Fashion stars congratulate Matthew Williams on Givenchy gig

Top models and designers have congratulated Matthew Williams on his new role at Givenchy.On Monday, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned French luxury label announced that the 1017 Alyx 9SM designer would succeed Clare Waight Keller a…

Top models and designers have congratulated Matthew Williams on his new role at Givenchy.

On Monday, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned French luxury label announced that the 1017 Alyx 9SM designer would succeed Clare Waight Keller as creative director following her departure last month.

After the news was revealed, a number of top industry names were quick to take to social media to praise Williams.

On an Instagram post, Naomi Campbell wrote, “Congratulations” along with a heart and star emoji, while Adwoa Aboah commented, “Well done stunner,” and Coco Rocha stated, “So excited for this!”

Stylist Karla Welch posted, “Congratulations Matt!!!”, and designer Marc Jacobs added, “Congratulations to you Matthew.”

Elsewhere, fashion journalist Tim Blanks wrote, “Can’t wait to see what happens next,” and designer Gabriela Hearst noted, “So well deserved. Hyper Talented and Kind Human.”

Dior menswear designer Kim Jones, Bella Hadid, and hairstylist Jen Atkin also shared supportive messages.

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections.

And in a statement, Sidney Toledano, chief executive officer and chairman of LVMH Fashion Group, shared his excitement over Williams’ appointment.

“I am very happy to see Matthew M. Williams join the LVMH Group. Since he took part in the LVMH Prize, we have had the pleasure of watching him develop into the great talent he is today,” he said. “I believe his singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for Givenchy to write its new chapter with strength and success.”

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Anna Sui dishes up Gothic glamour for fall 20

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen El…

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen Elson, Pat Cleveland, Patrick Starr, and Katherine McNamara.

Prior to the show, Sui took to social media to explain that her Gothic Vamp-themed clothes had been inspired by 1970s/80s horror films like The Hunger and Daughters of Darkness, as well as a range of “cinematic and seductive” photographs.

“I’ve always loved the playfully dark surrealism and dramatic colourful lighting in Serge Lutens and Guy Bourdin photographs,” she added.

To begin, a model walked the catwalk in a black dress with red berry motifs matched with black glitter platforms, while make-up artist Pat McGrath topped off the look by giving her a slash of blood-red lipstick.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, with highlights including a grunge-esque black dress made of a combination of black shiny material and lace, a black dress with a folk art-inspired pattern on the neckline and cuffs, an oversized white dress with butterfly motif, and a relaxed suit made from a dark green snakeskin print fabric.

An arts and crafts vibe was apparent in a crochet skirt and a series of garments featuring retro floral prints. The looks were either topped off with pompadour hairstyles created by legendary hairstylist Garren or wide-brimmed hats.

To conclude, Sui offered up an emerald green velvet dress with a chevron pattern on the waist, a glamorous black sequin dress with long sleeves, and a heavily sequinned number with leaf pattern.

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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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Coco Rocha ‘cried for an hour’ after Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show

Coco Rocha was so overcome with emotion after Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show that she “literally cried for an hour”. The Canadian model made a splash in the fashion world when she did an Irish dance down the catwalk to open the French designer’s show…

Coco Rocha was so overcome with emotion after Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show that she “literally cried for an hour”.

The Canadian model made a splash in the fashion world when she did an Irish dance down the catwalk to open the French designer’s show in 2007, and she gave a similar performance during Gaultier’s last-ever Paris Couture Week presentation at the Theatre du Chatelet on Wednesday night.

As the show concluded, all the models gathered around the 67-year-old as he took his final bow, and video footage showed Rocha growing tearful during the finale.

Posting the clip to Instagram as well as pictures of her crying while hugging a fellow model and standing next to Gaultier with tear-stained eyes, Rocha shared with her followers that she couldn’t keep it together.

“Literally cried for an hour at @jpgaultierofficial’s final show last night. My face in every photo is basically (crying emojis)… Jean Paul and his team have been like a family to me and I’m so lucky to have known them and worked with them for nearly 15 years,” she wrote in the caption.

The 31-year-old also shared footage of her Irish jig down the catwalk and added, “One final dance for my friend and mentor Jean Paul Gaultier. Words fail me as I try to describe what his support has meant to me for more than half my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jean Paul.”

Many models took to social media to praise the designer on Thursday, with Bella Hadid describing it as a “dream come true” to walk in his show, while her sister Gigi wrote, “Last night, all that gathered to celebrate his 50 YEARS & final couture collection was a testament to what a worldwide icon and inspiration he is !!! I am so honoured to have been a small part in your legendary creative vision @jpgaultierofficial.”

