Emma Watson: ‘Never buy clothes unless they’re perfect’

Emma Watson won’t buy clothes unless she deems them perfect.The Harry Potter actress was recently named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.And in a chat with British Vogue, she explained how people could shop smart by choosin…

Emma Watson won’t buy clothes unless she deems them perfect.

The Harry Potter actress was recently named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.

And in a chat with British Vogue, she explained how people could shop smart by choosing quality over quantity.

“Invest in (higher quality items) and don’t buy fashion you’ll throw away. Never buy anything unless it’s perfect. I’ve convinced myself to buy some strange things because I said I’d alter them or I’d grow etc. And I don’t!” the activist said.

The Beauty and the Beast star lives by the mantra of her clothes having a cost per wear, meaning every time she wears it, it reduces the overall cost.

“A bargain isn’t a bargain if you never wear it or it falls apart! I often leave a shop and if I don’t go back for the item, it’s a sign I didn’t really want it,” Emma commented.

Further in the chat, the 30-year-old shared her advice on how to become an expert at buying eco-friendly pieces.

“Really learning about yourself, who you are, and what you actually wear enables you to be a smarter buyer,” said the star, who is also serving as chair of the Kering’s sustainability committee. “Tailoring, modifying and being creative with clothes gives them a longer life, more meaning and personality.”

She also disclosed that she keeps all of her old clothes, and took a dress to a photoshoot earlier this year that she first wore when she was 15.

“I carefully archive and catalogue everything special I wear in my wardrobe and keep everything!” she laughed. “The best-dressed people I know have figured out their formula and know they tend to wear a few favourite things over and over again.”

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Emma Watson to promote sustainable fashion with new Kering gig

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. a…

Emma Watson has been named as one of the new board members at luxury conglomerate Kering.

The Harry Potter actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador is one of the new faces at the French fashion giant, which owns luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent. and Balenciaga.

Her role was announced by Kering bosses on Tuesday, and she was nominated on to the board by shareholders, alongside fellow new additions Tidjane Thiam and Jean Liu.

Watson, who is well-known for her passion for sustainable fashion, will also utilise her eco-friendly activism by serving as Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the conglomerate.

The 30-year-old has guest-edited an issue of Vogue Australia on eco-friendly fashion, and she is one of the supporters of the Good On You app, which rates the ethical and sustainability practices of global fashion brands.

Kering chairman and chief executive officer Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, welcomed the new appointments, and described Watson “one of the world’s most popular actors and best-known activists”.

“The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organisation. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team,” he said of the new board members in a statement. “Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions.”

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Prabal Gurung donates 2,000 face masks to New York City hospitals

Prabal Gurung has donated 2,000 masks to frontline workers amid the coronavirus crisis.Last month, the Nepalese-American designer announced that he was preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) …

Prabal Gurung has donated 2,000 masks to frontline workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Last month, the Nepalese-American designer announced that he was preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare employees in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Gurung has since discovered that PPE is a “complex and heavily regulated product which falls outside the scope of our manufacturing capabilities”, so he has teamed with officials at The COVID Foundation to donate approximately 2,000 3M respirator masks to hospitals in New York City.

“We invite you to join us in supporting our medical professions and essential workers through donating directly to this fund,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “One hundred per cent of donations will support our ongoing Covid-19 response efforts delivering PPE to medical professionals, and frontline and essential workers, as well as supporting grassroots organisations. We will forever be inspired by the courage of our first responders, whose unwavering strength and resilience is a light of hope for us all.”

Gurung went on to note that he is investigating a “safe plan to scale production of civilian face masks” with the goal to reinvigorate the Garment District.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, have also been making masks for key workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to residents in France.

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Dior begins manufacturing face masks amid coronavirus crisis

Dior is now producing face masks for frontline health workers amid the coronavirus crisis.Executives at the French luxury label announced on Tuesday that they have reopened the Baby Dior factory in Redon, Brittany in order to begin manufacturing the no…

Dior is now producing face masks for frontline health workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

Executives at the French luxury label announced on Tuesday that they have reopened the Baby Dior factory in Redon, Brittany in order to begin manufacturing the non-surgical hospital gear.

“We are proud to reopen our @BabyDior_official ateliers in Redon, which since yesterday have begun the continuous production of new masks on a volunteer basis,” a representative wrote in an Instagram post. “Dior is actively committed to aiding and protecting all those who are on the front line every day. Thank you to our wonderful petites mains (artisans) who, in an exceptional show of solidarity, are working tirelessly to protect (healthcare workers).”

