Naomi Campbell breaks down in tears during speech at The Fashion Awards 2019

Naomi Campbell broke down in tears as she became the first person of colour to receive the Fashion Icon prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday.The British supermodel was honoured with the coveted Fashion Icon prize by architectural designer Sir Jon…

Naomi Campbell broke down in tears as she became the first person of colour to receive the Fashion Icon prize at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday.

The British supermodel was honoured with the coveted Fashion Icon prize by architectural designer Sir Jony Ive during the star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

As Naomi took to the stage in an Alexander McQueen gown adorned with an intricate pattern of sparkling gems, she fought to hold back her emotions as she thanked her mother Valerie for “raising me single-handedly”, gushing: “You were my mother and my father.”

Calling the moment “an out-of-body experience,” Naomi wiped away tears as she described how she “learned today that I’m the first woman of colour to receive this award” and then took the opportunity to name her own style icons from over the decades.

“That leaves me to say who I consider my style icons,” she said. “Grace Jones, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Donyale Luna, Bethann Hardison, Naomi Sims, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Janet Jackson, and Tina Turner… I could go on and on, but I want to thank you for paving the way for me and inspiring a generation.”

The 49-year-old, who was given the award in recognition of her career and contribution to the fashion industry, also took to the stage to present Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton with the Trailblazer Award.

The other big winners on the night were Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee, who was named Designer of the Year, British Designer of the Year for Womenswear, and Accessories Designer of the Year, while the Italian label was also feted Brand of the Year. Rihanna’s label Fenty won the Urban Luxe category, Adut Akech was selected as Model of the Year, and Dior Men’s Kim Jones won British Designer of the Year for Menswear.

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Sarah Burton to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with …

Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with the prestigious prize at the annual ceremony on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

“Sarah’s empowering and narrative approach to shows and her focus on community and appreciation of craft, technology, and British heritage is what has made her one of the most respected designers of our time,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive. “Her commitment to sharing her vision and expertise with the future generations of fashion designers has been remarkable. She’s an incredible source of inspiration for many generations to come and we look forward to celebrating with her in London in December.”

Burton took over as head designer at Alexander McQueen in May 2010 following the brand founder’s death at the age of 40 in February that year. She also rose to global prominence in 2011 when she designed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s dress for her wedding to Prince William.

For Burton’s spring/summer 2020 show, the fashion star championed U.K.-wide craftsmanship, drawing upon the expertise of the fabric mills of the North of England, Mallon linen, and Irish beetling.

“Burton has demonstrated a considered and consistent vision for the house, overseeing all aspects including brand image and retail concept; expanding to innovative retail spaces; new global flagship stores; exhibition spaces and educational programmes,” a BFC representative added.

Previously, Rush shared that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.

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Alexander McQueen honours artisan traditions with spring 2020 collection

Alexander McQueen has paid tribute to artisan traditions with its spring/summer 2020 collection.Creative director Sarah Burton unveiled her latest line at the Musee de l’Orangerie as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with the spectacle drawi…

Alexander McQueen has paid tribute to artisan traditions with its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Creative director Sarah Burton unveiled her latest line at the Musee de l’Orangerie as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night, with the spectacle drawing in celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Anna Dello Russo.

In her show notes, the British designer explained that she had been inspired by a recent trip to Northern Ireland where she had learned about the techniques used in manufacturing traditional linens and embroideries.

“Each look tells its own story,” she shared. “The connection between the clothes is the time it took to make them. I was interested in clarity and paring things down, in the essence of garment – stripping back to the toile. I love the idea of people having the time to make things together, the time to meet and talk together, the time to reconnect with the world.”

With members of the London Contemporary Orchestra playing a piece composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge, the show opened with model Vilma Sjoberg walking the runway in a puff-sleeve dress with contrast feather-stitch detailing, which was made from beetled moonlit ivory linen and accessorised with a black leather belt and boots. Beetling refers to the process of pounding linen or cotton fabric to give a flat, lustrous effect.

