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International Talent Support Contest ready to kick off new edition with first sustainable fashion prize

After taking place last year in June, ITS returns this year to its traditional positioning in July. The 17th edition of the contest for young designers, founded by Barbara Franchin in 2002, will take place this Friday in Trieste at Magazzino 42, the passenger terminal of the ferry port. Over 800 applications from 80 countries arrived at the ITS headquarters this year. Finally, 26 emerging talents from 15 countries were decided on by the jury which was led by Barbara Franchin  and the designer Aitor Throup, winner of the fifth edition of the prize, along with 20 other personalities including Y/Project’s creative director Glenn Martens, Kering’s sustainable development director Marie-Claire Daveu, and Diesel and OTB Group founder and long-time supporter...

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Philip Day reaches 75% threshold to take Bonmarché private

Philip Day’s Spectre Holdings has surpassed the 75% holding in value fashion retailer Bonmarché that it needed to be able to delist the company with a stake currently estimated at around 83%. The news came after the last major institutional shareholder, Artemis Investment Management, which held a 12% stake, sold its shares to Spectre for 11.4p each.The sale has come just a few of days before the deadline for Spectre to close its offer for the firm.The company had initially made its move to take full control after acquiring a more-than-52% stake in April. But its £5.7 million offer was said by management to undervalued the chain. However, a U-turn in late June saw management recommending the deal, despite saying...

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Kim Kardashian issues response to Kimono controversy

Kim Kardashian West has issued an apology statement after the unveiling of her shapewear brand Kimono Solutionwear sparked accusations of cultural appropriation.  The line of shapewear incorporates the reality TV star and entrepreneur’s name into the product, similar to her previous ventures, ‘Kimoji’ and 'KKW Beauty'. However, the line sparked controversy due to its shared name with the Japanese kimono, a traditional garment that dates back for centuries. Many took to Twitter - where the #KimOhNo hashtag was born - to voice their dismay over the name choice, saying that it erased the kimono’s cultural significance and disrespected the deeply ceremonial Japanese garment. Outside of Twitter, the Mayor of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa, issued an open letter to Kardashian West requesting that she reconsider the name. Without...

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JLo leads social media rankings at CFDA Fashion Awards

Launchmetrics and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have teamed up to release a report measuring the impact of different media at last month’s CFDA Awards, naming this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon Award winner Jennifer Lopez as the most influential voice in the days surrounding the event held at the Brooklyn Museum on June 3, 2019. The report, which used Launchmetrics’ proprietary Media Impact Value (MIV) algorithm to calculate the value of relevant media placements, found that the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards generated an overall MIV of $31.9 million. Launchmetrics also calculated that posts relating to the event included a total of 9,100 product placements, were engaged with (liked, commented or retweeted) on 10.9 million occasions, and had a total...

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The Met's 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' exhibit sees margins move to the center

Within the walls of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a celebration of the brash, the bold and the flamboyant is in full swing at the Costume Institute’s 2019 exhibition on 'camp'. Upon entering the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' expands beyond its name as it explores camp: a stylistic domain based on irony, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality and exaggeration.Focused on the margins of the aesthetic world moving to the center, the institute’s curatorial team have created a timeline of 'camp' -- founded on its conceptual birth in the minds and lifestyles of some of history’s greatest dandies, drag pioneers, artists, and cultural thinkers  -- with a framework heavily influenced by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay,...

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