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Inside the Anything-Goes World of Instagram Fast-Fashion

Forget the runway-copying conglomerates. The new breed of fast-fashion designer can turn a social-media trend into affordable clothing in the blink of an eye. Which is exactly as cool—and as ethically complicated–as it sounds.

After the #menswear boom of the mid-to-late aughts, guys began looking in the mirror at their chambray shirts, raw selvedge denim and moc toe boots and wondering what was next for their sartorial lives. It wasn’t long before they were trading in Yuketen for Yeezy, Ralph Lauren for Raf Simons, and A.P.C. for SLP. But swapping heritage gear for high-fashion looks put pressure on their wallets. Fast-fashion retailers like Zara and H&M were there to give them the trends they craved at a fraction of the cost (and often testing the boundary between “inspired by” and outright ripped off in the process). As menswear became more like womenswear—more driven by “it” items from season to season—guys started looking for new ways to keep up with the revolving door of trends.

The times are changing once again. Interest in fast-fashion is, for the first time, waning. In the first quarter of this year, H&M had their first monthly sales drop in nearly four years, and Zara parent company Inditex SA saw profitability shrink to an eight-year low. They attribute these strains to divergent spending habits and the rise of competition, but it’s also coming from the ground up—via young, independent, hungry labels that have used social media to attract young, trend-hungry customers. These brands might not categorize themselves as fast-fashion, but despite their relatively modest sizes, they understand the importance of instant gratification to their style-savvy, cost-cognizant audience. And like their more corporate competition, brands like Represent, KNYEW, and MNML have gotten popular by flipping the hottest current trends into instantly-available items, while using social media and YouTube to reach new customers. But to the designers giving the inspiration, like Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo, some of these new-age fast-fashion brands are more like imitators than actual designers.

Richard Sung, the co-founder of Las Vegas lifestyle brand KNYEW, knows what makes customers apprehensive about traditional fast-fashion retailers. “When I think of fast-fashion, I think of a massive tornado,” he says. “It sucks up everything in its path, feeding off other designers, destroying the environment we live in with absolutely no remorse for the devastation it leaves behind.” But labels like Sung’s are still taking a page out of the Zara playbook. Rather than revolutionize by inventing the next big trend, they’ve gotten ahead by hopping on current trends quicker than anyone else.

Brothers George and Mike Heaton started Represent with a small collection of distressed and ripped denim. Since then, the line has evolved into outerwear, velour hoodies, mohair shirts and crepe sole boots—the kind of products that hit runways a few seasons ago but are just now trickling down to the masses. “Fast-fashion puts such a pressure on the high-end seasonal approach to retail,” George says. Represent has to keep up with trends just like any fast-fashion brand, but being small allows them to be nimble and selective about which trends they choose to hop on. They don’t have to make clothes in line with every trend. They just need the ones they bet on to be hits.

Represent’s competitive prices—bomber jackets for $370 and jeans for $150 that resemble the $1,000-plus versions made by Fear Of God—are a product of striking while the trend iron is hot. “We’re able to exceed minimum quantities [for fabric orders], which in turn brings prices down, which helps us create a wholesale margin as well as a healthy retail profit,” George Heaton says. In that way, Represent isn’t much different than a traditional fast-fashion retailer. Sell a shit ton of a shirt or pants, and you can buy up the fabric to make them for less. Where they differ is in the amount of products they offer. Selling fewer total styles, which keeps the need to buy multiple different fabrics to a minimum.

Like their customers, Represent pays close attention to social media. So do other brands. “We’re always keeping an eye on what’s going on in other industries as well—music, visual art, design—to make sure we’re developing upon other relevant areas to incorporate into our line,” says George. “With blogs and influencers, that product elevation allows [products] to be pushed hard to the masses, which in turn makes it a trend.” Parisian brand Nid de Guepes, too, points to a vague idea of “youth culture” as their inspiration, but they also have a pragmatic-veering-toward-cynical approach to the industry. “In the ready-to-wear industry and fast-fashion, everything has been invented, you cannot create something really revolutionary,” says Erwan Ferriere, the brand’s communications manager. “We don’t have the same market power Vetements, Gosha [Rubchinskiy] or Off-White has. It’s risky for a brand like us to release something that will be trendy before any high fashion brand releases it. So we must re-interpret what’s trendy—which is in the fashion world most of the time un-wearable—and make it wearable.”

