Adriana Lima is done with trends

Adriana Lima no longer has any interest in conforming to trends.As one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel helps set the style trends by modelling fashion designers’ latest creations. However, in…

Adriana Lima no longer has any interest in conforming to trends.

As one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel helps set the style trends by modelling fashion designers’ latest creations.

However, in a new interview with People, the Brazilian model admitted that she was over trends and preferred to decide on her own look.

“I think my style has matured just as I have,” she explained. “You understand your body and what looks good on you. Before, I used to follow trends and now I like to make my own.”

The 38-year-old, who is currently starring in BCBGMAXAZRIA’s fall 2019 campaign, was recently spotted sitting front row at Jason Wu’s spring 2020 New York Fashion Week presentation. And Lima is glad to see the mix of models has become more inclusive over the years but insists there is still more to be done.

“I am happy that it has become more inclusive of people of different races and sizes, but of course there is still a long way to go,” she continued. “My hope is that the industry sends a message of representation. I want any young girl or boy to be able to open up a magazine or website or Instagram, however they view fashion, and feel represented in a beautiful and positive way.”

Through her work in fashion, Lima, who has two daughters Valentina and Sienna, hopes that young girls learn to believe in themselves.

“I tell them to be true to yourself and believe in yourself. No matter what, push yourself and never give up,” Lima stated. “I have been in this business for over 20 years and it hasn’t always been easy, but you have to believe in yourself.”

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Lily Aldridge joining new fashion series Front Five

Lily Aldridge and designer Jason Wu are set to star in a docuseries about New York Fashion Week. The supermodel will star in E! show Front Five, alongside actress and singer Luna Blaise, designer Kim Shui and fellow model Halima Aden. “E!’s Front Fiv…

Lily Aldridge and designer Jason Wu are set to star in a docuseries about New York Fashion Week.

The supermodel will star in E! show Front Five, alongside actress and singer Luna Blaise, designer Kim Shui and fellow model Halima Aden.

“E!’s Front Five powered by Visa will also take you inside the fashion world through a five-day documentary series that captures exclusive NYFW moments,” editors at the network wrote on their website. “E! has selected designer Kim Shui, supermodel Lily Aldridge, actress Luna Blaise, model Halima Aden and designer Jason Wu to be honored in this series since each professional is influential in their respective fields.”

The show takes a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week, and will launch on Saturday on E!’s YouTube and social media channels, a day after the new panel will take part in a Q&A session at Spring Studios, the home of NYFW.

The news comes after the Victoria’s Secret Angel announced she had launched her own perfume company, revealing on Instagram that she had been working on developing the brand for more than two years.

“Such an exciting day speaking with beauty editors about what I’ve been working on for the last 2 years @lilyaldridgeparfums launching Sept 1,” she wrote alongside a selfie. “Thank you for all the love & support today!!! Can’t wait to share it with you all SOOOOOON!!! #DreamComeTrue.”

Lily recently released Haven, the first perfume for her collection, and sent the fragrance to models including Martha Hunt, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Irina Shayk, who all promoted it on social media.

Front Five last aired back in February, with Zanna Roberts Rassi, model Candice Huffine, designers Rebecca Minkoff and LaQuan Smith, make-up artist Romy Soleimani and fashion editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner making up the panel.

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Target bringing back designer collections to celebrate 20th anniversary

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anni…

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.

Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anniversary Collection, which will feature 300 products across clothing, accessories, home decor, and kitchen items. The line will drop on 14 September, with prices ranging from $7 to $160 (£6 – £130).

Previously, shoppers have queued for hours, and crashed Target’s website, in an effort to get their hands on items designed by the likes of Rodarte, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, Altuzarra, Phillip Lim, and Lilly Pulitzer.

However, shoppers are restricted this time round to five items per size and colour from the collection, both in-store and online.

And Mark Tritton, chief merchandising officer at the U.S. retailer, teased more collaborations in the future.

