Isaac Mizrahi and New Balance team up for sportswear collaboration

Legendary fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has teamed up with New Balance on a sportswear line.New Balance x Isaac Mizrahi Live! will combine fashion and athleisure, and bring together the technology and comfort of athletic wear with the designer’s uni…

Legendary fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has teamed up with New Balance on a sportswear line.

New Balance x Isaac Mizrahi Live! will combine fashion and athleisure, and bring together the technology and comfort of athletic wear with the designer’s unique colour palette, design sensibilities, and his commitment to inclusive fashion.

The Project Runway All Stars judge shared his excitement about the project, and said he hopes that by joining forces with New Balance, he will be able to “bring style to every day”.

“New Balance stands for style and accessibility; those are two major qualities of my own designs that are especially important to me and really fuelled this entire collaboration,” the 57-year-old mused. “I knew by collaborating with a brand like New Balance, we would tap into the highest quality product.”

Mizrahi went on to detail how his design sensibilities match with those of the much-loved sports brand.

“The use of colour that I am known for has been woven throughout the NB collaboration,” he shared. “We’re bringing feminine details and colour to make activewear bold and stylish.”

Mizrahi also suggested that the new line will work hand-in-hand with his existing apparel.

“People have started to care about reaching their 10,000 steps for the day or getting a workout routine together that makes sense for their lifestyle,” the designer reflected. “Mix and match NB apparel with the Isaac Mizrahi Live! core line, whether it’s styled with our essentials or cardigans! I want this collection to serve those women.”

New Balance x Isaac Mizrahi Live! will launch on Sunday (31Mar19), available exclusively through QVC.

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Vogue Arabia makes history by placing three black hijabi models on cover

Editors at Vogue Arabia have made history by placing three black hijabi models on the cover of the April 2019 issue.For the latest issue of the fashion publication, editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut has tapped models Halima Aden, Ikram Abdi Omar, and Amina…

Editors at Vogue Arabia have made history by placing three black hijabi models on the cover of the April 2019 issue.

For the latest issue of the fashion publication, editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut has tapped models Halima Aden, Ikram Abdi Omar, and Amina Adan to pose together in white ensembles and black hijabs, with the trio photographed by Txema Yeste and styled by fashion director Katie Trotter.

Regarding the decision to highlight female empowerment and what modesty means today 21-year-old Halima commented: “I think it’s important to remember that wearing a hijab is a woman’s personal choice. It doesn’t make her any better or worse than another Muslim woman. To me, it symbolises modesty and gives me a sense of power.”

The issue marks the second time Somali-American Halima has appeared on the cover of Vogue Arabia, having first starred in the magazine’s June 2017 issue, while the edition is the first time for Ikram and Amina.

Amina, the first hijabi model signed to a Danish modelling agency, noted in the accompanying interview she hopes that by sharing her own personal experiences, she can open up a dialogue about misconceptions about modest dressing.

And Ikram said she is amazed by the way in which fashion industry leaders have embraced representation and inclusion in a relatively short period of time.

“In the past, I would have had to bring extra headscarves with me just in case, but stylists mostly bring some for me now,” she noted. “They find it fascinating and get creative, which warms my heart because they see the beauty of the hijab every time a new look is created.”

In addition, the new issue of Vogue Arabia features chats with U.S. congresswoman Ilhan Omar, athletes Ibtihaj Muhammad and Zahra Lari, and CEO Ghizlan Guenez, among other inspirational women.

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Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta praise H&M’s sustainable new line

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25M…

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.

The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25Mar19), with the range set to drop online and in selected stores around the world on 11 April.

Featuring pieces like floaty dresses and cute two-piece ensembles, all of the items are made from eco-friendly materials, such as recycled polyester and organic cotton, with Russian beauty Irina, 33, commenting that she is proud to be associated with a brand that was looking to make strides into sustainability.