How to Dress for Any Occasion

The Occasion: A Wedding


Old etiquette: Don’t wear white or black or red.


New etiquette: Black and red are perfectly fine, but white is still the ultimate wedding no-no.


What to wear: Let the invitation, the season, and the hour be your guides. (If you’re at a loss and you’re close to the bride, ask her what’s right; otherwise, consult the maid of honor or the bride’s mother.)


“For day weddings, which tend to be more casual, steer clear of anything heavily beaded or sequined,” says Lauren A. Rothman, founder of Style Auteur, a fashion-consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Instead, opt for a knee-length dress in a material like cotton; in warmer weather or regions, strapless styles and open-toed shoes get the nod of approval. “Simple hats” also earn a thumbs-up, says Amy Lindquist, head of Lindquist Fashion & Image Consulting, in Minneapolis. If the ceremony is in the afternoon and the reception in the evening and the invitation doesn’t specify dress, assume the event is semiformal, which calls for a cocktail dress or an evening suit in a color that won’t upstage the bride. “Pale pink is OK―hot pink is not,” says Lindquist.


Black tie once meant floor-length gowns. Now, at all but the grandest affairs, dresses as short as knee-length are acceptable, provided they have a semiformal or formal cut and fabric; silk or a silk blend, for instance, would be appropriate. As for wearing a strapless or sleeveless dress in a house of worship, some have strict rules about covering up; check the protocol beforehand or bring a wrap.


Should you be invited to the rehearsal dinner, “they vary greatly in formality, so note where it’s being held,” says Lizzie Post, an etiquette authority, an author, and a spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute. In general, “cocktail-party rules apply,” Joseph Williamson, a fashion stylist in New York City. “Save your better outfit for the big day, but wear something dressy to the dinner. A dress and a jacket or a cardigan with some sparkle would be nice. But keep it understated.” Remember―there’s only one shining star at matrimonial shindigs, and it’s not you.

The Occasion: A Cocktail Party


Old etiquette: No surprise here―a cocktail dress.


New etiquette: Cocktail dresses are always in style, but you have other options.


What to wear: These days, a cocktail party can be anything from a swanky society affair―cue that glittery knee-length number from the “special occasions” department―to a low-key group of friends gathered around a platter of crudités. But for the most part, “cocktail parties are dressy-casual, so you can’t go wrong if you wear a top with some special details and a skirt or tailored pants, plus heels or fancy flats,” says Williamson. “Avoid fabrics that are too casual, like chino, jersey, and denim.”


A fitted cashmere or fine-gauge merino-wool top with a knee-length satin skirt, heels, earrings, and an armful of stacked bangles is just right, he says. Sue Fox, an etiquette authority based in Paso Robles, California, and the author of Etiquette for Dummies ($22,, also suggests a pantsuit, provided it doesn’t look too corporate. (Under the jacket, wear a silky camisole or some other feminine top with an evening vibe.) Keep in mind that different cities have their own dress codes, says Rothman: “Cocktail attire in Miami is just as dressy and chic as in New York, regardless of the weather differences, while in San Diego it’s interpreted a bit more casually, because the city is relaxed.”


Fashion Dress Codes, Decoded

If you’ve ever opened an invitation and spotted a confusing dress code at the bottom, you’re not alone. Fashion dress codes can be intricate and complicated and downright confusing. Which one is the dressiest? What are the best shoes to wear for business casual? And what’s the difference between black tie, black tie optional, and creative black tie?

We know it’s a lot to keep straight, so to take the guess work out of it, we’ve broken down the most important dress codes to keep straight. From dressed up and over the top to super casual, we’re covering them all. So now when you see “festive dress code” on an invite, you’ll know what to wear. Want to see what each of them entail?

Keep reading to see what fashion dress codes entail, and then shop our outfit recommendations.


