Giorgio Armani ‘frustrated’ by his accessories sales

Giorgio Armani is “frustrated” that accessories aren’t a bigger part of his fashion empire.The Italian icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clie…

Giorgio Armani is “frustrated” that accessories aren’t a bigger part of his fashion empire.

The Italian icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Zendaya, and Anne Hathaway.

While Armani offers handbags, footwear, and jewellery in addition to his couture and ready-to-wear lines, in an interview for Vogue Italia, he explained that he has always had issues with his accessories categories.

“We have done hundreds and millions of accessories over the years, but nobody talks about them and I am frustrated,” he told the fashion publication. “My challenge is not to be able to sell accessories… Everybody tells me that the fortune of all the other brands is that they sell mostly accessories. I sell very few – so I can always sell more. I do fashion, sports clothes, young people’s clothes – but accessories are not quite there yet.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Armani reflected on receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

But even though he was thrilled to take home the prestigious prize, he also found it slightly humorous that officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have taken so long to recognise his contribution to the industry.

“Maybe it’s because I don’t do eccentric fashion, English people have only now understood my evolution,” the 85-year-old mused.

“I know that the old style of English fashion for men is over – it changed, the world has changed – no one smokes pipes anymore.”

Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Manolo Blahnik, among others.

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Brandon Maxwell pondering affordable clothing line

Brandon Maxwell is open to launching an affordable clothing line in the future.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-w…

Brandon Maxwell is open to launching an affordable clothing line in the future.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

At present, Maxwell’s garments fall within the luxury price range, but in a recent question and answer session on his Instagram page, he explained that he has often pondered what it would take to start a more accessible collection.

“This is my number one asked question every time I do questions,” he wrote. “Our collections now are handmade in New York City and the prices in the stores are reflective of how much they actually cost to be made. I love being able to oversee the product and the process. I would love to create more affordable pieces, but there are so many things to consider at a much lower price point, from the quality of the garments to employee working conditions that I would need to know much more about and be able to have some control over!”

Maxwell went on to explain that he is also interested in catering to plus-size women and would love to collaborate with designers at Nike on a sportswear line. As for how he finds inspiration for his clothes, the fashion star swears by spending quiet time by himself.

“The things I do when I am creatively blocked are, in this order: 1. Get in my car. 2. Blast country music. 3. Drive out into nature. 4. Sit in nature. 5. Wait for an idea to come,” the 35-year-old commented.

Elsewhere, Maxwell shared that he loves to bring his dog Stella to the office as well, but has to be careful about where she sits within the studio.

“But I can’t bring her whenever it gets close to the collection being finished because she LOVES to lay on expensive fabric and then she ruins it and I get yelled at,” he joked.

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Lady Gaga: ‘A Star Is Born character stayed with me for a long time’

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey…

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.

Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Elle magazine, Gaga admitted she couldn’t immediately let go of Ally because the character’s career trajectory reflected her own and brought up pain from her past.

“Well, actually, the character of Ally stayed with me for a long time. I had to relive a lot of my career doing that role,” she explained. “I don’t know how you feel when you’ve acted, but for me, I don’t view it as filming a movie. I film it as living the character, and it’s a moment in my life, so I relived it all again, and it took a long time for it to go away.”

Although she lost out to The Favourite’s Olivia Colman for the Best Actress prize, the 33-year-old didn’t go home empty-handed, as she won the Best Original Song for Shallow. However, looking at the prestigious statuette reminded her of that pain.

“When I won the Oscar for Shallow, I looked at it, and a reporter asked me, ‘When you look at that Oscar, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a lot of pain.’ And I wasn’t lying in that moment,” Gaga continued. “I have been traumatised in a variety of ways by my career over the years from many different things, but I survived, and I’ve kept going. And when I looked at that Oscar, I saw pain.”

Gaga will follow up on her award-winning role with Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion house. She will play Maurizio’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, who hired a hitman to shoot and kill him on the steps of his office in 1995.

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Kesha took inspiration from late grandmother with lipstick colour in make-up line

Kesha’s new make-up line includes a red lipstick shade inspired by her late grandmother.The Tik Tok hitmaker has debuted the first few products for Kesha Rose Beauty online, with the collection featuring a 12-shade eyeshadow palette, liquid eyeliner, l…

Kesha’s new make-up line includes a red lipstick shade inspired by her late grandmother.

The Tik Tok hitmaker has debuted the first few products for Kesha Rose Beauty online, with the collection featuring a 12-shade eyeshadow palette, liquid eyeliner, lipstick, and lip gloss, which are all vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

Discussing the line with WWD, Kesha revealed the lipstick was inspired by her grandmother.

“She actually passed away when I was younger, but one of the things I (remember is that) she always was wearing her red lipstick,” she said. “In the line, I only have two lip products and one of them is this red, red, red (shade). It’s reminiscent of my very first experience with make-up.”

Kesha, who is gearing up to release her fourth album High Road in January, wants customers to experiment with her cosmetics and use them to express their true selves rather than try to achieve a perfect look.

