Off-White tops The Lyst Index’s rankings of hottest brands

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties…

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.

Now, researchers have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the third quarter of 2019 and claimed Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as brand and product social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while Gucci fell back two spots in comparison to last quarter and landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Vetements, while notable additions to the top 20 this quarter were Bottega Veneta and Loewe.

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

“Daniel Lee has brought incredible energy to the evolution of Bottega Veneta and the reaction has been extraordinary,” Dario Gargiulo, chief marketing officer of Bottega Veneta, said of the brand’s transformation. “Free from any desire to become the hottest brand in the world, our focus is on the beauty and power of subtlety. We forego extensive explanation about our brand in favour of simply being visible and present across the current multicultural landscape.”

Among the most popular products were Bottega Veneta’s padded sandals, Adidas Continental 80 sneakers, Jacquemus’ pocket-sized Le Chiquito bag, Paco Rabanne’s reissued 1969 metal shoulder bag, Fendi’s FF motif bikini, and Mansur Gavriel’s cloud print sweater.

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Kaia Gerber can’t always tell herself apart from Cindy Crawford in photos

Kaia Gerber sometimes needs a second to tell herself apart from mother Cindy Crawford when looking at photos.The model, who is the daughter of Crawford and Rande Gerber, landed her first fashion gig at the age of 10, and after completing high school, h…

Kaia Gerber sometimes needs a second to tell herself apart from mother Cindy Crawford when looking at photos.

The model, who is the daughter of Crawford and Rande Gerber, landed her first fashion gig at the age of 10, and after completing high school, has walked the runway for the likes of Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel, Versace, and Fendi.

But despite Kaia having a strong resemblance to her famous mum, in a new interview for U.S. Vogue magazine, the rising star insisted that she has only recently noticed their similarities.

“From day one, people in the industry were often taken aback by my resemblance to my mom,” the 18-year-old commented. “As I get older, it happens even more, and it’s not just a visual thing: It’s everything from our mannerisms to our voices. It used to be that I didn’t see it at all, but now I will look at a picture and have to take a moment before realising which one of us it is. But the biggest compliment is when someone says I act like my mom.”

But if fans are having trouble telling Kaia and Cindy apart, the model noted that there is one very easy way to distinguish between the brunette beauties.

“A quick tip: My mom’s the one with the mole,” she smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Kaia spoke about her decision to enter the fashion world, the impact the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have had on the industry, as well as the way in which social media gives models power.

“We used to see (models as) a kind of fantasy that was a bit removed from the real world. And while that magic is dimmed a little now, I believe it’s for the better,” Kaia mused. “I think it’s cool that we get to see everyone looking like themselves – for a young girl to realise, ‘OK, they don’t always look like that.'”

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Naomi Campbell closes Saint Laurent spring 2020 show

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night. The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Sal…

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night.

The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Salma Hayek, Rami Malek, Andie MacDowell, and Ezra Miller, as she closed creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s latest presentation.

She strutted down the long runway in front of the Eiffel Tower wearing a black sequinned blazer jacket and matching trousers – a nod to the French fashion house’s famous Le Smoking suit – and black pointed ankle strap pumps with gold tips.

The 49-year-old shared footage of herself walking in the shimmering suit and wrote on Instagram, “Closing @ysl Spring Summer 2020 tonight was an honour! Thank you @anthonyvaccarello & @pg_dmcasting.”

Naomi had hinted at her appearance earlier in the day by sharing throwback footage of herself walking the YSL runway for the Couture Spring 2002 show and another snap of herself on the runway with Yves Saint Laurent himself.

“Mr. Yves Saint Laurent, you believed in me and stood by my side when I needed it most! Grateful for you and for all the memories we’ve made together over the years. Kind-hearted, creative genius and fashion visionary! We miss you dearly,” she wrote in the caption.

The show marked Naomi’s first appearance for a fashion house for spring/summer 2020. Earlier this month, she walked the runway for her annual charity event, Fashion for Relief, during London Fashion Week.

For his spring/summer 2020 collection, Vaccarello channelled rocker chic, festival style, and bohemian looks, with the collection featuring gold paisley embroidered dresses, chiffon blouses, and peasant-style smocks.

The models, which included Kaia Gerber and Stella Tennant, also donned micro shorts, cut-off jeans, waistcoats, cowboy boots, and tuxedo ensembles.

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Kering pledges commitment to become carbon neutral

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its …

Kering has announced it is becoming fully carbon neutral.

The French conglomerate, which owns fashion houses such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, said in a statement that it was going to adopt greener processes throughout its entire supply chain.

“When it comes to climate change, we can no longer wait to take real action. We all need to step up as businesses and account for the GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions that we generate in total,” said chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault, according to WWD. “While we focus on avoiding and reducing our GHG emissions to meet our Science-Based Target, we will offset all our remaining emissions and support the conservation of vital forests and biodiversity around the world.”

