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St. Paul schools taking less sexist view of student dress codes

A group giving voice to students in the St. Paul Public Schools is drawing attention to what it sees as the unequal treatment of girls in the enforcement of school dress codes.

Last week, the school board heeded concerns raised by the SPPS Student Engagement and Advancement Board by amending the district’s dress code policy to prohibit principals from targeting a specific gender when setting dress-code rules for their schools.

That is not to say that anything goes.

There still will be restrictions, just not with the explicit references — “bosoms, bottoms and bellies,” in the case of an East Side middle school — that the student group said objectifies girls and can hold them to a different standard.

The policy change marked another victory for a student group that last year pushed successfully for new accountability measures for school resource officers, or cops in the schools.

This year, the 13-member board is composed entirely of girls, but its promotion of dress-code changes reflects not just a collective group opinion, but views expressed by students districtwide in surveys and focus group sessions last fall.

“We’re not saying there should be no restrictions,” Skyler Kuczaboski, a group member, said last week. “We’re saying that girls should be allowed to be comfortable at their schools.”

In a presentation to the school board in December, the student group said that explanations of dress-code violations to girls often focus on their sexuality, which members said can have an alienating effect.

Kuczaboski added that while certain schools require that undergarments not be exposed, she has seen “boys who sag their pants with underwear that outline their butt cheeks, but they don’t get pulled out of class or sent home.”

She also spoke of a 6-year-old girl being told to put a sweater over a dress with spaghetti straps even though it was a hot day.

“The issue was her shoulder, I guess?” Kuczaboski said.

Jackie Turner, the district’s chief operations officer, said principals or their designees still have authority to set standards for cleanliness and neatness.

She cited as permissible a set of rules at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School that dictates the minimum lengths of shorts, skirts and dresses, and requires the covering of undergarments, as long as it “applies to whoever wears undergarments, regardless of gender,” Turner said.

As for any school using words like “bosoms, bottoms and bellies” in its dress codes, Turner added: “We will work with [them] to modify their language.”

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Cannes Film Festival

Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid turn heads in silk gowns at Cannes Film Festival

Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid turned heads on the red carpet at the Annual Cannes Film Festival's Opening Gala on Wednesday evening.

The models wore strikingly similar silk, nude gowns with thigh-high splits on the Palais des Festivals red carpet for one of the most highly-anticipated celebrity events of the year.

Supermodel Bella suffered a fashion faux pas in her strapless Alexandre Gauthie gown as it showed more than she bargained for by flashing her underwear. Ever the professional, Bella (20) laughed it off and continued to pose for the cameras.

Emily's Twinset dress was surprisingly demure for the Blurred Lines star, who is known for her risqué fashion choices. With a low-cut back and figure-skimming fit, the blush piece was reminiscent of Bella's iconic gown from last year's gala.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis' daughter Lily Rose Depp also took to the red carpet, wearing a Grecian-inspired gown with minimal hair and makeup.

Look through our gallery below for all of the fashion from the night.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sydney

Labor MP Anne Aly has thrown down the gauntlet to Foreign Minister (and unofficial Minister for Fashion) Julie Bishop, by starring in a fashion show during day two of Fashion Week Australia in Sydney.

As Bishop, who coined the term "fashion diplomacy" and is a patron of the Australian Fashion Chamber, was out running with diplomats during a Heads of Mission visit to Cairns, Aly graced the catwalk at Carriageworks in Thomas Puttick's show.

The counter-terrorism expert was a star in the diverse cast of models that featured other women of varying ages, cultural backgrounds and sizes. All models donated their appearance fee to White Ribbon.

Puttick simply "asked" Aly to participate in his first Fashion Week outing which showcased his ethical and sustainable designs.

His years spent as an underling at the houses of Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen and Helmut Lang were noticeable thanks to his clean lines, neutral palette and luxurious fabrics.

Fashion Week veteran Alice McCall took a lighter approach with cobweb lace dresses, her famous ruffles and more feathers than a chicken coop.

A $2000 ostrich feather jacket and a number of feathery clutch purses that looked like docile poodles were highlights – as was her take on gothic brocade and metallic dresses. Whatever the weather, come spring time McCall wants her customers to be dressing like Big Bird's cousin, albeit one that has moved out of Sesame Street and in with Edie Bouvier Beale.

"The florals are faded to the brink of death," McCall said. "You know? Like a lovely rose in its last days, it's about to wilt but it smells so heady. There is no sugar without spice."

New menswear label Justin Cassin also caused a stir – thanks in part to the rumoured $100,000 that was paid to Australian-born emerging supermodel Jordan Barrett who opened and closed the show.

But the real drama was off the catwalk and in the front row as Today co-host Karl Stefanovic stepped out with his new girlfriend, Jasmine Yarbrough. It's the first time the pair have been (knowingly) photographed since their relationship was made public back in February.

The couple were in attendance to support model Christian Wilkins, son of Richard Wilkins, who was making his Fashion Week debut on the catwalk.

Fashion Week Australia continues on Tuesday with sisters and emerging fashion stars macgraw set to showcase after swimwear label Katama launches with a splash at Andrew Boy Charlton Pool.

