Chanel presents ’80s-inspired couture

Chanel served up punk princess vibes for its new couture collection on Tuesday.Showing on the second day of digital Paris Couture Week, Virginie Viard presented a line full of punky party dresses, reimagined tweed looks and billowing ball gowns. Viard,…

Chanel served up punk princess vibes for its new couture collection on Tuesday.

Showing on the second day of digital Paris Couture Week, Virginie Viard presented a line full of punky party dresses, reimagined tweed looks and billowing ball gowns.

Viard, the successor of Chanel legend Karl Lagerfeld, explained how the late designer was at the forefront of her thoughts when she created the showstopping looks.

“I was thinking about a punk princess coming out of Le Palace at dawn. With a taffeta dress, big hair, feathers and lots of jewellery,” she wrote in the show notes. “This collection is more inspired by Karl Lagerfeld than Gabrielle Chanel. Karl would go to Le Palace, he would accompany these very sophisticated and very dressed up women, who were very eccentric too.”

The 30 designs are a world away from Chanel’s spring couture offerings, which had much sleeker and straighter silhouettes.

“I like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time. I wanted complexity, sophistication,” she said.

Standout looks from the fall collection include a sumptuous tiered, black, long-sleeved dress worn by Adut Akech which looked straight out of the ’80s, a floor-length dress in an opulent teal hue featuring dramatic sleeves, and a silver scalloped dress with a neat peplum.

“It’s an eccentric girl with a touch of the ’80s. I wanted something joyful,” Viard told WWD. “It makes me think of images I have of (Lagerfeld) with friends before I knew him, when he would often host balls, dinner and parties. People would really dress up.”

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Christy Turlington kicks off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star …

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.

The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star Turlington has uploaded a vintage video of Campbell to her Instagram page.

“Happy 50th Birthday to my sister from another mister @naomi. I am so sad not to be with you today to celebrate with you. This clip is one of my favourites because it was from an Azzedine show and we loved him so much,” she wrote alongside an undated black-and-white video of Campbell backstage at an Azzedine Alaia presentation. “I also know you love your birthday and appreciate a party. You are a true Gemini and a force for truth and good in the world. I love you and every memory we share.”

In addition, Dior menswear designer Kim Jones posted a picture of himself with Naomi and Kate Moss at his final Louis Vuitton show in January 2018 along with a birthday greeting, while Claudia Schiffer uploaded a montage with the caption: “Happy Birthday to my wonderful, lifetime friend.”

Elsewhere, Adut Akech shared a long message on her Instagram page in which she thanked the brunette beauty for serving as a “role model and mentor” to her.

“Thank you for all that you are and as well all that you do. Thank you for being daily source of inspiration and motivation to me. Thank you for your continuous love and support you show me daily since the first time we met. My chosen family, my mama you are such a light and joy in my life. There is never a dull moment with you and I’m so grateful to have you in my life and by my side on this journey. Such a true beauty inside out,” the 20-year-old gushed. “I pray that your special day is filled with nothing but love, pure joy, laughter and positive energy.”

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Adut Akech ‘grateful to be stuck’ in Australia with her family during lockdown

Adut Akech is happy to be stranded in Australia with her family during the coronavirus pandemic.The South Sudanese-Australian model revealed she was visiting family in Adelaide when the worldwide lockdown hit, with countries closing their borders and g…

Adut Akech is happy to be stranded in Australia with her family during the coronavirus pandemic.

The South Sudanese-Australian model revealed she was visiting family in Adelaide when the worldwide lockdown hit, with countries closing their borders and grounding flights in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly virus, so she was forced to stay much longer.

“I was supposed to come see my family in Adelaide for a week, and now I’ve been home for a month – but I’m grateful to be stuck here,” Akech told Vogue for the fashion bible’s Postcards From Home series.

“I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else,” she said of being home with her mother and five siblings. “I’ve been staying positive by exercising and meditating as much as possible, and I’ve been making my siblings join me, just to make sure their immunities are strong and healthy.”

