Kaia Gerber doesn’t like to be called a model

Kaia Gerber doesn’t like being labelled as a model.The 18-year-old began her career at the tender age of 10 and has since walked the runway for the likes of Versace, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel. But when asked for her career advice …

Kaia Gerber doesn’t like being labelled as a model.

The 18-year-old began her career at the tender age of 10 and has since walked the runway for the likes of Versace, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel.

But when asked for her career advice to budding young models wanting to get their big break in the industry, Kaia was quick to insist that she was more than just a pretty face.

“Well, I always like to say, I model – but I am not a model,” she told Teen Vogue. “Because once you put ‘a’ or ‘an’ ahead of a title, it staples that to you. So, my advice to others who want to navigate new territories would be to not hesitate and just do what would make you proud. Never box yourself in.”

The daughter of supermodel icon Cindy Crawford also discussed her new capsule collection with Jimmy Choo and revealed she didn’t want to include skyscraper heels in her debut footwear line simply because she doesn’t like wearing them.

“I’m not typically the type to dress on-trend. I’m an ‘if I like it, I like it’ type girl,” she explained. “It was sort of a selfish decision because I’m not big on high-heels.”

The limited-edition line features four styles – lace-up combat boots, western boots, slingback heels, and a pair of slides – and Kaia kept her family in mind when she designed the collection with creative director Sandra Choi.

“I really wanted to make a shoe that my mom, my friends, or even my grandmother could wear,” she shared.

Fifteen per cent of all sales from the Jimmy Choo x KAIA collaboration, which is available now, will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Billie Eilish rocks head-to-toe Burberry for 2020 BRIT Awards

Billie Eilish rocked a custom Burberry outfit, complete with matching bonnet, to the 2020 BRIT Awards on Tuesday night.The Bad Guy hitmaker’s unique look featured the luxury British brand’s iconic check on a cosy camel sweater and trousers, with the ou…

Billie Eilish rocked a custom Burberry outfit, complete with matching bonnet, to the 2020 BRIT Awards on Tuesday night.

The Bad Guy hitmaker’s unique look featured the luxury British brand’s iconic check on a cosy camel sweater and trousers, with the outfit topped off with a beige trench coat, plaid socks, and a matching manicure.

Her eye-catching ensemble, heavily influenced by a look spotted at creative director Riccardo Tisci’s spring/summer 2020 show during London Fashion Week, was complemented with chunky beige boots and jewels from Tiffany & Co.

It was a big night for the 18-year-old, who performed her Bond theme No Time to Die for the first time at the ceremony and also scooped the accolade for Best International Female.

Lizzo was also among the celebrities making a show-stopping statement on the red carpet, as she wore a custom dress, designed by Jeremy Scott for Moschino, made to look like the wrapper of a Hershey’s chocolate bar.

The floor-length gown even included a barcode and the nutritional value of the sweet treat, while the Juice hitmaker accessorised with a chocolate-bar inspired clutch bag by Judith Leiber.

Harry Styles led the stylish men on the red carpet, rocking a Gucci suit before changing into two more designer outfits during the star-studded bash.

While Stormzy, who wowed fans with his incredible performance at the BRITs, looked chic in white trousers and a matching high neck jumper from Dior.

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Burberry opts for equestrian chic for fall 20

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, inclu…

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, including celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Naomi Campbell, Luka Sabbat, FKA Twigs, Jacob Elordi, and Hunter Schafer.

Titled Memories, Italy-born Tisci explained in his show notes that he was inspired by his first travels to the British capital as a young man, as well as the central codes of the heritage house.

“Moving back to London recently – a city I first discovered as a young student – gave me a real sense of nostalgia. It was the place where I learnt to be myself and a city where I gained the confidence to be the man that I am today. I have this strong feeling of pride when I think about the early days of my career, when I was an emerging designer still learning my craft and taking inspiration wherever I could find it,” he shared. “The memory of this special and formative time in my life is what has influenced this collection – from the places I visited and the people that surrounded me to the music that inspired me. It is this side of my personal journey that I wanted to blend with the codes and language that I have started to define here at Burberry.”

