Felipe Oliveira Baptista named creative director of Kenzo

Felipe Oliveira Baptista has been named as the new creative director of Kenzo.On Monday, a spokesperson for the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned fashion house announced that the Portuguese designer will succeed co-designers Humberto Leon and Caro…

Felipe Oliveira Baptista has been named as the new creative director of Kenzo.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned fashion house announced that the Portuguese designer will succeed co-designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim following their departure from the brand last month after an eight-year stint.

Regarding the news, Baptista shared his excitement over the gig, and insisted that he planned to move the label forward while remaining respectful of founder Kenzo Takada’s vision.

“Kenzo is all about contagious freedom and movement. Everything Mr. Takada did was suffused with joy, elegance and a youthful and bold sense of humour,” he said in a statement. “Kenzo’s constant celebration of nature and cultural diversity has always been and remains at the heart of the brand. These two subjects have never felt more relevant and compelling than they do today and will be instrumental to the future of Kenzo.”

Baptista’s appointment is effective of 1 July. Born in the Azores, the fashion star studied at Kingston University in London before going on to work for Christophe Lemaire in Paris. He also acted as the creative director of Lacoste from 2010 until 2018.

Accordingly, Kenzo’s chief executive officer, Sylvie Colin, is thrilled to be bringing Baptista on board.

“We are delighted to welcome Felipe Oliveira Baptista as the new creative director of Kenzo. His innovative and modern creative vision and well-rounded artistic approach will enable Kenzo to reach its full potential while respecting its unique heritage,” she commented.

Leon and Lim presented their final co-ed collection for Kenzo during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on 23 June. The pair plan to focus on developing their U.S.-based Opening Ceremony store chain and fashion label.

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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim take final bow at Kenzo show

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday. Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented th…

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday.

Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented their final co-ed collection for the company during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Sunday.

Leon shared footage of him and Lim running down a hallway at the AccorHotels Arena on their way to the show and posted in the Instagram caption, “Running with my partner in crime for the last @kenzo show in Paris!!!! Such a fun ride and to do it with your best friend is unreal. We are running because our shows have always been a complicated machine and have never made it easy for us. We have always done it for us. #thecarolandhumbertoera.”

In the comments, the Opening Ceremony founders received praise from fellow designer Marc Jacobs, who wrote, “Congratulations you two! So many beautiful things you’ve done over the years. So inspiring in so many ways. Thank you for giving me and us all your energy and vision.”

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Chance the Rapper and Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne also sent them congratulatory messages.

After the show, Lim posted a photo of herself and Leon hugging, and added, “On repeat in my mind ‘don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry’. We did it! Congrats @humberto and our team at @kenzo for an amazing chapter in the history of the brand. So proud of everything we did and will cherish every memory.”

Singer Solange Knowles composed the musical score for the fashion show and performed her song I’m a Witness before walking down the runway with her orchestra to greet Lim and Leon for the final bow.

Lim took to Instagram to heap praise on Beyonce’s sister by sharing side-by-side snaps of her at their debut Kenzo presentation in 2011 and their final one, and wrote, “You have been with me and @humberto at @kenzo from the beginning! Thank you Solange @saintrecords for being there then and now and for making tonight a moment in cultural history!!! (love) you forever and always.”

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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim departing Kenzo

Creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are leaving Kenzo.After eight years at the helm, the design duo will present their final collection for the French luxury fashion house on 23 June during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, WWD reports. They will …

Creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are leaving Kenzo.

After eight years at the helm, the design duo will present their final collection for the French luxury fashion house on 23 June during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, WWD reports.

They will officially depart the label on 1 July to focus on their U.S.-based Opening Ceremony store chain and fashion label, with their successor to be named at a later date.

Sylvie Colin, chief executive officer of Kenzo, paid tribute to the pair for modernising the contemporary brand, while building a close relationship with its 80-year-old founder, Kenzo Takada.

“Humberto and Carol consistently brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront at Kenzo, using their collections, fashion shows, advertising, and special projects to engage and galvanise a new generation of creative,” she said in a statement. “They have always approached everything they do through the lens of customer experience and pioneered a modern vision of what it is to be a creative director.”

