Tessa Thompson’s style inspired by early Diane Keaton movies

Tessa Thompson gets her style inspiration from early Diane Keaton movies.The 36-year-old loved the androgynous looks worn by Keaton’s characters in films in the 1970s such as Annie Hall and Play It Again, Sam, which featured chic waistcoats, flared tai…

Tessa Thompson gets her style inspiration from early Diane Keaton movies.

The 36-year-old loved the androgynous looks worn by Keaton’s characters in films in the 1970s such as Annie Hall and Play It Again, Sam, which featured chic waistcoats, flared tailored trousers, and crisp white shirts.

And Tessa further revealed her admiration for style icons of the ’70s, as she credited Mick Jagger’s then-wife, model and activist Bianca, for also inspiring her fashion choices.

“Bianca Jagger, who’s not a fictional character, but just someone who’s at Studio 54,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Thor: Ragnarok star confessed she is obsessed with fashion from the 1920s, as she loves the opulence and extravagance of the outfits.

“The 20s were such a cool time because you had real structure, also people got dressed from head-to-toe with a glove and a hat,” she explained. “You had these fantastic garments in the ’20s that were super loose fitting. Some of the sexiest things from the roaring ’20s for a flapper girl were just comfortable. They were dresses you could actually go out and dance and live in.”

And stylist duo Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, who work with the Creed actress, agreed with Tessa’s fondness for the decade.

“I love the tapestry and the opulence of the ’20s,” McDonald gushed. “Love a feather. Give me a velvet, chiffon, sequins on top of it.”

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Maria Grazia Chiuri awarded France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinctio…

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.

The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinction by France’s gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa during a star-studded ceremony following Dior’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris.

“I can’t believe it!” the 55-year-old exclaimed, as she was swarmed by well-wishers – including her husband and two children, photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, former employer Valentino Garavani and Bianca Jagger – at the French fashion house’s Avenue Montaigne headquarters.

Also in attendance at the reception was author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who inspired Chiuri’s iconic “We Should All Be Feminists” slogan T-shirts.

During her speech, the visibly emotional designer urged young women to believe in themselves and follow their instincts.

“Even today I still feel like the curious girl who went to school in Rome to learn fashion design,” she said. “Receiving such an important honour in France, which represents fashion and culture, and from the hands of a woman like Marlene Schiappa, who expresses the most important values for me, is a new emotion.”

Crediting the Fendi sisters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda, for inspiring her to reach her goals and to support other women in fashion and business, she also thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH – the luxury goods firm that owns Christian Dior – for allowing her free rein as creative director.

“Dior is a maison that represents femininity, and for this reason, I believe that my commitment is to make women aware of their potential, and I thank the maison that supports me to give a voice to women and their work. Their commitment can change the world,” Chiuri gushed.

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Carolina Herrera steps down as creative director at eponymous label

Carolina Herrera’s New York Fashion Week show will be her last as creative director.On Friday (09Feb18), the 79-year-old style stalwart announced her plans to step down as the head of her namesake label. However, she was quick to clarify to The New Yor…

Carolina Herrera’s New York Fashion Week show will be her last as creative director.

On Friday (09Feb18), the 79-year-old style stalwart announced her plans to step down as the head of her namesake label. However, she was quick to clarify to The New York Times that she isn’t retiring, but rather moving roles within her own company.

As of Tuesday, she’ll helm a new role – global brand ambassador.

“Just don’t say I am retiring,” she smiled. “I am not retiring! I am moving forward.

“(I’m just not) going to wake up every day worried about where to put the sleeve, or whether the skirt should be long or short.”

Wes Gordon, who has worked as Herrera’s creative consultant for the last 11 months, has been unveiled as the incoming creative director.

“There’s something refreshing about working within a framework of a brand,” said Gordon, who put his own label on hold to consult for Herrera.

Herrera will have her swan song on Monday, with Bianca Jagger and Calvin Klein among the guests who will take in her final collection.

Explaining some of her reasons for stepping aside, Herrera, who was embroiled in a court case with Oscar de la Renta over the hiring of ex-Herrera designer Laura Kim in 2016, cited the changes in fashion for her decision.

“There’s a collection every six weeks,” she said. “They would say, ‘Can you go to the store opening in Dubai?’ ‘No, I have a show.’

“Fashion has changed a lot. What they like now is ugliness. Women dress in a very strange way. Like clowns. There is a lot of pressure to change all the time. But it’s better to wear what suits you. Add something new and you have a great look. Consistency is important.”

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