Kim Kardashian honours Mario Dedivanovic at American Influencer Awards

Kim Kardashian honoured her longtime friend Mario Dedivanovic at the 2019 American Influencer Awards on Monday night.The reality star made a surprise appearance at the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to present the Artist Achievement Aw…

Kim Kardashian honoured her longtime friend Mario Dedivanovic at the 2019 American Influencer Awards on Monday night.

The reality star made a surprise appearance at the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to present the Artist Achievement Award to her make-up artist.

Kim has worked with the 36-year-old for more than 10 years, and the duo has collaborated on several projects together, including their first make-up collection last year.

Taking to the stage at the American Influencer Awards wearing a vintage red Dior dress and Manolo Blahnik heels, Kim paid tribute to her close friend before handing the gong to a visibly emotional Mario.

“I love him! No one deserves this award more than him. I’m so beyond proud of him!” the 39-year-old later wrote on her Instagram Stories, alongside pictures from the event.

The mother-of-four recently announced her second collection with Mario, the KKW x Mario: Artist and Muse collection, which was inspired by their lengthy professional relationship.

“With this collection and campaign (which consists of some of my all-time favourite shades and textures) I wanted to personally honour her and to thank her on behalf of every boy and girl out there who’s life she’s touched in some way. She is my muse and she is our muse,” he wrote on social media.

The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, lipliner, and lipsticks. Items feature images of Kim and Mario on the chic packaging, with the whole set to launch on 22 November.

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Manolo Blahnik misses Joan Rivers’s red carpet commentary

Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik believes red carpet commentary has become “too serious” since Joan Rivers passed away. The late comedienne was known for dishing out harsh critiques of red carpet outfits while she was hosting the show Fashion Police, and t…

Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik believes red carpet commentary has become “too serious” since Joan Rivers passed away.

The late comedienne was known for dishing out harsh critiques of red carpet outfits while she was hosting the show Fashion Police, and the Spanish designer believes style commentary on such events hasn’t been the same since she died in 2014 at the age of 81.

“I used to love ‘mad’ people like Joan Rivers and her daughter (Melissa) discussing the red carpet, like, ‘Oh that dress is horrible!’ Now it’s too serious,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Awards season will be getting underway in a few months’ time and shoes from Blahnik’s eponymous brand are likely to feature on the red carpet.

When asked what he wants to see his heels paired with, he replied, “I think they should all wear hot pants – do you remember those? – or dresses with huge slits. And I love tall girls with heels! The taller, the chicer. Though really what’s important is the way that you carry yourself. High heels help you to move differently.”

Blahnik cites Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Renee Zellweger, Anjelica Huston and Lupita Nyong’o among the actresses he’s currently obsessed with. Yet, admitted he’s “mad” for Old Hollywood and can remember all the details about films such as Gilda and Vertigo.

“Kim Novak and James Stewart in Vertigo is that one I really know everything about: the music, the dialogue, the scene when she sits in the museum. Hollywood was my education when I was young – that and Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and (fashion journalist) Mrs. (Diana) Vreeland,” the 76-year-old smiled.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wears engagement dress to awards ceremony

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wore her engagement dress to an awards ceremony with her husband Prince Harry on Tuesday.The royal couple stepped out for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with Meghan wearing a very famili…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex re-wore her engagement dress to an awards ceremony with her husband Prince Harry on Tuesday.

The royal couple stepped out for the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with Meghan wearing a very familiar dark green dress for the occasion.

The mid-length sleeveless garment, which features a bow around the waist, is from Italian brand P.A.R.O.S.H., and the 38-year-old wore it originally during her and Harry’s engagement announcement and interview in November 2017.

For the awards ceremony, Meghan teamed the forest green dress with brown Manolo Blahnik suede high heels, a Montunas tortoiseshell scarf bag, and a camel coat from Sentaler.

She accessorised the look with gold and diamond stud earrings from Emily Mortimer Jewellery, while Harry looked dapper in a dark blue suit and pale blue patterned tie.

Back in 2017, the former Suits star complemented her P.A.R.O.S.H. dress with a belted white wrap coat by Line the Label as she and Harry announced their engagement following more than a year of dating.

