Anna Wintour hopes Phoebe Philo makes fashion comeback in 2020

Anna Wintour is hopeful top fashion designer Phoebe Philo will make a comeback this year.During an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked by a member of the public about which fashion stars she would like t…

Anna Wintour is hopeful top fashion designer Phoebe Philo will make a comeback this year.

During an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief was asked by a member of the public about which fashion stars she would like to see more of in 2020.

Accordingly, Wintour shared that she is excited to see what former Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz comes up with when he releases his new venture in collaboration with bosses at Richemont, and is keeping an eye on Philo too.

“I would also love, love to see the great Phoebe Philo back on the runway or back in our lives in some way,” she said. “But I have absolutely no insider information if that is going to happen.”

Philo, 47, previously garnered critical acclaim during her stints as creative director of Chloe from 2001 until 2006 and as the head designer of Celine from 2008 to 2018.

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour insisted that she won’t be getting her own Instagram account anytime soon, and divulged that she has been catching up on some very stylish TV shows recently.

“I love The Crown. It always looks magnificent, not only in terms of the wardrobe choices, but the entire production values are so amazing. I love the make-up in Euphoria,” the 70-year-old stated. “I also heard a lot about a show called The Eddy which I believe is set in Paris and is meant to be an update on Sex and the City and I am therefore very, very hopeful that this might be a TV show that can get fashion right.”

The Eddy, created by La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, will consist of eight episodes and stream on Netflix. A release date hasn’t been announced.

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Hedi Slimane debuts Celine’s first menswear collection

Hedi Slimane has put his signature touch on his debut menswear collection for Celine.The French designer, who made his mark on the fashion world during his tenures at Dior Homme and then Saint Laurent, was announced as the new Celine head in January 20…

Hedi Slimane has put his signature touch on his debut menswear collection for Celine.

The French designer, who made his mark on the fashion world during his tenures at Dior Homme and then Saint Laurent, was announced as the new Celine head in January 2018, succeeding long-serving creative director Phoebe Philo.

On Sunday (20Jan18), Slimane showed as part of Paris Fashion Week Men’s, unveiling Celine’s first full collection of menswear, after teasing men’s pieces during his first show for the label in September.

The clothes paid homage to late ‘70s, early ‘80s British youth culture, with a particular focus on coats.

Jackets took the form of leather bikers, tweed blazers, duffels and British heritage coats. There were also shearling numbers – in both suede and patent leather – leopard print jackets and a standout yellow tiger-striped coat.

The outerwear was paired with tight-fitting leather pants or looser slacks, both of which were cut just above the ankle.

An array of shirts and ties finished the tailored looks. Many models sported either bowl haircuts, with all of them wearing a pair of dark glasses.

“Traditional tailoring is at the heart of the collection, pushing further the new rectangular volume that I began last season for Celine,” Slimane said in a statement. “Tweeds, donegals and cashmere overcoats worn over Celine tailored suits or leather jackets define my research into suspended proportions.”

Revealing in his show notes that he was inspired to create the collection after listening to emerging British bands while travelling between Los Angeles and London, where he now lives.

He described the collection as “a Polaroid snapshot of this young British creative community”.

Courtney Love, Miles Kane and Natalia Vodianova were among the stars sitting front row.

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Celine to join Paris Fashion Week: Men’s schedule

Celine is set to join the Paris Fashion Week: Men’s schedule.Former Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane was named as the Paris-based house’s artistic director earlier in the year (18), succeeding Phoebe Philo, and unveiled his spring 19 collection for …

Celine is set to join the Paris Fashion Week: Men’s schedule.

Former Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane was named as the Paris-based house’s artistic director earlier in the year (18), succeeding Phoebe Philo, and unveiled his spring 19 collection for the brand in September.

Now, Slimane appears set to debut a new menswear collection in January, with a representative confirming to WWD that the presentation will take place during the event.

According to editors at the publication, a date for the show is yet to be confirmed, with brand executives currently in talks with officials at the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. As Slimane selected to do a co-ed range in his debut collection, it is also possible that he will choose to include some womenswear pieces in his upcoming show.

Following the fashion star’s appointment to Celine, Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of the brand’s parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), indicated that menswear would be a large focus for the label going forward.

“I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Celine Maison,” he said. “His arrival at Celine reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will oversee and develop all creativity for both women’s and men’s fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French Maison.”

