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”


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.


SOME LIKE IT HOT Survival Of The Fittest host Laura Whitmore, 32, chats dodgy fashion, style icons and relaxation in styling session

WE spent some time with TV presenter Laura Whitmore, 32, to find out what she wears underneath her red carpet dresses and what item of clothing she would never be caught dead in.

Where: ITV Studios, London.

 The TV presenter told us what item of clothing we would never be caught dead in

The TV presenter told us what item of clothing we would never be caught dead in

Laura, you always look super-stylish on the red carpet and when you dress down. How do you do it?

I kind of do because I have to! I actually wore a full-length yellow dress to the NTAs in 2013 and I had comfy biker boots underneath, but nobody could see them. I dress for my mood. It’s so eclectic but my go-to is J Brand skinny jeans with biker boots and a shirt.

Have you had any fashion faux-pas?

I wore some terrible things in the ‘90s. I went through a stage of wearing baggy pants that would drag against the ground and get ripped, with a pair of Vans and a little top. I dressed like All Saints, but not as cool!

 Who would believe she was wearing biker boots underneath this outfit

Who would believe she was wearing biker boots underneath this outfit
 Laura's first job was covering the MTV Movie Awards in LA

Laura’s first job was covering the MTV Movie Awards in LA

What’s the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?

A Burberry trench coat. I bought it at the airport in Australia after doing I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Now! so I think I got it cheaper. I do price per wear, so if you buy something for £1,000 and wear it 1,000 times then it only costs £1 per wear.

Is there anything you’d never wear?

I don’t wear real fur. That’s why I love my pink faux-fur jacket. I wear it with skinny jeans, a T-shirt and trainers, and then I throw it on and feel fabulous. It’s by an Irish designer called Joanne Hynes.

 Laura totally rocks the British girl-next-door look made popular by Kate Moss

Laura totally rocks the British girl-next-door look made popular by Kate Moss

Who’s your fashion icon?

I really like the Olsen twins’ style. I love Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth and Kate Moss. Anyone called Kate! And Sienna Miller.

Which men do you rate in the style stakes?

Dougie Poynter has great style and looks like he hasn’t tried too hard. I always say I won’t go out with someone who spends more time in the mirror than me. Thankfully my boyfriend [Iain Stirling, 30, comedian and the Love Island voiceover] doesn’t try at all!

 Iain is the voiceover for Love Island

Iain is the voiceover for Love Island
 It's likely Laura will be spending Valentine's Day away from Iain Stirling as she films in South Africa

It’s likely Laura will be spending Valentine’s Day away from Iain Stirling as she films in South Africa

Do you ever comment on Iain’s choice of clothes?

Yeah! Like, do you really want to wear that?

Do you ask for his opinion on your outfits?

I do, then I normally go for the opposite of what he’s said! He asks for my advice, while I don’t ask for his much!

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.

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



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

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

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

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Versace contrast-trim crepe dress, $1,825,; Versus Gianni Versace vintage yellow dress, $1,454,; Versace appliquéd tulle-trimmed wool-blend minidress, $838,

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

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

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

Don’t Rip Up the Red Carpet

Fashion has always been worthy of rigorous, smart reporting. But that doesn’t mean we can’t revel in it, too.

A lot of necessary and thoughtful consideration is being paid to how awards shows, the red carpet, and fashion will be covered post-Weinstein: Is an all-black red carpet protest a good thing? Should best (and worst) dressed lists persist? (The Cut says no.) It wouldn’t make sense to think about Hollywood’s most celebratory events in that frothy and self-congratulatory light they are so often bathed in.

The New York Times‘ Styles section has announced that, in addition to the usual style and culture reporters (fashion critic Vanessa Friedman and Hollywood reporter and Carpetbagger blogger Cara Buckley), Jodi Kantor, she of the Weinstein exposé, and numerous others, will also be contributing to red carpet coverage. But, but! The section will still report on and display all the “cool dresses and tuxedos.” Here’s the rationale: “We think this is more useful than exploitative, as red carpet coverage is mostly of women, about, by and for women. Two thirds of the online audience for pictures here of the 2017 Grammys and the 2017 Golden Globes were women.” See, women like red carpet fashion, they reason—the data shows it!

I think it’s great that the Styles section is devoting substantial resources to covering the red carpet this year. In fact, it just unveiled an impressive package devoted to it. What I take issue with here is what feels like justification for embracing fashion for fashion’s sake. As if that kind of coverage would otherwise be too fluffy or shallow to indulge in “in these times.” As if enjoying the fashion on a red carpet is just plain vapid, as Megan Garber asserts at The Atlantic. As if we, women, can’t appreciate a good dress (or cheer for an actress who clearly feels good in hers) and listen to that same actress speak out about the systemic sexism and racism plaguing her industry.

