Burberry unveils plans for immersive September show

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, cho…

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, choosing to skip the traditional Fashion Weeks scheduled for fall time.

Representatives for the English heritage brand, headed up Riccardo Tisci, have now revealed how it will proceed for the Spring/Summer 2021 presentation.

A series of cryptic videos uploaded to Burberry’s Instagram Stories show overhead shots of the British coastline, forests and roads accompanied by the words “BURBERRY IN NATURE”. In between this footage, bold white lettering reads: “An immersive show experience, set in the British outdoors, 17 September”.

“As humans, we have always had a deep affinity to nature,” Tisci explained in a statement. “We have had to respect and rely upon its power for our very existence, whilst marvelling and revelling in its extraordinary beauty. Especially recently, we have all yearned to reconnect again and for this show, I wanted to celebrate these feelings by bringing our community together in a creative experience that takes place within the beautiful, natural landscape of Britain.”

The catwalk show will not have a physical audience and fashion fans around the world will be able to watch it digitally. The show will be certified carbon neutral, with emissions offset through Burberry’s Regeneration Fund.

The recent London Fashion Week Digital, which took place between 12 and 14 June, merged womenswear and menswear presentations into one gender-neutral platform – a decision made by the British Fashion Council (BFC) in response to the restrictions facing the fashion industry in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The schedule format will be in place for 12 months.

London Fashion Week is officially slated to start on 18 September.

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Emma Watson to promote sustainable fashion with new Kering gig

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. a…

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.

The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. and Balenciaga.

Her role was announced by Kering bosses on Tuesday, and she was nominated on to the board by shareholders, alongside fellow new additions Tidjane Thiam and Jean Liu.

Watson, who is well-known for her passion for sustainable fashion, will also utilise her eco-friendly activism by serving as Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the conglomerate.

The 30-year-old has guest-edited an issue of Vogue Australia on eco-friendly fashion, and she is one of the supporters of the Good On You app, which rates the ethical and sustainability practices of global fashion brands.

Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, welcomed the new appointments, and described Watson “one of the world’s most popular actors and best-known activists”.

“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organisation. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team,” he said of the new board members in a statement. “Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions.”

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Jane Fonda and Lil Nas X tapped to star in environmentally-conscious Gucci campaign

Jane Fonda and Lil Nas X are fronting a new environmentally-conscious campaign for Gucci.Released on Tuesday, the marketing imagery for the Italian luxury label’s first sustainable line, Gucci Off the Grid, was shot by photographer/director Harmony Kor…

Jane Fonda and Lil Nas X are fronting a new environmentally-conscious campaign for Gucci.

Released on Tuesday, the marketing imagery for the Italian luxury label’s first sustainable line, Gucci Off the Grid, was shot by photographer/director Harmony Korine with creative direction from Alessandro Michele and art direction by Christopher Simmonds.

For her photoshoot, Fonda is seen posing in front of a wooden treehouse set within a cityscape while wearing an off-white suit and carrying a yellow tote bag.

And while the Hollywood icon recently pledged to stop buying new clothes, she insisted the campaign aligns with her devotion to promoting environmental causes, such as her Fire Drill Fridays demonstrations.

“Demand that your government officials invest in clean energy infrastructure,” she commented. “Global economists agree that it’s the top investment we can make, both in terms of climate benefits and having the highest stimulus effect during the time of pandemic when so many jobs need to be created.”

Old Town Road hitmaker Lil Nas X, adventurer/environmentalist David Mayer de Rothschild, singer King Princess, and Japanese musician Miyavi, have also been cast in the project, and are depicted sporting pieces from the collection while standing or sitting in the treehouse – with a Gucci representative explaining that the imagery represents opening “the door to a new beginning”.

“@lilnasx is seen in the #GucciOffTheGrid campaign, a new sustainable collection by @alessandro_michele that is also created using ECONYL, a regenerated nylon. The rapper, singer and songwriter has embraced a greener way of living and performing, including being more aware of his environmental footprint while traveling and supporting environmentally friendly companies,” a spokesperson added in an Instagram post.

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Gucci ramps up commitment to social responsibility

Gucci is strengthening its commitment to promoting social and environmental initiatives.This week, the Italian luxury label’s president and chief executive officer, Marco Bizzarri, as well as creative director Alessandro Michele, announced the launch o…

Gucci is strengthening its commitment to promoting social and environmental initiatives.

This week, the Italian luxury label’s president and chief executive officer, Marco Bizzarri, as well as creative director Alessandro Michele, announced the launch of Gucci Equilibrium.

Anchored by three pillars relating to people, nature, and sustainability, the plan is underpinned by a series of targets leaders want to achieve by 2025.

“The fearlessness of this generation to express themselves gives me hope that a future of freedom and equality is possible,” said Michele of the venture, while Bizzarri added: “Gucci is not a company where you must leave your values at the door, but one where they are enhanced, challenged and amplified. Gucci Equilibrium is about us spreading that energy and that positive intent to everyone who loves our brand.”

Among the initiatives is a plan to overturn gender imbalance and inequality, use campaigns to support girls’ and women’s empowerment, as well as show support for organisations responding to increased gender-based violence during the coronavirus crisis.

As for the environment, Gucci leaders are introducing ambitious targets and want to soon guarantee the traceability of 95 per cent of raw materials, reduce the total footprint to 40 per cent, decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent, and use only renewable energy by the end of this year.

