Christian Siriano designing limited-edition Stonewall Day T-shirt

Christian Siriano has designed a new T-shirt to celebrate Stonewall Day.The 34-year-old designer has created the limited-edition tee to raise funds for Pride Live, which supports LGBTQ+ organisations including Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin Coalition…

Christian Siriano has designed a new T-shirt to celebrate Stonewall Day.

The 34-year-old designer has created the limited-edition tee to raise funds for Pride Live, which supports LGBTQ+ organisations including Brave Space Alliance, TransLatin Coalition, the Trans Lifeline, and the Ally Coalition.

Siriano hopes the T-shirt, which features a falling firework rainbow design and the racially and trans-inclusive Pride flag emblem, will help to raise money to provide much-needed support to the community.

“It was a nice way to somewhat be involved and hopefully raise money for so many different types of people that need it,” he explained to Advocate.com. “I also really just wanted to it be quite graphic and bold and simple and powerful.”

The former Project Runway winner, who is gay, also confessed that it was difficult to create a design that would serve as a middle ground and please everyone, which he admitted “is sometimes a challenge in a T-shirt.”

“Everybody has their tastes and opinions, let me tell ya,” he laughed.

And in addition to the T-shirt, Siriano has been named a Stonewall Day Ambassador, and he hopes the LGBTQ+ community will come together safely online instead of travelling to the site of the New York uprising to celebrate the day.

“I think it’s nice to just be a part of something that is trying make a difference or educate,” he shared. “We all won’t be able to be together fully, but at least hopefully, in this way, people are leaving more passionate than ever.”

Stonewall Day, which takes place on Friday, marks the anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969.

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Christian Siriano: ‘I never thought I’d be making face masks for so long’

Christian Siriano never expected his face masks to still be in such high demand months into the coronavirus crisis. The fashion designer, who is based in New York – one of the U.S. cities worst-affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – reached out to New Yo…

Christian Siriano never expected his face masks to still be in such high demand months into the coronavirus crisis.

The fashion designer, who is based in New York – one of the U.S. cities worst-affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – reached out to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in mid-March and offered up his team’s services after learning that there was a dire shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers. Within 90 minutes of tweeting the politician, his office responded and a partnership was born.

Now, three months later, Siriano and his team have made more 30,000 masks and are sometimes producing as many as 2,000 per day.

“I never ever thought that I’d be doing this for very long,” he told InStyle magazine. “But we still get requests every day from the public, doctors, and hospitals asking for masks… I’m not opposed to (making PPE) for a longer time. Even if it’s not super profitable, it feels really good to come to work every day.”

By turning his atelier into a mask-making factory, the 34-year-old has helped turn his company into an essential business, while other clothing brands have been forced to temporarily close.

“It’s turned into a business,” Siriano stated. “Fashion is in a really dark place. No one’s buying clothes, because they have nowhere to wear them.”

The Project Runway star believes his approach to fashion will be forever changed following the pandemic, during which he saw people he cares about fall ill.

“I don’t think I’ll need or want the same recognition in the future because, as we’ve all seen, it can go away in a second,” he shared. “It won’t mean as much to dress someone when others are sick and dying.”

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Brandon Maxwell unearths unseen footage of Lady Gaga prior to 2019 Met Gala

Brandon Maxwell has shared previously unseen footage of him walking to the 2019 Met Gala with Lady Gaga on social media.The designer created all four of the show-stopping outfits that the Oscar winner wore to last year’s prestigious fashion event, and …

Brandon Maxwell has shared previously unseen footage of him walking to the 2019 Met Gala with Lady Gaga on social media.

The designer created all four of the show-stopping outfits that the Oscar winner wore to last year’s prestigious fashion event, and in a touching post uploaded to Instagram on Monday, Maxwell revealed he’s looking forward to having more “joyous moments” once the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted.

“We wanted to first share this unedited clip of myself, @ladygaga, and our teams walking to last year’s #MetGala,” he said of the short clip, which shows him escorting Gaga to the event while adjusting her fuchsia pink gown. “My fiance filmed this, and I’ll never ever forget looking up at him as we approached the carpet and seeing a tear fall down his face from pride. It remains one of my most treasured memories.”

The 2020 Met Gala, which was due to take place on 4 May, has been postponed indefinitely duet to the Covid-19 crisis.

“We wanted to share this today because of the sheer joy this moment held, because of the love and happiness you can see on everyone’s faces, because of the excitement, because it represents a time when we were all together, and because it reminds me so strongly that we will be again,” the Project Runway judge continued, before urging his followers to “stay safe” during the global pandemic. “Communities are so important, friendships are so important, and that’s what this day one year ago still represents to me. Let’s continue to stay safe and smart, respectful of others, and follow all guidelines, so that we can run through the streets together again soon.”

In an earlier post on Instagram, Maxwell again told his followers to keep to the social distancing rules after he spotted people while he was out and about in New York City not wearing protective face masks.

“The most fashionable thing we can do right now is to think of others before we think of ourselves and these are some very simple ways to do that!” he insisted.

