Fashion and Beauty

Architect calls out premier for focusing on her shoes instead of her work

WINNIPEG— An award-winning architect says she has dealt with much worse in her professional life than a joke Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister made about herfashion choices, but she feels compelled to call out his focus on her footwear over her work. Pallister began his annual state-of-the-province speech Thursday by thanking Johanna Hurme, chairwoman of the Winnipeg …

Victoria’s Secret does it again: Cultural appropriation

Much as artists, musicians and writers are influenced by the world around them, so too are fashion designers. The fashion industry has a long history of finding inspiration in the work of other designers and modifying them. But they also seek out creative ideas elsewhere, and often incorporate elements of cultures from around the world. In most cases this …

A guide: Think before you appropriate

It’s rare that a few months go by without a well-publicized incident of cultural appropriation. Often this concerns Indigenous cultural heritage, which is not protected by standard legal measures. Last week’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai featured models wearing Indigenous inspired regalia, including feathered headdresses. That this elicited charges of cultural appropriation is not surprising. What …

Coat Meghan Markle wore in engagement photos by Canadian brand Line the Label

TORONTO—Canadian designer John Muscat had no idea he was going to be part of one of the biggest stories of the year. The fashion brand Line the Label got priceless exposure Monday morning when a white wool wrap coat Muscat designed with Jennifer Wells was worn by Meghan Markle during the photo-op for her engagement …

Contestant from South Africa wins Miss Universe crown

LAS VEGAS—The woman representing South Africa won the Miss Universe crown Sunday. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett. …

Designer Azzedine Alaia, known for clingy style, dies

PARIS—Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped define the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died. The French Haute Couture Federation announced Alaia’s death on Saturday without providing details. Twitter tributes to his influence on fashion poured in from around the world. Alaia ((AZ’-uh-deen …

Burberry shares plunge on concerns over new strategy

LONDON— Shares in British fashion icon Burberry plunged as much as 14 per cent Thursday after it said sales will stagnate for the next two years as the company shifts strategy to focus even more on the high-end luxury market following the departure of designer Christopher Bailey. Burberry plans to pull back from department stores, …

5 tips for shopping for beauty products

NEW YORK — Want that charcoal mask or the smoky-eye look but don’t want to spend a lot? There are lots of options to look your best for the winter holidays, and the beauty shopping experience is becoming more enjoyable. Both Walmart and Target are revamping their beauty areas, adding better lighting and bringing in new affordable niche brands. …

Winwyn Marquez wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2017

MANILA, Philippines—It’s a back-to-back win for the Philippines as Winwyn Marquez on Sunday was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Sta. Cruz dela Sierra, Bolivia. Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez bagged the title just hours after Karen Ibasco won the Miss Earth 2017 pageant. Marquez, the daughter of actors Joey Marquez and Alma Moreno, is the first …

Unpaid Turkish clothes makers tag Zara items to seek help

ISTANBUL — Shoppers at the fashion retailer Zara in Istanbul have found unusual tags on their garments: put there by Turkish workers complaining they have not been paid for the merchandise in the store. Workers of an outsource manufacturer for Zara and other retailers have been going into Zara shops leaving tags inside clothes saying: …

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