Karen Elson carrying out random acts of kindness during Covid-19 lockdown

Karen Elson is carrying out random acts of kindness to spread hope during the Covid-19 lockdown.The British model recently took part in the #VoguePostcardsfromHome photo series on Instagram, in which she shared her experience self-isolating at her home…

Karen Elson is carrying out random acts of kindness to spread hope during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The British model recently took part in the #VoguePostcardsfromHome photo series on Instagram, in which she shared her experience self-isolating at her home in Nashville, Tennessee with her children Scarlett, 13, and Henry, 12.

Karen later reposted the fashion publication’s post, and shared her gratitude for her own health during the global crisis, noting that she’s trying to do her part to spread hope in her community.

“I count my lucky stars every single day, for my health, my family’s health and that I can provide for my family. These are luxuries that I shall never take for granted ever again,” she wrote alongside a picture of her on her doorstep holding up a sign that reads, “SENDING LOVE TO OUR NEIGHBOURS FROM A DISTANCE.”

“I made this sign for my neighbour and his family as he was hospitalised due to coronavirus. My kids and I wanted to something kind because at this moment random acts of kindness mean everything,” the 41-year-old added.

Karen went on to explain her concern for those struggling during the pandemic, and said her Redhead Radio series on Instagram, in which she sings one of her favourite tracks, has been keeping her going.

“What’s the most challenging for me is worrying about those I know who are seriously ill or for the families of those who have tragically passed and worrying for people I care about who are struggling to survive in this crisis. Singing a song a day is as much a relief for me as it is for anyone who enjoys them,” she concluded.

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Karen Elson gearing up to publish autobiography

Karen Elson is set to publish her autobiography in October.The model/ singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the release of her first book, titled The Red Flame. “To say I’m proud and excited is an understatement!” she wrote in th…

Karen Elson is set to publish her autobiography in October.

The model/ singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the release of her first book, titled The Red Flame.

“To say I’m proud and excited is an understatement!” she wrote in the caption. “Along with pages of iconic imagery from the past 25 years, I wrote my implausible story of a quirky Northern English girl and my tumultuous journey into fashion.”

The book’s cover features an image of a nude yet artfully posed Elson set against a white background. She is depicted twisting a braid of her signature red hair.

The British star was scouted in Manchester, England at age 16 and catapulted to international fame in 1997 when she was snapped by renowned photographer Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia.

Accordingly, Elson has promised to give fans an insight into the various aspects of her career and noted that the book is a “deep-sea dive into my past as a model and I talk about some hard truths along the way”.

Aside from modelling, the 41-year-old has made moves into the music industry, releasing The Ghost Who Walks in 2010 and Double Roses in 2017.

The Red Flame is to be published by Rizzoli Books, and will include images by Craig McDean, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. There will be written contributions from Tim Walker and Grace Coddington.

“I am eternally grateful to everyone who sparked the flame and helped bring this book to life. It’s not lost on me at all. The process has been an absolute labour of love,” Elson concluded her post.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli reflects on coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on l…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on lockdown, with all public gatherings cancelled and all schools and universities closed until next month.

More than 60 million people are affected by the new measures, which were put in place after cases of coronavirus in the country hit more than 12,400, with 827 deaths.

Alongside a photo of him sketching by a pool, the creative director of Valentino praised the people of his home nation for their resilience amidst the global pandemic and put a positive spin on being in self-isolation at his home in the coastal Italian town of Nettuno.

“Home. This country has overcome the toughest moments with pride, creativity, and optimism. And so, it will, once again,” Piccioli wrote. “There is a time for moving and a time for staying still. Even at home, our imagination can lead us anywhere.

“Such a serious situation will not stop us from dreaming,” he continued. “Our will is strong, our duty is to resist, and we will keep on dreaming, harder than ever and we will rise stronger than ever.”

Piccioli’s famous friends were quick to show their support in the comments, with both Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs sending their love.

“Well said. That’s the spirit we all love,” Karen Elson added, prompting the designer to reply: “We stay strong… even at home!”

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Victoria Beckham dishes up ‘gentle rebellion’ for fall 20

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attra…

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attracting the likes of Anna Wintour, Samantha Ronson, Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, and Sinead Burke, as well as Victoria’s husband David Beckham and their four children.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, the fashion star explained that she wanted to add a bit of edge to her go-to feminine silhouettes.

“This season, I was thinking about the tension between refinement and rebellion. I was inspired by different ideas of women – different characters, different moments, and different attitudes – but with no restrictions. The overriding sentiment was that we don’t have to follow the rules. We can follow our instincts. Be spirited,” she wrote in the show notes. “The silhouette has evolved with a newness, a freshness. Shorter abbreviated proportions feel different and right for now. I wanted to explore how to honour tradition but challenge convention. To be subversive, yet still sophisticated. The collection is about staying true to ourselves and our woman, but still surprising her, and us. Twisting our codes. This is what I call my gentle rebellion.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a black velvet dress with plunging neckline and black leather boots. The outfit was given a touch of sparkle via the addition of crystal drop earrings.

A number of black ensembles followed, many of which were accessorised with belts featuring interlocking hand designs.

