Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein among designers closing stores over coronavirus fears

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and E…

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.

It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and Europe until 29 March.

“Health and safety remain our top priorities,” chairman and chief executive Manny Chirico said in a statement. “This is an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation to which we will need to continue to adapt.”

Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People are also among the retailers closing their doors, alongside sportswear giants Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Balance, and Vans.

High street giant H&M announced on Tuesday the closure of all its stores in the U.S. and Canada until 2 April, and all employees will receive full pay despite the shutdown.

“H&M’s top priority is maintaining the health and safety of all its colleagues and customers,” the brand said in a statement. “We have been diligently following the latest recommendations made by local governments and the relevant health authorities and have been agile.”

And Tapestry Inc., parent company of brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, have shuttered all their stores across North America and Europe.

While physical stores will be closed, the brands will still be taking orders on their websites.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and taking the appropriate actions to protect the safety of our employees, customers and communities,” chairman and chief executive Jide Zeitlin said in a statement.

There are more than 6,500 cases of Covid-19 in the U.S, with 116 deaths. The virus has infected almost 200,000 people across the world since the outbreak began back in December, and nearly 8,000 people have died.

© Cover Media

Sofia Richie preparing to release bikini line

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis. The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 6…

Sofia Richie is planning to kick off her business empire with a line of bikinis.

The 21-year-old is gearing up to launch her own business this year and will start by releasing a line of swimwear, as she is obsessed with bikinis and owns around “50 or 60” pairs.

“I love bikinis… I feel like my following is always fascinated by the bikinis I’m wearing,” Sofia told U.S. Cosmopolitan magazine.

Sofia has experience in this area as she previously collaborated with Los Angeles-based brand Frankies Bikinis to create a 10-piece line of ’90s-inspired swimwear last year.

After the release of her own bikini line, Sofia then plans to expand her business to include a fashion collection and a beauty company – which will focus on hair and body, rather than make-up, while also launching a YouTube channel and an acting career.

“It’s time to start hustling,” the model said of her plans. “2020 is about no fear, and I’m doing things that would usually make me very uncomfortable.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Sofia, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, and Chanel, explained how modelling fell into her lap because of her famous father, Lionel Richie. However, she soon realised she wanted more from her career.

“A lot of people just become models because they’re influencers,” she shared. “We would all get the same jobs, be in the same space, and be labelled the same thing, and I hated it. It made me step back and be like, ‘O.K., I’m a creative individual and I want to be smart, start my own businesses, do something I can do on my own, and not be attached to other people.'”

© Cover Media

Naomi Campbell calls for pay parity for racially diverse models

Naomi Campbell has claimed racially diverse models still don’t receive equal pay.The British supermodel has been involved in the fashion industry for more than three decades, and in addition to her modelling work, serves as a mentor to young women. Bu…

Naomi Campbell has claimed racially diverse models still don’t receive equal pay.

The British supermodel has been involved in the fashion industry for more than three decades, and in addition to her modelling work, serves as a mentor to young women.

But while Campbell is pleased to see business leaders embrace inclusivity and diversity, she is adamant more work needs to be done, especially in relation to payment.

“It’s still a big deal and there’s always work to be done. You never should sit on your laurels and just think everything is fine. You always have to maintain and challenge yourself. That’s how I always felt. Know what you want to try and not be afraid to try it,” she said in an interview with CNN. “Now, I’m looking now at (models getting the) same payment for doing the same work. I do feel that it’s obvious that’s going to come up next. And that (it) should be equal.”

Campbell has recently walked the runway for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Ize, and is also dedicated to charity work, supporting Fashion For Relief, and organisations in Africa.

And she’s determined not to allow a story published last year in the Mail on Sunday, which included a picture of her at an event also attended by late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, affect her life or career.

