Alber Elbaz partnering with Richemont on new fashion venture

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015,…

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.

The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015, reportedly due to disagreements with the brand’s management.

Elbaz has enjoyed a low profile in the years following his exit from the label, but over the weekend, he confirmed he had signed a deal with executives at Switzerland-based luxury goods company Richemont to begin work on a new brand.

“I am very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish my ‘dream factory’, which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times,” the 58-year-old commented. “I am extremely excited to collaborate with good people, talented and smart individuals and look forward to also having a lot of fun with this new adventure.”

The joint venture is to be called AZfashion. Johann Rupert, chairman of Richemont, described the project as “an innovative and dynamic start-up”.

“Upon hearing Alber Elbaz describe his vision for fashion and the projects it inspires in him, I was again struck by his creativity and insight,” he praised. “His talent and inventiveness, with his sensitivity towards women and their wellbeing, will be of great value to our group and its Maisons. We warmly welcome Alber to Richemont and look forward to an exciting partnership.”

Since his departure from Lanvin, Elbaz has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac, Tod’s, Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Richemont owns a portfolio of leading luxury houses, including jewellery brands Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, watch labels Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Piaget, as well as fashion companies like Alaia, Chloe, and Peter Millar.

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Millie Bobby Brown refuses ‘box herself in’ when it comes to fashion

Millie Bobby Brown will never be tempted to “box herself in” when it comes to her outfits.The actress has been catapulted to fame since landing the part of Eleven in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things and has since gone on to land roles in films su…

Millie Bobby Brown will never be tempted to “box herself in” when it comes to her outfits.

The actress has been catapulted to fame since landing the part of Eleven in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things and has since gone on to land roles in films such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Millie has become one to watch on the red carpet too, and she has now shared that she is open to experimenting with all types of trends.

“With me, two years ago, I said, ‘Oh, I’m never going to wear a crop top, and I’m never going to wear heels, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.’ And I’ve completely just, again, I boxed myself in three years ago, and now look at me. I love crop tops, I love heels. I’m a girl and I change and I’m evolving,” she said in an interview with Teen Vogue. “And I’m probably going to say, I’m never going to wear a T-shirt that has tie dye on it. And in three years’ time, that’s all I love. It’s phases. And every woman, every man, every person on this planet goes through changes with their style, with their person in general, with who they are as a person.'”

Millie went on to note that she truly believes there are no rules in fashion, as long as one remains true to themselves.

Elsewhere in the chat, the British star opened up about how she takes advantage of breaks between shoots to switch-up her look, especially in regard to hair colour and manicures, and also divulged that she has another collaboration with Converse in the pipeline.

“I collaborated with Converse on a collection that I feel really passionate about, and I cannot wait for people to see it,” the 15-year-old commented, adding that she took a hands-on approach to her latest designs. “(I was involved in) everything, down to the little whale symbol on the shoe, which was really fun. I feel really passionate about whales. Whales, they symbolise who I am as a person, they’re loud, they’re the queen of the sea.”

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Alber Elbaz teaming with Tod’s on capsule collection

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has…

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.

The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac and Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Now, executives at Tod’s have announced Elbaz is to design a range for the Italian leather goods label, marking his first foray into luxury design in quite some time.

“Tod’s is pleased to announce an exclusive collaboration with Alber Elbaz, one of the most talented designers of our time, interpreting the world of Tod’s with his unmistakable creative genius,” a brand rep wrote on Instagram on Friday (05Apr19).

No further details regarding what the capsule will consist of, or a potential release date, were shared, but it is likely that Elbaz’s line will mostly be made up of handbags and shoes to fit in with Tod’s existing categories, and that the capsule will be a part of Tod’s Factory concept.

Speaking to WWD, the 58 year old shared he was thrilled to be working with Tod’s, which is owned by the Della Valle family.

“It made it fun, and very human. This is what I really love in fashion,” he shared. “It was nice to come back to a real family and the whole artisanal aspect was something I really miss.”

Tod’s Factory, a reference to Andy Warhol’s New York City studio, was launched in early 2018, with brand executives seeking to target a younger consumer with regular capsule collections and exclusive lines.

So far, Tod’s has unveiled a line with Alessandro Dell’Acqua, with the range featuring dot kitten-heeled pumps and moccasins with dainty ribbons, and stylish stretch booties, as well as leather biker jackets and trench coats.

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BTS join forces with Hot Topic for new apparel line

Pop superstars BTS are unveiling a new clothing collection with Hot Topic, which celebrates each group member’s personality. The K-Pop stars have joined forces with the edgy fashion brand for a new 13-piece line, which includes bright T-shirts and swe…

Pop superstars BTS are unveiling a new clothing collection with Hot Topic, which celebrates each group member’s personality.

The K-Pop stars have joined forces with the edgy fashion brand for a new 13-piece line, which includes bright T-shirts and sweatshirts, a follow-up to the first installment of the collaboration, which hit stores in April (18) and offered headbands, key chains, and sleep masks.