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Dior Cruise Channeled Georgia O’Keeffe

Dior Cruise Channeled Georgia O’Keeffe in Calabasas

In the Calabasas hills, “Dior Sauvage” was written up like the house’s version of the Hollywood sign while printed-silk hot-air balloons and bonfires surrounded the venue. The glamp to end all glamps set the stage for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first cruise collection for Dior, presented in Los Angeles on Thursday evening. The Italian designer is not known for her restraint.

Guests, such as Rihanna, Solange Knowles, and Brie Larson sipped on Champagne or green juice spiked with vodka to watch the show. Rihanna’s ensemble — off-the-shoulder fur, jeans, and combat boots — could have been ripped from the runway.

The 20,000-year-old Lascaux caves were a major source of inspiration in the collection. Many prints resembled cave paintings.

The collection itself looked like Dior’s take on Western artist and muse Georgia O’Keeffe’s wardrobe. Belts, fringe, and splashes of red accessorized the prairie dresses and Western prints that walked down the desert-cum-runway. Ruth Bell, Dior darling, opened in a skeleton- and snake-printed dress with fringe on the collar and the hem. Gaucho hats by Stephen Jones perched on messy braids and replaced last season’s omnipresent beret.

After the runway, Solange Knowles performed in a white wide-legged pants with a white tulle top. She said mid-performance, “I’ve been very weary to dip my toe back in [the fashion industry]. But I gotta say, if I’m going to do it, the love that’s in this space tonight is how it should be done. So, thank you for that.”

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a special occasion

the affordable jewellery you won't need to save for a special occasion

Sadly, there’s very little that I have in common with the late Zsa Zsa Gabor, apart from a tendency to overuse the word “darling”. (Though perhaps she, too, had a terrible memory for names.)

But there is one Gabor-ism that I’m keen to carry on – a proclivity for wearing diamonds every day. Complimented on her rocks while appearing on a chat show, she once replied: “Oh, dahlink, these are just my working diamonds.” You know, as opposed to her other diamonds, the whacking great ones she saved for best.

In the real world (as opposed to Zsa Zsa’s), wearing diamonds during the day used to be both out of budget and in bad taste, with the exception of an engagement ring. And what diamonds you did own were likely inherited or received as gifts – because who buys themselves diamonds? Well, these days, we do, apparently. “Women are now self-purchasing more than ever,” says Billie Faricy-Hyett, Net-A-Porter’s Senior Buyer for Accessories and Bags, and “buying jewellery for themselves to wear every day – they want to invest in beautiful pieces from jewellery-specific designers.” These designers – think New York labels Maria Tash, Catbird, and Wwake – are changing the way we shop, by tapping into a new “demi-fine” price point, around the £300-500 mark. They’re still not cheap, admittedly, but they’re certainly more accessible than the fine jewellery end of the market – and demand for these brands is so high that Net-A-Porter are having to place orders a year in advance to manage production.

The trend first hit the UK when fashion editors began to visit Maria Tash’s piercing studio on East 4th street between shows at New York Fashion Week, emerging with multiple diamond ear piercings. “There are centuries of precedence in other cultures for beautiful jewellery being worn all around the ear,” says Tash, explaining why multiple piercings took off. “Now we have developed the tiny and durable jewellery to match our taste in beauty, and co-exist with our modern active lifestyles.” She’s not joking – I wear my tiny diamond hoops in bed, the shower, even to the gym. When Maria Tash launched a pop-up in Liberty last year, demand was high enough to lead to a permanent space on the department store’s ground floor – with appointments booked solid for months in advance. “Demand has been overwhelming – and wonderful. Women of all ages are embracing multiple ear piercings.”

In 2014, sisters Christie and Rosanna Wollenberg spotted that same gap in the market for mid-level jewellery. Having worked in fashion and communications respectively, they launched their own website, Otiumberg, stocking jewellery brands at the £300 mark, before starting their own label of the same name last October. “It’s a self-justifying price point,” agree the sisters. “More and more women are buying jewellery for themselves, seeking wiser purchases in the form of luxury pieces for everyday wear. They know the value in investing in demi-fine design because of its craftsmanship and longevity.”

Could it be that demi-fine jewellery is 2017’s answer to the lipstick index? While the economy stutters, you might balk at spending thousands on an of-the-moment handbag, or even 30 quid on a fast-fashion top, but diamonds? Well, those are forever. So far, my only diamonds are working diamonds, and tiny ones at that – Zsa Zsa probably had more ice in the bottom of her handbag. But, darlings, we’ve all got to start somewhere …

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The Best Advice for Working Moms

Kendra Scott Started a Billion-Dollar Business with $500 — Here’s Her Best Advice for Working Moms

Entrepreneurship has never been considered a career path for the faint of heart.

Throw motherhood, scarce resources and a recent national tragedy into the mix, and some might call it a recipe for cardiac arrest.

But Kendra Scott — who started her billion-dollar jewelry line with $500, just three months after having her first child and only two months after the September 11 terror attacks — made good with an unlikely formula for business building.

“I think all of it — entrepreneurship — is very hard,” Scott said. “In the early stages, when I was just starting out and had a newborn baby, I had to [work out of] an extra bedroom of my house. I had to be very scrappy and figure out how to make this work for my children. Failure was not an option.”

