Alexander McQueen toughens up feminine looks for fall 19

Alexander McQueen presented strong, but feminine silhouettes on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (04Mar19).Designer Sarah Burton, who’s been at the helm since label founder Lee Alexander McQueen took his own life in 2010, may h…

Alexander McQueen presented strong, but feminine silhouettes on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (04Mar19).

Designer Sarah Burton, who’s been at the helm since label founder Lee Alexander McQueen took his own life in 2010, may have showed her fall/winter 19 offerings in the French capital, but the collection was all British, with Burton taking her design team to British Mills in the north of England.

And doffing her hat to these wool manufacturers, guests sat on rolls of fabric from their mills, instead of chairs or benches.

The collection itself was a fusion of sharp and exquisite tailoring, swaths of silk taffeta – seen on evening dresses – and slinky, sheer eveningwear.

Opening with her take on new season tailoring, Burton sent models down the runway in trouser suits with jackets elegantly nipped in at the waist; a boxy red and black version was a highlight.

This soon gave way to a punkier aesthetic, with chains and belts adorning a white shirt dress and a monochrome ankle-length wool number, which clung to the model’s figure.

Patent, lace-up boots added to the rebellious vibe, with versions of the shoes being worn throughout – teamed with suits, skirts, and glamorous dresses.

The voluminous taffeta dresses seen towards the end were real showstoppers, with the red version giving off the effect of giant roses.

Earlier in the day, Giambattista Valli also showed. It was a less frothy affair than his usual collection, with the Italian designer adding high-shine patent pieces alongside pretty florals, animal prints, and lace panelling.

The sexy looks gave way to frillier, girly dresses, with the marabou-covered strappy sandals that were teamed with a lot of the looks adding a fuzzy, soft touch to the day.

On Tuesday, the final day of Paris Fashion Week, Chanel, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton will all be showing.

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Lourdes Leon and Juliette Lewis front Miu Miu’s spring 19 campaign

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on T…

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Hollywood star Juliette Lewis have been tapped to appear in Miu Miu’s latest campaign.

Shot by photographer David Sims, the Italian fashion brand’s marketing imagery for the spring/summer 2019 season was unveiled on Tuesday (15Jan19).

One snap depicts Lourdes, 22, sitting in the back of a vintage car while wearing a black outfit, knee-high socks, and red stilettos, while another picture shows her posing across several seats in an old bus and sporting a glamorous ensemble consisting of a black sequinned blazer, matching skirt, and red satin pumps.

For her photoshoot, actress/singer Juliette sits in a vintage bus and shows off a denim dress and jewel-encrusted high heel sandals, with her hair swept back into loose curls.

In addition, the 45-year-old is seen sitting in a little black dress, with her outfit accessorised with a bejewelled purse and diamante necklace.

Rising stars including Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz, Chinese model Du Juan, and Maya Hawke, the daughter of film stars Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, also appear in the campaign.

Regarding the concept, a Miu Miu representative explained that creative director Miuccia Prada wanted to capture the “transitory, fleeting nature” of fashion.

“Neither arriving nor departing, these images celebrate the notion of simply being – the geography hazy, the timing uncertain, they present a universal, everywhere and anytime,” they said in a statement. “Fleeting and transitory, reasoning uncertain, the travel could easily be an escape, or a coming home. The only concrete, the only constants, are the women themselves – singular, original, always unique. Somewhere, nowhere, yet someone.”

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Miuccia Prada to receive Outstanding Achievement prize at Fashion Awards

Miuccia Prada will be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2018 Fashion Awards.The Prada head and founder of Miu Miu will receive the award on 10 December at a presentation to be held at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. She follows …

Miuccia Prada will be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2018 Fashion Awards.

The Prada head and founder of Miu Miu will receive the award on 10 December at a presentation to be held at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

She follows in the footsteps of past recipients Donatella Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Karl Lagerfeld.

“Mrs. Prada’s intuition for the zeitgeist and her blending of multiple creative disciplines including fashion design, art and architecture since the beginning have made her a pioneering force in our industry,” Stephanie Phair, chair of the British Fashion Council, said on Monday (26Nov18).

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful also commented on the news.

