Stella McCartney partners with LVMH eyewear brand Thelios

Stella McCartney has inked a new eyewear deal with Thelios under her LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton partnership.English designer Stella joined forces with the fashion conglomerate a year ago, a year after departing rival giant Kering.She has now sh…

Stella McCartney has inked a new eyewear deal with Thelios under her LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton partnership.

English designer Stella joined forces with the fashion conglomerate a year ago, a year after departing rival giant Kering.

She has now shared details of her latest venture, a sustainable glasses collection which will go on sale in spring 2021.

“Since Day One, we have been committed to creating materials that are the most desirable, with the least impact on the planet – including in the plastic-heavy luxury eyewear category,” Stella said, reports WWD. “We introduce to Thelios our bio-tech solutions and sustainable innovation, and are thrilled to have their experts join us in growing Stella McCartney’s eco-friendly vision.”

The first designs will feature bio-lenses, composed of 39 per cent castor oil with a carbon reduction of 40 per cent on the raw material. Organic carbon content will make up the majority of the frames, mixed with fibres made from wood, cotton seeds, and plant-based plasticisers.

Giovanni Zoppas, chief executive officer at LVMH-owned eyewear brand Thelios, shares Stella’s enthusiasm for environmentally-friendly practices.

“Her unique vision will also benefit our other maisons that are truly committed to limiting their environmental footprint and using sustainable materials,” he stated.

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Natalia Vodianova raises money for her charity at Cannes gala

Natalia Vodianova recently raised $458,000 (£360,000) for her Naked Heart Foundation at a gala in Cannes.The Russian model launched her charity in 2004, and works tirelessly raising funds to help to ensure that every child in Russia has a loving famil…

Natalia Vodianova recently raised $458,000 (£360,000) for her Naked Heart Foundation at a gala in Cannes.

The Russian model launched her charity in 2004, and works tirelessly raising funds to help to ensure that every child in Russia has a loving family and a safe and stimulating place to play.

After lockdown restrictions began to ease, Natalie assembled some of her famous friends for a charity night in the French Riviera for Naked Heart France, including her partner, Berluti CEO Antoine Arnault, Joan Smalls, and Ukrainian model Anna Andres, who was on co-hosting duties.

Taking to Instagram to share some photos, and also her thanks, the 38-year-old gushed about what a success the night had been.

“Last night was magical,” she captioned a series of snaps. “Thanks to your continuous love and support you helped us raise 400k for the works of @nakedheartfoundation, especially during these challenging CoVID times where families of children with special needs are unfortunately more affected than ever.”

As well as thanking all those that helped make it happen, she also shared her gratitude to the big-name brands who offered special lots to be auctioned.

Stella McCartney was one of the labels who donated a prize, with the winner getting the chance to learn about sustainable fashion from the designer herself.

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Stella McCartney launches charity music festival

Stella McCartney is hosting a digital music festival this weekend to raise money for a women’s charity.Kelis, Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson are headlining the British fashion designer’s event, Stellafest, in a …

Stella McCartney is hosting a digital music festival this weekend to raise money for a women’s charity.

Kelis, Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson are headlining the British fashion designer’s event, Stellafest, in a bid to raise awareness and encourage donations to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

Stella, the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney, hopes the online extravaganza will bring some happiness to music fans missing out on festivals which were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Artists from our community have come together to create a festival that is truly global – using technology and social media to bring the mosh pit onto your mobile,” Stella told British Vogue. “While I was sad not to see dad and all the other great performers at Glastonbury this year, we have put together an incredible line-up and are raising our voices to end violence against women, a cause more urgent now than ever.”

Stella has teamed up with Mastercard Priceless to offer some exciting prizes for lucky fans including a tea party with the designer. She has also promised to dress the winner and three of their friends for the event.

Other prizes up for grabs include a one-on-one book club meeting with Alicia Keys and a virtual cooking session with Kelis.

Stellafest, which will also mark the launch of Stella’s TikTok account, has been welcomed by NNEDV for shedding light on the increasing issue of violence against women.

“More than one in three women around the world experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, and this violence disproportionately harms Indigenous women, Black women, and other women of colour,” Deborah J Vagins, NNEDV president and CEO, said. “Making the current situation even more dire, incidents of domestic violence have only increased during the lockdowns necessitated by Covid-19. We are so grateful for Stella McCartney’s innovation and dedication to addressing this urgent crisis.”

Stellafest runs from July 9 to 12.

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Stella McCartney trying to avoid ordering new fabrics for Spring 2021 collection

Stella McCartney has been trying to avoid ordering new fabrics as she creates her Spring/Summer 2021 collection.The British fashion designer is known for creating clothes which are environmentally-friendly and free from leather, fur, skins, and feather…

Stella McCartney has been trying to avoid ordering new fabrics as she creates her Spring/Summer 2021 collection.

The British fashion designer is known for creating clothes which are environmentally-friendly and free from leather, fur, skins, and feathers, and is always looking to make her brand even more sustainable.

In an interview with U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she revealed she is trying to go one step further in her mission for sustainability by trying to reuse old fabrics for her next collection.

