Philipp Plein defends use of helicopters during Kobe Bryant fashion show tribute

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule li…

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule line that was created in honour of the basketball icon and his daughter, Gianna.

Kobe and the 13-year-old, nicknamed Gigi, were killed, along with seven others, when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Los Angeles on 26 January.

Plein enlisted the likes of Olivia Culpo and Jada Pinkett-Smith to showcase his tribute to the sportsman during the spectacle, with the stars wearing sparkly purple and gold tops which featured Kobe’s jersey number from when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, it was the gilded Philipp Plein-branded helicopters, planes, and yachts included in the extravagant set that irked fans, who took to social media to criticise the thoughtlessness.

In light of the backlash, Plein issued a statement on Monday defending his show and explained that the backdrop was designed back in November, two months before the basketballer’s tragic death.

“I would have clearly removed them if possible, but it was too late to replace them,” he commented, noting that the profits from the capsule collection would be donated to the organisation set up in honour of Kobe and his daughter, the Mamba & Mambacita Sport Foundation. “This tragedy affected myself and all the world deeply, and I feel that my fashion show has been the best moment to express my respect and admiration or Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and his family. It is sad to see how something positive and constructive can be misinterpreted by people who obviously want to interpret negatively without even having a reason.”

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Jeremy Meeks developing his own fashion line

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname. Meeks has since gone on to walk…

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.

The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname.

Meeks has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Philipp Plein and Tommy Hilfiger, and now he has announced that he has secured a lucrative contract with Germany-based distributor Fashion Concept GmbH.

“Been working…finally, my own Fashion Label! Jeremy Meeks Fashion coming December 2019,” he wrote alongside a teaser clip on his Instagram page on Monday.

The footage showed black and white T-shirts with the phrases, “I believed in me when no one else did,” and “I have to be rich because I love expensive s**t.”

Meanwhile, representatives for Fashion Concept plan for the Jeremy Meeks brand to fit into the “high-end” market, with prices starting at 200 euros ($218 / £177).

“The garments will be of high quality, style, comfort and elegance,” they commented in a press release. “Fashion Concept wishes to open up new perspectives with this deal and to press ahead with the change in the fashion industry.”

In addition, a spokesperson claimed the deal was worth $15 million ($12 million) to Meeks. As part of the contract, the 35-year-old will promote the line on social media platforms, including on his Instagram page, where he boasts 1.6 million followers.

He is also posing in campaigns for Fashion Concept’s other two brands – Jimmy Sanders and Auden Cavill.

And the partnership may also be a further hint that his relationship with Chloe Green, daughter of Topshop owner Philip Green, has ended. The pair welcomed their first child together, son Jayden Meeks-Green, in March 2018, but were reported to have parted ways in August.

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Hailey Bieber hints she may be done with runway modelling

Hailey Bieber has dropped a major hint indicating she may be done with runway modelling.The model launched her career in 2014 when she made her catwalk debut walking for Topshop, and since then, she has appeared in shows for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger…

Hailey Bieber has dropped a major hint indicating she may be done with runway modelling.

The model launched her career in 2014 when she made her catwalk debut walking for Topshop, and since then, she has appeared in shows for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Philipp Plein, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung, and Jeremy Scott.

But in a recent post on her Instagram Stories, Hailey shared a photo of her strutting down the catwalk during the Zadig & Voltaire fall/winter 2018 show and criticised her arm placement.

“What I do know, is that ur arm truly should never swing this high when ur walking on a runway (sic),” she captioned the image, circling her arm in blue. “Hence why it is not, and will never be my thing again lol (laugh out loud).”

Hailey did not share any further comments on her possible career move. The last major runway show she appeared in was Versace’s pre-fall 2019 show held in New York City last December.

However, shortly before the blonde star wed popstar Justin Bieber in a courthouse ceremony in September, she shared in an interview with WWD that she is planning to be more selective about her modelling gigs in the future.

“I’ve tried to be really choosy with fashion week going forward, just because I want to have the time to spend being relaxed and being with family – and my fiance,” the 22-year-old commented.

