Christian Siriano designing limited-edition Stonewall Day T-shirt

Christian Siriano has designed a new T-shirt to celebrate Stonewall Day.The 34-year-old designer has created the limited-edition tee to raise funds for Pride Live, which supports LGBTQ+ organisations including Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin Coalition…

Christian Siriano has designed a new T-shirt to celebrate Stonewall Day.

The 34-year-old designer has created the limited-edition tee to raise funds for Pride Live, which supports LGBTQ+ organisations including Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin Coalition, the Trans Lifeline, and the Ally Coalition.

Siriano hopes the T-shirt, which features a falling firework rainbow design and the racially and trans-inclusive Pride flag emblem, will help to raise money to provide much-needed support to the community.

“It was a nice way to somewhat be involved and hopefully raise money for so many different types of people that need it,” he explained to Advocate.com. “I also really just wanted to it be quite graphic and bold and simple and powerful.”

The former Project Runway winner, who is gay, also confessed that it was difficult to create a design that would serve as a middle ground and please everyone, which he admitted “is sometimes a challenge in a T-shirt.”

“Everybody has their tastes and opinions, let me tell ya,” he laughed.

And in addition to the T-shirt, Siriano has been named a Stonewall Day Ambassador, and he hopes the LGBTQ+ community will come together safely online instead of travelling to the site of the New York uprising to celebrate the day.

“I think it’s nice to just be a part of something that is trying make a difference or educate,” he shared. “We all won’t be able to be together fully, but at least hopefully, in this way, people are leaving more passionate than ever.”

Stonewall Day, which takes place on Friday, marks the anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969.

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Christian Siriano: ‘I never thought I’d be making face masks for so long’

Christian Siriano never expected his face masks to still be in such high demand months into the coronavirus crisis. The fashion designer, who is based in New York – one of the U.S. cities worst-affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – reached out to New Yo…

Christian Siriano never expected his face masks to still be in such high demand months into the coronavirus crisis.

The fashion designer, who is based in New York – one of the U.S. cities worst-affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – reached out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in mid-March and offered up his team’s services after learning that there was a dire shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers. Within 90 minutes of tweeting the politician, his office responded and a partnership was born.

Now, three months later, Siriano and his team have made more 30,000 masks and are sometimes producing as many as 2,000 per day.

“I never ever thought that I’d be doing this for very long,” he told InStyle magazine. “But we still get requests every day from the public, doctors, and hospitals asking for masks… I’m not opposed to (making PPE) for a longer time. Even if it’s not super profitable, it feels really good to come to work every day.”

By turning his atelier into a mask-making factory, the 34-year-old has helped turn his company into an essential business, while other clothing brands have been forced to temporarily close.

“It’s turned into a business,” Siriano stated. “Fashion is in a really dark place. No one’s buying clothes, because they have nowhere to wear them.”

The Project Runway star believes his approach to fashion will be forever changed following the pandemic, during which he saw people he cares about fall ill.

“I don’t think I’ll need or want the same recognition in the future because, as we’ve all seen, it can go away in a second,” he shared. “It won’t mean as much to dress someone when others are sick and dying.”

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Prabal Gurung donates 2,000 face masks to New York City hospitals

Prabal Gurung has donated 2,000 masks to frontline workers amid the coronavirus crisis.Last month, the Nepalese-American designer announced that he was preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) …

Prabal Gurung has donated 2,000 masks to frontline workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Last month, the Nepalese-American designer announced that he was preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare employees in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Gurung has since discovered that PPE is a “complex and heavily regulated product which falls outside the scope of our manufacturing capabilities”, so he has teamed with officials at The COVID Foundation to donate approximately 2,000 3M respirator masks to hospitals in New York City.

“We invite you to join us in supporting our medical professions and essential workers through donating directly to this fund,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “One hundred per cent of donations will support our ongoing Covid-19 response efforts delivering PPE to medical professionals, and frontline and essential workers, as well as supporting grassroots organisations. We will forever be inspired by the courage of our first responders, whose unwavering strength and resilience is a light of hope for us all.”

Gurung went on to note that he is investigating a “safe plan to scale production of civilian face masks” with the goal to reinvigorate the Garment District.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, have also been making masks for key workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to residents in France.

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Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV dress on her dining table

Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards dress on her dining table the night before the show.During a chat with Karlie Kloss for her No Filter with Naomi YouTube series earlier this week, the British supermodel remembered ho…

Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards dress on her dining table the night before the show.

During a chat with Karlie Kloss for her No Filter with Naomi YouTube series earlier this week, the British supermodel remembered how she called up the New York-based designer with a fashion crisis the night before she had to present Rihanna with an award during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden and he quickly leapt into action to make sure she had something to wear.

