Isabel Marant serves up minimalist chic for fall 20 line

Isabel Marant has unveiled a line of chic separates for fall/winter 2020.The French designer presented her latest collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the show drawing in a large crowd of editors and fashionistas.While Maran…

Isabel Marant has unveiled a line of chic separates for fall/winter 2020.

The French designer presented her latest collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night, with the show drawing in a large crowd of editors and fashionistas.

While Marant is known for her signature Parisian aesthetic, she opted for a much more minimal vibe this season, with the first model taking to the catwalk in a large cream poncho jacket and slouchy silver-studded leather boots.

A line-up of boxy sweaters, white trousers, and cosy coats followed, with each look accessorised with leather boots, dangly earrings or layers of gold chain necklaces.

Gigi Hadid first stepped out in a white jumper with large sleeves and white shirt that was cinched in at the waist with a wide black leather belt, and later returned in a black velvet sweater with beaded detailing, high-waisted trousers, and matching calf-length boots.

Though Marant mostly stuck with a muted colour palette, she injected a few touches of teal partway through the show, with highlights including a pleated skirt matched with floral print top and a long leather coat.

Amber Valletta rocked a grey menswear-inspired suit and carried a shiny silver tote, Irina Shayk sported a long black coat and pair of matching boots, and Doutzen Kroes modelled a simple white coat with wide shoulders and a large black button on one side.

To conclude, Marant offered up a parade of head-to-toe black ensembles, with Adut Akech in a shiny ’80-inspired number, and Anna Ewers in a stylish jumpsuit featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and silver elements.

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Ashley Graham proudly bares post-baby stretch marks

Ashley Graham has proudly bared her post-baby stretch marks in a new social media post.The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin last month, and taking to Instagram on Monday, she uploaded a snap of her torso, showing the lines…

Ashley Graham has proudly bared her post-baby stretch marks in a new social media post.

The model welcomed a son named Isaac with her husband Justin Ervin last month, and taking to Instagram on Monday, she uploaded a snap of her torso, showing the lines on her stomach.

“Same me. few new stories,” she captioned the image.

Accordingly, Ashley was quickly inundated by praise from her followers and celebrity pals for opening up about the realities of new motherhood.

Lily Aldridge wrote, “Beautiful,” alongside three heart emojis, Joan Smalls commented, “Stunning,” and Doutzen Kroes added: “Women power.”

Elsewhere, Ashley’s mother Linda stated, “Totally worth it!! He’s absolutely wonderful,” and model Iskra Lawrence, who is currently expecting her first child, posted, “Beautiful. Love seeing this! I’ve got none on my tummy yet but getting some new tiger stripes on my hips and booty.”

The 32-year-old’s candid post has already racked up 1.2 million likes.

And it’s not the first time she has opened up about postpartum recovery. Last week, the brunette beauty took to Instagram to share a photo of herself posing in a bathroom while wearing a black top and grey disposable underwear.

“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too,” Ashley joked, as she sang the praises of disposable underwear. “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!”

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Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to ‘plump and lift’ her face

Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to combat signs of ageing on her face.The Dutch supermodel is one of the most in-demand names in the fashion industry, having scored major gigs with the likes of L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. Yet, Doutzen has noticed c…

Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to combat signs of ageing on her face.

The Dutch supermodel is one of the most in-demand names in the fashion industry, having scored major gigs with the likes of L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret.

Yet, Doutzen has noticed changes to the texture of her skin in recent years, with her right eye now appearing smaller than her left – but instead of trying Botox or fillers, she is opting for regular “facial rejuvenation acupuncture” sessions.

Noting that her acupuncturist Cas Rooseboom promised her that her face will “look a little more plump” after 10 sessions, the 35-year-old explained in a video for her YouTube channel, “(My face) will have a little bit of a lift. Like, how I would like to be my face is just a little bit more (lifted). It’s not a big difference, but I just feel like my face since a few years has… I don’t know how to explain it… It’s just falling apart.”