Scott, a mother of three boys, was one of four fashion industry mavens honored at the National Mother’s Day Committee’s 39th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards in New York on Monday. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president at the Estée Lauder Companies; Kate Oldham, SVP, GMM of beauty, lingerie and swim at Saks Fifth Avenue; and Judy Schmeling, president of Cornerstone Brands and COO of HSN Inc., were also celebrated at the event, which was hosted by Joanna Coles, chief content officer of Hearst Magazines.

Past honorees include Coles, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang and Mindy Grossman.

FN caught up with Scott at the ceremony to discuss how she creates a mom-friendly environment at her company and her best tips for balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship.

On how mothers who want to become entrepreneurs can get started:

“First, whatever it is that you’re going to do, it needs to be something that you’re passionate about, because then you really won’t be working — and those long, sleepless nights will be so much more worthwhile. I love fashion and jewelry design, so for me, I never feel like I’m working, which helps. But you have to find white space in the market — so whatever it is that you’re doing, look for opportunity.”

On why a unique business model is imperative:

“Don’t be afraid to go against the grain, because if you’re doing what everybody else is doing, then you’ve already failed. You’ve got to do it different, and you’ve got to put your own unique fingerprint on it, because that’s what’s going to get you noticed. The most important thing is to surround yourself with great people. Know what you’re good at and also know what you’re not good at, and bring people around you that are great at the things that you struggle with, and build a winning team.”

On how motherhood helped her as a businesswoman:

“I think [motherhood] has helped me tremendously [as an entrepreneur], because once you get this gift of becoming a mom, everything else around you comes into perspective [and you realize] what’s important. I’ve been able to create a company that celebrates motherhood and celebrates women and shows that you can do it all — you can have an awesome career and you can be an awesome mom. Running a company from that perspective — from the shoes of a mom — has really made our company special and unique.”

On creating mom-friendly work policies at her company:

“We offer an amazing extended maternity leave [as well as] paternity leave for fathers. We have a wellness room so that [mothers] can nurse or pump. We have a refrigerator [in there] dedicated to mothers’ milk. We’ve got all of the Kendra Scott babies on the wall. We’ve got a little child’s room where you can bring your kids after school or camp in the summer. We have books, toys, video games and coloring books, and a place for them to study. We want our moms to know that family is first at Kendra Scott. We don’t want you to ever miss a recital or a doctor’s appointment. I trust and respect my employees that they’re going to do what they need to do to get their job done, but they need to be present for their families. When you do that, you have happy, joyful people that are thrilled to work for the company.”

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Marc Jacobs Lay Off Majority of Its European Team

Why Did Marc Jacobs Lay Off Majority of Its European Team?

Marc Jacobs recently let go majority of its European staff in Paris. The move is a huge shakeup in the industry, so why did the brand do it?

A spokeswoman from LVMH told WWD that this was done to “leverage the power of the Marc Jacobs brand and position the company to enhance growth and improve performance.” She added that they will also operate out of their New York office from now on.

Meanwhile, the news outfit pointed out that the decline in Marc Jacobs’ sales may also play a big role on the restructuring. LVMH chief financial adviser Jean-Jacques Guiony even admitted that it was “probably one of the few negative performances we have in the group.”

“We’re not positive about the outlook. I’m positive about the brand and the teams. That’s all. We are very positive we will make it,” he said.

There are no figures as to how many were affected by this lay-off. However, the restructuring will end the run of the men’s line as the company plans to only focus on womenswear. A similar instance happened in 2015 when the brand shut down Marc by Marc Jacobs so they can focus on the primary line.

This was definitely a tough decision to make, and hopefully, it’s the right one.

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a Little Bit Weird

Brie Larson Got "a Little Bit Weird" With Gold Foil Flakes in Her Hair for the Met Gala

As the seemingly endless red carpet wore on Monday night at the Met Gala, attendees clearly fit in one of two categories: safe and pretty or avant-garde and fantastical. Brie Larson’s Chanel ensemble was no doubt beautiful, but she also took some chances when it came to her gold leaf–decorated hair and makeup, which featured tiny pearls around her eyes.

Her longtime hairstylist Mara Roszak, a big fan of Comme des Garcons, took inspiration from Rei Kawakubo's innovative spirit. "We took to hear the idea that this was the perfect time to get a little bit weird," she says.

Roszak combed old archives from the fashion house, and got excited about the "rad designs and the idea of not taking her look too seriously. We did not want it to seem overdone or too symmetrical." The creation she came up with is, in her words, "artistic, structured and creative, with an old glam twist." Larson's Old Hollywood–leaning style is updated and modernized by gold foil flakes Roszak applied to the left side of her part to make the look special for the Met Gala.

The 'do itself, however, is one she says works in real life for day or night. Easily re-created (L'Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Volume Inject Mousse and Lock It Clean Style Gel are key products for hold and shape), it has several fun and interesting elements, like a wavy side part and ends that hang out of the faux bob. She added texture and swept Larson’s hair into a ponytail, which she pinned to the nape of the actress' neck for a faux bob.

Bottom line: "It was all about not taking it too seriously and really having fun."

