Dior resort 2021 collection was a personal affair for Maria Grazia Chiuri

Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrated the southern Italian region of Puglia with her Dior resort show.Staging the fashion presentation on Wednesday night in the city of Lecce, more than two months after it was originally scheduled, Italian designer Chiuri cal…

Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrated the southern Italian region of Puglia with her Dior resort show.

Staging the fashion presentation on Wednesday night in the city of Lecce, more than two months after it was originally scheduled, Italian designer Chiuri called on the talents of local artisans to help bring her vision, which she has dubbed her most personal collection, to life.

Although there was no live audience, journalists, buyers and fans were able to watch the show online.

Made up of an earthy colour palette, models donned headscarves to complement their folksy, rustic looks. Fringed hems, peasant skirts and a furry gillet all featured, with sleeker looks coming in the form of a sheer black tulle evening dress.

“For me, it was a dream to do something in a location that is so close to my heritage, because my father was born there. I’ve been going to Puglia my whole life,” Chiuri told WWD. “I wanted to talk about my background and how that influenced also my point of view in fashion.”

And reflecting on her childhood, especially the influence of her grandmother, she added: “All the women in the area at the time had a loom at home. It was like making a trip in my memory, and also to understand much more about myself, why I’m so interested in these things.”

Following the show’s delay because of lockdown restrictions, the local artisans continued to work on the show looks at home.

“It was a miracle to complete this collection, honestly,” Chiuri smiled. “We felt it was very important for us to give hope for the future to all the people who were working in some way with us on the project.”

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Miuccia Prada: ‘What Milan means to me’

Miuccia Prada has reminisced on her Milan memories as the Italian city gears up for its first Digital Fashion Week.The event, showcasing the Spring/Summer 2021 pre-collections, kicked off on Tuesday and runs until 17 July, with Prada scheduled to show …

Miuccia Prada has reminisced on her Milan memories as the Italian city gears up for its first Digital Fashion Week.

The event, showcasing the Spring/Summer 2021 pre-collections, kicked off on Tuesday and runs until 17 July, with Prada scheduled to show off her latest designs for the Italian fashion house on Tuesday afternoon.

Prada is one of numerous designers and fashion names who spoke to WWD about what the city, Italy’s fashion capital, means to them.

“In everyone’s life, I believe there are moments and locations that have a fundamental role in developing one’s identity – and I mean the intellectual identity, which for me is the most important,” the 71-year-old began. “The period that stimulated me the most comprised the years between the ’60s and the ’70s, and the location is Milan. Rather than a location, I would define it the historical and social context in which my thinking became independent, learning to use the tools that the city supplied both in its tradition and with its character: the attitude to act and think beyond hierarchies and pre-established orders. It’s not a dichotomy but a pairing that for me is an essential interpretation, also and especially for the future.”

Dsquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten, Alberta Ferretti, and Angela Missoni also opened up about their personal Milan memories.

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Mission: Impossible 7 set to resume filming in September

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcom…

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.

The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.

Back in February, the cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials imposed a strict lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Now, first assistant director Tommy Gormley has confirmed that filming can get underway in just over three months and still be on schedule for the movie’s November 2021 release date.

“We hope to start shooting again in September. We were days from shooting in Venice – we were right at the epicentre when it all kicked off – so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, following the publication of the British Film Commission’s new safety guidelines titled: “Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-End TV Drama Production”.

“We hope to restart in September, we hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this,” Gormley explained.

The seventh instalment was scheduled to be released in July 2021, but was pushed back to November 2021 in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment.

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Sofia Vergara fronting Dolce & Gabbana handbag campaign

Sofia Vergara has been tapped to star in Dolce & Gabbana’s latest campaign.The Modern Family actress is promoting the Italian luxury fashion brand’s new line of Devotion handbags, and in a post on her Instagram page, shared one of the stunning images w…

Sofia Vergara has been tapped to star in Dolce & Gabbana’s latest campaign.

The Modern Family actress is promoting the Italian luxury fashion brand’s new line of Devotion handbags, and in a post on her Instagram page, shared one of the stunning images with her 18.7 million followers.

“I’m so honoured to be a part of the Dolce & Gabbana family, and to be featured in such a meaningful campaign celebrating the gorgeous Devotion bag!” she wrote. “This is a brand I have loved for so long.”

The picture shows Vergara leaning against a low wall with a Devotion bag made of quilted black leather tucked against her hip. She is dressed in a long black lacy dress and ankle strap heels, with her look topped off with a slick of deep red lipstick.

