From the hijab-wearing model breaking barriers to Mango’s new sustainable capsule collection, these are the top international fashion news stories of the week.
Hijab-Wearing Model Walks for Yeezy Season 5
Nineteen-year-old model, Halima Aden broke both barriers and stereotypes this week when she walked in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 show. Proudly wearing a black hijab and dressed in a full-length fur coat, the Muslim refugee took to the runway to strut her stuff alongside a variety of other models.
Aden, who is a Somali-American, was just signed by the prestigious modelling agency, IMG and was recently shot by Mario Sorrenti for the March issue of CR Fashion Book. On top of that, the teenager also made news by competing in a Miss Minnesota pageant. During the competition, the young model continued to wear her hijab and rocked a burqini during the swimsuit segment.
“I signed with the top modelling agency in the WORLD and still wore my hijab as my crown. Don’t ever change yourself. Change the game,” said Aden in an Instagram post about her achievements.
IMG Signs Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown’s rise in the fashion world has been swift and impressive. From starring in campaigns to attending fashion shows, the young actress has been embraced by the industry wholeheartedly. This week, her involvement with the world of fashion continues to deepen with a new contract from modelling and talent agency IMG.
The soon-to-be 13-year-old, who will now be represented by the renowned company, can count herself as a member of one elite club. IMG also represents top models, such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, as well as talented individuals, including Brown’s Stranger Things co-star, Winona Ryder.
Although Brown’s list of work-related achievements will undoubtedly grow with IMG, she already has plenty of accomplishments under her belt. As well as starring in a hit, award-winning show, Brown was also recently featured in Raf Simons’ first campaign for Calvin Klein.
Mango Unveils New Sustainable Committed Collection
Following in the footsteps of other fast-fashion companies, such as H&M, the Spanish retailer, Mango has announced a new sustainable collection. Named Mango Committed, the range will be available online and in selected stores worldwide from March.
The capsule collection will be the star of Mango’s March campaign and feature 25 women’s garments and 20 men’s garments. The items, which all have international certificates guaranteeing their sustainable origin, were manufactured in Portugal, Turkey, and Morocco. Made from environmentally-friendly fabrics, the collection utilises materials such as organic and recycled cotton, recycled polyester, and Tencel. Mango also used eco-friendly inks in a palette of neutral colours suited to the minimal style of the range during the dyeing process.
The collection is just one initiative from the retailer’s overarching project, Take Action. The project, which is aimed at creating a business model based on sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices, is set to include more future initiatives with the same values as Mango Committed.
London Fashion Week and Pantone Commemorate Richard Nicoll
Late fashion designer, Richard Nicoll is being honoured at this London Fashion Week. The British Fashion Council (BFC) revealed the plans earlier this week announcing that the London-born, Australian-raised designer would be commemorated with a Pantone colour. Created in collaboration with Nicoll’s friends and family, the colour was dubbed Nicoll Blue.
“Richard was a designer whose talent and character inspired all around him,” said BFC ambassador for emerging talent, Sarah Mower. “He registered his affinity for the spectrum of blues hundreds of times in the collections he showed in London.”
Nicoll passed away last year of a heart attack while living in Australia. To further remember the designer, London Fashion Week painted its main site Nicoll Blue and held a minute’s silence at the Central Saint Martins show.
Elegance, sensitivity, and spirit ? personified the late designer #RichardNicoll. In honor of his life and work, Pantone and the @britishfashioncouncil created Nicoll Blue, a sophisticated blue shade that encapsulates the symbiotic relationship between the simplicity and boldness of his iconic designs. #LFW
Samantha Cameron’s Fashion Label Cefinn Launches
Samantha Cameron, the wife of former British prime minister David Cameron, has now launched her new fashion label, Cefinn. After working on the concept for years, the former unofficial “First Lady” of the United Kingdom has debuted her first collection.
Designed as a fashionable alternative to drab office wear, the collection boasts both comfort and practicality as well as a chic style. It includes a variety of neutral hues and flattering silhouettes injected with bold shots of red and modern details, such as exposed zippers and utility characteristics.
The collection ranges in price from approximately $225 for tops to $433 for dresses. As well as being shoppable on www.cefinn.com, Cefinn can also be purchased from Selfridges department store and internationally through Net-a-Porter.
I've been shopping in Selfridges all my life so it felt quite emotional seeing our fantastic space in the contemporary area on the third floor this morning. Many thanks to the amazing team @theofficialselfridges for all their enthusiasm and support for the launch. SC . . . #fashion #style #womenswear #newcollection #instafashion