Donatella Versace names dressing Michelle Obama as one of her ‘proudest moments’

Donatella Versace has described dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the “proudest moments” of her career.Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Italian designer is using her free time at home to catch up on reading and organise her col…

Donatella Versace has described dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the “proudest moments” of her career.

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Italian designer is using her free time at home to catch up on reading and organise her collection of photos.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Donatella announced that she will be sharing some of her favourite snaps on the platform over the coming days, and kicked off the concept by posting an image of former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle waiting to welcome Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the White House in October 2016.

“It was my deepest honour to dress the First Lady of the United States in Atelier Versace on the occasion of the state visit of the Prime Minister of Italy,” the 64-year-old wrote in the caption. “Mrs Obama chose this wonderful rose gold chainmail for her dress. It was the perfect choice and she looked stunning as she walked out onto the steps of The White House and simply shone alongside the President.

“It remains one of the proudest moments of my career and like many, I miss them both very much.”

Donatella’s post quickly racked up over 10,000 likes, with many of her followers praising Michelle’s bold fashion choice.

“Absolutely magnificent creation! Couldn’t have chosen a greater woman to wear this dress!” one user wrote, while another added: “She looks POWERFUL AND STUNNING!!! Best dress ever!!!”

In recent days, Donatella has been sharing regular updates on Instagram, and in one post, explained how she was keeping in touch with her design teams via virtual chat.

“I love to see and interact with my teams, they make me laugh and sometimes it’s almost like we are all together again,” she added. “But remember this today: you are not just working from home. You are home in a crisis, trying to work. Do your best!”

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Prabal Gurung calls on industry leaders to unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady …

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

But as Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, with 204,000 cases and over 8,200 deaths to date, Gurung has instructed his New York-based team to work from home but stay in “close communications”, and accordingly, has been contemplating how the pandemic will force change within the wider business.

“Tackling an issue of this magnitude requires unity. We have to reach across departmental and industry lines to pull in help from a global brain trust of brilliant creatives and business leaders,” he wrote in an essay for Vogue.com. “Right now, what we need in fashion are leaders who are unafraid to have these conversations, and to really break the patterns that have in so many ways gotten us to this unhealthy place. America stands for change, America stands for guts. We have the power to set the tone of how we function going forward.”

Gurung went on to note that he and his team are very focused on finding solutions for becoming even more sustainable, inclusive, and inventive. And he is also concerned about ways he can champion other independent designers.

“We are in a unique position to change the tides. Whether it is about race, size, or age; the conversation starts here,” the 40-year-old mused. “In so many ways, coronavirus was the final straw that finally made me sit back and really think about our current definition of success, and what we were willing to sacrifice to get there.”

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Barack and Michelle Obama teaming with Russo brothers on new movie – report

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S Pre…

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo brothers on a new Netflix movie.

Back in 2017, Joe and Anthony Russo acquired the rights to Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel Exit West, and later that same year, the former U.S President included the fantasy drama on his list of best books.

The fourth novel from Pakistani writer Hamid tackles the global refugee crisis as it follows a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who are forced to flee an unidentified war-torn city in the Middle East following violent clashes between guerrillas and the government.

The duo then joins a group of migrants and travel to safe havens around the world, including Greece and California, using a system of guarded magical doors.

According to editors at Collider, the Obamas’ company Higher Ground Productions is teaming up with the Avengers: Endgame directors’ AGBO banner to produce the feature adaption for the streaming giant.

Riz Ahmed is reportedly attached to star, with Yann Demange helming the project.

A rep for the Russo Brothers has yet to comment on the report.

The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was originally tapped to direct in a first-look deal, but duties have since been passed to White Boy Rick filmmaker Demange.

Mike Larocca will produce alongside Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan, while a new writer is expected to be hired to work on the adaptation in the near future.

The Russo brothers recently wrapped production on crime-drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland, while the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions was behind the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory.

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Brandon Maxwell wants to make hometown locals proud of his fashion success

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and ded…

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.

The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and dedication to the city of Longview and their communities.

Talking to local news station KLTV, Maxwell said it was a “full-circle moment” coming back to his native Texas and hosting the awards and luncheon.

“It was fantastic,” he shared. “It was like a dream come true. I’ve spent my whole career hoping that I would make everyone where I’m from proud. This was a great full-circle moment.”

During his career, Maxwell has dressed high-profile women such as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Hollywood stars including Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and Anne Hathaway.

He also co-hosts U.S. TV show Project Runway with Karlie Kloss, who serves as one of his muses, and created Lady Gaga’s extravagant outfits for last year’s Met Gala.

