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Great news for animal lovers and high fashion fans. 

This season, London has become the first main fashion week to eliminate real fur from the catwalks. 

According to a survey carried out by the British Fashion Council, none of the designers showcasing their pieces intend to use fur. 

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PETA urged the British Fashion Council to make the move, saying: 'Nowadays, the majority of people wouldn’t be seen dead in fur.'

'Our poll of designers with a show or presentation at the February 2018 London Fashion Week revealed that 95 per cent – including Burberry and Mulberry – didn’t use fur in their autumn/winter 2018 collections.'

'Many top international designers – including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Armani, and others – are 100 per cent fur-free.'


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Fashion Weeks the world over have always had anti-fur protesters staking out the event spaces. 

Perhaps the other major fashion weeks will now take heed? 



He's a TV presenter, a designer and a stylist, so it's safe to say that Darren Kennedy knows a thing or two about the world of fashion.

The Dublin native was named Galaxy Style Ambassador and the Face of Dublin Fashion Festival last night, and with a host of achievements under his belt, we thought he was the best person to ask about how to break into the fashion industry.

With the Leaving Cert results out, and the CAO results on its way, it can be a hectic time for the best of us. There's numerous questions swirling around your head about what college and what course you'll get into, but if we took anything from Darren yesterday, it's that experience is invaluable in the fashion industry.

"Knock on doors, say hello, let people know what you're interested in and that you're trying to get out there.

"I think there's no replacing experience. Teaming up with people in the field who you admire is a great learning experience – and you need it to make it."

Darren also comments that once you do get in the door, you need to keep going and don't get lazy or give up.

"Once you get those opportunities, don't let yourself down. Over-deliver."

However, in an industry that's more hands-on than books-on, the style guru promises that making the connections – even on social media – will get you in the door.

"Have your eyes and ears open and follow the people you admire and would like to work with. It could be as simple as answering a tweet, or engaging in a conversation with them. You just have to be confident and make yourself known."

These days there's a big push on blogging and doing it all by yourself. And even though that's a great accomplishment, Darren suggest you'll have a better understanding of the industry if you work with people.

"Working on your own might be a long-term objective but you need to figure out how things are run. Getting to know people in the industry is invaluable.

"If you work on your own, especially when you're starting out, can be quite isolating in this field. And don't make assumptions about people, everyone is just trying to do their best."

And once you're in, the designer promises that you'll have a lot to look forward to.

"I love the people I get to meet… I work with some amazing people who are really passionate about the things they do.

"I get great insight into peoples lives and it can be nice to see them transform.

"And I love how it all changes. I work on so many projects so there's something new everyday."

And if you want to stand out, take inspiration from everywhere.

"I travel a lot and I'm based in London so for what it's worth, be inspired by your own surroundings."

To end, Darren encourages that you should just be yourself, follow people in the industry who have similar ideas to you, and work hard.

"If you want it, you'll make it. Always stay true to you."


We all know the fashion industry is a tricky one to get into. 

It's extremely competitive and it will constantly feel like a million people are after the same job as you. 

But whether you want to be a designer, stylist, photographer, or model; these tips will have you on your way to nabbing your dream fashion job. 

1. Don't be afraid to stand out

A lot of people are going after the same job as you are; it's a fact. But don't be put off by that, it just means that you will need to work hard to stand out from the crowd. 

Dress to impress, research the industry and the people working in it – anything that will get you ahead of others. 


2. Maintain good relationships

Sure, if you bag an internship it might be all coffee runs and photocopying – especially if you're in a bigger company – but any internship will lead you to great contacts.

It's really important to meet and network with people in the fashion industry, as you will never know when you might need them; or visa versa. 


3. Focus your energy on achieving your goals

There's no point working yourself silly, just to benefit someone else. Concentrate on your own goal and how you will achieve that goal. 

Set out steps to follow and don't let anyone sway you away from them. 


4. Expect to make sacrifices

Money, a social life and sleep are a few luxuries you might have to live without and coffee will become your new best friend! 

Unfortunately, most internships in fashion are unpaid (at the start, anyway) – but we can't express enough how valuable internships are. 

If you want to make it, you need to work hard and not give into temptation – and DON'T give up. 


5. Do one thing every day that brings you closer to your goal

It can be as simple as an Instagram post or creating a blog, but doing one thing every day will help you to stay focused. 

Buy some new fabric, read a book about fashion, visit a gallery for inspiration, it can be anything, just as long as it's something. 


6. Celebrate your achievements 

With champagne and a nap!


7. Success is a numbers game

You will get turned down and have set backs; it's hard but it's true. But believe us, for every job that turns you down, it just means something bigger and better is coming your way. 

You applied for three jobs, and only received one reply? That's OK, your time will come. Just remember to not give up and throw all your hard work away, if you want it enough, you WILL get it. 



Hitting the age of 50 is a milestone and definitely worthy of a few things, but in Cindy Crawford's case, that translates into writing a book. 

