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From cover with Elizabeth II to vintage market: what happened in fashion

Why did they put an archival photo of Queen Elizabeth on the cover of British Vogue, how does Fashion Week work in the metaverse, and where can I read about the connection between fashion and cinema? The answers to these questions are in our traditional fashion digest.

Queen Elizabeth appeared on the cover of Vogue

British Vogue dedicated the April issue to the 70th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II. On the cover is a photograph of the young Queen taken in 1957 by Anthony Armstrong Jones, photographer, and husband of Princess Margaret. Reuters notes that this is the first time that a photograph of Elizabeth II appears on the cover of Vogue. Previously, these were illustrations – for example, dedicated to her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 or the silver jubilee in 1977.

“British Vogue pays tribute to Her Majesty The Queen by looking back on her unique relationship with the monarch during her 70 years on the throne,” the magazine said in a statement.

The issue will go on sale in the UK on 29 March. The version with Elizabeth II is not the only one. Another cover featured The Queen’s Move star Anya Taylor-Joy, posing for Craig McDean wearing a replica of George IV’s state tiara.

Queen Elizabeth appeared on the cover of Vogue
Cover of Vogue UK, April 2022

Fashion Week took place in the Decentraland metaverse

From March 24 to March 27, Fashion Week is taking place in the Decentraland metaverse. 50 brands are participating, including Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Tommy Hilfiger, and Roberto Cavalli, who show their spring/summer collections in a virtual format, as well as Chanel and Lanvin, who hold panel discussions with fashion industry representatives such as the photographer Nick Knight, show producer Alexandre de Betak and Russian digital clothing designer Regina Turbina. In addition, the Metaverse Fashion Week schedule includes film screenings, exhibitions, NFT auctions, store openings, and concerts. So, on the last day of the event, they promise a performance by Grimes.

You can participate in activities as a guest or as the owner of an Ethereum crypto wallet, which allows you to make purchases in the metaverse.

Woolrich has released a spring-summer outdoor label collection

American brand Woolrich has updated the Outdoor Label line, which adapts the comfort and functionality of traditional hiking clothing to everyday looks. One of the highlights of the spring-summer collection is the Fisherman anorak, inspired by the Woolrich archives and reminiscent of a fishing jacket. It is made of lightweight Pertex Quantum nylon, which thanks to the diamond-shaped fibers are resistant to abrasion and wear and has a water-repellent coating. It’s the same with the Taslan Recycled Nylon Freedom Parka, which stays dry even in wet weather while still being breathable. The collection also features shorts and tie-dye hoodies, complete with mesh pockets to keep moisture out and prevent sticking to the skin.

Woolrich Outdoor Label, Spring-Summer 2022
Woolrich Outdoor Label, Spring-Summer 2022

A clothing brand for people with Down syndrome appeared in Russia

AliExpress Russia, together with the British Higher School of Design and the Love Syndrome charity foundation, has launched a clothing brand for people with Down syndrome. Work on the collection was carried out throughout the year and ended just before March 21, the International Day of Persons with Down Syndrome.

More than 50 children and adults with pathology took part in the production process, who acted as models and experts at the same time. Together with a special laboratory of the School of Design, they created an adapted dimensional grid: with a wider neck for sweatshirts, short sleeves, voluminous and deep pockets, and a convenient fastener. Particular attention was paid to materials and colors, which would only have a positive effect on the emotional state.

The debut collection includes four items: a unisex sweatshirt, jeans, a skirt, and a denim jacket. In addition, patterns for a jacket, a removable hood, and a blouse were developed, which can be included in the next collection. The items are complemented by the brand name “TOU DU DO”, referring to an easily remembered and sung motif, and the image of an orange shining star, the AliExpress corporate logo. The symbol expresses different emotions: joy, sadness, love, and anger. So the project team wanted to dispel the misconception that people with Down syndrome are “sunny” and always in a good mood.

Items from the collection can be bought on the AliExpress Russia website. Half of the proceeds will go to the Love Syndrome Foundation, which helps people with Down syndrome.

Collection of clothes for people with Down syndrome “TO DU DO”
Collection of clothes for people with Down syndrome “TO DU DO”

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