Brandon Maxwell had ‘meltdown’ before New York Fashion Week show

Brandon Maxwell had a “full crying meltdown” before presenting his latest collection during New York Fashion Week.The designer showcased his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this month. While …

Brandon Maxwell had a “full crying meltdown” before presenting his latest collection during New York Fashion Week.

The designer showcased his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this month.

While Maxwell had previously been open with his Instagram followers about how his team helped him overcome self-doubt, negativity, and insecurities in order to create his line, in a new YouTube video about the show, he revealed it all got too much for him just before the presentation.

“This season, in particular, they (members of his team) were late getting out of the room to the show because I locked myself in my dressing room and had a full crying meltdown and had to almost breathe into a bag,” he revealed. “They all got up onto the chairs and (started) beating their chairs and saying everything’s going to be great, this is going to be awesome, and everything’s amazing.

“This experience is not about the clothes and has never really been about the clothes… it’s about community, it’s about loving something and the thing you love being able to bring people together. All of the team that I work with come together to really pull out the best in each other. My team does it for me, I try to do it for them.”

In a recent Instagram post, Maxwell told his followers that he was making progress because he was finally able to look back at the runway show and not be critical about everything he saw.

“Sometimes post-show I sit around for a week and criticise myself for what I could have done better, but honestly all I’ve done this week is think about this hair bow,” the 35-year-old wrote alongside a video of a model wearing brown fabric tied in a bow around her ponytail. “Not overly criticising everything in the week after feels like growth, like being nice to myself, so I’m very grateful to this hair bow.”

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Halima Aden refused to walk in Yeezy show due to length of skirt

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interv…

Halima Aden once refused to walk in a Yeezy show due to a disagreement over the length of her skirt.

The Somali-American beauty was due to make her New York Fashion Week debut in Kanye West’s season five ready-to-wear show back in 2017, but in an interview with British newspaper The Observer, she recalled how the moment ended up being a watershed moment for her modelling career.

After Halima was presented with an outfit by the rapper’s team, she acknowledged it “was just not going to work” as the skirt sat above her knee.

“Even then I knew: walking away when something doesn’t fit is always better than feeling you need to force something,” the 22-year-old shared, adding that while she was disappointed, she felt empowered as she returned to her hotel. “And then, without having to say anything, they called back: ‘We have a second option.’ I tried it on, and it was perfect. I just knew it was a pivotal moment in my life.

“The people who you want to work with, they’re willing to work with you just the way you are.”

Halima went on to make her groundbreaking appearance in the show wearing a floor-length fur coat.

She also noted that later that same year, she walked for Max Mara in an outfit that was designed just for her.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star shared her plans to use her career to make a difference and emphasised how she wants to continue mixing her modelling with activism.

“My career in fashion is not just, ‘I want to work with this brand, I want to get on that catwalk.’ We’re not sitting here talking about ‘Buy this heel, because this heel will make you feel sexy,'” she fired. “I’m proud that I can say I combined fashion and activism. I can’t do one without the other.”

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Serena Williams seeking to branch out into luxury fashion

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week. Serena, who …

Serena Williams wants to branch out into high-fashion with a luxury capsule collection.

The tennis ace launched her size-inclusive womenswear line, S by Serena, in 2018, and recently presented her latest collection at New York Fashion Week.

Serena, who studied fashion design at college, told Anna Wintour during a Q&A after her show that while she still wants to please her loyal fans, she’s not ruling out dabbling in a luxury line.

But rather than releasing pricier pieces as a separate collection, the 38-year-old is considering including a limited-edition capsule within her S by Serena line.

“I would love to do luxury, but I feel like I also want to be true and authentic to people that support the brand for years,” she explained. “And so, if we do a luxury capsule, it’ll be really small one day in the future. But I love the idea of see now, buy now, and really do it in a good way.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Serena told the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief that she’s trying to embrace sustainability by using vegan leather and other eco-friendly materials, while maintaining her glam aesthetic.

“We experimented with different animal prints; we focused on giraffe. And then we focused on the sustainability aspect of having vegan leather,” she explained. “And so that’s kind of what we wanted to focus on and just build from there.”

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Brandon Maxwell thanks team for nursing him ‘back to life’ following near-breakdown

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans a…

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.

The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans and followers that his team was responsible for inspiring him to create his fall/winter 2020 collection.

“I remember so distinctly sitting down at the beginning of this season and telling my team that I didn’t feel well. That my mind felt clouded, overrun with criticism and negativity, that I didn’t feel a major spark for anything when I woke up in the mornings,” Maxwell wrote, touching upon his feelings of depression and anxiety last year.

He went on to reveal that his team didn’t shy away from offering their support and actually “formed a wall” around him.

