Lady Gaga ‘proposes’ to herself for new jewellery campaign

Lady Gaga has “proposed” to herself as part of a new jewellery campaign.To help promote costume designer B. Akerlund’s collection in partnership with banking company Klarna, the superstar has posed for a photoshoot in which she models the Knight Finger…

Lady Gaga has “proposed” to herself as part of a new jewellery campaign.

To help promote costume designer B. Akerlund’s collection in partnership with banking company Klarna, the superstar has posed for a photoshoot in which she models the Knight Finger design on her middle finger.

With regards to the concept, Gaga explained that she and Akerlund wanted to reject the notion that women can only propose marriage on a Leap Day, or 29 February.

“The idea that a woman can only propose to a man one day every four years is so completely ridiculous!” the 33-year-old commented. “Anyone who knows me knows that I believe any person of any gender identity should be able to express any act of love to anyone else on ANY day of ANY year. So, in an act of defiance of this outdated tradition, I decided to say yes to MYSELF! And wear this ring today with pride to remind myself and everyone that the only permission you need to love comes from within you.”

The Knight Finger ring is gold vermeil and features 246 rose pink and four crystal stones in pave settings. The limited-edition design is priced at $950 (£728) and is now available for pre-order.

All proceeds will go to Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organisation that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

“The Knight Finger was designed to inspire us all to fearlessly love on our own terms and cast aside traditions of the past to define our own futures,” added Akerlund. “Lady Gaga is a knight in shining armour, defeating all that stands in her way. She is truly an inspiration in creating her own rules to express her true self. It’s an honour that she chose to put my ring on her finger.”

Gaga, who has been engaged twice before, is currently dating tech executive Michael Polansky.

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Brandon Maxwell thanks team for nursing him ‘back to life’ following near-breakdown

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans a…

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.

The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans and followers that his team was responsible for inspiring him to create his fall/winter 2020 collection.

“I remember so distinctly sitting down at the beginning of this season and telling my team that I didn’t feel well. That my mind felt clouded, overrun with criticism and negativity, that I didn’t feel a major spark for anything when I woke up in the mornings,” Maxwell wrote, touching upon his feelings of depression and anxiety last year.

He went on to reveal that his team didn’t shy away from offering their support and actually “formed a wall” around him.

“They nursed me back to life one garment at a time, gave me the freedom to feel and to be, and somewhere along the way the feeling hit me again. Like they knew it would,” the 35-year-old touchingly shared.

The Project Runway judge, who has dressed the likes of Lady Gaga and Anne Hathaway, went on to express his hope that he made his colleagues – and fans – proud with his latest show, and said that even though he was struggling, he just kept going.

“What I now know is that it’s the moments you think will break you to your core that ask you to rise, and it’s up to you to decide if you will. I showed up this season because behind every runway look is a team member with a family, with a dream, and they count on it. That’s what’s got me through,” he wrote, before concluding his emotional post with an outpouring of love for his loyal fans.

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Brandon Maxwell no longer pushing himself to work to an ‘unnatural extreme’

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s …

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.

The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015. But while Maxwell is now one of the most sought-after designers, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he was near-exhausted at some points in his career.

“Over the last year, it became clear that that wasn’t really working for me anymore at 35 in the same way it did for me at 28. I was waking up every day with a dark cloud hanging over,” he wrote. “In the last couple months, I just decided to stop saying yes to every single thing, pushing myself to some unnatural extreme, working myself to a place that actually closed me off instead of allowing me to live, and just go along the journey. I’ve kind of found that the natural beauty that arises from that approach is so much more satisfying than when it’s calculated.”

Accordingly, Maxwell now feels able to pour all of his energy into his upcoming New York Fashion Week show. Even though the theme of the spectacle remains under wraps, the Project Runway judge noted that it is “about the journey”.

“I think everyone does this job because they’re chasing a feeling, a feeling they first felt when they were young. I’ve really felt it again this week, the way I did when I was in the middle of nowhere in my room alone, and that feels like a win. I feel stronger than I did a year ago, and I’m ready,” the 35-year-old added.

Maxwell will unveil his latest line on 8 February. Badgley Mischka, Longchamp, and Self-Portrait are showing on the same day.

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Jean Paul Gaultier bidding farewell to runway shows

Jean Paul Gaultier will stage the last runway show of his career during the upcoming Paris Couture Week.The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media over the weekend. “This show celebrating 50 years…

Jean Paul Gaultier will stage the last runway show of his career during the upcoming Paris Couture Week.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media over the weekend.

“This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last,” the 67-year-old wrote, referring to his haute couture presentation set to be held on Wednesday night. “But rest assured, haute couture will continue with a new concept.”

In an accompanying clip, Gaultier is seen pretending to speak to a journalist on the phone, giving them the “scoop” on his decision.

“I’m going to give you a scoop. This will be my last haute couture show. My last Gaultier Paris show. You have to come, you can’t miss that,” he joked. “But, but, but I assure you: Gaultier Paris will continue, haute couture will continue. I have a new concept; I’ll tell you about it later, I’ll tell you all the little secrets. But it is going to continue.”

Gaultier unveiled his first-ever collection back in 1976 and has since gone on to dress the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna with his avant-garde designs. He is also known for creating Madonna’s iconic conical bra back in the ’90s.

