Off-White continues reign as world’s hottest brand

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.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 b…

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.

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 Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the fourth quarter of 2019 and reported that Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide. The company also topped The Lyst Index for the previous quarter.

Gucci, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, was the runner-up, while Balenciaga landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Fendi, Prada, Valentino, and Burberry, though the most surprising leap in rankings came from Moncler.

Nabbing the fourth spot, executives at the lifestyle label have found success over the past three years by harnessing a guest designer roster, which has included capsule collections from the likes of Simone Rocha, Craig Green, and Richard Quinn.

Meanwhile, Gucci’s logo belt was once again the hottest in the list of women’s products, with Amina Muaddi’s Gilda heels taking second place.

“As seen on Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, Muaddi’s Gilda heels sparked an average of 60,500 monthly searches between October and December, while the brand saw a 73 per cent rise in views,” a Lyst spokesperson commented.

Other popular accessories include Prada’s Monolith boots, a scarf from Acne Studios, Spanx’s faux leather leggings, Balenciaga’s Hourglass top handle bag, and the UGG Scuffette II slippers.

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Saoirse Ronan chose gown made from satin offcuts for 2020 BAFTAs

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally consci…

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.

The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally conscious wardrobe choices by renting, wearing vintage, or selecting pieces made of sustainable materials rather than sporting brand-new clothes.

Saoirse arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a voluminous black satin gown featuring leather straps and complemented the look by having her blonde hair swept off her shoulders and into a twisted-front updo.

Her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, told British Vogue that the gown was made by the Italian fashion house’s creative director Alessandro Michele from discarded satin.

“We wanted to create a gown that didn’t waste any resources or people’s time… It’s the first time we’ve gone dead simple, but we’ve been geeking out about the intricate craftsmanship,” she said.

And Elizabeth is a big fan of the pencil-thin leather straps, which she viewed as adding a “naughty kick” to the dress.

“I love that the most classic pieces are often the hardest to make – it feels good to celebrate this unique work,” the style guru smiled.

While Saoirse’s eco-friendly dress was overshadowed by colourful appearances from the likes of Scarlett Johansson in a pink Versace gown and Charlize Theron in a purple Dior number, Elizabeth was pleased with how the black dress allowed the Little Women star to shine.

“(Fashion should) celebrate Saoirse’s talent, rather than overpower her,” she insisted.

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Lizzo wows in white gown at 2020 Grammy Awards

Lizzo channelled Old Hollywood glamour at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.The Juice hitmaker, who won three of the top prizes at the annual music ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, wore a curve-hugging Atelier Versace gown that …

Lizzo channelled Old Hollywood glamour at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The Juice hitmaker, who won three of the top prizes at the annual music ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, wore a curve-hugging Atelier Versace gown that featured delicate silver embellishment as she made her entrance.

She completed the look with a faux fur white stole, her hair in soft waves, Lorraine Schwartz diamonds, and silver jewelled Rene Caovilla sandals.

Billie Eilish rocked a unique Gucci black and neon green suit as she scooped six awards, including Best New Artist, Record, and Album of the Year. The 18-year-old matched her hair and nails to the suit and finished the outfit with a neon green and black surgical mask on her face, along with a pair of sunglasses.

Chrissy Teigen was a hit in her orange Yanina Couture gown, which featured huge tulle puffball sleeves, a plunging neckline, and two thigh-high splits.

She had earlier told her Twitter followers that she had finally found her dress, but that they wouldn’t be impressed.

“Found a Grammy dress. hope u hate it. like to keep u busy (sic),” the star joked.

Best New Artist nominee Lil Nas X also got in on the neon craze and sported head-to-toe pink custom Versace with a matching cowboy hat and cap-toe neon cowboy boots.

Spanish singer Rosalia rocked a red leather shirt dress with fringing by Alexander Wang, and Grammys host Alicia Keys wowed in a floor-length silver shimmery gown by Atelier Versace.

Ariana Grande had not one, but two show-stopping gowns on the red carpet, making her Grammys comeback with a Giambattista Valli grey tulle creation, and later a Schiaparelli crop top and skirt.

Elsewhere, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner accompanied her husband Joe Jonas in a custom Louis Vuitton mini dress, while Bebe Rexha looked chic in a Christian Cowan tuxedo with wide-leg trousers and a jewelled sheer turtleneck.

Billy Porter debuted a Baja East turquoise beaded suit and lampshade-like hat and Maggie Rogers made a splash in a vintage Chanel dress which she teamed with an eco-friendly water bottle holder.

