Fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy dies

Celebrated fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has died, aged 91.His partner Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Monday (12Mar18) that Givenchy had passed away on Saturday. “It is with huge sadness that…

Celebrated fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has died, aged 91.

His partner Philippe Venet, a former haute couture designer, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Monday (12Mar18) that Givenchy had passed away on Saturday.

“It is with huge sadness that we inform you that Hubert Taffin de Givenchy has died,” he said.

The designer’s nephews and nieces, and their children, share Venet’s grief, his statement added.

The French aristocrat, born to Lucien Taffin de Givenchy, marquis of Givenchy, founded his namesake label in 1952, but before that he worked with the still-unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior while working for designer Robert Piguet and couturier Lucien Lelong.

He also earned his fashion stripes under the watchful eye of Elsa Schiaparelli from 1947 to 1951.

After establishing himself as a serious designer, Givenchy gained worldwide prominence thanks to his work with Audrey Hepburn, and he designed many of the actress’ personal and professional outfits, including the famous black dress she wore in 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Over his career, he also created looks for style icons Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, and Marlene Dietrich.

The House of Givenchy was split in 1981, with the perfume line going to Veuve Clicquot, while the fashion branch was acquired by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1989, though LVMH later bought back Parfums Givenchy.

The French fashion house has been helmed by Clare Waight Keller, the label’s first female artistic director, since March 2017. She succeeded Riccardo Tisci in the role.

In June, a Givenchy exhibition opened at the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais, dedicated to the couturier’s career.

“I am happy because I did the job I dreamt of as a child,” he said at a press conference.

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Ashley Graham receives the first Women’s Empowerment Award

Ashley Graham has been honoured with the first Women’s Empowerment Award. The award was presented by the United Nations Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) at a luncheon held in New York on Thursday (08Mar18). The 30-year-old has been praised by many…

Ashley Graham has been honoured with the first Women’s Empowerment Award.

The award was presented by the United Nations Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) at a luncheon held in New York on Thursday (08Mar18).

The 30-year-old has been praised by many for her efforts in promoting body positivity within the fashion industry, and shared how her role as an activist came to be in her winner’s speech.

“When I started the #BeautyBeyondSize hashtag, I began thinking of myself as a body activist,” she explained to the audience. “I focused on influencing the fashion industry to become more inclusive. But as I travelled along this journey, I realised that the conversation wasn’t just about body diversity and the fashion industry — it was about every single woman.”

Ashley insisted that the fight for equality must go beyond the fashion industry, claiming that it is something “all women face”.

“That’s a young girl who could become the next Serena Williams and didn’t try out for tennis or another young girl who didn’t go to student council but could be walking in the halls of the UN,” she hypothesised.

Ashley was dressed in an asymmetrical, one-sleeved black dress by Bianca and Bridgett when she took to the stage to collect her award, paired with black T-strap pumps, and she wore her hair in a sleek up-do. She also honoured her role as Revlon ambassador by finishing her look with the brand’s Super Lustrous lipstick in Boss Lady, which the fashion icon said “empowers me to share my story to uplift women around the world”.

The former Vogue cover girl posted a photo of herself at the event to her Instagram page following the ceremony, where she thanked the organisation for the “incredible honour,” that coincided with International Women’s Day.

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Diane von Furstenberg happy to see feminism back in fashion

Diane von Furstenberg is happy to see the feminism is once again “back in fashion”.The Belgian-born fashion designer redefined womenswear with the launch of her iconic wrap dress in 1974, and has gone on to outfit the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer…

Diane von Furstenberg is happy to see the feminism is once again “back in fashion”.

The Belgian-born fashion designer redefined womenswear with the launch of her iconic wrap dress in 1974, and has gone on to outfit the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Furstenberg has been an advocate for women’s rights ever since she launched her brand and is now excited to see feminist themes rise to the forefront of public conversation once again.

“I’ve always been a feminist, so for me, I was so happy to see that it came back into fashion, so to speak,” she said in an interview with Here & Now. “Because I was a feminist in the ’70s, but then my children’s generation, somehow, they took it a little bit for granted. But now I see for my granddaughters, they are not taking it for granted and they are very active.”

