Surge in demand for UK fashion designers

Online fashion designers are in demand, according to a new report. Photo: Getty
Online fashion designers are in demand, according to a new report. Photo: Getty

Demand for UK fashion designers have surged in the past six months with online searches seeing a 125% increase.

Latest figures by gig economy platform Fiverr, reveal searches for clothing design have also risen 116%. 

This report comes at a time when side hustles are surging in Britain, with one in three Brits out of work or on furlough setting up side hustles for extra income.

Peggy de Lange, vice-president of international expansion at Fiverr said: “This data is not surprising given how the fashion industry has transformed during COVID-19. In-person retail experiences are less desirable to the average consumer when it’s so easy to shop online safely. This shift has been advantageous to small independent fashion brands who are under less pressure to be sold by retailers, or wedded to fashion calendars.”

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Is there life beyond sweatpants? Four ways fashion designers are giving us hope

Spring and summer 2021 runway collection looks by Balmain, from left, Chloé, Thom Browne and Moschino. <span class="copyright">(From left: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Chloé; Thom Browne; Moschino by Marco Ovando)</span>
Spring and summer 2021 runway collection looks by Balmain, from left, Chloé, Thom Browne and Moschino. (From left: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Chloé; Thom Browne; Moschino by Marco Ovando)

Things may be dark and dire now, but brighter days are coming. Therefore, put that sharp shoulder to the wheel, keep those polarized sunnies close at hand and stride optimistically toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

Finding hope in the thick of it seemed to be one of the overarching themes of the most memorable spring and summer 2021 collections presented at the mostly virtual Milan and Paris fashion weeks that officially ended Tuesday, and those spirit-buoying collections, whether they ultimately resonate at the cash register six months from now (or not), were a welcome bit of magic-making coming from a luxury fashion world all too often out of touch with the world beyond the runway’s

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Black Fashion Fair Creates Space for Long Overlooked Black Designers

Photo credit: Ahmad Barber + Donté Maurice of ABDM Studio
Photo credit: Ahmad Barber + Donté Maurice of ABDM Studio

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Antoine Gregory has never been afraid to call out the fashion industry.

The stylist’s unfiltered but sharp Twitter commentary about the industry’s ongoings—whether it’s fashion presentations, designer collaborations, or the shifting landscape of the media world—is what helped propel his elusive Twitter persona @bibbygregory as one of the social media’s sites leading voices in the industry—especially when it came to the matters of diversity, or lack thereof, within the fashion world.

After years of being one of the only Black people in a room or on a set, Gregory was inspired to create and produce Black Fashion Fair—an immersive online platform where Black fashion designers are championed, celebrated, and centered. Its website serves as an online database where Black designers are listed A-Z, and a virtual marketplace with a stellar curation of fashion’s most exciting

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How will COVID-19 transform fashion? Top designers share exclusive ske

We reached out to a range of American designers, asking them to imagine the garments we’d want to wear on the other side of the pandemic. Virgil Abloh, Tracy Reese, and Prabal Gurung sent us exclusive sketches that represent their vision for the future of fashion. The sketches reflect their personal tastes and aesthetics, but they’re also an intimate insight into their worldview. The designers have taken their sketches in very different directions, from Abloh’s focus on the Black Lives Matter protests, to Gurung’s suggestion that fashion is always tethered to hope, to Reese’s optimism in the face of darkness.

Fashion illustration has a long history, going back to the 16th century, as a way for designers to think through their future creations. The process is a way for designers to explore new ideas, tap into their creativity, and discover new sources of inspiration. Here are three modern sketches from

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The Black In Fashion Council & Fred Segal Teamed Up To Support Emerging Designers

In June, Teen Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner and founder of Sandrine Charles Consulting Sandrine Charles, created the Black In Fashion Council, an organization designed to hold the fashion industry accountable for the commitments they made earlier in the year in regard to diversifying their workplaces and uplifting Black talent. On Thursday, the organization announced a partnership with Los Angeles retailer Fred Segal to further amplify its mission. As part of the partnership, the Black In Fashion Council and Fred Segal launched the Season Zero design contest, which gives early-stage designers the opportunity to acquire not only funding to build their brands, but also mentorship from both BIFC and Fred Segal and retail space at Fred Segal’s West Hollywood flagship store. In the press release, Charles said, “Fred Segal was one of the first brands to not only join the Black in Fashion Council, but also pinpoint areas of

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From designers to Anna Wintour, fashion industry leaders say they are determined to improve diversity. How will we know whether they’ve succeeded?

