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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Phillip Lim talks new cookbook: ‘Cooking is like designing’

Phillip Lim says his new venture into cookbook writing is not so different from designing.The fashion star released kitchen tome More Than Our Bellies earlier this year, with photos by Viviane Sassen, and in a chat with American Esquire, he compared hi…

Phillip Lim says his new venture into cookbook writing is not so different from designing.

The fashion star released kitchen tome More Than Our Bellies earlier this year, with photos by Viviane Sassen, and in a chat with American Esquire, he compared his two career paths.

“Both are about being prepared, having the courage to try, and the flexibility to pivot and be spontaneous when necessary,” he mused. “I am not a trained chef, so I make it up as I go along much of the time. My recipes are not carefully measured or exact; they are always influenced by my mood and what I am craving that day, so they are always a little bit different, and that’s the fun part!”

Inspired by his food memories as a child and the meals his mother cooked for him, the American designer, who is of Chinese descent, put together a book full of recipes he came up with to fit into his every day life.

Lim recently put his skills to the test during a cooking class for New York’s Bergdorf Goodman’s new in-store series Designers Off Duty, which showcases the hidden talents of fashion stars.

“I began cooking for myself because I missed home, my mom, and memories of our time together. It was a process of trial and error—of going to the store, picking out ingredients, and trying to recreate recipes that I remembered from growing up,” he said of how his passion started. “There was no road map, so it was experimental and a lot of fun.

“At this point, I would say I prepare 90 percent of my own meals. And this is from a man who ordered take-out three meals a day, every day, up until five years ago.”

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Betsey Johnson’s Urban Outfitters collab is live

Betsey Johnson has launched her Urban Outfitters ‘90s revival line weeks after undergoing open heart surgery.The eccentric designer has partnered with the U.S. store on a 10-piece throwback collection that’s a direct reflection of her spring/ summe…

Betsey Johnson has launched her Urban Outfitters ‘90s revival line weeks after undergoing open heart surgery.

The eccentric designer has partnered with the U.S. store on a 10-piece throwback collection that’s a direct reflection of her spring/ summer 97 runway show.

Made up of slip dresses, romantic cuts and even a prom-inspired gown, the collaboration went live on Monday, much to the delight of fashion fans.

“Betsey Johnson x Urban Outfitters is live! We’re, like, so excited to introduce a collection of playful dresses inspired by our 1997 collection, available now exclusively at UO,” the designer wrote on Instagram, next to an image of a pink slip dress with a tulle hem and covered in red hearts.

Talking to WWD about the launch earlier this month, Betsey explained she was inspired by her daughter Lulu for the original line back in 1997, and that it was a mix between feminine whimsy and rebel rocker, blending together ruffled looks with a rocky edge.

“I just love how women — and men — today have brought those fun, funky looks back to life,” the 76-year-old smiled of how ‘90s fashion has made a comeback.

Prices range from $79 (£61) to $350 (£270).

Urban Outfitters’ chief merchandising officer of women’s and home Gabrielle Conforti commented that the brand’s core customer was born in the ‘90s.

“We’re excited to give them the opportunity to experience the iconic Betsey designs updated for today,” she added.

Betsey underwent heart surgery in early April, and recently told MailOnline she was relishing a “second chance at life”.

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Betsey Johnson has ‘second chance at life’ after heart surgery

Betsey Johnson is relieved she has a “second chance at life” following heart surgery. The energetic fashion designer checked into a Los Angeles hospital last month for the major operation, and appears to be on the road to recovery after performing the…

Betsey Johnson is relieved she has a “second chance at life” following heart surgery.

The energetic fashion designer checked into a Los Angeles hospital last month for the major operation, and appears to be on the road to recovery after performing the splits on the red carpet during her first public appearance since her surgery.

Speaking about her near-death experience at the annual Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai gala, the 76-year-old carried a thank you note to the “beautiful people” and doctors who she credits with saving her.

Calling her miracle recovery a “second chance at life”, she said she owed her life to the medical team at Cedars-Sinai.

“Before my heart was driving me crazy. It was loud, irregular and really screwed up. That is when I started having seizures and falling down,” Betsey candidly told MailOnline.

“And that is when my business partner said, ‘Betsey I am going to find you the best hospital and doctor on the planet’. So she found me Cedars-Sinai and how she found me Doctor Trento.”

Despite undergoing a huge operation, Betsey is back on her feet, and confessed she has a renewed zest for life.

“I feel like the movie where they put a new heart in the vampire and let’s party. I feel it is what my heart needed,” she joked. “It is very happy, my heart. (Before) it was not happy.

“I do believe it boils down to the hospital and the people and my doctor who is brilliant and that helps. I was just f**king happy to wake up. I didn’t think I would come through this alive. So when I woke up I just knew, ‘I am alive’, and I was very happy.”

