Giorgio Armani was surprised by his success

Success caught legendary designer Giorgio Armani “almost by surprise”.The style stalwart founded his namesake label in 1975 and has become one of the most respected names in the industry.Sharing his advice, along with an impressive list of other fashio…

Success caught legendary designer Giorgio Armani “almost by surprise”.

The style stalwart founded his namesake label in 1975 and has become one of the most respected names in the industry.

Sharing his advice, along with an impressive list of other fashion heavyweights, for budding designers in a piece for i.D, Armani urged new talent to really understand what consumers want from their clothes.

“I started my adventure in fashion with such enthusiasm and with the belief of having something authentic and personal to say. Initially, I had no real expectations: success nearly caught me by surprise, convincing me that my intuition was correct,” he confessed. “That enthusiasm is still with me: it’s my strength. Today, the scenario is much more complex. Making an impact requires maximum engagement, as the competition is fierce. To a new designer, I would suggest an in-depth exploration of people’s needs and a consistent response to these needs, whilst creating their own style. It takes patience, determination and absolute dedication, but this is the only way to tackle the industry today without giving up and being distracted by what others are doing.”

Other designers to share their pearls of wisdom were Stella McCartney, who encouraged newbies to stick to their guns, Isabel Marant, who advised having a precise style, and Jeremy Scott, who warned not to place your happiness on the opinions of others.

As for Victoria Beckham, she said learning from others is invaluable.

“The fashion industry can be daunting, so take any opportunity you can to learn from others, whether that’s through education, internships or assisting,” she commented. “When taking that first step in your career it’s so important to surround yourself with experts in your field that you can learn from.”

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Isabel Marant & Victoria Beckham design T-shirts for International Women’s Day

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-…

Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham have created T-shirts to help mark International Women’s Day.

Executives at online retailer Net-a-Porter have tapped the designers to make the garments, with all profits benefiting Women for Women International, a non-profit organisation that helps women living in war-torn countries to rebuild their lives.

For her contribution, Marant chose to print a white T-shirt with the slogan “You Go Girl” in bold red text, while Beckham opted to have the text “I am her” scrawled on her shirt.

“My feminist fight is about equality: equal treatment, equal pay, equal opportunities… I thought we would be over this by now, but we’re not. Culture, knowledge, and education are our paths to empowerment and justice. The fight is not over,” said Marant of collaborating with Net-a-Porter on the charity project, while Beckham added: “It’s more important than ever that women support each other and hopefully, this aids in raising awareness for a subject close to my heart.”

In addition, fashion stars Kym Ellery, Rosie Assoulin, Alexa Chung and designers from skiwear brand Perfect Moment have also made T-shirts, with the items featuring slogans such as “Divine Feminine” and “Power”.

And a number of stars have also promoted the project on Instagram, including Elle Fanning, Julia Van Os, Lucy Liu, Angela Bassett, Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Diane Kruger, Storm Reid, and Gina Torres.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, executive director of Women for Women International – UK, commented that the T-shirts send a powerful message of support, sisterhood, and solidarity.

“Through this campaign and the vital funds raised, Net-a-Porter, along with six inspiring female designers, are helping to transform the lives not only of the women we work with but also their entire communities,” she shared.

The Net-a-Porter T-shirts are priced from $140 – $220 (£85-£175).

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Isabel Marant shows off safari chic for fall 19

Isabel Marant has dished up a line of safari-inspired separates for fall/winter 2019.The French fashion house, founded in 1994 by designer Isabel Marant, presented as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night (01Mar19), with the likes of Constance J…

Isabel Marant has dished up a line of safari-inspired separates for fall/winter 2019.

The French fashion house, founded in 1994 by designer Isabel Marant, presented as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night (01Mar19), with the likes of Constance Jablonski, Isabeli Fontana, and Derek Blasberg all perched on the front row.

While Marant is known for her signature Parisian chic aesthetic, for her latest collection she took fans on an adventure, with the show opening with a model sporting a large grey trench coat with matching slouchy grey leather boots.

A number of similar ensembles with a nomadic feel followed, including a beige jumpsuit which was paired with a studded black leather belt, and a wool-lined vest which was matched with a star-printed shirt and trousers with cargo-style pockets.

Model of the moment Kaia Gerber walked the runway in an oversized off-white knit sweater and high-waisted trousers, with her look accessorised with silver feather detailing, large silver drop earrings, and black leather booties.

