Matthew Williams named creative director of Givenchy

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bo…

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.

Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.

Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned company confirmed on Monday that Williams had been appointed as her successor.

“I am extremely honoured to join the House of Givenchy. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era based on modernity and inclusivity,” he said in a statement. “I am grateful to the LVMH group for trusting me with the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream. In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change.”

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections. He has also teamed up with the likes of Nike, Dior, Moncler, and Mackintosh on various collaborations.

Williams will be the seventh creative director of Givenchy. He follows in the footsteps of founder Hubert de Givenchy, as well as the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci.

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Fashion industry leaders voice support for anti-racism protests

Fashion industry leaders, including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, have pledged their support for the anti-racism protests taking place across the U.S.Numerous demonstrations have been staged across the nation in recent days in response to the shocki…

Fashion industry leaders, including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, have pledged their support for the anti-racism protests taking place across the U.S.

Numerous demonstrations have been staged across the nation in recent days in response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on 25 May. All four police officers involved have been fired and one, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he was caught on camera kneeling on Floyd’s neck for close to nine minutes.

Accordingly, prominent members of the fashion community have since taken to social media to share their outrage over the incident and to champion the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We all want to make a good life for ourselves and our loved ones. To have the opportunity to achieve this is an essential human right. The abhorrent acts of racism happening across America betray this and everything I believe in,” said Lauren in a statement, while Hilfiger added in a post on his personal Instagram account: “What is happening in this country is not OK/ What happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery – and countless others – is not OK. We need action. To achieve change we have to be fearless in speaking out and standing up for what is right.”

Elsewhere, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen bosses confirmed they would be making donations to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Vivienne Westwood noted she was “horrified” by Floyd’s death and encouraged those taking part in protests to wear masks and social distance in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, while luxury footwear designer Brian Atwood begged anyone who didn’t support the demonstrations to unfollow him on Instagram immediately.

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Lady Gaga tried to wear diamond necklace to fast-food restaurant after 2019 Oscars

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished of…

Lady Gaga attempted to wear a priceless diamond necklace to a fast-food restaurant following the 2019 Academy Awards.

The superstar sported an elegant black Alexander McQueen gown to the annual Hollywood prizegiving back in February 2019 and finished off the look with long black gloves and a stunning 128-carat yellow cushion-shaped diamond necklace lent to her by Tiffany & Co.

Reflecting on the evening, where she collected the Oscar for Best Original Song for her work on the tune Shallow from A Star Is Born, Gaga revealed during a virtual chat for The Graham Norton Show on Friday that she tried to keep the eye-catching jewel on for the whole night.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen that night – I was just so happy to be there. My sister and I were barrelling through Champagne backstage and when we left, I didn’t tell anyone, and I still had the diamond on,” the 34-year-old shared. “Everyone freaked out that I was still wearing it. When I went to Madonna’s house, security guards were side-eyeing me and eventually, when we were heading to Taco Bell, my car was pulled over and Tiffany’s security politely removed it from my neck!”

The diamond is estimated to be worth $30 million (£24 million) and was last worn by Audrey Hepburn during a publicity photoshoot while she was promoting her 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gaga spoke about her sixth studio album Chromatica, which was released on Friday, and noted it was pretty odd to unveil new music during the coronavirus crisis.

“I am so excited – I’ve been making it for two and a half years. It’s not odd. What is odd is being in the middle of a global pandemic!” she exclaimed. “It is the way it is, and we don’t always get to have things go the way that we see them in life. I’ve always had instilled in me that life can, and will, get very hard, so it’s very important to roll with the punches and deal with it.”

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Sandra Oh envious of Jodie Comer’s glamorous Killing Eve wardrobe

Sandra Oh gets a little envious of the chic outfits Jodie Comer wears on Killing Eve.In the hit spy-thriller TV series, the Canadian actress portrays Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanel…

Sandra Oh gets a little envious of the chic outfits Jodie Comer wears on Killing Eve.

In the hit spy-thriller TV series, the Canadian actress portrays Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle, as played by Comer.

