Beyonce rocked more than 60 designer looks for Black is King

Beyonce wore more than 60 designer outfits in Black is King, including couture looks from Valentino, Burberry and Schiaparelli.The 38-year-old singer’s visual album, which serves as a companion to her movie soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift, dropped …

Beyonce wore more than 60 designer outfits in Black is King, including couture looks from Valentino, Burberry and Schiaparelli.

The 38-year-old singer’s visual album, which serves as a companion to her movie soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift, dropped on Disney+ last Friday, and fans were left stunned by the incredible ensembles the mother-of-three sports throughout the 85-minute film.

Fashion curator Zerina Akers, who worked with Beyonce on Black is King, opened up about working on the project during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, and revealed she had to come prepared with suitcases of clothes for the former Destiny’s Child star.

Noting that the Lemonade hitmaker had 63 outfit changes, Akers explained: “You have to be prepared. If she says, ‘I just want to shoot, I think it would be really nice in a T-shirt,’ I’m like, OK, 10 ball gowns, please. Just in case! Because more likely than not, we get there and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s so beautiful, we need something more grand.’ And we kind of allow it to shape-shift.”

Among the ensembles was a Valentino Haute Couture leopard-print jumpsuit designed by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, a cow-print corset top with matching mini skirt by Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci, a bold print custom Mugler two-piece, Schiaparelli haute couture dresses, and an oversized floral-print Erdem gown.

Akers had to ensure that she had lots of outfit choices for Beyonce’s eight-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, who also features in the visual album.

“The cool thing about Blue that not a lot of people know is that a lot of times she chooses when she wants to (be involved),” she shared. “She may see her mother doing a shot she thinks is cool. When she sees something in it, she may be like, ‘I want to do that, can I have a turn to do that?’

“She gets up and she just kind of does her thing. It all kind of comes to life.”

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Riccardo Tisci taps Burberry staff to model new line

Riccardo Tisci has called upon internal Burberry staff members to model the latest collection.During the Covid-19 lockdown, fashion designers have been forced think outside of the box when it comes to shooting and sharing new designs.Tisci, who already…

Riccardo Tisci has called upon internal Burberry staff members to model the latest collection.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, fashion designers have been forced think outside of the box when it comes to shooting and sharing new designs.

Tisci, who already entrusted Kendall Jenner to photograph herself for the recent TB monogram campaign, decided to look within the company to find a host of fresh faces for the spring/summer 2021 pre-collection lookbook.

“For the lookbook, I called upon the incredible talent at Burberry to open their doors and be a part of this journey – each interpreting the looks in their own unique way outside in the landscapes of London and beyond,” he said in a statement.

Among his new model recruits is a retail worker, a digital designer, a merchandiser and accessory designers. All were photographed on the streets of London outside or near to their homes.

“Discover the Spring/Summer 2021 pre-collection lookbook – a celebration of the #Burberry community, inspired by Thomas Burberry’s legacy of discovery and the great outdoors,” a Burberry representative wrote on Instagram.

Burberry’s iconic check fabric features heavily across the new designs, both in the menswear and womenswear offerings, including on shorts, sweaters, skirts, and the label’s famous trench coat.

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Kris Jenner steals Burberry bodysuit from daughter Kim Kardashian’s closet

Kris Jenner stole a Burberry bodysuit from her daughter Kim Kardashian’s closet.The 64-year-old matriarch managed to swipe the exclusive garment, which was sent as a gift to Kim from the British label’s head Riccardo Tisci, but her light-fingered antic…

Kris Jenner stole a Burberry bodysuit from her daughter Kim Kardashian’s closet.

The 64-year-old matriarch managed to swipe the exclusive garment, which was sent as a gift to Kim from the British label’s head Riccardo Tisci, but her light-fingered antics were unveiled on camera.

“So I had this in my closet as a gift from Riccardo to me and it was missing,” the KKW Beauty mogul explained as she filmed her mother Kris for a video on her Instagram Stories.

“I was so embarrassed and I almost called Riccardo to figure out where… like I just didn’t know what to say. And then she shows up,” she quipped, as the camera focused on the momager wearing the turquoise and orange-printed body suit, along with matching nylon leggings and canvas printed bum bag.

The pieces are from Burberry’s TB Summer Monogram Collection, which is homage to Thomas Burberry, the founder of the iconic British label, and includes wide-legged trousers, swimwear, a silk slip dress, and accessories such as a bucket hat and tote bag, featuring a ’70s style graphic print.

And Kris and Kim aren’t the first members of the famous family who have managed to get their hands on the custom bodysuit, which isn’t currently available to buy.

