Nicki Minaj ‘so grateful’ Fendi name-drop led to collaboration

Nicki Minaj is “so grateful” that name-dropping Fendi in one of her tracks led to her working with the fashion house.Last month, it was officially announced that the Starships hitmaker had teamed up with the Italian fashion house for a collection title…

Nicki Minaj is “so grateful” that name-dropping Fendi in one of her tracks led to her working with the fashion house.

Last month, it was officially announced that the Starships hitmaker had teamed up with the Italian fashion house for a collection titled Fendi Prints On. The line features swimwear, shoes, figure-hugging dresses and a padded coat, with all items covered in the Fendi logo and either in neon pink or metallic silver.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the launch event for the collection in Beverly Hills, Minaj said that she was thankful that mentioning Fendi in her 2018 track Chun-Li led to the collaboration.

“I am so grateful to everyone at Fendi. My work and relationship with them as been ideal since the day I went out there to meet with them,” the 36-year-old shared. “I’m honoured, of course. It’s Fendi! It’s a big freaking deal! And I had no idea by saying ‘Fendi’ my song that it would turn into a line, and thank God it did.”

Back in September, Fendi’s chairman and chief executive officer Serge Brunschwig lavished praise on Minaj and said the controversial Anaconda rapper was a perfect fit for the luxury Italian label.

“She is a great artist and one of the best rappers. Fendi shares great affinity with her,” he told WWD at the time. “She represents one of Fendi’s dimensions, the fun aspect of the brand and she will present it extremely well… Yes, she is extreme, but we are not afraid of that and found it very interesting working with her… (the collection) very colourful and strong; it makes a statement. We are super happy.”

The Fendi Prints On capsule collection is available now.

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Taylor Hill teams with Boohoo on capsule collection

Taylor Hill has partnered with the team at Boohoo on a capsule collection.The model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Versace, Fendi, and Chanel. Now, Hill has co…

Taylor Hill has partnered with the team at Boohoo on a capsule collection.

The model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Versace, Fendi, and Chanel.

Now, Hill has collaborated with designers at the online retailer on the Boohoo x Taylor Hill edit, with pieces reflecting her whimsical aesthetic.

“My personal style is laidback, eclectic, and comfortable. I love mixing current trends with vintage pieces in my closet to create a new look,” she said of her signature style.

The range also features romantic florals and embroideries in a colour palette of neutral tones, dusky pinks, emerald greens and mustard yellows.

Throughout the collection, textured fabrics and details including plaid suiting, embellished denim, ruffles, polka dot overlays and novelty lace sit against soft tailoring and feminine silhouettes.

Items are priced from $12 to $40 (£9 – £31) and are now available to purchase from the label’s website.

“I really admire how Boohoo is super inclusive – there is something for everyone and they’re always one step ahead with the trends and really affordable. You don’t have to break the bank to make your closet look fabulous,” the 23-year-old added.

Taylor also appears in the accompanying campaign, which was shot in Pasadena, California by Zoey Grossman. The launch was celebrated with a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday night, with the likes of Sofia Richie, Stella Maxwell, Jasmine Tookes, and Iskra Lawrence in attendance.

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Adut Akech plans dinner while walking the runway

Adut Akech plans her dinner while she’s walking the runway to distract herself from the task at hand.Since making her runway debut for Saint Laurent in 2017, the Sudanese-Australian model has become one of the most in-demand names in fashion, with her …

Adut Akech plans her dinner while she’s walking the runway to distract herself from the task at hand.

Since making her runway debut for Saint Laurent in 2017, the Sudanese-Australian model has become one of the most in-demand names in fashion, with her making catwalk appearances for the likes of Fendi, Valentino, Prada, Givenchy, and Haider Ackermann during the recent spring/summer 2020 Fashion Month.

During an interview with L’Officiel USA, the 19-year-old was asked what trick she uses to feel comfortable on the runway and she shared that she distracts her mind by thinking about food.

“When I think of the catwalk, I think too much and that is not good. So, I think about eating and sleeping, that really helps me,” she revealed. “I am in my own world and wonder: ‘What will I eat after the show?’ That’s my trick. I don’t know if I would recommend it to other models, but it works for me.”

