Karen Elson gearing up to publish autobiography

Karen Elson is set to publish her autobiography in October.The model/ singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the release of her first book, titled The Red Flame. “To say I’m proud and excited is an understatement!” she wrote in th…

Karen Elson is set to publish her autobiography in October.

The model/ singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the release of her first book, titled The Red Flame.

“To say I’m proud and excited is an understatement!” she wrote in the caption. “Along with pages of iconic imagery from the past 25 years, I wrote my implausible story of a quirky Northern English girl and my tumultuous journey into fashion.”

The book’s cover features an image of a nude yet artfully posed Elson set against a white background. She is depicted twisting a braid of her signature red hair.

The British star was scouted in Manchester, England at age 16 and catapulted to international fame in 1997 when she was snapped by renowned photographer Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia.

Accordingly, Elson has promised to give fans an insight into the various aspects of her career and noted that the book is a “deep-sea dive into my past as a model and I talk about some hard truths along the way”.

Aside from modelling, the 41-year-old has made moves into the music industry, releasing The Ghost Who Walks in 2010 and Double Roses in 2017.

The Red Flame is to be published by Rizzoli Books, and will include images by Craig McDean, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. There will be written contributions from Tim Walker and Grace Coddington.

“I am eternally grateful to everyone who sparked the flame and helped bring this book to life. It’s not lost on me at all. The process has been an absolute labour of love,” Elson concluded her post.

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Jodie Comer celebrates landing British Vogue cover

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on th…

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.

The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on the front of the prestigious fashion bible for the first time.

“Here is my @britishvogue cover for April 2020 (Aghhhhhhh). Thank you to @Edward_Enninful and the wonderful team at vogue for championing me and blessing me with this ridiculous opportunity,” Jodie wrote, before thanking famed photographer Steven Meisel for making her feel comfortable during the shoot.

“To #StevenMeisel whose grace and warmth, from the moment I met him has continued to inspire me and build my self confidence more than I think he’ll ever know,” she gushed.

The Emmy winner went on to credit hairstylist Guido Palau and legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath for helping her to “look fabulous” for the stunning cover and accompanying shoot.

Jodie then touchingly thanked her publicist Victoria Raeburn-Wales for her unwavering support, before sweetly concluding her post: “One to show the grandkids.”

The actress was inundated with comments from her famous friends, including Sophie Turner, Poppy Delevingne, Michelle Monaghan, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful, who simply wrote: “KILLED IT. Thank you @jodiemcomer x.”

In the cover interview, Jodie touched on the upcoming third season of Killing Eve and teased the possibility of delving into her character Villanelle’s softer side.

“The audience love what they love about her, but it’s been nice to show a different side to that. Maybe a little bit of vulnerability,” she shared.

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Mia Goth defends controversial Miu Miu advert

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publicati…

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.

Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publication in Vogue magazine.

They declared the picture, which showed the Suspiria actress reclining on a crumpled bed fully-clothed, appeared to sexualise a child. They called the advert “irresponsible” and stated it was “likely to cause serious offence” because Goth’s pose was “sexually suggestive” and youthful appearance made her look under 16 years old, even though she was 22.

Speaking about the controversy with London’s ES magazine, Goth, now 26, admitted she was surprised by the reaction because she didn’t think the advert had a sexual tone at all.

“I was very taken aback by it, because I didn’t feel I was being exploited,” she said. “I didn’t feel it came across in any way sexual at all. I was literally just sat in a room. It says more about the people who had an issue with it than the actual campaign, because in my eyes it was a beautiful piece of art.”

At the time, representatives for Prada, which owns Miu Miu, issued a statement in which they rejected the accusation that the image, taken by Steven Meisel, had a sexual tone, while a spokesperson for British Vogue also defended it.

Goth began her modelling career when she was spotted by fashion photographer Gemma Booth at the Underage Festival when she was 14 and subsequently signed to Storm Model Management. She always wanted to act and eventually made her movie debut with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in 2013.

