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That sentiment from Jennie Runk, a plus-size model, is shared by both plus-size women and people working in the fashion industry. Its complexities are explored in "Straight/Curve," an upcoming documentary about body image that gives viewers an inside look at the plus-size fashion industry, a world that has garnered recent attention but spent years being widely ignored.

Thanks to models like Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine, who have given curvy women a voice in the notoriously exclusive fashion industry, there's no doubt a curvy revolution is happening. And still, it's not the norm. Curvy women are rare on the runway at Fashion Week and there's still a stigma about making clothing in a broader range of sizes. As fashion stylist Meaghan O'Connor says in the film, "Are some brands scared to have a larger woman in their clothes? Yeah, absolutely."

In the teaser above, editors, stylists and models sound off on the rising popularity of plus-size models, and the impact those models have not only on the fashion industry but on the women following fashion, too. Model Heather Hazzan, who previously suffered from an eating disorder to maintain a size 0-2 body, is among them. "If I was a 13-year-old girl and I saw the Jennie Runk ad where she's a size 14, [and] they didn't call it out as plus-size swimwear and she's on H&M billboard ... I walk down the street and I see that, I might think a little bit differently about myself," she said.

Jessica Lewis, a longtime straight-size and plus-size model and producer, believes the new acceptance of body diversity has to do with a shift in who the popular models are. "This generation of models are ready to usher in a new definition of beauty, one that is all inclusive and supports positive body ideals and self acceptance," she said.

Both Lewis and director Jenny McQuaile have a clear message in making the film: beauty is not restricted by size.

"You can be beautiful at any size or shape, as long as you are healthy," McQuaile told The Huffington Post. "You can naturally be a size zero and be healthy, and you can naturally be a size 16 and healthy. One is not better than the other. The standards I grew up with that are set by society are ridiculous and unattainable. We want to teach young women, and men, self acceptance and self love, and that diversity and inclusion is the key."
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Planet Fashion, a multi-brand retail initiative of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle Retail, a part of the Aditya Birla Group, is looking to more than double its turnover to Rs 700 crore from Rs 300 crore now in next three years. It is also planning to add 300 more stores to its network during the period, along with a brand revamping exercise.

Rahul Jhamb, brand head – Planet Fashion, told dna, "We are in India for last 15 years and we know that the demography of India is changing more towards younger population. The idea was to refresh our logo and to refresh our brand identity that would connect well with the progressive Indian youth.

Planet Fashion launched its new logo on Wednesday which now has a new symbol to it. "We have retained red colour of the logo which brings out the masculinity part of our brand proposition and the style and fashion part is brought through an infinity symbol in the logo," Jhamb said.

The "exclusive menswear brand", which houses brands such as Louis Philippe, Allen Solly, Van Heusen and Peter England in the value segment, is focusing on Tier III and IV towns where most of the new stores would come up, he added.

It also has limited tie-up with Levi's for denim category, Monte Carlo for winterwear category and Jockey for innerwear category.

"We plan to add 300 more stores in next three years and through this, we would be entering about 200 new markets. We are typically looking these stores in tier III and IV towns, with population size of 1-2 lakh, through franchise. Our current turnover in net MRP (maximum retail price) or consumer value is Rs 300 crore which would go up to Rs 700 crore in the next three years," Jhamb said.

At present, there are 225 Planet Fashion stores in 176 towns. It has recorded a compounded annual growth rate of 17% in last 10 years.

According to Jhamb, the store size for tier III and IV towns would be in range of 1,500-3,000 sq ft and require an investment of about Rs 55-60 lakh per store. For tier II towns, the size format would be around 4,000-6,000 sq ft. "We do not have any significant investment here, since over 90% of these new stores would be through franchise," he said.

The company may own the remaining 25-30 stores which would be in tier II towns. The average investment for a store of a size of 4,000-6,000 sq ft would be around Rs 2,500-3,000 per sq ft, Jhamb said.

Planet Fashion, which is revamping its brand logo through four product-led propositions such as Suit-Ability, The Linen Life, Classic Must Haves and All-Day Easy, is also planning to launch a private label for the tier III and IV towns. "We have done a pilot launch in few stores for a private label called Ivy Boston. We will test it in next 6-8 months and based on consumer response, we will scale it up. The test launch happened just last month in 15-20 stores in tier III and IV markets and we will be doing a bigger test launch in September in about 70 stores. It wil take some time for us to figure out how well this brand will do for us.Depending on the response, we would decide on whether to go ahead with it," Jhamb said. He also said that the company will do all its marketing communication and branding campaigns around these four propositions.
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Hottest names in the Indian fashion industry today, Rahul Mishra and Masaba Gupta both began their fashion journey through Gen Next.

