Tom Ford wants to include international designers in CFDA Awards

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman. The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in J…

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman.

The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in June, hopes he can broaden the reach and appeal of the annual prizegiving ceremony by including international designers, but realises it may be a pipe dream as the CFDA board wouldn’t be taken with the idea.

“If you go to the British Fashion Awards, they give the British prizes, and then they give Best Womenswear, period. Guess what? People are interested,” he told U.S. Vogue magazine. “You’ve got LVMH (Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) brands nominated, you’ve got Gucci nominated, and they all come, and it raises money, and they bring their celebrities and their models and the red carpet becomes bigger, and there are more pictures, and people start to care. By raising awareness of the CFDA, you elevate the global perception of American fashion.”

As part of the role, Ford, who created his eponymous luxury brand with menswear in 2005 and has since expanded into womenswear, underwear, accessories and beauty, has decided to streamline the upcoming New York Fashion Week (NYFW) schedule down to five days and will be hosting a dinner for American and international press as well as emerging designers to celebrate the event’s launch in September.

The 57-year-old also wants the talent in New York to be given more global coverage, with him commenting, “I want global exposure to the creativity that is in New York. Everything is too inward-looking in this country. So American star designers, they leave. Virgil Abloh, where is he? He’s at (Louis) Vuitton. You go to Paris and you become global. You stay in New York, and you’re in New York.”

Ford will present his own collection on 9 September.

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Ashley Graham swears by $1,300 beauty routine

Ashley Graham relies on a $1,300 (£1,070) beauty routine to maintain her flawless glow.The model, who announced she is expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin earlier this week, has shared details of her nightly skincare regimen for Harper…

Ashley Graham relies on a $1,300 (£1,070) beauty routine to maintain her flawless glow.

The model, who announced she is expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin earlier this week, has shared details of her nightly skincare regimen for Harper’s Bazaar’s Go to Bed With Me video series.

To begin, Ashley removes her make-up by swiping a cotton pad soaked in Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Solution over her face. 

“I actually found it in Paris when I was working there with some make-up artists,” she said of the French pharmacy favourite. “And being able to work in the fashion industry, I feel like I’ve gotten some insider tips on a lot of things but the more I talk to people, the more I realise that a lot of people know about Bioderma. So, it’s not as secretive as I thought it was.”

Ashley then proceeds to use the SkinMedica Facial Cleanser, which costs $38 (£30), the DefenAge 8-in-1 BioSerum, priced at $165 (£135), Retrouve’s Revitalizing Eye Concentrate, which costs a whopping $415 (£342), and the Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer for $445 (£370). The fashion star also explained that she uses the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum in the morning, which retails for $166 (£140).

“I have over the years, had to figure out what my skin regimen is. And my mom has always taken pretty good care of her skin – she never wore sunscreen though. Cardinal rule, you better wear sunscreen when you walk out of the house!” the 31-year-old exclaimed. 

To conclude her evening skincare routine, Ashley shared that she gets her eyelashes permed and uses a coconut oil formula to keep her lashes hydrated at night.

“I had no idea that you should even be hydrating your lashes! What? But you just take it and you brush it on the top part, and it literally keeps your lashes moisturised,” she smiled. 

Ashley ended the clip by taking one each of Olly’s Undeniable Beauty Multivitamin Gummies and the Sleep Melatonin Gummies.

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Prabal Gurung named honorary fashion designer for 2019 American Portrait Gala

Prabal Gurung has been named as the honorary fashion designer for the 2019 American Portrait Gala.The Nepalese-American designer is known for his use of bold colour and slogan T-shirts, with his clients including Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, an…

Prabal Gurung has been named as the honorary fashion designer for the 2019 American Portrait Gala.

The Nepalese-American designer is known for his use of bold colour and slogan T-shirts, with his clients including Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, and Gigi Hadid.

Now, officials from The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. have announced Gurung will be taking on a key role for the American Portrait Gala, set to take place on 17 November, and the 40-year-old could not be more thrilled.

