Matthew Williams named creative director of Givenchy

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bo…

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.

Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.

Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned company confirmed on Monday that Williams had been appointed as her successor.

“I am extremely honoured to join the House of Givenchy. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era based on modernity and inclusivity,” he said in a statement. “I am grateful to the LVMH group for trusting me with the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream. In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change.”

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections. He has also teamed up with the likes of Nike, Dior, Moncler, and Mackintosh on various collaborations.

Williams will be the seventh creative director of Givenchy. He follows in the footsteps of founder Hubert de Givenchy, as well as the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci.

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Alessandra Ambrosio unveils new waxwork at Madame Tussauds

Alessandra Ambrosio has been honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York.The Victoria’s Secret Angel unveiled her wax double – which is based on her stunning look from this year’s Cannes Film Festival – as part of the museum’s Fashion Exp…

Alessandra Ambrosio has been honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel unveiled her wax double – which is based on her stunning look from this year’s Cannes Film Festival – as part of the museum’s Fashion Experience exhibition on Thursday.

At the film festival in May, Alessandra wowed when she was photographed wearing the daring red halterneck Julien Macdonald gown, which featured a racy thigh-high split.

“It was definitely one of my favourite (looks) and it came out everywhere,” she told the New York Post’s Page Six Style column of the decision to choose that particular outfit for her Madame Tussauds figure. “So I was like, let’s just do that one.”

And she revealed that designer Julian recreated the dress just for the waxwork. “It was pretty amazing,” she gushed.

Alessandra also discussed her panic over wearing the red gown, as she was due to wear another outfit from a different designer but changed her mind at the very last minute.

“The funny thing about this outfit is when I was walking to the carpet, I had a different dress to wear. And maybe like 30 minutes before I got dressed, they shipped this dress,” the 38-year-old beauty added. “And when I opened the dress, I was like, ‘Let me try!’ and it fit like a glove.”

The Fashion Experience exhibition offers visitors to the museum the opportunity to hit the catwalk and strut their stuff with tips from the Brazilian beauty.

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Taylor Swift glitters in green at 2019 American Music Awards

Taylor Swift turned up the glamour in a glittering dress at the 2019 American Music Awards (AMAs) on Sunday night.The superstar hit the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles wearing a dark green sequin number from Julien Macdonald, Casadei…

Taylor Swift turned up the glamour in a glittering dress at the 2019 American Music Awards (AMAs) on Sunday night.

The superstar hit the red carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles wearing a dark green sequin number from Julien Macdonald, Casadei boots, and jewellery from Ofira and Lorraine Schwartz.

During the ceremony, the 29-year-old picked up six awards, including Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade, and also performed a medley of her biggest songs, before launching into a version of her hit Shake It Off with Halsey and Camila Cabello.

Other stars to make a splash on the red carpet included Selena Gomez, who opted for a chartreuse minidress from Versace and Roberto Coin jewellery, Dua Lipa, who rocked a hot pink Miu Miu gown, and Billie Eilish, who wore a Burberry outfit topped off with a crystal mesh headpiece.

Lizzo made a statement in a marigold tiered dress from Valentino, which she matched with a tiny white purse and strappy white high heels from Stuart Weitzman.

“@maisonvalentino bag big enough for my f**ks to give. Big body b**ch in a Valentin-HO custom look for @amas,” the Love Hurts hitmaker captioned a snap of her posing with the miniature bag on her Instagram page.

Kesha wore a Versace robe and matching boots for the evening, host Ciara turned up in an eye-catching orange crystal jumpsuit from Georges Hobeika, Katherine Langford wowed in a ruffled red Rodarte ballgown, while Christina Aguilera made a dramatic entrance in a white ensemble complete with hood and chunky jewellery from Jean Paul Gaultier.

Elsewhere, Stranger Things actress Maya Hawke looked like a princess in a black tulle Dior gown, Billy Porter turned heads in a white ensemble from Thom Browne topped off with a striking Stephen Jones hat, and Lil Nas X made a splash in a neon green suit and zebra print shirt.

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Paris Hilton owns at least 100 Juicy Couture tracksuits

Paris Hilton can’t stop adding to her Juicy Couture tracksuit collection.The socialite/TV personality was one of the major trendsetters of the early 2000s, and when she was not hitting the nightclubs in tiny party dresses, was often seen sporting velou…

Paris Hilton can’t stop adding to her Juicy Couture tracksuit collection.

