Faithfull the Brand designers thrilled by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wearing their dress

The design duo behind the brand that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recently wore are thrilled at the royal endorsement.Helle Them-Enger and Sarah-Jane Abrahams, who set up Faithfull the Brand in Bali, Indonesia in 2012, were shocked to see Catherine …

The design duo behind the brand that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recently wore are thrilled at the royal endorsement.

Helle Them-Enger and Sarah-Jane Abrahams, who set up Faithfull the Brand in Bali, Indonesia in 2012, were shocked to see Catherine don their floral design to one of her first official engagements since lockdown on 25 June, although they aren’t quite sure how she got her hands on the Marie-Louise midi dress.

“We are incredibly flattered and thrilled to see the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wear our Marie-Louise midi dress in nefeli floral,” Helle gushed to Vogue Australia. “On Sunday morning just gone, we were thrilled to wake up to messages and calls from friends, family and our Faithfull team with excitement.

“Our Instagram is inundated with tagged imagery of the duchess wearing our dress and we have received so many DM (direct message) and email enquiries of how customers can now get a hold of this piece. There is still uncertainty of how the Duchess got a hold of our dress and it completely took us by surprise, we are beyond happy she is a fan and wears Faithfull so well.”

Unsurprisingly, the dress sold out globally the day after the 38-year-old wore it, though Helle and Sarah-Jane have assured fashion lovers the dress will be restocked by mid-July.

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Jimmy Choo unveils debut beauty collection

Jimmy Choo is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty world.The footwear company, helmed by creative director Sandra Choi, is known for its luxury pumps and stilettos, with celebrity fans including Amy Adams, Bella Hadid, and Catherine, Duchess of Ca…

Jimmy Choo is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty world.

The footwear company, helmed by creative director Sandra Choi, is known for its luxury pumps and stilettos, with celebrity fans including Amy Adams, Bella Hadid, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

However, the label has now unveiled the Seduction Collection, a limited-edition capsule line of cosmetics comprised of 10 lipsticks, eight nail polishes, and a set of six concentrated fragrances.

“Seduction Collection is the embodiment of Jimmy Choo’s refined universe: feminine, elegant, daring and mesmerising,” a brand representative shared. “The ideal fashion accessory enhanced with rich shades for the lips, vibrant colours for nails and luxurious fragrances all showcased in precious nude-tinted boxes finished with gold and glitter for the ultimate luxury.”

The lipstick range includes Red Carpet, a blue-based red, and Burgundy Charm, a deep red for a timeless and sophisticated look. Meanwhile, the nail polishes are available in reds, pinks, and two glitter shades.

“The palette of strong, vibrant colours are presented in a multi-faceted glass bottle which captures light to enhance the colour further. The elegant nude cap is highlighted with gold glitter effect and the Jimmy Choo logo. The large, curved brush allows for a perfect application,” they added.

The Jimmy Choo Seduction Collection is stocked at Harrods in the U.K.

Items are priced between $42 – $211 (£35 – £175).

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Prabal Gurung calls on industry leaders to unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady …

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

But as Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, with 204,000 cases and over 8,200 deaths to date, Gurung has instructed his New York-based team to work from home but stay in “close communications”, and accordingly, has been contemplating how the pandemic will force change within the wider business.

“Tackling an issue of this magnitude requires unity. We have to reach across departmental and industry lines to pull in help from a global brain trust of brilliant creatives and business leaders,” he wrote in an essay for Vogue.com. “Right now, what we need in fashion are leaders who are unafraid to have these conversations, and to really break the patterns that have in so many ways gotten us to this unhealthy place. America stands for change, America stands for guts. We have the power to set the tone of how we function going forward.”

Gurung went on to note that he and his team are very focused on finding solutions for becoming even more sustainable, inclusive, and inventive. And he is also concerned about ways he can champion other independent designers.

“We are in a unique position to change the tides. Whether it is about race, size, or age; the conversation starts here,” the 40-year-old mused. “In so many ways, coronavirus was the final straw that finally made me sit back and really think about our current definition of success, and what we were willing to sacrifice to get there.”

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dazzles in emerald green at Irish event

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stole the spotlight in an emerald green dress at event in Ireland on Tuesday night.The British royal and her husband Prince William have travelled to the Emerald Isle for a three-day visit, where they will make stops in …

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stole the spotlight in an emerald green dress at event in Ireland on Tuesday night.

The British royal and her husband Prince William have travelled to the Emerald Isle for a three-day visit, where they will make stops in County Meath, County Kildare, and Galway.

Following a meeting with Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Catherine and William met with guests from across the creative arts, sport, business, and charity sectors at the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar in Dublin, where the couple ended the night by sipping on a pint.

