Brandon Maxwell appreciating time to reflect during coronavirus lockdown

Brandon Maxwell is appreciative of the time he has had to reflect on his career and business during the coronavirus lockdown.The fashion designer is practicing social distancing and staying at home in his New York City apartment in accordance with the …

Brandon Maxwell is appreciative of the time he has had to reflect on his career and business during the coronavirus lockdown.

The fashion designer is practicing social distancing and staying at home in his New York City apartment in accordance with the official guidelines set out by health officials during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But while Maxwell is missing his team and studio, he candidly discussed what he has learned during the difficult period in an Instagram post uploaded on Wednesday.

“It’s in the silence that our greatest allies, friends, and family speak the loudest. It’s in the little beautiful moments of brokenness that we let go of what we’ve held on to for so long and allow ourselves to see and be something new,” he wrote. “After a beautiful flower wilts and is picked off the stem, a new more beautiful one is just waiting inside to grow again. It takes a little TLC, a little patience and some tending to, but it’s there.”

Maxwell then went on to insist “OK is enough” for right now, and contemplated just how important it is for business leaders to build relationships and not simply focus on the big picture.

“The gift of the morning, ‘How are you, really?’ with my team during this time have been just as powerful to me as that final walk down the runway, even more so,” the 35-year-old added. “A reminder that it was never about the big moment, it was always about the love exchanged and the community built while making it, and that exists in an even stronger way now. We will all have those moments again, but right now in the stillness life has handed us we have the opportunity to assess how we want to consciously participate going forward.”

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Met Gala 2020 officially cancelled

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled. The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled Ab…

The 2020 edition of the Met Gala has officially been cancelled.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

Back in March, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour announced the fundraising event had been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and museum officials subsequently declared on Tuesday that there will be no Met Gala this year.

The Met has been closed since March and it looks set to reopen in mid-August or shortly after, in accordance with New York authorities’ phased reopening plan for the city.

About Time: Fashion and Duration, which documents the changes in fashion throughout the Met’s 150-year history, is currently scheduled to open on 29 October and run until 7 February 2021.

Met officials have scrapped all talks, tours, concerts, and events to be held at the museum for the rest of 2020. They hope to resume the Met Gala and other events, including a belated celebration of its 150th anniversary, next year. The 2021 bash will be focused on next year’s Costume Institute exhibition.

The co-chairs of the 2020 edition were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Pregnant Chloe Sevigny poses for nude photoshoot over Zoom

Chloe Sevigny recently posed for a nude photoshoot over Zoom while pregnant with her first child. Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Boys Don’t Cry actress, who is due to welcome her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic in three weeks, had to …

Chloe Sevigny recently posed for a nude photoshoot over Zoom while pregnant with her first child.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Boys Don’t Cry actress, who is due to welcome her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic in three weeks, had to serve as location scout, hairstylist, make-up artist, costume designer, and creative director of her photoshoot with photographer Elizaveta Porodina for the May 2020 cover of The Cut.

In an unprecedented move, Sevigny and Porodina worked together to conduct the photoshoot over video conferencing tool Zoom, with the 45-year-old posing for a range of risque nude shots from the comfort of her own home and Porodina taking the photos.

On the cover, Sevigny can be seen kneeling away from the camera on a bed and turning back to face it, with her bare bottom and baby bump on display. She is rocking a classic red lip, given her hair a 1920s-style wave, and has accessorised with Simone Rocha earrings and a Batsheva bag, which is draped over the back of her shoulder.

In another shot, she reclines on a couch with her body angled away from the camera but her face looking directly at it, while another is a close-up of her bump, which is poking out of an open vintage blue robe. Her hands are folded together underneath her belly to protect her modesty. Sevigny also posed around her New York home in a variety of floaty dresses.