In spite of her latest social media posts, it appears Hailey is still passionate about campaign modelling, and has recently landed gigs for brands such as Miu Miu, Max Mara, Levi’s, and Carolina Herrera.

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Shanina Shaik uses luxury bamboo brush to blend her make-up

Shanina Shaik swears a luxury bamboo brush is the secret to achieving flawless make-up.The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp…

Shanina Shaik swears a luxury bamboo brush is the secret to achieving flawless make-up.

The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp Plein, and Alberta Ferretti.

Now, Shanina has divulged some of her best beauty tips in a tutorial for Vogue.com, including the way she uses a special blending tool.

“This brush, I love. It’s a bamboo brush and it’s by my favourite make-up artist, one of my favourites, Rae Morris. And she created these brushes,” she said, demonstrating how she uses the tool – which is priced from $102.95 (£78.30) – to work in her Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer and a few drops of foundation into her complexion.

“She actually went to Japan and had these done, and what I love about it is (that) it’s a blender, so it gets every nook and cranny on your face. I actually don’t use a beauty blender, I use this.”

Shanina is a fan of Rae Morris’ Invisible Mattifier and Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter foundation too, and always carries several different shades of concealer in her cosmetics kit because her “skin colour changes all the time”.

The brunette star will dot the product to conceal blemishes or undereye circles as well, admitting she has learned to care for her skin after suffering breakouts as a teenager.

“My mum and my grandmother have really good skin. But I witnessed by grandmother moisturising her skin day and night without fail, so I pretty much copied her, thought it was good. When I was a teenager, I had really oily skin. So, my skin was breaking out so much,” the 28-year-old recalled. “It was really bad, and I was modelling and it didn’t help my self-esteem with bad skin. I think that’s why I love learning about the skin and skincare regimes.

“You can map your skin. I’m breaking out here (lower cheeks), that means it’s hormonal breakouts, so you know what time of the month it is for me. And then here (forehead) is where you’ve been eating a lot or maybe alcohol and diet.”

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Shanina Shaik labels Maxim cover shoot a ‘dream come true’

Shanina Shaik has described her Maxim magazine cover shoot as a “dream come true”.The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having recently been tapped to walk the runway for the likes of Victoria’…

Shanina Shaik has described her Maxim magazine cover shoot as a “dream come true”.

The Australian model continues to be one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having recently been tapped to walk the runway for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Philipp Plein, and Alberta Ferretti.

Now, Shanina has landed the cover of the latest edition of Maxim, with the images taken by legendary photographer Gilles Bensimon.

“A dream come true!! YOUR MAY/JUNE COVERGIRL FOR @maximmag PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE AMAZING @gilles_bensimon out on magazine stands now xx,” she wrote on her Instagram page alongside a picture of her cover photoshoot.

In the image, Shanina is seen gazing at the camera, while posing in an unbuttoned blue shirt with her flowing brunette locks covering her torso.

A number of her celebrity pals were quick to comment on the post, with Daniela Braga writing, “Gorgeous,” with two fire emojis, while Nina Agdal praised, “Yes!!!”

And Shanina’s husband DJ Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, who she married in a stunning ceremony held in The Bahamas in April 2018, added: “Get em baby! GET EMMMM!!!”

The star now boasts 1.7 million followers on Instagram, and just last month, she explained in an interview with Australia’s The Daily Telegraph just how seriously she takes her status as a role model – especially for young women.

“To be a role model, you have to be real. You can see from certain Instagrams what’s real and what’s fake,” the 28-year-old shared, adding that she tries not to edit her snaps. “I don’t think it’s good to alter so many images. We have young girls who are trying to achieve something and you have to remember that it’s not always real.”

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Halima Aden designs line of headscarves

Halima Aden is adding another stylish string to her bow after teaming with Turkish e-tailer Modanisa on a line of headscarves.Halima, who is synonymous with wearing a hijab, has broken boundaries in the fashion world, working with some of the biggest n…

Halima Aden is adding another stylish string to her bow after teaming with Turkish e-tailer Modanisa on a line of headscarves.

