Amber Valletta hoping to fund sustainability documentary

Amber Valletta is looking to fund a documentary about sustainability in fashion. The model/actress is an outspoken advocate for the environment and climate change, with her even getting arrested last year for taking part in the Fire Drill Fridays prote…

Amber Valletta is looking to fund a documentary about sustainability in fashion.

The model/actress is an outspoken advocate for the environment and climate change, with her even getting arrested last year for taking part in the Fire Drill Fridays protests in Washington, D.C.

Valletta now hopes to take her passion and knowledge of the issues and channel them into a documentary titled The Changing Room, which would be aimed at fashion consumers.

“We want to educate and entertain fashion consumers on sustainability. Fashion has such an opportunity to be a change agent,” she told Porter magazine.

For those looking to shop ethically, Valletta recommends making luxury investments for staple items that can be worn again and again.

“Everyone can wear a tank top or a great T-shirt. Have a blouse or two. In general, luxury brands don’t overproduce, so they’re safe bets. I believe in a great blazer, a pair of boots, and tennis shoes. They’re my go-tos,” the 45-year-old advised.

Valletta, who took environmental-related classes at New York University in the early 2000s, is well aware that the fashion industry is lagging far behind others when it comes to sustainability and she remains confused by brands who don’t advertise their ethical efficiency.

“They’re afraid they’re not doing enough. My response is to at least put it on tags, like ingredients. The lack of transparency is causing us to stay in the 20th century. We’re already 20 years into the 21st century!” she commented.

Valletta recently teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney, another sustainability champion, to star in a Mother Earth-inspired fashion campaign that highlights the power of plants.

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Amber Valletta willing to go to jail over climate change protests

Amber Valletta chose to get arrested for protesting about climate change in order to put herself on the line for the environment. The model joined actress Jane Fonda in Washington, D.C. for her weekly Fire Drill Fridays protest, which is designed to g…

Amber Valletta chose to get arrested for protesting about climate change in order to put herself on the line for the environment.

The model joined actress Jane Fonda in Washington, D.C. for her weekly Fire Drill Fridays protest, which is designed to get politicians to address climate change, in November and was subsequently arrested.

In a new interview with Porter magazine, Valletta explained that she had been “feeling this need to get loud” about the environment and put herself out there in an attempt to make people realise the planet is worth fighting for.

“I chose to get arrested,” she said. “I’ve been feeling this need to get loud; to step into my own. I don’t care what anyone thinks. I can’t sit on the sidelines; I need to physically put myself on the line. I chose to get arrested as a symbol. My life is worth putting out there, in order to show that all our lives are worth fighting for.”

Valletta then recalled the “profound” feeling she experienced seeing government buildings such as the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill as she was getting arrested.

“I believe in this. I will risk public opinion, being in jail,” the 45-year-old shared. “It was profound. This is the most important crisis we’re facing. I’m not diminishing cancer or AIDS, diabetes or addiction, but there won’t be anything left to fight for. Nothing else matters.”

Elsewhere, Valletta explained that she wants the younger generation to be able to appreciate the natural world.

“It makes me want to cry. I’ll be dead, but my great-grandkids? To live in a world where they wouldn’t experience this; where they couldn’t see elephants or a whale,” she continued. “The ocean could be disgusting and full of plastic; you can’t eat fish, go to a beach, see coral; you can’t have the opportunity to be doctors, scientists or creators. We take it for granted. It’s overwhelmingly ridiculous.”

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Donatella Versace has a beauty salon in her home

Donatella Versace has a fully stocked beauty salon located within her home.The fashion designer, who is the chief creative officer of the Versace label, is recognised around the world for her platinum blonde hair and bronzed skin. But maintaining her …

Donatella Versace has a fully stocked beauty salon located within her home.

The fashion designer, who is the chief creative officer of the Versace label, is recognised around the world for her platinum blonde hair and bronzed skin.

But maintaining her signature look takes work, and in an interview for Porter magazine, Donatella divulged that she has her very own spa area within her Milan mansion.

