an Armani skirt suit


The Duchess of Cambridge masters professional elegance in an Armani skirt suit

A skirt suit is a workwear staple relied upon by professional women everywhere, and now it seems that the Duchess of Cambridge has also joined its loyal fan club. This morning was the sixth time that the Duchess has worn a skirt suit this year.

Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry visited The Global Academy in West London to officially open the school as part of their ongoing Heads Together campaign to break the stigma around mental health issues.

For the early morning engagement, Kate debuted a new tomato red skirt suit from Armani Collezioni which she paired with her beloved nude accessories- an envelope clutch by Polish label Etui and heels by Rupert Sanderson- and a glossy, bouncy blow dry.

The suit comprises a sleekly fitted pencil skirt and a neat, collarless jacket with pleated dart details at the waist and a modern zip fastening. The jacket is still available to buy at Bloomingdales and was originally priced at £986.21 but is now reduced to £591.73.

Renowned for minimalist yet precise tailoring and elegant silhouettes, Armani is a label which it makes sense for Kate to add to her ever-increasing wardrobe for public duties. The house was founded by Giorgio Armani in 1975 and is now a multi-billion pound empire comprising several different sub-collections. Armani Collezioni is a diffusion of the main catwalk collection, offering similarly sleek pieces at lower prices.

The Duchess owns one other item from the Italian design house- a red coat which she first wore to Prince William's Sandhurst passing out parade in 2006 and which she wore once again during a visit to Scotland in 2013.

"I wanted my outfits to spark their awareness of the fact that they are the protagonists of a fast-moving society. Creating fashion does not just mean creating clothes – fashion is also a workshop in which attitudes are experimented with and new perspectives adapted," Mr Armani wrote in an autobiography published in 2015.

Over the past four months, Kate has chosen skirt suit six times for various engagements. She debuted a purple jacket and prom-style skirt by Oscar de la Renta for the Guild of Health Writers conference in February and an emerald green tweed look by Hobbs for a hospice visit in January. She has also re-worn a gingham two-piece by Eponine London, a blue tweed suit by Rebecca Taylor and a burgundy outfit by Paula Ka.

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この記事のURL2017-04-21 12:11:42


Latest Rapper Heartthrob


Playboi Carti Is the Fashion World’s Latest Rapper Heartthrob

Playboi Carti is late to his shoot at an apartment complex on 139th Street in Harlem. Here, the 21-year-old rapper has a gang of publicists waiting for him, while a crew of Grailed employees organizes piles of clothes for him to try on. Carti loves the site Grailed, which is like a virtual candy store for those with a taste for Raf Simons and Balmain. “I’ve always been a thrift store kid,” he later tells me. But these clothes are far from humble thrift store finds: A stylist has draped a $20,000 fur coat and a bevy of other haute goods over the couch. Eventually, he arrives, making a much-awaited entrance in a new pair of sneakers. Who can be angry at him? He’s a lanky, handsome heartthrob, who wears his skinny jeans with serious swagger. “I don’t like baggy clothes,” he says. “I’m a skinny dude, so I think [skinny jeans] look better on me.”

Carti first came onto the scene in 2015 with his song “Broke Boi,” a catchy hit that spoke about a tricked-out Jesus piece and poked fun at squares “in the mall buying ice.” It earned the attention of rappers like A$AP Rocky. Just a few days ago, he dropped his self-titled mixtape, which features singles like “Wokeuplikethis*” and “Magnolia,” and got as high as number four on the iTunes album charts. Carti’s fashion résumé is also impressive: He was in the Yeezy Season 5 show, performed this past season at VFiles with rapper Lil Uzi Vert, and made a cameo in one of Drake’s OVO lookbooks. During New York Fashion Week: Men’s, he headed over to Raf Simons’s first New York show with A$AP Rocky. “That felt like the first time [at a fashion show]. That one was the real deal; it felt amazing,” he says. “I met Raf, and I got the butterflies.”

Following his rise to fashion fame, Carti’s wardrobe is no longer “Broke Boi” (it now includes Balmain), but he has kept a definite down-to-earth, jeans-and-T-shirt vibe. Growing up as Jordan Carter in Atlanta, he always had a different attitude toward clothes than his peers. “I was the first to wear colored skinny jeans,” he says, adding that he was initially made fun of for it. “But then everyone was on it. That is what happens.” Now, his sartorial education mainly comes from other rappers. “I watched artists like Kanye and [A$AP] Rocky and shit,” he says. “Where I am from, people are into designer brands, but not like the cool ones, just like any designer brand, and I wasn’t that type. I used to go out of my way and hit the skate shops and buy Thrasher and Spitfire tees and Fucking Awesome hoodies and shit.”

