Valentino showcases surprise Onitsuka Tiger collaboration during runway show

Valentino debuted a surprise collaboration with Onitsuka Tiger during a runway show on Wednesday night.Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli made the revelation in a low-key manner during the presentation of his fall/winter 2020 menswear collection as p…

Valentino debuted a surprise collaboration with Onitsuka Tiger during a runway show on Wednesday night.

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli made the revelation in a low-key manner during the presentation of his fall/winter 2020 menswear collection as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s.

The unusual partnership between the Italian fashion house and the Japanese sneaker brand, which is one of the oldest shoe companies in the country, was showcased by several models on the catwalk inside the Galerie Courbe of the Grand Palais.

Onitsuka Tiger’s iconic Mexico 66 sneakers have given a chic update by Piccioli, who has branded the footwear with the Valentino ‘V’ logo on one side, along with another logo on the tongue and sole.

The sneakers, which feature cushioning and a non-slip outer sole, will be available in a variety of different colours, including pink, orange, yellow, and classic white, and will be sold in Valentino’s stores and on its website.

Onitsuka Tiger will also sell its own exclusive version, which will come in a simple design of white, blue, and maroon.

The collaboration is only the second time that the Japanese brand has teamed up with a luxury fashion house, after its partnership with Givenchy in 2018 for artistic director Clare Waight Keller’s menswear debut.

And Piccioli is no stranger to joining forces with a smaller label for a unique footwear collection.

He partnered with Birkenstock for a show last year and gave the German brand’s Arizona sandal a Valentino overhaul, which featured buckles, leather and was available in red or black.

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John Galliano renews Maison Margiela contract

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats…

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.

The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats.

Now, Galliano has confirmed he will be extending his contract with the label.

“I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo (Rosso) for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela,” he said in a statement.

While Renzo Rosso, president of Maison Margiela’s parent company, OTB group, added that he was impressed with the way Galliano had been steering the brand and believed it is now “the coolest cutting-edge couture house”.

“Five years ago, I believed that John was the only person who could take this house in his hands, and I am even more convinced of this today. John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this Maison always did at its best – disrupt, innovate and inspire,” the executive praised.

Rosso added that Galliano has doubled the revenues at Maison Margiela since his arrival.

In particular, the 58-year-old has found success with his bag and sneakers, with the accessories business now equating to 60 per cent of total sales. And he is looking forward to seeing how new fragrance Mutiny, developed in conjunction with licensing partner L’Oreal, does in the coming months.

Previously, Galliano worked in senior roles at Givenchy, Christian Dior, and his own namesake label. But in 2011, he was dismissed from Dior after he was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks and sentenced to pay a total of $6,700 (£5,100) in suspended fines. Designer Bill Gaytten replaced him as creative director at the Galliano label.

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The Wedding Planner costume designer talks Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s dress

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed …

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.

Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed San Francisco-based wedding planner Mary Fiore, as played by Jennifer, as she met and fell in love with Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey) – who happens to be the groom at one of her upcoming ceremonies.

In a pivotal scene, Jennifer’s character dons a vintage white gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, which a number of fans have claimed resembles the Givenchy dress Meghan wore to her wedding with Prince Harry in May 2018, but in a new interview with Glamour magazine, the film’s costume designer Pamela Withers Chilton insisted the similarities were a “coincidence”.

“I got a lot of texts about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress,” she commented. “I’m like, ‘Well, I’m sure it’s a coincidence.’ But (Meghan) was at a good romcom age when the movie came out – she could have been watching it at sleepovers!”

Designed by Clare Waight Keller, Meghan’s wedding gown was made of silk and featured an open boat neckline, while her veil was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth and her home state of California.

Elsewhere in the chat, Pamela shared that she took inspiration from a number of sources when creating the gown for Jennifer to wear in the movie.

“The wedding dress wasn’t supposed to be a big, frilly, princess affair. We pulled a bunch of vintage shapes to get started, and that’s where we jumped off: We liked a piece of this, a piece of that, and combined them all. It’s beautiful, but it’s not a celebration or a joyful expression of one’s self. It’s kind of serious. It’s dutiful,” the designer explained. “That’s why we liked the vintage feel of that pillbox hat and the veil matching it, because it was a throwback.”

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Walter Chiapponi named creative director of Tod’s

Walter Chiapponi has been appointed the new creative director of fashion brand Tod’s.The designer was announced as the new head of women’s and men’s collections for the Italian label, which is known for its luxury shoes and leather goods. Chiapponi wi…

Walter Chiapponi has been appointed the new creative director of fashion brand Tod’s.

