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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Haider Ackermann still has a soft spot for Berluti

Haider Ackermann is still fond of Berluti months after he left his position as creative director.The designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 but after just three seasons he abruptly departed in March (18), in the midst of a cre…

Haider Ackermann is still fond of Berluti months after he left his position as creative director.

The designer joined the Paris-based menswear brand in September 2016 but after just three seasons he abruptly departed in March (18), in the midst of a creative shuffle at Berluti parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), which saw Kim Jones move from Louis Vuitton to Dior and Virgil Abloh step in to fill his shoes.

In spite of his exit, Ackermann has insisted that he does not begrudge the label in any way.

“You don’t want love affairs to end that soon, that abruptly,” he told American GQ while “wearing Berluti from head to toe”.

“It’s like when you break up but you still love the person you had been with. I’m still close with all my exes. I’m proud of the work that I did with the team at Berluti.”

The Colombian-born French fashion mogul was approached to succeed John Galliano at Dior after declining the proposed succession of Martin Margiela, and admitted that his appointment at Berluti was “unexpected.”

However, Ackermann explained that his decision to join Berluti rather than any of the other labels was not financially motivated.

“If I had done things for financial reasons. I would have accepted different things,” the 47-year-old said. “(With Berluti) I was very intrigued and disturbed. And everything which intrigues and disturbs me always wakes up my curiosity.”

Though Ackermann refused to share what’s next for him in the fashion world, he is happy in Paris where he has lived and worked for eight years, with no plans to move: “unless there is a new love affair – and then I’m out of here again.”

Kris Van Assche succeeded Ackermann at Berluti in April, and will debut his first collection for the brand in January 2019.

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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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Kris Van Assche tapped as creative director for Berluti

Kris Van Assche has been tapped as the new artistic director of Berluti.The Belgian designer has been announced as the successor of Haider Ackermann, who departed after just 18 months with the label on Friday (30Mar18). Van Assche previously held the …

Kris Van Assche has been tapped as the new artistic director of Berluti.

The Belgian designer has been announced as the successor of Haider Ackermann, who departed after just 18 months with the label on Friday (30Mar18).

Van Assche previously held the same position for 11 years at Dior Homme, which is now being helmed by Kim Jones, and bosses at Berluti are “delighted” to welcome him to their team.

“I have known him for several years, have always admired his work at Dior Homme and I am looking forward to working with him,” Antoine Arnault, chief executive officer of Berluti, said in a statement.

The 41-year-old will oversee the production of shoes, leather goods, ready-to-wear and accessories at the luxury label and will show his first full collection during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s in January 2019.

Van Assche, who has also worked under Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent as well as Dior, also thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), for his renewed confidence.

“I have always wanted to build bridges between the savoir-faire, the heritage of a house and my clear-cut contemporary vision,” he explained. “Antoine Arnault spoke to me of his ambitions for Berluti and it is with great pleasure that I accept this new challenge which fits perfectly with my own will and vision.”

Van Assche’s appointment marks the latest reshuffling at LVMH to keep up with the growing demand for luxury streetwear, after Slimane was announced as artistic, creative and image director at Celine, while Off-White’s Virgil Abloh was recruited as men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton.

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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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