Fashion and Beauty

Kabul catwalk: Afghan models show off traditional clothing

KABUL — Amid tight security, over two dozen young models, including six women, strutted down the catwalk in the garden of a private Kabul villa, proudly displaying the traditional clothing and costumes of Afghanistan’s many ethnic groups. The audience, about 100 men and women, tightly packed the small space on a recent afternoon, but the …

Kabul catwalk: Afghan models show off traditional clothing

KABUL—Amid tight security, over two dozen young models, including six women, strutted down the catwalk in the garden of a private Kabul villa, proudly displaying the traditional clothing and costumes of Afghanistan’s many ethnic groups. The audience, about 100 men and women, tightly packed the small space on a recent afternoon, but the mood was …

Jean Machine’s new owners look to spruce up stores in effort to woo shoppers

TORONTO — Four months after acquiring Jean Machine, the new owner of the denim retailer says it plans on “cleaning up” the look of its stores as part of an effort to woo back customers. Gerry Bachynski, president and CEO of Comark Services Inc., says renovations will begin this fall at some locations that will …

Michael Kors takes over shoemaker Jimmy Choo

LONDON – American fashion brand Michael Kors has bought luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion (896 million pounds). Kors says that London-listed Jimmy Choo is “the ideal partner” that will be bolstered with further development of its online presence. Jimmy Choo CEO Pierre Dennis will stay in his job. Creative Director Sandra …

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier to attend revamped Toronto Fashion Week

TORONTO – Renowned fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier is among the headliners set for a revamped Toronto Fashion Week. Organizers say the influential clothing giant will take part in an “In Conversation” panel discussion with CNN International personality Derek Blasberg, of “CNN Style.” Canadian designers slated to showcase their work include Pink Tartan, UNTTLD, Lucian Matis, …

New Google project digitizes world’s top fashion archives

NEW YORK—Anyone who has waited on a long, snaking line to get into a fashion exhibit at a top museum knows just how popular they’ve become — and more broadly, how fashion is increasingly seen as a form of artistic and cultural expression. Google Inc. is acknowledging this reality by expanding its Google Art Project …

Covered up chic: Big brands are waking up to modest fashion

LONDON—When Ruba Zai uploaded her first video online, the Netherlands-based Afghan student just wanted to share with other Muslim girls and women how she styled her headscarf. She had no idea that her “hijab tutorials” would be an internet hit, watched by hundreds of thousands worldwide. The 23-year-old now blogs full time, sharing ideas for …

Melania Trump’s pricey jacket draws attention in Sicily

TAORMINA, Italy — Melania Trump’s first outing in the Sicilian sunshine was in a colorful floral applique jacket by Dolce & Gabbana that sells for $51,000, or several thousand dollars below the median U.S. income in 2015. She also carried a matching clutch to lunch with spouses of the G-7 leaders, held at the historic …

Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti dies at 73

ROME — Laura Biagiotti, an Italian fashion designer who conquered global markets with her soft, loose women’s clothes and luxurious knits that won her the nickname “Queen of Cashmere,” died on Friday following a heart attack. She was 73. Biagiotti suffered the heart attack Wednesday evening at her estate outside of Rome. Doctors were able …

Fashion industry to honour Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards

NEW YORK—The fashion industry is honouring feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at its annual awards ceremony. The two women will join actress-singer Janelle Monae in receiving a special tribute from the board of directors of the Council of Fashion Designers of America on June 5, organizers announced Monday. Seth Myers …

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