Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million Covid-19 bailout

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald T…

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.

Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald Trump in an effort to help firms during the coronavirus pandemic.

The $2 trillion (£1.6 trillion) stimulus plan was aimed at helping cash-strapped businesses keep afloat, particularly as lockdown restrictions hampered trading and supply chains, with the loans capped at $10 million (£8 million).

After pressure to disclose the recipients of the funds, the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Administration released public records documenting every business who received a loan.

Among the big name recipients included Yeezy LLC, whose owner Kanye was declared a billionaire in April, Valentino USA Inc., Oscar de la Renta LLC and Vera Wang Group LLC. Good American, the clothing label co-founded by Khloe Kardashian, was also listed.

The documents state that the $2 to $5 million (£1.6 to £4 million) loan to Kanye’s footwear and clothing firm also led to 106 jobs being saved, while the financial boost helped Valentino salvage 281 jobs, Oscar de la Renta saved 42, and Vera Wang preserved 197 roles.

Khloe’s Good American brand, which she co-founded with Emma Grede, received $1.2 million (£960,000), according to People magazine, with 57 jobs subsequently saved by the bailout.

“We have a large wholesale footprint and all of our partners were forced to close their stores, with many shutting down warehouses and cancelling orders,” a Good American rep told the outlet. “Applying for and receiving the PPP loan was a necessary step we had to take to ensure the long-term survival of our brand and business.”

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Balmain plans high-fashion boat ride

Balmain is taking its next show to the open waters by chartering a barge to sail down the river Seine in Paris.Label head Olivier Rousteing will be captain of the operation on Sunday evening, with a small number of crew and performers, including French…

Balmain is taking its next show to the open waters by chartering a barge to sail down the river Seine in Paris.

Label head Olivier Rousteing will be captain of the operation on Sunday evening, with a small number of crew and performers, including French singer Yseult, on board. Social distancing guidelines will be respected.

“Balmain is all about optimism, and after this period I wanted to bring back this optimism that this brand has been known for,” Rousteing told WWD, explaining the boat ride will also serve as an end of lockdown celebration.

“Yes, I’ll be on the boat. I don’t get seasick so it’s fine!”

Those gathered on the banks of France’s famous river will catch a glimpse of Rousteing’s presentation, which comes in the form of vignettes and not a runway. Archive pieces from Pierre Balmain, Erik Mortensen, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as Rousteing’s modern creations, will all feature.

The idea came to the 34-year-old as he, like many other Parisians, rediscovered the beauty of the river during lockdown. He sought the help of art director Andrew Makadsi, known for his work with Beyonce, to bring the vision to life.

It will be livestreamed on TikTok for those who aren’t in the French capital.

“It’s important to reinforce who we are and what we’re known for,” Rousteing added.

Rousteing has also confirmed Balmain will be a part of the spring/summer 21 Paris Fashion Week shows, which kick off in September.

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Andre Leon Talley promises new memoir will ‘astonish’ readers

Andre Leon Talley believes the stories in his upcoming memoir will “astonish” readers.The fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches – a tell-all abou…

Andre Leon Talley believes the stories in his upcoming memoir will “astonish” readers.

The fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches – a tell-all about his career in the fashion industry extending all the way back to his first job at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine back in 1974.

While Talley’s book was originally set to debut in September, in light of renewed interest in his professional relationship with U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in recent weeks, it will now begin hitting shelves on 19 May.

“As one of the great French literary writers, Jean Cocteau, said; ‘Astonish Me.’ I hope my new memoir, THE CHIFFON TRENCHES, will astonish all readers. I went into the deepest core of my being; my memory is intact,” he wrote in a post on his Instagram page. “It is a deeply personal story of a life well lived within the world of fashion, in all of its most glamorous and cutthroat moments. I have communed with the greats. And I am thrilled to announce the new publication date, by popular demand: May 19, 2020.”

The Chiffon Trenches is priced at $28 (£22) and is now available for pre-order.

According to the publishers at Penguin Random House, the memoir will explore Talley’s first jobs, professional relationships with key designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as his “unlikely but intimate friendship” with Wintour at Vogue.

“The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last 50 years of fashion,” a summary reads. “At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how Andre not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived – despite racism, illicit rumours, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry – to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.”

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Dua Lipa showcases high-fashion looks in sitcom-inspired video

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Re…

Dua Lipa has lived out her high-fashion dreams in a quirky new video for Vogue.

