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North Shore shines at New Zealand Fashion Week

Teenagers from Auckland’s North Shore took centre stage at New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) 2017.

The YMCA North Shore Raise Up crew made up of 18 people aged 13 to 18 years-old ran the NZFW show Walk the Line.

Held on September 2 at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Walk the Line is an opportunity to showcase youth and their talent.

Open Design winner Mirene Castelltort and her model Sabrina Brunton.

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Open Design winner Mirene Castelltort and her model Sabrina Brunton.

Beginning five years ago, the show also gives the teenagers in youth development programme the opportunity to learn practical life skills they can take into the work force.

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Crew member Mitzi O’Brien​ said she was pleased to see all their hard work finally come to fruition.

High Fashion winner Jemma Botterill and her model Bella.

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High Fashion winner Jemma Botterill and her model Bella.

“It has been really beneficial to gain event management experience and skills,” she said.

Fellow crew member Udayan Basu​ said it was not only a good experience for the Raise Up crew but it was also great for the entrants.

“It allows people from year 9 to 13 to showcase their works that they have done through school,”

“It gives them a chance to get a bit of a taste of what they might see or what might happen if they go into the fashion industry,” Basu explained.

The sentiment was shared by YMCA community development manager Kev Carter, who was on hand in the unlikely occasion something wrong.

Carter said it was on the job training for the group who got to work closely with the NZFW team to see how they do things. He also applauded them for their effort.

“I think it is the best show we have had so far, it was really smooth. All the young people did amazing,” said Carter.

Among the show’s entrants were many designers from the North Shore. Two Carmel College students won prizes on the day for their designs.

Mirene Castelltort​, who was also a member of the Raise Up crew, won the Open Division category for her colourful bodysuit-hoodie combo.

Meanwhile Jemma Botterill​ won the High Fashion division for her unisex Gucci-inspired pant suit.

Botterill who wanted to pursue a career in fashion entered as she said the show was a great opportunity to get your name out there as a designer.

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Short, sweet and budget-friendly first time round to coats and cover-ups for number two: From High Street to designer, the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy fashion

Pity the poor mothers at Thomas’s Battersea, where Prince George starts school on Thursday — all those months spent building a paparazzi-worthy wardrobe ready for the Big Day.

But now the news of Kate’s third pregnancy has put a right royal spanner in the works. Will the Duchess, who suffers from severe morning sickness, even turn up at the chic London day school?

But the Thomas’s mothers need not worry. Their carefully chosen and hugely expensive ‘posh mummy’ designer loot will not go to waste.

Short, sweet and budget-friendly first time round

Dec 2012: No bump and a neat Diane von Furstenberg coat

Jan 2013: A flowing Whistles dress hides any tell-tale signs

The Duchess opts for a Max Mara wrap dress

No bump and a neat Diane von Furstenberg coat, left, a flowing Whistles dress hides any tell-tale signs in January 2013, centre and the Duchess opts for a Max Mara wrap dress

March: An Emilia Wickstead coat for St Patrick’s Day

Looking peachy in a short Tara Jarmon outfit in April

March: An Emilia Wickstead coat for St Patrick’s Day, left, while she looked peachy in a short Tara Jarmon outfit in April

Emilia Wickstead again for an elegant April reception

May: Short Topshop dress proves a wedding bloomer

Emilia Wickstead coat for a spring royal garden party

Emilia Wickstead again for an elegant April reception, left, a short Topshop dress proves a wedding bloomer and another Emilia Wickstead coat for a spring royal garden party

June: In the pink and elegant for Trooping the Colour

July 23: New mum Kate leaves hospital in Jenny Packham

June: In the pink and elegant for Trooping the Colour while new mum Kate leaves hospital in Jenny Packham

In fact, judging by the Duchess’s new love of top-end fashion, they’ll need every swanky label they can get their hands on.

Take her most recent public appearance before her happy news was announced. While she was happy to wear an ‘austerity’ mix of High Street and affordable designer labels for her first two pregnancies, this time Kate stepped out in £1,420 worth of silk poppy-print Prada.