“My relationship to make-up is not purely to make me feel perfect or beautiful or filtered. It’s more to make me feel like my authentic insides are being shown on the outside,” the 32-year-old added. “Sometimes with beauty, it feels like the goal is perfection. With my line, that’s not the goal. My goal is happiness.”

Kesha Rose Beauty will go on sale on Hipdot.com on 3 December.

She follows in the footsteps of musicians like Lady Gaga and Rihanna who have each released successful beauty collections.

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Lady Gaga’s make-up and Sarah Jessica Parker’s backpack make Oprah’s Favorite Things list

Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker have been given a big business boost after finding their creations on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things wish list for Christmas 2019.The media mogul has just launched this year’s collections of must-haves – and they fea…

Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker have been given a big business boost after finding their creations on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things wish list for Christmas 2019.

The media mogul has just launched this year’s collections of must-haves – and they feature make-up from Gaga’s Haus Laboratories line and a backpack designed by actress Parker.

Introducing the items, which range from budget to luxury, in an online video, Winfrey asked Gaga to show her how best to apply her make-up and Parker surprised the TV icon by stopping by to model her Carried Away Convertible Samsonite collaboration.

Taking to Instagram following the announcement, the Born This Way singer posted a snap of herself with the 65-year-old and wrote: “@Oprah @OprahMagazine thank u for including @hauslabs on your list of favorite things this year! (sic).”

All 79 items, which also include desserts, sustainable goods and fashion accessories, will be featured in the December 2019 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Among the cosy picks are E-Marie’s Travel Blanket, Intelex’s Plush Slippers, and Echo’s Faux-Fur Pull-Through Scarves, while some of the more interesting selections include the Flywheel Home Bike with Built-in Tablet, the Wolf Gourmet Precision Griddle, Pink Picasso Paint-by-Number Kits, Skeem Design Fireplace Match Cloches, and Truff Hot Sauce.

Meanwhile, Winfrey has given slimwear brand Spanx a huge endorsement after raving about the firm’s new Perfect Black Pants.

“When I first saw these ultraflattering pants, I immediately called Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, to applaud her,” she wrote. “In sizes XS to 3X, they have built-in tummy control, so you don’t need to wear compression gear underneath – you’re already Spanxed!”

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Lady Gaga wants Haus Laboratories to break ‘the status quo of beauty’

Lady Gaga created Haus Laboratories to rebel against what society considers to be beautiful. The Bad Romance hitmaker announced in July that she was venturing into the beauty industry with Haus Laboratories, with her first make-up collection comprised…

Lady Gaga created Haus Laboratories to rebel against what society considers to be beautiful.

The Bad Romance hitmaker announced in July that she was venturing into the beauty industry with Haus Laboratories, with her first make-up collection comprised of lip liners, lip glosses, and eyeshadows.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Elle magazine, Gaga explained that she wants to use her brand to rebel against the current standards of beauty in today’s society.

“I felt that I had the platform and had built the foundation around what I stand for, so that when this company came out, it would be a rebellion in a kind way against the status quo of beauty as it is today, which is in many ways on social media, a competition,” she said. “It’s a beauty pageant in a lot of ways. This company exists in an influential space in culture where we say, ‘Our Haus. Your Rules.’ And everyone is welcome – all gender identities…. all gender identities, all racial identities, everyone, every age. This is for everyone.”

The 33-year-old shared that she decided to take the plunge with the company this year because she felt she could dedicate enough time to it.

“I wanted to put everything into it, which I do with everything that I do. I don’t just put a company together, hire a staff, and have them do it. I said this the other night at our launch: ‘My fingerprints are all over this. It’s a crime scene,'” the star continued.

Elsewhere in the interview, Oprah asked Gaga about her quirky, headline-grabbing outfits and asked if she felt pressure to constantly outdo herself. Accordingly, the singer admitted she used to deliberately be shocking and think “What am I going to do next to get people’s attention?” but she recently realised she was on a “greater mission on this Earth than to freak the hell out of people”.

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Lady Gaga to star in Ridley Scott’s Gucci murder drama

Lady Gaga is set to star in Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci. According to Deadline, the Alien filmmaker has committed to directing a drama about the Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the grand…

Lady Gaga is set to star in Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci.

According to Deadline, the Alien filmmaker has committed to directing a drama about the Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion house.

The A Star Is Born actress is set to portray Patrizia Reggiani, who was married to Maurizio, with whom she has two daughters, from 1973 until 1985, when he left her for a younger woman. In 1995, four years after they were officially divorced, Maurizio was shot and killed on the steps of his office by a hitman she had hired. She was sentenced to 29 years in prison but only served 18 years before being released in 2016.

The movie will be written by Roberto Bentivegna and based on The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, the 2000 book by Sara Gay Forden. Scott will produce the drama with his wife Giannina for his Scott Free Productions banner.

Scott is set to move onto the movie once he has completed medieval drama The Last Duel, which will star Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Ben Affleck, and Jodie Comer.

