Get ready to bring some statement prints in your spring 2019 closet. The New York Fashion Week is officially done, so we have plenty of new trends to swoon over. If you love prints as much as we do, all we can say is that the upcoming season will be very exciting. You will recognize some of the patterns from previous seasons but they are now upgraded with the coolest colors ever. Spring is such a vibrant season when you should choose fun hues to brighten up your outfits. Polka dots will still be huge, while tie-dye is making a fierce comeback. Check out the top prints everyone will be wearing in spring 2019.
The future is sustainable! after years of being judged for their decisions, Burberry finally has some good news. Ever since Riccardo Tisci took over the throne at the luxury British house, he’s been all about positive change. The latest from the label is their announcement that they will be no longer using fur in their collections. They also addressed another very important matter- the fact that Burberry has constantly been burning unsold merchandise. Starting with Tisci’s debut line, both issues from above will not be happening anymore.
Animal cruelty is one of the most discussed topics in the fashion industry at the moment. Aside from diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability, brands are also trying to bring justice to animals, and stop using them as a source for clothing, shoes, and accessories. One of the most popular retailers, ASOS, is introducing a huge change to their policy. By the end of January 2019, the online retailer pledges to eliminate all of the products that include silk, cashmere, mohair, and feathers. In other words, they are making a strong step towards protecting silkworms, ducks, goats, and geese.
These four animal-derived materials are often used by numerous fashion houses and labels. Not many customers are aware how the widespread use of these fabrics affects the animals in the most negative way. Luckily, the issues of animal cruelty are becoming more evident, and a lot of brands are joining join the fight for sustainability.
The American animal rights organization PETA strongly praised ASOS’ decision. The brand’s online shop includes more than 850 international labels and is one of the most popular retailers. They followed the decision of Marks and Spencer, Topshop and H&M, who have also announced they will be staying away from mohair. Just recently PETA discovered the cruel techniques used in the mohair industry in South Africa, which led many brands to adopt this resolution.
“PETA applauds ASOS for leading the charge for compassion in fashion. In response to Peta’s campaigns, consumers are changing the face of the industry by demanding that designers and retailers ditch animal-derived materials in favor of cruelty-free alternatives that look great without causing suffering.”- said the director of corporate projects at PETA, Yvonne Taylor.
ASOS already introduced the changes on their website. All of the items that contain silk, mohair, cashmere, and feathers are on sale until the whole stock is cleared. They decided to put all of these clothing pieces, shoes, and accessories on discount, so that the shop will have a fresh start in January 2019.
“ASOS firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics. ASOS is committed to working with industry expert groups to support the ongoing research, development, and implementation of animal welfare standards and transparency in the leather supply chain.”- says the retailer’s animal policy on their official website.
In the past year, a lot of luxury fashion houses pledged to stop the use of fur in their designs. Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, and Furla are joining the ranks of Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger in the fight for the animal rights.
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It seems that the fashion industry is becoming more aware of the importance of using sustainable fabrics. The hype about finding reasonable sources to create and deliver ethical fashion is real. A number of designers have already joined the no-fur club, and some of them even went vegan. The latest high-end fashion house to accept a no-fur policy is Maison Margiela. Their creative director, John Galliano is the one who announced the news.
John has been a long-time friend with the Senior Vice President of PETA Dan Mathews. The first met on a beach in France and have talked about this topic on numerous occasions. The designer and Mathews became very close friends, and the PETA VP had a strong influence on John’s views. First, he convinced him to become a vegetarian, then introduced him to a number of sustainable fabric alternatives. Galliano has been a vegetarian for quite a while, but he admits he didn’t do it for the animals, but for the care of his own body. The eccentric designer got a whole new point of view once he adopted his dog Gypsy.
“I was swimming in the sea with Penélope Cruz in Saint-Tropez. And just then, Dan’s face popped out of the water. It was like in “Jaws”—very frightening. I knew PETA’s work, I respected them, but their reputation preceded them. You can be outrageous and fun without fur! Come and party with us, you’ll see! Fur used to be associated with luxury … what is a true luxury today? It’s authenticity. And inventiveness … Today we don’t want a product, we want ethics, a firm that defends the values that we admire.”- Galliano explained.
John is a well-known fur lover. Ever since his early designing days, he was keen on including this animal-derived fabric in his eccentric collections. The designer has had quite a turbulent career, including being fired from Dior and having to go to court for his insulting anti-Semitic comments. He became the creative director of Margiela in 2014 and hasn’t used fur for quite a while on runway shows. Once Dan started sending him samples of PETA-approved materials, Galliano started thinking about all the innovative ways he could use them in Maison Margiela’s collections.
In the past year, a lot of luxury brands pledged to stop using fur in all of their future collections. Gucci announced their decision in October and promised that they will be selling all of their residue fur items on an auction. The proceeds will be donated to animal care groups. Michael Kors, Furla, and Versace are also high-end labels which will be staying away from fur starting from 2018.
