Jennifer Lopez named as new face of Versace

Jennifer Lopez is celebrating her long-running relationship with Versace by becoming the face of the label’s new campaign. The superstar has been associated with the Italian fashion house since 2000, when she wore the brand’s plunging jungle print dres…

Jennifer Lopez is celebrating her long-running relationship with Versace by becoming the face of the label’s new campaign.

The superstar has been associated with the Italian fashion house since 2000, when she wore the brand’s plunging jungle print dress to the Grammy Awards, with the iconic red carpet outfit leading to the creation of Google Images. She celebrated the look once again in September, when she sported an updated version to close Versace’s catwalk show in Milan.

Now, Jennifer has revealed that she and Versace’s chief creative officer Donatella Versace were celebrating two decades of their professional relationship by collaborating on the brand’s spring/summer 2020 advertising campaign.

“I am so excited I can finally reveal that I am the face of the #VersaceSS20 campaign!” the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram over the weekend. “Thank you to @Donatella_Versace and everyone at @Versace for your vision and collaboration.”

The singer shared pictures from the futuristic campaign, which was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and showed her posing in various designs in a glass box featuring holograms of a computer keyboard on the walls. She can be seen modelling a new spin on the jungle print design – a plunging jumpsuit with matching blazer – as well as a red minidress and a midriff-baring black number.

“To me, Versace represents empowerment and putting something beautiful out into the world,” she explained in a statement. “It’s a dream to collaborate with my friend Donatella again on this gorgeous campaign.”

Donatella posted various images on Instagram and described her longtime friend as “simply breathtaking” and “stunning”.

“Thank you so much Jennifer for taking part in this project… Love you! #VersaceSS20 #Campaign #JLo @jlo,” the designer wrote.

The campaign, which also features Kendall Jenner, comes amid a successful period in Jennifer’s career. She is currently hitting the awards season circuit for her performance in Hustlers and is preparing to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Shakira in February.

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Donatella Versace has a beauty salon in her home

Donatella Versace has a fully stocked beauty salon located within her home.The fashion designer, who is the chief creative officer of the Versace label, is recognised around the world for her platinum blonde hair and bronzed skin. But maintaining her …

Donatella Versace has a fully stocked beauty salon located within her home.

The fashion designer, who is the chief creative officer of the Versace label, is recognised around the world for her platinum blonde hair and bronzed skin.

But maintaining her signature look takes work, and in an interview for Porter magazine, Donatella divulged that she has her very own spa area within her Milan mansion.

“My own home is also my personal beauty salon,” she said. “I’m very lucky and I have a massage bed, an oxygen machine and a trusted aesthetician who comes and helps me with my beauty routine.”

Donatella is passionate about skincare and has tried just about every cleanser and moisturiser on the market, and also gets a thrill any time celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath sends her any new cosmetics to test out. Yet, her favourite way to relax is by hopping into a hot bath.

“I always use perfumed bath salts and baby oil,” the 64-year-old noted of her bathing routine.

Apart from her beauty regime, Donatella keeps in shape by exercising for at least half an hour each day, drinking plenty of water, and abiding by a very healthy diet.

“In a typical day, I will eat a lot of fruit, steamed fish and vegetables, and drink a lot of water. I don’t take any supplements or have smoothies or juices, but I eat super-healthily,” she added.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee scoops top honours at The Fashion Awards 2019

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchet…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, and was hosted by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The first of Lee’s awards was for Brand of the Year, which he accepted from model and friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Mentioning Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Bottega Veneta, in his brief acceptance speech, the 33-year-old British designer thanked the Frenchman for taking “that initial gamble” on him.

Later, when accepting his second award of the evening for Accessories Designer of the Year, Lee told the famous faces in the audience: “For me, accessories are the key to modern dressing and I’m incredibly proud so many of you choose to live with our pieces every day and to express your style.”

The designer also took home the coveted awards for Designer of the Year and British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

Kim Jones of Dior Men was named as British Designer of the Year for Menswear, though as he was overseas, the accolade was accepted on his behalf by Donatella Versace.

