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'Queen of Knitwear' Sonia Rykiel dies aged 86

Paris - Sonia Rykiel, the French fashion designer known as the Queen of Knitwear, died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, her daughter told AFP.

Cad & The Dandy: Quality tailoring at an affordable price Special

London - Founded in 2008 by James Sleater and Ian Meiers, two City of London bankers who had been made redundant, Cad & The Dandy is an independent tailoring company with a flagship store located at 13 Savile Row.

Interview: Patrick Finnegan talks about being the face of Gen Z Special

20-year-old consultant Patrick Finnegan chatted with Digital Journal about being the face of Gen Z, as well as his greatest influences.

Torch festival shines on in Chinese hill country

Xichang - Surrounded by green hillsides and fluttering flags, young women wearing silver headdresses and colourful costumes filed onto the stage, dancing hand in hand as sounds of singing filled the valley.

Micro-sized solar cells for wearable devices

Future electronic devices, including wearable technology, may be set to drop conventional batteries and use solar cells instead. The ability of micro-sized solar cells to harness sufficient energy has been proven in a new study.

Singapore PM wife sparks dino purse frenzy after White House visit

Singapore - A dinosaur print purse designed by an autistic teenage boy has completely sold out after photographs of the Singaporean prime minister's wife carrying it at the White House went viral.

Palestinian designer for rich and famous pops up in W.Bank

Ramallah - Rami Kashou's designs are worn by Hollywood stars and royalty but for the past few days he has been back home in the occupied West Bank rather than London, Paris or New York.

Rome's Colosseum gets makeover

Rome - The first phase of a multi-million-euro makeover of Rome's Colosseum was completed Friday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledging cash would be made available to spruce up other crumbling historic sites.

Hermes hit by ostrich farm cruelty claims

Paris - Hermes was thrown onto the defensive over claims of cruelty at a farm that allegedly supplies skins used in its luxury handbags, the second such allegations in a year.

Fashion industry needs to adapt to global market Special

London - The legacy of Alexander McQueen, the difference between fashion (as art) and mass consumption, and how seasonality is out in a global marketplace were hot topics of discussion at a talk at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Chanel glitz comes to Havana, Cubans watch from afar

Havana - French fashion house Chanel staged its first Latin American catwalk show in newly trendy Havana Tuesday, but ordinary Cubans were left watching the glitz from afar.

France's richest man hits back at feelgood cinema hit

Paris - France's richest man, LVMH boss Bernard Arnault, broke his silence Thursday on a hit documentary in which the little guys take him on -- and end up laughing all the way to the bank.

Peru prisoners launch fashion label behind bars

- Santos Arce Ramos is doing 18 years for aggravated robbery, but today he is carefully cutting organic cotton cloth in a workshop at San Pedro, a notorious prison in Peru's capital Lima.

Calls for French women's minister to quit over veil 'slavery' row

Paris - France's women's rights minister faced growing criticism on Thursday, including calls on social media to resign, after comparing women who wear the Muslim headscarf and veil to "negroes who supported slavery".

French minister compares veiled women to 'negroes who supported slavery'

Paris - A French government minister on Wednesday compared women who wear the veil to "negroes who supported slavery" amid a backlash against the growing trend for Muslim-orientated fashion.

Parachute jackets and bandage skirts: Fashion in communist Poland

Srodmiescie - An elegant former hotel employee remembers dyeing gauze bandages and turning them into ruffled skirts to remain fashionable despite chronic shortages in communist-era Poland.

How Japan's first dressmaking school changed women's lives

Toukyo - Born out of a drive to make Western-style clothing accessible, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College unleashed a sartorial and social revolution among Japanese women after it opened nearly a century ago.

Glitz and glamour at London Fashion Weekend Special

London - The last weekend in February culminated with London Fashion Weekend, where the highlights from London Fashion Week are shown to the public. Digital Journal was at the front row of the catwalk.

Catwalk dreamers warned as Instagram creates new model army

London - As catwalk stars criss-cross the globe for fashion week season, modelling agencies are increasingly using social media worldwide to scout out their new faces, to the alarm of some.

A chat with Mr. Mark Powell, London's top bespoke tailor Special

London - Digital Journal meets one of Britain's best-dressed men, whose neo-Edwardian style has helped make him one of the most sought after clothiers in the world of high-quality fashion.

Genderless fashion blurs lines on London catwalks

London - Menswear or womenswear -- who cares? Genderless fashion is the buzzword for many of today's top designers, highlighted at London Fashion Week by a string of androgynous touches on the catwalks.

Ex-top model holds fashion world to account on anorexia  

Paris - It was the stuff of dreams: walking down a Paris street one day to walking the runway as a top 20 model in the world's fashion capital.That's exactly what happened to Victoire Macon Dauxerre at 18 as she prepared to graduate from high school in 2011.

Death is just a pretty face for Brazilian tattoo fans

Rio De Janeiro - In their quest for beauty, Brazilian tattoo fans are turning to the most unlikely of pretty faces: the death skull.

Hollywood's finest turn out for Stella McCartney extravaganza

Los Angeles - Actress Gwyneth Paltrow in a pair of eye-catching blue bootsies and pop star Katy Perry headlined the A-listers who turned out for the presentation of Stella McCartney's Fall 2016 collection Tuesday in the heart of Hollywood.

Police probe 'no trousers' flashmob in Moscow metro

Moscow - Russian police on Monday said they were probing a cheeky stunt by a group of passengers on the Moscow metro who stripped down to their underwear as part of a worldwide flashmob.

The wild, groundbreaking styles of David Bowie, fashion icon

Paris - His groundbreaking career was as much about style as it was about music -- David Bowie plundered a wild array of influences to redraw the boundaries of fashion and blur the lines between masculine, feminine and other-worldly.

Fantasy becomes reality as fashion's 'Wonder Boy' shows in London

London - With cartoon prints, snail-shaped stickers and speckled ermine coats, British designer Jonathan Anderson delivered on his promise to put the "fantasy in fashion" as he presented his latest collection in London on Sunday.

Model Bar Refaeli grilled over massive Israel tax evasion

Jerusalem - Israel's most famous model Bar Refaeli was arrested and questioned for allegedly evading taxes on millions of dollars of income from abroad by lying about her residency, Israeli authorities said Thursday.

For Spanish fishermen, sea's bounty includes plastic

Villajoyosa - At sunrise in the fishing port of Villajoyosa in eastern Spain, a fleet of traditional fishing boats sets out on the Mediterranean to hunt for cuttlefish, prawns -- and plastic bottles.

France marvels at class of woman who made Proust swoon

Paris - She was France's great high society beauty, who so drove Marcel Proust to distraction that he went to his grave begging for a photograph of her.
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