Naomi Campbell thrilled to bring Fashion for Relief back to London

Naomi Campbell is “so happy” to be bringing her Fashion for Relief charity gala back home to London.The British supermodel, 49, first debuted the charity gala 14 years ago, and the organisation has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian c…

Naomi Campbell is “so happy” to be bringing her Fashion for Relief charity gala back home to London.

The British supermodel, 49, first debuted the charity gala 14 years ago, and the organisation has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian crises around the world.

Fashion For Relief has since been staged in places such as Moscow and Mumbai and this year, Naomi is bringing it back to her home city on Saturday.

“I’m so happy to bring it back home to where I was born,” she told British Vogue. “There is nothing better. I’m so thrilled to have the support of the British Fashion Council, British Vogue, Edward (Enninful)… and everyone who has given their time.

“Without everyone’s collaboration it just wouldn’t happen, it happens because we all come together. That’s what I love about it, we (the fashion industry) are always getting slammed – but we know how to show up when we need to. My gratitude is just beyond words.”

The star-studded dinner will be followed by an auction, which includes an exclusive Marina Abramovic sketch and a signed Ellen Von Unwerth portrait shot of the supermodel from 1990.

When asked if she thought the Fashion For Relief gala would be a success when she founded the charitable organisation back in 2005, Naomi confessed she was taken aback by its progress.

“I never put expectations on anything,” she explained. “I didn’t even think I’d still be modelling now! You never know how something is going to work out.”

And the fashion icon is excited to see friendly faces at the event on Saturday, including Pose actor Billy Porter and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris.

“I’m just looking forward to coming home and being with everyone,” she shared. “What makes it so special is that everyone is there because they want to be, not because they have to be.”

This year, Fashion for Relief is joining forces with the Mayor’s Fund for London and UNICEF to raise funds for disadvantaged children in London and the U.K.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex unveils Smart Works collection

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has launched her capsule collection for Smart Works.In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which she guest-edited, Meghan announced she was teaming with executives at U.K. high street retailers Marks & Spencer,…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has launched her capsule collection for Smart Works.

In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which she guest-edited, Meghan announced she was teaming with executives at U.K. high street retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, and Jigsaw, as well as her fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo, to create a line specialising in professional clothing which will benefit Smart Works, an organisation which helps unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews.

After teasing the range for the past month, Meghan unveiled the full collection at an event in London on Thursday.

“When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career,” she said in a statement. “Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of.”

The Smart Set consists of the essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone, and the perfect tote. Items are now available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the U.K., and are offered in a range of different price points, sizes, and colours.

Meghan, who became the patron of Smart Works in January, went on to explain that she was inspired with idea for the line after discovering donations to the charity weren’t always the right choices or sizes.

And Kate Stephens, chief executive officer of Smart Works, is thrilled with the final result.

“We are incredibly grateful to the brands involved for making this possible. Every woman who walks through our door will know that another woman cares about her and has invested in her future,” she commented.

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Ellie Goulding paid homage to Yorkshire with bespoke Chloe wedding dress

Ellie Goulding paid homage to her husband’s Yorkshire heritage with the bespoke Chloe gown she wore to her wedding last month.The Starry Eyed singer tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in his hometown of York, England…

Ellie Goulding paid homage to her husband’s Yorkshire heritage with the bespoke Chloe gown she wore to her wedding last month.

The Starry Eyed singer tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in his hometown of York, England on 31 August, and her dress included fine details commemorating their relationship.

“I have never felt more special than the moment I first tried the dress on in Paris, and it was utterly awe-inspiring to see the craftsmanship and attention to detail,” she told British Vogue, referencing the gown’s embroidered white roses, a traditional symbol of Yorkshire.

Ellie also revealed that her and Caspar’s initials were woven into the fabric.

The 32-year-old worked closely on the dress design with Chloe creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi and the fashion house’s team, who spent 640 hours working on the gown.

“I was so thrilled and excited when I found out that the iconic and unparalleled Chloe wanted to design a bespoke wedding dress for me,” the star gushed. “I have loved them and their incredible team for years, so it only seemed right for Chloe to play a big part of this special day.

“From day one they worked alongside me to design, from head to toe, something timeless and classic, but with all the Chloe opulence and spirit.”

In all, Ellie wore four different outfits over the course of her wedding day, including a white Stella McCartney gown for the reception, as well as a bodice and skirt from Ralph & Russo and a dress by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing for the party.

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Photographer Peter Lindbergh dies at 74

Famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died, aged 74.The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Lindbergh’s family announced the sad news on his official …

Famed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh has died, aged 74.

