Alexa Chung took a trip down memory lane to design debut Barbour collection

Alexa Chung drew on her own memories when designing her first ever collection for Barbour. The 35-year-old, who has signed a two-year, four-season deal with the 125-year-old British label, revealed in a chat with Vogue.co.uk her earliest memory of sli…

Alexa Chung drew on her own memories when designing her first ever collection for Barbour.

The 35-year-old, who has signed a two-year, four-season deal with the 125-year-old British label, revealed in a chat with Vogue.co.uk her earliest memory of slipping on one of the iconic waxed jackets was to muck out her pony in Hampshire, England as a child.

“I was happy as Larry,” she grinned. “I have so many memories wearing Barbour but the earliest are the most nostalgic and therefore special.”

So the decision to collaborate with Barbour was a no-brainer for the TV presenter-turned-designer.

“It was an opportunity for me to explore how the Alexa Chung brand interprets an iconic and historic label that is woven into the British psyche,” she explained.

Taking a research trip to Barbour HQ in South Shields, England was a “waxy dream” for Chung, who was “let loose, like a kid in a candy store, into a room filled with every single Barbour piece through history”.

Her first collection launched earlier this month, with a second drop due in August, which features a quilted green coat with corduroy collars and cuffs.

Chung’s debut for Barbour included shorter sleeves, snugger silhouettes and exterior label detailing, with a bold logo features a lighthouse motif and both brand names.

“Look at any image of me in Barbour from yesteryear and you will see that I often turn up the sleeves of the jackets to show off the lining,” she explained.

The Barbour by Alexa Chung collection is priced from £249 ($316) to £429 ($544), and available from Barbour.com/alexachung, Alexachung.com and selected stockists worldwide.

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Alexa Chung finds combing her eyebrows ‘very relaxing’

Alexa Chung always takes time to comb her eyebrows as she finds the process “really therapeutic”.The British designer and presenter is known for her ability to pull off just about any fashion or beauty trend and always turns heads when she steps out on…

Alexa Chung always takes time to comb her eyebrows as she finds the process “really therapeutic”.

The British designer and presenter is known for her ability to pull off just about any fashion or beauty trend and always turns heads when she steps out onto the red carpet.

Alexa has now shared some of her top secrets for looking good in a video tutorial for Vogue.com and divulged that she insists on doing her own brows.

“(I) just brush those guys up. I spent years growing these back after some ’90s overplucking,” she said, before going on to demonstrate how she will brush her arches up with a toothbrush if she doesn’t have a spoolie brush. “I also, when I have my make-up done, if I’m lucky enough to, they have to hand me the brush, ’cause this is one of my favourite things to do. I find it really therapeutic. It’s very relaxing.”

Alexa went on to explain that she is a big fan of The Cream by Augustinus Bader, Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, La Mer’s The Concealer and RMS’ Un Cover-Up Foundation.

She also uses a black eyeliner pen to achieve her signature cat-eye look.

“My guide for it is to follow the bottom of your eye up, so it’s kind of like an extension of that and that’s your marker. Other people do things like measuring degrees or things that seem quite mathematical, but I just think you are going for something that’s like up and out,” the 35-year-old commented of her technique.

Elsewhere, Alexa used Glossier’s Lash Slick Mascara on her lashes and Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk on her pout. She outlined how she uses Dior Backstage’s Glow Face Palette on her eyes too.

“I am a magpie for pretty, coloured things,” she smiled. “I believe (this) is meant to be for like highlighting your face, cheeks, et cetera… I don’t understand how to do that contour, or highlight, or whatever. So, I just thought it was really nice and I’m going to use it as an eyeshadow.”

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Alexa Chung and Tan France to front Netflix fashion show

Alexa Chung and Tan France will co-host a new fashion series heading to Netflix. The model and designer has teamed up with the much-loved Queer Eye stylist to find the next big name in fashion on their new show, Next In Fashion. According to Harper’s…

Alexa Chung and Tan France will co-host a new fashion series heading to Netflix.

The model and designer has teamed up with the much-loved Queer Eye stylist to find the next big name in fashion on their new show, Next In Fashion.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the duo will front the high-stakes competition series, in which 18 designers face challenges focusing on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way we dress.

