Couture designer melds tradition and technology
24 January 2018 | 4:47 am
Julien Fournie, a recent member of France's exclusive haute couture club, is putting the finishing touches to his next collection, saying his house needs to embrace new technologies if it is to keep up in the hallowed world of Haute Couture.
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In an online message to mark the start of Paris Fashion Week, British supermodel Naomi Campbell ushered in a new age of digital fashion, while also embracing the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. In these extraordinary times due to Covid-19, runway fashion shows are banned, with designers instead releasing videos on social media to showcase their collections, directed by an array of impressive names. We take a look at how this form of French soft power is moving with the times.
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