Estelle Chen named as new face of Maybelline cosmetics

Estelle Chen has been selected as the new brand ambassador for Maybelline New York.The model, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after names in the business, having walked the runway for the likes of Lo…

Estelle Chen has been selected as the new brand ambassador for Maybelline New York.

The model, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after names in the business, having walked the runway for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, and Michael Kors.

Now, Chen has announced that she has signed on for her first major beauty deal.

“I am blessed to be a part of the Maybelline New York family and join the roster of powerhouse spokeswomen, past, present, and future,” the 21-year-old commented. “To stand with a brand that is such a trailblazer in the industry, consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation and establishing future trends, while empowering women to recognise their true potential, has left me inspired and overjoyed.”

Chen, who is the company’s youngest spokesmodel, joins a roster of prominent ambassadors including Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Josephine Skriver, Emily DiDonato, Herieth Paul, and Christy Turlington.

For her debut, the rising star appears alongside Lima, Hadid, and Paul in Maybelline’s milestone New York Fashion Week 10th anniversary campaign.

And Trisha Ayyagari, global brand president of Maybelline New York worldwide, called Chen the perfect addition to the cosmetics giant’s team.

“We’re so thrilled to have Estelle join the Maybelline New York family,” she shared. “Estelle’s diverse background lends to her versatile, down-to-earth character that makes her relatable to our global customer. We can’t wait to see her continue to grow.”

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Michael Kors unveils American Dream-inspired spring 2020 collection

Michael Kors explored the idea of the American Dream in his spring/summer 2020 presentation. The fashion designer showcased his latest collection as part of New York Fashion Week at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday, with the event occurring on the …

Michael Kors explored the idea of the American Dream in his spring/summer 2020 presentation.

The fashion designer showcased his latest collection as part of New York Fashion Week at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday, with the event occurring on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and Yalitza Aparicio were in attendance.

Although he didn’t mention 9/11 directly, Kors made a patriotic tribute to his homeland as he saluted classic American fashion while the Young People’s Chorus of New York City serenaded the crowd with songs including Don McLean’s American Pie and Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Speaking to reporters, the 60-year-old explained that the inspiration for the collection came from a trip he made with his husband Lance LePere to Ellis Island where he learned about his immigrant great-grandmother’s arrival to the U.S. at the age of 14.

“I walked out feeling incredibly patriotic because I thought about the fact that she built a business, raised a family and her dream was to cross the river to Brooklyn,” he told The Associated Press.

The collection channelled themes of American pride as well as love and peace, which was best exemplified with a jumper emblazoned with the word ‘Hate’ crossed out, clothing featuring cherry patterns, and shoes dotted with holly and ivy, like the topping on a pie.

Nautical chic had a big presence, as evident in sailor hats, boat shoes, and stripes, while jumpers, trousers and a swimsuit were covered in small anchor motifs. The colour palette was heavy on reds, whites, and blues.

Polka dots and gingham were also big news, as well as power dressing, with Bella Hadid wearing a blazer dress. The show concluded with models such as Adut Akech and Gigi Hadid sporting sparkly evening gowns.

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Marc Jacobs serves up joyful spectacle for spring 2020

Marc Jacobs has dished up a joyful yet nostalgic collection for spring/summer 2020.The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, with celebrity guests including Zendaya, Law Roach, Debi M…

Marc Jacobs has dished up a joyful yet nostalgic collection for spring/summer 2020.

The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, with celebrity guests including Zendaya, Law Roach, Debi Mazar, Anwar Hadid, Dua Lipa, and Migos’ Offset and Quavo.

Regarding the inspiration behind the spectacle, Jacobs commented that he wanted to reflect on the past whilst also presenting an optimistic view of the future.

“This show is a celebration of life, joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence, dreams and a future unwritten as we continue to learn from our past and the history of fashion,” he shared in the show notes, before going on to refer to major stars who passed away in the recent years who have influenced him. “From the genius of Karl (Lagerfeld), the cheerful and bright-eyed positivity of Doris Day, the incomparable timeless style of Lee Radziwill and the effortless coolness of Anita Pallenberg that endures a half-century later… As with closely guarded tradition, tonight is our reminder of the joy in dressing up, our unadulterated love of fashion and embracing grand gestures of unbridled expressions, reactions, ideas, and possibilities.”

