LVMH to make hand sanitiser for hospitals amid coronavirus crisis

Employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals.In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis in France and around the world, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault has in…

Employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals.

In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis in France and around the world, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault has instructed bosses at LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, including those who make products for Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy, to prepare sites to begin making “substantial quantities” of hydroalcoholic gel.

The gel will be delivered free of charge to French health authorities and those working at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, a network of teaching hospitals that treats more than eight million patients per year.

“Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of a lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the spread of the virus,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “LVMH will continue to honour this commitment for as long as necessary, in connection with the French health authorities.”

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the Covid-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,600 people have died.

In France, leaders have introduced sweeping restrictions across the nation, with cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and many non-essential stores now closed, while pharmacies have restricted customers to one bottle of sanitiser per person.

There has been over 5,400 coronavirus cases reported in the country, with 127 deaths.

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Anna Wintour excited by Raf Simons’ Prada partnership

Anna Wintour is looking forward to seeing Raf Simons’ first collaboration with Prada later in the year.Last month, the Belgian fashion designer announced he would be joining Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of the Italian luxury house, wit…

Anna Wintour is looking forward to seeing Raf Simons’ first collaboration with Prada later in the year.

Last month, the Belgian fashion designer announced he would be joining Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of the Italian luxury house, with Simons to officially begin work in April.

Reflecting on the move in a clip for her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour gushed over the “brilliant” concept.

“I think the collaboration between Raf and Miuccia is brilliant and really is going to help redefine what fashion can mean, and fashion can be. It’s following an uncharted territory,” she commented. “It’s challenging all the corporate sensibilities of, either you have to find a designer who follows respectfully in a designer who has gone before, or alternatively, one that’s going to come in and throw everything out. This is the idea of community and conversation and respect for each other and respect for the amazing work that they have both done. And I think we should all be humbled by their decision as well as being unbelievably excited to be in Milan in September.”

Simons previously served as creative director for the likes of Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jil Sander.

Elsewhere in the clip, Wintour was asked about the topics that keep her “up at night”, and accordingly, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief noted that she is often preoccupied by changes occurring in the social and political spheres.

“Obviously this is a moment of great transformation and challenges for the fashion industry and indeed the world at large,” the 70-year-old added. “So, in that respect there are opportunities, a moment for creativity and resetting and thinking about how we all go about our jobs in a completely different way. And I also think it’s our responsibility at Conde Nast and specifically at Vogue, to think how we can support each other, how we can support all the young talent that we work so closely with.”

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Dior incites call for female solidarity with fall 20 collection

Dior has incited a call for female solidarity with its latest fashion collection.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2020 line at the Jardin des Tuileries as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation attrac…

Dior has incited a call for female solidarity with its latest fashion collection.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2020 line at the Jardin des Tuileries as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation attracting celebrities such as Sigourney Weaver, Andie MacDowell, Cara Delevingne, Demi Moore, Nina Dobrev, Rachel Brosnahan, Karlie Kloss, and Alexa Chung.

The entrance to the space was decorated with a sign featuring the ambiguous phrase “I Say I”, a reference to the work of collective feminist artist Claire Fontaine as well as the introduction to the manifesto of art critic-turned-feminist activist Carla Lonzi. In addition, illuminated signs with slogans such as “Consent,” “Women’s Love is Unpaid Labour,” “Women are the Moon that Moves the Tides,” and “Patriarchy Kills Love,” were installed in the venue.

“They are the symbol of a joyful singularity, as well as a creative and collective way of approaching the multiple aspects of feminine subjectivity – and the infinite project that femininity represents,” a Dior representative explained of the concept.

To begin, the spectacle kicked off with model Ruth Bell walking the runway in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, fishnet tights, and Mary Jane-style flats.

A number of black outfits followed, with the looks toughened up via the addition of bandanas, tights, and combat boots. Elsewhere, a ’70s vibe was evident in long, embroidered dresses, miniskirts, and pleats and fringe detailing, while Chiuri also drew upon former creative director Marc Bohan’s use of check fabric in his designs during his 30-year-old stint at the French house, as well as founder Christian Dior’s love of the fabric.

To conclude, the designer offered up a selection of chic separates, with highlights including striped metallic gowns, Grecian-inspired dresses with finely pleated skirts and drapery, as well as relaxed takes on classic menswear tailoring and suits.

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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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Dior takes inspiration from Greek goddesses for spring 20 couture line

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of U…

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of Uma Thurman, Tessa Thompson, Haley Bennett, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Natalia Vodianova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all perched on the front row.

