Month: September 2021

how fashion is being digitised





Writer Hafsa Lodi tries the digital Jell-O Coords by Spanish 3D garment designer Soledad Gallardo. Courtesy Hafsa Lodi


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Writer Hafsa Lodi tries the digital Jell-O Coords by Spanish 3D garment designer Soledad Gallardo. Courtesy Hafsa Lodi

I’m mindlessly scrolling through Instagram when an image jumps out from the blur of “shoefies” (shoe selfies), inspirational quotes and sponsored posts. It’s a photo of a mermaid on a beach, perched on the sand in front of a backdrop of clear blue ocean waves.

She is a fairy-tale vision in embellished ivory, complete with dramatic bell sleeves and a tail. I swipe left and reality sinks in. This is a digitally enhanced image – in the original, the woman is wearing a plain, one-piece swimsuit: unremarkable and unmemorable.




The Mythical Mermaid Gown is the creation of Berlin-based virtual fashion designer Yifan Pu, and costs $129 on virtual fashion platform XR Couture. Courtesy XR Couture


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The Mythical Mermaid Gown is the creation of Berlin-based virtual fashion designer Yifan Pu, and costs $129

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Fashion student, 32, will never walk again after being shot in the neck as she was caught in crossfire of London attack

A FASHION student won’t walk again after being shot in the neck as was was caught in crossfire in a London gun attack.

Natalie Bignell, 32, was left with a serious spinal chord injury after being struck by a stray bullet in Hackney, East London.

A fundraising page has been set up to help pay for her rehabilitation costs

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A fundraising page has been set up to help pay for her rehabilitation costsCredit: GoFundMe
Fashion student Natalie Bignell, 32, suffered serious spinal injuries after being hit by a stray bullet

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Fashion student Natalie Bignell, 32, suffered serious spinal injuries after being hit by a stray bullet

In April, three men were charged over the shooting.

A fundraiser has been set up to help pay for Natalie’s physiotherapy and equipment costs following the “life-shattering injury.”

Natalie from Plymouth, Devon, had been an innocent bystander during a shooting in November last year.

She was left a quadriplegic and unable to feel or move anything from the neck down.

Her injuries mean she will no longer be able to walk

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Luxury fashion giant Kering bans fur across all its businesses

Leah Dolan, CNN

The fashion luxury conglomerate behind Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga has banned the use of animal fur across all of its brands by fall 2022.

“The time has now come,” said Kering CEO and Chairman, François-Henri Pinault, in a short statement issued on Friday. “The world has changed, along with our clients, and luxury naturally needs to adapt to that.”

“When it comes to animal welfare, our Group has always demonstrated its willingness to improve practices within its own supply chain and the luxury sector in general,” he noted.

In 2017, Gucci became the first Kering fashion house to commit to eliminating fur from their designs, highlighting social responsibility as one of the brand’s core values. Other brands including Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta have also already moved away from fur.

This next step to definitively abolish fur production across the company comes

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Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

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A model wears a creation of Joy Meribe’s Spring Summer 2022 collection, unveiled during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching.

The Italian National Fashion Chamber tapped Meribe to open six days of womenswear previews for Spring-Summer 2022 after her inaugural collection for the “We are Made in Italy” initiative last year found commercial success.

“Beyond whatever video, proclamation or manifesto that we make, the real test is whether clients buy your products. Joy passed that exam,’’ said Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean, who helped launch the initiative in the summer of 2020, asking the question, “Do Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion?” inspired by the U.S. movement

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