Rihanna becomes first person to wear durag on cover of British Vogue

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian su…

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian superstar wearing a white Burberry suit designed by Riccardo Tisci and a custom-made durag from famed milliner Stephen Jones.

Rihanna was photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Enninful, with the editor explaining in an accompanying article that it was the 32-year-old’s idea to sport the head scarf.

“For this month’s shoot, she wanted Rihanna for a new decade. We worked through a substantial archive of visual references (her fashion and cultural knowledge is encyclopaedic) to find a new proposition,” he explained. “Then suddenly, at 2am, my phone pinged with the latest WhatsApp: ‘How about we go with a durag?'”

Enninful went on to describe the durag as “a potent symbol of black life – of self-preservation, resistance, and authenticity,” and admitted Rihanna was the perfect person to pull it off through the “prism of high fashion”.

“It takes a person of extraordinary charisma to pull off such a moment, a woman I am lucky enough to count among my closest creative collaborators,” Enninful added. “What I love about Rih is that it’s always new territory, which is thrilling – not to mention a huge task.”

And in a message posted on his Instagram page, Jones shared just how thrilled he was to work with the British Vogue team and Diamonds hitmaker on the look.

“Thrilled to have created this durag for @badgalriri, one of my most loyal clients, friend and inspiration and the amazing @edward_enninful who I have known since he was 17(?)!!! Thank you soooo much (sic),” he praised.

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Burberry to begin making masks and hospital gowns amid coronavirus crisis

Burberry will soon devote one of its factories to producing face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.Executives at the iconic British fashion brand, known for its signature trench coats and patterned accessories, are “retooling” a work…

Burberry will soon devote one of its factories to producing face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

Executives at the iconic British fashion brand, known for its signature trench coats and patterned accessories, are “retooling” a workshop in Yorkshire, England in order to manufacture non-surgical hospital gear for patients and 100,000 surgical masks for frontline workers across the National Health Service (NHS).

“In challenging times, we must pull together. The whole team at Burberry is very proud to be able to support those who are working tirelessly to combat Covid-19, whether by treating patients, working to find a vaccine solution or helping provide food supplies to those in need at this time,” Burberry’s chief executive officer, Marco Gobbetti, insisted in a statement, while creative director Riccardo Tisci added: “I am so incredibly proud to be part of the amazing Burberry family as we work to support our communities in this tough time – together we will get through this!”

At present, the U.K. has nearly 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus, leaving resources in short supply.

In continued boosting of its philanthropic efforts, Burberry bosses will also donate funds to charities including FareShare and The Felix Project, organisations that are dedicated to reducing food poverty, and back research into a single-dose vaccine being developed by scientists at the University of Oxford.

“Burberry’s gift is an example of forward-thinking corporate philanthropy that complements and bolsters government and other investment in Oxford’s leading global talent in this field. Donations like this have real and rapid impact, allowing us to be agile in our response, to accelerate this time-critical research,” commented Professor Gavin Screaton.

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Chiara Ferragni raising funds to help fight coronavirus crisis in Italy

Chiara Ferragni has launched a campaign to help raise funds for those fighting the coronavirus in Italy.The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were donating $114,000 (£86,000) to the San…

Chiara Ferragni has launched a campaign to help raise funds for those fighting the coronavirus in Italy.

The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were donating $114,000 (£86,000) to the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.

In an accompanying video, the pair also urged their followers to consider giving whatever they could spare to the cause via a GoFundMe page.

“We are here because we want to give our contribution and use our combined forced to curb this emergency taking place in Italy,” the 32-year-old, while Fedez added: “We decided to create a project in collaboration with San Raffaele Hospital in Milan which aims to support intensive care in order to create new intensive care wards. As you know, intensive care is essential for these patients and with the spread of the epidemic those places are increasingly necessary.

