High hat fashion shares the stage at Britain‘s Royal Ascot horse races

British Society and Royals come decked out with high-fashion hats – some elegant, some whimsical – and all incredibly creative.

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Granny headscarves hit playful Paris catwalks

The headscarf knotted under the chin — last seen worn over curlers by harassed housewives in the 1970s — is back on the Paris catwalk. Japanese designer Hiromichi Ochiai of Facetasm dared to resurrect the most humdrum of domestic of looks — that admittedly still has its adherents among Britain's Queen Elizabeth and a dwindling band of pious matrons — for his autumn-winter menswear show. The floral patterns in the granny scarves were picked up in hoodies for the boys which were worn rather menacingly with face masks.

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Next could give formal profit alert – Sky News

(This January 3 story corrects first paragraph to say 'Next Plc', instead of 'Next Inc') (Reuters) – British clothing retailer Next Plc could give a formal profit warming for its 2017 financial year in its fourth-quarter trading update, Sky News reported, citing a source. http://bit.ly/2iM9FsD A spokeswoman for the company said Next would report its quarterly trading update on Wednesday as scheduled without providing further details. The retailer was downbeat about prospects for 2017 when it reported its quarterly results in November. …

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UK former first lady Samantha Cameron launches fashion line

Nearly five months after leaving Downing Street, Britain's former first lady Samantha Cameron has launched a fashion label — revealed, naturally, in British Vogue magazine. The 45-year-old wife of former Conservative prime minister David Cameron won many fans for her smart but modern style during his six years in office, drawing comparisons with US first lady Michelle Obama. Art school educated, Cameron was formerly the creative director of luxury leather goods and stationery firm Smythson, where she remains a creative consultant, and has also been studying pattern-cutting.

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Gap goes street for latest RED collection

Gap has recruited an army of street artists for its latest fashion collaboration with RED. The US brand has launched a collection of its ‘utility jackets', revisited by six global female artists, to mark World AIDS Day on December 1. The unisex collection features a patchwork flower design by Olek, a Polish-born street artist specializing in crocheting, and a more urban, street-style offering from Japanese creative Shiro.

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London wraps up fashion week amid Brexit uncertainty

London wrapped up its seasonal fashion week on Tuesday after five days of luxury and highstreet labels unveiling colorful and eclectic collections amid Brexit uncertainty. Holding its leg of the spring/summer 2017 shows after New York, London staged its first fashion week since Britain shocked the world by voting in June to leave the European Union. As well as runway trends, the uncertainty of how Britain's exit from the EU (Brexit) will affect the industry was also a hot topic among fashionistas.

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Little England takes over Paris catwalks as Britain votes

Cricket jumpers, brogues, boating blazers and even neo-Morris men popped up on the Paris catwalk Wednesday. In what could be interpreted as a last desperate sop to Nigel Farage, the most outspoken of the British Leave campaigners, double-breasted suits and blazers are also back. Van Beirendonck told AFP that the pony club and Morris men motifs throughout his new collection came from a damascene moment in a London flea market.

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UK receptionist petition on high heels at work gets 120,000 signatures

A London temporary worker, sent home for wearing flat shoes, has collected more than 120,000 signatures so far in a petition calling for Britain to make it illegal for a firm to require women to wear high heels at work. Reaching that total on Friday easily put Nicola Thorp's petition over the 100,000-signature threshold needed to have Britain's parliament consider holding a debate on an issue. Thorp made headlines this week when she launched her campaign describing how she had arrived in flat shoes for her first day to work as a receptionist for accounting company PwC last December to be told she had to wear heels.

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Gucci to unify men’s and women’s collections from 2017

Italian luxury brand Gucci announced on Tuesday it will unify its women's and men's collections starting from next year in an effort to simplify the designer's business. The first show combining womenswear and menswear will be at Gucci's new Milan headquarters, President and Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri said in a company statement. It did not specify when the show will be scheduled, but a source close to Gucci told Reuters it was likely to be during the women's Fashion Week, the one receiving most attention from both media and buyers.  The decision comes amid a growing debate in the fashion industry over the need to combine collections, condense dates for shows as well as putting items on sale immediately after the catwalk presentations.. The Florence-based brand, part of the Kering group, is following in the steps of Britain's Burberry group, which said last November that it would bring its collections under a single brand.

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Gucci to unify men’s and women’s collections from 2017

Gucci to unify men’s and women’s collections from 2017

Italian luxury brand Gucci announced on Tuesday it will unify its women's and men's collections starting from next year in an effort to simplify the designer's business. The first show combining womenswear and menswear will be at Gucci's new Milan headquarters, President and Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri said in a company statement. It did not specify when the show will be scheduled, but a source close to Gucci told Reuters it was likely to be during the women's Fashion Week, the one receiving most attention from both media and buyers.  The decision comes amid a growing debate in the fashion industry over the need to combine collections, condense dates for shows as well as putting items on sale immediately after the catwalk presentations.. The Florence-based brand, part of the Kering group, is following in the steps of Britain's Burberry group, which said last November that it would bring its collections under a single brand.

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