The 20-year-old added: “I’ve also done a lot of reading, which has been good for my mental health.”

And she’s not the only model who’s been turning to books to try and keep sane while in self-isolation during the lockdown.

Kendall Jenner, who is holed up at her Hollywood Hills mansion in Los Angeles, credited finding the positives in the little things while she’s apart from the rest of her famous family.

“This is my happy place, reading in my home,” Jenner told Vogue. “I believe, especially in the current climate, that keeping a good mental state is important. Identify all the little things that mean the most to you, and embrace them.”

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Valentino using fall 2020 campaign to raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths. In light of the crisis, Valenti…

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.

Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths.

In light of the crisis, Valentino executives and creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli are gearing up to launch the #ValentinoEmpathy initiative, which will feature models including Adut Akech, Anwar Hadid, Christy Turlington, Laetitia Casta, Liu Wen, Naomi Campbell, and Vittoria Ceretti, as well as celebrities like Frances McDormand, Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Mock, Laura Dern, and Rafferty Law.

The stars have all agreed that their fee, totalling approximately $1 million (£800,000), will be donated to the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in the capital, where a dedicated team is fighting to curb the spread of the virus.

In addition, Piccioli has invited members of the public to take part in the concept.

“The idea is very simple, I will hand-pick and provide you with a full look of the collection and you will ask someone close to you to take a picture of you on a white wall,” the designer wrote in an Instagram post. “Instead of compensation for this project, I am asking you to support me and my company in sustaining Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, the Italian hub fighting Covid-19. I really would like to produce a gesture of love for maison Valentino’s city, I really would like to let Rome know that Valentino friends, not only the brand, are here (sic)!”

It is believed Piccioli will release further details about the initiative in the coming days.

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Naomi Campbell instantly dazzled by Adut Akech’s star quality

Naomi Campbell has recalled how she instantly knew Adut Akech had the power to become a fashion star.The British supermodel invited the South Sudanese-Australian model, whom she refers to as her “daughter”, for a live chat on her YouTube channel on Wed…

Naomi Campbell has recalled how she instantly knew Adut Akech had the power to become a fashion star.

The British supermodel invited the South Sudanese-Australian model, whom she refers to as her “daughter”, for a live chat on her YouTube channel on Wednesday. Reflecting on the time she first met Adut, Naomi shared that it was at Tim Walker’s Alice in Wonderland-themed photoshoot, also starring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“(Diddy) and I were getting ready in hair and make-up… and Adut walks in,” she remembered. “And we both look up in the mirror and we’re both just like, ‘Boom!’ It just hit us… we were like, ‘Did you just see what I just saw? Oh my goodness, she is incredible, special, a star.’ Knew it right away.”

Naomi then noted that she wanted to spend more time getting to know Adut follow the shoot, but couldn’t as the model had to study for her final school exams. Yet, the meeting left a lasting impression on the 20-year-old.

“They didn’t tell me you were there until I saw you so, you can imagine how much I would be in shock. But I was trying to keep it together, I was trying to keep my cool,” she smiled. “I was shocked overall that I as even there!”

Elsewhere in the chat, Adut also thanked Naomi for reaching out to her via text message after her first appearance on the runway at a Saint Laurent show in Paris.

“I went home that night and I cried. It was my first Paris Fashion Week, I’d just finished school, I’d just left my family and I was moving to New York. It was so overwhelming for me. I was like, ‘Wow, I feel like I’ve just found my first family member,” she added.

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Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington discuss their favourite models

Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington have discussed their favourite young models in a candid chat.To celebrate the 34th year of her fashion career, the British supermodel invited her longtime pal Christy to have a chat with her on her No Filter with N…

Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington have discussed their favourite young models in a candid chat.

To celebrate the 34th year of her fashion career, the British supermodel invited her longtime pal Christy to have a chat with her on her No Filter with Naomi show on her YouTube channel on Tuesday.

During the discussion, the pair opened up about a number of topics, including the models they believe to have similar friendships today.

