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Female Fashion Designers Are Still in the Minority

Female Fashion Designers Are Still in the Minority
LONDON, United Kingdom — Gender parity is an elusive goal for many industries and fashion is no exception, with men disproportionately dominating top roles across all areas of business. It is a particularly ironic state of affairs for an industry where women make up the overwhelming majority of the consumer base. Despite the recent trend for gender neutrality on the catwalk, behind the scenes female designers are still outnumbered. For the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion week season, which kicked off with New York Fashion Week this Thursday, BoF has analysed the womenswear brands showing across New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Our findings show that there are more male designers creating clothing for women than there are women. Of the 371 designers helming the 313 brands surveyed by BoF across the four fashion weeks, only 40.2 percent are female. “Women unfortunately are still seen as a minority,” says Julie de Libran, artistic director of Sonia Rykiel. Related Articles: Related:  PeoplePoliticspeople

How Tommy Hilfiger Is Rewiring For Fashion Immediacy | Intelligence | BoF NEW YORK, United States — “In the 40-some years I’ve been in business, I’ve always been inspired by pop culture from the aspect of fashion, art, entertainment and, today, social media and celebrity,” says the designer Tommy Hilfiger. “Those are the drivers that our company is fuelled by. It’s really about listening to the consumer and being able to mold and shape our business around consumer needs through pop culture.” On Friday, September 9, beginning at 7pm EDT, Hilfiger will take his brand’s mission to the next level with #TommyNow, a two-day event set to take place on South Street Seaport’s Pier 16, rebranded “Tommy Pier.” The fashion week extravaganza — featuring carnival rides, games, a runway show and plenty more — is the culmination of Hilfiger’s quest to give consumers so-called fashion immediacy. Every single item shown on the runway will be instantly available to shop globally on, and at 300 Tommy Hilfiger stores across the globe. Related Articles:

Kanye West Wants to Open 200 adidas YEEZY Stores in the Next Year Yesterday we highlighted excerpts from Kanye’s recent interview with Vogue, as he discussed his collaborative album with Drake, his open casting call for “multiracial women,” and YEEZY Season 4. Now we’re back to shed light on one more topic from the conversation: Ye’s forthcoming adidas YEEZY brick and mortar stores. West revealed in the interview that he believes “the first one will be in California, since that’s where I stay now. I can go by there most often, check in, get the vibe,” he added. There has yet to be any confirmation from adidas as to when and where these shops will pop up, but if Yeezy gets his way, they will be here in a hurry, lots of them. Be sure to stay tuned for more on Kanye’s adidas YEEZY stores, and head on over to Vogue for their entire conversation. Photography: Thomas Welch /

Why the fight for plus-size mannequins matters | Project Economy NEW YORK (CNNMoney) —It hasn't been easy for fashion student Nayyara Chue to design clothes for women like herself. Chue, a 22-year-old senior at Parsons School of Design, petitioned the dean of her school to use more plus-size mannequins. The petition, created last spring, garnered more than 8,000 signatures. "I'm not going to design for a size I can't relate to anymore," Chue, who identifies as plus size, told CNNMoney. "To look for a plus-size mannequin, I'd have to go through every floor to find it. Parsons said it added 17 plus-size dress forms to its collection prior to Chue's petition. "It's been a very positive opportunity for us to open up the dialogue," Fiona Dieffenbacher, BFA program director at Parsons, told CNNMoney. When Parsons broke down its current dress form sizes for CNNMoney, it said that just 4% of its 450 forms are plus size. According to Howard, many schools have just a handful of plus-size forms available, something that he's hopeful will change in the future.

Brexit: What the European papers say Image copyright Le Figaro The debate in Britain about how and when to leave the European Union continues to interest the press on the continent. The boost it seems to have given to anti-EU populists in other countries is also drawing press attention to the likely impact on an upcoming series of important referendums and elections. 'No Schadenfreude' In Germany, Sueddeutsche Zeitung's economics editor Bjoern Finke sees trouble ahead for British Prime Minister Theresa May. He says she is trapped between a "growing realisation" that Britain depends on continued access to the EU internal market and popular pressure at home to limit freedom of movement. "May has promised not to cede sovereignty over Britain's borders during the negotiations with Brussels," he says. But he also warns against "Schadenfreude" towards Britain, arguing that its political and economic weight means it cannot just be "cut off to bob around somewhere far out in the Atlantic". Image copyright Rzeczpospolita Rise of populists

Kanye's 'multiracial' model request causes anger - BBC Newsbeat Clever illustrations by Daisy Bernard show how women can NEVER get it right Women are given plenty of conflicting advice about anything from their appearance to their work habits. Many could be forgiven for thinking they can't seem to get anything right, whether it's for wearing an outfit regarded too skimpy on one side, but when they cover up they're branded 'frigid' by some. These struggles have been portrayed by writer and illustrator Daisy Bernard in a series of clever pictures that capture how confusing it can be to be a woman in 2016. Women are given lots of conflicting advice advice about their lives, ranging from appearance to work habits to relationships. These struggles have been portrayed by writer and illustrator Daisy Bernard , and they show how confusing it can be to be a woman in 2016 At a time when women are forced to remove burkinis at the beach, while simultaneously being called sluts if they show too much skin, the message that these drawings show highlights the debate surrounding women's decisions. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% MinimizeExpandClose

How Rebecca Minkoff Keeps Disrupting the Fashion Industry New York Fashion Week is here, an event that’s brazenly showcased Rebecca Minkoff LLC’s innovations. But I’m not talking about its fashions. Last year at this event, Minkoff became the first designer to broadcast her runway show in virtual reality. “The minute Instagram … became important, the consumer was getting frustrated and angry because she sees something but is confused she has to wait this long” before it’s available to purchase, Rebecca Minkoff explains. See also: Rebecca Minkoff on High-Tech Fashion: It’s Not Just ‘Tech for Tech’s Sake’ Ahead of Fashion Week, I spoke with Rebecca and her co-founder and brother Uri Minkoff about disrupting the industry—or what he calls “taking on the dictatorship”— and their embrace of technology, be it by leveraging social media from its earliest days, or by introducing more recent innovations, like interactive mirrors and fashionable wearables.

