Alexa Chung responds to Melania Trump wearing her designs

Alexa Chung has responded to Melania Trump wearing her one of her coat dresses.The First Lady of America was photographed on the steps of the White House with her husband Donald Trump in March last year when they met the Czech Republic Prime Minister A…

Alexa Chung has responded to Melania Trump wearing her one of her coat dresses.

The First Lady of America was photographed on the steps of the White House with her husband Donald Trump in March last year when they met the Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his wife Monika Babisova.

Melania was wearing a dark green leather double-breasted coat dress from Alexa’s eponymous label, that was cinched in at the waist with a belt, and retailed for $1,585 (£1,252).

When quizzed by Britain’s Daily Telegraph for her opinion on the controversial First Lady wearing one of her designs, Alexa simply replied: “Good on her for really loving fashion.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 36-year-old revealed she’s been taking style inspiration from the films she’s watching during lockdown, including the 1985 romantic drama Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep.

“It has got a bit housewife-y dream… I’ve been very influenced by film during lockdown,” she shared, noting that she was on a mission to find a similar pair of shorts worn by Meryl in the movie.

“I really had to hunt down those safari shorts. No one was doing them, but I thought some label has to have designed them by mistake. And Max Mara was the one,” Alexa quipped.

She also revealed she’s been working “every day” on designing new pieces for her eponymous fashion line and has been enjoying wearing impractical dresses while at home, including a peach floor-length dress.

“When you don’t go out much you don’t have to think about the practicalities so much,” she laughed.

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Bella Hadid fronting Helmut Lang campaign

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte. Now, Be…

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.

Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte.

Now, Bella is appearing in the marketing imagery for fashion label Helmut Lang, with the images shot by photographer Ethan James Green and creative directed by Brian Phillips.

The black-and-white visuals stay true to the brand’s minimalist aesthetic, with the 23-year-old only modelling monochromatic clothing.

Styled by Patti Wilson, one snap shows Bella wearing an oversized black leather jacket with matching leather trousers, a classic crop top, statement sunglasses, while another depicts her in a white top with cutouts and black trousers.

For the photoshoot, hairstylist Jimmy Paul opted to style the model’s dark brunette into a straight style with heavy bangs.

And it appears all involved in the project were thrilled with the final result, with Bella writing on Instagram alongside one of the snaps: “Thank you x a billion @ethanjamesgreen @patti_wilson I love you both, pure passion and talent.”

And the post quickly garnered the attention of her celebrity pals, with Anna Dello Russo commenting, “Major”, Dua Lipa writing, “yes yes YES!!!!!” and Elsa Hosk adding: “Sooo sick.”

Ethan has previously shot campaigns for Calvin Klein, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs, and also helmed Helmut Lang’s fall/winter 2017 imagery featuring Dara and Alek Wek.

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Halima Aden refused to walk in Yeezy show due to length of skirt

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interv…

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.

The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interview with British newspaper The Observer, she recalled how the moment ended up being a watershed moment for her modelling career.

After Halima was presented with an outfit by the rapper’s team, she acknowledged it “was just not going to work” as the skirt sat above her knee.

“Even then I knew: walking away when something doesn’t fit is always better than feeling you need to force something,” the 22-year-old shared, adding that while she was disappointed, she felt empowered as she returned to her hotel. “And then, without having to say anything, they called back: ‘We have a second option.’ I tried it on, and it was perfect. I just knew it was a pivotal moment in my life.

“The people who you want to work with, they’re willing to work with you just the way you are.”

Halima went on to make her groundbreaking appearance in the show wearing a floor-length fur coat.

She also noted that later that same year, she walked for Max Mara in an outfit that was designed just for her.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star shared her plans to use her career to make a difference and emphasised how she wants to continue mixing her modelling with activism.

“My career in fashion is not just, ‘I want to work with this brand, I want to get on that catwalk.’ We’re not sitting here talking about ‘Buy this heel, because this heel will make you feel sexy,'” she fired. “I’m proud that I can say I combined fashion and activism. I can’t do one without the other.”

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Hailey Bieber hints she may be done with runway modelling

Hailey Bieber has dropped a major hint indicating she may be done with runway modelling.The model launched her career in 2014 when she made her catwalk debut walking for Topshop, and since then, she has appeared in shows for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger…

Hailey Bieber has dropped a major hint indicating she may be done with runway modelling.

The model launched her career in 2014 when she made her catwalk debut walking for Topshop, and since then, she has appeared in shows for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Philipp Plein, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung, and Jeremy Scott.

But in a recent post on her Instagram Stories, Hailey shared a photo of her strutting down the catwalk during the Zadig & Voltaire fall/winter 2018 show and criticised her arm placement.

“What I do know, is that ur arm truly should never swing this high when ur walking on a runway (sic),” she captioned the image, circling her arm in blue. “Hence why it is not, and will never be my thing again lol (laugh out loud).”

Hailey did not share any further comments on her possible career move. The last major runway show she appeared in was Versace’s pre-fall 2019 show held in New York City last December.

However, shortly before the blonde star wed popstar Justin Bieber in a courthouse ceremony in September, she shared in an interview with WWD that she is planning to be more selective about her modelling gigs in the future.

“I’ve tried to be really choosy with fashion week going forward, just because I want to have the time to spend being relaxed and being with family – and my fiance,” the 22-year-old commented.

In spite of her latest social media posts, it appears Hailey is still passionate about campaign modelling, and has recently landed gigs for brands such as Miu Miu, Max Mara, Levi’s, and Carolina Herrera.

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Irina Shayk divulges handbag essentials in new Tod’s campaign

Irina Shayk has shared her handbag essentials in a promo clip for Tod’s new D-Styling design.The Russian supermodel and Tod’s brand ambassador is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry, and has walked the runway for names including Versace, V…

Irina Shayk has shared her handbag essentials in a promo clip for Tod’s new D-Styling design.

The Russian supermodel and Tod’s brand ambassador is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry, and has walked the runway for names including Versace, Victoria’s Secret, and Max Mara.

And she appears in a short promo, filmed during the latest Milan Fashion Week in February (19), to highlight the sixth redesign of the classic arm candy for the Italian luxury leather goods label’s spring/summer 2019 collection.

“My life is in my bag. Sunglasses, a little candy – a splash of sugar to get you over the jetlag is the best way to fight it off!” Irina smiled in the 90-second clip, as she sits in a limo driving through Milan while revealing the contents of her bag. “A charger, a little mirror on the back of your cell phone case so you can check how you look.”

Irina sports the D-Styling bag, the latest incarnation of the tote bag, loved by celebrities including Julianne Moore, Cindy Crawford, and Reese Witherspoon.

The original, a favourite of Princess Diana, was named the D-bag after the British royal following her death in 1997.

Irina’s handbag, which was inspired by the wings of a butterfly, features an array of textures and colours, and patterns in handcrafted leathers.

“The first thing that I’ve always associated Tod’s with is a trusted timelessness,” Irina insisted. “The D-Styling bag is a definite favourite and has made itself at home among my daily essential pieces.”

Also appearing in clips for the brand are Chinese actress Maggie Jiang, South Korean star Eun-chae Jung, and Japanese model/actress Nana Eikura.

The new line of D-Styling bags will launch on the Tod’s website on Friday (22Mar19).

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Halima Aden designs line of headscarves

Halima Aden is adding another stylish string to her bow after teaming with Turkish e-tailer Modanisa on a line of headscarves.Halima, who is synonymous with wearing a hijab, has broken boundaries in the fashion world, working with some of the biggest n…

Halima Aden is adding another stylish string to her bow after teaming with Turkish e-tailer Modanisa on a line of headscarves.

Halima, who is synonymous with wearing a hijab, has broken boundaries in the fashion world, working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Tommy Hilfiger, Philipp Plein and Max Mara, while never compromising on her beliefs.

Modest-wear platform Modanisa has now tapped the Somali-American model for a design project, and the 27-piece collection will debut at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week (IMFW) in April (19).

It marks the second edition of IMFW, and as well as catwalk shows, there will be panel discussions and a pop-up retail market. Since 2017, Modest Fashion Weeks have also been held in London, Dubai and Jakarta.

Halima, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the States aged six, has always been proud of her roots and is happy to be the face of modest fashion.

In 2016 she became the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and from there, her career has gone from strength to strength.

“Modest fashion is booming. It’s not for one race, it’s not for one ethnicity, it’s not for one religion. It’s a global thing and I’m so excited that I can walk into a mall and find an outfit,” she recently told Elle magazine. “If I feel elegant, if I feel like a queen in it, I don’t need to conform.”

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Karolina Kurkova: ‘There’s no such thing as the worst advice’

Karolina Kurkova is certain that all advice is good advice.The Czech supermodel started her fashion career at the age of 15 and became one of the youngest models to ever land a U.S. Vogue cover when she posed for the publication at 16 years old. She th…

Karolina Kurkova is certain that all advice is good advice.

The Czech supermodel started her fashion career at the age of 15 and became one of the youngest models to ever land a U.S. Vogue cover when she posed for the publication at 16 years old.

She then went on to work with brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Max Mara, and was even chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra during the 2002 and the 2006 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. And for anybody else looking for career success, Karolina is adamant that you should make the most of all the advice on offer.

“I feel like there’s not such a thing as the worst advice,” she told ABC News’ chief business, technology and economics correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis. “I think that every (piece of) advice, you learn something from and you grow from.”

“I always welcome people’s suggestions, advice, criticism, it’s really what you do with it,” she continued. “I think it’s important how it’s delivered to you…how it’s communicated, and then you use it or you don’t. Each decision will take you places, as long as you’re growing and you’re evolving…I think that’s important.”

In addition to modelling, the 34-year-old has also dabbled in film, worked with child welfare organisations and is also the founder of Gryph and IvyRose, a herbal care product line for children.

However, all her success may not have been possible if it wasn’t for her friend who sent photographs of Karolina to a modelling agency in Prague.

“Without telling me,” the fashion icon recalled. “First, my friend didn’t tell me that she’s going to send it to an agency, so I wanted to kill her. Second, I’m thinking, ‘Well, me and as a model? I mean they must be crazy. There’s no way I could be a model.'”

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Max Mara opens doors to extensive archive

Max Mara’s design team dip into the label’s extensive archive for inspiration on new collections.Creative director Ian Griffiths, the British designer who’s been with the Italian label for more than 30 years, has just opened the doors of the impressive…

Max Mara’s design team dip into the label’s extensive archive for inspiration on new collections.

Creative director Ian Griffiths, the British designer who’s been with the Italian label for more than 30 years, has just opened the doors of the impressive archive to the BBC, showing off everything from a handbag owned by Coco Chanel to one of Audrey Hepburn’s old coats.

Explaining why the hoard is so vital to the brand, he shared: “What you have here is one of the reasons we have an archive. It’s my design team, and what they’re working on is the next collection inspired by pieces they’ve found here this morning.

“You know, I don’t know how many other brands have an archive like this, but being here with you makes me realise just how unique it is, how inclusive, how extensive and how inspiring it is.”

Other items in the archive include a magazine collection, sketches, textile samples and rails of camel coats – Max Mara’s signature design.

There are 30,000 pieces in total, and in one room alone, 7,000 items have been sourced from vintage stores and markets.

“(We keep them) simply because they’re things that interested us at some time or will interest us in the future,” Griffiths explained, before gesturing towards a raspberry red dress wrapped in tissue paper. “This is one of the best ever flea market finds. It’s been hanging here for years, but when it needed repairing, (we) looked at it properly and discovered it’s by Jeanne Lanvin in Paris. So, it has enormous value in the history and culture of fashion, but we picked it up for dollars.”

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Fausto Puglisi wants Oprah Winfrey to model his Marina Rinaldi designs

Fausto Puglisi has set his sights on Oprah Winfrey modelling his Marina Rinaldi designs.The Italian designer unveiled his second capsule collection for the Max Mara-run fashion brand, which caters to curvy women, as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednes…

Fausto Puglisi has set his sights on Oprah Winfrey modelling his Marina Rinaldi designs.

The Italian designer unveiled his second capsule collection for the Max Mara-run fashion brand, which caters to curvy women, as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday (04Jul18).

Pieces included a colour blocked dress, skirt featuring geometric print and leather studded jacket, with Puglisi adamant that women like Winfrey are his ideal customer.

“I loved seeing her in something tight and sexy at the royal wedding,” he told Vogue.com, referring to the pale pink Stella McCartney dress the media mogul wore to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials in May. “A curvy woman can be herself. No prejudice, no boundaries.”

Puglisi has tapped plus-size model and body positivity advocate Ashley Graham to front the campaigns for his fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges for Rinaldi.

While the Sicily-born fashion star is used to working with sample-size models from his time helming French label Ungaro as well as his namesake brand, he is adamant that catering to a wide range of shapes and sizes is the future of the fashion industry.

“I said yes immediately,” the designer said of being offered the chance to collaborate with Rinaldi. “Max Mara is the best luxury group in Italy, and I wanted to better myself. We are living in a moment of inclusion. Let’s do something about happiness and freedom.”

Puglisi also divulged that he is looking to make a line of clothes from cotton for his spring line.

The collection marks 30-year-old Graham’s continued partnership with the Reggio Emilia-based company, having fronted ads for the label and released two ranges of denim-inspired clothes.

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Ashley Graham unveils second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi

Ashley Graham has designed a second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.The model unveiled her debut line for the plus-size women’s clothing brand, owned by the Max Mara Fashion Group, in 2017, and her denim-inspired selection proved extremely popula…

Ashley Graham has designed a second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.

The model unveiled her debut line for the plus-size women’s clothing brand, owned by the Max Mara Fashion Group, in 2017, and her denim-inspired selection proved extremely popular when it was presented during Milan Fashion Week.

Now, a second Ashley Graham x Marina Rinaldi collaboration is ready to drop – an ’80s-esque line which is predicted to be just as successful as Ashley’s previous offering.

“The feedback to the collection has been extremely positive,” Lynne Webber, managing director of Marina Rinaldi, divulged in an interview with WWD. “Ashley is a very strong positive role model for the Marina Rinaldi community and she promotes being bold, encouraging women to be bolder in fashion.”

The executive explained that the fashion star worked with the company to source high-performing materials to help create “very flattering” form fitting pieces.

Lynne also believes that the ’80s inspiration has brought a “sassy atmosphere” to the collection, evident in leather biker and bomber jackets as well as edgy wraparound dresses.

“We are also introducing more accessible prices within the capsule to reach a wider audience through the choice of materials,” she added.

Denim is still an important feature of the 30-year-old’s follow-up line, with jeans available in a wide range of styles, lengths and colours, while denim shirts, dresses and bodysuits are also heavily featured.

The capsule is already on sale in Marina Rinaldi boutiques and department stores as well as online.

And Lynne credits Ashley’s strong social media presence with the brand’s growing popularity amongst the younger generation.

“(Ashley’s campaigns) have brought in a significantly younger segment, transforming the fan base with a clientele younger than 35,” she insisted.

In addition to her design duties, the catwalk star has also fronted many campaigns for Marina Rinaldi, including its spring 2017 advert.

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