Rihanna becomes first person to wear durag on cover of British Vogue

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian su…

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian superstar wearing a white Burberry suit designed by Riccardo Tisci and a custom-made durag from famed milliner Stephen Jones.

Rihanna was photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Enninful, with the editor explaining in an accompanying article that it was the 32-year-old’s idea to sport the head scarf.

“For this month’s shoot, she wanted Rihanna for a new decade. We worked through a substantial archive of visual references (her fashion and cultural knowledge is encyclopaedic) to find a new proposition,” he explained. “Then suddenly, at 2am, my phone pinged with the latest WhatsApp: ‘How about we go with a durag?'”

Enninful went on to describe the durag as “a potent symbol of black life – of self-preservation, resistance, and authenticity,” and admitted Rihanna was the perfect person to pull it off through the “prism of high fashion”.

“It takes a person of extraordinary charisma to pull off such a moment, a woman I am lucky enough to count among my closest creative collaborators,” Enninful added. “What I love about Rih is that it’s always new territory, which is thrilling – not to mention a huge task.”

And in a message posted on his Instagram page, Jones shared just how thrilled he was to work with the British Vogue team and Diamonds hitmaker on the look.

“Thrilled to have created this durag for @badgalriri, one of my most loyal clients, friend and inspiration and the amazing @edward_enninful who I have known since he was 17(?)!!! Thank you soooo much (sic),” he praised.

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Jodie Comer celebrates landing British Vogue cover

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on th…

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.

The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on the front of the prestigious fashion bible for the first time.

“Here is my @britishvogue cover for April 2020 (Aghhhhhhh). Thank you to @Edward_Enninful and the wonderful team at vogue for championing me and blessing me with this ridiculous opportunity,” Jodie wrote, before thanking famed photographer Steven Meisel for making her feel comfortable during the shoot.

“To #StevenMeisel whose grace and warmth, from the moment I met him has continued to inspire me and build my self confidence more than I think he’ll ever know,” she gushed.

The Emmy winner went on to credit hairstylist Guido Palau and legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath for helping her to “look fabulous” for the stunning cover and accompanying shoot.

Jodie then touchingly thanked her publicist Victoria Raeburn-Wales for her unwavering support, before sweetly concluding her post: “One to show the grandkids.”

The actress was inundated with comments from her famous friends, including Sophie Turner, Poppy Delevingne, Michelle Monaghan, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful, who simply wrote: “KILLED IT. Thank you @jodiemcomer x.”

In the cover interview, Jodie touched on the upcoming third season of Killing Eve and teased the possibility of delving into her character Villanelle’s softer side.

“The audience love what they love about her, but it’s been nice to show a different side to that. Maybe a little bit of vulnerability,” she shared.

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Mia Goth defends controversial Miu Miu advert

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publicati…

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.

Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publication in Vogue magazine.

They declared the picture, which showed the Suspiria actress reclining on a crumpled bed fully-clothed, appeared to sexualise a child. They called the advert “irresponsible” and stated it was “likely to cause serious offence” because Goth’s pose was “sexually suggestive” and youthful appearance made her look under 16 years old, even though she was 22.

Speaking about the controversy with London’s ES magazine, Goth, now 26, admitted she was surprised by the reaction because she didn’t think the advert had a sexual tone at all.

“I was very taken aback by it, because I didn’t feel I was being exploited,” she said. “I didn’t feel it came across in any way sexual at all. I was literally just sat in a room. It says more about the people who had an issue with it than the actual campaign, because in my eyes it was a beautiful piece of art.”

At the time, representatives for Prada, which owns Miu Miu, issued a statement in which they rejected the accusation that the image, taken by Steven Meisel, had a sexual tone, while a spokesperson for British Vogue also defended it.

Goth began her modelling career when she was spotted by fashion photographer Gemma Booth at the Underage Festival when she was 14 and subsequently signed to Storm Model Management. She always wanted to act and eventually made her movie debut with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in 2013.

Describing modelling as her “stepping stone” to acting, the British actress added, “I’m grateful for what it gave me, which was an introduction to feeling comfortable in front of a camera… And it was good pocket money.”

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Amber Valletta appointed British Vogue’s sustainability editor

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor. The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested …

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor.

The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested at the Fire Drill Fridays climate change protest in Washington D.C. last year.

Valletta, 46, will now be putting her passion to good use in her new role as contributing sustainability editor, a new position at the publication. She will report to editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and help drive the magazine’s coverage about sustainability and the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.

“British Vogue is disrupting the entire fashion industry and it’s never been a more exciting time to join Edward and the team as contributing sustainability editor to support the positive conversations happening across the industry right now. I look forward to driving the momentum forward on sustainability at British Vogue,” she said in a statement.

