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Libertine shows us dramatic ways to do black at New York Style Week

How many ways can black be done? The little black dress has been reinterpreted more times than anyone can count throughout the course of fashion history. Black is a standard staple for everyone between the little black dress, a black shirt, black shoes, black sweater, etc.

Libertine shows us dramatic ways to do black at New York Style Week

Libertine's designer Johnson Hartig used his fall/winter 2018 runway show to show us how many ways black can be reinterpreted from sequins to patches and the whole nine yards. His opening look was a heavily sequin embellished black coat with a sheer dress underneath and heavily embroidered sleeves. This wasn't your average black coat outfit pairing for winter, but, rather, a way to make a statement and elevate the mundane.

Libertine shows us dramatic ways to do black at New York Style Week

Patchwork played a major role in this collection for reinterpreting typical neutral colored wear. A patchwork black dress with rainbow fringe sweaters further emphasized Hartig's to amp up the dramatics from a black canvas. Hartig wasn't afraid of using color as his base for his eclectic, colorful, shocking designers either.

A belted floral print dress coat with matching pants was, to put it quite simply, not your everyday formal ensemble. A bright yellow maxi dress featured an all over print of different types of bottles. The everyday can be inspiration for the absurd, yet fashionable.

Libertine shows us dramatic ways to do black at New York Style Week

As usual, Libertine's collection was free spirited, and if there was a message here it would be to paint your life as you want it. Hartig's essence of eccentricity radiated well, keeping his fan base happy.

photo credit: Mitchell Sams
London getting behind London Style Week

This Friday, February 16, sees the start of London Style Week, and as we’ve seen over the years, fashion week is now much more than just designer catwalk shows and presentations, shops, cafe’s and hotels, as well as mainstream brands, want to get in on the action, and Yankeemagazines has all the details so you can get involved.

Mulberry Beyond Heritage

To celebrate the launch of the Mulberry’s spring/summer 2018 collection showing on Friday during London Style Week, the British fashion house is taking over eighteenth-century Spencer House in London to host 'Beyond Heritage’, which will showcase the new collection, alongside events including skilled leather artisans demonstrate their craftsmanship as they make some of the brand’s most iconic bags.

There are also workshops exploring the brand’s leathers and the intricate processes behind bringing a Mulberry bag to life, with a focus around key styles from this season’s new collections, as well as a talk with creative director Johnny Coca about the new season line, and seminars on how to style the new collection and a look at Mulberry’s collaboration with milliner Noel Steward.

Mulberry creative director, Johnny Coca, said: “Spencer House is a beautiful eighteenth century gem in the heart of London - a former private residence that artisans have painstakingly restored to its original splendour. We are looking forward to creating a different visual experience at the house by showcasing the collection and hosting talks with modern artisans.”

The Beyond Heritage event will be open from February 17-18 and will also include a Mulberry pop-up selling the brand’s spring/summer 2018 collection, as well as a Palm Room tea house.

London getting behind London Style Week

Converse One Star Hotel

American trainers brand Converse is opening a two-day pop-up One Star Hotel in Shoreditch featuring rooms curated by music artists A$AP Nast, Yung Lean & MadeMe.

On the hotel’s website, it promises “loud neighbours and zero sleep”, as well as “staff with attitude, all nighters in shoebox rooms,” the “freshest sneakers as standard” and “queues around the block for the gift shop”.

Open from February 16 to 17, the pop-up will also showcase exclusive One Star merchandise from the spring 2018 collection, never-before-released and re-released versions of Converse’s most coveted One Stars collaborations and a schedule of music and fashion events, including hosting Mimi Wade's autumn/winter 2018 presentation, sets from the likes of A$AP Nast and Skinny Macho, or screen printing with Liam Hodges.

The One Star Hotel is located at 155 New N Rd Hoxton, London N1 6TA and will be open from 12 – 6pm and 8pm – Late.

London getting behind London Style Week

Anya Hindmarch’s Love Letter to London

While Anya Hindmarch might not be showing on-schedule this season during London Style Week, the designer has instead sent a love letter to London in the form of giant chubby heart balloons, created in partnership with the Mayor of London, the City of Westminster and the British Style Council.

