Fashion and Beauty

Raf Simons is inspired by celluloid dreams and horrors

NEW YORK — Raf Simons, the new star of American fashion since his debut collection in February for Calvin Klein, continued to refine his take on traditional Americana, with cowboy looks, quilts and pompoms. Simons also looked to Hollywood movies — and to Andy Warhol — for inspiration. Heidi Klum was at Fashion Week, not …

Tom Ford launches Fashion Week with sequins, celebs galore

NEW YORK— The first day of Fashion Week brought glitz, glamour and a slew of celebrities at Tom Ford’s ’90s-themed show, and a prestigious award for designer Thom Browne. Some of the highlights: SEQUINS, CELEBS, BRIGHT COLORS AND A ’90s VIBE AT TOM FORD No one ever said Tom Ford didn’t know how to make …

Lovato wears black lace, Katy Perry changes up looks at VMAs

NEW YORK— Demi Lovato kicked off one of fashion’s most out-there evenings Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards as she strutted in a risque black lace bodysuit with matching sparkly harem pants by Zuhair Murad as the night’s host, Katy Perry, showed off a white one-shoulder dress as her first of many looks. Before Perry …

Muslim woman from Utah makes splash on ‘Project Runway’

SALT LAKE CITY— A Muslim designer from Utah chosen for the fashion-competition show “Project Runway” said she tried out for the TV show to promote her modest clothing designs. But to her surprise, she also has become a role model. Ayana Ife says since appearing on the show, she has received feedback on social media …

Chador in, hijab out: Iran VP’s wardrobe draws criticism

TEHRAN, Iran— Just a couple of weeks into her appointment, the new Iranian vice-president’s decision to abandon her fashion style for the all-encompassing black chador is raising questions among women in the Islamic Republic  especially after she said President Hassan Rouhani personally asked her to wear the traditional women’s garment. Although Laaya Joneidi typically used to wear …

Vancouver Fashion Week announces Spring/Summer 2018 show dates

Vancouver, BC — Vancouver Fashion Week is proud to announce its 30th season taking place in September from the 18th to the 24th, at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver. Vancouver Fashion Week will be hosting International, and Local designers, showcasing their Spring, and Summer 2018 collections. Vancouver Fashion Week is known globally to …

Prada owned label pulls yellow star clothing amid criticism

NEW YORK — A high-end fashion line owned by Prada says it’s pulling clothes that feature yellow star patches some critics say resemble the Stars of David Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. The clothing from Milan-based Miu Miu’s pre-fall collection features a five-pointed star with the name John embroidered on it. The Star of …

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 …