Prominent fashion council honors Barbie

Prominent fashion council honors Barbie

The Council of Fashion Designers of America honors Barbie for her influence on fashion. (Source: Mattel, Inc.)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – After 60 plus years of gracing the toy industry with her evolving looks, Barbie continues to make power moves.

The Mattel fashion doll will join Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards and Michelle Obama in being honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, according to AP news.

The idea for honoring Barbie with the Board of Director’s Tribute award came from her inspirations and influences on style in America and across the world, the council says. This also goes along with the doll’s 60th anniversary, which she acknowledged in an Instagram post on Monday (May 6).

“From shimmery silks and satins to tailored tulle, Barbie has always made a statement that shines. Here’s a look back at some of her favorite gowns from the past six decades.”

On Thursday (May 16) the council’s President and CEO, Steven Kolb said Barbie “has had such wide influence on American fashion and culture.”

Kolb, also congratulated the doll on her award with an Instagram post.

Barbie will be honored at their 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards on June 3rd in New York.

The CFDA is a not-for-profit trade association that consists of hundreds of America’s most prominent womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.

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‘Next In Fashion’ Reality Competition Will Bow On Netflix, Offering Designers $250K And Showcase

Tan France (Queer Eye) and designer/model Alexa Chung will host Netflix’s “Next In Fashion,” a competition that pits designers in a battle to become the next big thing. No date has been set for the launch, but season one will have ten episodes.

“Next in Fashion” begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses. Judges, including stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram fashion guru Eva Chen are among judges who will evaluate their creations. More guest judges will be announced.

The winner will receive a $250,000 prize and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Next in Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool and is executive produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-executive producer Adam Cooper.

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Zalando’s Director of Engineering on AI and the future of fashion

Image result for Zalando’s Director of Engineering on AI and the future of fashionLast week’s TNW Conference featured an amazing lineup of speakers, all sharing their unique knowledge and insights into the future of tech. A prominent theme this year was machine learning and artificial intelligence — namely, how industries can harness its power.

Stacia Carr, Director of Engineering at Zalando, gave an inspiring keynote about how she integrates this tech into her work.

As the fashion industry moves more and more online, customers want to know if the clothes they’re ordering will fit. Together with her team, Carr uses machine learning to make intelligent predictions on variations in size across the industry. We asked her more about her background, how she got to where she is today, and what the future holds:

You graduated from Berklee College of Music and went on to work in the music industry for a while. How did the transition towards engineering happen and what inspired the change?

For me the intellectual part of the transition was really natural — music is math — from math to computer science – and really overall, thinking in abstract concepts for system design is very similar to composition. Studying computer science felt really familiar and exciting to me. 

The inspiration for the shift was also very natural. I was at Berklee in the early ’90s just as affordable digital recording technologies were hitting the market. It was so obvious to me that with a dial-up modem and the possibility of making high quality recordings at home, suddenly we’re living in a world where one didn’t need to impress a record label in New York or LA to invest in a musician’s work.

The musician could take their future into their own hands. I wanted to make this happen so I started working in online music distribution startups where I could combine newly acquired programming skills with my music background. 

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You left San Francisco, the epicenter of tech entrepreneurship and innovation, for Berlin. What was the potential you saw in Europe and in Zalando in particular?

I loved working and living in San Francisco, particularly during the late ’90s and early 2000s. This was an incredible time of change, possibility, and people with very diverse backgrounds coming together to explore the potential of the internet with a lot of genuine curiosity and heartfelt desire to shape the future.   

What I experienced over the subsequent 15 years was an increased focus on creating wealth and development of products that seemed to benefit smaller numbers of people. I saw moving to Europe as a way to disrupt my personal and professional life trajectory.

I wanted to live in Europe since I was a teenager, but I had no idea what it would be like to work here. So the move was a way to push myself way out of my comfort zone and at the same time realize an important dream. 

