Natacha Ramsay-Levi views Chloe brand as a ‘community’

Natacha Ramsay-Levi sees the Chloe brand as a “community” women want to be part of.The French designer succeeded Clare Waight Keller as creative director of the luxury label in March 2017, having previously held positions at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitto…

Natacha Ramsay-Levi sees the Chloe brand as a “community” women want to be part of.

The French designer succeeded Clare Waight Keller as creative director of the luxury label in March 2017, having previously held positions at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton.

Ramsay-Levi continues to stay true to her boho-chic aesthetic and use of retro prints, and has now shared that she has women at the forefront of her mind at all times.

“Chloe is the one brand that talks about femininity,” she said in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine. “That, for me, is something between very natural and very strong. I see Chloe as being a community that women want to be a part of and clothes that relate to your own identity.”

For Ramsay-Levi’s debut spring/summer 2018 collection, she paid homage to previous Chloe designers, including brand founder Gaby Aghion, as well as Waight Keller, Phoebe Philo, and Karl Lagerfeld. Yet, the fashion star is adamant she is committed to carving out her own signature designs for the company and not merely imitating those who came before her.

“It’s not like I’m transforming myself to design for Chloe, because it’s a house I’ve always felt connected to,” the 39-year-old insisted. “I am trying my best to pay homage and show my love, which is very sincere. It’s my first creative direction, and I could not have done it another way.”

In addition to her main line, Ramsay-Levi recently unveiled a capsule collection with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand. The range is comprised of exclusive accessories and an edit of Chloe’s summer range, with items priced between $850 and $3,250 (£667 – £2,550).

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Jennifer Lopez’s costume designer always ensures she ‘shines like a diamond’

Jennifer Lopez’s longtime stylist Rob Zangardi is determined for her to shine “like a diamond” during the It’s My Party tour.Jennifer kicked off her gigs in Los Angeles at the beginning of June and will be ending her trek in Russia on 11 August. Rob pi…

Jennifer Lopez’s longtime stylist Rob Zangardi is determined for her to shine “like a diamond” during the It’s My Party tour.

Jennifer kicked off her gigs in Los Angeles at the beginning of June and will be ending her trek in Russia on 11 August.

Rob pieced together the 19 costumes the On the Floor hitmaker wears during the show, as well as the 176 outfits for her dancers.

“Sparkle is incredibly effective for a big show like Jennifer’s,” Rob explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “On stage, things translate so differently. When you have an intimate setting or a smaller venue, it’s important to see the artist’s face, what they’re doing and not distract too much with the costumes. But when you’re performing for 20,000 people in an arena, the people way in the back need to see you and nothing’s more exciting than seeing J.Lo shining like a diamond onstage.

“And that’s a J.Lo staple. Jennifer has always loved the sparkle, the jewellery and the more-is-more mentality – for everything that she does.”

Explaining how involved Jennifer is when it comes to her stage costumes, Rob shared that together they put together mood boards based on the 49-year-old star’s idea for each section with colour palettes and an overall vibe.

The next stage saw Rob reach out to the designers who suit the different ideas. Versace, Guess, Zuhair Murad, Giambattista Valli, Balenciaga and Marchesa are among the big-name fashion houses who contributed to Jennifer’s tour wardrobe.

“(We approach designers) who we have relationships with or who Jennifer wants to make sure are in the show. One of them always is Versace, so we’ll reach out to their team and give them the concept,” Rob added.

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Cate Blanchett: ‘True chic is effortless’

Cate Blanchett has praised Giorgio Armani for teaching her how to appear effortlessly chic. The Oscar-winning actress is a lover of fashion, and dazzles on the red carpet with pieces from the likes of Balenciaga, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Christop…

Cate Blanchett has praised Giorgio Armani for teaching her how to appear effortlessly chic.

The Oscar-winning actress is a lover of fashion, and dazzles on the red carpet with pieces from the likes of Balenciaga, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Armani and Givenchy.

But it was her friendship with the 84-year-old Italian designer that prompted Blanchett to rethink her relationship with fashion.

“It should never be work. That’s something I learned from Mr. Armani. True chic is effortless, and it’s got to come from you,” she told InStyle.

And the Australian star is a big fan of rewearing clothes she’s worn in the past and doesn’t indulge in fast-fashion.

“It’s not what gets likes and views. So, yeah, I mean, I love fashion, I love costumes, and I’m also a great lover of rewearing things I’ve loved in the past,” the 50-year-old explained. “I would say my go-to is pretty much a well-pressed suit. Or a good pair of trousers.”

Blanchett has also mastered the fine art of applying make-up in a moving vehicle, and prefers a durable compact foundation, rather than liquid. Most days, she simply wears a touch of foundation, mascara and lipstick, and as the face of Giorgio Armani’s new perfume, Si Fiori, she always ensures to dab on some fragrance before stepping out.

However, when quizzed on her favourite smell, the mother-of-four had a very touching answer.

“It’s boring, but newborn babies. They’re just delicious. And so full of possibilities,” she gushed.

