Alessandra Ambrosio would support her children becoming models

Alessandra Ambrosio would be behind her children if they wanted to follow in her modelling footsteps.The former Victoria’s Secret Angel left a lasting legacy, having walked in 17 shows, before announcing her retirement last November (17) following the …

Alessandra Ambrosio would be behind her children if they wanted to follow in her modelling footsteps.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel left a lasting legacy, having walked in 17 shows, before announcing her retirement last November (17) following the brand’s Shanghai spectacle. Alessandra, who is mother to nine-year-old daughter Anja, and five-year-old son Noah, has insisted that she would help her offspring follow in her footsteps if that’s what they wanted to do.

“I want my children to do what they love, and if that’s modelling, then I would be there every step of the way to support them,” the 37-year-old shared in an interview with American Harper’s Bazaar. “Right now they’re enjoying being kids, learning about the world, and exploring.”

The Brazilian fashion icon, who has also modelled for the like of Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior, decided to hang up her wings so that she could focus on her acting career and successful swimwear line Ale by Alessandra.

Though she still has plenty of career goals, she is adamant that her family will always come first.

“My children are always going to be my number-one priority, so I work hard on arranging my schedule to spend as much time as possible with them,” explained Alessandra, who shares her little ones with ex-fiance businessman Jamie Mazur.

And with Mother’s Day fast approaching in America (18May18), the Daddy’s Home star is looking forward to being spoiled.

“It’s the one day that I get to spend every moment with my kids,” she smiled. “Anja and Noah usually wake me up with breakfast in bed. For the rest of the day we do fun activities like yoga, baking, and crafts. We also take my mum out to a nice lunch to celebrate her.”

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Carolina Herrera: ‘Glamour and elegance are everything in fashion’

Carolina Herrera’s absolute belief in glamour is why she has survived and thrived in the fashion industry.The Venezuelan designer took her final bow as the creative director at eponymous label during New York Fashion Week in February, after 38 years …

Carolina Herrera’s absolute belief in glamour is why she has survived and thrived in the fashion industry.

The Venezuelan designer took her final bow as the creative director at eponymous label during New York Fashion Week in February, after 38 years at the helm.

She’s not leaving fashion altogether though, and has created a new role for herself, global brand ambassador, alongside incoming creative director Wes Gordon.

“I think to survive in this business you have to believe in something,” she smiled to The New York Times. “Make it your own and stay with it. If you want to be a designer, you have to be really sure that what you’re doing is what you really believe in. I believe in glamour. I believe in beautiful, elegant women. And I believe women become beautiful when they wear Herrera.”

Herrera got her big break after asking late Vogue editor Diana Vreeland for some career advice when she wanted to start designing textiles.

The 79-year-old was a well-known style figure in the ‘70s and ‘80s, working as a publicist for Emilio Pucci and hanging out at Studio 54 with Mick and Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol and Vreeland.

“I came to see Diana, and I told her my story and asked whether she liked the idea (of textiles) or not. And she said, ‘My God, that’s very boring. Why don’t you do something else, connected with fashion? Why don’t you do a collection?’” she recalled.

From there, Herrera launched her namesake label with a 20-piece collection that she showed off at New York’s Metropolitan Club.

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Balmain introduces in-store virtual reality experience

Balmain are debuting a pioneering virtual reality experience in its new store.Creative director Olivier Rousteing will showcase his first concept store in Milan on Monday (16Apr18), which comprises of a virtual reality tour sharing the inspiration behi…

Balmain are debuting a pioneering virtual reality experience in its new store.

Creative director Olivier Rousteing will showcase his first concept store in Milan on Monday (16Apr18), which comprises of a virtual reality tour sharing the inspiration behind his designs.

The shop, which is located on Milan’s luxury shopping street Via Montenapoleone 27, is the brand’s first flagship story in Italy and second in the whole of Europe. In an exclusive interview with WWD, the designer emphasised the need for the store to reflect his own taste as much as Balmain’s “tradition and elegance,” while adding a “futuristic and modern touch” to the unit.

“Come and discover, this is an innovative and surprising story that will become more complete every time — it’s a new way of writing a new chapter,” the 32-year-old smiled, adding that the concept is “showing fashion in a different way, and using the past for the future.”