“Gucci is driven by the issues that are fundamentally influencing and creating our collective future. We are committed to generating positive change for people and for nature across our business,” insisted Bizzarri.

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Gucci to depart from Fashion Week calendar

Gucci will no longer present collections as part of the conventional Fashion Week calendar.While the Italian luxury label has traditionally participated in Milan Fashion Week events, in a series of Instagram posts uploaded over the weekend, creative di…

Gucci will no longer present collections as part of the conventional Fashion Week calendar.

While the Italian luxury label has traditionally participated in Milan Fashion Week events, in a series of Instagram posts uploaded over the weekend, creative director Alessandro Michele announced that he plans to go “seasonless” and will unveil just two lines per year.

“I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence, closer to my expressive call. We will meet just twice a year, to share the chapters of a new story,” he wrote. “Irregular, joyful and absolutely free chapters, which will be written blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes, and communication platforms.”

Michele, who has served as head designer at the brand since January 2015, went on to explain that he has had a lot of time to reflect on the industry during the coronavirus lockdown. Accordingly, he has decided the idea of presenting ranges at particular times of year, including cruise and pre-collections, to be rather “stale”.

“That is why I decided to build a new path, away from deadlines that the industry consolidated and, above all, away from an excessive performativity that today really has no raison d’etre (reason for existence). It’s a foundational act, audacious but necessary, that aims at building a new creative universe. A universe that essentialises itself in the subtraction of events and that oxygenates through the multiplication of sense,” the 48-year-old commented, before insisting the Covid-19 pandemic has not dampened his creativity. “Now that we are still apart, my love for fashion burns. Our species, after all, is like that: we live like crazy in the throes of what is missing.”

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Karlie Kloss saddened by negative reaction to 2019 Met Gala dress

Karlie Kloss was upset by the negative reaction to the dress she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.The model stepped out at the Camp: Notes on Fashion-themed event in May 2019 wearing a gold Gucci x Dapper Dan strapless dress with voluminous black off-the-shou…

Karlie Kloss was upset by the negative reaction to the dress she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.

The model stepped out at the Camp: Notes on Fashion-themed event in May 2019 wearing a gold Gucci x Dapper Dan strapless dress with voluminous black off-the-shoulder sleeves.

But while Karlie was happy with the ensemble, fashion critics weren’t so kind, and in a new video for her YouTube channel, she admitted it was “probably not” her best-ever choice.

“I don’t go for it on the themes as much as other people do, I maybe could go for it more? In 2019, I admit was probably not my best fashion choice. Every article that was like, ‘Best Dressed, Worst Dressed,’ I was the Worst Dressed. Every article, every review, ‘Karlie Kloss Worst Dressed at the Met.’ Which was not fun, it didn’t feel good,” she stated. “I could tell the reaction, literally from the minute I walked onto the red carpet. (People said), ‘Karlie looks like a Twix bar.’ I was very sad by that, because I liked my look. I loved working with Dapper Dan and Gucci and making this dress.”

Karlie also went on to reveal that she suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction shortly before the Met Gala kicked off.

“The other thing that happened with this dress, and pretty much every dress that I’ve ever worn to the red carpet at a Met Gala, is moments before I’m walking out the door, something rips. So, the seamstress and I are standing in the lobby and she’s sewing it back onto my dress,” the 27-year-old sighed.

Elsewhere in the clip, Karlie reflected on some of her favourite looks from past Met Gala parties, highlighting the purple Donna Karan dress she wore in 2010, the custom-made gold Dior gown she sported in 2011, and the sleek white Brandon Maxwell number she donned for the 2016 bash.

“I loved it. He created a multifunctional design to this dress. It started out with a cape. By the time I made it to the red carpet, I took the cape off,” she gushed of Brandon’s design.

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Gucci highlights animal conservation efforts with pre-fall 2020 campaign

Gucci has emphasised its commitment to animal conservation efforts with an adorable new campaign.Executives at the Italian luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, unveiled the pre-fall 2020 marketing imagery on Tuesday.Tit…

Gucci has emphasised its commitment to animal conservation efforts with an adorable new campaign.

Executives at the Italian luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, unveiled the pre-fall 2020 marketing imagery on Tuesday.

Titled “So Deer to Me”, the pictures were shot by photographer Alasdair McLellan and feature models in eclectic outfits surrounded by a variety of animals, including deer, rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels, and ducks.

“An ode to innocence, when as children we revelled in nature and life, is the idea behind the new Gucci pre-fall 2020 campaign shot by Alasdair McLellan with creative direction by Alessandro Michele and art direction by Christopher Simmonds,” a brand representative commented of the concept. “A childlike imagination is woven through the scenes depicting the beauty and the personalities of a group of men, women and their beloved animals including a frog, an owl, deer, a skunk, squirrel, hedgehog and rabbits. With its call to nature, the campaign is ultimately an invitation to enjoy the simple things in life. Sometimes, it just takes very little, or a burst of imagination, to find some balance.”

The campaign comes after bosses at Gucci partnered with The Lion’s Share Fund, an organisation that raises money to help protect endangered species and their habitats, last year.

The fashion house has promised to donate 0.5 per cent of its media spend to the fund every time an animal is featured in one of its advertisements.

In addition to the campaign, Gucci has also released a 90-second commercial set to Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s 1967 song Some Velvet Morning.

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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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