Paloma Elsesser excited to see more fashion brands embrace inclusivity

Paloma Elsesser is excited to see more casting directors embrace inclusivity and diversity.The curvy model made a splash during the latest Fashion Month when she was tapped to appear in the Fendi and Alexander McQueen presentations. Accordingly, Paloma…

Paloma Elsesser is excited to see more casting directors embrace inclusivity and diversity.

The curvy model made a splash during the latest Fashion Month when she was tapped to appear in the Fendi and Alexander McQueen presentations.

Accordingly, Paloma is hopeful the movement is now truly beginning to gain momentum across the industry.

“Gone are the days when you can have a show with one black model and claim diversity. I hope that we don’t go back on this progress. I don’t want this to be a flash in the pan,” she said in an interview with Vogue.com. “Whether it’s me having a successful season or a whole other range of body sizes that can be represented it would be such a disservice to go backward.”

Paloma, who was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath, has also appeared in campaigns for the likes of Nike and Fenty Beauty.

And she remains adamant it’s up to company leaders to take control and hire a wide range of models and ambassadors – or risk becoming irrelevant.

“Putting me on a runway isn’t a cop-out because I’m not just slightly larger than the other models, I am a U.S. size 14 woman (U.K. size 16),” the 27-year-old insisted. “(Still) there needs to be a spectrum of diversity. I can’t represent everyone or speak for everyone but that isn’t the point. I hope to speak for someone, to allow people who have never seen themselves in this context to see a representation of who they are.”

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Jill Kortleve becomes first plus-size model to walk in Chanel show in a decade

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQue…

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.

The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Mugler, Fendi, and Molly Goddard.

But Jill topped off a successful Fashion Month on Tuesday by taking to the runway during creative director Virginie Viard’s fall/winter 2020 presentation for the French luxury house held at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week.

“I can’t believe this just happened but… to end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for @chanelofficial,” she captioned a photo of her wearing a black outfit with pearl buttons on her Instagram page. “I’m so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen; There’s a much-needed change happening on the runway and I’m proud and feel grateful to be a part of it. I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing.”

Previously, plus-size model Crystal Renn walked in Chanel’s 2011 cruise collection show held in Saint-Tropez back in 2010.

In addition to Jill, other top models cast in the show included Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Fran Summers, Mona Tougaard, and Hyunji Shin.

And accordingly, Jill was thrilled to see fashion leaders embrace much more inclusivity and diversity.

“This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love,” the 26-year-old added.

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Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow remember Alexander McQueen on 10th anniversary of death

Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow marked 10 years since the death of Alexander McQueen on Tuesday by posting heartfelt tributes on social media. The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy …

Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow marked 10 years since the death of Alexander McQueen on Tuesday by posting heartfelt tributes on social media.

The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, passed away at his home in London on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40, with his death sending the industry into mourning.

To mark the 10th anniversary of his death on Tuesday, McQueen’s models, friends, and collaborators took to Instagram to remember him in touching posts.

Campbell shared a throwback picture of her with McQueen and his best friend and muse Annabelle Neilson, who died in 2018, and wrote in the caption, “Annabelle, thank you for sharing your best friend and brother with me. I will never forget this day 10 years ago!! You will remain in my heart not only as one of our most significant designers of all time, but as a compassionate and insightful and loyal friend to the end… I love you, MAY YOU BOTH REST IN PEACE. always in my heart .. #AlexanderMcQueen #10Years.”

Harlow shared a throwback photo of her and McQueen backstage at the spring/summer 1999 fashion show ahead of the iconic moment her white dress was spray-painted black and yellow by robots as she rotated on a circular platform.

“Thank you for touching us all with your magic Lee #alexandermcqueen #mcqueen,” she wrote in the caption, referring to McQueen’s first name. She also shared a video of the spray-painting moment on her Instagram Stories and added the same caption.

In addition, model Karen Elson uploaded a throwback photo and wrote, “Thinking of you Lee, thank you for the magic, the inspiration and for your big and beautiful heart. We all miss your infectious laugh and cheeky grin,” as did director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who added, “Ten years ago today he left this world (heartbreak emoji).”

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Alexander McQueen shoes restored to commemorate 10th anniversary of his death

Ten pairs of vintage Alexander McQueen shoes have been restored to mark the 10th anniversary of the fashion designer’s death. The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, …

Ten pairs of vintage Alexander McQueen shoes have been restored to mark the 10th anniversary of the fashion designer’s death.

The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, passed away at his home in London on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40.

On Tuesday, the tenth anniversary of his death, vintage fashion specialists William Vintage announced that they had curated a special collection of McQueen shoes.

They partnered with luxury repair service The Restory to restore and revive 10 pairs of McQueen footwear, which had been sourced from anonymous individual’s private collection, before selling them at auction.