After a diverse set of models flooded the venue while classic song Dream a Little Dream of Me played in the background, they then each took to the runway in the centre of the room, and the show opened with a yellow suit with matching hat, purple scarf, and lavender suede boots.

Jacobs proceeded to take fashionistas through a journey of fashion trends extending back through several decades, with highlights including a ’60s-inspired burnt orange dress with white floral appliques attached, ice-blue satin disco trousers, a green tweed suit paired with extravagant butterfly-shaped glasses, gold lame gowns, star-studded suede coats, floral print peasant-style dresses, and 1940s-influenced pinstripe suits.

Gigi Hadid walked the runway in a pale blue dress barefoot, her sister Bella Hadid sported a pink knit top, lilac jeans, and a grey hat, while Kaia Gerber made a splash in a flowing floral dress with dramatic sleeves.

And Jacobs also appeared to reference the costumes in new HBO series Euphoria, especially in relation to neon brights and shiny tights, as well as the metallic eyeshadow Pat McGrath swiped on many of the models’ lids.

Brock Collection and Badgley Mischka also presented on the final day of New York Fashion Week.

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Gisele Bundchen and Gigi Hadid donate clothes to fundraising auction

Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid have donated items from their closets to a fundraising auction and pop-up shop.The high-profile faces from the world of fashion, including Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls and Amber Valletta, generou…

Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid have donated items from their closets to a fundraising auction and pop-up shop.

The high-profile faces from the world of fashion, including Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls and Amber Valletta, generously gave clothing and accessories from their personal collections to the Supermodel Flea Market auction to support The Toni Garrn Foundation.

Garrn launched her namesake foundation back in 2016 to help support educational and healthcare initiatives for women and girls in African countries such as Burundi, Ghana, Uganda, and Rwanda.

While Gigi has cleaned out her closet and donated 100 items to the flea market, Gisele is another generous donor, and has even handed over the Alexander McQueen clutch that she took to the Met Gala back in 2011.

Garrn has also donated some of her own personal belongings, including a monochrome Oscar de la Renta gown and Jimmy Choo fringe boots.

The 27-year-old was prompted to create her foundation when she took part in a photoshoot for Chloe in South Africa more than 10 years ago and noticed the inequality between young boys and girls.

“Seeing how it was not equal just felt so unfair… Obviously, there are many issues but it usually comes down to – there is no infrastructure and the poverty. That is the number-one issue, that girls don’t go to school,” she told WWD.

According to the publication, shoppers have three opportunities to get their hands on the goods – an online auction and buy-now sale and a pop-up shop at the 11 Howard hotel in New York, which will also feature more than 1,000 items.

The pop-up will be open to the public from 13 to 15 September, and include clothing and accessories from luxury fashion houses such as Chanel, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Miu Miu, Viktor & Rolf, Christian Louboutin, and Jimmy Choo.

The online auction and shop will end on 30 November.

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Anwar Hadid: ‘My dad is my style inspiration’

Anwar Hadid has named his father as his main source of style inspiration.The 20-year-old counts models Gigi and Bella Hadid as his big sisters, and their mother is former model and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda Hadid. But Anwar …

Anwar Hadid has named his father as his main source of style inspiration.

The 20-year-old counts models Gigi and Bella Hadid as his big sisters, and their mother is former model and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda Hadid.

But Anwar confessed in an interview with Into The Gloss that it is his real estate developer father, Mohamed Hadid, who is his real fashion icon.

“He’s my style inspiration – not because our styles are similar, but because he’s always fresh. He’s put together every morning, almost like he wakes up like that – shaved face, smells good, looks clean. It seems effortless, but it can’t be, because for me it’s impossible,” he shared.

The model also explained that he gets agitated during photoshoots as his skin always breaks out after having heavy make-up on his face.

“I’ll ask literally anyone for skin tips. My biggest issue is that I get my make-up done for shoots, and I always break out from that. After a shoot, I’m running home to wash my face. I’d like to figure out what it is, but I guess some things just make my skin irritated,” Anwar stated.

The youngest Hadid sibling, who recently began dating British singer Dua Lipa, has a low maintenance skincare regime. Yet, even he has had one very memorable beauty fail.

“I’m not particular about my hair, but the one thing I wouldn’t do again was shave it all off. I did it with a disposable BIC razor, and I was really bald. It looked so ugly, but at least now I know,” he laughed.

