Duchess of Sussex wants to shift focus away from ‘superficial’ fashion with British Vogue issue

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine. The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine.

The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, and in her letter to readers, the 37-year-old outlined her aims for the Forces for Change edition, revealing that she wanted to focus on internal beauty rather external, deeper issues rather than superficial fashion pieces, and feature designers talking about their heritage rather than their clothes.

“I had read a book many moons ago called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anais Nin, which had a quote that has always resonated with me: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living,'” she wrote. “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

“That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue, and an opportunity to further diversify what that typically represents.”

Although she had control over many aspects of the magazine, such as which Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands were featured, the former actress did concede that there would still be adverts in the issue.

“There is one caveat for you to remember: this is a magazine. It’s still a business, after all,” Meghan stated. “I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory. The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.”

Meghan also ensured she displayed that “spirit of inclusivity” and diversity on the cover, which features 15 women including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and actress Jane Fonda.

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Serena Williams debuts size-inclusive dress

Serena Williams has unveiled a size-inclusive dress that she designed “for every body”.The tennis ace shared a video on Instagram showing her wearing the $120 (£99) red Twist Front Dress from her eponymous clothing collection alongside six other women…

Serena Williams has unveiled a size-inclusive dress that she designed “for every body”.

The tennis ace shared a video on Instagram showing her wearing the $120 (£99) red Twist Front Dress from her eponymous clothing collection alongside six other women.

Serena, who is mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, explained that the confidence-boosting long-sleeved dress can be worn by women of every size, as she designed the garment to be fully inclusive.

“We’re having a red-hot summer over @serena. I designed the Twist Front Dress for everybody and every BODY,” the 37-year-old captioned the video.

“No one in the world looks exactly the same,” the Grand Slam winner says at the beginning of the clip. “We all are different people, we have different personalities, we have different traits. We all look different and we’ve got to bring our personalities out.”

She then asks the other women to share how they feel wearing her Twist Front Dress.

“I’m curvy, but feel confident in my curves,” one states, while another jokes: “I feel spicy like a jalapeno.”

The knee-length dress is also available in black, and in sizes XS to 3XL at serenawilliams.com.

Serena, who wed Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in 2017, launched her eponymous label with a 12-piece capsule collection in May 2018. The sports star said the line was “inspired by femininity and strength” and explained that she had an ‘S’ embroidered into each of the garments to help women find their own ‘S’ word.

“My ‘S’ is strong and sure,” Williams said. “I have a really good friend of mine, who’s been through a lot and her ‘S’ word is ‘survivor.’ That really touched me. My mom’s ‘S’ word is ‘steadfast’ and boy, is she steadfast.”

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Natalie Portman reflects on ‘ephemeral’ nature of beauty

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010. However, Natalie ha…

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.

The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010.

However, Natalie has now shared in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. that she finds it frustrating whenever she’s judged only on her looks.

“As a woman, you are constantly fighting against only being valued for your looks, because it becomes a very tenuous thing, to be defined by the gaze of others, the opinion of others,” the 38-year-old commented. “And beauty is, by definition, ephemeral, it’s a thing that you can’t trap in time, it’s a butterfly, it lives for a second. So to make a lifetime worthwhile and have meaning cannot rest on beauty…”

In spite of her stance, Natalie did emphasise that while she’s aware of political and social unrest across the world, she takes comfort in focusing on herself from time to time, to escape the world around her. One way she does this is by dressing up in beautiful clothes.

“I love beauty and I love glamour, and they can be part of the sweetness of life in the face of really dark things – and that has great worth,” the mother-of-two shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Natalie revealed that she is hugely impressed with the work Maria Grazia Chiuri is doing at Dior, having been tapped as the luxury label’s first female artistic director in 2016.

“It’s wonderful to have a woman designing for other women, someone who understands us, and knows that maybe we might want to wear a T-shirt with a skirt and flats, or have pockets in our dresses,” Natalie gushed, before adding that the designer’s comfortable creations are almost political. “If a woman can’t breathe in her dress, what does that mean? It’s the most literal symbol of oppression that you could possibly have – it’s so political.”

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Kristen Stewart: ‘Karl Lagerfeld was shockingly unpretentious’

Kristen Stewart has insisted that late designer Karl Lagerfeld was “shockingly unpretentious” even though he looked “so austere and so scary”.Since becoming a brand ambassador for the French fashion house in 2013, the 29-year-old actress has starred in…

Kristen Stewart has insisted that late designer Karl Lagerfeld was “shockingly unpretentious” even though he looked “so austere and so scary”.

