Erin O’Connor pens ‘love letter’ to Jean Paul Gaultier

Erin O’Connor has written a “love letter” to fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.The French icon announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du …

Erin O’Connor has written a “love letter” to fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

The French icon announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

A number of top models made appearances on the catwalk, including Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, and Karlie Kloss, as did O’Connor – who posted an emotional note to Gaultier on Instagram following the spectacle.

“A love letter. I was told (nearly a quarter of a century ago) that a meeting with you was like meeting the Wizard of Oz,” she wrote alongside a slideshow of images from her various collaborations with the fashion star. “How wrong that person was… You are more human than humanly possible. Your love of clothes, people and LOVE has become an integral part of fashions DNA (sic). You are the back bone and soul for so many of us across the world who have been guided, nurtured and inspired by you. Thank you for teaching me the importance of self-acceptance and expression (and the importance of promoting it) – I shall never forget it. Like so many others I am so glad to know you and feel really very fortunate to be your pal.”

During the extravaganza, O’Connor sported three different looks, including a head-to-toe white ensemble, a black gown with feather detailing, and an elegant black dress.

Uploading footage of herself on the catwalk, the 41-year-old added: “Where there is love there is light! Honoured to join you for your last-ever show dear friend @jpgaultierofficial. Huge love to you et (and) JPG family! I’ll never forget our time together… Merci (Thank you).”

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Dita Von Teese thrilled to walk in Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show

Dita Von Teese was delighted to make an appearance during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final …

Dita Von Teese was delighted to make an appearance during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media last weekend, and on Wednesday night, staged his final catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

The extravaganza drew in a number of top models, including Bella and Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Irina Shayk, as well as Gaultier’s go-to muses such as Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, and burlesque star Von Teese.

“What a night it was! I’m so grateful to have been part of @jpgaultierofficial’s final #hautecoutureshow, with so many of his muses and friends present! Jean Paul has always celebrated individually and beauty in many forms, and in all stages of life in a completely authentic way,” she posted on Instagram alongside a photo of her walking the runway in a blush pink satin corset dress made from belts. “I’m glad that being inclusive has become something brands feel compelled to do now, but #jeanpaulgaultier has been a champion for inclusiveness and diversity consistently, and genuinely, all along, because he truly believes in it.”

Von Teese went on to urge Gaultier’s fans to check out his Fashion Freak Show revues, which have previously been staged in Paris and London.

“I’m thankful to Mr. Gautier not just for shining the spotlight on me over the past 18 years, but for creating this joyful space that truly celebrates beauty in many forms. I can’t wait to witness the next chapter for Jean Paul. And, as his #FashionFreakShow tours, try to go see it, because it captures the magic of being at his runway shows in a fantastic way,” the 47-year-old added.

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Paris Jackson makes runway debut during Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show

Paris Jackson made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show during Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night. The French fashion designer shocked fans last week when he announced that his Paris Couture Week presentation would be his last haute c…

Paris Jackson made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show during Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night.

The French fashion designer shocked fans last week when he announced that his Paris Couture Week presentation would be his last haute couture runway, and he made sure he went out with a bang by turning the star-studded catwalk show at the Theatre du Chatelet into a party.

One of the most surprising additions to his line-up was Paris, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, who hit the runway in a ’60s-inspired bohemian chic look which was comprised of a printed robe with a long train, a psychedelic patterned top, colourful snakeskin trousers, and wedge platform sandals. She topped the look off with colourful beaded jewellery and a green headband.

The 21-year-old later shared footage of her walk on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “Absolutely honoured and deeply grateful @jpgaultierofficial.”

In the comments, Naomi Campbell gave her seal of approval by calling the look “beautiful”.

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese also brought a little celebrity glitter to the show, strutting the runway in a sexy outfit crafted from belts and a corset, while Culture Club singer Boy George performed during the finale.

Models including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Irina Shayk, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls all made an appearance, alongside Gaultier muses such as Karen Elson and Coca Rocha, who performed an Irish dance down the runway.

The event brought out many industry icons who wanted to catch Gaultier’s final fashion show too. Carla Bruni, Eva Herzigova, and fellow designer Christian Louboutin were among the famous faces in the audience.

Opening the show, the retiring Gaultier urged his fans to recycle their clothes, stating, “In my first show and this, my last, there are creations made with the jeans I’ve worn. It’s the most beautiful of materials. Like a lot of humans, it becomes even more beautiful as it gets older.”

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Karlie Kloss candidly discusses political views

Karlie Kloss has opened up about her political views after a Project Runway contestant joked about her in-laws.The model and TV host was left stunned when Tyler Neasloney commented on her links to the White House during an episode of the fashion challe…

Karlie Kloss has opened up about her political views after a Project Runway contestant joked about her in-laws.

The model and TV host was left stunned when Tyler Neasloney commented on her links to the White House during an episode of the fashion challenge show earlier this month.

Kloss wed American businessman Joshua Kushner in 2018, who is the brother of Jared Kushner, currently employed as U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser. Jared is also married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

When told by co-host and judge Brandon Maxwell that the model would never wear his creation to any event, budding designer Neasloney fired: “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?”

