Harper’s Bazaar Saudi Makes Its Debut, Mumbai And Delhi Fashion Weeks To Combine Shows And More

Every week, something new happens in the fashion industry. This week in fashion, the world’s oldest fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar makes its debut in Saudi, Dapper Dan creates custom looks for Ken doll’s 60th birthday and more.

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Harper’s Bazaar Saudi Makes Its Debut

The much-anticipated launch of Harper’s Bazaar Saudi has finally happened. The world’s oldest fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar has become the first international luxury fashion and lifestyle magazine to be published in the Kingdom.

The print magazine will be published quarterly in Saudi Arabia by ITP Media Saudi. The magazine will celebrate the talent, heritage and culture of the Kingdom while opening a new chapter for the luxury fashion and creative industries.

“I am excited that fashion publishing in the Kingdom increases opportunities for cultural professionals and will lead to more jobs for writers, photographers, stylists, art directors and graphic designers,” Her Highness Princess Noura bint Faisal Al Saud, a leading member of the Ministry of Culture’s Fashion Commission and founder of Saudi Fashion Week, said. “Fashion publishing has the potential to be a strong platform upon which to narrate the story of Saudi’s homegrown fashion talents and encourage cultural exchange. Using fashion as a lens through which to examine the beauty and history of this country will inspire people both at home and abroad.”

To work on the team will be creative director and entrepreneur, Marriam Mossalli as Contributing Fashion Editor and Jeddah-born art director, illustrator and cultural consultant Alaa Balkhy as Contributing Culture Editor. This launch will be accompanied by a series of private events throughout the year including luxury VIP soirées, exclusive dinners and workshops from global experts in the fashion industry.

India’s Mumbai And Delhi Fashion Week To Combine Shows

For the first time in 15 years, India’s Mumbai and Delhi fashion weeks are coming together to hold one event. The 5-day phy-gital fashion event is scheduled to take place from March 16 to 21. The opening show will be taken by Kolkata-based designer Anamika Khanna.

“It is a tripartite agreement,” Sunil Sethi, chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India, which organizes India Fashion Week, told WWD. “With Rise Worldwide and Lakmé Lever and us making the best call for the time.”

For the first time in a decade, the fashion week will be held without the involvement of New York-based IMG. IMG was a joint organiser with the IMG Reliance alliance, who worked in partnership with beauty brand Lakmé, a subsidiary of Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

Marks And Spencer To Sell Rival Fashion Brands Online

As a new initiative to revive its struggling clothing label, Marks and Spencer will start selling third-party fashion brands online. The brand will launch its first set of guest brands over the next three months. They will include Hobbs, Jack & Jones, Joules, Sosandar and Triumph.

With this move to attract new shoppers, especially the younger generation, M&S hopes to keep up with online competitors like Asos Plc and Boohoo Group Plc. This is a major shift from the brands normal design of selling mainly its own brand.

M&S said the brands will initially launch on M&S.com, with future opportunities in U.K. stores.

Megan Thee Stallion Is Putting $1 Million In “Women On Top” Fund

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Monday, artist Megan Thee Stallion announced her plan to give away $1 million throughout Women’s History Month in partnership with Fashion Nova for the “Women on Top” fund. The artist announced this on her Twitter account.

The rapper’s Women on Top philanthropic initiative works to empower women by supporting their education, businesses, charities and organisations with donations, scholarships and grants. Every day in March, Fashion Nova Cares will highlight the female recipients who were pre-selected to receive $25,000 or more, for a total of $1 million. 

“I’m excited to collaborate with Fashion Nova Cares on the Women on Top initiative and be part of giving $1 million to support women-led businesses and organizations,” she said in a statement. “These donations are life-changing and will help women of all ages get one step closer to making their dreams a reality.”

Dapper Dan Designs Custom Looks For Ken Dolls 60th Birthday

In celebration of Ken doll’s 60th birthday, legendary Harlem fashion kingpin Dapper Dan has joined the top-notch designers creating a new look for the doll. The doll which was introduced in 1961 as the Barbie doll’s companion has evolved over the years.

A limited-edition silk-stone version of the original Ken doll was released to the public for $50 each by Mattel. The brand partners with other iconic style makers such as “Queer Eye” star Tan France and Berluti Creative Director Kris Van Assche.

“With every look that I design, you get a strong sense of the wearer’s personality, and Ken’s custom looks are no different,” Dapper Dan said with Thursday’s reveal. “Ken’s looks are fit for a new age, featuring high-impact- tailoring, a play on logos, and powerful colour combinations.”

The designer created 3 looks for the doll, all giving it the New York style. “I created three looks that were daring and bold because of who Ken is today — he defies expectations, sets trends, and is a true original,” Dapper Dan added. “Our mutual ability to respond to and reflect people’s thinking is what has given us both longevity.”


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