If the last few seasons have taught us anything, it’s that “femininity” in fashion no longer belongs solely to women. It is, like grunge or punk, simply a style that has broken free of gender confines and connotations. Tulle, frills, and corsets are being remixed through the aesthetic of young, queer designers—most notably, 21-year-old Harris Reed.

Reed’s clothing references Victorian and Edwardian silhouettes—think ruffled, flared sleeves and trousers, bustier-inspired bodices, puffed shoulders, and ornate lace. His clothes, especially when worn on men, make a loud, self-assured statement, one that reflects Reed’s deep admiration for clothes that, as he put it, “allow somebody to fully inhabit who they’re meant to be.”

Although he is only partway through his second year at London’s Central Saint Martins, the L.A. native has, in recent months, received a great amount of industry attention. And though his is the sort of talent that’s destined for success, he may not have flourished so quickly were it not for stylist Harry Lambert. Mere seconds after Reed posted his work to Instagram for the first time, the renowned British stylist and Editor at Large for 10MEN took notice, and has continued to support Reed—pulling his clothes for editorials and no-big-deal clients like singer-songwriter Harry Styles—ever since. And so it makes sense that, when asked who his favorite young, undiscovered designer is at the moment, Lambert almost immediately responded with his answer: Harris Reed.

HARRY LAMBERT: “I first saw one of [Reed’s] looks from a university project on his Instagram and was immediately fascinated with his point of view. Harris’s presence is not only in his clothes but also in the way he carries himself, towering above everyone in his signature platform shoes and long blonde hair. He’s crafting his vision and message while still studying, already catching the attention of many stylists and celebrities. [Though it’s still] so early into his career, when you see a piece by Reed it already has his stamp on it—a bit of fantasy and glamour that we all crave. His clothes and accessories are contributing to iconic and beautiful editorials, as well as pushing the boundaries in menswear. This is only the beginning for him.”

Standout looks: The first look I saw from Harris: an all-white look with the large hat [that he made for The White Show at Central Saint Martins], and the custom look he made for Harry Styles.

RACHEL HODIN: If you could live in any decade, which would you choose and why?

HARRIS REED: For the 9 to 5 me, I would say the 1920s because I think it would be the most incredible flash of crystals, fringe, and romance. There’s nothing more beautiful than some man in a crisp cummerbund suit looking awfully dapper and shiny and glamorous. And then the Friday to Sunday me would want to live in the ‘70s, with really wide lapel jackets, and amazing flared trousers. Not fully made up, but a kind of glam-rock, sexy historian.

HODIN: Is there a place that you’ve always dreamed of staging a runway show?

REED: I’ve always wanted to have a show at this beach where I spent a lot of my childhood on the coast of England in Pevensey Bay. The tide goes out for almost a mile and it’s like black sand and water—really dramatic and stormy, with torches and a full orchestra playing with a piano in the sand. Every man in my family on my dad’s side (aside from me) has been in the navy, so I have this very deep connection with the ocean. I always think of myself as an aloof pirate—not flamboyant, but quite out-there, confident, and risk-taking.

HODIN: Do you consider your clothes or anything you’ve made to be political?

REED: In my clothing, I try to be as political as possible. I’m not one to write something on a garment, but I’m very much about questioning people and how they view different norms and situations. I would never [create] something just because it’s beautiful. It has to have a deep purpose.

HODIN: Is there any work of art or collection that you find yourself going back to when you’re feeling uninspired and need to get motivated?

REED: I always go to the National Portrait Gallery [in London]. There’s something so centering about looking at these incredible portraits from the 1600s and 1800s. I’ve always said if I didn’t do fashion design, I would love to be a historian.

A physical thing I go back to a lot is this really old book at the Central Saint Martins library. The title is smudged out—it says it’s been checked out since the late 1800s or something, and [it’s filled with so much] knowledge and really amazing portraits. Looking back at these things that are quite old pulls me back into the present and into the future.

HODIN: Of all the pieces you’ve made, which was the hardest to make and why?

