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”

Protester

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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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.

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.

Luxe Event Aims to Change Haiti’s Image Through Fashion

Dozens of designers from Haiti and around the world showcased their spring-summer collections against a lush tropical background during the recent Haiti Fashion Week.

The January 28-31 event in Petionville focused on the theme “Innovation” and “haute couture” this year. Event founder Maguy Durce said her main goal was to show Haiti in a positive light, as opposed to negative images usually portrayed by the international media.

“Haiti Fashion Week is a cultural event. But we want to use it to respond to President [Donald] Trump — to his negative comments [about Haiti] — because we think if he saw what was happening this week at El Rancho [hotel], he would say, ‘Hey, I lied,’ or, ‘Hey, I was wrong,’ or, ‘I was misinformed,’ ” Durce said.

Fashion Week founder Maguy Durce. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Fashion Week founder Maguy Durce. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Trump’s reported use of a vulgar term to describe Haiti and African nations angered the Haitian-American community and sparked rallies in Port-au-Prince, New York, Palm Beach and Boston to denounce racism. Haiti’s ambassador to the United States said the comments about Haiti “hurt the country.”

The fifth edition of Haiti Fashion Week had been scheduled for November 2017, but was rescheduled after some of the designers said their collections would not be ready in time.

Young Haitian fashion designer Maille Timothee was a first-time participant in Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Young Haitian fashion designer Maille Timothee was a first-time participant in Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Young fashion designer Maille Timothee, whose fashion line is called MAE, presented her designs for the first time this year. She won applause for her colorful dresses made with unconventional textiles.

“I wanted to do something unconventional. Something unexpected. So I mixed different fabrics that people would not expect, and even what I’m wearing is an example of that,” she explained.

Model wears a design by MAE on the Haiti Fashion Week runway at El Rancho Hotel in Petionville, Haiti. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Model wears a design by MAE on the Haiti Fashion Week runway at El Rancho Hotel in Petionville, Haiti. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Timothee is the daughter of seasoned Haitian designer Immacula Pericles, who runs a highly acclaimed fashion school called Academie Verona. She also participated in Haiti Fashion Week, showcasing a collection of dresses made in the colors of the national flag and representing the natural beauty of the Caribbean country. Her collection wowed the audience.

“Well, I’ve been doing these designs for a long time now, so it’s new to some people, but we’ve been around a while,” Pericles noted. “The theme of our fashion school is Haiti will survive – so my goal is first to incorporate sustainable materials and second to make the clothing using the same international standards the big fashion houses use so that we can sell our line anywhere in the world.”

Seasoned designer Immacula Pericles also owns a fashion school called Academie Verona. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Seasoned designer Immacula Pericles also owns a fashion school called Academie Verona. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Pericles said Haiti has huge potential to excel in the fashion world.

French designer Marie-Caroline Behue flew from Paris to Port-au-Prince and went straight to work on her collection. A first-time participant in the event, she admitted to being awed by the quality and intricacy of the designs.

“I knew nothing about Haiti Fashion Week and I was amazed by the level of detail in the designs,” she admitted. “I’ve worked in the French haute couture design houses and I can tell you the designs I saw here meet the bar – and to be honest, what really piqued my interest was the men’s haute couture, because when one thinks of haute couture, they naturally think of women’s fashion, but here in Haiti, I was like, ‘Wow! They’re got couture men’s clothing.’”

French designer does a live haute couture demonstration on the runway during Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

French designer does a live haute couture demonstration on the runway during Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Haitian-American designer Marcia Roseme, whose collection features bright colored separates matched with muted tones, traveled from New York to show her first collection at Haiti Fashion Week.

“It was a great event; there were a lot of different styles that represented many markets. There was a lot of innovation, a lot of creativity and unique styles – I really like that,” she told VOA.

Haitian American designer Marcie Roseme traveled from New York to show her collection at Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Haitian American designer Marcie Roseme traveled from New York to show her collection at Haiti Fashion Week. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Organizer Durce, who put in many long hours to pull off a culturally rich and diverse showcase of Haitian and international artistry, was pleased with the turnout and the positive reviews from the national and international press.

“Africa Fashion TV has been here all four days, broadcasting our fashion shows live, so what we’re doing here in Haiti is being seen in 29 African countries and all over the world. Each time a person tweets or posts something about Fashion Week to Facebook, it raises Haiti’s image to a higher level.”

Durce said she’s looking forward to the sixth edition of Haiti Fashion Week – to be held in 2019.

This year, Haiti Fashion Week focused on Innovation and haute couture. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

This year, Haiti Fashion Week focused on Innovation and haute couture. (Photo: Matiado Vilme for VOA)

Find Your Inner Supermodel With a Little Help From Cindy Crawford

Some things never go out of style: great jeans, a little black dress, and supermodel Cindy Crawford. Since her arrival on the scene, Crawford has embodied the glamazon beauty of modeling’s golden age in covers, campaigns, and televised ads, many of which have become iconic. This weekend, she returns to the small screen in Pepsi’s 2018 Super Bowl spot, recreating the feel of her famous 1992 commercial with a little help from her son, Presley.

