Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million Covid-19 bailout

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald T…

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.

Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald Trump in an effort to help firms during the coronavirus pandemic.

The $2 trillion (£1.6 trillion) stimulus plan was aimed at helping cash-strapped businesses keep afloat, particularly as lockdown restrictions hampered trading and supply chains, with the loans capped at $10 million (£8 million).

After pressure to disclose the recipients of the funds, the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Administration released public records documenting every business who received a loan.

Among the big name recipients included Yeezy LLC, whose owner Kanye was declared a billionaire in April, Valentino USA Inc., Oscar de la Renta LLC and Vera Wang Group LLC. Good American, the clothing label co-founded by Khloe Kardashian, was also listed.

The documents state that the $2 to $5 million (£1.6 to £4 million) loan to Kanye’s footwear and clothing firm also led to 106 jobs being saved, while the financial boost helped Valentino salvage 281 jobs, Oscar de la Renta saved 42, and Vera Wang preserved 197 roles.

Khloe’s Good American brand, which she co-founded with Emma Grede, received $1.2 million (£960,000), according to People magazine, with 57 jobs subsequently saved by the bailout.

“We have a large wholesale footprint and all of our partners were forced to close their stores, with many shutting down warehouses and cancelling orders,” a Good American rep told the outlet. “Applying for and receiving the PPP loan was a necessary step we had to take to ensure the long-term survival of our brand and business.”

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Alexa Chung responds to Melania Trump wearing her designs

Alexa Chung has responded to Melania Trump wearing her one of her coat dresses.The First Lady of America was photographed on the steps of the White House with her husband Donald Trump in March last year when they met the Czech Republic Prime Minister A…

Alexa Chung has responded to Melania Trump wearing her one of her coat dresses.

The First Lady of America was photographed on the steps of the White House with her husband Donald Trump in March last year when they met the Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his wife Monika Babisova.

Melania was wearing a dark green leather double-breasted coat dress from Alexa’s eponymous label, that was cinched in at the waist with a belt, and retailed for $1,585 (£1,252).

When quizzed by Britain’s Daily Telegraph for her opinion on the controversial First Lady wearing one of her designs, Alexa simply replied: “Good on her for really loving fashion.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 36-year-old revealed she’s been taking style inspiration from the films she’s watching during lockdown, including the 1985 romantic drama Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep.

“It has got a bit housewife-y dream… I’ve been very influenced by film during lockdown,” she shared, noting that she was on a mission to find a similar pair of shorts worn by Meryl in the movie.

“I really had to hunt down those safari shorts. No one was doing them, but I thought some label has to have designed them by mistake. And Max Mara was the one,” Alexa quipped.

She also revealed she’s been working “every day” on designing new pieces for her eponymous fashion line and has been enjoying wearing impractical dresses while at home, including a peach floor-length dress.

“When you don’t go out much you don’t have to think about the practicalities so much,” she laughed.

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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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Autumn de Wilde wanted Emma to ‘heal’ audiences

Autumn de Wilde wanted her movie Emma to be a “cure” for those feeling depressed about the state of the world.The big-screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character, alongside Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Jos…

Autumn de Wilde wanted her movie Emma to be a “cure” for those feeling depressed about the state of the world.

The big-screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular character, alongside Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Miranda Hart, and Bill Nighy.

While the movie was recently bumped from cinemas amid the global coronavirus outbreak and moved to at-home video-on-demand services, de Wilde originally wanted the period romantic drama to serve as a cure for her “depression” over U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies.

“I’ve always really valued escape – things that transport you and take your mind off of something,” she told Variety, and said she was content with the film now being used to help audiences who are watching from home.

“There’s a lot of fun made of romantic comedies, but I think that it is a really healing place for people,” the 49-year-old filmmaker added.

De Wilde also teased the prospect of new projects in the pipeline, but admitted that their status is uncertain as movie releases are being postponed by film studios as the Covid-19 virus rages.

But she’s happy with her feature film debut and is enjoying the critical success of Emma after years of feeling overlooked.

“It was very exciting for this movie to come out and have people interested in talking to me about ideas. I wasn’t in a rush to commit to one of them, because there was a long period of my career where I felt often overlooked,” de Wilde explained. “And I’ve had some amazing experiences in my career — and a lot of times when I couldn’t pay my bills, mostly when I was a single mom. So it’s very exciting.”

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Karlie Kloss candidly discusses political views

Karlie Kloss has opened up about her political views after a Project Runway contestant joked about her in-laws.The model and TV host was left stunned when Tyler Neasloney commented on her links to the White House during an episode of the fashion challe…

Karlie Kloss has opened up about her political views after a Project Runway contestant joked about her in-laws.