Fashion critics have given a lot of praise to the designer outfits from the likes of Molly Goddard, Alexander McQueen, and The Vampire’s Wife that have been donned by Villanelle, but in an interview for the June 2020 issue of Elle Canada, Oh admitted she sometimes wishes Polastri had more interesting outfits.

“It kills me!” she joked to the publication. “I go into wardrobe and see that b**ch’s clothing, and I’m just like, ‘Can I get something above Uniqlo? No?'”

Oh then went on to explain that she’s actually fine with Polastri’s utilitarian parkas and high-neck tops as the clothing choices really help to distinguish the characters.

“What are you saying about a character’s mindset when she dresses over-the-top? Eve is always in neutral, basic tones, right? She’s always earthy, in a lot of turtlenecks. The beauty is in how she changes. She changes in fabric. She changes in line, in shape,” the 48-year-old stated, before noting how Polastri’s clothing is subtly altered whenever she gets close to Villanelle. “But it’s all still in her colour palette, so you still keep the character.”

The third series of Killing Eve premiered in April, with a fourth season already greenlit.

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Naomi Campbell: ‘We knew how to dress up in the ’90s!’

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry. Recalling some of her to…

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.

The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry.

Recalling some of her top Met Gala moments in a new video for Vogue.com, Naomi pinpointed her debut alongside Gianni Versace in 1990 as a highlight and noted that she had such a fun time in the colourful Versace minidress she wore for the night.

“I was in such awe to first be invited by Gianni Versace through my roommate Christy Turlington,” she shared. “The ’90s, you wore everything. You dressed up in the ’90s! It didn’t matter if you were just going to dinner. We would all go for dinner outside of work, Christy, Linda (Evangelista), and I, and we would dress up. Enjoy your clothes, enjoy your accessories, enjoy your hair!”

Naomi went on to speak about some of her other Met Gala ensembles, including the “fairy tale” Versace gown she sported to the 1995 event, as well as pieces from Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo and her “papa”, late couturier Azzedine Alaia.

But one of her all-time favourites has to be the mint green Alexander McQueen dress that brand founder Lee McQueen custom-made for her to wear to the ball back in 2006.

“As a Brit, I wanted to wear a Brit. I thought it would be a great idea if I wore Alexander McQueen. This was to be his last season at Givenchy. Anna (Wintour) actually chose the colour of my pale green dress and then Lee did his magic with the Givenchy staff. And one of the things I remember so much from the fitting is how much Lee loved his staff and how he treated them. It just one of my fittings that I’ll never forget,” the 49-year-old smiled.

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Naomi Campbell names Valentino jumpsuit as favourite Met Gala look

Naomi Campbell was thrilled with the Valentino jumpsuit she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.Even though the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, the British supermodel has reflec…

Naomi Campbell was thrilled with the Valentino jumpsuit she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.

Even though the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, the British supermodel has reflected on last year’s event in a video for her YouTube channel.

Naming the light pink lace Valentino jumpsuit with pink feathered cape as her best outfit yet, Naomi also revealed that creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli made some serious tweaks to the look just hours before the prestigious fashion event took place in New York City in May 2019.

“(Pierpaolo) arrived on Saturday, he completely dismantled the dress, and we decided…no dress. And we were going to do a bodysuit,” she shared. “They’re so amazing at their craft and what they do, and Pierpaolo and his team took what they had made and thought, ‘Nah, we’re going to do something else.’ This was made in 48 hours, even less. I’d say 36 hours, because he flew in that day.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Naomi pulled out a few of her other favourite dresses from her closet, including a black Ossie Clark dress with silver beading from 1967.

“I love Ossie Clark and I collect his stuff whenever I find some pieces that are still intact or just need a little adjusting,” the 49-year-old smiled.

Yet, one item Naomi takes particular care of is a one-off Alexander McQueen design made for her to wear to her 34th birthday party. The designer died at the age of 40 in 2010.

“It’s the only one that he made and there isn’t a pattern for it or anything. This is the only one. I’m waiting for something very special (to wear this to), I guess. I miss him so much,” she added.

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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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