“In this situation, the subject has a lot more control and much more artistic license than usual… They’re going to be the one adjusting the camera. They’re going to be the one making decisions,” Porodina explained. “When I learned that she was pregnant and that she’s in New York City right now, I knew it wouldn’t be just another portrait shoot; it would be a documentary piece about a person who’s living through a critical event in her personal life, during a crisis in collective human history.

“Even through Zoom, Chloe had so much charisma and energy. She exudes elegance, and a mix of something extremely sexy and intellectual at the same time.”

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Tiffany & Co. pledges $1 million donation to coronavirus relief efforts

Executives at Tiffany & Co. have pledged to donate $1 million (£813,000) to organisations helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives for the luxury jewellery brand announced they were making the donation commitment via The Tiffany & Co….

Executives at Tiffany & Co. have pledged to donate $1 million (£813,000) to organisations helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Representatives for the luxury jewellery brand announced they were making the donation commitment via The Tiffany & Co. Foundation on Monday. The donation will be split between two organisations, with $750,000 (£610,000) going to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the other $250,000 (£203,000) going to The New York Community Trust’s NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund.

In addition, the foundation will match employee donations to any qualified nonprofit organisation supporting Covid-19 relief, dollar for dollar.

“Since its inception in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been guided by the belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community,” representatives wrote in a statement. “Today, more than ever, there is a need for communities to come together. This commitment allows us to respond to the urgent needs on a global scale, while also supporting our hometown of New York City.”

“During this global health crisis, we must all be responsive to the urgent needs of our global communities. We are proud to support organizations providing immediate relief for communities impacted by Covid-19, including our hometown of New York,” added Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chairman and president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

Executives at the foundation, which was established in 2000 to provide grants to those working in environmental conservation, have signed Philanthropy’s Commitment During Covid-19 Pledge, a commitment to supporting their grantees throughout the crisis.

Tiffany & Co. follows in the footsteps of brands including Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors in making donations towards coronavirus relief efforts, while New York-based designers such as Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have begun making protective equipment for medical personnel.

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50 Cent concerned people will ‘get fat’ during coronavirus crisis

50 Cent is worried people will “get fat” while they stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.In a chat for The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s My Monday Morning column, the rapper urged his fans to abide by health officials’ guidance to practice socia…

50 Cent is worried people will “get fat” while they stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.

In a chat for The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s My Monday Morning column, the rapper urged his fans to abide by health officials’ guidance to practice social distancing and stay at home as the pandemic worsens around the world.

However, 50 Cent encouraged people to try and do some daily exercise too.

”Keep your social distance. Being conscious of that,” he commented. “But a lot of people are not making adjustments, so they’re just going to sit home and they’re going to get fat. They’ll get fat.”

As reported cases of coronavirus approach 382,000 around the world, governments are taking extreme measures to stop the disease from spreading further.

Currently self-isolating at his home in New York, 50 Cent also described his efforts to stick to a regular exercise routine without the help of a trainer.

”On Mondays, I trained with a trainer for a very long time. I’ve been doing it by myself recently, but I’m going to start training out with these really fit girls,” the 44-year-old stated, before going on to clarify that he meant he was working out with the help of online training videos posted by women on social media. “Yeah, on Instagram, stuff like that. For me, it’s something like, I don’t want to not be able to do it when it’s a girl telling me to do it. When you’re training legs, you should definitely train with women, because that’s all they train. After a while you’re like, ‘Yo, what is this?’ You know what I’m saying? Like, ‘What the f**k you all been doing in here?'”

During self-isolation, working out is not the only task keeping 50 Cent busy. He is currently producing a TV drama called For Life and is set to publish a self-help book, titled Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter, in late April.

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Naomi Campbell taking time to focus on ‘simple pleasures’ during coronavirus crisis

Naomi Campbell is concentrating on “simple pleasures” in light of the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world.Last Tuesday, the British supermodel hit headlines when she flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to New York City while wearing a w…

Naomi Campbell is concentrating on “simple pleasures” in light of the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world.

