Rick Owens unimpressed by Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane’s ‘bourgeois’ fashion

Rick Owens has voiced his disappointment at designers including Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane for pushing “bourgeois” fashion trends.The veteran American designer was recently “stunned” to see sensible clothes being advertised to the younger generati…

Rick Owens has voiced his disappointment at designers including Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane for pushing “bourgeois” fashion trends.

The veteran American designer was recently “stunned” to see sensible clothes being advertised to the younger generation by luxury labels and told New York Magazine that his goth glam aesthetic is being rejected.

“What’s interesting now is that whole bourgeois thing, which Riccardo Tisci started doing at Burberry and Hedi Slimane is doing at Celine,” Owens explained, before sharing his disgust at a huge Celine billboard in the Place de la Concorde in Paris that featured a model dressed in “a pleated tweed culotte skirt and a Peter Pan collar trimmed in lace, pearls or something”.

“I know that it’s supposed to be provocative, and it is, because it kind of stuns me every time I see it,” he confessed. “That this sensibility is aspirational for a young audience that never really experienced that, I suppose? All of their parents are wearing my clothes!”

Owens added: “I can see how that generation is reacting against me. I take it very personally. With a giggle.”

Despite voicing his concerns with the style of luxury labels in the fashion industry, the designer noted that he’s a huge fan of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s chic brand, The Row.

“They’ve really maintained a consistently pure aesthetic that I’m always going to look at. It’s the antithesis of all the other runway shows in New York. I admire what they’re doing,” Owens revealed, noting that he also appreciates Chris Peters’s label, CDLM. “I liked what I saw that they were doing.”

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Large handbags and space age-inspired style predicted to trend in 2020

Extra-large handbags and space age-inspired items are expected to be among the top trends for 2020.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion p…

Extra-large handbags and space age-inspired items are expected to be among the top trends for 2020.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

Looking to the next year, they have predicted that big bags, such as those often sported by The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, are about to make a major comeback.

“This year we reported that the average surface area of a handbag had shrunk by 40 per cent driven by the trend for mini bags,” a Lyst representative commented. “For 2020, we predict a return to the XL shoppers of the 2000s, in particular, new soft leather styles by the likes of Little Liffner and The Row.”

Space age-inspired garments are predicted to be huge too, especially items made with holographic fabrics and space suit-like outerwear, and with the Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo next summer, the analysts expect a resurgence in Harajuku street style and cult Japanese contemporary labels like Sacai and Undercover.

Political fashion is anticipated to continue trending for the next year, while the fashion brands to keep an eye out for include Rotate by Birger Christensen, GCDS, ALYX, Marine Serre, and Cecilie Bahnsen.

Meanwhile, the accessories that enjoyed a revival during 2019 included Teva sandals, jelly shoes, clogs, Dr. Martens boots, and the Fendi baguette bag.

“One of the original ‘It’ bags, searches for the Fendi Baguette were up 138 per cent year on year, with the menswear versions also selling out across multiple retailers shortly after their release,” they added.

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Elizabeth Olsen struggles to be confident in feminine clothing

Elizabeth Olsen is trying to become more confident about expressing her femininity with fashion.In an interview with InStyle, the 30-year-old candidly shared that she was trying to overcome her aversion to typically female clothes, which can make her f…

Elizabeth Olsen is trying to become more confident about expressing her femininity with fashion.

In an interview with InStyle, the 30-year-old candidly shared that she was trying to overcome her aversion to typically female clothes, which can make her feel uncomfortable.

“Dresses make me feel a bit funny. I’m trying to get more confident with my feminine side. I just like everything to feel really easy and comfortable. Nothing fussy. I don’t like body-conscious clothing,” Elizabeth shared, adding that she describes her style as masculine and oversize.

“I feel very comfortable, but I don’t look sloppy. I look like I have a point of view and an opinion,” the Avengers: Endgame star stated.

Her perfect outfit is “oversize black cotton pants, a black button-up, and flats”, which is very similar to the style of her older sisters’ Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion line, The Row.

