- There are things that we have to know that we have it. It's just that now we need to go out and tell the world that we already have it so please don't hamper it," she added.
- Her brand specialises in fusion garb with Indian sensibilities, and the emphasis of the label is on the natural fabric and natural dying techniques along with designing for a cause by encouraging craftsmanship and sustainability.
- Talking about her journey in the industry, she said: "When you are a graduate (of NIIFT) then obviously you are looking for something to work on, and I just knew that I have to work with Indian textiles."
- "I started with bhagalpuri silk then went on to chikankari and then regular silk. One season, I had no money so one of my friends came as a blessing in disguise. He said 'Listen, I just shut down my place and I have lot of chanderis with me. I think you will do justice'. I remember him showing to me lots of chanderis that were kept in his car."
- "It was like I had no money to buy textile, but the textile came to me. I think sometimes the fabric finds you. If you pick up something then master it. I think you can become master of something only if you try to reinvent it everytime," she added.
- The designer also feels that Indian people "very strangely" understand the taste of chanderis and other weaves, but they don't know how to find it.
- "And this is when we come in very handy. As a textile, chanderi wasn't very popular when I started off."
- "I just signed an MoU with the government to uplift Indian textiles. I said 'I am an expert in chanderi'. They asked me to go beyond that so, I started using maheshwari," she said.
- Global unions IndustriALL and UNI have called on fashion brands to sign the second Bangladesh Accord for Building and Fire Safety, a platform of European retailers that extends the legally-binding commitment to factory safety in Bangladesh for three more years. The brands were urged to sign by 7 October, the World Day for Decent Work, but many are yet to.
- , according to a press release from IndustriALL. Many brands not singing it shows their lack of commitment to staying the course to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy, it said. countryGeneva-based IndustriALL Global Union and Nyon-based UNI Global Union feel the extension of the Accord is currently the ‘only credible way’ to prevent life-threatening hazards in garment factories in the
- Around 50 brands, which use 1,173 readymade garment factories in Bangladesh, have committed to signing the 2018 Accord.
- The first Bangladesh Accord, which expires next May, was launched following the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 that killed 1,134 workers. The 2018 Accord builds on the achievements of the first agreement.
- Until there is a reliable system of regulation in place in Bangladesh, it is tough to believe that all the good work of the past four years will not be undone, Jenny Holdcroft, assistant general secretary of IndustriALL, said.
- “It would be irresponsible to abandon the progress that the Accord has made,” said UNI deputy general secretary Christy Hoffman. (DS)
- Fashion month is in full swing, and this year's catwalks have seen some of the most diverse models yet. From 16-year-old runway rookie Kaia Gerber to 79-year-old Hollywood veteran Jane Fonda, women from every walk of life are lighting up the spring 2018 fashion week shows.
- The festivities kicked off in New York City, and NYFW started with a bang as major names like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Joan Smalls lit up Tom Ford’s catwalk. Of course, that wasn't the last we saw of these veteran models over these four busy weeks of fashion shows. From Moschino to Marc Jacobs, we saw many a major model moment on the runway.
- From New York to London, Milan, and Paris, the hottest designers are showing off their spring 2018 collections and using some major star power to do so. Scroll down to see what happens when these experts hit the runway, and you’ll understand why we’re seeing stars.
- Gerber opened up the Chanel show in Paris in a sexy fringe number. "Karl, there are no words to describe how special this was to me," she wrote on Instagram.
2. TAYLOR HILL
- Hill schooled us in the art of layering at Miu Miu.
3. KAIA GERBER
- Kaia made prep school look so chic on the Miu Miu runway in Paris.
4. KAIA GERBER
- Kaia ruled the runway in a simple but oh-so-chic dress at Valentino.
5. STELLA TENNANT
- Tennant took some of the season's wild footwear for a spin at Balenciaga.
6. AYMELINE VALADE
- Ayemeline sported the layered look, much to our liking, at Balenciaga
7. BINX WALTON
- Binx was a standout in this bright and stripey look from Céline.
8. ANNA EWERS
- Anna demonstrates how to do chic-sportif at Céline.
9. MICA ARGAÑARAZ
- Mica was black and white all over at Céline.
10. ADWOA ABOAH
- Adwoa was a vision in white at Sonia Rykiel.
11. CHERYL COLE
- Cheryl rocked the runway at L'Oreal—can we talk about that lip?
12. DOUTZEN KROES
- Doetzen sported an Annie Hall-inspired look and a killer cat eye at L'Oreal.
13. HELEN MIRREN
- Dame Helen blew our minds with her mere presence at L'Oreal.
14. JANE FONDA
- We have no words. Jane at L'Oreal.
15. IRINA SHAYK
- Irina looked sporty in this bright getup at L'Oreal.
