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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Emily Ratajkowski: ‘Women should be able to wear a burka or a bikini without judgment’

Emily Ratajkowski is tired of women attracting criticism over their personal clothing choices.Since launching her career in 2013, the model/actress has risen to prominence for using her platform to call out instances of body shaming as well as to promo…

Emily Ratajkowski is tired of women attracting criticism over their personal clothing choices.

Since launching her career in 2013, the model/actress has risen to prominence for using her platform to call out instances of body shaming as well as to promote women’s rights.

Discussing feminism during a recent interview with ABC News’ Nightline programme, Emily explained that it’s very important to her that women are able to do and wear whatever they want.

“It’s about not limiting options or saying someone is a bad feminist,” she said. “It’s just about the ability to choose to be whatever kind of woman you want to be, to live whatever kind of life you want, to dress however you want, whether it be in a burka or a bikini.”

Previously, Emily has spoken out in defence of Kim Kardashian and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after both women were subjected to derogatory comments, and she has no plans to stop addressing the issue, as she believes men are rarely attacked in the same way.

“I think that we shouldn’t be taking women for how they represent themselves or their body or even their sexual past and judging them for those things because that’s just not something we do with men,” the 28-year-old commented. “For me, it’s not even about taking the narrative into my own hands. It’s about calling out moments where there are inequality and unfairness.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Emily addressed her appearance in Robin Thicke’s controversial Blurred Lines video in 2013. She and other models danced topless in the unrated cut, and while the clip was accused of hypersexualising women, the brunette beauty insisted she was always at ease on set.

“The director, Diane Martel, is a really brilliant woman who understood exactly what she was doing,” she shared. “So, I felt very comfortable with the sort of things that maybe some people deemed controversial. I understood what the idea was, and I liked it.

“(The women) were depicted as not taking themselves too seriously not taking these men at all seriously… there was a lot of humour behind it…it was about having fun and women embracing their bodies.”

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Anna Wintour shades Melania Trump by dodging question about her style

Anna Wintour has thrown shade at Melania Trump by sidestepping a question about the First Lady’s fashion choices.During an interview on The Economist Asks podcast with Anne McElvoy, the Vogue editor-in-chief was asked what she thought about the 49-year…

Anna Wintour has thrown shade at Melania Trump by sidestepping a question about the First Lady’s fashion choices.

During an interview on The Economist Asks podcast with Anne McElvoy, the Vogue editor-in-chief was asked what she thought about the 49-year-old’s outfits during her recent state visit to the U.K with her husband, U.S President Donald Trump.

However, Wintour avoided the question and instead began talking about former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

“Well, I think first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion,” she shared. “She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador this country could possibly have – in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion… To me, (Obama) is the example I admire.”

The 69-year-old Brit was also asked by host McElvoy if it was a “conscious decision” that Melania has not appeared in the fashion bible again since landing the cover of U.S. Vogue in February 2005, where she debuted her custom Christian Dior wedding dress.

“There are so many women in politics that deserve celebration, whether it’s Kirsten (Gillibrand) or Senator (Kamala) Harris or Senator (Elizabeth) Warren,” Wintour replied. “We just recently ran a piece in our current issue about five of the six political female candidates, all of which I felt deserved a place in Vogue.”

Her refusal to address Melania’s style is not surprising, as the fashion editor is a major financial donor to the Democratic Party in the U.S., and also organised fundraisers for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

Michelle graced the cover of Vogue three times while her husband was in the White House – appearing in the March 2009, April 2013, and December 2016 issues.

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Manolo Blahnik heaps praise on ‘beautiful’ Melania Trump

Manolo Blahnik has described U.S. First Lady Melania Trump as a “very nice” woman.Since her husband President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, Melania has divided opinion, especially in the fashion world.While certain designers have ch…

Manolo Blahnik has described U.S. First Lady Melania Trump as a “very nice” woman.

Since her husband President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, Melania has divided opinion, especially in the fashion world.

