Paloma Elsesser excited to see more fashion brands embrace inclusivity

Paloma Elsesser is excited to see more casting directors embrace inclusivity and diversity.The curvy model made a splash during the latest Fashion Month when she was tapped to appear in the Fendi and Alexander McQueen presentations. Accordingly, Paloma…

Paloma Elsesser is excited to see more casting directors embrace inclusivity and diversity.

The curvy model made a splash during the latest Fashion Month when she was tapped to appear in the Fendi and Alexander McQueen presentations.

Accordingly, Paloma is hopeful the movement is now truly beginning to gain momentum across the industry.

“Gone are the days when you can have a show with one black model and claim diversity. I hope that we don’t go back on this progress. I don’t want this to be a flash in the pan,” she said in an interview with Vogue.com. “Whether it’s me having a successful season or a whole other range of body sizes that can be represented it would be such a disservice to go backward.”

Paloma, who was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath, has also appeared in campaigns for the likes of Nike and Fenty Beauty.

And she remains adamant it’s up to company leaders to take control and hire a wide range of models and ambassadors – or risk becoming irrelevant.

“Putting me on a runway isn’t a cop-out because I’m not just slightly larger than the other models, I am a U.S. size 14 woman (U.K. size 16),” the 27-year-old insisted. “(Still) there needs to be a spectrum of diversity. I can’t represent everyone or speak for everyone but that isn’t the point. I hope to speak for someone, to allow people who have never seen themselves in this context to see a representation of who they are.”

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J. Crew hires former Victoria’s Secret boss as chief executive officer

J.Crew bosses have appointed Jan Singer as the fashion company’s new chief executive officer.Singer, who served as head of lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret from 2016 until late 2018, will now take the reins at the American retailer, succeeding interim …

J.Crew bosses have appointed Jan Singer as the fashion company’s new chief executive officer.

Singer, who served as head of lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret from 2016 until late 2018, will now take the reins at the American retailer, succeeding interim leader Michael J. Nicholson.

“I’m excited and honoured to join this iconic brand and team at such an important time,” she said in a statement. “For me, J.Crew has led specialty retail by knowing what it takes to be a brand – putting the consumer first and at the centre. My passion for developing product, brand experiences and teams feels very at home at J.Crew. It’s a beloved brand that has always been in my heart and, like millions of consumers, in my closet.”

Singer will officially start work at J.Crew on 2 February. She has more than 25 years of experience of positioning brands for long-term growth and was previously responsible for Victoria Secret’s $4 billion lingerie business across 1,000 stores and digital platforms, and also served in senior roles at shapewear company Spanx and sportswear label Nike.

Accordingly, J.Crew president Michael J. Nicholson is thrilled to have Singer onboard.

“Jan’s appointment as chief executive officer is an important milestone for our company,” he said. “With these key building blocks in place, it is an opportune time for J.Crew to bring on a leader with a proven track record in positioning brands for success. It has been an honour to lead this organisation over the past year and I would like to extend my gratitude to each and every associate for their relentless support, passion and contributions towards rebuilding our company. It is an exciting time for J.Crew, and I look forward to partnering with Jan as we further energise our businesses and teams.”

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Paloma Elsesser pleased she waited to undergo breast reduction

Paloma Elsesser is pleased she waited a few years before finally deciding to undergo a breast reduction.The curvy model was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath and has since gone on to pose for the likes of Nike, Fenty Beauty, and U.S…

Paloma Elsesser is pleased she waited a few years before finally deciding to undergo a breast reduction.

The curvy model was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath and has since gone on to pose for the likes of Nike, Fenty Beauty, and U.S. Vogue.

But in an interview with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast, Paloma shared how she has long felt insecure about her breasts, and is thrilled with the results following a recent reduction procedure.

