Footwear designer Sergio Rossi dies

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto. “He was a master, it was …

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.

The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto.

“He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him,” Sciutto said in a statement to WWD. “He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”

In a statement, Rossi’s son Gianvito confirmed his father died on Thursday night after contracting Covid-19.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Sergio Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear.

Over the years, Rossi collaborated with designers at fashion houses including Versace, Azzedine Alaia, and Dolce & Gabbana, and also opened up boutiques in major cities around the world.

Praising the artisan’s business sense, Sciutto added: “(He loved) women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way. He was never over-the-top, always in good taste. The shoes were always wearable and he was never satisfied until they were perfect. They were not accessories for him. He told me once that he wanted to create the perfect extension of a woman’s leg.”

The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015, with Scuitto joining the following year.

Gianvito Rossi unveiled his own footwear label in 2007.

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Gucci pledges $2.2 million towards coronavirus crisis relief efforts

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths…

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths. At present, the U.S., France, and Spain are among the worst affected nations, while hospitals in Italy are being overwhelmed with an estimated 62,000 active cases.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Italian fashion house Gucci announced on Thursday that they will be donating $1.1 million (£897,000) to the Italian Civil Protection Department in aid of health services in Italy and another $1.1 million to the United Nations Foundation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization via Facebook’s $10 million Matching Fundraiser. Officials at the health groups are monitoring and collecting data on the spread of the virus to strengthen intensive care units across the world, supplying protection equipment to health personnel, and fast-tracking the creation of vaccines and therapies.

“Gucci has created a world, open and free: a Gucci global community,” creative director Alessandro Michele and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a joint statement. “We ask all of you to be the changemakers in this crisis, to stand together with us in the fight against the coronavirus. We are all in this together.”

Meanwhile, Valentino founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti are contributing $1.1 million towards the newly established Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome.

“In such a dramatic moment for the whole world, we wanted to give our contribution to win this crucial battle against this invisible, but terrible enemy,” they commented. “Our deepest gratitude goes to those women and men who are fighting night and day to save human lives in our hospitals.”

Other major Italian fashion brands to pledge contributions towards the crisis include Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Versace.

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Domenico Dolce ‘hoping for a miracle’ during coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Domenico Dolce is “hoping for a miracle” as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on his native Italy.The 61-year-old, who heads up the Dolce & Gabbana creative team alongside Stefano Gabbana, has opened up about his experiences during the tr…

Domenico Dolce is “hoping for a miracle” as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on his native Italy.

The 61-year-old, who heads up the Dolce & Gabbana creative team alongside Stefano Gabbana, has opened up about his experiences during the troubling Covid-19 outbreak in an op-ed for Vogue.com.

Dolce lives in Milan, which has been the subject of strict government measures requiring residents to stay at home to avoid spreading the deadly virus, and in the article, he shared his admiration for the doctors and nurses who are working on the frontline.

“I hope for a miracle. I look at all the news and sometimes it is exhausting, but it is also inspiring,” he wrote. “For me, the nurses and the doctors are our heroes – these are the people we should celebrate and admire. Not celebrities or influencers or whatever.”

Dolce went on to voice his gratitude for the free medical care available to Italian citizens and revealed that he and Gabbana had started funding a research project into the virus at the Humanitas University in Milan.

“We hope that it is progressing. The epidemiologists will only talk about it if and when they make progress because they do not want to create an illusion, or talk for nothing. I would love it if tomorrow is better. But today, it’s like a big war. We need to look after humanity first, lives and dignity,” the designer insisted.

More than 59,000 have been infected in Italy so far, with 5,476 deaths. And despite the grim outlook, Dolce is trying to keep a positive outlook.

“When I see the videos of the people all singing together from their balconies, singing opera, singing Azzurro, singing the old Italian songs, I cry. Because in isolation we are coming together,” he added.

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Blake Lively rocks giant emerald necklace to The Rhythm Section premiere

Blake Lively wore a necklace featuring a 50-carat emerald to the New York premiere of The Rhythm Section.The actress, who plays a woman veering down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family in the Reed Morano-directed film…

Blake Lively wore a necklace featuring a 50-carat emerald to the New York premiere of The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who plays a woman veering down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family in the Reed Morano-directed film, opted for a black velvet Dolce & Gabbana gown and matching black gloves for the debut, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday night.

Blake topped off her ensemble with bling from Lorraine Schwartz, and in an Instagram post, the jeweller shared that the large necklace was made of diamonds and pearls, and also contained a one-of-a-kind Colombian emerald.

“Blake looks stunning and is wearing #lorraineschwartz #diamond and #pearl with #linkchain and a 50 carat #colombian #emerald,” Lorraine captioned a snap of her friend. “Just saw #therhythmsection starring #blakelively. What a performance!!! It was great! Seriously she was so amazing! So hardcore, captivating, intense, and full of action – I was grabbing on to the person next to me!”

And while speaking to reporters on the red carpet, Blake admitted that she has rarely had the chance to get dressed up for events since welcoming her third child with husband Ryan Reynolds last year.

