Fashion star Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert named creative director of Swarovski

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to c…

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.

The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to collaborate with major brands like Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Now based in New York City, Giovanna has been tapped as creative director for Austrian crystal brand Swarovski, with the gig seeing her reimagine the product portfolio across all divisions, including the areas of design and content curation.

“For decades, Swarovski has been illuminating the world of fashion, design, entertainment, in general the whole creative industry,” she said. “I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future.”

The first products designed by Giovanna will be showcased in the spring/summer 2021 collection.

And Robert Buchbauer, chief executive officer of Swarovski, is confident the fashion star will be able to help bosses bring further growth to the company.

“Our 125-year history is witness for the power of our company to transform and reinvent itself and I am pleased to welcome a brilliant creative mind and strong female leader like Giovanna to our company,” he added. “With her remarkable track record in the industry and compelling point of view, she will explore new frontiers and become a vital part in writing the next chapter of our success story.”

Along with her fashion credentials, Giovanna also boasts 1.1 million followers on Instagram.

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Iman to receive Franca Sozzani Award

Iman will be honoured with the Franca Sozzani Award for her humanitarian work and efforts to make the fashion industry more diverse.The accolade was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and recognises women …

Iman will be honoured with the Franca Sozzani Award for her humanitarian work and efforts to make the fashion industry more diverse.

The accolade was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and recognises women for their careers in the arts and their dedication to charitable organisations.

The 64-year-old model will receive the award at an event at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice on 27 August. It will be hosted by Sozzani’s son, photographer and film director Francesco Carrozzini, who established the award with his wife Bee Shaffer, daughter of U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

“Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” Carrozzini said in a statement. “Using her platform to the best of its potential, Iman’s work from lobbying the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) for an increase of diversity on the runway to impactful humanitarian work, displays her true passion and focus. We are truly honoured for her to accept the Franca Sozzani Award.”

Iman follows in the footsteps of Julianne Moore, who was the first-ever recipient of the award back in 2017, and Salma Hayek, who was feted last year.

The supermodel began her career in 1975 and was a muse of designers Gianni Versace, Halston, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent. She went on to develop her make-up collection, IMAN Cosmetics, which caters specifically for women of colour.

Iman, who was married to music icon David Bowie from 1992 until his death in 2016, has also been involved in humanitarian work for the Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger, and the Raise Hope For Congo campaign.

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Franca Sozzani’s chic wardrobe going under the hammer for charity

Yoox is selling off pieces from late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani’s wardrobe to raise funds for charity.The beloved journalist passed away in December 2016 at the age of 66 after battling a year-long illness, with the fashion and celebrity world …

Yoox is selling off pieces from late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani’s wardrobe to raise funds for charity.

The beloved journalist passed away in December 2016 at the age of 66 after battling a year-long illness, with the fashion and celebrity world publicly mourning in the wake of her death.

Now Yoox founder Federico Marchetti, who sits as chairman and CEO of Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, is honouring his late friend’s memory with a special sale, which will see 397 of her ready-to-wear and haute couture pieces and 190 of her accessories go up for sale.

“It’s a project that is driven by heart,” Marchetti shared with Vogue, adding he has worked closely with Sozzani’s family.

“She was not only fashion, she was interested in art, design and culture. This is all in her honour.”

The Franca Sozzani Private Collection sale takes place on 11 February (19), with money raised going towards the Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital near Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts.

Her pieces have been split into five categories; The Eclectic, The Black Tale, The Londoner, The Unconventional and The Dream Dimension, all of which celebrate her sensibilities, as well as her style.

Recalling a conversation he had with British Vogue editor Edward Enninful, Marchetti shared: “She was the daring editor, the one with the courage to take decisions others would have thought too risky. That same character came out in the way she dressed.”

He also dubbed Sozzani “the chicest of the Vogue editors and completely unique”, and said there was a kindness as well as a frankness to the late fashion star.

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Vivienne Westwood to be honoured at 2018 Fashion Awards

Vivienne Westwood is to receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change at the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) 2018 Fashion Awards.The British designer is known for bringing modern punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream, as well as for her advoc…

Vivienne Westwood is to receive the Swarovski Award for Positive Change at the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) 2018 Fashion Awards.

The British designer is known for bringing modern punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream, as well as for her advocacy regarding civil rights and climate change, especially in relation to her ventures with Greenpeace, Cool Earth, and SWITCH to Green.

Now, Westwood is to be recognised by BFC officials for her contribution to the wider industry.

“With this special award Dame Vivienne Westwood will be recognised for being a campaigner for change throughout her career,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer, in a statement. “She has led the way championing humanitarian and environmental issues, and her contribution to British fashion, make her one of the most respected designers in the fashion industry and a great inspiration to us all.

“Her most recent campaign has led more businesses in the fashion industry in the U.K. to Switch to Green Energy and she continues to inspire many more to do the same.”

Those previously honoured with the award include late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board, explained that the prize recognises and celebrates individuals who have made a positive impact on society and the environment.

“The Swarovski Award for Positive Change forms part of Swarovski’s wider efforts to promote a more sustainable future. Dame Vivienne Westwood has made an indelible mark on global fashion and we are delighted to celebrate her inspirational creativity, lifelong advocacy of environmental causes and promotion of ethical fashion which have had an enduring and profound effect on the industry,” she added.

A highlight of the international fashion calendar, the 2018 Fashion Awards will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 10 December.

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