Fashion, and the ways in which women have used it, has always been worthy of rigorous, smart reporting. (Look no further than Robin Givhan’s Pulitzer-prize winning coverage of Michelle Obama’s style for evidence of that.) In part because women have not always been able to use their voices so freely, clothes have long served as a way to make a statement: consider the Suffragettes in white (and later Hillary Clinton signaling their efforts with her own all-white pants suit at the DNC), Black Panthers in militaristic garb and Afros, or Latinx women in quinceañera dresses on the steps of the Texas State Capitol to protest an immigration enforcement law. But that doesn’t mean we can’t revel in fashion, too.

And on over the coming months, that’s what we’ll do. We will report on what this black dress red carpet protest looks and sounds like, and reflect on its success. (The Times’ Jenna Wortham makes a great point about the incredible privilege of this kind of protest.) We will be closely following the nominations, watching for recognition for the work that women do behind the camera as well as in front of it. And we will still find occasion to celebrate the designers, stylists, and makeup artists who work hard to make beautiful things. At the Atlantic, Gerber writes that it would be a “dereliction of duty” for red carpet reporters to ask stars about “sequins and Spanx.” To be sure, the red carpet has an ugly tradition of focusing on the superficial when women walk down it, and it can serve as a platform to speak about more. (In fact, it has! See: #AskHerMore.) But far be it from us to shame the actress who feels fucking great in her dress and wants to talk about that and the next project she’s producing.

In her criticism of the black dress red carpet protest, Robin Givhan argues that wearing black “takes the fizz out of fashion” and is therefore “regressive.” Instead, she thinks women should “Wear red. Wear retina-searing fuchsia or yellow. Wear sequins and rhinestones.” It’s the time to be “seen and heard,” she argues. I’d argue for women wearing whatever the hell they want. And if wearing black en masse feels like an empowering moment of solidarity for women in Hollywood (as it does for nominees Saoirse Ronan and Allison Janney), that’s great. And if another actor wants to wear sequins and feathers because that’s what makes her feel most like herself, that’s great too. Fashion is, at its core, about self expression. And so the clothes we put on are always statements in and of themselves.

17 Beauty Tips That Are Actual Gamechangers


 brushes just don’t work on my lashes. Meaning, they always, without fail, make the product clump and stick together, no matter what formula I use. Still, I like the look of a tint, so I’ve taken to using Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara on my top lashes. The brush is tiny and thin, and it deposits a little product without making me look spidery or overdone.” —Perrie Samotin, digital deputy editor

Instead of brushing mascara on, wiggle the wand.
“I apply mascara by wiggling the brush across my lashes from the bottom and working my way up with the same motion. It sounds silly, but I noticed a big difference in my lashes after I learned this tip on a shoot. My mascara used to clump; now each lash looks fluttery and defined.” —Halie LeSavage, fashion features assistant

Tap on gloss for high cheekbones without highlighter.
“For a daytime highlight, I’ll put Too Faced’s clear Melted Latex lipstick on the high parts of my cheekbones for a subtle, more natural glow. It’s great for layering my crazy highlighters on top of after wearing makeup all day.” —Khaliha Hawkins, digital administrative assistant

Wing your cat eye upward, not outward.
“This may seem obvious to fellow liner lovers, but it didn’t really register for me until I met cat-eye master Daniel Chinchilla, who’s Ariana Grande’s makeup artist. He explained that a common cat-eye mistake is drawing a line that goes out straight toward your ear—which can make your eyes look droopy—rather than up toward the ends of your eyebrows. Since making this slight adjustment to my technique, I’ve gotten my cat eye down to a science. I just follow the upward direction of my lower lash line, instead of the downward direction of my upper.” —Jennifer Mulrow, assistant beauty editor

Trace brown liner under your top lashes for more definition.
“I wear winged liner every day, but before I do that I always tight-line my upper lid. I just lift my eyelid a little and very gently line under my lashes. My eyeliner—I use Stila—is black, but I use dark brown for the tight line, Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in (Earth)quake. It makes a really noticeable difference, making the final look bolder and my eyes seem bigger.” —Azadeh Valanejad, social producer

Brushing your brows up makes a huge difference.
“Backstage at Rosie Assoulin this past spring ’18 season, James Kaliardos explained to an eager group of editors how a little grooming can make you look instantly put together. The easiest way? By brushing your eyebrows. Midinterview, in fact, he asked if he could brush my eyebrows right then and there. (Do I even want to know how long he’d been waiting to ask that?) It’s safe to say I haven’t left the house without brushing my eyebrows since. All you need is a regular spoolie, but clear gloss will keep them in place longer.” —J.M.