“Even before this (coronavirus) situation happened, I was thinking about my Spring 2021 collection and how to not order any new fabrics. What have we got left over that we can repurpose?” she shared, before adding that she hopes the Covid-19 pandemic has forced people to take stock of their habits as consumers and buy less.

“My mind is always trying to rethink and disrupt the norm, so I hope one transformation we see is that people come back and they consider timelines, they respect that things can take a little longer if you want to do things better—that you can think in advance, that it will have a better impact, and remove this sort of disposable throwaway mentality,” she continued.

The 48-year-old explained that the health crisis, which has forced people to shelter in their homes for months, has shown the negative impact human activity has on the environment and she hopes it serves as a wake-up call to consumers.

“I hope that being forced to stop will allow us to be kinder and more mindful so that nature can reclaim its rightful place at the centre of our lives,” she said. “And I truly hope that these findings will cause a shift in consumer behaviour. I’ll be happy with even a slight shift because I know that this isn’t going to happen overnight.”

McCartney has not yet announced plans to present her S/S 21 collection.

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Liv Tyler ‘freaked out’ about wearing rebellious top to 1999 Met Gala

Liv Tyler was worried about wearing a casual top to the 1999 Met Gala because it “wasn’t really appropriate” for the prestigious fashion event.The actress, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, was invited to the glamorous red carpet event, w…

Liv Tyler was worried about wearing a casual top to the 1999 Met Gala because it “wasn’t really appropriate” for the prestigious fashion event.

The actress, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, was invited to the glamorous red carpet event, which had the theme Rock Style, by designer Stella McCartney, the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney, and the duo opted to reference their famous fathers by wearing white one-shoulder tops bearing the words “Rock Royalty”.

The Lord of the Rings star discussed the infamous fashion moment with Vogue to commemorate this year’s Met Gala, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and revealed that Stella, who was then the creative director of French fashion label Chloe, simply invited her to “an event at the museum”.

Liv paired the customised top with a long black Comme des Garcons skirt, while Stella wore low-rise Chloe trousers, and the Armageddon star was worried about the look.

“I was freaking out about my boobs!” the 42-year-old laughed. “It wasn’t really appropriate that we wore those shirts. Officially, we weren’t following the honours of the dress code. It was very cool and rebellious of Stella… It was an amazing thing, in a way. We were just being ourselves.”

Stella also opened up about the headline-making outfits, revealing that on the morning of the event, she bought a pack of tops from U.S. store Hanes and took them to vintage rock-and-roll shop Filth Mart in New York to get them customised, with her instructing staff to hack off sleeves and add studs and ribbons.

“I didn’t come at it intentionally to be rebellious at all. I didn’t know what people wore,” she explained. “In this day and age, people would really plan it and overthink it intentionally to get attention in the media. And we really didn’t, and that is what is so lovely about it.”

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Imaan Hammam pleased to see more diversity backstage at fashion shows

Imaan Hammam has praised industry leaders for beginning to hire a diverse array of creatives to work backstage at fashion shows.The Dutch model, who is of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, has previously discussed how she was often the only black person t…

Imaan Hammam has praised industry leaders for beginning to hire a diverse array of creatives to work backstage at fashion shows.

The Dutch model, who is of Moroccan and Egyptian descent, has previously discussed how she was often the only black person to be cast in runway events when she was first starting out in 2013.

However, in a new interview for the May 2020 issue of U.S. Elle magazine, Imaan shared that she has seen great strides made within the industry of late.

“When I first started, nobody knew what to do with my skin or my hair,” she insisted. “I stressed out before every show; it was actually pretty awful. Now I’m happy (to report) there are great make-up artists and hairstylists who know what they’re doing… And I feel more empowered to speak out about the way I was treated sometimes backstage. Modelling has gotten a lot better.”

But despite praising fashion executives, Imaan is adamant there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

“You know what I want to see next?” the 23-year-old questioned. “More female photographers! It’s still a bunch of men backstage! We also need more people of colour in casting, and we need more designers of colour.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Imaan opened up about her collaboration with the team at Frame on a denim capsule collection that was released earlier this year, and also hinted at her plans to get more involved in fashion design.

“Do you know what it’s like to finally use what I’ve learned from Donatella Versace, and from Stella McCartney, who sets such a great example with sustainability?” she smiled. “Designing is like a dream. I’m in love with the process.”

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Vogue hosting virtual Met Gala event

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the op…

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

But while regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour confirmed that the 2020 Met Gala would be postponed indefinitely back in March due to the coronavirus crisis, she has now unveiled a line-up of online content for keen fashionistas.

“It would be impossible to recreate the gala on Monday evening, though I have loved hearing how so many are marking the occasion in their own ways,” she said. “So instead, I asked a few friends to join me for a simple moment – one that I hope will bring us all a bit of joy.”

The programming will kick off with a look at actress Liza Koshy’s best red carpet moments, followed by British supermodel Naomi Campbell reflecting on some of her most iconic looks.