A series of black and white suits and dresses from the same material followed, with the garments interspersed with touches of white lace and grey suits featuring cutouts at the waist.

Partway through the show, Burton also incorporated abstract prints influenced by the work of fashion students who took life drawing classes at the label’s London flagship store, with all of the artists credited in the show notes, while the presentation built to a dramatic conclusion with the unveiling of a parade of dresses with sculptural sleeves and layered tulle, as well as models Kaia Gerber and Cosima Fritz sporting pink and ice-blue numbers which resembled blooming dahlia blossoms.

To conclude, Adut Akech wowed in a deconstructed tailored jacket in black garment beetled linen.

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Kate Moss fronting Alexander McQueen’s fall 19 campaign

Kate Moss has been tapped to star in Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.The British supermodel has had a long relationship with the fashion house, having famously appeared suspended as a hologram for the finale of the designer’s fall/winter 2006 prese…

Kate Moss has been tapped to star in Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The British supermodel has had a long relationship with the fashion house, having famously appeared suspended as a hologram for the finale of the designer’s fall/winter 2006 presentation, and been a friend of McQueen until his death at the age of 40 in 2010.

Now, Moss is appearing in McQueen’s fall/winter 2019 campaign, sporting ensembles from creative director Sarah Burton’s new womenswear collection.

Photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth, one image shows Moss standing in a red and black suit in what appears to be a fabric mill, while another depicts her in a sharply tailored grey suit which has been matched with leather studded lace-up boots. Another set of photos features the model wearing a red dress with skirt that resembles the shape of a rose and posing in a slightly overgrown garden, as well as modelling a heavily beaded dress with sheer skirt.

Several of the images have been posted on McQueen’s official Instagram account, but Moss is yet to comment on the project.

Following a quiet few years in the industry, the fashion star has made quite the comeback of late and appeared in campaigns for the likes of Zadig & Voltaire, Giorgio Armani, and Stella McCartney.

She was also the cover star of British Vogue’s May 2019 issue, with the photoshoot marking the 40th time she had landed the prestigious gig.

“Everybody loves Kate. Many people have grown up with her, and so a big part of her allure is that they feel they know her,” British Vogue editor Edward Enninful commented of the 45-year-old. “She has an air of accessibility, like your next-door neighbour – but the super-intriguing one who you know is having the best time ever, even if you’re not exactly sure what she’s up to.”

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Sarah Burton honoured to receive CFDA accolade

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of Ameri…

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.

The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

Speaking to Vogue about the award, which was announced before the annual bash took place, she highlighted that McQueen himself, who committed suicide in 2010, had also previously won the accolade.

“It’s a real honour. I feel very, very honoured,” she grinned. “I was just thinking that I actually came with Lee when he got his (in 2003), so it’s really quite a thing for me to get one because I remember how pleased Lee was when he got his, and coming (to New York) and celebrating that. It’s really a very, very special thing.”

The awards were held at New York’s Brooklyn Museum. Brandon Maxwell, Rick Owens, and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were among the big winners.

Asked by Vogue what values she likes to express through her designs, Sarah explained that empowering women is at the heart of everything she does.

“It’s always been about a woman who’s strong,” she continued. “It’s very much a woman who is strong for herself, I feel. I really believe that a woman shouldn’t just have to dress like a man to feel strong.

“That’s why I really love to play with tailoring mixed with a woman’s dress. I want to show how important it is to be a woman still. You don’t have to take away your emotions and your feelings – it’s OK to feel vulnerable and have imperfections. I think that idea of strength and femininity are really important. I always like to say that in a way it’s almost like soft armour for women, so that you feel empowered, but not overwhelmed.”

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Brandon Maxwell wins top prize at 2019 CFDA Awards

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as…

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

And at a star-studded ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Maxwell collected his second CFDA award, having won the prize for Emerging Talent in 2016.

“To the nominees in this category, you cannot imagine what it feels like to be in your company for me,” he told the crowd. “It is an absolute pleasure…this is really once-in-a-lifetime; this is never going to happen to me again.”

