Paris Fashion Week officially going ahead

Paris Fashion Week will take place with physical shows in September. Representatives for French fashion’s governing body, The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, confirmed on Wednesday that the womenswear spring/summer 2021 presentations w…

Paris Fashion Week will take place with physical shows in September.

Representatives for French fashion’s governing body, The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, confirmed on Wednesday that the womenswear spring/summer 2021 presentations will take place in Paris between 28 September and 6 October.

“The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode confirms the holding of Womenswear Paris Fashion Week,” they announced in a statement on its website. “It will take place from Monday September 28th to Tuesday October 6th and will comply for its implementation to the recommendations of public authorities. Its organization will be completed by the platform set up for Paris FashionWeek online.”

Earlier this year, the governing body cancelled the couture and men’s fashion weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In place of a physical presentation, the weeks are going digital, with the couture week taking place online between 6 and 8 July and men’s between 9 and 13 July.

Saint Laurent, one of the biggest names on the Paris Fashion Week calendar, announced back in April that it would be not be appearing at the September shows or taking part in any pre-set schedules this year.

“Conscious of the current circumstance and its waves of radical change, Saint Laurent has decided to take control of its pace and reshape its schedule,” a spokesperson said in a statement posted on social media. “Now more than ever, the brand will lead its own rhythm, legitimating the value of time and connecting with people globally by getting closer to them in their own space and lives. With this strategy firmly in place, Saint Laurent will not present its collections in any of the pre-set schedules of 2020.”

Spring/Summer 2021 presentations will kick off with New York Fashion Week, which won’t feature Michael Kors, on 11 September. This is followed by London Fashion Week on 18 September, and Milan Fashion Week, which won’t feature Gucci, on 22 September.

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Naomi Campbell still gets nervous before catwalk appearances

Naomi Campbell has confessed she still gets anxious before her runway appearances.The British supermodel was discovered at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the most in-demand models of the late ’80s and 1990s. Naomi continues to take up some …

Naomi Campbell has confessed she still gets anxious before her runway appearances.

The British supermodel was discovered at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the most in-demand models of the late ’80s and 1990s.

Naomi continues to take up some catwalk gigs, having closed Valentino’s spring/summer 2019 haute couture and Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 presentations, but in a new interview for the BBC’s Women’s Hour, she revealed that she can find the experience to be rather daunting.

“Normally I don’t tell people. That’s just the way I am. I like it to be kept quiet and then I just appear, do my thing and I’m out. No-one realises that when I walk, I’m nervous,” the 50-year-old insisted. “I try to use my nerves to get over my fear and do what I need to do. The day that I don’t feel nervous is the day that I won’t be on the catwalk.”

Naomi went on to discuss her attempts to combat racism in the fashion industry, having co-founded the Diversity Coalition with fellow model Bethann Hardison back in 2013.

And the fashion icon noted that it is extremely important for her to serve as a mentor for the next generation of models.

“I don’t want to have been in the business for this long and not have made it easier for the next generation,” she mused. “That would really break my heart. I don’t want them to have to struggle the way I struggled, even though I like the challenges I went through. I rose to them. They didn’t squash me. They didn’t silence me. I’ve always been supportive in talking and mentoring young models. If they ever need anything, I’ve always been very open to that. I want them to know they can come to me whenever they need to.”

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Burberry unveils plans for immersive September show

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, cho…

Burberry will stage an outdoor catwalk show in September.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant many catwalk presentations and campaigns have been cancelled or postponed, with various big names, including Michael Kors, Gucci, and Saint Laurent, choosing to skip the traditional Fashion Weeks scheduled for fall time.

Representatives for the English heritage brand, headed up Riccardo Tisci, have now revealed how it will proceed for the Spring/Summer 2021 presentation.

A series of cryptic videos uploaded to Burberry’s Instagram Stories show overhead shots of the British coastline, forests and roads accompanied by the words “BURBERRY IN NATURE”. In between this footage, bold white lettering reads: “An immersive show experience, set in the British outdoors, 17 September”.

“As humans, we have always had a deep affinity to nature,” Tisci explained in a statement. “We have had to respect and rely upon its power for our very existence, whilst marvelling and revelling in its extraordinary beauty. Especially recently, we have all yearned to reconnect again and for this show, I wanted to celebrate these feelings by bringing our community together in a creative experience that takes place within the beautiful, natural landscape of Britain.”

The catwalk show will not have a physical audience and fashion fans around the world will be able to watch it digitally. The show will be certified carbon neutral, with emissions offset through Burberry’s Regeneration Fund.

The recent London Fashion Week Digital, which took place between 12 and 14 June, merged womenswear and menswear presentations into one gender-neutral platform – a decision made by the British Fashion Council (BFC) in response to the restrictions facing the fashion industry in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The schedule format will be in place for 12 months.

London Fashion Week is officially slated to start on 18 September.

