Alessandra Ambrosio fronting Pretty Ballerinas campaign

Alessandra Ambrosio has been tapped to star in the new campaign for Pretty Ballerinas.The Brazilian model is taking over from Olivia Palermo as the face of the footwear label, known for its ballet pumps and flat shoes, and will front the spring/summer …

Alessandra Ambrosio has been tapped to star in the new campaign for Pretty Ballerinas.

The Brazilian model is taking over from Olivia Palermo as the face of the footwear label, known for its ballet pumps and flat shoes, and will front the spring/summer 2020 imagery.

“Alessandra Ambrosio shows that the flat designs of Pretty Ballerinas can be as sexy and sophisticated as any high heel when posing for a photocall or walking the red carpet,” said creative director Ursula Mascaro. “Twelve creations, 12 Pretty Ballerinas designs for 12 looks created especially for 12 moments of Alessandra’s life. They are the core of a collection that inspires nights of glamour, and days of freshness, sensuality, and joy.”

In the images, Alessandra is seen posing in colourful ballet flats, animal print slides, and chunky sneakers. She also shows off some new accessories, such as a red leather purse and a cross-body handbag.

Accordingly, a Pretty Ballerinas spokesperson added that Alessandra was a natural fit for the brand because of the effortless way in which she navigates motherhood and the modelling world.

“Alessandra Ambrosio is a symbol of a generation of supermodels that entered the world of fashion in the late 90s, becoming an international icon after gaining her Victoria’s Secret Angel wings,” they commented. “She follows the path started by Olivia Palermo as the contemporary Audrey Hepburn of the new millennium with its values of elegance, naturalness, and sophistication, but providing a more sexy and powerful image closer to the reality of today’s women.”

Pretty Ballerinas’ spring/summer 2020 collection is now available to buy online.

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Olivia Palermo uses friends and family as her muses

Olivia Palermo often sources design inspiration from her friends and family members.The socialite and influencer has previously collaborated on 10 fashion lines, including ones with the late Karl Lagerfeld, Banana Republic, and Aquazzura. Fresh from t…

Olivia Palermo often sources design inspiration from her friends and family members.

The socialite and influencer has previously collaborated on 10 fashion lines, including ones with the late Karl Lagerfeld, Banana Republic, and Aquazzura.

Fresh from the announcement that her debut solo line, the Olivia Palermo Collection, will launch in February, she opened up about her inspiration, and confessed she loves taking style tips from people while out and about.

“I get inspiration throughout my travels constantly,” Olivia told WWD, adding that she looks to her friends, family, and social media followers as muses. “I’m always inspired by women on the street worldwide, seeing women in fashion, not in fashion, how they put themselves together, how excited they are about their outfits.”

The former reality star will release her 52-piece eponymous collection, priced from $295 (£229) to $1,595 (£1,240), in drops every six to eight weeks, and teased the idea of using pop-up stores.

“I’m a big fan of pop-ups,” the 33-year-old explained. “It’s important to meet the men and women that want to shop the collection, wherever that is. I love meet-and-greets. You get to interact with your customer and get their feedback. We can also take that back internally.”

Olivia also revealed that she has been working on her fashion label for several years, taking the time to do meticulous research and build an in-house team from scratch.

“It was important to go through all the archives, figure out the materials we like and have a clear vision of what the collections are going to be. It’s tailored, polished, it’s very much my aesthetic,” she added of the line.

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Olivia Palermo gearing up to launch fashion collection

Olivia Palermo will debut a line of ready-to-wear fashion in early 2020.The socialite first made a name for herself in reality TV series The City back in the late 2000s and has since become one of the industry’s most sought-after stars, often sitting f…

Olivia Palermo will debut a line of ready-to-wear fashion in early 2020.

The socialite first made a name for herself in reality TV series The City back in the late 2000s and has since become one of the industry’s most sought-after stars, often sitting front row during designer presentations.

Now, Olivia is putting her style knowledge to the test with a brand-new venture, to be known as the Olivia Palermo Collection.

“The Olivia Palermo Collection has been in the making for well over a year, and I cannot wait to finally see all of you wearing these beautiful pieces,” she wrote in a letter for her website. “I’ve always had a very special relationship with fashion, so designing my own collection felt like a natural progression. This collection was inspired by people all over the world who I come across in my travels. A person’s unique style is so closely linked to their personality, and this collection is no different. When I look through my own wardrobe, I am constantly reminded of people I love or memories I cherish. The Olivia Palermo Collection reflects just that.”

