Cate Blanchett: ‘True chic is effortless’

Cate Blanchett has praised Giorgio Armani for teaching her how to appear effortlessly chic. The Oscar-winning actress is a lover of fashion, and dazzles on the red carpet with pieces from the likes of Balenciaga, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Christop…

Cate Blanchett has praised Giorgio Armani for teaching her how to appear effortlessly chic.

The Oscar-winning actress is a lover of fashion, and dazzles on the red carpet with pieces from the likes of Balenciaga, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Armani and Givenchy.

But it was her friendship with the 84-year-old Italian designer that prompted Blanchett to rethink her relationship with fashion.

“It should never be work. That’s something I learned from Mr. Armani. True chic is effortless, and it’s got to come from you,” she told InStyle.

And the Australian star is a big fan of rewearing clothes she’s worn in the past and doesn’t indulge in fast-fashion.

“It’s not what gets likes and views. So, yeah, I mean, I love fashion, I love costumes, and I’m also a great lover of rewearing things I’ve loved in the past,” the 50-year-old explained. “I would say my go-to is pretty much a well-pressed suit. Or a good pair of trousers.”

Blanchett has also mastered the fine art of applying make-up in a moving vehicle, and prefers a durable compact foundation, rather than liquid. Most days, she simply wears a touch of foundation, mascara and lipstick, and as the face of Giorgio Armani’s new perfume, Si Fiori, she always ensures to dab on some fragrance before stepping out.

However, when quizzed on her favourite smell, the mother-of-four had a very touching answer.

“It’s boring, but newborn babies. They’re just delicious. And so full of possibilities,” she gushed.

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Sarah Burton honoured to receive CFDA accolade

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of Ameri…

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.

The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

Speaking to Vogue about the award, which was announced before the annual bash took place, she highlighted that McQueen himself, who committed suicide in 2010, had also previously won the accolade.

“It’s a real honour. I feel very, very honoured,” she grinned. “I was just thinking that I actually came with Lee when he got his (in 2003), so it’s really quite a thing for me to get one because I remember how pleased Lee was when he got his, and coming (to New York) and celebrating that. It’s really a very, very special thing.”

The awards were held at New York’s Brooklyn Museum. Brandon Maxwell, Rick Owens, and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were among the big winners.

Asked by Vogue what values she likes to express through her designs, Sarah explained that empowering women is at the heart of everything she does.

“It’s always been about a woman who’s strong,” she continued. “It’s very much a woman who is strong for herself, I feel. I really believe that a woman shouldn’t just have to dress like a man to feel strong.

“That’s why I really love to play with tailoring mixed with a woman’s dress. I want to show how important it is to be a woman still. You don’t have to take away your emotions and your feelings – it’s OK to feel vulnerable and have imperfections. I think that idea of strength and femininity are really important. I always like to say that in a way it’s almost like soft armour for women, so that you feel empowered, but not overwhelmed.”

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Tiffany Haddish set to retire beloved Alexander McQueen dress

Tiffany Haddish has decided to retire her beloved white Alexander McQueen dress after finally getting her money’s worth out of it. The comedy actress, 39, spent £4,000 (£3,155) on the sleeveless white dress with jewelled collar when she purchased it…

Tiffany Haddish has decided to retire her beloved white Alexander McQueen dress after finally getting her money’s worth out of it.

The comedy actress, 39, spent £4,000 (£3,155) on the sleeveless white dress with jewelled collar when she purchased it back in 2017 for the premiere of her movie, Girls Trip, and she was so determined to get full use out of it that she went on to wear the designer purchase while hosting Saturday Night Live, presenting at the 2018 Academy Awards, and then later at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Wearing the dress during her recent appearance on the Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Tiffany revealed that this was the last time she’d wear the gown.

“I love this dress and it’s getting tight,” she said to the talk show host after sitting down. “Like my career is getting big and I think my body is getting bigger.”

Looking visibly uncomfortable in the gown, she joked that the dress’ slit doesn’t cover her legs anymore, to which Letterman responded: “Do you want some duct tape?”

When asked by the 72-year-old how many times she’s worn the dress, the comedienne remarked she even wore the Alexander McQueen gown to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

“Five, six, 18 times. I wear it to the grocery store, I wear it to the DMV. That’s how I get recognised. It’s how I get to the front of the line,” she laughed.

During her opening monologue on Saturday Night Live in late 2017, Tiffany joked to the audience: “I feel like I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, however many times I want as long as I Febreeze’d it.”

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Brandon Maxwell wins top prize at 2019 CFDA Awards

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as…

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

And at a star-studded ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Maxwell collected his second CFDA award, having won the prize for Emerging Talent in 2016.

