Victoria Beckham dishes up ‘gentle rebellion’ for fall 20

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attra…

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attracting the likes of Anna Wintour, Samantha Ronson, Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, and Sinead Burke, as well as Victoria’s husband David Beckham and their four children.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, the fashion star explained that she wanted to add a bit of edge to her go-to feminine silhouettes.

“This season, I was thinking about the tension between refinement and rebellion. I was inspired by different ideas of women – different characters, different moments, and different attitudes – but with no restrictions. The overriding sentiment was that we don’t have to follow the rules. We can follow our instincts. Be spirited,” she wrote in the show notes. “The silhouette has evolved with a newness, a freshness. Shorter abbreviated proportions feel different and right for now. I wanted to explore how to honour tradition but challenge convention. To be subversive, yet still sophisticated. The collection is about staying true to ourselves and our woman, but still surprising her, and us. Twisting our codes. This is what I call my gentle rebellion.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a black velvet dress with plunging neckline and black leather boots. The outfit was given a touch of sparkle via the addition of crystal drop earrings.

A number of black ensembles followed, many of which were accessorised with belts featuring interlocking hand designs.

Victoria also introduced a line-up of plaid separates, brightly coloured knitwear, and cosy coats, before concluding the show by having models parade the runway in winter-ready dresses with voluminous sleeves.

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Serena Williams seeking to branch out into luxury fashion

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week. Serena, who …

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.

The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week.

Serena, who studied fashion design at college, told Anna Wintour during a Q&A after her show that while she still wants to please her loyal fans, she’s not ruling out dabbling in a luxury line.

But rather than releasing pricier pieces as a separate collection, the 38-year-old is considering including a limited-edition capsule within her S by Serena line.

“I would love to do luxury, but I feel like I also want to be true and authentic to people that support the brand for years,” she explained. “And so, if we do a luxury capsule, it’ll be really small one day in the future. But I love the idea of see now, buy now, and really do it in a good way.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Serena told the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief that she’s trying to embrace sustainability by using vegan leather and other eco-friendly materials, while maintaining her glam aesthetic.

“We experimented with different animal prints; we focused on giraffe. And then we focused on the sustainability aspect of having vegan leather,” she explained. “And so that’s kind of what we wanted to focus on and just build from there.”

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Anna Wintour offers her advice on best gifts for Valentine’s Day

Anna Wintour has named jewellery and homemade meals as the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about present ideas for the romantic holiday, which falls on 14 February, during a recent interview for the fashion public…

Anna Wintour has named jewellery and homemade meals as the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about present ideas for the romantic holiday, which falls on 14 February, during a recent interview for the fashion publication’s Go Ask Anna video series. Accordingly, Wintour recommended preparing your significant other a delicious meal.

“If you’re in a new relationship, I would honestly think about something that’s not too serious, has a sense of humour. Maybe you’d want to think about cooking them dinner?” she said, adding that she’s a big fan of squash carbonara.

As for couples who have been together a long time, Wintour suggested investigating a gift that involves both people.

“So, possibly bracelets from Scosha or maybe rings from Tiffany?” the 70-year-old smiled. “Or if you want to do something that’s more fashion orientated, I just saw an adorable couple wearing matching sweaters from Loverboy designed by Charles Jeffrey on the streets of London. And if the budget’s a little larger, Prada have some great ones that they just showed on the runways of Milan.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour named her favourite dates as trips to the theatre with her daughter Bee and attending tennis matches with her son Charlie.

But as for her worst date ever, the editor recalled a time in the ’70s when she was seeing a young writer with “very activist leanings”.

“He was always getting arrested and going to jail and getting a lot of negative press. And my father, who was an editor of a newspaper, and never exhibited any interest in my boyfriends, asked me if he could meet him,” she remembered. “So, we had an extremely uncomfortable exchange, but then at the end of it, my dad said to the young man, ‘I know you’re interested in politics, would you like to go to America and cover the upcoming election campaigns?’ He, of course, was stunned and immediately said yes, and then he left the next day and I never saw him again. My dad was quite cunning!”

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Anna Wintour predicts Little Women costume designer will win Oscar

Anna Wintour has predicted Little Women’s Jacqueline Durran will win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design on Sunday.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the ind…

Anna Wintour has predicted Little Women’s Jacqueline Durran will win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design on Sunday.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry and is constantly keeping an eye out for future trends.

For the latest instalment of her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour was asked about the films she believed had the best costume and styling of late, and accordingly, she named Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.

“I have to pick two films, (where the Vogue team) felt the costumes were extraordinary. The first one would be Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – the costumes were designed by Arianne Phillips. The look of the movie, which was set at the end of the ’60s, early ’70s, was so like an Alessandro Michele show for Gucci, you could put the two side-by-side and you couldn’t tell the difference,” she said. “And then the other film where we loved the way it looked was Little Women, where the clothes were designed by Jacqueline Durran. It was set in the Civil War era, obviously very Victorian. If you personally wanted to be inspired by that look for yourself, you might want to look at Brock (Collection), or Erdem, or even Louis Vuitton.”

