Gigi and Bella Hadid’s donated items raise $20,000 for charity

Gigi and Bella Hadid have helped raise $20,000 (£16,000) for charity by donating designer items to an auction.The siblings, along with fellow models including Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen, teamed up with fashion bible British Vo…

Gigi and Bella Hadid have helped raise $20,000 (£16,000) for charity by donating designer items to an auction.

The siblings, along with fellow models including Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen, teamed up with fashion bible British Vogue and the online retailer Hardly Ever Worn It for the star-studded The Way We Wore sale, which raised funds for the NHS (National Health Service) Charities Together and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organisations.

The model sisters donated four items between them and the most popular pieces proved to be Gigi’s Dior saddle bag, which sold for $5,000 (£4,000), and Bella’s paint-splattered Miu Miu boots, which sold for a whopping $13,660 (£10,800).

“These Miu Miu boots mean so much to me. I wore them for the brand’s spring/summer ’20 campaign,” the 23-year-old said as she offered them up for the auction. “To begin with they were plain beige, but as I got messy with paints, I realised the boots were becoming an art piece in themselves. I asked if I could keep them to eventually auction for a cause that I felt passionately about, and this is the perfect opportunity.”

And her older sister Gigi, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Zayn Malik, was keen to donate pieces from her wardrobe, including clothing from Rihanna’s Fenty collection, to benefit worthy causes.

“I appreciate the opportunity to give back in this way, and hope that whoever ends up with these pieces – The Fenty top and skirt, and Dior Saddle bag – really enjoys them, knowing that their contribution will help those struggling due to Covid-19. Zayn and I send our love and best wishes to everyone,” she wrote.

More than 30 items were donated by famous faces, including Adut Akech’s blue tweed Chanel bag, which was sold for $5,200 (£4,100).

The auction raised more than $67,000 (£53,000) in total.

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Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen donate clothing for charity auction

Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen have all donated clothing from their personal collections in support of a charity auction.The models have teamed up with bosses at British Vogue and the luxury resale retail site Hardly Ever Worn It to of…

Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Helena Christensen have all donated clothing from their personal collections in support of a charity auction.

The models have teamed up with bosses at British Vogue and the luxury resale retail site Hardly Ever Worn It to offer up designer items from their closets to benefit the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) Charities Together organisation as well as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Among the items up for grabs are Gigi’s Dior Saddle bag, Joan’s Givenchy carryall bag, and a Dior wrap dress from Helena, alongside other coveted items such as Bella Hadid’s paint-splattered Miu Miu boots, a cream Chanel jacket from Kendall Jenner, and Christian Siriano dresses donated by Ashley Graham and Karlie Kloss.

And Kate Moss has even offered up an Alexander McQueen jacket for The Way We Wore auction, which will launch on Tuesday and finish on Friday. Each item will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with proceeds directly benefitting the charities.

The models have also snapped a selfie of themselves posing with the item they’re donating, and the pictures were unveiled in British Vogue’s July 2020 edition, alongside news of the auction.

In Gigi’s black-and-white photo, she is seen standing alongside her boyfriend Zayn Malik, who wears her Dior Saddle bag on his back, while Joan is depicted sat on a stool wearing nothing but a pair of black bikini bottoms and the Givenchy slung over her shoulder.

The items are available to view on vogue.hardlyeverwornit.com.

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Helena Christensen thrilled to spend so much time with son during lockdown

Helena Christensen is thrilled the Covid-19 lockdown has given her the opportunity to spend so much quality time with her son. The supermodel is currently in self-isolation in Upstate New York with her 20-year-old son Mingus, who shares with her ex-pa…

Helena Christensen is thrilled the Covid-19 lockdown has given her the opportunity to spend so much quality time with her son.

The supermodel is currently in self-isolation in Upstate New York with her 20-year-old son Mingus, who shares with her ex-partner Norman Reedus, and her friend and creative partner Camilla Staerk, and she has been overjoyed that they’ve all been able to hang out.

“I’m in Upstate New York with my son and my friend Camilla. We stay as active as we can, both physically and artistically, to stay calm and focused in our heads. We do a lot of photoshoots and little films,” she told Harpersbazaar.com. “It has been a blessing to have nature right outside. I also have been cooking a lot and tidying up, watching movies, and looking through books. The fact that I get to be with my son all over again has been like a beautiful gift handed to me from the universe in this difficult time.”

The model and photographer and her artist/designer pal, who run the New York-based studio Staerk & Christensen, have also been using the company’s website to raise funds for the organisation City Meals, which provides homebound elderly New Yorkers with meals during the Covid-19 crisis.

“This pandemic is about a lot of things but I feel it’s important that the world regard the elderly from a new perspective, one that sees more attention and care being provided and, more than anything, more respect and love,” the 51-year-old shared.