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Alessandro Michele wants men to be in touch with their feminine side

Alessandro Michele creates clothes with the aim of helping men get in touch with their feminine side.The creative director of Gucci overhauled male fashion when he joined the Italian house back in 2015, introducing an offbeat and genderless style for m…

Alessandro Michele creates clothes with the aim of helping men get in touch with their feminine side.

The creative director of Gucci overhauled male fashion when he joined the Italian house back in 2015, introducing an offbeat and genderless style for menswear.

He broke boundaries by introducing co-ed runway shows, where male and female models would walk together, but debuted his first male-only show at the Palazzo delle Scintille in Milan for his fall/winter 2020 collection last week.

Alessandro explained his decision to WWD, and while he revealed that he wanted to go back to basics to avoid getting bored, he also wanted to put men’s fashion under the spotlight.

“I think menswear is even more experimental and stranger, because men are allowed less,” the 48-year-old noted, before urging men to fight for their right to be “in touch with their feminine side”.

“In the end, those who do so are the best, because they have no skeletons in their closets, in the sense that in the end a man is made of a very strong feminine part,” he explained.

However, Alessandro insisted that being feminine “does not mean wearing a skirt”, but instead refers to men being able to get in touch with their emotions.

“A man, like a woman, has been programmed and stereotyped, but in reality, the stereotype of the man is really very narrow, claustrophobic,” the designer shared. “Men, I think, are much more else. They have many facets.

“Those among the most fascinating are those that have a very marked feminine side. Which does not mean wearing a skirt, but means being in contact with a certain kind of emotionality, with the sincerity of also being fragile, of having different needs.”

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Dapper Dan was ‘too nervous’ to meet Anna Wintour at Met Gala

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities. In recent years, Dan has formed …

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities.

In recent years, Dan has formed a partnership with bosses at Gucci, and was thrilled when he was invited to attend the prestigious fashion event with the team in 2018 – though he was disappointed not to meet two style icons at the bash.

“The Met sealed the deal for me in terms of fashion,” he said during a chat with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast. “There was two people I wanted to meet. (Fashion journalist) Andre Leon Talley and, of course, the queen (U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour. If I could be acknowledged by the king and queen, that seals the deal. I messed up the first time, I was so nervous I didn’t walk through the right door – I didn’t get to shake her hand!”

Dan, who went on to indicate that he did get to introduce himself to Wintour at the 2019 Met Gala, explained that he was happy to have the support of Graham because he was not used to being in such a star-studded environment.

“You called me from the party, made sure I was alright. I was in a strange land,” the 75-year-old recalled. “I’m standing there and it’s just me, Marco Bizzarri – the CEO of Gucci – and that’s a big deal for me. And so, I’m looking around, the Kardashians are back there, Madonna’s over there, and I’m (thinking), ‘Wait a minute, am I in the right line?’ I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was a very big deal.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Graham thanked Dan for allowing her to have a hands-on approach when co-designing her look for this year’s event. And the veteran trendsetter insisted that he has always had the same viewpoint when it comes to collaborating.

“I see fashion as primarily something that’s transformative. Not just transformative coming from me, but to be able to transform people that I dress,” he smiled.

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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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Karl Lagerfeld brand pledges to go fur-free

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch f…

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.

In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch fur products.

Now, bosses at AM Retail Group, which operates Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Wilsons Leather, and other brands, and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group, have also banned fur.

In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) director Elisa Allen praised the team at Karl Lagerfeld and AM Retail Group for taking a stand.

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,” she said. “Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, and cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxury animal-friendly alternatives.”

Allen added that she would be sending the companies vegan chocolates in thanks for their decisions.

Representatives for the Karl Lagerfeld label and its parent company have not yet commented on the news.

Fashion icon Lagerfeld, who died at the age of 85 in February, had a long history with animal rights activists. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 in 2009, the Chanel creative director argued there was no point in ditching fur products when people continued to eat meat.

“As long as you wear leather and eat meat, don’t discuss that,” he said. “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes and handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

However, in December 2018, a spokesperson for Chanel confirmed the luxury brand would no longer use fur or exotic skins.

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Harry Styles and Alessandro Michele collaborate on Fine Line merchandise

Harry Styles has teamed up with Gucci’s Alessandro Michele to design a limited-edition T-shirt in support of his new album Fine Line. The Sign of the Times singer and the Gucci creative director have become frequent collaborators and close friends in r…

Harry Styles has teamed up with Gucci’s Alessandro Michele to design a limited-edition T-shirt in support of his new album Fine Line.