While certain designers have chosen not to be associated with the 48-year-old due to her husband’s controversial political policies, Manolo isn’t one of them.

“I don’t think she’s insensitive, I think she’s working non-stop to make it work,” he told The Guardian when asked about the backlash Melania received after wearing a pair of Manolo Blahniks on her way to Texas after Hurricane Harvey last year (17). “Possibly she was just wearing the shoes she left New York in. I don’t give a damn about (politics) and I don’t know much about it. I love her, she’s a beauty and that’s all there is to it.

“Melania used to come down to the store and sit down and talk. A very nice woman, and so beautiful. I haven’t seen her recently, but this is not a political figure, she’s married to a ‘politician’ who doesn’t matter.”

Speaking further on the topic, the Spanish footwear designer added that he finds it infuriating that everything is political now.

“I don’t give a damn about those people (politicians), they’re so ugly, all of them. If they were ravishing, it would perhaps be different for me. I like physical beauty that you cannot reach, you know?” the 75-year-old stated.

During the interview with the British publication, Manolo also dispelled the myth that U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is “cold, aloof and distant”.

“She’s not. She’s so divine,” he enthused.

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Cher slams Melania Trump for wearing offensive jacket to visit detained migrant kids

Cher led the fierce celebrity criticism of U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after she donned a jacket with an insensitive slogan while visiting detained migrant children on Thursday (21Jun18).Over 2,300 immigrant minors have been separated from their pare…

Cher led the fierce celebrity criticism of U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after she donned a jacket with an insensitive slogan while visiting detained migrant children on Thursday (21Jun18).

Over 2,300 immigrant minors have been separated from their parents since May (18) under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, regarding illegal crossings over the Mexico border into the U.S., with Pentagon officials confirming up to 20,000 kids are headed to military bases to be temporarily housed.

The outcry over the strict enforcement forced Trump to walk back his administration’s policy to take children from their parents on Wednesday, and the following day, his wife Melania paid a surprise visit to one of the detainment centres to check in on the youngsters.

However, Melania has since been slammed for displaying extreme insensitivity by turning up to the internment facility wearing a $39 (£30) jacket from Zara with the words ‘I Really Don’t Care, Do U?’ emblazoned on the back of the garment, which critics have branded tone deaf and insulting, insisting it was a cruel choice of wardrobe for the nature of her visit.

Cher was among the First Lady’s detractors and took to her Twitter account to express her disgust with the outfit choice. “Melania in her’I don’t care jacket’ JUST’HAPPENED’TO SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED..TO DOCTORS,

SOCIAL WORKERS,&MEDICAL STAFF (sic),” the Believe hitmaker fumed. “WERE THEY THE SAME STAFF WHO LOCKED CRYING TODDLERS IN CAGES!? THE SAME STAFF WHO MADE THEM SLEEP ON FLOORS WITH TINFOIL BLANKETS!?”

Cher went on to criticise Melania’s detention centre visit as a publicity stunt to help her husband’s plummeting approval ratings over his deeply unpopular family separation policy.

“MELANIA’S SURPRISE VISIT WAS 2HELP trump’s UNSURPRISING SAGGING POLL NUMBERS,” she commented. “AMERICANS DONT LIKE PRES.SENATORS,OR CONGRESSMEN WHO PUT BABIES IN INTERNMENT NURSERIES,TODDLER IN KIDDIE JAIL,OR CHILDREN IN KINDERGARTEN LOCKUP trump’s EXECUTIVE ORDER DOES NOT HELP’THESE CHILDREN (sic)”.

Melania, who has been pushing a #BeBest anti-bullying campaign as First Lady, has also been pummeled with criticism by other celebrities, such as comedienne Kathy Griffin, who feuded with the Trump family last year (17) after posing in a staged photo that features her holding a fake decapitated President Trump head.

“wearing a jacket that says ‘I really don’t care, do u’ at a time where the Trumps are being accused of not caring is a big f**king mistake,” Griffin tweeted.

Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette jumped into the discussion by comparing wealthy Melania to Marie Antoinette, the decadent last Queen of France before the French Revolution, who is famously quoted as telling starving poor people to “eat cake”.

“Melania Trump attempts her fashion spin on let them eat cake! Meanwhile toddlers are locked in cages. This administration is a who’s who of Classless bottom dwellers,” Arquette wrote.

In response to the social media attacks, First Lady Melania’s communications director Stephanie Grisham insisted in a statement there was “no hidden message” in the former model’s ill-advised choice of attire and that the mother-of-one just wanted to see how the migrant children were doing.

“She wanted to see everything for herself,” Grisham said. “She supports family reunification. She thinks that it’s important that children stay with their families. She’s seen the images. She’s heard the recordings (of children crying). She was on top of the situation before any of that came out. She was concerned about it. The images (of migrant children being separated from their parents) struck her, as a mother, as a human being.”

President Trump has since also taken to his Twitter account to comment on Melania’s clothing controversy, insisting the words on her jacket were a message to the “Fake News Media”.

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Carolina Herrera confident brand will evolve under new creative team

Carolina Herrera is confident her namesake brand will continue to evolve under her new design team.The Venezuelan fashion designer launched her company in 1980 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for dressing U.S. First Ladies, including Jac…

Carolina Herrera is confident her namesake brand will continue to evolve under her new design team.

The Venezuelan fashion designer launched her company in 1980 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for dressing U.S. First Ladies, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.

Herrera announced in February (18) that she would be taking on a new role within the business, global brand ambassador, and would hand over creative control to designer Wes Gordon – a decision she’s very pleased with.

“I’m very proud to have arrived where I am now, because when you start something like this, you don’t know where it’s going to end up,” she told U.S. Vogue magazine. “I’m very glad that I decided to give it (creative reins) to Wes Gordon. He is very good and he has a very wonderful, elegant mind and he has a good eye. He trained with me for a year and I’m very happy with my decision. He’s going to follow what I did; it will be an evolution, not a revolution.”

During her interview, Herrera also spoke about the key women who helped her establish her label – former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland and Jackie O.

“Diana Vreeland is the reason why I am doing all this. Diana was fabulous, I mean the most fabulous thing I have ever seen in my life. She was very exotic-looking and she had the youngest mind that you could imagine,” the 79-year-old shared, adding of late style icon Jackie: “She was a very cultivated woman with a fantastic mind and I mean she was reading everything – it was fantastic. She was a great inspiration, but she was a great supporter, too, she was always there for me.”

Herrera also pinpointed the creation of Jackie’s daughter Caroline Kennedy’s wedding dress as a highlight of her career and explained that she’s always loved making bridal gowns.

“People say that (the success of) Caroline’s dress was the reason that I developed bridal. No! Since the beginning, I always closed my shows with a wedding gown… because I think it’s full of hope and romance and fantasy,” she added.

Herrera will be presented with the Founder’s Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards next month (Jun18).

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Dolce & Gabbana designers ‘not afraid’ of talking politics

Dolce & Gabbana’s designers will continue to speak freely on social and political topics.Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories and fr…

Dolce & Gabbana’s designers will continue to speak freely on social and political topics.

Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories and fragrances to their offerings, with Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and Zendaya among their fans.

In addition to their fashion offerings, Dolce and Gabbana have hit the headlines over the years for racy advertising campaigns and divisive comments about subjects such as gay adoption and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) – though the pair have now asserted that they will continue to express their opinions, in spite of potential repercussions.

“I love to be free. Free, free, free, free, free. I love to say what I think,” Gabbana told The Washington Post. “I’m not afraid. What I say is not wrong, but it’s out of the system. But it’s really what I think.”

Another topic Dolce and Gabbana have courted controversy over is their decision to dress U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, even though designers including Sophie Theallet, Tom Ford, Zac Posen, Christian Siriano and Marc Jacobs have declared that they will not dress the former model as they disagree with her husband President Donald Trump’s controversial policies.

