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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Edward Enninful: ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on new British Vogue cover’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue o…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.

On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue of the fashion publication, entitled Forces for Change.

While the cover features the images of 15 trailblazing women, in an accompanying article, Enninful noted that Meghan decided not to take up the opportunity to front the cover, as she feared it would be a distraction.

“As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege,” he wrote. “From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”

Instead, the cover features a number of inspirational figures, including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actresses Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Salma Hayek, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, and model and activist Christy Turlington.

The 16th spot on the magazine’s cover is a mirror, which Meghan requested as she wanted the reader to be included alongside the incredible women.

Enninful and the former Suits star began working together in January, when the 37-year-old was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child. Their son Archie was born in May.

The issue, which is released on 2 August, also features an exclusive interview between Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

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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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Michelle Obama neglected wellness routine after becoming a mother

Michelle Obama has had to learn to put her health first after neglecting herself when she became a mother. The former U.S. First Lady and bestselling author of Becoming is now helping to inspire other women to do the same. “We (as women) have to ow…

Michelle Obama has had to learn to put her health first after neglecting herself when she became a mother.

The former U.S. First Lady and bestselling author of Becoming is now helping to inspire other women to do the same.

“We (as women) have to own our health. It’s one of these things that no one can take from you,” she said during the Essence Festival in New Orleans over the weekend.

Michelle, who led a major child health and fitness campaign during her husband Barack Obama’s presidency, believes women need to “un-train” each other when it comes to prioritising wellness.

“When it comes to our health as women, we are so busy giving and doing for others that we almost feel guilty to take that time out for ourselves,” the 55-year-old added.

The former lawyer also noted how eye-opening it was when the former U.S. leader managed to keep up with his fitness routine after they welcomed daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18.

“A lot of mothers will understand this, because I found myself looking around after I had my kids, and I didn’t have time for me, but my husband was at the gym every day. And I was like, ‘Well, how are you going to the gym?’ He was like, ‘I make time for the gym.’ I was like, ‘What?'”

These days, Michelle makes time for weights and heavy cardio to “things like yoga that will keep me flexible.”

She added, “I want to feel good, and I want to be as healthy as I can be because I want to be able to enjoy my seventies and eighties.”

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Zendaya has no regrets over any of her red carpet outfits

Zendaya has no regrets over any of her red carpet outfits because they all helped to build her confidence.The Greatest Showman actress always pulls out all of the stops when it comes to her ensembles and wowed at the 2019 Met Gala when she stepped out …

Zendaya has no regrets over any of her red carpet outfits because they all helped to build her confidence.

The Greatest Showman actress always pulls out all of the stops when it comes to her ensembles and wowed at the 2019 Met Gala when she stepped out alongside her stylist Law Roach in a Cinderella-inspired Tommy Hilfiger gown.

While Zendaya is never afraid to push sartorial boundaries, in the latest episode of Vogue’s 73 Questions series, she insisted she loves all of her different looks.

“(I regret) none of them actually,” she said. “Because I think they have all equally helped me find my confidence and figure out what I like. So, I wouldn’t take it back.”

Zendaya works closely with Law on her outfits, with the celebrity stylist also partnering with the likes of Celine Dion, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato. However, she was stunned when he once gave her a pair of very expensive earrings to wear to an event.

“I went to a premiere and I had these earrings, they were big beautiful earrings,” the 22-year-old recalled of the most luxurious item she has ever worn. “And I thought they were fake to be honest with you. And then there was this article that came out the next day that was like, ‘Zendaya wears million-dollar earrings.’ And I was like, ‘Law did you put me in million-dollar earrings last night?’ He was like, ‘Hmm, probably.’ So, long story short, they’re not mine, I gave them back. And yeah, that’ll probably never happen again because it was so stressful.”

Elsewhere, Zendaya named Law as the “most stylish” person alive and listed former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Beyonce as her role models. The star also noted that her everyday uniform consists of black trousers, a white T-shirt and Converse sneakers.

“(I’m big on) sneakers at the moment, but I do love some heels,” she smiled.

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