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PARIS, July 5, 2018 (News Wires) — Necklaces dripping with emeralds took centre-stage at Paris Haute Couture Week today as Chopard and other jewellers joined fashion houses in showing off their most elaborate creations.

Switzerland’s Chopard mixed gemstones and precious metals with less noble metals such as aluminium that can be dyed and worked into lightweight, ornate structures.

“It allows us to produce very creative pieces,” said Celine Wackie-Eysten, director of communications at the brand.

Chopard’s latest “high jewellery” display — where pieces can fetch more than €1 million (RM4.7 million), though prices are not disclosed — included a necklace in red aluminium adorned with rubies and shaped into pompoms.

Another highlight was a large cameo pendant mounted onto a necklace made out of iridescent heron and pheasant feathers.

 

PARIS, July 4, 2018 (News Wires) - With sultry tuxedos and a gown that appeared to waft down the catwalk like cigarette smoke, French designer Jean Paul Gaultier celebrated smoking in all its forms on Wednesday in a fashion show filled with tongue-in-cheek digs at overly rigid attitudes.

Reinterpretations of “Le Smoking” - or tuxedos for women popularized by late French couturier Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s - dominated the Haute Couture collection, with black and white combinations of jackets and ruffled dresses for instance.

The designer took smoke as his inspiration for a see-through dress decked out in swirling embellishments, or a wedding gown with a featherlight, waspy train that looked like it could vanish into thin air as it twirled on the runway.

Gaultier, the self-style “enfant terrible” of the fashion world, was also deliberately harking back to a period when smoking was more widely acceptable.

“I don’t smoke, but I was always surrounded by people that were smoking,” Gaultier said after the show in Paris.

“I don’t say ‘don’t smoke or smoke’, it’s only that people should do what they want.”

Smoking was banned in public places in France in 2006, echoing clampdowns in many other countries by authorities for health reasons.

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.

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