Marc Jacobs: ‘Make-up isn’t masculine or feminine’

Marc Jacobs is fed up with misconceptions about men wearing make-up.The fashion designer discussed the subject of men wearing cosmetics during an interview with Interview magazine, and said he was stunned by the ridicule he has faced for experimenting …

Marc Jacobs is fed up with misconceptions about men wearing make-up.

The fashion designer discussed the subject of men wearing cosmetics during an interview with Interview magazine, and said he was stunned by the ridicule he has faced for experimenting with beauty products.

“While the idea of adorning oneself, or making yourself up, might be different than covering up a zit or concealing tired eyes, at the end of the day it’s instinctive to want to look more attractive,” Jacobs shared. “Make-up is make-up, which is why I’ve always found the distinction between men’s and women’s make-up to be kind of ridiculous.”

The 57-year-old, who has his own Marc Jacobs Beauty collection, also recalled being quizzed by several people after he recently wore a Prada coat from the luxury label’s womenswear line.

“Oh, a coat has a gender now? Yes, it fits differently because it was cut for a woman, but I’m wearing it. It’s my coat and I like it. It’s the same thing with nail polish,” he continued, noting that he is exasperated by the controversy surrounding men having manicures and pedicures. “When I go to get my nails done, I always put colour, nail art, or whatever I should fancy. Nowadays, I see more and more men getting their nails and their toes coloured, and I have no idea what they’re interested in sexually. I don’t have conversations with them. I really don’t care. I’m just happy to see that space being occupied by people of all genders and identities.”

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Off-White face mask tops list of most-searched fashion items

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh…

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.

On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh’s streetwear brand was the hottest product in the men’s category.

The mask, priced at $95 (£76), is now sold out, but is currently listed for up to three times its original price on resale platforms. Streetwear-inspired masks have been trending for some time, with Billie Eilish wearing a custom Gucci version to the Grammy Awards in January and the likes of Travis Scott, Future, and Young Thug sporting the items to events for several years.

However, the team at Lyst believe the coronavirus crisis, in which people in affected nations are encouraged to wear face masks to help curb the spread of Covid-19, has accelerated interest even further.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter,” a spokesperson commented. “Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon.”

Other sought-after products for men included Prada’s bolo tie, Loewe’s half-zip fleece from the Eye/LOEWE/Nature outdoors collection, and Stone Island’s cargo trousers.

As for the women’s category, the Bottega Veneta padded Cassette bag was the most popular item, with Off-White’s soft lace bodysuit, Gucci’s pattern tights, and an Anine Bing tiger sweatshirt also in the mix. Yet, the most surprising addition was an increase in interest for pre-owned Chanel handbags.

“Chanel’s classic double flap bag saw a 75 per cent increase in searches over the quarter,” they added. “Perhaps driven by the fact that Chanel does not sell bags through its own website, and with bricks-and-mortar luxury stores shuttered in many markets due to the coronavirus outbreak, demand for these classics has increased on second-hand marketplaces.”

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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 Gigi and Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the first quarter of 2020 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 brand also topped The Lyst Index for the previous two quarters.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while sportswear giant Nike landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Prada, Moncler, Fendi, Valentino, Versace, Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Jacquemus.

“Jacquemus enters The Lyst Index of hottest brands ranking for the first time, with the label’s accessories having previously made the hottest products section,” a Lyst spokesperson commented. “The French brand climbs seven places to reach 15th position, after its supermodel-heavy fall/winter 2020 show boosted social media mentions by over 1,100 per cent. The other new entrants this quarter are Thom Browne and Rick Owens, both eponymous labels of U.S. designers, each with a distinctive and consistent aesthetic.”

Meanwhile, face masks have seen a huge spike in interest, having been worn by the likes of Billie Eilish and rappers Travis Scott and Future on the red carpet at recent events, as well as in light of the global coronavirus crisis.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter. Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon,” they continued.

Other popular accessories include Loewe’s Eln fleece zip sweater, a Gucci x Disney hooded sweatshirt, and Bottega Veneta’s padded Cassette bag.

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Claudia Schiffer nearly had her own Hermes handbag

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the li…

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors, and Prada.

