J. Alexander taught Tyra Banks how to walk the runway

J. Alexander has taken credit for teaching Tyra Banks how to walk the runway. The America’s Next Top Model judge and coach, known as J. Alexander or Miss J, had been modelling for French designer Jean Paul Gaultier in the early ’90s and became an uno…

J. Alexander has taken credit for teaching Tyra Banks how to walk the runway.

The America’s Next Top Model judge and coach, known as J. Alexander or Miss J, had been modelling for French designer Jean Paul Gaultier in the early ’90s and became an unofficial catwalk coach when he would watch the shows in Paris and gave everyone “free catwalk advice”.

It was around that time he met a young Tyra at a show backstage, and the stunning model became his student.

“I first met Tyra Banks backstage and I started giving her tips on her walk. After I gave her ‘catwalk tricks’ she came into the modelling world with a walk and a purpose,” he told Teen Vogue.

The pair then struck up a friendship, before eventually working together on America’s Next Top Model with Tyra as host and head judge, and Miss J originally given the task of coaching the contestants for the runway.

“It was an honour to have her name me the Queen of the Catwalk,” Miss J gushed.

However, the role became too much when he was also made a judge on the U.S. modelling competition, and after 13 years, he’s taking some much-needed time off, and is now coaching fashion students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

“Every year, I am blown away by the talent that SCAD’s award-winning fashion degree programme displays on the runways,” the 61-year-old shared. “If you didn’t know better, you’d think you were at New York Fashion Week watching designers who have shown for decades.”

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Prada lays out fur-free plans

Prada is the latest luxury label to ban fur.Headed up by Miuccia Prada, the Italian label has pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which will debut as part of Milan Fashion Week in September. Prada executives made the announ…

Prada is the latest luxury label to ban fur.

Headed up by Miuccia Prada, the Italian label has pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which will debut as part of Milan Fashion Week in September.

Prada executives made the announcement on social media on Wednesday, revealing they have entered into a collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance (FFA).

“Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products,” Miuccia added in her own statement.

Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group’s head of marketing and communications, commented that the ban is a response to shifting consumer attitudes as well as low demand for the animal product.

“Fur has never been part of the main pieces of Prada,” he said. “People are always asking for a more sustainable approach from the company … (consumers are) different from the past. They think everybody needs to do their part to have a more sustainable world and future.”

Currently, fur only accounts for less than 0.1 per cent of the materials used in production.

The news was welcomed by the FFA, with the group’s chairman Joh Vinding explaining: “The Prada group with its brands now joins a growing list of fur-free brands that are responding to consumers’ changing attitudes towards animals.”

Prada is the latest in a long line of luxury brands to banish fur. Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace are among the big-name labels to turn their back on the material.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi live fashion event heading to the V&A

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audie…

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.

The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic museum.

Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Roksanda Ilincic and Vivienne Westwood have all previously been the focus, with the V&A now shining the spotlight on Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s London-based brand.

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the duo said in a statement. “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi begins on 21 June in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. There will be four catwalk shows throughout the day at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00.

The event is free but booking is required – tickets will be available from the museum’s website from 10 June.

“As a west London-based brand, having the V&A on our doorstep is such a blessing – the museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the designers, who started their label in 1996, added. “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

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Irina Shayk: ‘Jean Paul Gaultier finds beauty in everything’

Irina Shayk is amazed by the way Jean Paul Gaultier can find beauty in “everything”.Gaultier tapped the Russian model to be the face of his new Scandal fragrance, a gig which suits Shayk perfectly.”At first, I thought, ‘Wow!’ I was really excited. I li…

Irina Shayk is amazed by the way Jean Paul Gaultier can find beauty in “everything”.

Gaultier tapped the Russian model to be the face of his new Scandal fragrance, a gig which suits Shayk perfectly.

“At first, I thought, ‘Wow!’ I was really excited. I like the name Scandal because it sounds like me… Scandal can be something flirty and sexy and charming and classy,” she smiled to Vogue France.

“Jean Paul Gaultier is one of those French houses that breaks down all barriers in fashion. Everything is a piece of art, inspired by all types of women. He doesn’t believe in one kind of beauty… Jean Paul Gaultier is all about charisma, and being different. He finds beauty in everything.”

Explaining her own relationship with perfume, Shayk, who shares two-year-old daughter Lea with boyfriend Bradley Cooper, claimed she likes to spray herself with scent, though hates anything overpowering that “leaves a cloud behind the person”.

Luckily, Scandal is a light fragrance, made up of honey, pear, jasmine, and floral notes, with the scent reminding the brunette beauty of her childhood.

“When I smelled Scandal, it reminded me of something. I was born and raised in a small village and we had a garden with two pear trees. I’m attached to this perfume because it brings back memories from childhood. I can imagine those pear trees, I remember the smell,” the 33-year-old shared.