However, it was the mother-of-three’s dress from U.K. label The Vampire’s Wife that really caught attention. Known as the Falconetti design, the number features a three-quarter length skirt and softly gathered ruffles at the hem. It is priced at $2,042 (£1,595) and currently available for pre-order online.

Catherine, 38, accessorised with Dorato earrings from H&M, a gold clutch from Wilbur & Gussie, and her go-to Manolo Blahnik velvet pointed pumps.

Accordingly, a number of royal followers were quick to praise her fashion-forward ensemble on social media, with one writing, “The Vampire’s Wife, really???! Wow, that seems so out there for her and I love it! And those funky earrings!” while another added: “She looks great! Love the green on her.”

Earlier in the day, Catherine arrived in the Irish capital in another green outfit comprised of a silk floral print pleated dress from Alessandra Rich, a forest green coat from Catherine Walker, a velvet headband from Zara, diamond earrings, and a green suede purse from L.K. Bennett.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recycles Alexander McQueen dress for BAFTAs

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at Lon…

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.

It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall was to “dress sustainably”, and the 38-year-old royal opted to recycle one of her opulent designer gowns to the bash on Sunday.

Catherine first wore the floor-length white dress with gold embellishment for a state dinner in Malaysia in 2012 with husband Prince William, and on Sunday, she updated the look with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo pumps, a matching clutch, and a mother of pearl necklace and earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels.

The mother-of-three also traded her usual half-up, half-down hairstyle for an elegant updo, with her brunette locks swept into a similar style she wore to the BAFTAs last year.

The guidelines for the BAFTAs were part of the academy’s plans to create the first-ever carbon neutral awards ceremony.

“Sustainability is very important to BAFTA, and we’re doing more than ever before,” a spokesperson told Harper’s Bazaar U.K.

Guests attending the ceremony were asked to “dress sustainably” and encouraged to rewear outfits, rent designer pieces or choose vintage gowns. And if the celebrities decided to buy something new, a list of sustainable brands, including Reformation and Stella McCartney, were suggested.

It’s not the first time that there’s been a dress code for the BAFTAs – back in 2018, many guests wore black in support of the Time’s Up movement. Catherine was criticised for opting to wear dark green instead, but she did accessorise the gown with a black sash.

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Anna Wintour praises Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s holiday style

Anna Wintour is a big fan of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s “impeccable” holiday outfits.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry. But while Anna rare…

Anna Wintour is a big fan of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s “impeccable” holiday outfits.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But while Anna rarely comments on celebrity style, in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, she singled out the British royal’s festive wardrobe as a good example of how to dress for Christmas events.

“I don’t think you can go wrong with the Duchess of Cambridge, who always looks impeccable,” she shared. “I think right now, when we are thinking about stars who are a little bit more classic and have a heritage feeling, when you look at what she wears when she goes to church – it could be a Catherine Walker dark red princess coat, or when she has to go out at night with her husband (Prince William), something a little more glamorous like (an Alexander) McQueen – but she always looks absolutely impeccable.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Anna was asked about the trend for gifting experiences rather than conventional presents. She noted that she was right onboard with the trend for non-gifts and insisted it’s hard to go wrong with tickets to a show.

“Two things to think about for a non-gift are theatre tickets for somebody who really enjoys going to the theatre or to a musical or to dance. An evening that they can truly enjoy and (will also make them) think of you. And if they’re not so much into going to Broadway or Off-Broadway, I would recommend, if you can possibly arrange it, a tour of an exhibition that they will be interested in seeing, hopefully, given by a curator or somebody who has real knowledge,” the 70-year-old advised.

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Sarah Burton to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with …

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with the prestigious prize at the annual ceremony on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

“Sarah’s empowering and narrative approach to shows and her focus on community and appreciation of craft, technology, and British heritage is what has made her one of the most respected designers of our time,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive. “Her commitment to sharing her vision and expertise with the future generations of fashion designers has been remarkable. She’s an incredible source of inspiration for many generations to come and we look forward to celebrating with her in London in December.”

Burton took over as head designer at Alexander McQueen in May 2010 following the brand founder’s death at the age of 40 in February that year. She also rose to global prominence in 2011 when she designed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s dress for her wedding to Prince William.

For Burton’s spring/summer 2020 show, the fashion star championed U.K.-wide craftsmanship, drawing upon the expertise of the fabric mills of the North of England, Mallon linen, and Irish beetling.

“Burton has demonstrated a considered and consistent vision for the house, overseeing all aspects including brand image and retail concept; expanding to innovative retail spaces; new global flagship stores; exhibition spaces and educational programmes,” a BFC representative added.

Previously, Rush shared that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

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Sarah Burton reflects on working for Alexander McQueen: ‘I was so lucky’

Sarah Burton has paid tribute to her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen, declaring she was “so lucky” to work with him before his death.The fashion world was left shocked in 2010 when news broke that McQueen had taken his own life at the age of 40. Burto…

Sarah Burton has paid tribute to her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen, declaring she was “so lucky” to work with him before his death.

