Gemma Ward: ‘Fashion is much less judgemental now’

Gemma Ward is adamant that the fashion world is much less “judgmental” now. The Australian star, known for her baby doll-like looks, was first scouted at the age of 14 and a mere two years later became the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of…

Gemma Ward is adamant that the fashion world is much less “judgmental” now. 

The Australian star, known for her baby doll-like looks, was first scouted at the age of 14 and a mere two years later became the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of U.S. Vogue magazine.

Gemma took a break from the catwalk from 2008 until 2013, only returning to appear in Prada’s spring/summer 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week in 2014, and she has now shared that she has noticed a major shift in attitudes among leaders in the industry compared to when she was starting out.

“There’s a lot more diversity – multiple generations, sizes, children, pregnant women – there is a lot more freedom and I think it’s just more interesting and more exciting for everyone involved,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Australia. “It creates an environment which feels safer and less judgmental and more fun. That’s why I’m feeling it’s good for me.”

After taking a hiatus from fashion, Gemma has now relocated back to New York and is ready to take on new projects. And while she is now mum to four-year-old daughter Naia and baby son Jet, who she shares with partner David Letts, the blonde star is certain that she has the same drive and enthusiasm that she had when she was first making her name in the business.

“When I first started, I couldn’t really talk about myself; I couldn’t be objective. Now, when I look back at those first photos of myself, I see somebody very innocent, very pure,” the 31-year-old said. “But I was also quite driven as a child – I wanted to be an actress – so I see a brave young girl as well. I think that mix might have been interesting to people and maybe that’s why they connected with me.”

Gemma appears on the cover of the conservation-themed December 2018 issue of the publication, and in an accompanying photoshoot shot at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

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Helena Christensen thrilled to model in Dolce & Gabbana show

Helena Christensen was thrilled to appear in Dolce & Gabbana’s latest runway show.The Italian luxury fashion label, helmed by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, presented its spring/summer 2019 collection, which was themed around the concept…

Helena Christensen was thrilled to appear in Dolce & Gabbana’s latest runway show.

The Italian luxury fashion label, helmed by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, presented its spring/summer 2019 collection, which was themed around the concept of DNA, as part of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (23Sep18).

Sharing an image to Instagram showing her strutting her stuff in a figure-hugging black dress following the spectacle, Danish supermodel Helena gushed over the show.

“So magical to be part of this beautiful show and wear a pretty dress and roses in my hair,” she captioned the snap.

A number of other big-name celebrities were cast in the show too, with actress Monica Bellucci opening the presentation in a black and white polka dot dress and model Eva Herzigova following in a glamorous black tulle ballgown.

Fellow ’90s catwalk star Carla Bruni sported a three-piece suit featuring a baroque-inspired pattern, while Dolce and Gabbana’s favoured floral and religious motifs were evident in embroidered dresses, gowns covered in appliques and blinged-out jewellery.

One model donned a sweater emblazoned with the slogan “#DGFAMILY”, with the family theme also apparent via the inclusion of actress Isabella Rossellini and her children Roberto and Elettra and grandson Ronin in the show, as well as other models who walked the runway with small children.

The designers set out to make a statement regarding inclusivity too, with plus-size models Ashley Graham and Tess McMillan wowing in tight dresses with leopard print and pretty rose patterns, and fashion stars from various backgrounds, including Kailand Morris, Dilraba Dilmurat and Marina Ruy Barbosa, appearing.

In addition, Emily Ratajkowski made a rare catwalk appearance in a ruched blue dress, and Karen Elson concluded the star-studded extravaganza in an oversized ballgown made from crinkled rose patterned material.

“That’s a wrap on Milano! Thank you so much @dolcegabbana@tabithasimmons for letting me close your show and close up the season here,” the British model wrote alongside a photo of her posing on the runway.

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Prada smashes ‘conservative cliches’ for spring 19

Prada has subverted clothing cliches for its spring/summer 2019 collection.The Italian luxury fashion house, helmed by designer Miuccia Prada, unveiled its latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday night (20S…

Prada has subverted clothing cliches for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

The Italian luxury fashion house, helmed by designer Miuccia Prada, unveiled its latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday night (20Sep18) with celebrity guests including Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Poppy Delevingne, Madelaine Petsch and Katherine Langford.

Regarding the range, Miuccia told reporters at the venue that she was determined to subvert convention with each ensemble.

“I played the rules of classic, with all the conservative cliches you can have,” the 69-year-old said.

The show opened with a model wearing a black satin top with bow attached to the neckline, brown pleated shorts, a black headpiece dotted with silver spikes and pink sandals.