“They didn’t publish a picture of me and Jeffrey Epstein because they don’t have one of me and Jeffrey Epstein. They published a picture of me with many people, throughout my 34-year career at public events, that may have fallen from grace in some which way. And that’s supposed to reflect on me? One of the pictures was 30 years old,” the 49-year-old fired. “What does that have to do with me? That doesn’t define who I am as a person. It doesn’t define (you) if your next-door neighbour goes and does an act, you’ve known them for years, but you had no knowledge they were that way. I was not going to accept that method and that’s why I came out on my YouTube channel Being Naomi and said what I had to say.”

© Cover Media

Lucky Blue Smith weds

Lucky Blue Smith is officially a married man.The American model, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Philipp Plein, took to Instagram over the weekend to upload a video of himself and his new wife …

Lucky Blue Smith is officially a married man.

The American model, who has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Philipp Plein, took to Instagram over the weekend to upload a video of himself and his new wife Nara Pellmann kissing.

“I married my best friend today,” he commented.

Choosing to exchange vows on a beach, Lucky, 21, looked dapper in a light blue suit with dark blue detailing on the lapel, while Nara wowed in a satin ivory gown from Orseund Iris.

Neither of the stars wore shoes for the nuptials, with their guests also removing footwear.

And gushing about the big day, the 24-year-old captioned a video of the pair: “The boy who stole my heart… I married my best friend today.”

Accordingly, a number of celebrities were quick to post congratulatory messages, including designer Brandon Maxwell, Yolanda Hadid, and Rita Ora.

While Lucky’s sister Pyper America Smith shared, “The sweetest day ever,” and “Life could not be more perfect.”

Lucky and Nara, who is also signed to IMG Models, went public with their relationship last year and indicated they were engaged in a string of social media posts in late December in which the brunette beauty showcased a stunning oval-shaped diamond ring on her ring finger.

The Utah native previously dated model Stormi Bree, with the former couple welcoming a daughter named Gravity Blue Smith in July 2017.

© Cover Media

Halima Aden: ‘I wouldn’t have had a place in fashion five years ago’

Halima Aden believes she wouldn’t have been embraced by the fashion industry five years ago. The Somali-American model became the first person to wear a burkini and hajib in the Miss Minnesota USA competition back in 2016, and did the same on the cover…

Halima Aden believes she wouldn’t have been embraced by the fashion industry five years ago.

The Somali-American model became the first person to wear a burkini and hajib in the Miss Minnesota USA competition back in 2016, and did the same on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue last year.

Halima has continued to break barriers for Muslim women by appearing on the cover of magazines, in campaigns and on runways, including the recent Tommy Hilfiger London Fashion Week presentation, in her modest headwear.

But as she didn’t see other hijab-wearing women in the fashion industry, the 22-year-old never thought she would be a model, and now, she’s thrilled to be bringing modest outfits into the mainstream.

“Before (I got the call from IMG Models), if you had asked me in 2015 or 2016 if I could have been a model, I would have told you no, that’s impossible,” she told Harpersbazaar.com. “When you don’t see something, it’s hard to visualise it. A career like that, for someone like me, didn’t exist. But… modesty has been around for so long. It is one of the oldest fashion staples. Modesty is in so many different cultures. It has stood the test of time. So, it is confusing that it took until 2016 to go mainstream, but I am so grateful that it did.”

Halima continued to state that the fact the fashion industry has accepted her, as well as a diverse range of models, goes to show how much it has evolved in recent years.

“It took the entire fashion community to embrace me, wrap its hands around me, and to say that you belong without asking me to conform… And if you really think about it, five years ago, I wouldn’t have a place in fashion – not in the way I do today,” she added.

© Cover Media

Lewis Hamilton unveils latest Tommy Hilfiger line with star-studded London show

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule colle…

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton recruited many famous faces to model their latest designs at London Fashion Week on Sunday.

The American designer unveiled his fourth collection in partnership with the Formula One driver, as well as their capsule collection with musician H.E.R., at the TOMMYNOW Spring 2020 show held at the Tate Modern in London on Sunday night, with celebrity guests including Billy Porter, Charli XCX, and Meghan Trainor.

