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As Tropical Storm Chantal created quite a stir in the Eastern Caribbean, so two were the organisers of The Collection MoDA who had their hands quite full as they prepared to stage another fabulous showcase of Jamaican culture fused with international and regional flair.

Fashion seminar MoDA
Fashion seminar.

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Robbie Spencer has put bugs and butterflies on models’ faces and sticky food on their bodies. He has dressed nonagenarian Iris Apfel in bold, floral print coats from Comme des Garcons and transformed Daniel Radcliff into a zombie.
Along the way, the 29-year old stylist, who was recently appointed fashion director at influential youth culture magazine Dazed & Confused, has helped to create some of fashion’s most striking editorial imagery for the likes of Vogue Italia, Vogue Hommes International, AnOther, V and The New York Times T, as well as working with brands including Topman, Diesel Black Gold, Neil Barrett and Raf Simons.

Robbie Spencer - fashion director
Robbie Spencer.

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Finally the weather breaks, the flowers start to blossom and the snow is gone for the season. Spring is back again, and you want to make sure you are styled for the season. Now that you don’t have big puffy coats and heavy winter boots to hide yourself in, you may have to relearn what it’s like for your clothing and accessories to be front and center all of a sudden. Spring is your chance to shine with your clothing, makeup and accessories. So, what should we all be looking for this spring? What wardrobe pieces can carry over into the new season? Amanda Romano, a manager at Trends, a popular Oak Park upscale consignment shop, has some tips for staying stylish this spring.

Chicago fashionista and 2013 spring fashion tips
Color of the season.

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Online fashion boutique, Artsy Closet, has just debuted its brand new fall 2012 collection on their e-commerce site.
The collection – consisting of chic basics, key statement pieces and cozy winter jackets – is available now, and follows the resounding success of their spring/summer 2012 collection.

Boutique Artsy Closet and fall 2012 collection
Boutique Artsy Closet.

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There was no mystery as to which team Varun Pemmaraju was supporting: His American flag was tied around his neck, the Stars and Stripes floating like a cape behind him.
“I was going for the Superman, Captain America-look,” said the beaming 19-year-old computer science and chemical engineering student from San Jose, California, as he stood a stone’s throw from Olympic Stadium. “I thought America was a little under-represented.”

American flag is a fashion statement
American flag.

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D&G’s closure remains a baffling decision as Prada unveils a collection that is definitely not 1950s and definitely not America.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Milan fashion week’s kings of bling, can make anything look glamorous – even the usually rather downbeat business of closing a 26-year-old fashion label.
Thursday’s D&G catwalk show, right, was as ever a carnival parade of bouncy, youthful glamour. D&G is the younger sister label to Dolce & Gabbana, and the D&G aesthetic has always appeared to be aimed at a woman with the taste of a cheerleader and the bank balance of a CEO.
An illuminated chequerboard of silk scarf prints lit up the backdrop to the catwalk, so that the models high-stepping to hectic remixes of Prince and James Brown appeared like crazed, colourful brides walking down the aisle of a cathedral to fashion.
But, minutes after the designers took their smiling catwalk bow, and just as the audience filed out into the Milanese sunshine, a statement appeared in the inboxes of the show attendees informing them that Dolce and Gabbana are shutting the cheaper D&G label in order to concentrate on their main collection.
It was a very D&G ending. A wistful swansong in the catwalk tradition (rose petal confetti, operatic soundtrack, crocodile tears) would not have been appropriate; true to its brand, D&G went down smiling. In any case, the designers are keen to portray the decision as a positive one, rather than a defeat. “We are going through a very happy moment of our lives,” the statement began. “From the upcoming seasons, D&G will become part of Dolce & Gabbana, giving even more strength and energy to our collections.”

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London Fashion Week has been thrown into crisis after heavyweight Italian fashion brand Gucci, who will show their spring/summer 2012 collection in Milan on Wednesday, ordered countless models to fly to Milan early to begin fittings for their show.
The move has left the bi-annual fashion event in chaos with models being pulled from shows at the eleventh hour, leaving London-based model agencies outraged and threatening to boycott London Fashion Week next season if the British Fashion Council don’t re-organise the London schedule and intervene to prevent what they perceive as bullying tactics by both New York and Milan Fashion Weeks.
Problems began when Marc Jacobs moved his New York show back to make up time his design team lost when Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast of America. Jacobs’ show ran so late on Thursday night that the models couldn’t catch the last flight back to London so had to be pulled from Friday’s London shows.
“We’re not just talking about one or two big girls,” Carole White, the founder of London-based model agency Premier Model Management told us, “Jacobs had numerous models holding on options right up until the day of his show meaning they all stayed in New York just in case they got cast.”

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There is always a fashion week around the corner in some city in India. But with designers as over-worked and under-rested as the Indian cricket team, will this artistically sensitive community also do its mite to support Anna (Hazare) for the next ramp show?
There is no doubt that the anachronistically dressed Gandhian has effected a resurgence of retro and triggered a revalidation of white khadi for a new generation that should catapult him into the same league as the fashion world’s Anna (Wintour).
Indeed, thanks to him there has been an unexpected Indian contribution to the current international Autumn/Winter 2011-12 accent on ‘statement’ accessories as well. Though the dhoti Anna wears is yet to catch on with a motorcycle and metro-rail habituated youth, his inscribed Anna topis (a 21st century recasting of the defunct headgear paradoxically named after a man who never wore it, Mahatma Gandhi) are undoubtedly the fashion statement of this season of discontent.
Thanks to its sleek silhouette and androgynous appeal (another A/W 2011-12 trend) the chances of it making an international splash are high, especially as it has potential for a seamless transition from couture to pret-a-porter.

Anna Hazare's fashion
Anna Hazare.

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