Naomi Campbell announces Fashion for Relief pop-up store

Naomi Campbell will be selling her designer clothes at a pop-up store to benefit Fashion for Relief.The supermodel, who founded the charity in 2005, has curated the pieces to be sold at a temporary boutique in London’s Westfield shopping centre. The st…

Naomi Campbell will be selling her designer clothes at a pop-up store to benefit Fashion for Relief.

The supermodel, who founded the charity in 2005, has curated the pieces to be sold at a temporary boutique in London’s Westfield shopping centre. The store will include bespoke and limited-edition pieces from fashion brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Alaia, and items from her own wardrobe.

“It’s truly a pleasure to be partnering with Westfield London again to launch our fourth Fashion For Relief designer pop-up store,” the 49-year-old said in a statement. “This is a unique opportunity for everyone to get their hands on some really special fashion pieces at accessible prices.

“Whether you are shopping for Christmas presents or just treating yourself, you can do so here knowing that the money is going to help improve the futures of young Londoners.”

The pop-up will run in the Atrium from 27 November until 8 December and will raise money for Fashion For Relief 2019’s charity partner, the Mayor’s Fund for London.

“I’m delighted that Naomi and Fashion For Relief have chosen to support the Mayor’s Fund for London,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said back in September. “We share the belief that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

Up-and-coming designers will also be presenting collections at the pop-up store, as well as pieces donated by Naomi’s celebrity friends.

The supermodel recently staged a star-studded catwalk show to benefit Fashion for Relief during London Fashion Week, with Naomi walking the runway alongside models including Stella Maxwell.

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Lady Gaga to star in Ridley Scott’s Gucci murder drama

Lady Gaga is set to star in Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci. According to Deadline, the Alien filmmaker has committed to directing a drama about the Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the grand…

Lady Gaga is set to star in Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci.

According to Deadline, the Alien filmmaker has committed to directing a drama about the Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion house.

The A Star Is Born actress is set to portray Patrizia Reggiani, who was married to Maurizio, with whom she has two daughters, from 1973 until 1985, when he left her for a younger woman. In 1995, four years after they were officially divorced, Maurizio was shot and killed on the steps of his office by a hitman she had hired. She was sentenced to 29 years in prison but only served 18 years before being released in 2016.

The movie will be written by Roberto Bentivegna and based on The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, the 2000 book by Sara Gay Forden. Scott will produce the drama with his wife Giannina for his Scott Free Productions banner.

Scott is set to move onto the movie once he has completed medieval drama The Last Duel, which will star Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Ben Affleck, and Jodie Comer.

The Gucci drama will mark Lady Gaga’s next role following her acclaimed turn alongside Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born. Her performance earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, but she lost out to The Favourite’s Olivia Colman. However, she didn’t go home empty-handed as she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Shallow.

Her previous acting roles include Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and American Horror Story: Hotel, for which she won a Golden Globe.

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Gucci’s Alessandro Michele determined to shake-up men’s dress codes

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is determined to break convention when it comes to men’s dress codes.The Italian fashion designer was appointed as creative director of the luxury house in 2015 and has since gone on to win praise for his comp…

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is determined to break convention when it comes to men’s dress codes.

The Italian fashion designer was appointed as creative director of the luxury house in 2015 and has since gone on to win praise for his complete overhaul of the company’s collections and image, with many items now unisex.

Michele is also known for outfitting Jared Leto in a red gown and Harry Styles in a sheer black pussy bow shirt for the 2019 Met Gala in May, and in a new interview for the November 2019 issue of GQ magazine, he explained how he is certain the days of men being seen as masculine if they wear a “specific suit” are over.

“When you try to manipulate the codes of a man’s wardrobe, you can do something really new,” he told the publication. “It’s pretty interesting. I started thinking about an idea of beauty that, for me, it doesn’t belong to men or women. It’s almost the same; that’s why I put a few men’s looks on women and the reverse. You can be more masculine showing your femininity.”

Michele’s garments often merge references from Ancient Rome, Medieval times, Baroque style and the fashion of the ’70s. He also noted that he thinks men are “really attractive” when they listen to their “feminine part” and claimed popstar Styles perfectly embodies his ideal client.

“I think that he is really the incarnation of a pop icon of the next generation. He’s the only one on the market, I think, that is really in contact with his feminine part. He’s sexy and he’s handsome,” the designer added.

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Off-White tops The Lyst Index’s rankings of hottest brands

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties…

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.

Now, researchers have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the third quarter of 2019 and claimed Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as brand and product social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while Gucci fell back two spots in comparison to last quarter and landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Vetements, while notable additions to the top 20 this quarter were Bottega Veneta and Loewe.

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

“Daniel Lee has brought incredible energy to the evolution of Bottega Veneta and the reaction has been extraordinary,” Dario Gargiulo, chief marketing officer of Bottega Veneta, said of the brand’s transformation. “Free from any desire to become the hottest brand in the world, our focus is on the beauty and power of subtlety. We forego extensive explanation about our brand in favour of simply being visible and present across the current multicultural landscape.”

