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Fantasy Fest kicks off annual celebration in Key West

Oct. 18, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Key West's decadent annual Fantasy Fest celebration is kicking off 10 days of masquerade parties, elaborate costume contests, street fairs and other festivities. The 2019 festival, which begins Friday, is themed "In Tune But . Off Key." Participants are encouraged to design costumes...

Fashion show lets Down syndrome models strut their stuff

Oct. 17, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One model sashayed down the runway with a leather jacket and a guitar, basking in applause from the crowd. Another danced and strutted in a multicolored bomber coat. A toddler had a little help with her modeling turn, holding on to an adult as she wore a peach outfit with a tutu. And...

Fashion's LaQuan Smith embraces that Champagne lifestyle

Oct. 15, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — LaQuan Smith is all about the Champagne lifestyle: bubbly, luxurious and, especially when it comes to the women's clothes he creates, sexy. The designer made his New York Fashion Week debut at 21 with a sleek and sassy collection he dubbed "Water Goddess." Ten years later, his rise seems...

Online retailer Zalando sets diversity target for management

Oct. 15, 2019 3:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Online fashion retailer Zalando says it wants at least 40% of its senior managers to be women within four years, following recent criticism that all five members of its management board are men. The Berlin-based company said Tuesday that it "aims for a balanced representation of women and men...

She owns 3,000 handbags, and keeps them in an army bunker

Oct. 12, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ilene Hochberg Wood's collection of 3,000 handbags — the majority of which dwell in a 2,400-square-foot Quonset hut on her Lehigh Valley estate — will make a fashionista fall to her knees. Her collection has everything: crossbodies and clutches, wristlets and duffels,...

Shipment of fake Nike shoes seized in Southern California

Oct. 9, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of pairs of Nike knockoffs were seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports complex recently in a shipment arriving from China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday. Had the 14,800 pairs of counterfeit Nike special edition and retro design shoes been real, the...

Allbirds, a shoe brand born online, to double stores

Oct. 8, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Online shoe brand Allbirds plans to more than double its store count next year, hoping to reach shoppers who want to touch and try on its wool shoes. The company said Tuesday that it plans to open 20 stores in 2020, bringing its total number of stores to about 35 by the end of the year....

Met Opera starts regular Sunday matinees, breaking tradition

Oct. 7, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some in the audience wore tuxedos and evening gowns, others wore jeans and sneakers. There was even a man wearing a black sleeveless shirt and blue suede cowboy boots. The Metropolitan Opera began regular Sunday-afternoon staged performances for the first time in its 136-year history with...

Gucci launches diversity US scholarship program

Oct. 7, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian fashion house Gucci has launched a $1.5 million U.S. university scholarship program that is aimed at students who are "traditionally underrepresented" in the fashion industry. The program, which is set to run four years, is part of Gucci's multi-pronged effort to boost diversity...

Scotts football player playing through the pain of clubfoot

Oct. 7, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — "When I was born, the tops of my feet were on the bottom, basically upside down." That's how Blake Borden starts his story. He hasn't let it be the end of his story. Blake was born with severe clubfoot. His parents were told by doctors that their son could forget about ever...