Anok Yai responds to Carine Roitfeld’s ‘tone-deaf’ social media post

Anok Yai has responded to an insensitive social media post recently shared by Carine Roitfeld.In light of the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers on 25 May, the former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief …

Anok Yai has responded to an insensitive social media post recently shared by Carine Roitfeld.

In light of the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers on 25 May, the former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief took to Instagram to show her support for the Black Lives Matter movement by posting a picture of herself and black model Yai, and accompanied it with the words, “Anok is not a black woman, she is my friend, I missing (sic)!”

Roitfeld later apologised for the timing and wording of her post, and after reflecting on the controversy for several days, Yai has now spoken out on the topic.

“A lot of people have asked what my reaction was to an insensitive post from a friend of mine on Instagram last week,” she wrote in an op-ed for OprahMag.com. “Of course, it was jarring-and it was just one of many similar microaggressions I’ve experienced during my time in fashion. But the bigger point I’d like to focus on is that the fashion industry needs to become educated…and fast.”

Yai went on to share that she has experienced racism and microaggressions on various occasions backstage at shows, as well as witnessed the same happening to her friends. She was disappointed to see a lack of support when models stood up for themselves, and accordingly, is now calling for industry leaders to do better in educating themselves and promoting inclusivity and diversity.

“Black models should not have to teach working professionals how to deal with our hair and skin day in and day out. Educate yourself and come prepared. It’s your job. The world is changing right before our very eyes, and we won’t be tolerant of intolerance any longer,” the 22-year-old added.

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Carine Roitfeld apologises for ‘tone-deaf’ social media post featuring Anok Yai

Carine Roitfeld has issued an apology after coming under fire for an insensitive Instagram post featuring model Anok Yai. Following the death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers on 25 May, there have been…

Carine Roitfeld has issued an apology after coming under fire for an insensitive Instagram post featuring model Anok Yai.

Following the death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers on 25 May, there have been widespread anti-racism protests across major cities in the U.S., with social media users also using their platforms to highlight racial injustice and support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Earlier this week, Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, joined in by sharing a picture of her with black model Yai, and accompanied it with the words, “Anok is not a black woman, she is my friend, I missing (sic)!”

The post sparked backlash in the comments section, with users describing it as “deeply offensive”, “so tone-deaf”, and “self-serving”. One person also wrote: “Do not use her skin to make you feel better about the casual everyday racism you participate in.”

Roitfeld subsequently took the post down and issued a lengthy apology on Instagram on Thursday morning.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for my previous comments that were posted on social media. My intent was to express love and support for my dear friend, Anok Yai – not to deafen my message,” she wrote. “I realize that I caused further pain and hurt to the very community that I was looking to support. I am learning from this experience and will continue to use my platform and voice to create opportunities for change.”

She then directly addressed the model and insisted she meant “absolutely no harm” and intended to send her a message of support.

“Please know that I have read all of your comments and I hear you. I made a grave error and ask not to be judged by my words, but by my actions now and going forward,” the 65-year-old concluded.

Yai, 22, has not yet commented.

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Carine Roitfeld hosting star-studded virtual fashion show for coronavirus relief

Carine Roitfeld is hosting a star-studded virtual fashion show to raise awareness for the coronavirus relief effort.The second annual CR Runway show, in collaboration with the amfAR Fund to Fight Covid-19, will be a catwalk extravaganza featuring the l…

Carine Roitfeld is hosting a star-studded virtual fashion show to raise awareness for the coronavirus relief effort.

The second annual CR Runway show, in collaboration with the amfAR Fund to Fight Covid-19, will be a catwalk extravaganza featuring the likes models Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ashley Graham, Adriana Lima, Halima Aden, Hailey Bieber, and Irina Shayk.

Hosted by Derek Blasberg, head of fashion and beauty partnerships at YouTube, the Fashion Unites show will feature runway walks with models wearing looks from their own personal wardrobes, which Roitfeld styled remotely.

The 30-minute show has been entirely self-filmed and will feature inspiring words from the fashion elite.

Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Virgil Abloh, and Alexander Wang are set to make a virtual appearance alongside Kim Kardashian, Winnie Harlow, and Amber Valletta.

The former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris said she was inspired to “engage with the creativity of others more than ever” while in self-isolation at her luxury apartment in Paris, France.

“I am very proud of how much we all stepped out of our comfort zones to create this event,” she told WWD. “For the first time, hairstylists brought their visions to life without the use of their hands, models called the shots from behind the camera, and I learned how to style looks using only what I could see through a video call on my phone.”

The inaugural CR Runway fashion show, co-founded by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, debuted in Florence, Italy, in June last year, and included models Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid, Karolina Kurkova, and Stella Maxwell.

The Fashion Unites show will stream on YouTube at 4pm (EST) on Friday.

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Kate Moss sells iconic vintage leopard print coat for charity

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Coll…

Kate Moss has sold her iconic vintage leopard print coat to raise money for organisations helping fight the coronavirus.

The 46-year-old British supermodel parted ways with her beloved coat at a huge online sale held by luxury resale site Vestiaire Collective, with one lucky bidder nabbing the piece on 31 March for $276 (£224).

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to nonprofit organisations working to help those affected by the Covid-19 virus, including the World Health Organization, the Paris Hospitals Foundation, Madrid’s La Paz Hospital, and fundraising efforts in Italy’s Lombardy region.

Actresses Rachel Weisz and Thandie Newton also donated to the auction, alongside Vogue Japan editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller, and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.

Vestiaire Collective co-founder and president, Fanny Moizant, was delighted to have received overwhelming support for her online auction, and was stunned when Kate offered up her leopard print coat.

“Her fashion influence goes without saying! She has such a recognisable style and this jacket epitomises that,” she gushed.

Other auction highlights include a rare antique pink Christian Dior dressing gown from Margherita Missoni, Thandie Newton’s Jimmy Choo collection, and Laura Bailey’s Prada dress.

“It’s great to see so many parts of the fashion industry act in such a resourceful way to support the effort,” Moizant told Vogue.com. “I’m really happy that we can use our platform and community to play a part.”

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Heidi Klum launches social media strutting challenge

Heidi Klum has encouraged her fans to participate in a “strutting” challenge while practicing social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.Following the launch of her new Amazon Prime Video reality TV series, Making the Cut, last week, the German supe…

Heidi Klum has encouraged her fans to participate in a “strutting” challenge while practicing social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.

Following the launch of her new Amazon Prime Video reality TV series, Making the Cut, last week, the German supermodel and TV personality took to Instagram to share a video of her doing her best runway walk while wearing a red tracksuit and black thigh-high boots in her living room.

“While we’re all at home, I’d love to do this challenge with you guys. Please show off your best home couture and use the hashtag #StrutForTheCut,” she commented, before referring to her dog Anton. “Anton and I can’t wait to see what you will be wearing… and sending all of you lots of love!”

In the accompanying caption, Heidi asked her seven million followers to show off their “social distancing home couture”.

“Whatever you want to wear – whether that means your favourite flannels, going all out glamorous sexy and chic, or pairing your sweats with thigh-high boots (as I did). Now I want to see you strut! I will repost my favourites,” the 46-year-old noted.

Meanwhile, Heidi also announced that the team behind Making the Cut will be donating approximately $600,000 (£483,000) to the World Health Organization (WHO) in aid of hospitals and health workers around the globe fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following their exit from Project Runway in 2018, Heidi and co-host Tim Gunn unveiled the fashion competition show Making the Cut on 27 March.

Judges include Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Carine Roitfeld, Joseph Altuzarra, and Chiara Ferragni.

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Naomi Campbell, Cher and Kim Kardashian front CR Fashion Book cover

Naomi Campbell, Cher and Kim Kardashian have been tapped to front the latest issue of CR Fashion Book.The publication, founded by Carine Roitfeld in 2012, is known for its edgy cover images, and for the power-themed 16th edition, the editor has tapped …

Naomi Campbell, Cher and Kim Kardashian have been tapped to front the latest issue of CR Fashion Book.

