Tag: Fashion and Apparel

‘The Disappearance of My Mother’ Review: Son’s View of a Model Parent

“I hate memory,” says Benedetta Barzini near the end of “The Disappearance of My Mother.” In spite of this aversion to nostalgia, the film’s director, Beniamino Barrese, who happens to be Barzini’s son, smuggles in some material from her past. The first Italian model to appear on the cover of American Vogue, Barzini, now 76, […]

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The Chinese Roots of Italy’s Far-Right Rage

PRATO, Italy — Like everyone in her family and most of the people in the factories where she labored in this town nurtured by the textile trade, Roberta Travaglini counted herself an unwavering supporter of the political left. During her childhood, her father brought her to boisterous Communist Party rallies full of music, dancing and […]

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Thrifts for Gifts? Why Not?

LONDON — Jasmine Hemsley is a modern-day hunter, looking for treasures wearable, and often secondhand. Even, she insists, for gifts. Ms. Hemsley — an author and cook with more than 97,000 followers on Instagram — talked recently about her love of an India-inspired ayurvedic lifestyle that is the basis of her 2017 book “East by […]

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Looking For Wedding Deals? Start on Black Friday

The annual consumer blitz that is Black Friday, has seeped into the wedding landscape, like smoke from Romeo y Julieta cigars, frequently given as groomsmen gifts. (They’re 28 percent off at the Famous Smoke Shop.) The advertised deep discounts, offered by retailers beginning Friday, Nov. 29, and that often continue through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, […]

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The Amazon Coat, One Year Later

A few weeks ago, during another unseasonably warm fall day, my husband, in a pensive tone, posed a question: “Will it be embarrassing for you, to put your coat on again this year?” This seemed like an odd query, but I understood immediately what he was saying because my winter coat has a capital “c” […]

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A Teacher, an Artist, a Scientist and More. They’re All Visionaries.

One wanted to be a professional basketball player. Another wanted to be a dancer. And someone else wanted to be an astronaut. They all ended up making impacts in different careers. For our series on Visionaries, The Times interviewed 12 people who are taking risks and working to change the world. ______ Technology visionary: Jeri […]

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The Hoodie Enters the Museum

There are few items of clothing as politically, socially and racially charged as the hoodie. Long a linchpin of streetwear and, more recently, the advertising campaigns and catwalks of high fashion, the hoodie is a contemporary wardrobe staple, a declaration of fealty to a school or team, a comfortable garment for a plane ride and […]

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French Luxury Giant LVMH Nears Deal to Buy Tiffany

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will be having a lot of breakfasts at Tiffany’s — as well as lunches, dinners and board meetings. The world’s largest luxury goods company is close to completing a deal to buy Tiffany & Company, according to people briefed on the acquisition. The combination, worth $16.7 billion, would be the […]

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Roger Federer, Sneakerhead?

If you run into Roger Federer on your way to board a plane, do not be surprised if he looks you up and down, or mostly down. That’s because Mr. Federer has something of a sneaker fixation. The Swiss tennis champion is not an “obsessive,” he said (slightly hard to believe about someone who has […]

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The Men’s Cardigan Makes a Comeback

Paternal. Sexless. Infinitely square. The cardigan sweater is generally considered the Mister Rogers of men’s wear, and for good reason: Fred Rogers made sure of it. Over the course of 895 episodes and 33 years of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Mister Rogers advertised his gentle, nonthreatening nature by slipping from a jacket and tie — symbols […]

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Victoria’s Secret, Struggling on Many Fronts, Cancels Annual Fashion Show

A colorful spectacle of pop music, skimpy lingerie and some of the world’s most famous supermodels, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show had long been a ratings powerhouse and a prime-time marketing bonanza. But after years of plummeting viewership, L Brands, the parent company of the lingerie company, announced on Thursday that it would no longer […]

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Long Overlooked, Bratislava Shines With Newfound Cool

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The Hotel Kyjev has dominated Bratislava’s skyline in stark, tombstonelike fashion since 1973, a Brutalist holdover from the communist era. But the building, long closed as a hotel, got a personality makeover in August 2018, when it was dragooned into service as part of a festival plastering the city with street art. […]

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A Designer’s Suicide and the Clothes He Left Behind

Josephus Melchior Thimister, the Dutch designer who died of suicide last week at age 57, was, the couturier Ralph Rucci said, “the greatest designer of his generation.” Anne Chapelle, the Belgian businesswoman who once backed him, called him “a master.” He had run the house of Balenciaga for five years, started his own couture and […]

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Bricks-and-Mortar Is Dead. Let’s Open a Store.

When is quirky a savvy career move? It is when you are a young designer who once made a raincoat of quilted see-through plastic and inserted vintage copper pennies into every panel. It is when that same designer — Emily Bode — turned a love of vintage textiles like African country cloth, ticking torn from […]

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In Praise of Jennifer Nettles’s Equal Play Pants

Back in January 2018, the Golden Globes’ all-black fashion moment in support of the Time’s Up movement briefly seemed to hold so much promise as a flexion point in red carpet dressing. It seemed possible that the night would stand in history as the moment when celebrities ceased to use their entrance-making power to market […]

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Before ‘The Crown,’ Revelations About the Actual Crown

This is a halcyon time in royal fashion. The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex — Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle — set trends and sell products as never before. Tabloids and Vogues alike hang on their every clothing choice, parsing the messages sent: about sustainability or diplomacy, affordability and British industry. Devoted websites list how […]

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From a Sewing Needle to a Laser Cutter, a New Approach to Fashion

This article is part of a continuing series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. When many people think of couture they think of the most traditional, time-intensive kind of fashion; of seamstresses […]

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What Inspires the Dynamic Duo Behind Proenza Schouler?

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, designers of the New York label Proenza Schouler, didn’t start out thinking they’d work in fashion. “For a while, I studied glass blowing,” says the Tokyo-born, New Jersey-bred McCollough of his time at the San Francisco Art Institute. Hernandez, who was raised in Miami and digested fashion only through the […]

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When Your Tween Wants to Conform to the VSCO Girl Trend

“Can I use my saved allowance to buy a Pura Vida bracelet?” my 12-year-old daughter asked this past August. I didn’t think twice about saying yes. It was $12. But then I learned that these colorful bracelets — made by artisans in Costa Rica — are part of the larger “VSCO girl” trend, an “effortless, […]

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