Beyonce rocked more than 60 designer looks for Black is King

Beyonce wore more than 60 designer outfits in Black is King, including couture looks from Valentino, Burberry and Schiaparelli.The 38-year-old singer’s visual album, which serves as a companion to her movie soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift, dropped …

Beyonce wore more than 60 designer outfits in Black is King, including couture looks from Valentino, Burberry and Schiaparelli.

The 38-year-old singer’s visual album, which serves as a companion to her movie soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift, dropped on Disney+ last Friday, and fans were left stunned by the incredible ensembles the mother-of-three sports throughout the 85-minute film.

Fashion curator Zerina Akers, who worked with Beyonce on Black is King, opened up about working on the project during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, and revealed she had to come prepared with suitcases of clothes for the former Destiny’s Child star.

Noting that the Lemonade hitmaker had 63 outfit changes, Akers explained: “You have to be prepared. If she says, ‘I just want to shoot, I think it would be really nice in a T-shirt,’ I’m like, OK, 10 ball gowns, please. Just in case! Because more likely than not, we get there and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s so beautiful, we need something more grand.’ And we kind of allow it to shape-shift.”

Among the ensembles was a Valentino Haute Couture leopard-print jumpsuit designed by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, a cow-print corset top with matching mini skirt by Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci, a bold print custom Mugler two-piece, Schiaparelli haute couture dresses, and an oversized floral-print Erdem gown.

Akers had to ensure that she had lots of outfit choices for Beyonce’s eight-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, who also features in the visual album.

“The cool thing about Blue that not a lot of people know is that a lot of times she chooses when she wants to (be involved),” she shared. “She may see her mother doing a shot she thinks is cool. When she sees something in it, she may be like, ‘I want to do that, can I have a turn to do that?’

“She gets up and she just kind of does her thing. It all kind of comes to life.”

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Riccardo Tisci taps Burberry staff to model new line

Riccardo Tisci has called upon internal Burberry staff members to model the latest collection.During the Covid-19 lockdown, fashion designers have been forced think outside of the box when it comes to shooting and sharing new designs.Tisci, who already…

Riccardo Tisci has called upon internal Burberry staff members to model the latest collection.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, fashion designers have been forced think outside of the box when it comes to shooting and sharing new designs.

Tisci, who already entrusted Kendall Jenner to photograph herself for the recent TB monogram campaign, decided to look within the company to find a host of fresh faces for the spring/summer 2021 pre-collection lookbook.

“For the lookbook, I called upon the incredible talent at Burberry to open their doors and be a part of this journey – each interpreting the looks in their own unique way outside in the landscapes of London and beyond,” he said in a statement.

Among his new model recruits is a retail worker, a digital designer, a merchandiser and accessory designers. All were photographed on the streets of London outside or near to their homes.

“Discover the Spring/Summer 2021 pre-collection lookbook – a celebration of the #Burberry community, inspired by Thomas Burberry’s legacy of discovery and the great outdoors,” a Burberry representative wrote on Instagram.

Burberry’s iconic check fabric features heavily across the new designs, both in the menswear and womenswear offerings, including on shorts, sweaters, skirts, and the label’s famous trench coat.

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Kris Jenner steals Burberry bodysuit from daughter Kim Kardashian’s closet

Kris Jenner stole a Burberry bodysuit from her daughter Kim Kardashian’s closet.The 64-year-old matriarch managed to swipe the exclusive garment, which was sent as a gift to Kim from the British label’s head Riccardo Tisci, but her light-fingered antic…

Kris Jenner stole a Burberry bodysuit from her daughter Kim Kardashian’s closet.

The 64-year-old matriarch managed to swipe the exclusive garment, which was sent as a gift to Kim from the British label’s head Riccardo Tisci, but her light-fingered antics were unveiled on camera.

“So I had this in my closet as a gift from Riccardo to me and it was missing,” the KKW Beauty mogul explained as she filmed her mother Kris for a video on her Instagram Stories.

“I was so embarrassed and I almost called Riccardo to figure out where… like I just didn’t know what to say. And then she shows up,” she quipped, as the camera focused on the momager wearing the turquoise and orange-printed body suit, along with matching nylon leggings and canvas printed bum bag.

The pieces are from Burberry’s TB Summer Monogram Collection, which is homage to Thomas Burberry, the founder of the iconic British label, and includes wide-legged trousers, swimwear, a silk slip dress, and accessories such as a bucket hat and tote bag, featuring a ’70s style graphic print.

And Kris and Kim aren’t the first members of the famous family who have managed to get their hands on the custom bodysuit, which isn’t currently available to buy.

Kendall Jenner showcased the figure-hugging piece in a recent campaign for Burberry, which she shot herself at home during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Elfie Reigate: ‘Kate Moss is a top boss’

Model Elfie Reigate has declared Kate Moss is “the best boss ever”.The budding fashion star is the daughter of Kate’s close friend, and former model, Rosemary Ferguson, and was the first female to sign to the catwalk queen’s Kate Moss Agency, and has g…

Model Elfie Reigate has declared Kate Moss is “the best boss ever”.

