H&M to supply protective equipment for hospitals during coronavirus crisis

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging …

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging their supply chain in order to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and healthcare workers.

“The coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and H&M Group is, like many other organisations, trying our best to help in this extraordinary situation,” commented Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M Group. “We see this is as a first step in our efforts to support in any way we can. We are all in this together, and have to approach this as collectively as possible.”

Gedda hopes to start delivering as soon as possible. At present, approximately two-thirds of H&M’s stores around the globe have closed in response to government measures enacted to help slow down the spread of the virus. Customers can still shop online in 50 markets.

Elsewhere, executives at other major conglomerates are doing their part to aid hospital workers too, with leaders at Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) unveiling plans to supply millions of masks to people in France.

While top fashion designers, such as Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking at converting their workshops so they can make medical masks and other PPE for hospital staff in New York.

Since the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China last December, there have been approximately 424,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 18,900 deaths.

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Prabal Gurung to begin manufacturing supplies for medical workers

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his worksh…

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for fashion industry leaders to help make medical masks last week, Gurung wants to do all he possibly can to help.

“The PG team has been working tirelessly over the course of the last week to finalise an actionable plan to manufacture PPE for medical workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis,” he wrote. “As a brand that produces over 90 per cent of our collections in NY, our goal is not only to fill the void of critical PPE, but to mobilise our domestic partners, revitalising U.S. producers and suppliers. While we are eager to share our progress with you all, the coronavirus crisis is ever evolving, and as new information is revealed, so are new FDA and state regulations. In this moment, credible and validated information is of the utmost importance for the advancement of all Covid-19 relief efforts.”

Gurung went on to note that he is in contact with Cuomo’s team and employees at local hospitals to figure out exactly what supplies are required.

“We are currently working in partnership with @nygovcuomo office & local hospitals to secure clearance to produce, and ensure the viability of our output,” the 40-year-old added.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking to make medical masks for hospital workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to workers in France.

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Prabal Gurung calls on industry leaders to unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady …

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

But as Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, with 204,000 cases and over 8,200 deaths to date, Gurung has instructed his New York-based team to work from home but stay in “close communications”, and accordingly, has been contemplating how the pandemic will force change within the wider business.

“Tackling an issue of this magnitude requires unity. We have to reach across departmental and industry lines to pull in help from a global brain trust of brilliant creatives and business leaders,” he wrote in an essay for Vogue.com. “Right now, what we need in fashion are leaders who are unafraid to have these conversations, and to really break the patterns that have in so many ways gotten us to this unhealthy place. America stands for change, America stands for guts. We have the power to set the tone of how we function going forward.”

Gurung went on to note that he and his team are very focused on finding solutions for becoming even more sustainable, inclusive, and inventive. And he is also concerned about ways he can champion other independent designers.

“We are in a unique position to change the tides. Whether it is about race, size, or age; the conversation starts here,” the 40-year-old mused. “In so many ways, coronavirus was the final straw that finally made me sit back and really think about our current definition of success, and what we were willing to sacrifice to get there.”

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Prabal Gurung pays homage to New York City with fall 20 line

Prabal Gurung has paid tribute to New York City with his fall/winter 2020 collection.The Nepalese-American fashion designer unveiled his latest line, titled Impossible Dreamers, at the Rainbow Room as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the …

Prabal Gurung has paid tribute to New York City with his fall/winter 2020 collection.

The Nepalese-American fashion designer unveiled his latest line, titled Impossible Dreamers, at the Rainbow Room as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the likes of Indya Moore and Nicky Hilton perched on the front row.

Regarding his inspiration, Gurung shared in his show notes that the range stemmed from a quote penned by author Joan Didion about the Big Apple and his own experiences.

“No one ever truly gets over New York City. It’s not just a place – it is a feeling of belonging and purpose that leaves an indelible mark on your identity,” he commented. “To those that know the city well, the skyline bears a familiar smirk, a twinkle of glee in the understanding that some will never learn the beauty of its chaos. The sirens are our anthem, the taxis our chariots, billboards copper our eyes, and we are guided by our vagabond shoes, we feel that anything is possible, and the energetic vibration of the air stirs our souls awake. This urban jungle builds dreams of sheer grit and tenacity.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a sharp white suit with black lapels and a large button attached to the centre of the jacket. A mix of elegant black dresses, white jackets, and mint green numbers followed. Gurung also played with feathers, attaching them to jackets, skirts, and stoles.