As rich and luxe as the velvet fabric itself, so are the bold colors sashaying down the New York Fashion Week runways. Be warned: Bold colored velvet is making its presence known on the fall 2017 season. Ditch the basic black and opt in for a bold blue TIbi suit, a soft pink dress as seen at Cinq à Sept, or canary yellow Cédric Charlier statement-making dress. We have plucked eight of the most coveted colored velvet looks from #NYFW.
In Paris, more is more. This is a city where restaurants routinely offer a choice between a cheese course and dessert, expecting full well that most diners will opt for both. And so it was not entirely out of line with the spirit of French gluttony at the close of fashion week here when both Karl Lagerfeld and Nicolas Ghesquière offered collections that seemed to have a little something for everyone.
At Chanel, Lagerfeld started with a set that once again defied belief. On Sunday morning in the Grand Palais, guests encountered a recreation of the cliffs and waterfalls of the Verdon Gorge – a landmark that is known as the Grand Canyon of France. With trees sprouting out of rocks and stony pathways growing moist with the spray of the waterfalls, under the glass-domed building the set began to look like a botanical garden in Singapore, or perhaps a leftover set from Avatar. The waterfalls grew more powerful as the show began, spraying gallons of water – I am told no more than would be required to fill a 25-meter pool – in such torrents that the clear plastic Chanel hats worn by the models began to fly off their heads.
Clear plastic has been a theme of spring. At Céline, there were tiny clutches tucked into plastic bags that served as invitations to the show. The Givenchy invite also came in a clear plastic envelope. And there were clear plastic skirts all over the place. (Raf Simons must have been on to something in his fall Calvin Klein collection.) At Chanel, their purpose was practical, as there was water all over the place, and as he added plastic to bracelets and boots, skirts and dresses, even weaving the material into Chanel tweeds, the thought occurred that it might be some kind of statement on the environment.
But Lagerfeld has always been fascinated by the incorporation of mundane materials as luxury fabrics (from cement to fake furs in the past). So it was probably just the novelty of the medium that inspired such a plethora of lacy dresses with plastic bits incorporated throughout a series of styles shown in groups of aqua, teal, pink, and finally a group of opalescent whites, ending on a fringy blouse that looked as if it was made from bundles of fiber optic cables. It was a lot, but as I said, people need options.
Ending the season on another note of indulgence was Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton with a collection that incorporated Edwardian or possibly Victorian styles of formal cutaway jackets shown over super casual silk shorts and exaggerated athletic shoes. The jackets came in an extensive variety of fabrics, jet black jacquards and metallic embroideries, some shown with waxed or bonded jeans that flared slightly at the hems. There were lots of other incongruous ideas as well, including one T-shirt printed with a Vuitton watch and another with the cast of “Stranger Things.” The setting, by the way, was literally medieval: the ruins of a 12th century moat beneath the Louvre, so let’s just say it wasn’t easy to pin Ghesquière down to one period of inspiration.
I wouldn’t read too much into all of these elements, other than that these are things that appeal to him as a designer, and the formal jacket over shorts and sneakers look was cool, and recognizably Ghesquière, if not a little impractical for working into an everyday wardrobe.
By contrast, two of the best collections of Paris turned out to be from designers who have lately been reconsidering the pace and production of fashion, and the critical need for clothes. That is, we don’t need any more of them, really, and conspicuous consumption seems so woefully out of touch in this dreadful global environment. Jonathan Anderson of Loewe answered those concerns with clothes that appeared to recycle pieces of discarded garments – patchworks of gingham and quilts of old prints were turned into beautiful, if slightly tea-stained, dresses. The clothes looked as if they might turn up as wonderful discoveries in some global bazaar.
Sarah Burton, the designer at Alexander McQueen, also has been moving into this direction of fashion with the feeling of a personal history, creating designs that look handcrafted, and often not quite finished. For spring, the formal dresses with bits of floral embroideries and three-dimensional flowers sticking out of them at odd angles – all worn with shiny, decorated combat boots, gave off a bit of a DIY scrapbooking vibe. They were beautiful mementos of her process, anyway.
- Shop the look: Topshop dress, $55; topshop.com. Lands End sweater, $24; landsend.com. Isabel Marant belt, $115; net-a-porter.com.
- The Spring 2018 Miu Miu show at Paris Fashion Week was all about exploring different patterns and textures and how they work together. Floral plaids were layered on top of bold plaid prints creating wildly fun looks. The show used muted patterns and a darker palette, which could easily work off the runway as well.
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- You can get the Miu Miu mad for plaids look from Paris Fashion Week, too. Pair a darker plaid sweater or button-down with a fun plaid dress. Try a interesting neckline or a plaid with an added pattern to really play up this pattern mixing look. Don’t be afraid to mix your boldest plaids, go bold or go home!
- Spread over 2,000 sq.ft., the new store offers the recently launched Festive Collection by BIBA which revives India’s glorious past by giving a refreshing touch to the traditional designs and silhouettes.
