Kaia Gerber thrilled to land first U.S. Vogue cover

Kaia Gerber has landed her first U.S Vogue cover photoshoot.The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has been tapped to appear alongside Adut Akech and Ugbad Abdi on the front of the April 2020 issue of the publication. Titled…

Kaia Gerber has landed her first U.S Vogue cover photoshoot.

The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has been tapped to appear alongside Adut Akech and Ugbad Abdi on the front of the April 2020 issue of the publication.

Titled Beauty without Borders, the edition is focused on celebrating models from 26 different nations, including Fran Summers, Anok Yai, Liu Wen, and Vittoria Ceretti, and accordingly, Kaia could not be more thrilled to be in the mix.

“My first american vogue cover!” she captioned a photo of the cover on her Instagram page. “@voguemagazine april issue by the endlessly inspiring @tylersphotos. words cannot describe what this moment means to me, and to share it with women who empower me every day makes it even more special @iamugbad @adutakech I feel so lucky! thank you to everyone who made this happen! girl power (sic).”

Previously, Kaia appeared on the cover of the April 2016 issue of Paris Vogue alongside her supermodel mother and fronted the October 2019 cover of British Vogue.

The new photoshoot was helmed by Tyler Mitchell, with the models styled by Camilla Nickerson.

And in an accompanying article, the brunette beauty opened up about how she wants to use her public platform and large social media following to inspire young people to educate themselves about politics.

“With all the information that’s out there, we can’t claim ignorance anymore,” the 18-year-old insisted. “My generation sees it as their duty to educate themselves, to speak up – we won’t be silenced by anyone.

“When you have a big platform, it seems irresponsible not to use it for good.”

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Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai fronting Tory Burch campaign

Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai have been tapped to star in Tory Burch’s empowering new campaign.Coinciding with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the top models are fronting the American designer’s spring/summer 2020 imagery, titled …

Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai have been tapped to star in Tory Burch’s empowering new campaign.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the top models are fronting the American designer’s spring/summer 2020 imagery, titled Walk the Walk.

Harnessing Burch’s call for women to “embrace ambition”, one black-and-white video shows the trio walking through a park while reflecting on the ways it’s possible to make a difference in the lives of others.

“To me, ambition has to have purpose. I can change lives of other people that didn’t get the chance that I did. I believe in that ripple effect,” the Russian star commented, while Yai shared, “My parents migrated from Egypt to America. My dad would always remind me, ‘This is your life now. But having ambition, it can help our entire country back home.'”

Elsewhere, Burch summed up her personal philosophy and the sense of purpose that drives her.

“I often hear people say, ‘Oh, they’re just one person and they can’t create change.’ And, I totally disagree with that. It just takes one person. Embracing ambition means empowering other women,” she mused.

In addition, the designer noted that the campaign aligns with the message of the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides access to capital, education and digital resources to women in the U.S., as well as a Fellowship programme.

“Our company is committed to our Foundation and supporting women and has given $20 million to the Tory Burch Foundation from a percentage of product sales. We walk the walk and we are committed to supporting women globally in their efforts to do the same,” the 53-year-old added.

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Stella McCartney serves up stripes and suits for spring 2020

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, An…

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, Anna Wintour, Natalia Vodianova, Maisie Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Vivienne Westwood in attendance.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, Stella explained that she wanted to honour “fierce women” who aren’t afraid to make the world their own.

“The free-spirits, the wild ones, the artists and the risk-takers,” the 48-year-old shared in her show notes. “True individuals with strength of character who shine their light bravely. As natural beauty meets modernity, fluid meets graphic and eccentricity meets simplicity, structure is built up and broken down, expressing strength of heart and the duality of the modern woman.”

The spectacle opened with model Krini Hernandez walking the runway in black and white striped trousers, a beige shirt, and a boxy beige blazer, with the look accessorised with gladiator sandals and bio-acetate sunglasses hanging off of oversized artful chains.

A line-up of separates in a palette of white, brown, and Oxford blue followed, while pops of colour were apparent in an orange dress sported by Anok Yai and a teal coat worn by Amber Valletta.

In keeping with Stella’s eco-friendly ethos, items were made from organic cotton, sustainable viscose, hemp, and sustainable raffia, while many of the suits were manufactured from Japanese recycled polyester fabric.

Alongside pieces with petal edging and denim-on-denim ensembles, the fashion star also introduced a series of floral dresses, with the prints inspired by photographs she had taken during bike rides through the English countryside.

