Claire Danes: ‘People still talk about my 2016 Met Gala dress’

Claire Danes is still asked about her 2016 Met Gala dress almost four years after she wore it. The Homeland actress hit headlines when she stepped out onto the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser in a strapless light-up Za…

Claire Danes is still asked about her 2016 Met Gala dress almost four years after she wore it.

The Homeland actress hit headlines when she stepped out onto the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser in a strapless light-up Zac Posen ballgown that made her look like Cinderella.

Speaking with the fashion designer for Town & Country magazine, Danes shared that she is still asked about the look and is thrilled she can share such a memorable red carpet moment with her longtime friend.

“People still also talk about the dress you designed for me for the 2016 Met Gala. I mean, they talk about it as one of the most remarkable things that I’ve ever done in my life,” she said. “And I’m sort of like, ‘Well, I have an amazing friend.’ But I was glad that we got to share that.”

Posen, who recently closed his eponymous fashion label, praised his pal for surviving the evening in such a heavy dress.

Meanwhile, Danes recalled how she had required assistance in the bathroom.

“I was careful not to imbibe any liquids, because the bathroom situation was not easy. I remember I went in there before it was too crowded, and Uma Thurman was in the bathroom and she helped me,” the 40-year-old remembered. “(The dress) was great on the red carpet, but it really came alive inside the museum. People’s mouths would just fall open, it was so pretty.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Danes told her friend, who she has known since he was in high school, that she only started partnering with designers for public appearances after Baz Luhrmann got Prada’s team to style her to promote his 1997 movie Romeo + Juliet.

“You did your own styling. You got a dress, and you did your own hair and make-up,” she shared. “I remember, for Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann partnered with Prada, so Miuccia Prada did all my clothes for that press tour. That was amazing… It feels antiquated now. But we’re evolving, and that’s always a good thing.”

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Timothee Chalamet makes sartorial statement in Prada suit at 2020 Oscars

Timothee Chalamet divided fans with his understated suit at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night.The Little Women actor stepped out at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for the star-studded ceremony, where he served as a presenter. Timothee selecte…

Timothee Chalamet divided fans with his understated suit at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The Little Women actor stepped out at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for the star-studded ceremony, where he served as a presenter.

Timothee selected a Prada zip-up blazer and matching trousers made of recycled nylon, which he topped off with a vintage Cartier brooch, for the night. However, many of his online followers were unimpressed, with some claiming the outfit and his slicked-bask hairstyle made him resemble a “gas station manager”.

“Congrats Timothee Chalamet for his promotion to gas station manager,” one user wrote, while another commented, “This is so insulting. I know Timothee Chalamet is not nominated but it is wrong to make him do valet parking.”

A third added: “I’m sorry but Timothee Chalamet looks like a security guard on the red carpet tonight. Man wore a zip-up jacket.”

Yet, other fans praised the 24-year-old for rejecting the classic tuxedo.

“Timothee Chalamet is literally an icon, because (who else can) go to the red carpet wearing a jacket and still look stunning?” they asked.

And in spite of the response to his attire, Timothee ended up having one of the most memorable moments on the red carpet, with the cameras capturing the moment he photobombed Margot Robbie’s entrance to the event.

Meanwhile, other celebrities to hit headlines with their controversial style choices included Blac Chyna, who sported a revealing Dona Matoshi number, Sandra Oh, who opted for an Elie Saab gown with huge sleeves, and Kristen Wiig, who chose a bright red Valentino dress with ruffles down the sides.

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Off-White continues reign as world’s hottest brand

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.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 b…

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.

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 Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the fourth quarter of 2019 and reported that Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide. The company also topped The Lyst Index for the previous quarter.

Gucci, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, was the runner-up, while Balenciaga landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Fendi, Prada, Valentino, and Burberry, though the most surprising leap in rankings came from Moncler.

Nabbing the fourth spot, executives at the lifestyle label have found success over the past three years by harnessing a guest designer roster, which has included capsule collections from the likes of Simone Rocha, Craig Green, and Richard Quinn.

Meanwhile, Gucci’s logo belt was once again the hottest in the list of women’s products, with Amina Muaddi’s Gilda heels taking second place.

“As seen on Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, Muaddi’s Gilda heels sparked an average of 60,500 monthly searches between October and December, while the brand saw a 73 per cent rise in views,” a Lyst spokesperson commented.

