Loewe releases collection inspired by ceramicist William De Morgan

Loewe has unveiled a collection influenced by the work of British ceramicist William De Morgan.Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the Spanish heritage fashion house, took to Instagram on Monday morning to announce the launch of the capsule line, w…

Loewe has unveiled a collection influenced by the work of British ceramicist William De Morgan.

Jonathan Anderson, creative director of the Spanish heritage fashion house, took to Instagram on Monday morning to announce the launch of the capsule line, which includes both ready-to-wear items and accessories.

“The work of British ceramicist William De Morgan is celebrated in Loewe’s new capsule collection conceived as a world of colour, texture and playful imagination. De Morgan was renowned for his Arts and Crafts tile designs. Now, his fantastic creatures and floral arabesques are celebrated in LOEWE’s capsule collection of ready-to-wear, accessories and charms for both men and women,” he wrote alongside a campaign image. “Certain details are enlarged on coats and bags, while others are hand-stitched onto oversized scarves and knitwear. Some garments, such as a woollen dragon’s tail, or a horned knitted beanie, remake the wearer as a monster themselves. This is a collection in which the imagination is set free, and the magical is blended with the everyday.”

The campaign was shot by Craig McDean and styled by Benjamin Bruno. Models including Jamily Wernke Meurer and Marcel Korusiewicz feature in the images.

The William De Morgan capsule collection will be available to purchase from 14 November. Prices have not been announced.

And it appears the initial reaction to the concept is overwhelmingly positive, with fashion critic Tim Blanks commenting, “SUBLIME!!!!!!!” on Instagram, and model Liya Kebede adding: “So good.”

De Morgan was known for his intricate tiles, stained glass, and furniture, with his designs often based on Medieval or Islamic patterns. He died at the age of 77 in 1917.

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Liya Kebede: ‘I had no desire to create a brand’

Liya Kebede accidentally became a fashion entrepreneur because she wanted to help weavers in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian model, who has worked with the likes of Gucci and Estee Lauder, founded Lemlem in 2008 after going to a market while visiting family i…

Liya Kebede accidentally became a fashion entrepreneur because she wanted to help weavers in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian model, who has worked with the likes of Gucci and Estee Lauder, founded Lemlem in 2008 after going to a market while visiting family in Addis Ababa and noticing that the people who made handwoven clothes had no business. She used her own money to hire a designer, stylist and a few weavers to make Western-style clothes using those traditional techniques.

In a new interview with PORTER magazine, Liya admitted becoming the founder and creative director of a fashion brand was never one of her life goals.

“I am completely, 100 per cent, an accidental entrepreneur… I had no desire to do a brand,” she said, explaining that she had always wanted to help people in her native country but she “didn’t know in what capacity” and when she founded the label, “I thought I was just fixing something.”

Lemlem, which means “to bloom” in Amharic, now sells to vendors around the world and has recently opened offices in New York. It also employs 250 weavers in Addis Ababa and five per cent of its sales go to the Lemlem Foundation, which supports women artisans in Africa.

“Every time I see someone wearing Lemlem, I have a ‘wow’ moment – because I know how far we have come,” the 41-year-old gushed.

Liya has also collaborated with her designer friends, with her team recently adding colourful borders to “puffer” gowns created by Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli for Moncler.

“It has this feeling of depth and warmth, and a sense that there is another dimension to them,” she continued. “It bridges these things that you didn’t think could be bridged.”

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Richard Quinn and Matthew Williams tapped to create Moncler Genius lines

Richard Quinn and Matthew Williams have been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.London-based star Quinn, who won the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design last year (18), and Williams, known for his 1017 ALYX 9SM label, will b…

Richard Quinn and Matthew Williams have been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.

London-based star Quinn, who won the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design last year (18), and Williams, known for his 1017 ALYX 9SM label, will both present collections for the Italy-based apparel company in Milan on 20 February.

Regarding the idea for tapping rising fashion talent for limited-edition collections, chairman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini, explained that the business model acknowledges the diversity of the contemporary customer in the digital era.

“Moncler Genius is an answer to the times, a symposium of creative minds and an inspiring place. Each Genius operates singularly, and the sum of the Geniuses interprets the Moncler identity,” he said in a statement. “Different rooms house different visions, all of them shaping the global Moncler message and the Moncler Genius Building contains them all.”

Quinn and Williams will join other established Moncler Genius designers at the show, including Sergio Zambon and Veronica Leoni for Moncler 1952, Sandro Mandrino for Moncler Grenoble, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Palm Angels’ Francesco Ragazzi, and Poldo Dog Couture.

There will also be a line from Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and model Liya Kebede.