In response to the sexual harassment scandals currently rocking Hollywood, Furstenberg is certain that the “genie came out of the bottle” but will now “stay out”.

And she believes it is now more important than ever to show support for female-focused events such as International Women’s Day, which was marked on Thursday (08Mar18).

“I think every woman is a role model for other women when she’s willing to be honest and sincere, and talk about not only her successes, but also her challenges, her vulnerability and her fears,” the 71-year-old shared.

To celebrate women this week, Furstenberg is hosting a number of panels which are open to the public at her boutique in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

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Jennifer Fisher partners with Everytown for Gun Safety on new line

Jewellery designer Jennifer Fisher’s new line is raising money for gun control organisation Everytown for Gun Safety.The designer, a favourite among celebrities like Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani, and Ciara, released her new STOP collection on Thursday (08Mar…

Jewellery designer Jennifer Fisher’s new line is raising money for gun control organisation Everytown for Gun Safety.

The designer, a favourite among celebrities like Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani, and Ciara, released her new STOP collection on Thursday (08Mar18), with all proceeds going to the non-profit group, which advocates for gun control and against gun violence.

“The day after the shooting, my kids were afraid to go to school,” Jennifer explained to The Hollywood Reporter of the recent school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead. “I didn’t know the answers to their questions. I felt like I was not telling my children the truth about how safe their school might be, and that’s a problem.”

In response, she created the new line, made up of a keychain in sterling silver, a pendant necklace as well as two sizes of a charm in 14-karat rose, yellow or white gold. The charm is the octagonal shape of a stop sign, which Jennifer says is a universal symbol.

Customers have the option to customise their charm at no extra cost.

On why she chose to partner with Everytown for Gun Safety, the non-profit organisation created in 2014 as the merger of two groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the Council of Fashion Designers of America member explained she’s been following the group’s work for a while.

“Everytown is the first organisation I knew about, the one I’ve been following the longest,” she said. “I’m just trying to do my part and be an advocate. As a designer, it can be hard to voice your political views, but I felt it was important to do something.”

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Cindy Crawford dances her way through Reserved’s new ’80s-set campaign

Cindy Crawford has shown off her impressive dance skills in a new campaign for Reserved.The Polish high street label has previously tapped the likes of Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne to front its adverts, and now it’s legendary supermodel Cindy’s turn. …

Cindy Crawford has shown off her impressive dance skills in a new campaign for Reserved.

The Polish high street label has previously tapped the likes of Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne to front its adverts, and now it’s legendary supermodel Cindy’s turn.

As well as the print adverts which drop on 15 March (18), the 52-year-old has also shot video footage for the brand and shared a sneak peek on her social media accounts.

“So much fun dancing down the street with @gvsgvs. Something big coming March 15! @Reserved,” she teased next to the video.

In the ’80s-set footage, shot by filmmaker Gordon von Steiner, Cindy models a chic pink trouser suit, and does her best Michael Jackson impression as she dances down a sunny street, while glamorous neighbours look on.

Set to synth music, the slogan I Love You Cindy flashes up, with the ‘O’ letter in the word ‘Love’ stylised in the shape of a heart.

Reserved has also teased details of the collaboration on its social media platforms.

“#iLoveYouCindy Wait for the full story – watch it on March 15th. #Reserved #ReservedForMe #campaign#teaser #video #cindycrawford,” the video caption reads.

And next to a photo of Cindy looking out over sand dune: “Damn, it’s @cindycrawford! #iLoveYouCindy #Reserved #ReservedForMe #campaign #teaser.”

Reserved launched on the British high street in 2017, opening a store on London’s famous Oxford Street.

For the brand’s Christmas campaign, label bosses hired Adwoa Aboah, Jourdan Dunn, Irina Shayk and Jon Kortajarena to show off party season offerings.

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Emilia Wickstead gearing up to launch activewear collection

Emilia Wickstead is teaming with wellness brand Bodyism on a new activewear collection.The New-Zealand born designer is known for her ladylike garments and now counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid and Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge as customers. But…

Emilia Wickstead is teaming with wellness brand Bodyism on a new activewear collection.