One can only imagine the panic that outfit caused at the school gate.

Since her first pregnancy in 2012/13, the Duchess has worn an increasingly sophisticated maternity wardrobe.

As a first-time mother, she made the classic mistake of assuming that standard clothes, which looked fine in the first trimester, could cope with a burgeoning bump. Take that unfortunate £38 polka dot Topshop dress and a £17.50 ASOS wrap dress: both rode up too high, revealing more leg than was decorous.

By her second pregnancy in 2014/15, the Duchess had learned her lesson — binning the cheap, off-the-peg frocks and upgrading to purpose-made maternity dresses from the affordable UK label Seraphine.

Coats and sophisticated cover-ups for number two

Oct 2014: Striking in mint Jenny Packham gown

Autumn, and a tailored Katherine Hooker dress

Striking in mint Jenny Packham gown while later in Autmn she opted for a tailored Katherine Hooker dress

Jan 2015: A softly styled coat by Seraphine

Well wrapped for winter in Max Mara

March: Pink Alexander McQueen coat (again)

Jan 2015: A softly styled coat by Seraphine, left while Kate was well wrapped for winter in Max Mara, centre. She went for her Pink Alexander McQueen coat again in March

Stand-out Hobbs coat for spring art exhibition

Elegant bump in dark Beulah London coat

A stand-out Hobbs coat for a spring art exhibition while her bump looks elegant in a dark Beulah London coat

Catherine Walker coat for St Patrick’s Day

Statement fuchsia coat by Mulberry at eight months

Charlotte is born: Going home in Jenny Packham

A Catherine Walker coat for St Patrick’s Day, left,a statement fuchsia coat by Mulberry at eight months, centre and going home in Jenny Packham after Charlotte is born

It also helped that in much of the later stages of her second pregnancy, Kate was dressing for winter and could turn to cashmere and wool frock coats from Hobbs, Mulberry and another fashionable label, Goat — tailored enough to give her shape yet voluminous enough to cover her bump. For evening, she discovered the joys of an empire-line dress — in particular an ink-blue silk gown from Jenny Packham, which skimmed over her bump.

So what will the Duchess be wearing third time around? Her favourite designer, Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, has no doubt been beavering away on bespoke maternity pieces.

Ever since she designed the Duchess’s wedding dress, the pair have been as thick as thieves, creating an elegant wardrobe for many of Kate’s biggest events. It helps that last year Sarah gave birth to twins, so she intimately understands the sartorial issues that come with pregnancy.

We can also expect to see the Duchess recycling some of her more successful pregnancy pieces, from the fuchsia Mulberry coat to her pale pink Alexander McQueen. Expect also to see a flash of Emilia Wickstead, the Tatler crowd’s designer of choice, and British designer Erdem.

But judging from the Duchess’s recent appearance in Prada — one of the most expensive, high-fashion labels in Milan — we could also expect to see a smattering of international bombshell frocks.

And that will certainly be enough to make the ground shake in Battersea.

 

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Tommy Hilfiger Taps Shawn Yue as Men’s Ambassador in Asia

Actor Shawn Yue will appear as the first local brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger men’s wear in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan for fall 2017 and spring 2018.

The exclusive partnership reflects Hilfiger’s continued commitment to expand in Asia, its fastest-growing region. The campaign goes live Friday.

“We’ve seen exciting growth in both the overall business and brand awareness in China over the past few years. Our partnership with Shawn will solidify our position in the market and introduce our men’s wear business to a new consumer,” Tommy Hilfiger said Wednesday.

“He is at the center of pop culture in China, known for his incredible talent and is celebrated by young fashion followers across Asia for his cool, sophisticated style. He truly is a reflection of today’s Tommy Guy,” he added.

Asia is a key market for Hilfiger, which it entered in 2002 as one of the first premium designer brands. The company’s overall business in China, including e-commerce and stores, increased 14 percent in 2016. The brand has expanded its current store count to 357 from 100 stores in 2011. By year-end, Hilfiger expects to have 405 stores. Having launched e-commerce in China in 2012, Hilfiger became one of the first international brands to directly launch and operate e-commerce successfully in China. E-commerce sales rose by 49 percent in 2016.