Working at Zalando represented an opportunity to take my experience, share it with others, and support the development of the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Zalando’s ambition felt very familiar to me and from my perspective the fashion industry is about where the music industry was when I first started working in the mid ’90s — ripe for disruption, innovation, and democratization through the possibility of digital automation. 

In interviews, you’re vocal about the need for more diversity in tech. Is there anything you wish you had known at the start of your journey as a woman in engineering?

My time at Berklee left me well prepared for working in a male dominated industry; while I was there, the male to female ratio was 9 to 1. If I could have spoken to my younger self both in music and in tech I would love to say, “don’t be fooled, they sound like they know what they’re talking about, but they have just as many questions as you do.”

Is leadership something that came naturally to you? What are the biggest challenges of being a leader of an engineering team?

Yes, I was the kid roping the neighborhood kids into building a lemonade stand or writing a local newspaper together. I love bringing people together to work as a team — the human connection and the possibility of creating something big together is exciting and personally fulfilling.    

When you lead engineers, technical folks, or just really smart people, you have an inherent responsibility to create a container for them to thrive that is also deeply connected to value creation for customers and business. It’s really easy for individuals to get caught up in their own growth ambition and lose sight of the customer or business objective. It’s your job to gently and thoughtfully reset that focus. 

Stacia Carr on stage at TNW Conference 2019 in Amsterdam

People don’t usually think about fashion as a tech-driven industry. What are the most exciting innovations we should be looking out for?

A lot of 3D is coming our way in the fashion world. As more and more fashion purchases move online, we as an industry need to turn to 3D technologies to be able to provide the customer with the right fit, ensuring a more sustainable experience for everyone.

Customers should be looking out for 3D fitting rooms, even more personalized recommendations, and inspiration in the form of outfits and collections to suit all occasions. Online shopping experiences are becoming increasingly personalized, making use of vast amounts of data and technologies such as machine learning to show that they know the customer better than anyone else.

At your role in Zalando, you’re innovating sizing with machine learning. What other areas of the fashion industry could benefit from this technology? Where do you see AI in fashion heading to in the future?

AI in fashion is, on the one hand, about creating a personalized experience for customers. Machine learning helps us to analyze the very personal nature of fashion and teach an algorithm what makes a good outfit, for example, allowing us to scale inspiration for the benefit of all our customers.

On the other hand, AI also offers sustainability. Using machine learning, we’ll be able to produce on demand, design in 3D, and reduce the type of wastage which has become commonplace with mass-produced clothing. It’s a very exciting time to be working in fashion!

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Fashion has shockingly few female CEOs

Something is off in the fashion business. Say a woman and a man who graduate school with comparable educations, grade point averages, and internships enter the fashion industry at the same time. As they start moving up the ranks, everything is fine for a while. But eventually, the woman is much more likely to get stuck in middle management while the man continues to rise.

As a consequence, while there are plenty of women in middle management roles in fashion, just 12.5% of clothing companies in the Fortune 1000 today have female CEOs, according to “Unraveling the fabric ceiling,” a report by the global accounting and consulting firm PwC. That’s less than companies in the aerospace and defense industries, which are about 20% female-led, and financial services, where 18% of companies have women as their chief executives.

The discrepancy exists despite the obvious fact that women are the main audience and biggest spenders on fashion. Even by modest estimates, “women make some 80% of all fashion-related purchasing decisions—representing as much as $15 trillion—not just for themselves but for a much wider circle of family and friends, especially spouses and children,” PwC notes. Even so, among 61 womenswear companies in the Fortune 1000, 75% had mostly male corporate teams.

What gives? That’s the question PwC set out to answer.

The problems

The report documents a number of structural barriers preventing women from getting into the top jobs, even though government and industry data show that nearly 80% of students at fashion schools are women. And data shows that there’s good reason to put them in charge. PwC notes that “among apparel companies in the Fortune 1000 (including apparel retailers), female-led companies are almost twice as profitable as companies with male CEOs.”

