Prada exhibition to open in London

An exhibition dedicated to Italian fashion house Prada is to open in London next year.Executives at The Design Museum in Kensington, London announced on Wednesday that they will be opening “Prada. Front and Back”, the first major museum exhibition dedi…

An exhibition dedicated to Italian fashion house Prada is to open in London next year.

Executives at The Design Museum in Kensington, London announced on Wednesday that they will be opening “Prada. Front and Back”, the first major museum exhibition dedicated to luxury fashion label, in September 2020.

The retrospective will give fashion fans unprecedented insight into Prada’s creative approach, inspirations and landmark collaborations and will showcase how head designer Miuccia Prada, along with her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, turned Prada, which was founded by her grandfather Mario in 1913, into one of the most successful fashion houses in the world.

It will also explore how Miuccia, who took over the house in the 1970s, changed the way people dress and redefined how society understands luxury.

“Through the prism of design visionaries such as (Dutch architect) Rem Koolhaas and Herzog and de Meuron (architect firm), we will tell Prada’s remarkable story in fashion. By questioning every aspect of the design landscape through our exhibitions, public and learning programme, we can connect design with people’s everyday lives and passions,” said Deyan Sudjic, director and curator of Prada. Front and Back, in a statement.

Speaking to London’s Evening Standard, he added, “For me, it’s a particularly personal challenge to work on the Prada exhibition – there is so much to explore about a company that never wants to do the obvious thing, and that is such a genuine cultural force.”

The museum team was granted access to the brand’s headquarters in Milan, and the exhibition is expected to feature some of Prada’s most iconic pieces as well as clothes and accessories from its catwalk collections.

The Design Museum has previously held exhibitions on late Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia and British fashion designer Paul Smith.

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Daisy Ridley struggles to ditch ‘scruffy’ clothes for glamorous dresses

Daisy Ridley struggles to ditch her “scruffy” clothes in favour of more glamorous looks.The 27-year-old has opened up about wanting to change and evolve her style in an interview with Marie Claire magazine, and also revealed her dismay at not liking mo…

Daisy Ridley struggles to ditch her “scruffy” clothes in favour of more glamorous looks.

The 27-year-old has opened up about wanting to change and evolve her style in an interview with Marie Claire magazine, and also revealed her dismay at not liking most of the clothes she has in her wardrobe.

“I’m constantly trying to be a better, glammer version of the person I am,” she told the publication. “I’ve never liked my wardrobe. I think I’m just more scruffy. But I love wearing heels and fancy clothes.”

Since she shot to worldwide fame as Rey in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015, Daisy has worn the likes of Mugler, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Calvin Klein on the red carpet.

And the British beauty also shared how she became physically and mentally exhausted after making back-to-back films – including Murder on the Orient Express, drama Ophelia, sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi – for almost two years.

“I got really, really run-down… I got home and just had nothing left. Emotionally, I was done,” Daisy said, adding that she took six months off early last year before filming the final chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker. “I just chilled the f**k out. I saw people and did things. And that was when I was like, ‘You cannot just go from one job to another.'”

Now, Daisy uses healing crystals thanks to advice from her eldest sister Poppy, who is a Reiki practitioner, and has overcome a debilitating battle with insomnia.

“I don’t know how I dealt with it, but it finally went away,” she explained.

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Prada collaborating with Adidas on footwear collection

Prada is collaborating with designers at Adidas on an exclusive footwear collection.Rumours have swirled in recent weeks suggesting bosses at the Italian fashion house and the German sportswear giant were partnering on a line. On Thursday, the speculat…

Prada is collaborating with designers at Adidas on an exclusive footwear collection.

Rumours have swirled in recent weeks suggesting bosses at the Italian fashion house and the German sportswear giant were partnering on a line.

On Thursday, the speculation was confirmed, with a Prada representative posting a picture of two Adidas shoe boxes in a white Prada shopping bag on Instagram with the caption, “#Pradaforadidas @adidas@adidasoriginals. Coming soon.”

No further details were given in the post. However, on Prada’s website, a spokesperson for the company explained that the limited-edition footwear would be made entirely in Italy.

“Prada and the industry-leading sportswear brand Adidas have joined forces to start a new collaborative journey. The aim of this partnership is to investigate the realms of heritage, technology, and innovation – and to challenge conventional wisdom through unexpected strategies,” they commented. “Adidas’ sporting heritage and visionary approach to technological development merges with Prada’s world-renowned history in leather-goods and unparalleled perspective on luxury and quality, synonymous with the label Made in Italy.”

And while fans of the labels are yet to get a glimpse of the shoes, it appears there will be a design made especially for the Luna Rossa sailing team. Luna Rossa was established in 1997 and heralded Prada’s participation in the America’s Cup – the world’s most prestigious international sailing competition.

“At its zenith, this collective effort will result in the release of the new Luna Rossa performance sailing footwear, to be unveiled in 2020,” they concluded.

A specific release date was not announced.

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Off-White tops The Lyst Index’s rankings of hottest brands

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties…

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.

Now, researchers have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the third quarter of 2019 and claimed Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as brand and product social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while Gucci fell back two spots in comparison to last quarter and landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Vetements, while notable additions to the top 20 this quarter were Bottega Veneta and Loewe.

