Fashion Round Up: 28/03

Clash plays catch up with the week’s most fashionable headlines (or something to that effect).

Earlier this month she strode into the AW14 Miu Miu show dressed in a Prada outfit that itself had been paraded down the catwalk just two weeks prior – including that red, yellow and black jacket from look 10 – while her contemporaries (Lupita, Lea and the like) appeared almost modest in their SS14 Miu Miu looks.

It’s hardly surprising then, that on Monday Rihanna was confirmed as the recipient of the Fashion Icon award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), thereby joining a list that includes Kate Moss, Iman, Lady Gaga and Nicole Kidman.

Away from Miu Miu, her presence was noted at several other catwalk shows during Paris Fashion Week, while her fashion CV to date includes a stint as designer (for River Island), model (for the Balmain SS14 campaign) and as executive producer, working on the Bravo TV show, ‘Styled To Rock’.

She will collect the award this summer, with a ceremony in New York set for 2nd June.

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Yesterday saw the doors open to London’s latest skate park, within the depths of the Old Selfridges Hotel just next door to the big yellow shop.

Part of the Board Games season – defined by the brand as “a celebration of skate and surf through a high-fashion lens” – the HTC One Skatepark is an 18,000 square foot unique skatepark, free for all to use (both financially and physically) until 19th April.

While Board Games sits in-store with takeovers from Slam City Skates and one-off decks designed by the likes of Jil Sander and Yohji Yamamato (whose x-rayed skull features on said board), HTC One is made up of two spaces; one all iconic London, the other championing Selfridges’ own products, plus the iconic yellow bag.

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And lastly the case of fur, as the International Fur Federation releases figures stating its worth at $40 billion globally, almost equal to the global Wi-Fi market.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the IFF CEO Mark Oaten said, “It’s easy to get caught up in the emotions that the business can generate, but the truth is that the fur trade is an economic cornerstone in Europe and beyond.”

The federation suggests that the sales of fur-incorporated products is approximately $35.8 billion, while farming can be accounted for $7.5 billion. Finally they suggest that based on statistics from 2012-2013, the industry employs more than one million individuals.

With the AW14 shows not long passed – and even several Spring Summer shows adopting the ‘fabric’ – the idea that the fur business is healthy will not come as a shock to many.

Despite Stella McCartney’s strong influence within the industry (as famous almost for her ethical values as her collections), and the rise and rise of Hannah Weiland’s faux fur label Shrimps, fur has a tight hold on the majority of designers and stylists, as noted in a British Vogue feature last year; not using it, remains going against the grain.

www.selfridges.com

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