The French fashion mogul designed special Balmain virtual reality headsets in partnership with U.S. technology company Oculus, and worked with three young architects from Paris’ Studio AMV to transform the store into a hotel particulier (a grand townhouse).

“Every room feels like home,” explained Rousteing, sharing that the accessories displayed on the ground floor will be presented “almost as sculptures.”

Features of the property include a mirrored, grand staircase, a winter garden full of white roses, and a games room.

The event marks the first in a series of virtual reality adventures called Balmain’s Wonderlabs organised by the French luxury label, which is available for a few weeks in Milan before travelling to other flagship stores around the world.

This year Balmain will also be introducing a second store to Paris and to Beijing, as well as units in Miami, Las Vegas and Hong Kong.

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H&M tap Moschino for latest collaboration

Fashion fans have flocked to Twitter to share their excitement that H&M’s next designer collaboration is with Jeremy Scott’s Moschino.The news was announced during Scott’s annual party at Coachella on Saturday, with the designer enlisting the hel…

Fashion fans have flocked to Twitter to share their excitement that H&M’s next designer collaboration is with Jeremy Scott’s Moschino.

The news was announced during Scott’s annual party at Coachella on Saturday, with the designer enlisting the help of model Gigi Hadid to break the news. The pair, both dressed in head to toe in looks from the new Moschino (tv) H&M collection, shared the style news via an Instagram live call.

“I am so excited about Moschino (tv) H&M,” Scott said in a statement. “My life’s work has been to connect with people through fashion, and with this collaboration I’ll be able to reach more of my fans than I’ve ever had the ability to do.”

“There’s a silver sequinned parka dress,” he added to Vogue. “Denim pieces are all twisted into something else. Puffers and jackets are reconfigured into cropped things or double-long things. There’s a sportswear-with-evening kind of feeling, like a hockey jersey with a train.”

The American designer has been at the helm of Italian label Moschino since 2011.

The hotly anticipated line drops on 8 November (18), with prices ranging from $35 (£25) to $427 (£300).

“Cant wait to see the new #HMOSCHINO collection,” one Twitter user posted, while another exclaimed:”I’m f**king crying!! MOSCHINO I’m Ready for you!!!!!!!”

Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor of H&M, also shared her joy at adding Moschino to the Swedish retailer’s roster of high-end collaborators which has included Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander Wang and label Balmain.

“MOSCHINO (tv) H&M is the perfect collaboration for fashion right now, mixing together pop, street culture, logos and also glamour. Jeremy Scott is amazing – he knows how to have fun with fashion, and to connect with his fans around the world,” Johansson enthused.

Scott’s Coachella bash was brimming with stars, including Fergie, Cardi B and Emily Ratajkowski.

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Winnie Harlow’s ‘iconic’ induction to Nas

Winnie Harlow was delighted when Idris Elba introduced her to Nas at a recent party hosted by Cartier.Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Winnie, who was known by her real name Chantelle Brown-Young on the show, has become a fashion favourite …

Winnie Harlow was delighted when Idris Elba introduced her to Nas at a recent party hosted by Cartier.

Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Winnie, who was known by her real name Chantelle Brown-Young on the show, has become a fashion favourite in recent years, and was invited by the luxury jewellery and watch label to celebrate the release of its new Santos de Cartier watch earlier this month (Apr18).

“My highlight was having my good friend Idris Elba introduce me to his friend Nas. A very iconic intro!” she beamed to Vogue.co.uk.

Cartier’s Bold & Fearless party, held in San Francisco, boasted a super starry guest list, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller, and Lisa Bonet and husband Jason Momoa among the A-list who attended.

Wearing an emerald green, lacy Peter Dundas gown for the glitzy bash, 23-year-old Winnie says she had a blast at the two-day event.

“The trip was so much fun! It was amazing to see all my favourite friends from Cartier and make some new ones,” she smiled. “The first day at the vineyard was so relaxing and a cool experience that I’ve never had before. I was hit with a bit of hay fever but it was definitely worth it and the second day was even more fun – champagne and live music, what more could you ask for?!”

And asked the boldest thing she’s ever done, Winnie, who has the skin pigment condition vitiligo, shared: “Move across the world alone for my career.”