Halima, who is synonymous with wearing a hijab, has broken boundaries in the fashion world, working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Tommy Hilfiger, Philipp Plein and Max Mara, while never compromising on her beliefs.

Modest-wear platform Modanisa has now tapped the Somali-American model for a design project, and the 27-piece collection will debut at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week (IMFW) in April (19).

It marks the second edition of IMFW, and as well as catwalk shows, there will be panel discussions and a pop-up retail market. Since 2017, Modest Fashion Weeks have also been held in London, Dubai and Jakarta.

Halima, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the States aged six, has always been proud of her roots and is happy to be the face of modest fashion.

In 2016 she became the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and from there, her career has gone from strength to strength.

“Modest fashion is booming. It’s not for one race, it’s not for one ethnicity, it’s not for one religion. It’s a global thing and I’m so excited that I can walk into a mall and find an outfit,” she recently told Elle magazine. “If I feel elegant, if I feel like a queen in it, I don’t need to conform.”

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Philipp Plein takes aim at journalist who slammed his NYFW show with fat-shaming jibes

Philipp Plein has landed himself in hot water on social media after fat-shaming a journalist who criticised his New York Fashion Week show.Fashionista writer Alexandra Mondalek wrote a scathing review of the German designer’s presentation, slamming not…

Philipp Plein has landed himself in hot water on social media after fat-shaming a journalist who criticised his New York Fashion Week show.

Fashionista writer Alexandra Mondalek wrote a scathing review of the German designer’s presentation, slamming not only the “soulless and cheap aesthetic” of the clothes, but also the shambolic nature of the show itself, during which only two-thirds of the invited guests were able to sit down for the promised black tie dinner, while the rest were bundled onto a balcony bar.

Clearly taking offence at her comments, Plein uploaded a series of now-deleted Instagram posts which appeared to poke fun at Mondalek’s weight. Next to an old photo of the writer, when she was heavier than her current slim figure, he added an image of a fat cartoon and wrote: “Next time I make sure that you will get enough food! I promise……”

In another post, Plein mocked Mondalek with a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants’ character Patrick shovelling burgers down and told his 1.6 million followers: “I like it when journalists are objective and trustworthy.”

Mondalek hit back on her own social media channels, and also wrote a piece for InStyle America on the incident.

“I have no delusions about who I am in the fashion world – I am not an influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers, or an editor-in-chief who deserved a front-row seat,” she stated to InStyle. “I am not an industry-revered critic like Robin Givhan (who herself didn’t attend the Plein show.) I am a writer and reporter who did her job with integrity and professionalism, and expected to be treated the same.”

She added that she welcomes criticism “harsh or otherwise” of her own work, but doesn’t expect to be attacked on a personal level.

“But to lash out at a review and attack my body? It’s hurtful, but also neither here nor there. I was deeply ashamed of the photos he’d posted of me, before realizing it is Plein who should be ashamed,” she said. “And perhaps he is; Plein deleted the Instagram stories about me by the next morning, though I’ve heard nothing from him nor the PR team that handled the event.”

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Proenza Schouler opted for traditional tastes at NYFW

Proenza Schouler went back to “honest fabrics” for its fall/ winter 2019 collection.Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed off their latest work at New York Fashion Week on Monday night (11Feb19), with a presentation full of loose li…

Proenza Schouler went back to “honest fabrics” for its fall/ winter 2019 collection.

Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed off their latest work at New York Fashion Week on Monday night (11Feb19), with a presentation full of loose lines and flowing fits.

“I think for a long time we relied on these crazy fabrics that had never been done before and the technology of that,” Hernandez said backstage, according to the Star Tribune. “But somehow when you work too hard on that, you sort of lose the woman sometimes. So we really challenged ourselves to create new forms out of really honest fabrics, honest classic heritage fabrics from traditional looms, and to create fresh new fashion without the tricks of all that technology.”

Influenced by the “incomplete” open cubes of the late artist Sol LeWitt, models showed off swishing knit dresses, oversized suits and new takes on the cold shoulder – where material was cut out from nearer the armpit area.

