Top designers pay tribute to late Sergio Rossi

Top footwear designers have paid tribute to the late Sergio Rossi.The legendary craftsman died last Thursday night at the age of 84 after contracting Covid-19, his son Gianvito Rossi confirmed in a statement. In light of the sad news, many leading fash…

Top footwear designers have paid tribute to the late Sergio Rossi.

The legendary craftsman died last Thursday night at the age of 84 after contracting Covid-19, his son Gianvito Rossi confirmed in a statement.

In light of the sad news, many leading fashion stars have shared messages of condolences with his friends and family.

“Sergio was one of the main forces in Italian manufacture and design,” Manolo Blahnik told Footwear News. “I met him years ago and he was so charming – he contributed so much, he was a major talent and very important. He had an incredible flair for what is current, he produced wonderful things. It’s an enormous loss for the shoe industry.”

Elsewhere, Sophia Webster described Rossi as “one of the greatest shoe designers of our time” in an Instagram post, and Tamara Mellon commented that she was “deeply sad” to learn of the designer’s passing.

Chloe Gosselin named Rossi as a personal hero, while Amina Muaddi labelled him as a “legend” of the footwear industry.

In addition, Rupert Sanderson uploaded a lengthy post in which he reflected on some of the “amazing memories” he had of the designer.

“My experiences with the Rossi family inform my approach to shoe making and the ways of running a shoe business. Generous and visionary, he gave me my first true break in the business. My thoughts and prayers are with Gianvito, the Rossi family and the shoemaking community of San Mauro Pascoli,” he added.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear. The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015.

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Karolina Kurkova grateful for ‘rare chance’ to bond deeply with family during lockdown

Karolina Kurkova is focusing on her family while spending time at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.The Czech supermodel retreated to her Miami bolthole with husband Archie Drury and their two sons – Tobin Jack, 10, and four-year-old Noah Lee – as the …

Karolina Kurkova is focusing on her family while spending time at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Czech supermodel retreated to her Miami bolthole with husband Archie Drury and their two sons – Tobin Jack, 10, and four-year-old Noah Lee – as the Covid-19 outbreak hit the United States.

Speaking about the crisis in an interview with the May 2020 Parents magazine, Karolina explained that she’s using the free time to really appreciate the little things in life.

“For us, I’m finding that staying home gives us a rare chance to bond together as a family on a much deeper level than ever before. I’m focusing on being with my sons and husband during this time, showing them life skills and finding activities that can bring us joy,” she explained, noting that frontline workers are never far from her thoughts. “We’re learning about patience, gratitude, and values, and are teaching them all about the brave doctors, nurses, and others who are on the front lines helping us all stay safe.”

Karolina went on to share that she and her eldest son have embraced the short video app TikTok and are having a blast watching the clips together.

“It’s actually fun, but the real reason I’m doing it is because I want to understand what’s going on in his life these days. That way I can help if he needs me,” the 36-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, Karolina noted that she is prioritising self-care while balancing her busy career and family life. Specifically, the blonde beauty swears by a good sheet mask, describing the product as “an easy way to get an at-home facial”.

“I’ll leave one on for 15 minutes while I’m making breakfast or before I go to bed. Even faster is splashing my face with ice-cold water,” she added. “I don’t smoke, I’m not a big drinker and I eat fresh foods. I think those three things have helped to keep my skin healthy.”

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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander donate to coronavirus relief efforts

Kate Upton and her husband Justin Verlander have announced plans to donate his weekly pay cheques to organisations helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. In a video posted on both their Instagram pages over the weekend, the model and t…

Kate Upton and her husband Justin Verlander have announced plans to donate his weekly pay cheques to organisations helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video posted on both their Instagram pages over the weekend, the model and the baseball player revealed he would be receiving weekly paycheques from Major League Baseball (MLB) bosses while the sports season is suspended and they would be donating that income to a different organisation every week.

“Hey everyone, so I just found out MLB is going to be providing us a paycheque for the next couple of months,” he said, before noting that it is a difficult time for those in need and adding, “We have decided to donate that paycheque.”

“Yes, we’re going to pick an organisation every week who’s doing really good work right now and donate the entire week’s paycheque to that organisation,” Kate continued. “We’ll also be highlighting the organisation that we choose so that everyone can see the amazing work they’re doing right now.”

In the lengthy caption to his video, the sportsman wrote, “Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies, and support at home.

“We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand.”

Many fashion brands and designers have made donations to aid coronavirus relief efforts, while Victoria Beckham recently announced she would be donating a percentage of sales of her clothing and beauty lines to food bank organisations in the U.K. and U.S.

