Ashley Graham unveils second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi

Ashley Graham has designed a second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.The model unveiled her debut line for the plus-size women’s clothing brand, owned by the Max Mara Fashion Group, in 2017, and her denim-inspired selection proved extremely popula…

Ashley Graham has designed a second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.

The model unveiled her debut line for the plus-size women’s clothing brand, owned by the Max Mara Fashion Group, in 2017, and her denim-inspired selection proved extremely popular when it was presented during Milan Fashion Week.

Now, a second Ashley Graham x Marina Rinaldi collaboration is ready to drop – an ’80s-esque line which is predicted to be just as successful as Ashley’s previous offering.

“The feedback to the collection has been extremely positive,” Lynne Webber, managing director of Marina Rinaldi, divulged in an interview with WWD. “Ashley is a very strong positive role model for the Marina Rinaldi community and she promotes being bold, encouraging women to be bolder in fashion.”

The executive explained that the fashion star worked with the company to source high-performing materials to help create “very flattering” form fitting pieces.

Lynne also believes that the ’80s inspiration has brought a “sassy atmosphere” to the collection, evident in leather biker and bomber jackets as well as edgy wraparound dresses.

“We are also introducing more accessible prices within the capsule to reach a wider audience through the choice of materials,” she added.

Denim is still an important feature of the 30-year-old’s follow-up line, with jeans available in a wide range of styles, lengths and colours, while denim shirts, dresses and bodysuits are also heavily featured.

The capsule is already on sale in Marina Rinaldi boutiques and department stores as well as online.

And Lynne credits Ashley’s strong social media presence with the brand’s growing popularity amongst the younger generation.

“(Ashley’s campaigns) have brought in a significantly younger segment, transforming the fan base with a clientele younger than 35,” she insisted.

In addition to her design duties, the catwalk star has also fronted many campaigns for Marina Rinaldi, including its spring 2017 advert.

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Lais Ribeiro calls out Milan Fashion Week over discrimination

Lais Ribeiro refuses to walk in Milan Fashion Week due to two instances of discrimination.The Brazilian model has worked for Victoria’s Secret since 2010 but really shot to fame when she was chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra at the lingerie giant’s fashio…

Lais Ribeiro refuses to walk in Milan Fashion Week due to two instances of discrimination.

The Brazilian model has worked for Victoria’s Secret since 2010 but really shot to fame when she was chosen to wear the Fantasy Bra at the lingerie giant’s fashion extravaganza held in Shanghai, China last November (17).

Lais has also walked the runway for the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs but has now shared that she has no interest in returning to Italy’s main fashion event after encountering two instances of racism.

“Of course (representation) has to be better every year, but it still has a way to go,” she told Coveteur.com. “For example, I don’t go to Milan anymore. I used to love Milan, and they’re just like, ‘Oh, we have enough black girls here, you don’t need to come.’ There were two times that they said that, and I was like, ‘Is this for real?’ It has to be better, but it’s a little bit more open for us.”

Lais did not name any specific designers in her interview. But the brunette beauty, who has been focused on her commitments with Victoria’s Secret of late, is certain that many people in the industry are making strides when it comes to inclusivity and diversity.

One person she singled out was 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.

“Edward was always a supporter since I started my career, so it’s exciting to see him being so successful. I did Italian Vogue with all the black girls. I loved that editorial. It was really beautiful, and he was just so nice,” the 27-year-old recalled. “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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Gucci to join Paris Fashion Week for spring 2019

Gucci is swapping Milan for Paris when the brand showcases its spring 2019 collection later this year (18).The Italian label will debut its latest offerings in the French capital for one season only during Paris Fashion Week on 24 September, in an even…

Gucci is swapping Milan for Paris when the brand showcases its spring 2019 collection later this year (18).

The Italian label will debut its latest offerings in the French capital for one season only during Paris Fashion Week on 24 September, in an event which will symbolise the final segment of a three-part homage to the nation conceived by Gucci’s 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 Milan Fashion Week.

France is already hosting many of this year’s destination resort shows including Louis Vuitton’s on 28 May as well as Gucci’s upcoming cruise 2019 show which will take place in Arles on 30 May.

