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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Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan rock all-black outfits to Little Women premiere

Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan both opted to wear black outfits to the recent premiere of their new movie, Little Women.The Hollywood stars appear alongside Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep in director Greta …

Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan both opted to wear black outfits to the recent premiere of their new movie, Little Women.

The Hollywood stars appear alongside Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep in director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel.

Ahead of the movie’s release on 25 December, the star-studded cast gathered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Saturday to celebrate the world premiere of the hotly anticipated film.

Emma, who plays eldest sibling Meg March, wore a black Balenciaga silk gown with a rough lace trim and thigh-high black velvet boots, while she accessorised with a clamshell-shaped purse and Fred Leighton jewellery, including an ear cuff.

The Harry Potter star kept her brunette hair off her face in a loose bun, while she chose to keep the Gothic theme going with her full dark brows and crimson lips.

Three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse, who portrays headstrong Jo March in the movie, channelled prairie chic with her embellished high-neck Gucci dress, which featured sheer sleeves and a thigh-high split.

Meanwhile, her former Lady Bird co-star Timothee rocked an Alexander McQueen suit and Cartier bling, with Laura, who plays the March family matriarch Marmee, wowing the red carpet in a sparkling navy blue Ralph Lauren Collection crystal-embroidered gown.

Hollywood newcomer Florence, who plays youngest March sister Amy, wore an off-the-shoulder turquoise Valentino gown, teamed with drop earrings and strappy gold sandals, while Sharp Objects star Eliza, who takes on the part of studious Beth March, wore an eye-catching white Khaite gown with high neck and puffed sleeves.

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Gucci suing 30 websites over alleged counterfeit goods

Gucci bosses have launched a lawsuit against more than 30 websites they claim are selling counterfeit shoes, accessories, and clothes.Lawyers for the U.S. arm of the Italian fashion house – Gucci America Inc. – are cracking down on fake goods and have …

Gucci bosses have launched a lawsuit against more than 30 websites they claim are selling counterfeit shoes, accessories, and clothes.

Lawyers for the U.S. arm of the Italian fashion house – Gucci America Inc. – are cracking down on fake goods and have accused the sites of appropriating the Gucci brand name and costing the company millions in lost revenue.

In the lawsuit, they claimed that despite label executives spending “significant monetary resources” to fight counterfeiters, the websites still manage to siphon off customer traffic online and divert them to a range of fake designer products instead.

Gucci’s lawyers are asking for statutory damages at a rate of $2 million (£1.5 million) for each counterfeit item every website named in the lawsuit has sold, which could amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to the complaint, the sites are registered in the U.S. and overseas, and run by unknown businesses.

And because the products apparently look “virtually identical” to real Gucci products but are of a much lower quality, representatives for the fashion house alleged that the knock-off goods “confuse customers and undermine their brand”.

“The exponential growth of counterfeiting over the Internet has created an environment that requires companies, such as Gucci, to file a large number of lawsuits, often it later turns out, against the same individuals and groups, in order to protect both consumers and itself from the ill effects of confusion and the erosion of the goodwill associated with the Gucci brand,” a company spokesperson said in the lawsuit, which was filed in Florida late last week, according to editors at WWD.

“If defendants’ counterfeiting and infringing, cybersquatting and unfairly competitive activities, and their illegal marketplace enterprise, are not preliminarily and permanently enjoined by this court, Gucci and the consuming public will continue to be harmed,” lawyers added.

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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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