The show featured a diverse, age, and size-inclusive mix of models from both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from ’90s British favourites Jodie Kidd, Yasmin Le Bon, and Erin O’Connor to newcomers such as Halima Aden, Alton Mason, and Jasmine Sanders. Other U.K. faces included Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger, and Karen Elson, while international models included Winnie Harlow, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel.

The famous faces on the runway vastly outnumbered those sitting front row, with the show also featuring celebrity relatives such as Helena Christensen and Norman Reedus’ son Mingus, Kate Moss’ sister Lottie, Liam Gallagher’s son Lennon, Bob Geldof’s daughter Pixie, and Christy Turlington’s nephew James.

The genderless ‘See Now, Buy Now’ collection was the most sustainable TommyxLewis release to date, with 75 per cent of the line using more sustainable production methods, including organic cotton, recycled fabric, and low-impact denim washes.

Naomi Campbell opened the show wearing a neon yellow and beige tracksuit with chunky high-top sneakers. A number of streetwear looks followed, before the collection focused on preppy outfits heavily featuring nautical stripes and the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag, with Ambrosio wearing a crisp navy blue blazer over the top of a white and blue striped shirt, worn as a dress, and a white jumper.

Hamilton linked arms with Campbell as he walked down to the catwalk with Hilfiger and H.E.R. to give the final bow.

“Thanks to @thomasjhilfiger, @hermusicofficial, all my amazing models including @naomi and of course to everyone at @tommyhilfiger,” he wrote on Instagram. “It’s been such a journey to create our most sustainable collection to date, but it’s something I’m so proud that we’ve been able to achieve. Feeling very grateful for all our hard work today.”

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Burberry, JW Anderson, and Erdem.

© Cover Media

H.E.R. teaming with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on capsule collection

Singer H.E.R. is partnering with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on a fashion collection.Formula One driver Hamilton has collaborated with the American designer on four capsule drops over the course of the past two years. Now, he has recruited the st…

Singer H.E.R. is partnering with Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton on a fashion collection.

Formula One driver Hamilton has collaborated with the American designer on four capsule drops over the course of the past two years. Now, he has recruited the star, real name Gabriella Wilson, to work on the new streetwear line, to be known as Tommy x Lewis x H.E.R.

“Such an honour to design and collab with @tommyhilfiger and @lewishamilton. Stay tuned for the drop of our collection!!!” she captioned an image of herself alongside Hamilton on Instagram on Wednesday.

The pair are pictured posing in casual black outfits with neon green writing. While few other details were given about the clothes, items will be made from 75 per cent sustainable fabrics like organic cotton.

“This collab is straight-up fire. More to come!! Thank you so much @hermusicofficial,” Hilfiger added.

Meanwhile, Hamilton has described the 22-year-old as a natural fit for the collaboration.

“I’m so grateful to continue to bring to life our shared vision of making each collection more sustainable,” he told WWD. “Tommy and I also share a passion for music and feel strongly about giving a platform to artists to express their creativity in a whole new medium.

“I admire the raw and authentic way that H.E.R. expresses herself through her music and the creative journey that she’s undertaken. Her authenticity comes through in the bold and edgy twist she has brought to the Tommy x Lewis x H.E.R. street style aesthetic.”

The capsule collection will be available for purchase following Hilfiger’s Tommy Now spring/summer 2020 show held as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday.

© Cover Media

Alexa Chung urges shoppers to buy vintage clothing

Alexa Chung has urged shoppers to ditch fast fashion and invest in vintage clothes instead.The model and designer, who is currently co-hosting the new Netflix series Next In Fashion with Queer Eye stylist Tan France, is adamant it is still possible to …

Alexa Chung has urged shoppers to ditch fast fashion and invest in vintage clothes instead.

The model and designer, who is currently co-hosting the new Netflix series Next In Fashion with Queer Eye stylist Tan France, is adamant it is still possible to follow current trends without buying from brands that mass produce items.