Kendall Jenner showcased the figure-hugging piece in a recent campaign for Burberry, which she shot herself at home during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Kendall Jenner photographs herself for new Burberry campaign

Kendall Jenner not only stars in Burberry’s new TB monogram campaign, but she shot the self-portraits herself.Posing in a long-sleeved bodysuit featuring Burberry head Riccardo Tisci’s interlocking TB print in blue and orange, Jenner was forced to step…

Kendall Jenner not only stars in Burberry’s new TB monogram campaign, but she shot the self-portraits herself.

Posing in a long-sleeved bodysuit featuring Burberry head Riccardo Tisci’s interlocking TB print in blue and orange, Jenner was forced to step up and direct the photoshoot herself, with Covid-19 restrictions still firmly in place.

“Riccardo wanted to collaborate closely with me to bring this collection to life in a number of ways. He encouraged me to interpret the campaign myself, which was such an exciting opportunity. I loved being able to add my own personal touch,” the model said.

“(The Burberry team pushed) into this dream-like digital world as I transformed into CGI versions of myself, embodying the four characters. The collection and campaign are also completely my vibe – that relaxed summer spirit really resonates with me as a California girl.”

Famed photographer Nick Knight oversaw the accompanying CGI video, while Peter Saville art directed the campaign and Katy England styled it. It’s the second year Tisci has called on the trio’s expertise.

It marks Jenner’s second campaign for the famous English heritage label – she modelled Burberry’s fall/winter 20 collection alongside Gigi Hadid, who was the star of the summer 19 adverts, and sister Bella Hadid earlier this year.

After taking over from long-serving creative officer Christopher Bailey in early 2018, Italian designer Tisci ushered in a new era at Burberry when he unveiled his revamped logo – a monogram honouring founder Thomas Burberry, which he created with Saville – in August 2018.

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Burberry unveils plans for immersive September show

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, cho…

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, choosing to skip the traditional Fashion Weeks scheduled for fall time.

Representatives for the English heritage brand, headed up Riccardo Tisci, have now revealed how it will proceed for the Spring/Summer 2021 presentation.

A series of cryptic videos uploaded to Burberry’s Instagram Stories show overhead shots of the British coastline, forests and roads accompanied by the words “BURBERRY IN NATURE”. In between this footage, bold white lettering reads: “An immersive show experience, set in the British outdoors, 17 September”.

“As humans, we have always had a deep affinity to nature,” Tisci explained in a statement. “We have had to respect and rely upon its power for our very existence, whilst marvelling and revelling in its extraordinary beauty. Especially recently, we have all yearned to reconnect again and for this show, I wanted to celebrate these feelings by bringing our community together in a creative experience that takes place within the beautiful, natural landscape of Britain.”

The catwalk show will not have a physical audience and fashion fans around the world will be able to watch it digitally. The show will be certified carbon neutral, with emissions offset through Burberry’s Regeneration Fund.

The recent London Fashion Week Digital, which took place between 12 and 14 June, merged womenswear and menswear presentations into one gender-neutral platform – a decision made by the British Fashion Council (BFC) in response to the restrictions facing the fashion industry in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The schedule format will be in place for 12 months.

London Fashion Week is officially slated to start on 18 September.

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Riccardo Tisci calls for fashion weeks to be ‘reimagined’

Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci believes fashion weeks need to be “reimagined for the world we live in now”. The coronavirus crisis has forced key figures in the industry to re-evaluate their participation in the annual fashion calendar, with …

Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci believes fashion weeks need to be “reimagined for the world we live in now”.

The coronavirus crisis has forced key figures in the industry to re-evaluate their participation in the annual fashion calendar, with Michael Kors recently deciding to host presentations outside of New York Fashion Week and to only release two collections per year.

On Monday, Burberry became the first big brand to set a date for spring/summer 21 fashion weeks, and in an interview with WWD, chief creative officer Tisci vouched for the continuing existence of them, but admitted they needed a modern update.

“I do not believe that fashion weeks are to be stopped, they just need to be reimagined for the world we live in now,” he explained. “You know, there is nothing like the experience of being at a fashion show — the energy in the room, the anticipation, excitement — it is something beautiful that I would not want to see lost.

“But we must recognise that the world is changing, and we must adapt and redefine our landscape through new forms of expression. Ultimately, to me, it will always be important to keep a physicality to fashion, to be able to see and understand the texture and movements of clothes, but in new ways.”

He added that “fashion has lost its sense of emotion” in the past few years and he believes this can be restored by “pulling collections back to their true essence”.

The English heritage label will host its spring/summer 2021 presentation in the British outdoors on the 17 September, and while the show will not have a physical audience, it will be available to watch digitally around the world.