Among the most popular products were Bottega Veneta’s padded sandals, Adidas Continental 80 sneakers, Jacquemus’ pocket-sized Le Chiquito bag, Paco Rabanne’s reissued 1969 metal shoulder bag, Fendi’s FF motif bikini, and Mansur Gavriel’s cloud print sweater.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee leads 2019 The Fashion Awards nominees

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has garnered nods in four categories for the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.The British designer was named as creative director for the Italian fashion house in June 2018 and has since gone on to win acclaim for his minima…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee has garnered nods in four categories for the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.

The British designer was named as creative director for the Italian fashion house in June 2018 and has since gone on to win acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

Now, Lee is set to be the one to beat at the annual fashion awards ceremony, having been nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year: Womenswear, and Designer of the Year, while Bottega Veneta is among the Brand of the Year nominees.

Other fashion stars to be nominated in more than one category included Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and Jonathan Anderson, who heads up Spanish brand Loewe as well as his own label, JW Anderson. Dior Men’s Kim Jones and Prada’s Miuccia Prada are also vying for the prestigious Designer of the Year prize.

Joining Lee in the British Designer of the Year: Womenswear category are John Galliano for Maison Margiela, Anderson, Richard Quinn, and Simone Rocha, while the British Designer of the Year: Menswear nominees include Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner, Jones, Martine Rose, and Riccardo Tisci for Burberry.

Top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow are competing for the Model of the Year prize, while it was previously announced that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

British Fashion Council chair, Stephanie Phair, commented of the nominees: “Each and every one of them is being recognised for their creative excellence and innovation. I look forward to celebrating them alongside the rest of the industry from across the globe.”

The Fashion Awards 2019 will take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The full list of nominees is as follows:

Accessories Designer of the Year:

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Jonathan Anderson for Loewe

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus

Brand of the Year:

Bottega Veneta

Gucci

Jacquemus

Loewe

Prada

British Designer of the Year: Menswear:

Craig Green for Craig Green

Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Martine Rose for Martine Rose

Riccardo Tisci for Burberry

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear:

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

John Galliano for Maison Margiela

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe

Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn

Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha

British Emerging Talent: Menswear:

Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty for Cottweiler

Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Kiko Kostadinov for Kiko Kostadinov

Phoebe English for Phoebe English

Sofia Prantera for Aries

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear:

Laura and Deanna Fanning for Kiko Kostadinov

Matty Bovan for Matty Bovan

Phoebe English for Phoebe English

Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

Rosh Mahtani for Alighieri

Business Leader:

Alexandre Arnault for Rimowa

Jose Neves for Farfetch

Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

Marco Gobbetti for Burberry

Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Designer of the Year:

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & Loewe

Kim Jones for Dior Men

Miuccia Prada for Prada

Model of the Year:

Adesuwa Aighewi

Adut Akech

Adwoa Aboah

Kaia Gerber

Winnie Harlow

Urban Luxe:

Alyx

Fenty

Marine Serre

Martine Rose

Moncler Genius

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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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Tom Ford: ‘My clothes are sustainable because nobody throws them away’

Tom Ford is adamant his clothes are sustainable because the prices mean nobody throws them away.The award-winning designer and filmmaker discussed the rising environmental problem of fast fashion with his muse, actress Julianne Moore, during an intervi…

Tom Ford is adamant his clothes are sustainable because the prices mean nobody throws them away.

The award-winning designer and filmmaker discussed the rising environmental problem of fast fashion with his muse, actress Julianne Moore, during an interview at the Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference in New York on Thursday.

While the Oscar-winner said that she has promised to stop shopping for at least a year in an effort to combat the excessive consumption in the industry, Ford insisted he will carry on designing, as his clothes are timeless and not meant to be discarded.

“I received an award a few years ago in Milan from a foundation that Livia Firth is involved in, which is about sustainability in fashion, because my clothes are so expensive people don’t throw them away. They auction them or sell them – that was kind of a joke,” the 58-year-old laughed.

The Council of Fashion Designers’ chairman, who previously served as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, said he creates quality pieces for his menswear and womenswear collections so they can be passed down from generation to generation.

“First of all, everything I make is made in Italy. The workers are incredibly well cared for, taken care of, well paid… and the clothes are really not meant to be thrown away,” he explained to Moore. “They are expensive but the workmanship demands it. They are not artificially expensive; it’s how much it costs to put 35 hours of hand workmanship into a jacket.

“They are meant to be handed down, be sold – they are not meant to be thrown away.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the designer revealed that he hates social media, and took aim at Instagram in particular.

“I am exhausted by Instagram, personally,” Moore said, to which Ford scathingly added: “Instagram leaves you feeling ugly, fat, inadequate, dull, pathetic, friendless, sad and makes you want to just jump off a building.”

