Karen Elson reflects on conquering ‘biggest fears’ during past decade

Karen Elson has reflected on conquering some of her “biggest fears” during the past decade.The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexan…

Karen Elson has reflected on conquering some of her “biggest fears” during the past decade.

The British supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, when her red hair and chiselled cheekbones caught the attention of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Marc Jacobs.

In recent years, Karen has juggled her modelling career with making music, releasing her second album Double Roses in 2017, and taking to Instagram at the end of 2019, noted that not all changes in her personal and professional life have been easy.

“As this decade comes to a close, like many I’m reflecting on the past 10 years. I’m going to be honest this decade at times felt like I was running a never-ending uphill marathon, but one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt this decade was that ‘this too shall pass’ and thank God this has always rang true, when blue skies and silver linings appeared in the darkest moments,” she wrote alongside a selfie showing her flashing a big smile. “I’ve conquered some of my biggest fears this decade simply believing in myself and speaking my truth was always hard for me, but this decade I finally found my voice.”

Karen went on to explain that she is “immensely proud” of her music, just as she is of her two children, whom she shares with her musician ex-husband Jack White.

“Music like fashion brought many experiences into my life some were not always pleasant but they taught me valuable lessons I clearly needed. I’ve watched my children grow and blossom into the brilliant young adults they’re becoming,” the 40-year-old mused. “I’ve loved, lost, made mistakes, mourned those who are no longer here and shed my skin more times than I can count. I don’t regret anything and I’m happy to turn the page and dive in head first into the unknown with a big smile on my face this 2020.”

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Anna Sui views current fashion trends as ‘too casual’

Anna Sui is adamant current fashion trends are much too casual.The American designer has been in the business since the early 1990s, and over the years, has expanded her empire to include footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, and accessories. In a …

Anna Sui is adamant current fashion trends are much too casual.

The American designer has been in the business since the early 1990s, and over the years, has expanded her empire to include footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, and accessories.

In a new interview with CBC Radio One’s q show with Tom Power, Sui explained that she is tired of athleisure outfits dominating people’s wardrobes.

“We’ve had such a seismic change in how people dress in these last 20 years because things have gotten so casual,” she said. “I remember when you went on a plane before, you would get dressed up: you would see men in suits, you would see women in dresses. Now, you see pyjamas, leisure wear, exercise clothes, shorts. You know, it’s just completely broken down. It’s certainly been adapted by fashion now, the whole ‘athleisure look.’ And now you can buy $1,000 sweatpants and $1,000 sneakers.”

Sui, who explored the grunge fashion scene together with designers such as Marc Jacobs in the ’90s, went on to note that she would love to see the idea of “dressing up” become popular again.

“I wish there was a movement. I wish there was something where people want to get dressed up again,” she sighed. “And it’s not just because I want to sell clothes. It’s because I love getting dressed up.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Sui reflected on her first encounter with Madonna. While attending a fashion show in Paris alongside photographer Steven Meisel back in 1991, the popstar surprised her by turning up to the venue in one of her designs.

“She was wearing my dress,” she remembered. “That was one of those moments where I thought, ‘Maybe I do have a chance. Maybe I can do something.'”

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Marc Jacobs releases Girl, Interrupted-inspired line in support of LGBTQ charity

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kayse…

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a capsule collection inspired by the movie Girl, Interrupted to help raise funds for an LGBTQ charity.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1999 psychological drama starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir, the fashion designer has released three limited-edition items featuring graphics and iconography from the film.

Thirty per cent of sales from the hoodie, T-shirt, and gym pant will go directly to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

Taking to Instagram, Jacobs re-posted a note penned by writer and photographer Ava Nirui about the initiative.

“20 YEARS OF GIRL, INTERRUPTED by MARC JACOBS merch pieces to commemorate the iconic Winona and Angelina film from 1999 are available now on marcjacobs.com,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially @themarcjacobs. This project is dear to me – this movie changed the way I viewed mental health at a very young age, which was massively beneficial to me as I was in the process of growing up under the guidance of a close family member with clinical depression. It really helped me become more accepting of her and others impacted by mental illness. I’m happy to have done this project with such an important organisation.”