The balloons, inspired by the designer’s spring/summer 2018 collection, first appeared on Valentine’s Day in the city, and are being placed over and in London’s famous landmarks. They will appear in 29 different locations every day for a week, including 180 The Strand, Battersea Power Station, Covent Garden, Granary Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Serpentine Gallery, Somerset House, The Dorchester, The Ritz London and Westfield Shopping Centre.

Commenting on the installation, Anya Hindmarch said: "The idea for this project came to me whilst sitting in a packed Royal Festival Hall. I was in awe of the resilience of Londoners and its visitors.

"Tying giant helium-filled chubby hearts onto buildings all over the city is simply a 'surprise love letter to London' as a tribute to its strength and to celebrate our amazing creative city.”

For a map of the chubby heart locations visit chubbyhearts.com, the hearts will be displayed until February 20.

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Café Belvedere

Belvedere will be hosting an intimate drop in Café during London Style Week, until Sunday, February 18, offering a punchy martini to perk up the fashion crowd, the Belvedere Espress, which is the fastest ever espresso martini served from a vintage-inspired syphon. Café Belvedere will also serve three beautiful interpretations created by Martin Hudak of The Savoy, all focusing on the power of coffee and Belvedere vodka.

Located at 15 Bateman St, London, W1D 3AQ, the Café is open from 1pm to 10:30pm, February 15-18.

Prêt-à-Portea

The Berkeley hotel offers a fashion-inspired afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, where the cakes get a couture makeover every six months to reflect the latest catwalk trends, colours and designs created by its head pastry chef Mourad Khiat. For autumn/winter 2017, the hotel’s Prêt-à-Portea collection of biscuits, bakes and fancies includes an Anya Hindmarch inspired bag cake, a Bottega Veneta yellow outfit and a Gianvito Rossi red boot biscuit.

London getting behind London Style Week

Style Space Gallery - Super Sharp

The Style Space Gallery at London College of Style is hosting an exhibition exploring the appropriation of Italian designer brands such as Versace, Moschino, Iceberg and D&G in the underground music scenes of Jungle and UK Garage in the nineties. The exhibition draws from an extensive archive amassed by DJ and producer Saul Milton, which also forms the core of the wider series of exhibitions Rtrn II Jungle. By combining the music, testimonials and the original garments, the exhibition reveals why high-end Italian labels were so important to the cultural and style history of both genres.

Super Sharp takes place at Style Space Gallery, London College of Style, 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ until April 21.

London getting behind London Style Week

Browns East: Pop Shop Balloons

Browns East is to host an eccentric installation featuring balloons, where shoppers will be able to purchase a helium-inflated balloon to take away with them, or place an order for delivery with the help of their in-store ambassadors.

He.She.They

London’s new enfant terrible, He.She.They., will be casting it's weird and wonderful control over all 4 rooms at Ministry of Sound on February 24 in an evening that will merge the worlds of fashion, music and art. The event will be headlined by Maya Jane Coles who recently released her award-winning sophomore album ‘Take Flight’. She will be joined by Dj turned designer Ellen Allien, Satoshi Tomiie, Wings/Warboy B2B, Scratcha DVA, Mickey Pearce, Maze and Masters, The Menendez Brothers and Barely Legal amongst others.

London Style Week runs from February 16 to February 20.

Main image: courtesy of London Style Week/British Style Council

Dennis Basso celebrates 35 years of the Basso woman

Anniversary marks always make for a great celebration at New York Style Week. This fall/winter 2018 at New York Style Week, designer Dennis Basso celebrated his 35 year anniversary with a collection he designed with every type of Basso woman in mind. While his customer was once just the quintessential upper east side lady, today's Basso woman is also found in SoHo, Chelsea, London, skiing in the mountains and dancing black tie at any glamorous city around the world. Of course she also loves fur, don't forget the fur.

The opening look was a barguzin, golden and grey sable coat paired with a black hologram shirt and grey sequin stripe pants. This was a look for more of the high-fashion party girl ready to jet set around the world. It was a fitting introduction as Basso prepared to take us around the world with all 70 looks from this season's collection.

Dennis Basso celebrates 35 years of the Basso woman

Dennis Basso celebrates every kind of Basso woman at NYFW

A midnight denim embroidered shirt and camel/red leather skirt was very downtown chic and fashion girl on travel. It also let us know that Basso is beginning to design for a younger generation. One of the most delicate balancing acts for a designer is how to keep the traditional customer happy while appealing to the new one, something Basso proved he has the skill to do. After a series of embroidered pants and crepe trousers, the designer sent a honey embroidered gown down the runway.