The contestants, who have already worked for major fashion brands and celebrities, will compete head-to-head, and the lucky winner will receive $250,000 and the opportunity to debut their collection with luxury retailer Net-a-Porter.

The 10-episode long series will also feature stylist Elizabeth Stewart and director of fashion partnerships at Instagram Eva Chen as judges, with additional guest judges to be announced at a later date.

France, who is releasing his new memoir Naturally Tan in June, took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

“ANNOUNCEMENT!! Beyond excited to host Netflix’s first fashion show @nextinfashion with the one and only, my new work wife, @alexachung. Coming soon!” he wrote alongside a snap of him with Chung.

Chung, who has been busy working on her eponymous fashion brand, shared her glee at working with the Queer Eye star.

“Netflix and chill? Incredibly excited to be hosting Netflix’s first fashion show @nextinfashion alongside my new husband @tanfrance Coming soon! Yeah I like to tuck I got a tucking problem,” she wrote, referencing France’s love for tucking in shirts on his makeover show.

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Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne team up on charity T-shirt

Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne have created a line of T-shirts raising funds for Save the Children.The pals worked together on the project to mark the charity’s 100th anniversary, and also the launch of Save the Children’s Stop the War on Children ca…

Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne have created a line of T-shirts raising funds for Save the Children.

The pals worked together on the project to mark the charity’s 100th anniversary, and also the launch of Save the Children’s Stop the War on Children campaign.

Available in three colourways – navy, white and yellow – the tee, designed by Chung and modelled by Delevingne, features an illustration of a crescent moon face alongside the words The Future is Now.

“To me (the moon) symbolises children’s dreams, hopes and the promise of a new day,” Chung explained, reports Vogue.co.uk. “Sadly, not all children have the chance to enjoy such innocent childhoods as millions are battling through conflicts started by adults. But they should, and we need to fight for their futures and help them fulfil their potential by ensuring all children are off limits in war.”

Thirty per cent of the profits will go directly to Save the Children. The adults’ T-shirt has a price tag of £25 ($32), while the children’s version comes in at £15 ($19).

For the accompanying images, Delevingne roped in shoe designer Tabitha Simmons to style her, had Gucci Westman on make-up duty and enlisted Cass Bird to art direct and photograph the campaign.

“Having visited many Save The Children programmes over the past four years, I’ve met with some of the most inspiring and amazing children who, despite adversity and conflict, have not only survived to tell their stories but are now thriving and full of hope for a better future,” Delevingne said about her ambassadorial role. “It’s because of these children and their daily fight that Alexa and I wanted to create something that would help make a change and encourage people to do something good.”

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Perrie Edwards tapped as face of footwear brand Superga

Perrie Edwards has been named as the new face of Italian footwear brand Superga.The singer is no stranger to the fashion world, having previously starred alongside her Little Mix bandmates in campaigns for the likes of sportswear label USA Pro and COLA…

Perrie Edwards has been named as the new face of Italian footwear brand Superga.

The singer is no stranger to the fashion world, having previously starred alongside her Little Mix bandmates in campaigns for the likes of sportswear label USA Pro and COLAB dry shampoo.

Now, Perrie is stepping out on her own for a gig with Superga, and is the fronting the label’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 collection.

“I’m really excited to be working with Superga on their new product range,” she said in a statement. “It’s a brand I’ve loved and worn for a while now, as I love the style and fit of their shoes. They’re really cute and so versatile, I love them!”

One image shows Perrie posing on a table in a neutral ensemble while displaying a pair of basic white Superga sneakers, while another depicts her in a denim outfit and sporting the new Cotrope style which features white canvas and rope detailing around the sole.

There are also several other Perrie-approved designs in the latest collection, including sneakers with the Superga logo in bold font.

Taking to Instagram, a Superga representative uploaded snaps from the campaign and shared, “OMG (oh my God), it’s #PerrieForSuperga. We asked none other than fashion icon @PerrieEdwards to curate her perfect Superga summer capsule wardrobe. Hand-picked by Perrie, this is the perfect edit for anything from festival escapades to beachy summer fun – any occasion is a #PerrieForSuperga occasion!”

Perrie, 25, follows in the footsteps of Superga brand ambassadors such as Alexa Chung, who recently designed a capsule line for the brand, and stars including Rita Ora, Suki Waterhouse, Binx Walton, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Pyper America Smith.