“I got a very minor breast reduction but (also a breast) lift – I reduced one (breast). It was a very crazy experience. Mainly they were (saggy) and had some severe asymmetry. I kind of developed breasts really early, and not to say that I’ve been extremely thin, but I’ve fluctuated a lot in my life, as a lot of us have. I would make leaps and bounds about other parts of my body… (but) this was the one part of my body that I still felt shame around,” the 27-year-old explained. “I’m happy I didn’t do them when I had first gotten my first cheque. Because at first, I was like, ‘I’m going to do it!’ but I still felt it would have been a reaction or reflection of how men received me or how the industry received me. So, I’m happy I did it now, at 27, when I’ve (been in) a committed loving, holistic, honest relationship for almost five years. (My boyfriend) loves me unchanged.”

Paloma concluded by noting that her career has not been impacted by the surgery, but she does feel much freer.

“I wanted to be able to move in the world and not go to work with three different bras and have to tape my boobs up every day,” she smiled. “It’s never perfect, but I definitely feel grateful it’s not something that dictates how I feel every day.”

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Jonathan Van Ness becomes first non-female cover star of Cosmopolitan U.K.

Jonathan Van Ness has become the first non-female cover star of Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine in 35 years.The Queer Eye grooming expert features on the cover of the magazine’s January issue, wearing a peachy-orange ruffled Christian Siriano dress with a p…

Jonathan Van Ness has become the first non-female cover star of Cosmopolitan U.K. magazine in 35 years.

The Queer Eye grooming expert features on the cover of the magazine’s January issue, wearing a peachy-orange ruffled Christian Siriano dress with a pair of black and white Nike sneakers.

“My body is ready,” Van Ness wrote alongside the cover shot on Instagram. “1st non Female cover star of @cosmopolitanuk in 35 YEARS.”

In the comments, Siriano gushed, “Divine in every single way,” with multiple heart emojis. Model Lily Aldridge also commented, “Majornesssssss,” Game of Thrones star Lena Headey posted, “Be still my heart,” and actress Sophia Bush wrote, “AHHHHHHH! Congrats!”

Meanwhile, the official Instagram account of Cosmopolitan U.K. also posted Van Ness’ January issue cover image, and wrote in the caption, “Yep, we did it. @JVN is our January cover star. You’re totally welcome.”

The 32-year-old, who came out as non-binary earlier this year, discussed the reaction he received after recently revealing he has been living with HIV for the last seven years in the cover interview.

“This is only the beginning. I’m quickly realising that there is still so much misunderstanding, so much sensationalising of living with HIV. The stigma and the difficulty around the process of getting treatment is creating that. My work has only really just begun,” he shared.

Van Ness also opened up about his attitude to self-care and revealed he forces himself to say no to things in an effort to stop himself from burning out.

“I was a full-time hairdresser and small-business owner, like, 19 months ago. But I hate saying no. I love my friends. I get FOMO (fear of missing out). But I have to prioritise self-care. Because if I don’t then my candle will burn out,” he added.

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Brandon Maxwell pondering affordable clothing line

Brandon Maxwell is open to launching an affordable clothing line in the future.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-w…

Brandon Maxwell is open to launching an affordable clothing line in the future.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

At present, Maxwell’s garments fall within the luxury price range, but in a recent question and answer session on his Instagram page, he explained that he has often pondered what it would take to start a more accessible collection.

“This is my number one asked question every time I do questions,” he wrote. “Our collections now are handmade in New York City and the prices in the stores are reflective of how much they actually cost to be made. I love being able to oversee the product and the process. I would love to create more affordable pieces, but there are so many things to consider at a much lower price point, from the quality of the garments to employee working conditions that I would need to know much more about and be able to have some control over!”

Maxwell went on to explain that he is also interested in catering to plus-size women and would love to collaborate with designers at Nike on a sportswear line. As for how he finds inspiration for his clothes, the fashion star swears by spending quiet time by himself.

“The things I do when I am creatively blocked are, in this order: 1. Get in my car. 2. Blast country music. 3. Drive out into nature. 4. Sit in nature. 5. Wait for an idea to come,” the 35-year-old commented.

Elsewhere, Maxwell shared that he loves to bring his dog Stella to the office as well, but has to be careful about where she sits within the studio.

