Diane von Furstenberg collaborates with Onia on swimwear collection

Diane von Furstenberg has teamed up with luxury swimwear brand Onia for a new capsule collection which features her heritage prints from the 1970s.The 72-year-old has previously released swimwear collections via her own label, but this collaboration ma…

Diane von Furstenberg has teamed up with luxury swimwear brand Onia for a new capsule collection which features her heritage prints from the 1970s.

The 72-year-old has previously released swimwear collections via her own label, but this collaboration marks the first time she has worked on a swim line with an outside brand.

Von Furstenberg told WWD she was happy to partner with Onia “and merge our heritage, iconic prints with a modern brand,” before noting that the collaboration will extend into cover-ups and beachwear “as we lead into the height of vacation season” in 2020.

The 2019 resort line features eight styles, which all feature DVF prints on Onia’s signature bikini and one-pieces – including the tie-front Madeline bandeau and the Avery triangle top – with prices ranging from $95 (£72) to $225 (£171).

The capsule collection will also showcase a teal and baby blue reimagining of the label’s classic leopard print, which debuted on the iconic wrap dress back in the early 1970s, along with the classic twigs and lips print, which was influenced by Andy Warhol.

Nathan Romano, co-founder of Onia, said the collaboration began when the brands “connected organically” on Instagram, and confirmed that the partnership will continue “through 2020.”

“It’s been an amazing experience working with Diane and working on in-line prints, alongside some of their archive prints,” he shared.

Onia’s previous collaborations have included capsule lines with We Wore What founder Danielle Bernstein, Theory, Mr Porter, and Every Mother Counts.

The DVF x Onia collection is available now.

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Christian Louboutin to showcase huge shoe collection in Paris museum

Christian Louboutin is to showcase his vast shoe collection in a new exhibition in Paris.After funding a partial restoration of the Palais de la Porte Doree, the French designer will take over more than 14,000 square foot of the Art Deco-inspired locat…

Christian Louboutin is to showcase his vast shoe collection in a new exhibition in Paris.

After funding a partial restoration of the Palais de la Porte Doree, the French designer will take over more than 14,000 square foot of the Art Deco-inspired location in February 2020.

“It’s an open window to my brain,” he told WWD of the showcase, which will include more than 200 pairs of shoes alongside an eclectic mix of furnishings and art installations.

“The heel is back in the museum in full force, only it’s not only an exhibition of high heels. We have flat shoes, too,” Louboutin shared, referencing the historical monument’s previous ban on high heels.

One of his earliest shoe designs was a pump in metallic leather inspired by the iridescent fish in the tank at the Palais de la Porte Doree.

“Some of the first influencers were fish,” the fashion star quipped.

Also included in the exhibition are a pair of boots made out of bark that date back to 1987.

Another exhibition, dubbed a treasure room, will run alongside Louboutin’s shoe showcase, and will include a variety of unique objects and artworks collected by the Frenchman.

On show will be shoes that once belonged to Mae West, jewellery by Dior’s Victoire de Castellane, plus artworks by Pierre Molinier and Andy Warhol.

Curator Olivier Gabet wants the exhibition to showcase the iconic shoe designer’s “deep, very original relationship,” with the decorative arts and expects it to be very popular with the French public and tourists.

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Lady Gaga opening Haus of Gaga store in Las Vegas

Lady Gaga’s Haus of Gaga store will officially open at the Park MGM in Las Vegas on 30 May.The Poker Face singer, who is gearing up to return to Sin City for her ongoing Enigma residency, took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the news, posting the bl…

Lady Gaga’s Haus of Gaga store will officially open at the Park MGM in Las Vegas on 30 May.

The Poker Face singer, who is gearing up to return to Sin City for her ongoing Enigma residency, took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the news, posting the black and white Haus of Gaga logo, with a pink neon sign that read ‘Las Vegas’.

It is not yet clear what will be sold at the Haus of Gaga boutique, but sources tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal it will be stocked with Gaga-branded products.

And the A Star Is Born actress is also hoping to staff the shop with fans, known as Little Monsters. According to the MGM Resorts International career website, the retail store is hiring part-time and full-time sales associates.

