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Fashion’s Art Fair Love Affair. MIAMI, United States — Heroically poised against the bleached-out blue of a winter sky, feet planted on a bone-white beachfront, surrounded by torqued metal frames and canvases scraped with abstract smears of paint, Dior Homme’s latest campaign depicts Miami man, perfected.

Fashion’s Art Fair Love Affair

Not the bronzed, beefcake Miami man of old, but a new version: the languid aesthete, picking his slim-hipped way around the art circuit to emerge blinking in the sun of its winter highlight. This week is the eleventh edition of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair. The Moral Fabric of Pakistan’s Fashion Week. KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan’s fledgling fashion industry knows that to keep business rolling, the show must go on.

The Moral Fabric of Pakistan’s Fashion Week

Earlier this month, organisers of the Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week (TFPW) in Karachi considered postponing the event because of a major political rally taking place in the city. It was a risky time to hold a high-profile fashion week with a guest list including political dignitaries, foreign media and a considerable number of the city’s affluent residents. Still, preparations were already underway and considerable investment had been poured into the event, which would feature some of the country’s leading designers, such as Shamaeel Ansari, Deepak Perwani and Body Focus Museum by Imaan Ahmed. Ultimately, the Fashion Pakistan Council (FPC) decided that risky times fall upon Karachi far too often to let this upset their plans and stuck to their predetermined four-day schedule.

“In the 1980s, we had to contend with vigilant censors. In Digital London, Technology and Fashion Collide. Today BoF founder Imran Amed examines the fruitful interaction between London’s rising technology and fashion scenes for Wallpaper* magazine, where a version of this article first appeared.

In Digital London, Technology and Fashion Collide

LONDON, United Kingdom — London is a gilt-edged global hub for art and commerce. An undisputed heavyweight champ. But it is now also a genuine tech contender, a rise up the ranks that has been rapid and more than a little unlikely. Fashion-Tech, Bits & Bytes. “Issey Miyake's Focus is 'Being Innovative with Technology' Says Head of Womenswear” (Dezeen) “Technological innovation is driving increasingly experimental fashion design at Issey Miyake according to the Japanese brand's womenswear creative director.”

Fashion-Tech, Bits & Bytes

“Competition in Retail Space Heats Up” (The Financial Times)“The threat from online competitors is leading more traditional retailers to consider embracing even seemingly outlandish technologies.” “Inside Refinery29′s Video Strategy” (Digiday)“Since opening its doors in 2005, Refinery29 has grown to 200 employees, including a 10-person video production team. The site attracted nearly 11.1 million U.S. unique visitors in September, up 75 percent from September 2013.” “E-Commerce Aggregator Raises $1.7M For Further European Expansion” (TechCrunch) “Currently operating in the U.K., U.S., and Denmark, the London and Copenhagen-based company has just closed a $1.7 million round of funding to further expand in Europe.” Daniel W. Fletcher, Addressing Urban Change. Daniel W.

Daniel W. Fletcher, Addressing Urban Change

Fletcher | Source: Daniel W. How Personal Shopping Makes People Spend. LONDON, United Kingdom — “Anything is possible… there is no limit as to what you can request.”

How Personal Shopping Makes People Spend

So says the ‘By Appointment’ personal shopping service offered by London department store Harrods. Indeed, the store’s personal shopping team can track down a specific piece of fine jewellery, host a private in-store runway show or organise a one-on-one fitting with a designer. At the luxury level, personal shoppers don’t just provide styling advice. 5 Women Leaders on Getting Ahead in Fashion. LONDON, United Kingdom — Women are, by far, the primary consumers of fashion, but more often than not, their point of view is not reflected in the business decisions of fashion companies.

5 Women Leaders on Getting Ahead in Fashion

That's because, although women make up more than 70 percent of the industry's total workforce, they hold less than 25 percent of leadership positions in top fashion firms. Women's fashion now mainly influenced by stars like Cara Delevingne. 48 per cent of women say celebrities impact strongest on personal styleNew survey reveals only 31 per cent turn to best friend for style advice 14 per cent of women aged 18-35 ask mother's opinion on clothes first By Caroline Mcguire for MailOnline Published: 13:23 GMT, 16 November 2014 | Updated: 15:44 GMT, 16 November 2014 Almost half of women trust celebrities more than their own friends and mothers when it comes to personal style.

Women's fashion now mainly influenced by stars like Cara Delevingne

Stars including Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne Victoria Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge have become increasingly influential in fashion. Kim Kardashian is often seen front row at shows like Balmain, Givenchy and Balenciaga, while Cara has recently designed a backpack for Mulberry and an entire clothing range for DKNY. Why Do Celebrities Influence Fashion Trends? Celebrities shape and influence fashion trends.