Last year we had predictions that 2018 will be the year of fur-free fashion. We are always pleased to hear that more and more fashion labels say no to fur. Last week. Donatella Versace announced that she will no longer kill animals in the name of fashion. San Francisco will also join the no-fur movement starting from January 1. The city’s board of supervisors voted to ban the sale of fur, making San Francisco the largest city in the USA to do so. Every member of the board agreed that the city needs to stop selling fur items. The board hopes that this decision will inspire other cities in the country to follow their steps.
“This has been one of the things on their agenda, especially in San Francisco. We know that when we do things in San Francisco that a lot of times it will get attention nationally and globally. We also feel a big responsibility when we’re in a position like this because it could really make a huge impact,” a spokesperson of the board of supervisors said in a statement.
After January 1, every retailer that sells apparel or accessories with new fur will be punished with $500 fine per violation. For example, if there are 5 items made of new fur, that will result in 5 violations. For those who have purchased fur to this date, there is a one-year amnesty on the fine. The fur ban in San Francisco is a follow-up to the anti-fur initiatives from other cities in the USA as well as other countries. West Hollywood was the first city in the USA to prohibit the sale of fur back in 2011. Berkeley did the same in 2017. Next, the U.K’s fur ban act “prohibits the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur”. Other countries that have banned fur farming include Australia and the Netherlands. The Netherlands also has plans to shot down mink farms by 2024. Norway has similar plans, expected to be fully realized by 2025. This country has also banned fur farms.
This year many fashion brands joined the anti-fur family. Besides Versace, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo said no to fur just recently. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger have been fur-free for years. Many nowadays customers, especially those who belong to the younger generations don’t support animal cruelty in fashion. Their ethical preferences together with the efforts of animal activists have made many brands to exclude fur from their offerings. It is revolutionary that even entire cities decided to join the anti-fur policy.
Michael Kors is officially going fur-free in 2018. The luxury American brand is the next one to announce they will no longer use any type of animal fur in their products. Michael shared the great news on Friday. The cruelty-free policy will apply to every single Kors store worldwide and to all the Jimmy Choo flagships.
“Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur. We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”- the designer said.
This is one of the many high-end brands that decided to adopt the fur-free policy. Until now we were used to seeing Michael’s models strolling down the runway, wearing fur coats. Thankfully, the fashion house decided to accept a brand new harm-free way of creating. Michael Kors has been under a lot of pressure from animal rights activists recently. According to John Idol, the brand’s executive officer, Kors will be fur-free starting from December 2018. This will be a big step for the company, and they will explore new innovative techniques in producing luxury goods from now on.
PETA protestors have been demonstrating in front of Michael Kors stores as well as runway shows. In July this year, a group of 20 activists showed up during the designer’s Q&A event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The demonstrators entered the Grace Rainey Rogers venue, where Michael and Alina Cho were staging the event. That is when they started making animal noises while carrying anti-fur banners. This was a strong message to the fashion house and probably had an impact on their decision. But this is not the only time that PETA has set a protest against the American brand. In February a number of activists appeared in front of his SoHo flagship with huge banners and anti-fur messages.
Kors is joining the ranks of brands such as Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and more that went fur-free. Another famous fashion house that recently adopted this concept is Gucci. Under the leadership of Alessandro Michele, in October the brand shared that starting from 2018 they will not be using any animal-derived fur. In this group, you will also find big retailers Yoox Net-a-Porter and Selfridges.
In spite of the numerous brands accepting this policy, using fur in collections is still a big problem. According to the Fur Information Council of America, almost 70 percent of the designers included real fur in their Fall/Winter 2017 collections.
It’s official: The New York Fashion Week has finally opened up more about beauty at all sizes. The issue of diversity in the fashion industry has been very discussed lately. As a result to that, the SS 2018 NYFW had runway shows that featured models of all sizes, generations, and races. Every year more designers care about the diversity at their shows. During SS 2018 NYFW 9 designers included plus-size models. Total of 208 size-diverse models were a part of the SS 2018 NYFW both on the runway and the presentations. This is a record-breaking number in the history of the NYFW. See the mesmerizing looks that the curvy beauties flaunted on the show in the video below.
Last year only 27 plus-size models made an appearance, so this is a very remarkable result. According to Fall 2017 Runway Diversity Report, 31.5% of the designers included more plus-size models and models of color this year. Among the designers who had plus-size models on their shows is Christian Siriano. The young designer is a huge supporter of the body-positive movement. Christian Siriano invites curvy models to his shows on a regular basis.
Addition Elle is another brand that stood for diversity this year. The brand is known for its size-inclusive collections and collaborations with body positivity advocates such as Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods. This was Addition Elle’s debut show on the NYFW. The brand had very size-inclusive model cast. Other inclusive brands include Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Chromat, Anna Sui, Rebecca Minkoff, and The Blonds.
The body positivity isn’t a trend but an evolution. The SS 2018 NYFW was a step forward toward more inclusive fashion and less body shaming. It’s finally time to spread positivity and break stereotypes.