But in an interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle magazine, Claudia recalled how her status as a top model led to her once being offered her very own luxury purse.

“Once Hermes offered for a handbag to be named after me and I thought, ‘No!'” she stated. “I don’t quite remember why now…'”

There are only two celebrities who have their own Hermes handbags; the famous Birkin tote is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin, while the Kelly bag was named after late American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly.

Elsewhere in the chat, Claudia also remembered how she and other models were “showered” with gifts by brands and designers during their heyday.

“People normally showered you with everything, really. Particularly at Chanel. Karl (Lagerfeld) would say, ‘Go downstairs to the boutique and take whatever you want. You can take the entire collection – whatever,” the 49-year-old shared, before noting that she was always cautious about appearing greedy. “Where others may have taken advantage, I never felt I could. There’s a certain limit when someone says, ‘Choose what you want.’ You don’t literally choose everything there is.”

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Prada donates intensive care units to Italian hospitals

Prada has donated two intensive care and resuscitation units to hospitals in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.The country is in lockdown after becoming one of the worst affected areas outside of China, where the outbreak began in December, with more…

Prada has donated two intensive care and resuscitation units to hospitals in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The country is in lockdown after becoming one of the worst affected areas outside of China, where the outbreak began in December, with more than 27,980 people infected and 2,158 deaths.

A joint statement released on Monday by Prada chairman Carlo Mazzi and chief executive officers Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli revealed that they have donated two complete intensive care and resuscitation units each to three hospitals in Milan – the Vittore Buzzi, Sacco and San Raffaele.

According to Footwear News, the Italian fashion house confirmed that the six donations were private and had been made personally.

More than 60 million people have been on lockdown since the Covid-19 outbreak began to devastate the country, which reported a jump of 950 cases in just 24 hours on Sunday.

The news from Prada comes shortly after it was revealed Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck had donated $224,000 (£182,000) to a hospital in Milan to support the city’s strained health service.

Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni has also raised over $3.4 million (£1.8 million) to help deal with the epidemic via a GoFundMe campaign.

Elsewhere, employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals in France, which is now on lockdown after stringent measures were imposed on Monday by President Emmanuel Macron.

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Dior postpones cruise show due to coronavirus outbreak

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak. The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.However, leaders at the company have now de…

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.

However, leaders at the company have now decided to delay the event indefinitely, with a new date to be announced in due course, depending on how the crisis evolves.

“As a preventive measure, in accordance with instructions from public authorities, and to reinforce the coordination of international directives, the House of Dior has decided to postpone its cruise show in order to ensure the safety of all its employees, collaborators and guests… Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this pandemic, all over the world,” Dior representatives said in a statement provided to WWD.

At present, Italy is the hardest hit nation outside of China, where Covid-19 originated in December.

As a result of the increasing cases, totalling more than 24,700, the country has been placed on lockdown, with all non-essential shops, bars, and restaurants closed and all major sporting and cultural events cancelled.

Dior follows in the footsteps of Gucci, which has postponed its cruise show in San Francisco, California on 18 May, Prada, which has indefinitely pushed back its presentation in Tokyo, Japan on 21 May, Versace, which has shelved its runway show on 16 May at an unknown American location, and Giorgio Armani, which has postponed its cruise show in Dubai in April.

Ralph Lauren has also decided to not go ahead with its fall 2020 show, which was scheduled for April in New York, while fashion weeks in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing have been scrapped.

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Anna Wintour excited by Raf Simons’ Prada partnership

Anna Wintour is looking forward to seeing Raf Simons’ first collaboration with Prada later in the year.Last month, the Belgian fashion designer announced he would be joining Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of the Italian luxury house, wit…

Anna Wintour is looking forward to seeing Raf Simons’ first collaboration with Prada later in the year.

Last month, the Belgian fashion designer announced he would be joining Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of the Italian luxury house, with Simons to officially begin work in April.

Reflecting on the move in a clip for her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour gushed over the “brilliant” concept.

