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Sam Smith to front the new Balenciaga campaign

Sam Smith in the new Balenciaga campaign. Photograph: Balenciaga Guardian fashion So Sam Smith is starring in the new campaign for Balenciaga’s autumn/winter 2015 menswear collection. A pop star fronting a campaign isn’t exactly groundbreaking – Rihanna, Cher, Pharrell and Lady Gaga have all been at it recently – and Smith has already expressed an […]

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Hermes second-quarter sales boosted by Japan

Hermes at Paris Fashion Week, October 2014. Photograph: SIPA/Rex Shutterstock Juliette Garside Hermes, maker of the £50,000 crocodile skin Birkin bag and the £195 keyring, has weathered the downturn in demand for luxury goods in Hong Kong, unveiling a 9% surge in first-half revenues. Designer retailers have reported a collapse in demand from the key […]

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Topshop ditches unrealistically thin mannequin after slating from customer

A Topshop store. The retailer said it would not be ordering any more similar mannequins. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Alexandra Topping Topshop has said it is halting new orders of an unrealistically tall and thin mannequin after a customer complained that it was “ridiculously shaped”. Laura Berry addressed the company directly on Facebook, […]

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Get your hands on a Don Draper: Mad Men costumes to go on sale

The cast of Mad Men, series 1. Photograph: Everett/Rex Shutterstock Lauren Cochrane The phrase one man’s trash is another’s treasure comes into its own when that man (or character) is Don Draper. The Mad Men antihero’s cast-offs – and those of his fellow characters, including Peggy Olsen, Pete Campbell, Joan Harris and Stan Rizzo – […]

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Alexander Wang to leave Balenciaga? The rumours continue

Alexander Wang in 2012, the same year he took over Balenciaga. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP In the control-freak world of high fashion, when a label allows a rumour to fly without squashing it, that’s almost as good as a confirmation. Asked about persistent rumours that Alexander Wang’s next show for Balenciaga in early October will be […]

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Rent hikes force major London fashion studios to shut up shop

The Trampery London Fields. Photograph: Joshua Tucker/PR A studio complex in Hackney, which houses London Fashion Week designers Lou Dalton, Jonathan Saunders and James Long, is set to close. The Trampery, on Hackney’s Mare Street, has been hit by a 400% rent increase, from £125,000 per annum to £500,000 from September. This coincides with London […]

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users of Honest Company’s sunscreen say it fails at basic protection

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company says its sunscreen lotion works fine – but has the lowering of its zinc level made it less safe? Photograph: Heather Kennedy/Getty Ouch! Some customers of Jessica Alba’s the Honest Company are taking to social media saying that they have been burned both by the sun and the company, whose sunscreen, […]

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Fur, fluff and pom-poms put the shaggy into shoes

A model takes the Gucci princetown slippers for a walk at Milan fashion week autumn/winter 2015. Photograph: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Hannah Marriott They have been compared to Norfolk terriers, the cast of Fraggle Rock and Andre Agassi’s mullet, but the hair-balls everyone in fashion is talking about right now are, in fact, next […]

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is most popular show in V&A’s history

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty saw such high demand that the Victoria and Albert museum opened overnight for the first time. Photograph: Mike A retrospective of the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen was the most popular show ever staged at the Victoria and Albert museum, deputy director Tim Reeve has said. More than 480,000 tickets […]

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High street stores suffer worst summer for six years

Fashion retailers saw sales at high street stores drop by 1.4% in July, while homewares sales fell by 1.1%. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian The UK high street has endured its worst summer in six years, as volatile weather and the lure of restaurants and holidays kept shoppers away. Underlying sales, which exclude new […]