He also revealed that Kering is pledging to offset its annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2018.

Back in August, Kering and 31 other leading companies signed French President Emmanuel Macron’s Fashion Pact, which is a set of shared objectives the industry can work toward to reduce its environmental impact.

To offset its annual emissions, Kering is investing in projects that conserve biodiversity and support the livelihoods of local communities affected by climate change.

The news comes weeks after Gucci announced its supply chain was now entirely carbon neutral.

The Italian label, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, is offsetting all remaining greenhouse gas emissions annually from operations and the entire supply chain through four critically important projects that support forest conservation around the world.

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Patti Smith set to front Saint Laurent campaign – report

Punk poet Patti Smith is reportedly the face of Saint Laurent’s spring 2020 campaign.The French fashion house’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello has selected the 72-year-old rocker to front the imagery, according to editors at Page Six Style, with …

Punk poet Patti Smith is reportedly the face of Saint Laurent’s spring 2020 campaign.

The French fashion house’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello has selected the 72-year-old rocker to front the imagery, according to editors at Page Six Style, with photographer Steven Sebring to helm the photoshoot in New York City later this month.

Sebring has a special relationship with Smith, as he first photographed her in 1995 for Spin magazine and directed 2008 documentary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life.

And the Because the Night hitmaker isn’t the first musician to land an ad campaign for the luxury label. Under previous creative director Hedi Slimane, stars including Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Daft Punk, and Joni Mitchell modelled in Saint Laurent ads.

While back in April, Vaccarello announced that he had chosen Keanu Reeves to star in the fall 2019 menswear campaign.

The three black-and-white shots, captured by fashion photographer David Sims, depict the 55-year-old wearing a black leather aviator jacket with a shearling collar, a pinstripe suit and aviator sunglasses, as well as a classic motorcycle jacket.

Meanwhile, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard was named as the face of the fall/winter 2019 campaign in May.

The 16-year-old appears in another slick photoshoot by Sims, where he poses in a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots.

In another image, the young actor, who plays Mike Wheeler in the hit Netflix series, is seen wearing a striped shirt with a tie, leather jacket, and sunglasses.

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Adut Akech eager to advocate for refugees

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s sprin…

Adut Akech is keen to become an advocate for refugees around the world.

The model, who was moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as a South Sudanese refugee at the age of seven, made her runway debut in Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show and has since gone on to walk for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

Akech has also been tapped to appear on the cover of the new Forces of Change issue of British Vogue magazine, guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and in the accompanying editorial, she commented that she wants to use her platform to draw awareness to the plight of displaced people.

“I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else,” she insisted. “You don’t choose to be a refugee… You don’t wake up thinking, I’m going to be a refugee. The only difference between a refugee and someone who grew up in the Western world is that we were forced out of our own country, out of our homes, because of fear – not out of choice.”

Akech has already begun work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), promoting causes to support refugees. Ultimately, she would like to be known for more than just her successful modelling career.

“I want to be known as someone who made a positive impact. It’s an honour to be used as an example of what diversity looks like (but) I want to be more involved with charities that are changing people’s lives,” the 19-year-old mused.

Elsewhere in the chat, Akech divulged that she has recently ticked off another one of her goals – she has purchased her mother a car and house.

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Stephanie Seymour makes fashion comeback with Vogue Italia cover

Stephanie Seymour has made her fashion comeback official by fronting the latest cover of Vogue Italia.The California-born beauty rose to fame alongside the likes of “original supermodels” such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Tu…

Stephanie Seymour has made her fashion comeback official by fronting the latest cover of Vogue Italia.

The California-born beauty rose to fame alongside the likes of “original supermodels” such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer in the ’80s and ’90s, and was known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Playboy and U.S. Vogue.

In recent years, Seymour has been focusing on raising her family and developing her Raven & Sparrow lingerie line, but on Thursday, editors at Vogue Italia announced that she was fronting the August 2019 issue of the publication.

One cover image shows the 51-year-old sporting a neon green feathered coat from Saint Laurent and black polka dot tights while holding a vintage camera, while another shows her posing nude except for a belt, necklace and stilettos in front of a digital camera.

The photoshoot was overseen by Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti, creative director Ferdinando Verderi, photographer Collier Schorr and stylist Vanessa Reid.

Regarding the inspiration behind the imagery, a Vogue Italia spokesperson commented that Schorr sought to subvert gender and identity conventions, with Seymour an “active subject” who is sharing the process with the photographer.

“I didn’t want to enact the Helmut Newton role with a much younger and less experienced model and have that much power, even if it’s just a presumed power,” said Schorr. “By the time I was working with Stephanie on the final shoot, I better understood that the performance for the camera is not all put on for affect – what you see in the photographs is made up of real pieces of us. I truly understand what it is like to be in a certain fashion photography moment where a lot of lines – albeit only representational – can get crossed.”

