A Spring Fashion Issue for an Optimistic Future

Our spring Women’s Fashion issue is always made in an optimistic frame of mind; we begin closing it in January, when the year is fresh, and the sense of possibility — however false or short-lived — still potent.

This particular January, of course, felt more charged than most. Last year was our annus horribilis, and our expectations for this year are bound to be impossible. But while some eras have come to their legal or official conclusions, their consequences and repercussions linger — 2020 was a reminder that the past is never the past, however much we pretend otherwise.

Given this, it seems fitting that the stories in this issue are almost equally divided between those that look forward and those that look back. In the first category, there are our fashion stories, conceived in anticipation of a time in the not-too-distant future when we can once again do things

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Jacinta Emms: 3 fashion resolutions you must make

Each January New Year resolutions arise, presenting themselves like the ghost of Christmas past; this year I will learn to surf, drink less wine and drink more water, go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, get into the garden, paint the fence, work-life balance and exercise, of course, is never one to miss an opportunity to jump on the list of resolutions.

Every year all the usual suspects line up ready to remind us that we have the power to change it all on the January 1, well maybe not the get up early one …

But what about fashion resolutions?

February is for fashion resolutions because fashion resolutions are fashionably late, fashion resolutions are considerate, they wait, giving you the time to get all your other matters in order so you are free to focus on finer things.

Now fashion resolutions aren’t entirely about the new wardrobe you see

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Black artists’ impact on fashion

Black History Month is often a time when we hear of the Black writers, the activists and the firsts who excelled, the ones who beat the odds and changed America. Rarely do we hear about the Black Americans who impacted fashion and beauty in such a manner. Fashion is a part of our everyday lives, and it’s time to look at Black fashion icons who changed the fashion landscape as we know it. 

A plethora of beautiful Black art and creativity can always be found in the jazzy neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. Native to Harlem is fashion icon Daniel Day, known as Dapper Dan. With his self-taught knowledge of textiles, Dap used bootleg luxury prints from brands like Louis Vuitton and Fendi to create jackets, bags and entire outfits with his own designs. He sold these superb garments at Dapper Dan’s Boutique on 125th street in Harlem. 

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Oscar Contender ‘The Times Of Bill Cunningham’ Reveals Beloved Fashion Journalist Who “Documented Everything”

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Bill Cunningham, the renowned chronicler of fashion, once wrote of himself, “I just loved to see wonderfully dressed women…That’s all there is to it.”

That fascination abided over a long lifetime as he roamed the streets of New York on bicycle, stopping to snap candid photos of the city’s most fashionably dressed. At night he kept at it, capturing the fashion choices of New York’s elite at glittering events. His astonishing career comes into focus in the Oscar-contending documentary The Times of Bill Cunningham, directed by Mark Bozek.

“He documented everything,” Bozek tells Deadline. “He never left his place without a camera since 1966, when he covered Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at The Plaza.”

Cunningham was deeply self-effacing. Despite himself, he became a kind of New York institution, most notably through his work for the New York Times, where

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