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Ghost of stylist Judy Blame haunts Dior Men's collection

By Priya Elan in Paris

Blame inspires a collection from designer Kim Jones shown in Paris Fashion Week

The late influential stylist and accessories designer Judy Blame was the surprise inspiration for Dior Men’s collection, which showed on Friday during Paris Fashion Week.

The ghost of Blame, who defined the late 80s London scene through his work in i-D magazine and The Face, haunted the autumn-winter collection from designer Kim Jones.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/17/ghost-of-stylist-judy-blame-haunts-dior-mens-collection

      

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Jean-Paul Gaultier bows out as fashion designer after 50 years

By Kevin Rawlinson

Gaultier says his high-end fashion and perfume business will continue along with a new concept as yet to be revealed

The renowned designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is bowing out from creating clothes after a 50-year career, he has said. But he has told fans not to worry, because he will be turning his hand to other creative projects.

Related: Jean Paul Gaultier, challenging those who churn out fast fashion | Rebecca Nicholson

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/17/jean-paul-gaultier-bows-out-as-fashion-designer-after-50-years

      

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Bombshell gets Fox News look 'spot on' say former anchors

By Leah Harper

Jay Roach’s film centres on accusations of sexual harassment at US channel

It’s not often a TV channel can be credited with creating its own fashion “look” but, in the case of Fox News, fashion and style have become central to the broadcaster’s brand. The almost identical blonde, blow-dried hairstyles, worn with short sheath dresses and stilettos by the channel’s female anchors are also a key feature of Bombshell, Jay Roach’s biographical film, which opened in UK cinemas on Friday.

The film centres on accusations of sexual harassment levelled at the former chief executive Roger Ailes by Fox News employees, while also depicting a toxic workplace culture imbued with sexism and secrecy.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/17/bombshell-gets-fox-news-look-spot-on-say-former-anchors

      

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How to wear men’s cardigans | Priya Elan

By Priya Elan

Thanks to Harry Styles, Tyler, the Creator and Brian Cox in Succession, the cardigan is now cool

Something strange is happening with cardigans right now. We have sprinted past the moment when they were the limp cousin of the jumper, worn only if one wanted to signal a love of secondhand paperbacks. Now, in an era of aggressive layering, the associations of feyness have faded and the cardigan has become an essential part of a man’s winter wardrobe.

Worn over a T-shirt or a shirt – and with large thanks to Gucci and Harry Styles, Tyler, the Creator and Brian Cox in Succession – wearing the cardigan is now (dundundun!) cool.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/17/how-to-wear-cardigans-mens-fashion-priya-elan

      

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How Telfar's shopping bag became a symbol of fashion democracy

By Priya Elan

Nicknamed the ‘Bushwick Birkin’, the 100% vegan leather shoppers found fame through the diverse communities embracing them

Every era has a bag that defines the times: the 80s had the Birkin; the 90s had the Carrie Bradshaw-endorsed Fendi Baguette; the 00s brought us the massive Chloé Paddington, which was aligned with the excesses of the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and the Olsens, and then came Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bag.

Now we have Telfar’s shopping bags. Made from 100% vegan leather, the shoppers feature Telfar’s embossed “TC” logo and come in three sizes and nine different colours, including black, tan, white, dark olive and oxblood. The bags are notable for their adaptability, and feature straps and handles which means they work for both formal and functional uses). But, more fittingly in an era of social media, the s0-called “Bushwick Birkin” has come to indicate wider representation in a largely white-dominated fashion world and has been described by Telfar Clemens as “genderless, democratic, and transformative.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/17/how-telfars-shopping-bag-became-a-symbol-of-fashion-democracy

      

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From Pharrell’s chin plaster to glitter: this week’s fashion trends

By Guardian Staff

What’s hot and what’s not in fashion this week

Pharrell’s chin plaster It’s back! Previously seen in Mickey Mouse print in 2014, the face accessory returned in muted tones for Diddy’s birthday party.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/17/pharrell-chin-plaster-glitter-fashion-trends

      

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Virgil Abloh takes Louis Vuitton into wonderland

By Lauren Cochrane in Paris

Surreal set belied sharp suits and workwear that spelt out success in this clever collection

Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, titled his autumn/winter show “Heaven on Earth”, but “A dream come true” might have been an alternative.

