Rihanna Killed Victoria’s Secrets’ Fashion Show Business

 

Victoria’s Secrets’ antiquated lingerie show of yesterday has finally decided to close up shop, and Rihanna’s successful Savage x Fenty brand surely helped deal the final blow.

 

The L Brands subsidiary known for its “angels” strutting down a catwalk with wings and PINK logo heavy under-garments has struggled to stay culturally relevant. Whereas, Rihanna’s lingerie brand sits squarely at the center of business and culture in the $13.1 billion U.S. women’s underwear sector, leaving Victoria’s Secret hard pressed to replicate this model


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We asked four teenagers for their fashion tips, while they styled themselves for a special photo shoot. What Influences Teen Fashion? What was popular yesterday could very well be considered unfashionable today, thanks to the rapidly shifting tastes of today’s teen. 

They say spending time with young people keeps you young yourself.

Short story's about teen fashion

Getting a grasp on why your teen dresses the way she does can help you better understand your teen as a person. At the very least, knowing where fashion comes from will help you better predict what your teen will like tomorrow.

Primark’s latest brand campaign is a step further in celebrating skin diversity.

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The inimitable Celine Dion, pop diva and iconic queen of couture, stars on our limited-edition September issue

Thankfully, we have brands like Primark that has decided to represent kids and teenagers with vitiligo in their advertising campaigns for its new ranges of children’s active wear and casual wear.

cover, styled by Carine Roitfeld and shot by Mario Sorrenti.

Subscribe to Harper’s Bazaar from just £6 for 6 issues and they will send you the limited-edition Celine Dion cover as your first issue.

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Naomi Campbell: “Models of color are not a trend, we are here to stay”

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Naomi Campbell still sees racism in fashion, despite the industry’s growing efforts to embrace diversity. In an exclusive interview from the Condé Nast Luxury Conference in Cape Town, the supermodel tells Vogue that only when Africa – its models and its designers – is properly represented on the runway will equality really be achieved.


The famous annual fashion show of lingerie brand Victoria's Secret is canceled this year.

The famous annual fashion show of lingerie brand Victoria's Secret is canceled this year. The once-so-popular show has received much criticism in recent years and the company is struggling with disappointing sales. "It is time for a new marketing strategy."

Stuart Burgdoerfer, the company's financial director, announced the news at the quarterly results presentation, reports US news channel CNN. The Australian top model Shanina Shaik said four months ago that the event would not take place in 2019, but so far the company did not want to confirm this till today.

Angels and acts

The Victoria's Secret fashion show has been around for 23 years. It is a mega-event with extravagant costumes, famous guests and performances by artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. The top models on the catwalk are called 'Angels'. In addition to striking lingerie, they also wear giant angel wings.

Famous Models

such as Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bündchen were shown in the shows. Dutch models Doutzen Kroes, Romee Strijd and Sanne Vloet were also allowed to call themselves Victoria's Secret Angel. Falling ratings Since 2001, the show has also been broadcast on TV. 

From the outset, the TV broadcast received much criticism from American viewers who found the scantily clad models 'offensive'. At the same time, the show was extremely popular: the first broadcast attracted 12 million viewers.

Figures like that are a thing of the past: in 2018, only 3 million people watched the costly marketing event. In addition, the show has received increasingly harsh criticism in recent years: the event is said to be sexist (The Guardian) and anti-feminist (Cosmopolitan). Jeffrey Epstein Victoria's Secret also got negative in the news when it turned out that owner Leslie Wexner was a good friend of Jeffrey Epstein. He committed suicide in prison after being arrested on suspicion of abuse of young girls. Wexner is said to have brought him into contact with girls who dreamed of a career as Victoria's Secret Angel. In 2008, Epstein was convicted for paying a 14-year-old girl for sex.

The controversy has an impact on the operating result of Victoria's Secret, where things were not going well. Yesterday it turned out that Victoria's Secret suffered a loss of $ 252 million in the third quarter.

