Edward Enninful featuring ‘everyday heroes’ on latest British Vogue cover

Edward Enninful has thanked frontline workers in the U.K. amid the coronavirus crisis by featuring “everyday heroes” on the cover of British Vogue.London Overground train driver Narguis Horsford, community midwife Rachel Millar, and supermarket worker …

Edward Enninful has thanked frontline workers in the U.K. amid the coronavirus crisis by featuring “everyday heroes” on the cover of British Vogue.

London Overground train driver Narguis Horsford, community midwife Rachel Millar, and supermarket worker Anisa Omar are the stars of the July 2020 issue of the fashion bible, and in a statement, the editor-in-chief explained how he was inspired to celebrate those “putting their lives on the line” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Though our pages are always filled with lived experience – joy, sadness and drama – first and foremost, Vogue proudly waves the flag for fashion, in all its empowering, escapist, lavish and identity-affording capabilities,” Enninful said. “We will always do that – this issue included.

“But this moment required something extra special, too: a moment of thanks.”

The 48-year-old wanted to shine a light on the valiant efforts of the doctors, nurses and hospital workers in the National Health Service (NHS), as well as bus and Tube drivers, postmen and women, and supermarket workers, who are making “huge sacrifices” amid the virus outbreak.

The issue also features a 20-page portfolio of frontline workers, with pictures taken by photographer Jamie Hawkesworth, who cycled around London to capture the images while social distancing.

“If you had told me at the beginning of the year that @BritishVogue’s July cover stars would feature a community midwife, a train driver, and supermarket worker, I might not have believed you. But, as our nation perseveres against Covid-19, we find ourselves leaning not on the powers that be, but on ordinary people and their extraordinary strength and kindness,” Enninful added on Instagram, alongside images of the three covers.

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Judi Dench makes history with British Vogue cover

Judi Dench has made history by becoming the oldest person to grace the cover of British Vogue.The 85-year-old British actress graces the front of the fashion bible’s June 2020 issue wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana coat, and in a post on Instagram, edi…

Judi Dench has made history by becoming the oldest person to grace the cover of British Vogue.

The 85-year-old British actress graces the front of the fashion bible’s June 2020 issue wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana coat, and in a post on Instagram, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful told followers he was overjoyed to land the Oscar winner on the cover.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see Dame Judi Dench, the unassailable queen of stage and screen, starring on her first Vogue cover at the age of 85,” he wrote, confirming that Dench is the oldest cover star in Vogue history.

“In uncertain times, Dame Judi Dench is comfort personified. Now in her ninth decade, and one of the most celebrated actors of a generation, as well as a national treasure, she is still a firm fixture on Hollywood’s A-list.”

In the accompanying interview, Dench opened up about ageing in Hollywood and also showed off her very first tattoo, which she got at the age of 81.

When asked what she enjoys about being in her 80s, the Shakespeare in Love star firmly replied: “Nothing. I don’t like it at all. I don’t think about it. I don’t want to think about it. They say age is an attitude… it’s horrible.”

Dench shared details about her life in lockdown and said while she’s not with her family, she’s coping well by keeping in touch with them daily.

“I haven’t got my family with me, but we are keeping in touch lots by phone calls and FaceTime,” she explained. “I am disciplining myself to learn all the sonnets (written by William Shakespeare). I try to learn something new every day, anything.”

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Marc Jacobs won’t be designing spring 2021 collection

Marc Jacobs won’t be designing a collection for the spring/summer 2021 season.During an appearance on Global Conversations, a new online discussion series produced by Vogue, the American designer announced that he would not be working on a new line for…

Marc Jacobs won’t be designing a collection for the spring/summer 2021 season.

During an appearance on Global Conversations, a new online discussion series produced by Vogue, the American designer announced that he would not be working on a new line for the foreseeable future due to the limitations imposed on himself and his team during the coronavirus pandemic.

“To be honest, I don’t know what we’ll be doing or when we’ll be starting, but to design a collection I need my team. And my team needs to look at fabrics. And those fabrics come from Italy. And we travel, and there’s a lot of things that go on,” he told British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. “Until we discover a new way to work – until we create a new way to work – or a new end goal to work towards, we really have nothing to do.”

Additionally, Jacobs was frank about his lack of inspiration during the lockdown.

“It’s life that stimulates and provides a catalyst for what me and my team create each season, so I wouldn’t say (self-isolation is) the most creative place to be,” the 57-year-old commented.