Reflecting her eclectic taste, Marant also offered up shirts and skirts in mismatched paisley prints, sweaters with geometric designs, wool vests, and cosy jackets.

Gigi Hadid strutted her stuff in a grey jacket with large pockets on the front and beige cargo pants which were tucked into grey boots, while Binx Walton donned beige shorts and a large jacket with brown leather detailing.

To conclude the presentation, Marant added in a few more evening-ready outfits, including black and silver knitwear tops, ’80s-inspired high-neck jumpers, pleated miniskirts, black and silver minidresses, and sequin skirts with dramatic black tops.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Friday with shows from Loewe, Balmain, Nina Ricci, and Celine.

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Chloe dishes up bohemian chic for fall 19

Chloe has served up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for fall/winter 2019.The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its latest line at La Maison de la Radio as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday…

Chloe has served up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for fall/winter 2019.

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its latest line at La Maison de la Radio as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday morning (28Feb19).

With the stark white runway initially bathed in bright pink light, the show kicked off with a model sporting a long white shirt, tan coat with oversized collar, navy blue socks, and brown leather boots.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, including a brown shirt dress which was accessorised with a chunky necklace with feather detail, and a grey wool skirt with button detailing which was matched with a high-neck knitted blue sweater featuring a white geometric pattern.

Staying true to her relaxed aesthetic, Ramsay-Levi introduced white blouses with flowing sleeves, white shirts with vintage-inspired blue landscape motifs, cosy sweaters, brown leather jackets with faux fur on lapels and cuffs, baggy dresses with pushed-up sleeves, and a number of blue denim pieces with pocket detailing on trousers and vests.

Model of the moment Kaia Gerber stepped out in a ’60s-influenced look comprised of a blue lace skirt, graphic T-shirt, long light brown leather coat, and brown boots, with the ensemble topped off with layers of gold chains and bug-like glasses.

As always with a Chloe presentation, accessories were a major focus, with highlights including boxy leather purses, handbags with heavy gold chains in the place of straps, wool scarfs, gold cuff bracelets, and mismatched earrings.

To conclude the show, Ramsay-Levi dished up a series of floral printed dresses with flowing hems in a cream and marigold yellow colour scheme, as well as an eye-catching dark floral dress with thigh-high slit and dramatic neckline.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Thursday with shows from Rick Owens, Off-White, and Isabel Marant.

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Isabel Marant breaks down French-girl beauty myths

Isabel Marant has spoken about some of the myths surrounding the beauty regimes of French women.The fashion designer, who founded her eponymous company in 1994, is known for her relaxed Parisian aesthetic, with her celebrity fans including Kate Boswort…

Isabel Marant has spoken about some of the myths surrounding the beauty regimes of French women.

The fashion designer, who founded her eponymous company in 1994, is known for her relaxed Parisian aesthetic, with her celebrity fans including Kate Bosworth, Anne Hathaway and Katie Holmes.

While French women are often described as appearing “effortlessly” stylish, Marant is adamant that a lot of work goes into looking so cool.

“French girls pretend they’re not paying attention to the way they look, but they are – a lot,” she told Vogue.com, adding that she believes women should always pick only one facial feature to highlight. “For me, it’s either eyes or the lips – never both. (Otherwise), it’s too much make-up.”

Marant has recently unveiled a capsule collection of cosmetics for beauty giant L’Oreal Paris. The range includes five products, including a line of pink and red lipsticks, which are perfect for on-the-go application.

“When it comes to make-up, it’s all about the right balance. I love lipstick, especially a bright red with a big smile – it’s the best way to lift your mood and brighten your entire face if your skin isn’t in the greatest condition,” the 51-year-old said. “(Earthy) eyeshadows are amazing, too, especially in the summertime when you have a tan. Just smudge on a gypsy-ish chocolate on the lids.”

During the chat, Marant also shared that she doesn’t go to a hairdresser anymore and simply cuts the ends of her hair herself.

She does her eyebrows and manicures at home too, and happily shared her stance on plastic surgery.

“I have a position on (cosmetic surgery). Take away, but never add. When you plump things up, it’s very obvious,” she insisted.

