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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Saint Laurent set to drop capsule collections with Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter

Fashion’s newest partnership is an exciting one – Saint Laurent is teaming up with both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter on two capsule collections.The lines will drop on 13 May, with woemsnswear, menswear, shoes and accessories all on offer.Saint Laurent,…

Fashion’s newest partnership is an exciting one – Saint Laurent is teaming up with both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter on two capsule collections.

The lines will drop on 13 May, with woemsnswear, menswear, shoes and accessories all on offer.

Saint Laurent, headed up by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, is known for its edgy silhouettes and androgynous offerings, which will be seen through the new capsule collections. A heritage music note print runs through the items, with nods to styles from the ‘60s to the ‘90s.

“We spotted the trend of genderless dressing emerging over the past few seasons, and never has this idea felt more relevant,” Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-Porter, commented. “We see Saint Laurent as the genesis of this movement, and the perfect partner for our joint exclusive capsule celebrating androgynous dressing at Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter.”

The womenswear Net-a-Porter collaboration will consist of 29 pieces, 21 of which will be ready-to-wear, and eight non-apparel. A leather jacket, jeans, denim jacket, tops, dresses, bags and shoes all feature, with prices ranging from $275 (£211) for a cardholder to $6,500 (£5,000) for a sequined minidress.

Over at Mr Porter, there will be 14 items of clothing, two accessories and a pair of shoes, with prices starting at $275 and going up to $4,990 (£3,838).

The news comes shortly after John Wick star Keanu Reeves was unveiled as the new face of the luxury French label. He fronts Saint Laurent’s fall 2019 menswear campaign.

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Keanu Reeves unveiled as new face of Saint Laurent

Keanu Reeves is branching out into the world of fashion as the face of Saint Laurent’s Fall 2019 menswear campaign. The Matrix star’s latest venture was announced by the luxury brand’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello on Tuesday (30Apr19) in a s…

Keanu Reeves is branching out into the world of fashion as the face of Saint Laurent’s Fall 2019 menswear campaign.

The Matrix star’s latest venture was announced by the luxury brand’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello on Tuesday (30Apr19) in a series of images of the actor looking chic in the label’s signature clothing.

The three black and white shots, captured by fashion photographer David Sims, capture chilled Reeves wearing a black leather aviator jacket with a shearling collar, a pinstripe suit and aviator sunglasses, and a classic motorcycle jacket.

Reeves joins a long list of celebrities, who have served as ambassadors for the label, including Travis Scott and Zoe Kravitz, and the new style role could not have come at a better time for the action hunk – he is currently in tip-top shape after completing his role as a hitman in

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Reeves had to devote himself to intense workout routines with his trainer, Patrick Murphy, who tells Men’s Journal magazine the actor’s impressive new physique came about through dedication.

“Keanu is an animal,” Murphy says. “I never have to convince him to do another rep. But our workouts are designed to make him feel good and strong, not destroy him, because he is getting so beat up during the shoot as it is.”

He adds, “I am always blown away by his level of commitment. There are no quick edits to save him, he is stunt fighting with dozens of guys at a time, and really selling it. By the end of filming he is almost as battered and bruised as the character he is playing. There is the heart of a warrior in there.”

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Adut Akech makes sure hairstylists are respectful of her hair

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has sinc…

Adut Akech is no longer afraid to voice her opinions when it comes to hairstyling.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, made her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2017 show in September 2016 and has since gone on to appear as the “bride” in a Chanel couture show, and walk for the likes of Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Kenzo.

While Adut has quickly risen up the ranks of the industry, she has now shared that she has often had to have difficult conversations with hairstylists before shows and photoshoots, as many are unequipped to work with her natural hair.

“I have Afro hair, and you can’t use the same products or put the same amount of heat on my hair as you would with a Caucasian girl’s hair, but a lot of (hairstylists) fail to understand that. Last season, I let (the hairstylists) do what they wanted to do, and my hair got so heat-damaged,” she said in an interview with Allure magazine. “This season I didn’t let anyone touch my hair with heat at all, and a lot of people were offended, but if a model is not feeling OK (with a style), they should understand.”