“I would say Karlie Kloss is super close with her group of people. Jourdan (Dunn) is one of her closest. I think they’re friendly with Gigi (Hadid) and some of those girls too,” commented Christy, while the host added: “I’m loving Alton (Mason), and your nephew James (Turlington). There’s another Turlington in the family that’s a model that’s going to be iconic too!”

Naomi then went on to praise Adut Akech, Selena Forrest, and Kaia Gerber, who is the daughter of fellow ’90s supermodel Cindy Crawford.

“I just love their whole spirit of life and the way they dress – they’re always dressed and they’re always posing – but they’re enjoying it and they’re having fun. And they’re all friends,” the 49-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the video interview, the top models also reflected on their time as roommates in New York City, with Naomi having nothing but praise for her contemporary.

“You spoke about me to (photographer) Steven Meisel, you spoke about me to (designer) Gianni Versace, you just kept on doing and giving and being so generous to me. And putting yourself on the frontline and saying to designers, ‘If you don’t use her, you don’t get us,'” recalled Naomi, while Christy, 51, stated: “You made a mark, the moment that I met you I knew you were special and so much fun.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli avoids hiring same models for runway shows

Pierpaolo Piccioli makes a point of hiring different models for each of his runway shows.The creative director of Valentino has opened up about his career in an interview with Vogue Australia, and during the chat, revealed he demands diversity and incl…

Pierpaolo Piccioli makes a point of hiring different models for each of his runway shows.

The creative director of Valentino has opened up about his career in an interview with Vogue Australia, and during the chat, revealed he demands diversity and inclusivity on his catwalks.

“For me, I’m a designer. My job is creating images, and through this people can feel emotions and can also reflect about something. Inclusivity for me means embracing a world, so it’s about living together in tolerance,” he explained. “To make inclusivity happen – and not just thinking and talking about inclusivity, because sometimes you talk about it, but you don’t act – I think it’s (about) just acting.”

In recent seasons, Piccioli has also tapped high-profile names to appear in his presentations, with Naomi Campbell closing the spring/summer 2019 couture show in January 2019 and iconic model/actress Lauren Hutton walking the runway during the fall/winter 2019 couture spectacle.

And he’s adamant it’s his passion for diversity that drives him to keep his shows fresh.

“I always encourage women to be themselves, because it is much more interesting – a real woman – than the role she plays, because those are stereotypes, always,” the designer shared. “That’s also the reason why I don’t use models for two times in a show.”

However, one exception to Piccioli’s rule is South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech, who serves as his unofficial muse and has regularly appeared in Valentino presentations.

“In Adut, I feel a fragility and her fears and her strength, which are very interesting,” he touchingly commented of the 20-year-old.

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Adut Akech ‘beyond honoured’ to feature on U.S. Vogue cover

Adut Akech is “beyond honoured” to star on the cover of U.S. Vogue alongside Ugbad Abdi and Kaia Gerber.The South Sudanese-Australian beauty fronts the April 2020 issue, which celebrates models from around the world, including Paloma Elsesser, Liu Wen …

Adut Akech is “beyond honoured” to star on the cover of U.S. Vogue alongside Ugbad Abdi and Kaia Gerber.

The South Sudanese-Australian beauty fronts the April 2020 issue, which celebrates models from around the world, including Paloma Elsesser, Liu Wen and Adesuwa Aighewi, in an effort to represent the 25 international editions of the fashion bible.

In the groundbreaking cover, Adut wears a Vera Wang Collection bra, bustier, and corset with Diesel jeans, and shared the image with her 873,000 followers on Instagram.

Sweetly tagging the photo’s location as “on cloud nine”, she wrote in the caption: “wow mum look at on the cover of American Vogue, I don’t actually have real words for this right now but I’m so beyond honoured to be sharing my first-ever American Vogue cover with you all.

Adut continued: “This has been a dream of mine from the start of my modelling career and it just came true!!! I just want to thank every single person involved in making this possible. To Anna Wintour and the entire vogue team @felicitybwebb thank you so much for the bottom of my heart for giving this South Sudanese refugee little girl this opportunity to represent.”