- The store presents BIBA’s vibrant collections such as Awadhi Anarkalis, Mewari Skirts, Pastuni Pants, Nizami Shararas, Peshwai Kurtas along with their classic Salwar-Kameez, ethnic Mix n Match kurtas, palazzos, leggings, skirts, unstitched fabrics and BIBA Girls-the much loved Kids
- collection.Commenting on the launch, Managing Director, BIBA, Siddharath Bindra said, “Ahmedabad has become one of the biggest fashion hubs in Gujarat and with increasing customer demand we are encouraged to open our fifth BIBA store in the city. The new BIBA store brings the best festive collection for the modern Indian women in their vicinity. With the wide variety of best possible choices in ethnic wear category, we are confident to provide best-in-house shopping experience to our customers in Ahmedabad.”
- BIBA a name equivalent to trendy, vibrant yet affordable ethnic wears in India has always stood up to its foresight of identifying the potential markets across the country which has helped the brand to create a larger fan base amongst the audiences. The store will offer its patrons an enticing shopping experience by providing a complete wardrobe solution across occasions.
- At the moment 38 analysts are watching Nike, Inc.
- The company's gross margin for the reported period declined to 43.7 per cent due to unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates and, to a lesser extent, a higher mix of off-price sales. Citigroup Inc reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Nike in a report on Wednesday, March 22nd. Ar Asset Management Inc who had been investing in Nike Inc. The company has market cap of $32.18 million. Cubist Systematic Strategies Ltd invested in 5,807 shares or 0.03% of the stock. About 66,246 shares traded. It has underperformed by 25.94% the S&P500. Also, CFO Andrew Campion sold 5,722 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Monday, July 24th.
- Jefferies analyst Randal Konik lowered his price target for Nike shares to $48 from $49, saying the company's "valuation remains high" and that "wholesale exposure problems remain". Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have given a hold rating and twenty have given a buy rating to the stock. Therefore 58% are positive.
For the first nine months to December 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, the H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 7 percent in local currencies. Converted into SEK, sales including VAT increased by 5 percent to 161,767 million Swedish krona (18,850 million dollars). Sales excluding VAT amounted to 139,547 million Swedish krona (16,257 million dollars).
Commenting on the Group’s performance, Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M said, “Sales were good in most of the markets up until mid-August. Thereafter sales were negatively affected by unseasonably hot weather which continued into September, resulting in a challenging start to the autumn season. The sales performance in the third quarter and increased mark-downs due to a higher opening stock than planned had a negative impact on profit development. In addition, profits continued to be negatively affected by the strong US dollar effect on purchasing costs.”
Detailed review of the nine months
Profit after financial items amounted to 16,630 million Swedish krona (1,937 million dollars) against 20,094 million Swedish krona (2,340 million dollars) last year. The group’s profit after tax amounted to 12,722 million Swedish krona (1,481 million dollars) compared to 15,372 million Swedish krona (1,790 million dollars), corresponding to 7.69 Swedish krona (0.90 dollars) compared to 9.29 Swedish krona (1.08 dollars) per share last year.
For the third quarter from June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016, the company’s sales including VAT increased by 8 percent in local currencies. Converted into SEK, sales including VAT increased by 6 percent to 56,802 million Swedish krona (6,615 million dollars). Sales excluding VAT amounted to 48,982 million Swedish krona (5,706 million dollars). Profits in the third quarter were negatively affected mostly by increased mark-downs but also due to higher purchasing costs from the strengthened US dollar.
Retail expansion plans and outlook
So far this year, H&M has opened nine new online markets and 211 stores net. The company plans to open 214 new stores in the fourth quarter. Its debut H&M store in Nicosia in Cyprus was launched recently and in October, the company will be opening its first store in Auckland in New Zealand. By the end of the year, it aims to have stores in 64 markets – and 35 of which will offer H&M shop online.
H&M’s e-commerce will be launched in Canada and South Korea during autumn 2016. A total of 11 new H&M online markets will thus be added in 2016. In 2017, H&M plans to open stores in four to five new markets including Colombia, Iceland and Kazakhstan. The group also plans to launch one or two new brands in 2017.
The H&M group’s sales including VAT in September 2016 are expected to increase by 1 percent in local currencies compared to the same month last year. The company said, exceptionally warm weather in September delayed the start of the autumn season.
- Amazon India announced over the weekend the acquisition of a minority stake in multi-retailer Shopper Stop. The Rs 179.25-crore deal entitles Amazon to sell its products online exclusively on the e-retailer's website.
- As revealed in a BSE filing, the board has approved issuing 43.95 lakh equity shares of Rs 5 each, at price of Rs 407.78 a piece, to Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings LLC.
- Shoppers Stop, managing director Govind Shrikhande said that he will use the funds to continue expanding physical and online retail businesses.
- On October 18, the company will hold a general meeting with all the shareholders to seek their approval.
- Additionally, Shoppers Stop announced it had entered into an exclusive partnership with Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd, PTI reported. “In addition to the website of the company and its group companies, the company will exclusively sell its products online on the Amazon.in the marketplace,” the company said.
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