“But I can’t bring her whenever it gets close to the collection being finished because she LOVES to lay on expensive fabric and then she ruins it and I get yelled at,” he joked.

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Serena Williams to work with emerging designers on new Nike collaboration

Serena Williams is looking to work with emerging designers on her upcoming Nike collaboration.The 23-time Grand Slam champion has announced she is on the hunt for new creatives to help her design a shoe and apparel collection with the U.S. sportswear g…

Serena Williams is looking to work with emerging designers on her upcoming Nike collaboration.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion has announced she is on the hunt for new creatives to help her design a shoe and apparel collection with the U.S. sportswear giant that will launch next year.

Designers in New York are being invited to workshops at Nike’s sprawling headquarters in Oregon and will be required to complete a series of tasks to get through to the next round.

Just 10 designers will be selected and ultimately invited to complete a seven-month apprenticeship that will conclude with the launch of Serena’s collection.

Brand representatives explained that the project is part of Nike’s ongoing efforts to “bring diverse perspectives into design”.

While Nike’s chief design officer, John Hoke, said he is looking forward to the new ideas, creativity, and diversity young designers will bring to the table.

“I’m excited for these designers to hone their craft, expand their creativity and ultimately dream big as they build on Nike’s design legacy in creating for one of the greatest athletes of all time. We know their impact will be widely felt and look forward to having them as part of our creative community,” he shared.

Back in September, Serena, 38, stated she wanted to be “more inclusive, less exclusive” with her budding fashion empire, which includes her eponymous clothing collection.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka fronts Nike x Sacai collection

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been tapped to front a new collaboration between Nike and Japanese luxury brand Sacai. The 21-year-old sportswoman represents her birthplace Japan when she competes, even though she has lived in the U.S. since she was three…

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been tapped to front a new collaboration between Nike and Japanese luxury brand Sacai.

The 21-year-old sportswoman represents her birthplace Japan when she competes, even though she has lived in the U.S. since she was three years old, so she was the perfect person to be the face of a collaboration between American sportswear giant Nike and luxury Japanese brand Sacai.

“This collaboration was a special one because it was the perfect marriage of elevated Japanese fashion with the practical needs of my life as an athlete,” Osaka told Vogue.com.au. “It makes me feel edgy and confident, but in an understated way. The collection is just really cool and different from anything else you see in sportswear right now… Kind of futuristic, but also really wearable streetwear.”

Comprised of 11 pieces, the Nike X Sacai collection features apparel and sneakers and is available from the beginning of September. In a campaign image, Osaka wears a purple jacket over the top of a sports bra and running leggings.

The women’s world number one also explained how her style fits into both cultures, adding, “When I’m not on the court, I tend to gravitate towards pieces that are super unique and funky – it’s too tame for Japan, but too wild for America.”

The campaign comes months after Osaka left Adidas and signed an endorsement deal with Nike to wear their branded clothes on the court.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” she said at the time. “Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

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Charli Howard unveils empowering skincare line

Charli Howard is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty market with her new skincare line.The curvy British model has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Nike, Agent Provocateur, Redken, and Maybelline, and is also a vocal advocate for body posit…

Charli Howard is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty market with her new skincare line.

The curvy British model has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Nike, Agent Provocateur, Redken, and Maybelline, and is also a vocal advocate for body positivity, having co-founded The All Woman Project, a charity which seeks to educate young people about body image and mental health issues.

Now, Charli has dropped Squish, a skincare company which aims to be socially conscious and empowering for users, with no airbrushing used in the marketing imagery.

“I wanted to create cute, affordable skincare that works, based on my years of trailing and testing products on my overly sensitive skin – my Cheeky Cherry’s, for example, were created on a Post-it note after I couldn’t find an eye mask that depuffed the key areas of the face, while the Flower Power acne patches make light of blemishes while drawing out impurities,” she said in a statement. “Over the past few years, I’ve also started to think about the impact that excessive retouching can have on young girls and women buying beauty products. From day one, I wanted to use ROLE models with REAL skin in my brand images – girls with acne, girls with scars, girls with cellulite – but who have voices and great personalities. All bodies are un-retouched, raw and real.”