While Gaultier will still be involved in his high-end fashion and perfume businesses, he will take a step back from designing garments. The designer stopped making ready-to-wear clothes in 2015 in order to concentrate on haute couture.

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Brandon Maxwell wants to make hometown locals proud of his fashion success

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and ded…

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.

The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and dedication to the city of Longview and their communities.

Talking to local news station KLTV, Maxwell said it was a “full-circle moment” coming back to his native Texas and hosting the awards and luncheon.

“It was fantastic,” he shared. “It was like a dream come true. I’ve spent my whole career hoping that I would make everyone where I’m from proud. This was a great full-circle moment.”

During his career, Maxwell has dressed high-profile women such as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Hollywood stars including Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and Anne Hathaway.

He also co-hosts U.S. TV show Project Runway with Karlie Kloss, who serves as one of his muses, and created Lady Gaga’s extravagant outfits for last year’s Met Gala.

During his speech at the Star Over Longview 2020 awards, Maxwell said he believes in giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

“I think I’m a prime example of that,” the 35-year-old explained. “I’m not someone who has the pedigree to succeed without the love, acceptance, and hard work of the people around me.

“Go out there and pursue your dreams. The world is at your fingertips.”

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Brandon Maxwell reflects on ‘defining’ year in candid post

Brandon Maxwell has described 2019 as the “defining” year of his life and career.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…

Brandon Maxwell has described 2019 as the “defining” year of his life and career.

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.

While Maxwell landed a gig as a judge on Project Runway this year and won Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 CFDA Awards in June, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he has experienced just as many lows as highs recently.

“I was going to look back and reminisce on some memories that defined the year, but instead I locked myself out of my phone, got on an airplane, breathed in oxygen, and sat with myself for a week… 2019 was the most defining year of all my 35 here on Earth,” he wrote. “I’ve spent a lifetime running from all the ugly things about myself, and this year gave me no other option but to look them dead in the eye. I pushed myself to places unimaginable, I picked myself up off the ground more times than I would like to count, I faced rejection, loss, and fears head on, and as a result I met love with open arms.”

Maxwell went on to explain that some of his best moments didn’t take place in the spotlight, but when he was on his own and had time to think about his achievements and choices.

And as for the greatest gift he has received, the fashion star insisted it had to be “humanity”.

“What I know now is that it’s not about the race, it’s not about who cheers for you when you’re running the fastest, and it’s not about the finish line. It’s about the person who still loves you when you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, the person who was there all along when you were trying to get someone else’s attention, the person that wants nothing from you at all except to see you shine,” the 35-year-old added.

To conclude, Maxwell thanked his family, friends, and team for their continuing support.

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Billy Porter and Cardi B dominate Google’s 2019 red carpet searches

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot. In recent years, the actor has built up a rep…

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.

Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot.

In recent years, the actor has built up a reputation for his extravagant ensembles, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards in February and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the Met Gala in May.

Cardi landed in second place, with the Bodak Yellow rapper having made some serious sartorial choices in the past 12 months, such as the vintage Mugler ensemble she donned for the Grammy Awards and the oxblood red gown by Thom Browne that she chose for the Met Gala.

Boundary-pushing fashionista Lady Gaga took the third sport, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the interest she garnered online when she sported four different Brandon Maxwell outfits to the Met Gala, as well as a stunning strapless black Alexander McQueen ballgown to the Oscars, where she was nominated for her performance in A Star Is Born.

Interestingly, Gaga was followed on the list by “Amy Schumer husband”. The comedy star’s husband Chris Fischer attended several red carpet events with her this year, while Jenny McCarthy took fifth place and K-pop sensation BTS ranked sixth. Caitlyn Jenner, Richard Madden, Brie Larson, and “Brienne of Tarth” – also known as Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie – rounded out the top 10.

Among the Fashion Style searches for 2019 were topics such as “camp style”, “Egirl style”, “Eboy style”, and “Steampunk style”, while biker shorts, white jeans, and leather trousers were also top search terms.

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Brandon Maxwell and Kenneth Cole to be honoured at AAFA Awards

Brandon Maxwell and Kenneth Cole are to be honoured at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Awards.The designers are among five individuals and companies who will be feted at the AAFA’s American Image Awards to be held at New York’s Plaza…

Brandon Maxwell and Kenneth Cole are to be honoured at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Awards.

The designers are among five individuals and companies who will be feted at the AAFA’s American Image Awards to be held at New York’s Plaza Hotel in New York in April next year.

Shoe designer Cole is the recipient of Person of the Year, while Maxwell, who was the creative genius behind Lady Gaga’s 2019 Met Gala look, will be awarded Designer of the Year.

Ralph Lauren Corp. will receive Company of the Year, Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group will take home Retail Innovator of the Year, and U.S. TV show Project Runway, which airs on Bravo, will receive Fashion Maverick.

Rick Helfenbein, president and chief executive officer of AAFA, said this year’s award winners “exemplify” the ideology of celebrating the future of fashion.

“Not only are these individuals and companies successfully delivering quality and innovative products, but they are also leading our industry across key global performance issues including environmental stewardship and social responsibility,” he commented.

The gala will be hosted by journalist Brooke Baldwin and will benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation, which is currently chaired by designer Tom Ford.

Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, added, “We are appreciative of the support the AAFA has given to the CFDA over the past four years. Our efforts to develop and operate impactful programming are directly strengthened through our relationship with the AAFA.”

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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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