When asked where she will go as soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted, Christensen replied that she will go home to Denmark to see her family.

Editors at Harper’s Bazaar asked celebrities to pose in their chicest lockdown outfits to accompany their interviews, and the model sent in a picture of her taking out the trash bin while wearing a striking hot pink high-fashion dress and sneakers.

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Jamie Dornan gets adorable makeover from daughters

Jamie Dornan has had a surprising makeover from his three daughters while holed up at home during the coronavirus lockdown.The Fifty Shades of Grey star recently took to Instagram to share a hilarious photo of himself playing dress-up with six-year-old…

Jamie Dornan has had a surprising makeover from his three daughters while holed up at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Fifty Shades of Grey star recently took to Instagram to share a hilarious photo of himself playing dress-up with six-year-old Dulcie and Elva, four, whom he shares with his wife Amelia Warner. The couple also has a baby daughter named Alberta.

In the image, Jamie is seen wearing a red dress over his jeans and a pair of gold high heels. He offers an unimpressed look to the camera while standing surrounded by toys in his daughters’ playroom.

To complete the outfit, Jamie also sported a dark blue wig, which was fastened into messy pigtails using red ribbons.

“Dressing up with my daughters took a turn. Meet Jenny (with the blue hair). She’s sweet,” the 38-year-old wrote alongside the cheeky snap.

Jamie’s famous friends were quick to comment on the photo, with Armie Hammer one of the first to poke fun.

“‘Dressing up with my daughters = I have heels in my size and was looking for an excuse to feel like a fierce b**ch,” The Social Network actor joked, prompting Jamie to claim he had borrowed the shoes from his wife.

“Millie has big feet!” he quipped.

Supermodel Helena Christensen also chimed in, and teased The Fall actor for the way the ill-fitting red patterned dress accentuated his figure: “Great boobs!”

The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin was next to rib his longtime friend, and told Jamie that the post, “Made my Sunday.”

However, the father-of-three was quick to challenge the Peaky Blinders actor to join in.

“I expect the same from you next Sunday,” he teased.

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Donatella Versace shares sweet throwback photo featuring brother Gianni Versace

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s …

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.

The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s lockdown to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

And on Wednesday, she shared a touching snapshot of her and her sibling at the prestigious Met Gala in New York City almost 27 years ago.

“Here I am with my brother Gianni in New York, attending the #MetGala, it was May 1993,” Donatella wrote alongside the photo, which shows the then 37-year-old wearing a racy dress from her brother’s infamous bondage-themed Versace show back in 1992.

“Gianni that night was my stylist. I couldn’t give my opinion on one thing. He chose my clothes, my hair, my make-up and my jewellery. I didn’t have a say in ANYTHING!” she joked. “The bondage top, the leather skirt and tall black boots with gold chains were all from our fall ’92 collection, entitled Miss S&M!”

The 64-year-old reimagined the iconic minidress for Kim Kardashian in 2018, with the reality star spotted leaving her New York City hotel after the Met Gala in a bondage-inspired outfit.

The reality star’s look was inspired by an ensemble once modelled by Helena Christensen, with Donatella recreating the entire leather bustier including multiple straps and buckles.

Gianni was tragically shot and killed outside of his Miami Beach home at the age of 50 in 1997.

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Cindy Crawford takes part in virtual photoshoot

Cindy Crawford has taken part in a photoshoot over FaceTime amid the coronavirus lockdown.The supermodel took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a set of photos from the remote shoot she conducted over a video call from her home in California with photog…

Cindy Crawford has taken part in a photoshoot over FaceTime amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The supermodel took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a set of photos from the remote shoot she conducted over a video call from her home in California with photographer Kat Irlin, who is based in New York City.

“There’s a first time for everything! FaceTime photoshoot with @kat_in_nyc,” she wrote in the caption, alongside a snap of her posing. “Fashion and photography are going to be different for a while, but that doesn’t mean we need to stop being creative.”

The photoshoot is a part of a series of FaceTime sessions that photographer Kat has been doing with other models, including Helena Christensen, while practicing social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She also posted a series of black-and-white images from the FaceTime shoot on Instagram, showing Cindy posing inside and outside her home while wearing a simple black tank top.

Fans and followers of the mother-of-two were impressed with the results, especially Cindy’s hair and make-up skills.

Celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh commented, “Omg (oh my God) love this you look amazing,” while actress Elizabeth Berkley wrote: “Love this!!! Did you do your own hair and make-up? If so, I’m hiring you after this.”

Cindy has been keeping busy during the crisis, which has forced states across the U.S. to impose a lockdown on residents, restricting their movements to stop the spread of the virus.

She recently took part in Naomi Campbell’s No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube, and revealed that some model agents advised her to get rid of her now-iconic beauty mark when she first started out.

