Anna Sui dishes up Gothic glamour for fall 20

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen El…

Anna Sui has opted for a Gothic theme for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The fashion designer unveiled her latest line at Spring Studios as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday, with the runway spectacle drawing in the likes of Coco Rocha, Karen Elson, Pat Cleveland, Patrick Starr, and Katherine McNamara.

Prior to the show, Sui took to social media to explain that her Gothic Vamp-themed clothes had been inspired by 1970s/80s horror films like The Hunger and Daughters of Darkness, as well as a range of “cinematic and seductive” photographs.

“I’ve always loved the playfully dark surrealism and dramatic colourful lighting in Serge Lutens and Guy Bourdin photographs,” she added.

To begin, a model walked the catwalk in a black dress with red berry motifs matched with black glitter platforms, while make-up artist Pat McGrath topped off the look by giving her a slash of blood-red lipstick.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, with highlights including a grunge-esque black dress made of a combination of black shiny material and lace, a black dress with a folk art-inspired pattern on the neckline and cuffs, an oversized white dress with butterfly motif, and a relaxed suit made from a dark green snakeskin print fabric.

An arts and crafts vibe was apparent in a crochet skirt and a series of garments featuring retro floral prints. The looks were either topped off with pompadour hairstyles created by legendary hairstylist Garren or wide-brimmed hats.

To conclude, Sui offered up an emerald green velvet dress with a chevron pattern on the waist, a glamorous black sequin dress with long sleeves, and a heavily sequinned number with leaf pattern.

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Pat Cleveland: ‘Don’t let age dictate your style’

Legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland doesn’t let her age dictate what she wears.The 69-year-old, who was one of the first African-American models within the fashion industry when she achieved success in the ’60s and ’70s, has shared her advice on getting…

Legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland doesn’t let her age dictate what she wears.

The 69-year-old, who was one of the first African-American models within the fashion industry when she achieved success in the ’60s and ’70s, has shared her advice on getting older in a piece for Refinery29 and urged readers not to let their age hold them back from enjoying clothes and wearing what makes them feel good.

“I don’t dress for my age – I choose to dress according to the occasion,” she said. “My style philosophy is, at any age, go for what makes you feel good. The key to ageing and personal style is to keep your mind in a state of bliss, even through all of your ups and downs… Never lose that wonder about yourself and the possibility of joyfulness as expressed through fashion. And don’t let anyone steal that away from you, no matter how old you are.”

Cleveland described fashion as a “tool for healing”, as wearing something beautiful has the ability to make a person feel better, and insisted a person should be free to experiment with self-expression through fashion and not be ashamed to dress for comfort.

“There’s also the physical impact of ageing to consider. If your body is breaking down because you’re ageing, how does that affect your style? Should you even participate in fashion anymore? I say yes!” the model mused. “We tend to become more aware of our mortality as we get older, but the truth is, everyone dies a little bit each day. You don’t have to stop living or embracing those things that bring you joy.”

In March, Cleveland was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent emergency surgery. However, she is still working, having walked the runway at a New York Fashion Week show earlier this month.

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Pat Cleveland diagnosed with colon cancer

Legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland has been diagnosed with colon cancer.The 68-year-old U.S. beauty fell ill after walking the runway for Tommy Hilfiger during Paris Fashion Week last month (Mar19), and was rushed to a hospital in France. Then, on 23 M…

Legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

The 68-year-old U.S. beauty fell ill after walking the runway for Tommy Hilfiger during Paris Fashion Week last month (Mar19), and was rushed to a hospital in France. Then, on 23 March, Pat was told by doctors that she was suffering from colon cancer.

The diagnosis was revealed by Pat’s family on a GoFundMe page set up by her husband Paul Van Ravenstein in a bid to raise money to cover her medical expenses.

“Pat has no health insurance, she only has Medicare, which won’t cover anything outside of the country. We didn’t even think about it because Pat has been so healthy,” he told the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six about his decision to start a fundraising campaign.

“We had no option but to set up a GoFundMe; we have been so grateful for everyone’s support, she’s worked with so many people over her career.”

Since launching the GoFundMe page on 31 March, $51,202 (£39,183) has been raised – with stars including designers Zac Posen and Kimora Lee Simmons among those donating.

Following the initial diagnosis of colon cancer, Pat underwent a two-and-a-half-hour operation to remove the cancerous tumour blocking her colon, and now has to remain in Paris until doctors clear her to travel back to the U.S.

“She has been slowly improving over the last week, so it’s a process. It’s a long process,” Paul added to WWD of his wife’s condition. “They think they will release her from the hospital on April 8. But I don’t know if they will let her fly right away.