The new issue of Vogue Italia, which also features Schiffer on the cover, will hit newsstands on 6 August.

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Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Keanu Reeves among guests at Saint Laurent show

Anthony Vaccarello’s latest Saint Laurent show attracted a whole host of mega stars, with Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and new brand ambassador, Keanu Reeves. Taking place on the Paradise Cove beach in Malibu, on Thursday, a line-up of A-list stars t…

Anthony Vaccarello’s latest Saint Laurent show attracted a whole host of mega stars, with Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and new brand ambassador, Keanu Reeves.

Taking place on the Paradise Cove beach in Malibu, on Thursday, a line-up of A-list stars took their place on the front row, with 21 Savage, Amber Heard, Sebastian Stan, Charlie Puth, Evan Peters, Laura Dern, Lakeith Stanfield and Luka Sabbat joining the sandy setting.

On the fashion front was Amber Valletta, Hailey Bieber and Anja Rubik.

Vaccarello’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection took inspiration from Mick Jagger’s swaggering ‘70s style, which was seen on garments like satin shirts, drain pipe trousers and skinny scarves.

“I tried to connect Mick in the ‘70s with L.A., which I think is the new Marrakech,” Vaccarello told Vogue. “I think Marrakech has become over-used and too touristy, in a way. I always saw Los Angeles as a new Marrakech.”

Like the clothes seen on the catwalk, many of the show’s guests went for unisex looks, almost all donning black garments.

“There’s a quality of life we don’t have in Paris, in England, or anywhere else,” the designer explained of the L.A. setting. “The people I’ve met here are very gender-fluid, very relaxed.”

Absent from Thursday’s proceedings was Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, who was unveiled as a Saint Laurent model in May.

The 16-year-old fronts the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, and was snapped by photographer David Sims dressed in a Saint Laurent’s signature look of a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots.

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Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard fronts Saint Laurent campaign

Finn Wolfhard has been unveiled as the new face of Saint Laurent.The 16-year-old actor, who stars as Mike Wheeler in the cult-favourite Netflix series Stranger Things, has been snapped up to front the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, the brand’s creative dir…

Finn Wolfhard has been unveiled as the new face of Saint Laurent.

The 16-year-old actor, who stars as Mike Wheeler in the cult-favourite Netflix series Stranger Things, has been snapped up to front the Fall/Winter 2019 campaign, the brand’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello announced on Instagram.

Wolfhard, who is also the frontman of indie rock band Calpurnia, appears in the slick campaign by photographer David Sims, dressed in a skinny two-piece suit styled with high-shine leather boots. In another image, the It star is seen wearing a striped shirt with a tie, leather jacket, and sunglasses.

The Canadian-born actor follows in the footsteps of Keanu Reeves and Travis Scott, who have both starred in campaigns for luxury French fashion house Saint Laurent, and joins the list of Stranger Things cast members who have been championed by the fashion industry since the show debuted in 2016.

Actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in the show, appeared in several campaigns during Raf Simons‘ time at Calvin Klein, while her co-star Sadie Sink, who plays Max, walked in Miu Miu’s Resort 2019 show. And Dacre Montgomery, who stars as Max’s older brother Billy, was recently tapped to front H&M’s new Stranger Things collection – a line filled with nods to the sci-fi series.

Season three of Stranger Things will debut on Netflix on 4 July (19).

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Kering commits to only working with models aged over 18

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runw…

Executives at fashion conglomerate Kering have reaffirmed their commitment to only hiring models over the age of 18.

Over the past two years, bosses at top houses and media corporations have introduced new codes of conduct regarding photoshoots and runway shows in light of the #MeToo movement and claims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and fashion industries,

Now, bosses at Kering – which owns luxury brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen – have stated that they will only hire models aged over 18.

“As a global luxury group, we are conscious of the influence exerted on younger generations in particular by the images produced by our houses,” declared Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, in a statement. “We believe that we have a responsibility to put forward the best possible practices in the luxury sector and we hope to create a movement that will encourage others to follow suit.”

Back in September 2017, leaders at Kering and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton introduced a charter with the aim of banning very thin and underage models from the runway.

The new regulation may mean models like Kaia Gerber, 17, miss out on gigs for a few months. However, a spokesperson for the company is adamant hiring models over the age of 18 signals further progress in a “continued commitment” to women.

“In our view, the physiological and psychological maturity of models aged over 18 seems more appropriate to the rhythm and demands that are involved in this profession. We are also aware of the role model element that images produced by our houses can represent for certain groups of people,” added Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer.

The new guidelines will be enacted as of the fall/winter 2020 shows.

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