The Sign of the Times singer and the Gucci creative director have become frequent collaborators and close friends in recent years, with the One Direction star appearing in campaigns for the Italian fashion house’s tailoring collections and new genderless fragrance as well as wearing Gucci outfits on tour, at the 2019 Met Gala, and on the cover of his new album Fine Line.

To celebrate the release of his second solo record, Harry has teamed up with the fashion designer once again to create a limited-edition white T-shirt which features a line drawing of a red bleeding heart being pierced by a black arrow. The 25-year-old’s name features inside the heart, while the words Fine Line appear on the outside.

The unisex eco-conscious top is made from sustainable materials and is helping raise funds for the Global Fund for Women, a nonprofit foundation funding women’s human rights initiatives.

The Harry Styles + Alessandro Michele Fine Line Tee was unveiled on Harry’s official merchandise site on Monday and will only be available until Thursday. It costs $74.95 (£57) and comes with a copy of Fine Line, which was released on Friday.

In addition, Harry has partnered with officials at Live Nation to create Fine Line pop-up merchandise shops which are running in London, Los Angeles, and New York this week. The temporary stores will stock exclusive designs, including T-shirts, satin bomber jackets, and tote bags, which range in price from $14.50 (£11) to $99 (£75).

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Bethann Hardison starring in Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 lookbook

Bethann Hardison has been tapped to star in the lookbook for Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 collection.The legendary supermodel, who was one of the first high-profile black models in the 1970s, took to the streets of Rome with American photographer Bruce Gilden…

Bethann Hardison has been tapped to star in the lookbook for Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 collection.

The legendary supermodel, who was one of the first high-profile black models in the 1970s, took to the streets of Rome with American photographer Bruce Gilden to pose for a series of snaps for the Italian fashion house, headed up by Alessandro Michele.

In one look, Hardison can be seen posing on a street near a tram line, wearing square-rimmed black oversized sunglasses despite it being nighttime. She also wears an ankle-length, long-sleeved dress with an interwoven pattern consisting of orange, brown and black fabric, and accessorises with chunky gold earrings and a necklace, purple gloves, and a green handbag.

In other images, the diversity campaigner can be seen wearing a green dress with sparkly pink boots and a bright yellow gown with blue boots.

“Arriving at the shoot, I understood I had already slipped into the world of Alessandro Michele, who chose me to be a part of this special collection,” said Hardison of the experience, according to Fashionista. “Then I met the unique wizard Bruce Gilden, a photographer who captured my character. I came this far, to Rome, Italy to feel completely at home. That’s the joy of stepping into the world of Alessandro Michele.”

Gilden added, “What can I say, it’s just great to have been asked by Alessandro and Gucci to do my thing for them… We both felt at home and shared stories of cutting our teeth in New York years ago. And guess what: We’re older but still getting to do what we’ve always been doing, and for Gucci!”

Hardison began a relationship with Gucci earlier this year when she was brought in as a consultant for its diversity initiatives.

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Stella McCartney felt like a ‘freak’ in fashion industry

Stella McCartney always felt like a freak in the fashion industry because of her focus on sustainability.The 48-year-old designer has been a force for change in the world of sustainable fashion, making luxury clothes from regenerated nylon, polyester, …

Stella McCartney always felt like a freak in the fashion industry because of her focus on sustainability.

The 48-year-old designer has been a force for change in the world of sustainable fashion, making luxury clothes from regenerated nylon, polyester, and cashmere and creating groundbreaking fibres. However, because of her environmental approach to fashion, she felt like an outcast.

“I was always a bit of a freak in the house of fashion,” Stella told U.S. Vogue. “My regime, my culture, has been different from day one.”

The mother-of-four is constantly trying to inspire fellow fashion houses and designers to embrace new ways to bring sustainable and cruelty-free techniques to the forefront, and was pleased when brands including Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Armani, and Chanel declared themselves fur-free.

“I’m hugely relieved, but I’m actually astounded that it’s taken so long,” Stella shared.

She revealed that it was the high-end luxury brands who had the biggest impact on the environment, closely followed by the fast-fashion industry, and pleaded with them to change their ways to save the planet.

“They have massive impact in a negative way, and they can have a massive impact in a positive way,” she noted. “It’s crazy. It’s basically exhausting. It’s much easier not to do it. So I kind of understand why the world hasn’t quite followed.”

Despite the resistance, Stella is still determined to overhaul the fashion industry and make eco-friendly creations dominate every catwalk and collection.

“I’m trying to create something that’s still sexy and desirable and luxurious that isn’t landfill,” she explained.

Stella appears on one of four covers for U.S. Vogue’s January 2020 issue, making her the first designer to land the honour. She was photographed alongside her four children by Annie Leibovitz.

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