Adwoa Aboah refuses to stay silent on stigmatised issues

Adwoa Aboah refuses to “stay silent” because she feels “obligated” to share her personal story with others.The model-and-activist has spoken openly about her experiences through her online organisation Gurls Talk and launched the digital initia…

Adwoa Aboah refuses to “stay silent” because she feels “obligated” to share her personal story with others.

The model-and-activist has spoken openly about her experiences through her online organisation Gurls Talk and launched the digital initiative #CopingTogether last month.

Adwoa, who has worked closely with fashion houses such as Chanel, Dior and Marc Jacobs, hopes the current Black Lives Matter movement will be just the start of change around the world.

“It’s become quite natural to me to speak my truth and talk about subjects that are stigmatised or people find to be taboo,” Adwoa said in an interview with Essence. “I’m not staying silent in general, whether it be talking about mental health or my own story, because I really, truly feel obligated to do it.”

The model hopes #CopingTogether will inspire people to openly discuss what is going on globally at the moment and bring about change for the better.

“I feel ready to make the changes and be part of this new normality. I don’t want to go back to the way it was – in any sense of the word,” she explained.

While Adwoa feels passionately about how she wants to live her life in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, she admits to having doubts and insecurities during these challenging times.

“I switch back and forth from me being in quite a negative head space and feeling like I’m not sure what the next steps are,” the model shared when asked how it feels to be a Black creative at the moment, “and knowing what I want and the changes that I want to see made, but feeling quite overwhelmed by the process and the steps that need to be taken for that to happen…

“(The pandemic) has made me look at how you want to live each day. Not that this is kind of a surprise with the revolution and what’s happening, this was part of our daily lives and we were completely aware of it.”

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Chanel unveils Mediterranean-inspired cruise 20 collection

Chanel has served up the ultimate holiday wardrobe for its cruise 2020/21 collection.Unlike previous years in which the French luxury label has staged resort spectacles in stunning locales around the world, including in Saint-Tropez, Singapore, Venice,…

Chanel has served up the ultimate holiday wardrobe for its cruise 2020/21 collection.

Unlike previous years in which the French luxury label has staged resort spectacles in stunning locales around the world, including in Saint-Tropez, Singapore, Venice, and Havana, creative director Virginie Viard was forced to hold her latest show in Paris on Monday as a result of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The Balade en Méditerranée presentation, the first-ever virtual event held by Chanel, featured models showcasing Viard’s designs against a sun-drenched backdrop inspired by the laidback allure of the Italian and French Riviera.

“I didn’t want the Cruise show to be the opposite of the current (coronavirus) situation – (but also) not something too sad, that is not the essence of Chanel,” she told Vogue.com. “For me, Chanel is a treasure, a refuge that looks after you and does you good, like life itself.”

Embracing a colour palette of black, white, pink, coral, and fuchsia, the line included fresh takes on Chanel classics, including cropped jackets, tailored shorts, and coordinated suits.

Flared denim trousers, halterneck tops, and two-piece swimwear options were among the more unexpected silhouettes, while highlights included a raspberry-coloured dress with ruffled neckline and a bright purple tweed suit worn with a bandeau top.

“For me, it was the sentiment of the south of France or Capri, where we had planned to show. It’s about the whole Mediterranean area: everything light and practical, with no grand gowns,” Viard added.

Chanel’s cruise 2020/21 collection will be available to purchase in boutiques from November.

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Phillip Lim wants fashion industry to ‘reassess and readjust’ following coronavirus pandemic

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restric…

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.

Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement in an effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and other countries, including the U.S., followed suit from March.

While Lim and his fellow designers have been working from home on upcoming collections to prepare for when the fashion industry reopens once again, the 46-year-old thinks it’s time for a much-needed transformation.

“What we all understand from this is that everyone is connected. We all need each other, we will be better as collaborators instead of competitors,” Lim told Teen Vogue. “My hope is that when we come out, we all take our time to really reassess and readjust, and then try to imagine an industry and a world that we are proud to be a part of and that we play a role in it.”

And he urged other designers to continue to create amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 restrictions, as he believes it’s a “pivotal moment” in fashion.

“We have to continue to create. This is who are. Throughout history, whenever there were pivotal moments, it was always because of people creating, people pushing against, people fighting out of necessity,” Lim explained. “I pivot the creativity on different subjects whether it be cooking, planting, books to read, just different ways of engaging. It’s all part of that creative conversation.”