“This anniversary celebrates our rich design history and the diverse range of partnerships we’ve offered our guests for the last 20 years,” he said in a statement. “Each partnership brought something special and exciting to our guests, and with 20 years behind us, we’re only getting started. We look forward to bringing our guests more incredible, inspiring and affordable design, creating preference for Target each and every day.”

The designers are a huge favourite with famous faces, and recently, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore a Jason Wu Collection dress to the London premiere of The Lion King reboot, while Katharine McPhee sported three custom Zac Posen dresses for her wedding to David Foster in London back in June.

Target has also teamed up with editors at publishing house Rizzoli to release Target: 20 Years of Design for All: How Target Revolutionized Accessible Design, a book which will highlight each designer collection over the years.

Additionally, bosses will release a documentary that will take a look behind the scenes at Target’s innovative approach to affordable design in September.

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Ralph Lauren documentary in the works

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has sinc…

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.

Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has since gone on to build up a reputation for his American sportswear and preppy classics, and on Tuesday, a spokesperson for U.S. network HBO announced that the Very Ralph documentary will be released on 12 November.

“For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognised brands,” a representative said in a statement. “In Very Ralph, as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from The Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.”

Very Ralph will be directed and produced by Susan Lacy, the award-winning documentarian previously made HBO projects such as 2017’s Spielberg and 2018’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

The film will also contain archive footage, interviews with Lauren’s family, as well long-standing colleagues, including Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Jason Wu, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Tyson Beckford, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jessica Chastain.

“Offering unprecedented access to his life and work, Ralph Lauren speaks candidly in extensive interviews about his childhood, his five-decade-long marriage, the early days of his company, his response to criticism, his inventive multi-page ad campaigns and his pioneering vision which includes a remarkable series of firsts,” they added.

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Duchess of Sussex’s favourite designer to release new line

One of the Duchess of Sussex’s most loved designers has unveiled a new clothing collection. Prince Harry’s wife, formerly known as Meghan Markle, has been a longtime fan of fashion visionary Jason Wu, wearing his pieces four times within the last yea…

One of the Duchess of Sussex’s most loved designers has unveiled a new clothing collection.

Prince Harry’s wife, formerly known as Meghan Markle, has been a longtime fan of fashion visionary Jason Wu, wearing his pieces four times within the last year.

Most recently, the expectant mum sported an emerald fitted midi dress by the designer during her royal tour with her husband. Months before the highly publicised event, the 37 year old was seen in a sapphire blue Stretch Cady Dress from his label.

Now Wu is launching the contemporary collection GREY Jason Wu, which is available at a variety of high end retailers. The relatively affordable capsule features revamped items from the collection released by Wu in 2016 and includes wool sweaters, sequin slip dresses and a stunning lambskin leather jacket.

The looks fall between $250 (£200) and $1,195 (£950) with sales being offered via online stores like Shopbop, Net-a-Porter, Zappos, and Orchard Mile.

The Taiwan-born designer and Markle’s relationship goes back years. The two met while she was filming her hit series Suits in Toronto and in a March (18) interview, he revealed how grateful he was of Markle’s support.

“When somebody like Meghan wears something of mine, the brand is instantly exposed to every corner of the globe and all eyes are on her,” he told News.com.au “It’s really incredible.”

He also gushed over what it means to have women with influence, like Markle, wear his pieces.

“We’re are a moment in history where these inspirational women are more important than ever before,” Wu added. “I love it because through these women, the clothes take on a whole other meaning.”

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Jason Wu seeking to make fashion house more sustainable

Jason Wu is looking to make his eponymous label much more sustainable. The New York-based designer is known for merging American sportswear elements with timeless classics, with his fans including Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore as well as Me…

Jason Wu is looking to make his eponymous label much more sustainable. 

The New York-based designer is known for merging American sportswear elements with timeless classics, with his fans including Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore as well as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

During a conversation at the recent Vortex: Paradox, Promise, Possibility conference in New York, Wu was pressed on the topic of sustainability, a concept that is hot on the fashion agenda today. However, he explained that his own fashion house still has some way to go, but hopes his clothes are “not disposable”.

