Dior creates website for Air Jordan release

Dior has launched a special website ahead of the drop of its Air Jordan 1 OG Dior in a bid to stop resellers buying all the shoes.Kim Jones, Dior Homme’s creative director, unveiled the luxury label’s collaboration with the Nike sneaker brand at the pr…

Dior has launched a special website ahead of the drop of its Air Jordan 1 OG Dior in a bid to stop resellers buying all the shoes.

Kim Jones, Dior Homme’s creative director, unveiled the luxury label’s collaboration with the Nike sneaker brand at the pre-fall 2020 show in Miami in December. The designs – a high-top and low-top sneaker – were meant to hit shelves in March, but the launch date was pushed back due to the global pandemic.

On Monday, Dior teased details about the hotly-anticipated designs, and has now shared further information via a microsite created especially for the drop.

Fashion fans will be able to get their hands on the sneakers, which retail for between $2,000 (£1,600) and $2,200 (£1,770), on a first-come, first-serve basis, and must register their interest online at capsule.dior.com. Made in Italy and edge-painted by hand, the high-top and low-top styles “pay tribute to Dior’s excellence and savoir-faire while drawing inspiration from the rich heritage of both brands” brand reps said.

Potential buyers will need to state their preferred style, size and pick-up location, and are able to register only once for the style and size. If selected on a first-come, first-serve system, customers will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy the pair they want. Personal data needs to match their official ID, which will need to be shown at the time of purchase. Recipients will also be required to present a QR code that will be sent to them.

For the Chinese market, a separate online experience will be held via a WeChat programme.

“Jordan Brand and Dior are both emblematic of absolute excellence in their fields. To bring them together is to propose something exciting and truly new,” Jones said on the capsule site.

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Fashion stars congratulate Matthew Williams on Givenchy gig

Top models and designers have congratulated Matthew Williams on his new role at Givenchy.On Monday, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned French luxury label announced that the 1017 Alyx 9SM designer would succeed Clare Waight Keller a…

Top models and designers have congratulated Matthew Williams on his new role at Givenchy.

On Monday, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned French luxury label announced that the 1017 Alyx 9SM designer would succeed Clare Waight Keller as creative director following her departure last month.

After the news was revealed, a number of top industry names were quick to take to social media to praise Williams.

On an Instagram post, Naomi Campbell wrote, “Congratulations” along with a heart and star emoji, while Adwoa Aboah commented, “Well done stunner,” and Coco Rocha stated, “So excited for this!”

Stylist Karla Welch posted, “Congratulations Matt!!!”, and designer Marc Jacobs added, “Congratulations to you Matthew.”

Elsewhere, fashion journalist Tim Blanks wrote, “Can’t wait to see what happens next,” and designer Gabriela Hearst noted, “So well deserved. Hyper Talented and Kind Human.”

Dior menswear designer Kim Jones, Bella Hadid, and hairstylist Jen Atkin also shared supportive messages.

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections.

And in a statement, Sidney Toledano, chief executive officer and chairman of LVMH Fashion Group, shared his excitement over Williams’ appointment.

“I am very happy to see Matthew M. Williams join the LVMH Group. Since he took part in the LVMH Prize, we have had the pleasure of watching him develop into the great talent he is today,” he said. “I believe his singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for Givenchy to write its new chapter with strength and success.”

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Christy Turlington kicks off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star …

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.

The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star Turlington has uploaded a vintage video of Campbell to her Instagram page.

“Happy 50th Birthday to my sister from another mister @naomi. I am so sad not to be with you today to celebrate with you. This clip is one of my favourites because it was from an Azzedine show and we loved him so much,” she wrote alongside an undated black-and-white video of Campbell backstage at an Azzedine Alaia presentation. “I also know you love your birthday and appreciate a party. You are a true Gemini and a force for truth and good in the world. I love you and every memory we share.”

