Pierpaolo Piccioli reflects on coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on l…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on lockdown, with all public gatherings cancelled and all schools and universities closed until next month.

More than 60 million people are affected by the new measures, which were put in place after cases of coronavirus in the country hit more than 12,400, with 827 deaths.

Alongside a photo of him sketching by a pool, the creative director of Valentino praised the people of his home nation for their resilience amidst the global pandemic and put a positive spin on being in self-isolation at his home in the coastal Italian town of Nettuno.

“Home. This country has overcome the toughest moments with pride, creativity, and optimism. And so, it will, once again,” Piccioli wrote. “There is a time for moving and a time for staying still. Even at home, our imagination can lead us anywhere.

“Such a serious situation will not stop us from dreaming,” he continued. “Our will is strong, our duty is to resist, and we will keep on dreaming, harder than ever and we will rise stronger than ever.”

Piccioli’s famous friends were quick to show their support in the comments, with both Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs sending their love.

“Well said. That’s the spirit we all love,” Karen Elson added, prompting the designer to reply: “We stay strong… even at home!”

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Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh join 2020 LVMH Prize jury

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers …

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

On Tuesday, organisers announced that this year’s winner will be announced at an event held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 5 June, with McCartney and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh among the panel.

Singer Rihanna, who launched her Fenty clothing label in partnership with the luxury conglomerate last year, will also be on the jury.

“For this seventh edition, I am delighted to announce the arrival of Virgil Abloh, former Prize finalist, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and Stella McCartney in the jury of the LVMH Prize,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “They will be joining our prestigious panel which includes: Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Clare Waight Keller as well as Sidney Toledano, Jean-Paul Claverie and I. I wish to thank them for their involvement and their support to young creation. The prize is an incredible opportunity for these young designers to be appraised by them and to enjoy their advice.”

Those in the running for the 2020 LVMH Prize include New York-based designer Peter Do, British-Indian designer Supriya Lele, British menswear designer Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, French menswear designer Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of womenswear brand Chopova Lowena, London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley, South African womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo, and Japanese womenswear designer Tomotaka Koizumi of Tomo Koizumi.

The winner will take home $340,000 (£260,000) and receive support from executives at the company for 12 months.

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Naomi Campbell wears hazmat suit to travel due to coronavirus fears

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and too…

Naomi Campbell has taken to wearing a full hazmat suit while travelling to protect herself from the coronavirus.

The supermodel, who has been open about being a germaphobe in the past, flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday and took as many precautions as she could to ensure she didn’t catch the virus, which has infected more than 121,000 people in 120 countries.

She documented her safety measures on Instagram by sharing pictures of her wearing the white suit, usually sported by people looking to protect themselves from hazardous materials, with a blue N95 face mask and a pair of pink Latex gloves. The snaps showed her sat in her car in the protective gear, walking through the terminal with her white suitcase, sitting on the plane, and talking on the phone after her trip, with a camel cape worn on top of her white suit.

Across the captions, she wrote, “Safety first”, and, “Safety First NEXT LEVEL. Thank you @lindaevangelista Full video coming on my YouTube soon…”

The 49-year-old didn’t explain why she had credited Evangelista, but the fellow model wrote in the comments, “You’re welcome!” with a heart emoji.

In addition, Marc Jacobs commented, “Next level safety. I’d expect nothing less from you my dear @naomi,” Christy Turlington posted, “This is everything,” and actress/singer Janelle Monae wrote, “My queen is smart.”

Her outing comes months after she posted a viral video on her YouTube channel in which she detailed the lengths she goes to in an effort to avoid illnesses while travelling. She revealed she wipes her aeroplane seat down with sanitisers and wears medical masks.

Earlier this week, Naomi also sent words of support on Instagram to those on lockdown in her former home of Italy, the most affected country outside of China and South Korea.

“My beloved ITALY Of which I spent the first three years of my early life. I’m with you. Thank you for always embracing me and giving me so much love #wishing speedy recovery,” the star wrote.

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Dua Lipa showcases high-fashion looks in sitcom-inspired video

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Re…

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.

The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors.

“Dua’s World @voguemagazine Fall 2020 hot off the nyc runway 90s Sitcom Video of my dreamzzzzz,” Lipa wrote on Instagram alongside a snippet of the offbeat video. “Loved this whole whirlwind day with the sweeeetest team on the planet… watch in full on youtube or via the link in my story (sic).”

In the video, the 24-year-old prances around an expensive apartment filled with chintz furniture and over-the-top flowery wallpaper, while trying on a series of outfits.

Lipa is first seen wearing a bright yellow ensemble from Eckhaus Latta, along with a harlequin-print jacket by Oscar de la Renta, which she takes off and subsequently throws to her waiting butler.

She then makes dinner for German actress Jessica Joffe and rocks a fuchsia turtleneck and skirt by Tom Ford.

