Month: January 2022

How the Pandemic Changed the 2021 Holiday Shopping Season | Economy

There was a time when online shopping was an inexpensive and effective way to find obscure merchandise and avoid a trip to the store. Then the coronavirus struck and turned the web into a way for homebound consumers to purchase life’s necessities.

E-commerce became a lifeline rather than a luxury and never more so than during the 2021 holidays. But as online shopping became ubiquitous, some of its earlier benefits disappeared, chief among them lower prices.

An analysis of online shopping trends during the 2021 Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday spending season by Adobe Digital Insights released Wednesday found that inflation has caught up with the web, as prices rose 3.5% in November from a year earlier and 3.1% annually in December. That was driven by demand, as consumers spent $204.5 billion during the 2021 holiday season, up 8.6% year over year.

Cartoons on the Coronavirus

“Everyone was in front of

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British ‘Vogue’ Celebrates African Models, a New York State Senator Discusses The Fashion Act

Plus, Tommy Hilfiger is reportedly set to collaborate with Richard Quinn and Martine Rose.

<p>Photo: Rafael Pavarotti/British Vogue</p>

Photo: Rafael Pavarotti/British Vogue

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

British Vogue celebrates African models with its February 2022 cover
British Vogue‘s February 2022 cover features a group of nine young African models — Amar Akway, Majesty Amare, Akon Changkou, Nyagua Ruea, Abény Nhial, Maty Fall, Janet Jumbo, Adut Akech and Anok Yai — with the goal of “redefining what it is to be a model.” Styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Rafael Pavarotti, the shoot illustrates how, “with a new generation of African models in the spotlight, fashion is at last embracing what it is to be truly global,” as Funmi Fetto puts it in the accompanying story. {British Vogue}

New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi on The Fashion Act
Elle’s Veronique Hyland interviews New York

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Pearls, fringe and lots of fun

New year, new look?

As we enter 2022, many popular fashion styles are coming along for the ride.

From pearl-embellished tops that can add the perfect pop to any ensemble, to modernized check print patterns, there are several standout trends to keep on your radar.

Style expert Melissa Garcia walked “GMA” through her fashion forecast for the new year.

Just ahead, scroll and shop the best trends for you in 2022.

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Perfect pearl embellishments

Pearls are popping up everywhere from accessories to clothing. Elevate your wardrobe with this ethereal add-on, and you are sure to turn a few heads.

Shrink the suit

Skirt suits are making a comeback in cropped lengths, vibrant colors and exciting textures

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How Men’s Fashion Changed for the Better This Year

It’s a letdown that I’ve faced far too many times: You walk into a department store, past the fabulous and fun women’s clothes, only to find the men’s section is in a dingy basement and filled with sad, drab pieces. Unfortunately, the men’s market has historically been a snoozefest. While men in Hollywood have stuck to their classic tuxedos and suits on the red carpet, retailers have also clung to what sells (which is said classic suits, or simple pieces in quiet, neutral colors). I’ve often had to shop in the women’s section to find anything remotely adventurous and bold.

Save for the runways, where high-fashion labels like Versace and Gucci have long offered up innovative menswear designs, it’s truly been a bore to take in the men’s market as an obsessive fashion fan. Like the runways, I want my stores and stars to inspire me with a fantasy! Luckily,

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