Adut Akech wins top modelling honour for second consecutive year

Adut Akech is feeling “blessed” after winning the Model of the Year honour from Models.com two years in a row.The 20-year-old South Sudanese beauty took to Instagram to share her joy at scooping the honour at the Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Ind…

Adut Akech is feeling “blessed” after winning the Model of the Year honour from Models.com two years in a row.

The 20-year-old South Sudanese beauty took to Instagram to share her joy at scooping the honour at the Models.com Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards.

“This can’t be real!” Adut gushed at the news she’d been named the Industry’s Vote Model of the Year. “I’ve been waking up to the best news lately. I’m so honored to be @modelsdot 2019 “Model of the year” by industry’s vote again for the second year in a row!!!”

The model went on to thank her mentor Naomi Campbell, who was named the Readers’ Choice Model of the Year.

“And to be right beside this iconic woman, congratulations mama I’m so proud of you! @naomi,” she gushed. “From the bottom of my heart thank you so much to everyone in the industry who has been a part of my journey this year. Without you I would not be living my dream.”

Adut later acknowledged that while it’s been a “challenging year”, it’s been the best 12 months of her life.

“I’ve done more than I ever imagined I’d do in my career and 2019 has been proof of that. I’m so proud of all my accomplishments this year. I remind myself every single day how blessed and grateful i am for everything and everyone I have in my life,” she sweetly wrote.

Other winners at the Models.com awards included Alton Mason, who was named the Industry’s Vote and Readers’ Choice Model of the Year in the men’s category.

“To wake up to this award for 2019 Model of the Year @modelsdot is truly a blessing & resonates deeper than ever!” he wrote on Instagram. “Thank you again @modelsdot for this recognition and acknowledgment.”

The 22-year-old American model also won the Industry’s Vote Social Media Star in the male category and was declared to have the best male street style by both sets of voters.

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Vogue editors pledge to focus on diversity and sustainability in new initiative

The editors-in-chief of all 26 editions of Vogue, including Anna Wintour and Edward Enninful, have pledged to focus on diversity and social responsibility in a new initiative.The fashion bible has previously been criticised for not being representative…

The editors-in-chief of all 26 editions of Vogue, including Anna Wintour and Edward Enninful, have pledged to focus on diversity and social responsibility in a new initiative.

The fashion bible has previously been criticised for not being representative enough with its cover stars, but executives at the magazine have now agreed to adhere to a set of rules and values as the new year approaches.

“Today we are announcing the launch of Vogue Values, a global mission statement underscoring a set of universal values to be shared across all 26 editions of Vogue for 2020 and beyond,” read a joint statement shared on their social media channels on Thursday. “Vogue Values is a statement of principles for all editorial teams to stand by, that each Vogue Editor-in-Chief worldwide has signed their name to.”

The editors, including U.S. Vogue’s Wintour, British Vogue’s Enninful, Vogue Paris’ Emmanuelle Alt, Vogue Italy’s Emanuele Farneti and Vogue China’s Angelica Cheung, are now striving to ensure that their publications are representative of their readership.

“We speak with a unified voice across 26 editions standing for the values of diversity, responsibility and respect for individuals, communities and for our natural environment,” they said in a joint statement.

They also insisted they would now cover current affairs and global issues, as well as sustainability in fashion.

“I’m thrilled to join with the other Vogue editors around the world in celebrating Vogue values,” said Wintour, noting that the statement comes as trailblazing designer Stella McCartney features on the latest cover of U.S. Vogue, which highlights eco-friendly fashion.

“Her pioneering work around fashion and sustainability is a model of ingenuity and vision,” she added.

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Adut Akech thrilled to win Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2019

Adut Akech has shared her excitement over winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, is quickly building up a reputation as one to watch in the fashion indust…

Adut Akech has shared her excitement over winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, is quickly building up a reputation as one to watch in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Givenchy, Prada, and Versace.

At the British Fashion Council’s annual prizegiving on Monday night, Adut was named Model of the Year, beating out other top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow, and she later took to Instagram to celebrate her achievement.

“2019 MODEL OF THE YEAR,” she wrote. “Meet the South Sudanese refugee who comes from nothing, who become (sic) your 2019 Model of The Year last night. I F**KING DID IT!!!”

Adut was presented her prize by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and looked stunning in an emerald green Valentino gown.

During her acceptance speech, she told the audience, “It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity… This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.”

Accordingly, a number of the 19-year-old’s celebrity followers praised her win in the Instagram comments, including Lily Aldridge, Irina Shayk, Elle Macpherson, Karlie Kloss, Shanina Shaik, and Elsa Hosk.

Karen Elson wrote, “You did it. You deserve it! You’re incredible,” Natalia Vodianova gushed, “You worked so hard, baby girl. Congrats,” and Amber Valletta added, “So, so happy for you! Well-deserved beauty.”

While Adut’s mentor Naomi Campbell sweetly commented, “So deserved my baby @adutakech. I Love you.”

Naomi was also feted on the night, taking home the prestigious Fashion Icon accolade.