“I had to give Rihanna an MTV Award three years ago (sic),” she explained. “Brandon, I called him the night before and said, ‘I’m coming into New York from L.A. and I don’t have a dress’. Brandon came and made the dress on my dining table for that night… He’s amazing.”

The 49-year-old took to the stage wearing a white one-shoulder column dress with a thigh-high split and wore another of his designs – a mint green strapless minidress – on the red carpet. She did not specify which one he made at the last minute.

Karlie then shared a similar story about the designer, recalling how he cut her long white cutout dress following the 2016 Met Gala to turn it into a minidress.

“One year, I went to the Met Gala and wore a dress that he created. For the after-party, he literally took scissors and just chopped it off into a little minidress and I went off to the after-party,” she gushed of her Project Runway co-star. “I think he has this love of women, of wanting to create fashion that really celebrates the female form and makes women feel beautiful and love their curves, love their body. I think Brandon does a great job of that.”

Both models also heaped praise on Maxwell and fellow Project Runway star Christian Siriano for helping make face masks during the coronavirus crisis.

Maxwell listened to their chat and thanked them both for lifting his mood in a lengthy Instagram post.

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Tiffany & Co. pledges $1 million donation to coronavirus relief efforts

Executives at Tiffany & Co. have pledged to donate $1 million (£813,000) to organisations helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives for the luxury jewellery brand announced they were making the donation commitment via The Tiffany & Co….

Executives at Tiffany & Co. have pledged to donate $1 million (£813,000) to organisations helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Representatives for the luxury jewellery brand announced they were making the donation commitment via The Tiffany & Co. Foundation on Monday. The donation will be split between two organisations, with $750,000 (£610,000) going to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the other $250,000 (£203,000) going to The New York Community Trust’s NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund.

In addition, the foundation will match employee donations to any qualified nonprofit organisation supporting Covid-19 relief, dollar for dollar.

“Since its inception in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been guided by the belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community,” representatives wrote in a statement. “Today, more than ever, there is a need for communities to come together. This commitment allows us to respond to the urgent needs on a global scale, while also supporting our hometown of New York City.”

“During this global health crisis, we must all be responsive to the urgent needs of our global communities. We are proud to support organizations providing immediate relief for communities impacted by Covid-19, including our hometown of New York,” added Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chairman and president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

Executives at the foundation, which was established in 2000 to provide grants to those working in environmental conservation, have signed Philanthropy’s Commitment During Covid-19 Pledge, a commitment to supporting their grantees throughout the crisis.

Tiffany & Co. follows in the footsteps of brands including Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors in making donations towards coronavirus relief efforts, while New York-based designers such as Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have begun making protective equipment for medical personnel.

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H&M to supply protective equipment for hospitals during coronavirus crisis

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging …

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging their supply chain in order to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and healthcare workers.

“The coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and H&M Group is, like many other organisations, trying our best to help in this extraordinary situation,” commented Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M Group. “We see this is as a first step in our efforts to support in any way we can. We are all in this together, and have to approach this as collectively as possible.”

Gedda hopes to start delivering as soon as possible. At present, approximately two-thirds of H&M’s stores around the globe have closed in response to government measures enacted to help slow down the spread of the virus. Customers can still shop online in 50 markets.

Elsewhere, executives at other major conglomerates are doing their part to aid hospital workers too, with leaders at Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) unveiling plans to supply millions of masks to people in France.

While top fashion designers, such as Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking at converting their workshops so they can make medical masks and other PPE for hospital staff in New York.

Since the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China last December, there have been approximately 424,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 18,900 deaths.

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Prabal Gurung to begin manufacturing supplies for medical workers

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his worksh…

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for fashion industry leaders to help make medical masks last week, Gurung wants to do all he possibly can to help.

“The PG team has been working tirelessly over the course of the last week to finalise an actionable plan to manufacture PPE for medical workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis,” he wrote. “As a brand that produces over 90 per cent of our collections in NY, our goal is not only to fill the void of critical PPE, but to mobilise our domestic partners, revitalising U.S. producers and suppliers. While we are eager to share our progress with you all, the coronavirus crisis is ever evolving, and as new information is revealed, so are new FDA and state regulations. In this moment, credible and validated information is of the utmost importance for the advancement of all Covid-19 relief efforts.”

Gurung went on to note that he is in contact with Cuomo’s team and employees at local hospitals to figure out exactly what supplies are required.

“We are currently working in partnership with @nygovcuomo office & local hospitals to secure clearance to produce, and ensure the viability of our output,” the 40-year-old added.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking to make medical masks for hospital workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to workers in France.

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Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell to make medical masks amid coronavirus crisis

Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have pledged to begin making medical masks amid the coronavirus crisis.After the Project Runway mentor heard New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announce medical workers in the state were running low on masks last week,…

Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have pledged to begin making medical masks amid the coronavirus crisis.