The quirky fashion star is also a long-term breast cancer survivor.

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Giorgio Armani would have made films if he wasn’t a designer

Giorgio Armani would have embarked on a directing career if he wasn’t a designer.The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clie…

Giorgio Armani would have embarked on a directing career if he wasn’t a designer.

The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, and Jodie Foster.

While Armani continues to outfit many Hollywood stars, he has now shared that he wishes he’d stepped behind the camera himself and given filmmaking a whirl at some point.

“I’ve often said that if I didn’t become a fashion designer, I would have liked to be a director,” he said in an interview with U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “I would have liked to direct a film about my life, with me played by Paul Newman. I regret never having asked him.”

One of Armani’s first big design gigs when he entered the U.S. market in the late ‘70s was a request from director Paul Schrader to make suits for Richard Gere to wear in the 1980 movie American Gigolo.

His career skyrocketed from there, and the designer credits his fresh aesthetic for cementing his status as an industry leader.

“A new generation of actors was emerging in Hollywood, less theatrical in their appearance than the previous generation. They were men and women looking for a new image. Turning to me was, in some way, a natural choice,” the 84-year-old reflected, adding that he always wanted women to feel comfortable in their outfits. “I think women need clothes that allow them to appear as they are, strong and feminine at the same time. Clothes that don’t mask them and don’t transform them into objects, but rather give them personality and presence.”

Armani most recently unveiled an exhibition of Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s work at the Armani/Silos in Milan. The show runs until 28 July (19).

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Hailey Bieber: ‘Everyone thought I was happy but I’d spend my evenings crying alone’

Hailey Bieber used to pretend everything was fine when, in reality, she’d be up all night crying with anxiety.The 22-year-old model wife of Justin Bieber has been open about her struggles with self-confidence and anxiety in recent months, pledging at…

Hailey Bieber used to pretend everything was fine when, in reality, she’d be up all night crying with anxiety.

The 22-year-old model wife of Justin Bieber has been open about her struggles with self-confidence and anxiety in recent months, pledging at the start of the year to shine a light on the issue.

And talking to Glamour magazine about how easy it is to assume celebrities live the perfect life, she told the publication that people don’t see what really goes on behind the glamorous veneer.

“There was a time in the industry when it was negative to talk about that kind of stuff. Nobody wanted to talk about what was really happening, and everybody felt like there was this pressure to keep up a facade – or pressure to keep up this perfect lifestyle and make everything look really good from the outside,” she began. “(Everyone would say) ‘Oh, we’re really happy. I’m really happy. I’m doing fine,’ when really it was like you’re kind of crumbling on the inside.

“And I think I used to do that a little bit. People would ask me, ‘How are you?’ and I’d be like, ‘I’m fine; I’m good.’ But really I’d be crying in my hotel room all night. You just have to be honest that life sucks sometimes. It’s hard. Things are difficult.”

She added that by being more open, she hopes to encourage others to find solutions to the problems that plague them.

Elsewhere in the chat, Hailey explained how she likes to take time for herself whenever she gets the chance.

“It’s so important, in my opinion, to find those moments for yourself,” she said. “Especially when you’re around people all the time. Not only for work, but when you’re in a relationship too, and you’re with another person all the time. I think it’s important for both parties to be able to be, like, ‘Hey, I need an hour to myself’.”

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Tess Holliday: ‘Buying vintage is hard when you’re fat’

Tess Holliday finds it hard to source out vintage finds because of her size.The model, who is proud of her size 26 frame (U.S. 22), is a big fan of retro kaftans, and often sports one when out and about.However, she has now told The Guardian in a candi…

Tess Holliday finds it hard to source out vintage finds because of her size.

The model, who is proud of her size 26 frame (U.S. 22), is a big fan of retro kaftans, and often sports one when out and about.

However, she has now told The Guardian in a candid chat that finding second-hand clothes that fit is often a tough task.

“It’s hard when you’re buying vintage clothes to find something that fits your body, especially when you’re fat,” she stated.

For the accompanying photo, which was taken at a friend’s dinner party, mother-of-two Tess poses in her favourite vintage kaftan, which she picked up from a thrift store near her Los Angeles home a few years ago.

“The woman who ran the store had saved it for me – I live nearby and she knows I love vintage kaftans,” the 33-year-old shared. “Then, of course, a negative voice crept in, saying: ‘It’s not going to fit you,’ because it’s very rare that I can wear anything off the rack – but it did. It was right after I had had my second child; when I tried it on, it instantly lifted my spirits. Since then, it has become my favourite outfit. I’ve worn it in Palm Springs with big earrings and fun accessories; I wore it to the series premiere of Queer Eye; I’ve even dressed it up and done red carpets in it.”

Calling it one of her prized possessions, the curvy star noted that the garment makes her feel confident and beautiful.

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