The socialite/TV personality was one of the major trendsetters of the early 2000s, and when she was not hitting the nightclubs in tiny party dresses, was often seen sporting velour tracksuit sets from California-based label Juicy Couture which she matched with Von Dutch T-shirts.

Yet, Paris has never grown tired of wearing tracksuits when off-duty, and in an interview with The Guardian, she shared that she has a wardrobe full of them.

“Growing up, I always had my own sense of style. I loved being unique and original and coming up with my own trends,” she told the publication. “When I go to a party, I love to be glamorous and go all out; I like to sparkle and feel amazing. However, my everyday wear is very comfortable. I love Juicy Couture’s velour tracksuits; I probably own 100 of them in every colour. That’s my uniform when I’m chilling at home or going to the beach – anything that doesn’t involve a red carpet.”

Paris went on to name Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham as two of her style icons, and also noted that she appreciates her younger sister Nicky Hilton’s “understated” fashion choices.

Elsewhere in the chat, the blonde star reflected on her favourite style moments and selected the silver chainmail Julien Macdonald dress she wore to her 21st birthday party in 2001 as one of her top looks.

“It’s amazing that it has become so iconic; everybody wants to wear it. I feel proud every time I see someone wearing a version of this look,” the 38-year-old added.

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Edward Enninful leads tributes to late designer Joe Casely-Hayford

Edward Enninful has led tributes to late fashion designer Joe Casely-Hayford.The British-Ghanaian menswear icon passed away on Thursday (03Jan19) at the age of 62 following a three-year battle with cancer.In light of the sad news, British Vogue editor-…

Edward Enninful has led tributes to late fashion designer Joe Casely-Hayford.

The British-Ghanaian menswear icon passed away on Thursday (03Jan19) at the age of 62 following a three-year battle with cancer.

In light of the sad news, British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful issued a statement in which he praised Casely-Hayford’s vision and “radical spirit”.

“We come from the same time,” he recalled. “Joe was a talented pioneer, filled with integrity, and the first of his kind: a black designer who represented London on the world stage.”

Casely-Hayford trained at the Tailor & Cutter Academy in the mid-1970s and also attended Saint Martin’s School of Art. He began producing collections under the label KIT in the early ’80s and launched his eponymous brand in 1984.

It was around this time that Vogue critic Sarah Mower met the tailor, and was impressed by the way in which he had upcycled WWII army tents into a collection of safari-inspired fashions.

“He was the first London designer to bring the cultural mix and energy of the East End together with the amazing skills of a Savile Row tailor,” she commented. “We will be remembering him as a great creative forerunner of the new generation of multi-cultural designers, and the founding father of a wonderful, clever and intellectual British-Ghanaian family.”

While Dylan Jones, editor-in-chief of British GQ, described Casely-Hayford as a “consistently inventive” designer.

“He was one of the mainstays of the industry in the eighties, and was an inspiration to a whole generation of young designers,” he said in a statement. “His name was also one of the first British designer brands to gain genuine global recognition. He will be greatly missed.”

Over the course of his career, Casely-Hayford had outfitted celebrities such as Lou Reed, Liam Gallagher, Jarvis Cocker, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, and also created numbers for Bono and his U2 bandmates to wear onstage.

Of late, he had been working with his son Charlie Casely-Hayford on a luxury menswear brand, and last year, they launched their first retail space in London.

Casely-Hayford was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to the fashion industry, in 2007, and is also survived by his wife Maria Stevens and their daughter Alice Casely-Hayford.

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Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald and more design canine couture for charity

Some of the biggest names in British fashion have designed bespoke dog clothing for charity.Swapping high-fashion for canine collars and coats, Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, Lulu Guinness and Jenny Packham are among the designers who designed it…

Some of the biggest names in British fashion have designed bespoke dog clothing for charity.

Swapping high-fashion for canine collars and coats, Vivienne Westwood, Julien Macdonald, Lulu Guinness and Jenny Packham are among the designers who designed items for our furry friends, which were all modelled on the dog walk at a gala on Thursday (01Nov18) in aid of Battersea Cats & Dogs Home. David Gandy also took to the runway with his own Battersea rescue dog, Dora.

