Anna Sui dishes up Gothic glamour for fall 20

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen El…

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen Elson, Pat Cleveland, Patrick Starr, and Katherine McNamara.

Prior to the show, Sui took to social media to explain that her Gothic Vamp-themed clothes had been inspired by 1970s/80s horror films like The Hunger and Daughters of Darkness, as well as a range of “cinematic and seductive” photographs.

“I’ve always loved the playfully dark surrealism and dramatic colourful lighting in Serge Lutens and Guy Bourdin photographs,” she added.

To begin, a model walked the catwalk in a black dress with red berry motifs matched with black glitter platforms, while make-up artist Pat McGrath topped off the look by giving her a slash of blood-red lipstick.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, with highlights including a grunge-esque black dress made of a combination of black shiny material and lace, a black dress with a folk art-inspired pattern on the neckline and cuffs, an oversized white dress with butterfly motif, and a relaxed suit made from a dark green snakeskin print fabric.

An arts and crafts vibe was apparent in a crochet skirt and a series of garments featuring retro floral prints. The looks were either topped off with pompadour hairstyles created by legendary hairstylist Garren or wide-brimmed hats.

To conclude, Sui offered up an emerald green velvet dress with a chevron pattern on the waist, a glamorous black sequin dress with long sleeves, and a heavily sequinned number with leaf pattern.

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Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow remember Alexander McQueen on 10th anniversary of death

Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow marked 10 years since the death of Alexander McQueen on Tuesday by posting heartfelt tributes on social media. The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy …

Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow marked 10 years since the death of Alexander McQueen on Tuesday by posting heartfelt tributes on social media.

The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, passed away at his home in London on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40, with his death sending the industry into mourning.

To mark the 10th anniversary of his death on Tuesday, McQueen’s models, friends, and collaborators took to Instagram to remember him in touching posts.

Campbell shared a throwback picture of her with McQueen and his best friend and muse Annabelle Neilson, who died in 2018, and wrote in the caption, “Annabelle, thank you for sharing your best friend and brother with me. I will never forget this day 10 years ago!! You will remain in my heart not only as one of our most significant designers of all time, but as a compassionate and insightful and loyal friend to the end… I love you, MAY YOU BOTH REST IN PEACE. always in my heart .. #AlexanderMcQueen #10Years.”

Harlow shared a throwback photo of her and McQueen backstage at the spring/summer 1999 fashion show ahead of the iconic moment her white dress was spray-painted black and yellow by robots as she rotated on a circular platform.

“Thank you for touching us all with your magic Lee #alexandermcqueen #mcqueen,” she wrote in the caption, referring to McQueen’s first name. She also shared a video of the spray-painting moment on her Instagram Stories and added the same caption.

In addition, model Karen Elson uploaded a throwback photo and wrote, “Thinking of you Lee, thank you for the magic, the inspiration and for your big and beautiful heart. We all miss your infectious laugh and cheeky grin,” as did director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who added, “Ten years ago today he left this world (heartbreak emoji).”

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Rodarte offers up vampire chic for fall 20 collection

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they h…

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they had taken inspiration from vampire myths and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Gothic horror film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

To kick off the candlelit spectacle, Bella Hadid walked the runway in a white 1940s-inspired dress with red polka dots. The ensemble was accessorised with matching gloves, satin shoes, and a veiled headpiece featuring a red rose.

A procession of models in grey plaid suits featuring dramatic puffed shoulders followed, before a range of floral print dresses, sequin jumpsuits, and tulle gowns followed.

To emphasise the theme, hairstylist Odile Gilbert gave the models long, glossy tresses or messy topknots, while make-up artist James Kaliardos chose to give each catwalk star a slick of dark purple-red lipstick.

Alongside a string of edgy head-to-toe black outfits, the Mulleavys included a gorgeous red dress with tulle skirt and frilled hemline, as well as a white gown with a black spiderweb motif attached to the front.

Other highlights included a heavily embroidered white dress that was matched with a stole made of purple fabric flowers, and a black silk dress that was worn under a dramatic cape.

Towards the end of the presentation, the designers offered up some more conventional gowns with colourful floral prints, yet the showstopper was the finale piece. Model Meghan Roche turned heads in an ethereal white silk wedding dress with a tiny blue flower motif that was topped off with a headpiece and long blue veil.

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Coach honours Jean-Michel Basquiat with fall 20 collection

Coach has paid homage to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled his latest line at the 47th Street Warehouse as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle drawing i…

Coach has paid homage to the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat in its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled his latest line at the 47th Street Warehouse as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka, Zoey Deutch, Camila Morrone, Rafferty Law, and Paloma Elsesser.

To open, a series of models showed off Coach staples, such as leather skirts, trench coats, and layered, oversized outerwear. However, partway through the presentation, Vevers surprised guests by introducing sweaters and coats emblazoned with the graffiti-inspired artwork of Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 27 in 1988.

Basquiat’s sisters Lisane and Jeanine were in the audience, while his niece Jessica Kelly walked in the spectacle.

