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Protests in France against the fashion for thinness

Protests in France against the fashion for thinness

Protests are growing more frequent in Paris against the fashion of thinness imposed largely by the dressmakers, but also by the more recent activities of a sporting generation.

While the latter is a more or less natural slimness, the dressmakers insist that all and sundry should adapt their forms to the tubular fashions of the day, even when these forms have far more in common with a sphere.

Elderly women in particular, it is alleged, have done themselves much harm by drastic dieting and too much exercise. It is not given to everyone, for instance, to roll the length of the dining-room twelve times every morning before breakfast without feeling shattered after the event.

Probably it is girls who are the worst sufferers from the fashion. Heartrending examples are given by the anti-slim protestants of girls who go without every form of sweet, and work and play all night and all day in order to retain the required slimness. There are others who run sport to death in the interests of their figures.

Nor is thinness the only dangerous fashion of the moment. There is the fashion for no hats, which has gained greatly among young French girls. This, it is alleged, has produced innumerable cases of sunstroke and even erysipelas. There are the everlasting high heels and there are the glass bangles which, it is alleged, break very easily, and thus puncture the arm.

Of all these fashions, however, the most drastic is certainly that of slenderness. In the case of professional mannequins and others connected with the dressmaking trade it is, of course, essential. The dresses shown by them are tighter than would be worn by any ordinary mortal, and the mannequin could not sit down in them even if there were no danger of creasing them.

There are, however, extreme cases. It is likely that on the whole the fashion is a healthy one. It is certainly healthy by comparison with tight waists and tight shoes, and even the comfortable embonpoint which used to be largely due to over-feeding. It is natural that those to whom slenderness is a problem should agitate for a fashion rather more comprehensive in character.

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Stylish Kids’ Shoe Brand

North West Debuts Collab With Stylish Kids’ Shoe Brand

We already know North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, has a closet full of trendy items.

On Thursday, Kardashian posted photos of North wearing faux fur slides from an unreleased collaboration between Kids Supply (her and West’s brand) and kids’ shoe brand AKID. Both Kardashian and West often wear unreleased shoe styles from the Yeezy line, so it seems North is following in her parents’ footsteps.

On her Snapchat and Instagram stories, Kardashian showed off North’s custom T-shirt dress and the gray faux fur slides, as North shied away from the camera. North finally posed for a photo, on which Kardashian wrote “Kids Supply x AKID.”

She didn’t reveal any details on when, if ever, the shoes will be released. But North has been seen wearing a black pair of AKID’s faux fur slides several times. Kourtney Kardashian’s kids, Mason, Penelope and Reign, have all been seen wearing various styles from the trendy kids’ line.

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did the Queen's headgear allude to Brexit

Is today the Queen’s Damascene moment? We only ask because today, as she opened parliament and laid out the government’s intention to deliver the eight bills necessary for Brexit, the Queen – long thought to be a Brexiteer – wore a hat that bore a strong resemblance to the European Union flag.

The hat itself was glorious. A shade of papal purple, with yellow flowers, she wore it with a matching day-coat and dress in a print not a world away from Balenciaga’s spring/summer 2017 inkjet floral print dress. Jolly, informal, was it a deeply coded outfit, or simply Instagram-friendly? Was she throwing shade at the Brexit negotiations or referencing Van Gogh’s Starry Night? Is this royal purple or Lanvin lilac? And so on. Given the Queen’s compulsory nonpartisan role in the Brexit negotiations, the hat remains riddled with ambiguity.

Elsewhere, in what was described as a pared-down ceremony (the first state opening with “reduced ceremonial elements” since 1974), the Queen may have signalled other visual protests: arriving in a car rather than a carriage; omitting the royal procession into the House of Lords chamber and, most notably, wearing a “day dress” rather than robes. The official reason was that the snap election meant there was a clash with other royal pageants, meaning there was not time for rehearsal. Last week, the Queen’s decision to wave aside concerns about security to meet locals after the Grenfell Tower fire – when Theresa May failed to do the same – made the PM look cowardly. Given May’s failure to secure a majority and the shambles of the past few weeks, this outfit could be interpreted as some serious shade.

The pomp and protocol surrounding the state opening of parliament is always ludicrous, but this year feels more at odds with what is happening in the real world than ever. As the government grips tightly to austerity, the Queen’s crown gripped tightly to a cushion as it was driven, as if sentient, to parliament in its own car.

It is the Queen’s job to remain politically impartial, to rise above the fray – she cannot vote. The Telegraph claims that the Queen was pro-Brexit, based on a rumour that she said Britain should “just get on with” leaving the EU at a private lunch before the referendum. But this is hearsay. The difficulty arises when it’s someone’s job to remain silent yet that person represents so much (tradition, continuity, power) that any little semaphore will be jumped on, regardless of its veracity.

