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COVID-19 restrictions give Fashion Weeks a new look

IT IS FASHION Week season, but thanks to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, things are going to be quite different.

Fashion reset

FIVE Filipino designers showed their mettle late last month in Singapore’s first virtual fashion show. The project, conceptualized by Daniel Boey, with the cooperation of AP Media, was presented in the last days of August via an immersive 3D website, thefrontrow.style. The show featured several local and regional designers from the Asia-Pacific area.

China’s fashion grannies return to Beijing street ‘catwalk’

BEIJING — Four famous amateur model grandmothers took off their masks during a saunter down the streets of Beijing last Thursday to demonstrate life returning to normal as the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic eases in China.

Keeping safe fashionably

CLOTHING BRAND Verve presents an exclusive PPE Collection at pop-up stores in Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La, and Alabang.

Valentino takes haute couture to the circus in Rome show

ROME — Italian luxury group Valentino had models suspended from swings in flowing white gowns against a pitch-black background in a circus-inspired haute couture show, live-streamed from Rome on Tuesday last week.

Hazmat suits for air travel are here

AFTER THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recommended widespread use of face masks to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), the minimalist medical mask quickly got reimagined as a fashion accessory. Then model Naomi Campbell — a famous germaphobe — and musician Erykah Badu stepped it up a notch, sporting custom hazmat suits for stylish social distancing. Now, with the novel coronavirus pandemic showing no sign of slowing, travelers are taking note.

One in four British fashion jobs may disappear, group says

MORE THAN a quarter of jobs in the British fashion industry may be lost because of the fallout from pandemic-induced lockdowns, a study shows.

Designers get creative for couture under lockdown

PARIS — Confronted with problems in fabric deliveries and supplier closures during France’s coronavirus lockdown, fashion designer Alexis Mabille had to improvise to salvage his next collection, turning to materials he had to hand.

With miniature mannequins, Dior unveils post-lockdown collection

PARIS — French couture house Christian Dior upended its traditional catwalk show last week, presenting its intricate designs on miniature mannequins in a twist brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fast fashion proves slow in eliminating UK labor concerns

In 2015, university professor Nik Hammer studied working conditions in the local garment industry of Leicester, England, finding it rife with verbal abuse, harassment, and safety violations.

China’s exporters find virtual trade fair is no match for real...

China’s attempt to shift the world’s largest trade fair online this month has demonstrated that for some things, it’s hard to replace meeting face-to-face.

Black culture in fashion seeks to move from the runway to...

MORE than 40 years after Beverly Johnson became the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue, the fashion industry is facing its own reckoning over racism and exclusion.

Designers fashion a go-slow future for catwalks and collections

MILAN/NEW YORK — From Armani to Gucci, top fashion houses are redesigning their calendars to slow down the frantic pace of catwalk shows and new collections, as the coronavirus pandemic forces a rethink of the way the industry works.

US fashion redesigns itself under lockdown

FASHION executives have spent the lockdown figuring out how to sell their products online. They’re learning lessons that may shape the retail trade even as America’s shopping malls reopen.

Keeping safe, stylishly

WE understand that in times like these, one would like a little bit more of protection. But this does not mean that style has to be abandoned.

Swan Style: Cinco designs for Ballet Philippines gala

FASHION and dance both serve the same purpose: to glorify the human body and display it at its zenith. Keeping in mind this goal, Ballet Philippines, for its 50th anniversary gala on Sept. 29, will feature a 50-piece couture collection in a fashion show from renowned Filipino designer Michael Cinco alongside a new dance by Alden Lugnasin, inspired by the Swan Lake ballet. The show will be held at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Being chic isn’t enough; today’s ‘It’ handbags must solve problems, too

HANDBAGS with organizational compartments aren’t known for being chic. They’re more the realm of busy soccer moms than fashion influencers. But with the ongoing popularity of athleisure and new social-media savvy lines such as Dagne Dover and Caraa, convenience and functionality are a bigger part of the pitch to professional women on the go.

