The future of fashion weeks is unclear and NY 2020 may not be the template

by Rashmee

Posted on September 17, 2020


New York recently had its first pandemic fashion show but the event, just like the clothes industry at the moment, made a number of contradictory points at the same time. First, that it is possible to have a fashion show during a global pandemic and that it suggests life is returning to normal. But second, … Continue reading “The future of fashion weeks is unclear and NY 2020 may not be the template”

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Have haute hazmat, will travel

by Rashmee

Posted on July 17, 2020 / The Focus


Masks or face coverings of some sort are soon going to be mandatory in stores across England. In the US too, some prominent retail brands now require customers to wear face masks in their stores. Think Walmart, Starbucks, Best Buy. Now, the world of fashion is thinking of another defence against the coronavirus — the hazmat travel … Continue reading “Have haute hazmat, will travel”

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Essential workers are in vogue, so of course they’re on the front cover

by Rashmee

Posted on June 4, 2020 / The Focus


An influential fashion magazine features essential workers as cover models, calling them “ the new front line “ and it’s seen as a surreal moment in a world turned upside down by the coronavirus crisis. Is it? Not really. Essential workers are trendy right now, so naturally they feature in British Vogue. It’s possible to … Continue reading “Essential workers are in vogue, so of course they’re on the front cover”

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Burqa bans apart, face coverings have gained acceptance during the pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on April 7, 2020 / The National


Developments in Lombardy, the northern Italian region worst affected by the novel coronavirus, are rich in tragic irony. Over the weekend, it introduced a law to compel citizens to wear face masks outside their homes. But in December 2015, Lombardy became the first Italian region to outlaw face coverings in public offices and hospitals. Austria … Continue reading “Burqa bans apart, face coverings have gained acceptance during the pandemic”

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The clothes are a character in their own right in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 2, 2020


Jo March takes up her pen to write ‘Little Women’ but before she does so in the presumably freezing attic, she shrugs on a gorgeous green velvet military short jacket, all gold braid and brass buttons. Never mind the scrambled storyline of Greta Gerwig’s film (or the fact that the jacket wouldn’t really keep Jo … Continue reading “The clothes are a character in their own right in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’”

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Fashion diplomacy and the perils of overzealous style statements

by Rashmee

Posted on February 27, 2018 / The National


Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has been mocked at home and abroad for his cosplay take on diplomacy during a recent tour of India, which illustrates the perils of overzealous political style statements that seek to outrun political reality. For a whole week, the entire Trudeau family was photographed in a range of colourful, luxurious, … Continue reading “Fashion diplomacy and the perils of overzealous style statements”

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Vogue Arabia adds perspective on women’s veil

by Rashmee

Posted on March 12, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


The launch of Vogue Arabia would have been just another sashay down the international publishing catwalk for the 125-year-old Vogue brand had it not been for the cover. Or, to be more specific, the words on the cover. It reads “re­orienting perceptions” while the luminous face of Gigi Hadid, an American model of Palestinian and … Continue reading “Vogue Arabia adds perspective on women’s veil”

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#NYFW Fashion no longer meant to dress up reality but to help us survive it

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2016


It was New York Fashion Week and no one mentioned that clothes are becoming big, disconnected from the body and designed not to  put a gloss on reality but to help us survive it? Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s very switched-on, cerebral fashion editor, is surprised. There’s a reason that Ms Givhan won the 2006 … Continue reading “#NYFW Fashion no longer meant to dress up reality but to help us survive it”

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Language and the lawn: Don’t ban it; make it seriously un-cool

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2015


Language can accomplish things that the law cannot. Accordingly, consider this. Lawns don’t deserve to be banned. They should merely become unfashionable. (Like smoking in the presence of a child or a pregnant woman. Like wearing real fur. Or buying ivory.) Certainly lawns should be highly unfashionable in California, which is parched by a four-year … Continue reading “Language and the lawn: Don’t ban it; make it seriously un-cool”

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Abercrombie & Fitch and the end of the usual fashion statement

by Rashmee

Posted on March 1, 2015


The headscarf is not the end of Abercrombie & Fitch, just a symbol of how much the world has changed. Lots has been written about the case brought against the clothing retailer by Samantha Elauf, who was 17 at the time that she was denied a job by the company because she did not meet … Continue reading “Abercrombie & Fitch and the end of the usual fashion statement”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK