Nicolas Ghesquiere keen to become more involved in social activism

Nicolas Ghesquiere has set his sights on becoming more involved in social activism.The French fashion designer is one of the most successful names in the industry, having worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga before landing the coveted position …

Nicolas Ghesquiere has set his sights on becoming more involved in social activism.

The French fashion designer is one of the most successful names in the industry, having worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga before landing the coveted position of Louis Vuitton’s head womenswear designer in 2013.

However, in a new interview with Out magazine, in which he was named as one of the Out100 honorees, Ghesquiere explained that he wants to do more to support causes closes to his heart.

“I’m not taking the voice of someone we’d call an activist today,” he said. “But if I had more time, I would do more and more. Maybe in the future I will. But the way that I do it (now) is with the respect, the attraction, and the inspiration to showcase people like (Scottish music producer) Sophie, (transgender model) Krow, or others I work with who express this way of being. They’re people I want to stand by.”

Ghesquiere’s interview took place shortly before he hit headlines for criticising Louis Vuitton’s parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with Donald Trump last month, after the U.S. President attended the opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas. The American leader has attracted controversy in the past regarding his divisive policies relating to minority groups.

“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” the 48-year-old wrote on his Instagram page.

Elsewhere in the Out discussion, the openly gay Ghesquiere spoke about how his sexuality has informed his creative process.

“The sense that being gay gives me, it’s an asset for being inspired. Maybe it’s sometimes pushing my own limits – the limits I could have just for being gay – or maybe it’s making my imagination go forward, to another territory that belongs to fantasy, to freedom,” he shared. “I think it has an influence in the way I design where, sometimes, pragmatism and function can have a limit.”

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Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Jean Paul Gaultier proposed to Madonna three times

Jean Paul Gaultier has divulged that he proposed to Madonna on three different occasions.The fashion designer, known for his groundbreaking couture collections, was asked during an interview with British talk show This Morning on Wednesday if he’s alwa…

Jean Paul Gaultier has divulged that he proposed to Madonna on three different occasions.

The fashion designer, known for his groundbreaking couture collections, was asked during an interview with British talk show This Morning on Wednesday if he’s always been a bit in love with the Vogue star, to which he replied, “I was kind of.”

Gaultier then went on to explain that he had even asked for his frequent collaborator’s hand in marriage, but she always turned him down.

“I asked her to marry me three times… and she said no,” the 67-year-old commented, before insisting they are still close friends.

Madonna first wore one of Gaultier’s designs to the premiere of Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985, and the Frenchman went on to create the iconic cone bra she wore onstage during her Blonde Ambition tour in the 1990s.

Since then, they have teamed on costumes for the pop singer’s Confessions tour in 2006, and her MDNA gigs in 2012, and even attended last year’s Met Gala together as each other’s dates.

The theme of the prestigious fashion event was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, and the Like a Prayer hitmaker turned to Gaultier to create her goth queen look.

Her black gown featured a fitted bodice and a sheer cross cutout, complete with a black veil and a cross-adorned crown.

At the time, the 60-year-old’s stylist told People that the mother-of-six considers Gaultier to be family.

“Madonna and Jean Paul have had quite a history together, so it was a wonderful family reunion and quite the fashion throwback,” Eyob Yohannes stated. “It was lovely to work with Jean Paul who has such a creative eye.”

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Jean Paul Gaultier would love to dress Queen Elizabeth II

Jean Paul Gaultier would love the opportunity to outfit British royal Queen Elizabeth II.The French designer, who launched his first collection in 1976, has been working on his Fashion Freak Show, a cross between a revue and runway presentation, which …

Jean Paul Gaultier would love the opportunity to outfit British royal Queen Elizabeth II.

The French designer, who launched his first collection in 1976, has been working on his Fashion Freak Show, a cross between a revue and runway presentation, which is soon heading to London.

In an interview to promote the spectacle with the U.K.’s ITV News, Gaultier opened up about a wide range of topics, including how he is a fan of “old lady” style in Britain.

“One of my favourite is the old ladies. The Queen is a perfect example of that. Her style is impeccable. I love British old ladies,” he gushed, referring to the bright outfits the monarch wears to public appearances. “That kind of eccentricity… ‘Which colour shall we wear today? And which hat?’ Even the Queen Mother was quite fabulous.”