During the WellChild Awards on Tuesday, which honours ill children and their caregivers, Harry delivered a speech to the audience, and revealed that at the ceremony last year, Meghan was secretly pregnant with their son, five-month-old Archie.

Meghan attended the event in 2018 wearing an all-black suit by Altuzarra, which she accessorised with a black clutch by Stella McCartney.

The WellChild organisation was one of four causes Harry and Meghan asked people to support instead of buying gifts for their newborn son in May.

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Giorgio Armani to be honoured with top prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The Italian fashion 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 celebri…

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The Italian fashion 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.

Now, officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Armani is to be presented with the prestigious prize at an upcoming ceremony in recognition of his contribution to the industry, creativity, vision of timeless style, and attention to detail.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, in a statement. “With more than four decades in the business, Mr. Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed.”

In addition to his namesake ready-to-wear label, the Armani Group includes the Emporio Armani and A/X Armani Exchange collections.

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who has constantly shaped and reshaped the business through their innovation and creativity.

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.

The Fashion Awards 2019 will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

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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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Christian Louboutin to be honoured with top couture prize

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B…

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

Now, Louboutin will be honoured by officials at The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) with the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

“To be recognised by The Museum at FIT’s esteemed Couture Council is a great honour,” the 56-year-old said in a statement. “While my designs have roots in Paris, I feel very lucky to have access to some of the most specialised craftsmanship in the world; that has allowed me to push my creative boundaries and celebrate inclusivity and self-empowerment through cultural exchange.”

Louboutin will be presented with the award during a luncheon held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Centre in New York City on 3 September.

The fashion star was selected for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by an advisory committee which was chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT, and included the likes of Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes.

“Sigmund Freud famously asked: ‘What do women want?'” commented Dr. Steele. “For many women, the answer would appear to be shoes, especially beautiful, high-heeled shoes, and specifically, Christian Louboutin’s famously seductive red-soled shoes. Because of his delightfully desirable and distinctive shoes, Christian Louboutin was chosen to receive the 2019 Couture Council Award.”

This year’s Couture Council luncheon coincides with MFIT’s Paris, Capital of Fashion exhibition.

Previous recipients of the Couture Council Award include Narciso Rodriguez, Thom Browne, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, and Alber Elbaz.

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Manolo Blahnik splits from longtime U.S. partners

Manolo Blahnik has parted ways with his U.S. partners after a 37-year business relationship.The Spanish footwear and accessories designer, whose stilettos became famous around the world when they were featured in episodes of TV show Sex and the City, h…

Manolo Blahnik has parted ways with his U.S. partners after a 37-year business relationship.

The Spanish footwear and accessories designer, whose stilettos became famous around the world when they were featured in episodes of TV show Sex and the City, has worked alongside George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA, and Anthony Yurgaitis, for nearly four decades.

However, on Monday (08Apr19), Malkemus and Yurgaitis announced that they had decided not to renew their license to sell Blahnik’s designs across America.

“After meeting with Kristina Hulsebus Blahnik, Mr. Blahnik’s niece, who, along with her in-house counsel and financial adviser, offered unacceptable terms, George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, on behalf of Manolo Blahnik USA (MBUSA), have chosen not to renew their license agreement of 37 years,” they said in a statement issued to WWD.

Malkemus and Yurgaitis’ licensing deal runs until December. The duo did not disclose why they had differences with Hulsebus Blahnik, who took over as chief executive officer at the London-based brand in 2013, though indicated that the choice to split was not “hinged by a financial disagreement”.

Representatives from Blahnik’s office in the U.K. have not yet commented on the news. It remains unclear what will happen to the licensing deal, and Blahnik stockists across the U.S., including high-end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Malkemus and Yurgaitis also oversee a Blahnik boutique in Manhattan.

Previously, Blahnik described his relationship with Malkemus as solid, and praised the executive’s knack for making savvy business decisions.

“It’s a balance thing for us,” the 76-year-old told Footwear News in 2009. “George is a very good businessman. He’s patient. I am not. When it comes to money and things like that, I’m totally innocent. I don’t want to know. It’s always been my strength not to be involved in the business end. George is very constant. You can count on him.”