There’s a charming candidness to Carti. Despite making a few big-ticket purchases, he’s still a die-hard vintage fan. “When I see cool [vintage] shirts, I make sure I listen to the band before I put them on because they can have a dope logo, but the music is something else,” he explains. As for what he’s wearing today? There’s no $20,000 fur coat. Instead, he’s gone for a black Undercover x Comme des Garçons sweater and fringed leather jacket, as well as a colorful Supreme cardigan, Supreme tee, and Balmain jeans. It’s all pretty laid-back but polished. That’s a look that fits Carti fine; after all, he doesn’t need anything extra to shine.

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この記事のURL2017-04-19 12:18:50


Vogue Arabia gets new editor


Manuel Arnaut of GQ magazine fame will replace Her Highness Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz as editor in chief of Vogue Arabia, it has been reported.

Saudi Princess HH Deena was named the editor of Vogue Arabia, a Conde Nast publication in July last year, and has published two editions of the magazine since then. However it was recently announced that she would be replaced by the Portuguese Arnaut, who is based in Dubai.

HH Deena was in Muscat two weeks ago for Conde Nast’s ‘Mindful Luxury’ conference where she gave a brief talk on Vogue Arabia and also shared a panel with Omani fashion designer Amal Al Raisi and Suzy Menkes, International Vogue Editor.

The news comes immediately after a grand event celebrating the launch of the latest international edition of Vogue at the Museum of Islamic Art and Place Vendôme Qatar.

HH Deena was joined by Suzy Menkes, Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and CEO of Conde Nast International and other influential people from Vogue International.

However, only days later, reports of her having resigned from her position at Vogue Arabia started circulating on social media.

In a statement issued by HH Deena, she said, "I am delighted, as Vogue Arabia's first Editor-in-Chief, to have brought a voice to women's fashion in the Arab World. I am honoured to have enabled the Vogue brand to firmly and uniquely establish itself in a way that allows a fashion magazine in the Arab World to fuse traditional values with aspirational fashion.

"I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish in such a short space of time, working alongside some of fashion's greatest talent, including the region's most influential and creative women. It had initially been my intention to build this important and groundbreaking edition of Vogue from inception to a mature magazine in line with others in the Vogue stable. Having launched Vogue Arabia with such distinction, I have a clear vision for what fashion means to today's woman.

"I stand behind my values and vision for Vogue Arabia and I refused to compromise when I felt the publisher’s approach conflicted with the values which underpin our readers and the role of the Editor-in-Chief in meeting those values in a truly authentic way."

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この記事のURL2017-04-17 11:43:55


Innovation Award


Fashion Made From Cow Poo Wins Innovation Award

Clothing designers have certainly found some creative ways to make sustainable fashion in recent years—like spinning graduation gowns out of recycled bottles or making shoes out of illegal fishing nets. But a fabric that recently received a Global Change Award from fashion mega-retailer H&M might just take the cake: it’s made out of cow manure.

Jamie Feldman at the Huffington Post reports that Dutch artist and entrepreneur Jalila Essaidi, who specializes in bio-based materials, was one of five fashion innovators who received the award, meant to encourage “game-changing ideas that can help reinvent the entire industry.”

Essaidi calls her pre-digested fabric Mestic. According to her website, she was inspired to create the bio-fabric in 2016, after learning that Dutch dairy cows were exceeding sustainable limits of phosphate production. According to a video, after Essaidi and her team take manure from farmers, they separate the dry manure from the wet manure. The clean cellulose is extracted from the dry and chemicals that can break down the cellulose from the wet. That is then processed into a cardboard-like material. Another acid from the manure is added which turns the mix into something similar to a liquid plastic that can be processed into plastics or textile fibers.

“[M]anure, in its essence, is easily considered the most vile substance we know,” Essaidi says on her website. “‘Mestic shows that even this most disgusting matter is inherently beautiful.”

The Global Challenge Award was established by the H&M Foundation in 2015 as part of its efforts to ramp up sustainability in the clothing industry. Last year the brand announced an initiative to sell only 100 percent recycled or sustainably sourced clothing by 2030, though there’s no word on how much, if any, of that will be manure-based.