The new pieces feature images of cartoon characters known as BT21, which were initially inspired and developed by the seven bandmembers. The group’s space robot Van, which signifies its ‘Army’ of fans, also appears in the graphics.

The emoji characters grew popular with devotees through the messenger app Line Friends, leading to their use in BTS’ latest fashion project.

“Even though the characters might look cute, we will develop (the line) into more styles that relate the characters to hip-hop and street fashion,” Sehoon Chang, the CEO of Line Friends America, told Billboard last year (17). “It’ll be like a walking billboard that’s great for the (BT21) brand, and from the consumer’s point of view it will be a show of identity. Engaging with the fans is really important.”

The K-pop sensations have been making their mark on the fashion world as of late, with a collaboration with Converse also announced earlier this year (18).

Released in July (18), the Converse shoeline also drew from the BT21 characters and offered three styles of the Chuck Taylor All Stars design.

“As BT21 has captivated millennials around the globe, Converse introduces an offering that goes beyond simple endorsement,” a statement from the brand’s representatives read.

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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon is officially a NYFW model

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon made her New York Fashion Week debut in a body-baring outfit.Walking for Gypsy Sport in the Big Apple on Tuesday (11Sep18), 21-year-old Lourdes donned a beaded, shell adorned, body-chain bra and ripped flared jeans. Th…

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon made her New York Fashion Week debut in a body-baring outfit.

Walking for Gypsy Sport in the Big Apple on Tuesday (11Sep18), 21-year-old Lourdes donned a beaded, shell adorned, body-chain bra and ripped flared jeans. The look was finished with chunky white sneakers, a headpiece made from bright green leaves and sunglasses.

The presentation started with a moment of silence and contemplation in honour of the victims of 9/11, and was followed by a parade of FernGully fairy children, reports Vogue Australia, which described designer Rio Uribe’s new line as “Mother Earth–meets–urban goddess clothes”.

It marked the first time Madonna’s eldest child, who Uribe revealed reached out to him to ask if she could appear in the show, has walked the runway in the Big Apple, though she’s not totally new to modelling; she posed for a Converse x MadeMe campaign earlier this year, a standalone MadeMe advert and a Stella McCartney perfume ad.

She also knows a thing or two about design, after starting label Material Girl with her famous mum in 2010, when she was just 13 years old.

In a promo clip for Stella McCartney’s Pop fragrance in 2016, Lourdes, whose father is actor Carlos Leon, hailed her superstar mom as her style icon.

“My mom has helped me so much,” she explained. “She has great style and she’s an amazing dresser.”

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Zachary Quinto: ‘Shoes should make you feel grounded’

Zachary Quinto uses shoes to feel connected to the ground beneath his feet.Star Trek actor Zachary will often get suited and booted for promotional duties, but away from work, the 41-year-old can normally be found in a pair of ACNE jeans and sneakers.T…

Zachary Quinto uses shoes to feel connected to the ground beneath his feet.

Star Trek actor Zachary will often get suited and booted for promotional duties, but away from work, the 41-year-old can normally be found in a pair of ACNE jeans and sneakers.

Talking to GQ America about his footwear habits, Zachary admits he thinks long and hard before making a shoe purchase.

“I could talk about shoes all day,” he began. “You can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear: The fit, and the way they match with their outfit. And for me, personally, my connection to the ground is important. Being grounded, and moving through the world with the Earth under me. I definitely want shoes that make me feel connected, and like I’m in my body. And that’s where it all begins – at your feet. Shoes are really important to me for that reason.”

Among his favourite sneakers are pairs from New Balance, Converse Chuck Taylors and the Adidas Stan Smith design.

As for evening shoes, he has a pair of Dior Oxfords that he got resoled after wearing them out, and some Comme des Garcons shoes, which he also recently got repaired.

“If they look good and make me feel comfortable, I generally will keep them,” he commented.

As for what socks he pairs with his footwear, Zachary doesn’t generally bother with designer items.

“My boyfriend (Miles McMillan) and I just have a communal sock drawer, and it’s pretty full. I’ll throw on a coloured sock, but I get socks from wherever, you know what I mean? I’ll go to UNIQLO, or H&M, or Paul Smith. I’m not, like, a sock snob,” he laughed. “I am a person who wears socks. But I’m not an aficionado.”

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Jonathan Anderson is a Converse superfan

Jonathan Anderson wishes he’d invented Converse sneakers.The shoe company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, who launched the brand’s famous Converse All-Star basketball in 1917. Over the last 100 years, Converse’s popularity has never wan…

Jonathan Anderson wishes he’d invented Converse sneakers.

The shoe company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, who launched the brand’s famous Converse All-Star basketball in 1917.

Over the last 100 years, Converse’s popularity has never waned, something superfan Anderson tapped into when he first collaborated with the brand last year (17). He’s now launching his second line with the label, to be known as the Toy collection.

