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Alia Bhatt turns 29: A look at the actress’ style evolution

After the release of Gangubai Kathiawadi, there is no doubt that Alia Bhat is one of the biggest names in the Bollywood industry. From its beginnings in student of the year like Shanaya to her stellar performance in Sanjay’s big movie Leela Bhansali as Gangubai, Alia has gone from strength to strength in the span of ten years.

Along with her on-screen performances, her clothing choices have also seen a dramatic shift when it comes to taking risks, playing with her style while being acutely aware of what works for her.

On the highway Actor’s 29th birthday, let’s take a look at her evolution of styles over the years:

She has always been styled by celebrity stylist Ami Patel. In this look for Kapoor and sons promotion, Alia wears a black ensemble by Shivan and Narresh.

This Gucci back-to-school look that you can’t imagine wearing Alia these days!

Alia’s approach reconciletoo, has become refined and much more minimalist, as have her fashion choices.

Alia wore an anti-fitting white satin dress with black feather detailing for the promotions of Dear Zindagi.

This sequin saree by Manish Malhotra with the off-the-shoulder blouse and smoky eyes is one of many outfits from a style era that Alia seems to have bid farewell to.

She also wore a lot of A-line dresses, something we haven’t seen her wear in a while.

During the promotional tour for Badrinath ki DulhaniyaAlia seemed to have pivoted to more refined silhouettes and toned down on the smoky eyes for minimalist kohl-lined eyes.

Her first red carpet fashion moment that we loved was on IIFA 2017 when she wore this stunning black dress by Zuhair Murad, ushering in a glamorous Alia who knows how to make a statement.

Even for her traditional cutsAlia has started opting for more timeless ensembles, like this pretty green Sabyasachi lehenga together which she wore while posing next to handsome Ranbir Kapoor for making their relationship Instagram official.

From then on, Alia began to minimize OTT glam and maximize timeless elegance with her makeup and accessories.

The sketched Moschino suit was a pleasant surprise, marking the start of Alia’s bold and experimental fashion streak.

Cut to one of his recent and almost viral looks in this Manish Malhotra lehenga with a super cool infinity blouse that she wore as a bridesmaid for Anouchka Ranjan.

And finally, the last of them (equally beautiful) white sets which she wore for the promotion of Gangubbai Kathiawadimaking as many ripples in fashion as in the film industry.

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Selena Gomez’s Most Memorable Red Carpet Moments: Photos

From his Disney Channel days to now, Selena Gomez has seen a major fashion evolution. When she played the role of Alex Russo in the Wizards of Waverly Placethe actress sported outfits that reflected her age, but growing up in the public eye, Selena had grown accustomed to high fashion looks.

During an interview with Dizzy from February 2020, the Monte Carlo The star explained that she found her personal style in “practically free fall”. Selena also credited many of her best fashion moments to her stylist, Kate Young.

“Once I started to understand the craftsmanship and how dedicated people are to making it, and how delicate everything was, my eyes really opened,” she said. fashion company in September 2017. “Something happens when I put on a nice piece of clothing. And it’s not just through characters or video clips. I feel like it completely affects how I enter an environment. I’m very dramatic, I like to be expressive with stuff. So, if I have a good outfit and my hair is shiny, I feel good! I have a whole new aura about myself.

In June 2021, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer sat down with vogue and has broken down some of her most iconic outfits over the years. Kicking off the video with an outfit from 2007, Selena told viewers, “I didn’t know what I was doing, you know?” Referring to the beginnings of his career. As for transitioning into more stylish looks, the singer recalled the “Love You Like a Love Song” music video as “the first time I tried being fashionable.” She added, “And you can laugh about it, because it’s not high fashion.”

Selena also looked back at her 2015 Met Gala dress, made by the designer Vera Wang.

“I fluctuate a lot with my weight, and I remember that night in particular, I didn’t feel good about my body,” she said. vogue. “What was really amazing is that I got the chance to work on a dress that fits my body. I had such a great time shaping this dress. I think we came together and built something really beautiful and something that looks really good on me. It was a moment where I was like, ‘I don’t need to have that 19-year-old figure anymore.’ Because I’m not.”

Scroll through our gallery to see Selena’s best red carpet moments over the years.

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Imitation of Christ Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Since its inception two decades ago, Imitation of Christ, a collaborative platform for fashion, art and environmental responsibility, has often been ahead of the industry. Too soon, in fact, to get credit for disruptions like upcycling (in the year 2000) and shows as performances (the brand followed up its funeral show with a red carpet arrival presentation for the fall 2001). This season finds Tara Subkoff exactly on time as she showcases a fall collection of digital apparel, created with Adam Teninbaum, Principal VFX and Animation Director at AST.NYC that only exists in the Metaverse. (It’s possible that some of these Web 3 renders will be made into clothing at a later date.)

Because so much of what IOC has done is tinkering and doing, from picking and splicing vintage to screen printing, this leap in technology seems particularly dramatic; but at the same time, it fits perfectly with Subkoff’s relentless curiosity and fascination with what’s next and what fashion can be and do.

When Subkoff relaunched IOC in 2020, she did so, she said on a call, “as a collaboration platform,” and she worked with a rotating cast of young creative directors. , encouraging and mentoring their talents. The attractions of the metaverse for Subkoff are many and include its reach and inclusiveness. “What’s really fun about it is that you can really define physics, gravity and play in different areas,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about the fit so much; anyone can wear it—your avatar can wear it, [or] someone else, and I think that’s kind of fun too. In addition, the carbon footprint of their production is limited. Subkoff is also passionate about the ability to be cause-driven in the Metaverse. For the fall, she collaborated with photojournalist Lynsey Addario, whose images relating to climate change and the California wildfires are projected onto Subkoff’s creations. Surprisingly for a vintage hunter, Subkoff has had a passion for science fiction since childhood. Her father ran an antique store across from the Forbidden Planet comic book store, where she escaped to other worlds. She seemed to have resurfaced in this collection, which has a futuristic aesthetic, and includes what look like liquid metal hooded dresses with various graphics, one in the signature IOC “font”. Other than that small touch, most designs in this collection bear little resemblance to the brand’s earlier work, although some volumes seem to nod to Valentino’s collaboration with Moncler. Subkoff took a go-for-it approach to these designs – essentially technological versions of paper dolls – taking advantage of the endless possibilities of the medium.

This IOC collection will be part of Decentraland Fashion Week in March, which is perhaps a better fit than on the New York calendar, as they require different review criteria. While this project is in line with the brand’s ethos, the aesthetic is a world apart from most of what’s come before. Subkoff has always made us confront the past with the present. She challenged fashion’s fascination with the new and the multiple, producing one-of-a-kind pieces presented via multimedia shows, whether it was a show on an escalator or concurrent events in New York and Los Angeles. IOC was inimitable in the way Subkoff was able to use clothing as vehicles for concepts. As progressive as this project is in some ways, in others it seems to be stuck in neutral, still accessible and at the same time out of reach.

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Jennifer Lopez’s best fashion from the “Marry Me” press tour: photos

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Controversial Downing Street designer Lulu Lytle fights back

TALK OF THE TOWN: Controversial Downing Street designer Lulu Lytle fights back










Downing Street designer Lulu Lytle has fought back after her style was denounced as ‘imperial nostalgia’.

Author Sathnam Sanghera tweeted the term and described the prime minister’s apartment she helped decorate and furnish – above Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s office – as the ‘ultimate brown person’s nightmare’.

My photo, below, shows an example of Lulu’s style.

She tells me that her work is “underpinned by research and discussions with experts on global influences on design and the exchange of ideas”.

She called on textile expert Karun Thakar to defend her and he messaged me saying, “We need individuals like Lulu who are aware of and support these struggles.”

Downing Street designer Lulu Lytle has fought back after her style was denounced as ‘imperial nostalgia’

She tells me that her job is

She tells me her work is “underpinned by research and discussions with experts on global influences on design and the exchange of ideas”

Thandiwe’s tattoo is completely insane

When I first spotted this Instagram snap of Line Of Duty star Thandiwe Newton I thought she had gone to a children’s party and let one of the youngsters get carried away with crayons .

In fact, this engraving of the cartoon character Touché Turtle looks like a real tattoo, which won’t wash off with soap and water.

The 49-year-old Bafta-winning actress said the heroic fencing reptile was her “childhood favourite” and had been inked at the Frith Street Tattoo in London’s Soho.

It will be interesting to see how this matches up with her upcoming red carpet dress.

When I first spotted this Instagram snap of Line Of Duty star Thandiwe Newton I thought she had gone to a children's party and let one of the youngsters let loose carried away by colored pencils.

When I first spotted this Instagram snap of Line Of Duty star Thandiwe Newton I thought she had gone to a children’s party and let one of the youngsters s’ pack with crayons

Daisy Lowe claimed she was ‘Covid tested and ready to party’ when she took this bathroom selfie.

I’d say she wasn’t quite ready because she’s missing something quite important – her clothes.

The 33-year-old model and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, daughter of rocker Gavin Rossdale and fashion designer Pearl Lowe, was dressed in nothing but a black bra, high-waisted underwear and tights.

Later that week, she posted her first-ever TikTok video dressed in not much else once again.

“I recommend shaking off those gray days by dancing in your underwear,” she wrote. Daisy will be chilled to the bone if she continues like this.

Daisy Lowe claimed she was

Daisy Lowe claimed she was ‘Covid tested and ready to party’ when she took this bathroom selfie

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Janet Jackson’s ’90s style includes crop tops and baggy jeans

Janet Jackson has done it all – not only as one of the best-selling artists and performers of all time, but her style remains as influential as ever.

From the very beginning of his career in the late 60s as a child star, Jackson has had many definitive eras over the decades. But there was something about the 90s that really formed her signature style and put her on the fashion map. Whether it’s a power suit on the red carpet or her love of crop tops and baggy jeans, the pop and R&B musician has always served up a laid-back, powerful style. Plus, she was all about the details that really made her outfits pop, from a simple pair of sunglasses to her must-have buckle belt or an added hat or hair accessory to complete the complete look.

Coming soon, see Janet Jackson’s best 90s fashion moments.

1990, Met Center

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At the turn of the decade, the singer performed at the Met Center in Minnesota, wearing a black bralette with a white button-up top tucked into black pants.

1990 Hollywood Walk of Fame

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While showing off his newly added plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jackson wore his all-black signature Rhythmic Nation 1814 see.

1990, Billboard Music Awards

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In the very first edition Billboard Music Awards, Jackson donned a black underwired bralette and cropped blazer. She also wore leather pants and a chunky western-inspired buckle belt and silver hoop earrings.

1992, Soul Train Music Award

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At the 1992 Soul Train Music Awards, the singer wore a short-sleeved white top paired with a long black skirt. She then accessorized with large golden hoops and a black beret.

1992, IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards

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Janet Jackson attended the 1992 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards wearing a black long sleeve top tucked into baggy jeans and black leather boots. She was also wearing her buckled belt and a beret.

1993, Grammy Awards

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At the 1993 Grammy Awards, the singer wore a white suit with a matching white headband and a diamond necklace.

1993 Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Standing between producers Jimmy Jam and Terrence Lewis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Janet wore a black sweater vest with embroidered patches and a white shirt. She completed her look with black pants, shiny leather boots, black frames and a hat.

1993, Target Center

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In 1993, Jackson performed in Minnesota wearing a leather bralette under plaid flannel paired with denim jeans, a buckle belt, and a scarf.

1994, Oscars

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At the 1994 Oscars, Jackson was spotted with her then-husband Rene Elizondo wearing an all-white look, including an oversized white blazer with baggy pants, a diamond necklace and a white shoulder bag.

1994, Janet After the tour

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While celebrating his sold-out concert tour for the Janet album, the singer wore a cropped black turtleneck with distressed jeans and a black leather bag.

1994, MTV Movie Awards

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On stage for the 1994 MTV Movie Awards, she wore a black and white striped crop top with black joggers and boots.

1994, MTV VMAs

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At the 1994 MTV VMAs, the Janet star rocked baggy denim dungarees with a black top and black shoes, paired with a logo cap.

1995, Janet Tower

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During her sold-out London tour in 1995, the musician performed on stage in her coveted “If” outfit, which included an embellished cropped jacket and white top, along with high-waisted stockings, thigh-high snakeskin and an elaborate belt.

1995, MTV VMAs

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1997, The Velvet Rope album launch

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At the launch of his new album The Velvet Rope in 1997, the queen of R&B wore an oversized leather jacket with a green dress. She accessorized with gold hoops and a bling-out necklace.

1997, The Velvet Rope album release party

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During the launch party of his album for The Velvet RopeJackson wore a black macrame top with a black bra underneath with cargo pants and platform boots.

1997, The Velvet Rope album release party

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She was also seen at the album release party with model Naomi Campbell and singer Lisa Marie Presley wearing a gray blazer and black silk dress.

1997, MTV VMAs

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Wearing a red short-sleeved button-up top with a black silk maxi dress and red sandals at the 1997 MTV VMAs.

1998 Blockbuster Awards

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Jackson attended the 1998 Blockbuster Awards in a cropped black fuzzy cardigan and peeking bralette from underneath, along with khaki cargo pants and a black belt.

1998, Janet Jackson Press conference

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At a press conference in 1998, the musician wore a striped blazer with matching pants.

1998, The Velvet Rope Party

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Jackson was seen alongside Chris Rock in a gray tank top with black pants. She also teamed her look with her signature belt and a black South Park embroidered hat.

1999, Oscars

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Jackson is definitely a fan of the belly trend, as seen in a long-sleeved crop top with an elaborate skirt and diamond V-shaped necklace in 1999 at the Oscars.

1999, Source Hip Hop Music Awards

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As of 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards, the singer attended the red carpet event wearing a long black dress with an iridescent yellow corset.

1999, MTV VMAs

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The singer ended the decade alongside rapper Q-Tip, wearing a dark blue dress and a shimmering diamond necklace at the 1999 MTV VMAs.

Check out more 90s fashion moments from Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and Neve Campbell.

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Whitney Port goes casual in green pants and white sneakers – Footwear News

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Whitney Port revamped the stay-at-home style this week in tonal hues and classic kicks.

The former “Hills” star relaxed at home with her husband Tim Rosenman, sporting a teal knit sweater in her living room. The comfortable top was paired with dark green pants, which appeared to feature a windowpane pattern and soft texture. “‘I’m bored at home and I’m bored at home,'” Port captioned the photo, where she humorously posed with Rosenman with her arms crossed.

For footwear, the COZeCO founder donned a pair of pointed white sneakers. The monochromatic shoes featured an all-white palette with leather uppers, as well as matching laces and flat soles. The styling gave Port’s outfit a casual, modern edge, while proving their use both indoors and outdoors.

All-white sneakers like Port’s are an all-time staple, with looks like the Nike Air Force 1 gaining popularity among Gen Z in recent years. Styles typically feature all-white leather or mesh uppers and soles. Besides Port, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin and Vanessa Hudgens have been seen in all-white Nike, Naked Wolfe and Reebok sneakers in recent weeks.

When it comes to footwear, the “True Whit” author’s go-to styles vary in aesthetics and silhouette. The media personality is regularly seen in low-heeled loafers, slides and ankle boots from Bottega Veneta, Rixo and By Far. Port is also known for its penchant for sneakers, hailing from brands such as Adidas, APL and New Balance. On the red carpet, she is often spotted in slingbacks, pointy toes and strappy heels by Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Giuseppe Zanotti.

Revamp your WFH look with white sneakers like Port’s.


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To buy: Universal Thread Paige sneakers, $21 (was $30).


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To buy: Veja Espalar sneakers, $130.


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To buy: Kate Spade New York Lift Starlet sneakers, $178.

Click through the gallery to see more all-white sneakers over the years.

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‘Euphoria’ star Alexa Demie’s most stylish fashion moments over the years – Footwear News


HBO’s Max drama “Euphoria” put Alexa Demie – and her daring sense of style – in the spotlight. Ahead of the show’s Season 2 premiere, we take a look back at the star’s most stylish fashion moments over the years.

In the years since the start of her career, Demie has never shied away from wearing bold or feminine dresses on the red carpet. In recent years, her sets have included more daring details like cutouts, thong straps and corsets from brands like Bevza, Anka and Angelina Colarusso. However, she also favors romantic gothic looks, as evidenced by the voluminous dresses she has already worn at Giambattista Valli and Rodarte.

Although Demie has occasionally been spotted in black pumps, heeled sandals are clearly her shoes of choice. The star often wears pairs in black or nude tones, with an occasional touch of metallic, with stiletto heels and strappy silhouettes. Every now and then, she’ll put on a set with wedge soles.

At the screening of “Brigsby Bear” at the LA Film Festival in June 2017, Demie wore a white tulle mini dress with an off-the-shoulder silhouette. The romantic piece was paired with chunky gold earrings and black leather pumps.


Alexa Demie attends the “Brigsby Bear” screening at the LA Film Festival at ArcLight Hollywood in Hollywood, California on June 17, 2017.

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For the Los Angeles premiere of HBO’s “Euphoria” in Hollywood in June 2019, Demie donned a snake-print bodycon dress by Anka. The glove-sleeve number gained a smooth edge from a backless silhouette, as well as integrated thong straps covered with crystals. Demie paired the piece with sparkly earrings and black strappy sandals.


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Alexa Demie attends the Los Angeles premiere of HBO’s “Euphoria” at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on June 4, 2019.

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Attending the “Waves” premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September 2019, Demie walked the red carpet in a yellow silk Bevza dress. The star’s bustier was worn with a chunky glittery choker and layered jewelry, evoking a pure early 2000s vibe, much like the outfits worn by her “Euphoria” character Maddy Perez.


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Alexa Demie attends the “Waves” premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theater in Toronto, Canada on September 10, 2019.

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Demie’s penchant for long, voluminous dresses at formal events continued in February 2020 at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar viewing party. The actress wore a transparent black Giambattista Valli dress for the occasion, which featured a floral lace skirt and massive puffed sleeves.


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Alexa Demie attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation 2020 Oscars Viewing Party on February 9, 2020.

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Click through the gallery to see more of Demie’s most stylish looks over the years.


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Creativity, style at the Rhoda Michael show | The Guardian Nigeria News


Fashion designer Rhoda Michaels recently hosted a show for her graduate students to showcase their talents and skills.

The 52 graduate students, at the event, paraded with models displaying designs. Among them was a 15-year-old boy, who also showed his skills. Wedding dresses, children’s wear, casual wear, red carpet outfits, men’s and women’s clothing were on display at the show.

