February 15, 2021

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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Fashion Week MN Announces Spring 2021 Lineup

Fashion Week MN kicks off this April with a vibrant new billing, AWAKE: FWMN Spring 2021. Formerly packed with upwards of 20 events and shows, this year’s FWMN has been condensed down to seven spectacles of style across different themes: Thrift/Vintage, Sustainability, Ethical, and Local. Created alongside a new Advisory Council, FWMN’s lineup will be a time to shine for local talent, including sustainable and BIPOC-owned brands and designers in a celebration of Minnesota’s diverse fashion community.

“This season represents so many opportunities for FWMN to not just return to ‘normal,’ but rather to grow and evolve to be the

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Highlights from the haute couture shows in Paris

Written by Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN

Contributors Leah Dolan, CNN

The latest run of couture shows in Paris signaled a return to relative normal, as the balance between digital and in-person events tipped in favor of the latter, and more international guests returned to the city this week to soak up the atmosphere.

Balenciaga stole the show when the brand — led by creative director Demna Gvasalia — presented its first haute couture collection 53 years after the house’s founding designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga, closed his couture business in 1968.

Balenciaga.

Ella Emhoff made her Paris Fashion Week debut at Balenciaga. Credit:

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This jewelry is made from live insects

Illustration for article titled Meet the Beetles: This jewelry is made from live insects

Photo: Yuri Kadobnov / AFP (Getty Images)

Wiki WormholeWe explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,664,405-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 6,277,340-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Live Insect Jewelry

What it’s about: The creepiest fashion trend since those running shoes with individual toes. In several parts of the world, at several points in history, there have been trends of incorporating live insects into jewelry.

Biggest controversy: Animal rights activists have unsurprisingly objected to the practice, which some people find exploitive of animals that “have a similar capacity

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U.S. women’s team files appeal in gender discrimination lawsuit

July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) on Friday filed an opening brief in the appeal of their lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), saying the decision to dismiss it was based on flawed legal reasoning.

The brief, filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asks that the ruling be reversed and the case sent back to district court to be heard by a jury.

The World Cup-winning team sued their governing body in 2019 seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act, alleging gender discrimination in compensation and nearly every other aspect

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Tiffany Hires Nathalie Verdeille to Lead Jewelry Design

Tiffany & Co. has snared a formidable — and familiar — design talent to lead its core jewelry and high jewelry categories, WWD has learned.

Nathalie Verdeille, who has been creative director for jewelry at Cartier since 2005, is to become Tiffany’s vice president, artistic director of jewelry and high jewelry. She is expected to start in the role later this year.

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Verdeille is known to Tiffany parent LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton as she previously led high jewelry design at Chaumet, which is part of LVMH’s watches and jewelry business division.

At Tiffany, she will report

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Studio Ghibli Launches Adorable Spirited Away Jewelry Line

Studio Ghibli recently released its first foray into the world of computer-generated animation with Earwig And The Witch, and it seems as if the anime studio is once again diving into some strange territory with a jewelry line that celebrates one of its biggest blockbusters in Spirited Away. Following a young girl traversing through a magical world in an attempt to change her parents back into human beings after a spell transformed them into pigs, Spirited Away won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was one of the most profitable movies to ever be released in Japan.

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America’s Original Gangster Couple, Trailblazing Women Explorers and Other New Books to Read | History

At the height of the Roaring Twenties, the Whittemore Gang targeted banks and jewelry stores across the East Coast, stealing upward of $1 million in diamonds and precious gems (around $15 million today). Led by young couple Richard and Margaret Whittemore, known respectively as “the Candy Kid” and “Tiger Girl,” the group’s lavish lifestyle and violent escapades captured Americans’ attention much like the exploits of Bonnie and Clyde would less than a decade later.

In March 1926, after a year-long crime spree that left at least six dead, authorities finally caught up to the Whittemore Gang. As the New York

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Crocs of gold: celebrity fans fuel frenzy to buy used ‘ugly clogs’ | Fashion

Once named among Time magazine’s 50 worst inventions, Crocs have long been one of those love-them-or-hate -them accessories. But now the plastic clogs are being heralded as the shoes of the summer and are in such high demand that they are giving trainers a run for their money in the secondhand market.

Last week, rapper Nicki Minaj posted a picture of herself on Instagram wearing a pair of hot pink bedazzled Crocs, customised with Jibbitz (bespoke charms made by Crocs) including Chanel’s double-C logo. The post caused the Crocs website to crash and saw a 4,900% spike in

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