Tommy Hilfiger names finalists for Fashion Frontier Challenge

Tommy Hilfiger has announced the finalists set to compete in the 2019 Fashion Frontier Challenge.Headed by the American fashion designer, the annual competition seeks to support entrepreneurial businesses developing solutions that promote inclusive and…

Tommy Hilfiger has announced the finalists set to compete in the 2019 Fashion Frontier Challenge.

Headed by the American fashion designer, the annual competition seeks to support entrepreneurial businesses developing solutions that promote inclusive and positive change in the industry.

Now, Hilfiger and his fellow jurors have narrowed down 420 applicants to just six finalists, each of whom will develop and refine their business for the next stage in the competition.

They include Bangladesh-based scale-up, Apon Wellbeing, which opens fair-priced shops carrying daily necessities inside factories, American scale-up, Stony Creek Colors, which offers natural indigo sustainable crops to small and mid-size tobacco farmers, Dutch start-up, A Beautiful Mess, which runs a creative space to assist refugees in realising social and economic independence, U.S.-based start-up Lab 141, which creates small batches of made-to-fit clothing using 3D printing, Indian scale-up pyjama company Sudara, and French brand Constant & Zoe, which creates functional and fashionable clothing for people with disabilities.

“It is inspiring to see the second edition of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge draw so many applicants working towards a more inclusive and sustainable fashion landscape,” said Hilfiger in a statement. “We are committed to championing bright, innovative solutions to some of our industry’s big challenges, and I’m looking forward to returning as a jury member to recognise this year’s entrepreneurs. Their shared optimism and commitment to a positive future should inspire us all in the impact we can make together.”

Alongside Hilfiger, the competition jurors include Zilingo co-founder Ankiti Bose, journalist Noor Tagouri, Tommy Hilfiger executives Daniel Grieder and Martijn Hagman, as well as Willemijn Verloop, Steven Serneels, and Katrin Ley.

The jury will award $166,000 (£127,000) between two winners to fund the advancement of their business proposals.

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Top fashion firms donate to Australia’s bushfire relief efforts

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales a…

Top global fashion firms have made large donations in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.

Fires are continuing to rage in the nation, with the blazes killing at least 25 people and destroying thousands of homes in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Many celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, and Elton John, have made generous donations towards helping the firefighters and saving the wildlife, and now, bosses at fashion conglomerates Kering, PVH Corp., and Tapestry, Inc. have all announced their contributions.

A representative for Kering, which is headed by Francois-Henri Pinault and is the parent company of Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, has confirmed the company will donate $685,000 (£525,00), the equivalent of AUD $1 million.

“These funds will be provided to the most appropriate local organisations selected by the group’s sustainability experts,” they said. “Additional initiatives will also be undertaken by various brands in solidarity with the Australian people. In the longer term, Kering plans to participate in future reforestation and biodiversity programmes.”

Meanwhile, officials at PVH, which oversee brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, are donating $68,000 (£52,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Fund, as are bosses at Tapestry, the owner of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman.

“Our hearts go out to the countless number of people affected by the bushfires,” said Jide Zeitlin, Tapestry’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While what has been lost cannot be replaced, we want to help the affected communities repair and rebuild in the wake of this disaster.”

Closer to home, Australian designer Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales online and in-store for the next seven days to the NSW Rural Fire Service, while New Zealand-based fashion star Karen Walker is supporting charities including Wildlife Victoria, the RSPCA, and Red Cross.

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Tom Ford ‘quite torn’ over eco-friendly fashion

Tom Ford has admitted he’s “quite torn” about changing his designs and materials to become sustainable.In a new interview with his friend Livia Firth for Vogue Arabia, the designer discussed the cruelty-free fashion movement and the ways in which his f…

Tom Ford has admitted he’s “quite torn” about changing his designs and materials to become sustainable.

In a new interview with his friend Livia Firth for Vogue Arabia, the designer discussed the cruelty-free fashion movement and the ways in which his fellow designers such as Stella McCartney are championing vegan-friendly products.

Ford was asked by eco-activist Firth about how he’s making his luxury clothes sustainable, and he opened up on his struggle to combine his chic ideas with alternative materials.

