Prabal Gurung calls on industry leaders to unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady …

Prabal Gurung has called on fashion industry leaders to unite to tackle key issues in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Nepalese-American designer launched his eponymous debut line in 2009 and has gone on to dress the likes of former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anne Hathaway.

But as Covid-19 continues to sweep the globe, with 204,000 cases and over 8,200 deaths to date, Gurung has instructed his New York-based team to work from home but stay in “close communications”, and accordingly, has been contemplating how the pandemic will force change within the wider business.

“Tackling an issue of this magnitude requires unity. We have to reach across departmental and industry lines to pull in help from a global brain trust of brilliant creatives and business leaders,” he wrote in an essay for Vogue.com. “Right now, what we need in fashion are leaders who are unafraid to have these conversations, and to really break the patterns that have in so many ways gotten us to this unhealthy place. America stands for change, America stands for guts. We have the power to set the tone of how we function going forward.”

Gurung went on to note that he and his team are very focused on finding solutions for becoming even more sustainable, inclusive, and inventive. And he is also concerned about ways he can champion other independent designers.

“We are in a unique position to change the tides. Whether it is about race, size, or age; the conversation starts here,” the 40-year-old mused. “In so many ways, coronavirus was the final straw that finally made me sit back and really think about our current definition of success, and what we were willing to sacrifice to get there.”

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Adam Shankman to direct Hocus Pocus 2

Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Hocus Pocus 2.The 55-year-old filmmaker will helm the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.Shankman is current…

Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Hocus Pocus 2.

The 55-year-old filmmaker will helm the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

Shankman is currently in pre-production on Disenchanted, a sequel to Disney’s 2007 hit Enchanted, with Amy Adams set to reprise her role as Giselle.

The director confirmed Variety’s report by sharing close-ups of the front pages of two scripts, which had the titles “Disenchanted (Enchanted Two)” and “Hocus Pocus 2”, on Instagram.

“Yep….Thanks with all of my heart dear @disney,” he wrote in the caption. “Looks like Il be working on a looooooottttt of magic for awhile (sic)… I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be guiding forward these two Disney crown jewel legacies. My only hope is to honor those who came before me and build something new and exciting, as I desperately try to not let down the fans and enchant the new initiates! Fingers crossed!”

His celebrity friends celebrated the news in the comments, with Jenna Dewan, who he worked with on Step Up, writing, “Adam…..!! This is amazing!”, Vanessa Hudgens posting, “I’m dead. Hocus pocus is my favorite movie,” and his Hairspray star Brittany Snow adding, “Oh. My. God.”

Singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy both asked to be cast in Hocus Pocus 2, which has been written by Jen D’Angelo.

Midler, Parker and Najimy are not attached to star in the sequel, but sources have told Variety that Disney officials are hopeful they will reprise their roles as witches Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson in some capacity.

When Hocus Pocus, which was directed by Kenny Ortega, was first released, the comedy horror was not a huge box office success, raking in just $39 million (£30 million), but it has since gained a cult following, with it frequently airing on TV, particularly during the Halloween period.

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Sarah Jessica Parker selling version of Carrie Bradshaw’s mismatched heels

Sarah Jessica Parker is selling a new version of her Sex and the City character’s iconic pair of mismatched heels.In episode 13 of season three of the HBO show, which originally aired in September 2000, Carrie Bradshaw heads to Los Angeles with Miranda…

Sarah Jessica Parker is selling a new version of her Sex and the City character’s iconic pair of mismatched heels.

In episode 13 of season three of the HBO show, which originally aired in September 2000, Carrie Bradshaw heads to Los Angeles with Miranda Hobbes, played by Cynthia Nixon, and Samantha Jones, portrayed by Kim Cattrall.

At one point, the fashionista steps out in a floral dress and a pair of pink and blue mismatched strappy Christian Louboutin sandals, with the eclectic look turning out to be a longstanding favourite among fans.

Now, Parker has partnered with the team who run popular Instagram account Every Outfit on Sex & the City on a mismatched shoe, called Rogue, for her SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear brand.