Surprise! Michael Kors bought Jimmy Choo for nearly $1.2 billion. Incredible! So what does it mean for both fashion labels? Will Jimmy Choo shoes be lowered in price? Will Choo’s styles be integrated into the Kors brand? We won’t know until they start releasing new collections. For now, let’s just admire their current collections before they sell out!
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The luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo officially has a new owner. The American brand Michael Kors is the one behind the purchase. Just yesterday, Michael Kors, the chairman of the company, released the news that they bought the shoe brand for an impressive $1.2 billion.
“Jimmy Choo is an iconic premier luxury brand that offers distinctive footwear, handbags and other accessories. We admire the glamorous style and trendsetting nature of Jimmy Choo designs,” said Michael Kors.
Jimmy Choo was established in 1996 by Tamara Mellon, who is the editor of British Vogue and the designer Jimmy Choo. Their luxury designs became a favorite for many celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyoncé. Their popular stilettos and strappy sandals were sold at an average price of $1,000. The shoe company already owns over 150 stores all around the world.
The shoemaking brand was placed on the market earlier this year, in April. The major shareholder JAB announced their intentions to focus their business on the food and beverage industry. They’ve already purchased companies such as Panera, Caribou Coffee, and Krispy Kreme. Each shareholder got 230 pence (about $3) per share during the sale.
According to Michael Kors representatives, the main things at the shoe company are going to stay the same. They are going to strive for improvements only in the area of designs and quality. The current CEO of the shoe company, Pierre Denis, is going to keep the position that he’s had since 2012. He was previously the executive director at LVMH. Also, the creative director Sandra Choi, who is Choo’s niece, is going to continue with her work for the brand. It is estimated that she will earn $2.9 million from the sale, while Denis will earn around $8 million.
“Jimmy Choo is known worldwide for its glamorous and fashion-forward footwear. The company is a leader in setting fashion trends. Its innovative designs and exceptional craftsmanship resonate with trendsetters globally. We believe that Jimmy Choo is poised for meaningful growth in the future and we are committed to supporting the strong brand equity that Jimmy Choo has built over the last 20 years.”- said John Idol, the chief executive of Michael Kors.
Michael Kors is just another brand that is currently struggling with the declined sales and the huge competition. As a store that sells luxury goods, they are taking large hits from fast-fashion brands and e-retailers. Kors is closing over 100 of its stores, renovating over 100, and it is trying to implement more innovations.
Michael Kors just presented one of his most American runway shows ever at New York Fashion Week a few hours ago, with each one of his fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection’s staples being all about classic styles and modern refinements.
With a star-studded front row filled with celebrities and personalities who have always been huge fans of Michael Kors (especially Gossip Girl Blake Lively), the latest Michael Kors fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection was an ode to both the designer’s signature aesthetics, and a kind of modernity that exudes positive vibes while at the same time celebrating the US cultural legacy.
Showcased in the coed format, which brought the men’s wear line onstage too, the Michael Kors fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection was coherently structured in different themes, which all saw elegance and soigné detailing as the common fil rouge. This time around, American designer Michael Kors opted for more conventionally formal designs, although still injecting more youthful proposals here and there. Although being certainly sophisticated, all of the proposals were never boring, with jocose animal prints and rich colors revamping the scene.
Two were the biggest motifs in this collection, with the second one being the one the designer actually developed and played with more. The Michael Kors fall/winter 2017-18 collection’s most recurring pattern was the abounding amount of coats, mostly made of fur, which also is one of Kors’ biggest strengths. Instead of treating us to only two or three proposals, the designer literally overwhelmed us with it-items to wear all winter long, especially when it comes to the camel coats.
The collection’s coats were also carefully divided, throughout the show, according to different occasions, with both elegant and more casual staples dominating the scene. The collection’s second part was, on the other hand, the one that could be described as the more Americana-inspired, and which was also almost solely made of monochrome styles. Ton-sur-ton grays, beiges and dark greens created a minimalistic complexity we yet had to see on this New York Fashion Week’s stage, and which offered us either solid-colored full outfits to feel fancy in, or single separates to mix-and-match with one another.
The Michael Kors fall/winter 2017-2018 collection’s second part was also the one that played with evening proposals more, and which added dynamic fringes and shimmery sequined patterns to most of the silhouettes. Of course, both parts included a dream array of accessories that will fly off the shelves as soon as the collection hits the stores as usual, as Michael Kors has become one of the industry’s most accountable designers when it comes to statement-making accessories (especially handbags).
It is also interesting to notice how diverse Michael Kors’ squad was, with models of the moment Carolyn Murphy, Isabeli Fontana, Iselin Steiro, Guinevere van Seenus, Natasha Poly, Arizona Muse, Karmen Pedaru, Amber Valletta, Ashley Graham, Bella Hadid, Aymeline Valade, Joan Smalls and, lastly, Kendall Jenner (who closed the show with a gorgeous fringed black dress that won’t go forgotten for sure) walking the show.
Photos courtesy of Vogue