We should remain measured on the topic. Today is arguably the biggest day in the Queen’s sartorial calendar – she will later go to Ascot, and wear something equally Snapchattable. As to whether today will be known as the day she sidestepped impartiality to make a silent protest with her hat, we’ll probably never know. But we can have fun with some memes.

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how to wear shorts this summer

If the menswear shows are anything to go by – and of course, they are – the conversation surrounding shorts continues to heat up, with different versions appearing on the catwalk and the front row. The real question is which shorts should you get – and where can you wear them?

On Sunday night in Milan during the men’s fashion shows for spring/summer 2018, Mrs Prada sent out six pairs of shorts that redefined the word “short”. Red, green and black, worn with coats, bumbags and pulled-up socks, they were glorious in their thigh-grazing-ness. Sporty, shorty and, being Prada, they were also most definitely fashion shorts. Elsewhere during the Milan shows, staged in 35C heat, Salvatore Ferragamo sent out a series of rather pleasingly roomy and elegant corduroy shorts that also hit well above the knee.

The other shorts narrative to emerge from the shows is the return of cargo shorts. These were seen at Missoni in their “Urban Gardener” collection, and in London at Martine Rose, the designer who is also a consultant for Balenciaga, and who is fast becoming a barometer of directional fashion. Her shorts were long, loose, scout-friendly and the flip to Mrs Prada’s thigh-grazers.

So cargo shorts or short shorts, where do you sit? Now that Mrs Prada has decreed short shorts a thing, they will doubtless infiltrate fashion across the board. This will be music to the ears of the photographer Juergen Teller, who has long adopted the kind of super short, drawstring running short. Teller usually wears his with a plain crew t-shirt and colourful running trainers. Topman has a khaki pin-stripe pair with a drawstring that also sit mid-thigh. But cargo shorts, a style that has definitely not been deemed a “fashion” short for a very long time, have that utility thing going for them. You can literally stick everything in the pockets and glide around fuss free. How modern.

The real question is where to wear them. Shorts on holiday is one thing, but can you wear them to work? Firstly, like all trends, it depends on your office – remember, fashion is all about context. I might wear a pair of quite short-shorts to fashion week, but I’m likely to err on the side of only just-above-the-knee in the office. And more likely tailored over sporty. You can find this kind of thing easily at Weekday, and elegant French labels such as Editions MR or Lemaire – both excel at styles with a pleat front, which are flattering. Prada’s are not the boardroom. Nor is it likely they were designed for this purpose. Truly though, shorts in the office is one that will always be divisive.

My choice for shorts will usually be a pair of denim cut-offs, which you can fashion yourself. Just slice off a pair of jeans or shorts high on the thigh and make like Robert Rauschenberg – the artist was famously photographed in a pair in Florida in 1979. I confess that on more than one occasion, ahead of a holiday, I have found myself hacking away at a pair of old jeans (and even old chinos) staring at this photograph in order to perfect the perfect Rauschenberg length. If you need a little help, Cos have a winning range of city-friendly shorts including these mid-thigh denim ones.

As I write this from Milan, in my fairly brief DIY denim cut-offs with socks and sandals (if you can’t wear socks and sandals at the Prada Foundation, where can you?), I am recalling the brief conversation I had with Mrs Prada herself after her show. Once the usual group of journalists who huddle to hear Prada’s thoughts on her latest output had dissipated, I leaned in and asked her of the collection: “Was it meant to be sexy?” She chuckled. “That is always necessary,” she said with a flirtatious beam. Frankly, I couldn’t agree more.

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Witness Katy Perry's New L.A. Pop-Up Shop

You can literally lie down in her bed.

Katy Perry has been tirelessly promoting her fourth studio album, Witness, from hosting a three-day (!) live stream of her life on YouTube and performing on Saturday Night Live with Migos to appearing on "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden. Of course, the promotion doesn't stop there — she's hosting a pop-up at Kim Sing Theatre (718 N. Figueroa St.) in L.A.'s Chinatown this week. (Because are you even a pop star if you don't have your own pop-up these days?)

Perry opened the doors to the #KPWWW HQ (the same location where Perry was recorded for 96 hours) on Wednesday, inviting fans to shop exclusive Witness merch and experience "fun surprises," according to her team's tweet.

Based on some of her fan's tweets, the shop features a red short-sleeve tee with the phrase "Keep Calm Honey Imma Stick Around" ($30), a blue crewneck sweater that says "Bon Appetit" on the chest ($65) and a red-and-white gym bag that reads "Another One in the Basket" on the side ($45), among other pieces laden with lyrics from the album.

