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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Diane von Furstenberg responds to criticism of newspaper print design

Diane von Furstenberg has hit back at criticism of a dress design featuring newspaper print.Representatives for the designer’s fashion brand recently posted an image of a model sporting the new Shia wrap dress on Instagram, with the number featuring a …

Diane von Furstenberg has hit back at criticism of a dress design featuring newspaper print.

Representatives for the designer’s fashion brand recently posted an image of a model sporting the new Shia wrap dress on Instagram, with the number featuring a collage of vintage press clippings.  

Later on, the team behind the Diet Prada account pointed out Furstenberg failed to credit other designers, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, for the concept, and accordingly, the 72-year-old had plenty to say on the matter.  

“Marisa Berenson has been my best friend since we were 18. Her grandmother was Elsa Schiaparelli and I was terrified to cross her in the hallway of her house where Marisa lived. Schiap had humour… except of course when her granddaughter did nude photos for Vogue!!!!” she wrote in the comments section of the post, before also referring to artists who used newspaper print in their work: “How about (Salvador) Dali and (Piero) Fornasetti? Newspaper print is like leopard print… timeless and so much fun!”  

The Shia wrap dress, which features pleating along the waist and oversized sleeves, is currently sold out on the company’s website.  

In the original post comparing Furstenberg’s outfit with some of Schiaparelli’s work, the moderators at Diet Prada also noted that John Galliano had used newspaper print during his time at Dior from 1996 until early 2011.  

“Hey @dvf … were you gonna mention the classic Elsa Schiaparelli concept behind your dress or nah? Schiap’s 1935 print was comprised of her own press clippings as well, although they were a little more timely then as opposed to DVF’s which date back to the ’70s,” they wrote. “Judging by the comments, DVF’s followers are more aware of Galliano’s year 2000 take on the print from his Dior collection inspired by the homeless people he saw around Paris, made famous of course by SJP/SATC (Sarah Jessica Parker in character as Carrie Bradshaw on TV show Sex and the City). We still stan a female fashion icon, although it would’ve been cool to see her acknowledge another woman who paved the way.”  

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Kim Cattrall won’t be ‘bullied’ into making Sex and the City 3

Kim Cattrall has reignited her feud with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sex and the City producers by accusing them of “bullying” her to star in a third movie. The actress, who played vamp Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City television series and tw…

Kim Cattrall has reignited her feud with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sex and the City producers by accusing them of “bullying” her to star in a third movie. 

The actress, who played vamp Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City television series and two movies, has previously spoken out about her decision not to return for another film – and now she insists it’s high time for her co-stars and former bosses to move on without her. 

In a new interview with The Guardian’s Observer magazine, Cattrall commented, “I went past the finish line playing Samantha Jones because I loved Sex and the City. It was a blessing in so many ways but after the second movie, I’d had enough. I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t just replace me with another actress instead of wasting time bullying. No means no.”  

Cattrall recently took another swipe at Parker in an interview with Mail Online, insisting she wants to work with “good people” moving forward. 

Asked if she’d ever considered a Sex and the City return, the 62-year-old replied: “Never. It’s a no from me… You learn lessons in life and my lesson is to do work with good people and try and make it fun.” 

Parker and her other Sex and the City co-stars, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, had previously indicated they would be interested in starring in the follow-up to 2010’s Sex and the City 2.

Yet, the Divorce actress has since confirmed that any further plans have been shelved, even though a script had been completed.  

“We were excited about it,” she shared of the third film in a chat with U.S. breakfast show Today in late 2018. “I thought it was an exquisite, unbearably painful, heartbreaking, joyful story, that felt like the beginning in a lot of ways, but it appears for the time being that that will have to be sufficient, just having read the script will have to be enough for me… Sorry!” 

