Bare breasts are the latest trend on the catwalk at Fashion Week… but would you dare to wear this clobber?

VAGINA wigs, severed heads and handbags carried by drones – the 2018 Fashion Week shows have featured a number of bizarre stunts. But one of the biggest trends this year has been for models to ditch bras and flash their nipples on the catwalk. Numerous designers opted for the bare breast look in shows taking place in London and Milan. Some of the models could be seen subtly revealing their breasts in lavish dresses, meanwhile other outfits made the braless look centre stage. One of the shows that completely exposed the breast of a model was the Krizia show in Milan. The collection included a red, sheer outfit, with a coat draped loosely around the model, revealing her chest. The trend is following the recent surge in people campaigning for the Free the Nipple movement. This is a “global campaign of change, focused on the equality, empowerment and freedom of all human beings” and takes issue with the fact women’s nipples are considered taboo, whereas men’s aren’t. MOST READ IN FABULOUSmagic number Earning £43K's the secret to happiness? 3 mums insist the experts are WRONG DREAM DOCTOR From sex to waking up naked in the office: what do your dreams really mean? TAN-TASTIC! This is the best selling fake tan in the WORLD and it only launched 4 weeks ago WHAT A WHOPPER! Bigger penises 'are more satisfying' — and all the other sex myths BUSTED TAXI SERVICE Randy passenger lifts lid on sex with Uber drivers, including a car park romp BLOODY HELL Period pants... the invention we never asked for but secretly want Models at New York fashion week stunned crowds after going down the catwalk wearing bizarre vagina WIGS. Designer Kaimin caused a stir with dressing the models with hairy, pubic accessories in all shapes and colours – with some resembling tiny mohawks. The hairy vagina wigs are not actually new in the fashion world, and are known as “merkins” that date back to the 1600s. And fashion lovers were shocked Continue Reading

Strength of women celebrated during NY Fashion Week

New York Some highlights from New York Fashion Week on Sunday and Monday:With Gigi Hadid as his opener and her royally dressed sister, Bella, at the end, Prabal Gurung celebrated the strength, grace and resilience of women in a collection full of vibrant purples, reds and blues, inspired in part by the women-led Mosuo tribe of China.Gurung, raised by a single mother in Nepal, said in a backstage interview he’s had matriarchies on his mind for a collection over the last four or five years, deciding to go ahead with this one now amid the recent movements bringing women together to fight back against sexual misconduct and oppression around the world.His bright pinks, some in lush cashmere and wool knits hand done in Nepal, and his sari and sarong-inspired draping, he said, were references to the Gulabi Gang of women activists in northern India. They “adorn themselves in pink saris symbolic of their self-proclaimed power and fearlessness,” Gurung said, as they come to the defense of women, vigilante style.There were other elements, feather and sequin detailing, the use of velvet and pearls, that generally symbolized ceremonial wardrobes.Bella Hadid took a slow walk around the bright sand art Gurung displayed on the floor wearing a strapless, royal-red cape gown with a gold cord belt. Gigi Hadid opened the show in a porcelain-white cashmere turtleneck with fox trim on the sleeves, an orchid-colored skirt and a draped sarong overlay that wound around her neck and fell below the waist.Usually, Victoria Beckham takes a quick little bow and a wave at the end of her runway show. On Sunday, she changed it up a little, rushing over to the front row to embrace husband David Beckham and their three younger children, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.Beckham may have been emotional because she was beginning what she called her label’s 10th anniversary year. In her show notes, the British designer noted that she wanted Sunday’s show to be “a quiet Continue Reading

