Anja Rubik calls for action on global plastic crisis

Anja Rubik has led a call for action regarding the global plastic crisis.The Polish model rose to fame in 2000s, working for the likes of Armani, Jimmy Choo and Fendi, with Saint Laurent designer Anthony Vaccarello counting her as one of his muses. No…

Anja Rubik has led a call for action regarding the global plastic crisis.

The Polish model rose to fame in 2000s, working for the likes of Armani, Jimmy Choo and Fendi, with Saint Laurent designer Anthony Vaccarello counting her as one of his muses.

Now, Anja is putting her profile to work by voicing her support for environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans in an interview with Porter magazine.

“What we are trying to do by working with Porter is to highlight the beauty and fragility of our oceans, and to invite the fashion industry, especially luxury brands, to collaborate,” she said. “We have passed the point of raising awareness and symbolic actions; now it’s time for solutions that can be scaled quickly.”

In an accompanying photoshoot for the publication, Anja was snapped by photographer Mario Sorrenti on an island in the Maldives. The imagery was designed to illustrate the stark reality and vast impact of plastic pollution, with the fashion star also raising questions over how the public can become more responsible and embrace eco-innovation.

“The fashion community can drive the movement – we can create trends,” the 34-year-old shared, adding that she was impressed by the drive of Parley founder Cyrill Gutsch: “I love his passion, exploring and protecting the oceans are his life’s motivation and he works on it 24/7. I also love his optimism: that it’s not over yet, that we can affect change.”

The next issue of Porter magazine, available from Friday (01Jun18), also includes an interview with legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle about how we can ensure a better future for the planet.

In particular, she specifies how important it is to engage the next generation when it comes to protecting the environment.

“Children are beginning to understand what even their parents sometimes don’t seem to grasp. We can’t just use plastics once and throw them away,” she explained. “Kids somehow get that… They will learn from our behaviour.”

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Donatella Versace on her new collection: ‘It’s for every woman’

Donatella Versace’s latest collection is aimed at all women.The Versace head showed off her latest designs at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (23Feb18), with the runway full of bold colours and prints, as well as the fashion house’s signature gold chain d…

Donatella Versace’s latest collection is aimed at all women.

The Versace head showed off her latest designs at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (23Feb18), with the runway full of bold colours and prints, as well as the fashion house’s signature gold chain detailing.

Talking about the fall 18 line, Donatella told Vogue in a video: “(It’s) a continuation of last year. What (it) represents is the family of Versace. They are different characters. There is a punkish one, there is a more sophisticated one, the mystery woman, and the young, young school girl with sneakers.

“There is not one for this collection, it’s a lot of woman coming together and be courageous and be strong (sic).”

To show off the bold designs, Donatella hired an army of strong models to walk for her. Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Anja Rubik, Edie Campbell, Binx Walton and Natalia Vodianova were among those strutting their stuff.

Among the collection were pieces that seemed to be a nod to ’90s icon Cher Horowitz, from cult teen movie Clueless. Her iconic yellow chequered skirt suit was re-imagined for the millennial market, with Donatella creating multiple skirt suits, sweaters, jackets and trousers in purple, yellow, green and blue chequered and plaid prints.

During the behind-the-scenes shoot for Vogue, some of the models summed up what they loved about Versace in one sentence.

“She’s not afraid to take chances,” Anja smiled, while Teddy Quinlivan added: “Strength, empowerment, femininity.”

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Anja Rubik’s 2012 Met Gala dress has pride of place in her closet

Anja Rubik kept the white Anthony Vaccarello dress she wore to the Met Gala in 2012, because she has a “sentimental” connection to it.The 34-year-old Polish model hit headlines when she arrived at the fashion event wearing the daring gown, which featur…

Anja Rubik kept the white Anthony Vaccarello dress she wore to the Met Gala in 2012, because she has a “sentimental” connection to it.

The 34-year-old Polish model hit headlines when she arrived at the fashion event wearing the daring gown, which featured a split so high it showed off her protruding hip bone. It was one of the outfits that really put Anja on the map, and in a new interview with W magazine, she admitted that six years later, it still has pride of place in her closet.

Asked to name the most prized possession in her wardrobe, Anja replied: “The white dress I wore to the Met Gala in 2012 designed by Anthony Vaccarello. It’s a one of a kind; he was asked to replicate it many times but always refused. It’s also a very sentimental piece, because it was at the beginning of my friendship with Anthony, and the first dress I asked him to make for me.”

Since then, Anja’s relationship with Yves Saint Laurent creative director Vaccarello has flourished. She also opted for a piece from the designer for the Met Gala the following year, and cites the red ensemble as her favourite ever red carpet look.

Questioned about her most beloved red carpet look and the reasons why it’s her favourite, Anja responded: “Anthony Vaccarello’s red leather dress that I wore to the Met Gala in 2013; the theme of the gala was punk, so I decided to go a bit glam punk. Also the black short Saint Laurent dress I wore in Cannes on the red carpet last year. Both chic but with some wild element.”

Anja hopes her daring sense of style will help make her into something of a fashion icon herself. But in the meantime, she has a wide array of stylish women to look to for wardrobe inspiration.

“In general, I appreciate women with a strong sense of self and individuality. PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Jane Birkin…” she listed while naming her ultimate style icons.

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