Lily Aldridge designs capsule collection for Levi’s

Lily Aldridge has designed a capsule collection for Levi’s Made & Crafted. The Victoria’s Secret model starred in the fall/winter 2018 campaign for the denim brand’s premium line and has expanded her collaboration with the team by designing a five-piec…

Lily Aldridge has designed a capsule collection for Levi’s Made & Crafted.

The Victoria’s Secret model starred in the fall/winter 2018 campaign for the denim brand’s premium line and has expanded her collaboration with the team by designing a five-piece range which includes versions of the line’s bestsellers reimagined in unisex styles.

The Levi’s Made & Crafted x Lily Aldridge collection features an oversized white T-shirt, the Trucker Jacket, the 501 High-Rise Shorts, 501 Original Cropped Jeans, and a denim jumpsuit. Each piece is available in medium stonewash denim and intended for both men and women.

In addition, Lily’s name is included on the brand’s signature backpatch, along with the lyrics, “Don’t forget to love,” which were written by her husband Caleb Followill for his band Kings of Leon’s hit Immortals.

“I’m excited to announce my five-piece collection with Levi’s Made & Crafted,” the 33-year-old wrote on Instagram. “This collaboration was designed by me to be worn by EVERYONE! Caleb has already stolen a few pieces for himself… It’s classic Levi’s staples that I will one day give to my kids. The collection is inspired by Caleb’s Immortals lyrics ‘don’t forget to love’ … you can find these lyrics on the pieces (heart emoji).”

“It’s perfectly Lily. When she realised Caleb was borrowing her clothes, she decided to make a collection that anyone can wear,” added Nicolle Arbour, global design director, Levi’s Made & Crafted.

Aldridge also models her designs in the campaign, which was photographed by Matthew Welch and styled by his wife Karla Welch.

In honour of the collection, Levi’s executives are donating to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a U.S. nonprofit organisation that advocates against gun violence. The limited-edition line is available exclusively on Levi.com.

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Karla Welch wanted to ’empower’ with Express collection

Karla Welch was determined for her new collection with retailer Express to “empower” customers.The Hollywood stylist, who has worked with the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Busy Philipps, Elisabeth Moss, and Justin Bieber, has teamed with the fashion bran…

Karla Welch was determined for her new collection with retailer Express to “empower” customers.

The Hollywood stylist, who has worked with the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Busy Philipps, Elisabeth Moss, and Justin Bieber, has teamed with the fashion brand on a 20-piece capsule collection of everyday basics.

The Express x Karla collection, priced from $19.90 to $128 (£16 – £102), features oversized linen boyfriend blazers, jumpsuits, cropped T-shirts and high-waisted latex miniskirts.

“I actually hate summer dressing, that’s how I went into this. But this is who I am and what I want to wear. I wanted to keep it really limited and small and just what you need,” Welch explained in an interview with WWD. “I want to empower.”

The stylist designed the collection with the Express team at their studio in New York, and also confessed that the pieces are pure nostalgia.

“There’s a bit of Miami Vice and Au Coton from Canada back in the day, and shoulder pads and linen and a neutral palette,” she shared.

The Express x Karla line is now available to buy at select Express stores and online, with a second range set to debut later this year.

Accordingly, Patrice Croci, vice president of brand marketing for Express, noted company bosses were “super excited” about the collaboration, and she teased more upcoming partnerships with influencers and celebrities in the coming months.

“Design collaborations with influencers like Karla have been a brand strategy for us,” she added. “For us, it’s about forming strategic partnerships with inspirational women.”

This isn’t the first time that Welch has made a foray into designing. She has launched her own label, named xkarla, and collaborated with Hanes on a collection of white T-shirts. She also created more than 60 custom pieces for Bieber’s Believe world tour back in 2012 and again for his Purpose tour in 2016.

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Halima Aden thrilled to support aspiring models at fashion camp

Halima Aden wanted to do whatever she could to support aspiring young models at a recent fashion camp.The 21-year-old served as a mentor at the IMG Fashion Camp, which took place in June in Bradenton, Florida, and spoke alongside fellow model Gigi Hadi…

Halima Aden wanted to do whatever she could to support aspiring young models at a recent fashion camp.