The twins launched their label in 2006 and debuted their menswear collection last year. Their pieces focus on chic tailoring, denim and knits.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress discussed recently turning 30 and explained what she had learned as she gets older.

“I think I was always trying to distract myself from being still,” Elizabeth reflected. “I feel like I cared about self-improvement in high school and then, in college, I was trying to get too many things done and not being as present as I think I could have been.”

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Sarah Burton honoured to receive CFDA accolade

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of Ameri…

Sarah Burton is honoured to have received the CFDA International Award – the same prize her late boss Lee Alexander McQueen won in 2003.

The Alexander McQueen creative director took home the prestigious prize at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

Speaking to Vogue about the award, which was announced before the annual bash took place, she highlighted that McQueen himself, who committed suicide in 2010, had also previously won the accolade.

“It’s a real honour. I feel very, very honoured,” she grinned. “I was just thinking that I actually came with Lee when he got his (in 2003), so it’s really quite a thing for me to get one because I remember how pleased Lee was when he got his, and coming (to New York) and celebrating that. It’s really a very, very special thing.”

The awards were held at New York’s Brooklyn Museum. Brandon Maxwell, Rick Owens, and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were among the big winners.

Asked by Vogue what values she likes to express through her designs, Sarah explained that empowering women is at the heart of everything she does.

“It’s always been about a woman who’s strong,” she continued. “It’s very much a woman who is strong for herself, I feel. I really believe that a woman shouldn’t just have to dress like a man to feel strong.

“That’s why I really love to play with tailoring mixed with a woman’s dress. I want to show how important it is to be a woman still. You don’t have to take away your emotions and your feelings – it’s OK to feel vulnerable and have imperfections. I think that idea of strength and femininity are really important. I always like to say that in a way it’s almost like soft armour for women, so that you feel empowered, but not overwhelmed.”

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Brandon Maxwell ‘completely in shock’ over 2019 CFDA Awards win

Brandon Maxwell still can’t believe he scooped a top prize at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director…

Brandon Maxwell still can’t believe he scooped a top prize at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

On Monday night, Maxwell was named Womenswear Designer of the Year during a ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum, seeing him beat out the likes of Marc Jacobs and Rosie Assoulin, and he has since taken to Instagram to share his excitement over the accolade.

“It all felt like a dream. I’m so honoured and grateful and completely in shock to have been named Womenswear Designer of the Year at last night’s @cfda awards. To say that I am surprised and humbled would be an understatement,” he wrote alongside a snap of him holding his trophy. “There is a moment somewhere of me on camera holding on to the podium for at least 5-10 seconds because I was absolutely sure I was going to pass out right in front of all my heroes, and I apologise to everyone in the room for the very, very long pauses in between words while I was catching my breath.”

In addition, Maxwell praised his peers and colleagues, making a point of honouring the dedicated workers in the fashion industry.

“My incredible team, my friends and family, the women who have purchased and worn our clothes and the women who bring them to life on the runway, the retailers, editors, and stylists, I thank you truly from the bottom of my heart. I am so proud to be in this industry, where our primary goal is to create work that helps to make others feel good about themselves and inspired, and just being invited to sit in the room with all of my peers who do that every day was the real win for me,” the 34-year-old added.

Other major winners on the night included Rick Owens, who was named Menswear Designer of the Year, and The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who took home the Accessory Designer of the Year prize.

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Brandon Maxwell wins top prize at 2019 CFDA Awards

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as…

Brandon Maxwell scooped the prize for Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on Monday night.

The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the fashion world in recent years, having acted as Lady Gaga’s style director since 2012 and founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015.

And at a star-studded ceremony held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Maxwell collected his second CFDA award, having won the prize for Emerging Talent in 2016.

“To the nominees in this category, you cannot imagine what it feels like to be in your company for me,” he told the crowd. “It is an absolute pleasure…this is really once-in-a-lifetime; this is never going to happen to me again.”

