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New York City to Triple Its Fashion Investment, Name a Street After Oscar de la Renta

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Happy Fashion Week, everybody! Last night, Made Fashion Week held an opening ceremony of sorts at Milk Studios to kick off the event, which was attended by a smattering of fashion folk, including CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, CEO Steven Kolb, designer Nanette Lepore, Public School’s Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow along with a handful of others. But the evening’s most noted guest was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was on hand with his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray. De Blasio came to address the crowd and drop a few major announcements about the city’s plans to further its relationship with the fashion industry, which he mentioned brings the city $2 billion in tax revenue and employs about 180,000 people.

“We want this industry to grow, we want it to give more and more opportunity…we want it all over the five boroughs. When you believe in something, you invest in it,” he said, before announcing that the City of New York will be putting $15 million into the industry to help nurture the present and future of fashion. “The initiative will help emerging talent study fashion in New York City schools with a scholarship,” de Blasio explained. “We’ll help students gain exposure to the fashion industry with fully-funded internships. We’ll help budding designers get the finances they need to get the garments on the store racks, and we’re going to help New York City manufacturers gain access to the latest technology.”

De Blasio also announced that the City of New York would be honoring Oscar de la Renta by naming a street after the late designer, a point that was greeted with robust applause and surprised, but touched gasps. 

And with that, and an ending remark in Spanish, Made Fashion Week kicked off with a few exciting developments that members of the fashion world can look forward to. But for now, the main objective is to get through the week.

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Why is Mamamia’s Rosie Waterland Comparing Herself to Sydney Fashion Blogger?

You might know Sydney Fashion Blogger, otherwise know as Antoinette Marie. Yes, that is her real name. She’s got a whopping 817,000 Instagrammers who follow her every move, outfit and shoe purchase, and is what you could rightly call kind of a big deal. Mamamia’s Rosie Waterland, on the other hand, is a big deal thanks to her hilarious way with words, which include, but are not limited to, The Bachelor recaps that literally made us cry with fits of laughter week by week. (more…)

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Jessica Gomes Nails Sexy Sophistication at Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue Party

Out there amongst the likes of Lily Aldridge, Gig Hadid and Chanel Iman, Australian model Jessica Gomes impressed as one of Sports Illustrated‘s all-time favourites at its Swimsuit Issue celebration at New York’s Marquee on February 10.

Having appeared in the issue many times before, the Perth-raised model didn’t feel the need to overdo it. Instead, she went for a sexy-yet-sophisticated look in black high-neck crop teamed with an Elizabeth and James black thigh-split skirt. (more…)

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AVO Against Jodhi Meares’ Fiancé Stands After Assault Charge

Jodhi Meares

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Fashion designer and ex-wife of bazillionaire James Packer, Jodhi Meares, was reportedly involved in a domestic incident with her fiancé, Noiseworks singer Jon Stevens, earlier this week, and now the pair might not be able to contact one another until a hearing three months from now. reports that police were called to a Wolseley Road premises in the early hours of Monday morning, February 9, after hearing of a domestic argument involving a 52-year-old man and 42-year-old woman. Rose Bay Local Area Command’s officers visited the site, where they spoke to the couple and reportedly wound up arresting Stevens.

Stevens was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with assault before being released on bail. Rose Bay police applied for an interim AVO which, if granted, would restrict Stevens from contacting Meares for 28 days. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Kanye West Clarifies His Reaction to Beck’s Grammy Win, Carmen Dell’Orefice Covers New You

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Image: WENN

  • Lynn Yaeger on the lasting allure of Mary Quant. [Vogue]
  • Kanye West explains why he felt compelled to run on stage during Beck’s acceptance speech at the Grammys. [Dlisted]
  • Is this the best hump day ever? Four previously unreleased Spice Girls songs have hit the web and it’s all we’re listening to this afternoon. [TIME]
  • Everything you needed to know about American malls, organized in neat little charts. [Bloomberg]
  • There won’t be a red Adidas Yeezy sneaker, so please stop asking Kanye West about it, thanks. [Hypebeast]
  • Here’s what the invite to Kanye West’s Adidas showing looks like. [@khloekardashian]
  • ELLE magazine gathered a few digital influencers to take portraits styled as famous women in black history. The results are simply stunning. [ELLE]
  • Age is in, y’all. At 83, Carmen Dell’Orefice covers New You magazine looking damn gorgeous. [New You]

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Swarovski Unveils This Season’s Collective with Instagram Shorts

Swarovski is announcing its Collective participants through the power of social media this season. With the help of a few artists, Swarovski produced six 15-second videos in which they add their own spin on the designers’ sketches.


#creaturesofthewind #FW15 @official_swarovski and @craigandkarl #swarovskicollective

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Artists Craig & Karl were tapped to create a short for Tim Coppens and Creatures of the Wind, utilizing their bold, graphic aesthetic to produce a kaleidoscopic piece that’s positively hypnotizing. Jenny Walton teamed with Wes Gordon and Misha Nonoo, recording herself doing marker sketches of some of their designs before festooning her work with fabric.

Check out a few of the videos and get excited to see the collections fully realized once they hit the runway this month. (more…)

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