Olivier Rousteing wants Balmain resort collection to be ‘the sun after the storm’

Olivier Rousteing wants his upcoming Balmain resort collection to be the “sun after the storm”.The 34-year-old creative director of the French fashion house was heavily inspired by ’90s TV shows, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell, …

Olivier Rousteing wants his upcoming Balmain resort collection to be the “sun after the storm”.

The 34-year-old creative director of the French fashion house was heavily inspired by ’90s TV shows, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell, and Beverly Hills, 90210, while working on the upcoming collection during the coronavirus lockdown in France.

Discussing the bold and colourful resort line, Rousteing said he hopes that his carefully curated pieces will bring some hope to people after the uncertainty of the global Covid-19 outbreak.

“I think I just want to bring some energy and some beauty without, of course, forgetting what we went through,” Rousteing told Fashionista. “Always after a storm, you want the sun. I always have been really criticised for bringing, let’s say, strong shoulder pads (in my collections).

“My craftsmanship is really bright. I’m someone that’s really loud about everything that I believe in… But I want to make sure that my fashion is, as well, an escape. It’s a way of seeing the sun again after the storm.”

The designer and his team overhauled their working environment once the French government imposed strict social distancing restrictions, as the thought of skipping this year’s fashion calendar and not releasing a collection this summer was not an option for Rousteing.

“I felt like it was really, really important to not give up,” he stated.

And looking at his resort line, he’s excited to debut his “fresh and happy” collection.

“I wanted to go back to that kind of pop, hopeful world. It’s a really fresh and a happy collection, because the reality is that it was such a sad moment but at the same time, my work with fashion (has been) to bring some happiness and joy,” he said.

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Rihanna teams with Adam Selman on Savage X Fenty’s first-ever designer collaboration

Adam Selman “learned a lot” while working with Rihanna for Savage X Fenty’s first-ever designer collaboration.Selman was tapped by the Umbrella hitmaker to create a sensual lingerie collection for her brand back in 2018, and the pair have finally relea…

Adam Selman “learned a lot” while working with Rihanna for Savage X Fenty’s first-ever designer collaboration.

Selman was tapped by the Umbrella hitmaker to create a sensual lingerie collection for her brand back in 2018, and the pair have finally released their Valentine’s Day-themed capsule line.

Working with Savage x Fenty’s inclusive size range – which goes from XS to 3X – was a “fascinating” experience for the American designer, and he wanted to make sure he followed Rihanna’s brief.

“Before we presented things to Rihanna, I would go ahead and fit everything in advance on three different sizes,” he told Fashionista. “Because of the size range that Savage X is able to do, I really learned a lot about the fit and the process and the bodies. I wanted to make sure that in my collaboration I offered the exact same thing for a straight-sized model to a curvy (model).

“If you have never seen Rihanna fit a panty, you’re really missing out.”

The fashion star, who created the singer’s infamous sheer, Swarovski crystal-encrusted gown for the CFDA Fashion Awards in 2014, was inspired by her total confidence while creating the collection.

“I think that she really taught me that it is about confidence – the clothes can give you that confidence, but also building the clothes with confidence is such a key part of the process,” Selman shared.

Adam Selman for Savage X Fenty is available now, with prices ranging from $16 to $84 (£12 – £64).

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Laura Dern swears meditation keeps her skin wrinkle-free

Laura Dern is adamant daily meditation sessions help to keep wrinkles at bay.The Big Little Lies star has opened up on her beauty regime in a new interview with Fashionista, and during the chat, commented that she believes de-stressing keeps her lookin…

Laura Dern is adamant daily meditation sessions help to keep wrinkles at bay.

The Big Little Lies star has opened up on her beauty regime in a new interview with Fashionista, and during the chat, commented that she believes de-stressing keeps her looking young.

“You’re going to be stressed. I hate when people are like, ‘You know, I just don’t have stress, I’ll never age.’ It’s like, how dare you? We’re stressed all the time! We watch the news!” she laughed. “Having an anti-stress regime, meditating and trying to get sleep – all those things can help.”

And the 52-year-old, who recently became the new face of natural skincare company True Botanicals, confessed she’s been getting more compliments about her skin now than ever before.

“I think that doing whatever you do to support skin elasticity, and balancing your skin, your pH, your hormones, your body as it’s changing is really important,” Laura noted.

The actress also went on to share that she was inspired to become educated about skincare by the women in her family and wanted to pass that knowledge on to her teenage daughter, Jaya.

“Ask questions, educate yourself, know how you’re treating your body and go from there. Whether it was in physical exercise or meditation or the products that I eat, the products that I consume in terms of skincare and beauty in general, I’ve always tried to approach it with an education,” she stated, before adding that she religiously slathers True Botanicals’ Pure Radiance Oil on her face each day.

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Thakoon Panichgul relaunching namesake fashion brand again

Thakoon Panichgul has relaunched his namesake fashion label once again.The Thai-American designer unveiled his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and quickly became recognised as a rising star, with his feminine garments sported by the likes of Dem…

Thakoon Panichgul has relaunched his namesake fashion label once again.

The Thai-American designer unveiled his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and quickly became recognised as a rising star, with his feminine garments sported by the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Panichgul overhauled his company in 2016 after receiving an investment from Vivian Chou of Bright Fame Fashion, but after a two-year hiatus, he has once again set up shop.

“It’s important for me to be able to make clothes in a way that is thoughtful,” he told Fashionista of her new venture. “In a way that is great quality that you can wear over and over and over again but also in a way that is affordable for people. Otherwise, you’re just making fashion just to have an expression, a voice. It doesn’t go anywhere after that.”