“I think the collaboration between Raf and Miuccia is brilliant and really is going to help redefine what fashion can mean, and fashion can be. It’s following an uncharted territory,” she commented. “It’s challenging all the corporate sensibilities of, either you have to find a designer who follows respectfully in a designer who has gone before, or alternatively, one that’s going to come in and throw everything out. This is the idea of community and conversation and respect for each other and respect for the amazing work that they have both done. And I think we should all be humbled by their decision as well as being unbelievably excited to be in Milan in September.”

Simons previously served as creative director for the likes of Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jil Sander.

Elsewhere in the clip, Wintour was asked about the topics that keep her “up at night”, and accordingly, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief noted that she is often preoccupied by changes occurring in the social and political spheres.

“Obviously this is a moment of great transformation and challenges for the fashion industry and indeed the world at large,” the 70-year-old added. “So, in that respect there are opportunities, a moment for creativity and resetting and thinking about how we all go about our jobs in a completely different way. And I also think it’s our responsibility at Conde Nast and specifically at Vogue, to think how we can support each other, how we can support all the young talent that we work so closely with.”

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Versace and Giorgio Armani cancel cruise shows over coronavirus fears

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows …

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.

The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows as the epidemic spreads around the globe.

In a statement, officials from Versace, headed by creative director Donatella Versace, announced that they would be postponing their show, which was scheduled for 16 May at an unknown location in the U.S.

The decision follows “restrictive measures relating to international mobility”, a spokesperson for the Milan-based fashion house stated, and added that “Versace is aware of the need to give priority to the health and safety of its guests and employees”.

Three states in the U.S. have declared a state of emergency in response to the growing epidemic, with more than 230 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths reported from across the country.

Armani has also made the decision to postpone its 2021 cruise show in Dubai in April. It was due to coincide with the reopening of its boutique in the Dubai Mall, according to editors at Footwear News.

The Armani store opening will now be held in November, but the cruise show has not yet been rescheduled.

The decision comes hot on the heels of the designer staging his Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2020 presentation behind closed doors over coronavirus fears.

Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada have also sent the fashion calendar into disarray by cancelling their upcoming shows in light of the widespread epidemic, which has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,400 across the globe.

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Gucci cancels cruise show due to coronavirus fears

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by …

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.

A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak”.

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer,” a statement reads. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100.

More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and six people in the Seattle area of Washington state have died after contracting coronavirus.

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele reportedly chose San Francisco to host the cruise show due to its history as a centre of liberal activism, according to WWD.

The decision by the Italian fashion house follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan, and a week after Giorgio Armani scrapped his Milan Fashion Week event in Italy over coronavirus fears.

The 85-year-old designer showed his fall/winter 2020 collection behind closed doors on the last day of fashion week, and the future of his cruise 2021 showcase in Dubai next month is unknown.

Chanel is expected to be staging its cruise show in Capri, Italy, in May, and days later, Dior is heading to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, for their highly-anticipated show.

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Raf Simons named as co-creative director of Prada

Raf Simons is to join Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of Prada.The surprise news was announced during a press conference held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, with Miuccia explaining to reporters that she had been in discussions wit…

Raf Simons is to join Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of Prada.

The surprise news was announced during a press conference held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, with Miuccia explaining to reporters that she had been in discussions with the Belgian designer for more than a year.

The duo will share “equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making” at the Italian luxury label, with Raf to officially begin work on 2 April. They will unveil their joint spring/summer 2021 collection in September.

“I am so thrilled and looking forward to September,” the 70-year-old shared. “We like each other, we respect each other, and we will see if we go somewhere.”

Miuccia also denied that the decision to hire the fashion star was made as preparation for her eventual retirement.

It was rumoured earlier this year that Raf, who previously served as creative director for the likes of Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jil Sander, would be leading the Prada-owned label Miu Miu.

And with regards to the length of his contract, Miuccia told WWD: “In theory, it’s forever.”

During the press conference, Raf also explained that he had wanted to team up with the iconic designer to create a strong business that focuses on creativity.

“The fashion industry is moving more and more toward an industry that might end up excluding creatives,” the 52-year-old explained. “We think we should not forget in this business about creativity.”

Meanwhile, a statement released to accompany the news insisted that Prada’s values were “perfectly in tune” with Miuccia and Raf, who have a history of “reinvention, provocation, brave exploration and the power of ideas”.

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