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As Brexit Looms, Prime Minister Theresa May Looks to the Future of British Fa...

As Brexit Looms, Prime Minister Theresa May Looks to the Future of British Fa...
LONDON, United Kingdom — Just as the Marc Jacobs show was closing New York Fashion Week across the Atlantic, scores of London-based designers, editors, buyers, executives and educators — from Christopher Bailey and Dame Vivienne Westwood to Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman and Browns founder Joan Burstein — assembled yesterday evening at 10 Downing Street, home of the new British Prime Minister Theresa May, as the unofficial kick off to London Fashion Week. As the ornate room filled with people, guests wondered aloud, “Is she actually going to show up?” and if she did, “what will she say?” The elephant in the room was the UK’s decision to leave the EU following the Brexit vote on June 24. This would be the prime minister’s first opportunity to address the British fashion industry on the subject in a direct way. May was dressed in black, wearing tailored Amanda Wakeley trousers with a now sold-out piece from Palmer/Harding’s collaboration with John Lewis. Stavros Karelis — FOUNDER — Machine-A Related:  PoliticsPolitics5 key

EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum The Petitions Committee has decided to schedule a House of Commons debate on this petition. The debate will take place on 5 September at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall, the second debating chamber of the House of Commons. The debate will be opened by Ian Blackford MP. The Committee has decided that the huge number of people signing this petition means that it should be debated by MPs. The Petitions Committee would like to make clear that, in scheduling this debate, they are not supporting the call for a second referendum. The debate will allow MPs to put forward a range of views on behalf of their constituents. A debate in Westminster Hall does not have the power to change the law, and won’t end with the House of Commons deciding whether or not to have a second referendum. The Petitions Committee is a cross-party group of MPs.

Ultra-skinny models were meant to have been banished from catwalks. So SARAH VINE was horrified by Posh's new show Despite all the bluster, there is one currency in fashion that never loses its value: skinniness. In that world, to be thin is to be successful, superior and celebrated. To be taken at all seriously in the cut-throat world of high fashion — the world of tiny A-listers and stick-thin fashion editors such as Anna Wintour — you have to be skin and bones. And it’s clear from the models that strode down the catwalk in Victoria Beckham’s 2017 spring/summer catwalk show last night that she wants to be taken very seriously indeed by the fashion crowd. Haunted: Teen model Jessie Bloemendaal is 5ft 11in and has a tiny 24in waist. Bloomers: Posh’s outfit makes Julia Ratner, 15, look like a ‘half starved space cadet’ Stern: Ondria Hardinz collar bones jut out as she walks down the Beckham show catwalk yesterday Brooklyn Beckham posts from front row of Mum's fashion show Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% MinimizeExpandClose Swagger: The open front reveals Mica Arganaraz’s impossibly small waist

Brexit 'means economy faces 50/50 recession chance' Image copyright Reuters The UK has a 50/50 chance of falling into recession within the next 18 months following the Brexit vote, says a leading economic forecaster. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) says the country will go through a "marked economic slowdown" this year and next. It says inflation will also pick up, rising to 3% by the end of next year. "This is the short-term economic consequence of the vote to leave the EU", said Simon Kirby of the NIESR. Overall the institute forecasts that the UK economy will probably grow by 1.7% this year but will expand by just 1% in 2017. This would see the UK avoid a technical recession, typically defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction. Mr Kirby argued that the June referendum vote had led to such financial and political uncertainty that this would bear directly on the spending and investment decisions of both businesses and households. Now, the culprit is the uncertainty following June's Brexit vote.

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.”

Victoria Beckham defends use of skinny models at New York fashion week Victoria Beckham has rounded on critics who complained about the choice of ultra slim models in her latest catwalk show. Fans took to social media to complain that Victoria had sent a 'parade of skeletons' down the catwalk at her Spring/Summer 2016 show in New York in September. But the designer, 41, insists that her casting director liaised with the modelling agencies and ensured all the girls were healthy before the show. Scroll down for video Victoria came under fire for choosing a gaunt looking Peyton Knight, 17, to close her Spring/Summer 2016 show at New York fashion week in September The collection was well received by fashion critics, but the designer received hundreds of complaints on social media for choosing ultra thin models to showcase her latest pieces 'They're young, they're thin, but that doesn't mean they're ill,' Victoria said in an interview with the Telegraph. Hundreds of her 15 million social media followers took her to task over the casting. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0%

Designers aim for even faster fashion Image copyright Reuters US designers are adopting the "show-now, shop-now" trend during New York fashion week that allows consumers to buy designs straight from the catwalk. Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger are among those that have followed British fashion house Burberry in making new styles available to buy immediately. Most shows are now live-streamed and featured on social media. That has prompted some labels to show designs for the coming autumn/winter rather than next year's summer ranges. Not having to wait for glossy fashion magazines to feature the latest designs has helped to make consumers less content to accept delays of several months before they can buy them. Tom Ford is showing an autumn/winter 2016 collection for both men and women at New York fashion week rather than items for spring/summer next year. Image copyright Getty Images Graeme Moran, head of content for fashion and features at Drapers magazine, said: "The whole industry is in flux. "I think it is very positive.

