Brie Larson gained red carpet confidence thanks to stylist

Brie Larson gained more confidence on the red carpet after working with her stylist Samantha McMillen.The Captain Marvel star reflected on working with the fashion visionary as part of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 Power Stylists of the Decade featur…

Brie Larson gained more confidence on the red carpet after working with her stylist Samantha McMillen.

The Captain Marvel star reflected on working with the fashion visionary as part of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 10 Power Stylists of the Decade feature, and revealed she feels more confident and “empowered” posing at events thanks to Samantha’s work.

“Sam is very intuitive,” Brie explained. “She listens to what’s important to you creatively, aesthetically, value-wise, and then seamlessly translates it into your wardrobe. I still feel like me, even when I’m in a designer gown and heels.”

The duo have worked together to support female designers, with the Oscar-winning actress wearing gowns from female-led fashion houses, such as Rodarte and Chloe, to film premieres and red carpet events.

“I feel proud to wear their designs on my body. I’m never going to feel 100 per cent comfortable with photographers shouting my name and posing, so it takes the pressure off when you reframe that moment to be about empowering other people’s work,” she added.

And Samantha, who also styles the likes of Elle Fanning, Chris Hemsworth, and Daisy Ridley, showcased her talents when she chose the jaw-dropping custom lilac Celine dress Brie wore to the premiere of Avengers: Endgame last year. She accessorised the look with Irene Neuwirth bracelets and rings that were designed to look like movie’s Infinity Gauntlet.

“Brie’s Avengers: Endgame premiere gown was one of the most googled fashion items last year,” Samantha proudly stated.

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Bella Hadid fronting Helmut Lang campaign

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte. Now, Be…

Bella Hadid has been tapped to star in Helmut Lang’s spring/summer 2020 campaign.

Of late, the American model has landed gigs for the likes of Versace, Missoni, and Michael Kors, as well as appeared in shows for Moschino, Max Mara, and Rodarte.

Now, Bella is appearing in the marketing imagery for fashion label Helmut Lang, with the images shot by photographer Ethan James Green and creative directed by Brian Phillips.

The black-and-white visuals stay true to the brand’s minimalist aesthetic, with the 23-year-old only modelling monochromatic clothing.

Styled by Patti Wilson, one snap shows Bella wearing an oversized black leather jacket with matching leather trousers, a classic crop top, statement sunglasses, while another depicts her in a white top with cutouts and black trousers.

For the photoshoot, hairstylist Jimmy Paul opted to style the model’s dark brunette into a straight style with heavy bangs.

And it appears all involved in the project were thrilled with the final result, with Bella writing on Instagram alongside one of the snaps: “Thank you x a billion @ethanjamesgreen @patti_wilson I love you both, pure passion and talent.”

And the post quickly garnered the attention of her celebrity pals, with Anna Dello Russo commenting, “Major”, Dua Lipa writing, “yes yes YES!!!!!” and Elsa Hosk adding: “Sooo sick.”

Ethan has previously shot campaigns for Calvin Klein, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs, and also helmed Helmut Lang’s fall/winter 2017 imagery featuring Dara and Alek Wek.

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Rodarte offers up vampire chic for fall 20 collection

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they h…

Rodarte has imagined what a vampire’s wife might wear for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy unveiled their latest line at St. Bartholomew’s Church as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the sisters revealing that they had taken inspiration from vampire myths and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Gothic horror film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which starred Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.

To kick off the candlelit spectacle, Bella Hadid walked the runway in a white 1940s-inspired dress with red polka dots. The ensemble was accessorised with matching gloves, satin shoes, and a veiled headpiece featuring a red rose.

A procession of models in grey plaid suits featuring dramatic puffed shoulders followed, before a range of floral print dresses, sequin jumpsuits, and tulle gowns followed.

To emphasise the theme, hairstylist Odile Gilbert gave the models long, glossy tresses or messy topknots, while make-up artist James Kaliardos chose to give each catwalk star a slick of dark purple-red lipstick.