“To say I am honoured, grateful and absolutely humbled to be the honorary fashion designer at this year’s @nationalportraitgallery @smithsoniannpg gala is an understatement,” he wrote on Instagram following the announcement. “For a boy from Nepal, who came to America 20 years ago as a student and an immigrant, with nothing but dreams, this is absolutely surreal. To be able to share the evening with my own personal heroines and heros (sic), I am absolutely humbled and eternally grateful. Thank you @nationalportraitgallery and @randi164 this means the world to me. Can’t wait for the gala.”

While Gurung’s gig as the honorary fashion designer has not been fully detailed, it is believed he will be outfitting organisers and presenters.

The biennial American Portrait Gala raises funds for the museum’s exhibitions endowment.

This year, museum officials have decided to award the Portrait of a Nation Prizes to chemical engineer Frances Arnold, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, members of music group Earth, Wind & Fire, Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, businesswoman Indra Nooyi, and U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Gayle King will serve as the gala’s host, while presenters include former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos’s son Preston, James Corden, and music producer Clive Davis.

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Brandon Maxwell feels ‘unworthy’ after landing top fashion award

Brandon Maxwell has confessed he feels “unworthy” after landing a top fashion award.The 34-year-old is one of several American designers – including Rick Owens, Donna Karan, and Ralph Rucci – to be celebrated at Fashion Group International’s Night of S…

Brandon Maxwell has confessed he feels “unworthy” after landing a top fashion award.

The 34-year-old is one of several American designers – including Rick Owens, Donna Karan, and Ralph Rucci – to be celebrated at Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars in October. Following the announcement, Maxwell took to Instagram to share his disbelief at being honoured with the Fashion Star award, and candidly opened up about suffering from anxiety ahead of the star-studded gala. 

“Wow! I’m so honoured to be included, especially amongst such a revered group of designers I deeply respect,” he wrote. “I certainly feel unworthy and will most likely want to hide under the table when this night comes, but The Fashion Group International and it’s local chapters have always been incredibly supportive of me and my team from day one, and I’m truly thrilled, grateful, and appreciative that they thought of us.”

Maxwell touched on the journey he and his team have been on since winning the Fashion Group International Rising Star award back in 2016. 

“In the three years since life that day, I’ve experienced as many terrifying moments as I have beautiful ones, and it’s moments like these that leave me with nothing but a deep sense of gratitude for every little mountain we’ve had to climb and an eternal respect and admiration for all the people along the way who have helped us to stay on the path,” the designer gushed. 

Other winners include fashion icon Owens, who will be bestowed with the night’s highest honour, the Superstar award, while Rucci has landed the Fashion Legend gong, which he said was “one of the biggest honours of my life”.

DKNY founder Karan is to be feted for her charity work in Haiti with the Humanitarian Award, and the Trailblazer Award will be given to supermodel Iman.

The Night of Stars will be held in New York on 24 October.

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Camila Morrone unveils new collaboration with Naked Cashmere

Camila Morrone has unveiled her new collaboration with luxury brand Naked Cashmere.The 22-year-old model has created essential travelling pieces for the Naked Cashmere x Camila Morrone capsule collection, including long duster cardigans, jogger sets, a…

Camila Morrone has unveiled her new collaboration with luxury brand Naked Cashmere.

The 22-year-old model has created essential travelling pieces for the Naked Cashmere x Camila Morrone capsule collection, including long duster cardigans, jogger sets, and bralettes.

Morrone, who is currently dating Leonardo DiCaprio, has also designed a special travel set – featuring a blanket, eye mask and a pair of socks – which the model herself travels with.

The line will be launched alongside Naked Cashmere’s upcoming fall collection, with prices ranging from $85 (£70) to $595 (£491).

The Mickey and the Bear actress struck up a friendship with the brand’s co-founders Bruce and Leslie Gifford back in 2014, when she first began her modelling career, and the trio discussed the collection while keeping in touch.

“This being my first collaboration, I wanted to do something that felt organic and close to me,” Morrone said in a statement. “From the first time I worked with the brand and the family behind it, I dreamt of creating a line that was everything I ever looked for in cashmere. Something I could travel in, something I could feel sexy in, something I could be comfortable in.”

Photographer Zoey Grossman shot the sultry campaign images, which feature the model posing in pieces such as the cashmere bralette and joggers as well as a long-sleeved sweater on the beach.