A New York Fashion Week guide to picking up male models

A crowd of drop-dead gorgeous men, all in their early 20s, lounges on a Flatiron District rooftop. A Chris Hemsworth look-alike peels off his shirt before a game of Ping-Pong, revealing washboard abs, while a Lithuanian stunner with enviable cheekbones who’s just a few days past legal drinking age chats about his rock band. No, this isn’t the stuff of romance novels – it’s the weekly IMG rooftop party for male models. And with Fashion Week in full swing, parties like this are happening around the clock. Listen up, ladies: Forget Fleet Week. Fashion Week is the best time of year to reel in a catch. Dozens of the world’s hunkiest men are in town, and they’re looking for fun — and maybe a little conversation — before they jet off to their next catwalk. “The guys go from Milan and Paris and London, where it’s solely men’s Fashion Week, and then often they’re here for a few weeks,” says IMG model Tom Bull, who has modeled for Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic. That means by the time they get to New York, they’re ready for action, if not affection. Marius Survila, an IMG model who has opened for John Varvatos’ shows in Milan, is a New York Fashion Week virgin, but it hasn’t taken him long to adjust to the Big Apple scene. “I’ve seen, to be honest, a couple of girls in New York already,” Survila said at the rooftop party. “It’s complicated to have a good relationship when you always travel. I had a girl for four years, but if she doesn’t support you and what you do, it’s impossible, actually.” The next few days are high season for hot guys, if you know where to find them. Turns out models don’t really spend their days reenacting the gas-station scene from “Zoolander” or perfecting their pouts in the mirror — it takes hard work to look that beautiful. And that means lots of time in Continue Reading

H&M throws debut Paris Fashion Week show

The Swedish fast-fashion brand threw a fashion show and party at the historic Musée Rodin in Paris to show off the in-house design team's latest collection. It was a star-studded affair in Paris Wednesday night as Swedish fashion brand H&M returned to the catwalk with a show at the Musée Rodin in the French capital. An international crowd of fashionistas assembled in the specially created location in the grounds of the museum, and H&M also live-streamed the show, which presented the brand's Autumn 2013 collection. Set to go on sale around the world on September 5, the collection contains plenty of fall tailoring, and some strong outerwear shapes. An open backed sequin dress added some autumnal glamour. Styled by George Cortina (who usually provides his services to Armani and Calvin Klein, among others), the show featured appearances from top international models Cara Delevingne, Isabeli Fontana and Arizona Muse. "It was such a good show. I felt like I was in the H&M house, and it was also my house. I had so much fun," said Delevingne. Guests, including celebrities Ashley Olsen, Chloe Moretz and Emma Roberts were then treated to performances by French singer Owlle and Belgian DJ duo 2 Many DJs. The stars partied the night away afterwards. "I loved the fashion show, and I love H&M. I wear it all the time, it's so wearable and easy to mix. The show was so cool," said Emma Roberts. The Swedish brand has joined other high-street retaillers like Topshop (which presents a 'Design' collection for men and 'Unique' womenswear at London Fashion Week) and J Crew, with a high-profile fashion week show. While the H&M event was not listed on the official Paris show schedule, there is a developing trend for so-called 'fast-fashion' brands to cash in on the celebrity cachet, and cool, of the traditional shows. Continue Reading

Guys, would you wear it? Crazy men’s fashion looks from London Fashion Week

The London Collections: Men kicked off the fashion calendar for 2013. Check out our London Fashion week 'best-of' for the hottest looks from the UK capital's Menswear shows, which drew to a close yesterday. Well-known for its avant-garde cultural scene, London is seen as an incubator for global fashion talent with the famous Central Saint Martins fashion school giving the world Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, and Céline's Phoebe Philo. PHOTOS: THE CRAZIEST RUNWAY LOOKS OF 2012 LEON NEAL / AFP Liverpool-born designer Christopher Shannon presented a sporty and minimalist collection. Zip-away sleeves and urban hiking boots were highlights, alongside some surprisingly wearable leather trousers and shirting. LEON NEAL / AFP Shannon was careful with his color, inserting it slowly yet dynamically into the looks, first as blue and red, and then mixed into deep purples. The designer has an exciting year ahead with the launch of a new second line, KIDDA and an upcoming womenswear capsule collection. LEON NEAL / AFP Royal College of Art graduate Katie Eary started her design life at Levis, but has moved away from denim for this latest collection focused on glamorous streetwear, florals and kitsch print accents. LEON NEAL / AFP There was a heavy dose of Riccardo Tisci's Givenchy menswear about some of the looks, but Eary's work stood for itself. Detachable collars and sharp metallic accessories added to the playfulness of the collection. LEON NEAL / AFP It was business as usual for E Tautz: classic British tailoring with a twist. The show featured plenty of plaid in blue and navy cut into slim-shaped suits and slick overcoats. Watch out for a second collaboration with Barbour for fall 2013. LEON NEAL / AFP Fisherman's sweaters, tailored overcoats and hats hit the runway in the show by Edinburgh born designer Patrick Continue Reading