In May, after the death of George Floyd while in police custody, activists poured into the streets with demands for racial justice and police reform. That multiethnic chorus expanded into a call for equity in every corner of the culture, from politics to fashion. In response, social media was quickly flooded with fashion companies, influencers and boldface names touting their support of Black Lives Matter with symbolic black squares and historical quotations about racial equality. The words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and James Baldwin were in heavy rotation. But like a litany of “thoughts and prayers,” the brief messages resonated as perfunctory rather than instructive.

“A lot of people posted on Instagram, ‘We stand in solidarity.’ What does that even mean?” says designer Tom Ford, who serves as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This is not the first time outrage has overflowed its

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7 great Lebanese fashion designers to know now

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If Lebanese fashion is not on your radar yet, now is the time to change that. The country is home to some of the most well-renowned designers in the world, some of which feature on the prestigious Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week calendar and have gone on to dress some of the most famous women in the world. Many of these talents are known for their glamorous and intricate designs, bringing the modern-day princess aesthetic to life. Alongside this are more contemporary, cult accessory labels which are fast becoming favourites with the A-list and influencer crowd.

Sadly, the country has been badly impacted upon by the recent devastating explosion in the heart of Beirut, which not only killed and injured many but also physically destroyed homes and businesses in the area – including the ateliers of many of the labels listed below.

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Black designers celebrated at Milan fashion week

MILAN (Reuters) – Black designers presented collections at Milan’s fashion week in a show aimed at raising awareness of the lack of diversity in the industry.

The five designers are part of the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion group, a name inspired by the international movement leading worldwide protests against racial injustice.

The “We are Made in Italy” digital event was filmed in Milan’s grand Palazzo Clerici and hosted the spring/summer 2021 collections of Fabiola Manirakiza, Mokodu Fall, Claudia Gisele Ntsama, Karim Daoudi and Joy Meribe.

The event was one of the virtual shows of the first fashion week since the coronavirus pandemic.

The five designers were mentored by Italian-Haitian Stella Jean, the only Black member of the Italian fashion council, who is campaigning against racism in the industry.

“Made in Italy was represented around the world as being a white concept, now it is no longer like this.

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Meet the Southeast Asian Designers Redefining Traditional Fashion | W Magazine

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At any mention of South Asian fashion, images of heavily embroidered sarees or even bridalwear may come to mind—and indeed, these are the pieces synonymous with the region. But what may not be such an immediate association are brocade trench coats or distressed, block-print hoodies. These new styles—a blend of past and present, of East and West—are currently drawing in fashion mavericks globally, and are just a few of the designs from labels that make up No Borders, an India-based concept store and brainchild of stylist Kanika Karvinkop.

Karvinkop, who founded the shop in 2017, works with designers like Suket Dhir (an Indian designer who bagged the International Woolmark Prize in 2016), Amesh Wijesekera (a London-based Sri Lankan creative director), and more; she visits their factories, absorbing their individual goals, and ultimately bringing them to her sprawling network of diverse artists. The store is built upon this idea: bringing niche,

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Italy’s Black Designers Shake Up Milan Fashion Week

Five Afro-Italian fashion designers took center stage on the final day of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday in a bid to highlight the endemic racism pervading Italy’s fashion industry. 

The little-known black designers participated in the We Are Made in Italy digital show organized by the Black Lives Matter In Italian Fashion Collective. Afro Fashion Week founder Michelle Ngonmo and designers Stella Jean and Edward Buchanan, who are behind the Collective, have been fighting for greater inclusivity in the Italian fashion industry. Jean said their aim is to “counter the misconception that to be Italian and a representative of Made in Italy is to

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