Margot Robbie relies on fragrance to help her get into character

Margot Robbie switches up her scents on set because they help her get into character.The 29-year-old has played a diverse range of characters, from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, to actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…

Margot Robbie switches up her scents on set because they help her get into character.

The 29-year-old has played a diverse range of characters, from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, to actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

And speaking to Australia’s Sunday Life magazine, the actress revealed perfumes have become an important part of her preparation before she takes on a new role.

“I pick a fragrance for every character I play,” she shared. “When I go on set and apply the fragrance, I find it’s easier to get into character.

“It’s a very powerful tool!”

Margot went on to explain that the unusual method works because “certain smells can transport you to a time and place or create a specific feeling”.

The star has been a fragrance ambassador for French fashion house Chanel since 2018 and is the face of brand-new perfume Gabrielle Chanel Essence – named after label founder Coco Chanel, real name Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar nominee opened up about her style, and revealed she prefers to mix up feminine and masculine pieces.

“Personally, I love beautiful things but I’m also pragmatic: I look for freedom of movement. I love a silk suit, flats and the mix of masculine and feminine style. That makes me feel powerful and feminine, comfortable but confident. I think nothing’s more alluring than confidence,” the blonde beauty explained. “We all know women are incredibly strong, but I don’t believe it means you have to hide your femininity.”

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Chanel postpones Hong Kong show amid political protests

Chanel has postponed its Hong Kong show as political unrest in the country continues to rage on.Back in June, huge demonstrations began, with thousands of protesters peacefully taking to the streets to campaign against a controversial extradition bill,…

Chanel has postponed its Hong Kong show as political unrest in the country continues to rage on.

Back in June, huge demonstrations began, with thousands of protesters peacefully taking to the streets to campaign against a controversial extradition bill, which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to China for trial.

Protests are still taking place in Hong Kong, which is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, despite the legislation recently being scrapped by the country’s chief executive Carrie Lam.

Now, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have decided to scrap a presentation of the 2019 Cruise collection at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on 6 November.

In a statement, a spokesperson explained that the event would be held at a later date and a “more appropriate moment”.

While Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, told WWD: “It depends on the situation. We’ll have another opportunity.

“We continue to service clients in the boutiques and they are there. Hong Kong is a key market. We have a very strong Hong Kongese customer base.”

The 2019 Cruise collection originally debuted in Paris back in May, and executives at the fashion house hinted earlier this month that the show in Hong Kong might be postponed.

“Like all brands present in Hong Kong, we are keeping a close watch on events, and have not yet made a decision,” a representative said at the time.

Chanel has nine boutiques in Hong Kong, including one at the airport, and three in Macau.

Designers Joseph Altuzarra and Anais Mak recently showcased their resort collections at the Centrestage festival in the country.

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Kaia Gerber too busy for romance

Kaia Gerber is far too busy to be worried about dating and relationships.The daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, who turns 18 on Tuesday, has had a busy year so far, with her projects including fronting the latest Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume …

Kaia Gerber is far too busy to be worried about dating and relationships.

The daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, who turns 18 on Tuesday, has had a busy year so far, with her projects including fronting the latest Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume campaign, walking in Pierpaolo Piccioli’s emotional Valentino couture show, and designing her own capsule collection for the late Karl Lagerfeld.

And while Gerber’s hectic schedule makes it hard for her to date at the moment, she hasn’t ruled out falling in love in the future.

“When I’m working, I don’t have the energy to even flirt with anyone. I’m sorry, I just can’t,” she laughed in an interview with British Vogue. “But I’m not losing hope in all love forever.

“I have backgammon at my house, and that’s all a girl needs. When I’m home, I’m living the life of a 70-year-old woman.”

The model, who graces the cover of the October issue of the fashion bible, also confessed that she still doesn’t suffer any nerves before photoshoots.

“I mean, I’m just standing there – how bad can I do?” the brunette beauty quipped.

Elsewhere in the chat, Crawford acknowledged Gerber may have benefitted from her fame when starting out as a model but insisted that the teenager has put in the hard work.

“You and I both know that… Chanel, or Vogue – well, they might have her for an audition, but they’re not booking her because she’s my daughter… I mean, she’s doing things I never did,” the 53-year-old told the publication.

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Top fashion brands commit to Kering-led sustainability pact

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to …

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.

Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to bring together the leading players in the industry, with the aim of setting practical objectives for reducing environmental impacts.

Now, ahead of the G7 meeting at Biarritz in France over the weekend, Pinault has announced that the likes of Adidas, Burberry, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gap Inc, Giorgio Armani, H&M Group, Hermes, Karl Lagerfeld, Moncler, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Selfridges Group, and Stella McCartney had agreed to be a part of the coalition.

