Giorgio Armani to be honoured with top prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebri…

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Zendaya, and Anne Hathaway.

Now, officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Armani is to be presented with the prestigious prize at an upcoming ceremony in recognition of his contribution to the industry, creativity, vision of timeless style, and attention to detail.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, in a statement. “With more than four decades in the business, Mr. Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed.”

In addition to his namesake ready-to-wear label, the Armani Group includes the Emporio Armani and A/X Armani Exchange collections.

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who has constantly shaped and reshaped the business through their innovation and creativity.

Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Manolo Blahnik, among others.

The Fashion Awards 2019 will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

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Gigi Hadid stars in Prada’s mind-bending fall 19 campaign

Gigi Hadid has been tapped to star in Prada’s experimental fall/winter 2019 campaign.The model is a favourite of the Italian fashion house’s creative director Miuccia Prada, having previously fronted marketing imagery and walked in runway presentations…

Gigi Hadid has been tapped to star in Prada’s experimental fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The model is a favourite of the Italian fashion house’s creative director Miuccia Prada, having previously fronted marketing imagery and walked in runway presentations.

Now, Gigi headlines the brand’s latest campaign, titled Anatomy of Romance, and in one image snapped by Willy Vanderperre, is seen reclining in a black dress and clutching a red Sidonie purse with an indoor garden as the backdrop. The 24-year-old also takes part in an accompanying video, in which she takes on the role of a scientist in a post-apocalyptic environment.

Regarding the mind-bending concept, a Prada spokesperson described the campaign and short film as a “new perspective on romance”.

“A sense of community is fostered in this tender imagery, a shared ethos and quintessence – a coming together, a romantic movement,” they said in a statement. “The concept is expounded through the surroundings as well as the figures within: here, a tension between man and nature is explored through the attraction of opposites, through images where an interior becomes an exterior, wild nature encroaching on industrial precision, delicate flowers and plants emerging to invade a harsh concrete cityscape. It acts as a modern romantic metaphor, for a coming together of different worlds.”

Other models to appear in the campaign include Sora Choi, Lillian Conner, Freja Beha Erichsen, Jing Wen, Anok Yai, Daan Duez, Jeremiah Fordjour, Wellington Grant, Jeranimo van Russel, and Nathan Westling.

With a heavy metal soundtrack which conveys the electric energy of the film, photographer and filmmaker Willy seeks to merge “actuality with the fantastical,” and the video contrasts lush indoor gardens with concrete offices, fast-moving figures, spinning lights and flowers that “melt into impressionistic blurs”.

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PETA urges Prada to stop using exotic animal skins

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have urged Prada designers to stop using exotic animal skins. The Italian label, headed by Miuccia Prada, recently pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which wil…

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have urged Prada designers to stop using exotic animal skins.

The Italian label, headed by Miuccia Prada, recently pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which will debut as part of Milan Fashion Week in September.

And while PETA officials applauded bosses at the fashion house for joining the likes of Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace in stopping the use of the product, leaders at the animal rights organisation want more from Prada.

“While PETA applauds Prada for joining the ever-growing list of fashion houses that are dropping fur, we now urge the brand to follow in Chanel’s compassionate footsteps by also removing cruelly obtained exotic skins – including crocodile, lizard, and snake skins – from future collections,” senior vice president Dan Mathews said in a statement. “Most shoppers no longer wish to wear anything from any animal who was electrocuted, bludgeoned, and killed.”

Prada executives made the announcement on social media on Wednesday, revealing they have entered into a collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance (FFA).

“Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products,” Miuccia added in her own statement.

The news was welcomed by officials at the FFA, with the group’s chairman Joh Vinding explaining: “The Prada group with its brands now joins a growing list of fur-free brands that are responding to consumers’ changing attitudes towards animals.”

Currently, fur only accounts for less than 0.1 per cent of the materials used in production at Prada.

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Prada lays out fur-free plans

Prada is the latest luxury label to ban fur.Headed up by Miuccia Prada, the Italian label has pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which will debut as part of Milan Fashion Week in September. Prada executives made the announ…

Prada is the latest luxury label to ban fur.

Headed up by Miuccia Prada, the Italian label has pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which will debut as part of Milan Fashion Week in September.

Prada executives made the announcement on social media on Wednesday, revealing they have entered into a collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance (FFA).

“Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products,” Miuccia added in her own statement.

Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group’s head of marketing and communications, commented that the ban is a response to shifting consumer attitudes as well as low demand for the animal product.

“Fur has never been part of the main pieces of Prada,” he said. “People are always asking for a more sustainable approach from the company … (consumers are) different from the past. They think everybody needs to do their part to have a more sustainable world and future.”

Currently, fur only accounts for less than 0.1 per cent of the materials used in production.

The news was welcomed by the FFA, with the group’s chairman Joh Vinding explaining: “The Prada group with its brands now joins a growing list of fur-free brands that are responding to consumers’ changing attitudes towards animals.”