“Going Rogue over at @SJPCollection. In collaboration with our friends at @everyoutfitonSATC, we’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our highly anticipated mis-matched sandal. A not-so-subtle nod to a certain very special lady’s well documented footwear moment from many years ago,” the actress wrote alongside a photo of the brand-new design.

In addition, bosses at SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker will donate 20 per cent of the proceeds of the limited-edition pink and yellow satin designs to The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based organisation that provides employment and training to low-income individuals who manufacture sleeping bag coats for those in need.

The project soon caught the attention of Parker’s celebrity friends, with Kerry Washington commenting, “LOOOOOOOOOOVE,” and Michelle Pfeiffer adding: “So beautiful.”

The Rogue designs are priced at $385 (£296) and are now available to purchase from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker website.

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Kiernan Shipka explores Rome in charming Fendi campaign

Kiernan Shipka has been tapped to star in the new campaign for Fendi’s Baguette handbags.The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress appears in the latest instalment of the Italian label’s #BaguetteFriendsForever series alongside her filmmaker pal Chris…

Kiernan Shipka has been tapped to star in the new campaign for Fendi’s Baguette handbags.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress appears in the latest instalment of the Italian label’s #BaguetteFriendsForever series alongside her filmmaker pal Christian Coppola.

Showcasing the new Baguette designs in the video advertisement, Kiernan, 20, is seen daydreaming in a hotel room while surrounded by the purses, before hearing a loud honk outside of her window. Waiting for her on a scooter is Christian, ready to head to the top tourist sites in the city.

“Together they explore Rome eating gelato in the typical narrow lanes of the city, tossing a coin in the iconic Trevi Fountain and make a wish, all the way up to Palazzo Della Civilta Italiana, Fendi’s headquarters, where they play along its arches and statues,” a Fendi representative shared. “The Baguette strings along with the two best friends while discovering the city with its different versions, from the FF embossed large and mini Baguette in pink and blue pastel shades to the newly added Men’s one in brown leather with a surprising touch of the Nano Baguette worn as a belt.”

A series of still images show Kiernan and Christian posing together on a scooter and in front of the Trevi Fountain.

The iconic Baguette bag was first launched by designers at the fashion house in 1997.

Fendi reissued the Baguette at the spring/summer 2019 Milan Fashion Week show to much fanfare, with the #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, influencer Caroline Daur, and model Ebonee Davis, rolling out a short time later. Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts also fronted a Baguette campaign, filmed inside the Fendi flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue, which was released in June.

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Lady Gaga’s make-up and Sarah Jessica Parker’s backpack make Oprah’s Favorite Things list

Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker have been given a big business boost after finding their creations on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things wish list for Christmas 2019.The media mogul has just launched this year’s collections of must-haves – and they fea…

Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker have been given a big business boost after finding their creations on Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things wish list for Christmas 2019.

The media mogul has just launched this year’s collections of must-haves – and they feature make-up from Gaga’s Haus Laboratories line and a backpack designed by actress Parker.

Introducing the items, which range from budget to luxury, in an online video, Winfrey asked Gaga to show her how best to apply her make-up and Parker surprised the TV icon by stopping by to model her Carried Away Convertible Samsonite collaboration.

Taking to Instagram following the announcement, the Born This Way singer posted a snap of herself with the 65-year-old and wrote: “@Oprah @OprahMagazine thank u for including @hauslabs on your list of favorite things this year! (sic).”

All 79 items, which also include desserts, sustainable goods and fashion accessories, will be featured in the December 2019 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Among the cosy picks are E-Marie’s Travel Blanket, Intelex’s Plush Slippers, and Echo’s Faux-Fur Pull-Through Scarves, while some of the more interesting selections include the Flywheel Home Bike with Built-in Tablet, the Wolf Gourmet Precision Griddle, Pink Picasso Paint-by-Number Kits, Skeem Design Fireplace Match Cloches, and Truff Hot Sauce.

Meanwhile, Winfrey has given slimwear brand Spanx a huge endorsement after raving about the firm’s new Perfect Black Pants.