The designer was announced as the new head of women’s and men’s collections for the Italian label, which is known for its luxury shoes and leather goods.

Chiapponi will soon begin work on the fall/winter 2020-21 collection, which will hit stores next year, with Diego Della Valle, president of Tod’s Group, very excited about his new hire.

“Walter Chiapponi is a talented Italian creative who knows and is able to combine Tod’s Italian lifestyle with a touch of modernity, without ever losing sight of the high quality and craftsmanship that represents the brand’s DNA,” he commented. “I welcome him and wish him well in his new role.”

Chiapponi was born in Milan and studied at the European Institute of Design. He launched his fashion career in the late 1990s, and after a period at Givenchy in Paris, returned to Italy in 2007. In his homeland, the designer has worked for major high-end brands including Valentino, Gucci, Miu Miu, and Bottega Veneta.

Of the prestigious gig, Chiapponi shared that he can’t wait to get started.

“It is a great honour to work for this group. Tod’s is a brand that has always represented an excellence in the international panorama of Italian quality and style. Being able to contribute to the development of this Italian lifestyle is, for me, a challenge and a reason to be proud,” he said.

Founded by Filippo Della Valle, Tod’s started out as a shoemaking business in the late 1920s. The Della Valle family continues to run the company, which now has flagship stores across Europe, in the U.S., China, Japan, and Australia.

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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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Amanda Seyfried named global ambassador for Lancome

Amanda Seyfried has been appointed the new global ambassador for Lancome.The 33-year-old joins the likes of Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Zendaya in the role, and will appear in ad campaigns for the French luxury perfumes and cosmetics…

Amanda Seyfried has been appointed the new global ambassador for Lancome.

The 33-year-old joins the likes of Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Zendaya in the role, and will appear in ad campaigns for the French luxury perfumes and cosmetics brand starting early next year.

“It’s hugely exciting to be welcomed to this incredible family of women ambassadors, all so different and yet all so united in their mission to represent Lancome, while also embodying the positive virtues and values that empower and bring happiness and self-fulfilment to women around the world,” Seyfried said in a statement to WWD.

Lancome boss Francoise Lehmann said the mother-of-one embodies the values of the French brand.

“As a true Lancome woman, Amanda brings her immense talent as an actress and singer, her natural beauty and unequaled zest for life to our world. She perfectly represents our values, and we look forward to an exciting time together,” he commented.

Lancome shared pictures of the Mamma Mia! star on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “Join us in wishing a warm and happy welcome to Amanda Seyfried, Lancome’s new global ambassador! Lancome is happy to welcome Amanda Seyfried into our family of talented, empowered and positive happiness activists. @mingey perfectly embodies the spirit of the Lancôme woman with her sunny spirit.”

The actress also posted a snap on her page and added, “Thanks for the sweetest welcome, @lancomeofficial.”

Seyfried has previously served as the face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance, replacing fellow actress Liv Tyler as the French fashion house’s beauty ambassador, and is currently the muse for Japanese luxury cosmetics company Cle de Peau Beaute.

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Givenchy pays homage to ’90s New York with spring 2020 line

Givenchy has served up a tribute to 1990s New York with its spring/summer 2020 collection.Creative director Clare Waight Keller unveiled her latest line at the Garde Republicaine as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday night, with the spectacle drawing…

Givenchy has served up a tribute to 1990s New York with its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Creative director Clare Waight Keller unveiled her latest line at the Garde Republicaine as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday night, with the spectacle drawing in celebrities such as Maisie Williams, Maria Sharapova, Noomi Rapace, the Haim sisters, and Karen Elson.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, Waight Keller explained in her show notes that she was influenced by her time working at Calvin Klein in New York for the brand’s women’s ready-to-wear line in the early 1990s, as well as Allison Yarrow’s 2018 book 90s B**ch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality.

“The Givenchy collection for spring/summer 2020 encounters the crossroads where fractal symmetries drawn from the botanical world entwine with a tough urban energy,” a Givenchy spokesperson explained. “From the blossoms of old-world Paris to the raw denim spirit of New York City, summertime memories invoke liberated femininity with a poetic lightness of hand.”

The presentation opened with a model sporting a beige leather top with a pocket and a silk skirt, with a number of minimalist outfits following, such as an oversized grey blazer with matching shorts, a burnt orange shirt with matching tailored trousers, and a lilac dress.

Other ’90s touches were evident in a crisp white jacket matched with denim shorts, two-piece leather ensembles comprised of bandeau tops and pencil skirts, and two-tone denim dresses.

Partway through the show, Waight Keller also dropped in a boho-chic element, with models parading the catwalk in floral print dresses with voluminous sleeves as well as evening gowns covered in floral appliques.

