Fashion and Beauty

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 …

Dior sings the blues to Paris celebs in fashion ode to navy

PARIS –Christian Dior sang the blues to its star-studded front row at Paris Fashion Week on Friday in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s sophomore ready-to-wear show that celebrated all things navy. Attendees Kate Moss, Rosamund Pike, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller and a tardy Rihanna, ensured that Dior’s was the most attention-grabbing on the fourth day of fall-winter …

Paris gets Hadid mania, as Saab and Mugler channel dark, 80s

PARIS –It was designer Elie Saab’s first collection since his coup of dressing Meryl Streep for the Oscars following the actress’ high-profile spat with Chanel. The deep blue embellishments of Streep’s lauded Oscars gown were picked up again in Saturday’s fall-winter Paris show, inspired by the magical, romantic ballet Giselle. Meanwhile, Paris Fashion Week went …

Dior sings the blues to Paris celebs in fashion ode to navy

PARIS — Christian Dior sang the blues to its star-studded front row at Paris Fashion Week on Friday in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s sophomore ready-to-wear show that celebrated all things navy. Attendees Kate Moss, Rosamund Pike, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller and a tardy Rihanna, ensured that Dior’s was the most attention-grabbing on the fourth day of …

Stars hit Chloe designer’s swansong; Fashion gets political

PARIS—Solange Knowles was among the fashion, film and music industry stars out for British designer Clare Waight Keller’s swansong at Chloe at Paris Fashion Week. The event came hours after Lauryn Hill gave a surprise performance at Kenzo. But politics was also in the air in Thursday’s busy fall-winter preview shows, as France’s culture minister …

Turkish fashion designer freed from jail pending trial

ISTANBUL—A Turkish fashion designer and government critic has been released from jail pending trial on charges of inciting hatred through social media postings. Barbaros Sansal was released late on Wednesday. The state-run Anadolu Agency says he is barred from leaving Turkey. The designer posted a video tweet on New Year’s Eve criticizing celebrations “while there …

BCBG Max Azria to shut down stores in Canada, files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK—Women’s fashion retailer BCBG Max Azria has filed for bankruptcy protection, a move that will see it shutter its 51 locations in Canada. According to court documents, the high-end clothing chain known for cocktail and formal dresses is seeking protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code and Canada’s Bankruptcy and …