At the end of the post, the designer added: “THANK YOU AVA @avanope I’m so proud of this. GRATEFUL to you for giving life to this project. Love, Marc.”

For the accompanying campaign, model Adut Akech was photographed by Tina Tyrell and styled by Andrew Sauceda.

Items in the collection are priced from $95 to $165 (£72 – £125).

Girl, Interrupted, directed by James Mangold, also starred Brittany Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Moss, and Vanessa Redgrave.

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Selena Gomez twins with little sister on Frozen 2 red carpet

Selena Gomez and her little sister wore matching outfits to the Frozen 2 premiere on Thursday night.The 27-year-old stepped out at the world premiere of Disney’s highly-anticipated sequel in Hollywood, California alongside her sibling, six-year-old Gra…

Selena Gomez and her little sister wore matching outfits to the Frozen 2 premiere on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old stepped out at the world premiere of Disney’s highly-anticipated sequel in Hollywood, California alongside her sibling, six-year-old Gracie Teefey, with the pair both wearing wintery princess outfits by Marc Jacobs.

Selena wore her hair in loose braids, while both sisters sported matching white prairie dresses with bell sleeves printed with small blue flowers, and show-stopping dark grey sequinned cloaks lined with feathers.

Selena cuddled and kissed Gracie while walking hand-in-hand on the red carpet, which was attended by stars from the film including Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood, and Sterling K. Brown.

Back in 2017, the Hands to Myself hitmaker paid tribute to Gracie with a heartwarming post on social media.

“I will forever let my sister know she is strong, bold and beautiful,” she wrote on Instagram. “She will be raised to know her voice matters. She is going to understand the importance behind being a leader and inspire others by her truth.”

Selena’s mother Mandy Teefey welcomed daughter Gracie in 2013 with second husband Brian Teefey.

She’s previously spoken about wanting to be a good role model for her sister and claimed her sibling even brings out her maternal side.

“I keep her very very protected. I mean, it’s instinctual,” the star explained. “She’s adorable. I’m obsessed with her and becoming a big sister. I know I’ve had the responsibility to be a role model for girls but, when you have a little sister of your own, you kinda think, ‘Okay, this is legit.'”

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Marc Jacobs thrilled to receive compliments on his quirky outfits

Marc Jacobs was delighted when a member of the public recently complimented him on his outfit.The New York-based fashion designer has been sharing his outfit of the day (OOTD) on his Instagram page, with many of his looks incorporating pieces from othe…

Marc Jacobs was delighted when a member of the public recently complimented him on his outfit.

The New York-based fashion designer has been sharing his outfit of the day (OOTD) on his Instagram page, with many of his looks incorporating pieces from other designers.

But while Jacobs is used to having people praise his namesake line, he was stunned on Monday when a man stopped him and raved about his bold ensemble.

“Absolutely true story. I left my shrink (therapist) this morning and a large red haired, blue eyed man who works for the sanitation department was loading garbage on the truck. I noticed him staring at me and assumed immediately he was ‘a hater,'” he wrote on his Instagram page. “Turns out as I got closer and passed him, he said, ‘Love that outfit man, you go flex for those b**ches!’ Really made me smile. I ‘dress up’ for me, and I love the attention I get. I love when people appreciate my #OOTD’s.”

In the accompanying picture, Jacobs is seen posing in jeans, a blazer, and a coat from Celine, a sweater by Raf Simons for Jil Sander, and boots from Rick Owens. He topped off the outfit with a red leather The Pillow bag from his own accessories line.

Previously, Jacobs opened up about his skincare regime in a video for Vogue.com and noted that he is all for experimenting with a variety of different products.

“I love to sit for hours and get my make-up done,” the 56-year-old said in the clip, before demonstrating how he dabs on the Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick on any under-eye circles. “I love to do drag, and I love to do make-up and costume. Dressing up and self-expression is such a big deal to me. I mean, I’m a designer and one of the things I love about clothes is the transformative quality that they have. You can kind of be this person you want to be in the creative choices you make. And, of course, make-up to me, is the final accessory in any kind of fashion look.”

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Kaia Gerber can’t always tell herself apart from Cindy Crawford in photos

Kaia Gerber sometimes needs a second to tell herself apart from mother Cindy Crawford when looking at photos.The model, who is the daughter of Crawford and Rande Gerber, landed her first fashion gig at the age of 10, and after completing high school, h…

Kaia Gerber sometimes needs a second to tell herself apart from mother Cindy Crawford when looking at photos.

The model, who is the daughter of Crawford and Rande Gerber, landed her first fashion gig at the age of 10, and after completing high school, has walked the runway for the likes of Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel, Versace, and Fendi.

But despite Kaia having a strong resemblance to her famous mum, in a new interview for U.S. Vogue magazine, the rising star insisted that she has only recently noticed their similarities.

“From day one, people in the industry were often taken aback by my resemblance to my mom,” the 18-year-old commented. “As I get older, it happens even more, and it’s not just a visual thing: It’s everything from our mannerisms to our voices. It used to be that I didn’t see it at all, but now I will look at a picture and have to take a moment before realising which one of us it is. But the biggest compliment is when someone says I act like my mom.”

But if fans are having trouble telling Kaia and Cindy apart, the model noted that there is one very easy way to distinguish between the brunette beauties.

“A quick tip: My mom’s the one with the mole,” she smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Kaia spoke about her decision to enter the fashion world, the impact the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have had on the industry, as well as the way in which social media gives models power.

“We used to see (models as) a kind of fantasy that was a bit removed from the real world. And while that magic is dimmed a little now, I believe it’s for the better,” Kaia mused. “I think it’s cool that we get to see everyone looking like themselves – for a young girl to realise, ‘OK, they don’t always look like that.'”

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Marc Jacobs calls Gigi Hadid’s footwear malfunction the ‘perfect mishap’

Marc Jacobs has described Gigi Hadid’s wardrobe malfunction during a recent runway show as the “perfect mishap”.The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week last Wednesday, with the spring/summer 2020…

Marc Jacobs has described Gigi Hadid’s wardrobe malfunction during a recent runway show as the “perfect mishap”.

The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week last Wednesday, with the spring/summer 2020 collection reflecting a diverse array of influences from past decades.

Hadid was first seen in the initial parade sporting a light blue dress and pair of mules, but later walked the runway barefoot, with stylist Katie Grand later revealing that one of the model’s shoes had broken during the presentation.

Responding to Grand’s post, Jacobs praised Hadid for remaining calm under pressure.

“A perfect mishap. Sometimes only when something goes wrong does everything go right. Don’t you think??” he wrote alongside a trio of heart emojis.

While in a separate comment, the designer wrote: “What happened with your improv due to a wardrobe malfunction is a testament to your character. Being true to yourself. Able to rise to any occasion and bring joy regardless of the situation. I feel so grateful that this mistake occurred and that it fell into your arms (or feet as the case may be). It’s not often one has the great pleasure of experiencing an ‘honest’ moment.”

Models Ashley Graham, Lindsey Wixson, and Elsa Hosk also uploaded positive comments.

And in her full description of the moment, Grand noted that while thinking of an alternative for Hadid was stressful at the time, she thinks the model looked more “natural” without the original shoes.

“If you see images from the first passage she has thigh-high silver socks and white leather mules, and since we were at the other end of the armoury there wasn’t much we could do other than either fake a non-broken heel or rip off her socks and shoes and send her out barefoot, which we did, and was all the more natural for it,” she explained. “Gigi and all the people from the show thank you all so much for being so patient, beautiful and inspiring.”

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Slick Woods unveils unisex jewellery brand

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs,…

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.

The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, and Savage X Fenty.

But for her latest venture, Woods has created her own jewellery company, with the line including gold signet rings, lariats, and bracelets.

Alongside a series of images from the debut C1V1L campaign on Instagram, a brand representative wrote, “C1V1L is a unisex jewellery brand pushing a clean, modern, architectural aesthetic using semi-precious metals,” and, “We’re going to be blunt… We want to steal market share and reinvest it elsewhere in people, in ideas, in the future.”

Woods, 23, has teamed with Blakely Thornton, the managing director of Jerry Media, on the company, while sisters Coco and Breezy Dotson, who launched Coco & Breezy Eyewear in 2009, are among the investors.

And while the group wants to offer fans beautiful jewellery pieces, they are also seeking to achieve a wider goal of investing some of the profits into minority and female-owned ventures.

“There is an issue of (our) culture being commoditised, but we are not the owners of that,” said Thornton of the company in an interview with Business of Fashion. “Having been behind the veil in advertising, we were seeing that the people actually making the money off of this culture are largely white, straight men. Even if you’re pushing it and it’s getting a positive media reception, it’s disheartening seeing that the actual financial capital is going back to the same place, back to the top of that pyramid.”

As part of the marketing strategy, Woods will be seeking to reach out to her celebrity friends and 900,000 followers on Instagram.

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Marc Jacobs serves up joyful spectacle for spring 2020

Marc Jacobs has dished up a joyful yet nostalgic collection for spring/summer 2020.The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, with celebrity guests including Zendaya, Law Roach, Debi M…

Marc Jacobs has dished up a joyful yet nostalgic collection for spring/summer 2020.

The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, with celebrity guests including Zendaya, Law Roach, Debi Mazar, Anwar Hadid, Dua Lipa, and Migos’ Offset and Quavo.

Regarding the inspiration behind the spectacle, Jacobs commented that he wanted to reflect on the past whilst also presenting an optimistic view of the future.

“This show is a celebration of life, joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence, dreams and a future unwritten as we continue to learn from our past and the history of fashion,” he shared in the show notes, before going on to refer to major stars who passed away in the recent years who have influenced him. “From the genius of Karl (Lagerfeld), the cheerful and bright-eyed positivity of Doris Day, the incomparable timeless style of Lee Radziwill and the effortless coolness of Anita Pallenberg that endures a half-century later… As with closely guarded tradition, tonight is our reminder of the joy in dressing up, our unadulterated love of fashion and embracing grand gestures of unbridled expressions, reactions, ideas, and possibilities.”

After a diverse set of models flooded the venue while classic song Dream a Little Dream of Me played in the background, they then each took to the runway in the centre of the room, and the show opened with a yellow suit with matching hat, purple scarf, and lavender suede boots.

Jacobs proceeded to take fashionistas through a journey of fashion trends extending back through several decades, with highlights including a ’60s-inspired burnt orange dress with white floral appliques attached, ice-blue satin disco trousers, a green tweed suit paired with extravagant butterfly-shaped glasses, gold lame gowns, star-studded suede coats, floral print peasant-style dresses, and 1940s-influenced pinstripe suits.

Gigi Hadid walked the runway in a pale blue dress barefoot, her sister Bella Hadid sported a pink knit top, lilac jeans, and a grey hat, while Kaia Gerber made a splash in a flowing floral dress with dramatic sleeves.

And Jacobs also appeared to reference the costumes in new HBO series Euphoria, especially in relation to neon brights and shiny tights, as well as the metallic eyeshadow Pat McGrath swiped on many of the models’ lids.

Brock Collection and Badgley Mischka also presented on the final day of New York Fashion Week.

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Celine Dion and Billy Porter top 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian …

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.

The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian Siriano, have both been selected by editors at the publication as two of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

Dion commented that she is currently “obsessed” with pieces by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, founder of fashion house RDVK.

“Every piece they do is one of a kind. And last time I went to Paris Fashion Week, Valentino blew my mind,” the 51-year-old gushed.

Meanwhile, Porter named his style icons as Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley and also described high heels as the most “powerful thing one can wear.”

Dion fell under The Virtuosos category, joining Marc Jacobs, Diane Keaton, Zoe Kravitz, Rami Malek, Priyanka Chopra, basketballer Serge Ibaka, and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, while Chloe Sevigny, Gemma Chan, Mahershala Ali, cultural philanthropist Pamela Joyner, Frank Ocean, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, and Cicely Tyson were labelled as The Classics.

Joining Porter as The Originals is costume designer B. Akerlund, Tyler, the Creator, artist Kehinde Wiley, Harry Styles, gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Lena Waithe, while a special mention was given to designers including Haider Ackermann, Brunello Cucinelli, and Rei Kawakubo.

Elsewhere, the most stylish couples included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, and model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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