Roberto Coin’s pretty and ethical jewelry

THE PIECES by renowned jewelry designer Roberto Coin -- who went into design after a successful stint as an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry -- are undoubtedly pretty, but are they smart, and as a bonus, even kind? That could be argued; and you’re welcome to ask some of his clients, a very long list that includes Oprah, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama.

Zara’s hot polka dot dress beats big data

A $69.90 POLKA dot dress from Zara has become the fashion hit of the summer. Despite little e-mail or social media promotion from the chain, the flowy, universally flattering mid-length frock has become so ubiquitous that someone has created an Instagram account to collect sightings of it out in the fashion wilds -- including several that appear to show multiple women wearing it to the same event.

Kimonos and colossal bows at Valentino’s catwalk

PARIS -- Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli went for an explosion of bold colors at Valentino’s Haute Couture collection late Wednesday, switching from mustard yellow to fuchsia to azure with supermodel Gigi Hadid walking in purple.

Garbo: Sustainable and stylish clothing for an older clientele

AIMING to address ageism, two young fashion students sought to highlight the beauty and power of women who age gracefully through a collection of locally produced stylish and sustainable wardrobe staples.

Healthy make-up: gluten, paraben, phthalate-free

IF IT’S true that good deeds make you glow, then it’s probably a good idea to stock up on things that help the planet.

adidas releases Spider-Man and NBA star-inspired D.O.N. Issue #1

ADD National Basketball Association star Donovan Mitchell to the list of league players who have a line of shoes now that adidas, in collaboration with Marvel, released recently the first signature basketball kicks of the “Spida” -- the D.O.N. Issue #1.

Spring flowers inspire LV menswear collection

PARIS -- Louis Vuitton unveiled its latest menswear collection on Thursday, using a picture-postcard scene of Paris as the backdrop for models parading in pastel colors and flowery statement pieces that evoked the joys of spring.

Keeping the bloom of youth

OUR FACES show the passage of time, in the same way sweeping hands on a clock’s face do. A frequent criticism of the youth is their lack of experience, and this may be because the world has hardly marked their pure, unmarked faces.

Chanel, Fendi host tribute to couturier Karl Lagerfeld

PARIS -- Amid colossal portraits and clean lines of black, white and red, Chanel, Fendi and a gaggle of stars paid homage to the fashion titan and Kaiser of mode Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday.

Kim Jones takes Dior to dreamy wasteland where past, future coexist

PARIS -- Kim Jones played with time on Friday in his simultaneously classic and dystopian collaboration with Daniel Arsham, filling Christian Dior’s latest menswear collection with tonal, feminine-inspired pieces with a modern edge.

‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ fashion icon, heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, 95

IS IT possible for anyone to truly have it all? Gloria Laura Vanderbilt; socialite, artist, writer, and designer, died in her Manhattan home in June 17, 2019 aged 95. The life she led sought to answer the question.

TW Steel releases a special watch marking 10 years in PHL

WHEN you have a child, 10 years sounds like a milestone, but then there’s a lot more to cover. Ten years isn’t quite 13, when they traditionally enter puberty. Ten years isn’t 18, when they reach legal age. In the watch industry where hundred-year-old giants continue to rule the game, what does 10 years mean?

Sarah G is the latest celeb with her own makeup line

CELEBRITIES like Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Katheryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, and Kris Bernal all have their own make-up lines and now pop singer Sarah Geronimo joins the bandwagon with her make-up line called Pop Studio.

Tips when wearing Pop Studio

RELEASING a makeup line or collaborating with cosmetic brands seems to be the trend among celebrities these days and pop singer Sarah Geronimo is the latest to join the roster.

Commonwealth, Vans Vault give new twist to classic silhouettes

COMMONWEALTH PH and Vans Vault recently collaborated on limited-edition shoe releases of the Era and Slip-on silhouettes.

adidas celebrates Pride Month

ADIDAS JOINS the celebration of Pride Month with the newest iteration of the Love Unites campaign, debuting the first week of June. The campaign marks a global call for people to come together in recognition of the movement’s advances since the NYC Stonewall Riots, and its mission towards growth and equality.

