Sam McKnight to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the …

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.

Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the annual event held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

“We are thrilled to present the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator to the legendary Sam McKnight and acknowledge him for his incredible contribution to the global fashion industry,” commented Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer. “Sam is one of the most important image-makers of our time, hugely respected within the fashion community and a source of inspiration for many generations to come. We look forward to celebrating with him and his friends in London in December.”

Born in Scotland, McKnight moved to London in the early ’70s and quickly secured a position at leading salon Molton Brown. He soon began building his name in fashion circles and landed his first editorial shoot with British Vogue in 1977. The 64-year-old has since gone on to build a long-standing relationship with editors at the magazine, having styled models and celebrities for over 100 covers. Considered to be one of the first session stylists, McKnight has worked with executives at brands including Balmain, Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood over the course of his career, and is also known for collaborating with celebrities such as the late Princess Diana, Cate Blanchett, Emilia Clarke, Kate Moss, and Uma Thurman.

Previous winners of the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator include photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, make-up artist Pat McGrath, and photographer Nick Knight.

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Shoppers rush to get hands on Giambattista Valli x H&M collection

Shoppers have queued for hours to purchase items from the sought-after Giambattista Valli x H&M collection.Bosses at the Swedish retailer announced in May that they were teaming with the Italian designer on a capsule collection, with the line including…

Shoppers have queued for hours to purchase items from the sought-after Giambattista Valli x H&M collection.

Bosses at the Swedish retailer announced in May that they were teaming with the Italian designer on a capsule collection, with the line including fresh takes on Valli’s signature tulle dresses, gemstone-studded cardigans, ruffled tops, and embroidered coats.

The range went on sale online and in H&M boutiques on Thursday morning, with keen fans lining up around the block to get their hands on their favourite pieces in London.

“Every year I amaze myself with how quickly I can get up & to the Tube station when it involves @hm designer collabs…,” one user wrote on Twitter.

But while the red tulle dress Kendall Jenner models in the campaign sold out almost immediately, others were disappointed to miss out on their other top choices.

“In the queue since 7:50 and everything’s out of stock??!! How is that literally possible?” another asked.

At present, a number of pieces are still available to buy on the H&M website, though the short pink tulle dress, a sparkly minidress, a black ballgown with a sheer top, and black belt with lip motif are out of stock. Clothing and accessories are priced between $16 – $386 (£12.99 – £299.99).

Speaking about the partnership ahead of the launch, Valli commented, “I am excited about this collaboration: H&M gives me the opportunity to bring my vision of style and my celebration of beauty to a wider audience. The goal is to share my love for beauty and to be able to be part of everyone’s ‘happy moments’, to help create love stories all around the world.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross to host The Fashion Awards 2019

Tracee Ellis Ross has been named as the host of The Fashion Awards 2019.The annual prizegiving is set to take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with a number of designers, business and industry leaders, retailers, creatives, model…

Tracee Ellis Ross has been named as the host of The Fashion Awards 2019.

The annual prizegiving is set to take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with a number of designers, business and industry leaders, retailers, creatives, models and celebrities from across the globe to be at the event.

Now, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Black-ish actress and sartorial star Tracee will serve as the host of the bash.

“Born from a legacy of style, Ross is known for her sartorial flair and taking fashion risks with ease and grace,” they said in a statement. “Whether gracing the Emmys red carpet in couture, thanking her shopping habit for her oft-documented street style, or inviting her more than nine million followers on social media to make fun of her dad sneakers, Ross uses fashion as a mean of self-expression and communication. She not only loves fashion; she has fun with it.”

When it comes to the awards, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Jacquemus, Loewe, and Prada have been nominated in the Brand of the Year category, while Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, JW Anderson and Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson, Dior Men’s Kim Jones, and Prada’s Miuccia Prada are all in the running for Designer of the Year.

Top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow are competing for the Model of the Year prize, while it was previously announced that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

The Fashion Awards is the main fundraiser for the BFC’s charitable and talent support work.

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Burberry unveils first online game

Burberry has launched an online game called B Bounce.The British luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Riccardo Tisci, is gearing up to make a splash in the world of gaming with the project, which is now available to play on the Burberry we…

Burberry has launched an online game called B Bounce.

The British luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Riccardo Tisci, is gearing up to make a splash in the world of gaming with the project, which is now available to play on the Burberry website.

“We have experimented with gaming in China, but B Bounce is our first playful extension into this format to entertain and connect with our new, younger consumers around the world,” Mark Morris, senior vice president of digital commerce at Burberry, said. “We know that they are living in an increasingly gamified environment both online and offline and we are excited that they can join the Burberry community – and explore our new puffer collection – in this way.”

In the game, users are challenged to race a deer-shaped character outfitted in a Burberry monogram jacket to the moon. Once the player has selected a jacket for the character, they bounce upwards between platforms, gaining extra speed by collecting Burberry’s gold TB logos and drones along the way.

“Players will compete for special B Bounce prizes, with winners awarded custom made GIFs and virtual Burberry puffer jackets edited onto a digital picture of their choice. The first prize is a real jacket from the new Burberry puffer collection, available to players in U.K., U.S., Canada, China, Japan, and Korea,” a spokesperson added.

