Fashion group Puig snaps up Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty empire

Executives at Puig have acquired a majority stake of Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty empire.The British make-up artist launched her namesake cosmetics company and skincare brand back in 2012, with the line including a range of popular lipsticks and foundati…

Executives at Puig have acquired a majority stake of Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty empire.

The British make-up artist launched her namesake cosmetics company and skincare brand back in 2012, with the line including a range of popular lipsticks and foundations.

Now, Tilbury has confirmed that she has sold her business to the team at the Barcelona-based fashion and perfume conglomerate.

“I’ve always dared to dream and create magic through beauty. I’m proud to be joining forces with Puig in a strategic partnership that will help us achieve our limitless ambitions,” the 47-year-old commented. “We’ve reached a pivotal point in our growth since launching seven years ago, and we’re looking forward to unlocking new opportunities with Puig, which is the perfect partner as we build an iconic brand to last.”

Despite rolling over a significant majority stake to Puig, Tilbury will remain as chairman, president, and chief creative officer of the company.

And a spokesperson for the firm is thrilled to have completed the deal.

“Puig and Charlotte Tilbury, two privately owned companies, have a strong connection through their shared core values, including creative storytelling, an entrepreneurial mindset and a sincere passion for empowering people through beauty,” they said. “The acquisition of a majority stake in Charlotte Tilbury will add an established and rapidly-growing makeup and skincare brand to Puig existing portfolio of fashion, fragrance and luxury beauty brands. Charlotte Tilbury also will be able to access Puig global footprint and operations to expand its worldwide presence.”

Puig bosses oversee the Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, and Paco Rabanne brands, with the company also the majority shareholder of Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Fashion star Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert named creative director of Swarovski

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to c…

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.

The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to collaborate with major brands like Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Now based in New York City, Giovanna has been tapped as creative director for Austrian crystal brand Swarovski, with the gig seeing her reimagine the product portfolio across all divisions, including the areas of design and content curation.

“For decades, Swarovski has been illuminating the world of fashion, design, entertainment, in general the whole creative industry,” she said. “I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future.”

The first products designed by Giovanna will be showcased in the spring/summer 2021 collection.

And Robert Buchbauer, chief executive officer of Swarovski, is confident the fashion star will be able to help bosses bring further growth to the company.

“Our 125-year history is witness for the power of our company to transform and reinvent itself and I am pleased to welcome a brilliant creative mind and strong female leader like Giovanna to our company,” he added. “With her remarkable track record in the industry and compelling point of view, she will explore new frontiers and become a vital part in writing the next chapter of our success story.”

Along with her fashion credentials, Giovanna also boasts 1.1 million followers on Instagram.

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Karlie Kloss faced make-up emergency before 2017 Met Gala

Karlie Kloss was concerned she’d miss the red carpet for the 2017 Met Gala after her make-up artist failed to show up on time. The model attended the prestigious fashion event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City wearing a plunging Carol…

Karlie Kloss was concerned she’d miss the red carpet for the 2017 Met Gala after her make-up artist failed to show up on time.

The model attended the prestigious fashion event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City wearing a plunging Carolina Herrera tuxedo minidress, a bob wig, and pointed heels.

Reflecting on her past Met Gala appearances in a video posted to her YouTube channel, Karlie revealed that she wore a natural dewy make-up look that year because she would have missed the red carpet otherwise.

“My make-up artist, who I adore, I was sharing him with somebody else – Beyonce,” she explained. “He got stuck in traffic and he essentially didn’t make it to do my make-up until 15 minutes before I was supposed to be on the red carpet. He decided to do a really natural dewy look because there wasn’t time for anything else.”

With her make-up done and time running out for her to make the red carpet, Karlie jumped in a bicycle taxi to get to the museum nearby.

“I didn’t want to miss the red carpet, and so I did what anyone would do – I jumped in a bike taxi. We make it two blocks away and they’ve shut down the street,” the 27-year-old recalled. “I’m sweating bullets, I’m freaking out, we have to wiggle our way through the crowd, some nice police officer saw me, took my hand and took me across the street… I made it.”

