Karen Elson ‘nervous’ to wear Lupita Nyong’o’s dress for photoshoot

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot. To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet …

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot.

To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses, with the British model wearing gowns made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Julianne Moore, among others.

The 40-year-old beauty also sported the plunging pale blue Prada dress the Black Panther star wore when she collected the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and can be seen wearing the iconic gown while resting on a sink in a public bathroom.

Sharing the image on Instagram, Elson revealed she was so anxious about wearing the outfit that hairdresser Lacy Redway sent a picture to the actress herself.

“This picture gives me the chills. The amazing hairdresser @lacyredway sent this picture to the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o as we were shooting as she wore this gorgeous @prada dress for the 2014 Academy Awards,” she wrote. “I was nervous that maybe she’d be freaked out that another woman was wearing something that was so iconic and specific to a time in her life.

“The point of this shoot is to pay homage to both the brilliant and powerful women who brought life into these gorgeous dresses and to the designers who created such timeless pieces. It’s this alchemy and collaboration between the actor and designer that made this shoot so special.”

Nyong’o is yet to respond publicly to the shoot, but Paltrow heaped praise on Elson for wearing the pale pink Ralph Lauren dress she wore when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1999.

“You wore it better,” the Avengers: Endgame actress responded, adding a heart emoji, before the catwalk star quickly replied: “Oh no, that dress is all you, I was just lucky to wear it!”

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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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Amber Valletta dyes eyebrows with men’s hair colour product

Amber Valletta uses a men’s hair colour product to dye her eyebrows.The model/actress, who was one of the fashion industry’s most sought-after faces in the 1990s, is the latest star to share details about her daily beauty regime in a tutorial for Vog…

Amber Valletta uses a men’s hair colour product to dye her eyebrows.

The model/actress, who was one of the fashion industry’s most sought-after faces in the 1990s, is the latest star to share details about her daily beauty regime in a tutorial for Vogue.com. 

In the video, Amber explained that she dedicates quite a lot of time to grooming her signature arches each day and isn’t afraid to tint them with Just For Men dye when she needs to.  

“My eyebrows look a little intense right now, because I bleached them blonde a couple of weeks ago for a shoot, and by this week, they looked kind of tiger print. They were blonde and brown, and my eyebrows are really dark – they’re the colour of my eyelashes. So, I thought maybe I should dye them, so I didn’t look crazy shooting this, and yeah, I used Just For Men beard colour and I kind of look like Groucho Marx. So, bear with me,” she commented, before explaining that she always brushes her eyebrows before applying any make-up. “I’m an eyebrow freak… Any make-up artist who knows me, knows the way to make me happy is just to come and check my eyebrows.”  

Amber went on to share that she swears by using Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Brows in Clear as the gel formula ensures her eyebrows stay in place all day.  

And while she confessed to over-tweezing in the ’90s when thin eyebrows were all the rage, the blonde beauty is pleased bold brows have made a comeback.  

“When I first started in the ’90s it was all about super-thin eyebrows. I’m so sad because I had these big beautiful caterpillar eyebrows! But they’re pretty good considering that they’ve been tweezed and bleached, and pretty much taken off,” the 45-year-old smiled.

Other products Amber recommended in her tutorial included Augustinus Bader’s The Cream, Cle de Peau’s Concealer with Broad Spectrum SPF 25, and the Snapshot Blush Stick Rouge from her own capsule beauty collection for German retailer Douglas.  

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Brandon Maxwell ‘thrilled’ to make InStyle’s iconic dresses list

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber V…

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.

  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet gowns, and Maxwell was overjoyed to see his pink column cape dress, which was worn by Thandie Newton to the 2018 Emmys, included in the list.  

 “For @instylemagazine 25th anniversary they chose 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses from the past 25 years to be shot on today’s supermodels, and we are so thrilled to be included!” he wrote on Instagram beside an image of Elson modelling the design as she walks down a street.  

 “In the September issue, @misskarenelson wears #brandonmaxwell pink crepe column cape gown from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway collection. This dress was first worn by @thandienewton on the night she won her Emmy, and styled by @erinwalshnyc.”  

 The designer and Lady Gaga’s fashion director, who launched his eponymous label in 2015 and boasts Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Michelle Obama as celebrity supporters, also thanked InStyle’s editor-in-chief Laura Brown and her team for “including us amongst so many dresses that I have loved over the years!”  

 The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm. For the feature, the British model also wears the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, the ivory satin Marc Bouwer dress Angelina Jolie chose for the 2004 Academy Awards, the strapless emerald Tom Ford number Julianne Moore wore to the 2013 Oscars, and the plunging light blue Prada gown Lupita Nyong’o was wearing when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014. 

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Stella McCartney calls for climate change action with winter 19 campaign

Stella McCartney has made a plea for consumers to protect the environment with her latest campaign.With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, fo…

Stella McCartney has made a plea for consumers to protect the environment with her latest campaign.

With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and accessories.