Revisiting a commercial concept 26 years later is a novel idea, but a glance back at Crawford’s ’90s looks is even more rewarding. From the cutoffs-and-tank-top combo she wore for her Pepsi gig to the airy minidress she lip-synched “Freedom! ’90” in as she traipsed down the Versace runway flanked by her fellow supers, Crawford’s greatest fashion hits still feel fresh. Never one to go for the outlandish when it came to her personal style, her love of the classics often carried over into her work with designers and photographers, who captured her in one effortless piece after the other. Whether on the cover of Vogue in petal-pink separates or hosting House of Style in a motorcycle jacket, there’s little in Crawford’s vintage wardrobe that she—or daughter Kaia—couldn’t pull out and wear today.

Photo: Courtesy of Pepsi

 

cindy

Khaite fitted tank top, $547, farfetch.com; Re/Done high-rise shorts, $194, shopredone.com; Bloomingdale’s 14k white gold endless hoop earrings, $420, bloomingdales.com; Acne Studios Mustang sunglasses, $320, lagarconne.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of shopredone.com; Courtesy of bloomingdales.com; Courtesy of lagarconne.com

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 cindy

Swarovski fit necklace, $199, swarovski.com; Carolee Grand Entrance faux pearl chandelier earrings, $75, lordandtaylor.com; Vintage Ciner Art Deco bracelet, $509, 1stdibs.com; Christian Louboutin Crossfliketa 100 red patent leather pumps, $845, savannahs.com; Zimmermann ruche slip mini dress, $395, zimmermann.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of swarovski.com; Courtesy of lordandtaylor.com; Courtesy of 1stdibs.com; Courtesy of savannahs.com; Courtesy of zimmermann.com

cindy

 

cindy

Miguelina Noel Chantilly lace halter top, $200, intermixonline.com; Cartier Tank Anglaise watch, $13,900, cartier.com; The Row Fenix stitch-detail cashmere sweater, $1,134, matchesfashion.com; Polo Ralph Lauren straight relaxed trousers, $148, farfetch.com; Manning Cartell Natural Selection heeled sandals, $342, farfetch.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of intermixonline.com; Courtesy of cartier.com; Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com; Courtesy of farfetch.com

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cindy

Versace contrast-trim crepe dress, $1,825, matchesfashion.com; Versus Gianni Versace vintage yellow dress, $1,454, 1stdibs.com; Versace appliquéd tulle-trimmed wool-blend minidress, $838, net-a-porter.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of 1stdibs.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

cindy

 

cindy

Victor Glemaud cropped open-back cotton and cashmere-blend cardigan, $105, net-a-porter.com; Theory Telson silk-satin dress, $188, net-a-porter.com; Hunting Season Tula velvet pouch, $475, orchardmile.com; Salvatore Ferragamo woven bracelet with prong closure, $250, bloomingdales.com; Gianvito Rossi suede over-the-knee boots, $1,795, barneys.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of orchardmile.com; Courtesy of bloomingdales.com; Courtesy of barneys.com

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Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, February 1990

cindy

Appleseed’s sleeveless silk sweater, $50, appleseeds.blair.com; Koché satin wide-leg pants, $515, net-a-porter.com; Anna E Alex Lanterna earrings, $270, modaoperandi.com; Gucci bow-embellished printed silk crepe de Chine tunic, $2,300, net-a-porter.com

Photo: (from left to right) Courtesy of appleseeds.blair.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of modaoperandi.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

cindy

 

cindy

The Row Hali off-the-shoulder ruched stretch-crepe dress, $625, theoutnet.com; Schott NYC vintaged cowhide black motorcycle jacket, $760, schottnyc.com; Gucci leather gloves with grosgrain bow, $630, gucci.com

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding: Is the Suits star having two ceremonies this year?

Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, will be tying the knot on May 19 after announcing their engagement on November 27 last year.

Preparations are well underway, with a date set, a wedding venue booked and reports of wedding dress fittings

The day is expected to be one of the biggest events of the year, but one of the American actress’s co-stars on US legal drama Suits has just dropped a big wedding hint.

When Meghan walks down the aisle in May it could be her second wedding of the year.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding: Is the Suits star having two ceremonies this year?

When Meghan walks down the aisle in May it could be her second wedding of the year

The reason being is the first nuptials could be as Rachel Zane, her character on Suits.

Patrick J. Adams, who plays Rachel’s love interest, Mike Ross, on the show, recently announced he was departing Suits in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

As part of the reveal, Patrick discussed Mike and Rachel’s impending marriage and whether or not fans will get a wedding at the end of season seven.

Although he didn’t directly say there would be a wedding on the season finale, he did hint that fans tune in to see how Mike and Rachel’s story ends.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding: Is the Suits star having two ceremonies this year?GETTY

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be getting married in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

He said: “I think Mike and Rachel are two characters that there has never been any question that they’re in love and that they’r meant for each other and that they’re willing to go to great lengths and sacrifice a ton in order to keep their relationship going.

“It just so happens that the timing of how I was feeling [about leaving Suits] and what was going on in Meghan’s life created an opportunity where there was no need to force some conflict or tear Mike and Rachel apart.

“It allowed us to go onto whatever happens next for Mike and Rachel together.”

It was confirmed that Meghan would be leaving Suits, which she has starred in since 2011, a day after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: Rachel Zane could also marry Mike Ross this year

But the show will continue on for an eighth season, without Patrick and Meghan.

Meghan and Harry’s wedding ceremony is taking place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

And a florist has predicted Meghan’s wedding bouquet will most likely contain peonies.

Peonies are known to be Meghan’s favourite bloom, have they featured heavily on her deleted Instagram account.

Florist Anna-Liisa Evans added: “May is the prime season for peonies, and I would not be at all surprised if they feature heavily in the floral content.”