Margot Robbie instantly smitten by vintage Chanel outfit for 2020 Oscars

Margot Robbie settled upon her outfit for the 2020 Oscars back in December.The Australian actress, who was nominated at the awards on Sunday for her role in Bombshell, hit the red carpet in a vintage midnight blue chiffon bustier gown from Chanel, with…

Margot Robbie settled upon her outfit for the 2020 Oscars back in December.

The Australian actress, who was nominated at the awards on Sunday for her role in Bombshell, hit the red carpet in a vintage midnight blue chiffon bustier gown from Chanel, with the number featuring off-the-shoulder statement sleeves and a flowing skirt.

Margot, 29, and her stylist Kate Young were on the hunt for a pre-loved gown from the French fashion house last year, when they stumbled upon the intricate dress in the archives.

“We discovered this ’90s couture gown in Chanel’s archive back in December,” Kate told British Vogue, adding that the dress was a longer version of one that iconic supermodel Claudia Schiffer wore on the catwalk almost 26 years ago. “It’s very similar to the short dress that (Claudia) wore on Karl Lagerfeld’s spring/summer 1994 couture runway, but it was made for a client, so it’s truly unique. It just felt very Margot – it felt cool.”

And the process of borrowing from the Chanel archives made the experience a little bit more special for the pair.

“We know whose dress it was originally because Chanel keeps hand-written books. When I take a dress from the house’s couture archive for Margot to wear, we also have to write in the book who it is for and who is ordering it, which I just think is so cool,” the style guru shared. “For me, it underscores that really, really special clothes have a life that is long and romantic.”

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Cindy Crawford reflects on ‘big shift’ digital cameras caused in fashion world

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Sc…

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.

The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss.

Over the course of her career, Crawford has posed for many photographers, including the late Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts, but in an interview held as part of Vogue’s recent Forces of Fashion conference, she pondered whether the use of digital cameras means that there is less spontaneity on set when compared to traditional film.

“What I’ve noticed is sometimes (photographers are) like, ‘OK, we got it.’ Because they see it big (on a screen),” she commented. “Sometimes that next thing that was gonna happen was like the unplanned thing. Or sometimes, for instance, you’re modelling and you’ll do something that looks bad but the next thing was gonna look good but they’ll stop you at the bad… we used to be like, ‘O.K. now we’ve got it, let’s just do two rolls for the heck of it and throw it away,’ and that might be where the magic is.”

Crawford went on to recall how strange it was when photographers such as Michael Thompson first began using digital cameras, as there was less focus on what the model was doing.

“When you were shooting with film and there was no monitor, all the attention was on the set, on the model. So, there was an aspect that you were performing in front of the hair(stylists), the make-up (artists), the stylist. Everyone’s eyes were on you, and when you’re receiving that (attention), you put it on, you perform,” the 53-year-old remembered. “All of a sudden, everyone was hovered around the monitor, and I’d be standing on set like, ‘Guys, I’m over here, I feel alone.’ That was a big shift for me.”

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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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Cindy Crawford felt ’empowered’ by fashion during early modelling days

Cindy Crawford felt “empowered” by fashion when she first began modelling.The supermodel began her career in 1986 and quickly began starring alongside fellow newbies including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and…

Cindy Crawford felt “empowered” by fashion when she first began modelling.

The supermodel began her career in 1986 and quickly began starring alongside fellow newbies including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss. Now, Cindy has revealed that she was a little overwhelmed with their fast rise to fame.

“Before Christy, Linda, Naomi, Claudia, Kate and I, models weren’t well known,” she told Vogue.com. “It was almost like we were a new boy band – we were all different, but we looked good together.”

Cindy recalled her days walking the runways for the likes of Versace, Chanel, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, and Valentino, and confessed that she felt strong and powerful by fashion in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

“Fashion was all about glamazonian shoulder pads, high heels and strong women,” the 53-year-old shared. “We didn’t look like victims, we looked empowered. I really think that we felt that way, too.”

While Cindy admitted that she hated walking the runway, she enjoyed being backstage at fashion shows, and missed the friendships she had created with her fellow supermodels.

“It was like a slumber party,” she smiled. “We were all tired and a little bit punchy, but real friendships were formed.”

The businesswoman has been thrust back into the modelling world thanks to her daughter, Kaia Gerber, and son Presley Gerber, and she described how she thinks the industry has changed due to social media.

“I feel I’m most known for giving birth to Kaia now,” the brunette beauty joked. “I come from a world where you shoot 100 photos and pick the very best one to show to everyone. Now images are put out more quickly, they are not as curated. I think that’s interesting, but I’m still trying to figure out how I want it to work for my brand.”

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Naomi Campbell notices lack of camaraderie between new models

Naomi Campbell believes models don’t share the same level of love and support for each other today as they did back in the ’90s.In the 1990s, the British beauty was part of an iconic group of supermodels, which included Linda Evangelista, Christy Turli…

Naomi Campbell believes models don’t share the same level of love and support for each other today as they did back in the ’90s.