The model and TV host was left stunned when Tyler Neasloney commented on her links to the White House during an episode of the fashion challenge show earlier this month.

Kloss wed American businessman Joshua Kushner in 2018, who is the brother of Jared Kushner, currently employed as U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser. Jared is also married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

When told by co-host and judge Brandon Maxwell that the model would never wear his creation to any event, budding designer Neasloney fired: “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?”

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, Kloss was asked by host Andy Cohen about her political views, considering her connections to the controversial Republican politician.

“Andy, I’m sure I’m not the only person in this country who does not necessarily agree with their family on politics,” she quipped, prompting fellow guest Martha Stewart to add, “Good answer.”

“I voted as a Democrat in 2016 and I plan to do the same in 2020,” Kloss stated.

She later shared her disappointment that Project Runway contestant Neasloney was garnering attention for his joke about the Kushners, and not his “terrible” design.

“Honestly, the real tragedy of this whole thing is that no one is talking about how terrible that dress was. That’s why he went home. I would not wear that dress to any dinner,” the 27-year-old laughed.

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Karlie Kloss stunned by Project Runway contestant’s Kushner family remark

Karlie Kloss was left stunned by a Project Runway contestant’s comment about her husband’s family.The 27-year-old model, who serves as host and executive producer on the TV series, wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018 after dating for six years. The busi…

Karlie Kloss was left stunned by a Project Runway contestant’s comment about her husband’s family.

The 27-year-old model, who serves as host and executive producer on the TV series, wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018 after dating for six years. The businessman and investor is the brother of Jared Kushner, who is currently employed by the White House as U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and is also married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

Karlie has tried to avoid talking about her links to the controversial politician, but during the latest episode of Project Runway, contestant Tyler Neasloney called the model out.

The challenge was to make a dress that Karlie could wear in Paris using recycled material, but his gown was not well received by the model or fashion designer Brandon Maxwell.

“It’s definitely ‘wearable’ in someplace that is neither Paris nor Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard,” Brandon, a judge, told the contestant. “I cannot see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly.”

“Not even to dinner with the Kushners?” Tyler fired back, before adding, “That’s your husband.”

Karlie’s mouth dropped and head snapped back in reaction to the comment, though she didn’t appear angry and swiftly turned the conversation back to Tyler’s design.

“I was going to Paris, that was your challenge here. Keep it to the challenge,” she said, before adding, “This (design) is not what I asked for. The fabrics are poor choices. I think they look cheap. The pockets are ill-placed… You really missed the mark here on all accounts.”

Tyler was ultimately sent home from Project Runway after leaving the judges unimpressed with his recycled gown, and he later apologised for the remark.

“Karlie, I want you to know that I’m not a jerk, I’m professional,” he said during his exit interview.

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Donatella Versace: ‘Donald Trump brought fried chicken to a photoshoot’

Donatella Versace has recalled the time Donald Trump dropped into a fashion photoshoot carrying a bucket of fried chicken.The Italian designer recently sat down with Anna Wintour for the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, and during their chat, the U.S…

Donatella Versace has recalled the time Donald Trump dropped into a fashion photoshoot carrying a bucket of fried chicken.

The Italian designer recently sat down with Anna Wintour for the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, and during their chat, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief asked Donatella what she thought about the state of American politics. Though she swerved the question, the 64-year-old did discuss how she met businessman Trump, who has served as U.S. President since early 2017, at a photoshoot held at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.

“I have a funny story about your President right now. We always work with the best photographers, even when (my brother Gianni Versace) was alive, the best models and celebrities. We were the first to work with celebrities for fashion shoots. So, we rented Mar-a-Lago from Mr. Trump and we went with Steven Meisel and Madonna and a huge team – make-up, hair, and stylists – to do this insane, glamorous campaign,” she remembered. “And the second day, after we did the most important pictures… we were doing the last picture and this gentleman, who was Mr. Trump, came in with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. We were like, ‘Wow, Kentucky Fried Chicken?!'”

Elsewhere in the chat, Donatella insisted that she keeps a close eye on what is happening in politics around the world. And when pressed by Anna over the political figures she is interested in, the fashion star named Pete Buttigieg as one to watch in the U.S.

“I love politics in general, but American politics at the moment, (and) I think the world, is going through a very, very difficult time. When somebody looks back and doesn’t look ahead, that’s a mistake for everything, especially for politics,” Donatella added.

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Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere posts defiant anti-Trump message

Nicolas Ghesquiere has spoken out over Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with U.S President Donald Trump.The French designer, who is the artistic director of womenswear at Louis Vuitton, took to social media on Sunday to post a fiery statement …

Nicolas Ghesquiere has spoken out over Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with U.S President Donald Trump.