Elsewhere, the Physical hitmaker is seen squeezing down a narrow hallway while wearing an over-the-top Area blue satin dress, which features a heart-shaped waist. She proceeds to jokingly lose her temper, while looking chic in a cow-print Michael Kors jacket, and attempts to iron her huge emerald green Christopher John Rogers gown, which she then wears while struggling down the staircase.

Lipa’s penultimate look is comprised of a rose-red dress and heart-embellished opera gloves by Rodarte, before she concludes the footage by modelling an iridescent coral gown by Marc Jacobs.

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Harry Styles appears to honour ex Caroline Flack with black ribbon at BRIT Awards

Harry Styles appeared to pay a touching tribute to his ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack by wearing a black ribbon on his suit jacket at the 2020 BRIT Awards.The Adore You hitmaker hit the red carpet at The O2 in London on Tuesday night wearing a maroon Guc…

Harry Styles appeared to pay a touching tribute to his ex-girlfriend Caroline Flack by wearing a black ribbon on his suit jacket at the 2020 BRIT Awards.

The Adore You hitmaker hit the red carpet at The O2 in London on Tuesday night wearing a maroon Gucci suit, which he paired with a broderie anglaise collared shirt, purple sweater, purple nails, and a pearl necklace.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted the black ribbon on the lapel on his designer suit, and he was also seen wearing a badge with the words, ‘Treat People with Kindness’ badge, according to editors at Digital Spy.

Harry first met Caroline, who presented The X Factor spin-off show The Xtra Factor, during his stint on the ITV talent show, and the pair dated for three months in 2011.

The 40-year-old Love Island presenter tragically died on Saturday after taking her own life at her home in London, and an inquest into her death opened on Wednesday.

Elsewhere at the star-studded bash, the former One Direction singer stunned with two extravagant outfit changes. He wore a custom-made white Gucci lace jumpsuit complete with fluted cuffs and matching gloves to perform his emotional track Falling at the awards ceremony.

The 26-year-old then changed into a banana yellow suit from Marc Jacobs’s spring/summer 2020 womenswear collection and teamed the outfit with a lilac shirt and ruffled high collar.

However, the suit was later ruined by BRITs host Jack Whitehall, who accidentally spilled a glass of wine on it.

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Miley Cyrus makes surprise appearance during Marc Jacobs’ runway show

Miley Cyrus made a surprise appearance on the catwalk during Marc Jacobs’ fashion show on Wednesday night.The designer unveiled his latest fall/winter 2020 collection at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week, with the spectacle drawin…

Miley Cyrus made a surprise appearance on the catwalk during Marc Jacobs’ fashion show on Wednesday night.

The designer unveiled his latest fall/winter 2020 collection at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Sofia Coppola, Nicki Minaj, Yolanda Hadid, and Stephanie Seymour, and top models including Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Kaia Gerber.

But instead of joining the audience as she usually does, Cyrus chose to get in on the action partway through the presentation, where she modelled a black bralet, matching trousers, and carried a zebra print coat.

Taking to Instagram after the show, Cyrus posted a video showing her seriously strutting her stuff, and the clip quickly attracted over five million views and comments from her celebrity pals.

Hailey Bieber wrote, “YUP. STOMP QUEEN,” Kloss posted, “Best of both worlds,” and Georgia Fowler penned, “Incredible.” Naomi Campbell simply posted a string of fire emojis.

Cyrus, 27, is a longtime friend of Jacobs and previously collaborated with him in 2013 for a charity T-shirt line, which featured the slogan “Protect the Skin You’re In.”

She also appeared in the designer’s spring 2014 campaign, and they reunited to co-design a pink hoodie to raise funds for Planned Parenthood last year.

Jacobs has long been one of Cyrus’s go-to designers – she wore an outfit from his fall/winter 2013 collection to the Met Gala a few months after he showcased the line.

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Marc Jacobs celebrates ‘chaos and form’ with fall 20 line

Marc Jacobs has celebrated the intersection of “chaos and form” with his fall/winter 2020 collection.The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night, with the spectacle drawing in the …

Marc Jacobs has celebrated the intersection of “chaos and form” with his fall/winter 2020 collection.

The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Naomi Campbell, Sofia Coppola, Nicki Minaj, Yolanda Hadid, and Stephanie Seymour.

To kick off the presentation, Karole Armitage, known as the “punk ballerina”, took to the stage to perform a show-stopping abstract dance.

“Our fall/winter 2020 collection celebrates the intersection of chaos and form, the rituals of getting dressed and the power of storytelling through movement as a gesture into possibility,” a brand representation wrote on Instagram. “Marc Jacobs celebrates the power of storytelling through the movements of legendary and renowned choreographer and dancer, Karole Armitage. Karole’s talent and genius is in her ability to dismiss the discipline of her craft by challenging conventional gestures. Her abrupt, fierce and sometimes violent articulations brings the cultural influences of today into conversation with a past New York I will forever love, not for longing of time passed but for moments that are timeless in reference.”