“Mrs. Prada is the most revered, most inspirational and probably the most copied designer of her generation,” he praised. “She’s bold and she’s not scared to break rules or go into new territory. She has made us look at body shape differently. She has made us look at what is ugly and what is beautiful. She has trained people’s eyes to a new way of dressing, one that is not based on the classic idea of the female form. She’s a genius!”

Miuccia, 69, joined the 105-year-old family label in 1978, and 10 years later added womenswear designs to the leather goods Prada was famous for.

Subsidiary label Miu Miu was created in 1993, named after her own nickname, and menswear launched in 1995.

The 2018 Fashion Awards nominees were announced in October, with Gucci leading the way with four nods. Balenciaga, Jonathan Anderson, Victoria Beckham, and Virgil Abloh are also among the nominees.

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Emily Ratajkowski: ‘The fashion industry has not changed’

Emily Ratajkowski has slammed the fashion industry for not “adjusting” its standards when it comes to models walking the runway.The actress has previously featured in fashion shows for brands such as Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, and most recently took to t…

Emily Ratajkowski has slammed the fashion industry for not “adjusting” its standards when it comes to models walking the runway.

The actress has previously featured in fashion shows for brands such as Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, and most recently took to the catwalk for Versace and Dolce & Gabbana during September’s (18) Milan Fashion Week. But in spite of her inclusion, she admitted she was disappointed by much of what she saw during the spring 2019 presentations.

“To be honest, coming off of fashion week, there are still girls who are definitely under BMI laws and definitely under 18,” she insisted in an interview with Teen Vogue. “So I think there are a lot of conversations that are happening. But do I think that the fashion world is actually adjusting? Not at all. I really hope that that starts to happen because like I said to you earlier, I think fashion can be an amazingly empowering tool that women can use. I don’t see that at shows.”

The 27-year-old has previously supported initiatives such as models providing doctor’s notes stating that they’re a healthy weight and, in spite of her reservations about the industry, explained that she’s encouraged that models today have more control over their brand and career trajectory.

“I’m lucky enough to spend time with supermodels from the ’90s and talk to them about their experiences, and they had no control over their image at all – they were completely at the mercy of fashion editors, photographers, and everyone else except themselves,” the Gone Girl star shared. “All the time, I feel so grateful for the fact that I have my own agency and a way of branding myself that I think is really empowering and makes me more of a businesswoman than just a face. That’s definitely a positive side to where things have gone within the fashion world.”

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Miu Miu unveils new logo at spring 19 show

Miu Miu unveiled its new logo as part of its Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night (02Oct18).The fashion house, led by creative director Miuccia Prada, held its latest presentation at the Palais d’Iéna, with the likes of Grace Coddington, Alexa Chu…

Miu Miu unveiled its new logo as part of its Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night (02Oct18).

The fashion house, led by creative director Miuccia Prada, held its latest presentation at the Palais d’Iéna, with the likes of Grace Coddington, Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Kate Mara and Anna Dello Russo all perched on the front row.

However, all eyes were on the new Miu Miu logo at first, with the revamped branding included as a sculptural backdrop for the runway spectacle.

“The new Miu Miu symbol, designed in collaboration with @mmparisdotcom for the #MiuMiuSS19 fashion show, is created to look like a face, a pet or a flower: it is friendly and affectionate, but with a touch of abstraction,” a company rep wrote on Instagram alongside an image of the new design.

The branding was also displayed in the latest fashion collection, including in a range of handbags and purses.

When it came to the catwalk, Prada opted to play with length and contrasting fabrics. The show opened with Anna Rubin sporting a dove grey silk dress with an oversized bow attached to one shoulder.

Bows were a recurring theme throughout the presentation, and were popped onto headbands or shirt collars, while ruched silk roses were incorporated into shiny silk dresses or added onto jackets.

As always, Prada subverted convention by contrasting ladylike separates with racier items, such as a red collared shirt which was matched with a sheer black skirt and dresses with oversize collars that featured unusual triangular cutouts in the centre of the bodices.

Model Kaia Gerber wore a short black dress with fabric rose attached to one side, and Lara Mullen stood out in a pale pink leather coat which was complemented by white socks and flats.

Fashion star Lindsey Wixson made a rare catwalk appearance in a belted grey dress and bedazzled slides, while Adwoa Aboah showed off a silver sequin skirt and black denim top.

To conclude, Prada presented a line-up of blue denim outfits which were embellished with silver crystal beading or shiny sequin scarves.