The most formal of all dress codes, white tie involves dressing to the nines. Think royal affairs, glamorous balls, and presidential dinners. Guests must adhere to strict guidelines in order to fit in and to make an impression. If you are lucky enough to score an invitation to one of these white tie events, keep your eyes out for full-length evening gowns with little to no exposed skin to keep the look classy and sophisticated. This is not the time to test out new funky fashion trends, so try to avoid loud patterns or textures. As for jewelry, keep it simple with a necklace or earrings. Long gloves are an option, but they’re not required. Tiaras are accepted, as long as you have the title to match.

Six identical dresses: we solve this and other wedding fashion disasters

Dressing for a wedding involves uncompromising rules. Complying often requires great expense and real discomfort (stilettos, shaping underwear, trousers that no longer accommodate your girth, and so on).


Forefront in the rulebook, though, is the commandment that a woman must not upstage the bride. And this weekend, it was contravened in spectacular style by six women who turned up to a wedding in Sydney all wearing the same £95 lace dress. A picture of the sextet, predictably, went viral at high velocity.


The women were not bridesmaids, nor was it planned. We all saw the funny side of it,insisted one of the group, although despite the affected nonchalance, this was undeniably toe-curling for all involved (of course, men seem to be fine with wearing identical navy or grey suits, but that is a discussion for another day).


In this spirit, here is a guide to styling out wedding fashion mishaps.



The Australian women did have the right idea: the first thing you must do is note this mishap publicly, probably with an Instagram post (#TwinningIsWinning). Skirting around your doppelganger all evening will make you look as ashamed as you really care about your pedestrian taste in clothing. Then, modify your outfit: borrow a floral centerpiece from the table, or fashion a crude badge from confetti.


NB: as the evening progresses, ensure your drunk significant other does not accidentally grope the wrong person.


 Kate Moss in her Dior dress, pre-customisation.

 Kate Moss in her Dior dress, pre-customisation. Photograph: Dave M. Benett/Getty

Wear and tear

If you rip something, make like Kate Moss: the supermodels quick customisation of a damaged champagne-colored Dior dress at a 2007 party is the stuff of lore. If youre bold and carry a pair of scissors (who doesnt?), you could try some slashing, otherwise, do some tucking and trying to conceal the hole.


Life is pain

You swore you would not wear shoes that left your feet lacerated, but have, obviously, done so. To have any fun, you must do that bobbing dancing that puts great pressure on the knees but limits the movement of the feet and toes you can no longer feel. When forced to go anywhere, walk at the glacial pace of a visiting, elderly dignitary.


Thrills and spills

Less than a minute into the reception and you have sluiced a glass of red wine all down your front, or smeared soap on your trousers. You look grubby and must act, lest someone adds a picture of you to Facebook with a mean-spirited caption.


Obviously, attempt stain removal in the bathrooms you might look like youve soiled yourself for 15 minutes, but dance vigorously and you will quickly dry. Otherwise, hold the order of service in front of the stain for the rest of the reception.



The first Instagram photo of the big day reveals your dress to be entirely see-through when exposed to even the anemic flash of an iPhone camera. Save yourself in the group photo by standing almost entirely obscured behind an usher.

Sneak Peek: Next Spring’s 7 Most Wearable Fashion Trends

Sometimes it seems as if everyone walking down Paris’s streets is heading to a fashion show. French women still subscribe to an unspoken dress code that demands everyday polish even if they’re just walking elderly, pudgy bulldogs. The designers who showed their Spring 2018 collections globally have not always been so consistent, but this season they aligned with those Parisians in one respect: Disheveled styling and normcore were absent from the runways. Instead, romantic floral dresses, intriguing wear-to-work separates and embroidered jackets came into play.


Designers also worked the idea of comfort into chic silhouettes. At Céline—a brand known for both edginess and real-world wearability—Phoebe Philo presented deftly tailored trench coats. Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino offered embellished gowns with racer-backs, elegance with a wink of sportiness. Louis Vuitton’s spectacular opera coats were paired with New Age-y sneakers and silk boxer shorts, clothing that’s fun to run around in, weather permitting.


Speaking of weather, an abundance of coats—from a spray-painted leather car coat at Calvin Klein to a tan oversize robe coat at the Row—seemed to outnumber classically skimpy spring offerings such as sundresses and T-shirts. Designers are starting to address women’s seasonal shopping needs by offering pieces you can actually buy and wear in March, when spring clothes hit stores. Boots, too, especially Western styles, proliferated. Favorites included butterscotch heels at Givenchy and snakeskin ankle boots at Chloé.