When asked if he would like to be the 93-year-old’s stylist, Gaultier exclaimed: “Yes why not? I’d love that. The Queen doesn’t need me at all. She has the perfect sense of the right colour to wear with her mood! She’s impeccable. I would love to (dress her). She has that kind of English eccentricity.”

However, when quizzed if he would like to design a dress for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, he politely refused.

“She’s quite fashionable already. She dresses well… she doesn’t need me,” the 67-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Gaultier also confessed that he preferred the fashion sense of Brits more than his French compatriots.

“You speak more with the clothes,” he shared, going on to explain that punk, rockabilly and ska fashion trends were about sending a message. “Everybody was giving a message. They were expressing themselves through the clothes.”

The Fashion Freak Show will run from 23 July until 2 August at the Southbank Centre.

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Christina Aguilera rocks risque Viktor & Rolf dress for Paris Couture Week

Christina Aguilera rocked a risque Viktor & Rolf dress as she attended the design duo’s recent show at Paris Couture Week.The 38-year-old singer wore an oversized tulle trenchcoat from the designers’ spring 2019 collection printed with the message, “F*…

Christina Aguilera rocked a risque Viktor & Rolf dress as she attended the design duo’s recent show at Paris Couture Week.

The 38-year-old singer wore an oversized tulle trenchcoat from the designers’ spring 2019 collection printed with the message, “F**k This I’m Going to Paris.”

Aguilera was in the city as she played her first gig in more than 10 years in the French capital at the AccorHotels Arena.

She hit the Jean Paul Gaultier show first, and arrived in style dressed head-to-toe in a black and white kimono-style outfit designed by the Frenchman himself.

She turned heads in the silk kimono – which was covered with the words “Gaultier” hidden throughout – black corset belt and thigh-high boots, with her hair scraped up into a high bun.

The Genie in a Bottle hitmaker also sported knuckle dusters adorned with the word “Gaultier” across two hands.

Aguilera then made a surprise appearance at Viktor + Rolf’s show wearing the oversized tulle trenchcoat, and cheekily posed for paparazzi, and took a series of selfies as she was sat on the front row.

Joined by her stylist Karen Clarkson, Aguilera was seated next to American singer Poppy, who is a big fan of the iconic popstar.

“I’m going to have to get a picture,” she gushed to WWD. “I think she’s so great.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Miss Fame was also in attendance at the couture show – wearing the “No Photos Please” dress from Viktor + Rolf’s spring 2019 collection – actor Ian Bohen, who was there with his Teen Wolf co-stars, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin.

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Jean Paul Gaultier slams ‘scandalous’ levels of waste in fashion industry

Jean Paul Gaultier has criticised fashion brands for producing “scandalous” amounts of waste.The French designer has opened up about sustainability in a new interview and claimed that high-end labels and fast-fashion firms are harming the planet by pro…

Jean Paul Gaultier has criticised fashion brands for producing “scandalous” amounts of waste.

The French designer has opened up about sustainability in a new interview and claimed that high-end labels and fast-fashion firms are harming the planet by producing “far too many collections with far too many clothes”.

“Big groups are doing more collections, new collections… with a big amount of clothes. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” he told BBC News. “Some people destroy the clothes, they burn them. It’s scandalous.”

Last year, it emerged that bosses at Burberry had selected to burn unsold clothes, accessories, and perfume worth $36.1 million (£28.6 million) to prevent them from being stolen or sold cheaply.

And it wasn’t the only company who had to dispose of surplus luxury stock. Swiss luxury goods company Richemont, which owns the Cartier and Montblanc brands, bought back $543 million (£430 million) worth of watches over the last two years, with analysts predicting most would be destroyed.

Gaultier also complained that too many companies produced clothes that were “more like advertising” and not designed to be worn.

“It’s not a question of thinking about what people need. It’s thinking about being bigger,” the 67-year-old added. “It’s only a question of power and politics.”

While his designs are not eco-friendly just yet, the fashion veteran promised that his next haute couture show in January “will be all about recycling”.

“Keep your clothes… and after, we can make something new. I will help you do that,” he told his fans.

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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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