Now, McCartney has once again displayed her commitment to green fashion via her winter 2019 marketing imagery, which features model Amber Valletta and members of climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion.

Shot by British photographer Johnny Dufort on the idyllic Welsh coast, one image shows Valletta leaning over a globe on a rocky shore while sporting an upcycled, rainbow-coloured dress made from pieces of archival fabric and a range of organic cotton utilitarian pieces, while another depicts her wearing a light pink dress and grey boots while posing on a grassy cliff.

“Long-time friend of the house, having appeared in many previous campaigns over the years, Amber Valletta joins the cast embodying the Stella ethos as she uses her platform to help fight climate change and raise awareness of other social issues,” a brand representative commented. “Members of Extinction Rebellion – Deya Ward, Ruby Munslow, and Tori Tsui – also feature, each showing their passion for positive planetary change in individual ways, like protest, political activism, filmmaking and raising public awareness. They stand with other models Emma Laird, Chloe Pearson, Chu Wong and Trinity Hill who were selected for being voices for change in their own field and further representing the activist spirit of the campaign.”

A short film to accompany the campaign will be released in September, with the clip to include a reading from renowned British environmentalist Jane Goodall of a poem by author Jonathan Safran Foer.

The winter 2019 collection will be available to buy from Stella McCartney stores and on the brand’s website in August.

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Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne to design white shirts in honour of Karl Lagerfeld

Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are among a host of famous faces who are set to design white shirts in honour of Karl Lagerfeld.The iconic Chanel and Fendi designer, who passed away at the age of 85 February, was well-known for his chic uniform of a blac…

Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are among a host of famous faces who are set to design white shirts in honour of Karl Lagerfeld.

The iconic Chanel and Fendi designer, who passed away at the age of 85 February, was well-known for his chic uniform of a black suit and a crisp white high-collared shirt, and once said that he had wished he had invented the enduring garment.

Now, five months after his death, celebrities including Moss, Delevingne, Diane Kruger, Amber Valletta, Lewis Hamilton, Tommy Hilfiger, Alessandro Michele, Takashi Murakami and Sebastien Jondeau have been tasked with designing their own interpretation of Lagerfeld’s white shirt for A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project, according to editors at WWD.

Fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, who was a close friend of the couturier, has overseen the project, which will benefit the French charity Sauver la Vie.

The 64-year-old noted the white shirt project would “allow us to honour (Lagerfeld’s) legacy while incorporating his unwavering love of fashion and giving back; I can’t imagine a better way for us to celebrate his passion for creativity.”

All of the white shirts will be on display at Lagerfeld’s headquarters on the Rue Saint-Guillaume in the French capital during Paris Fashion Week, and in a further tribute to the godfather of fashion – who was a fan of the number seven – the shirts will be replicated 77 times and sold for 777 euros ($875/£700) on Karl.com.

Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive officer of the Karl Lagerfeld fashion house, said that the white shirts are “a very unique and intimate way of relating back to Karl.”

“The participants in this tribute are all people who Karl knew, who he felt connected to, or who inspired him,” he told the fashion publication. “After Karl’s passing, so many people wanted to share their admiration for Karl and express their emotions.”

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Donatella Versace and Irina Shayk pay tribute to designer Luigi Massi

Donatella Versace and Irina Shayk have shared heartfelt tributes to late designer Luigi Massi.The style guru passed away last Tuesday night (02Apr19) in Milan, Italy after suffering a heart attack, according to editors at WWD. He was aged 56.Luigi had …

Donatella Versace and Irina Shayk have shared heartfelt tributes to late designer Luigi Massi.

The style guru passed away last Tuesday night (02Apr19) in Milan, Italy after suffering a heart attack, according to editors at WWD. He was aged 56.

Luigi had worked for the house of Versace for over 30 years, creating numerous red carpet gowns for celebrities, and over the weekend, Donatella broke her silence on the news.

“My heart is broken, I still cannot believe I won’t hear your voice. I still cannot believe I will never see you again,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a black and white picture of her posing with Luigi. “Rest in peace Luigi, you’ll never be forgotten.”

In addition, Russian supermodel Irina, who sported a beautiful gold dress made by Luigi to the Golden Globes earlier this year, uploaded a slideshow of the many other ensembles the designer had made for her over the years.

“The most shy, down to earth, nicest guy. The whole Versace family and I will miss you, Rest In Peace @massiluigi,” the 33-year-old commented.

Of late, Luigi had made showstopping gowns for the likes of actresses Sandra Oh, Constance Wu, and Amy Adams, as well as supermodel Naomi Campbell and singer Ciara.

Naomi was one of the celebrities to send her condolences to Donatella, writing on her Instagram post, “Another chosen family member, will always remember you smile Luigi… May you rest with the highest.”

While Amber Valletta commented, “Heartbreaking loss. I’m sending you all so much love. Rest in Peace sweet and amazing Luigi,” and Gigi Hadid added: “Love you dv (Donatella Versace). I’m so sorry for your loss. He loved you so much.”