“My own home is also my personal beauty salon,” she said. “I’m very lucky and I have a massage bed, an oxygen machine and a trusted aesthetician who comes and helps me with my beauty routine.”

Donatella is passionate about skincare and has tried just about every cleanser and moisturiser on the market, and also gets a thrill any time celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath sends her any new cosmetics to test out. Yet, her favourite way to relax is by hopping into a hot bath.

“I always use perfumed bath salts and baby oil,” the 64-year-old noted of her bathing routine.

Apart from her beauty regime, Donatella keeps in shape by exercising for at least half an hour each day, drinking plenty of water, and abiding by a very healthy diet.

“In a typical day, I will eat a lot of fruit, steamed fish and vegetables, and drink a lot of water. I don’t take any supplements or have smoothies or juices, but I eat super-healthily,” she added.

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Daisy Ridley credits French braids for career success

Daisy Ridley puts her entire career down to the French braids she wore for her first Star Wars audition.The British actress was cast as Rey in the hit franchise at the age of 21, and the star, now 27, is returning in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of…

Daisy Ridley puts her entire career down to the French braids she wore for her first Star Wars audition.

The British actress was cast as Rey in the hit franchise at the age of 21, and the star, now 27, is returning in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is released in cinemas next week.

Speaking to Porter magazine, Daisy revealed that the plaits she wore to her audition may have been the key to her landing the breakthrough role.

“I’m not blind to the fact that if I’d auditioned on a different day, or worn something else…” she mused. “I did my hair in French plaits for the first audition, and I remember Nina (Gold, the casting director) saying: ‘Imagine if you hadn’t worn the French braids. What would have happened?’

“I can’t help but think what a strange thing this has been.”

Daisy’s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was her first major acting gig, and she confessed she wasn’t fully prepared for what was ahead of her at such a young age.

“Being in your early twenties is a crazy f**king thing anyway,” the actress shared. “You’re trying to figure out: ‘What do I like? What don’t I like?'”

However, Daisy’s now keen to break away from her most recognised role and branch out into other genres, adding: “The more I do out of the Rey costume, the more people see me as an actor. Now, I am just trying to march to the beat of my own drum.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, also starring John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac, hits theatres on 19 December.

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Joan Smalls: ‘Social media gives models power’

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her …

Joan Smalls is adamant social media platforms offer models the power to express themselves.

The Puerto Rican supermodel regularly shares pictures of her everyday life with her 3.1 million followers on her Instagram account, including sweet snaps of her rottweiler Karma, behind-the-scenes photos from runway shows, and candid images of her with model friends Doutzen Kroes and Candice Swanepoel.

And in a new interview with Porter magazine, Joan explained that she loves being able to control her own content.

“People get to see your sense of humour, what you stand for, and you can be more vocal. That’s the beauty of social media,” she told the publication. “You don’t have to relay the message through a PR company or through an agency. That’s very empowering, to have your own voice. Especially as a model, when you’re kind of trained to be seen and not heard.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Victoria’s Secret Angel – who got her big break 10 years ago walking the Givenchy couture show in Paris – recalled her early modelling days when she was cast simply to fill a quota.

“The fashion industry has become more open to inclusivity – and to not having just one girl of colour or a minority on the runway,” the 31-year-old explained. “I remember when I started out, I was (often) the only one that fitted that quota, or there’d be two, or none. Now the industry’s more accepting.”

And Smalls, who has fronted campaigns for Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci, hopes the increasing diversity in the fashion industry isn’t temporary.

“I want to see a continuation of it and for it not to be just a phase, like, ‘It’s all about inclusivity, the world wants to be better represented so let’s be on the bandwagon,’ you know? I want it to be because it’s the right thing to do,” she insisted.