The initiative follows a call from French President Emmanuel Macron for the production of facemasks to be accelerated. The country, which has had an estimated 52,000 reported cases of Covid-19, needs 10 million masks per week by the end of April, triple its usual capacity.

Accordingly, the Dior spokesperson went on to thank the team in the atelier for all of their hard work.

“We will return more creative than ever to continue making you dream. But for the time being our petites mains have voluntarily undertaken to produce masks for those invaluable people working selflessly on the front lines,” they added. “We proudly salute this gesture which once again shows the generosity of our ateliers and laboratories, more committed than ever to ensuring your protection. Take care of yourself, we are by your side.”

Part of the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) conglomerate, Dior is one of a growing number of high-end brands that have retooled factories and workforces to address the shortfall in vital medical equipment.

Previously, bosses at LVMH announced that they were levering supply chains so they could deliver millions of masks to France from an industrial supplier in China and would also be making and distributing large quantities of hydroalcoholic gel.

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Anna Wintour cried over Ralph Lauren’s $10 million coronavirus donation

Anna Wintour cried when she heard that Ralph Lauren had donated $10 million (£8.1 million) to aid the battle against the coronavirus.In an op-ed for Vogue.com, the editor-in-chief opened up about the fashion industry’s response to the global pandemic,…

Anna Wintour cried when she heard that Ralph Lauren had donated $10 million (£8.1 million) to aid the battle against the coronavirus.

In an op-ed for Vogue.com, the editor-in-chief opened up about the fashion industry’s response to the global pandemic, which has so far infected more than 801,000 people, with almost 38,700 deaths, since the outbreak began in December.

Wintour shared her joy about the American designer’s generous donation, which was made via his foundation. The donation was spread across a range of organisations, including the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund, which helps struggling designers during the crisis.

“Positivity is such a precious commodity right now, but I felt something close to pure joy in recent days,” Wintour wrote. “My emotions, like yours I’m sure, are fairly close to the surface, but I’m not afraid to admit that I broke down on the phone with Ralph when he called to give me the incredible news about his gift.”

The 70-year-old was overjoyed to see the likes of fashion conglomerates Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) and Kering rally round to support emergency workers on the frontlines in hospitals, as well as designers such as Miuccia Prada and Donatella Versace make personal donations to hard-hit hospitals.

“American fashion and beauty companies have been mobilising too, making masks, gowns and hand sanitiser. I have never been more proud of our industry,” she wrote.

She concluded her touching op-ed with a reminder that the pandemic will soon pass.

“There is so much loss and sadness now, but I keep hearing from friends and family members by phone and FaceTime and I know these weeks of isolation are reminding us how important our human connections are,” Wintour shared. “It will be impossible to take those connections for granted once this is behind us.”

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Gucci pledges $2.2 million towards coronavirus crisis relief efforts

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths…

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths. At present, the U.S., France, and Spain are among the worst affected nations, while hospitals in Italy are being overwhelmed with an estimated 62,000 active cases.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Italian fashion house Gucci announced on Thursday that they will be donating $1.1 million (£897,000) to the Italian Civil Protection Department in aid of health services in Italy and another $1.1 million to the United Nations Foundation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization via Facebook’s $10 million Matching Fundraiser. Officials at the health groups are monitoring and collecting data on the spread of the virus to strengthen intensive care units across the world, supplying protection equipment to health personnel, and fast-tracking the creation of vaccines and therapies.

“Gucci has created a world, open and free: a Gucci global community,” creative director Alessandro Michele and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a joint statement. “We ask all of you to be the changemakers in this crisis, to stand together with us in the fight against the coronavirus. We are all in this together.”

Meanwhile, Valentino founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti are contributing $1.1 million towards the newly established Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome.

“In such a dramatic moment for the whole world, we wanted to give our contribution to win this crucial battle against this invisible, but terrible enemy,” they commented. “Our deepest gratitude goes to those women and men who are fighting night and day to save human lives in our hospitals.”

Other major Italian fashion brands to pledge contributions towards the crisis include Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Versace.

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H&M to supply protective equipment for hospitals during coronavirus crisis

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging …

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging their supply chain in order to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and healthcare workers.

“The coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and H&M Group is, like many other organisations, trying our best to help in this extraordinary situation,” commented Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M Group. “We see this is as a first step in our efforts to support in any way we can. We are all in this together, and have to approach this as collectively as possible.”