Victoria also introduced a line-up of plaid separates, brightly coloured knitwear, and cosy coats, before concluding the show by having models parade the runway in winter-ready dresses with voluminous sleeves.

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Lewis Hamilton unveils latest Tommy Hilfiger line with star-studded London show

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule colle…

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.

The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule collection with musician H.E.R., at the TOMMYNOW Spring 2020 show held at the Tate Modern in London on Sunday night, with celebrity guests including Billy Porter, Charli XCX, and Meghan Trainor.

The show featured a diverse, age, and size-inclusive mix of models from both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from ’90s British favourites Jodie Kidd, Yasmin Le Bon, and Erin O’Connor to newcomers such as Halima Aden, Alton Mason, and Jasmine Sanders. Other U.K. faces included Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger, and Karen Elson, while international models included Winnie Harlow, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel.

The famous faces on the runway vastly outnumbered those sitting front row, with the show also featuring celebrity relatives such as Helena Christensen and Norman Reedus’ son Mingus, Kate Moss’ sister Lottie, Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon, Bob Geldof’s daughter Pixie, and Christy Turlington’s nephew James.

The genderless ‘See Now, Buy Now’ collection was the most sustainable TommyxLewis release to date, with 75 per cent of the line using more sustainable production methods, including organic cotton, recycled fabric, and low-impact denim washes.

Naomi Campbell opened the show wearing a neon yellow and beige tracksuit with chunky high-top sneakers. A number of streetwear looks followed, before the collection focused on preppy outfits heavily featuring nautical stripes and the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag, with Ambrosio wearing a crisp navy blue blazer over the top of a white and blue striped shirt, worn as a dress, and a white jumper.

Hamilton linked arms with Campbell as he walked down to the catwalk with Hilfiger and H.E.R. to give the final bow.

“Thanks to @thomasjhilfiger, @hermusicofficial, all my amazing models including @naomi and of course to everyone at @tommyhilfiger,” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s been such a journey to create our most sustainable collection to date, but it’s something I’m so proud that we’ve been able to achieve. Feeling very grateful for all our hard work today.”

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Burberry, JW Anderson, and Erdem.

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Anna Sui dishes up Gothic glamour for fall 20

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen El…

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen Elson, Pat Cleveland, Patrick Starr, and Katherine McNamara.

Prior to the show, Sui took to social media to explain that her Gothic Vamp-themed clothes had been inspired by 1970s/80s horror films like The Hunger and Daughters of Darkness, as well as a range of “cinematic and seductive” photographs.

“I’ve always loved the playfully dark surrealism and dramatic colourful lighting in Serge Lutens and Guy Bourdin photographs,” she added.

To begin, a model walked the catwalk in a black dress with red berry motifs matched with black glitter platforms, while make-up artist Pat McGrath topped off the look by giving her a slash of blood-red lipstick.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, with highlights including a grunge-esque black dress made of a combination of black shiny material and lace, a black dress with a folk art-inspired pattern on the neckline and cuffs, an oversized white dress with butterfly motif, and a relaxed suit made from a dark green snakeskin print fabric.

An arts and crafts vibe was apparent in a crochet skirt and a series of garments featuring retro floral prints. The looks were either topped off with pompadour hairstyles created by legendary hairstylist Garren or wide-brimmed hats.

To conclude, Sui offered up an emerald green velvet dress with a chevron pattern on the waist, a glamorous black sequin dress with long sleeves, and a heavily sequinned number with leaf pattern.

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Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow remember Alexander McQueen on 10th anniversary of death

Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow marked 10 years since the death of Alexander McQueen on Tuesday by posting heartfelt tributes on social media. The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy …

Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow marked 10 years since the death of Alexander McQueen on Tuesday by posting heartfelt tributes on social media.

The British fashion designer and couturier, who founded his eponymous label in 1992 and headed up Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, passed away at his home in London on 11 February 2010 at the age of 40, with his death sending the industry into mourning.

To mark the 10th anniversary of his death on Tuesday, McQueen’s models, friends, and collaborators took to Instagram to remember him in touching posts.

Campbell shared a throwback picture of her with McQueen and his best friend and muse Annabelle Neilson, who died in 2018, and wrote in the caption, “Annabelle, thank you for sharing your best friend and brother with me. I will never forget this day 10 years ago!! You will remain in my heart not only as one of our most significant designers of all time, but as a compassionate and insightful and loyal friend to the end… I love you, MAY YOU BOTH REST IN PEACE. always in my heart .. #AlexanderMcQueen #10Years.”

Harlow shared a throwback photo of her and McQueen backstage at the spring/summer 1999 fashion show ahead of the iconic moment her white dress was spray-painted black and yellow by robots as she rotated on a circular platform.

“Thank you for touching us all with your magic Lee #alexandermcqueen #mcqueen,” she wrote in the caption, referring to McQueen’s first name. She also shared a video of the spray-painting moment on her Instagram Stories and added the same caption.

In addition, model Karen Elson uploaded a throwback photo and wrote, “Thinking of you Lee, thank you for the magic, the inspiration and for your big and beautiful heart. We all miss your infectious laugh and cheeky grin,” as did director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who added, “Ten years ago today he left this world (heartbreak emoji).”