 

Loss of $ 42.8 million

That is considerably more than in the same period last year: then the lingerie brand reported a loss of 42.8 million dollars. Sales fell by 7 percent in the third quarter of 2019. The American company is bothered by competitors such as Target, Kohl's, American Eagle and small lingerie brands.

"New type of event"

So it's time for a new marketing strategy, says financial director Burgdoerfer. "The fashion show was a fantastic marketing performance and has made an important contribution to the brand," he says.

Whether this definitely means the end of the show, he cannot say yet. "It's time to renew our brand and find a way to communicate that to our customers." Wexner previously wrote in a letter to his employees that a TV show no longer fits the brand. According to the owner of Victoria's Secret, it's "time for a new kind of event."

Rihanna Killed Victoria’s Secrets’ Fashion Show Business

I want people to wear Savage x Fenty and think, I’m a bad bitch


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Victoria’s Secrets’ antiquated lingerie show of yesterday has finally decided to close up shop, and Rihanna’s successful Savage x Fenty brand surely helped deal the final blow.

 

We called it: Victoria’s Secret is dead and Rihanna killed it. At least, the infamous runway show is. According to  Fortune magazine,  VS chief financial officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said on an earnings call that the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will not be taking place this year at all. 

 

The last Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show that aired on network TV took place in December 2018, where Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Leomie Anderson, and more made appearances on the catwalk. 

 

Last May, the retailer told employees that its annual fashion show will no longer be televised. “Fashion is a business of change,” Wexner wrote in a memo to employees in May. “We must evolve and change to grow. With that in mind, we have decided to re-think the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Going forward we don’t believe network television is the right fit.” Wexner’s note made it sound like there was still hope for the show, beyond network television. But now, Burgdoerfer has asserted the company’s decision to end the show completely, in an effort to“evolve the messaging of [the company]”. Apparently, the company has decided to scale back on its more “extravagant marketing methods.”

 

Coincidentally, this announcement comes on the same day Savage x Fenty debuted its first brand ambassador, singer Normani. The “Motivation” singer performed during Rihanna’s second annual Savage x Fenty runway show (which is available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories). The lingerie spectacle featured choreography, musical performances from Halsey, Migos, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Tierra Whack, and Fabolous, with appearances from beloved supermodels. If you think this sounds like the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, except cooler, more inclusive, and through a woman's gaze, you'd be correct. 

 

“Women should be wearing lingerie for their damn selves,” Rihanna told Vogue in her May 2018 cover story. “I can only hope to encourage confidence and strength by showing lingerie in another light.  I want people to wear Savage x Fenty and think, I’m a bad bitch. I want women to own their beauty.” And will they ever — especially with Normani providing all the motivation all the way.

The Breakdown You Need to Know: 

In September Savage x Fenty raised $50 million to continue funding its mission of inclusive lingerie through great products and fashion shows, CultureBanx noted both of which are currently missing from Victoria’s Secret. Ratings have continually dropped with the December 2018 show providing dismal ratings of just 3.3 million viewers. This was down from more than 5 million in 2017, and a far cry from its 2011 show that drew in 10.3 million viewers.



We asked four teenagers for their fashion tips, while they styled themselves for a special photo shoot. What Influences Teen Fashion? What was popular yesterday could very well be considered unfashionable today, thanks to the rapidly shifting tastes of today’s teen. 

Photo's by : Cornelis / DMA Models : Jahshanti , Amari , Juliette , Farida , Giomi , Anna

Top 10 Popular Teenage Fashion Trends 2019 – Things to Buy

#1 – Classic Vintage Transparent Glasses.

#2 – Minimalist Women's watch.

#3 – Minimalist college Backpack.

#4 – Heart Embroidered Socks.

#5 – Women's Loose Pattern Crop Tee.

#6 – Grey Laptop Strap Backpack.

#7 – Vintage Large Round Frame Eyeglasses.

Teens love to look their best with their own personal style.

What Influences Teen Fashion

Celebrity Fashion. Music and movie celebrities are trendsetters in the adult world, so it is no surprise that many teens seek to emulate the fashions of their favorite stars.

