Demure is more: the rise of modesty dressing

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From floor-sweeping skirts and high necklines to hijab-wearing models at H&M, it’s never been cooler to cover up. Kerry Potter charts the rise of modesty dressing Is modesty a virtue? It certainly is in the fashion world at the moment. No matter the season (or the weather), high-street stores are crammed with demure midi-skirts, culottes and billowing wide trousers.  Then there are all the ‘coatigans’, long boots and high-necked, buttoned-up blouses – with prissy ruffles, pussy bows and sweeping sleeves –...

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It’s harder than ever to teach Islamic art — but never more important

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How do we talk about architecture and poetry in a time of misinformation and war? Kishwar Rizvi teaches the history of Islamic art and architecture at Yale University. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the Oped Project. Every year, I take the students from my Islamic architecture course to visit the Islamic art collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York so they can see the cultural artifacts we’ve discussed in class. In 2013, we stopped to...

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Moroccan Inspired Theme at Men’s RTW Spring 2017

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In a season where travel to exotic locales seems to be the overriding message, Rochambeau chose Morocco as the theme for its summer escape. Voluminous caftans, high-waisted cropped summer pants and silk shirts defined the sense of adventure. “Your style is created by the environment you’re in,” said codesigner Laurence Chandler. The Moroccan tile and blanket prints, the uncharacteristic bright color palette and the occasional turban also served to elevate the offering. “It’s blasted with color,” Chandler said of the...

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