Faithfull the Brand designers thrilled by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wearing their dress

The design duo behind the brand that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recently wore are thrilled at the royal endorsement.Helle Them-Enger and Sarah-Jane Abrahams, who set up Faithfull the Brand in Bali, Indonesia in 2012, were shocked to see Catherine …

The design duo behind the brand that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recently wore are thrilled at the royal endorsement.

Helle Them-Enger and Sarah-Jane Abrahams, who set up Faithfull the Brand in Bali, Indonesia in 2012, were shocked to see Catherine don their floral design to one of her first official engagements since lockdown on 25 June, although they aren’t quite sure how she got her hands on the Marie-Louise midi dress.

“We are incredibly flattered and thrilled to see the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wear our Marie-Louise midi dress in nefeli floral,” Helle gushed to Vogue Australia. “On Sunday morning just gone, we were thrilled to wake up to messages and calls from friends, family and our Faithfull team with excitement.

“Our Instagram is inundated with tagged imagery of the duchess wearing our dress and we have received so many DM (direct message) and email enquiries of how customers can now get a hold of this piece. There is still uncertainty of how the Duchess got a hold of our dress and it completely took us by surprise, we are beyond happy she is a fan and wears Faithfull so well.”

Unsurprisingly, the dress sold out globally the day after the 38-year-old wore it, though Helle and Sarah-Jane have assured fashion lovers the dress will be restocked by mid-July.

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Michael Kors donates $35 million of product to charity

Michael Kors has given a whopping $35 million (£28.5 million) worth of stock from his namesake label to non-profit organisation Delivering Good.The mission of Delivering Good is to unite retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide…

Michael Kors has given a whopping $35 million (£28.5 million) worth of stock from his namesake label to non-profit organisation Delivering Good.

The mission of Delivering Good is to unite retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide people impacted by poverty and tragedy with new merchandise.

Happy to help out, Kors explained that the current global pandemic has inspired him to do even more when it comes to charity.

“I’ve always believed that long-lasting change needs to happen at both the local and national level,” the designer said in a statement, reports WWD. “With Delivering Good, we’re able to donate our product and know that it will be provided to the local communities and organisations throughout the country that need it most. If we have learned anything during these trying times, it’s that when you are able to help, you should.”

The products from the popular high-end label will help people across the U.S. and will be distributed between Delivering Good’s more than 700 community partners.

The company’s president and CEO Lisa Gurwitch explained why contributions like the designer’s are so vital.

“The donation of Michael Kors product will provide hope, dignity and self-esteem to families and individuals facing the financial challenge that comes in a crisis. Our community partners will be distributing the merchandising to people in need as they also provide services for more stable living environments,” she said.

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Erdem Moralioglu designed and made new collection in lockdown

Erdem Moralioglu hasn’t let the coronavirus lockdown stop him from designing a new resort collection.The London-based designer has now previewed his latest work, a line made up of floaty silhouettes, floral fabrics and structured suits, which he manage…

Erdem Moralioglu hasn’t let the coronavirus lockdown stop him from designing a new resort collection.

The London-based designer has now previewed his latest work, a line made up of floaty silhouettes, floral fabrics and structured suits, which he managed to create at home with the help of lockdown essential Zoom. Models posed in the garments outside, in a forest on the outskirts of the city.

“You could either freeze and stop, or think about the future – and design a new collection,” he stated to WWD.

Earlier this month, Erdem invited retailers and buyers to view the collection at his store in London’s swanky Mayfair district, which has recently reopened after lockdown measures were eased in England. The Canadian-born fashion star even offered masks he’d made himself.

He is also back in his studio in the British capital, making sure he and his staff maintain a safe distance at all times.

On the subject of London Fashion Week’s upcoming September shows, Erdem admitted his plans are yet to be finalised.

“There is no doubt this is a very challenging time, but I definitely feel we’re going to move into the next chapter in a more agile way, with an understating of what the customer really needs,” he mused.

And he touched upon the talks he has had with stores and industry peers about how fashion can move forward in a post-pandemic world.

“With clothing sold, and available to customers at the right time, and making sure that markdowns are not too early,” Erdem explained.

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Michael Kors designs charity T-shirt

Michael Kors has designed a charity T-shirt to support the World Food Programme during the coronavirus pandemic.The white #WatchHungerStop Love tee features the word Love written in light blue, and retails for $40 (£32). All profits will go towards he…

Michael Kors has designed a charity T-shirt to support the World Food Programme during the coronavirus pandemic.

The white #WatchHungerStop Love tee features the word Love written in light blue, and retails for $40 (£32). All profits will go towards helping keep kids in need healthy during the crisis.

“This pandemic has reminded us that what really matters is health and love and community,” Kors outlined in a statement. “WFP has always worked to help those most in need, using their unparalleled expertise to alleviate suffering and spread hope. They are the organisation that much of the world turns to in an emergency, and it’s no surprise that they are rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19. We’re honoured to work with them and to share their efforts with our own community.”

The T-shirts are on sale now, available to purchase online and in select Michael Kors Lifestyle stores.