Hilfiger’s brand awareness in China has grown from 35 percent in 2010 to more than 55 percent in 2016. In 2015, Hilfiger re-created its American football-inspired fashion show in Beijing, a first for the brand, when the company celebrated its 30th anniversary. Last fall, Hilfiger toured Shanghai with Gigi Hadid, which was the company’s most engaging celebrity campaign to date. Content trended on the Tmall homepage for 96 hours.

For fall, Hilfiger’s print and digital campaign featuring Yue was photographed by Lachlan Bailey. The lifestyle campaign includes videos where Yue applies his twist to Hilfiger’s classic American style through the lens of his many personal passions, from basketball and sports cars to acting and music. The campaign launch will include video, print, online and out-of-home media placements.

“Tommy Hilfiger’s cool American spirit and unexpected twists have always inspired me,” said Yue, praising “the brand’s unique campaigns and innovative experiences.”

Avery Baker, chief brand officer of Hilfiger, noted that Yue is extremely influential in China, especially with Millennials. “He’s incredibly talented as an actor and a musician, and a race car enthusiast. He has great style. He has a zest for life and has achieved a lot in his career,” she said. She described Yue’s role as “the face of the brand in China,” and said he was photographed wearing the global men’s collection.

“We really wanted to put the spotlight on the men’s business. We have a strong men’s wear business already to date, but wanted to use this opportunity to bring new fans to the brand and reach that Millennial customer,” Baker said.

The 35-year-old Yue has more than 13 million followers on Weibo and over three million on Instagram. He began his career as a model before garnering fame in Hong Kong cinema. He was awarded “Best Actor” at the South Korea Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008, and most recently starred in “Love Off the Cuff” and “The Tales of Wukong.” He ha also gained international fame for his music career, winning “Best New Male Artist” at the RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards in 2002.

In recent years, Hilfiger has had partnerships with Rafael Nadal (which just ended); Hadid (which runs through spring 2018), and DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers, who will appear in Hilfiger’s global campaign (including China) and will be attending the designer’s upcoming fashion show in London. Yue’s campaign is specific to China and “will be an extra level of investment,” Baker said.

Actor Shawn Yue will appear as the first local brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger men’s wear in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan for fall 2017 and spring 2018.

The exclusive partnership reflects Hilfiger’s continued commitment to expand in Asia, its fastest-growing region. The campaign goes live Friday.

“We’ve seen exciting growth in both the overall business and brand awareness in China over the past few years. Our partnership with Shawn will solidify our position in the market and introduce our men’s wear business to a new consumer,” Tommy Hilfiger said Wednesday.

“He is at the center of pop culture in China, known for his incredible talent and is celebrated by young fashion followers across Asia for his cool, sophisticated style. He truly is a reflection of today’s Tommy Guy,” he added.

Asia is a key market for Hilfiger, which it entered in 2002 as one of the first premium designer brands. The company’s overall business in China, including e-commerce and stores, increased 14 percent in 2016. The brand has expanded its current store count to 357 from 100 stores in 2011. By year-end, Hilfiger expects to have 405 stores. Having launched e-commerce in China in 2012, Hilfiger became one of the first international brands to directly launch and operate e-commerce successfully in China. E-commerce sales rose by 49 percent in 2016.

Hilfiger’s brand awareness in China has grown from 35 percent in 2010 to more than 55 percent in 2016. In 2015, Hilfiger re-created its American football-inspired fashion show in Beijing, a first for the brand, when the company celebrated its 30th anniversary. Last fall, Hilfiger toured Shanghai with Gigi Hadid, which was the company’s most engaging celebrity campaign to date. Content trended on the Tmall homepage for 96 hours.

For fall, Hilfiger’s print and digital campaign featuring Yue was photographed by Lachlan Bailey. The lifestyle campaign includes videos where Yue applies his twist to Hilfiger’s classic American style through the lens of his many personal passions, from basketball and sports cars to acting and music. The campaign launch will include video, print, online and out-of-home media placements.