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The Weeknd Can't Stop Collaborating

The Weeknd Can't Stop Collaborating; The Kardashians Move On From Monica Rose

The Weeknd Has Two More Collaborations Coming

His moniker may be a play on the two days of the week that are meant to be a break from work, but The Weeknd himself has been busier than ever. The singer has two collaborations on the horizon, the first with Grey Goose — which will act as an official sponsor of his North American tour, for which it created two signature cocktails in his honor — and the second with Futura 2000, on a capsule collection of denim jackets, bomber jackets, hoodies and tees in collaboration with Bravado, which also powered his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour merch pop-up shops. These are in addition to recent partnerships with H&M and Puma. All this, and he's still found time to find love with Selena Gomez.

Insiders Speak for First Time About Gianni Versace's Murder

Gianni Versace's longtime partner, Antonio D'Amico, gave his first interview in the U.S. about Versace's murder to Dateline NBC's Keith Morrison, in which he described his reaction to hearing the fatal gunshot fired by Andrew Cunanan. The interview is part of a special pegged to the 20-year anniversary of Versace's death at his private mansion in Miami. Ryan Murphy is also producing a 10-episode series, Versace: American Crime Story, starring Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez, which will debut in 2018.

Kardashians Split With Longtime Stylist Monica Rose

Monica Rose, architect of the influential personal style of the Kardashians, is officially parting ways with the family. According to People's sources, all five sisters have begun working with new stylists. Kylie Jenner was the first to drift away from Rose to begin working with Rose's former assistant, Jill Jacobs, in December. In recent weeks, Khloe and Kourtney have begun working with stylist Dani Michelle, whose clients include Sofia Richie and Bella Thorne, and Kendall is reportedly working with Beyonce's stylist, Marni Senofonte. People also reports that the sisters no longer follow Rose on Instagram.

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Meet the 95-year-old granny who is taking Instagram by storm

At 95-years-old, Ernie Stollberg has become an Instagram sensation.

Ernie, from Austria, has gained recognition thanks to her regular appearances on Vienna concept store Park's Instagram.

However, Ernie's rise to fashion stardom was unsuspected, as she was spotted by the store's owners after often stopping by to pet their puppy, who then realised how photogenic she is.

"We would have never grabbed an older lady off the street to do this. We got to know each other and to trust each other so we could start this very special collaboration," Markus Strasser, Park's co-owner and stylist, told Vogue.

Now, Ernie visits the store between 11am and 6pm, although shooting photos on Strasser's iPhone takes only about 10 minutes.

Every photo of Ernie is fun and full of character, while Strasser praises her ability to look different in front of the camera.

"If I put something very elegant on her, she immediately has an elegant pose," he said.

"If I put something trashy or something cool on her, her attitude changes immediately for that kind of look, and I almost don’t have to say anything."

While Stollberg says the outfits she models are "too extreme" and she "wouldn't wear them on the street," they've been a hit with fashion lovers on Instagram, with Park's Instagram account currently at 12.5k followers.

It's true what they say, age is just a number.

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Relationship Instagram Official

Amber Heard and Elon Musk Make Their Relationship Instagram Official

Amber Heard and Elon Musk are getting close down under.

In a series of paparazzi photos, the duo are seen zip lining in Gold Coast, Queensland. The actress is currently in Australia to film Aquaman, in which she stars opposite Jason Momoa.

Heard, 31, and Musk, 45, both took to their Instagram accounts to post a photo that showed the billionaire and Tesla CEO with a lipstick kiss-mark left visibly on his cheek. "Cheeky," captioned Heard. According to Musk, they were sharing a meal with Aquaman director James Wan and film producer Rob Cowan at Moo Moo restaurant.

Heard and Musk were seen out and about together last year following their divorces from Johnny Depp and Westworld's Talulah Riley, respectively. Musk also has five sons from his previous marriage with author Justine Musk.

Musk had apparently been interested in meeting Heard years ago, when he nearly met the actress while he was doing a cameo in Robert Rodriguez's 2013 movie Machete Kills. (Heard starred as Miss San Antonio in the action film.) A source told The Hollywood Reporter that he would send emails to Rodriguez and others to set up a meeting with Heard.

Looks like those emails worked out, after all.

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Artworks Covered by Fair Use

Artist Richard Prince Claims Instagram Artworks Covered by Fair Use

On the heels of Beyonce’s legal team claiming fair use in the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the singer over her hit song “Formation,” artist Richard Prince is relying on the same defense in the latest copyright suit filed against him. Prince – a well-known “appropriation artist – was slapped with a couple of copyright infringement suits last year in connection with his “New Portraits” show, which consisted of photos of others’ Instagram postings with some minor additions from Prince.

In the first of the suits, which Los Angeles-based photographer Donald Graham filed against Prince in a New York federal court in January 2016, Graham alleges that Prince infringed the copyright in his photo, Rastafarian Smoking a Joint, “a somber black and white portrait capturing a Rastafarian man in the act of lighting a marijuana cigarette” by including it in his “New Portraits” show.

