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A ‘Brexit’ Would Be Bad for Fashion

LONDON, United Kingdom — When the topic first began to trickle into parliamentary debate in early 2015, the notion of Britain exiting the European Union seemed absurd. Indeed, if the idea of putting the matter to a direct public vote appeared unlikely, an actual “Brexit” seemed completely implausible. But 18 months later, with a national referendum just weeks away and public sentiment stirred up by an unprecedented migration crisis on top of the on-going European debt crisis, which has seen countries like Greece bailed out by the rest of the [...]

The Reunited States of Belgian Fashion

ANTWERP, Belgium — Walter Van Beirendonck, director of the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and Tony Delcampe, his counterpart at La Cambre in Brussels, have moulded some of the most acclaimed artistic directors in recent years. On Beirendonck’s honour roll: Raf Simons, Kris van Assche at Dior, and Demna Gvasalia at Vetements and Balenciaga. On Delcampe’s list: Anthony Vaccarello at Versus Versace then Saint Laurent, and Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne. Through their students, these [...]

The End of the Office Dress Code

Over the weekend an exhibition opened at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Entitled “Uniformity,” it displays 71 pieces from the museum’s collection of (surprise) uniforms, divided into four categories — military, work, school, sports — as well as a select group of the fashion looks they influenced, like Geoffrey Beene’s 1967 sequined football jersey gown and Rei Kawakubo’s 1998 military vest and pleated skirt for Comme des Garçons. “I was interested in the inherent [...]

Fashion Photographers Return to Film

NEW YORK, United States — The latest instalment of Calvin Klein's racy #MyCalvins campaign is hard to ignore, especially as the “upskirt” image of actress Klara Kristin sparked a social media firestorm last week. But amid charges of sexism and objectification, critics may be missing what is truly cutting-edge about the photo: namely, that it was captured on film, by rising photographerHarley Weir. Weir, along with Jamie Hawkesworth, Colin Dodgson, Zoe Ghertner and others, is spurring a film renaissance in [...]

Guide to the five tribes of modern male fashion

Back in the early ’80s, Barneys, my longtime employer, organized a series of customer focus groups. The time seemed right. It was a period of rapid change. “Casual Friday” was the big news on Wall Street, and the men of America were struggling to adapt. Lacking the Italian tradition of spiffy sartorial informality, American blokes plunged into crisis, to mention nothing of plunging into a lot of seriously tragic clothing: baggy Dockers with belt pagers, excruciatingly naff golf shirts [...]

5 Articles You May Have Missed

The latest trend in the fashion industry is not a season-specific silhouette or go-to aesthetic. Instead, it comes in the form of design houses trying to regain control in the midst of the wildly sped up fashion cycle, one iteration of which isdesigners increasingly withholding the release of collection images from the media (and thus, the general public) in order to more closely align such releases with the actual delivery of the collection to stores. Céline's Phoebe Philo adopted [...]

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