Natalia Vodianova raises money for her charity at Cannes gala

Natalia Vodianova recently raised $458,000 (£360,000) for her Naked Heart Foundation at a gala in Cannes.The Russian model launched her charity in 2004, and works tirelessly raising funds to help to ensure that every child in Russia has a loving famil…

Natalia Vodianova recently raised $458,000 (£360,000) for her Naked Heart Foundation at a gala in Cannes.

The Russian model launched her charity in 2004, and works tirelessly raising funds to help to ensure that every child in Russia has a loving family and a safe and stimulating place to play.

After lockdown restrictions began to ease, Natalie assembled some of her famous friends for a charity night in the French Riviera for Naked Heart France, including her partner, Berluti CEO Antoine Arnault, Joan Smalls, and Ukrainian model Anna Andres, who was on co-hosting duties.

Taking to Instagram to share some photos, and also her thanks, the 38-year-old gushed about what a success the night had been.

“Last night was magical,” she captioned a series of snaps. “Thanks to your continuous love and support you helped us raise 400k for the works of @nakedheartfoundation, especially during these challenging CoVID times where families of children with special needs are unfortunately more affected than ever.”

As well as thanking all those that helped make it happen, she also shared her gratitude to the big-name brands who offered special lots to be auctioned.

Stella McCartney was one of the labels who donated a prize, with the winner getting the chance to learn about sustainable fashion from the designer herself.

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Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai fronting Tory Burch campaign

Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai have been tapped to star in Tory Burch’s empowering new campaign.Coinciding with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the top models are fronting the American designer’s spring/summer 2020 imagery, titled …

Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai have been tapped to star in Tory Burch’s empowering new campaign.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the top models are fronting the American designer’s spring/summer 2020 imagery, titled Walk the Walk.

Harnessing Burch’s call for women to “embrace ambition”, one black-and-white video shows the trio walking through a park while reflecting on the ways it’s possible to make a difference in the lives of others.

“To me, ambition has to have purpose. I can change lives of other people that didn’t get the chance that I did. I believe in that ripple effect,” the Russian star commented, while Yai shared, “My parents migrated from Egypt to America. My dad would always remind me, ‘This is your life now. But having ambition, it can help our entire country back home.'”

Elsewhere, Burch summed up her personal philosophy and the sense of purpose that drives her.

“I often hear people say, ‘Oh, they’re just one person and they can’t create change.’ And, I totally disagree with that. It just takes one person. Embracing ambition means empowering other women,” she mused.

In addition, the designer noted that the campaign aligns with the message of the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides access to capital, education and digital resources to women in the U.S., as well as a Fellowship programme.

“Our company is committed to our Foundation and supporting women and has given $20 million to the Tory Burch Foundation from a percentage of product sales. We walk the walk and we are committed to supporting women globally in their efforts to do the same,” the 53-year-old added.

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Diane von Furstenberg bestowed with Legion d’Honneur

Diane von Furstenberg has been bestowed with France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.The Belgium-born designer was presented with the order of merit by the President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, at an official ceremony held at t…

Diane von Furstenberg has been bestowed with France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.

The Belgium-born designer was presented with the order of merit by the President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, at an official ceremony held at the offices of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris last week.

Von Furstenberg was selected for the honour in recognition of her work in supporting women’s organisations around the world, such as Vital Voices, and for raising funds for the new Statue of Liberty Museum in New York City.

In her acceptance speech, the 73-year-old noted that she was thrilled to be receiving the medal.

“I am accepting this Legion D’Honneur with pride and humility, knowing that recognition and honour give us a voice,” she smiled. “And when we have a voice, it is our duty and privilege to use that voice for those who have no voice. My heart is filled with gratitude.”

Von Furstenberg then went on to praise Lagarde.

“To receive this honour from you, is as much an honour as the honour itself,” the fashion icon insisted.

Elsewhere, Lagarde made a point of commenting on the continuing power of Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress, which was first unveiled in 1974.

