Korean K-fashion dreams of emulating K-pop on the catwalk

by Anne-Laure Mondesert Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — With insults being traded almost daily between Washington and Pyongyang, Koreans could be forgiven for feeling they are dancing on the edge of a geo-political volcano these days. Yet South Korea could not be more hip. The political tension on the peninsula has done nothing to dull the huge international success of South Korean K-pop singers who dominate the charts in much of Asia and beyond. […]

Dolce & Gabbana’s queen of hearts and vegetables take center stage in Milan

MILAN, Italy (Reuters) — Dolce & Gabbana, Italian fashion’s most famous duo, played their trump card on Sunday (September 24) with their Spring/Summer 2018 collection themed around the queen of hearts in one of the final shows at Milan’s Fashion Week. Wearing glittered, embroidered or chiffon dresses, with eye-catching crowns on their heads or red roses in their hair, Dolce & Gabbana’s queens of hearts came in all colours, shapes and textures. Models opened the […]

Innovation and style shine at London Design Festival

LONDON, England (Reuters) — Innovative design and sustainable products are some of the styles dominating this year’s London Design Festival, as designers from around the world showcase some of their most innovative and ambitious projects. The festival, which was established in 2003, is made up of hundreds of events and exhibitions scattered across the British capital, including at the iconic Victoria & Albert Museum and Somerset House. As part of the program, a special show […]

Tommy Hilfiger ‘Rock Circus’ closes London Fashion Week

by Edouard Guihaire Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Designer Tommy Hilfiger closed London Fashion Week on Tuesday with a “Rock Circus” night marking his first catwalk show outside the United States. The much-anticipated showcase of Hilfiger’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection brought a touch of sportswear chic to Fashion Week, closing the five-day event with a high-profile bang. The 66-year-old American designer, king of a fashion empire that last year saw sales of $6.6 billion, […]

Carolina Herrera gets playful with color for Spring 2018

NEW YORK CITY, USA (Reuters) — Fashion designer Carolina Herrera, known for her timeless designs, debuted an electric, multi-color Spring 2018 collection at the Museum of Modern Art’s Sculpture Garden for New York Fashion Week on Monday (September 11). Herrera, who has dressed five first ladies, stayed true to her glamorous and feminine silhouettes, bright hues of red, iris and yellow added a playful twist to the veteran designer’s latest collection who called it a […]

Lebanon hair salon uses chocolate to treat hair

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) — An unusual new hair treatment is being used in a Lebanon hair salon in an attempt to move away from chemical masks. At the Abed & Samer beauty salon in Beirut, hairdressers are applying chocolate to renew damaged hair. “A woman would come from the beach with her hair damaged, we tried to come up with a treatment with no chemicals and we found out chocolate is very good. It covers […]

US retailer Michael Kors to buy luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion

LONDON, United Kingdom (Reuters) — United States retailer Michael Kors has agreed to buy luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion, snapping up a British brand launched in the east end of London and made famous by celebrity fans including Princess Diana. Founded in the 1990s by shoemaker Jimmy Choo, the brand is known for its stiletto heals and accessories and sells in cities from London to Paris, New York and Tokyo. It put itself […]

South Korean grandmother become Youtube sensation for her makeup videos

SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) — The granddaughter of Park Mak-rye, 70, now South Korea’s YouTube sensation, first uploaded videos of her five months ago on YouTube to help her preserve her memory in case she contracted dementia, which runs in the family. But they soon exploded in popularity amongst South Koreans in their 20s and 30s who are lapping up Park’s videos of her doing makeup, recreating looks of famous celebrities as well as travelling […]

Lagerfeld presents haute couture Chanel show

PARIS, France (AFP) — They call him the “kaiser,” and Karl Lagerfeld came as close as you can come to being crowned king of Paris on Tuesday when the French capital awarded the fashion designer its highest honor. The 83-year-old was given the Grand Vermeil medal by mayor Anne Hidalgo, who called the legendary German-born creator “an immense talent and a wonderful person.” “Paris loves you — you are Paris,” she told him under a […]

Custom-made clothes for all within reach says top designer

by Fiachra Gibbons Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato claimed Wednesday that he has cracked a digital technique which could revolutionize fashion with mass made-to-measure clothes. “We can design every type and shape of garment to be a precise fit to the wearer’s figure,” he told AFP after showing his digitally created haute couture collection in Paris. The 31-year-old wunderkind has been working for six months on a new 3D clothes-making […]

Jinkee Pacquiao and walking on the streets of Australia in style

(Eagle News) — She walked down the streets like she was a model. While the Filipino boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao was busy preparing for his upcoming bout against Jeff Horn on July 2, his wife Jinkee appeared to have already nailed a modeling competition as she walked down the streets of Australia ┬áin high fashion and style. Jinkee Pacquiao’s OOTD (outfits of the day) posted on her Instagram account instantly became blockbusters as netizens showered […]

‘Smart’ denim promises touchscreen tech clothes

by Anne-Laure Mondesert Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — A young man in a white T-shirt pulls on a dark blue denim trucker jacket, tucks his smartphone in an inside pocket and puts in-ear headphones in his right ear. He mounts a fixed-gear bike with flat, slightly curved wide handlebars. Riding through the streets of San Francisco, he occasionally taps or swipes his right hand over the left cuff of his jacket, as the […]