Pat Cleveland: ‘Don’t let age dictate your style’

Legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland doesn’t let her age dictate what she wears.The 69-year-old, who was one of the first African-American models within the fashion industry when she achieved success in the ’60s and ’70s, has shared her advice on getting…

Legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland doesn’t let her age dictate what she wears.

The 69-year-old, who was one of the first African-American models within the fashion industry when she achieved success in the ’60s and ’70s, has shared her advice on getting older in a piece for Refinery29 and urged readers not to let their age hold them back from enjoying clothes and wearing what makes them feel good.

“I don’t dress for my age – I choose to dress according to the occasion,” she said. “My style philosophy is, at any age, go for what makes you feel good. The key to ageing and personal style is to keep your mind in a state of bliss, even through all of your ups and downs… Never lose that wonder about yourself and the possibility of joyfulness as expressed through fashion. And don’t let anyone steal that away from you, no matter how old you are.”

Cleveland described fashion as a “tool for healing”, as wearing something beautiful has the ability to make a person feel better, and insisted a person should be free to experiment with self-expression through fashion and not be ashamed to dress for comfort.

“There’s also the physical impact of ageing to consider. If your body is breaking down because you’re ageing, how does that affect your style? Should you even participate in fashion anymore? I say yes!” the model mused. “We tend to become more aware of our mortality as we get older, but the truth is, everyone dies a little bit each day. You don’t have to stop living or embracing those things that bring you joy.”

In March, Cleveland was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent emergency surgery. However, she is still working, having walked the runway at a New York Fashion Week show earlier this month.

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Zendaya no longer worries what others think of her appearance

Zendaya no longer worries about what fashion critics will think of her style choices. The Euphoria actress frequently lands on best-dressed lists for her red carpet style, while her trendsetter status has garnered her collaborations with the likes of …

Zendaya no longer worries about what fashion critics will think of her style choices.

The Euphoria actress frequently lands on best-dressed lists for her red carpet style, while her trendsetter status has garnered her collaborations with the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Lancome.

But in an interview with InStyle, the 23-year-old credited her fashion evolution with giving her the confidence to experiment.

“I just allow myself to have fun and allow fashion to be, in many ways, an outlet and a way to experience different sides of who Zendaya is. It’s given me a lot of confidence; I’ve gotten rid of my fears of what people are going to think. I just don’t have that anymore,” she said.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home star debuted her second collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger during New York Fashion Week earlier this month and explained to the publication how the Tommy X Zendaya line had evolved from the first collection.

“The first time was so much fun, but you also learn so much in the process, just about how to make clothes, where you want to go, what you want to create. The vision gets a little bit more refined,” Zendaya continued. “That’s what happened when it came to this collection. It all fell into place in such a magical way.

“There are a few silhouettes we brought over from the last season, but we changed the fabric or some things about it. We added a lot more tailored pieces, a lot more structured pieces, and because it’s fall, we could do layers and coats and things like that, which is really fun.”

The collaboration featured nods to the ’70s, with the actress also influenced by the style of Diana Ross and her own grandmothers.

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Marc Jacobs calls Gigi Hadid’s footwear malfunction the ‘perfect mishap’

Marc Jacobs has described Gigi Hadid’s wardrobe malfunction during a recent runway show as the “perfect mishap”.The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week last Wednesday, with the spring/summer 2020…

Marc Jacobs has described Gigi Hadid’s wardrobe malfunction during a recent runway show as the “perfect mishap”.

The designer unveiled his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week last Wednesday, with the spring/summer 2020 collection reflecting a diverse array of influences from past decades.

Hadid was first seen in the initial parade sporting a light blue dress and pair of mules, but later walked the runway barefoot, with stylist Katie Grand later revealing that one of the model’s shoes had broken during the presentation.

Responding to Grand’s post, Jacobs praised Hadid for remaining calm under pressure.

“A perfect mishap. Sometimes only when something goes wrong does everything go right. Don’t you think??” he wrote alongside a trio of heart emojis.

While in a separate comment, the designer wrote: “What happened with your improv due to a wardrobe malfunction is a testament to your character. Being true to yourself. Able to rise to any occasion and bring joy regardless of the situation. I feel so grateful that this mistake occurred and that it fell into your arms (or feet as the case may be). It’s not often one has the great pleasure of experiencing an ‘honest’ moment.”

