Gucci pledges $2.2 million towards coronavirus crisis relief efforts

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths…

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths. At present, the U.S., France, and Spain are among the worst affected nations, while hospitals in Italy are being overwhelmed with an estimated 62,000 active cases.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Italian fashion house Gucci announced on Thursday that they will be donating $1.1 million (£897,000) to the Italian Civil Protection Department in aid of health services in Italy and another $1.1 million to the United Nations Foundation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization via Facebook’s $10 million Matching Fundraiser. Officials at the health groups are monitoring and collecting data on the spread of the virus to strengthen intensive care units across the world, supplying protection equipment to health personnel, and fast-tracking the creation of vaccines and therapies.

“Gucci has created a world, open and free: a Gucci global community,” creative director Alessandro Michele and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a joint statement. “We ask all of you to be the changemakers in this crisis, to stand together with us in the fight against the coronavirus. We are all in this together.”

Meanwhile, Valentino founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti are contributing $1.1 million towards the newly established Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome.

“In such a dramatic moment for the whole world, we wanted to give our contribution to win this crucial battle against this invisible, but terrible enemy,” they commented. “Our deepest gratitude goes to those women and men who are fighting night and day to save human lives in our hospitals.”

Other major Italian fashion brands to pledge contributions towards the crisis include Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Versace.

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Harry Styles poses in fishnet tights for Beauty Papers magazine

Harry Styles has posed topless while wearing fishnet tights and Gucci loafers for Beauty Papers magazine.The Adore You hitmaker fronts the eighth issue of the British publication, and in one of the smouldering photos from the androgynous shoot, shot by…

Harry Styles has posed topless while wearing fishnet tights and Gucci loafers for Beauty Papers magazine.

The Adore You hitmaker fronts the eighth issue of the British publication, and in one of the smouldering photos from the androgynous shoot, shot by Casper Wackerhausen-Sejersen, Harry’s tattoo collection is on display as he sits in a chair wearing nothing but the tights and shoes.

Another snap sees the former One Direction singer rocking a navy blue Gucci suit jacket with matching flared trousers, along with black PVC gloves and ’70s-inspired bronze smokey eye make-up and pink lips.

And according to the singer’s stylist Harry Lambert, the 26-year-old is wearing the Gucci Beauty lipstick in They Met in Argentina.

“Introducing Mr. Harry Edward Styles who collaborated with #beautypapers in an issue that viscerally responds to the shrinking freedoms of our world with an explosion of individuality, creativity, diversity and unity,” a Beauty Papers representative wrote on its Instagram page.

Thousands of eager fans of the Sign of the Times singer were so keen to see the racy shoot that they caused the Beauty Papers’ website to crash.

Soon after the photos were unveiled, a Beauty Papers rep announced: “Beautiful people, our website as you know, is down due to an overwhelming response. Please hold tight… thank you.”

Harry has previously discussed the attention his unique style has received, and he told British newspaper The Guardian that he doesn’t see gender when it comes to clothes.

“What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that. If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay?’ Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though,” he stated.

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Dior postpones cruise show due to coronavirus outbreak

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak. The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.However, leaders at the company have now de…

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.

However, leaders at the company have now decided to delay the event indefinitely, with a new date to be announced in due course, depending on how the crisis evolves.

“As a preventive measure, in accordance with instructions from public authorities, and to reinforce the coordination of international directives, the House of Dior has decided to postpone its cruise show in order to ensure the safety of all its employees, collaborators and guests… Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this pandemic, all over the world,” Dior representatives said in a statement provided to WWD.

At present, Italy is the hardest hit nation outside of China, where Covid-19 originated in December.

As a result of the increasing cases, totalling more than 24,700, the country has been placed on lockdown, with all non-essential shops, bars, and restaurants closed and all major sporting and cultural events cancelled.

Dior follows in the footsteps of Gucci, which has postponed its cruise show in San Francisco, California on 18 May, Prada, which has indefinitely pushed back its presentation in Tokyo, Japan on 21 May, Versace, which has shelved its runway show on 16 May at an unknown American location, and Giorgio Armani, which has postponed its cruise show in Dubai in April.

Ralph Lauren has also decided to not go ahead with its fall 2020 show, which was scheduled for April in New York, while fashion weeks in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing have been scrapped.

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Versace and Giorgio Armani cancel cruise shows over coronavirus fears

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows …

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.

The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows as the epidemic spreads around the globe.

In a statement, officials from Versace, headed by creative director Donatella Versace, announced that they would be postponing their show, which was scheduled for 16 May at an unknown location in the U.S.

The decision follows “restrictive measures relating to international mobility”, a spokesperson for the Milan-based fashion house stated, and added that “Versace is aware of the need to give priority to the health and safety of its guests and employees”.

Three states in the U.S. have declared a state of emergency in response to the growing epidemic, with more than 230 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths reported from across the country.

Armani has also made the decision to postpone its 2021 cruise show in Dubai in April. It was due to coincide with the reopening of its boutique in the Dubai Mall, according to editors at Footwear News.

The Armani store opening will now be held in November, but the cruise show has not yet been rescheduled.

The decision comes hot on the heels of the designer staging his Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2020 presentation behind closed doors over coronavirus fears.

Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada have also sent the fashion calendar into disarray by cancelling their upcoming shows in light of the widespread epidemic, which has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,400 across the globe.

