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Skater Boy Blondey McCoy Is London Fashion Week’s Breakout Star

The concept of the model/actress/whatever seems somewhat tired—now, skater/artist/jewelry designer is a much more novel proposition. Step forward the mover and shaker of London Fashion Week, Blondey McCoy. All eyes were on the cheeky charmer at Burberry’s show, as he perched like the perfect model for the brand’s new direction in a Harrington jacket and cap (low-toned voices murmured . . . who’s that boy?). The 20-year-old Brit is the face of the brand’s latest rainwear campaign, shot by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Benjamin Bruno—but this Fashion Week he seemed to be everywhere, and fashion’s eyes continued to follow him.

Spelled Blondey (not Blondie, although he has certainly shattered a few hearts of glass this week), he has become a jubilant, if unexpected fashion star and muse. At 17, he had started his own clothing line called Thames (after the London river) and held his first art show; he is also a beloved member of cult British streetwear brand Palace’s PWBC gang. “You feel that anything is possible around him; he’s got drive,” says McLellan, who first shot him at age 16 on London’s South Bank, where local skaters congregate. “My assistant Finn was a skater and said I had to see this kid, and we put him on the cover of i-D for a Street issue. Blondey’s such an intelligent character, he has that difference that means he can work for Burberry when cast alongside someone like Glenda Jackson, a major actress and MP.” Case in point: In the lead-up to this season’s show, Burberry took over the largest paintable wall in London, minutes from its Old Sessions House venue. On it, Blondey created a mural referencing British culture, including a 2.5-meter-wide tea jug and 3-meter-long vintage check scarf (the mural is located on the corner of Clerkenwell Road and Goswell Road, and will be up until Sunday, September 24).

That said, Blondey’s personal style resonates with the soccer match more than the runway, or even the skate park. “Skate style has always felt American from the Beastie Boys to Supreme, and Blondey is very much part of that terrace-casual Britishness,” says McLellan. “A loafer, a tracksuit, but a really nice jumper.” Blondey is also known for his trinketry, and this week debuted a fine jewelry line with the legendary Stephen Webster, who is also chairman of the House of Garrard. “I love the fact that he wears a lot of cool jewelry—I wanted to find out more about him [and when] he told me about his brand, Thames, I was intrigued,” says Webster. “Blondey is a bit of a legend in his 20 short years—he dropped out of school at age 13 to become a world-renowned skateboarder, then worked hard developing his skills as an artist and designer, finally, on top of all that, being the face for Palace and Thames.” The union was originally concocted at the Groucho Club over a few absinthes. “Whether we remember all of the details of the original conversation is still unknown,” jokes Webster, but the result is acutely cool: razor-blade signet rings, gobstopper citrines inspired by wide-screen TVs, a “Love nor Money” gold and black ceramic pendant.

And with that signature, mercurial allure of the skater boy, he’s now left London—not for Milan Fashion Week, as might be expected, but for Los Angeles. Watch out for his global rise.Read more at:formal dresses perth | cheap formal dresses

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GTBank Fashion Weekend to showcase Africa’s finest to the world

GTBank Fashion Weekend 2017 |
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The GTBank Fashion weekend is a free business platform that was created by GTB, as part of its efforts to showcase the best of Africa’s fashion to a global audience whilst promoting the enterprise of the continent’s growing fashion industry.

The two-day event will treat attendees to an enthralling journey across a wide variety of Africa’s finest styles and trends whilst offering small businesses in the Nigerian fashion industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider segment of their consumers as well as experts in their industry.

This year’s edition of the fashion master classes will feature global experts in fashion, photography, and arts.

Small businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their products while this year’s edition will include a crafts market featuring indigenous fabric and accessories.

Each day of the event will close with a series of epic runway shows featuring Africa’s finest designers and renowned international designers.

Segun Agbaje, managing director of GTB, said the event is an “initiative that is unlocking growth opportunities for small businesses and putting African fashion on a global pedestal.

“The 2017 GTBank Fashion Weekend will not only give visibility to the amazing talents and entrepreneurial drive of our people at home, it will also connect them with fashion leaders abroad, in order to build local capacity and expertise across the entire Fashion Value Chain.”Read more at:cheap formal dresses

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What the Fashion Industry Gets Wrong About Moms

With Fashion Week in full force and all the beautiful people out strutting the streets, it's a nice reminder that the fashion industry continues to get moms all wrong. From styles to affordability and general disdain for motherhood, I can't help but feel that fashion is leaving a large part of the population out.

Tube tops — a term which, along with low-rise jeans and butterfly clips, I honestly thought I'd never have to think about again — have made a splash in the Ralph Lauren show. These barely there shirts were a favorite of mine in high school, but as a 33-year-old, there's no way I can tolerate having to adjust my outfit constantly while chasing after a 2-year-old.

Besides the attire featured in a runway show, most stores' options are clearly borrowing from motherhood culture while not making it acceptable for moms to participate. Take, for example, the dreaded mom jean.

The one-time laughable pant has had a resurgence in the last few years and continues to be au courant for teenagers and other flat-stomached individuals. It's OK for models to look schlubby, but not a mom.

Yet, even though I'm thin, there is no way you'd catch me in the dreaded mom jean, even if the name suggests they're for me. My pooch, small but present, would immediately turn this supposed fashion do into a fashion don't.

Crop tops, complex straps, and other overly complicated styles are not designed for chasing after babies and toddlers. Is it too much to expect clothes to be stylish and accommodating to an active lifestyle without having to resort to activewear?

Besides the overwhelming designs, the affordability issue is still a problem. As much as I'd love to just waltz into Urban Outfitters for some seriously cheap fashion candy, as an older millennial, it feels a little ridiculous for me to still shop there. When the sales clerk starts referring to you as "ma'am," it's time to shop elsewhere.

Caught somewhere between Forever 21 and Chicos, the options for quality and relatively inexpensive clothing are limited. Moms would probably be willing to spend more money if there were more places to buy functional clothes they actually liked.

But, of course, simply having a place to spend money and styles that are good for moms aren't the only hiccups when thinking about fashion as a parent. The largest challenge is time, of which there is a limited amount.

Whether a mom works from home, goes to an office, or is a stay-at-home mom, they are strapped for time. Any free time is usually channeled into errands, exercise, or chores, not into shopping for themselves. Part of the reason Target's clothing line is so successful is because it's an easy one-stop shop.

Stores need to do a better job of catering to mothers. Waiting areas for kids would be great, but at the very least it would be nice to take my child into a store and not have to worry about getting 1,000 dirty looks if my son says something slightly loud.

I hate that my sense of style has gone the way of basic, but with limited time, resources, and styles to choose from, what else is there? I'll keep my tried and true staples, even if they're not the most stylish. After all, no one expects anything from a mom.Read more at:formal dresses | formal dresses adelaide

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