Month: June 2021

Fresh Faces, Indigenous Voices Reenergize Australian Fashion Week

SYDNEY — Kicking off with a 60,000-year-old smoking ceremony and catapulting a flurry of new names, a number of them Indigenous, the newly minted Afterpay Australian Fashion Week returned to Sydney this month after a two-year hiatus with a new, inclusive spirit and a packed live runway schedule.

On the opening day, there was a palpable sense of relief among attendees to be back networking with their peers after 18 months of Zoom chats and off-again-on-again lockdowns. The industry mood was also buoyed by the results of an Ernst & Young report that were released that morning by the Australian Fashion Council, which revealed the Australian fashion industry contributes more than 27.2 billion Australian dollars, or $21 billion, to the Australian economy and creates 7.2 billion Australian dollars, or $6 billion, in exports — more than double the export revenues of Australia’s wool, wine and beer sectors, respectively.

Ninety-seven

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Why the Next Part of the Sustainable Fashion Conversation Will Be About Racial Justice

Fashion is an industry built on the essential nature of clothing, which is driven forward by the buying public’s ever-changing taste. In 2020, as consumer tastes shifted in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, only the fittest survived. And many who did are among those who have of late adopted a message of “sustainability,” a catchall watchword that promises brands are, at a bare minimum, thinking twice about their roles in the cycle of perpetual consumption. A single definition can be hard to pin down, but Kate Fletcher, design activist, scholar, and author of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys, has said that fashion sustainability is “Fashion that fosters ecological integrity and social quality through products, practices of use, and relationships; a more authentic, flexible, and interconnected view of fashion, people, and the world; fashion that helps us engage, connect, and better understand ourselves, each other, and our world; and

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Kanye West and Irina Shayk Are ‘Casually’ Seeing Each Other, Source Says

Kanye West and Irina Shayk have “casually been seeing each other,” a source tells ET.

The two sparked romance rumors this week after they were photographed in Provence, France, for the rapper’s 44th birthday. According to ET’s source, they have “been friendly for a long time.”

“Kanye loves having someone in the fashion world as that’s a big part of his life and Irina enjoys Kanye’s passion for it,” adds the source. “The two have kept things on the DL for a while as they are both very private.”

Shayk previously appeared in West’s 2010 music video for “Power,” later walking in his Yeezy fashion show in 2012. West also name-dropped the 35-year-old model in his 2010 song, “Christian Dior Denim Flow,” rapping, “I wanna see Irina Shayk next to Doutzen.”

West’s friendship with Shayk comes amid his highly publicized divorce from Kim Kardashian West. The 40-year-old reality star

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Fashion Retailer About You, Holders Seek $1.1 Billion in IPO

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E-commerce fashion retailer About You AG and its shareholders are seeking as much as 941 million euros ($1.1 billion) in a Frankfurt initial public offering, betting that demand for its party outfits will ramp up as night life unlocks.

Shares are being marketed at 21 euros to 26 euros apiece through June 14, with the new stock set to start trading on June 16, it said in a statement Tuesday.

About You, which aims to digitize the classic stroll around a mall by creating a personalized shopping experience on smartphones, specializes in catering to young women in their 20s and 30s. It operates in a crowded field, competing with the vast clothing collections carried by Asos Plc and Zalando SE.

The company plans to sell 28.6 million shares to raise at least

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