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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Stella McCartney felt like a ‘freak’ in fashion industry

Stella McCartney always felt like a freak in the fashion industry because of her focus on sustainability.The 48-year-old designer has been a force for change in the world of sustainable fashion, making luxury clothes from regenerated nylon, polyester, …

Stella McCartney always felt like a freak in the fashion industry because of her focus on sustainability.

The 48-year-old designer has been a force for change in the world of sustainable fashion, making luxury clothes from regenerated nylon, polyester, and cashmere and creating groundbreaking fibres. However, because of her environmental approach to fashion, she felt like an outcast.

“I was always a bit of a freak in the house of fashion,” Stella told U.S. Vogue. “My regime, my culture, has been different from day one.”

The mother-of-four is constantly trying to inspire fellow fashion houses and designers to embrace new ways to bring sustainable and cruelty-free techniques to the forefront, and was pleased when brands including Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Armani, and Chanel declared themselves fur-free.

“I’m hugely relieved, but I’m actually astounded that it’s taken so long,” Stella shared.

She revealed that it was the high-end luxury brands who had the biggest impact on the environment, closely followed by the fast-fashion industry, and pleaded with them to change their ways to save the planet.

“They have massive impact in a negative way, and they can have a massive impact in a positive way,” she noted. “It’s crazy. It’s basically exhausting. It’s much easier not to do it. So I kind of understand why the world hasn’t quite followed.”

Despite the resistance, Stella is still determined to overhaul the fashion industry and make eco-friendly creations dominate every catwalk and collection.

“I’m trying to create something that’s still sexy and desirable and luxurious that isn’t landfill,” she explained.

Stella appears on one of four covers for U.S. Vogue’s January 2020 issue, making her the first designer to land the honour. She was photographed alongside her four children by Annie Leibovitz.

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Chanel returns to Paris for 2020 Metiers d’Art show

Virginie Viard has returned to Paris to unveil her debut Metiers d’Art show for Chanel.Each year, the French luxury fashion house presents a runway show outside of the traditional schedule in order to honour the craftsmanship of artisan partners, such …

Virginie Viard has returned to Paris to unveil her debut Metiers d’Art show for Chanel.

Each year, the French luxury fashion house presents a runway show outside of the traditional schedule in order to honour the craftsmanship of artisan partners, such as shoemaker Massaro, embroiderers Lesage and Atelier Montex, feather and flower specialist Maison Lemarie, hatmaker Maison Michel, as well as glove manufacturer Causse Gantier.

Previously, Karl Lagerfeld held his Metiers d’Art shows in cities such as New York, Hamburg, and Rome, but following the creative director’s death in February at the age of 85, his successor, Viard, decided to present her latest line at the Grand Palais in the French capital on Wednesday night. With the venue transformed so it resembled brand founder Coco Chanel’s 31 rue Cambon apartment, a Chanel representative explained: “Before discovering the collection designed by Virginie Viard, the guests were able to linger for a while in a replica of Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. It was to this intimate baroque space, full of memories, books and cherished objects, that Gabrielle Chanel loved to return to clear her mind. The guests then sat down in a reconstitution of the salons at 31 rue Cambon, which used to host Chanel’s first fashion shows.”

The spectacle kicked off with Vittoria Ceretti descending a staircase with Art Deco mirrors and beige steps edged in white, with the model sporting a black coat with crystal embellishment around the waist and cuffs. A number of monochromatic outfits followed, all of which referenced the iconic “codes” of Chanel, like tweed jackets, tailored suits, logo belts, and layered pearl necklaces.

Midway through the show, Viard introduced pops of pink and violet, tie-dye tops, ombre fabric in sunset hues, with Gigi Hadid also modelling a classic suit without a shirt underneath.

Kaia Gerber walked the runway in a white T-shirt, logo print skirt, and black hat, with the ensemble topped off with a necklace featuring a pendant shaped like a tiny bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume. To conclude, the models paraded the runway in a series of chic cocktail dresses and embellished gowns.