Analysing the finished look in the video, Karlie admitted she wasn’t a fan of the peroxide blonde bob she wore.

“In theory, I loved the idea of doing something different and doing a wig for the red carpet, and in retrospect, it just wasn’t quite great,” she mused.

The 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place earlier this month, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis.

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Carolina Herrera unveils debut make-up collection

Carolina Herrera has introduced its very first collection of make-up.The luxury fashion brand, launched by Venezuela-born designer Herrera in 1980, is gearing up to make a splash in the cosmetics market with Carolina Herrera Makeup.Developed by beauty …

Carolina Herrera has introduced its very first collection of make-up.

The luxury fashion brand, launched by Venezuela-born designer Herrera in 1980, is gearing up to make a splash in the cosmetics market with Carolina Herrera Makeup.

Developed by beauty creative director Carolina A. Herrera in collaboration with head designer Wes Gordon and make-up consultant Lauren Parsons, the high-end line is comprised of lipsticks and powders, all of which come packaged in jewellery-inspired cases.

“Traditionally, make-up is something that you keep out of sight whether on your bathroom shelf or in your vanity pouch,” said Herrera, who is one of the fashion star’s daughters. “But this is an entirely new and disruptive way of approaching beauty. We wanted to give women an opportunity to flaunt their makeup, unapologetically, like a piece of fabulous jewellery.”

The lipstick line includes 38 shades in matte, satin, and sheer finishes. In addition to bright pinks, berries, corals, nudes and browns, there is the Carolina Red, a tribute to the brand founder’s signature colour.

“Bold, joyful and exuberant, red has come to symbolise everything that the Carolina Herrera universe stands for. And who better to name our truest shade of red lipstick after than Mrs. Herrera herself? Designed to be consumed without moderation, Carolina Red is your remedy to monochrome fatigue, an invitation to take a walk on the wild side,” Herrera insisted.

With regards to powders, the collection includes eight shades of enhancing and setting powders, one highlighter, and one mattifier.

“We really wanted to ensure that the finishes of each lipstick formula was pigment-rich, long-wearing and hydrating, and that the powders were as finely milled and luminous as possible to avoid any sensation of cakiness,” added Parsons.

Carolina Herrera Makeup is currently available to purchase from the Harrods department store in the U.K.

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Renee Zellweger once saved Salma Hayek from epic wardrobe malfunction

Salma Hayek has thanked Renee Zellweger for saving her from an epic wardrobe malfunction hours before the 2003 Academy Awards.The 53-year-old recalled the embarrassing incident while presenting the Judy star with the Best Actress award at the National …

Salma Hayek has thanked Renee Zellweger for saving her from an epic wardrobe malfunction hours before the 2003 Academy Awards.

The 53-year-old recalled the embarrassing incident while presenting the Judy star with the Best Actress award at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York on Wednesday.

Back in 2003, both women were up for the Academy Award for Best Actress – Zellweger for her role as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Hayek for her portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in the biopic Frida. While the pair eventually lost out to Nicole Kidman for her stellar turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, the women were supportive of one another behind-the-scenes in the run-up to the prestigious ceremony.

“Even the night before when my big butt exploded the seams of my Oscar dress and I had no dress for the Oscars, she ended up giving me one of her dresses that, thank God, was wide here (pointing to her behind) and stretchy here (gesturing to her breasts). That’s what I wore for that night,” Hayek said of the Carolina Herrera gown she eventually sported to the event, according to People.

The gown featured a black embellished lace bodice and a white A-line skirt, while Zellweger wore a scarlet red embellished gown by the same designer.

“I really wish that they would have a tie so that we could both win but we both lost,” Hayek later said of them missing out on an Oscar to Kidman.

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Martha Hunt insecure over runway walk

Martha Hunt often feels insecure about her runway walk due to her struggles with scoliosis.The American model launched her career in 2007 and has since gone on to strut her stuff for the likes of Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Victoria’s Secret, …

Martha Hunt often feels insecure about her runway walk due to her struggles with scoliosis.