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Sarah Jessica Parker settles Sex and the City shoe mystery

Sarah Jessica Parker has finally settled the mystery over a pair of mismatched shoes her character Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City.In episode 13 of season three of the HBO show, which originally aired in September 2000, Carrie heads to Los Ang…

Sarah Jessica Parker has finally settled the mystery over a pair of mismatched shoes her character Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City.

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

And in one scene, the column writer and lover of fashion wears a pair of mismatched Christian Louboutin shoes.

It’s an outfit choice that has baffled fans for years, and on Tuesday, the people who run popular Instagram account Every Outfit on Sex & the City posted a picture from the episode, and titled the post, “The Mystery of the Mismatched Loubs.”

“Did Carrie buy these mismatched sandals straight off the rack? Or did she purchase two separate pairs and mix them together herself? Unfortunately, we have no answers. But we do maintain that this is one of her most compelling footwear moments on the series,” they jokingly queried.

Fans and followers were left stunned when Sarah herself commented on the post, and finally gave the reason why Carrie wore the pink and blue mismatched strappy sandals.

“Here is the official answer and I’m sure approved by the great and legendary @patriciafield,” the 54-year-old wrote, tagging Sex and the City’s iconic costume designer.

“We had two pairs of what I believe are @louboutinworld scrappy sandals. Pat and I chose to do one of each. Perhaps because both were so delicious in colour and seemed in harmony with the dress but also because we simply loved doing one of each. Sending my best. And hope this is a satisfactory answer. Xxx,” Sarah concluded.

Patricia also chimed in on the post and praised the efforts of Every Outfit on Sex & The City for trying to get to the bottom of the shoe mystery.

“@sarahjessicaparker and I decided to use one of each because we could not choose which one was best and they were both perfect with the dress,” she shared.

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Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts celebrate friendship in Fendi campaign

Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts have been tapped to star in a new Fendi campaign celebrating friendship.The Hollywood actresses, who are pals in real life, appear in the new #BaguetteFriendsForever short film, to mark the latest versions of the iconic…

Amanda Seyfried and Emma Roberts have been tapped to star in a new Fendi campaign celebrating friendship.

The Hollywood actresses, who are pals in real life, appear in the new #BaguetteFriendsForever short film, to mark the latest versions of the iconic Baguette bag, which was first launched by the Italian fashion house in 1997.

In the footage, which was filmed inside the Fendi flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue, Amanda and Emma are seen modelling the luxe purses in a series of various poses.

“Erasing the boundaries between reality and dream, the short movie captures Emma Roberts and Amanda Seyfried sharing a whimsical experience of discovery of the Fendi Baguette world,” a brand representative shared of the concept. “Hypnotic lights, blurred images, intriguing light reflections… the Fendi New York flagship with its mesmerising Baguette Dream Room installation becomes the enchanting set for two girls consolidating their friendship in the name of authenticity and fun.”

Fatboy Slim’s 1999 hit Praise You features as the soundtrack to the video, with the upbeat tune reflecting on the “tight relationship between the two protagonists”.

And sharing her thoughts on the classic Baguette design, American Horror Story star Emma gushed in an interview with People.com, “The Baguette bag can go with anything like a simple jeans and T-shirt, or a dress. I love to mix my Baguette bag with a vintage slip-dress or denim. I like the contrast of mixing a high-end piece with something vintage.”

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.

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Prabal Gurung favours florals when designing

Prabal Gurung can’t get enough of floral prints when designing.The designer, who was raised in Nepal before moving to the U.S. to intern for Bill Blass at the age of 20, has become one of fashion’s most respected stars since starting his namesake label…

Prabal Gurung can’t get enough of floral prints when designing.

The designer, who was raised in Nepal before moving to the U.S. to intern for Bill Blass at the age of 20, has become one of fashion’s most respected stars since starting his namesake label 10 years ago.

His celebrity clientele includes the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Joan Smalls and Nicki Minaj, and as well as helming his clothing collection, Gurung recently teamed with Champagne brand Perrier-Jouet on a line of flower embossed flutes – the first in a series of designer collaborations.