Highlights included a floral print suit and shirt combo worn by male model Khadim Sock and a two-piece outfit made from the same fabric which was modelled by Kaia Gerber.

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Valentino plays with colour for spring 2020

Valentino played with colour for its spring/summer 2020 collection on Sunday.Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest line for the luxury Italian fashion house at Les Invalides as part of Paris Fashion Week, with celebrities such as Na…

Valentino played with colour for its spring/summer 2020 collection on Sunday.

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest line for the luxury Italian fashion house at Les Invalides as part of Paris Fashion Week, with celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Alexa Chung, and Nathalie Emmanuel all perched on the front row.

The show opened and closed with a series of all-white looks reminiscent of founder Valentino Garavani’s 1968 All White collection, kicking off with Adut Akech modelling a wrap dress with billowing sleeves and white rope belt, and continued with starched bibs, voluminous sleeves, collars, and ruffs that evoked religious imagery.

Yet, according to editors at Vogue, Piccioli stated that there was no deliberate religious or historical referencing.

In the show notes, the designer explained, “By subtracting colour, shape and volumes come to the fore,” and that “the non-colour white is ultimately a sum of every colour of the spectrum”.

He went on to explore colour in the mid-section of the show by switching from white to maxi dresses in lime green and coral, and also unveiled minidresses in neon pink and green before a run of ensembles in an array of striking colours.

“The purity of shapes and volumes joins in conversation with an extravagance of colour and material for #ValentinoSS20, shown this evening at Hotel National des Invalides in Paris,” a Valentino representative wrote on Instagram.

The models, which included Kaia Gerber, Fran Summers, and Anok Yai, also wore dresses adorned with vibrant prints showing flora and fauna, inspired by nature paintings by 19th-century French artist Henri Rousseau, sheer material, and marabou feathers.

Looks were matched with flat rope sandals and bold gold make-up by Pat McGrath.

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Anna Wintour pleased to see more diversity in modelling industry

Anna Wintour is happy to see models from diverse backgrounds being embraced by the fashion world.The fashion journalist, who has acted as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.In a new interview …

Anna Wintour is happy to see models from diverse backgrounds being embraced by the fashion world.

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

In a new interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour was asked who she considered to be the “breakout model” of the season, and she offered a broad answer.

“I don’t think there’s one girl who is really soaring above the others, but certainly Anok (Yai) and Ugbad (Abdi) have had very, very strong seasons,” she commented. “I think what’s so exciting about what is happening on the runway at present is there is so much celebration of diversity. There’s so much celebration of different body types. And I think there’s so much celebration of individuality. It isn’t about one girl ruling the runways.”

Elsewhere in the video, Wintour spoke about her experiences at Paris Fashion Week, and even though her trips to France are fleeting, she tries to incorporate some time for herself.

“A lot of time is spent going to the shows, meeting designers. But I always try to make time to visit museums and if I can find the time, I go out to Versailles. Walk in the extraordinary gardens there and try and switch (my) mind off of fashion,” the 69-year-old stated.

Wintour also named the boot as the accessory of the upcoming season and insisted that she never tires of attend fashion shows. And the editor’s best advice for young fashionistas wanting to attending events is to be persistent.

“Whenever we interview a young fashion designer, there isn’t one that doesn’t tell us when they were an aspiring fashion student, they didn’t find their way into a fashion show. So, all I can say is: Where there is a will, there is a way,” she smiled.

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Kaia Gerber fronting Versace’s ‘luxury-grunge’ campaign for fall 19

Kaia Gerber has been tapped to front Versace’s “luxury-grunge” fall/winter 2019 campaign.The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford, has had a long relationship with creative director Donatella Versace, having made her modelling debut for the Ita…

Kaia Gerber has been tapped to front Versace’s “luxury-grunge” fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford, has had a long relationship with creative director Donatella Versace, having made her modelling debut for the Italian label’s junior line when she was 10 years old.

Kaia has since gone on to appear in runway shows and campaigns for Versace, and on Tuesday, executives announced that she is one of the faces of the new campaign.

In the main image, the 17-year-old is seen sporting a furry jacket and green knit jumper, while sitting beside a leather handbag featuring a Baroque-style pattern. However, she is also wearing a messy blonde wig, slash of red lipstick, and has had her eyebrows bleached.

In the caption, a Versace rep simply wrote, “Introducing the #VersaceFW19 advertising campaign, that manifests the luxury-grunge aesthetic seen on the runway.”

Donatella oversaw the photoshoot, while Ferdinando Verderi was creative director, Pat McGrath was in charge of the make-up, and Guido Palau did the hairstyling.

