Emma Watson to promote sustainable fashion with new Kering gig

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. a…

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.

The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. and Balenciaga.

Her role was announced by Kering bosses on Tuesday, and she was nominated on to the board by shareholders, alongside fellow new additions Tidjane Thiam and Jean Liu.

Watson, who is well-known for her passion for sustainable fashion, will also utilise her eco-friendly activism by serving as Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the conglomerate.

The 30-year-old has guest-edited an issue of Vogue Australia on eco-friendly fashion, and she is one of the supporters of the Good On You app, which rates the ethical and sustainability practices of global fashion brands.

Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, welcomed the new appointments, and described Watson “one of the world’s most popular actors and best-known activists”.

“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organisation. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team,” he said of the new board members in a statement. “Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions.”

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Saint Laurent and Balenciaga workshops to begin making medical masks

Employees at Saint Laurent and Balenciaga’s workshops will soon begin making medical masks.In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis around the world, bosses at Kering, the parent company of the luxury fashion houses, announced on Sunday that they …

Employees at Saint Laurent and Balenciaga’s workshops will soon begin making medical masks.

In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis around the world, bosses at Kering, the parent company of the luxury fashion houses, announced on Sunday that they are preparing to transform textile plants so they can start manufacturing surgical masks for hospitals in order to help support local health authorities.

“The French workshops of Kering’s Houses Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent are preparing to manufacture masks while complying with the strictest health protection measures for their staff members, with production getting underway as soon as the manufacturing process and materials have been approved by the relevant authorities,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Leaders at Kering, the conglomerate helmed by Francois-Henri Pinault, have already provided the French health service with three million masks, following on from contributions made to China and Italy in recent weeks.

They are also making a financial donation to the Institut Pasteur in Paris to aid scientists in researching the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, bosses at Kering’s main competitor Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have also pledged to supply millions of surgical masks to workers in France.

“By virtue of its global distribution network, LVMH has managed to secure an order with a Chinese industrial supplier for a delivery of 10 million masks in France in the coming days (seven million surgical masks and three million FFP2 masks). The order will be repeated for at least four weeks in similar quantities (i.e. approximately 40 million masks),” a spokesperson commented.

Last week, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault instructed the staff at LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, including those who make products for Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy, to prepare sites to begin making “substantial quantities” of hydroalcoholic gel.

The gel will be delivered free of charge to French health authorities and those working at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, a network of teaching hospitals that treats more than eight million patients per year.

At present, there have been over 351,000 reported coronavirus cases around the world, with 15,000 deaths. China, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Iran, and the U.S. remain the worst affected nations.

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Top fashion firms donate to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales a…

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.

Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Many celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, and Elton John, have made generous donations towards helping the firefighters and saving the wildlife, and now, bosses at fashion conglomerates Kering, PVH Corp., and Tapestry, Inc. have all announced their contributions.

A representative for Kering, which is headed by Francois-Henri Pinault and is the parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, has confirmed the company will donate $685,000 (£525,00), the equivalent of AUD $1 million.

“These funds will be provided to the most appropriate local organisations selected by the group’s sustainability experts,” they said. “Additional initiatives will also be undertaken by various brands in solidarity with the Australian people. In the longer term, Kering plans to participate in future reforestation and biodiversity programmes.”

Meanwhile, officials at PVH, which oversee brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, are donating $68,000 (£52,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund, as are bosses at Tapestry, the owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

“Our hearts go out to the countless number of people affected by the bushfires,” said Jide Zeitlin, Tapestry’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While what has been lost cannot be replaced, we want to help the affected communities repair and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.”

Closer to home, Australian designer Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales online and in-store for the next seven days to the NSW Rural Fire Service, while New Zealand-based fashion star Karen Walker is supporting charities including Wildlife Victoria, the RSPCA, and Red Cross.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee scoops top honours at The Fashion Awards 2019

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchet…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, and was hosted by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The first of Lee’s awards was for Brand of the Year, which he accepted from model and friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Mentioning Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Bottega Veneta, in his brief acceptance speech, the 33-year-old British designer thanked the Frenchman for taking “that initial gamble” on him.

Later, when accepting his second award of the evening for Accessories Designer of the Year, Lee told the famous faces in the audience: “For me, accessories are the key to modern dressing and I’m incredibly proud so many of you choose to live with our pieces every day and to express your style.”

