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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Sarah Burton to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with …

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with the prestigious prize at the annual ceremony on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

“Sarah’s empowering and narrative approach to shows and her focus on community and appreciation of craft, technology, and British heritage is what has made her one of the most respected designers of our time,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive. “Her commitment to sharing her vision and expertise with the future generations of fashion designers has been remarkable. She’s an incredible source of inspiration for many generations to come and we look forward to celebrating with her in London in December.”

Burton took over as head designer at Alexander McQueen in May 2010 following the brand founder’s death at the age of 40 in February that year. She also rose to global prominence in 2011 when she designed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s dress for her wedding to Prince William.

For Burton’s spring/summer 2020 show, the fashion star championed U.K.-wide craftsmanship, drawing upon the expertise of the fabric mills of the North of England, Mallon linen, and Irish beetling.

“Burton has demonstrated a considered and consistent vision for the house, overseeing all aspects including brand image and retail concept; expanding to innovative retail spaces; new global flagship stores; exhibition spaces and educational programmes,” a BFC representative added.

Previously, Rush shared that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

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Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch handbag crowned ‘most-wanted’ item of 2019

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products…

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the pieces that have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned The Pouch purse in the top spot.

“Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag has sparked more than 10,000 views a month since its launch,” a Lyst representative commented. “Page views increased 297 per cent on Lyst in September. The bag was seen on editors, celebrities, and influencers worldwide; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Instagrammed it 39 times in the space of three months.”

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Accordingly, the Stretch sandals followed in second place on Lyst’s round-up, with Gucci’s GG logo belt in third, and Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito bag in fourth. Other sought-after pieces included Prada’s logo bucket hat, Louis Vuitton’s Multi Pochette bag, Ganni’s Checked Seersucker Midi Dress, Sandy Liang’s Fleece Jacket, Weekday’s Rowe Sky Blue Jeans, and Gucci’s GG Supreme Messenger bag.

Elsewhere, the Alexander McQueen oversized sneakers topped the list of Hottest Women’s Products in the first quarter of 2019.

“Searched every two minutes on Lyst, they were the brand’s bestselling product this year,” a spokesperson added.

The top collaborations were between Off-White x IKEA, Sacai x Nike, and Reformation x New Balance, with the main breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

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Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Alexander McQueen honours artisan traditions with spring 2020 collection

Alexander McQueen has paid tribute to artisan traditions with its spring/summer 2020 collection.Creative director Sarah Burton unveiled her latest line at the Musee de l’Orangerie as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with the spectacle drawi…

Alexander McQueen has paid tribute to artisan traditions with its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Creative director Sarah Burton unveiled her latest line at the Musee de l’Orangerie as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with the spectacle drawing in celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Anna Dello Russo.

In her show notes, the British designer explained that she had been inspired by a recent trip to Northern Ireland where she had learned about the techniques used in manufacturing traditional linens and embroideries.

“Each look tells its own story,” she shared. “The connection between the clothes is the time it took to make them. I was interested in clarity and paring things down, in the essence of garment – stripping back to the toile. I love the idea of people having the time to make things together, the time to meet and talk together, the time to reconnect with the world.”

With members of the London Contemporary Orchestra playing a piece composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge, the show opened with model Vilma Sjoberg walking the runway in a puff-sleeve dress with contrast feather-stitch detailing, which was made from beetled moonlit ivory linen and accessorised with a black leather belt and boots. Beetling refers to the process of pounding linen or cotton fabric to give a flat, lustrous effect.

A series of black and white suits and dresses from the same material followed, with the garments interspersed with touches of white lace and grey suits featuring cutouts at the waist.

Partway through the show, Burton also incorporated abstract prints influenced by the work of fashion students who took life drawing classes at the label’s London flagship store, with all of the artists credited in the show notes, while the presentation built to a dramatic conclusion with the unveiling of a parade of dresses with sculptural sleeves and layered tulle, as well as models Kaia Gerber and Cosima Fritz sporting pink and ice-blue numbers which resembled blooming dahlia blossoms.

To conclude, Adut Akech wowed in a deconstructed tailored jacket in black garment beetled linen.

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Kate Moss fronting Alexander McQueen’s fall 19 campaign

Kate Moss has been tapped to star in Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.The British supermodel has had a long relationship with the fashion house, having famously appeared suspended as a hologram for the finale of the designer’s fall/winter 2006 prese…

Kate Moss has been tapped to star in Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The British supermodel has had a long relationship with the fashion house, having famously appeared suspended as a hologram for the finale of the designer’s fall/winter 2006 presentation, and been a friend of McQueen until his death at the age of 40 in 2010.

Now, Moss is appearing in McQueen’s fall/winter 2019 campaign, sporting ensembles from creative director Sarah Burton’s new womenswear collection.

Photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth, one image shows Moss standing in a red and black suit in what appears to be a fabric mill, while another depicts her in a sharply tailored grey suit which has been matched with leather studded lace-up boots. Another set of photos features the model wearing a red dress with skirt that resembles the shape of a rose and posing in a slightly overgrown garden, as well as modelling a heavily beaded dress with sheer skirt.

Several of the images have been posted on McQueen’s official Instagram account, but Moss is yet to comment on the project.

Following a quiet few years in the industry, the fashion star has made quite the comeback of late and appeared in campaigns for the likes of Zadig & Voltaire, Giorgio Armani, and Stella McCartney.

She was also the cover star of British Vogue’s May 2019 issue, with the photoshoot marking the 40th time she had landed the prestigious gig.

“Everybody loves Kate. Many people have grown up with her, and so a big part of her allure is that they feel they know her,” British Vogue editor Edward Enninful commented of the 45-year-old. “She has an air of accessibility, like your next-door neighbour – but the super-intriguing one who you know is having the best time ever, even if you’re not exactly sure what she’s up to.”

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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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