Keeping in line with the feminist spirit of her previous ranges, Chiuri themed the line around the idea of American artist Judy Chicago’s key question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“In opening herself up to other ways of thinking, Chiuri seeks to grasp the complexity of relationships between feminism and femininity. Mindful of the fundamental link between fashion and the body, she re-sculpts it, like a manifesto. The Female Divine, an installation specially designed by Judy Chicago for the garden of the Musee Rodin, at once serves as a sanctuary, a stage and a monumental artwork,” a Dior representative commented of the designer’s inspirations. “But above all. it represents a tribute to, and re-appropriation of, an ancestral power that goes beyond the idea of procreation. Chiuri highlights the vision of a pioneer, a founder of American feminist art, as the revivor of a triumphant, divine conception of femininity, mistress of her destiny.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a gold dress with interwoven fringe detailing, with the look accessorised with flat sandals. Chiuri then showcased a number of techniques influenced by ancient Greek clothing, including carefully draped tops, flowing dresses, and peplos-style tunics.

To emphasise the theme, the models had their hair braided and topped off with metallic headbands, while outfits were matched with heavy olive leaf-shaped bracelets and necklaces.

Elsewhere, highlights included a long gold coat featuring delicate floral embroidery, a light pink dress dotted with evil eye motifs, a red dress with a finely pleated skirt, as well as a one-shoulder white gown with tiered tulle skirt.

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Balenciaga returning to haute couture

Balenciaga is gearing up to reintroduce haute couture.The luxury fashion brand hasn’t produced a couture collection since label founder Cristobal Balenciaga, a master couturier and inspiration to the likes of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, closed his …

Balenciaga is gearing up to reintroduce haute couture.

The luxury fashion brand hasn’t produced a couture collection since label founder Cristobal Balenciaga, a master couturier and inspiration to the likes of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, closed his Paris-based atelier in 1968. Balenciaga died at the age of 77 in 1972.

However, current creative director Demna Gvasalia, who joined in 2015, announced on Monday that he will be bringing back the high-end range in July.

“Haute couture is the very foundation of this house,” the designer said in a statement. “So, it is my creative and visionary duty to bring couture back to Balenciaga. For me, couture is an unexplored mode of creative freedom and a platform for innovation. It not only offers another spectrum of possibilities in dressmaking, it also brings the modern vision of Balenciaga back to its sources of origin. Couture is above trends. It’s an expression of beauty on the highest aesthetic and qualitative levels.”

Georgia-born Gvasalia did not announce when or where he will unveil his debut couture line. Yet, it is likely to be aligned with Paris Couture Week, which takes place from 3 – 7 July.

And Cedric Charbit, president and chief executive officer of Balenciaga, is looking forward to seeing what the 38-year-old dreams up.

“It’s an honour to bring back the haute couture to the house, highlighting the heritage of Cristobal Balenciaga. This project was possible due to the success of the creative vision of Demna Gvasalia as well as the exceptional results of Balenciaga these past few years,” he shared. “Establishing a dedicated team and atelier replicating the original salons at the historical address 10 Avenue George V represents a strategic step in further expansions. Coming back to the haute couture that was left off by Cristobal Balenciaga in 1968 links the house’s past, present, and future.”

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Cher’s fragrance took four years to make due to her indecisiveness

Cher’s new fragrance took four years to create because she kept changing her mind during the process.The pop icon recently released Cher Eau de Couture – her first scent in more than 32 years – and explained that the process took more than four yea…

Cher’s new fragrance took four years to create because she kept changing her mind during the process.

The pop icon recently released Cher Eau de Couture – her first scent in more than 32 years – and explained that the process took more than four years because she kept changing her mind.

“I can’t say exactly why it took four years,” the 73-year-old told Allure magazine. “Nothing ever took me four years. I just knew when I had it. A few times, I thought I had it, but a few days later, I changed my mind. It was kind of like, you know it when you see it.”

Cher Eau de Couture is the Believe hitmaker’s second fragrance, her first being Uninhibited back in 1987. Featuring notes of bergamot, clove, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and vanilla orchid, the fragrance is a mixture of traditionally feminine and masculine scents.

However, Cher was keen to avoid giving her scent a gender.

“I don’t think in terms of genders. I didn’t specifically want to create a ‘genderless’ fragrance. I created it for people who like it. I’ve worn men’s fragrances,” Cher explained. “I wanted a heavy scent. Not that I wanted people to run out of the elevator, but I wanted to be sure it lasted beyond the first spray.”

Her new scent is influenced by her favourite smells and inspired by her mother – who was a big fan of Christian Dior’s Joy.