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Donatella Versace staying positive during coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Donatella Versace is staying positive during the government-enforced coronavirus lockdown in her native Italy.The 64-year-old Versace boss has been taking part in at-home Pilates sessions, watching Netflix, and working on a new collection since being c…

Donatella Versace is staying positive during the government-enforced coronavirus lockdown in her native Italy.

The 64-year-old Versace boss has been taking part in at-home Pilates sessions, watching Netflix, and working on a new collection since being confined to her home in Milan back in February.

And Donatella told Vogue Australia that being on her own during the lockdown has made her realise “the importance of human contact”.

“This social distancing has made us realise how many things we took for granted every day,” she shared. “I am not talking about crazy things, but about our freedom, the possibility of going out of your home, to see our children and family, to be able to go to work.

“We have all taken these things for granted because in 2020 we could have never thought of something so extraordinary that would take them away from us. And now we are realising how fundamentally important they are.”

The fashion icon has also been overwhelmed with the sense of community that residents in her native country have shown during the unprecedented nationwide lockdown.

“If there is a silver lining to be found in this whole situation, it is that it brought out a kindness in people that I had not seen in a long time,” Donatella shared. “To me this is amazing and I hope that it won’t go away when, finally, this battle will be won.”

And while she’s enjoying time alone and creating a daily routine that revolves around designing and working out during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s one thing that she refuses to embrace during the lockdown.

“I do not go around in tracksuits,” she said of her stay-at-home wardrobe. “I love a loose, soft sweater, maybe leggings… I still keep my beauty rituals because taking care of oneself is a way of maintaining a sense of normality around you.”

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Naomi Campbell devastated by loss of people she knows amid coronavirus crisis

Naomi Campbell has been left devastated after losing people she knew amid the coronavirus crisis.The British supermodel took to Instagram on Sunday to post a sombre selfie and message for her eight million followers in which she encouraged them to stay…

Naomi Campbell has been left devastated after losing people she knew amid the coronavirus crisis.

The British supermodel took to Instagram on Sunday to post a sombre selfie and message for her eight million followers in which she encouraged them to stay strong during the difficult times.

Alongside the picture, Naomi wrote: “Going into week four, these next two weeks are going to be (the) toughest yet, every day this week we lost someone I know, there is no time to mourn or being able to be there for their loved ones.

“PLEASE KEEP THE FAITH STRONG!! Breathe, rest and reset. Keep your spirits high and your attitude positive! Sending love.”

Naomi didn’t reveal who she’d lost in the post, but previously said in a quarantine diary for USA Today that she had several elderly relatives she was worried about contracting Covid-19.

“I’m absolutely social distancing alone,” the 49-year-old told the outlet. “I would have loved to have gone home, but I had to bear in mind my mother is in remission of cancer, my two grandmothers are older. I felt like I was a jeopardy to them, so I chose to stay away in this home.”

Last month, Naomi hit headlines after she documented the extreme measures she had been taking to stay healthy while travelling, and even caught a flight to New York City while wearing a full hazmat suit.

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Arielle Charnas apologises for controversial posts about coronavirus diagnosis

Fashion influencer Arielle Charnas has hit back at online critics who claimed she acted recklessly after contracting coronavirus.Last month, the Something Navy clothing and accessories brand founder confirmed she had tested positive for Covid-19 a few …

Fashion influencer Arielle Charnas has hit back at online critics who claimed she acted recklessly after contracting coronavirus.

Last month, the Something Navy clothing and accessories brand founder confirmed she had tested positive for Covid-19 a few days after she began exhibiting symptoms of the infection.

But Charnas was soon called out by many of her social media followers after she documented herself taking a drive-through test with a private doctor on her Instagram Stories, with people viewing the move as tone-deaf considering that testing kits are in short supply in New York City at the moment.

In light of the criticism, the blogger posted an apology on her Instagram account and her company’s website on Thursday.

“I want to share the truth behind the story and above all else, express my sincerest remorse,” she began, before going on to acknowledge that not everyone has medical care readily available and refute claims that her test results were faked. “I’ve been accused of falsifying my own test results which is unequivocally untrue.”

Charnas went on to clarify her decision to relocate her husband and two young daughters, as well as their nanny, from their Manhattan apartment to a property in The Hamptons, noting that the move was undertaken 14 days after the household first showed symptoms.

“All around the world, we are learning to adjust to the realities of life during a pandemic, and my family has made the decision to do so in The Hamptons,” Charnas stated, conceding her choices were debatable. “We all make mistakes, including me.”

Offering an apology for any insensitivity, she concluded: “My family and I are truly sorry to those we have offended for not appearing to be taking this crisis gravely seriously.”

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Versace pledges $500,000 to coronavirus relief efforts

Versace has pledged to donate $500,000 (£403,418) to help frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus in Italy.With over 115,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 13,900 reported fatalities, Italy’s medical service has been pushed beyond capa…

Versace has pledged to donate $500,000 (£403,418) to help frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus in Italy.

