Fashion and Beauty

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 …

Gap shares climb after profit exceeds expectations

Shares of Gap climbed Thursday after the retailer reported a quarterly profit that topped Wall Street expectations. The San Francisco-based company has struggled to adjust to changes in retail, with more consumers buying online, craving discounts and spending less time at the malls where the company’s Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores are. A …

Abercrombie & Fitch says it’s in deal talks

NEW YORK — Teen clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch Co., responding to reports that it was in talks with interested buyers, says it’s in preliminary discussions with several parties about a “potential transaction.” The company’s statement Wednesday that it had received “expressions of interest” came after news reports this week that the New Albany, Ohio-based …

Vogue’s Anna Wintour made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON — Britain’s monarch has met a queen of the fashion world, as Vogue editor Anna Wintour was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Wintour was made a dame — female equivalent of a knight — for services to fashion and journalism in a Buckingham Palace ceremony on Friday. …

Greek drama: Chanel recreates Parthenon for Paris show

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld climbed Mount Olympus for inspiration in creating Chanel’s latest resort collection, presenting a spectacular Grecian-themed show to a celebrity audience in Paris on Wednesday. While Gucci will go to Florence, Louis Vuitton to Kyoto, and Dior to Los Angeles to show off their cruise fashions— Lagerfeld chose to host the normally …

Met Gala: Inside, it’s hard not to step on someone’s dress

NEW YORK — A thunderous drumbeat echoed through the cocktail reception at the Met Gala. Either an earthquake was hitting the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or the glittering assembly of guests was being called in to dinner. Hasan Minhaj, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” was standing with the show’s host, Trevor …

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