Should Slimane, who is known for his rocker-inspired men’s garments and slim fit trousers, show in January, he will join the likes of Dior, Berluti and Louis Vuitton. In addition, Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller recently announced that she will be showing her fall 19 collection during the event, with the runway spectacle to be held on 16 January.

“Granting menswear a dedicated platform starting from January reflects the house’s support of Clare Waight Keller’s vision for the brand,” a spokesperson commented.

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Emily Ratajkowski scours Internet for vintage fashion finds

Emily Ratajkowski enjoys searching the Internet for vintage pieces from her favourite designers.The I Feel Pretty actress is one of the hottest names in Hollywood and is quickly building up a reputation for her ability to pull off just about any fashio…

Emily Ratajkowski enjoys searching the Internet for vintage pieces from her favourite designers.

The I Feel Pretty actress is one of the hottest names in Hollywood and is quickly building up a reputation for her ability to pull off just about any fashion or beauty trend.

While Emily undoubtedly has a wardrobe full of designer garments already, she loves to add to her clothing collection with rare items found online.

“For me, I feel like there’s certain things that you just can’t get (in shops),” she told U.S. InStyle. “Like I’m obsessed with Phoebe (Philo, former creative director of Celine), and I’m really sad to see her go, and being able to find those special Celine pieces online at eBay, that’s the kind of thing I’m hoping to give my friends, because that’s the kind of thing they’re not going to buy for themselves.”

Emily may get a thrill from finding exclusive clothes or shoes online, but she admitted that she’s not a huge shopper and doesn’t actually like to spend hours trying on outfits. Instead, she builds up a wish list so she can indulge herself from time to time.

“I like having my little wish list, and when I feel like ‘O.K., I haven’t shopped in a long time, I deserve a little treat,’ going through and being like I’m going to finally get that for myself. That’s such a good feeling,” the 27-year-old insisted.

As part of a partnership with eBay, she has shared her shopping list with her fans. Her picks for the forthcoming holiday season include a Hunting Season velvet shoulder bag, priced at $475 (£359), white Adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers costing $220 (£166), a Christian Dior saddle bag and a diamond-encrusted Rolex watch.

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Hedi Slimane accuses critics of Celine debut of ‘latent homophobia’

Hedi Slimane has accused critics “latent homophobia”, after his Celine debut collection was panned by many fashion reviewers.The designer’s appointment at the French luxury brand has been met with some controversy, with fashion fans commenting the vast…

Hedi Slimane has accused critics “latent homophobia”, after his Celine debut collection was panned by many fashion reviewers.

The designer’s appointment at the French luxury brand has been met with some controversy, with fashion fans commenting the vast differences between the styles of Slimane, and his predecessor Phoebe Philo, who served as Celine’s creative director for a decade.

While Philo was noted for her attention to the female gaze and collections of laid-back, practical tailoring, Slimane’s work is famous for tight-fitting, leather-laden, rock ‘n’ roll garments – and critics were disappointed to see that Celine’s spring 2019 collection looked remarkably similar to his previous collections at Saint Laurent.

“It’s always very jarring and I always feel like people are talking about someone else. Besides, the spirit of the show was light and joyful, but lightness and insouciance are being called into question these days. I’ve already been through this at Saint Laurent,” he wrote in an email, as reported by Fashionista. “For some in America, I also have the poor taste of being a man who is succeeding a woman. You could read into that a subtext of latent homophobia that is quite surprising. Is a man drawing women’s collections an issue?”

The 50-year-old appeared to take particular issue with a piece written by Booth Moore for the Hollywood Reporter, titled: Is Hedi Slimane the Donald Trump of Fashion?

“Does this mean women are no longer free to wear miniskirts if they wish? The comparisons to Trump are opportunistic, rather bold and fairly comical, just because the young women in my show are liberated and carefree,” Slimane scoffed. “They are free to dress as they see fit.”

Highlights of Celine’s Paris Fashion Week presentation included sequinned mini dresses, leather jackets and biker boots.

On a positive note, Slimane expressed his pleasure over the “unexpected publicity” his debut received.

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Hedi Slimane opens up about his plans for Celine

Hedi Slimane has opened up about his plans for Celine in a rare interview.The French designer is considered to be one of the most original talents in the fashion industry, having previously overhauled the menswear department at Dior and acted as creati…

Hedi Slimane has opened up about his plans for Celine in a rare interview.