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Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV dress on her dining table

Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards dress on her dining table the night before the show.During a chat with Karlie Kloss for her No Filter with Naomi YouTube series earlier this week, the British supermodel remembered ho…

Brandon Maxwell created Naomi Campbell’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards dress on her dining table the night before the show.

During a chat with Karlie Kloss for her No Filter with Naomi YouTube series earlier this week, the British supermodel remembered how she called up the New York-based designer with a fashion crisis the night before she had to present Rihanna with an award during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden and he quickly leapt into action to make sure she had something to wear.

“I had to give Rihanna an MTV Award three years ago (sic),” she explained. “Brandon, I called him the night before and said, ‘I’m coming into New York from L.A. and I don’t have a dress’. Brandon came and made the dress on my dining table for that night… He’s amazing.”

The 49-year-old took to the stage wearing a white one-shoulder column dress with a thigh-high split and wore another of his designs – a mint green strapless minidress – on the red carpet. She did not specify which one he made at the last minute.

Karlie then shared a similar story about the designer, recalling how he cut her long white cutout dress following the 2016 Met Gala to turn it into a minidress.

“One year, I went to the Met Gala and wore a dress that he created. For the after-party, he literally took scissors and just chopped it off into a little minidress and I went off to the after-party,” she gushed of her Project Runway co-star. “I think he has this love of women, of wanting to create fashion that really celebrates the female form and makes women feel beautiful and love their curves, love their body. I think Brandon does a great job of that.”

Both models also heaped praise on Maxwell and fellow Project Runway star Christian Siriano for helping make face masks during the coronavirus crisis.

Maxwell listened to their chat and thanked them both for lifting his mood in a lengthy Instagram post.

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Michael Costello slams famous client who refused to help him during pandemic

Designer Michael Costello has slammed one of his famous clients who refused to help him during the coronavirus pandemic.The Project Runway star recently launched a collection of reusable non-surgical masks, and for every one bought, announced that he w…

Designer Michael Costello has slammed one of his famous clients who refused to help him during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Project Runway star recently launched a collection of reusable non-surgical masks, and for every one bought, announced that he would donate two to any hospital in the U.S.

To reach his goal of donating one million masks to frontline workers and first responders as part of his Million Masks Mission, Costello had appealed to his celebrity clients to help him spread the word of his initiative, and in a scathing Instagram post on Tuesday, the designer blasted one famous face that had ignored his request.

“Remember how every time you needed a dress, I would instantly drop everything to prioritise you? I would stop all my projects to make you something special last minute? Sometimes even within the same day? Now I ask you for help to give back to our community yet you leave me on ‘seen,'” he wrote, referencing his Instagram direct message had been read, but not replied to.

He did not name the culprit to his 1.4 million followers, but did suggest that it was the end of his professional relationship with his high-profile client.

“So now you don’t need a dress because we are all stuck in our living rooms with nowhere to go…” Costello wrote. “Just know that I will always remember the night I asked you for a little help and you left me on seen. The next time you need my help, just don’t feel sad when I pretend like I didn’t see you message either.”

The 37-year-old signed off his fiery message with, “Xoxoxo petty b**ch.”

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Karlie Kloss fell in love with Joshua Kushner ‘despite complications’

Karlie Kloss has recalled how she fell in love with husband Joshua Kushner “despite complications” over their political beliefs.The couple first started dating in 2012, and six years later, Karlie, 27, converted to Judaism and they tied the knot in an …

Karlie Kloss has recalled how she fell in love with husband Joshua Kushner “despite complications” over their political beliefs.

The couple first started dating in 2012, and six years later, Karlie, 27, converted to Judaism and they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in October 2018.

Karlie has previously spoken about how her political beliefs differ from that of her in-laws, as Joshua’s older brother Jared Kushner serves as senior advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, and in a new interview on Diane von Furstenberg’s podcast, InCharge with DVF, the model confessed that she struggled in the early days of their relationship.

“As much as you love someone else, you can’t change or lose who you are for someone else and I think being in such a serious relationship so young, I really had to realise those boundaries of how much I love somebody else, how much I want to give to them but also to respect what I need as the other half,” the Project Runway co-host explained, noting that her husband really “wants me to chase my dreams”.

“I really followed my heart on choosing to be with the person who I love despite any complications that came with it. For me, it was worth it to fight for that,” she added, seemingly referencing her Democratic political leanings, compared to those of her husband’s Republican relatives.

Elsewhere in the interview, Karlie sweetly touched upon married life and described the 34-year-old as her soulmate.

“He is truly my partner. He is my partner in life. He is my best friend. He is my other half. I didn’t know that I could love someone in this kind of way and I feel like I’ve almost grown up with him,” she gushed.

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Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell to make medical masks amid coronavirus crisis

Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have pledged to begin making medical masks amid the coronavirus crisis.After the Project Runway mentor heard New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announce medical workers in the state were running low on masks last week,…

Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have pledged to begin making medical masks amid the coronavirus crisis.

After the Project Runway mentor heard New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announce medical workers in the state were running low on masks last week, he reached out to the politician on social media and offered to help make more.