Since becoming a brand ambassador for the French fashion house in 2013, the 29-year-old actress has starred in a number of their campaigns and been named the face of their Gabrielle fragrance.

Stewart quickly became Lagerfeld’s muse, and wore Chanel to the Met Gala in May as a tribute to the German-born designer, who passed away at the age of 85 in February.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the Charlie’s Angels star opened up about her relationship with the acclaimed fashion icon, and tenderly revealed that Lagerfeld wasn’t intimidating at all.

“It’s funny how he presents – so austere and so scary. He wasn’t though. He was incredibly inviting – insanely, shockingly unpretentious,” Stewart recalled. “He liked what he liked because he liked it. He was a fancy motherf**ker, but it was true to him. It’s almost like he sensed he was intimidating, so he was like, ‘No. To have a creative heart is daunting, but let’s get it beating faster and harder’.

“He was always touching you while speaking to you. He never talked at you – if he was talking to you, he was usually holding your hand. Luckily he knew how to leave a trace. There’s just a feeling that he gave me, an encouraging attaboy thing that shapes you in really profound ways.”

The actress found worldwide fame in her role as Bella Swan in the hugely successful teen vampire saga Twilight, but struggled with the huge amount of public scrutiny on her personal life. However, she confessed to Vanity Fair that she’s since come to terms with fame.

“I think I’ve grown out of this, but I used to be really frustrated that because I didn’t leap willingly into being at the centre of a certain amount of attention, that it seemed like I was an a*shole. I am in no way rebellious. I am in no way contrarian. I just want people to like me,” she added.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Adut Akech surprised to learn of Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in Vogue issue

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears o…

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears on the September 2019 issue of British Vogue alongside 14 other trailblazing women including Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and Jane Fonda.

The issue, entitled Forces for Change, was guest-edited by the actress-turned-royal, who began working with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January, but Akech had no idea she was involved in the cover until she received a phone call from the Duchess herself last week.

“Feeling so extremely honoured and proud to be on the September 2019 Issue cover of @britishvogue #forcesofchange along side the most inspirational women I know,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram. “A few nights ago I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life. The thought of being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one the fifteenth amazing women looked as the #Forcesofchange completely blows my mind!

“Thank you @edward_enninful… and your entire team at British Vogue for recognising me. What this moment means to me I can’t explain in words.”

The cover stars, also including actresses Yara Shadidi, Salma Hayek and Laverne Cox, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh in studios in London and New York, with the exception of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Lindbergh, the Duchess instructed him over the phone to show the women as their natural selves.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” he said. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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Rick Owens has two books set for publication in September

Rick Owens has worked on two hardcover photobooks which will be published in September. The American menswear designer is launching Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt, which will focus on his own award-winning career, with 150 photographs show…

Rick Owens has worked on two hardcover photobooks which will be published in September.

The American menswear designer is launching Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt, which will focus on his own award-winning career, with 150 photographs showcasing a selection of the designer’s avant-garde styles from the last 10 years.

“Danielle’s imagery has a clear-eyed honesty and tenderness that I want to align myself with and endorse. The way she has captured what I do is exactly how I want it to be remembered,” Owens said of Levitt.

The 200-page book will be published by Rizzoli New York on 3 September, priced at $55 (£45).

Earlier this year, the 56-year-old announced he will be paying tribute to the iconic costumer Larry LeGaspi, who dressed the likes of Grace Jones and Kiss in the 1970s, with a book called LeGaspi by Rick Owens.

“This book is shamelessly about me. I’ve edited Larry’s work into a composition of the designer I wanted him to be, and the kind of designer I hoped to be,” Owens said in a statement.

The 56-year-old has previously cited LeGaspi’s work as the inspiration for his own career and even celebrated him with his “Larry” menswear collection in February.

The hardcover book, which features 120 colour photos, will also be published by Rizzoli New York on 3 September, and is priced at $75 (£62). It will include contributions from Patti LaBelle, who worked with LeGaspi in the 1970s, his widow Valerie LeGaspi, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, former supermodel Pat Cleveland, and former U.S. Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley.

LeGaspi passed away in 2001 from complications of AIDS at the age of 50.

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Christy Turlington stars alongside Marc Jacobs in his fall 19 campaign

Christy Turlington has been tapped to appear opposite Marc Jacobs in the fall 2019 campaign for his high-end clothing brand.In recent years, the supermodel has taken a step away from the fashion world to focus on her family and charity projects, but sh…

Christy Turlington has been tapped to appear opposite Marc Jacobs in the fall 2019 campaign for his high-end clothing brand.