Perry has been in the news after The New York Times discussed her post-election awakening and how the old Katy Perry isn't a construct. ("And I'm not a con artist. I didn't con people, like, that was just me. And this is me now," she told writer Caryn Ganz.)

Aside from the merch, there are a number of Insta-ready setups to muse over: a colorful mural inspired by the singer's album-cover art; the round bed in which Perry slept on during her live stream; white cups featuring Witness-inspired doodles and Perry's famous dog, Nugget; and a pink-hued salon-style setup.

Entry is free for the pop-up, which is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday, so be prepared to wait in line.

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5 Clothing Brands Supporting the LGBTQ Community

Earlier this month Urban Outfitters launched their Pride collection in collaboration with Chicago-based rapper Taylor Bennet. Since then we found that other clothing brands have launch their pride collections as well. Ranging from shirts to sneakers, and everyone’s favorite right now, pins. If you want to show some extra love and support for the LGBTQ community, cop some of the items in the list below.

Puma

Puma has definitely been stepping up their game by collaborating with the likes of Rihanna and Kylie Jenner. Now, their Pride Pack features items that represent what you may stand for. The standout of the collection is the Clyde Pride Sneakers that has a metallic rainbow outsole and rainbow laces. Other pieces include a fanny pack, cap, and T-shirts.

Nike

Nike’s BETRUE collection celebrates the pursuit and diversity of all athletes. They added touches rainbow to their sneakers like the Flyknit Racer and Classic Cortez. Nike also released T-shirts, one with “Equality” printed on the front and another that features their iconic swoosh logo in rainbow colors.

Everlane

US brand Everlane released their 100% Human collection for two reasons. The first to support the protection of human rights and to remind us “we are more the same than we are different.” The collection is made up of T-shirts and tank tops with “HUMAN” printed in rainbow colors. For every piece sold, Everlane donates to the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that aims to improve the lives of the LGBTQ community.

Levi’s

With the theme of “Fight Stigma,” Levi’s launched their third Pride collection. Pieces included in this line are T-shirts and tank tops with the words “Fight Stigma” printed on the front, a rainbow pin, and bandanas in different colors. According to the LA Times, chief merchandising officer Grant Barth said, “Fighting stigma on any level is important. And we feel that it’s our responsibility to stand up for the issues of our time. Levi’s has always been on this journey; doing the right thing, standing up for he values and giving everyone a voice.”

Kenneth Cole

For this year’s pride product, Kenneth Cole decided to release something quite simple. Their limited edition KAM sneakers feature a rainbow stripe across the heel of the shoe. Like Everlane, the brand supports the Human Rights Campaign.

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what to wear to work in 2017

Why it’s so hard for women to figure out what to wear to work in 2017

In 1985, Donna Karan launched a collection centered on what she called her seven easy pieces. It offered working women a stylish, flattering capsule wardrobe that could be simply mixed and matched for a variety of looks—and a solution to the perennial problem of what to wear to the office.

The “easy” part was very much the point. In US offices, the suit, or at least a button-up and nice trousers, was the men’s uniform. Women’s work dress wasn’t easy at all: Women were expected to be feminine but not too feminine, creating a variety of ways their outfits could go wrong. Too bright, too tight, too dowdy, too sexy, too masculine—all were potential pitfalls. “Easy” did not describe getting dressed for women at the time.

Today it still doesn’t, but for new reasons. Women have made strides in the workplace, but there is no longer any dominant office dress code in the US. Conservative sectors, such as finance and law, may be slowly loosening up, but they still often require fairly formal clothing. Silicon Valley, meanwhile, is a bastion of informality, home of the business hoodie. In between those two poles are any number of offices that fall at different points along the corporate-to-casual spectrum. “Work clothes” no longer just means suits, blazers, starched shirts, and tailored trousers. The situation can make it difficult for anyone to get a handle on what is and isn’t right for the office.

It seems an opportune moment for a designer to come along with a new set of seven easy pieces for women. But as of right now, brands such as Anne Klein, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J.Crew, and others that have long sustained themselves by providing women with work clothes are failing to make the situation much easier. They’re being pulled in different directions, or can’t provide any compelling vision of how a modern women’s work wardrobe should look. Many are struggling to keep themselves, and workwear, relevant.

It’s a delicate balancing act. Too much fashion is often given as one of the reasons for J.Crew’s dismal performance in recent years as well. But then an outdated or indistinct design identity isn’t any better, as the struggles at Ann Taylor and Banana Republic prove.

