Louis Vuitton making face masks and hospital gowns amid coronavirus crisis

Louis Vuitton has reopened one of its ateliers to begin making face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have altered…

Louis Vuitton has reopened one of its ateliers to begin making face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have altered workshops so they can now manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and frontline workers.

“Louis Vuitton announces the production of thousands of hospital gowns to be donated to frontline medical staff within the Parisian hospital network AP-HP,” a brand spokesperson commented, referring to Assistance Publique – Hopitaux de Paris hospital trust. “These gowns will be created by volunteers at the Maison’s headquarters for six Parisian hospitals in urgent need of protective gear. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to fight this global pandemic.”

In addition, Louis Vuitton has begun producing non-medical masks approved by authorities at six of its workshops. Around 300 leather goods artisans are working to meet a government request for alternative non-medical barrier masks to help stop the spread of the virus.

“In partnership with the Mode Grande Ouest textile network, this initiative will donate the much-needed protective gear to frontline healthcare workers. Thank you to the hundreds of artisans who have volunteered to create these masks, as well as everyone doing their part to fight this global pandemic,” they added.

In addition, other houses within the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) conglomerate are also undertaking actions to help aid health workers.

The perfumes and cosmetics production sites of Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy have been retooled so they can make large quantities of hand sanitiser gel for hospitals, while volunteer staff at the Dior workshop in Redon, Brittany are making non-surgical face masks.

Europe is now the epicentre of the pandemic, with France among the most affected nations – with approximately 94,000 active cases and 14,900 deaths.

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Dior begins manufacturing face masks amid coronavirus crisis

Dior is now producing face masks for frontline health workers amid the coronavirus crisis.Executives at the French luxury label announced on Tuesday that they have reopened the Baby Dior factory in Redon, Brittany in order to begin manufacturing the no…

Dior is now producing face masks for frontline health workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Executives at the French luxury label announced on Tuesday that they have reopened the Baby Dior factory in Redon, Brittany in order to begin manufacturing the non-surgical hospital gear.

“We are proud to reopen our @BabyDior_official ateliers in Redon, which since yesterday have begun the continuous production of new masks on a volunteer basis,” a representative wrote in an Instagram post. “Dior is actively committed to aiding and protecting all those who are on the front line every day. Thank you to our wonderful petites mains (artisans) who, in an exceptional show of solidarity, are working tirelessly to protect (healthcare workers).”

The initiative follows a call from French President Emmanuel Macron for the production of facemasks to be accelerated. The country, which has had an estimated 52,000 reported cases of Covid-19, needs 10 million masks per week by the end of April, triple its usual capacity.

Accordingly, the Dior spokesperson went on to thank the team in the atelier for all of their hard work.

“We will return more creative than ever to continue making you dream. But for the time being our petites mains have voluntarily undertaken to produce masks for those invaluable people working selflessly on the front lines,” they added. “We proudly salute this gesture which once again shows the generosity of our ateliers and laboratories, more committed than ever to ensuring your protection. Take care of yourself, we are by your side.”

Part of the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) conglomerate, Dior is one of a growing number of high-end brands that have retooled factories and workforces to address the shortfall in vital medical equipment.

Previously, bosses at LVMH announced that they were levering supply chains so they could deliver millions of masks to France from an industrial supplier in China and would also be making and distributing large quantities of hydroalcoholic gel.

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Dior postpones cruise show due to coronavirus outbreak

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak. The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.However, leaders at the company have now de…

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.

However, leaders at the company have now decided to delay the event indefinitely, with a new date to be announced in due course, depending on how the crisis evolves.

“As a preventive measure, in accordance with instructions from public authorities, and to reinforce the coordination of international directives, the House of Dior has decided to postpone its cruise show in order to ensure the safety of all its employees, collaborators and guests… Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this pandemic, all over the world,” Dior representatives said in a statement provided to WWD.

At present, Italy is the hardest hit nation outside of China, where Covid-19 originated in December.

As a result of the increasing cases, totalling more than 24,700, the country has been placed on lockdown, with all non-essential shops, bars, and restaurants closed and all major sporting and cultural events cancelled.

Dior follows in the footsteps of Gucci, which has postponed its cruise show in San Francisco, California on 18 May, Prada, which has indefinitely pushed back its presentation in Tokyo, Japan on 21 May, Versace, which has shelved its runway show on 16 May at an unknown American location, and Giorgio Armani, which has postponed its cruise show in Dubai in April.

Ralph Lauren has also decided to not go ahead with its fall 2020 show, which was scheduled for April in New York, while fashion weeks in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing have been scrapped.