 

 

Friends And Fashion

Your teen may make many fashion decisions based on what friends wear .

The Effects of Clothing on the Self-Esteem of Teen Girls

Wearing their best in clothing and accessories is essential to teenage girls. High school and the teen years are a time of attempting to fit in while still pursuing personal identities and trademarks.

 

Fashion is so important to teen self-esteem they discovered in the U.S."  that 42 percent of a working teen's paycheck was applied to clothing purchases.

Expressing Yourself.

Children throughout the ages have enjoyed dressing up in costumes and engaging in dramatic role playing.

 

Whether your child is a dragon, a princess, or a fairy,  or just fashionable ,your child’s brain is going into high gear when they puts on a fashionable outfit our costume. And although it may appear to you as just play, when your child dons that cape, crown, or pirate’s eye-patch, his brain is developing in more ways than you can imagine.

 

As early childhood educators know, play is the work of the child, and children benefit cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally through dress-up play.

Photos by : Cornelis

DMA Models : Khiara ,Juliette , Quinty , Catinca, Jahshanti.

Photos by : Nunu

DMA Models : Ying xin , Giomi , Anna Fakkel

Photos by : Cornelis / DMA Models : Anna & Tyra


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F A S H I O N T I P S

It's harder when your younger

because clothes cost money, even cheap clothes cost money.

but style is not something you buy in the store, style is something you make out of what you have.

Photos by : Cornelis

Designer : Kymaira Fashion

DMA Models : Quinty & Catinca

Artdesign / Stylist : Fashionable Stylist SS

Climb the ladder of fashion experience.

Go on Look book to learn outfits, and find your style  for experience you can go to pinterest tumblers Instagram Facebook a lot of social media platforms where you can get your inspiration from. I learned in the years that its als good to try new things  new colors. Don't be scared for fashion learn to dress wel in a way you like and not for others. Start blogging your outfits.  Learn how to create outfits and learn how to dress, understand colour and style and arrangement.  These are the basics.

TIPS

- Learn how to photograph yourself accurately and how to pose and what looks good.  Practice this on yourself and friends.
- Start learning how to use illustrator and Photoshop. Learn how to generate graphics and how to draw.
- Start designing your own stuff.  Then go buy fabrics and learn how to sew it.
- Then combine all the skills together, photography, design, modelling, stylist.  And go be the next Versace.


Introducing  talented photographer Nunu Ngema.

Photography has always fascinated me

In photography you never stop learning. 

We met the amazing and talented Nunu at the " Me to you Charity " and got to know her better in the field of photography. She amazed us with her outstanding photography work.

Designer : Khadija Faraj

Her story..

Nunu : Photography has always fascinated me. As long as l can remember, l always carried a camera without much knowledge of how it works. I call it a click click moment with no structure or knowing how the camera works. Composition, light everything that has do with it. Until 2 years ago in 2017 l took up a photography study and everything changed. The love of it was immediately enhanced. I can say it is probably the best thing l have done. The love it just grew and it grows every day. In photography you never stop learning. And that is a beautiful adventure about photography.

Photography : Nunu

All Models of Diversity Model Agency NL'

Designer : Natascha Breda 

Make- up by : Orly Ben David

Concept by : Fashionablestylist SS


Recently seen on the Diversity Fashion Week 2019 , Olga IF is now currently working on 3 projects  in the world of Fashion: MAESTRO KID, an International Fashion Contest aimed at children's clothing design based on drawings whose authors are children between 6 and 16 years old.

In October 2019, Olga IF reached an agreement with director of the SuzieM FashionLAB laboratory, Russia, Susanna Makerova, to create a platform to promote young designers. It will be an international competition, in the same line as Eurovision in music,
but in this case with the theme of fashion, and is called “MODAVISION”

This news has sounded a lot in the Russian press and as a result in a period of one month they have involved in the project 4 countries such as Russia represented by Susanna Makerova,
Spain represented by Olga IF, Holland and Moldova

The first step of collaboration will be the participation of Olga IF in Ethnomode contest as a member of the jury
on November 1, 2 and 3 in Russia.