Models Ashley Graham, Lindsey Wixson, and Elsa Hosk also uploaded positive comments.

And in her full description of the moment, Grand noted that while thinking of an alternative for Hadid was stressful at the time, she thinks the model looked more “natural” without the original shoes.

“If you see images from the first passage she has thigh-high silver socks and white leather mules, and since we were at the other end of the armoury there wasn’t much we could do other than either fake a non-broken heel or rip off her socks and shoes and send her out barefoot, which we did, and was all the more natural for it,” she explained. “Gigi and all the people from the show thank you all so much for being so patient, beautiful and inspiring.”

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Oscar de la Renta explores Latin American roots for spring 2020 collection

Oscar de la Renta has tapped into its Latin American roots for spring/summer 2020.The luxury fashion house, which is helmed by co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, unveiled their latest collection at the Cunard Building as part of New Y…

Oscar de la Renta has tapped into its Latin American roots for spring/summer 2020.

The luxury fashion house, which is helmed by co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, unveiled their latest collection at the Cunard Building as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with celebrities including Lucy Hale, Karolina Kurkova, and Priyanka Chopra all perched on the front row.

In the show notes, the designers explained that they were inspired by late brand founder de la Renta’s Dominican heritage, as well as Garcia’s childhood, as he grew up in the same nation, as well as in northern Spain.

With a backdrop featuring colourful arched walls, potted palm trees, and baskets filled with fruit, the presentation opened with a model walking the white runway in a draped pink and peach dress matched with a pale pink blazer, with the ensemble topped off with strappy white stilettos.

A series of dresses made of floaty fabrics in yellow and floral print followed, with Garcia and Kim also introducing knitted tops and pleated skirts, kaftan-style dresses, striped asymmetrical gowns with frayed edging, as well as strapless gowns with woven patterning.

Featuring a palette of sunset hues, including lemon yellows, orange, and blush pink, the line was interspersed with touches of sky blue, olive green, and coral.

The show wrapped up with a parade of models showing off glamorous evening gowns made of taffeta or tiered tulle, with Candice Swanepoel rocking a strapless nude number with a corset-like bodice, and Irina Shayk closing the spectacle in a gorgeous black gown with halterneck and high-low skirt.

New York Fashion Week continues on Wednesday with shows from Michael Kors and Dennis Basso.

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Kendall Jenner misses walking the runway

Kendall Jenner is missing walking the runway during Fashion Week. The 23-year-old hasn’t had much of a catwalk presence for almost a year as she skipped the fall/winter 2018 Fashion Week shows in February and has only made appearances in two shows so …

Kendall Jenner is missing walking the runway during Fashion Week.

The 23-year-old hasn’t had much of a catwalk presence for almost a year as she skipped the fall/winter 2018 Fashion Week shows in February and has only made appearances in two shows so far in 2019. However, she watched the Longchamp presentation at New York Fashion Week from the front row over the weekend and it made her miss being part of it.

“It’s a lot more mellow to just go, but I won’t lie, today I was missing it. I was watching the girls and I was like, ‘Damn, I kind of want to walk,'” she admitted to Vogue.

However, it’s likely she will be making her return to the runway soon. She teased she will be in Milan, Italy, but didn’t clarify if she will be modelling, and added that she’s yet to decide on London and Paris Fashion Weeks.

The reality TV star, who is the face of Longchamp, has previously opened up about how Fashion Week tends to trigger her panic attacks and anxiety, but in a new chat with Elle, she admitted her nerves aren’t as bad as they used to be.

“I used to get really nervous during fashion shows,” she said. “I feel like when you’re walking on the runway – I say this from experience – you’re just thinking, ‘Walk straight! Walk straight! – and you try to just focus on that. Especially me, because I used to get really nervous when I knew people in the audience. I would try and force myself to zone out. But now, I’m cool with it – I’ve actually gotten so much better at it that I like knowing who’s there, and I’ll kind of peek over to see who’s in the audience before I come out. But it took a little while to get to that point.”

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Prabal Gurung makes political statement with spring 2020 collection

Prabal Gurung has explored the question of “Who Gets to Be American?” with his latest collection.The Nepalese-American designer unveiled his spring/summer 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with the event drawing a huge crowd. …

Prabal Gurung has explored the question of “Who Gets to Be American?” with his latest collection.

