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'No one in fashion really cares about a diverse world' – R J Hernández

When An Innocent Fashion was published in the summer Vanity Fair breathlessly called it The Devil Wears Prada for millennials. Like Lauren Weisberger, 26-year-old author R J Hernández interned at Vogue and had seemingly written a tell-all about his experiences. “A lot of the book was inspired by my time working at Vogue and then afterwards at Elle and W magazine. I took my experiences …

The man who made Russian fashion cool

If Moscow, with its punk and skater subcultures, is the next fashion destination, then Gosha Rubchinskiy is its poster boy. The Russian designer is not a household name, but that’s hardly surprising. His clothes are tricky, esoteric even: gently oversized utility jackets, high-waist jeans tied with shoelaces; T-shirts emblazoned with the hammer and sickle. Along with Georgian/Parisian label Vetements, he is the hottest designer in …

La vie en rose: how fashion fell for the pink dress

Paris fashion week is almost over, bringing catwalk season to a close four weeks after the circus rolled into New York. And here’s what it boils down to: soon, you will want to wear a pink dress. Wait. A dress? A pink dress? Is this the same fashion industry that’s been banging the drum for tracksuit bottoms and gender fluidity for the past two years? Indeed. …

Work those claws, ladies!​ ​The real reason Vogue declared war on fashion bloggers

I hear a war has broken out between Vogue journalists and bloggers. What’s going on? Steven, by email Indeed, Steven, indeed: we are witnessing a disaster of biblical proportions. What do I mean by “biblical”? I mean Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boilings! Forty years of darkness! The dead rising from …

Maria Grazia Chiuri's Dior debut spells out her feminist message

With a catwalk show in the gardens of the Musée Rodin that brought Rihanna and Kate Moss to the front row and a square mile of central Paris to a standstill, Maria Grazia Chiuri became the first woman to head the house of Christian Dior. It’s a position that arguably makes her the most powerful woman in Parisian fashion since Coco Chanel. The moment is …

H&M’s diverse advert mirrors the real world. Shame the ad industry doesn’t | Arwa Mahdawi

Diversity is so hot right now. Take H&M’s new television advert for its autumn/winter 2016 collection, for example, which features a range of women including: • Black women with natural hair • Women with shaved heads • A muscular woman • Action shots of women’s wobbly bits wobbling • A thin woman eating french fries without a side of guilt • Armpit hair • A …

Paris fashion week: Bouchra Jarrar shows she means business at Lanvin

Bouchra Jarrar’s first show for Lanvin at Paris fashion week kicked off at noon on Wednesday, under bright lights at the Hôtel de Ville. This represents a shift for the French fashion house. Under the direction of Alber Elbaz for 14 years, Lanvin was always an evening show often soundtracked with disco. The time and place announced a new mood and the clothes in the …

If the average woman is 'plus-sized', why doesn't our fashion reflect that? | Erika Nicole Kendall

America’s streets are full of what the fashion industry labels “plus-sized women” – far more than we previously thought. Thanks to a new study, we now know that the average woman is around a size 20. Not, as previously believed, a size 14. That means that the disconnect between the clothes in store windows and the bodies of women walking past them is greater than …

Gucci's frenzied fashion is like an explosion inside a fairytale

At the entrance to a disused Milanese train depot repurposed for the afternoon as a fairytale boudoir (plush seating cubes in buttoned pink velvet, strip-bar glitter curtains, a throaty undertone of dry ice), each guest arriving for the Gucci catwalk show was handed a pink piece of paper. On it was printed a quote by Vladimir Nabokov: “Literature was not born the day a boy …

Marc Jacobs defends himself in dreadlocks-on-catwalk row

The fashion designer Marc Jacobs has defended himself against allegations of racial insensitivity after he used dreadlocks in his New York fashion show but cast mainly white models to wear them. While some criticised what they saw as a case of cultural appropriation, Jacobs said he saw only people, not their race. “ all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or …