Original project idea MAESTRO KID founded by Olga IF has managed to involve at the moment children from Belgium, Kazakhstan, Russia, Latvia and Spain, aged between 6 and 16 years, who have sent drawings of great originality and perfectly adaptable to different types of fabric for subsequent preparation. 

An international jury, composed of personalities of Fashion and Communication, will choose the best drawings. The members of the Jury are : Stéphanie Olivia Adélaïde, Ricardo Martin, Pedro Mansilla, Maison Mesa. 

After the selection of the drawings, the designs of prints will be made in a computer, they will be sent to print on fabrics and later they will be stitched. 

The finished looks will parade on a catwalk where audiences and a jury will choose three looks that will receive the prizes from sponsors. 

 

The objectives of the Contest aim to promote: 

Creativity: the potential of originality of the kids is infinite, and through this project they will be able to show their abilities. 

Diversity: teamwork with children from different backgrounds, grouped together to face a common goal from diversity. 

Solidarity: with the environment and disadvantaged groups, through social groups. 

Eco-responsibility: when making the dresses, recycled materials, biodegradable products, materials that do not produce a harmful effect on the natural environment are used.   

 

 

Simultaneously, Olga IF has been working for months on a unique and exciting large project: WORLDVISION FASHION SHOW, recently awarded at the World Folk Vision International Contest, organized by the Eurasian Council of Culture Science and Education held in Sochi (Russian Federation) in September of 2019. 

The aim of WorldVision Fashion Show is to beat two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ®.

The WORLDVISION FASHION SHOW

 

parade will be held in an important Spanish city on February 8, 2020, with the participation of American singer Brandon Howard and live dance and music performances. A Guinness World Records Attempts parade in which the world premiere of the Fashion Anthem will take place. 

 
We are excited to announce that our foundation Diversity Fashion Week and Diversity Model Agency will be attending the World Vision Fashion show 2020. 

Want to know more about this show or Olga? Go check out 


Introducing young and talented designer Isabelle Wildenburg. 

She graduated this year with flying colors at the Amsterdam Fashion Acadamy.

Being creative and working hard that's so Isabelle.

Photos by : Gaston

She was a student at the Amsterdam Fashion Academy just graduated, living in Dubai and born in 1997. With an eye for colors, textures and patterns, she visualize things in 3D. With the challenges of deadlines and budgets, she likes working in a team and hope to learn every day from professionals around her.

The exam assignment was completed in Dubai. For two months she has been working almost day and night, with professional help, to perfect her collection SPORT COUTURE

Photos by Marcel

That someone at the age of 21 attracts attention in the field of fashion is special. Isabelle calls herself a lucky girl. "At the Academy I was by far the youngest." Four years ago, during an open day, she met the director of the international study program. A follow-up appointment was made. She was taken to a room with a wide variety of fabrics in all kinds of colors. "I was instructed to pin a dress on a doll. I had never done anything like this before." With her 17 years she still started to work. ,, I liked a yellow fabric and went to work. When it turned out that the quantity was not enough for a dress, I continued with blue fabric. "The result turned out to impress." Students thought it was my final exam assignment. Although Isabelle did not have the required prior education (HAVO-MBO), she was nevertheless admitted to the education. In the first year she was given the opportunity to develop her own style.

She did an internship that year with the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, the chief designer of Chanel. In the second year of her studies, young designer a “recycle assignment.” All sorts of bags from supermarkets, among other things, were collected and processed into items of clothing, and the result was selected as talent by fashion house Viktor & Rolf from four academies. She will never forget Anna Sui. She wanted to meet the famous American fashion designer to ask if she could get an internship there. Isabelle received no reply to the mails sent. She brutally entered the office of the famous designer during a vacation. As a result, she was allowed to come back for an internship.