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Victoria’s Secret beauty Alexina Graham gets her Angel wings

English beauty Alexina Graham is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.Following on from the news that Barbara Palvin is joining the Angel ranks, flame-haired star Alexina has shared her excitement that she is also being welcomed int…

English beauty Alexina Graham is the latest model to get Angel wings at Victoria’s Secret.

Following on from the news that Barbara Palvin is joining the Angel ranks, flame-haired star Alexina has shared her excitement that she is also being welcomed into the fold at the U.S. lingerie label.

“This is insane!! What a dream come true!” the 29-year-old gushed on Instagram. “Never in my wildest imagination did I think that this would become my reality. Angel Status?!?! WOW. Thank you Victoria’s Secret for believing in this Red Head, I am so honoured to be part of the @victoriassecret family. Can’t wait for what’s to come.”

She first walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2017, and once again took to the runway for the 2018 spectacle.

Alexina has also previously worked with Balmain, Emporio Armani and Jean-Paul Gaultier, as well as posing for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

However, in an interview with Glamour magazine, the model recalled how she was picked on as a child because of her naturally red hair.

“Like most redheads, I did get bullied at school because we just stand out,” she stated. “It took me a long time to get here, I have gone through so much in the last 10 years both in terms of my career and my life… this is a ‘two fingers up at my bullies’ moment.”

Alexina and Barbara fill the spaces left behind by Victoria’s Secret icons Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, who retired in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

While the news has gone down well with fans, some have reacted angrily that slim Barbara has been labelled plus-size by Facebook account Superficial Doll, who posted that the Hungarian star is “finally the first plus-size Victoria’s Secret Angel”.

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Coco Rocha: ‘Speaking out about sexual harassment lost me jobs’

Coco Rocha has lost out on modelling jobs after speaking out on sexual harassment.The Canadian model has been a catwalk regular since breaking onto the scene in 2006, and although she’s booked work with some of the biggest names in fashion, like Jean…

Coco Rocha has lost out on modelling jobs after speaking out on sexual harassment.

The Canadian model has been a catwalk regular since breaking onto the scene in 2006, and although she’s booked work with some of the biggest names in fashion, like Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior and Chanel, she reveals being bold enough to speak out has meant some don’t want to work with her.

“I don’t know if I necessarily see a difference in my personal career because I’ve been vocal for over 10 years around my situations, and I was vocal with many girls,” she said to StyleCaster when asked about the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. “And a lot of them, and myself, we lost jobs. It was because of (speaking out), and it was frustrating at the time. I am happy that this is changing and happy that we’re evolving and moving forward, but it is also very late — when there was a lot of us speaking out.”

The 30-year-old adds that although she’s happy to see change coming about in the fashion and entertainment industry, she does consider the progress “very late”.

However, she is pleased with the strides being made when it comes to diversity on the catwalk and in campaigns.

“I think the industry is trying very hard to open up and show diversity if that’s skin colour, nationalities, religion, weight, size, which is great,” she shared, adding: “We’re slowly getting there.”

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Karen Elson counts Meryl Streep as her beauty icon

Karen Elson has named Meryl Streep as her ultimate beauty icon.The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs…

Karen Elson has named Meryl Streep as her ultimate beauty icon.

The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

While Karen is considered a beauty star in her own right, she has now named three-time Oscar winner Meryl as one of the women she looks up to the most, especially when it comes to ageing naturally in the spotlight.

“A woman that I admire and respect is Meryl Streep, she’s an intelligent, beautiful, real woman. There’s nothing but grace about her, that’s what real beauty is,” she said in an interview with Tatler.com. “It’s not about, ‘Oh my God, my style icon is a woman in her twenties.’ For me, looking at a woman who has lived and has a face that lives to tell the tale of that, I find that so remarkably beautiful.”

Karen went on to explain that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is also one of her style icons, and she “lives” for her signature headscarves.

Elsewhere in the interview, the model spoke about how pleased she is to see more diversity and inclusion in fashion campaigns, and noted that she recently had the opportunity to work with 70-year-old Covergirl model Maye Musk.

However, she is adamant that more needs to be done, especially in regards to runway presentations.

“Beauty is not a defined thing, it’s not a size 0, it’s not a pale blonde. I’m not saying that that’s not beautiful, but there’s so much more to beauty,” the 40-year-old noted.

“I’d like to see more Ashley Grahams be as successful as Ashley, I’d like to see more diversity of women of colour in the fashion industry as well as people with different disabilities being recognised. Runway shows are one thing that could use a big kick in the butt as far as diversity is concerned. It’s happening in shoots but not so much in shows.”

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Dita Von Teese joins Jean-Paul Gaultier’s sexy and chic cabaret show

Dita Von Teese made her debut in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show during Paris Couture Week.It was reported earlier this month (Jan19) that the burlesque star would be joining the designer’s sexy musical retrospective, and the night before she…

Dita Von Teese made her debut in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show during Paris Couture Week.