In addition, the so-called Fashion Pact has the backing of Capri Holdings, the parent company of Michael Kors and Versace, Inditex, parent of the Zara chain, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s PVH Corp., and all Kering labels, which include Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.

“Private companies, working alongside nation states, have an essential role to play in protecting the planet. With the Fashion Pact, some leading players in the fashion and textile sector are joining forces for the first time to launch an unprecedented movement,” a Kering representative said in a statement. “A collective endeavour by its nature, the Fashion Pact is open to any company that wants to help to fundamentally transform the practices of the fashion and textile industry, and to meet the environmental challenges of our century.”

The Fashion Pact’s objectives draw on the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative, which focuses on stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.

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Cameron Russell wants fashion leaders to hire more female photographers

Cameron Russell has called on fashion industry leaders to hire more female photographers.The American model and social campaigner kicked off her fashion career in 2003 and has gone on to walk in runway shows for the likes of Chanel, Versace, Vivienne W…

Cameron Russell has called on fashion industry leaders to hire more female photographers.

The American model and social campaigner kicked off her fashion career in 2003 and has gone on to walk in runway shows for the likes of Chanel, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, and Victoria’s Secret.

Cameron has been a vocal advocate of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, and in a new interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, urged creative directors and casting agents to champion women on photoshoots.

“Two years ago, I helped bring the #MeToo movement to fashion and one of the responses that I have been working on with others is changing not only who’s in front of the camera but who’s behind the camera,” she said, before going on to share how thrilled she was to find an entirely female crew working with her on a recent Max Factor shoot. “I had not experienced that on a huge campaign before in this way. Everybody was an industry veteran and were all women.”

Cameron went on to discuss her gig as a Max Factor brand ambassador and made a point of clarifying the difference between a model who is simply the face of a campaign, and a model who serves as an ambassador for a company, as they are typically trusted to express their voice.

“I’ve been in this job now (as a model) for such a long time and I’m also very outspoken, so to have a big brand like Max Factor want to work with me, not just because of how I look but also my voice, is an honour to me, but also makes me feel like it’s a brand that’s thinking about women in all that they can be,” the 32-year-old commented. “It makes me feel like they’re thinking about their customer in a more progressive way than perhaps in the past. They’re thinking about who women want to be and what voice they want to have.”

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Cara Delevingne wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working until he died

Cara Delevingne often wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working in the fashion industry right up until his death. The legendary Chanel and Fendi creative director continued working right up until he got sick in early 2019 and subsequently passed away…

Cara Delevingne often wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working in the fashion industry right up until his death.

The legendary Chanel and Fendi creative director continued working right up until he got sick in early 2019 and subsequently passed away due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85 in February.

In a new interview with Marie Claire magazine, Delevingne, who was a Chanel muse and close friend of Lagerfeld’s, described the fashion icon as a “best friend, father, grandfather, fairy godmother, like Peter Pan,” but also questioned why he felt the need to keep busy until the end.

“The fashion industry breeds this thing of never being good enough. Was he happy? Did he feel proud?” she asked.

The 27-year-old wrote a moving tribute to Lagerfeld on social media after his passing in which she told her followers, “He changed my life, he believed in me when so many others didn’t – including myself.”

It was recently announced that the Suicide Squad star was taking part in A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project, in which she will design a top inspired by Lagerfeld’s signature crisp, white, high-collared shirt. The garments, also designed by Kate Moss and Amber Valletta, will benefit the French charity Sauver la Vie, which the late designer quietly supported.

The British model-turned-actress signed a modelling contract a decade ago and went on to walk the runway for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, but she is now mostly focused on her acting career, which includes an upcoming role in Amazon series Carnival Row.

She admitted to Marie Claire that she used her hectic modelling schedule to escape her personal problems.

“Work to me was such an escape. I don’t like using it that way anymore. I want to use it as a platform, where I’m not just running from my problems,” Delevingne, who still works with brands like Puma and Dior, stated.

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Adut Akech eager to advocate for refugees

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s sprin…

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.

The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show and has since gone on to walk for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

Akech has also been tapped to appear on the cover of the new Forces of Change issue of British Vogue magazine, guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and in the accompanying editorial, she commented that she wants to use her platform to draw awareness to the plight of displaced people.

“I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else,” she insisted. “You don’t choose to be a refugee… You don’t wake up thinking, I’m going to be a refugee. The only difference between a refugee and someone who grew up in the Western world is that we were forced out of our own country, out of our homes, because of fear – not out of choice.”

Akech has already begun work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), promoting causes to support refugees. Ultimately, she would like to be known for more than just her successful modelling career.

“I want to be known as someone who made a positive impact. It’s an honour to be used as an example of what diversity looks like (but) I want to be more involved with charities that are changing people’s lives,” the 19-year-old mused.

Elsewhere in the chat, Akech divulged that she has recently ticked off another one of her goals – she has purchased her mother a car and house.

