Topless vegans in nude protest outside London Fashion Week

The PETA protesters wore black trousers and had the phrase “wear your own skin” painted on their bodies.

They raised their fists in the air and chanted as crowds gathered to watch the “flash mob” outside The Store Studios, on the Strand in central London.

PETA activists encouraged passers-by not to wear fur, leather and other animal-derived materials.

“We will battle this until every single person realises that fur is not acceptable”

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Passers-by heard their chants: “Animal skin is not fashion, where the hell is your compassion?”

They bared their skin despite the chilly winter weather as London Fashion Week kicked off.

In a statement on its website, PETA said women had “crashed the event” to draw attention to the “cruelty inherent in the production of animal-derived materials”.

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DEMONSTRATION: Topless women protested outside London Fashion Week on the Strand

It added: “On fur farms, animals are driven insane inside tiny wire cages before finally being painfully slaughtered.

“The leather industry is responsible for the deaths of over a billion animals every year.”

One protester told the Metro the choreographed performance was pivotal in changing opinions.

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CROWDS: Passers-by look on at the topless protest

She said: “The topless protest, some people may find shocking.

“But do you know what is shocking? The fact that people wear bits of completely tortured, brutalised animals – and think that it’s normal.

“They do not take a second thought to think how they got their fur, and if they do, they just don’t care.

“We will battle this until every single person realises that fur is not acceptable.”

The animal rights organisation has revealed through investigations that minks, foxes, and other animals spend their entire lives confined to cages on fur farms.

Many are then slaughtered by poisoning, gassing, electrocution, or neck-breaking.

Cows killed for leather and sheep being sheared also face abuses by workers.

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Vivienne Westwood Anti Fracking Protest in London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has gotten off to a political start thanks to Vivienne Westwood, who began the proceedings with an anti-fracking protest.

The British designer is famed for her outlandish designs that combine feminine cuts with a distinctive punk aesthetic.

Staged on the streets of Knightsbridge, the event was a direct attack on Ineos, the British petrochemicals firm which aims to develop shale gas projects in the UK, advocating controversial energy extraction techniques that may pose severe environmental threats.

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Westwood took to the streets of London to stage her protest (Rex Features)

The pop-up protest quickly trended on Twitter under #IneosVthePeople and took place right outside Ineos’ headquarters on Thursday.

Partaking models and activists wore garments emblazoned with slogans such as “Fracking Climate Ineos”, with the corporation’s name written over the word “chaos”.

“Fracking is over,” Westwood’s son, Joe Corré,  said at the event.

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“The people in this country are not going to accept it.”

The protest was staged to mimic a runway show and featured models walking down a catwalk holding placards with anti-fracking slogans such as “Frack off Ineos”.

An injunction preventing anti-fracking campaigners from interfering with Ineos’ operations was granted to the company in 2017, something Corré and fellow protesters said they were “not frightened of”.

A spokesperson for Ineos clarified that Westwood’s protest was not unlawful in light in the injunction.

“Our injunctions prohibit unlawful acts by protesters and in no way impinge on the right to peaceful protest,” they said.

“These injunctions simply protect Ineos and our people from hard core activists who game the system and treat the law with contempt.”

Westwood has long-been hailed as fashion’s poster woman for environmental activism, revealing to The Guardian in 2014 that “climate change, not fashion” was her priority.

The 76-year-old designer explained how she intended to use her public platform to promote her political values moving forward.

Evidently, she has stayed true to her word.

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Jess Wright struggled to hide her ample cleavage on Saturday, as she flashed her lacy bra in a plunging white suit while attending the London Fashion Week Fashion Collective charity bash.

The 32-year-old former TOWIE star showed off her slender physique in the matching white blazer and trousers with a black stripe as she made her arrival for the party in London’s Waldorf Hotel.

Jess joined a slew of stars making their arrival for the charity event, including Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle and former Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Danielle Mason.