He not only knows how to do the casual, but he's still a master of evening wear as well. From embroidery to fur trims, Basso knows how to do it all. A grey celestial embroidered gown had that perfect princess touch worthy of the red carpet and a black hologram dress was worthy of the gala's that many of Basso's clientele frequent.

With this collection Basso proved he's learned how eclectic his clientele has become. As a designer, he's learn to diversify his aesthetic, making it no secret how he's survived 35 years in an industry where designers are often in and out.

photos credit Catwalkpictures
Asos launches in-house active wear range 'Asos 4505'

London - Leading online fashion retailer Asos has launched its debut in-house activewear range, Asos 4505.

The new collection launch follows on from the recent Asos activewear campaign, 'More reasons to move,' as the British etailer aims to empower their target consumer group by offering them affordable and functional sportswear.

The debut range features more than 100 styles of high-quality performance wear for men and women, inspired by the latest trends. Asos 4505 offers apparel for a number of sports, including skiing and snowboarding, running, yoga, training and more.

Asos launches in-house active wear range 'Asos 4505'

Asos 4505 was developed by Asos in-house design them and aims to explore the boundaries between sport and daily life. The design team selected key prints and colours from leading trends and combined them with seasonless technology to ensure consumers have the best workout wear.

Prices for the debut collection range from 10 pounds for training shorts for women and go up to 100 pounds for a women's wear Ski jumpsuit. The collection is currently available online for sale.

Photos: Asos 4505

Q&A with Amanda Rabor, founder of Mini Mode, London's first kids Style Week

LFW INTERVIEW London - Mini Mode, London's premier kid's fashion week, is set to host its first edition during London Style Week AW18. Taking place on Friday 16, at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone, the new platform was created to showcase the best of children's fashion during fashion week. Founded by Amanda Rabor, founder of Isossy Children, a global children's wear brand, in collaboration with a network of creative, influencers, experts and designers, the platform aims to establish a new and consistent platform for the children's fashion market.

For its first event, Mini Mode is set to showcase a range of emerging designers and established childrenswear designers, including Lady V Couture, Infantium Victoria, Rebel Republic, Daniele Alessandrini Kids, Isossy Children, Amelie et Sophie, LOUD Apparel, The Bonnie Mob and Sproet and Sprout. Ahead of Mini Mode's debut edition, Yankeemagazines took a moment to speak with its founder Amanda Rabor, to learn more about the event, her hopes for Mini Mode and how she aims to expand the platform in the future.

Q&A with Amanda Rabor, founder of Mini Mode, London's first kids Style Week

Yankeemagazines: Where did the idea to create Mini Mode first come from?

Amanda Rabor:“The idea to launch Mini Mode came from my years of doing shows in the States. Last year I hosted my first London Style Week show, which was different than New York Style Week because I showed with other brands, but good. When I showed at London Style Week, I showed my collections alongside adult fashion brands and I realized that there was nothing a bit glamorous just for children - and I wanted that in the UK market. In New York, I hosted a standalone show for my brand, which was fantastic, but then you are able to see the gaps. So I thought to myself, well I have a lot of business from the US, a lot of business connections and I know a lot of models - I am based in London and I want to build a platform to create more opportunities for childrenswear brands in the UK.”

“After hosting my own shows, I thought ok you need to try and collaborate with some other people and create this platform for childrenswear with other people. But what ended up happening is that I ended up taking charge by myself to make the event happen. But once I made that decision to take charge, it all fell into place. We have some great collaborators, and contributors and global supporters as well as media partners so it all worked out.”

How did people respond to your idea to launch Mini Mode?

AR: “Since we announced the first edition of Mini Mode people have been very supportive of it. They feel like this is the time to have something dedicated to childrenswear in London, to launch a platform for children, fashion, designers, that whole market, the time is ripe. This has been building over the last months, and I feel like social media is responsible for the amplified desire for such an event. Thanks to social media, people can see what is going on in fashion in the States, in Florence, in China - they are seeing all these shows and events. When you are a childrenswear designer and you see a lack of these types of opportunities in your country it makes you want something to showcase your work as well. Children models as well and consumers, they want to be seen and acknowledged by the industry.”

Q&A with Amanda Rabor, founder of Mini Mode, London's first kids Style Week

What makes Mini Mode unique to other children's fashion shows in London?