REED: Even though it’s a year and a half later, I think it’s still the head-to-toe white piece I made for The White Show [editor’s note: as in, Harry’s favorite look]. It was a giant white hat and this corseted, kind of bustier jacket with big sleeves and trousers. I made it within a two-week period, but it felt like it was years and years of work. Because that piece, that silhouette, that story—there’s a story behind it about this aristocratic boy in the 1800s finding salvation in his sexuality inside an opera house—has informed everything that I do now.

HODIN: What’s your favorite material to use and why?

REED: At the moment, I’m really into tulle. The last collection I wrapped up, my pre-fall 2018 collection, almost every piece involved tulle—whether it was on the backs of trousers, or the front or back of a top. The idea of fluidity within gender, sexuality, and the way people look at the world and themselves [is so important to me and my work]. And what’s more fluid, more beautiful than the human body? With tulle, you can really accentuate, play with, and add dimension to the existing form. It always changes though because I’m also a sucker for satin. Like, give me a good duchesse satin any day.Read more at:short formal dresses | formal dress shops sydney

A List of Fur-Free Luxury Fashion Designers to Shop From

In recent months, a growing number luxury fashion houses like Gucci and Michael Kors have announced a commitment to more ethical fashion practices. On Friday, Maison Margiela shared that after designer John Galliano’s meeting with PETA, the brand would go fur free, joining the ranks of brands like Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger and more who have long eliminated fur from their collections.

This new wave of major brands championing sustainable fashion marks a great leap forward for fashion, so for consumers looking to shop more consciously and fur-free, we’ve compiled a list of designers who have joined in on the movement.


Last October, Gucci committed to stop using fur material in their collections, starting with the spring/summer 2018 collection and beyond. “Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals,” Gucci president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a statement. “With the help of HSUS and LAV, Gucci is excited to take this next step and hopes it will help inspire innovation and raise awareness, changing the luxury fashion industry for the better.”

Michael Kors

Just in time for Christmas, Michael Kors revealed that the brand will ban all use of fur and pledged to be completely fur-free by the end of 2018.

Jimmy Choo

Michael Kors’ fur-free pledge applied to Jimmy Choo as well, which was acquired by Michael Kors in a $1.2 billion deal in July 2017.

Donatella Versace

In March 2017, Donatella Versace told 1843 magazine that her namesake brand will stop using fur by 2019. Why? “Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.”

Donna Karan/ DKNY

Donna Karan committed to promoting a cruelty-free brand earlier in March and the policy will go into effect by 2019.

Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano had a meeting with PETA, which resulted in Galliano’s addition to the swelling number of high-end fashion labels opting against the use of fur in future collections.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein has been fur-free since 1994.

Stella McCartney

Since the brand’s conception in 2001, Stella McCartney has made it her duty to create a leather-free, fur-free clothing brand.

Tommy Hilfiger

2007 was the year many brands made the switch to go fur-free. Hilfiger used fur mostly on the collars and cuffs of his pieces and after a conversation with PETA, announced that any further production of fur items would end immediately.

Giorgio Armani

After teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States, Giorgio Armani and the seven other labels under the Armani Group would no longer produce clothing pieces with fur beginning with the Fall 2016 collection. “Technological progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposition that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary as regards animals,” the brand said in a statement to WWD. “Pursuing the positive process undertaken long ago, my company is now taking a major step ahead, reflecting our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals.”

Yoox Net-a-Porter

The Humane Society of the United States has buit relationships with a number of designer companies and encouraged many designers to ban fur from their lines. Yoox Net-a-Porter finally caved and announced in June 2017 that the company’s clothing brands (Mr. Porter, The Outnet, Net-a-Porter) would be officially going fur-free.

Ralph Lauren

In 2006, Ralph Lauren pledged to eliminate fur altogether, including all merchandise and home offerings. In addition to going fur-free, the brand announced it would donated 1,200 clothing pieces with fur to international relief initiatives.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood joined the club in 2007 after a chat with PETA.

The Kooples

PETA encouraged cult brand The Kooples to adopt a more cruelty-free approach so The Kooples dropped fur from their future collections, beginning with the fall 2017 range and created a clutch in honor of their new policy.