During his speech at the Star Over Longview 2020 awards, Maxwell said he believes in giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

“I think I’m a prime example of that,” the 35-year-old explained. “I’m not someone who has the pedigree to succeed without the love, acceptance, and hard work of the people around me.

“Go out there and pursue your dreams. The world is at your fingertips.”

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Zac Posen closing down namesake label

Zac Posen has spoken out on the “horrible” decision to close his namesake brand.On Friday, the shock news broke that the designer would be shutting down his eponymous label, which he started in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute. “We …

Zac Posen has spoken out on the “horrible” decision to close his namesake brand.

On Friday, the shock news broke that the designer would be shutting down his eponymous label, which he started in 2001, after a sale fell through at the last minute.

“We had to close up House of Z, Z-Spoke, the whole company,” Posen told WWD, calling the decision “surreal, intense, surprising and immediate”.

He sadly explained: “The board made a difficult decision. We were in a sale process and we ran out of time. There was a board vote. We had to make the call. My partners and I tried everything possible within our means to find solutions to keep it going. The clock ran out.”

According to the outlet, Yucaipa Companies, which has owned a stake in the Zac Posen brand for more than 15 years, was looking to sell, and there were several discussions with potential buyers. However, talks failed and the sale was ultimately unsuccessful.

And the designer’s most recent collection, which he showcased in September, will not be shipped.

Posen has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts, and last year, he designed the reception gown Princess Eugenie wore after her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

“We have dressed everybody, from the biggest stars to emerging talents to royalty. I feel really fortunate to have made clothes they responded to,” the 39-year-old shared.

Despite the decision, Posen, who also serves as creative director for the Brooks Brothers women’s collection, is confident he can make a return to the fashion industry.

“Hopefully, I’ll have a long career ahead. I need to take a little time to think about my options. I’ve been focused on my brand for a long time. Now, this is a new stage,” he insisted. “I will always have me. I will always have my creativity.”

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Prabal Gurung names dressing Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los…

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.

The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, opened up about the highs and lows of his decade in the industry.

Gurung shared some of his most memorable moments dressing famous faces – including Demi Moore and Oprah Winfrey – but it was creating not one but two dresses in the space of a few months for Obama that was the pinnacle of the 40-year-old’s career.

“The biggest moment for me was when First Lady Michelle Obama wore (the brand) because it validated my mom’s desire. I told her, ‘I’m dressing all these celebrities.’ And she said, ‘Let’s talk,’ and told me why I should dress Michelle Obama. A year later, when I dressed her, I was in Paris and I called my mom,” Gurung recalled.

The former First Lady initially wore Prabal Gurung in March 2010, with the Nepalese-American designer then creating a custom gown for her to wear for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May later that same year.

Olivia Munn, Laverne Cox, Rachel Zoe, Joan Smalls, Jaime King, and Law Roach were among the guests at the intimate bash too, and Gurung went on to emphasise his desire to keep championing inclusivity and social issues during his shows.

“I came to America as an immigrant with a dream of becoming a fashion designer almost 20 years ago. Tonight is about celebrating people who are different. It’s a celebration of people who are misfits. Whether you’re in the film industry, whether you’re in fashion, any creative field. We all know how it feels to be different,” he shared.

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Olivier Rousteing: ‘I wish Michelle Obama wore more Balmain’

Olivier Rousteing wishes former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wore more Balmain creations.While her husband Barack Obama was serving as the U.S. President between 2009 and 2017, Michelle was known for helping to boost the profiles of up-and-coming Ame…

Olivier Rousteing wishes former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama wore more Balmain creations.

While her husband Barack Obama was serving as the U.S. President between 2009 and 2017, Michelle was known for helping to boost the profiles of up-and-coming American designers such as Jason Wu, Brandon Maxwell, and Christian Siriano by wearing their outfits to public events.

However, to promote her memoir Becoming at the end of 2018, she wore international fashion brands such as Balenciaga and Balmain, with her rocking a sparkly striped Balmain resort 2019 suit during a talk show appearance.

Rousteing, the creative director of the French fashion house, was thrilled to see Michelle in one of his designs – and wishes she would do it more often.

“I’ve been pretty lucky to dress so many women who I love and am obsessed with. I dressed Michelle Obama once, but I would love to dress her more. I really do love this woman. And I wish she would wear more Balmain,” he told W magazine.

He explained he enjoys dressing political figures, such as France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron.

“I love it. I dressed my First Lady, and I’m obsessed with how well she’s wearing Balmain. I love dressing politicians – at least who I agree with,” the designer shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old revealed which brands he likes to wear when he’s not dressed in Balmain.

