Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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Christian Siriano serves up fringe and metallics for spring 2020

Christian Siriano has played with fringe and metallic fabrics for his spring/summer 2020 collection.The American designer unveiled a line as part of Paris Fashion Week for the first time on Wednesday, with the spectacle at the Place Vendome drawing in …

Christian Siriano has played with fringe and metallic fabrics for his spring/summer 2020 collection.

The American designer unveiled a line as part of Paris Fashion Week for the first time on Wednesday, with the spectacle at the Place Vendome drawing in celebrities such as Karlie Kloss, Alicia Silverstone, Larsen Thompson, and Shannon Purser.

“A little finale in Paris, what a dream! Thank you everyone,” Siriano wrote alongside a video of models parading the runway on his Instagram page, adding: “Can’t believe we just showed our collection in Paris! Thank you everyone for all the hard work!”

Coco Rocha opened the presentation in a mint green metallic ensemble with draped sleeves, with the outfit followed by a number of looks in a light green, black, and white colour scheme.

Siriano, a vocal advocate of inclusivity in the fashion industry, cast a diverse range of models in the show, including Marquita Pring, who rocked a black jumpsuit, 71-year-old Maye Musk, who dazzled in a gold suit with eye motif print and oversized belt, as well as Precious Lee, who turned heads in a shiny purple crop top and a rainbow striped skirt.

Partway through the presentation, Siriano dropped in a line-up of black evening outfits complete with glittery fringing.

Other key outfits included iridescent raincoats, pink glitter suits, evening gowns in hot pink and marigold taffeta, and a series of dramatic ballgowns, such as the black tulle dress with huge skirt which was worn by Daniela Aciu.

Accordingly, Siriano’s celebrity friends were quick to praise the range, with Kloss writing on Instagram, “Proud of you and your Paris debut,” and actress Christina Hendricks adding: “I’m so jealous!!!!!!! I love you guys.”

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Christian Siriano teams up with J. Jill for inclusive collection

Christian Siriano is teaming with designers at womenswear retailer J. Jill on a series of exclusive capsule collections.The popular designer was headhunted by J. Jill president and chief executive officer Linda Heasley, who was desperate to work with t…

Christian Siriano is teaming with designers at womenswear retailer J. Jill on a series of exclusive capsule collections.

The popular designer was headhunted by J. Jill president and chief executive officer Linda Heasley, who was desperate to work with the advocate of body positivity – and age inclusivity – in the fashion industry.

In the collaboration, J. Jill will increase the variety of sizes available for the first time, and models Candice Huffine, Maye Musk, and Marquita Pring will be ambassadors for the collection.

“J. Jill is a brand that designs for all women and that’s been a part of my ethos as a designer since the very beginning,” Siriano told WWD. “Fashion is something we all should have a piece of. It’s celebrating people and this idea of beauty. And what’s beautiful? For me, it’s all different types of women – shapes, sizes and ages.”

The first capsule collection drops on 12 September and will be available in sizes XS to 4XL as well as petite and tall sizes.

Siriano’s fall collection for J. Jill features classic white shirts, waisted dresses with flared sleeves, a teal tie-waist puffer jacket, and a faux suede skirt. While his holiday line – which will drop in November – will focus on occasion dresses and blouses.

“I’m definitely pushing some colours and shapes and silhouettes that the J. Jill customer hasn’t had before,” the 33-year-old explained. “A lot of it celebrates the silhouette a little more, pushes the idea of celebrating the body while making sure it’s flattering.”

A third capsule collection is set for spring next year.

Siriano has also designed a T-shirt to raise money for the J. Jill Compassion Fund, which donates to community-based organisations across the U.S.

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Ashley Graham isn’t afraid to respond to social media critics

Ashley Graham has no qualms about replying to her critics on social media.The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked for the likes…

Ashley Graham has no qualms about replying to her critics on social media.

The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Siriano, and Michael Kors.

In spite of her success, Ashley is still targeted by online trolls, and she has now shared that she isn’t afraid to fire back at certain users.

“I listen to my fans and I value their feedback. I disregard the haters. Their words don’t hurt me,” she said in an interview for Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “As an example, I just posted some photos from Gigi Hadid’s birthday party on Instagram – I had worn this oversized denim dress with thigh-high boots and my chunkiness was hanging over the top of the boot. Someone commented: ‘Your thighs are bursting out of them.’ I decided to write back and say: ‘Yes, my thighs were bursting out and I felt sexy AF (as f**k).'”

In addition to working as a model, Ashley is a prominent body positivity activist, and often discusses the topic in TV interviews and on her podcast. And while the journey to a fully inclusive fashion industry has some way to go, she is proud of the shifts that have already occurred.

“I want to advocate for equal representation for all curvy women – all sizes, races and ages. In talking about my size, I have to remember that my body type has been around for a long time and that women of colour have always embraced and celebrated their curves. Now, there are white faces connected to curves and I feel a big sense of responsibility there – those women have been highly disregarded by the fashion industry,” the 31-year-old added.

