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You're Not Chaka Khan: How to Stop Trying To Be Every Woman and Delegate

You're Not Chaka Khan: How to Stop Trying To Be Every Woman and Delegate  by J. René Brooks Can anybody forget the power, the soul, and the glamour that is Chaka Khan? She is truly magnificent from her hair down to that signature smile. Her voice can transport you to another place. Don’t believe me? Go listen to the Reading Rainbow theme song ( yes, that WAS Chaka Khan’s voice encouraging you to look in a book). One of my favorite songs in her catalog tells us that she is every woman. I dream of being that girl. I can do it all, I don’t bat a sweat or get tired or get discouraged. Everything, anything you want, I can do...

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, Dior and I

We all know who Dior is. The ostensible “I” in the film Dior and I is Raf Simons. We are introduced to Simons, as he takes over the House of Dior in Paris as creative director in 2012. He hails from Jil Sander, where he had created austere minimalist menswear for the commercial market since 2005. In his new role at Dior, Simons is presented as the opposite of its founder: Simons is ready-to-wear to Dior’s couture, minimalist to the master's baroque style, modern to Dior's reactionary sensibility. How will the new leader of the house bear the weight of the huge tradition of Dior, yet infuse the line with his own vision? Will he be able to pull it off...

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

It’s easy for us to be “simply mad” about Diana Vreeland, because she was, in her own words, “simply mad about everything!” The inimitable spirit of the late fashion icon infuses every inch of the fashion documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

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The History of New York Fashion Week

Bring together the world’s top designers, celebrities, magazine editors, models and the generally glamorous and you’ve got New York Fashion Week. That amount of fabulousness in one place and time is surely only rivaled by a phenomenon like Cannes or the Oscars. So how did the stars align to create such a prestigious event? Here’s a look at the stylish evolution of New York Fashion Week:

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Slow Fashion & Sustainable Style: Tips for Shopping Our Conscience

Last week, we broke down the ecological and social impact of fast fashion, and how the slow fashion movement aims to create a more sustainable future for the fashion industry. One of the goals of slow fashion towards this end is transparency and accountability at all stages in the clothing production process. Unfortunately “farm to closet” fashion is far from a reality right now. It’s a challenge to look at the label of a garment and figure out who and how our clothes are made today.

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