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Taylor Swift wore vintage Chanel on British Vogue cover to ‘highlight sustainability’

Edward Enninful styled Taylor Swift in a vintage Chanel jacket for the latest cover of British Vogue to address the “global climate crisis”.The singer rocks a cream tweed jacket from the French luxury fashion house’s Metiers d’art Paris-New York 2005/2…

Edward Enninful styled Taylor Swift in a vintage Chanel jacket for the latest cover of British Vogue to address the “global climate crisis”.

The singer rocks a cream tweed jacket from the French luxury fashion house’s Metiers d’art Paris-New York 2005/2006 collection, accompanied by a white shirt with pearl Chanel buttons, for the main image of the U.K. magazine’s January 2020 issue.

When putting together pieces for the photoshoot, British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful was keen to promote ways in which sustainability can be highly fashionable.

“I wanted to put a vintage Chanel jacket on the cover of Vogue because I feel that, with the global climate crisis, we all have to do what we can to contribute to the conversation around sustainability,” he wrote in an editor’s letter. “Buying better and buying less is what I believe in: investing in clothes that will last a lifetime, pieces that can be passed down from generation to generation.”

Enninful also revealed that he has always invested in classic pieces.

“Fashion shouldn’t feel disposable: the best clothes can be worn time and time again and have the quality of both design and craftsmanship to ensure their staying power,” the 47-year-old explained, adding that it was important to him to choose one classic item for the Shake It Off hitmaker to wear on the cover. “It’s the ultimate sign of luxury, it has never gone out of fashion, and it never will.”

The January 2020 issue of British Vogue is out on 6 December.

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Victoria Beckham serves up a ‘modern mix’ for spring 2020

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British V…

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, and Helen Mirren all perched on the front row, while her husband David Beckham and their four children were also in the audience.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, Beckham explained in a post on her Instagram page that she was influenced by a variety of sources and was determined for all of the garments to be comfortable for her customers.

“We took a melting pot of references and inspiration from past decades, then looked to our brand DNA and put everything together into a blender, to make a new, modern mix,” she commented, adding: “Lightness, easiness, freedom. Those are the ideas I was thinking of for this collection. There is always a duality in women, moving between different ideas, different moods. I want clothes that move with a woman, that move with her life.”

The show opened with a model wearing a black and white chequered suit, burnt orange shirt, and off-white coat, followed by a number of ensembles featuring neutral separates.

Rather than the figure-hugging dresses Beckham has built up a reputation for in previous years, this time she opted for a flowing silhouette, with standouts including a violet dress with ruffled neckline and floral applique on one shoulder, a lemon-yellow number with plunging neckline, as well as shirts and dresses featuring a scribble print.

Other highlights included ’70s-inspired suits, a bright green number, and a bright purple dress with off-the-shoulder neckline. The show concluded with a trio of swishy black dresses, a sharp white suit, and a beautiful white dress with ruching at the waist.

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Roksanda, Erdem, and Burberry.

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Emily Ratajkowski honoured at Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards

Emily Ratajkowski and Kate Moss were among the honorees at The Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards on Thursday. The model/actress was presented with the Fashion Entrepreneur prize for Inamorata, the fashion line she launched in 2017 with swimwear bef…

Emily Ratajkowski and Kate Moss were among the honorees at The Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards on Thursday.

The model/actress was presented with the Fashion Entrepreneur prize for Inamorata, the fashion line she launched in 2017 with swimwear before expanding into clothing, at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

The Gone Girl star, who had made headlines earlier in the day for wearing an Inamorata bikini top with a suit while out in the Big Apple, later took to Instagram to show a picture of her grinning while at the onstage podium.

“This is the face you make when (model) @kathyireland calls you an ‘extraordinary woman,'” she captioned the photo.

British supermodel Moss was named Style Icon at the ceremony, while Halima Aden was given the Breakthrough Model prize.

Speaking to Footwear News on the red carpet, Aden explained how she wanted to use her platform.

“I try to use my platform for positivity,” she said. “It’s important to speak up and share your stories so people get to know you, but most of all, what I’m proud of is that in fashion today you can have a voice and an impact.”

Zendaya also took to the red carpet in a burgundy velvet suit from her Tommy X Zendaya line and picked up the Fashion Force award. British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful was another winner, as the publication was named Magazine of the Year, while Cover of the Year went to Nina Garcia at ELLE magazine for her cover starring Pose actress Indya Moore.

Designer Tomo Koizumi won the Design Debut accolade, Michael Mente of online retailer REVOLVE was named Fashion Visionary, Zoey Grossman was awarded Photographer of the Year, and French hairstylist Frederic Fekkai was honoured for being a Beauty Innovator.

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British Vogue editor pleased to see Kaia Gerber ‘in the trenches’ with other models

British Vogue’s Edward Enninful is happy to see Kaia Gerber “in the trenches” with other models.The rising fashion star, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has already landed campaigns for the likes of Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Karl…

British Vogue’s Edward Enninful is happy to see Kaia Gerber “in the trenches” with other models.