The event was organized to help them launch their brands and showcase the practicality of what they learned.
CEO Rhoda Michaels frowned at the mistaken belief that tailoring / fashion design was for school dropouts.

He said, “Fashion is science. It’s math. You can’t be here if you don’t know math. We teach pattern drawing, which is similar to technical drawing. If you are not smart, you cannot get away with it. The 15-year-old was trained for three weeks while others learned for three months, six months and even a year and a half …

“The Nigerian fashion industry has evolved tremendously. Gone are the days when you saw older designers, but now you see younger designers everywhere. I see our designers competing on the world stage. They will excel because they have been properly trained.

Nollywood actors Yinka Quadri, Muka Ray Eyiwunmi and Wale Sanusi graced the occasion.


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Fashion photos through the years


Jane fonda has walked the red carpet for over six decades. Over the years, the iconic actress has blown fans away with some of the best and most fashionable looks we’ve ever seen.

the Grace and Frankie The star rose to fame in the mid-1950s after trying her hand at modeling for several years. Jane, who was born on December 21, 1937 to her actor father, Henry Fonda, and socialite mother, Frances Ford Seymour, followed in her father’s footsteps in Hollywood.

In 1954, Jane was first noticed for her acting skills when she starred alongside her father in a production of The country girl. However, it was in the 1960s that the fashion icon‘s career took off. In fact, its appearance in the 1960s Sleeping story led to roles in the 1962s The Chapman Report, 1964 House of joy, 1967 Bare feet in the park, 1968 Barbarella and more.

It didn’t take long for Jane to solidify her status as a critically acclaimed star. Besides roles in romance films and comedies, she also landed more serious films like 1969. They shoot horses, don’t they?, which earned him his first Oscar nomination. Two years later, the chase away the star won an Oscar for the years 1971 Klute.

Jane continued to act throughout the ’80s and’ 90s, but she also juggled the all-important role of being the mother of her three children, Vanessa Vadim, Troy garity and Mary luana williams. The actress shares Vanessa with her first husband, Roger Vadim, and her son Troy and daughter Mary with her second husband, Tom Hayden.

Now that her children are all grown up, Jane has put the focus back on her career. In addition to landing roles in blockbuster films like those of 2005 Monster-brother, 2011 Peace, love and misunderstanding and 2017 Our souls at nightJane is also a dedicated civil rights activist.

Looking back on her career, the Golden Globe winner couldn’t be prouder to have such an impressive run in showbiz. She is especially happy with the mark she left in the style industry.

“I think it’s crazy that at my age people call me a fashion icon,” she said. W reviewed in 2015.

Scroll through the gallery below to see Jane’s best looks over the years!


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The celebrity red carpet trends that defined 2021


Written by Megan C. Hills

After a year of awkward Zoomed-in awards speeches and tie-dye hoodies, it was a relief to see the stars return to the red carpet. Glamor is back in full force, filling our streams with color, sparkle and flashes of nostalgia.
With highlights like Billie Eilish’s frothy Met Gala ball gown and Lady Gaga’s alien microrobe Valentino, 2021 was the year celebs got to redefine their wardrobe – and many have delivered. Below are some notable trends.

Dopamine dressing

Bright colors, sparkling dresses and playful looks brought joy to celebrity wardrobes this year, as stars gleefully dressed in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. At the Emmys, Michaela Coel was stunned in a yellow highlighter Christopher John Rogers outfit, while Anya Taylor-Joy was pictured of a retro Barbie in a fascinating hot pink dress at the Venice Film Festival. Others channeled their inner disco ball: Dakota Johnson’s fringed Gucci creation stood out at the Venice Film Festival, and most recently, Olivia Rodrigo’s periwinkle dress at the American Music Awards sparkled as she stood out. slipped under her feathered hem.

Archive mode

Cardi B attends the “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” photocall as part of Paris Fashion Week at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs on September 28, 2021 in Paris, France. Credit: Richard Bord / WireImage / Getty Images

Fashion history became this year’s biggest red carpet flex, as stylists and celebrities searched for rare archival pieces from decades past. Growing interest in upcycling and vintage undoubtedly played a major role in the trend, which included Rodrigo donning a 2001 Versace ruched dress at the MTV VMA Awards and archival queen Bella Hadid seen in vintage Gucci, Stella McCartney. for Chloe and more on the street snaps. And who could forget the olive green Jean Paul Gaultier dress worn by Kylie Jenner?

Dare to get naked

Zoë Kravitz attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

Zoë Kravitz attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

Post-lockdown red carpets were sexier than ever as some pandemic restrictions relaxed and celebrities returned to the public eye. See-through dresses, such as Zoe Kravitz’s Saint Laurent Met Gala look and Megan Fox’s Thierry Mugler dress (paired with a nude thong) at the MTV VMAs, have been seen at many major events, while other celebrities like Zendaya, Kendall Jenner and Halle Bailey went for cuckoo cutouts.

Carey Mulligan, Rina Sawayama and Alicia Keys wore sophisticated bellyless sets throughout the year, while Lil Nas X, Kim Kardashian and Hailey Bieber were among those who covered themselves in bodycon jumpsuits that left little in the way. imagination.

Fluid men’s clothing

Troye Sivan attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

Troye Sivan attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

With Gen Z defying gender binaries on TikTok and talk of fluidity reverberating through the fashion industry, celebrities didn’t hesitate to push the boundaries. With LGBTQ + stars in the lead – including Billy Porter in a pale pink suit and designer Harris Reed launching their first flowy fashion collection – others followed suit: Troye Sivan wore a minimal dress to the Met Gala and Kid Cudi wore a Floral dress inspired by Kurt Cobain for his Saturday Night Live performance, followed by a wedding dress at the CFDA Awards.

Some have taken more subtle approaches, most notably Bowen Yang, with his Syro wedge heels coming out of the hem of a pointy Emmy suit. Nail polish has also been widely adopted by stars such as Lil Yachty and Tyler the Creator, and Styles and Machine Gun Kelly have even launched their own nail polishes.

Fashion as an art of clothing

Bella Hadid poses as she arrives for the film screening "Tre Piani" (Three floors) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France on July 11, 2021.

Bella Hadid poses as she arrives for the screening of the film “Tre Piani” (Three Floors) at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, July 11, 2021. Credit: Valery Hache / AFP / Getty Images

The sight of Bella Hadid at the Cannes Film Festival this summer, wearing a Schiaparelli brass necklace designed to resemble a pair of lungs, stopped the internet in its tracks. This surreal artistic approach to fashion continued throughout the second half of the year.
Di Petsa’s wet look dresses, created by self-proclaimed interdisciplinary artist Dimetra Petsa and meticulously layered with tulle, have transformed stars such as sisters Hadid, SZA, Chloe Bailey and Megan Thee Stallion into water nymphs who seemed just emerging from the sea. Zendaya opted for a similar style, crafted in nude leather by Balmain, for the Venice premiere of “Dune.” Her look was counterbalanced by that of her co-star Timothée Chalamet, who was dressed in a glittering Haider Ackermann outfit that appeared to have been taken out of the night sky. Of course, who could forget Kim Kardashian’s dramatic look at the Met Gala – a faceless custom Balenciaga outfit that sparked questions about the celebrity’s nature while generating endless memes on Twitter.

Celebrity Returns

Gemma Chan paid tribute to Anna May Wong at the Met Gala.  Wong is considered the first Chinese-American Hollywood star.

Gemma Chan paid tribute to Anna May Wong at the Met Gala. Wong is considered the first Chinese-American Hollywood star. Credit: Getty Images

While many stars have gone all out with their post-containment wardrobes, others have stepped back to pause and pay tribute to those who led the way before them. Feedback on specific celebrity and model outfits was seen throughout the year.

At the Met Gala, for example, Gemma Chan paid homage to Chinese-American movie star Anna May Wong in a minidress adorned with Prabal Gurung dragons and curled braids, and Jaeger’s YouTuber Nikkie stepped out in a floral dress. with a ribbon that says “Pay it no spirit” pinned to its hem – a reference to Stonewall transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson. Kendall Jenner, meanwhile, channeled Audrey Hepburn with a see-through dress covered in crystals. The dress was a contemporary take on the one worn by Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”.
Zendaya has made a number of iconic nods, wearing a long version of Beyonce’s 2003 BET Awards Versace dress for the same event this year and a cutout yellow dress to the Oscars, modeled on one previously worn by Cher on “The Sonny & Cher Show.”
And Angelina Jolie kept returning references close to home at the London premiere of “The Eternals,” with girls Zahara and Shiloh wearing some of Jolie’s red carpet dresses as they accompanied her. Jolie wore a 2018 Valentino dress.

Year 2000

Avril Lavigne attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City.

Avril Lavigne attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz / WireImage / Getty Images

Championed by Gen Z stars like Dua Lipa and Addison Rae, the 2000s obsession continued through 2021. All the old trends were back in full force, spotted in Beyonce’s pink Versace wedge heels and Lipa wearing different butterfly outfits à la Mariah Carey – even a Von Dutch-esque cap was featured by Rihanna and Miley Cyrus.

Surprising brands like Ed Hardy and Juicy Couture have made a celebrity comeback, and retro basics like printed mesh tops, monogram prints and corsets have become staple pieces.

Other maligned Y2K styles, including hipster jeans and baby t-shirts, have also found their way into the closets of Lipa, Hadid and Kaia Gerber. This love for the 2000s shows no signs of abating, and it’s likely we’ll continue to see celebrities championing the decade until 2022, with Versace, Fendi and others all leading the movement.



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Still shopping for the art and fashion lovers in your life? This chic museum product will make them happy


Welcome to 12 Days of Artmas, our new non-denominational holiday extravaganza – an Advent calendar with gift ideas and stories for art lovers of all stripes, every day until December 24.

When you hear the words ‘museum gift shop’ what probably comes to mind is a range of overpriced Georges Seurat magnets and Gustav Klimt postcards, maybe an Andy Warhol pencil sharpener for for good measure. But these days, more and more art institutions are collaborating with fashion designers to present selected products that are in fact highly coveted.

From cult favorites like Brother Vellies to biggest luxury houses like Moschino, here are five museum designer collaborations and their coolest products.

Lingua Franca x The Whitney

The “HEAR LISTEN” sweatshirt by Lingua Franca x Christine Sun Kim at The Whitney. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: Lingua Franca (LF) is one of New York’s most beloved small businesses making a difference, with really cute cashmere sweaters. LF employs local women to embroider its pieces with cheeky phrases, paying them a living wage while donating a portion of the profits to charity. To date, he has raised over $ 1 million for organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.

What: In response to customer demand, the Whitney Museum boutique is partnering with Lingua Franca for the fourth time, with their latest offering inspired by the works of Christine Sun Kim. The “TO LISTEN The LISTEN sweatshirt ”highlights the artist’s emphasis on the ways we communicate; her message is embroidered in Kim’s own handwriting.

How much: $ 160 ($ 144 for members) for the cotton sweatshirt; $ 300 for the cashmere version.

Brother Vellies x the Met

Brother Vellies x The Met.  Courtesy of the museum.

Brother Vellies x The Met. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: This exclusive Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) collection with Brother Vellies is from the Met Costume Institute’s two-part exhibition devoted to American fashion. Founder Aurora James—who started the 15 percent promise and honored the cover of the September 2020 issue of Vogue in a painted portrait by Jordan Casteel – Launched the Brooklyn-based luxury accessories brand in 2013 to help keep traditional African design practices alive while employing local artisans. (Talk about a match made in art history heaven.)

What: The capsule collection (available only via the Met’s Instagram store) features sweatshirts and t-shirts stamped with the words “American As Me,” as well as basket-woven handbags and recycled denim shirts celebrating American fashion in all its glory.

How much: From $ 55 for a t-shirt to $ 350 for a handbag.

Comme des Garçons x LACMA

Comme des Garçons x LACMA.  Courtesy of the museum.

Comme des Garçons x LACMA. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) currently holds no less than 19 works by Comme des Garçons (CdG) and its founder, Rei Kawakubo. Kawakubo, who was the subject of the Met Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition, showcased an avant-garde style focused on the “in-between” between boundaries; her seemingly impossible-to-wear clothes have become de rigueur on the red carpet and beyond.

What: CdG wallets come in a red and green tartan (what a party!), Which is one of Kawakubo’s favorite prints, while its small leather pouches come in solid dark green and black.

How much: $ 207 ($ 186.30 for members).

Moschino x The Academy Museum

Moschino x The Academy Museum store.  Courtesy of the museum.

Moschino x The Academy Museum store. Courtesy of the museum.

Which: Calling all moviegoers! If you haven’t been to the newly opened Academy Museum in Los Angeles yet, you can always bring home some of the movie magic with a selection of goodies from the Academy Museum Store. One of the highlights is a capsule collection designed by Moschino frontman Jeremy Scott, who collaborated with Oscar-winning costume designer Arianne Phillips to bring aspects of The Wizard of Oz to live.

What: The Ruby Slipper Sequin Bag is the perfect glittery accessory to enhance any girl’s ensemble.

How much: $ 480.

Vans x MOCA

Judy Baca at MOCA x VANS.  Courtesy of the Museum.

Judy Baca at MOCA x VANS. Courtesy of the Museum.

Which: Two Californian classics, Vans and the LA Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), have come together once again to showcase the creations of three artists on classic Vans styles. Details of the works of Judy Baca, Frances Stark and Brenna Youngblood are engraved on the Vans Authentic, Old Skool and SK8-HI styles.

What: A panel of the mural by Judith F. Baca The wall of the world: a vision of the future without fear (1990-2014), a design inspired by a still by Frances Stark Poets at the stake III (2015) and Brenna Youngblood Democratic dollar (2015) will give your kicks a boost.

How much: $ 70 to $ 90, depending on the style.

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Law Roach on his strength in fashion, Style Influencer Award FNAA 2021 – Footwear News


On November 30, Law Roach will be honored as Style Influencer of the Year at the 35th Annual FN Achievement Awards. Below is an article from the print issue of the November 29 magazine.

For a non-model, Law Roach makes modeling easy. It’s a late afternoon in New York and I quietly walk up a flight of stairs to a photoshoot at Grand Marnier, where Roach climbs a ladder with one foot on a step and the other protruding. He wears a black and white houndstooth coat and puffy skirt with spectacular platform heel boots. His hair is in braids and beads, which clicks between clicks as he strikes a new pose.

“I like the way you move after each shot. I usually have to tell people to do it, ”explains the photographer.

Clearly, Roach is a pro. He’s been in 30 cover sessions this year alone, despite being typically behind the biggest celebrities in camera-style entertainment. “I was also a judge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ for two seasons, so I know,” he jokes.

The stylist partnered with the French cognac house to throw a party in Manhattan and was capturing content for the company before guests arrived. One would expect anxious energy before such an event, but Roach exudes calm. He is playful, drinks the prop drinks behind the bar. He is no stranger to this type of setting: before his foray into the world of fashion, he was a bartender in Chicago.

The day is a glimpse into Roach’s busy life, entering a new phase. It’s not often that stylists are talked about in the same breath as their clients, but its impact on fashion is undeniable.


Law Roach in a blazer, tank top, jeans and platform boots by Rick Owens; shot exclusively for FN.

CREDIT: Sage Est


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Law Roach in a blazer, tank top, jeans and platform boots by Rick Owens; shot exclusively for FN.

CREDIT: Sage Est

Many are familiar with Roach’s work with Zendaya. Over the past decade, the two have created countless red carpet stunners together, cementing her as a fashion icon – a title she won at the CFDA Fashion Awards this month. And Roach remembers every look.

“I firmly believe that the universe is putting me in people’s lives exactly when this is supposed to be happening,” he said. “When Zendaya and I started our journey, it was all about being a chameleon. Her style isn’t having a style, it’s being able to do what she wants when she wants to do it. think it’s a trend that I was at the forefront of.

Roach became known for his ability to disrupt. As he puts it, “You’re not going to call Law Roach if you just want to wear a pretty black dress,” he said. “I was at the forefront of vintage on the red carpet, [for example]. It showed me that I have influence, that I am influential in this way. “

Aside from Zendaya, Roach has designed the images of stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Anya Taylor-Joy, Lewis Hamilton, Halsey and Tiffany Haddish. And even when he’s no longer working with a client, Roach said the plan is already set for the next person to come. Hence its self-proclaimed title “image architect” (which is a registered trademark, by the way).

“Stylists, we are the ones who move [trends]. We are the ones who take something from
trail to real life. And I think we should get more credit for that, ”he explains. Designer Tommy Hilfiger seems to agree: “Law has an exceptional eye. He is a master storyteller and every detail of his work is well thought out. What sets him apart is that he’s not afraid to take risks with fashion and he does so in a way that is authentic and unique to each client he works with. He is a genius of style.

A NATURAL HUSTLER

The next day we’re back on set as Roach prepares for his FN cover shoot. Just five years ago, he was here behind the scenes, helping to direct Zendaya’s cover moment to mark the launch of his shoe line in 2016.

His new position in front of the camera is a testament to Roach’s evolution and work ethic.


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Law Roach covers the November 29 print issue of FN.

CREDIT: Sage Est

“I’m a born hustler,” he said of his early days in fashion, where he traveled to New York from Chicago, pretending to be local so as not to miss out on opportunities. “I wanted people to say my name like the best one to ever do. And that’s what I was working towards. I didn’t know how I was going to get there. I didn’t have a clear plan. I just wanted to be the best.

Her days are now similar to those of a sleep-deprived new mom. He gets up at 3 a.m. about four days a week, works with clients and takes on a new position in London that he hasn’t been able to disclose. Then he goes back to bed around 6 or 7 a.m., only to wake up at 9 a.m., when his LA office opens.

This work, while exhausting, is fuel for Roach.

“I still have a lot of passion for what I do. I don’t think who I am as a person – what I look like, being a black man – has never existed in this world on this level. So I hope that my presence leaves room for other people who are like me. It’s the biggest motivation for me to work as I work, ”he said.

And he made room – literally – at the Met Gala this fall, when Hamilton tasked Roach with hosting a table filled with black talent. This included Roach, designers Kenneth Nicholson and Edvin Thompson, stylist Jason Rembert and others.

“The beautiful thing about that night was that the whole was greater than the sum of the parts. This moment had all these blacks in a space that just opened up for us. And it was powerful, it was Black and it was strong, ”Roach said.