“I’m quite torn. I’m torn over natural leather and fur versus fake, because fake fur takes thousands of years to biodegrade whereas fur biodegrades in six months,” he explained, adding that he also still uses polyester, which is produced using harmful chemicals and high emissions. “If you’re using real fur then there’s the cruelty to animals, which is horrible, but you could also use fur that is a food by-product. But then, of course, you’re polluting the planet because of the methane from the cattle. So, what is the best solution?”

While the 58-year-old did reveal he has changed the finishing lacquers used on his collections and is cutting down on packaging, he also confessed that he isn’t addressing the problems fast fashion is creating, despite serving as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

“For me, with the kind of customer I have, fashion has not changed. I’m still making jackets in the way they would’ve been made 75 years ago and I’m doing the same with evening dresses,” Ford stated. “I don’t address a lot of the problems that fast fashion certainly has to address or be held accountable for. In my niche of an industry it has not changed, except the packaging.”

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Tommy Hilfiger to showcase next Lewis Hamilton collaboration in London

Tommy Hilfiger is set to showcase his next collaboration with Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton in London.The American designer will debut the fourth Tommy x Lewis collection alongside the spring 2020 Hilfiger Collection for women and men at The T…

Tommy Hilfiger is set to showcase his next collaboration with Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton in London.

The American designer will debut the fourth Tommy x Lewis collection alongside the spring 2020 Hilfiger Collection for women and men at The Tanks at Tate Modern art gallery on 16 February, during London Fashion Week.

Hilfiger is keen to acknowledge the eco-friendly steps his iconic brand is taking in the fashion industry with his upcoming show and called the design partnership with Hamilton his “most sustainable collaboration yet”.

Styles in the Tommy x Lewis line feature organic cotton, recycled materials, vegan leather alternatives, low-impact denim washes and miDori bioWick, which is a plant seed oil-based finishing agent.

“We are determined to be one of the leading sustainable designer lifestyle brands in the world, and this is a commitment we share with Lewis,” Hilfiger explained, according to WWD. “We are proud to accomplish new milestones every season, with spring 2020 being our most sustainable collaboration yet.”

And the six-time Formula 1 World Champion, who was named the fashion company’s global brand ambassador in March 2018, echoed his design partner’s sentiments, and said the collection captures his “personal sense of street style”.

“Tommy and I continuously explore new ways to take our sustainability vision to greater heights, and spring 2020 is the latest milestone in these achievements. I’m so excited to debut the sustainable designs we created through the TommyNow platform and keep driving this message forward,” the 35-year-old added.

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Ashley Graham feeling ‘better than ever’ after gaining 50 pounds during pregnancy

Ashley Graham “doesn’t care” about the weight she’s gained during her pregnancy.The curvy model is expecting her first child, a son, with husband Justin Ervin. Previously, Ashley announced that she is due to give birth in January, and in a post uploade…

Ashley Graham “doesn’t care” about the weight she’s gained during her pregnancy.

The curvy model is expecting her first child, a son, with husband Justin Ervin. Previously, Ashley announced that she is due to give birth in January, and in a post uploaded to Instagram over the weekend, she opened up about her pregnancy journey to date.

“Throughout my pregnancy so far I’ve gained 50 pounds (22 kilograms). And the best part is, I don’t care!” she wrote. “I have never felt better, and I am so thankful that my body and son have allowed me to be as mobile and flexible as I have been.”

Ashley added that she’s been working out, doing yoga, getting acupuncture, and had regular lymphatic massages. Accordingly, she is adamant her routine has paid off.

“I finally feel like I figured out this whole pregnancy thing and how to feel my best,” the 32-year-old shared.

Back in September, Ashley made fashion history by becoming the first pregnant model to walk in a Tommy Hilfiger runway show for the label’s Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya presentation held as part of New York Fashion Week.

The Sports Illustrated beauty has also been candid about the ups and downs of her pregnancy and often updated her social media followers about the ways she has been trying to embrace her changing figure.

Talking about posting an image that showed off her stretch marks on her digital show, Fearless with Ashley Graham, in November, the mother-to-be explained that she had actually been struggling with her “new body”.