During their tenure at Kenzo, which is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, Leon and Lim launched collaborations with brands including shoe giant Vans and H&M.

The pair’s departure comes at the end of a period of creative upheaval at Kenzo’s parent company, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which in the last 18 months has seen the arrival of new designers at Celine and the menswear divisions of Louis Vuitton and Dior.

Leon and Lim’s final co-ed show, to be staged at the AccorHotels Arena in the French capital, is expected to be a celebratory, star-studded affair that will gather some of their closest associates.

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Rosario Dawson promotes eco-friendly fashion with new H&M campaign

Rosario Dawson is celebrating sustainable fashion as the face of H&M’s Conscious Collection. The actress appears in a series of ads for the new line, which feature bold prints and colourful patterns. The brunette beauty is thrilled to headline the …

Rosario Dawson is celebrating sustainable fashion as the face of H&M’s Conscious Collection.

The actress appears in a series of ads for the new line, which feature bold prints and colourful patterns. The brunette beauty is thrilled to headline the bohemian inspired capsule because the pieces celebrate women’s bodies and compliment her own cures.

“I don’t have a tiny waist, so I love anything that’s sort of cheats and makes me look like I have hips,” Dawson said in a press release. “Basically, everything in the collection is quite flattering – a lot of the cuts work on all of us ladies because they automatically have a really cool shape without having to be boned or super tailored.”

Representatives for the brand added that the line unites “modern romantic designs with flowing bohemian lengths”, revealing, “Every piece in this collection is made from a sustainably sourced material, such as organic cotton, TencelTM (Textile fiber) or recycled polyester.”

Bosses at the retailer collaborate on a Conscious Collection each year, promoting fashion that is environmentally friendly. The latest release features floral and lace separates, maxi dresses, shoes, hats and accessories.

“This Conscious Collection is a wonderful step towards meeting one of our main goals – to use only 100 per cent recycled or other sustainably-sourced materials by 2030,” Isak Roth, Global Sustainability Manager at H&M added. “Sustainability is one of our core values and while there is a lot of work going into this throughout the entire value chain, it is always exciting to see campaigns that come to life to really showcase our conscious way of thinking.”

Dawson is equally as passionate about changing the world for the better through fashion.

“The whole infrastructure for sustainable fabrics might not be built yet, but as it continues to get bigger and bigger, and more robust, I think that it’s going to be really powerful and profound to see the innovations that come out of new technology,” she said in a quote featured on the brand’s website.

Dawson first teamed with H&M in 2016 as part of the star-studded KENZO x H&M campaign.

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Adut Akech: ‘Money doesn’t motivate my career’

Adut Akech didn’t get into modelling for the money.The 19-year-old beauty, who was born in South Sudan, raised in Kenya and then moved to Australia as a child, has become one of the most exciting new names in fashion over the past few seasons.Since mak…

Adut Akech didn’t get into modelling for the money.

The 19-year-old beauty, who was born in South Sudan, raised in Kenya and then moved to Australia as a child, has become one of the most exciting new names in fashion over the past few seasons.

Since making her debut on the spring/summer 17 runways, she has walked for Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Kenzo, among other top labels, as well as landing numerous high-profile campaigns and magazine editorials. She was also was part of the Chanel fall/winter 19 show at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month (Mar19), modelling Karl Lagerfeld’s last-ever collection.

Talking to Vogue Australia about her attitude to work, Adut explained how she’s motivated by a passion for modelling rather than money when it comes to her job.

“I didn’t go in with a money mindset, I purely just do modelling because I have love and passion for it,” she said. “In the beginning of it, I was not making any money, like a lot of people. It was just great that I can now have money to be able to support myself and my family, so it’s kind of a bonus.”

Her sentiment was echoed by Australian singer-songwriter Amy Shark, who appears on the March Vogue Australia cover alongside Adut and actress Angourie Rice.

“Just make sure that you’re doing it for all the right reasons, not because you think that you’re going to make a bunch of money or you’re going to be famous, or life’s going to be easy, ’cause it’s not,” the star added.