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Steve Madden and YSL settle legal battle

Steve Madden and Yves Saint Laurent have settled their lawsuit out of court.The legal wrangling kicked off in August when footwear designer Madden accused the French label of trying to “stifle legitimate competition” by threatening to sue Madden and “a…

Steve Madden and Yves Saint Laurent have settled their lawsuit out of court.

The legal wrangling kicked off in August when footwear designer Madden accused the French label of trying to “stifle legitimate competition” by threatening to sue Madden and “at least 13” retailers who sell the brand’s Sicily sandal, claiming that the flats resemble its popular Tribute platform style.

The warring brands have now come to an agreement, with Footwear News reporting Steve Madden and YSL bosses have jointly filed to voluntarily dismiss the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The decision to settle came less than two weeks after U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni tossed out two of YSL’s counterclaims against the retailer.

In the original complaint, Madden called the issue “absurd and frivolous”. He also pointed out that the two styles were markedly different in appearance.

“Madden’s Sicily flat sandal design is so distinct from the high-heeled platform shoe design claimed in the (Tribute) patent such that no ordinary observer, even unaware of prior high-heeled platform shoe designs, could possibly be deceived into thinking that the Sicily flat sandal design was the same as the high-heeled platform shoe design in (YSL’s) patent,” the lawsuit stated.

YSL had sent cease-and-desist letters to at least 13 Steve Madden vendors, including Dillard’s, DSW, Walmart and Zappos. Some went as far as pulling the sandal and asked the Steve Madden brand to reclaim their unsold inventory.

Steve Madden has also faced copycat lawsuits from the likes of Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga in the past.

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Kering commits to only working with models aged over 18

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runw…

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.

Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runway shows in light of the #MeToo movement and claims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and fashion industries,

Now, bosses at Kering – which owns luxury brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen – have stated that they will only hire models aged over 18.

“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” declared Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, in a statement. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

Back in September 2017, leaders at Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton introduced a charter with the aim of banning very thin and underage models from the runway.

The new regulation may mean models like Kaia Gerber, 17, miss out on gigs for a few months. However, a spokesperson for the company is adamant hiring models over the age of 18 signals further progress in a “continued commitment” to women.

“In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession. We are also aware of the role model element that images produced by our houses can represent for certain groups of people,” added Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer.

The new guidelines will be enacted as of the fall/winter 2020 shows.

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Demna Gvasalia didn’t anticipate success of Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements…

Demna Gvasalia had no idea Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers would be so popular.

The Georgian designer led teams at Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton in the past and is now garnering critical acclaim as creative director of Balenciaga and Vetements.

Gvasalia first introduced the chunky-soled Triple S as part of his fall/winter 2017 Balenciaga menswear line, with the shoe quickly selling out and sparking the trend for “dad sneakers,” however, he is adamant that he never anticipated such strong interest in the creation.

“(The) Triple S became that commercial success that we didn’t expect,” he stated in an interview with The Washington Post. “We were not really very ready to supply the demand that we were actually getting… Everybody asks us, even the driver, like the Uber driver, asks me, ‘So when is there a new sneaker coming out?'”

A pair of Triple S sneakers cost around $830 (£645), with the shoes all currently sold out on the Balenciaga website. There is a huge demand for the designs on resale websites too, yet Gvasalia doesn’t view himself as the king of the “ugly” sneaker.

“I cannot feel the ownership or responsibility, for example, for ugly sneakers or whatever they call it. I cannot feel that responsibility because I truly do not consider Triple S as an ugly sneaker,” the 38-year-old continued. “I don’t like ugly things. Like, I don’t know who came up with that. I actually love beautiful things; but I maybe try to see beauty in other things that are not conventionally considered as beautiful today.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Gvasalia spoke about his fall/winter 2019 ready-to-wear line for Balenciaga, and upheaval within the fashion world. He also chatted about his other controversial design – a $2,000 (£1,550) blue leather tote which resembles an expensive Ikea bag.

“I used, a lot, the actual Ikea bag in my student time. I always thought how great (it) would it be to have the same thing, but in a beautiful, luxurious bag,” he explained of the inspiration.

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Miranda Kerr takes hands-on approach to skincare line campaigns

Miranda Kerr takes a very hands-on approach when shooting campaigns for her skincare brand.The supermodel is one of the top names in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Balenciaga, and Chanel. In addition…

Miranda Kerr takes a very hands-on approach when shooting campaigns for her skincare brand.

The supermodel is one of the top names in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Balenciaga, and Chanel. 

In addition to her modelling career, Miranda also runs Kora Organics, a range of products made from natural and organic ingredients, and she claims to be highly involved with business development, even down to the photoshoots.

“Even then I art-direct the whole thing because I’m so specific,” she said in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine. “I’ll be like, ‘Stand here, do this,’ set the shot up, and step in.”

Among the popular products in the Kora Organics range are the Noni Radiant Eye Oil and the Turmeric Brightening and Exfoliating Mask. All the products are certified, with Miranda particularly proud of the way in which all her formulas meet Ecocert’s Cosmos standards, which recognise natural and organic cosmetics.

“A lot of products out there claim to be all-natural but have only one organic ingredient,” the 35-year-old commented. “I didn’t want any of that greenwashing BS! It takes a lot of effort and money to get certified, but I thought, ‘If this is something I want for myself, why wouldn’t I offer it to everyone else?'”

