Lewis Hamilton unveils latest Tommy Hilfiger line with star-studded London show

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule colle…

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.

The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule collection with musician H.E.R., at the TOMMYNOW Spring 2020 show held at the Tate Modern in London on Sunday night, with celebrity guests including Billy Porter, Charli XCX, and Meghan Trainor.

The show featured a diverse, age, and size-inclusive mix of models from both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from ’90s British favourites Jodie Kidd, Yasmin Le Bon, and Erin O’Connor to newcomers such as Halima Aden, Alton Mason, and Jasmine Sanders. Other U.K. faces included Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger, and Karen Elson, while international models included Winnie Harlow, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel.

The famous faces on the runway vastly outnumbered those sitting front row, with the show also featuring celebrity relatives such as Helena Christensen and Norman Reedus’ son Mingus, Kate Moss’ sister Lottie, Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon, Bob Geldof’s daughter Pixie, and Christy Turlington’s nephew James.

The genderless ‘See Now, Buy Now’ collection was the most sustainable TommyxLewis release to date, with 75 per cent of the line using more sustainable production methods, including organic cotton, recycled fabric, and low-impact denim washes.

Naomi Campbell opened the show wearing a neon yellow and beige tracksuit with chunky high-top sneakers. A number of streetwear looks followed, before the collection focused on preppy outfits heavily featuring nautical stripes and the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag, with Ambrosio wearing a crisp navy blue blazer over the top of a white and blue striped shirt, worn as a dress, and a white jumper.

Hamilton linked arms with Campbell as he walked down to the catwalk with Hilfiger and H.E.R. to give the final bow.

“Thanks to @thomasjhilfiger, @hermusicofficial, all my amazing models including @naomi and of course to everyone at @tommyhilfiger,” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s been such a journey to create our most sustainable collection to date, but it’s something I’m so proud that we’ve been able to achieve. Feeling very grateful for all our hard work today.”

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

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Erin O’Connor pens ‘love letter’ to Jean Paul Gaultier

Erin O’Connor has written a “love letter” to fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.The French icon announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du …

Erin O’Connor has written a “love letter” to fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

The French icon announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

A number of top models made appearances on the catwalk, including Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, and Karlie Kloss, as did O’Connor – who posted an emotional note to Gaultier on Instagram following the spectacle.

“A love letter. I was told (nearly a quarter of a century ago) that a meeting with you was like meeting the Wizard of Oz,” she wrote alongside a slideshow of images from her various collaborations with the fashion star. “How wrong that person was… You are more human than humanly possible. Your love of clothes, people and LOVE has become an integral part of fashions DNA (sic). You are the back bone and soul for so many of us across the world who have been guided, nurtured and inspired by you. Thank you for teaching me the importance of self-acceptance and expression (and the importance of promoting it) – I shall never forget it. Like so many others I am so glad to know you and feel really very fortunate to be your pal.”

During the extravaganza, O’Connor sported three different looks, including a head-to-toe white ensemble, a black gown with feather detailing, and an elegant black dress.

Uploading footage of herself on the catwalk, the 41-year-old added: “Where there is love there is light! Honoured to join you for your last-ever show dear friend @jpgaultierofficial. Huge love to you et (and) JPG family! I’ll never forget our time together… Merci (Thank you).”

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Jean Paul Gaultier takes final bow at star-studded couture show

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final c…

Jean Paul Gaultier has concluded his 50-year fashion career with a star-studded runway spectacle.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of celebrities, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, Christian Lacroix, Carla Bruni, and Christian Louboutin, but at the opening, Gaultier called for fans to embrace sustainability and recycle their clothes.

“In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn,” he told the crowd. “It’s the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older.”

As promised, Gaultier offered guests a party, with the presentation opening with Karlie Kloss standing in the centre of the stage and opening a black coffin, to reveal model Issa Lish standing in a frilled white minidress inside.