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Liya Kebede: ‘I had no desire to create a brand’

Liya Kebede accidentally became a fashion entrepreneur because she wanted to help weavers in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian model, who has worked with the likes of Gucci and Estee Lauder, founded Lemlem in 2008 after going to a market while visiting family i…

Liya Kebede accidentally became a fashion entrepreneur because she wanted to help weavers in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian model, who has worked with the likes of Gucci and Estee Lauder, founded Lemlem in 2008 after going to a market while visiting family in Addis Ababa and noticing that the people who made handwoven clothes had no business. She used her own money to hire a designer, stylist and a few weavers to make Western-style clothes using those traditional techniques.

In a new interview with PORTER magazine, Liya admitted becoming the founder and creative director of a fashion brand was never one of her life goals.

“I am completely, 100 per cent, an accidental entrepreneur… I had no desire to do a brand,” she said, explaining that she had always wanted to help people in her native country but she “didn’t know in what capacity” and when she founded the label, “I thought I was just fixing something.”

Lemlem, which means “to bloom” in Amharic, now sells to vendors around the world and has recently opened offices in New York. It also employs 250 weavers in Addis Ababa and five per cent of its sales go to the Lemlem Foundation, which supports women artisans in Africa.

“Every time I see someone wearing Lemlem, I have a ‘wow’ moment – because I know how far we have come,” the 41-year-old gushed.

Liya has also collaborated with her designer friends, with her team recently adding colourful borders to “puffer” gowns created by Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli for Moncler.

“It has this feeling of depth and warmth, and a sense that there is another dimension to them,” she continued. “It bridges these things that you didn’t think could be bridged.”

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Carine Roitfeld banned Ugg boots and flip-flops from Vogue Paris offices

Carine Roitfeld banned her employees from wearing Ugg boots or flip-flops when she was editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris.The French editor and stylist, who is known for her chic monochromatic ensembles, acted as head of the fashion publication from 2001 u…

Carine Roitfeld banned her employees from wearing Ugg boots or flip-flops when she was editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris.

The French editor and stylist, who is known for her chic monochromatic ensembles, acted as head of the fashion publication from 2001 until 2011, and has since gone on to found her own magazine, CR Fashion Book.

While Carine encouraged her staff to embrace individuality during her stint at Vogue Paris, she has now shared that she forbade them to wear two types of footwear items when at work.

“Uggs in winter, I find them horrific. And flip-flops in summer, because they look dirty,” she commented in an interview with Porter magazine. “Otherwise they could do as they wished. But I stuck with my style while the others were always, always, always, even the girls of my generation, always in jeans, black jeans.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Carine spoke about the pitfalls of social media and the way in which she finds the growth of some platforms to be “terrifying”.

However, she is determined to continue making her mark in a fashion world which is currently dominated by young models like Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber.

“I am still here, aren’t I? I don’t know where they will be when they are my age. I’ve proved myself that I have talent, and, without meaning to sound pretentious, I have my place today,” the 64-year-old insisted.

In addition, Carine opened up about her personal life and how she has recently split from long-time partner, Christian Restoin, with whom she shares two grown-up children.

But whoever she decides to date in the future, the fashionista is adamant that they won’t be younger than her.

“I am not a cougar girl, you know,” she smiled. “I am not a ‘MILF’, I have not had an affair and I have certainly not had an affair with a model. The one thing I have absolutely no interest in doing is going out with someone younger, model or otherwise, it’s really not my thing. If I don’t end up dating again, that will not be the end of the world.”

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Alberta Ferretti listens and adapts to what modern women want from fashion

Alberta Ferretti introduced workwear into her collections because it’s what the women of today need.Italian designer Ferretti first began designing in the early ’70s, and over the decades, has adapted her namesake label to reflect changing times.”Being…

Alberta Ferretti introduced workwear into her collections because it’s what the women of today need.

Italian designer Ferretti first began designing in the early ’70s, and over the decades, has adapted her namesake label to reflect changing times.

“Being romantic, being kind and being feminine is a point of strength for women,” she told Porter magazine about current trends. “In the last couple of seasons, designing in times when women have to fight (for equality) for everything, my woman is feminine but with an edge. The shoulders are bigger and I’ve introduced workwear that wasn’t really part of the Ferretti vocabulary before, because that is what they need today. It’s what they need to say: ‘We remain feminine, but at the same time, we are here and we are not going to move backwards.'”