To open, model Astrid Voss took to the catwalk in a belted brown coat with dramatic feather detailing on the lapels and sleeves. Tisci then unveiled similar silhouettes featuring Burberry’s signature tan fabric and check print, with much of the line focused on layered separates ideal for the cooler months. An equestrian influence was apparent in duffel coats, quilted jackets, long collarless coats, jodhpurs, and fluted skirts, with Kendall Jenner sporting a checked top with black detailing and long white skirt and Gigi Hadid modelling a black jumpsuit and colour-blocked jacket.

Elsewhere, Tisci introduced the new Olympia bag collection, featuring a shoulder bag in three sizes and a crossbody bag, and concluded the spectacle by having a parade of models walk the runway in sparkly dresses featuring strong shoulders and sparkly fringing.

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Off-White continues reign as world’s hottest brand

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.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 b…

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.

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 Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the fourth quarter of 2019 and reported that Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide. The company also topped The Lyst Index for the previous quarter.

Gucci, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, was the runner-up, while Balenciaga landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Fendi, Prada, Valentino, and Burberry, though the most surprising leap in rankings came from Moncler.

Nabbing the fourth spot, executives at the lifestyle label have found success over the past three years by harnessing a guest designer roster, which has included capsule collections from the likes of Simone Rocha, Craig Green, and Richard Quinn.

Meanwhile, Gucci’s logo belt was once again the hottest in the list of women’s products, with Amina Muaddi’s Gilda heels taking second place.

“As seen on Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, Muaddi’s Gilda heels sparked an average of 60,500 monthly searches between October and December, while the brand saw a 73 per cent rise in views,” a Lyst spokesperson commented.

Other popular accessories include Prada’s Monolith boots, a scarf from Acne Studios, Spanx’s faux leather leggings, Balenciaga’s Hourglass top handle bag, and the UGG Scuffette II slippers.

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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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Karl Lagerfeld brand pledges to go fur-free

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch f…

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.

In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch fur products.

Now, bosses at AM Retail Group, which operates Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Wilsons Leather, and other brands, and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group, have also banned fur.

In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) director Elisa Allen praised the team at Karl Lagerfeld and AM Retail Group for taking a stand.

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,” she said. “Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, and cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxury animal-friendly alternatives.”

Allen added that she would be sending the companies vegan chocolates in thanks for their decisions.

Representatives for the Karl Lagerfeld label and its parent company have not yet commented on the news.

Fashion icon Lagerfeld, who died at the age of 85 in February, had a long history with animal rights activists. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 in 2009, the Chanel creative director argued there was no point in ditching fur products when people continued to eat meat.

“As long as you wear leather and eat meat, don’t discuss that,” he said. “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes and handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

However, in December 2018, a spokesperson for Chanel confirmed the luxury brand would no longer use fur or exotic skins.

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Rick Owens unimpressed by Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane’s ‘bourgeois’ fashion

Rick Owens has voiced his disappointment at designers including Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane for pushing “bourgeois” fashion trends.The veteran American designer was recently “stunned” to see sensible clothes being advertised to the younger generati…

Rick Owens has voiced his disappointment at designers including Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane for pushing “bourgeois” fashion trends.

The veteran American designer was recently “stunned” to see sensible clothes being advertised to the younger generation by luxury labels and told New York Magazine that his goth glam aesthetic is being rejected.

“What’s interesting now is that whole bourgeois thing, which Riccardo Tisci started doing at Burberry and Hedi Slimane is doing at Celine,” Owens explained, before sharing his disgust at a huge Celine billboard in the Place de la Concorde in Paris that featured a model dressed in “a pleated tweed culotte skirt and a Peter Pan collar trimmed in lace, pearls or something”.

“I know that it’s supposed to be provocative, and it is, because it kind of stuns me every time I see it,” he confessed. “That this sensibility is aspirational for a young audience that never really experienced that, I suppose? All of their parents are wearing my clothes!”

Owens added: “I can see how that generation is reacting against me. I take it very personally. With a giggle.”

Despite voicing his concerns with the style of luxury labels in the fashion industry, the designer noted that he’s a huge fan of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s chic brand, The Row.

