Bella Hadid fronting Helmut Lang campaign

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte. Now, Be…

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.

Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte.

Now, Bella is appearing in the marketing imagery for fashion label Helmut Lang, with the images shot by photographer Ethan James Green and creative directed by Brian Phillips.

The black-and-white visuals stay true to the brand’s minimalist aesthetic, with the 23-year-old only modelling monochromatic clothing.

Styled by Patti Wilson, one snap shows Bella wearing an oversized black leather jacket with matching leather trousers, a classic crop top, statement sunglasses, while another depicts her in a white top with cutouts and black trousers.

For the photoshoot, hairstylist Jimmy Paul opted to style the model’s dark brunette into a straight style with heavy bangs.

And it appears all involved in the project were thrilled with the final result, with Bella writing on Instagram alongside one of the snaps: “Thank you x a billion @ethanjamesgreen @patti_wilson I love you both, pure passion and talent.”

And the post quickly garnered the attention of her celebrity pals, with Anna Dello Russo commenting, “Major”, Dua Lipa writing, “yes yes YES!!!!!” and Elsa Hosk adding: “Sooo sick.”

Ethan has previously shot campaigns for Calvin Klein, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs, and also helmed Helmut Lang’s fall/winter 2017 imagery featuring Dara and Alek Wek.

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Tess Holliday struggles to find sustainable fashion in her size

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environ…

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.

In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environment as the designers who are making strides in becoming eco-friendly have limited sizing, forcing her to wear fast-fashion garments.

“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high-end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she told the publication.

And as an environmental activist, Tess said it raises problems because she simply cannot wear sustainable clothing yet.

“I can’t be as ethical. I don’t have a problem re-wearing outfits, but I want to be conscious of not contributing to fast fashion because of how wasteful it is, but it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet,” the curvy model lamented.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old confessed she was due to star in Rihanna’s groundbreaking Savage X Fenty lingerie show during New York Fashion Week in September but had to pull out.

“Rihanna and Savage – I was going to be in that show, but my schedule didn’t work out and I will probably never forgive myself. Fingers crossed next season Rih calls me – she is a perfect example of actually giving a s**t about diversity,” Tess explained.

She went on to lavish praise on the singer-turned-designer, who featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, and Normani in her presentation back in September.

“She makes size-inclusive garments, has true diversity in the models and campaigns she casts and her messaging. She’s stepping up in every way and that’s what you need, that’s how real change starts, with true diversity and representation on all levels,” she gushed.

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Dior releasing book to celebrate relationship with Peter Lindbergh

Dior executives are releasing a two-volume book to celebrate their long-running relationship with late photographer Peter Lindbergh. The German photographer and film director passed away in September at the age of 74. Models and fashion stars took to …

Dior executives are releasing a two-volume book to celebrate their long-running relationship with late photographer Peter Lindbergh.

The German photographer and film director passed away in September at the age of 74. Models and fashion stars took to social media to mourn him and many turned out for his funeral in the French capital during Paris Fashion Week, with notable guests including Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Karen Elson.

Now executives at the French fashion house are honouring their relationship with Lindbergh, who shot Dior campaigns featuring the likes of Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron, by releasing a two-volume book simply titled Dior/Lindbergh.

According to WWD, volume one will contain images from his final project with Dior – a previously unseen photoshoot which took place in New York’s Times Square in October 2018 and featured the likes of Elson, Irina Shayk, Alek Wek, Saskia de Brauw, Carolyn Murphy, Amber Valletta, and Sasha Pivovarova. In the images, mostly captured in his signature black-and-white style, the models wear more than 80 vintage Dior creations from the archives against the NYC backdrop.

“Decisive moments capturing haute couture and a frenetic urban landscape pay homage to the street photography movement for which New York frequently served as a backdrop,” Dior said in a statement to the publication.

The second volume will feature more than 100 images of Dior looks photographed by Lindbergh for fashion publications.

Dior/Lindbergh, published by Taschen, will be released on 6 November in France and the rest of Europe.

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Thando Hopa makes history with Vogue Portugal cover

Thando Hopa has made history by becoming the first person with albinism to land a Vogue cover shoot.The South Africa-born model fronts one of two covers for Vogue Portugal’s Africa Motherland issue, which editors at the publication called “an edition d…

Thando Hopa has made history by becoming the first person with albinism to land a Vogue cover shoot.

The South Africa-born model fronts one of two covers for Vogue Portugal’s Africa Motherland issue, which editors at the publication called “an edition devoted to origins and Africa, as the birthplace of mankind”.

In the image, Thando wears an ivory-coloured lace sleeveless top with a copper-hued crocheted piece layered over the top. She is wearing minimal make-up and poses against a neutral backdrop, with her eyes closed and head tilted towards the sun.

Thando shares the spotlight with South Sudanese-British model Alek Wek, 41, who is also fronting the cover issue.

Following the announcement of the ground-breaking issue, the star took to Instagram to share her delight at the milestone achievement.

“I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to see a woman with albinism on a Vogue cover,” the 30-year-old wrote. “I would not have imagined that that woman would be me.”