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Gigi Hadid’s Instagram photo lawsuit battle dismissed

A judge has granted Gigi Hadid’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit with a paparazzi agency over an Instagram photo. The model was accused of illegally profiting from the work of photographers at Xclusive-Lee, Inc. last year, but according to editors at Peop…

A judge has granted Gigi Hadid’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit with a paparazzi agency over an Instagram photo.

The model was accused of illegally profiting from the work of photographers at Xclusive-Lee, Inc. last year, but according to editors at People, the suit has been dropped.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Los Angeles reportedly sided with Hadid’s legal team and dismissed the case after the 24-year-old was accused of featuring images of herself on social media without permission.

She ruled that the independent photo agency company – that owned the photo of Hadid – could not sue for direct copyright infringement because it failed to demonstrate that “the defendant has actually copied the plaintiff’s work.”

Hadid’s legal representatives previously described the lawsuit as nothing more than an effort to extract money from her when the catwalk star was threatened with legal action in October after she shared a paparazzi photo of herself on Instagram.

The snap showed Hadid wearing a denim blazer and matching shorts, with silver high heels and a bag.

Bosses at Xclusive-Lee, Inc. subsequently sued her in January for failing to license the image from them or get their permission. They alleged that approximately 1.6 million people commented on or liked the model’s photo within four days after Hadid posted it on Instagram.

The firm was seeking damages for copyright infringement and any profits gained from the image, which was later removed from the social media site.

John Quinn, the attorney representing Hadid in the case, told People on Thursday that he was pleased the court “recognised this case for what it was – an effort to extract a settlement from Ms. Hadid with little regard for the basic requirements of copyright law.”

The case is now officially closed.

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Gigi Hadid starting to experiment with fragrance

Gigi Hadid is starting to experiment with different kinds of fragrances now she’s older.The model is the new face of Michael Kors’ latest fragrance, Wonderlust, a refreshing scent containing sandalwood, jasmine and almond milk, and in a new interview w…

Gigi Hadid is starting to experiment with different kinds of fragrances now she’s older.

The model is the new face of Michael Kors’ latest fragrance, Wonderlust, a refreshing scent containing sandalwood, jasmine and almond milk, and in a new interview with StyleCaster, she explained that she’s traditionally gone for floral fragrances, but is starting to change it up now she’s maturing.

“I think I’ve always gone toward floral and sweet my whole life,” she said. “As I’ve gotten older, I’m starting to mix it up a little bit. I mix heavier scents with the floral ones I wear every day because I feel like, sometimes, that can move into different moods of the day. So, I think I’m opening up more to different scents that are more mysterious. That’s why I love (Wonderlust).”

Smelling the fragrance transports Gigi straight back to the idyllic islands of Turks and Caicos, where she shot the images for the ads.

“There’s a feeling of freedom and waking up in the summer and doing what makes you happy. There’s a sweetness of the air that only happens in the summer. I see us on the trip shooting the campaign, and that’s personal for me,” the 24-year-old shared.

“When you get to experience this scent in a place that you love or even if you spray it walking down the street in thhwe city. It hits different peoples bodies and smells differently. It will create memories for whoever wears it.”

And the Wanderlust fragrance matches Gigi’s love for travel, as she loves to explore new places around the world as often as she can.

“I would love to see New Zealand or Iceland with all of that big greenery,” she said of her future travel plans. “Also, this may be kind of lame, but Disney World. I love Disneyland, and I’ve been to L.A., Paris, and Tokyo, but I really want to go to Disney World in Florida.”

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Irina Shayk: ‘I still believe in marriage’

Irina Shayk still believes in marriage despite her split from rumoured fiance Bradley Cooper.The 33-year-old model opened up about her high-profile breakup from the A Star Is Born actor/director in a cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar Digital Summer I…

Irina Shayk still believes in marriage despite her split from rumoured fiance Bradley Cooper.

The 33-year-old model opened up about her high-profile breakup from the A Star Is Born actor/director in a cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar Digital Summer Issue.

The brunette beauty and Cooper started dating in early 2015, and became parents to two-year-old daughter Lea De Seine in March, 2017.

And while news of the couple’s split broke last month, the model insisted her views on marriage haven’t changed.

“Do I believe in marriage? Yes, of course,” the notoriously private star said. “I’m not the kind of person who is against it.”