Other popular accessories include Prada’s Monolith boots, a scarf from Acne Studios, Spanx’s faux leather leggings, Balenciaga’s Hourglass top handle bag, and the UGG Scuffette II slippers.

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Scarlett Johansson leads wave of colour in pink Versace dress at BAFTAs

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stu…

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stunned as she arrived at the star-studded bash held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Scarlett showed off her trim figure and numerous tattoos in the plunging custom pink gown, which was covered in sequins and finished off with a flourish of baby pink feathers on the skirt.

The mesh sections of the gown gave fans a glimpse of the ink on her rib cage, in addition to the string of roses and a goat exposed on her back.

She completed her show-stopping look with blush pink Jimmy Choo sandals and drop earrings, and styled her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Scarlett, who was nominated for both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, was just one of the famous faces opting for colour on the chilly red carpet.

Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Actress gong for her portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, wore an off-the-shoulder pale pink column gown by Prada with matching Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Florence Pugh chose a dramatic black and pink Dries Van Noten gown for the ceremony, which featured a short skirt in the front and a huge hot pink train in the back.

Charlize Theron also wowed with her pleated floor-length purple Dior dress, while Zoe Kravitz wore an eye-catching metallic gold gown designed by Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern, who continued her successful streak by winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, also channelled the colourful theme on the red carpet with a bright pink Valentino gown that featured an embellished bodice and full skirt.

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Frank Ocean and Austin Butler star in Prada campaign

Frank Ocean and Austin Butler have been tapped to star in Prada’s spring/summer 2020 menswear campaign. The Thinkin Bout You singer and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor, alongside Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, have been chosen as the latest …

Frank Ocean and Austin Butler have been tapped to star in Prada’s spring/summer 2020 menswear campaign.

The Thinkin Bout You singer and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor, alongside Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, have been chosen as the latest faces of the Italian luxury fashion house’s marketing imagery.

Announcing the campaign, a Prada representative explained why the trio were the perfect choices for the new promotional material.

“The Prada spring/summer 2020 menswear campaign features a trinity of contemporary creatives, pivotal cultural personalities of now and archetypes of the hyper fragmented mindset of tomorrow,” a statement reads. “Each embodies a single identity of the Prada man, one aspect, one outlook, multiplied by each image, each definition. They are representations of the legion individuals that comprise the collective.”

The stars were styled by Olivier Rizzo and photographed by David Sims at a Los Angeles photoshoot, which was creative directed by Ferdinando Verderi. They wear key pieces from the collection, which was presented at the Minsheng Art Wharf on the East Bund of Shanghai, China last June.

In the photo campaign, a black-and-white picture of each star is placed alongside a full-colour shot and the layout is completed by a vertical graphic of the label’s logo, with the word Prada serving as acronym of different and conceptual definitions of the high-fashion brand.

For example, besides Ocean’s image, Prada stands for “Programming Rhythms And Dancing Again”, while besides Butler’s, it stands for “Pursue Randomness And Dichotomies, Always”.

Explaining the acronym concept, the Prada representative wrote, “Here, words are used as a means to redefine the image, to attempt to define the indefinable – PRADA. The acronyms are influenced by abstract ideas, thoughts, notions: they provoke, sometimes adding context, sometimes positing a contradiction, always sparking thought.

“Like the words they appear alongside, these images, these men, provide a definition of Prada. Yet each leave the field open, to interpretation, and reinterpretation.”

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Romee Strijd wanted to achieve better work-life balance in 2019

Romee Strijd cut down on travelling and work over the last year to focus on her family.The Dutch model, 24, shared her thoughts as she reflected on 2019 in a candid Instagram post, and explained that she and husband Laurens van Leeuwen had made a choic…

Romee Strijd cut down on travelling and work over the last year to focus on her family.

The Dutch model, 24, shared her thoughts as she reflected on 2019 in a candid Instagram post, and explained that she and husband Laurens van Leeuwen had made a choice to spend more time together at their home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

“Since it’s the last day of the year I wanted to share a little thought, 2019 has been a different year for me than the years before. This year I’ve tried to not focus to much on achievements, and just work related things, for me I really tried to find my balance,” Romee wrote, adding that she found it “so much harder” to get that work-life balance right.

“We travelled way less, enjoyed our home in Amsterdam and tried to focus on things that make us happy, like family and friends but also doing my work since we love that aswell but just in a different ratio,” the Victoria’s Secret Angel continued.

She then urged her followers to stop focusing on results, and realise “life is not about work, the way you look, or what you achieve.”