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Top designers cheer Georgina Chapman as she returns to CFDA

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman was greeted with cheers and applause as she returned to work recently.The Marchesa designer has kept a low profile since allegations of sexual harassment and rape were levelled against disgraced movi…

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman was greeted with cheers and applause as she returned to work recently.

The Marchesa designer has kept a low profile since allegations of sexual harassment and rape were levelled against disgraced movie producer Weinstein in October (17), but she eased herself back into the world of fashion last month (Mar18).

As well as returning to her label, Chapman also attended a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) board meeting, where her fellow CFDA members welcomed her with open arms.

Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger were among the CFDA members to cheer and applaud the British fashion star as she walked into the room.

“We were all happy to see her,” von Furstenberg said, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “Georgina is a great designer, engaged board member, devoted mother and good friend. We all support her.”

Despite the warm welcome, a source close to Chapman said her calm demeanour was shattered when she left the meeting in New York and was mobbed by paparazzi.

“She was so upset — she doesn’t know who tipped them off,” the friend revealed. “She feels she can’t go anywhere without being descended upon, and she is very worried about the safety of her children.”

Chapman married Weinstein in 2007, and together they have daughter India, seven, and five-year-old son Dashiell.

As well as multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, it has also been claimed that Weinstein pressured actresses including Sienna Miller and Felicity Huffman to wear Marchesa designs on the red carpet.

Earlier this year, Marchesa, the luxury label Chapman created with Keren Craig in 2004, cancelled its New York Fashion Week runway show in favour of a digital presentation.

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Manolo Blahnik found Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry appointment ‘offensive’

Manolo Blahnik was disappointed when British heritage brand Burberry recruited Riccardo Tisci as chief creative officer.The 75-year-old founder of the eponymous luxury shoe brand has spent much of his career working in the U.K., and has collaborated wi…

Manolo Blahnik was disappointed when British heritage brand Burberry recruited Riccardo Tisci as chief creative officer.

The 75-year-old founder of the eponymous luxury shoe brand has spent much of his career working in the U.K., and has collaborated with many London-based designers, including Jean Muir and Zandra Rhodes.

In a new interview with The Sunday Times’ Style magazine, Blahnik admitted he was bemused by Burberry’s choice to appoint an Italian designer as Christopher Bailey’s successor, rather than look for homegrown talent instead.

“I think it is offensive,” he mused. “Thousands of children. Talented. Talented. But they want names. Or why don’t they choose English people who want to be in England, like the Celine girl, she’s divine. Phoebe (Philo). I don’t know if he is a good or bad choice, but it’s not relevant. It’s not England.”

The Spanish fashion mogul currently resides in English town Bath, and his brand’s flagship store remains to this day in the fashionable Chelsea district of London.

Blahnik has made his adoration of the country clear, and always looks to source as much material as he can from the nation.

“I want everything in England. I want flannel from the Midlands, steel buckles from Sheffield,” he shared. “I refuse to buy underwear even made in China. I like (John) Smedley (knitwear). Machine-wash and kicked out in hotels. I have them for years (sic).”

The acclaimed footwear artist also spoke very highly of Meghan Markle, who will be welcomed into the British royal family when she marries fiance Prince Harry next month (May18). The 36-year-old was seen wearing a pair of his navy BB courts during her Commonwealth Day appearance last month.

“The girl’s very pretty,” he smiled.

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Alexander Wang hits the road to show off new Adidas Originals line

Alexander Wang will make his way to Coachella on Friday (13Apr18) with a “van full” of his new Adidas Originals collection.The California native is driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs with his model pals Binx Walton, Lexi Boling, Hanne Gaby Od…

Alexander Wang will make his way to Coachella on Friday (13Apr18) with a “van full” of his new Adidas Originals collection.

The California native is driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs with his model pals Binx Walton, Lexi Boling, Hanne Gaby Odiele and Cat McNeil. The super stylish group will be keeping fans updated with their antics via the @AdidasOriginals Twitter account and using the hashtag WangFest journey.

“Tomorrow, the #Wangsquad will beg, borrow, and trade all the way to the festival,” Wang told his Instagram followers next to a video clip detailing the journey.

