Fashion star Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert named creative director of Swarovski

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to c…

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.

The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to collaborate with major brands like Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Now based in New York City, Giovanna has been tapped as creative director for Austrian crystal brand Swarovski, with the gig seeing her reimagine the product portfolio across all divisions, including the areas of design and content curation.

“For decades, Swarovski has been illuminating the world of fashion, design, entertainment, in general the whole creative industry,” she said. “I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future.”

The first products designed by Giovanna will be showcased in the spring/summer 2021 collection.

And Robert Buchbauer, chief executive officer of Swarovski, is confident the fashion star will be able to help bosses bring further growth to the company.

“Our 125-year history is witness for the power of our company to transform and reinvent itself and I am pleased to welcome a brilliant creative mind and strong female leader like Giovanna to our company,” he added. “With her remarkable track record in the industry and compelling point of view, she will explore new frontiers and become a vital part in writing the next chapter of our success story.”

Along with her fashion credentials, Giovanna also boasts 1.1 million followers on Instagram.

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Kate Moss sells iconic vintage leopard print coat for charity

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Coll…

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.

The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective, with one lucky bidder nabbing the piece on 31 March for $276 (£224).

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to nonprofit organisations working to help those affected by the Covid-19 virus, including the World Health Organization, the Paris Hospitals Foundation, Madrid’s La Paz Hospital, and fundraising efforts in Italy’s Lombardy region.

Actresses Rachel Weisz and Thandie Newton also donated to the auction, alongside Vogue Japan editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller, and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.

Vestiaire Collective co-founder and president, Fanny Moizant, was delighted to have received overwhelming support for her online auction, and was stunned when Kate offered up her leopard print coat.

“Her fashion influence goes without saying! She has such a recognisable style and this jacket epitomises that,” she gushed.

Other auction highlights include a rare antique pink Christian Dior dressing gown from Margherita Missoni, Thandie Newton’s Jimmy Choo collection, and Laura Bailey’s Prada dress.

“It’s great to see so many parts of the fashion industry act in such a resourceful way to support the effort,” Moizant told Vogue.com. “I’m really happy that we can use our platform and community to play a part.”

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Bella Hadid fronting Helmut Lang campaign

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte. Now, Be…

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.

Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte.

Now, Bella is appearing in the marketing imagery for fashion label Helmut Lang, with the images shot by photographer Ethan James Green and creative directed by Brian Phillips.

The black-and-white visuals stay true to the brand’s minimalist aesthetic, with the 23-year-old only modelling monochromatic clothing.

Styled by Patti Wilson, one snap shows Bella wearing an oversized black leather jacket with matching leather trousers, a classic crop top, statement sunglasses, while another depicts her in a white top with cutouts and black trousers.

For the photoshoot, hairstylist Jimmy Paul opted to style the model’s dark brunette into a straight style with heavy bangs.

And it appears all involved in the project were thrilled with the final result, with Bella writing on Instagram alongside one of the snaps: “Thank you x a billion @ethanjamesgreen @patti_wilson I love you both, pure passion and talent.”

And the post quickly garnered the attention of her celebrity pals, with Anna Dello Russo commenting, “Major”, Dua Lipa writing, “yes yes YES!!!!!” and Elsa Hosk adding: “Sooo sick.”

Ethan has previously shot campaigns for Calvin Klein, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs, and also helmed Helmut Lang’s fall/winter 2017 imagery featuring Dara and Alek Wek.

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Alexander McQueen honours artisan traditions with spring 2020 collection

Alexander McQueen has paid tribute to artisan traditions with its spring/summer 2020 collection.Creative director Sarah Burton unveiled her latest line at the Musee de l’Orangerie as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with the spectacle drawi…

Alexander McQueen has paid tribute to artisan traditions with its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Creative director Sarah Burton unveiled her latest line at the Musee de l’Orangerie as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with the spectacle drawing in celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Anna Dello Russo.

In her show notes, the British designer explained that she had been inspired by a recent trip to Northern Ireland where she had learned about the techniques used in manufacturing traditional linens and embroideries.

“Each look tells its own story,” she shared. “The connection between the clothes is the time it took to make them. I was interested in clarity and paring things down, in the essence of garment – stripping back to the toile. I love the idea of people having the time to make things together, the time to meet and talk together, the time to reconnect with the world.”