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Karen Elson ‘nicked’ her lucky pair of shoes from a photoshoot

Karen Elson will never let go of the pair of shoes she once “nicked” from a photoshoot.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 …

Karen Elson will never let go of the pair of shoes she once “nicked” from a photoshoot.

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.

Reflecting on the early days of her career while taking British Vogue on a tour of the wardrobe inside her Nashville, Tennessee home for a new video, Karen picked up a pair of Miu Miu stilettos featuring large sequins and shared that they were the “first pair of shoes she ever nicked”.

But taking to Instagram later, the star clarified that she was able to keep the sparkly footwear.

“Disclaimer: all the models took the shoes after runway shows back then, we did ask, but before they could answer we were usually out the door,” she explained.

Karen went on to note that the high heels proved to be “lucky”, as she was wearing them when she met late musician Prince.

“He grabbed a hold of me to ask me where my shoes came from…yes, these shoes are my version of ruby slippers,” the 41-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the clip, Karen showed off her collection of prints and kitchen, and also headed back to the place where she grew up – Oldham, Greater Manchester. As well as meeting up with her father, the model caught up with model agent Debra Burns, who discovered her at the age of 16.

“Whenever you come back home, it always makes you reflect on the scope of your life. Looking at me as a young woman and seeing myself in that environment… wide-eyed and naive and so excited… it was a dream… it was thrilling,” she mused. “Despite challenges in life, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Model Alliance demands Victoria’s Secret addresses ‘culture of misogyny’

Members of the Model Alliance have demanded Victoria’s Secret bosses overhaul the entire company following allegations of misogyny.In an expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, models and employees accused former chief marketing office…

Members of the Model Alliance have demanded Victoria’s Secret bosses overhaul the entire company following allegations of misogyny.

In an expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, models and employees accused former chief marketing officer Ed Razek of inappropriate conduct during his 36-year stint at the U.S. lingerie label, with claims relating to harassment and bullying. The 71-year-old has denied all allegations.

In light of The New York Times report, members of the Model Alliance, a non-profit organisation that advocates for the protection of those working in the fashion industry, have sent an open letter to John Mehas, chief executive officer of Victoria’s Secret, calling for him to “take concrete action” in order to change a “culture of misogyny and abuse”.

“We believe that this moment can be a wake-up call for Victoria’s Secret. This is an opportunity to take meaningful steps towards ending these abuses by joining the RESPECT Program, as models have called for since December 2018. The RESPECT Program – a program of the Model Alliance – is the only existing accountability program designed by and for models,” the letter reads. “Models have access to an independent, confidential complaint mechanism, with swift and fair resolution of complaints and appropriate consequences for abusers. Further, RESPECT includes a robust training program aimed toward prevention, to ensure that everyone understands their rights and responsibilities.”

In addition, the letter claims officials at the Model Alliance met with leaders at Victoria’s Secret and its parent company L Brands, including chief communications officer Tammy Roberts Myers, five months ago. But in a follow-up email, Myers allegedly commented that “Victoria’s Secret was not ready to take any concrete steps towards addressing these allegations” and that the company is simply, “In the process of continued learning and listening.”

“The time for listening is long past; it’s time for Victoria’s Secret to take action to protect the people they profit from. Human rights violations can’t be stopped with a corporate rebranding exercise,” the letter concluded.

The document was signed by models including Amber Valletta, Christy Turlington, Robyn Lawley, and Karen Elson, as well as photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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Karen Elson demands industry overhaul following misogyny claims at Victoria’s Secret

Karen Elson has called for changes to be made in the fashion industry following allegations of misogyny at Victoria’s Secret.In a blistering expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, former boss Ed Razek was accused of inappropriate cond…

Karen Elson has called for changes to be made in the fashion industry following allegations of misogyny at Victoria’s Secret.

In a blistering expose published in The New York Times over the weekend, former boss Ed Razek was accused of inappropriate conduct during his 36-year stint at the U.S. lingerie company.

The 71-year-old, who stepped down last year from his role as chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, L Brands, was accused of harassment, bullying, and perpetuating a culture of misogyny, and accordingly, fashion industry figures have begun speaking out over the claims.

Elson took to her Instagram Stories to share her frustration at the “industry-wide problem” and urged her fellow professionals to help her instigate change.

“Just read the @nytimes report on Victoria Secret (sic). Bullying, coercion and outrageous behaviour still regularly occur in fashion. It’s an industry-wide problem not just for models but all in the industry,” the British supermodel fired. “What’s it going to take? More scandals, exposes and lives negatively impacted or a collective coming to our senses to reform the industry for the better?

“It’s a no-brainer for me, and it’s also the decent thing to do, so we can prevent toxic work environments from going unchecked.”

Razek has denied the allegations, which also included a claim that he once made lewd comments about Bella Hadid’s breasts, and insisted elements of the expose have been “taken out of context”.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with countless, world-class models and gifted professionals and take great pride in the mutual respect we have for each other,” he stated.

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