The German photographer and film director, known for his portraits and cinematic images, passed away on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Lindbergh’s family announced the sad news on his official Instagram page on Wednesday morning. A cause of death was not shared.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Lindbergh on September 3rd 2019, at the age of 74,” they wrote alongside a black-and-white photograph. “He is survived by his wife Petra, his first wife Astrid, his four sons Benjamin, Jeremy, Simon, Joseph and seven grandchildren. He leaves a big void.”

Born Peter Brodbeck in 1944, Lindbergh garnered international acclaim in the late 1980s when he began photographing a new generation of models, including Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington.

A year later, he famously shot them posing together for the January 1990 cover of British Vogue, and over the course of his career worked with many designers and top models.

Most recently, Lindbergh helmed the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, titled Forces for Change, which was guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and featured influential women such as Adut Akech, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, and Jameela Jamil.

Tributes to Lindbergh are already flowing on social media, with Evangelista posting, “Heartbroken. R.I.P. my Peet,” and model Lara Stone commenting, “Oh how much I’ll miss you, I’m heartbroken. Rest in peace dear Peter.”

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Kaia Gerber too busy for romance

Kaia Gerber is far too busy to be worried about dating and relationships.The daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, who turns 18 on Tuesday, has had a busy year so far, with her projects including fronting the latest Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume …

Kaia Gerber is far too busy to be worried about dating and relationships.

The daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, who turns 18 on Tuesday, has had a busy year so far, with her projects including fronting the latest Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume campaign, walking in Pierpaolo Piccioli’s emotional Valentino couture show, and designing her own capsule collection for the late Karl Lagerfeld.

And while Gerber’s hectic schedule makes it hard for her to date at the moment, she hasn’t ruled out falling in love in the future.

“When I’m working, I don’t have the energy to even flirt with anyone. I’m sorry, I just can’t,” she laughed in an interview with British Vogue. “But I’m not losing hope in all love forever.

“I have backgammon at my house, and that’s all a girl needs. When I’m home, I’m living the life of a 70-year-old woman.”

The model, who graces the cover of the October issue of the fashion bible, also confessed that she still doesn’t suffer any nerves before photoshoots.

“I mean, I’m just standing there – how bad can I do?” the brunette beauty quipped.

Elsewhere in the chat, Crawford acknowledged Gerber may have benefitted from her fame when starting out as a model but insisted that the teenager has put in the hard work.

“You and I both know that… Chanel, or Vogue – well, they might have her for an audition, but they’re not booking her because she’s my daughter… I mean, she’s doing things I never did,” the 53-year-old told the publication.

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British Vogue editor pleased to see Kaia Gerber ‘in the trenches’ with other models

British Vogue’s Edward Enninful is happy to see Kaia Gerber “in the trenches” with other models.The rising fashion star, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has already landed campaigns for the likes of Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Karl…

British Vogue’s Edward Enninful is happy to see Kaia Gerber “in the trenches” with other models.

The rising fashion star, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has already landed campaigns for the likes of Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Karl Lagerfeld.

British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful also tapped Gerber to be on the cover of the October 2019 issue of the publication, and in an accompanying article, praised the model’s commitment and professionalism.

“That Kaia has become one of the brightest faces in modelling is a personal delight to me,” he wrote. “I have known Cindy Crawford, her supermodel mother, since the ’90s, so it’s wonderful to now work with her daughter, who is as driven, hardworking and beautiful as Cindy is. It always pleases me that, every season, despite coming from privilege, I see Kaia in the trenches with the other models, doing show after show, always on time and with a kind word for everyone. That’s the way to do it.”

In the cover image, Gerber poses in a black and white ensemble from Valentino. Guido Palau and Pat McGrath were behind her hair and make-up, Joe McKenna was the stylist, Jin Soon Choi was in charge of the manicure, with Steven Meisel helming the photoshoot.

And in a post sharing the news on her Instagram page, Gerber commented that the prestigious gig was the “best” birthday present, as she celebrates turning 18 on 3 September.

“October issue of @britishvogue by #stevenmeisel is out! thank you @edward_enninful for the best birthday present, and to everyone involved #joemckenna, @guidopalau, @patmcgrathreal, and @jinsoonchoi,” she gushed.

The October issue of British Vogue hits newsstands on 6 September.

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Ellie Goulding offers fans glimpse of Stella McCartney reception dress

Ellie Goulding has finally given fans a peek at her elegant Stella McCartney reception dress.The British popstar tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in York, England on Saturday afternoon. Goulding opted for a long w…

Ellie Goulding has finally given fans a peek at her elegant Stella McCartney reception dress.

The British popstar tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in York, England on Saturday afternoon.