“Tommy Hilfiger’s cool American spirit and unexpected twists have always inspired me,” said Yue, praising “the brand’s unique campaigns and innovative experiences.”

Avery Baker, chief brand officer of Hilfiger, noted that Yue is extremely influential in China, especially with Millennials. “He’s incredibly talented as an actor and a musician, and a race car enthusiast. He has great style. He has a zest for life and has achieved a lot in his career,” she said. She described Yue’s role as “the face of the brand in China,” and said he was photographed wearing the global men’s collection.

“We really wanted to put the spotlight on the men’s business. We have a strong men’s wear business already to date, but wanted to use this opportunity to bring new fans to the brand and reach that Millennial customer,” Baker said.

The 35-year-old Yue has more than 13 million followers on Weibo and over three million on Instagram. He began his career as a model before garnering fame in Hong Kong cinema. He was awarded “Best Actor” at the South Korea Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008, and most recently starred in “Love Off the Cuff” and “The Tales of Wukong.” He ha also gained international fame for his music career, winning “Best New Male Artist” at the RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards in 2002.

In recent years, Hilfiger has had partnerships with Rafael Nadal (which just ended); Hadid (which runs through spring 2018), and DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers, who will appear in Hilfiger’s global campaign (including China) and will be attending the designer’s upcoming fashion show in London. Yue’s campaign is specific to China and “will be an extra level of investment,” Baker said.

Actor Shawn Yue will appear as the first local brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger men’s wear in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan for fall 2017 and spring 2018.

The exclusive partnership reflects Hilfiger’s continued commitment to expand in Asia, its fastest-growing region. The campaign goes live Friday.

“We’ve seen exciting growth in both the overall business and brand awareness in China over the past few years. Our partnership with Shawn will solidify our position in the market and introduce our men’s wear business to a new consumer,” Tommy Hilfiger said Wednesday.

“He is at the center of pop culture in China, known for his incredible talent and is celebrated by young fashion followers across Asia for his cool, sophisticated style. He truly is a reflection of today’s Tommy Guy,” he added.

Asia is a key market for Hilfiger, which it entered in 2002 as one of the first premium designer brands. The company’s overall business in China, including e-commerce and stores, increased 14 percent in 2016. The brand has expanded its current store count to 357 from 100 stores in 2011. By year-end, Hilfiger expects to have 405 stores. Having launched e-commerce in China in 2012, Hilfiger became one of the first international brands to directly launch and operate e-commerce successfully in China. E-commerce sales rose by 49 percent in 2016.

Hilfiger’s brand awareness in China has grown from 35 percent in 2010 to more than 55 percent in 2016. In 2015, Hilfiger re-created its American football-inspired fashion show in Beijing, a first for the brand, when the company celebrated its 30th anniversary. Last fall, Hilfiger toured Shanghai with Gigi Hadid, which was the company’s most engaging celebrity campaign to date. Content trended on the Tmall homepage for 96 hours.

For fall, Hilfiger’s print and digital campaign featuring Yue was photographed by Lachlan Bailey. The lifestyle campaign includes videos where Yue applies his twist to Hilfiger’s classic American style through the lens of his many personal passions, from basketball and sports cars to acting and music. The campaign launch will include video, print, online and out-of-home media placements.

“Tommy Hilfiger’s cool American spirit and unexpected twists have always inspired me,” said Yue, praising “the brand’s unique campaigns and innovative experiences.”

Avery Baker, chief brand officer of Hilfiger, noted that Yue is extremely influential in China, especially with Millennials. “He’s incredibly talented as an actor and a musician, and a race car enthusiast. He has great style. He has a zest for life and has achieved a lot in his career,” she said. She described Yue’s role as “the face of the brand in China,” and said he was photographed wearing the global men’s collection.

“We really wanted to put the spotlight on the men’s business. We have a strong men’s wear business already to date, but wanted to use this opportunity to bring new fans to the brand and reach that Millennial customer,” Baker said.