“When I first saw these ultraflattering pants, I immediately called Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, to applaud her,” she wrote. “In sizes XS to 3X, they have built-in tummy control, so you don’t need to wear compression gear underneath – you’re already Spanxed!”

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Hocus Pocus sequel in the works

A sequel to Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus is in development. The original Hocus Pocus starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, a group of witches who are inadvertently resurrected in Salem, Massachuset…

A sequel to Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus is in development.

The original Hocus Pocus starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, a group of witches who are inadvertently resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the film was not a box office success when it was released in 1993 but it has become something of a cult classic and is annually aired on TV around Halloween.

According to Collider, executives at Disney are now attempting to develop a Hocus Pocus project for their upcoming streaming platform Disney+, which launches in November.

Jen D’Angelo, who served as a writer and co-producer on TV show Workaholics, has reportedly been tapped to write the script for the follow-up. It is currently unclear if it will be a straight sequel or more of a spin-off.

Midler, Parker, and Najimy, who played Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson, are not currently attached to the project but sources have told the publication that Disney bosses are hoping D’Angelo will find a way to bring them back in some capacity.

This isn’t the first time a Hocus Pocus project has been in the works. A TV movie remake was put into development for the TV channel Freeform, which is owned by Disney, two years ago. It was to feature a new cast and David Kirschner, a producer on the original movie, was onboard to executive produce, but the project didn’t get off the ground.

During a Reddit chat in 2014, Midler told fans that all the lead actresses were keen to do a sequel.

“I have canvassed the girls and they are willing to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a Hocus Pocus 2, ask The Walt Disney Company,” she said, with her co-stars later confirming they were keen too.

They have yet to comment on the latest news.

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Sarah Jessica Parker aims to look ‘presentable enough’ when she leaves home

Sarah Jessica Parker is too “old and tired” to get dolled up on a daily basis nowadays. The Sex and the City actress has admitted in a new interview with InStyle that she used to put in so much effort to look flawless, but she’s now got to the stage w…

Sarah Jessica Parker is too “old and tired” to get dolled up on a daily basis nowadays.

The Sex and the City actress has admitted in a new interview with InStyle that she used to put in so much effort to look flawless, but she’s now got to the stage where she simply aims to appear “presentable enough”.

“I try to be presentable enough so it’s not offensive to somebody in a meeting,” she stated. “I used to think there was a certain way to be appropriate in a meeting, but I think at a certain point in your life you realise, well, my brain is appropriate and I’m going to speak in a way that’s appropriate, and hopefully, my ideas are welcome in the conversation. If my grey sweatshirt is offensive to someone, then that’s not somebody who wants to be in a conversation with me anyway. I am not able to do it anymore, I’m only able to be myself. I’m just so fricking old and tired.”

The 54-year-old also shared that she tends to wear the same type of clothes when she takes her children – 10-year-old twins Tabitha and Marion and 16-year-old son James – to school every morning.

“I don’t think I always look super good when I walk out the door. I look like almost everybody else at drop off,” Parker insisted. “I wear the same thing every day, to be honest. I usually have grey pants on and a grey shirt because anything goes with the grey. I wear sunglasses and my hair in a bun, with no base.”

The star is currently promoting her company SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker’s collaboration with Sunglass Hut. She designed an oversized shield-like frame which comes in five colourways.

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Sarah Jessica Parker collaborating with Sunglass Hut

Sarah Jessica Parker has teamed up with Sunglass Hut to create an exclusive style of shades. The actress’s SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker shoe line has collaborated with the eyewear retailer to make a new sunglass shape, which will be sold in five colourw…

Sarah Jessica Parker has teamed up with Sunglass Hut to create an exclusive style of shades.

The actress’s SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker shoe line has collaborated with the eyewear retailer to make a new sunglass shape, which will be sold in five colourways including black and tortoiseshell.

The Sex and the City star wanted “to create a large frame that was inspired by the past but felt modern and wearable for many” and ended up designing an oversized shield-like shape frame with the “SJP” logo at the temple.