Graham further alleged that the differences between his original photograph and Prince’s subsequent print are minimal: Prince “minorly cropped” the top and bottom slightly and framed the photograph with the design elements of Instagram, including four lines of text comments. The dimensions are almost the same: Graham has a limited edition print available at 4 feet by 5 feet; Prince’s work is 4 feet ¾ inches by 5 feet 5 ¾ inches.

In asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to toss out the case, Prince’s legal counsel has argued that the artist’s use of Graham’s photo amounts to fair use, thereby shielding him from copyright infringement claims.

Prince’s lawyers rely on a 2013 ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which held that Prince was protected by fair use, a defense to copyright infringement based on the notion that a work derived from a previously copyrighted work may be transformed to the point that the copyrights stemming from the original work are not violated by the subsequent work. The Second Circuit found that Prince largely did not violate photographer Patrick Cariou's copyrights in using his photos, as Prince's works were different enough from the originals, even though they were clearly based on prior works of Cariou. Prince altered and incorporated several of Cariou's photographs for a collection of his own, entitled "Canal Zone."

In that case, the Second Circuit overturned the lower court's ruling, which found that Prince's art was lacking the necessary commentary on Cariou's work to be considered fair use.

Prince’s motion to dismiss comes after his legal team filed a response to the plaintiff’s lawsuit (in a legal document referred to as an answer), “blasting [Graham’s suit] as an attempt to ‘essentially re-litigate’ his controversial fair use victory against [Cariou].” Prince's attorney, Joshua Schiller, of Manhattan firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, argued in the answer that the court should rely on that case, and find that Prince’s current work is similarly transformative, and as a result, such work should be protected under the "fair use" provisions of copyright law.

Schiller further argues that because the central meaning of Prince’s work is firmly based on the use of social media, it is not merely an appropriation of Graham's photograph. He also suggests that the work should be protected because it does not affect the market for Graham's output, which is one factor in legal test for determining fair use.

In the other copyright infringement suit against Prince stemming from the “New Portraits” show, commercial, editorial and fine art photographer, Eric McNatt, claims that Prince made an infringing derivative copy of his portrait of Sonic Youth front woman, Kim Gordon, and is therefore, on the hook for copyright infringement.

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Hong Kong fashion pop-up goes for bricks and mortar

Some Hong Kong fashion and lifestyle retailers are closing because of dwindling sales but others are trying experimental business models. Popular flash sale retailer On The List banks on in its pricing to lure shoppers.

Launched in January 2016, its pop-up sales offer clothing, accessories and lifestyle goods from well-known brands at heavy discounts. A year on, the company has just invested in its first permanent showroom in Central, which will host weekly sales for its growing list of members.

The company was founded by two former retail executives Delphine Lefay and Diego Dultzin Lacoste, who noticed a lack of options for brands looking to dispose of excess stock.

“Excess inventory is problematic. Yes, you have brand-run outlets or malls like Citygate but these are usually very big, and appeal to tourists who are looking for specific items such as logos. The stock is also extremely old while discounts aren’t that competitive. We view ourselves as complementary to these existing models,” says Dultzin.

While flash sale retailers in Europe and America tend to exist solely online, the duo decided to break with tradition and go bricks and mortar. They tested their concept by hosting a series of four-day pop-up sales at prime locations in the city including PMQ or the Fringe Club. Instead of focusing solely on luxury, they approached popular labels in the contemporary and mass market sectors such as ready-to-wear brands ba&sh, Karen Millen, and Ted Baker, as well as lifestyle companies including ghd, Watson’s Wine and Moleskine.

“Initially we were too young for big brands to come to us so we focused on any brand that is desirable,” says Lefay. “Our members may own a nice pair of shoes from Santoni but they also own flip-flops from Havaianas or a jacket from Reiss. The modern customer, mixes and matches so we thought it would be good to mix product categories, price and positioning.”

On The List events are members-only and a personalised barcode is used to access the sales venue. A team of up to 50 staff ensure that crowds are kept to a minimum and that everything runs smoothly.

It wasn’t long before the big players such as Armani, Vilebrequin and Roberto Cavalli came calling, and the company increased its sales frequency from monthly to weekly in October (since inception it has held more than 30 events). Earlier this year it started looking for a permanent venue before finally settling on a 7,000 sq ft space in the basement of an office building in Central.

“Getting the trust of brands was the biggest challenge. Convincing them that you can do the operations and still bring value in terms of stock is hard,” says Lefay. “Now they are convinced because we offer them a solution which includes a venue, publicity and a database that is different to theirs. For Hong Kong people it’s a new concept and out of the box. It’s a way for them to discover a brand, and even if they are buying at discount, hopefully it builds loyalty,” she says.

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Karina Akhmadikina

Karina Akhmadikina, Thomas Klocanas

Karina Vadimova Akhmadikina, a daughter of Farida H. Batyrova and Vadim N. Akhmadikin of Houston was married April 11 to Thomas Michel-Théodore Klocanas, a son of Benedicte C. Brouder of San Diego and Philippe D. Klocanas of Paris. Angel L. Lopez, a staff member in the office of the City Clerk, officiated at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.

The bride and groom graduated from Bocconi University in Milan, and each received a master’s degree in management from HEC Paris.

Mrs. Klocanas, 25, works in New York as a fashion and luxury industry analyst for Barclays Investment Bank.