Olivia also posted a series of sketches, with it appearing that the range will be comprised of chic separates, patterned suits, colour blocked dresses, and leather outerwear. The debut collection will feature more than 50 items, all of which will be released in February. Garments will be stocked on OliviaPalermo.com, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, as well as in boutiques across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan.

“Over the coming months, we will be sharing with you a behind-the-scenes look at different elements in the process of creating this collection, as well as sneak peeks of the individual pieces that you will be able to see for yourself in February!” the 33-year-old concluded.

Previously, the fashionista has created collections for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld.

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Manolo Blahnik will never design running shoes

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr. However, Blah…

Manolo Blahnik will never be tempted to design a line of running shoes.

The Spanish designer’s luxury footwear is a staple of the fashion world, with celebrity fans including Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr.

However, Blahnik has now shared that he remains committed to his signature elegant aesthetic and has no desire to enter into the trendy athleisure market.

“They said to me that I should do a wonderful collection of running shoes and I said, ‘What?! I’m not vile like that!'” he shared in an interview with The Telegraph. “I’m not into this at all. It’s for the new tacky generation.”

Blahnik went on to explain that his next collection of footwear may be inspired by a recent trip to the ancient city of Delphi in Greece, though he is yet to settle on the exact look and will never resort to copying.

“I love going around the Benaki museum in Athens – you have everything you want! I could copy it all, but I hate that. It can inspire you and you can use the details and mood, but I can’t copy,” the 76-year-old insisted. “My mother always said I was a contradictorian – if anything was fashionable, I would run a mile.”

Meanwhile, a number of Blahnik’s creations are to be showcased in a new exhibition entitled An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection. The curated collection of shoes are placed alongside the paintings, sculpture and furniture items at the venue in London.

“The Wallace Collection has been a point of reference for me since my early days in London. It was – and remains – one of my favourite museums with the most refined selection of art. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to be a part of the project and have my work displayed at the museum,” he said in a statement.

The exhibition opens on Monday and will run until 1 September.

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Olivia Palermo debuts Karl Lagerfeld collection

Olivia Palermo has finally unveiled the pieces from her collaboration with the late Karl Lagerfeld.The New York-based star released images from her collection on Thursday, which features a leather biker jacket with a graffiti-style tag on the shoulder …

Olivia Palermo has finally unveiled the pieces from her collaboration with the late Karl Lagerfeld.

The New York-based star released images from her collection on Thursday, which features a leather biker jacket with a graffiti-style tag on the shoulder that reads, “Karl State Of Mind”.

The jacket also bears the inscriptions “Forever Karl” and “#KarlxOlivia” in a tribute to the Chanel designer, who passed away at the age of 85 in February.

Five bespoke pieces co-designed by Palermo – including the biker jacket – feature in the capsule collection, alongside skinny-fit leather biker pants, boucle shorts with satin piping, a tailored suit, technical leggings and a sports bra.

“I wanted to play with Karl’s iconic Parisian classics, and add my own touch that’s eclectic and feminine. I used my travels and experiences in different cultures to inform my edit, to ensure its wearability from Paris to New York and beyond,” The City star explained.

In addition to her collection, Palermo has selected 24 pieces from the fall collection of the German designer’s eponymous label, under the title Karl Lagerfeld Styled by Olivia Palermo, which launches on 27 June at Karl Lagerfeld stores and online via karl.com and oliviapalermo.com.

“Our collection focuses on universal wardrobe essentials like a leather biker jacket, white button-down shirts and tuxedo suiting,” the 33-year-old said in a statement.

The collaboration was announced in February, days before Lagerfeld’s death, and runs parallel to the brand’s previously announced collaboration with fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, who was named style adviser at Karl Lagerfeld.

Palermo has previously worked with brands including Piaget, Banana Republic, Pretty Ballerinas, Aquazzura and Nordstrom.

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Naomi Campbell dazzles at Valentino’s spring 19 couture show

Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show on Wednesday night (23Jan19).Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest collection for the Italian fashion brand at the Place Vendome as part of Paris Cout…

Naomi Campbell made a surprise appearance at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show on Wednesday night (23Jan19).