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Alexander McQueen blends ‘strength and fragility’ for spring 19

Alexander McQueen has evoked strength and softness in equal measure for its spring 2019 collection. Designer Sarah Burton’s latest work was showcased at the Jardin du Luxembourg’s Orangerie Du Senat during Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (01Oct18),…

Alexander McQueen has evoked strength and softness in equal measure for its spring 2019 collection. 

Designer Sarah Burton’s latest work was showcased at the Jardin du Luxembourg’s Orangerie Du Senat during Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (01Oct18), in which she unveiled a collection of pieces inspired by women’s life milestones such as births, christenings, weddings and funerals.

“It’s about being strong and emotional, but also staying it’s okay to show your vulnerability; not to have to put a brave face on it,” the fashion star explained to reporters at U.S. Vogue.

Against a backdrop representing the standing stones of Avebury in England, the largest megalithic stone circle in the world, Burton presented empowering pieces influenced by pagan, Christian and natural history, beginning with ruffled white asymmetric dresses toughened up by belted leather overlays and studded pointy ankle boots.

These looks were followed by a slick midriff-baring leather jacket and trouser combination, as well as grey plaid suits with chain detailing along the lapels and sparing but bold floral prints, arranged in ways that could resemble tattoos.

The models, including Lara Stone and Gemma Ward, wore their hair in smooth braided styles and were adorned with plenty of statement jewellery, helping every woman on the catwalk to exude strength and confidence.

Speaking to The Guardian, Burton shared that though the collection resembled a woman’s journey, she “didn’t want it to be a woman who was powerful for the sake of being powerful” and was attracted to the idea that “you can be powerful by expressing emotion.”

“I want to empower women but as long as they feel like themselves,” she added. “I think it’s really important, especially now.”

Paris Fashion Week concludes on Tuesday with shows from Chanel, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

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Chanel serves up seaside glamour for spring 19

Chanel has taken fashion fans to the beach for its spring/summer 2019 collection.Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a sandy beach landscape as part of a social media campaign called #CHANELByTheSea during Fashion Week in the French cap…

Chanel has taken fashion fans to the beach for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a sandy beach landscape as part of a social media campaign called #CHANELByTheSea during Fashion Week in the French capital on Tuesday morning (02Oct18).

Guests including Pamela Anderson, Vanessa Paradis and Pharrell Williams were treated to a seaside scene complete with blue skies, soft sand and real waves, as the luxury house unveiled an array of glamorous, but wearable, outfits for the new season.

Models ditched their shoes to walk on the sandy catwalk, with many instead carrying pairs of block-heeled strappy sandals.

The show opened with chic two-piece suits in black, white and beige, embellished with delicate beading and intricate piping along the seams.

These were followed by feminine jackets layered over simple black trousers, before Kaia Gerber emerged wearing a crisp cropped white shirt, chained belt and statement earrings – all featuring the Chanel lettering.

Lagerfeld also played with accessories ranging from woven baseball caps and boho straw hats, to quilted clutches, furry handbags and woven totes.

And while the collection was heavy on pastel colours and cool embroidered patterns, the fashion mogul injected some fun in the form of a graphic print plastered onto a bikini, floaty dresses and a corset-style sheer collared shirt.

Vibrant shades of yellow added youth to the selection, as did loose-fitting denim jeans, while British model Adwoa Aboah looked casual in a suede indigo jacket and black capri pants.

As the presentation neared its end, Chanel dished up a number of elegant black evening dresses given volume with carefully places ruffles, sequin detailing and multiple layers of fabric.

Paris Fashion Week concludes on Tuesday with shows from Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

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Emily Ratajkowski is ‘shocked’ she used to sleep without cleansing

Emily Ratajkowski cannot believe she used to go to bed without washing her face.The actress and model’s good looks have landed her catwalk spots with top fashion brands such as Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, while she’s also been chosen to front campaigns fo…

Emily Ratajkowski cannot believe she used to go to bed without washing her face.

The actress and model’s good looks have landed her catwalk spots with top fashion brands such as Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, while she’s also been chosen to front campaigns for the likes of DKNY and Jason Wu.

Though her beauty regime is now on point, she cringes at the skin sins she committed in her younger years.