“As you see, I’m not Kim Jones, but it’s truly an honour to accept the award for my good friend. He’s in Miami putting the last touches to his show and it’s going to be fabulous, as always,” she quipped.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was presented with the Fashion Icon award during ceremony, while Adut Akech was named as Model of the Year.

Elsewhere, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech made an emotional tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld and announced plans for Chanel to sponsor a scholarship through the British Fashion Council’s foundation.

The organisation’s newest award – The Designers’ Designer – was handed to Christopher Kane by Kylie Minogue, and the extravagant ceremony ended with a Giorgio Armani runway show.

The 85-year-old Italian then received the Outstanding Achievement Award from close pals and muses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Fashion Awards is as follows:

Brand of the Year – Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Kim Jones for Dior Men

Model of the Year – Adut Akech

Accessories Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Urban Luxe – Fenty

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Business Leader – Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Outstanding Achievement Award – Giorgio Armani

Fashion Icon – Naomi Campbell

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Sam McKnight

Trailblazer Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Positive Change Award – Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at UN Convention on Climate Change

Designers’ Designer Award – Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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Jennifer Lopez instantly agreed to appear in Versace’s spring 2020 show

Jennifer Lopez didn’t hesitate when Donatella Versace asked her to walk the runway during Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show.At the end of the presentation, the superstar modelled a reimagined version of the iconic green tropical print gown with plungin…

Jennifer Lopez didn’t hesitate when Donatella Versace asked her to walk the runway during Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show.

At the end of the presentation, the superstar modelled a reimagined version of the iconic green tropical print gown with plunging neckline that she first wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000, attracting huge media attention from around the world.

While it may have been 19 years since Jennifer first sported the dress, in a chat with Anna Wintour during the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, Donatella explained that she asked her friend if she would participate at the 2019 Met Gala in May and she immediately agreed.

“At the last Met Ball, we were sitting together at the table and I just looked at her and thought, ‘My gosh, she looks so gorgeous, so sweet, she hasn’t changed a bit from the first time.’ And I asked her, ‘Would you do it again, Jennifer?’ She said, ‘Why not? Let me check my schedule,'” she recalled. “And that happened in like two seconds, you know… and she said yes right away. This is what I like about her, she’s very instinctive. She doesn’t have to ask too managers what to do, she decided.”

Donatella went on to explain that she was never worried about Jennifer “outshining” the Versace house, as she couldn’t think of a better ambassador.

“She took the Versace name all over the world in one second,” the 64-year-old noted.

Elsewhere in the chat, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna asked the Italian designer what she thinks about America, having spent so much time there.

“I really feel half American. I even feel more American than Italian sometimes, by mentality, the way I do things. The way I make decisions very quickly, like you do here, it’s very American way of thinking,” she smiled.

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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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Jennifer Lopez closes Versace’s Milan show with new version of iconic Grammys gown

Jennifer Lopez stunned the fashion elite in Milan, Italy on Friday by closing the Versace spring/summer 2020 runway show in a dress that resembled the one that turned her into a style icon 20 years ago. Jaws dropped as the actress and singer hit the c…

Jennifer Lopez stunned the fashion elite in Milan, Italy on Friday by closing the Versace spring/summer 2020 runway show in a dress that resembled the one that turned her into a style icon 20 years ago.

Jaws dropped as the actress and singer hit the catwalk in what looked like the revealing tropical green gown that turned heads at the 2000 Grammy Awards, when her outfit became a bigger talking point than her romance with then-boyfriend Diddy.

Donatella Versace redesigned the outfit for her friend’s big entrance, which came immediately after photos of the star in the iconic creation were flashed onto giant screens above the runway.

Versace ended the slide show by stating, “Now show me the real jungle dress”, as the Hustlers star strutted her stuff.

As the fashion crowd went wild, Lopez sought out Donatella and the pair walked the runway together, smiling and laughing.

