Jane Fonda leads stars re-wearing dresses to 2020 Oscars

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Pa…

Jane Fonda promoted sustainable fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night by slipping into a dress she’d previously worn six years ago.

The 82-year-old looked stunning in a red sequin Elie Saab gown as she presented the Best Picture prize to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and producer Kwak Sin-ae during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

However, fans were quick to point out that Jane had first sported the dress at the 67th International Cannes Film Festival in 2014, with the move in keeping with her promise not to purchase any new clothes as part of her protests against climate change.

In addition, the Grace and Frankie star swapped her signature blonde hairstyle for a shorter, silver crop and topped off her ensemble with Pomellato jewellery, explaining in a post on Instagram that she opted for items from the brand because the designers “only use responsible, ethically harvested gold and sustainable diamonds”.

But Jane wasn’t the only celebrity to recycle a look for the Oscars. Elizabeth Banks opted to give a pre-loved gown another outing and attended the Vanity Fair after-party wearing a scarlet Badgley Mischka dress.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the bash, Elizabeth revealed she had first worn the ensemble at the magazine’s party back in 2004.

“I’m upcycling this dress – I wore this dress for the first time to Vanity Fair in 2004,” she explained. “And, we very rarely get a dress gifted to us. Badgley Mischka made this dress for me. Back then, I was in Seabiscuit, which was a big Oscar nominee, and they gave it to me, and I recently moved and found it in the back of the closet. And it still fits! So, I’m wearing it on the carpet tonight. Very excited to be wearing a dress, recycling a dress from 16 years ago.”

Elsewhere, Booksmart actress Kaitlyn Dever wore a red Louis Vuitton dress made from “completely sustainable” fabrics, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Margot Robbie looked stunning in a vintage midnight blue gown from Chanel.

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Elie Saab thrilled to be outfitting longtime clients’ grandchildren

Elie Saab is thrilled to have been in the industry so long that he is now outfitting his clients’ grandchildren.The Lebanese fashion designer opened his first atelier in Beirut in 1982, and quickly built up a loyal following for his bridal and eveningw…

Elie Saab is thrilled to have been in the industry so long that he is now outfitting his clients’ grandchildren.

The Lebanese fashion designer opened his first atelier in Beirut in 1982, and quickly built up a loyal following for his bridal and eveningwear, which featured luxury detailing in the form of pearls, silk and crystals. 

Saab counts Beyonce, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie among his A-list clientele, but he has now shared that his other dedicated customers are just as important.

“I started with the grandmother, with (the mother) and now with the granddaughter… I remember how when I was 14 years old, I used to make the grandmother’s dress, after that (the mother’s) and now the granddaughter’s. That’s real legacy, and it impresses me a lot,” he commented in an interview for Vogue Australia. “(Now, the Elie Saab women) are young girls, really young girls-and it surprises me a lot-the ability of young girls to love haute couture and who like to look really exceptional.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Saab noted that he finds it interesting that his gowns never look the same on two different women, and he always seeks to find the right “balance” between utilising embellishment and embroidery, and allowing the wearer to shine.

“It is a very feminine style, it’s a style that’s balanced. (We achieve) the right balance because it’s not obvious that we make dresses with enough embroidery and enough work to not to disturb the eye,” the 55-year-old stated. “It’s not too flashy.”

Saab also insisted that he doesn’t have a muse and takes inspiration from many sources, though did note that he greatly admires Halle Berry, who famously wore one of his gowns to collect an Oscar in 2002, as well as the always sophisticated Queen Rania of Jordan.

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Mary Quant to receive lifetime achievement award

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA). The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the ho…

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA).

The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the honour at London’s Savoy Theatre on 18 September.

The WFA organisers said they selected Quant for the award in recognition of her “amazing journey as a powerful role model for the working woman, challenging conventions, whilst popularising the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers” and to celebrate her role in “encouraging a new age of feminism”.

“It is such an honour to receive this award from the World Fashion Awards. It has been a privilege to have spent my life doing what I love and enjoy with so many extraordinarily talented and passionate people,” she said in a statement.

The award comes months after officials at the V&A Museum in London opened the first international retrospective about the designer, which features over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from her personal archive. It is open until February 2020.

Quant isn’t the only honorary award winner – Dame Vivienne Westwood is set to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion prize at the ceremony.

The World Fashion Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of established and emerging fashion brands, outlets, designers, models, manufacturers, and influencers, and the winners of each category will be voted for by the general public.

Nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year include Marc Jacobs, Elie Saab, Clare Waight Keller, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Quinn, while those competing for Menswear Designer of the Year include Rick Owens, Virgil Abloh, Raf Simons, Ozwald Boateng, and Riccardo Tisci.

The shortlist for International Fashion Icon Award includes Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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Elie Saab credits Halle Berry with popularising brand

Fashion designer Elie Saab has credited Halle Berry with putting his brand on the map. The actress famously wore a daring Elie Saab gown which featured a sheer mesh top covered in floral embroidery and a full red satin skirt when she attended the 2002…

Fashion designer Elie Saab has credited Halle Berry with putting his brand on the map.