The Nepalese-American designer unveiled his spring/summer 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with the event drawing a huge crowd. In his show notes, Gurung explained that he wanted to use his designs to make a statement about the treatment of immigrants in the United States, especially in relation to some of President Donald Trump’s divisive policies.

“To me, this country has always been a beacon of hope where one’s wildest ambitions can come true, a melting pot that is colourful, multicultural, and beautiful,” he shared. “In the last few years, incited by the divisive rhetoric of our current administration, I’ve considered the many faces of America and how we should seek to redefine it. I recall sitting in a business meeting, spiritedly challenging this very notion, and being met with a pointed, ‘Well, you don’t look American, so how can you define what America is?'”

Reflecting Gurung’s viewpoint, the line included a pastiche of different references, with fabrics referencing cultural prints as well as classic American clothing.

Diversity was also championed on the runway, with Chinese model Lina Zhang opening the presentation in a white cotton dress with a floral bouquet attached to the hip, and other models including Yoon Young Bae, Paloma Elsesser, Lais Ribeiro, and Lindsey Wixson.

Highlights of the line included raw denim cargo trousers, utilitarian jumpsuits, parkas, and sustainable hand-dyed cashmere knits, while Gurung concluded the show by having the models parade the runway with beauty pageant sashes embroidered with the words, “Who Gets to Be American?”

“This is all deeply personal to me. Though my roots lay with my family in Nepal, this country is my home. America is where my heart is. I am an American,” the 40-year-old added. “As immigrants continue to birth this ‘New America’, we must remember all versions of our history and take ownership of our past while forging a new legacy. Amidst the deep wounds that are severing the unity of our country, I continue to seek the America I came here to be a part of – the America that I know is still there. And so, with the spring 2020 collection, we seek to celebrate hope, courage, and present an ode to the true American dream.”

New York Fashion Week continues on Tuesday with presentations from Vera Wang, Pamella Roland, Coach, and Oscar de la Renta.

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Wes Gordon thanks Carolina Herrera for trusting him as chief designer

Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon has thanked the brand’s founder for “believing” in him. In February 2018, Herrera stepped down as the creative director of her namesake label and was replaced by Gordon, who had been working as her creative…

Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon has thanked the brand’s founder for “believing” in him.

In February 2018, Herrera stepped down as the creative director of her namesake label and was replaced by Gordon, who had been working as her creative consultant, and he made his debut as the company’s creative director at New York Fashion Week last September.

A year has passed since that presentation, and following his spring 2020 runway show on Monday, Gordon uploaded a picture to his Instagram page showing Herrera clutching his face and smiling backstage.

“Dear Mrs. Herrera, thank you for believing in me. One year ago, I showed my first runway collection as Creative Director of the House that you built,” he wrote in the caption. “This morning, I showed Spring 2020. Your trust, support, and faith in me is everything. You are the ultimate inspiration. Thank you (love heart emoji).”

Gordon held the spectacle in a tent resembling a glasshouse in New York’s Battery Park, with celebrity guests including actress Vanessa Hudgens and model Karlie Kloss.

During the presentation, models such as Adut Akech wore designs loyal to the brand’s roots, with the line comprised of feminine looks, white shirts, pretty red carpet dresses, ballgowns, and oversized belts.

Key pieces included floaty tulle dresses covered in velvet polka dots, voluminous white shirts paired with long skirts featuring blown out floral prints, and oversized belts.

Florals had a big presence on the catwalk, with one model wearing a strapless, floor-length dress covered in textured yellow flowers, and another sporting a white dress with oversized sleeves and a pink flower print. Polka dots were also big news, with one model rocking black and white polka dot shorts, a shirt as well as a structured jacket.

Kloss congratulated Gordon on Instagram too, and described the collection as “a vision of elegance, strength, and femininity for the modern woman.”

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Lily Aldridge joining new fashion series Front Five

Lily Aldridge and designer Jason Wu are set to star in a docuseries about New York Fashion Week. The supermodel will star in E! show Front Five, alongside actress and singer Luna Blaise, designer Kim Shui and fellow model Halima Aden. “E!’s Front Fiv…

Lily Aldridge and designer Jason Wu are set to star in a docuseries about New York Fashion Week.

The supermodel will star in E! show Front Five, alongside actress and singer Luna Blaise, designer Kim Shui and fellow model Halima Aden.

