Denim brand 7 for All Mankind teaming with Marques’Almeida on range

Denim company 7 for All Mankind is partnering with Marques’Almeida on a fashion line.The U.S. label, founded by Michael Glasser, Peter Koral, and Jerome Dahan in 2000, is known for its tight-fitting and low-rise designs, as well as skirts, shorts and d…

Denim company 7 for All Mankind is partnering with Marques’Almeida on a fashion line.

The U.S. label, founded by Michael Glasser, Peter Koral, and Jerome Dahan in 2000, is known for its tight-fitting and low-rise designs, as well as skirts, shorts and denim jackets.

A favourite of celebrities such as Zoe Saldana and Heidi Klum, 7 for All Mankind was acquired by Delta Galil Industries in 2016, and now executives have announced plans to team with Marques’Almeida’s Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida on ready-to-wear.

“We know how important ready-to-wear is, so in the next three years our goal is to have ready-to-wear become 30 per cent of our business,” said 7 For All Mankind’s chief marketing officer Jenna Habayeb in a statement, according to Business of Fashion.

The 19-piece collection will include trousers, T-shirts and jackets. A teaser image depicts three models posing in striped denim jackets and striped knitted tops in autumnal hues of mustard yellow, red and navy blue.

Items will be priced from $104 to $1,885 (£80 – £1,450) and will be stocked in select boutiques and high-end retailers such as Selfridges from mid-November (18).

London-based designers Marques and Almeida have yet to comment on the project.

However, the news marks a big week for the Portuguese designers as they confirmed on Monday that they were to show at Paris Fashion Week. The time and date of the show is yet to be announced, though the fashion event is set to kick off on 24 September.

Marques’Almeida, known for distressed denim pieces, was founded in 2011. The label won the prestigious LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize in 2015.

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Stella Maxwell turns to vitamin IV drips for NYFW prep

Stella Maxwell has been getting vitamin IV drips ahead of New York Fashion Week.The blonde model is a catwalk regular at the biannual event, walking for the likes of Zadig & Voltaire, Jeremy Scott and Philipp Plein during the February (18) presentation…

Stella Maxwell has been getting vitamin IV drips ahead of New York Fashion Week.

The blonde model is a catwalk regular at the biannual event, walking for the likes of Zadig & Voltaire, Jeremy Scott and Philipp Plein during the February (18) presentation.

With less than a week to go until the spring/ summer 2019 shows kick off, Stella is getting herself runway ready.

“I’ve been getting facials and going to the spa,” she told WWD. “I do sweats at this place Shape House. I’ve been doing IV drips of vitamins and B12 shots. I do a lot of self-care because you get pretty fried from all the flying and everything, so it’s nice to take some time and rejuvenate. I also eat pretty well-rounded and do yoga.”

Before she takes to the catwalk though, the 28-year-old has been busy posing for 7 for All Mankind’s new campaign.

She was tapped as the face of the fall 18 adverts, showing off the brand’s edgy aesthetic in a series of images.

“We shot it in downtown L.A. and I think they wanted that California look but with a more city vibe, like grunge,” she explained of the shoot. “I’ve worn Seven jeans personally for so many years, so when I saw their collection for the season I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I would wear that, I would wear that, I would pair it with this…’ My friend Sally Lyndley styled it and it was very collaborative. Billy Kidd shot it and he also was very free, saying, ‘It’s kind of up to you, do whatever poses you think, whatever feels kind of natural and right.’

“I think they really wanted personalities with this campaign so they cast us all specifically for that. Even the hair and make-up, I just did my usual look, just like tonight.”

New York Fashion Week starts on 6 September.

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Balmain unveils campaign starring three virtual models

Balmain has included three virtual models in its latest advertising campaign.Since he was appointed creative director of the French luxury brand in 2011, Olivier Rousteing has become famous for including big-name celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Jou…

Balmain has included three virtual models in its latest advertising campaign.