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Virginie Viard working on Chanel cruise collection during lockdown

Virginie Viard is working on Chanel’s cruise collection during the coronavirus lockdown.The 58-year-old took over the luxury French label after the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February last year, and has been living at her countryside retreat since the …

Virginie Viard is working on Chanel’s cruise collection during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 58-year-old took over the luxury French label after the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February last year, and has been living at her countryside retreat since the country’s president Emmanuel Macron announced restrictions on people’s movement in March to stop the spread of the virus.

While Viard has been missing going to work at Chanel’s studio in Paris, she’s glad she has been able to keep in touch with her team and work on the cruise collection remotely during lockdown.

“I miss going to work, I especially miss the studio,” she told Vogue.com. “Within the world of Chanel, it is certainly one of my favourite things. I have been going there for over 30 years… to me it has never been an ordinary workplace.

“I was able to progress on the themes of the cruise collection before the outbreak; all the details are clear in my head and we are perfectly aligned with the teams. I speak with them daily to continue to exchange ideas, discuss projects, and obviously make sure everyone is well. I have worked with my team for so long; we have such strong relationships and understanding. I have no doubt we will be able to find new ways of working, depending on the evolution of the situation.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the designer said she would be focusing on changing her working environment and routine after restrictions are lifted and the fashion industry begins to get back to normal.

“I feel truthfulness and a realness will be leading me going forward. I will be focusing on the essential and even though I know it will be different, I am confident it will still be good,” she shared.

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Off-White face mask tops list of most-searched fashion items

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh…

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.

On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh’s streetwear brand was the hottest product in the men’s category.

The mask, priced at $95 (£76), is now sold out, but is currently listed for up to three times its original price on resale platforms. Streetwear-inspired masks have been trending for some time, with Billie Eilish wearing a custom Gucci version to the Grammy Awards in January and the likes of Travis Scott, Future, and Young Thug sporting the items to events for several years.

However, the team at Lyst believe the coronavirus crisis, in which people in affected nations are encouraged to wear face masks to help curb the spread of Covid-19, has accelerated interest even further.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter,” a spokesperson commented. “Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon.”

Other sought-after products for men included Prada’s bolo tie, Loewe’s half-zip fleece from the Eye/LOEWE/Nature outdoors collection, and Stone Island’s cargo trousers.

As for the women’s category, the Bottega Veneta padded Cassette bag was the most popular item, with Off-White’s soft lace bodysuit, Gucci’s pattern tights, and an Anine Bing tiger sweatshirt also in the mix. Yet, the most surprising addition was an increase in interest for pre-owned Chanel handbags.

“Chanel’s classic double flap bag saw a 75 per cent increase in searches over the quarter,” they added. “Perhaps driven by the fact that Chanel does not sell bags through its own website, and with bricks-and-mortar luxury stores shuttered in many markets due to the coronavirus outbreak, demand for these classics has increased on second-hand marketplaces.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow shares Goop’s indulgent Mother’s Day gift guide

Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop team have compiled a Mother’s Day gift guide worth a jaw-dropping $85,000 (£68,300).The comprehensive list was released ahead of the special date, celebrated on 10 May in the U.S., and also features exclusive items with pr…

Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop team have compiled a Mother’s Day gift guide worth a jaw-dropping $85,000 (£68,300).

The comprehensive list was released ahead of the special date, celebrated on 10 May in the U.S., and also features exclusive items with price tags that have left some fans reeling.

“Giving always feels good, but right now, sending someone a present, large or small, feels particularly so,” the lifestyle brand’s website reads, referring to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown. “Whether you’re with the mom in question 24/7 or you’re really missing seeing her, these are the presents – and the great organisations to donate to in her name – we’re betting are going to delight, distract, and indulge her.”

The most expensive item on the 37-piece list is a stunning diamond-encrusted white gold $30,800 (£24,700) Cartier watch, with a blue alligator leather strap.

Other luxury products include an infrared sauna, with prices starting at $3,599 (£2,889), an Aerin backgammon set for $2,750 (£2,207), and a baby pink vintage Chanel bag with a price tag of $5,200 (£4,174).

And among the unusual recommendations is a distant energy healing session with therapist Caitlin Marino, an astrological chart reading from Heidi Rose, a Vesper vibrator necklace by Crave, and a 450-piece jigsaw puzzle by Jiggy which features drawings of women’s breasts.

However, it’s not just expensive items that make the list, as Gwyneth has also included some affordable items from her very own Goop Beauty range, such as the G. Tox 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub, $40 (£32), the Rose Quartz Soothing Face Massage Roller, $45 (£36), as well as her Goop Wellness dietary supplement variety pack for $30 (£24).