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Leslie Jones teamed with Christian Siriano after other designers made her feel ‘big’

Leslie Jones teamed up with Christian Siriano after she was made to feel like she wasn’t a “regular size” in Hollywood. Back in 2016, the 51-year-old vented her frustrations on Twitter after she found no designers were willing to dress her for the pr…

Leslie Jones teamed up with Christian Siriano after she was made to feel like she wasn’t a “regular size” in Hollywood.

Back in 2016, the 51-year-old vented her frustrations on Twitter after she found no designers were willing to dress her for the premiere of her movie Ghostbusters.

“Maybe because I’m tall, maybe I’m not the regular size – which is not that big,” she told Variety in a new interview. “I’m (a) 10, 12. I guess it’s big for a Hollywood size, but I’m a normal-sized woman.

“I always knew I liked clothes. I just didn’t know how to translate that as far as dressing myself.”

Days before the Ghostbusters premiere, the Saturday Night Live writer and comedian took to social media to voice her disappointment, before she headed out to the mall to look at dresses at U.S. department store, Macy’s.

“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything,” she posted at the time.

The tweet blew up, and she was then contacted by Siriano, and together, they created her dream dress – a red, off-the-shoulder floor length gown, with a thigh-high slit – inspired by the 1976 film Sparkle.

For her first Emmy nomination in 2017, she collaborated again with Siriano on a daring black sequinned dress.

“That was just me wanting to have something really dramatic and see-through, because I had been working out, so I wanted to show off my body,” the star explained.

And for her second Emmy nod a year later, Jones loosened up with a pastel-coloured iridescent trouser suit designed, once again, by the Project Runway winner.

“I didn’t have any pockets, so I had my speech in my bra,” she recalled. “And I remember that I was so hot, and I was sweating, so the ink went onto my breast. When I took it off, I had ‘God’ on one breast and ‘Lorne’ (Michaels, Saturday Night Live creator) on the other one!”

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Christian Siriano looks to Elton John for new Project Runway inspiration

Christian Siriano has taken his cue from English superstar Elton John for the next episode of Project Runway.Christian, who made his name after winning the show in 2008, was tapped to replace Tim Gunn as mentor on the revamped series. For the upcoming …

Christian Siriano has taken his cue from English superstar Elton John for the next episode of Project Runway.

Christian, who made his name after winning the show in 2008, was tapped to replace Tim Gunn as mentor on the revamped series. For the upcoming episode, he has challenged the design hopefuls to come up with a mock performance piece for the flamboyant singer.

And with Elton biopic Rocketman, which charts the star’s early career, just weeks away from release, the theme couldn’t have come at a more apt time.

“Ask yourselves this. If Elton came to you in the ’70s or ’80s and asked for a fabulous look, what would you make him?” the designer says in a new clip shared by Entertainment Tonight. “Your challenge is to channel the man, the times and the music and create a larger-than-life, early Elton John performance piece.

“You will have male models for this challenge. Your outfits should be big, spectacular, show-stopping.”

In Rocketman, where Taron Egerton takes on the role of Elton, costume designer Julian Day recreated some of the Tiny Dancer’s most iconic and extravagant stage looks.

“Julian Day is definitely the most brilliant designer I’ve ever worked with. He’s incredibly collaborative, and he understands the relationship between the costumes and performance,” Taron recently said in a new featurette released ahead of the movie. “I have found the process of inhabiting Elton John and his wardrobe incredibly liberating.”

Rocketman hits cinemas from 17 May.

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Christian Siriano ‘hadn’t thought about’ accessible fashion until Selma Blair’s plea

Christian Siriano hadn’t thought about the fashion struggles faced by disabled people until Selma Blair pitched the idea of creating a label to help sufferers.Selma, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year (18), recently told Vanity Fair th…

Christian Siriano hadn’t thought about the fashion struggles faced by disabled people until Selma Blair pitched the idea of creating a label to help sufferers.

Selma, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year (18), recently told Vanity Fair that the amount of accessible clothes on the market today is severely lacking, and explained that she wanted to team up with former Project Runway winner Christian to fill that void.

While discussions have yet to officially begin, Christian is keen to see where the conversation may lead.

“I hope we can figure out something. She really wants to do something,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “We have to wait until she gets a little better and we can actually, really talk about it.

“There is a need. Someone like her, she’s like, ‘I can’t zip anything up’. And I didn’t think about that. That’s a really interesting thing, concept, to think about. To think you can’t button your jacket.”

Christian was crowned the winner of fashion reality series Project Runway back in 2008, and has now returned to the show as a mentor to the contestants, taking the place of Tim Gunn in the new line-up.

Reflecting on his new gig, the 33-year-old smiled that he’s come “full circle”, and told ET that his approach to the programme is vastly different to Tim and former host Heidi Klum’s.

“For me and my perspective, is that I am very real. I treat the designers the same way I treat my team. I try to give them real world opinions and advice as best as I can, whether they want it or not,” he grinned.

Karlie Kloss hosts the revamped version of the show, which kicked off its 17th season in March.

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Brandon Maxwell ‘blessed’ to dress so many powerful women

Brandon Maxwell feels “blessed” to have outfitted some of the world’s most influential women.The designer has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founding his own women’s ready-to-w…

Brandon Maxwell feels “blessed” to have outfitted some of the world’s most influential women.

