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Young Detroit designers head to New York Fashion Week to showcase Afrofuturistic looks

click to enlarge Youth designers are pictured alongside design mentors. - Courtesy photo

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Youth designers are pictured alongside design mentors.

Young designers from Detroit are headed to New York Fashion Week to represent the city with two Afrofuturism-inspired looks created under the guidance of experienced design mentors.

The Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan made this possible with its signature Industry Club program, launched in 2020 to help prepare young people for careers in various fields. The Fashion Industry Club was the first of now eight industries available for local youth to gain experience in.

In partnership with Black-owned New York-based retailer Maison Black, the Boys and Girls Club will host its second runway show at New York Fashion Week this season, which runs from Feb. 9-14. Spearheaded by Detroit native Tori Nichel, Maison Black not only spotlights Black designers but also extends its reach through the Maison Black Foundation, dedicated to nurturing Black youth in

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Architect wanted to design Bath fashion museum in listed former post office | News

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Bath and North East Somerset council has started the search for an architect to create a fashion museum inside a 1920s former post office.

The Fashion Museum, Bath has been housed in the grade I-listed Assembly Rooms in the city centre since the museum was founded in 1963. Its collection, which dates back to 1600, attracts around 100,000 visitors a year.

The museum is famous for its Dress of the Year award, which since 1963 has asked a high profile figure in fashion to select an outfit which best represents contemporary trends.

Designers whose work has been exhibited include Mary Quant, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen and Donatella Versace.

The National Trust, which owns the 18th century Assembly Rooms and had been leasing it to the council, decided to

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New Exhibition Brings Together Quilting, Fashion and Design Artists |

New Exhibition Brings Together Quilting, Fashion and Design Artists

Renee Anderson, Flowers for 2023. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Greenbelters are invited to attend an opening reception on Sunday, February 4, 1 to 3 p.m. for the new exhibition, PIECED: Fiber Arts by Fashion Designer Venus Stanton and the Uhuru Quilters Guild at the Community Center Art Gallery. PIECED brings together the work of nine artists of different generations and aesthetics who use similar construction techniques to achieve diverse creative ends. Visitors will be immersed in an environment of vibrant color, bold geometry and rich symbolism, including the personal, cultural and cosmic.
Stanton is represented in the exhibition by a series of ensembles from their Midnight Funk Association collection, their senior thesis project at the Maryland Institute College of Art, which led to a prestigious Windgate-Lamar Fellowship at the Center for Craft. Grounded in their perspective as a queer Black Midwesterner, their work reflects influences from 20th-century Black musicians,

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A new era of Philippine Fashion: Filipino designers are about to take over New York with ‘Filipinxt’

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Led by Filipinos for Filipinos and the world, the grand fashion presentation brings Manila to Manhattan as it celebrates Pinoy style and culture

Being one of the major fashion capitals in the world, New York has been a dream destination for many Filipino designers. Creativity thrives everywhere in the Big Apple, where the industry’s biggest brands and personalities make their mark. That’s why for many, showcasing their works in New York guarantees to put their name on the map.

It’s a belief that empowers New York-based fashion designer Bessie Besana and restaurateur Rob Mallari-D’Auria. The two are on a mission to open doors of opportunity in New York for Filipino designers with “Filipinxt,” a fashion event putting Filipino style and heritage at the forefront.

“Our goal is to bring the ingenuity of Filipino talent and, hopefully, get them recognized by the mainstream market,” Bessie says. “We want

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Campaign for tourist tax U-turn ‘not just about rich shoppers’, fashion designer Sir Paul Smith argues

The fashion designer Sir Paul Smith has told Sky News that a campaign to overturn the so-called tourist tax is not just about “helping rich shoppers coming to buy cheap handbags“, but boosting the wider economy.

In an interview with Business Live, he explained why he added his name to a letter to the chancellor – signed by 400 business leaders – demanding the decision to scrap VAT-free shopping for international visitors is overturned.

It was reported over the weekend that Jeremy Hunt had asked the Office for Budget Responsibility to review the tax which, according to estimates, rakes in about £2bn for UK public coffers.

The tax break ended when the UK left the European Union in 2020.

It had previously allowed foreign visitors from outside the EU to reclaim VAT on purchases in Britain, in the same way they do when shopping across the bloc.

It was

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metallic designs: New York Fashion Week set to shine with metallic and floral designs

By Alicia Powell

NEW YORK, – New York Fashion Week kicks off on Friday, with innovative metallics and fresh florals expected on the catwalks, and designers seeking to find new ways to integrate the city into the star-studded event.

“We’re using New York City as our footprint,” said executive vice president of marketing at WME Fashion Kim Fasting Berg.

Venues will be the Starrett-Lehigh building in West Chelsea, the High Line Nine gallery, also in Chelsea, and 21 Greene in Soho.

The Greene Street space will host NYFW Backstage to give fashion fans a chance to learn what happens behind the scenes – what the promoters call “the grind behind the glamour.”

The space will also host auditions for aspiring models, designer talks, and industry panels, including one on size inclusivity. The week is considered the premiere event for American designers, where they can debut their latest collections and

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Meet the local designer making waves in London’s fashion scene

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All fashion designers and devotees know that the Paris and London Fashion Weeks are the crème de la crème of the world of couture – to showcase something there is to have your work walk on hallowed ground.

So, it should be a feather in Canberra’s cap that one local woman has shown her designs in both. And she’s making waves.

28-year-old fashion designer Ally Brenner has always known that she wanted to have a career in fashion. And while her career has been anything but linear, with three major couture collections under her belt already, she’s now no stranger to the world of high-end and custom-made fashion.

Ally Brenner.

Designing and handmaking clothing that can take you everywhere from the boardroom with handed beaded suit jackets, to the ballet with elegant evening gowns, ivory lace tops, and ruffled skirts, all of Ally’s designs can

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Fashion designer Anita Dongre celebrates the world’s inherent beauty

Since her establishment in 1995, Anita Dongre has crafted a diverse fashion empire, housing AND for Western wear, Global Desi for contemporary styles, Grassroot for sustainable luxury, and Pinkcity for exquisite jewellery. In an exclusive interview with The Kurator, we delve into Dongre’s world, focusing on her recent ‘Rewild’23’ fashion show—a blend of art, fashion, and an ever-evolving commitment to nature and elephant conservation.

“Fashion For Good is woven into our DNA. We see fashion as a tool for positive social impact. Rewild has been a labour of love. Elephants, as gentle matriarchs shaping the forest ecosystem, hold a special place in my heart. Our designs, heavily inspired by nature, seek to unite changemakers advocating peaceful co-existence,” Dongre shares.

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The collection showcased quintessential Rajasthani techniques—block-printing, Kantha, gota-patti, and beadwork—embodied in modern silhouettes. Dongre adeptly balanced tradition and modernity, affirming, “To sustain

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​​Okay, we’re ready to make a confession here — and you can’t judge. Once upon a time, quality and consciousness were essentially the last things on our minds when it came to our wardrobes. Getting our hands on trendy items to recreate celeb-inspired looks undoubtedly topped our priority list back then! Now that we’re older, wiser and thinking more about our impact than our Instagram likes, many of Us want to take a more sustainable approach to our lifestyles. Yes — it’s true. We’re parting ways with the fast fashion of yesteryear in favor of consciously-made items that are better for the environment (and our closets, in the long run!).

You may feel similarly, but basically have no idea where to start. That’s understandable — it’s hard to cut through

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