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Are real people the new faces of fashion? "Of course a lot of people are underrepresented in fashion," says photographer and Hood By Air casting director Kevin Amato.

are real people the new faces of fashion?

"I did an editorial maybe five years ago for a big house and I shot all black boys and the house banned me from shooting their clothes for the whole season. " Valentino's New Creative Directors Reinvent the Couture House. “Bello, bello, bellissimo!”

Valentino's New Creative Directors Reinvent the Couture House

Cries Maria Grazia Chiuri as a model walks slowly toward a cluster of designers and stylists who are staring intently at what she is wearing: a geometrically shaped sheath dress made from latticed cream silk chiffon embellished with bold graphic floral symbols in chocolate brown satin. Seconds after the “bellissimo,” a half-dozen people clad in crisp white cotton coats enter the room smiling bashfully as Chiuri and the man sitting beside her, Pierpaolo Piccioli, stand up and applaud them. The dress is one of the works in progress designed by Valentino creative directors Chiuri and Piccioli for the fall haute couture collection. They are paying tribute to the recent recruits of the house’s couture ateliers, who had sewn the satin motifs with such finesse that the stitches are barely visible.

Saint Laurent debuts its relaunched couture line on Jane Fonda. J.Lo and Balmain's Olivier Rousteing On Luxury, Race and Feminism. If you were to close your eyes and think "luxury," you might imagine 29-year-old designer Olivier Rousteing being manhandled by superstar stunner Jennifer Lopez.

J.Lo and Balmain's Olivier Rousteing On Luxury, Race and Feminism

We're pleased to say that, with this story, we have made that vision a reality. Rousteing is four years into his tenure as creative director of Balmain, one of the most talked- and tweeted-about luxury brands in the world; he's also one of the biggest social media stars of his native France. 25 Biggest Names in Menswear - Men's Fashion Week 2015. The 25 most powerful people in fashion. Fashion You've landed on our old Fashion site Visit our new Fashion or Beauty sites for the latest articles Paris Fashion Week 2016 High Street Hits Latest Fashion News Latest Beauty News Picture: Next The 25 most powerful people in fashion.

The 25 most powerful people in fashion

Fashion & Power: Karl Lagerfeld’s Influence. David Beckham signs five-year deal with Savile Row tailor Kent and Curwen, all the latest styles. Gigi Hadid snapped up as the new face of Topshop  Gigi, 20, unveiled as face of AW15 rangeBudding model was chosen for her 'effortless Californian style'Star is best friends with Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift By Bianca London for MailOnline Published: 07:30 GMT, 27 July 2015 | Updated: 22:20 GMT, 27 July 2015.

Gigi Hadid snapped up as the new face of Topshop 

Tom Ford: Fashion Week Man of Mystery. Photo Two days until the spring women’s wear season kicks off, and there’s one glaring question: Where is ?

Tom Ford: Fashion Week Man of Mystery

Though he regularly shows during , Mr. Ford is not on the London calendar this season. He’s also not on the New York, Milan or Paris calendars. Last season, he tied himself to the Los Angeles pre-Oscars, and while that may be a possibility again (he is directing his second feature film, “Nocturnal Animals”), nothing is confirmed. Why Women Should Embrace Self-Promotion. NEW YORK, United States — I've been attending fashion week for nearly ten years.

Why Women Should Embrace Self-Promotion

And I've spent much of it in the back row, where the industry relegates its least significant members. The 20 Most Influential Personal Style Bloggers Right Now. Personal style bloggers sometimes get a bad rap -- caricatured as pretty, brainless girls who dress up for their camera-wielding boyfriends and post their results to a WordPress blog.

The 20 Most Influential Personal Style Bloggers Right Now

But over the past decade, these independent publishers have become a real force in the fashion industry -- not just snapping up front row seats at fashion shows, but landing major campaigns and collaborations with brands, becoming regular guests on TV shows like "Today" and "America's Next Top Model," and turning their blogs into multimillion-dollar businesses. Some have become household names. Continuing in our annual-ish tradition, today we're releasing our 2015 ranking of the most influential personal style bloggers in the world. Why Brits feel happier buying from small firms.

September 04, 2015 Many consumers experience the feelgood factor when they are shopping but new research suggests that Brits are much happier when buying from small businesses compared to big names.

Why Brits feel happier buying from small firms

The survey by Avery WePrint has found that over 80% of Brits report feelings of happiness or contentment when they purchase items from a small business. However, just 53% feel the same when they shop with a large company. A quarter of Brits said that choosing to buy from a small business actually made them feel good about themselves. Over three-quarters said they would put their trust in a small, local chain or an independent when making a big purchase.

The personalised service offered by small businesses was cited as a number one benefit, with over 60% of Brits agreeing with this. A third of people felt that small business owners were trustworthy but just 5% of Brits felt that the ceo of a big business could be trusted. Angelina Jolie On Refugee Crisis - Helping Migrants From Syria. 07 September 2015 Lauren Milligan ANGELINA JOLIE has joined with Baroness Arminka Helic to write a piece for The Times, appealing for those fleeing war to be given priority over economic migrants as Europe strives to get a grip on the refugee crisis.

Angelina Jolie On Refugee Crisis - Helping Migrants From Syria

Helic, who was herself displaced by the Nineties war in the Balkans, and Jolie make a clear distinction between those fleeing "extreme poverty" and those "facing an immediate need to be saved from persecution and death" - and assert that the problem will not be solved without addressing the conflict that is causing the influx of migrants. Read the piece below in full, and here on The Times online. "At no time in recent history has there been a greater need for leadership to deal with the consequences and causes of the global refugee crisis.

Nothing brings home this truth more than the sight of columns of refugees marching across European borders, from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. We must face some hard truths. Todd Oldham’s Life After Fashion. Todd Oldham can recall the precise moment he lost interest in fashion. Are celebrity labels good for fashion? Are celebrity labels good for fashion?

Celebrities from the worlds of music, film and reality television have the kind of media reach and marketing might that most fashion designers can only imagine. It’s no wonder that the recent boom in fashion lines bearing celebrity names have customers, retailers and investors transfixed.