President of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, Carlo Capasa, insisted that the association “understands and respects the reasons behind Gucci’s request” to hold the spring show in Paris “and will look forward to Gucci returning to open Milan Fashion Week next February”.

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Stella McCartney joins Milan Fashion Week: Men’s schedule

Stella McCartney will present collections at Milan Fashion Week: Men’s this year (18).The designer will showcase her latest lines on the last day of the event, which runs from 15-18 June, in shows that will feature both her women’s resort 2019 and men’…

Stella McCartney will present collections at Milan Fashion Week: Men’s this year (18).

The designer will showcase her latest lines on the last day of the event, which runs from 15-18 June, in shows that will feature both her women’s resort 2019 and men’s spring 2019 collections. The location has yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed that the presentation will take place from 8pm to 11pm.

The 46-year-old is not the only fashion mogul to incorporate feminine garments into Men’s Fashion Week in Italy, as designer Alberta Ferretti, 68, will debut her own resort 2019 and Limited Edition collections, on 15 June. The Italian icon’s two-part show will occur at the Sala delle Cariatidi venue from 6.30pm.

McCartney celebrated another achievement on Tuesday (08May) when she was presented with a Humanitarian award at the second annual David Lynch Foundation Women of Vision luncheon. The honour was delivered by Isabella Rossellini at the event in New York City, who praised the British style icon for her cruelty-free approach to fashion.

“When I wear her fashion, I don’t feel guilty and I learn about lots of things that I didn’t know,” the 65-year-old smiled.

The luncheon raised money for an initiative that will teach Transcendental Meditation to 1,000 women survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, and McCartney, daughter of the Beatles legend Paul McCartney, said that the practice is “probably one of the best gifts you can have.”

“It is something that you can take everywhere,” she explained to the audience. “I’m sure a lot of people in the room travel a lot, we carry our bags around and we have a lot going on in our lives. Meditation is something that I just carry around in my back pocket and in my heart for free. It’s weightless, effortless and it’s a real gift.”

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Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton announce capsule collection

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton are gearing up to release their first capsule collection.The Formula One driver was recently declared a global brand ambassador for the American luxury label, and now it’s been revealed Lewis will actually design for…

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton are gearing up to release their first capsule collection.

The Formula One driver was recently declared a global brand ambassador for the American luxury label, and now it’s been revealed Lewis will actually design for the brand, with the first Tommy x Hamilton collection scheduled to drop this fall (18).

The range will be revealed to fashion editors on 7 May.

Hamilton shared the first glimpse of the range’s logo to fans at an exclusive event in Shanghai on Wednesday (11Apr18), having put his own stamp on Tommy Hilfiger’s signature flag trademark by overlapping it with his initials in navy. An art installation explained the influences behind the design, which was inspired by street art as well as the font used in the racing champion’s own tattoos.

The British sports personality was announced as the brand’s latest ambassador shortly after he sat front row at the label’s Milan Fashion Week show, which saw a collection, the designer’s fourth and final with model Gigi Hadid, that merged Hilfiger’s love for fashion and motorsports on a racetrack-style runway.

And the iconic fashion designer was delighted to confirm his company’s collaboration with the star.

“Lewis is a global superstar and he’s not only one of the top athletes in the world, he’s also, in my eyes, a fashion icon. He is a student of fashion, he has a sense of style, and he puts himself together in a very cool way that’s very real,” said the 67-year-old during an interview with Lewis at Tommy Hilfiger’s London showroom. “His look is iconic. He has millions of fans all over the world, watching his every move. He has young fans, young men who want to look like him, who want to dress like him. They actually want to emulate him.”

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Tommy Hilfiger talks Gigi Hadid partnership: ‘We’ve helped each other’

Gigi Hadid’s collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger has helped to boost the model’s Instagram followers by nearly 36 million.Gigi is one of the most in-demand models currently working in fashion and has posed for some of the world’s biggest labels, includin…

Gigi Hadid’s collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger has helped to boost the model’s Instagram followers by nearly 36 million.

Gigi is one of the most in-demand models currently working in fashion and has posed for some of the world’s biggest labels, including Fendi, Versace and Moschino.

