Tory Burch starts social media campaign to encourage people to wear masks

Tory Burch is spearheading a social media campaign to encourage people to wear face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.The 54-year-old American designer and philanthropist took to Instagram to launch the #WearADamnMask initiative, and asked her famous …

Tory Burch is spearheading a social media campaign to encourage people to wear face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 54-year-old American designer and philanthropist took to Instagram to launch the #WearADamnMask initiative, and asked her famous friends to help her ensure the campaign goes viral.

“I am sure you are all seeing what I am seeing. Covid-19 rates in the U.S. are rising at a truly scary rate. One thing I know for sure is that there’s a very easy way each of us can help, and that’s to #WearADamnMask whenever we are in public,” Tory captioned a selfie, in which she can be seen wearing a white mask covered with an intricate black design.

“#WearaDamnMask because we want to protect ourselves and, even more importantly, we want to protect others,” she added. “#WearaDamnMask because clearly, the doctors and data say we are not going to beat this pandemic unless we each do our part to get rid of it.

“#WearaDamnMask because is it not a political issue, it is an issue of saving lives. #WearaDamnMask because it is the only way to keep our most vulnerable safe and the only way to get our economy back on track.”

She invited every one of her 2.4 million followers to help her spread the word, and urged them to share their mask selfies.

“Trust me, it takes a lot for me to post a selfie, this is urgent!” she quipped. “We are all in this together.”

Tory challenged her famous friends, such as Kerry Washington and Mindy Kaling, to join her in getting the message out, and so far, celebrities including Tracee Ellis Ross, Marisa Tomei and fellow designer Diane von Furstenberg have participated.

In the U.S. alone, there have been more than 2.7 million cases of Covid-19, and over 130,000 deaths.

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Sies Marjan shuttering amid Covid-19 pandemic

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion. However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the…

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.

Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion.

However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the business as a result of financial difficulties in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a young independent company, we were significantly impacted by Covid-19. With a heavy heart, we have made the very difficult decision to close our business,” he said in a statement released to editors at WWD. “What we have worked on has been a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and talent to Sies Marjan over the years. We have built a singular brand whose legacy is not just in the clothes and collections, but within each person who contributed along the way.”

The Sies Marjan website and Instagram page have already closed.

Lak previously worked for the likes of Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten before heading to the U.S. to launch his own label. Backed by Nancy and Howard Marks’ holding company Deia, the Dutch designer won the CFDA Award for Emerging Talent in 2018, having been nominated for the same prize a year earlier.

The news comes as a number of brands have indicated plans to restructure amid the Covid-19 crisis. Executives at Diane Von Furstenberg are reportedly cutting 75 per cent of staff members and closing the majority of stores, while John Varvatos filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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Diane von Furstenberg laying off majority of staff amid coronavirus struggles – report

Executives at Diane von Furstenberg are reportedly laying off 75 per cent of employees and closing 18 stores amid dramatic restructure efforts.According to editors at Business of Fashion, leaders at the 73-year-old designer’s eponymous New York-based f…

Executives at Diane von Furstenberg are reportedly laying off 75 per cent of employees and closing 18 stores amid dramatic restructure efforts.

According to editors at Business of Fashion, leaders at the 73-year-old designer’s eponymous New York-based fashion house recently announced plans to cut the company’s 400-person staff by at least two-thirds and shutter almost all 19 retail stores.

In addition, they indicated that bosses will be transforming DVF into a “digital-only, China-focused” brand, with the store in New York City’s Meatpacking District – which houses the company’s head office – the only one to remain open.

Branches in the U.K. and France will also close, as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread across the U.S. and Europe.

The news was announced to staff last month, and was conducted over a video conference call “without any comment from Von Furstenberg,” writers at the publication alleged.

Just 25 per cent of staff are still employed after the massive overhaul, and both chief executive Sandra Campos and vice president of production Holliday Hofstatter have reportedly departed their roles.

DVF representatives have not yet commented on the report.

The label is the latest big name to suffer financial setbacks during the coronavirus crisis, joining the likes of U.S. brands Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and J.Crew.

Von Furstenberg, who launched the label back in 1972, resigned from running the business in 2016, but currently sits on the brand’s board of executives.

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Diane von Furstenberg’s U.K. business goes into administration

Diane von Furstenberg’s U.K. business has been placed into administration as a result of the coronavirus crisis. In a letter to customers, the fashion icon, who is best known for her wrap dresses, cited the pressure the coronavirus lockdown has had on…

Diane von Furstenberg’s U.K. business has been placed into administration as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

In a letter to customers, the fashion icon, who is best known for her wrap dresses, cited the pressure the coronavirus lockdown has had on DVF Studio, the U.K. arm of her business.

“It’s with a lot of sadness that DVF UK had to close due to the very difficult present situation. DVF.com continues to be at your service and I will stay in touch to let you know of our future adventures,” she wrote.

As a result of DVF Studio going into administration, the designer’s flagship store on Bruton Street in London’s Mayfair district will remain closed permanently, although her designs can still be purchased at department stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Harrods.