In addition, Dior menswear designer Kim Jones posted a picture of himself with Naomi and Kate Moss at his final Louis Vuitton show in January 2018 along with a birthday greeting, while Claudia Schiffer uploaded a montage with the caption: “Happy Birthday to my wonderful, lifetime friend.”

Elsewhere, Adut Akech shared a long message on her Instagram page in which she thanked the brunette beauty for serving as a “role model and mentor” to her.

“Thank you for all that you are and as well all that you do. Thank you for being daily source of inspiration and motivation to me. Thank you for your continuous love and support you show me daily since the first time we met. My chosen family, my mama you are such a light and joy in my life. There is never a dull moment with you and I’m so grateful to have you in my life and by my side on this journey. Such a true beauty inside out,” the 20-year-old gushed. “I pray that your special day is filled with nothing but love, pure joy, laughter and positive energy.”

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Robert Pattinson regrets Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiere outfit

Robert Pattinson considers his outfit for the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005 to be one of his worst fashion choices.The Twilight star shot to fame playing Cedric Diggory, his first major movie role, in the fourth instalm…

Robert Pattinson considers his outfit for the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005 to be one of his worst fashion choices.

The Twilight star shot to fame playing Cedric Diggory, his first major movie role, in the fourth instalment of the Harry Potter movie franchise, and attended the premiere in Leicester Square wearing black leather trousers, a white shirt, a red velvet blazer, and dark red shoes.

In an interview with British GQ, Pattinson revealed he cringes at a lot of his old red carpet looks, but his ensemble for the premiere really stands out.

“I was wearing leather trousers with these cowboy boots and a velvet jacket,” he recalled. “I mean, it literally looked like a kid had gone into a dressing-up box.”

Pattinson’s sense of style has improved over the years and he credits fashion experts for making him look red carpet ready.

“If I was choosing to wear clothes myself, I don’t think I would have gone in a lot (of) the directions that I have ended up going in with Dior and people like Kim Jones,” the 33-year-old added, referring to the creative director of Dior Homme. “I never would have thought I would be wearing chiffon, silk, and satin. I wore this tuxedo, which had basketball shorts last year – never would have imagined that!”

Even though he has become more experimental with his style, the British actor, who is the face of the luxury brand’s current fragrance campaign, is well aware there are certain pieces he can’t pull off.

“I wish I could dress like A$AP Rocky,” he gushed. “He just has serious style. We have been to quite a few different fittings together and I will see the craziest thing and really want to wear it, but I’d look like a total moron. Then we will go to the show and I will see Rocky in it and be like, ‘Jesus Christ, you can literally wear anything!'”

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Rihanna’s Fenty label wins Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line c…

Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand scooped the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in May, with the line comprised of wearable separates, denim, accessories, and footwear.

Now, just seven months after unveiling her debut collection, Rihanna has been named as the top designer in the competition’s Urban Luxe category, beating out the likes of Alyx, Marine Serre, Martine Rose, and Moncler Genius.

The 31-year-old was presented with the award by Janet Jackson and Tyler, The Creator during a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Taking to Instagram following the exciting announcement, a Fenty representative commented that Rihanna and her entire team felt “honoured” by the accolade.

“Fenty’s chief executive officer and artistic director Robyn Rihanna Fenty is committed to reflect the understanding of female power as constantly evolving, multi-faceted, fun and free,” they wrote alongside a snap of the star in a seafoam green custom-made outfit from the label. “Since the launch in May, Fenty had the pleasure of working with incredible talents, forming a new archive of visual references focusing on the intersection between style, culture and identity. Fenty is a young brand with a powerful collective voice, shaped by the individuals behind it.”

The other big winners on the night were Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, who was named Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of the Year, while the Italian label was also feted Brand of the Year. Adut Akech was selected as Model of the Year, Dior Men’s Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year for Menswear, and Christopher Kane was bestowed with the new Designers’ Designer Award.

