Stella McCartney serves up coats and crochet for fall 19

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19…

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.

The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19), with the show drawing in a number of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae, Doutzen Kroes, and Alexa Chung.

Inside the opulent venue, McCartney had a runway placed down the centre, with the stark white floor printed with the names of people who had contributed to the #ThereSheGrows campaign, which is seeking to raise funds for the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

To kick off the presentation, a model donned a brown belted kimono-inspired jacket which was paired with grey platform boots.

A parade of coats followed, with Russian star Natalia Vodianova sporting a black trench coat made of a faux leather fabric – in keeping with McCartney’s dedication to shunning animal products and instead experimenting with new innovative materials.

Another model sported a dark blue Neoprene sleeveless jacket over a long skirt and chunky boots, while the collection also included more conventional styles for the winter months, such as a grey trench coat with black button detailing, a red faux fur number, and a dark green duffel coat.

While McCartney stuck with a palette of tan, brown and green for the most part, she interspersed the line with some pops of colour, with highlights including a rainbow crochet dress, a canary yellow dress with wide shoulders, and a silky emerald green ensemble which was paired with matching accessories.

Other highlights included a uniform-style khaki green jumpsuit with cargo pockets on the trousers which was modelled by Kaia Gerber, a flowing grey dress, and the last outfit of the show, a kimono-like dress made from a floral print fabric.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Monday afternoon with presentations from Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen.

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DJ Khaled winning at weight loss after shedding 43lbs

DJ Khaled has celebrated losing 43lbs of weight since becoming an ambassador for WW.The 43-year-old, real name Khaled Mohamed Khaled, joined WW at the beginning of 2018 as a spokesperson for the brand to make “healthier habits for my life,” he said…

DJ Khaled has celebrated losing 43lbs of weight since becoming an ambassador for WW.

The 43-year-old, real name Khaled Mohamed Khaled, joined WW at the beginning of 2018 as a spokesperson for the brand to make “healthier habits for my life,” he said at the time.

And in a post on Instagram he updated his fans on his loss to date.

“A year ago I told y’all it’s coming OFF! I started at 293 lbs and now I’m OFFICIALLY 250 lbs!! They CALL ME SLIM JIM!! Thank you @ww for changing my life!!,” the record producer posted in the caption, alongside a before and after picture showing him looking much trimmer.

“And i ain’t stopping! We gon keep winning with the Freestyle Program!! I promise you!! It’s coming OFF! Join me and win with me on @WW. The new Weight Watchers. I’m not racing! I’m not speeding! I’m cruising! Ride with me through the journey link in my bio! *People following the WW plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/wk. #wwambassador #ad”.

The I’m the One hitmaker is one of several high-profile WW ambassadors tapped to represent the weight loss company since last year. As well as being a spokesperson, Oprah Winfrey is also a partial shareholder in the company, and WW added actress Kate Hudson to its roster last December.

Father-of-one Khaled regularly updates his 14 million Instagram followers with his weight loss wins after starting the regime in December 2017. By the following February he had lost 26lbs.

“Man. WeightWatchers is going good,” he previously told Page Six. “It’s a real lifestyle because all you have to do is not go over your point (total). And there are so many zero points (foods) in case you get hungry.”

The Four: Battle for Stardom judge’s revelation saw stock at the company surge by six per cent.

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Gwen Stefani hoping to count Oprah Winfrey among fans of her new eyewear line

Gwen Stefani is hoping her bold new eyewear collection will appeal to Oprah Winfrey. The singer has unveiled her fourth line of cool spectacles under her fashion company L.A.M.B. and she’s hoping the new designs will be her biggest hit to date. “I…

Gwen Stefani is hoping her bold new eyewear collection will appeal to Oprah Winfrey.

The singer has unveiled her fourth line of cool spectacles under her fashion company L.A.M.B. and she’s hoping the new designs will be her biggest hit to date.

“It’s something that you wouldn’t find everywhere,” she tells People “They still have that edgy, weird ‘Where did you get those?’ vibe.”

The blonde beauty is hoping the items turn Oprah’s head, revealing she is in awe of the media mogul’s eyewear choices.