“To the nominees in this category, you cannot imagine what it feels like to be in your company for me,” he told the crowd. “It is an absolute pleasure…this is really once-in-a-lifetime; this is never going to happen to me again.”

Maxwell, 34, beat out the likes of Marc Jacobs, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Rosie Assoulin, and Sander Lak of Sies Marjan. In addition, he praised his peers and colleagues, making a point of honouring the dedicated workers in the fashion industry.

“I have worked for 10 years as a stylist before I started my company with almost every single person in this room,” he commented. “And I know that you’re kind people and you work hard, and we scrubbed off tonight and put on a suit but the other 364 days of the year we are trying to pay the light bill and make it happen.”

Meanwhile, Rick Owens, the 2017 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award recipient, was named Menswear Designer of the Year, edging out the likes of Mike Amiri of Amiri, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took home Accessory Designer of the Year for The Row, with the twin sisters also receiving the same award last year, and Emily Adams Bode was named Emerging Designer of the Year for her label Bode.

In addition, there was a number of special awards – Jennifer Lopez was presented with the Fashion Icon prize by Tom Ford, Harold Koda bestowed Lynn Yaeger with the Media Award, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was recognised with the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Carine Roitfeld won the Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert, Bob Mackie was presented with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and Eileen Fisher was given the Positive Change Award.

The full list of winners from the 2019 CFDA Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Brandon Maxwell

Menswear Designer of the Year – Rick Owens

Accessory Designer of the Year – Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year – Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

The Fashion Icon Award – Jennifer Lopez

The Board of Directors’ Tribute – Barbie

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Mackie

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Kim Jones reimagined Christian Dior’s archive for modern menswear line

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection. The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history o…

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection.

The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history of the iconic French designer.

“I just really wanted to look at Christian Dior’s work, and what it would be relevant as in the 21st century, so to speak. I looked at the archive, and particularly the background of his life, because there’s a huge amount of things (that happened) before he was a couturier.

“All the time you find something new. I haven’t gone completely through it, but I wanted to find things that defined (him),” he said to SHOWstudio of the inspiration for his debut menswear line for Dior Men in June last year.

Going forward, Jones is keen to incorporate Dior’s passions into future collections as a tribute to one of the founders of fashion.

“For example, I looked at his love of nature – which is something I’m also really interested in – I wanted floral because there’s a huge amount of florals in his works,” he shared.

“The three things that (my collection) were based on was the tailoring, the couture element, and then the elegance of Christian Dior as a brand.”

During the lengthy interview, the London-born fashion star was quizzed about the influence of his former mentors – stylist Judy Blame, who passed away in 2018, the late Louise Wilson, who died in 2014, and Lee Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010.

The designer recently dedicated his guest-edited issue of A Magazine Curated By to his three friends, who he said he would’ve asked to contribute to the magazine had they still been alive.

“Lee and Louise are the two most important people. Louise gave me the confidence to go and do what I needed to do, and Lee was always there to say, ‘F**k ’em, go and do it, don’t listen to people, listen to yourself’,” he said.

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Sarah Burton reflects on working for Alexander McQueen: ‘I was so lucky’

Sarah Burton has paid tribute to her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen, declaring she was “so lucky” to work with him before his death.The fashion world was left shocked in 2010 when news broke that McQueen had taken his own life at the age of 40. Burto…

Sarah Burton has paid tribute to her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen, declaring she was “so lucky” to work with him before his death.

The fashion world was left shocked in 2010 when news broke that McQueen had taken his own life at the age of 40.

Burton stepped up to take the reins at his namesake label as the creative director – a role she has held ever since.

“Well, really, I was so lucky to work for Lee,” she reflected in a chat with American Vogue. “I started to work with Lee in 1996, and I had this amazing time of my life. He was this incredible man, and I very much grew up with McQueen. I started when I was 21 and I continued there until he died. It was all-encompassing; it was this magical place focused on storytelling and creativity, and very, very personal and like a family.”

Burton’s status as a world-class designer was cemented in 2011 when she was chosen to design Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

Admitting her initial reservations about leading the McQueen brand when the job was thrust upon her, Burton explained how she quickly changed her mindset when she started in the gig.

“The initial thing that I thought (when I assumed the creative director role) was that Lee was this storyteller and I was kind of good at finishing his sentences, but I realised I had to begin the sentences and it had to be about my stories,” the designer shared. “Lee always said to me, ‘You have to make things your own, you have to believe in it, and it has to be an emotional thing, what we do.’ I think at the very beginning I was wondering, ‘OK, how do you make it yourself?’

“So much time has passed since the years Lee was here, but he will always be such a huge part of who I am and such a huge part of me creatively, because I grew up with all of his beliefs and creativity. We were finding how to be true to what McQueen is – which I didn’t ever find a problem with because I was a part of Lee’s world – but, yet, make it our own. That was the challenge.”