With Matt Scanlan, boss of sustainable cashmere brand Naadam, serving as chief executive officer, the fashion star is now offering a direct-to-consumer line of high-quality pieces at an accessible price point.

Focusing on stylish basics, including knitwear, slip dresses, shirts, trousers, and coats, items are priced from $75 to $250 (£60 – £200). Model Lily Aldridge is starring in the debut campaign, with the imagery featuring a minimalist aesthetic.

“I have become simpler. When you’re younger, you want to be expressive and you want to have an opinion and you want to say what you want to say. For me, that’s not as important anymore now. I’m more comfortable with myself, I’m more comfortable with my skill and I know what I’m good at,” the 45-year-old added of his style evolution.

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Tessa Thompson tried on 50 costumes for Men in Black: International

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet prac…

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.

The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet practical look modelled after the signature black suits that appear in the franchise.

For the reboot of the hit films, Rose opted to reimagine the items with the help of British designer Paul Smith, and they put together 50 jacket and pants options for Thompson to try out, with the star ultimately settling on pieces she could easily move in.

“Together, we decided that the two-button, double-breasted, longer jacket – with the big kick-pleat at the back – would be far more impressive for all the action work,” she told Fashionista.com. “It moves very well.”

When it came to footwear, Rose decided the 10-inch height difference between Thompson and her co-star Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Agent H, called for heels and selected comfortable yet empowering lace-up work boots by Naked Wolfe that she described as “fairly elegant”.

Rose also experimented when it came to Emma Thompson’s costume as Agent O, pairing a blazer designed by Smith with a custom-made pencil skirt featuring peplum detailing.

“It made her feel a little saucy and a little bit cheeky,” Rose added. “We wanted to give it a twist and make it a bit seductive, if you like.”

Men in Black: International, also starring Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, is now showing in cinemas.

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Chloe Sevigny wore her own vintage pieces in Lizzie

Chloe Sevigny became her own costume department while making new movie Lizzie by dressing her character in her own vintage 19th-century dresses. The actress spent close to a decade bringing the latest dramatization of Lizzie Borden’s alleged 1892 axe …

Chloe Sevigny became her own costume department while making new movie Lizzie by dressing her character in her own vintage 19th-century dresses.

The actress spent close to a decade bringing the latest dramatization of Lizzie Borden’s alleged 1892 axe murders to the screen, based on a script written by her friend Bryce Kass, and she demanded authenticity from costumer Natalie O’Brien, even using her own wardrobe to achieve the perfect look as the title character.

Sevigny told O’Brien she had amassed an archive of pieces from the 19th century, and various items feature in the film.

Skeptical at first, the wardrobe mistress tells Fashionista, “She had some really beautiful items that actually really fit in the era. I was like, ‘Wow, she’s really been doing her homework for a while’.”

The decision to use her own dresses was more about authenticity than cost-cutting, with Chloe determined to make sure every scene in the movie captured the true essence of the late 1800s.

And to lend her own authenticity to the character, the actress even spent a night in the Fall River, Massachusetts murder house, which is now a museum and guest house.

O’Brien admits Chloe was a joy to work with: “It’s beautiful to speak with your actors, and be like, ‘How do you see it? How do you envision it?’ She was a huge part of telling the story.”

She also loved hunting down costumes with the leading lady, who serves as a producer on the film in addition to acting.

“We were like little warriors hunting for every kind of piece,” she explains.

The authenticity of the outfits meant extra hours for O’Brien, who constantly had to repair and maintain the blue ruffle-front dress Chloe wears in the movie.

“That was falling apart,” says O’Brien. “Everyday we would have to French seam it back together because it’s hot days in Savannah (where the movie was shot) and there’s wear and tear on everything.”

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Ashley Benson defies weather for beloved leather jacket

Actress Ashley Benson has been enjoying New York’s chilly start to the year as she no longer has to risk heat stroke every time she heads out in her favourite leather jacket.The Spring Breakers star is obsessed with the clothing item and insisted on we…

Actress Ashley Benson has been enjoying New York’s chilly start to the year as she no longer has to risk heat stroke every time she heads out in her favourite leather jacket.

The Spring Breakers star is obsessed with the clothing item and insisted on wearing it as temperatures soared in Los Angeles last summer, and now she has relocated to New York City, she never has to worry about sweating for her fashion choice.

“I’m very New York, I’m not L.A.,” she explained to Fashionista. “When I was in L.A., I dressed like I was in New York all the time, so moving here just allowed me to get more into the New York vibe with faux fur and cool jackets.

“I can always wear my leather jacket, which I wore almost every day in L.A. – even if it was 90 degrees outside, I’d still be in a leather jacket. Here, I wear cool, heavy jackets, turtlenecks and sneakers because I’m walking around a lot. I like Converse or Nikes (sneakers). I’m mostly in workout clothes when I’m in L.A., or jeans and a T-shirt. My style is not that fun to talk about. I wish it was.”

Ashley spends big bucks on designer pieces occasionally, but she acquires most of her wardrobe from budget-friendly shops like Zara.

“Where do I get all my clothes? I’ll go into Saint Laurent and Gucci and get a statement piece, but everything else is from Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, H&M,” she explains. “I love Zara. I can go into those stores and just buy so much stuff.

“I love walking into a store and getting a bunch of white T-shirts, if they’re good. Sweatpants, sweatsuits: I love all that stuff.

“Gucci has really cool tracksuits right now and I really want to splurge and get one. They’re, like, sick. But Adidas, Nike, anything like that… Anything oversize, I really like.”

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