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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Kendall Jenner misses walking the runway

Kendall Jenner is missing walking the runway during Fashion Week. The 23-year-old hasn’t had much of a catwalk presence for almost a year as she skipped the fall/winter 2018 Fashion Week shows in February and has only made appearances in two shows so …

Kendall Jenner is missing walking the runway during Fashion Week.

The 23-year-old hasn’t had much of a catwalk presence for almost a year as she skipped the fall/winter 2018 Fashion Week shows in February and has only made appearances in two shows so far in 2019. However, she watched the Longchamp presentation at New York Fashion Week from the front row over the weekend and it made her miss being part of it.

“It’s a lot more mellow to just go, but I won’t lie, today I was missing it. I was watching the girls and I was like, ‘Damn, I kind of want to walk,'” she admitted to Vogue.

However, it’s likely she will be making her return to the runway soon. She teased she will be in Milan, Italy, but didn’t clarify if she will be modelling, and added that she’s yet to decide on London and Paris Fashion Weeks.

The reality TV star, who is the face of Longchamp, has previously opened up about how Fashion Week tends to trigger her panic attacks and anxiety, but in a new chat with Elle, she admitted her nerves aren’t as bad as they used to be.

“I used to get really nervous during fashion shows,” she said. “I feel like when you’re walking on the runway – I say this from experience – you’re just thinking, ‘Walk straight! Walk straight! – and you try to just focus on that. Especially me, because I used to get really nervous when I knew people in the audience. I would try and force myself to zone out. But now, I’m cool with it – I’ve actually gotten so much better at it that I like knowing who’s there, and I’ll kind of peek over to see who’s in the audience before I come out. But it took a little while to get to that point.”

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Tom Ford to present co-ed show at New York Fashion Week

Tom Ford has plans to host a co-ed fashion show during New York Fashion Week in February 2019.The Council of Fashion Designers of America released a preliminary schedule for the event on Tuesday (18Dec18), which showed that the men’s and women’s calend…

Tom Ford has plans to host a co-ed fashion show during New York Fashion Week in February 2019.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America released a preliminary schedule for the event on Tuesday (18Dec18), which showed that the men’s and women’s calendars will overlap on this occasion.

WWD subsequently reported that Ford would be the one to bridge the gap by presenting his men’s and women’s collections together on 6 February at 8pm – the final day of the men’s shows.

More and more fashion houses have decided to opt for mixed sex catwalks in recent months, with Gucci, Burberry and Celine just three of the labels to pioneer co-ed presentations.

Other designers on the preliminary men’s calendar include Joseph Abboud, Todd Snyder and Robert Geller.

Ralph Lauren – which this year celebrated its 50th year in business – will kick of the women’s shows on 7 February and Longchamp will return to New York Fashion Week after its debut last September. However, Victoria Beckham does not appear on the preliminary schedule, having decided to unveil her most recent collection in London instead.

Aside from his groundbreaking fashion offerings, Ford recently shared that he was hoping to enter the skincare market.

Speaking to Business of Fashion, the star commented that his products will “actually do something for your skin”. He added that he wants to introduce slightly different products in various markets and is already using a “prototype” of a moisturiser. Accordingly, Ford hopes that his new venture will replicate the popularity of his F**king Fabulous Eau de Parfum, which was unveiled following his spring 2018 runway show during New York Fashion Week in 2017.

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Kendall Jenner’s nude photoshoot snaps leak online

Images of Kendall Jenner taken from a nude photoshoot have been leaked online. The 22-year-old teamed up with Victoria’s Secret photographer Russell James to pose for a range of risque snaps for his upcoming book Angels. Some of the pictures went on d…

Images of Kendall Jenner taken from a nude photoshoot have been leaked online.

The 22-year-old teamed up with Victoria’s Secret photographer Russell James to pose for a range of risque snaps for his upcoming book Angels. Some of the pictures went on display at a preview exhibition in New York last week (ends09Sep18) and ones of Kendall have now been leaked online, with images of the naked reality star sprinting nude on a beach and riding a horse bareback going viral.

Sources connected to the shoot have told TMZ.com that the images were stolen from James and have been released without his permission.

The snaps are tastefully shot so only Kendall’s breasts and bottom are exposed. Other images include her climbing a tree nude, frolicking about in the water, and laying on the sand with seaweed strategically covering parts of her body.

Kendall helped launch the Angels book and exhibition in New York last week alongside the likes of party co-hosts Cindy Crawford and Candice Swanepoel as well as Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio.

