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The Avant Garde Issue | No. 10 is coming soon ft. Lluvy Gomez ( America's Next Top Model/Cycle 4); President Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association; Runway Renegade, Alexandra Von Bromssen; Behind the lens with Sarah Brickey Photography; In Living Color: On Geekita Gupta (Art Institute, Director, School of Fashion) & more!!!!

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Fashion Xchange Magazine
Fashion Xchange Magazine

Blanc Noir & Couture | Issue No.9

 

We end 2014 with the Bay Area’s only classically trained Paris couture designer, Colleen Quen as she continues to produce timeless pieces. In this issue, we highlight several designers that construct their unique masterpieces by hand from start to finish, high quality, and often distinctive fabric, sewn with extreme attention to detail from Sue Wong, Le Jolie, Dar Sara, Rachel Riot, Ronita Wheatfall & more!

 

 

Read the five marketing strategies that every fashion tech company should use. Learn about the history of the world of couture design by Alexa Rae Palacios. Take a glimpse into the world of Dark Beauty with our interview with Topher Adam, artist extraordinaire and Editor-In-Chief of Dark Beauty Magazine. Become introduced to new ways to break into the world of becoming a Stylist with David Michael and Hannah Be.

 

Celebrate the life and glamorous design house of Oscar de la Renta. Runway images from the  LA Fashion Week Spring 2015 Collections; Style Fashion Week, Project Ethos & Art Hearts.

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    Cheerleading for Milan
    The New York Times
     
    Compared with the other stations of the fashion cross — thumping New York, cosmopolitan London, elegant Paris — Milan seems unwilling or unable to trumpet its glories and the fashion industry.
     
    IMAGE: Emporio Armani Menswear Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection from Milan Fashion Show

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    Time, tide and Burberry shows wait for no woman – not even Naomi Campbell
    thegaurdian.com
    The Burberry catwalk show, being these days not so much a fashion parade as a key messaging moment for one of the giant brands of the modern age, waits for no one. Not even Naomi Campbell.
     
     
    From left: Sam Smith, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Moss, Mario Testino and Naomi Campbell at the Burberry show. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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    New York Fashion Weak
    businessoffashion.com
    In New York — forgive the harshness — there was no shortage of weak ideas. That’s not to say that New York lacks good product, but New York is so pragmatic, it sometimes makes you yawn. It is wonderfully commercial, but hardly surprising or innovative.
     
    (L-R) Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler Autumn Winter 2015 looks | Source: Indigital.

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    These Models With Disabilities Featured In An Inspiring New York Fashion Week Show
    buzzfeed.com
    Following the inclusion of Jamie Brewer – the first model with Down syndrome to feature on a New York Fashion Week catwalk – last Thursday, the fashion world has made another move in the right direction: a show featuring models with disabilities.

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    Children’s fashion: small people, big business
    The Gaurdian
    Social factors such as a rapidly increasing birth rate, parents having children later in life and a glut of baby-boomer grandparents with more disposable income at their fingertips than at any point in history have combined to make childrenswear a highly lucrative business. And nowhere more so than at the designer end of the spectrum.

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    First model with Down syndrome in New York Fashion Week
    usatoday.com

    Actress Jamie Brewer, best known for her roles onAmerican Horror Story, appeared Thursday on a catwalk during New York Fashion Week.

     

    Brewer was the first model in the show with Down syndrome.

    Brewer wore clothing by designer Carrie Hammer as part of Hammer's "Role Models Not Runway Models" show, a project that invites inspiring women to showcase Hammer's work.

     
    IMAGE: Actress Jaimie Brewer walks the runway during the 'Role Models Not Runway Models' Carrie Hammer show. 

    (Photo: Brian Ach, Getty Images)


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    New York Fashion Week: Will menswear outshine womenswear? It definitely did at the Grammys.
    Washington Post
    There are certain womenswear designers who promise to rattle the status quo when New York fashion week begins Thursday — Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Thom Browne. Peter Copping will show his first collection since taking the helm at Oscar de la Renta. And who knows what unexpected young womenswear designer could have a breakout moment? The duo behind Proenza Schouler, after all, managed to surprise folks with the out-of-character (for them) glamourpuss gown Beyonce wore to the Grammy Awards. But right now, it’s the menswear, in general, that holds the most appeal.

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    Chanel Joins Race to Woo Next Generation of Design Talent
    The New York Times
    In the wake of the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize — and what is increasingly looking like a horse race to make nice with the next generation of maybe-possible fashion stars (and win their loyalty and affection for a maybe-possible future) — Chanel is putting ever-more assets into the game.
     
    *Image of Chanel Spinr/Summer 2015 Collection, Paris Fashion Week

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    GUCCI LOSES TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT CASE AGAINST GUESS IN FRANCE
    fashionista.com
    Gucci has been accusing Guess of trademark violations for years, and on Friday the Court of Paris reached a decision in the matter that has already been addressed in Italian and American courts. 
     
    *On the left, a sneaker from Guess; on the right, a sneaker from Gucci. 

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    The Fashion Industry is “Saturated” Says Olivier Theyskens
    Dezeen
    The former head of two Parisian fashion houses has discouraged students from setting up their own brands because the industry is overwhelmed by too many new names.

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    Timberland Terminates A.P.C. Collab Over Use Of N-Word
    racked.com
    Timberland is ending its relationship with A.P.C. after founder Jean Touitou'srepeatedly used the n-word at the brand's fall menswear show in Paris this week. To introduce A.P.C.'s collaboration with Timberland, Touitou also used the phrase, "The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier."

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    CANDICE ON HER DENIM DESIGN DEBUT
    Vogue.com
    CANDICE SWANEPOEL has turned her hand to designing, with a capsule denim collection for Mother. The South African model - who told us last year that she is attracted to projects that allow her to "help in some way" - agreed to work on the collection in part because it benefits a cause close to her heart: African-based charity Mothers2mothers. 

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    E-commerce is making India a fashion republic
    business-standard.com
    Internet has taken fashion and luxury to every corner of India.
     
    Not so long ago, there was a great mistrust of designers in non-metros. There was a time, recounts Bahl, when rich people in smaller cities would turn up their noses at the designerwear showcased at local exhibitions as they felt crumbs were being thrown at them. The not-so-rich felt uncomfortable walking into designerwear stores. Today, exclusive partnerships between e-commerce portals and designers make them feel included and special. The animus is gone.

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    Gap drops Piperlime to focus on fixing its major brands
    fortune.com
    Piperlime’s sales never exceeded $100 million, so Gap Inc prefers to focus on its namesake and Banana Republic brands to prop up flagging sales.

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    Legendary Shoe Designer Vince Camuto Dies At 78
    fastcodesign.com
    THE FOUNDER OF NINE WEST AND CREATOR OF A MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR FOOTWEAR EMPIRE PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY.
     
    In 1978, Camuto founded Nine West, which became one of the most successful women’s footwear brands of the ‘80s and ‘90s. After selling the company for almost $900 million to the Jones Group in 1999, 

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