Natalia Vodianova engaged

Natalia Vodianova is engaged to her longtime partner Antoine Arnault.The Russian supermodel took to her Instagram page on New Year’s Day to post a picture of her snuggling up to the Berluti chief executive at the seaside. In the snap, Natalia can be se…

Natalia Vodianova is engaged to her longtime partner Antoine Arnault.

The Russian supermodel took to her Instagram page on New Year’s Day to post a picture of her snuggling up to the Berluti chief executive at the seaside. In the snap, Natalia can be seen flashing her new pear-shaped engagement ring at the camera.

“This year has been beautiful and very memorable,” she captioned the image. “2020 here we come. Can’t wait to celebrate next year with our loved ones @antoinearnault.”

The happy couple was soon inundated with congratulatory messages, including comments from tennis ace Maria Sharapova and Berluti designer Kris Van Assche.

And when one follower asked Natalia if she was going to get married, she replied, “Yes,” with a kissing face emoji.

The fashion star and Antoine, who is the son of French billionaire Bernard Arnault, have been in a relationship since 2011. They are parents to sons Maxim, five, and three-year-old Roman.

Natalia was previously married to Justin Portman from 2001 until June 2011. The former couple shares three children; sons Lucas, 18, and Viktor, 12, as well as daughter Neva, 13.

And while the 37-year-old hesitated at the idea of having more children when she was first dating Antoine, she now lives a blissfully happy life in Paris.

“I mean, I already had three gorgeous children,” she recalled in a chat with W magazine back in 2017. “Maybe initially I was doing it more for him than myself, but, at the same time, when you’re in love with a man, you want to reproduce him as many times as possible.”

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Natalia Vodianova dishes on her ‘low-key’ shopping habits

Natalia Vodianova is trying to help her children embrace “low-key” shopping habits.The supermodel is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked in over 200 runway shows and fronted campaigns for brands including Givenchy,…

Natalia Vodianova is trying to help her children embrace “low-key” shopping habits.

The supermodel is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked in over 200 runway shows and fronted campaigns for brands including Givenchy, Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.

She is mother to five children – 16-year-old Lucas, 12-year-old Neva and 11-year-old Viktor from her marriage to ex-husband Justin Portman, as well as sons Maxim, four, and Roman, two, from her current relationship with CEO of Berluti and director of LVMH, Antoine Arnault.

Though Natalia’s family are of considerable wealth, she is adamant that they don’t overindulge when it comes to their spending.

“We don’t buy too much,” the Russian star insisted in an interview with MailOnline. “Only essential shopping in the U.S. We buy for the year – maybe a couple of jeans, a couple of shirts, something warm and that’s it. We’re very low-key.”

Natalia also recalled a recent instance when daughter Neva was teased because she wore an “old T-shirt”, but is keen for her children to see the value in worn garments.

“Her friends were, ‘Oh my God, you’ve had this T-shirt for three years already!’ So, I try to train her to be funny about it, to say: ‘It’s only ten years till you get the perfect softness,'” she smiled. “I try to get her to spin those things into positives.”

The 36-year-old is a fan of high street brands, acting as the face of H&M’s Conscious collection last year (17), and particularly “loves Topshop – such a cute shop!”

Away from fashion, Natalia is currently spearheading sexual health campaign Let’s Talk with the UN, a symposium to tackle women’s health taboos such as periods and feminine hygiene products.

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Kris Van Assche drops debut Berluti campaign

Kris Van Assche has unveiled his first Berluti campaign.Van Assche was announced as the artistic director of the menswear label in April, two weeks after he left Dior Homme. He’d been at the French luxury brand for 11 years before he took over Haider A…

Kris Van Assche has unveiled his first Berluti campaign.

Van Assche was announced as the artistic director of the menswear label in April, two weeks after he left Dior Homme. He’d been at the French luxury brand for 11 years before he took over Haider Ackermann’s role at Berluti.

The Belgian designer’s debut adverts for his new company dropped on Monday (18Jun18), just ahead of the first day of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s. Although he’s sitting this round of men’s shows out, Van Assche has ensured the stylish crowd will be talking about Berluti with his stripped-down marketing imagery.

