Normani tapped as first-ever ambassador for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty

Normani has been chosen as the first-ever brand ambassador for Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty.The former Fifth Harmony star, who took to the stage for a sultry performance during the lingerie label’s runway show in September, will front upcomi…

Normani has been chosen as the first-ever brand ambassador for Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty.

The former Fifth Harmony star, who took to the stage for a sultry performance during the lingerie label’s runway show in September, will front upcoming holiday campaigns featuring the newest looks from the Umbrella hitmaker’s company.

“Normani is the perfect choice for a Savage X ambassador,” Rihanna said in a press release on Thursday. “She exudes confidence and power. Everything she does is executed with passion and the belief she’s going to kill it. That’s why people gravitate towards her.”

Normani also expressed her excitement over the collaboration, noting she is thrilled to be a part of a brand that empowers women.

“Savage X celebrates and empowers women of all shapes, sizes, and colours,” she added. “I am so grateful for this opportunity and excited for what’s to come with my new Savage X family.”

In addition, the 23-year-old told Vogue.com that she was “excited and honoured” to be a brand ambassador and was blown away when she found out that Rihanna had asked for her personally.

“She is somebody I’ve looked up to for a very, very long time,” Normani explained, before adding that she was proud to be part of a brand that is inclusive. “I just love how it gives everybody the opportunity to feel sexy and beautiful and empowered – which is everything that I stand for as well. I thought it would be the perfect partnership.”

The Motivation hitmaker later took to Instagram to share a snap from the campaign, showing her in a co-ordinating red lace set with embellished stockings.

“I’m the first-ever brand ambassador for @savagexfenty!!! I love you @badgalriri,” she wrote. “I want all individuals to feel empowered and to embrace who they truly are. I don’t always wake up feeling the most confident and powerful, but trust and believe having my Savage X on always helps!!”

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Tess Holliday struggles to find sustainable fashion in her size

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environ…

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.

In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environment as the designers who are making strides in becoming eco-friendly have limited sizing, forcing her to wear fast-fashion garments.

“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high-end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she told the publication.

And as an environmental activist, Tess said it raises problems because she simply cannot wear sustainable clothing yet.

“I can’t be as ethical. I don’t have a problem re-wearing outfits, but I want to be conscious of not contributing to fast fashion because of how wasteful it is, but it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet,” the curvy model lamented.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old confessed she was due to star in Rihanna’s groundbreaking Savage X Fenty lingerie show during New York Fashion Week in September but had to pull out.

“Rihanna and Savage – I was going to be in that show, but my schedule didn’t work out and I will probably never forgive myself. Fingers crossed next season Rih calls me – she is a perfect example of actually giving a s**t about diversity,” Tess explained.

She went on to lavish praise on the singer-turned-designer, who featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, and Normani in her presentation back in September.

“She makes size-inclusive garments, has true diversity in the models and campaigns she casts and her messaging. She’s stepping up in every way and that’s what you need, that’s how real change starts, with true diversity and representation on all levels,” she gushed.

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Kesha took inspiration from late grandmother with lipstick colour in make-up line

Kesha’s new make-up line includes a red lipstick shade inspired by her late grandmother.The Tik Tok hitmaker has debuted the first few products for Kesha Rose Beauty online, with the collection featuring a 12-shade eyeshadow palette, liquid eyeliner, l…

Kesha’s new make-up line includes a red lipstick shade inspired by her late grandmother.

The Tik Tok hitmaker has debuted the first few products for Kesha Rose Beauty online, with the collection featuring a 12-shade eyeshadow palette, liquid eyeliner, lipstick, and lip gloss, which are all vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

Discussing the line with WWD, Kesha revealed the lipstick was inspired by her grandmother.

“She actually passed away when I was younger, but one of the things I (remember is that) she always was wearing her red lipstick,” she said. “In the line, I only have two lip products and one of them is this red, red, red (shade). It’s reminiscent of my very first experience with make-up.”

Kesha, who is gearing up to release her fourth album High Road in January, wants customers to experiment with her cosmetics and use them to express their true selves rather than try to achieve a perfect look.

“My relationship to make-up is not purely to make me feel perfect or beautiful or filtered. It’s more to make me feel like my authentic insides are being shown on the outside,” the 32-year-old added. “Sometimes with beauty, it feels like the goal is perfection. With my line, that’s not the goal. My goal is happiness.”

Kesha Rose Beauty will go on sale on Hipdot.com on 3 December.

She follows in the footsteps of musicians like Lady Gaga and Rihanna who have each released successful beauty collections.