Enninful added that he was thrilled to have Valletta onboard, given her level of expertise in the area.

“I’m thrilled to have Amber Valletta join British Vogue as contributing sustainability editor, honouring the British Vogue values of challenging the status quo, where she will help to shape and change conversations around the most pressing issue of our time: sustainability,” he shared. “Amber’s expertise around key environmental issues mixed with her love of fashion makes her the perfect voice to drive these conversations forward.”

Valletta follows in the footsteps of Livia Firth, co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, who was given a similar position at Vogue Arabia earlier this year. Designer Stella McCartney is also a sustainability adviser for luxury goods conglomerate Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH).

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Halima Aden takes her own clothes to fashion shoots

Halima Aden takes her own clothes to photoshoots in case she’s uncomfortable with any of the outfits.The Somali-American model is well known for her strict approach to dressing modestly, and refuses to remove her hijab for shoots, even wearing the head…

Halima Aden takes her own clothes to photoshoots in case she’s uncomfortable with any of the outfits.

The Somali-American model is well known for her strict approach to dressing modestly, and refuses to remove her hijab for shoots, even wearing the head covering for her groundbreaking appearance in last year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

In a new interview with British newspaper The Observer, Halima revealed that she takes her own clothes along to jobs so she can remain comfortable in front of the camera.

“It’s not because I don’t think people are going to listen – it’s more so they know what to expect. I always bring extras – my own set of turbans, turtlenecks, tights – because it’s a collaboration,” she explained. “I also recognise that for a lot of people, in my first year especially, I was the only hijab-wearing girl they’d worked with. So, they’re not going to necessarily know 100 per cent what to expect, just like I didn’t know what to expect with fashion, because it’s not the world that I come from.”

While the fashion industry has been called out by critics over a lack of diversity in the last few years, the 22-year-old, who was the first hijab-wearing model to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, insisted her career should serve as a reminder as to how far the industry has come.

“The fact that I’m able to do runway, the fact that I have graced these magazine covers and wear a hijab on top of that, be who I am, have my identity, wear it proudly… I think fashion is doing a beautiful job,” Halima added.

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Karen Elson ‘nicked’ her lucky pair of shoes from a photoshoot

Karen Elson will never let go of the pair of shoes she once “nicked” from a photoshoot.The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander …

Karen Elson will never let go of the pair of shoes she once “nicked” from a photoshoot.

The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

Reflecting on the early days of her career while taking British Vogue on a tour of the wardrobe inside her Nashville, Tennessee home for a new video, Karen picked up a pair of Miu Miu stilettos featuring large sequins and shared that they were the “first pair of shoes she ever nicked”.

But taking to Instagram later, the star clarified that she was able to keep the sparkly footwear.

“Disclaimer: all the models took the shoes after runway shows back then, we did ask, but before they could answer we were usually out the door,” she explained.

Karen went on to note that the high heels proved to be “lucky”, as she was wearing them when she met late musician Prince.

“He grabbed a hold of me to ask me where my shoes came from…yes, these shoes are my version of ruby slippers,” the 41-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the clip, Karen showed off her collection of prints and kitchen, and also headed back to the place where she grew up – Oldham, Greater Manchester. As well as meeting up with her father, the model caught up with model agent Debra Burns, who discovered her at the age of 16.

“Whenever you come back home, it always makes you reflect on the scope of your life. Looking at me as a young woman and seeing myself in that environment… wide-eyed and naive and so excited… it was a dream… it was thrilling,” she mused. “Despite challenges in life, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Charlize Theron ‘instantly fell in love’ with BAFTAs gown

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging nec…

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging neckline, complemented with a simple black belt.

Charlize’s stylist Leslie Fremar told British Vogue that the Bombshell actress has been trying out different looks throughout awards season and was thrilled to be wearing a classic Old Hollywood design.

“We’ve tried to alter the silhouette, colour and feeling of Charlize’s looks for each red carpet,” she explained. “You don’t see her wear this classic silhouette very often, so we instantly fell in love with it.”

Fremar revealed the mood and timing of the ceremony, which takes place during winter in the U.K., had a huge impact on what type of gown she wanted her client to wear.

“The evening lighting makes the red carpet photographs look so elegant,” she shared. “It’s softer and more beautiful than the bright sunshine at the L.A. ceremonies.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior’s artistic director) gave Charlize the option of wearing purple or red… The vibrant purple was the standout option, and dictated the silhouette of the traditional Old Hollywood gown.”

And Charlize, who has worked with the iconic French fashion house since 2004, has such a good relationship with the designer that most of the couture pieces created for her need no alteration.

“Maria Grazia’s team has mannequins of Charlize’s body, so when her looks arrive they fit really well,” Fremar explained.

