Top fashion firms donate to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales a…

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.

Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Many celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, and Elton John, have made generous donations towards helping the firefighters and saving the wildlife, and now, bosses at fashion conglomerates Kering, PVH Corp., and Tapestry, Inc. have all announced their contributions.

A representative for Kering, which is headed by Francois-Henri Pinault and is the parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, has confirmed the company will donate $685,000 (£525,00), the equivalent of AUD $1 million.

“These funds will be provided to the most appropriate local organisations selected by the group’s sustainability experts,” they said. “Additional initiatives will also be undertaken by various brands in solidarity with the Australian people. In the longer term, Kering plans to participate in future reforestation and biodiversity programmes.”

Meanwhile, officials at PVH, which oversee brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, are donating $68,000 (£52,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund, as are bosses at Tapestry, the owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

“Our hearts go out to the countless number of people affected by the bushfires,” said Jide Zeitlin, Tapestry’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While what has been lost cannot be replaced, we want to help the affected communities repair and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.”

Closer to home, Australian designer Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales online and in-store for the next seven days to the NSW Rural Fire Service, while New Zealand-based fashion star Karen Walker is supporting charities including Wildlife Victoria, the RSPCA, and Red Cross.

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Bottega Veneta pledges to help restore Saint Mark’s Basilica

Bottega Veneta executives have pledged to help restore Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy following the devastating floods last month.The historic building, which dates back to the latter part of the 11th century, flooded for the sixth time in mid-…

Bottega Veneta executives have pledged to help restore Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy following the devastating floods last month.

The historic building, which dates back to the latter part of the 11th century, flooded for the sixth time in mid-November, causing damage to the marble floors, mosaics, and decoration.

Now, bosses at the luxury goods group, founded in Vicenza, Veneto in 1966, have announced that they are donating funds towards the restoration efforts.

“Bottega Veneta announces its support in the reconstruction of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, an icon of artistic heritage damaged by the recent floods,” a representative said in a statement. “In collaboration with international non-profit organisation, Venetian Heritage, 30 per cent of sales from selected Bottega Veneta handbags will be donated towards the recovery of the mosaic floors and marble walls that were severely damaged.”

The initiative will include four models sold in Bottega Veneta stores across Italy and on the Italian e-commerce website.

Saint Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of the city’s Catholic churches, attracts millions of visitors each year.

Previously, organisers from the Fabbriceria – the foundation that oversees the maintenance of the building – estimated the damage to be at least $5 million (£3.8 million). In addition to preservation funds and government money, the Fabbriceria’s Pierpaolo Campostrini told Reuters that they also hope private donors will contribute.

“So many signs of affection for Saint Mark’s Basilica make me think that we’ll be in the position to keep up our great responsibility of preserving one of the most precious gems of Venice and of the entire world,” he told the outlet.

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Rihanna’s Fenty label wins Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line c…

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line comprised of wearable separates, denim, accessories, and footwear.

Now, just seven months after unveiling her debut collection, Rihanna has been named as the top designer in the competition’s Urban Luxe category, beating out the likes of Alyx, Marine Serre, Martine Rose, and Moncler Genius.

The 31-year-old was presented with the award by Janet Jackson and Tyler, The Creator during a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Taking to Instagram following the exciting announcement, a Fenty representative commented that Rihanna and her entire team felt “honoured” by the accolade.

“Fenty’s chief executive officer and artistic director Robyn Rihanna Fenty is committed to reflect the understanding of female power as constantly evolving, multi-faceted, fun and free,” they wrote alongside a snap of the star in a seafoam green custom-made outfit from the label. “Since the launch in May, Fenty had the pleasure of working with incredible talents, forming a new archive of visual references focusing on the intersection between style, culture and identity. Fenty is a young brand with a powerful collective voice, shaped by the individuals behind it.”

The other big winners on the night were Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, who was named Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of the Year, while the Italian label was also feted Brand of the Year. Adut Akech was selected as Model of the Year, Dior Men’s Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year for Menswear, and Christopher Kane was bestowed with the new Designers’ Designer Award.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee scoops top honours at The Fashion Awards 2019

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchet…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, and was hosted by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The first of Lee’s awards was for Brand of the Year, which he accepted from model and friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Mentioning Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Bottega Veneta, in his brief acceptance speech, the 33-year-old British designer thanked the Frenchman for taking “that initial gamble” on him.

Later, when accepting his second award of the evening for Accessories Designer of the Year, Lee told the famous faces in the audience: “For me, accessories are the key to modern dressing and I’m incredibly proud so many of you choose to live with our pieces every day and to express your style.”

The designer also took home the coveted awards for Designer of the Year and British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

Kim Jones of Dior Men was named as British Designer of the Year for Menswear, though as he was overseas, the accolade was accepted on his behalf by Donatella Versace.