Doutzen went on to show how Cas inserts acupuncture needles into her face, hands, and feet, with the theory being that the process will mean “there will be collagen pushed into my face”.

And while the mother-of-two emphasised that ageing is normal, she is determined to do all she can to keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay for as long as possible.

“Because I’m working in the fashion industry people look at me more up close and are maybe looking at ageing a different way. I feel like I’m dealing with insecurities as well when I come to set, and I haven’t seen someone for 10 years and, obviously, I look different now than I did 10 years ago. I like to think that I don’t care about it, but I do,” she shared. “I do care, and I do everything I can to slow down the ageing process. I do facials, I choose very carefully what I put into my body, I have a very active lifestyle, and recently, I discovered acupuncture.”

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Dior takes inspiration from Greek goddesses for spring 20 couture line

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of U…

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of Uma Thurman, Tessa Thompson, Haley Bennett, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Natalia Vodianova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all perched on the front row.

Keeping in line with the feminist spirit of her previous ranges, Chiuri themed the line around the idea of American artist Judy Chicago’s key question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“In opening herself up to other ways of thinking, Chiuri seeks to grasp the complexity of relationships between feminism and femininity. Mindful of the fundamental link between fashion and the body, she re-sculpts it, like a manifesto. The Female Divine, an installation specially designed by Judy Chicago for the garden of the Musee Rodin, at once serves as a sanctuary, a stage and a monumental artwork,” a Dior representative commented of the designer’s inspirations. “But above all. it represents a tribute to, and re-appropriation of, an ancestral power that goes beyond the idea of procreation. Chiuri highlights the vision of a pioneer, a founder of American feminist art, as the revivor of a triumphant, divine conception of femininity, mistress of her destiny.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a gold dress with interwoven fringe detailing, with the look accessorised with flat sandals. Chiuri then showcased a number of techniques influenced by ancient Greek clothing, including carefully draped tops, flowing dresses, and peplos-style tunics.

To emphasise the theme, the models had their hair braided and topped off with metallic headbands, while outfits were matched with heavy olive leaf-shaped bracelets and necklaces.

Elsewhere, highlights included a long gold coat featuring delicate floral embroidery, a light pink dress dotted with evil eye motifs, a red dress with a finely pleated skirt, as well as a one-shoulder white gown with tiered tulle skirt.

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Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk star in Carine Roitfeld’s wearable calendar

Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk are among the stars who feature in Carine Roitfeld’s new T-shirt calendar.For the 2020 edition of the CR Calendar, the former editor of Vogue Paris decided to ditch the traditional paper version in favour of creating 12 r…

Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk are among the stars who feature in Carine Roitfeld’s new T-shirt calendar.

For the 2020 edition of the CR Calendar, the former editor of Vogue Paris decided to ditch the traditional paper version in favour of creating 12 recycled cotton T-shirts which each feature a model striking a pose to represent their associated star sign.

Shot by Brianna Capozzi, the project features Cindy underwater for Pisces, Irina as Capricorn, Doutzen Kroes under a waterfall for Aquarius, Stella Maxwell in brown thigh-high boots as Taurus, and Candice Swanepoel in a complex yoga pose for Libra.

Carine told WWD that she wanted to create the T-shirt calendar for 2020, as opposed to a traditional paper one, in an effort to be more sustainable.

“We have to change, no? We have to make surprise,” she explained. “We did two already and did so many before with Vogue Paris so we decided to do a T-shirt because, first of all, less paper, so it’s more eco-friendly.”

All of the models posed for the calendar for free and 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of the T-shirts will go to their chosen charities.

Roitfeld explained she was drawn to using star signs for the unique calendar because horoscopes are a big deal in the fashion industry.

“In fashion, people really ask it,” the 65-year-old shared. “Even Riccardo Tisci, one of the first things he asks someone when he meets them is ‘what is your sign.’ People are very excited to know the sign of the other one. It’s a way to break the ice.”

She also believes that working with a people who have a specific star sign is the key to success.

