Spike Lee directs uplifting new Michael B. Jordan Coach clip

Coach has added even more superstar power to its new project after hiring Spike Lee to direct Michael B. Jordan’s latest campaign.Hot on the heels of his first competitive Oscars win, which saw Spike take home the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Bl…

Coach has added even more superstar power to its new project after hiring Spike Lee to direct Michael B. Jordan’s latest campaign.

Hot on the heels of his first competitive Oscars win, which saw Spike take home the Best Adapted Screenplay award for BlacKkKlansman, the celebrated filmmaker has now been unveiled as the director of Coach’s new short film, Words Matter.

“I’m honoured to get to collaborate with giants in their respective fields, Michael B. Jordan and Coach,” Spike said in a statement. “It was truly a magical day working, shooting in the desert. Enjoy.”

Filmed in the desert outside Los Angeles, the short features Michael riding a motorcycle. He comes to a stop to see rocks scattered around with the words hatred, evil, bigotry and lies written on the, but replaces them with others branded with positive words – courage, truth, love and dream.

The Black Panther star was announced as the first-ever global brand ambassador for the company’s menswear collection in September (18).

“Collaborating with the iconic Spike Lee on this short film for Coach was an inspirational experience,” he praised. “Spike’s art has moved the cultural dial for decades. I’m proud of the powerful messaging of this film and to be working alongside a brand that cares about putting that narrative into the world as much as I do.”

Talking about Michael’s appointment at the brand, Coach creative director Stuart Vevers previously revealed that he’d slowly got to know the front row favourite over a number of years before welcoming him into the fold.

“He has been a true supporter of Coach, so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level,” the designer said.

As well as a soaring film career, Michael has become one of the most exciting names in celebrity fashion. His recent bold outfit choices include a Louis Vuitton harness, a blue velvet tuxedo jacket and a mottled texture Berluti suit.

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Billy Porter: ‘Why does me wearing a dress cause so much strife?’

Billy Porter has responded to the social media hate his Oscars dress received, insisting he doesn’t care what people say about his fashion choices.The Pose star turned heads on the Academy Awards red carpet when he rocked up wearing a velvet Christian …

Billy Porter has responded to the social media hate his Oscars dress received, insisting he doesn’t care what people say about his fashion choices.

The Pose star turned heads on the Academy Awards red carpet when he rocked up wearing a velvet Christian Siriano gown which featured a tuxedo on top and full black skirt on the bottom. While many praised the actor for pushing boundaries with his ensemble, others were less complimentary, but Billy told the Associated Press he doesn’t let such criticism get him down.

“The comments are not my business. What people think about what I’m doing is not my business. I lived that already,” he explained. “I’m inside of my authenticity and the whole point is that you have to respect me as much as I respect you. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else. You don’t have to look. It’s not about you. I don’t understand why my putting on a dress causes this much strife in your life.”

And the trolling Billy received for the outfit isn’t going to stop him from wearing other fashion-forward looks on the red carpet.

“People are actually listening,” he smiled. “I hope it opens up a dialogue of healing. I will always continue to do me. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the 49 years that I’ve lived on this planet, is that being authentic is the only version of the story that anybody should be.”

Designer Christian also opened up about creating Billy’s Oscars look during an interview with U.S. TV show Extra, telling the programme that he wanted to make something “different but fun”.

“We just kind of wanted to try something different… He was like, ‘Let’s push it, honey,’ and that’s what we did,” Christian grinned. “It’s a bit random to see a man in a dress on the carpet like that, but I think the whole idea is people should wear what they feel. Fashion shouldn’t be so difficult, it should be fun.”

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Sarah Hyland defends decision to wear Spanx under Oscars party gown

Sarah Hyland is clapping back at social media critics who took aim at her for wearing shape-shifting Spanx to a post Oscars bash. The Modern Family star attended the Vanity Fair party following the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) in a magenta Zac P…

Sarah Hyland is clapping back at social media critics who took aim at her for wearing shape-shifting Spanx to a post Oscars bash.

The Modern Family star attended the Vanity Fair party following the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) in a magenta Zac Posen gown and shared an image of herself at the event on Instagram, revealing she was wearing two pairs of the slimming undergarment.

“#Funfact I’m wearing TWO pairs of Spanx,” she wrote on the photo sharing site on Tuesday (26Feb19). “Why diet? When you can just hide it!”

The candid disclosure sparked outrage among some of her followers, who slammed the 28 year old for trying to make her already thin frame appear smaller.