Photos by : Tony Pérez

Isabelle now has her own clothing brand: D1RT. The word that refers to "dirty" is also used for "money." The idea for the name was born when she started to process all kinds of 'dirty' sports articles into clothing, hats and bags. Quite a job was the processing of shoes, shirts, pants and balls that she got from the Amersfoort Untouchables American Football Club. Now that she graduated, the young designer  is now busy developing her brand in Dubai.


Rene Frese

Rene frese is one of the best photographers in the world who knows this magazine,

we have been able to work together with this great photographer  a lot , you can read more about rene frese here.

Photo by Rene Frese Photography. Milan, 2002.

 

 

 

After ten years of absence as a photographer, due to his eye problem, René Frese ('I Blind Poet') started working again and reactivated his career as a photographer.

 

 

 

He created a new photo studio: B” FLOOR Studios in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Having worked in Antwerp, Milan, Bangkok and Haiti, he settled back in Amsterdam. Nowadays he travels between Amsterdam and Mombasa. Besides exhibitions all over the world, his work has also been published and reviewed in several international magazines. Frese has one motto: “I am powerless over people, places and things, but at least I am able to photograph them.”

 

 

 

He refuses to be framed in one specific category, as he says: “To photograph people is beautiful and in order to photograph beauty or fashion, one needs people. Therefore I can’t divide my work into categories. No matter what I photograph, it is always about people. Also my still lives are about human behaviour."

B” GOES FASHION is a online magazine

 B” FLOOR STUDIOS production

THE MAN HIM SELF editotial photographed by B” FLOOR Studios.

More about Rene will follow soon...


Introduction

My name is Olga. I have two different and original brands. I take part in different social and charitable events and try to help those most in need. I am always looking to collaborate with different artists and personalities, because she believes that in this world we all have to support each other.

I am always aspires to the highest.

I dreamed of being in the most prestigious fashion magazine...and I did it. I appeared in Vogue i dreamed of breaking international barriers... and I did.

 

My brands went out in USA - TV show American Beauty Star Now my dream is to beat 1 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® and register a new one, with my big event, WORLDVISION FASHION SHOW. And I am sure I will get it.

 

 

I studied Mechanical Engineering and dedicated myself most of my life to perform this trade until 3 years ago when I decided to leave everything behind and finally follow my real dreams of being in the fashion industry. I have always been passionate about fashion, unfortunately that choice in career was never accepted by my family or my culture.

 

What are your interests and hobbies: The most important one is Fashion of course. A part from that I love to travel, to dance, to go for walks on the beach, read books, watch movies. Life is beautiful, there are so many amazing things available out there.

What is World Vision Fashion Show about? 

A wonderful fashion show guided by great hosts

 

Fashion anthem created through an international contest will start Fashion Show

 

More than 20 acclaimed and new designers will show their designs on the catwalk

 

420 professional models and celebrities

420 different looks

 

In addition, at the same time there will be developed incredible artistic shows: dj sets, music and dance performances

 

It is a platform where all the countries are united to share their designs. It is a unique project where just in one show you can see designers and their creation from all around the world. It is something that has not been done before.

 

During WorldVision Fashion Show every country will have the opportunity to share their creations, traditions and let us submerge in the magic world of fashion.

What defines you?

My uniqueness, love for other people, the desire to make this world better and make every single person feel beautiful and secure in their own skin. That is why also part of the profit that from my events goes to several charities because I know that there are many unfortunate people and we need to help each other. Together we are stronger. I believe that even if you smile to one random person a day that will already have a great effect in the humanity. Imagine if we all did just that small act of kindness?



Where do you see yourself in 5 years

I see myself continue designing and creating unique looks, organizing wonderful fashion events and uniting the world of fashion. I would like to be able to give a platform to all the fashion designers where they could share their creations with the rest of the world. There are so many talented people out there and I would not want them to wait so many years like I had to in order to share their talent and inspire the rest of the world. That was led me to the creation of WorldVision Fashion Show.

 

How do you think of more diversity in the fashion world?