During our interview, Roach referred to another up-and-coming black shoe designer, Sunni Sunni, as someone he admires and supports – at his own expense.

“Law Roach has been amazing to me since starting Sunni Sunni and had a big impact on my show,” said designer and founder Sunni Dixon, who was also on FN 2021’s Emerging Talent list.

In this business, anyone of influence is usually sent a free product, but for Roach it was important to pay for Sunni Sunni shoes.

“We can use social media and stand up for someone, but if you’re not really using your influence to change people’s economic status, then that doesn’t really mean to me,” he said. “Where I’m from, you kept your money under your mattress. I didn’t understand how to have a real, genuine relationship with money. Now I am becoming more financially literate. And as much as I’m learning, I want to be able to teach it to other people who are like me.

JUST HAVING FUN

Back on the set of FN, Roach impresses the photographer. Beyoncé plays in the background and he gives Michael Jackson a foot in a 10-pound Marc Jacobs look paired with a Mary Janes platform. “I’m different,” Roach laughs.


Law Roach, Fnaa

Law Roach in an overcoat, puffer jacket, sequined tunic, pants, sunglasses and platform Mary Janes, all signed Marc Jacobs.

However, the work doesn’t stop even when it’s its time to shine. While filming, a young man (who may or may not be our new favorite webslinger) calls Roach on Facetime. “It’s beautiful, you look fmind blowing cking, ”I hear Roach say. (Later that night, one of his clients, Tom Holland, attended the 2021 GQ Men of the Year Awards in a costume Roach would likely describe as “fmind blowing cking. “)

The balance between being a stylist and creating your own brand is not easy. In fact, Roach is still trying to figure it out. “At the heart of who I am, I’m in the service industry,” he says. “I always have to come up with the mindset that doing something for me can’t interrupt the service I’m paid for, because that’s what pays my bills.”

That’s not to say his aspirations aren’t greater than ever.

Roach’s agent and Only Agency CEO Kent Belden said it was only a matter of time that his success as a stylist would lead to a range of opportunities. “I am constantly impressed with his dedication to fostering emerging talent and using his influence to inspire a new generation of talent,” said Belden. “Right now, the name Law Roach is synonymous with big names in fashion, and that’s just the beginning of its legacy.”

Roach dreams of becoming a Creative Director and ultimately wants his own lifestyle brand that covers everything from shoes to food. More immediately, however, a natural transition takes place through collaborations with brands.

“I’m going through the process to become more audience oriented and that’s something I understand,” he said. “I’m having fun, I’m going to make mistakes. I don’t want to fail. I get comments that what I do makes people happy and it makes me happy so I’m able to just make people feel something.

For more photos of Law Roach from the FN cover photo shoot, click the gallery.

Hair by Antoinette Hill
Makeup by Amber Amos
Stylized by Law Roach FN
Style Director Shannon Adducci
Wardrobe by Posh McKoy

For 35 years, the annual FN Achievement Awards – often referred to as the “Shoe Oscars” – have celebrated fashion stars, top brand stories, ardent philanthropists, emerging talent and industry veterans. The 2021 event is supported by main sponsor Nordstrom, as well as Authentic Brands Group, FDRA, Informa, On and Wolverine Worldwide.


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In the sweet private life of Virgil Abloh with his wife Shannon


For many in the fashion world, Virgil Abhol, 41, was a maverick, a fashion underdog who became famous for his headlining catwalks. Nicknamed the “Karl Lagerfeld for Millennials,” he rose from relative obscurity to the height of his art. He hung out with the coolest kids, hung out with his best friend Kanye West, ‘smashed’ fashion weeks, disrupted the industry and founded one of the world’s hottest streetwear brands, Off-White – a brand which has become as famous for its hoodies and t-shirts as its huge social media success. In 2018, he became the first African-American artistic director of French men’s fashion Louis Vuitton.

The shock news of the death of the 41-year-old cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, sent reverberations into the fashion world last night. “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh,” said his wife of 12 years, Shannon Abloh. a statement on the creator’s Instagram page. “He has chosen to endure his battle in private since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing many difficult treatments. He is also survived by his children Lowe Abloh and Gray Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh and his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh.

Virgil Abloh appears at the end of his Spring / Summer 2019 collection for Off-White during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris. That same year, he was diagnosed with cancer which killed him at age 41.
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Shannon Abloh (above) met her husband at school and lived in Chicago while working in Paris.
Shannon Abloh (above) met her husband at school and lived in Chicago while working in Paris.
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As the news spread around the world tributes came from afar, with prominent friends including Pharrell Williams, Victoria Beckham and Kanye paying their respects. But if her fashion career was filled with stars, her family life was quite the opposite. Born in Rockport near Chicago, Abloh was the son of Ghanaian immigrant parents. Her father worked in a painting company and her mother, Eunice, as a seamstress. She taught Abloh to use a sewing machine, and at a young age he started designing t-shirts.

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Designer Virgil Abloh, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Karlie Kloss in the Off-White runway finale for Paris Fashion Week.
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He met his childhood sweetheart Shannon (née Sundberg) while they were both still in school. The couple later moved to Wisconsin where Shannon studied management and marketing at Edgewood College and Abhol began a civil engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison before studying for a master’s degree in architecture at the ‘Illinois Institute of Technology.

Abloh and Kanye West (middle, with ex-wife Kim Kardashian) were frequent artistic collaborators.
Abloh and Kanye West (middle, with ex-wife Kim Kardashian) were frequent artistic collaborators.
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Virgil rarely spoke of his wife in interviews, but there was never any doubt how strong their bond was. According to reports, after a 10-year courtship, Abloh decided to ask the question but realized he would have to get creative to take her by surprise. He asked her if she could drive with him to the airport for a work trip as she normally did and as they swapped the driver’s seats he caught her completely off guard and got down on his knees. . “I was completely surprised – I couldn’t believe it! Shannon said at the time.

Shannon Abloh was often seated in the front row of her husband's shows.
Shannon Abloh was often seated in the front row of her husband’s shows.
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The couple married in 2009 at the Chicago Four Seasons, the same year Abloh decided architecture wasn’t for him after all and found an internship job with fashion label Fendi. It was a big family wedding, Abloh would have left most of the arrangements to the bride, while playing a “supporting role”. The bride wore ivory-colored Amsales and purple-blue shoes, the groom wore a tuxedo and white tie, and the couple sat at different guest tables for each course to make sure they were chatting with all of their people. family and friends. During the ceremony, the couple read each other special emotional promises. “The funny thing is that we wrote them separately – and we didn’t share them with each other – but they were very similar! Shannon told the bridal magazine Inside Weddings at the time.

Virgil Abloh and his wife Shannon chat backstage at the Off-White Menswear Fall / Winter 2019-2020 show.
Virgil Abloh and his wife Shannon chat backstage at the Off-White Menswear Fall / Winter 2019-2020 show.
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Recalling her husband’s wedding speech, she said, “His words were so heartfelt and heartfelt. He made everyone laugh, cry and smile… this is the moment I was dying to see on our wedding video. Virgil humbly added that one of the best parts of marriage was the people who helped make it happen: “The stress and tension never got past their high spirits. More than anything, this is what created the most special night of our life, and we are so grateful. “

Flowers are seen outside the Off-White flagship store in London.
Flowers are seen outside the Off-White flagship store in London.
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Throughout Virgil’s meteoric rise, Shannon, 41, has remained largely out of the spotlight. She was however a strong supporter of her husband’s career, attending shows and red carpet events, later with their two young children, son Gray and daughter Lowe. As her career followed a different, more conventional path – she first worked as a media planner for Yahoo, then later as a program manager for Monster – she continued to be a front row fixture at all of her shows. .

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Abloh standing between his sister Edwina (left) and Shannon for Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring / Summer 2019 Fashion Show.
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The family was based primarily in Chicago, with Abloh commuting, racking up formidable airline miles. If integrating family life into Vuitton’s men’s fashion direction was a balancing act, he never showed it. His private life was basically a closed book. “I don’t want to be a celebrity designer,” he once said. “I want to keep my personal life out of this.” He was famous for his formidable work ethic – it is said that he never sat in place, refused to have a desk, and did all of his work on the go by iPhone. But despite this, his lifestyle at millions of miles an hour seemed to be taking its toll. Under the orders of a doctor, the creator announced in 2019 that he was taking three months of leave and public appearances. “I’m changing gears,” he said at the time.

Shannon Abloh poses with her children Gray and Lowe, both under five, for the Off-White Menswear Fall / Winter 2019/2020 show.
Shannon Abloh poses with her children Gray and Lowe, both under five, for the Off-White Menswear Fall / Winter 2019/2020 show.
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Shannon’s post on her husband’s Instagram page describes him as a “fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend.”

The unwavering loyal support of his wife and family has undoubtedly been the key to his success. “Through it all, his work ethic, endless curiosity and optimism have never wavered,” said the tribute. “Virgil was motivated by his dedication to his craft and his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He would often say, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself”, deeply believing in the power of art to inspire future generations.



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Monique Lhuillier, Bridal Designer for Britney Spears, on 25 Years of Weddings


Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

Filipino American fashion designer Monique Lhuillier wants to make your dreams come true. She wants you to imagine yourself dressed in cream silk, lace and verdant flowers, running through the gardens of Lake Como and toward the love of your life – a scene captured in one of her brand’s recent campaigns.
“People come to me for this fantasy,” explained Lhuillier, who is best known for designing wedding dresses for Britney Spears and Reese Witherspoon, via video call. “They want that over the top look.”

Even during the pandemic, when marriages were curtailed and brides around the world were forced to put their plans on hold, the fantasy “never went away,” she added.

A dress from Monique Lhuiller’s latest bridal collection. Credit: Monique Lhuillier / KT Merry

“(The brides) never wanted to compromise on the dress. Even though they were going to have a little ceremony, they still wanted the dream dress … (if there were) five people in the room with them , or 200. “

Lhuillier has been distributing fantasies – and fulfilling her own dreams of running a successful label – since 1996, when she set up her eponymous brand in the basement of her parents’ house in Malibu without even a business plan (” we don’t have I don’t know nothing. for ten years when they devoted “90% of their time” to the business.

A floral dress by Monique Lhuillier.

A floral dress by Monique Lhuillier. Credit: Monique Lhuillier / Rizzoli

At the time, Lhuillier, who was born and raised in the Philippines and then lived in Switzerland, was inspired by a sense of “Californian ease,” she writes in a new book retracing her 25-year career. Her early designs offered romantic, modern silhouettes that were close to the body and embellished with unexpected details, from colorful belts to blush veils.

However, the brand was not, Lhuillier recalled, an instant dazzling success. As she ran between bridal shows and catwalks, calling out whoever would sell her brand’s dresses – while also running a Beverly Hills store and developing new designs – there was no time to work with. Hollywood stylists. And anyway, the pair “didn’t realize the power of celebrity dressing,” she said.

Angelina Jolie wearing Monique Lhuillier at the 2002 Golden Globes, accompanied by Billy-Bob Thornton.

Angelina Jolie wearing Monique Lhuillier at the 2002 Golden Globes, accompanied by Billy-Bob Thornton. Credit: Gregg DeGuire / WireImage / Getty Images

But that all changed in 2002, when Angelina Jolie asked to wear one of her dresses for the Golden Globes. The elegant look was not a cream, beige or white, but rather a strapless black dress paired with a shawl and pearl necklace. Then, the following year, the brand was noticed when Lhuillier made for the first time a wedding dress for a “mega celebrity”: Britney Spears.

Big cut

Spears was splashed in every magazine back then. After kissing Madonna at the VMAs, then marrying Jason Allen Alexander – only to have the union called off 55 hours later – she went on to announce a surprise engagement to backup dancer Kevin Federline.

In search of a dress for the wedding, a friend and stylist of Spears contacted Lhuillier and arranged a series of dates in secret places to prevent the paparazzi from harassing the singer. It made it difficult to give Spears “the whole experience of a bride,” the designer recalled, as she couldn’t just show up to her studio.

Monique Lhuillier's ready-to-wear collection, presented during Spring-Summer Paris <a class=Fashion Week in 2017.”/>

Monique Lhuillier’s ready-to-wear collection, presented during Spring-Summer Paris Fashion Week in 2017. Credit: Monique Lhuillier / Rizzoli

“I didn’t just bring her two dresses, I showed her what I would show to (all) my brides, so that she could feel like she really had the (typical bridal) experience,” said said Lhuillier, explaining how the brand designed the bespoke lace, accessories and veil for Spears, as well as the dress.

Lhuillier was also commissioned to make a “fun and flirty” reception dress and dresses for the whole wedding party, in a strict color scheme. She was given six weeks to design and produce everything, a huge task considering she was also preparing to show off a ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week.

When the press found out about the wedding, the pressure mounted.

“The day before my show, I got a phone call from his team,” she recalls. They said, ‘People are finding out, so we have to get the wedding to take place earlier, so now you will have three weeks. ”

“(I told them) ‘OK, we’ll do it. Don’t worry.’ But inside, I was dying. “

Designer Monique Lhuillier attends a 2018 gala.

Designer Monique Lhuillier attends a 2018 gala. Credit: Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

In a way, she succeeded. Photos of the nuptials have been splashed in magazines and on the internet, with Spears’ white silk gown, embroidered train, and floor-sweeping veil in the spotlight. Soon more and more of his ready-to-wear items were appearing on celebrity red carpets, and Lhuillier “could sense the momentum” when people finally began to fully understand his French surname – loo-lee. -ei.

“It helped people figure out how to pronounce our name; it helped hearing it a few times on the (red) carpet. It really cemented our name and the idea of ​​Monique Lhuillier and glamor.”

A quarter of a century later

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the brand remains proudly independent, with Lhuillier as Creative Director and Bugbee as CEO. Their dresses – and now the furniture and jewelry, among other things – are American made, so the designer can stay “on the go”. (“It’s not the cheapest way to do it, but that’s how I like to work,” she said.)

Taylor Swift wearing Monique Lhuillier in 2014.

Taylor Swift wearing Monique Lhuillier in 2014. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Lhuillier is now more aware of the power of celebrity and has an employee in charge of VIP requests. Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Kaley Cuoco, Heidi Klum and Elizabeth Banks have all turned to her for major events, while Carrie Underwood and Lea Michele have asked her for their dream wedding dresses. Reese Witherspoon, a close friend of Lhuillier’s, wore the designer’s white dress and blush satin belt for her second wedding, to Jim Toth, in 2011.
In the preface by Lhuillier new book, Witherspoon wrote, “(Monique) understands why women want to wear something that makes them beautiful and how her designs will become part of the fabric of their lives.”
Indeed, Lhuillier’s knack for figuring out what women want to wear during life-changing moments remains astute, with her self-proclaimed “whimsical” new collection focusing on floral prints, colors and shorter hems. But the pandemic has damaged her business, as brides around the world have turned to Zoom fittings and scaled back their plans. With more time for her during the lockdown, the designer has taken care of a new line of fine jewelry. Created in collaboration with the retailer Kay Jewelers, it is a project close to the heart of Lhuillier, his grandfather being a jeweler.
The cover of Monique Lhuillier's new book, a retrospective of her career published by Rizzoli.

The cover of Monique Lhuillier’s new book, a retrospective of her career published by Rizzoli. Credit: Monique Lhuillier / Rizzoli

“Jewelry, for me, was a natural (progression). It’s part of history. Without a ring, there is no dress,” she said, adding that each piece is engraved with a short message from him.

Figuring out what comes next is a tall order, especially since she has already been shown at Paris Fashion Week, received a Presidential Medal of Merit from former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo and she received the seal of approval from American first ladies Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. Lhuillier said that as an immigrant who had lived in the United States for almost 35 years, it was “an honor” to dress the women of the White House.

First Lady Michelle Obama wore Monique Lhuillier in 2014, alongside her husband President Barack Obama.

First Lady Michelle Obama wore Monique Lhuillier in 2014, alongside her husband President Barack Obama. Credit: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images

The designer, who lived in the Philippines until the age of 14, said she still carries the country’s “kindness” and “traditions” to this day. Describing herself as a “citizen of the world” she said: “It was a gift to be raised in Asia… picking up all these cultures and bringing back family has always been the most important thing.”

Designer Monique Lhuillier (second from left) with models wearing her Spring 2019 bridal collection.

Designer Monique Lhuillier (second from left) with models wearing her Spring 2019 bridal collection. Credit: Monique Lhuillier / Rizzoli

Yet rather than creating designs inspired by the Philippines, she believes that “good design transcends so many different cultures.”

“I decided to create this brand so that women feel empowered and they feel beautiful.”


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Keri Russell elevates plunging maxi dress with bralette and sandals – Footwear News


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Keri Russell’s latest look is fresh and relaxed.

The “August Rush” actress was spotted walking around New York yesterday. For the ensemble, Russell donned a chic and minimalist ensemble including a flowing black maxi dress with a low neckline. Russell put on a white bra under the dress, which added the perfect amount of color contrast. The lack of accessories also made the outfit stand out.


Keri Russell is seen in New York.

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Keri Russell is seen in New York

Zoom on Keri Russell’s black sandals.

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Russell opted for a pair of black heeled sandals which elevated the outfit and tied it together.

When it comes to Russell’s typical fashion style, she tends to wear sophisticated looks that reflect her chic taste and aesthetic. When not on TV or at an event, Russell tends to sport simple silhouettes that have duality and durability in mind, like sleek jeans, loose T-shirts and tank tops. and light dresses. But when Russell makes special appearances, she adorns herself with brands like Saint Laurent and Kwaidan Editions. When it comes to shoes, Russell likes strong pumps, pointy sandals, and sleek boots.

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How did Balenciaga become so popular among fashion enthusiasts?


Balenciaga climbs to the top.

After reigning supreme for months, the Gucci house has been relegated to second place among the most popular fashion brands, overthrown by Balenciaga. A return to haute couture and a multitude of daring – and avant-garde – collaborations paved the way for this luxury brand to (re) conquer the hearts of fashion fans, notably driven by the notoriously hard-to-satisfy Gen Z.

Balenciaga seems to attract as much fascination as it does criticism, in large part thanks to a marketing strategy that can only be described as daring, if not totally crazy. Still, the fashion house is said to be the talk of the world to the point of becoming the most popular brand in the latest Lyst * report on trends and flagship brands for Q3 2021. The brand, led by Georgian Designer and founder of Vetements Demna Gvasalia has climbed five places in a few months to challenge Gucci, another particularly popular brand of Generation Z, which had until then been the undisputed leader of the ranking.