Describing modelling as her “stepping stone” to acting, the British actress added, “I’m grateful for what it gave me, which was an introduction to feeling comfortable in front of a camera… And it was good pocket money.”

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Karen Elson almost lost early modelling gig after turning up hungover

Karen Elson was once nearly fired from a modelling gig for turning up late and hungover. The British supermodel has opened up about a variety of “firsts” in a new video for British Vogue, and during the chat, revealed that she first experienced a hang…

Karen Elson was once nearly fired from a modelling gig for turning up late and hungover.

The British supermodel has opened up about a variety of “firsts” in a new video for British Vogue, and during the chat, revealed that she first experienced a hangover after a wild night out in Tokyo, Japan when she was there on a work trip.

“My first hangover was pretty fabulous, honestly. I was in Tokyo and I was 16 years old, modelling,” she recalled. “I had gone out and we drank sake all night, and absinthe, I think I tried. I had such a terrible hangover (the next day) and my agency almost kicked me out of Tokyo because I showed up an hour late to work. Fun though.”

The 41-year-old also remembered her first-ever modelling job, as a teenager sporting party clothes on British daytime show This Morning, and how the make-up artist drew lips on her that with three times with the size of her natural pout.

She then reminisced about her “I’ve made it” moment, which came when she was 18 years old in 1997 and had scored her first-ever magazine cover with Vogue Italia, in which she sported short red hair and thick semicircles of red paint above her eyes.

“The first ‘I’ve made it’ moment has to be my first Vogue cover, Italian Vogue cover, with Steven Meisel, Pat McGrath doing make-up, where she shaved my eyebrows off, and I cut my hair off and dyed it punk, bright red,” she said. “That was the first moment when I saw that cover where I pinched myself and went, ‘Oh my God, I’m on a cover of Vogue.’ It was just the most magical.”

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Megan Rapinoe lands Loewe campaign

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been tapped to star in Loewe’s fall/winter 2020 campaign.The sportswoman, who captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the U.S. women’s team, is appearing in the latest marketing imagery for the Spanish …

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been tapped to star in Loewe’s fall/winter 2020 campaign.

The sportswoman, who captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the U.S. women’s team, is appearing in the latest marketing imagery for the Spanish fashion label.

Photographed by Steven Meisel and creative directed by designer Jonathan Anderson, the debut image from the For Real advertising depicts a violet-haired Rapinoe making a face at the camera.

“Rapinoe’s trademark pink hair is highlighted by the solidity of the cobalt blue background,” a brand rep captioned a snap on Instagram. “Her eyes are grinning, the tongue peeks a boo between the teeth, mimicking the soccer player’s signature expression when she wins. Across the whole campaign, distortion comes across as a synonym of life, movement, and energy.”

In an accompanying series of short films directed by Benn Northover, Rapinoe is seen asking the viewer to confront their truth.

“We have to talk about everything. We have to speak out the truth and not be afraid of it. Find it, live it, be it!” the 34-year-old declared.

And accordingly, Rapinoe is excited to have landed her very first fashion gig.

“I am so thrilled about this partnership with Loewe and Jonathan Anderson. Multiple worlds crashing together, creating something bigger, different, and more exciting than either could alone,” she commented. “To me, the goal of collaboration should not be to stand next to one another, but rather become something else, together.”

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Anna Sui views current fashion trends as ‘too casual’

Anna Sui is adamant current fashion trends are much too casual.The American designer has been in the business since the early 1990s, and over the years, has expanded her empire to include footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, and accessories. In a …

Anna Sui is adamant current fashion trends are much too casual.

The American designer has been in the business since the early 1990s, and over the years, has expanded her empire to include footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, and accessories.

In a new interview with CBC Radio One’s q show with Tom Power, Sui explained that she is tired of athleisure outfits dominating people’s wardrobes.