“A transformation – what do you think I normally look like?” the 32-year-old replied to Entertainment Tonight when asked about her glamorous outfit. “It is. I don’t look like this.”

Meanwhile, it appears Blake is making gloves her new go-to accessory, as she also wore a brown pair with a blush trench coat and matching boots while out and about in New York City before the premiere.

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Emilia Clarke named Clinique’s first-ever brand ambassador

Emilia Clarke has been appointed the first-ever global brand ambassador for beauty company Clinique.The Games of Thrones actress has been tapped by officials at the American skincare and cosmetics brand to help promote their custom-fit hydrating system…

Emilia Clarke has been appointed the first-ever global brand ambassador for beauty company Clinique.

The Games of Thrones actress has been tapped by officials at the American skincare and cosmetics brand to help promote their custom-fit hydrating system, Clinique iD, which launched two years ago.

Emilia, who was introduced to Clinique by her mother and is a longtime user of their products, explained to WWD.com that she was keen to be the brand’s first celebrity ambassador as their values align with hers.

“The brand feels fresh and relatable and universal, and those are the traits I believe in,” she said. “They’re not trying to make people look different, they’re trying to make people look like themselves, which is ideal because we can’t keep striving to be something we’re not anymore. That’s an absolute recipe for lifelong misery.”

The 33-year-old likes that Clinique develops quick and simple products in a beauty market that can be complicated.

“There’s so many new brands – vegan brands, scientific brands – it can be really b**ody confusing when you just want something that works,” Emilia shared. “If you don’t have the money to spend on a huge amount of new stuff that maybe next month will make your eyebrows fall off, that stamp of approval and heritage feels safer. It almost comes pre-approved, whilst still being modern. That simple outlook, for me, is a relief.”

Clinique executives abstained from having celebrity ambassadors over the course of its 50-year history as they wanted to let the products speak for themselves. They were so determined to pick a star that was already a fan of the brand that they even sent a consultant to Emilia’s home before signing her up.

The Last Christmas star has previously appeared in fragrance campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana and a jewellery campaign for Dior.

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Dolce & Gabbana designers have no plans to sell brand

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have no desire to sell their company.The Italian duo presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories, and fragrances to their offerings…

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have no desire to sell their company.

The Italian duo presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories, and fragrances to their offerings.

While Domenico and Stefano claim to have received numerous buyout offers over the years, they have now explained that they plan to retain control of their label for as long as possible and eventually want to hand over the business to family members.

“First of all, it’s like our child. You are a mother, and you cannot sell your children. We got lucky. We don’t want to become the richest people in the cemetery,” Stefano told Vogue Business. “We would love to give the family our jobs.”

The designers went on to make it very clear that they don’t want any other designers to step into their roles in the future.

“To us, it’s very strange when you see a new designer for a label. There’s a lot of that,” the 57-year-old noted, adding that he and Domenico don’t believe incoming creative directors ever have the same level of commitment to brand ethos and aesthetic as the founders. “We are afraid of that.”

Among the family members Domenico, 61, and Stefano will look to one day to take over the company are Domenico’s brother Alfonso Dolce, who is the brand’s chief executive officer, and their sister Dora Dolce, who oversees development of the ready-to-wear line, as well as their children.

Elsewhere in the interview, Alfonso noted that he is focused on expanding the Alta Moda line and is looking to make moves back into China. The designers were forced to cancel a fashion show in Shanghai in November 2018 after a series of posts which appeared to trivialise Chinese culture were shared on the brand’s social media pages, while Stefano was also accused of sending distasteful messages from his own Instagram page, with a representative later claiming that both accounts had been “hacked”. Domenico and Stefano later issued apologies over the controversy.

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Dolce & Gabbana heads on jungle safari for spring 2020

Dolce & Gabbana has served up safari chic for its spring/summer 2020 collection.Founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have largely steered clear of the spotlight since they were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China last November …

Dolce & Gabbana has served up safari chic for its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have largely steered clear of the spotlight since they were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China last November after critics accused them of ridiculing Chinese culture in an Instagram campaign.

However, the Italian fashion designers staged a quiet comeback at the Metropol theatre as part of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday night, with their presentation drawing in the likes of Sofia Vergara, Monica Bellucci, Kitty Spencer, and Toni Garrn.

With the backdrop decorated with floral foliage, ferns, and a leopard print runway, the pair made no secret of the theme, with Gabbana commenting to Vogue.com, “(It’s the) Sicilian jungle…We enjoy making something glamorous, and we love the sense of happiness, summertime. It’s our philosophy.”

The spectacle opened with a parade of models sporting khaki safari jackets and cargo pants, with the looks paired with green accessories, gold jewellery, headscarves, and leopard print separates.

A number of garments containing animal imagery followed. One dress had a large giraffe motif across the front, while another depicted a cockatoo perched on a branch.

Referencing their Sicilian roots, Dolce and Gabbana interspersed the collection with figure-hugging black cocktail dresses and flowing numbers with deep-V necklines and lush jungle prints, and also dropped in a few miniskirts, bikini tops, and crochet dresses.