Maxwell, 34, beat out the likes of Marc Jacobs, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Rosie Assoulin, and Sander Lak of Sies Marjan. In addition, he praised his peers and colleagues, making a point of honouring the dedicated workers in the fashion industry.

“I have worked for 10 years as a stylist before I started my company with almost every single person in this room,” he commented. “And I know that you’re kind people and you work hard, and we scrubbed off tonight and put on a suit but the other 364 days of the year we are trying to pay the light bill and make it happen.”

Meanwhile, Rick Owens, the 2017 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award recipient, was named Menswear Designer of the Year, edging out the likes of Mike Amiri of Amiri, Virgil Abloh for Off-White, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen took home Accessory Designer of the Year for The Row, with the twin sisters also receiving the same award last year, and Emily Adams Bode was named Emerging Designer of the Year for her label Bode.

In addition, there was a number of special awards – Jennifer Lopez was presented with the Fashion Icon prize by Tom Ford, Harold Koda bestowed Lynn Yaeger with the Media Award, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen was recognised with the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Carine Roitfeld won the Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert, Bob Mackie was presented with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and Eileen Fisher was given the Positive Change Award.

The full list of winners from the 2019 CFDA Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Brandon Maxwell

Menswear Designer of the Year – Rick Owens

Accessory Designer of the Year – Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year – Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

The Fashion Icon Award – Jennifer Lopez

The Board of Directors’ Tribute – Barbie

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Mackie

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen revive Elizabeth and James brand

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have revived their Elizabeth and James label with a new deal.The former child stars, who have won wide acclaim for the high-end brand The Row, launched an accompanying range named after two of their siblings in 2007.While hug…

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have revived their Elizabeth and James label with a new deal.

The former child stars, who have won wide acclaim for the high-end brand The Row, launched an accompanying range named after two of their siblings in 2007.

While hugely popular at its peak, falling sales caused the Olsens to hit pause on the venture late last year (18), however, they have now announced that they’re resurrecting the company with the help of executives at U.S. retailer Kohl’s.

“Our vision for Elizabeth and James is to deliver a lifestyle brand that offers women access to premium fashion at an affordable price without sacrificing quality and fit,” said Mary-Kate in a statement. “Kohl’s is the right partner to take our brand into a new era, while staying true to the high-quality, fashion-forward designs that our loyal brand enthusiasts expect from us. Leveraging Kohl’s extensive store network and digital platform will also allow us to reach a much larger audience than we have in the past and for this, we are particularly excited.”

The new Elizabeth and James brand will include apparel, handbags, accessories and beauty products, with the first of the revamped collections set to be available from the beginning of the holiday season. Elizabeth and James will continue to operate as an independent business, and Mary-Kate and Ashley are set to continue serving as creative directors, overseeing the Kohl’s design team and developing seasonal ranges.

“Kohl’s is doing a great job with innovation and thinking differently about omnichannel retail. We have always seen Elizabeth and James speaking to a much larger audience and this new business model with Kohl’s will allow us to achieve that,” added Ashley. “Mary-Kate and I are excited to work with them building out additional lifestyle categories and curating spaces that will bring a new shopping experience to our customer.”

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Virgil Abloh leads 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards nominations

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear…

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.

Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh picking up nominations in the Menswear and Accessory Designer of the Year categories for his streetwear label Off-White.

The 38-year-old will face off with Mike Amiri, Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Rick Owens, and Thom Browne for the menswear prize, and against Jennifer Fisher, Tabitha Simmons, Telfar Clemens and The Row’s Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in the Accessory Designer of the Year group.

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan, who won the Emerging Talent prize last year, has moved up to the Womenswear Designer of the Year category, as have Brandon Maxwell and Rosie Assoulin. The designers are joined by Marc Jacobs and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

In addition, organisers shared that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will receive the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Eileen Fisher will be bestowed with the Positive Change Award for her commitment to sustainability, stylist and CR Fashion Book editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld will receive the Founder’s Award in honour of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert, and fashion editor and writer Lynn Yaeger will take home the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard.