The B Bounce game can also be played on a super-size screen inside Burberry’s flagship store on Regent Street in London.

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Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Manolo Blahnik will never design running shoes

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr. However, Blah…

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.

The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr.

However, Blahnik has now shared that he remains committed to his signature elegant aesthetic and has no desire to enter into the trendy athleisure market.

“They said to me that I should do a wonderful collection of running shoes and I said, ‘What?! I’m not vile like that!'” he shared in an interview with The Telegraph. “I’m not into this at all. It’s for the new tacky generation.”

Blahnik went on to explain that his next collection of footwear may be inspired by a recent trip to the ancient city of Delphi in Greece, though he is yet to settle on the exact look and will never resort to copying.

“I love going around the Benaki museum in Athens – you have everything you want! I could copy it all, but I hate that. It can inspire you and you can use the details and mood, but I can’t copy,” the 76-year-old insisted. “My mother always said I was a contradictorian – if anything was fashionable, I would run a mile.”

Meanwhile, a number of Blahnik’s creations are to be showcased in a new exhibition entitled An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection. The curated collection of shoes are placed alongside the paintings, sculpture and furniture items at the venue in London.

“The Wallace Collection has been a point of reference for me since my early days in London. It was – and remains – one of my favourite museums with the most refined selection of art. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to be a part of the project and have my work displayed at the museum,” he said in a statement.

The exhibition opens on Monday and will run until 1 September.

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi live fashion event heading to the V&A

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audie…

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.

The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic museum.

Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Roksanda Ilincic and Vivienne Westwood have all previously been the focus, with the V&A now shining the spotlight on Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s London-based brand.

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the duo said in a statement. “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi begins on 21 June in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. There will be four catwalk shows throughout the day at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00.

The event is free but booking is required – tickets will be available from the museum’s website from 10 June.

“As a west London-based brand, having the V&A on our doorstep is such a blessing – the museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the designers, who started their label in 1996, added. “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

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Dita Von Teese uses power tool to work out knots in her back

International burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese hammers out her back pain with a power tool.The professional dancer suffered some kinks ahead of her Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe tour last year (18) and she was surprised to learn a workshop machine…

International burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese hammers out her back pain with a power tool.

The professional dancer suffered some kinks ahead of her Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe tour last year (18) and she was surprised to learn a workshop machine was the answer to her body woes.

“I was going to physical therapy before my tour this (last) summer because I’d had some lower back issues, and my physical therapist pulled out the Theragun, and my life was changed,” she tells New York Magazine. “I got one immediately and even got one engraved. I use it on tour, and everyone passes it around.”

Dita is such a fan of the device, she considers the machine a part of her family, admitting she has even incorporated it into her romance with Disney visual designer Adam Rajcevich.

“It’s a power tool that really gets the knots out. I don’t know about you, but my partner is like, ‘If I have to give you another foot massage …’ But he’s not tired of using the Theragun on me,” she smiles. “It’s not one of those ‘back massagers’ that’s meant for something else either. It’s the real deal percussive therapy.”

In addition to finding the Theragun for back pain, celebrated fashionista Dita, 46, also came across some life-changing wardrobe information last year that has changed her lounge style forever.

“I was in London recently performing at the Palladium, and stayed with a girlfriend, Fiona Leahy, who’s the one I always look to for fashion inspiration,” she recalls. “One night she came out wearing this cashmere onesie, and I liked it so much I took a picture of her wearing it and put it on Instagram. The next thing you know I had one, too.

“With all the things I wear for work – the belts and corsets – nothing feels better than putting on a cashmere onesie at the end of the day. It’s become my most treasured piece of clothing, because it feels like a holiday. I never thought of myself as a onesie kind of gal but it’s pretty chic and streetwear-ready.”

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Cara Delevingne lends singing voice to new Burberry campaign

Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is showing off her vocal talents in the latest Burberry ad campaign. The star headlines the series of ads from the iconic brand, promoting the latest scent from the fashion house – Her Eau de Parfum Opens a New Win…

Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is showing off her vocal talents in the latest Burberry ad campaign.

The star headlines the series of ads from the iconic brand, promoting the latest scent from the fashion house – Her Eau de Parfum Opens a New Window.

Aside from being the featured model in the stunning new images released as part of the debut of the fragrance, Delevingne also appears in a short video, in which she literally sings London’s praises. In the footage, the 26-year-old rides on the top of a double decker bus and gazes at the city’s famous landmarks.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner,” she sings, “that I love London so.”

The British beauty first proved she could carry a tune with the release of her first music venture last year (17) – the track I Feel Everything from the soundtrack to her film Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets.

The Burberry ad, shot by photographer Juergen Teller, not only allows the Suicide Squad star to pay tribute to her home city, it also marks her eighth year with the brand.

Meanwhile, Francis Kurkdijian, the creator of the new scent describes the new release as “vibrant, fruity, and floral”.

“Her Eau de Parfum Opens a New Window is unique because it is a memorable signature,” Kurkdijian said in a press release. “You can immediately recognize when someone is wearing it. It’s a signature scent.”

The fragrance features notes of blueberry, raspberry and blackcurrant and comes in a blush pink bottle, inspired by Burberry’s first-ever fragrance, released in 1981.

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