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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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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Bottega Veneta pledges to help restore Saint Mark’s Basilica

Bottega Veneta executives have pledged to help restore Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy following the devastating floods last month.The historic building, which dates back to the latter part of the 11th century, flooded for the sixth time in mid-…

Bottega Veneta executives have pledged to help restore Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy following the devastating floods last month.

The historic building, which dates back to the latter part of the 11th century, flooded for the sixth time in mid-November, causing damage to the marble floors, mosaics, and decoration.

Now, bosses at the luxury goods group, founded in Vicenza, Veneto in 1966, have announced that they are donating funds towards the restoration efforts.

“Bottega Veneta announces its support in the reconstruction of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, an icon of artistic heritage damaged by the recent floods,” a representative said in a statement. “In collaboration with international non-profit organisation, Venetian Heritage, 30 per cent of sales from selected Bottega Veneta handbags will be donated towards the recovery of the mosaic floors and marble walls that were severely damaged.”

The initiative will include four models sold in Bottega Veneta stores across Italy and on the Italian e-commerce website.

Saint Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of the city’s Catholic churches, attracts millions of visitors each year.

Previously, organisers from the Fabbriceria – the foundation that oversees the maintenance of the building – estimated the damage to be at least $5 million (£3.8 million). In addition to preservation funds and government money, the Fabbriceria’s Pierpaolo Campostrini told Reuters that they also hope private donors will contribute.

“So many signs of affection for Saint Mark’s Basilica make me think that we’ll be in the position to keep up our great responsibility of preserving one of the most precious gems of Venice and of the entire world,” he told the outlet.

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Giorgio Armani to head up Fashion Film Festival Milano jury

Giorgio Armani has been appointed president of the 2019 Fashion Film Festival Milano jury. The Italian designer and his fellow jury members will judge 200 fashion films from 50 countries and award 17 winners competing in two different categories: Est…

Giorgio Armani has been appointed president of the 2019 Fashion Film Festival Milano jury.

The Italian designer and his fellow jury members will judge 200 fashion films from 50 countries and award 17 winners competing in two different categories: Established Talent and New Talent.

“Giorgio Armani immediately accepted our invitation with great enthusiasm. He was definitely the first to create a strong link between fashion and cinema and he is also so representative of the city of Milan that we thought he would have been the perfect godfather of the festival’s new format,” Fashion Film Festival Milano founder Constanza Cavalli Etro told WWD.

Armani, 84, will be joined on the jury by photographer Cass Bird, Oskar Metsavaht, founder of Brazilian fashion brand Osklen, Somali model Waris Dirie, fashion critic Angelo Flaccavento, Ezra Petronio from Self Service magazine, and Sissy Vian from Vogue Japan, among others.

They will also help decide who will win the inaugural Best New Italian Fashion Designer or Brand prize, which will honour the most talented up-and-coming fashion house in Italy.

The companies and personalities taking part in the film festival this year include Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, model/actress Suki Waterhouse, Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino, and German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

The Fashion Film Festival Milano used to take place during Milan Fashion Week, but the sixth edition has been moved to bring more attention to the event, and will be held at the Anteo Palazzo Del Cinema theatre between 6 and 10 November.

“All the screenings are free and the talks are fully open to the public. This is something crucial for us, something we fight for and which enables us to be the most prestigious fashion film festival in the world,” Etro added.

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Rihanna launches Fenty Beauty in Italy

Rihanna celebrated Fenty Beauty’s global success as the brand dropped in Italy on Thursday night (05Apr18).The singer was in great spirits at the launch event in Milan, having recently unveiled the Fairy Bomb glittering pom pom and the Body Lava lumini…

Rihanna celebrated Fenty Beauty’s global success as the brand dropped in Italy on Thursday night (05Apr18).

The singer was in great spirits at the launch event in Milan, having recently unveiled the Fairy Bomb glittering pom pom and the Body Lava luminiser from her company’s Beach Please collection.

After the party wound down, Rihanna took to Instagram to share her excitement over the brand’s expansion.

“#FentyFace #BEACHPLEASE I’m so excited that @fentybeauty launched in Italy today …. Along with 75 other stores worldwide!” the singer captioned a photo displaying her make-up look at the bash. “Thank you for all your enthusiasm and support for the brand! It’s sincere and I love that s**t!”

The Work hitmaker used products from her own range including the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, and rocked the red carpet wearing a short, black, leather dress from Versace’s fall/winter 2018-19 collection, which she paired with a chunky black belt and lots of statement wrist jewellery.

After striking a pose for the press, Rihanna let her hair down and was seen playing with her niece Majesty in a ball pond, which left the Barbadian songstress covered in glitter and confetti as she emerged from the sparkly, pink, pit.

“Y’all know what?! We’re in a good mood!” she wrote next to a video of her and Majesty enjoying the fun.

In addition to her burgeoning cosmetics label, there have recently been rumours that the 30-year-old is also planning to unveil a new lingerie line, having allegedly struck a deal with TechStyle Fashion Group, the organisation behind subscription services such as Kate Hudson’s athleisure band Fabletics.

Although there is no clue as to when the company plan to launch the collection, an insider told WWD that the collaboration has been in full swing for over a year now and samples of the range have already been produced.

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