The fashion world was left shocked in 2010 when news broke that McQueen had taken his own life at the age of 40.

Burton stepped up to take the reins at his namesake label as the creative director – a role she has held ever since.

“Well, really, I was so lucky to work for Lee,” she reflected in a chat with American Vogue. “I started to work with Lee in 1996, and I had this amazing time of my life. He was this incredible man, and I very much grew up with McQueen. I started when I was 21 and I continued there until he died. It was all-encompassing; it was this magical place focused on storytelling and creativity, and very, very personal and like a family.”

Burton’s status as a world-class designer was cemented in 2011 when she was chosen to design Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

Admitting her initial reservations about leading the McQueen brand when the job was thrust upon her, Burton explained how she quickly changed her mindset when she started in the gig.

“The initial thing that I thought (when I assumed the creative director role) was that Lee was this storyteller and I was kind of good at finishing his sentences, but I realised I had to begin the sentences and it had to be about my stories,” the designer shared. “Lee always said to me, ‘You have to make things your own, you have to believe in it, and it has to be an emotional thing, what we do.’ I think at the very beginning I was wondering, ‘OK, how do you make it yourself?’

“So much time has passed since the years Lee was here, but he will always be such a huge part of who I am and such a huge part of me creatively, because I grew up with all of his beliefs and creativity. We were finding how to be true to what McQueen is – which I didn’t ever find a problem with because I was a part of Lee’s world – but, yet, make it our own. That was the challenge.”

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Roksanda Ilincic concerned over ways Brexit will impact fabric suppliers

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.The London-based designer, known for her bold use of colour and signature take on shape, counts Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, and Keira Knightley amo…

Roksanda Ilincic is very concerned about what Brexit will mean for her fabric suppliers.

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

As U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May continues to battle on with negotiations for the nation to withdraw from the European Union (EU), Ilincic has now shared that she has real worries about the split will mean for her own business and that of other fashion retailers.

“It’s a big worry,” she said in an interview with Vogue.co.uk. “The majority of my fabrics and my workforce are from the EU, but I can’t change my systems or put new strategies in place because we don’t know what is going to happen.”

Ilincic went on to explain that she foresees issues with shipments in the future too, especially as Brexit may mean there are delays with getting fabric and merchandise to the U.K. and around the world.

“The big problem with fashion is timing, you’re constantly being robbed of it,” the 48-year-old, who was born in Serbia, stated. “To produce garments and deliver them at the right time is dependent on so many facets – Brexit is going to have consequences for us all.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ilincic shared that she will be attending the 2019 Shanghai Fashion Week with the aim of making connections with major figures in the Chinese market. And the designer is seriously seeking to make a major investment in Asia, noting that the local consumers are open to pushing the envelope when it comes to style.

“The customer is very thirsty – they not only want to wear the latest collections, but to wear things that are perhaps considered a little too fashion-forward for the European market,” she added.

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Orla Kiely: ‘The end of my label felt like a bereavement’

Orla Kiely felt like she was going through a bereavement when her namesake label shut down overnight.The Orla Kiely brand, famous for its bold prints, suddenly shut up shop in September (18), with the Irish designer now speaking about the end of her la…

Orla Kiely felt like she was going through a bereavement when her namesake label shut down overnight.

The Orla Kiely brand, famous for its bold prints, suddenly shut up shop in September (18), with the Irish designer now speaking about the end of her label for the first time in an interview with The Telegraph.

“What happened was like a bereavement,” she stated. “To say I was upset is an understatement. And then when malicious reports came out about the way we’d allegedly treated our staff, that was horrible and hurtful.

“We did everything we could to save the business we’d set up 23 years previously and to watch it fail was devastating. It was such a tough time.”

Kiely officially launched the fashion and lifestyle brand with her husband Dermott Rowan in 1997, and quickly became known for her bold use of 1970s-inspired prints and colours, with celebrity fans including Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

But after parent company Kiely Rowan PLC went into administration, the Orla Kiely label was forced to shut down operations, with reports surfacing that staff were marched off the premises, unpaid.

“That is not what happened at all,” the designer exclaimed. “It’s terrible that was the perception, but at the end, everything was taken out of our hands. Once you go into administration, you have no input. It is illegal even to pay your staff. I would have done so immediately if I could, but it was impossible.”

Kiely, who was previously dubbed the Queen of Prints and named as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011, insisted that “nobody was marched anywhere”.

“Something my husband and I had built up from scratch, invested in emotionally and financially was destroyed. Our staff weren’t just employees, they were friends, and when we gathered everyone together, there were tears from all of us,” she recalled.

Kiely still has her own licensing business and recently put her name to a furniture line sold through interiors company Barker and Stonehouse.

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