Milliner Stephen Jones reflects on 24-year collaboration with Dior

Top milliner Stephen Jones is “greatly honoured” to have collaborated with the team at Dior for the past 24 years.The London-based hat designer is considered to be one of the world’s most radical and important milliners, having created designs for the …

Top milliner Stephen Jones is “greatly honoured” to have collaborated with the team at Dior for the past 24 years.

The London-based hat designer is considered to be one of the world’s most radical and important milliners, having created designs for the likes of John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. As he marks the release of new book Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones, the fashion star has described just how important his work at the French luxury house has been to him over the years.

“Whereas so much of fashion seems ephemeral, Dior has some sort of gravitas – or maybe that’s in my mind’s eye as conversely, hats are the essence of the whimsical,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “Dior hats run the gamut of simplicity to complexity, but most often they attract themselves to the happy spot in between. What is unique that they complete the outfit but can stand by themselves too. This is crucial, because in reality the hat is not about itself but the person wearing it- whether woman, man or child.”

And while Jones is the director of millinary at the brand, he insisted the hats he makes are always dreamed up in collaboration with creative directors, design teams, and craftspeople.

“The different creative directors with whom I have worked always have their distinct point of view. When they arrive at Dior, they understand that hats are an essential part of the Dior iconography, as pivotal as the Bar jacket, fantasy evening dresses or the colour grey. Certainly, hats underline their point of view; To hat or not to hat? Are hats retro or modern? Do they enrich or dilute? These are perennial questions to be resolved every season,” the designer added. “However, the studio is only one side of the story; for me the Dior Atelier Mode is also a huge part of the creative process.”

Published by Rizzoli, Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones will be available to purchase from 1 September.

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Mulberry and Marques’ Almeida taking part in digital London Fashion Week

Mulberry and Marques’ Almeida are set to take part in the first-ever fully digital London Fashion Week.In April, British Fashion Council (BFC) executives announced they would be merging the womenswear and menswear presentations into one gender-neutral …

Mulberry and Marques’ Almeida are set to take part in the first-ever fully digital London Fashion Week.

In April, British Fashion Council (BFC) executives announced they would be merging the womenswear and menswear presentations into one gender-neutral platform for the next 12 months in light of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus crisis.

And on Wednesday, the team unveiled the provisional line-up, with events to be taking place between 12 and 14 June. Among the labels to be included are Mulberry, Marques’ Almeida, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, palmer//harding, and milliner Stephen Jones. In all, over 100 designers will present on the digital platform, with 34 on the official schedule and 33 in the “explore” section – where they will unveil either new content or assets from their current collections.

“Bringing the fashion community together, the platform hosts exclusive multimedia content from designers, creatives, brand partners, media, retailers and cultural institutions enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture, and technology,” a spokesperson commented. “This new digital experience will work as a global meet-up point, offering interviews, podcasts, designer diaries, webinars, and digital showrooms, providing the opportunity for designers to tell their stories and share their experiences from the last few months.”

In addition, London Fashion Week will include the introduction of the British Fashion Council Fashion Forum Podcast, a discussion between British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and a new YouTube series hosted by Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

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Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg pay tribute to designer Emanuel Ungaro

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death. The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86…

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death.

The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86 on Saturday. A number of his fellow designers subsequently paid tribute, with Garavani describing him as a “great and generous friend” to WWD.

“Always with a smile and with a kindness very rare in this fashion world. His colours, his draping and the fantasy he put in every dress, deserve a very important place in the history of fashion,” he praised.

Von Furstenberg told the publication Ungaro’s death was “a very sad thing” and added, “Ungaro reminds me of my youth…of happy, sexy printed dresses,” while Alber Elbaz said he “knew him, adored him and loved him”.

Milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute via Instagram by sharing a photo of one of their collaborations and writing in the caption, “So sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent #emanuelungaro @emanuelungaroparis. To work with him was extraordinary.”

Model Marisa Berenson shared a throwback image of Ungaro fitting her in a dress and described him as a “beautiful, refined and generous man”.

“He was one of the greatest designers of his generation and will go down in fashion history,” she continued. “Thank you dear Emanuel for having been the friend that you were, you are in my thoughts and in my heart.”

Ungaro, who was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1933, got his start in fashion by working as an assistant to a Sicilian tailor. He then spent six years learning from legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga before creating his own fashion house in Paris.

He quickly became a success with his feminine designs, colourful draping, and bold prints, with one of his first clients being former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Notable creative directors of the Emanuel Ungaro brand have included Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Giles Deacon, and Fausto Puglisi.

Ungaro is survived by his wife, Laura, and a daughter, Cosima.

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Billy Porter wows in sparkly pinstripe suit and platforms at Emmy Awards

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award …

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award at the annual ceremony on Sunday.

And the Pose star did not disappoint on the Emmys purple carpet, wearing a Michael Kors custom-made pantsuit, black leather platforms and a black asymmetrical hat exclusively handmade by Stephen Jones.

Porter shared a sneak peek at his outfit on Instagram and told his followers that he was living his truth.

“Y’all just don’t know what this moment means to me. Here’s to celebrating 50 years of life, 30 years of hard work and learning to embrace the JOY! This isn’t for me… It’s for US!” he wrote.

Porter’s famous friends were quick to show their support for the Tony Award-winning star, with designer Marc Jacobs commenting: “Hell yes to that fit!”

“This ensemble is everything!” actress Debra Messing wrote, while singer Ricky Martin added: “Bravo Billy!”

Another stunning look on the purple carpet came from Zendaya, who rocked a custom emerald-green Vera Wang gown with a racy thigh high split and a sheer corset for the Emmys.

The Euphoria star wore matching Brian Atwood silk stilettos to complete her outfit, which was simply accessorised with Cartier jewellery.

And the 23-year-old styled her red hair in loose waves and kept her make-up subtle, with a chic smokey eye and bold brows, along with a slick of clear lip gloss.

Fans took to social media to share their joy at Zendaya’s stunning look, which some compared to DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy.

“ZENDAYA CAME TO SERVE AT THE EMMYS. PERIOD,” one wrote, while journalist Evan Ross Katz commented: “Zendaya serving Poison Ivy realness on the #Emmys red carpet.”

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Badgley Mischka to unveil resort collection on cruise ship

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.Now…

Badgley Mischka is to launch a future resort collection on a cruise ship.

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988 and have since gone on to build a reputation for sophisticated and elegant red carpet gowns and bridalwear.

Now, Badgley and Mischka have announced that they will unveil their 2021 resort range on Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in May 2020 as part of the fifth annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing.

“Our style is reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood of the ’40s and we feel Cunard emulates that same style, offering patrons a chance to do their best couture and dress for a special occasion,” said Mischka, while Badgley added: “Our brands both represent effortless glamour and we are excited about this partnership and giving Cunard guests an intimate glimpse into the world of Badgley Mischka.”

Badgely and Mischka will also hold a Q&A session with guests during the seven-night cruise, with additional fashion experts that will join the voyage set to be announced shortly.

The liner will depart Southampton, England on 24 May and arrive in New York on 31 May 2020, and Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president of Cunard North America, commented that he was very excited to be bringing the fashion stars on board.

“We are thrilled that the legendary fashion team of Badgley Mischka will join Cunard for Transatlantic Fashion Week,” the executive shared. “Mark and James are true visionaries in the world of fashion and will bring a once-in-a-lifetime, bespoke sense of occasion and experience to guests onboard Queen Mary 2.”

Among the celebrities to appear on the upcoming 2019 voyage are milliner Stephen Jones, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and iconic model Pat Cleveland.

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