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Anna Wintour praises 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday ni…

Anna Wintour has lauded the winners of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) held their annual gala dinner in partnership with Vogue magazine at the Cipriani South Street in New York on Monday night, with the likes of Ashley Graham, Ben Platt, and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid in attendance.

During the dinner, Christopher John Rogers was crowned the winner of the sixteenth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, with Danielle Hirsch of Danielle Frankel and Reese Cooper named as runners-up.

“With this year’s Fashion Fund finalists, we’ve seen not only great design and talent, but a wonderful commitment to progressive and inclusive values,” said Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue. “Fashion should never be divorced from the values of the world and this year’s designers have taken that to heart.”

Rogers will receive $400,000 (£310,000), while the two runners-up walk home with $150,000 (£116,000) each. The three designers will also regularly meet with an assigned business mentor.

Winning the top prize in the prestigious competition marks a major moment in the career of Brooklyn-based Rogers. Born in Baton Rouge, the designer is quickly building up a reputation for his bold use of colour and playful silhouettes, with celebrities including Lizzo, Rihanna, Regina King, and Tracee Ellis Ross having worn his creations to events.

He follows in the footsteps of past winners such as Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Brock Collection, Telfar, and Pyer Moss.

“The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund continues to foster not only creative design talent but also an entrepreneurial spirit required in today’s changing fashion landscape,” added CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb. “This year’s finalists represent the best of American fashion’s future.”

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Rihanna’s Fenty label nominated for top fashion award

Rihanna’s Fenty label is among the brands nominated for a prize at the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group LVMH in May, with the line comprised of wearable separates…

Rihanna’s Fenty label is among the brands nominated for a prize at the upcoming 2019 The Fashion Awards.

The superstar launched her fashion venture in partnership with executives at luxury group LVMH in May, with the line comprised of wearable separates, denim, accessories, and footwear.

Now, just five months after unveiling her debut collection, Rihanna has garnered a nod in the Urban Luxe category. She will compete alongside designers from Alyx, Marine Serre, Martine Rose, and Moncler Genius.

Following the announcement of the nominees on Wednesday, Rihanna took to her Instagram page to share her excitement.

“I’m incredibly proud of everyone who’s been a part of the team and development of this brand! It’s been five months since we launched @FENTY, and we’re nominated for the Urban Luxe category of the 2019 #BritishFashionAwards,” she wrote. “Thank you @britishfashioncouncil for acknowledging our hard work and respecting the quality of what we produce! This is such an incredible honour.”

The Fashion Awards 2019 will take place on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It is not yet known if Rihanna will be in attendance at the prizegiving.

Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Jacquemus, Loewe, and Prada have been nominated in the Brand of the Year category, while Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, JW Anderson and Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson, Dior Men’s Kim Jones, and Prada’s Miuccia Prada are all in the running for Designer of the Year.

Top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow are competing for the Model of the Year prize, while it was previously announced that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

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Tom Holland: ‘Spider-Man split from MCU was the most stressful week of my life’

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing ter…

Tom Holland has described Spider-Man’s temporary departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the most “stressful week” of his life.

In August, it was revealed Sony and Disney executives couldn’t agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was off – meaning the web-slinging superhero, played by Holland, would no longer be a part of the MCU.

However, both companies announced in September that they had reached an agreement and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce a third MCU Spider-Man film starring Holland – which came as a huge relief to Tom.

Speaking on a panel alongside Spider-Man: Far From Home co-star Jake Gyllenhaal at ACE Comic Con Midwest over the weekend, the actor initially described rehearsals for his performance of Rihanna’s Umbrella on U.S. TV show Lip Sync Battle in 2017 as his “most stressful week” – before reflecting on more recent events.

“Well…maybe the whole Disney/Sony thing when that happened,” he mused. “That was a bit of a stressful week. I’m sure there’s some contractual obliged thing where I can’t say anything about anything, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.”

After a new deal between Disney and Sony was announced, The Hollywood Reporter claimed the star played a key role in negotiations, reporting that Tom made “multiple appeals to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman to reach a resolution”.

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Rihanna names John Galliano as her dream wedding dress designer

Rihanna wants John Galliano to design her wedding dress if she ever gets married.The superstar appears on the November 2019 cover of U.S. Vogue, and in the accompanying article, revealed she is in a “committed relationship”. While Rihanna did not shar…

Rihanna wants John Galliano to design her wedding dress if she ever gets married.

The superstar appears on the November 2019 cover of U.S. Vogue, and in the accompanying article, revealed she is in a “committed relationship”.