“Become one of the stars behind the show and become part of the world’s most powerful entertainment brands,” the employment listing reads. “Our company has one exciting mission: To entertain the human race.”

Gaga, 33, first set up Haus of Gaga in 2008, with the concept originally modelled on Andy Warhol’s Factory and consisting of her creative team. Current members of her crew include her fashion director Brandon Maxwell, hairstylist Frederic Aspiras and make-up artist Sarah Tanno.

Previously, Aspiras opened up to Entertainment Tonight about his work with the Haus of Gaga, and explained that he always wants the superstar to feel “special, beautiful and confident”.

“I’m so grateful to have had shared this journey thus far (with Gaga),” he commented. “But today, we celebrate the achievement of someone who believes in her art and empowers me to work beyond the lines. I find that to be the most rewarding part of the relationship that I have with Gaga.”

Gaga’s next Las Vegas show will take place on 30 May, with the current run of Enigma continuing until 8 November.

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Claudia Schiffer: ‘Karl Lagerfeld was the Andy Warhol of fashion’

Claudia Schiffer has praised Karl Lagerfeld as “the Andy Warhol of fashion”. The supermodel was booked by the Chanel designer at the age of 17 for her first catwalk show and went on to become a brand ambassador for the French fashion house, where she …

Claudia Schiffer has praised Karl Lagerfeld as “the Andy Warhol of fashion”.

The supermodel was booked by the Chanel designer at the age of 17 for her first catwalk show and went on to become a brand ambassador for the French fashion house, where she was Lagerfeld’s longtime muse.

“I’ve often described him as the Andy Warhol of fashion, because, like Warhol, his work spanned such a wide variety of media and he understood the relationship between photography, artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertising,” she gushed to Vogue. “(He) transformed me from a shy German teenager into a supermodel. Karl was a creative genius to whom incredible abilities just came naturally.”

The German beauty was emotional as she described her close friendship with the iconic designer, who passed away at the age of 85 in February.

“To watch his process and the way in which he organised everything to perfection was a privilege. He was also an incredible teacher, from whom I learnt about fashion, style and the importance of being myself,” the 48-year-old said.

While Schiffer was hugely famous during her modelling heyday, and even had to have a security guard watching her underwear after it was stolen backstage at a fashion show, she is now enjoying taking a more relaxed approach to her career.

“I don’t (miss anything about the 1990s) because I have the most amazing memories and I’ve been careful not to take any part of my career for granted,” she explained. “I can pick and choose projects and I’m enjoying taking different avenues, including roles where I’m designing and curating collections.”

And Schiffer would be much stricter with her daughters, Clementine, 14, and Cosima, nine, if they were to follow her into the modelling world.

“Having me as their mum is a double-edged sword,” the star confessed. “They can learn from my experiences, but they will be under far more scrutiny.”

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Alber Elbaz teaming with Tod’s on capsule collection

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has…

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.

The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac and Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Now, executives at Tod’s have announced Elbaz is to design a range for the Italian leather goods label, marking his first foray into luxury design in quite some time.

“Tod’s is pleased to announce an exclusive collaboration with Alber Elbaz, one of the most talented designers of our time, interpreting the world of Tod’s with his unmistakable creative genius,” a brand rep wrote on Instagram on Friday (05Apr19).

No further details regarding what the capsule will consist of, or a potential release date, were shared, but it is likely that Elbaz’s line will mostly be made up of handbags and shoes to fit in with Tod’s existing categories, and that the capsule will be a part of Tod’s Factory concept.

Speaking to WWD, the 58 year old shared he was thrilled to be working with Tod’s, which is owned by the Della Valle family.

“It made it fun, and very human. This is what I really love in fashion,” he shared. “It was nice to come back to a real family and the whole artisanal aspect was something I really miss.”

Tod’s Factory, a reference to Andy Warhol’s New York City studio, was launched in early 2018, with brand executives seeking to target a younger consumer with regular capsule collections and exclusive lines.

So far, Tod’s has unveiled a line with Alessandro Dell’Acqua, with the range featuring dot kitten-heeled pumps and moccasins with dainty ribbons, and stylish stretch booties, as well as leather biker jackets and trench coats.