“I have a very long history with Converse,” the designer told London Evening Standard. “When I first went to drama school in Washington DC I became completely obsessed by James Dean… He was such an iconic part of American culture and obviously, Converse are linked to that. You know how Yves Saint Laurent said, ‘I wish I had invented blue jeans.’ For me, Converse is like that, I wish I’d designed it.”

As the name suggests, the JW Anderson designer’s new Converse collaboration, which has seen him rework the high and low top the Chuck Taylor All Star 70 model, is full of bright colours and fun features, such as fuzzy laces.

Fans in England can pick up the four designs at a London pop-up, which is based in the Soho area of the British capital, while shoe lovers elsewhere can grab a pair online through the Converse and JW Anderson websites.

“I wear Converse all the time. I have kept every pair I’ve ever had, and that is over 40 now,” Anderson continued. “Some of them are threadbare, but they become conceptual objects in themselves. There are some pairs I could never part with because they remind me of a particular time or period. They are part of my story.”

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Miley Cyrus launches rainbow Converse collection for LGBT charity

Miley Cyrus has teamed up with Converse bosses to create a new collection of Gay Pride inspired kicks to benefit her Happy Hippie Foundation.The pop star launched the non-profit in 2014 to combat youth homelessness and support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, b…

Miley Cyrus has teamed up with Converse bosses to create a new collection of Gay Pride inspired kicks to benefit her Happy Hippie Foundation.

The pop star launched the non-profit in 2014 to combat youth homelessness and support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, and now she is using her ambassadorship for the classic footwear brand to raise money for her charity as part of Gay Pride Month (Jun18).

“@HappyHippiefdn and I support being yourself everyday, and Pride is an extra special time to celebrate acceptance and love,” she wrote in an announcement on Twitter on Tuesday (05Jun18). “I teamed up with Converse for this Pride collection to share that spirit of community and equality!”

“All net proceeds of the Converse Pride collection will support our LGBTQ+ youth community partners globally!,” she added, revealing the new line will be called #ConversePride.

The We Can’t Stop hitmaker has classic Chuck Taylor high-tops decked out with rainbow studs, another pair with rainbow polka dots and one white canvas sneaker with a raised rainbow platform, as well as black low-tops selling online from $65 (£48) to $95 (£71) apiece.

A limited edition of clothing and accessories, including a tracksuit, T-shirts and caps, are also available in the Converse Pride x Miley Cyrus collection.

Miley kicked off her partnership with the footwear brand in May (18), releasing her line of glittery, gender-bending wares with her diverse fans in mind.

“I definitely had my fans in mind and in my heart when I was creating,” she shared in a press release. “I put what they love about me and what I love about them into the design. No age, no gender, no sex – I wanted everyone to feel included.”

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Madonna’s daughter Lourdes fronts new Converse x MadeMe campaign

Madonna’s eldest daughter Lourdes Leon landed her new gig fronting the Converse x MadeMe streetwear campaign simply by asking for the job. The 21-year-old previously modelled for female-focused brand MadeMe last year (17), and as she worked on a separ…

Madonna’s eldest daughter Lourdes Leon landed her new gig fronting the Converse x MadeMe streetwear campaign simply by asking for the job.

The 21-year-old previously modelled for female-focused brand MadeMe last year (17), and as she worked on a separate project with company founder and creative director Erin Magee, she fell in love with the style concept of the Converse apparel and footwear collaboration.

“She (Lourdes) was in my office, because we were working on something for MadeMe, and she saw the Converse drawings on the wall and said, ‘Erin, what is this for? I love these new tracksuits. I love these shoes. Can I shoot this?'” Erin tells Vogue.co.uk. “I was like, ‘Funny, because I was going to ask you.'”

Lourdes was photographed for the new ads by Mayan Toledano, and the promotional images have quickly drawn attention – partly because the aspiring singer/songwriter has no qualms about showing off her natural underarm hair.

After one picture of Lourdes dressed in a black and white crop top and yellow shorts, posing with her arms above her head, was posted on MadeMe’s Instagram account on Monday (21May18), a number of fans heaped praise on the youngster for refusing to conform to society’s beauty rules.

“Braveness is genetic,” one follower wrote, referencing the fact that Lourdes is the daughter of outspoken pop idol Madonna.

“I’ve had the same armpits (sic) hair for 3 months and feel great about it. Thanks for sharing,” added another, while a fellow fan posted, “I love this. Thank you for showing how beautiful women are with their body hair. Well done. Lola (Lourdes) is gorgeous and hot and strong. Well done.”

However, not everyone was receptive of the hairy look, with some trolls branding the trend “disgusting” and “gross”.

Hitting back at the haters, another follower raged, “I am sick of people body shaming something that is a part of nature & WOMEN’S biology. Lourdes, you are brave and inspirational. I wish more girls our age were like you – willing to break the rules that other people (who we’ve never even met) have made for us”.

Lourdes, whose father is former personal trainer Carlos Leon, has yet to address the body hair backlash.

The new Converse x MadeMe collection launches on Thursday (24May18).

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