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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Cate Blanchett to head up Venice Film Festival jury

Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in …

Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.

The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in competition and decide which should win the coveted Golden Lion.

“Every year I look expectantly to the selection at Venice and every year it is surprising and distinct. Venice is one of the most atmospheric film festivals in the world – a celebration of the provocative and inspirational medium that is cinema in all its forms. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be this year’s jury president,” Blanchett said in a statement.

Her appointment comes two years after she served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

“Cate Blanchett is not just an icon of contemporary cinema, courted by the greatest directors of the past 20 years and adored by moviegoers of every kind,” Venice boss Alberto Barbera added. “Her commitment in the artistic and humanitarian fields and to the protection of the environment, as well as her defence of the emancipation of women in a film industry still coming to terms with male prejudice, have made her an inspiration for society as a whole.

“Her immense talent as an actress, combined with her unique intelligence and sincere passion for cinema, are the ideal qualities for a Jury President.”

Blanchett’s film Elizabeth premiered at the festival in 1998 and she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her performance in I’m Not There in 2007.

The 77th Venice International Film Festival runs from 2 to 12 September.

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Awkwafina makes history with Golden Globes win

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night. The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s …

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s Emma Thompson, and Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette to win the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical prize for her role in The Farewell.

With her win, the 31-year-old became the first person of Asian descent to win that category and win a lead actress Golden Globe for a film.

No Asian woman had ever been nominated in the category until last year, when her Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu landed on the shortlist and was subsequently beaten by Olivia Colman for The Favourite. At the 2019 awards ceremony, Sandra Oh became the first Asian to win Best Actress in a TV show for Killing Eve.

First-time nominee Awkwafina, whose father is Chinese-American and late mother was South Korean, acknowledged her historic win backstage by saying, “I just heard that fact and it was pretty mind-blowing. There’s also this other feeling that you want there to be more, and I hope this is just the beginning.”

In her acceptance speech, Awkwafina joked to the star-studded audience at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, “This is great. If I ever fall on hard times, I’m gonna sell this, so that’s great.

“I’ve never been to the Golden Globes, so I’m here now and it’s this and it’s great. Most importantly, to Lulu Wang, our incredible director. You gave me this chance, this chance of a lifetime and taught me so much.”

She dedicated the award to her father, praised her paternal grandmother, whom she described as her “best friend”, and thanked her late mum, commenting that she “always hoped was watching from somewhere above and I hope she’s watching now.”

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Giorgio Armani ‘frustrated’ by his accessories sales

Giorgio Armani is “frustrated” that accessories aren’t a bigger part of his fashion empire.The Italian icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clie…

Giorgio Armani is “frustrated” that accessories aren’t a bigger part of his fashion empire.

The Italian icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Zendaya, and Anne Hathaway.

While Armani offers handbags, footwear, and jewellery in addition to his couture and ready-to-wear lines, in an interview for Vogue Italia, he explained that he has always had issues with his accessories categories.

“We have done hundreds and millions of accessories over the years, but nobody talks about them and I am frustrated,” he told the fashion publication. “My challenge is not to be able to sell accessories… Everybody tells me that the fortune of all the other brands is that they sell mostly accessories. I sell very few – so I can always sell more. I do fashion, sports clothes, young people’s clothes – but accessories are not quite there yet.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Armani reflected on receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

But even though he was thrilled to take home the prestigious prize, he also found it slightly humorous that officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have taken so long to recognise his contribution to the industry.

“Maybe it’s because I don’t do eccentric fashion, English people have only now understood my evolution,” the 85-year-old mused.

“I know that the old style of English fashion for men is over – it changed, the world has changed – no one smokes pipes anymore.”

Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Manolo Blahnik, among others.

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Sam McKnight to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the …

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.

Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the annual event held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

“We are thrilled to present the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator to the legendary Sam McKnight and acknowledge him for his incredible contribution to the global fashion industry,” commented Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer. “Sam is one of the most important image-makers of our time, hugely respected within the fashion community and a source of inspiration for many generations to come. We look forward to celebrating with him and his friends in London in December.”

Born in Scotland, McKnight moved to London in the early ’70s and quickly secured a position at leading salon Molton Brown. He soon began building his name in fashion circles and landed his first editorial shoot with British Vogue in 1977. The 64-year-old has since gone on to build a long-standing relationship with editors at the magazine, having styled models and celebrities for over 100 covers. Considered to be one of the first session stylists, McKnight has worked with executives at brands including Balmain, Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood over the course of his career, and is also known for collaborating with celebrities such as the late Princess Diana, Cate Blanchett, Emilia Clarke, Kate Moss, and Uma Thurman.

Previous winners of the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator include photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, make-up artist Pat McGrath, and photographer Nick Knight.

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Cate Blanchett cherishes her friendship with ‘incredible’ Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett cherishes her close friendship with the notoriously private designer, Giorgio Armani.The two-time Oscar winner has been the face of the Italian luxury label’s Si fragrance for more than six years, and last year, it was announced that Cat…

Cate Blanchett cherishes her close friendship with the notoriously private designer, Giorgio Armani.

The two-time Oscar winner has been the face of the Italian luxury label’s Si fragrance for more than six years, and last year, it was announced that Cate would front all of the brand’s make-up and skincare campaigns after she became Armani’s new global beauty ambassador.

The Australian actress regularly wears couture Armani Prive gowns on the red carpet, and recently donned a stunning sculpted, floor-length black strapless gown from the house at the premiere of Joker at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

Opening up about her relationship with the 85-year-old Italian fashion icon, Cate revealed that their close friendship has been years in the making.