“She’s definitely a queen, and the queen of eyewear,” the former No Doubt singer shares. “She knows how to do it, because she doesn’t stick to one look, and she’s always mixing it up, but she’s bold.”

“She’s a perfect example of somebody that wears eyewear that reflects who she is. She’s not just one thing. She’s all those versions, and so I think she’s a really good person to… I need to send her some glasses.”

The 49 year old launched the accessories line in 2016 and admits her passion for the designs has been a large part of her creative process.

“I’ve always been a sunglasses junkie, and I’ve been so blessed because through the years, I’ve had so many amazing designers send me sunglasses,” she says. “For whatever reason, people see me as a person that would wear anything, so I’ve always had the craziest glasses.”

Stefani now truly appreciates eyewear, revealing she was once put off by the fact she had to wear glasses due to poor sight.

“I feel like probably how everyone else feels (sic),” she says. “I feel like I don’t want to wear them because I have to wear them, you know what I mean? But being able to design them and mix in my passion for fashion has changed that.”

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Robbie Williams tapped as new WW spokesman

Robbie Williams is the latest star to be signed as WW ambassador. The health and wellness company, known as Weight Watchers until September (18), has had a major rebrand in recent months, with the focus shifting from solely losing weight, to adopting …

Robbie Williams is the latest star to be signed as WW ambassador. 

The health and wellness company, known as Weight Watchers until September (18), has had a major rebrand in recent months, with the focus shifting from solely losing weight, to adopting a healthy lifestyle overall.

Following the news that actress Kate Hudson has joined the WW family, it was announced that Rock DJ singer Robbie has also been tapped.

“WW is the first programme that truly feels like it fits with my life,” the former Take That star said in a statement. “After my back injury last year, I definitely let my healthy habits slip and I felt as though I let myself and my family down. I can’t keep trying the same things and hoping for a different outcome. I trust the history of behaviour science that WW has, and I’m proud to be a new ambassador. Hopefully, others will benefit from my experience.”

Robbie, whose wife Ayda Field is keen on fitness, was once dubbed the “fat dancer from Take That” by former foe Noel Gallagher. The 44-year-old also previously joked about his weight in 2013 track No One Likes A Fat Pop Star.

Robbie’s campaign drops on Boxing Day (26Dec18), with a WW spokesperson explaining the new drive is, “based on the insight that everyone has their own reason to get healthy and what makes the most meaningful impact along the journey is everything you gain”.

Kate and Robbie join WW’s most famous spokeswoman, Oprah Winfrey.

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Mert and Marcus to be honoured at the 2018 Fashion Awards

Photographic duo Mert and Marcus are to receive a special accolade at the Fashion Awards.The pair, full names Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, will be honoured with The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the ceremony on 10 December (18). The award…

Photographic duo Mert and Marcus are to receive a special accolade at the Fashion Awards.

The pair, full names Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, will be honoured with The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the ceremony on 10 December (18). The award has previously been presented to fashion stars including British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and make-up mogul Pat McGrath.

“It’s a great honour to be given this award – particularly because of the name attached to it: someone who’s very important in our creative life,” Mert told British Vogue reporters. “But also it’s very important to be recognised by the establishment; by all the people who comprise the British Fashion Council.”

Mert and Marcus first met in 1994 and have become renowned for their portraits of sophisticated, powerful women, having photographed the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian and worked with top fashion houses like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

“Behind every photograph is a story: the trips that we’ve shared, the moments that we’ve had with people and the muses who are fearless in front of the camera,” smiles Marcus. “The bond, and the trust, that we share is in everything we do.”

Caroline Rush, British Fashion Council Chief Executive, said in a statement, “We are thrilled to present the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator to Mert and Marcus and acknowledge them for their remarkable contribution to the global fashion industry. Mert and Marcus have a unique way of portraying glamour, youth and fantasy, making them one of the forces of our industry. We look forward to celebrating with them, their clients and friends in London in December.”

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Ralph Lauren receives honorary British knighthood

Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to receive knighthood.On Wednesday (14Nov18), British Vogue reported that the 79-year-old has been recognised for his services to fashion with an honorary British knighthood. Bono, Steven Spie…

Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to receive knighthood.

