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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Donatella Versace thrilled to outfit major stars for 2020 Grammy Awards

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to sh…

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to share images of the celebrities her team had outfitted for the annual music bash.

Alongside a snap of Lil Nas X in a hot pink suit and matching cowboy hat, she wrote, “Breathtaking @lilnasx … such a look!! Love it!!” while beside a picture of Lizzo rocking an Old Hollywood-inspired strapless white gown, the fashion star praised: “Such a #RedCarpet dream… Perfection! Lizzo!”

Elsewhere, members of the Versace atelier made the black ballgown sported by Camila Cabello for her red carpet entrance, as well as the lilac dress she wore to perform First Man during the show, and the sexy canary yellow number she slipped into later on.

Other designers to make outfits for multiple artists included Christian Siriano, who dreamed up glamorous looks for the likes of Shania Twain, Best New Artist nominee YOLA, Lizzo, and Demi Lovato.

“Demi, it was an honour to create for you tonight and WOW that was unbelievable! Love you!” he captioned a picture of the singer sporting a white ballgown while performing her new song Anyone.

Other standout looks on the night included the white beaded Ralph & Russo dress donned by Priyanka Chopra, the monogrammed Gucci number sported by multiple Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, and the Cinderella-esque Giambattista Valli dress rocked by Ariana Grande as she made her red carpet entrance.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. trolls Sarah Michelle Gellar over her ‘ridiculous’ trousers

Freddie Prinze Jr. has jokingly trolled his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar over her “ridiculous” new trousers.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a photo of herself posing in a black outfit and matching headband in …

Freddie Prinze Jr. has jokingly trolled his wife Sarah Michelle Gellar over her “ridiculous” new trousers.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a photo of herself posing in a black outfit and matching headband in front of a staircase in her home.

“When your husband thinks your pants are slightly ridiculous, what do you do!?!?” she wrote in the caption, “Obviously, you take tonnes of dramatic pictures, and spam him with them (and yes, I’m still wearing my daughter’s headband) more to come @realfreddieprinze.”

Sarah’s post quickly attracted hundreds of comments from fans, with most praising her fashion choices, including designer Christian Siriano, who wrote, “Chiccc,” and actress Zoey Deutch, who simply commented with the fire emoji.

Yet, Freddie didn’t back down with his disapproval of the loose-fitting elasticated black trousers.

“No babe, trash bag sweat pants are obviously not ridiculous (facepalm emoji),” the 43-year-old humorously replied.

But it seems Sarah is not yet ready to give up on the ensemble as she also shared several more snaps of herself wearing the outfit at home on her Instagram Stories.

“Do I wear them again?” she asked her 2.9 followers in a poll. “Do you think they will grow on @realfreddieprinze if I just keep wearing them?!?”

And it seems the majority of Sarah’s fans think she shouldn’t give up on the controversial trousers, with 80 per cent voting for her to give the look another whirl.

Sarah, 42, and Freddie have been married since 2002, having met on the set of 1997 teen horror I Know What You Did Last Summer. They share two children; 10-year-old daughter Charlotte and son Rocky, seven.

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Billy Porter and Cardi B dominate Google’s 2019 red carpet searches

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot. In recent years, the actor has built up a rep…

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.

Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot.

In recent years, the actor has built up a reputation for his extravagant ensembles, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards in February and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the Met Gala in May.

Cardi landed in second place, with the Bodak Yellow rapper having made some serious sartorial choices in the past 12 months, such as the vintage Mugler ensemble she donned for the Grammy Awards and the oxblood red gown by Thom Browne that she chose for the Met Gala.

Boundary-pushing fashionista Lady Gaga took the third sport, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the interest she garnered online when she sported four different Brandon Maxwell outfits to the Met Gala, as well as a stunning strapless black Alexander McQueen ballgown to the Oscars, where she was nominated for her performance in A Star Is Born.

Interestingly, Gaga was followed on the list by “Amy Schumer husband”. The comedy star’s husband Chris Fischer attended several red carpet events with her this year, while Jenny McCarthy took fifth place and K-pop sensation BTS ranked sixth. Caitlyn Jenner, Richard Madden, Brie Larson, and “Brienne of Tarth” – also known as Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie – rounded out the top 10.

Among the Fashion Style searches for 2019 were topics such as “camp style”, “Egirl style”, “Eboy style”, and “Steampunk style”, while biker shorts, white jeans, and leather trousers were also top search terms.

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Billy Porter: ‘My red carpet style is unpredictable’

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awar…

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.

The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards earlier this year, and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the 2019 Met Gala in May.

While Porter’s eye-catching and dramatic outfit choices for events are met with high praise, the 50-year-old has now revealed he doesn’t have one particular aesthetic.

“I’ve never really thought about defining it. I would say it’s undefinable,” he told WWD. “I don’t even know what it is sometimes. I’m putting one foot in front of the other and I am trying to be as true and as honest to what I feel I want to do at any given time, so unpredictable.”

Porter, who made history in September when he became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for lead actor in a drama series, went on to explain how he and his team start to create his looks by defining what the event is about.

“I’m a very story-oriented person coming from being an actor, so I always try to have a narrative for myself so that there is always a reason and there’s always a point. I want to be a walking piece of art – political art – whenever I can, any time I show up,” Porter shared.

Despite his opulent outfits now becoming infamous, the actor refuses to view himself as a fashion icon.

“I’m going to let other people call me a fashion icon at least for the next couple of years and then I’ll do it myself,” he quipped.

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