“The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrate the outstanding creativity in American fashion,” CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb said in a statement. “There will be exciting changes to this year’s awards, and we are honoured to have Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti join us as we name the International Award.”

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on 3 June.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Brandon Maxwell

Marc Jacobs

Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Menswear Designer of the Year

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss

Rick Owens

Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York

Accessory Designer of the Year

Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Tabitha Simmons

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Beth Bugdaycay for Foundrae

Heron Preston

Catherine Holstein for Khaite

Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen bringing The Row to London

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are finally set to bring their brand The Row to London.The former child stars founded the luxury fashion house in 2006, with the name inspired by the famed menswear tailors of Savile Row in the British capital.Over the years,…

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are finally set to bring their brand The Row to London.

The former child stars founded the luxury fashion house in 2006, with the name inspired by the famed menswear tailors of Savile Row in the British capital.

Over the years, the Olsens have expanded their line to include womenswear, menswear, handbags, footwear, and eyewear, and now they have confirmed that they will be opening in London.

“We love curating; we love discovering new products and vintage pieces,” said Ashley in an interview with British Vogue, while Mary-Kate noted: “There’s still a lot of craft in London. There’s authenticity; there are a lot of artisans that are based there.”

Neither of the sisters gave details on when or where they plan to set up a store. However, they are likely to stick to their minimalist aesthetic wherever they choose to have a boutique and will undoubtedly continue to strive to have close relationships with their top customers.

“When we design, we’re designing for specific clients… we understand what their day looks like, how and when they travel,” shared Mary-Kate, with Ashley also commenting that they are often on a first-name basis with loyal shoppers. ” (We want to know) what they’re looking for at certain times of year, what events come up, their families.”

The twins will also take a hands-on role in setting up their new location, with the 32-year-olds often taking charge of merchandising in their New York and Los Angeles boutiques. And Mary-Kate is adamant that the secret to their success is hard work and collaboration.

“There is a lot of pressure we put on ourselves. I feel lucky that we have a great partnership and that we can rely on each other for support, because I can imagine it can be so lonely,” she smiled.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley teams with bareMinerals on charity initiative

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has helped bareMinerals launch a new charity initiative.The British supermodel was named as a new global brand ambassador for the cosmetics company last September (18), joining the likes of Hailey Baldwin, Letitia Wright, and …

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has helped bareMinerals launch a new charity initiative.

The British supermodel was named as a new global brand ambassador for the cosmetics company last September (18), joining the likes of Hailey Baldwin, Letitia Wright, and celebrity make-up artist Nikki DeRoest.

Now, Rosie has announced bareMinerals’ Chain of Good initiative in conjunction with the unveiling of the brand’s BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick range.

“To celebrate the launch of the new lip-loving, vegan BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick, I am kicking off the @baremineralsChain of Good, which encourages all of us to share a little positivity by tagging someone who has been a force of good in your life,” she captioned a post on Instagram on Thursday (17Jan19).

“For the first 1000 Instagram posts with the hashtag #GoodThatLasts, bareMinerals will donate $10 for each post to women’s charities that encourage mentorship, entrepreneurialism and education. I am tagging my fellow @baremineralsambassador @haileybieber who is as beautiful on the inside and she is on the outside. Keep the chain going!”

The Chain of Good initiative will run until 21 January. Rosie stepped out at an event in Los Angeles on Thursday to promote the new lipstick, which has been described as the “first long-wear, vegan lipstick, rich in nourishing minerals”.

She sported a white shirt and black trousers from The Row for the day, and teamed the look with Jimmy Choo stilettos and Vhernier jewellery.

While Rosie has previously fronted campaigns for ModelCo and Burberry Body, she recently shared that teaming with bareMinerals was a natural fit because she is such a fan of the New York-based company’s formulas.

“I love to champion brands that celebrate beauty in the right way and I’m proud to be a part of bareMinerals. As a mum and model, I don’t have time to compromise – I need reliable products that can deliver strong colour payoff and are also good for my skin,” the 31-year-old commented.

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