Statement: Jess Wright, 32, flashed her bra in a plunging white suit on Saturday as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Collective bash

Statement: Jess Wright, 32, flashed her bra in a plunging white suit on Saturday as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Collective bash

Jess sported the chic flared trousers suit with the matching blazer as she made her arrival at the party, finishing off the look with black peeptoe

The sister of TV presenter Mark Wright kept her brunette tresses out of the way in a loose ponytail sporting her classic Essex tan and a dramatic smoky eye.

Jess recently revealed that she has a new man in her life, after she posed for an aodrable Instagram selfie with new boyfriend Giovanni Pernice.

The Italian hunk – who is most known as a professional on Strictly Come Dancing – could be seen puckering up for a kiss with Jess in the Valentine’s Day snap.

Perky: Jess showed off her ample cleavage in the matching trouser suit, as she made her arrival at the bash in London's Waldorf Hotel

Perky: Jess showed off her ample cleavage in the matching trouser suit, as she made her arrival at the bash in London’s Waldorf Hotel

Essex girl: The former TOWIE star kept her brunette tresses out of the way in a relaxed low ponytail

Glamour girl: Jess also kept her makeup typically dramatic with a statement smoky eye

Essex girl: The former TOWIE star kept her brunette tresses out of the way in a relaxed low ponytail, rocking a typically dramatic smoky eye

Jess had also been sporting the same stylish look earlier in the day as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Scout show, and had certainly commanded attention in her glamorous apparel.

The model also gave her own adorable homage to Giovanni on the most romantic day of the year, after sharing a screen grab from romcom favourite Love Actually.

In the flick, Andrew Lincoln’s character Mark is in love with Juliet (Keira Knightley) who is married to his best friend Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Mark can be seen holding up a place card in the picture when he makes his love known to Juliet.

Jess wrote in the caption: ‘Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ I hope someone makes you feel this special today #loveactually.’ (sic)

I'm here! Jess also made a sensational arrival earlier in the day as she attended the London Fashion Week Fashion Scout event

Loved-up: Jess was beaming just days after news broke that she was dating Strictly Come Dancing pro Giovanni Pernice

We're together! The couple appeared to confirm the news with a sweet Valentine's Day selfie

Loved-up: Jess was beaming just days after news broke that she was dating Strictly Come Dancing pro Giovanni Pernice

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Going public: Jess also posted her own V-Day snap in homage to the romcom favourite Love Actually

Going public: Jess also posted her own V-Day snap in homage to the romcom favourite Love Actually

Star-studded: Jess was also seen meeting designer Zeynep Kartal (middle) at her fashion show, along with Love Island star Montana Brown

Star-studded: Jess was also seen meeting designer Zeynep Kartal (middle) at her fashion show, along with Love Island star Montana Brown

Also spotted at the bash was Jessie Wallace’s half-sister Danielle Mason, who was flashing both leg and cleavage in a revealing black tiered dress.

The 35-year-old Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star commanded attention in her black gown with a dramatic netted tulle, with her blonde hair tied into a voluminous ponytail.

The tanned beauty also posed up a storm with socialite Zack Smith, who was looking dapper in a sharp navy blazer and distressed jeans.

Dramatic: Reality TV thesp Danielle Mason also struggled to contain her ample cleavage in a dramatic black dress as she made her arrival at the charity bash

Dramatic: Reality TV thesp Danielle Mason also struggled to contain her ample cleavage in a dramatic black dress as she made her arrival at the charity bash

Standout: Danielle sported a plunging black dress with a tiered tulle skirt

Revealing: The dress hung open so she could also flaunt her toned pins

Standout: Danielle sported a plunging black dress with a tiered tulle skirt, which hung open so she could also flaunt her toned pins

I'm here! Danielle made a sensational arrival at the party, keeping her blonde hair out of the way in a voluminous curled ponytail

I’m here! Danielle made a sensational arrival at the party, keeping her blonde hair out of the way in a voluminous curled ponytail

Pals: Danielle also posed up a storm with socialite Zack Smith, who looked dapper in a navy checked blazer

Pals: Danielle also posed up a storm with socialite Zack Smith, who looked dapper in a navy checked blazer

Danielle had her amazing curves on full display, with the frock’s tight corset also struggling to contain her ample cleavage

The blonde beauty also pulled back the dress’ dramatic skirt so she could show off her amazing legs, which were beautifully tanned for the occasion.