The bride’s father is a business development manager at Halliburton, the oil field service company based in Houston. Her mother is a Russian language teacher at Masha Russian Academy, a day care for children in Sugar Land, Tex.

The groom, 26, is pursuing an M.B.A. at Columbia. Until December, he was a financial services analyst at Barclays Investment Bank in London.

The groom’s mother runs the middle school division at the San Diego French-American School. His father is a partner in the Weinberg Capital Partners fund in Paris.

The couple met in March 2011 at a fashion blogger’s birthday party in Milan.

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Kids In Fashion

Target’s newest Kids’ apparel and accessories brand, is in session! The trendy line is all about encouraging kids to express themselves through what they’re wearing, just like an actual art class.

The line kicked off with a limited-edition collection called The Class of 2017, which was co-designed by a group of 10 notable kids whose interests range from singing and dancing to cooking and surfing, and are known for their creativity and ingenuity.

The Class of 2017 includes 13-year-old YouTube sensation and singer Johnny Orlando, 14-year-old tech guru Mercer Henderson and 7-year-old model, actress and globally-recognized young fashionista Haileigh Vasquez, among others.

With most items under $20, the spring assortment features edgier and expressive everyday apparel for kids including jersey dresses, joggers, tropical-printed track jackets and tie-dye denim.

We had the oportunity to contact Haileigh Vasquez, and this is what the Dominican-American fashion designer said about this exciting experience.

Latin Times: What sparked your interest in fashion?

Haileigh Vasquez: I started modeling as a baby. My parents discovered my love for fashion when I took my first steps chasing after a purse. Now, I’m really into being creative, so I draw all the time and even cut and stitch different colored and patterned fabrics together.

LT: Why did you decide to collaborate as a fashion designer for Target? When and how did Target contact you to be part of The Class of 2017?

HV: Target reached out to me last summer to share its plans for Art Class and see if I’d like to participate as part of The Class of 2017.

LT: What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer? What role did you play in the design of the collection?

HV: Honestly, I love everything about being a fashion designer. It was so much fun to touch and see the different fabrics of the Art Class collection. I also really enjoyed being involved in every part from sketching to last minute touches. It means so much to me to be able to see my ideas come to life!

I worked with Target’s design team at their headquarters in Minneapolis to co-design two pieces in this collection, and also shared my feedback on the other items that they created for Art Class. I loved working with Target. I think it’s awesome that they’re listening to kids and letting us be part of the design process for this new fashion line.

LT: How do you define your creative process?

HV: I would describe my creative process as magic! When I see a color or style I like, it’s almost as if a fashion alarm goes off in my head alerting me that something amazing is about to come to life.

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Forcing High Heels on the Job

British Columbia Amends Law to Prohibit Employers from Forcing High Heels on the Job

Until very recently, some companies in British Columbia were legally permitted to force women to wear high heels at work. Not anymore. A recent amendment to the Canadian province’s 1996 Workers Compensation Act has outlawed the practice in an effort to ensure that workplace footwear is of “optimum safety to the employee,” with factors including slipping, tripping, potential for musculoskeletal injury and temperature extremes all taken into account.

The premier of the province, Christy Clark, announced the amendment on Friday, stating: “In some workplaces in our province, women are required to wear high heels on the job. Like most British Columbians, our government thinks this is wrong.” She continued on to note that the high heel requirement was “dangerous and discriminatory” and that “there is a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling, as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back from prolonged wearing of high heels while at work.”

The province’s labor minister, Shirley Bond, echoed this noting, saying: “I expect employers to recognize this very clear signal that forcing someone to wear high heels at work is unacceptable.” The amendment comes a month after 25 restaurant chains in Ontario stopped forcing female employees to wear heels and short skirts as part of their uniform.

Law in the UK

Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, British Parliament members recently reviewed legislation in connection with “sexist workplace dress codes,” including jobs that require women to wear high heels after receptionist Nicola Thorp launched a petition, asking Parliament to review such legislation.

The petition, which Thorp started after she was sent home for work on more than one occasion for refusing to wear shoes with a 2- to 4-inch heel, surpassed the requirement of 100,000-signatures, which are needed before Parliament will consider a petition for debate. "There is no written statutory law that deals with dress codes per se," Anna Birtwistle, a partner at employment firm CM Murray in London told Fortune last year.

Employers generally have the right to enforce dress codes at work if it represents a "reasonable request," she told Fortune. Whether or not a dress code is discriminatory against women or other protected classes depends entirely by court-made law in the UK, and such determinations are based entirely on how a certain dress code relates to a worker's ability to do his/her specific job.

In connection with Thorp's petition, British MPs said that laws banning sexist dress codes at work must be more readily enforced. "The government has said that the dress code imposed on Thorp was unlawful—but the Committees heard that requirements for women to wear high heels at work remain widespread," the parliamentary committees for Petitions and for Women and Equalities said in a joint response in January.

Helen Jones, chair of the Petitions Committee, said: "It's not enough for the law to be clear in principle—it must also work in practice. The government has said that the way that Nicola Thorp was treated by her employer is against the law, but that didn’t stop her being sent home from work without pay."