The 35-year-old Yue has more than 13 million followers on Weibo and over three million on Instagram. He began his career as a model before garnering fame in Hong Kong cinema. He was awarded “Best Actor” at the South Korea Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008, and most recently starred in “Love Off the Cuff” and “The Tales of Wukong.” He ha also gained international fame for his music career, winning “Best New Male Artist” at the RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards in 2002.

In recent years, Hilfiger has had partnerships with Rafael Nadal (which just ended); Hadid (which runs through spring 2018), and DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers, who will appear in Hilfiger’s global campaign (including China) and will be attending the designer’s upcoming fashion show in London. Yue’s campaign is specific to China and “will be an extra level of investment,” Baker said.

Actor Shawn Yue will appear as the first local brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger men’s wear in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan for fall 2017 and spring 2018.

The exclusive partnership reflects Hilfiger’s continued commitment to expand in Asia, its fastest-growing region. The campaign goes live Friday.

“We’ve seen exciting growth in both the overall business and brand awareness in China over the past few years. Our partnership with Shawn will solidify our position in the market and introduce our men’s wear business to a new consumer,” Tommy Hilfiger said Wednesday.

“He is at the center of pop culture in China, known for his incredible talent and is celebrated by young fashion followers across Asia for his cool, sophisticated style. He truly is a reflection of today’s Tommy Guy,” he added.

Asia is a key market for Hilfiger, which it entered in 2002 as one of the first premium designer brands. The company’s overall business in China, including e-commerce and stores, increased 14 percent in 2016. The brand has expanded its current store count to 357 from 100 stores in 2011. By year-end, Hilfiger expects to have 405 stores. Having launched e-commerce in China in 2012, Hilfiger became one of the first international brands to directly launch and operate e-commerce successfully in China. E-commerce sales rose by 49 percent in 2016.

Hilfiger’s brand awareness in China has grown from 35 percent in 2010 to more than 55 percent in 2016. In 2015, Hilfiger re-created its American football-inspired fashion show in Beijing, a first for the brand, when the company celebrated its 30th anniversary. Last fall, Hilfiger toured Shanghai with Gigi Hadid, which was the company’s most engaging celebrity campaign to date. Content trended on the Tmall homepage for 96 hours.

For fall, Hilfiger’s print and digital campaign featuring Yue was photographed by Lachlan Bailey. The lifestyle campaign includes videos where Yue applies his twist to Hilfiger’s classic American style through the lens of his many personal passions, from basketball and sports cars to acting and music. The campaign launch will include video, print, online and out-of-home media placements.

“Tommy Hilfiger’s cool American spirit and unexpected twists have always inspired me,” said Yue, praising “the brand’s unique campaigns and innovative experiences.”

Avery Baker, chief brand officer of Hilfiger, noted that Yue is extremely influential in China, especially with Millennials. “He’s incredibly talented as an actor and a musician, and a race car enthusiast. He has great style. He has a zest for life and has achieved a lot in his career,” she said. She described Yue’s role as “the face of the brand in China,” and said he was photographed wearing the global men’s collection.

“We really wanted to put the spotlight on the men’s business. We have a strong men’s wear business already to date, but wanted to use this opportunity to bring new fans to the brand and reach that Millennial customer,” Baker said.

The 35-year-old Yue has more than 13 million followers on Weibo and over three million on Instagram. He began his career as a model before garnering fame in Hong Kong cinema. He was awarded “Best Actor” at the South Korea Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008, and most recently starred in “Love Off the Cuff” and “The Tales of Wukong.” He ha also gained international fame for his music career, winning “Best New Male Artist” at the RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards in 2002.

In recent years, Hilfiger has had partnerships with Rafael Nadal (which just ended); Hadid (which runs through spring 2018), and DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers, who will appear in Hilfiger’s global campaign (including China) and will be attending the designer’s upcoming fashion show in London. Yue’s campaign is specific to China and “will be an extra level of investment,” Baker said.

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Saint Louis Art Museum panel to discuss influence of hip-hop on fashion

Since the days when Run DMC rapped about their Adidas, hip-hop has featured consumer-driven brand ambassadors who specialized in “fresh” – the genre’s longstanding slang for stylishness.