Shayk and Cooper went to great lengths to keep their romance out of the headlines, and neither spoke about the other in interviews.

But regarding the interest in their split, she shrugged: “I think it’s just human beings: if you cannot have it, you want to have it. There’s a curtain there, you want to open the curtain. It’s curiosity I guess.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Russian model also opened up about her approach to parenting.

“You have to be really truly yourself for your kids, otherwise you’re living in a lie,” she said. “Tell me one reason why, just because you’re a mother, that you need to wear a longer skirt. No! I don’t believe in that. I really don’t.

“Why should you have to change who you are and how you feel just because you become a mother? I’m like, tell me why.”

Shayk also insisted she doesn’t comprise her look for modelling agencies either, adding: “If you really love you for who you are, I think you can do anything.”

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Gigi Hadid stars in Prada’s mind-bending fall 19 campaign

Gigi Hadid has been tapped to star in Prada’s experimental fall/winter 2019 campaign.The model is a favourite of the Italian fashion house’s creative director Miuccia Prada, having previously fronted marketing imagery and walked in runway presentations…

Gigi Hadid has been tapped to star in Prada’s experimental fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The model is a favourite of the Italian fashion house’s creative director Miuccia Prada, having previously fronted marketing imagery and walked in runway presentations.

Now, Gigi headlines the brand’s latest campaign, titled Anatomy of Romance, and in one image snapped by Willy Vanderperre, is seen reclining in a black dress and clutching a red Sidonie purse with an indoor garden as the backdrop. The 24-year-old also takes part in an accompanying video, in which she takes on the role of a scientist in a post-apocalyptic environment.

Regarding the mind-bending concept, a Prada spokesperson described the campaign and short film as a “new perspective on romance”.

“A sense of community is fostered in this tender imagery, a shared ethos and quintessence – a coming together, a romantic movement,” they said in a statement. “The concept is expounded through the surroundings as well as the figures within: here, a tension between man and nature is explored through the attraction of opposites, through images where an interior becomes an exterior, wild nature encroaching on industrial precision, delicate flowers and plants emerging to invade a harsh concrete cityscape. It acts as a modern romantic metaphor, for a coming together of different worlds.”

Other models to appear in the campaign include Sora Choi, Lillian Conner, Freja Beha Erichsen, Jing Wen, Anok Yai, Daan Duez, Jeremiah Fordjour, Wellington Grant, Jeranimo van Russel, and Nathan Westling.

With a heavy metal soundtrack which conveys the electric energy of the film, photographer and filmmaker Willy seeks to merge “actuality with the fantastical,” and the video contrasts lush indoor gardens with concrete offices, fast-moving figures, spinning lights and flowers that “melt into impressionistic blurs”.

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Adut Akech thrilled to land first-ever fragrance campaign

Adut Akech is “beyond thrilled” to be starring in her first-ever fragrance campaign. The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has…

Adut Akech is “beyond thrilled” to be starring in her first-ever fragrance campaign.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has since gone on to walk for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

She has now been tapped to be the face of Valentino’s new fragrance, Born in Roma, alongside Anwar Hadid, and she told her followers on Instagram that she was very excited about the gig.

“I am so beyond thrilled and overjoyed to be sharing my first ever fragrance campaign for @maisonvalentino #BORNINROMA with @anwarhadid,” she wrote in the caption. “These BEAUTIFUL images shot for the campaign by the one and only @inezandvinoodh.”

The 19-year-old shared some of the campaign imagery, which was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin under the creative direction of Pierpaolo Piccioli and shows her wearing a strapless pink gown in various locations in Rome, Italy.

Fellow model Naomi Campbell gave her support by posting heart emojis in the comments, while Anwar’s sister Gigi Hadid uploaded a campaign photo, which showed Adut resting her head on her brother’s shoulder, on her Instagram Stories and wrote “LOVE!!!!!”

The Instagram account for the Italian fashion house shared footage of the video campaign as well as images of the bottles, with the women’s fragrance, which is available in stories now, appearing in a transparent bottle with pink liquid, and the men’s scent, which will reach stores in October, to be contained in an all-black bottle.

Valentino teamed up with L’Oreal to host the Born in Roma ball in Paris last week to celebrate the launch of the new fragrance with Adut and 20-year-old Anwar.

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