It’s not a completely altruistic move. The fashion world in particular has come under scrutiny in recent years as the “fast fashion” trend has taken off. Retailers like Forever 21, Topshop and H&M are driving a rapid turnover of styles of cheaply made clothes, which, Jared Miller at Newsweek reports, means anything over a year old is hopelessly dated and essentially seen as trash. But producing clothing is a resource intensive business—growing cotton and other fibers take lots of land, huge amounts of pesticides and water while synthetic materials are usually derived from coal, natural gas or oil. Miller reports that 84 percent of unwanted clothing in the U.S. ends ups in landfills or incinerators, with secondhand stores glutted with fast fashion to the point where they will often turn those donations and consignments away.

However, if brands can make that disposal fast-fashion sustainable, they can go on with business as usual without all the guilt and criticism. “The holy grail for sustainability in fashion is closed-loop sourcing,” Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer of the luxury company that owns brands like Gucci and Stella McCartney, tells Maya Singer at Vogue. “Reuse old materials. Make new materials out of old materials. Recapture the fibers.”

Ellie Pithers at Vogue UK reports that other winners of the Global Challenge Award, who each receive about €150,000, include a faux-leather made out of grape skins left over from the wine making process, a company with a process for extracting the toxic dye from old jeans to make new jeans and a fabric that traps atmospheric carbon in its fibers.

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この記事のURL2017-04-14 11:44:00


The Rug Company


How Lorenzo Castillo’s hometown of Madrid inspired him during collaboration with The Rug Company

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The interior of The Rug Company, which shares a space with The Odd Piece gallery in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue, has been rearranged to accommodate a concoction of different chairs. On the ground floor of the loft-style warehouse, brown leather chairs are mixed in among industrial, cage-like seats, white designs upholstered with bold floral prints and barstool styles covered with cross-stitched, embroidered cushions. This mismatched combination of seating is no accident – The Rug Company is hosting a talk about mixing old and new design elements to create a home with eclectic interiors.

Giving the talk is Spanish interior designer Lorenzo Castillo, who recently joined forces with The Rug Company to create four new rug designs. Castillo’s portfolio of work is bursting with exciting projects for affluent clients and companies, from luxury hotels and fashion brands to an Arab royal family. He started out as an antiques dealer, before transitioning into the world of interior design, and attributes his success to the fact that he was the first to specialise in mixing antiques with contemporary pieces.

Castillo has a tendency to contradict himself. In the same sentence, he’ll correct and then disagree with himself instantly. For instance, while describing the location of his first antique gallery, he says, "it was in a seedy old neighbourhood in Madrid", and then in the same breath, "actually, it was the most glamorous part of Madrid". But this is part of his charm, and probably reflective of his expertise in juxtaposing different thoughts and concepts.

This contradictory nature is reflected in the design elements he uses, from decor and furniture to artwork – his personal favourites include 17th-century Spanish antiques, Italian-made pieces from the 1960s and French designs from the 1940s. "Everything is a mix of everything," he says, referring to a room in his own apartment in Madrid, where a 17th-century Dutch portrait is complemented by objects of a more contemporary nature.

When The Rug Company approached him with the idea of collaborating, Castillo naturally turned to the city of Madrid and its historical architecture for inspiration. Spanish marble floors, geometric shapes and earthy tones are central to his four designs. And while images of his interior projects often highlight decadent drapery, beautiful wallpaper and statement furniture, Castillo says that rugs are just as crucial to a design. "Rugs are as important as the ceiling and walls – the space is like a box, and the rug unifies the space," he says.

The designer has started introducing the rugs to his own clients, and is also planning on using one in particular, named Isabella, in his own Madrid apartment. "I’m refreshing the drawing room; it’s a big space, everything was in blue, and now we are changing the palette from blues to pink," he explains.

One of Castillo’s first high-profile projects was to update and redecorate a Loewe store in Spain. He also collaborated with Cartier to create its boutique interiors, marking the first time the brand called on an individual outside of the maison.

In addition, Castillo is working with Shangri-La hotels in Hong Kong and Singapore – his first projects in the Far East. Perhaps most impressive of all, however, is the fact that King Abdullah II of Jordan hired Castillo to decorate the royal family’s summer villa. Sworn to secrecy, Castillo won’t reveal the whereabouts of the house, but proudly shows off some images of the interiors. The project was completed last year, and incorporates a mix of decor, including marble flooring, Spanish white-painted furniture, 18th-century maps and a Napoleon III mirror with an ebony inlay.

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この記事のURL2017-04-12 14:49:52


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