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“Repeal the 8th”, by Nicole Clinton

Repeal the 8th: A Matter of Choice. Nicole Clinton discusses Ireland’s Repeal the 8th movement. * “Currently sold out, our store is opening again soon, thank you for all the support so far in making this issue seen and heard.” This is the message that one was greeted with when after clicking on to view Irish website, repeal.ie in mid-October. The much sought-after product that the message refers to was the visually striking REPEAL jumper that saw political statement meet fashion statement in an innovative and blatant manner. The simple black creation with the word ‘repeal’ plastered across it in white capital letters, may look like a slogan sweatshirt that crept out of a nineties style revival, but it is actually a way of creating awareness for an issue that has triggered heated debates throughout Ireland in recent years and has just about reached boiling point. Its popularity is a testament to the overwhelming support for the ‘Repeal the Eighth’ campaign which seeks to allow free, safe and legal access to abortion in Ireland. The ‘Eighth’ …

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#News: May

The month just passed saw even more announcements, controversies and social media posts within the fashion industry – for high fashion and high street alike. Here’s the round-up of all the most important fashion news stories for May – read on to find out about the most exciting new collaborations coming soon, and more… >> Gisele Speaks Out Against Animal Trafficking Model Gisele Bundchen has passionately voiced her opinions opposing illegal animal trafficking, through the UN campaign ‘Wild For Life’ – an issue she describes as a “shameful trade pushing species to the edge of extinction”. As part of the campaign, Gisele picked an animal which best represented herself to raise awareness – in her case, the Sea Turtle. The campaign encourages others to pick a ‘spirit animal’ on social media to spread the message. >> New Horizons For M&S The new CEO of Marks and Spencer, Steve Rowe, has announced plans to completely turn around the dwindling retailer, making changes to improve the style, fit and quality of its clothes. He told the BBC’s Today …

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Exhibitions [London] – May Edit

Spending the summer in the City never sounds that exiting — nor that boring, just very ‘meh‘ — especially when all the people you know are counting the days away from their departures to jaw-dropping destinations. It would be a huge mistake, however, to undervalue London during summertime; the City is in full bloom with all kinds of events, music festivals, parties — you all know what I’m talking about — but sometimes it’s better to stop to strive for the mesmerizing and incredible summer experience and to enjoy the refreshing quietness of a museum. Any art lover knows that no, museums are not just for rainy days: they are also the perfect haven from the warm and lethargic summer days — and, most importantly, let’s not forget the knowledge you get from them. Here is a list of selected exhibitions in which art, photography, and fashion are explored in countless, various ways — for all the different tastes possible. These exhibitions are currently on, or will start and finish during the month of May, and are held …

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#News: April

>> Duchess of Cambridge Graces Vogue’s 100th Issue The Duchess of Cambridge starred in her first ever cover shoot for a fashion publication, as the June issue of Vogue celebrated 100 years of the iconic magazine. The shoot took place in Norfolk, and was photographed by Josh Olins, styled with classic casual-wear in keeping with the pastoral countryside setting. The issue is available to purchase now. >> 100-year-old Model Makes Her Debut Elsewhere in the milestone publication, Vogue 100-year-old, Bo Gilbert appropriately made her debut in the magazine’s 100th issue. In a special Harvey Nichols campaign, the stylish centenarian shone in the bright and playful shoot, wearing Dries Van Noten, Valentino and Victoria Beckham – proving that fashion truly has no age limit. >> Elbaz’s Departure from Lanvin Board Following his departure as creative director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz has been dismissed entirely from the fashion house’s board of directors, despite continuing to hold shares in the company. This follows after controversy with a majority shareholder, Shaw-Lan Wang, and his subsequent replacement with Bouchra Jarrar, …

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Exhibitions [London] – April Edit

Royal Academy of Arts * Painting the Modern Gardens — Monet to Matisse, 30th January — 20th April 2016. The representation of the modern garden is the conductor thread that connects all the paintings exhibited – starting from the early impressionism of Monet and – chronologically speaking – ending with Matisse. This major RA exhibition is recommended to those interested in the history of art and painting. Tate Modern * Performing for the Camera, 18th February – 12th June 2016. Photography and performance are studied under a very close look in this major exhibition at Tate Modern. Recommended to everybody, but especially to those interested in photography and advertising. To read more about the exhibition, visit one of our articles from last month >>. Tate Britain Artist and Empire, 25th November 2015 – 10th April 2016; Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979, 12th April – 29th August 2016. Somerset House Stables and Lucraft: Ulmus Londinium, 27th October 2015 – 7th April 2016; Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, 3rd February – 10th April 2016. Barbican Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed …

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#News: March

>> Sophia Webster Wins BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Congratulations to Sophia Webster, who won the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund earlier this month. The luxury footwear designer won the award, which provides £200,000 funding and a year of mentorship, at the Bulgari Hotel. So what’s next for Webster after her celebrations? “The store is next on the agenda, we only just got the keys last week, so that’s our next focus. After that, our team is growing and we’ve really outgrown our space so next will be a new office. It’s incredible.” >> Armani Ditches Fur “I am pleased to announce that the Armani Group has made a firm commitment to abolish the use of animal fur in its collections,” read a statement made by an Armani spokesperson, as they made the decision to go cruelty-free in their fashion collections as of AW16. The policy will apply to the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and Armani Prive collections – let’s hope other brands follow by example. >> Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag Lawsuit Leather goods designers Mansur Gavriel have accused …

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#News: February

>> Tom Ford Cancels NYFW Presentations Tom Ford has flouted the traditional fashion calendar (conventionally showing collections four months before their release) by cancelling his planned presentations at NYFW. “Our customers today want a collection that is immediately available. Fashion shows and the traditional fashion calendar, as we know them, no longer work in the way that they once did,” Ford said in a statement released this month. Instead, his AW16 collection will be delayed until September, where it will be instantly available for purchase. >> Cavalli Settles Court Cases Roberto Cavalli has settled two plagiarism lawsuits out of court. One involved the MTO Shahmaghsoudi School, who claimed a tattoo in Cavalli’s Just Gold fragrance campaign resembled a sacred emblem which represents the school’s beliefs. The second lawsuit came after Californian graffiti artists Revok, Reyes and Steel claimed designs from the Just Cavalli label were taken from one of their murals in San Francisco. Details were not disclosed, however both parties agreed to dismiss their cases. >> Gucci’s AW16 ‘Graffitied’ by GucciGhost Graffiti inspired-designs have …

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#News: January

Written by Sophie Prescott, featuring an archival image of Yves Saint Laurent sourced from Backstage Tales. [Yves Saint Laurent at the end of his show in Paris; 21st October, 1987.] >> Grace Coddington Steps Down as Vogue’s Creative Director This month we learned that Grace Coddington would be stepping down from her position as Creative Director at Vogue, following a period of nearly 30 years at the helm of the magazine. It was confirmed that “after more than 25 years at American Vogue, Grace Coddington will assume the role of creative director at large and take on additional projects outside the magazine”, however she will still work on several upcoming fashion shoots. >> YSL’s Simane to Be Replaced by Antony Vaccarello? The house of Yves Saint Laurent are still yet to confirm rumours of the departure of creative director Hedi Slimane, and now there are reports that Versus Versace’s Antony Vaccarello is set to take his place, and is in “extensive talks” with the French fashion house, according to WWD. Vaccarello spent three seasons lending …