Elton John Takes a Look Back at His Fashion History

Elton John Takes a Look Back at His Fashion History & Teases Farewell Tour Costumes

Elton John performs at The Forum on Oct. 3, 1974 in Inglewood, Calif.

Elton John has graced the world’s stage with over 50 years of music, musings and eclectic style inspiration. Before embarking on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour this fall, he sat down with V Magazine to discuss his influence on fashion and his upcoming tour costumes.

For the farewell tour costumes, which are exclusively designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, the 71-year-old happily referenced his style throughout his career. “I’ve kept an archive of my stage costumes from the very beginning of my career and thought it would be fun to open up my little treasure chest with Alessandro and his design team,” he told V.

“Seeing how Alessandro reinterpreted key looks for today’s world has unearthed an exhilarating rush of emotions. I can’t believe how sartorially crazy I was, particularly in the ’70s!”

John — who first made his debut on Billboard’s music charts in 1970 — also discussed how influential the spirit of the ’70s is to today’s fashion. “I feel so blessed to have been a songwriter and performer in the ’70s. It was a decade with an unprecedented explosion of creativity in music, fashion, and filmmaking,” he said in the interview.

In addition to the tour fashion, John and Michele have collaborated for a Gucci capsule collection inspired by John’s 1971 single “Levon” — which peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The capsule features tote bags, T-shirts and sweatshirts with the single’s vinyl artwork.

Not present in the capsule collection are glasses — an Elton John staple. “I’m proud of the part I played in moving eyewear from function to fashion,” John told V. He said that his assortment of oversized, rhinestone glasses, while expressive, were actually an attempt to hide his “extreme shyness.”

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Love and Entrepreneurship

Love and Entrepreneurship, Part 2: Fashion Brand Built On Respect, Honesty and Admiration

A love and business combination can be touch and go. But for the entrepreneurial couples that pull it off, it can lead to a more fulfilling life.

As Lao Tzu said,

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Strength and courage are both keys to success.

One couple who is making it work is Ron and Jill Perilman the husband-and-wife team behind fast-growing denim and sportswear brand Liverpool.

Known for their denim that fits, flatters and performs, the Liverpool company has racked up triple-digit growth every year for the past three years.

Ron and Jill have been together for 25 years, married for 12, and have always been involved in each other’s careers. In 2012, they combined their knowledge of the apparel industry joining forces to develop their denim brand. Ron acts as president of the company while Jill is the residing design director.

Working with your spouse can be a unique and challenging balancing act so I had to ask some questions.

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Get into sartorial groove at Fashion Fair

Get into sartorial groove at Fashion Fair

A few years ago, we had a good thing going here in Cyprus with local designers, photographers, models and fashionistas all enjoying a local Fashion Week. And it was great – not only for those of us who were invited to sit in the f’row, but also for all the local talent – people who got to showcase their skills to an island-wide audience. Alas, the CFW disappeared into the ether, and with it went many a wonderful opportunity for talented local creatives. Until now, that is. Because one local industry luminary is planning to recreate those opportunities – and more – at the end of March with Cyprus’ first professional Fashion Fair…

Well-known stylist, with a portfolio of work across Europe under his belt, Panos Yerolemides has put together an event which is absolutely unmissable for the dedicated follower of fashion. Taking place at Pavilion in Nicosia from March 30 to April 1, the Cyprus Fashion Fair promises to be all that was Fashion Week – and then some… Designers, shops, catwalk shows, workshops and lectures all under one roof, with the aim of promoting the local fashion industry.

Billed as ‘the biggest fashion exhibition in Cyprus’, the fair is modelled on similar events in Europe: the Tranoi show in Paris, Athens’ Fashion Trade Show, and the Pure London event in the UK. “A Fashion Fair is something that’s missing from Cyprus,” explains Panos, who is co-organising the event with venue manager Alexis Michaelides. “Having worked across Europe, I’ve seen what’s out there in terms of promoting regional brands and shops, and we just don’t have an event of a similarly professional calibre here on the island – something that markets our local designers and boutiques.

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Alternative Fashion Mob Celebrates Six Years of Alternative Fashion Week

Alternative Fashion Mob Celebrates Six Years of Alternative Fashion Week

Alternative Fashion Mob, a collection of fashion designers and industry professionals, will kick off the sixth annual Alternative Fashion Week on March 10 with inclusive fashion-centric programming through the 25th.

As with every year, Alternative Fashion Mob says its goal is to showcase “beauty in all shapes, sizes, and looks” with the week’s events.