Sassa’s whimsy

THE MID-2000s were a great time to be a certain kind of designer. The full effects of the looming financial crunch that would define the latter part of the 2000s would not be felt yet, and it was okay to be rich. The shock and vulgarity of the early 2000s, playing with reality TV and the early days of mainstream internet have slightly worn off. Styles in this present decade have sobered up, but the years before it showed a special kind of wealthy wearer: she wasn’t the teen in metallics and glitter of the early 2000s, best exemplified by Paris Hilton. This was a buttoned-up rich girl with a sense of fun, say like the present Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

TW Steel, Simeon Panda collaborate on The Crunch Time Collection

INSPIRED BY the philosophy of “Seizing the moment,” Dutch watch maker TW Steel and influential British fitness instructor Simeon Panda teamed up for the limited-edition The Crunch Time Collection.

Rihanna’s fashion label for LVMH opens for business in Paris

RIHANNA revealed her first Fenty collection in Paris on Wednesday evening. She arrived wearing a blazer as a dress -- the white canvas number had exaggerated shoulders and was cinched in at the middle with a built-in corset -- paired with strappy going-out heels in gold leather, all from her new label.

Why Nike picked this tiny atelier to make its denim shoe

IN THE back corner of a clothing boutique in downtown Manhattan, past the bolts of denim hanging from the wall, eight tailors and one cutter are at work sewing custom jeans. Each will make just two or three pairs in a day.

Weaving new life into Iloilo’s hablon

ILOILO CITY -- Connie M. Atijon, a master weaver of Iloilo’s hablon cloth, believes that the younger generation can be enticed to appreciate and keep alive the fading tradition.

The 10 Best Swim Trunks

SWIMSUITS are the workhorses of summer, pulling extra shifts as underwear, sportswear, shorts, and balmy evening attire. Trunks must be stylish, well-constructed, and, above all, flattering -- may we remind you, the less you wear the more impact it has. There are general guidelines on inseam and style to find the right fit for your body type, but beyond that it’s a category of clothing most men don’t want to think much about.

Victoria’s Secret is giving its fashion show a ‘rethink’

VICTORIA’S SECRET, desperate to update its image, is pulling its star-studded fashion show from the airwaves this year.

Fashion and sustainability from the grassroots to the world

DAVAO CITY -- Global Shapers Community-Davao Hub, a network of young leaders which was started by the World Economic Forum, has taken a global campaign to link fashion and sustainability to Mindanao through “Unstitch: A Fashion and Sustainability Fair.” Jesse B. Madriaga of Global Shapers Davao said the definition of fashion has been changing, with more and more conversations revolving around clothing and accessories that “value people, planet, creativity, and profit in equal measures.”

From Uniqlo to Isaia, cotton chinos stay strong in the workplace

WHEN IT comes to below-the-waist options for men, chinos are the perfect pant for our times. Straddling the divide between the casual cool of jeans and the formality of suit trousers, they serve a workaday function that can be flattering if done right. But like so many menswear mainstays, not all chinos are created equal. There’s a wide variety of cuts, shades, and prices on the market, to the point of overload. And that’s why we’re here. We called on some of our most stylish friends to weigh in on their favorite pairs, and why, exactly, they stand out from the crowd. Here’s what we found.

Manila Hotel holds Flores de Mayo procession

FORTY YEARS after The Manila Hotel celebrated the traditional Filipino festival Flores de Mayo for the first time by combining fashion, artistry and culture, the hotel is reviving this tradition by partnering with the Designers Circle Philippines and the Office of the Mayor of Manila. Called Pagsulyap sa mga Reyna: Flores de Mayo at The Manila Hotel, it will be held in the Maynila Ballroom on May 1, 4 p.m.

Fitbit expands product range with affordable wearables

LEADING global wearables brand Fitbit further expanded its range of products available in the country with the launch of new and affordable devices.

Who’s a Man Now?

THERE ARE many answers to the question of what makes a man. As times change, so do those answers, and a culture of diversity, plurality, and the age of postmodernism has ushered in a new man. Three scorchingly attractive male celebrities -- namely: Enchong Dee, Tanner Mata, and Daniel Matsunaga -- fill in the blanks of what it takes to be a man for Avon’s new campaign, called “Gentleman Up,” calling for men to embrace different definitions of manhood.