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Claudia Schiffer nearly had her own Hermes handbag

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the li…

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors, and Prada.

But in an interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle magazine, Claudia recalled how her status as a top model led to her once being offered her very own luxury purse.

“Once Hermes offered for a handbag to be named after me and I thought, ‘No!'” she stated. “I don’t quite remember why now…'”

There are only two celebrities who have their own Hermes handbags; the famous Birkin tote is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin, while the Kelly bag was named after late American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly.

Elsewhere in the chat, Claudia also remembered how she and other models were “showered” with gifts by brands and designers during their heyday.

“People normally showered you with everything, really. Particularly at Chanel. Karl (Lagerfeld) would say, ‘Go downstairs to the boutique and take whatever you want. You can take the entire collection – whatever,” the 49-year-old shared, before noting that she was always cautious about appearing greedy. “Where others may have taken advantage, I never felt I could. There’s a certain limit when someone says, ‘Choose what you want.’ You don’t literally choose everything there is.”

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Kaia Gerber gets candid about realities of Fashion Month

Kaia Gerber has shared a candid social media post about the realities of Fashion Month.The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has appeared in 24 runway shows over the past four weeks, including in presentations for the likes…

Kaia Gerber has shared a candid social media post about the realities of Fashion Month.

The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has appeared in 24 runway shows over the past four weeks, including in presentations for the likes of Versace, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Miu Miu.

But to mark the end of the intense month, Kaia took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a slideshow of images with the caption, “Highlights from the last month.”

To begin, she posted a meme from the U.S. version of The Office which reads, “If I don’t have some cake soon, I might die,” a selfie of herself on a plane wearing a face and eye mask, and a close-up image of a pair of false eyelashes next her belly button.

Elsewhere, the 18-year-old shared a photo of the five painful-looking raw blisters on her right ankle and heel, a snap of two dressers trying to outfit her in a black Latex look from the Saint Laurent show, as well as a fun backstage Polaroid in which her head appeared to be out of proportion from her body.

Accordingly, the post soon racked up over 200,000 likes and caught the attention of her celebrity friends.

Alexander Wang wrote, “This is the kinda content we live for,” stylist Katie Grand commented, “Ouch,” and TV personality Lisa Rinna added: “THE GLAMOROUS LIFE!” along with a heart emoji.

Yet, most of Kaia’s five million followers were mostly worried about her blisters, with one remarking, “My God what happened? That must’ve hurt…. just wear sandals for a while!”

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Sofia Richie preparing to release bikini line

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis. The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 6…

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis.

The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 60” pairs.

“I love bikinis… I feel like my following is always fascinated by the bikinis I’m wearing,” Sofia told U.S. Cosmopolitan magazine.

Sofia has experience in this area as she previously collaborated with Los Angeles-based brand Frankies Bikinis to create a 10-piece line of ’90s-inspired swimwear last year.

After the release of her own bikini line, Sofia then plans to expand her business to include a fashion collection and a beauty company – which will focus on hair and body, rather than make-up, while also launching a YouTube channel and an acting career.

“It’s time to start hustling,” the model said of her plans. “2020 is about no fear, and I’m doing things that would usually make me very uncomfortable.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Sofia, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Chanel, explained how modelling fell into her lap because of her famous father, Lionel Richie. However, she soon realised she wanted more from her career.

“A lot of people just become models because they’re influencers,” she shared. “We would all get the same jobs, be in the same space, and be labelled the same thing, and I hated it. It made me step back and be like, ‘O.K., I’m a creative individual and I want to be smart, start my own businesses, do something I can do on my own, and not be attached to other people.'”

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Jill Kortleve becomes first plus-size model to walk in Chanel show in a decade

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQue…

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.

The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Mugler, Fendi, and Molly Goddard.

But Jill topped off a successful Fashion Month on Tuesday by taking to the runway during creative director Virginie Viard’s fall/winter 2020 presentation for the French luxury house held at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week.

“I can’t believe this just happened but… to end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for @chanelofficial,” she captioned a photo of her wearing a black outfit with pearl buttons on her Instagram page. “I’m so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen; There’s a much-needed change happening on the runway and I’m proud and feel grateful to be a part of it. I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing.”

Previously, plus-size model Crystal Renn walked in Chanel’s 2011 cruise collection show held in Saint-Tropez back in 2010.

In addition to Jill, other top models cast in the show included Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Fran Summers, Mona Tougaard, and Hyunji Shin.

And accordingly, Jill was thrilled to see fashion leaders embrace much more inclusivity and diversity.

“This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love,” the 26-year-old added.

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