In recent years, the supermodel has taken a step away from the fashion world to focus on her family and charity projects, but she came out of retirement to close Jacobs’s fall/winter 2019 show held during New York Fashion Week in February.

Following the runway show, Turlington posed with Jacobs for photographer Steven Meisel, and the designer has now used those black-and-white images for his new marketing imagery.

“My friendship with Christy began in 1987. Over these past decades she has always shown up for me. Always. After closing our RUNWAY FALL 2019 MARC JACOBS show, Christy agreed to be photographed for our campaign,” he wrote on his Instagram page alongside a snap of Turlington standing in a ballgown while he reclines on the ground. “The results are stunning and the day in the studio with her, Steven and the crew was a day I will always cherish. It is a great gift to continue to create new memories with her.”

Katie Grand styled the photoshoot, while Pat McGrath was in charge of make-up and Guido Palau did the hair. Another image posted online shows Turlington and Jacobs standing side-by-side, which the 56-year-old captioned: “Christy and me by Steven. What more could I dream of?”

And Turlington, 50, appeared to be pleased with the results too, as she uploaded two of the photos to her Instagram page and commented, “Anything for Marc, always…So excited to see the first of these images taken by #stevenmeisel with @themarcjacobs.”

A number of the mother-of-two’s celebrity pals praised the photos as well, with Rachel Zoe, Eva Herzigova, Niki Taylor, Naomi Campbell, and Anna Sui all leaving messages in the comments section.

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Bella Hadid and Adut Akech front Missoni’s fall 19 campaign

Bella Hadid and Adut Akech are fronting the campaign for Missoni’s fall/winter 2019 collection.The two models travelled to the surreal volcanic landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey for the photoshoot, which was helmed by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus P…

Bella Hadid and Adut Akech are fronting the campaign for Missoni’s fall/winter 2019 collection.

The two models travelled to the surreal volcanic landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey for the photoshoot, which was helmed by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott under the creative direction of the Italian brand’s artistic director Angela Missoni and stylists Vanessa Reid and Mobolaji Dawodu.

“Geometric forms, sophisticated monochromatic hues, supernatural apparitions silhouetted against the terrain and intergalactic travellers,” a Missoni brand rep captioned a snap of Hadid and Akech on Instagram.

The low-angle shot shows the models posing in front of a rocky terrain with blue sky in the background while sporting colour blocked knitted garments and large, geometric earrings.

A single snap depicts Akech wearing a jumpsuit made from Missoni’s signature knitted fabric, while a group shot includes Hadid alongside male model Alton Mason.

And Akech appeared to be thrilled with the final result, as she shared a gushing post on Instagram alongside a series of images from the campaign.

“Excited for the new @missoni FW19 campaign shot by my sweethearts @mertalas @macpiggott in turkey,” the 19-year-old wrote. “@missbrunello (Angela Missoni) and your entire team thank you for having me and for an unforgettable trip to the beautiful city of Cappadocia Turkey I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ll never forget. I’m so lucky I got to shoot this campaign with some of my favourite people ever. Thank you to everyone that worked so hard on and offset you guys were the absolute dream team!”

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Model Carissa Pinkston admits she pretended to be transgender

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used …

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.

The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used the name Rissa Danielle to post some disparaging remarks on Facebook back in May, in which she said being “transgender does not make you a woman”.

She was identified on Twitter as the person behind the comments, and was subsequently dropped by bosses at her agency, Elite Model Management.

Earlier this month, Pinkston tried to defend her transphobic words by sharing a candid post on Instagram – which she has since deleted – and claimed she was, in fact, transgender.

“I wasn’t ready to come out about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth,” the aspiring model wrote. “I’m Transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my life as a female ever since. It’s been very hard to keep this secret but what I said about trans-women is a direct reflection of my inner insecurities and I have since come to realise that I am a woman… WE ALL ARE!”

Shortly after Pinkston shared the post, she was branded as a liar by transgender models, including Aaron Philip, on social media. Following the backlash, she issued an apology on Instagram.

“I apologise for any transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the trans community. I panicked and I thought if I came out as trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse,” she wrote in the now-deleted post. “I’m truly sorry. I’m only 20 and I’m human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me.”

Pinkston concluded her message by adding that she hopes everyone can forgive her and “move on from this”.

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