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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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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