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Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta praise H&M’s sustainable new line

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25M…

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.

The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25Mar19), with the range set to drop online and in selected stores around the world on 11 April.

Featuring pieces like floaty dresses and cute two-piece ensembles, all of the items are made from eco-friendly materials, such as recycled polyester and organic cotton, with Russian beauty Irina, 33, commenting that she is proud to be associated with a brand that was looking to make strides into sustainability.

“For me, as a fashion model, it’s really important to see that they care about mother nature,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We live in the 21st century and the technology is amazing, so you can see all those pieces are still cool and colourful and fashionable… We all know what’s going on in the world – climate change – and look how many tonnes of plastic get dumped in the ocean and how many animals’ lives get hurt by it.”

In addition, the Conscious Exclusive range contains pieces made from Pinatex, a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves, as well as a plant-based flexible foam using algae biomass, and Orange Fiber, a sustainable silk-like fabric made from citrus juice by-products.

And Amber is hopeful that fast-fashion will become much more sustainable across the board in coming years.

“@hm has some serious goals set – 2020 – All cotton will come from sustainable or recycled sources. 2030 – All H&M products will be sourced from more sustainable or recycled sources. 2040 – Climate positive across their entire value chain. I truly hope that within these goals they will understand that producing less and more slowly will make their goals a reality,” the 45-year-old wrote on her Instagram page of the collection.

Models including Alek Wek, Camila Morrone, and Halima Aden, and actresses Abigail Spencer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Dakota Fanning were also at the launch event.

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Amber Valletta unveils debut cosmetics range

Amber Valletta has finally unveiled her debut range of cosmetics.The American model started her career in the 1990s, when she quickly become one of fashion’s most sought-after faces, alongside Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Shalom H…

Amber Valletta has finally unveiled her debut range of cosmetics.

The American model started her career in the 1990s, when she quickly become one of fashion’s most sought-after faces, alongside Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Shalom Harlow.

In recent years, Amber has made several catwalk appearances in shows for brands such as Saint Laurent and Versace, and now she is turning her focus to the beauty world, having teamed with German cosmetics retailer Douglas on a capsule collection of products.

“I am beyond excited to announce and share my new make-up capsule collection with Douglas Beauty,” she wrote in a post on her Instagram page. “It’s rolling out slowly through Europe only but if you love it in America find a friend who can send it to you from Europe! Six essential products I personally developed with all women of all skin tones and ages in mind. You don’t have to be a pro to use them and can be applied with ease. And totally interchangeable! Make-up for all! Layer with your other fav (favourite) products! I love them and hope you do too!!!”

Simply titled Amber Valletta, the range includes a powder compact, blush stick, mascara, highlighter, and pink-red lipstick.

Each item is enclosed in a Millennial pink-coloured container, with prices ranging from $17 (£12) to $28 (£21).

Amber also stars in an accompanying marketing campaign, where she shows off all the cosmetics and poses in a matching pale pink suit.

“This collection with Douglas is exciting for me because it is the first time I have collaborated on a make-up line and it speaks to who I am and the things that I like. Life is about choices,” the 45-year-old said in a social media video.

The project marks the second time Amber has teamed with executives at Douglas, as she starred in a series of black and white photos shot by Peter Lindbergh for the company in late 2018. Models such as Cara Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Lineisy Montero, and Jon Kortajarena also appeared in the campaign.

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Jennifer Lopez keeps iconic Versace dress on a mannequin in her closet

Jennifer Lopez keeps her iconic green Versace dress on a “little mannequin” in her closet.The superstar made a splash at the Grammy Awards in 2000 when she stepped out in the silk chiffon number with a very low neckline, with the garment garnering her …

Jennifer Lopez keeps her iconic green Versace dress on a “little mannequin” in her closet.

The superstar made a splash at the Grammy Awards in 2000 when she stepped out in the silk chiffon number with a very low neckline, with the garment garnering her significant media coverage and catapulting her to international fame.

Jennifer still has the dress in her possession, and during a chat with USA Today, explained that it takes pride of place in her undoubtedly large wardrobe.

“It lives in my house. It’s on a little mannequin in my house,” she said, going on to share exactly where she stores the garment. “No, (it’s not in the living room). That would be creepy and weird. It’s like in a closet. It’s on a dress form.”

The dress was originally worn by Amber Valletta at a Versace fashion show in 1999. The 44-year-old model wore a similar ensemble at the Italian luxury brand’s pre-fall 2019 collection presentation in New York City earlier this month (Dec18), however, Jennifer is adamant that she won’t be wearing the updated design.

“I did the whole Versace thing again. I think I’m done with that,” the 49-year-old smiled.

In 2000, Jennifer’s dress had a market value of approximately $15,000 (£12,000). Yet, the Second Act star is adamant that the item is worth much more, considering that Google co-founder Sergey Brin and former executive chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed in 2015 that the attention the dress received at the time of the Grammys led to the creation of Google Images.

“Sergey needs to send me my cheque. Get on it,” she joked.

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