“We have always been fans of Coach. It’s such an iconic New York brand with really beautiful craftsmanship. To see this collection come together has been truly exciting. Coach has done a great job in capturing the texture, detail and energy of Jean-Michel’s work,” said Lisane. “We are really impressed with Stuart’s vision and attention to the spirit of the work.”

Other highlights included a patchwork-look faux fur coat, ’90s-inspired leather jackets with black buttons, and striped ensembles with a grunge vibe. Model Kaia Gerber stood out in a pink sweater, beige skirt, and long blue leather jacket.

And at the end of the show, Vevers unveiled another surprise – he invited Debbie Harry to take to the stage and perform Blondie songs alongside punk rock/garage band The Coathangers.

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Alexander McQueen shoes restored to commemorate 10th anniversary of his death

Ten pairs of vintage Alexander McQueen shoes have been restored to mark the 10th anniversary of the fashion designer’s death. The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, …

Ten pairs of vintage Alexander McQueen shoes have been restored to mark the 10th anniversary of the fashion designer’s death.

The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, passed away at his home in London on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40.

On Tuesday, the tenth anniversary of his death, vintage fashion specialists William Vintage announced that they had curated a special collection of McQueen shoes.

They partnered with luxury repair service The Restory to restore and revive 10 pairs of McQueen footwear, which had been sourced from anonymous individual’s private collection, before selling them at auction.

The collection includes sandals, heels, and boots made between 1998 and 2002, such as a pair of black and blue backless heels from spring/summer 2001, black heels from spring/summer 2002, beige wedged boots from autumn/winter 2000, and red and black heeled boots from autumn/winter 1998.

Many of them featured in his catwalk shoes and still retain the original stickers on the inside of the footwear. The most notable piece in the collection is the white and brown sandals Shalom Harlow wore while her dress was being spray-painted by robots during the spring/summer 1999 show.

“We’ve never done shoes that are vintage before but when I saw them, I just knew I had to put them out there, they are so great,” William Vintage chief executive officer Marie Blanchet told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “When I got them, the shoes were not in the best condition, and The Restory did an amazing (job) to revive them.”

The restored shoes went on sale at the William Vintage store in London on Tuesday. The pieces are priced between $260 (£200) and $1,300 (£1,000).

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Leomie Anderson praises Victoria’s Secret amid scandal

Leomie Anderson has praised bosses at Victoria’s Secret for supporting her outspoken nature even as the lingerie company battles an ongoing scandal.The British model began walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015, and after making four con…

Leomie Anderson has praised bosses at Victoria’s Secret for supporting her outspoken nature even as the lingerie company battles an ongoing scandal.

The British model began walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2015, and after making four consecutive appearances, was promoted to Angel status last year – although the 2019 event was cancelled as part of a plan to overhaul the firm, which has been criticised for its lack of diversity and inclusivity.

However, in a new interview with Refinery29, Anderson, a champion of diversity, defended the brand and praised executives for allowing her to speak her mind on social media.

“Victoria’s Secret is a brand that I really love working with because they’ve allowed me to be myself,” she explained. “Funnily enough, a bunch of people want to talk about the lack of diversity (but) they’re a brand that has never tried to silence me or make me feel uncomfortable with the fact that I’m very vocal on issues.

“I know a lot of brands, big brands, steer clear of anybody who says anything that’s even remotely political. I know brands who are scared of girls who put #BlackLivesMatter on social media. So, the fact that Victoria’s Secret supports me in what I have to say really meant a lot to me.”

Anderson also added that there was also a practical reason why she was excited to become an Angel.

She said, “A lot of models dream of getting a contract because our job is so volatile. I want to have something stable.”

It is unclear if the model’s interview took place before or after The New York Times published an expose earlier this month.

In the piece, Ed Razek, the former chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret parent company, L Brands, was accused of harassment, bullying, and perpetuating a culture of misogyny. He has denied all the allegations.

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Presley Gerber defends face tattoo

Presley Gerber has responded to backlash over his new face tattoo.The 20-year-old model, the son of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, posted a video on Instagram last week which showed him getting the word “MISUNDERSTOOD” tattooed across his right cheek…

Presley Gerber has responded to backlash over his new face tattoo.

The 20-year-old model, the son of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, posted a video on Instagram last week which showed him getting the word “MISUNDERSTOOD” tattooed across his right cheekbone by New York-based tattoo artist Jonathan ‘JonBoy’ Valena.

The fresh ink didn’t go down well many of Presley’s followers, who questioned why he would “ruin” his face with the design. One user wrote, “Why would you ruin your pretty face like that? Isn’t THAT the money maker?”

Now, Presley has addressed the criticism in an Instagram Live video, in which he made it clear that he had no regrets over his new tattoo.

“If I thought this was going to ruin my face or I didn’t want this, I wouldn’t have done it. I think that’s a pretty obvious thing,” he declared, according to New York Post’s Page Six. “It says misunderstood, because that’s how I felt my entire life.”

He reportedly grew increasingly upset about the negative comments and said, “Look at these f**king haters out here… F**k you if you don’t like it.”