Lish then took to the catwalk and was followed by a parade of models in quirky ensembles, such as a white dress covered in gloves, a top made from a tuxedo jacket, and a black tulle dress with images of Japanese art attached to the front.

Many of the 67-year-old’s key motifs were also included, with one model sporting a jumpsuit that resembled the conical bra he created for Madonna in the 1990s, burlesque star Dita Von Teese posing in an outfit made from a satin corset and belts, Gigi Hadid in a sailor uniform-inspired look, Karen Elson in a corseted number, and Irina Shayk in a Goth-inspired black tulle ballgown.

The event also featured special appearances from Joan Smalls, Paris Jackson, who made her runway debut, Erin O’Connor, as well as Coco Rocha, who did an Irish dance on the catwalk, as she also did back in 2007.

To conclude, Boy George performed a song during the finale, with the models applauding Gaultier as he proceeded to take his bow.

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Erin O’Connor and Helena Bonham Carter team with Brora on charity initiative

Erin O’Connor and Helena Bonham Carter have partnered with cashmere label Brora on an initiative supporting a children’s charity.To mark the centenary of the Save the Children organisation, Brora founder and creative director Victoria Stapleton has inv…

Erin O’Connor and Helena Bonham Carter have partnered with cashmere label Brora on an initiative supporting a children’s charity.

To mark the centenary of the Save the Children organisation, Brora founder and creative director Victoria Stapleton has invited the pair, as well as British model Laura Bailey, to each design a capsule collection. Inspired by the knitwear pieces they love, each of the women worked closely with Victoria and the Brora design team to bring their ideas to life, with each collection consisting of six items. Ten per cent of sales will go to Save the Children.

“I have lived in Brora for years, so jumped at the opportunity to put together my dream cashmere, thrilled by the idea that each purchase will help a distressed child somewhere in the world. It’s a double gift,” said Helena, while Erin added: “As a long-term devotee of both Brora and Save the Children, it was a pleasure to be able to design a cashmere collection inspired by my own Celtic heritage and love of colour while supporting a worthwhile cause.”

Highlights of the range include a long scarf designed by Helena which bears the words, “Phenomenal Woman,” and is inspired by the suffragette movement.

While Erin has created an Aran jumper using traditional knitting techniques, and Laura has selected a super soft Bardot-style knit.

“When the embryo of this concept took shape, I never dreamt the collections of Helena, Laura and Erin would reflect their personalities and aesthetic quite so fabulously well,” shared Victoria. “These lovely and deeply talented women have put so much heart and soul into their designs for Brora and Save the Children and in turn, our mill in the Scottish Borders have created unique pieces that will be loved for life. I’m extremely proud to launch this very special collection and that the sales will help the lives of children who so need our support.”

Items are priced from $108 – $635 (£85 – £495).

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Karen Elson: ‘I thank my lucky stars I met Erin O’Connor’

Karen Elson is grateful she met fellow model Erin O’Connor when she started doing fashion weeks. The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier,…

Karen Elson is grateful she met fellow model Erin O’Connor when she started doing fashion weeks.

The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

Over the weekend, the 40-year-old shared a throwback picture which showed her at 18 years old at her first Milan Fashion Week and recalled how she was grateful she befriended Erin, 41, because their friendship made it so much easier to cope with the stress of the hectic show schedule.

“I was 18 in this photo backstage at Gucci with Tom Ford at the helm. It was my first show season in Milan and my friend @erinoconnor and I were inseparable,” she wrote in the caption. “I thank my lucky stars that I met Erin, we were both Northern English girls we loved the same bands and understood each other’s background and cultural references. It was always easy with her.

“We laughed till cried and cried till we laughed, along with @maggierizer we kept each other sane even if we were all a little wild! Especially during fashion week as we all worked to the point of exhaustion sometimes barely sleeping a couple of hours from fitting to shows, we definitely all had some breakdowns during that time, but we all helped each other cope.”