AR:“What we decided to do is to create two shows - an industry show and a consumer show. They are both quite different, but they target two different markets while giving designers the best of both worlds. The industry show is focused at traditional industry people, we have buyers coming down, designers, media, all the people who are linked to the fashion industry. That show will focus more on fashion, as well as little bit of little relief in between, in a traditional catwalk show format focusing on fall/ winter 2018-2019 collections. Then we have the consumer show, which will have children of all ages in. It will be open to families and we will have a number of bloggers coming by as well. This show is really for the kids, as it is also taking place during half term, so parents are urged to bring them. The consumer show will also be see-now, buy-now, so people can see the collections on the runway and go out to buy them straight away, online if they like. That is the main difference between the two shows.”

What type of children's wear designers will be showing at Mini Mode? Why?

AR:“We have 10 designers showing as we wanted to have an elective mix, but also make sure that we covered all genres of fashion. We categorized it so we have emerging designers, we have occasionwear, independent, athleisure, sustainable and ethical designers, so it is organized but also cohesive. You are not going to get just one type of look, you are going to see a broad spectrum of what is out there - from very classic to very streetwear-influenced. When I look at the market, I want to see a range of what is out there. I do not want to limit Mini Mode to being about one type of designer, not at all. I want to have high street designers showcasing with us as well as independent brands because I want to break down that barrier in childrenswear."

"Especially in the consumer show, because that show is all about them and their needs. So we can promote small and big brands there because that is what the consumer wants. When you look at how the market is changing, take New York Style Week, for example, it is going through a number of changes, people are realizing more and more you have to reach out and include the consumer now. Style cannot be as elitist as it has been in the past. It needs to be accessible as social media is changing the way people see and consume fashion. So that is why Mini Mode is open to all types of childrenswear designers and brands. But Mini Mode will have a name like London Style Week has a name, which is why the designers showing are good designers, they are fashion people and they reflected creativity.”

Q&A with Amanda Rabor, founder of Mini Mode, London's first kids Style Week

Why did you decided to host the first edition of Mini Mode during London Style Week?

AR: “London Style Week is a big deal to me, and to host Mini Mode during London Style Week makes us feel like we are a part of the bigger industry. It is an iconic event, and even if we can’t be as big as LFW, we can host the event during a time when fashion is a big focus in London. I think the dates work really well, as it is children’s half-term vacation, and I wanted to do it on a weekday as well because I thought it would better for the industry. Moving forward, I am not 100 percent sure when the next event will be - if it will be during half-term again or not - but on the whole, I like the London Style Week calendar it works with the rest of the industry calendar as well.”

What do you hope to achieve with Mini Mode's first event?

AR: “I hope to have a good show. I want to show that we are here to stay and that there is real potential for everyone at Mini Mode. I want to show people that we know what we are doing and celebrate our uniqueness. It is not going to be like anything else in the world. We have a lot of surprises for everyone and everything in the show will have that London edge to it. I think what I expect is excellence, I expect to have a fantastic show, it is going to look great and people will be well treated and accommodated.”

Do you have any future plans for Mini Mode?

AR: "Moving forward we will probably need a bigger venue as in the future I would like to add more events, such as workshops for parents and kids, as we are all about empowering families and I want to bring these elements into the event. I also want to expand the event to span over two days, rather than one."

"I’d also like to offer brands stand alone shows, like London Style Week, but just for kids. So let’s say a high street brand wants to host their own show for their own collection, I want to be able to provide that. Or an independent brand who wants to show with other designers, I want to offer that as well with workshops and other events in between the shows. So we could offer workshops on how to build your brand, or how to boost your self-esteem for parents that visitors can book in advance and offer that extra to the industry. That is definitely the bigger picture for Mini Mode for now.”

Photos: Courtesy of Mini Mode, Nadja and Lady V Couture

Top 10 trends at NY Style Week

New York Style Week wrapped Wednesday with more departures in the offing, a striking taste for demure hemlines and empowerment dressing for women in a post Harvey Weinstein, MeToo world. As the global style bandwagon shifts to Europe, with London Style Week kicking off on Thursday before moving onto Milan and Paris, here are 10 top trends New York offered this season:

Au revoir

New York has suffered from a brain drain for several seasons and there were more goodbyes this week. Carolina Herrera, 79, gave her final bow as creative director of her four-decade-old eponymous label. Canadian whizz kid Jason Wu is leaving Hugo Boss to concentrate on his own collection. Victoria Beckham and Jenny Packham are both relocating to London next season to celebrate their 10th and 30th anniversaries.