After the Project Runway mentor heard New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announce medical workers in the state were running low on masks last week, he reached out to the politician on social media and offered to help make more.

“If we need masks my team can make them! I have sewers and pattern makers ready to help working from home we just need all the information on how to help,” Siriano posted on Instagram, before later adding: “We are working hard on this and more to come soon. We want to be safe and make sure all the legal requirements are met. Thanks everyone for all the support!”

Cuomo saw Siriano’s message and accepted the proposal, while also encouraging others in the fashion industry to help out too.

“We’re in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much. Who’s next? Let’s do this together, NY!”

In addition, the designer also uploaded a video of one of the prototype masks.

“We will be making a few versions of this in order to help as many people as we can. Here is the process so we can get a perfect fit. More to come thank you everyone we hope to get these to the right people ASAP,” the 34-year-old noted.

Elsewhere, fellow designer and Project Runway judge Maxwell is also investigating how his team can be begin to manufacture medical supplies.

“As more information comes available on how to manufacture medical grade masks and gloves, we will transition into doing so. Any information you can share for donation locations or organisations would be greatly appreciated,” he wrote in an Instagram message.

There have been over 342,000 reported cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, and approximately 14,700 deaths. Around 35,000 cases have been reported in the U.S.

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Christian Siriano inspired by Birds of Prey for fall 20 collection

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes…

Christian Siriano was inspired by comic book film Birds of Prey while designing his latest collection.

The fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Heidi Klum, Leslie Jones, Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, Alicia Silverstone, and Angela Sarafyan.

Regarding his influences, Siriano shared in his show notes that he was fascinated by the attitude of Margot Robbie’s character Harley Quinn in the recently released DC Comics movie Birds of Prey, as well as the costumes and overall colour palette.

“This season, I let my imagination run wild. I was first inspired by the film Birds of Prey where I took ideas of Harley Quinn running through a dark abandoned carnival fun house,” he explained. “This led to a mythical, gothic and artistic experimental collection. I even found myself looking into the Dadaism art movement of the early 20th century for ideas of sculpture, form, futurism and expression.”

To open the show, Siriano had a model walk the runway in a gunmetal grey jacket, striped black and gold trousers, and a leather choker with silver chain details. Alluding to Harley Quinn’s signature make-up, a black heart motif was drawn under her eye.

A parade of black dresses with silver embellishment followed, with some looks accessorised with dangly earrings and wide-brimmed hats.

At one point, the 34-year-old fashion star introduced pops of fuchsia and lime in the form of metallic dresses and two-piece suits, while he waited for the end of the spectacle to introduce a range of ballgowns with touches of ’80s flair, including a striking dress made from dark orange silk.

At the conclusion, Siriano offered up a line of red carpet-ready ensembles, including a gown made from pink and black tulle, with model Coco Rocha sporting a dramatic metallic gown with architectural shoulders and flared hemline to close.

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Shannon Purser thrilled to star in Christian Siriano fragrance campaign

Shannon Purser is starring in the campaign for Christian Siriano’s new fragrance.The actress, perhaps best known for her roles in TV shows Stranger Things and Riverdale, has been tapped by the fashion designer to front the imagery for his feminine perf…

Shannon Purser is starring in the campaign for Christian Siriano’s new fragrance.

The actress, perhaps best known for her roles in TV shows Stranger Things and Riverdale, has been tapped by the fashion designer to front the imagery for his feminine perfume, Midnight Silhouette.

Snapped by Shane LaVancher in Paris, Shannon poses in a dramatic black ballgown for the photoshoot, and accordingly, she had a blast working on the project.

“Maybe one of the most surreal things that’s ever happened to me. Christian has been an inspiration to me for a while now,” she wrote alongside one of the campaign photos on her Instagram page. “He made the first dress I ever wore on a red carpet and it meant the world, especially considering how rare it is to find a designer willing to dress you when you’re plus size. It’s amazing to work with talented people, but even better to work with *good* talented people who are actively making positive changes in the world. All this to say, thank you so much for this opportunity @csiriano.”

Midnight Silhouette has top notes of bitter orange and pomelo, heart notes of freesia and immortelle, and a base of musk, praline, and vetiver.

And Shannon insisted she is a big fan of the Midnight Silhouette scent.

“I actually wear this fragrance all the time and it smells lovely, so give it a try if you’re looking for a new signature scent,” the 22-year-old added.

Christian posted a string of images from the photoshoot on his Instagram page too, writing in the caption: “Celebrating this beauty and her silhouette for our new fragrance!”

And a number of his celebrity followers were quick to praise the imagery, with Christina Hendricks commenting, “Takes my breath away,” and Lili Reinhart praising, “The Lord has blessed us on this day.”

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