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Trends From New York Bridal Fashion Week

Trends From New York Bridal Fashion Week

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With more weddings now taking place since the start of the pandemic, designers were especially excited to debut their latest bridal collections at New York Bridal Fashion Week, held Oct. 6 to 8. The event included some in-person presentations, though most of their 2022 fall and spring ensembles were viewed virtually.A range of styles were presented, from contemporary ball gowns with a traditional touch to sassy short dresses. “The bride today is looking for fresh ideas that she has never seen before, because she spent a lot of time during the pandemic looking at wedding dresses,” the designer Reem Acra said, “so she wants something new that she has not seen before.”Here is a peek at the offerings from the latest bridal collections.Tulle RufflesWedding postponements and cancellations sparke...
Bridal Fashion Week: Andrew Kwon Bridal Collection

Bridal Fashion Week: Andrew Kwon Bridal Collection

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The Korean-American designer Andrew Kwon had always envisioned dressing women for the red carpet. The pandemic prompted him to change direction and focus on bridal fashion.“I knew I would do bridal one day,” said Mr. Kwon, 25, who grew up in Colorado Springs and came to New York in 2014. “I also knew I couldn’t sit at home waiting for Covid to go away. Brides were still going to get married. The weddings might be smaller or they would be postponed, but they needed their red carpet moment, which is walking down the aisle.”Mr. Kwon spent months reflecting on life and his career, then he got creative. By December 2020 he had six dresses and two veils. His first bridal collection, Reminiscence, debuted at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Runway360, a digital platform for designers...
#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan Women Protest Taliban Restrictions on Rights

#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan Women Protest Taliban Restrictions on Rights

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This summer, Bahar Jalali watched anxiously as the United States withdrew its military from Afghanistan and the Taliban began to reassert control over the country. Women were told to stay home and to cover themselves — an early indicator that other rights, protections and services for women would soon be eliminated, including, this week, the right to attend Kabul University.Ms. Jalali, a visiting associate professor at Loyola University Maryland, is a member of the Afghan diaspora — born in Kabul, raised in the United States, but connected still to her home country, where she returned in 2009 to teach at the American University of Afghanistan. She left again in 2016 after surviving a violent attack at the university by the Taliban.When reports surfaced this summer that, with the Taliban ta...
Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes

Intimate Portraits of Mexico’s Third-Gender Muxes

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Estrella has long, wavy, jet-back hair. She tries to tame it with a thick-toothed comb in the backyard of her house, among the chickens, hammocks and looms. All around her, relatives come and go.It is November 2015, and Estrella is preparing for the annual festival called La Vela de las Auténticas Intrépidas Buscadoras del Peligro, or the Festival of the Authentic and Intrepid Danger-Seekers. There, alongside a community of fellow muxes — people who are born male but who adopt roles and identities associated with women — she will vie to be crowned the queen of the ceremony.Estrella and her family live near the town of Juchitán de Zaragoza, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. As Zapotecs, an Indigenous people of Mexico, they are part of a community that h...

The Glory and Chaos of Street Style Returned to New York

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Tina Leung swanned at the entrance to the Jason Wu show wearing the designer’s bronze-tone jumpsuit and a gem-encrusted Bulgari choker. Pandemic or no, she was looking forward to the fashion week show and, not incidentally, to plugging her personal brand, one she summed up in a meme-worthy phrase: “I style, I influence, I’m fabulous.”She was one in a crowd scattered like confetti as people made their way to Mr. Wu’s spring 2022 show, held on Sept. 10. Dripping statement jewelry and plenty of attitude, most were poised to make a statement. They trotted out the fashion equivalent of their Sunday best, showing off violently colorful florals, flanged shoulders and fringe and, among the men, a striking profusion of pearls.“I’ve definitely been determined to wear my clothes,” said Charlese Antoi...