In the comments, Erin responded with, “So many things to say but love this (heart emoji) special memories,” while fellow British supermodel Naomi Campbell recalled how Karen and Erin were “connected by the hip”.

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Erin O’Connor welcomes baby boy

Erin O’Connor has announced that she has given birth to a baby boy.The 41-year-old model confirmed that she had welcomed a son, named Eddie, with her partner, businessman Steve Gibson, in early March (19).The news comes days after Erin posted a pictu…

Erin O’Connor has announced that she has given birth to a baby boy.

The 41-year-old model confirmed that she had welcomed a son, named Eddie, with her partner, businessman Steve Gibson, in early March (19).

The news comes days after Erin posted a picture of herself cradling her bump in a hospital room on Instagram, hinting that she was due to give birth soon.

“Waiting for Eddie…” she captioned the post.

Speaking to the Daily Mail on Friday (15Mar19), Erin confessed that the couple are besotted with their new arrival.

“We’ve stolen lots and lots of cuddles over the last few days,” the star revealed. “We are completely over the moon.”

Earlier this year, all eyes were on the model at Paris Couture Fashion Week when she walked in the Schiaparelli show wearing an enormous pink and red tulle gown while she was eight months pregnant.

The dress, which comprised four oversized tiers, was more than adequate for hiding her bulging bump.

Eddie is the couple’s second child, after they welcomed son Albert in June 2014.

Erin kept news of the pregnancy under wraps until the final stages, debuting her sizable bump at a bash to celebrate British Vogue editor Edward Enninful’s first anniversary at the helm of the fashion bible in November.

She made a similar reveal while pregnant with Albert, surprising fans when she showed off her bump at a red carpet event after keeping her pregnancy a secret.

At the time, she remarked on her success at keeping the news quiet.

“Nobody knew. This is my first outing. It was a well kept secret,” she laughed. “Thank God for all those winter coats. I just thought I’d come out with a bang.”

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Liam Payne and Luke Evans among stars to front Christmas jumper campaign

Liam Payne, Luke Evans and Kate Moss are among the stars fronting the 2018 Save the Children’s Christmas jumper campaign.Britain’s annual Christmas Jumper Day falls on 14 December, with the public encouraged to don a festive top in order to raise mon…

Liam Payne, Luke Evans and Kate Moss are among the stars fronting the 2018 Save the Children’s Christmas jumper campaign.

Britain’s annual Christmas Jumper Day falls on 14 December, with the public encouraged to don a festive top in order to raise money for the children’s charity.

It marks the seventh time the event has taken place, and keeping up the tradition of making it a showbiz affair, a host of A-listers have been tapped to promote the initiative.

Models David Gandy, Daisy Lowe and Erin O’Connor, Olympian Sir Mo Farah, actors Annabelle Wallis, Eddie Marsan and Eiza Gonzalez, and rapper and Game of Thrones star Raleigh Ritchie are also a part of this year’s campaign.

Shot by Greg Williams, the stars pose in a variety of Christmas jumpers designed by Selfish Mother, which are available to buy now. The brand also created the 2017 offerings.

This year’s designs come in black or red versions of the sweaters, and feature either the word Peace, Hope, Love or Joy written on the front in block gold lettering. All come with a £55 ($72) price tag, with 50 per cent of proceeds donated to help children in the world’s toughest countries. Sharing Greg’s photography on his own Instagram page, The Hobbit star Luke wrote: “When I visited slum communities in India, I was truly shocked by the extreme levels of poverty that children are forced to live in. It was there that I witnessed first-hand the difference @SaveChildrenUK is making to children’s lives by helping give them better access to education. Please join me in supporting @SaveChildrenUK by wearing the @SelfishMother LOVE sweatshirt on Friday 14th December #ChristmasJumperDay.”

Peaky Blinders actress Annabelle also shared a message.

“You can make the world better with a sweater this Christmas! Get the PEACE or the JOY sweatshirt (or both! Like me!) or one of the other @SelfishMother sweaters from the @TheFMLYstore,” she wrote.