Prada is the latest in a long line of luxury brands to banish fur. Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace are among the big-name labels to turn their back on the material.

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Miu Miu covets coats and camouflage for fall 19

Miu Miu focused on coats and camouflage prints for its fall/winter 2019 collection.The Italian fashion house, helmed by creative director Miuccia Prada, unveiled the range at the Palais d’Iéna on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (05Mar19…

Miu Miu focused on coats and camouflage prints for its fall/winter 2019 collection.

The Italian fashion house, helmed by creative director Miuccia Prada, unveiled the range at the Palais d’Iéna on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (05Mar19), with the presentation drawing in celebrities including Elle Fanning, Poppy Delevingne, and Alexa Chung.

With the venue featuring video collages by artist Sharna Osborne, a Miu Miu spokesperson explained that the space was designed to “express an intimate vision of femininity, which echoes in the new collection”.

To open the spectacle, a model sported a pretty floral shirt and navy blue skirt, with the outfit toughened up via the addition of a long blue coat and edgy black lace-up biker boots.

A series of similar outfits featuring a delicate flower pattern followed, though Miuccia quickly returned to her signature subversive aesthetic, mixing ladylike silhouettes with much more masculine pieces. A highlight had to be a black minidress which was overlaid with a gauzy pink dress featuring pink and blue appliques, with the ensemble paired with thigh-high tights and chunky black sneakers.

And part way through the presentation, Miuccia took the urban warrior theme to the next level by introducing a lot of green and brown camouflage print, with the fabric incorporated into hoodies, long coats, sweater and short combinations, knee-length trousers and a scarf.

To conclude the show, the designer unveiled a black crochet dress with blue and grey roses attached to the shoulders, a line-up of army green coats paired with more classic floral skirts, and a black taffeta dress which was worn with a very dramatic hooded cape.

Lacoste and Louis Vuitton closed out Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.

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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: ‘Anything one does these days can cause offence’

Miuccia Prada has hit back after Prada was accused of cultural appropriation with their Pradamalia collection, insisting “anything one does today can cause offence”.The Italian fashion brand found themselves in hot water recently when civil rights lawy…

Miuccia Prada has hit back after Prada was accused of cultural appropriation with their Pradamalia collection, insisting “anything one does today can cause offence”.

The Italian fashion brand found themselves in hot water recently when civil rights lawyer Chinyere Ezie called them out for the range, which featured monkeys with exaggerated red lips and drew comparisons to blackface caricatures.

After Ezie accused them of using “racist and denigrating blackface imagery” in the collection, Prada pulled the imagery from circulation and displays, and issued an apology. They also announced their decision to set up an advisory council in the wake of the scandal “to guide our efforts on diversity, inclusion and culture”.

But asked about the controversy by WWD recently, Miuccia, the co-chief executive officer and lead creative director of Prada, played down the talk of cultural appropriation.

“I increasingly think anything one does today can cause offence,” she explained. “There can sometimes be a lack of generosity but, on the other hand, how can we know all cultures? The Chinese protest, then the Sikh, then Mexicans, then Afro-Americans. But how can you know the details of each single culture so well when there can be 100 different cultures in every country?”

Miuccia also stated that fear of being accused of racism can impinge on her creativity as a fashion designer.

“People want respect because now there is talk of cultural appropriation, but this is the foundation of fashion, as it has always been the basis of art, of everything,” she mused. “I talked about it with the Fondazione (Prada, an institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture), with the intellectuals, it really is a problem – one would have to set up ‘secret societies’ – otherwise there is no progressive thinking.

“If you are not free to say things that may also not be correct and you have to be careful every time you open your mouth, how can you talk with freedom of thought? This really is a turning point. The world is bigger and I understand this and I also understand that people finally have a voice and speak up.”

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Gigi Hadid thrilled to front Prada’s spring 19 campaign

Gigi Hadid is excited to be the face of Prada’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.Executives for the Italian luxury fashion house unveiled imagery from the new photoshoot on social media on Wednesday (08Jan19), with one of the shots showing the 23-year-old m…

Gigi Hadid is excited to be the face of Prada’s spring/summer 2019 campaign.

Executives for the Italian luxury fashion house unveiled imagery from the new photoshoot on social media on Wednesday (08Jan19), with one of the shots showing the 23-year-old model posing with a black and white Prada purse, and sporting bleached eyebrows and make-up inspired by the looks British supermodel Twiggy famously wore in the ’60s.

Taking to Instagram, Gigi uploaded one of the snaps and explained that the opportunity was a dream come true.

“It’s hard to put into words how much this means to me,” she captioned the post. “There are just some things in life you dream about but don’t think you’ll achieve; to Mrs. (Miuccia) Prada, @ashleybrokaw (Ashley Brokaw, casting director), @zambishot (Fabio Zambernardi, design director), and the entire team – thank you for this incredible experience and opportunity to prove myself. We had the best time working on this project and I can’t wait to share more!!”

