This Copenhagen Fashion Designer Wakes Up Every Morning to a Patterned Glass Ceiling

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Pendant Lamp, Kaare Klint; Wall Textile, Grethe Wittrock; Art (left wall) by Sarah Becker; Art (right wall) by Pernille Egeskov.

“Romantic, architectural homes” is what Rikke Baumgarten was looking for when she went house hunting with her husband for new space for their family of six. And the 54-year-old creative director and cofounder of Danish fashion brand Baum Und Pferdgarten found exactly that in the historic Carlsberg neighborhood of Copenhagen in 2021.

“I couldn’t see myself in a completely new flat that no one had lived in before. I wanted to instantly feel a history or some kind of background to the place that we lived,” Baumgarten explains. It’s this mentality that actually led to her success in obtaining the house. When they got stuck in a bidding war, she and her husband put in a lower offer on the space but were selected by the

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Zendaya’s Stylist Reveals Fashion Industry Snub, Sparking Debate on Designer Choices

What goes around certainly comes around — at least when stardom strikes. While myriad facets of the 77th Annual Cannes Film Festival continue to garner global attention, one of the highlight controversies of the past week has got to be a recent explosive reveal by Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach on “The Cutting Room Floor” podcast. Roach had no qualms about admitting that the American actress-singer clearly wasn’t a designer’s darling when she was still making it. “I would write the big five. I would write Saint Laurent, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, and Dior, and they would all say, ‘No, try again next year. She’s too green. She’s not on our calendar’,” Roach said during the interview. While letting bygones be bygones is a way of life, especially in showbiz, the stylist maintained that the 27-year-old star continues to not let such episodes slide. “I still have the receipts,” he continued on

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I Make AI Models to Sell Real People Clothes

Last spring, the clothing brand Levi Strauss & Co. lalaland-ai/” class=”external-link” data-event-click=”{"element":"ExternalLink","outgoingURL":"https://www.levistrauss.com/2023/03/22/lsco-partners-with-lalaland-ai/"}” href=”https://www.levistrauss.com/2023/03/22/lsco-partners-with-lalaland-ai/”announced plans to introduce “customized AI-generated models” into its online shopping platforms. These “body-inclusive avatars” would come in a range of sizes, ages, and skin tones and would help Levi’s create a more “diverse” lineup in a way the company considered “sustainable.” A lot of (real) people were appalled. Why not give those jobs to actual humans of the sizes, ages, and skin tones Levi’s sought? Was “sustainable” just PR-speak for “cheaper”? Levi’s later affirmed its “commitment to support multicultural creatives behind and in front of the camera.” But it didn’t bail on the partnership with the Amsterdam-based company that created the models, Lalaland.ai. (It’s just on pause until Levi’s can formulate internal AI guidelines.)

That controversy put Lalaland on the map—and got more big brands looking to it for generated models, says Duy

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Designers Reject Convention At DFW’s Society Show

On the second to last night of this spring’s Denver Fashion Week, 10 designers showed their unique interpretation of the night’s theme, Society.

The show was hosted by multi-Emmy Award winning reporter for CBS Colorado, Dillon Thomas, dressed by designer Jenn Burback. The colorful nature of his outfit and Burback’s upcoming collection represented showing your true colors and prioritizing your mental health.

The show began with a performance from singer, songwriter and DFW’s Entertainer Winner Cami Maree. Throughout the night, Maree performed four songs, including “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman and “No Roots,” by Alice Merton.

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Santiago Sirawa kicked off the show with his collection that reinterpreted traditional femininity. Backed by remixed oldies, Santiago’s collection utilized traditional feminine silhouettes, with cinched waists and exaggerated hour-glass shapes. Paired with delicate scarves, pearls and pin curls, these pastel and brightly colored looks were a fresh take on

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How Fashion Brands Are Prioritzing Versatility And Comfort This Season

Spring has sprung, with summer well on the way, which means it’s time for a wardrobe refresh. For the sartorially inclined who also believe in knowing more about the brands they buy from, representatives of Alex Mill, Rails, Lafaurie, Bonobos and Corridor reflected on their respective journeys and guiding philosophies—while also offering a preview of their latest exciting offerings.

Somsack Sikhounmuong, creative director of Alex Mill, has a mantra that sums up the brand’s style and spirit. “Not more clothes but the right clothes!” he told me. “The right clothes being pieces that you’ll wear and keep forever. Special pieces that are always designed with a focus on quality and style. Looking great and cool shouldn’t be complicated.”