“DVF is resetting its business model and that, unfortunately, has resulted in a decision to close our store in Mayfair, London,” said DVF Studio’s finance director Andrew Stokoe in a statement, according to theindustry.fashion. “We are continuing to invest in e-commerce and the DVF.com platform and remain committed to supporting our loyal customers in addition to our global network of franchise partners and wholesale accounts.”

When reached for comment by editors at WWD earlier this week, von Furstenberg said she was not yet ready to discuss the changes she’s planning to make in regards to her U.S. business.

Reflecting on lockdown life in an interview with Vogue.co.uk from her home in Connecticut back in April, the 73-year-old said: “This is a terrible situation for everybody, mostly because you won’t be able to pay people. You’re going to have to cut costs. That is the most difficult thing to do.”

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Carine Roitfeld hosting star-studded virtual fashion show for coronavirus relief

Carine Roitfeld is hosting a star-studded virtual fashion show to raise awareness for the coronavirus relief effort.The second annual CR Runway show, in collaboration with the amfAR Fund to Fight Covid-19, will be a catwalk extravaganza featuring the l…

Carine Roitfeld is hosting a star-studded virtual fashion show to raise awareness for the coronavirus relief effort.

The second annual CR Runway show, in collaboration with the amfAR Fund to Fight Covid-19, will be a catwalk extravaganza featuring the likes models Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ashley Graham, Adriana Lima, Halima Aden, Hailey Bieber, and Irina Shayk.

Hosted by Derek Blasberg, head of fashion and beauty partnerships at YouTube, the Fashion Unites show will feature runway walks with models wearing looks from their own personal wardrobes, which Roitfeld styled remotely.

The 30-minute show has been entirely self-filmed and will feature inspiring words from the fashion elite.

Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Virgil Abloh, and Alexander Wang are set to make a virtual appearance alongside Kim Kardashian, Winnie Harlow, and Amber Valletta.

The former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris said she was inspired to “engage with the creativity of others more than ever” while in self-isolation at her luxury apartment in Paris, France.

“I am very proud of how much we all stepped out of our comfort zones to create this event,” she told WWD. “For the first time, hairstylists brought their visions to life without the use of their hands, models called the shots from behind the camera, and I learned how to style looks using only what I could see through a video call on my phone.”

The inaugural CR Runway fashion show, co-founded by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, debuted in Florence, Italy, in June last year, and included models Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid, Karolina Kurkova, and Stella Maxwell.

The Fashion Unites show will stream on YouTube at 4pm (EST) on Friday.

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Diane Von Furstenberg writing new book

Diane Von Furstenberg is writing a new book while in self-isolation. The Belgian fashion designer spoke to Vogue.co.uk from her home in Connecticut and shared that she was writing a new book as she offered up advice on how to stay positive during the …

Diane Von Furstenberg is writing a new book while in self-isolation.

The Belgian fashion designer spoke to Vogue.co.uk from her home in Connecticut and shared that she was writing a new book as she offered up advice on how to stay positive during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is a terrible situation for everybody, mostly because you won’t be able to pay people. You’re going to have to cut costs. That is the most difficult thing to do. Right now, I’m writing a book and it’s called ‘Own It’. I say that the secret of life is owning it,” she said. “If you own your imperfections, they become your asset. If you own your vulnerability, it becomes your strength. Last night, I thought, ‘What the f**k!’ I’m writing a book about owning it and that’s what I have to do: I have to own it.

“This terrible thing that has happened is not my fault. Everyone has to think – whether they have a business, whether they’re old or young, a woman or a man, all humans have to somehow spend a little bit of time every day to really go deep. What am I supposed to learn from this? That’s what is important.”

The 73-year-old is no stranger to publishing books. In the 1970s, she released Diane von Furstenberg’s Book of Beauty: How to Become a More Attractive, Confident, and Sensual Woman, followed by Diane: A Signature Life in 1998, and The Woman I Wanted to Be in 2014.

Elsewhere in the interview, Von Furstenberg revealed she bought the Connecticut house for her 27th birthday and saw it as a country refuge rather than somewhere she might live, and while she is alone, she doesn’t consider herself to be lonely.

“I love to be alone. Being alone is not being lonely. Being alone strengthens you. I have never felt lonely,” the fashion icon added.

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Karlie Kloss fell in love with Joshua Kushner ‘despite complications’

Karlie Kloss has recalled how she fell in love with husband Joshua Kushner “despite complications” over their political beliefs.The couple first started dating in 2012, and six years later, Karlie, 27, converted to Judaism and they tied the knot in an …

Karlie Kloss has recalled how she fell in love with husband Joshua Kushner “despite complications” over their political beliefs.

The couple first started dating in 2012, and six years later, Karlie, 27, converted to Judaism and they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in October 2018.

Karlie has previously spoken about how her political beliefs differ from that of her in-laws, as Joshua’s older brother Jared Kushner serves as senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, and in a new interview on Diane von Furstenberg’s podcast, InCharge with DVF, the model confessed that she struggled in the early days of their relationship.

