Stella McCartney encourages young people to buy second-hand clothing

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’…

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.

With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and activewear.

Now, McCartney has shared that she is determined to pass on her ethos to the next generation and is a great advocate of scouring charity and vintage stores for great buys.

“I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t chuck stuff away,” the 47-year-old, who is the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda McCartney, reflected in a chat for Porter magazine. “And it sounds silly, but I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid. My mum and dad were really clever; I went to a comprehensive (school) and I wasn’t given a load of cash, so I would go to vintage and second-hand shops and markets to buy clothes. I think that’s kind of the future, and I would encourage kids to rent clothes and buy second-hand because you don’t have to always go for that quick fix. It’s way more exciting and cooler.”

McCartney, who confirmed she has signed a new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering, earlier this week, also spoke about some of her celebrity clients, such as Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

And she is certain the secret to her success is creating garments that fit well and give women confidence.

“I try everything on because the tiny details make all the difference. If a pant is sitting on my waist rather than my hips, I feel like a completely different woman; I hold myself completely differently if I’m wearing a heel or a sneaker. It all makes me feel like I tap into different parts of my personality and being a woman,” she added.

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Stella McCartney signs new deal with LVMH

Stella McCartney has signed new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering.The 47-year-old bought back her brand in April 2018 after 17 years with the French luxury company, and on Monday, a spokesper…

Stella McCartney has signed new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering.

The 47-year-old bought back her brand in April 2018 after 17 years with the French luxury company, and on Monday, a spokesperson announced that she would now be joining forces with LVMH.

McCartney will remain majority owner, continue as creative director for her eponymous brand, and will also serve as a sustainability advisor to LVMH chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault.

Since buying back the stake held by Kering when executives were restructuring their portfolio, the British designer has been approached by a number of investors but chose to join LVMH due to a series of successful and inspirational meetings with Arnault and his son, Antoine.

“The passion and commitment they expressed towards the Stella McCartney brand alongside their belief in the ambitions and our values as the global leader in sustainable luxury fashion was truly impressive,” she shared in a statement. “The chance to realise and accelerate the full potential of the brand alongside Mr. Arnault and as part of the LVMH family, while still holding the majority ownership in the business, was an opportunity that hugely excited me.

“Partnering with Mr. Arnault, his family and LVMH is a big step for me and my family, but also the team at Stella McCartney. The brand has achieved so much since its launch, and this new partnership with LVMH is recognition of that work, but this I feel is just the start, and I look forward to a brilliant future together.”

Arnault added that McCartney’s passion for sustainability is the foundation of their budding professional relationship.

“It is the beginning of a beautiful story together, and we are convinced of the great long-term potential of her house,” the 70-year-old commented. “A decisive factor was that she was the first to put sustainability and ethical issues on the front stage, very early on, and built her house around these issues. It emphasises LVMH Groups’ commitment to sustainability.”

Full details of the union will be announced in September.

Stella McCartney is the second female-run fashion house that LVMH has taken under its wing in 2019 – back in May, the group unveiled Rihanna’s ready-to-wear collection, Fenty Maison.

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Kering commits to only working with models aged over 18

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runw…

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.

Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runway shows in light of the #MeToo movement and claims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and fashion industries,

Now, bosses at Kering – which owns luxury brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen – have stated that they will only hire models aged over 18.

“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” declared Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, in a statement. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

Back in September 2017, leaders at Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton introduced a charter with the aim of banning very thin and underage models from the runway.

The new regulation may mean models like Kaia Gerber, 17, miss out on gigs for a few months. However, a spokesperson for the company is adamant hiring models over the age of 18 signals further progress in a “continued commitment” to women.

“In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession. We are also aware of the role model element that images produced by our houses can represent for certain groups of people,” added Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer.

The new guidelines will be enacted as of the fall/winter 2020 shows.

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Kering expands its Cannes Women in Motion equality programme

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celeb…

Kering is reaffirming its commitment to gender equality by expanding its Women in Motion programme at the Cannes Film Festival.

The fashion conglomerate, headed up by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, rolled out the initiative in 2015 at the annual film celebration, with the aim to highlight the role of women in front and behind the camera.

Since then, the #MeToo movement has kicked off, as well as frank discussions about the pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood.

Pinault, who recently donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral, has now committed to another five years of partnership with Cannes and revealed he is expanding the programme to include arts and culture.

“Since the #MeToo movement, and thanks to all the work done by active groups such as Time’s Up and 50/50 by 2020, the mindset is gradually changing, and steps are being taken,” Pinault said, reports Variety. “But as I’ve said in the past, we must never let our attention fade. First, because equality is still to be achieved — and there is quite some way to go. And second, because where progress is made, there is also inevitably push back — and we simply can’t afford going backwards.”

As part of Women in Motion, an annual award is given out at the festival gala dinner. This year’s recipient is Chinese-born Singaporean actress Gong Li. She follows in the footsteps of Jane Fonda, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, Isabelle Huppert, and Patty Jenkins.