2015 will see the 20th batch of Gen Next designers showcase their creations at the Lakme Fashion Week. Seven names have been finally shortlisted to present their creations at the Winter/Festive 2015 edition of the gala, which will start from August 26 at Hotel Palladium.

"LFW Gen Next is a unique initiative on a global level in fashion industry today. It seeks to reinvent fashion by discovering high potential talent in fashion and textile design and mentor them for a prestigious launch in the industry," Saket Dhankar, vice president and head - Fashion, IMG Reliance Limited, said in a statement.

The seven shortlisted names are Ajay Kumar, Charchit Bafna, Kriti Tula, Jebin Johny, Ishita Mangal, Shivangi Sahni and Siddhartha Bansal.

They will be mentored by the country's leading fashion consultant and entrepreneur Sabina Chopra. "The Gen Next designer programme at LFW continues to be a great nurturing platform that helps the new talent showcase their fresh and original ideas to the world. I look forward to an exciting and mutually enriching journey," said Chopra.
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Saint Laurent closed the spring/summer 2016 menswear shows in Paris with a riot of colour, lights, girls, boys, seating covered in palm-tree photographs and a certain Liam Gallagher in the front row. Here are five things that make up Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent look next spring.

This show was a layered-up affair of pieces more suited for a gig, or a stroll around a vintage market. A checked shirt is that classic piece of drop out cool, the more loveworn the better. Wear open to channel rock stars from Neil Young to Kurt Cobain.

Talking of Cobain, his trademark white shades were worn by most boys who walked this show. Some of them also had his dirty peroxide hair, though it’s probably the sunglasses that have the biggest pull for the well-heeled Saint Laurent customer.

Typically, Slimane isn’t the kind of designer attracted to bling. Rock black is more his default. But, this season, that changed a bit. This show had colour and sparkle – particularly on blouson jackets covered in sequins and baby doll dresses, including one in all gold. A glitter canon finale – with pieces of silver foil shaped in the Saint Laurent logo littering the catwalk floor – was an excellent touch.

Sorry, fashion. Slimane, skinny jeans’ patron saint isn’t giving the shape up any time soon. Most of the boys on the catwalk had skinny black jeans on, and some wore equally skinny leather trousers. Other designers may have experimented with wide-legged strides, flares and pyjama shapes this season but, for Slimane, only one will do.

Sure it’s summer but Saint Laurent’s band of boys and girls don’t let a silly thing like temperature get in the way of a good look. Some wore knitted beanies here, and lots wore big scarves to add a French bohemian edge to a collection that, otherwise, was all about LA style from the Rosebowl thrift market to the tousled-hair teenage rock bands sitting cross-legged on the front row
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Between red carpet placements and publicly documented friendships with the likes of Justin Bieber and the Kardashian/Wests/Jenners, Givenchy and its creative director, Riccardo Tisci, have pretty strong brand awareness in the U.S. However, its retail footprint has up until now been comparatively small.

The LVMH-owned brand hasn't had a New York flagship since 2006, but plans to open up again on Madison Ave in September, the company announced via press release Monday morning. It only has two other stores in the U.S. — one in Miami and one in Las Vegas — though more locations in Florida and southern California are in the pipeline, CEO Philippe Fortunato told WWD.

Givenchy will usher in these U.S. expansion plans by showing its spring 2016 women's collection at New York Fashion Week in September, eschewing its usual Paris Fashion Week slot for one season only.

We expect this will be one of New York's buzziest shows, with at least a few of Tisci's famous friends likely to be in attendance — both on and off the runway.
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In 2013, Christina Dean, designer and founder of Hong Kong-based charity Redress, took on a year-long challenge to only wear second-hand clothing in order to promote her “Redress it, don’t bin it” agenda, to minimise waste and keep clothes in use and out of landfills. Last week, she introduced Mumbai to another brainchild of hers — the EcoChic Design Award — “a sustainable fashion design competition challenging emerging fashion designers with less than three years of experience to create high-appeal clothes with minimal textile waste”, which was constituted in 2011.

At an event co-hosted with Tina Tahiliani Parikh, Executive Director, Ensemble, and supported by Lakme Fashion Week and IMG-Reliance, Kolkata-based designer Paromita Banerjee made a presentation on her label’s eco-friendly practices. Dean, meanwhile, spoke about why the India push in the award’s fifth year of existence is vital. “India has incredible emerging design talent and a huge young population. It is a crucial time to inject sustainable design thinking firmly into emerging designers’ DNA and to show them the future opportunities of sustainable design,” she said.