Fortnite, Simpsons, Kanye West

Although Balenciaga has always been a popular brand, its popularity continues to grow day by day. This rise was undoubtedly stimulated by the brand’s great comeback in haute couture last July – after about half a century of absence – and has grown steadily since the fall, with projects all more daring than the others. At the end of September, the fashion house unleashed social networks by announcing a collaboration with “Fortnite”, one of the most popular video games in the world, offering players the possibility of obtaining virtual Balenciaga fashion outfits and accessories, and, by extension, confirming the growing interest of luxury houses in Generation Z.

A few days later, the French fashion house struck again. During the presentation of its spring-summer 2022 collection at Paris Fashion Week, the brand released an unprecedented episode of “The Simpsons”, making Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and the rest of the gang the ambassadors of its last. looks. It was the world of luxury making a foray into pop culture – or vice versa – and an initiative that landed with full impact. And this mix of genres and cultures is an integral part of Balenciaga’s winning strategy. Indeed, the brand has understood that Generation Z, the new privileged target of luxury houses, does not want lockers or stereotypes.

As if to seal his success, it now seems a plethora of celebrities swear by Balenciaga – or almost. From Kim Kardashian to Rihanna to Kanye West – or Ye by her new name – the fashion house can count on a five-star cast to showcase its outfits. The brand’s success at the last MET Gala shows that Balenciaga is everywhere on the red carpet. Not to mention Balenciaga’s collaboration with the same Kanye “Ye” West when “Donda” came out. These bets may seem crazy at first glance, but they are winning on all fronts, as the luxury house has clearly never been so popular.

An ode to color and sportswear

According to The Lyst Index, Gucci is now the second most popular brand, ahead of Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Fendi and Saint Laurent. Dolce & Gabbana returns to the Top 20, closing the ranking.

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From July to September – a period marked by a return to a relatively normal life in many countries – trends were dominated by colorful pieces, sportswear-inspired clothing and a strong interest in accessories of all kinds. Prada’s raffia tote bag topped the list of most popular women’s items, followed by Versace’s Medusa Aevitas platform shoes in hot pink and terrycloth slides from Bottega Veneta. On the men’s side, the Adidas Yeezy sneakers remain uncontested at the top of the rankings, and more specifically the Yeezy Foam Runner, with searches up 411%.

* Lyst analyzed the online behavior of its 150 million consumers who search, browse and buy fashion items from 17,000 brands and online stores. The Lyst Index methodology takes into account consumer behavior on the platform, including conversion and sale rates. The study also takes into account Google searches, social media mentions and global engagement statistics over a three-month period.

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Why Jessica Simpson is the reigning celebrity fashion label – footwear news


Since Jessica launched her brand under Vince Camuto in 2005, it has become a rarity in the world of celebrity brands. So many people have come and gone, but his line has not only maintained itself, but has grown considerably to include a full range of lifestyle, including shoes, clothing, denim, sportswear. , accessories and household items.

“Vince told me early on to dream big,” said Jessica Simpson of the legendary shoe designer who died in 2015. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being part of a true collectable brand. lifestyle that was at the peak of his game for 16 years, but Vince could. After six months in the business, Vince knew. He was a legend and a talent in many ways, but for me it was. was his vision and attention to detail that was most inspiring. He really cared about how a woman felt in her place, physically and metaphorically. I thought I was here doing a line of cow boots. -boy and that alone was exciting, but he said to me, “Never stop believing this will happen.” I took that advice and I think about his passion and endurance all the time. I miss Vince. with all my heart and I have been truly blessed by God to have the most wonderful mentor in him.

Over the years, the brand’s collections have evolved, just like Jessica has. At the time of her debut, Jessica was the ultimate style icon of the early 2000s, wearing the hottest trends of the era, from her ever-popular daisy dukes to platform pumps.

Now the Y2K fashion is back – we’re talking hipster jeans, miniskirts, Juicy Couture tracksuits, trucker hats and baby t-shirts. And this month, Jessica paid homage to the era with a new Fall / Winter 21 style seen in the Asire Red Fringe boot, a modern update to her very first delivery in 2005: the Daisy boot.

“My personal style is a reverence to all fashion because I like to go American with my denim, rock’n’roll with my t-shirts, classic with a nightie dress, resentful with my flannels, French with lace and ankle boots, Italian with my corsets, Western with my boots, punk with my platforms and glam for a red carpet, but of course slipping a little leopard and embellishment into every look I can, ”explained Jessica. “I marry her completely. I just see him as I do. The only decade that makes the star cringe is the 1980s.

She described the line as a mirror of her own life’s trajectory, noting the addition of maternity and baby categories when she was pregnant and became a mother. Next, Jessica will focus more on developing home offerings, having recently redecorated her home.

Mom and business partner Tina Simpson, however, has her eyes set on rebuilding the brand’s international business on all fronts, while exploring a boys’ line, as well as skincare, health, la beauty, wellness and weight management.


Jessica Simpson on the cover of the October issue of FN.

CREDIT: Adam Franzino for the Jessica Simpson collection

For fans of the brand, many are in entirely new stages of their lives and are almost 20 years older than when they first discovered his heels.

So what’s holding them back? Jessica said some aspects of the brand have remained consistent, while also acknowledging customer understanding and listening because she is too. “If I need it, I know they need it,” she said. “We know who we are. We are meticulous – at times, even thorough – about the details. My mom and I have our finger on every commodity that arrives on a shelf. “

Many, however, would say that it was Jessica, the person, who built this unwavering loyalty.

“Jessica’s brand was built on relativity, and it all came from her reality TV debut,” said pop culture expert Danny Pellegrino, host of the “Everything Iconic” podcast. Throughout her career in entertainment, as a singer and actress, and in the “Newlyweds” series, Jessica has been classified in many boxes, from sex symbol to giddy blonde, and like many of her early-stage counterparts. , like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, she has been a key target in the media attack on women. Years later, we see firsthand the damage done to these celebrities. Yet Jessica persevered and never backed down from this trauma, which she discussed in her 2020 memoir, “Open Book.”

“Like everyone, there are sides and layers to Jessica that we’re all still unraveling,” Pellegrino said. “Her book gave us a glimpse of those versions of her that we thought we knew, to learn even more about those early stages of her career. Much like how she wasn’t afraid to express the messier parts of herself during “Newlyweds,” the book also didn’t back down from her struggles as a mother and young entrepreneur. Jessica’s fan base will not only continue to grow, but to connect with her in a deeper way as she continues to find ways to show us all the parts of her that we relate to, especially the sides that other celebrities would try to hide in an effort to look perfect.

For Jessica, overcoming adversity, whether in business or in life, is one and the same. “I swore to myself to find strength in every challenge, to find beauty in pain and to find hope in the present. I have learned that if I am honest with myself and open with everyone, I can be my strongest. I am now leading with my mistakes and am gentler on myself, ”she said. “All I can do is keep going.”



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Inside Conor McGregor’s fashion collection featuring tailor David August – the man who designed the infamous ‘F *** You’ costume – The Sun


CONOR McGREGOR has always been known for his pointy suits and sharp tongue.

And the Notorious has had a fashion line since 2018, working with A-list tailor David August Heil – the man behind the infamous “F *** You” costume.

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UFC star Conor McGregor has his own clothing brand with tailor David August HeilCredit: August McGregor
    Heil has been McGregor's tailor for years - and designed the infamous 'F *** You' costume

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Heil has been McGregor’s tailor for years – and designed the infamous ‘F *** You’ costumeCredit: Rex Features

August McGregor was first announced in 2017, ahead of McGregor’s hit boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

The range was supposed to drop in the spring of 2018, but was delayed – the clothes finally hit the shelves last year.

McGregor, who hasn’t fought since suffering a horrific ankle injury in his loss to Dustin Poirer at UFC 264, has since been spotted wearing clothes from his lineup.

The first drop of product was quite small, with four t-shirts, two hoodies and two caps on sale.

But since then, the company has grown with new lines, including jackets and sweatpants.

    McGregor in another of Heil's costumes

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McGregor in another of Heil’s costumesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Heil wants the collaboration to offer clothes at a lower price than his own collection

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Heil wants the collaboration to offer clothes at a lower price than his own collection

The couple first thought about the idea as McGregor, who also ventured into the beverage business and made millions with his Irish Whiskey Proper No. Twelve, was in the process of being outfitted for the ‘one of his tailor-made costumes.

When the line was announced, the Irishman said: “We casually discussed doing a line together, but finally got serious over the last few months.

“I credit David [Heil] with creating the look that has become my signature and there is no other person I know who understands how fashion can change a person – physically, mentally and emotionally. “

Heil is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after tailors.

    Heil outfitted top stars including Sylvester Stallone and Robert Downey Jr.

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Heil outfitted top stars including Sylvester Stallone and Robert Downey Jr.Credit: Getty – Contributor
    Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was one of Heil's loyal customers

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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was one of Heil’s loyal customersCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    David August Heil pictured with boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard

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David August Heil pictured with boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard

He’s been in the business since 1989 and has dressed some of the world’s most famous stars.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett are just a few stars who showed up on a red carpet in a David August costume.

Heil has his own line of clothing but was interested in working together to offer his designs at a lower price.

The David August costumes cost almost £ 5,000 – while the full bespoke experience can cost almost £ 10,000.

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    A hoodie from the August McGregor collection

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A hoodie from the August McGregor collectionCredit: August McGregor
    August McGregor t-shirts sell for around £ 40

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August McGregor t-shirts sell for around £ 40Credit: August McGregor
    Caps are also around £ 40

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Caps are also around £ 40Credit: August McGregor

McGregor regularly spends up to £ 10,000 on coats, while his colorful shirts cost almost £ 1,000.

Silk ties and t-shirts on David August’s website cost around £ 200.

The August McGregor range will be much cheaper, however.

T-shirts cost around £ 40 as are caps.

    McGregor, with son Conor Jr, wearing another David August three-piece suit

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McGregor, with son Conor Jr, wearing another David August three-piece suit
    McGregor regularly spends tens of thousands of dollars on David August clothes - though the tailor told him the fur coat was a bad decision

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McGregor regularly spends tens of thousands of dollars on David August clothes – though the tailor told him the fur coat was a bad decisionCredit: Splash News
    McGregor also created his own line of Irish whiskey, in which he and his partners then sold their majority stake for £ 400million.

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McGregor also created his own line of Irish whiskey, in which he and his partners then sold their majority stake for £ 400million.
    David August Heil in a custom jacket he made for Kobe Bryant

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David August Heil in a custom jacket he made for Kobe Bryant

August McGregor has also launched a collection of formal wear, with two-piece suits costing around £ 600.

Heil said in 2019, “By helping our celebrity and athletic clients use fashion as a platform to build their brand, I saw the potential to reach a wider audience for everyone involved.

“Our custom designs are expensive, so now we have the option of hiring someone younger.

“We will make this easy and affordable without sacrificing quality or fit.

    Heil revealed the pair got the idea while McGregor, here wearing one of the t-shirts, got adjusted for a suit

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Heil revealed the pair got the idea while McGregor, here wearing one of the t-shirts, got adjusted for a suitCredit: August McGregor
    McGregor previously said he was 'really passionate' about fashion.

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McGregor previously said he was ‘really passionate’ about fashion.Credit: Getty – Contributor

“I want every guy to experience the same power and confidence that Conor does when wearing one of our suits.”

On that famous ‘F *** You’ costume, Heil realized he was taking a risk: “It could have been really bad or really fantastic … and it turned out to be a grand slam.”

McGregor said of the brand: “Fashion is something that really excites me, and I’m excited to share exactly that with my fans by giving them a chance to share my iconic looks.

    McGregor is 'excited' to share his look with his fans

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McGregor is ‘excited’ to share his look with his fansCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Heil travels the world making and designing luxury clothing for high-end customers

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Heil travels the world making and designing luxury clothing for high-end customers
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“David and I have worked together for over a few years and I am proud of the brand and the signature styles we have created.

“We casually chatted about doing a line together, but we’ve finally gotten serious over the past few months. I know the public are going to love what lies ahead.”


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Homer Simpson was made for fashion


Applause, whispers, camera slamming, questionable music: these are the sounds of a classic fashion show. Laughter ? These are less frequent.

Yet several were heard last Saturday night, circulating in the 19th century Parisian theater where the great and wealthy house of Cristóbal Balenciaga jumped the traditional podium and screened a special 10 minute episode of “The Simpsons”.

It was a surprise lasting over a year, and the result of a sometimes grueling collaboration between two demanding creative entities known for their attention to detail. So far, it has been viewed over five million times on YouTube.

In the episode, Homer writes to Balenciaga (“Dear Balun, Balloon, Baleen, Balenciaga-ga,” he says as he struggles to pronounce the famous fashion name) on Marge’s birthday, explaining that his wife always wanted to own something by the brand.

He asks for the cheapest item, which the Balenciaga team interprets as “one of those American gags that nobody has” and sends him a dress that costs 19,000 euros. After wearing it briefly, Marge returns the dress with a note saying that she will “always remember those 30 minutes of feeling a little bit special”.

Back in Europe, Balenciaga Artistic Director Demna Gvasalia says her rating is “the saddest thing I have ever heard, and I grew up in the Soviet Union.” This is exactly the kind of woman I want to reach! He then goes to Springfield and decides to “save” the “styleless” by inviting them to model his clothes in Paris, explaining that he wants “the world to see real people in my show“.

The 10 minutes are filled with Easter eggs for die-hard “Simpsons” and Balenciaga fans. A Balenciaga private jet has a landing gear that resembles the brand’s famous sock sneakers; Waylon Smithers chooses a dress to wear when given his choice of outfit; Lisa initially recognizes that walking on a track is “superficial”, but then benefits tremendously.

The collaboration began in April 2020, when Mr. Gvasalia sent “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening an email about the collaboration.

Mr Gvasalia, 40, who was born in Georgia and watched the show when he was growing up, said the idea came to him during the first lockdown of 2020. He has a penchant for inserting Balenciaga into the trends of the mass market: Under his leadership, the brand collaborated with other American sensations, such as Crocs and Fortnite.

About the ‘Simpsons,’ he said, ‘I’ve always loved the wry humor, romance, and charming naivety of this one.’

‘The Simpsons’ executive producer and screenwriter Al Jean said that when he learned of the Balenciaga Project in January, “my response was,’ What is Balenciaga? “” He turned to Wikipedia for answers.

Her first pitch at Balenciaga had a similar setting to the one they ended up going with – Marge’s birthday wish – but diverged with Mr. Gvasalia’s character deciding that the brand’s next show would take place in Springfield. When the Balenciaga plane lands there, its models are not allowed into the United States because they are too thin and too good-looking. The people of Springfield become the role models, their nuclear power plant is the trail, and the ghost of Mr. Balenciaga appears.

But Balenciaga preferred that Springfield be brought to Paris, Mr Jean said. From there, the story was revised and edited – to the point that the writers joked about “Draft 52 of the Balenciaga script” – until two days before the screening in Paris.

Mr. Gvasalia made specific contributions to the scenario, Mr. Jean said. For example, the episode ends with Homer kissing and singing “La Mer” at Marge on a party boat after the show on the Seine. But Mr Gvasalia wanted one last joke, so he demanded that Homer’s jacket be set on fire by a Frenchman smoking a cigar. Mr Jean then suggested to Anna Wintour, who had appeared in the front row of the fashion show, to try and put out the fire with expensive champagne, which Homer would try to drink instead.

“She said, ‘Please don’t let me do this,’ so it became Demna,” Mr. Jean said. (Ms. Wintour otherwise approved of her likeness being used but declined to express her character, he said.) And that previous line about Mr. Gvasalia who grew up in the Soviet Union? The “Simpsons” team had decided to cut him, but Mr. Gvasalia demanded that he be reinstated.

He also asked, the day before the show, to change the color of a tear that Ms. Wintour sheds while looking at model Marge. The tear was too light and wouldn’t be readable on screen unless it was a darker blue. Mr. Jean and director David Silverman agreed.

“They were definitely our game in terms, down to the last detail, to make sure everything was perfect,” said Jean. “The animation team is the hardest thing they’ve had to do since ‘The Simpsons Movie’.”

Mr Silverman, who directed this 2007 film, said the biggest challenge was getting the “necessary precision in clothing,” which involved inventive post-animation effects to capture the distinct textures and movement, for example, from Marge’s runway look: a gold metallic ball gown.

Balenciaga sent the “Simpsons” team 15 looks to choose from for the final show, all based on designs from the past five years. But putting them on the bodies of these universally recognizable cartoon characters wasn’t that simple.

“It was difficult for us to grasp that balance between caricature and the integrity of the clothing,” said Mr. Silverman. “You translate the appearance of real clothes, real designs on these figures that are not exactly human proportions.”

Mr Silverman, who joked, but not really, saying this was how he spent his summer vacation, studied the footage from the parade to determine what the audience should wear and how the lighting should hit the podium.

The script also had to capture the peculiar absurdity of the luxury fashion world and Balenciaga’s stature in this world – something that cannot be absorbed on Wikipedia. Mr Jean said that in addition to the crash course at Balenciaga earlier in the year, watching the Netflix series on Halston, who was a big Balenciaga fan, helped him understand the excessive and evergreen culture of the fashion.

The secondary characters are also based on real people and animals, including Mr. Gvasalia’s husband, Loïck Gomez; their two dogs; Creative Director Martina Tiefenthaler (speaking); and the workers of the Balenciaga workshop who end the collection on the plane by singing “formidable, formidable”.

This is one of Mr. Gvasalia’s favorite scenes in the episode, he said, “It makes me so happy every time I watch it.”

As for Mr. Gvasalia’s voice, “we had to try to convince him to play himself, but he didn’t want to,” Mr. Jean said. He felt this was consistent with Mr Gvasalia’s recent decision to completely hide his face and body during public appearances, creating confusion among observers as to whether it was really him.

When asked why he wanted to align Balenciaga with “The Simpsons” and if he thought the brands had something in common, Mr Gvasalia replied that “it’s more personal to me”.

“I didn’t want to line anything up or make sense of anything. I just wanted to create an iconic visual story.

While the novelty of the collaboration made it surprising, the brands share a similar philosophy. They appreciate self-referentiality, break the rules of presentation (broadcast of an episode with live animation, turn a red carpet into a parade without telling anyone) and bridge the gap between the intellectual and the intimate. Mr. Jean called Mr. Gvasalia “an excellent collaborator” and Mr. Gvasalia described the experience as “the highest level of collaboration” and “a dream come true”.

