Mar 17, 2015

France likely to pass bill banning super-skinny models

The French government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models as well as potentially fining the modelling agency or fashion house that hires them and sending the agents to jail, the health minister said on Monday. Style-conscious France, with its ...

Japan blocked record number of imported fakes in 2014

Mar 4, 2015

Japan blocked record number of imported fakes in 2014

Customs officers intercepted a record 32,060 cases of fakes and other items violating intellectual property rights in 2014, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. The number, which increased 14.0 percent from 2013, marked a record high for the third straight year, the ministry said, adding ...

U.S. court backs family over Bob Marley T-shirts

Feb 22, 2015

U.S. court backs family over Bob Marley T-shirts

A U.S. court has sided with Bob Marley’s family, which sued a company that sold shirts depicting the reggae legend, in a case with potential ramifications for merchandise of other deceased stars. The estate of the Jamaican icon had filed a suit after low-cost ...

Models strut in 'washi' garments to celebrate UNESCO listing

Feb 12, 2015

Models strut in 'washi' garments to celebrate UNESCO listing

A town in Saitama Prefecture known for its “washi” industry has held a fashion show featuring garments made from the traditional handmade paper to celebrate its addition to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List last November. The show Wednesday in the town of Ogawa, co-organized ...

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

Feb 9, 2015

Smith, Pharrell lead Grammys, Perry spotlights domestic abuse

British soul singer Sam Smith and R&B singer-producer Pharrell Williams led the early winners at Sunday’s Grammy awards, while Katy Perry and President Barack Obama teamed up to take a stand against domestic violence at the music industry’s top awards. Minutes before Perry’s performance ...

Jan 4, 2015

Clothing industry plans new tag to flag premium Japanese goods

The apparel industry plans to attach a special tag to “genuine” Japan-made clothing to differentiate items made with high skill from cheaper products made in China, sources said. “The apparel industry has focused only on selling products cheap. But we hope this move will ...

Luxury fashion takes on fitness technology

Jan 3, 2015

Luxury fashion takes on fitness technology

by Leanne Italie

Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. “We actually think the fashion industry should be in ...

Fashion 2014: bold booty or sheer reveal?

Dec 26, 2014

Fashion 2014: bold booty or sheer reveal?

by Leanne Italie

Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top? On runways, Marc Jacobs sent up-and-comer Kendall Jenner out during February’s New York Fashion Week with nipples clearly visible under a taupe knit top. Christian ...