high fashion


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boutiques that sell high fashion to the very wealthy
Recent Examples on the Web Burberry's noose hoodie: The high fashion brand apologized in February for sending a model down the runway during London Fashion Week wearing a hoodie with a noose around the neck. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Peloton is far from the first: A list of 2019's controversial ads, branded messaging," 6 Dec. 2019 Christian Cowan’s Spring 2020 fashion show was over-the-top, and filled with high fashion. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "NYFW: Christian Cowan Spring/Summer 2020 Brought Cornrows And Colorways To The Runway," 11 Sep. 2019 Henri Bendel was high fashion for very skinny women. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The end of Barneys, the store that made us lust for fashion," 2 Nov. 2019 At least one clothing brand believes the names of American tragedies are high fashion. Josiah Bates, Time, "Streetwear Fashion Label Designs Hoodies With School Shooting 'Slogans'," 18 Sep. 2019 The smile — and the hair — belong to Lillian Marcuson Rekas, who became one of the top high fashion models in her teens and then had a second act, modeling into her 70s. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "Extraordinary Life: Lillian Marcuson Rekas was a top fashion model who never forgot her hometown of West Hartford," 8 Sep. 2019 Ties led to a menswear line, in an industry that hadn’t paid much attention to high fashion for men, and eventually womenswear. Washington Post, "HBO doc peers into Ralph Lauren’s rose-tinted American Dream," 12 Nov. 2019 Her penchant for oversized, nondescript clothing has also aged well, anticipating trends in both high fashion and streetwear. Glamour, "Miranda Hobbes, an Underrated Fashion Icon, Finally Gets Her Due," 15 Oct. 2019 In her hiatus from music, the superstar singer has managed to run a high fashion label, act in films like Ocean’s 8, and become the world’s richest female musician. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Rihanna releasing 'visual' autobiography with more than 1,000 photos," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of high fashion

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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26 Dec 2019

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“High fashion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20fashion. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of high fashion

: the newest fashions that are usually bought by only a small number of people

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