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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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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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A New Generation of Beautiful Loners Is Changing Seoul Fashion for the Better

It is just after midnight in Seoul, and the streets in Itaewon have flooded with local kids hopping between clubs. Shots of flavored vodka and soju are passed around, tossed down throats and into tumblers of beer, and everyone dances together until sunrise in concrete rooms that smell of sweat. It is this carefree image of Korean youth culture that has persisted until now. Yet 20 minutes away in Yeonnam-dong, a quieter picture of rebellion has emerged: of 20-somethings, sitting alone in a café with a glass of wine and finding freedom in ordinary solitude. “Nae mam daero” has become their rallying cry—“my way”—and it is one reason why Seoul fashion is on the cusp of a new creative high.

2017 was the year that the honjok, or loner, movement fully took root in Seoul; there are now more Koreans living alone than in couples or families. Already an alien concept (it is standard to live with parents until marriage), the communal city has been shaken by so much more. There is honsul (drinking alone) and honbap (eating alone) and a slew of little wine bars and hole-in-the-wall diners have popped up in Yeonnam-dong to cater to them—one can sit in a tidy cubicle with a private grill, turning single servings of short rib in front of a personal TV set. Last fall, a popular TV drama called Honsul, or Drinking Solo, riffed on the trend, and there is an entire magazine called Singles: “a fashion and lifestyle magazine that helps single people to be happy and proud in their choice.”

As with all things in Korea, it is impossible to separate this new independence movement from politics. It began last summer at Ewha Women’s University with the young women who launched peaceful protests against a corrupt official with ties to then–President Park Geun-hye. They had always lived by the book, yet those same rules never applied to those in power. Fed up with the status quo, their voices grew so loud that they ultimately toppled her government. Then there’s the looming presence of North Korea, whose threatening existence is so deeply embedded in daily life. But the rise of Donald Trump caused a shift: When things could collapse at any moment, the kids seemed to say, Why waste another second toeing the line?

It takes shape in small ways: a solo trip to the movies, skipping the office happy hour for a night at home. There is some concern among the older generation that the youths have become too focused on the self by moving away from community and family. There is always some danger in too much isolation. It’s one reason why many honjok have joined up, creating common kitchens and cooking collectives to thrive together, yet apart. Ultimately, it’s about taking time for yourself. It’s about letting go of society’s pressures—to get married by a certain age, to work for a steady salary, to never ask questions—and caring less what others think.

This spirit pulses through the artistic heart of Seoul. It is in model Ahreum Ahn, one of the coolest girls in the city, who chose to buck tradition and move out of her family home and into a cozy Cheongdam studio to further her dreams. She is shot here by Young Jun Koo, himself a self-made photographer living on his own in Hannam-dong, shooting street editorials by day and zipping off on a motorbike to a gaming café by night.

It can be found at Rare Market, a concept shop whose owners, Jessica Jung and Dami Kwon, have the most rebellious buy in the city, including the sorts of covetable labels (Attico, Facetasm, Eckhaus Latta) that local department stores would have never stocked. Now, they guide the trends. At Parc, a restaurant and hub for the fashion crowd, owner Pak Mogua set up a raw, intimate space—so unlike the chichi bistros of the time—to deliver the simple home cooking that singles might miss from their mother’s kitchens. Tucked into a corner with a bottle of soju and a bowl of stewed beef, it is the perfect spot to be alone.

More importantly, this new feeling is guiding the country’s most promising designers—Bajowoo of 99%IS-, Hyein Seo, Goen Jong of Goen.J, Sarah Cho of Scho Studio, and so many more, who refuse to work within set boundaries. They are paving their own way, and so their designs stand strong beside the best emerging talent from around the world. Breaking free is a beautiful thing.Read more at:uk prom dresses | formal dresses