The group’s first event is a partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts’ annual art party and fundraiser, Off The Grid. The group will showcase some of their favorite looks from the last five years of Alternative Fashion Week in a runway show during the party.

On March 16, Chef Brooke Kinsey of Bleu & Fig will design Couture Cuisine, a four-course meal inspired by looks from local designers. On March 18, local artist and designer Cortez Johnson will teach a class for kids on creating wearable art at the Columbus Museum of Art.

And Alternative Fashion Week’s main event, the Grand Finale Runway Show, will take place at Express Live! on Saturday, March 24, with a fashion marketplace to follow.

The show will feature 18 independent artists and brands, including: Philpped Fashions, Amamre, Raw Steele, Glamazonjayne, Anti.Label, Katelyn Mary McClain, Mav Creative, Jessica Driscoll, Marchell Lavon Designs, Discord Threads with Gypsygem jewelry and accessories, Summer LI, Shannon Maria, Gerald Fitzpatrick, Shiree Houf, TezCustomz and Tabitha Abney.

This is Alternative Fashion Mob’s first time holding the final runway show at Express Live! In the past, the group has gone the more DIY route. But Alternative Fashion Mob’s founder and owner of Anti.Label, Kelli Martin, says the decision to move to a bigger, more prominent venue was simply just easier.

“In the past, we’ve done shows anywhere from old warehouses to not-quite-full-service venues – and we’ve had to bring everything in and create the environment,” Martin says. “Express Live! has everything at the ready, so it’ll enable us to focus more time on the show and the creativity and the partnerships and connections.”

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We’ll always have Paris: Taiwan fashion house woos Asia clientele by showing in ‘the top fashion city in the world’

We’ll always have Paris: Taiwan fashion house woos Asia clientele by showing in ‘the top fashion city in the world’

Despite being rejected by many international department stores for its Chineseness and high price point, Taiwanese label Shiatzy Chen, founded 40 years ago, will persist with Paris shows, while launching a leisure line online

Known for its Chinese-inflected pieces that cater to a loyal clientele of luxury shoppers in Asia, Shiatzy Chen positions itself as a luxury brand, defying the notion that the label “Made in China” can’t be attached to high-end products.

Its price point is on a par with that of most European luxury companies, something that often doesn’t sit well with the global customers Shiatzy Chen has been chasing after for the past decade or so.

Henry Wang, the CEO of the company and the son of Madame Wang, is quick to point this out when we meet just before the autumn-winter 2018 show in Paris. “Lots of international department stores tell us that they don’t like the styling, maybe because it’s too Asian, too Chinese. The price range is also high,” he says.

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Pearl Academy alumni showcase

Pearl Academy alumni showcase creations at FDCI’s Amazon India Fashion WeekOn the occasion of Pearl Academy—the design, fashion, media and business institute with campuses in New Delhi, Mumbai, Noida and Jaipur—completing 25 years, its alumni showcased their collections at the FDCI’s Amazon India Fashion Week at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. FDCI, or Fashion Design Council of India, a not-for-profit organisation, is the apex body of fashion design in India.

The designers presented Influence, a showcase by Pearl alumni that took audiences on a journey of fashion through CRAFT which is the heart of Indian fashion, influence of STREET and CINEMA and WARRIOR featuring futuristic and contemporary style. This collection was inspired by evolving trends of the fashion industry and how Pearl alumni have contributed to the growth of fashion in India over the years. Among the alumni who presented their collections included Mandira Wirk, Leon Vaz, Vaishali S and Rimzim Dadu, among others.

Prof Nandita Abraham, the CEO of Pearl Academy, said, “Amazon India Fashion Week 2018 is an excellent platform for Pearlites to showcase their works to a discerning audience. Pearl Academy is a leader in fashion design education and we continue to strive for excellence. The fashion world is constantly changing, demanding the best from creative designers.”

Also, almost 400 graduating students of Pearl Academy showcased their creations on March 18 at the same venue.

Founded in 1993, Pearl Academy’s fashion school was recently named among the top 25 global fashion schools by Business of Fashion, the digital authority on the global fashion industry.

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A certain style: moving fashion forward by looking back

A certain style: moving fashion forward by looking back

To mark 4 Days of Fashion in the City, four of downtown Auckland’s fashion personalities are sharing their experiences of the industry. Today, founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum Doris de Pont celebrates the legacy of Bruce Papas.

Fashion is synonymous with change and while the 4 Days of Fashion in the City is providing the opportunity to focus our attention on what is new in fashion, it is also inviting us to take a close look at what we used to wear and how that reveals some of the complexity and changes in our culture and society.

