Christian Louboutin to be honoured with top couture prize

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B…

Christian Louboutin is to be feted with a prestigious couture prize.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled shoes, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

Now, Louboutin will be honoured by officials at The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) with the 2019 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

“To be recognised by The Museum at FIT’s esteemed Couture Council is a great honour,” the 56-year-old said in a statement. “While my designs have roots in Paris, I feel very lucky to have access to some of the most specialised craftsmanship in the world; that has allowed me to push my creative boundaries and celebrate inclusivity and self-empowerment through cultural exchange.”

Louboutin will be presented with the award during a luncheon held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Centre in New York City on 3 September.

The fashion star was selected for his lifelong dedication to the art and craft of fashion by an advisory committee which was chaired by Dr. Valerie Steele, director of MFIT, and included the likes of Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large of Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes.

“Sigmund Freud famously asked: ‘What do women want?'” commented Dr. Steele. “For many women, the answer would appear to be shoes, especially beautiful, high-heeled shoes, and specifically, Christian Louboutin’s famously seductive red-soled shoes. Because of his delightfully desirable and distinctive shoes, Christian Louboutin was chosen to receive the 2019 Couture Council Award.”

This year’s Couture Council luncheon coincides with MFIT’s Paris, Capital of Fashion exhibition.

Previous recipients of the Couture Council Award include Narciso Rodriguez, Thom Browne, Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Dries Van Noten, and Alber Elbaz.

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Conde Nast launching new digital title Vogue Business

Fashion bible Vogue is launching a new title aimed at industry professionals.Bosses at publisher Conde Nast International have announced the introduction of Vogue Business, which will be a digital-only publication catering to fashion, beauty, and luxur…

Fashion bible Vogue is launching a new title aimed at industry professionals.

Bosses at publisher Conde Nast International have announced the introduction of Vogue Business, which will be a digital-only publication catering to fashion, beauty, and luxury industry workers.

According to a spokesperson for the media giant, the outlet will cover “market currents, cultural movements, trends and technologies that will impact the fashion industry”.

“We are constantly evaluating how we work across countries and brands and how we develop our products to expand our global leadership in the fashion, luxury and lifestyle spaces,” executives said in a statement.

Edited by Lauren Indvik and with global contributors from the likes of Vogue stalwart Suzy Menkes, the new project has been a year in the making. American and British Vogue editors Anna Wintour and Edward Enninful are not mentioned as being involved.

“In a consolidating media landscape, the launch of a new global title is a rare thing,” said Wolfgang Blau, president of Conde Nast International, who has led the project.

Vogue Business marks the first product to emerge from the company’s “incubator” which develops new products and services for the company.

Initially, the title will be free, with plans to charge coming in later this year (19). The idea has already been trialled with a newsletter. It will carry on with this format, which has already attracted 7,500 subscribers, and will be published twice a week.

Editors at the Financial Times have reported Vogue Business has a staff count of 21, with six of them working as writers.

The news comes after Conde Nast, which also publishes Wired, GQ and Vanity Fair, confirmed it will be putting a paywall up for all its U.S. websites.

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Vogue editor issues apology over Dolce & Gabbana show review

Vogue editor Suzy Menkes has issued an apology over her review of a Dolce & Gabbana show.The fashion critic, who acts as International Editor for the editions of Vogue online, attended the Italian luxury brand’s Alta Moda presentation in Milan over the…

Vogue editor Suzy Menkes has issued an apology over her review of a Dolce & Gabbana show.

The fashion critic, who acts as International Editor for the editions of Vogue online, attended the Italian luxury brand’s Alta Moda presentation in Milan over the weekend (08-09Dec18), just weeks after co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China after they were accused of ridiculing Chinese culture in an Instagram campaign.

In her article, Menkes stated that she found “difficult to make a judgement” on the Shanghai show and found the marketing imagery to be “insensitive and stupid” rather than racist, and on Tuesday she took to social media to apologise for any confusion caused by her words.

“I have been criticised for looking down on a country that I had the good fortune to visit before the new Millennium, when I worked as a journalist at the International Herald Tribune, now The New York Times. Nothing could be further from the truth,” she wrote on her Instagram page. “I respect and admire China as a country. I appreciate the world wide reach of Conde Nast, my present employer. “As a journalist, my job is to follow as many fashion designers as possible and report what I see. And I am deeply sorry if words I have written have been interpreted in any way as a support for racism, which I deplore.”

In the accompanying caption to her post, the 74-year-old added, “Please read my words. They come from the heart.”

Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda collection embraced religious iconography and Baroque patterns, with many models decked out in flower crowns and heavy gold jewellery. According to Menkes’ review, Gabbana told her that 18 of the label’s 25 private customers had attended the presentation.

In the wake of the fallout from China, both Dolce and Gabbana issued an apology through a video uploaded to the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

The video ended with the pair saying, “Dui bu qi,” which means “sorry” in Mandarin.

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Elle Macpherson among winners at Green Carpet Fashion Awards

Elle Macpherson and Donatella Versace were among the winners at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards on Sunday night (23Sep18). Model-turned-designer Elle was honoured with the Wellness Award at the ceremony in Milan, Italy – which is often referred to as …

Elle Macpherson and Donatella Versace were among the winners at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards on Sunday night (23Sep18). 

Model-turned-designer Elle was honoured with the Wellness Award at the ceremony in Milan, Italy – which is often referred to as the “Oscars of sustainable fashion”.

The Australian star told Reuters reporters that she was thrilled to have received the prize, which “recognises that human wellness is a core component of modern sustainability”, explaining: “Fashion can be very beautiful and lucrative, but to be here for a real purpose for me is important.”

Meanwhile, Donatella took home The CNMI in Recognition for Sustainability Award in recognition of Versace’s sustainability initiatives, such as giving up fur in their collections.

Celebrity award presenters were in their plenty at the ceremony, with Cindy Crawford taking to the stage to present the gong to Donatella, while Cate Blanchett was on hand to deliver the Eco Stewardship Award to the Woolmark Farmers who are based in her home country of Australia.

Speaking at the event, Cate told reporters she was thrilled to be able to “honour those who take their cue from our planet, an approach that is so important to our future”.

The awards were promoted by Italian fashion association CNMI and sustainability consultancy Eco-Age, which was founded by Livia Firth, the wife of actor Colin Firth.

“Sustainability is important as it is the future. There is only one way forward,” she said. “You have to start somewhere … (it) takes years (and) you can’t change overnight, but you have to start, be courageous and have a vision.”

Other winners on the evening included writer Sinead Burke, who took home the GCFA Leaders Award after being credited for helping to change the conversation in the fashion industry for good, and Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes, who was presented with the Visionary Award.

The full list of winners at the 2018 Green Carpet Fashion Awards is as follows:

The Visionary Award: Suzy Menkes

The Handprint Award: Antonio Giacomo Lampasi, Lionella Maria Morano, Giacomo Puzzello and Crispino Maria from Monterosso

The Art of Craftmanship: The cobblers of Ferragamo

Technology and Innovation: Frumat Leather

The Wellness Award: Elle Macpherson

Supply Chain Innovation: Sourcemap

Eco Stewardship Award: The Woolmark farmers

The CNMI in recognition for Community and Social Justice: Diego Della Valle and Renzo Rosso

The Franca Sozzani GCC Award for best emerging designer: Gilberto Calzolari

Sustainable Producer: Bonotto

The GCFA Leaders Award: Sinead Burke

The CNMI in recognition for sustainability: Donatella Versace

The Changemaker Award: Cameron Russell

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