Women trying to shop at these stores clearly don’t seem to be able to find what they’re looking for, or sales would be better than they are. Meanwhile, many are confused about what’s appropriate in different office environments. The increasing freedom to choose one’s clothes may actually be making it more complicated for many women to decide what’s appropriate for work.

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the international fashion scene

Meet the three Turkish designers making a mark on the international fashion scene

Fashion-savvy consumers are often presented with offerings from Arab designers who hail from the UAE and other GCC countries – but brands from another nation are quickly emerging on the regional fashion scene. In addition to its dramatic soap operas that are uber-popular during Ramadan, Turkey has a crop of home-grown fashion talent of its own. These brands are on the path to making a global mark with labels, ranging across casual streetwear, haute couture and bridal wear. We speak to three Turkish designers about their ­influences, career highs and ­regional retail plans.

Streetwear

Previously inspired by punk ­music, and now influenced more by a hip-hop culture, streetwear has lost its cultlike connotations to now appeal to the masses. "Millennials – the digital generation, are now really close to streetwear – it’s a whole community," explains Bünyamin Aydin, the designer behind Les Benjamins.

Having lived in Istanbul, Germany and Switzerland, Aydin says that his work is more of a cultural movement than a fashion brand. When we meet during his recent visit to Dubai, he wears a design from his current spring/summer collection – a top printed with men veiled in blue – nomads from the Tuareg tribe in Africa. Each season, he highlights a ­different Eastern ­culture. "My mission as a designer is to educate people around the world, because they don’t know the East. They think they do, but they categorise everything ­under one roof," he says. "My DNA is storytelling of the East – it’s about opening the untold stories of the regional cultures, and I add Western aesthetics to it. Streetwear derived from the punk movement – that’s how I see it." Even though Les ­Benjamins was launched as a menswear brand, the designer reveals that many of his clients are female, who have no qualms wearing the designs oversized. For his spring/summer collection next year, Aydin plans to debut a womenswear range.

Couture glamour

These days, it’s common for fashion designers to tout their designs as "haute couture" without having any credentials from Paris. But, 14 years after launching her brand, Dilek Hanif was officially admitted to showing her collection at Paris Haute Couture Week in 2004 – a first, for a Turkish designer. Today, she has boutiques in Turkey, Germany, France, Egypt, Australia, Saudi Arabia and more. Hanif describes her brand as "an emblem of modern Turkey," and admits that gaining worldwide recognition wasn’t an easy feat. "It was definitely difficult to enter such a well-established market, especially as a Turkish fashion designer," she says.

Hanif’s designs, which range from sleek ready-to-wear dresses to decadently draped couture gowns, have been worn by celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Katherine Heigl, Nicole Richie, Jane Fonda and more.

Bridal wear

Middle Eastern consumers are notorious for splurging on decadent, dramatic designs for wedding wear. Growing up in a family that has been working with fabrics for more than 60 years in Turkey, Rasit Bagzibagli, known today for his bridal wear and evening wear, started designing clothing at the young age of 12, and produced his first runway show at the age of 21. "My outfits feature intricately embellished patterns, asymmetric hems and floors-sweeping designs of cascading tulle and chiffon," says Bagzibagli. His flagship boutique is located in Istanbul’s Levent district, and orders must be placed at least six months in advance. He has clients from all over the Arab world, including the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. His evening wear is often sported by Turkish celebrities and socialites for prestigious occasions. Popular Turkish-German actress and beauty entrepreneur Meryem Uzerli recently donned some of Bagzibagli’s gowns at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel Are Married

Miranda Kerr and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel have tied the knot.

The couple said "I do" in an intimate ceremony at their Brentwood, Calif., home on Saturday, reports E! News.

Kerr, 34, and Spiegel, 26, got engaged in July 2016 after stepping out together in June 2015.

The supermodel confirmed their engagement on Snapchat with a black-and-white photo that showed off her new bling and a Bitmoji sticker that read "Marry Me!" with a cartoon-like Spiegel down on one knee before posting it on Instagram.

In an interview with The Edit last year, the Australian beauty talked about how wise her younger beau was. "He's 25, but he acts like he's 50," Kerr told Net-a-Porter's online magazine. "He's not out partying. He goes to work in Venice [Beach in L.A.]. He comes home. We don't go out. We'd rather be at home and have dinner, go to bed early."

The former Victoria's Secret Angel was previously married to Orlando Bloom, from 2010 to 2013. The pair have a 5-year-old son named Flynn Christopher Bloom.