The collection includes sandals, heels, and boots made between 1998 and 2002, such as a pair of black and blue backless heels from spring/summer 2001, black heels from spring/summer 2002, beige wedged boots from autumn/winter 2000, and red and black heeled boots from autumn/winter 1998.

Many of them featured in his catwalk shoes and still retain the original stickers on the inside of the footwear. The most notable piece in the collection is the white and brown sandals Shalom Harlow wore while her dress was being spray-painted by robots during the spring/summer 1999 show.

“We’ve never done shoes that are vintage before but when I saw them, I just knew I had to put them out there, they are so great,” William Vintage chief executive officer Marie Blanchet told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “When I got them, the shoes were not in the best condition, and The Restory did an amazing (job) to revive them.”

The restored shoes went on sale at the William Vintage store in London on Tuesday. The pieces are priced between $260 (£200) and $1,300 (£1,000).

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Shalom Harlow opens up about battle with chronic illness

Shalom Harlow has candidly discussed her struggles with chronic illness for the first time.The Canadian supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s, where she walked the runways for the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Marc Jacobs. Howev…

Shalom Harlow has candidly discussed her struggles with chronic illness for the first time.

The Canadian supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s, where she walked the runways for the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Marc Jacobs.

However, Harlow took a year off from work in 2000 and embarked on a longer hiatus in 2013, and in a new interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, she shared that she had been battling a combination of Lyme disease and black mould poisoning from a former home.

“Deep chronic illness will incite a nervous breakdown,” she told the publication. “I did have complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the level of infections in my body. There were moments of grace and surrender and a lot of moments of digging in my heels. My unhealed physical, mental, and emotional wounds had finally caught up with me.”

Even after taking time to care for her wellbeing, Harlow admitted she is “still healing”. Accordingly, she is very selective about the projects she takes on.

“I don’t want to be on a plane every week flying halfway across the world. It’s not sustainable for my body or the environment,” the 46-year-old insisted, before noting that she believes there is a way for designers and photographers to harness more local resources. “We need to figure out a localised idea of what fashion is. There’s tonnes of talent everywhere.”

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recycles Alexander McQueen dress for BAFTAs

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at Lon…

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.

It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall was to “dress sustainably”, and the 38-year-old royal opted to recycle one of her opulent designer gowns to the bash on Sunday.

Catherine first wore the floor-length white dress with gold embellishment for a state dinner in Malaysia in 2012 with husband Prince William, and on Sunday, she updated the look with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo pumps, a matching clutch, and a mother of pearl necklace and earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels.

The mother-of-three also traded her usual half-up, half-down hairstyle for an elegant updo, with her brunette locks swept into a similar style she wore to the BAFTAs last year.

The guidelines for the BAFTAs were part of the academy’s plans to create the first-ever carbon neutral awards ceremony.

“Sustainability is very important to BAFTA, and we’re doing more than ever before,” a spokesperson told Harper’s Bazaar U.K.

Guests attending the ceremony were asked to “dress sustainably” and encouraged to rewear outfits, rent designer pieces or choose vintage gowns. And if the celebrities decided to buy something new, a list of sustainable brands, including Reformation and Stella McCartney, were suggested.

It’s not the first time that there’s been a dress code for the BAFTAs – back in 2018, many guests wore black in support of the Time’s Up movement. Catherine was criticised for opting to wear dark green instead, but she did accessorise the gown with a black sash.

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Karen Elson reflects on conquering ‘biggest fears’ during past decade

Karen Elson has reflected on conquering some of her “biggest fears” during the past decade.The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexan…

Karen Elson has reflected on conquering some of her “biggest fears” during the past decade.

The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

In recent years, Karen has juggled her modelling career with making music, releasing her second album Double Roses in 2017, and taking to Instagram at the end of 2019, noted that not all changes in her personal and professional life have been easy.

“As this decade comes to a close, like many I’m reflecting on the past 10 years. I’m going to be honest this decade at times felt like I was running a never-ending uphill marathon, but one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt this decade was that ‘this too shall pass’ and thank God this has always rang true, when blue skies and silver linings appeared in the darkest moments,” she wrote alongside a selfie showing her flashing a big smile. “I’ve conquered some of my biggest fears this decade simply believing in myself and speaking my truth was always hard for me, but this decade I finally found my voice.”

Karen went on to explain that she is “immensely proud” of her music, just as she is of her two children, whom she shares with her musician ex-husband Jack White.

“Music like fashion brought many experiences into my life some were not always pleasant but they taught me valuable lessons I clearly needed. I’ve watched my children grow and blossom into the brilliant young adults they’re becoming,” the 40-year-old mused. “I’ve loved, lost, made mistakes, mourned those who are no longer here and shed my skin more times than I can count. I don’t regret anything and I’m happy to turn the page and dive in head first into the unknown with a big smile on my face this 2020.”