“Twenty-five years working with Tom Ford. He’s a Virgo. I’m a Virgo. 10 years with Karl Lagerfeld. He was a Virgo. I’m a Virgo,” she mused.

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Joan Smalls: ‘Social media gives models power’

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her …

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.

The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her rottweiler Karma, behind-the-scenes photos from runway shows, and candid images of her with model friends Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel.

And in a new interview with Porter magazine, Joan explained that she loves being able to control her own content.

“People get to see your sense of humour, what you stand for, and you can be more vocal. That’s the beauty of social media,” she told the publication. “You don’t have to relay the message through a PR company or through an agency. That’s very empowering, to have your own voice. Especially as a model, when you’re kind of trained to be seen and not heard.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Victoria’s Secret Angel – who got her big break 10 years ago walking the Givenchy couture show in Paris – recalled her early modelling days when she was cast simply to fill a quota.

“The fashion industry has become more open to inclusivity – and to not having just one girl of colour or a minority on the runway,” the 31-year-old explained. “I remember when I started out, I was (often) the only one that fitted that quota, or there’d be two, or none. Now the industry’s more accepting.”

And Smalls, who has fronted campaigns for Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci, hopes the increasing diversity in the fashion industry isn’t temporary.

“I want to see a continuation of it and for it not to be just a phase, like, ‘It’s all about inclusivity, the world wants to be better represented so let’s be on the bandwagon,’ you know? I want it to be because it’s the right thing to do,” she insisted.

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Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington petition Victoria’s Secret over misconduct

Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are among 100 models who have signed a petition urging bosses at Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.The longtime Victoria’s Secret Angel, along with the ’90s supermodel, have joined the likes o…

Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington are among 100 models who have signed a petition urging bosses at Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.

The longtime Victoria’s Secret Angel, along with the ’90s supermodel, have joined the likes of Edie Campbell, Gemma Ward, Iskra Lawrence, Karen Elson, and Milla Jovovich in adding their names to a letter sent to chief executive officer John Mehas on Tuesday.

Non-profit organisation Model Alliance posted a copy of the letter on Twitter, with the text reading, “In the past few weeks, we have heard numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking of models and aspiring models.

“While these allegations may not have been aimed at Victoria’s Secret directly, it is clear that your company has a crucial role to play in remedying the situation.”

Of late, the lingerie label has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel. Emek has not yet responded to the claims, while Bellemere and Kadel have denied the allegations.

“It is deeply disturbing that these men appear to have leveraged their working relationships with Victoria’s Secret to lure and abuse vulnerable girls,” the letter continued.

The petition from Model Alliance is also signed by a member of the Hollywood-led initiative Time’s Up, photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and former Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. Additionally, it asks Victoria’s Secret to sign on to its Respect programme, which was designed by models and aims to support those who need to report complaints about individuals in the industry, as well as provide education and training.

News of the letter comes shortly after Ed Razek, Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer, resigned from his position. He joined the company in 1983.

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Karen Elson signed new petition to protect models from ‘egregious behaviour’

Karen Elson signed a petition calling on Victoria’s Secret to protect models to put a stop to “egregious behaviour” in the fashion industry.On Tuesday, the 40-year-old was one of 100 women, including Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington, who signed a p…

Karen Elson signed a petition calling on Victoria’s Secret to protect models to put a stop to “egregious behaviour” in the fashion industry.

On Tuesday, the 40-year-old was one of 100 women, including Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington, who signed a petition urging bosses at lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.

Non-profit organisation Model Alliance posted a copy of the letter – which was also supported by Iskra Lawrence and Milla Jovovich – on Twitter and demanded chief executive officer John Mehas implements change after numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking in the fashion industry began surfacing in recent weeks.

The British model, who sits on Model Alliance’s Board of Directors, shared the open letter on Instagram and explained why she signed it.

“For far too long the fashion industry has turned a blind eye to egregious behavior (sic) that has put models and all those on set at risk. Finally solutions are being created by organizations like The Model Alliance with its RESPECT Program that can help us combat these pressing issues and create a safer and more accountable industry for all,” Elson wrote.