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Kristin Scott Thomas: ‘It’s really fun to dress up’

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite de…

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.

Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite designers in a new interview with InStyle magazine, Kristin noted that she’s a big fan of high fashion.

“This past January, I went to the Dior Haute Couture show, and seeing those beautiful clothes, there’s part of me that remains a sort of 12-year-old girl who thinks, ‘Gosh, I’d love to wear that dress.’ I can just imagine myself floating along, wearing it,” she shared. “And I cherish that part of me, because I think it’s really fun to dress up.”

However, Kristin tends to favour comfort over couture creations.

“I’m also just as happy in my Bella Freud boilersuit that I’m wearing now, which makes me look like a car mechanic. There is room for both – perhaps just not at the same time!” the 59-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin opened up about her daily skincare regime and confessed that her beauty mantra is to “maintain rather than repair”.

“Who knows, I may succumb to temptation, and if I do, good luck to me. But it’s not in the cards,” she explained, noting that beauty standards are very different in France, where she is based. “I think people’s idea of what is aesthetically acceptable changes. And it depends on what country you’re in too.

“In general, everybody wants to look healthy and happy. If you do, then that’s half the battle.”

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Gucci cancels cruise show due to coronavirus fears

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by …

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.

A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak”.

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer,” a statement reads. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100.

More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and six people in the Seattle area of Washington state have died after contracting coronavirus.

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele reportedly chose San Francisco to host the cruise show due to its history as a centre of liberal activism, according to WWD.

The decision by the Italian fashion house follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan, and a week after Giorgio Armani scrapped his Milan Fashion Week event in Italy over coronavirus fears.

The 85-year-old designer showed his fall/winter 2020 collection behind closed doors on the last day of fashion week, and the future of his cruise 2021 showcase in Dubai next month is unknown.

Chanel is expected to be staging its cruise show in Capri, Italy, in May, and days later, Dior is heading to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, for their highly-anticipated show.

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Dior incites call for female solidarity with fall 20 collection

Dior has incited a call for female solidarity with its latest fashion collection.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2020 line at the Jardin des Tuileries as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation attrac…

Dior has incited a call for female solidarity with its latest fashion collection.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2020 line at the Jardin des Tuileries as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the presentation attracting celebrities such as Sigourney Weaver, Andie MacDowell, Cara Delevingne, Demi Moore, Nina Dobrev, Rachel Brosnahan, Karlie Kloss, and Alexa Chung.

The entrance to the space was decorated with a sign featuring the ambiguous phrase “I Say I”, a reference to the work of collective feminist artist Claire Fontaine as well as the introduction to the manifesto of art critic-turned-feminist activist Carla Lonzi. In addition, illuminated signs with slogans such as “Consent,” “Women’s Love is Unpaid Labour,” “Women are the Moon that Moves the Tides,” and “Patriarchy Kills Love,” were installed in the venue.

“They are the symbol of a joyful singularity, as well as a creative and collective way of approaching the multiple aspects of feminine subjectivity – and the infinite project that femininity represents,” a Dior representative explained of the concept.

To begin, the spectacle kicked off with model Ruth Bell walking the runway in a black suit, white shirt, black tie, fishnet tights, and Mary Jane-style flats.

A number of black outfits followed, with the looks toughened up via the addition of bandanas, tights, and combat boots. Elsewhere, a ’70s vibe was evident in long, embroidered dresses, miniskirts, and pleats and fringe detailing, while Chiuri also drew upon former creative director Marc Bohan’s use of check fabric in his designs during his 30-year-old stint at the French house, as well as founder Christian Dior’s love of the fabric.

To conclude, the designer offered up a selection of chic separates, with highlights including striped metallic gowns, Grecian-inspired dresses with finely pleated skirts and drapery, as well as relaxed takes on classic menswear tailoring and suits.

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Robert Pattinson reckons he smells ‘like a crayon’

Robert Pattinson has been told on more than one occasion he smells “like a crayon”.The British actor, who has been the face of luxury fragrance Dior Homme since 2013, candidly discussed his unique personal scent in an interview with Allure, and joked t…

Robert Pattinson has been told on more than one occasion he smells “like a crayon”.

The British actor, who has been the face of luxury fragrance Dior Homme since 2013, candidly discussed his unique personal scent in an interview with Allure, and joked that it resembled that of embalming fluid used to preserve dead bodies.

“Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon,” he told the magazine. “Like I’m embalmed.”

In addition to his unusual confession, Pattinson also said he doesn’t wear fragrance all the time as he finds it too powerful, but makes an exception for the Dior Homme scent, which he described as “fresh”.