I think we should remove all the barriers and create a fashion world without borders or stereotypes. Fashion keeps changing, a few centuries ago bigger size women were the ones to follow and now if you are bigger then they say you are not good enough or pretty enough. No one is perfect, everyone is unique. Even tweens, two people who are supposed to be completely the same, are not

What does ‘diversity’means to you?

Diversity for me is the acceptance and understanding that everyone is different and special in their own ways. That every single people has something to offer. People should not be discriminated for their size, color, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc. Everyone should feel like they are the most beautiful person in the world and not only just for that one day they are on the podium, but every single day of their lives. . .

 

 

 

 

I would like every women or men

feels like they are the handmade doll,

unique, beautiful, comfortable and be included in

society

    Are there things that needs to be changed in the fashion world

    if so what is it?

    I think it should be accessible and relocatable for all the public. I have heard too many people saying they like an outfit or a designer and that they don’t have their size or they are afraid of wearing it because it is too different. I think there is a lot of competition and judgment. The models should not be on diets eating cotton balls, which are very dangerous, only to follow that dream of being a model. Many of these models are taken as an example by many teenagers. This creates them insecurities, food disorders, etc. We have to create good examples. We have to let people know that it is okay to be short or tall , big or small, two arms or one arm. It is OKAY! The most important is to live a healthy life and take the best care of your own body and mind. That is the true happiness.

    Also , I against the colors and type of tendencies. The person shall wear the color and type of clothes that suit her /him. We should not create tendencies. The fashion shall be free.

    In my case personally I make clothes for all sizes and all ages, etc. that suit better for the type of body and face .

     

    Who is your example?

    I love people who passionate about what they do and not thinking just about money. People who love to help to each other.

    My example are people who are humble, not afraid to be different, people who are kind and are passionate about fashion.

     

     

    What did you think of this interview and do you have any tips for our readers?!

    You have great questions. Tips that I would give to your readers, is to follow their passion, to love themselves and love others, to respect the decision others make even if these are not according your principles, complement each other on their outfits, share ideas. Most important is to just be yourself and follow your dreams regardless of the difficulties you might encounter on the way. . It is does not matter the age.

    Imaginative Fashion

    Worldvision Fashion Show

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    Naomi Campbell Says

    a Hotel Turned Her Away Because of Her Skin Color

    The supermodel called the incident "revolting," and rightfully so.

    • Naomi Campbell revealed that she and a friend were turned away from a hotel in the South of France due to her skin color.
    • The supermodel noted that a bouncer wouldn't let her into the event but allowed other guests entry.
    • Campbell, who advocates for diversity in fashion, called the incident "revolting."

     

    Naomi Campbell revealed that she was recently turned away from a French hotel because she is black. Speaking to the publication Paris Match, the supermodel said she was invited to attend an event at a hotel in the south of France around the time of the Cannes Film Festival, but she and her friend were denied entry "because of the color of my skin."

    "The guy at the entrance pretended that the place was [full]. But he let other people pass," Campbell said, per The Root.

    She did not specify which hotel refused to let her in.

    "It’s because of revolting moments like this one that I’ll continue to express myself and make myself heard," she added.

     

     

    Campbell is a vocal advocate for diversity in the fashion industry and acknowledges in the interview that she's paved the way for models of color who rose to fame after her. However, she notes that the struggle for racial equality and inclusivity in fashion is by no means over. "The challenge is permanent," she said, according to The Root.

    The supermodel also recently told Reuters that representation in the industry has changed "in so many ways" since she first started out, but people shouldn't think of it as a passing fad. "It’s finally ... sunken in but now we hope people don’t think it’s in for a trend, like clothes are in for a season and out for a season, that’s not going to happen," she said.

    Over the past few years, Campbell has teamed up with fellow game-changing models Iman and Bethann Hardison to address and fight racism in fashion. Iman told Harper's BAZAAR of the impact of their collaboration, "I think we’re seeing the change on the runways and in campaigns.


    The story of Khadija Faraj

    A strong woman builds her own world!!!