“For me, as a fashion model, it’s really important to see that they care about mother nature,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We live in the 21st century and the technology is amazing, so you can see all those pieces are still cool and colourful and fashionable… We all know what’s going on in the world – climate change – and look how many tonnes of plastic get dumped in the ocean and how many animals’ lives get hurt by it.”

In addition, the Conscious Exclusive range contains pieces made from Pinatex, a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves, as well as a plant-based flexible foam using algae biomass, and Orange Fiber, a sustainable silk-like fabric made from citrus juice by-products.

And Amber is hopeful that fast-fashion will become much more sustainable across the board in coming years.

“@hm has some serious goals set – 2020 – All cotton will come from sustainable or recycled sources. 2030 – All H&M products will be sourced from more sustainable or recycled sources. 2040 – Climate positive across their entire value chain. I truly hope that within these goals they will understand that producing less and more slowly will make their goals a reality,” the 45-year-old wrote on her Instagram page of the collection.

Models including Alek Wek, Camila Morrone, and Halima Aden, and actresses Abigail Spencer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Dakota Fanning were also at the launch event.

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Giorgio Armani was surprised by his success

Success caught legendary designer Giorgio Armani “almost by surprise”.The style stalwart founded his namesake label in 1975 and has become one of the most respected names in the industry.Sharing his advice, along with an impressive list of other fashio…

Success caught legendary designer Giorgio Armani “almost by surprise”.

The style stalwart founded his namesake label in 1975 and has become one of the most respected names in the industry.

Sharing his advice, along with an impressive list of other fashion heavyweights, for budding designers in a piece for i.D, Armani urged new talent to really understand what consumers want from their clothes.

“I started my adventure in fashion with such enthusiasm and with the belief of having something authentic and personal to say. Initially, I had no real expectations: success nearly caught me by surprise, convincing me that my intuition was correct,” he confessed. “That enthusiasm is still with me: it’s my strength. Today, the scenario is much more complex. Making an impact requires maximum engagement, as the competition is fierce. To a new designer, I would suggest an in-depth exploration of people’s needs and a consistent response to these needs, whilst creating their own style. It takes patience, determination and absolute dedication, but this is the only way to tackle the industry today without giving up and being distracted by what others are doing.”

Other designers to share their pearls of wisdom were Stella McCartney, who encouraged newbies to stick to their guns, Isabel Marant, who advised having a precise style, and Jeremy Scott, who warned not to place your happiness on the opinions of others.

As for Victoria Beckham, she said learning from others is invaluable.

“The fashion industry can be daunting, so take any opportunity you can to learn from others, whether that’s through education, internships or assisting,” she commented. “When taking that first step in your career it’s so important to surround yourself with experts in your field that you can learn from.”

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Miranda Kerr pregnant again

Australian model Miranda Kerr is pregnant with her third child. The KORA Organics founder welcomed Hart, her first son with Snapchat SEO Evan Spiegel, 10 months ago – and the couple is already expecting again. A spokesperson for the model has confirm…

Australian model Miranda Kerr is pregnant with her third child.

The KORA Organics founder welcomed Hart, her first son with Snapchat SEO Evan Spiegel, 10 months ago – and the couple is already expecting again.

A spokesperson for the model has confirmed the happy news to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, stating: “Miranda, Evan, Flynn and Hart are looking forward to welcoming the newest member to their family.”

Miranda is also mum to eight-year-old Flynn, her son from her marriage to Orlando Bloom, who is making some big family plans too after asking his girlfriend, Katy Perry, to marry him on St. Valentine’s Day (14Feb19).

Kerr recently opened up about the importance of her family in an InStyle Australia interview, revealing, “My team understands that my family comes first.

“I’m going to come into the office after I drop my son to school, (or) do a conference call when my little baby is napping. When people know what to expect, you can manage those expectations. It’s also important that my kids see that I’m a working mum and I have my own business and that their dad has his own business and we both work hard and money doesn’t grow on trees.

“Of course you want to spoil them, (but) that’s how my parents raised me and that’s why I have the work ethic.”