In the exhibition A Certain Style: Bruce Papas on at Smith + Caughey’s on Queen St from 19th March, the New Zealand Fashion Museum presents an overview of the work of a single designer. It is a historical story that starts in the 1940s when Bruce Papas began his training and covers the decades until 1990 when he made his last couture gowns. Through a display of exquisitely detailed and carefully crafted garments and fashion sketches the exhibition paints a vivid picture of the changes in fashion and society, and how people participated in both. While this exhibition is an echo of its time, it still resonates today.

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24 Sèvres Taps Céline for Competitive Edge

24 Sèvres Taps Céline for Competitive Edge

The e-commerce platform will be the first and only multi-brand player to sell Céline online, underscoring its primary competitive advantage: privileged access to coveted LVMH brands.

LVMH-owned 24 Sèvres will be the first and only multi-brand e-commerce player to sell Céline online. In December, Céline, also owned by LVMH, launched its own e-commerce site in France and has plans to expand into the US later this year, but the brand remains highly scarce online, having shunned e-commerce and social media for years amid concerns these channels would dilute its exclusive image and former creative director Phoebe Philo’s distaste for the internet.

24 Sèvres will sell all of Céline’s product categories — including ready-to-wear, leather goods and eyewear — in over 80 countries. Items from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection, the last by the much-loved and recently departed Philo, will be available to purchase worldwide from 8am GMT on March 13th. 24 Sèvres will also offer an exclusive Céline capsule collection consisting of five products, re-worked in new colourways, including a new handbag style (the “Big Bag” in a smaller size) in burgundy leather.

“For us, Céline is a really amazing and exciting new addition — it was the brand most requested by customers,” revealed Eric Goguey, chief executive of 24 Sèvres. “I’m sure it will be an incredible success for Céline and for us.

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Jade Torres, founder of Pwerle Gallery

Jade Torres, founder of Pwerle Gallery

Torres launched Pwerle Gallery in an effort to promote awareness of Aboriginal culture and history and recently collaborated with the likes of Aje on a resort collection.

As the daughter of formidable art dealer, curator and owner of Dreaming Art Centre of Utopia (‘DACOU’) gallery Fred Torres, and the great-granddaughter of prolific indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle, Jade Torres has an incredibly deep-trenched artistic heritage. Following in her father’s footsteps, with a desire to celebrate her heritage, the work of the artists in her family (which also include Barbara Weir and Emily Kame Kngwarreye) and continue the legacy of promoting indigenous art, Torres launched Pwerle Gallery in 2015.

According to Torres, her vision with Pwerle was to build a space and a platform that would act as a springboard for new ways to engage with the art, while promoting awareness of Aboriginal culture and history; particularly art from her family’s home in the Utopia region, an area that spans 5,000 square kilometres of land northeast of Alice Springs in central Australia.

Since opening the gallery, Torres has sought out different ways to bring the art and culture to a new audience and generation, most notably through collaborations, like working with fashion label Aje on a series of Minnie Pwerle prints for the brand’s 2018 resort collection, as well as looking into things like homewares and textiles to be sold through the gallery. With a percentage of every sale going back into the community.

“For both myself and my family including my grandmother, [keeping our indigenous culture, history and love for the land alive] has been the most critical part of the process,” Jade told the Adelaide Review. “It is an extremely sensitive topic and it was very important to us to make sure it was done correctly. We wanted to give our customers the opportunity to appreciate our culture and history in a different form other than canvas.”

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A Muslim Fashion Blogger With a Fierce Message

A Muslim Fashion Blogger With a Fierce Message

Ms. Katebi is the brains behind the politically charged fashion blog Joojoo Azad, in which she describes herself as a “sarcastic (and angry) Muslim-Iranian creative and community organizer.” The site frequently casts a spotlight on reductive media representations of hijab-wearing Muslim women and the environmental implications of, say, patterned rompers. “The power of how you dress and submit your body to public consumption really informs the way people engage with you,” she said.

Big Break During a January appearance on WGN News Chicago, to promote her self-published photography book, “Tehran Streetstyle,” Ms. Katebi was asked about Iran’s nuclear weapons and told “you don’t sound like an American” by the show’s hosts. (The anchors later privately called her to apologize.) A clip of the interview became a Twitter phenomenon and was reported on by publications including Glamour and The Guardian. “I think it was refreshing for people to see a person of color having a moment of truth on television,” she said.

Latest Project Her next media venture, Joojoo Journal, which she describes as a “multilingual, multimedia publication where diasporic, marginalized and ‘subaltern’ voices are uplifted,” goes live in April. “I want to be able to work directly with people in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Greece who otherwise don’t have access to outlets,” she said.

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