The campaign was shot in Italy prior to the onset of the coronavirus crisis. In her caption, Vergara also alluded to the recent suffering endured by citizens.

“Feeling grateful to have shot this in Italy where I have so many special memories. Sending love to all of Italia,” the 47-year-old added.

Italy continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 108,000 active cases and approximately 24,000 deaths.

It is not clear exactly where the Dolce & Gabbana campaign was shot, although the bright pink flowers and ocean backdrop in some of the images indicate a southern region such as Campania.

In other snaps from the campaign, Vergara wears a variety of dresses from the summer 2020 collection, with a number featuring the label’s signature floral and leopard prints.

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Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli proud to see Italians unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli is proud of the way Italians have united in the face of the coronavirus crisis.Italy continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 108,000 active cases and approximately …

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli is proud of the way Italians have united in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

Italy continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 108,000 active cases and approximately 23,600 deaths.

Reflecting on the emergency situation during a recent chat with Naomi Campbell for her No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube, Piccioli said he was pleased about how his fellow citizens have reacted during the lockdown.

“It’s a very tough situation. But I have to say, this period and this moment, I feel a lot of unity. I can see Italians at their best,” he insisted. “We all want to react, we all stay at home – because that’s the only way. We are following the rules and quarantine is doing very well. It is what we have to do. There is no other way.”

Piccioli then noted that he is staying in constant touch with his design team at Valentino and views it as his responsibility to boost morale as much as possible.

“They all want to come back to work. I am in contact with all of them. I feel, in this moment, to be the very centre of the company. They need vibes, they need energy. And I feel I need to give them all they give me every day,” the designer commented. “Some of my seamstresses are in their sixties, their seventies – they text me, ‘I want to come back to work.’ All of them!”

To practice social distancing, Piccioli has set up a base at his home at the provincial seaside town of Nettuno, near Rome, and he is filling his days by dreaming up ideas for his forthcoming collections.

“I spend all day long out in the garden, drawing, sketching and working,” he smiled.

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Donatella Versace: ‘No one is alone in fighting the coronavirus crisis’

Donatella Versace has published an emotional open letter rallying for Italy’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.In the message, posted on Vogue’s website, the fashion designer expressed her sadness over the current state of Milan, and her hope tha…

Donatella Versace has published an emotional open letter rallying for Italy’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In the message, posted on Vogue’s website, the fashion designer expressed her sadness over the current state of Milan, and her hope that the crisis will soon begin to pass.

”I have the safety and wellbeing of each and every one of you in mind,” she wrote. “The reason why I wanted to send this message is to let you know that no one is alone in fighting this battle.”

The confirmed number of Covid-19 cases in Italy is approaching 70,000, with 6,800 reported fatalities. The northern region of Lombardy is among the most afflicted areas, with medical staff struggling to cope with so many patients, and Milan – the nation’s centre of fashion and commerce – is under strict lockdown regulations until the pandemic abates.

”Milan looks like a ghost town,” the 64-year-old noted, before going on to implore people around the world to heed Italy’s tragic situation as a warning. ”I beg all of you to please listen to what your government tells you to do, to look out for one another by staying at home, and to use the technology that we all love so much to remain connected.”

And while self-isolating and practicing social distancing might not be easy right now, Donatella remains hopeful that it will make all the difference for the future of our communities.

“If we all follow these simple rules, we will overcome this virus quickly and we can all go back to rebuilding our world. And maybe this is our chance to fix a couple of things while we’re at it,” she added.

Earlier this month, Donatella and her daughter Allegra announced they would be donating $224,000 (£182,000) to the intensive care department of the San Raffaele hospital in Milan.

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Valentino parent company donating $2 million towards fight against coronavirus

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari inve…

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.

As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari investment company behind high-end fashion brands like Valentino, Balmain, and Pal Zileri, has stepped up and given funds to medical and emergency services.

In a post on the Valentino Instagram page on Monday, a spokesperson explained that one half of the donation will go towards the Intensive Care Treatment Unit (ICU) at Sacco Hospital in Milan.

“The city of Milan is one of the more affected in Italy by the Covid-19 pandemic and Sacco Hospital is one of the sanitary structures which is heavily struggling due to the number of infected patients requiring intensive care treatments,” they commented. “The new negative pressure ventilation installation, which Mayhoola will donate to the Milanese hospital, will allow medical staff to safely assist coronavirus patients.”