Paris Fashion Week: Lanvin, Balmain & Nina Ricci are ladylike on day 3

PARIS — First it was Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo who played with men's clothing in the 1930s. Then came Yves Saint Laurent, who in the 60s made it fashionable for every woman with the masculinity of "Le Smoking." Ever since this time, menswear for women has been inescapable on the Paris catwalks — a sure sign of breaking taboos. ALEXANDER WANG MAKES BALENCIAGA DEBUT But in Paris on Thursday, the third day of fall-winter 2013-14 ready-to-wear, some collections were different. They made no apologies about being feminine. Nina Ricci looked to balletic style, featuring sisters playing live piano; and Balmain adorned women in jewels. While Lanvin's message was clear — the 20th century is the story of feminine glamor. Could this be the start of the fightback of ladylike style? PARIS KICKS OFF WITH EXPERIMENTAL SOUTH KOREAN DESIGNER Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Satin looks adorned with flowers were big at Lanvin. LANVIN Designer Alber Elbaz took the Lanvin guests on a typically encyclopedic journey for fall-winter. The Lebanese designer's imaginative show in 52 diverse looks saw references that spanned from the furs of the 30s, the satins of the 40s, the full skirts of the 50s — right up to the inflated sleeves and shoulders of cutting-edge trends. Several satin looks even fused the flora and fauna of the garden, with dragonflies, moths, beetles and butterflies. H&M THROWS DEBUT PARIS FASHION WEEK SHOW With the myriad references, it's little wonder several of the model worn gold necklaces with featuring the word "help." There were some sublime furs, dip-dyed jackets and the seemingly endless boas really conjured up pre-Second World War glamor. If one thing Elbaz used to hold this all beautifully together it was this: femininity. PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images At Balmain, glitzy jewelry and cinched waists were in. BALMAIN Balmain went to the Far East for fall-winter, and Continue Reading

Street shooters: During Fashion Week it’s all about style outside the tent

A few years ago at New York Fashion Week, Zanna Roberts Rassi — the sweet-faced, wavy-locked blond from Marie Claire — caused an uproar as she walked to and from shows. Photographers hovered like vultures around her. Cameras clicked in unison like hissing cicadas, capturing the fashion editor’s every move. And if they were lucky, she would stop, smile, and pose for their lenses. “So embarrassing,” the fashion editor thought as she posed for her first on-the-street photograph a few seasons ago. Since then, photographers have been swarming outside of fashion shows. Outside-the-tent has produced a booming culture, where bloggers and photographers camp around Lincoln Center in hopes of capturing a unique, chic and creative street style while assessing what nondesigners and non-models reveal about fashion trends. Street style has become as interesting — some would say even more interesting — than runway shows themselves. Buyers know it. So do the people who pronounce the trends. “There’s something really satisfying about being able to look at what someone else is wearing,” says Leah Chernikoff, editor at Fashionista. Roberts Rassi is part of what some call the New York fashion elite — top editors, stylists, buyers and bloggers — who have become sartorial celebrities in their own right. Some, like Kate Lanphear, style director at Elle magazine, have fan websites like dedicated exclusively to their style. The press-shy Lanphear also had an entire French calendar printed last year in homage to her. These subjects and their glamorous lives have also cultivated a new breed of street-style photographers who follow the lead of seasoned pros like Bill Cunningham and Scott Schuman from the popular blog The Sartorialist. Their images may include detailed shots of a subject’s shoes, accessories and hats, or ones showcasing their entire head-to-toe looks Continue Reading

Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone hitting London fashion week with own footwear line