In the United States

Finally in the U.S., it is not illegal to require women to wear heels on the job, per say. While on-the-job uniform requirements are permissible, they will likely afoul of the law if there are specific policies that segregate garments and accessories requirements based on gender. Federal law in the U.S., including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, allows for different rules depending on an individual's gender as long as the policies do not burden men or women unequally or constitute discrimination on the basis of sex stereotype.

In New York, in particular, the New York City Commission on Human Rights announced new guidelines last year that expressly prohibited “enforcing dress codes, uniforms, and grooming standards that impose different requirements based on sex or gender.” As noted by the New York Times' Vanessa Friedman, this means that "no employer may require men to wear ties unless they also require women to wear ties, or ask that heels be worn unless both sexes have to wear them. And though this applies only to 'official' dress codes, the trickle-down effect is inevitable."

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Zero Space to Create Ethical Fashion To Benefit Consumers

Zero Space to Create Ethical Fashion To Benefit Consumers, Environment & Fashion Companies

Zero Space a small fashion startup in South Korea, is headed towards ethical fashion in order to render awareness about environment caused by fashion companies. The company is taking a strict step over the waste thrown each day by the fashion companies. This is the first time any fashion company has step forward to protect the environment.

The CEO of Zero Space Shin Yun-ye stated that they throw out 22 tons day which is around 8,000 tons a year. Her company is a small fashion startup nestled between the factories in Changsin-dong. As reported by Korea Herald, Zero Space is working to produce high-quality clothing and home products that create as little waste as possible.

Shin was a finalist of beauty content and she is also a fine artist by training. She first came to Changshin-dong in 2011 as a volunteer to run a large corporation for underprivileged children. She stated that the has realized that simply running an arts program funded by the corporation was not the best way to solve the problems that people are facing due to fashion companies.

She stated that she thought about various options that they could use art to change real life hardships through Zero Space. While working with the locals, she has come across a new problem that is very dangerous to the environment. Each day, when the motorcycles were fully loaded with finished products, the factories throw away their leftover fabric.

But soon, she has managed to use the leftover fabric with a simple yet creative idea. Along with the apparels, Zero Space started manufacturing products too. The products like cushions and pouches stuff with leftover fabric. They started a conversation about the fast moving fashion cycle with the locals and the community even offered them a superficial approach towards their creative idea.

Zero Space started manufacturing fashion products for branded e-stores like Common Ground and many other offline shops. Since then the company has sold over 5,000 pieces and the revenue from consumer sales have grown from $28,000 to $153,000.

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how traditional Korean dress influences today’s street-style

how traditional Korean dress influences today’s street-style and casual-wear designers

In South Korea, one of the most enduring influences on fashion design is the traditional hanbok. Long before Chanel presented a Korean-dynasty-inspired cruise collection in Seoul in 2015, Korean designers had played with different ideas for modernising the traditional national dress.

Veteran designers such as Lie Sang Bong have made use of traditional Korean fabric arts, including silk quilting techniques found on bojagi, Korean “wrapping cloths”, while the otherworldly creations of late designer Andre Kim often featured traditional patterns and an endless array of shimmering brocade. Seeing his collections on the catwalk made you feel like you were watching a futuristic Korean opera while floating in space.

The popularity of historical Korean dramas such Jewel in The Palace and Moon Embracing The Sun has contributed to a resurgence in the popularity of traditional wear among Koreans, while in everyday life the hanbok is often worn on important cultural days or at family events, such as weddings and first birthdays.

On the streets of Anguk and Insadong, popular hanok (traditional Korean house) neighbourhoods of Seoul, young Koreans and tourists alike can often be seen in borrowed hanboks, rented by the hour from local shops. Most of them wear bright, vibrant colours in deep reds, purple, gold, or bright pink – colours traditionally worn by Korean royalty. Muted greys and pastels were worn by commoners and peasants, depending on marital status and age; black and white hanboks are rarely worn because of the colours’ association with death.

On the subways and streets of Seoul older women can often be seen wearing tent-shaped silk dresses – inspired by the garb of the Joseon dynasty that ruled the Korean peninsula for five centuries – that keep the wearer cool in the heat of summer or sporting boxy cotton-filled coats made from Korean jacquard with woven patterns featuring flowers such as the chrysanthemum and cherry blossoms.

And last week, while models paraded autumn-winter 2017 collections at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, on the streets of Seoul a group of Indonesian tourists had finished off their hanbok looks with hijabs, while young Korean women could be seen in full or partial hanboks; modernised versions of the jeogori – the upper part of the hanbok – can be bought at shops and markets, to be worn with dresses, jeans and other looks. At fashion week, there were some new takes on traditional clothing, and the hanbok’s influence could be seen in casual-wear and even street-style collections.

At The Kam’s “Wear Grey” concept show, held in collaboration with four other sustainable-fashion designers, lilac lace embroidered with traditional floral patterns was layered over other fabrics, while chest-level ruffle details on a satin dress emulated the top of the chima, or skirt, of a hanbok.

“The collection features different aspects of the hanbok’s tie or collar,” said Seonju Kam, director of The Kam, of the long neck sash featured in a few looks. “I think the grey tones of this collection are reminiscent of the late Joseon dynasty.”