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Jared Leto convinced someone stole Gucci replica head from 2019 Met Gala

Jared Leto thinks someone may have stolen his Gucci replica head from the 2019 Met Gala.The actor/singer arrived at the prestigious event back in May wearing an opulent couture outfit designed by the Italian label’s creative director, Alessandro Michel…

Jared Leto thinks someone may have stolen his Gucci replica head from the 2019 Met Gala.

The actor/singer arrived at the prestigious event back in May wearing an opulent couture outfit designed by the Italian label’s creative director, Alessandro Michele.

However, Leto made headlines as he was carrying a full-size replica of his head on the red carpet which was fashioned into a useful evening bag.

Michele and his Gucci team worked with Italian special effects firm Makinarium to create the unique piece, which cost more than $11,000 (£8,900).

Yet, five months later, Leto has confessed that he hasn’t seen his head clutch since the Met Gala and is under the impression that a fellow partygoer took it.

“Honestly, I have no idea,” he told GQ magazine. “I think someone may have stolen it. If anyone out there finds it, bring it into your nearest Gucci store in exchange for a pair of dirty sneakers.”

At this year’s event, Leto’s head-to-toe Gucci outfit featured a long-sleeved red gown with crystals draped over his chest and shoulders.

The star has been a longtime muse of creative director Michele, and even wore a Gucci wardrobe for the recent tour with his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.

“I have a lot of help from the Gucci team. They’re an incredible group of people. So talented, so gifted. I feel really fortunate to work with Alessandro and this motley crew of artists and craftspeople that he’s put together,” the 47-year-old gushed.

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Kat Von D launching vegan footwear line

Kat Von D has launched a vegan footwear line.The tattoo artist, who became a vegan in 2013, decided to create Von D shoes, a line of cruelty-free shoes and boots, after realising all the footwear in her closet was made “out of leather or snakeskin, or …

Kat Von D has launched a vegan footwear line.

The tattoo artist, who became a vegan in 2013, decided to create Von D shoes, a line of cruelty-free shoes and boots, after realising all the footwear in her closet was made “out of leather or snakeskin, or the adhesive used was derived from horses”.

“It was really difficult to find things that matched up to the way I liked to dress,” she told InStyle. “I also looked around at all of my vegan friends and everybody was struggling in the same department.

“We actually found this factory in Italy that is comprised of families of artists. These are people who have dedicated their lives to shoemaking and really appreciate it as an art form. Our shoes are made in the same factories as Gucci, Chanel, Dior, and Jimmy Choo – that’s the level of quality that you’re getting.”

The 37-year-old worked for two years on the collection, and some of the shoes are sustainable, with mushrooms, pineapples and apples used in the footwear construction, which she believes “imitates leather in every single way.”

The former L.A. Ink reality star focused on creating a variety of shoes, including unisex styles.

“It was really important to me to get vegan shoes on everyone’s feet. The quote-unquote ‘women’s styles’ come in sizes 5 to 12, just to be able to hook up all of my drag queen friends,” she explained, adding that she dislikes the fast fashion industry so wanted the collection to last a lifetime.

“Whether you buy one, two, or three styles, they’re going to last you forever,” she added.

Von D Shoes will be available from 1 November, which also happens to be World Vegan Day, and will range in price between $90 (£73) to $350 (£285).

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Elle Fanning channels Princess Aurora at Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere

Elle Fanning channelled her character Princess Aurora by wearing a gown adorned with bejewelled drops of blood at the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere on Monday night.The actress reprises her role as the iconic Sleeping Beauty in Disney’s upcoming…

Elle Fanning channelled her character Princess Aurora by wearing a gown adorned with bejewelled drops of blood at the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere on Monday night.

The actress reprises her role as the iconic Sleeping Beauty in Disney’s upcoming live-action sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, and at the debut screening of the film in Los Angeles, she made waves in her stunning Gucci dress.

Inspired by the fairy tale, which sees Aurora prick her finger on Maleficent’s cursed spinning wheel, the long flowing green number included sheer gloves and bright red droplets on her right hand, with the jewels continuing all the way down her skirt.

“In Sleeping Beauty, she pricks her finger, and there’s blood involved,” Elle told Entertainment Tonight, adding that the team at Gucci created the gown just for her. “They created this amazing design… and it’s just a work of art.”

She also confessed she was jealous of her co-star Angelina Jolie’s wardrobe in the film, as the actress had to don some pretty dramatic garments for the part of Maleficent.

“I would say Angelina’s outfits! That cape? Ohhh! I would say her outfits,” the 21-year-old gushed.

And the Oscar-winning star also rocked a Maleficent-inspired outfit for the premiere, opting for a one-shouldered black shimmering gown that featured a silver jewelled scorpion brooch at the waist.

Angelina brought along five of her six children to the event, with Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, matching their mother in dark outfits.

But she later admitted that it was relatively easy getting her brood ready for the premiere, as they’re more organised than she is.

“They wrangle me. Honestly, they’re more together (than I am),” she smiled to reporters.

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