Karen Elson tapped as face of Shiseido skincare line

Karen Elson is “very excited” to be the face of Shiseido’s new skincare range.The British supermodel took to Instagram on Monday to announce that she has been tapped to front the campaign for the Japanese beauty giant’s Vital Perfection range. Alongsi…

Karen Elson is “very excited” to be the face of Shiseido’s new skincare range.

The British supermodel took to Instagram on Monday to announce that she has been tapped to front the campaign for the Japanese beauty giant’s Vital Perfection range.

Alongside a close-up image depicting Karen gazing at the camera, she wrote, “Very excited and proud to announce that I’m the face of one of my all-time favourite beauty brands @shiseido for its new #VitalPerfection skincare line. Based on five years of research these products are incredible!”

The 40-year-old went on to share that she will be spending the next two days in Paris with the Shiseido team to “talk about all things skincare”.

Karen’s debut campaign was shot by photographer Daniel Jackson and she was styled by her glam squad Kenji Toyota, Melissa Levy, and Takeda Rena, who is Shiseido’s global make-up artist.

And in a separate post on her Instagram Stories, the mother-of-two explained that she was thrilled to be fronting a beauty campaign in her forties – something she wouldn’t have imagined possible even a few years ago.

“If someone would have told me five years ago I would have a skincare campaign with Shiseido, I would not have believed it,” Karen commented. “Goes to show that age is (a) number, not something that defines you. I’ve never felt better and 40 is so far putting my 20s and 30s to shame.”

The model rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

More recently, she has served as a brand ambassador for Jo Malone London and appeared in campaigns for Anna Sui, Burberry, and Tiffany & Co.

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Zac Posen and Anna Sui to design costumes for New York City Ballet

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala. The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costu…

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala.

The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costumes for new works that will premiere that evening.

The event has been annually conceptualised by Sarah Jessica Parker since it began in 2012, and the Sex and the City star acts as a matchmaker between choreographers and designers. City Ballet’s costume director Marc Happel then facilitates the designers’ visions, and adapts their ideas to suit the ballet dancer and the scale of the performance on stage.

Posen has been paired with NYCB’s principal dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette, and her yet-to-be-titled ballet will accompany Tan Dun’s score, Fire Ritual, composed for solo violin and orchestra.

Sui will team with Edwaard Liang, artistic director for the BalletMet and a former dancer with NYCB as well as the Nederlands Dans Theater. The work will be set to a new composition for solo violin and orchestra, devised by Oliver Davis.

“For many years, I’ve been pushing for a New York-centric Fall Fashion Gala. This year with Anna and Zac, I think it’s a really nice moment for New York designers,” Happel said to WWD. “What I’ve really learned over the years is how to talk to fashion designers in a way that helps them understand our world and how they can bring their designs into it, in a way that works for the ballet but still has their unique fingerprint.”

Jonathan Stafford, the new Ballet Master in Chief, said he intends to keep the “highly successful” annual gala going as it brings excitement into the theatre.

In the last seven years, the gala has seen collaborations with designers including Valentino, Thom Browne, Virgil Abloh, and Dries van Noten.

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Anna Sui reviving iconic grunge collection

Anna Sui is relaunching pieces from her iconic grunge collection.The 54-year-old is reissuing parts of her spring 1993 range at the request of fellow designer and friend Marc Jacobs, who recently revived his own spring 1993 collection for Perry Ellis, …

Anna Sui is relaunching pieces from her iconic grunge collection.

The 54-year-old is reissuing parts of her spring 1993 range at the request of fellow designer and friend Marc Jacobs, who recently revived his own spring 1993 collection for Perry Ellis, titled the Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

As reported by American Vogue, Sui has sought the services of her niece Chase Sui Wonders and her niece’s best friend Losel Yauch, the daughter of late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, to model items like printed apron dresses and a multicoloured striped top-and-pants set, with the fashion-forward pair styling the grungy looks themselves.