“As you see, I’m not Kim Jones, but it’s truly an honour to accept the award for my good friend. He’s in Miami putting the last touches to his show and it’s going to be fabulous, as always,” she quipped.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was presented with the Fashion Icon award during ceremony, while Adut Akech was named as Model of the Year.

Elsewhere, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech made an emotional tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld and announced plans for Chanel to sponsor a scholarship through the British Fashion Council’s foundation.

The organisation’s newest award – The Designers’ Designer – was handed to Christopher Kane by Kylie Minogue, and the extravagant ceremony ended with a Giorgio Armani runway show.

The 85-year-old Italian then received the Outstanding Achievement Award from close pals and muses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Fashion Awards is as follows:

Brand of the Year – Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Kim Jones for Dior Men

Model of the Year – Adut Akech

Accessories Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Urban Luxe – Fenty

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Business Leader – Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Outstanding Achievement Award – Giorgio Armani

Fashion Icon – Naomi Campbell

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Sam McKnight

Trailblazer Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Positive Change Award – Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at UN Convention on Climate Change

Designers’ Designer Award – Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch handbag crowned ‘most-wanted’ item of 2019

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products…

Bottega Veneta’s popular The Pouch handbag has been named as the “most-wanted” item of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the pieces that have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned The Pouch purse in the top spot.

“Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag has sparked more than 10,000 views a month since its launch,” a Lyst representative commented. “Page views increased 297 per cent on Lyst in September. The bag was seen on editors, celebrities, and influencers worldwide; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Instagrammed it 39 times in the space of three months.”

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Accordingly, the Stretch sandals followed in second place on Lyst’s round-up, with Gucci’s GG logo belt in third, and Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito bag in fourth. Other sought-after pieces included Prada’s logo bucket hat, Louis Vuitton’s Multi Pochette bag, Ganni’s Checked Seersucker Midi Dress, Sandy Liang’s Fleece Jacket, Weekday’s Rowe Sky Blue Jeans, and Gucci’s GG Supreme Messenger bag.

Elsewhere, the Alexander McQueen oversized sneakers topped the list of Hottest Women’s Products in the first quarter of 2019.

“Searched every two minutes on Lyst, they were the brand’s bestselling product this year,” a spokesperson added.

The top collaborations were between Off-White x IKEA, Sacai x Nike, and Reformation x New Balance, with the main breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

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Off-White tops The Lyst Index’s rankings of hottest brands

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties…

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.

Now, researchers have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the third quarter of 2019 and claimed Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as brand and product social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while Gucci fell back two spots in comparison to last quarter and landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Vetements, while notable additions to the top 20 this quarter were Bottega Veneta and Loewe.

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

“Daniel Lee has brought incredible energy to the evolution of Bottega Veneta and the reaction has been extraordinary,” Dario Gargiulo, chief marketing officer of Bottega Veneta, said of the brand’s transformation. “Free from any desire to become the hottest brand in the world, our focus is on the beauty and power of subtlety. We forego extensive explanation about our brand in favour of simply being visible and present across the current multicultural landscape.”

Among the most popular products were Bottega Veneta’s padded sandals, Adidas Continental 80 sneakers, Jacquemus’ pocket-sized Le Chiquito bag, Paco Rabanne’s reissued 1969 metal shoulder bag, Fendi’s FF motif bikini, and Mansur Gavriel’s cloud print sweater.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee leads 2019 The Fashion Awards nominees

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has garnered nods in four categories for the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.The British designer was named as creative director for the Italian fashion house in June 2018 and has since gone on to win acclaim for his minima…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has garnered nods in four categories for the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.

The British designer was named as creative director for the Italian fashion house in June 2018 and has since gone on to win acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Now, Lee is set to be the one to beat at the annual fashion awards ceremony, having been nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year: Womenswear, and Designer of the Year, while Bottega Veneta is among the Brand of the Year nominees.

Other fashion stars to be nominated in more than one category included Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and Jonathan Anderson, who heads up Spanish brand Loewe as well as his own label, JW Anderson. Dior Men’s Kim Jones and Prada’s Miuccia Prada are also vying for the prestigious Designer of the Year prize.

Joining Lee in the British Designer of the Year: Womenswear category are John Galliano for Maison Margiela, Anderson, Richard Quinn, and Simone Rocha, while the British Designer of the Year: Menswear nominees include Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Jones, Martine Rose, and Riccardo Tisci for Burberry.

Top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow are competing for the Model of the Year prize, while it was previously announced that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

British Fashion Council chair, Stephanie Phair, commented of the nominees: “Each and every one of them is being recognised for their creative excellence and innovation. I look forward to celebrating them alongside the rest of the industry from across the globe.”

