Prada inks beauty deal with L’Oreal

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the…

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.

On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the creation, development, and distribution of luxury beauty products for the Prada brand.

“L’Oreal is the leading global beauty company,” said Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli. “Its position and experience makes it the ideal partner for Prada to develop its full potential across a variety of new projects, leverage Prada’s well-established fragrance identity and reach even more audiences around the world.”

Prada has long been involved in the fragrance industry, with its La Femme Prada and Candy scents proving to be favourites with consumers.

However, leaders at the label, headed by fashion designer Miuccia Prada, have yet to explore the make-up and cosmetics categories.

In light of the deal, Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oreal Luxe, noted that he was thrilled to be working with the team at Prada.

“We are very pleased to have signed this licence agreement with Prada. Prada is one of the most respected players in the global luxury industry,” he commented. “A symbol of excellence and avant-garde, the Prada brand’s unique and unconventional philosophy appeals to consumers around the world. This licence will give L’Oreal Luxe the ideal complement to its portfolio of iconic brands.”

The agreement will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

Earlier this year, bosses at L’Oreal also announced plans to expand their fragrance offerings by acquiring the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.

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Miuccia Prada named GQ’s Designer of the Year

Miuccia Prada has landed the top honour at GQ’s first-ever fashion awards.The 70-year-old has been named 2019 Designer of the Year of editors at the publication, and in an accompanying interview, she opened up about her passion to “free” men from tradi…

Miuccia Prada has landed the top honour at GQ’s first-ever fashion awards.

The 70-year-old has been named 2019 Designer of the Year of editors at the publication, and in an accompanying interview, she opened up about her passion to “free” men from traditional tailoring.

“Doing fashion with men, I thought that they never wanted to exaggerate. When it’s too much ‘fashion,’ it’s never right,” she explained, before adding that her contribution to men’s clothing has been “to make a little bit of fashion to free them, but not too much”.

Miuccia, who is known in the industry as Ms. Prada, also revealed that she takes a unique approach when designing and creating pieces for her menswear collections.

“I imagine myself as a man,” the designer stated. “Imagination in our job is everything.”

The businesswoman also touched on Prada’s recent collaboration with Adidas, despite her previously negative feelings towards teaming up with other brands for limited-edition capsule collections.

“Everybody asks us. But I always thought that those collaborations were just for selling,” she shared. “I wanted to find a much deeper reason. The truth is that we are seriously interested in doing things in a good way. My husband and I never wake up in the morning saying, ‘We will have to make money.'”

Her lengthy career in fashion is going from strength to strength, and Miuccia is determined to keep going so she can carry on transforming men’s fashion.

“(I want to) empower women and to make men more human. Or gentle,” she added.

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Prada exhibition to open in London

An exhibition dedicated to Italian fashion house Prada is to open in London next year.Executives at The Design Museum in Kensington, London announced on Wednesday that they will be opening “Prada. Front and Back”, the first major museum exhibition dedi…

An exhibition dedicated to Italian fashion house Prada is to open in London next year.

Executives at The Design Museum in Kensington, London announced on Wednesday that they will be opening “Prada. Front and Back”, the first major museum exhibition dedicated to luxury fashion label, in September 2020.

The retrospective will give fashion fans unprecedented insight into Prada’s creative approach, inspirations and landmark collaborations and will showcase how head designer Miuccia Prada, along with her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, turned Prada, which was founded by her grandfather Mario in 1913, into one of the most successful fashion houses in the world.

It will also explore how Miuccia, who took over the house in the 1970s, changed the way people dress and redefined how society understands luxury.

“Through the prism of design visionaries such as (Dutch architect) Rem Koolhaas and Herzog and de Meuron (architect firm), we will tell Prada’s remarkable story in fashion. By questioning every aspect of the design landscape through our exhibitions, public and learning programme, we can connect design with people’s everyday lives and passions,” said Deyan Sudjic, director and curator of Prada. Front and Back, in a statement.

Speaking to London’s Evening Standard, he added, “For me, it’s a particularly personal challenge to work on the Prada exhibition – there is so much to explore about a company that never wants to do the obvious thing, and that is such a genuine cultural force.”

The museum team was granted access to the brand’s headquarters in Milan, and the exhibition is expected to feature some of Prada’s most iconic pieces as well as clothes and accessories from its catwalk collections.

The Design Museum has previously held exhibitions on late Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia and British fashion designer Paul Smith.

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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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