Yet according to PwC’s analysis, while companies are spending billions on diversity training and promoting the need for diversity, CEOs are too often failing to make concrete commitments on diversity, and companies aren’t establishing metrics by which they can measure success. Statements of commitment to equality are nice, but they’re no substitute for results. Company pipelines also aren’t working: the report found that just 25% of female CEOs got there by rising up through the company, compared to 54% of male CEOs. In the clothing industry, men have typically gotten into executive training programs in higher numbers than women, PwC pointed out.

Women can suffer from institutional blind spots and unconscious bias within companies as well. Men may not recognize (paywall) that women are underrepresented in top positions, for instance, and companies on the whole can overlook the need for internal change. The way women themselves are socialized contributes, too. Women often won’t apply for a job unless they meet 100% of the requirements, where men will apply if they meet 60%, creating a so-called confidence gap. Plus, women pay the price when they have children—their pay and their rate of advancement suffer for the duration of their careers.

PwC based its analysis on interviews with current and former CEOs, insights from experts on diversity and inclusion, and a variety of data. It’s not the first to notice how few women are making it to the C-suite in fashion. Last year, a study conducted by Glamour magazine in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and McKinsey & Company consulting group similarly found that women in fashion are hitting a wall mid-career.

The solutions

There are steps companies can take to solve these problems. First off, leadership needs to live up to its name. “There’s no substitute for the tide-changing influence of a committed CEO,” PwC writes. A board that’s balanced between genders can also help make balance within the company a priority.

And it’s critical that companies measure progress. Vague goals aren’t going to be as effective as setting clear diversity targets at every level of the company, and then supporting programs to make sure those targets are met. The report recommends giving “teeth to targets” by holding people accountable for hitting trackable goals (it doesn’t offer any suggested penalties; companies will have to decide what’s appropriate on their own).

Bias training for staff is also useful to ensure staff are spotting it where it appears, and companies should review how they handle hiring and promotions, as well as investigate any anomalies they see. If women are leaving the company more often than men, or not getting promotions at similar rates, the company should be asking why. Tools such as surveys and interviews with employees, including exit interviews, can help.

For employees who have families, companies can work out “nonlinear” career paths so those who need to juggle their duties at home and in the office aren’t being penalized for it. They should also offer flexible work arrangements and family-friendly policies—for men as well as women. When men use their family leave and take advantage of work-from-home policies to care for kids, it helps counter the stigma against women doing the same.

Individuals have their own part to play. Men can take the time to understand their own biases and blindspots, and be willing to mentor junior female colleagues. Women can raise each other up, and make it a point to ask for the things they need.

These actions aren’t just for companies to consider when they get around to it. They’re necessary now. They can help attract and retain talent, making businesses more profitable and innovative.

They’re also the right thing to do. Companies today are expected to stand for a set of values. Those values start from within.

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Does Queen Elizabeth Give Kate Middleton Fashion Advice?

Back when Kate Middleton and Prince William were just dating, people were commenting on her exceptional sense of style. Now that she is the Duchess of Cambridge and will one day be the queen consort, people are paying even more attention to her clothing options.

While members of the royal family are expected to act a certain way (this includes dressing appropriately) does Kate Middleton have more pressure put upon her than Meghan Markle does to dress a certain way?

We know Queen Elizabeth II has already been preparing Kate for her future role as queen. But does that mean she is also giving Kate advice about what she wears out in public? Here is what we know about what Queen Elizabeth II thinks about Kate Middleton’s attire

Being the future queen means that Kate’s fashion sense is under more scrutiny

Kate Middleton
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There is no denying the fact that since Kate has become the Duchess of Cambridge, her taste in fashion has gotten much more formal. In fact, it is rumored that William actually started to fall for Kate when he saw her modeling lingerie in a 2002 fashion show.

