FASHION

Bollywood actress Ananya Panday dragonfly outfit at Paris Fashion Week was a stunner

Actress Ananya Panday, who had recently walked the ramp at the Paris Fashion Week, has shared some new pictures from her international runway debut, and spoke about the idea behind the ‘superheroes’ collection that she represented at the show.

The actress had turned showstopper for designer Rahul Mishra at the Paris Haute Couture Week 2024. She became the youngest Bollywood actor to walk the ramp. However, it was her attire that left people talking on the internet.

Taking to Instagram, Ananya shared a bunch of photos, in which she can be seen dressed in a distinct outfit, a dragonfly top which stood out as extraordinary. She paired it with a velvet black skirt. Her hair is neatly tied and the diva opted for a minimal make-up look.

The post is captioned: “This was such a moment! Walking for @rahulmishra_7 at Paris Couture Week I loved the idea behind his collection ‘SUPERHEROES’ which draws attention to the nuances of sharing life with species of insects and reptiles that inhabit the environment with us.”

“In pursuit of building our lives on the planet, we may have taken over their habitats and driven them to extinction,” she added.

Ananya had also walked the Paris Fashion Week wearing a butterfly-inspired black mini dress. She carried a giant sieve decorated with butterfly motifs. The sieve was seemingly attached to the dress underneath. She rounded up her look with a sleek hair bun and black high heels.

Meanwhile, on the work front, the actress will be next seen in a cyber-thriller ‘Control’, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. She also has ‘Call My Bae’ and Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Shankara’ in the pipeline.

Ananya last featured in the coming-of-age drama ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’, co-starring Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Adarsh Gourav.

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FASHION

How Kanye, Gap, and Chanel Are Dressing Us Down for Dystopia

Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty and Balenciaga

Photo Illustration by Erin O’Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty and Balenciaga

If the world feels terrible right now, one can take small comfort in the cultural history of dystopia being a long one. From George Orwell’s 1984 to cinema franchises like Mad Max, fiction has interrogated what it would be like if we ever hit that point of dystopia or a borderline to present apocalypse. This idea of “the end of life as we know it” has long influenced the cultural zeitgeist, including fashion.

One example is the recent drop of Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection. Business of Fashion credited Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga with bringing a dystopian retail experience to stores. Rather than the traditional well-merchandised, well-sized, particularly laid out approach to visual merchandising Gap takes, the Yeezy collection was available… in trash bags.

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Did this deter many customers from shopping? Not at all. Shoppers waited hours in line to shop to purchase T-shirts and hoodies, many of which are now sold out in most sizes. The shopping area for the collection consisted of limited space with black floors and black walls, and customers recreating the scene of dumpster diving. It was dystopia at its most capitalist.

Despite the Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection nearly selling out, some aren’t as happy with this dystopian concept as one might think. Mike Grillo, a customer who recently shopped at Gap after the Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga launch, said, “We need to stop pretending Yeezy Gap is a thing. It’s literally trash bags full of black hoodies flopped in the center of your average gap [products.] Spare us. I also overheard a sales associate saying Yeezy Gap is the same materials Balenciaga uses, and I bet you my retirement fund it’s

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DESIGNER

Alexander McQueen to Stage Spring 2023 Show in London

The Kering-owned British luxury brand Alexander McQueen continues to showcase outside of the fashion week system, and it will turn to London this fall to reveal its spring 2023 collection.

The spring 2023 Alexander McQueen collection will be shown after Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 11, following the brand’s mushroom-inspired fall 2022 collection shown in New York in March.

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This will be the second time that the brand to stage a runway show in London since the COVID-19 pandemic. The brand showcased its spring 2022 collection on the rooftop of a car park in East London last October.

Sarah Burton, the brand’s creative director, said at the time the decision to show in London was a result of that coming together.

Prior to the pandemic, the brand was usually shown during Paris Fashion Week.

“We listened to the rhythm of our own studio, and how we’ve been working as a team, it made sense to do it here, to be here, and to do the show at this time,” she said.

The brand has also experimented with video and print publications on new products and collections launches.

Alexander McQueen tapped award-winning visual artist Sophie Muller on a short film that brings pieces from the brand’s spring 2022 collection to life when the pieces from the collection were hitting the stores earlier this year.

For the pre-fall 2022 season, the brand issued a 160-page zine documenting the creative process of 12 artists who were invited by Burton to express their working practices, each inspired by a look from the women’s collection.

The company has also been making strides in the sustainability space. Last year, it became the first luxury label to work with Vestiaire Collective on the platform’s Brand Approved program, which allows McQueen clients to sell

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