The 21-year-old served as a mentor at the IMG Fashion Camp, which took place in June in Bradenton, Florida, and spoke alongside fellow model Gigi Hadid, make-up artist Daniel Martin and stylist Karla Welch.

The six-day event, created by bosses at IMG Models, shows campers aged 14 to 20 how to make a career in the fashion industry through workshops and talks on modelling, casting, make-up, photography, styling, and how to build your own brand.

Halima wanted to make the experience meaningful for the young people who were coming to become more empowered and confident, and shared how she used her unique position as the first hijab-wearing model.

“I’m a Muslim, the first hijab-wearing model and I wanted to share my experiences with them and answer any questions that they had,” she told Vogue.com. “I think of it as an investment in fashion’s future,” she said of the one-of-a-kind camp experience. “Information is wealth and it’s giving kids such an advantage to step into the industry already knowing so much. I’m so excited for them!”

Halima added that she was happy to see that camp organisers weren’t just focusing on modelling.

“They’re really taking apart the entire industry, from styling, to iconic hairstylists and make-up artists. Everyone comes to share their experiences, so it isn’t just one niche,” the star noted.

Halima also discussed her first fashion collaboration – a capsule collection of turbans and shawls with Turkish brand Modanisa – with the campers, which was released back in April.

“I (wanted) to walk them through how I picked the company to partner with step by step, tell them about the designers, and all about modest fashion because that’s the area that I work in,” she explained.

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Tracee Ellis Ross was transformed into a ‘piece of art’ for Met Gala

Tracee Ellis Ross was transformed into a “piece of art” for her chic avant-garde look for the Met Gala last week.The Black-ish star wore an understand black Moschino gown, with her look completed with an ornate gold picture frame around her face.And wh…

Tracee Ellis Ross was transformed into a “piece of art” for her chic avant-garde look for the Met Gala last week.

The Black-ish star wore an understand black Moschino gown, with her look completed with an ornate gold picture frame around her face.

And while the theme for the annual fashion event was Camp: Notes on Fashion, Tracee’s stylist explained that they decided to go for a more low-key approach to the theme.

“We went camp in a really kind of cerebral, nuanced way. I feel like it’s a very layered thing, and you have to like, think about it when you see it,” Karla Welch told InStyle.com.

The stylist, who also dressed Sarah Paulson, Amber Valletta and Alessia Cara for the high fashion event, further revealed she wanted to show Tracee as a walking piece of art.

“We’re going more… a piece of art, to be honest,” she told the outlet. “It’s how we make ourselves art. For me, camp is a vessel for art, and we took that into consideration. Also, a woman is a piece of art, so there’s something there as well.”

Tracee later posted snaps from the red carpet of her rocking her unique look, and revealed that the inspiration for the picture frame was from American artist Lorraine O’Grady. Her Art Is movement captured images of people attending Harlem’s African American Day parade with framed faces.

“RECLAIMING THE NARRATIVE ~ black camp… thank you #lorraineogrady for existing and creating ‘art is’,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Stylist Karla Welch heaps praise on client Justin Bieber

Stylist Karla Welch has learned a lot from her long-time partnership with Justin Bieber.The fashion expert, who has been the What Do You Mean? hitmaker’s go-to stylist since 2011, opened up about her relationship with the popstar in an interview with…

Stylist Karla Welch has learned a lot from her long-time partnership with Justin Bieber.

The fashion expert, who has been the What Do You Mean? hitmaker’s go-to stylist since 2011, opened up about her relationship with the popstar in an interview with The New Yorker.

“I always say that Justin was the best teacher I had,” Karla gushed, before calling him “full Hunter S. Thompson,” a reference to the unconventional style the singer shares with the late author.

The fashion guru continued to suggest that Justin’s penchant for unusual styles pushed her to explore new territory and challenged her creativity, especially when he used to ask her to find leopard print sweats, fashion pants from “fabrics that didn’t exist,” and to alter his Adidas sneakers so they were more to his liking.