Goulding opted for a long white Chloe gown with Victorian touches for the ceremony, but on Monday night, she took to her Instagram Stories to reveal that she wore a custom number by McCartney to the reception, which was held at the nearby Castle Howard.

Uploading a snap of her posing alongside her new husband in a simple off-the-shoulder gown with diamond trim detail, Goulding wrote, “Me and my man.”

The star also tagged McCartney in the post, though the designer has not yet spoken about their collaboration.

However, in an interview with British Vogue prior to the ceremony, the 32-year-old shared that she also borrowed some diamond jewellery from McCartney for her big day.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work closely with some of my all-time favourite designers. Stella McCartney, who I adore, loaned me some diamonds for the day, which are my something borrowed!” the Starry Eyed hitmaker commented.

In all, Goulding wore four different outfits over the course of her wedding day, including a bodice and skirt from Ralph & Russo and a dress by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing.

“Balmain have also been so generous with their time. Olivier has made me the most fun dress to dance the night away in. I don’t want to give too much away but each look is so unique, and I can’t thank the designers and houses enough for being a part of the day,” she added.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex also chose a McCartney gown for her reception when she married Prince Harry in May 2018.

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Edward Enninful would love to see launch of Vogue Africa

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful would love to see the creation of Vogue Africa.The British-Ghanaian stylist joined the fashion publication in 2017 and has since gone on to win praise for his promotion of inclusivity and diversity, especia…

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful would love to see the creation of Vogue Africa.

The British-Ghanaian stylist joined the fashion publication in 2017 and has since gone on to win praise for his promotion of inclusivity and diversity, especially for the September 2019 edition, in which he worked alongside guest-editor Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to highlight the work of 15 inspiring women.

While Vogue is published around the world, with countries such as Japan and Italy having their own versions, Enninful has now shared that he is certain there is enough appetite in Africa for the continent to warrant its own magazine.

“We could see that at the (Conde Nast International Luxury) conference (held in Cape Town in April) – you can feel the energy and the excitement and the desire to be a part of the world conversation when it comes to luxury,” he commented in an interview with the new Vogue Business website. “It could have satellite offices in north, south, east, west that report into one place.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Enninful spoke about how he has scoured the Vogue archives for inspiration and in some ways, views himself as a “guardian” of the fashion bible.

He also noted that he wants to encourage conversation about the “new Britain,” while simultaneously reflecting social and political changes around the world.

“The world has changed so much. People were ready to embrace something that reflected them. And for me, it was all about bringing Vogue back to what it was like in the ’70s and ’80s when it was about people, and you could see yourself,” the 47-year-old added.

Previously, Enninful’s good friend and British Vogue contributor, supermodel Naomi Campbell, also called for the launch of Vogue Africa in a chat with Reuters.

“There should be a Vogue Africa. We just had Vogue Arabia – it is the next progression. It has to be,” she said, referring to the Middle East edition, first published in March 2017.

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Adut Akech eager to advocate for refugees

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s sprin…

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.

The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show and has since gone on to walk for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

Akech has also been tapped to appear on the cover of the new Forces of Change issue of British Vogue magazine, guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and in the accompanying editorial, she commented that she wants to use her platform to draw awareness to the plight of displaced people.

“I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else,” she insisted. “You don’t choose to be a refugee… You don’t wake up thinking, I’m going to be a refugee. The only difference between a refugee and someone who grew up in the Western world is that we were forced out of our own country, out of our homes, because of fear – not out of choice.”

Akech has already begun work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), promoting causes to support refugees. Ultimately, she would like to be known for more than just her successful modelling career.

“I want to be known as someone who made a positive impact. It’s an honour to be used as an example of what diversity looks like (but) I want to be more involved with charities that are changing people’s lives,” the 19-year-old mused.

Elsewhere in the chat, Akech divulged that she has recently ticked off another one of her goals – she has purchased her mother a car and house.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launching collection of workwear for charity

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is launching a capsule collection of workwear to help disadvantaged women get back into employment. In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which the actress-turned-royal guest-edited, the Duchess revealed she …

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is launching a capsule collection of workwear to help disadvantaged women get back into employment.

In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which the actress-turned-royal guest-edited, the Duchess revealed she was teaming up with executives of British high street retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw and her fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo to create a line specialising in professional clothing which will benefit the organisation Smart Works.

The charity offers free work clothing and interview coaching for unemployed women, and each time a piece is brought from the collection, a “like for like” item will be donated to it.

“When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes. Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes,” the 37-year-old wrote in the magazine.

“To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.

“Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity. Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”

At Smart Works, individuals receive a personalised styling session with a volunteer stylist as well as interview coaching. If a person lands the job, they can go back to the charity to receive up to five additional pieces of work-appropriate clothes.

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