Fashion News Alert: Mayor of Paris Injects Millions into Fashion, Naomi Campell’s Wig Flipped, Rio Model Street Fashion, and the Apple Watch

 

Anne Hidalgo image courtesy of thearpricity.com

Anne Hidalgo image courtesy of thearpricity.com

Last Friday at the Jeanne Lanvin, Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Pars, announced an infusion of 57 million euros into the French fashion industry through 2020.

“Because fashion is also all those trades that are in inseparable from artistic creation. I myself was raised by a seamstress and very quickly learned the precious value of artisanal work. Embroiderers, trim-makers, designers, jewellers and jewellery-makers, leather craftsmen, shoemakers, parfumers … numerous are these artisanal trades that other capitals envy us for. We decided to reaffirm our full support for this vital industry by investing 57 million euros in the fashion sector over the next 6 years. By mobilizing this considerable sum, we will give ourselves the means to consolidate our position as the global capital of fashion,” said Hidalgo as reported in a fashionmag.com article.

Now could the Mayor of New York City do the same thing!!

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Cara Delevingne

Naomi’s alleged weave pull

Is it weave-pulling time? Apparently, it is if you believe the recent brouhaha between supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne.

While at the Garage magazine party at the Paris nightclub Castel, during Paris Fashion Week, it has been reported that the two British supermodels got into a scuffle. The altercation occurred when Naomi overheard Cara dissing Rihanna. Allegedly, Naomi shoved Cara, and Cara shoved back pulling Naomi’s legendary weave.

Naomi denied the incident on Twitter. “Don’t know where this story has come from about @Caradelevingne and I fighting! It is completely untrue, ignore the rumours XN.” Others contend that Castel is a small club and the supermodels only bumped into each other.

Really? I wonder.

Image courtesy of AFP/Christophe Simon

Image courtesy of AFP/Christophe Simon

Rio models take it to the streets

In response to the cancellation of Rio Fashion Week, several models to their runway strut to the streets showing off the designs they would have modeled during Rio Fashion Week. The models modeled the crop tops and pencil shirts they would have been a part of the collections shown during the cancelled fashion week. Most of the models were students from a local fashion school.

“We were supposed to have a fashion show in November but it was cancelled, and now the show that was supposed to be held in April has been cancelled as well,” said Nadine Gonzalez, founder of ModaFusion, venting her frustration … “All that’s left for us to do is to take to the streets!”

Rio Fashion Week is the stepchild to the more popular Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Fashion designer Wast Pereira told the AFP, “It’s important to invest in Rio fashion, which will create jobs in the region.”

Image courtesy of Apple

Image courtesy of Apple

Apple’s nod toward fashion

In a nod to fashion and technology, Apple has launched a $17,000 watch. This is first new device from Apple since CEO Tim Cook took office.

Though analysts and fashion pundits confirm that this combination of technology and fashion is a first for Apple, the consensus is that this watch will not be a breakout hit and only appeal to a niche market.  “I think there’s a niche market for these kind of Apple tech people who love Apple and will buy anything they come out with. But I just don’t know if it’s going to be the power product that everyone’s looking for,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Company in Atlanta.

The Apple watch comes in yellow or rose gold models with sapphire faces. The watch will be available in stores on April 24 in boutiques in Paris, London, and Tokyo.

—William S. Gooch

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