“What we ask you is, if you have the opportunity, please donate. If you don’t have it, share this message in order to reach as many people as possible. I am appealing to all the people who work in the world of entertainment and in the web business, to anyone who can help us to raise as much money as possible to combat this emergency. We also ask to all businesspeople who may help us to expand this message.”

Chiara concluded, “Come on Italians! Together we are a force!”

Coronavirus, also named COVID-19, has infected more than 114,000 people across 115 countries, with the global death toll at more than 4,000. While the outbreak began in China in late 2019, Italy is now one of the main nations affected, with an estimated 463 people having died and over 9,000 infected. Accordingly, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has introduced serious measures in an attempt to contain the outbreak, with 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 other provinces effectively placed in quarantine.

Meanwhile, Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci has also shared his support for his home nation.

“In this tough time, I’d like to express all my solidarity and support to my beautiful country, to my family, friends and colleagues! Italy stay strong. All my love and prayers,” he wrote on his Instagram page alongside a map of the nation and flag.

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Billie Eilish rocks head-to-toe Burberry for 2020 BRIT Awards

Billie Eilish rocked a custom Burberry outfit, complete with matching bonnet, to the 2020 BRIT Awards on Tuesday night.The Bad Guy hitmaker’s unique look featured the luxury British brand’s iconic check on a cosy camel sweater and trousers, with the ou…

Billie Eilish rocked a custom Burberry outfit, complete with matching bonnet, to the 2020 BRIT Awards on Tuesday night.

The Bad Guy hitmaker’s unique look featured the luxury British brand’s iconic check on a cosy camel sweater and trousers, with the outfit topped off with a beige trench coat, plaid socks, and a matching manicure.

Her eye-catching ensemble, heavily influenced by a look spotted at creative director Riccardo Tisci’s spring/summer 2020 show during London Fashion Week, was complemented with chunky beige boots and jewels from Tiffany & Co.

It was a big night for the 18-year-old, who performed her Bond theme No Time to Die for the first time at the ceremony and also scooped the accolade for Best International Female.

Lizzo was also among the celebrities making a show-stopping statement on the red carpet, as she wore a custom dress, designed by Jeremy Scott for Moschino, made to look like the wrapper of a Hershey’s chocolate bar.

The floor-length gown even included a barcode and the nutritional value of the sweet treat, while the Juice hitmaker accessorised with a chocolate-bar inspired clutch bag by Judith Leiber.

Harry Styles led the stylish men on the red carpet, rocking a Gucci suit before changing into two more designer outfits during the star-studded bash.

While Stormzy, who wowed fans with his incredible performance at the BRITs, looked chic in white trousers and a matching high neck jumper from Dior.

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Burberry opts for equestrian chic for fall 20

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, inclu…

Burberry has harnessed equestrian chic for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Riccardo Tisci unveiled his latest line at Kensington Olympia as part of London Fashion Week on Monday, with the presentation drawing in over 800 guests, including celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Naomi Campbell, Luka Sabbat, FKA Twigs, Jacob Elordi, and Hunter Schafer.

Titled Memories, Italy-born Tisci explained in his show notes that he was inspired by his first travels to the British capital as a young man, as well as the central codes of the heritage house.

“Moving back to London recently – a city I first discovered as a young student – gave me a real sense of nostalgia. It was the place where I learnt to be myself and a city where I gained the confidence to be the man that I am today. I have this strong feeling of pride when I think about the early days of my career, when I was an emerging designer still learning my craft and taking inspiration wherever I could find it,” he shared. “The memory of this special and formative time in my life is what has influenced this collection – from the places I visited and the people that surrounded me to the music that inspired me. It is this side of my personal journey that I wanted to blend with the codes and language that I have started to define here at Burberry.”

To open, model Astrid Voss took to the catwalk in a belted brown coat with dramatic feather detailing on the lapels and sleeves. Tisci then unveiled similar silhouettes featuring Burberry’s signature tan fabric and check print, with much of the line focused on layered separates ideal for the cooler months. An equestrian influence was apparent in duffel coats, quilted jackets, long collarless coats, jodhpurs, and fluted skirts, with Kendall Jenner sporting a checked top with black detailing and long white skirt and Gigi Hadid modelling a black jumpsuit and colour-blocked jacket.

