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New York Fashion Week has grown from its humble second world war roots into a cultural juggernaut. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Friday essay: how New York Fashion Week came to be

New York Fashion week starts today and the world will watch outrageous designs strut down the runway. How did New York become one of the great fashion centres of the modern world?
Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014 glorifies the everyday. Christopher Karaba/EPA

Normcore: when being ordinary becomes a fashion statement

Putting together words like normal and fashion feels like a contradiction, but that’s exactly what Gap is doing with its autumn/winter 2014 advertising campaign, called Dress Normal. It makes a virtue…
Fashion both on and off the catwalk. Jonathan Short/AP

Fashion bloggers force journalists to up their game

As London Fashion Week wows the front rows, the bloggers are in focus again. These style mavens are now a fixture of our fashion weeks. They have caught the imaginations of photographers – often bloggers…
Futuristic fashion at London Fashion Week. Jonathan Brady/PA

New technology could spell the end of the size zero model

As I look out of the window of my office at Somerset House, I can see the Fashion Week tent dominating the courtyard. This temporary structure combines fashion’s ephemeral nature with a steely efficiency…
Students at last February’s London Fashion Week. SUARTS

Rely on unpaid interns and fashion will fall apart at the seams

It is often said that, without interns, London Fashion Week wouldn’t run at all. At last year’s edition of the event, representatives from this usually invisible workforce made an appearance, demonstrating…
Tommy Ton S RTW slide.

An open letter to the streetstyle stars

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York begins tomorrow, thereby kicking off “fashion month”. This is when fashion’s travelling circus of editors, critics, buyers, models and assorted hangers-on dress their…

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