“Your wrap dress beautifies women’s bodies without either restricting them or burdening them with too much sophistication,” she added.

Guests in attendance at the ceremony included Von Furstenberg’s children, grandchildren, and famous friends, such as Christian Louboutin, Jeff Bezos, Natalia Vodianova, and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Previous Legion d’Honneur recipients from the fashion community include Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and American designer Vera Wang.

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Dior takes inspiration from Greek goddesses for spring 20 couture line

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of U…

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of Uma Thurman, Tessa Thompson, Haley Bennett, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Natalia Vodianova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all perched on the front row.

Keeping in line with the feminist spirit of her previous ranges, Chiuri themed the line around the idea of American artist Judy Chicago’s key question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“In opening herself up to other ways of thinking, Chiuri seeks to grasp the complexity of relationships between feminism and femininity. Mindful of the fundamental link between fashion and the body, she re-sculpts it, like a manifesto. The Female Divine, an installation specially designed by Judy Chicago for the garden of the Musee Rodin, at once serves as a sanctuary, a stage and a monumental artwork,” a Dior representative commented of the designer’s inspirations. “But above all. it represents a tribute to, and re-appropriation of, an ancestral power that goes beyond the idea of procreation. Chiuri highlights the vision of a pioneer, a founder of American feminist art, as the revivor of a triumphant, divine conception of femininity, mistress of her destiny.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a gold dress with interwoven fringe detailing, with the look accessorised with flat sandals. Chiuri then showcased a number of techniques influenced by ancient Greek clothing, including carefully draped tops, flowing dresses, and peplos-style tunics.

To emphasise the theme, the models had their hair braided and topped off with metallic headbands, while outfits were matched with heavy olive leaf-shaped bracelets and necklaces.

Elsewhere, highlights included a long gold coat featuring delicate floral embroidery, a light pink dress dotted with evil eye motifs, a red dress with a finely pleated skirt, as well as a one-shoulder white gown with tiered tulle skirt.

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Natalia Vodianova engaged

Natalia Vodianova is engaged to her longtime partner Antoine Arnault.The Russian supermodel took to her Instagram page on New Year’s Day to post a picture of her snuggling up to the Berluti chief executive at the seaside. In the snap, Natalia can be se…

Natalia Vodianova is engaged to her longtime partner Antoine Arnault.

The Russian supermodel took to her Instagram page on New Year’s Day to post a picture of her snuggling up to the Berluti chief executive at the seaside. In the snap, Natalia can be seen flashing her new pear-shaped engagement ring at the camera.

“This year has been beautiful and very memorable,” she captioned the image. “2020 here we come. Can’t wait to celebrate next year with our loved ones @antoinearnault.”

The happy couple was soon inundated with congratulatory messages, including comments from tennis ace Maria Sharapova and Berluti designer Kris Van Assche.

And when one follower asked Natalia if she was going to get married, she replied, “Yes,” with a kissing face emoji.

The fashion star and Antoine, who is the son of French billionaire Bernard Arnault, have been in a relationship since 2011. They are parents to sons Maxim, five, and three-year-old Roman.

Natalia was previously married to Justin Portman from 2001 until June 2011. The former couple shares three children; sons Lucas, 18, and Viktor, 12, as well as daughter Neva, 13.

And while the 37-year-old hesitated at the idea of having more children when she was first dating Antoine, she now lives a blissfully happy life in Paris.

“I mean, I already had three gorgeous children,” she recalled in a chat with W magazine back in 2017. “Maybe initially I was doing it more for him than myself, but, at the same time, when you’re in love with a man, you want to reproduce him as many times as possible.”

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Stella McCartney serves up stripes and suits for spring 2020

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, An…

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, Anna Wintour, Natalia Vodianova, Maisie Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Vivienne Westwood in attendance.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, Stella explained that she wanted to honour “fierce women” who aren’t afraid to make the world their own.

