March 3, 2021

What’s Happened at New York Fashion Week So Far

This time last year, celebrities were jetting off to their Fashion Month obligations while concerns about COVID-19 were picking up pace. Now, New York Fashion Week is here again, and it looks a little different from February 2020. With most of the shows going virtual, designers have had to get creative to remind us why we should care about their new collections.

One way to break through the digital noise is to hold an IRL show. On Sunday, Jason Wu hosted a socially distant but very much live runway for his fall-winter 2021 collection. Wu is no stranger to a

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PrettyLittleThing, Shein, ASOS, and the Rise of Ultra-fast Fashion

This article was published online on February 6, 2021.


Last February, on a sunny afternoon in West Hollywood, two girls with precise eye makeup paused on Melrose Avenue and peered in the windows of a building whose interior was painted a bright, happy pink. Two pink, winged unicorns flanked racks of clothes: ribbed crop tops, snakeskin-print pants, white sleeveless bodysuits. One of the girls tugged on the door, then frowned. It was locked, which was weird. She tugged again. Inside, a broad-chested security guard regarded them impassively from behind a pink security desk.

Erin Cullison, the U.S. public-relations

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Wealthy folks are buying jewelry from home during COVID

In pandemic times, if you can’t go to the bling, the bling will come to you.

Some of New York City’s high-end jewelers say they’ve had record sales over the past 11 months, all because they’re making house calls.

“Our sales are up 300 percent since the pandemic started,” Michel Piranesi, a jeweler who’s worked with Lionel Richie, Jackie Collins and socialites galore, told The Post.

Over the past several months, he’s been summoned — traveling on his own dime, negative COVID test in tow — by customers from Manhattan to Atlanta, Southampton and Palm Beach, Florida, where he sold

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Has Brexit Changed London Fashion Week Forever?

After three-and-a-half years, two snap elections, and endless failed trade agreements, on December 31st, the United Kingdom finally made its official withdrawal from the European Union with a deal in place. It would be easy, then, to imagine that the journey had reached, if not its end, then at least a new chapter with a more clearly defined path forward. But the final hour agreement—more of a last-minute averting of total economic self-destruction—has left small businesses up and down the country scrambling to answer the question: What comes next?

The first post-Brexit London Fashion Week kicked off last Friday, with

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Kamala Harris’s Jewelry Shines a Light on Designer Irene Neuwirth

Off Brand is a thrice-monthly column that delves into trends in fashion and beauty.

WHEN THE REALITY of the pandemic hit California last March, jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth found herself in tears, walking along Venice Beach with her boyfriend. Like so many business owners, she was grappling with difficult decisions. Her eponymous company had just endured the loss of its most important vendor, Barneys New York, to bankruptcy. The impending shutdown, which would close her two Los Angeles stores, spelled further disaster for the fashion industry, particularly independent designers. She remembers thinking, “Our business is going to go down, we’re

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A Spring Fashion Issue for an Optimistic Future

Our spring Women’s Fashion issue is always made in an optimistic frame of mind; we begin closing it in January, when the year is fresh, and the sense of possibility — however false or short-lived — still potent.

This particular January, of course, felt more charged than most. Last year was our annus horribilis, and our expectations for this year are bound to be impossible. But while some eras have come to their legal or official conclusions, their consequences and repercussions linger — 2020 was a reminder that the past is never the past, however much we pretend otherwise.

Given

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These 6 Designers Prove New York Fashion Week Is Still the Place to Discover Emerging Talent

Hardly anything about the New York Fashion Week schedule looks like it did a year ago. For starters, the fall 2021 season kicks off this Sunday—about a week later than usual—not with a show, but with a virtual boot camp class hosted by AARMY. Dozens of presentations and events follow in the next five days, most of which are happening virtually, and many of the week’s biggest names—Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch among them—are missing.

All to say, it’s a far cry from what we were doing last February: criss-crossing Manhattan and Brooklyn for back-to-back shows, cramming onto

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Fashion Greats at Home: Thom Browne Is “Focusing On What Can Be Done”

Like most creative industries, the fashion industry has taken a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic—and some of the biggest names in fashion are no exception. With a new year beginning and the end of the pandemic in sight, Vanity Fair is catching up with 12 fashion greats, as they recommend their go-to items for quarantine, and their hopes for the year to come.

“I am focused on looking forward to the new year, especially focusing on what can be done and forgetting about what cannot…” Thom Browne told Vanity Fair late last year. It had been a busy

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Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot, French bulldogs stolen in LA | Lifestyle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery, police said. The singer is offering a $500,000 reward.

The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries, according to Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippett, commanding officer of the department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time, but one escaped. That dog has been recovered safely.

Tippett told The Associated Press that the dogs belong to pop star Lady Gaga.

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