House Calls

Seemingly plucked from a French interior, brocades and patterned textiles were a happy, homey surprise. From left: Brock Collection’s pretty mattress-ticking dress; Dries Van Noten’s luxe pattern mix; Loewe’s sofa-fringe layers; Maison Margiela’s tapestry-bodiced top; Louis Vuitton’s saucy brocade jacket with boxer shorts and sneakers.

Unadulterated Shine

Sparkle is almost run-of-the-mill in fashion, yet brilliance as unrelenting as this still turns heads. From left: Carolina Herrera’s silvery stunner (which actress Sarah Paulson just wore to the Emmys); Giorgio Armani’s elegantly shiny black suit; Alessandro Michele’s shockingly demure iridescent dresses at Gucci; and colorful art deco-patterned sequins at Marc Jacobs .

Shorts Stuff

When shorts are styled with a classic jacket or top, this chic alternative to miniskirts can look remarkably polished. From left: At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri revved up shorts with a jazzy graphic windbreaker; cotton cargo shorts and a sleeveless striped shirt had a retro vibe at Prada, olive-drab shorts looked sophisticated with a gold-trimmed blazer and a polka dot blouse at Saint Laurent.

Autumn’s hottest new trend is the colourful ankle boot — here’s how to step out in bold style

The humble ankle boot has had a colorful makeover, with rainbow styles flooding the high street.


Your old black or brown pairs just won’t do, so treat your feet to a bold new style.

Here Fabulous fashion editor GABRIELE DIRVANAUSKAS picks out boots that were made for walking into your wardrobe.

Green boots


TIP: Make others green with envy with this luxe-looking pair.

Faux fur heel boots


TIP: Clash velvet and feather textures with this style – but avoid wearing on rainy days.

Mustard yellow velvet boots


TIP: Who said matching colors wasn’t cool? Go for gold with this velvet pair.

Blue knee-high boots


TIP: Give any look a kick with these electric blue knee highs.

Red sock boots


TIP: Tackle two trends in one swoop with a bold red sock boot.

Purple ankle boots


TIP: Sock it to ’em in a pair of, er, sock boots this season.

Hair & make-up by Bella Jones using Kiehl’s and Mac; rugs with thanks to Ikea; blue velvet sofa and purple chair thanks to; blue chair thanks to

Fall 2017 Fashion Trends For Men & Women

Fall is officially here and if you’re the type that likes to keep up with the fashion trends, then this is for you. From capes for women to bomber jackets and prints for both men and women, these are the styles not to miss out on this year.



90’s style is nothing new. In fact, it became popular in a more modern way about a year and a half ago. Along with ripped jeans, the choker is back in full swing. Get a choker necklace as your next statement jewelry piece.




Designers are going crazy over plaid this year! But, not the plaid from 10 years ago. Think London’s Saville Row fabrics for everything from suits to coats.


Florals & Prints

Shirts, dresses, blouses and more with florals are back. From Topshop to top designers, you’ll find garden patterns and more on all types of clothing. This style will be popular for winter, too. Prints are also trending. From polka dots to other prints, show some color!


Non-Skinny Jeans

Sure, skinny jeans will always be popular, but the trend is looking more towards the bootcut of the 90’s. From high-waisted pants to full-length wide legs, there are tons of options to choose from. Match it with a flowy cape or a blouse.


Ankle Boots

Suede ankle boots, leather ankle boots and ankle boots in other fabrics will be everywhere this fall and winter. In L.A. and Orange County, it’s all about showing off some ankle, and these booties fit the look.



No, not the super-woman type of cape! These capes are stylish, and a way of staying warm and fashionable this fall and winter. From solids to checkered and plaid, capes will be everywhere.


Bomber Jackets

Bomber jackets are a way to class up your outfit and stay warmer in the fall and winter months. Originally made from heavy duty leather, these days this outerwear piece has gone through many changes and is made in a variety of different fabrics. The jacket, with ribbed cuffs and hem, a front zip closure and a defined neckline, comes in prints, as well as solids, too. Popular bomber jackets include the casual black one to wear with jeans or chinos, the leather bomber jacket, as well as leather and suede versions.