The collection can be purchased in New York City from Sold in Jacobs’s Madison Avenue pop-up shop and Sui’s Broome Street boutique

Looking back, Sui recalled that she and Jacobs bonded over a love of grunge music in the early ’90s, which led to them both creating grunge collections in 1992.

“We went to see Nirvana together at the old New York Coliseum,” the fashion mogul told Vogue reporters. “Back then, that’s how fashion happened a lot. It was just there, something definite in the air. Marc and I both were loving the music, knew those bands, and even went to concerts together. All the rock magazines that were out at the time had Courtney Love or Kurt Cobain on the cover. Those were the things that were probably on Marc’s inspiration board, too.”

Jacobs’ grunge reissue has spawned some controversy, with TMZ recently reporting that Nirvana are suing his eponymous brand over the alleged theft of their smiley face logo. Though, the 55-year-old is yet to comment on the lawsuit, he has since posted a defiant photo of him wearing a Nirvana-style T-shirt to his Instagram page.

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Elsa Hosk opens up about skin struggles

Elsa Hosk knows exactly how to keep her skin struggles at bay – with regular facials.The Swedish star has modelled for brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Anna Sui, and has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015. Elsa was given the honour of …

Elsa Hosk knows exactly how to keep her skin struggles at bay – with regular facials.

The Swedish star has modelled for brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Anna Sui, and has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015.

Elsa was given the honour of wearing this year’s coveted Fantasy Bra at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last week (ends11Nov18), and put the effort into her complexion before the event.

“I’ve been doing a lot of facials because I like to keep my skin really clear right before the show,” the 30-year-old shared in an interview with Elle U.K. “I struggle with skin sometimes, so I’ve been doing facials with Teresa Tarmey who just opened her salon in TriBeca.”

Though she indulged in weekly facials in preparation for the lingerie extravaganza, now the show is over for another year, she’ll reduce the treatment to once or twice a month.

Elsa also shared her most unusual skincare story, which saw her use a cream made from own blood.

“It was during Paris Fashion Week and I was like, ‘What do you mean you’re going to take my blood and put it in a cream?'” she said of the Dr Barbara Sturm product.

However, she was amazed by the instant impact of the strange concoction.

“I saw results right away. I was exhausted, I remember it was the last leg of fashion month and my skin was a greyish colour. I was like ‘S**t, I need some help,'” the fashion icon recalled. “I wore (the blood cream) to bed and woke up and my skin was alive again. It’s so crazy how your own blood can heal your skin.”

The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs in the U.S. on the ABC network on 2 December.

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Elsa Hosk dedicates her days off to self-care

Elsa Hosk often uses her days off to pamper herself.The Swedish model has a busy schedule which has seen her work with top brands such as Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Anna Sui, after giving up a professional basketball career to model full-time. As her p…

Elsa Hosk often uses her days off to pamper herself.

The Swedish model has a busy schedule which has seen her work with top brands such as Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Anna Sui, after giving up a professional basketball career to model full-time.

As her professional life can often be quite hectic, Elsa has now explained that she has learned the value of self-care when she’s allowed some time to herself.

“If I have a day off, sometimes I’ll take a whole day for self-care. I’ll get a massage or work out,” she shared in an interview with StyleCaster. “I know that’s a luxury because I don’t have kids or on that day, I don’t have things that I have to take care of. When you’re pressed for time and have a lot of commitments and work, it’s fine to just take a little time. You can get a neck massage – even if it’s from a friend! Just close your eyes and be in the moment.”

Elsa also tries to be mindful when it comes to her daily routine, and makes the most of moments like doing her make-up, cleansing her face or even just taking a walk by herself.

However, she has a busy few days ahead as she prepares to walk in the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, making it the eighth time she has been tapped for the event. And she already has big plans for some downtime once it’s over.

“I’m going on a trip with all my girlfriends,” she smiled. “I’m flying some of my friends from Sweden and some of my girls from New York and we’re going to go a beach somewhere and stay in a house together.”