“Loads of fashion ideas or trends are regurgitated from the past so you could just buy vintage things,” the 36-year-old told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat. “They’re readily available, easy and cheap – about three things I’m wearing now are vintage. ”

Alexa also has her own eponymous clothing line, which she was keen to make available to hire for those who would not be able to afford to buy her pieces off the rack.

“It’s something celebrities have the luxury of doing because they borrow from a fashion house and then they send it back and they’re just wearing it for one event,” she explained. “Sharing clothes is such a brilliant idea because it’s true that you might want something special for one occasion, but you don’t want to keep it in your wardrobe.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the TV presenter shared her excitement over Next In Fashion, insisting the programme gives up and coming designers a chance to shine.

“It’s quite typical that you can be one of the most talented people at a company but you’re not necessarily the name of the house. This show gives them a chance if they want to start their own brand and really drive their business forward,” Alexa shared.

Alexa and Tan will serve as both co-hosts and judges on Next In Fashion, as they critique the contestants’ offerings alongside famous faces including designer Tommy Hilfiger, model Adriana Lima, and celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart.

The winner will be awarded a $250,000 (£191,500) cash prize, as well as the chance to create a range for Net-a-Porter.

© Cover Media

Zendaya used fashion to break free from child star fame

Zendaya used fashion to help her make the transition from Disney child star to Hollywood actress.The 23-year-old shot to fame as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up in 2010, and went on to star in other projects for the network, includi…

Zendaya used fashion to help her make the transition from Disney child star to Hollywood actress.

The 23-year-old shot to fame as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up in 2010, and went on to star in other projects for the network, including TV movie Frenemies and hit series K.C. Undercover.

Back in 2016, Zendaya launched her own fashion line, Daya by Zendaya, and began working with American designer Tommy Hilfiger in March last year.

But in an interview for the new issue of Love magazine, the star revealed that she used clothing, and her show-stopping appearances on the red carpet, to try and break free from her Disney personas.

“There was a phase when I was using fashion to identify myself as a person outside of Disney,” she shared. “I think that was why I was able to have a Vogue cover and still be on Disney Channel.”

Her breakthrough movie role was in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming alongside Tom Holland and Michael Keaton, and she’s since gone on to appear in The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and HBO’s Euphoria.

And as her career has begun to skyrocket, Zendaya confessed that she’s trying to make the most of her free time by doing absolutely nothing at all.

“I’m kind of just allowing myself to be as lazy as I want to be because I’m going to be unable to have any kind of social life or off-time once the show starts,” the California native explained. “It’s very demanding and once you go in it, you’re in it.”

© Cover Media

Jeremy Scott drops out of New York Fashion Week

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February. The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has…

Jeremy Scott has decided not to present his autumn/winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week in February.

The 44-year-old designer was scheduled to unveil the latest collection for his namesake label in the Big Apple on 7 February, but he has now decided to show his designs in Paris during Couture Week in July.

“Jeremy Scott will no longer be showing his fall-winter 2020 collection during New York Fashion Week. In a move to pay homage to the city that launched his design career, Jeremy Scott will show his upcoming collection in Paris in July,” representatives for Scott said in a statement, according to WWD.

Scott, who is also creative director of Moschino, isn’t the only New York Fashion Week regular to move his show elsewhere – Tom Ford has decided to show his upcoming collection at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on 7 February, just two days before the Oscars.

“This year, the New York Fashion Week calendar exactly overlaps Oscar weekend, and the last time that happened I showed in L.A. and it worked quite well,” Ford commented back in December. “There is an excitement in L.A. on that particular weekend and the relationship between film and fashion is a strong one. In my role as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, my main intent and priority is to globalise and bring attention to American fashion. There is truly no bigger or more prominent stage in the world at any given time than Los Angeles during the Academy Awards.”

The NYFW schedule is also missing Tommy Hilfiger, who will be hosting his presentation in London, and Pyer Moss, who is sitting out of this season.

However, the calendar still includes shows from Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Oscar de la Renta. It takes place between 7 and 12 February.

© Cover Media