Coach to merge menswear and womenswear shows

Coach is the latest major fashion house to embrace the trend for mixed-gender fashion shows. The US label will showcase its womenswear and menswear collections together this February during New York Fashion Week, WWD reports. The strategy is being phased in, with the upcoming show on February 14 set to feature Autumn/Winter 2017 womenswear looks alongside menswear pieces for the same season, despite the fact that an AW17 menswear show was held in December.

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Cuban artists paint garments, not canvases for ‘Fashion Art’ show

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – A fantastical blue bird emerges from leaves in the latest work by Manuel Mendive, considered Cuba's top living artist. In creations by other Cuban artists, a ghostly face seems to scream out from a dark cape, a red and blue matryoshka doll is painted onto a dress, while a bubble-shaped frock is covered with wooden spikes. The show is the latest in the “Fashion Art” series by Spanish designer Manuel Fernandez, who has worked with artists all over the world to create one-off garments at the intersection of both disciplines.

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Definitive SS17 haute couture show schedule released

The French fashion industry's governing body (the Fédération française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter, des couturiers, et des créateurs de mode) has published its definitive schedule for the upcoming spring/summer 2017 haute couture shows. Permanent members, correspondent members and guest members will present their latest collections in Paris, January 22-26, 2017.

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Doutzen Kroes, Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana are glamorous and strong in Balmain SS17 campaign

The Balmain fashion house, headed by Olivier Rousteing, has unveiled the first shots from its spring/summer 2017 campaign, starring several model recruits from the now famous “Balmain Army.” Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes and Isabeli Fontana ramp up the glam in this latest series of ads. Evidently, the label has recruited models from the Balmain army to front the new campaign. Doutzen Kroes, Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana — who all starred in the SS17 runway show — walk with determination, as if drawn towards a particular goal.

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Ralph Lauren joins fight to ensure fabrics not damaging forests and lives

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fashion giant Ralph Lauren Corp, whose designs are sashayed on Hollywood’s red carpets, has unveiled plans to trace wood pulp used in its clothes to avoid buying from regions destroying forests or violating human rights. Rising cotton prices have boosted demand for wood-based fabrics such as viscose, rayon and modal, which increasingly involves clearing forests and taking land used by indigenous people, according to Rainforest Action Network (RAN). Ralph Lauren is the latest in a growing number of fashion companies to pledge to investigate its supply chain to determine if it is using products from the most destructive regions and stop using those sources by the end of 2017, said RAN.

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Rachel Comey is the latest designer to present her next collection in LA

Rachel Comey has confirmed she will present her next fashion show in Los Angeles, reports WWD. The New York-based designer has said she wantsto to connect with her clients in Los Angeles, and the local and international fashion communities. Comey follows fellow designers Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, and Tommy Hilfiger in heading to LA, with Tom Ford also rumoured to be showing his next collection in the city, possibly around Oscar weekend.

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London Collections Men: fall/winter 2017 show schedule

The British capital will be kicking off the latest round of menswear shows, January 6, 2017. Over the course of four days, labels such as J.W.Anderson, Alex Mullins and Sibling will present their fall/winter 2017-2018 men's ready-to-wear collections. Topman Design is scheduled to launch the London event, while John Smedley will close with a show presenting menswear and womenswear, due on sale straight after the show.

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Rebecca Minkoff leaves New York Fashion Week behind, heads to LA

Rebecca Minkoff is the latest designer to announce plans to skip New York in favor of the sunnier climes of LA this February. 

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Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes star in Liu Jo SS17 campaign

The ready-to-wear label has announced that it has chosen American models Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes for its spring/summer 2017 campaign, keeping the “#StrongTogether” concept running for another season. Launched for the fall/winter 2016-2017 season, the “#StrongTogether” campaign is set to return for spring/summer 2017 with a new pair of stars. Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes — who are friends in real life — have been signed up to take over from the lovely Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss, who starred as last season's double act for the brand.

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In pictures: 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, as seen on social media

The lingerie event of the year took place at the Grand Palais in Paris, Wednesday, November 30. Fifty of the world's most beautiful women jetted into the French capital to present the latest creations from the Victoria's Secret brand amid a spectacular pink and purple-toned decor. From model castings to the after-show party, fittings and backstage on the big night, social media has been buzzing with photos from the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show over the last few weeks.

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