“They nursed me back to life one garment at a time, gave me the freedom to feel and to be, and somewhere along the way the feeling hit me again. Like they knew it would,” the 35-year-old touchingly shared.

The Project Runway judge, who has dressed the likes of Lady Gaga and Anne Hathaway, went on to express his hope that he made his colleagues – and fans – proud with his latest show, and said that even though he was struggling, he just kept going.

“What I now know is that it’s the moments you think will break you to your core that ask you to rise, and it’s up to you to decide if you will. I showed up this season because behind every runway look is a team member with a family, with a dream, and they count on it. That’s what’s got me through,” he wrote, before concluding his emotional post with an outpouring of love for his loyal fans.

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Miley Cyrus makes surprise appearance during Marc Jacobs’ runway show

Miley Cyrus made a surprise appearance on the catwalk during Marc Jacobs’ fashion show on Wednesday night.The designer unveiled his latest fall/winter 2020 collection at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week, with the spectacle drawin…

Miley Cyrus made a surprise appearance on the catwalk during Marc Jacobs’ fashion show on Wednesday night.

The designer unveiled his latest fall/winter 2020 collection at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week, with the spectacle drawing in the likes of Sofia Coppola, Nicki Minaj, Yolanda Hadid, and Stephanie Seymour, and top models including Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Kaia Gerber.

But instead of joining the audience as she usually does, Cyrus chose to get in on the action partway through the presentation, where she modelled a black bralet, matching trousers, and carried a zebra print coat.

Taking to Instagram after the show, Cyrus posted a video showing her seriously strutting her stuff, and the clip quickly attracted over five million views and comments from her celebrity pals.

Hailey Bieber wrote, “YUP. STOMP QUEEN,” Kloss posted, “Best of both worlds,” and Georgia Fowler penned, “Incredible.” Naomi Campbell simply posted a string of fire emojis.

Cyrus, 27, is a longtime friend of Jacobs and previously collaborated with him in 2013 for a charity T-shirt line, which featured the slogan “Protect the Skin You’re In.”

She also appeared in the designer’s spring 2014 campaign, and they reunited to co-design a pink hoodie to raise funds for Planned Parenthood last year.

Jacobs has long been one of Cyrus’s go-to designers – she wore an outfit from his fall/winter 2013 collection to the Met Gala a few months after he showcased the line.

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Prabal Gurung pays homage to New York City with fall 20 line

Prabal Gurung has paid tribute to New York City with his fall/winter 2020 collection.The Nepalese-American fashion designer unveiled his latest line, titled Impossible Dreamers, at the Rainbow Room as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the …

Prabal Gurung has paid tribute to New York City with his fall/winter 2020 collection.

The Nepalese-American fashion designer unveiled his latest line, titled Impossible Dreamers, at the Rainbow Room as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the likes of Indya Moore and Nicky Hilton perched on the front row.

Regarding his inspiration, Gurung shared in his show notes that the range stemmed from a quote penned by author Joan Didion about the Big Apple and his own experiences.

“No one ever truly gets over New York City. It’s not just a place – it is a feeling of belonging and purpose that leaves an indelible mark on your identity,” he commented. “To those that know the city well, the skyline bears a familiar smirk, a twinkle of glee in the understanding that some will never learn the beauty of its chaos. The sirens are our anthem, the taxis our chariots, billboards copper our eyes, and we are guided by our vagabond shoes, we feel that anything is possible, and the energetic vibration of the air stirs our souls awake. This urban jungle builds dreams of sheer grit and tenacity.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a sharp white suit with black lapels and a large button attached to the centre of the jacket. A mix of elegant black dresses, white jackets, and mint green numbers followed. Gurung also played with feathers, attaching them to jackets, skirts, and stoles.

Other highlights included an eclectic mix of floral and leopard print pieces, as well as a dramatic line-up of eveningwear designs, such as a strapless gown made from sky-blue tulle and a slinky black velvet gown with silver beading and cutouts.

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Anna Sui dishes up Gothic glamour for fall 20

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen El…

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen Elson, Pat Cleveland, Patrick Starr, and Katherine McNamara.

Prior to the show, Sui took to social media to explain that her Gothic Vamp-themed clothes had been inspired by 1970s/80s horror films like The Hunger and Daughters of Darkness, as well as a range of “cinematic and seductive” photographs.

“I’ve always loved the playfully dark surrealism and dramatic colourful lighting in Serge Lutens and Guy Bourdin photographs,” she added.

To begin, a model walked the catwalk in a black dress with red berry motifs matched with black glitter platforms, while make-up artist Pat McGrath topped off the look by giving her a slash of blood-red lipstick.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, with highlights including a grunge-esque black dress made of a combination of black shiny material and lace, a black dress with a folk art-inspired pattern on the neckline and cuffs, an oversized white dress with butterfly motif, and a relaxed suit made from a dark green snakeskin print fabric.