Akech also confessed that she doesn’t work out or limit her food intake during fashion weeks.

“I don’t train during fashion week. I just try to drink a lot of water and eat as much as possible, and that alone can be difficult because we run from one place to another,” she continued. “But I try to eat and sleep whenever I can. I don’t do fitness to stay slim, but I used to run a lot. I felt good about that.”

During the interview, Akech also shared that hamburgers used to be her go-to comfort food until she became a pescatarian, and she prefers to go without make-up when she’s off-duty.

“I don’t use make-up during the day, because my motto is ‘less is more.’ I already wear make-up every day for work, so if I don’t have to, I don’t do it and I let my skin breathe,” she added.

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Kendall Jenner’s hair colourist: ‘She’s so happy to be back to brunette’

Kendall Jenner is “so happy” to be back to her natural shade, according to her colourist. The model shocked fans by debuting a bright blonde look when she opened the Burberry spring/summer 2020 show at London Fashion Week last week and she continued to…

Kendall Jenner is “so happy” to be back to her natural shade, according to her colourist.

The model shocked fans by debuting a bright blonde look when she opened the Burberry spring/summer 2020 show at London Fashion Week last week and she continued to showcase her new hair colour as she walked in the Fendi and Versace shows in Milan, Italy.

However, just two days after the Versace presentation, Kendall was back to her natural brunette, with her hitting the red carpet for her first-ever appearance at the 2019 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

In an interview with People, her colourist Cassondra Kaeding shared that the 23-year-old enjoyed her brief stint as a blonde but was glad to be back to her natural shade.

“She loved the blonde but was so happy to be back to her natural hair colour. It will be less maintenance then staying blonde because her natural is dark,” Kaeding said, revealing that she dyed Kendall’s hair “half a shade deeper” than her natural dark brown and it will eventually “soften slightly and match her natural hair colour perfectly”.

The hair expert, who doesn’t expect the model to switch back to blonde anytime soon, spent around three-and-a-half hours switching up the reality TV star’s look.

“When going from light to dark its really just a waiting game. Colour needs times to deposit and I wanted to make sure we took every necessary steps to achieve Kendall’s desired hair colour,” the hair expert explained.

Kendall hit the Emmys red carpet wearing a black latex turtleneck bodysuit by Vex underneath a floral, sleeveless Richard Quinn gown and presented the award for Outstanding Reality Series with her half-sister Kim Kardashian.

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Fendi serves up camping chic for spring 2020 collection

Fendi has unveiled a camping-inspired line for its spring/summer 2020 collection.On Thursday, Silvia Venturini Fendi unveiled her debut ready-to-wear line for the Italian label as part of Milan Fashion Week, with the designer having expanded her duties…

Fendi has unveiled a camping-inspired line for its spring/summer 2020 collection.

On Thursday, Silvia Venturini Fendi unveiled her debut ready-to-wear line for the Italian label as part of Milan Fashion Week, with the designer having expanded her duties at her family’s company following the death of womenswear creative director Karl Lagerfeld in February.

Katie Holmes, Diplo, and Sabrina Carpenter were among the celebrities perched on the front row, with a huge sunset motif installed as the backdrop to the runway.

“Impossible blooms and ethereal textures intertwine to trick the eye – shifting in weightless moments of Fendi craftsmanship, invoking the hidden decadence of the everyday,” a Fendi representative said of the inspiration for the collection. “Emerging from a waking dream, the Fendi woman delights in undone expressions of new Borghese energy.”

Silvia evidently wanted to symbolise a step into the future for Fendi, and the presentation opened with a model walking the catwalk in a white quilted jacket and miniskirt. The looked was matched with shimmery socks and pink loafers.

Influenced by camping adventures and the outdoors, a line of playful separates followed, with key pieces including printed shirts with leaf designs, shorts, and bucket hats.

References to late 1960s fashion were apparent too, with Silvia opting for a palette of dark yellow, ochre, and brown, along with touches of bright green and white.

Highlights included the cargo-style jumpsuit and trench coat modelled by Bella Hadid, and a coat with gauzy panels woven through the centre which was worn by the newly-blonde Kendall Jenner.