The French designer is considered to be one of the most original talents in the fashion industry, having previously overhauled the menswear department at Dior and acted as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent from 2012 until 2016.

Slimane was named as Paris-based house Celine’s artistic director in March (18), succeeding Phoebe Philo, and in a new chat, he explained that he is determined to respect the legacy of past designers while also making his own mark at the label.

“We don’t enter a fashion house to imitate our predecessor, much less to take over the essence of their work, their codes and elements of language,” he told French newspaper Le Figaro. “The goal is not to go the opposite way of their work either. It would be a misinterpretation. “Respect means preserving the integrity of each individual, recognising the things that belong to another person with honesty and discernment. It also means starting a new chapter.”

Slimane is due to unveil his highly-anticipated debut Celine line as part of Paris Fashion Week on Friday (28Sep18).

While he has remained tight-lipped about his collection, the designer commented that he has more creative freedom at the Paris-based company than he did in previous roles.

“At Celine, the weight of the past is not as heavy as it is at Dior or Saint Laurent. We can break free of it more easily. Celine is a vision of Paris, a way of being worn… I don’t want to lock it up in something. There’s no constraint, no model that is linked to a very important legacy. It’s more of a French idea than a cloakroom,” the 50-year-old said.

During the wide-ranging interview, Slimane also spoke about his controversial decision to remove the accent from above the first “E” in the updated Celine logo. He insisted that the branding revamp had nothing to do with “marking his territory”.

“There’s always reactions about the logos,” he smiled. “Nowadays it’s even more present due to the viral effect of social media. It’s normal. It was anticipated but it had to be done. The major houses are alive.”

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Lady Gaga debuts Hedi Slimane’s first bag for Celine

Lady Gaga is the first to be seen carrying Hedi Slimane’s debut handbag for Celine.The French designer has been a trailblazer in the fashion industry and left lasting legacies from his seven years as creative director of Dior Homme, as well as his four…

Lady Gaga is the first to be seen carrying Hedi Slimane’s debut handbag for Celine.

The French designer has been a trailblazer in the fashion industry and left lasting legacies from his seven years as creative director of Dior Homme, as well as his four-year tenure at Saint Laurent.

In January (18), it was announced that Slimane would be succeeding Phoebe Philo as creative director of Celine, and will unveil his first full collection during Paris Fashion Week in September.

However, Gaga has given fans a glimpse of what to expect, as she sported his first design for the French fashion house while in Paris this week (begs27Aug).

Dressed in a fitted House of CB tangerine dress and dark aviator sunglasses, the Born This Way hitmaker posed for Instagram with a boxy black leather handbag featuring minimal gold hardware.

The letters ‘LG’ are embossed on the tag, while the Celine house logo is printed on the bag’s clasp.

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, also carried the exclusive handbag when she arrived at the Palazzo del Cinema di Venezia during the Venice Film Festival on Thursday (30Aug18), where she is promoting her new film with Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born.

This time, the singer matched it with a slinky black Jonathan Simkhai resort cocktail dress and classic black court shoes, while her blonde hair was styled in a retro curled up-do and she topped off the ensemble with a slick of vibrant pink lipstick.

Gaga, 32, has long been a muse for Slimane, and was also the first to wear his Saint Laurent designs back in 2012.

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High demand for Gucci stretches to luxury resale market

Demand for Gucci is now extending to the luxury resale market.The Italian fashion house has undergone a major overhaul since creative director Alessandro Michele joined in early 2015, with the label’s embellished clothes and accessories proving popular…

Demand for Gucci is now extending to the luxury resale market.

The Italian fashion house has undergone a major overhaul since creative director Alessandro Michele joined in early 2015, with the label’s embellished clothes and accessories proving popular among the Hollywood set.

Now, it appears that consumers are still going gaga for Gucci, with executives at U.S. consignment retailer The RealReal reporting that the label is among the most searched for online.

“Luxury resale has become bigger and more mainstream than ever. The industry and the public are looking to this market to determine consumer behaviour, and to reveal the brands and trends luxury consumers are after right now,” said chief merchant Rati Levesque in the company’s mid-2018 report. “With over eight million items sold, we have unique access to data that speaks to these trends.”

According to the findings, searches for Gucci surpassed Chanel and Louis Vuitton for the first time and grew 48 per cent faster among Millennials.

Gucci was the leader when it came to year-over-growth among the 10 top-selling brands too, growing 62 per cent among all age groups in the first half of the year, with Hermes, Chanel, Celine and Tiffany & Co. rounding out the top five.

