Pulp Fashion Week features plus-size models in waif-obsessed France

Pulp Fashion Week features plus-size models in waif-obsessed France

France's waif-obsession means its fashion sector snubs many women with bigger body types. Pulp Fashion Week, 11 and 12 April, is trying to rebalance the scales -- by featuring larger women on the catwalk.

Sunday, 12 April, 2015, 12:59pm

Models in masks highlight Indonesian environmental devastation

Models in masks highlight Indonesian environmental devastation

Wearing gas masks and designer dresses, models parade down a catwalk against a backdrop of polluted, rubbish-strewn paddy fields in central Indonesia, a colourful condemnation of the fashion industry's role in causing environmental devastation

1 Apr 2015 - 2:19pm

Prada to open 80 more stores worldwide in next 12 months

Luxury brand retailers will benefit from increased spending by Chinese tourists travelling outside the mainland. Photo: Nora Tam

While it expects growth in the mainland luxury market to slow down, Italian fashion giant Prada plans to press ahead with its strategy of opening more stores around the world, even though analysts warn that could hurt profitability.

15 Jan 2014 - 4:42pm

A marriage of old and new worlds on Paris catwalks

Raf Simons for Christian Dior

Christian Lacroix made a return to fashion with a one-off collection for the house of Schiaparelli that paid homage to the Italian designer.

8 Jul 2013 - 9:47am

Italian prison inmates learn about the fashion trade

Kalu Uwaezuoke Chinedum Ike (right), an inmate in an Italian prison, earns a wage for making Sigillo brand handbags. Photo: AFP

Women's prison workshops across Italy are joining up under a new commercial fashion brand they hope will help encourage more detainees to learn the trade and give them hope for a future on the outside.

17 Jun 2013 - 10:26am

Covet: Retro summer

Oversized round nylon sunglasses with titanium rims (HK$3,600) from Chanel,

If there's one trend to take away from the summer catwalks, it's the 1950s.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:20am

Is this one of the world's most expensive suits? It's a snip at HK$1 million

Arshad Mahmood shows off Apsley Tailors' suit. Photo: Thomas Yau

Video: Boasting 22-carat gold stitching, with a gold waistcoat and diamond-encrusted gold buttons, the one-off is on sale at HK$1 million (US$129,000).

13 Jun 2013 - 4:48am 5 comments

Covet: Safari wear

Panama hat (HK$2,800) from Dunhull,

Saint Laurent would often be photographed wearing his safari jacket - long, touching the thigh, belted and with two breast pockets - paired with flared trousers.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:14am

Spring-summer looks are all about playing it loose

Stella McCartney. Photo: AFP

If fashion is a barometer for our current state of mind, then the mood on the street right now is rather relaxed. In quite the turnaround, years of body-con dresses, super high heels, the bling, glitz and glamour have given way to a looser, more relaxed silhouette this summer.

27 May 2013 - 11:02am

Prada's past fashion becomes The Great Gatsby's future

Mulligan wears the chandelier dress in the film. Photo: Warner Brothers

The glamour of the Roaring Twenties has made The Great Gatsby the most talked about movie in fashion circles.

20 May 2013 - 10:12am

Jacky Tsai talks skulls and fashion

Tsai poses with one of his digital collages. Photo: Edward Wong

After nearly eight years in Britain, the young Shanghai-born artist still speaks in hesitant English, albeit with a faint cockney accent. "Art is always a voice in me, which is pretty cool as I don't have any language talent," he says.

16 May 2013 - 12:59am

Designing talent sashays off runway into homes

High fashion is coming off of the catwalk and into better-dressed homes, as high-profile designer brand names, like this Ralph Lauren styled room, are focusing on accessories and furniture.

Experience has taught one of the world's most successful businessmen, Donald Trump, that "you're generally better off sticking with what you know". But some people just can't help pushing the envelope, among them the current seam of fashion designers crossing over into homeware.

15 May 2013 - 2:53am

Asia invests in European fashion brands

Asia invests in European fashion brands

An appreciation of heritage, an eye for a bargain, or perhaps a bit of both - whatever the mix of factors, Asian investors have been acquiring prestigious, if sluggish, European brands for more than a decade, often bringing fresh verve to the businesses.

14 May 2013 - 11:14am

Big-hearted Hong Kong executive gets to be fashion celebrity for a day

Glimpses of Eve Patton's day of pampering. Photo: Carmen Chan

When Eve Patton joined 40 glamorous women from around the globe for a classic car tour of Tuscany in 2011, she did it in style: in a 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

11 Nov 2013 - 3:50pm

Heart and Seoul of fashion: Korean opportunities

Looks from Juun G for Fall/Winter 2013/14. Photo: EPA

There was a time when the rest of Asia looked to Japan for fashion trends. That has changed over the past decade in the wake of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, a tide of Korean television dramas and pop groups which gained popularity around the world.

6 May 2013 - 11:20am