“I talk about this all the time: I think when you’re 20, you feel like, why do people make such a fuss about self-care?” she explained in an interview with Byrdie. “I used to not wash my face before I would go to bed, which now is just so shocking to me. I don’t care how tired I am. I go wash my face. I use retinol cream – yeah, I’ve gone there. Though, I don’t use it every night. I do it every two to three days depending on how my skin’s doing.”

And when it comes to haircare, Emily is as low maintenance as can be.

She sums up her signature style as “a middle part and textured hair to a little past my shoulders,” and says she hopes the look never goes out of fashion.

“I think I’ll be that way till it’s not cute anymore. Which, let’s hope that will last for a long time,” the 27-year-old laughed. “I just don’t want to have to think about (my hair) every second of every day. I want to be able to know what works for me and not have to be like, ‘God, what am I gonna do with my hair every day?’ and have a crisis. So for me, my day-to-day routine is just truly keeping my hair healthy because it does get so much heat and product in it all the time.”

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Jasmine Sanders urges people to cut back on phone use

Jasmine Sanders is trying to limit the amount of time she spends on her phone.The model has walked the runway for the likes of Miu Miu and Moschino as well as appeared in campaigns for brands including Nike, Gap and Ralph Lauren. Jasmine also has a hu…

Jasmine Sanders is trying to limit the amount of time she spends on her phone.

The model has walked the runway for the likes of Miu Miu and Moschino as well as appeared in campaigns for brands including Nike, Gap and Ralph Lauren.

Jasmine also has a huge social media following thanks to her @golden_barbie Instagram account, which to date has attracted the attention of over three million followers.

But in spite of her constant engagement with fans online, she is urging others to leave their phones at home when socialising out in the real world.

“There’s never a moment someone is not on a camera,” the 27-year-old explained in an interview with StyleCaster. “The hardest test is not taking it to dinner. Of course, my excuse is I need the GPS to get in the car (that’s my excuse for everything. I need my GPS – I can’t get there without it.) So, take it in the car, but leave it in the glove compartment. Go in and see if you can really have that time (away from your phone).”

The fashion star also admitted that she is well aware of the kind of posts her millions of Instagram followers want to see, but will occasionally focus on her own desires.

“There are times when I look at my page and I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m tired of being cookie-cutter perfect for everyone. I want to post what I want.’ As crazy as that sounds, I want to post a view without me in it,” she laughed. “I have those moments of me being in what to my eyes is rebellious against what Golden Barbie is on the Internet.”

Away from her Golden Barbie persona, Jasmine was recently made the face of Smashbox Cover Shot Palettes Collection, a highly pigmented glittery range of eyeshadows.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a moment when glitter hasn’t made anything prettier or made me feel happier,” the blonde beauty smiled.

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Emily DiDonato: ‘I’m not always swimwear ready’

Emily DiDonato has insisted she makes a lot of effort in order to prepare for Sports Illustrated shoots.The American model was formerly the face of Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia fragrance, and the rising talent has also starred in campaigns for top b…

Emily DiDonato has insisted she makes a lot of effort in order to prepare for Sports Illustrated shoots.

The American model was formerly the face of Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia fragrance, and the rising talent has also starred in campaigns for top brands including Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta and Longchamp, while making a name for herself on the runway as well.

But in spite of her relationship with Sports Illustrated, for which she has posed for several times since her 2013 debut in the magazine’s Swimsuit Issue, she is adamant that the honour takes a lot of hard work.

“To be totally transparent, I’m not in perfect swimsuit shape all the time,” she admitted in an interview with Fashion Week Daily. “The truth is, it takes effort, thought, and planning to be ready for something like Sports Illustrated. Staying like that all year round would be ideal, but it doesn’t happen! I’m human; I go up and down. But if I have a big shoot coming up, I’m really regimented.”

The 27-year-old makes time for a morning workout and tends to prepare and bring her own healthy meals to set. Emily is also a qualified nutritionist which means she knows the best food to fuel her body.

“I lean toward a Paleo diet: I’m not super strict, but typically, I have chicken or fish, and some sweet potato and grains,” she explained. “For carbs, I stick to things like sweet potatoes and squash. I don’t really do grains, rice, or bread. I also drink wine here and there.”

Emily also spoke about her new husband Kyle Peterson, whom she married on June 23 (18) in Beaver Creek, Colorado after four years of dating.

“We got married in Beaver Creek, because my husband and I met on a flight to Colorado, and we ski there every year,” she smiled.

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