Last Tuesday, the British supermodel hit headlines when she flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to New York City while wearing a white hazmat suit along with a blue N95 mask and a pair of pink Latex gloves to protect herself from Covid-19.

But while Naomi remains very concerned about the spread of the disease, in an Instagram post uploaded on Sunday, she also noted that the pandemic has forced herself and many others to slow down.

“As my heart remains with the lives around the globe that are severely affected right now, I am finding my own world somewhat unfamiliar,” the 49-year-old wrote alongside a picture of her standing outdoors next to her godson. “During the past few days, I’ve spent much time at home isolated with loved ones. I’ve cooked, cleaned, caught up with people over the phone, grocery shopped, online read, slept, listened to music and walked to the piers for fresh air. And day by day I’m reminded of all these simple things, the simple pleasures in my life that make happiness. We must learn to educate our hearts and minds to create value in every moment.”

Even though the thought of travelling across the U.S. made her “nervous and anxious” last week, Naomi is glad she took the flight, and she’s planning to stay put in the Big Apple for the time being.

“I’m learning what it means to put my busy or complicated life on hold and just be still for a while, in one place, with hyper-awareness of the people and spaces directly around me and the moment to moment actions I am making,” the model added. “By no means am I thrilled about this scenario we’re all facing, but I am certain that moments like these can be incredibly introspective and reflective, they can help to ground us, and ultimately make us more full, compassionate and mindful people, creating unity to remind us we are all human.”

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, with more than 6,600 people confirmed to have died.

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Naomi Campbell issues coronavirus warning in YouTube video teaser

Naomi Campbell has issued a warning about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in a new teaser for her upcoming YouTube video.The supermodel hit headlines when she flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday while wearing a white hazmat su…

Naomi Campbell has issued a warning about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in a new teaser for her upcoming YouTube video.

The supermodel hit headlines when she flew from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday while wearing a white hazmat suit along with a blue N95 mask and a pair of pink Latex gloves to protect herself from the virus.

When she shared pictures of her outfit on Instagram, she teased that she would be making a video for her YouTube channel about the flight, and on Thursday night, she posted a teaser clip in which she addressed the global health crisis.

“I’m in L.A. I’m flying back home to New York, I’m not gonna lie to you and say I’m not nervous to take this flight but I am,” she says to the camera. “The coronavirus is real, it is serious. We are all in the same boat, we are to learn something from this we absolutely are.”

The video also featured shots of Naomi putting on her protective outerwear as she prepared to travel across the U.S.

In the caption, she told her followers the full video would be released on Friday.

The 49-year-old’s precautionary measures came a day after she took to Instagram to share a heartfelt dedication to those living in her former home of Italy, as the disease spreads throughout the country.

“My beloved ITALY Of which I spent the first 3 years of my early life. I’m with you. Thank you for always embracing me and giving me so much love #wishing speedy recovery,” she wrote.

The model previously hit headlines last year when she posted a viral video on her YouTube channel in which she detailed the lengths she goes to in an effort to avoid illnesses while travelling. She revealed she wipes her aeroplane seat down with sanitisers and wears medical masks.

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Matthew McConaughey had to ‘un-brand’ himself from starring in romcoms

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, …

Matthew McConaughey altered the direction of his career by “un-branding” himself from his association with romantic comedies.

The actor starred in a number of light-hearted movies in the 2000s, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Fool’s Gold.

But during an appearance at the HISTORYTalks event held at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, McConaughey admitted it was the birth of his son Levi in 2008 that made him reevaluate his career.

“I took off and had an un-branding phase. Not a rebranding phrase, an un-branding phase. I said, ‘I’m out,'” he recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “And at that time I got an offer for a romantic comedy, and it was for a very sizable number, and I read it and they came back and bumped that number up quite a bit, and I passed, and they came back and bumped it again, I passed. They bumped it up and basically doubled the opening offer, and I said, ‘Let me read this script again.’ It was the same words, but I promise you that script was superior to the first one. I said no, and I had 18 months of being gone.”