Hugo Boss

A year after having a talk with The Humane Society of the United States, Hugo Boss vowed to stop using fur by its fall 2016 collection.Read more at:blue formal dresses | pink cocktail dresses

Southeast Asian retailer FashionValet launches in the Middle East

FashionValet, an online retailer in modest fashion from Southeast Asia, have expanded their network of brands to the Middle East.

With more than 400 fashion brands, FashionValet delivers on-trend products to customers all around the globe, according to a press release.

They are now bringing these brands to the Middle East, with free delivery for customers in Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Co-founded by Malaysia’s prominent fashion icon and social media celebrity Vivy Yusof, FashionValet has grown their online presence across Southeast Asia with over 300 up-and-coming designers and local brands. They are giving Middle Eastern consumers access to the array of styles and products available from Asia.

A core aspect of FashionValet is their collaborative campaigns with social media influencers and other publicity partnerships with regional celebrities from Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

Previous celebrity collaborations include Nora Danish, Noor Neelofa and Scha Alyahya amongst many others and plans are to replicate this model in the Middle Eastern market with local brands, influencers and game changers, recognised for their own creative vision within the region.

“We are so excited to be launching FashionValet in Dubai for the region, and to be bringing the wonderful talent of our local designers and brands to this region. We have many customers here and have always been strong admirers of the local fashion industry in the Middle East and have wanted to have a presence here for the longest time. We are so glad it’s being put into fruition and look forward to building relationships between FashionValet and the local fashion community,” said Yusof, who is also the chief creative officer.

FashionValet has a wide range of ready-to-wear garments for women, from abayas to more contemporary/modern styles, as well as accessories, handbags and scarves from chic classics to edgy statement pieces. They also offer beauty products, kidswear and menswear.Read more at:evening dresses | formal dresses online

Thank Givenchy for making the little black dress a party staple

Coco Chanel may have been the first designer to popularize the little black dress in the 1920s, but Hubert de Givenchy was the man who made the LBD a cocktail party staple.

The great Givenchy, who died on March 10 at his home outside Paris, dressed Audrey Hepburn in an ankle-length black dress (complete with elbow-length gloves and tiara) for her most stylish role ever, as Holly Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

But that wasn’t the first time Givenchy popped Hepburn into a sleek noir number. In 1954, he fashioned a calf-length, nipped-at-the-waist frock that Hepburn wore for her delicate role as the title character in Sabrina. Costume designer Edith Head was given full credit for that dress, but in the ensuing years, Hepburn acknowledged Givenchy for his work.

Givenchy went on to outfit every “it” woman of his day, from Lauren Bacall to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. And he, along with friend and mentor Cristobal Balenciaga, were behind some of womenswear’s most iconic silhouettes, including the chemise and the sack dress. (Think of the sack as the bulbous precursor to the empire waist.)

After Givenchy retired from his storied house in 1995, maverick designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen would sit at the French fashion house. But even with their chic, punk-meets-ladylike fierceness, the House of Givenchy is still best known for its impact on the black dress. Givenchy made the LBD the LBD. And today, it’s a wardrobe perennial that speaks to the seductive woman and girly girl in all of us.Read more at:long formal dresses | short formal dresses

Fashion designer Masaba Gupta shares a reunion photo with dad Viv Richards and mum Neena Gupta

Masaba Gupta is a busy girl. With so many collaborations, new collections, and business commitments, the popular fashion designer is always pressed for time. But she has her priorities right, and her latest trip has proved that for her, family always comes before work. Masana recently accompanied her mother, actress Neena Gupta, to Dubai to surprise her father, former West Indies cricketer Sir Viv Richards, on his 66th birthday. Masaba also shared a heartwarming picture on her Instagram, which had both her parents in a single frame after a long time.

The designer also added a caption with the photo, which read, “It’s been a bit astonishing, how short life can be… which is why I dropped every single ‘important’ thing I was doing to come surprise my dad on his birthday today and even had an impromptu family reunion. Missing the husband, though. Happy birthday, dad – I’m really trying to make this emotional, but you’re 66 now and still can’t send a Whatsapp and think a smartphone is the devil incarnate.”