Prints will be everywhere this fall! From bomber jackets to shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, and joggers, you’ll see it everywhere! Where can you find some of the best? Shop TopMan, J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic and others.


Flannel Shirts

With the 90’s being back in full swing, it should come as no surprise that flannels are back and better than ever. These aren’t your flannels from 3 decades ago though. These are made from rugged cotton and are more modern and polished. Wear them as a light jacket over a shirt or a button down, or by itself.


Stripes, Stripes, Stripes

From cashmere sweaters with blue and off-white stripes to t-shirts and more, stripes will be a big fashion trend for fall and winter. This includes women too!


Hats & Caps

From bucket hats to baseball caps, you’ll see this casual style all over Southern California. Grab a bucket hat in deep indigo blue or a camel colored baseball hat. Or, how about a jean hat? Wear it backward too.


The Roll

The role of jeans or trousers isn’t new to fall, or winter, but it’s going to continue from the past year. Whether you’re wearing jeans or khakis, make sure to show a bit of ankle between your leather work boots, or classic vans and your pants.



Los Angeles and Orange County can get a bit chilly during the winter months. Stay warm and in style by layering a classic striped shirt or oxford along with a jean jacket on top and a stylish herringbone blazer on top. The shirt, jacket, and topcoat look will be big this year.

The Biggest Spring 2018 Fashion Trends From the Runways

With New York and London Fashion Weeks now behind us, the biggest spring 2018 fashion trends are beginning to crystallize trends for buyers and editors who want to get a quick start on planning the season. Here is WWD’s top spring 2018 fashion trends spotted. From sheer transparencies to saturated color and anoraks, it’s been a season full of energy and optimism.


Here are some of the highlights. Click through to the gallery above for a comprehensive look at the trends.


Americana: Raf Simons spoke about the American dream again for spring, which he depicted his own particular way; while Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia’s was a cheerful, spirited rally with tons of stripes and stars in between from Self-Portrait, Phillip Lim and Maria Cornejo.


Anoraks: There was definitely a huge Nineties urban vibe happening. It was expressed in different ways, but the common item was the Windbreaker/parka/anorak jacket. In whatever iteration, it will be everywhere next season — from the super casual versions at Public School to the dressier takes at Oscar de la Renta.


Haute Denim: Fancy pants, anyone? Perhaps fancy jeans? The all-American staple got the formal treatment at the spring shows as designers paired them with evening attire and in some cases, “bewejeled” them enough to take you into a gala.


Saturated Colors: No neutral ground here, the statement was clear when it comes to the preferred spring palette: bright, saturated hues either monochromatically or colorblocked à la Tom Ford.


Transparencies: Sheer, skin-revealing fabrics were shown in diaphanous dresses leaving little to the imagination yet done in sophisticated cuts.


Mixed Prints: Known for being the city with an eccentric palette, London didn’t disappoint when it came to bold pattern play. From the overcharged florals set against polka dots at Mary Katrantzou to subtler, more casual variations like the patterned knits at Burberry, there was a range of day to evening fare for any occasion.


Pastel: Where New York opted for vibrant, saturated hues, London took a softer approach to color for spring with pastels and dusty tones. The romantic shades popped up at nearly every show, notably J.W. Anderson, Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead.


Satin and Shine: Satin was the dominant fabric during the London show for two great reasons. First, its sheen instantly elevates any silhouette; second, its inherent fluidity and lightness make it comfortable to wear all night long. Designers from Christopher Kane to Roksanda opted for liquid evening gowns and dresses.

The Four Big Fashion Trends For This Summer

Praise be to seeing the end of winter — it’s nearly time to pack away our big knits and winter scarves. If you’re wondering what to put in their place in your wardrobe, here are the four key trends for this spring and coming summer.


The new boho


“This season’s version of boho, which has an iteration pretty much every summer, is Victoriana inspired. It’s a bit more structured,” Denis Todorovic, Style Editor at Cosmopolitan told HuffPost Australia.