The New-Zealand born designer is known for her ladylike garments and now counts Sarah Jessica Parker, Gigi Hadid and Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge as customers.

But in response to her clientele’s growing interest in health and fitness, Wickstead is adding sporty clothing to her line via a 13-piece capsule collection.

“Exercise is such an integral part of so many women’s lives, and I wanted to approach activewear from a modern woman’s perspective,” Wickstead told WWD. “I wanted to give my customer an activewear collection that is stylish, directional and unexpected, in keeping with our brand ethos. Health and fitness is also incredibly important to me personally, as is the confidence and empowerment that it lends to you every day.”

The range is due to launch on 12 March (18) and will include leggings, sports bras, sweatshirts and even yoga mats featuring pastel pink and floral patterns.

Wickstead has also chosen to name each item after celebrity customers. For example, the high-necked Sienna crop top pays tribute to actress Sienna Miller, while other pieces are named after Liv Tyler, Arizona Muse, and Karolina Kurkova.

“I always name my collections after women I admire and names that I love,” the designer smiled. “I believe in names giving personality to a garment.”

Prices range from $111 (£80) for a sports bra to $388 (£280) for a jacket, will all items available to purchase from department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges as well as online at Net-a-porter and Bodyism.com.

Bodyism was launched in 2006 by James Duigan, a longtime friend of the fashion star. The wellness club offers activewear and sports equipment alongside its exercise studios and cafes in Europe and Asia.

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Marc Jacobs: ‘The term unisex is outdated’

Marc Jacobs no longer uses the term “unisex” as he considers it to be outdated.The fashion designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, including perfume a…

Marc Jacobs no longer uses the term “unisex” as he considers it to be outdated.

The fashion designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, including perfume and cosmetics.

When it comes to creating for the modern consumer, Jacobs has now shared that he wants to blur conventional gender labels with his products.

“It’s funny, because earlier today, somebody said the word ‘unisex’ and I think that’s such an outdated word,” he told Elle.com. “I don’t think make-up is for men or for women. I look online and I see all these male make-up artists who wear make-up. I’ve never been somebody who cares whether it’s a women’s coat or a men’s coat. I buy women’s clothes. I buy what I like, I wear what I like.”

To prove his commitment to diversity and inclusivity, Jacobs has expanded his Marc Jacobs Beauty line to include 29 colours of foundation. The Shameless make-up range was created in reaction to fans wanting more options, with the fashion star tapping British model Adwoa Aboah as the face of the campaign.

“I don’t know that we cater to everyone, but I do remember having a meeting with the beauty team and I think there was a moment where, through social media, there was a reaction that certain women felt we didn’t have enough of a range,” the 54-year-old said. “I remember saying to them that this is something we should look at that I feel is very, very important.”

Jacobs always puts a personal touch on his garments and cosmetics and chose to name the foundation collection Shameless, as he has the word tattooed onto his chest. The inking reminds him to aspire to a life without shame, and he is hopeful his products inspire others to do the same.

“I want to be happy with my choices and be comfortable with who I am and what I do and how I do it,” he added.

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Dapper Dan’s memoir to be adapted for big screen

Dapper Dan’s upcoming memoir is to be adapted for the big screen. The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike…

Dapper Dan’s upcoming memoir is to be adapted for the big screen.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Aaliyah and Mike Tyson.

Day’s appropriation of luxury brand logos in his designs led to litigation in the ’90s, with the designer forced to work “underground” for private customers since closing his original store in 1992 but following a series of partnerships with Gucci, he has made a resurgence in the mainstream fashion arena.

The designer’s story has been chronicled in his book, to be released by Random House in 2019, with executives at Sony Pictures now confirming that they’ve obtained the rights to the story.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the memoir will be adapted by Jerrod Carmichael, the comedian and writer who is perhaps best known for creating and playing the lead role in the semi-biographical NBC sitcom, The Carmichael Show.

The project has been described as a “high-stakes coming-of-age” story, though casting details and a potential release date have not yet been announced. Carmichael will produce the biopic alongside Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman, while Ange Giannetti and Maia Eyre will produce for Sony.