Maxwell, 34, beat out the likes of Marc Jacobs, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Rosie Assoulin, and Sander Lak of Sies Marjan. In addition, he praised his peers and colleagues, making a point of honouring the dedicated workers in the fashion industry.

“I have worked for 10 years as a stylist before I started my company with almost every single person in this room,” he commented. “And I know that you’re kind people and you work hard, and we scrubbed off tonight and put on a suit but the other 364 days of the year we are trying to pay the light bill and make it happen.”

Meanwhile, Rick Owens, the 2017 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award recipient, was named Menswear Designer of the Year, edging out the likes of Mike Amiri of Amiri, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took home Accessory Designer of the Year for The Row, with the twin sisters also receiving the same award last year, and Emily Adams Bode was named Emerging Designer of the Year for her label Bode.

In addition, there was a number of special awards – Jennifer Lopez was presented with the Fashion Icon prize by Tom Ford, Harold Koda bestowed Lynn Yaeger with the Media Award, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was recognised with the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Carine Roitfeld won the Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert, Bob Mackie was presented with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and Eileen Fisher was given the Positive Change Award.

The full list of winners from the 2019 CFDA Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Brandon Maxwell

Menswear Designer of the Year – Rick Owens

Accessory Designer of the Year – Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year – Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

The Fashion Icon Award – Jennifer Lopez

The Board of Directors’ Tribute – Barbie

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Mackie

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Sarah Burton reflects on working for Alexander McQueen: ‘I was so lucky’

Sarah Burton has paid tribute to her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen, declaring she was “so lucky” to work with him before his death.The fashion world was left shocked in 2010 when news broke that McQueen had taken his own life at the age of 40. Burto…

Sarah Burton has paid tribute to her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen, declaring she was “so lucky” to work with him before his death.

The fashion world was left shocked in 2010 when news broke that McQueen had taken his own life at the age of 40.

Burton stepped up to take the reins at his namesake label as the creative director – a role she has held ever since.

“Well, really, I was so lucky to work for Lee,” she reflected in a chat with American Vogue. “I started to work with Lee in 1996, and I had this amazing time of my life. He was this incredible man, and I very much grew up with McQueen. I started when I was 21 and I continued there until he died. It was all-encompassing; it was this magical place focused on storytelling and creativity, and very, very personal and like a family.”

Burton’s status as a world-class designer was cemented in 2011 when she was chosen to design Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

Admitting her initial reservations about leading the McQueen brand when the job was thrust upon her, Burton explained how she quickly changed her mindset when she started in the gig.

“The initial thing that I thought (when I assumed the creative director role) was that Lee was this storyteller and I was kind of good at finishing his sentences, but I realised I had to begin the sentences and it had to be about my stories,” the designer shared. “Lee always said to me, ‘You have to make things your own, you have to believe in it, and it has to be an emotional thing, what we do.’ I think at the very beginning I was wondering, ‘OK, how do you make it yourself?’

“So much time has passed since the years Lee was here, but he will always be such a huge part of who I am and such a huge part of me creatively, because I grew up with all of his beliefs and creativity. We were finding how to be true to what McQueen is – which I didn’t ever find a problem with because I was a part of Lee’s world – but, yet, make it our own. That was the challenge.”

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Virgil Abloh leads 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards nominations

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear…

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.

Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh picking up nominations in the Menswear and Accessory Designer of the Year categories for his streetwear label Off-White.

The 38-year-old will face off with Mike Amiri, Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Rick Owens, and Thom Browne for the menswear prize, and against Jennifer Fisher, Tabitha Simmons, Telfar Clemens and The Row’s Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in the Accessory Designer of the Year group.

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan, who won the Emerging Talent prize last year, has moved up to the Womenswear Designer of the Year category, as have Brandon Maxwell and Rosie Assoulin. The designers are joined by Marc Jacobs and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

In addition, organisers shared that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will receive the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Eileen Fisher will be bestowed with the Positive Change Award for her commitment to sustainability, stylist and CR Fashion Book editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld will receive the Founder’s Award in honour of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert, and fashion editor and writer Lynn Yaeger will take home the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard.