In addition, it was noted that logo-centric items were popular, with Fendi’s iconic Zucca seeing a resurgence as well as Dior’s Saddle Bag, while more minimalist styles such as the Balenciaga Motocross and Chloe’s Faye dropping in popularity.

Meanwhile, shoppers were also seeking out investment pieces, with bosses noting a rise in searches for Celine items following the departure of Phoebe Philo from the French house earlier in the year.

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Natacha Ramsay-Levi: ‘Chloe will always have a bohemian vibe’

Natacha Ramsay-Levi is adamant that Chloe will always have a touch of bohemian flair.The designer was confirmed as the French luxury brand’s creative director in March 2017, succeeding Clare Waight Keller, and showed her second collection for the label…

Natacha Ramsay-Levi is adamant that Chloe will always have a touch of bohemian flair.

The designer was confirmed as the French luxury brand’s creative director in March 2017, succeeding Clare Waight Keller, and showed her second collection for the label as part of Paris Fashion Week earlier this year.

Ramsay-Levi’s fall/winter 18 line featured a number of retro prints and ’70s-inspired silhouettes in a range of autumnal tones, and she has now shared that she is committed to that aesthetic.

“Bohemian for me, is one of the adjectives that always has to be present at Chloe,” she told W magazine, adding that she is dedicated to making women feel their best. “I love having conversations with women about their bodies and what they feel good in.”

Ramsay-Levi went on to explain that she is keen to express her own point of view as a Frenchwoman in her collections. However, she also wants her garments to touch on the legacy of past Chloe designers, including Keller, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo and Hannah MacGibbon.

“Clare was so good at (bohemian style), with her English embroidery and Victorian spirit, that many people thought that was all there was. But masculine-feminine also has a very strong heritage at Chloe. In the ’70s, it had a very bourgeois-perverted side, and Phoebe really gave a great sense of that. With Stella, it was very pop. And Hannah’s beige obsession was really strong,” the 38-year-old commented.

Prior to landing the top job at Chloe, Ramsay-Levi kicked off her fashion career at Balenciaga in 2002 and rose through the ranks to become Nicolas Ghesquiere’s top design deputy. She then worked alongside the French designer at Louis Vuitton, as creative director of women’s ready-to-wear, but helming Chloe has been a steep learning curve and she admitted that she’s had some trial and error when putting lines together.

“We realised that customers want the DNA of Chloe, but they want newness,” she noted.

The designer is due to show her next collection for Chloe during Paris Fashion Week on 27 September.

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Manolo Blahnik found Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry appointment ‘offensive’

Manolo Blahnik was disappointed when British heritage brand Burberry recruited Riccardo Tisci as chief creative officer.The 75-year-old founder of the eponymous luxury shoe brand has spent much of his career working in the U.K., and has collaborated wi…

Manolo Blahnik was disappointed when British heritage brand Burberry recruited Riccardo Tisci as chief creative officer.

The 75-year-old founder of the eponymous luxury shoe brand has spent much of his career working in the U.K., and has collaborated with many London-based designers, including Jean Muir and Zandra Rhodes.

In a new interview with The Sunday Times’ Style magazine, Blahnik admitted he was bemused by Burberry’s choice to appoint an Italian designer as Christopher Bailey’s successor, rather than look for homegrown talent instead.

“I think it is offensive,” he mused. “Thousands of children. Talented. Talented. But they want names. Or why don’t they choose English people who want to be in England, like the Celine girl, she’s divine. Phoebe (Philo). I don’t know if he is a good or bad choice, but it’s not relevant. It’s not England.”

The Spanish fashion mogul currently resides in English town Bath, and his brand’s flagship store remains to this day in the fashionable Chelsea district of London.

Blahnik has made his adoration of the country clear, and always looks to source as much material as he can from the nation.

“I want everything in England. I want flannel from the Midlands, steel buckles from Sheffield,” he shared. “I refuse to buy underwear even made in China. I like (John) Smedley (knitwear). Machine-wash and kicked out in hotels. I have them for years (sic).”

The acclaimed footwear artist also spoke very highly of Meghan Markle, who will be welcomed into the British royal family when she marries fiance Prince Harry next month (May18). The 36-year-old was seen wearing a pair of his navy BB courts during her Commonwealth Day appearance last month.

“The girl’s very pretty,” he smiled.

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