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#News: May

For the first time this May Fashion Philosophy has launched its News Board post, rounding up all the most important news stories. Below are just few note-worthy things that you should know about, written by Tskenya-Sarah Fraser.
UK & Ireland News
>> Big, big news! Please hold onto your seats. London Fashion Week will take place in new venue after six years at Somerset House. Yes, Fashion Week will be moving from the iconic beautiful setting of Somerset House. LFW first launched in 1984 and has been the bi-annual highlight for fashion lovers every year since. Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council told the fashion community that ‘the new and exciting venue has already been dubbed as Brewer Street’s ‘Fashion Park’ and will offer freedom and flexibility to designers who will be able to transform the show space to reflect their own aesthetics and identity’. This will be great evolution for LFW and I am sure that the change in location will not affect the buzz of Fashion Week, however we are quite sad to say goodbye to Somerset House as the official place-to-be every February and September! 
#1 Burberry SS15 collection showcased at London Fashion Week in September ’14, image sourced from website. //  #2 LVMH 2015 winners Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, image sourced from L’Officiel.
>> Marques’Almeida Wins the LVMH Prize, which is just brilliant and well deserved. The pair will receive 300,000 euro and a year-long mentorship from the LVMH Group. Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2011 and haven’t looked back since. Designer Marta Marques said that the win was “a huge shock and a huge honor”. The panel included people such as Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Anderson and Carol Lim.

>> Are you beach body ready? We always are. I am sure you have all seen the controversy over Protein World’s latest body shaming campaign. If you haven’t seen the original campaign please check it out, as here at Fashion Philosophy we will not be promoting such content. What is so incredibly news worthy however is how the fashion industry has put on its feminist-humanist boots to help tackle the issue. This May, online retailer Simply Be put its foot down creating a counter protest campaign called ‘Every body is beach body ready’. Body shaming has and is still a massive issue in the fashion industry, but bricks are being knocked down one by one.

>> Sofia Richie at the tender age of 16 bagged her first cover with ASOS Magazine. This is a great triumph for the young model, proving that with hard work and great style anything is possible. Well done!

>> Dolce & Gabbana protesters demand boycott outside London shop, as protesters make a stand against homophobic remarks made by Stefano Gabbana. We will not repeat the remarks here, but D&G should try not to marginalize their gay customers as they are the ones holding the brand together. 
>> Not fashion related but certainly worth mentioning, Ireland has legalised same sex marriage by popular vote! Congratulations Ireland, we are so happy and proud! We are hoping that this is just a beginning not only for Ireland but other countries as well. 
International News
>> Icons of the fashion industry came together this May to discuss on the ongoing issue of race within the fashion industry. Bethann Hardison and Edward Enninful were just a few who weighed in with their thoughts and means to regulate inclusion in castings. Race within the fashion industry has always been an issue and Naomi Campbell has actively championed the discussion since the 90’s. Elle’s Nasr added that the discussion was the “most colourful room I’ve ever been in in the fashion industry. If we want to start this conversation and move it forward into concrete change, we need to grow this room.” Damn right!

>> Pretty on fleek Nicki and Beyoncé launch their newest video ‘Feeling Myself’ via Tidal this month. The video – as expected – was nothing sort of fabulous. However Nicki, we did notice your digs at rapper Tyga for dating 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. That Givenchy shirt that said ‘Pervert 17’ was no coincidence. 
>> Rihanna becomes Dior‘s first black campaign star. To be honest, I am kind of upset that this is even news. Thumbs down to Dior for not championing racial diversity sooner, let’s hope more brands will catch up soon!

>> Olivier Rousteing confirmed the Balmain x H&M collaboration. It is certainly a very exciting news however we’re thinking that high-fashion should remain high fashion. The capsule collection will hit the shops on the 5th November.
>> Karl Lagerfeld very rarely speaks out about models, but this month he shocked the fashion community calling Kendall Jenner the ‘it girl of the moment’. If Karl thinks she is worthy, we think she is worthy. And she has certainly proved what an amazing model she can be!

>> Top modeling agency IMG signs transgender model Hari Nef. You may not know this but I am a huge intersectional feminist and this is a great win for the LGBTQ+ community. Well done IMG, cheers to progression!

>> Cosabella is the first lingerie brand to drop the term ‘plus-size’ in its marketing strategy. YAY! We are happy that brands are starting to catch on.

>> Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs. It was a complete surprise for the team here at Fashion Philosophy as well, but Jacob’s announced earlier this month that she will be the new face of the brand. So far the first released photograph is quite stunning making us think that this might just be Jacob’s most memorable campaign yet!

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