London Fashion Week is due to begin on 18 September.

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Matthew Williams named creative director of Givenchy

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bo…

Matthew Williams has been tapped as the new head designer of Givenchy.

Back in April, designer Clare Waight Keller announced her departure from the French luxury label after a three-year stint.

Following Waight Keller’s exit from the brand last month, bosses at the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)-owned company confirmed on Monday that Williams had been appointed as her successor.

“I am extremely honoured to join the House of Givenchy. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era based on modernity and inclusivity,” he said in a statement. “I am grateful to the LVMH group for trusting me with the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong dream. In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change.”

Known for his ability to merge streetwear with sharp tailoring, Chicago-born, California-raised Williams founded his 1017 Alyx 9SM label in 2015 and has since expanded his offerings to include ready-to-wear, accessories, and shoe collections. He has also teamed up with the likes of Nike, Dior, Moncler, and Mackintosh on various collaborations.

Williams will be the seventh creative director of Givenchy. He follows in the footsteps of founder Hubert de Givenchy, as well as the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci.

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Isamaya Ffrench named as Burberry’s new beauty director

Top make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench has landed a brand-new beauty gig.The cosmetics guru launched Dazed Beauty in 2017 and has since played a key creative role for numerous international luxury cosmetic brands, including Christian Louboutin Beaute.Now, …

Top make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench has landed a brand-new beauty gig.

The cosmetics guru launched Dazed Beauty in 2017 and has since played a key creative role for numerous international luxury cosmetic brands, including Christian Louboutin Beaute.

Now, Ffrench will be joining the team at the British fashion house, where she will work closely with creative director Riccardo Tisci.

“I’ve had such a wonderful experience working with Burberry over the past year and I’m incredibly honoured to be part of the team,” she said. “Riccardo has a brilliant mind and is such an inspiring leader – he always pushes me creatively. It’s a very exciting time to be joining the company and I can’t wait to show the world what we have been working on!”

In her new job, Ffrench will be tasked with interpreting Tisci’s vision for the company and will be involved in the brand’s product development and creative representations. She previously collaborated with the designer on Burberry’s festive 2019 campaign.

“To me, Britishness has always carried this sense of attitude; it is confident, strong and also eccentric. Isamaya is the perfect ambassador to interpret the tension between classical and creative for Burberry Beauty – she is bold, she pushes the boundaries and has such a unique modern vision. I am so excited to welcome her to the Burberry family,” praised Tisci.

Ffrench’s first campaign will be released in fall 2020.

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Adele shows off incredible transformation in rare social media post

Adele has showed off her incredible transformation in a new social media post to mark her 32nd birthday.The Hello singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to upload a picture of herself posing in a black, high-neck minidress with puffball sleeves while st…

Adele has showed off her incredible transformation in a new social media post to mark her 32nd birthday.

The Hello singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to upload a picture of herself posing in a black, high-neck minidress with puffball sleeves while standing in front of a giant floral arch outside of her home in Los Angeles.

In the accompanying caption, Adele thanked her fans for their well wishes and also took the time to acknowledge essential healthcare workers on the frontline during the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time,” she wrote. “I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels. 2020 okay bye thanks x.”

Famous followers including designers Riccardo Tisci and Virgil Abloh, Lil Nas X, Jameela Jamil, and Rita Wilson were quick to wish the Someone Like You hitmaker a happy birthday in the comments on the post, which has already amassed almost two million likes.

And Chrissy Teigen was one of the first to note the mother-of-one’s total body transformation, with Adele having reportedly lost around seven stone (44 kilograms).

“I mean are you kidding me,” the model and cookbook author quipped, while Oprah Winfrey pressed the British star for new music this year: “Our birthday gift should be an Adele 2020 album, yes?!”

The Oscar winner split from her husband, Simon Konecki, in April last year.

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Clare Waight Keller exiting Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci. However, a represent…

Clare Waight Keller is departing Givenchy after a three-year stint.

The British designer was appointed as creative director of haute couture and ready-to-wear at the French luxury fashion house in May 2017, replacing Riccardo Tisci.

However, a representative for Givenchy announced on Instagram on Friday that Waight Keller was exiting her role.

“The house of Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller announce the end of their collaboration,” they wrote. “Givenchy wants to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her creative leadership, in contribution to our latest chapter.”

During her tenure, Waight Keller built up a reputation for her classic and elegant designs, and on occasion, scoured the late Hubert de Givenchy’s archives for inspiration.

She also designed the custom-made white dress worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.

Confirming the news on her own Instagram page, Waight Keller extended her “heartfelt thanks” to her entire team at the label.

“I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between,” the 49-year-old noted. “Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art. See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe.”

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