“We are not a green fashion house, to be honest,” the fashion star confessed. “We do try to make clothes that are not disposable at any price point. Perhaps it’s not great for me to say that as a fashion designer and I’m trying to sell you more clothes. Sometimes we have too much. Sometimes it’s good to have a little less and a little more quality.

“You hear about these corporations of dumping, millions of dollars of clothing goes to waste. You just consume less. That’s ultimately really what the answer is.”

Wu’s comments follow a report by The Times in July (18), which discovered that Burberry set fire to approximately $117 million (£90 million) worth of old stock in the past five years.

Elsewhere in the interview, the designer shared that his inspiration “could be an exhibit or an episode of South Park,” and also insisted that while he doesn’t care much about trends, he did want his pieces to make it into the history books.

“What I want is clothes that still look great in 60 years, 100 years. When I go to the Met, I look at the archives, Schiaparelli, the Diors, the Balenciagas. You look at those pieces, they still look beautiful,” the 36-year-old smiled. “That’s what I’ve really wanted in my career.”

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Jason Wu: ‘American fashion is in a weird place’

Jason Wu is concerned the U.S. fashion industry is in a “weird place”. The New York-based designer is known for merging American sportswear elements with timeless classics, with his fans including Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore as well as Me…

Jason Wu is concerned the U.S. fashion industry is in a “weird place”. 

The New York-based designer is known for merging American sportswear elements with timeless classics, with his fans including Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore as well as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Wu recently announced that he will be taking a two-season hiatus from runway shows to work on expanding and streamlining his business, and he has now admitted that the overhaul is necessary in order to keep up with the changing landscape of fashion.

“American fashion is in kind of a weird place,” he said during a chat held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, according to WWD. “It’s very challenging and New York Fashion Week is going through its own period of self-evaluation and everyone is looking at the business differently.”

Wu went on to explain that the clothes business is entirely different since he launched his own brand in 2003.

However, he was thrilled to participate in a programme in which he mentored 15 students at the Otis College of Art and Design, and he ended up learning a lot from the aspiring designers too.

“I’m happy to be able to do something for the generation after me so aspiring fashion designers can be armed with as much information as possible before they leave school,” the 36-year-old insisted. “Also, it’s really interesting to tap into how that generation thinks and it also keeps me very current. It’s really important to know what’s going on and be a part of culture.”

During the chat, Wu touched on some of the outfits he has created for this A-list clients and made a special mention of his relationships with new royal Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Meghan stepped out in a dark green crepe dress from the designer during an appearance in Fiji earlier this month (Oct18) as part of her and Prince Harry’s first royal tour together, and Wu could not be happier to see the former Suits actress in his garments.

“Meghan is very inspiring and wears the clothes beautifully and has great poise,” he smiled.

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Plus-size retailer Eloquii to be acquired by Walmart

Executives at Walmart have confirmed plans to acquire plus-size retailer Eloquii.Founded in 2011 as part of The Limited, the fashion label re-launched online in 2014 as an independent direct-to-consumer brand. Eloquii has gone on to build up a loyal fo…

Executives at Walmart have confirmed plans to acquire plus-size retailer Eloquii.

Founded in 2011 as part of The Limited, the fashion label re-launched online in 2014 as an independent direct-to-consumer brand.

Eloquii has gone on to build up a loyal following amongst shoppers, with Jason Wu and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James partnering on capsule collections with the company, and on Tuesday (02Oct18), Walmart bosses announced that they are looking to buy the business for an undisclosed amount.

“I’m thrilled to announce our plans to acquire Eloquii,” said Andy Dunn, senior vice president of digital consumer brands for Walmart eCommerce. “Known for its trend-driven, fashion-focused assortment, Eloquii is all about great-fitting and great-looking apparel specifically designed for women U.S. size 14 and up.”

The deal is expected to close later this quarter. In addition, Eloquii chief executive officer Mariah Chase, her executive team and 100 employees will continue to be based in Long Island City, New York and Columbus, Ohio but will now be overseen by the American retail giant’s e-commerce organisation.