Back when Prince William had first started dating Kate, she was frequently spotted out in town wearing outfits that were much too casual for any royal to ever be seen in. Before she married her Prince Charming, her wardrobe included a denim mini skirt with a leather jacket and knee-high leather boots and a white-laced tank top with low-rise jeans that showed her belly.

Obviously, those outfits are no longer allowed on any occasion. Now that she is a full-fledged royal, she has traded her stylish leather boots for equally stylish high heels and her short tank tops have been traded in for neutral-colored petite coats with a matching hat.

Meghan gets a little more freedom with her outfit choice

Just because Kate is required to dress a little more conservatively nowadays doesn’t mean she still doesn’t have a great sense of style. For over a decade now, the Duchess of Cambridge has been revolutionizing the fashion industry. Her posh style and trendy designer dresses have inspired many women around the world to dress more like her.

Meghan Markle is also known to be quite the trendsetter as well. Kate is known for having a certain level of elegance to her style, however, Meghan opts for more unique and bold looks (like the time she wore a nice suit with a pair of shorts). Since Meghan has become a duchess, the former Suits star has upgraded her wardrobe to include more traditional royal attire. When she is making an appearance with the royal family, she is usually wearing a nice dress, a long coat, and some sort of elegant hat.

Meghan is expected to still present herself a certain way now that she is a royal. However, being that there is not a high probability she will ever be queen (Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne), she doesn’t have the same amount of pressure on her to look a certain way as Kate does.

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According to AOL, now that Kate is in line to be the queen, it is imperative that she looks the part. In order to ensure that Kate is always dressing as a future queen should, “The queen is regularly, allegedly, giving notes if she doesn’t like a certain hem or a certain outfit on Kate, or certain colour tights.”

Being that her grandmother-in-law is able to criticize every aspect of her attire, including the color of her tights, it may come as little surprise that the Duchess has hired a personal stylist to help her pick out her outfits and make sure that she is always looking the part when in public.

Although the queen does have a say in what Kate wears out in public, the Duchess of Cambridge has always been able to carry herself with an exceptional amount of dignity and respect. So, no matter what she chooses to wear, she will always look like a perfect royal in the eyes of millions of people around the world.

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Sustainable Fashion Trends For Summer

Fashion choices this summer inspire workmanship, returning to heritage and smarter consumption. Pink Atlanta linen dress from SLEEPER.

Fashion choices this summer inspire workmanship, returning to heritage and smarter consumption. Pink Atlanta linen dress from SLEEPER.

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Spring all through Summer is an exciting time especially in fashion. It is a season that ushers in a more jovial and celebratory mood. Bright color ways are revived, bringing to life playful patterns. Silhouettes are also more fluid, frisky and indicative of a spontaneous headspace. Every year, as soon as the first collections for Spring/Summer hit the shelves, a renewed and reinvigorated temperament.

A new season no longer means discarding pieces from past months to make room for new ones. Gone are the days when wearing the same outfit twice was considered faux pas. That was a cyclic concept build on dictates of consumption. That was fast-fashion. Smart style choices are now informed by a new set of values: craft, heritage, community, sustainability. The new mindset encourages one to reuse, rework, reimagine and revive.

Here, a rundown of innovative labels, collections and fashion movements to embrace this summer. Now you can update your wardrobe—the sustainable way.

  • Return to the 90s with indestructible eyewear
Indestructable, screw-less eyewear inspired by the club culture of the 90s.

Indestructable, screw-less eyewear inspired by the club culture of the 90s.

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These lightweight and “nearly indestructible” pairs from ic! berlin are distinguished by unique screw-less mechanism. “No screws also mean frames can be broken down and rebuilt by hand.” This season, the German label that strongly identifies with craftsmanship presents eyewear inspired by Berlin’s club culture. Ic! Berlin Head Designer Henry Skinner explains, “The market trend for color in the upcoming seasons is very interesting for us. We see our collections adopting to a more vibrant and richer color palette. We will play with bold color accents in combination with metallic surfaces and design themes will focus on providing the perfect comfort for our wearers through innovating the fit and materials we use and how we use them.”