“I do love the smell of freshly cut grass. I used to do cartwheels and remember that smell really well. I love the smell of popcorn and pumpkin pie. My mom always smelled good. I know she sometimes wore Joy, but she guarded it like it was diamonds,” Cher sweetly recalled.

Cher Eau de Couture is now available for $85 (£66) on scentbeauty.com.

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John Galliano renews Maison Margiela contract

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats…

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.

The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats.

Now, Galliano has confirmed he will be extending his contract with the label.

“I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo (Rosso) for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela,” he said in a statement.

While Renzo Rosso, president of Maison Margiela’s parent company, OTB group, added that he was impressed with the way Galliano had been steering the brand and believed it is now “the coolest cutting-edge couture house”.

“Five years ago, I believed that John was the only person who could take this house in his hands, and I am even more convinced of this today. John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this Maison always did at its best – disrupt, innovate and inspire,” the executive praised.

Rosso added that Galliano has doubled the revenues at Maison Margiela since his arrival.

In particular, the 58-year-old has found success with his bag and sneakers, with the accessories business now equating to 60 per cent of total sales. And he is looking forward to seeing how new fragrance Mutiny, developed in conjunction with licensing partner L’Oreal, does in the coming months.

Previously, Galliano worked in senior roles at Givenchy, Christian Dior, and his own namesake label. But in 2011, he was dismissed from Dior after he was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks and sentenced to pay a total of $6,700 (£5,100) in suspended fines. Designer Bill Gaytten replaced him as creative director at the Galliano label.

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Karlie Kloss cried when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress

Karlie Kloss was overcome with emotion when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress for the first time.The model has shared a special behind-the-scenes video looking back at the making of her custom gown to celebrate her first year of marriage with Jo…

Karlie Kloss was overcome with emotion when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress for the first time.

The model has shared a special behind-the-scenes video looking back at the making of her custom gown to celebrate her first year of marriage with Joshua Kushner.

“364 days later, the making of my beautiful wedding dress youtube.com/klossy,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white snap of her dress on Instagram.

The long-sleeved, lace gown was designed by Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri – with input from Karlie herself – and took more than 700 hours of work to complete.

“When I was a little girl, obviously I always liked the idea of having a fairy tale wedding, but I never imagined I would have the chance,” the 27-year-old said in the video.

The footage shows the intricate process of the dress design, from the initial sketches she received to the first fitting in Paris and the final one in New York.

Karlie and her mother are visibly emotional when they see the gown for the first time in Paris, with the former Victoria’s Secret Angel openly weeping as she finally sees herself in the dress, which was made from delicate lace and had a long train and veil.

The blonde beauty wed Joshua on 18 October last year, and wore two gowns for the intimate celebrations which took place in Upstate New York.

Karlie also revealed that she wore flat shoes for her nuptials, because she wanted to “dance the night away, and I feel most happy in flats”.

Back in June, the couple threw a huge star-studded party in Wyoming to celebrate their marriage, with guests including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Mila Kunis, Derek Blasberg, and Diane von Furstenberg.

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Cara Delevingne lands Dior jewellery campaign

Cara Delevingne is the new face of Dior’s fine jewellery collection, Dior Joaillerie.The 27-year-old will front the French luxury fashion house’s Rose des Vents campaign, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the line, according to editors at WWD. …

Cara Delevingne is the new face of Dior’s fine jewellery collection, Dior Joaillerie.

The 27-year-old will front the French luxury fashion house’s Rose des Vents campaign, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the line, according to editors at WWD.

Rose des Vents, which translates to “wind rose”, is inspired by brand founder Christian Dior’s travels and features star and rose motifs. The range, which also includes celestial imagery such as crescent moons, first launched back in 2015, and is designed by Victoire de Castellane.

Cara’s campaign, to be unveiled on Tuesday, was photographed by Alasdair McLellan and filmed by Caroline Gaimari.

In addition, the British model/actress is set to be the face of Dior’s youthful Oui jewellery line later this year and is currently promoting Dior’s Capture Youth and Capture Dreamskin skincare ranges, as well as the Dior Addict Stellar Shine lipstick collection.

Dior Joaillerie creative director de Castellane recently released the Rose Dior Pop line, which heavily features Dior’s favourite flower in a variety of bold-coloured pieces, including an 18-carat ring featuring pink and white gold, diamonds, pink sapphires, and pink lacquer priced at a whopping $27,800 (£23,000).

Despite being one of the most famous models in the world, Cara has recently been focusing on her Hollywood career, and can now be seen onscreen as Vignette in Amazon Prime’s fantasy series Carnival Row, alongside Orlando Bloom.

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