Kaia also uploaded the snap to her Instagram page, with many of her four million followers commenting that she appeared almost unrecognisable.

“Wowwwwwww,” wrote Lily Aldridge, while one of Cindy’s fellow model pals, Gail Elliott, commented, “Gorgeous Kaia…! How amazing, Cindy!! GE.”

In other snaps from the campaign, Bente Oort sports an eclectic outfit comprised of a silky chemise, tweed skirt, and leopard-print jacket, while in an accompanying film, Donatella and models Anok Yai and Maike Inga are seen rocking out and playing instruments.

“Grunge is the new black. Next gig at Donatella’s basement,” Anok captioned the clip.

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Gigi Hadid stars in Prada’s mind-bending fall 19 campaign

Gigi Hadid has been tapped to star in Prada’s experimental fall/winter 2019 campaign.The model is a favourite of the Italian fashion house’s creative director Miuccia Prada, having previously fronted marketing imagery and walked in runway presentations…

Gigi Hadid has been tapped to star in Prada’s experimental fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The model is a favourite of the Italian fashion house’s creative director Miuccia Prada, having previously fronted marketing imagery and walked in runway presentations.

Now, Gigi headlines the brand’s latest campaign, titled Anatomy of Romance, and in one image snapped by Willy Vanderperre, is seen reclining in a black dress and clutching a red Sidonie purse with an indoor garden as the backdrop. The 24-year-old also takes part in an accompanying video, in which she takes on the role of a scientist in a post-apocalyptic environment.

Regarding the mind-bending concept, a Prada spokesperson described the campaign and short film as a “new perspective on romance”.

“A sense of community is fostered in this tender imagery, a shared ethos and quintessence – a coming together, a romantic movement,” they said in a statement. “The concept is expounded through the surroundings as well as the figures within: here, a tension between man and nature is explored through the attraction of opposites, through images where an interior becomes an exterior, wild nature encroaching on industrial precision, delicate flowers and plants emerging to invade a harsh concrete cityscape. It acts as a modern romantic metaphor, for a coming together of different worlds.”

Other models to appear in the campaign include Sora Choi, Lillian Conner, Freja Beha Erichsen, Jing Wen, Anok Yai, Daan Duez, Jeremiah Fordjour, Wellington Grant, Jeranimo van Russel, and Nathan Westling.

With a heavy metal soundtrack which conveys the electric energy of the film, photographer and filmmaker Willy seeks to merge “actuality with the fantastical,” and the video contrasts lush indoor gardens with concrete offices, fast-moving figures, spinning lights and flowers that “melt into impressionistic blurs”.

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Tom Ford serves up satin and velvet for fall 19 collection

Tom Ford has offered up a collection of satin and velvet pieces for his fall/winter 2019 collection.The American designer kicked off New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night (06Feb19) with a show held at the Park Avenue Armory, and the presentation dre…

Tom Ford has offered up a collection of satin and velvet pieces for his fall/winter 2019 collection.

The American designer kicked off New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night (06Feb19) with a show held at the Park Avenue Armory, and the presentation drew in a number of celebrities, including Karlie Kloss, Poppy Delevingne, Ansel Elgort, Danai Gurira, Odell Beckham Jr., Sebastian Stan, Joe Alwyn, and Rich the Kid.

Regarding the theme of the range, Ford explained that he had decided to tone down his signature glamorous aesthetic in favour of a subtler feel, with his decision influenced by the uncertainty surrounding U.S. politics and the controversial policies of President Donald Trump at the moment.

“I’ve never really been a designer who’s talked about a moment in time, how that’s influenced what I design, but you can’t escape the news,” he said, according to Vogue.com. “I feel frustrated and agitated and exhausted. And I don’t want to wear anything particularly challenging or anything particularly aggressive.”

To begin, model Anok Yai opened the show in aubergine-hued satin trousers, a periwinkle shirt, satin pink platform pumps, a light pink neck tie and a purple faux fur hat.

A series of similar outfits followed, each sticking with the same colour palette except for touches of brown, steel grey or Champagne gold. Gigi Hadid strutted her stuff in red satin trousers, a red velvet blazer and plum-coloured top, while Joan Smalls modelled a black tuxedo with white faux fur hat.

Part way through the spectacle, Ford introduced a line of head-to-toe black ensembles consisting of satin trench coats, sharply tailored trousers, leather-look trousers and hoodies, while to conclude, the designer offered up a range of sleek evening dresses, with highlights including a black gown with chain detailing on the bodice, a floaty lilac number and the finale piece, a silver gown with cape detail.