To conclude, the designer unveiled a line-up of black outfits, including a black leather dress and strapless gown with satin bodice and crystal-studded skirt.

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Magdalena Frackowiak undergoes surgery for mystery illness

Magdalena Frackowiak has undergone a five-hour operation after suffering from a mystery illness.The Polish model launched her career as a teenager and has since gone on to land campaigns for the likes of Prada, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton, and walk the r…

Magdalena Frackowiak has undergone a five-hour operation after suffering from a mystery illness.

The Polish model launched her career as a teenager and has since gone on to land campaigns for the likes of Prada, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton, and walk the runway for Dior, Givenchy, and Victoria’s Secret.

Magdalena recently took to Instagram to share a picture of her and surgeon Dr. Per Heden, who she credited with saving her life.

“Per Heden – the only man who is worth my attention. My angel, my inspiration, my everything. He healed me not only physically but also mentally,” the 34-year-old wrote in the caption. “No one else was able to help me. People turning their back when you (are) not feeling well. I didn’t know I’m slowly dying from the inside… he took on very complicated operation… five hours… I have no words to explain the magic of this man. It was truly a special experience in my life. I’m in pain but I finally feel better, I feel my energy is coming back. I am not a religious person, but I was literally touched by hand of the God (sic).”

Magdalena did not share any further details about her illness, but insisted that her operation had nothing to do with aesthetics, even though Dr. Heden specialises in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

And in a post on his Instagram page, the Swedish surgeon simply commented that he was thankful to receive “kind words” from the model, who “needed help with a difficult problem”.

Accordingly, a number of Magdalena’s celebrity friends posted messages of support on her social media pages, including Lily Aldridge, Isabeli Fontana, and Irina Shayk.

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Martha Hunt insecure over runway walk

Martha Hunt often feels insecure about her runway walk due to her struggles with scoliosis.The American model launched her career in 2007 and has since gone on to strut her stuff for the likes of Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Victoria’s Secret, …

Martha Hunt often feels insecure about her runway walk due to her struggles with scoliosis.

The American model launched her career in 2007 and has since gone on to strut her stuff for the likes of Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Victoria’s Secret, and Versace.

Yet, in spite of her experience, Martha has now shared that she knows she will never have a perfect walk, due to her battle with scoliosis, a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve.

“Having scoliosis and modelling has been a little bit of a challenge because of so much of modelling requires walking the runway,” she stated in a video detailing her beauty regime for Vogue.com. “And one of my biggest insecurities is actually that one of my legs is longer than the other, so my gait isn’t perfectly symmetrical. So, that’s one thing that I’ve had to deal with and kind of overcome those insecurities. But I think it’s important that we open up these conversations and talk about the things that make us insecure because if you want to talk badly about my walk or my gait or whatever, you can’t troll me about that. That’s just who I am.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Martha explained that one way she keeps back pain at bay is by dabbing on some of Wildflower’s CBD + Healing Stick. The formula features therapeutic essential oils like arnica and wintergreen to help combat inflammation.

“I frequently experience back pain, like many of you. And I like to use a little CBD stick. This one has eucalyptus in it. So, it’s like having a spa day while you’re getting ready… I like to put it on while my serum is absorbing. It kind of reminds me of Tiger Balm but it feels even more holistic,” the 30-year-old added.

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Joan Smalls: ‘Social media gives models power’

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her …

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.

The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her rottweiler Karma, behind-the-scenes photos from runway shows, and candid images of her with model friends Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel.

And in a new interview with Porter magazine, Joan explained that she loves being able to control her own content.

“People get to see your sense of humour, what you stand for, and you can be more vocal. That’s the beauty of social media,” she told the publication. “You don’t have to relay the message through a PR company or through an agency. That’s very empowering, to have your own voice. Especially as a model, when you’re kind of trained to be seen and not heard.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Victoria’s Secret Angel – who got her big break 10 years ago walking the Givenchy couture show in Paris – recalled her early modelling days when she was cast simply to fill a quota.

“The fashion industry has become more open to inclusivity – and to not having just one girl of colour or a minority on the runway,” the 31-year-old explained. “I remember when I started out, I was (often) the only one that fitted that quota, or there’d be two, or none. Now the industry’s more accepting.”

And Smalls, who has fronted campaigns for Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci, hopes the increasing diversity in the fashion industry isn’t temporary.

“I want to see a continuation of it and for it not to be just a phase, like, ‘It’s all about inclusivity, the world wants to be better represented so let’s be on the bandwagon,’ you know? I want it to be because it’s the right thing to do,” she insisted.

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