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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Prada postpones resort 2021 show amidst coronavirus concerns

Prada has postponed its upcoming resort show in Japan as a “precautionary measure” due to the spread of the coronavirus. Officials at the Italian luxury brand, headed up by Miuccia Prada, announced in October that they would unveil the resort 2021 col…

Prada has postponed its upcoming resort show in Japan as a “precautionary measure” due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Officials at the Italian luxury brand, headed up by Miuccia Prada, announced in October that they would unveil the resort 2021 collection on 21 May in Japan.

However, on Monday, representatives for the company announced they were postponing the presentation due to the uncertainties connected to the spread of the coronavirus.

“This decision was made as a precautionary measure as well as an act of responsibility and respect for all the people working on and planning to attend our resort 2021 show,” they told WWD. “Prada extends its sincere sympathies and concern to all the people and territories affected by this situation.”

The spokesperson added that the show will be rescheduled in the country “at a more appropriate moment”.

The coronavirus originated in China and has so far killed more than 1,700 people in the country. Entire cities have been sealed off and traffic to and from the nation has been suspended.

As a result of the outbreak, upcoming fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai have been postponed, while representatives for Chanel have decided to postpone plans to restage their Metiers d’Art show in Beijing in May.

“Considering the current situation and following the guidance of Chinese authorities, Chanel has decided to postpone its project of a replica of the Paris – 31 rue Cambon 2019/20 Metiers d’art collection in May in Beijing to a later and more appropriate moment,” a representative said in a statement on Monday. “Chanel is monitoring the situation closely. At the foremost are the health and wellbeing of its teams and clients.”

The French house’s collection was originally presented at the Grand Palais in Paris in December.

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Marion Cotillard named as new face of Chanel No.5 perfume

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera. “Chanel…

Marion Cotillard has been tapped as the new face of Chanel No.5 perfume.

A representative for the French luxury brand took to Instagram on Monday to share the news, uploading a black-and-white image of the actress gazing directly at the camera.

“Chanel is delighted to announce that Marion Cotillard will be the face of the new advertising campaign for the iconic N°5 fragrance,” they added in the caption.

No further details, such as a release date for the full imagery, were announced.

Cotillard has ramped up her ties to Chanel in recent months, having attended several fashion shows and worn an embroidered black outfit to the Marrakech Film Festival’s opening ceremony in December and a couture ensemble to the Cesar Revelations 2020 event last month.

The 44-year-old follows in the footsteps of Gisele Bundchen, Brad Pitt, and Nicole Kidman in landing a Chanel No. 5 campaign, while Lily-Rose Depp fronted the launch of Chanel’s No.5 L’Eau perfume back in May 2016, Keira Knightley was the face of Coco Mademoiselle, and Margot Robbie is currently promoting Gabrielle Chanel Essence. Other Chanel brand ambassadors include Penelope Cruz, Kristen Stewart, and Pharrell Williams.

Previously, Cotillard served as a brand ambassador for rival house Christian Dior. She was chosen to promote the Lady Dior handbag in 2008 and went on to appear in at least 15 other campaigns. However, the La Vie En Rose actress parted ways with the company in 2017, not long after Maria Grazia Chiuri succeeded Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier as interim creative directors at the label.

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Margot Robbie instantly smitten by vintage Chanel outfit for 2020 Oscars

Margot Robbie settled upon her outfit for the 2020 Oscars back in December.The Australian actress, who was nominated at the awards on Sunday for her role in Bombshell, hit the red carpet in a vintage midnight blue chiffon bustier gown from Chanel, with…

Margot Robbie settled upon her outfit for the 2020 Oscars back in December.

The Australian actress, who was nominated at the awards on Sunday for her role in Bombshell, hit the red carpet in a vintage midnight blue chiffon bustier gown from Chanel, with the number featuring off-the-shoulder statement sleeves and a flowing skirt.

Margot, 29, and her stylist Kate Young were on the hunt for a pre-loved gown from the French fashion house last year, when they stumbled upon the intricate dress in the archives.

“We discovered this ’90s couture gown in Chanel’s archive back in December,” Kate told British Vogue, adding that the dress was a longer version of one that iconic supermodel Claudia Schiffer wore on the catwalk almost 26 years ago. “It’s very similar to the short dress that (Claudia) wore on Karl Lagerfeld’s spring/summer 1994 couture runway, but it was made for a client, so it’s truly unique. It just felt very Margot – it felt cool.”

And the process of borrowing from the Chanel archives made the experience a little bit more special for the pair.

“We know whose dress it was originally because Chanel keeps hand-written books. When I take a dress from the house’s couture archive for Margot to wear, we also have to write in the book who it is for and who is ordering it, which I just think is so cool,” the style guru shared. “For me, it underscores that really, really special clothes have a life that is long and romantic.”

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Jane Fonda leads stars re-wearing dresses to 2020 Oscars

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Pa…

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.

The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and producer Kwak Sin-ae during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

However, fans were quick to point out that Jane had first sported the dress at the 67th International Cannes Film Festival in 2014, with the move in keeping with her promise not to purchase any new clothes as part of her protests against climate change.

In addition, the Grace and Frankie star swapped her signature blonde hairstyle for a shorter, silver crop and topped off her ensemble with Pomellato jewellery, explaining in a post on Instagram that she opted for items from the brand because the designers “only use responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds”.

