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16/01/2018

PIER HOUSE GOES JANUARY PINK

In October 2016, a winter storm washed the Pier House Goes Pink fundraiser for Key West Zonta away, and the October 2017 event had to be postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

“We knew we needed to give the community a little more time to heal,” said Key West Zonta President Mechelle Burgohy about the event, rescheduled for this Thursday.

The concert/fashion show is usually held in October to correspond with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and kicks off Zonta’s ABC Walk at Higgs Beach. “The walk didn’t do as well this year as in the past, but we knew money needed to be shifted to hurricane relief,” she said.

The money raised from the events helps local women’s health services, like Zonta’s local heart health initiative, free mammograms for uninsured or underinsured local women, and education projects for Key West High School graduates and Florida Keys Community College nursing students.

Things that haven’t changed: 10 breast cancer survivors will be showcasing local fashions at 6 p.m., and the Prime Movers will be rocking out on the beach until 8:30 p.m. Local fashions will be modeled from Islestyle, Mix Mercantile, Lilly Pulitzer, Peach, Fairvilla, and Isle Style. Isle Style is also providing a makeup artist for the models. “Come wiggle your toes in the sand and watch the sunset,” said Burgohy.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., Pier House’s spa will be offering discounted services with all the proceeds going to the Zonta Club. And, the $10 entrance fee will include all the entertainment and heavy appetizers as well as happy hour prices on drinks, including the Pier House’s signature “Pink Drink.”

In the past, the service group has collected lightly used or new bras to be donated. “If anyone wants to donate them, we will still take them, but it isn’t a project we are pushing this year,” she added.

“The Pier House is always happy to help local causes and the opportunity to assist in raising money for Zonta Club is a partnership we truly value,” said Pier House General Manager Joe Dantoni. “Zonta has done a fantastic job raising money for mammograms for local women and advancing breast cancer awareness, and we are excited to support their efforts by ‘thinking pink’ and hosting a great party.”Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | cheap prom dresses uk

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04/01/2018

Faux fur makes inroads in high fashion

Luxurious mink coats, fox-trimmed capes, alligator purses, beaver hats. Animal fur has long played a central role in high-end fashion houses. But the 2018 luxury collections are poised to reflect a growing consumer preference toward faux fur.

Gucci’s chief executive officer, Marco Bizzarri, announced in October that starting with the spring 2018 collection, none of the fashion house’s designs will feature real animal fur. While many fashion brands that fall in the high-end, ready-to-wear category – such as Armani, Hugo Boss, and Ralph Lauren – began dropping real fur as early as 2007, Gucci is the first luxury brand to commit to the prevention of animal cruelty in fashion.

“Creativity can jump in many different directions instead of using furs,” said Mr. Bizzarri at the London College of Fashion.

Adding Gucci’s voice to the anti-fur movement has animal welfare activists saying that this is a turning point, especially among luxury brands, to reduce the millions of animals raised each year only for their fur. Statistics released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) show that 1 billion rabbits and nearly 5 million other animals such as mink and coyote are killed each year for their fur.

“Gucci going fur-free is a huge game-changer that will not go unnoticed in the world of fashion,” says Kitty Block, president of Humane Society International in an email to the Monitor. “Gucci’s compassionate decision will no doubt lead others to shun fur.”

The growing number of consumers who want sustainable and socially responsible products is the driving force behind this change.

Even supermodels are joining the effort. On the August cover of Paris Vogue, Gisele Bündchen is draped in golden brown faux fur, with a cute baby kangaroo tucked under her arm.

Organizations such as PETA have played a large role in this shift of thought, says Mukta Ramchandani, a PhD candidate who has published research on ethical practices in fashion. She notes a direct link between consumer awareness and campaigns by these organizations.

For many brands, going fur-free is largely a business and marketing decision. But some noted designers are already committed to vegan fashion. Stella McCartney’s 2017 collections used no animal products, and many of her designs incorporated slogans, such as a T-shirt dress with the message “NO FUR” and a jumpsuit that read “NO LEATHER.”

Innovations in synthetic materials have helped to make numerous leather substitutes and faux fur more realistic in both feel and look. But synthetic materials don’t solve all the issues, according to Henry Navarro, associate professor of fashion at Ryerson University in Toronto. The production process can be wasteful and harmful to the environment, and for many luxury designers the quality of synthetic materials does not compare to that of the real thing. Until synthetic manufacturing improves considerably, another option is ethically sourced fur, Professor Navarro says. “[I]t doesn’t alienate people who are both concerned about the environment but they want to have a nice experience with their garments.”

Companies such as Canada Goose, which uses coyote fur to trim its cold-weather jackets because synthetic fur does not protect as well against extreme temperatures, say they are striving to promote socially responsible practices.

“[W]e never purchase fur from fur farms, never use fur from endangered animals, and only purchase fur from licensed North American trappers strictly regulated by state, provincial and federal standards,” reads a 2017 statement by Canada Goose.

As for Gucci, the company’s recent decision suggests that luxury fashion and sustainability can coexist. As Navarro points out, luxury is defined by its craftsmanship and cutting-edge, sophisticated design – not necessarily by the materials used. As new synthetic materials are developed, luxury brands will begin to incorporate them into new designs as consumers continue to demand cruelty-free products.

And for those concerned that customer desire for social responsibility in fashion is a fad, Navarro believes this trend is here to stay. “It’s a factor of doing good fashion, doing business, being in the 21st century.”Read more at:prom dress shops | prom dresses uk

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01/08/2017

Kaia Gerber finds it 'difficult' juggling her career and education

The 15-year-old model - who is the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber - has admitted she struggles to balance her studies with fronting campaigns for designer brands, although she knows her schooling takes priority.

Speaking to Miss Vogue, the brunette beauty said: " It's really difficult, because you have a lot of different things going on. I go to school everyday, and that does come first.

"I try to separate my modelling work from my school life because I don't want people to think of me differently or that I am a certain way because of it. I think I do a pretty good job of separating it, I don't really talk about it with my friends. Other than my friends that are part of the industry, and I guess that's different."

And the fashion muse will use her "free time" to pose in front of the camera , although she considers her job more of a hobby.

She added: "I use my free time for work, but because I love it so much, it doesn't feel like work and I still have fun with it. I don't really have days where I can sit and do nothing."

However, Kaia doesn't complain about her busy schedule because she has "always" wanted to be a model, and loves being able to meet new people.

Kaia - who is the face of Marc Jacobs and fronts the brand's campaign for their Daisy fragrance - said: "I think it was always something that I knew that I wanted to do. But I would never of thought that I'd be doing Daisy Marc Jacobs ten years later.

"My favourite thing about being a model is the people that I meet. I don't think there's any other job where you get to learn so many things about so many different people. I just love forging new relationships."Read more at:prom dress shops | prom dress shops

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