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Fashion Activism: Voice your opinion; designers join the political debate

Fashion has continuously been a personal style statement for the wearer, voicing their opinion and the choices that they make but this year ‘fashion activism’ has taken many forms and is being carried out in the name of a number of progressive causes. Slogan-splashed T-shirts in this age of social media is resonating amongst the millennials who want to make their voice heard. The new age of political consciousness is being characterized by a combination […]

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Industry concerned over store closures & bankruptcies in US!

Even as fears and apprehensions as to the ill-effects of Brexit are yet to wane off, the garment industry is now faced with two new developments – the reported bankruptcy and large-scale closure of stores; and the change of guards in the USA – that many feel might have far reaching implications for the industry. More than 18 fashion brands/stores, based in US, have started showing negative trends already with many announcing closure of stores […]

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Closing stores & bankruptcies in US An alarming situation for Indian exporters!

In the last few months, more than 18 fashion brands/stores, based in US, have shown very negative trends as some of them have announced closure of stores and filing for Chapter 11. Western media has presented a news report named, ‘America’s retailers are closing stores faster than ever’, where it has been predicted that there could be closure of more than 8,000 stores in 2017, which could surpass 2008s peak of around 6,200. As EU […]

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Zara, H&M facing huge competition from online brands

Fung Global Retail and Technology, in its latest research report, has vehemently mentioned that the renowned fast fashion brand Zara has lost its position of supremacy to online brands. Online fashion retailers such as ASOS, Boohoo and Missguided that specialize in fashionable and affordable clothing not only design a product but also make it ready for sale in just a week. These brands have streamlined their supply chain and moved production closer to key markets […]

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J.Crew collaborates with Sarah Zellweger

J.Crew has collaborated with SZ Blockprints designer Sarah Zellweger for a capsule collection that features lightweight tunics and caftans carrying Zellweger’s trademark handmade prints. SZ Blockprints is known for its handmade prints, which are created in Jaipur using carved blocks. Artisans carve each pattern into wooden blocks, which are then dipped in colour and stamped onto stretches of fabric. Purchases from SZ Blockprints also promote and support education for women and girls in India. The […]

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Vicomte A. appoints new Artistic Director

Gideon Day has been appointed as Artistic Director by French fashion brand Vicomte A., which is popular for its colourful polo shirts and iconic letter logo. He has been assigned with the task to reinvigorate the label’s collections. Day’s Vicomte A. designs will be launched in the Fall-Winter 2018-19 collections. The newly appointed Director has prior experience of working with Chevignon from 1992 to 1997, and Director of Design for the jeans division of Paul […]

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Fashion Transparency Index (FTI) 2017: Brands need to improve a lot…

Reviewing and ranking 100 of the biggest global fashion/apparel brands and retailers, Fashion Transparency Index 2017 by Fashion Revolution, UK is based on how much information the brands disclose about their suppliers, supply chain policies, practices and social and environmental impacts. Not a single brand scored above 50% in the overall result while only 8 brands scored higher than 40% (see list of final result on next page). Commenting on the index, Dr. Mark Anner, […]

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Woman on a Mission: Pant Suit Trends F/W ’17

The fashion collections of 2017 for both menswear and womenswear were high on utilitarian details and workwear inspirations this year. Redefining the meanings of blue-collar as well as white-collar garments is easily the biggest theme of the season. This new-fangled interpretation is all thanks to the ongoing social upheavals in our international political and economic atmospheres. As is customary with fashion weeks, they are the best representation of current mind-sets of the world at large […]

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Yorkville Village set to be ‘latest luxury destination’ in Toronto

Toronto’s Yorkville Village is all set to welcome new fashion tenants this year, along with some first to market stores for Canada. The shopping centre, owned by First Capital Realty (FCR), will welcome luxury British sportswear brand Belstaff, Italian luxury label Eleventy’s first stand-alone store in Canada, Quebec shoe retailer JP Fortin’s first Ontario flagship (known in Quebec as Jean Paul Fortin), as well as TNT Concept and multi-brand store Nanni among others. Also Read […]

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Mexico prepares to be the next luxury destination; showcases strong growth year-on-year

Always playing second fiddle to luxury markets such as that of Brazil, Mexico is getting its due recognition not just by luxury brands, but also by industry experts who are looking at Mexico’s luxury market as one having the most promising growth potential in the next five years. Despite international factors having some impact on the Mexican economy, including the devaluation of the Mexican peso against the US dollar, the retailing environment has remained steady […]

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Montreal hosts exhibition to highlight its fashion industry

Montreal’s Fashion Museum is hosting an exhibition to honour retailers, wholesale distributors and manufacturers that make up the city’s fashion industry. Dubbed ‘Established in Montréal – Actors of the fashion industry from 1845 until today’, the exhibition opened on May 5 and highlights the major players of Montreal’s fashion industry who have contributed to its international recognition since the said year. Ancient and recent pieces from 33 companies are being displayed, accompanied with the life stories […]

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Australian fashion brands need to revamp: Ethical Fashion Report

According to the 2017 Ethical Fashion Report, 106 apparel companies that sell their products in Australia, consisting of 330 brands, were graded from A to F. As per the Baptist World Aid annual report card, some brands such as Cotton On Group and Kmart have made progress but, notably, nearly three-quarters of the companies that scored a D+ or worse have their headquarters in Australia. What’s alarming is that only 3 of the 15 brands […]

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100 fashion brands are now part of CanopyStyle

Canopy, an award winning environmental non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species and climate, announced that its sustainability initiative – CanopyStyle has hit the significant milestone of 100 committed fashion brands. Now ‘CanopyStyle 100’ focuses on the elimination of ancient and endangered forests from the production of rayon and viscose fabrics and consists of 100 global brands, designers and retailers who have strong sustainable sourcing policies. Manu Rastogi, Textile R&D and Responsible Materials […]

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Top 10 Trends from Milan and Paris

As the last leg of the biannual Ready-to-Wear international shows come to a close, we cut to the chase and pick out the looks, styles, silhouettes, details and colours that would prove to make definitive trend headlines for the approaching Fall/Winter 2017 season. With the current heat surrounding issues related to feminism, the Muslim ban, racial discrimination, to name a few, the fashion fraternity comprising of designers and brands collectively sent their own propositions propelling […]

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Off-White’s Virgil Abloh teases his latest capsule collection for MyTheresa.com

Fashion brand Off-White, known to be a current culture connoisseur with a cult like following both on the street style scene and amongst celebrities, is working on an exclusive capsule collection for Munich based luxury e-tailer mytheresa.com. Creative Director of the label, Virgil Abloh has been on a collaboration roll, having recently decided to foray into furniture, a sneaker collaboration with Nike, designing jewellery with Jennifer Fisher and now this womenswear collection for MyTheresa. Also […]

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