Vogue’s Yeezy Season 4 review begs the question: Do fashion and politics mix? Fashion reviews can be mean, mundane and sometimes even glowing — but rarely are they vehicles to make political statements. In its review of Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 show, which took place Wednesday afternoon at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, went there when it said Donald Trump is a racist. The review, which was penned by Nicole Phelps, only nodded lightly to what most of the media was stuck on — the fact that Yeezy was largely a logistical and sartorial disaster — and instead, turned its attention to politics — not exactly Vogue’s forte. “West’s selection of the venue seemed pointed and intentional, a political statement in a contentious election year where the Republican candidate’s racism is possibly fueling a culture of hate,” Phelps wrote. Eyebrow-raising mention of the Republican candidate for president and his apparent racism seemed out of left field – but perhaps Phelps was merely channeling the controversial West? But that’s a tough one to swallow.

TUC: 'No place to hide' warning over exploitation The TUC has warned companies that there will be "no hiding place" if they exploit their workers. General secretary Frances O'Grady told delegates at its annual conference in Brighton that mistreatment is becoming more widespread in the UK. She warned "greedy" businesses that her organisation would "shine a light on you". This comes amid a renewed focus by trade unions on improving conditions for workers. The TUC said the type of working practices "typified" by Sports Direct, which has been under fire for the treatment of its staff, was becoming more widespread. "Sports Direct may be in the spotlight now, but they are not the only ones. "Run a big brand with a dirty little secret? Analysis, John Moylan, industry correspondent at the TUC conference Sports Direct's decision to end zero hours contracts in stores and put some agency workers on permanent contracts was a spectacular win for the trade union movement. Image copyright Getty Images 'Fair treatment'

Banana Republic Pins Hopes on Olivia Palermo | Intelligence | BoF SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Banana Republic has announced Olivia Palermo as its first women’s global style ambassador. The appointment is part of the retailer’s efforts to address some of the challenges it has faced in recent years, including falling sales, over-diversified product offerings and increased competition. In choosing Palermo, the company is hoping to cash in on the style influencer’s uncanny ability to convert her celebrity into successful sales and to add a layer of fashion credibility to the brand, which Banana Republic hopes will bring some much needed attention to its new product offering. But is the appointment of Palermo enough to help revive the struggling brand, whose identity has been eroded in recent years by failed attempts to become more fashion forward? Banana has become a very confused brand — where once the positioning was quite clear, it is now murky. “Olivia represents an incredible versatile style that is inspiring for our customers. Brand Overhaul

20 more Hartsdown Academy pupils are turned away for wearing the wrong uniform A furious parent today confronted the 'Gestapo-style' headteacher who turned 20 students away from a school for having the wrong uniform. Dave Hopper called new head Matthew Tate's actions 'disgusting' and 'abhorrent' outside Hartsdown Academy, Margate, where students were turned away again today after fifty were refused entry yesterday. Mr Hopper, an ex-policeman, filmed the confrontation, accusing him of 'moving the goalposts' after his daughter Kim was sent home for not wearing a blazer yesterday, then told today that her shoes were inappropriate. Scroll down for video This is the moment father Dave Hopper (right) today confronted the 'Gestapo-style' headteacher Matthew Tate (left) outside the school gates when he turned daughter Kim (right) away from school twice in two days Angry father confronts headteacher over uniform policy Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% MinimizeExpandClose Poll Is Hartsdown Academy right to send children home for arriving without perfect uniform?

Kanye West Broke the Internet with 6 New Ventures In ‘Ye-like fashion, Mr. West hit the airwaves yesterday with a reckless abandon announcing a stream of exciting projects. From the heavily-teased Drizzy collaboration to a new jewelry line, noteworthy adidas news to the rumblings of his YEEZY Season 4 line, we break down the last 24 hours in covering all things Kanye. Talking shop with Vogue ahead of the highly-anticipated YEEZY showcase, Kanye divulged a slew ventures he has his eye on. New Album With Drake Finishing off all of the rumors, including the peculiar billboard rising up in Los Angeles, to Kanye himself teasing the crowd of an upcoming album while on stage with Drake at the 6 God’s Summer Sixteen Chicago tour stop, the TLOP hitmaker later confirmed the upcoming alliance. Children’s Line In efforts to follow up the infant line for his YEEZY Boost 350 shoe, West also alluded to a full-on children’s clothing line inspired by wears he and wife, Kim Kardashian, have been designing for their two youngins, North and Saint.

politics & fashion - where the revolution meets fly. Fashion’s most iconic political statements As the date of the UK election draws nearer, politicians have turned their attention to fashion and pop culture in an attempt to wrest the youth vote. David Cameron has claimed Kardashian kinship, Nick Clegg has starred in an “Uptown Funk” election anthem, and the Labour Party has channelled Katharine Hamnett with their “Hell Yes” slogan tee. These recent antics come as no surprise – fashion and politics have long been linked. Last week we paid tribute to Dame Vivienne Westwood’s best protests, one of the great masters of using fashion as a vehicle for social commentary. Now we turn our attention to other designers who have used their clothes to shine a spotlight on important issues. AW95’s “Highland Rape” show by Alexander McQueen saw the iconic provocateur present one of the most controversial fashion collections of all time. Fashion’s enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier caused a sensation when he sent men down the runway wearing skirts in his 1984 Paris show “And God Created Man.”