XXXXL versions of household items such as a paintbrush, scissors, safety pins and a spool of thread dotted a space in the Tuileries gardens in Paris, which was painted to look like a blue sky with clouds. The centrepiece was a life-size tree trunk growing up into the ceiling. Think Alice’s Wonderland circa the “drink me” scene, by way of Rene Magritte’s paintings. Some 1200 audience members – including model Bella Hadid – had already had a preview of this dreamlike mood: a wall-size clock running backwards served as their invite.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/16/virgil-abloh-takes-louis-vuitton-into-wonderland

      

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Gigi Hadid dismissed as juror in Harvey Weinstein trial

By Ed Pilkington in New York

Weinstein’s legal team wrote in a motion that the model was friends with Cara Delevingne, who has accused him of misconduct

Gigi Hadid will not be sitting in judgment over Harvey Weinstein after the supermodel was discharged as a potential juror in the rape trial of the once powerful movie mogul.

Hadid, 24, made it through the first round of culling of a giant pool of possible jurors for the New York trial. In the course of questioning in court, she revealed that she had met Weinstein personally though she said that she still felt able to be fair and impartial were she put on the jury.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jan/16/harvey-weinstein-trial-gigi-hadid-juror-dismissed

      

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Off-White's Virgil Abloh smartens up to create more Instagram gold

By Lauren Cochrane

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, the streetwear pioneer is adding more strings to his bow

Off-White, founded by the tastemaker Virgil Abloh – who is also the designer of Louis Vuitton menswear – is one of the most hyped labels in fashion. At the autumn/winter 2020 show in Paris on Wednesday morning, though, audience members had to wait for the first sighting of the items set to get a lot of play on Instagram next season. The show instead began with sound: that of a lone tapdancer’s shoes.

Cartier Williams, a tap veteran who danced at the White House for Bill Clinton, continued to perform in a spotlight as models began to populate the space in the basement of a shopping mall. It was part fashion show, part Broadway show – an unusual combination that, once again, showed Abloh’s knack for creating social media gold as well as designing clothes.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/15/off-white-virgil-abloh-smartens-up-to-create-more-instagram-gold

      

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Versace bans kangaroo skin after pressure from activists

By Angela Giuffrida in Rome

Italian campaigners confirm company has stopped using skins in leather goods

The Italian fashion house Versace has banned the use of kangaroo skin for its luxury leather products collection. The move follows pressure from the animal rights’ group LAV, which said more than 2.3 million kangaroos in Australia were killed each year for commercial purposes.

Versace did not comment but gave LAV permission to make an announcement.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/15/versace-bans-kangaroo-skin-after-pressure-from-animal-activists

      

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Suits you: the welcome rise of the influencer blazer

By Jess Cartner-Morley

Once considered smart but stuffy, the humble blazer – versatile, affordable and easy to wear – now fills the role previously held by blackout shades and Louboutin pumps

The hottest look on Instagram is no longer a bra-digan (sorry, Katie Holmes); it is a blazer. That’s right – a sensible, grownup, seasonally appropriate and useful jacket. Strange, but true.

There is a new breed of style selfie getting major likes. The setting will be an urban street scene: photogenic, but not glamorous. Waiting for the lights to change to cross a cobbled street, say, rather than in a fancy hotel room. The props and pose will be carefully chosen to semaphore busyness and curated realness: a reusable coffee cup or possibly an umbrella in one hand; the other hand oh-so-casually in a pocket.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/15/suits-you-the-welcome-rise-of-the-influencer-blazer

      

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Why can’t women get a cheap cut at the barber?

By Sirin Kale A female customer who went into a barber was told she would ‘put men off’. But why is the price between hairdressers and barbers so vast?

As Silvio Dante says in The Sopranos, two industries have always been recession-proof: show business and the mob. To which I will add a third: haircuts. They’re a racket. Hair will always grow, and it will always need to be cut.

I know hairdressing is competitive, hairdressers are skilled professionals and running a salon is expensive. To which I would reply, fine – but then how are barbers making money?

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2020/jan/15/why-cant-women-get-a-cheap-cut-at-the-barber

      

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Scientists cite parasite factor in beard attractiveness debate

By Nicola Davis

Scientists say women who are more repulsed by lice are less likely to find beards attractive

Prince Harry sports one, Justin Trudeau has recently grown one, and Brian Blessed’s is almost its own being. But are beards attractive? As the old adage goes: “Depends on the man, depends on the beard.”