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, Kloss was asked by host Andy Cohen about her political views, considering her connections to the controversial Republican politician.

“Andy, I’m sure I’m not the only person in this country who does not necessarily agree with their family on politics,” she quipped, prompting fellow guest Martha Stewart to add, “Good answer.”

“I voted as a Democrat in 2016 and I plan to do the same in 2020,” Kloss stated.

She later shared her disappointment that Project Runway contestant Neasloney was garnering attention for his joke about the Kushners, and not his “terrible” design.

“Honestly, the real tragedy of this whole thing is that no one is talking about how terrible that dress was. That’s why he went home. I would not wear that dress to any dinner,” the 27-year-old laughed.

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Brandon Maxwell wants to make hometown locals proud of his fashion success

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and ded…

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.

The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and dedication to the city of Longview and their communities.

Talking to local news station KLTV, Maxwell said it was a “full-circle moment” coming back to his native Texas and hosting the awards and luncheon.

“It was fantastic,” he shared. “It was like a dream come true. I’ve spent my whole career hoping that I would make everyone where I’m from proud. This was a great full-circle moment.”

During his career, Maxwell has dressed high-profile women such as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Hollywood stars including Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and Anne Hathaway.

He also co-hosts U.S. TV show Project Runway with Karlie Kloss, who serves as one of his muses, and created Lady Gaga’s extravagant outfits for last year’s Met Gala.

During his speech at the Star Over Longview 2020 awards, Maxwell said he believes in giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

“I think I’m a prime example of that,” the 35-year-old explained. “I’m not someone who has the pedigree to succeed without the love, acceptance, and hard work of the people around me.

“Go out there and pursue your dreams. The world is at your fingertips.”

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Karlie Kloss stunned by Project Runway contestant’s Kushner family remark

Karlie Kloss was left stunned by a Project Runway contestant’s comment about her husband’s family.The 27-year-old model, who serves as host and executive producer on the TV series, wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018 after dating for six years. The busi…

Karlie Kloss was left stunned by a Project Runway contestant’s comment about her husband’s family.

The 27-year-old model, who serves as host and executive producer on the TV series, wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018 after dating for six years. The businessman and investor is the brother of Jared Kushner, who is currently employed by the White House as U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and is also married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

Karlie has tried to avoid talking about her links to the controversial politician, but during the latest episode of Project Runway, contestant Tyler Neasloney called the model out.

The challenge was to make a dress that Karlie could wear in Paris using recycled material, but his gown was not well received by the model or fashion designer Brandon Maxwell.

“It’s definitely ‘wearable’ in someplace that is neither Paris nor Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard,” Brandon, a judge, told the contestant. “I cannot see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly.”

“Not even to dinner with the Kushners?” Tyler fired back, before adding, “That’s your husband.”

Karlie’s mouth dropped and head snapped back in reaction to the comment, though she didn’t appear angry and swiftly turned the conversation back to Tyler’s design.

“I was going to Paris, that was your challenge here. Keep it to the challenge,” she said, before adding, “This (design) is not what I asked for. The fabrics are poor choices. I think they look cheap. The pockets are ill-placed… You really missed the mark here on all accounts.”

Tyler was ultimately sent home from Project Runway after leaving the judges unimpressed with his recycled gown, and he later apologised for the remark.

“Karlie, I want you to know that I’m not a jerk, I’m professional,” he said during his exit interview.

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Karlie Kloss nearly wore dress backwards during Alexander McQueen show

Karlie Kloss almost wore a dress backwards during her first-ever Alexander McQueen runway show.In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model reflected on her debut at Paris Fashion Week when she was 15 in 2007 and remembered how she nearly suffered…

Karlie Kloss almost wore a dress backwards during her first-ever Alexander McQueen runway show.

In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model reflected on her debut at Paris Fashion Week when she was 15 in 2007 and remembered how she nearly suffered a major wardrobe malfunction during McQueen’s spring/summer 2008 presentation when she put her dress with a scooped back on the wrong way.

“I had a quick change between two looks, which is always an honour as a model to wear multiple outfits in a show. I wore the first outfit, walked, did my thing, felt like a million bucks. I take my first look off, I put my second one on, and literally before I could pull my head through the outfit, the casting director is like, ‘Karlie, Karlie, Karlie, you’re on in two looks,'” she recalled. “I had someone on my foot tying my shoe, I had someone else trying to fix my hair because this big hairdo that I have is fully lopsided. And I look down, and the dress is entirely backwards. The scooped back is in the front and I’m totally naked.”

Karlie began panicking about the situation, especially as she knew her mother was watching in the audience. However, with a little quick thinking, the star was able to rectify the dress drama.

“Ten seconds away from being pushed out onto the runway, I said, ‘Everybody stop!’ and I pulled the belt off, did some weird little thing, wiggle into the dress, I flip it around, and I just get pushed out onto the runway,” the 27-year-old smiled.