Previously, models such as Iman and Leomie Anderson have spoken about how they have to supply their own foundation for gigs as make-up artists often don’t carry the right shade.

And disappointingly, Adut has had a similar experience, and often brings her go-to products to set, though she has now found a few foundations that blend seamlessly with her skin tone.

“I’m a really dark-skinned girl, and it was hard to find something in Australia; the only brand I could use was MAC. In America, I can find my shade. I like L’Oreal Paris True Match, Maybelline New York Fit Me, and Dior Backstage,” the 19-year-old added.

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Adut Akech: ‘Money doesn’t motivate my career’

Adut Akech didn’t get into modelling for the money.The 19-year-old beauty, who was born in South Sudan, raised in Kenya and then moved to Australia as a child, has become one of the most exciting new names in fashion over the past few seasons.Since mak…

Adut Akech didn’t get into modelling for the money.

The 19-year-old beauty, who was born in South Sudan, raised in Kenya and then moved to Australia as a child, has become one of the most exciting new names in fashion over the past few seasons.

Since making her debut on the spring/summer 17 runways, she has walked for Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Kenzo, among other top labels, as well as landing numerous high-profile campaigns and magazine editorials. She was also was part of the Chanel fall/winter 19 show at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month (Mar19), modelling Karl Lagerfeld’s last-ever collection.

Talking to Vogue Australia about her attitude to work, Adut explained how she’s motivated by a passion for modelling rather than money when it comes to her job.

“I didn’t go in with a money mindset, I purely just do modelling because I have love and passion for it,” she said. “In the beginning of it, I was not making any money, like a lot of people. It was just great that I can now have money to be able to support myself and my family, so it’s kind of a bonus.”

Her sentiment was echoed by Australian singer-songwriter Amy Shark, who appears on the March Vogue Australia cover alongside Adut and actress Angourie Rice.

“Just make sure that you’re doing it for all the right reasons, not because you think that you’re going to make a bunch of money or you’re going to be famous, or life’s going to be easy, ’cause it’s not,” the star added.

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Saint Laurent shines bright with glow in the dark creations during PFW show

Saint Laurent showcased glow in the dark creations in what was a fun and exciting Paris Fashion Week presentation on Tuesday (26Feb19).Creative director Anthony Vaccarello went all out with the Saint Laurent fall 2019 collection, with neon shoes, dress…

Saint Laurent showcased glow in the dark creations in what was a fun and exciting Paris Fashion Week presentation on Tuesday (26Feb19).

Creative director Anthony Vaccarello went all out with the Saint Laurent fall 2019 collection, with neon shoes, dresses and sunglasses all shining bright when the runway was lit with purple ultraviolet light towards the end of the show.

Among the most eye-catching looks was an ostrich feathered minidress, which turned into black and pink stripes under the ultraviolet light, and a pair of acid orange pumps.

The glow in the dark pieces were just one aspect of the Eighties trend Vaccarello explored with his new collection. Structured shoulders are part of the new YSL silhouette, with a stunning cream coat and jewelled top among the items which sported exaggerated shoulders. Pants were noticeably absent from the collection, with Saint Laurent instead showcasing tiny skirts and shorts worn over polka dot tights as part of their take on power dressing.

Saint Laurent wasn’t the only big name to showcase at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. Stars including newly-engaged Jennifer Lawrence flocked to the front row of the Dior show, where Maria Grazia Chiuri paid “homage to the alchemist of elegance and beauty, Karl Lagerfeld”, according to the show notes. Chanel legend Lagerfeld died earlier this month, aged 85.

Chiuri took inspiration from the concept of sorority for Dior’s new collection, and presented her new take on 50’s femininity as she debuted pieces such as full skirts and an updated version of the traditional ballgown.

Each and every model wore a Stephen Jones-designed bucket hat, many of which included a net veil covering the eyes, with checked raincoats and black wellington boots also proving that the Dior girl is more than prepared for an autumn shower.

Feminist slogan T-shirts were also a standout piece on the runway, with models sporting tops featuring slogans such as “Sisterhood Is Global”, “Sisterhood is Powerful” and “Sisterhood is Forever”, referring to feminist texts by American poet Robin Morgan.

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