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Fashion

If looks could frill: ruffles make a big comeback on runways

Gucci shift

It all started a year ago when the peplum - a flared, gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist - began to appear on spring-summer 2012 catwalks.

Friday, 12 April, 2013, 10:42am

Fashion and hi-tech score again

The love affair between the fashion and digital worlds has been in full bloom for some time now.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:41am

Superga makes big entry into Hong Kong

Marco Boglione

With so many brands opening flagship stores in Hong Kong these days, it can be difficult to stand out. Launch events have a tendency to fall into the trap of uniform blandness as labels seek popular appeal.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:51am

Growing up Ferragamo

James Ferragamo at Pacific Place. Photo: SCMP

It's a well-known fact in the fashion industry that the Italians are all about keeping the business in the family. While names like Versace, Missoni and Zegna all fly the family flag, no other brand sums up this ethos more than Ferragamo.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:35am

Embrace the passion for Chinese embroidery

Jonathan Riss wants the world to embrace Chinese embroidery. Photo: Corbis

With a new atelier in Beijing, the fashion house Jay Ahr champions Chinese crafts through Western design.

The label’s Belgian-born designer, Jonathan Riss, is known for his beautiful forms and intricate details.

6 Apr 2013 - 6:16pm

Covet: Spring florals

Loafers with flowers and spikes from Christian Louboutin (HK$9,900). christianlouboutin.com

"Florals for spring - groundbreaking," drawled Miranda Priestly in mock disbelief at the suggestion of a seasonal cliché in The Devil Wears Prada.

5 Apr 2013 - 10:50am

Kenzo under new leadership

Models show the Kenzo ready-to-wear autumn-winter 2013 collection. Photo: AP

In less than three seasons, Japanese-French label Kenzo has jumped back into the limelight and been exposed to a new generation of fashion lovers. It seems that the creative directors are at the top of their game.

1 Apr 2013 - 10:32am

Style Check: one in the aisle for bridal fee

We hear about China's luxury market all the time, as all eyes are looking East. But things don't always run smooth when doing business on the mainland.

1 Apr 2013 - 10:13am

Finger on the trigger of social media

Mira Duma

Mira Duma is so busy these days it's a wonder how she finds the time to be such a prolific Facebooker and Instagrammer. 

1 Apr 2013 - 10:09am

Boutique owner Gary Wong is tailor-made for tough fashion market

Gary Wong styles himself as a practical and fashion-forward middleman, bringing unique foreign brands to China's closets. Photo: Simon Song

Hong Kong fashion buyer Gary Wong opened his first boutique, Shine, in Beijing eight years ago, selling high-end foreign designer brands like Y's, Undercover, Comme des Garcons and Neil Barrett. The 35-year-old has since expanded to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenyang and Guangzhou as mainland consumers' thirst for fashion grows. 

31 Mar 2013 - 7:12am

Sacai: the new look of Japanese fashion

Chitose Abe. Photo: May Tse

Until a year ago, not many had heard of Japanese label Sacai, even though it enjoys a cult-like status among fashion insiders. It was only when designer Chitose Abe decided to host her first runway show at Paris Fashion Week last March that people began asking about her cool, innovative pieces.

29 Mar 2013 - 10:31am

Covet: sorbet colours

Covet: sorbet colours

29 Mar 2013 - 10:32am

Uphill battle awaits China's domestic fashion labels despite 'first lady effect'

China's first lady Peng Liyuan. Photo: Reuters

Across Shanghai, stores in districts such as Xinitiandi, Jiuguang and at the Super Brand Mall in Pudong have reported a growth in visits and sales. 

7 Apr 2013 - 7:08pm

First lady Peng Liyuan spurs boom in demand for home-grown labels

President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, are welcomed to Tanzania by President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and his wife, Salma Kikwete. Photo: AP

First lady Peng Liyuan's choice of home-grown designer brands on her maiden overseas trip with President Xi Jinping has been hailed as a boon for China's fashion industry, yearning for its own "Jason Wu moment".

26 Mar 2013 - 8:53am 10 comments

Style Check: Nicola Formichetti

There is a rumour that Nicola Formichetti is leaving the menswear line of French fashion house Mugler. And head menswear designer Romain Kremer is apparently going with him.

25 Mar 2013 - 10:35am