Exclusive First Look at New York City Ballet Fall Gala Costumes

At the ripe age of 17, Esteban Cortázar became the youngest designer to ever show at New York Fashion Week. Turns out, it may have been a fluke. “As a little boy, I grew up wanting to be an actor, singer, performer, and dancer,” he says. “I was in every drama class. I went to a musical theater school. I was always in the costume shops. I was always backstage.” Now, the Colombian-American talent is having a full-circle moment: designing costumes for the New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala, an annual celebration of dance and costume design. This year’s lineup features first-run works by Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller, the latter of whom collaborated with Cortázar on the ballet’s sartorial aesthetic. “Ballet was not a world I was always following,” Cortázar admits, before adding: “That’s what makes this so exciting. I’m learning about a world that I have always

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Splurge Worthy Fashion From Jet Black Boutique

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Just like a good investment can offer a profitable return, the same can be said for fashion. Fashion Stylist Allison Harrison took a trip recently to explore a new fashion boutique and shop local too. From splurge-worthy jeans to winter-ready jackets, Jet Black Boutique in Fayetteville offers a variety of smart style pieces that are perfect for any wardrobe.

Allison says that a splurge-worthy item can also offer many outfit alternatives too. “You can style expensive pieces multiple ways to get more use out of them and they last too,” she says. “Splurging on a few pieces to mix and match with a few you already have can also add value to your closet,” she adds.

Jet Black carries brands like Mother, Paige, LoveShackFancy and more. Allison says that many of the pieces

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Gucci launches Vault vintage site during Milan Fashion Week

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Designer Arthur Arbesser poses next to his creations as part of the women’s Spring Summer 2022 collection, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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Fashion houses trying to figure out how to reach new eyeballs after the long ordeal of the pandemic have centered around a singular idea: collaborations.

Many are doing it, in big ways and small. Gucci, which famously “hacked” Balenciaga last season, is now launching an e-commerce site showcasing refurbished vintage Gucci products and capsule collections by young designers. Hatmaker Borsalino is collaborating with the French brand Ami Paris and the equestrian-inspired brand Acheval.

If the fashion industry is going to change, now is the moment, say insiders — even if the temptation to go back to old habits is great.

Highlights from the fourth day of Milan runway shows Saturday for next spring and

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Fashion Nova Partners with Afterpay on BNPL

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) firm Afterpay announced Thursday (Sept. 23) it has teamed up with eCommerce fashion platform Fashion Nova to give shoppers more options on how and when to pay for their purchases, according to a joint press release.

Online Fashion Nova shoppers can now choose to pay in four interest-free installments with Afterpay as part of the collaboration, the release stated.

Afterpay’s customer base grew to almost 20 million people in the past 12 months, and 90% of Afterpay orders this year were made by repeat customers, according to the release. Millennials and Generation Z make up the bulk of Afterpay’s customer base, with Gen Z being the platform’s fastest-growing demographic.

The tie-up with Fashion Nova represents an effort “to make fashion more accessible to these younger consumers,” the release stated.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on providing consumers easy and affordable access to the trendiest styles,”

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