Top 10 trends at NY Style Week

Back to black

A staple through the ages, black is definitely back -- especially for evening in an awards season where the color has been appropriated on the red carpet to protest against sexual harassment in the workplace. For black dresses, black pants and black jackets look no further than Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Tadashi Shoji or Christian Siriano.

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Diane von Furstenberg told journalists at her label's presentation: "I am personally more committed than ever to the empowerment of women." Eight models took part in a #MeToo show, narrating their stories of harassment from the runway in order to raise awareness.

Suits you

There were more sartorial nods to the mood of the time: Tom Ford's woman was all cat-suited superwoman in leggings and pant suits, with barely a skirt in sight and "Pussy Power" purses. Ralph Lauren sent out a white pant suit, an attire that has been favored by Hillary Clinton and women at the Grammy's, even Melania Trump, although the jury's out on why. There were leggings from Philipp Plein and boxy 1980s yuppy-style suiting from Marc Jacobs.

Top 10 trends at NY Style Week

Modesty's a virtue

The high-end fashion customer spans all markets and sensibilities. The vast majority of Calvin Klein's nuclear winter style collection, with long skirts, necks and hair covered, bodies sheathed in baggy clothes could have been worn by religiously observant Muslim or Jewish women. Jenny Packham unveiled capes to accessorize strappy dresses. Ralph Lauren's colorful cocktail dresses were high necked with sleeves. "An awful lot of women that buy our dresses struggle, they don't like the top of their arms showing," Packham told AFP. "You can have a bit more fun with that because it's an accessory."

Hear me roar

Animal print was everywhere. From Tom Ford's loud jaguar print pant suits, to luxury Italian label Bottega Veneta, to up-and-coming diversity champion Christian Siriano and even Victoria Beckham.

Top 10 trends at NY Style Week

Woman for all seasons

The runway customer is wealthy, jet set and increasingly may not even live in New York, or Paris or anywhere else chilly in the winter. So it was layers all the way as at Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham, perfect for their loyal customers in the Far East. Bottega Veneta offered shorts for fall.

Belt up

There was a new focus on belts, such as at Adam Selman. Marc Jacobs cinched his waist with extravagant leather sashes. Belts were the star of the farewell parade in tribute to Carolina Herrera's signature look.

Top 10 trends at NY Style Week

Dreamer

It is a word much in collective US discourse to denote children brought to the US by their parents now threatened with deportation unless Congress can reach a last-minute deal. Colombian-born Esteban Cortazar, who returned to New York after 12 years in Paris and whose clothes have been worn by Melania Trump, voluntarily defined himself as a "Dreamer" in America. Dream was one of 50 words selected by Raf Simons at Calvin Klein to sum up America. Coach also released for sale a Dreamer satchel.

Top 10 trends at NY Style Week

Outer space

Once is fun, twice a coincidence and three times a trend. Philipp Plein transported his guests to a snowy-space scape complete with space ship, transformer style robot and copious amounts of silver. Jenny Packham's moon and star beaded dresses were inspired by the cosmos. Calvin Klein indulged in silver too and called the 1960s space race one of the inspirations for his America-with-a-dark-underbelly show. (AFP)

Top 10 trends at NY Style Week Photos: Ralph Lauren AW18 Catwalkpictures | Victoria Beckham AW18 Catwalkpictures | Tom Ford AW18 /Catwalkpictures | Tom Ford AW18: Angela Weiss / AFP | Marc Jacobs AW18 Catwalkpictures | Esteban Cortazar: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images North America / AFP | Philip Plein AW18 Catwalkpictures
Marc Jacobs brings dramatic finale to NY Style Week

Marc Jacobs, the darling of US high-fashion, brought New York Style Week to a dramatic finale with show-stopping sharp hats, huge flourishes and extravagant scarves redrawing the silhouette of his woman for fall 2018.

If New York Style Week has been plagued by an identity crisis with a thinning schedule and glut between the passing of one generation and the search for another, then Jacobs's answer, with his own label suffering from falling revenue, was fantastical romance. He returned to the Park Avenue Armory and a bare set -- just naked wooden floor boards and rows of utilitarian chairs with rapper Cardi B, singer Debbie Harry and fellow designer Raf Simons -- whose tenure at Calvin Klein has given Jacobs a run for his money -- sitting front row.