A troupe of dancers continued to perform in the background as the show began, with a model opening in a lemon-yellow coat and matching leggings. A series of similar numbers in pale pink and white followed, with Kaia Gerber wearing a pale yellow faux fur coat and matching hat.

However, Jacobs then dropped in a variety of eclectic looks, such as a spotted coat, red dress with white Peter Pan collar, a light blue pea coat, a red tartan jumpsuit, and a grey tweed suit.

Other highlights included a black sequin evening gown as worn by Bella Hadid, a white suit and red beret as modelled by Gigi Hadid, singer Miley Cyrus in a black bralet and trouser combination, as well as Karlie Kloss in a white gown with a high-neck top and long silk skirt.

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Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling fronting Givenchy campaign

Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling have been tapped to star in Givenchy’s latest campaign.Creative director Clare Waight Keller took to Instagram on Tuesday to share three black-and-white clips, with the footage showing the fashion designer and the act…

Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Rampling have been tapped to star in Givenchy’s latest campaign.

Creative director Clare Waight Keller took to Instagram on Tuesday to share three black-and-white clips, with the footage showing the fashion designer and the actress repeating their names in a series of tongue twisters, with Rampling, 73, slapping Jacobs’ face at one point.

In the accompanying caption, Waight Keller expressed her delight at landing two high-profile names for the summer 2020 marketing imagery.

“How can I describe my feelings about seeing these extraordinary legendary figures in the Givenchy campaign, both of whom I admire so very much,” she wrote. “Firstly for their undoubted originality and talent in fashion and film, amazing passion in everything they do, a fantastic sense of humour and intelligence, they are true icons there is not much to say other than I am honoured and thrilled they have become part of my journey at this beautiful Maison. They captured the brilliant mix of attitudes and spirit that is Paris and New York the two sides to my Summer Collection. Merci.”

Jacobs, who runs his own fashion and beauty brands, uploaded the videos to his social media pages too, noting that he will always “cherish” the experience.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how special this is and how much I love it. I was in tears (of joy and laughter) this morning when I saw the three posted! Thank you @clarewaightkeller for this amazing opportunity and for your kindest words of support and appreciation,” the 56-year-old gushed.

Accordingly, the surprise collaboration quickly garnered interest from Jacobs’ celebrity pals, with supermodel Iman writing, “Loooooove this!” and TV personality Lisa Rinna adding: “SCREAMING!!!!!”

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Jeremy Scott drops out of New York Fashion Week

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February. The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has…

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February.

The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has now decided to show his designs in Paris during Couture Week in July.

“Jeremy Scott will no longer be showing his fall-winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week. In a move to pay homage to the city that launched his design career, Jeremy Scott will show his upcoming collection in Paris in July,” representatives for Scott said in a statement, according to WWD.

Scott, who is also creative director of Moschino, isn’t the only New York Fashion Week regular to move his show elsewhere – Tom Ford has decided to show his upcoming collection at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on 7 February, just two days before the Oscars.

“This year, the New York Fashion Week calendar exactly overlaps Oscar weekend, and the last time that happened I showed in L.A. and it worked quite well,” Ford commented back in December. “There is an excitement in L.A. on that particular weekend and the relationship between film and fashion is a strong one. In my role as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, my main intent and priority is to globalise and bring attention to American fashion. There is truly no bigger or more prominent stage in the world at any given time than Los Angeles during the Academy Awards.”

The NYFW schedule is also missing Tommy Hilfiger, who will be hosting his presentation in London, and Pyer Moss, who is sitting out of this season.

However, the calendar still includes shows from Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Oscar de la Renta. It takes place between 7 and 12 February.

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Bella Hadid: ‘I need to stand up for myself’

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when a…

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.

The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when asked what her biggest failure had been, Bella revealed it was when she didn’t “trust and nurture” her intuition.

“I learned that in order for me to grow and know my personal strengths, I need to own my decisions and stand up for myself and what I believe in,” she shared.

And the 23-year-old, who has walked for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Versace, went on to reveal that the highlight of her career has been working with her idols.

“The biggest professional success for me has been being able to work alongside the men and women I have looked up to and watched since I was young,” Bella explained. “It’s been a blessing to watch these artists work and I feel lucky to be a small part of their big visions.”

She also shared her New Year’s resolutions and explained that she will be working towards being her “most authentic” self in the coming year.

“2020 is about leading with love and being the most authentic version of myself as possible ! I’ve seen myself and the people around me grow in so many different ways this year, and in so many aspects of life,” she stated.

“I surprised myself with what I found and I feel confident that I will be entering 2020 with a new perspective on my own personal, and professional happiness.”

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