This isn’t the first time that Naked Cashmere has collaborated with a famous face on a collection. Back in 2016, Italian fashion stylist Erica Pelosini, who has worked with Olivia Palermo and Jessica Chastain, created her own dual-gender capsule line.

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Cameron Russell wants fashion leaders to hire more female photographers

Cameron Russell has called on fashion industry leaders to hire more female photographers.The American model and social campaigner kicked off her fashion career in 2003 and has gone on to walk in runway shows for the likes of Chanel, Versace, Vivienne W…

Cameron Russell has called on fashion industry leaders to hire more female photographers.

The American model and social campaigner kicked off her fashion career in 2003 and has gone on to walk in runway shows for the likes of Chanel, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, and Victoria’s Secret.

Cameron has been a vocal advocate of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, and in a new interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, urged creative directors and casting agents to champion women on photoshoots.

“Two years ago, I helped bring the #MeToo movement to fashion and one of the responses that I have been working on with others is changing not only who’s in front of the camera but who’s behind the camera,” she said, before going on to share how thrilled she was to find an entirely female crew working with her on a recent Max Factor shoot. “I had not experienced that on a huge campaign before in this way. Everybody was an industry veteran and were all women.”

Cameron went on to discuss her gig as a Max Factor brand ambassador and made a point of clarifying the difference between a model who is simply the face of a campaign, and a model who serves as an ambassador for a company, as they are typically trusted to express their voice.

“I’ve been in this job now (as a model) for such a long time and I’m also very outspoken, so to have a big brand like Max Factor want to work with me, not just because of how I look but also my voice, is an honour to me, but also makes me feel like it’s a brand that’s thinking about women in all that they can be,” the 32-year-old commented. “It makes me feel like they’re thinking about their customer in a more progressive way than perhaps in the past. They’re thinking about who women want to be and what voice they want to have.”

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Tyra Banks praises ‘stunning’ Bebe Rexha for calling out ageism

Tyra Banks has lauded Bebe Rexha for bravely shutting down ageist criticism.  Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Meant to Be hitmaker claimed in an Instagram post that an unnamed male music executive recently told her she was “too old” to be sexy….

Tyra Banks has lauded Bebe Rexha for bravely shutting down ageist criticism.  

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Meant to Be hitmaker claimed in an Instagram post that an unnamed male music executive recently told her she was “too old” to be sexy. 

Addressing the issue during an interview with Access Hollywood, Tyra suggested the comments came from a place of insecurity.   

“When people are saying negative things about age, they have serious age, personal insecurities,” the 45-year-old mused. “And I actually really feel for that person that is being very ageist and is saying something very negative because when age starts to hit them, it is going to be traumatic.   

“So what they’re doing is they’re throwing that negativity that they feel about their fears about ageing onto you.”  

Tyra went on to explain how she deals with ageist criticism. 

“We’re human beings and so when we hear things it hurts. But I say acknowledge it and then throw it out. And by throwing it out it’s that meditation. It’s that crying, it’s that calling your friends, calling your mama,” the America’s Next Top Model star continued. “The person that said that is hurting inside… whenever anybody is negative about that they are terrified of it.”  

Insisting Bebe has nothing to worry about, Tyra also insisted that she considers the singer to be “stunning”.  

“I think she’s the sexiest. Oh my God. When you watch her on Instagram, do you see her pictures? I’m like, ‘I want to look like you,'” she smiled. “That body! Her face! She’s like stunning… intimidatingly stunning.”  

After sharing her empowering post on Instagram, Bebe had the support of celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, and Britney Spears.  

“DRAG THEM. 29 YEAR OLDS UNITE,” the Bad Blood hitmaker commented, while the British singer wrote: “My sexy songwriting (queen). You are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules.”  

And Spears simply wrote: “HELL YEAH. FN (f***ing) RIGHT.” 

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Anna Wintour gets new role overseeing Vogue International

Anna Wintour has added another job title to her ever-growing list of duties at Conde Nast.In addition to being the media company’s artistic director and longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue U.S., she’s now become global content adviser, and will directly …

Anna Wintour has added another job title to her ever-growing list of duties at Conde Nast.

In addition to being the media company’s artistic director and longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue U.S., she’s now become global content adviser, and will directly oversee the online hub, Vogue International.

