Top 5 summer fashion trends from Bench Fashion Week

The summer staples for stylish dressing – shirts, shorts, blouses and trousers – were all over the runways at the first Bench Fashion Week. Bench/Bruce Casanova

MANILA, Philippines — Except for the monsoons, Filipinos enjoy a tropical climate all-year round, though summer is the perfect excuse to bare your skin in all its glory, gluta-enforced or au naturel.

The summer staples for stylish dressing – shirts, shorts, blouses and trousers – were all over the runways at the first Bench Fashion Week.

To be a true standout in social media during spring/summer 2017, there are sensational pieces (sans swimsuits) from the retail brands that will earn you double taps and a pat on the back.

Kashieca, driven by a vintage ‘70s vibe, offers casual, comfortable outfits you can take on your summer vacation, while Vero Moda veers toward a fun, playful, and feminine approach to basking in the summer sun.

Cotton:On presented a street-inspired, post-apocalyptic collection called “CTRL Reset” for menswear and an earthy, organic “Rediscovering” collection for women. Human, meanwhile, focused on the classics: tees and denims in various permutations.

American Eagle Outfitters continues its #WeAllCan campaign with “You Can Too,” which encourages the youth a platform to express themselves through its streetwear recall of ‘90s styles.

And because it is the biggest brand in the land, Bench closed the three-day event at The Playground of the Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.  Its vivacious advertising campaign was shot in exotic Cuba, “an ode to both the faded grandeur of Old Havana, and the effervescence of Cuban communities.” The exuberant collection features floral shirts, twill shorts, khakis, and, of course, the denims that have made Bench a Filipino label slowly dominating the international retail landscape.

Here are the top five summer 2017 trends from the show:

Photos by Bruce Casanova

Skin-baring

Off-shoulder tops are all the rage, with a special focus on sexy clavicles. But you have the right to bare arms, too. And legs.

Khaki/Military 

Nothing screams masculine as the sight of a guy in army green. Or a guy clad in khaki. Or camouflage.

Prints

Summer calls for a riot of patterns, of florals, of colors — everything that is refreshing, uplifting, and energizing.

Accessories

Berets, neckerchiefs, headbands, quirky bags — all the essential non-essentials are yours for the picking and brandishing.

 

 

Has Emma Fallen Victim To The Hackers?

EMMA WATSON is said to be at the centre of another photo hack this afternoon, as online chatrooms reported the existence of private pictures of the actress. The images, said to have been seen by users on the “dark web” – a network that allows the anonymous sharing of illegal documents and information – were being discussed today by commenters on 4Chan, the same online message board where previous hacks have been revealed.

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Watson is said to be the victim of the hack, along with fellow actress Amanda Seyfried, who is currently expecting her first child.

“There may be a few more names added to that list but these are the big two,” the person who originated the thread wrote, the Telegraph reports. “Don’t want to break any Reddit rules so no links right now but there should be some really good drama over the next few days.”

It’s not the first time that Watson’s name has been associated with a photo hack. She revealed that she had previously been threatened by hackers after making a speech at the UN about feminism, but no images were released into the public domain as a result of the threat. A previous major photo hack occurred in 2014, when celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kate Upton were said to have had their iClouds hacked. Lawrence spoke out at the time, calling the incident a “violation”. Several of the hackers related to the original incident have since been jailed.

 

 

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Top 5 summer fashion trends from Bench Fashion Week

 

MANILA, Philippines — Except for the monsoons, Filipinos enjoy a tropical climate all-year round, though summer is the perfect excuse to bare your skin in all its glory, gluta-enforced or au naturel.

The summer staples for stylish dressing – shirts, shorts, blouses and trousers – were all over the runways at the first Bench Fashion Week.

To be a true standout in social media during spring/summer 2017, there are sensational pieces (sans swimsuits) from the retail brands that will earn you double taps and a pat on the back.

Kashieca, driven by a vintage ‘70s vibe, offers casual, comfortable outfits you can take on your summer vacation, while Vero Moda veers toward a fun, playful, and feminine approach to basking in the summer sun.

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Cotton:On presented a street-inspired, post-apocalyptic collection called “CTRL Reset” for menswear and an earthy, organic “Rediscovering” collection for women. Human, meanwhile, focused on the classics: tees and denims in various permutations.

American Eagle Outfitters continues its #WeAllCan campaign with “You Can Too,” which encourages the youth a platform to express themselves through its streetwear recall of ‘90s styles.

And because it is the biggest brand in the land, Bench closed the three-day event at The Playground of the Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.  Its vivacious advertising campaign was shot in exotic Cuba, “an ode to both the faded grandeur of Old Havana, and the effervescence of Cuban communities.” The exuberant collection features floral shirts, twill shorts, khakis, and, of course, the denims that have made Bench a Filipino label slowly dominating the international retail landscape.