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Erin O’Connor discusses why her thoughts on #MeToo have changed

Erin O’Connor initially dismissed the #MeToo movement as “glamorous noise from Hollywood” but has now changed her mind.The movement gained traction in the wake of the wave of sexual abuse allegations that began to sweep Hollywood in late 2017, though s…

Erin O’Connor initially dismissed the #MeToo movement as “glamorous noise from Hollywood” but has now changed her mind.

The movement gained traction in the wake of the wave of sexual abuse allegations that began to sweep Hollywood in late 2017, though social activist Tarana Burke actually coined the phrase in 2006.

In an essay for British GQ, English model Erin has discussed how her thoughts on #MeToo have drastically changed in recent months, as well as opening up about her “complex relationship with feminism”.

“Up until now I haven’t been on a march. I have trudged daily, believing in my own feminism, but couldn’t find my place in the movement. What changed?” she wrote. “Fundamentally, I haven’t changed, but the way I look at the Me Too movement has.

“To be blunt, my initial reaction to Me Too was that it was mainly glamorous noise from Hollywood. For every black dress swishing into focus, I feared we weren’t having conversations about everyday autonomy. How do we reach women whose daily existence is filled with fear, anguish and hopelessness, women who are trapped and punished and stifled because of being born the wrong race, the wrong class, the wrong sex?”

This led the 40-year-old to ask herself why she was more focused on the “women in black”, celebrities wearing black at big award ceremonies, rather than the perpetrators of sexual abuse.

She was also hit with the realisation that it is critical for older women to embolden the next generation, a fact that hit home after she listened to Baroness Helena Kennedy talking at a debate titled Has The Me Too Movement Gone Too Far?

“A willingness to listen is a willingness to change,” she continued. “And now I feel wholly determined to celebrate and promote Me Too and the many narratives it holds. I want to hear those future generations. I want to learn from them and see their battles won.

“Feminism is too often perceived as a barrier, but what it should be – for all genders – is an enlightenment.”

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Fashion and music stars pay tribute to punk icon Judy Blame

Fashion industry leaders, models and music stars have paid tribute to late fashion star Judy Blame, who has died at the age of 58.Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) confirmed on Tuesday morning (20Feb18) that the multi-talented designer and…

Fashion industry leaders, models and music stars have paid tribute to late fashion star Judy Blame, who has died at the age of 58.

Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) confirmed on Tuesday morning (20Feb18) that the multi-talented designer and stylist passed away during the night.

Born Chris Barnes in 1960, Blame ran away to London at the age of 17 and quickly immersed himself in the club and punk scene of the time, and later worked as an art director and stylist at magazines such as The Face and i-D throughout the ’80s and ’90s.

In addition to collaborating with John Galliano and Louis Vuitton, Blame also worked as a stylist for Neneh Cherry, Bjork, Kylie Minogue and Boy George, with the Culture Club singer leading tributes.

“R.I.P. to my friend Judy Blame who was beautiful, talented and arch as hell,” he wrote alongside two black and white snaps of Blame uploaded onto his Twitter page. “Fashion has a huge void in it and London has lost a legend!”

Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp stated, “So sad to hear that the magnificent Judy Blame has left us,” while English musician Goldie added, “Rest in peace to the legend #judyblame so so sad love for all you inspired.”

Members of the fashion community have also paid their respects to the designer.

Vogue U.K. editor-in-chief Edward Enninful shared a photo on Twitter of Blame in his younger years wearing a chunky silver necklace.

“R.I.P. my dear Judy. I will always remember our house on Mortimer Road, fun days at @i_d, your kind heart, unparalleled creativity and how you pushed me to be the editor I am today, I will miss you always xoxo,” he captioned the snap.

While model Erin O’Connor took to her Instagram page to upload a photo of Blame sporting a bandana on his head, with the caption, “You were the real deal and so much more. Thanks for making the World a sharper and funnier place. goodbye prince (sic)!”

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