA’s AAPI-focused innovation grant at Genesis House in NYC.Grace Ling awarded Genesis and CFDA’s AAPI-focused innovation grant at Genesis House in NYC.

Grace Ling awarded Genesis and CFDA’s AAPI-focused innovation grant at Genesis House in NYC.

Alongside fellow rising AAPI fashion designers Andrew Kwon, and Haoran Li and Siying Qu of Private Policy, Grace Ling presented her final collection to an esteemed judging panel and was announced as the grant’s inaugural winner at a private event at Genesis House on February 7th. The collections were judged by Jodie Chan (Vice President of Global Marketing & Communications at Carolina Herrera), Laurent Claquin (President of Kering Americas), Rachel Espersen (Executive Director, Brand Experience, Genesis House & Studios), Steven Kolb (CEO of CFDA), and Wen Zhou (CEO and Co-Founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim).

“It has been an incredible experience working with the CFDA and these immensely talented designers throughout this one-of-a-kind program supporting the AAPI community,” said Rachel Espersen, executive director, brand experience, Genesis House & Studios, at Genesis Motor America. “Our three finalists produced beautiful works of art that showcase their unique style and interpretation of their heritage, and we’re deeply proud of their journeys over the course of these last few months.”

CFDA | Genesis House AAPI Design + Innovation Grant winner, Grace Ling, produced a collection of three full looks inspired by a femme fatale character, each representing seduction, transformation and initiation. Ling, known for blending futurism and

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