“You’re a size -00, why Spanx? I hope this is a joke,” one follower wrote.

“This is why so many girls starve themselves… saying ‘why diet?’ when you’re already super skinny? Way to go @sarahhyland,” shared another.

“I think she has a body image problem… for someone that is always in bikinis and understandably is underweight due to her illness… why is she wearing 2 spanx? Or even sharing it? So weird,” another comment read.

The actress later tweeted and then deleted: “When you have two kidney transplants and are on steroids for life get back to me.”

Since her surgeries, Hyland has had to take the drug prednisone, which causes swelling. Following the flood of responses to her Spanx post, one fan asked for advice about dealing with the body image issues that arise when taking the drug.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Hyland wrote back. “It’s something I deal with on a daily basis. The mood swings, watching my sugar intake, self confidence, etc. I have to actively rewire my brain to think positively because prednisone can really spread negativity in to every facet of your life.”

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Top designer slams Melissa McCarthy’s outrageous Oscars costume

A leading Hollywood designer has condemned the outrageous outfits Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry wore while presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design on Sunday (24Feb19). The pair wore over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featur…

A leading Hollywood designer has condemned the outrageous outfits Melissa McCarthy and Bryan Tyree Henry wore while presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design on Sunday (24Feb19).

The pair wore over-the-top outfits that represented the styles featured in the nominated films The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Black Panther, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and McCarthy added more comedy by operating a rabbit hand puppet – a reference to the royal bunnies in The Favourite.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? star and Henry’s moment in the spotlight was one of the ceremony’s comedy highlights, but not everyone found it funny, and in a Facebook post on Tuesday (26Feb19), Oscar nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips called the stunt “tasteless and insulting”.

“I like to think I have a sense of humour, and I love Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry,” she wrote. “But… I honestly thought this was tasteless and insulting to costume design.

“The Oscars are an opportunity to honour our craft. As costume designers we struggle with people in our own industry UNDERSTANDING our job. On this one night, where the work is supposed to be elevated (look at the international ratings), this is perhaps the most egregious misrepresentation not only of taste (which is subjective) but of value to the filmmaking process.”

Phillips, who was recognised by the Academy in years past for her work on films like Walk the Line and W.E., feels the decision to poke fun at looks crafted for film is going to lead to further misunderstandings surrounding the role of costume designer on set.

“We constantly have to explain our job (and) this kind of mockery only underscores frustration,” she continued. “(It) feels like major steps backwards. SHAME on The Academy for allowing this to be broadcast.”

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David Beckham’s fashion brand launches Stone Roses capsule collection for the summer

David Beckham and his partners at fashion brand Kent & Curwen have launched a new clothing line collaboration with British band The Stone Roses. The Capsule Collection was first announced last year (18) and has now been unveiled on the label’s websi…

David Beckham and his partners at fashion brand Kent & Curwen have launched a new clothing line collaboration with British band The Stone Roses.

The Capsule Collection was first announced last year (18) and has now been unveiled on the label’s website.

The new line features the band’s iconic artwork, designed by guitarist John Squire, on a range of T-shirts, hats and jackets.

Kent & Curwen creative director Daniel Kearns grew up listening to The Stone Roses, according to a press statement.

“For him they are a band that established the look and the sound of the 90’s,” the release reads. “The music and artwork created by The Stone Roses now forms the inspiration for the Kent & Curwen Spring/Summer 2019 collection which celebrates the feeling of British summertime, iconic British music and British culture.”

The collaboration is a good fit for Beckham, who is a longtime fan of The Stone Roses and Kent & Curwen’s clothing.

The band dedicated a song to him during a show in Manchester, England in 2017, just before calling it quits on their reunion.

The launch comes just weeks after the Kent & Curwen label, which the former soccer superstar co-owns, unveiled its collaboration with hit TV show Peaky Blinders last month (Jan19).

The brand’s bosses showed off the new collection during London Fashion Week: Men’s as Beckham, his wife Victoria, their eldest son Brooklyn, and his model girlfriend Hana Cross watched.

The line, inspired by the BBC series about 1920s gangsters in Birmingham, was designed by Kearns.

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Saint Laurent shines bright with glow in the dark creations during PFW show

Saint Laurent showcased glow in the dark creations in what was a fun and exciting Paris Fashion Week presentation on Tuesday (26Feb19).Creative director Anthony Vaccarello went all out with the Saint Laurent fall 2019 collection, with neon shoes, dress…

Saint Laurent showcased glow in the dark creations in what was a fun and exciting Paris Fashion Week presentation on Tuesday (26Feb19).