Other highlights included an eclectic mix of floral and leopard print pieces, as well as a dramatic line-up of eveningwear designs, such as a strapless gown made from sky-blue tulle and a slinky black velvet gown with silver beading and cutouts.

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Prabal Gurung names dressing Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los…

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.

The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, opened up about the highs and lows of his decade in the industry.

Gurung shared some of his most memorable moments dressing famous faces – including Demi Moore and Oprah Winfrey – but it was creating not one but two dresses in the space of a few months for Obama that was the pinnacle of the 40-year-old’s career.

“The biggest moment for me was when First Lady Michelle Obama wore (the brand) because it validated my mom’s desire. I told her, ‘I’m dressing all these celebrities.’ And she said, ‘Let’s talk,’ and told me why I should dress Michelle Obama. A year later, when I dressed her, I was in Paris and I called my mom,” Gurung recalled.

The former First Lady initially wore Prabal Gurung in March 2010, with the Nepalese-American designer then creating a custom gown for her to wear for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May later that same year.

Olivia Munn, Laverne Cox, Rachel Zoe, Joan Smalls, Jaime King, and Law Roach were among the guests at the intimate bash too, and Gurung went on to emphasise his desire to keep championing inclusivity and social issues during his shows.

“I came to America as an immigrant with a dream of becoming a fashion designer almost 20 years ago. Tonight is about celebrating people who are different. It’s a celebration of people who are misfits. Whether you’re in the film industry, whether you’re in fashion, any creative field. We all know how it feels to be different,” he shared.

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Prabal Gurung on creating change in fashion: ‘I want to give back’

Prabal Gurung is passionate about giving back to help those less fortunate.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 at New York Fashion Week, and since then, has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama…

Prabal Gurung is passionate about giving back to help those less fortunate.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 at New York Fashion Week, and since then, has dressed the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

During an interview at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference, the 40-year-old recalled how he decided to “make more than clothes” after seeing his designs on the cover of a magazine in 2011.

Since then, he established the Shikshya Foundation in Nepal with his siblings, which provides much-needed education to underprivileged children.

“In eight years, we’ve been able to impact over 50,000 lives,” Gurung said of the organisation, which will soon start educating incarcerated women in the country.

“The reason I wanted to do it was that fashion is great, and that’s my first love, and I love doing all of that. But it can’t just be about that; it has to be more than that,” he continued. “The Instagram followers and the platforms that we all have, it can’t just be for my selfies, you know? It would have to be for something else. I want to give back.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Gurung joked that he first came to the U.S. in 2011 “to meet Oprah”, and also revealed that he’s been working with cashmere producers in Nepal to ensure his luxurious pieces for his collections are made sustainably.

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Prabal Gurung makes political statement with spring 2020 collection

Prabal Gurung has explored the question of “Who Gets to Be American?” with his latest collection.The Nepalese-American designer unveiled his spring/summer 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with the event drawing a huge crowd. …

Prabal Gurung has explored the question of “Who Gets to Be American?” with his latest collection.

The Nepalese-American designer unveiled his spring/summer 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with the event drawing a huge crowd. In his show notes, Gurung explained that he wanted to use his designs to make a statement about the treatment of immigrants in the United States, especially in relation to some of President Donald Trump’s divisive policies.

“To me, this country has always been a beacon of hope where one’s wildest ambitions can come true, a melting pot that is colourful, multicultural, and beautiful,” he shared. “In the last few years, incited by the divisive rhetoric of our current administration, I’ve considered the many faces of America and how we should seek to redefine it. I recall sitting in a business meeting, spiritedly challenging this very notion, and being met with a pointed, ‘Well, you don’t look American, so how can you define what America is?'”

Reflecting Gurung’s viewpoint, the line included a pastiche of different references, with fabrics referencing cultural prints as well as classic American clothing.

Diversity was also championed on the runway, with Chinese model Lina Zhang opening the presentation in a white cotton dress with a floral bouquet attached to the hip, and other models including Yoon Young Bae, Paloma Elsesser, Lais Ribeiro, and Lindsey Wixson.

