Pierpaolo Piccioli shares images of A-list #ValentinoEmpathy campaign

Pierpaolo Piccioli has unveiled his all-star Valentino Fall 2020 campaign.It was revealed in April that the creative director had assembled some of the biggest names in Hollywood, fashion and art for his #ValentinoEmpathy adverts, including Laura Dern,…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has unveiled his all-star Valentino Fall 2020 campaign.

It was revealed in April that the creative director had assembled some of the biggest names in Hollywood, fashion and art for his #ValentinoEmpathy adverts, including Laura Dern, Frances McDormand, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adut Akech, Anwar Hadid, Christy Turlington, Rafferty Law, Janet Mock, and Vittoria Ceretti, among others.

He has now shared numerous images on his personal Instagram page, as well as lengthy statements about the origins of the campaign, including details of the charitable donation all the stars have made.

“A completely new emotional experience,” Piccioli began alongside the first photo he shared, of model Akech. “A universal connection, without being physically connected. For my Women’s and Men’s Fall/Winter 2020-21 Campaign, I have involved some of my friends in a new type of project. #ValentinoEmpathy brings personality and intimacy to the forefront, through a series of portraits of people I love, shot by their loved ones. Each of the talents have decided to donate their fee, resulting in a 1 million EUR donation to Hospital Lazzaro Spallanzani, the Italian Hub fighting against COVID-19.”

He went on to upload photos of Campbell, Dern, Ceretti, models Laetitia Casta and Leon Dame, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, and Italian rapper Ghali.

“A single image can be shot in countless ways,” Piccioli added next to Ghali’s portrait. “For #ValentinoEmpathy, each person in the campaign is a dear friend, and was photographed by someone close to them. No professional shoot, nothing that wasn’t just real. It makes for many different narratives, revealing the story that each person wants to tell.”

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Celebrity fashion guru blasts top designers for ‘only working with white stylists’

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in …

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.

Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May.

“Celine stands against all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Tomorrow’s world will not exist without equality for all,” they stated.

However, Bolden soon took issue with the post and wrote in the comments section: “Wait really, you guys dnt (sic) dress any black celebs unless they have a white stylist @celine. FACTS.”

The Styling Hollywood personality, who regularly works with the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Janet Mock, Sasha Lane, and Yara Shahidi, didn’t expand any further. However, when moderators at fashion Instagram page Diet Prada picked up the story, Bolden also alleged the team at Saint Laurent, helmed by Anthony Vaccarello, and other leading fashion houses were behind the times with embracing diversity.

“@ysl is another one! I’m only supporting brands who support us,” he added. “NOT JUST THIS BRAND BUT TO ALL OF THEM, BE HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU’VE SUPPORTED THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE! WE SEE YOU AND WONT SUPPORT YOU UNTIL YOU SUPPORT US (sic).”

Bolden’s comments soon racked up thousands of likes, with model Adwoa Aboah replying: “Call them all out. This is the way we have been treated by so many brands for far too long.”

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Adut Akech candidly discusses battle with anxiety and depression

Adut Akech has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression over the past year.The South Sudan-born model achieved a lot of success with her fashion career during 2019, landing campaigns for the likes of Valentino and winning the Model of …

Adut Akech has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and depression over the past year.

The South Sudan-born model achieved a lot of success with her fashion career during 2019, landing campaigns for the likes of Valentino and winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019 last month.

However, in a new Instagram post, Adut shared how she hit a low point in her personal life after losing some family members.

“I started becoming numb to everything. It got really hard for me to express any emotion and the people around me started noticing,” she wrote. “It became really hard to express my excitement and gratitude for all the amazing things happening with my career.”

Adut went on to explain that she soon reached out for professional help and began sessions with a therapist. But she continued to experience panic attacks every night, and in the end, decided to take two months off to spend time at home in Australia.

“I felt depressed to a point of wanting to end it, but for my family and myself I had to fight what I could say was the hardest battle of my life. Every day was a struggle but I did everything I could to get a better mental state of mind. I started feeling better and I started seeing things clearer,” the 20-year-old insisted. “Biggest lesson I learned after all this, is the importance of letting go of all things toxic. Don’t hold on to toxic relationships because of comfort, or how long you’ve known the person or the type of relationship ya’ll have. Always put yourself, mental wellbeing, peace and sanity first.”

To conclude, Adut explained that she wanted to share her story so others battling the same issues will know “they’re not alone”.

Accordingly, the star’s post attracted comments from many of her celebrity friends, including actress Storm Reid, models Naomi Campbell and Lily Aldridge, and writer Janet Mock.

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Christian Siriano celebrates 10 years in fashion with star-studded magazine shoot

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his design…

Christian Siriano has celebrated 10 years in fashion with a photoshoot featuring a diverse group of stars, including Coco Rocha, Selma Blair and Danielle Brooks.

After winning Project Runway in 2008, where guest judge Victoria Beckham praised his designs as a breath of fresh air, Siriano was given a cash injection to get his company going.

Over the last decade, he’s built up a reputation for dressing models and actresses of all shapes and sizes, famously coming to the rescue of Leslie Jones after she claimed no designers would dress her for her Ghostbusters premiere, and is thrilled to be able to cater to so many women.

“It’s so hard to predict what will happen because there are everyday challenges that sometimes overshadow the big, beautiful picture, but today it’s really nice to see all the clothes from over the years together in one place and all these beautiful, different types of women modelling them,” Siriano mused to Elle magazine on the set of this 10-year anniversary shoot.

Along with model Coco and actresses Selma and Danielle, plus-size beauty Candice Huffine and Hawaiian transgender rights activist Janet Mock are also among the women to pose in Siriano’s creations.

“When you first start, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, can I even do this? Can we keep it going? Is it going to continue?'” he recalled of the early days of his label.

He’s quick to point out that he’s never felt like “he’s made it” in the business but did admit to feeling proud of his achievements. And while he hopes to have longevity in the industry, he knows he has a long way to go.

“The hardest part is that all of us – all brands that haven’t been in business for 50 years – we’re kind of held at the same calibre as Dior and Gucci but we’re not,” the 32-year-old stated. “We can’t be because we don’t have the budgets, we haven’t been in business for 50 years. We all hang in the same retailer and we’re scrutinised in the same way, which is quite hard because it’s very different.”

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