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Karlie Kloss nearly wore dress backwards during Alexander McQueen show

Karlie Kloss almost wore a dress backwards during her first-ever Alexander McQueen runway show.In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model reflected on her debut at Paris Fashion Week when she was 15 in 2007 and remembered how she nearly suffered…

Karlie Kloss almost wore a dress backwards during her first-ever Alexander McQueen runway show.

In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model reflected on her debut at Paris Fashion Week when she was 15 in 2007 and remembered how she nearly suffered a major wardrobe malfunction during McQueen’s spring/summer 2008 presentation when she put her dress with a scooped back on the wrong way.

“I had a quick change between two looks, which is always an honour as a model to wear multiple outfits in a show. I wore the first outfit, walked, did my thing, felt like a million bucks. I take my first look off, I put my second one on, and literally before I could pull my head through the outfit, the casting director is like, ‘Karlie, Karlie, Karlie, you’re on in two looks,'” she recalled. “I had someone on my foot tying my shoe, I had someone else trying to fix my hair because this big hairdo that I have is fully lopsided. And I look down, and the dress is entirely backwards. The scooped back is in the front and I’m totally naked.”

Karlie began panicking about the situation, especially as she knew her mother was watching in the audience. However, with a little quick thinking, the star was able to rectify the dress drama.

“Ten seconds away from being pushed out onto the runway, I said, ‘Everybody stop!’ and I pulled the belt off, did some weird little thing, wiggle into the dress, I flip it around, and I just get pushed out onto the runway,” the 27-year-old smiled.

Karlie went on to note that anything can happen backstage at fashion shows, and she’s previously also had to deal with tripping over and broken stilettos.

But she remains thrilled to have participated in a McQueen show.

“Alexander McQueen’s shows were unlike anything else. He himself was such an artist. I mean, truly in the purest form. You really felt like a muse,” she praised of the British designer, who died in 2010 at the age of 40.

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Naomi Campbell breaks down in tears during speech at The Fashion Awards 2019

Naomi Campbell broke down in tears as she became the first person of colour to receive the Fashion Icon prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday.The British supermodel was honoured with the coveted Fashion Icon prize by architectural designer Sir Jon…

Naomi Campbell broke down in tears as she became the first person of colour to receive the Fashion Icon prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday.

The British supermodel was honoured with the coveted Fashion Icon prize by architectural designer Sir Jony Ive during the star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

As Naomi took to the stage in an Alexander McQueen gown adorned with an intricate pattern of sparkling gems, she fought to hold back her emotions as she thanked her mother Valerie for “raising me single-handedly”, gushing: “You were my mother and my father.”

Calling the moment “an out-of-body experience,” Naomi wiped away tears as she described how she “learned today that I’m the first woman of colour to receive this award” and then took the opportunity to name her own style icons from over the decades.

“That leaves me to say who I consider my style icons,” she said. “Grace Jones, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Donyale Luna, Bethann Hardison, Naomi Sims, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Janet Jackson, and Tina Turner… I could go on and on, but I want to thank you for paving the way for me and inspiring a generation.”

The 49-year-old, who was given the award in recognition of her career and contribution to the fashion industry, also took to the stage to present Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton with the Trailblazer Award.

The other big winners on the night were Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, who was named Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of the Year, while the Italian label was also feted Brand of the Year. Rihanna’s label Fenty won the Urban Luxe category, Adut Akech was selected as Model of the Year, and Dior Men’s Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year for Menswear.

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Anna Wintour praises Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s holiday style

Anna Wintour is a big fan of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s “impeccable” holiday outfits.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry. But while Anna rare…

Anna Wintour is a big fan of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s “impeccable” holiday outfits.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But while Anna rarely comments on celebrity style, in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, she singled out the British royal’s festive wardrobe as a good example of how to dress for Christmas events.

“I don’t think you can go wrong with the Duchess of Cambridge, who always looks impeccable,” she shared. “I think right now, when we are thinking about stars who are a little bit more classic and have a heritage feeling, when you look at what she wears when she goes to church – it could be a Catherine Walker dark red princess coat, or when she has to go out at night with her husband (Prince William), something a little more glamorous like (an Alexander) McQueen – but she always looks absolutely impeccable.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Anna was asked about the trend for gifting experiences rather than conventional presents. She noted that she was right onboard with the trend for non-gifts and insisted it’s hard to go wrong with tickets to a show.

“Two things to think about for a non-gift are theatre tickets for somebody who really enjoys going to the theatre or to a musical or to dance. An evening that they can truly enjoy and (will also make them) think of you. And if they’re not so much into going to Broadway or Off-Broadway, I would recommend, if you can possibly arrange it, a tour of an exhibition that they will be interested in seeing, hopefully, given by a curator or somebody who has real knowledge,” the 70-year-old advised.

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