“The free-spirits, the wild ones, the artists and the risk-takers,” the 48-year-old shared in her show notes. “True individuals with strength of character who shine their light bravely. As natural beauty meets modernity, fluid meets graphic and eccentricity meets simplicity, structure is built up and broken down, expressing strength of heart and the duality of the modern woman.”

The spectacle opened with model Krini Hernandez walking the runway in black and white striped trousers, a beige shirt, and a boxy beige blazer, with the look accessorised with gladiator sandals and bio-acetate sunglasses hanging off of oversized artful chains.

A line-up of separates in a palette of white, brown, and Oxford blue followed, while pops of colour were apparent in an orange dress sported by Anok Yai and a teal coat worn by Amber Valletta.

In keeping with Stella’s eco-friendly ethos, items were made from organic cotton, sustainable viscose, hemp, and sustainable raffia, while many of the suits were manufactured from Japanese recycled polyester fabric.

Alongside pieces with petal edging and denim-on-denim ensembles, the fashion star also introduced a series of floral dresses, with the prints inspired by photographs she had taken during bike rides through the English countryside.

Highlights included a floral print suit and shirt combo worn by male model Khadim Sock and a two-piece outfit made from the same fabric which was modelled by Kaia Gerber.

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Natalia Vodianova: ‘I never really thought of myself as a model’

Natalia Vodianova has opened up about her career, admitting that she’s never really thought of herself as a model.The beauty, who famously signed an eight-season, seven-figure contract with fashion giant Calvin Klein, spoke about her rise to the top in…

Natalia Vodianova has opened up about her career, admitting that she’s never really thought of herself as a model.

The beauty, who famously signed an eight-season, seven-figure contract with fashion giant Calvin Klein, spoke about her rise to the top in a new chat with The Telegraph.

“I guess I never really thought of myself as a model,” she said. “I became successful kind of beyond my needs, it didn’t feel right.”

The Russian supermodel suggested that her conflict comes as a result of her impoverished childhood, which left her feeling undeserving of her stature.

Natalia, often nicknamed Supernova, grew up in Gorky, Russia, under the rule of the Soviet Union. She lived in the poor district of the city with her mother, Larisa, and half-sisters Kristina and Oksana, who suffers from autism and cerebral palsy.

Looking back, she says that taking the opportunity to move out of the country left her racked with guilt for those that she left behind.

“It felt like the world is wrong and why did I have this past,” the 37-year-old expressed. “Why did I have this childhood and all the experiences? I questioned a lot.”

Despite expressing a wish to focus more on her charity efforts, the Vogue cover star acknowledged that it is her modelling roots that have enabled her to follow her passion and help so many others.

“(Modelling is) definitely a very important part of who I am, and it would be strange to deny it because that’s a huge part of my success and the fact that I am able to do what I do,” she stated.

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Stella McCartney serves up coats and crochet for fall 19

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19…

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.

The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19), with the show drawing in a number of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae, Doutzen Kroes, and Alexa Chung.

Inside the opulent venue, McCartney had a runway placed down the centre, with the stark white floor printed with the names of people who had contributed to the #ThereSheGrows campaign, which is seeking to raise funds for the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

To kick off the presentation, a model donned a brown belted kimono-inspired jacket which was paired with grey platform boots.

A parade of coats followed, with Russian star Natalia Vodianova sporting a black trench coat made of a faux leather fabric – in keeping with McCartney’s dedication to shunning animal products and instead experimenting with new innovative materials.

Another model sported a dark blue Neoprene sleeveless jacket over a long skirt and chunky boots, while the collection also included more conventional styles for the winter months, such as a grey trench coat with black button detailing, a red faux fur number, and a dark green duffel coat.

While McCartney stuck with a palette of tan, brown and green for the most part, she interspersed the line with some pops of colour, with highlights including a rainbow crochet dress, a canary yellow dress with wide shoulders, and a silky emerald green ensemble which was paired with matching accessories.