The 22-year-old has also worked with all-American brand Tommy Hilfiger, though took the partnership to the next level when she joined forces with brand founder Tommy to co-design clothes.

“When Gigi was on my runway, we thought she was exceptional and we said instead of just using her as a model on the runway and maybe photographing some nice photos for some billboards and magazines, why don’t we really use her sense of style?” the 67-year-old recalled to WWD. “Coming from Southern California, she has an incredible sense of style – very causal, very chic, can dress it up or dress it down.

“She had three million followers when we started. She has (nearly) 40 million today. I think we’ve both helped one another.”

Tommy and Gigi’s last show during Milan Fashion Week in February (18) fused together Tommy’s love of fashion and motorsports, with models donning sporty leather pieces.

It marked the pair’s fourth and final collaboration, though Tommy now hints there could be more to come.

“I also really believe that you have to move on after a certain amount of time. This is the fourth season. We’ve had nothing but success, but we have an announcement to make in the very near future,” he teased.

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Lewis Hamilton tapped as Tommy Hilfiger global brand ambassador

Lewis Hamilton has been snapped up as a Tommy Hilfiger global brand ambassador.The British racing driver sat in the front row of the label’s catwalk show during Milan Fashion Week (25Feb18), which saw a collection that merged Hilfiger’s love for fashio…

Lewis Hamilton has been snapped up as a Tommy Hilfiger global brand ambassador.

The British racing driver sat in the front row of the label’s catwalk show during Milan Fashion Week (25Feb18), which saw a collection that merged Hilfiger’s love for fashion and motorsports on a racetrack-style runway. And it’s no surprise that the American designer was keen to tap the Formula One superstar as the latest figure to front his fashion house.

“Lewis is a global superstar and he’s not only one of the top athletes in the world, he’s also, in my eyes, a fashion icon. He is a student of fashion, he has a sense of style, and he puts himself together in a very cool way that’s very real,” said the 66-year-old during an interview with Lewis at Tommy Hilfiger’s London showroom. “His look is iconic. He has millions of fans all over the world, watching his every move. He has young fans, young men who want to look like him, who want to dress like him. They actually want to emulate him.”

The four-time world champion will be the face of Tommy Hilfiger men’s starting from the spring season, which will include the Collection and Tailored lines as well as underwear and swimwear.

This marks Lewis’ first fashion collaboration, although the 33-year-old was an enthusiastic brand ambassador for London Fashion Week Men’s and has become a frequent front row and party guest over the last three years.

“Fashion for me is equal to my love of cars, and I’ve obviously been passionate about cars since I was a kid as naturally boys and kids are,” he smiled. “Fashion is something that has continuously grown: I remember coming home from school and watching MTV and music stars and they would be wearing Tommy, and so I naturally wanted to, too. I viewed them as role models, wanting to wear these clothes, but not having the opportunity to do so.”

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Donatella Versace on her new collection: ‘It’s for every woman’

Donatella Versace’s latest collection is aimed at all women.The Versace head showed off her latest designs at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (23Feb18), with the runway full of bold colours and prints, as well as the fashion house’s signature gold chain d…

Donatella Versace’s latest collection is aimed at all women.

The Versace head showed off her latest designs at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (23Feb18), with the runway full of bold colours and prints, as well as the fashion house’s signature gold chain detailing.

Talking about the fall 18 line, Donatella told Vogue in a video: “(It’s) a continuation of last year. What (it) represents is the family of Versace. They are different characters. There is a punkish one, there is a more sophisticated one, the mystery woman, and the young, young school girl with sneakers.

“There is not one for this collection, it’s a lot of woman coming together and be courageous and be strong (sic).”

To show off the bold designs, Donatella hired an army of strong models to walk for her. Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Anja Rubik, Edie Campbell, Binx Walton and Natalia Vodianova were among those strutting their stuff.

Among the collection were pieces that seemed to be a nod to ’90s icon Cher Horowitz, from cult teen movie Clueless. Her iconic yellow chequered skirt suit was re-imagined for the millennial market, with Donatella creating multiple skirt suits, sweaters, jackets and trousers in purple, yellow, green and blue chequered and plaid prints.

