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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Ashley Graham isn’t afraid to respond to social media critics

Ashley Graham has no qualms about replying to her critics on social media.The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked for the likes…

Ashley Graham has no qualms about replying to her critics on social media.

The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Siriano, and Michael Kors.

In spite of her success, Ashley is still targeted by online trolls, and she has now shared that she isn’t afraid to fire back at certain users.

“I listen to my fans and I value their feedback. I disregard the haters. Their words don’t hurt me,” she said in an interview for Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “As an example, I just posted some photos from Gigi Hadid’s birthday party on Instagram – I had worn this oversized denim dress with thigh-high boots and my chunkiness was hanging over the top of the boot. Someone commented: ‘Your thighs are bursting out of them.’ I decided to write back and say: ‘Yes, my thighs were bursting out and I felt sexy AF (as f**k).'”

In addition to working as a model, Ashley is a prominent body positivity activist, and often discusses the topic in TV interviews and on her podcast. And while the journey to a fully inclusive fashion industry has some way to go, she is proud of the shifts that have already occurred.

“I want to advocate for equal representation for all curvy women – all sizes, races and ages. In talking about my size, I have to remember that my body type has been around for a long time and that women of colour have always embraced and celebrated their curves. Now, there are white faces connected to curves and I feel a big sense of responsibility there – those women have been highly disregarded by the fashion industry,” the 31-year-old added.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Veep outfits to go under the hammer

Outfits worn by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her hit TV show Veep are set to go up for auction.The HBO political satire came to an end on Sunday after seven seasons, and now fans can bid on the wardrobe of fictional U.S. President Selina Meyer. The collecti…

Outfits worn by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her hit TV show Veep are set to go up for auction.

The HBO political satire came to an end on Sunday after seven seasons, and now fans can bid on the wardrobe of fictional U.S. President Selina Meyer.

The collection features her iconic red dresses, handbags and shoes designed by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

Outfits worn by other cast members are also going under the hammer, with prices slashed by up to 70 percent in the auction on Screenbid.com.

And while Julia’s character has changed over the course of seven seasons, her style has not.

“I feel like the real world is trying to catch up with Veep,” costume designer Kathleen Felix-Hager explained, according to WWD. “But people have been more inspired in the real world to be braver in choice of colour, and that’s been nice to see. If you can express yourself in a fun way and don’t feel like you have to blend in, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Although the auction includes more than 1,000 items, there is one piece of Veep memorabilia mysteriously missing from the auction – Selina’s signature Celine Edge bag.

“Miss JLD has that in her possession,” Kathleen confessed. “There were some things special to her, so she took a small assortment for her personal memories.”

Jeffrey Dash, chief executive officer of Screenbid, said in a statement he was “excited” for the collection to finally be available to fans of the show.

The online auction concludes on 1 June, and an official Studio Certificate of Authenticity will be provided by HBO for all items sold.

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Ashley Graham gets told ‘no’ by designers who don’t want to dress her curves

Ashley Graham is still turned away by some designers who make various excuses not to dress her.The model boasts a U.S. size 14 figure (U.K. 18) and has worked with some of the world’s top labels, including Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung and Christian…

Ashley Graham is still turned away by some designers who make various excuses not to dress her.

The model boasts a U.S. size 14 figure (U.K. 18) and has worked with some of the world’s top labels, including Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano.

However, despite her A-list status in the fashion world, Ashley still gets told “no” when she approaches designers to dress her for events.

“There’s a huge lack in the quality, high-end feel of clothing for curvy girls,” she sighed in her cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar Australia. “My stylist, Jordan Foster, and I usually reach out to designers to ask if they want to dress me and I have been told ‘no’ or ‘we don’t have time’ or ‘we don’t have the money’.

“There is still a huge lack of designers who are willing to learn how to dress a curvy girl, or who are creating clothes curvy women have access to.”

As well as her modelling work, Ashley has become one of the loudest voices in the body positivity movement, and is now helping other curvy women look and feel their best with numerous design projects.

The 31-year-old has also proudly showed off her figure for the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, which she hopes will inspire other plus-size ladies to have confidence in their own skin.

“The mission behind it has always been that I want women who look like me to feel comfortable in their own skin,” she recently told thenational.ae.

“I’m not telling those women to take their clothes off, but I am allowing them to see things that the fashion world has never shown – like cellulite or back fat. Or cellulite on your arms. Yeah, it’s not just on the back of your thighs, you know, it’s on your stomach, too.”

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Dolce & Gabbana deliver new season elegance in Milan

Dolce & Gabbana showed off its new breed of elegance during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (24Feb19).Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana appear to have banished all big name models and social media influencers from their catwalk, and following o…

Dolce & Gabbana showed off its new breed of elegance during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (24Feb19).

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana appear to have banished all big name models and social media influencers from their catwalk, and following on from the fallout surrounding their culturally insensitive campaign which saw Chinese model Zuo Ye attempting to eat Italian food with chopsticks, the duo simply let their clothes do the talking in the Italian fashion capital.

Models were sent down the runway in beautiful brocades, heavily embellished dresses, flowing tulle and beautifully cut suits.

“I think, after all the sportswear and sneakers, everybody’s lost the idea of elegance,” Dolce said before the show, according to Vogue. “When we work with the new generations, we now understand that tuxedos and brocades are aspirational to them. At first they were asking if they could have the sportswear, but eventually they wanted the tailoring.”

There was a procession of pieces, from sweeping silk jackets to mini capes, trimmed with fluffy material, giving the collection an Old Hollywood feel, as well as numerous garments in Dolce & Gabbana’s go-to leopard print.

Five bridalwear looks also made their way down the catwalk, ranging from a three-tiered gown to a puffy baby doll dress.

“Our message is the human touch,” Gabbana shared. “Elegance is an old word, so we strive to find a new kind of elegance. Today everybody wears sneakers, so maybe that’s the new elegance. We take the tailoring from the past and use it in big trousers with sneakers.”

Paris Fashion Week begins on Monday, with shows from Rokh, Ottolinger and Jacquemus.

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