Humberto Leon and Carol Lim take final bow at Kenzo show

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday. Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented th…

Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim presented their last-ever show for Kenzo in Paris on Sunday.

Earlier in June, the duo announced they were stepping down as co-creative directors of the French luxury house after eight years, and they presented their final co-ed collection for the company during Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Sunday.

Leon shared footage of him and Lim running down a hallway at the AccorHotels Arena on their way to the show and posted in the Instagram caption, “Running with my partner in crime for the last @kenzo show in Paris!!!! Such a fun ride and to do it with your best friend is unreal. We are running because our shows have always been a complicated machine and have never made it easy for us. We have always done it for us. #thecarolandhumbertoera.”

In the comments, the Opening Ceremony founders received praise from fellow designer Marc Jacobs, who wrote, “Congratulations you two! So many beautiful things you’ve done over the years. So inspiring in so many ways. Thank you for giving me and us all your energy and vision.”

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Chance the Rapper and Russian Doll actress Natasha Lyonne also sent them congratulatory messages.

After the show, Lim posted a photo of herself and Leon hugging, and added, “On repeat in my mind ‘don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry’. We did it! Congrats @humberto and our team at @kenzo for an amazing chapter in the history of the brand. So proud of everything we did and will cherish every memory.”

Singer Solange Knowles composed the musical score for the fashion show and performed her song I’m a Witness before walking down the runway with her orchestra to greet Lim and Leon for the final bow.

Lim took to Instagram to heap praise on Beyonce’s sister by sharing side-by-side snaps of her at their debut Kenzo presentation in 2011 and their final one, and wrote, “You have been with me and @humberto at @kenzo from the beginning! Thank you Solange @saintrecords for being there then and now and for making tonight a moment in cultural history!!! (love) you forever and always.”

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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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Anna Wintour gives Beyonce control of Vogue photoshoot – report

Anna Wintour has reportedly given Beyonce “unprecedented” control over a U.S. Vogue photoshoot.The fashion publication’s editor-in-chief has offered the Formation singer free rein over the upcoming September issue and will appear on the cover, insiders…

Anna Wintour has reportedly given Beyonce “unprecedented” control over a U.S. Vogue photoshoot.

The fashion publication’s editor-in-chief has offered the Formation singer free rein over the upcoming September issue and will appear on the cover, insiders have told The Huffington Post.

She will also apparently oversee the photographs inside the magazine and captions.

Vogue’s September edition is traditionally the biggest, most important issue of the year, with Wintour, 68, typically exerting complete control over the content and garments featured.

Beyonce previously appeared on the covers of Vogue in 2009 and 2013, and fronted the September issue in 2015, when she was snapped by Mario Testino.

In addition, it has also been reported that Beyonce has hired Tyler Mitchell to shoot the imagery, which would make him the first African-American photographer to helm a cover for Vogue in the magazine’s 125-year history.

“The reason a 23-year-old black photographer is photographing Beyonce for the cover of Vogue is because Beyonce used her power and influence to get him that assignment,” a source said.

Representatives for Beyonce and U.S. Vogue have refused to comment on the report.

Originally from Atlanta, Mitchell got his start in making skate videos and later went on to study film and television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His work has appeared in publications including Teen Vogue, Dazed and I-D magazine, while he has also worked with fashion brands such as Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Nike and Converse.

Mitchell has nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram, with fans including Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles, Rose McGowan and Naomi Campbell.

Last December, he was also featured in The New York Times’ Up Next series and explained in an interview that his work investigates the intersections of youth culture and racial identity.

“I depict black people and people of colour in a really real and pure way,” he said. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

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Molly Goddard believes girly dresses can be empowering

Molly Goddard is hoping to assert femininity and empowerment through her designs.The British designer has emerged as a rising star in the fashion world thanks to her unique dresses which often feature sheer elements and layers of frothy tulle. Goddard …

Molly Goddard is hoping to assert femininity and empowerment through her designs.

The British designer has emerged as a rising star in the fashion world thanks to her unique dresses which often feature sheer elements and layers of frothy tulle. Goddard was also crowned the winner of the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund earlier this month (May18) receiving a cash prize of $271,000 (£200,000), and is hoping that her time in the spotlight can help challenge stereotypical ideas of how women should dress.

“You don’t need to wear a suit to show you’ve got power,” the 30-year-old insisted in an interview with Elle U.K. “You don’t have to reject those things (girly clothes) to be taken seriously.”

The brand, which launched in 2014, has since become a favourite with models and celebrities including Adwoa Aboah, Solange Knowles and Zendaya. One of her most famous clients is Rihanna, with the Barbadian singer often choosing Goddard’s pastel frilly frocks on the red carpet. And the fashion designer believes the Work hitmaker perfectly reflects her label’s ethos.

“Rihanna is a great Molly Goddard woman,” she smiled. “She just doesn’t give a s**t. She wears what she wants and is really relaxed about it.”

And unlike other high fashion brands, Goddard is adamant she wants to create garments for real women as well as celebrities, often turning to her own friends for inspiration.

“Knowing my friends and seeing what they felt comfortable in has affected a lot of the decisions I’ve made. I can’t imagine doing castings and fittings the way others do,” she claimed. “My friends aren’t all six-foot tall and a size eight. I don’t see a distinction between designing for my friends and customers. They’re all women with different figures and I think about that when I make things. I also think about me – I have boobs!”