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

“Daniel Lee has brought incredible energy to the evolution of Bottega Veneta and the reaction has been extraordinary,” Dario Gargiulo, chief marketing officer of Bottega Veneta, said of the brand’s transformation. “Free from any desire to become the hottest brand in the world, our focus is on the beauty and power of subtlety. We forego extensive explanation about our brand in favour of simply being visible and present across the current multicultural landscape.”

Among the most popular products were Bottega Veneta’s padded sandals, Adidas Continental 80 sneakers, Jacquemus’ pocket-sized Le Chiquito bag, Paco Rabanne’s reissued 1969 metal shoulder bag, Fendi’s FF motif bikini, and Mansur Gavriel’s cloud print sweater.

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Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancing at a fashion show

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.But while Wintour has been to hundreds…

Anna Wintour would love to see tap dancers perform at a fashion show one day.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

But while Wintour has been to hundreds of shows over the years, she is yet to witness a spectacle featuring her favourite dance style.

“I was not at this particular show but my more experienced colleagues tell me that a very early Viktor & Rolf collection featured tap dancers,” she said in an interview for her Go Ask Anna video series when asked by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing what she would like to see at a fashion event. “And since I really, really love tap dancing I would love a designer in his or her show to incorporate nothing but tap dancing.”

Wintour went on to discuss some of her highlights from the recent Fashion Month, and named shell necklaces and hats as two of her top picks.

“My favourite accessory was the shells at Prada. First of all because they were beautiful. Secondly, Miuccia (Prada, creative director) told me they were based on the pearls she wears all the time herself,” the 69-year-old shared. “So, that felt very personal and real to me. And then, because I love gardens, I love the hats (milliner) Stephen Jones did for the Dior show.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller asked Wintour if she has ever lost her suitcase while travelling to Paris Fashion Week and what she did on arrival.

“I have lost my suitcase on countless occasions. But fortunately, I have many friends in Paris that are designers. So, I call them up,” she smiled.

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Kaia Gerber can’t always tell herself apart from Cindy Crawford in photos

Kaia Gerber sometimes needs a second to tell herself apart from mother Cindy Crawford when looking at photos.The model, who is the daughter of Crawford and Rande Gerber, landed her first fashion gig at the age of 10, and after completing high school, h…

Kaia Gerber sometimes needs a second to tell herself apart from mother Cindy Crawford when looking at photos.

The model, who is the daughter of Crawford and Rande Gerber, landed her first fashion gig at the age of 10, and after completing high school, has walked the runway for the likes of Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel, Versace, and Fendi.

But despite Kaia having a strong resemblance to her famous mum, in a new interview for U.S. Vogue magazine, the rising star insisted that she has only recently noticed their similarities.

“From day one, people in the industry were often taken aback by my resemblance to my mom,” the 18-year-old commented. “As I get older, it happens even more, and it’s not just a visual thing: It’s everything from our mannerisms to our voices. It used to be that I didn’t see it at all, but now I will look at a picture and have to take a moment before realising which one of us it is. But the biggest compliment is when someone says I act like my mom.”

But if fans are having trouble telling Kaia and Cindy apart, the model noted that there is one very easy way to distinguish between the brunette beauties.

“A quick tip: My mom’s the one with the mole,” she smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Kaia spoke about her decision to enter the fashion world, the impact the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have had on the industry, as well as the way in which social media gives models power.

“We used to see (models as) a kind of fantasy that was a bit removed from the real world. And while that magic is dimmed a little now, I believe it’s for the better,” Kaia mused. “I think it’s cool that we get to see everyone looking like themselves – for a young girl to realise, ‘OK, they don’t always look like that.'”

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Adut Akech plans dinner while walking the runway

Adut Akech plans her dinner while she’s walking the runway to distract herself from the task at hand.Since making her runway debut for Saint Laurent in 2017, the Sudanese-Australian model has become one of the most in-demand names in fashion, with her …

Adut Akech plans her dinner while she’s walking the runway to distract herself from the task at hand.

Since making her runway debut for Saint Laurent in 2017, the Sudanese-Australian model has become one of the most in-demand names in fashion, with her making catwalk appearances for the likes of Fendi, Valentino, Prada, Givenchy, and Haider Ackermann during the recent spring/summer 2020 Fashion Month.

During an interview with L’Officiel USA, the 19-year-old was asked what trick she uses to feel comfortable on the runway and she shared that she distracts her mind by thinking about food.

“When I think of the catwalk, I think too much and that is not good. So, I think about eating and sleeping, that really helps me,” she revealed. “I am in my own world and wonder: ‘What will I eat after the show?’ That’s my trick. I don’t know if I would recommend it to other models, but it works for me.”

Akech also confessed that she doesn’t work out or limit her food intake during fashion weeks.

“I don’t train during fashion week. I just try to drink a lot of water and eat as much as possible, and that alone can be difficult because we run from one place to another,” she continued. “But I try to eat and sleep whenever I can. I don’t do fitness to stay slim, but I used to run a lot. I felt good about that.”

