Tommy Hilfiger thrilled to collaborate with Zendaya before her career ‘skyrocketed’

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unv…

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.

The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unveiled a second ’70s-inspired line as part of New York Fashion Week in September.

In a new interview with Footwear News, Hilfiger revealed that he and his team were glad they tapped the 23-year-old to work with the label before her role in critically acclaimed in HBO show Euphoria hit TV screens.

“When she started collaborating with us, we thought, ‘OK, this is great. She’s a TV star, she’s a movie star, she’s a musician,'” the 68-year-old explained. “But what we didn’t know was that she was going to come out with a new show called Euphoria that was going to skyrocket. I think that it was maybe luck that we engaged with her at that time.”

He noted that the actress, who featured vintage and ’70s-style pieces in both her collections with the iconic fashion house, is “beyond her years.”

“She said, ‘Yeah, I think like a 70-year-old,” Hilfiger recalled. “And I really believe that because she’s so in tune with life. She’s very, very present, and she’s very aware of everything that’s going on around her.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hilfiger explained how he has always been influenced by the “music fashion revolution” and noted that even when launching his business in the 1960s, he wanted to connect his label to musicians and pop culture.

“I really thought that if the musicians who were relevant were wearing my clothes, their fan base would come to us,” he shared. “In a sense, that was social media back then. When Britney Spears was on tour or Jennifer Lopez was playing at a stadium or doing a concert wearing my clothes, their fans would then come to my brand.”

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Tess Holliday struggles to find sustainable fashion in her size

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environ…

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.

In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environment as the designers who are making strides in becoming eco-friendly have limited sizing, forcing her to wear fast-fashion garments.

“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high-end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she told the publication.

And as an environmental activist, Tess said it raises problems because she simply cannot wear sustainable clothing yet.

“I can’t be as ethical. I don’t have a problem re-wearing outfits, but I want to be conscious of not contributing to fast fashion because of how wasteful it is, but it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet,” the curvy model lamented.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old confessed she was due to star in Rihanna’s groundbreaking Savage X Fenty lingerie show during New York Fashion Week in September but had to pull out.

“Rihanna and Savage – I was going to be in that show, but my schedule didn’t work out and I will probably never forgive myself. Fingers crossed next season Rih calls me – she is a perfect example of actually giving a s**t about diversity,” Tess explained.

She went on to lavish praise on the singer-turned-designer, who featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, and Normani in her presentation back in September.

“She makes size-inclusive garments, has true diversity in the models and campaigns she casts and her messaging. She’s stepping up in every way and that’s what you need, that’s how real change starts, with true diversity and representation on all levels,” she gushed.

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Serena Williams wants to design babywear line

Serena Williams wants to design a line of babywear inspired by her daughter. The tennis star launched her size-inclusive womenswear collection, S by Serena, last year and took her brand to a new level when she presented her latest designs at New York …

Serena Williams wants to design a line of babywear inspired by her daughter.

The tennis star launched her size-inclusive womenswear collection, S by Serena, last year and took her brand to a new level when she presented her latest designs at New York Fashion Week in September.

Serena hopes to expand the line one day to feature babywear inspired by her two-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, who she shares with her Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian.

“I want to design a line of babywear inspired by my daughter,” she told People. “I take her everywhere, and I hope to have more children.”

When asked how she balances her fashion ambitions, tennis career and motherhood, Serena admitted she doesn’t.

“I basically don’t balance,” the 38-year-old laughed. “When I do something one day, it is 100 per cent. Then when I am done, I am done and on to the next thing! I live and breathe fashion in the tennis off-season, but no matter what else I do, I am always a mom and I love every minute of it.”

The S by Serena features dresses, jackets, jumpsuits, tops, bottoms and trench coats, with some pieces featuring bold patterns, animal prints, and sequin embellishments.

Accordingly, the sports star explained that she was inspired by a mix of pop culture and her own personal style when designing.

“I am inspired by pop culture and creativity, and I like to make a power statement,” she shared. “I like to stand out. I want to be seen and be heard, and that is my design inspiration.

“My personal style is that I like both trends and classic looks, so I put them together… I bring trendy with classic silhouettes.”

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Halima Aden was inspired by lack of representation in fashion

Halima Aden was inspired to “do something” when she became aware of the lack of representation of Muslim women in fashion.The 22-year-old has landed a series of firsts in her career so far, including becoming the first model wearing a hijab to grace th…

Halima Aden was inspired to “do something” when she became aware of the lack of representation of Muslim women in fashion.

The 22-year-old has landed a series of firsts in her career so far, including becoming the first model wearing a hijab to grace the covers of Vogue Arabia and Allure magazine and walk a runway show during New York Fashion Week.

And earlier this year, she became the first Muslim model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wearing a burkini and hijab.

In an interview with InStyle, Halima shared that she was determined to help improve representation for Muslim women.

“Growing up I didn’t see representation – anywhere,” Halima said. “If you don’t see yourself represented, do something about it. Don’t just wait for someone to come along and represent you!”

She was born and raised in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya where her family settled after fleeing from the civil war in Somalia, and moved to the U.S. at the age of seven.

She was inspired to push herself to become the first model to give other young Muslim girls a feeling of representation, and called her appearance in Sports Illustrated “a dream come true.”

“Growing up in the States, I never really felt represented because I never could flip through a magazine and see a girl who was wearing a hijab,” she explained. “So many young girls and women around the world look up to me; they know they can challenge themselves too. It’s about taking ownership as a young woman… Being the first is amazing, but it means nothing without a third and a fourth.”

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Prabal Gurung on creating change in fashion: ‘I want to give back’

Prabal Gurung is passionate about giving back to help those less fortunate.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 at New York Fashion Week, and since then, has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama…

Prabal Gurung is passionate about giving back to help those less fortunate.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 at New York Fashion Week, and since then, has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

During an interview at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference, the 40-year-old recalled how he decided to “make more than clothes” after seeing his designs on the cover of a magazine in 2011.

Since then, he established the Shikshya Foundation in Nepal with his siblings, which provides much-needed education to underprivileged children.

“In eight years, we’ve been able to impact over 50,000 lives,” Gurung said of the organisation, which will soon start educating incarcerated women in the country.

“The reason I wanted to do it was that fashion is great, and that’s my first love, and I love doing all of that. But it can’t just be about that; it has to be more than that,” he continued. “The Instagram followers and the platforms that we all have, it can’t just be for my selfies, you know? It would have to be for something else. I want to give back.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Gurung joked that he first came to the U.S. in 2011 “to meet Oprah”, and also revealed that he’s been working with cashmere producers in Nepal to ensure his luxurious pieces for his collections are made sustainably.

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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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