Now researchers have found there might be another factor: whether a potential partner fears there might be something living in it.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/15/scientists-cite-parasite-factor-in-beard-attractiveness-debate

      

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Boohoo worth more than M&S after Christmas sales surge

By Zoe Wood

Fashion firm enjoys record trading as Marks & Spencer teeters near junk status

The stock market value of the online fashion firm Boohoo has overtaken Marks & Spencer thanks to strong Christmas sales, while M&S was warned it faces a possible downgrade in its investment rating to junk status.

Sales at Boohoo jumped 44% in the weeks before 25 December, while M&S suffered fresh setbacks. Last week the high street stalwart revealed it had bought too many tight-fitting jeans and chinos.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/14/boohoo-marks-spencer-christmas-sales

      

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Gucci channels the inner child at Milan men's fashion week

By Priya Elan in Milan

Dark spectre of innocence lost loomed with school shoes and babydoll dresses given punk edge

Gucci closed Milan fashion week with a gothic celebration of childhood.

In front of guests which included Jared Leto, Mark Ronson and Anderson Paak, designer Alessandro Michele mixed classic Gucci elements including loafers, berets and box jackets with Mary Jane shoes, jeans scuffed with grass stains, pelerine socks pulled up to the calf and lunch boxes.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/14/gucci-channels-the-inner-child-at-milan-mens-fashion-week

      

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Caitlyn Jenner: ‘It was tough wearing a bustier for Vanity Fair’

By As told to Leah Harper

The TV star and Olympic champion discusses her approach to fashion and her favourite outfit – the Donatella Versace dress she wore for her first public appearance after transitioning

This dress sticks in my mind because that moment was so extraordinarily important, not just for me but for the entire LGBT community. It was my first public appearance [after transitioning], at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly awards (the Espys) in 2015, and I couldn’t believe it when Donatella Versace said she would love to design my dress for the event.

In the old days, buying clothes was one of the most difficult tasks. I had a friend of mine use a debit card with her name on it, and I had a secure email address so I could buy things online – it was very challenging, because I couldn’t out myself. When Donatella had her tailors fly over with this dress, I couldn’t believe it – I thought: three months ago I couldn’t get clothes. Now I’ve got tailors flying in!

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/14/caitlyn-jenner-it-was-tough-wearing-a-bustier-for-vanity-fair

      

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Face time: will the new makeup for men hide my blotches – or create new anxieties?

By Sam Wollaston

More men than ever are embracing grooming, and now there’s a whole makeup line just for us. But shouldn’t we just learn to love our hard-earned eye bags?

It has been a while since I wore makeup. A bit of eyeliner and mascara in the 80s, not a lot since. Now, at 54, the cracks, bags and blotches are taking over; a new pop-up makeup counter for men could be what I need. It has popped up at John Lewis’s Oxford Street store in London, which is safe and reliable, right? And the British brand doing it is called War Paint for Men. Yeah, I’m not just beautifying myself, I’m a warrior!

The War Paint founder Danny Gray, 34 (looks younger), will be doing my makeup today, quite publicly, in the menswear department on the ground floor. Since being bullied for his sticky-out ears at school, Gray has experienced body dysmorphia. When, as a teenager, he started getting spots, his sister offered to help conceal them.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2020/jan/14/face-time-will-the-new-makeup-for-men-hide-my-blotches-or-create-new-anxieties

      

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New hats shown in Paris – fashion archive, 14 January 1935

By M H

14 January 1935: During no month more than in January does the winter hat begin to arouse doubts in the minds of the truly well dressed

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The moment a hat begins to feel indispensable it has probably outworn its function of enhancing the appearance, even while it may remain a dictionary definition. During no month more than in January does the winter hat begin to arouse doubts in the minds of the truly well dressed. It is not yet light enough for the worst revelations, but both felts and velvets have a dejected look. The tricorne has been pulled down once too often over one eye. The pill-box has become a bad habit. The saucer suggests that one blows upon one’s tea. Any lightening of the situation receives a warm welcome.

Related: Fashion archive: Hats for spring wear

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/14/new-hats-shown-in-paris-fashion-archive-1935

      

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