The designer also took home the coveted awards for Designer of the Year and British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

Kim Jones of Dior Men was named as British Designer of the Year for Menswear, though as he was overseas, the accolade was accepted on his behalf by Donatella Versace.

“As you see, I’m not Kim Jones, but it’s truly an honour to accept the award for my good friend. He’s in Miami putting the last touches to his show and it’s going to be fabulous, as always,” she quipped.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was presented with the Fashion Icon award during ceremony, while Adut Akech was named as Model of the Year.

Elsewhere, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech made an emotional tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld and announced plans for Chanel to sponsor a scholarship through the British Fashion Council’s foundation.

The organisation’s newest award – The Designers’ Designer – was handed to Christopher Kane by Kylie Minogue, and the extravagant ceremony ended with a Giorgio Armani runway show.

The 85-year-old Italian then received the Outstanding Achievement Award from close pals and muses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Fashion Awards is as follows:

Brand of the Year – Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Kim Jones for Dior Men

Model of the Year – Adut Akech

Accessories Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Urban Luxe – Fenty

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Business Leader – Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Outstanding Achievement Award – Giorgio Armani

Fashion Icon – Naomi Campbell

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Sam McKnight

Trailblazer Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Positive Change Award – Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at UN Convention on Climate Change

Designers’ Designer Award – Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

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Kering pledges commitment to become carbon neutral

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its …

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.

The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its entire supply chain.

“When it comes to climate change, we can no longer wait to take real action. We all need to step up as businesses and account for the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions that we generate in total,” said chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault, according to WWD. “While we focus on avoiding and reducing our GHG emissions to meet our Science-Based Target, we will offset all our remaining emissions and support the conservation of vital forests and biodiversity around the world.”

He also revealed that Kering is pledging to offset its annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2018.

Back in August, Kering and 31 other leading companies signed French President Emmanuel Macron’s Fashion Pact, which is a set of shared objectives the industry can work toward to reduce its environmental impact.

To offset its annual emissions, Kering is investing in projects that conserve biodiversity and support the livelihoods of local communities affected by climate change.

The news comes weeks after Gucci announced its supply chain was now entirely carbon neutral.

The Italian label, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, is offsetting all remaining greenhouse gas emissions annually from operations and the entire supply chain through four critically important projects that support forest conservation around the world.

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Top fashion brands commit to Kering-led sustainability pact

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to …

Thirty-two top fashion brands and textile companies have committed to Kering’s sustainability pact.

Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of luxury conglomerate Kering, to bring together the leading players in the industry, with the aim of setting practical objectives for reducing environmental impacts.

Now, ahead of the G7 meeting at Biarritz in France over the weekend, Pinault has announced that the likes of Adidas, Burberry, Chanel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gap Inc, Giorgio Armani, H&M Group, Hermes, Karl Lagerfeld, Moncler, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Selfridges Group, and Stella McCartney had agreed to be a part of the coalition.

In addition, the so-called Fashion Pact has the backing of Capri Holdings, the parent company of Michael Kors and Versace, Inditex, parent of the Zara chain, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein’s PVH Corp., and all Kering labels, which include Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.

“Private companies, working alongside nation states, have an essential role to play in protecting the planet. With the Fashion Pact, some leading players in the fashion and textile sector are joining forces for the first time to launch an unprecedented movement,” a Kering representative said in a statement. “A collective endeavour by its nature, the Fashion Pact is open to any company that wants to help to fundamentally transform the practices of the fashion and textile industry, and to meet the environmental challenges of our century.”

The Fashion Pact’s objectives draw on the Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative, which focuses on stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans.

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Kering commits to only working with models aged over 18

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runw…

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.

Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runway shows in light of the #MeToo movement and claims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and fashion industries,

Now, bosses at Kering – which owns luxury brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen – have stated that they will only hire models aged over 18.

“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” declared Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, in a statement. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

Back in September 2017, leaders at Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton introduced a charter with the aim of banning very thin and underage models from the runway.

The new regulation may mean models like Kaia Gerber, 17, miss out on gigs for a few months. However, a spokesperson for the company is adamant hiring models over the age of 18 signals further progress in a “continued commitment” to women.

“In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession. We are also aware of the role model element that images produced by our houses can represent for certain groups of people,” added Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer.

The new guidelines will be enacted as of the fall/winter 2020 shows.

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Kering expands its Cannes Women in Motion equality programme

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celeb…

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.