Melania has stepped out in Dolce & Gabbana on a number of occasions, and Gabbana isn’t afraid to advertise the connection on social media.

“I post it because I think it’s a beautiful picture. I’m Italian, so I know nothing about Trump… Well, I know something about Trump, but it was not a political post,” he said. “In the end, it’s just a dress. And she bought the dress. We don’t give anything to her.”

In the interview, the designers also touched on the impact of the Time’s Up and #Me Too movements set up to fight sexual harassment in the workplace and insisted it’s a different scenario in Italy.

“Who wears the trousers in the family?” Gabbana added. “It’s the woman in Italy.”

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Christian Louboutin not interested in celebrity partnerships

Christian Louboutin has no interest in entering into partnerships with celebrity ambassadors.The French footwear designer is no stranger to collaboration with major brands, having previously teamed with Disney to create a modern-day Cinderella-inspired…

Christian Louboutin has no interest in entering into partnerships with celebrity ambassadors.

The French footwear designer is no stranger to collaboration with major brands, having previously teamed with Disney to create a modern-day Cinderella-inspired pair of slippers in 2012 and a bespoke collection of high heels to mark the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi last year (17).

While Louboutin may have found success with some of his themed capsule lines, he is adamant that he has no desire to promote his business via ranges created with A-listers.

“I’m not the type of designer to put up an Instagram with my new BFF (best friend forever), who happens to be a big star,” he told British Vogue. “I never did, I never will.”

Louboutin noted that high-profile names such as U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have worn his heels to events on occasion.

But he truly respects people like Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and actress Angelina Jolie who wear clothes in such a way that nobody is even thinking about who designed their outfits.

“If you think about her you never put her in a designer mentality, like Dolce (& Gabbana), Fendi whatever,” the designer said of Jolie. “She looks good, she looks weird, she looks amused, she looks bored, but you never think she looks ‘of a designer’. She’s such a strong character. Actors have such big personalities that to be associated with a brand is a bit of weakness, I would say.”

And while Louboutin is grateful to be considered as an icon within the fashion industry, he is also surprisingly uninterested in clothes and styling.

“I’d rather spend time with someone badly dressed but smart and funny and engaging than someone perfectly dressed and boring, who talks about clothes,” he smiled.

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Tomas Maier unconvinced by social media and fashion ‘influencers’

Tomas Maier isn’t convinced social media has the power to boost sales of luxury items.The German designer has been the creative director of Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta since 2001, and also runs his own eponymous label. While many brands are i…

Tomas Maier isn’t convinced social media has the power to boost sales of luxury items.

The German designer has been the creative director of Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta since 2001, and also runs his own eponymous label.

While many brands are investing in promoting products through platforms such as Instagram, Maier has now explained that he won’t be buying into the trend.

“As yet, we have yet to figure out what that means, because is influencing… is that making people buy? Is it really?” the 60-year-old questioned in an interview with The Sunday Times’ Style magazine. “Nobody can come up with a statistic. I mean, there are people who did it in a big way and they are off it, because it didn’t go nowhere.”

Maier has an Instagram account of his own but doesn’t follow anybody because he’s “not interested.” He instead believes that seeing and feeling the products, in reality, is the only way to convince buyers to purchase expensive pieces.

“I mean, how can you buy a dress like you saw last night online? You want to try it on… at least take it home and try it on,” he claimed.

The fashion star has dressed plenty of A-list celebrities including Claire Foy and Greta Gerwig, while U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is also a fan of his creations, opting to wear a Bottega Veneta double-breasted wool coat last Halloween (17). And while many designers, including Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, have distanced themselves from Melania thanks to the controversial policies of her husband, President Donald Trump, Maier will not be following suit.

“I mean, she’s allowed to wear what she likes,” he insisted. “I find the whole statement in distaste, designers taking up a position of ‘I wouldn’t dress her.’ It’s not a political statement…If somebody likes a coat, they like a coat.”

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