New York Fashion Week continues on Thursday with shows from Tadashi Shoji, Elie Tahari, and Badgley Mischka.

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Riccardo Tisci unveils debut campaign for Burberry

Riccardo Tisci has finally unveiled his first campaign for Burberry.The Italian fashion designer, who formerly helmed Givenchy, was announced as the new creative director for the English heritage label in March 2018, succeeding Christopher Bailey. Tisc…

Riccardo Tisci has finally unveiled his first campaign for Burberry.

The Italian fashion designer, who formerly helmed Givenchy, was announced as the new creative director for the English heritage label in March 2018, succeeding Christopher Bailey.

Tisci presented his debut collection for Burberry during London Fashion Week last September, with the line featuring reinvented takes on the brand’s classic trench coat and check print, and on Thursday (24Jan19) he dropped the images from the accompanying marketing, with the photos including a diverse range of models such as Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova and American-Sudanese star Anok Yai.

“The thing that excites me the most about Burberry is how inclusive it is – it appeals to everyone no matter their age, their social standing, their race, their gender. So, when I was thinking about my first campaign here, I knew I wanted to work with a collection of collaborators to help interpret the breadth of what this incredible heritage house represents to so many different people – from the millennial to the mature, to the British and to the international,” the 44-year-old said in a statement. “They are images that have the confidence to stand on their own, but it’s when they are assembled together that they truly bring the diversity, the eclecticism, the inclusivity and the beauty of Burberry to life.”

Tisci called on photographers Nick Knight, Danko Steiner, Hugo Comte, Colin Dodgson, Peter Langer and Letty Schmiterlow for the campaign, with the other models cast including Stella Tennant, Fran Summers, Claudia Lavender, Rianne van Rompaey, Irina Shayk, Sora Choi, Darani, Matteo Ferri and Joe Plunkett.

One image depicts two male models posing in sharply tailored suits while carrying brown Burberry umbrellas, while another closes in on Shayk, who is sporting a light brown shirt and bright red lipstick.

“Being involved in Riccardo’s first campaign for Burberry is such a monumental moment for me, it’s wonderful to be taken under Riccardo’s wing, and an honour to work with a creative genius like him. This campaign is a significant moment for me and my career, and I am proud to be a part of it,” the 33-year-old Russian model added of the project.

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Gigi Hadid thrilled to front Prada’s spring 19 campaign

Gigi Hadid is excited to be the face of Prada’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.Executives for the Italian luxury fashion house unveiled imagery from the new photoshoot on social media on Wednesday (08Jan19), with one of the shots showing the 23-year-old m…

Gigi Hadid is excited to be the face of Prada’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.

Executives for the Italian luxury fashion house unveiled imagery from the new photoshoot on social media on Wednesday (08Jan19), with one of the shots showing the 23-year-old model posing with a black and white Prada purse, and sporting bleached eyebrows and make-up inspired by the looks British supermodel Twiggy famously wore in the ’60s.

Taking to Instagram, Gigi uploaded one of the snaps and explained that the opportunity was a dream come true.

“It’s hard to put into words how much this means to me,” she captioned the post. “There are just some things in life you dream about but don’t think you’ll achieve; to Mrs. (Miuccia) Prada, @ashleybrokaw (Ashley Brokaw, casting director), @zambishot (Fabio Zambernardi, design director), and the entire team – thank you for this incredible experience and opportunity to prove myself. We had the best time working on this project and I can’t wait to share more!!”

In addition to Gigi, a number of other top models, including Liu Wen, Anok Yai, Maike Inga, and Freja Beha Erichsen, appear in the campaign and “suspenseful” short films.

Photographer Willy Vanderperre helmed the shoot, while styling was undertaken by Olivier Rizzo, with a Prada spokesperson explaining that the concept drew on the history of Hollywood cinema.

“This campaign approach emblemises the concept of Prada as an auteur, whose style and thematic preoccupations underscore the visuals,” they said. “A great movie can be seen as a world view – a window onto an imagined universe unto itself. Here, Prada directs multiple realities, refashioning five female models – Freja Beha Erichsen, Gigi Hadid, Maike Inga, Liu Wen, and Anok Yai – as characters named after Prada’s supporting cast of accessories.”

Three male models – Daan Duez, Jonas Gloer and Tae Min – appear in the campaign too, though they are presented as “matinee idols” or masculine counterparts to the female stars.

Prada’s short films will be released through January and February on the label’s website.

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