A parade of contrasting outfits followed, such as a red coat which was buttoned off centre, a bodysuit with cutout detailing that was worn with shorts and high white socks as well as a leotard with plunging neckline which was styled with a peach satin skirt and black knee-high tights.

Highlights included a pale pink silk top which was worn with patterned shorts and a black swing dress with fine straps that was matched with lace-up shoes and a shoulder bag.

As always, accessories were a major aspect of the presentation, with models carrying colourful leather bags and satchels or colour-blocked purses.

They also wore oversized headbands made from a variety of fabrics that were evocative of Tudor-style headpieces, while some models sported studded cuff bracelets on one arm.

And instead of introducing evening-wear towards the end of the presentation, Miuccia again rejected convention and instead concluded the show by having a model walk the runway in a white T-shirt which was worn with lime-green embellished shorts and complemented with a bright green handbag.

Milan Fashion Week continues on Friday morning with shoes from Tod’s, Blumarine and Sportmax.

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Gigi Hadid thrilled to be tapped as Moschino’s ‘bride’

Gigi Hadid has described her appearance as the “bride” at Moschino’s latest show as a career highlight.The Italian fashion house, headed up by American designer Jeremy Scott, unveiled its spring/summer 2018 line as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursda…

Gigi Hadid has described her appearance as the “bride” at Moschino’s latest show as a career highlight.

The Italian fashion house, headed up by American designer Jeremy Scott, unveiled its spring/summer 2018 line as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday night (20Sep18) with the presentation drawing in celebrities including Jasmine Sanders, Zara Larsson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

Scott’s collection reimagined silhouettes from the ’40s and ’80s using bold scribble patterns, but it was Gigi’s turn as the “bride” at the end of the spectacle that truly stole the show.

“MOSCHINO BRIDE. (with a lil help from my friends ;)) WOW @ITSJEREMYSCOTT WHAT A MOMENT,” the 23-year-old captioned a snap on her Instagram page of her in the custom-made white dress with bubble hem and long veil which was carried by a series of figures who were also holding butterfly mobiles. “To my amazing friend J, I feel so grateful and honoured any time I get to be a part of your creative vision. Every season one of my greatest highlights is getting to learn about your newest story, inspiration, & process. I love your fearlessness, YOUR MIND. When I think you could never be more fun & creative, you do it again. Thank you so much for letting me close this amazing show tonight!!!!! I love you.”

Gigi also gushed over stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, hair expert Paul Hanlon and make-up artist Tom Pecheux in her post.

Elsewhere in the show, Scott stuck with his usual bold aesthetic, choosing to have the presentation open with a model wearing a white power suit and matching hat with black scribble design.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, such as a pink polka dot dress which was covered in what appeared to be pink highlighter ink, a yellow and white dress with wide shoulders and a belted green coat.

Many of the looks were paired with matching gloves, graphic drop earrings, mini purses, nude tights printed with scribble designs and matching stilettos.

Kaia Gerber modelled a belted orange dress, while Bella Hadid rocked a similar number made of black and pink fabric which was complemented by flower-shaped earrings.

Highlights of the collection included a white and orange suit with black lapels and a black minidress with sheer sleeves. In addition to the scribble patterns, Scott also included some of his favourite motifs, using his teddy bear design on bodysuits and a gold chain pattern on some suits.

As always, the 43-year-old designer closed out the presentation with a line-up of avant-garde pieces, with one model donning a dress manufactured to look like a pair of dressmaker scissors and another wearing a headpiece that resembled a gold thimble.

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Alberta Ferretti serves up safari chic for spring 19

Alberta Ferretti has dished up a line of safari-inspired pieces for spring/summer 2019.The Italian fashion house, helmed by designer Alberta Ferretti, kicked off Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday night (19Sep18) with a presentation that drew in a crowd o…

Alberta Ferretti has dished up a line of safari-inspired pieces for spring/summer 2019.

The Italian fashion house, helmed by designer Alberta Ferretti, kicked off Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday night (19Sep18) with a presentation that drew in a crowd of A-listers including Olivia Palermo, Chiara Ferragni and Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

According to the show notes, Ferretti’s latest collection took inspiration from the spirit of adventure.

“Alberta Ferretti presents the Spring Summer 2019 collection by creating a new attitude that encourages women to voice their strong personalities through their innocence, gentleness and an almost dreamy calmness,” a brand rep wrote on Instagram. “The collection builds a story that describes a physical adventure and internal exploration, an introspective journey.”

To begin the show, Ferretti had a model walk the runway in pleated khaki trousers, a pink top with lace detail on the shoulders and leather sandals.

Continuing with the explorer chic aesthetic, other models donned safari jackets with zipped pockets, belted safari suits, skirts with detachable pockets and tan cargo pants complete with numerous pockets and multiple zippers.

Sticking with a palette of earth tones and pastel pink, yellow and blue, the designer also offered up denim jackets which were tied around the waist, overalls and lacy tops.

Part way through the spectacle, Ferretti introduced some more glamorous garments that would easily translate from day to night such as a lemon-yellow jumpsuit, a pale peach silk slip and a draped mint green dress with drawstring belt at the waist.

Another model sported a maxi dress in a fabric that encompassed the colours of the desert at dusk, while the presentation concluded with a line-up of black outfits, with Kendall Jenner modelling a skin-tight black lace bodysuit and Gigi Hadid wearing a long black chiffon dress with embroidered details.

Jil Sander and Moncler also showed on Wednesday evening.

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Diesel taps Nicki Minaj for Hate Couture collab

Nicki Minaj is continuing her venture into fashion with a surprise new Diesel collaboration.The Super Bass singer has only recently launched her new album, Queen, but in between recording and promoting her fourth record, she found time to join forces w…

Nicki Minaj is continuing her venture into fashion with a surprise new Diesel collaboration.

The Super Bass singer has only recently launched her new album, Queen, but in between recording and promoting her fourth record, she found time to join forces with the Italian brand on a new collection.

“You need people like me. So you can point your finger & say: THAT’S THE BAD GUY‼️ Got a surprise for anyone who’s ever been labeled #TheBadGuy,” Nicki teased on her Instagram account before fully letting the cat out of the bag.

“ITALY!!!! I’ve waited so long to share this surprise with you! I’m shutting down an entire block in Milan to present my collection w|@diesel. This will be one for the (books)! Missed you!!! 9|19 #MinajInMILAN,” she exclaimed next to a photo of her starring in large billboard ad for Diesel’s new Hate Couture campaign.

WWD reports invites for Diesel’s Milan Fashion Week show have now been sent out, with the invitation stating “The Queen is coming” on a black-and-white background that says “Diesel Is Dead”.

While the 35-year-old has skipped the London Fashion Week round of shows, she was a regular at the New York presentations, sitting front row for Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Opening Ceremony.

She also made it to countless parties, including a Harper’s Bazaar bash where she brawled with fellow rapper Cardi B – an incident she called “humiliating” on her Beats 1 radio show.

Nicki previously worked with H&M on a capsule collection, as well as starring in the Swedish retailer’s Christmas advert. However, fans urged her to cut ties with the brand after a young black model posed in a hoodie bearing the slogan “Coolest monkey in the jungle”, causing a racism backlash.

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Lais Ribeiro backtracks on no Milan Fashion Week comment

Lais Ribeiro has insisted she will walk in Milan Fashion Week again, despite recently saying she no longer attended the event.The Brazilian model, who became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2015, has walked for the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci…

Lais Ribeiro has insisted she will walk in Milan Fashion Week again, despite recently saying she no longer attended the event.

The Brazilian model, who became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2015, has walked for the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, and was also given the honour of wearing the lingerie brand’s coveted Fantasy Bra at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai last year (17).

However, Lais recently claimed she would not be going to Milan any more after allegedly being told on two occasions that the designers “have enough black girls here”.

But in a new interview with Maxim, she backtracked on her original comments.

“I did Milan Fashion Week for four years and I loved it. I would love to be there, to work more with them, because they should be more open to diversity,” the 27-year-old explained. “Everybody should. It’s changing, but it’s still a small change.”

Lais is encouraged to see that there are people in the industry who are making strides when it comes to inclusivity and diversity, including British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who cast her in the Black Issue of Vogue Italia in 2008 alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn.

“How many beautiful models do we have and it never happens?” she previously said of the iconic cover to Coveteur.com.

“It was really beautiful, and he (Edward) was just so nice. I didn’t speak English yet at that time, and there were a couple girls I already knew at the job speaking Spanish with me. I think Arlenis (Sosa) was there and Ajak (Deng), Iman. He’s always trying to represent and to help push through because it’s a little hard to be out there.”

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Gemma Ward finally ready to make her fashion comeback

Gemma Ward is gearing up to make a comeback in the world of fashion.The 30-year-old Australian star, known for her baby doll-like looks, was first scouted at the age of 14 and a mere two years later became the youngest model ever to appear on the cover…

Gemma Ward is gearing up to make a comeback in the world of fashion.

The 30-year-old Australian star, known for her baby doll-like looks, was first scouted at the age of 14 and a mere two years later became the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of U.S. Vogue magazine.