Ferretti’s Pre-Fall 19 line reflects this, with plenty of garments which work well for daytime, including numerous jackets, soft leather high-waisted trousers and blouses.

Jeans and knits also feature, with the designer explaining that she wants her customers to exude confidence in whatever they wear.

“Back in the 1980s, women’s style was either working suit or sex symbol, but I was brave enough to propose someone who wears a slip dress and flat shoes,” she explained. “I think I’m still brave today because my woman is empowered and confident enough to go to a board of directors meeting wearing denim of chiffon, dressed in a way they feel good.”

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Olivia Palermo has used the same skincare routine since she was 14

Olivia Palermo has abided by the same skincare regime since she was 14.The socialite first made a name for herself in reality TV series The City back in the late 2000s and has since become one of fashion’s most elite stars, often perching front row dur…

Olivia Palermo has abided by the same skincare regime since she was 14.

The socialite first made a name for herself in reality TV series The City back in the late 2000s and has since become one of fashion’s most elite stars, often perching front row during designer presentations. As well as possessing a flawless sense of personal style, Olivia always steps out with a glowing complexion, and she has now shared that she believes the key to great skin is consistency.

“I’ve been using the same skincare since I was 14 years old,” she told Porter. “I swear by Dr. Dennis Gross; he’s been my dermatologist since I was a teenager. I use the All-in-One Cleanser with Toner and the Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion every single morning.”

Olivia went on to explain that she visits New York dermatologist Dr. Gross once a month for a medical facial peel, while if she is in Los Angeles, she will visit celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas.

And no matter how busy the brunette beauty has been, she always makes a point of removing all of her make-up before she goes to bed.

“It’s the most important thing for great skin. I’m faithful to my Clarisonic, which helps to clear out any dead cells and remove dirt and grime. I then use Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum followed by Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil,” the 32-year-old explained.

During the chat, Olivia noted that she likes to incorporate essential oils into her daily beauty routine too, and is a fan of body washes with citrus or bergamot.

“Lavender oil is a go-to when I feel tired. And if I’m tired but need to energise, I drink lots of lemon-infused water or tea – Mighty Leaf has the best flavour combinations,” she added.

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Karlie Kloss explains secrecy over relationship with Josh Kushner

Karlie Kloss has justified keeping her relationship with Josh Kushner out of the public eye.The model has dated Josh, who is the brother of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, since 2012, but rarely opens up when it comes to her personal life. How…

Karlie Kloss has justified keeping her relationship with Josh Kushner out of the public eye.

The model has dated Josh, who is the brother of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, since 2012, but rarely opens up when it comes to her personal life. However, Karlie told reporters at Porter magazine that while she has no reason to withhold information, she enjoys being able to keep her most intimate details to herself.

“It’s not like I’ve ever wanted to be so secretive about my private life,” she insisted, according to Entertainment Tonight. “Carolina Herrera always says, ‘A woman who’s an open book is boring.’ There’s no mystery anymore. I know in my life what really matters to me. I’m not trying to hide that from the world; I just really like having a more private private life. I’ve got nothing to hide, though!”

The 25-year-old made a rare reference to her boyfriend over social media last summer, when she dedicated an Instagram post to him on his 32nd birthday.

“My atoms love your atoms, It’s chemistry. – @atticuspoetry,” she captioned a photo of the two of them. “Happy birthday to my best friend and partner in crime. The past 5 years of our adventures together have been some of the best memories of my life. I love you @joshuakushner.”

Though their romance is going strong, Karlie went on to admit not all of her relationships have stood the test of time.

“I’ve built really amazing friendships — some that last, some that don’t,” the former Victoria’s Secret Angel reflected. “A couple have become some of the most important relationships in my life. In particular, those I’ve been in the trenches with, such as Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Toni Garrn, and Lily Aldridge. We started as girls and we’ve grown up together, and I know if I need anything, I can call them up and they will be there for me, just like my friends from kindergarten.”

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