To close out the spectacle, Silvia unveiled a line-up of ensembles made with pastel or metallic fabrics, and concluded by having a model show off a long dress with wide sleeves that featured a very retro floral print in pink, green, and blue shades.

Milan Fashion Week continues on Friday with shows from Marni and Versace.

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Nicki Minaj wants curvy women to ‘feel sexy’ in new Fendi line

Nicki Minaj is looking to inspire women to embrace their curves with her sexy new Fendi line.The rapper recently joined forces with bosses at the Italian label for the collection, and accordingly, made sure to include pieces that celebrate women of all…

Nicki Minaj is looking to inspire women to embrace their curves with her sexy new Fendi line.

The rapper recently joined forces with bosses at the Italian label for the collection, and accordingly, made sure to include pieces that celebrate women of all shapes and sizes.

“I want to make clothes that make girls with my body look sexy,” she told Elle magazine. “We’re in a new time, where you don’t have to feel bad if you’re not the tiniest you’ve ever been.”

The Anaconda hitmaker also wants women to be less harsh on themselves when it comes to weight gain.

“What I want (to tell) girls is not necessarily, ‘Go and gain weight and have a big booty,’ but ‘If you do have curves, be proud of it, flaunt it – love the skin you’re in.’ As cliched as that sounds, I’ve been really trying to teach myself that. ‘This is who I am; take me or leave me, bye!'” the 36-year-old insisted.

And Minaj hopes to take her fashion venture a step further by one day launching her own clothing line.

“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!” she shared when asked if she’d like to have her own collection. “Yeses across the board, okay? I’ve been really strategic and picky on purpose, turning some things down and waiting for the right opportunities. Once people see that you have selling power and you are able to impact a brand in such a positive way, then I think it’s only a matter of time.

“The Fendi collection alone made me feel like I would love to continue doing this – getting to that boss status. That’s where I would like to take fashion, for sure.”

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Slick Woods unveils unisex jewellery brand

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs,…

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.

The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, and Savage X Fenty.

But for her latest venture, Woods has created her own jewellery company, with the line including gold signet rings, lariats, and bracelets.

Alongside a series of images from the debut C1V1L campaign on Instagram, a brand representative wrote, “C1V1L is a unisex jewellery brand pushing a clean, modern, architectural aesthetic using semi-precious metals,” and, “We’re going to be blunt… We want to steal market share and reinvest it elsewhere in people, in ideas, in the future.”

Woods, 23, has teamed with Blakely Thornton, the managing director of Jerry Media, on the company, while sisters Coco and Breezy Dotson, who launched Coco & Breezy Eyewear in 2009, are among the investors.

And while the group wants to offer fans beautiful jewellery pieces, they are also seeking to achieve a wider goal of investing some of the profits into minority and female-owned ventures.

“There is an issue of (our) culture being commoditised, but we are not the owners of that,” said Thornton of the company in an interview with Business of Fashion. “Having been behind the veil in advertising, we were seeing that the people actually making the money off of this culture are largely white, straight men. Even if you’re pushing it and it’s getting a positive media reception, it’s disheartening seeing that the actual financial capital is going back to the same place, back to the top of that pyramid.”

As part of the marketing strategy, Woods will be seeking to reach out to her celebrity friends and 900,000 followers on Instagram.

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Nicki Minaj teaming with Fendi on capsule collection

Nicki Minaj has collaborated with Fendi on a capsule clothing collection.The Starships hitmaker teased a partnership with the Italian fashion house in July by sharing a photograph of her wearing a neon pink furry outfit featuring the signature Fendi pr…

Nicki Minaj has collaborated with Fendi on a capsule clothing collection.

The Starships hitmaker teased a partnership with the Italian fashion house in July by sharing a photograph of her wearing a neon pink furry outfit featuring the signature Fendi print on Instagram, and the collection, titled Fendi Prints On, has now been officially announced.

Nicki, who recently announced her retirement from music, was photographed by Steven Klein for the campaign, in which she stars alongside models posing in the outfits around a swimming pool. In one snap, the rapper can be seen wearing a silver bikini top, a high-waisted skirt covered in sequins and a silver jacket, and in another, she sports a furry pink cap, oversized pink gloves, and two different pink handbags.