“My mother was like, ‘O.K., you can do that, but you don’t know what the scar will look like. You know what your beauty mark looks like,'” the 54-year-old recalled.

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Helena Christensen tapped to star in inclusive Victoria’s Secret campaign

Helena Christensen is fronting an inclusive new campaign for Victoria’s Secret.The U.S. lingerie label has taken a hit in recent years, with critics calling out executives for failing to promote diversity and a range of body types in their advertising …

Helena Christensen is fronting an inclusive new campaign for Victoria’s Secret.

The U.S. lingerie label has taken a hit in recent years, with critics calling out executives for failing to promote diversity and a range of body types in their advertising and annual fashion shows.

However, bosses are now appearing to take the backlash seriously, and on Thursday, unveiled the spring 2020 marketing imagery for The Body by Victoria collection.

The main photo features veteran Victoria’s Secret Angel Christensen, 51, posing alongside Barbara Palvin, Romee Strijd, Valentina Sampaio, and Solange van Doorn in black and beige underwear sets.

Palvin and van Doorn are both known for embracing their natural curves, while Brazilian star Sampaio made history last August when she became the first-ever transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.

In addition, experienced photographer Christensen helmed the rest of the photoshoot, with the other snaps including the likes of curvy model Candice Huffine, Joan Smalls, Daniela Pestova, Jasmine Tookes, and Lais Ribeiro.

Marketing bosses at Victoria’s Secret appeared to want to take a low-key approach to the relaunch, with the campaign promoted on the company’s website but not yet on Instagram.

In addition, the brand has been affected by the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world, with executives announcing on Thursday that they will be temporarily closing the online store and boutiques across North America to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“Responding safely and responsibly is one way we continue to show our appreciation for those who make Victoria’s Secret possible, especially during difficult times,” a spokesperson wrote on Instagram. “While our associates are home with their loved ones, we’ll support them with full pay. We’re also working on addition ways to provide support through our home communities for those who may need an outstretched hand.”

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Ashley Graham marks International Women’s Day with childbirth snap

Ashley Graham shared a personal snap of herself giving birth to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.The model welcomed a baby boy named Isaac with her husband, director Justin Ervin, back in January. Taking to Instagram to celebrate “the face of m…

Ashley Graham shared a personal snap of herself giving birth to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.

The model welcomed a baby boy named Isaac with her husband, director Justin Ervin, back in January.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate “the face of my greatest strength”, Ashley opened up about the experience of giving birth alongside a close-up image of her face during labour.

“The greatest pain I’ve ever known and the greatest accomplishment that I’ve ever achieved,” she wrote in the caption. “On this International Women’s Day understand that despite whatever pain or trial we have all experienced as women, we are also strong, powerful and capable of accomplishing greatness.

“Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s all celebrate our, and each other’s strengths today.”

International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March and celebrates women’s achievements throughout history worldwide.

Accordingly, the post soon attracted comments from Ashley’s celebrity followers.

Amy Schumer wrote, “This pic made me cry,” Helena Christensen posted, “Such powers we possess such strength,” and Christy Turlington added: “Love this so much.”

In recent weeks, the 32-year-old has been praised by fans for candidly documenting her journey as a new mum online, speaking about changes to her body and the challenges of parenting.

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Helena Christensen collaborating with H&M on capsule collection

Helena Christensen has teamed up with H&M on a collection showcasing her photography.Aside from her fashion career, the Danish supermodel is an accomplished photographer, with her work featuring in the likes of Elle and Marie Claire magazines. Now, Hel…

Helena Christensen has teamed up with H&M on a collection showcasing her photography.

Aside from her fashion career, the Danish supermodel is an accomplished photographer, with her work featuring in the likes of Elle and Marie Claire magazines.

Now, Helena has partnered with the designers at the Swedish retailer on the Helena Christensen x H&M capsule line, which features her images of flowers on a range of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies.

“It’s been a very cool experience collaborating with H&M as I not only have been able to see my photographs come to life on items of clothing but also got to look at them through my lens as I shot the campaign images,” she said. “I wanted to capture the generation of tomorrow, encouraging them to be themselves and letting their personalities shine.”

The items are made from white, black and grey marl fabrics, allowing the pastel shades of Helena’s portraits to be the focus.

In addition, the 51-year-old also shot the accompanying campaign imagery, and Maria Ostblom, head of womenswear design at H&M, couldn’t be more thrilled with the final result.

“We’re happy to be collaborating with Helena Christensen. From her work behind and in front of the camera to magazines or fragrances, plus her charitable work, she’s a true icon,” the designer said. “And her beautiful photographs of flowers for this collaboration look amazing on the 90s streetwear-inspired designs – it’s laidback with an edge.”

The Helena Christensen x H&M collection will drop on 30 January.

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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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