Why Do Celebrities Influence Fashion Trends?

Famous people have always shaped fashion trends throughout history and this is still true today. What is fashion? Fashion is just wearing what is considered popular or hip. Why are certain things considered hip or popular? People's Choice Awards 2015: Best of the Red Carpet. January 7, 2015 @ 9:48 PM The 2015 People's Choice Awards are underway, and we're loving all the looks that hit the red carpet!

People's Choice Awards 2015: Best of the Red Carpet

Some of our favorite outfits worn by the stars? Sarah Hyland’s dazzling embellished pale green Christian Siriano frock that she styled with Stuart Weitzman sandals and Lorraine Schwartz jewels, Kristen Bell’s post-baby awards show debut in a flirty Monique Lhuillier dress with metallic Christian Louboutin shoes, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and Neil Lane jewels, and Portia de Rossi’s eye-catching royal blue Zuhair Murad jumpsuit with sheer inserts and nude Giuseppe Zanotti pumps. RELATED: Kristen Bell is Pretty in Pink for Her Post-Baby Red Carpet Debut. In Ethical Fashion, Desirability is Sustainability. NEW YORK, United States — Over the past ten years, the eco-fashion movement has been gathering steam.

Following the lead of pioneering brands like Stella McCartney and NOIR, which were founded on the basis of ethical principles near the turn of the millennium, there are now entire fashion exhibitions, forums and blogs all focused on so-called sustainable fashion. Ethical fashion is also high on the agenda of the major luxury goods groups. Welcome Fur with High Standards. HELSINKI, Finland — Fur obviously has a place in fashion. Just take a look at the most recent runway shows in the world’s major fashion capitals. More than 70 percent of the latest autumn/winter and haute couture season collections featured fur. Fur designs have been booming at retail too. How ethical are high street clothes? In Ethical Consumer's latest product guide to clothing, which ranks 25 high street clothing brands on how ethical their practices are, M&S came top of the table.

Zara and H&M come second and third respectively, with Asda at the bottom with a score of 0.5 out of 20, followed by Bonmarche with 1.5. But what do these rankings really mean? The scores on Ethical Consumer's product guides are compiled from ethical ratings using data in the public domain, including from civil society publications and company sustainability reports. The ratings cover around 300 topics in 19 areas in five main categories; animals, environment, people, politics and product sustainability. H&M’s “sustainability” report hides the unsustainable reality of fast fashion. An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.

The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election. And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs. But campaigns—lacking stock options and long-term job security—find it hard to attract the elite engineering talent that Facebook, Google, and countless startups rely on. That’s also part of the problem that Schmidt and the Groundwork are helping Clinton’s team to solve. Brands Invest in ‘New Generation of Materials’

PALO ALTO, United States — When Patagonia was in search of an eco-conscious alternative to neoprene, it considered wool. But then the outdoor apparel company came across Yulex, an Arizona-based supplier of latex-free rubber. Though the start-up was primarily focused on the commodities market, it had the tools to develop wetsuits that rivalled the performance, insulation capacity, stretch and durability of those made with traditional neoprene, but were better for the environment. Over a four-year period, Patagonia shouldered the costs of product development and guided Yulex on the needs of its consumers. The Year Fashion Woke Up. The Growth of Sustainable Fashion in the UK, From Haute Couture to High Street  Has campaigning for an ethical fashion industry had any impact? People Power Can Clean Up Toxic Fashion. What Would a ‘Grexit’ Mean for Luxury Fashion? The Global Economics of Clothing: Part 2 - Fashion. Economy Of Fashion: How Different Trends Reflect The Financial State.

The fashion business - BBC News. We know that clothing is big business, but it may be surprising just how big. The fashion industry's contribution to the British economy is an estimated £26bn - that's twice the size of the car industry's and nearly as big as the contribution from housing, according to the British Fashion Council. Luxury Must Take Hold of Its Digital Destiny. LONDON, United Kingdom — Luxury companies have long relied on “heritage” to lend prestige to their products. The ‘Made In’ Dilemma: To Label, or Not to Label. LONDON, United Kingdom — Consumers care about the origin of their products. Luxury Brands Are Wrong to Ignore Africa. HR Boutique: Future of the Jobs in Luxury, Fashion and Design. Do 'Accessible Luxury' Brands Have an Inherently Limited Lifespan? Chanel vs. Chanel: Coco's Brand Steps Off the Runway and Into the Courtroom.

Luxury brands continue to lag in omnichannel retail: report. In India, Luxury Brands Need Localised Strategies.