Beirut's fashion designers show creativity in the face of chaos
Lebanese couture is revered around the world for its flamboyance and artistry, with collections destined for clients based in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and the US. But in recent months, a crippling economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and of course August's catastrophic Beirut port explosion have threatened the industry like never before. Some of the biggest names in Beirut fashion, including the likes of Elie Saab and Tony Ward, spoke to FRANCE 24 about their experience of the past few months.
At Hyères Festival, recycling is in fashion
The 35th edition of the Hyères Festival was supposed to take place in April, but the pandemic meant that this year, fashion's most important international competition took place in October instead. Embracing the spirit of the times, as ever, this year's Festival embraced the idea of recycling. The top fashion accessories prize went to Basque country brother and sister duo Juana and Ddiddue Etcheberry, while the coveted grand prize was awarded to Belgian designer Tom Van Der Borght. We take a closer look.
Ready-to-wear, summer 2021: Streetwear or drapery?
No one really knows what next summer will bring, but one thing's for sure. When it comes to ready-to-wear fashion, there's a choice between two standout trends: streetwear and drapery. Will the seductive volumes of Yohji Yamamoto carry the day, or will it be the often tongue-in-cheek style of Prune Goldschmidt? Or will it be a choice between the form-hugging creations of Malian-Senegalese designer Lamine Kouyaté and the relaxed "street couture" of Christelle Kocher? FRANCE 24 takes a closer look.
Ready-to-wear, summer 2021: Catwalk shows return to Paris Fashion Week
As the world of fashion mourns the death of Kenzo Takada, Paris once again plays host to real-life fashion shows. Under the leadership of creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Kenzo sounds the alarm over the destruction of global bee populations. At Dior, meanwhile, Maria Grazia Chiuri explores the way clothes are now more in the private sphere than ever before. And Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize uses his catwalk show to send home a defiant message: the celebration of his queer identity.
'I was not a criminal': The model who fled Iran's morality police to seek refuge in France
When Iranian fashion and underwear model Negzzia learnt that Iran's Revolutionary Guards were onto her for allegedly spreading anti-Islamic culture, she knew she had to get out. She travelled first to Turkey, then to France, where, for a time, she lived on the streets. We discuss her new book and her determination to speak out about the Iranian regime's deep fear of personal freedom.
Could the future of fashion be 'phygital'?
"Phygital" is a simple neologism – the fusion of "physical" and "digital". Social distancing means traditional fashion shows won't be making a return for a while. Emerging in their place is a plethora of digital fashion content destined for social media. At Louis Vuitton, Botter and Burberry, the content is largely narrative-based, with aesthetics melding seamlessly with activism. Top of the class, however, is Jacquemus, with his short, phygital film "Amour". We take a look at it and much more.
LVMH abandons $16.2bn Tiffany takeover
LVMH - the parent company of luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Moët & Chandon - has walked away from a deal to buy storied New York jeweller Tiffany & Co. It says the French government pressured it to delay the takeover amid a transatlantic trade spat. We take a closer look.