Even before the rap trio proved that there was money to be made by linking up with the tastemakers to influence the trends, style has been as synonymous as the beats and rhymes since the genre’s inception.

Hip-hop has also had its share of unwitting (and unpaid) advertisers that helped shape the culture through clothing.

“Being in New York, the streets were like runways for all of the fashion brands,” Rapper Nas said in the Sacha Jenkins’ documentary “Fresh Dressed,” which chronicled the history of the intersection of hip-hop and fashion.

The genre itself has gone from what was expected to be a passing fad, to a global multi-billion-dollar industry – with a say on what its broad listener base thinks, speaks and dresses.

“Being fresh is more important than having money,” Kanye West also said in “Fresh Dressed.”

“The entire time I grew up, I only wanted money so I could be fresh.”

With their latest in the Conversation and Cocktails series, The Saint Louis Art Museum will explore how hip-hop became a fashion force next Friday (September 1) with the panel discussion “Hip Hop and Fashion: From the Streets to the Runway,” at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The discussion, a part of the museum’s Conversation and Cocktails series, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015,” which is on view through Sept. 17.

Rikki Byrd and Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. will discuss the evolution of hip-hop culture and its impact on fashion, art and ideas of black masculinity.

Byrd, a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, is co-editor of the Fashion and Race Syllabus. Her research interests include Black studies, fashion history and cultural studies. McCune is the author of “Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing,” and he has been featured on the webcast and the television program “Bill Nye Saves the World.” He is an associate professor of African and African-American studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

The panel will also feature Genevieve Cortinovis, the museum’s assistant curator of decorative arts and design and the co-curator of the St. Louis presentation of “Reigning Men.”

Much like the music saturated mainstream popular culture, so went hip-hop in the fashion industry. Stars endorsed their favorite brands. Designers like Karl Kani and Daymond John of FUBU created clothes specifically for the hip-hop community.

Some elite moguls – like Russell Simmons and Sean “Diddy” Combs created their own fashion empires. Simmons’ then-wife Kimora Lee Simmons, a St. Louis native, created the Baby Phat that was the women’s wear response to Russell’s Phat Farm. Rap star Nelly was also in the mix for a while with his Vokal Clothing and Apple Bottoms brands. Kimora Lee Simmons and Nelly enjoyed solid runs considering the “here today, gone later today” pace of trends and fads within the genre – both in the music and beyond.

And while fads have come and gone (Encye, Cross Colours, Rocca Wear to name a few) and the styles are constantly evolving, hip-hop’s overall place in fashion is permanent.

Combs’ proved this nearly 15 years ago when won Council of Fashion Designers of America award for men’s wear designer of the year in 2004.

“For Sean John, if Ralph (Lauren) was doing it, we wanted to do just as good or even better,” Combs said in “Fresh Dressed.”

A rapidly evolving machine, the looks of hip-hop fashion looks as differently today as the music sounds when compared to its origins. Since it was birthed in the Bronx nearly 45 years ago, the ebb and flow of hip-hop and fashion continues. The music inspires the style and the style influences the sound. The lone prerequisite for those who partake is that they keep it fresh.

And the only thing that can be said with certainty as far as what to expect with respect hip-hop-related fashion is that it’s here to stay.

The pop stars who have conquered the fashion world

Pop stars have always been clothes horses for fashion designers – but more and more of them are turning to designing themselves.

So far this year, Skepta has released his debut fashion range and Zayn Malik’s Versace Versus collection was unveiled.

They join a list of musicians-turned-designers that already includes names like Victoria Beckham, Kanye West and Rihanna.

But how easy is it for a pop star to become a successful designer in a world where, traditionally, you had to cut your teeth in the trade before your designs would hit the catwalk?


1. Victoria Beckham

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Image captionVictoria Beckham has left her Spice Girls past behind

Say goodbye to the artist formerly known as Posh Spice, and instead say hello to top British fashion designer Victoria Beckham.

The former Spice Girl launched her first fashion range back in 2008, and it’s fair to say there was a bit of sniggering and some raised eyebrows.

