New York Fashion Week: Couture

By AI Creative Media

Couture New York Fashion Week began on Friday, February 12 and runs through February. All of the shows were held on Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, Broadway, NY.

The 23rd Season of Couture Fashion Week featured collections from Dauphine of France, Anniesa Hasibuan, Vintage Couture by Vanny Tousignant, Ely Cortrreal and Andres Aquino, and performances from Mia Wallace and Serena Bateman.

Couture Fashion Week was founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino and also presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City, Cannes and other selected cities.

Here’s some of the highlights of the 3-day couture fashion event.

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New York Couture Fashion Week
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, Broadway


Converse’s Chuck Taylor Redesigned For The First Time In A Century

By Armando

The stuff of teenage rebellion and rock ’n’ roll is now more comfy.

The Chuck Taylor, one of the world’s most iconic shoes, got a redesign as Converse unveiled today the “Chuck II” at a press conference in South Boston.

If you ever owned one, you probably are thinking this redesign is long past due. With all the advances in sneaker technology, the shoes haven’t changed much in 98 years. Additionally, it has been somewhat challenging to wear while doing any sort of athletic activity.

So it’s no surprise that the upgrades are on the interior, while keeping the same classic look that made it a fashion icon as its forebear. The redesign includes a foam padded collar, perforated micro-suede liner and a new “Lunarlon Sockliner” that adds cushioning and arch support. A lot of these technologies came from Nike, which bought Converse in 2003 for $305 million.

And there’s also the name change to Chuck II. Named after the Indiana basketball star, “Chuck Taylor” was the first to get his name on signature sneaker shoes when it came out in 1917.

“The launch of Chuck II is a groundbreaking moment for Converse as we continue to move the brand forward through creativity and innovation, ushering in not just a new sneaker, but a completely new way of thinking,” Jim Calhoun, president and CEO at Converse, said in a statement.

Here it is, the Chuck II:

Available later this month, the sneakers will be $70 and $75 for low-tops and high-tops respectively, and will be available in black, white, red, and blue when they launch next week.


The Shirt You Don’t Have to Wash—and Other Clothes that Rarely Get Too Dirty

By Beth Greenfield

Laundry: like it or loathe it, it’s got to get done. Or does it? Maybe not, if the creator of a new no-wash shirt has his way.

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Clothing company Wool & Prince, founded in New York City by entrepreneur Mac Bishop, has developed the “better button-down,” a tailored men’s shirt that can be worn for 100 days straight with “No washing. No dry cleaning. No wrinkles. No odor.” Funding has come from a Kickstarter campaign, which had already pulled in more than $167,000 on Tuesday—putting it $135,000 past its goal way before its May 22 deadline. While the retail price has yet to be announced, shirts are available to Kickstarter investors for $98 each.

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Givenchy, Hermes and Celine get elegant at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS — True style doesn’t try too hard.

That was the statement at Paris Fashion Week, alarmingly simple, but proved in a number of ready-to-wear presentations Sunday which heralded a move towards clean, simplified elegance.

Celine designer Phoebe Philo — at the top of her game — produced a chic display, effortlessly.

Three years after the lauded Briton’s Celine debut, she delivered a strong show, which evoked her boho-bourgeois style in soft silhouettes with subtle architecture.

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London Fashion Week: Day One

Ella Alexander

Corrie Nielson was given exclusive access to the Kew Gardens archives when working on her spring/summer 2013 collection, which was more than evident in the series of voluminous, ruched and tulip-shaped designs, in a pretty floral-tone colour palette. Zoё Jordan turned to her recent travels to Africa when looking for inspiration for her latest show, resulting in

her signature easy separates getting a serious injection of print. Sheer overlays covered almost everything on the Bora Aksu catwalk, from trapeze dresses to collared shirts -while all the models sported intricate sculptural crowns.

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Carmen Dell’Orefice, 81, is Fashion Week’s Oldest Runway Model. She’s Also the Best.

By Piper Weiss

Carmen Dell’Orefice was born before Fashion Week even existed. The 81-year-old, who walked the runway for both Marimekko and Norisol Ferrari at NYFW on Monday, is the oldest working supermodel in the industry and proud of it.

“It’s what I enjoy doing, and I’m able to do it,” she told the Today Show before stepping on to the runway in a mocha-colored floor-length gown.

Discovered at 13, while riding a New York City bus with her mom, she landed the cover of Vogue only three years later. That was back in 1947, when $7.50 an hour was the going rate for the gig.

“It meant nothing to me,” she recalls of seeing her first cover, “except that I thought I looked like a little boy.”
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At Abercrombie & Fitch, Sex No Longer Sells

By Sapna Maheshwari

Abercrombie & Fitch’s (ANF) skin-filled ads and nightclub vibe once delighted American teenagers and infuriated parents. Today, many aren’t even paying attention. The once-edgy retailer has lost a third of its market value in the past year as it grapples with falling sales in Europe and the U.S. While Abercrombie blames the economy for its woes, brand consultants say it also has failed to change with the times.

Today’s teens are underwhelmed by the half-naked models and blaring, dimly lit stores. They’re also less inclined to wear Abercrombie’s longtime uniform of pricey denim and graphic T-shirts. “The trick for fashion brands is how to keep the core edgy and hot,” says Allen Adamson, a managing director at brand consulting firm Landor Associates.

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