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Celebrity fashion guru blasts top designers for ‘only working with white stylists’

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in …

Fashion star Jason Bolden has claimed some top designers only work with black celebrities if they have “a white stylist”.

Earlier this week, a representative for French fashion house Celine, headed up by Hedi Slimane, uploaded a message on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May.

“Celine stands against all forms of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Tomorrow’s world will not exist without equality for all,” they stated.

However, Bolden soon took issue with the post and wrote in the comments section: “Wait really, you guys dnt (sic) dress any black celebs unless they have a white stylist @celine. FACTS.”

The Styling Hollywood personality, who regularly works with the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Janet Mock, Sasha Lane, and Yara Shahidi, didn’t expand any further. However, when moderators at fashion Instagram page Diet Prada picked up the story, Bolden also alleged the team at Saint Laurent, helmed by Anthony Vaccarello, and other leading fashion houses were behind the times with embracing diversity.

“@ysl is another one! I’m only supporting brands who support us,” he added. “NOT JUST THIS BRAND BUT TO ALL OF THEM, BE HONEST ABOUT HOW YOU’VE SUPPORTED THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE! WE SEE YOU AND WONT SUPPORT YOU UNTIL YOU SUPPORT US (sic).”

Bolden’s comments soon racked up thousands of likes, with model Adwoa Aboah replying: “Call them all out. This is the way we have been treated by so many brands for far too long.”

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Off-White continues reign as world’s hottest brand

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.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 b…

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.

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 Gigi and Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide. The brand also topped The Lyst Index for the previous two quarters.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while sportswear giant Nike landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Prada, Moncler, Fendi, Valentino, Versace, Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Jacquemus.

“Jacquemus enters The Lyst Index of hottest brands ranking for the first time, with the label’s accessories having previously made the hottest products section,” a Lyst spokesperson commented. “The French brand climbs seven places to reach 15th position, after its supermodel-heavy fall/winter 2020 show boosted social media mentions by over 1,100 per cent. The other new entrants this quarter are Thom Browne and Rick Owens, both eponymous labels of U.S. designers, each with a distinctive and consistent aesthetic.”

Meanwhile, face masks have seen a huge spike in interest, having been worn by the likes of Billie Eilish and rappers Travis Scott and Future on the red carpet at recent events, as well as in light of the global coronavirus crisis.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter. Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon,” they continued.

Other popular accessories include Loewe’s Eln fleece zip sweater, a Gucci x Disney hooded sweatshirt, and Bottega Veneta’s padded Cassette bag.

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Saint Laurent skipping Paris Fashion Week

Saint Laurent won’t be participating in Paris Fashion Week this year.Due to the many unknowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, a representative for the French luxury fashion house announced on Monday that the label won’t be presenting collections as p…

Saint Laurent won’t be participating in Paris Fashion Week this year.

Due to the many unknowns caused by the coronavirus crisis, a representative for the French luxury fashion house announced on Monday that the label won’t be presenting collections as part of any “pre-set” schedules in 2020.

“Conscious of the current circumstance and its waves of radical change, Saint Laurent has decided to take control of its pace and reshape its schedule,” they said in a statement posted on social media. “Now more than ever, the brand will lead its own rhythm, legitimating the value of time and connecting with people globally by getting closer to them in their own space and lives. With this strategy firmly in place, Saint Laurent will not present its collections in any of the pre-set schedules of 2020.”

However, the spokesperson also indicated that Saint Laurent bosses and creative director Anthony Vaccarello were considering alternative formats.

“Saint Laurent will take ownership of its calendar and launch its collections following a plan conceived with an up-to-date perspective, driven by creativity,” they added.

The Paris Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week: Men’s schedules originally set for late June and early July have been cancelled, though the dates for Paris Fashion Week in late September remain on the calendar.

Speaking about the decision to skip the event in an interview with WWD, Vaccarello insisted the move was about being as proactive as possible.

“It’s about being positive, not passive. We have known for years that something has to change. The time is now,” the designer commented. “There is no good reason to follow a calendar developed years ago when everything was completely different. I don’t want to rush a collection just because there is a deadline. This season, I want to present a collection when I am ready to show it.”

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Saint Laurent and Balenciaga workshops to begin making medical masks

Employees at Saint Laurent and Balenciaga’s workshops will soon begin making medical masks.In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis around the world, bosses at Kering, the parent company of the luxury fashion houses, announced on Sunday that they …

Employees at Saint Laurent and Balenciaga’s workshops will soon begin making medical masks.

In light of the escalating coronavirus crisis around the world, bosses at Kering, the parent company of the luxury fashion houses, announced on Sunday that they are preparing to transform textile plants so they can start manufacturing surgical masks for hospitals in order to help support local health authorities.

“The French workshops of Kering’s Houses Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent are preparing to manufacture masks while complying with the strictest health protection measures for their staff members, with production getting underway as soon as the manufacturing process and materials have been approved by the relevant authorities,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Leaders at Kering, the conglomerate helmed by Francois-Henri Pinault, have already provided the French health service with three million masks, following on from contributions made to China and Italy in recent weeks.