    Khadija Faraj

    is a professional, qualified fashion designer.

    She makes Moroccan dresses Caftans, Takchitas, Jellabas,

     and all her designs are made by hand

    She does not only make Moroccan dresses but also modern clothes ,

    evening dresses, wedding dresses and also creates fashion for men and more. Something

    for everyone from young to old from slim to plussize .

    It has been her dream for years to start her own clothing line and to open her own store.

    Now after more than 30 years of experience as a professional coupeuse seamstress,

    fashion designer and teacher.

    it is finally that time and she has created her own name.

     

    Khadija Faraj is a real power woman who has experienced a lot in her life.

    she is often found in Morocco to help other people pursue their dreams.

    She sometimes gives away some of her beautiful designs to orphanages

    or gives free sewing lessons to young mothers.

    Photos by : Quentin Rademaker / Diversity Fashion Week / Location : Arendshoeven the garden

    Fashion is part of our culture,

    and it's about more than just a pretty dress

    The strongest actions for a woman

     is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst

    those who never believed she could

    Khadija Faraj would like to see a change

    not only in the fashion world but simply everywhere.



     

    Ernia Santawie

    was born in Indonesia  where she as a young girl already developed a passion for fashion.

    In 2005 she came to the Netherlands where she next to a career in hospitality

     

     

     

    Started a study as Fashion Designer at the Nederlandse Beauty School.

    After her graduation she participated in fashion contests where she was very successful

    and won the Angola Fashion Award.

     

    This made her more motivated and her designs are seen at many fashion shows.

    Her former school recognized her talent and she returned to school

    as a part time fashion teacher. The designs she creates are influenced

    by her roots in Indonesia and are unique, elegance, chic with a sexy touch

    Yes, we become stronger

    when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant

    fight together to create the kind of country we all know we can become.

     

     

    More to come...

     


    Dolce & Gabbana - Alta Moda Autumn/Winter

    2019 Couture Collection

    Yes, there's good news in The Fashion Spot's latest diversity report, but also some important lessons for the industry

    we're pretty pleased to be able to report something positive: The Spring 2019 runways were the most racially diverse ever. 

    The runway pictures were sent to the world within minutes and the social media accounts of the invited few shared the action. But the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda show felt more intimate, more private and more esoteric than any other destination show this season, from cruise to couture. In the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento on the south coast of Domenico Dolce’s native Sicily – a two-hour drive from Palermo – he and Stefano Gabbana erected a runway structure within the 430 BC Temple of Concordia and told the story of their Italian island’s Ancient Greek roots through stupefying savoir-faire splendour. “Culture is a complicated word,” Dolce said in a preview. “This is a very private story. We only want to share this with people who feel the same as we do.”

    He was referring to their devoted and extremely fabulous-looking clients, who had made the voyage to this remote part of Sicily from every continent on the globe. Here, they wear their Alta Moda dresses, their Alta Sartoria suits and Alta Gioielleria jewels with each other, for each other, and get to be part of a very limited club. Many of them travel with their entire families – two or three generations on the front row. Because much as the Alta Moda experience is connected to the elitism that comes with haute couture, this weekend in Agrigento feels more like a spiritual gathering. Whether you worship trendy health gurus, Greek gods or Italian master dressmakers, there’s something about a small group of kindred spirits meeting in faraway sun-drenched, arid scenery that evokes familiar associations.

    It’s a profound sense of devotion that can often feel like a timeout from society, a breather, a world of one’s own. “From 1984, little by little, we built an image and a label,” Gabbana said. “We know we are good not because we are better than other labels but because we are independent and it’s not easy to tell a story like we do. Everything comes from our hearts, not from a CEO. We are spontaneous. We make what we want. Alta Moda is an expression of this. It’s an experience. We want to share with you our hearts.” If it sounds incredibly heartfelt, it’s because it is. This was a special Alta Moda for the designers, who return to Sicily over and over again – physically and inspirationally – perhaps because they often feel a little bit like an island in the wavy sea of fashion.

