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.
Coco Chanel: The fashion designer's legacy, 50 years after her death
To mark the anniversary of Coco Chanel's death on January 10, 1971, fashion expert Jessica Michault and Eve Jackson take a look at the French designer's greatest styles, the fashion empire she created and her not-so fashionable links with the Nazis.
The age of fast fashion: How to kick the planet's shopaholic habit?
If you're looking for that tacky Christmas jumper to provide a dose of light relief from 2020, you've come to the wrong place. Besides the pandemic, we still have a planet to save. The problem is cheap clothes with a short shelf life. It's called fast fashion. Since World War II, what we wear has grown cheaper and cheaper while coming from further and further away. We ask about the scale of the carbon footprint and social cost, and how TikTok and Instagram have further fed that buying frenzy. The world's favourite sport is not football. It is shopping.
Dakar Fashion Week 2020 dazzles under baobab trees
The 18th edition of Dakar Fashion Week hosts its main catwalk in a baobab forest in Senegal to maintain some social distancing. "With Covid, we had to be creative, I had to find solutions and above all we had to avoid cancelling the show, and here I think there is enough space so that no one feels cramped," says Adama Ndiaye, producer at Dakar Fashion Week.
Catwalk on a sand dune's crest - Saint Laurent takes distancing in its stride
There were no spectators, no influencers, no fashionistas, at Saint Laurent's presentation of its 2021 Women's Summer collection, only drone footage of models walking on the crest of a tall sand dune in the middle of a honey-coloured desert. Every year, France's top fashion houses compete to find the most spectacular locations in Paris to host their women's wear shows, but with catwalks closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, brands now try do outdo each other with spectacular locations for their online-only shows.
In 2020, the world had to produce, consume and communicate differently
The year 2020 will go down in history – although not necessarily for the best reasons! However, back in January, the pandemic wasn’t yet on everyone’s radar, and Paris Fashion Week went ahead as scheduled. People hugged, kissed, and didn’t think twice about hopping on a plane to attend the event. But when France went into lockdown in March, the world of fashion had to reinvent itself, finding new ways to create, consume and communicate.
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.