Recently Danielle confessed that she had been forced to call police, after she was sent vile death threats by a troll who threatened to ‘rip her throat out.’

Look at me! Danielle is the half-sister of Eastenders star Jessie Wallace

Sensational: The beauty had her tanned pins on full display in the frock

Look at me! Danielle, who is the half-sister of Eastenders actress Jessie Wallace, flashed her legs even more as she threw back the dress’ statement skirt

At risk: Danielle recently revealed she had been forced to call the police, after being targeted a vile troll who sent online death threats

At risk: Danielle recently revealed she had been forced to call the police, after being targeted a vile troll who sent online death threats

In danger: Danielle told the Daily Star at the time: 'I just feel so protective of my children now'

In danger: Danielle told the Daily Star at the time: ‘I just feel so protective of my children now’

Superstar: The Snog Marry Avoid star was seen chatting with a host of proceedings outside the party

Superstar: The Snog Marry Avoid star was seen chatting with a host of proceedings outside the party

Danielle revealed she was first sent the abuse after posting a snap with Big Brother star Lotan Carter.

She told the Daily Star: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I first received them.

‘They have left me in shock. I’m now scared to put anything else online. Whoever it is, they’re obsessed. I just feel so protective of my children now.’

Chic and cheerful! Tallia Storm was seen outside the bash putting on a stylish display in a Gucci hoodie and colourful floral midi skirt that she teamed with trainers

Glam: She looked great

Chic and cheerful! Tallia Storm was seen outside the bash putting on a stylish display in a Gucci hoodie and colourful floral midi skirt that she teamed with trainers

Loving life: Lady Nadia Essex and Love Island's Montana Brown were pleased to see each other

Loving life: Lady Nadia Essex and Love Island’s Montana Brown were pleased to see each other

Pucker up: The pair leaned in for a kiss on the cheek before heading in for the show 

Pucker up: The pair leaned in for a kiss on the cheek before heading in for the show

Legs eleven! Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes looked glam in a purple leather dress

Chic: She looked incredible

Legs eleven! Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes looked glam in a purple leather dress

Eclectic: Also seen at the party was Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle, 52, who donned a platinum wig to go with her typically outlandish style sense

Eclectic: Also seen at the party was Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle, 52, who donned a platinum wig to go with her typically outlandish style sense

Couples night: Vanessa Feltz also made her arrival in a faux fur white coat as she attended the party with long-term partner Ben Ofoedu

Couples night: Vanessa Feltz also made her arrival in a faux fur white coat as she attended the party with long-term partner Ben Ofoedu

Also seen in attendance at the star-studded party was former Gogglebox favourite Sandi Bogle, who was rocking a platinum blonde wig along with a typically outlandish look.

The 52-year-old sported a metallic gold and brown paisley dress with a matching fur coat as she made her arrival following a sun-soaked break to Benidorm.

Sandia announced her departure from Gogglebox in 2016, after leaving fans in hysterics over her TV-related quips with best friend Sandra Martin.