The rising fashion star, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has already landed campaigns for the likes of Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Karl Lagerfeld.

British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful also tapped Gerber to be on the cover of the October 2019 issue of the publication, and in an accompanying article, praised the model’s commitment and professionalism.

“That Kaia has become one of the brightest faces in modelling is a personal delight to me,” he wrote. “I have known Cindy Crawford, her supermodel mother, since the ’90s, so it’s wonderful to now work with her daughter, who is as driven, hardworking and beautiful as Cindy is. It always pleases me that, every season, despite coming from privilege, I see Kaia in the trenches with the other models, doing show after show, always on time and with a kind word for everyone. That’s the way to do it.”

In the cover image, Gerber poses in a black and white ensemble from Valentino. Guido Palau and Pat McGrath were behind her hair and make-up, Joe McKenna was the stylist, Jin Soon Choi was in charge of the manicure, with Steven Meisel helming the photoshoot.

And in a post sharing the news on her Instagram page, Gerber commented that the prestigious gig was the “best” birthday present, as she celebrates turning 18 on 3 September.

“October issue of @britishvogue by #stevenmeisel is out! thank you @edward_enninful for the best birthday present, and to everyone involved #joemckenna, @guidopalau, @patmcgrathreal, and @jinsoonchoi,” she gushed.

The October issue of British Vogue hits newsstands on 6 September.

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Edward Enninful would love to see launch of Vogue Africa

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful would love to see the creation of Vogue Africa.The British-Ghanaian stylist joined the fashion publication in 2017 and has since gone on to win praise for his promotion of inclusivity and diversity, especia…

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful would love to see the creation of Vogue Africa.

The British-Ghanaian stylist joined the fashion publication in 2017 and has since gone on to win praise for his promotion of inclusivity and diversity, especially for the September 2019 edition, in which he worked alongside guest-editor Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to highlight the work of 15 inspiring women.

While Vogue is published around the world, with countries such as Japan and Italy having their own versions, Enninful has now shared that he is certain there is enough appetite in Africa for the continent to warrant its own magazine.

“We could see that at the (Conde Nast International Luxury) conference (held in Cape Town in April) – you can feel the energy and the excitement and the desire to be a part of the world conversation when it comes to luxury,” he commented in an interview with the new Vogue Business website. “It could have satellite offices in north, south, east, west that report into one place.”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Enninful spoke about how he has scoured the Vogue archives for inspiration and in some ways, views himself as a “guardian” of the fashion bible.

He also noted that he wants to encourage conversation about the “new Britain,” while simultaneously reflecting social and political changes around the world.

“The world has changed so much. People were ready to embrace something that reflected them. And for me, it was all about bringing Vogue back to what it was like in the ’70s and ’80s when it was about people, and you could see yourself,” the 47-year-old added.

Previously, Enninful’s good friend and British Vogue contributor, supermodel Naomi Campbell, also called for the launch of Vogue Africa in a chat with Reuters.

“There should be a Vogue Africa. We just had Vogue Arabia – it is the next progression. It has to be,” she said, referring to the Middle East edition, first published in March 2017.

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Duchess of Sussex wants to shift focus away from ‘superficial’ fashion with British Vogue issue

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine. The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine.

The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, and in her letter to readers, the 37-year-old outlined her aims for the Forces for Change edition, revealing that she wanted to focus on internal beauty rather external, deeper issues rather than superficial fashion pieces, and feature designers talking about their heritage rather than their clothes.

“I had read a book many moons ago called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anais Nin, which had a quote that has always resonated with me: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living,'” she wrote. “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

“That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue, and an opportunity to further diversify what that typically represents.”

Although she had control over many aspects of the magazine, such as which Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands were featured, the former actress did concede that there would still be adverts in the issue.

“There is one caveat for you to remember: this is a magazine. It’s still a business, after all,” Meghan stated. “I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory. The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.”

Meghan also ensured she displayed that “spirit of inclusivity” and diversity on the cover, which features 15 women including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and actress Jane Fonda.

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Adut Akech surprised to learn of Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in Vogue issue

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears o…

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears on the September 2019 issue of British Vogue alongside 14 other trailblazing women including Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and Jane Fonda.

The issue, entitled Forces for Change, was guest-edited by the actress-turned-royal, who began working with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January, but Akech had no idea she was involved in the cover until she received a phone call from the Duchess herself last week.

“Feeling so extremely honoured and proud to be on the September 2019 Issue cover of @britishvogue #forcesofchange along side the most inspirational women I know,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram. “A few nights ago I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life. The thought of being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one the fifteenth amazing women looked as the #Forcesofchange completely blows my mind!

“Thank you @edward_enninful… and your entire team at British Vogue for recognising me. What this moment means to me I can’t explain in words.”

The cover stars, also including actresses Yara Shadidi, Salma Hayek and Laverne Cox, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh in studios in London and New York, with the exception of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Lindbergh, the Duchess instructed him over the phone to show the women as their natural selves.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” he said. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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