Creative director Anthony Vaccarello went all out with the Saint Laurent fall 2019 collection, with neon shoes, dresses and sunglasses all shining bright when the runway was lit with purple ultraviolet light towards the end of the show.

Among the most eye-catching looks was an ostrich feathered minidress, which turned into black and pink stripes under the ultraviolet light, and a pair of acid orange pumps.

The glow in the dark pieces were just one aspect of the Eighties trend Vaccarello explored with his new collection. Structured shoulders are part of the new YSL silhouette, with a stunning cream coat and jewelled top among the items which sported exaggerated shoulders. Pants were noticeably absent from the collection, with Saint Laurent instead showcasing tiny skirts and shorts worn over polka dot tights as part of their take on power dressing.

Saint Laurent wasn’t the only big name to showcase at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. Stars including newly-engaged Jennifer Lawrence flocked to the front row of the Dior show, where Maria Grazia Chiuri paid “homage to the alchemist of elegance and beauty, Karl Lagerfeld”, according to the show notes. Chanel legend Lagerfeld died earlier this month, aged 85.

Chiuri took inspiration from the concept of sorority for Dior’s new collection, and presented her new take on 50’s femininity as she debuted pieces such as full skirts and an updated version of the traditional ballgown.

Each and every model wore a Stephen Jones-designed bucket hat, many of which included a net veil covering the eyes, with checked raincoats and black wellington boots also proving that the Dior girl is more than prepared for an autumn shower.

Feminist slogan T-shirts were also a standout piece on the runway, with models sporting tops featuring slogans such as “Sisterhood Is Global”, “Sisterhood is Powerful” and “Sisterhood is Forever”, referring to feminist texts by American poet Robin Morgan.

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J. Crew taps Chris Benz as womenswear designer

J.Crew has hired Chris Benz as the new head of women’s design.The American designer leaves his post as the creative director at Bill Blass for his new role at the struggling label.As well as heading up womenswear, Benz will also be in charge of Crewc…

J.Crew has hired Chris Benz as the new head of women’s design.

The American designer leaves his post as the creative director at Bill Blass for his new role at the struggling label.

As well as heading up womenswear, Benz will also be in charge of Crewcuts, J.Crew’s children’s brand.

Benz has history with the brand, and began his career under former creative director Jenna Lyons in 2005 when he was fresh out of Parsons School of Design.

“J.Crew is where I started my career and I have always loved the inspired mix of things – colour and pattern, texture and quality – that defines it,” he gushed in a statement to Business of Fashion. “I look forward to innovating on the brand’s essential classics to create an eclectic American style that is both polished and unique, and revives J.Crew as a destination where everyone can find something special.”

Since Lyons’ departure in 2017, after 26 years at the brand, J. Crew has struggled to find a steady replacement. Long-term employee Somsack Sikhounmuong, who was initially drafted in, left after five months in the role, with the most recent chief design officer, Johanna Uurasjarvi, calling it quits after an eight-month sting that began in June (18).

They are also still without a CEO, after Jim Brett left the company last fall.

In an official statement, label bosses said: “The company recognised the need for a fresh perspective from someone who understood the importance of the brand’s heritage and style to give consumers the designs they have come to expect from the iconic company. Chris Benz’s colourful, distinct aesthetic complements J. Crew’s own.

“These necessary and significant changes are part of the company’s efforts to revitalize the J. Crew brand among consumers, while also becoming more productive and more profitable in the process.”

Chief administrative officer Lynda Markoe added to BoF that she is “thrilled” to welcome Benz back.

“His creative aesthetic and refined perspective on the brand is the perfect complement to the heritage of J.Crew and will allow him to evolve our women’s collection in a way that is authentic and relevant,” she added.

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Cara Delevingne: ‘Beauty is about being happy’

Cara Delevingne has opened up about what being beautiful means to her.Speaking at the launch of Dior’s latest lipstick, Addict Stellar Shine on Monday (25Feb19), the model and actress confessed her belief that beauty comes as a result of feeling posi…

Cara Delevingne has opened up about what being beautiful means to her.

Speaking at the launch of Dior’s latest lipstick, Addict Stellar Shine on Monday (25Feb19), the model and actress confessed her belief that beauty comes as a result of feeling positive.