The New Rules hitmaker showcases the hottest looks from the New York Fashion Week runway in the clip, including extravagant pieces from Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, and Michael Kors.

“Dua’s World @voguemagazine Fall 2020 hot off the nyc runway 90s Sitcom Video of my dreamzzzzz,” Lipa wrote on Instagram alongside a snippet of the offbeat video. “Loved this whole whirlwind day with the sweeeetest team on the planet… watch in full on youtube or via the link in my story (sic).”

In the video, the 24-year-old prances around an expensive apartment filled with chintz furniture and over-the-top flowery wallpaper, while trying on a series of outfits.

Lipa is first seen wearing a bright yellow ensemble from Eckhaus Latta, along with a harlequin-print jacket by Oscar de la Renta, which she takes off and subsequently throws to her waiting butler.

She then makes dinner for German actress Jessica Joffe and rocks a fuchsia turtleneck and skirt by Tom Ford.

Elsewhere, the Physical hitmaker is seen squeezing down a narrow hallway while wearing an over-the-top Area blue satin dress, which features a heart-shaped waist. She proceeds to jokingly lose her temper, while looking chic in a cow-print Michael Kors jacket, and attempts to iron her huge emerald green Christopher John Rogers gown, which she then wears while struggling down the staircase.

Lipa’s penultimate look is comprised of a rose-red dress and heart-embellished opera gloves by Rodarte, before she concludes the footage by modelling an iridescent coral gown by Marc Jacobs.

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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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Jeremy Scott drops out of New York Fashion Week

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February. The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has…

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February.

The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has now decided to show his designs in Paris during Couture Week in July.

“Jeremy Scott will no longer be showing his fall-winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week. In a move to pay homage to the city that launched his design career, Jeremy Scott will show his upcoming collection in Paris in July,” representatives for Scott said in a statement, according to WWD.

Scott, who is also creative director of Moschino, isn’t the only New York Fashion Week regular to move his show elsewhere – Tom Ford has decided to show his upcoming collection at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on 7 February, just two days before the Oscars.

“This year, the New York Fashion Week calendar exactly overlaps Oscar weekend, and the last time that happened I showed in L.A. and it worked quite well,” Ford commented back in December. “There is an excitement in L.A. on that particular weekend and the relationship between film and fashion is a strong one. In my role as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, my main intent and priority is to globalise and bring attention to American fashion. There is truly no bigger or more prominent stage in the world at any given time than Los Angeles during the Academy Awards.”

The NYFW schedule is also missing Tommy Hilfiger, who will be hosting his presentation in London, and Pyer Moss, who is sitting out of this season.

However, the calendar still includes shows from Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Oscar de la Renta. It takes place between 7 and 12 February.

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Sandra Bullock’s dog matched her Golden Globes gown with custom bow

Sandra Bullock had a very stylish Golden Globes date after the designers at Oscar de la Renta made a custom bow for her rescue dog.The Bird Box star attended the Los Angeles ceremony in a strapless ochre gown on Sunday and took along her pup Sweetie, w…

Sandra Bullock had a very stylish Golden Globes date after the designers at Oscar de la Renta made a custom bow for her rescue dog.

The Bird Box star attended the Los Angeles ceremony in a strapless ochre gown on Sunday and took along her pup Sweetie, who wore a large bow made of the same fabric around his neck.

The news was announced by representatives for Wagmor Pet Hotel & Spa, the organisation through which Bullock adopted her furry pal, via Instagram on Thursday, when they shared a snap of Sweetie sitting by Sandra’s feet and looking up at her owner while wearing the bow.

“We love this so much. @oscardelarenta dressed our rescue Sweetie for the #Golden Globes. #Sandra Bullock sent this to us and asked us to post an update,” they wrote, alongside an image of Bullock and Sweetie in the matching attire.

The statement also revealed the dog’s horrific past.

“To think this sweet girl spent her first three years in a kennel. Her vocal cords were cut with a spoon. She was shown zero affection. Now look at her,” the animal rescue charity bosses added. “Sandra looks STUNNING too.”

Representatives from the fashion brand also shared images of the matching look and wrote in the caption, “Sweetie de la Renta nails the mommy-and-me look for tonight’s Golden Globes.”

Bullock was on hand during the annual event to present the final award for Best Motion Picture – Drama to director Sam Mendes for his World War I drama 1917.