The Fashion Awards 2019 will take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The full list of nominees is as follows:

Accessories Designer of the Year:

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Jonathan Anderson for Loewe

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus

Brand of the Year:

Bottega Veneta

Gucci

Jacquemus

Loewe

Prada

British Designer of the Year: Menswear:

Craig Green for Craig Green

Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Martine Rose for Martine Rose

Riccardo Tisci for Burberry

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear:

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

John Galliano for Maison Margiela

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe

Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn

Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

British Emerging Talent: Menswear:

Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for Cottweiler

Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Kiko Kostadinov for Kiko Kostadinov

Phoebe English for Phoebe English

Sofia Prantera for Aries

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear:

Laura and Deanna Fanning for Kiko Kostadinov

Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan

Phoebe English for Phoebe English

Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

Rosh Mahtani for Alighieri

Business Leader:

Alexandre Arnault for Rimowa

Jose Neves for Farfetch

Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

Marco Gobbetti for Burberry

Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Designer of the Year:

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Miuccia Prada for Prada

Model of the Year:

Adesuwa Aighewi

Adut Akech

Adwoa Aboah

Kaia Gerber

Winnie Harlow

Urban Luxe:

Alyx

Fenty

Marine Serre

Martine Rose

Moncler Genius

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Walter Chiapponi named creative director of Tod’s

Walter Chiapponi has been appointed the new creative director of fashion brand Tod’s.The designer was announced as the new head of women’s and men’s collections for the Italian label, which is known for its luxury shoes and leather goods. Chiapponi wi…

Walter Chiapponi has been appointed the new creative director of fashion brand Tod’s.

The designer was announced as the new head of women’s and men’s collections for the Italian label, which is known for its luxury shoes and leather goods.

Chiapponi will soon begin work on the fall/winter 2020-21 collection, which will hit stores next year, with Diego Della Valle, president of Tod’s Group, very excited about his new hire.

“Walter Chiapponi is a talented Italian creative who knows and is able to combine Tod’s Italian lifestyle with a touch of modernity, without ever losing sight of the high quality and craftsmanship that represents the brand’s DNA,” he commented. “I welcome him and wish him well in his new role.”

Chiapponi was born in Milan and studied at the European Institute of Design. He launched his fashion career in the late 1990s, and after a period at Givenchy in Paris, returned to Italy in 2007. In his homeland, the designer has worked for major high-end brands including Valentino, Gucci, Miu Miu, and Bottega Veneta.

Of the prestigious gig, Chiapponi shared that he can’t wait to get started.

“It is a great honour to work for this group. Tod’s is a brand that has always represented an excellence in the international panorama of Italian quality and style. Being able to contribute to the development of this Italian lifestyle is, for me, a challenge and a reason to be proud,” he said.

Founded by Filippo Della Valle, Tod’s started out as a shoemaking business in the late 1920s. The Della Valle family continues to run the company, which now has flagship stores across Europe, in the U.S., China, Japan, and Australia.

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Daniel Lee makes confident Bottega Veneta debut at MFW

Daniel Lee made a confident debut with his first collection for Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (21Feb19) morning.The 32-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate, who succeeded Tomas Maier as creative director of the brand last June, show…

Daniel Lee made a confident debut with his first collection for Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (21Feb19) morning.

The 32-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate, who succeeded Tomas Maier as creative director of the brand last June, showed off a Fall/Winter 19 collection dominated by textured leather coats, quilted wrap skirts in black and aquamarine accessorised with gilt chains, and beautifully cut biker jackets and trousers.

Sticking to a mainly monochrome palette, male and female models showed off classic black suiting paired with a flashes of orange in the form of a sheer roll neck or an oversized orange sweater. Each look was paired with either heavy biker boots or classic gilt chained flats.

Knitwear accompanied tailored separates, and was trimmed with gilt chains around the neckline, or leather with gold clasps on each shoulders. Lee also showcased chic LBDs featuring beaded necklines, and dresses made of mirror-style sequins in lilac or gold, with a coordinating lightweight sequinned coat in a collection that fused sophistication with a very modern edge.

Beautifully tailored overcoats were shown in black or cream wool and leather, with one solo leopard print version. The parka also featured heavily in short and longer variations, plus an oversized purple patent leather version.

Standout pieces included a tiled leather parka style coat in cream leather, and a leather tuxedo style shirt.

Tod’s also showed in Milan this morning, presenting its signature leather pieces.

Highlights included crocodile print embossed leather looks, such as a belted coat, jacket and skirt, leather shirts in brown and black, and a two-tone kilt style skirt. Leather gilets and jackets were trimmed with shearling, and a patent brown leather trench coat made a splash on the runway.

Texture was added in the form of tweeds, teamed with pieces made from hunting green leather, and a green shearling coat.

Marni and Versace are among the brands showing later on Friday.

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