Outside, a small but vocal group of animal rights activists denounced the 54-year-old designer's use of fur. "Animals are not ours to wear," they yelled. "Marc Jacobs kills because you buy," read the placards. Models wore wide-brimmed black hats, necks were wrapped in scarfs and the upper body cloaked in flourishes that emphasized the beauty of the luxurious fabrics and re-drew the contours of the body.

Marc Jacobs brings dramatic finale to NY Style Week

Those without hats sported sharp geometric haircuts, their tresses dyed to match the hue of their attire, from blue to green and purple. His flamboyant shoes -- like something out of a children's fairy book -- with huge buckles and pink silk may have seen several of the models stumble slightly in their footing, but they were works of art. "Huge flourishes, gestures, broad strokes and silhouettes expressed in rich and gorgeous fabrics," Jacobs wrote in the notes.

Masses of material were bunched up into rosettes, ruffles and flounces at the neck, waist and hip. Waists were cinched, pants cropped. There were lashings of suiting with a boxy cut and broad shoulders, a nod to the power dressing of the 1980s, and his taffeta and velvet flounces and harlequin dresses to the extravagance of those years. Jacobs came out for the briefest of waves at the end, and then began the stampede to the exit, and the race to the airport to catch the first flight to London, where the fall/winter 2018 fashion week season continues on Thursday , followed by shows in Milan and Paris. Here are the other quick style highlights from Wednesday.

Be My Valentine

Michael Kors kicked off Valentine's Day at the Lincoln Center with a love letter to New York, his home town and the city synonymous with his label -- from his MK bags on the subway to ladies who lunch. "The last thing you want is someone telling you what to wear, when to wear it and how to wear it. You do what you want, when you want," the 58-year-old billionaire designer tweeted after the show.

Closing with "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music," the looks ranged from sporty to red flannel, loud yellow and black check, gray argyle, oversized woolen scarves, leopard print and plaid for fall 2018. Kors was loyal to his tradition of using curve models in the lineup, sending out both Ashley Graham and Sabina Karlsson. For evening, there was black -- the color appropriated on the red carpet this awards season by women protesting sexual harassment -- but usefully the color adored by wealthy New York women.

Dreamer

Colombian-born Esteban Cortazar returned to New York after a 12-year absence in Paris to honor South America and his American dream in the city where he made his fashion week debut in 2003 as a 17-year-old. It was an impeccably cut display of minimalism, dresses in electric blue and yellow, a spectacular figure-hugging red dress and suits. Born in Bogota, the son of a painter and a jazz singer, he moved to Miami as a teenager. He has dressed First Lady Melania Trump. "It's about celebrating South America in many ways and me as a Colombian coming to America," he told reporters backstage.

"I feel like kind of a Dreamer in a way," he said in reference to a program for young immigrants the Trump administration scrapped last year, leaving 690,000 so-called "Dreamers" at risk of deportation. "That's what I wanted to tell with the clothes, a celebration of unity and everything I am made up of." Paradoxically, the first lady wore a Cortazar dress to last year's Independence Day festivities, buying it from a store unannounced. She's "a beautiful woman and looked really great," he said. (AFP)

Fotos: Marc Jacobs AW18 / Catwalkpictures

Billionaire designer Michael Kors kicked off Valentine's Day at New York Style Week Wednesday with a love letter to his home town, an explosion of contrast with on-trend black for evening.

If fall/winter 2018 has underscored the identity crisis plaguing New York's biannual style fest with a thinning schedule and glut between the passing of one generation and the search for another, then Kors' answer to the problem was scatter gun. "The last thing you want is someone telling you what to wear, when to wear it and how to wear it. You do what you want, when you want," the 58-year-old tweeted after the show.

Friend and actress Black Lively sat front row dressed in a bright scarlet trench as models strode up and down the stairs, winding through the lobby of the Vivian Beaumont Theater on the last day of Style Week. The electic soundtrack -- everything from Petula Clark's "Downtown," to West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty" and Jay-Z and Alicia Key's "Empire State of Mind" -- reflected the riot of contrast, an explosion of florals, stripes, animal print and tartan.