The beauty went on to explain that she is very proud of how she has been able to play an instrumental role in representing people with albinism openly in the media.

“I’m emotional, because I see progress and get to form part of a progressive story and narrative. I got to a place in my career where I appreciate every specimen of my body and knowing that whenever I go, my existence, the way it is has always and will always be enough,” she added.

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Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta praise H&M’s sustainable new line

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25M…

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.

The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25Mar19), with the range set to drop online and in selected stores around the world on 11 April.

Featuring pieces like floaty dresses and cute two-piece ensembles, all of the items are made from eco-friendly materials, such as recycled polyester and organic cotton, with Russian beauty Irina, 33, commenting that she is proud to be associated with a brand that was looking to make strides into sustainability.

“For me, as a fashion model, it’s really important to see that they care about mother nature,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We live in the 21st century and the technology is amazing, so you can see all those pieces are still cool and colourful and fashionable… We all know what’s going on in the world – climate change – and look how many tonnes of plastic get dumped in the ocean and how many animals’ lives get hurt by it.”

In addition, the Conscious Exclusive range contains pieces made from Pinatex, a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves, as well as a plant-based flexible foam using algae biomass, and Orange Fiber, a sustainable silk-like fabric made from citrus juice by-products.

And Amber is hopeful that fast-fashion will become much more sustainable across the board in coming years.

“@hm has some serious goals set – 2020 – All cotton will come from sustainable or recycled sources. 2030 – All H&M products will be sourced from more sustainable or recycled sources. 2040 – Climate positive across their entire value chain. I truly hope that within these goals they will understand that producing less and more slowly will make their goals a reality,” the 45-year-old wrote on her Instagram page of the collection.

Models including Alek Wek, Camila Morrone, and Halima Aden, and actresses Abigail Spencer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Dakota Fanning were also at the launch event.

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Alek Wek: ‘Celebration of diversity in fashion is long overdue’

Alek Wek has described the promotion of diversity in the fashion world as “long overdue”.Alek was scouted as a teenager, after moving from war-torn South Sudan to England, and fast became one of the most recognisable models of the ’90s.Her dark skin an…

Alek Wek has described the promotion of diversity in the fashion world as “long overdue”.

Alek was scouted as a teenager, after moving from war-torn South Sudan to England, and fast became one of the most recognisable models of the ’90s.

Her dark skin and shaved head meant she stood out from her contemporaries at the time, and Alek always embraced her individual beauty, even when the industry around her didn’t appear to champion difference.

“I’m very sure of myself. I come from a family where we celebrated each other as women,” the 41-year-old told PorterEdit. “But in fashion (in the ’90s), it was very foreign for (the industry) to see something out of the ordinary. For me, it was important that it wasn’t just about me and representing women of colour, but saying that we need diversity. Fashion draws its inspiration from around the world, from all different cultures, so this is a collective.

“Now, with social media, we’re so connected you can’t not celebrate diversity. It was long overdue.”

Asked why she thinks she was embraced by designers and fellow models when she first found fame, Alek mused that it’s because she’s only ever wanted to have fun with fashion, while also sending an important message out regarding inclusivity.

“I’m not a gimmick and I’m not going to be sold short,” she stated. “I’m really glad that translated throughout the years. I was blessed to work with certain people in the business who are legendary, like Yves Saint Laurent and Irving Penn. I’m glad that I worked with people who nurtured me because if you’re not nurtured, you can’t grow from there. Now I see all the throwback (pictures), I can’t believe Alek at (age) 18, 20, 21… It’s really humbling, but it’s the same woman.”

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Iris Apfel signs with IMG Models

Iris Apfel has signed to IMG Models at the grand old age of 97.The fashion favourite has enjoyed a career resurgence in recent years, working with brands like Macy’s, Kate Spade and MAC, both as a model and a designer.IMG have now added her to its book…

Iris Apfel has signed to IMG Models at the grand old age of 97.

The fashion favourite has enjoyed a career resurgence in recent years, working with brands like Macy’s, Kate Spade and MAC, both as a model and a designer.

IMG have now added her to its books, where she joins the likes of Alek Wek, Gigi Hadid, and Taylor Hill.

“I’m very excited. I never had a proper agent,” Iris told WWD. “I’m a do-it-yourself girl. I never expected my life would take this turn, so I never prepared for it.”

Iris, who has become synonymous with her bug-eyed glasses, chunky jewellery, and flamboyant clothes, added that her new career path is all thanks to a very famous fashion friend.

“It all just happened so suddenly, and I thought at my tender age, I’m not going to set up offices and get involved with all kinds of things. I thought it was a flash in the pan, and it’s not going to last. Somehow, people found me. People would just call. Tommy Hilfiger said that was no way to do it, and he put us together,” she shared. “I’m very excited and very grateful.”

Iris began her career at WWD before opening her own textile firm with late husband Carl.

In 2014, she was the subject of legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles’ feature Iris, which detailed her colourful life.