She went on to thank Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff and the Time’s Up movement for signing the petition.

“I hope this is the first step towards bigger leaps in the industry. Feel free to share and support!” Elson told her followers as she concluded her post.

In recent weeks, Victoria’s Secret has been rocked by claims of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel. The latter two have denied the allegations.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Shanina Shaik also claimed that the annual fashion show has been cancelled this year, although her comments are yet to be confirmed or denied.

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Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima dazzle on cover of Vogue Spain

Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Spain.The two models were shot by famed photographers Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi for the August 2019 issue of the fashion publication, with the image showing them both gazing…

Irina Shayk and Adriana Lima have been tapped to star on the cover of Vogue Spain.

The two models were shot by famed photographers Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi for the August 2019 issue of the fashion publication, with the image showing them both gazing directly at the camera while sporting matching black outfits and slicks of red lipstick.

Russian star Irina uploaded a copy of the cover image to her Instagram page, and gushed over the photoshoot with her pal.

“When women come together and empower each other… magic happens. Sisterhood and synergy on the cover of @voguespain with my sister @adrianalima. Thank u to my amazing friends @luigiandiango for capturing and empowering us that day (sic),” the 33-year-old captioned the snap.

Fashion Director of Vogue Spain, Juance Brian, oversaw the photoshoot, while Luigi Murenu was in charge of hair, and Georgi Sandev did the make-up.

And former Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana, 38, was equally thrilled with the result.

“@irinashayk babe us together in a cover is a dream…. u are killing it…. so proud…. can’t wait to see more pics of u (sic),” the Brazilian beauty added.

Accordingly, the gorgeous image garnered a lot of attention from Irina and Adriana’s fellow models, with Naomi Campbell posting two heart emojis, Shanina Shaik writing, “My loves!!! My babies, ️ my queens,” and Stella Maxwell posting, “Wowowowowowww.”

Doutzen Kroes, Carolyn Murphy, Petra Nemcova, and Anna Dello Russo also praised the photoshoot.

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Doutzen Kroes cutting down on plastic in small ways

Doutzen Kroes is doing her good deed for the environment by swapping plastics for sustainable materials where she can.Residents in the Western world have been encouraged to cut down on their use of plastics and swap them for sustainable, more eco-frien…

Doutzen Kroes is doing her good deed for the environment by swapping plastics for sustainable materials where she can.

Residents in the Western world have been encouraged to cut down on their use of plastics and swap them for sustainable, more eco-friendly products wherever possible, and the former Victoria’s Secret model is contributing by making small tweaks to her everyday life, including ditching plastic straws and bringing her own glass containers to collect takeaway food.

“We don’t have plastic straws in our home – we use stainless steel straws. We don’t have plastic bags; I take a (reusable) shopping bag,” she told Elle.com. “I drive my husband crazy. Every time he goes shopping, I tell him, ‘Bring the bag!'”

Doutzen, who grew up in Holland biking and eating produce from her family’s vegetable garden, hopes her children – eight-year-old son Phyllon and four-year-old daughter Myllena – will watch her and her DJ husband Sunnery James’ behaviour when it comes to sustainability and learn from their example.

“Sometimes you don’t even need to say anything, just do it,” the 34-year-old added.

In addition to helping the environment, the Dutch supermodel has also been working as a global ambassador for Knot On My Planet, a charity initiative fighting for the conservation of elephants. Since 2016, the project has raised $8 million (£6.3 million) and is now the biggest donor to the Elephant Crisis Fund. Accordingly, the cause has given Doutzen a sense of purpose.

“To be the voice of a species that doesn’t have one just feels amazing,” she gushed. “Something clicked. It was like, ‘Now I know why I went through this, and created all these connections,’ because coming from where I came from, I thought, ‘What am I doing to help the world?’ It was incredible to see all these people I have worked with over the years participate in our campaign.”

Models such as Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista have also worked with the charity.

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