After a brief pause, Wintour continued: “If I was going to choose one, I’d say she (Durran) deserves to win.”

Phillips and Durran will be competing against The Irishman’s Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, Jojo Rabbit’s Mayes C. Rubeo, and Joker’s Mark Bridges at the Oscars, with the winner to be named during the ceremony on Sunday night. Durran recently won the BAFTA for Best Costume Design.

Elsewhere in the conversation, Wintour also named The Farewell, directed by Lulu Wang and starring Awkwafina, and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite as two of her must-see films.

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Dapper Dan was ‘too nervous’ to meet Anna Wintour at Met Gala

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities. In recent years, Dan has formed …

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities.

In recent years, Dan has formed a partnership with bosses at Gucci, and was thrilled when he was invited to attend the prestigious fashion event with the team in 2018 – though he was disappointed not to meet two style icons at the bash.

“The Met sealed the deal for me in terms of fashion,” he said during a chat with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast. “There was two people I wanted to meet. (Fashion journalist) Andre Leon Talley and, of course, the queen (U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour. If I could be acknowledged by the king and queen, that seals the deal. I messed up the first time, I was so nervous I didn’t walk through the right door – I didn’t get to shake her hand!”

Dan, who went on to indicate that he did get to introduce himself to Wintour at the 2019 Met Gala, explained that he was happy to have the support of Graham because he was not used to being in such a star-studded environment.

“You called me from the party, made sure I was alright. I was in a strange land,” the 75-year-old recalled. “I’m standing there and it’s just me, Marco Bizzarri – the CEO of Gucci – and that’s a big deal for me. And so, I’m looking around, the Kardashians are back there, Madonna’s over there, and I’m (thinking), ‘Wait a minute, am I in the right line?’ I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was a very big deal.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Graham thanked Dan for allowing her to have a hands-on approach when co-designing her look for this year’s event. And the veteran trendsetter insisted that he has always had the same viewpoint when it comes to collaborating.

“I see fashion as primarily something that’s transformative. Not just transformative coming from me, but to be able to transform people that I dress,” he smiled.

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Anna Wintour does not approve of matching couple outfits

Anna Wintour does not approve of couples wearing matching outfits in public.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.But while Wintour has seen many trends …

Anna Wintour does not approve of couples wearing matching outfits in public.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But while Wintour has seen many trends come and go, in a video interview for her Go Ask Anna series, she noted that she can’t stand it when people make a point of wearing the same clothes.

“Absolutely not,” she sighed. “I am not a fan of partner dressing. I think everybody should be completely independent.”

Wintour was then asked by another member of the public for her take on sustainable fashion and whether she believed a day will come where we will “shop from our own closets”.

Accordingly, she insisted that everyone should carefully consider what they buy – within reason.

“I did hear recently that the great Jane Fonda has given up shopping. But I imagine that she has a very, very large closet to shop from while she remains in Washington (D.C.) demonstrating for climate change. And good for her, what a fantastic thing to be doing with your Fridays,” the 70-year-old commented. “But I also think it’s important to remember that fashion gives one so much joy and so much sense of optimism. Yes, we should all shop more responsibly, more carefully, thinking about things that really are going to last. But fashion is also about individuality, self-expression and reflecting a moment. I think it’s very, very important to remember that.”

And as for her New Year’s resolution for 2020, Wintour has one main goal.

“I only have one New Year’s resolution and that is to do absolutely everything I can to help elect a Democratic candidate for (U.S.) President,” she added.

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Anna Wintour hopes Phoebe Philo makes fashion comeback in 2020

Anna Wintour is hopeful top fashion designer Phoebe Philo will make a comeback this year.During an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked by a member of the public about which fashion stars she would like t…

Anna Wintour is hopeful top fashion designer Phoebe Philo will make a comeback this year.

During an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked by a member of the public about which fashion stars she would like to see more of in 2020.

Accordingly, Wintour shared that she is excited to see what former Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz comes up with when he releases his new venture in collaboration with bosses at Richemont, and is keeping an eye on Philo too.

“I would also love, love to see the great Phoebe Philo back on the runway or back in our lives in some way,” she said. “But I have absolutely no insider information if that is going to happen.”

Philo, 47, previously garnered critical acclaim during her stints as creative director of Chloe from 2001 until 2006 and as the head designer of Celine from 2008 to 2018.

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour insisted that she won’t be getting her own Instagram account anytime soon, and divulged that she has been catching up on some very stylish TV shows recently.