They are also making a financial donation to the Institut Pasteur in Paris to aid scientists in researching the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, bosses at Kering’s main competitor Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have also pledged to supply millions of surgical masks to workers in France.

“By virtue of its global distribution network, LVMH has managed to secure an order with a Chinese industrial supplier for a delivery of 10 million masks in France in the coming days (seven million surgical masks and three million FFP2 masks). The order will be repeated for at least four weeks in similar quantities (i.e. approximately 40 million masks),” a spokesperson commented.

Last week, LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault instructed the staff at LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics, including those who make products for Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy, to prepare sites to begin making “substantial quantities” of hydroalcoholic gel.

The gel will be delivered free of charge to French health authorities and those working at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, a network of teaching hospitals that treats more than eight million patients per year.

At present, there have been over 351,000 reported coronavirus cases around the world, with 15,000 deaths. China, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Iran, and the U.S. remain the worst affected nations.

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Saint Laurent serves up ’80s-inspired power suits for fall 20

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of…

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.

Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of Hailey Bieber, Kit Harington, Brooklyn Beckham, Joe Keery, Maika Monroe, Lily Collins, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, and Zoe Kravitz all perched on the front row.

Explaining his influences for the range, Vaccarello commented in his show notes that he was interested in subverting convention by combining traditionally feminine silhouettes with racier fabrics.

“Between gilded salons and nocturnal places inhabited by well-mannered girls and bad boys, the Saint Laurent woman loves to take risks, she wears lace and cashmere with Latex,” he commented.

With the Eiffel Tower in the background, the presentation opened with a model walking the runway in a red and black plaid jacket, matching pussy bow blouse, black Latex leggings, and large black and gold stud earrings.

Vaccarello then offered up a parade of super sexy outfits, with one model sporting a halterneck top made of Latex with black velvet trousers and thigh-high boots, and another outfitted in a black leather corset and long coat.

And despite building up a reputation for using black and muted shades, Vaccarello used his new collection to experiment with colour.

Partway through the spectacle, models showed off skin-tight trousers made from purple, magenta, and red Latex, while he also dropped a line-up of outfits utilising eye-catching combinations, such as a bold red jacket matched with a pink top and purple leggings, or a mustard yellow jacket paired with purple tights.

To conclude, the designer served up a range of eveningwear pieces, like a red sequin dress with pussy bow neckline and black velvet dress with plunging neckline.

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Scarlett Johansson leads wave of colour in pink Versace dress at BAFTAs

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stu…

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stunned as she arrived at the star-studded bash held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Scarlett showed off her trim figure and numerous tattoos in the plunging custom pink gown, which was covered in sequins and finished off with a flourish of baby pink feathers on the skirt.

The mesh sections of the gown gave fans a glimpse of the ink on her rib cage, in addition to the string of roses and a goat exposed on her back.

She completed her show-stopping look with blush pink Jimmy Choo sandals and drop earrings, and styled her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Scarlett, who was nominated for both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, was just one of the famous faces opting for colour on the chilly red carpet.

Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Actress gong for her portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, wore an off-the-shoulder pale pink column gown by Prada with matching Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Florence Pugh chose a dramatic black and pink Dries Van Noten gown for the ceremony, which featured a short skirt in the front and a huge hot pink train in the back.

Charlize Theron also wowed with her pleated floor-length purple Dior dress, while Zoe Kravitz wore an eye-catching metallic gold gown designed by Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern, who continued her successful streak by winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, also channelled the colourful theme on the red carpet with a bright pink Valentino gown that featured an embellished bodice and full skirt.

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Top fashion firms donate to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales a…

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.

Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Many celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, and Elton John, have made generous donations towards helping the firefighters and saving the wildlife, and now, bosses at fashion conglomerates Kering, PVH Corp., and Tapestry, Inc. have all announced their contributions.

A representative for Kering, which is headed by Francois-Henri Pinault and is the parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, has confirmed the company will donate $685,000 (£525,00), the equivalent of AUD $1 million.

“These funds will be provided to the most appropriate local organisations selected by the group’s sustainability experts,” they said. “Additional initiatives will also be undertaken by various brands in solidarity with the Australian people. In the longer term, Kering plans to participate in future reforestation and biodiversity programmes.”

Meanwhile, officials at PVH, which oversee brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, are donating $68,000 (£52,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund, as are bosses at Tapestry, the owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

“Our hearts go out to the countless number of people affected by the bushfires,” said Jide Zeitlin, Tapestry’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While what has been lost cannot be replaced, we want to help the affected communities repair and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.”

Closer to home, Australian designer Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales online and in-store for the next seven days to the NSW Rural Fire Service, while New Zealand-based fashion star Karen Walker is supporting charities including Wildlife Victoria, the RSPCA, and Red Cross.

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