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Alexa Chung was afraid of messing with Barbour’s classic style

Alexa Chung has announced a new collaboration with Barbour, but admits she was scared of messing up the iconic British brand.The model, TV presenter and writer-turned-designer, who has been a lifelong fan of the country set’s favourite waxed jacket, fa…

Alexa Chung has announced a new collaboration with Barbour, but admits she was scared of messing up the iconic British brand.

The model, TV presenter and writer-turned-designer, who has been a lifelong fan of the country set’s favourite waxed jacket, famously pairing them with denim cutoffs at festivals, has produced a capsule collection, Barbour by Alexa Chung – the first in a two-year deal which includes outerwear, tote bags and accessories.

In an interview with WWD, Chung, who has also been running her namesake fashion label for two years, admitted when she was first approached she wasn’t keen to mess with perfection.

“I think I have a fear of modernity sometimes,” she told the fashion bible. “One of the reasons I didn’t do Barbour before was because I thought, ‘Why are people f**king with a classic?’ I don’t like it when they don’t honour what something ‘is,'” she shared before finally taking on the challenge to “really reimagine my dream pieces.”

The collection includes a jacket which is a patchwork of wax colours and tartan linings, while another short style is produced from what looks like shearling. There’s a Delft blue rain poncho and a long, quilted olive coat with a corduroy collar and cuffs which, when asked who it was inspired by, Chung answered, “obviously, Princess Margaret.”

The 35-year-old, who confessed to a dislike of long sleeves, cropped all the sleeves on her creations, neatened up the collars, and added a roomy storage pocket at the back of the patchwork jacket.

“It’s really cosy and it zips both ways. I really geeked out on it,” she smiled. She also worked to create a new slimming silhouette for the jackets which she dubbed “the B-line mini”.

“B-line, which I made up, is just a bit narrower than A-line, which swings out too much,” she explained. “And no one wants bigger hips. My whole ambition, at all times, is to not look like clothes are fussy or are eating you, and to make something hang so that it flatters.”

The collection, Barbour by Alexa Chung, will land online and in stores on 1 June (19), with a further drop set for 1 August.

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Orla Kiely: ‘The end of my label felt like a bereavement’

Orla Kiely felt like she was going through a bereavement when her namesake label shut down overnight.The Orla Kiely brand, famous for its bold prints, suddenly shut up shop in September (18), with the Irish designer now speaking about the end of her la…

Orla Kiely felt like she was going through a bereavement when her namesake label shut down overnight.

The Orla Kiely brand, famous for its bold prints, suddenly shut up shop in September (18), with the Irish designer now speaking about the end of her label for the first time in an interview with The Telegraph.

“What happened was like a bereavement,” she stated. “To say I was upset is an understatement. And then when malicious reports came out about the way we’d allegedly treated our staff, that was horrible and hurtful.

“We did everything we could to save the business we’d set up 23 years previously and to watch it fail was devastating. It was such a tough time.”

Kiely officially launched the fashion and lifestyle brand with her husband Dermott Rowan in 1997, and quickly became known for her bold use of 1970s-inspired prints and colours, with celebrity fans including Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

But after parent company Kiely Rowan PLC went into administration, the Orla Kiely label was forced to shut down operations, with reports surfacing that staff were marched off the premises, unpaid.

“That is not what happened at all,” the designer exclaimed. “It’s terrible that was the perception, but at the end, everything was taken out of our hands. Once you go into administration, you have no input. It is illegal even to pay your staff. I would have done so immediately if I could, but it was impossible.”

Kiely, who was previously dubbed the Queen of Prints and named as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011, insisted that “nobody was marched anywhere”.

“Something my husband and I had built up from scratch, invested in emotionally and financially was destroyed. Our staff weren’t just employees, they were friends, and when we gathered everyone together, there were tears from all of us,” she recalled.

Kiely still has her own licensing business and recently put her name to a furniture line sold through interiors company Barker and Stonehouse.

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Miu Miu covets coats and camouflage for fall 19

Miu Miu focused on coats and camouflage prints for its fall/winter 2019 collection.The Italian fashion house, helmed by creative director Miuccia Prada, unveiled the range at the Palais d’Iéna on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (05Mar19…

Miu Miu focused on coats and camouflage prints for its fall/winter 2019 collection.