As well as hitting pause on his spring 2021 collection, Jacobs also revealed that he has cancelled production on his fall/winter 2020 line, unveiled as part of New York Fashion Week in February, as he is too dependent on fabric imported from Italy.

“Until we discover a new way to work – until we create a new way to work – or a new end goal to work towards, we really have nothing to do,” he insisted, before noting that he was struggling to see a way forward. “We’ve got to let go of old ideas. I don’t know if I can get far enough in this process without grieving the process I knew and let go of that to see a new tomorrow.”

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Rihanna becomes first person to wear durag on cover of British Vogue

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian su…

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian superstar wearing a white Burberry suit designed by Riccardo Tisci and a custom-made durag from famed milliner Stephen Jones.

Rihanna was photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Enninful, with the editor explaining in an accompanying article that it was the 32-year-old’s idea to sport the head scarf.

“For this month’s shoot, she wanted Rihanna for a new decade. We worked through a substantial archive of visual references (her fashion and cultural knowledge is encyclopaedic) to find a new proposition,” he explained. “Then suddenly, at 2am, my phone pinged with the latest WhatsApp: ‘How about we go with a durag?'”

Enninful went on to describe the durag as “a potent symbol of black life – of self-preservation, resistance, and authenticity,” and admitted Rihanna was the perfect person to pull it off through the “prism of high fashion”.

“It takes a person of extraordinary charisma to pull off such a moment, a woman I am lucky enough to count among my closest creative collaborators,” Enninful added. “What I love about Rih is that it’s always new territory, which is thrilling – not to mention a huge task.”

And in a message posted on his Instagram page, Jones shared just how thrilled he was to work with the British Vogue team and Diamonds hitmaker on the look.

“Thrilled to have created this durag for @badgalriri, one of my most loyal clients, friend and inspiration and the amazing @edward_enninful who I have known since he was 17(?)!!! Thank you soooo much (sic),” he praised.

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Jodie Comer celebrates landing British Vogue cover

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on th…

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.

The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on the front of the prestigious fashion bible for the first time.

“Here is my @britishvogue cover for April 2020 (Aghhhhhhh). Thank you to @Edward_Enninful and the wonderful team at vogue for championing me and blessing me with this ridiculous opportunity,” Jodie wrote, before thanking famed photographer Steven Meisel for making her feel comfortable during the shoot.

“To #StevenMeisel whose grace and warmth, from the moment I met him has continued to inspire me and build my self confidence more than I think he’ll ever know,” she gushed.

The Emmy winner went on to credit hairstylist Guido Palau and legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath for helping her to “look fabulous” for the stunning cover and accompanying shoot.

Jodie then touchingly thanked her publicist Victoria Raeburn-Wales for her unwavering support, before sweetly concluding her post: “One to show the grandkids.”

The actress was inundated with comments from her famous friends, including Sophie Turner, Poppy Delevingne, Michelle Monaghan, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful, who simply wrote: “KILLED IT. Thank you @jodiemcomer x.”

In the cover interview, Jodie touched on the upcoming third season of Killing Eve and teased the possibility of delving into her character Villanelle’s softer side.

“The audience love what they love about her, but it’s been nice to show a different side to that. Maybe a little bit of vulnerability,” she shared.

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Amber Valletta appointed British Vogue’s sustainability editor

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor. The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested …

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor.

The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested at the Fire Drill Fridays climate change protest in Washington D.C. last year.

Valletta, 46, will now be putting her passion to good use in her new role as contributing sustainability editor, a new position at the publication. She will report to editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and help drive the magazine’s coverage about sustainability and the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.

“British Vogue is disrupting the entire fashion industry and it’s never been a more exciting time to join Edward and the team as contributing sustainability editor to support the positive conversations happening across the industry right now. I look forward to driving the momentum forward on sustainability at British Vogue,” she said in a statement.

Enninful added that he was thrilled to have Valletta onboard, given her level of expertise in the area.

“I’m thrilled to have Amber Valletta join British Vogue as contributing sustainability editor, honouring the British Vogue values of challenging the status quo, where she will help to shape and change conversations around the most pressing issue of our time: sustainability,” he shared. “Amber’s expertise around key environmental issues mixed with her love of fashion makes her the perfect voice to drive these conversations forward.”

Valletta follows in the footsteps of Livia Firth, co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, who was given a similar position at Vogue Arabia earlier this year. Designer Stella McCartney is also a sustainability adviser for luxury goods conglomerate Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH).

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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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