It was reported earlier this month (Jan19) that the burlesque star would be joining the designer’s sexy musical retrospective, and the night before she took to the runway for Gaultier’s couture show, Dita wowed the crowd at the famous Folies Bergere cabaret hall in the French capital.

“I’m thrilled to take part in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s stage show; the Folies Bergere theatre is rich with showbiz history,” Dita beamed to The Hollywood Reporter. “Josephine Baker made her indelible mark on Paris with the ‘banana dance’ in this very theatre (in the ’20s), and the place still feels mythic, with the patina that makes you feel the energy of the past, while experiencing something totally modern and new!”

Talk of what evolved to become the Fashion Freak Show began years ago, with Frenchman Gaultier opening the cabaret in October. In it, he has included nods to some of his most famous muses, including Madonna, Kylie Minogue and filmmaker Luc Besson.

“When Jean-Paul first told me about his idea a couple years ago, I knew it would be a groundbreaking, celebratory show with a playful sense of humour,” Dita recalled. “I saw the show during my last European tour of The Art of the Teese, and I was so excited and proud of him for finding such a great way to tell his story. I am privileged to join his incredible cast this week for a special engagement!”

Following her performance on Tuesday (22Jan19), Dita then walked Gaultier’s runway, marking the fourth time she’s strutted for him.

Wearing a nude-and-black tulle gown with a velvet cage bustier and wing-like shoulder detailing, dubbed the Diva Von Teese, the 46-year-old was cheered on by front row guests Catherine Deneuve, Kat Graham and Irina Shayk.

Cindy Bruna and longtime Gaultier collaborator Coco Rocha also walked for the designer, who closed down his ready-to-wear line in 2014 to focus solely on couture.

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Karen Elson: ‘Women can finally dress for themselves’

Karen Elson is pleased to be living in a time when women can “finally” dress for themselves.The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, where her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alex…

Karen Elson is pleased to be living in a time when women can “finally” dress for themselves.

The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, where her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

While Karen has seen all sorts of trends and styles over the course of her career, she has now shared that the most exciting part about living in 2019 is that women have freedom to express individuality through their clothes and accessories.

“We’re definitely living in an era where women can finally dress for themselves,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “The idea of ‘dress to impress’ is passe; we’re finally entering a new phase of the emancipated woman. When I was younger you put something on ‘to look pretty for the boys’ but that’s not part of my vocabulary any more. The only person I’m looking beautiful for is myself.”

Karen went on to share that she is pleased to see more inclusion in the fashion industry too, and she recently had the opportunity to work with 70-year-old Covergirl model Maye Musk.

But as the red-headed star is gearing up to celebrate turning 40 in mid-January (19), she commented that she still finds it frustrating that so many brand executives have funny ideas about age and beauty.

“The biggest insult anyone could say to me is, ‘You look good for your age,’ because it’s like you’re not supposed to look good past a certain age. If you’re 60, 70, or an 18-year-old; a beautiful woman to me is a beautiful woman regardless of her age. I’ve been working for 20 years, if someone’s going to work with me as a model, they’re going to work with me, if not that’s fine – I’ll go back home to my children!” she smiled.

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Karen Elson argues with airport security over her beauty kit

Karen Elson has been known to argue with airport officers over the contents of her beauty kit.The British model and musician rose to fame in the 1990s, where her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaul…

Karen Elson has been known to argue with airport officers over the contents of her beauty kit.

The British model and musician rose to fame in the 1990s, where her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

Karen’s career means she’s constantly travelling, and she has now shared that she sometimes gets into trouble with airport security when trying to bring her favourite skin and haircare products with her on flights.

“If I can get it in a travel size, I’ll get it in a travel size. Moroccanoil? Travel size. Eve Lom travel cleanser. Give me anything travel-sized, I want it,” she said in an interview with Vogue.co.uk. “I have way too many things when I pack my bag. I bring everything but the kitchen sink. I have got in so many arguments about the little clear carry-on bags, especially at Heathrow. They made me throw away a Creme De La Mer! It was all in, but the bag wouldn’t close quite properly. I was like, it’s La Mer!”

When it comes to her everyday make-up, Karen is a fan of By Terry foundation and Tom Ford’s eyeshadow and eyeliners. She also regularly wears the two red lipsticks named after her in the Pat McGrath Labs’ collection, and divulged the best advice make-up maven Pat has ever given her.

“From Pat McGrath, apply lipstick with your index finger. You can kind of layer it and it looks softer. That’s my biggest beauty hack,” the 39-year-old said.

In addition, Karen spoke about her partnership with fragrance brand Jo Malone London, who she has worked with since 2016, and noted that she can’t help but collect the company’s perfumes. Her favourites include Red Roses, Wild Bluebell, and Incense & Cedrat.

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