Romee, who has walked for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Prada, then thanked her fans for supporting her over the last 12 months.

“Enjoy life, have a laugh but also accept down moments because also those moments are part of life and just do what’s good for you,” she concluded. “Cheers to 2020!!!! and i’m so grateful to share our journey with you guys, here and on Youtube! LOTS OF LOVE.”

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Karl Lagerfeld brand pledges to go fur-free

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch f…

Executives at the Karl Lagerfeld fashion brand have banned fur following pressure from animal rights activists.

In recent years, leaders at many top labels, including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace, have all pledged to ditch fur products.

Now, bosses at AM Retail Group, which operates Karl Lagerfeld Paris, Wilsons Leather, and other brands, and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group, have also banned fur.

In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) director Elisa Allen praised the team at Karl Lagerfeld and AM Retail Group for taking a stand.

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,” she said. “Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, and cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxury animal-friendly alternatives.”

Allen added that she would be sending the companies vegan chocolates in thanks for their decisions.

Representatives for the Karl Lagerfeld label and its parent company have not yet commented on the news.

Fashion icon Lagerfeld, who died at the age of 85 in February, had a long history with animal rights activists. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 in 2009, the Chanel creative director argued there was no point in ditching fur products when people continued to eat meat.

“As long as you wear leather and eat meat, don’t discuss that,” he said. “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes and handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

However, in December 2018, a spokesperson for Chanel confirmed the luxury brand would no longer use fur or exotic skins.

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Prada inks beauty deal with L’Oreal

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the…

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.

On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the creation, development, and distribution of luxury beauty products for the Prada brand.

“L’Oreal is the leading global beauty company,” said Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli. “Its position and experience makes it the ideal partner for Prada to develop its full potential across a variety of new projects, leverage Prada’s well-established fragrance identity and reach even more audiences around the world.”

Prada has long been involved in the fragrance industry, with its La Femme Prada and Candy scents proving to be favourites with consumers.

However, leaders at the label, headed by fashion designer Miuccia Prada, have yet to explore the make-up and cosmetics categories.

In light of the deal, Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oreal Luxe, noted that he was thrilled to be working with the team at Prada.

“We are very pleased to have signed this licence agreement with Prada. Prada is one of the most respected players in the global luxury industry,” he commented. “A symbol of excellence and avant-garde, the Prada brand’s unique and unconventional philosophy appeals to consumers around the world. This licence will give L’Oreal Luxe the ideal complement to its portfolio of iconic brands.”

The agreement will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

Earlier this year, bosses at L’Oreal also announced plans to expand their fragrance offerings by acquiring the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.

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Stella McCartney felt like a ‘freak’ in fashion industry

Stella McCartney always felt like a freak in the fashion industry because of her focus on sustainability.The 48-year-old designer has been a force for change in the world of sustainable fashion, making luxury clothes from regenerated nylon, polyester, …

Stella McCartney always felt like a freak in the fashion industry because of her focus on sustainability.

The 48-year-old designer has been a force for change in the world of sustainable fashion, making luxury clothes from regenerated nylon, polyester, and cashmere and creating groundbreaking fibres. However, because of her environmental approach to fashion, she felt like an outcast.

“I was always a bit of a freak in the house of fashion,” Stella told U.S. Vogue. “My regime, my culture, has been different from day one.”

The mother-of-four is constantly trying to inspire fellow fashion houses and designers to embrace new ways to bring sustainable and cruelty-free techniques to the forefront, and was pleased when brands including Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Armani, and Chanel declared themselves fur-free.

“I’m hugely relieved, but I’m actually astounded that it’s taken so long,” Stella shared.

She revealed that it was the high-end luxury brands who had the biggest impact on the environment, closely followed by the fast-fashion industry, and pleaded with them to change their ways to save the planet.

“They have massive impact in a negative way, and they can have a massive impact in a positive way,” she noted. “It’s crazy. It’s basically exhausting. It’s much easier not to do it. So I kind of understand why the world hasn’t quite followed.”

Despite the resistance, Stella is still determined to overhaul the fashion industry and make eco-friendly creations dominate every catwalk and collection.

“I’m trying to create something that’s still sexy and desirable and luxurious that isn’t landfill,” she explained.

Stella appears on one of four covers for U.S. Vogue’s January 2020 issue, making her the first designer to land the honour. She was photographed alongside her four children by Annie Leibovitz.

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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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