“I didn’t realize how complex it is to create a 10 minute episode, so immense respect for that,” he said.

Whether the act is meant to challenge the seriousness of fashion or the public’s notions of luxury – bringing Balenciaga to the suburban masses or bringing the suburban masses to Balenciaga – is something it will let critics debate.

What did he want from that? “A smile and a good dose of pleasure.


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Bridal Fashion Week: Andrew Kwon Bridal Collection


Korean-American designer Andrew Kwon had always imagined dressing women for the red carpet. The pandemic prompted him to change direction and focus on bridal fashion.

“I knew I would have a bride someday,” said Mr. Kwon, 25, who grew up in Colorado Springs and came to New York City in 2014. “I also knew I couldn’t stay home in waiting for Covid to go away. The brides were going to get married again. Weddings could be smaller or they would be postponed, but they needed their moment on the red carpet, which is walking down the aisle.

Mr. Kwon spent months reflecting on life and his career, and then he got creative. As of December 2020, he had six dresses and two veils. Her first bridal collection, Reminiscence, debuted at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Runway360, a digital platform for designers to publish their collections through videos and lookbooks anchored around Fashion Week and Fashion Week. married in New York.

This fall, he returns with his second collection, Dreamer. “I am a dreamer and everyone deserves the chance to believe in themselves,” he said.

In preparation for his release, Mr. Kwon conducted an outdoor photo and video shoot showcasing his 11-piece collection at Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY, which will again be featured on Runway360 on October 6. Private appointments in his studio in the clothing district. will follow.

What motivated your passion for bridal design?

In 2016, my mother remarried my stepfather. I remember the emotions I felt during the day and the emotions my mother felt when walking down the aisle. The trials she went through, the new chapter she was entering, the light at the end of the tunnel for her – it was an incredibly inspiring experience for me. I wanted to create that strength and resilience for other women.

What makes your wedding creations different from others?

I create a visual story. There is a story in the dress and the story the bride tells. When these two stories come together, that’s when the magic happens. My designs are modern, sleek and chic with a twist – interesting cuts, dramatic drapes in the back, and layering of different silk fabrics, such as crepe de chine, chiffon and tulle. I’m interested in movement, how the dress follows the bride and how she moves with her as she walks. The exciting moment is when nature organically moves the dress and you see it blowing and scooping up on the fabrics, especially if the room has floral embroidery or metallic lace. You can see and experience the opulence of highlights and colors.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I always start with a memory, an emotion, something that I saw of a performance that marked me, like Sophia Lucia, who is this incredible dancer from San Diego; or music like Abel Korzeniowski, Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins. These set a certain tone. It encourages reflection, inspiration and gives me strength when drawing or designing.

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What’s your process?

Once I’m inspired, I start drawing, which I do at my dining room table in my apartment, which is near Bryant Park. An image appears in my head when I am in this place that I am able to descend. I love to create moments, proportions and placement of embroidery in the dress. Next, I explore the fabric choices. The development takes place in my studio. I have a team of six people, including a seamstress, a cutter, a pattern maker and a workshop manager. We discuss the sketch and its meaning. The patterns are created digitally; draping occurs on the mannequins. It may take two to four months for a full collection to run.

You did your first series of trunk shows this year; how have they helped your career?

Hair salons are wonderful because you interact with the brides and the shopper in the store. My first was for 10 days in Bergdorf, Manhattan, right after Bridal Fashion Week in April, then Neiman Marcus, in Dallas, for five days. It allowed people to see my work for the first time. It gave me strength and confidence, and an impetus to continue. I had heard a lot of nays from retailers and other stores, who during Covid weren’t saying yes to new designers like me. Both department stores asked me to be part of their bridal salon, which prompted other bridal shops to be interested in me. It was also a great education to see what brides gravitate towards and what they don’t like.

What was the motivation behind Dreamer?

Mythology occupies a large place in my work. I wanted to create modern day goddesses and sartorial art. Each of the 11 dresses is named after a goddess. The collection features various weights of silk, metallic brocades, and white and metallic lace, some of which feature beautiful, intricate artwork. Eight dresses are white; three are colored. These were inspired by a trip I took in July to Provence, France. It was my first time there. The soft blue reminded me of the sky. A soft but bold green was reminiscent of the hills. A pastel yellow tulle ball gown reminded me of the sun shining on them.

Why did you decide to shoot your collection at Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers?

It is the most beautiful place. It’s as mythological as the collection. And both have a touch of modernism. The place is transcendent and peaceful and open to the public. It was founded in the early 1900s by Samuel J. Untermyer, and it has a fascinating history. There is music when you enter, there are extraordinary flowers and plants, trees, stones, sculptures, columns and waterfalls. I wanted to capture nature and how it plays a role in the movement of dresses and be able to capture sunlight on fabrics.

As an Asian-American, have you felt embraced by the industry?

I have always felt supported by the fashion industry. But being an Asian American during Covid and watching all the Asian hatred happen was very difficult and sad to see. The world needed beauty. This is partly why I made my collection. I couldn’t stop the Asian hate, but I could put something beautiful in the world and let people feel there was hope, and let the Asian community know that they could still achieve their goals. and find inspiration from others, like me, who were contributing, and follow their dreams during this time.

What is your favorite moment?

When a bride puts on the dress for the first time and sees herself in the mirror and puts her hand over her mouth and a sound escapes, and then nothing. There is just this silence, which you can feel. Their eyes widen and their expression changes and then freezes. When they are silent, all these thoughts go through their heads. It is a very strong moment, of which I am a part and which I witness at the same time.


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A “reset”? Not at Paris Fashion Week


On the final evening of Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury brand in terms of sales, invested a passage in the courtyard of the Louvre, where dozens of crystal chandeliers hung above of a double row of large glass mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.

The models stepped out to the sound of a turret clock, dressed in wide, bouncy satchel skirts and woolen silk-cuffed blazers, lace dresses layered over blue jeans, and sporty lace-up boots in fluorescent satin. These were complex and intriguing in their unusual proportions and flowing mesh of at least three centuries of dress styles. Designer Nicolas Ghesquière called it “the big ball of time “.

Then came another woman carrying a fabric banner that said “Overconsumption = Extinction”. She seemed to be a part of the show at first – until she stopped at the end of the track and was brutally abducted by security guards. This cast a chill over the rest of the event; the models did not make a second appearance for the finale, and when Ghesquière came to bow out, he was accompanied by a bodyguard.

Although a shame for the hundreds of people who had worked on the collection, for a climatic event, the timing and location was appropriate. There was something deeply unsettling about the return of these lavish displays of brand power during Fashion Weeks; of the sudden reappearance of designers, buyers and journalists (myself included) who, just over a year ago, called for a ‘reset’ of the fashion system – fewer catwalks, fewer creative exhaustion and a lower carbon footprint.

At Louis Vuitton, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière mixes past and present references. . . © Giovanni Giannoni

. . . like dresses adorned with velvet and lace combined with open-toe satin boots © Giovanni Giannoni

Bruno Sialelli from Lanvin presented playful dresses covered with a daisy print. . .

. . . alongside simpler and more sensual babydolls

Of course, commercially this makes sense. On the contrary, the last year and a half has proven just how well oiled the luxury machine is, especially among the industry mega brands. Despite the resurgence of Covid-19 in China, shares of LVMH, Kering and Hermès are trading at near historic levels. Shows are making a comeback as they boost sales and media attention.

Chanel Fashion President Bruno Pavlovsky saw it coming. In an interview during France’s first lockdown last year, he said he saw no reason for an overhaul of the fashion calendar; that six fashion shows a year worked well for Chanel before the pandemic and would continue to perform for the company after it.

Bar chart of 'soft luxury' * market share, Europe and UK only (%) showing major labels tightening their grip

“We have the strongest loyal local customer base we’ve ever had at Chanel,” he says now, speaking ahead of the brand’s Spring / Summer 2022 show. Although operating profits fell 41% between 2019 and 2020, Pavlovsky says travel restrictions have given the brand’s boutiques the opportunity to really listen to what local shoppers want – which, above all, is to “feel privileged”. Sales, which were already doing “very well” in China, the United States and in pockets like Dubai, are also picking up in Europe, where American tourists have started flocking to Chanel stores again this summer, he adds. .

This season, Creative Director Virginie Viard revisited Chanel’s heyday of the 1980s and 1990s, erecting a catwalk above the audience and surrounding them with old-fashioned photographers. The models were grinning and spinning like ’90s supers in simple black swimwear trimmed with sparkling white tweed skirts accented with chain sashes and flowing black chiffon dresses printed with butterfly wings.

It was elegant but not very exciting, devoid of the irony and wit that once animated the house’s iconic gold chains and tweed jackets under the late Karl Lagerfeld. Without them, these pieces are simply nostalgic.

At Chanel, Virginie Viard returned to the brand’s 80s collections with swimsuits and sports bras. . .

. . . alongside short pink dresses, multicolored jackets and denim suits

Hermès enlisted artist Flora Moscovici to create the atmospheric, orange-tinted backdrop for the show. . .

. . . for a collection of refined leather pieces in black, white, yellow and earth tones

It does not matter. Outside the pandemic period, Chanel’s ready-to-wear sales continued to climb under Viard. Chinese customers of the brand particularly appreciate its feminine approach, Pavlovsky says.

Same story at Hermès, where Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski showed the know-how of the house in a private jet terminal through smooth black leather suits and chiffon dresses delicately embellished with tiny glass beads, and small bags cylindrical with luxuriously thick silver handles. There is little need for Vanhee-Cybulski to push the limits on the podium; sales at Hermès have already exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

Givenchy designer Matthew Williams feels the need to push the boundaries – or at least define what the LVMH-owned house represents following the departure of Clare Waight Keller last year. For her first physical show, held in an arena northwest of Paris, a giant and expensive oculus was suspended from the ceiling, bathing in glowing white light the models dressed in the associated black neoprene riding vests. to stretch waders. , and the men in utility vests layered over narrow-cut pants.

There were a few decent looks here – cropped pantsuits and pictorial partings created in collaboration with Josh Smith in particular – but for the most part, this collection seemed to tread territory already occupied by other designers. Maybe that will develop when Williams starts experimenting with high fashion for her debut in January.

Givenchy’s creative director Matthew Williams mixed corsets and basques in tulle. . .

. . . with traditional couture fabrics and thigh-low clogs

At Miu Mui, Miuccia Prada revolutionized the preppy style by lowering the waist and showing off logo underwear. . . © Monique Feudi

. . . and cropping sweaters and shirts to reveal the models’ naked bellies © Monica Feudi

Miu Miu’s identity has at times been obscured by her sister brand Prada, but that is starting to change now that Raf Simons is co-designing Prada. “Before, I could have half of me in one place, half of me in the other,” Miuccia Prada told the FT earlier this year. “Now all of me is up to Miu Miu. This should be good for Miu Miu.

It was a very good collection, full of the beloved Miuccia signatures that recently disappeared from Prada: pleated schoolgirl skirts with chunky V-neck jumpers and neat straight jackets, sheer floral-appliquéd cocktail dresses. with gray ribbed socks and moccasins. These have been featured with bare bellies and the shortest skirts this season, but their deliberately awkward proportions have elevated them above conventional sensuality.

It was also reassuring to see such a wearable collection by Stella McCartney, whose curvy bodysuits, mushroom-print dresses, and lively, easy-going pantsuits were accompanied by little black bags made from mycelium, an alternative to cultured leather. laboratory. Although more expensive than her typical range, “it’s definitely cheaper than exotic skins,” she said. “And it doesn’t kill any animals, it’s not cutting down trees, it’s amazing technology that is truly the future of fashion.”

Stella McCartney has paired bodycon tops, cutouts and dresses with relaxed pants, knits and blazers. . .

. . . and launched the Frayme Mylo, a mushroom leather handbag

Models and guests paraded a Hollywood-style red carpet at Balenciaga. . .

. . . before entering a theater to enjoy the premiere of ‘The Simpsons I Balenciaga’

Not all shows marked a return to business as usual. A red carpet and a crowd of photographers greeted guests in front of the Théâtre du Châtelet, where Balenciaga gave his show. All the standard stuff, until the guests were seated inside, where the “show” turned out to be the red carpet itself, broadcast live on stage. Here, in relentless high definition, a mix of real celebrities – Cardi B, Elliot Page, Isabelle Huppert – took on camera-friendly poses alongside unwitting reporters, laughing and clapping inside the theater. Soon the looks of the collection began to appear, adjusted to the actors, the Balenciaga staff and various “friends” of the house.

It was a careful dismantling of the boundaries between performers and audiences that has also been expertly choreographed this season by Francesco Risso de Marni and Pierpaolo Piccioli from Valentino. The latter took his show to the streets, where students and audiences alike drank in the beautiful mix of jeweled and citrus-hued partings and silk shirts turned into dresses. Customers were free to stay and dine in restaurants afterward, thanks to Valentino. “Inclusiveness and humanity is what I want to offer today,” he said.

Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli reinterpreted classic couture in extravagant volumes and acrylic colors. . .

. . . and paired feathered looks with practical combat boots

Paris Fashion Week ended with a tribute to AZ Factory’s Alber Elbaz, who died in April. The show featured pieces from various fashion houses, including Valentino. . © imaxtree

. . . as well as drawings by Elbaz himself © imaxtree

The sense of community was also palpable at the AZ Factory memorial show for the late Alber Elbaz, where 47 designers created looks for an audience including his partner, Alex Koo, and France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron.

Return to Balenciaga. Just as the show seemed to end, the lights dimmed and on screen appeared Homer Simpson, desperate to secure something – anything – from the tag as a birthday present for his suffering wife. for a long time, Marge. The ironic film culminated with a Balenciaga show in Paris, modeled by the people of Springfield. The company described it as “the latest in a progression of activations that push some established boundaries between fashion and other forms of entertainment, culture and technology, moving the brand away from an easily defined category.”

I’m not sure the experience pulled Balenciaga out of “easily definable” categories, but it was fun, clever, and surprising. Everything you hope a physical spectacle should be. Because right now they’re not going anywhere.

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Swiss Watch and IWC partner with top Malaysian fashion designers


Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen go behind the scenes to discover the journeys of famous Malaysian designers in a rapidly changing landscape.

With the uncertainty created by today’s landscape, it goes without saying that change and transformation is happening quickly and beyond our control. On the contrary, it has driven many creatives to constantly experiment, evolve and develop their talents.

In a special collaboration to celebrate craftsmanship and strive for excellence, Swiss Watch and IWC are teaming up with three esteemed Malaysian fashion designers to talk about their personal challenges over the past two years and how they had to adapt and pivot to stay ahead. of their game.

Jovian Mandagie on staying together and trusting leadership

Since launching his eponymous brand – Jovian – in August 2012, Jovian Mandagie has established himself as one of Malaysia’s top designers. Jovian’s collections are highly sought after, and for good reason too, because his creations always aim to accentuate a woman’s look, whether it is a couture or ready-to-wear piece. That same intention played a big part in training Jovian through the COVID-19 crisis, which he admits has riddled him with uncertainty.

“I had no idea what was going to happen next, but luckily, with the support of my team and our ‘Jovianistas’, we were able to quickly turn the business from designing fashion clothes to items. essential like face masks, ”says Jovian. .

The decision to switch to accessories not only helped him weather the storm, but also opened up new opportunities for him in the world of styling.

He confides that despite their challenges, COVID-19 made Jovian’s team aware of different things about themselves. Whether it’s about trusting the leadership or depending on the team, supporting and supporting each other is extremely crucial. The crisis was an eye opener and highlighted the importance of staying together.

As a designer with a penchant for timeless, timeless and classic lines, Jovian is drawn to the IWC Portugieser Automatic Boutique Edition IW500713. With its attention to detail on a minute scale, applied Arabic numerals and slender leaf hands, the 42.3mm stainless steel model perfectly illustrates the Portugieser design.

Rizman Nordin on welcoming change and exploiting new opportunities

Rizman Nordin is a designer who connects with his unique flair and vision by combining colorful and glamorous plays on the red carpet. Running the famous fashion brand Rizman Ruzaini with its longtime business partner Wan Ruzaini Wan Jamil, the brand is known for presenting designs that are synonymous with their own distinctive identity.

But Rizman also has a tremendous business acumen to match his creativity as a designer. Finding opportunities and ways to be successful in business is fueled by his responsibility as a leader. When the pandemic hit, the brand immediately moved to an online platform to meet the ‘new normal’.

“I realized that people were staying at home, so I transformed my business to accommodate this new dynamic,” Rizman recalls. “I have a strong team behind me, and I know they depend on me, so that’s my motivation.”

While COVID-19 has been disruptive for all businesses, the designer admits being at home has given him the luxury of spending time with family. He was able to be with his wife throughout her pregnancy with their first daughter and watch her grow up, for which he is extremely grateful.

A busy man like Rizman is someone who divides his day into routines. To match his hectic lifestyle, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar IW503605 is the perfect fit for him. With its 46mm stainless steel case and blue dial, it carries on the long-standing tradition of Big Pilot’s perpetual calendar watches – keeping the wearer’s pulse on time and the tasks at hand.

Khoon Hooi on the power of perseverance in the uncertainty of time

Having been at the forefront of the industry since the late 90s, Khoon Hooi has become a household name in Malaysian fashion after launching his own brand. But alas – like most – the pandemic has proven to be a huge challenge for him.

“Our brand focuses on second-hand clothing, so COVID-19 has turned out to be a particularly difficult time for us,” shares Khoon Hooi. “There were no events, no weddings, and on top of that, we also ran the production on our own, which abruptly came to a halt.”

Despite the challenges, Khoon Hooi confronts them head-on. He changes gears and evolves his brand from a simple second-hand clothing design to the introduction of lifestyle creations that can be worn every day, such as loungewear, masks and kaftans for children. .

Khoon Hooi expresses that the lockdown made time feel like time was slowing down and made him think about his future. It changes his perspective as a fashion designer. He is also extremely proud of his team for stepping up and working together through the most difficult times.

Time turned out to be a luxury for Khoon Hooi. The designer admits that she is indeed precious, especially because of her busy schedule. For this reason, he finds the qualities of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 IW329301 very appealing. Functional and elegant, it exudes the qualities of a true pilot’s watch. The 43-millimeter stainless steel timepiece offers a strong presence on the wrist and is equipped with an automatic movement with automatic winding.