The French designer, who is the artistic director of womenswear at Louis Vuitton, took to social media on Sunday to post a fiery statement in which he publicly distanced himself from the controversial American politician.

“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” he wrote on his Instagram page.

The post came days after Trump attended the grand opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas on Thursday, alongside Bernard Arnault, head of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH – which owns Louis Vuitton – and the French fashion house’s chief executive officer, Michael Burke.

During the opening, Arnault told reporters he was “honoured” to have Trump in attendance and said they had known each other since the 1980s.

Accordingly, Ghesquiere’s comment has attracted support from his celebrity followers.

Louis Vuitton’s accessories creative director Camille Miceli commented on his post with clapping hands and heart emojis, while Paco Rabanne creative director Julien Dossena, Out Magazine editor-in-chief Phillip Picardi, and former Elle U.K. editor-in-chief Anne-Marie Curtis were among the other industry figures to praise the 48-year-old.

Model Teddy Quinlivan also wrote, “BRAVO. Thank you for standing on the right side of history.”

Ghesquiere, who joined the luxury fashion house in 2013, follows in the footsteps of other prominent designers, including Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Phillip Lim, in choosing to speak out against the divisive Trump administration.

Representatives for LVMH have not yet commented on Ghesquiere’s remarks.

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Jamie Bell feared for his life while playing real-life neo-Nazi

Jamie Bell feared for his life while playing real-life neo-Nazi Bryon Widner in Skin.The independent movie is based on writer-director Guy Nattiv’s Oscar-winning short of the same name, and follows the former white supremacist as he begins to rethink…

Jamie Bell feared for his life while playing real-life neo-Nazi Bryon Widner in Skin.

The independent movie is based on writer-director Guy Nattiv’s Oscar-winning short of the same name, and follows the former white supremacist as he begins to rethink his allegiance to the white power movement.

Commentators in the U.S. have blamed the rise of racist attacks and white supremacy in the U.S. on President Donald Trump, and Bell revealed he was terrified while making the movie, as he was worried he would be targeted.

“I was very scared, honestly,” the 33-year-old said in an interview with The Big Ticket podcast. “There was a lot of fear and trepidation about doing this movie. I was worried. I think that these are a group of people that are not to be messed with, really. They are organised, they’re armed.”

The father-of-two went on to reference the white supremacist Unite the Right rally which was held in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“They’ve shown and they continue to show that they are people who don’t mind being out in the daylight. They don’t care that their faces are out there carrying torches, saying things they they’re saying, carrying the slogans that they’re carrying. So, just from a literal sense of safety, I was afraid,” he confessed.

Bell went on to reveal that he spoke to Widner on Skype for the first time on the same day that white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. deliberately drove his car into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer and wounding many others.

Bell was so spooked by the deadly event that he called Nattiv and begged him to reconsider making the movie.

“I said to Guy, ‘I don’t think we should be making this movie, man. I think that it’s too incendiary right now. It’s too explosive’,” Bell recalled.

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Prabal Gurung pulls out of venue for New York Fashion Week show

Prabal Gurung has scrapped the location of his New York Fashion Week show in protest over President Trump supporter Stephen Ross.Real estate mogul Ross is the chairman and founder of Related Companies, the firm that owns the Hudson Yards mixed-use comp…

Prabal Gurung has scrapped the location of his New York Fashion Week show in protest over President Trump supporter Stephen Ross.

Real estate mogul Ross is the chairman and founder of Related Companies, the firm that owns the Hudson Yards mixed-use complex in New York City.

Gurung was in negotiations to hold his 10-year anniversary show at Hudson Yards’ Vessel – a sculpture of interconnecting flights of stairs – during New York Fashion Week in September.

However, a backlash erupted after Ross announced he was hosting a fundraising luncheon at his Hamptons home for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for 2020.

People have called for a boycott of businesses and properties tied to Ross – including Equinox gyms and SoulCycle – in protest of his support of the controversial Republican, and now Gurung has taken a stand.

The designer took to Twitter to announce he was pulling out of the show at Hudsons Yards, and told his followers that he was prompted to make the decision due to the “turbulent and dangerous” political and social climate in the U.S.

“This is about choosing between two sides, the right or the wrong sides of the history,” the 40-year-old stated, before adding that he was simply questioning “these individuals whose motivation seems to be nothing but $$$”.

Gurung said that he was keen to partner with the Hudson Vessel for his show, but once he found out about Ross’ fundraiser for Trump, he had no choice but to pull out.

“Removing our brand and selves from this is my choice and that is my decision. I am not expecting anyone else to do it, however it was the right thing to do, for ME, and I do want to speak out to create transparency and awareness,” he concluded.

Spring Studios remains the official venue for New York Fashion Week, which kicks off 6 September.

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