Alongside a string of edgy head-to-toe black outfits, the Mulleavys included a gorgeous red dress with tulle skirt and frilled hemline, as well as a white gown with a black spiderweb motif attached to the front.

Other highlights included a heavily embroidered white dress that was matched with a stole made of purple fabric flowers, and a black silk dress that was worn under a dramatic cape.

Towards the end of the presentation, the designers offered up some more conventional gowns with colourful floral prints, yet the showstopper was the finale piece. Model Meghan Roche turned heads in an ethereal white silk wedding dress with a tiny blue flower motif that was topped off with a headpiece and long blue veil.

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Opening Ceremony stores to close

Opening Ceremony is to shutter its four boutiques this year.On Tuesday, co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon announced that the brand had been acquired by executives at Milan-based company New Guards Group, which also oversees labels including Virgi…

Opening Ceremony is to shutter its four boutiques this year.

On Tuesday, co-founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon announced that the brand had been acquired by executives at Milan-based company New Guards Group, which also oversees labels including Virgil Abloh’s Off-White, Palm Angels, Heron Preston, and Kirin by Peggy Gou.

Lim and Leon are remaining with the brand as creative directors, but in a lengthy statement posted on the Opening Ceremony Instagram page, they confirmed that the firm’s two stores in New York and boutiques in Tokyo and Los Angeles will shutter.

“We’ve made a decision to focus on growing Opening Ceremony collection and brand with our new partners, New Guards Group, and expand the designs of Opening Ceremony. Our brand takes the beautiful spirit of experimentation, fun, and collaboration embodied in our stores and imbues this energy into the clothing we make,” they wrote. “We know our decision may surprise you and it may be interpreted in many different ways. Ultimately, in this time of immense change in the way that people shop, we still believe in the power of passionate and unique retail. But we also believe in the necessity for change, reflection and an opportunity to refresh. This is a moment of transition for Opening Ceremony and, together with our new partners, we are taking the chance to step back and evaluate the future of our Opening Ceremony retail experience.”

Since launching in 2002, Opening Ceremony has become known for offering an eclectic mix of clothing and accessories, as well as for its collaborations with brands such as Rodarte, Disney, Adidas Originals, and Reebok.

And to conclude their statement, Lim and Leon explained that they are “immensely proud” of what they were able to achieve over the years.

“With our constant desire to reinvent, we will return to creating stores, but with a different mindset and perspective in order to wow people who are self-proclaimed shop-til-we-drops like us,” the pair added. “Our deepest thanks goes to our dedicated employees, without whom Opening Ceremony would not have the humanity, kindness, and spirit of friendship that it is known for.”

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January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reunite for Rodarte lookbook

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and…

Mad Men co-stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka have reunited for Rodarte’s new lookbook.

The actresses, who played mother-daughter duo Betty and Sally Draper on the hit TV series, which ran from 2007 until 2015, have been tapped by designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy to appear in the spring/summer 2020 campaign for their fashion label.

Posing in front of a painted landscape background, one portrait shows January and Kiernan standing side-by-side while sporting strapless silk floral gowns and with white pearls dotted throughout their hair, while another sees them posing in dramatic ballgowns.

Taking to Instagram to upload the images, January wrote alongside one of the snaps, “Casual family portraits are so back in.”

And the photographs caught the attention of the pair’s former Mad Men co-stars, with Christina Hendricks, who played Joan Holloway, noting, “When was this?!! So dreeeeeeemy (sic),” and Alison Brie, who portrayed Trudy Campbell, posting, “HOLY. S**T.”

However, January and Kiernan aren’t the only celebrities to appear in Rodarte’s latest imagery, with actresses Kirsten Dunst, Margaret Qualley, Gabrielle Union, Lili Reinhart, Helena Howard, Rowan Blanchard, and Yalitza Aparicio, as well as Haim musicians Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, rapper Kilo Kish, and singer-songwriter King Princess also featuring.

The photoshoot was helmed by photographer Daria Kobayashi Ritch and styled by Shirley Kurata and Ashley Furnival. Regarding the decision to unveil portraits rather than a runway presentation, Laura told Vogue that they wanted to merge their interests in fashion and art.