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Diane von Furstenberg reflects on friendship with ‘provocative’ Karl Lagerfeld

Diane von Furstenberg has reflected on her friendship with “provocative” designer Karl Lagerfeld.The Belgian designer was one of the first to pay tribute when it was announced that the German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake b…

Diane von Furstenberg has reflected on her friendship with “provocative” designer Karl Lagerfeld.

The Belgian designer was one of the first to pay tribute when it was announced that the German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, had died at the age of 85 last month (Feb19) after suffering from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Speaking about Lagerfeld during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday night (07Mar19), Diane joked that she had known the fashion star over the course of his various transformations.

“I’ve known him through the years. I’ve known him really fat and then I’ve known him really skinny. And then I’ve known him in Louis XIV kind of decor and then in a very modern one,” the 72-year-old said, before becoming emotional and taking a long pause. “But whatever it is, he’s very, very smart, very, very funny, provocative, and (he’ll be missed).”

In addition, host Andy asked fellow guest Julianne Moore about her favourite memories of Lagerfeld. The Oscar-winning actress recalled a time when the designer invited her to a Chanel show and they ended up having a wonderful lunch together.

“He brought me over to see the shows, to the Chanel show, and I went and had lunch at his house, and he sat next to me and talked the entire time. And when he left, he goes to me, ‘Wasn’t that nice, we never once talked about dresses!'” the star recalled. “And it’s true, he didn’t. He talked about everything. And he was such a wonderful, entertaining, loving person.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Diane opened up about a wide range of topics, including the upcoming The DVF Awards, her interactions with Andy Warhol in the early ’70s, and her brief fling with actor Richard Gere.

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Michael Kors’ cats have their own room

Michael Kors’ cats have their own room in his New York apartment.Opening up the doors to his and husband Lance LePere’s Greenwich Village pad to Architectural Digest, Kors showed off his bright and airy home. Working with award-winning interior designe…

Michael Kors’ cats have their own room in his New York apartment.

Opening up the doors to his and husband Lance LePere’s Greenwich Village pad to Architectural Digest, Kors showed off his bright and airy home.

Working with award-winning interior designer S. Russell Groves on the space, the American fashion star explained how his Cornish Rex cats Bunny and Viola have free rein of the guest room.

“They’re ladies, and they have their own room,” he smiled.

The designer also shared how he wanted to recreate the atmosphere of ’70s New York in certain rooms, including the powder room, where hanging on the walls are Polaroids which artist Andy Warhol took at Studio 54 of everyone from Lauren Hutton to Grace Jones.

In addition, the room contains hand-written notes by former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a thank-you card Diana Vreeland penned to Steve Rubell.

“This is claustrophobic, but come in,” Kors said as he walked into the powder room. “I always think if you’re going to go into the powder room, you want something to talk about. It’s the New York I moved to. I went to Studio 54 instead of my prom.

“When you have guests come over, why not have the powder room be a little fun? So this guest powder room is sort of the homage to the ’70s. Pictures of everyone at Studio 54, and then we have these wonderful notes from Jackie Kennedy where she’s talking about her wardrobe. I mean this is New York central, this powder room.”

Keen photography collector Kors also proudly showed off a wall full of pictures, featuring the likes of David Bowie, Ringo Starr and Madonna.

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Calvin Klein experiment with the American Dream in fall 2018 ad

Calvin Klein has used the American Dream as the basis of its fall 2018 campaign.The brand experimented with this theme earlier this year (Feb18) when it presented its fall/winter 2018 line during New York Fashion Week. Held at the New York Stock Exchan…

Calvin Klein has used the American Dream as the basis of its fall 2018 campaign.

The brand experimented with this theme earlier this year (Feb18) when it presented its fall/winter 2018 line during New York Fashion Week.

Held at the New York Stock Exchange, the location was decorated with prints from Pop Art icon Andy Warhol and chief creative officer Raf Simons merged a variety of references, including everything from sheer prairie-style dresses to suits ready for a nuclear fallout.