The American model launched her career in 2007 and has since gone on to strut her stuff for the likes of Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Victoria’s Secret, and Versace.

Yet, in spite of her experience, Martha has now shared that she knows she will never have a perfect walk, due to her battle with scoliosis, a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve.

“Having scoliosis and modelling has been a little bit of a challenge because of so much of modelling requires walking the runway,” she stated in a video detailing her beauty regime for Vogue.com. “And one of my biggest insecurities is actually that one of my legs is longer than the other, so my gait isn’t perfectly symmetrical. So, that’s one thing that I’ve had to deal with and kind of overcome those insecurities. But I think it’s important that we open up these conversations and talk about the things that make us insecure because if you want to talk badly about my walk or my gait or whatever, you can’t troll me about that. That’s just who I am.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Martha explained that one way she keeps back pain at bay is by dabbing on some of Wildflower’s CBD + Healing Stick. The formula features therapeutic essential oils like arnica and wintergreen to help combat inflammation.

“I frequently experience back pain, like many of you. And I like to use a little CBD stick. This one has eucalyptus in it. So, it’s like having a spa day while you’re getting ready… I like to put it on while my serum is absorbing. It kind of reminds me of Tiger Balm but it feels even more holistic,” the 30-year-old added.

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Wes Gordon thanks Carolina Herrera for trusting him as chief designer

Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon has thanked the brand’s founder for “believing” in him. In February 2018, Herrera stepped down as the creative director of her namesake label and was replaced by Gordon, who had been working as her creative…

Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon has thanked the brand’s founder for “believing” in him.

In February 2018, Herrera stepped down as the creative director of her namesake label and was replaced by Gordon, who had been working as her creative consultant, and he made his debut as the company’s creative director at New York Fashion Week last September.

A year has passed since that presentation, and following his spring 2020 runway show on Monday, Gordon uploaded a picture to his Instagram page showing Herrera clutching his face and smiling backstage.

“Dear Mrs. Herrera, thank you for believing in me. One year ago, I showed my first runway collection as Creative Director of the House that you built,” he wrote in the caption. “This morning, I showed Spring 2020. Your trust, support, and faith in me is everything. You are the ultimate inspiration. Thank you (love heart emoji).”

Gordon held the spectacle in a tent resembling a glasshouse in New York’s Battery Park, with celebrity guests including actress Vanessa Hudgens and model Karlie Kloss.

During the presentation, models such as Adut Akech wore designs loyal to the brand’s roots, with the line comprised of feminine looks, white shirts, pretty red carpet dresses, ballgowns, and oversized belts.

Key pieces included floaty tulle dresses covered in velvet polka dots, voluminous white shirts paired with long skirts featuring blown out floral prints, and oversized belts.

Florals had a big presence on the catwalk, with one model wearing a strapless, floor-length dress covered in textured yellow flowers, and another sporting a white dress with oversized sleeves and a pink flower print. Polka dots were also big news, with one model rocking black and white polka dot shorts, a shirt as well as a structured jacket.

Kloss congratulated Gordon on Instagram too, and described the collection as “a vision of elegance, strength, and femininity for the modern woman.”

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Mexico questions Louis Vuitton over use of traditional pattern

Louis Vuitton has been questioned by Mexico government officials over the use of a traditional pattern.Leaders at the culture ministry have fired off a letter after noticing a chair in the French fashion house’s recent collaboration with Raw Edges desi…

Louis Vuitton has been questioned by Mexico government officials over the use of a traditional pattern.

Leaders at the culture ministry have fired off a letter after noticing a chair in the French fashion house’s recent collaboration with Raw Edges designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay that featured a print by Mexican artists in Hidalgo.

“We feel obliged to ask, in a respectful manner, if for the elaboration of the chair mentioned you sought and, in this case, worked together with the community and its artists,” the letter said, according to editors at Reuters.

In light of the controversy, a spokesperson for Vuitton, owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said that they have since reached out to the community of Hidalgo in an effort to work together in the future.