While Karla admitted to being initially sceptical by Justin’s direction, she highlighted his tremendous influence within the fashion industry.

“Six months later, that’s what flooded the men’s market,” she noted.

Karla later teamed up with the Sorry star for her eponymous brand xkarla, and created a line of extra-long T-shirts, in collaboration with Hanes, inspired by the ones Justin wore on his Believe Tour.

The stylist went on to employ the 25-year-old as the face of the collection, and credits him as her muse for the set.

“Justin was fearless and fun and we went crazy. People HATED it, until they LOVED it,” she explained on her website. “These shirts are… inspired by Justin.”

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Amandla Stenberg isn’t motivated by beauty when choosing her clothes

Amandla Stenberg chooses clothes according to how they make her feel, not how beautiful they make her look.The Hate U Give actress has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to both her acting work and edgy style, which she says some peopl…

Amandla Stenberg chooses clothes according to how they make her feel, not how beautiful they make her look.

The Hate U Give actress has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to both her acting work and edgy style, which she says some people have tried to tame over the years.

“I’ve had some adverse experiences with styling, where I wanted to do something that was a little edgier and people have wanted to feminise me or make me be presented in a more traditional way,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I really don’t necessarily like looking at clothes from the angle of ‘How can I look the most beautiful or the most desirable?’ I just want to feel like myself, as does everyone.”

To help hone her look Amandla works with super stylist Karla Welch, whose other famous clients include Justin Bieber, Tracee Ellis Ross and Sarah Paulson.

Praising Karla’s approach to styling, Amandla gushed that the fashion expert has pushed her out of her comfort zone and got her to experiment with new red carpet looks.

“What I love so much about Karla is she gets that and not only does she get it, but she runs with it and actually pushes me out of what I anticipated for myself. She has shown me that there is a way to experiment with gender in your clothing, while still presenting in a femme way,” she grinned.

Amandla wowed at the Levi’s pool party at Coachella over the weekend in a denim corset matched with baggy flared jeans and cute red sunglasses.

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Amber Heard pairs dazzling swim cap with gown for Aquaman world premiere

Amber Heard celebrated the premiere of Aquaman on Monday (26Nov18) by appearing on the blue carpet with an ocean themed swim cap and gown. The actress, who portrays the titular character’s wife Mera, Queen of the Sea in the highly anticipated film, sp…

Amber Heard celebrated the premiere of Aquaman on Monday (26Nov18) by appearing on the blue carpet with an ocean themed swim cap and gown.

The actress, who portrays the titular character’s wife Mera, Queen of the Sea in the highly anticipated film, sported a sparkling Valentino seafoam green dress with a matching headpiece, and topped off the look with scarlet red lipstick.

Her stunning dress featured a plunging neckline and train, complete with metallic-accented brocade fabric and a thigh-high split.

The piece is from the Italian label’s fall 2018 couture collection. The bold style choice was complimented by vintage jewels from the 1850s.

Heard’s stylist Karla Welch expressed her excitement over the look by taking to Instagram to share images of the ensemble.

“When you’ve waited since July to wear a @maisonvalentino haute couture masterpiece. And duh, it’s @aquamanmovie so obviously we went for the swim cap!” she posted.

The blonde beauty rocked another jaw-dropping look as part of the comic book adaptation’s promotion earlier this month, when she appeared at a Beijing press event in a form fitting black mini dress from Celine’s Spring 2019 collection. She paired the sleeveless black dress, which featured a tear-drop cutout, with matching high heels.

In a recent interview with Shape magazine, she opened up about her intense training regime for the physically demanding role, explaining she worked out for six months: “It was a lot of weight and strength training, as well as special martial arts training,” she told the publication. “By the end, I was working out for five hours a day.”

Aquaman is set to hit theatres in the U.K. on 14 December (18) and in the U.S. on 26 December (18).