“As we’ve become more confident and comfortable in our design voice and really seeing what our personality is within the design world, it’s been really nice to think artistically about creating a world behind each collection,” she shared.

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Target bringing back designer collections to celebrate 20th anniversary

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anni…

Target is bringing back 20 designer collections, including its collaborations with Zac Posen and Missoni, to celebrate two decades of fashion partnerships.

Executives at the U.S. retailer announced on Thursday that they are gearing up to launch the Anniversary Collection, which will feature 300 products across clothing, accessories, home decor, and kitchen items. The line will drop on 14 September, with prices ranging from $7 to $160 (£6 – £130).

Previously, shoppers have queued for hours, and crashed Target’s website, in an effort to get their hands on items designed by the likes of Rodarte, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, Altuzarra, Phillip Lim, and Lilly Pulitzer.

However, shoppers are restricted this time round to five items per size and colour from the collection, both in-store and online.

And Mark Tritton, chief merchandising officer at the U.S. retailer, teased more collaborations in the future.

“This anniversary celebrates our rich design history and the diverse range of partnerships we’ve offered our guests for the last 20 years,” he said in a statement. “Each partnership brought something special and exciting to our guests, and with 20 years behind us, we’re only getting started. We look forward to bringing our guests more incredible, inspiring and affordable design, creating preference for Target each and every day.”

The designers are a huge favourite with famous faces, and recently, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore a Jason Wu Collection dress to the London premiere of The Lion King reboot, while Katharine McPhee sported three custom Zac Posen dresses for her wedding to David Foster in London back in June.

Target has also teamed up with editors at publishing house Rizzoli to release Target: 20 Years of Design for All: How Target Revolutionized Accessible Design, a book which will highlight each designer collection over the years.

Additionally, bosses will release a documentary that will take a look behind the scenes at Target’s innovative approach to affordable design in September.

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Humberto Leon and Carol Lim take final bow at Kenzo show

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday. Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented th…

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday.

Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented their final co-ed collection for the company during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Sunday.

Leon shared footage of him and Lim running down a hallway at the AccorHotels Arena on their way to the show and posted in the Instagram caption, “Running with my partner in crime for the last @kenzo show in Paris!!!! Such a fun ride and to do it with your best friend is unreal. We are running because our shows have always been a complicated machine and have never made it easy for us. We have always done it for us. #thecarolandhumbertoera.”

In the comments, the Opening Ceremony founders received praise from fellow designer Marc Jacobs, who wrote, “Congratulations you two! So many beautiful things you’ve done over the years. So inspiring in so many ways. Thank you for giving me and us all your energy and vision.”

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Chance the Rapper and Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne also sent them congratulatory messages.

After the show, Lim posted a photo of herself and Leon hugging, and added, “On repeat in my mind ‘don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry’. We did it! Congrats @humberto and our team at @kenzo for an amazing chapter in the history of the brand. So proud of everything we did and will cherish every memory.”

Singer Solange Knowles composed the musical score for the fashion show and performed her song I’m a Witness before walking down the runway with her orchestra to greet Lim and Leon for the final bow.

Lim took to Instagram to heap praise on Beyonce’s sister by sharing side-by-side snaps of her at their debut Kenzo presentation in 2011 and their final one, and wrote, “You have been with me and @humberto at @kenzo from the beginning! Thank you Solange @saintrecords for being there then and now and for making tonight a moment in cultural history!!! (love) you forever and always.”

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Tessa Thompson thrilled with futuristic gown for Men in Black: International premiere

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out…

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.

The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City for the film’s debut in a silver Rodarte dress with high-low hemline.

Taking to Instagram to share a slideshow of images of her posing on the black carpet, Tessa thanked Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy for embracing her vision and supporting her over the years.

“@Rodarte dressed me for my first big premiere years ago & 4 last night’s debut of @mib_international they made this dress special for me. Luv u (sic) so much @kateandlauramulleavy . Endless thanks. & to the dreamy team that got me ready,” the 35-year-old wrote in the caption.

