Brandon Maxwell thanks team for nursing him ‘back to life’ following near-breakdown

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans a…

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.

The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans and followers that his team was responsible for inspiring him to create his fall/winter 2020 collection.

“I remember so distinctly sitting down at the beginning of this season and telling my team that I didn’t feel well. That my mind felt clouded, overrun with criticism and negativity, that I didn’t feel a major spark for anything when I woke up in the mornings,” Maxwell wrote, touching upon his feelings of depression and anxiety last year.

He went on to reveal that his team didn’t shy away from offering their support and actually “formed a wall” around him.

“They nursed me back to life one garment at a time, gave me the freedom to feel and to be, and somewhere along the way the feeling hit me again. Like they knew it would,” the 35-year-old touchingly shared.

The Project Runway judge, who has dressed the likes of Lady Gaga and Anne Hathaway, went on to express his hope that he made his colleagues – and fans – proud with his latest show, and said that even though he was struggling, he just kept going.

“What I now know is that it’s the moments you think will break you to your core that ask you to rise, and it’s up to you to decide if you will. I showed up this season because behind every runway look is a team member with a family, with a dream, and they count on it. That’s what’s got me through,” he wrote, before concluding his emotional post with an outpouring of love for his loyal fans.

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Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year. But durin…

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.

The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year.

But during a behind-the-scenes chat prior to his latest show, held at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week on Saturday, Maxwell recalled how he used to suffer from anxiety during his early presentations.

“This is my ninth or tenth runway show and almost 20 collections, so I’ve been doing it long enough to know that it’s a waste of time to get stressed out because it all comes together in the end. I used to get really, really nervous in the beginning and get sick, and the first couple of shows I never even watched them I wasn’t even at them,” he said. “I would hide in a room and lock the door and put my music and my headphones (on) to the same amount of time that was at the show. And as soon as the music stopped in my ear, I’d unlock the door, run out of the room, wave at the end of the runway and leave again.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Maxwell explained that he was inspired by the idea of journeys for his fall/winter 2020 line. The collection was comprised of neutral separates, dresses made from a printed tortoise shell-look fabric, and denim.

“The theme of the whole show is journey. You’re packing your bag, your boots. We are in nature, we’re journeying, life’s a journey, this industry is a journey. It’s all about coats and bags and sweaters and warmth and happiness,” the 35-year-old shared. “This season, I wanted to make a liquid fabric that looked like tortoise and matched the tortoise shoes that we have, that are these six-inch tall boots, and all the tortoise jewellery.”

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Brandon Maxwell battling insecurities ahead of New York Fashion Week show

Brandon Maxwell has opened up about the insecurities he faces before presenting a new collection. The Texas-born designer, who founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015, is gearing up to showcase his latest collection during New York Fashion …

Brandon Maxwell has opened up about the insecurities he faces before presenting a new collection.

The Texas-born designer, who founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015, is gearing up to showcase his latest collection during New York Fashion Week on Saturday.

But on Wednesday, Maxwell candidly opened up about how he goes back and forth between feeling confident and unworthy as he gets ready for the presentation.

“The one thing no one talks about leading up to Fashion Week is all the insecurities you face as a creative person. It’s the craziest emotional roller coaster I’ve ever experienced, and it gets harder for me to confront the older I get,” he shared. “But one woman, one walk, one tiny moment, can make it all worth it though, and that’s the moment we live for, that’s the moment we have to live for.”

Maxwell revealed that he feels great about himself when he wakes up but soon starts to think he’s “the least talented person on the planet”, before circling back to feeling good.

The fashion star then explained how debuting his latest outfits to the outside world can be tough, so he tries to make sure he’s strong enough to take any criticism on show night.

“Up until this moment, you and you’re (sic) team have been alone in a room working quietly, and as you begin to share what you’ve been making with your outside creators, any little comment or sign of disapproval can break you down, and it’s up to you to find your way back,” Maxwell shared. “After seven days of going through it and confronting yourself, you’re finally strong enough for the wave of criticism and judgement that will come during the big crescendo on show night.”

To conclude, the 35-year-old heaped praise on his team and wrote, “As always, thinking about my friends in the industry this week and sending you love.”

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Brandon Maxwell no longer pushing himself to work to an ‘unnatural extreme’

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s …

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.

The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015. But while Maxwell is now one of the most sought-after designers, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he was near-exhausted at some points in his career.

“Over the last year, it became clear that that wasn’t really working for me anymore at 35 in the same way it did for me at 28. I was waking up every day with a dark cloud hanging over,” he wrote. “In the last couple months, I just decided to stop saying yes to every single thing, pushing myself to some unnatural extreme, working myself to a place that actually closed me off instead of allowing me to live, and just go along the journey. I’ve kind of found that the natural beauty that arises from that approach is so much more satisfying than when it’s calculated.”

