Bump not model’s own: Arabella Chi modelling various maternity dresses for Asos Composite:There are two items that I would have modelled fantastically well when I was pregnant: buckets and lingerie. The former because almost every single time I so much as thought about getting on the 253 bus, I immediately threw up; the latter because I was so sweaty, flatulent and tired, I was reluctant to dress in anything tighter or heavier than a pair of cotton briefs.This week, Asos shoppers have been surprised to spot a photo of a Love Island contestant, Arabella Chi, modelling maternity clothing while wearing a fake bump. Suddenly social media is awash with people realising that, wait, pregnancy doesn’t always look like resting a beach ball against your ribs? That maternity-wear models sporting strappy heels and a thin layer of polyester might not actually be pregnant? Those women, with their defined jaws and matchbox wrists? Colour me shocked.Prosthetic pregnancy stomachs are truly something. Imagine a pair of wafer-coloured Super Mario control pants that fasten around you like a wrestling belt and you are halfway there. Very fashion. Very now.Asos has defended its decision to use non-pregnant women in its shoots for maternity wear saying the retailer doesn’t want to force anyone actually expecting a baby to stand up all day – which is admirable. But everybody’s body is different. Everybody’s pregnancy is different.A prosthetic stomach made from silicone. Photograph: phasinphoto/Getty Images/iStockphotoUntil I turned seven months pregnant, I would cycle 12 miles to work to spend eight-hour shifts at the side of a pond, working as a lifeguard. I did this at least twice a week throughout my first and much of my second trimester. I was on a casual, zero-hours contract, like many models, working essentially as a freelancer, and was pleased that being pregnant did not hinder my ability to make money. I don’t want anyone in the world to be judged according to my example. I am simply pointing out that, for a lot of people – particularly anyone pregnant for the second or third time – standing up for large parts of the day is possible, likely and not always particularly well-paid.Bodies change enormously when they are growing an entire human life (or sometimes two or three) inside of them. Hips change, breasts change, limbs, faces and feet change. It’s not quite so simple as screwing a large mixing bowl to your stomach and carrying on as normal. Therefore, it is not unreasonable for pregnant people to want images that they can recognise and relate to when shopping for clothes.I bought almost nothing when I was pregnant, choosing instead to borrow T-shirts off my 6ft 2in friend Nick, and sew myself a collection of large-pocket sacks. But I will say this: one of those prosthetic stomachs would probably make a nice breastfeeding pillow. Or a birthing ball. Or even a foot rest.
Tamannaah Bhatia's dress game is only getting stronger with time. The latest ensemble of hers seemed ideal for a date. She gave us a summer-perfect dress, which was breezy and floral. The actress looked radiant and her styling complemented her
Adah Sharma never fails to surprise us with her quirky avatars. This time, she was spotted at the airport and her attire and look was every inch fascinating. It was a lot about hues and Adah looked delightful as ever.
Suffocating enclosures characterised by subdued colour palette with whitewashed tones is where Shalini (Huma Qureshi) finds herself trapped. The enclosed place is called Aryavarta - the 2040s dystopian land, where puritanical laws are practiced and patriarchy is at its most
Recently, Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor were snapped at the airport. They were headed to New York and their airport pics definitely caught the attention of netizens. Malaika, who is usually snapped in dresses and sassy ensembles at the airport,
Actors-turned-politicians, Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty took oath as the members of the Lok Sabha today. They had previously posted their first-day Parliament pictures on Instagram, which created quite a stormy debate sessions on the social media. So, about a
About last night, the leading B-town divas wowed us with their fashion choices. From Dia Mirza to Natasha Poonawalla, the ladies showed us how to make basics look glam. They gave us stunning ideas and we absolutely loved their outfits.
Jacqueline Fernandez recently graced the Sri Lanka Tourism Event and she was felicitated with the award. The actress wore an interesting ensemble for the occasion, which was a cross between sari and a gown. The hues incorporated were on the
‘This is a very emotional award,’ Campbell said. Photograph: Brian J Ritchie/Hotsauce/Rex/ShutterstockNaomi Campbell paid tribute to her south London roots as she was unveiled as the recipient of the British Fashion Council’s 2019 fashion icon award.Campbell made history when she became the first black British model to appear on the cover of British Vogue in 1987 and the first black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue the following year. She has appeared on the front of more than 500 magazines to date.“This is a very emotional award to me to receive [as] although I spend so much of my life in different parts of the world, I think people sometimes forget that I’m from Brixton: I’m a south London girl,” she said at a press conference announcing the award on Monday.The 49-year-old has picked up several awards during her 30-year career including the special recognition award at the British fashion awards in 2010. The fashion icon award is one of a handful that are announced in advance of the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall.The BFC chief executive, Caroline Rush, said on Monday she could not think of a more deserving recipient, and praised Campbell for representing female empowerment, activism and glamour.To coincide with the announcement, Campbell revealed that her charity catwalk show, Fashion for Relief, would take place during London fashion week in September. The event, which started in 2005, has raised funds for the those affected by natural disasters including the 2010 Haiti earthquake.In previous years she has brought in a host of her celebrity friends to ensure the show is headline news, including Kate Moss and the Duchess of York. She said this year’s event would be very special.