“They’ve really maintained a consistently pure aesthetic that I’m always going to look at. It’s the antithesis of all the other runway shows in New York. I admire what they’re doing,” Owens revealed, noting that he also appreciates Chris Peters’s label, CDLM. “I liked what I saw that they were doing.”

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Cara Delevingne ‘wouldn’t be as big’ without Instagram

Cara Delevingne credits Instagram with helping her become a successful model.The British star had her modelling breakthrough in 2011 and has gone on to front campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, and DKNY. However, she credit…

Cara Delevingne credits Instagram with helping her become a successful model.

The British star had her modelling breakthrough in 2011 and has gone on to front campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, and DKNY.

However, she credits a large part of her success to the rise of social media, and told Harper’s Bazaar that she wouldn’t have the career she has if it wasn’t for Instagram.

“I look at the big ’90s supermodels and I don’t think that I would have been as big of a model if Instagram hadn’t come around,” Cara explained. “I really grew up in that age of when Instagram was coming up. Now really is the social media age.”

Despite confessing that she tries to stay off Instagram and takes regular breaks from her phone, the 27-year-old enjoys using her platform to share her views with her 43.8 million followers.

“People always say you can’t have an opinion or why should you have an opinion, ‘You aren’t a politician – no one cares about your views.’ Everyone has the right to talk about their opinion and what their views are,” she stated. “Whether it’s good or not, I’m going to do it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she blasted those who used photo-editing apps to alter their pictures on social media without being honest with their followers.

“I think that people should say if they’re using them, especially if you’re in the limelight or you have a lot of young girls that are following you,” she explained. “Why does it matter? Just say that you’re using it and be proud about it. Because when people are looking at some sort of false image and they want to emulate or replicate that, then it’s never going to happen.”

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Carla Bruni wouldn’t ‘feel comfortable’ wearing a miniskirt today

Carla Bruni has admitted she “wouldn’t feel comfortable” wearing miniskirts at her age.The French-Italian star began modelling back in 1987, and in a new interview, insisted that while her style hasn’t changed over the years, she’s made a conscious dec…

Carla Bruni has admitted she “wouldn’t feel comfortable” wearing miniskirts at her age.

The French-Italian star began modelling back in 1987, and in a new interview, insisted that while her style hasn’t changed over the years, she’s made a conscious decision to dress how she thinks is appropriate.

“I’ve always dressed quite simply, but there are some things I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing at my age, like miniskirts for example,” she told The Telegraph newspaper.

Bruni takes fashion inspiration from Patti Smith and French singer Francoise Hardy, and has a chic tailored look that she wears on a daily basis.

“Fashion is all about exchanging (ideas) with other people. I hardly ever wear a dress in my regular life. A nice pair of jeans with a fitted jacket and a good pair of flat boots is my daily uniform,” the 51-year-old shared.

The former First Lady of France recently made her debut in Riccardo Tisci’s festive Burberry campaign, which was shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

And Bruni confessed she didn’t hesitate to accept the offer of becoming a brand ambassador for the British heritage label.

“I’ve admired Riccardo’s work for a very long time and I love Mert and Marcus, so I was thrilled, said yes and didn’t ask any questions. The next thing I knew, I was on a train to London,” she recalled.

Bruni appears in the images alongside fellow models Cecilia Chancellor, Fran Summers, Ikram Abdi Omar, singer Mahmood and footballer Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and was honoured to be chosen by the Italian designer.

“Riccardo has a perfect technique and a great sense of modernity, he really knows how to use the past to reinvent the future,” the mother-of-two gushed.

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Carla Bruni had a ‘fabulous’ time shooting Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent …

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.

The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent years and is now mostly focused on her music career.

However, Bruni recently agreed to star in Burberry creative director Tisci’s debut Christmas imagery for the British heritage brand, with the photoshoot also featuring Fran Summers, Sasha Pivovarova, and Marina Morena.

“I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together,” she said. “I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert and Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future.”

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with Bruni seen posing in a white jumpsuit alongside Santa Claus in one shot, and with professional soccer player Ruben Loftus-Cheek in another. The 51-year-old also appears in the accompanying video advertisement which shows a group of models and Burberry brand ambassadors dancing to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?

Elsewhere, Mert and Marcus gushed over their time on set.

“It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry,” they commented. “Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years, so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!”

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