The designer, who is known for creating a distinct space for herself in the fashion industry in a short span, and especially when it comes to prints, also shared a cake-cutting video as her Insta story, which showcased Sir Richards cutting into a delicious-looking fruit cake while guests cheer him on.

It seems Masaba didn’t miss out the chance to shop while in Dubai, as she posted a selfie in super chic wide-legged denim pants and black V-neck top, while out on a shopping trip with her mum.

Neena dated Sir Richards in the ’80s, and Masaba was born in 1989. The actress challenged societal norms at that time and broke stereotypes by giving birth to a child out of wedlock. She later got married in 2008 to Delhi-based Vivek Mehra, a chartered accountant. Richards, too, is married to Miriam, and has two children – Matara and Mali.Read more at:2017 formal dresses | formal dresses canberra

Introducing Shushu/Tong, a Sweet New Label Inspired by Heathers

Liushu Lei and Yutong Jiang met when they were girls in high school. Later they both attended the London College of Fashion and became roommates while studying and simultaneously working for brands like Gareth Pugh and Simone Rocha. As BFFs, their trajectories were inextricably linked throughout adolescence and early adulthood. So, it’s only fitting that post-graduation they decided to launch a ready-to-wear label together. While the line, which is called Shushu/Tong, is based in Shanghai, the designers are beginning to expand internationally, selling their wares at stores like Dover Street Market and on e-commerce sites like Ssense. “We agree on pretty much everything when it comes to fashion,” Lei explains. “Sometimes our sketches will come out similarly without having talked about them to one another beforehand.” The m.o. of Shushu/Tong is to express a feeling of “girlhood.”

“Our clothes are sweet, but with a twist,” Lei says. “We want to portray a different standard of femininity and womanhood by playing with volume, texture, and details like floral prints, ruffles, and bow knots.” Shushu/Tong’s designs do have a subversively girly appeal to them, whether it’s the Victorian-neck dress decorated with a black leather harness, or a pastel A-line skirt embellished with an abstract flower belt. Gingham is also a favorite fabric. Lei and Jiang find muses in Japanese anime characters and pop stars like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Their Spring 2018 collection borrowed its aesthetic from the 1981 Japanese film Fruits of Passionand they’ve previously cited the ’80s movie Heathers and the title clique as inspiration. “We want to help women escape from the real world a bit, which is necessary in our everyday lives,” Lei says. “That’s the magic of what we do as designers.” No matter how dreamy or experimental they get about their work though, Tong and Lei always go back to the moment they met as curious, cool, and creative high school students. “We’re really designing for girls like us, and whoever truly loves the idea of girlhood itself.”Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com | cocktail dresses

Filipina designs wedding dress for ‘Fifty Shades’ sequel

Known for her romantic glamour and modern elegance, Filipino-American fashion designer Monique Lhuillier brilliantly captures in her design the alluring beauty and vulnerability of the main character, Anastasia Steele, in the upcoming romance-thriller “Fifty Shades Freed.”

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele dons a custom-lace wedding gown and veil by Monique Lhuillier, renowned bridal, ready-to-wear and accessories designer, in “Fifty Shades Freed,” the all-new installment of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series.

The long sleeve, off-the-shoulder, dégradé Chantilly-lace tulle-sheath gown—with open illusion back and trail of lace covered buttons—exudes femininity and sophistication. A Cathedral-length tulle veil with appliqués of Chantilly lace adds glamour for Anastasia’s grand entrance.

In keeping with the essence of her brand, Monique’s design evokes an enchanting and whimsical, yet sophisticated vision by weaving together sensuous and modern elements. The classic, ethereal and effortless silhouette of the dress—topped with the elegantly embellished veil—is distinctly Monique Lhuillier.

“I was so delighted to be asked to design an iconic wedding dress for the character of Anastasia Steele for this climactic chapter of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series,” said Monique. “Further building on the success of the show-stopping look I designed for the masquerade ball in ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ it was a wonderful experience to be involved in this production. Once the wedding gown hits the big screen, I know this timeless design will live forever.”

The Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and veil designed for Anastasia and Christian’s wedding can now be seen in the trailer for “Fifty Shades Freed.” The feature film will be released in Philippine cinemas on February 7.

Lifestyle Feature ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch:It can be recalled that Lhuillier also designed Anastasia’s “Fifty Shades Darker” masquerade ball dress.

Lhuillier is internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost designers. Established in 1996 by Monique and her husband, Tom Bugbee, the company is considered one of the leading fashion houses in design, quality and creativity.

With a passion for creating collections that are both feminine and modern, Monique continues to design ready-to-wear, accessories and bridal collections that are luxurious, chic and true to her aesthetic.

Lhuillier’s fans include Hollywood stars Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Camila Cabello and the First Lady Melania Trump.Read more at:sexy formal dresses | backless formal dresses

Young designer aims to promote Egyptians’ African roots

A young fashion designer who believes Egypt’s African heritage is just as important as its Middle Eastern orientation aims to bring the international Afropunk Festival to Egypt.

Amna El-Shandaweely, an award-winning fashion designer who has trained with Elie Saab, launched last December a collection called “Cairo Punk” that is inspired by the Afropunk Festival, an annual international art festival that showcases African culture through music, art, film and fashion.

“I really would like to bring this festival to Egypt, but I will need sponsors and organizers who can help me bring it to life,” Shandaweely told Al-Monitor.

The Afropunk Festival, held for the first time in New York in 2005, was launched by people of African descent who felt that they were marginalized. Last month, the first festival took place on the African continent, in the South African city of Johannesburg, and was attended by thousands of visitors.

Shandaweely’s “Cairo Punk” collection, launched on Dec. 20, showed photos of amateur models with a variety of skin colors and builds. The photos were taken in the impoverished neighborhood of Imbaba in northern Giza.

“What I wanted to promote through the collection and the photos is that we must accept one another regardless of our looks and our background,” she said.

She noted that the collection aims to show Cairo in a different way. “The capital is perceived as a tense and crowded city filled with traffic. The collection shows a different side of the city where the people are diversified with different looks and features.”

The young designer will display her collection in South Africa next month.

Shandaweely, who loves to travel in Africa, has visited Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya, where in 2015 she exhibited her collection and took part in design courses.

Starting her brand two years ago, Shandaweely has focused on the history and heritage of her country. “I really want to create designs that reflect our real identity — designs that speak our history but in a modern way,” she said.

Her first collection, “Road to Fayoum,” launched early in 2015 and displayed designs that were inspired by Islamic architecture. She then launched her Africa-inspired collection, “Road to Nairobi,” which a group of African and Nubian models took to the catwalk in Egypt later in the year. Shandaweely also spent three months in the Siwa Oasis to learn about embroidery, an experience that inspired her third collection, “The City of the Amazigh.” The collection, launched in 2016, reflects the style of the Amazigh community, the ethnic group that is indigenous to North Africa whose name means “free people” or “noble men” in the indigenous Tamazight language. Very few Egyptians know about the presence of the Amazigh in the Siwa Oasis.

Before launching her collection “The City of the Amazigh,” Shandaweely participated in the popular TV show “Project Runway Middle East” that featured some of her collections integrating African and Egyptian roots in her designs. She was selected as one of the best 15 fashion designers on the show that aired on the private TV channel MBC. After the competition, she took part in a six-month internship with renowned fashion designer Elie Saab.

Unlike Shandaweely, who is proud of the African heritage of Egypt, most Egyptians do not fully understand that — geographically and culturally — they have African roots and that they are Africans. Some people may prefer to call themselves Arab or Middle Eastern, rather than African.

However, the Egyptian government has recently been trying to strengthen its ties with other African countries as well as introduce African art to the Egyptian public.

In February 2017, the government launched an African cinema club at the Cairo Opera House in a bid to boost relations with African countries, promote the African culture in Egypt as well as raise more awareness about Egypt’s African identity.

