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The ‘13 Going on 30’ Versace Dress Has Come Full Circle

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A funny thing happened on Nov. 8 on the set of “The Voice”: Ariana Grande, the show’s newest coach, came to work in a Versace dress that had been widely worn as a Halloween costume just a week earlier.The colorful minidress — with its crystallized straps, cutesy empire-waist cutouts and chunky stripes in shades of turquoise, lime green and scarlet — appeared on the Italian luxury brand’s spring 2003 runway. But the style is best known for its brief turn in the 2004 romantic comedy “13 Going on 30,” worn by Jennifer Garner as her character, Jenna Rink, performs the “Thriller” dance at a work party.Nearly two decades after its introduction, that dress has found a new life, thanks in part to online retailers selling uncannily similar styles for less than $20. Vogue predicted in mid-October th...
The Rose Queen of Texas

The Rose Queen of Texas

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TYLER, Texas — Early on a recent Saturday, the townspeople of Tyler staked out spots along the Texas Rose Festival parade route. Marching bands boomed, convertibles honked, and T-shirt guns fired into the cheering crowd. Fourteen floats bore coteries of young women in whimsical, garden-themed gowns that wouldn’t have been out of place on the set of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The Apache Belles, a local dance troupe dating back to the 1940s, shouted, “Tyler, Tyler, we are the best!”But the best, in fact, was yet to come. As the penultimate float rounded the bend near the high school football stadium, there was a flurry of excited whispers. Spectators craned to see past the twirling batons and John Deere tractors. A little girl tugged on her mother’s sleeve and pointed to a pink blur in the distan...
The Enduring Appeal of Laura Ashley

The Enduring Appeal of Laura Ashley

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In this way, and on account of the sheer number of wearers, there was always something populist about the brand. At the same time, of course, the British countryside idyll was traditionally a lifestyle reserved for a certain kind of person, namely someone white and Protestant. Designers like Hay, who draws on her Jewish heritage — her line was inspired, in part, by her Yiddish-speaking grandmother’s “frumpy New York aesthetic,” as she puts it — and Kika Vargas, Yuhan Wang and Sindiso Khumalo, who are all women of color, have found ways of subverting the aesthetic and its conventions and, in doing so, making it their own.Khumalo, who is based in South Africa and references her Zulu heritage in her work with bright, sustainable fabrics, admires Ashley’s ability to “tell stories with her text...
Decoding Kyrsten Sinema’s Style

Decoding Kyrsten Sinema’s Style

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema may have been in Europe recently on a fund-raising trip and out of reach of the activists who have dogged her footsteps, frustrated with her obstruction of President Biden’s social spending bill. But despite the fact her office has been keeping her itinerary under wraps, were those protesters able to follow her overseas, there’s a good chance they would be able to find her.Not just because of her political theater. Ever since she was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2005, Ms. Sinema has always stood out in a crowd. And as Ms. Sinema’s legislative demands take center stage (along with those of Senator Joe Manchin, the other Biden Bill holdout) her history of idiosyncratic outfits has taken on a new cast.As Tammy Haddad, former MSNBC political d...
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...