On Wednesday (14Nov18), British Vogue reported that the 79-year-old has been recognised for his services to fashion with an honorary British knighthood. Bono, Steven Spielberg and Bill Gates are among the other non-British citizens to receive the same honour.

The news tops off a fantastic few months for the fashion mogul, who has been celebrating his eponymous brand’s 50th birthday this year.

He received a CFDA Members Salute in June on behalf of the 500-plus members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who paid tribute to his global effect and leadership in the fashion industry. At the time, CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg praised: “I respect and admire everything that Ralph Lauren stands for, including his philanthropy and kindness.”

The label also staged a 50th anniversary fashion show in September, which was attended by a plethora of celebrities such as Kanye West, Jessica Chastain and Blake Lively. At the event, fellow guest Oprah Winfrey proclaimed to Lauren: “What I know for sure is what is real, is what lasts. And we are here because you have lasted.”

Addressing his success in a recent interview with Town and Country magazine, the fashion veteran was adamant that his legacy stems from his willingness to take chances.

“Good taste alone is not going to build a company that lasts for 50 years. You know, good taste can be boring taste, and classics can be uninteresting,” he explained. “If all I had was good taste, people would say this is just an old man designing clothes.”

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Oprah Winfrey unveils her 2018 Favourite Things list 

Oprah Winfrey has unveiled her highly anticipated Favourite Things list for 2018. Each year, the media mogul puts together an exhaustive range of items she’s tried-and-tested herself and publishes them for fans in O, The Oprah Magazine. For 2018, Opra…

Oprah Winfrey has unveiled her highly anticipated Favourite Things list for 2018. 

Each year, the media mogul puts together an exhaustive range of items she’s tried-and-tested herself and publishes them for fans in O, The Oprah Magazine.

For 2018, Oprah has selected 107 products that she recommends as holiday gifts, with categories including Cosy Things, Beauty Gifts, Fashionable Finds and even Presents for Pets.

“I go through every item, picking my favourites and narrowing the selection to my own. It’s a process. Because it’s important for me to remain as true to my original inspiration as possible,” she said in a statement. “So, what are your gifts to give? We’ve all heard it’s the thought that counts. True that. But it’s also the intention behind the thought. The greatest offering is letting someone know through your actions and your words that they matter.”

Among Oprah’s top picks for outfits to wear at home include super-cushy Pudus slipper socks, Eberjey’s Gisele Long Pajama Sets, Softies’ Hooded Snuggle Loungers, and Tory Sport’s Tracksuits.

For beauty lovers, she is a fan of Sunday Riley’s Game Changer Kit, La Chatelaine’s Deluxe Hand Cream sets, Clarisonic’s Mia Smart Luxe facial brush and Julep’s luxurious Beauty Divine Shine Ultra-Hydrating Lip Gloss Collection.

“I’ve survived enough Chicago winters to know that this collection of a dozen sheer glosses is a great gift for friends who are looking to keep their lips luscious from first frost until spring showers,” the 64-year-old said of the range of pink and berry red lip products.

Meanwhile, Oprah also loves technology items such as Aura’s Wi-Fi Smart Frames, Apple’s Airpods and Amazon’s Echo Spot, as well as great accessories like Echo’s Faux Fur Vests, Justin Gregory’s Fingerless Gloves and Un Billion’s Lacy Totes which are made from vegan-friendly fabrics.

While the more unusual gift ideas include Story Bikes’ Electric Step-Through Bike, costing $1,850 (£1,400), an Embark Dog DNA Test Kit, and a Grow Your Own Christmas Tree Kit which is priced at $45 (£35).

“Y’all know I love a good tree. Plant the spruce seeds from this kit, watch them sprout into a little Charlie Brown Christmas twig of a thing, and then transplant it outside, where the sapling can grow big and strong – and be visited for years to come,” added Oprah.

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Ava DuVernay directing Prince documentary for Netflix

Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the …

Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a Netflix documentary about the life of Prince.

The filmmaker has made history by becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and the first to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for her work on 2014’s Selma.