“We were working off an old and beloved pair of glasses no longer produced,” Parker told WWD. “I owned a pair of shield-shaped sunglasses in the ’90s that I absolutely loved, and I was so sad when they were discontinued… People would ask me where to buy this style and now I can happily say they are available at Sunglass Hut.”

The collaboration marks the 54-year-old’s first foray into eyewear with a retailer and she was determined to create a versatile style.

“It was very important to me when creating this collection that they would be an accessory I would want to wear all the time, no matter the occasion,” she said of the design.

The packaging for the collection is similar to what is used for her shoe collection, which she founded in 2014, and resembles the shoeboxes and pouches found in her stores.

The sunglasses, which retail for $159 (£129), will launch on 3 October in Sunglass Hut stores and its website.

To mark the launch, the Divorce actress will take part in an intimate chat hosted by Sunglass Hut in New York on the same day.

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Sarah Jessica Parker collaborating with Sunglass Hut

Sarah Jessica Parker has teamed up with Sunglass Hut to create an exclusive style of shades. The actress’s SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker shoe line has collaborated with the eyewear retailer to make a new sunglass shape, which will be sold in five colourw…

Sarah Jessica Parker has teamed up with Sunglass Hut to create an exclusive style of shades.

The actress’s SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker shoe line has collaborated with the eyewear retailer to make a new sunglass shape, which will be sold in five colourways including black and tortoiseshell.

The Sex and the City star wanted “to create a large frame that was inspired by the past but felt modern and wearable for many” and ended up designing an oversized shield-like shape frame with the “SJP” logo at the temple.

“We were working off an old and beloved pair of glasses no longer produced,” Parker told WWD. “I owned a pair of shield-shaped sunglasses in the ’90s that I absolutely loved, and I was so sad when they were discontinued… People would ask me where to buy this style and now I can happily say they are available at Sunglass Hut.”

The collaboration marks the 54-year-old’s first foray into eyewear with a retailer and she was determined to create a versatile style.

“It was very important to me when creating this collection that they would be an accessory I would want to wear all the time, no matter the occasion,” she said of the design.

The packaging for the collection is similar to what is used for her shoe collection, which she founded in 2014, and resembles the shoeboxes and pouches found in her stores.

The sunglasses, which retail for $159 (£129), will launch on 3 October in Sunglass Hut stores and its website.

To mark the launch, the Divorce actress will take part in an intimate chat hosted by Sunglass Hut in New York on the same day.

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Thakoon Panichgul relaunching namesake fashion brand again

Thakoon Panichgul has relaunched his namesake fashion label once again.The Thai-American designer unveiled his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and quickly became recognised as a rising star, with his feminine garments sported by the likes of Dem…

Thakoon Panichgul has relaunched his namesake fashion label once again.

The Thai-American designer unveiled his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and quickly became recognised as a rising star, with his feminine garments sported by the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Panichgul overhauled his company in 2016 after receiving an investment from Vivian Chou of Bright Fame Fashion, but after a two-year hiatus, he has once again set up shop.

“It’s important for me to be able to make clothes in a way that is thoughtful,” he told Fashionista of her new venture. “In a way that is great quality that you can wear over and over and over again but also in a way that is affordable for people. Otherwise, you’re just making fashion just to have an expression, a voice. It doesn’t go anywhere after that.”

With Matt Scanlan, boss of sustainable cashmere brand Naadam, serving as chief executive officer, the fashion star is now offering a direct-to-consumer line of high-quality pieces at an accessible price point.

Focusing on stylish basics, including knitwear, slip dresses, shirts, trousers, and coats, items are priced from $75 to $250 (£60 – £200). Model Lily Aldridge is starring in the debut campaign, with the imagery featuring a minimalist aesthetic.

“I have become simpler. When you’re younger, you want to be expressive and you want to have an opinion and you want to say what you want to say. For me, that’s not as important anymore now. I’m more comfortable with myself, I’m more comfortable with my skill and I know what I’m good at,” the 45-year-old added of his style evolution.

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