During the behind-the-scenes shoot for Vogue, some of the models summed up what they loved about Versace in one sentence.

“She’s not afraid to take chances,” Anja smiled, while Teddy Quinlivan added: “Strength, empowerment, femininity.”

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Gigi Hadid ‘close to tears’ showing final Tommy Hilfiger collection

Gigi Hadid was close to tears as she walked in her final TommyxGigi show during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (25Feb18).The in-demand model has been working with style stalwart Tommy Hilfiger since 2016, and on Sunday the design duo showcased their four…

Gigi Hadid was close to tears as she walked in her final TommyxGigi show during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (25Feb18).

The in-demand model has been working with style stalwart Tommy Hilfiger since 2016, and on Sunday the design duo showcased their fourth and final collection.

Inspired by Tommy’s love for motorsports, the models, including Gigi, rocked sporty ensembles as they strutted their stuff.

“I walked into Tommy’s dressing room this morning, and we both had to kind of not talk about it, because you’d start tearing up,” Gigi said before the show, reports Cosmopolitan.

Titled Drive, the show was a homage to Tommy’s passion for racing cars, and also a nod to his partnership with Formula One team Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

Gigi, who opened and closed the show, was joined on the runway by her sister Bella, Winnie Harlow, Hailey Baldwin and Joan Smalls.

And it wasn’t just girls that were involved, but menswear was also displayed too, with Jeremy Meeks and Lucky Blue Smith among the male models.

The front row was just as starry as the model line-up, and included Ruby Rose, Olivia Palermo and real-life F1 star Lewis Hamilton, who all took in the fall 2018 collection, which was filled with sporty crop tops, colour-block leather garments and chequered prints, reminiscent of racing flags.

Dolce & Gabbana also showed in Milan on Sunday, where designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana stuck to the opulent feminine glamour they’re known for.

Intent on chasing the millennial market, the Dolce & Gabbana show opened using drones, with a procession of eight aerial vehicles appearing, each carrying a handbag.

Baroque, velvet and sumptuous embroidery were the order of the day, with each model wearing heavily patterned outfits, teamed with over the top accessories.

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Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid take TommyNow Drive show to Milan

Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyNow Drive fashion show will close Milan Fashion Week.The American designer is fusing fashion with his love of motorsports in a runway extravaganza which will be held at the Milano Congressi in front of 2,000 guests. Tommy will sho…

Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyNow Drive fashion show will close Milan Fashion Week.

The American designer is fusing fashion with his love of motorsports in a runway extravaganza which will be held at the Milano Congressi in front of 2,000 guests.

Tommy will show the men’s and women’s Hilfiger collection as well as the fourth TommyxGigi capsule created with the American designer’s muse and collaborator Gigi Hadid.

Inspired by the 66-year-old designer’s passion for racing, TommyNow Drive is his first event following the brand’s multiyear partnership with Formula One World Champion Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

Tommy, who has staged previous TommyNow shows in New York and Los Angeles, told WWD the show will continue the brand’s “innovative approach to the runway with new interactive elements that engage fans and immerse them in the world of Formula One”.

“This season’s set brings the runway and racetrack together. We’re fusing fashion and motor racing with exciting, innovative activations for an experiential event that will bring our consumer closer to the show.” he added.

The show will include immersive activations including the Bose Virtual Race Garage featuring QuietComfort 35 II Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones, the F1 Race Simulator and F1 Pitstop Challenge, both courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

As with previous TommyNow shows, all runway looks will be immediately available in more than 70 countries, including the brand’s global wholesale network and own retail channels, Tommy.com, social media content, shoppable live-stream and chatbots.

Meanwhile his favourite collaborator Gigi, 22, has incorporated elements of Formula One into her fourth TommyxGigi collection and admits the sport inspired her to create garments for a “strong modern Tommy Girl”.

“Formula One is such an exciting sport, the atmosphere is electric at each race,” she smiled. “There is so much to be inspired by. I love the bold logos, racing stripes and athletic colourblocking on the track and uniforms.

“Tommy has always had a love for motorsports and the collection reflects that. We’ve combined Tommy’s passion for the sport with my personal twist on athleisure style. We were inspired by the strong, confident and modern ‘Tommy Girl’.”

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