Since he was appointed creative director of the French luxury brand in 2011, Olivier Rousteing has become famous for including big-name celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gigi Hadid in his marketing imagery.

However, Rousteing is now taking a different approach to advertising and has utilised computer-generated imagery (CGI) in order to enlist three new models into his so-called Balmain Army.

“There’s one quality that immediately stands out when you look at the growing Balmain Army: an unfettered celebration of inclusion,” a Balmain brand rep said in a statement. “Anyone and everyone is always welcome to join its growing ranks, they need only share our bold spirit of adventure.”

Working in partnership with CGI artist Cameron-James Wilson, Rousteing has included digital model Shudu, an avatar first created in 2017, as well as two new figures, Margot and Zhi, in the images – which promote the Balmain Bbox bag.

Speaking to Refinery29, the fashion star described Zhi as a “Chinese beauty with a really short haircut” who is inspired by late music icon David Bowie, while Margot is the essentially the “French girl of his childhood dreams”.

Rousteing went on to explain that he was influenced by the relationship between fashion and music icons when conceptualising the project.

In particular, he wanted to pay homage to the signature outfits worn by the late Michael Jackson.

“I love the fact that (Jackson) was really inclusive and, you know, that’s what I’m trying to do with the virtual reality army: different beauty, shapes, ages, and genders. This is the beginning of what it will mean to present diversity in the world,” he added.

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Tess Holliday: ‘I’m not a burden on the British healthcare system’

Tess Holliday has hit back at nasty comments she’s a burden to the British healthcare system after she landed her first Cosmopolitan cover.Tess shows off her U.S. size 22 body on the cover of the latest issue of the British magazine, where she’s seen…

Tess Holliday has hit back at nasty comments she’s a burden to the British healthcare system after she landed her first Cosmopolitan cover.

Tess shows off her U.S. size 22 body on the cover of the latest issue of the British magazine, where she’s seen blowing a kiss to the camera in a satin green lingerie body. The tagline reads: “Tess Holliday wants the haters to kiss her a*s.”

The cover has come under fire by some who accuse the plus-size model of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, but Tess has a clear message for her critics.

“To everyone saying I’m a burden to the British health care system, I’m american so you don’t have to worry about my fat ass. Worry about what horrible people you are by whining about how me being on the cover of a glossy magazine impacts your small minded life,” she blasted on Twitter.

One person who’s been vocal about his disdain for the 33-year-old’s latest modelling gig is ranting broadcaster Piers Morgan.

Sharing the Cosmo cover on his own Instagram account, Piers fumed: “As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo. Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity.’ What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous & misguided as celebrating size zero models.”

Tess, who recently started working out with personal trainer Massy Arias, has always maintained she leads a healthy lifestyle, with her husband Nick Holliday previously telling Cover Media that the flame-haired star suffers no health problems.

“The thing is they don’t believe her, they’re like ‘but what about your health?’ Do you have high blood pressure? No. Do you have diabetes. No. And they’re like but you’re going to get heart disease. Well maybe, but my dad’s got heart disease and he weighs like 100lbs,” Nick ranted.

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Devon Windsor hopes to design clothes one day

Devon Windsor is hoping to try her hand at design as her career progresses.The Victoria’s Secret star, who has also walked the runway for Celine, Chanel and Moschino, is becoming an increasingly recognisable name in the fashion industry. In addition to…

Devon Windsor is hoping to try her hand at design as her career progresses.

The Victoria’s Secret star, who has also walked the runway for Celine, Chanel and Moschino, is becoming an increasingly recognisable name in the fashion industry.

In addition to her modelling work, Devon is interested in food and cooking and has also tried her hand and acting, landing a small role opposite Vince Vaughn in Brawl in Cell Block 99 last year (17).

As for future ambitions, nothing is off limits.

