Julien Boudet, a rising star of fashion photography
Fashion, at its heart, is about creating images: images that inspire, question and excite. Today, millions of them are shared on social media every single day. Armed with some top tips and a plethora of filters, almost anyone with a smartphone can capture an arresting image. But in order to become truly iconic, you need something more. We went to meet rising star Julien Boudet, a highly in-demand street style photographer who's also making waves on the international art scene.
Singapore swap shops offer alternative to fast fashion
Singaporean Sue-Anne Chng used to wear a different outfit on all 15 days of the Lunar New Year, when it is customary to don new clothes to symbolise a fresh start. But this year she will wear second-hand items exchanged for her old clothes at a store catering to people concerned about the impact of fast fashion on the environment. Several swapping initiatives, from permanent shops to pop-up events, have appeared in the affluent city-state in a bid to encourage consumers to make the most of what is already in their closets.
Haute couture, summer 2021: A fashion laboratory
Haute couture at its best is a dazzling array of possibilities. It's also increasingly an artform being expressed through the medium of film, with in-person fashion shows still off-bounds thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato has embraced new techniques both inspired and showcased by model-turned-activist Lauren Wasser, who lost both her legs to toxic shock syndrome. Meanwhile, Italy's Sofia Crociani finds inspiration in cognitive experiments from the 1950s and '60s that tracked the effect of LSD on spiders.
Menswear, winter 2021: Behind the scenes as Paris Fashion Week goes digital
Covid-19 restrictions mean that Paris Fashion Week is taking place in the digital sphere. In-the-flesh fashion shows, interviews and parties aren't happening – instead, buyers and journalists get to sit back and watch a series of films via social media. So how are these films made? We spent 72 hours with Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, a young Parisian designer whose collection, shown at the Palais de Tokyo, is inspired by Franz Kafka's book "The Trial" and brought to life with the help of choreographer Sohrâb Chitan.
Purple suits and handmade mittens: Fashion icons of the US inauguration
There's a sense of renewal in the United States as papers relay their new president's calls for unity. The Wall Street Journal may find Joe Biden "refreshingly unwoke", but the conservative paper is still worried about being "purged by progressive censors”. The inauguration featured Lady Gaga and J. Lo but the breakout star was 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman. In terms of fashion, purple suits made a bipartisan and feminist statement but handmade mittens, a practical coat and an unimpressed attitude made Senator Bernie Sanders the icon of the day.