Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group says Matches to enter administration

Alice Price, apparel analyst at data analytics firm Globaldata added that selling luxury goods online was particularly tough, since shoppers prefer to see and try on expensive products.

“Supplier relations had also begun to sour under Frasers’ ownership, with the fashion giant reportedly seeking sizeable discounts, while some brands reportedly overdue payments, resorting to termination of contracts,” she said.

“It is not yet certain if Frasers Group will dissolve Matches completely or is using the administration to restructure the business and reduce its operational costs.”

In a statement Frasers Group said the business had “consistently missed its business plan targets” and was causing “material losses”.

“The continued funding requirements would be far in excess of amounts that the Group considers to be viable,” it said.

However, Frasers said it remains committed to the luxury market.

Two years ago Mr Ashley, who founded Sports Direct and established its reputation with cut-price deals on sports goods, handed the reins to his son-in-law, Michael Murray.

Mr Murray has taken a different tack targeting “new, luxury, aspirational” customers, and bought 60 Flannels stores, which sell designer clothes.

The Group now includes Jack Wills, Sofa.com, Game, Evans Cycles, Gieves and Hawkes, and House of Fraser.

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Pitti Uomo brings positive start to men’s fashion in 2024

In the aftermath of Pitti Uomo 105, Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine, expressed positive sentiments regarding the men’s fashion industry at the onset of 2024. Speaking to Pambianco News, Mr Napoleone reflected on the event’s closing data stating the palpable energy, enthusiasm and collective determination among industry players focused on key success factors. These include the commitment of companies to introduce stylistic innovations and materials aligned with evolving consumer trends.

Furthermore, the ability of top retailers and buyers to curate orders based on a combination of curatorial logic and commercial considerations was underscored, providing a platform for experimentation and exploration.

The January 12th edition saw a notable increase of around 4 percent in foreign buyers in terms of attendees and almost 6 percent in terms of sales points compared to the previous year. Conversely, the Italian attendance witnessed a slight decline, in line with expectations amid domestic market slowdowns observed in the previous months.

The total number of buyers reached 13,000, with approximately 4,700 being international participants. Among the top countries in terms of turnover were Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Spain, France, Japan, the United States, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Greece, and China.

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Is fast fashion slowing down? How global trade is being used as a ‘force for good’

In the world of fast fashion, where trends are born as quickly as they are discarded, global trade regulations have struggled to keep pace with relentless cycles of production and consumption.

In attempting to meet the demands of this fast-paced sector, global trade has historically failed to address the troubling reality hiding behind the industry’s glamorous façade: a supply chain tainted by human rights abuses and forced labor.

But experts say that’s changing.

In 2022, the US Department of Homeland Security began enforcing the standards for manufacturing and trade under the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act to crack down on Asian goods that US officials suspect are the product of forced labor by imprisoned ethnic minorities. Those include the Uyghurswhose maltreatment has been extensively documented.

The United States has banned a large number of garment imports from Vietnam, a major exporter of textiles. Companies there were found to be sourcing materials, including cotton, from manufacturers in China that the US government believes violated trade and labor standards.

“We have a calling to use trade as a force for good, advocating for fairness creating real opportunity for all of our people,” said US Trade Representative Katherine Tai at a “

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Casual style, 10 Tzuyu Twice style OOTDs that are easy to copy

Casual style is a type of fashion style that is popular all over the world, you know. Not without reason, casual style has many fans because this style is simple and comfortable to use in various activities.

Tzuyu Twice is one of the idols who is often seen wearing this casual style of clothing. Even though it’s simple, Tzuyu’s combination of styles looks fitting and really stylish. Curious? Listen, OK?

1. The combination of a white cropped t-shirt, army green shirt and ripped jeans in Tzuyu’s style is really stylish

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2. Tzuyu also appears to be combining ripped jeans with a brown turtle neck t-shirt

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3. Tzuyu also appears to be wearing a denim dress to look simple and comfortable, you can add accessories such as bracelets and rings, you know

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4. Tzuyu also combined a lilac dress with a navy blue sweater

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5. You can also combine a black dress with a denim jacket like Tzuyu’s

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Sustainable floral fashion for a beautiful look

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Calling all fashionistas!

What’s the story

Floral fabrics have long been a staple in the fashion world, symbolizing beauty and nature.

However, as we become more environmentally conscious, it’s crucial to explore how these botanical prints can be embraced sustainably.

This article delves into the origins of floral patterns, their modern interpretations, and practical advice for incorporating them into your wardrobe without harming the planet.

The roots of floral fabrics

For centuries, floral motifs have adorned textiles, with each culture weaving its unique symbolism and style into the fabric.

These designs have historically signified everything from social status to the changing of seasons.

Intricate Eastern patterns and bold Western blooms are just a few examples.

The contemporary challenge lies in maintaining this rich heritage while also reducing our environmental footprint.

Modern botanicals meet sustainability

Sustainable fashion is defined by practices that are kind to the environment, emphasizing the use of organic materials, minimizing waste, and enhancing the durability of clothing.