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Taylor Swift wore vintage Chanel on British Vogue cover to ‘highlight sustainability’

Edward Enninful styled Taylor Swift in a vintage Chanel jacket for the latest cover of British Vogue to address the “global climate crisis”.The singer rocks a cream tweed jacket from the French luxury fashion house’s Metiers d’art Paris-New York 2005/2…

Edward Enninful styled Taylor Swift in a vintage Chanel jacket for the latest cover of British Vogue to address the “global climate crisis”.

The singer rocks a cream tweed jacket from the French luxury fashion house’s Metiers d’art Paris-New York 2005/2006 collection, accompanied by a white shirt with pearl Chanel buttons, for the main image of the U.K. magazine’s January 2020 issue.

When putting together pieces for the photoshoot, British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful was keen to promote ways in which sustainability can be highly fashionable.

“I wanted to put a vintage Chanel jacket on the cover of Vogue because I feel that, with the global climate crisis, we all have to do what we can to contribute to the conversation around sustainability,” he wrote in an editor’s letter. “Buying better and buying less is what I believe in: investing in clothes that will last a lifetime, pieces that can be passed down from generation to generation.”

Enninful also revealed that he has always invested in classic pieces.

“Fashion shouldn’t feel disposable: the best clothes can be worn time and time again and have the quality of both design and craftsmanship to ensure their staying power,” the 47-year-old explained, adding that it was important to him to choose one classic item for the Shake It Off hitmaker to wear on the cover. “It’s the ultimate sign of luxury, it has never gone out of fashion, and it never will.”

The January 2020 issue of British Vogue is out on 6 December.

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Cara Delevingne ‘wouldn’t be as big’ without Instagram

Cara Delevingne credits Instagram with helping her become a successful model.The British star had her modelling breakthrough in 2011 and has gone on to front campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, and DKNY. However, she credit…

Cara Delevingne credits Instagram with helping her become a successful model.

The British star had her modelling breakthrough in 2011 and has gone on to front campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, and DKNY.

However, she credits a large part of her success to the rise of social media, and told Harper’s Bazaar that she wouldn’t have the career she has if it wasn’t for Instagram.

“I look at the big ’90s supermodels and I don’t think that I would have been as big of a model if Instagram hadn’t come around,” Cara explained. “I really grew up in that age of when Instagram was coming up. Now really is the social media age.”

Despite confessing that she tries to stay off Instagram and takes regular breaks from her phone, the 27-year-old enjoys using her platform to share her views with her 43.8 million followers.

“People always say you can’t have an opinion or why should you have an opinion, ‘You aren’t a politician – no one cares about your views.’ Everyone has the right to talk about their opinion and what their views are,” she stated. “Whether it’s good or not, I’m going to do it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she blasted those who used photo-editing apps to alter their pictures on social media without being honest with their followers.

“I think that people should say if they’re using them, especially if you’re in the limelight or you have a lot of young girls that are following you,” she explained. “Why does it matter? Just say that you’re using it and be proud about it. Because when people are looking at some sort of false image and they want to emulate or replicate that, then it’s never going to happen.”

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Brad Pitt named brand ambassador for Brioni

Brad Pitt has been appointed as a brand ambassador for menswear label Brioni. The Italian luxury house, which is owned by Kering, has tapped the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star to front its upcoming advertising campaign, which is due to be released …

Brad Pitt has been appointed as a brand ambassador for menswear label Brioni.

The Italian luxury house, which is owned by Kering, has tapped the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star to front its upcoming advertising campaign, which is due to be released in January 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the company.

“Brioni is pleased to announce legendary actor Brad Pitt as its brand ambassador. An icon of cinema and style, Pitt embodies and reinforces Brioni’s bond with Hollywood. #Brioni #BradPitt #TailoringLegends,” a brand representative posted on social media.

Alongside the announcement on Instagram, the reps also shared a close-up picture of a label that had the words “Brad Pitt for Brioni” stitched into some black fabric.

Pitt follows in the footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, and Pierce Brosnan, who have all appeared in previous campaigns for Brioni, which is known for its made-to-measure men’s suits, sartorial ready-to-wear collections, and leather goods.