In the 1990s, the British beauty was part of an iconic group of supermodels, which included Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, and Claudia Schiffer.

In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the 49-year-old revealed she was saddened by the lack of close female friendships in the modelling industry today.

“I don’t see it as much. I think I can say now, after 33 years – I didn’t used to say it – but I don’t think there’s ever going to be another group of us who really are solid friends like we (supermodels) were, who stuck together and supported one another,” she shared.

“I will always be grateful to Linda and Christy for the support they gave me. Our love for one another is as unconditional today as it was then.”

She credited the group of women with keeping her grounded during her modelling heyday, and confessed that one of her regrets is that she didn’t spend enough time with them.

“Those were great times to be together. That was always the one aspect, when people ask me, ‘Weren’t you lonely when you were younger?’ And I wasn’t, because we were all together and we genuinely wanted to be together,” Campbell recalled.

Elsewhere in the interview, the supermodel explained that one of her career goals is to help Africa become more included in fashion.

“My relevance, to me, is to help the continent of Africa. I want it to be included in the world of fashion – and I mean all over Africa,” she stated.

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Claudia Schiffer lands Vogue Italia cover after 25-year break

Claudia Schiffer has landed a Vogue Italia cover for the first time in 25 years.The German supermodel first appeared on the front of the Italian fashion publication in a photoshoot helmed by Steven Meisel in March 1990 and went on nab two more covers i…

Claudia Schiffer has landed a Vogue Italia cover for the first time in 25 years.

The German supermodel first appeared on the front of the Italian fashion publication in a photoshoot helmed by Steven Meisel in March 1990 and went on nab two more covers in 1994.

A quarter of a century later, Schiffer is now on two of the August 2019 covers of Vogue Italia, with fellow model Stephanie Seymour also fronting two covers.

“25 years after my first @vogueitalia cover the connection I felt with @collierschorrstudio transported me back to the Avedon days,” the 48-year-old captioned a snap of her photoshoot on her Instagram page on Thursday, referring to her work with iconic fashion photographer Richard Avedon.

One image shows Schiffer standing in the nude while clutching a strategically placed blazer, neon green stilettos, and purse from Saint Laurent. A second cover shot depicts her sporting a black blazer and black high heels in front of a mirror.

Overseen by Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti, creative director Ferdinando Verderi, photographer Collier Schorr and stylist Vanessa Reid, the issue is emblazoned with the headline, “Claudia by Claudia.”

Regarding the inspiration behind the photoshoot, Schorr noted that she was influenced by Helmut Newton’s auto-portraits but wanted to subvert convention by allowing the model to become an “active subject” who is sharing the process with the photographer.

“When you are photographing women such as Stephanie and Claudia, who are literally like the walking lexicons of fashion gesture in photography, there are things they will and will not do. There’s not one thing that you see in these photographs that Claudia didn’t want to do – if she didn’t want to do it, she changed it,” Schorr commented.

The new issue of Vogue Italia will hit newsstands on 6 August.

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Claudia Schiffer: ‘Karl Lagerfeld was the Andy Warhol of fashion’

Claudia Schiffer has praised Karl Lagerfeld as “the Andy Warhol of fashion”. The supermodel was booked by the Chanel designer at the age of 17 for her first catwalk show and went on to become a brand ambassador for the French fashion house, where she …

Claudia Schiffer has praised Karl Lagerfeld as “the Andy Warhol of fashion”.

The supermodel was booked by the Chanel designer at the age of 17 for her first catwalk show and went on to become a brand ambassador for the French fashion house, where she was Lagerfeld’s longtime muse.

“I’ve often described him as the Andy Warhol of fashion, because, like Warhol, his work spanned such a wide variety of media and he understood the relationship between photography, artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertising,” she gushed to Vogue. “(He) transformed me from a shy German teenager into a supermodel. Karl was a creative genius to whom incredible abilities just came naturally.”

The German beauty was emotional as she described her close friendship with the iconic designer, who passed away at the age of 85 in February.

“To watch his process and the way in which he organised everything to perfection was a privilege. He was also an incredible teacher, from whom I learnt about fashion, style and the importance of being myself,” the 48-year-old said.

While Schiffer was hugely famous during her modelling heyday, and even had to have a security guard watching her underwear after it was stolen backstage at a fashion show, she is now enjoying taking a more relaxed approach to her career.

“I don’t (miss anything about the 1990s) because I have the most amazing memories and I’ve been careful not to take any part of my career for granted,” she explained. “I can pick and choose projects and I’m enjoying taking different avenues, including roles where I’m designing and curating collections.”

And Schiffer would be much stricter with her daughters, Clementine, 14, and Cosima, nine, if they were to follow her into the modelling world.

“Having me as their mum is a double-edged sword,” the star confessed. “They can learn from my experiences, but they will be under far more scrutiny.”

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Naomi Campbell & Claudia Schiffer tapped to star in Chanel’s J12 watch campaign

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or bla…

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.

Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or black ceramic strap.