For floral fabrics, sustainability translates into selecting fibers that are not only renewable but also capable of decomposing naturally.

This includes options like organic cotton or linen, which are embellished with dyes that have a minimal environmental impact.

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This Is Not a Drill: The Pantless Trend Really Is Happening

Despite its modern roots among the Kar-Jenners and Co., the trend can be traced back to the 1950s, starting off as a form of dancewear, and lasting through the mod era. Many dancers wore leotards over their tights in order to create an elongated, more elegant line. But sometimes, they would layer with shirts or sweaters, often times belted to help clarify their waistlines. “Cyd Charisse and some of the Old Hollywood vixens and ingénues used to dance in things like that,” says image architect Law Roach. The look has become particularly associated with Edie Sedgwick, the socialite and Andy Warhol muse. In one especially memorable photograph, Sedgwick balances on a leather rhinoceros, her black stocking-clad leg extended into an arabesque, a T-shirt covering her leotard, save for the bottom.

The look picked back up—again in an exercise capacity—in the 1980s with the aerobics craze. Between Jane Fonda’s workout wear and Jamie Lee Curtis’s electric chemistry with John Travolta in 1985’s Perfect, High-cut leotards with belts were all the rage in the athletic scene. In the ’90s, the no-pants look appeared several times on the Chanel runway, as well as Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier. And through the early

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on the power of fashion

On a cold afternoon, as I entered the female political ward in Evin prison, something very familiar caught my eyes; an old grey industrial sewing machine on a wooden stand, right by the entrance, resting quietly with its flap tilted over. Next to it, there was a sign on the wall: “The hours to use the sewing machine are between 10 to 12am every Sunday and Wednesday. Please ensure any garments are washed before handing them over to Fatemeh for mending.”

I had been a political pawn between Iran and the UK for six years, during which I spent time between solitary confinement, prison and under house arrest. During the first nine months of my detention, I was kept in a cell with no fresh air or natural light. Once I entered the cell, they made me remove all my clothing and put on a uniform. It was compulsory as everyone had to look the same.

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The uniform in dull pink consisted of a manteau – a long-sleeve gown with buttons in the front – and baggy trousers made of polyester. The fabric didn’t allow skin to breathe, so you felt hot and sweaty in the summer and cold in

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Tea party-style protests break out across the country against stay-at-home orders

Across the nation, protests against the stay-at-home orders that health experts say are needed to save lives are taking place, with more set for the coming days.

This week, about 100 protesters gathered outside the Ohio statehouse in Columbus to push for Republican Gov. Mike DeWine to reopen the state. In Raleigh, more than 100 demonstrators gathered to protest Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order, where at least one protester was charged with violating the order. In New York, a few dozen people gathered Thursday outside the state Capitol in Albany to rally for a return to normal. Kentucky, Utah and Wyoming also saw similar protests.

More events are scheduled for Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Oregon, Idaho and Washington state.

The largest took place in Michigan on Thursday, where police said 3,000 to 4,000 people showed up at the state Capitol in Lansing to protest Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended and expanded stay-at-home order, which was signed into law last week.

Asked about the protests at his press conference Thursday, one in which he unveiled his administration’s guidelines for reopening, President Donald Trump said he believed the demonstrators would listen to him and added there is no daylight

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Men’s fashion styles and influences

For spring/summer ’17, Fashion East Men’s show was very entertaining. Styles were shown every which way. The company’s designers, Luke Brooks and James Theseus Buck, showed a cool yet functional side to men’s fashions. Their use of prints and details were often blurred away from the traditional cuts. Jackets were longer. Pants were more shapely with cinched hems and wide or skinny legs. Prints varied. In this collection, it’s often a matter of what goes with what. They showed their collection along with two other menswear brands, Rory Parnell-Moony and Luke Stevens, the latter of whom reintroduced his collection created for the 2016 Royal College of Art MA collection as part of Fashion East’s Men’s Presentation for spring/summer ’17.

Buck is a recent graduate of Central St. Martin’s MA fashion course. He also works as a stylist and art director for media, including Man About Town and Marfa Journal. Brooks, from London, is also a graduate from Central St. Martin’s MA fashion course. He has created small, nonseasonal collections and pop-up shops, and has been exhibited internationally. Buck and Brooks have been working well together since 2015. Their collection, shown recently at the Rottingdean Bazaar, was a wonderful showcase for

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PAUSE Editorial: Catch! – PAUSE Online

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The vision for PAUSE was to create a platform which effortlessly expresses male fashion. The idea behind the word PAUSE was for its audience to physically as well as visually pause (stop) for male fashion, style advice and the latest trends. PAUSE signifies the actual pause icon by pausing every fashionable moment for its audience. Once you ‘PAUSE’ it is our job to bring you the very best and exclusive information about male fashion. What makes PAUSE unique is that it isn’t a male fashion magazine for the youth audience. We specialize in promoting urban, street wear, vintage, formal/informal, indie-rock-influenced, casual and new era fashion.

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