The fashion industry is constantly packed with fresh news from around the world weekly. This week in fashion, AFDEC set out to train Nigerian fashion entrepreneurs in garment production, X-Men unveiled some of the new looks for their characters ahead of the Hellfire Gala, and more.
AFDEC to Train Nigerian Female Entrepreneurs in Garment Production
The African Fashion Development and Empowerment Centre (AFDEC), an NGO supported by the European Union and German Development Cooperation, GIZ, through the Nigerian Competitiveness Project has set up an empowerment programme in Nigeria. This empowerment programme is set to train Nigeria female entrepreneurs in garment production. The skill-up programme will give them an opportunity to enhance their skills, improve their competitiveness and earn more.
The programme is free and is expected to last for 2 months. According to the organisers, the training is open to eligible women-owned enterprises who have been involved in fashion and garment production for a minimum of 2 years. These businesses have to be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
“This is indeed the start of a true entrepreneurship for the Nigeria women-owned fashion/garment industry. This training also focuses on every aspect of the business from project production, commercialisation to distribution”, said Mrs Adeola Ogunkolade, Founder and Executive Director, AFDEC.
Participants would learn how to enhance their businesses and improve their competitiveness within the fashion industry. They will also be taught how to manage and optimise the fashion product effectively, and also get acquitted with the fashion evolution and its direction. The training will be held at the African Fashion Development and Empowerment Centre head office behind Ikeja Shopping Mall, Alausa, Lagos. Weekend classes will hold at Day Star Church at Oregun.
X-Men Unveils High-Fashion Costumes for the Hellfire Gala
Ahead of the Hellfire Gala and the reveal of the all-new X-Men team, Russell Dauterman has unveiled his high-fashion designs for several mutants.
The various looks tie into what the mutant is known for, including a cloud-like cape for Storm and various looks for Emma Frost that evoke her moniker of the White Queen. In total, Dauterman will provide 12 variants starting with the Planet-Size X-Men one-shot from Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz.
“X-Men costumes are one of my favourite things. As a teenager that’s what I would draw the most—doodles of an X-character in all their looks. So, I’m absolutely thrilled—designing costumes for the mutants is top-of-the-list, dream job stuff,” Dauterman said. “The Hellfire Gala is unique and exciting for the X-Men, and this opportunity is really special for me—I tried to have that come across in the character designs. As Emma Frost said, ‘The whole world is watching us now. We must be nothing less than fabulous.'”
To create these look, Dauterman drew inspiration from top designers like Gucci and Gaultier. All of the looks are exciting and colourful, keeping us expectant of what the full reveal will be like.
Stella McCartney, Other Top Designers Sign a Letter to PM to Ban Fur Sale in the UK
Top British designers including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Hannah Weiland, founder of Shrimps have co-signed a letter to the prime minister demanding the ban of fur in the UK. If it pulls through, Britain will be the first country in the world to remove fur from its fashion.
The letter was sent to Boris Johnson’s office on Thursday night, and outlines the designers’ ability to make clothes “without being complicit in the suffering caused by the fur trade”. The PM is yet to acknowledge the letter. However, a spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it would “respond in due course”.
“Fur has no place in any compassionate society and today its use is unnecessary and inexcusable. Plainly, fur is immoral, cruel and barbaric,” said Stella McCartney.
“The sale of fur is simply not aligned with the ethical trajectory of the vast majority of retailers, designers and businesses that make up the British fashion retail industry,” the letter says. The Humane Society International, which co-signed the letter, reported that almost three-quarters of the British public would support a UK ban on the import and sale of animal fur.
Presently, 80% of animal welfare legislation comes from EU law and with the UK leaving the single market, it has the opportunity to unilaterally ban fur sales. In the year 2000, the UK became the first country in Europe to ban fur farming under Tony Blair’s government. Since then, brands like Burberry, Victoria Beckham and McCartney’s have banned its use within their manufacturing processes.
Arab Fashion Week to Hold from 24th to 28th of March
On Thursday, the Dubai-based Arab Fashion Council announced that Arab Fashion Week Fall/ Winter 2021/22 will take place from March 24-28. The 5-day event will feature 25 fashion designers from across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and America and will be presented virtually.
Viewers will be able to shop their favourite runway looks through Instagram’s and Arab Fashion Week’s shop-the-runway e-commerce store, shop.arabfashionweek.com. However, fashion lovers in Dubai will be allowed to visit the designers’ showrooms and pop-up stores during the fashion week.
The event will include other sessions like the Red Talks where industry experts will be discussing the latest trends and events.
“Not only is Arab Fashion Week now established on the international fashion calendar, through challenging times, it has continued to evolve to remain relevant, thereby reinforcing its position as the most valuable platform for designers operating in the Middle East. Together with our valued partners Microsoft, Facebook Inc. and Nikon, we stand by Arab creative talent by providing them with a robust platform capable of fostering their growth in response to an ever-evolving world,” Mohammed Aqra, Chief Strategy Officer of the Arab Fashion Council, said in a press release.
Louis Vuitton to Hold First Physical Show in Singapore Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
On Tuesday, March 23, Louis Vuitton will hold the first full-fledged physical fashion show since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in Singapore. The event will be complete with masked guests sitting 1m apart. The fashion show will be held at ArtScience Museum.
There will be 3 shows, 112 masked guests, and 42 unmasked models walking at a 3m distance from the guests. The event will see lots of safety measures put in place such as temperature checks, SafeEntry scans on arrival, and sanitation between shows. Guests will be segmented into zones with no intermingling and each guest gets a Louis Vuitton facemask with their invitation.
A total of 69 looks, from the spring/summer collection, presented in a “distanced” show in Paris last October by Louis Vuitton’s womenswear artistic director Nicolas Ghesquiere, and a Summer Capsule collection inspired by the beach, will be featured. The final show will be live-streamed on Louis Vuitton’s website so everyone gets to be a part of the event from the comfort of their homes.
This physical fashion show indicates that the fashion industry is recovering from the effects of the pandemic that took them away.