Regarding the partnership, Dunn commented that plus-size women’s apparel is a $21 billion market and represents one of the fastest growing segments in women’s fashion.

And though more than half of women aged 18-65 in the U.S. wear size 14 or higher, these customers have been historically under-served, with clothing limited by its lack of fashion, lack of fit, or both.

“Today we stand in solidarity with (plus-size shoppers) by acquiring a brand whose sole focus is to exceed her expectations,” he added. “I’m so excited to welcome (Eloquii) to our team and look forward to amplifying the Eloquii experience even further.”

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Gemma Chan swears by drugstore mascara for curled lashes

Gemma Chan swears a drugstore mascara is the key to achieving perfectly curled eyelashes.The British actress has made a splash in Hollywood following the release of her hit movie Crazy Rich Asians and has showcased a variety of chic looks at premieres …

Gemma Chan swears a drugstore mascara is the key to achieving perfectly curled eyelashes.

The British actress has made a splash in Hollywood following the release of her hit movie Crazy Rich Asians and has showcased a variety of chic looks at premieres for the film.

Gemma may be able to pull off just about any beauty trend, but when it comes to long lashes, she is all about using one type of inexpensive mascara.

“I’m lucky I have long lashes, but they’re straight and they’re very fine, so the most important thing to me is to use lash curlers and then find a mascara that holds the curl,” she told Allure magazine. “I use Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, the one in the purple tube. I use the waterproof version, so it really holds the curl. Here’s my secret, though – I use the brush from an old Maybelline mascara, the define-a-lash formula. It works perfectly to separate and coat every single lash.”

Gemma is also a fan of the No. 7 range at British pharmacy chain Boots and regularly stocks up on the Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum and the Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream.

However, she recently splurged on a lipstick colour that her Crazy Rich Asians character Astrid wore in one scene in the flick.

“It’s a Yves Saint Laurent colour that I immediately had to buy. I’ve got it here somewhere. It’s the Tatouage Couture Matte Liquid Lipstick in number 22,” the 35-year-old shared.

Over the course of her latest press tour, Gemma has shown support for Asian designers like Jason Wu and Kenzo.

And she believes it is important to work with make-up artists familiar with Asian features too.

“I do a lot of photo shoots and have done for quite a long time. Sometimes it’s great, especially if they’ve had a lot of experience making up Asian features, but I’ve also had really terrible ones where it’s like, ‘Are you trying to make me look like a geisha?'” she sighed.

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Jason Wu undertaking major business overhaul

Jason Wu is undertaking a major overhaul of his processes in order to take his company to the “next level”.The New York-based designer is known for merging American sportswear elements with timeless classics, with his celebrity fans including Diane Kru…

Jason Wu is undertaking a major overhaul of his processes in order to take his company to the “next level”.

The New York-based designer is known for merging American sportswear elements with timeless classics, with his celebrity fans including Diane Kruger, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore as well as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who wore one of his classic blue dresses to an event in London on Thursday night (06Sep18).

While Wu is one of the busiest men in the industry, he has now announced that he will be taking a two-season hiatus from runway shows to work on expanding and streamlining his business.

“We’re all searching for ways to reach the next level,” he said in an interview with WWD, adding that he decided to take a year out of presenting at New York Fashion Week because he didn’t have a “great time” during the February shows. “I was always very, very concerned about what other people might think if I don’t do a show… But I just want a little break while New York is figuring itself out. I want to figure myself out, too.”

As part of his strategy going forward, Wu will rename his main designer line Jason Wu Collection, while his sister line Grey Jason Wu will now be known as Jason Wu.

In addition, he is implementing a new monochromatic logo and will open his first dedicated store in Shanghai, China next year.

“When I was growing up most people appreciated more European and American brands but as the new generation has evolved, there is a real interest in buying brands with a Chinese name,” the 35-year-old designer, who was born in Taiwan and raised in Vancouver, explained.

As well as expanding his Jason Wu line, Wu plans to continue collaborating with other labels, as he already has ranges with lingerie brand Real Underwear and a collection with plus-size retailer Eloquii.

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