The Italian fashion house, helmed by creative director Miuccia Prada, unveiled the range at the Palais d’Iéna on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (05Mar19), with the presentation drawing in celebrities including Elle Fanning, Poppy Delevingne, and Alexa Chung.

With the venue featuring video collages by artist Sharna Osborne, a Miu Miu spokesperson explained that the space was designed to “express an intimate vision of femininity, which echoes in the new collection”.

To open the spectacle, a model sported a pretty floral shirt and navy blue skirt, with the outfit toughened up via the addition of a long blue coat and edgy black lace-up biker boots.

A series of similar outfits featuring a delicate flower pattern followed, though Miuccia quickly returned to her signature subversive aesthetic, mixing ladylike silhouettes with much more masculine pieces. A highlight had to be a black minidress which was overlaid with a gauzy pink dress featuring pink and blue appliques, with the ensemble paired with thigh-high tights and chunky black sneakers.

And part way through the presentation, Miuccia took the urban warrior theme to the next level by introducing a lot of green and brown camouflage print, with the fabric incorporated into hoodies, long coats, sweater and short combinations, knee-length trousers and a scarf.

To conclude the show, the designer unveiled a black crochet dress with blue and grey roses attached to the shoulders, a line-up of army green coats paired with more classic floral skirts, and a black taffeta dress which was worn with a very dramatic hooded cape.

Lacoste and Louis Vuitton closed out Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.

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Isabel Marant & Victoria Beckham design T-shirts for International Women’s Day

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-…

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.

Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-profit organisation that helps women living in war-torn countries to rebuild their lives.

For her contribution, Marant chose to print a white T-shirt with the slogan “You Go Girl” in bold red text, while Beckham opted to have the text “I am her” scrawled on her shirt.

“My feminist fight is about equality: equal treatment, equal pay, equal opportunities… I thought we would be over this by now, but we’re not. Culture, knowledge, and education are our paths to empowerment and justice. The fight is not over,” said Marant of collaborating with Net-a-Porter on the charity project, while Beckham added: “It’s more important than ever that women support each other and hopefully, this aids in raising awareness for a subject close to my heart.”

In addition, fashion stars Kym Ellery, Rosie Assoulin, Alexa Chung and designers from skiwear brand Perfect Moment have also made T-shirts, with the items featuring slogans such as “Divine Feminine” and “Power”.

And a number of stars have also promoted the project on Instagram, including Elle Fanning, Julia Van Os, Lucy Liu, Angela Bassett, Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Diane Kruger, Storm Reid, and Gina Torres.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, executive director of Women for Women International – UK, commented that the T-shirts send a powerful message of support, sisterhood, and solidarity.

“Through this campaign and the vital funds raised, Net-a-Porter, along with six inspiring female designers, are helping to transform the lives not only of the women we work with but also their entire communities,” she shared.

The Net-a-Porter T-shirts are priced from $140 – $220 (£85-£175).

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Stella McCartney serves up coats and crochet for fall 19

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19…

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.

The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19), with the show drawing in a number of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae, Doutzen Kroes, and Alexa Chung.

Inside the opulent venue, McCartney had a runway placed down the centre, with the stark white floor printed with the names of people who had contributed to the #ThereSheGrows campaign, which is seeking to raise funds for the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

To kick off the presentation, a model donned a brown belted kimono-inspired jacket which was paired with grey platform boots.

A parade of coats followed, with Russian star Natalia Vodianova sporting a black trench coat made of a faux leather fabric – in keeping with McCartney’s dedication to shunning animal products and instead experimenting with new innovative materials.

Another model sported a dark blue Neoprene sleeveless jacket over a long skirt and chunky boots, while the collection also included more conventional styles for the winter months, such as a grey trench coat with black button detailing, a red faux fur number, and a dark green duffel coat.

While McCartney stuck with a palette of tan, brown and green for the most part, she interspersed the line with some pops of colour, with highlights including a rainbow crochet dress, a canary yellow dress with wide shoulders, and a silky emerald green ensemble which was paired with matching accessories.

Other highlights included a uniform-style khaki green jumpsuit with cargo pockets on the trousers which was modelled by Kaia Gerber, a flowing grey dress, and the last outfit of the show, a kimono-like dress made from a floral print fabric.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Monday afternoon with presentations from Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen.

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