Louis Vuitton contemplates time travel with fall 20 show

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing…

Louis Vuitton has pondered the concept of time travel with its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his latest line at the Louvre’s Cour Carree as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Alicia Vikander, Lea Seydoux, Laura Harrier, Lupita Nyong’o, and Florence Pugh.

Titled Time Clash, the French designer had a cast of 200 characters or “live tableau” kitted out in period dress extending from the 15th century to 1950 standing in a gallery as a backdrop, with Milena Canonero, known for creating costumes for Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson’s films, creating the outfits.

“What if all of the innumerable eras that nourish fashion could come together in the here and now?” he wrote in the show notes. “This collection is like a sartorial tune-up in which personality takes precedence: Everyone can pen their own history.”

As with previous collections, Ghesquiere opted to merge Baroque flourishes and much more futuristic influences, with the spectacle opening with model Michelle Laff donning a sporty vest with a ruffled layered black leather miniskirt. The outfit was topped off with striped leather booties and a Louis Vuitton monogram tote.

Elsewhere, the fashion star juxtaposed petticoat-like dresses with sporty parkas, motocross-inspired vests with oversized skirts, and three-piece pinstripe suits with leather gloves and edgy cube-like bags.

Other highlights included an embroidered leather two-piece outfit with the words “I still breathe the past” written on the front of the jacket, a tiger print dress with black leather detailing, as well as a heavily beaded emerald green bolero jacket worn over a simple white shift dress.

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Sophie Turner and Emma Roberts fronting offbeat Louis Vuitton campaign

Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alici…

Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd are among the famous faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-imagined his muses, including Jennifer Connelly, Robyn, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux, and Alicia Vikander, as chic protagonists of ’80s sci-fi and horror novels to debut his pre-fall 2020 collection.

The 24-page lookbook is a compilation of retro book covers with Game of Thrones star Sophie fronting The Devil’s Mansion, wearing a camel-coloured wool coat, a slick cream suit, and moon boots.

American Horror Story actress Emma is the leading lady in The Dragon Slayer, rocking a fuchsia mid-length dress with black patent boots, while Billie is the fictional protagonist in zombie thriller Alive, sporting an embellished black dress, with tights, and chunky black boots.

In a press release accompanying the lookbook, a spokesperson explained that the collection follows the motto: “Fashion is a novel.”

“These characters from our wardrobe set the scene for our days, our moods, our lives,” they continued. “This meeting of periods, stylistic movements and anachronistic combinations brings to life a rich cast of costumes.”

Longtime Louis Vuitton muse Jennifer appears in an ethereal scalloped lace pleated dress as the star of Dreamkeeper, singer Robyn wears a delicate sequinned vest paired with red, black, and white leather in The Night Chaser, and Chloe Grace Moretz dons a black and white dress with a statement headpiece for her chilling Secret Sister cover.

Rapper Jaden and Oscar-winning actress Alicia are among the other famous faces headlining their own fictional novel, alongside No Time to Die star Lea in a silver sequinned slip dress, paired with a black T-shirt and fur hat, for the fictional spider horror Arachno Mania.

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Alicia Vikander’s Earthquake Bird co-stars were ‘too nice’ to correct her Japanese blunders

Alicia Vikander’s Earthquake Bird co-stars were “too nice” to correct her blunders when she was speaking Japanese.The Oscar-winning actress plays a woman who is accused of murdering an American love rival in Tokyo in the Netflix thriller, and a deter…

Alicia Vikander’s Earthquake Bird co-stars were “too nice” to correct her blunders when she was speaking Japanese.

The Oscar-winning actress plays a woman who is accused of murdering an American love rival in Tokyo in the Netflix thriller, and a determined Vikander impressively managed to learn Japanese from scratch ahead of filming.

However, the complex language can lead to novices making mistakes with their pronunciation, and the Swedish star recalled her on-screen boyfriend Naoki Kobayashi and the film’s crew being too polite to correct her.

When asked if she got help from her castmates while learning the language, she told Metro.co.uk, “No, actually, they didn’t because everyone is so nice and I’m there saying, ‘It’s okay you can tell me!’ but they don’t.

“They’re always so polite, but there were definitely some scenes I was like running it by (Naoki) like ‘Is this okay?’ and he’d then tell me.”

Getting to grips with Japanese took The Danish Girl star around 10 weeks, but she still struggled with emphasising certain words and trying not to change the pitch in her voice.

“Finding emphasis of wanting to get your thoughts to come across the way you are thinking is faced differently,” she explained. “Japanese is very different from both Swedish and English where I knew exactly what weird sounds I would need to make. By the end, the emphasis became natural.”

Earthquake Bird is streaming on Netflix now.