Bold style statement: X Factor star Fleur East turned heads in a vibrant yellow coat

Bold style statement: X Factor star Fleur East turned heads in a vibrant yellow coat

Scarlet songstress: All Together Now star Larissa Eddie was the fiery vixen in a frilly red frock as she posed outside the party

Scarlet songstress: All Together Now star Larissa Eddie was the fiery vixen in a frilly red frock as she posed outside the party

Gorgeous: The singer teamed her off-the-shoulder dress with strappy black heels and a statement lip

Rising star: Larissa appears on the BBC primetime favourite along with 99 other professional singers who judge ameteurs performances

Gorgeous: The singer teamed her off-the-shoulder dress with strappy black heels and a statement lip

Chic: Fashion blogger Olivia Cox also put on a leggy display in grey checked city shorts and blush pink jumper, finishing the look with red ankle-strapped heels

Chic: Fashion blogger Olivia Cox also put on a leggy display in grey checked city shorts and blush pink jumper, finishing the look with red ankle-strapped heels

Glamorous: X Factor star Chloe Paige looked chic in a white tie front top that she came dangerously close to spilling out of at one point

He's here! Celebrity Big Brother star Paul Danan was the King of Cool as he arrived at the party, held to raise money for Children in Need

He’s here! Celebrity Big Brother star Paul Danan was the King of Cool as he arrived at the party, held to raise money for Children in Need

 

Good News For WESTERN DIVISION Fijian Fashion Festival Model Call

Good News For WESTERN DIVISION Fijian Fashion Festival Model Call

It was a spectacular turnout for the Fijian Fashion Festival model call in the Western Division yesterday.

Fashion Council of Fiji chairperson Faraz Ali said: “What an incredible turnout for our first Western Model Casting!

“I believe this is the largest number to ever turnout in the west for a model call, and matches our record breaking Suva casting as well (where 110 potential models showed up).

“We are truly committed to bringing fashion to the people, and that’s why we called this Western casting.

“Anyone who hasn’t been selected has been offered the opportunity to be involved in other elements of the Festival to find where they fit in the fashion ecosystem.”

Under the umbrella of the council the Fijian  Fashion Festival is scheduled for June 1 and 2 at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The Festival is committed to diversity in ethnicity, body shape, and gender expression.

“We are really pleased with the significant turnouts which have allowed us to select models who represent the fullness of Fiji,” Mr Ali said.

“We hope that the public will see themselves in these brave young people as they appear in our campaigns, and strut down our runway.

“Every model who goes through the Festival will leave better, stronger, more confident, and aware of their personal brand.

“Fiji has never had an event so heavily focused on personal development of youth before, and the Festival in partnership with the Fashion Council of Fiji looks forward to creating innovative, confident, and socially conscious future employees and employers. It’s all about holistic development,” Mr Ali said.

There were 68 potential models who showed up and 35 were chosen.

YOUR NEXT HOT FASHION IS MADE IN VIETNAM

Xuan-Thu Nguyen hadn’t been back to Vietnam in eight years when she landed in Ho Chi Minh City for the annual Vietnam International Fashion Week last April. Xuan-Thu, a Vietnamese-born, Dutch-raised fashion designer, is based in Paris, where she’s going on her third season as an invited member of the exclusive Paris Haute Couture Week — basically a designer’s life achievement unlocked. But that global exposure still hadn’t fully prepared her for what she saw in her birthplace.

The scene in Vietnam had changed. The style, design and quality Xuan-Thu saw were more refined, international, creative and, well, just better. She remembers one dress in particular by Vietnamese-born designer Devon Nguyen, who was also raised in Europe. The dress was white and sleeveless and included surreal 3D details that surrounded the model, “like paper airplanes, flying by in a warm summer evening,” she recalls.

I SAW THE GROWTH [IN VIETNAM’S FASHION DESIGN INDUSTRY].

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When “Vietnam” and “clothes” are used in the same sentence, it usually has to do with that “Made in” tag. Vietnam’s garment and textile industry is the country’s largest source of exports and employs millions of people. But visit Vietnam’s fashion weeks, take a stroll around trendy Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City or even browse Rihanna’s Instagram and you’ll see that cool is on the country’s mind. With more designers returning from abroad to share their skills — and with new homegrown talent — Vietnam’s fashion scene is bursting at the seams. The country known traditionally for manufacturing clothes is increasingly becoming recognized for designing them. And from the avant-garde to the traditional, it’s a beautiful scene to watch.

“I saw the growth,” says Xuan-Thu.