Elsewhere, Tisci introduced the new Olympia bag collection, featuring a shoulder bag in three sizes and a crossbody bag, and concluded the spectacle by having a parade of models walk the runway in sparkly dresses featuring strong shoulders and sparkly fringing.

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Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk star in Carine Roitfeld’s wearable calendar

Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk are among the stars who feature in Carine Roitfeld’s new T-shirt calendar.For the 2020 edition of the CR Calendar, the former editor of Vogue Paris decided to ditch the traditional paper version in favour of creating 12 r…

Cindy Crawford and Irina Shayk are among the stars who feature in Carine Roitfeld’s new T-shirt calendar.

For the 2020 edition of the CR Calendar, the former editor of Vogue Paris decided to ditch the traditional paper version in favour of creating 12 recycled cotton T-shirts which each feature a model striking a pose to represent their associated star sign.

Shot by Brianna Capozzi, the project features Cindy underwater for Pisces, Irina as Capricorn, Doutzen Kroes under a waterfall for Aquarius, Stella Maxwell in brown thigh-high boots as Taurus, and Candice Swanepoel in a complex yoga pose for Libra.

Carine told WWD that she wanted to create the T-shirt calendar for 2020, as opposed to a traditional paper one, in an effort to be more sustainable.

“We have to change, no? We have to make surprise,” she explained. “We did two already and did so many before with Vogue Paris so we decided to do a T-shirt because, first of all, less paper, so it’s more eco-friendly.”

All of the models posed for the calendar for free and 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of the T-shirts will go to their chosen charities.

Roitfeld explained she was drawn to using star signs for the unique calendar because horoscopes are a big deal in the fashion industry.

“In fashion, people really ask it,” the 65-year-old shared. “Even Riccardo Tisci, one of the first things he asks someone when he meets them is ‘what is your sign.’ People are very excited to know the sign of the other one. It’s a way to break the ice.”

She also believes that working with a people who have a specific star sign is the key to success.

“Twenty-five years working with Tom Ford. He’s a Virgo. I’m a Virgo. 10 years with Karl Lagerfeld. He was a Virgo. I’m a Virgo,” she mused.

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Kim Kardashian had two versions of Givenchy gown made for 2013 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed f…

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.

The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed fashion event six years ago.

However, in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks series, Kim explained that she was still trying to decide between the flower-print dress and a black version of the same style right up until the event started.

“We had a black version of this and then the floral version. And I was like, ‘I think I should just do the black version.’ And Riccardo’s like, ‘No come on you have to do the floral,'” she recalled, adding that the designer felt it better suited the occasion because she was pregnant with her daughter North West at the time. “Riccardo had said afterwards, ‘What do you give a woman when she’s pregnant? You send her flowers.’ It was such a sweet message, how Riccardo described it. But I was so insecure, and I could never really speak up at that point ’cause I was so shy and just wanted to make everyone happy.”

Kim went on to note that U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had previously told Riccardo that she preferred the floral version. Following the Met Gala, Kim was subjected to a tirade of criticism and Internet memes, with many comparing the look to upholstery or outfits worn by Robin Williams in 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.

“I was crying, like, the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it. There were all these memes about me and this couch. I think Robin Williams even tweeted it, said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire. It was like this whole thing, so I just cried,” the 39-year-old remembered.

Yet, Kim found great comfort in the reaction she received from The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

“I just remember (Mary-Kate and Ashley) came up to me and loved my outfit and my gloves,” she smiled. “So, none of the critics mattered because the Olsen twins approved.”

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Rick Owens unimpressed by Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane’s ‘bourgeois’ fashion

Rick Owens has voiced his disappointment at designers including Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane for pushing “bourgeois” fashion trends.The veteran American designer was recently “stunned” to see sensible clothes being advertised to the younger generati…

Rick Owens has voiced his disappointment at designers including Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane for pushing “bourgeois” fashion trends.

