What’s Trending This Week?
From Adele/Beyoncé bonding, to big diversity breakthrough at Vogue Paris, this week was certainly eventful (it is fashion week, after all). There were some new collection releases, as well as a massive influx of inspiration and creative energy thanks to NYFW, and quite a few small-but-positive changes in the industry. Read about it, and more, below:
NYFW came to end this week, with a plethora of beautiful shows plastered over every Instagram (and Insta-story). From Brandon Maxwell’s super-sexy power-dressing, to Narciso Rodriguez’s monochromatic minimalism, and Ralph Lauren’s very floral Garden of Eden, there was most-definitely something for everyone. Catwalk favourites Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner (of course) made a multitude of appearances, with Ashley Graham also walking for Michael Kors in a move towards more body positive fashion world. Check out FashionCapital’s Trends section for more in-depth NYFW up-and-coming designer reviews.
On Monday Vogue Paris revealed its March cover, which stars transgender model Valentina Sampaio – a brilliant first for the publication.
High-street brands are beginning to up their game when it comes to sustainable fashion, with every brand (from H&M to Zara) launching some sort of environmental initiative in recent weeks. Mango is the next to follow suit, making sustainability a major component of its business model when it launched a new collection called Mango Committed this week. Comprising 45-pieces (25 women’s & 20 men’s styles), “the price point of this collection is slightly higher than the normal Mango collection and ranges from £20 to £100, due to the use of premium sustainable fabrics, however, it is still an affordable collection which is part of Mango's DNA, and we have adjusted the margins to be able to offer a fashion collection of great quality at affordable prices,” explained the brand. 100% sustainable (and affordable) fashion? A great move indeed.
Yet more Trump related drama: Melania Trump took to Twitter (THE platform for politics apparently) to thank actress Emily Ratajkowski for her support regarding some rather unflattering comments made at NYFW party. The model was "sat next to a journalist from the New York Times last night who told me 'Melania is a hooker'," Ratajkowski wrote on the social-media platform. "Whatever your politics it's crucial to call this out for what it is: slut shaming. I don't care about her nudes or sexual history and no one should. Gender specific attacks are disgusting sexist bullshit." Melania responded, thanking Ratajkowski: "Applause to all women around the world who speak up, stand up and support other women! @emrata #PowerOfEveryWoman #PowerOfTheFirstLady."
This weekend revolved around awards. Adele won five awards at the Grammys, whilst Beyoncé received two despite being nominated for 11. Beyoncé took the stage in an absolutely gorgeous beaded gold dress and headdress, with matching make-up, stunning the audience with her performance. Adele teared up after winning the album of the year, using her acceptance speech to celebrate Beyoncé, and refuse the award. "I can't possibly accept this award, and I'm very humbled and very grateful and gracious but my life is Beyonce, and the album to me, the Lemonade album, Beyonce, was so monumental, and so well thought out. And so beautiful and soul bearing and we all got to see another side of you that you don't always let us see, and we appreciate that. All of us artists f**king adore you," she went on. "You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have. And I always will." She then broke the award in half, to give a piece to Queen Bey - which consequently made Twitter explode at the mean-girl-eqsue event.
David Bowie was also honoured with five much-deserved posthumous awards at the Grammys also, with his son (Duncan Jones) paying tribute via social media.
The BAFTAs saw Emma Stone awarded with Best Actress for La La Land; the actress wore a stunning heavily embellished dress/trouser combination by Chanel Haute Couture, igniting a social-sphere of dress lust. Viola Davis, Mel Brookes and Casey Affleck were among others to receive awards.
Cefinn – Samantha Cameron’s first solo fashion label – launched this week, and the whole collection is now available on the brand’s website. "Cefinn is the realisation of a long held dream for me," said Cameron today. "To create a brand which fills a space I believe exists in the current market is both hugely challenging and rewarding. I hope it becomes a go to label for easy, elegant pieces for the busy, modern woman." Cameron also said that she created the brand for the “practical, modern women who enjoy clothes and whose love of fashion doesn't detract from their dignity and intelligence.” Starting at £110, this is collection merging modernity and practicality (and is rather Victoria Beckham-esque in both design and approach, don’t you think?).