The A Moment With the Met will begin at 6pm EST, with the livestream to include performances from Florence + The Machine and a DJ set by Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh. Another clip, entitled Everything You Need to Know About the Met Gala, is to start after.

And on Tuesday, fashion stars such as Cardi B, Jeremy Scott, Liv Tyler, and Stella McCartney will take part in further Met Gala-related discussions.

As part of the initiative, bosses at Vogue will be donating to the Costume Institute and A Common Thread, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for Covid-19 relief. They will be asking viewers to consider contributing if they can.

While guests for the 2020 Met Gala were not revealed prior to the postponement, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

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Alexa Chung shares star-studded Met Gala throwback snap

Alexa Chung has treated her social media followers to a star-studded throwback picture from the 2011 Met Gala.The fashion designer and Next in Fashion host shared the star-studded snap from the prestigious event, letting her followers see the candid sn…

Alexa Chung has treated her social media followers to a star-studded throwback picture from the 2011 Met Gala.

The fashion designer and Next in Fashion host shared the star-studded snap from the prestigious event, letting her followers see the candid snap she took of Yoko Ono, Rihanna, Salma Hayek, Lauren Hutton, and Stella McCartney in the bathroom at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Ancient maybe even Blackberry photo of a Met Gala bathroom scene,” the 36-year-old captioned the post. “Yoko, Rihanna, Stella, Salma, Lauren. Solid line up.”

In the photo, the Umbrella hitmaker can be seen watching designer McCartney adjusting her black one-sleeved gown, which had a see-through lace side panel, as philanthropist and activist Ono talks while wearing custom Karl Lagerfeld.

Meanwhile, iconic supermodel Hutton can be seen rocking a Giorgio Armani ensemble and taking a drag of her cigarette, while Hayek looks directly into the camera wearing a nude Alexander McQueen gown.

Chung herself wore a short, sheer silver Christopher Kane yoke dress teamed with a matching clutch and black platform heels.

“Put this in the history books,” one Instagram commented on the snap, while another joked, “Somebody hang this in a museum.”

The model hasn’t been the only one to take pictures in the bathroom at the prestigious fashion event. At the time, ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth also shared similar snaps from the toilets of the Met Gala, which featured Rihanna, Ono, McCartney, Hayek, Hutton, and British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander.

The 2020 Met Gala, which was due to take place in May, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gisele Bundchen ‘optimistic’ fashion industry can become sustainable

Gisele Bundchen is hopeful the fashion industry will be able to become much more sustainable.The Brazilian supermodel has opened up about her environmental activism in a new interview with U.S. Marie Claire magazine, and while there’s still significant…

Gisele Bundchen is hopeful the fashion industry will be able to become much more sustainable.

The Brazilian supermodel has opened up about her environmental activism in a new interview with U.S. Marie Claire magazine, and while there’s still significant work to be done, she’s confident that designers such as Stella McCartney are leading a rising wave of green fashion.

“I am optimistic about the fashion industry becoming more sustainable. Some fashion brands are shifting to use sustainable fabrics and being thoughtful in their approach to production, but there is still a lot of work to be done,” Gisele explained. “The fashion industry has the power to be a leader on a global scale and allocate resources toward the use of natural ingredients, sustainable materials, naturals dyes, and much more.

“Some fashion houses have started to incorporate real change. It’s my hope that more designers and brands will follow.”

The 39-year-old, who this year is celebrating her 11th year as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program, also revealed that she’s planning to plant 40,000 trees in her native Brazil in honour of her upcoming 40th birthday.

“Given the forest fires in the Amazon, the bush fires in Australia, and the devastating impact around the world, reforestation efforts are more crucial than ever,” she insisted.

And Gisele, who shares two children and a stepson with her husband Tom Brady, is determined to teach her family that they can help the planet too, and ensures they all use water filters, reduce plastic use, and take their own shopping bags.

“We do our best, but it can be challenging when it comes to living completely green – and that’s OK. I always remind my kids that every choice we make has an impact on our planet and that we always need to try our best; that’s what matters,” the star added.

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Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh join 2020 LVMH Prize jury

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers …

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

On Tuesday, organisers announced that this year’s winner will be announced at an event held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 5 June, with McCartney and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh among the panel.

Singer Rihanna, who launched her Fenty clothing label in partnership with the luxury conglomerate last year, will also be on the jury.

“For this seventh edition, I am delighted to announce the arrival of Virgil Abloh, former Prize finalist, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and Stella McCartney in the jury of the LVMH Prize,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “They will be joining our prestigious panel which includes: Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Clare Waight Keller as well as Sidney Toledano, Jean-Paul Claverie and I. I wish to thank them for their involvement and their support to young creation. The prize is an incredible opportunity for these young designers to be appraised by them and to enjoy their advice.”

Those in the running for the 2020 LVMH Prize include New York-based designer Peter Do, British-Indian designer Supriya Lele, British menswear designer Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, French menswear designer Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of womenswear brand Chopova Lowena, London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley, South African womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo, and Japanese womenswear designer Tomotaka Koizumi of Tomo Koizumi.

The winner will take home $340,000 (£260,000) and receive support from executives at the company for 12 months.

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