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Louis Vuitton channels Belle Epoque era for spring 2020

Louis Vuitton took inspiration from the Belle Epoque era for its spring/summer 2020 collection. Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere closed Paris Fashion Week by presenting his latest collection in the courtyard of the Louvre in front of celebrities i…

Louis Vuitton took inspiration from the Belle Epoque era for its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere closed Paris Fashion Week by presenting his latest collection in the courtyard of the Louvre in front of celebrities including Alicia Vikander, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, who watched the models walk down the minimalist runway while a large video screen played Scottish musician Sophie singing her 2017 song It’s Okay to Cry.

Ghesquiere took inspiration from the past for his collection, particularly Belle Epoque-era Paris, with him explaining in the show notes, “It’s a part of French history that’s very interesting in art, as well as culturally, in terms of emancipation of women, and, of course, in literature with Proust.”

He also added that he wanted to explore “dandyism, and those particular snobberies that would later become what is known as French elegance.”

The period, which is conventionally dated between 1871 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, also marks the time when the French fashion house, which was founded in 1854, was on the rise thanks to the popularity of their monogrammed trunks among elite travellers.

There were many nods to the past in the collection, with puff sleeves on shirts, iris boutonnieres, high-waisted and wide-legged trousers, silk blouses, block-heeled loafers and moccasins. There were also a number of Art Nouveau touches, with eye-catching designs on dresses and miniskirts, as well as prints reminiscent of the ’70s.

The show opened with model Mariam De Vinzelle wearing black high-waisted trousers with a checked blouse and a multicoloured sweater vest. The dandy looks continued with more trousers, fitted waistcoats and tailored blazers all in different clashing prints.

The collection was clearly a hit with the crowd as Ghesquiere received a standing ovation when he came out for his final bow.

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Thebe Magugu wins 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers

Thebe Magugu has been crowned the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the competition open to designers from around th…

Thebe Magugu has been crowned the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

Following an intense round of interviews and challenges, rising South African designer Magugu was bestowed with the top honour by actress Alicia Vikander at a ceremony held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on Wednesday afternoon.

“I am delighted that, for the first time, an African candidate has won the Prize, all the more so since Thebe Magugu, aged 26, is the youngest designer of the 2019 selection,” Delphine Arnault, head of the competition and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, said of Magugu in a statement. “His creative work appropriates the codes of menswear and womenswear, of the traditional and the experimental, playing with volumes and traditional South African know-how.”

Magugu will take home $338,000 (£275,000) and receive mentoring from executives at the company for 12 months. Israeli designer Hed Mayner, 33, was selected as runner-up and received the 2019 Karl Lagerfeld Prize. He will also enjoy a one-year mentorship programme and $165,000 (£135,000).

“The jury was also seduced by Hed Mayner’s contemporary vision. His collections question the notion of gender through an aesthetic that blends soft lines and structure, simplicity and luxury,” added Arnault.

More than 1,700 candidates applied for the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, with the six other finalists including Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga of Anrealage, American fashion star Spencer Phipps, Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt of British label Stefan Cooke, and Nigerian designer Kenneth Izedonmwen of Kenneth Ize.

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Ben Wheatley set to direct Tomb Raider sequel starring Alicia Vikander

Ben Wheatley is set to direct the sequel to Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider movie. According to editors at Deadline, the acclaimed British director, who previously helmed Kill List and Free Fire, has been tapped by MGM bosses to take charge of the follow…

Ben Wheatley is set to direct the sequel to Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider movie.

According to editors at Deadline, the acclaimed British director, who previously helmed Kill List and Free Fire, has been tapped by MGM bosses to take charge of the follow-up to filmmaker Roar Uthaug’s 2018 hit, which is slated to hit theatres in March 2021.

The production, which features Vikander as explorer Laura Croft, will be produced by Graham King from a script by Amy Jump.

No plot details have been released as yet, and while the last Tomb Raider movie was heavily inspired by the story from the PlayStation game’s reboot in 2013, it is thought that the sequel will feature elements of the 2015 game Rise of The Tomb Raider.

The popular computer game features Croft on a mission in wintery Siberia to find treasure and battle evil organisation, Trinity.

Wheatley, who has also helmed several episodes of Doctor Who, is currently working on his take on Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, for Netflix.

Last year, Vikander said she loved playing the video game heroine so much she wants to portray her in more movies.

“If we have an audience that want more, of course, it would be fun to revisit the character,” she told the Press Association.

And The Danish Girl star, who took over from Angelina Jolie to play Croft, worked out for months to achieve her impressive physique.

“We wanted this Lara to be more realistic,” the 30-year-old shared. “We wanted to make sure all the things she does physically could actually happen. I’m quite petite so I looked at female athletes and stunt girls that I worked with and I was like, ‘I need to get that physique.'”