Last year, Piccioli made a splash with his Moncler Genius collection, with the line including includes zip-up hooded capes, padded duvet-like coats, and basic down jackets, while the accompanying campaign featured models posing in settings evocative of Medieval Madonna paintings. Actor Ezra Miller also hit headlines when he stepped out at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in Paris in November sporting a daring black coat with matching hood and gloves from the line.

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Naomi Campbell dazzles at Valentino’s spring 19 couture show

Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show on Wednesday night (23Jan19).Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest collection for the Italian fashion brand at the Place Vendome as part of Paris Cout…

Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show on Wednesday night (23Jan19).

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest collection for the Italian fashion brand at the Place Vendome as part of Paris Couture Week, with the likes of Celine Dion, Courtney Love, Rami Malek, Olivia Palermo, and Sofia Coppola all in attendance.

The designer offered up a number of gorgeous outfits featuring vibrant florals and luxury lace, but it was Campbell’s turn at the end of the show which really made a statement, with the veteran British supermodel baring her torso and flashing her nipples in a dramatic black gown with sheer bodice and ruffled skirt.

“Closing @maisonvalentino’s Spring 2019 couture show. Congratulations on a beautiful evening,” she captioned a snap of herself at the event on her Instagram page.

Elsewhere in the presentation, Piccioli had a model walk the runway in a coral silk skirt and matching ruched top which was designed to evoke the shape of roses, with a number of brightly coloured ensembles following, such as a pair of orange trousers which were matched with a white feathered top and a rose-pink gown with long sleeves. Voluminous and ruffled sleeves featured heavily, as did simple yet tailored shirts and overcoats.

However, partway through the presentation, Piccioli injected a whole lot of spring-inspired fun, taking inspiration from flower-filled gardens. Highlights included oversized gowns made from pastel coloured fabrics featuring rose and blossom motifs, and a dramatic grey gown covered in yellow and green daisy prints.

Natalia Vodianova, 36, strutted her stuff in a large ballgown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, while 17-year-old Kaia Gerber showcased a bright green sequin dress with dramatic tiered skirt, and Liya Kebede rocked a hot pink gown with a high ruffled neckline.

“What an honour it was for me to be part of this incredible cast, thank you @pppiccioli for making me be a part of this monumental moment and how lucky am I that this was my first Valentino show with you! On pink cloud nine,” the 40-year-old wrote on her Instagram page.

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Victoria Beckham celebrates 10 years with triumphant homecoming show

English designer Victoria Beckham declared “it’s great to be back” as she made her debut at London Fashion Week on Sunday (16Sep18).Beckham usually shows off her namesake label during the New York Fashion Week round of runways, but to mark the br…

English designer Victoria Beckham declared “it’s great to be back” as she made her debut at London Fashion Week on Sunday (16Sep18).

Beckham usually shows off her namesake label during the New York Fashion Week round of runways, but to mark the brand’s 10th anniversary, the former popstar decided on a homecoming show.

With her family, including husband David, and children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper, sitting front row, Beckham wowed the fashion crowd with her spring/ summer 19 collection, which was packed full of delicate lace negligees, flowing florals and tailored trousers featuring a front split to show off shoes.

“It’s great to be back,” she stated post-show, reports Fashionista. “I’ve had family members here that have never been to a show of mine. They’ve never seen what I’ve done, so it’s great to feel part of London Fashion Week.”

Her mum and dad, Jackie and Tony, and her sister Louise were also at the London showcase, as was David’s mum Sandra and his sister Joanne. British Vogue editor Edward Enninful and close family friend Tana Ramsay also watched as models, including Liya Kebede, Edie Campbell and catwalk veteran Stella Tennant, stormed the runway.

“I feel proud of me and my team,” Beckham gushed backstage.”This feels like a new chapter. I’ve got new investors, I’ve got a new CEO (Paolo Riva) working — he started two weeks ago — there’s so much more now that I can do.”

And talking about the new clothes, which also include trench coats, wide-legged trousers and a gold brocade suit, Beckham explained that it was her aim to celebrate all women.

“It’s all about celebrating women, not just the Victoria Beckham woman – we haven’t always done so in the past,” she commented.

Victoria carried on the celebration with a star-studded Vogue party later on Sunday.

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Naomi Campbell to be honoured by Essence at New York Fashion Week

Naomi Campbell is to be honoured by Essence magazine during this year’s New York Fashion Week (18).The publication will pay tribute to the acclaimed supermodel at its annual Street Style festival, which will take place at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn …

Naomi Campbell is to be honoured by Essence magazine during this year’s New York Fashion Week (18).