“E!’s Front Five powered by Visa will also take you inside the fashion world through a five-day documentary series that captures exclusive NYFW moments,” editors at the network wrote on their website. “E! has selected designer Kim Shui, supermodel Lily Aldridge, actress Luna Blaise, model Halima Aden and designer Jason Wu to be honored in this series since each professional is influential in their respective fields.”

The show takes a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week, and will launch on Saturday on E!’s YouTube and social media channels, a day after the new panel will take part in a Q&A session at Spring Studios, the home of NYFW.

The news comes after the Victoria’s Secret Angel announced she had launched her own perfume company, revealing on Instagram that she had been working on developing the brand for more than two years.

“Such an exciting day speaking with beauty editors about what I’ve been working on for the last 2 years @lilyaldridgeparfums launching Sept 1,” she wrote alongside a selfie. “Thank you for all the love & support today!!! Can’t wait to share it with you all SOOOOOON!!! #DreamComeTrue.”

Lily recently released Haven, the first perfume for her collection, and sent the fragrance to models including Martha Hunt, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Irina Shayk, who all promoted it on social media.

Front Five last aired back in February, with Zanna Roberts Rassi, model Candice Huffine, designers Rebecca Minkoff and LaQuan Smith, make-up artist Romy Soleimani and fashion editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner making up the panel.

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Halsey and The Martinez Brothers front new DKNY 30th birthday campaign

Halsey and DJ duo The Martinez Brothers have been recruited to star in DKNY’s 30th birthday campaign.The New York natives have helped bosses at the label celebrate the milestone with a stunning new campaign shot by fashion photographer Peter Arnell.Set…

Halsey and DJ duo The Martinez Brothers have been recruited to star in DKNY’s 30th birthday campaign.

The New York natives have helped bosses at the label celebrate the milestone with a stunning new campaign shot by fashion photographer Peter Arnell.

Set against a backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers, the black and white images showcase several new looks from the luxury label, which hark back to DKNY’s heritage campaigns of the 1990s.

In one image, Halsey is decked out in leopard-print bike shorts, a bra top, puffer jacket and sneakers from the DKNY fall 2019 collection, while The Martinez Brothers sport chic suits.

“DKNY is the spirit of New York. It’s diversity and drive. It’s hard work and a pinch of destiny. They say if a bee strays too far from its hive, it will die. DKNY keeps my home in my heart, and the magic in my mind. It’s an honour to be a part of their 30th birthday,” the Without Me hitmaker said in a statement.

Steven and Chris Martinez said partnering with DKNY was a natural fit, and “makes perfect sense”.

“We were born and raised in the Bronx. We are blessed to have found our passion through music. It’s taken us to the far corners of the world, and along the way we have met so many people and have had the craziest adventures. At the end of it all though, New York is our home… That’s why this partnership with DKNY is so natural and makes perfect sense for us. Excited to be a part of their family and continue to tell this New York story,” they shared.

In addition to the slick photo campaign, Halsey and The Martinez Brothers are set to perform at a 30th birthday party for the fashion house during New York Fashion Week in September.

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Tom Ford wants to include international designers in CFDA Awards

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman. The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in J…

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman.

The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in June, hopes he can broaden the reach and appeal of the annual prizegiving ceremony by including international designers, but realises it may be a pipe dream as the CFDA board wouldn’t be taken with the idea.

“If you go to the British Fashion Awards, they give the British prizes, and then they give Best Womenswear, period. Guess what? People are interested,” he told U.S. Vogue magazine. “You’ve got LVMH (Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) brands nominated, you’ve got Gucci nominated, and they all come, and it raises money, and they bring their celebrities and their models and the red carpet becomes bigger, and there are more pictures, and people start to care. By raising awareness of the CFDA, you elevate the global perception of American fashion.”

As part of the role, Ford, who created his eponymous luxury brand with menswear in 2005 and has since expanded into womenswear, underwear, accessories and beauty, has decided to streamline the upcoming New York Fashion Week (NYFW) schedule down to five days and will be hosting a dinner for American and international press as well as emerging designers to celebrate the event’s launch in September.

The 57-year-old also wants the talent in New York to be given more global coverage, with him commenting, “I want global exposure to the creativity that is in New York. Everything is too inward-looking in this country. So American star designers, they leave. Virgil Abloh, where is he? He’s at (Louis) Vuitton. You go to Paris and you become global. You stay in New York, and you’re in New York.”

Ford will present his own collection on 9 September.

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