Discover hope through a creative lens

Through these unique stories shared by Malaysia’s top fashion designers, Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen offered insight into the challenges facing this diverse group of individuals. It highlights the creativity, tenacity and resilience that have been forged during times of adversity. Yet it also shows that despite the disruptions, this difficult time also presented an opportunity for many to adjust, reassess and take stock of their lives.

This collaboration between Swiss Watch and IWC Schaffhausen with Jovian Mandagie, Rizman Nordin and Khoon Hooi highlights the trials, tribulations and perseverance faced by many during the global crisis. This intimate journey of hope and inspiration told through the lens of these talented designers is intended to serve as an important source of encouragement in these truly unprecedented times.

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How Balenciaga won Paris Fashion Week (with the help of the Simpsons)


PARIS РThe marquee outside the Th̢̩tre du Chatelet, the 19th-century golden musical theater on the Right Bank, cast a red glow on fans who thronged to the back of the square outside on Saturday night. A forest of smartphones stood aloft, rippling through the night air like a multitude of alien palm fronds, as various black cars pulled up to disgorgement of their guests. Parked photographers hovered behind a velvet rope as men and women made their way through the red carpet, posing, waving, preening and otherwise camping their way inside.

There was Offset, a voluminous leather jacket slipping off her shoulders, loose black pants, and a plaid shirt / skirt wrapped around her waist! Here’s Naomi Campbell, in a pointy-shouldered pantsuit!

It could have been any blockbuster movie premiere (the new James Bond, say, or “The French Dispatch”) except that once inside, attendees took their seats to discover a huge screen on the floor. ornate proscenium on which was projected a live stream of – the entrances to the red carpet.

People laughed when Anna Wintour, in a blue floral dress, was filmed. They applauded when Lewis Hamilton appeared, all in black. And they started whistling as a woman in a black hoop-skirted cupcake in a ball gown materialized – until the words “Look 01” appeared in a corner of the screen. .

This is how Balenciaga’s spring show began: like a sharp belly laugh from an experiment on the metaphysics of the old red carpet and the new one of our digital lives, where posing has become the norm, the voyeurism is a constant, the screen is the filter, and it is increasingly difficult to tell what is real and what is created for the endorphin hit of clicks. What is the private? What is public? What is entertainment? Who is a celebrity? (So ​​many questions!)

All this phenomenology, with a dose of fashion on the side.

Some of the guests were obscure types in the industry: publishers, retailers, friends of the house. The other guests were celebrities (Cardi B) or famous models (Natalia Vodianova). Some models were unknown: friends and street cast employees of all ages and the angular, uncompromising beauty forms that Demna Gvasalia, Creative Director of Balenciaga, favors. Other models were famous: Isabelle Huppert, Elliot Page. Juergen Teller, the photographer, posed on the red carpet while taking a photo of the photographers.

It was almost impossible to tell who was officially a part of the show and who was unintentionally a part of the show, as everyone in the room was both an actor and an observer.

The clothes didn’t betray him, as many people wore Balenciaga from different seasons (as usual in salons, where some editors are known to switch cars between collections). And because part of Mr. Gvasalia’s success at the brand has been to create an instantly identifiable signature: one that adds couture silhouettes to down jackets and sweatshirts, tapers the edges and puffs up the shoulders, treats the dresses with entrance with the neglect of everyday life. So what was new and what was old was not immediately apparent.

After their entries, the models scattered among the other people seated in the orchestra and balcony to witness the surprise premiere of “The Simpsons / Balenciaga”, a short film made for the occasion in which Demna invites all of Springfield to Paris to participate in his show. Anna, Kim, and Kanye had cameos (the cartoon Anna said she loved it). Marge, Homer, Bart and Lisa paraded on the runway. Then the real live audience stood up and flocked to the bar for a cocktail, with the models still wearing their collectable sets so they could be seen up close.

There was a starry night with a sequined cape and a strapless dress with molded hips from the 1950s. A flowing silver dress like a Baked Alaska made of astronaut blankets. Loose, ripped upcycled denim and long, loose knits. Lots of black, with silver accents and two fan-pleated dresses, one in bright blue and one in two-tone pink and red. Sparkling jumpsuits and Lurch jumpsuits. Leather (plant-based, according to the release) and layers. A new version of the Croc – Hard Crocs! – propped up with metal.

Mr Gvasalia has consistently raised the bar when it comes to shows, especially during the pandemic: eschewing a direct live stream for a VR experience, then a video game. Numerically, the only one who could match it this season was Anrealge’s Kunihiko Morinaga, who partnered with filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda to create a psychedelic short that combined anime and prismatic dresses in a fascinating dialogue between imagination and reality.

But with the red carpet affair, Mr. Gvasalia turned the whole existential question of how events come back in person (good or bad?) And he made everyone present complicit in his criticism, or made it impossible for them to not to roll their eyes in recognition of their own complicity, which already exists.

It was brilliant.

The destruction of the fourth wall – the one between the show and the spectator, which solidified during the pandemic – has become a sub-theme of the season; this is the most striking example of how the system can change (and even progress).

Francesco Risso did it with his Marni happening in Milan, Mr. Gvasalia did it at Balenciaga and Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli did it too, swapping his pre-pandemic performance space in the ornate Salomon de Rothschild hotel for the Grungy cobblestones in the Carreau du Temple, an old covered market.

Under the industrial beams, Mr. Piccioli built a sort of public square, with flower merchants and coffee tables, thus taking over the neighboring breweries and shops. Then he sent his models out, mostly off the street, stalking not only through but in the open, so passers-by could stop and look too: the big capes on chocolate camp shorts and shirts. , amethyst and green taffeta leaf with all the rigidity washed out; floral baroque pajamas; white lace shirts with faded baggy jeans; the shimmering showgirl sequins from the finale.

The barriers between what used to be men’s clothing and what was women’s clothing have largely disappeared (this is a general trend), as have the barriers between what counts as chic and what counts as casual. gone, as are the barriers between insiders and outsiders – tiny revolutions run with such grace that they barely register as the big deals they really are.

It’s the kind of sweet statement created long ago by Yohji Yamamoto, whose ability to create clothes that seem to bridge the space-time continuum in endless variations of black is as alluring now as it was at her. climax (it must be rediscovered). Check out her trio of New Look trench coats, silver-splattered Greek columns and parched hoop skirts – metal rings orbiting the body, both vestiges of the past and portents of the future.

And all this made that the Hermès show, organized far from the city at Le Bourget, one of the busiest private jet airports in Europe, seemed totally out of step.

Not so much the clothes, which favor simple shapes enhanced by the cleverly chosen detail: the saddle stitching on the leather which finishes the edges of a cotton dungarees or an apron dress; the silver studs that line the ribbon of a suede coat and sparkle like tiny pearls; the diamond links in a valve offset released at the bottom to flutter like butterfly wings in the breeze. But the setting, which required a fleet of private cars to access it and hours of traffic.

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, artistic director of Hermès women’s clothing, said she was thinking of escape and new beginnings; hence the rotating background of the sunrise by artist Flora Moscovici. But Ms. Vanhee-Cybulski’s strength as a designer is an understated perfectionism that we appreciate closely. A bombastic airport hangar is the opposite of what his job is.

Perhaps the only people who can afford Hermes are the private jet crowd. But at a time when the fashion landscape is flattening in all kinds of interesting ways, is that really the best takeaway?


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Bec Judd on her style, favorite scent and wardrobe essentials


What’s at the top of your wishlist?
Chanel black and white rope sandals.

What are the three essential elements of your wardrobe?
Seamless Jaggad leggings, a pair of chic summer slides – the Dior “Dway” slides are awesome – and
a fuchsia or red Jacquemus bob.

And the essential accessories?
My Chanel sunglasses rimmed with pearls.

Must-have jewelry?
A diamond “R” pendant necklace by Paul Bram. I never take it off.

What are you wearing in bed?
Cachia pajamas.

Kendall Jenner’s appearance at the New York Met Gala in September made a big impression on Rebecca.Credit:Getty Images

Do you remember a favorite outfit you wore when you were a kid?
A Target dress when I was five. There was a Peter Pan collar and sausage dogs everywhere.

And your worst fashion mistake?
I once wore an unfinished dress to a red carpet event. There were still sewer chalk marks everywhere. I didn’t realize it before putting it on and it was too late to arrange a replacement.

What was your first fashion moment?
When I was four, I dressed for Halloween in a full flapper costume: a ra-ra dress with a matching feather headdress. As an adult, it’s hard to deny that he attended the 2004 Brownlow Medal in “that” red dress.

Is there something you would never wear?
String bikini bottom.

Is there a current fashion trend that you like?
Oversized denim jeans and pants – much more comfortable than skinny jeans.

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What shoes do you wear most often?
It’s a link between the Nike “Pegasus” sneakers for sport, the Dior slides, the Golden Goose sneakers and the Ugg boots that I bought when I was 19 years old.

Who is your favorite fashion icon?
Kendall Jenner and Russian model Lena Perminova. They wear beautiful, trendy dresses and I have a crush on just about any outfit I see them wearing. Kendall at the Met Gala? Hi!

What’s your favorite laid back and laid back Sunday, watch?
In confinement I live in sports clothes, leggings with a nice cropped sweater and a black leather bomber jacket tied around my waist.

The Rebecca Judd x Prene collection is available on prenebags.com.

This article appears in Sunday life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday age on sale October 3. To learn more about Sunday Life, visit The Sydney Morning Herald and Age.

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Good Morning Vogue tackles the fashion revival Y2K


For our last episode of Hello Vogue, we’re bringing you a special report on one of the most talked about trends of the season, live from the city that gave us J.Lo. (Grazie, Donatella Versace!)

The rebirth on the Y2K fashion catwalks at Milan Fashion Week – spotted everywhere from Roberto Cavalli to Missoni and, naturally, Versace – sets the stage for a new era of a flirty style phenomenon, but no one makes the years 2000 like Blumarine.

This time, those tongue-in-cheek butterfly designs, those go-out jeans and those The revenge of a blonde roses are “sexier, more bitchy, more colorful, more seductive,” explains the label’s creative director, Nicola Brognano. Vogue as he puts the finishing touches on his spring 2022 collection. Meanwhile, stylist Blumarine Lotta Volkova reveals her love for pop icons of the decade, including Paris Hilton, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears and Anastacia (note the translucent specs rose-tinted), as well as his own metamorphosis into a modern Y2K muse. “I had black hair, [only] wore black and listened to industrial gothic music… ”she told me in Milan.

In the studio, Hello Vogue runs into current model and 2000s style lover Jordan Daniels, who is on hand to give us a crash course on buying a red carpet-worthy look at one of the most vintage stores. appreciated by Milan, Cavalli e Nastri. She also shares the secret to a 30 second updo.

The final say on the Y2K style, however, goes to Los Angeles native Devon Lee Carlson. Watch the full video for an exclusive tour of her wardrobe and her best pieces from the year 2000.

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The 2021 Met Gala stars who embodied American independence


Each year, some of the world’s biggest stars walk the grand steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the heart of New York City. Directory Met Gala is a fundraiser for The Costume Institute, one of the museum’s most distinguished collections.

This year’s Met Gala coincided with the opening of a two-part exhibition – In America: a fashion lexicon.

The dress code for the event was “American independence», To be interpreted in collaboration between the guests and the fashion designers who invited them. The looks that the guests and their designers brought to the event generated a lot of controversy and talk. Many critics called the looks boring and accused the stars of ignoring the theme, while others took issue with some of the political statements that were made.

Despite these claims, this year’s Met Gala brought a myriad of particularly diverse interpretations, in a wide range of categories such as classic Americana, bold political statements, and contemporary reflections on what it means to be American.

Some of the guests were bold and fearless with their attire, while others took a more subtle approach to the “American independence” theme. One of the most advanced examples was brought by New York Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her presence at the event and her sartorial choice drew heated criticism from both sides of the aisle.

She was wearing a white dress designed by Aurora James with the words “TAX THE RICH” splashed across the back. The dress has been vilified for being “performative activism” with people pointing out the irony of wearing this statement at an event displaying overwhelming richness.

Others have called Ocasio-Cortez a hypocrite, citing that someone who espouses economic justice would never attend such a lavish and ostentatious event as the Met Gala.

While the dress itself was a performance, it’s not fair to call out an active performative MP, especially Ocasio-Cortez who has spent her time in Congress fighting tooth and nail for tangible change.

Additionally, criticizing her participation on the basis of the luxury of the event ignores the fact that as an elected official she expects to attend fundraising events for museums and other cultural institutions. It is also reducing enough for the arts to dilute the Met Gala to a simple show of wealth, when there is so much more to understand about its purpose, as well as the hard work and creativity that characterizes both the event and its fashion.

While Ocasio-Cortez stole the show with her dress, other guests made more subtle statements on U.S. politics and social issues, including several looks channeling the Statue of Liberty.

Poet laureate that of Amanda Gorman look was by far one of the most meaningful and complex.

She wore a magical blue beaded gown by Vera Wang and a crystal hairpiece, resembling Lady Liberty’s iconic crown, but modified to symbolize the story of her title as Poet laureate. She was also holding a blue pouch with the words “give us your fatigue” on it, a line from the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty itself.

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The words are a poignant reminder of what America should to be, but often fails to live up to, a place of opportunity and refuge.

Along the same lines, Timothée Chalamet reminded people of some of America’s most negative contrasts today. When interviewed on the mat, he reminded viewers that it is important “not to get lost in the glamor because a lot of people are in pain”.

Chalamet wore a luxurious white tuxedo jacket by Haider Ackerman and vintage Cartier brooches, paired with white sweatpants and a classic white converse. Some people criticized her look for being too simple, but the inspiration had a lot of depth.

In an interview, Ackerman told Vogue “Whenever I visit America, I am always struck by the wonderful clash of upscale and downtown cultures, music and sports, and all that energy that just mixes together… I wanted to create something something inspired by that energy. “

Although many political statements were made, some took advantage of the event to enjoy the most nostalgic and beloved parts of America.

Barbie was an unmistakable inspiration to many guests, as touches of pink were visible all over the red carpet.

Barbie and the color pink are beautiful examples enough to “American independence ” can mean for young women. So many girls are dishonored by their female interests at a young age because they are demeaned and deemed inferior to more male interests. For many women, reaching adulthood means feeling free to take back the things they loved as girls.

Kate hudson wore a pink two piece Michael Kors with a pink fur coat, Lily-Rose Depp wore a pink Chanel set with a vintage look, Nicolas peltz looked like royalty in a hot pink Valentino ball gown with lighter pink gloves and Lili reinhart wore a fantastic pink Christian Siriano gown adorned with the state flower from each of the fifty states.

Youtube star Jackie Aina dazzled in a pink dress from designer Fe Noel, who explained that “Jackie’s dress is the perfect mix of glamor meet the girl next door.”

Billie Eilish, who partnered with Oscar De La Renta on the condition that they stop using fur in all of their work, wore a stunning Holiday Barbie-inspired ball gown.

Eilish usually goes for less lavish styles, so seeing her in a luxurious dress was surprising to many. She has said in the past that she wears looser clothes to hide her figure after growing up seeing hypersexualized and disgraceful pop stars in the media. Eilish used this event to reinvent her own fashion as she enters adulthood in the limelight.

The looks of many participants winked at old Hollywood, or the “golden age” of Hollywood, which laid the foundation for many of their careers. Some found the looks in the category boring and over the top, but old Hollywood is essential to understanding the key elements of “American independence.

In the early 1900s, we saw a shift to the five-day work week, and many Americans now had the means to relax. Hollywood was born out of this because Americans could use their time to go to the movies on weekends. Over time, movies have become a means of escape during tumultuous times like the Great Depression and the World Wars.

This golden age of Hollywood allowed Americans to take ownership of their time and imagine a new and more exciting world. It also paved the way for American fashion as we understand it today as people now had Hollywood starlets to mold their fashion sense.

So many of these looks were simple, but captured the glitz and glamor of that era beautifully.

Gigi hadid in Prada, Barbie ferriera to Johnathan Simkhai, Anok yai and Kaia Gerber both in Oscar De La Renta, Yara Shahidi at Dior, and Megan you stallion in Coach, all of them gave beautifully realized views of the Hollywood glamor of the Golden Age.

Kendall jenner, however, was the star of the evening in this category. She looked captivating and elegant in a gorgeous crystal-embroidered sheer dress by Matthew Williams for Givenchy. The look was a modern take on Aubrey Hepburn’s iconic look in “My beautiful lady”(1964).

Often referred to as the Super Bowl of fashion, the Met Gala is an important and highly anticipated event each year, playing a huge role in shaping fashion in the years to come and sparking a dialogue on the topics discussed each year.

This year’s guests and their designers did a fabulous job of thoughtfully responding to what it means to be American through the lens of costume. The looks are the culmination of thousands of hours in workshops and offices, planning, conceptualizing, designing and constructing every intricate detail of these looks.

This year’s gala was filled with dazzling displays of fashion and creativity, sparking conversations and controversy over competing ideas about how the theme should have been portrayed. The hundreds of guests went in many directions, but each was meaningful to the theme in a unique way as they all represented different aspects of what American independence means.

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How 13 Fashion Week designs looked at the 2021 IRL Emmy Awards


The latest fashion week collections have reigned over the 2021 Emmys red carpet, with many celebrities looking to Valentino, Carolina herrera, Markarian, Dior and other designer brands for their looks.

Carolina herrerais recent spring 2022 ready-to-wear collection, who celebrated 40 years of the legendary design house, was a favorite among many celebrities who wore the dresses of creative director Wes Gordon on the Red carpet. “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore and “American Horror Story” star Sarah Paulson looked at the collection’s red dresses, with Moore wearing a spaghetti strap, tulle dress and Paulson wearing a tulle dress. ‘a voluminous dress with oversized sleeves.

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Valentino sewing has also left its mark Emmys Red carpet. “Schitt’s Creek” designer and star Dan Levy – who previously wore the design house’s menswear pieces during this year’s awards season – chose a cobalt blue gabardine jacket with a shirt in crumpled velvet and matching wool pants from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s fall 2021 sewing collection presented in July.

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Dan Levy (right) in Valentino at the 2021 Emmy Awards – Credit: WWD

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Former Levy’s co-star Annie Murphy also wore a colorful look from the Valentino fall 2021 couture collection: a green draped chiffon shirt dress. “Black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross was another celebrity who turned to the collection, wearing a bright red chiffon gown embroidered with tubular beads.