The 44-year-old, who was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, finished off her show-stopping look with a 10-carat diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co.

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Saoirse Ronan chose gown made from satin offcuts for 2020 BAFTAs

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally consci…

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.

The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally conscious wardrobe choices by renting, wearing vintage, or selecting pieces made of sustainable materials rather than sporting brand-new clothes.

Saoirse arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a voluminous black satin gown featuring leather straps and complemented the look by having her blonde hair swept off her shoulders and into a twisted-front updo.

Her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, told British Vogue that the gown was made by the Italian fashion house’s creative director Alessandro Michele from discarded satin.

“We wanted to create a gown that didn’t waste any resources or people’s time… It’s the first time we’ve gone dead simple, but we’ve been geeking out about the intricate craftsmanship,” she said.

And Elizabeth is a big fan of the pencil-thin leather straps, which she viewed as adding a “naughty kick” to the dress.

“I love that the most classic pieces are often the hardest to make – it feels good to celebrate this unique work,” the style guru smiled.

While Saoirse’s eco-friendly dress was overshadowed by colourful appearances from the likes of Scarlett Johansson in a pink Versace gown and Charlize Theron in a purple Dior number, Elizabeth was pleased with how the black dress allowed the Little Women star to shine.

“(Fashion should) celebrate Saoirse’s talent, rather than overpower her,” she insisted.

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Irina Shayk: ‘Life without Bradley Cooper is new ground’

Irina Shayk has opened up about her split from longtime boyfriend Bradley Cooper for the first time.The model began dating the A Star is Born actor and director back in 2015, and the couple welcomed daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper in March 2017 befo…

Irina Shayk has opened up about her split from longtime boyfriend Bradley Cooper for the first time.

The model began dating the A Star is Born actor and director back in 2015, and the couple welcomed daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper in March 2017 before splitting last year.

They are both notoriously private about their relationships, but the catwalk beauty has now candidly shared details about her life without the Oscar nominee in a new interview with British Vogue.

“I think in all good relationships you bring your best and your worst – it’s just the nature of a human being,” the 34-year-old explained. “Two great people don’t have to make a good couple.”

“I think we’ve been very lucky to experience what we had with each other,” Irina added. “Life without B is new ground.”

The couple co-parent their toddler daughter, and while she loves being a mother, she admitted it was hard doing it alone while juggling her busy career.

“It’s hard to find a balance between being a single mom and being a working woman and provider. Trust me, there are days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t know what to do, I’m falling apart,'” she said.

Irina also confessed that her strong personality and “coldness” can put men off.

“I have a strong personality and I definitely know what I want, and I think some men are scared of that,” she shared. ‘If somebody’s out of my life, they’re out of my life and I really cut all the ties, you know? I think some people are really scared of this coldness. I also think not many people know that underneath this there’s a nice, sweet person who cries in interviews.”

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Irina Shayk swears by using gold-infused face masks after long-haul travel

Irina Shayk resets her skin after long-haul travel by using a gold-infused face mask.The Russian supermodel is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, having landed campaigns for the likes of Intimissimi lingerie, Versace, and Burberry…

Irina Shayk resets her skin after long-haul travel by using a gold-infused face mask.

The Russian supermodel is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, having landed campaigns for the likes of Intimissimi lingerie, Versace, and Burberry.

Irina’s busy schedule means she often has to travel by plane, and in a new interview with British Vogue, explained that she uses luxury skincare products to combat the drying conditions of very long flights.

“I always make sure I moisturise my skin a lot when I travel, as the air on a plane is really dry. To revive my skin after long-distance flights, I use special masks, like Mimi Luzon’s Sparkling Champagne Mask – it moisturises and refreshes the skin and gives it a healthy glow,” she shared. “When I travel for work, I always see my beauty queen, Mimi Luzon, and do 24-carat gold mask treatments for extra glow.”

The Mimi Luzon Sparkling Champagne Mask, which is designed to infuse skin with oxygen and a high concentration of antioxidant botanicals, is priced at $279 (£215), while the Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Dust contains specially formulated powdered cosmetic grade gold leaf that, when added to moisturiser, is claimed to “improve the skin’s appearance by tightening and smoothing wrinkles, improving localised blood circulation and metabolism and giving the skin a natural glow”. The 24K Pure Gold Dust costs $149 (£115).

Elsewhere in the chat, Irina insisted that the rest of her skincare routine is rather minimal. To tackle any puffiness, she will simply run an ice cube over her face, while she avoids wearing make-up when off-duty.

“Usually I don’t wear make-up during the day, or if I do, (I) use a tiny bit of concealer for the under-eye area,” the 34-year-old added.

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