“Flowers have always been my favourite print to design with,” Gurung said to WWD. “They’re beautiful and highlight the strength of femininity. Bringing our signature bright colours and textures together with the elegance of the Perrier-Jouet anemone is a wonderful marriage of history and modernity. They really gave us creative freedom. It’s always fun to bring our brand to life beyond ready-to-wear.”

The Champagne flutes were unveiled at the recent CFDA Fashion Awards, where the A-list guests sipped from the elegant glasses.

A Perrier-Jouet gift set with two Champagne flutes and bottle of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rose is available on Drinks & Co.

“We wanted to bring our brand ideal – that we’re stronger in colour – to the design, so we juxtaposed our bright-hued floral with the delicate Perrier-Jouet anemone to celebrate who we both are and what we stand for together. The colours are a metaphor for our inclusive ethos and represent the way I want the world to look,” the 40-year-old added.

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Zac Posen and Anna Sui to design costumes for New York City Ballet

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala. The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costu…

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala.

The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costumes for new works that will premiere that evening.

The event has been annually conceptualised by Sarah Jessica Parker since it began in 2012, and the Sex and the City star acts as a matchmaker between choreographers and designers. City Ballet’s costume director Marc Happel then facilitates the designers’ visions, and adapts their ideas to suit the ballet dancer and the scale of the performance on stage.

Posen has been paired with NYCB’s principal dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette, and her yet-to-be-titled ballet will accompany Tan Dun’s score, Fire Ritual, composed for solo violin and orchestra.

Sui will team with Edwaard Liang, artistic director for the BalletMet and a former dancer with NYCB as well as the Nederlands Dans Theater. The work will be set to a new composition for solo violin and orchestra, devised by Oliver Davis.

“For many years, I’ve been pushing for a New York-centric Fall Fashion Gala. This year with Anna and Zac, I think it’s a really nice moment for New York designers,” Happel said to WWD. “What I’ve really learned over the years is how to talk to fashion designers in a way that helps them understand our world and how they can bring their designs into it, in a way that works for the ballet but still has their unique fingerprint.”

Jonathan Stafford, the new Ballet Master in Chief, said he intends to keep the “highly successful” annual gala going as it brings excitement into the theatre.

In the last seven years, the gala has seen collaborations with designers including Valentino, Thom Browne, Virgil Abloh, and Dries van Noten.

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Thakoon Panichgul unveils HommeGirls fashion magazine

Thakoon Panichgul has unveiled a fashion magazine aimed at women who shop in the “men’s department”.The designer founded his label in 2004, with his feminine garments quickly garnering a following among the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, an…

Thakoon Panichgul has unveiled a fashion magazine aimed at women who shop in the “men’s department”.

The designer founded his label in 2004, with his feminine garments quickly garnering a following among the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Panichgul put his fashion company on hold in early 2017 in order to undertake a major restructure, with the label set to relaunch later in 2019, but in the meantime, he has developed and self-funded HommeGirls magazine.

“It’s a passion project,” he told Vogue.com. “Thinking about fashion, where I want to be, and what my interests are during my sabbatical, I kept on going back to cool, stylish women like (stylists) Brana Wolf and Grace Coddington. I asked myself, ‘Why do I like these women?’ And it came down to the fact that they wear simple clothes.”

Described as a publication “for girls who like boys’…boyfriends’…and the men’s department,” the first issue of HommeGirls contains portfolios from Othilia Simon, Cass Bird, Vanina Sorrenti, and Ben Grieme. There is an accompanying Instagram page containing street style inspiration, too, while former Harper’s Bazaar writer Panichgul also wants to start a HommeGirls label featuring collaborations with other brands.

“This is where I can have some fun, and be experimental,” he told the publication. “But the clothes will still be usable and wearable.”

The debut issue of HommeGirls is priced at $10 (£8) and is set to be published four times per year.