Other celebrities have turned to earlier designer collections for the Emmys, including “Lovecraft Country” actress Jurnee Smollett, who opted for an ivory hand-pleated corolla dress from Dior’s fall 2020 couture collection.

Click the gallery above to see more celebrity red carpet looks at the 2021 Emmys on the Fashion Week catwalks.

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AOC’s “Tax the Rich” dress designer company has accumulated $ 130,000 in back taxes


The 37-year-old fashion designer behind the controversial “Tax the Rich” by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that she wore to the Met Gala has been accused of avoiding paying taxes owed by her business and has debts in several states.

Aurora James said the dress sent a “powerful message,” but her own overdue tax bills seem to show she didn’t take it to heart. The debts of the successful designer are mainly owed to an LLC she formed in 2011 – Cultural Brokerage Agency – to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, Brother Vellies.

According to New York Post, as Beyonce, Rihanna and Meghan Markle became fan favorites of James’ luxury brand, the company racked up three open arrest warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income tax employees for a total amount of $ 14,798.

The Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post that the unpaid payments dated back to 2018 and 2019, but the LLC has been hit with a total of 15 terms since 2015.

In the two years leading up to the pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also placed six federal liens – the government’s legal claim against your property when you don’t pay a tax debt – on the LLC in the amount of 103,220 $. According to the publication, the liens indicated that the company had not sent employee payroll taxes.

Aurora James (left), 37, said the controversial dress she designed for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) to attend the Met Gala sent a ‘powerful message’, but her own bills overdue tax show she didn’t take it to heart

While Beyonce, Rihanna and Meghan Markle have become fan favorites of James' luxury brand Brother Vellies, the company has racked up three open arrest warrants in New York state for failing to withhold taxes on employee salaries totaling $ 14,798.

While Beyonce, Rihanna and Meghan Markle have become fan favorites of James’ luxury brand Brother Vellies, the company has racked up three open arrest warrants in New York state for failing to withhold taxes on employee salaries totaling $ 14,798.

The IRS declined The Post’s request for comment.

However, the Canadian has proven that she has no problem taking taxpayer dollars as her business has received $ 41,666 in pandemic assistance, according to The Post.

Perhaps this is why AOC called James a “working class” designer in an interview with Vogue as they made waves on the Met’s red carpet.

AOC, the 31-year-old socialist fire brand, came under fire for wearing the socialist slogan dress at a $ 35,000-a-ticket event, despite receiving a free ticket to the glitzy gala.

Despite James’ tax worries, the designer was still able to buy a $ 1.6 million Hollywood Hills home in September 2020 – on which The Post reported she currently owed $ 2,504 in property taxes.

The 7,095 square foot property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a hot tub in the backyard.

The cultural brokerage agency’s problems are said to be deeper, as the company is also accused of not paying the benefits to which its employees are entitled.

In October 2019, the Workers ‘Compensation Board fined the company $ 17,000 for failing to purchase workers’ compensation insurance – which is paid when an employee is injured on the job and has to leave. accordingly – from March 2017 to February 2018.

David Cenedella, a tax lecturer from Baruch College, explained: “Just because they take it off your paycheck doesn’t mean they send it to the government.

“It’s definitely not something you want. I wouldn’t say your average business has this. Something went wrong.

AOC called James a 'working class' designer at the Met Gala, but oddly, James bought a $ 1.6 million Hollywood Hills home in September 2020

AOC called James a ‘working class’ designer at the Met Gala, but oddly, James bought a $ 1.6 million Hollywood Hills home in September 2020

She would still have $ 2,504 in property taxes on the property

She would still have $ 2,504 in property taxes on the property

The 7,095 square foot property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a hot tub in the backyard.

The 7,095 square foot property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a hot tub in the backyard.

An ex-employee said James would ask him to do things outside of anyone's job description, like schedule his gynecological appointments, and a former intern called the boss

An ex-employee said James would ask him to do things outside of anyone’s job description, like schedule his gynecological appointments, and a former intern called the boss “pretty cold”

But that didn’t put James, who hasn’t made a single payment out of the $ 62,722 she owes the board, a spokesperson told The Post.

Former employees have compared Brother Veillies to a sweatshop relying heavily on unpaid full-time interns.

A former worker, who was fired, told The Post: “I suffered a lot of harassment while working for her. Aurora would ask me to do things that were not in anyone’s job description, like scheduling gynecological appointments.

“The work environment was so hostile that I was afraid to ask for my check.

An intern who also worked for James called her “pretty cold.”

“She never gives recognition or recognition to her team,” he said.

She also does not pay her rent, according to the records. In August 2020, James’ owner filed papers to evict Brother Vellies from his location at 71 Franklin Street in Brooklyn, New York, and demanded over $ 25,000 plus interest to stay past the end of his lease, reported The Post.

The case was settled, but the details of the settlement were not immediately clear.

Two years earlier, in February 2018, James was sued for over $ 5,000 in unpaid rent at her old New York store address at 209 West 38th Street.

James has yet to comment on the allegations regarding his finances.

She also does not pay her rent, according to the records.  In August 2020, James' owner filed papers to evict Brother Vellies from his Brooklyn location and demanded more than $ 25,000.  Two years earlier, in February 2018, James was sued for over $ 5,000 in unpaid rent at her old Manhattan store address.

She also does not pay her rent, according to the records. In August 2020, James’ owner filed papers to evict Brother Vellies from his Brooklyn location and demanded more than $ 25,000. Two years earlier, in February 2018, James was sued for over $ 5,000 in unpaid rent at her old Manhattan store address.



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Deborah Hutton on her wardrobe essentials, favorite fashion designers and style inspirations


Each week, we quiz a prominent person about their style and the inspiration behind it. In front, Georgie Gordon chats with TV presenter Deborah Hutton.

Deborah’s favorite scent is Bondi 3 natural oil from The Raconteur.Credit:David Gubert

How would you describe your style?
Sleek and relaxed, with a big nod to casual comfort.

What’s the oldest thing in your wardrobe?
A beautiful Indian scarf was given to me by a friend in the early 80’s.

And the most recent addition?
A duck egg blue Saba coat.

Who is your favorite fashion icon?
I am not attracted to women for what they wear; the qualities most appealing to me are confidence, maturity and self-esteem, women who are good about themselves. Carla Zampatti, for example, has always held up well.

What is your favorite fashion era?
The 80s. I liked it. You couldn’t have enough hair or shoulder pads, or wear enough gold – it was hysterical. I had it all, I thought it was so cool, then the ’90s came along and it looked so stylish. But some come back: the pleated pants, the oversized jacket …

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What would you wear …
… On the first date? I would be me: jeans, a T-shirt, a tailored jacket, a low heel. Putting on a little heel is dressy for me these days!
… on a plane? I don’t dress to travel like I used to, I just want comfort – soft pants, a T-shirt, a long cardigan, sneakers. In the bag I have everything: pajamas, earplugs, eye mask, a change of clothes and always a big cashmere scarf to snuggle up.
… On the red carpet? Black. I have a few meetings with Carla Zampattis.

Who is your favorite designer?
I love what Zimmermann does – it’s beautiful, sophisticated and relaxed.


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Met Gala: Billie Eilish wears Oscar de la Renta


Against the backdrop of red carpets, it might seem odd to imagine that wearing a ball gown is a risky choice. But that’s how Billie Eilish saw it.

When Mrs. Eilish, the 19 year old gothic pop star, decided to wear an Oscar de la Renta nude tulle dress, “she was very interested in surprising everyone with a look she had never done before. “said Fernando Garcia. , creative director of the brand, describing the dress as “very clean and sensual”.

“It was like a risk for her – it was like something that made her nervous in a good way,” he said. “At the end of the day, she’s a girl and she wants to be pretty.”

Ms. Eilish has never worn Oscar de la Renta on a red carpet. She’s more of a logo enthusiast, historically opting for oversized and monochrome pants and jacket sets from Gucci, Burberry and Chanel, and occasionally matching her clothes with her black and neon green hair.

Except Mrs. Eilish’s hair hadn’t looked like this for a while. This summer, she showcased a new, bulging blonde look on the cover of British Vogue, dressed in pink lingerie and nude latex. During her Met Gala debut, she sought out another traditionally feminine aesthetic, providing Oscar de la Renta with benchmark images of Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe during the design process.

“She was super excited to wear a beautiful dress,” said Laura Kim, the brand’s other creative director – a statement that would have been somewhat unbelievable two years ago. But when she walked the museum’s red carpet on Monday night as the gala’s youngest co-chair, Ms Eilish looked like the glamorous starlet.

Her corseted dress had a gargantuan skirt with a 15 foot train. Seeing Ms. Eilish in such a grown-up ensemble, it’s easy to forget that she’s still a teenager. When she first met the creators, she brought her mother, who took so many pictures her phone froze, Ms Kim said.

Ms. Eilish is also perhaps the only Met Gala guest in history to bring about a change in a company’s ethics policy as a condition of wearing her dress to the fashionable version of the Super Bowl.

Oscar de la Renta will end all fur sales at the request of Ms Eilish, who is a vegan and animal rights activist. Mr Garcia and Ms Kim haven’t used fur in their designs for a few years now – ever since they told Alex Bolen, the brand’s general manager, that they don’t find fur chic, modern or relevant. Mr Bolen disagreed, he said, but told them it was okay to stop using fur on the track. However, the company still sold fur products in stores. While declining to provide figures, Mr Bolen said fur represented “a significant amount of sales and profit” for Oscar de la Renta.

For years, Mr Bolen has advocated for stopping the use of fur, including from his wife, Eliza, a longtime company executive, and his stepmother, Annette de la Renta (Oscar’s widow), who told him the practice was barbaric.

Mr Bolen thought it over but ultimately resisted those calls, until this summer, when Ms Eilish’s team informed the company that they did not work with brands in the fur business. He realized that maybe now was a good time to quit.

“I thought a lot about what Oscar said – he was a huge fan of fur, by the way – that the only thing that really worried him in the fashion business was that his eye was getting old,” he said. Mr Bolen said. It reminded him to listen to what young people, in particular, had to say. “I have to surround myself with people with different points of view.”

Ms Eilish said in a statement to The Times that she found it “shocking that wearing fur is not completely banned at this point in 2021” and “I am honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on that question . “


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Angelina Jolie steps out in Paris in trendy wide-legged penthouses


There’s pretty much a formula for how Angelina Jolie always looks so effortlessly chic and glamorous: on the red carpet, where you’ll likely find her in a strapless dress or with a slit, the actor sticks to a constant list of classics like black dresses and trench coats. That’s exactly what she did when she landed in Paris on Thursday, doing a number of looks while shopping and sightseeing with her children Shiloh, Knox, Pax and Zahara. But this time, Jolie also added a bonus, just trendy enough that you can almost imagine it on Kendall Jenner or Bella Hadid.

Jolie started off with a perfectly Parisian black dress for a visit to the Eiffel Tower. She then swapped it for a belted white, conservatively buttoned all the way to the top, while making an appearance in stores on the Champs-Élysées. (Naturally, the outing included a stop at Guerlain, the famous French cosmetics brand that recently joined Jolie in her effort to save the bees.) Store, nothing less – wearing a white t-shirt and a Louis Vuitton mini bag, whose size is reminiscent of a nostalgic 2000s trend for clutch shoulder bags.

Angelina Jolie and Zahara-Marley Jolie leave Guerlain’s Champs Élysées boutique on July 22, 2021 in Paris, France

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Perhaps most noticeable, however, were her beige wide-legged Chloe pants, the same silhouette and color combination that keeps coming back to trendsetters like Jenner and Hadid. A visit to the Banksy exhibit on display at Espace Lafayette Drouot turned out to be part of a matching corduroy-style linen ensemble, a sophisticated take on the beige corduroy look that Hadid memorably wore earlier this year. .

Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie leave the “World of Banksy” exhibition at Espace Lafayette Drouot on July 22, 2021 in Paris, France.

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If Friday’s release is any indication, Jolie may have found a new staple. She was seen outside her hotel, another pair of wide beige pants, this time worn with a trench coat. Meanwhile, her daughter Zahara is experimenting with a trend you wouldn’t expect to see Jolie anytime soon: the bob.

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Talk about French Girl Cool! Here’s a look at Bella Hadid’s Cannes / Couture Wardrobe of the Week


It was an eventful trip to France for our beloved Bella! Beginning with her red carpet debut in a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier number, decked out in Chopard jewelry (not to mention the golden lungs of Schiaparelli that followed) and ending the trip with a boyfriend while wearing a Burberry ensemble. coordinated, the model gave him a French sabbatical for fashion books.

Lucky for you, we’ve served up a free French fashion 101 lesson, with a recap of her day-to-day look itinerary. Read on for the very stylish moments!

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To kick off her busy week, as well as her first Cannes red carpet appearance in two years, the model wowed paparazzi and viewers with a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier black and white moment. Leading the way with a pure train and, of course, properly sparkling Swiss jewelry (a 5.45 carat marquise-cut diamond, to be exact), Hadid’s return to the red carpet was as big as we could have been. ‘hope.

Vintage Burberry

Continuing on the pre-loved theme, Hadid took to her balcony at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc to document a vintage Burberry look: a coordinating pink plaid ensemble, which she styled with earrings. Chopard pear shaped and simple black heels. Obviously, she was a fan of the look, as she even drew new boo Marc Kalman in the photo to make things official on Instagram. Mwah!

Jet-set in JPG

For her private flight from the French Riviera to Paris, as is casually done, Hadid wore another coordinated ensemble. Opting again for Jean Paul Gaultier, the black and gold long sleeve ensemble was paired with a Fendi tote, a leopard print bandeau and a pair of notched-sole Mary Janes from Proenza Schouler.

Something sparkling and Swiss!

Doing the same with the rest of her accessory trends for the week, Ambassador Chopard consulted her Swiss jewelry friends to spruce up her whimsical dinner look. In addition to her earrings adorned with emeralds and diamonds, Hadid had gems (and large ones too!) On her hands. As for the outfit, a two-tone marabou mini dress by Lanvin and Manolo Blahniks adorned with hardware were eye-catching. Talk about GLAM.

Dior from head to toe

For the Dior x Vogue Paris dinner, hosted at Loulou Restaurant, Hadid caught the eye with a simple corset and pants combo. Putting on an all-white Dior Men look, the Dior Makeup ambassador accessorized with (you guessed it!) Chopard diamonds and left her hair in a French twist, by the way!

Top model out of service

In anticipation of a glamorous night ahead – another red carpet debut – Hadid took the more conventional route with her wardrobe choices: a pair of jeans paired with a vintage Dolce and Gabbana top. As for the accessories, Hadid gave Chopard the day off and instead opted for large hoops and a Goyard tote.

Breathtaking in Schiaparelli

Oh, did you think she was done after a stint on the Cannes carpet? For her second film festival appearance, Hadid was stunned in a monochrome Schiaparelli maxi and cleavage. But the dress wasn’t what set off the camera flashes; instead, all eyes were on the golden lungs hanging gracefully over his chest. She paired the look with none other than Chopard rubies and diamonds. Did you expect less?

Ready for boating and the French Riviera

When she wasn’t closing red carpets and attending star-studded dinners, Hadid was busy spending the day with her new beau, relaxing on the edge of a yacht, and jet skiing with friends. Even outside of service hours, his style still has something to say. Spotted in tie-dye flared jeans and a Jean Paul Gaultier sarong from the 90s, she made us rethink our boating outfits in the future …

Yachting, Y2K style!

As for the others, what might as well be dubbed, the trendy yacht moments, Hadid opted for a colorful vintage John Galliano blanket with flared sleeves, a kaleidoscope of roses and the designer’s name printed in Gothic type. . Easy, airy, beautiful Bella!

Last but not least…

Alas! Hadid ended her Cannes getaway in an all-yellow chiffon maxi maxi, trimmed with slits, trimmed with ruffles in all the right places. Complete the look, you ask? Strappy heels and a kiss! Goodbye!

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Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei to be celebrated at exhibition in San Francisco in 2022


“Elysium” by Guo Pei, from his spring-summer 2018 collection. Photo: Photograph by Lian Xu, courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of San Francisco Art Museums.

Guo Pei, the internationally renowned fashion designer known as China’s “Couture Queen”, will be celebrated in a new exhibition at the opening of the Legion of Honor in the spring, the museum said.

The show, “Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy”, will run from April 16 to September 5, 2022 and will focus on the specialized craft techniques used in the construction of Pei’s elaborate creations and the role that Chinese culture and traditional art play play in the creation of its track. collections.

“As a creator and artist, there is no greater honor or privilege than sharing my creativity with a wider audience,” Guo said in a statement to The Chronicle. “I am therefore honored and touched that the prestigious Legion of Honor museum presents a retrospective of my work. … I hope… that through the art of tailoring and the universal language of art, it will foster intercultural appreciation, connections and ideas.

Guo, 54, established his fashion house in China in 1997 after working for Chinese ready-to-wear brands. Jill D’Alessandro, the costume and textile arts curator for the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums (which includes the de Young and the Legion of Honor), is hosting the exhibit. celebrities, including singer Song Zuying and actor Zhang Ziyi, and has been featured at national media events such as the New Year’s Eve celebrations and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Rihanna arrives in a Guo Pei dress at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Photo: Charles Sykes / Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

“It’s a wide range of jobs with a really unique vision,” says D’Alessandro. “She uses exquisite craftsmanship and unconventional sewing techniques drawn from her Chinese heritage and traditional textiles. She combines this interest in world culture and European culture with the fact of being a true craftswoman.

Many westerners discovered Guo’s work at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, when pop superstar Rihanna wore a gold beaded gown with meters of train circling her on the red carpet (the piece will not be part of the exhibition). A voluminous gold lamé dress by Guo was also among her pieces on display in the “China: Through the Looking Glass” costume exhibition at the museum in the same year. The Director and CEO of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, Thomas Campbell, was then Director of the Metropolitan Museum.

“We are especially excited to present the groundbreaking work of Guo Pei, who merges China’s imperial past with the present, using traditional embroidery techniques in his exquisite designs that transcend art and fashion,” said Campbell. .

“Alternate Universe” by Guo Pei, from his fall-winter 2019-20 collection. Photo: Photograph by Lian Xu, courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of San Francisco Art Museums

Campbell said San Francisco, with its vast Chinese heritage and setting on the edge of the Pacific, is a “natural location for the premiere of the first major museum exhibition on the work of Guo Pei.”