Alex Mill started in 2012 with the essential goal of finding and making the perfect shirt—something timeless, well made and not boring. “Today that filter has extended to

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Twelve designers chosen to participate in Project Artscape Fashion Weekend

Twelve Baltimore-based designers have been selected to participate in Project Artscape Fashion Weekend, the fashion-oriented component of Artscape 2024.

Inspired by the Project Runway TV shows, Project Artscape is a three-day event that will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4 at The Garage, 6 E. Lafayette Ave. It coincides with the annual Artscape festival, which is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) and scheduled for the same weekend in Midtown and the Station North arts district.

The Fashion Weekend component of Artscape will begin on Aug. 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an opening runway show and industry panel discussion featuring designer Earle Bannister, founder of E. Bannister Couture and one of the 2024 participants. Following the opening show, six designers will present their work on Saturday and six will present on Sunday.

In addition to Bannister, the participating designers are:

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The Rise of an Urban Fashion Brand: How a passion for music led to a popular streetwear brand

Urban-inspired clothing brand LML Clothing by Halfwait is pioneering the wholesale fashion industry.  Founder Jonathan Barca’s passion for fashion began while working on band merchandise for his Rock band Halfwait. 

This experience laid the groundwork for Jonathan to launch his own fashion line in early 2022.  As Jonathan explains, “It all started with music.” 

The band’s latest singles “Live My Life” and “My Past” directly inspired the brand’s name and philosophy. LML stands for “Live My Life,” reflecting Jonathan’s aim in founding the company, to create fashion that enables customers to boldly express themselves.

LML Clothing reflects Jonathan’s tastes honed through his music career, offering edgy, Urban inspired men’s and women’s apparel and footwear. 

As both a clothing label and wholesale distributor, LML brings Jonathan’s signature urban style to consumers and retailers globally. 

LML’s merchandising partnership with Represent further connects its fashion offerings with

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Rachel Antonoff Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary Of Her Fashion Brand

If anyone does quirky fashion right, it has to be New York designer, Rachel Antonoff. Not only are all of her prints created by artists who hand-paint them, but she opts for something unexpected when she bring sit to high fashion—think of snake dresses, broccoli dresses or even a swimsuit covered in prawns.

It’s what the designer calls “eccentric elegance,” and it’s easy to see why. Over the past 15 years, the designer has brought unexpected looks to fashion. It feels retro, it’s all about vintage-style prints, but with a modern touch (meaning, you an actually wear it in your everyday). Her clothing bridges classy with casual wear in a way were its rarely done.

Antonoff celebrated her brand’s 15th anniversary at Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn, an Italian restaurant that featured food creations by

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True Fit Democratises Fashion Genome and Unlocks Growth for Rising Fashion Brands in Shopify – Retail Focus

True Fit, the AI-driven platform that decodes size and fit for shoppers and fashion retailers, has announced that, following its launch in Shopify at the end of 2023, it is now driving a 14% average GMV growth for fashion brands on the platform, giving rise to the next generation of scaling fashion retailers.

Having formerly only served the largest apparel retailers and brands in the world, True Fit has democratised its Fashion Genome to bring the benefit of AI size and fit to the full market.  It is now seeing a 108% MoM growth rate in adoption by Shopify brands and is on trajectory to implement the solution within 2,000+ merchants in 2024.

In building the Fashion Genome, the world’s largest AI fit personalisation platform for apparel retailers and brands, True Fit normalised 400,000 size points across brands and 253 locales, connecting over 400million consumers across 21billion Product

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Jacquemus, Luxury Brand With Cult Following, Signs First U.S. Lease In SoHo

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143 Spring St., formerly Pinko

A luxury fashion brand with a cult online following has signed a lease for its first U.S. store in SoHo.

The Paris-based brand founded by designer Simon Porte Jacquemus has signed a lease for nearly 5K SF at 143 Spring St. Rent is approximately $2M a year, sources told Bisnow.

The store will occupy the lower level, ground floor and second floor of the small,  historic building on the corner of Spring and Wooster streets. 

Jacquemus was represented by Brandon Charnas and Adam Henick of Current RE Advisors. Landlord Buchbinder and Warren was represented internally by Bill Abramson and Matt Olden. 

“Located across the street from Chanel, their presence signifies more than just another storefront — it represents a transformative moment for the block and SoHo,” Charnas said in a statement. “The exponential increase in adjacent landlords’ asking rents, which we call the ‘Jacquemus

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