Madonna's younger brother Christopher Ciccone is set to hit the fashion capitals this fall with his first foray into footwear design. While his pop star sibling's glamorous collection of dance-inspired footwear -- which recently launched in the UK under her Truth or Dare label -- features towering talons and embellished pumps, Christopher Ciccone's collection has been described as "fashionable yet functional." The artist and furniture designer, best known for his collaborations with his sister as creative director on her tours and music videos, was approached by Czechoslovakian shoe company Novesta last year about the line. With styles for men, women and children, the collection combines leather, rubber and canvas, while old Hollywood imagery provided a source of inspiration -- footwear in the line features names including "Sofia," "Eva" and "Brigitte." According to a release July 19, Ciccone will be hosting bespoke installations in London, Paris, Prague, Toronto, New York, Miami and Los Angeles to launch the brand. There are even plans to develop the collection into a global lifestyle brand -- with the first flagship store to open in early winter. The news follows reports earlier this month that Madonna's Material Girl clothing line, which is designed by the songstress in collaboration with her teenage daughter Lourdes, is expanding from the US into European retailers this September. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Issues of race and ethnicity follow the runway during Fashion Week

As Fashion Week kicks off Friday, the style set waits to see how much color will hit the catwalk. And we're not just talking about the clothes. In February, at the end of the last New York Fashion Week, an exclusive Daily News survey revealed the whitewashing of runway shows in the Bryant Park tents and adjacent New York Public Library. Of 1,584 modeling slots, only 94 went to black models, a mere 6%. Latina models got only 17 slots, about 1%, and Asians got 95, or 6%. CLICK TO SEE OUR TOP 15 SUPERMODELS OF COLOREighteen designers had no black models in their shows. Six of those - Alexandre Herchcovitch, Cynthia Steffe, Dennis Basso, Jill Stuart, Malo and Temperley London - presented all-white lineups. The lack of diversity dismayed fashion insiders who had been working to encourage multicultural casting. "The clothes are great," veteran modeling agent Bethann Hardison told the Daily News, "but the vibe of fashion is so dead." In the six months since, the question of runway diversity has been firmly in the spotlight. In July, Italian Vogue published an issue featuring exclusively black models. Now, as New York preps for a new season of shows, designers say they have noticed an increase in the number of nonwhite models available. But is it enough to support truly diverse casting? Designer Tracy Reese, an African-American, is a veteran of Fashion Week known both for her colorful, playful designs and the diversity of her casting. "I was pleasantly surprised this year," says Reese. "We're always calling up the agencies to say, 'We want to see black girls, Latinas, Asians, everything. ... There were a lot of new faces." "For me, it's fun to see how different personalities enhance the clothes," says Reese, whose new collection will be unveiled Sunday Reese has noticed an increase in the variety of models sent to castings by their agencies. The media's focus on runway diversity, she says, may have changed the way agencies operate. "All the Continue Reading

Diddy’s back at Fashion Week with a new Sean John collection

Full coverage of Fashion Week "Right now we're in Fashion Week hell," says Sean Combs, pacing the workroom of his Sean John clothing line. "To be honest, it's very, very scary right now, because it's not going to plan. And if it did go to plan, it wouldn't be Fashion Week." Combs (aka Diddy) needs to work fast. On Friday, as New York Fashion Week draws to a close, he will present a new collection. The showcase kicks off Sean John's 10th anniversary. It also marks Combs' return to the New York runway after a hiatus of five years. "I try to breathe," says Combs. "Breathing is important, taking deep breaths." Not only must he finish his autumn/winter 2008 collection, cast his models and get his show off the ground, Combs says when the lights go down Friday night he has to expect the unexpected." "This is a new world," he says, "a new America. ... It will be reflective of the future." The new Sean John has a specific story about the future to back up the looks, one in which wars have been ended, tailoring is back and Combs' old neighborhood, Harlem, is the birthplace of kings. "I'm telling this magical story in my head," he says, "that this is the year 2020 in the kingdom of Harlem. The young prince returns, after the wars and all of that, returns to claim his throne." This ruler isn't exactly the street-savvy specimen we've seen in the past. For one thing, Combs says, he's been mellowed by a female influence. "Every great king falls in love with a woman, and we all have to admit it, if you fall in love with a woman she affects your style. She inspires your style, she changes the way you look and you walk and you talk and you act ... and you see the style getting more modern, more forward." Who is this king? "If we had a child that had the bloodline of Grace Jones, David Bowie, Lagerfeld, P. Diddy, David Beckham," says Combs. "That's actually his family. That's his bloodline." In the studio, the evidence of the clothing line's shift is Continue Reading