The designer has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founding his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis are among the names who have worn Maxwell’s ensembles, and during an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night (17Apr19) he gushed over his A-list clients.

“It’s incredible, it’s the best,” he shared. “I’ve been really lucky in my life growing up and now in my work to be surrounded by and work with women whose primary focus is to leave the world a better place. It’s just a great blessing to be able to work with them. It’s always exciting when you get to see that.”

Maxwell’s profile has just received another boost too, with the fashion star being cast as a judge on the re-launch of design show Project Runway on Bravo TV.

But while his co-stars Karlie Kloss, Nina Garcia, Christian Siriano and Elaine Welteroth put a lot of effort into their appearance, the Texas native shows up in very casual attire.

“Every morning, hands down, when I go in, the security person is like, ‘Can I help you?’ and I’m like, ‘I work here. I’m here to judge the fashions!’ So yeah, it’s been a totally new experience,” the 34-year-old laughed.

During the chat, Maxwell also spoke about how he had to take four flights when he first left Texas for New York and how he had a hair mask on when he first auditioned for the Project Runway producers.

And after the show, he posted an emotional message on Instagram about how much he had enjoyed the interview.

“LET ME JUST SAY, there is no world in which I imagined this ever happening for me, ever. By some strange chance it has, and it will take the better part of a lifetime to process it,” he wrote of appearing on his first NBC late night show.

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Kacey Musgraves paid homage to her album with ACM Awards suit

Kacey Musgraves paid homage to her album Golden Hour with her choice of outfit for the 2019 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards on Sunday night (07Apr19).The singer-songwriter collected the prizes for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year…

Kacey Musgraves paid homage to her album Golden Hour with her choice of outfit for the 2019 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards on Sunday night (07Apr19).

The singer-songwriter collected the prizes for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the event held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, months after she picked up four Grammy Awards for the record.

Kacey made a splash on the red carpet when she stepped out in a pastel-hued ombre suit featuring dramatic pleated sleeves, with the ensemble originally included in the Christian Cowan x The Powerpuff Girls collection.

“I saw it and immediately was like, ‘This has my name written all over it.’ It even kind of reminds me of the album cover a little bit. A nod to the fan on the album cover, just all the pleats,” she told People, referring to Golden Hour’s cover, in which she is depicted holding a pink fan with a blue sky in the background. “I love a gradient, I love anything ombre… and anything rainbow, clearly.”

Kacey look was put together by stylist Erica Cloud, while she had her flowing brunette locks styled by Giovanni Delgado and her flawless make-up, including a wash of pale pink eyeshadow, completed by make-up artist Moani Lee.

Maren Morris also went with a pastel look, opting for a lilac dress with frill detailing from Christian Siriano, and captioned a snap of herself on Instagram, “LILAC for ACMS. thank you @csiriano for making this dress in this gorgeous colour for me!”

Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman turned heads in a black and silver ensemble from Christopher Kane for the bash, where she supported her husband Keith Urban, and Miranda Lambert dazzled in a neon green number from Alex Perry.

Kelly Clarkson was all smiles in a black lace dress from Alexander McQueen, and Lauren Alaina proved her style credentials in a monochromatic dress by Emil Couture.

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Rachel Zoe returning to TV with fashion competition series

Rachel Zoe is gearing up to make a return to reality TV with a new fashion competition series.The designer and stylist, known for her boho-chic aesthetic and work with celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, and Kate Hudson, s…

Rachel Zoe is gearing up to make a return to reality TV with a new fashion competition series.

The designer and stylist, known for her boho-chic aesthetic and work with celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, and Kate Hudson, starred in her own Bravo show, The Rachel Zoe Project, for five seasons between 2008 and 2013.

Now, Zoe has announced that she has teamed with TV producer Mark Burnett and executives at MGM Television on a fresh project, which aims to find undiscovered designers.

“This is the show I have always wanted to make,” she said in a statement. “The show will spotlight some of the most talented designers from around the world, and I am thrilled to be able to highlight their work. I have the utmost respect for Mark Burnett and the team at MGM – this is my dream partnership.”

The TV show, which is currently untitled, will bring together an array of design talent from around the world. Competing designers will have to work on original creations, with part of the format seeing the items put up for sale online after each episode has aired.

Sean Kelly and Steve Hughes of Shaggy Entertainment came up with the concept, and will serve as executive producers alongside Zoe, Burnett, and Barry Poznick.

Regarding the concept, Burnett, chairman of MGM’s Worldwide Television Group, commented that he was thrilled to be collaborating with Zoe.

“I love fashion and have wanted to do a show in this space for quite some time. We are thrilled to have Rachel Zoe on board for this epic global fashion showdown that will bring trendsetting designs to your doorstep. Rachel is the epitome of style and fashion,” he shared.

Zoe’s new show comes after Project Runway has undergone a shake-up for season 17, with Karlie Kloss taking over as host from Heidi Klum and Christian Siriano succeeding Tim Gunn as a mentor. Klum and Gunn are currently working on a new fashion competition programme for Amazon Video.

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