But Jane wasn’t the only celebrity to recycle a look for the Oscars. Elizabeth Banks opted to give a pre-loved gown another outing and attended the Vanity Fair after-party wearing a scarlet Badgley Mischka dress.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the bash, Elizabeth revealed she had first worn the ensemble at the magazine’s party back in 2004.

“I’m upcycling this dress – I wore this dress for the first time to Vanity Fair in 2004,” she explained. “And, we very rarely get a dress gifted to us. Badgley Mischka made this dress for me. Back then, I was in Seabiscuit, which was a big Oscar nominee, and they gave it to me, and I recently moved and found it in the back of the closet. And it still fits! So, I’m wearing it on the carpet tonight. Very excited to be wearing a dress, recycling a dress from 16 years ago.”

Elsewhere, Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever wore a red Louis Vuitton dress made from “completely sustainable” fabrics, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Margot Robbie looked stunning in a vintage midnight blue gown from Chanel.

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Shalom Harlow opens up about battle with chronic illness

Shalom Harlow has candidly discussed her struggles with chronic illness for the first time.The Canadian supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s, where she walked the runways for the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Marc Jacobs. Howev…

Shalom Harlow has candidly discussed her struggles with chronic illness for the first time.

The Canadian supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s, where she walked the runways for the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Marc Jacobs.

However, Harlow took a year off from work in 2000 and embarked on a longer hiatus in 2013, and in a new interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, she shared that she had been battling a combination of Lyme disease and black mould poisoning from a former home.

“Deep chronic illness will incite a nervous breakdown,” she told the publication. “I did have complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the level of infections in my body. There were moments of grace and surrender and a lot of moments of digging in my heels. My unhealed physical, mental, and emotional wounds had finally caught up with me.”

Even after taking time to care for her wellbeing, Harlow admitted she is “still healing”. Accordingly, she is very selective about the projects she takes on.

“I don’t want to be on a plane every week flying halfway across the world. It’s not sustainable for my body or the environment,” the 46-year-old insisted, before noting that she believes there is a way for designers and photographers to harness more local resources. “We need to figure out a localised idea of what fashion is. There’s tonnes of talent everywhere.”

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Bella Hadid: ‘I need to stand up for myself’

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when a…

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.

The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when asked what her biggest failure had been, Bella revealed it was when she didn’t “trust and nurture” her intuition.

“I learned that in order for me to grow and know my personal strengths, I need to own my decisions and stand up for myself and what I believe in,” she shared.

And the 23-year-old, who has walked for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Versace, went on to reveal that the highlight of her career has been working with her idols.

“The biggest professional success for me has been being able to work alongside the men and women I have looked up to and watched since I was young,” Bella explained. “It’s been a blessing to watch these artists work and I feel lucky to be a small part of their big visions.”

She also shared her New Year’s resolutions and explained that she will be working towards being her “most authentic” self in the coming year.

“2020 is about leading with love and being the most authentic version of myself as possible ! I’ve seen myself and the people around me grow in so many different ways this year, and in so many aspects of life,” she stated.

“I surprised myself with what I found and I feel confident that I will be entering 2020 with a new perspective on my own personal, and professional happiness.”

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Chanel dishes up conservative chic for spring 20 couture line

Chanel has served up conservative chic for its spring/summer 2020 couture collection.Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of P…

Chanel has served up conservative chic for its spring/summer 2020 couture collection.

Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Pharrell Williams, Eva Green, G-Dragon, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover to the front row.

The venue was transformed to resemble a cloister garden, complete with fountain and white sheets hanging on a clothesline, with the theme inspired by brand founder Coco Chanel’s childhood spent at a convent in the Aubazine region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

“What I immediately liked was that the cloister garden was uncultivated,” Viard stated in her show notes. “It was really sunny. The place made me think of the summer, a breeze fragranced with flowers. I wanted floral embroideries like an herbarium, delicate flowers. What interested me in this decor was the paradox between the sophistication of haute couture and the simplicity of this place.”

The show opened with Vittoria Ceretti in a black and white dress matched with white tights, socks, and black flats. A number of monochromatic ensembles followed, such as a tweed suit with lace collar and long dress coats.

Gigi Hadid evoked a mother superior vibe in a belted black dress with white Peter Pan collar, and Kaia Gerber modelled a white lace dress with black tulle detailing attached to the neckline.

Towards the end of the spectacle, Viard introduced a range of dresses with floral embroidery and appliques, with Adut Akech sporting a white top with long black tiered skirt, and Rebecca Longendyke serving as the “bride” in a wedding dress with a knee-length hem made of white crepe georgette with triple Peter Pan collar, and a veil embroidered with branches of wisteria.

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Karl Lagerfeld brand pledges to go fur-free

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch f…

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.

In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch fur products.

Now, bosses at AM Retail Group, which operates Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Wilsons Leather, and other brands, and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group, have also banned fur.

In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) director Elisa Allen praised the team at Karl Lagerfeld and AM Retail Group for taking a stand.

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,” she said. “Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, and cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxury animal-friendly alternatives.”

Allen added that she would be sending the companies vegan chocolates in thanks for their decisions.

Representatives for the Karl Lagerfeld label and its parent company have not yet commented on the news.

Fashion icon Lagerfeld, who died at the age of 85 in February, had a long history with animal rights activists. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 in 2009, the Chanel creative director argued there was no point in ditching fur products when people continued to eat meat.

“As long as you wear leather and eat meat, don’t discuss that,” he said. “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes and handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

However, in December 2018, a spokesperson for Chanel confirmed the luxury brand would no longer use fur or exotic skins.

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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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