Karlie went on to note that anything can happen backstage at fashion shows, and she’s previously also had to deal with tripping over and broken stilettos.

But she remains thrilled to have participated in a McQueen show.

“Alexander McQueen’s shows were unlike anything else. He himself was such an artist. I mean, truly in the purest form. You really felt like a muse,” she praised of the British designer, who died in 2010 at the age of 40.

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Emily DiDonato stunned after Karlie Kloss shared her body positivity video

Emily DiDonato was left stunned after Karlie Kloss shared her candid video on body image.Back in August, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model opened up about her struggles with her body in a 15-minute video on her YouTube channel, and recalled troubli…

Emily DiDonato was left stunned after Karlie Kloss shared her candid video on body image.

Back in August, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model opened up about her struggles with her body in a 15-minute video on her YouTube channel, and recalled troubling experiences in which agencies told her she had to lose weight.

Since then, Emily has been blown away by the support she’s received from her fellow models and fans on social media, and told People.com that she was overwhelmed when former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie reposted her video on Twitter.

“So many people reached out, and so many outlets picked it up. I was blown away,” she explained. “I had girls like Karlie Kloss repost it, and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I couldn’t believe how much it resonated with so many different types of people. But, I mean, now that I think about it, it’s actually a no brainer that it does.”

She also thanked other models, such as Iskra Lawrence, for their unwavering support.

“Iskra is one of those people who posts things that are positive and relatable. So I can wake up and go, ‘Okay, I’m not the only one who feels that way today.’ I tend to veer away from following people who post the perfect, retouched version of themselves,” Emily stated.

The 28-year-old discussed why she shared her struggles with body positivity in such a public way, and acknowledged that her message wouldn’t have been as well-received a few years ago.

Noting that the industry is “slowly changing”, she said it was now “more acceptable for women of all shapes and sizes to be a full force.”

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Karlie Kloss creates hoodie to benefit coding camp

Karlie Kloss has teamed up with artist Shantell Martin to design a hoodie to benefit her Kode with Klossy initiative. The model founded the nonprofit organisation in 2015 to help young women get interested in computer science and software engineering,…

Karlie Kloss has teamed up with artist Shantell Martin to design a hoodie to benefit her Kode with Klossy initiative.

The model founded the nonprofit organisation in 2015 to help young women get interested in computer science and software engineering, and offers a free two-week camp every summer for girls aged between 13 to 18 years old.

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week this week, the team at Kode with Klossy have created a limited-edition black hoodie featuring a white design by Martin which incorporates creative coding symbols and the words “Kode More”.

“Shantell is such an incredible artist – her work is both simple and complex, focused and multifaceted,” Kloss told People of the collaboration. “She embodies the passion and creativity our Kode with Klossy scholars bring to their work in our classrooms. We collaborated with Shantell on this design to reimagine the outdated coder hoodie and create something that reflects the next generation of leaders in tech.”

“Meet the Kode More hoodie, Kode With Klossy’s first artist collaboration with the extraordinary Shantell Martin. Martin’s globally celebrated work invites audiences to become part of her art, not just spectate,” a Kode with Klossy spokesperson wrote on its official website. “Coders are so much more than people working in dark corners with their hood on. That’s why this hoodie collab felt right, we’re flipping the script and we’re celebrating the stories of those who wear it.”

The limited-edition Kode with Klossy X Shantell Martin hoodie costs $52.50 (£40) and is available to buy on the website. All of the proceeds will go the initiative and help thousands of young women to learn to code for free each summer.

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Barbara Palvin ‘disappointed’ by cancellation of 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Barbara Palvin was “very disappointed” when she heard the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had been cancelled.The Hungarian model was first cast in one of the U.S. lingerie brand’s presentations back in 2012 but didn’t appear in a show again until t…

Barbara Palvin was “very disappointed” when she heard the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had been cancelled.

The Hungarian model was first cast in one of the U.S. lingerie brand’s presentations back in 2012 but didn’t appear in a show again until the 2018 event.

Earlier this year, Victoria’s Secret bosses promoted Barbara to Angel status, and in a new interview with U.K. Harper’s Bazaar, she explained that she was a little sad to learn the annual show had been canned as it would have been the first time she was able to wear her angel wings.

“I was very disappointed,” the 26-year-old told the publication, before adding: “But (the company leaders) know what they’re doing, and I trust the process. I feel like the world is changing around us, and everyone needs to go with it, and that’s their way of doing it.”

After months of speculation about the future of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, executives at L Brands, the label’s parent company, announced last month that the event will not happen this year.

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has been hit by the growth of contemporary underwear labels like Third Love, Aerie, and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, while bosses have also been accused of failing to embrace diversity and inclusivity in its marketing imagery and shows.

And during a recent chat on the TODAY Show, former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss argued that it is time for the brand to undergo a major transformation.

“I think it’s a reflection of the world we live in today,” she said of the cancellation. “And, you know, consumers demand that brands are inclusive and body positive and sustainable. And I think brands have to evolve.”

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