A.O.C.’s Met Gala Designer Explains Her ‘Tax the Rich’ Dress

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The day after the gown she designed for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made global headlines, Aurora James was reflecting on the fact that she didn’t see many other Black women designers represented at the Met Gala, which this year was meant to celebrate “American independence.” (There were several Black men designers in attendance as guests or dressing guests.)“I think there may have been one person that I saw last night who was wearing Fe Noel, and that was DeBlasio’s wife,” she said. “Who else was?”Noting this kind of thing is second nature for Ms. James, who is the founder of the 15 Percent Pledge, an initiative compelling retailers like Sephora and Gap to devote 15 percent of their inventory to Black-owned businesses.She is also the founder of Brother Vellies, a shoe and acce...
Met Costume Institute and Brooklyn Museum Bring Back Fashion

Met Costume Institute and Brooklyn Museum Bring Back Fashion

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I also don’t think that the words Bolton has attached to each look — the “lexicon” part: “freedom,” “fluency,” “coziness,” “calm” — will make any real impression on visitors. But I bet what people will remember is how coherent certain overarching themes are: the elegant black dress, draped just so on the body from Charles James through Isabel Toledo and Rick Owens; the structured skirt suit; the camel cashmere; plush homemade knit; denim (of course!); and the really terrific opening room featuring a bouquet of patchwork clothes by everyone from Ralph Lauren to SC103 and Puppets and Puppets. And the whole thing may make visitors think twice about American fashion, which was the goal.That said, I also bet people will be drawn to the Dior show, which demands less of the viewer. It’s like a Ma...
Memorable Fashion Statements From Met Gala 2021

Memorable Fashion Statements From Met Gala 2021

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On the second Monday in September, upper Fifth Avenue lit up with a blitz of flashbulbs not seen in over two years.The Met Gala — like Broadway, like New York Fashion Week, like the U.S. Open — had returned, and with it the extreme pageantry that it inspires as guests and the designers who dress them vie to see who can create the most viral look according to theme.The dress code this year was “American Independence.” (It was linked to the Costume Institute exhibition it celebrated, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”) What exactly that means is a question George and Martha Washington probably never had to contemplate (even Dolley Madison, the resident founding fashionista, likely didn’t ask), but the gala provided a variety of answers: some obvious, some more pointed, all plumbing the myth...
Here’s Why Everybody’s Wearing Exercise Dresses

Here’s Why Everybody’s Wearing Exercise Dresses

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“Just being outside is a workout today,” Arianna Gaujean, 18, said while browsing the sale rack at Awoke Vintage in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It was a scorching July evening and Ms. Gaujean, a student at St. Francis College, was wearing a short black racer-back dress — the ideal garment, she said, for doing just about anything in the heat.In 35-and-under parlance, this was an “exercise dress,” an all-in-one outfit that, depending on your browsing habits, may be haunting your social feeds, with ads touting its comfort (stretchy nylon and spandex!), versatility (built-in shorts!) and universally flattering silhouette (who doesn’t feel good in an A-line dress?).One of the most popular versions was released by Outdoor Voices, an athleisure brand, in 2018 and updated this year with pockets, elastic...
Feeling Crafty? Make Your Own Wedding Day Look.

Feeling Crafty? Make Your Own Wedding Day Look.

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In 1992, Jane Daly was looking for a self-empowering project to take on. At the same time, she was also planning her wedding.She found a way to do both by designing and sewing her wedding dress. “No one was making their own dress back then, but I wanted to prove to myself I could do this,” said Ms. Daly, a 58-year-old patient care coordinator at Professional Physical Therapy in River Edge, N.J., who married William Daly, also 58, on May 9, 1992 at St. Peter Apostle Church, also in River Edge.For four months she worked nights at her parents’ dining room table crafting a gown from scratch using four different sewing patterns. The result was a silk taffeta fitted dress with hand-stitched pearl and lace sequence.“Blood, sweat and tears went into creating this,” Ms. Daly said. “I wanted it to b...