While Gemma took a break from the catwalk from 2008 until 2013, only returning to appear in Prada’s spring/summer 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week in 2014, she has now confirmed that she has relocated back to New York and is ready to take on new projects.

“I love Australia so much, but I’ve got the rest of my life to be there,” she told W magazine, adding that she isn’t receiving so much public attention this time around. “I’m so thankful the paparazzi doesn’t care about me anymore.”

Gemma, who has also pursued acting and appeared in films such as The Great Gatsby and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, went on to explain that she has noticed that models have much more of a voice than when she started out in the industry. She believes that the rise of social media has put power back in the hands of young models.

“I feel like there was a culture of being quiet back then, There was this real benefit to a girl having a mystery about her. People were telling me, ‘Do not talk about what’s going on. Do not go out in public.’ It definitely felt like it was better to be seen and never heard,” she shared. “I see other people go through certain things and clap back right away, and I kind of wish I had that.”

The fashion star attempted to take a break from the spotlight in the wake of the death of her boyfriend Heath Ledger in 2008, who she had only been dating for two months. But it wasn’t until early 2013 that she finally made time for herself and attended a health retreat in Australia where in addition to therapy, she received treatment for an eating disorder.

“I just said no modelling, nothing to do with my appearance – I’m focusing on my voice,” she recalled.

Gemma has since settled down with partner David Letts, the father of her four-year-old daughter Naia and baby son Jet.

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Kendall Jenner was on the ‘verge of mental breakdown’ prior to hiatus

Kendall Jenner was on the “verge of a mental breakdown” before she took a break from fashion.The model is one of the most sought-after names in the industry, having been tapped to front campaigns for the likes of Fendi, Estee Lauder, La Perla and Calvi…

Kendall Jenner was on the “verge of a mental breakdown” before she took a break from fashion.

The model is one of the most sought-after names in the industry, having been tapped to front campaigns for the likes of Fendi, Estee Lauder, La Perla and Calvin Klein Jeans.

However, Kendall was noticeably absent from the runways during the fall/winter 2018 season earlier in the year (18) and has now explained that she had opted to stay home in order to take care of her mental health.

“Last season I didn’t do any shows. Just ’cause I was working in LA and I was like, ‘Oof, I can’t right now – I’m gonna go crazy,'” she told LOVE magazine in an interview for the publication’s 10th anniversary issue. “I was on the verge of a mental breakdown.”

Kendall skipped Paris Fashion Week, where the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber made appearances.

However, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star did rock the catwalk at Versace’s spring 2019 menswear presentation held during Milan Fashion Week in June (18), five months after her last runway gig.

And while Kendall has grown up in the spotlight, she also shared that she wishes she could have anonymity from time to time.

“I live a very extraordinary life. I wouldn’t change it for the world but there are days where I wish I could walk outside and nothing would be like it is right now,” the 22-year-old added.

Previously, Kendall has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and panic attacks on her family’s reality TV show. Additionally, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in January, she noted that her anxiety could be “debilitating”.

“I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks,” she said. “Where do I even start? Everything is so horrible, it’s hard to name one thing. I just think that the world needs so much love.”

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Gucci to present spring 2019 collection at Theatre Le Palace in Paris

Gucci have chosen to unveil its spring 2019 collection at Theatre Le Palace in Paris.The Italian brand is typically a main staple of Milan Fashion Week but this year it has decided to debut its upcoming collection in the French capital for one season o…

Gucci have chosen to unveil its spring 2019 collection at Theatre Le Palace in Paris.

The Italian brand is typically a main staple of Milan Fashion Week but this year it has decided to debut its upcoming collection in the French capital for one season only.

Theatre Le Palace is best known for its years as a nightclub popular with members of the fashion and music industries, and according to Gucci, this is the first time that the iconic Parisian location will host a runway show.

“The Theatre Le Palace resonates with the vision of the house as it is a venue that gave life to a (sub)culture that has inspired young generations up until today,” the luxury label explained in a statement.

The one-off show is scheduled to take place on 24 September (18) at 9pm as part of a three-part homage to France conceived by creative director Alessandro Michele.

“Gucci is a global brand with deep and vibrant Italian roots and a visionary French shareholder, Kering,” Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci, said in a statement. “When Alessandro told me of his desire to present the new collection in Paris – continuing the French-inspired narrative – I thought it was a perfect way to continue the creative homage to France.”

Bizzarri added that the specific show date marks the “transition day between Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks to avoid impacting schedules. We will then look forward to returning to Milan in February 2019”.

Though the fashion house has decided to forgo the Italian runway this year, according to WWD, it is planning to host a special event at the Gucci Hub in Milan on 19 September, the second day of the city’s Fashion Week.

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