Fashion & Shopping

A year into pandemic, Milan fashion week stays virtual

Fashionistas will have to log on to soak up the glamour at Milan Fashion Week, which remains online a year after the coronavirus first swept into northern Italy. 



a person wearing a costume: Armani was forced to move its show at the February 2020 Milan Fashion Week behind closed doors as coronavirus took hold in nearby Codogno


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Armani was forced to move its show at the February 2020 Milan Fashion Week behind closed doors as coronavirus took hold in nearby Codogno

No sharply dressed crowds will attend the extravaganza’s opening on Wednesday: it’s virtual catwalk shows only, with the likes of Armani and Prada presenting new women’s collections for autumn and winter 2021-22.



Kim Jones posing for the camera: Celebrated British menswear designer Kim Jones is due to present his first ready-to-wear collection for Fendi


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Celebrated British menswear designer Kim Jones is due to present his first ready-to-wear collection for Fendi

The word “coronavirus” was just starting to pop up in conversations among members of the global style elite as they gathered for the February 2020 edition of Milan Fashion Week.

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Italy’s first outbreak was taking hold in Codogno, an hour’s drive

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5 reasons to purchase a flat cap

Flat caps have been around for centuries. Thanks to its long history in England and Ireland, the flat cap has gained the status of a cultural icon in these countries. Throughout their history, flat caps had peaks and lows in their popularity. Recently, they are back in style, mainly thanks to the popular TV show Peaky Blinders. But the fact that they are trendy again is not the only reason why you should buy them. There are many cool things about the flat cap that makes it such an appealing headwear option. 

Suitable for all types of faces

The most important reason is that flat caps can suit all face types. The most popular styles of flat caps are the ivy flat cap and the newsboy hat. The main difference between them is that the ivy flat cap has a lean body and a short and stiff brim, while … Read More

The Greatest Fashion Week Street Style Looks of All Time

Refinery 29 UK

Beware The Celebs Giving Away ‘Cash’ On Instagram

You’ve seen it all before: a grey velvet bedspread, a sportswear-clad influencer, wads of cash and Louis Vuitton bags, the promise of £8,000 in return for liking a few posts and following a few accounts. It’s such a familiar picture that your thumbs shouldn’t even pause. Yet here you are, entering another Instagram cash giveaway even you don’t think you’ll win. Instagram giveaways are nothing new. Brands and businesses have been running them almost as long as they’ve been using the platform for marketing. But recently they’ve gone turbo. Now, ex-Love Islanders, Geordie Shore stars and influencers regularly host giveaways worth thousands, telling followers they can win cars, cash and designer clothes just by following a few select accounts. But if there’s no such thing as easy money, why – or rather, how on Earth – are celebrities giving

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New York fashion week style lessons, from Ella Emhoff’s modelling debut to the return of boho-luxe

Ella Emhoff, stepdaughter of US Vice President Kamala Harris, makes her modelling debut for Proenza Schouler - Proenza Schouler

Ella Emhoff, stepdaughter of US Vice President Kamala Harris, makes her modelling debut for Proenza Schouler – Proenza Schouler

Despite a ragged turn-out by big names, there were some rays of hope at New York fashion week, which came to an end on Thursday. Re-branded the American Collections by an exhausted-looking Tom Ford via a publicised Zoom call on the final day of proceedings, the designer postponed his presentation due to a Covid outbreak at his LA studio. The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) chief promised faithfully to return to New York in September though.

Meanwhile, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs all opted out of NYFW’s scheduled week. Yet bold, beautiful offerings still shook us home-front-row journalists awake, with Gabriela Hearst and Ulla Johnson stealing the crowns from the old-school absentees.

Hearst and Johnson showed digital presentations similar in scope and model

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I Moved to Paris, and Now I Exclusively Wear These 4 Items With Jeans

The Telegraph

‘Going on holiday is the difference between living and existing’

These are desperate times for the travel industry, a sector that supports 2.5 millions livelihoods in the UK, and countless more abroad. Having endured a miserable year, hopes were high that 2021, helped by the rollout of the vaccine, would see a return to something approaching normality. Instead, thanks to strict new testing rules, the scrapping of the travel corridors list, and the introduction of quarantine hotels for arrivals from 33 “red list” countries, Britons have never been more fenced in. “We were promised that this vaccine would be the route back to normal,” says Alice Gully, founder of Aardvark Safaris, which, in an ordinary year, sends travellers to more than a dozen African destinations. “They said that once the vulnerable were protected we could open everything up, but now it feels like they are just penalising us

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39 of the Coolest French Fashion Brands Everyone Should Know

The Telegraph

What it’s like to have a baby after miscarriage

On hearing the news that Meghan Markle is pregnant again, having suffered a miscarriage after the birth of her first child, my heart broke a little. While the news may seem joyous to most, I know only too well the heartache that can strike as you live through your third pregnancy, but as a mother of one. In July, Meghan miscarried her second child – my son Henry was 14 months old, exactly the same age as baby Archie was then, when I endured the same. Seeing those positive lines on a pregnancy test again, as I did four months after my miscarriage in 2014, fear presided over excitement. I smiled as I received congratulations while inside, my stomach churned as I prayed that this one would survive. I was consumed by worry and anxiety, which would bubble away

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