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Shanina Shaik: ‘I’ve been turned away from casting calls over my skin colour’

Shanina Shaik has been rejected from casting calls in Europe because of her skin colour.The model, who has Pakistani, Saudi, and Lithuanian heritage, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. But while Shanina is now one of the most-sought after nam…

Shanina Shaik has been rejected from casting calls in Europe because of her skin colour.

The model, who has Pakistani, Saudi, and Lithuanian heritage, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.

But while Shanina is now one of the most-sought after names in the industry, in an interview for the January 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, she opened up about the prejudices she has faced since launching her career in 2009.

“I remember going to castings in Europe and getting turned away because of my skin colour,” the 28-year-old recalled. “That was only six years ago… There’s still some jobs I don’t book because I don’t fit into a certain category. I’ve had to bang down so many doors for people to understand and embrace me.”

The Victoria’s Secret Angel went on to explain that she’d had to convince agents and clients to book her for jobs, and even left her home country to try and land more work in New York because she “didn’t look like an average Australian girl”.

“They said I was never going to be a high-fashion model and that I’d never do runways,” she commented. “Agents, clients… they all told me the same thing. I would go to castings and never get the jobs that I wanted, and it really affected me – especially as so much of it was because I look so mixed.”

And while the brunette beauty acknowledges that the fashion business is “moving towards a better future”, she also insisted there is still a long way to go until everyone feels represented and included.

“The fashion industry has to find a voice. Look at Halima Aden – she’s had a huge impact. Beauty doesn’t just have to be one segment or category – it should be international. Why does it matter what colour your skin is? It should matter who you are,” the star added.

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Daisy Ridley wows in red at premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese T…

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.

The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wearing a glamorous one-shoulder gown with a thigh-high split by Oscar de la Renta, Daisy had her brunette hair styled into tousled waves and opted for a slick of red lipstick to match her dress and crimson high heels.

The flick, directed by J.J. Abrams, marks the end of the Skywalker saga, and the star-studded event also saw appearances from Star Wars legends such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

John Boyega, who once again portrays the character of Finn, rocked a powder blue suit and crisp white shirt for the night.

While his co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who became a fan favourite after appearing in the 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi as resistance fighter Rose, dazzled in a floor-length sequinned dress by Jason Wu.

Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver also posed for photographers on the blue carpet, alongside co-stars Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Dominic Monaghan, and Richard E. Grant.

Star Wars veteran Ian McDiarmid, who has reprised his role as Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, received a round of applause as he arrived at the premiere, along with Pedro Pascal, who fronts the Disney+ show, The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas around the world from 18 December.

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Oscar de la Renta explores Latin American roots for spring 2020 collection

Oscar de la Renta has tapped into its Latin American roots for spring/summer 2020.The luxury fashion house, which is helmed by co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, unveiled their latest collection at the Cunard Building as part of New Y…

Oscar de la Renta has tapped into its Latin American roots for spring/summer 2020.

The luxury fashion house, which is helmed by co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, unveiled their latest collection at the Cunard Building as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with celebrities including Lucy Hale, Karolina Kurkova, and Priyanka Chopra all perched on the front row.

In the show notes, the designers explained that they were inspired by late brand founder de la Renta’s Dominican heritage, as well as Garcia’s childhood, as he grew up in the same nation, as well as in northern Spain.

With a backdrop featuring colourful arched walls, potted palm trees, and baskets filled with fruit, the presentation opened with a model walking the white runway in a draped pink and peach dress matched with a pale pink blazer, with the ensemble topped off with strappy white stilettos.

A series of dresses made of floaty fabrics in yellow and floral print followed, with Garcia and Kim also introducing knitted tops and pleated skirts, kaftan-style dresses, striped asymmetrical gowns with frayed edging, as well as strapless gowns with woven patterning.

Featuring a palette of sunset hues, including lemon yellows, orange, and blush pink, the line was interspersed with touches of sky blue, olive green, and coral.

The show wrapped up with a parade of models showing off glamorous evening gowns made of taffeta or tiered tulle, with Candice Swanepoel rocking a strapless nude number with a corset-like bodice, and Irina Shayk closing the spectacle in a gorgeous black gown with halterneck and high-low skirt.

New York Fashion Week continues on Wednesday with shows from Michael Kors and Dennis Basso.

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