The budding fashion star is the daughter of Kate’s close friend, and former model, Rosemary Ferguson, and was the first female to sign to the catwalk queen’s Kate Moss Agency, and has gone on to bag jobs for Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Simone Rocha, among other big names.

“It’s like a family,” Reigate told MatchesFashion of the agency. “Kate is the best boss ever. If I get a great job, I’ll get a call from Kate saying, ‘Yay!'”

Kate launched her eponymous agency in 2016.

Reflecting on her childhood, which included being a bridesmaid for Kate when she wed then-husband Jamie Hince in 2011, Elfie remembered how the veteran model would look after her while her mum, who has since launched a career as a nutritionist, was working.

“She’d drive me down to the country if mum had a job, then she would stop at a garage and go, ‘Do you want anything?’ So, being six years old, I’m like, ‘Um, yes’, and we’d go into the shop and come out with bags and bags of sweets. Mum would arrive two hours later and say, ‘Kate, what have you done? She’s bouncing off the walls!’ So yeah, she’s good fun,” she recalled.

Kate has also served as style inspiration for the 20-year-old model.

“I think my style is quite eclectic. So maybe a bit of (rapper) A$AP Rocky, probably quite a lot of Kate, a lot of my mum and also my stepdad – even though he’s not that into fashion, he ends up getting it right by accident,” she smiled.

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Kendall Jenner photographs herself for new Burberry campaign

Kendall Jenner not only stars in Burberry’s new TB monogram campaign, but she shot the self-portraits herself.Posing in a long-sleeved bodysuit featuring Burberry head Riccardo Tisci’s interlocking TB print in blue and orange, Jenner was forced to step…

Kendall Jenner not only stars in Burberry’s new TB monogram campaign, but she shot the self-portraits herself.

Posing in a long-sleeved bodysuit featuring Burberry head Riccardo Tisci’s interlocking TB print in blue and orange, Jenner was forced to step up and direct the photoshoot herself, with Covid-19 restrictions still firmly in place.

“Riccardo wanted to collaborate closely with me to bring this collection to life in a number of ways. He encouraged me to interpret the campaign myself, which was such an exciting opportunity. I loved being able to add my own personal touch,” the model said.

“(The Burberry team pushed) into this dream-like digital world as I transformed into CGI versions of myself, embodying the four characters. The collection and campaign are also completely my vibe – that relaxed summer spirit really resonates with me as a California girl.”

Famed photographer Nick Knight oversaw the accompanying CGI video, while Peter Saville art directed the campaign and Katy England styled it. It’s the second year Tisci has called on the trio’s expertise.

It marks Jenner’s second campaign for the famous English heritage label – she modelled Burberry’s fall/winter 20 collection alongside Gigi Hadid, who was the star of the summer 19 adverts, and sister Bella Hadid earlier this year.

After taking over from long-serving creative officer Christopher Bailey in early 2018, Italian designer Tisci ushered in a new era at Burberry when he unveiled his revamped logo – a monogram honouring founder Thomas Burberry, which he created with Saville – in August 2018.

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Burberry unveils plans for immersive September show

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, cho…

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, choosing to skip the traditional Fashion Weeks scheduled for fall time.

Representatives for the English heritage brand, headed up Riccardo Tisci, have now revealed how it will proceed for the Spring/Summer 2021 presentation.

A series of cryptic videos uploaded to Burberry’s Instagram Stories show overhead shots of the British coastline, forests and roads accompanied by the words “BURBERRY IN NATURE”. In between this footage, bold white lettering reads: “An immersive show experience, set in the British outdoors, 17 September”.

“As humans, we have always had a deep affinity to nature,” Tisci explained in a statement. “We have had to respect and rely upon its power for our very existence, whilst marvelling and revelling in its extraordinary beauty. Especially recently, we have all yearned to reconnect again and for this show, I wanted to celebrate these feelings by bringing our community together in a creative experience that takes place within the beautiful, natural landscape of Britain.”

The catwalk show will not have a physical audience and fashion fans around the world will be able to watch it digitally. The show will be certified carbon neutral, with emissions offset through Burberry’s Regeneration Fund.

The recent London Fashion Week Digital, which took place between 12 and 14 June, merged womenswear and menswear presentations into one gender-neutral platform – a decision made by the British Fashion Council (BFC) in response to the restrictions facing the fashion industry in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The schedule format will be in place for 12 months.

London Fashion Week is officially slated to start on 18 September.

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Riccardo Tisci calls for fashion weeks to be ‘reimagined’

Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci believes fashion weeks need to be “reimagined for the world we live in now”. The coronavirus crisis has forced key figures in the industry to re-evaluate their participation in the annual fashion calendar, with …

Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci believes fashion weeks need to be “reimagined for the world we live in now”.

The coronavirus crisis has forced key figures in the industry to re-evaluate their participation in the annual fashion calendar, with Michael Kors recently deciding to host presentations outside of New York Fashion Week and to only release two collections per year.