Thailand-born Panichgul studied at Parsons School of Design and unveiled his first-ever ready-to-wear line during New York Fashion Week in September 2004. His success quickly gathered momentum, as in 2006, he scooped the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and was nominated for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Best Emerging Womenswear Designer.

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Anna Wintour hoping to see ‘outrageous’ outfits at 2019 Met Gala

Anna Wintour is expecting to see many “outrageous” outfits and lots of feathers at the 2019 Met Gala.The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City is to take place on Monday night (0…

Anna Wintour is expecting to see many “outrageous” outfits and lots of feathers at the 2019 Met Gala.

The annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City is to take place on Monday night (06May19), with this year’s theme revolving around the new exhibit, Camp: Notes on Fashion, based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.

U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, who is the co-chair of the Met Gala, has remained tight-lipped about the forthcoming bash, but she did share in the latest instalment of her Go Ask Anna video series that she predicts guests will opt for over-the-top ensembles.

“I think this year’s exhibition, possibly more than any other, is about self-expression and individuality,” she commented. “What we are all most hoping to see is something that is outrageous, that is fun, tongue-in-cheek… so my guess is that we’re going to see a very large amount of feathers on the red carpet.”

Wintour went on to explain that she is looking forward to seeing what her co-chairs Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele will wear, but is especially excited to see Harry Styles’ take on the theme.

“He reminds me so much of a young Mick Jagger, so I think all of us, all of his fans certainly, which I count myself as one, are looking forward to something that is daring and fearless, colourful, different, and no doubt it will be Gucci,” the 69-year-old gushed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour noted that one of the most elaborate outfits she has ever seen worn to the Met Gala was the look Sarah Jessica Parker sported to the Punk: Chaos to Couture event in 2013, and that she always enjoys seeing what fashion-forward garments Jaden Smith, Katy Perry, and Solange Knowles pull together.

“(Solange) is someone who supports young designers, so it is always great to see a celebrity not wearing a boldface name, someone who is able to have the spotlight thrust on them – which is fantastic. Katy Perry – she takes it to quite an extreme. My guess is that this year, the men are going to rule,” she added.

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Sarah Jessica Parker headlines sexy sleepwear campaign

Sarah Jessica Parker has joined forces with lingerie brand Intimissimi for a sexy new sleepwear campaign. The former Sex and the City star unveiled the new capsule on Tuesday (16Apr19), posing for a series of stunning images to show off the sexy attir…

Sarah Jessica Parker has joined forces with lingerie brand Intimissimi for a sexy new sleepwear campaign.

The former Sex and the City star unveiled the new capsule on Tuesday (16Apr19), posing for a series of stunning images to show off the sexy attire – the actress posed sporting the Italian brand’s Triangle Bra collection and pyjama sets in front of a New York city backdrop. Among the new pieces are comfortable bra designs and silk, lace and cotton loungewear.

“With @intimissimiofficial silk pajamas this gorgeous, there’s really no need to change when you wake,” Parker said in a post on Instagram.

The sultry offerings also include the wireless Tiziana Lace Triangle Bra, featuring a plunging V-neck, light padding and an adjustable back and straps. The Emma Silk Triangle Bra is available unpadded and wireless for comfort, while the coral-coloured Delicate Flowers Lace Triangle Bra adds a colourful touch to the line.

“Intimissimi and Sarah Jessica Parker come together to send a strong and positive message: personality and sensuality,” a statement from Intimissimi representatives reads. “Sarah Jessica Parker is the empowering woman that has found the key to success in her own intelligence, charisma and personal femininity.”

The 54 year old has been rather busy with projects outside of acting – last month (Mar19), she announced plans to launch a line of wine products.

Parker will join forces with tastemakers at the New Zealand-based Invivo Wines for the venture and took to YouTube to share her passion for the collaboration.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said in a clip ahead of the impending unveiling. “I feel really lucky. It’s pretty freakin’ special!”

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