London 'draining life' from rest of UK economy
2014-03-19 07:49:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — There's London. And then there's the rest of the U.K.
A tale of two Britains has increasingly emerged since the Great Recession. While the government trumpets the country's recovery from the financial crisis and its status as the ...
Back to the Future fashion: this season's big trend
2014-03-14 07:20:39 UTC
That the film Back to the Future is being cited as a key fashion inspiration this season, just shy of 29 years since it was released, will come as no surprise to any fans of the film or, indeed, of fashion. The fashion industry has always been fon...
Karl Lagerfeld to design Macau hotel
2014-03-07 08:43:28 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator announced plans Friday for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel.
The 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will open in 2017 in a 20-story tower in the gambling enclave in southern Chin...
Mary Quant's Miniskirt Changed the World
2014-02-11 07:03:10 UTC
<h3>'A mini-skirt was a way of rebelling': British stylist Mary Quant, who will soon celebrate her 80th birthday, is credited with inventing the above-the-knee skirt that has become a wardrobe staple. Coco Chanel may have said they were 'just awfu...
Wang lures fashionistas to Brooklyn Navy Yard
2014-02-09 20:45:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — There are hip fashion shows. And then there are fashion shows that seek nothing less than to redefine just how hip a fashion show can be.
How else to describe a designer who can get crowds of the most discerning fashionistas to ...
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
2014-01-22 10:03:55 UTC
Here are some key moments:
CHANEL'S COUTURE SPORTS CLUB
It was not your run-of-the-mill Paris sports club. It was Chanel haute couture.
At Karl Lagerfeld's dazzling "Cambon Club" show, he boldly mixed the couture designs associated with C...
Growing trend for 2014: Orchid as top color
2013-12-05 06:25:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Orchid is growing on us: A version of the purple hue is Pantone Inc.'s color of the year for 2014.
It follows this year's pick of emerald green.
Officially known as Radiant Orchid, the tropical shade is a color-wheel contrast...
Forevermark Reveals Iconic Image for New Diamond Collection
2013-11-21 20:04:12 UTC
Forevermark developed an iconic image, which will be used in national advertising campaigns in print and online, to target affluent consumers and introduce the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Collection.
The iconic image (pictured) was created...
Luxury jewelers, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels Open at Americana Manhasset
2013-11-09 11:47:26 UTC
IBEX Construction completed the Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier boutiques at the Americana Manhasset Mall on Long Island, New York in time for the luxury jewelers to open ahead of the Christmas season. Callison designed the two new jewelry boutique...
Milan fashion week celebrates homegrown creativity
2013-09-20 04:19:13 UTC
MILAN (AP) — Milan is seeking to reclaim its fashion pre-eminence with a re-energized fashion week not only through strong messages from the runways but concrete acts of to enhance the city's prestige.
Fendi unveiled a new flagship store on via...
Simple looks are deceiving at NY Fashion Week
2013-09-07 23:31:20 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The simple things can be the hardest to do in fashion, because you have to do them well.
Take the white shirt. Designers Peter Som and Max Azria both said a plain white button-down shirt is their favorite thing to see on a woman...
Designer calls for a halt to fashion week's celebrity circus
2013-09-03 06:50:57 UTC
Oscar de la Renta halves his guest list for show in New York as critics say too many poseurs crowd the runways.
Some of America's most prominent fashionistas are calling time on the overcrowding, demand for endless "newness" and general hoopla ...
Burberry showcases latest menswear in London
2013-06-18 17:22:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — British luxury brand Burberry has showcased its latest menswear designs in London after a decade in Milan.
The move brings the brand's menswear division in line with its more profitable womenswear branch, which has led the Lond...
Prominent pavilions at the Venice Biennale
2013-06-02 05:20:07 UTC
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The 55th Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious art fair, features national pavilions from 88 countries, 10 presenting work for the first time — including the Vatican. No official theme ties together the pavilions...
Milan prosecutor seeks jail time for Dolce,Gabbana
2013-05-29 17:30:19 UTC
MILAN (AP) — A Milan prosecutor is seeking a 2 year and six month sentence against the designing duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for failing to declare 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in income to tax authorities.
Prosecutor Gaetano Rut...
Over There is now Over Here
2013-05-28 05:48:15 UTC
San Francisco (DiaalNews) — In the wake of the unthinkable tragedy that was the factory collapse in Bangladesh, a tragedy nearly equal to the WorldTrade Center in scope of death and far more sinister because it was entirely preventable, we wester...
Ralph Lauren's 4Q profit rises 35 pct
2013-05-24 04:48:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren Corp. reported a 35 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit as the luxury retailer benefited from lower cotton prices and cost controls.
But the seller of Polo and other brands saw its stock fall Thursday becaus...
Dior presents cruise fashions amid stars in Monaco
2013-05-20 04:28:03 UTC
MONACO (AP) — The glittering star power of Cannes migrated up the coast to Monaco for front-row seats at Dior's colorful, sexy cruise fashion show.
With the Mediterranean Sea the picturesque backdrop, Dior showcased its 2014 collection on...
Trade group slams safety pact for Bangladesh
2013-05-16 04:55:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The largest U.S. retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, saying it was a "one-size-fits-all" approach promoted by special int...
H&M backs safety accord in Bangladesh factories
2013-05-13 16:45:14 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer H&M said Monday that it will sign up to a legally binding fire and building safety plan drawn up by unions in Bangladesh, following the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse th...
Artist hurls paint into Learjet engine
2013-05-01 05:12:36 UTC
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Princess Tarinan von Anhalt's creative process may be a bit more powerful than the average artist these days.
She hurled paint into a Learjet engine on Tuesday from a tarmac in West Palm Beach, splattering the col...
Uggs? Ugh. NY Fashion Week battles the elements
2013-02-09 10:26:56 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Mother Nature is clearly not a fashionista.
A blizzard forced Michael Kors to arrive at New York Fashion Week's "Project Runway" show on Friday in — gasp — Uggs.
"I came in looking like Pam Anderson," he joked backsta...
Dior: Jennifer Lawrence dress had no malfunction
2013-01-29 17:27:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — That was no wardrobe malfunction — that was couture.
When Jennifer Lawrence ascended the stairs to accept her SAG Award Sunday night, a bit of skin showed through the skirt of her gown, leading to some speculation that it ...
Picasso, Monets stolen in Dutch heist
2012-10-16 16:41:07 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions.
Police haven't said how they pulled off the early hours ...
Louis V, Miu Miu and Elie Saab give grand finale
2012-10-04 01:46:03 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Marc Jacobs, more than anyone, knows that it's not what you say but how you say it. The Louis Vuitton showman thus capped an incredibly strong Paris fashion week — with help from artist Daniel Buren — by building a life-size shopping ...