LVMH to make hand sanitiser for hospitals amid coronavirus crisis

Employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals.In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis in France and around the world, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault has in…

Employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals.

In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis in France and around the world, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault has instructed bosses 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.

“Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of a lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the spread of the virus,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “LVMH will continue to honour this commitment for as long as necessary, in connection with the French health authorities.”

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the Covid-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,600 people have died.

In France, leaders have introduced sweeping restrictions across the nation, with cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and many non-essential stores now closed, while pharmacies have restricted customers to one bottle of sanitiser per person.

There has been over 5,400 coronavirus cases reported in the country, with 127 deaths.

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Kaia Gerber gets candid about realities of Fashion Month

Kaia Gerber has shared a candid social media post about the realities of Fashion Month.The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has appeared in 24 runway shows over the past four weeks, including in presentations for the likes…

Kaia Gerber has shared a candid social media post about the realities of Fashion Month.

The model, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has appeared in 24 runway shows over the past four weeks, including in presentations for the likes of Versace, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Miu Miu.

But to mark the end of the intense month, Kaia took to Instagram on Thursday to upload a slideshow of images with the caption, “Highlights from the last month.”

To begin, she posted a meme from the U.S. version of The Office which reads, “If I don’t have some cake soon, I might die,” a selfie of herself on a plane wearing a face and eye mask, and a close-up image of a pair of false eyelashes next her belly button.

Elsewhere, the 18-year-old shared a photo of the five painful-looking raw blisters on her right ankle and heel, a snap of two dressers trying to outfit her in a black Latex look from the Saint Laurent show, as well as a fun backstage Polaroid in which her head appeared to be out of proportion from her body.

Accordingly, the post soon racked up over 200,000 likes and caught the attention of her celebrity friends.

Alexander Wang wrote, “This is the kinda content we live for,” stylist Katie Grand commented, “Ouch,” and TV personality Lisa Rinna added: “THE GLAMOROUS LIFE!” along with a heart emoji.

Yet, most of Kaia’s five million followers were mostly worried about her blisters, with one remarking, “My God what happened? That must’ve hurt…. just wear sandals for a while!”

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Alexander McQueen shoes restored to commemorate 10th anniversary of his death

Ten pairs of vintage Alexander McQueen shoes have been restored to mark the 10th anniversary of the fashion designer’s death. The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, …

Ten pairs of vintage Alexander McQueen shoes have been restored to mark the 10th anniversary of the fashion designer’s death.

The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, passed away at his home in London on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40.

On Tuesday, the tenth anniversary of his death, vintage fashion specialists William Vintage announced that they had curated a special collection of McQueen shoes.

They partnered with luxury repair service The Restory to restore and revive 10 pairs of McQueen footwear, which had been sourced from anonymous individual’s private collection, before selling them at auction.

The collection includes sandals, heels, and boots made between 1998 and 2002, such as a pair of black and blue backless heels from spring/summer 2001, black heels from spring/summer 2002, beige wedged boots from autumn/winter 2000, and red and black heeled boots from autumn/winter 1998.

Many of them featured in his catwalk shoes and still retain the original stickers on the inside of the footwear. The most notable piece in the collection is the white and brown sandals Shalom Harlow wore while her dress was being spray-painted by robots during the spring/summer 1999 show.

“We’ve never done shoes that are vintage before but when I saw them, I just knew I had to put them out there, they are so great,” William Vintage chief executive officer Marie Blanchet told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “When I got them, the shoes were not in the best condition, and The Restory did an amazing (job) to revive them.”

The restored shoes went on sale at the William Vintage store in London on Tuesday. The pieces are priced between $260 (£200) and $1,300 (£1,000).

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Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling fronting Givenchy campaign

Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling have been tapped to star in Givenchy’s latest campaign.Creative director Clare Waight Keller took to Instagram on Tuesday to share three black-and-white clips, with the footage showing the fashion designer and the act…

Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling have been tapped to star in Givenchy’s latest campaign.