“I hardly ever wear fragrances. If I wear a fragrance, I find it quite overbearing. But this one, for some reason, you don’t really notice you’re wearing it,” the 33-year-old commented of the high-end cologne. “I can never really describe it. People are like, ‘Is it woody smelling?’ But I don’t really know what wood smells like. It definitely makes me feel more awake. There’s something fresh about it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Twilight star Pattinson revealed that he was always shocked when he was picked for “good looking” roles in movies and was stunned when he was chosen to play school hunk Cedric Diggory in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

“I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people. My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get,” he explained.

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Natalie Portman honours snubbed female directors in Dior cape at 2020 Oscars

Natalie Portman had the names of snubbed female directors embroidered into her Dior cape at the 2020 Oscars.The 38-year-old made a powerful statement at the prestigious event on Sunday, and walked the red carpet in a black floor-length gown with intric…

Natalie Portman had the names of snubbed female directors embroidered into her Dior cape at the 2020 Oscars.

The 38-year-old made a powerful statement at the prestigious event on Sunday, and walked the red carpet in a black floor-length gown with intricate gold embellishment.

The dress was overlaid with a black cape, which was embroidered with the names of several female filmmakers in gold thread.

Natalie told Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman that her decision to wear the cape was to “recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in my subtle way.”

Stitched onto the Dior cape were the names of Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig for Little Women, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s Marielle Heller, as well as Atlantics’ Mati Diop, Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas, Honey Boy’s Alma Har’el, and Celine Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Har’el, who didn’t attend the ceremony, shared a picture of Natalie’s outfit and then a close-up of her surname on the cape, and wrote on Twitter, “My first time at the #Oscars couldn’t have been more beautiful.”

And this isn’t the first time that Natalie, who scooped the Best Actress gong at the Oscars in 2011 for her role in Black Swan, has openly criticised Hollywood for failing to recognise female filmmakers.

At the Golden Globes back in 2018, Natalie famously called out the awards for the lack of female representation as she presented the Best Director category.

“Here are all the male nominees,” she stated as the five male nominees, including Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro, were introduced.

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Scarlett Johansson leads wave of colour in pink Versace dress at BAFTAs

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stu…

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stunned as she arrived at the star-studded bash held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Scarlett showed off her trim figure and numerous tattoos in the plunging custom pink gown, which was covered in sequins and finished off with a flourish of baby pink feathers on the skirt.

The mesh sections of the gown gave fans a glimpse of the ink on her rib cage, in addition to the string of roses and a goat exposed on her back.

She completed her show-stopping look with blush pink Jimmy Choo sandals and drop earrings, and styled her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Scarlett, who was nominated for both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, was just one of the famous faces opting for colour on the chilly red carpet.

Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Actress gong for her portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, wore an off-the-shoulder pale pink column gown by Prada with matching Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Florence Pugh chose a dramatic black and pink Dries Van Noten gown for the ceremony, which featured a short skirt in the front and a huge hot pink train in the back.

Charlize Theron also wowed with her pleated floor-length purple Dior dress, while Zoe Kravitz wore an eye-catching metallic gold gown designed by Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern, who continued her successful streak by winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, also channelled the colourful theme on the red carpet with a bright pink Valentino gown that featured an embellished bodice and full skirt.

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Charlize Theron ‘instantly fell in love’ with BAFTAs gown

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging nec…

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging neckline, complemented with a simple black belt.

Charlize’s stylist Leslie Fremar told British Vogue that the Bombshell actress has been trying out different looks throughout awards season and was thrilled to be wearing a classic Old Hollywood design.

“We’ve tried to alter the silhouette, colour and feeling of Charlize’s looks for each red carpet,” she explained. “You don’t see her wear this classic silhouette very often, so we instantly fell in love with it.”

Fremar revealed the mood and timing of the ceremony, which takes place during winter in the U.K., had a huge impact on what type of gown she wanted her client to wear.

“The evening lighting makes the red carpet photographs look so elegant,” she shared. “It’s softer and more beautiful than the bright sunshine at the L.A. ceremonies.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior’s artistic director) gave Charlize the option of wearing purple or red… The vibrant purple was the standout option, and dictated the silhouette of the traditional Old Hollywood gown.”

And Charlize, who has worked with the iconic French fashion house since 2004, has such a good relationship with the designer that most of the couture pieces created for her need no alteration.

“Maria Grazia’s team has mannequins of Charlize’s body, so when her looks arrive they fit really well,” Fremar explained.

The 44-year-old, who was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, finished off her show-stopping look with a 10-carat diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co.

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