During the interview, Akech also shared that hamburgers used to be her go-to comfort food until she became a pescatarian, and she prefers to go without make-up when she’s off-duty.

“I don’t use make-up during the day, because my motto is ‘less is more.’ I already wear make-up every day for work, so if I don’t have to, I don’t do it and I let my skin breathe,” she added.

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Willow Smith promotes new Prada line with London tube station performance

Willow Smith marked the launch of her new collaboration with Prada on Monday with a performance at London’s Tottenham Court Road tube station.The set, which coincided with the release of the luxury brand’s Linea Rossa range for autumn/winter 2019, took…

Willow Smith marked the launch of her new collaboration with Prada on Monday with a performance at London’s Tottenham Court Road tube station.

The set, which coincided with the release of the luxury brand’s Linea Rossa range for autumn/winter 2019, took place just outside the entrance of the Central Line – “London’s own Linea Rossa”, or red line, a representative for the label noted.

The 18-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith played the guitar and sang a few ballads for commuters while sporting a bright pink Prada ensemble which comprised of sports trousers, a turtleneck top and puffer jacket, which she paired with black sneakers.

“Unexpected by the audience. Unannounced. @OfficialWillow makes her way to the Central Red Line on the London’s Tube to do something that has never been done before,” Prada officials tweeted before the set.

“Completely unexpected by the audience, raw and spontaneous, this moment was a celebration of the transient nature of our real life experiences, the performance of the everyday,” bosses at the brand shared on the photo-sharing site, alongside an image of the star.

Footage shared by Willow on her Instagram Stories showed her surrounded by a crowd of commuters recording the set on their phones during her performance.

The collection was first showcased at Prada men’s and women’s show in Milan this January and combines functional and stylish pieces made from sustainable items.

The unannounced appearance comes months after the release of the Whip My Hair hitmaker’s album Willow in July.

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Jourdan Dunn considered getting calf implants because of childhood bullying

Jourdan Dunn once considered getting calf implants because she was bullied over her slim legs.The 29-year-old model, who is of Caribbean descent, felt left out as her slim frame never matched the rest of her family, who all had curves. “Being Caribbean…

Jourdan Dunn once considered getting calf implants because she was bullied over her slim legs.

The 29-year-old model, who is of Caribbean descent, felt left out as her slim frame never matched the rest of her family, who all had curves.

“Being Caribbean, everybody in my family has curves,” she told British Vogue. “My mum is curvy, my cousins.”

She went on to reveal that she was teased by other kids for having “chicken legs,” and the bullying had her contemplating plastic surgery.

“When I was younger, I was actually thinking of having calf implants,” Jourdan sadly shared.

However, while she struggled with her insecurities over her figure, her thinner frame was sought after when she became a model.

“Being a young girl, growing up in the industry and having your insecurities get you jobs – it’s highlighted,” she explained.

Jourdan, who became the first black model to walk in a Prada runway show in 10 years back in 2008, has been calling for more diversity in the fashion industry since she began her career, and is frustrated that she’s still having to fight for equality.

“I did start feeling like a lone voice because I felt like, ‘I’m being vocal and my peers are being silent.’ I was like, ‘I don’t want to talk about this anymore. Why am I the only one? You’re going through the same thing. You look like me,'” she shared.

She credits social media with helping to create awareness and call for change and admires the younger generation for having a voice.

“Everybody comes together and backs each other now. It’s not just one person,” Jourdan said. “What I love about this generation is that everyone’s so fearless and everyone has a voice – people are not gonna let things slide anymore. I don’t believe that it can go backwards, because people won’t allow it.”

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Magdalena Frackowiak undergoes surgery for mystery illness

Magdalena Frackowiak has undergone a five-hour operation after suffering from a mystery illness.The Polish model launched her career as a teenager and has since gone on to land campaigns for the likes of Prada, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton, and walk the r…

Magdalena Frackowiak has undergone a five-hour operation after suffering from a mystery illness.

The Polish model launched her career as a teenager and has since gone on to land campaigns for the likes of Prada, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton, and walk the runway for Dior, Givenchy, and Victoria’s Secret.

Magdalena recently took to Instagram to share a picture of her and surgeon Dr. Per Heden, who she credited with saving her life.

“Per Heden – the only man who is worth my attention. My angel, my inspiration, my everything. He healed me not only physically but also mentally,” the 34-year-old wrote in the caption. “No one else was able to help me. People turning their back when you (are) not feeling well. I didn’t know I’m slowly dying from the inside… he took on very complicated operation… five hours… I have no words to explain the magic of this man. It was truly a special experience in my life. I’m in pain but I finally feel better, I feel my energy is coming back. I am not a religious person, but I was literally touched by hand of the God (sic).”

Magdalena did not share any further details about her illness, but insisted that her operation had nothing to do with aesthetics, even though Dr. Heden specialises in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

And in a post on his Instagram page, the Swedish surgeon simply commented that he was thankful to receive “kind words” from the model, who “needed help with a difficult problem”.

Accordingly, a number of Magdalena’s celebrity friends posted messages of support on her social media pages, including Lily Aldridge, Isabeli Fontana, and Irina Shayk.

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