The veteran American designer was recently “stunned” to see sensible clothes being advertised to the younger generation by luxury labels and told New York Magazine that his goth glam aesthetic is being rejected.

“What’s interesting now is that whole bourgeois thing, which Riccardo Tisci started doing at Burberry and Hedi Slimane is doing at Celine,” Owens explained, before sharing his disgust at a huge Celine billboard in the Place de la Concorde in Paris that featured a model dressed in “a pleated tweed culotte skirt and a Peter Pan collar trimmed in lace, pearls or something”.

“I know that it’s supposed to be provocative, and it is, because it kind of stuns me every time I see it,” he confessed. “That this sensibility is aspirational for a young audience that never really experienced that, I suppose? All of their parents are wearing my clothes!”

Owens added: “I can see how that generation is reacting against me. I take it very personally. With a giggle.”

Despite voicing his concerns with the style of luxury labels in the fashion industry, the designer noted that he’s a huge fan of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s chic brand, The Row.

“They’ve really maintained a consistently pure aesthetic that I’m always going to look at. It’s the antithesis of all the other runway shows in New York. I admire what they’re doing,” Owens revealed, noting that he also appreciates Chris Peters’s label, CDLM. “I liked what I saw that they were doing.”

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Carla Bruni wouldn’t ‘feel comfortable’ wearing a miniskirt today

Carla Bruni has admitted she “wouldn’t feel comfortable” wearing miniskirts at her age.The French-Italian star began modelling back in 1987, and in a new interview, insisted that while her style hasn’t changed over the years, she’s made a conscious dec…

Carla Bruni has admitted she “wouldn’t feel comfortable” wearing miniskirts at her age.

The French-Italian star began modelling back in 1987, and in a new interview, insisted that while her style hasn’t changed over the years, she’s made a conscious decision to dress how she thinks is appropriate.

“I’ve always dressed quite simply, but there are some things I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing at my age, like miniskirts for example,” she told The Telegraph newspaper.

Bruni takes fashion inspiration from Patti Smith and French singer Francoise Hardy, and has a chic tailored look that she wears on a daily basis.

“Fashion is all about exchanging (ideas) with other people. I hardly ever wear a dress in my regular life. A nice pair of jeans with a fitted jacket and a good pair of flat boots is my daily uniform,” the 51-year-old shared.

The former First Lady of France recently made her debut in Riccardo Tisci’s festive Burberry campaign, which was shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

And Bruni confessed she didn’t hesitate to accept the offer of becoming a brand ambassador for the British heritage label.

“I’ve admired Riccardo’s work for a very long time and I love Mert and Marcus, so I was thrilled, said yes and didn’t ask any questions. The next thing I knew, I was on a train to London,” she recalled.

Bruni appears in the images alongside fellow models Cecilia Chancellor, Fran Summers, Ikram Abdi Omar, singer Mahmood and footballer Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and was honoured to be chosen by the Italian designer.

“Riccardo has a perfect technique and a great sense of modernity, he really knows how to use the past to reinvent the future,” the mother-of-two gushed.

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Carla Bruni had a ‘fabulous’ time shooting Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent …

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.

The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent years and is now mostly focused on her music career.

However, Bruni recently agreed to star in Burberry creative director Tisci’s debut Christmas imagery for the British heritage brand, with the photoshoot also featuring Fran Summers, Sasha Pivovarova, and Marina Morena.

“I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together,” she said. “I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert and Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future.”

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with Bruni seen posing in a white jumpsuit alongside Santa Claus in one shot, and with professional soccer player Ruben Loftus-Cheek in another. The 51-year-old also appears in the accompanying video advertisement which shows a group of models and Burberry brand ambassadors dancing to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?

Elsewhere, Mert and Marcus gushed over their time on set.

“It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry,” they commented. “Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years, so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!”

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