Among the first Squish products to launch include the Jelly Lip Gloss, a non-sticky and hydrating gloss, Flower Power Acne Patches, which are formulated to gently remove fluid from blemishes, as well as the Cheeky Cherry Eye & Cheek Masks, a set of hydrogel masks designed to de-puff the cheek and eye area. All formulas are paraben, sulphate, and cruelty-free, and are priced from $12 – $20 each (£10-£16.50). Kits are also available.

In addition, the accompanying campaign features a diverse range of models, from Charli herself, to Jillian Mercado, Tai’ja Ki’anaona Kerr, Sophia Hadjipanteli, Seynabou Cisse, and Isabella Carr.

At present, the products are available to purchase from the Squish website.

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Nike drops ’80s-inspired Stranger Things capsule collection

Nike has released an ’80s-inspired Stranger Things collection ahead of the Netflix show’s third season. After dropping hints on Twitter and Instagram, the sportswear giant has announced a collaboration with the hit sci-fi series, which is set in 1985….

Nike has released an ’80s-inspired Stranger Things collection ahead of the Netflix show’s third season.

After dropping hints on Twitter and Instagram, the sportswear giant has announced a collaboration with the hit sci-fi series, which is set in 1985.

The collaboration will unfold with two release dates – one dropping on 27 June and the second round debuting on 1 July, just three days before the third season of the show, starring Millie Bobby Brown, will be released on Netflix.

The first launch will not only play homage to the Stranger Things’ fictional school – Hawkins High – but also to some of Nike’s most popular sneaker styles that launched in the ’80s, including Nike Air Force 1, Nike Dunk, Nike Air Max 1 and the Nike Tech Challenge II.

The first collection pays tribute to the fictional school by incorporating green and orange colour schemes and its Tiger mascot into a mix of sweatsuits and three pairs of sneakers.

According to Nike, the clothes will channel the physical education uniforms of the 1980s, and will feature a reworking of the iconic Cortez, Blazer and Tailwind shoes.

Next up is the OG Pack, which will be released on 1 July, and will incorporate a red, white and blue colour scheme to celebrate Independence Day – held in the U.S. on 4 July – and include a year marker on the heel as well as fireworks printed on the insole.

The @nikestore account on Twitter teased the collab in a cryptic message that highlighted the timeframe of the series – 6 June, 1985.

The caption on the post read: “We (Nike) acknowledge that several shipments from 1985 have gone missing. Please call 1.800.561.1985 with any info.”

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Kid Cudi announces Adidas Originals collaboration

Kid Cudi is teaming up with Adidas Originals on a new collection.The Day ‘n’ Nite star is the latest rapper to announce a sportswear partnership, with Cudi taking to Instagram to share the news with his 1.1 million followers.Next to an abstract illustr…

Kid Cudi is teaming up with Adidas Originals on a new collection.

The Day ‘n’ Nite star is the latest rapper to announce a sportswear partnership, with Cudi taking to Instagram to share the news with his 1.1 million followers.

Next to an abstract illustration of a blue-skinned woman’s half head with a burning moon inside it, set against a pink backdrop, he simply wrote: “@adidasoriginals.”

Along the bottom of the picture, written in yellow, is the website details: adidas.com/kidcudi.

According to Footwear News, the graphic will be present on all upcoming Kid Cudi x Adidas merch, and fans can expect footwear and apparel to drop towards the end of the year.

The bold graphic was spotted at the weekend plastered around the grounds of Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival.

It marks the next chapter for Cudi and Adidas, after they first worked together on the TRESC Run sneaker last year. The 35-year-old was one of six celebrities to make up the Asterisk Collective launched by the sportswear giant in December.

The rapper’s former mentor Kanye West, who he’s described as his “big brother” in the past, also has a close relationship with Adidas; together they produce the Stronger star’s popular Yeezy line.

The news of Cudi’s deal comes after Travis Scott’s latest design efforts for Nike, the Air Jordan 1 High OG TS sneakers, sold out within hours of release on Saturday.

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