Michael Kors donating $2 million to coronavirus relief efforts

Michael Kors has pledged to donate $2 million (£1.6 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.At present, the U.S. is one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 201,000 active cases.Accordingly, K…

Michael Kors has pledged to donate $2 million (£1.6 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

At present, the U.S. is one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 201,000 active cases.

Accordingly, Kors announced on Wednesday that bosses at his namesake fashion brand will be donating $1 million (£806,000), while himself and chief executive officer John Idol will make personal contributions totalling $1 million towards organisations based in New York City.

“Among the many things that I love about New York and New Yorkers is their strength and unwavering resilience in times of crisis. For a city as big as it is, there’s always been a strong sense of community,” the designer wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s heartbreaking to see what is happening here in my hometown, which is currently an epicentre of the virus, and the impact this outbreak is having on people in our city and around the world. I commend everyone working on the frontlines in our health care centres and thank you for your dedication to helping others.”

Kors’s donation will be distributed between the NYU Langone Health and New York-Presbyterian Hospitals, with each receiving $750,000 (£605,000), while $250,000 (£202,000) will go to God’s Love We Deliver, an organisation that delivers meals to the city’s most vulnerable people. The other $250,000 will be gifted to A Common Thread, the group set up by the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in order to help provide financial relief for small businesses in the fashion community affected by the pandemic.

“Our hearts and souls go out to those who are working on the front lines to help the world combat the Covid-19 pandemic,” Idol added. “We thank them for their remarkable dedication and courage and want to support them and the hospitals where they work. We also aim to strengthen organisations dedicated to helping the community. This is clearly a time for people to come together in every way and on every level, because we are all stronger in our united resolve.”

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Sofia Richie preparing to release bikini line

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis. The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 6…

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis.

The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 60” pairs.

“I love bikinis… I feel like my following is always fascinated by the bikinis I’m wearing,” Sofia told U.S. Cosmopolitan magazine.

Sofia has experience in this area as she previously collaborated with Los Angeles-based brand Frankies Bikinis to create a 10-piece line of ’90s-inspired swimwear last year.

After the release of her own bikini line, Sofia then plans to expand her business to include a fashion collection and a beauty company – which will focus on hair and body, rather than make-up, while also launching a YouTube channel and an acting career.

“It’s time to start hustling,” the model said of her plans. “2020 is about no fear, and I’m doing things that would usually make me very uncomfortable.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Sofia, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Chanel, explained how modelling fell into her lap because of her famous father, Lionel Richie. However, she soon realised she wanted more from her career.

“A lot of people just become models because they’re influencers,” she shared. “We would all get the same jobs, be in the same space, and be labelled the same thing, and I hated it. It made me step back and be like, ‘O.K., I’m a creative individual and I want to be smart, start my own businesses, do something I can do on my own, and not be attached to other people.'”

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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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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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Zac Posen’s brand sold

Zac Posen’s brand has been purchased by executives at Centric Brands. In November, the fashion designer announced he was abruptly shutting down his eponymous label, which he founded in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute. He revealed he…

Zac Posen’s brand has been purchased by executives at Centric Brands.

In November, the fashion designer announced he was abruptly shutting down his eponymous label, which he founded in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute. He revealed he had been in discussions with several potential buyers or investors and none came to fruition.

On Thursday, representatives for Centric Brands announced they had purchased the Zac Posen brand and all related property held by Posen’s business Z Spoke. As part of the deal, Centric executives have acquired all existing licenses and collaboration agreements and won’t be assuming any liabilities associated with the previous business. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Posen, 39, will serve as a strategic adviser on matters relating to creative direction, marketing, and promotion of the branded business.

“I am so pleased that Centric Brands is committed to the Zac Posen brand and to building a new and relevant Zac Posen branded world,” said Posen, according to WWD. “I am looking forward to helping Jason (Rabin, chief executive officer of Centric) and the team continue to identify and execute on strategic licensing opportunities and selectively build the brand’s global distribution and omnichannel marketing strategy.

“Along with my role as strategic advisor to Centric Brands, I am looking forward to engaging in other projects, both in and outside of fashion, that have long intrigued me. It’s a very exciting time.”