Day, who is often photographed in tailored suits, has had a long history with Gucci, as in the 1980s, the fashion star garnered attention for using the brand’s logo in various outfits. However, the appropriation debate flared up last year when Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele was criticised by U.S. Olympic athlete Diane Dixon for including in his resort collection a jacket that copied a design Day had made her in 1989.

Since then, Michele has offered to work with Day, and included him in the Italian label’s fall/winter 2017 menswear campaign and backed his relaunched Harlem atelier on Lenox Avenue.

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French environmentalists criticise Chanel’s forest show

Chanel’s enchanted forest catwalk show has been criticised by angry French environmentalists.The luxury label held its fall/winter 2018 runway show on Tuesday (06Mar18) morning at the Grand Palais in Paris, with the venue decorated with a number of oak…

Chanel’s enchanted forest catwalk show has been criticised by angry French environmentalists.

The luxury label held its fall/winter 2018 runway show on Tuesday (06Mar18) morning at the Grand Palais in Paris, with the venue decorated with a number of oak and poplar trees that were reportedly cut down and transported especially for the spectacle.

However, campaigners have now claimed that the outdoor setting chosen by creative director Karl Lagerfeld was “completely divorced from the reality of protecting nature”.

“Chanel has missed the point once again,” officials at The France Nature Environment (FNE) organisation said in a statement. “The celebrated fashion house chose to present a ‘natural’ decor with real trees for its haute couture event. The result: trees, some of them a hundred years old, were chopped down for a few hours of the show.”

Campaigners went on to suggest it would have been “better, indeed innovatory” if the renowned brand had instead chosen to debut their collection in a real forest, rather than in an imitation at the expense of the country’s nature.

However, Chanel executives have hit back at the accusations claiming that all the trees, which were brought to Paris from a forest in western France, were authorised to be cut down, and were all over a century old. They have pledged to replant “an area of 100 new oaks in the heart of the forest.”

The runway show drew in a number of high-profile guests, such as U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Vanessa Paradis, Lara Stone, Keira Knightley, Carla Bruni and Lily Allen. All sat perched on wooden benches set against a backdrop of trees and scattered leaves, some of which were painted with Chanel’s logo.

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Opening Ceremony draw in A-list crowd for Disneyland show

Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have delighted stars including Chance the Rapper and Laverne Cox at their Disneyland-staged fashion show.Rolling out a fashion runway for only the second time in the California theme park’s 63-year history…

Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have delighted stars including Chance the Rapper and Laverne Cox at their Disneyland-staged fashion show.

Rolling out a fashion runway for only the second time in the California theme park’s 63-year history, Lim and Leon showed off a collection of colourful designs, with many featuring Disney mascot Mickey Mouse, on Wednesday night (07Mar18).

“Doing something at Disneyland, we’ve dreamed of for years,” Leon said, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “Growing up, I even made my own Mickey Mouse bow tie and cummerbund for my prom.”

Titling the presentation The Greatest Show on Earth and describing the line as “glam-meets-sport”, over 700 guests were treated to a parade of models sporting both menswear and womenswear.

Among the highlights were a sheer black rain mac with a contrasting patent collar, a furry jacket printed with Mickey’s face in both red and black, and a pretty dress featuring pictures of Mickey and a recreation of Mickey’s ears as shoulder detailing. The famous rodent’s white-gloved hands also made an appearance on a collared black T-shirt, with the hands stitched onto the shoulders.

Themed varsity jackets, knitwear, trousers, and skirts were unveiled, with the runway live-streamed to fashion fans in New York’s Times Square.

Diplo, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Tallulah Willis, Margaret Qualley and model siblings Lucky Blue and Pyper America Smith were also in attendance, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with many of the A-list front decked out in Opening Ceremony’s new season clothes.

“My first time at #disneyland for the @openingceremony fashion show. #TransIsBeautiful #GlamMasters,” Orange Is the New Black star Laverne excitedly tweeted, adding the hashtag of her new beauty reality show, Glam Masters.

Opening Ceremony’s Disney-inspired line follows on from Coach’s recent collection channelling vintage drawings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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