“It’s not just about beauty from the outside; it’s about being happy,” she admitted to WWD. “Christian Dior said he wanted to make people happy, not just beautiful.”

The 26-year-old British beauty, who sat front row at the French label’s Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday, is the face of the new Stellar Shine line of lipsticks.

Cara explained the significance of make-up in helping her prepare for acting roles, suggesting that it “really makes a difference” in helping to develop characters.

She stressed, however, that “make-up isn’t just about being feminine”.

“It’s about masculine and feminine – expressing whatever that is. Pink make-up shouldn’t only be for women, it should be for men – it should be for everyone, inclusive,” she added.

The star, who is also embarking on a music career after recording vocals with producer and DJ Shy FX, continued to note that beauty shouldn’t be exclusive.

“Everyone should have the right to feel beautiful. I do think that we are moving towards that more and more, but no one should ever be made to feel ugly,” she stated.

Cara went on to dismiss common misconceptions that beauty equates to vanity, suggesting that wearing make-up is “part of self-love”.

“Part of doing make-up is…self-care, knowing that you care enough about yourself to express yourself in a certain way.

“Feminine should mean strength,” the Suicide Squad star added.

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Vivienne Westwood teases sneaker collaboration with Asics

Vivienne Westwood has teased a sneaker collaboration with Japanese sports brand Asics.The British fashion house revealed plans for the capsule collection in an Instagram post on Tuesday (26Feb19), alongside a picture of one of the pieces from the line….

Vivienne Westwood has teased a sneaker collaboration with Japanese sports brand Asics.

The British fashion house revealed plans for the capsule collection in an Instagram post on Tuesday (26Feb19), alongside a picture of one of the pieces from the line.

The image featured a patterned red and white Gel-Mai sneaker teamed with pink striped socks.

Captioning the post, the brand detailed the “exclusive” collaboration.

“#VivienneWestwood and established true sport performance brand #asics have come together to create an exclusive capsule collection of limited edition styles,” brand reps wrote.

The limited edition collection is set to feature pieces from both Asics and Asics Tiger, with styles set to be released over the course of the year.

The first two styles from the collaborative line will launch towards the end of April.

The sneakers will be available exclusively from Vivienne Westwood and Asics stores worldwide, and online at each brand’s respective websites.

In the post, the fashion label went on to highlight both brands’ history of innovation at the forefront of fashion.

“Both ASICS and Vivienne Westwood share a long brand history of design and championed uniqueness – with quality, craftsmanship and innovation at their core,” they continued. “This shared history and distinction to transcend the ordinary brought about this timely collaboration.”

Westwood is the latest in a series of high-fashion labels to team up with a beloved comfort and performance brands.

Past collaborations of this variety include Christopher Kane x Crocs, Anna Sui x Teva and Jeremy Scott x Ugg.

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Bruno Sialelli unveils debut Lanvin line at PFW

On Wednesday (27Feb19) morning, Bruno Sialelli ushered in a fresh era at Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week.The designer showed off his debut collection for the troubled brand, after joining Lanvin in January from his post at Loewe. Showing off his artistic …

On Wednesday (27Feb19) morning, Bruno Sialelli ushered in a fresh era at Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week.

The designer showed off his debut collection for the troubled brand, after joining Lanvin in January from his post at Loewe.

Showing off his artistic flair with cute cartoon drawings, pencil portraits and fox motifs, Sialelli brought the wow factor back to the brand – helped by the inclusion of superstar models Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber.

Feminine silhouettes worked well alongside chunky knits and sheer fabrics, with a romantic elegance seen across the entire Fall/Winter 19 collection.

Stand out moments in the co-ed show included knitted corset detailing on a butter yellow trouser suit, a peach velvet men’s suit with a daisy drawing printed onto the front, and swishy scarf material seen on oversized shirts, dresses and skirts.

Ninety minutes later, Mugler showed in the City of Lights.

Structured and sexy tailoring, funky leather and sexy high-shine thigh-high booties made their way down the catwalk.

The modest collection was a world away from the headline-grabbing vintage Thierry Mugler garment Kim Kardashian recently squeezed into. Skin was covered in a patchwork prints, including animal, marbled monochrome and psychedelic swirls.

Jackets were nipped in at the waist, with a white blazer featuring slightly too long sleeves, and a black version adding an extra dimension with a ruffled peplum.

Later on Wednesday, Rochas, Lemaire, and Kenzo will take centre stage.

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