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Closing with Julie Andrew's "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music," the looks ranged from sporty, to red flannel, loud yellow and black check, grey argyle, oversized woolen scarfs, leopard print and plaid for fall 2018. Kors checked the canary yellow trend often seen this season, and continued his tradition of using curve models in the line-up, sending out both Ashley Graham and Sabina Karlsson. For evening there was black -- the color appropriated on the red carpet this awards season by women protesting against sexual harassment -- but usefully the color adored by wealthy New York women wanting to look as slim as possible.

There was a long backless black sequin dress with trumpet sleeves and black sequin pants, paired with bedroom-slipper-style shoes. "I wanted the show to be a love letter to New York," said Kors of the city synonymous with his label -- his MK bags as ubiquitous on the subway as his high-end dresses are favored by the likes of First Lady Melania Trump. "So much of New York is iconic, from the architecture to the theater to the faces, and anyone who's ever been here has their own New York story," he said. In the Broadway-style playbill given to guests, he called it "a Valentine to personal style." At the end, Kors shot out up and down the runway, dressed in a black suit and sneakers, blowing kisses. Style Week closes Thursday with US high-fashion darling Marc Jacobs, before the season flits to London, Milan and Paris. (AFP)

C&A launches new fair fashion collection #WearTheChange

International fashion chain C&A is investing in sustainably produced clothes so that consumers can shop for clothes without feeling guilty. Thus, the company launched its #WearTheChange campagne, which will highlight its sustainability efforts.

The new campaign is all about looking good and doing good and wearing more than a fashion statement but a statement for protecting the environment and farmers while keeping the clothes' next life in mind.

Concretely, this means reducing waste and saving resources by using leather styles that are tanned without chrome, jeans made out of leftover fabric, vests out of recycled polyester - i.e. old plastic bottles - and Gold level, Cradle-to-Cradle certified t-shirts that are made out of 100 percent bio cotton and produced with renewable energy, better water management as well as advanced water cleaning technologies.

C&A launches new fair fashion collection #WearTheChange

C&As #WearTheChange supports fair fashion

“Every day, we strive to look and feel our best. So we choose clothes that are produced in a way, that does not only make us feel good but also without compromising the quality of life of those who make our clothes, or the planet we source from,”,says C&A on its #WearTheChange web page.

C&A is currently the biggest user of bio cotton in the textile world and received the 'Sustainable Innovation of the Year Award' by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2017 for its Cradle to Cradle Certified t-shirts.

“All these attributes are combined under #WearTheChange, a collection spanning Ladies, Mens, Babies and Kids,“ commented Kristina Büttner, director of brand and marketing at C&A Europe. “We want our customers to see how much of our fashionable collection is more sustainable, which is already more than half of our products in the store.”

C&A has set two goals for itself by 2020: 100 percent of the cotton the company sources and at least two thirds of its raw materials to be more sustainable. According to the company, between March and August 2017, already more than half of C&A’s sold clothes have been produced more sustainably.

The new campaign #WearTheChange was launched in February 2018 and the collection is available in all C&A stores and also online. Prices range from 5 euros for a Cradle to Cradle Certified t-shirt for toddlers to 19 euros for a vest made out of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles.

Photos: C&A

Bright colors, bold prints and sportiness were the core essence of Ricardo Seco's fall/winter 2018 at New York Style Week. There was also one other element that couldn't go ignored: the political. Seco is crusading on with his anti-Trump message as statements like ""You can call me DACA but I'm the result of a dream come true ... I am an American," and ""DREAM," were emblazoned across his clothes.

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While most designers have softened on being so blatantly anti-Trump this season and have instead focused on women's empowerment, Seco is still going strong with spelling out his progressive message. Gone are the days when fashion and politics didn't go hand in hand, now the two can't exist without each other. Seco, who is Mexican himself, used fashion to celebrate America as the cultural melting pot it is.

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This was not only done through his use of actually spelled out messages, but, also, through his use of color and patterns. Just like how America is a collage of different people of all different races and ethnicities, his collection was a collage of colors and patterns that blended together to create something beautiful. There's power when you aren't afraid to let diverse things come together.

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It's not often that color in a collection can have such a subliminal message, but lest we forget what fashion has the power to do. In these trying times, we can look to fashion to empower us, for inspiration and to let the public know we won't be silenced. Seco was here for all of the aforementioned, culminating in an eclectic and inspiring collection.