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Myanmar designers put ethical twist on local fashion

Le 7 juillet 2017, 09:07 dans Humeurs 0

YANGON — With Myanmar emerging as a manufacturing hub for mass-produced clothes, a crop of young designers are using home-grown fashion to preserve the country's sartorial heritage and reshape the sweatshop model.

Inside her boutique in downtown Yangon, Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw crafts her own designs using traditional patterns and fabrics, many from ethnic minority groups, to make A-line skirts, dresses and tops.

On another she adds the high-collared neckline of the inngyi — a tight top usually worn by Myanmar women along with a fitted, sarong-like skirt — to a flirty pleated dress.

Myanmar is fiercely proud of its traditional garb, which was largely protected from the influx of homogenous Western fashion now ubiquitous across Southeast Asia by the former military junta.

For 50 years they shut the country off to foreign influences and tightly controlled what was worn in all official media.

Fashion was particularly politically charged in that era, when many women would secretly ask their tailors for designs that imitated the distinctive style of opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Local media reported the purple outfit she wore the day she was released from almost two decades of house arrest soon became a popular sight on Yangon's streets.

Impoverished but emerging Myanmar is swiftly becoming a new hub for massive garment factories making cheap clothes as quickly as possible for fashion giants like H&M and Primark.

Exports more than doubled to $1.65 billion last financial year, according to official data, and are expected to surge after the US ended sanctions in October.

A recent report by multinational watchdog SOMO warned of "significant risks of labour rights violations being committed in Myanmar's garment industry that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency".

Finishing up fashion week with entry to Romance Was Born’s universe

Le 22 mai 2017, 09:54 dans Humeurs 0

Fashion industry favourite Romance Was Born closes the week with a fantastical show.

Finishing up fashion week with entry to Romance Was Born’s universe

The place was set. Sumptuous flowers atop mirrored boxes. What a way to transform the Carriageworks space and to demand the attention of show-goers after five days of fashion shows. 

Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born looked closer for inspiration this time around, turning to their friend, artist Del Kathryn Barton. Calling their collection Electro Orchid after her 2014 exhibition of the same name, it explored similar themes of her art: “femininity, folklore and the cosmos”. It is rich with references for Plunkett and Sales; just how they like it. Here, Barton’s frenetic yet ordered pointillism is translated as bewilderingly beautiful embroideries, her female forms adorning embellished skirts and informing the celestial prints of the collection that made for an impactful closing collection for the week. While the original art exhibition had Barton musing on the different facets of womanhood, here for the Romance Was Born runway there was a cast of performers; there is the ingénue in the short pink negligee, the eccentrics, the sophisticates, the nudes (painted by Barton), a princess, the bride. Here is not where you come for a sensible suit; there are many other Australian designers who can fulfil that need.

The label’s past work at times has been challenging – the crocheted Iced Vovo outfits, punk extra-terrestials, kitsch seashell outfits. There was less of these theatrics here which at best can be thoughtful and at worst distracting and gimmicky; this collection proved that now we get to focus on their singular vision for their brand. The most ‘challenging’ (single quotation marks included, because this barely even registers on the scale) is exposed breasts and two nude models painted with RWB-relevant slogans. Pretty light considering Tom Ford for Gucci had Carmen Kass reveal her pubic hair for an ad campaign 15 years ago, and the nude Sophie Dahl for YSL Opium images were made 17 years ago. And a sex tape can often be a help for a celebrity’s career, not a hindrance. #freethenipple, right? And rather than the painted nudes, what had everyone else talking was the beauty of metallic ruffles, or the fantastical colourful fringing. A nod back to their landmark resort 2017 collection shown last year, a matching printed pyjama set made a re-appearance, backing the case that Plunkett and Sales are knuckling down on their brand’s signature pieces. 

Sherlock insists on wearing her favourite colour

Le 24 avril 2017, 09:31 dans Humeurs 0

AMBER Sherlock has hit the red carpet at the 59th Annual TV Week Logie Awards, insisting on wearing her signature colour.

Jessica Mauboy waltzes into the Logies in white.

Three months after the Nine newsreader became a worldwide viral sensation when leaked footage showed her mercilessly berating fellow presenter Julie Snook for wearing a similar white top and demanding she wear a blazer, Sherlock is still claiming ownership of the light and bright shade.

When she appeared on the red carpet at Melbourne’s Crown Casino in the Jason Grech gown, we could only imagine the producers’ immediate concern for the welfare of Georgia Love. It seems the former star of The Bachelorette had already left her hotel room by the time the memo was delivered and she arrived at the ceremony also wearing white. It was a brave move. She was promptly removed from the event.

It’s expected veteran Channel Ten newsreader Sandra Sully will also be receiving a dressing down tonight. As she walked down the red carpet, a frazzled minder began begging House Husbands star Firass Dirani for his blazer to swath Sully in. Her pleads were left unanswered. At the final moment, the minder was able to source a shawl for the newsreader, but it too was white and only added fuel to the fire.

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