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Karl Lagerfeld died day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby

Karl Lagerfeld passed away the day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby girl.Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the Chanel and Fendi creative director died on 19 February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves through…

Karl Lagerfeld passed away the day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby girl.

Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the Chanel and Fendi creative director died on 19 February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.

Among the celebrities to pay tribute to Lagerfeld at the time was actress Kruger, a Chanel muse, and she has now spoken about how the designer had planned to meet her daughter in his last days.

“You know it’s kind of sad, I flew to Paris so he could meet my daughter, and he passed away the day before we were supposed to meet,” she commented in an interview with People TV. “It’s really sad… (but) he had a good life.”

Kruger and her actor partner Norman Reedus welcomed their first baby together in November. The couple are yet to share the tot’s name.

Elsewhere in the chat, Kruger recalled how she had developed a “special bond” with Lagerfeld over the course of her career, especially as they could speak German to each other, and because they lived in the same building in Paris.

“He was my neighbour in Paris, so I want to say for the last 20 years I would see him twice or three times a week just walking down the street,” the 43-year-old smiled, before adding that she once also walked through Versailles with him and accompanied him on a trip to China.

“You know, he was truly somebody very eccentric and very funny, but also very sweet,” she added. “We spoke German to each other, so I think we always had a very special bond because nobody could understand.”

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Karl Lagerfeld exhibition to be staged at Metropolitan Museum of Art – report

Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are reportedly planning an exhibition dedicated to the late Karl Lagerfeld.The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 in February from complications rela…

Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are reportedly planning an exhibition dedicated to the late Karl Lagerfeld.

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 in February from complications relating to pancreatic cancer.

While the fashion world is still reeling from Lagerfeld’s death, editors at WWD are now reporting that executives at the museum in New York City are working on a showcase in honour of the legendary designer.

Sources have told the publication that Andrew Bolton, curator and current head of The Met’s Costume Institute, will oversee the showcase, and it is set to take place in 2022. Representatives for The Met have declined to report on the speculation.

However, should the exhibition get the green light, curators will have stacks of material to work with, as Lagerfeld not only led fashion houses but also worked as a creative director, artist, caricaturist and photographer.

He was also recognised around the world for his signature uniform, typically comprised of a black suit, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and starched white collars.

Lagerfeld unveiled his final Metiers d’Art collection outside of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur, housed within The Met, last December.

However, he was absent from the Chanel couture show held in Paris in January, with a representative for the French house noting he could not attend due to illness. His right-hand woman at Chanel, Virginie Viard, took the final bow in his place, and has since taken over creative direction at the brand.

Lagerfeld did not have a funeral, but bosses from all three brands that he worked for teamed together in June to hold the tribute event, entitled Karl For Ever, at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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Kristen Stewart: ‘Karl Lagerfeld was shockingly unpretentious’

Kristen Stewart has insisted that late designer Karl Lagerfeld was “shockingly unpretentious” even though he looked “so austere and so scary”.Since becoming a brand ambassador for the French fashion house in 2013, the 29-year-old actress has starred in…

Kristen Stewart has insisted that late designer Karl Lagerfeld was “shockingly unpretentious” even though he looked “so austere and so scary”.

Since becoming a brand ambassador for the French fashion house in 2013, the 29-year-old actress has starred in a number of their campaigns and been named the face of their Gabrielle fragrance.

Stewart quickly became Lagerfeld’s muse, and wore Chanel to the Met Gala in May as a tribute to the German-born designer, who passed away at the age of 85 in February.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the Charlie’s Angels star opened up about her relationship with the acclaimed fashion icon, and tenderly revealed that Lagerfeld wasn’t intimidating at all.

“It’s funny how he presents – so austere and so scary. He wasn’t though. He was incredibly inviting – insanely, shockingly unpretentious,” Stewart recalled. “He liked what he liked because he liked it. He was a fancy motherf**ker, but it was true to him. It’s almost like he sensed he was intimidating, so he was like, ‘No. To have a creative heart is daunting, but let’s get it beating faster and harder’.

“He was always touching you while speaking to you. He never talked at you – if he was talking to you, he was usually holding your hand. Luckily he knew how to leave a trace. There’s just a feeling that he gave me, an encouraging attaboy thing that shapes you in really profound ways.”

The actress found worldwide fame in her role as Bella Swan in the hugely successful teen vampire saga Twilight, but struggled with the huge amount of public scrutiny on her personal life. However, she confessed to Vanity Fair that she’s since come to terms with fame.

“I think I’ve grown out of this, but I used to be really frustrated that because I didn’t leap willingly into being at the centre of a certain amount of attention, that it seemed like I was an a*shole. I am in no way rebellious. I am in no way contrarian. I just want people to like me,” she added.

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