Here are the top five summer 2017 trends from the show:

Photos by Bruce Casanova

Skin-baring

Off-shoulder tops are all the rage, with a special focus on sexy clavicles. But you have the right to bare arms, too. And legs.

Khaki/Military 

Nothing screams masculine as the sight of a guy in army green. Or a guy clad in khaki. Or camouflage.

Prints

Summer calls for a riot of patterns, of florals, of colors — everything that is refreshing, uplifting, and energizing.

Stripes

Vertical, horizontal, all lines point to dressing fun under the sun.

Accessories

Berets, neckerchiefs, headbands, quirky bags — all the essential non-essentials are yours for the picking and brandishing.

 

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Fast Fashion Fading as H&M, Zara Shine Light on Industry Strains

Fast fashion is getting tougher.

Zara owner Inditex SA said on Wednesday that profitability shrank to an eight-year low. Main rival Hennes & Mauritz AB reported the first monthly sales drop in almost four years. Shares of both retailers sank.

The reports illustrate the difficulties facing the fashion industry as consumers divert spending to leisure activities and buy more of their apparel from a rising number of online suppliers. The increased competition is putting pressure on prices, while higher production costs are also squeezing profitability.

“In February, industry data was very challenging,” Richard Chamberlain, an analyst at RBC Capital, said in a note. Sales declines of 9 percent in Germany and 6 percent in Sweden reflect “some spend rotation into other consumer categories.”

H&M shares fell as much as 5.1 percent in Stockholm, the most in three months. A 1 percent drop in February sales was caused by the month having one day fewer than in the leap year of 2016. Adjusting for that, revenue rose 3 percent in local currencies, missing estimates.

Chamberlain estimates that H&M’s same-store sales fell 3 percent in the month, weighed down by the tough industry conditions and as initiatives to expand online options for customers and improve methods of supply take time to feed through to sales.

In Zara’s Shadow

H&M has been in the shadow of faster-growing competitor Inditex in recent years, though Wednesday’s results from the Zara owner suggest it too is finding life more difficult.

Read more: Zara’s Recipe for Success

Inditex’s gross margin narrowed to 57 percent from 57.8 percent in the 12 months through January, missing the Spanish retailer’s goal to keep the measure within 0.5 percentage points of the previous year.

The shares fell as much as 2.7 percent, the most since December, though pared their losses after Chief Executive Officer Pablo Isla said that at current exchange rates, the gross margin won’t fall this year.

Inditex said the decline in last year’s gross margin was due to currency swings. Foreign exchange stripped 3 percentage points off sales growth. Weaker currencies in Russia, China and Mexico reduce the value of sales in those markets when translated into euros.

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Frank Ocean Is a Secret Fashion Nerd

In his famous stealthy style, Frank Ocean released a surprise track over the weekend titled “Chanel.” It was a shock to his fans, but also to those who have always admired his unassuming fashion sense. Unlike the majority of his peers, he’s never really made a song with an overt shout-out to a major fashion brand, save for “Comme Des Garcons,” a song from his 2016 visual album Endless. In the “Chanel” hook, he says, “I see both sides like Chanel, see on both sides like Chanel.” When he does make sporadic public appearances on stage or the red carpet, Ocean doesn’t dress like your average rapper. Despite his inherent sense of style, he’s never been a label name-dropper, nor has he ever really worn so much as a Ralph Lauren Polo logo in front of the paparazzi.

Ocean has been seated front row at only a handful of fashion shows over the last four years, including Christian Dior, Givenchy, Off-White, and just once, Chanel. However, the new song isn’t really about the French fashion house. Some music critics have said it’s about a lover, while others are claiming it’s a reference to bisexuality. But there’s no denying the fact that Ocean is at the very least winking to Chanel, and it’s that same shy, quiet nod to fashion that makes him refreshing.

That said, he’s clearly conflicted about the fashion world overall and has been openly critical of mass consumerism, starting with “Nikes,” the track he released last year on his album, Blonde. The song underscores the perils of capitalism, with Ocean rapping lines like “We only human and it’s humid in these Balmains.” For the video, he wore a head-to-toe embellished Balmain look—another surprise move from the man who generally favors simple white T-shirts in his wardrobe.

At a time when the industry is steeped in logomania, and decked-out rappers are vying for the attention of designers like Raf Simons and Riccardo Tisci, Ocean is a breath of fresh air. He doesn’t care if you’ve seen him hanging out with Karl Lagerfeld or sitting front row at a Chanel show. He just wants to make great music and sometimes, maybe, wear a designer label on the down low, too.

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To Win At Instagram During Fashion Week, All You Need Is To Be Kendall Jenner

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Jenner’s best Fashion Month content seems to be celebratory: Come London Fashion Week, the 21-year-old model was toasting her Love covers with Lily Donaldson, Justine Skye, and Hadid (once again). With over 1.8 million likes, it became the top model ‘gram from the whole week.
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