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Alberta Ferretti to launch kidswear range

Alberta Ferretti is gearing up to launch its first kidswear collection.The Italian brand confirmed the news on Monday (16Apr18), and announced plans to release its first-ever junior line along with the rest of its spring/summer 2019 offerings. Ferretti…

Alberta Ferretti is gearing up to launch its first kidswear collection.

The Italian brand confirmed the news on Monday (16Apr18), and announced plans to release its first-ever junior line along with the rest of its spring/summer 2019 offerings.

Ferretti, founder of her eponymous label, believes that branching into clothing for children will greatly benefit her own creative vision.

“In this positive period of intense growth and new projects, the launch of a kidswear line is a new, exciting challenge that will further stimulate my creativity,” the 68-year-old designer said in a statement.

The company have held back much of the detail regarding its exciting new venture, however it announced that the upcoming line will be produced and distributed by Manifatture Daddato, a leader in luxury Italian childrenswear.

Ferretti also released two sketches teasing the overall look of the collection, which featured a junior version of the brand’s trademark ‘Days of the week’ jumper in pink, and a khaki, ruffled shirt and shorts combination.

The house is best known for designs featuring twisting, tucking, and draping techniques, and has attracted a legion of celebrity fans such as Nicole Richie, Solange Knowles and Selena Gomez. With each of her creations, Ferretti is keen to see her female clientele make them her own.

“It’s a personal attitude, I feel that a woman should make the dress her own, interpret it and show her character,” she previously told WWD. “I live the life of women, they are my muses. The same dress can be worn in different ways by different women, each with their own personality.

“My goal is to make women beautiful, but they must also look contemporary and move with ease.”

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Olivier Rousteing talks Beyonce’s dazzling Coachella outfits

Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing elevated Beyonce’s politically charged Coachella set with custom-made military-inspired looks.Beyonce wowed the crowds in California on Saturday night (14Apr18) with a storming two-hour set, which saw her reunite with her …

Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing elevated Beyonce’s politically charged Coachella set with custom-made military-inspired looks.

Beyonce wowed the crowds in California on Saturday night (14Apr18) with a storming two-hour set, which saw her reunite with her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, sing with her husband JAY-Z and dance with sister Solange Knowles.

As well as her impressive 26-song set, Beyonce’s wardrobe also got people talking, and designer Olivier, who previously worked with the singer on her 2016 tour, has shed light on his dazzling designs.

“Marni (Senofonte, Beyonce’s stylist) told me that the shows were all about survivors and that B was looking for something in a military style,” he told Vogue. “Our silhouettes and our sort of Mad Max, futuristic take on military looks for Fall were a perfect fit.”

“B is a perfectionist. She has such a distinct vision for fashion and for her music, I really learned a lot from this experience and from watching her work in those rehearsals.”

Among the outfits he designed was a regal Egyptian-inspired gold and black cape with intricate embellishments, a hologram-fabric black jacket and bodysuit, a collegiate-style embellished yellow hoodie with BAK written on the front and a camouflage and mesh minidress.

Olivier also dressed all the dancers and Michelle and Kelly. And working on the outfits proved to be a real family affair.

“I think the thing I will always remember is sitting on the floor with B and cutting fabric. Blue (Beyonce’s daughter) comes in and runs over to B, and B holds her in her arms while talking to us about the cuts and silhouettes. To me, it was just such a beautiful moment because here you are with this megastar but also, she is a strong woman and a loving momma to her daughter,” he recalled.

“Jay saw the Egyptian goddess cape and when B put it on, his eyes went wide and he was so excited. He said, ‘Oh, wow!’ That gave me a lot of satisfaction.”

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Virgil Abloh talks delayed success

Virgil Abloh put off starting his fashion career as he didn’t believe it was possible.The Off-White helmer, who counts the likes of Rita Ora, Bella Hadid, Camila Cabello and Kylie Jenner as celebrity fans, has become a force to be reckoned with in fa…

Virgil Abloh put off starting his fashion career as he didn’t believe it was possible.

The Off-White helmer, who counts the likes of Rita Ora, Bella Hadid, Camila Cabello and Kylie Jenner as celebrity fans, has become a force to be reckoned with in fashion.

However, his path to the top wasn’t always certain and Abloh, who trained as an architect and an engineer, admits he’s doubted himself in the past.

In an interview with Teen Vogue the American designer shared the advice he’d give his 18-year-old self.

“I would say stay persistent, and stay focused,” he told the publication. “There’s nothing more integral to doing the job at hand, and continuing to believe that I could start. That was the biggest thing that was important to me.

“For a lot of years, I didn’t necessarily start, because I thought that it wasn’t possible. But I eventually just started, and I started off with what I could do. And then it now led to my current practice,” he smiled.

The designer rose to prominence as Kanye West’s creative director, providing art-direction for the rapper’s tours and merchandise and 2011 JAY-Z and Kanye album Watch the Throne, for which he was nominated for a Grammy Award.

He first founded the streetwear brand Pyrex, before launching his Milan-based label Off-White in 2013.

“Continue your goal ASAP,” he urged. “It’s a matter of finding the motivation to start. And only good things happen once you begin.”

Abloh recently spoke at the American Express A Night with Success Makers panel, alongside musician Solange Knowles.

The pair spoke openly about their professional journeys, their shared interest in fashion, and where they get their inspiration from.

And during his chat with Teen Vogue, Abloh opened up further about the people that most inspire his work.

“It’s the kid that hasn’t had an opportunity or voice yet for their brand. I’m motivated by those kids in the work that I do every day. So, that would be the muse. The next generation,” the 36-year-old stated.

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