“I am planning to stay with her in Paris through the end of the month to give her rest and strengthen her before flying back to America where she will have to do all the follow-up treatments.”

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Badgley Mischka to unveil resort collection on cruise ship

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.Now…

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.

Now, Badgley and Mischka have announced that they will unveil their 2021 resort range on Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in May 2020 as part of the fifth annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing.

“Our style is reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood of the ’40s and we feel Cunard emulates that same style, offering patrons a chance to do their best couture and dress for a special occasion,” said Mischka, while Badgley added: “Our brands both represent effortless glamour and we are excited about this partnership and giving Cunard guests an intimate glimpse into the world of Badgley Mischka.”

Badgely and Mischka will also hold a Q&A session with guests during the seven-night cruise, with additional fashion experts that will join the voyage set to be announced shortly.

The liner will depart Southampton, England on 24 May and arrive in New York on 31 May 2020, and Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America, commented that he was very excited to be bringing the fashion stars on board.

“We are thrilled that the legendary fashion team of Badgley Mischka will join Cunard for Transatlantic Fashion Week,” the executive shared. “Mark and James are true visionaries in the world of fashion and will bring a once-in-a-lifetime, bespoke sense of occasion and experience to guests onboard Queen Mary 2.”

Among the celebrities to appear on the upcoming 2019 voyage are milliner Stephen Jones, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and iconic model Pat Cleveland.

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Winnie Harlow ‘honoured’ to walk in Zendaya’s Tommy Hilfiger show

Winnie Harlow has described the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya presentation as “iconic”.The former America’s Next Top Model star commanded the runway at the TommyNow show held as part of Paris Fashion Week on Saturday (02Mar19), donning a gold, pleated dress…

Winnie Harlow has described the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya presentation as “iconic”.

The former America’s Next Top Model star commanded the runway at the TommyNow show held as part of Paris Fashion Week on Saturday (02Mar19), donning a gold, pleated dress with a plunging neckline and bow-style design.

Taking to Instagram after the event, Harlow gushed that she was “honoured” to open the spectacle.

“I’m honoured to have been a part of this magic,” she reflected. “Thank you Dad @thomasjhilfiger for allowing me to Open this iconic show! @Zendaya X @Tommyhilfiger you killed it!”

She went on to highlight the significance of the show’s all-black cast of models and lauded everyone involved in the production.

“An all black cast in Paris girl?! How iconic,” the star added. “The love between everyone backstage was so REAL!”

Leading the all-black ensemble of models, the 24-year-old added height to her frame with gold platform heels and accessorised the look with a variety of gold bracelets and a matching necklace.

With bouncing curls and a striking red lip, Harlow was the first face in a line-up of 20th-century icons to walk in the show, which also featured models Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb and Beverly Peele, all of whom are credited for making huge strides for black women in the fashion industry, as well as Pat Cleveland and Grace Jones.

The model also wore a second look later in the show, walking the runway in a figure-hugging red and white striped dress with a scooped neckline. She completed the look with a matching belt and wore a gold, sleeveless top underneath.

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Pat Cleveland: ‘#MeToo is needed more in Hollywood than fashion’

Legendary model Pat Cleveland doesn’t think the fashion industry sees the worst cases of sexual harassment.Though female-led campaigns such as #MeToo and Time’s Up started in Hollywood, the movement has prompted open discussion about sexual harassment …

Legendary model Pat Cleveland doesn’t think the fashion industry sees the worst cases of sexual harassment.

Though female-led campaigns such as #MeToo and Time’s Up started in Hollywood, the movement has prompted open discussion about sexual harassment in the fashion industry.

And while schemes to protect models have been trialled, like offering private changing rooms at this year’s New York Fashion Week (18), Pat still believes her line of work is far safer for women compared to those in other entertainment sectors.

“It’s not as bad as other places. It’s not as bad as politics or the movies,” the 67-year-old insisted in an interview with W magazine, before hinting that she had her own story of unwanted sexual advances. “I know, for sure. Me Too, honey. Fashion’s probably the safest place you can be.”

The supermodel rose to stardom during the ’60s and ’70s as one of the first African-American models to achieve prominence as a runway and print model.

She passed down her model know-how to daughter Anna Cleveland, who also works as a fashion star. Pat, who also has son Noel with her photographer husband Paul van Ravenstein, is pleased 29-year-old Anna has followed in her footsteps, and praised the way models no longer have to be stick thin.

“They always used to make the girls look so sticky, skinny, and tired, make them feel pitiful,” she mused. “Now, some of them are blossoming, coming back to life, because they’re realising, ‘Yeah, I’m female, and I can look any way I want.’”

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