Fashion & Shopping

Buyers Weigh In on Paris Men’s Virtual Fashion Week

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PARIS — The biggest winner of the virtual fashion week, it seems, was the real-life fashion show. 

A handful of buyers weighed in on the virtual presentations, which were broadly appreciated — varied and lively as they were — but many opined that nothing beats being in the same room.

Loewe stood out as a favorite of buyers, both for the collection and presentation, bridging the physical-digital divide with an interactive box of goodies that included fabric swatches and pop-out glasses stamped in cardboard. Casablanca caught attention, too, for a snazzy video presentation that swept the viewer off to a tropical paradise, where men in silky white shirts grooved to jazzy music before taking off in a bright red vintage sports car.

Dior men’s figured high on the list of buyer favorites, too, with particular praise for the collaboration with artist Amoako Boafo.

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8 queer-led fashion businesses to support now and always

Pride Month has come to an end, but your support for LGBTQ communities doesn’t have to wait until next summer.

There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, but only 909 of them have been officially certified as LGBT Business Enterprises, according to the most recent report by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Even if you’re not ready to go out shopping in your own community due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still support plenty of queer-led businesses from the comfort of your own home.

Here are eight queer-led fashion brands you can support all year long.

Official Rebrand

MI Leggett is the brains behind the label Official Rebrand. Leggett, a nonbinary artist based in New York, reinvents discarded or donated clothing with a myriad of altercations, paintings, prints and drawings. They became interested in the intersection between fashion and sustainability after working

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Fashion historian reveals secrets of Princess Diana’s wardrobe

Diana became a fashion icon as a royal. (PA images)
Diana became a fashion icon as a royal. (PA images)

Princess Diana was a master of dressing to communicate, according to an historical fashion expert, who looks after the royal’s clothes.

Eleri Lynn was the curator of ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’, an exhibition which was held at Kensington Palace, the princess’s former home in 2018.

Lynn said: “It can seem frivolous talking about somebody’s fashion as if it’s all that defines them.

“But fashion is an important way into history.

“Diana was a master of using clothes as a form of language, as a form of communication.

“She very famously said to Jasper Conran, ‘what message am I giving out?’”

Lynn was in conversation with historian and Historic Royal Palaces’ joint chief curator Lucy Worsley in an event on Thursday evening, and revealed a secret about one of the most recent acquisitions of the late Princess of Wales’s wardrobe.

The

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During COVID, Magazine Assistants Are Running Fashion Closets From Their Bedrooms

Photographer: Lexi LambrosNo Restrictions: Internal and editorial use approved. OK for Native and co-branded use.
Photographer: Lexi LambrosNo Restrictions: Internal and editorial use approved. OK for Native and co-branded use.

Fashion magazines are fueled by large-scale photo shoots, features with high-profile celebrities, and coverage of red carpet events. A lot of this isn’t possible without the team behind the scenes: the fashion assistants. These assistants call in and organize all products that are then placed on talent for said events or cover shoots. The products – apparel, accessories, shoes, fine and costume jewelry, and extras – are housed in a fashion closet near the fashion department. It’s common for the closet to be the smallest room in the office – leaving fashion assistants and interns to create jigsaw puzzles to make sure everything fits and is organized for impromptu run-throughs or visual displays of upcoming shoots for the stylist to review.

When I was a fashion assistant, I remember being blocked in by trend boards,

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