Dgnak, a brand led by Kang Dong-jun, one of Korea’s more eccentric designers, has in the past married traditional Korean silhouettes with all-black street-style looks. Kang often has local underground hip hop groups perform and walk in his shows. This season, he conjured visions from 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film The Bride With White Hair; models with whitened hair and wearing silvery contact lenses paraded down the catwalk in black hanbok-inspired robes and coats amid the fog from a smoke machine.

Near the end of his show, Yohan Kim, of Yohanix, featured a series of shiny brocade coats in pink and navy, lime-green and navy, and violet and green, featuring cherry blossom and other floral patterns. Such materials and patterns are usually worn by older generations of Koreans; it was interesting to see the look reinvented for a youthful audience.

Miss Gee Collection, designed by Gee Chun-hee, caters mostly to older women and offered a take on an old classic too. The tailored, feminine womenswear collection featured a black satin two-piece suit with floral patterns, as well as a topcoat featuring the same patterns along with a fur-rimmed collar.

Injoo Lee at Moon Lee Artwear had a fun, youthful twist on traditional silhouettes and colours. Lee, who is known for combining traditional materials with modern pattern cutting techniques, showed a playful series of looks, including velvet goreum sashes and an array of billowing gem-toned chima-like bottoms.

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A Sneak Peek at Chanel’s Red Slouch Boots

A Sneak Peek at Chanel’s Red Slouch Boots, Christian Louboutin’s Lead Role and More News From Paris

The Nineties redux continues apace. Cult skate brand Airwalk is relaunching its Classics collection and has chosen Paris’ Colette concept store for the worldwide debut. “We are incredibly excited to be the first store to relaunch the Airwalk Classics collection,” says Colette creative director Sarah Andelman. Check out the week-long Airwalk installation in Colette’s famous Rue Saint-Honoré storefront window starting Monday at colette

A style from the newly relaunched Airwalk Classics collection.

ON SET WITH CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN: The shoe supremo is full of surprises. Along with gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac and photographer Ali Mahdavi, Louboutin is appearing in “Alien Crystal Palace,” an independent film directed by French artist Arielle Dombasle. Despite the name, it’s suitably cerebral. Dombasle is married to the philosopher Bernard Henri-Lévy, after all.

On Friday, she shot a scene bang in the middle of a party hosted by interior architect Vincent Darré (the film’s art director), which involved the trio working their way through the throng of guests, flanked by cloaked, hooded figures wearing gold masks. “It’s an impossible love story, and that scene is about the metaphoric forces that lead people — fortune, crime and civilization. That’s all I can say,” the director told us, continuing that Ropac represents civilization, Mahdavi crime, and Louboutin symbolizes fortune. But of course. “We’ve been friends since forever,” she said, “and I always put my friends in my movies.”

I SHOULD COCO: We’ve already seen Chanel’s fall 2017 show shoes — those glitter boots in all manner of sparkly iridescent shades — but here’s a sneak peek at Act 1, the commercial collection. 2017 is all about celebrating the house’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, so footwear designer Laurence Dacade has created a covetable take on the slouch boot that is set to dominate our shoe-drobes come fall.

This red suede number features the house signature bi-color toe done in contrast black satin and comes daubed with the name of the house’s founding doyenne. A new signature piece if ever we saw one.

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H&M Works on Gaining Speed

H&M Works on Gaining Speed, Launches New Brand

After years of hectic expansion across the world, Swedish fast fashion giant H&M's profitability has faltered as Inditex (parent to Zara), Fast Retailing's Uniqlo and online specialists, such as ASOS, have gained an edge in "fast fashion.” By turning over more new styles each year and having production closer to customers, they can quickly boost supplies of best-selling items.

H&M's supply chain lead times are around double those of Inditex, according to a report this month by Goldman Sachs, which recommended that investors "sell" H&M shares. The company’s Chief Executive Karl-Johan Persson conceded that its supply chain practices had remained the same while the world had changed. H&M would "definitely" move some production closer to end-markets while keeping an eye on profitability.

"Some is about moving to Europe as well, it could be Turkey or other countries in Europe, in order to get faster deliveries to Europe," he said. The company would also seek more flexibility with suppliers so it needs lower inventories and boost spending to make the supply chain more flexible.

H&M has seen competition and price pressure in its budget ranges increase from rivals such as Britain's Primark, which recently entered H&M's biggest market Germany. H&M is also branching out to reach a broader customer base and cut exposure to the budget segment. On Thursday it announced a new chain of stores, ARKET, with a slightly higher price range than its core budget H&M brand. The new chain would also sell brands made by third parties.

But H&M has a dilemma – the need to compete on price means four fifths of its production is in Asia, far more than Inditex which sources around half its products from countries close to its main markets, allowing it to react faster to sales trends. More of Inditex's clothes are ordered, produced and delivered in-season, on demand, from nearby factories within weeks so it can capitalize on the constantly shifting preferences of young, fashion-conscious shoppers.

H&M's further-flung supply base could also leave it more exposed to trade disruption from protectionist moves such as Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. "While we don’t know if imports or exports will change for either, or other, countries at this point, if they do create significant impacts, that could change the dynamics of production for many retailers in the long term," said Kantar Retail consultant Tiffany Hogan.

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