“For this first campaign, I wanted to create an image rooted in the maison’s origins and emboss it with my vision,” he said in a statement. “See you in January.”

Van Assche will show his first Berluti line at the start of 2019, while his Dior Homme successor Kim Jones will unveil his debut collection in Paris on Saturday.

The black and white images, shot by Jamie Hawkesworth and styled by Mauricio Nardi, feature three nude male models posing with only a pair of Berluti’s classic Alessandro Oxford shoes, slung around their necks. The models each show off a different variation of the shoe, which is made from a single piece of patinated Venezia leather or alligator hide.

“This campaign was thought of and art-directed by Kris. I relate to it because it speaks of who we are while holding a promise of more to come,” added Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of Berluti.

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Haider Ackermann exiting Berluti

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.But …

Haider Ackermann is departing Berluti after three seasons at the label.

The Colombian-born designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 and has since gone on to build a reputation for his sharp suits and eye-catching accessories.

But on Friday (30Mar18), bosses at Berluti parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) announced that Ackermann was exiting his role as creative director.

“Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti’s collections and image these past few seasons,” said Berluti’s chief executive officer Antoine Arnault, according to WWD. “I want to thank him for everything he has accomplished since his arrival. His feel for materials, colours, and his wonderful shows will always be linked to the history of the house.”

Ackermann studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and went on to work at John Galliano before starting his eponymous line in 2001.

He has not yet shared whether he will be joining another fashion house or concentrating on his own brand but uploaded a statement on Instagram in which he explained how happy he was to have been a part of the Berluti story.

“I am immensely proud to have been able to put my creativity at the service of this house with an exceptional know-how, whilst working with a passionate team. I thank them for their commitment,” he added.

Ackermann’s exit marks another shake-up within the world of men’s fashion, as Hedi Slimane has recently joined Celine, where he will debut menswear, and Kim Jones has left his role at Louis Vuitton in order to take up the role of head menswear designer at Dior Homme, succeeding Kris Van Assche. Off-White designer Virgil Abloh will replace Jones at Louis Vuitton.

Berluti executives are expected to announce Ackermann’s successor shortly.

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Natalia Vodianova talks teenage kids: ‘It’s terrifying!’

Natalia Vodianova has opened up about her kids growing up, admitting she’s not ready to have adult children.The Russian model is mum to four sons; Lucas, 16, Viktor, 10, Maxim 3, and 19-month-old Roman, as well as daughter Neva, 11. And as she’s watche…

Natalia Vodianova has opened up about her kids growing up, admitting she’s not ready to have adult children.

The Russian model is mum to four sons; Lucas, 16, Viktor, 10, Maxim 3, and 19-month-old Roman, as well as daughter Neva, 11. And as she’s watched her children grow older over the years, Natalia can’t believe how close they are to becoming adults.

“It’s completely terrifying to be the mother of a young man. I’m not ready to have an adult son,” she exclaimed to America’s InStyle. “Lucas went to participate in a debating society with kids from, like, 120 other countries. He had to wear a tie and a black suit and spent all weekend, from eight in the morning to seven at night, debating. It was really cute.”

The 35-year-old, who has been in a relationship with Berluti CEO Antoine Arnault since 2011, went on to explain with dismay that her elder offspring are now less willing to hang out with their mum.

“On the weekend there’s no more like, ‘Hey, guys, let’s go have fun,’ and everyone says, ‘Yay!’” she shared. “Now the older kids are getting so serious with their exams. I’m losing my gang!”

As well as modelling for top labels such as Calvin Klein, Prada and Louis Vuitton, Natalia works in technology, having helped to launch a donation app called Elbi and also investing in Flo Period Tracker, an app used by over 10 million users.

While the fashion icon is passionate about the industry, she safeguards her children when they engage in social media.

“Neva has her own Instagram account, but it’s private, so she has, like, 30 followers, just family and a couple of friends,” she explained. “But now she runs the account of our cat, Galileo, and that one is public. What she posts on her own account gets 10 likes at most, so when Galileo gets 50, she’s so excited!”

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