His girlfriend, model Cameron Rorrison, also interjected, “His parents love it, by the way.”

Presley, who has starred in campaigns for the likes of HUGO, Calvin Klein, and Topshop, already has quite an extensive tattoo collection. He has floral artwork on the backs of both hands, words written across his fingers and multiple small designs on his neck, as well as his sister Kaia Gerber’s name on his left arm.

In January, he got the word “HAHA” written across his fingers, with one letter on each digit of his left hand, when he visited tattoo artist Evan Kim with Kaia.

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Ashley Graham shares photo of postpartum body

Ashley Graham has candidly discussed the realities of postpartum recovery following the birth of her first child.The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin on 18 January, and taking to Instagram on Monday, shared a snap of herse…

Ashley Graham has candidly discussed the realities of postpartum recovery following the birth of her first child.

The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin on 18 January, and taking to Instagram on Monday, shared a snap of herself posing in a bathroom while wearing a black top and grey disposable underwear.

“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too,” she joked, as she sang the praises of disposable underwear. “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!”

Noting that it’s “been tough”, Ashley thanked her friends for helping her to talk honestly about her recovery after childbirth. She also wants other women to feel confident enough to discuss their own experiences.

“It’s unbelievable the obstacles we still face talking about what women really go through,” the 32-year-old added.

Ashley’s famous friends rallied round to leave supportive comments on the Instagram post, including fellow model Amber Valletta and TV presenter Amanda de Cadenet.

“I’m sending you a care package this week and sending you so much (love),” she wrote.

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Oscar de la Renta serves up dramatic ballgowns for fall 20

Oscar de la Renta has dished up a line of glamorous ballgowns for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia unveiled their latest line for the luxury fashion house at The New York Public Library as part of New Yor…

Oscar de la Renta has dished up a line of glamorous ballgowns for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia unveiled their latest line for the luxury fashion house at The New York Public Library as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with celebrities including Nicky Hilton and Logan Browning perched on the front row.

Regarding their inspiration for the range, the designers looked at photographs of the Black and White Ball hosted by author Truman Capote in 1966, which was attended by brand founder de la Renta and his wife Francoise de Langlade, as well as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1797 poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which was adapted into Walt Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia.

“With @fernandogarciam1205 and @tokibunbun starring as Oscar de la Renta’s apprentices, fall 2020 captures the allure of a magical evening and the fleeting feeling of a once-in-a-lifetime occasion,” a rep shared in a post on Instagram.

To open the show, Bella Hadid modelled a vibrant outfit comprised of teal trousers, a dark red top, red silk scarf, and bright blue coat.

A number of similar looks featuring bold colour-blocking followed, including a number made up of a red coat and bright pink tailored trousers.

Part of the way through the presentation, Kim and Garcia introduced more muted floral appliques on dresses, blazer lapels, sweaters, and coats.

Yet, the drama really ramped up towards the end of the spectacle, with the designers offering a crimson silk ballgown with a drop waist, a black ballgown covered in a firework-like sequin pattern, a draped burgundy velvet dress, and a minidress made of gold beaded fabric.

To conclude, Bella made a second appearance in a pink velvet dress accessorised with a matching feathered cape.

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Halima Aden fronting campaign for Bottletop

Halima Aden has been tapped to front a campaign for sustainable fashion brand Bottletop.Co-founded by Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman, the London-based label is known for its handbags and accessories made from upcycled bottle tops lined with leather off…

Halima Aden has been tapped to front a campaign for sustainable fashion brand Bottletop.

Co-founded by Cameron Saul and Oliver Wayman, the London-based label is known for its handbags and accessories made from upcycled bottle tops lined with leather offcuts.

Now, Saul and Wayman have teamed with fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez on a collaboration, including the new Halima and Denise handbags, with Aden starring into the accompanying imagery.

“Our planet is running out of resources so let’s all choose to support brands that are committed to protecting our environment and communities,” the 22-year-old said. “This is why I’m excited to announce I’m the new face and ambassador of Bottletop. Working with Bottletop helps empower disadvantaged women through creation of fashion accessories in Nepal, Brazil, and Kenya. The grassroot organisations and partnerships gives them self-respect and the opportunity to provide for their children and families, they learn a new skill and in turn, it brings the community closer.”

The Halima and Denise handbags are made from Zero Deforestation leather and feature recycled ring pulls. They are available in two sizes and in bordeaux red and black colourways. Halima is priced at $850 (£658), while Denise retails at $650 (£502).

Accordingly, Saul noted that he and the Bottletop team are thrilled to be working with Aden, especially as they both have roots in Kenya. The Somali-American model was born in the Kakuma refugee camp after her family fled Somalia during the civil war, while the first-ever Bottletop collaboration with local artisans also took place in the nation.

“We are so inspired by Halima’s commitment to challenging societal attitudes, empowering women and young people and making change. Much like Halima, Bottletop strives to break barriers by harnessing the power of fashion and creativity to address key issues globally; to create conversation, drive empowerment, and make change. We cannot think of a better person to represent our work and mission,” he added.

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