Other highlights included a uniform-style khaki green jumpsuit with cargo pockets on the trousers which was modelled by Kaia Gerber, a flowing grey dress, and the last outfit of the show, a kimono-like dress made from a floral print fabric.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Monday afternoon with presentations from Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen.

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Riccardo Tisci aims to ‘draw people into my dream’ with debut Burberry campaign

Riccardo Tisci hopes his debut Burberry campaign will “draw people into my dream”.The Italian fashion designer, who was announced as the new creative director for the label in March 2018 and presented his debut collection for Burberry during London Fas…

Riccardo Tisci hopes his debut Burberry campaign will “draw people into my dream”.

The Italian fashion designer, who was announced as the new creative director for the label in March 2018 and presented his debut collection for Burberry during London Fashion Week in September that year, dropped the images from his first campaign for the English heritage label on Thursday (24Jan19).

Starring Russian supermodels Irina Shayk and Natalia Vodianova, and American-Sudanese star Anok Yai, and shot by six photographers including Nick Knight and Danko Steiner, the campaign features a confident mix of dramatic and subdued images – and Tisci told Women’s Wear Daily he had a strong motivation for the shots.

“Today we live in a society where we’re bombarded every day by imagery, so I think it is important to make something strong, to make people dream, to draw them into your dream and your journey,” he mused, adding: “I feel much more relaxed now that it is out. The work is done.”

Shoot locations included London and Spain, and having an international feel to the campaign was also important to Tisci.

“I wanted to be much more global, to do a British woman, a woman with British style – but travelling abroad – not always in London. So we cast a lot of houses around Europe,” he explained.

The diverse nature of the campaign was also noted upon its Thursday release, with Tisci revealing a very personal reason for choosing such a range of models and photographers for the shoot.

“I always try to include (a variety of) people because I come from a very simple family so I understand what it means to be left out,” he explained. “For me, it is very important to include everybody. It was very important to have all these nationalities, all the different ages, women and men, this represents what Burberry is today.”

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Naomi Campbell dazzles at Valentino’s spring 19 couture show

Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show on Wednesday night (23Jan19).Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest collection for the Italian fashion brand at the Place Vendome as part of Paris Cout…

Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show on Wednesday night (23Jan19).

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest collection for the Italian fashion brand at the Place Vendome as part of Paris Couture Week, with the likes of Celine Dion, Courtney Love, Rami Malek, Olivia Palermo, and Sofia Coppola all in attendance.

The designer offered up a number of gorgeous outfits featuring vibrant florals and luxury lace, but it was Campbell’s turn at the end of the show which really made a statement, with the veteran British supermodel baring her torso and flashing her nipples in a dramatic black gown with sheer bodice and ruffled skirt.

“Closing @maisonvalentino’s Spring 2019 couture show. Congratulations on a beautiful evening,” she captioned a snap of herself at the event on her Instagram page.

Elsewhere in the presentation, Piccioli had a model walk the runway in a coral silk skirt and matching ruched top which was designed to evoke the shape of roses, with a number of brightly coloured ensembles following, such as a pair of orange trousers which were matched with a white feathered top and a rose-pink gown with long sleeves. Voluminous and ruffled sleeves featured heavily, as did simple yet tailored shirts and overcoats.

However, partway through the presentation, Piccioli injected a whole lot of spring-inspired fun, taking inspiration from flower-filled gardens. Highlights included oversized gowns made from pastel coloured fabrics featuring rose and blossom motifs, and a dramatic grey gown covered in yellow and green daisy prints.

Natalia Vodianova, 36, strutted her stuff in a large ballgown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, while 17-year-old Kaia Gerber showcased a bright green sequin dress with dramatic tiered skirt, and Liya Kebede rocked a hot pink gown with a high ruffled neckline.

“What an honour it was for me to be part of this incredible cast, thank you @pppiccioli for making me be a part of this monumental moment and how lucky am I that this was my first Valentino show with you! On pink cloud nine,” the 40-year-old wrote on her Instagram page.

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