But her first collection – a modest one containing just 10 dresses – went down a storm with critics.

Nicole Phelps wrote in Vogue: “The woman formerly known as Posh Spice has launched a dress collection, and, believe it or not, it’s one of the hottest things going in New York this week.”

And since then, Mrs Beckham has gone from strength to strength.

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Image captionVictoria Beckham is in with the fash pack – here she’s pictured with Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of US Vogue

“With Victoria Beckham, everyone wanted to hate her and put her down and she learnt from the beginning how to do everything from scratch – now, she might not be able to pattern-cut but does that really matter?” says Glamour’s fashion director Natalie Hartley.

“Beckham is getting respect because right at the beginning, she really put her neck on the line. I remember the early days when she would do her shows in New York, she would talk you through the collections herself and she became very friendly with the editors. It was a very clever move.

“People felt like they got to know her and she would remember you every season… she was actually very personable and I think that won them over.”

VB has won several prestigious awards including two best brand accolades at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 and 2014.

As well as her own collections, she’s collaborated with US high street brand Target, which includes clothes in larger sizes and is affordable for the majority of us who can’t afford designer prices.

She once said: “I want a woman to look and feel like the best version of herself.”


2. Kanye West

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Image captionWest brings on the bling for the Met Ball

Kanye is just one of a number of US music stars to have made the foray into fashion – honourable mentions also go to Jay Z and Pharrell.

Kim Kardashian’s husband first dipped his toe into the fashion world back in 2009 with a Nike collaboration – step forward the Air Yeezys – before further shoe lines followed with designer labels including Luis Vuitton.

To prove he was taking fashion seriously, West completed an internship with Fendi the same year.

An original pair of 2009 Air Yeezys is currently on offer on eBay for an eye-watering $1,349.99 (£1,055).

In 2011, the rapper debuted DW Kanye West, his women’s fashion label, at Paris Fashion Week.

But it’s fair to say it didn’t go down too well with the fashion pack.

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Image captionWest gets fully involved in his fashion shows

The Daily Telegraph‘s Lisa Armstrong summed it up as a “stupendously vacuous enterprise”.

And the New York Times’ Suzy Menkes wrote: “His collection of sexpot low-bodice dresses and skintight pants, decked out with heaps of ginger fur, did not inspire the fashion crowd to tell him to give up his day job.”

Ouch.

On the plus side, Style.com did blog that it was “a work in progress”.

Ever the optimist, Kanye got back in the saddle quickly and his second line, launched in 2012, was largely well received.

He has since gone on to produce five seasons of his Yeezy clothing line plus a trainer collaboration with Adidas.

“I am actually a fan of Kanye’s Yeezy collections,” Natalie Hartley says. “I love sportswear and think he has done a great job making simple, modern sportswear. He has also grafted to learn the ropes, he is passionate about fashion, and who can knock that?”


3. Gwen Stefani

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Image captionGwen took some time out for her children

The No Doubt singer first stepped into the fashion foray with the launch of her label L.A.M.B in 2004. The name is an acronym of her debut solo album Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

She has frequently shown her collections during New York Fashion Week and has attracted largely positive reviews.

On the label’s Facebook page, L.A.M.B is described as “a playful juxtaposition between classic Hollywood movie star glamour and more modern and casual street influences. L.A.M.B. is always a mixture of vintage inspiration mashed up with modern and futuristic elements”.

It’s certainly been a commercial success for the singer, raking in millions of dollars a year, which has allowed her to expand her fashion empire to include labels Harajuku Lovers (inspired by Japanese street style) and Design With Purpose (her eco-friendly line designed with Seven for all Mankind founder Michael Glasser).

While Natalie Hartley says she’s “personally not hugely in to [Gwen’s] style”, she credits her for sticking to her own instincts and “her fan base are up for dressing just like her”.

Stefani took a break from New York Fashion Week a while ago, explaining that “the only reason I haven’t [been] lately is because it falls when my kids go back to school and I was like, ‘Oh, I guess I will go to NYFW and miss my kid’s first day of kindergarten.’ No.”