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Off-White honours sport superstars with spring 19 line 

Off-White took inspiration some of the world’s sporting greats for its spring/summer 2019 collection.The fashion house, helmed by Virgil Abloh, presented its latest line at the Garage Amelot in Paris on Thursday night (27Sep18), in a show that brought …

Off-White took inspiration some of the world’s sporting greats for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

The fashion house, helmed by Virgil Abloh, presented its latest line at the Garage Amelot in Paris on Thursday night (27Sep18), in a show that brought the worlds of fashion and competitive sport together in harmony.

As well as having the likes of athletes including Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Junior sat alongside Cara Delevingne in the front row, eight elite sportswomen joined fashion royalty on the catwalk – which was designed to look like a combination of a running track and a concrete street.

British athletes Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith walked the runway, as did American sprinter English Gardner, with a cluster of supermodels including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn also strutting their stuff.

Abloh, who named the collection Track and Field, explained to reporters at British Vogue that he had been inspired by working with tennis champ Serena Williams on the Serena Williams X Nike ‘Queen’ collection, and was pleased to base his spring 2019 offering on true sport.

“Track and Field is where you compete. There’s a foundation to it; it’s not just clothes for clothes’ sake,” he commented.

The 37-year-old teamed up with Nike once again and incorporated the iconic tick logo into casual fitted jackets and mesh vest tops, while also adding the letters ‘OFFF’ across collars and splashing the oversized text over blazers and sleeveless jackets.

Ensembles stuck to one colour scheme, most notably in striking white and neon yellow, while Abloh continued in “making a new aesthetic by crashing two things together which are not related” by mixing pieces like a sporty cut-out T-shirt with a full ruffled floor-length skirt.

The designer debuted a new Nike trainer too, a collaged shoe called the Waffle Racer.

Isabel Marant and Rick Owens also showed as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night.

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Chloe serves up bohemian chic for spring 19 

Chloe has dished up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for its latest collection.The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday morning…

Chloe has dished up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for its latest collection.

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its spring/summer 2019 line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday morning (27Sep18).

Taking inspiration from ’60s glamour icons, the presentation opened with a model sporting a beige one-shoulder dress featuring a panel of paisley print fabric, with the ensemble accessorised with a rope belt and lots of gold bangles.

A parade of similar outfits followed, including a relaxed jumpsuit, lightweight paisley printed trousers, and a summery minidress which was loosely belted at the waist.

Keeping with a palette of earthy browns and yellows, Ramsay-Levi also introduced a touch of blue denim in the form of jackets with pushed up sleeves, and a series of orange garments, such as an ochre knitted romper which was modelled by Kaia Gerber along with a waistcoat made from an upholstery-like fabric.

As always, accessories were a major focus of the Chloe show, with the designer having models carry brown leather satchels with C-shaped clasps, larger leather totes and tiny white purses with gold detailing.

When it came to the jewellery, models sported large jewel-encrusted earrings moulded into organic shapes, drop earrings with crystals as well as layers of gold and silver bracelets and necklaces with tribal-inspired semi-precious gemstones.

To conclude the show, Ramsay-Levi chose to present a line-up of floaty white outfits, with looks including a very relaxed white peasant-style blouse and skirt combination and a white dress with dramatic cape detail.

However, a highlight had to be the final outfit of the spectacle, a Grecian-style white chiffon gown with gemstones attached to the bodice.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Thursday with shows from Rick Owens and Isabel Marant.

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Isabel Marant unveils make-up collab with L’Oreal Paris

Isabel Marant has released a capsule make-up collection with L’Oreal Paris.The fashion designer founded the French fashion house in 1994, and has since attracted a legion of celebrity fans including Kate Bosworth, Anne Hathaway and Beyonce. Though best…

Isabel Marant has released a capsule make-up collection with L’Oreal Paris.

The fashion designer founded the French fashion house in 1994, and has since attracted a legion of celebrity fans including Kate Bosworth, Anne Hathaway and Beyonce. Though best known for its bohemian garments, the brand has recently teamed up with cosmetics giant L’Oreal Paris to create a five-piece limited-edition line of make-up products, and has now teased the results of the collaboration.

Images obtained by WWD show a lipstick range consisting of seven shades, all embossed with the word ‘SMILE’ in white against a matte black backdrop. The hues range from nude pinks, bright reds and wine-coloured burgundies. Another photo reveals an item from the L’Oreal Paris x Isabel Marant blush range, which has been named Shine: Anytime Glow, in colour options including a dewy rosey peach.