In addition to working for Blahnik, Malkemus co-founded Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP Collection in 2013.

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Rihanna developing high-end fashion line – report

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fa…

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.

The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fashion Week last September (18), and her Fenty Beauty cosmetics range, which has been praised for catering to a diverse range of skin colours.

Now, according to editors at WWD, Rihanna is in talks with executives at luxury conglomerate Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) to create a clothing collection.

“LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates,” the fashion publication reported on Thursday (17Jan19).

It was also claimed that the 30-year-old has been involved in “secret discussions” about the potential partnership for many months, with one source commenting that the line will include ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories, and is likely to be released around the same time of her ninth studio record, reportedly titled R9, later on in 2019.

Bosses at LVMH have declined to comment on WWD’s report. Though should the deal go-ahead, it will mark the first new brand under the luxury group’s umbrella since the Christian Lacroix house was founded in the late 1980s.

Rihanna is no stranger to working with LVMH’s labels, having previously acted as the face of Dior in 2015.

She has also collaborated with numerous other labels over the years, including luxury footwear company Manolo Blahnik, U.K. retailer River Island, and sportswear giant Puma, for which she created the highly popular Fenty x Puma line of apparel and shoes.

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Manolo Blahnik celebrates 10 years of Sex and the City shoes

Manolo Blahnik’s iconic Hangisi pump is getting a makeover for its 10th anniversary.The shoe, a pointed pump, became an instant classic when it featured in the first Sex and the City film in 2008. It was part of one of the movie’s most prominent scen…

Manolo Blahnik’s iconic Hangisi pump is getting a makeover for its 10th anniversary.

The shoe, a pointed pump, became an instant classic when it featured in the first Sex and the City film in 2008.

It was part of one of the movie’s most prominent scenes, when Mr. Big (actor Chris Noth) gets on bended knee to propose to eternal singleton Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) for the second time, and presents her with a pair of blue satin Hangisi shoes inside the massive walk-in closet of the penthouse apartment he’d bought for them.

Now, a decade on, the footwear label is releasing a new collection based around the design, with plenty of nods to Sex and the City.

One pair, a geometric pattern version available in blue, pink and grey, is called the Cosmopolitan, a reference to Carrie’s cocktail of choice, while another pair pays homage to New York, the city which served as the backdrop to the Golden Globe-winning TV show.

The NYC design, which comes in white satin, has a delicate map highlighting the Big Apple’s landmarks on it.

Another standout honours the original, with the updated blue pump embroidered with the words ‘A decade of love’ across the side, and a blue jewelled brooch, as opposed to the silver jewels seen in the 2008 design.

There are seven styles altogether, and all will be available in a flat version, as well as 70mm and 105mm heel heights.

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Manolo Blahnik launching men’s accessories line

Manolo Blahnik is launching a line of men’s accessories.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. But Manolo is now moving in…

Manolo Blahnik is launching a line of men’s accessories.

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.

But Manolo is now moving into the men’s market, and after opening his first dedicated men’s store in London’s Burlington Arcade in July (18), he has announced that he is making an accessories range too.

“I think there’s a niche group of people out there that still love beautifully executed things, fabrics, colours,” he told The Telegraph. “I love accessories, which is why I wanted to make them for myself. I sent some crocodile fingerless gloves to Karl Lagerfeld too.”

The collection includes standard and fingerless gloves made from colourful leather or cowhide, pocket squares and scarves.

Made from silk, the squares feature bold patterns and the designer’s initials.

“It’s a small selection, and very specific,” Kristina Blahnik, chief executive officer of Manolo Blahnik, explained to Footwear News. “It’s about creating solid foundations and building layers on top – a sprinkling of newness underpinning the classics.”

Regarding the capsule, Kristina recalled how Manolo simply yelled out the word “accessories” while working on his men’s shoe collection in his studio one day – and the range quickly came together soon after.

And she is adamant that even the most conservative of men are beginning to become more experimental when it comes to outfits.

“Men’s fashion is getting much more explorative, colourful and expressive,” she added.

The Manolo Blahnik men’s accessories line will be sold online and at the brand’s flagship boutique.

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