Rabin added in a statement, “Zac is a talented and charismatic designer. The Zac Posen label is synonymous with exceptional craftsmanship and modern American glamour and is a red-carpet favourite among many of the world’s most famous celebrities. This acquisition adds a global, marquee designer brand to our portfolio of ready-to-wear women’s apparel and provides a platform to expand into new licensing categories, while supporting one of our strategies for growth.”

Centric’s portfolio includes labels such as Herve Leger, BCBG MaxAzria, and Hudson Jeans.

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Michael Kors channels country living for fall 20 collection

Michael Kors presented a collection featuring cosy and chic pieces fit for a country getaway on Wednesday.The fashion designer debuted his fall/winter 2020 line at the American Stock Exchange as part of New York Fashion Week, with guests including Blak…

Michael Kors presented a collection featuring cosy and chic pieces fit for a country getaway on Wednesday.

The fashion designer debuted his fall/winter 2020 line at the American Stock Exchange as part of New York Fashion Week, with guests including Blake Lively, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Issa Rae, and Dove Cameron.

The collection was inspired by country living, relaxation, and the idea of escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city, with the venue transformed into an abstract country house and the show featuring a performance from country musician Orville Peck.

“I think we can all relate to feeling a little too plugged in sometimes,” Kors said in a statement. “This collection explores the idea of getting away from it all, of taking some time to escape into nature and refuel. And of course, since we can’t all move to the countryside, we looked at how you can take that feeling of privacy and cosiness and imbue it with the polish and luxury you need in an urban environment.”

The range was comprised of chic and cosy outfits with a strong equestrian feel. It featured a muted colour palette dominated by camel, black and grey, with the occasional pop of red, yellow, or orange. Suede, leather and shearling outerwear were a main feature, as were capes, hoods, scarves, cowl necks or turtlenecks, riding pants, and knit dresses.

Besides the relaxed silhouettes, Kors also offered up sharp tailoring and evening dresses, all teamed with boots.

Standout looks included a brown and white cow-print coat, a red gown with matching blazer worn by Adut Akech, a plunging sparkly black dress modelled by Bella Hadid, as well as a gunmetal grey gown with a pleated skirt worn by Kaia Gerber, which was paired with a chunky black scarf.

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Michael Kors launching James Bond capsule collection

Michael Kors is teaming up with executives of the James Bond film franchise to launch a limited-edition collection of bags.The three-piece MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection is part of an exclusive partnership with the 007 film franchise and will be ava…

Michael Kors is teaming up with executives of the James Bond film franchise to launch a limited-edition collection of bags.

The three-piece MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection is part of an exclusive partnership with the 007 film franchise and will be available just before the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die, is released in April.

The line consists of three bags – the Bond Bancroft satchel, priced at $1,750 (£1,350); a calf leather Bond Carryall, $2,350 (£1,810); and the cotton canvas Bond Duffel, $1,950 (£1,500).

Kors said he has been heavily inspired by movies throughout his lengthy career and believes his accessories are a “perfect fit” for the 007 franchise.

“When it comes to iconic jet-set sophistication, I think Bond is top of mind for a lot of people the world over. When this opportunity arose, we felt it was a great match. Jet-set glamour, sophistication, speed, energy – these are all words that come to mind when you think about the world of James Bond. They’re also at the core of our brand DNA,” he told WWD.

The Bond Bancroft is also worn by Naomie Harris’ character Eve Moneypenny throughout the upcoming movie, and the Oscar-nominated actress loved using the chic bag on set.

“Moneypenny is usually carrying around a lot of vital information in her bag and filming hours are long. So it was great to have something so comfortable and easy to wear, as well as stylish,” she explained. “(It’s) the perfect embodiment of Moneypenny’s love of traditional workwear with designer, quirky funkiness.”

The MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection will be available in select Michael Kors stores, on michaelkors.com and 007.com, in late March.

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Karl Lagerfeld brand pledges to go fur-free

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch f…

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.

In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch fur products.

Now, bosses at AM Retail Group, which operates Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Wilsons Leather, and other brands, and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group, have also banned fur.