The Gucci drama will mark Lady Gaga’s next role following her acclaimed turn alongside Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born. Her performance earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, but she lost out to The Favourite’s Olivia Colman. However, she didn’t go home empty-handed as she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Shallow.

Her previous acting roles include Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and American Horror Story: Hotel, for which she won a Golden Globe.

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Valentino filed missing report over Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress

Valentino filed a report with police after Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress went missing.The singer and actress wore the custom-made periwinkle gown by the Italian fashion house in January, teaming her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million)…

Valentino filed a report with police after Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress went missing.

The singer and actress wore the custom-made periwinkle gown by the Italian fashion house in January, teaming her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million) worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds and dyeing her platinum blonde hair a matching shade of blue.

However, she allegedly left the dress in her room at The Beverly Hilton hotel, where the awards show was held, according to a maid who reportedly discovered the dress and handed it into the lost and found department at the luxury venue.

The employee, named Sara Corea, has since put the dress up for auction via Nate D. Sanders Auctions, after the hotel handed the Valentino dress back to Corea because nobody had come forward to claim it.

Now, a spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department has told Entertainment Tonight that the luxury fashion house had in fact filed a police report notifying them that the gown had gone missing following the 2019 Golden Globes.

They added that Gaga had not filed a report and Corea and Valentino are resolving the matter privately.

“It was determined that no crime had taken place. The police do not have an active criminal investigation. The matter is being resolved between the concerned parties,” a statement from the BHPD read.

Gaga wore the gown when she scooped the Best Original Song – Motion Picture prize for Shallow – her duet with Bradley Cooper from the hit movie A Star Is Born.

The dress is currently available to bidders with a minimum bid of $8,000 (£6,230), and auction manager Michael Kirk says the sale will still go ahead on Thursday.

“We take provenance very seriously and do due diligence on all items we take on consignment, including consulting our attorneys when necessary,” he added.

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Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress to be auctioned off by hotel maid

A maid from The Beverly Hilton hotel is auctioning off the dress Lady Gaga wore to the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.The Bad Romance singer made a splash when she stepped out in the custom-made periwinkle Valentino gown at the ceremony in January, where she…

A maid from The Beverly Hilton hotel is auctioning off the dress Lady Gaga wore to the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

The Bad Romance singer made a splash when she stepped out in the custom-made periwinkle Valentino gown at the ceremony in January, where she scooped the Best Original Song – Motion Picture prize for Shallow – her duet with Bradley Cooper from the hit movie A Star Is Born.

However, an employee from The Beverly Hilton named Sara Corea has now claimed that she found the dress on 8 January and handed it into the lost and found department at the luxury venue, and as no one collected the couture piece, she was given the garment to keep in September.

She has now put the dress up for auction via Nate D. Sanders Auctions, with the bidding opening at $8,000 (£6,230). The auction is currently scheduled to take place on 31 October, with the dress presented with a letter from Corea explaining how the item came into her possession.

“I turned in the dress to the lost and found on the 8th of January 2019,” she wrote in the note. “After the time legally held by lost and found, they gave it to me as a gift from her and today I want to auction the dress.”

Yet, according to TMZ.com, there’s a chance the auction may not go ahead as the gown didn’t actually belong to Gaga, 33, but was loaned to her by Valentino for the event.

A source has told reporters at the website that executives at the Italian label have alleged the dress was stolen and are planning to report the theft.

On the evening of the Golden Globes, Gaga teamed her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million) worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds and complemented the look by dyeing her platinum blonde hair a matching shade of blue.

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Brandon Maxwell reflects on career after receiving top fashion award

Brandon Maxwell had a “full circle” moment when he recently received a top fashion award.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s …

Brandon Maxwell had a “full circle” moment when he recently received a top fashion award.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

Last Thursday night, Maxwell was presented with the Fashion Star Award by Elle magazine editor-in-chief Nina Garcia at The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars event, and in a later Instagram post, he explained how thrilled he was to win the prize.

“Thank you so incredibly much to @fginyc for giving me the Fashion Star Award tonight! In the beginning of my career I was given the rising star award, and to my surprise and amazement, it was given to me by my now colleague and friend @ninagarcia,” the 35-year-old wrote next to a black-and-white photo of himself and Garcia. “That was a defining moment in my career that I’ll never forget. Many years later, in the most beautiful full circle moment, she came to give me this award tonight. I’m eternally grateful to Nina for her love, leadership, and friendship. To know her is to know greatness, and to be in her orbit is one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given in this industry and life. Thank you, Nina, from the bottom of my heart.”

In May, Maxwell outfitted his friend Gaga in four show-stopping outfits for the 2019 Met Gala, while in June, he was named Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Awards. Accordingly, he noted that his latest accolade was the icing on the cake.

“This has been a year I’ll certainly never forget, and I’m so thankful to each one of you for going on this journey and loving me through. To every young person out there following me; keep going, don’t take no for an answer, believe fully and wholly in yourself, and rise rise rise,” he stated.

Donna Karan, supermodel Iman, Ralph Rucci, and Rick Owens were also celebrated at the prizegiving.

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