The collection also features swimwear, shoes, figure-hugging dresses and a padded coat, with all items covered in the Fendi logo and either in neon pink or metallic silver.

The 36-year-old shared the images on her Instagram account, including one which depicted a model wearing a pink hoodie featuring her face, and remarked on how far she’d come.

“Don’t you ever doubt yourself. If anyone would’ve told me as a lil girl from Trinidad that grew up poor that one day my face would be on a piece of @Fendi clothing, I would’ve laughed,” she tweeted.

While Fendi’s chairman and chief executive officer Serge Brunschwig has praised Nicki as a perfect fit for the label.

“She is a great artist and one of the best rappers. Fendi shares great affinity with her,” he told WWD. “She represents one of Fendi’s dimensions, the fun aspect of the brand and she will present it extremely well… Yes, she is extreme, but we are not afraid of that and found it very interesting working with her… (the collection) very colourful and strong; it makes a statement. We are super happy.”

Fendi Prints On, which refers to lyrics in Nicki’s track Chun-Li, launches online on 14 October.

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Cara Delevingne wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working until he died

Cara Delevingne often wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working in the fashion industry right up until his death. The legendary Chanel and Fendi creative director continued working right up until he got sick in early 2019 and subsequently passed away…

Cara Delevingne often wonders if Karl Lagerfeld was happy working in the fashion industry right up until his death.

The legendary Chanel and Fendi creative director continued working right up until he got sick in early 2019 and subsequently passed away due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85 in February.

In a new interview with Marie Claire magazine, Delevingne, who was a Chanel muse and close friend of Lagerfeld’s, described the fashion icon as a “best friend, father, grandfather, fairy godmother, like Peter Pan,” but also questioned why he felt the need to keep busy until the end.

“The fashion industry breeds this thing of never being good enough. Was he happy? Did he feel proud?” she asked.

The 27-year-old wrote a moving tribute to Lagerfeld on social media after his passing in which she told her followers, “He changed my life, he believed in me when so many others didn’t – including myself.”

It was recently announced that the Suicide Squad star was taking part in A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project, in which she will design a top inspired by Lagerfeld’s signature crisp, white, high-collared shirt. The garments, also designed by Kate Moss and Amber Valletta, will benefit the French charity Sauver la Vie, which the late designer quietly supported.

The British model-turned-actress signed a modelling contract a decade ago and went on to walk the runway for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, but she is now mostly focused on her acting career, which includes an upcoming role in Amazon series Carnival Row.

She admitted to Marie Claire that she used her hectic modelling schedule to escape her personal problems.

“Work to me was such an escape. I don’t like using it that way anymore. I want to use it as a platform, where I’m not just running from my problems,” Delevingne, who still works with brands like Puma and Dior, stated.

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Karl Lagerfeld died day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby

Karl Lagerfeld passed away the day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby girl.Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the Chanel and Fendi creative director died on 19 February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves through…

Karl Lagerfeld passed away the day before he was to meet Diane Kruger’s baby girl.

Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the Chanel and Fendi creative director died on 19 February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.

Among the celebrities to pay tribute to Lagerfeld at the time was actress Kruger, a Chanel muse, and she has now spoken about how the designer had planned to meet her daughter in his last days.

“You know it’s kind of sad, I flew to Paris so he could meet my daughter, and he passed away the day before we were supposed to meet,” she commented in an interview with People TV. “It’s really sad… (but) he had a good life.”

Kruger and her actor partner Norman Reedus welcomed their first baby together in November. The couple are yet to share the tot’s name.

Elsewhere in the chat, Kruger recalled how she had developed a “special bond” with Lagerfeld over the course of her career, especially as they could speak German to each other, and because they lived in the same building in Paris.

“He was my neighbour in Paris, so I want to say for the last 20 years I would see him twice or three times a week just walking down the street,” the 43-year-old smiled, before adding that she once also walked through Versailles with him and accompanied him on a trip to China.

“You know, he was truly somebody very eccentric and very funny, but also very sweet,” she added. “We spoke German to each other, so I think we always had a very special bond because nobody could understand.”

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