The model is writing all about her glittering career in the fashion industry and reflecting on the wisdom she has picked up along the way ahead of her landmark birthday next February.

But in the book, it's not all glitz and glam as you thought it would be, she also tells some of the downside's to having a modelling career.

"Unfortunately I was never one of those girls who could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight (damn you Kate Moss!)," the Super writes in the tome, entitled  Becoming, reports Style

"Of course as soon as I told myself that I wasn't going to eat any sugar, bread, or whatever, all I could think of was sugar, bread or whatever!"

"I have finally settled on the idea of being 80 per cent good 80 per cent of the time. For me, that's doable."

There's a strong sense in the book that Cindy wants to raise awareness for what she believes in. 

"To my mind, the most important message I can promote and exemplify is one that supports diversity and health."

Cindy's book, Becoming, will hit shelves in the this month. 



There is no denying Daisy Lowe is one seriously gorgeous girl.

However, the model proves that just because you are rich and famous, doesn’t mean all of your body hang-ups disappear.

Daisy said that she has come to accept herself over the last 10 years, saying: “If you stand me next to a normal model I look like an elephant, and that’s all right. I’ve been in this industry a long time – 10 years – and I’ve been so lucky to to do the things I’ve been lucky enough to do. But it’s taken me 10 years to say , ‘Oh, I’m actually comfortable in my shape and I’m proud of being a woman and my feminine form.’ It’s definitely been a journey. It’s tough – I’m still only a size eight!”

The model also went on to say that if it weren’t for her job, things would be very different: “I always say to my friends when they’re worrying about their weight and pulling at their bodies, ‘If I didn’t do what I do for a living, I’d love to be a size 12 or 14 and have that curvy body with those amazing tits and that great arse.'”

It’s good to see she is finally comfortable in who she is.


Model of the moment Cara Delevingne admits the fashion industry is not all it’s cracked up to be. The top model delivers a few choice words in a recent interview that are really worth hearing.

Niamh Geaney reports.



Lily Cole is a renowned star in not only the modelling world but for acting too.

But despite modelling since the age of 14, Lily has opened up for the first time about the many problems that the fashion industry can pose for many young women.

“The way we present images in general bothers me. So the way that beauty is understood often as being largely Caucasian and largely young is inherently problematic. And the idea of what is fashionable, of what is hot or not, and that being applied to young girls is also hugely difficult. I know how I was when I was a teenager and how insecure most teenagers are.”

Lily said that in a recent model shoot, she loved how she was able to grow out her own armpit hair and wishes the natural look existed in more modelling shoots.

“I did a shoot about six months ago where I grew out my armpit hair and in a small way it felt that I was resisting. Our concept of beauty is so restrictive. We treat it like it’s got an eternal truth to it when it hasn’t. It’s relative to the country we’re in and time period.”



It looks like Kendall Jenner is getting in there with the big names of the fashion industry.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star bagged a front row seat next to Anna Wintour at Topshop’s Unique fall 2014 presentation yesterday.

This is a huge deal for the 18-year-old beauty, as it would be for any youngster who aspires to make it in the fashion world.

She even shared her excitement with her Instagram fans as she wrote: “front row at @topshop #excited.”

No one can deny that Kendall is quickly becoming a fashion insider at this stage, as she even hit the runway for Marc Jacobs’ Autumn collection earlier this month.

She’s definitely becoming the one to watch – we wonder how Kim is going to handle this!




The lingerie line of American Eagle, Aerie, have released a new campaign called Aerie Real which, according to them, means no more photo-shop or use of supermodels in their adverts.

The new campaign tells young women: “We want every girl to feel good about who they are and what they look like, inside and out. That means no more retouching our girls and no more supermodels”.

Aerie is aimed at the young woman between the ages of 15-21 years-old; in other words, the schoolgirl to the young university student.

As we all know, body confidence comes with age and every young woman is bombarded with images of the “perfect women” – often an unattainable image for the majority of us. Aerie’s campaign allows young women to take notice of the trickery and photoshopped images in their magazines and on the internet and realise they’re not real. Which is a very, very good thing.

The women in the campaign are still very attractive and one must not forget the lighting, setting, make-up and other effects that have taken place in these photos. But it is a massive step forward.

Fashion industry take note!





Mango has come under some hot, hot fire following the unveiling of their new line called Violeta, which caters for sizes 12-24.

The new collection has critics asking; ‘Is size 12 ‘plus size’?’

Given that today the average woman’s size is 12-14, this means Mango has just branded the average woman as ‘plus size’.

This follows the row on Facebook and Twitter when Cosmopolitan uploaded the photo below of model Robyn Lawley in which she was described as “plus size”.

Looking at Robyn, I think we can all agree she is beautiful and healthy looking and definitely a representation of what the average woman would strive for.

A huge backlash from social media seems to tell us that woman (and indeed men too) are finally fighting back against what the fashion industry is telling us is suitable.

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