Laser eyewear in Ultrablue by ic! berlin

Laser eyewear in Ultrablue by ic! berlin

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Neon eyewear in Acid Yellow from ic! berlin

Neon eyewear in Acid Yellow from ic! berlin

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Prism eyewear in Redrum and Ash Silver from ic! berlin

Prism eyewear in Redrum and Ash Silver from ic! berlin

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To find out more about ic! berlin’s 90s inspired eyewear, click here.

  • Pretty frocks for the Beach And The City
Atlanta and Georgia dresses in red gingham from SLEEPER

Atlanta and Georgia dresses in red gingham from SLEEPER

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Creators at loungewear label Sleeper place a high premium on conveying positive messages to its clients. The brand is focused on making clothes that simplify life, crafting clothes for home that are stylish enough to be worn outside. Sleeper Co-Founder Kate Zubarieva explains, “We wanted women to enjoy not just the dresses, but most importantly themselves and their beauty.” For Spring/Summer ’19, a collection from “the first walking sleeper” label highlights easy, effortless frocks that can be worn while in the city or to the beach. Asya Varestsa, who is one of the company’s visionaries, shares, “We wanted to create something suitable and multifunctional, comfortable and appropriate to wear on the beach and to a party with friends, on a picnic and even during an escapade to the market.” She adds, “ The task also entailed creating dresses that will look cool in photos after 20 years and do not require special care; in a nutshell that makes like easier without sacrificing their appeal.”

Brigitte linen dress with Linum prints by SLEEPER

Brigitte linen dress with Linum prints by SLEEPER

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Lounge linen dress with Mimosa print by SLEEPER

Lounge linen dress with Mimosa print by SLEEPER

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To find out more about Sleeper’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, click here.

  • Best of the Tropics In Your Hand
The Amon collection from Lara

The Amon collection from Lara

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During the recently concluded Manila Fame Trade Show in Manila, Lara’s hand-woven banig pieces from the Province of Basey, Samar were a crowd favorite especially among the fashion-forward. Banig, hand woven grass leaves usually used to create mats for sitting or sleeping, were reworked into totes and bucket bags. Festive color ways and patterns were meticulously woven to capture the stunning tropical landscapes endemic to Basey. The collection, dubbed Amon (which means “Ours”), featured vibrant and indigenous avian patterns as distinctive design elements. “The pieces were created to remind us about loving our own. It also promotes a sense of identity –whether through the design, heritage or messaging of the product,” explains the creative team behind Lara. Philippine weaves, sourced from Great Women, were also utilized for  texture and depth. Other flora and fauna also added to the tropical fantasy lovingly created by weavers at Lara. The collection bagged two awards during the show: Best Product Design for Fashion Category and People’s Choice Award.

Amon Collection from Lara

Amon Collection from Lara

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Amon collection by Lara

Amon collection by Lara

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The Amon collection by Lara won Best Product Design and People's Choice at the recently concluded Manila FAME trade show.

The Amon collection by Lara won Best Product Design and People’s Choice at the recently concluded Manila FAME trade show.

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To find our more about the Amon collection by Lara, click here.

  • Accessories By Artisans
Soliva Charm Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

Soliva Charm Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

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Pieces from Artisans of IQ are visions realized by extraordinary women artisans in Southeast Asia. Designs are imagined by the brand’s founder, Ileana Quinones, in her atelier in New York. Inspired by travel, culture, exploration and discovery, Artisans of IQ items are thoughtfully crafted with a consciousness for “preserving ancient artisanal traditions and craftsmanship.” The team works in close collaboration with underserved women in Southeast Asia to come up with pieces that are global, relevant and most importantly, ethical. Ileana explains, “We partner with the best silversmiths in Thailand to craft one of a kind vintage inspired layered looks of global design. Each piece of jewelry tells a story of mixed cultures, travel, ancient symbols and far away places soldered in 18K gold vermeil & Karen tribe silver with precious gemstones.”