Accordingly, Maxwell now feels able to pour all of his energy into his upcoming New York Fashion Week show. Even though the theme of the spectacle remains under wraps, the Project Runway judge noted that it is “about the journey”.

“I think everyone does this job because they’re chasing a feeling, a feeling they first felt when they were young. I’ve really felt it again this week, the way I did when I was in the middle of nowhere in my room alone, and that feels like a win. I feel stronger than I did a year ago, and I’m ready,” the 35-year-old added.

Maxwell will unveil his latest line on 8 February. Badgley Mischka, Longchamp, and Self-Portrait are showing on the same day.

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Jourdan Dunn engaged

Jourdan Dunn is engaged to rapper and fashion designer Dion Hamilton.The British model began dating the rap star, who is also known by his stage name Sincere, last year, and revealed they were set to wed in a touching Instagram post on Sunday. The 29-y…

Jourdan Dunn is engaged to rapper and fashion designer Dion Hamilton.

The British model began dating the rap star, who is also known by his stage name Sincere, last year, and revealed they were set to wed in a touching Instagram post on Sunday.

The 29-year-old shared a sweet picture of herself in which she’s smiling and covering her eyes with one hand, while Dion is holding her left hand, showcasing the stunning oval-cut halo engagement ring.

“Jourdan Dunn Hamilton…… has a nice ring to it!” she wrote, alongside ring, bride and black heart emojis.

Famous faces including models Hailey Bieber, Ashley Graham, Poppy and Cara Delevingne and Erin O’Connor congratulated Jourdan on her happy news, while designer and Project Runway co-host Brandon Maxwell wrote: “OH MY GOD CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“Omg omg!!!! Congratulations!!!! I’m so very happy for you,” Jourdan’s fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Shanina Shaik sweetly added on the Instagram post.

Charlie’s Angels star Ella Balinska commented, “OH MY GOODNESS DUDE!!!” and Empire actress Taraji P. Henson also shared her excitement at the news.

The star, who has modelled for brands including Prada, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, sparked speculation about an engagement when she posted a photo of herself with Dion and her son Riley, 10, on Instagram on New Year’s Day.

“2009 my son entered my life, 2019 my life partner entered my life, stepping into 2020 with both by my side is priceless,” she wrote in the caption.

The Vogue cover star shares Riley with ex Jordan Cummings, who she dated for five years from 2005.

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Jeremy Scott drops out of New York Fashion Week

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February. The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has…

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February.

The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has now decided to show his designs in Paris during Couture Week in July.

“Jeremy Scott will no longer be showing his fall-winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week. In a move to pay homage to the city that launched his design career, Jeremy Scott will show his upcoming collection in Paris in July,” representatives for Scott said in a statement, according to WWD.

Scott, who is also creative director of Moschino, isn’t the only New York Fashion Week regular to move his show elsewhere – Tom Ford has decided to show his upcoming collection at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on 7 February, just two days before the Oscars.

“This year, the New York Fashion Week calendar exactly overlaps Oscar weekend, and the last time that happened I showed in L.A. and it worked quite well,” Ford commented back in December. “There is an excitement in L.A. on that particular weekend and the relationship between film and fashion is a strong one. In my role as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, my main intent and priority is to globalise and bring attention to American fashion. There is truly no bigger or more prominent stage in the world at any given time than Los Angeles during the Academy Awards.”

The NYFW schedule is also missing Tommy Hilfiger, who will be hosting his presentation in London, and Pyer Moss, who is sitting out of this season.

However, the calendar still includes shows from Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Oscar de la Renta. It takes place between 7 and 12 February.

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Brandon Maxwell wants to make hometown locals proud of his fashion success

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and ded…

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.

The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and dedication to the city of Longview and their communities.

Talking to local news station KLTV, Maxwell said it was a “full-circle moment” coming back to his native Texas and hosting the awards and luncheon.

“It was fantastic,” he shared. “It was like a dream come true. I’ve spent my whole career hoping that I would make everyone where I’m from proud. This was a great full-circle moment.”

During his career, Maxwell has dressed high-profile women such as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Hollywood stars including Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and Anne Hathaway.

He also co-hosts U.S. TV show Project Runway with Karlie Kloss, who serves as one of his muses, and created Lady Gaga’s extravagant outfits for last year’s Met Gala.

During his speech at the Star Over Longview 2020 awards, Maxwell said he believes in giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

“I think I’m a prime example of that,” the 35-year-old explained. “I’m not someone who has the pedigree to succeed without the love, acceptance, and hard work of the people around me.