While Rihanna did not share if she is planning to tie the knot with her boyfriend, believed to be Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, she did share that she would love for Maison Margiela creative director Galliano to make her a gown if she does decide to wed.

“It would probably be a collaboration between myself and Galliano,” she told U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in a video for her Go Ask Anna series when questioned on the topic.

The singer also divulged that she would like to be a mother one day.

“I don’t think about stuff like that, but God’s plan, but I look forward to all of the pregnancy rumours after this interview,” the 31-year-old smiled.

Rihanna previously wore a papal-inspired Galliano number to the 2018 Met Gala, which celebrated the exhibit, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

And elsewhere in the chat, the Diamonds singer confirmed she would be in attendance at the 2020 Met Gala after skipping this year’s event.

“You promised me you would be back next year, and when we’re off-camera, I’m going to tell you the theme,” Wintour told the star. “You’re gonna love it.”

Rihanna and Hassan, who have been linked romantically since 2017, have been spotted on several dates, including a recent night out in Santa Monica, California.

Her Ocean’s Eight co-star Sarah Paulson also asked Rihanna about her marriage plans during a chat for Interview magazine in June, to which she responded, “Only God knows that, girl. We plan and God laughs, right?”

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Anna Wintour had to wear hat for ‘several months’ after hairstyle fail

Anna Wintour once had to wear a hat for “several months” after she tried to change her hairstyle.The London-born journalist, who has been editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is known for her trademark pageboy bob haircut and dark sunglasses. But …

Anna Wintour once had to wear a hat for “several months” after she tried to change her hairstyle.

The London-born journalist, who has been editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is known for her trademark pageboy bob haircut and dark sunglasses.

But in a new interview with Rihanna for Vogue’s Go Ask Anna video series, the superstar asked the editor whether she would ever consider opting for a different haircut.

“I’ve had many hairdressers over the years, and I can’t remember how long I’ve had this haircut for,” replied Wintour. “The one time I tried to change it, it was a disaster. I had to wear a hat for several months. So, I’m way to anxious… and lazy… to try it again.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Rihanna asked Wintour whether she was missed by the crowd at the camp-themed 2019 Met Gala in May, to which the 69-year-old insisted: “The whole world missed you.”

She then went on to comment that the singer had promised to attend the 2020 Met Gala, and also pinpointed some of her favourite looks from past events.

“(When) you wore that amazing Margiela look (to the 2018 Met Gala) that was completely hand encrusted with pearls. That was definitely one of my favourites,” she smiled. “Then of course, the year of China: Through the Looking Glass, you wore that amazing (Guo Pei) outfit, which means that the world will never look at yellow in the same way again.”

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Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Rihanna ‘proud’ to model Fenty designs on cover of U.S. Vogue

Rihanna was “proud” to wear designs from her Fenty line in a new photoshoot for U.S. Vogue.The superstar appears on the November 2019 cover of the fashion publication and is seen posing in a beige jacket from her clothing brand, which she co-founded wi…

Rihanna was “proud” to wear designs from her Fenty line in a new photoshoot for U.S. Vogue.

The superstar appears on the November 2019 cover of the fashion publication and is seen posing in a beige jacket from her clothing brand, which she co-founded with bosses at luxury group LVMH in May.

Rihanna took to Instagram on Wednesday to upload a picture of the cover and noted that she was excited to be able to pose in items she had designed.

“So proud to be on another cover of @voguemagazine wearing my own designs from @fenty !!! On stands October 16th!” she wrote.

Rihanna was photographed by Ethan James Green, while Yusef Williams was in charge of her hair and Kanako Takase tasked with her make-up.

In the accompanying interview, the singer spoke about the development of her own fashion house over the past year or so and acknowledged that she was surprised when LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault first reached out.

“I just thought, ‘Really? Is he sure? Like, now?'” the 31-year-old recalled. “And then you’re left with this opportunity that’s a really big risk for everyone involved. But I’ve never been afraid to take risks. That’s the thing that got me out of my own way. I was like, ‘You’ve never been afraid to do anything or try anything, regardless of the outcome.’ So I accepted, and we went full steam ahead.”

Since launching Fenty, Rihanna has won praise for her wearable garments and direct-to-consumer business model. And she’s determined to continue taking a hands-on approach to her clothing venture.

“I’m not the face of my brand, but I am the muse, and my DNA has to run all the way through it,” she insisted. “I don’t want anyone to pull up my website and think, Rihanna would never wear that.”

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