By the time the late summer months roll around, the novelty of carefree days has worn off, leading many young ladies to find themselves spending the days at their local mall, browsing for the latest fashions and the hottest designs. As any retail professional knows, today's marketplace is fiercely competitive and capturing the attention of fashion forward youth is trickier than ever. However, those who stock their shelves with wholesale handbags, belts, iPad cases and other hip accessories from NP Fashion can always expect to be on the cutting edge of the latest trends. For much of the retail world, summer is considered something of a dead zone. The holiday season couldn't be further away, and the pleasant weather and slow pace of life leads many to put off their major purchases until the leaves begin to fall.
The 44-year-old founder of Heatherette a now-defunct fashion label that once claimed Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian as fans was in court Friday in Manhattan after being busted for not paying a supersized hotel bill. Mark Mainz/Getty Images Heatherette designer Richie Rich (left) with his favorite model, Amanda Lepore (right), at a fashion show for his line in 2003. Rich, real name Richard Eichhorn, was arrested at the Westin Hotel in Times Square on the night of June 10 after racking up nearly $1,800 in room fees and ordering services, police said. Matthew Peyton/Getty Images Club kid and designer Richie Rich (center) poses in 2002 with Paris webpage (left) and Nicky Hilton (right) during Fashion Week. The East Village resident was charged with theft of services for failure to pay based on stealth, a misdemeanor, cops said.
Fashion students take on the unconventional
The recently Southland-based Lepou, who is internationally recognised for her work, said it was important fashion students embraced their uniqueness instead of trying to conform to narrow industry definitions. As a fa'afafine, being different was a big part of her art and she had tried to encourage this same self- reflection in the students' design process, Lepou said. "I can't help but stand out like a sore thumb. We're all that different . . . you have to embrace it." The students were using unorthodox materials such as plastic bags, cardboard and tyres to create garments, and during her time in the class she had encouraged them to add their own personal history to their work.