“Career wise I have so many goals left. I want to try and build my brand outside of the modelling industry whether it be acting or hosting or even creating my own line,” the 24-year-old explained in an interview with website Meaww. “I would love to have my own line of products be it clothing or anything and do whatever I can lay my hands on.”

Her next venture is television, where Devon will be providing an intimate glimpse into her life in new show Model Squad, which debuts on the E! network next week (04Sep18).

But if viewers are hoping to see the romantic beach proposal from her now-fiance Johnny Dex, who proposed to Devon in June, they should prepare to be disappointed.

“Model Squad season one was filmed last year at this time so we don’t actually get to see the proposal,” she explained. “However viewers will get to see me talk about my relationship and navigate through the struggles we face.”

However, Devon, who added she can’t wait to be a mum, is pleased that she shares plenty of scenes with friend Olivia Culpo, who she was able to reconnect with through the show.

“Olivia and I have such have such hectic schedules that it is hard to make time for each other. Filming Model Squad was a guaranteed set time we got to be together,” she smiled.

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Chadwick Boseman wants Black Panther to get Oscar for Best Picture

Chadwick Boseman wants Black Panther to be considered for the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards.The actor starred as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Studios superhero film released in February (18), with the Ryan Coogler…

Chadwick Boseman wants Black Panther to be considered for the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards.

The actor starred as lead character T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Studios superhero film released in February (18), with the Ryan Coogler-directed flick widely praised by critics and grossing $1.347 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie of the year.

Regarding the upcoming awards season, Chadwick has now shared that he would like Black Panther to be in the running for the Best Picture prize at the Oscars rather than the Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film category, a new honour being set up by officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“We don’t know what it (the new prize) is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not,” he told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “What I can say is that there’s no campaign (that we are mounting) for Popular Film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for Best Picture, and that’s all there is to it.”

Eligibility requirements and other key details about the Popular Film category have not yet been announced, though the movie must have made over $300 million (£230 million) domestically.

And while Black Panther has been extremely popular around the globe, Chadwick is hopeful that members of the Academy won’t be deterred from nominating it in more than one category.

“A good movie is a good movie… and clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ (in the minds of Academy members) because if (it did), the movies that get nominated and win (which have tended in recent years to not be blockbusters) wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides,” the 40-year-old commented. “For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”

The next Academy Awards are set to take place on 24 February 2019.

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Dave Bautista: ‘James Gunn changed my life’

Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is furious at the sacking of James Gunn as he credits the director with transforming his life. James cast Dave as Drax the Destroyer in the first and second Guardians films, and both were preparing to work on…

Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista is furious at the sacking of James Gunn as he credits the director with transforming his life.

James cast Dave as Drax the Destroyer in the first and second Guardians films, and both were preparing to work on a third instalment until last month (Jul18), when the filmmaker was fired by Disney executives over offensive tweets he sent a decade ago.

The former wrestling star has given his public backing to James, saying that he does not want to make the movie without him, and has now opened up about the debt he feels he owes the director.

“I love James,” he tells U.K. chat show host Jonathan Ross. “James really changed my life so it’s a personal thing too. I struggled, I starved for three years, I could barely get a job. There were a few people who believed in me along the way but James was the one who really changed the course of my life.”

Dave, 49, and his co-stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, have all publicly backed James and requested his reinstatement – but so far Disney chiefs have held firm and have not rehired him.

His dismissal has put the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in jeopardy – and the muscle-bound actor says that the next Guardians movie is now on hold.

“I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn. I don’t want to go too much into it, I don’t want to make it a political conversation,” he explains in a chat that will air in the U.K. on Saturday (01Sep18). “They are putting the movie off, it’s on hold indefinitely… I have an issue, I have a moral and a political issue with what they’ve done. I have been very vocal about the way I feel and I’m not afraid to admit the way I feel. That’s the way I feel.”

James has apologised for his offensive tweets, which included jokes about paedophilia and rape, saying they “don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time” in a statement issued after his firing.

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