Negative pressure ventilation will improve the safety of vulnerable medical staff, who are at increased risk of catching the virus due to their frequent exposure, as they assist patients.

In addition, Mayhoola bosses will donate cash to Protezione Civile Italiana, Italy’s Department of Civil Protection.

“Our production plants and offices are widespread across the diverse and beautiful Italian regions: Lazio, Lombardy, Piemonte, Veneto, Tuscany, and many others… it’s absolutely remarkable how Protezione Civile Italiana is operating within the entire country and the way in which it continuously stands behind the needs of Italian citizens,” they added.

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli posted the announcement on his own Instagram page and added in the caption: “This is what our job can do, this is what we can do with our job. Working at our best, doing what we do best. Every single day. I am proud of the company I belong to. Thank you @maisonvalentino.”

While the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China back in December, Italy is now at the epicentre of the crisis. There have been over 63,000 reported cases of the disease, and more than 6,000 fatalities – the most suffered by any country in the pandemic so far.

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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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Naomi Campbell wears hazmat suit to travel due to coronavirus fears

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and too…

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.

The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and took as many precautions as she could to ensure she didn’t catch the virus, which has infected more than 121,000 people in 120 countries.

She documented her safety measures on Instagram by sharing pictures of her wearing the white suit, usually sported by people looking to protect themselves from hazardous materials, with a blue N95 face mask and a pair of pink Latex gloves. The snaps showed her sat in her car in the protective gear, walking through the terminal with her white suitcase, sitting on the plane, and talking on the phone after her trip, with a camel cape worn on top of her white suit.

Across the captions, she wrote, “Safety first”, and, “Safety First NEXT LEVEL. Thank you @lindaevangelista Full video coming on my YouTube soon…”

The 49-year-old didn’t explain why she had credited Evangelista, but the fellow model wrote in the comments, “You’re welcome!” with a heart emoji.

In addition, Marc Jacobs commented, “Next level safety. I’d expect nothing less from you my dear @naomi,” Christy Turlington posted, “This is everything,” and actress/singer Janelle Monae wrote, “My queen is smart.”

Her outing comes months after she posted a viral video on her YouTube channel in which she detailed the lengths she goes to in an effort to avoid illnesses while travelling. She revealed she wipes her aeroplane seat down with sanitisers and wears medical masks.

Earlier this week, Naomi also sent words of support on Instagram to those on lockdown in her former home of Italy, the most affected country outside of China and South Korea.

“My beloved ITALY Of which I spent the first three years of my early life. I’m with you. Thank you for always embracing me and giving me so much love #wishing speedy recovery,” the star wrote.

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Chiara Ferragni helps raise $3 million for fight against coronavirus in Italy

Chiara Ferragni has helped raise $3.4 million (£1.8 million) for those fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were launching a GoFundMe campaig…

Chiara Ferragni has helped raise $3.4 million (£1.8 million) for those fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were launching a GoFundMe campaign in support of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan and kicked off the page by donating $114,000 (£86,000).

Less than a day later, Chiara took to social media to share that the page has nearly reached its goal and thanked her 18 million followers for their support.

“We reached more than three million (euros) in 24 hours coming from 165,000 donations from over 92 countries. The biggest crowdfund ever done in Europe. So many other crowdfundings for other Italian hospitals have started yesterday as well (sic),” she wrote. “Now do you believe when I say, ‘The power of sharing?’ THANK YOU and keep donating.”

In their original video, Chiara and Fedez urged their fans to consider giving whatever they could spare to the cause.

“We are here because we want to give our contribution and use our combined forced to curb this emergency taking place in Italy,” the 32-year-old, while Fedez added: “What we ask you is, if you have the opportunity, please donate. If you don’t have it, share this message in order to reach as many people as possible. I am appealing to all the people who work in the world of entertainment and in the web business, to anyone who can help us to raise as much money as possible to combat this emergency. We also ask to all business people who may help us to expand this message.”

Coronavirus, also named COVID-19, has infected more than 116,000 people across 115 countries, with the global death toll at more than 4,000. While the outbreak began in China in late 2019, Italy is now one of the main nations affected, with an estimated 463 people having died and over 9,000 infected.

Accordingly, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has introduced serious measures in an attempt to contain the outbreak, with 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 other provinces effectively placed in quarantine. In addition, he extended emergency measures on Monday, ordering travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings across the country.

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