“As much as you love someone else, you can’t change or lose who you are for someone else and I think being in such a serious relationship so young, I really had to realise those boundaries of how much I love somebody else, how much I want to give to them but also to respect what I need as the other half,” the Project Runway co-host explained, noting that her husband really “wants me to chase my dreams”.

“I really followed my heart on choosing to be with the person who I love despite any complications that came with it. For me, it was worth it to fight for that,” she added, seemingly referencing her Democratic political leanings, compared to those of her husband’s Republican relatives.

Elsewhere in the interview, Karlie sweetly touched upon married life and described the 34-year-old as her soulmate.

“He is truly my partner. He is my partner in life. He is my best friend. He is my other half. I didn’t know that I could love someone in this kind of way and I feel like I’ve almost grown up with him,” she gushed.

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Diane von Furstenberg launches podcast series

Diane von Furstenberg has debuted her first-ever podcast series on Spotify.The iconic designer has kicked off the InCharge with DVF series by interviewing the likes of Kris Jenner, Priyanka Chopra, Project Runway’s Elaine Welteroth and supermodel Karli…

Diane von Furstenberg has debuted her first-ever podcast series on Spotify.

The iconic designer has kicked off the InCharge with DVF series by interviewing the likes of Kris Jenner, Priyanka Chopra, Project Runway’s Elaine Welteroth and supermodel Karlie Kloss.

Regarding the venture, Furstenberg noted in a chat with People that she was inspired by each of the women, and sat down individually with them to have “intimate conversations about the journey of life and survival”.

“I wanted to interview these women that I had met, and that I know, who are strong, and have these conversations with them,” she told the publication. “I wanted to show not just what they have accomplished, but where they came from, where it all started.

“When you put women in an intimate context, it doesn’t matter how successful they are. They are warm and they talk openly about their experience and the challenges, and that is what is inspiring.”

Furstenberg heaped praise on each of her guests and described them all as being “very open”. The fashion star also claimed to be in awe of the Kardashian/Jenner family matriarch.

“I mean, Kris is a superwoman; each of her children are so successful. So, it was a very interesting conversation,” the 73-year-old added.

Furstenberg went on to share her adoration for Chopra, and insisted the Quantico star was more than just her looks.

“Everybody knows she’s beautiful, she’s married (to Nick Jonas) and this and that, but Priyanka is incredibly intelligent and she has a lot to talk about,” she gushed.

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Diane von Furstenberg bestowed with Legion d’Honneur

Diane von Furstenberg has been bestowed with France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.The Belgium-born designer was presented with the order of merit by the President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, at an official ceremony held at t…

Diane von Furstenberg has been bestowed with France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.

The Belgium-born designer was presented with the order of merit by the President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, at an official ceremony held at the offices of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris last week.

Von Furstenberg was selected for the honour in recognition of her work in supporting women’s organisations around the world, such as Vital Voices, and for raising funds for the new Statue of Liberty Museum in New York City.

In her acceptance speech, the 73-year-old noted that she was thrilled to be receiving the medal.

“I am accepting this Legion D’Honneur with pride and humility, knowing that recognition and honour give us a voice,” she smiled. “And when we have a voice, it is our duty and privilege to use that voice for those who have no voice. My heart is filled with gratitude.”

Von Furstenberg then went on to praise Lagarde.

“To receive this honour from you, is as much an honour as the honour itself,” the fashion icon insisted.

Elsewhere, Lagarde made a point of commenting on the continuing power of Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress, which was first unveiled in 1974.

“Your wrap dress beautifies women’s bodies without either restricting them or burdening them with too much sophistication,” she added.

Guests in attendance at the ceremony included Von Furstenberg’s children, grandchildren, and famous friends, such as Christian Louboutin, Jeff Bezos, Natalia Vodianova, and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Previous Legion d’Honneur recipients from the fashion community include Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and American designer Vera Wang.

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Diane von Furstenberg ‘totally surprised’ by Legion d’Honneur

Diane von Furstenberg is “totally surprised” to be receiving the prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.The iconic fashion designer will be given the French order of merit at an official ceremony in Paris, France on 28 February.Von Furstenberg was selected…

Diane von Furstenberg is “totally surprised” to be receiving the prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.

The iconic fashion designer will be given the French order of merit at an official ceremony in Paris, France on 28 February.

Von Furstenberg was selected for the honour in recognition of her work in supporting women’s organisations around the world and for raising funds for the new Statue of Liberty Museum in New York City.

“I was totally surprised when I received the letter from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs that announced to me that I was being given the Legion d’Honneur,” the 73-year-old told WWD. “It’s being given to me for my work and commitment to women as well as my work for the Statue of Liberty, who is a symbol of freedom and friendship between France and America.

“I am extremely honoured for this important recognition.”

Von Furstenberg will be presented with the prize by European Central Bank president, Christine Lagarde.

The Belgium-born designer serves as chair of the fundraising campaign for the Statue of Liberty Museum and is committed to empowering women through non-profit organisations such as Vital Voices.

She also fetes extraordinary women with her very own DVF Awards, which were founded in 2010.

Previous Legion d’Honneur recipients include Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Vera Wang, who was bestowed with the honour in 2017.

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