The 20-year-old also shared her excitement to become only the second black model, after trailblazer Naomi Campbell, to have starred on the covers of the Big Four – British Vogue, U.S. Vogue, Vogue Italia, and Vogue Paris.

“I finally have the big 4 vogue covers and the second black girl to do it in history after my mama @naomi I’m gonna cry myself to sleep now bye (sic),” she touchingly concluded her emotional post.

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Storm Reid makes runway debut at Miu Miu show

Storm Reid made her runway debut during Miu Miu’s Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday. The Euphoria actress opened the Italian fashion house’s fall/winter 2020 presentation at the Palais d’Iena wearing a bronze crushed satin dress and a dark grey tweed…

Storm Reid made her runway debut during Miu Miu’s Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday.

The Euphoria actress opened the Italian fashion house’s fall/winter 2020 presentation at the Palais d’Iena wearing a bronze crushed satin dress and a dark grey tweed overcoat, with her braids shaped into a ’40s updo.

The 16-year-old later took to Instagram to show pictures and video of her walking the runway and expressed her excitement in the caption.

“Wow. Wow. Wow. Today I walked in my first fashion show. Not only did I walk, but I opened the show. In Paris. For @MIUMIU. Insane right?!?” she gushed. “Thank you to the whole @miumiu team and (stylist) @kegrand for not only allowing but trusting me to do this. I always felt like I could walk in a show, and (creative director) @jasonbolden told me to be patient, and I’m so glad I was. We did it J! This is something that will be etched in my mind and heart forever. XO.”

Storm received praise from celebrities in the comments section, with her A Wrinkle in Time co-star Mindy Kaling writing, “Wow wow wow!! You are (fire) Storm!!” and Janelle Monae posting, “Gooooo stormie !!!!!” with a fire emoji.

The star was joined by the likes of models Adut Akech, Gigi Hadid, and Bella Hadid on the runway, while British singer Rita Ora made a surprise catwalk appearance wearing a floor-length military-inspired navy coat.

Rita shared images from her runway moment on Instagram too, and posted, “So your girl gave you a walk today Hunay on this fine Tuesday! Such an honour to walk for you #MucciaPrada @MiuMiu So amazing to work with such an amazing team thank you (sic).”

The 29-year-old is no stranger to strutting her stuff on the catwalk – she has previously appeared in shows for DKNY and Moschino.

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Isabel Marant serves up minimalist chic for fall 20 line

Isabel Marant has unveiled a line of chic separates for fall/winter 2020.The French designer presented her latest collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the show drawing in a large crowd of editors and fashionistas.While Maran…

Isabel Marant has unveiled a line of chic separates for fall/winter 2020.

The French designer presented her latest collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the show drawing in a large crowd of editors and fashionistas.

While Marant is known for her signature Parisian aesthetic, she opted for a much more minimal vibe this season, with the first model taking to the catwalk in a large cream poncho jacket and slouchy silver-studded leather boots.

A line-up of boxy sweaters, white trousers, and cosy coats followed, with each look accessorised with leather boots, dangly earrings or layers of gold chain necklaces.

Gigi Hadid first stepped out in a white jumper with large sleeves and white shirt that was cinched in at the waist with a wide black leather belt, and later returned in a black velvet sweater with beaded detailing, high-waisted trousers, and matching calf-length boots.

Though Marant mostly stuck with a muted colour palette, she injected a few touches of teal partway through the show, with highlights including a pleated skirt matched with floral print top and a long leather coat.

Amber Valletta rocked a grey menswear-inspired suit and carried a shiny silver tote, Irina Shayk sported a long black coat and pair of matching boots, and Doutzen Kroes modelled a simple white coat with wide shoulders and a large black button on one side.

To conclude, Marant offered up a parade of head-to-toe black ensembles, with Adut Akech in a shiny ’80-inspired number, and Anna Ewers in a stylish jumpsuit featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and silver elements.

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