Shailene Woodley, Liya Kebede and Karen Elson were among the celebrities who watched on as McCollough and Hernandez displayed their “version of the New York woman”.

Philipp Plein also showed in America’s fashion capital on Monday, stuffing his runway full of the sexy, edgy silhouettes he’s known for.

Leather looks worked well alongside chequered fabrics branded with the word Plein, with both men and women walking in the show.

Neon yellow was the German designer’s colour of the night, with the vivid hue used on men’s suit jackets, padded coats, stomach-baring tops, skintight trousers and on the signature yellow chequered garments.

Tuesday sees shows from Coach, Naeem Khan and Oscar de la Renta.

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Danielle Herrington regrets trying thin eyebrow trend

Danielle Herrington has genuine regrets over trying the thin eyebrow trend as a youngster.The model rose to fame after landing the 2018 cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and has since gone on to work for the likes of Victoria’s Secret and …

Danielle Herrington has genuine regrets over trying the thin eyebrow trend as a youngster.

The model rose to fame after landing the 2018 cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and has since gone on to work for the likes of Victoria’s Secret and Philipp Plein.

While Danielle always looks picture-perfect when she steps out on the red carpet, she has now shared that she’s had her own beauty missteps over the years.

“Probably the thin eyebrow look (was my biggest beauty error),” she told W magazine. “When I was younger, I always wanted to do what my older cousin did, and she would always go and get her eyebrows waxed. So, I did the same, and now that I look back at old photos, it was a huge mistake!”

As a model, Danielle is used to experimenting with all sorts of cosmetics, and has figured out some key tricks along the way. She never travels without an eyelash curler in her beauty kit, as well as her go-to concealer.

“Naturally, I have dark circles around my eyes, so I’ve learned to put a peachy colour on before I put concealer to cancel out those dark circles. I learned this from working with amazing make-up artist, Carolina Gonzales,” the 25-year-old commented.

Among her favourite beauty products are Fenty Beauty’s MatchStix lipstick in Truffle, Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Daily Peel and SK-II’s Facial Treatment mask.

And when it comes to her beauty icons, there’s one Oscar-winning actress that is always at the top of her list.

“Halle Berry; she’s flawless and literally hasn’t aged!” she smiled.

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Philipp Plein accused of glamorising violence with ‘price killer’ campaign

Philipp Plein has been accused of glamorising violence with his latest “Price Killer” campaign.The German fashion designer took to social media late last week (ends25Nov18) to share posts promoting his Black Friday sales, with the imagery depicting mod…

Philipp Plein has been accused of glamorising violence with his latest “Price Killer” campaign.

The German fashion designer took to social media late last week (ends25Nov18) to share posts promoting his Black Friday sales, with the imagery depicting model Justyna Gradek being attacked by a masked man wielding a knife and an axe, with one snap showing her lying on the ground with blood pouring out of her mouth.

One picture has the words “Price Killer” written in red text, while another states “Time to kill some prices,” with many online users taking offence at the concept.

“Glamorising violence against women to sell overpriced junk and women are NOT boycotting him. Ladies #boycottphilippplein,” one person commented, while another wrote, “I really do not understand the reason why it is necessary to (depict) such terrible and violence…UNACCEPTABLE.”

A third added: “This is bad publicity. Offensive for women. Delete it.”

Other users on Instagram and Facebook deemed the advertising to be tone-deaf and compared it to the recent Dolce & Gabbana controversy, in which Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were forced to issue a formal apology after uploading a campaign online which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture.

Plein has so far declined to comment on the backlash, and the photos remain online and on his company’s website. However, the fashion star did respond to a local politician in Switzerland, where the brand is headquartered, who had criticised the images.

“It is sad and embarrassing to see politicians trying to gain popularity with cheap and stupid propaganda,” Plein wrote on his Instagram page. “The Company PHILIPP PLEIN adds more value and importance to the Kanton Ticino than (Fiorenzo Dado, politician) ever will! I am really disappointed about so much incompetence.”

Plein concluded his post by claiming the imagery had been a success and 2018 sales for Black Friday had been increased by “300 per cent” compared to the previous year.

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