Wedding cards to funeral

An army official lays a wreath on the remains of Major Chitresh Bisht, in Rajouri, on Sunday.

An army official lays a wreath on the remains of Major Chitresh Bisht, in Rajouri, on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

S.S. Bist had been distributing invitation cards on Saturday for his son’s wedding. A day later, he was preparing for his son’s last rites.

The body of Major Chitresh Singh Bist, 34, was brought to Dehradun from Kashmir on Sunday and kept in the military hospital. The young officer died in an explosion on Saturday while defusing a mine apparently planted by intruders on the border in Jammu’s Rajouri district.

Chitresh was to get married on March 7, after returning home for the preparations on February 28.

His father, a retired police inspector, had gone to his ancestral village of Pipali in Uttarakhand’s Almora district to invite relatives and friends when a colleague of Chitresh called up the major’s mother, Rekha, and said her son was unwell. Rekha informed her husband, and he rushed back home to Nehru Colony in Dehradun.

“I called back the same number and came to know that my son was no more,” Bist told reporters in Dehradun, crying inconsolably.

“He had successfully defused 25 bombs during his training and many more while in service. I don’t know what happened that this incident took place,” Bist said, adding that Chitresh had resumed duty on February 2 after a few days’ leave.

“Army officers told me that he had neutralised 22 bombs in the past. On Saturday, he had defused three mines and was trying to neutralise the fourth when it went off,” the father said.

“He had called me up on Friday to wish me on my birthday. Chitresh had told me that he would be going somewhere on Saturday. I had advised him to tell his seniors that he did not want to leave the headquarters for a few days. I had told him not to go anywhere else before coming home for his marriage. But he didn’t listen to me and said he was duty-bound,” Bist said.

Chitresh passed out of the National Defence Academy, Dehradun, in 2010 and had been with the Corps of Engineers in the army. His elder brother Neeraj is an engineer in the UK.

Relatives of the slain officer said the last rites would be performed on Monday, when Neeraj would return home.

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said: “The entire state is mourning the death of our son. We will give Pakistan a befitting reply.”

Although the army has not officially blamed Pakistan or militants backed by the neighbour, sources in the army had said the suspicion was that a Pakistani Border Action Team, comprising of terrorists backed by troopers, had planed the mines of tracks.

Chitresh died two days after the Pulwama suicide bomb attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility for the strike.

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Verily wants to make smart shoes that track weight and falls

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Google’s sister company Verily wants to make a smart shoe that can track weight and monitor falls, according to CNBC. The company has allegedly been looking for partners to develop this shoe and bring it to market, but it’s very early in the process.

Fall detection seems to have become an increasingly popular feature for wellness gadgets, given that the newest Apple Watch has a similar feature. This makes sense due to the growing number of Baby Boomers and the very real risk of injury that falls pose. In fact, falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury for elderly Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and preventing falls truly could save lives.

The shoe fits in with other projects from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), which include contact lenses for farsightedness and a special spoon for people with movement disorders. That said, Verily is hardly the first company to look into smart shoes for this purpose. E-VONE makes smart shoes in 26 styles, and all of them contain sensors that will notify someone when you fall. But both E-VONE and Verily and everyone else’s smart shoes will need to contend with the same problems: few people want to wear the same shoes every day, and many people don’t wear shoes indoors. At least a smart shoe is a better fall-prevention idea than the $800 airbag belt.

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These 1.3 billion people could test brands’ addiction to fast fashion

Image result for These 1.3 billion people could test brands’ addiction to fast fashionStarting a decade ago, in my early twenties, I spent several months every year in India doing fieldwork for my PhD. As I visited various parts of the country, I observed a distinct shift in the clothing shops that lined the streets in larger cities. Next to stores that sold Indian outfits–such as brightly colored saris, tunics, and a traditional pantsuit called a salwar kameez–you could find American and European brands, like Levi’s and H&M. Many women mixed Indian and Western styles, wearing colorful cotton tunics with jeans, for instance.

Western fashion brands–from Tommy Hilfiger to Nike to Zara–have recognized the enormous opportunity the Indian market opens up, and have been rushing in to woo Indian consumers. India’s economy is expected to grow 8% a year until 2022, and the Indian middle class is expected to expand at 19.4% a year over the same period, outpacing China, Mexico, and Brazil. According to a report by Business of Fashion and Deloitte, India’s fashion market will be worth $59.3 billion by 2022, making it the sixth largest in the world, on par with the U.K. and Germany.