Highlights of the range included a translucent overcoat printed with delicate jungle foliage and tropical animals, a giraffe print dress, and a two-piece ensemble dotted with pineapple motifs which was paired with a dark green feathered overcoat.

To conclude, Dolce and Gabbana unveiled a line of evening dresses, mostly featuring prints of parrots, bird of paradise flowers, and dark green plants.

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Hailey Bieber hints she may be done with runway modelling

Hailey Bieber has dropped a major hint indicating she may be done with runway modelling.The model launched her career in 2014 when she made her catwalk debut walking for Topshop, and since then, she has appeared in shows for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger…

Hailey Bieber has dropped a major hint indicating she may be done with runway modelling.

The model launched her career in 2014 when she made her catwalk debut walking for Topshop, and since then, she has appeared in shows for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Philipp Plein, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung, and Jeremy Scott.

But in a recent post on her Instagram Stories, Hailey shared a photo of her strutting down the catwalk during the Zadig & Voltaire fall/winter 2018 show and criticised her arm placement.

“What I do know, is that ur arm truly should never swing this high when ur walking on a runway (sic),” she captioned the image, circling her arm in blue. “Hence why it is not, and will never be my thing again lol (laugh out loud).”

Hailey did not share any further comments on her possible career move. The last major runway show she appeared in was Versace’s pre-fall 2019 show held in New York City last December.

However, shortly before the blonde star wed popstar Justin Bieber in a courthouse ceremony in September, she shared in an interview with WWD that she is planning to be more selective about her modelling gigs in the future.

“I’ve tried to be really choosy with fashion week going forward, just because I want to have the time to spend being relaxed and being with family – and my fiance,” the 22-year-old commented.

In spite of her latest social media posts, it appears Hailey is still passionate about campaign modelling, and has recently landed gigs for brands such as Miu Miu, Max Mara, Levi’s, and Carolina Herrera.

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Elsa Hosk shares clothes with her boyfriend

Elsa Hosk shares a lot of her clothes with her boyfriend Tom Daly. The Swedish star has modelled for brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and H&M, and has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015, but when she’s not wearing high fashion on catwalks…

Elsa Hosk shares a lot of her clothes with her boyfriend Tom Daly.

The Swedish star has modelled for brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and H&M, and has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015, but when she’s not wearing high fashion on catwalks and in campaigns, Hosk borrows from Daly’s wardrobe to find her off-duty look.

“I share a lot of clothes with my boyfriend,” Hosk shared to Vogue.com.au. “I buy him a lot of vintage ’50s Hawaiian shirts that I steal when we are on vacation. I also borrow his suits sometimes and he borrows all my super oversized Balenciaga stuff and cashmere Elder Statesman sweaters. Sometimes I get something for both of us in mind.”

The 30-year-old, who has been dating the creative director of District Vision since 2015, believes times are changing in fashion and men and women are able to wear the same clothes.

“I think rules in fashion are going away,” she added. “Men and women can wear the same clothes – people are most beautiful and comfortable when they wear exactly what they want! It’s so cool when women wear traditional mens clothes and vice versa!”

Hosk sat down to chat with the publication to promote her new sustainable denim line with J Brand, and revealed that she was heavily involved in the design process for the 11-piece capsule collection.

“J Brand gave me full creative control which was so much fun for me,” Hosk gushed. “I was very quick in deciding what I wanted to do so I put together a presentation with sketches and inspiration pictures of around ten styles and they chose the ones that they liked the most… After that we made first samples and had many fittings to get the fit, wash and fabric as close as possible to our shared vision.”

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Tessa Thompson thrilled with futuristic gown for Men in Black: International premiere

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out…

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.

The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City for the film’s debut in a silver Rodarte dress with high-low hemline.

Taking to Instagram to share a slideshow of images of her posing on the black carpet, Tessa thanked Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy for embracing her vision and supporting her over the years.

“@Rodarte dressed me for my first big premiere years ago & 4 last night’s debut of @mib_international they made this dress special for me. Luv u (sic) so much @kateandlauramulleavy . Endless thanks. & to the dreamy team that got me ready,” the 35-year-old wrote in the caption.

Tessa topped off her look with silver platform heels and a moon-shaped purse from Judith Leiber, while her make-up artist gave her a slick of iridescent eyeshadow on her lids.

Accordingly, Kate and Laura shared their excitement over the look too, commenting on the post, “We love you Tessa!!!!!!!! You are magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of Tessa’s celebrity pals too, with La La Anthony writing, “Beyond,” with a string of fire emojis, and her Creed co-star Michael B. Jordan commenting, “Such a fan!”

Tessa’s Men in Black: International co-star Chris Hemsworth, who takes on the role of Agent H, also attended the event, looking handsome in a Dolce & Gabbana suit, while the actor’s wife Elsa Pataky rocked a white Armani ensemble.

Men in Black: International opens in cinemas from 13 June.

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