“It’s interesting that you say that because the reason why I had posted that original photo, I had just announced that I was pregnant, and I thought then I was going to feel good and I didn’t. I just felt terrible,” she shared.

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Ashley Graham was first pregnant woman to walk in Tommy Hilfiger runway show

Ashley Graham was the first-ever pregnant woman to walk in one of Tommy Hilfiger’s runway shows.In August, the curvy model and her husband Justin Ervin announced that they are expecting their first child, a boy. A few weeks later, Ashley debuted her ba…

Ashley Graham was the first-ever pregnant woman to walk in one of Tommy Hilfiger’s runway shows.

In August, the curvy model and her husband Justin Ervin announced that they are expecting their first child, a boy. A few weeks later, Ashley debuted her baby bump on the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya presentation held as part of New York Fashion Week, and in a new interview with U.S. Vogue magazine, the star shared that she didn’t realise she was making history at the time.

“Tommy told me I was the first pregnant woman who’d ever walked his runway,” she told the publication, adding that navigating the famed Apollo Theater venue was quite a challenge. “It was kind of like a block party in Harlem, all kinds of women, all genders, races, and everybody’s heels were so high. It was not a normal catwalk – it was concrete, still under construction, with potholes. And I was praying I wasn’t going to fall down. Which is an awful lot to ask of a model in her second trimester – I have wounds on my feet!”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley opened up about how she has been contacting her celebrity friends, including Serena Williams and Kim Kardashian, for advice on giving birth and motherhood in general, and she is grateful for how her pals have been so open with her about their experiences.

“Kim immediately started telling me, ‘Ashley, the pregnancy may be the hardest part, but the birth is the easiest.’ I’m just taking in advice from everyone and not putting too much pressure on myself,” the 32-year-old recalled, noting: “Serena was like, ‘Call me; we should talk.'”

Ashley is due to give birth to her son in January.

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Tommy Hilfiger thrilled to collaborate with Zendaya before her career ‘skyrocketed’

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unv…

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.

The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unveiled a second ’70s-inspired line as part of New York Fashion Week in September.

In a new interview with Footwear News, Hilfiger revealed that he and his team were glad they tapped the 23-year-old to work with the label before her role in critically acclaimed in HBO show Euphoria hit TV screens.

“When she started collaborating with us, we thought, ‘OK, this is great. She’s a TV star, she’s a movie star, she’s a musician,'” the 68-year-old explained. “But what we didn’t know was that she was going to come out with a new show called Euphoria that was going to skyrocket. I think that it was maybe luck that we engaged with her at that time.”

He noted that the actress, who featured vintage and ’70s-style pieces in both her collections with the iconic fashion house, is “beyond her years.”

“She said, ‘Yeah, I think like a 70-year-old,” Hilfiger recalled. “And I really believe that because she’s so in tune with life. She’s very, very present, and she’s very aware of everything that’s going on around her.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hilfiger explained how he has always been influenced by the “music fashion revolution” and noted that even when launching his business in the 1960s, he wanted to connect his label to musicians and pop culture.

“I really thought that if the musicians who were relevant were wearing my clothes, their fan base would come to us,” he shared. “In a sense, that was social media back then. When Britney Spears was on tour or Jennifer Lopez was playing at a stadium or doing a concert wearing my clothes, their fans would then come to my brand.”

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Kim and Khloe Kardashian disliked mother Kris Jenner’s outfit choice for Met Gala

Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian wanted their mother Kris Jenner to wear another outfit to the 2019 Met Gala.The matriarch of the famous family wore a navy blue jumpsuit by Tommy Hilfiger to the prestigious fashion event back in May, along with a si…

Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian wanted their mother Kris Jenner to wear another outfit to the 2019 Met Gala.

The matriarch of the famous family wore a navy blue jumpsuit by Tommy Hilfiger to the prestigious fashion event back in May, along with a silver winged floor-length coat and a platinum blonde wig.

But during a recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloe and Kim can be seen preparing for the Met Gala, before the sisters then beg their mum to show them her look for the bash.