The model isn’t bothered about getting back into shape now she’s a mother – shortly after giving birth to Hart last year, she told Marie Claire Australia she’s proud of her “mum-bod”.

“It’s really important as women that we’re gentle with ourselves and don’t feel like we have to snap back into shape after a baby… It’s O.K., I’ve got a mum-bod and it’s fine! I don’t mind. It’s all part of it,” she said. “I took nine months – well, 10 months – to grow a beautiful child and it might take 10 months to feel good in a swimsuit again. Or longer. Or never… I love being a mum, it’s the most rewarding thing.”

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Don Rickles voicing Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 4 two years after his death

The late Don Rickles will still be voicing Mr. Potato Head in the upcoming Toy Story 4.Don has been the voice of the crabby toy since 1995’s Toy Story, reprising the role in the 1999 and 2010 sequels, as well as numerous spin-off shorts.While the belov…

The late Don Rickles will still be voicing Mr. Potato Head in the upcoming Toy Story 4.

Don has been the voice of the crabby toy since 1995’s Toy Story, reprising the role in the 1999 and 2010 sequels, as well as numerous spin-off shorts.

While the beloved comedian passed away in 2017, at the age of 90, the Disney Pixar team have been able to honour his vocals by salvaging old recordings to slot into the fourth instalment of the franchise, due for release in June (19).

“Of course we loved Don obviously, and after he passed, his family contacted us and asked if there was any way that we could create a performance using the recordings that we had,” Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley told Entertainment Weekly. “Now, he signed to be in Toy Story 4. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to record him for the film. But we went through, jeez, 25 years of everything we didn’t use for Toy Story 1, 2, 3, the theme parks, the ice capades, the video games – everything that he’s recorded for Mr. Potato Head. And we were able to do that. And so I’m very honoured that they asked us to do that, and I’m very honoured that he’s in the film. Nobody can replace him.”

Josh also shared the sentiments on Twitter.

“‘Some people say funny things, I say things funny.’ – Don Rickles. All of his pieces may be replaceable, but his voice is not. Honored he signed on for TS4, honored he’s in TS4,” he wrote.

The highly anticipated fourth film brings back all the old favourites, voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack, among others. There are also plenty of new A-list voices added to the mix, like Keanu Reeves as stuntman action figure Duke Caboom, Jordan Peele as Bunny and Christina Hendricks as vintage doll Gabby Gabby.

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Love, Simon’s Greg Berlanti highlights upcoming cinema struggle after Disney shuts Fox 2000

Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti warned the fight for equality in cinemas is about to get tough as he picked up a top prize at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday (28Mar19).The teen drama, which stars Nick Robinson as a high schooler who is forced to …

Love, Simon director Greg Berlanti warned the fight for equality in cinemas is about to get tough as he picked up a top prize at the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday (28Mar19).

The teen drama, which stars Nick Robinson as a high schooler who is forced to come out after a fellow student discovers his sexuality, was a box office hit when it came out in March 2018.

It was produced under the Fox 2000 Pictures banner, which Disney recently announced it was shuttering following its acquisition of Fox, and Greg highlighted this when he collected the Outstanding Film – Wide Release prize on Thursday.

“Films like Love, Simon aren’t tentpoles, but they also aren’t independent films. That’s why we need GLAAD more than ever. The fight for equality in our multiplexes is going to get more difficult, not easier,” he said on stage at the Beverly Hilton. “Disney merged with Fox last week and in doing so, plans to eliminate Fox 2000.”

The Fault in Our Stars, The Devil Wears Prada and Life of Pi are other notable films produced at Fox 2000.

During his acceptance speech, Greg, whose TV writing and producing credits include The Flash, Arrow and Dawson’s Creek, shone a light on the incredible talent he’s got to work with over the years.

“Making movies like Love, Simon and the TV shows I’m lucky to be a part of, I get to meet and work with a lot of young people. They are fearless. They are going to keep telling stories until every kid of every race, every gender, and every sexuality gets to go to the movies and watch their own Love, Simon,” Greg, who is openly gay, continued.

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