Claudia Schiffer nearly had her own Hermes handbag

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the li…

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors, and Prada.

But in an interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle magazine, Claudia recalled how her status as a top model led to her once being offered her very own luxury purse.

“Once Hermes offered for a handbag to be named after me and I thought, ‘No!'” she stated. “I don’t quite remember why now…'”

There are only two celebrities who have their own Hermes handbags; the famous Birkin tote is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin, while the Kelly bag was named after late American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly.

Elsewhere in the chat, Claudia also remembered how she and other models were “showered” with gifts by brands and designers during their heyday.

“People normally showered you with everything, really. Particularly at Chanel. Karl (Lagerfeld) would say, ‘Go downstairs to the boutique and take whatever you want. You can take the entire collection – whatever,” the 49-year-old shared, before noting that she was always cautious about appearing greedy. “Where others may have taken advantage, I never felt I could. There’s a certain limit when someone says, ‘Choose what you want.’ You don’t literally choose everything there is.”

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Kim Kardashian almost pulled muscle getting into skin-tight Balmain suit

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative di…

Kim Kardashian almost injured herself while trying to get into a skin-tight Balmain suit earlier this month.

The 39-year-old wore the honey-coloured custom outfit, sent to her straight from the French label’s autumn/winter 2020 collection by creative director Olivier Rousteing, to attend her husband Kanye West’s Sunday Service during Paris Fashion Week.

But in a preview of an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, fans got a behind-the-scenes look at Kim’s struggle to get into the designer ensemble.

In the clip, older sister Kourtney Kardashian, who rocked a matching burgundy Latex Balmain suit, is seen standing in the background of a hotel suite while the mother-of-four has the help of two assistants to squeeze into the outfit.

“S**t, it’s stuck to my skin,” she said while pulling at the sleeve of the suit. “I literally feel like I pulled a muscle in my shoulder. This is f**king fashion week.”

“Who goes to church in Latex?” Kourtney joked, before Kim responded, “We do!”

An assistant then tried to pull the outfit over her leg while another held her long ponytail out of the way. And while wrestling her arms into the matching Latex gloves, the TV personality revealed that she may have pulled a muscle in her shoulder.

“You guys, I now need the coat with the gloves, I’m gonna be fully boxed in,” she told her team.

Kim and Kourtney then discussed how they’ll go to the bathroom while wearing the body-skimming outfits, with the Poosh founder confessing: “I’m gonna hold it.”

Hairstylist Chris Appleton appears in the footage too, having been tasked with sewing the “matching Latex hair tie” into Kim’s ponytail.

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Kim Kardashian gifted ‘fresh off the runway’ Balmain outfits

Kim Kardashian has thanked Olivier Rousteing for sending her some of the latest looks from Balmain’s fall/winter 2020 collection.The reality TV star and beauty mogul arrived in Paris, France on Sunday, and a short time later, revealed to her 161 millio…

Kim Kardashian has thanked Olivier Rousteing for sending her some of the latest looks from Balmain’s fall/winter 2020 collection.

The reality TV star and beauty mogul arrived in Paris, France on Sunday, and a short time later, revealed to her 161 million followers on Instagram what was waiting for her when she checked into her hotel.

“I just got to Paris and look who is in my room,” Kim told the camera, as she showcased the vast array of different Balmain outfits on mannequins waiting for her in each of the suite’s rooms.

The French designer had also gifted his friend and muse a pair of long gloves, and a rail of outfits, including two Latex suits in orange and chocolate brown.

“She is cute, fresh off the Balmain runway, wow,” the 39-year-old said as she examined the high-fashion pieces. “You guys. Oh my God, this is insane. Olivier, you are too good to me.”

Kim debuted the Latex suits as she stepped out in the city, and shared snaps of the ensembles on her Twitter and Instagram pages.

The mother-of-four had styled her hair into a sleek ponytail with a matching Latex hair tie from Balmain, and also teased the debut of two looks that weren’t shown during the label’s Paris Fashion Week presentation.

“Two more Balmain Latex looks coming that we’re (sic) not in his show! I might just keep them coming all night,” the brunette beauty wrote on Twitter.

In two of the images she posted on her Instagram Stories, Kourtney Kardashian was also spotted wearing a brown bodysuit by Balmain.

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Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing designs holiday sweaters for Kardashian family

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing created custom Christmas sweaters for the Kardashian-Jenner family.The reality TV stars go all out when it comes to the festive season, and during their celebrations on Christmas Day, Kim Kardashian took to h…

Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing created custom Christmas sweaters for the Kardashian-Jenner family.

The reality TV stars go all out when it comes to the festive season, and during their celebrations on Christmas Day, Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram Stories to share a series of pictures of crystal-studded jumpers.

“Thank you @olivier_roustieng @balmain for our Christmas sweaters,” she captioned the snaps.

One of the Balmain designs featured reindeer and snowflake motifs, another was dotted with silver stars, and a third was embellished with adorable penguins.