Joan Smalls told her followers the show was a moment she will “forever cherish”, and added, “It’s been one of my biggest dreams to walk for you, and doing so throughout the years have been a true gift.”

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Erin O’Connor pens ‘love letter’ to Jean Paul Gaultier

Erin O’Connor has written a “love letter” to fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.The French icon announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du …

Erin O’Connor has written a “love letter” to fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

The French icon announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

A number of top models made appearances on the catwalk, including Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, and Karlie Kloss, as did O’Connor – who posted an emotional note to Gaultier on Instagram following the spectacle.

“A love letter. I was told (nearly a quarter of a century ago) that a meeting with you was like meeting the Wizard of Oz,” she wrote alongside a slideshow of images from her various collaborations with the fashion star. “How wrong that person was… You are more human than humanly possible. Your love of clothes, people and LOVE has become an integral part of fashions DNA (sic). You are the back bone and soul for so many of us across the world who have been guided, nurtured and inspired by you. Thank you for teaching me the importance of self-acceptance and expression (and the importance of promoting it) – I shall never forget it. Like so many others I am so glad to know you and feel really very fortunate to be your pal.”

During the extravaganza, O’Connor sported three different looks, including a head-to-toe white ensemble, a black gown with feather detailing, and an elegant black dress.

Uploading footage of herself on the catwalk, the 41-year-old added: “Where there is love there is light! Honoured to join you for your last-ever show dear friend @jpgaultierofficial. Huge love to you et (and) JPG family! I’ll never forget our time together… Merci (Thank you).”

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Dita Von Teese thrilled to walk in Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show

Dita Von Teese was delighted to make an appearance during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final …

Dita Von Teese was delighted to make an appearance during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of top models, including Bella and Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Irina Shayk, as well as Gaultier’s go-to muses such as Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, and burlesque star Von Teese.

“What a night it was! I’m so grateful to have been part of @jpgaultierofficial’s final #hautecoutureshow, with so many of his muses and friends present! Jean Paul has always celebrated individually and beauty in many forms, and in all stages of life in a completely authentic way,” she posted on Instagram alongside a photo of her walking the runway in a blush pink satin corset dress made from belts. “I’m glad that being inclusive has become something brands feel compelled to do now, but #jeanpaulgaultier has been a champion for inclusiveness and diversity consistently, and genuinely, all along, because he truly believes in it.”

Von Teese went on to urge Gaultier’s fans to check out his Fashion Freak Show revues, which have previously been staged in Paris and London.

“I’m thankful to Mr. Gautier not just for shining the spotlight on me over the past 18 years, but for creating this joyful space that truly celebrates beauty in many forms. I can’t wait to witness the next chapter for Jean Paul. And, as his #FashionFreakShow tours, try to go see it, because it captures the magic of being at his runway shows in a fantastic way,” the 47-year-old added.

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Paris Jackson makes runway debut during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show

Paris Jackson made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show during Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night. The French fashion designer shocked fans last week when he announced that his Paris Couture Week presentation would be his last haute c…

Paris Jackson made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show during Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night.

The French fashion designer shocked fans last week when he announced that his Paris Couture Week presentation would be his last haute couture runway, and he made sure he went out with a bang by turning the star-studded catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet into a party.

One of the most surprising additions to his line-up was Paris, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, who hit the runway in a ’60s-inspired bohemian chic look which was comprised of a printed robe with a long train, a psychedelic patterned top, colourful snakeskin trousers, and wedge platform sandals. She topped the look off with colourful beaded jewellery and a green headband.

The 21-year-old later shared footage of her walk on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “Absolutely honoured and deeply grateful @jpgaultierofficial.”

In the comments, Naomi Campbell gave her seal of approval by calling the look “beautiful”.

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese also brought a little celebrity glitter to the show, strutting the runway in a sexy outfit crafted from belts and a corset, while Culture Club singer Boy George performed during the finale.

Models including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Irina Shayk, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls all made an appearance, alongside Gaultier muses such as Karen Elson and Coca Rocha, who performed an Irish dance down the runway.

The event brought out many industry icons who wanted to catch Gaultier’s final fashion show too. Carla Bruni, Eva Herzigova, and fellow designer Christian Louboutin were among the famous faces in the audience.

Opening the show, the retiring Gaultier urged his fans to recycle their clothes, stating, “In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn. It’s the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older.”

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Coco Rocha recalls favourite Jean Paul Gaultier runway moment

Coco Rocha has named the time she walked the runway with her daughter Ioni Conran as her favourite Jean Paul Gaultier moment.The Canadian model made a splash in the fashion world when she did an Irish dance down the catwalk to open the French designer’…

Coco Rocha has named the time she walked the runway with her daughter Ioni Conran as her favourite Jean Paul Gaultier moment.