“We’ve had such a seismic change in how people dress in these last 20 years because things have gotten so casual,” she said. “I remember when you went on a plane before, you would get dressed up: you would see men in suits, you would see women in dresses. Now, you see pyjamas, leisure wear, exercise clothes, shorts. You know, it’s just completely broken down. It’s certainly been adapted by fashion now, the whole ‘athleisure look.’ And now you can buy $1,000 sweatpants and $1,000 sneakers.”

Sui, who explored the grunge fashion scene together with designers such as Marc Jacobs in the ’90s, went on to note that she would love to see the idea of “dressing up” become popular again.

“I wish there was a movement. I wish there was something where people want to get dressed up again,” she sighed. “And it’s not just because I want to sell clothes. It’s because I love getting dressed up.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Sui reflected on her first encounter with Madonna. While attending a fashion show in Paris alongside photographer Steven Meisel back in 1991, the popstar surprised her by turning up to the venue in one of her designs.

“She was wearing my dress,” she remembered. “That was one of those moments where I thought, ‘Maybe I do have a chance. Maybe I can do something.'”

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Donatella Versace: ‘Donald Trump brought fried chicken to a photoshoot’

Donatella Versace has recalled the time Donald Trump dropped into a fashion photoshoot carrying a bucket of fried chicken.The Italian designer recently sat down with Anna Wintour for the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, and during their chat, the U.S…

Donatella Versace has recalled the time Donald Trump dropped into a fashion photoshoot carrying a bucket of fried chicken.

The Italian designer recently sat down with Anna Wintour for the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, and during their chat, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief asked Donatella what she thought about the state of American politics. Though she swerved the question, the 64-year-old did discuss how she met businessman Trump, who has served as U.S. President since early 2017, at a photoshoot held at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.

“I have a funny story about your President right now. We always work with the best photographers, even when (my brother Gianni Versace) was alive, the best models and celebrities. We were the first to work with celebrities for fashion shoots. So, we rented Mar-a-Lago from Mr. Trump and we went with Steven Meisel and Madonna and a huge team – make-up, hair, and stylists – to do this insane, glamorous campaign,” she remembered. “And the second day, after we did the most important pictures… we were doing the last picture and this gentleman, who was Mr. Trump, came in with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. We were like, ‘Wow, Kentucky Fried Chicken?!'”

Elsewhere in the chat, Donatella insisted that she keeps a close eye on what is happening in politics around the world. And when pressed by Anna over the political figures she is interested in, the fashion star named Pete Buttigieg as one to watch in the U.S.

“I love politics in general, but American politics at the moment, (and) I think the world, is going through a very, very difficult time. When somebody looks back and doesn’t look ahead, that’s a mistake for everything, especially for politics,” Donatella added.

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Gwen Stefani was stunned by transformation for debut U.S. Vogue cover

Gwen Stefani doesn’t recognise herself when she sees images from her first photoshoot for U.S. Vogue.The Hollaback Girl singer had her make-up done by Pat McGrath and was photographed by Steven Meisel for the April 2004 issue of the fashion publication…

Gwen Stefani doesn’t recognise herself when she sees images from her first photoshoot for U.S. Vogue.

The Hollaback Girl singer had her make-up done by Pat McGrath and was photographed by Steven Meisel for the April 2004 issue of the fashion publication, with the cover image depicting her posing in a monochromatic striped dress and heavy 1930s-inspired cosmetics.

However, in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks video series, Gwen noted that she is amazed by her transformation for the photoshoot.

“I had just done The Aviator movie and I think the make-up was kinda influenced by that, like the way the eyebrows were. I look at the photo and (think), ‘Who is that?’ I don’t even think it looks like me,” she reflected. “Interestingly, they put me in the stripes which is something that’s been a signature of mine for along my journey, and still is.”

Gwen then recalled how the photoshoot took place over an entire weekend and how she had a two-day fitting prior.

And while she was a little “relieved” once it had finished, the star did appreciate all she learned about the relationship between art and fashion on the set.