“If we need masks my team can make them! I have sewers and pattern makers ready to help working from home we just need all the information on how to help,” Siriano posted on Instagram, before later adding: “We are working hard on this and more to come soon. We want to be safe and make sure all the legal requirements are met. Thanks everyone for all the support!”

Cuomo saw Siriano’s message and accepted the proposal, while also encouraging others in the fashion industry to help out too.

“We’re in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much. Who’s next? Let’s do this together, NY!”

In addition, the designer also uploaded a video of one of the prototype masks.

“We will be making a few versions of this in order to help as many people as we can. Here is the process so we can get a perfect fit. More to come thank you everyone we hope to get these to the right people ASAP,” the 34-year-old noted.

Elsewhere, fellow designer and Project Runway judge Maxwell is also investigating how his team can be begin to manufacture medical supplies.

“As more information comes available on how to manufacture medical grade masks and gloves, we will transition into doing so. Any information you can share for donation locations or organisations would be greatly appreciated,” he wrote in an Instagram message.

There have been over 342,000 reported cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, and approximately 14,700 deaths. Around 35,000 cases have been reported in the U.S.

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Brandon Maxwell no longer pushing himself to work to an ‘unnatural extreme’

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s …

Brandon Maxwell is trying to take a more balanced approach to his business after years of pushing himself to an “unnatural extreme”.

The Texas-born designer has carved a name out for himself in the fashion industry of late, having served as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015. But while Maxwell is now one of the most sought-after designers, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he was near-exhausted at some points in his career.

“Over the last year, it became clear that that wasn’t really working for me anymore at 35 in the same way it did for me at 28. I was waking up every day with a dark cloud hanging over,” he wrote. “In the last couple months, I just decided to stop saying yes to every single thing, pushing myself to some unnatural extreme, working myself to a place that actually closed me off instead of allowing me to live, and just go along the journey. I’ve kind of found that the natural beauty that arises from that approach is so much more satisfying than when it’s calculated.”

Accordingly, Maxwell now feels able to pour all of his energy into his upcoming New York Fashion Week show. Even though the theme of the spectacle remains under wraps, the Project Runway judge noted that it is “about the journey”.

“I think everyone does this job because they’re chasing a feeling, a feeling they first felt when they were young. I’ve really felt it again this week, the way I did when I was in the middle of nowhere in my room alone, and that feels like a win. I feel stronger than I did a year ago, and I’m ready,” the 35-year-old added.

Maxwell will unveil his latest line on 8 February. Badgley Mischka, Longchamp, and Self-Portrait are showing on the same day.

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Karlie Kloss candidly discusses political views

Karlie Kloss has opened up about her political views after a Project Runway contestant joked about her in-laws.The model and TV host was left stunned when Tyler Neasloney commented on her links to the White House during an episode of the fashion challe…

Karlie Kloss has opened up about her political views after a Project Runway contestant joked about her in-laws.

The model and TV host was left stunned when Tyler Neasloney commented on her links to the White House during an episode of the fashion challenge show earlier this month.

Kloss wed American businessman Joshua Kushner in 2018, who is the brother of Jared Kushner, currently employed as U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser. Jared is also married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

When told by co-host and judge Brandon Maxwell that the model would never wear his creation to any event, budding designer Neasloney fired: “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?”

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, Kloss was asked by host Andy Cohen about her political views, considering her connections to the controversial Republican politician.

“Andy, I’m sure I’m not the only person in this country who does not necessarily agree with their family on politics,” she quipped, prompting fellow guest Martha Stewart to add, “Good answer.”

“I voted as a Democrat in 2016 and I plan to do the same in 2020,” Kloss stated.

She later shared her disappointment that Project Runway contestant Neasloney was garnering attention for his joke about the Kushners, and not his “terrible” design.

“Honestly, the real tragedy of this whole thing is that no one is talking about how terrible that dress was. That’s why he went home. I would not wear that dress to any dinner,” the 27-year-old laughed.

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Brandon Maxwell wants to make hometown locals proud of his fashion success

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and ded…

Brandon Maxwell wants to make the people of his hometown in Texas proud of his fashion achievements.

The designer recently served as the keynote speaker for the Star Over Longview 2020 awards ceremony, which honours 12 women for their compassion and dedication to the city of Longview and their communities.

Talking to local news station KLTV, Maxwell said it was a “full-circle moment” coming back to his native Texas and hosting the awards and luncheon.

“It was fantastic,” he shared. “It was like a dream come true. I’ve spent my whole career hoping that I would make everyone where I’m from proud. This was a great full-circle moment.”

During his career, Maxwell has dressed high-profile women such as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as Hollywood stars including Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and Anne Hathaway.

He also co-hosts U.S. TV show Project Runway with Karlie Kloss, who serves as one of his muses, and created Lady Gaga’s extravagant outfits for last year’s Met Gala.

During his speech at the Star Over Longview 2020 awards, Maxwell said he believes in giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

“I think I’m a prime example of that,” the 35-year-old explained. “I’m not someone who has the pedigree to succeed without the love, acceptance, and hard work of the people around me.

“Go out there and pursue your dreams. The world is at your fingertips.”

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