More recently, DuVernay helmed Disney fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time starring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling, and now her latest project sees her telling the story of the late music legend.

“Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other,” she told reporters at Deadline. “He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honoured to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.”

In addition to being approached by members of the Kiss hitmaker’s estate, editors at Deadline also report that Prince personally reached out to DuVernay with a view of working together before he died in April 2016 at the age of 57.

The 46-year-old, who also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, has been granted full access to archives, recordings and even unreleased material by the flamboyant singer-songwriter.

The project is still in its early stages, and DuVernay, editor Spencer Averick and other members of her team have paid repeated visits to Prince’s Paisley Park home and studios in recent months.

Last month (Sep18), executives at Netflix denied that a Prince feature was in development after reporters at The Daily Mirror claimed that producers at the streaming service were hoping to sign Bruno Mars up to play the icon.

However, after the story was picked up by multiple outlets, representatives on behalf of the 24K Magic singer commented that the rumour was “100 per cent” false.

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Ralph Lauren: ‘Good taste is not enough to build a 50-year company’

Ralph Lauren is adamant that keeping things fresh is more important than fine taste when it comes to building a brand.The designer celebrated half a century in business with a show in New York last month (Sep18), which was attended by famous faces incl…

Ralph Lauren is adamant that keeping things fresh is more important than fine taste when it comes to building a brand.

The designer celebrated half a century in business with a show in New York last month (Sep18), which was attended by famous faces including Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey and Jessica Chastain, in addition to fellow designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors.

Talking about his success, the fashion veteran is adamant that it’s a result of his willingness to take chances.

“Good taste alone is not going to build a company that lasts for 50 years. You know, good taste can be boring taste, and classics can be uninteresting,” he explained in a cover interview with Town and Country magazine. “If all I had was good taste, people would say this is just an old man designing clothes. I try to make things that are fresh and different, even if they are inspired by classic things.”

Bloomingdale’s have also recently launched a campaign in honour of Lauren’s milestone, which includes a limited-edition collection of Ralph Lauren neckwear, a nod to the designer’s first foray into fashion – a tie line.

The 78-year-old added that his ideas often come from his heart, and he previously decided to do what he felt was right instead of attending focus groups.

“It was instinctual, and very passionate. When I started out, my goal was to express myself,” Lauren insisted. “It wasn’t about fashion, it was about what I wanted. And then, all of a sudden, I realised I was building a world, telling a story about the things that I loved.”

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Ralph Lauren honoured in 50th anniversary Bloomingdale’s campaign

Bloomingdale’s is celebrating Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary with a new campaign.The American fashion house marked five decades in business with a show in New York last month (Sep18), which was attended by famous faces including Kanye West, Oprah Winf…

Bloomingdale’s is celebrating Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary with a new campaign.

The American fashion house marked five decades in business with a show in New York last month (Sep18), which was attended by famous faces including Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey and Jessica Chastain, in addition to fellow designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors.

Now, Bloomingdale’s has decided to pay tribute to Ralph Lauren’s legacy in a re-envisioning of its The Heart of New York campaign, which the department store launched in April.

The strategy features notable New Yorkers including model Taylor Hill and actors Bobby Cannavale and Audra McDonald, who will share their favourite memories of Ralph Lauren, Bloomingdale’s and New York.

The retailer is also commending the fact it was the first to buy the brand’s first collection of neckwear by offering an exclusive, limited-edition collection of ties. Consisting of five pieces, the range has been inspired by the label’s history and include Scottish tartans, paisley prints and club emblems, as well as a 50th anniversary label.

Only 50 sets have been produced, and each collectable box will be available to purchase for $900 (£688).

Additionally, Bloomingdale’s has decided to dedicate the windows at its 59th Street flagship to the 78-year-old designer.

“This anniversary for Ralph Lauren is a significant milestone and given our rich history together we wanted to create something special,” Tony Spring, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s, told WWD. “Earlier this year, we launched our Heart of New York campaign celebrating our 59th Street store’s iconic heritage and customising the campaign specifically to the RL50 seemed like a natural evolution.”

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