India’s meteoric growth is dovetailing with a growing awareness of how the apparel industry’s pollution–from plastic waste to carbon emissions–is reaching a breaking point, both in the country and globally. A Nielsen study from eight years ago showed that Indian consumers were already becoming more conscious of environmentally friendly fashion practices, and this awareness is only growing. Groups like the Worker Diaries, which advocates for the welfare of workers in the region, and Fashion Revolution India, which pushes for sustainable and ethical practices in fashion, are helping make ethical and sustainable issues more visible. “India has a huge influence on how our fashion is made globally. We are also a huge consumer market,” Fashion Revolution India writes on its website. It encourages Indian consumers to ask fashion companies to explain where their clothes come from through social media–and reports it has received responses from over 1,000 brands so far.

And even as America pulls out of the Paris Climate Agreement, India has doubled down on its commitment to joining the other nations of the world in cutting carbon emissions. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it would be a “morally criminal act” for the world not to confront the looming threat of climate change. India is the third highest polluter in the world after China and the United States but is committed to absorbing 2.5 billion to 3 billion tons of CO2 through planting trees, achieving 40% renewable energy by 2030, and reducing the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions based on its GDP by a third below its 2005 levels. According to a recent United Nations report, India is on track to meet the first two of these goals ahead of this deadline, reflecting the government’s dedication to averting a climate disaster.

It’s important to note that on a per capita basis, India is still only the 128th in terms of emissions, and 300 million Indians don’t have access to electricity. As its economy grows, more people will move into the middle class and have access to goods that contribute to the world’s pollution, including fashion. As the number of consumers grows, it’s arguably a critical time to introduce eco-friendly products.

As fashion’s biggest European and American brands enter the Indian market, selling sustainability is not just the ethical thing to do–it also makes good business sense. This is part of the reason that global giants are pitching themselves to Indians as eco-friendly brands. At the same time, as they rapidly expand, it’s become clear that to truly tackle the looming threat of climate change (to which the fashion industry contributes mightily), brands need to rethink not only what they are selling customers, but also how much.

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WHAT BIG BRANDS ARE DOING NOW

The American denim brand Levi’s was one of the earliest American fashion labels to enter the Indian market in 1995. The brand has been working to lower its environmental footprint globally, by reducing carbon emissions and using lasers to finish jeans instead of chemicals. Sanjeev Mohanty, Levi’s managing director for South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, says that Indian consumers are aware of the importance of such sustainable practices and are more likely to shop from brands that make clothes ethically.

“As far back as 2011 (when the Nielsen study was conducted), the Indian consumer was already more interested in energy efficiency in manufacturing, and related practices such as the use of recyclable packaging,” he tells me over email. In its stores Levi’s broadcasts messaging about its sustainability goals, like its plan to reduce carbon emissions across its offices, retail stores, and distribution network by 40% and use 100% renewable sources in its own facilities by 2025, or its new technique for finishing jeans that requires less water–which it made it open source, in the hopes of saving 50 billion liters of water by 2020. Those goals show up in Levi’s products, too: All Levi’s and Docker’s products have a tag that says “Wash less, wash in cold, line dry, and donate when no longer needed.”

H&M, a Swedish brand, is a far newer player in the Indian market. In 2015, it opened its first store in New Delhi, but now has more than 40 stores throughout India. It’s not only in big cities, where wealthier, more globalized consumers live. It is also in smaller cities, and targets lower-middle class Indians by offering clothes at prices that are affordable to them.

H&M is working to introduce the concept of fast fashion in India–but it’s making the case that inexpensive, on-trend clothes can be made ethically and sustainably. The company says it is working to use entirely recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030, and totally offset its carbon footprint by 2040. Part of this approach is to respond to customer demand and sell more products to eco-conscious Indians.

For instance, India is one of the largest producers of cotton in the world, and many Indian consumers will be familiar with the horrific stories of entire villages in the Indian countryside being poisoned by the chemicals used in the cotton-growing process. By 2020, H&M aims to source all its cotton sustainably–which it defines as using organic cotton, recycled cotton, or cotton certified by the Better Cotton Initiative, which helps farmers grow cotton in a way that reduces environmental stress.

