Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni over her behaviour

Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni after she was rude to her at a fashion show.The American model was part of the first-ever group of supermodels in the 1990s, alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Helena …

Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni after she was rude to her at a fashion show.

The American model was part of the first-ever group of supermodels in the 1990s, alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, and Claudia Schiffer, walking the runways for fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent and Versace.

In a new interview with Telegraph Magazine, Amber remembered how Italian-French model Carla was very welcoming to her when she was starting out, however, also noted that she felt her wrath when she appeared to be rather aloof at one event.

“She was a very gracious woman. The first time she saw me in a fashion show, she came up and introduced herself,” the star recalled. “I remember a season or two later, after I’d hit my stride and was probably feeling a little bit big for my breeches, I walked into a room and didn’t say hello to her. She came over and said, ‘Don’t be impolite.’ And I really heard it.'”

Amber then reminisced about her modelling days in the ’90s and reflected on how different the industry was back then.

“I don’t have anything bad to say. Everybody’s experience is different (but) for me it was one of the most creative and interesting and fun times that fashion has ever really been in. It was a much smaller industry and it was before social media… What a gift to be a part of that era,” she shared.

Despite being one of the most famous faces in the world, Amber also confessed she doesn’t always want to have her picture taken, especially when she’s approached while out and about.

“I don’t feel like it’s an annoyance. I try to be kind and humble and generous. But I’m a human being: sometimes I’m tired. I don’t always want to have my picture taken,” the 46-year-old stated.

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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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Jean Paul Gaultier takes final bow at star-studded couture show

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final c…

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of celebrities, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, Christian Lacroix, Carla Bruni, and Christian Louboutin, but at the opening, Gaultier called for fans to embrace sustainability and recycle their clothes.

“In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn,” he told the crowd. “It’s the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older.”

As promised, Gaultier offered guests a party, with the presentation opening with Karlie Kloss standing in the centre of the stage and opening a black coffin, to reveal model Issa Lish standing in a frilled white minidress inside.

Lish then took to the catwalk and was followed by a parade of models in quirky ensembles, such as a white dress covered in gloves, a top made from a tuxedo jacket, and a black tulle dress with images of Japanese art attached to the front.

Many of the 67-year-old’s key motifs were also included, with one model sporting a jumpsuit that resembled the conical bra he created for Madonna in the 1990s, burlesque star Dita Von Teese posing in an outfit made from a satin corset and belts, Gigi Hadid in a sailor uniform-inspired look, Karen Elson in a corseted number, and Irina Shayk in a Goth-inspired black tulle ballgown.

The event also featured special appearances from Joan Smalls, Paris Jackson, who made her runway debut, Erin O’Connor, as well as Coco Rocha, who did an Irish dance on the catwalk, as she also did back in 2007.

To conclude, Boy George performed a song during the finale, with the models applauding Gaultier as he proceeded to take his bow.

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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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Riccardo Tisci drops first holiday campaign for Burberry

Riccardo Tisci has tapped a diverse cast of models to appear in his 2019 holiday campaign for Burberry.The British heritage brand’s creative director took to Instagram on Wednesday to drop the first snaps from the marketing imagery, which is titled, “W…

Riccardo Tisci has tapped a diverse cast of models to appear in his 2019 holiday campaign for Burberry.

The British heritage brand’s creative director took to Instagram on Wednesday to drop the first snaps from the marketing imagery, which is titled, “What is Love?”

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with one snap showing models Zhou Dongyu, Kristians Jakovlevs, Mahmood, Boychild, Shay, Yoo Ah-in, and Fran Summers posing in suits and party-ready attire. In an accompanying video, the group also dances along to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?

“Love is… my family, my friends, those who know me for me and those who stand for what they believe in our new campaign for #Burberryfestive brings this to life,” Tisci wrote in the caption. “Thank you Mert and Marcus and all the teams and cast, it was a dream come true to create this campaign.”

The campaign marks Tisci’s first holiday photoshoot for the brand. Other images from the campaign feature supermodel Carla Bruni, Ikram Abdi Omar, Lea T, Wu Tsang, Cecilia Chancellor, Sasha Pivovarova, Marina Morena, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

“I am connected to the idea of unity, togetherness and challenging the perception of what love is today. This for me is the real spirit of the season,” the 45-year-old added. “It’s one of my favourite times of the year – when I can stop, reflect and reconnect with those who make me feel happy and at home, no matter where I am in the world. I loved the idea of bringing together a group of people that have been so supportive of me since I joined Burberry to celebrate my first holiday campaign for the house.”

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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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Bella Hadid and Carla Bruni look like twins at Cannes party

Bella Hadid, 22, and 51-year-old Carla Bruni had people seeing double as they posed together at the Cannes Film Festival party.The two models cuddled up for a picture at the Dior and Vogue Paris dinner on Wednesday night, with both sporting similar hai…

Bella Hadid, 22, and 51-year-old Carla Bruni had people seeing double as they posed together at the Cannes Film Festival party.