After snatching Kris’s phone and scrolling through pictures of her fitting with Tommy, Khloe was alarmed and claimed the outfit made her mother look like she had a “fat upper pubic area” or FUPA.

“I need to see this in person because you don’t want to have a big FUPA. Look at this! What is this and who do you think you are?!” she exclaimed.

A horrified Kim said she disliked her mother’s outfit, and scathingly added of the photos: “Honestly, if I sent this to Kanye (West), he might have a heart attack.”

“I’m having a stroke,” Khloe replied.

The sisters worked together to suggest adjustments to the 63-year-old’s outfit, and Kim jokingly said they had “saved her life”.

“Thank God we saw these photos mom, this is an emergency you’re so lucky you showed us,” Khloe sighed.

The most fashionable evening of the year saw Kim wearing a wet-looked embellished Thierry Mugler creation, while younger sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner were dressed in vibrant purple and orange Versace feathered ensembles.

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Jeremy Meeks developing his own fashion line

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname. Meeks has since gone on to walk…

Jeremy Meeks is gearing up to launch his own fashion brand.

The model rose to fame in 2014 after police officers posted his mug shot on Facebook, with the photo soon going viral and garnering him the “hot felon” nickname.

Meeks has since gone on to walk the runway for the likes of Philipp Plein and Tommy Hilfiger, and now he has announced that he has secured a lucrative contract with Germany-based distributor Fashion Concept GmbH.

“Been working…finally, my own Fashion Label! Jeremy Meeks Fashion coming December 2019,” he wrote alongside a teaser clip on his Instagram page on Monday.

The footage showed black and white T-shirts with the phrases, “I believed in me when no one else did,” and “I have to be rich because I love expensive s**t.”

Meanwhile, representatives for Fashion Concept plan for the Jeremy Meeks brand to fit into the “high-end” market, with prices starting at 200 euros ($218 / £177).

“The garments will be of high quality, style, comfort and elegance,” they commented in a press release. “Fashion Concept wishes to open up new perspectives with this deal and to press ahead with the change in the fashion industry.”

In addition, a spokesperson claimed the deal was worth $15 million ($12 million) to Meeks. As part of the contract, the 35-year-old will promote the line on social media platforms, including on his Instagram page, where he boasts 1.6 million followers.

He is also posing in campaigns for Fashion Concept’s other two brands – Jimmy Sanders and Auden Cavill.

And the partnership may also be a further hint that his relationship with Chloe Green, daughter of Topshop owner Philip Green, has ended. The pair welcomed their first child together, son Jayden Meeks-Green, in March 2018, but were reported to have parted ways in August.

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Zendaya no longer worries what others think of her appearance

Zendaya no longer worries about what fashion critics will think of her style choices. The Euphoria actress frequently lands on best-dressed lists for her red carpet style, while her trendsetter status has garnered her collaborations with the likes of …

Zendaya no longer worries about what fashion critics will think of her style choices.

The Euphoria actress frequently lands on best-dressed lists for her red carpet style, while her trendsetter status has garnered her collaborations with the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Lancome.

But in an interview with InStyle, the 23-year-old credited her fashion evolution with giving her the confidence to experiment.

“I just allow myself to have fun and allow fashion to be, in many ways, an outlet and a way to experience different sides of who Zendaya is. It’s given me a lot of confidence; I’ve gotten rid of my fears of what people are going to think. I just don’t have that anymore,” she said.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home star debuted her second collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger during New York Fashion Week earlier this month and explained to the publication how the Tommy X Zendaya line had evolved from the first collection.

“The first time was so much fun, but you also learn so much in the process, just about how to make clothes, where you want to go, what you want to create. The vision gets a little bit more refined,” Zendaya continued. “That’s what happened when it came to this collection. It all fell into place in such a magical way.

“There are a few silhouettes we brought over from the last season, but we changed the fabric or some things about it. We added a lot more tailored pieces, a lot more structured pieces, and because it’s fall, we could do layers and coats and things like that, which is really fun.”

The collaboration featured nods to the ’70s, with the actress also influenced by the style of Diana Ross and her own grandmothers.

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