Ever since the Jonas Brothers touched down in Paris, all eyes have been on them and their gorgeous significant others. Priyanka Chopra and husband, Nick, are already pulling out the stops ahead of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's second wedding. While heading onto a boat ride down the Seine river, Priyanka stepped out wearing a gorgeous Markarian Dietrich Ruffled Satin-Effect Maxi Dress from the brand's Resort 2020 Collection.
Taapsee Pannu impressed us yet again with her fashion choice. The actress, who has wowed us with her acting prowess, gave us a casual ensemble goal too. It was a fuss-free and comfy ensemble, which was about muted-tones and Taapsee
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Sonakshi Sinha and Madhuri Dixit Nene gave us strong traditional fashion goals. Their ensembles were ideal for light festive occasions. With their outfits, they made a strong case for hues and prints. The outfits strongly reflected modern design aesthetics and
Khushi Kapoor, Ananya Panday, Sharmin Segal and Janhvi Kapoor were spotted in the city and they flaunted casual outfits. Ananya kept it casual, Khushi looked chic, Janhvi was seen in a fusion avatar, and Sharmin rocked a desi look. Well,
Malaika Arora and Sonakshi Sinha were recently spotted in traditional suits. While one wore the suit for a casual occasion, the other gave us a light formal event goal. Their suits were beautiful and the looks were minimal. Malaika and
The perception that clothes are ‘nearly disposable’ poses problems for the environment, according to EU research. Photograph: Witthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images Gone to ground Last week, the government rejected recommendations from the Commons environmental audit committee report on the impact of fast fashion – including a 1p per garment levy. Ministers also rejected a ban on burying or incinerating clothes that could be recycled. According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) UK households sent 300,000 tonnes of clothing to landfill in 2016. Collective failure According to a 2019 EU report fashion companies produced two collections a year in 2000, but this had increased to five by 2011, with some chains such as Zara offering 24 collections per annum. The report stated that this had led to clothes being regarded as “nearly disposable” goods. Polyester menace One washload of polyester clothes can release 700,000 microplastic fibres into the environment. It is estimated that half a million tonnes of these microfibres end up in the sea each year. Polyester, made from fossil fuels, is non-biodegradable. Microfibres from synthetics are a major contributor to microplastic pollution – a 2019 Bangor University survey of UK rivers, reservoirs and lakes found micro-plastic pollution at all locations tested. Emissions growth According to the Pulse of Fashion report in 2015 the industry was responsible for 1,715 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. The UN states that the fashion industry consumes more energy than the aviation and shipping industry combined. The Pulse report forecast fashion emissions to grow by 63% by 2030. Thirsty work The production of clothing is very water-intensive. According to the 2017 Wrap report the average water footprint for a kilo of cotton (equivalent to pair of jeans and a shirt) is 10,000-20,000 litres. India and Pakistan are major suppliers of cotton to the UK, but both countries suffer from high levels of water scarcity.
Classic items from archive projected into mid-21st century in a collaborative effort. When a fashion designer’s last catwalk show was – by their own admission – their favourite thing they’ve ever done, what do they do six months later when showtime comes around again? If you’re Dior Men’s artistic director Kim Jones, you use the past to fuel the future. Collaborating with the American contemporary artist Daniel Arsham, Jones took classic Christian Dior items from the archive and projected them into the mid-21st century. He said backstage before the show that it stemmed from him “thinking about the future and imagining a Dior exhibition 50 years from now – it made me think, what have I done that would be in there?” Arsham – an artist known for depicting the relationship between antiquity and futurism – was chosen by Jones, famed for taking Dior back into a couture direction since his appointment last year, because “he looks at the present and the future”. Their codes combined made for a couture-focused collection with its roots in architecture. Toile de Jouy shirts were hand-painted by kimono craftsmen in Japan (where Jones held his second show for the house). Embellishment was finely pleated silk-chiffon, worked to appear like a coral and appliquéd on to shirts. Longline leather coats were sculptural and bonded. Transparent outerwear was mirrored in see-through footwear so to see the Dior-motifed socks underneath, evoking the hallmark of couture where what lies beneath is as important as what the eye can see. Familiar motifs returned in the newspaper print made famous by John Galliano for the 2000 womenswear couture show which was reworded by Arsham for a new audience. Jones is widely known for his collaborative nature, and for this he once again assembled his merry band. In addition to Arsham, Yoon Ambush designed the jewellery, which featured floral brooches, long pendants featuring clocks and telephones (pieces from Dior’s personal collection) and a keyring of Jones’ Insta-famous dog Cookie. “Christian Dior had a history with his dog Bobby so I thought it would be nice.” Bags were a collaboration with fellow LVMH-owned luggage brand Rimowa and comprised baby cases, for credit cards and keys, as well as large picnic vessels. Also in the bag department came more best-selling Saddle bag shapes. Jones incorporated the former womenswear piece into his first collection and they’ve had waiting lists around the world ever since. The show marked the first anniversary of Jones’ tenure at the house and this is the fourth collection he has delivered in 12 months. LVMH has made a heavy play for a dominant share of the luxury menswear market in the last year and a half. Along with Jones at Dior, it has appointed some of the most influential designers focusing on menswear – including Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton and Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy. For 2018, it recorded revenue of €46.8 billion, an increase of 10% over the previous year, which it in part attributed to the impact of Jones’ arrival. Today, Dior CEO, Pietro Beccari – who worked with Jones in his last job at Louis Vuitton and hired him for this one – said backstage that he was “glad [Jones] was a part of my squad”. “He’s a cultural DJ – he’s mixing all his experiences he has done in his life and travels and gives back something which is very now,” he said.