“The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrate the outstanding creativity in American fashion,” CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb said in a statement. “There will be exciting changes to this year’s awards, and we are honoured to have Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti join us as we name the International Award.”

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on 3 June.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Brandon Maxwell

Marc Jacobs

Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Menswear Designer of the Year

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss

Rick Owens

Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York

Accessory Designer of the Year

Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Tabitha Simmons

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Beth Bugdaycay for Foundrae

Heron Preston

Catherine Holstein for Khaite

Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

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Alexander McQueen toughens up feminine looks for fall 19

Alexander McQueen presented strong, but feminine silhouettes on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (04Mar19).Designer Sarah Burton, who’s been at the helm since label founder Lee Alexander McQueen took his own life in 2010, may h…

Alexander McQueen presented strong, but feminine silhouettes on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week on Monday night (04Mar19).

Designer Sarah Burton, who’s been at the helm since label founder Lee Alexander McQueen took his own life in 2010, may have showed her fall/winter 19 offerings in the French capital, but the collection was all British, with Burton taking her design team to British Mills in the north of England.

And doffing her hat to these wool manufacturers, guests sat on rolls of fabric from their mills, instead of chairs or benches.

The collection itself was a fusion of sharp and exquisite tailoring, swaths of silk taffeta – seen on evening dresses – and slinky, sheer eveningwear.

Opening with her take on new season tailoring, Burton sent models down the runway in trouser suits with jackets elegantly nipped in at the waist; a boxy red and black version was a highlight.

This soon gave way to a punkier aesthetic, with chains and belts adorning a white shirt dress and a monochrome ankle-length wool number, which clung to the model’s figure.

Patent, lace-up boots added to the rebellious vibe, with versions of the shoes being worn throughout – teamed with suits, skirts, and glamorous dresses.

The voluminous taffeta dresses seen towards the end were real showstoppers, with the red version giving off the effect of giant roses.

Earlier in the day, Giambattista Valli also showed. It was a less frothy affair than his usual collection, with the Italian designer adding high-shine patent pieces alongside pretty florals, animal prints, and lace panelling.

The sexy looks gave way to frillier, girly dresses, with the marabou-covered strappy sandals that were teamed with a lot of the looks adding a fuzzy, soft touch to the day.

On Tuesday, the final day of Paris Fashion Week, Chanel, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton will all be showing.

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Sarah Burton: ‘My staff know not to hover by customers’

Sarah Burton has trained the staff in Alexander McQueen stores not to hover by customers.The designer has been at the helm of the British brand since Lee Alexander McQueen’s suicide in 2010, becoming a globally recognised fashion figure after she desig…

Sarah Burton has trained the staff in Alexander McQueen stores not to hover by customers.

The designer has been at the helm of the British brand since Lee Alexander McQueen’s suicide in 2010, becoming a globally recognised fashion figure after she designed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress in 2011.

She has recently opened the doors to a new Alexander McQueen store in London’s Old Bond Street, the label’s flagship, which occupies three floors and is four times larger than their old space, and she has explained how she likes customers to be treated.

“Urggh, I hate it when you’re hovered over in a shop,” Burton exclaimed to The Telegraph, adding staff at the new shop have been trained not to do that.

“I like it when you feel you’re welcome to really examine something and see how it’s made. I don’t want people to feel they’re constantly being sold stuff.”

Taking the lease over from DKNY, Burton enlisted Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design the space, who worked with the label head to create an experience that leads “customers off the concrete-pavement conveyor belt outside and into a woodland where Burton’s designs could breathe and work their magic”.

The English designer decided to have only one of each item on display, meaning the 10,800 sq ft shop never feels crammed full of clothes. This reflects her own ideals of owning less throwaway stuff, something she bears in mind when it comes to creating new collections.

“If I can make clothes that will still be worn 20 years from now, then I’m happy,” she said, explaining that she sets out to create “heirlooms” that can be kept.

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