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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Stella McCartney swaps models for animal mascots at fall 20 show

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly …

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.

The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials in all of her products.

On Monday, McCartney unveiled her fall/winter 2020 collection at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the presentation attracting the likes of Janelle Monae, Shailene Woodley, Caitriona Balfe, Ashley Benson, and Isabelle Huppert – though she stunned the crowd by having people dressed as cows, foxes, alligators, rabbits, and a horse walk the runway alongside the regular models.

“What we try to do here at Stella is to sugarcoat a powerful, meaningful message in a little bit of humour and fun, to make our point in a palatable and digestible way so that people listen,” the 48-year-old commented of the concept to The Guardian. “These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway. I wanted to make that point, but in a joyous way.”

Elsewhere, McCartney made efforts to reduce environmental impacts by reusing seating, sharing invites digitally, repurposing walls, and planting trees. As for the fashion, the designer took inspiration from the work of Russian-born French artist and illustrator Erte, with some of his archival works used for the first time as fashion prints.

“Erte’s artistic vision is translated into Stella’s aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring a compelling tension created by the feminisation of masculine clothing, sculptural silhouettes, and minimal embellishments are balanced with natural textures,” the show notes read. “True to Stella, the palette includes terrestrial tones of mineral, clay, sand, charcoal, walnut, and navy alongside punches of lilac and ginger.”

Highlights of the range included a dark dress with silver beading on the bodice, cosy coats, and oversized suiting.

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Amber Valletta appointed British Vogue’s sustainability editor

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor. The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested …

Amber Valletta has been named as British Vogue’s first-ever sustainability editor.

The model/activist is known for championing sustainability, environmental protection, and speaking out against waste and climate change, with her even getting arrested at the Fire Drill Fridays climate change protest in Washington D.C. last year.

Valletta, 46, will now be putting her passion to good use in her new role as contributing sustainability editor, a new position at the publication. She will report to editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and help drive the magazine’s coverage about sustainability and the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.

“British Vogue is disrupting the entire fashion industry and it’s never been a more exciting time to join Edward and the team as contributing sustainability editor to support the positive conversations happening across the industry right now. I look forward to driving the momentum forward on sustainability at British Vogue,” she said in a statement.

Enninful added that he was thrilled to have Valletta onboard, given her level of expertise in the area.

“I’m thrilled to have Amber Valletta join British Vogue as contributing sustainability editor, honouring the British Vogue values of challenging the status quo, where she will help to shape and change conversations around the most pressing issue of our time: sustainability,” he shared. “Amber’s expertise around key environmental issues mixed with her love of fashion makes her the perfect voice to drive these conversations forward.”

Valletta follows in the footsteps of Livia Firth, co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, who was given a similar position at Vogue Arabia earlier this year. Designer Stella McCartney is also a sustainability adviser for luxury goods conglomerate Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH).

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Adidas pledges to end plastic waste by 2024

Executives at Adidas have announced an ambitious plan to cut back on plastic waste.With sustainability and protecting the environment now at the forefront of many consumers’ minds, and plastic waste proving to be one of the biggest polluters of oceans …

Executives at Adidas have announced an ambitious plan to cut back on plastic waste.

With sustainability and protecting the environment now at the forefront of many consumers’ minds, and plastic waste proving to be one of the biggest polluters of oceans around the world, bosses at the German sportswear giant have committed to minimising use of the product through innovation and partnerships.

“We believe that through sport we have the power to change lives, and we are dedicated to creating that change,” said James Carnes, vice president of brand strategy. “Since 1998, we’ve been developing and introducing innovations to End Plastic Waste. Our commitment to eliminate the use of virgin polyester in our products by 2024 helps us get one step closer to being a more circular company.”

Since 2012, leaders at Adidas have backed sustainability-focused partners such as environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans and designer Stella McCartney.

But over the next decade, they are pledging to do much more, with 50 per cent of all polyester used in products to be recycled this year, key U.S. sports partners will transition to sustainable uniforms next year, and in 2024, Adidas will use only recycled polyester in all products across the business. Bosses hope to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

The news comes after actor Jonah Hill announced he had directed Adidas Originals’ new team-themed campaign, titled Change Is a Team Sport, earlier this week. The advertisement features a diverse range of stars, including skater Jennifer Soto, actress Yara Shahidi, entertainer Kerwin Frost, K-pop sensation Blackpink, and Pharrell Williams.

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Amber Valletta hoping to fund sustainability documentary

Amber Valletta is looking to fund a documentary about sustainability in fashion. The model/actress is an outspoken advocate for the environment and climate change, with her even getting arrested last year for taking part in the Fire Drill Fridays prote…

Amber Valletta is looking to fund a documentary about sustainability in fashion.

The model/actress is an outspoken advocate for the environment and climate change, with her even getting arrested last year for taking part in the Fire Drill Fridays protests in Washington, D.C.

Valletta now hopes to take her passion and knowledge of the issues and channel them into a documentary titled The Changing Room, which would be aimed at fashion consumers.

“We want to educate and entertain fashion consumers on sustainability. Fashion has such an opportunity to be a change agent,” she told Porter magazine.

For those looking to shop ethically, Valletta recommends making luxury investments for staple items that can be worn again and again.

“Everyone can wear a tank top or a great T-shirt. Have a blouse or two. In general, luxury brands don’t overproduce, so they’re safe bets. I believe in a great blazer, a pair of boots, and tennis shoes. They’re my go-tos,” the 45-year-old advised.

Valletta, who took environmental-related classes at New York University in the early 2000s, is well aware that the fashion industry is lagging far behind others when it comes to sustainability and she remains confused by brands who don’t advertise their ethical efficiency.

“They’re afraid they’re not doing enough. My response is to at least put it on tags, like ingredients. The lack of transparency is causing us to stay in the 20th century. We’re already 20 years into the 21st century!” she commented.

Valletta recently teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney, another sustainability champion, to star in a Mother Earth-inspired fashion campaign that highlights the power of plants.

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