One in three young women in Britain consider a garment worn once or twice to be old. Fast fashion – the rapid system of trend-driven, low-cost clothing manufacture beloved by UK consumers – is on the rampage. We crossed a worrying line in 2014, scaling up garment production to 100bn pieces of new clothing a year. These are clothes, made from virgin resources, increasingly plastic, pushed out into the world with little thought as to where they will end up. Without rapid reform, the fashion industry – of which fast fashion is the dominant player – could be responsible for a quarter of the Earth’s carbon budget by 2050. This threat to the planet has, not surprisingly, attracted the attention of climate protesters. Extinction Rebellion picketed London fashion week for the first time in February. The UK’s contribution is enormous. Not only did we invent fast fashion, but our fashion consumers are among the most voracious in the world. One in three young women, the biggest segment of consumers, consider garments worn once or twice to be old. UK consumers sent 300,000 tonnes of textiles to be burned or dumped in landfill in 2018. The drive to fast fashion began from the moment Hargreaves of Oswaldtwistle built the first spinning jenny to spin cotton faster. By the 1770s the mill owner Richard Arkwright’s version could spin 20 to 30 warp threads at once. With faster material production came more ready to wear clothes. By the early 1800s the well-heeled were writing to newspapers complaining that their housemaids were asking for higher wages to fund dress purchases. The poor maids were likely to have been trying to fill the same void in their lives that we do today, but we have fallen hook, line and sinker. To take the heat out of dressing we’re often told to think of our grandparents and the make-do-and-mend spirit of the 1940s. In reality though this period, when the purchase of civilian clothing was restricted to free up materials and shipping space for the war effort, is an anomaly. These forebears were perhaps the only ones who had a truly sustainable approach to fashion. Ultimately fashion sped up not just the fibre production but also garment making. By the 1990s the UK’s industry had been almost entirely exported to some of the lowest wage economies on earth. If there is one point where we should have stopped the madness it was the aftermath of the morning of 23 April 2013, when the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh collapsed. More than 1,300 people, mostly young female garment workers making for western brands, died in the disaster, which exposed the true cost of our fast fashion habit. The industry, however, was allowed to mark its own homework, taking control of a limited programme of reform that would retrofit factories to bring them up to minimum safety requirements. Not one brand moved to change the system. Instead, fast fashion pushed onwards and upwards. Brands sought cheaper more compliant manufacturers in new territories, exporting the same system for production that had led to Rana Plaza to Ethiopia, the lowest-wage economy on Earth. A recent study by NYU Stern into fast fashion production at the Hawassa industrial park found workers barely covering the cost of food and transport. This week the Manchester-based Missguided.com launched a £1 plastic polymer bikini. It serves as a reminder that the new crop of online retailers make high street fast fashion look as slow as a diplodocus. These brands are social media and Snapchat tacticians with a direct line to very young people. Digital natives “swipe up” and instantly purchase an outfit worn by someone they follow. Consuming at this speed removes any possible moment for pause and reflection. The online fashion retailers have stripped out every barrier to purchase, even the one of not actually having the money. At Missguided.com even your £1 bikini can be purchased in instalments over four weeks using Klarna, a Swedish version of an increasing number of buy-now-pay-later platforms that do not require credit checks. This business model might seem one that cares little for the planet, but Boohoo.com launched a sustainable collection this week. They might want to be careful overselling their commitment. H&M, one of the biggest producers of fast fashion and generator of an extraordinary number of sustainability initiatives, has run slap bang into the Norwegian Consumer Authority. Set up to police Norway’s Marketing Control Act, the NCA has concluded that H&M’s conscious collection gives consumers the impression that their clothes are more sustainable than they actually are. This is a welcome intervention but it does not compensate for the government’s failure to help fix fashion here. The point is that we are in a fashion industry emergency, at risk of having to explain to future generations that we missed the climate change targets because we couldn’t resist a £1 bikini advertised during Love Island.
Vidyut Jammwal was spotted in the city and surprised us with his fashion game. He rocked the street-style look like a pro and gave us a non-boring fashion statement. He looked stylish and inspired us fashionably. We thought his outfit
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