The actress famously wore a daring Elie Saab gown which featured a sheer mesh top covered in floral embroidery and a full red satin skirt when she attended the 2002 Academy Awards, where she become the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball.

The iconic gown has been cited as one of the best Oscars dresses of all time on numerous lists, and as such, the Lebanese designer believes she was the driving force behind his brand’s popularity.

“Halle Berry made the name Elie Saab more popular… She managed to really put the name Elie Saab on the international market,” he told Vogue.com.au. “(That time) was a better time for cinema in general. (She) was the first woman of colour (to win) … It was elegant and daring and chic. I think this moment was a very exceptional moment for cinema.”

Saab has remained one of Berry’s favourite designers, and she has been spotted wearing his creations on a number of occasions, including an appearance at the 2011 Costumer Designers Guild Awards, presenting at the 2014 Emmy Awards, and most recently, for the premiere of her TV series Boomerang in February.

Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Sandra Bullock have since gone on to wear Saab’s creations on the red carpet, and he told the publication he aims to enhance their beauty.

“Celebrities are women who like to be beautiful, like all women, and I really only work for this, so that I can see beautiful women… I present creations that always flatter them, that enhance them and their beauty,” he said.

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Givenchy serves up feathers and dramatic tulle for fall 19 couture line

Givenchy has dished up a dramatic couture line comprised of lots of feathers and tulle for fall/winter 2019.The French luxury fashion house, headed by creative director Clare Waight Keller, unveiled the Noblesse Radicale collection at the Musee des Art…

Givenchy has dished up a dramatic couture line comprised of lots of feathers and tulle for fall/winter 2019.

The French luxury fashion house, headed by creative director Clare Waight Keller, unveiled the Noblesse Radicale collection at the Musee des Arts decoratifs as part of Paris Couture Week late on Tuesday night.

Regarding the range, Waight Keller explained in an interview backstage with Vogue.com that she wanted to evoke a rebellious spirit while still remaining true to the classic elegance championed by brand founder Hubert de Givenchy.

“I wanted to step it up a notch for myself, to push it into something that has a little more theatre,” the designer commented. “It’s the idea of an anarchic woman who comes through the chateau and all of the elements of what you’d find there. I like the idea that the chateau wasn’t perfect. It was part of the way I discovered the spirit and the girl of this show.”

A model opened the presentation in a black and white ensemble with curved shoulders and frayed fabric on the skirt, and a parade of monochromatic numbers followed, including the Jonchet design, a long jacket studded with feathers on the lower half, and striped gown entirely covered in feathers.

Waight Keller introduced colour via the addition of a white and coral pink silk ruched gown with off-the-shoulder neckline, a baby pink silk gown with matching black cape, a lilac coat dress, and a silver a black jacquard ballgown.

Other highlights included the oversized Grand Jardin feather dress modelled by Kaia Gerber, a mint green tiered tulle gown dotted with black feathers, a black tulle dress with floral appliques as well as a silver sequin blazer with structured black skirt.

Paris Couture Week continues on Wednesday with presentations from Maison Margiela, Elie Saab, and Valentino.

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Elie Saab: ‘Talent doesn’t mean instant success’

Elie Saab doesn’t believe that talent alone is enough to bring success in the fashion industry.The Lebanese designer launched his fashion label in 1982 at the age of 18, but didn’t gain widespread international recognition until 2002 when he dressed Ha…

Elie Saab doesn’t believe that talent alone is enough to bring success in the fashion industry.

The Lebanese designer launched his fashion label in 1982 at the age of 18, but didn’t gain widespread international recognition until 2002 when he dressed Halle Berry in the iconic mesh and embroidered gown she wore to accept her Oscar for Best Actress.

Today, the 53-year-old has a loyal celebrity following and stars including Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana and Beyonce have all rocked his dresses on the red carpet.

However, in a chat with Euronews, Saab explained his talent is not the sole reason for his success in the fashion world.

“To be talented is not enough. What’s really important is how you manage that talent if you have it,” he mused. “This is as important as the talent itself.”

Saab, who lives with his wife Claudine and their three sons in Lebanon, went on to accuse “too many young people (of getting) drunk with the first shot of success,” and affirms that no achievement is an instant process.

From Beirut, the fashion mogul became the first non-Italian designer to become a member of the The National Chamber of Italian Fashion (Camera Dell Moda) in 1997, the same year he showed his fist collection outside of Lebanon by taking it to Rome.

And he went on to admit that the transition from the Middle East to Europe came with plenty of challenges.

“It was difficult. Entering the international market in the beginning was hard,” Saab told the publication. “When I first started in Europe, no one had ever heard of me, they didn’t know this person from the Middle East who was designing haute couture, bringing together collections.

“Now when I look back, I can see that I have opened the door for many young people entering this industry.”

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