Ivan Bart, president of IMG Models, said: “Iris is an icon with immeasurable talent. She radiates creativity and inspiration and we’re so excited to explore new and unique opportunities with her, where her natural gifts can be shared with the world. At 97 years old, Iris continues to prove that age is just a number and shouldn’t be something that defines you.”

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Adut Akech was inspired by Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek as a youngster

Adut Akech was inspired by her “second mum” Naomi Campbell when she was growing up.The 18-year-old was born in South Sudan and raised in Kenya, before moving to Australia when she was seven. Fast forward 11 years and Adut is now one of fashion’s most e…

Adut Akech was inspired by her “second mum” Naomi Campbell when she was growing up.

The 18-year-old was born in South Sudan and raised in Kenya, before moving to Australia when she was seven.

Fast forward 11 years and Adut is now one of fashion’s most exciting new names, and was in the running for the Model of the Year prize at The Fashion Awards earlier this month (Dec18), losing out to eventual winner Kaia Gerber.

Talking about her childhood with Vogue Australia, the model opened up about her early inspirations.

“When I was growing up, the role models who inspired me in my career were Alek Wek and Naomi Campbell, who is like a second mum to me now,” she shared. “I also look up to Lupita Nyong’o, and through her, I’ve learnt about beauty and being comfortable in your own skin and I gained the confidence of knowing my own beauty and worth.”

Adut even followed in Alek’s fashionable footsteps when she closed the Chanel show in July – marking only the second time a black model has done so.

She ended the couture show in a bridal gown after being handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld.

“Being the second black woman to close Chanel since Alek Wek in 2004 makes me feel very, very proud,” the model smiled. “It’s hard to explain the feeling, because I never ever thought I would even work with Chanel, let alone close its autumn 18/19 haute couture show in July.

“During the whole process of my fittings, I would cry – I guess because I just didn’t have any words for the experience; it was all so crazy and unbelievable, and I’m still on cloud nine about the whole thing.”

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Kim Jones is Fashion Awards’ first Trailblazer winner

Kim Jones has been chosen to receive the inaugural Trailblazer honour at Monday night’s (10Dec18) Fashion Awards.The designer, who has been the menswear artistic director at Dior since leaving his post at Louis Vuitton in January, will be feted at Lond…

Kim Jones has been chosen to receive the inaugural Trailblazer honour at Monday night’s (10Dec18) Fashion Awards.

The designer, who has been the menswear artistic director at Dior since leaving his post at Louis Vuitton in January, will be feted at London’s Royal Albert Hall, alongside other previously named winners Miuccia Prada, who will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, and Swarovski Award for Positive Change recipient Vivienne Westwood.

“I am very happy to receive this award from the British Fashion Council. This recognition for my work means a lot to me,” Jones said in a statement.

The Trailblazer Award, new for the 2018 honours, recognises the best innovators and creatives in fashion that are helping to shape the industry.

British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush explained why Jones was chosen as the very first trailblazer.

“If the always on tap to culture zeitgeist is Kim’s industry reputation, his love for travel, international cultures and understanding of consumers further enhance his creative and commercial standing,” she praised. “Kim’s role as trailblazer in this industry continues to grow and we are very proud he is British born, educated and a great global ambassador for our industry.”

Other fashion stars in the running for prizes at Monday’s awards include Victoria Beckham, Clare Waight Keller, Riccardo Tisci, Jonathan Anderson, Bella Hadid and Adwoa Aboah.

Model Alek Wek and British comedian Jack Whitehall will be hosting the evening.

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Alek Wek keen to show she ‘wears the clothes’

Alek Wek is looking forward to proving she “wears the clothes” at an upcoming hosting gig. The South Sudanese-British model is to co-host The Fashion Awards 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall alongside comedian Jack Whitehall on 10 December (18). Thou…

Alek Wek is looking forward to proving she “wears the clothes” at an upcoming hosting gig. 

The South Sudanese-British model is to co-host The Fashion Awards 2018 at London’s Royal Albert Hall alongside comedian Jack Whitehall on 10 December (18).

Though she’s forged an impressive modelling career which includes campaigns for labels like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Moschino, Alek is excited to show that there’s more to her than the designer outfits she’s put in.

“I love that I can finally show I wear the bl**dy clothes, the clothes don’t wear me,” the 41-year-old smiled during an interview with The Sunday Times. “That’s the thing with Alek Wek – 5ft 11in, Dinka (ethnic group) features. We can’t deny that, you know?”

Alek, who also made her film debut this year in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, was the obvious choice as host according to Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council, who praised “her great sense of fun, energy and humour”.

While the professionals are confident in their decision, Alek thinks her mother will have questions over her aptitude as an awards show presenter.

“My mum is gonna be like, ‘Who put her up there?'” she mimicked. “I said, ‘Never put Alek Wek on a stage!'”

The model currently lives in Brooklyn, New York but noted that London is a special city as it is the place she was first scouted as a teenager.

And as well as her presenting role, Alek is looking forward to catching up with her nieces who are based in the British fashion capital.

“They love fashion and clothes, so Auntie Alek is the most popular – you can’t fight with her too much! I will block you, because I’ve learnt the technology,” the star laughed. “They’re naughty, these kids nowadays.”

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