With members of the London Contemporary Orchestra playing a piece composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge, the show opened with model Vilma Sjoberg walking the runway in a puff-sleeve dress with contrast feather-stitch detailing, which was made from beetled moonlit ivory linen and accessorised with a black leather belt and boots. Beetling refers to the process of pounding linen or cotton fabric to give a flat, lustrous effect.

A series of black and white suits and dresses from the same material followed, with the garments interspersed with touches of white lace and grey suits featuring cutouts at the waist.

Partway through the show, Burton also incorporated abstract prints influenced by the work of fashion students who took life drawing classes at the label’s London flagship store, with all of the artists credited in the show notes, while the presentation built to a dramatic conclusion with the unveiling of a parade of dresses with sculptural sleeves and layered tulle, as well as models Kaia Gerber and Cosima Fritz sporting pink and ice-blue numbers which resembled blooming dahlia blossoms.

To conclude, Adut Akech wowed in a deconstructed tailored jacket in black garment beetled linen.

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Gigi Hadid confronts prankster during Chanel spring 2020 show

Gigi Hadid confronted a prankster who stormed onto the runway during Chanel’s spring/summer 2020 show on Tuesday morning.Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line for the French luxury brand at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion …

Gigi Hadid confronted a prankster who stormed onto the runway during Chanel’s spring/summer 2020 show on Tuesday morning.

Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line for the French luxury brand at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the show attracting the likes of Cardi B, Anna Wintour, and Anna Dello Russo.

However, as the models paraded on the set, designed to resemble a Paris rooftop, a woman dressed in a tweed suit and black hat scrambled through the seats and got up onto the raised catwalk and joined the finale.

After walking in line with the models for a short time, the gatecrasher decided to take a different route around the rooftop and was stopped by a stern-faced Hadid, who ushered her to the edge of the set and towards the exit, where several security members were waiting.

The prankster is believed to be Marie Benoliel, known as Marie S’Infiltre, a YouTube personality with 195,0000 followers on Instagram. Representatives for Chanel and Hadid are yet to comment on the incident.

Yet, clips of Hadid’s reaction are already making the rounds on social media, with many fans praising the 24-year-old for remaining calm under pressure.

“Go Gigi!” on Instagram user wrote, while another added, “People need to seriously respect the jobs of others. The designers, organisers and models work waaaay (sic) too hard, just for attention seekers to try to ruin everything on a very special day for them. Gigi did the right thing!”

Besides the runway drama, the rest of Viard’s presentation went smoothly, with Karl Lagerfeld’s successor offering a range of separates in Chanel’s signature tweed fabric, as well as nautical stripes, touches of blue denim, and evening gowns with tiered ruffled skirts.

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Marc Jacobs closes NYFW with frothy fashion fanfare

Marc Jacobs helped New York Fashion Week go out with a bang with his frothy spring/summer 19 collection on Wednesday night (12Sep18).Stuffed with frills, feathers and ruffles, Jacob’s line harked back to a bygone time, with ‘60s icons Barbra Streis…

Marc Jacobs helped New York Fashion Week go out with a bang with his frothy spring/summer 19 collection on Wednesday night (12Sep18).

Stuffed with frills, feathers and ruffles, Jacob’s line harked back to a bygone time, with ‘60s icons Barbra Streisand and Lee Radziwill serving as inspiration for the hairstyles.

Proceedings kicked off more than hour later than scheduled, though the U.S. designer made up for the tardiness with a style spectacle.

Kaia Gerber, a regular on the 55-year-old’s runways, looked as though she’d stepped straight out of the ‘60s in a matching yellow raincoat and bonnet tied primly under her chin, with white netted gloves and a vintage looking cream handbag finishing the look.

As well as trends borrowed from the swinging ‘60s, styles from the ‘80s also folded into the collection.

Adwoa Aboah, the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty, modelled a dramatic look reminiscent of the era, with two oversized roses adorning her peachy pink outfit; one tied around her neck and the other tied around her waist. Her buzzed bleached hair had a pink tinge to it, something colourist Josh Wood replicated on other models who shaved their hair off especially for the show.

“This is the biggest colour project that I’ve ever worked on, so it’s a very proud moment for me,” Wood said backstage. “Marc signed (off on) every single colour. “He wanted the hair colours to) have history and look vintage.”

Pastel hues also dominated the collection, with the pretty shades working perfectly with the frothy line.

The front row was packed with celebrities and fashion stars, including Anna Dello Russo, Karen Elson, Nicki Minaj, Christian Louboutin, Emily Ratajkowski and Grace Coddington.

Fashion Week moves to London on Thursday.

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