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Fashion designer Anna Sui gets retrospective in London

Anna Sui will become the first living American fashion designer to to be the focus of a retrospective in the UK when an exhibition of her work opens at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum on Friday

While Sui is well-known in the industry, having designed for four decades, her name might not be familiar to the average exhibition goer. This, in a sense, makes The World of Anna Sui particularly intriguing.

If the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Balenciaga exhibition – also opening this week and likely to be the summer’s most fashionable cultural outing – will appeal to thirtysomethings keen on midcentury modernism, this exhibition has a different demographic: millennials in the midst of a 90s revival.

Sui’s take is fertile unexplored territory: a multifaceted collage of references ranging from punk to pirates. Dennis Nothdruft, curator of the exhibition, said: “Anna Sui helped define the look of Generation X. As young creatives rediscover and reference the 90s, it is time to explore the original designs in a critical context.”

The main body of the exhibition space consists of more than 125 mannequins dressed in Anna Sui, grouped into themes from grunge to Victorian, Americana to retro. One outfit featured a babydoll printed dress with rose print, a hussar hat, ripped fishnets and multiple chokers. Black lacquered cabinets full of accessories are included, with purple walls to provide what Nothdruft described as “an Alice in Wonderland of Anna Sui”.

The Fashion and Textile museum took full advantage of having a living subject for an exhibition, with Sui herself leading a tour at a preview on Thursday morning.

She said her pivotal moment was in 1993, with her grunge collection. Shown here, the vintage-style designs – Dr Martens and kilts over trousers – sum up a time. “I was in the thick of it,” she said. “I loved how the bands were breaking down the music industry. We were doing that with New York fashion too.”

Sui focused on androgyny the following year, which featured a babydoll dress designed for a man, featured in the exhibition. The idea chimes once again in 2017 with genderqueer fashion being explored by a new generation.

The Chinese-American designer, raised in Detroit, was part of a previous group of disrupters, ones now at the top of their game. She launched her label with her first catwalk show in 1991. She was friends with tMarc Jacobs, Naomi Campbell and the photographer Steven Meisel, whom she met studying at Parsons School of Design in New York.

Campbell, Kate Moss, Madonna and Sofia Coppola wore her clothes, as images on the walls of the exhibition attest. Sui reminisced about the shift in style that brought her and her contemporaries to the fore, with youth fashion’s new focus.

“I was friends with Naomi and others and they all wore Versace and Chanel,” she said. “Then there was one summer when they were wearing vintage T-shirts, flares. That made me think there was a chance for me – these were clothes that belonged to them, not their moms.”

Other rooms in the exhibition take on Sui’s inspirations (ranging from Ossie Clark to William Morris), outlandish hats that make dogs and frogs out of faux fur, and moodboards for recent collections.

Less photogenic is the scent: Sui’s perfumes Fairy Dance and Secret Wish provide the olfactory atmosphere. It’s a nod to Sui’s still-active business. She has 50 boutiques in eight countries and a successful fragrance line.

The mood boards show how Sui continues to clash references: one collection drew on the French antique dealer Madeleine Castaing and Jordan, the cult hero of London’s punk scene. “I love mixing everything together especially when it doesn’t seem to go together,” said Sui. “The result is very much my signature.”

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First Official Trip In The Middle East

Melania Trump’s Outfits For First Official Trip In The Middle East

First Lady Melania Trump, 47, accompanied her husband, President Donald Trump, on his first overseas trip in the Middle East, where she showed off a slew of stylish looks, from jumpsuits to gowns and pantsuits — and you can see all of her outfits right here. She kicked off the trip on a stylish note when she touched down in Saudi Arabia and made a bold entrance in a black Stella McCartney jumpsuit and big gold belt — and her fierce looks just kept coming.

Like Michelle Obama, Melania has an affinity for belts — and she showed off a slew of them with her outfits overseas. She also opted to forgo the customary head scarf, just like Michelle, (and many western female officials), did when she visited the area as first lady — but, back to the outfits. Melania favors structured shoulders and military-inspired looks, so it wasn’t surprising in the slightest to see her opt for an olive Ralph Lauren shirt dress and a pair of zebra pumps as she visited a GE call center in Riyadh. Next, she swapped her frock for a crisp white pantsuit when she visited the Arab Islamic American Summit.

She also showed how versatile her style can be when she stepped out in a jewel-toned, cape-like gown which featured long sleeves with slits at Murabba Palace for a welcoming ceremony. Throughout the duration of her stay, Saudi papers praised her conservative yet chic style choices, while others criticized her for showing her legs and not wearing a head scarf.

The next stop on the president’s Middle East tour was in Isreal, where Melania opted for a white belted Michael Kors skirt suit as she visited the Western Wall, which she paired with red and white striped pumps.

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student dress codes

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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