Elsewhere in the chat, Miranda spoke about how she juggles parenthood and her business, as she is mother to eight-year-old Flynn, her son with ex-husband Orlando Bloom, and welcomed baby Hart, 10 months, with her husband, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, last year. And while her children may grow up in a privileged household, she is determined for them both to be hard workers.

“I told Flynn that if he wants a car, he needs to start saving now,” she smiled.

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Hailey Bieber: ‘Women can run the world if we support each other’

Hailey Bieber is certain women can take over the world, so long as they love themselves and each other.The model, who is married to Justin Bieber, has posed for the new issue of V magazine, showing off her slim frame in a sequin YSL one-piece bodysuit …

Hailey Bieber is certain women can take over the world, so long as they love themselves and each other.

The model, who is married to Justin Bieber, has posed for the new issue of V magazine, showing off her slim frame in a sequin YSL one-piece bodysuit with a cut-out section. A second look sees her in a long trench coat and knee-high boots from Balenciaga.

Talking to the magazine ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday (08Mar19), 22-year-old Hailey enthused: “Young girls and women can and will take over the world as long as we love ourselves and love and support one another!”

And for those struggling to be supportive, she put forward the idea of levelling up.

“We should all strive to ‘level up’ by lifting each other up… (one way) I’ve done that is with the help of my new furry best friend, Oscar the dog!” she smiled.

Hailey and her popstar spouse tied the knot in September (18) after a whirlwind romance.

In February they posed for the cover of U.S. Vogue, where both Hailey and Justin opened up about their life together.

“I’m fighting to do this the right way, to build a healthy relationship,” Hailey admitted. “I want people to know that. We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go.

“I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice…But there’s something beautiful about it anyway – about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone.”

Justin also revealed the pair were celibate before saying “I do” because he’d previously battled “a legitimate problem with sex”.

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Demna Gvasalia switching up Balenciaga’s show schedules

Demna Gvasalia is scrapping pre-collections at Balenciaga.The Georgian designer is one of the busiest men in fashion, working as the creative director of Balenciaga and head designer of Vetements.While he relishes his busy workload, Gvasalia has decide…

Demna Gvasalia is scrapping pre-collections at Balenciaga.

The Georgian designer is one of the busiest men in fashion, working as the creative director of Balenciaga and head designer of Vetements.

While he relishes his busy workload, Gvasalia has decided to switch things up so he doesn’t get burned out.

“Three months to make a collection? Everyone knows it’s a problem. People have burnout, creatives are going crazy, and merchandisers have no idea what to merchandise,” he sighed to WWD. “It’s a big confusion going on in our industry and I’m one of the few to speak about it. I realised that I cannot go on doing it because it’s somehow almost disrespectful to the creative process, and to someone who wants to transform an idea into a credible product.”

Instead, he’s proposing to make two bumper collections a year: one combining winter and spring, and the other summer and autumn.

He’ll show off his new idea during the Balenciaga Paris Fashion Week show on Sunday (03Mar19).

“The idea of seasons today, it’s very theoretical,” he noted. “For spring, I have requests to do fur coats.”

As well as easing Gvasalia’s workload, the new approach will also reduce waste.

He says it will be more sustainable to have two shows per year, unifying women’s and men’s collections “under one vision”, and will be both better for the environment and his mental state.

“The new, more sustainable way of working for me is not only, you know, not using toxic gas etc., but it’s also not throwing out ideas that are sometimes very good,” Gvasalia said. “I don’t know if people realise that it takes a lot of effort to have an idea.”

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has enjoyed experimenting with menswear

Bottega Veneta’s new creative director Daniel Lee has enjoyed the challenge of creating clothes for men.The British designer succeeded Tomas Maier two days after he departed from the Italian luxury label in June (18), following a 17-year stint. Lee now…

Bottega Veneta’s new creative director Daniel Lee has enjoyed the challenge of creating clothes for men.

The British designer succeeded Tomas Maier two days after he departed from the Italian luxury label in June (18), following a 17-year stint.

Lee now oversees all creative direction at Bottega Veneta, including the manufacture of ready-to-wear garments, shoes, jewellery, eyewear, and accessories. And though he had previously only designed for women, he has embraced the new perspective of menswear.

“It’s great to make things you want to wear,” he told reporters at Vogue U.S. “This is my first experience of doing that, because I’ve always worked in womenswear, and I think you definitely see it from a different perspective if you’re able to try things on and experience the clothes. It adds a different facet, for sure.”

The fashion star has previously held the position as director of ready-to-wear design at Celine, in addition to a string of posts at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, and Donna Karan.

While he was not immersed in the fashion world as a child, he has now come to grips with all aspects of the industry.

“I didn’t really know that much about fashion. There is no fashion where I’m from,” said Lee, who was born in the north of England. “What I like about this job is there are many different facets to it-part of it is creation, but it’s also business. It’s also often dealing in a foreign language; you meet people from all around the world, so there’s the travel aspect. There are so many great parts of this job; it’s not purely about designing.”

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