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Rebel Wilson dazzles in custom Givenchy at 2018 InStyle Awards 

Rebel Wilson dazzled in custom Givenchy at 2018 InStyle Awards on Monday night (22Oct18).The comedy star led a parade of celebrities at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and stood out in a black lace Givenchy dress designed for her by artistic director C…

Rebel Wilson dazzled in custom Givenchy at 2018 InStyle Awards on Monday night (22Oct18).

The comedy star led a parade of celebrities at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and stood out in a black lace Givenchy dress designed for her by artistic director Clare Waight Keller.

In a chat with People.com, the Pitch Perfect actress explained that her garment was particularly special because it is the first custom piece Clare has overseen since creating Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown back in May.

“I think the last big couture piece that Clare Waight Keller did was Meghan Markle’s wedding dress,” the 38-year-old explained to the publication. “And now she’s making me a dress so that’s kind of amazing just in and of itself. But then factor in the fact that it’s Givenchy – an amazing Paris fashion house – I’m a bit shocked how it all happened but really grateful. I think it’s a really cool move that they’re being inclusive with someone like me.”

During the ceremony, Rebel took to the stage to present her stylist Elizabeth Stewart, who also works with Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Gal Gadot, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Sandra Bullock, with the Stylist of the Year Award.

“Tonight I had the honour of presenting the Stylist of the Year Award to my brilliant stylist @elizabethstewart1 x even though she styles all the cool chicks like Julia, Cate, Gal, Viola, Jessica, Sandra…somehow this cool chick has time for me!” Rebel wrote alongside a photo of herself with Elizabeth at the bash. “Congrats Elizabeth, you deserve all the trophies! You’re so creative, talented, generous and kind!”

Other stars to get dressed up for the event included Storm Reid, who sported a black sequin Preen number, and Lea Michele, who opted for a David Koma slip dress.

Tracee Ellis Ross wore a Giambattista Valli Couture dress with Irene Neuwirth jewellery, Busy Philipps chose an Off-White ensemble and Miranda Kerr stepped out in a gold sequin Tom Ford minidress and black Chanel coat.

But style star Elizabeth and Oscar-winning actress Julia made a real sartorial statement by posing together in matching lilac Givenchy suits, Jacquie Aiche necklaces and Clergerie shoes.

Julia was presented with the Style Icon Award, Clare received Fashion Designer of the Year, Jeff Goldblum took home Man of Style, stylist Karla Welch was named Voice of Style and actress Constance Wu was awarded Badass Woman.

In addition, Jennifer Aniston’s hairstylist Chris McMillan was honoured with Hairstylist of the Year and James Kaliardos won Make-up Artist of the Year.

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Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross and more A-listers front new Levi’s campaign

Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Amber Heard are among the big-name stars stylist Karla Welch has tapped to front her new collection for Levi’s.Karla, who is regularly ranked among the world’s most powerful stylists, has called on her celebrity cli…

Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Amber Heard are among the big-name stars stylist Karla Welch has tapped to front her new collection for Levi’s.

Karla, who is regularly ranked among the world’s most powerful stylists, has called on her celebrity clientele and friends to help launch the Levi’s x karla 501 Day collection.

The line will be available on 20 May (18), the 145th anniversary of Levi’s receiving its rivet-pocket patent, resulting in the birth of the original blue jeans.

For the black and white campaign video, Yoko Ono donated her song Yang Yang in support of gun control organisation Everytown for Gun Safety. Other stars to feature in the clip and portrait series include Busy Philipps, SZA, Yara Shahidi, Hailey Baldwin, Amber Valletta, Michelle Monaghan and America Ferrera.

Talking about the collection, Karla explained that she added her own twist to some classic Levi’s pieces.

“It’s all very customisation focused,” she said in a statement. “They’re original designs based on the parameters of utilising a 501 or an existing Levi’s pattern.

“I wanted to imagine what the future of vintage was. If people inhabit Mars 200 years from now, what are the kids going to wear? This idea of creating something that would eventually become an iconic piece of vintage clothing is the basis of the whole collection.”

The collection, which is made up of jeans, jackets and shirts, marks the second time Karla has collaborated with a major brand. Last year, she teamed with Hanes on a line of white T-shirts.

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