On Monday, Burberry became the first big brand to set a date for spring/summer 21 fashion weeks, and in an interview with WWD, chief creative officer Tisci vouched for the continuing existence of them, but admitted they needed a modern update.

“I do not believe that fashion weeks are to be stopped, they just need to be reimagined for the world we live in now,” he explained. “You know, there is nothing like the experience of being at a fashion show — the energy in the room, the anticipation, excitement — it is something beautiful that I would not want to see lost.

“But we must recognise that the world is changing, and we must adapt and redefine our landscape through new forms of expression. Ultimately, to me, it will always be important to keep a physicality to fashion, to be able to see and understand the texture and movements of clothes, but in new ways.”

He added that “fashion has lost its sense of emotion” in the past few years and he believes this can be restored by “pulling collections back to their true essence”.

The English heritage label will host its spring/summer 2021 presentation in the British outdoors on the 17 September, and while the show will not have a physical audience, it will be available to watch digitally around the world.

London Fashion Week is due to begin on 18 September.

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Irina Shayk tapped to star in Burberry’s pre-fall 20 campaign

Irina Shayk and Reece Nelson have been selected to front Burberry’s latest campaign.Bosses at the British heritage brand dropped the new marketing imagery on Thursday, with one image showing the Russian supermodel styled in a bubblegum pink silk crepe …

Irina Shayk and Reece Nelson have been selected to front Burberry’s latest campaign.

Bosses at the British heritage brand dropped the new marketing imagery on Thursday, with one image showing the Russian supermodel styled in a bubblegum pink silk crepe de chine dress in exaggerated proportions. The look is accessorised with the new patent leather TB Bag and the pale pink version of the B Motif sunglasses.

Another snap sees Irina posing in a black leather jacket and holding a large black bag with gold hardware, while in the accompanying video advertisement, she and Reece exchange a series of compliments about one another.

Of the concept, creative director Riccardo Tisci explained that he wanted to explore the idea of “duality”.

“I have always been drawn to the notion of duality and viewing things from two perspectives – bringing a depth and contrast to a person or a concept. This campaign explores this idea of mirroring, a theme which I established as a house code in the new Burberry identity,” he commented.

Tisci’s decision to unveil a pre-fall collection comes just days after leaders at several other major fashion labels have decided to discontinue seasonal drops amid the coronavirus crisis.

Michael Kors will no longer be releasing pre-fall or resort lines, and won’t be taking part in the upcoming New York Fashion Week presentations, while Marc Jacobs has indicated he will only be producing two collections per year in the future.

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Isamaya Ffrench named as Burberry’s new beauty director

Top make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench has landed a brand-new beauty gig.The cosmetics guru launched Dazed Beauty in 2017 and has since played a key creative role for numerous international luxury cosmetic brands, including Christian Louboutin Beaute.Now, …

Top make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench has landed a brand-new beauty gig.

The cosmetics guru launched Dazed Beauty in 2017 and has since played a key creative role for numerous international luxury cosmetic brands, including Christian Louboutin Beaute.

Now, Ffrench will be joining the team at the British fashion house, where she will work closely with creative director Riccardo Tisci.

“I’ve had such a wonderful experience working with Burberry over the past year and I’m incredibly honoured to be part of the team,” she said. “Riccardo has a brilliant mind and is such an inspiring leader – he always pushes me creatively. It’s a very exciting time to be joining the company and I can’t wait to show the world what we have been working on!”

In her new job, Ffrench will be tasked with interpreting Tisci’s vision for the company and will be involved in the brand’s product development and creative representations. She previously collaborated with the designer on Burberry’s festive 2019 campaign.

“To me, Britishness has always carried this sense of attitude; it is confident, strong and also eccentric. Isamaya is the perfect ambassador to interpret the tension between classical and creative for Burberry Beauty – she is bold, she pushes the boundaries and has such a unique modern vision. I am so excited to welcome her to the Burberry family,” praised Tisci.

Ffrench’s first campaign will be released in fall 2020.

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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 Gigi and Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the first quarter of 2020 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 brand also topped The Lyst Index for the previous two quarters.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while sportswear giant Nike landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Prada, Moncler, Fendi, Valentino, Versace, Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Jacquemus.

“Jacquemus enters The Lyst Index of hottest brands ranking for the first time, with the label’s accessories having previously made the hottest products section,” a Lyst spokesperson commented. “The French brand climbs seven places to reach 15th position, after its supermodel-heavy fall/winter 2020 show boosted social media mentions by over 1,100 per cent. The other new entrants this quarter are Thom Browne and Rick Owens, both eponymous labels of U.S. designers, each with a distinctive and consistent aesthetic.”

Meanwhile, face masks have seen a huge spike in interest, having been worn by the likes of Billie Eilish and rappers Travis Scott and Future on the red carpet at recent events, as well as in light of the global coronavirus crisis.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter. Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon,” they continued.

Other popular accessories include Loewe’s Eln fleece zip sweater, a Gucci x Disney hooded sweatshirt, and Bottega Veneta’s padded Cassette bag.

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