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Steve Madden and YSL settle legal battle

Steve Madden and Yves Saint Laurent have settled their lawsuit out of court.The legal wrangling kicked off in August when footwear designer Madden accused the French label of trying to “stifle legitimate competition” by threatening to sue Madden and “a…

Steve Madden and Yves Saint Laurent have settled their lawsuit out of court.

The legal wrangling kicked off in August when footwear designer Madden accused the French label of trying to “stifle legitimate competition” by threatening to sue Madden and “at least 13” retailers who sell the brand’s Sicily sandal, claiming that the flats resemble its popular Tribute platform style.

The warring brands have now come to an agreement, with Footwear News reporting Steve Madden and YSL bosses have jointly filed to voluntarily dismiss the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The decision to settle came less than two weeks after U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni tossed out two of YSL’s counterclaims against the retailer.

In the original complaint, Madden called the issue “absurd and frivolous”. He also pointed out that the two styles were markedly different in appearance.

“Madden’s Sicily flat sandal design is so distinct from the high-heeled platform shoe design claimed in the (Tribute) patent such that no ordinary observer, even unaware of prior high-heeled platform shoe designs, could possibly be deceived into thinking that the Sicily flat sandal design was the same as the high-heeled platform shoe design in (YSL’s) patent,” the lawsuit stated.

YSL had sent cease-and-desist letters to at least 13 Steve Madden vendors, including Dillard’s, DSW, Walmart and Zappos. Some went as far as pulling the sandal and asked the Steve Madden brand to reclaim their unsold inventory.

Steve Madden has also faced copycat lawsuits from the likes of Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga in the past.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi live fashion event heading to the V&A

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audie…

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.

The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic museum.

Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Roksanda Ilincic and Vivienne Westwood have all previously been the focus, with the V&A now shining the spotlight on Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s London-based brand.

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the duo said in a statement. “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi begins on 21 June in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. There will be four catwalk shows throughout the day at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00.

The event is free but booking is required – tickets will be available from the museum’s website from 10 June.

“As a west London-based brand, having the V&A on our doorstep is such a blessing – the museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the designers, who started their label in 1996, added. “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

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Kering commits to only working with models aged over 18

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runw…

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.

Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runway shows in light of the #MeToo movement and claims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and fashion industries,

Now, bosses at Kering – which owns luxury brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen – have stated that they will only hire models aged over 18.

“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” declared Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, in a statement. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

Back in September 2017, leaders at Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton introduced a charter with the aim of banning very thin and underage models from the runway.

The new regulation may mean models like Kaia Gerber, 17, miss out on gigs for a few months. However, a spokesperson for the company is adamant hiring models over the age of 18 signals further progress in a “continued commitment” to women.

“In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession. We are also aware of the role model element that images produced by our houses can represent for certain groups of people,” added Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer.

The new guidelines will be enacted as of the fall/winter 2020 shows.

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Mica Arganaraz is the new face of Christian Louboutin Beauty

Argentine model Mica Arganaraz has been named as Christian Louboutin Beauty’s new global brand ambassador.The catwalk star has walked for some of the biggest names in the business, including Tom Ford, Christian Dior, and Chanel, as well as posing in ca…

Argentine model Mica Arganaraz has been named as Christian Louboutin Beauty’s new global brand ambassador.

The catwalk star has walked for some of the biggest names in the business, including Tom Ford, Christian Dior, and Chanel, as well as posing in campaigns for the likes of Gucci and Alexander McQueen.

She can now add beauty ambassador to her impressive resume, after being tapped by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s cosmetics brand.

“Mica possesses a very unique and intriguing kind of beauty. She’s modern, she’s creative, she’s tomboyish yet feminine… There are so many facets to Mica that make her the perfect global brand ambassador for Christian Louboutin Beauty,” Louboutin said in a statement.

Sharing the news on her Instagram page, along with campaign footage, the 26-year-old said she was honoured by the appointment.

“This new adventure allows me to encourage other women to find what makes them feel beautiful and share it with the world,” she added. “Red. Always. #LouboutinBeauty.”

The official Christian Louboutin Beauty account also uploaded a post welcoming their newest recruit.

“Christian Louboutin Beauty proudly reveals its new global brand ambassador, @Micarganaraz… Meet the many facets of Mica that make her the perfect incarnation of Christian Louboutin Beauty.

#LouboutinBeauty #ChristianLouboutin,” they wrote.

Louboutin, who’s famous for his red-soled shoes, launched his beauty brand in 2014, two years after he partnered with Batallure Beauty on a range of nail lacquers. He has since extended the line with lipsticks and perfumes.

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