An arts and crafts vibe was apparent in a crochet skirt and a series of garments featuring retro floral prints. The looks were either topped off with pompadour hairstyles created by legendary hairstylist Garren or wide-brimmed hats.

To conclude, Sui offered up an emerald green velvet dress with a chevron pattern on the waist, a glamorous black sequin dress with long sleeves, and a heavily sequinned number with leaf pattern.

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Rodarte offers up vampire chic for fall 20 collection

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they h…

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they had taken inspiration from vampire myths and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Gothic horror film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

To kick off the candlelit spectacle, Bella Hadid walked the runway in a white 1940s-inspired dress with red polka dots. The ensemble was accessorised with matching gloves, satin shoes, and a veiled headpiece featuring a red rose.

A procession of models in grey plaid suits featuring dramatic puffed shoulders followed, before a range of floral print dresses, sequin jumpsuits, and tulle gowns followed.

To emphasise the theme, hairstylist Odile Gilbert gave the models long, glossy tresses or messy topknots, while make-up artist James Kaliardos chose to give each catwalk star a slick of dark purple-red lipstick.

Alongside a string of edgy head-to-toe black outfits, the Mulleavys included a gorgeous red dress with tulle skirt and frilled hemline, as well as a white gown with a black spiderweb motif attached to the front.

Other highlights included a heavily embroidered white dress that was matched with a stole made of purple fabric flowers, and a black silk dress that was worn under a dramatic cape.

Towards the end of the presentation, the designers offered up some more conventional gowns with colourful floral prints, yet the showstopper was the finale piece. Model Meghan Roche turned heads in an ethereal white silk wedding dress with a tiny blue flower motif that was topped off with a headpiece and long blue veil.

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Oscar de la Renta serves up dramatic ballgowns for fall 20

Oscar de la Renta has dished up a line of glamorous ballgowns for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia unveiled their latest line for the luxury fashion house at The New York Public Library as part of New Yor…

Oscar de la Renta has dished up a line of glamorous ballgowns for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia unveiled their latest line for the luxury fashion house at The New York Public Library as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with celebrities including Nicky Hilton and Logan Browning perched on the front row.

Regarding their inspiration for the range, the designers looked at photographs of the Black and White Ball hosted by author Truman Capote in 1966, which was attended by brand founder de la Renta and his wife Francoise de Langlade, as well as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1797 poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which was adapted into Walt Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia.

“With @fernandogarciam1205 and @tokibunbun starring as Oscar de la Renta’s apprentices, fall 2020 captures the allure of a magical evening and the fleeting feeling of a once-in-a-lifetime occasion,” a rep shared in a post on Instagram.

To open the show, Bella Hadid modelled a vibrant outfit comprised of teal trousers, a dark red top, red silk scarf, and bright blue coat.

A number of similar looks featuring bold colour-blocking followed, including a number made up of a red coat and bright pink tailored trousers.

Part of the way through the presentation, Kim and Garcia introduced more muted floral appliques on dresses, blazer lapels, sweaters, and coats.

Yet, the drama really ramped up towards the end of the spectacle, with the designers offering a crimson silk ballgown with a drop waist, a black ballgown covered in a firework-like sequin pattern, a draped burgundy velvet dress, and a minidress made of gold beaded fabric.

To conclude, Bella made a second appearance in a pink velvet dress accessorised with a matching feathered cape.

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Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year. But durin…

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.

The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year.

But during a behind-the-scenes chat prior to his latest show, held at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week on Saturday, Maxwell recalled how he used to suffer from anxiety during his early presentations.

“This is my ninth or tenth runway show and almost 20 collections, so I’ve been doing it long enough to know that it’s a waste of time to get stressed out because it all comes together in the end. I used to get really, really nervous in the beginning and get sick, and the first couple of shows I never even watched them I wasn’t even at them,” he said. “I would hide in a room and lock the door and put my music and my headphones (on) to the same amount of time that was at the show. And as soon as the music stopped in my ear, I’d unlock the door, run out of the room, wave at the end of the runway and leave again.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Maxwell explained that he was inspired by the idea of journeys for his fall/winter 2020 line. The collection was comprised of neutral separates, dresses made from a printed tortoise shell-look fabric, and denim.

“The theme of the whole show is journey. You’re packing your bag, your boots. We are in nature, we’re journeying, life’s a journey, this industry is a journey. It’s all about coats and bags and sweaters and warmth and happiness,” the 35-year-old shared. “This season, I wanted to make a liquid fabric that looked like tortoise and matched the tortoise shoes that we have, that are these six-inch tall boots, and all the tortoise jewellery.”

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