“Go out there and pursue your dreams. The world is at your fingertips.”

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Karlie Kloss stunned by Project Runway contestant’s Kushner family remark

Karlie Kloss was left stunned by a Project Runway contestant’s comment about her husband’s family.The 27-year-old model, who serves as host and executive producer on the TV series, wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018 after dating for six years. The busi…

Karlie Kloss was left stunned by a Project Runway contestant’s comment about her husband’s family.

The 27-year-old model, who serves as host and executive producer on the TV series, wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018 after dating for six years. The businessman and investor is the brother of Jared Kushner, who is currently employed by the White House as U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and is also married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

Karlie has tried to avoid talking about her links to the controversial politician, but during the latest episode of Project Runway, contestant Tyler Neasloney called the model out.

The challenge was to make a dress that Karlie could wear in Paris using recycled material, but his gown was not well received by the model or fashion designer Brandon Maxwell.

“It’s definitely ‘wearable’ in someplace that is neither Paris nor Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard,” Brandon, a judge, told the contestant. “I cannot see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly.”

“Not even to dinner with the Kushners?” Tyler fired back, before adding, “That’s your husband.”

Karlie’s mouth dropped and head snapped back in reaction to the comment, though she didn’t appear angry and swiftly turned the conversation back to Tyler’s design.

“I was going to Paris, that was your challenge here. Keep it to the challenge,” she said, before adding, “This (design) is not what I asked for. The fabrics are poor choices. I think they look cheap. The pockets are ill-placed… You really missed the mark here on all accounts.”

Tyler was ultimately sent home from Project Runway after leaving the judges unimpressed with his recycled gown, and he later apologised for the remark.

“Karlie, I want you to know that I’m not a jerk, I’m professional,” he said during his exit interview.

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Brandon Maxwell reflects on ‘defining’ year in candid post

Brandon Maxwell has described 2019 as the “defining” year of his life and career.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to…

Brandon Maxwell has described 2019 as the “defining” year of his life and career.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

While Maxwell landed a gig as a judge on Project Runway this year and won Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 CFDA Awards in June, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he has experienced just as many lows as highs recently.

“I was going to look back and reminisce on some memories that defined the year, but instead I locked myself out of my phone, got on an airplane, breathed in oxygen, and sat with myself for a week… 2019 was the most defining year of all my 35 here on Earth,” he wrote. “I’ve spent a lifetime running from all the ugly things about myself, and this year gave me no other option but to look them dead in the eye. I pushed myself to places unimaginable, I picked myself up off the ground more times than I would like to count, I faced rejection, loss, and fears head on, and as a result I met love with open arms.”

Maxwell went on to explain that some of his best moments didn’t take place in the spotlight, but when he was on his own and had time to think about his achievements and choices.

And as for the greatest gift he has received, the fashion star insisted it had to be “humanity”.

“What I know now is that it’s not about the race, it’s not about who cheers for you when you’re running the fastest, and it’s not about the finish line. It’s about the person who still loves you when you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, the person who was there all along when you were trying to get someone else’s attention, the person that wants nothing from you at all except to see you shine,” the 35-year-old added.

To conclude, Maxwell thanked his family, friends, and team for their continuing support.

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Billy Porter and Cardi B dominate Google’s 2019 red carpet searches

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot. In recent years, the actor has built up a rep…

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.

Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot.

In recent years, the actor has built up a reputation for his extravagant ensembles, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards in February and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the Met Gala in May.

Cardi landed in second place, with the Bodak Yellow rapper having made some serious sartorial choices in the past 12 months, such as the vintage Mugler ensemble she donned for the Grammy Awards and the oxblood red gown by Thom Browne that she chose for the Met Gala.

Boundary-pushing fashionista Lady Gaga took the third sport, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the interest she garnered online when she sported four different Brandon Maxwell outfits to the Met Gala, as well as a stunning strapless black Alexander McQueen ballgown to the Oscars, where she was nominated for her performance in A Star Is Born.

Interestingly, Gaga was followed on the list by “Amy Schumer husband”. The comedy star’s husband Chris Fischer attended several red carpet events with her this year, while Jenny McCarthy took fifth place and K-pop sensation BTS ranked sixth. Caitlyn Jenner, Richard Madden, Brie Larson, and “Brienne of Tarth” – also known as Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie – rounded out the top 10.

Among the Fashion Style searches for 2019 were topics such as “camp style”, “Egirl style”, “Eboy style”, and “Steampunk style”, while biker shorts, white jeans, and leather trousers were also top search terms.

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