The country really started wearing its fashion heart on its sleeve in the ’90s, says Hang Vo, a fashion design lecturer at ADS Vietnam Design Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. One of the first designers to go global was Minh Hanh, also from that city. She toured her collections — which embraced traditional Vietnamese weaving techniques and intricate patterns inspired by minority tribes — around Asia and Europe. Designers like Do Manh Cuong, who worked with Christian Dior and Dominique Sirop in France, also returned to Vietnam after studying fashion abroad and helped inspire Vietnamese not only with new designs but also with new business acumen.

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An outfit by Vietnamese-born designer Devon Nguyen shown during Vietnam International Fashion Week 2017.

When Hang started out in fashion design 10 years ago, there were only four options for formal study in fashion. But last October, at the Fashionology Festival in Ho Chi Minh City, she was amazed on the final night when students from 15 fashion schools packed the venue to show off their talent. And those 15 were just the schools located in the city.

There’s plenty of inspiration to go around. The more experimental designs of Nguyen Cong Tri, the Vietnamese designer of the moment, can be too much for the average human. But they’re perfect for U.S. pop stars. Rihanna posted a photo on Instagram of her wearing one of Nguyen’s designs this year. His oversize white dress shirt looks like it has been zapped by a grow ray — ending up more dress than shirt. Rihanna’s head and wrists poke out of the huge collar and cuffs like an elegant Fievel’s. Katy Perry ordered Nguyen’s stageworthy designs for her 2017 Witnessworld tour. Hang describes Nguyen’s clothes as trendy yet glamorous and, perhaps even more important, “100 percent made in Vietnam.”

Tam Nguyen, 21, says his parents first thought he wanted to be a tailor when he began studying fashion. Now, he is about to graduate from ADS and is already selling his own clothing line in Australia. And his parents get it. With all the various fashion weeks and glossy Vietnamese magazines, Tam says, fashion design has increasingly caught on with his generation. Vietnam is especially great if the designer’s focus is traditional techniques, he says; it’s sometimes a struggle for students to get material for something more modern. For that, you’re better off being in one of Asia’s other fashion capitals like China, Japan or Thailand. But maybe not for long.

Vietnam has gone through enormous social and economic change in the past few decades, and so have people’s ideas of fashion, says Hang. As luxuries multiply, she predicts, open-minded young talents will contribute more conceptual and avant-garde collections. There are also creative nostalgic trends like “pop-art áo dài” or “minority tribe streetwear,” she says, and a new emphasis on sustainable and ethical fashion brands.

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Singer Rihanna wearing Vietnamese designer Nguyễn Công Trí’s design in March 2017.

Vietnam is in some ways still finding its place on the international fashion scene. Designers are experimenting with their “heritage, methodology and ethos,” says Hang. But with high-quality craftsmanship taken from the country’s tradition of garment-making — and the boundless creativity of the younger generation — Vietnam, says Hang, is just getting started.

Meanwhile, Tam wants to work and study abroad after graduating. But after he gains some experience, he says, he’ll return home: He wants to connect generations of Vietnamese through fashion design. And besides, for fashion, Vietnam might be the place to be by then. It’s already getting there.

Michael Kors Collection

Pop hits of the past half-century formed a medley on the Michael Kors soundtrack—everything from Julie Andrews’s “My Favorite Things” to Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” The lively sampling was the key to this collection. Kors called it a love letter to individual style.

Binx Walton, the beauty from Tennessee, opened in a floral dress, a tartan cape, and leopard-print boots—a mash-up that exemplified the playful formula here. The days of designer diktats are over (indeed, Kors hasn’t been the only designer to say so this season), so he did what any big-picture guy would do: He gave us a little bit of everything. There were grunge plaids and slip dresses, a “Jackie Onassis at Doubleday” camel leather trench, and boyish pairings of Argyle and plaid or Fair Isle and pajama silk. A Margot Tenenbaum tracksuit walked the runway and also appeared in the front row on a luminous Zendaya. No designer can be all things to all people, but Kors did his darndest here. For an industry veteran, he has a very 21st-century savvy about how the fans are the ones who are now in charge.