James told Vogue at the party that he worked closely with each of his subjects on their photographs for the collectors limited edition book, of which there are only 1,000 copies.

“I started this project in 2014 and was collaborating with each and every person to find out exactly how they wanted to be portrayed, so we critiqued each shot and talked about it together,” James told Vogue. “So this (exhibition) was built on a trust between me and the model, but it was also built on this idea that we don’t want to stop this beauty.”

Kendall is no stranger to nudity, with her recently posing topless for Love magazine in August. She also exposed her nipples in a see-through flowing Longchamp gown when she attend the brand’s 70th anniversary party at Opera Garnier in Paris on Tuesday evening.

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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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Emily DiDonato: ‘I’m not always swimwear ready’

Emily DiDonato has insisted she makes a lot of effort in order to prepare for Sports Illustrated shoots.The American model was formerly the face of Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia fragrance, and the rising talent has also starred in campaigns for top b…

Emily DiDonato has insisted she makes a lot of effort in order to prepare for Sports Illustrated shoots.

The American model was formerly the face of Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia fragrance, and the rising talent has also starred in campaigns for top brands including Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta and Longchamp, while making a name for herself on the runway as well.

But in spite of her relationship with Sports Illustrated, for which she has posed for several times since her 2013 debut in the magazine’s Swimsuit Issue, she is adamant that the honour takes a lot of hard work.

“To be totally transparent, I’m not in perfect swimsuit shape all the time,” she admitted in an interview with Fashion Week Daily. “The truth is, it takes effort, thought, and planning to be ready for something like Sports Illustrated. Staying like that all year round would be ideal, but it doesn’t happen! I’m human; I go up and down. But if I have a big shoot coming up, I’m really regimented.”

The 27-year-old makes time for a morning workout and tends to prepare and bring her own healthy meals to set. Emily is also a qualified nutritionist which means she knows the best food to fuel her body.

“I lean toward a Paleo diet: I’m not super strict, but typically, I have chicken or fish, and some sweet potato and grains,” she explained. “For carbs, I stick to things like sweet potatoes and squash. I don’t really do grains, rice, or bread. I also drink wine here and there.”

Emily also spoke about her new husband Kyle Peterson, whom she married on June 23 (18) in Beaver Creek, Colorado after four years of dating.

“We got married in Beaver Creek, because my husband and I met on a flight to Colorado, and we ski there every year,” she smiled.

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Longchamp joins New York Fashion Week schedule

Longchamp will stage a runway show during New York Fashion Week this year (18).The French leather goods company has focused on developing ready-to-wear offerings in recent years and will present its latest collection in the Big Apple on 8 September, th…

Longchamp will stage a runway show during New York Fashion Week this year (18).

The French leather goods company has focused on developing ready-to-wear offerings in recent years and will present its latest collection in the Big Apple on 8 September, though a venue has yet to be confirmed.

The event will coincide with Longchamp’s 70th-anniversary celebrations, which have already included the opening of a Fifth Avenue flagship store in May, launching a clothing and accessories capsule with Hood By Air founder Shayne Oliver and tapping model Kendall Jenner as a brand ambassador for four seasons, starting with the fall 2018 campaign.

As a result, artistic director Sophie Delafontaine is adamant now is the perfect opportunity for the label to use New York as its catwalk backdrop.

“We felt that this was the right time to take things to the next level and to set out our vision of the dynamic, cosmopolitan Longchamp woman,” she said in an interview with WWD. “Longchamp has always acted on intuition and we’ll continue to act on our intuition as we make decisions for future seasons.”

Brand bosses are also planning to open a store in Los Angeles this fall, but in spite of its growing interest in the U.S., Longchamp will also be organising an event which will take place at the Opera Garnier in Paris three days after its New York Fashion Week show.

The label, best known for its Le Pliage handbags, was founded in Paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain, Delafontaine’s grandfather, who turned his tobacco shop into an accessories business, and the company has remained a family one.

“When you’re a teenager you don’t want to work with your parents!” she previously told The Telegraph. “(Although) being a little girl and going to school with a new bag prototype was very cool.”

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Emily DiDonato tapped as Biotherm brand ambassador

Emily DiDonato is the new face of luxury skincare brand Biotherm.The American model was previously the face of Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia fragrance, and the rising talent has also starred in campaigns for top brands including Miu Miu, Oscar de la …

Emily DiDonato is the new face of luxury skincare brand Biotherm.