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Adwoa Aboah happy to see beauty world embrace freckles

Adwoa Aboah is very happy to see the beauty world really embrace freckles.The British model, known for her cropped hairstyle and freckles, is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fen…

Adwoa Aboah is very happy to see the beauty world really embrace freckles.

The British model, known for her cropped hairstyle and freckles, is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi, Topshop, Kenzo and Erdem since launching her career.

Even though models in the past may have been required to cover up freckles, Adwoa is pleased to see the tides changing in the industry.

“I just saw a lot of freckles at the Love party – I think people had drawn them on – they looked really good,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “It was never something I’ve been insecure about so I think it’s quite cool that fashion is embracing them.”

Adwoa recently landed a gig as a Revlon ambassador – her first major beauty contract. She is thrilled to appear in the Live Boldly campaign alongside the likes of Gal Gadot and Ashley Graham, but admitted that she doesn’t actually wear a whole lot of make-up on a day to day basis.

“I like a bit of highlighter but I don’t do contouring or anything like that,” the 26-year-old commented. “Daily, I just do an eyebrow brush and a little bit of gloss on my eyelids when I go out. All the other girls use the InstaFilter foundation but I don’t use it because of my freckles. I generally steer clear of foundation because of that.”

In addition, Adwoa will sometimes use a volumising mascara on her lashes or a slick of classic red lipstick on her pout. But she is “quite militant” when it comes to skincare.

“I have quite a weird relationship with my skin, it goes up and down all the time, so I’m quite militant with skincare,” she added. “I use Sarah Chapman, Barbara Sturm, Glam Glow masks – skincare is where I have a schedule, night and day.”

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Gemma Chan swears by drugstore mascara for curled lashes

Gemma Chan swears a drugstore mascara is the key to achieving perfectly curled eyelashes.The British actress has made a splash in Hollywood following the release of her hit movie Crazy Rich Asians and has showcased a variety of chic looks at premieres …

Gemma Chan swears a drugstore mascara is the key to achieving perfectly curled eyelashes.

The British actress has made a splash in Hollywood following the release of her hit movie Crazy Rich Asians and has showcased a variety of chic looks at premieres for the film.

Gemma may be able to pull off just about any beauty trend, but when it comes to long lashes, she is all about using one type of inexpensive mascara.

“I’m lucky I have long lashes, but they’re straight and they’re very fine, so the most important thing to me is to use lash curlers and then find a mascara that holds the curl,” she told Allure magazine. “I use Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, the one in the purple tube. I use the waterproof version, so it really holds the curl. Here’s my secret, though – I use the brush from an old Maybelline mascara, the define-a-lash formula. It works perfectly to separate and coat every single lash.”

Gemma is also a fan of the No. 7 range at British pharmacy chain Boots and regularly stocks up on the Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum and the Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream.

However, she recently splurged on a lipstick colour that her Crazy Rich Asians character Astrid wore in one scene in the flick.

“It’s a Yves Saint Laurent colour that I immediately had to buy. I’ve got it here somewhere. It’s the Tatouage Couture Matte Liquid Lipstick in number 22,” the 35-year-old shared.

Over the course of her latest press tour, Gemma has shown support for Asian designers like Jason Wu and Kenzo.

And she believes it is important to work with make-up artists familiar with Asian features too.

“I do a lot of photo shoots and have done for quite a long time. Sometimes it’s great, especially if they’ve had a lot of experience making up Asian features, but I’ve also had really terrible ones where it’s like, ‘Are you trying to make me look like a geisha?'” she sighed.

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Kenzo’s Humberto Leon writes and produces first film

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a fam…

Humberto Leon has swapped fashion for film with new feature The Everything.

The co-creative director of Kenzo, who helms the label with Carol Lim, has written and produced the new movie, which editors at WWD describe as a “lighthearted drama about a family of teenagers with unusual powers that bring them together”.

Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich stars as the matriarch, with Sasha Frolova and X-Men: Apocalypse stars Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee featuring as a group of young characters.

Regina Hall, Jay Ellis, Zsela Thompson and Leo Reilly also make up the cast, and filmmaker Spike Jonze has a cameo.

Kenzo’s fall 18 collection features throughout the 27-minute film, and the luxury label’s La Collection Memento No. 3 is also on display.

