Fashion and Beauty

American style icon Iris Apfel to be honoured at Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

TORONTO—Celebrated style icon Iris Apfel will receive a special honour at the upcoming Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. The 96-year-old American fashion and interior designer will be honoured with the inaugural International Style Icon Award. The New York-based Apfel was the focus of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which centred …

Zara owner Inditex reports 10 pct rise in full year profit

MADRID—Zara fashion brand owner Inditex says strong sales and expansion of new stores boosted net profit in the past fiscal year by a 10 per cent. The world’s largest clothes retailer said Wednesday that net profit for the 12 months ending Jan. 31 rose to 3.16 billion euros ($3.35 billion) from 2.88 billion euros ($3.06 …

Montreal’s McCord Museum resurrects forgotten fashion moments of Expo 67

MONTREAL — Fifty years after Montreal hosted a world’s fair to mark Canada’s centennial, Expo 67 is generally remembered for art, architecture and infrastructure rather than miniskirts. But that’s something Montreal’s McCord Museum is trying to change with “Fashioning Expo 67,” an exhibit that seeks to resurrect what its curator calls a “forgotten moment” in …

Slow fashion: Tired of ill fitting clothes, woman makes ‘head to toe’ wardrobe

HALIFAX—Erica Penton’s goal is to never buy clothes again — not even her bras. The self-taught seamstress is on a quest to fill her closet entirely with clothes she made herself. Penton started making her own clothes several years ago, but got serious about replacing her entire wardrobe with self-made garments last August. She said …

Acid victims redefine beauty in Bangladesh fashion show

DHAKA, Bangladesh—Teen model Shonali Khatun strutted the catwalk as the audience cheered at a fashion show in Bangladesh’s capital. But Shonali is no ordinary model, and this was no ordinary show. She and the 14 other models are survivors of acid attacks, common in this South Asian country, where spurned lovers or disgruntled family members …

YSL ad triggers sexism outcry as Chanel rockets to space

PARIS — Chanel rocketed into space Tuesday at Paris Fashion Week in an interstellar-themed show spectacular that saw designer Karl Lagerfeld reach for the stars — and a star-filled front row. Singer-turned-fashion designer Rihanna stunned crowds in a standout citrus lime coat at her Fenty X Puma collection that channeled school-girl-gone-bad. And Paris saw protest …

Are high heel dress codes sexist? UK lawmakers hold debate

LONDON—British lawmakers focused on footwear Monday, asking whether employers should be able to make women wear high heels as part of a corporate dress code. Members of Parliament were to debate a ban on mandatory workplace high heels, in response to a petition started by a receptionist who was sent home without pay for wearing …

McCartney hits high, Met Ball preview at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS — The rocking soundtrack blasting out the lyrics “Stella’s On” had guests including Pamela Anderson and Salma Hayek tapping their feet at the gilded Opera Garnier venue in Paris. It was a knockout, energy-filled show for Stella McCartney — who headlined Monday’s installment of Paris Fashion Week. Here are some highlights. STELLA’S ON FORM …

Met Gala, exhibit honouring Rei Kawakubo previewed in Paris

PARIS—The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute previewed parts of its highly-anticipated exhibit Monday honouring Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo during Paris Fashion Week. Kawakubo, 74, attended the sneak-peak session alongside Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Wintour will co-chair the May 1 Met Gala that inaugurates the exhibit with Katy Perry, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Pharrell …

Blue is the colour of the season at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS –It’s no secret that politics infuses fashion – and some critics are interpreting the current mania for blue at Paris Fashion Week as a statement of “the blues” about the perceived rise of nationalism across Europe and America. Here are some highlights from Sunday’s fall-winter womenswear shows in Paris. BLUE IS Colour OF SEASON …

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