The two biggest bits of news were a collaboration with the illustrator David Downton that yielded a va-va-voom-y hourglass dress painted with women’s portraits, plus a range of leather totes to match, and Kors’s embrace of faux fur. This was a feel-good collection for more reasons than one. At a moment when the issue of casting often trumps clothes themselves, Kors’s show felt effortlessly inclusive in multiple ways. There were unknowns and there were runway vets, twiggy girls and curvy ones, male and female models from all over the globe. Kors sees beauty everywhere—a fitting message for Valentine’s Day.

Meghan Markle could get an allowance from the British royal family – but she may have to pay double the taxes

  • Meghan Markle will soon become a member of the British royal family, which commands a fortune over $500 million .
  • Markle will remain a US citizen for at least five years and will still have to pay taxes to the IRS on any income earned.
  • If Markle accepts an allowance or other form of “income” in the UK exceeding $104,100, she will have to pay US taxes on that money.

Meghan Markle will soon become the newest member of the British royal family, which commandsa fortune over $500 million . But romping in their riches may cost her extra.

Markle is a citizen of the United States and is purportedly living in the UK on a family visa ,according to the BBC . As the fiancee of a British citizen – Prince Harry – Markle will have to marry within six months of obtaining the visa to maintain her status.

Markle’s family visa will be effective in 2.5-year increments and she won’t be granted permanent residency until she’s lived in the UK for five years. After that, she can finally apply for UK citizenship and potentially become a dual citizen of the US and the UK.

All the while, the “Suits” actress will be paying taxes to the IRS on any income she makes – regardless of where she earns it.

“US citizens, green card holders, and permanent residents are required to file tax returns with the IRS every year no matter where they reside,” Avani Ramnani, director of financial planning and wealth management at Francis Financial , told Business Insider.

“This is a special tax return called the expatriate tax return ,” she said. “US citizens, including Meghan Markle, get taxed on international income earned outside the US.”

But Markle may qualify for the foreign earned income exclusion , Ramnani said, which in 2018 waives taxes on the first $104,100 of income earned in the residing country. But that doesn’t include income from investments.

Meghan Markle Prince HarryAP Photo/Matt DunhamPrince Harry receives an annual $450,000 allowance from Princess Diana’s estate.

Since the age of 21, Prince Harry and Prince William have been receiving a $450,000 a year investment profit from their late mother’s estate, which they pay taxes on to the UK government. They, and Kate Middleton, also receive an annual seven-figure allowance from their father, Prince Charles, which is used to cover expenses like travel and wardrobe.

“The key for Meghan and her advisors would be to figure out what type of income she will be getting,” Ramnani said. “Will this income be from the investments of a trust, or ‘wages’ for any work that she does, or any other type of income? Sometimes, getting one form of income is more advantageous than another.”

Markle may also qualify for a foreign tax credit , which allows tax on any income exceeding $104,100 to be reduced depending on the amount of taxes paid in the expat’s country of residence. But, Ramnani said, “this credit may not be dollar-for-dollar as there are a lot of factors that come into play.”

There’s another US tax provision called the foreign housing exclusion , which gives the taxpayer an additional deduction or credit for living expenses abroad. It does not include “expenses that are lavish or extravagant under the circumstances.”

Nottingham Cottage , the future homestead of Markle and Prince Harry, is located on the sprawling grounds of Kensington Palace, and would probably be considered lavish.

As the Washington Post first reported back in November, Markle could “cause tax headaches” and create some “mundane hurdles” for the royal family.

If she becomes a dual US/UK citizen, Markle will have to continue filing her taxes each year with the IRS. If she has more than $300,000 in assets at any point during the year, she will have to file a specific form that details foreign assets , which could include foreign trusts, subjecting the royal family “to outside scrutiny,” according to the Post.