Creative director Clare Waight Keller took to Instagram on Tuesday to share three black-and-white clips, with the footage showing the fashion designer and the actress repeating their names in a series of tongue twisters, with Rampling, 73, slapping Jacobs’ face at one point.

In the accompanying caption, Waight Keller expressed her delight at landing two high-profile names for the summer 2020 marketing imagery.

“How can I describe my feelings about seeing these extraordinary legendary figures in the Givenchy campaign, both of whom I admire so very much,” she wrote. “Firstly for their undoubted originality and talent in fashion and film, amazing passion in everything they do, a fantastic sense of humour and intelligence, they are true icons there is not much to say other than I am honoured and thrilled they have become part of my journey at this beautiful Maison. They captured the brilliant mix of attitudes and spirit that is Paris and New York the two sides to my Summer Collection. Merci.”

Jacobs, who runs his own fashion and beauty brands, uploaded the videos to his social media pages too, noting that he will always “cherish” the experience.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how special this is and how much I love it. I was in tears (of joy and laughter) this morning when I saw the three posted! Thank you @clarewaightkeller for this amazing opportunity and for your kindest words of support and appreciation,” the 56-year-old gushed.

Accordingly, the surprise collaboration quickly garnered interest from Jacobs’ celebrity pals, with supermodel Iman writing, “Loooooove this!” and TV personality Lisa Rinna adding: “SCREAMING!!!!!”

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Bella Hadid: ‘I need to stand up for myself’

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when a…

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.

The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when asked what her biggest failure had been, Bella revealed it was when she didn’t “trust and nurture” her intuition.

“I learned that in order for me to grow and know my personal strengths, I need to own my decisions and stand up for myself and what I believe in,” she shared.

And the 23-year-old, who has walked for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Versace, went on to reveal that the highlight of her career has been working with her idols.

“The biggest professional success for me has been being able to work alongside the men and women I have looked up to and watched since I was young,” Bella explained. “It’s been a blessing to watch these artists work and I feel lucky to be a small part of their big visions.”

She also shared her New Year’s resolutions and explained that she will be working towards being her “most authentic” self in the coming year.

“2020 is about leading with love and being the most authentic version of myself as possible ! I’ve seen myself and the people around me grow in so many different ways this year, and in so many aspects of life,” she stated.

“I surprised myself with what I found and I feel confident that I will be entering 2020 with a new perspective on my own personal, and professional happiness.”

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Charlize Theron wears diamond bracelet in her hair to 2020 SAG Awards

Charlize Theron had a diamond bracelet woven into her hair for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.The actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Bombshell, but lost out to…

Charlize Theron had a diamond bracelet woven into her hair for the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

The actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Bombshell, but lost out to Judy’s Renee Zellweger, looked stunning in a black and silver Givenchy outfit when she stepped out onto the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

But while Charlize’s ensemble garnered lots of attention, it was the Tiffany & Co. diamond tennis bracelet placed on her centre parting that really had fans talking.

“I didn’t have time to do my roots. So, my lovely friend Adir (Abergel, hairstylist) said, ‘Why don’t we throw a Tiffany necklace or bracelet in there,'” she told People at the event.

The bracelet, costing around $15,000 (£11,500), contained approximately three carats worth of diamonds. Charlize also sported large diamond earrings, bracelets, and rings from the luxury brand.

And in a video posted on his Instagram page, celebrity hairstylist Adir shared a close-up of his handiwork, with it appearing that he had braided the 44-year-old’s hair down the middle, before sewing the bracelet in with thread to secure it.

“Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming love and messages about this futuristic look. Here’s a closer look at how I attached that beautiful @tiffanyandco tennis bracelet. Shiny hair and diamonds can make anyone happy,” he commented.

Other celebrities to opt for lots of sparkle at the 2020 SAG Awards included Jennifer Lopez, who teamed her elegant Georges Hobeika gown with a beautiful diamond necklace from Harry Winston, Reese Witherspoon, who rocked a one-shoulder crystal-studded Celine dress, and Dakota Fanning, who positively sparkled in a heavily sequined seafoam green Valentino creation.

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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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