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Anna Sui scolds celebs that ruin her samples

Anna Sui has slammed celebrities who return sample clothes in poor condition.The American designer has been in the business since the early ’90s and had famous supermodels including Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista walk during her first ever show i…

Anna Sui has slammed celebrities who return sample clothes in poor condition.

The American designer has been in the business since the early ’90s and had famous supermodels including Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista walk during her first ever show in 1991. Today she is beloved by fashion royalty such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, while other famous clients include Shay Mitchell, Vanessa Hudgens and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

However, while a number of A-listers are queuing up to be dressed by her, Sui finds it annoying when her designs come back in an unacceptable condition – something that happens all too often.

“Oh yes, especially when it is your original sample,” she complained to Page Six at the Fashion Group International Night of Stars. “It just happened recently, and I did not handle it well. It is not settled yet. It is not legal or anything, but it has not been settled yet.”

Sui was honoured with the Fashion Star award at the ceremony last Thursday (25Oct18) and received the accolade from fellow designer and close friend Marc Jacobs. And though the 54-year-old has pioneered trends like boho, athleisure and ’70s folk, she believes that sometimes it’s the most simple outfits that prove to be the most effective.

“I love people with great style. It does not have to be my style — it can just be jeans and a white shirt,” she smiled. “I wish I could look good in a white shirt!”

Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, creative directors at Kenzo and founders of Opening Ceremony, also received Fashion Star awards on the night, while Vera Wang took home the prestigious Superstar award.

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Anna Sui wanted to reinvigorate shopping experience at NYFW

Anna Sui wanted to bring excitement back into the shopping experience through her New York Fashion Week catwalk show.The designer recruited models including sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and 16-year-old Kaia Gerber to present her spring 2019 collection…

Anna Sui wanted to bring excitement back into the shopping experience through her New York Fashion Week catwalk show.

The designer recruited models including sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and 16-year-old Kaia Gerber to present her spring 2019 collection in New York City last week.

Showcasing a feminine yet streetwise range of clothes, Sui adorned the runway with garments hung on rails as if to emulate a bazaar, to remind consumers that shopping is still an enjoyable experience.

“I wanted a bazaar because I think that retail is not dead,” she told British Vogue, adding that she took inspiration from a scene in the 1950s movie, Kismet.

All the objects on the catwalk were available to purchase and came from her own suppliers.

“Shopping used to be exciting; it was an adventure, you could search out incredible things that you’d never seen before and discover them,” the 66-year-old smiled. “That’s all we need: Shopping as fun.”

The collection featured floral prints toughened up by punky colour schemes, as well as pretty boho cover-ups and ‘70s-inspired flared trousers.

Models were styled in ’90s bucket hats and patterned head scarves, and for those not wearing headgear, hair was piled on top of heads in rock ‘n’ roll twisted beehives.

And the modest fashion mogul was grateful to all of those that helped her make her creative vision a reality.

“These are all my friends,” she said of her producers. “All my favourite creators of vintage, embellishment, T-shirts and leathers and these amazing artisans. It’s what we need: Energy and real clothes.”

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Bella Hadid shares her top modelling tips

Bella Hadid has taken a break from New York Fashion Week to share her top modelling tips.The supermodel has been busy during the prestigious style spectacle, having already walked for the likes of Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung and Brandon Maxwell. With a hug…

Bella Hadid has taken a break from New York Fashion Week to share her top modelling tips.

The supermodel has been busy during the prestigious style spectacle, having already walked for the likes of Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung and Brandon Maxwell.

With a huge number of luxury campaigns under her belt, as well as an ongoing partnership with Dior Beauty, it’s no surprise Bella is the name every brand wants on their catwalk. And according to the 21-year-old, personality trumps looks when it comes to being a top model.

“100 per cent it would be just to be yourself and to not try to be anybody else,” she explained when Teen Vogue asked for her best piece of advice. “And it sounds so cliche, but you see girls backstage sometimes that finally, now, after three years of being in the business, can be themselves and show who they really are, and it’s the best part about them. Sometimes people try to get put into a box, and there are no boxes here.”