J.Lo recently recalled the impact of “that dress” on her YouTube channel, revealing the look created “an extra kinetic energy” on the red carpet.

“It just goes to show you the power of fashion and the power of those types of moments,” she said. “I know people try to make it frivolous at times, but what those things do is they give people an inspiration. It puts a beautiful moment out into the world. One dress can change the trajectory of how people dress for the next 10 years. It’s a crazy impact that fashion can have.”

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Donatella Versace apologises after T-shirt design triggers criticism in China

Donatella Versace has issued an apology to the people of China after a Versace T-shirt design triggered fierce criticism in the nation.  Recently, designers at the Italian fashion label launched a range of T-shirts and hoodies which featured a list…

Donatella Versace has issued an apology to the people of China after a Versace T-shirt design triggered fierce criticism in the nation.  

Recently, designers at the Italian fashion label launched a range of T-shirts and hoodies which featured a list of famous cities and the countries they can be found in, such as ‘Milan – ITALY’, and ‘New York – USA’. 

However, a major online backlash was sparked after consumers noted that the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau were described as independent countries on the pieces. The incident comes at a particularly sensitive time due to the protests taking place in Hong Kong at present, with tens of thousands of campaigners demanding leaders listen to their concerns about China’s political influence.

“I am deeply sorry for the unfortunate recent error that was made by our Company and that is being currently discussed on various social media channels. Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty, and this is why I wanted to personally apologise for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused,” the 64-year-old shared on Instagram.  

In a separate statement, a Versace spokesperson confirmed the brand had stopped selling the garments and began destroying them on 24 July.  

“Versace reiterates that we love China deeply, and resolutely respect China’s territory and national sovereignty,” they added. “The Company apologises for the design of its product and a recall of the T-shirt has been implemented in July. The brand accepts accountability and is exploring actions to improve how we operate day-to-day to become more conscientious and aware.” 

Yet, one of the label’s brand ambassadors, Yang Mi, has publicly announced she will be ending her contract with Versace.  

The actress – one of the most famous stars in China – said “as a citizen of the People’s Republic of China” she was “extremely outraged” by the design. 

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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Kim Kardashian sending new make-up collection to ’90s icons

Kim Kardashian is planning to send her new make-up collection to ’90s style icons including Kate Moss, Jennifer Aniston, and Alicia Silverstone.The 38-year-old announced the latest additions to her KKW Beauty range – the Matte Smoke and Matte Cocoa Col…

Kim Kardashian is planning to send her new make-up collection to ’90s style icons including Kate Moss, Jennifer Aniston, and Alicia Silverstone.

The 38-year-old announced the latest additions to her KKW Beauty range – the Matte Smoke and Matte Cocoa Collections – on social media on Monday, and revealed they were heavily influenced by the make-up looks from the era.

“I’m so excited to announce my new 90’s inspired collection of all matte formulas – The Matte Smoke & Matte Cocoa Collections!!! I get a lot of my makeup inspiration from the 90’s and love how nostalgic this entire collection is,” Kim shared on Instagram. “There are so many looks you can create with this collection. I can’t wait for you guys to try it!!!”

The collection features two eyeshadow palettes, six lipliners, five eyeliners and six matte lipsticks, including one in the same shade she used to wear as a teenager.

And to celebrate the latest KKW Beauty products, Kim plans to send the new collection to her very own ’90s icons. In a video posted to Instagram, fans can see that the reality star has supermodel Kate Moss, Friends actress Jennifer Aniston and Clueless star Alicia Silverstone on her list.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali, singer Mary J. Blige, rapper Foxy Brown, Claire Danes, who shot to fame as the star of ’90s teen drama My So Called Life, and Winona Ryder, who fronted famous ’90s films including Edward Scissorhands and Mermaids, are also on the list.

The mother-of-four’s promo shoot for the launch of her new collection features Kim wearing Versace’s strappy belt dress, which was first worn by her hero Donatella Versace in the early 1990s.

The two new collections will be available from the KWW Beauty online store from 16 August.

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