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest collection for the Italian fashion brand at the Place Vendome as part of Paris Couture Week, with the likes of Celine Dion, Courtney Love, Rami Malek, Olivia Palermo, and Sofia Coppola all in attendance.

The designer offered up a number of gorgeous outfits featuring vibrant florals and luxury lace, but it was Campbell’s turn at the end of the show which really made a statement, with the veteran British supermodel baring her torso and flashing her nipples in a dramatic black gown with sheer bodice and ruffled skirt.

“Closing @maisonvalentino’s Spring 2019 couture show. Congratulations on a beautiful evening,” she captioned a snap of herself at the event on her Instagram page.

Elsewhere in the presentation, Piccioli had a model walk the runway in a coral silk skirt and matching ruched top which was designed to evoke the shape of roses, with a number of brightly coloured ensembles following, such as a pair of orange trousers which were matched with a white feathered top and a rose-pink gown with long sleeves. Voluminous and ruffled sleeves featured heavily, as did simple yet tailored shirts and overcoats.

However, partway through the presentation, Piccioli injected a whole lot of spring-inspired fun, taking inspiration from flower-filled gardens. Highlights included oversized gowns made from pastel coloured fabrics featuring rose and blossom motifs, and a dramatic grey gown covered in yellow and green daisy prints.

Natalia Vodianova, 36, strutted her stuff in a large ballgown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, while 17-year-old Kaia Gerber showcased a bright green sequin dress with dramatic tiered skirt, and Liya Kebede rocked a hot pink gown with a high ruffled neckline.

“What an honour it was for me to be part of this incredible cast, thank you @pppiccioli for making me be a part of this monumental moment and how lucky am I that this was my first Valentino show with you! On pink cloud nine,” the 40-year-old wrote on her Instagram page.

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Dior unveils circus-themed spring 19 couture collection

Dior has opted for a circus theme for its spring/summer 2019 couture collection.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri held her latest show for the French luxury label within the grounds of Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday (21Jan19), …

Dior has opted for a circus theme for its spring/summer 2019 couture collection.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri held her latest show for the French luxury label within the grounds of Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday (21Jan19), with celebrities including Karlie Kloss, Olivia Palermo, Felicity Jones, Kiki Layne, and Rachel Brosnahan all perched on the front row.

“The circus is a magical place. The imagination of many artists has been stimulated by the fascination for a world that is both wondrous and raw, poetic and indispensable,” wrote Chiuri in her show notes. “The circus is presented as a place of inclusion.”

Drawing inspiration from a number of sources, including the Victorian-era fairgrounds, the Cirque d’Hiver, or winter circus – which label founder Christian Dior had been known to visit, and the work of artist Cindy Sherman, the show kicked off with acrobats from the all-female Mimbre company performing on the catwalk, and continuing to make formations throughout the presentation.

To begin, a model showcased a navy blue velvet dress which was matched with a skullcap and silver glitter ankle boots covered with star motifs.

A red suit with military influence was up second, while a number of ensembles featuring ruffled collars followed.

One model sported a pearl-white satin gown with matching tuxedo jacket, while other standout pieces included a sequinned gown embroidered with celestial motifs, and a nude ballgown with harlequin print on the skirt.

A black shirt dress with white silk lapels was particularly chic, as was a light gold gown with woven bodice and pleated skirt which will undoubtedly be sought-after by Hollywood A-listers for the upcoming 2019 Academy Awards.

To conclude, Chiuri offered up a parade of sharply tailored suits and lavish gowns, with the final number of the event comprised of a gold dress with matching cape.

Paris Couture Week continues on Tuesday with shows from Chanel and Alexandre Vauthier.

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Olivia Palermo has used the same skincare routine since she was 14

Olivia Palermo has abided by the same skincare regime since she was 14.The socialite first made a name for herself in reality TV series The City back in the late 2000s and has since become one of fashion’s most elite stars, often perching front row dur…

Olivia Palermo has abided by the same skincare regime since she was 14.

The socialite first made a name for herself in reality TV series The City back in the late 2000s and has since become one of fashion’s most elite stars, often perching front row during designer presentations. As well as possessing a flawless sense of personal style, Olivia always steps out with a glowing complexion, and she has now shared that she believes the key to great skin is consistency.

“I’ve been using the same skincare since I was 14 years old,” she told Porter. “I swear by Dr. Dennis Gross; he’s been my dermatologist since I was a teenager. I use the All-in-One Cleanser with Toner and the Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion every single morning.”