But never fear fashion fans, Gwen has been back showing off her wares on the runway again. Hoorah for childcare!


4. Rihanna

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Image captionRihanna hits the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

RiRi has proved to be a designer’s dream over the last few years, gracing red carpets in the likes of Stella McCartney, Chanel, Prada and Giambattista Valli.

But she’s not just a clothes horse – she has been designing clothing for several years now across various different brands.

Her fashion credits include underwear, denim and T-shirts for Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear plus a high street collection for River Island.

Natalie explains that there’s an authenticity about Rihanna’s fashion credentials: “Rihanna does stuff that’s true to her. She wouldn’t put anything together she would never wear herself.”

Being named creative director of Puma in 2014, which entails overseeing the direction of the womenswear collection, was a big moment for the star.

She’s gone on to have huge success with her Puma trainer line, including her creeper-style trainers and furry sliders.

Other recent collaborations include an all-denim collection with shoe god Manolo Blahnik (including thigh-high boots) and a range of sunglasses for Dior.

Not content with clothes and shoes, RiRi also has several perfumes to her name – including Kiss and Crush – and a jewellery line with Chopard.


5. Tinie Tempah

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Image captionTinie Tempah is a regular at the top fashion shows

The south London rapper first cut his fashion teeth not long after he scored his first number one with his debut single Pass Out back in 2010.

His label Disturbing London is very much based on his own style – street mixed with high fashion.

Consistently listed as one of Britain’s best-dressed men, Tinie launched his What We Wear line earlier this year.

Natalie says: “Tinie Tempah’s whole stance is sustainability and recycling materials. He obviously has a passion about that and that’s what he wants to put out.”

Speaking about his decision to go into fashion, the man himself told Reuters: “To be honest I got a little bit bored of people just saying I was really stylish just for wearing other people’s clothes,”

“After a while I feel like people start to put more of the emphasis on the clothes than the actual person…I started to feel like I was a bit of a walking mannequin.”

He’s also said he’d be up for designing a women’s collection at some point.

“Regardless of what you’re wearing, confidence is key. You can pretty much wear anything as long as you’re confident enough to wear it. Fashion and style are two different things – you can wear the same things,” he once told GQ.

 

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Gucci’s Star Trek-inspired fashion is sexy, sci-fi heaven

Coco Chanel used to say, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

But if you’re Gucci? Add some space monsters, throw in a few robots and beam everything away on a teleporter, dammit!

The iconic fashion house has released its Fall/Winter 2017 fashion campaign and it’s a match made in ’60s Star Trek heaven. The design house began teasing the Gucci and Beyond campaign on its Instagram yesterday, slowly revealing images of UFOs, glittered space rocks and sexy, sexy aliens in bedazzled eyeglasses. (This season’s trend? Blue skin set off with a glossy red lip. A look that goes from office to Mars with ease.)

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While Chanel held its latest runway show in a fake data centre, photographer and filmmaker Glen Luchford (who shot the campaign) has gone back in time to recreate vintage sci-fi in all its low-tech, sepia-toned glory.

It’s not farshun, darling. It’s Martian.

 

 

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Melania Trump continues fashion tour de force at Eiffel Tower dinner

After earning praise for her elegance and knowledge of French style, Melania Trump continued her fashion tour de force in a custom Hervé Pierre dress for dinner at the Eiffel Tower.

The first lady joined her French counterpart, Brigitte Macron, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron for a cozy meal at the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Parisian landmark Thursday, showing her earlier outfit was not a one-off.

The slim-fit, knee-length dress tastefully highlighted the national colors for the two countries  — a fitting salute to France on the eve of Bastille Day, a national holiday akin to the 4th of July. And its made it all the more diplomatic when taking into account Pierre’s French heritage and recently-earned American citizenship.

The designer and stylist behind her inaugural gown also picked out her red Dior suit from earlier in the day, a lovely nod to the 70th anniversary of the famous fashion house.

Brigitte Macron, for her part, wore another French designer, in the form of a Louis Vuitton mini-dress.

 

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