“Look at these crystal Balmain Christmas sweaters that Olivier made the whole family,” the 39-year-old commented over one of the clips. “They are so cute and blingy!”

In addition, Kim uploaded a sketch of what her family would look like in the festive outfits, with the image including her husband Kanye West, sisters Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, mother Kris Jenner, and younger half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Rousteing, a close friend of the family, has not yet shared whether he plans to add Christmas sweaters to Balmain’s seasonal offerings.

But Kim didn’t stop at Christmas sweaters this year and also showed off the bespoke cowboy boots she had made for her six-year-old daughter North West and Kourtney’s daughter Penelope Disick, seven.

“Look what I got North and Penelope for Christmas,” she said of the special shoes. “I had these custom rhinestone cowboy boots (made). They’re very into cowboy boots, so I thought I’d give them some really sparkly ones.”

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Slick Woods attends Puma x Balmain launch following cancer news

Slick Woods attended the Puma x Balmain clothing launch on Thursday, shortly after it was revealed she was battling melanoma cancer. The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, casually announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy on Instagram…

Slick Woods attended the Puma x Balmain clothing launch on Thursday, shortly after it was revealed she was battling melanoma cancer.

The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, casually announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy on Instagram on Wednesday and reporters at The Shade Room subsequently claimed she had told them she was suffering from stage three melanoma cancer.

And Slick proved that she wasn’t letting her health battle get her down when she made a public appearance at the launch of fellow model Cara Delevingne’s clothing collaboration with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and sportswear giant Puma at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

Dressed in black trousers, a baseball cap, sneakers and a denim jacket, she styled the look in an interesting way by securing the bottom buttonhole to the top button, exposing her shoulder, midriff, and green mesh vest top.

The launch was also attended by models Alessandra Ambrosio and Shanina Shaik and stars including Amber Heard, Eva Longoria, Bella Thorne, Machine Gun Kelly, and G-Eazy, who all sported pieces from the boxing-inspired collection.

The Savage x Fenty model referred to her medical treatment when she shared a photo of herself sticking out her tongue while out with her boyfriend Micky Munday and some friends.

“How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald,” she wrote in the caption.

As fans expressed their shock at the news and sent their well wishes, Slick shared a picture of a pouting child and urged her followers to “stop treating me like a victim”.

Slick gave birth to a son named Saphir, who she shares with model Adonis Bosso, shortly after walking the Savage X Fenty show in September 2018.

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Sam McKnight to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the …

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.

Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the annual event held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

“We are thrilled to present the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator to the legendary Sam McKnight and acknowledge him for his incredible contribution to the global fashion industry,” commented Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer. “Sam is one of the most important image-makers of our time, hugely respected within the fashion community and a source of inspiration for many generations to come. We look forward to celebrating with him and his friends in London in December.”

Born in Scotland, McKnight moved to London in the early ’70s and quickly secured a position at leading salon Molton Brown. He soon began building his name in fashion circles and landed his first editorial shoot with British Vogue in 1977. The 64-year-old has since gone on to build a long-standing relationship with editors at the magazine, having styled models and celebrities for over 100 covers. Considered to be one of the first session stylists, McKnight has worked with executives at brands including Balmain, Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood over the course of his career, and is also known for collaborating with celebrities such as the late Princess Diana, Cate Blanchett, Emilia Clarke, Kate Moss, and Uma Thurman.

Previous winners of the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator include photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, make-up artist Pat McGrath, and photographer Nick Knight.

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Olivier Rousteing: ‘I wish Michelle Obama wore more Balmain’

Olivier Rousteing wishes former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wore more Balmain creations.While her husband Barack Obama was serving as the U.S. President between 2009 and 2017, Michelle was known for helping to boost the profiles of up-and-coming Ame…

Olivier Rousteing wishes former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wore more Balmain creations.

While her husband Barack Obama was serving as the U.S. President between 2009 and 2017, Michelle was known for helping to boost the profiles of up-and-coming American designers such as Jason Wu, Brandon Maxwell, and Christian Siriano by wearing their outfits to public events.

However, to promote her memoir Becoming at the end of 2018, she wore international fashion brands such as Balenciaga and Balmain, with her rocking a sparkly striped Balmain resort 2019 suit during a talk show appearance.

Rousteing, the creative director of the French fashion house, was thrilled to see Michelle in one of his designs – and wishes she would do it more often.

“I’ve been pretty lucky to dress so many women who I love and am obsessed with. I dressed Michelle Obama once, but I would love to dress her more. I really do love this woman. And I wish she would wear more Balmain,” he told W magazine.

He explained he enjoys dressing political figures, such as France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron.

“I love it. I dressed my First Lady, and I’m obsessed with how well she’s wearing Balmain. I love dressing politicians – at least who I agree with,” the designer shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old revealed which brands he likes to wear when he’s not dressed in Balmain.