In a chat with the publication, Marant explained that she partly aimed to conceive ‘non-makeup make-up’ products, “But also the idea was rather to have a few necessary products that one always has in her bag and can be used in a very nomadic way.”

“I think that corresponds more to the way of life of the Isabel Marant girl,” she continued. “She is rather natural in the day but doesn’t have the time to go back home before going out (in the evening) and to redo her entire beauty look. So the idea was to have the three or four products that in a flash help sublimate a face with very simple and spontaneous gestures.”

The L’Oreal Paris x Isabel Marant line consists of multipurpose lip, eye and cheek items to create either natural or smoky effects, and will all pre-launch online from 19 September (18). This will be followed by a worldwide introduction on 27 September, to coincide with the fashion label’s Paris Fashion Week presentation.

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Isabel Marant teaming with L’Oreal on make-up line

Isabel Marant is collaborating with L’Oreal Paris on a limited-edition make-up line.The French luxury fashion house, founded by designer Isabel Marant in 1994, is known for its bohemian style and chic shoes, with celebrity fans including Kate Bosworth,…

Isabel Marant is collaborating with L’Oreal Paris on a limited-edition make-up line.

The French luxury fashion house, founded by designer Isabel Marant in 1994, is known for its bohemian style and chic shoes, with celebrity fans including Kate Bosworth, Anne Hathaway and Katie Holmes.

Now, Marant is set to inject her relaxed Parisian aesthetic into a partnership with L’Oreal, with her cosmetics aimed at women wanting to achieve an effortless appearance.

“The idea was rather to have a few necessary products that one always has in her bag and can be used in a very nomadic way. I think that corresponds more to the way of life of the Isabel Marant girl,” she told WWD. “She is rather natural in the day but doesn’t have the time to go back home before going out (in the evening) and to redo her entire beauty look.

Previously, Marant teamed with high street retailer H&M on a collection, with the line proving to be an instant sell out. And Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou, L’Oreal Paris global brand president, is certain that Marant’s beauty products will garner similar interest.

“She is one of the most iconic Parisian fashion brands,” he commented, adding that Marant embodies the modern woman L’Oreal is seeking to reach. “It’s a question of portraying a woman who is self-realised. At the same time, she’s an exceptional woman, a role model (that) has this ability to relate and talk to people.”

L’Oreal Paris x Isabel Marant will contain five different products, including a lipstick and blusher. It will pre-launch online on 19 September (18) and be released in stores on 27 September – the day of Marant’s Paris Fashion Week show.

The line marks the second time L’Oreal has teamed with a fashion house on cosmetics, as they also worked with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing on a range last year.

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Isabel Marant goes western for fall 2018

Isabel Marant went wild for western at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday evening (01Mar18).The French designer dressed her girls in smooth leather, fringing and cowboy boots with browns and neutral shades making up many of the pieces. Top models Gigi Hadi…

Isabel Marant went wild for western at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday evening (01Mar18).

The French designer dressed her girls in smooth leather, fringing and cowboy boots with browns and neutral shades making up many of the pieces.

Top models Gigi Hadid, 22, and Kaia Gerber, 16, were two of the first faces to walk the catwalk during the fall/ winter 19 presentation. Gigi donned a pair of thigh-high black patent boots and a tan, furry jacket layered over a checked shirt, while Kaia followed wearing a long, striped and belted coat accessorised with tassels and a shiny geometric waist belt. The outerwear was also paired with patent, black boots, and a printed scarf around her neck.

Other key items in the collection include a brown suede coat jazzed up with fringing and supple leather collars, a high-necked cream dress broken up by floral segments, and a pair of skin-tight snakeskin trousers paired with white, tasselled cowboy boots and a white, speckled sweater.

Male models were also seen on the Marant runway, with the designer dressing the guys in turtlenecks and quilted leather pants, as well as a mustard, suede shearling coat paired with metal-tipped footwear.

Bright geometric prints were another key feature of the line, while Marant closed the show with garments including silver, metallic dresses, a leather biker jacket and studded boots.

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White also showed on Thursday. Signature tapestry patterns recurred throughout the collection, which were displayed in pieces such as blazers, trousers, and basques, one of which was modelled by 21-year-old Bella Hadid, who also wore a crisp white shirt and blue riding boots.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Friday with shows from Loewe, Balmain and Issey Miyake.

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