Does Fashion Have a Place in Politics? Whilst some may argue that fashion and politics have no business being mentioned in the same sentence- I disagree. My interest in fashion from a young age stemmed from a fascination in clothing’s purpose beyond the practical. I’ve always been intrigued by the way personal style acts as a non-verbal rhetoric that we use to communicate who we are with each other. Psychologist have deduced that it takes us just 3 seconds to make a judgment about someone based on their appearance. Much like politics, fashion is paradoxically elitist whilst also being democratic. And whether you’re a front row fixture, or couldn’t give two hoots whether the seventies are making a resurgence for SS15; (FYI: they are) you probably consider what the outfit you pick to wear each day conveys to the world to some degree- be that donning a suit to look smart and professional for a job interview, or wearing a particular brand to signal your allegiance to a style tribe.

Tamara Mellon Sues Jimmy Choo | British Vogue TAMARA MELLON has filed a lawsuit against Jimmy Choo, the company that she co-founded in the mid-Nineties. In the civil suit, she alleges that her former employer “set out to punish her by effectively helping themselves to an indefinite ‘extension’ of the one year non-compete provision,” after she launched her own brand, reports People. The complaint, which was made in a New York state court last week, claims that Jimmy Choo threatened to remove its business from shoe manufacturers if they worked with Mellon or any brand affiliated with her, The Business of Fashion reported. The designer - who left the label in 2011 and insists that she adhered to a one-year non-compete agreement before starting her own business in 2013 - asserted that this resulted in these footwear factories boycotting her new brand. Tamara Mellon Brand LLC filed for bankruptcy at the end of last year which, according to Mellon, was due to Jimmy Choo's interference. Tamara Mellon has been contacted for comment.

Designer JW Anderson to bring together art and fashion in new exhibition Image copyright Getty Images Designer JW Anderson will hope to bridge the worlds of art and fashion when he takes over the Hepworth Wakefield gallery for an exhibition. At the 2015 British Fashion Awards, Jonathan Anderson became the first person to be named both the menswear and womenswear designer of the year. The exhibition will feature his designs as well as those by the likes of Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier. They will be alongside work by artists like Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The 31-year-old designer has confessed to being "obsessed" with 20th Century British art and cited the likes of Moore, Hepworth and Graham Sutherland as inspirations. Image copyright Jamie Hawkesworth Image copyright Jonty Wilde He promises "provocative" combinations as work by artists Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas and Dorothea Tanning is "brought into direct dialogue" with garments by Rei Kawakubo, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake.

Karl Lagerfeld on fashion, brexit and feline muses Euronews – Isabelle Kumar He’s an icon – often described as the Kaiser – The Emperor in German- because when you are creative director to some of the most important Haute coutures houses in the world – Fendi, Chanel and your own label – you can really say that you rule the fashion world. We are in Rome to celebrate 90 years of Fendi – and are going to meet none other than Karl Lagerfeld. Karl Lagerfeld many thanks for being with us in the Global Conversation. The meaning of luxury We are here in Rome to celebrate 90 years of Fendi, a company we associate with luxury but what does luxury mean to you? Karl Lagerfeld Fendi is a good example of what luxury can and should be. Biography: Karl Lagerfeld Mystery surrounds Karl Lagerfeld’s year of birth- it is thought to be 1935 Lagerfeld joined Fendi in 1965 and Chanel in 1983 In his youth Lagerfeld thought he might become and illustrator He adores his cat ‘Choupette’ whom he refers to as his muse Karl Lagerfeld Not my birthday !! Euronews No! Brexit

Gigi New York Issues Cease And Desist To Tommy Hilfiger | British Vogue OFF the back of Tommy Hilfiger's star-studded, fairground-themed extravaganza in New York last week, the fashion house is facing the potential of legal action from a fellow American brand. Leather goods label Gigi New York has issued a cease and desist letter over the Tommy X GiGi collection - the brand's collaboration with Gigi Hadid, which debuted on the runway last week. It became available to buy immediately following the show as part of Tommy Hilfiger's move to see-now, buy-now. "GiGi New York issued a cease and desist order to Tommy Hilfiger last week after discovering the misuse of its mark on product and in marketing of handbags in Tommy Hilfiger's autumn/winter 2016 collection," a statement released by Gigi New York asserted. "Tommy Hilfiger has notified GiGi New York that they do not intend to recognise their rights in GiGi's trademarked logo and are not concerned about the consumer confusion engendered by their misuse," the statement read.

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