“I’m proud of the awareness it brought to the topic, even at a time when very few thought it was something that should be acted upon,” Pinault, married to Salma Hayek, continued. “And I’m impressed by all the people who raised their voices and took a stand.”

Cannes kicked off on Tuesday and runs until 25 May.

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Francois-Henri Pinault donates millions to help rebuild Notre Dame

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Mond…

French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault has donated $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The Parisian landmark, which is over 850 years old, was left devastated after it was engulfed by flames on Monday evening (15Apr19), around 7pm local time.

In a statement given to the French newspaper Le Figaro, Pinault, who is the chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said he hoped that the donation would help to “completely rebuild Notre Dame”.

“This tragedy strikes all the French and beyond all those who are attached to spiritual values. Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wants to revive this jewel of our heritage as quickly as possible,” the statement read. “My father (Francois Pinault) and I have decided to release from the funds of Artemis a sum of €100 million to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame.”

Kering owns a number of luxury fashion brands, such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, and Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, is also president chairman of Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.

Following Pinault’s pledge, fellow fashion mogul Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, and his LVMH luxury goods group have donated a further $226 million (£173 million) to help rebuild the iconic landmark, which they called “a symbol of France, of its heritage and of French unity”.

In the aftermath of the blaze, French authorities have announced that Notre Dame has been “saved and preserved”.

“We can say that the structure is saved, notably the northern belfry,” said Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez, according to Le Figaro.

Experts are now investigating how the blaze began, with initial reports suggesting it was linked to renovation work.

The cost of rebuilding the cathedral is expected to run into the billions of euros.

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Stella McCartney: ‘Honesty and authenticity are at my roots’

Stella McCartney prides herself on always being “honest and authentic”.The 47-year-old fashion designer hit headlines earlier this year (18) when she made a deal with fashion conglomerate Kering to buy back their 50 per cent share in her label after a …

Stella McCartney prides herself on always being “honest and authentic”.

The 47-year-old fashion designer hit headlines earlier this year (18) when she made a deal with fashion conglomerate Kering to buy back their 50 per cent share in her label after a 17-year partnership.

Taking on full control in her company is something Stella finds equally exciting and terrifying, but is something she considered important in terms of being honest, both with herself and her fans.

“We have authenticity at our roots, but more important for us is honesty,” she told the Business of Fashion in an interview. “At the core of authenticity, you have to have an honest reason to do what you do.”

Stella is known for her anti-fur stance, and has made a name for herself creating stunning pieces from ethically-sourced materials. While she’s encouraged other designers to do the same, the fashion industry remains the second greatest polluter on the planet. However, Stella refuses to be brought down by these statistics, and instead motivates herself with the thought that she is hopefully inspiring change a little at a time.

“My glass is very ‘half full.’ I wouldn’t do what I do if I didn’t feel there was a reason to do it,” she explained. “I’m very aware that the minute I create anything, it’s becoming a statement. Regenerated cashmere, organic this, non-leather that… I know I’m making a product that’s better environmentally and for the wellbeing of our fellow species that we’re extinguishing by the second. I know I’m the best example of that by far in my industry. And that gives me the will to go on.”

While Stella has become famous for her refusal to use fur or leather in her creations, she came across opposition to her stance when she first started out in fashion. In fact, when she was studying at Central Saint Martins college in London, she was even offered money to use fur in her collection.

“When I was at college, they didn’t sponsor the kids, they said, ‘Use fur, and we’ll pay for your final collection’,” she remembered. “I sponsor students at Saint Martins now. I give them an ethical charter, and in order to get the sponsorship, they have to deliver on it.”

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Tomas Maier brand to cease operations – report

Tomas Maier’s namesake brand is reportedly set to cease operations.The German designer established his label in 1997, with the company gaining investment from Kering bosses in 2013. Just weeks after Maier announced that he was departing his post as cr…

Tomas Maier’s namesake brand is reportedly set to cease operations.

The German designer established his label in 1997, with the company gaining investment from Kering bosses in 2013.

Just weeks after Maier announced that he was departing his post as creative director at Kering-owned brand Bottega Veneta after a 17-year stint, executives at the luxury conglomerate have confirmed that they are ending their other partnership too.

“Mr. Tomas Maier remains the owner of the Tomas Maier trademark,” a Kering spokesperson told WWD, adding that they would be looking to “safeguard employment, in coordination with local unions.”

The decision to shutter Maier’s label will affect between 20 and 30 employees with his two boutiques in Manhattan to close by the end of the year. Maier’s website will also cease operating, with it understood that appointments to view his resort 2018 have been cancelled.

Maier, who previously worked at Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel and Hermes, has not officially commented on his exit from Bottega or closure of his brand. British designer Daniel Lee has been named as his successor at the Italian label.

The news of Kering’s moves to close Maier’s brand comes as the group, helmed by chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault, shared last Thursday that they were in talks with designer Christopher Kane for him to buy back his stake after taking an investment in 2013.