The 55-year-old is no stranger to the company, having worn black bespoke Brioni suits at recent red carpet events, including the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in May and the Venice Film Festival premiere of Ad Astra in August.

Pitt, who will likely be making many appearances during the upcoming awards season, has previously served as brand ambassador for watch company Breitling and was made the first male face of iconic perfume Chanel No. 5 back in 2012.

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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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Nina Dobrev channels Chanel prankster for Halloween

Nina Dobrev has dressed up as the Chanel runway show prankster for Halloween.French YouTube star Marie Benoliel, known as Marie S’Infiltre, crashed the fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 during Paris Fashion Week at the start of October and was eventua…

Nina Dobrev has dressed up as the Chanel runway show prankster for Halloween.

French YouTube star Marie Benoliel, known as Marie S’Infiltre, crashed the fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 during Paris Fashion Week at the start of October and was eventually escorted off the runway by an unimpressed Gigi Hadid.

And on Monday, The Vampire Diaries actress teamed up with her pal, writer and producer Lane Cheek, to recreate the headline-grabbing moment for the spooky holiday, with the pair showing off their efforts on Instagram.

Like the prankster, the 30-year-old wore a black and white houndstooth tweed skirt suit with a black blouse underneath and a black hat, while Cheek channelled Hadid by sporting a dirty blonde wig, a navy top and black hot pants over sheer black tights.

They also recreated some of the photos taken from the incident and posted them alongside the real ones, with Dobrev adopting a shocked look as Cheek places one hand on her shoulder.

“‘They said I couldn’t pull off the impossible but look at me now! The most prestigious catwalk in the world.’ – Marie @gigihadid @mariesinfiltre,” Dobrev wrote in the caption.

Benoliel appeared to be flattered by the costume as she shared one of Dobrev’s photos on her own Instagram page and wrote in the caption, “Best Halloween costume by @nina.”

Dobrev also received praise from her fellow actresses in the comments, with Kaley Cuoco writing, “Your costumes are epic!”, Claire Holt posting, “You’re so good at this it’s a gift”, and Rebecca Rittenhouse commenting, “Your costumes are so relevant.”

On Friday, Dobrev had dressed up as Bad Guy singer Billie Eilish by wearing a baggy orange Louis Vuitton jumper and matching shorts, bulky jewellery, long green nails and spraying green dye in her roots. She also evoked the teen singer’s When the Party’s Over video by having her face painted to make it look like she had been crying black tears.

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Lily-Rose Depp reminded of childhood while working on Chanel’s festive perfume campaign

Lily-Rose Depp was reminded of her childhood while working on Chanel’s festive perfume campaign.The 20-year-old, who was one of the muses of the late Karl Lagerfeld, is fronting the French fashion house’s Christmas adverts for their Chanel No.5 L’Eau f…

Lily-Rose Depp was reminded of her childhood while working on Chanel’s festive perfume campaign.

The 20-year-old, who was one of the muses of the late Karl Lagerfeld, is fronting the French fashion house’s Christmas adverts for their Chanel No.5 L’Eau fragrance.

In the short film, directed by longtime Chanel collaborator Jean-Paul Goude, Depp can be seen sporting a retro 1940s-style look, with a bold red lip, a black and gold embroidered dress and an ivory Chanel beret. She’s sitting atop a huge bottle of Chanel No.5 L’Eau wearing red knee-high boots in the snow-covered scene, while looking into a snow globe, where she sees her lucky number five.

“I loved playing the character created by Jean-Paul,” Depp said in a statement. “The joy and wonderment reminded me of how I felt as a little girl on Christmas morning.”

Depp was cast in her first Chanel campaign at the age of 16 back in 2015, and became the face of their new fragrance Chanel No.5 L’Eau the following year. She went on to star in ads for Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss campaign and is still the youngest brand ambassador for the French fashion house to front global campaigns.

Depp recently opened up about her close relationship with Lagerfeld, who passed away in February due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85.

“When we lost Karl this year, I was very sad. When I was little, I dreamed of doing what I do now, and he made my dreams come true. The time I was able to spend with him, on and off set, are memories I’ll always hold dearly,” she sweetly recalled to Vogue.

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