“It was like an event. I was used to having so much control over my look and what I did and was really quite anti-fashion magazine when I was growing up because as a kid I just felt like I was alienated (from that world). It was like, ‘You can’t get that stuff, that’s for rich people, those things aren’t real,'” the 50-year-old commented. “Of course, I was just naive and I didn’t know, what I love about Vogue and what I love about being able to do the cover of Vogue, is being able to collaborate with so many talented people (and) learn about art, you know, art through fashion. And I think that this was that experience.”

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Jodie Comer ‘honoured’ to front Loewe’s spring 2020 campaign

Jodie Comer is “honoured” to be the face of the latest Loewe campaign.Fresh off her win at the 2019 Emmy Awards, the Killing Eve actress has been tapped by bosses at the Spanish fashion house to front the spring/summer 2020 campaign, and also features …

Jodie Comer is “honoured” to be the face of the latest Loewe campaign.

Fresh off her win at the 2019 Emmy Awards, the Killing Eve actress has been tapped by bosses at the Spanish fashion house to front the spring/summer 2020 campaign, and also features in an accompanying short film by Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson and photographer Steven Meisel.

During the two-minute clip, Comer laughs, cries, and shouts the word “Loewe” while getting ready in her dressing room mirror.

“Jonathan and his work are so incredibly distinctive. It’s inspiring to work alongside someone who pushes boundaries and creates in the way that he does,” she commented. “I feel the spring/summer 2020 collection really accentuates and celebrates femininity, which is a complete reflection of my experience shooting the campaign. To have had the opportunity to work with Steven Meisel and to have been supported and encouraged in the way that I was, is something I am extremely grateful for and will never forget.”

Comer later took to Instagram and shared the campaign video, alongside a touching caption.

“I am so honoured to be a part of the @loewe campaign for spring/summer 2020. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the incredible team of creatives who welcomed me and made this such an unforgettable moment,” the 26-year-old gushed.

Anderson also lavished praise on his leading lady and noted that the British star was “exceptionally talented” and “incredibly inspiring”.

As well as the short film, Meisel has created an image for spring/summer 2020 campaign which features a picture of neon slime oozing through a model’s manicured fingers and a still life image displaying Loewe’s new Lazo mini bags.

Loewe’s womenswear show will debut as part of Paris Fashion Week on Friday.

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British Vogue editor pleased to see Kaia Gerber ‘in the trenches’ with other models

British Vogue’s Edward Enninful is happy to see Kaia Gerber “in the trenches” with other models.The rising fashion star, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has already landed campaigns for the likes of Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Karl…

British Vogue’s Edward Enninful is happy to see Kaia Gerber “in the trenches” with other models.

The rising fashion star, who is the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, has already landed campaigns for the likes of Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Karl Lagerfeld.

British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful also tapped Gerber to be on the cover of the October 2019 issue of the publication, and in an accompanying article, praised the model’s commitment and professionalism.

“That Kaia has become one of the brightest faces in modelling is a personal delight to me,” he wrote. “I have known Cindy Crawford, her supermodel mother, since the ’90s, so it’s wonderful to now work with her daughter, who is as driven, hardworking and beautiful as Cindy is. It always pleases me that, every season, despite coming from privilege, I see Kaia in the trenches with the other models, doing show after show, always on time and with a kind word for everyone. That’s the way to do it.”

In the cover image, Gerber poses in a black and white ensemble from Valentino. Guido Palau and Pat McGrath were behind her hair and make-up, Joe McKenna was the stylist, Jin Soon Choi was in charge of the manicure, with Steven Meisel helming the photoshoot.

And in a post sharing the news on her Instagram page, Gerber commented that the prestigious gig was the “best” birthday present, as she celebrates turning 18 on 3 September.

“October issue of @britishvogue by #stevenmeisel is out! thank you @edward_enninful for the best birthday present, and to everyone involved #joemckenna, @guidopalau, @patmcgrathreal, and @jinsoonchoi,” she gushed.

The October issue of British Vogue hits newsstands on 6 September.

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