Like Levi’s, H&M uses its tags to stress its efforts. “When Indian consumers see green tags on garments (which explain how eco-friendly they are), they are starting to understand what this means, and thinking, ‘Oh this could be good for me,’” says Elin Astrom, H&M India’s sustainability manager. “Talk about sustainability and circular fashion has gained a lot more attention here over the past few years.”

The science of fabric recycling is still in its infancy. Organizations–including the H&M Foundation–are working to develop technologies that will be able to separate the many fibers that are used in fabric blends. But H&M is already working to collect clothes from customers, which are either given to people who will use them or taken apart to be recycled. In 2017, the company collected 17,771 tons of textiles. It has recycling bins set up at all 40 Indian stores, and Dhatri Bhatt, H&M India’s head of communications, says they have been popular with customers. “We’ve been pretty encouraged by this response,” she says. “Customers across the country have been bringing their old garments to recycle them.”

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BIG PROBLEMS NEED RADICAL SOLUTIONS

Yet the industry’s fatal flaw is that it is built on a business model of selling more and more clothes to customers faster and faster. According to data from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which helps companies and governments transition to a circular economy, the number of times an article of clothing is worn before it gets chucked out has declined by 36% since 2000, with many consumers discarding garments after just seven to ten wears. And in that same period, the number of units of clothes sold annually has doubled from 50 billion units to 100 billion units. “The reason we see so much waste happening is because we’re producing more and more, and wearing the clothes less and less,” says Francois Souchet, a project manager at the Foundation.

Rather than selling more clothes that are marginally more sustainably made, a truly earth-changing solution would be to encourage consumers to buy fewer, more durable products. This may seem radical, but we’ve seen it work for brands like Patagonia, which mends customer’s well-worn garments to extend their life, and Eileen Fisher, which eschews fashion trends to encourage customers to wear the same outfits season after season. While these brands haven’t grown as fast as their more popular fast fashion counterparts, they are both successful, profitable businesses. A more radical approach to sustainability, both in India, and around the world, is for fashion brands to make durable products in classic styles.

As they expand into India, global giants have a chance to rewrite the book on fast fashion. What would happen if these brands sold Indian middle class consumers a fundamentally different vision of fashion than the one they’ve sold elsewhere in the world? What if instead of idealizing newness, they instead focused on quality, durability, and classic looks that never go out of style? That would be a much more effective approach to sustainability than a simple recycling bin.

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From jarfing to jellyfish, our fashion terms guide will help you to chat with the style pack

THE mullet isn’t just that much-ridiculed eighties hairstyle, it’s a fashion term. And it seems that with every new fashion season, there’s a new bit of fashion jargon.

Frankly, it’s a language minefield out on the catwalks, as bizarre designs compete with bizarre descriptions . . . but don’t despair. You can keep yourself headed firmly fashion-forward with our round up of keywords so you can talk fash with a pash.

MULLET – Gemma Chan

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An asymmetric hemline that’s higher at the front, lower at the back

JARFING – Alexa Chung

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Wearing a jumper as a scarf helps you cope with the cold without being overburdened

ONIONING – Blake Lively

<img class="lazyautosizes lazyloaded" src="data:;base64,” sizes=”620px” srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 3024w” alt=” Layering up on cold days – it’s both stylish and comfortable” data-credit=”Splash News” data-sizes=”auto” data-img=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?strip=all&w=720″ data-srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 3024w” />

SPLASH NEWS
Layering up on cold days – it’s both stylish and comfortable

SHROBING – Jennifer Lopez

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Placing your coat or jacket on your shoulders and leaving the arms to swing

LAMPSHADING – Jada Pinkett Smith

<img class="lazyautosizes lazyloaded" src="data:;base64,” sizes=”620px” srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 3024w” alt=” Creating a slender silhouette with a broad hemline sitting above over-the-knee boots” data-credit=”Splash News” data-sizes=”auto” data-img=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?strip=all&w=640″ data-srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 3024w” />

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Creating a slender silhouette with a broad hemline sitting above over-the-knee boots

JELLYFISH – Victoria Beckham

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Using voluminous pieces on the top and streamlined below, to appear slimmer

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Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the red carpet: ‘My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys’

Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the Grammy Awards next month — because she is “too big.”

The singer, who is nominated in the Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, took to social media on Monday to explain her predicament three weeks before music’s big night, revealing she’s struggling to find an outfit.

“A lot of times artists will go and talk to designers, and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet…” the Meant to Be star says in a video posted to Instagram. “I had my team hit out a lot of designers, and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big.