Sarilla Earrings from Artisans of IQ

Sarilla Earrings from Artisans of IQ

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Galine Hoop Earrings with fresh water pearls from Artisans of IQ

Galine Hoop Earrings with fresh water pearls from Artisans of IQ

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Oni Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

Oni Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

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To find out more about the accessories made by Artisans of IQ, click here.

Power Dressing With Soul

Mantle Shirt from (shirt stories)

Mantle Shirt from (shirt stories)

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One can never go wrong with the great white shirt. A wardrobe is likewise never truly complete without this timeless classic. When it comes to dressing the part of a girl boss, a crisp white shirt is almost always the go-to fashion essential. Kyiv-based mono brand, (shirt stories), is dedicated to crafting classic investment shirts that are customizable, conceptual in design and impeccably handmade. The label constructs, deconstructs and reworks the timeless classic to come up with fresh fashion propositions that are relevant, versatile and functional. The team behind (shirt stories) is keen on addressing overproduction in the fashion trade, encouraging clients to return to Made-To-Order garments . Materials and dyes used for production are naturally derived and source. “Every piece has it special one-of-a-kind soul—just like every one of its clients,” says the people behind (shirt stories).

Sun Shirt Dress by (shirt stories)

Sun Shirt Dress by (shirt stories)

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Corset Shirt by (shirt stories)

Corset Shirt by (shirt stories)

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Double Bow Shirt by (shirt stories)

Double Bow Shirt by (shirt stories)

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Double Collar Shirt by (shirt stories)

Double Collar Shirt by (shirt stories)

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To find out more about the pieces made by (shirt stories), click here.

  • Fit Into A Pair Of Responsible Denims
Wide leg denim pants by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

Wide leg denim pants by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

PHOTO COURTESY OF KSENIA SCHNAIDER

Sustainable denim brand, Ksenia Schnaider has just recently partnered with fabric innovators Isko to create a capsule collection that explores new ways of wearing earth-friendly, style forward denims. Staying true to its commitment for up-cycling textile and minimizing carbon footprint of denim production, Ksenia Schnaider utilizes new materials like Isko’s Earth Fit fabric to reimagine signature designs such as the demi-denims, flared trousers, shorts and jackets. The team at Ksenia Schnaider shares, “We work with organic cotton, pre- and post-consumer recycled polyester from plastic bottles in order to contribute to making the denim work a bit better and a more responsible place.”

Denim skirt by Ksenia Schnader X Isko

Denim skirt by Ksenia Schnader X Isko

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Denim shorts by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

Denim shorts by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

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To find out more about the Ksenia Schnaider X ISKO capsule collection, click here.

Haute From Harajuku

Kira Kira Bucket Bag in Navy by Adeam

Kira Kira Bucket Bag in Navy by Adeam

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Adeam Creative Director and Founder Hanako Maeda brings parts of her life in Japan to the runways and streets of New York each season. The label, which launched in 2012, recently presented its 10th collection on the runways of NYFW. The show also coincided with the US launch of Adeam’s bag line, inspired by the fun and youthful street style of Harajuku. Unconventional shapes utilized in the collection are attributed to the strong sense of individuality distinct to the Harajuku district. The choice of bright colors is referenced from disco and neon lights. Each piece merges Adeam’s Japanese street culture style and New York’s urban functionality. Hanako emphasizes that materials and production methods involved in the production of Adeam products are decidedly ethical, boasting the Made in Japan label.

Kira Kira Pochette in Ivory by Adeam

Kira Kira Pochette in Ivory by Adeam

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Limelight Chain Bag in Peppermint by Adeam

Limelight Chain Bag in Peppermint by Adeam

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