In 2015, Guo also became the first Asian-born and raised designer to be invited to become a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, the organization that governs the traditional French haute couture fashion weeks. In 2016, Time ranked her among the 100 most influential people in the world.

Guo’s dedication to detail and craftsmanship is well known in the fashion industry. Collections can take over two years and cost up to $ 3 million. Dresses can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes constructed with precious materials including 24k gold wire, pearls, glow-in-the-dark fabric, and crystals. They can also weigh almost as much as the models wearing them.

The exhibit will consist of a series of gallery rooms on the lower level of the Legion devoted to themes from Guo’s collections, including architecture, embroidery, flowers and fantastic creations. In the permanent decorative arts collections, Guo’s work will be brought into conversation with various objects and installations from period rooms.

D’Alessandro says that for Guo, the creation of this show in the United States at a time when the issue of violence against Asian Americans is at the forefront seems timely.

“She said, ‘I realized how important this exhibition is now because art brings us together. I want the beauty and joy of my work to bring us together.

“Guo Pei: couture fantasy”: 9.30am-5.15pm Tuesday to Sunday. April 16-Sept. 6, 2022. $ 15- $ 30. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., SF 415-750-3600. www.famsf.org

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Harvey Weinstein’s ex Georgina Chapman finalizes divorce as she goes official on the red carpet with Adrien Brody


GEORGINA Chapman has finalized her divorce from disgraceful movie mogul Harvey Weinstein as she was spotted on the red carpet with her new boyfriend Adrien Brody.

The divorce was finalized by the Manhattan Supreme Court earlier this week, according to online archives.

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Georgina Chapman has gone red carpet official with new boyfriend Adrien Brody after finalizing her divorce from shameful media mogul Harvey WeinsteinCredit: Rex
Divorce was finalized earlier this week, court records show

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Divorce was finalized earlier this week, court records showCredit: AFP

Chapman, 45, parted ways with the disgraced former film producer in 2017 and filed for divorce.

They reportedly struck a deal in 2018 that required Weinstein, 69, to pay his ex between $ 15 million and $ 20 million, according to Page Six.

The prenuptial agreement reportedly said Weinstein had to pay $ 300,000 in child support for each year of marriage before it hit $ 400,000 after a decade.

Chapman got their $ 15 million White Village home and their $ 12 million Hampton beach homes.

The couple share two children and married in 2007 after meeting at a party.

Chapman’s attorney declined to comment and a representative for Weinstein could not be contacted by Page Six.

The fashion designer and Brody were pictured kissing on the red carpet as they attended a screening of “The French Dispatch” at the Cannes Film Festival.

They were spotted in LA with her two children last week.

The pianist star, 48, had his arm wrapped around Chapman – who was holding his hand tightly.

She wore a green bomber jacket, a white plunging V-neck and jeans while her new man wore a similarly colored camo sweater.

The adults were accompanied by the son and daughter of the mother of two.

Chapman met her new boyfriend through her ex-husband after Adrien starred in the Hollywoodland and Jailbreakers films.

The fashion designer left Weinstein in 2017 when the sexual assault allegations against him first came to light.

She said in a statement at the time, “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendously because of these unforgivable actions.

“I chose to leave my husband. Taking care of my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for confidentiality at this time. “

Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of rape and criminal intercourse.

He is appealing his conviction and sentence and has denied having had non-consensual sex with anyone.

Brody and Chapman kiss on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet

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Brody and Chapman kiss on the Cannes Film Festival red carpetCredit: Getty
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Disgraced Weinstein serves 23-year prison sentenceCredit: AFP


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Fall for Couture’s gravitational pull


PARIS – The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing on the red carpet; billionaires are back in Sun Valley; and in Paris – “It’s like a school reunion, isn’t it?” said Carine Roitfeld, the French fashion editor, sliding her veil of hair from her dark eyes and taking a peek at the Dior show on Monday as the first week of live couture in over a year began .

Much of the band sat, as always, in a specially constructed box in the gardens of the Rodin Museum, this time suspended with an embroidery band depicting an imaginary landscape created by French artist Eva Jospin and made by the Chanakya School of Craft in India for three months. The participants who had not seen each other since early 2020 hugged and kissed with pleasure. Mrs. Roitfeld looked amused, if not entirely satisfied, by it all.

That’s right, there was something a little baffling about this hasty return to the familiar: the paparazzi clamoring for a photo of Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence; the pass-the-Champagne multi-course vegan dinners to celebrate every night; the stiletto heels clicking on the steps of the Palais Galliera.

So, while the audience was no longer so crowded that every seat on a bench seemed to be on a neighbor’s leg, and masks were still needed in the tents, the gravitational pull seemed backwards: back to classicism swish and holographic of an Armani Privé pantsuit; the explosive tulle of a Giambattista Valli evening dress; the intricate mosaic of a Fendi fur (although the furs were all made from ancient hides).

This is not to say that there have not been great – and even minor – leaps forward.

Fifty-three years after Cristobal Balenciaga closed the doors to his couture salon, Demna Gvasalia reopened them, recreating the pieces as precisely as possible, picking up where the man generally considered the greatest couturier of all had left. stopped. Sitting on a gilded ballroom chair where a single crimson eyelet had been placed precisely on the diagonal of each seat, it was hard not to think: the walls are probably panicking.

Because it wasn’t a trip to a strange wormhole in the middle of the 20th century. It was a master class on how to learn from the past in order to most effectively reach the mid-21st. How to question everything you thought you knew and reassess.

Instead of the old front row – Mona von Bismarck, Bunny Mellon, Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness – there was Kanye West (who came out on top), Lewis Hamilton, James Harden and Lil Baby. Instead of just nimble women on the runway, models came of all ages, shapes and types of beauty. (There was even a burgeoning minor celebrity model: Ella Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter.)

Expectations have been overturned – not just who gets to the seam or who is included, but what constitutes a couture garment; everyday and street totems have been transformed into elite objects.

Mr. Gvasalia played with the sack dress, of course, but it became a sack jacket: pinched at the waist, with a portrait collar torn off at the collarbone to form peaks around the neck and hollowed out at the shoulder blades. , as if he had been caught in the act of rejection. They came in neon orange gabardine and shaggy, silver faux fur, but also denim which itself had been treated as a valuable fiber, sourced from original machinery in Japan with silver plated hardware.

He crafted a padded black satin flare back tee with flared sleeves and a slightly raised collar, paired with loose jeans and a gorgeous opera stole that sweeps the floor. “I suffered for three months for this T-shirt,” he said after the show. “It’s much easier to make a ball gown.” To be fair, he also made them (most often inspired by the archives), in muslin wrapped around the body, or embroidery made somewhat degraded by time. He transformed parkas, anoraks and bathrobes into opera capes in ruby, shocking rose and chrysoprase.

Everything had the purity of monastic form, the rigor, and the absence of foreign rustling that defined Balenciaga in the first place, fueled by the forward momentum that pulls the walls down that marks Mr. Gvasalia’s work. The result broke through the torpor and discontent of the past year and put an end to all those whining questions about the importance of fashion. It made you want to dress up and go out and do something.

Obviously not everyone can, at least in these clothes (in fact, very few people can), but at this point Mr. Gvasalia is so widely copied by all mass market brands that before you know there will be a version of it. come to a store near you.

Speaking of action plans: Iris van Herpen took as her theme the earth seen from above, to better offer some perspective on our place in it after last year’s isolation. To do this, she teamed up with Frenchsky diver Domitille Kiger, who whirled through the air in an extraordinary gown from Ms. van Herpen’s collection that herself seemed to exist halfway between earth and sky. (Fun fact: Ms. van Herpen is also a skydiver.)

According to the designer, this was, as far as she or Ms. Kiger knows, the first time a jump has been attempted in a dress of any sort, and she ended up having to come out of thousands of tiny spheres. to withstand the pressure of someone falling at around 186 miles an hour. Indeed, Ms Kiger made her first jump into a web – the fabric used to make the sample – and, Ms van Herpen said, when Ms Kiger landed, “it had practically disintegrated”.

It is a solution characteristic of the work of the designer, which itself seems to exist in an area beyond fashion: a place where a dress can become a mutant expression of life processes; a hybrid creature of technology, art, imagination and… recycling. (Many of the other dresses in the collection, equally mobile and alluring, were made from fibers from recycled ocean plastic.) Someone is calling Guinness World Records.

Viktor & Rolf, masters of double-meaning couture, built an entire show as a meditation not just on brocade and jeweled adornments, but on the real meaning of royalty (kind of a hot topic these days) . Not to mention the different uses of the word “queen”, which has been splashed onto a variety of ceremonial scarves such as “A Royal Pain in the Ass” and “Size Queen”.

At Schiaparelli, Daniel Roseberry played at “finding the part of the body”, by pouring the elbows, the abdominals, the nose, the breasts and even the hollow of the buttocks in resin printed in golden 3D and inlaid them on a jacket. in matador jeans (made up of 11 old pairs of jeans), glamorous black dresses and even accessories. A pair of high heels gave new meaning to “toe-toe shoes”.

And nonagenarian architect Frank Gehry showed up to be feted at a Louis Vuitton dinner celebrating his very first perfume bottle, the lid of which looks like a piece of crumpled tin foil or a remnant of a vessel. spatial Bezos or Musk.

“We wanted to work on a wardrobe,” Maria Grazia Chiuri announced before her Dior show, which involved doubling the almost invisible alchemy and the touch of the hand: tweed remade in cashmere, feathers and intarsia so it was like big. swaddling clothes; Greek dresses so light they seem to wear air, although it actually takes 12 days of minute tailoring to make them.

This kind of effort is almost impossible to see with the naked eye, not least the smartphone. Ditto for the way the signature loop has been recreated in sparkling trompe-l’oeil Lesage embroidery at Chanel. Although designer Virginie Viard gave the influencer generation a (a little awkward) nod by oversizing the costumes and adding eyelet bustiers and navel-baring nipple tubes. And she paired flower-encrusted empire-waist tunic dresses with matching inlaid panties – like leggings, the couture version.

At the end of the show, after a majestic parade around the courtyard, the bride – Margaret Qualley, actor and daughter of Andie MacDowell, in a simple and elegant seashell pink dress – threw her bouquet above her head. and it landed in the turn of Laura Brown, the editor of InStyle, who burst out laughing. You had to be there.

For those who couldn’t pull away from their screens completely, John Galliano tossed the catwalk tradition at Maison Margiela to the wind and instead came up with a gothic horror short by French filmmaker Olivier Dahan inspired by stories and scenes. characters that Mr. Galliano invents to evoke his collections.

There was a 19th century fishing village, a ghost ship, a shipyard. There was a crown of shards of mirror that summoned a supernatural plague. There was a sort of shadow vine regurgitated from the mouth of a young lover. One hundred years have passed. There was another community, with a seer. There were dances in shirts and underwear, animal masks and rituals. There was a third age and a modern young woman who donned the crown and became the Cursed Queen. There were strobe effects and a blood moon.

Some were magnificent. Some were stupid. A lot of things were difficult to follow. But there were also some pretty amazing clothes, when you could see them.

In a sort of prequel documentary, the designer opened up about the painstaking experimentation and hours it took to create the outfits: the jackets and dresses spilling out old wadding made from animal corpses and recycled fabrics. , initially to eight or 10 times their size, then shrunk to mimic the effects of time and tide via an enzymatic and acid wash; the sweater made by assembling crocheted “delft” checks (the palette was very Dutch Renaissance); giant overcoats with old newspaper clippings sewn into their surfaces like stains from the past. The sorcerer’s robe made of mirror shards, sack robes and a voluminous lace and silk robe.

Was it the tailoring or was it the costume? Like all clothes, a bit of both.

In his introduction, Mr Galliano said it was about “anxiety, the power of nature and, in the face of it, how helpless we are”. It may have been expressed in fiction and fashion, but after last year there was no debate.


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Eyes on Cannes, the new media capital of the world


This Being the Year of the Influencer has been a lasting idea since at least 2017. New industries don’t emerge overnight. Technological and social breakthroughs that fuel new industries take time to spread to different markets and communities around the world. Unless, of course, the whole world simultaneously experiences a unique set of circumstances like a global pandemic in the Internet age! Adaptation to the digital economy has seen unprecedented growth in 2020, from e-commerce and social media to remote working. In recent years, influencers have broadened their affecting beyond the initial niches of fashion, travel or entertainment. The #FreeBritney movement started as a celebrity gossip hashtag, but has grown into a public discourse on mental health and legal autonomy. Independent journalists like Yashar Ali or Seth Abramson command larger audiences than some historical news outlets. Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the most popular person on Instagram, has 310 million followers – 30 times the population of his native Portugal. Influencers are an integral part of the ‘new normal’ media landscape across multiple platforms. All industries tend to have their epicenters and recognized regulatory bodies. Here are three reasons why Cannes, an iconic resort on the Côte d’Azur, is becoming the new media capital of the world.

1. Cannes is already home to several major media events.

It all started in 1946 with the Cannes Film Festival, which became the most influential film screen. Since 1956, the Cannes Lions festival has elevated advertising to the rank of multi-billion dollar art that it is today. Since 1964, the MIPTV expo has grown into the world’s largest television programming and networking marketplace. All these centers of media activity have naturally also extended to digital spaces. The audiovisual content first generated or presented here determines cultural trends around the world. With product placement, complex campaign integrations, and celebrity mentions becoming standard practice in film, television, and advertising, it was only a matter of time for social media to claim its rightful place. along the famous promenade of the Croisette.

2. Cannes hosts the World Influencers and Bloggers Awards.

Established in 2019, the World Influencers and Bloggers Awards, the first and only event of its kind, brings together top social media talent in Cannes for celebration, mentorship and strategy development. Previous releases have generated 2,000 media coverage worldwide with a digital reach of over 117 million impressions. True to its vibe “where glamor meets business power”, WIBA brings together thought leaders from different sectors and continents, adding new categories every year.

As the 2021 nominees awaited the results shortly, Maria Grazhina Chaplin, CEO of the World Influencers and Bloggers Association, when asked what would currently be the biggest change in social media trends, said: “This year, influencers have proven their worth in society with helpful advice and concrete initiatives.

Chiara Ferragni, for example, balanced scientific information with fundraising efforts even when the level of the pandemic was abysmal in Italy. Many influencers are now playing a crucial role in helping their countries cope and recover. “

3. Cannes is a social click magnet, but in a (very) good way.

The ancient cobblestones, the turquoise sea, the sunsets in dresses on the yachts. Cannes had been ready for her close-up decades before Instagram invented selfies and filters. Maintaining a Cannes presence is a must for the biggest fashion and beauty brands. What other red carpet gets CNN coverage ?! In fact, most places here are so famous in themselves that they get verified social media accounts.

Like the legendary Hotel Martinez which will host the WIBA event with a provisional guest list of Coco Rocha, Victoria Silvstedt, Nusret “Salt Bae” Gokce, Luanna, Kat Graham and others. This city – in real life – is easily one of the few places in the world where you can casually meet some of the people you might be used to seeing on your phone on a daily basis. In the social media challenge, how it started versus how it plays out, Cannes is a masterclass of ageless relevance.



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Nigerian models want to rock the catwalks: “Africa is the future”


Champagne corks popped and glitter sparkled like a thousand little stars in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, where an international model cast was looking for the face of the future.

Elizabeth Elohor is sure it will be an African. The former supermodel established Nigeria’s first modeling agency in 2004, when there was no fashion week on the continent, very few local designers, and little high-end fashion.

Now with his cast “Future Face Africa”, Elohor hopes to extend the search for future talent from Nigeria to the rest of the continent.

Before the 2000s, there were few black faces on the covers of women’s magazines except for iconic figures like Naomi Campbell, Donyale Luna, and Beverly Johnson.

In Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with over 200 million inhabitants, the few who dared to venture into modeling at the time were independent, vulnerable and had to distribute their own portfolios to companies specializing in modeling. event planning and advertising.

When Elohor returned from London in 2004 to found Beth Model Agency, she was innovating, said Marius Isikalu, a barely 30-year-old former top model who now works alongside her.

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“Elizabeth was a pioneer. She signed all the models known at the time and she said ‘If you want to use them, that’s how much you’re going to pay, and those are the terms,” ​​”Isikalu said standing on the floor. red carpet event.

“She set the rules, the prices, she set the pace.”

The turning point for the modeling world in Africa came in 2010 when South Africa and Nigeria organized fashion weeks that were recognized internationally as “select” in the fashion world.

The recent “Black Lives Matter” movement and leading advocates of black female beauty are also helping to change trends around the world. But the reasons are also economic.

“International designers like Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain … have started to realize that a lot of their clients are actually from Africa,” said Elohor, seated in a mustard yellow armchair of a designer. Nigerian.

“Back then, out of 50 agencies, you probably would have had five models and now an agency can have as many as 10, 15 African models.”

Beth Model Management, one of Nigeria’s leading modeling agencies, has started the process of finding and training potential models, in order to showcase Africa’s different shades of beauty and vibrant African fashions. Photo: AFP

“Africa is the future”

Tobi Momoh is one of the new generation of models. Smiling and full of life, the 19-year-old goes from table to table in her fitted black dress, greeting the stars of the Nigerian Nollywood film scene, the royalty of Afropop music or the stars of reality TV.

“I grew up thinking that I would be like all the other girls who struggle to find a job after school. But Elizabeth saw me on the road, she asked my mother’s permission to sign me in her agency. and now! Look at me! It was so simple, “she said.

Tobi was only 15 when she won the Elite Model Look Africa competition, which propelled her to the catwalks in Milan, Paris and several international agencies.

“We have the beauties to rock the catwalks,” she said. Elizabeth knows it too. And even if she no longer has time to walk the streets or the markets of Lagos, her passion for unearthing rare pearls of African beauty remains with her.

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Through “Future Face Africa”, a huge cast first via social networks and then face-to-face, she wants to broaden her research to the whole continent and make fashion move in Africa.

The growing sector has allowed the emergence of many actors, designers, make-up artists, but also photographers. Famous Nigerian fashion photographer Kola Oshalusi has also witnessed the explosion in demand and professionalization of modeling in Africa over the past decade.

Even Nigeria’s growing security concerns, high inflation and economic hardship cannot take away the glitz and the sense of hope.

“Africa is the future,” said Oshalusi, wearing a stylish beige hat and cotton jacket. “Nigeria is Africa. Nigerian models are confident, they bring so much energy to the catwalks, they know what they want, and it has helped to build an incredible reputation on the international stage. ” – AFP


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