    They wanted to present their show in the Temple of Concordia because these structures, like haute couture, represented a sense of elevation to the Ancient Greeks who built them. Much like decorating one’s physique in the divine craftsmanship that goes into one-of-a-kind dressmaking, classicism was man’s way of building a stairway to the gods: reaching for an all-encompassing beauty ideal that went beyond the material. Dolce and Gabbana named each dress after a Greek muse and took inspiration from their patronages, from the armour of Athena to the crossbow of Diana. But beyond the theatrical metal accessories and beaded gold leather sandals, each dress interpreted Ancient Greece through painstaking artisanal proficiency.

    Pottery motifs and meander patterns materialised on dresses in delicate needle-punch embroidery on translucent tulle or lace, in beaded appliqué on a dress with sleeves shaped like ceramic vases, rendered entirely in sequins on cocktail dresses, or on a mink cape constructed in intarsia. A section of gowns paid homage to the Grecian goddess silhouette in peplos architecturally composed from plissé panels, while fringe – the most ancient idea of surface decoration – was interpreted all over a dress in micro-beaded frills that rustled like metal tinsel, and feather work was evoked exclusively through intricate, super-dimensional embroidery that resembled plumage. 

    The floral decorations of Sicilian houses became foliage on porcelain-like dresses, and some tulle dresses were covered in embellishments only to be overlaid with more fabric and embellished again, creating a depth effect that looked, quite literally, beyond. In a kind of optical illusion, Dolce and Gabbana transferred the neoclassical paintings of Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Antoine-Théodore Giroust to silk gazar gowns. When the models curved around the arch of the runway, the images would momentarily disappear through the filters of fabric only to reappear again when you saw them from the right angle. Helena Christensen also appeared, in a gilded black tunic runway-sweeper that glistened in the golden Sicilian sunlight, her name never as appropriate as in a show deifying the Hellenistic ideal.

    by ANDERS CHRISTIAN MADSEN


    ONE OF The biggest issue still is .. Being a woman

     

    In a world heavily skewed to favor males, it can sometimes be hard for women to believe in themselves,

    or to truly appreciate the female strengths that make them amazing.

    Contrary to the male-dominated world, women provide the foundation of power, grace,

    wisdom, justice, creativity, and hope. Besides, women are known to have better

    intuition, patienceemotional focus, compassion and networking ability. The list of female strengths is endless.

    Throughout history, the world has witnessed many great women of strength who managed to tap into

    their Everyday Power to leave an indelible mark on society.

    The beginning of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States

    , which predates Jeannette Rankin’s entry into Congress by nearly 70 years,

    grew out of a larger women’s rights movement

    Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

    Alice Paul (second from left), chairwoman of the National Woman’s Party, and officers of the group in front of their Washington headquarters, circa 1920s. They are holding a banner emblazoned with a quote from suffragist Susan B. Anthony: “No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.

    Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

    Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, poses at her desk in the Senate Office Building. Felton’s appointment to an unexpired term in 1922 lasted a single day.

    Living the Legacy: The Women’s Rights Movement (1848-1998)

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” That was Margaret Mead’s conclusion after a lifetime of observing very diverse cultures around the world

    Her insight has been borne out time and again throughout the development of this country of ours. Being allowed to live life in an atmosphere of religious freedom, having a voice in the government you support with your taxes, living free of lifelong enslavement by another person. These beliefs about how life should and must be lived were once considered outlandish by many. But these beliefs were fervently held by visionaries whose steadfast work brought about changed minds and attitudes. Now these beliefs are commonly shared across U.S. society

    The story goes on and on.... 

     

     

    Violence against women is rooted in discrimination and inequality, making it challenging to address.  Men and women who have not had opportunities to question gender roles, attitudes and beliefs, cannot change them. Women who are unaware of their rights cannot claim them. Governments and organizations without access to standards, guidelines and tools cannot adequately address these issues. Once evidence accumulates and awareness grows, the potential for stopping all forms of violence does too.

     

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