Kering, which controls fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Brioni, also managed Stella McCartney’s brand for 17 years, until the British designer made moves to regain full control back in March.

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Christopher Kane in talks to buy back brand from Kering

Christopher Kane is in talks to buy back his namesake fashion brand from Kering.The Scottish designer studied at Central Saint Martins in London before founding his label alongside his sister Tammy in 2006, with celebrity fans of his creations includin…

Christopher Kane is in talks to buy back his namesake fashion brand from Kering.

The Scottish designer studied at Central Saint Martins in London before founding his label alongside his sister Tammy in 2006, with celebrity fans of his creations including Lara Stone, Alexa Chung and Kate Bosworth.

While Kane agreed to sell a 51 per cent stake in his company to fashion conglomerate Kering in 2013, he is now in negotiations to take back ownership.

“Kering is announcing that discussions are underway with Mr. Christopher Kane about the conditions in which the designer could take back full control of the eponymous brand,” a representative for Kering said in a statement on Thursday (21Jun18). “Christopher Kane and Kering wish to continue to collaborate with the aim of achieving a gradual and harmonious transition.”

Neither Kane nor Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault have commented further on the deal.

Kering executives plan to list the stake under “non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations” in its half-yearly accounts to June 30, set to be published on July 26.

In addition to Kane’s label, Kering controls fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Brioni.

The Paris-based luxury giant also managed Stella McCartney’s brand for 17 years, until the designer made moves to regain full control of her brand back in March.

Previously, Kane spoke of his desire to spearhead a revival of British high fashion.

“I don’t think anyone knows what good or bad taste is,” he told Porter magazine last August. “If designers don’t go out there and change perceptions, then where it’s the newness? Where is the thrill in buying something and wearing it? We all need to put more of a thrill back into fashion.”

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Tomas Maier departing Bottega Veneta after 17 years

Tomas Maier is leaving Bottega Veneta after a 17-year stint as creative director.The German designer has helmed the Italian luxury label since 2001, when he was appointed by Tom Ford. While Maier has evolved Bottega into a contemporary fashion brand du…

Tomas Maier is leaving Bottega Veneta after a 17-year stint as creative director.

The German designer has helmed the Italian luxury label since 2001, when he was appointed by Tom Ford.

While Maier has evolved Bottega into a contemporary fashion brand during his tenure, a representative for parent company Kering announced on Wednesday (13Jun18) that he was moving on.

“Bottega Veneta announces the departure of its creative director Tomas Maier, who joined the Italian house in 2001,” they said in a statement. “Tomas Maier crafted its renaissance by drawing on the exceptional know-how of the house. Thanks to his creative vision, Bottega Veneta today embodies the quintessence of understated and sophisticated luxury.”

In his position, Maier has overseen the manufacture of ready-to-wear, shoes, jewellery, eyewear and accessories.

In a separate note, Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault praised Maier’s vision and success.

“It’s largely due to Tomas’ high-level creative demands that Bottega Veneta became the house it is today. He put it back on the luxury scene and made it an undisputed reference,” he shared. “With his creative vision, he magnificently showcased the expertise of the house’s artisans. I am deeply grateful to him and I personally thank him for the work he accomplished, and for the exceptional success he helped to achieve.”

Maier, who previously worked at Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel and Hermes, has not officially commented on his exit or shared future plans. However, he may be looking to focus on his namesake label, which he established in 1997.

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Gucci launches new website dedicated to social and environmental change

Gucci has launched a new website outlining the brand’s dedication to the environment.Gucci Equilibrium, (Equilibrium.gucci.com), went live on Monday (04Jun18), the day before World Environment Day, with president and chief executive officer Marco Biz…

Gucci has launched a new website outlining the brand’s dedication to the environment.

Gucci Equilibrium, (Equilibrium.gucci.com), went live on Monday (04Jun18), the day before World Environment Day, with president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri explaining why the label opted to be so transparent with its sustainability goals.

“We have been working on sustainability for so long and we realised at one point that our actions needed to be better understood within and outside the company,” he explained to WWD, adding that the website is also seen as a communications tool for Gucci’s 13,000 employees.

“Gucci Equilibrium will bring clarity and show the architecture of our projects.”

Gucci head Alessandro Michele has been working hard to make the luxury label more environmentally-friendly, with Bizzarri also crediting parent company Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault for championing such efforts.

And he revealed how bosses are in the processes of implementing a new programme which allows every Gucci employee to dedicate one per cent of their working hours to volunteering in the local community.

“If each employee is involved — bingo,” Bizzarri smiled. “We can’t save the world alone, but we must start from small things, and there are no shortcuts.”

“These are critical times when we can all play our part in helping to deliver on the UN Global Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. The only way to do that is by bringing people together, sharing ideas, innovation and experiences. This is the objective we have set for Gucci Equilibrium.”

On the website’s homepage, it explains: “We know that our brand and our people are committed agents of social and environmental change and we take that seriously.”

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