“I usually wear my own clothes and obviously what I sketch is usually what I love to wear,” he noted. “But what I love the most is to mix with other brands as well. I’m wearing a lot of Rick Owens – I love the Rick Owens T-shirts and pants. I used to have some Saint Laurent from Hedi (Slimane). I actually like Hermes as well. And Chanel. Whenever I see menswear from Chanel, I’m like, ‘How can I get this?’ That’s it.”

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Prabal Gurung on creating change in fashion: ‘I want to give back’

Prabal Gurung is passionate about giving back to help those less fortunate.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 at New York Fashion Week, and since then, has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama…

Prabal Gurung is passionate about giving back to help those less fortunate.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 at New York Fashion Week, and since then, has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

During an interview at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference, the 40-year-old recalled how he decided to “make more than clothes” after seeing his designs on the cover of a magazine in 2011.

Since then, he established the Shikshya Foundation in Nepal with his siblings, which provides much-needed education to underprivileged children.

“In eight years, we’ve been able to impact over 50,000 lives,” Gurung said of the organisation, which will soon start educating incarcerated women in the country.

“The reason I wanted to do it was that fashion is great, and that’s my first love, and I love doing all of that. But it can’t just be about that; it has to be more than that,” he continued. “The Instagram followers and the platforms that we all have, it can’t just be for my selfies, you know? It would have to be for something else. I want to give back.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Gurung joked that he first came to the U.S. in 2011 “to meet Oprah”, and also revealed that he’s been working with cashmere producers in Nepal to ensure his luxurious pieces for his collections are made sustainably.

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Michael Kors will never have a muse

Michael Kors will never rely on a single “muse” for inspiration.The American fashion designer has never designed pieces with just one woman in mind, unlike the late Karl Lagerfeld, who had many muses including Vanessa Paradis, Claudia Schiffer, and Car…

Michael Kors will never rely on a single “muse” for inspiration.

The American fashion designer has never designed pieces with just one woman in mind, unlike the late Karl Lagerfeld, who had many muses including Vanessa Paradis, Claudia Schiffer, and Cara Delevingne.

“To this day, the question I hate the most is when people say, ‘Who’s your muse?’ And I say, ‘Muse? If I’m only designing for one woman, then we’re in trouble,'” he told Harper’s Bazaar.

And Kors attributes his successful, decades-long career to growing up in a family of strong, fashion-forward women in Long Island.

“They were all very specific in their point of view, they were all very opinionated,” the 60-year-old said, before recalling an argument his mother – former model Joan Hamburger – once had with her sister-in-law “over whether taupe or camel was a better colour for a winter coat”.

Kors also revealed that he helped to redesign his mother’s dress for her second wedding when he was just five years old.

“My grandmother was with us at the bridal salon, and my mother had ordered her dress, and was having the first fitting. It was floor-length, heavy cream shantung, very Balenciaga, and covered in bows. When my mother tried it on, I just went silent. My mother asked, ‘What’s wrong? and I said, ‘Those bows are so terrible!'” he laughed.

The designer, whose chic dresses were even worn by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, wants to create clothes for women of all sizes and ages.

“My aim is to make women feel their best selves,” Kors shared. “She could be 85, she could be 16; she could be a size 22 or a size four.”

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Thakoon Panichgul relaunching namesake fashion brand again

Thakoon Panichgul has relaunched his namesake fashion label once again.The Thai-American designer unveiled his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and quickly became recognised as a rising star, with his feminine garments sported by the likes of Dem…

Thakoon Panichgul has relaunched his namesake fashion label once again.

The Thai-American designer unveiled his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and quickly became recognised as a rising star, with his feminine garments sported by the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Panichgul overhauled his company in 2016 after receiving an investment from Vivian Chou of Bright Fame Fashion, but after a two-year hiatus, he has once again set up shop.

“It’s important for me to be able to make clothes in a way that is thoughtful,” he told Fashionista of her new venture. “In a way that is great quality that you can wear over and over and over again but also in a way that is affordable for people. Otherwise, you’re just making fashion just to have an expression, a voice. It doesn’t go anywhere after that.”

With Matt Scanlan, boss of sustainable cashmere brand Naadam, serving as chief executive officer, the fashion star is now offering a direct-to-consumer line of high-quality pieces at an accessible price point.

Focusing on stylish basics, including knitwear, slip dresses, shirts, trousers, and coats, items are priced from $75 to $250 (£60 – £200). Model Lily Aldridge is starring in the debut campaign, with the imagery featuring a minimalist aesthetic.

“I have become simpler. When you’re younger, you want to be expressive and you want to have an opinion and you want to say what you want to say. For me, that’s not as important anymore now. I’m more comfortable with myself, I’m more comfortable with my skill and I know what I’m good at,” the 45-year-old added of his style evolution.

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