“I usually wear my own clothes and obviously what I sketch is usually what I love to wear,” he noted. “But what I love the most is to mix with other brands as well. I’m wearing a lot of Rick Owens – I love the Rick Owens T-shirts and pants. I used to have some Saint Laurent from Hedi (Slimane). I actually like Hermes as well. And Chanel. Whenever I see menswear from Chanel, I’m like, ‘How can I get this?’ That’s it.”

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Olivier Rousteing: ‘Kylie Jenner didn’t need to apologise for missing Balmain show’

Olivier Rousteing has insisted Kylie Jenner didn’t need to apologise for missing his Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week.The Kylie Cosmetics mogul was set to serve as artistic director for make-up at Balmain’s spring/summer 2020 runway presentation …

Olivier Rousteing has insisted Kylie Jenner didn’t need to apologise for missing his Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week.

The Kylie Cosmetics mogul was set to serve as artistic director for make-up at Balmain’s spring/summer 2020 runway presentation in the French capital in September in order to celebrate the launch of their joint Kylie X Balmain cosmetics capsule collection, which debuted on the catwalk.

However, days before the event, the 22-year-old announced on social media that she was too sick to travel to France and said she was “heartbroken” to be missing the event.

But in an interview with W magazine, Rousteing, the creative director of the French luxury fashion house, shared that Kylie didn’t need to apologise for being unwell.

“We were texting on and on and on and on. Kris (Jenner) was with me and we were talking to her and she was saying she didn’t feel good. But you know, there’s no need for any apology. When you feel sick, you feel sick,” he commented. “And I was wishing for her to feel better and she did, she went to the hospital. Fashion cannot control everything, you know what I mean? But, of course, she was really sad.”

At the time, it was reported Kylie was rushed to hospital with “severe, flu-like” symptoms such as nausea and dizziness.

The Kylie X Balmain collection features lip gloss, a lip kit consisting of a blush pink liquid lipstick and soft chocolate nude lip liner, as well as a nine-pan eyeshadow palette.

Accordingly, Rousteing noted that he enjoyed shooting the campaign with the reality TV star.

“She’s really good at colour. Obviously, I cannot wear those colours on me, but we spent like days with our arms putting some colours, some eyeshadows. It was just amazing to be in her office and working together on that,” the designer added.

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Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancing at a fashion show

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.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 been to hundreds…

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.

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 been to hundreds of shows over the years, she is yet to witness a spectacle featuring her favourite dance style.

“I was not at this particular show but my more experienced colleagues tell me that a very early Viktor & Rolf collection featured tap dancers,” she said in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series when asked by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing what she would like to see at a fashion event. “And since I really, really love tap dancing I would love a designer in his or her show to incorporate nothing but tap dancing.”

Wintour went on to discuss some of her highlights from the recent Fashion Month, and named shell necklaces and hats as two of her top picks.

“My favourite accessory was the shells at Prada. First of all because they were beautiful. Secondly, Miuccia (Prada, creative director) told me they were based on the pearls she wears all the time herself,” the 69-year-old shared. “So, that felt very personal and real to me. And then, because I love gardens, I love the hats (milliner) Stephen Jones did for the Dior show.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller asked Wintour if she has ever lost her suitcase while travelling to Paris Fashion Week and what she did on arrival.

“I have lost my suitcase on countless occasions. But fortunately, I have many friends in Paris that are designers. So, I call them up,” she smiled.

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Cara Delevingne and Balmain partner with Puma on clothing collection

Cara Delevingne and Balmain have designed a clothing collection in partnership with sportswear giant Puma. The model and actress has teamed up with close friend Olivier Rousteing, creative director of the French fashion house, to create the boxing-ins…

Cara Delevingne and Balmain have designed a clothing collection in partnership with sportswear giant Puma.

The model and actress has teamed up with close friend Olivier Rousteing, creative director of the French fashion house, to create the boxing-inspired Puma x Balmain collection.

The 35-piece collection includes a black-and-gold tracksuit, a variety of sweatpants and sports jackets, T-shirts, socks, sneakers and shorts with elasticated waists, as well as a graphic minidress with angular shoulderpads. The products will be split into two sub-collections, some of which will be produced and sold by Puma and others by Balmain, while others will be carried by both.

The British catwalk beauty has a long-running relationship with both companies. She has previously appeared with Rousteing in an advertising campaign for Balmain and collaborated with him on a collection of quilted leather handbags earlier this year. She has also appeared in Puma campaigns since 2016. This marks her first time designing clothes for each company.

“It’s really born out of our friendship. She asked me to work with her on this collection with Puma. We had a very clear point of view because we both love boxing,” Rousteing told WWD. “We also wanted to use this collaboration as a platform to promote diversity and inclusivity.”

“Puma has always represented team work and empowerment, so the idea of doing a partnership with Olivier seemed very fitting,” Delevingne said in a statement. “Balmain has a similar brave fierceness to their brand as Puma does and it really excited me to think of what we could all do together.”

Delevingne stars in the boxing-inspired campaign alongside a diverse range of models who were photographed by Brianna Capozzi.

Puma x Balmain created with Cara Delevingne will launch on 21 November.

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