In addition to Gigi, a number of other top models, including Liu Wen, Anok Yai, Maike Inga, and Freja Beha Erichsen, appear in the campaign and “suspenseful” short films.

Photographer Willy Vanderperre helmed the shoot, while styling was undertaken by Olivier Rizzo, with a Prada spokesperson explaining that the concept drew on the history of Hollywood cinema.

“This campaign approach emblemises the concept of Prada as an auteur, whose style and thematic preoccupations underscore the visuals,” they said. “A great movie can be seen as a world view – a window onto an imagined universe unto itself. Here, Prada directs multiple realities, refashioning five female models – Freja Beha Erichsen, Gigi Hadid, Maike Inga, Liu Wen, and Anok Yai – as characters named after Prada’s supporting cast of accessories.”

Three male models – Daan Duez, Jonas Gloer and Tae Min – appear in the campaign too, though they are presented as “matinee idols” or masculine counterparts to the female stars.

Prada’s short films will be released through January and February on the label’s website.

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Karolina Kurkova: ‘Everyone used to think I was Brazilian!’

Karolina Kurkova has recalled how people thought she was Brazilian at the start of her career.The supermodel grew up in the Czech Republic but later travelled to Milan to garner more modelling experience, where she quickly signed a contract with Prada …

Karolina Kurkova has recalled how people thought she was Brazilian at the start of her career.

The supermodel grew up in the Czech Republic but later travelled to Milan to garner more modelling experience, where she quickly signed a contract with Prada creative director Miuccia Prada.

While Karolina is very proud of her Czech heritage, she has now shared that agents and designers believed she was a totally different nationality in the late ’90s.

“When I came into modelling, it was the Brazilian era-you know, Gisele (Bundchen). So, everybody thought I was Brazilian,” she told Into The Gloss. “When I first started, people wanted to put a label on me-like, OK, you are that look. But I didn’t really want to be labelled, because I’m not just one thing.”

Karolina went on to explain that she found tapping into different characters to be “like a therapy” when she was starting out in the fashion industry. And pushing herself out of her comfort zone on some of her edgier photoshoots proved to be particularly enlightening.

“I see it a lot, where people get insecure and they get stuck to their one look, and it’s almost like their blanket. As a model, it’s your job to be willing to try new looks. That I think is the difference between a model and a great model,” the 34-year-old commented.

In the interview, Karolina discussed her favourite make-up products too, revealing that she uses four different Lancome mascaras to achieve a “full” lash effect, and only uses cream highlighters during the day.

Though the mother-of-two is adamant that it is important to invest in a great skincare regime.

“Everything is about the effort you put in… So, I’m very disciplined with what I put on my skin. I’m all about good exfoliation, steamers. I love acupuncture, a good massage, and a good facial,” she smiled.

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Kaia Gerber crowned Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2018

Kaia Gerber was crowned Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2018.The 17-year-old saw off the likes of Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid and Winnie Harlow to take home the prize at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night (10Dec18), and was sup…

Kaia Gerber was crowned Model of the Year at The Fashion Awards 2018.

The 17-year-old saw off the likes of Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Bella Hadid and Winnie Harlow to take home the prize at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Monday night (10Dec18), and was supported by her family, including her famous parents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, as well as her 19-year-old brother Presley.

Kaia received the accolade wearing a stunning black and silver cut-out gown by Alexander McQueen.

Another highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who graced the ceremony to honour Clare Waight Keller, winner of British Designer of the Year: Womenswear.

The British designer was responsible for the iconic Givenchy bridal gown Meghan wore to marry Prince Harry in May, and the expectant mother looked radiant as she concealed her blossoming baby bump in a chic one-shouldered black dress.

Though Gucci led the nominations with nods in four categories, the label took home two awards – Brand of the Year and Business Leader for the label’s chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri.

Creative director Alessandro Michele was beaten by Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli in the Designer of the Year category, with Piccioli also coming out on top over Keller, Kim Jones for Dior Homme and Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.

Meanwhile, Jones was honoured with the 2018 Trailblazer Award, while Vivienne Westwood received the Swarovski Award for Positive Change and Miuccia Prada was feted with the Outstanding Achievement prize.

The full list of winners at The Fashion Awards 2018 is as follows:

Accessories Designer of the Year – Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga

Brand of the Year – Gucci

British Designer of the Year: Menswear – Craig Green for CRAIG GREEN

British Designer of the Year: Womenswear – Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy

British Emerging Talent: Menswear – Samuel Ross for A-COLD-WALL*

British Emerging Talent: Womenswear – Richard Quinn for Richard Quinn

Business Leader – Marco Bizzarri for Gucci

Designer of the Year – Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

Model of the Year – Kaia Gerber

Urban Luxe – Virgil Abloh for Off-White

2018 Trailblazer – Kim Jones

Swarovski Award for Positive Change – Vivienne Westwood

Special Recognition Award for Innovation – Parley for the Oceans

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator – Mert & Marcus

Outstanding Achievement – Miuccia Prada

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