Gedda hopes to start delivering as soon as possible. At present, approximately two-thirds of H&M’s stores around the globe have closed in response to government measures enacted to help slow down the spread of the virus. Customers can still shop online in 50 markets.

Elsewhere, executives at other major conglomerates are doing their part to aid hospital workers too, with leaders at Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) unveiling plans to supply millions of masks to people in France.

While top fashion designers, such as Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking at converting their workshops so they can make medical masks and other PPE for hospital staff in New York.

Since the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China last December, there have been approximately 424,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 18,900 deaths.

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Prabal Gurung to begin manufacturing supplies for medical workers

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his worksh…

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for fashion industry leaders to help make medical masks last week, Gurung wants to do all he possibly can to help.

“The PG team has been working tirelessly over the course of the last week to finalise an actionable plan to manufacture PPE for medical workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis,” he wrote. “As a brand that produces over 90 per cent of our collections in NY, our goal is not only to fill the void of critical PPE, but to mobilise our domestic partners, revitalising U.S. producers and suppliers. While we are eager to share our progress with you all, the coronavirus crisis is ever evolving, and as new information is revealed, so are new FDA and state regulations. In this moment, credible and validated information is of the utmost importance for the advancement of all Covid-19 relief efforts.”

Gurung went on to note that he is in contact with Cuomo’s team and employees at local hospitals to figure out exactly what supplies are required.

“We are currently working in partnership with @nygovcuomo office & local hospitals to secure clearance to produce, and ensure the viability of our output,” the 40-year-old added.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking to make medical masks for hospital workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to workers in France.

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Saint Laurent and Balenciaga workshops to begin making medical masks

Employees at Saint Laurent and Balenciaga’s workshops will soon begin making medical masks.In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis around the world, bosses at Kering, the parent company of the luxury fashion houses, announced on Sunday that they …

Employees at Saint Laurent and Balenciaga’s workshops will soon begin making medical masks.

In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis around the world, bosses at Kering, the parent company of the luxury fashion houses, announced on Sunday that they are preparing to transform textile plants so they can start manufacturing surgical masks for hospitals in order to help support local health authorities.

“The French workshops of Kering’s Houses Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent are preparing to manufacture masks while complying with the strictest health protection measures for their staff members, with production getting underway as soon as the manufacturing process and materials have been approved by the relevant authorities,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Leaders at Kering, the conglomerate helmed by Francois-Henri Pinault, have already provided the French health service with three million masks, following on from contributions made to China and Italy in recent weeks.

They are also making a financial donation to the Institut Pasteur in Paris to aid scientists in researching the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, bosses at Kering’s main competitor Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have also pledged to supply millions of surgical masks to workers in France.

“By virtue of its global distribution network, LVMH has managed to secure an order with a Chinese industrial supplier for a delivery of 10 million masks in France in the coming days (seven million surgical masks and three million FFP2 masks). The order will be repeated for at least four weeks in similar quantities (i.e. approximately 40 million masks),” a spokesperson commented.

Last week, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault instructed the staff at LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, including those who make products for Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy, to prepare sites to begin making “substantial quantities” of hydroalcoholic gel.

The gel will be delivered free of charge to French health authorities and those working at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, a network of teaching hospitals that treats more than eight million patients per year.

At present, there have been over 351,000 reported coronavirus cases around the world, with 15,000 deaths. China, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Iran, and the U.S. remain the worst affected nations.

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Top fashion firms donate to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales a…

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.

Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Many celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, and Elton John, have made generous donations towards helping the firefighters and saving the wildlife, and now, bosses at fashion conglomerates Kering, PVH Corp., and Tapestry, Inc. have all announced their contributions.

A representative for Kering, which is headed by Francois-Henri Pinault and is the parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, has confirmed the company will donate $685,000 (£525,00), the equivalent of AUD $1 million.

“These funds will be provided to the most appropriate local organisations selected by the group’s sustainability experts,” they said. “Additional initiatives will also be undertaken by various brands in solidarity with the Australian people. In the longer term, Kering plans to participate in future reforestation and biodiversity programmes.”

Meanwhile, officials at PVH, which oversee brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, are donating $68,000 (£52,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund, as are bosses at Tapestry, the owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

“Our hearts go out to the countless number of people affected by the bushfires,” said Jide Zeitlin, Tapestry’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While what has been lost cannot be replaced, we want to help the affected communities repair and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.”

Closer to home, Australian designer Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales online and in-store for the next seven days to the NSW Rural Fire Service, while New Zealand-based fashion star Karen Walker is supporting charities including Wildlife Victoria, the RSPCA, and Red Cross.

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