“Elle Ferguson actually wore a dress, which she shortened, to the Kim Kardashian makeup launch and that’s a perfect example of the trend — think big sleeves with volume and lots of shirtings, and look to designers like Stella McCartney for reference. It still feels bohemian but it’s more French countryside than Byron Bay. The colors to look for are whites, cream, and beige.”

Graphics and prints


“This trend is pretty varied — it can be anything from polka dots, like that one top that’s all over Instagram (pictured below), to star prints to stripes and color blocking. The Tommy Hilfiger collection he did with Gigi Hadid is a good example of primary colored stripes. Proenza Schouler also did it,” Todorovic said.

Within the same vein but a little more organic in shape is the nude line drawing a trend. This is going to be big. You’ll see it in shirts, scarves and also in accessories — Amber Sceats has just done some earrings that are a wire shape of a woman’s face. This still falls into the graphic trends because it’s all about various prints.”

Modern utility


“Military is back again — in fact, it’s always around — but this season’s take is quite literal in that camouflage print is back in a big way. Think khakis, oranges and dirty browns and all-over camo prints inspired by Destiny’s Child in the early 2000s.”

“As a side note, a lot of the early naughties trends are also back — anything that is nostalgic to that time is having a resurgence. Think Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan back in that time. You’re going to see low-waisted jeans and even Ugg boots coming back — Jeremy Scott just did a collaboration with Ugg. But with these, I would say tread with caution. For a more refined take on military think along the lines of the Balmain and Camilla and Marc blazers with the gold hardware,” Todorovic said.

Eclectic romantic


“This trend is very Gucci-inspired. It’s about mixed prints and florals, stripes and texture, with often a few of these elements appearing in the one outfit. Think a logo tee with a flippy skirt or a sneaker with a feminine silhouette.”

Celebrity stylists zero in on fall’s biggest fashion trends

A group of celebrity stylists, including Marni Senofonte and Lo Von Rumpf, gathered for lunch at a West Hollywood restaurant to cover of-the-moment trends and present fast-fashion online subscription brand JustFab’s fall collection. (JustFab is part of El Segundo-based Tech Style Fashion Group.)


Before lunch (complete with a centerpiece of calla lilies mixed with leopard-print and glitter-heeled ankle boots) began late last month, four stylists sat down with The Times to talk about what’s on their fall fashion radar.

Clients: Kendall Jenner and Beyoncé


Key trends: “Military is always a trend, but it’s big for fall. And luxurious velvets in rich colors. I would wear JustFab’s emerald velvet blazer with jeans and a T-shirt.


“We’re still into that whole luxe Renaissance look. A mix of tapestries, metallic embroideries, and brocades. We’re also slowly moving into a ’90s vibe. I’ve been seeing a lot of that, even at Saint Laurent and pieces from Balenciaga, pieces like the bigger blazer and metallics in turtlenecks. Kendall’s really feeling the ’90s. In the ’90s, I worked at a Versace store in Boston, while going to [Emerson] College, so Kendall’s been wearing some of my old clothes I had in storage. Everyone is doing insane over-the-knee boots. JustFab has an awesome brown pair.”


Tailoring tip: “Add strong shoulder pads to any turtleneck or to a blazer in one size larger than you would ordinarily buy.”


New York Fashion Week: “I’m dressing Kendall, and am excited to see Tom Ford, Raf [Simons] for Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs. And I’m interested to see what Shayne Oliver does for Helmut Lang because his line Hood by Air is on hold now, and I used it for ‘Lemonade’ on the album cover.”


Favorite L.A. shops: Elyse Walker in Pacific Palisades, Please Do Not Enter in downtown L.A. and Opening Ceremony in Beverly Grove. “I even put together the cutest belt bag at Home Depot when I was there looking for an air compressor. I always say to my assistant, ‘You have to walk into a place and see things differently.’ I can look at a dress and already see it as a high-waist skirt and midriff top or a bodysuit or the arms as leg warmers.”


Favorite L.A. brands: Adaptation, the Perfect, Amiri, and Fear of God.


What she was wearing: A silver Marni blouse, drawstring chevron-print trousers of her own design, oversize Grey Ant aviator glasses and suede Alaïa stiletto hiker boots.