The publication, founded by Carine Roitfeld in 2012, is known for its edgy cover images, and for the power-themed 16th edition, the editor has tapped the three style icons to star in the main photoshoot.

Shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Roitfeld, the black-and-white images feature each of the women in chic black outfits and graphic make-up.

“The three cultural figures form the ultimate fantasy biker gang and share how power can be wielded for good, through using their voices and platforms to champion communities in need and causes close to their hearts,” a rep for the magazine commented of the theme. “Fronted by the return to our founding logo, CR’s latest issue also explores a myriad of powerful personalities, issues, and trends in society, pivotally timed at the onset of an election year.”

Elsewhere in the photoshoot, Campbell is seen posing in a black bra and blazer while walking on a city street, while in another snap, the 49-year-old is depicted standing alongside the Believe hitmaker in matching outfits. A portrait of Kardashian sees her glancing back at the camera while clutching a leopard print purse.

And in the accompanying article, each of the women were asked to discuss how they use their respective voices and platforms to champion causes close to their hearts, with Campbell speaking about her Fashion For Relief organisation and commitment to promoting HIV/AIDS research.

“I’m not the type of person to disappear when someone’s down; that’s when I’m there the most,” she said in a preview given to People magazine. “Anyone who knows me knows that. “

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Carine Roitfeld and Gigi Hadid pay tribute to late Karl Lagerfeld

Carine Roitfeld and Gigi Hadid have remembered Karl Lagerfeld on the first anniversary of his death.The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, passed away at the age of 85 on 19 February 2019 from complications of panc…

Carine Roitfeld and Gigi Hadid have remembered Karl Lagerfeld on the first anniversary of his death.

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, passed away at the age of 85 on 19 February 2019 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

One year on, the fashion world continues to mourn Lagerfeld, with French editor Roitfeld leading the tributes on Wednesday.

“I miss you,” she simply captioned a black-and-white snap of herself and the iconic designer.

Hadid also posted a snap of herself at an event with Lagerfeld and wrote, “Karl (heart emoji) we miss you so much!”

The fashion star’s longtime Fendi colleague, Silvia Venturini Fendi, uploaded a happy image of them together too, along with the word, “Forever.”

Elsewhere, representatives for the Karl Lagerfeld brand shared a clip of him filming a TV advertisement in his signature black suit, white shirt, fingerless gloves, and sunglasses.

“THE REAL KARL. This enchanting behind-the-scenes footage has never been shared before. It reveals a side of Karl that few people saw – light-hearted, funny and sincere – as he unconsciously switches between French and German. Thank you, Karl, with love forever from your team,” they commented.

Others to share tributes on social media included model Ines de la Fressange, stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, and Lagerfeld’s longtime friend Sebastien Jondeau.

Meanwhile, Christian Dior Beauty’s Peter Philips added: “One year already, can’t believe how fast time goes by. Missing those little moments, some are sharp some are blurry, but all of them are precious. Karl Lagerfeld, the great!”

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s muses reflect on his iconic career moments

Jean Paul Gaultier’s model muses have reflected on some of their favourite memories from his decades-long career.Last week, the legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and on Wednesday night, he h…

Jean Paul Gaultier’s model muses have reflected on some of their favourite memories from his decades-long career.

Last week, the legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and on Wednesday night, he held his final couture presentation as part of Paris Couture Week.

But prior to the spectacle, some of Gaultier’s go-to models took to Instagram to honour his work and designs, with Karen Elson posting a video of the “mildly scandalous” advert she shot for the Classique perfume in the early 2000s.

“Jean Paul Gaultier will always have a piece of my heart. When I was a teenager, I would stay up late and watch the show Eurotrash which he was the host, it opened up the door to me to the counterculture were all those who didn’t fit in found a place to call home,” she wrote in the caption. “As a designer Jean Paul welcomed me with open arms and always made me feel beautiful in his spectacular runway shows. Bravo Jean Paul! Thank you for inspiring so many of us.”