With over 115,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 13,900 reported fatalities, Italy’s medical service has been pushed beyond capacity and requires urgent support.

Luxury Italian fashion house Versace announced on Instagram on Wednesday that it will be donating funds to two organisations, with Donatella Versace saying, “We are going through something none of us has ever experienced. Despite all the uncertainty and the fear, we have shown the world that we are a strong community, that we stand together, and that we have helped each other in such an amazing, generous way.

“I have never been more proud of being Italian and I feel it was not just an honor, but my duty to do my part and support in any way I could.”

Versace’s company donation will allocate $400,000 (£324,000) to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, and the remaining $100,00 (£81,000) will go to Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana, a project that sources medical equipment for Italy’s hospitals, including much-needed ventilators.

Versace already donated $140,000 (£114,000) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation in February, while Donatella and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck have already given $224,000 (£182,000) of private funds to the Milan hospital.

Versace is owned by Capri Holdings, a global fashion luxury group that also includes brands such as Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo. Collectively, the three brands in the conglomerate and their founders have given more than $3 million (£2.4 million) to aid Covid-19 relief efforts. John D. Idol, the group’s chairman and chief executive, commented: “Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines to help the world combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage.”

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Karlie Kloss fell in love with Joshua Kushner ‘despite complications’

Karlie Kloss has recalled how she fell in love with husband Joshua Kushner “despite complications” over their political beliefs.The couple first started dating in 2012, and six years later, Karlie, 27, converted to Judaism and they tied the knot in an …

Karlie Kloss has recalled how she fell in love with husband Joshua Kushner “despite complications” over their political beliefs.

The couple first started dating in 2012, and six years later, Karlie, 27, converted to Judaism and they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in October 2018.

Karlie has previously spoken about how her political beliefs differ from that of her in-laws, as Joshua’s older brother Jared Kushner serves as senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, and in a new interview on Diane von Furstenberg’s podcast, InCharge with DVF, the model confessed that she struggled in the early days of their relationship.

“As much as you love someone else, you can’t change or lose who you are for someone else and I think being in such a serious relationship so young, I really had to realise those boundaries of how much I love somebody else, how much I want to give to them but also to respect what I need as the other half,” the Project Runway co-host explained, noting that her husband really “wants me to chase my dreams”.

“I really followed my heart on choosing to be with the person who I love despite any complications that came with it. For me, it was worth it to fight for that,” she added, seemingly referencing her Democratic political leanings, compared to those of her husband’s Republican relatives.

Elsewhere in the interview, Karlie sweetly touched upon married life and described the 34-year-old as her soulmate.

“He is truly my partner. He is my partner in life. He is my best friend. He is my other half. I didn’t know that I could love someone in this kind of way and I feel like I’ve almost grown up with him,” she gushed.

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Kate Moss sells iconic vintage leopard print coat for charity

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Coll…

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.

The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective, with one lucky bidder nabbing the piece on 31 March for $276 (£224).

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to nonprofit organisations working to help those affected by the Covid-19 virus, including the World Health Organization, the Paris Hospitals Foundation, Madrid’s La Paz Hospital, and fundraising efforts in Italy’s Lombardy region.

Actresses Rachel Weisz and Thandie Newton also donated to the auction, alongside Vogue Japan editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller, and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.

Vestiaire Collective co-founder and president, Fanny Moizant, was delighted to have received overwhelming support for her online auction, and was stunned when Kate offered up her leopard print coat.

“Her fashion influence goes without saying! She has such a recognisable style and this jacket epitomises that,” she gushed.

Other auction highlights include a rare antique pink Christian Dior dressing gown from Margherita Missoni, Thandie Newton’s Jimmy Choo collection, and Laura Bailey’s Prada dress.

“It’s great to see so many parts of the fashion industry act in such a resourceful way to support the effort,” Moizant told Vogue.com. “I’m really happy that we can use our platform and community to play a part.”

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Footwear designer Sergio Rossi dies

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto. “He was a master, it was …

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.

The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto.

“He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him,” Sciutto said in a statement to WWD. “He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”

In a statement, Rossi’s son Gianvito confirmed his father died on Thursday night after contracting Covid-19.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Sergio Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear.

Over the years, Rossi collaborated with designers at fashion houses including Versace, Azzedine Alaia, and Dolce & Gabbana, and also opened up boutiques in major cities around the world.

Praising the artisan’s business sense, Sciutto added: “(He loved) women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way. He was never over-the-top, always in good taste. The shoes were always wearable and he was never satisfied until they were perfect. They were not accessories for him. He told me once that he wanted to create the perfect extension of a woman’s leg.”

The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015, with Scuitto joining the following year.

Gianvito Rossi unveiled his own footwear label in 2007.

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