“Making our way to Palm Springs tomorrow with a van full of the new #adidasOriginalsxAW collection. Stay tuned to our insta story and @AdidasOriginals to follow our journey.”

The video is a clip of a car driving across the Californian desert, and words flash up explaining the squad will be,“trading the new collection for food, gas, for favours”.

The line marks Wang’s third Adidas collection. He first joined forces with the sportswear giant in 2016, and brought out season two last year.

For his third effort, the high-end designer was inspired by factory rejects and quality control. The 13-piece collection is made up of jackets, track-style tops, shorts, crew neck sweatshirts, graphic tees and transparent ponchos, with the garments all featuring a flaw of some kind, like uneven printing, wrinkled fabrics and pixelated graphics.

Along with the clothes, Wang has also created his version of Adidas’ football shoe, which he’s called the AW Bball Soccer.

Adidas Originals x Alexander Wang season three will be available in store and online from 21 April.

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Charlotte Dellal opens up about her retro glamour

Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal’s dedication to glamour makes her feel like herself.The footwear and accessories designer has seen her creations on the feet of celebrities such as Rihanna, Michelle Dockery and Salma Hayek.And her attentio…

Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal’s dedication to glamour makes her feel like herself.

The footwear and accessories designer has seen her creations on the feet of celebrities such as Rihanna, Michelle Dockery and Salma Hayek.

And her attention to detail doesn’t just extend to her work, but her real life too.

“I do it for me because it makes me feel like me,” Charlotte told the London Evening Standard of her weekly hair appointment, where she gets her locks set the old fashion way with lotion and pink curlers. “My mum and grandmother brought me up like that.”

Charlotte, who previously teamed up with lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur, added of her views on underwear and her signature red nail polish: “I can’t physically wear mismatched underwear. I mean I’m married, but you do it for yourself. It’s about making yourself feel good. Even my children notice if my nails aren’t red. I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, I have to keep up appearances when I’ve got four boys!'”

Charlotte’s mother, former Brazilian model Andrea Dellal, also passed down some of her stylish clothes, including an ‘80s Versace dress which has come back en vogue, which Charlotte has out on display.

“I don’t want to put things in cupboards so I make my own piece of art. That said, it is now on the Versace runway again so I kinda want to wear it,” she smiled.

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Victoria Beckham debuts new Shaquille O’ Neal collection for Reebok

Victoria Beckham has showed off her brand new ’90s-inspired collection for ReebokThe former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer, launched her eponymous label in 2008 and is known for her sleek, tailored style. Now the keen exerciser has teamed up with a…

Victoria Beckham has showed off her brand new ’90s-inspired collection for Reebok

The former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer, launched her eponymous label in 2008 and is known for her sleek, tailored style. Now the keen exerciser has teamed up with athletic brand Reebok to design her own collection, giving a sneak peek on Thursday night (12Apr18) of a limited drop of the range in a collaboration with basketball icon Shaquille O’ Neal at an event in Los Angeles where she talked ’90s fashion and her love of trainers.

“There’s so much good stuff from the ’90s. But there’s also so much bad stuff,” she told Footwear News. “Even the bad stuff makes you smile. It’s so bad, it’s quite brilliant.”

In pictures taken at the event, the diminutive British designer and the statuesque athlete posed with their backs turned to the camera, showing off their significant height difference, with both wearing a T-shirt designed by Victoria for her Reebok collaboration which “celebrates ’90s Reebok and the iconic era that Shaquille O’Neal represents”.

It’s a bit of a departure from Victoria’s usual tailored looks and sky-scraping stilettos but the mother of four admitted she’s enjoying doing something new.

“I’m really enjoying the process. I don’t want to put anything out there until I’m absolutely ready,” she smiled. “To create a trainer — even if you’re working with an existing last — it still takes a long, long time. The process is very different than working in fashion.”

While her husband David Beckham has always been known for his sports luxe style, Victoria is a more recent convert, and now loves combining sneakers with high fashion.

“It’s cool and it looks effortless,” she said of pairing sneakers with men’s tailoring. “You can change your whole look if you throw on a trainer.”

However, while she has embraced casual footwear, the dedicated exerciser who, is often spotted attending SoulCycle classes with her family, isn’t keen on all sportswear trends.

“I don’t understand backless workout clothing,” she noted.

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