The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celebration, with the aim to highlight the role of women in front and behind the camera.

Since then, the #MeToo movement has kicked off, as well as frank discussions about the pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood.

Pinault, who recently donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral, has now committed to another five years of partnership with Cannes and revealed he is expanding the programme to include arts and culture.

“Since the #MeToo movement, and thanks to all the work done by active groups such as Time’s Up and 50/50 by 2020, the mindset is gradually changing, and steps are being taken,” Pinault said, reports Variety. “But as I’ve said in the past, we must never let our attention fade. First, because equality is still to be achieved — and there is quite some way to go. And second, because where progress is made, there is also inevitably push back — and we simply can’t afford going backwards.”

As part of Women in Motion, an annual award is given out at the festival gala dinner. This year’s recipient is Chinese-born Singaporean actress Gong Li. She follows in the footsteps of Jane Fonda, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, Isabelle Huppert, and Patty Jenkins.

“I’m proud of the awareness it brought to the topic, even at a time when very few thought it was something that should be acted upon,” Pinault, married to Salma Hayek, continued. “And I’m impressed by all the people who raised their voices and took a stand.”

Cannes kicked off on Tuesday and runs until 25 May.

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Fashion’s biggest names pay tribute to Paris following Notre Dame fire

Fashion’s leading designers, including Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, have paid tribute to the city of Paris following the devastating blaze that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday (15Apr19).Speaking to WWD, some of the biggest names in fashion…

Fashion’s leading designers, including Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, have paid tribute to the city of Paris following the devastating blaze that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday (15Apr19).

Speaking to WWD, some of the biggest names in fashion lamented the loss of the iconic Parisian landmark, which was more than 850 years old.

Jacobs was quick to declare his love for Paris, expressing his belief that he “should have been born there” and describing Monday’s events as “horrible (and) painful”.

“Notre Dame was one of many symbols of Paris and such a strong and majestic one,” he gushed. “I’m very happy and proud that Mr. (Bernard) Arnault and LVMH have stood up and offered such generous support to restore this great beauty.”

Lauren went on to celebrate the enduring legacy of the building, which has survived two World Wars and become one of the most visited landmarks in the French capital.

“Notre Dame will rise from the ashes and continue to inspire not only the strong faith and resiliency of the French people,” he insisted, adding: “All of us from around the world have been touched by the beauty and history of that remarkable edifice.”

Meanwhile, Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci expressed that he was deeply saddened by the fire and called the site “a place of breathtaking beauty, history and religious significance”, and Michael Kors claimed that the structure “felt like an old friend” to him.

Despite the sorrow, there was a definite air of optimism surrounding the cathedral’s future, as Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele noted: “It has many times been attacked, robbed, destroyed. However, every time it was born again, more magnificent than before. I hope it will be the same this time.”

Following the catastrophic fire, fashion mogul Arnault, France’s richest man, and his LVMH luxury goods group pledged $226 million (£173 million) to help rebuild Notre Dame.

The generous donation came shortly after French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault contributed $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of the iconic landmark.

French President Emmanuel Macron has insisted that that cathedral will be rebuilt “even more beautifully”, and that the work will be completed within the next five years.

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Francois-Henri Pinault donates millions to help rebuild Notre Dame

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Mond…

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Monday evening (15Apr19), around 7pm local time.

In a statement given to the French newspaper Le Figaro, Pinault, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said he hoped that the donation would help to “completely rebuild Notre Dame”.

“This tragedy strikes all the French and beyond all those who are attached to spiritual values. Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wants to revive this jewel of our heritage as quickly as possible,” the statement read. “My father (Francois Pinault) and I have decided to release from the funds of Artemis a sum of €100 million to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.”

Kering owns a number of luxury fashion brands, such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, and Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, is also president chairman of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.

Following Pinault’s pledge, fellow fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, and his LVMH luxury goods group have donated a further $226 million (£173 million) to help rebuild the iconic landmark, which they called “a symbol of France, of its heritage and of French unity”.

In the aftermath of the blaze, French authorities have announced that Notre Dame has been “saved and preserved”.

“We can say that the structure is saved, notably the northern belfry,” said Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, according to Le Figaro.

Experts are now investigating how the blaze began, with initial reports suggesting it was linked to renovation work.

The cost of rebuilding the cathedral is expected to run into the billions of euros.

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