Talking about his dog coat, a mock snakeskin version with Swarovski crystals and feather trimmed collar, Macdonald to the London Evening Standard: “I wanted the dog coat to have a subtle hint of my SS19 runway theme, so that it was true canine-couture… I wanted the very special model to strut down the Collars & Coats dog-walk feeling like a million dollars!”

Westwood used fluffy leopard print and floral material, while Guinness added her famous lip print to a doggy bandana, and Packham tried to take some inspiration from her own pup with her houndstooth coat.

“I asked Byron my adorable rescue Sprocker from Battersea what I should design for glamorous dog coat. He can’t talk and continued sleeping so I took inspiration from his luscious coat of Black and White fur and designed a classic ‘dogstooth’ weave created by using shiny sparkly sequins creating a smart but not ostentatious outerwear style,” she smiled.

Matthew Williamson, Zandra Rhodes and Philip Treacy also designed items, which were auctioned online following the fashion show.

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Winnie Harlow bases beauty regime on natural features

Winnie Harlow won’t deviate from her natural features when applying make-up.The Canadian model first found fame as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model and has since become a catwalk regular, walking for the likes of Desigual, Tommy Hilfiger an…

Winnie Harlow won’t deviate from her natural features when applying make-up.

The Canadian model first found fame as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model and has since become a catwalk regular, walking for the likes of Desigual, Tommy Hilfiger and Julien Macdonald.

Constant runways and photoshoots mean that Winnie has learned all the tricks of the trade when it comes to beauty, but maintains that she still likes to keep things as natural as possible.

“I’ll always have at least one Dior Lip Glow in my bag. I use the clear shade because I like the natural colour of my lips and their defined outline,” she explained in an interview with Grazia magazine, adding that she adopts the same mantra when it comes to her eyebrows. “I avoid colouring my brows in one thick block. Instead, I use a brow pencil to create light strokes that mimic my natural hairs and use a brush to comb them through.”

However, Winnie will choose a more glamorous look when attending a big showbiz event, and likes to seek inspiration online before getting ready for the night.

“I’m constantly watching YouTube videos,” the 23-year-old smiled. “If I’m going to an event and I’m doing my own make-up, I’ll look for inspiration for a look that compliments my outfit and then I’ll go on to YouTube to search for a how-to tutorial.”

And Winnie will end the night with avocado oil, which she also highlights as one of her holiday staples

“It melts into my skin and breaks everything down, so I use it to remove make-up and moisturise,” she shared.

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Julien Macdonald and Topshop Unique snub London Fashion Week

Julien Macdonald and Topshop Unique will not be included in this year’s London Fashion Week schedule.The British brands follow the lead of labels such as Anya Hindmarch and Antonio Berardi who have decided to swerve the event, which kicks off on Friday…

Julien Macdonald and Topshop Unique will not be included in this year’s London Fashion Week schedule.

The British brands follow the lead of labels such as Anya Hindmarch and Antonio Berardi who have decided to swerve the event, which kicks off on Friday (16Feb18), in favour of showcasing the new collections via alternative formats.

A Macdonald spokeswoman has confirmed that the designer will unveil his collection later this year, with details to be confirmed in due course.

This will also be Topshop’s first absence from proceedings since its premium label made its debut in 2005, but it has been decided that this year’s Fashion Week is the right time to “take a pause”. However, the Arcadia-owned company will still be involved in the event and has pledged to continue to sponsor show spaces for emerging talent.

“The brand remains committed to the development and support of emerging and established talent and will be hosting the Topshop Showspace for a roster of designers; Molly Goddard, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, House of Holland, Shrimps and Nicopanda,” said a spokeswoman for the label. “Topshop will also continue its ongoing sponsorship of Fashion East as well as hosting the collective in the show space.”

The U.K. company are currently busy organising the restructuring of their team, with a new roll of creatives and managers on board.

New CEO Paul Price made the move from Burberry last year, while Just Cavalli’s Anthony Cuthbertson was appointed global design director, and Topshop/Topman creative director David Hagglund joined having been a consultant for Hugo Boss.

Versus Versace has also confirmed that it will not be on the upcoming London Fashion Week bill.

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