Carla Bruni uploaded a slideshow of images showing her walking the runway during various Gaultier presentations and added: “Doing his shows was always a great joy and a great honour.”

Meanwhile, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld posted a snap of herself and the 67-year-old and wrote in the caption, “50 years of career. 35 years of friendship. Congratulations.”

Elsewhere, burlesque performer Dita Von Teese recalled her appearances in the fashion star’s shows and noted that she will always be thankful to Suzanne von Aichinger for introducing them.

“I can’t believe this will be the final @jpgaultierofficial #hautecouture show. I’m so grateful to have been part of the story,” the 47-year-old added.

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Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk star in Carine Roitfeld’s wearable calendar

Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk are among the stars who feature in Carine Roitfeld’s new T-shirt calendar.For the 2020 edition of the CR Calendar, the former editor of Vogue Paris decided to ditch the traditional paper version in favour of creating 12 r…

Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk are among the stars who feature in Carine Roitfeld’s new T-shirt calendar.

For the 2020 edition of the CR Calendar, the former editor of Vogue Paris decided to ditch the traditional paper version in favour of creating 12 recycled cotton T-shirts which each feature a model striking a pose to represent their associated star sign.

Shot by Brianna Capozzi, the project features Cindy underwater for Pisces, Irina as Capricorn, Doutzen Kroes under a waterfall for Aquarius, Stella Maxwell in brown thigh-high boots as Taurus, and Candice Swanepoel in a complex yoga pose for Libra.

Carine told WWD that she wanted to create the T-shirt calendar for 2020, as opposed to a traditional paper one, in an effort to be more sustainable.

“We have to change, no? We have to make surprise,” she explained. “We did two already and did so many before with Vogue Paris so we decided to do a T-shirt because, first of all, less paper, so it’s more eco-friendly.”

All of the models posed for the calendar for free and 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of the T-shirts will go to their chosen charities.

Roitfeld explained she was drawn to using star signs for the unique calendar because horoscopes are a big deal in the fashion industry.

“In fashion, people really ask it,” the 65-year-old shared. “Even Riccardo Tisci, one of the first things he asks someone when he meets them is ‘what is your sign.’ People are very excited to know the sign of the other one. It’s a way to break the ice.”

She also believes that working with a people who have a specific star sign is the key to success.

“Twenty-five years working with Tom Ford. He’s a Virgo. I’m a Virgo. 10 years with Karl Lagerfeld. He was a Virgo. I’m a Virgo,” she mused.

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Karl Lagerfeld always sent Carine Roitfeld a card on Mother’s Day

Karl Lagerfeld always sent Carine Roitfeld a lovely bouquet and note on Mother’s Day.The Chanel creative director passed away at the age of 85 in February, sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry. Roitfeld was one of the first to honour her …

Karl Lagerfeld always sent Carine Roitfeld a lovely bouquet and note on Mother’s Day.

The Chanel creative director passed away at the age of 85 in February, sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry. Roitfeld was one of the first to honour her friend following the sad news, and in a new tribute piece penned for The Guardian, the French stylist recalled how Lagerfeld would regularly send her flowers and sweet notes.

“You are the proof that one can be both a great stylist and an amazing mother,” she recalled to the publication of the message in one of the cards he sent her.

Roitfeld went on to explain that Lagerfeld was the only person to call her “Madame Roitfeld” and was also the first to get in contact with her after she departed her role as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris in January 2011.

“He encouraged me to be original, telling me: ‘Everything you’re doing, you are to be the first to do.’ It was a trait he valued above all else. When I wanted to start my own perfume line, he said: ‘OK, you want to do a perfume, now be the first one to do it. Be the first editor to make a perfume. You have to surprise people, because people are always bored,'” the 65-year-old recalled.

Roitfeld labelled Lagerfeld as her “rock” and noted that the designer was a “very faithful” person. She was always impressed by his attention to detail and politeness on set too.

“He is always in my thoughts, so present that I still catch myself using the present tense when I talk about him today,” she concluded.

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