In the new Calvin Klein 205W39NYC ad, seven models posed in a secluded Utah landscape wearing the most notable pieces from the collection, such as the knitted balaclava-style hoods, futuristic eyewear, sporty trousers and retro cowboy boots.

“The fall 2018 collection is an allegory for a meeting of old worlds and new worlds, relating to the discovery of America, the 1960s Space Race and the twenty-first century information age,” Simons said in an official statement. “Reflecting the notion of democracy, there is no cultural hierarchy: the mixes emancipate clothing and references from their meanings, from their own narratives, and collage them to discover something different – a different dream.”

The images were captured by Belgian photographer Willy Vanderperre, who used clever camera angles to make the models appear far larger than the expansive mountainous backdrop they were a part of.

One of the shots evokes a particularly modern aesthetic due to the doubling up of the model, reminiscent of cloning, while part of the landscape is seemingly floating as if it were a UFO. Another snap mysteriously omits the subject’s face and instead captures her physique from the torso down as she lies on the gravelly ground.

Former Christian Dior head Simons, who joined Calvin Klein in 2016, was recently awarded the Womenswear Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards 2018, for the second year in a row.

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Interview magazine set for return

Interview magazine is set to rise from the ashes with help from Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenberg.It was announced last week (ends27Jun18) that legendary New York-based magazine Interview was closing down, after nearly 50 years. The mag, created by Andy …

Interview magazine is set to rise from the ashes with help from Rihanna’s stylist Mel Ottenberg.

It was announced last week (ends27Jun18) that legendary New York-based magazine Interview was closing down, after nearly 50 years.

The mag, created by Andy Warhol and British journalist John Wilcock in 1969, revolutionised how the A-list were interviewed, with celebrities chatting to their fellow stars from the world of fashion, music and cinema.

But all is not lost, as according to Fashion Week Daily, the magazine is set to return in September with a new team in place.

Despite filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidation, Interview chief revenue officer Jason Nikic has stated that the magazine will be back.

“We are equally committed (to) bringing the same set of creativity, acumen, and devotion to the business of Warhol’s legacy as we have always brought to the editorial side,” Nikic said in a memo, reports the fashion website. “When we look into our crystal ball, it tells us the future looks bright indeed! And we hope that you, our patrons, continue to have faith in the importance Interview has played in its role as the ‘Crystal Ball of Pop’ by supporting its rebirth and giving this icon a chance to driving pop culture for the next fifty years.”

Ottenberg, the partner of designer Adam Selman, is replacing Karl Templer as creative director, with editor-in-chief Nick Haramis returning at the helm.

The stylist appeared to confirm the news on Instagram by posting a video of Warhol eating a hamburger.

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Cynthia Rowley received life-changing advice from Andy Warhol

Cynthia Rowley has credited the late Andy Warhol with giving her the best advice of her life.The American fashion designer has met many famous people throughout the course of her career, and a conversation she shared with the iconic artist, famous for …

Cynthia Rowley has credited the late Andy Warhol with giving her the best advice of her life.

The American fashion designer has met many famous people throughout the course of her career, and a conversation she shared with the iconic artist, famous for his pop art paintings of Marilyn Monroe, provided her with a mantra she’s continued to live by.

“Andy Warhol said, ‘say yes to everything,'” she recalled in an interview with USA Today. “If you say no, that’s the end of the story. If you say yes, you never know what could happen.”

The Chicago-born fashionista also explained how she had always wanted to go into a line of work that allowed her to create things, and initially considered becoming an artist like Andy.

“When I was in art school, I worried that being a painter seemed like it could be an elusive dream and fashion seemed so much more secure,” Cynthia admitted. “I have to say that most of what’s carried me through is having a solid grip on the balance of art and commerce — it’s a constant, measured, risk/reward/repeat.

“All I ever wanted to do was make things. My whole life has been a constant evolution on that theme,” she added.

Cynthia went on to describe her hectic life in the fashion industry as “a bombardment of stimulation,” as well as the “rewarding” process of transforming her vision into a product.

And when asked whether she had any advice for budding fashion designers, she replied “expect to work really, really hard. Be thankful for all successes, lose your ego, take risks, fail fast, and if you don’t absolutely love what you do, run!”

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