The “new global leadership structure” reshuffle by new Conde Nast chief executive Roger Lynch means Wintour will now advise executives on global content opportunities, and will also act “as a resource to editors-in-chief and editorial talent worldwide,” according to a press release.

There were rumours that the 69-year-old Brit would be leaving Conde Nast last year, forcing previous chief executive Bob Sauerberg to release a statement insisting that Wintour would be staying with the company “indefinitely.”

“Anna Wintour is an incredibly talented and creative leader whose influence is beyond measure,” Sauerberg told WWD in 2018. “She is integral to the future of our company’s transformation and has agreed to work with me indefinitely in her role as editor in chief, Vogue and artistic director of Conde Nast.”

It was rumoured that the iconic editor would relinquish one of her roles by the end of last year, after Sauerberg left Conde Nast, with British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful reportedly heading to America to be Wintour’s replacement.

At the time, a spokeswoman for British Vogue said the rumours were “categorically false.”

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley teaming with baby brand Pipette

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has partnered with clean baby product brand Pipette.The British model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Paige denim, and Marks & Spencer. Howev…

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has partnered with clean baby product brand Pipette.

The British model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Paige denim, and Marks & Spencer. 

However, Rosie is now taking on an entirely different market and is starring in a campaign for Pipette alongside her two-year-old son Jack, who she shares with her actor fiance Jason Statham.  

“I’m very pleased to support the Pipette brand mission of giving parents greater choice when it comes to caring for their loved ones,” she said in a statement. “Pipette is responding to the needs of parents who increasingly refuse to buy products that are harmful to them, their children, and our environment.” 

Owned by parent company Amyris, Pipette will offer parents a range of child-friendly skincare products free of toxins, dyes, sulphates, talc, mineral oil (a by-product of petroleum), parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances. The line is set to officially launch on 4 September, with Rosie already teasing the collection in a series of posts on her Instagram page.  

Regarding the partnership, Caroline Hadfield, president of Pipette, praised the 32-year-old as a natural fit, and noted she will also be serving on the brand’s advisory board.

“Rosie’s passion and mindfulness are evident in everything she does to support good health for herself, her baby, and the planet,” she commented. “She truly embodies the spirit of busy moms who want the best for their children, and we are thrilled to have her as our new brand partner. With Pipette, parents will no longer have to use highly questionable products on their baby’s skin that, in some cases, virtually amount to putting petroleum on their child. Consumers deserve better, and we will deliver.” 

Exact Pipette product details have not yet been announced.  

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Cara Delevingne wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working until he died

Cara Delevingne often wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working in the fashion industry right up until his death. The legendary Chanel and Fendi creative director continued working right up until he got sick in early 2019 and subsequently passed away…

Cara Delevingne often wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working in the fashion industry right up until his death.

The legendary Chanel and Fendi creative director continued working right up until he got sick in early 2019 and subsequently passed away due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85 in February.

In a new interview with Marie Claire magazine, Delevingne, who was a Chanel muse and close friend of Lagerfeld’s, described the fashion icon as a “best friend, father, grandfather, fairy godmother, like Peter Pan,” but also questioned why he felt the need to keep busy until the end.

“The fashion industry breeds this thing of never being good enough. Was he happy? Did he feel proud?” she asked.

The 27-year-old wrote a moving tribute to Lagerfeld on social media after his passing in which she told her followers, “He changed my life, he believed in me when so many others didn’t – including myself.”

It was recently announced that the Suicide Squad star was taking part in A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project, in which she will design a top inspired by Lagerfeld’s signature crisp, white, high-collared shirt. The garments, also designed by Kate Moss and Amber Valletta, will benefit the French charity Sauver la Vie, which the late designer quietly supported.

The British model-turned-actress signed a modelling contract a decade ago and went on to walk the runway for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, but she is now mostly focused on her acting career, which includes an upcoming role in Amazon series Carnival Row.

She admitted to Marie Claire that she used her hectic modelling schedule to escape her personal problems.

“Work to me was such an escape. I don’t like using it that way anymore. I want to use it as a platform, where I’m not just running from my problems,” Delevingne, who still works with brands like Puma and Dior, stated.

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