Highlights of the line included raw denim cargo trousers, utilitarian jumpsuits, parkas, and sustainable hand-dyed cashmere knits, while Gurung concluded the show by having the models parade the runway with beauty pageant sashes embroidered with the words, “Who Gets to Be American?”

“This is all deeply personal to me. Though my roots lay with my family in Nepal, this country is my home. America is where my heart is. I am an American,” the 40-year-old added. “As immigrants continue to birth this ‘New America’, we must remember all versions of our history and take ownership of our past while forging a new legacy. Amidst the deep wounds that are severing the unity of our country, I continue to seek the America I came here to be a part of – the America that I know is still there. And so, with the spring 2020 collection, we seek to celebrate hope, courage, and present an ode to the true American dream.”

New York Fashion Week continues on Tuesday with presentations from Vera Wang, Pamella Roland, Coach, and Oscar de la Renta.

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Prabal Gurung named honorary fashion designer for 2019 American Portrait Gala

Prabal Gurung has been named as the honorary fashion designer for the 2019 American Portrait Gala.The Nepalese-American designer is known for his use of bold colour and slogan T-shirts, with his clients including Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, an…

Prabal Gurung has been named as the honorary fashion designer for the 2019 American Portrait Gala.

The Nepalese-American designer is known for his use of bold colour and slogan T-shirts, with his clients including Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, and Gigi Hadid.

Now, officials from The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. have announced Gurung will be taking on a key role for the American Portrait Gala, set to take place on 17 November, and the 40-year-old could not be more thrilled.

“To say I am honoured, grateful and absolutely humbled to be the honorary fashion designer at this year’s @nationalportraitgallery @smithsoniannpg gala is an understatement,” he wrote on Instagram following the announcement. “For a boy from Nepal, who came to America 20 years ago as a student and an immigrant, with nothing but dreams, this is absolutely surreal. To be able to share the evening with my own personal heroines and heros (sic), I am absolutely humbled and eternally grateful. Thank you @nationalportraitgallery and @randi164 this means the world to me. Can’t wait for the gala.”

While Gurung’s gig as the honorary fashion designer has not been fully detailed, it is believed he will be outfitting organisers and presenters.

The biennial American Portrait Gala raises funds for the museum’s exhibitions endowment.

This year, museum officials have decided to award the Portrait of a Nation Prizes to chemical engineer Frances Arnold, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, members of music group Earth, Wind & Fire, Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, businesswoman Indra Nooyi, and U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Gayle King will serve as the gala’s host, while presenters include former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos’s son Preston, James Corden, and music producer Clive Davis.

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Prabal Gurung pulls out of venue for New York Fashion Week show

Prabal Gurung has scrapped the location of his New York Fashion Week show in protest over President Trump supporter Stephen Ross.Real estate mogul Ross is the chairman and founder of Related Companies, the firm that owns the Hudson Yards mixed-use comp…

Prabal Gurung has scrapped the location of his New York Fashion Week show in protest over President Trump supporter Stephen Ross.

Real estate mogul Ross is the chairman and founder of Related Companies, the firm that owns the Hudson Yards mixed-use complex in New York City.

Gurung was in negotiations to hold his 10-year anniversary show at Hudson Yards’ Vessel – a sculpture of interconnecting flights of stairs – during New York Fashion Week in September.

However, a backlash erupted after Ross announced he was hosting a fundraising luncheon at his Hamptons home for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for 2020.

People have called for a boycott of businesses and properties tied to Ross – including Equinox gyms and SoulCycle – in protest of his support of the controversial Republican, and now Gurung has taken a stand.

The designer took to Twitter to announce he was pulling out of the show at Hudsons Yards, and told his followers that he was prompted to make the decision due to the “turbulent and dangerous” political and social climate in the U.S.

“This is about choosing between two sides, the right or the wrong sides of the history,” the 40-year-old stated, before adding that he was simply questioning “these individuals whose motivation seems to be nothing but $$$”.

Gurung said that he was keen to partner with the Hudson Vessel for his show, but once he found out about Ross’ fundraiser for Trump, he had no choice but to pull out.

“Removing our brand and selves from this is my choice and that is my decision. I am not expecting anyone else to do it, however it was the right thing to do, for ME, and I do want to speak out to create transparency and awareness,” he concluded.

Spring Studios remains the official venue for New York Fashion Week, which kicks off 6 September.

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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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