In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) director Elisa Allen praised the team at Karl Lagerfeld and AM Retail Group for taking a stand.

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,” she said. “Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, and cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxury animal-friendly alternatives.”

Allen added that she would be sending the companies vegan chocolates in thanks for their decisions.

Representatives for the Karl Lagerfeld label and its parent company have not yet commented on the news.

Fashion icon Lagerfeld, who died at the age of 85 in February, had a long history with animal rights activists. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 in 2009, the Chanel creative director argued there was no point in ditching fur products when people continued to eat meat.

“As long as you wear leather and eat meat, don’t discuss that,” he said. “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes and handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

However, in December 2018, a spokesperson for Chanel confirmed the luxury brand would no longer use fur or exotic skins.

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Gigi Hadid avoids gym at all costs when on holiday

Gigi Hadid “would rather die” than spend time running on a treadmill during her vacation time.The model, who is a brand ambassador for Reebok, is regularly photographed heading to workouts at her local gym and often speaks of her love of playing volley…

Gigi Hadid “would rather die” than spend time running on a treadmill during her vacation time.

The model, who is a brand ambassador for Reebok, is regularly photographed heading to workouts at her local gym and often speaks of her love of playing volleyball and horseback riding.

However, in a new interview with Conde Nast Traveller, Gigi admitted she avoids going to the gym when she’s on holiday as she much prefers seeing the local sites.

“I just can’t go to the gym and run – I’d rather die,” she insisted. “I grew up outdoors, so my favourite thing to do is to make the most of the scenery. I cycle everywhere and swim in the sea at any spare moment.”

One particularly stunning spot Gigi recently visited was the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she shot the campaign for Michael Kors’ Wonderlust fragrance along with photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

The blonde beauty enjoyed watching the “magical” sunsets during her time away and visiting the picturesque beaches, though she confessed one of her favourite aspects of the trip was a barbecue on the beach.

“There’s great food here – the burgers at (hotel) Amanyara are incredible, and I know burgers – but you can’t beat a beach cookout. I had supper around a fire pit one night that I will never forget,” the 24-year-old recalled.

And when packing for a modelling gig or vacation near a beach, Gigi counts sunscreen and coconut oil as her beauty kit essentials.

“On tropical trips, I pretty much have coconut oil in it at all times. I swim in the ocean and rinse it but skip the shampoo – that’s the best tip I’ve learned from the pros. It gives it time to rebuild from the wear and tear,” she noted.

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Celine Dion recreates iconic music video for Instagram Shopping advert

Celine Dion has recreated the music video for her 1996 hit It’s All Coming Back to Me Now for an Instagram Shopping advert.The 51-year-old showcases a number of high-fashion looks in the clip, including pieces from Khloe Kardashian’s brand Good America…

Celine Dion has recreated the music video for her 1996 hit It’s All Coming Back to Me Now for an Instagram Shopping advert.

The 51-year-old showcases a number of high-fashion looks in the clip, including pieces from Khloe Kardashian’s brand Good American, boots from Bershka, and multiple items by Michael Kors – including a stunning pair of zebra print heels.

The I’m Alive hitmaker also goes on to show off her svelte physique in a set of Adam Selman Sport workout gear, blurring the lines between couture and sport with a set of sparkling floral earrings by Oscar de la Renta and a pair of Adidas sneakers.

Each time a new fashion item is shown in the advert, a shopping tag appears naming the designers, with other brands including Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Bebe.

“Honey, over the top music videos never went out of style. Had so much fun working with my friends at @Instagram to bring ’90s style back for the holidays. Shop with your (heart) on Instagram. – Celine xx… #InstagramPartner,” she wrote in the caption to the commercial.

In the original clip for the tune, penned by music composer and producer Jim Steinman, Celine is seen running through the halls of her home as she’s haunted by the memory of a beau who has died in a motorcycle crash.

The new ad promotes Instagram Shopping and its checkout feature, which launched earlier this year. It was styled by Mel Ottenberg, who is known for his work with Rihanna, and directed by Matt Lambert.

The latest promo comes after the singer topped charts worldwide with her latest album, Courage – marking her full-length return to music following the death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil from throat cancer in 2016.

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