The publication will pay tribute to the acclaimed supermodel at its annual Street Style festival, which will take place at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn on 9 September, according to Page Six. Described as the “most fashion-forward day party of the year,” the event will be hosted by Insecure actress and comedienne, Amanda Seales, while singer Kelis and fashion influencer Kellie Brown will also receive honours.

Naomi has long been lauded by Essence and graced the magazine’s cover on several occasions, notably fronting the September 2010 issue alongside fellow models Iman and Liya Kebede.

The British fashion icon has enjoyed a career spanning decades, walking for the world’s biggest fashion houses, including Vivienne Westwood, Dior and Chanel. She was also the first black model to appear on the covers of French Vogue and Time, and her impressive legacy recently earned her the prestigious Icon Award at Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards, a prize which has previously been bestowed upon the likes of Kate Moss, Rihanna, Beyonce, David Bowie and Pharrell Williams.

“It is truly an honour to be recognised by the CFDA with this year’s Fashion Icon Award,” Naomi told Vogue. “Being from London, my personal style has always been tremendously influenced by both the dynamic, ever-changing nature of street culture and the music scene. I grew up in this industry and I’m forever grateful to the iconic American fashion designers who have supported me and celebrated me throughout my career.”

New York Fashion Week will take place from 6 to 14 September. U.S. brands Rodarte and Proenza Schouler will both return to the city to present spring/summer 2019 collections, while Longchamp is trading its usual Paris Fashion Week residence for a show in the Big Apple.

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Julie de Libran taps famous friends to design Sonia Rykiel charity sweaters

Kirsten Dunst and Kristin Scott Thomas are among the stars helping Sonia Rykiel’s Julie de Libran with her charity sweater project.To celebrate 50 years since late designer Sonia Rykiel opened her first store on Paris’ Left Bank, artistic director de L…

Kirsten Dunst and Kristin Scott Thomas are among the stars helping Sonia Rykiel’s Julie de Libran with her charity sweater project.

To celebrate 50 years since late designer Sonia Rykiel opened her first store on Paris’ Left Bank, artistic director de Libran is curating a whole year of special events and product launches, including the label’s first couture offering.

She’s also recruited some of her A-list friends to create pieces for her Generous Sweaters collection.

“To mark the anniversary of the house and of a year which changed the social landscape in France, it was important for me to create a platform for expression that was also an opportunity to give something back to society,” de Libran said, reports Vogue.com.

As well as actresses Kirsten and Kristin, models Liya Kebede and Langley Fox have also showed off their design skills, paying homage to designer Rykiel, who was labelled “Queen of the Knits” after finding fashion fame with her Poor Boy Sweater in the early ’60s, which was loved by Audrey Hepburn.

Fargo star Kirsten designed a black jumper decorated with red poppies, while Fox went for a rainbow design and Kebede used fabrics from label Lemlem, a brand set up to bring stability to women in her home country of Ethiopia.

The Lemlem Foundation, Le Refuge, which provides support to victims of homophobia and transphobia in France, and Planned Parenthood are among the charities that will benefit from sweater sales.

The collection was unveiled at the recent Sonia Rykiel couture presentation in Paris and will hit shelves in October.

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Kate Moss’ manager Jen Ramey leaves IMG for DNA Model Management

Model manager Jen Ramey is leaving IMG for DNA Model Management.The company’s vice president has worked for IMG for the past 15 years, where she’s worked with the likes of Kate Moss as well as cultivating other top talents including Liya Kebede, Joan S…

Model manager Jen Ramey is leaving IMG for DNA Model Management.

The company’s vice president has worked for IMG for the past 15 years, where she’s worked with the likes of Kate Moss as well as cultivating other top talents including Liya Kebede, Joan Smalls and Amber Valletta.

But in spite of her successful tenure with the agency, Ramey claims that DNA appeared to be a more appealing prospect due to their internal structuring as well her own personal beliefs.

“At a time in our industry where information and fashion is disposed of so quickly, DNA has worked incredibly hard to preserve the integrity of their talent. Their management approach is very much aligned with my own values.” she told WWD.

IMG represents some of the most iconic models, including Lily Aldridge, Hailey Baldwin and Gisele Bundchen, as well as Bella and Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss.

The company also decided to relaunch its men’s division in 2012, after choosing to dismantle it in 2007, and Ramey managed her first male model, Jordan Barrett, during her time at IMG.

DNA, which was founded in 1995, represents fashion legends Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, in addition to Russian model Natalia Vodianova and rising talent Adwoa Aboah.

Ramey previously worked at Women Model Management from 1989 to 1998, where she managed Moss’ career, and also launched the agency’s photography division, PMI.

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