The World Food Programme Watch Hunger Stop campaign aims to provide school meals to children in food-insecure regions of the world.

The Michael Kors brand will also donate up to two million meals.

Since 2013, Watch Hunger Stop has delivered more than 19 million meals to children in need. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation has also been working to get food to children in their homes, as many schools have been shut to stop the spread of the virus.

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Mass exodus of Roberto Cavalli employees at Florence HQ

More than 100 Roberto Cavalli employees at the fashion house’s headquarters in Florence, Italy have quit ahead of a planned move to Milan.More than 50 staff will relocate, but over half of the 170 workers have decided to walk away from their jobs, with…

More than 100 Roberto Cavalli employees at the fashion house’s headquarters in Florence, Italy have quit ahead of a planned move to Milan.

More than 50 staff will relocate, but over half of the 170 workers have decided to walk away from their jobs, with unions Femca Cisl and Filctem Cgil Firenze releasing a statement explaining why.

“The Florentine headquarters of the company will disappear, we are losing a huge professional and human patrimony, in addition to a resource for the territory,” a union representative said. “We remain worried about the industrial future of the brand – there are numerous suppliers in Tuscany – and the workers also appear to be concerned, since more than 100 have decided to quit rather than move to the Milan headquarters. The workers have fought as much as they could to convince the company to renounce closing the plant in Sesto Fiorentino, and we thank the local institutions that have been close to us.”

WWD reports that staff have agreed to a preliminary adhesion to a social plan. It will see them resign and be compensated with eight to 11 months of wages, depending on the length of their employment.

The move is expected to begin in September.

In April 2019, bosses closed all stores across North America as they embarked on a major restructure.

Italian designer Roberto Cavalli founded his eponymous label in 1970, and became known for his use of bold and bright animal prints.

Since 2015, Cavalli has owned only a small share of the company, with Dubai-based property developer Hussain Sajwani finalising a sale of the troubled brand in November, from Italian private equity fund Clessidra SGR.

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Jimmy Choo taps Kate Moss for new campaign

Jimmy Choo has unveiled Kate Moss as the new star of its In My Choos campaign.The supermodel is the latest in a line-up of A-list faces to be featured in the Jimmy Choo storytelling series, quite literally following in the footsteps of Sienna Miller an…

Jimmy Choo has unveiled Kate Moss as the new star of its In My Choos campaign.

The supermodel is the latest in a line-up of A-list faces to be featured in the Jimmy Choo storytelling series, quite literally following in the footsteps of Sienna Miller and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Showing off chunky heels, strappy sandals and sneakers from the pre-fall 20 line, Kate poses in numerous images for the famous shoe brand.

She also stars in a video for Jimmy Choo’s social media platforms in which she opens up about career advice, how she overcomes self-doubt, and her favourite shoe.

“The best career advice I’ve been given… well it’s more like something I learnt along the way, is collaborate with the team,” she smiled. “I think my career-defining moment was seeing myself on a bus in New York for Calvin Klein Obsession.”

She added of doubting herself: “I think gut instinct is the only way to know it for sure. Trust your instinct.”

As for her go-to footwear choice, Kate said you can’t beat a strappy high sandal.

“Oh my goodness. It’s my dream shoe. If I could wear them every day I would,” she grinned.

As well as modelling shoes, the 46-year-old showed off the latest Jimmy Choo handbags.

Announcing the news on Instagram, a brand representative gushed over Kate’s signing.

“In my Choos featuring Kate Moss Introducing the next instalment of #INMYCHOOS: There could be no more fitting muse for this season’s Bohemian Glamour-inspired collection than the fashion icon, Kate Moss,” they wrote.

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Paul Smith flew to be with Japanese staff after 2011 tsunami

Paul Smith jumped on a flight and flew to Japan after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake hit to be with his staff.The quintessential English designer has a massive presence in the Asian country, something he attributes to his “real affection for the cultu…

Paul Smith jumped on a flight and flew to Japan after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake hit to be with his staff.

The quintessential English designer has a massive presence in the Asian country, something he attributes to his “real affection for the culture”.

And when Japan was struck by the devastating natural disaster in March 2011, which claimed the lives of over 15,000 people, Paul didn’t hesitate in getting himself over there.

“It was around the time that some of my staff and I usually fly out there. Our trip was cancelled, but I still wanted to go by myself,” he told Mr Porter. “The plane was empty – just me and a handful of people going home to their families. I had to go, to be there with my staff, to say, ‘I’m with you. I understand.’ It made such a difference to them, and to me.”

Estimating that he has visited Japan at least 100 times, Paul has drawn on the nation for a spring collection for Mr Porter.

Made up of a series of printed short-sleeved shirts and shorts covered in flowers and cranes, the designer drew on styles he saw in old Japanese textile books.

“Even now, I still get excited when I go (to Japan),” the 72-year-old smiled.

And when asked why he’s enjoyed so much success in the nation compared to other designers, he ventured: “I came with a different attitude. I think a lot of the others fell by the wayside because they weren’t curious about the culture here; they didn’t try and immerse themselves in the way of life.”