The American model was previously the face of Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia fragrance, and the rising talent has also starred in campaigns for top brands including Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta and Longchamp, while making a name for herself on the runway as well.

Emily will now feature in advertisements for the L’Oreal-owned organisation, based on Biotherm’s focus on its patented Life Plankton ingredient.

“I’ve always loved the naturality of Biotherm products,” the 27-year old said in a statement, adding that the new products have proved especially useful in the lead up to her nuptials to fiance Kyle Peterson. “Right now, as I’m putting my skin through the added stress of organising my summer wedding, Biotherm couldn’t have called at a better time.”

Emily’s first campaign will go live in June (18), which will be preceded by an Instagram campaign outlining her five favourite products.

She will join fashion stars Candice Swanepoel and Christy Turlington-Burns, who both currently represent Biotherm, while Emily previously appeared in a Maybelline commercial alongside the latter.

“Smart, she’s not only an influential opinion-shaper in the field of skincare, but also in healthy living,” said Biotherm general manager David Fridlevski. “With her engagement with her community, she’s an absolutely natural choice for Biotherm.”

The Sports Illustrated star certainly takes her health seriously and is even a certified yoga instructor, according to her profile on IMG Models.

“I go to the gym five times a week and love spinning and Pilates. I also watch out what I eat: I only eat healthy stuff like fruits, vegetables and fish,” she previously told German magazine In.

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Kendall Jenner’s Fashion Week break isn’t permanent

Kendall Jenner’s runway days are not over, despite the model’s absence from this year’s (18) Fashion Week shows.The 22-year-old is one of the hottest models in the industry, having worked with some of the world’s most reputable brands, including Fendi,…

Kendall Jenner’s runway days are not over, despite the model’s absence from this year’s (18) Fashion Week shows.

The 22-year-old is one of the hottest models in the industry, having worked with some of the world’s most reputable brands, including Fendi, Balmain and Chanel.

However, to the surprise of many fashion fans, Kendall decided to trade in the most recent catwalk extravaganza in favour of some “time off,” which included a snowboarding trip.

She has now assured fans that the break isn’t a permanent one.

“I’ve been working solidly for four and a half years, so it was nice to kind of take a moment,” she explained to The Sunday Times’ Style magazine. “The weird part is I didn’t really get Fomo (fear of missing out) – I think I was very mentally prepared that I was going to take time off. Of course, I love following the shows. It’s a part of my life still, I’m not, like, gone.”

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star was recently announced as the face of Longchamp, and starred in a horse-themed Parisian commercial for the brand which was released on Thursday (17May).

As well as praising the French label, Kendall also shared her love for another fashion name – Virgil Abloh, founder of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear division.

“I really love Virgil because he’s been a friend for a long time and he killed it, or he’s killing it with Off-White,” she gushed. “He just has a really cool thing going on right now, and he is like the homie, like literally he is part of my squad.”

Virgil was chosen to dress the fashion icon out when she attended the 2018 Met Gala earlier this month, wearing a white flared off-the-shoulder jumpsuit.

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Longchamp to open Fifth Avenue store to celebrate 70th anniversary

Longchamp is marking its 70th anniversary with a new flagship store on Fifth Avenue.The French brand, known for its light foldaway Le Pliage bags, is increasing its retail presence in the U.S., and as well as the new shop in New York, there will also b…

Longchamp is marking its 70th anniversary with a new flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

The French brand, known for its light foldaway Le Pliage bags, is increasing its retail presence in the U.S., and as well as the new shop in New York, there will also be a boutique opening in Los Angeles.

The Fifth Avenue flagship will open its doors on 3 May (18), while the L.A. shop, to be situated in the Beverly Center, will start trading in the fall. This brings the total number of stores worldwide to around 300.

Longchamp already has two stores in New York; one located in the SoHo district and the other on Madison Avenue. Longchamp creative director Sophie Delafontaine has revealed the Madison Avenue boutique will be closing though to make way for the flagship.

A new collection due out in the summer and a Paris Fashion Week party in September will also mark the brand’s 70th year.

The label was founded in Paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain, Sophie’s grandfather, who turned his tobacco shop into an accessories business, and the company has remained a family one.

“When you’re a teenager you don’t want to work with your parents!” Sophie previously told The Telegraph. “(Although) being a little girl and going to school with a new bag prototype was very cool.”

It has gone on to become a celebrity favourite, with the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Amy Adams, and Katie Holmes all fans of the label.

Longchamp bosses have previously recruited A-list names to model and design for them, including Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, and designer Mary Katrantzou.

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