“We are currently in a relationship with artisans of Tenango de Doria in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, with the perspective of collaborating together to produce this collection,” a representative commented.

The limited-edition chair features embroidered images of multi-coloured animals which are typical to the Tenango de Doria community. On the Louis Vuitton website, the description for the Raw Edges collection said that Mer and Alkalay “took their inspiration from traditional crafts from all over the world and the House’s rich travel heritage”. The item is no longer available to purchase.

This is the second time in a matter of weeks that officials from the Mexican government have called out a design for using traditional designs and patterns.

In June, the culture ministry questioned executives at high-fashion label Carolina Herrera for “cultural appropriation” of indigenous patterns.

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Carolina Herrera accused of appropriating Mexican culture

Carolina Herrera is under fire for allegedly appropriating Mexican culture in its resort 2020 collection.The luxury brand, founded by Venezuela-born designer Herrera in 1980 and currently run by creative director Wes Gordon, unveiled the latest line – …

Carolina Herrera is under fire for allegedly appropriating Mexican culture in its resort 2020 collection.

The luxury brand, founded by Venezuela-born designer Herrera in 1980 and currently run by creative director Wes Gordon, unveiled the latest line – titled Latin Holiday – earlier this month, with the range including embroidered dresses, vibrant floral prints, sharply tailored suits and logo T-shirts.

However, Mexico’s culture secretary Alejandra Frausto has taken issue with a number of the garments, claiming in a letter sent to Spanish language newspaper El Pais that patterns in some items were unique to indigenous people in the nation.

Specifically, Frausto noted two black dresses with embroidered flowers resembled clothing made by artisans from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, while another long white dress had needlework similar to what is produced by people in the community of Tenango de Doria in Hidalgo. Another dress appears to have been inspired by a sarape, or colourful blanket-like shawl, from Saltillo.

In addition, senator Susana Harp criticised the brand in a video posted on Twitter.

“For many years we have been trying to stop big brands and designers, who, in this disrespectful manner, take elements of indigenous cultures without approaching the communities or working with them,” she said, before going on to question whether the indigenous people would benefit from the sale of the collection in any way.

Responding to the criticism, a Carolina Herrera spokesperson issued a statement in which they insisted the designers recognised the “wonderful and diverse craft and textile work of Mexican artisans” and noted that the collection is inspired “by the culture’s rich colours and artisanal techniques”.

While in a string of Instagram posts displaying snaps of the designs, Gordon explained the line took on the “playful and colourful mood of a Latin holiday”.

“Inspired by the House spirit of alegria de vivir that is synonymous with the resort season, this collection is about visceral reactions of delight – eclectic patterns, unexpected silhouettes, pulsating energy. This is my favourite collection that I have ever been a part of, and I am so grateful to my amazing design team and the brilliant patternmakers and seamstresses who tirelessly brought it to life,” he wrote.

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Christian Louboutin to be honoured with top couture prize

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B…

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

Now, Louboutin will be honoured by officials at The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) with the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

“To be recognised by The Museum at FIT’s esteemed Couture Council is a great honour,” the 56-year-old said in a statement. “While my designs have roots in Paris, I feel very lucky to have access to some of the most specialised craftsmanship in the world; that has allowed me to push my creative boundaries and celebrate inclusivity and self-empowerment through cultural exchange.”

Louboutin will be presented with the award during a luncheon held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Centre in New York City on 3 September.

The fashion star was selected for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by an advisory committee which was chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT, and included the likes of Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes.

“Sigmund Freud famously asked: ‘What do women want?'” commented Dr. Steele. “For many women, the answer would appear to be shoes, especially beautiful, high-heeled shoes, and specifically, Christian Louboutin’s famously seductive red-soled shoes. Because of his delightfully desirable and distinctive shoes, Christian Louboutin was chosen to receive the 2019 Couture Council Award.”

This year’s Couture Council luncheon coincides with MFIT’s Paris, Capital of Fashion exhibition.

Previous recipients of the Couture Council Award include Narciso Rodriguez, Thom Browne, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, and Alber Elbaz.

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