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Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee scoops top honours at The Fashion Awards 2019

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchet…

Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee was the big winner at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

The star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London featured appearances from the likes of Janet Jackson, Julia Roberts, Donatella Versace, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Cruise, and was hosted by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The first of Lee’s awards was for Brand of the Year, which he accepted from model and friend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Mentioning Kering boss Francois-Henri Pinault, who owns Bottega Veneta, in his brief acceptance speech, the 33-year-old British designer thanked the Frenchman for taking “that initial gamble” on him.

Later, when accepting his second award of the evening for Accessories Designer of the Year, Lee told the famous faces in the audience: “For me, accessories are the key to modern dressing and I’m incredibly proud so many of you choose to live with our pieces every day and to express your style.”

The designer also took home the coveted awards for Designer of the Year and British Designer of the Year for Womenswear.

Kim Jones of Dior Men was named as British Designer of the Year for Menswear, though as he was overseas, the accolade was accepted on his behalf by Donatella Versace.

“As you see, I’m not Kim Jones, but it’s truly an honour to accept the award for my good friend. He’s in Miami putting the last touches to his show and it’s going to be fabulous, as always,” she quipped.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was presented with the Fashion Icon award during ceremony, while Adut Akech was named as Model of the Year.

Elsewhere, U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Lady Amanda Harlech made an emotional tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld and announced plans for Chanel to sponsor a scholarship through the British Fashion Council’s foundation.

The organisation’s newest award – The Designers’ Designer – was handed to Christopher Kane by Kylie Minogue, and the extravagant ceremony ended with a Giorgio Armani runway show.

The 85-year-old Italian then received the Outstanding Achievement Award from close pals and muses Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett.

The full list of winners for the 2019 Fashion Awards is as follows:

Brand of the Year – Bottega Veneta

Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Kim Jones for Dior Men

Model of the Year – Adut Akech

Accessories Designer of the Year – Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Urban Luxe – Fenty

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams

Business Leader – Remo Ruffini for Moncler

Outstanding Achievement Award – Giorgio Armani

Fashion Icon – Naomi Campbell

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Sam McKnight

Trailblazer Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Positive Change Award – Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at UN Convention on Climate Change

Designers’ Designer Award – Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane

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Kim Jones guest-edits Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in 50 years

Kim Jones has guest-edited Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in more than 50 years.The special print supplement is dedicated solely to men’s style and inspired by the original Men’s Bazaar publication which was released in the 1960s. Jones, artist…

Kim Jones has guest-edited Harper’s Bazaar’s first men’s magazine in more than 50 years.

The special print supplement is dedicated solely to men’s style and inspired by the original Men’s Bazaar publication which was released in the 1960s.

Jones, artistic director of Dior Homme, took to Instagram to reveal his new gig and share the five special covers of the magazine, which feature himself and musicians Maluma, Travis Scott, J Balvin, and Orville Peck wearing pieces from the French fashion house.

“I’m happy to announce the first @harpersbazaarus men’s issue guest edited by Me!” he wrote alongside the snaps.

In his editorial for the magazine, the 40-year-old designer explained that he was inspired to create the diverse and inclusive covers for the men’s issue by late fashion illustrator and photographer Antonio Lopez.

“He’s an absolute hero of mine; I would have loved to have met him,” Jones wrote. “I was thinking about his New York, about the mix and diversity of the people Antonio photographed and drew in the 1970s and Eighties – the vibrancy and energy, the freedom – and I wanted to capture some of that in these images and reflect it through fashion for now.”

He went on to reveal that he picked Latinx musicians Maluma and Balvin because they “look like Antonio boys” and noted that if the late photographer were alive today, he would be a huge fan of rapper Scott.

“As for Orville Peck, I love both his image and the messages behind his music,” he added.

A spokesperson for Harper’s Bazaar owners Hearst said the men’s supplement will most likely be a quarterly edition, with different guest editors.

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Kim Jones feels fortunate to have Victoria Beckham’s support

Kim Jones feels fortunate to have the support of fellow designer Victoria Beckham.The English fashion designer was appointed as creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 and had the support of celebrities such as Beckham, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell,…

Kim Jones feels fortunate to have the support of fellow designer Victoria Beckham.