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Marc Jacobs debuts new line

Marc Jacobs has launched his latest fashion venture, new collection The Marc Jacobs.The American designer, who has helmed his namesake label since 1986, has been teasing details of the line for some time, but the creations finally went live on Thursday…

Marc Jacobs has launched his latest fashion venture, new collection The Marc Jacobs.

The American designer, who has helmed his namesake label since 1986, has been teasing details of the line for some time, but the creations finally went live on Thursday.

Made up of clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery and accessories, Jacobs shared with editors at Vogue his ideas behind the collection.

“We wanted to do something that is unlike the runway collections we are doing, in that it is more ‘item-y.’ The items are things that you could put together to create your look,” he outlined. “The Marc Jacobs is really item-driven, it is about pieces, not necessarily a head-to-toe look. That include keychains, tees, totes, etc. I love anything that had the authenticity and integrity of what it is.”

Jacobs folded his diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs in 2015, but now it seems the time is right to add another division to his popular brand.

The name for his new project comes from the fashion star’s Instagram handle, and he has been sharing first-look images of the range on his social media pages.

“I am so proud and pleased to announce THE MARC JACOBS,” he told his 1.2 million Instagram followers.

And asked by Vogue what has inspired the new looks, the 56-year-old said: “A lot of things inspire me: music, art, pop culture, but the thing that probably inspires me the most, the thing I know the most about is fashion and style.

“Different periods in fashion and the style of different times that I was either present for or I romanticise being alive during, are always the catalysts for us doing a collection, whether that be Runway or The Marc Jacobs.”

The designs are already being coveted by the A-list, with Elle Fanning donning a The Marc Jacobs dress at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

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Nina Agdal turns designer for sneaker label Koio

Nina Agdal is officially a shoe designer after teaming with sneaker brand Koio.The partnership, which marks the Danish model’s first fashion collaboration, was unveiled on Instagram, with Nina proudly showing off the Avalanche runner – a white sneaker …

Nina Agdal is officially a shoe designer after teaming with sneaker brand Koio.

The partnership, which marks the Danish model’s first fashion collaboration, was unveiled on Instagram, with Nina proudly showing off the Avalanche runner – a white sneaker covered in pretty red and pink floral detailing.

Talking about why she was drawn to Koio, the 27-year-old explained how she prefers sporty styles when it comes to her own footwear choices.

“I’m personally more of like a chunky sneaker girl. I always grew up playing sports, so that was kind of what I always wore,” she told Footwear News. “The flowers came from my style which is a mix between something feminine and something a little more masculine.”

The shoes are available to pre-order online until 9 June in both men and women’s sizes. They carry a price tag of $348 (£275).

Announcing her Koio partnership in a recent Instagram post, Nina couldn’t hide her excitement from her 1.6 million followers.

“I have never ever done anything like this, and it’s been so amazing to be a part of this process and journey with such an amazing team!” the blonde beauty gushed. “From putting together the inspiration board, to seeing samples, to making tough decisions, to be a part of the creative process behind the shoe and behind and in front of the camera.

“I feel so proud to be a part of this and can’t thank the entire Koio Team and everyone who was involved enough for letting me bring my summer sneaker to life and for giving me freedom and trusting me in this whole process!”

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Anne Hathaway advocates for slow fashion movement

Anne Hathaway is an advocate for investing in high-quality pieces rather than buying fast fashion.Anne Hathaway is an advocate for investing in high-quality pieces rather than buying fast fashion.The Oscar-winning actress, known for her porcelain compl…

Anne Hathaway is an advocate for investing in high-quality pieces rather than buying fast fashion.

Anne Hathaway is an advocate for investing in high-quality pieces rather than buying fast fashion.

The Oscar-winning actress, known for her porcelain complexion and glossy brunette locks, regularly gets to indulge her passion for clothes when she hits red carpet events. .

While Anne has a long list of designers wanting to outfit her, and all of the latest trends at her fingertips, she has now shared how she actually prefers to abide by slow fashion movement guidelines and seeks out well-made garments that she can wear time and time again.

“Rushing out the door this morning, I grabbed a coat I have had for probably 12 years. It’s one of my favourites, and it made me feel chic and put together when I was undercaffeinated and bleary,” she said in an interview with U.S. Shape magazine. “It’s just a coat. It’s not a big deal, but I felt really proud that I spotted it in that shop and had earned the money myself to spring for it. I have cared for it all these years, and that younger me made such a good call that older me is still enjoying. The accumulation of 12 years of love and pride in a good decision is something you don’t get right off the bat. It takes time, and it’s a feeling you have to be a little older to enjoy.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Anne spoke about her desire to eliminate plastic from her beauty kit and kitchen in order to cut down on waste, and how she now rarely eats red meat.

The Ocean’s 8 star discussed her exercise routine too, and swore that even though she does a lot of yoga, she is a “not a natural wellness warrior”.

“It’s a different story when I’m working on a film, though. I work out with a trainer, and I do a lot of strength training and HIIT when I need to do that,” the 36-year-old added.

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