The two models cuddled up for a picture at the Dior and Vogue Paris dinner on Wednesday night, with both sporting similar hairstyles and make-up looks.

Gazing into the camera through their bangs, Bella and Carla shared an uncanny resemblance in the black and white photo, despite the nearly 30-year age difference.

“With my (slightly younger) sister @bellahadid at the @vogueparis x @Dior dinner in Cannes,” Carla captioned the Instagram post.

“Love you so very much,” Bella wrote underneath.

Bella’s mum Yolanda Hadid also left two heart emojis in the comments section, while Shalom Harlow posted three hearts and wrote “beauties”.

Other stars to attend the prestigious dinner included Shailene Woodley, Monica Bellucci, Ashlee Simpson and husband Evan Ross, as well as Eva Herzigova.

Earlier in May, Carla once again highlighted her resemblance to Bella with a throwback photo of last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“Do I have a hidden daughter @bellahadid,” she captioned the second black and white photo.

The annual film festival is always a fashionable affair, with models descending onto the French Riviera city each year. L’Oreal, as the beauty sponsor of the event, sends a handful of its spokesmodels to represent the cosmetics giant on the red carpet.

The festival kicked off on Tuesday and runs until 25 May. Bella was one of the guests in attendance for the Rocketman Cannes screening on Thursday.

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Cindy Crawford confident fashion industry is tackling ageism

Cindy Crawford is pleased to see fashion leaders taking steps towards overturning ageism.The supermodel was one of the world’s most famous faces during the 1980s and ’90s, and worked with many prestigious brands over the course of her career, such as C…

Cindy Crawford is pleased to see fashion leaders taking steps towards overturning ageism.

The supermodel was one of the world’s most famous faces during the 1980s and ’90s, and worked with many prestigious brands over the course of her career, such as Chanel, Valentino and Hermes.

Cindy is currently the face of the latest Acne Studios campaign, and in a chat with WWD, the 52-year-old shared her belief that luxury labels are finally reaching out to women of a certain age.

“I think designers are recognising that it’s not only 20-year-olds that are buying their clothes,” she explained. “Nowadays, a brand has to speak to its consumer on every level. You can’t just dictate anymore, it has become a conversation.”

Though the fashion icon has taken a step back when it comes to modelling, she returned to the catwalk in Versace’s spring 2018 show, in which she walked alongside fellow models and friends Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer and Carla Bruni.

The reunion was a hit with fashion fans, and Cindy is adamant that the industry is rooted in repeating history.

“There is so much nostalgia for that time (the ’90s),” she smiled. “But that’s just fashion: every 20 years everything gets recycled and reinterpreted.”

The catwalk star has passed her supermodel credentials onto her 17-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber, who is one of the hottest models in the business today, and this Fashion Month, has walked the runway for luxury labels including Off-White, Chloe and Moschino.

Her latest gig has seen her snapped up by Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, where the teenager will be the face of the Rouge Volupte Shine moisturising lipstick from January (19), starring in a campaign shot by fashion photographer David Sims.

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Saint Laurent serves up rocker chic for spring 19

Saint Laurent has dished up a series of rocker-inspired outfits for its latest collection.  The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line outside the Eiffel Tower as part of Paris…

Saint Laurent has dished up a series of rocker-inspired outfits for its latest collection.  

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line outside the Eiffel Tower as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night (25Sep18), with celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Carla Bruni, Nicole Richie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Salma Hayek and Lindsay Lohan all in attendance.

With a line of palm trees set up beside the water-covered runway, the show opened with a model sporting a black tuxedo, unbuttoned white shirt and snakeskin boots.

A number of androgynous ensembles followed, including a waistcoat and trouser combination and a white pinstripe blazer that was paired with a denim shirt and black leggings.

Vaccarello evoked a rocker chic vibe with the inclusion of denim shorts, black minidresses with plunging necklines, belted tunics, silk blouses and felt hats.

The collection was heavy on black and white garments too, though towards the middle of the presentation, the fashion star introduced some colour, such as a red velvet jacket, a strapless cobalt blue minidress with silver star appliques and floral print minidresses with plunging necklines and exaggerated shoulders.

Highlights of the line included a gold chainmail cape, a black sequin romper with frill detail and a black chiffon gown.

Kaia Gerber rocked the runway in a pearl white blazer, black shorts, round sunglasses and white platform heels, while other models sported body suits made out of leopard print or sequin fabric.

To conclude, Vaccarello presented a parade of elegant black looks, with the spectacle ending with a model wearing a black suit with a long tuxedo-style jacket featuring satin lapels.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Wednesday with shows from Mugler, Dries Van Noten and Kenzo.

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