The accompanying marketing imagery has the catchphrase, “It’s all about seconds,” and in one grey-toned clip from the photoshoot helmed by Brigitte Lacombe, Campbell is seen posing with the watch.

“What time is it? It’s now five o’clock. I’m not one of those people that wants time to stop. My favourite time of the day is sunset, the golden hour. Everything’s that beautiful, golden light. Everyone looks so beautiful in that light – no one can look bad,” the British supermodel states in the video, according to WWD.

While in her video, German beauty Schiffer reflects on how she was spotted by a model scout in a nightclub in Dusseldorf in 1987 when she was just 17, and how her fashion career took off from there.

“A watch is to tell the time, but it’s also an expression of what you like – a fashion expression, so who you are. I time all my meetings because I don’t like to be late. Because I’m German,” she smiled.

The campaign also features appearances from a diverse range of women, including Chanel brand ambassadors like Keira Knightley, Vanessa Paradis and her 19-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Depp, as well as French actresses Carole Bouquet and Anna Mouglalis, Hollywood icon Ali MacGraw, and Chinese star Liu Wen. The only man to be cast is Hong Kong-based singer/actor William Chan.

Regarding the concept, Chanel’s Thomas du Pre de Saint-Maur explained that the objective of the campaign was to explore each person’s “extremely different” experiences with time.

“This is what we wanted to tell, through the portraits of a certain number of women, we can explain that time is something extremely personal while at the same time, we are all more or less linked by this subjective experience with time,” he told the fashion publication.

Chanel’s J12 watch is priced from $6,050 (£4,675).

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Chanel offers apres-ski chic for F/W 19

Chanel served up apres-ski chic for its fall/ winter 19 collection on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday morning (05Mar19).The presentation saw Paris’ Grand Palais transformed into a snow-covered winter village, surrounded by mountains and …

Chanel served up apres-ski chic for its fall/ winter 19 collection on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday morning (05Mar19).

The presentation saw Paris’ Grand Palais transformed into a snow-covered winter village, surrounded by mountains and complete with snow-coated fir trees and alpine chalets.

Following Lagerfeld’s shock death from pancreatic cancer last month (Feb19), stars flocked to the much-anticipated show, with Naomi Campbell, Kristen Stewart, Claudia Schiffer and Janelle Monae all taking front-row spots.

Each seat bore an illustration of the late designer alongside brand namesake Coco Chanel, with the poignant words “the beat goes on…”.

The show was preceded by a one-minute silence, after which the celebrated fashion star’s voice was heard over venue’s tannoy, beginning the presentation.

Cara Delevingne opened the show in a houndstooth coat, grid print jumpsuit and matching hat in Chanel’s signature tweed, styled with a silver belt and matching necklaces.

The style was a recurring theme throughout the presentation, which featured an array of monochrome designs, alongside neutral palettes and traditional Icelandic patterns.

In the latter portion of the show, Penelope Cruz made her catwalk debut, walking the runway in a bridal look that consisted of a frilled blouse and fur puffball skirt. The actress wore white platform boots, statement silver earrings, and carried a single white rose.

Kaia Gerber, who’d recently collaborated on a collection for Lagerfeld’s namesake label, modelled a similar look.

Soo Joo Park, Binx Walton, Grace Elizabeth and Adut Akech also walked in the landmark Chanel show, showing off a mix off Chanel’s famous boucle looks and signature ladylike glam.

For the finale, models walked arm-in-arm to a standing ovation as David Bowie’s hit Heroes played.

It was a bittersweet moment – the same music was played during Lagerfeld’s final Fendi show in at Milan Fashion Week – with a number of models reduced to tears as they walked one final lap.

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Claudia Schiffer open to her children pursuing modelling

Claudia Schiffer will support her children if they decide to pursue modelling careers.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and continues to appear in campaigns, recentl…

Claudia Schiffer will support her children if they decide to pursue modelling careers.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and continues to appear in campaigns, recently landing gigs from the likes of Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors, Prada, and Ba&sh.

Claudia and her film director husband Matthew Vaughn are also parents to son Caspar, 16, and daughters Clementine, 14, and eight-year-old Cosima, and while her children are still at school, the blonde beauty would be fine with them entering the fashion business one day.

“I will encourage whatever they want to do, as long as they try their best and work hard at it,” she said in an interview with InStyle.com, before adding that she realises it will also be difficult for her children to step out into the public eye. “Having me as their mum is a double-edged sword when it comes to modelling: It may get them through the door, but they will be under far more scrutiny on the other side.”

In the chat, Claudia went on to explain that she has kept all her clothes from her career in an archive for her daughters to have in the future. And it seems that Clementine has already taken a liking to a number of pieces from her vast collection.

“Last winter, I pulled out some old favourites from the ’90s, such as oversized jackets and large handbags, which ended up looking very much on-trend. I also have some great pieces from the late ’80s, which remind me of how I started my career in Paris. I’ve kept everything, really, for my daughters to wear one day. My 14-year-old has already started with the ’90s section!” the 48-year-old smiled.

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