Leon and Lim, who are also behind U.S. retailer Opening Ceremony, frequently collaborate with writers and directors when it comes to Kenzo campaigns.

They previously teamed with Oscar winner Jonze on My Mutant Brain, an advert for the Kenzo World perfume, which starred The Leftovers’ Margaret Qualley.

“We all have known each other for such a long time. It’s one of our favourite things when we get to work with people we know and admire so well,” the designers previously told Buro24/7 of working with Jonze and Kenzo World’s bottle designer, Patrick Li. “Both of them are geniuses in their respective fields and we were lucky that they were free to work on this project with us.”

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Vera Wang to be honoured at FGI’s Night of Stars

Vera Wang is the Superstar award winner at the 2018 Fashion Group International’s (FGI) Night of Stars.The 69-year-old will receive the coveted accolade at the gala on 25 October, which comes after a 28-year career in the fashion industry that starte…

Vera Wang is the Superstar award winner at the 2018 Fashion Group International’s (FGI) Night of Stars.

The 69-year-old will receive the coveted accolade at the gala on 25 October, which comes after a 28-year career in the fashion industry that started with the designer creating her own wedding dress in 1989.

A year later, Wang launched her own bridal wear company and has since gone on design ready-to-wear, accessories and footwear, while dressing some of the world’s biggest celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey and fellow fashion mogul Victoria Beckham.

She will now succeed Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who was crowned last year’s Superstar.

Fashion Star awards will also be presented at the ceremony to Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing, Anna Sui, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon – who together are creative directors at Kenzo as well as the founders of Opening Ceremony.

The theme of this year’s FGI Night of Stars is intended to reflect the reenvisioning of the fashion industry that has taken place this year, according to Margaret Hayes, president and chief executive officer.

“The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Design Reimagined,’” she explained in an interview with WWD. “It highlights those who see the world the way it is; who listen, change the conversation and reimagine what it is to what should be, bringing new ideas and meaning to the worlds of design, beauty, culture, philanthropy and the human condition.”

Other honourees will also include Moncler for Luxury Lifestyle and Frederic Malle for Beauty.

Once again, the event will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, and Barneys Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan will return to his role as master of ceremonies.

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Paul Smith collaborates on eyewear collection in honour of friend Tony Gross

Paul Smith is teaming up with eyewear company Cutler and Gross to pay tribute to friend and co-founder, Tony Gross.The eyewear pioneer passed away in March (18) at the age of 78, and Smith believed that a collaboration with the brand Gross found with p…

Paul Smith is teaming up with eyewear company Cutler and Gross to pay tribute to friend and co-founder, Tony Gross.

The eyewear pioneer passed away in March (18) at the age of 78, and Smith believed that a collaboration with the brand Gross found with partner Graham Cutler was the perfect way to honour his late comrade’s success in the industry.

“I’ve always had enormous admiration for Cutler and Gross. Before we sadly lost him this year, Tony Gross was a personal friend of mine,” Smith shared in an interview with WWD.

This is not the 71-year-old’s first eyewear collaboration, having previously worked with the likes of American brands Oliver Peoples and Oakley.

Smith’s collection with Cutler and Gross, which is considered one of the few pioneering eyewear labels to make eyewear a fashion accessory, will debut during the British brand’s spring/ summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week starting in September.

All limited edition designs are unisex and available in eight colours, including black, purple, tortoiseshell, blue and burgundy. Each pair of sunglasses will retail at $400 (£300) and be available for purchase immediately after the catwalk show has drawn to a close.

The frames – a sleek, square style – were produced by hand at Cutler and Gross’ factory in Domegge di Cadore, Italy, and are intended to merge the aesthetics of both brands as one.

“They have been designed to symbolise the meeting of both brands’ DNA, based on the same love of handcrafted, thoughtful design,” smiled Marie Wilkinson, creative director of Cutler and Gross.

The unisex designs echo Smith’s decision to showcase both men’s and womenswear on the same catwalk, and last year decided to ditch his womenswear slot at London’s Fashion Week in favour of a co-ed Paris catwalk. The runway initiate has also been adopted by brands such as Burberry, Tom Ford and Kenzo.

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