Olivia went on to explain that she visits New York dermatologist Dr. Gross once a month for a medical facial peel, while if she is in Los Angeles, she will visit celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas.

And no matter how busy the brunette beauty has been, she always makes a point of removing all of her make-up before she goes to bed.

“It’s the most important thing for great skin. I’m faithful to my Clarisonic, which helps to clear out any dead cells and remove dirt and grime. I then use Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum followed by Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil,” the 32-year-old explained.

During the chat, Olivia noted that she likes to incorporate essential oils into her daily beauty routine too, and is a fan of body washes with citrus or bergamot.

“Lavender oil is a go-to when I feel tired. And if I’m tired but need to energise, I drink lots of lemon-infused water or tea – Mighty Leaf has the best flavour combinations,” she added.

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Alberta Ferretti serves up safari chic for spring 19

Alberta Ferretti has dished up a line of safari-inspired pieces for spring/summer 2019.The Italian fashion house, helmed by designer Alberta Ferretti, kicked off Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday night (19Sep18) with a presentation that drew in a crowd o…

Alberta Ferretti has dished up a line of safari-inspired pieces for spring/summer 2019.

The Italian fashion house, helmed by designer Alberta Ferretti, kicked off Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday night (19Sep18) with a presentation that drew in a crowd of A-listers including Olivia Palermo, Chiara Ferragni and Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

According to the show notes, Ferretti’s latest collection took inspiration from the spirit of adventure.

“Alberta Ferretti presents the Spring Summer 2019 collection by creating a new attitude that encourages women to voice their strong personalities through their innocence, gentleness and an almost dreamy calmness,” a brand rep wrote on Instagram. “The collection builds a story that describes a physical adventure and internal exploration, an introspective journey.”

To begin the show, Ferretti had a model walk the runway in pleated khaki trousers, a pink top with lace detail on the shoulders and leather sandals.

Continuing with the explorer chic aesthetic, other models donned safari jackets with zipped pockets, belted safari suits, skirts with detachable pockets and tan cargo pants complete with numerous pockets and multiple zippers.

Sticking with a palette of earth tones and pastel pink, yellow and blue, the designer also offered up denim jackets which were tied around the waist, overalls and lacy tops.

Part way through the spectacle, Ferretti introduced some more glamorous garments that would easily translate from day to night such as a lemon-yellow jumpsuit, a pale peach silk slip and a draped mint green dress with drawstring belt at the waist.

Another model sported a maxi dress in a fabric that encompassed the colours of the desert at dusk, while the presentation concluded with a line-up of black outfits, with Kendall Jenner modelling a skin-tight black lace bodysuit and Gigi Hadid wearing a long black chiffon dress with embroidered details.

Jil Sander and Moncler also showed on Wednesday evening.

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Law Roach styles first runway for Bosideng

Law Roach styled his very first runway show for Bosideng during New York Fashion Week.The celebrity stylist has previously worked with A-listers including Ariana Grande, Zendaya and Celine Dion, but has never been responsible for a catwalk before. And …

Law Roach styled his very first runway show for Bosideng during New York Fashion Week.

The celebrity stylist has previously worked with A-listers including Ariana Grande, Zendaya and Celine Dion, but has never been responsible for a catwalk before.

And in an interview with WWD, Law explained that working with the sporty label was the perfect way to achieve a career milestone.

“I was super-excited that they did (choose me). It was my first time styling at a New York Fashion Week show. It was exciting,” he beamed. “I’m actually really flattered and honoured that this brand chose me. They could have easily used a stylist from Shanghai or somewhere else. The fact that they saw something in my work that made them want to collaborate with me was like, ‘Wow.’”

Bosideng launched in 1976 and is currently the largest down clothing company in China, with its headquarters is based in Shanghai. This meant that the American fashion expert’s first runway gig was a particularly memorable experience, as he had to navigate working alongside many non-English speakers, while he didn’t speak Mandarin.

“It was challenging but also amazing how the language of fashion is so universal — so many of the things that we were doing, we just understood each other,” he insisted, adding that even with the language barrier, he had an instant connection with Bosideng designer Zhu Lin. “It was so weird, because it was like we were the same person.”

The catwalk show took place at the Spring Studios in New York City on Tuesday (11Sep18). Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio opened the show while celebrity attendees included Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Renner and Olivia Palermo.

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