Bebe Rexha attends the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

“If a size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you. Then I don’t want to wear your fking dresses… To all the people that said that I’m thick… fk you, I don’t want to wear your fking dresses.”

Bebe captioned the video: “Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 a is still going to the Grammys.”

She isn’t the first real-size celebrity to speak out about the red carpet snobbery surrounding designers refusing to dress certain body types — comedian Leslie Jones took aim at the fashionistas when she couldn’t find anyone to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere in 2016 — she took to Twitter to voice her disdain, writing: “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”

She refused to name the designers she reached out to, but Christian Siriano stepped forward and offered to dress her, stating: “I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes.”

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Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY

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Rihanna set to become LVMH’s first black female designer – reports

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Rihanna at the the Met Museum’s Costume Institute benefit on 7 May 2018. Photograph: Carl Timpone/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

Rihanna is reportedly about to make history as the first black female to head up a fashion brand at the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, LVMH.

It would be the first new fashion house the group, which owns Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, has launched since Christian Lacroix in 1987.

The new brand is expected to take the singer’s last name, Fenty, which she uses for her make-up and lingerie businesses. Speculation was fuelled this week when she stepped out in an oversized pair of sunglasses with the brand’s logo visible on the side.

Rihanna has filed a lawsuit against her father, Ronald Fenty, in a dispute over the use of the Fenty name by their respective companies. The lawsuit stated he “egregiously and fraudulently misrepresented to third parties and the public that their company … is affiliated with Rihanna”. Rihanna is asking for a legal injunction on the use of the Fenty name, as well as unspecified damages.

The deal would be a shrewd business move for LVMH, which has been courting the singer for some time. While she worked on a capsule collection of sunglasses in 2015 for LVMH’s Dior, she collaborated with Puma in 2016, generating $1bn in sales for the sportswear brand.

In 2017, LVMH lured her back to collaborate on her make-up line, Fenty Beauty. The range, which was praised for encompassing a wide range of skin tones, reportedly made $100m in sales within 40 days and was named as one of Time Magazine’s 25 best inventions that year.

Her lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, which launched in May 2017, has enjoyed huge success and acclaim for its inclusivity. Pitched as the antidote to existing underwear brands such as Victoria’s Secret, which has been accused of being culturally out of touch and objectifying women, the TechStyle Fashion Group-backed brand includes sizes ranging from from XS to 3XL and features plus-size models in its campaigns.

“I accept all of the bodies,” Rihanna told US Vogue last year. “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.” TechStyle’s CEO told the trade publication WWD at the time that he chose Rihanna because she was “the right partner to bring instant credibility and exposure” to the brand.

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 Rihanna at the Louis Vuitton show during the Paris men’s fashion week on 21 Jun 2018. Photograph: Laurent VU/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

While the details of her new fashion brand remain under wraps, its concept is a reflection of the state of play in the fashion industry. Established and heritage brands are increasingly teaming up with high-profile celebrities such as Rihanna – who has 67 million Instagram followers – to work on collaborations and endorse products thanks to the influence they hold over the lucrative “Generation Z” consumer market.

The Kardashian family are another prolific example of this and have been tapped by several fashion houses, including Calvin Klein, all eager to attract their combined 508.7 million social media followers.

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 Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty make-up line was praised for incorporating a wide range of skin tones. Photograph: Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

It would also signal a further evolution in what it takes to head up a fashion house in the 21st century. Like Virgil Abloh, who was appointed as the artistic director of LVMH’s flagship brand Louis Vuitton last year, Rihanna has no formal fashion training. Abloh’s first Vuitton collection is selling 30% faster than the much-hyped collaboration with Supreme from 2017.

Abloh’s mentor Kanye West is another example of a successful musician-to-designer transition. Aside from his claims that his clothing brand Yeezy “will become the biggest apparel company in human history”, it was reported last year that his brand had received a $1.5bn valuation.

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 Like Virgil Abloh, who was appointed as the artistic director of LVMH’s flagship brand Louis Vuitton last year, Rihanna has no formal fashion training. Photograph: Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

The launch of Rihanna’s brand could go some way to answering calls for more diversity among fashion’s leaders. Last year, she became the first black woman to be on the September cover, traditionally the largest and most important edition of the magazine, of British Vogue.

“A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her,” said the editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, of Rihanna.

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