Bella was first signed to IMG Models in 2014 and was soon tapped by labels such as Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger and Jeremy Scott in time for New York Fashion Week later that year.

The style icon is lucky enough to have shared her blossoming career with supermodel sister Gigi Hadid, and insisted that even “if your walk is a little wobbly,” a connection with others in the industry is what matters most.

“(It’s) about the relationships you make, about the kindness that you spread, and obviously working really hard you have to have a great mindset to be in this business,” she smiled.

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Anna Sui gives femininity a street edge for spring 2019

Anna Sui put a streetwise spin on floral prints and feminine materials during her spring 2019 presentation.The American designer tapped modelling royalty to walk the catwalk held at Spring Studios in New York City on Monday night (10Sep18), including s…

Anna Sui put a streetwise spin on floral prints and feminine materials during her spring 2019 presentation.

The American designer tapped modelling royalty to walk the catwalk held at Spring Studios in New York City on Monday night (10Sep18), including sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, and 16-year-old Kaia Gerber. Models Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha graced the front row, as well as father-daughter duo Francis Ford and Sofia Coppola.

Floral prints were toughened up thanks to a punky black and pink colour scheme, which was plastered onto a slouchy pyjama-style shirt and short set, as well as a silky Asian-infused jumpsuit and a loose floaty dress jazzed up with sequins. The pink and black gradually faded away and was replaced by a sea of blues and greens in nature-inspired patterns, while further down the catwalk Sui upped the femininity with pretty boho cover-ups and went back in time with ‘70s-inspired metallic brocade flared trousers, given an androgynous touch thanks to its pairing with a slouchy suit jacket.

It was the 66-year-old’s attention to accessories which gave the collection a throwback yet modern feel, as models were styled in ’90s bucket hats and patterned head scarves, as well as layers of beaded necklaces and bracelets. There were no traditional handbags in sight, only casual cross-body bags and fanny packs, while strappy sandals and slides in pink and red were the footwear of choice, all paired with dainty ankle socks in corresponding colours.

For those not wearing headgear, hair was piled on top of heads in rock ‘n’ roll twisted beehives, and lightly glossed pink lips, strong brows and subtly flushed cheeks were the stand out beauty statements of the show.

New York Fashion Week continues on Tuesday with Oscar de la Renta and Coach.

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Vera Wang to be honoured at FGI’s Night of Stars

Vera Wang is the Superstar award winner at the 2018 Fashion Group International’s (FGI) Night of Stars.The 69-year-old will receive the coveted accolade at the gala on 25 October, which comes after a 28-year career in the fashion industry that starte…

Vera Wang is the Superstar award winner at the 2018 Fashion Group International’s (FGI) Night of Stars.

The 69-year-old will receive the coveted accolade at the gala on 25 October, which comes after a 28-year career in the fashion industry that started with the designer creating her own wedding dress in 1989.

A year later, Wang launched her own bridal wear company and has since gone on design ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear, while dressing some of the world’s biggest celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey and fellow fashion mogul Victoria Beckham.

She will now succeed Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who was crowned last year’s Superstar.

Fashion Star awards will also be presented at the ceremony to Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, Anna Sui, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon – who together are creative directors at Kenzo as well as the founders of Opening Ceremony.

The theme of this year’s FGI Night of Stars is intended to reflect the reenvisioning of the fashion industry that has taken place this year, according to Margaret Hayes, president and chief executive officer.

“The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Design Reimagined,’” she explained in an interview with WWD. “It highlights those who see the world the way it is; who listen, change the conversation and reimagine what it is to what should be, bringing new ideas and meaning to the worlds of design, beauty, culture, philanthropy and the human condition.”

Other honourees will also include Moncler for Luxury Lifestyle and Frederic Malle for Beauty.

Once again, the event will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, and Barneys Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan will return to his role as master of ceremonies.

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