Also adding impetus to the India angle is the significant amount of production and consumption that takes place here. “India is really opening up to fast fashion. Experience from other markets has shown that when you get fast fashion you get even more clothing waste,” she added.

Backing Dean in her venture is Tahiliani Parikh, a member of the advisory board of the EcoChic Design Award. “The mission to create an eco-friendly industry starts with making the customer and designers conscious. We can play a pivotal role in both,” Parikh says.

Drawing young designers into the fold is part of Dean’s plan of making “sustainable design, zero waste, up-cycling and reconstruction popular within the fashion world; and to make textile reuse an aspiration for designers and consumers”, she says.

Online applications for the EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 close on August 15, and 10 finalists from Asia and Europe will showcase their collections at the Hong Kong Fashion Week in January 2016. The winner will get the opportunity to design an up-cycled collection for luxury brand Shanghai Tang and the best Indian applicant will get to showcase at Lakme Fashion Week in August 2015.
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NEW DELHI: Popular American fashion label Coach will be entering India's retail market with Gurgaon-based Genesis Luxury. The brand, known for accessories and gifts for women and men, had till now stayed away from one of the largest consumer economies, but is soon expected to open exclusive stores with the Indian partner.

The deal between the two companies has been sealed, but not been made public yet, said multiple sources familiar with the development. "The Genesis team is currently in the process of buying inventory that would attract consumers here," said one of the persons in the know of things. However, when contacted, Genesis refused to comment on the issue.

With revenues of $4.8 billion in 2014, New York-based Coach was founded in 1941 as a family-run workshop with six leather workers who made wallets and billfolds by hand. In 2000, Coach had its initial public offering and its stocks started trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Later, in 2011, Coach also listed at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
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Confession time: we had barely heard of Bryce Dallas Howard before her posh scientist was plastered across multiplex screens this weekend in Jurassic World. Now, though, we’re all about the actor with the kind of name that would guarantee entry at any Upper West Side brunch.

This is largely due to what she wears before the action kicks in and she gets all mucky trying to save people from dinosaurs.

Dressed in co-ordinating shades of silk in very dry-clean-only eau de nil, with a nice bit of shoulder robing and the Phoebe Philo-approved combo of silk shirt and delicate gold necklace, it’s actually the non-clothing elements of this outfit that nail the thing.

 See the fringed haircut – a bit Uma in Pulp Fiction, a bit Sam Rollinson – and the stance when dealing with the uncouth presence of Chris Pratt complete with a weapon holster and dirty T-shirt. Cock head to one side, clasp hands and don’t quite smile. BDH is now well and truly on our radar.
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Fashion Week - a way to look at the past, present, and future all in once place. Whenever I get to attend a fashion show, I try to be as present and in-the-moment as possible. With iPhones and Instagram, everyone tries to be the first person to post looks from the runway, and it's hard to sometimes not take a photo or video and just enjoy the beautiful creations in front of you. History repeats itself every few decades, so it's fun to see trends popping up in the designs. And obviously, it's hard not to get excited about the future season when attending a fashion show.

Seattle Fashion Week is back and better than ever - for the first time in 5 years, it came back to the 206 after much anticipation. While Seattle gets a bad rep for wearing leggings, goretex, and fleece all the time, everyone wore their most beautiful dresses on Saturday night. It was a night to remember, and I always feel so lucky that I get to attend these shows and support local designers, artists, and creators. Saturday was the finale of the 3 night event, and the night for custom couture. I spotted a few trends throughout the show that I'd like to share with you.


Of course black and white made an appearance, but we also saw a lot of gray, blush, nude, and tan.

Exquisite fabrics

Lace, tulle and sequins, oh my! Every piece was feminine, quirky, and oh so Seattle. Nothing felt too girly, too "done up", or too stuffy. Most of these pieces you could break up and wear day or night, or mix and match them with a leather jacket and some boots to add some edge.


Nothing down the runway was a plain silk dress. Whether it was hand-knit yarm, layering of fabrics, or covered in zippers, prints, or hints of leather, everything was appealing to the eye and put together in the most beautiful way. I love getting inspiration for how to put pieces together, or how to mix and match different fabrics and prints to make an outfit truly my own.


Each and every piece was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Each designer had their own individual take on their collection, and you could tell they put so much time, sweat, tears, and love into their designs.

A huge thank you to the designers for sharing their handwork and beautiful custom art with us - Karen Ashley Fashion, House of Halm by Maria Ham, Morifu, Julie Danforth Design, Erika Bond, Dream Dresses by P.M.N., Juleano, Justin Zachary Bartle, and Boulevard Magenta by Wendy Ohlendorf. I cannot wait for the next SFW event!
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