The English fashion designer was appointed as creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 and had the support of celebrities such as Beckham, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Bella Hadid when he presented his first collection for the French fashion house during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s that June.

Jones and the Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer have been friends for a long time and have always attended each other’s fashion shows, and in an interview with WWD, he admitted he was grateful to have her on his side.

“I’m very fortunate with the people I’ve met in my life. Say someone like Victoria (Beckham), who I love immensely,” he said. “I will go to her shows and support her, and she comes to mine. I love having a dinner with her where we sit down and talk business, because I love the aspect that she comes from, and I love the fact that she knows what her skills are and who else to employ to make it even better. It’s really nice to have those conversations. I love talking work with people that I don’t work with.”

Jones, who was previously at Louis Vuitton for seven years before moving to Dior, added that he has been close friends with the likes of Victoria’s husband David Beckham, Donatella Versace, Moss and Campbell for “a long, long time”.

“They’ve been really supportive. I think people love the brand and they love me, so that’s kind of a good combination, you know?” the 46-year-old shared, before adding that he’s “shocked” when people he admires know who he is. “I’m more publicly visible, people come up to me in the street a lot more. I appreciate that. I’m always shocked when people that I really admire know who I am.”

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Victoria Beckham serves up a ‘modern mix’ for spring 2020

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British V…

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, and Helen Mirren all perched on the front row, while her husband David Beckham and their four children were also in the audience.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, Beckham explained in a post on her Instagram page that she was influenced by a variety of sources and was determined for all of the garments to be comfortable for her customers.

“We took a melting pot of references and inspiration from past decades, then looked to our brand DNA and put everything together into a blender, to make a new, modern mix,” she commented, adding: “Lightness, easiness, freedom. Those are the ideas I was thinking of for this collection. There is always a duality in women, moving between different ideas, different moods. I want clothes that move with a woman, that move with her life.”

The show opened with a model wearing a black and white chequered suit, burnt orange shirt, and off-white coat, followed by a number of ensembles featuring neutral separates.

Rather than the figure-hugging dresses Beckham has built up a reputation for in previous years, this time she opted for a flowing silhouette, with standouts including a violet dress with ruffled neckline and floral applique on one shoulder, a lemon-yellow number with plunging neckline, as well as shirts and dresses featuring a scribble print.

Other highlights included ’70s-inspired suits, a bright green number, and a bright purple dress with off-the-shoulder neckline. The show concluded with a trio of swishy black dresses, a sharp white suit, and a beautiful white dress with ruching at the waist.

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Roksanda, Erdem, and Burberry.

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Kim Jones reimagined Christian Dior’s archive for modern menswear line

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection. The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history o…

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection.

The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history of the iconic French designer.

“I just really wanted to look at Christian Dior’s work, and what it would be relevant as in the 21st century, so to speak. I looked at the archive, and particularly the background of his life, because there’s a huge amount of things (that happened) before he was a couturier.

“All the time you find something new. I haven’t gone completely through it, but I wanted to find things that defined (him),” he said to SHOWstudio of the inspiration for his debut menswear line for Dior Men in June last year.

Going forward, Jones is keen to incorporate Dior’s passions into future collections as a tribute to one of the founders of fashion.

“For example, I looked at his love of nature – which is something I’m also really interested in – I wanted floral because there’s a huge amount of florals in his works,” he shared.

“The three things that (my collection) were based on was the tailoring, the couture element, and then the elegance of Christian Dior as a brand.”

During the lengthy interview, the London-born fashion star was quizzed about the influence of his former mentors – stylist Judy Blame, who passed away in 2018, the late Louise Wilson, who died in 2014, and Lee Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010.

The designer recently dedicated his guest-edited issue of A Magazine Curated By to his three friends, who he said he would’ve asked to contribute to the magazine had they still been alive.

“Lee and Louise are the two most important people. Louise gave me the confidence to go and do what I needed to do, and Lee was always there to say, ‘F**k ’em, go and do it, don’t listen to people, listen to yourself’,” he said.

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