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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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Curate a Timeless Wardrobe with Unsubscribed

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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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Designer Line Up for Indigenous Fashion Week Announced

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) announced the designer line-up for the first-ever American-produced Indigenous Fashion Week which will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

The event is set to take place from May 2 to 5 and will feature Native American and Indigenous Canadian designers who aim to shine a spotlight on their unique fashion narratives and celebrate the rich diversity in Indigenous cultures. 

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The line up of Native American and Indigenous Canadian designers include:  

  • Carrie Wood “chizhii”
  • Dehmin Cleland  
  • Himikalas Pamela Baker of T.O.C Legends  
  • House of Sutai by Peshawn Bread  
  • Justin Jacob Louis  
  • Lesley Hampton  
  • Loren Aragon of Towering Stone  
  • Maria Hupfield 
  • Orlando Dugi  
  • Patricia
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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

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Kristin Juszczyk’s Best NFL Designs To Swoon Over Before The Super Bowl

Throughout 2023 — and leading into 2024 — women have been gaining well-deserved attention in male-dominant spaces, with one of the biggest being the NFL. With the Super Bowl matchup between the San Francisco 49ers vs the Kansas City Chiefs coming up on Feb. 11, there have been two leading women the media can’t stop talking about (and for good reason). Of course, Taylor Swift is a constant topic of conversation, especially considering her upcoming Eras Tour shows in Tokyo between Feb. 7-10 and the possibility of her racing back to the U.S. to see her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, play in the Super Bowl. And then there’s another leading lady who has taken social media by storm with her custom outfits worn by WAGs throughout the NFL, and her name is Kristin Juszczyk.

Kristin Juszczyk is the wife of 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, but more importantly, she’s made a name

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