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Ralph Lauren scraps New York presentation due to coronavirus crisis

Ralph Lauren has cancelled his upcoming show in New York due to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.A spokesperson for the American luxury brand confirmed on Tuesday that the presentation in April, which was due to take place in an unspecified location…

Ralph Lauren has cancelled his upcoming show in New York due to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

A spokesperson for the American luxury brand confirmed on Tuesday that the presentation in April, which was due to take place in an unspecified location in the city, was being scrapped.

“In light of the ongoing uncertainties related to the novel coronavirus around the world, we have decided to cancel our fall 2020 show as a precautionary measure and out of respect for our teams, partners and consumers,” they commented in a statement to WWD. “Our primary focus remains on their health and safety.”

Officials in the U.S. have confirmed nine deaths from the virus, called COVID-19, and more than 100 cases. However, some health experts have suggested that the real number may be far higher if coronavirus testing is expanded across the country.

More than 3,200 people have died, and 92,000 people have been infected in more than 70 countries, with the vast majority of fatalities in mainland China, where the outbreak originated in late 2019.

Lauren declined to showcase a fall collection during New York Fashion Week last month.

The news comes after Gucci decided to cancel its cruise 2021 fashion show that was due to take place in San Francisco, California on 18 May, and Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, which had been scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan.

Despite the widespread coronavirus outbreak, Chanel is pushing forward with its cruise show in Capri, Italy on 7 May, while Dior still plans to head to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, on 9 May.

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Gucci cancels cruise show due to coronavirus fears

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by …

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.

A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak”.

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer,” a statement reads. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100.

More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and six people in the Seattle area of Washington state have died after contracting coronavirus.

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele reportedly chose San Francisco to host the cruise show due to its history as a centre of liberal activism, according to WWD.

The decision by the Italian fashion house follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan, and a week after Giorgio Armani scrapped his Milan Fashion Week event in Italy over coronavirus fears.

The 85-year-old designer showed his fall/winter 2020 collection behind closed doors on the last day of fashion week, and the future of his cruise 2021 showcase in Dubai next month is unknown.

Chanel is expected to be staging its cruise show in Capri, Italy, in May, and days later, Dior is heading to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, for their highly-anticipated show.

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Gucci demystifies backstage rituals with fall 20 runway spectacle

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as pa…

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.

The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as part of Milan Fashion Week at the Gucci Hub on Wednesday, with the likes of Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Florence Welch, and Amandla Stenberg all perched on the front row.

But rather than hold a conventional presentation, Michele chose to unveil exactly what occurs behind the scenes, with guests entering the venue to find themselves in the “backstage” area where the models were getting ready and designers, stylists, and tailors were applying final touches.

“There’s the rapture of a gift, in this unrepeatable ritual. There’s the promise of a precious delivery. Lights out. The congregation lingers, awaiting with open hands,” the designer commented in the show notes. “A pin-drop silence, to receive my uneven heartbeats and my thrills. I offer my poetics to this tribe of emancipated spectators. May they use to wonder. May they help me understand it. They can use it to reawaken dormant questions. Or else, they can simply reject it, if they can’t find a way to open a door of compassion.”

With the stage set on a revolving platform, the models in complete stillness at the front.

As always, Michele drew upon an eclectic mix of references, including ladylike dresses with Peter Pan collars, Tudor-inspired lace with embroidery, ruffled ballgowns, Puritan-esque hats, and conservative tartan skirts paired with high-neck lace tops.

Other highlights included a suit with delicate floral pattern and matching tie, a blue velvet baby doll number worn with orange tights, and a lace dress accessorised with a black leather harness over the top and heavy crucifix necklace.

To conclude, Michele offered up a hippy-inspired look comprised of a peasant top, bandana and torn jeans and a jaunty suit made up of plaid trousers and a tangerine blazer with black silk lapels.

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Harry Styles appears to honour ex Caroline Flack with black ribbon at BRIT Awards

Harry Styles appeared to pay a touching tribute to his ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack by wearing a black ribbon on his suit jacket at the 2020 BRIT Awards.The Adore You hitmaker hit the red carpet at The O2 in London on Tuesday night wearing a maroon Guc…

Harry Styles appeared to pay a touching tribute to his ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack by wearing a black ribbon on his suit jacket at the 2020 BRIT Awards.

The Adore You hitmaker hit the red carpet at The O2 in London on Tuesday night wearing a maroon Gucci suit, which he paired with a broderie anglaise collared shirt, purple sweater, purple nails, and a pearl necklace.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted the black ribbon on the lapel on his designer suit, and he was also seen wearing a badge with the words, ‘Treat People with Kindness’ badge, according to editors at Digital Spy.

Harry first met Caroline, who presented The X Factor spin-off show The Xtra Factor, during his stint on the ITV talent show, and the pair dated for three months in 2011.

The 40-year-old Love Island presenter tragically died on Saturday after taking her own life at her home in London, and an inquest into her death opened on Wednesday.

Elsewhere at the star-studded bash, the former One Direction singer stunned with two extravagant outfit changes. He wore a custom-made white Gucci lace jumpsuit complete with fluted cuffs and matching gloves to perform his emotional track Falling at the awards ceremony.

The 26-year-old then changed into a banana yellow suit from Marc Jacobs’s spring/summer 2020 womenswear collection and teamed the outfit with a lilac shirt and ruffled high collar.

However, the suit was later ruined by BRITs host Jack Whitehall, who accidentally spilled a glass of wine on it.

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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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