The Best Skin Care Tips

Caffeine on your makeup sponge is just crazy enough to work.
“I drink a black iced coffee every morning, and sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little on my Beautyblender to dampen it while I’m applying foundation. The following claim is obviously self-substantiated, but I swear the caffeinated liquid wakes up my skin and gives me a glow. Whatever works, right?” —P.S.

Put eye cream around your lips.
“So many people have told me they think eye cream is bullshit, but I’ve spent enough time around aestheticians to know better: The right eye cream in the right spots can make a world of difference. I put it on with my ring finger (it has the lightest touch and won’t drag your skin) all around my eye area including the skin between my eyes on the sides of my nose, right between my eyebrows, and around my mouth. The latter sounds weird, but your skin there is also delicate and prone to wrinkles, especially if you smoked for years, like me. Yeah, I know….” —L.S.

Add balm or oil to makeup if you have dry skin.
“My face skin gets flaky-dry in the winter, so I mix a rich balm or face oil into everything—foundation, primer, concealer, you name it. My current favorite is the Healing Balm from Max & Madeleine. I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin, but if your face gets chapped or reptilian-looking when it’s cold, please do yourself a favor and swiftly mix a drop of balm with whatever else you’re putting on your face at about a three-to-one ratio.” —A.R.

Mix sugar and Vaseline to cure dry, flaky lips.
“I am a self-proclaimed lipstick addict, and if I didn’t give my lips a treatment every once in a while, they’d probably fall off. Or they’d at least be really cracked and sore all the time. Instead of buying a lip scrub, you can just mix sugar and Vaseline together to help smooth your lips when they’re feeling dried out and tired.” —E.R.

Wash your face before you exercise.
“I go to the gym before work every morning—well, most mornings—and I always give my skin a good rinse with my Clinique cleanser before getting started. Washing my face before ensures that my pores won’t get clogged from a gross sweat-dirt-oil mix while I’m working out. I have oily, acne-prone skin to begin with, and I noticed that I was way less prone to post-exercise breakouts after I started doing an extra wash beforehand.” —H.L.

Designer apologises for using bride’s fabric for Mercy Aigbe’s birthday shoot

The embattled fashion designer, Maryam Elisha of Rikaotobyme, has apologised after coming under fire on Monday.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how a bedazzled red dress worn by actress Mercy Aigbe for her 40th birthday photo-shoot on Monday became a bone of contention on Instagram.

This is after a Benin-based bride simply identified as rettypety on Instagram laid claims to the outfit saying it was originally hers.

She shared screenshots of her chat with the designer, and explained how she provided the material for the outfit and gave the idea for how she wanted the dress to look, only for the designer to disappoint on her wedding day.

The designer, in an Instagram post, has reacted to the issue, saying it was a result of an error in dispatch.

She wrote:

Our attention has been drawn to the ongoing chaos surrounding a dress and one of our esteemed clients on Instagram and possibly on other blogs and social media sites.

We would have preferred if this matter was addressed directly to us for a quick resolution and to avoid the media frenzy, but unfortunately it wasn’t.

We hold our clients dearly and offer our services on first come, first served bases with no iota of discrimination or insinuation of such.

We admit that a dispatch error occurred in the delivery of a dress to Miss Lawrentta, who was set to get married on the 30th December, 2017 and the pick up of another dress on behalf of actress, Mercy Aigbe.

Please note that both dresses were of the same style, the same colour (red) and almost the same measurement.

On realising the error on dispatch, we quickly tried to rectify the mix up. But it was too late as the wrong dress was already on its way to Edo state for the bride to be.

We contacted the bride and explained we had an issue and asked if she would be comfortable with another dress, of same kind (which was the one meant for Mercy Aigbe), the bride agreed, so we allowed the dress to be delivered as time to recall dispatch was short in relation to the time of the wedding.

We have already apologised to Miss Lawrentta, but once again use the public fora to tender an unreserved apology to her and by extension to Mercy Aigbe who shouldnt have been dragged into this.

We assure all our clients, past and future that our resolve to deliver top notch designs to clients within the country and beyond will not be compromised and the error that led to this unhappy situation has since been corrected. Thank you.