Shandaweely’s brand contributes to the Egyptian leadership’s strategy. “I hope that my brand becomes international and acquires the admiration of many people as it reflects our African identity,” she noted.

The young designer also said she wishes that Egypt becomes a hub for fashion brands that are based on different ethnic or geographical identities because the country has real diversity.Read more at:marieaustralia | one shoulder formal dresses

At a relaxing pace

Clear diction and clarity of swarasthanas were notable features in Prarthana Sai Narasimhan’s concert at Chennai Cultural Academy Trust. She began her afternoon concert with Dikshitar’s ‘Vathapi Ganapatim’ in Hamsadhwani.

The pace she chose to render this kriti was set to reflect the melodic beauty of the sangatis.

The kalpanaswaras at the pallavi lines had interesting patterns and Sunada Krishna on the mridangam picked up the clues and matched his phrases with that of the vocalist. ‘Sarasa samadana’ in Kapinarayani in a brisk gait followed. She sprinkled the brigas precisely and briefly in a few places.

Prarthana did not compromise on the length or quality in the Kamavardhini raga alapana and in her presentation of the kriti ‘Raghuvara’ of Tyagaraja, though the concert was of a shorter duration. The kalapramanam that got set in the first piece continued till the end and was relaxing.

Rajesh on the violin wonderfully supported in the niraval at ‘Manasuna neeki.’ Prarthana has a good sense of laya and fits the sangatis and swaras to interesting sollus that makes the mridangam reflect her manodharma well.

Sunada Krishna’s brief thani was pleasing and he ended his session with a neat theermanam. Swathi Tirunal’s Dhanashri thillana with sangatis in the lines of anupallavi in different nadais came as an interesting finale.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | marieaustralia.com

2017 fashion trends that shouldn’t see the new year

The words “new year” are synonymous with “new beginning.” The fashion world is a revolving door of styles that come and go, recycled and discarded. Every year, there are styles that we wish to see less of. Here are seven fashion trends that should not make the new year countdown.

Chanel brooches

It is difficult to label Chanel a trend, as it is arguably one of the most iconic brands in fashion history. In 2017, we saw Chanel brooches leave the classy mainstays of blazers and crisp button downs to be worn on track suits, baseball caps, and work out gear. Let’s hope this trend gets tossed out with the old.

Pajamas as daywear

“Pajamas as daywear made me feel like I was walking around in TLC’s ‘Creep‘ video,” says Sakeya Donaldson of FLyGirlApproved. The oversized satin tops and bottoms all-year round, while coordinated, seemed to leave a bad taste in many mouths. Many designers brought the look out’ however, that look should be reserved for the bedroom.

Crazy nail art

Just about everybody can appreciate nicely manicured and painted nails. But, over the top nail art somehow became a thing. In an effort to show individuality, ladies added ultra-decorative designs like studs and flowers. Did you see the nails with fidget spinners? Yeah, it was way too much.

Cold shoulders

Shoulders are one of the sexiest parts of a woman’s body. They can be especially flattering when shown in evening wear and after 5 attire. However, this year, off-the-shoulder hoodies and denim jackets left fashionistas confused. “If you are covering up, be covered up,” says Donaldson.

Retro sports wear

“The return of retro sports wear such as Champion, Fila, and Nautica was a bit over the top; especially when hit with a three-figure price tag,” adds Donaldson. Retro brands have had their hay-day. These brands were popular in the ’90s. Let’s just let them #rip.

Overly beat faces

Perfect make-up had a great run. Instagram and YouTube MUAs have amassed tremendous followings teaching the latest in make-up trends. Perfect contouring and layering several shades of eye shadow is no longer appealing. Women everywhere, relax: natural-looking brows, slightly messy hair, and casual make-up are the way to go in the upcoming year.

Unicorn everything

Leave unicorns in 2017. Sure, women love being compared to anything free, whimsical, and magical. Oh, and not to mention pretty. We’ve had it with unicorn donuts, unicorn bagels, unicorn hair and unicorn accessories. Let’s let the unicorn everything trend gracefully bow out.Read more at:formal dresses brisbane | formal dresses melbourne