“That anonymity, that being away, that not being the shirtless guy on the beach in a romcom, by un-branding, then all of a sudden, things came to me that I had been wanting to do… Dramatic roles that I had been pursuing were coming my way.”

McConaughey won an Oscar for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof in 2013 biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club, while his other serious films have included The Wolf of Wall Street, Interstellar, and White Boy Rick.

The 50-year-old most recently played American expatriate and marijuana empire boss Mickey Pearson in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which debuted in theatres earlier this year.

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Bella Hadid volunteers to help the homeless

Bella Hadid gave up her time to help organise Christmas toys for homeless children on Tuesday. The catwalk beauty took time out of her non-stop modelling schedule to help the New York-based nonprofit organisation, the Coalition for the Homeless, and S…

Bella Hadid gave up her time to help organise Christmas toys for homeless children on Tuesday.

The catwalk beauty took time out of her non-stop modelling schedule to help the New York-based nonprofit organisation, the Coalition for the Homeless, and System Of Service, a community that provides impactful service opportunities, sort through boxes of toys and organise them so they can be distributed to homeless children living in shelters across New York City at Christmas.

Sharing an image of rows of cardboard boxes filled with toys on her Instagram Stories, Bella wrote in the caption, “With 60,000 people in their shelters/over 20,000 being children, the work @nyhomeless does every Christmas with their toy drive is so overwhelming and huge. Just like any other child, these children and their families deserve more than anything to receive great gifts and a smile on their faces this Holiday season. It made so happy in my heart to help. Thank you @nyhomeless.”

The 23-year-old also shared a snap of her hugging System of Service co-founder Olivia Perez while holding a clipboard and surrounded by boxes. She can be seen wearing a multi-coloured knitted sweater, black trousers and boots.

Perez posted footage of the volunteers sorting through the boxes, before sharing a picture of the group, including Bella, holding toys and posing for the camera.

“Grateful for friends who always show up to give back!!!” she wrote in the caption.

Bella seemed to be in the giving mood on Tuesday, as she shared screengrabs of her making an online donation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s Give for Girls Everywhere initiative.

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Emily Ratajkowski sued over social media photo

Emily Ratajkowski has been hit with a lawsuit from a photographer for allegedly posting a photo of herself online without permission.Snapper Robert O’Neil recently filed the copyright infringement lawsuit against the model and her company, Emrata Holdi…

Emily Ratajkowski has been hit with a lawsuit from a photographer for allegedly posting a photo of herself online without permission.

Snapper Robert O’Neil recently filed the copyright infringement lawsuit against the model and her company, Emrata Holdings Inc., in the Southern District of New York.

In the court documents, he claimed the Gone Girl actress violated his copyright by allegedly uploading an image he had taken of her on the streets of New York, where Ratajkowski was pictured holding a bunch of flowers up to cover her face.

The 28-year-old had posted the image on her Instagram Stories with the caption, “Mood Forever”.

According to The Blast, O’Neil claims Ratajkowski never paid him or asked for permission to post his work and he allegedly lost a substantial amount of money from her sharing it with her 24 million followers.

“Defendants infringed Plaintiff’s copyright in the Photograph by reproducing and publicly displaying the Photograph on the Website. Defendants are not, and has never been, licensed or otherwise authorized to reproduce, publically display, distribute and/or use the Photograph,” the lawsuit reads. “Plaintiff is entitled to statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed for Defendants willful infringement of the Photograph”.

He is suing for $150,000 (£1116,000) in damages as well as all of the profits that she earned off of his work.

The model, who is yet to respond to the legal action, is the latest to be sued for allegedly lifting paparazzi pictures to share on social media without authorisation. Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, and Gigi Hadid have also been hit with copyright infringement lawsuits over photos they shared of themselves via Instagram in recent months.

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