The Canadian model made a splash in the fashion world when she did an Irish dance down the catwalk to open the French designer’s Scottish Highlands-inspired fall/winter 2007 spectacle.

But while Rocha often reflects fondly on the event, in a post on Instagram ahead of Gaultier’s final show as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night, she noted that her most special show was when she was joined by Ioni, then aged two, in January 2018.

“People ask me what was my favourite Jean Paul Gaultier runway moment which is kind of an impossible question because I’m so lucky to have been a part so many amazing ones,” she wrote. “For me, the most special runway was in 2018 when I walked couture with my daughter @ioniconran who was 2 at the time and pregnant with (my son Iver Conran) also. It’s a story I know I’ll be talking to Ioni about in 15 years, and my grandchildren in 30 years.”

In a separate post, Rocha opened up about how people still ask her about what it was like to Irish dance in a Gaultier show. And she revealed that the fashion icon left her to choreograph a number merging elements of Irish and Scottish dance.

“I’d walked in quite a few fashion shows before, but this was the first time I’d done any kind of special ‘performance’. Would people like it or think it was bizarre? Would I, blinded by lights, leap right over the edge of the catwalk into Anna Wintour’s lap on the front row? I had no idea,” the 31-year-old remembered. “The dance was a big success, I didn’t fall off the runway and @voguemagazine magazine later named it the ‘Coco Moment’. I think people were just so surprised to see me do such an obscure dance down such a very, very long runway.”

Coco referenced that moment at Gaultier’s final show on Wednesday, when she performed a similar dance down the catwalk.

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Jean Paul Gaultier takes final bow at star-studded couture show

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final c…

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of celebrities, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, Christian Lacroix, Carla Bruni, and Christian Louboutin, but at the opening, Gaultier called for fans to embrace sustainability and recycle their clothes.

“In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn,” he told the crowd. “It’s the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older.”

As promised, Gaultier offered guests a party, with the presentation opening with Karlie Kloss standing in the centre of the stage and opening a black coffin, to reveal model Issa Lish standing in a frilled white minidress inside.

Lish then took to the catwalk and was followed by a parade of models in quirky ensembles, such as a white dress covered in gloves, a top made from a tuxedo jacket, and a black tulle dress with images of Japanese art attached to the front.

Many of the 67-year-old’s key motifs were also included, with one model sporting a jumpsuit that resembled the conical bra he created for Madonna in the 1990s, burlesque star Dita Von Teese posing in an outfit made from a satin corset and belts, Gigi Hadid in a sailor uniform-inspired look, Karen Elson in a corseted number, and Irina Shayk in a Goth-inspired black tulle ballgown.

The event also featured special appearances from Joan Smalls, Paris Jackson, who made her runway debut, Erin O’Connor, as well as Coco Rocha, who did an Irish dance on the catwalk, as she also did back in 2007.

To conclude, Boy George performed a song during the finale, with the models applauding Gaultier as he proceeded to take his bow.

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Coco Rocha praises Zac Posen following closure of his namesake label

Coco Rocha has shared her sadness over Zac Posen closing down his eponymous label.The 31-year-old Canadian took to Instagram to pay tribute to the designer after the surprising news on Friday that he was shuttering his eponymous label after 18 years. …

Coco Rocha has shared her sadness over Zac Posen closing down his eponymous label.

The 31-year-old Canadian took to Instagram to pay tribute to the designer after the surprising news on Friday that he was shuttering his eponymous label after 18 years.

Posting a snap of her wearing a show-stopping red gown created by the 39-year-old, Coco heaped praised on her close friend, who she has worked with since 2004.

“My earliest memories of New York fashion are centred around my friend @zacposen, his shows, his gowns, and his unstoppable creativity. Fashion has changed an incredible amount in the last 15 years, both for the better and the worse,” she wrote, before telling her followers that she has always had a “genuine connection” to the designer.

“We changed our own corners of the industry for the better, but in doing so we faced incredibly negative forces because of going against the grain,” Coco continued. “While I was sad to learn that House of Z closed its doors today, one thing I know for sure is that Zac is a force of nature that cannot and will not be contained or restrained. #ZacPosen.”

The model has been close with the New York-based designer since she began her career back in 2002, and closed Posen’s show in 2015 just six months after giving birth to her daughter, Ioni James Conran.

Coco walked the runway wearing a black nylon mesh dress which was embedded with more than 500 LED lights that were coded by teenage girls across the U.S. as part of a collaboration with Google.

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