“I’ve been in a creative dialogue with Armani since I was 14,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I was always a great lover of masculine tailoring, and Armani was a huge touchstone for me in terms of growing up and developing my sense of aesthetic. And then to finally get to meet him and work with him, not only as a designer but also as a philanthropist… and now, being the ‘face’…

“It’s incredible, because I know how private he is. He takes a long time to move from being ‘Mr. Armani’ to being ‘Giorgio’, so I really prize our relationship.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Cate said she has previously considered quitting her Hollywood career and retiring to her English country home with her husband, Andrew Upton, and their four children.

“There are so many books I haven’t read, so many films I haven’t watched, so many conversations I haven’t had, so many plants I haven’t planted,” the 50-year-old shared. “I’m always saying I’m going to give it up. I think I’m done – but then someone presents me with a challenge.”

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Roksanda Ilincic teams with Lululemon on capsule collection

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among …

Roksanda Ilincic has collaborated with athletic apparel retailer Lululemon on a collection.

The London-based fashion star, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley among her fans, not to mention former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Now, Roksanda is turning her attention to the athleisure market and has teamed with Audrey Reilly, Lululemon’s senior vice president of women’s design, on a 17-piece line.

“The designs are carefully created to complement every element of a woman’s lifestyle,” Roksanda said. “It was important to me that each piece feels natural to wear at any point in the day.”

The range marks the first partnership between the brands, with the items, including leggings, shorts, tops, and parkas, merging high-end fashion with innovative sportswear.

In addition to featuring voluminous shapes and exaggerated proportions, Roksanda’s touch is also apparent in the eye-catching colour scheme.

“(Roksanda’s) trademark colour blocking is refreshed for the season in hibiscus, violet, sienna, and rich midnight. Lululemon’s signature athleticism-sweat-ready fabrics, made-to-move fits, packable features, reflective accents-infuses the collection with all-weather functionality for yoga, run, train, and transitional wear,” a Lululemon rep added.

The hero piece from the fall capsule is the Inner Expanse Infinity Coat, which can be worn as a coat, jacket, or light trench.

The first Roksanda x Lululemon capsule collection launches on 22 October, with a second set to drop in January 2020. Both will be available on the Lululemon website and in select stores.

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Willem Dafoe signs up for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hus…

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hustlers, and tells the story of a con man named Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, portrayed by Cooper, who teams up with psychologist Lilith, to be played by Blanchett, to swindle the rich before she turns the tables on him.

The Oscar nominee has been cast as Clem Hoately, a head barker at a travelling carnival who gives Carlisle a job, according to Variety.

He joins a cast which also includes Toni Collette, who will portray a mentalist named Zeena who mentors Carlisle, and Rooney Mara, who will be playing Carlisle’s love interest, Molly.

Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, who previously starred in del Toro’s previous film, the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, are also reportedly circling the project, while his Hellboy collaborator Ron Perlman is rumoured to have a role.

Del Toro will direct the film for Fox Searchlight from a script he co-wrote with Kim Morgan, with production set to begin at the start of 2020. Nightmare Alley was previously brought to the screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power taking on the role of Carlisle.

Dafoe is enjoying an impressive run of projects of late. He has been receiving critical praise for his performance alongside Robert Pattinson in David Eggers’s The Lighthouse and will soon be seen in Edward Norton’s directorial effort, Motherless Brooklyn, as well as political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted.

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Troian Bellisario’s hand froze while shooting Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Troian Bellisario’s hand “almost died” while she was filming a scene for her latest movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette.The Pretty Little Liars star plays scientist Becky in Richard Linklater’s film, which follows former architect Bernadette Fox, …

Troian Bellisario’s hand “almost died” while she was filming a scene for her latest movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

The Pretty Little Liars star plays scientist Becky in Richard Linklater’s film, which follows former architect Bernadette Fox, played by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who disappears from her home in Seattle after becoming bored of her humdrum life.

In one scene for the movie, Bellisario and Blanchett’s characters are in kayaks on a lake, and the 33-year-old was left feeling the effects of having to dip her hand into the freezing water.

“We took some kayaking lessons which was really helpful,” she told StyleCaster. “Stopping on a mark in a kayak is impossible – you just keep moving. And there were several moments when I crashed into the camera or Cate that we don’t need to talk about. At one point we were shooting in glacial water for five hours straight. I was dipping these test tubes in the water, so my hand was bare – you would usually wear gloves.

“There was a certain time when I told Rich (Linklater), ‘I can’t hand this off because my hand is frozen.’ My hand almost died.”

And Bellisario was overjoyed to find that she required little time in the make-up chair to become her character.

“Coming from Pretty Little Liars, I would wake up out of bed, and I would have two hours of hair and makeup. With (Bernadette), I was shooting the biggest movie that I would ever be on, and they were like, ‘Here’s a beanie, and here are some dorky wraparound sunglasses – go Arctic kayaking.’ I was like, ‘This is amazing,'” she shared.

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Giorgio Armani to be honoured with top prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebri…

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Zendaya, and Anne Hathaway.

Now, officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Armani is to be presented with the prestigious prize at an upcoming ceremony in recognition of his contribution to the industry, creativity, vision of timeless style, and attention to detail.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, in a statement. “With more than four decades in the business, Mr. Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed.”

In addition to his namesake ready-to-wear label, the Armani Group includes the Emporio Armani and A/X Armani Exchange collections.

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who has constantly shaped and reshaped the business through their innovation and creativity.

Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Manolo Blahnik, among others.

The Fashion Awards 2019 will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

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