Tessa topped off her look with silver platform heels and a moon-shaped purse from Judith Leiber, while her make-up artist gave her a slick of iridescent eyeshadow on her lids.

Accordingly, Kate and Laura shared their excitement over the look too, commenting on the post, “We love you Tessa!!!!!!!! You are magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of Tessa’s celebrity pals too, with La La Anthony writing, “Beyond,” with a string of fire emojis, and her Creed co-star Michael B. Jordan commenting, “Such a fan!”

Tessa’s Men in Black: International co-star Chris Hemsworth, who takes on the role of Agent H, also attended the event, looking handsome in a Dolce & Gabbana suit, while the actor’s wife Elsa Pataky rocked a white Armani ensemble.

Men in Black: International opens in cinemas from 13 June.

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Rodarte designers: ‘Natalie Portman’s 2011 Oscars look was a special moment’

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers. The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their…

Kate and Laura Mulleavy have described dressing Natalie Portman in Rodarte for the 2011 Oscars as a pivotal moment in their careers.

The design duo, who have worked with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Margot Robbie and Brie Larson, have picked out their favourite celebrity dresses for a new Harper’s Bazaar U.S. feature, and selected the purple off-the-shoulder gown Natalie wore when she appeared at the 2011 Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for Black Swan.

The Mulleavys had designed the costumes for the psychological thriller as well as all the red carpet outfits for it, so having Natalie, who was pregnant with her first child Aleph the time, take home the trophy while dressed in Rodarte was the perfect end to that project.

“Making the gown for Natalie’s Academy Award appearance for Black Swan was a pinnacle moment in a two-year journey we took with her,” said Laura. “From making the ballet costumes for the film, to making the principle character costumes for her character, to making dresses and gowns for the premiere events for the film, and being a friend we were able to create an Oscar gown that celebrated her iconic and brilliant performance.”

Kate added, “Seeing her nominated and winning at the Oscars was one of the most special moments of our career.”

For the feature, the siblings also picked a few designs that hit the red carpet earlier this year, such as Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s orange Golden Globes dress, Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio’s Oscars gown, and Brie Larson’s star-studded dress for the premiere of Captain Marvel.

“It was so thrilling to create a custom gown for our friend’s premiere,” commented Kate of Brie’s look. “Brie worked tirelessly to create this character and seeing the culmination of all her hard work and diligence on opening night was overwhelming.”

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Rodarte teams with Universal Standard on capsule collection

Rodarte has partnered with Universal Standard on a limited-edition capsule line.California-based sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who are known for their signature romantic yet edgy aesthetic, are no strangers to collaboration, having worked with brand…

Rodarte has partnered with Universal Standard on a limited-edition capsule line.

California-based sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who are known for their signature romantic yet edgy aesthetic, are no strangers to collaboration, having worked with brands such as Gap, Target, and Coach in the past.

Now, the duo has teamed with the designers at inclusive fashion label Universal Standard on a ready-to-wear collection, with pieces available in U.S. sizes 00-40.

“We are excited to partner with Universal Standard to create this amazing collection. We are passionate about working with women that inspire us creatively and we love every style in this collection,” said Kate in a statement, while Laura added: “We have been fans of Universal Standard from the beginning. It’s been a dream to bring our designs to life and to collaborate with the team on this capsule. We are so excited to see how the pieces will be styled and experienced by all the amazing women that wear them.”

The range includes a jumpsuit, a dress with frill detail on the hem, and top with dramatic neck detailing.

Pieces are available in a colour palette of black, white, red, and rose, with Polina Veksler, Universal Standard co-founder and chief executive officer, pleased with the way the garments bridge the gap between high fashion and elevated essentials.

“We believe size should be an irrelevant consideration for women when making fashion choices,” she shared. “Through this collaboration we are taking a step toward giving more women access to designer clothing and we are thrilled to be further expanding our mission by collaborating with a high fashion brand.”

The Rodarte x Universal Standard collection retails for $150-$240 (£115-£184) and is available to buy from Universal Standard’s website and at the company’s New York boutique.

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