“I love The Crown. It always looks magnificent, not only in terms of the wardrobe choices, but the entire production values are so amazing. I love the make-up in Euphoria,” the 70-year-old stated. “I also heard a lot about a show called The Eddy which I believe is set in Paris and is meant to be an update on Sex and the City and I am therefore very, very hopeful that this might be a TV show that can get fashion right.”

The Eddy, created by La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, will consist of eight episodes and stream on Netflix. A release date hasn’t been announced.

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Anna Wintour offers her advice on best gifts for mothers-in-law

Anna Wintour has a fool-proof gift idea for anyone struggling to think of a present for their mother-in-law.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about her favourite holiday traditions and least favourite gifts during an interview for the fashion pu…

Anna Wintour has a fool-proof gift idea for anyone struggling to think of a present for their mother-in-law.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about her favourite holiday traditions and least favourite gifts during an interview for the fashion publication’s Go Ask Anna video series, and during the chat, was asked for suggestions on what one should give their significant other’s parent.

“That’s a tough question because mothers-in-law can be tricky. My advice is: Find a wonderful photograph of your partner with your mother-in-law, find a fantastic frame, and present that,” she stated. “Can’t go wrong!”

Anna, who often entertains celebrity guests at her home, went on to explain that she has one main rule for making dinner parties comfortable – take your time to consider the seating plan.

“Make sure when you seat them for dinner, they are seated next to someone that they know and hopefully like and somebody that you think they are going to be excited to meet. And my other piece of advice – keep it moving,” the 70-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the clip, Anna spoke about her top holiday traditions and admitted that she loves nothing more than escaping to the Dominican Republic and away from the public eye.

“I have one holiday tradition that I love, in that every year I go down to the Dominican Republic, and I’m always very kindly asked to give the trophy for the local tennis tournament to whoever the winner may be,” she smiled. “And I always make a point of bringing either sneakers or tennis rackets to all the ball boys who work at the local club.”

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Kim Kardashian had two versions of Givenchy gown made for 2013 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed f…

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.

The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed fashion event six years ago.

However, in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks series, Kim explained that she was still trying to decide between the flower-print dress and a black version of the same style right up until the event started.

“We had a black version of this and then the floral version. And I was like, ‘I think I should just do the black version.’ And Riccardo’s like, ‘No come on you have to do the floral,'” she recalled, adding that the designer felt it better suited the occasion because she was pregnant with her daughter North West at the time. “Riccardo had said afterwards, ‘What do you give a woman when she’s pregnant? You send her flowers.’ It was such a sweet message, how Riccardo described it. But I was so insecure, and I could never really speak up at that point ’cause I was so shy and just wanted to make everyone happy.”

Kim went on to note that U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had previously told Riccardo that she preferred the floral version. Following the Met Gala, Kim was subjected to a tirade of criticism and Internet memes, with many comparing the look to upholstery or outfits worn by Robin Williams in 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.

“I was crying, like, the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it. There were all these memes about me and this couch. I think Robin Williams even tweeted it, said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire. It was like this whole thing, so I just cried,” the 39-year-old remembered.

Yet, Kim found great comfort in the reaction she received from The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

“I just remember (Mary-Kate and Ashley) came up to me and loved my outfit and my gloves,” she smiled. “So, none of the critics mattered because the Olsen twins approved.”

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Anna Wintour fine with re-gifting of presents

Anna Wintour is fine with the re-gifting of presents as long as it is done in a “transparent” way.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about her favourite holiday traditions and least favourite gifts during an interview for the fashion publication’…

Anna Wintour is fine with the re-gifting of presents as long as it is done in a “transparent” way.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked about her favourite holiday traditions and least favourite gifts during an interview for the fashion publication’s Go Ask Anna video series, and during the chat, acknowledged that she doesn’t mind being re-gifted something, as long as the gift giver is truthful.

“I think that re-gifting is totally fine as long as you’re transparent and honest about it,” she said. “You don’t pretend that you actually thoughtfully went out and combed Saks Fifth Avenue to look for that particular gift. But just say, ‘Somebody sent this to me, and I thought this was perfect for you.'”

Anna went on to explain that she can tell when someone gives her a gift that has little to no thought put into it and would advise people struggling to think of a present to consider making a charitable donation in the person’s name instead.

“The worst gifts that I receive are obviously picked out not by the person who is sending it to you. And that you know that it was dictated to an assistant or checked off by someone that’s never met you, who has no relevance to you or to your life. Surely, it’s so much better to give a donation in somebodies name to the charity of their choice rather than some goddamn candle that you’ve already received 50 of,” the 70-year-old joked.

As for the worst gift she’s ever given, Anna confessed that her husband Shelby Bryan wasn’t exact thrilled when she once gave him a puppy.

“He gave it back to me the next day. I thought it was a great gift, but those sentiments were not shared. But I got to keep the dog,” she smiled.

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