Sixty year old Paola Mazzini is no celebrity designer. But after more than a decade in jail, the drugs convict and a dozen fellow prisoners are looking to break into the world of glamour by launching their own clothing brand.
It all starts with one simple sentence, spoken almost in a whisper, but which has a thunderous effect. A female police officer deployed in Tehran's latest moral crackdown tells a woman that her manto (overcoat) is too short and infringes Iranian Islamic dress rules.
Africa's two-yearly fashion fest in Niger is to feature emerging designers from South Africa and Mozambique at the southern tip of the continent, to stylists from Uganda, Ethiopia and Morocco, organisers said Tuesday, July 17th.
Iran warned that its police will enforce a drive against clothing deemed unIslamic with renewed vigour this month by doubling the number of forces assigned to check up on lax dressing, local media reported.
Ten years to the day after his murder at the age of 51, Italy's fashion capital will pay tribute to Gianni Versace on Sunday, July 15th with a glittering ballet performance at Milan's La Scala opera house.
Efforts to draw up a French fashion industry charter to keep ultra thin models off catwalks, magazines and advertising posters have made no progress since May, when France elected a new government, industry sources said Friday, July 13th.
Fifteen models were kicked out of a Rome fashion show late Tuesday, july 10th for being too thin, sparking new debate on anorexia in the fashion industry. "I asked that girls with abnormal measurements shouldn't work ...(and) had to fire 15 who were under (French) size 36 (US size eight)," Raffaella Curiel told reporters.
From John Galliano's celebration of 500 years of painting at Christian Dior to Jean-Paul Gaultier's irreverent take on European and Indian royalty, the latest round of haute couture shows for winter 2008 began and ended on an upbeat note.
It rained on Karl Lagerfeld's parade for Chanel on Tuesday, July 3rd with a vengeance. The heavens opened, turning the garden venue in Saint Cloud in the outlying Paris suburbs into a quagmire before the show had even begun.
Christian Dior's new designer Kris van Assche unveiled Sunday, july 1st his debut collection for the 60-year-old House, returning to the drop-dead elegance of its founder and 1950s style Hollywood razzmatazz.
Ann Demeulemeester turned to the iconoclastic Dada movement to dress the poetic dandy, as Veronique Branquinho mixed East and West to create Monsieur Butterfly at the Paris men's fashion run for next spring and summer.