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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John David Washington & Alicia Vikander to play couple in new manhunt thriller

John David Washington and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander are teaming up for Born To Be Murdered from the team behind Call Me By Your Name. Set in Athens and the Epirus region of Greece, the story revolves around a couple – played by Washington and Vikan…

John David Washington and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander are teaming up for Born To Be Murdered from the team behind Call Me By Your Name.

Set in Athens and the Epirus region of Greece, the story revolves around a couple – played by Washington and Vikander, who find themselves caught up in a violent conspiracy, according to Deadline.

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino has been tapped to direct from Kevin Rice’s screenplay. Production is currently underway.

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino and his longtime collaborator Marco Morabito will produce. They’ll also reteam with Call Me By Your Name cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom and editor Walter Fasano, while Oscar-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto composes the soundtrack.

Director Cito Filomarino, the great nephew of Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, was the second unit director on Guadagnino’s Suspiria, Call Me My Your Name and A Bigger Splash, and he made his feature debut with 2015 biopic Antonia, which chronicles the last 10 years of Italian poet Antonia Pozzi’s life. Born To Be Murdered will be his first English-language film.

“Born to Be Murdered is my take on the manhunt thriller, as inspired by so many movies and books I always admired,” the filmmaker says. “I have worked for years in creating its specific tone and story with the tireless support of my writer Kevin Rice, and I am honoured to have the extraordinary John David Washington join me to portray the restless and conflicted journey of such a special character.

“I am thrilled and to be working with the wonderful Alicia Vikander… With this incredible cast and with my unique collaborators, Born to Be Murdered will be a fantastic experience that pushes genre to a new place.”

The film will also feature Boyd Holbrook and Vicky Krieps.

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Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander and Lea Seydoux headline latest Louis Vuitton ads

Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander and Lea Seydoux have joined forces to star in a new Louis Vuitton ad campaign. The two Oscar winners and the Bond girl are featured in a series of images showcasing an exciting new range of accessories from the brand, inclu…

Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander and Lea Seydoux have joined forces to star in a new Louis Vuitton ad campaign.

The two Oscar winners and the Bond girl are featured in a series of images showcasing an exciting new range of accessories from the brand, including the Capucines, Twist and Dauphine handbag styles.

According to a statement from Louis Vuitton representatives, the new campaign is “a bright, energetic reminder of the powerful relationship that the House can create between unique individuals and their bags.”

In the photos the actresses can be seen posing seductively with the purses from the New Classics capsule.

The trio are also slated to appear in digital films sporting the looks that will debut next month (May19). Stone began collaborating with the label last year (18) while Vikander and Seydoux signed on as ambassadors in 2016.

Last month, Vikander gushed over joining forces with the luxury retailer and working closely with the brand’s artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, calling him “a risk taker”. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “His work is fashion-forward but relatable. I feel cool and feminine in his clothes. They’re like my armour.”

The Danish Girl star and Seydoux appeared in January (19) promos showing off Vuitton’s Chinese New Year collection. The star-studded ads also featured Kelela, Indya Moore, Michelle Williams, Thandie Newton, Doona Bae, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

“These women embrace the various personalities that embody fashion at Louis Vuitton,” Ghesquiere said in a press release at the time. “Be they stars or new faces, all of them share the same willpower, and confidence in their choices, and at the same time, reflect the eclecticism of the female identity.”

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Alicia Vikander living high fashion dreams as the face of Louis Vuitton

Alicia Vikander is living out her girlhood fantasy of wearing high end looks as the face of Louis Vuitton. The actress longed to own pieces from luxury brands while growing up in a modest household in Gothenburg, Sweden but could only dream of owning …

Alicia Vikander is living out her girlhood fantasy of wearing high end looks as the face of Louis Vuitton.

The actress longed to own pieces from luxury brands while growing up in a modest household in Gothenburg, Sweden but could only dream of owning such items while gazing at fashion magazines.

“My mom was an actress and we never had the money for things that weren’t purely functional,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar. “I remember when I bought my first magazine, it was a window into a world that seemed very far away from mine.”

Despite her limited means, the star found ways to build her wardrobe by shopping at thrift stores.

“I did a lot of high street and second hand shopping,” she adds. “I loved having someone ask me where I got something, and I would say, ‘I got it at H&M. I enjoyed using my clothes as another tool to express who I am.”

The brunette beauty has emerged as a style icon in recent years, representing the iconic Louis Vuitton label and working closely with the brand’s artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquiere.

“Nicolas is a risk taker,” she says of collaborating with the visionary. “His work is fashion-forward but relatable. I feel cool and feminine in his clothes. They’re like my armour.”

But her fashion-loving years were not without regrettable moments.

“In my teens, I went through a full-on hip-hop period,” she shares. “I would wear huge hoop earrings, baggy trousers, and this reversible velvet Adidas jacket that I spent a lot of money on, because I thought it was an investment piece at the time. I’m not going to show you photos of that!”

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