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BANDUNG, Indonesia, June 11, 2018 (News Wires) — Indonesia’s first Islamic fashion school is teaching students in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country the usual skills of design, styling and marketing — but with a religion-specific twist.

As demand grows for Islamic apparel, featuring variations on traditional headscarves and long, flowing dresses for women, while men are targeted with robes or shirts embroidered with religious motifs, about 140 students have signed up.

“We want our students to make unique designs and become leaders in modest fashion,” said Deden Siswanto, who founded the Islamic Fashion Institute nearly three years ago in Indonesia’s third largest city of Bandung.

“We also teach them about wearing clothes according to Islamic rules.”

Nearby sat a group of young women working at sketchboards and sewing stations in the school, which offers nine-month courses in fashion styling, marketing, and basic styling.

Both men and women, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, may join. But teachers must be Muslim, to ensure familiarity with Islamic business practices.

The trend towards garments that meet religious requirements is becoming more visible among the burgeoning middle class in Indonesia, where, for years, few Muslim women covered their heads, or opted for traditional batik or Western clothing.

The country hosted its first Muslim Fashion Week in 2015 and the industry ministry aims to make Indonesia a “Muslim fashion hub” by 2020.

One of the students at the school, Runi Soemadipradja, said she started wearing a headscarf in 2007 but found few options suitable for Muslims.

“I started designing my own clothes,” she said.

“We are overwhelmed by this (demand). So far I have released 10 collections.”

NEW YORK, June 5, 2018 (News Wires) — Designer Raf Simons scored a repeat win at fashion’s glittery awards ceremony Monday night, again displaying his considerable influence in American fashion less than two years after taking the reins at Calvin Klein.

“Thank you, women!” Simons said, accepting the prestigious womenswear prize of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from presenter actress Cate Blanchett. It was actually the Belgian designer’s third CFDA award in two years; last year he won for menswear, too.

The CFDA awards are fashion’s answer to the Oscars, and a slew of celebrities were on hand at Monday’s ceremony at the Brooklyn Museum,′ hosted by TV’s Issa Rae — who pointed out she was the first person of color to host the annual event, and the first woman since 2009. Presenters included Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Trevor Noah and Claire Danes, among many others.

One of the biggest draws of the night was Kim Kardashian West, who came — in a midriff-baring, clingy white ensemble by Rick Owens — to collect the inaugural Influencer award. “I’m kind of shocked that I’m winning a fashion award when I’m naked most of the time,” she quipped, before going on to tell the story of the publicist she’d hired seven years ago who told her she’d never achieve her goal of making the cover of a fashion magazine.

“Let’s find some more realistic goals,” Kardashian West said the publicist told her. When she later made the cover of Vogue, she noted, she made sure to send the publicist an autographed copy.

This year’s menswear winner was the streetwear label Supreme. “I never considered Supreme a fashion brand or myself a fashion designer,” said its founder, James Jebbia, accepting the honor. And the award for accessory design went to perennial winners Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, and their label The Row.

Veteran supermodel Naomi Campbell gave the evening’s most stirring speech as she received the Fashion Icon award — dressed, aptly, in a deep red, fringed number by Simons at Calvin Klein. She was introduced by Lee Daniels, who directed her in “Empire” and “Star.” Daniels praised her efforts toward diversity in fashion and her philanthropic work, and also told her: “I’m sober because of you. I thank you for saving my life.”

Iconic American designer Ralph Lauren received a new award, the CFDA Members Salute; CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg noted that the 78-year-old designer had won so many awards, they needed to invent a new one. Lauren, who wore faded blue jeans with his tuxedo jacket and bow tie, listened as a series of designers lauded him, including Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan and Alexander Wang.

CAIRO, May 29, 2018 (MENA) -  Trade and Industry Minister Tareq Qabil held a plenary meeting with representatives of Egyptian fashion and jewellery companies to discuss an initiative on establishing the first Egyptian fashion council.

The step is meant to restore Egypt's international position in the field of textiles and ready-made clothes, Qabil said in a statement on Tuesday.

This will help Egypt participate in international fashion weeks that are held annually in various world cities.

Egypt plans to hold a fashion week by 2020, he noted.

NE YORK, May 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Katy Perry came as an archangel, Rihanna dressed like the pope, and Kim Kardashian was a golden goddess for New York’s Met Gala on Monday on a night of high fashion inspired by religion.

Bejeweled crosses, veils and halo-inspired headdresses ruled on the red carpet, dubbed the Oscars of the east Coast for its celebrity guest list and stunning outfits.

From saints to sinners, guests took to heart the 2018 theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ball.

Although some commentators had feared the Catholic theme might yield the most controversial Met Gala ever, most of the actors, models and music stars stayed on the right side of propriety in colors of red, white, gold and black.

Rihanna, one of the Met Gala co-hosts, dressed like a pope, sporting a head-turning, jewel-encrusted mitre with matching mini-dress and a priestly-style cape designed by Maison Margiela.

Katy Perry wowed in enormous, feathered six foot high white wings teamed with a Versace gold mini-dress paired with thigh-high gold boots.

PARIS, March 26 (AFP)  — American designer and celebrity DJ Virgil Abloh is to take over at Louis Vuitton, the brand said on Monday, in a dramatic shake-up at the top of men’s fashion.

The appointment of rap star Kanye West’s long-time creative director to the French luxury label shows the massive impact street style is now having on fashion.

Abloh, 37, a former architect, who has won plaudits for his own Off-White label, posted a picture of a vintage Louis Vuitton travel chest to his 1.6 million Instagram followers to announce the news.

“It is an honour for me to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton,” he said in a statement released by the brand.

“I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times,” he added.

Abloh takes over from British designer Kim Jones, and will stage his first Vuitton show during Paris men’s fashion week in June, the label said.

He looks set to continue Jones’ high-profile hook-ups with street style labels, with Jones famously teaming up with New York street brand Supreme.

Abloh — who has an address book full of celebrity friends that goes from the Kardashian clan to the art world — is responsible for some of the most sought-after trainers of the moment.

March 12, 2018 - Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the "Little black dress" and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91, his partner said Monday.
Givenchy set the template for ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s, and his restrained style still informs the way Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and older American and Chinese socialites dress.
   
His partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday.
   
The pair lived in a Renaissance chateau near Paris.
   
"It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died," it said in a statement to AFP.
   
The designer's "nephews and nieces share Mr Venet's grief," it added.
 
The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 and is owned by luxury fashion company LVMH. 
 
Actress Audrey Hepburn was the most famous ambassador of the Givenchy brand, famously wearing the designer's clothes in Sabrina, How to Steal a Million and Breakfast at Tiffany's. 
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