Steve Coogan: ‘Greed is not a direct attack on Philip Green’

Steve Coogan has insisted his new movie Greed isn’t a “direct attack” on businessman Philip Green, despite using the controversial retail mogul as an inspiration.Coogan’s fictional character in the film, Sir Richard McCreadie, is loosely based on Green…

Steve Coogan has insisted his new movie Greed isn’t a “direct attack” on businessman Philip Green, despite using the controversial retail mogul as an inspiration.

Coogan’s fictional character in the film, Sir Richard McCreadie, is loosely based on Green, with the film’s storylines taking inspiration from many of the news stories surrounding the British entrepreneur, including alleged tax avoidance and lavish celebrity-filled parties.

However, the comedian has insisted to the BBC that the movie is not a “direct attack” on the Arcadia Group chairman, but that his lavish lifestyle and outspoken manner provided a good hook for a film about how the wealthy exploit people.

“There are many people who make their money by exploiting people,” he explained. “Most of them behave discreetly and they don’t want to draw attention to themselves, but (Green is) the reverse.

“For a long time, he was like, ‘Check me out, see how successful I am. Look at my money. Look at my parties. Look at my friends.’ Because he’s a charismatic figure, it was a good basis on which to develop this movie idea.

“Even though (my character is) horrible to people he’s got a funny turn of phrase, so you go along for the ride and that’s important. If it’s just obnoxious, reprehensible behaviour then you’re not going to stick around too long.”

Although he was a divisive figure due to his wealth and tax arrangements, Green was also often seen in the company of stars, including Kate Moss, who designed for his Topshop chain, until he was accused of bullying and sexual harassment in 2018. He has denied all allegations and a U.S. case against him was dismissed last month.

Friends of Green have said he will not watch the film, telling Britain’s Sunday People he’s avoiding it because he’s heard “it’s a load of s**t”.

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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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Topshop recruits Anwar Hadid and Presley Gerber for new ‘It’ campaign

Anwar Hadid and Presley Gerber have been tapped for Topshop’s new It campaign.The models, who come from two of fashion’s most powerful families, are joined by Duckie Thot in the images, as well as Dilone, Birgit Kos, Cara Taylor, Adonis Bosso and Sofia…

Anwar Hadid and Presley Gerber have been tapped for Topshop’s new It campaign.

The models, who come from two of fashion’s most powerful families, are joined by Duckie Thot in the images, as well as Dilone, Birgit Kos, Cara Taylor, Adonis Bosso and Sofia Mechetner – eight names that Topshop bosses predict will soon be dominating the style scene.

“We’ve called the campaign Topshop It to introduce our customers to a new kind of expression,” David Hagglund, creative director of Topshop and Topman, told Vogue. “Topshop It will mean different things to different people, but to us it means always experimenting, pushing boundaries, staying true to our roots and taking it to the top.

“We wanted to bring the brands to life. Topshop It is a celebration of what makes us unique. It is eye-catching, full of vibrant colour and has a youthful spirit.”

Showing off the high street retailer’s autumn/ winter 18 offerings, the crew of models pose in jackets, jumpers and other winter warmers.

Anwar, the younger brother of Gigi and Bella Hadid, is seen confidently standing in a pink jumper layered over a black shirt, leather jacket and dark trousers, while Presley, who has the same chiselled features as his model mum Cindy Crawford and sister Kaia Gerber, has been styled in a triple denim look.

Other key items include a floral embroidered leather look skirt, a fluffy coat in the season’s hottest colour, yellow, and a pair of trousers featuring western-style buckles all the way down the legs.

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Ashish partner with Warehouse for new party collection

Ashish have teamed up with British fashion retailer Warehouse to create a new capsule collection in time for the party season.The label, helmed by Delhi-born, London-based designer Ashish Gupta, recently unveiled its spring 2019 collection as part of t…

Ashish have teamed up with British fashion retailer Warehouse to create a new capsule collection in time for the party season.

The label, helmed by Delhi-born, London-based designer Ashish Gupta, recently unveiled its spring 2019 collection as part of the London Fashion Week schedule, which was a party-ready line full of shimmer and sparkle. Now, the brand is offering glitz and glamour to a wider consumer base by partnering with Warehouse in a new budget-friendly 14-piece collection.

This consists of party pieces including bandeau dresses and miniskirts, as well as a statement catsuit and a floor length dress, but also includes daytime essentials such as polo tops, T-shirts and leggings.

“I wanted to create a really signature capsule collection with lots of sequins, strong clean shapes, dramatic colours – empowering clothes, very classic pieces that are really special, but also fun to wear, and easy to mix into any wardrobe,” Ashish told British Vogue regarding his inspiration for his latest project.

The fashion star, renowned for his use of slogans and pops of primary colours, highlighted an oversized yellow trench coat as one of his favourite pieces from the upcoming collection “because it looks like a vinyl mac, but the sequins just make it so luxe”, in addition to a short red sequin dress.

The collection launches in early November (18) with prices starting from £35 ($46).

Ashish’s latest collaboration follows on from the brand’s partnership with River Island in 2017, while it has also previously enjoyed a 10-season partnership with Topshop.

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Natalia Vodianova dishes on her ‘low-key’ shopping habits

Natalia Vodianova is trying to help her children embrace “low-key” shopping habits.The supermodel is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked in over 200 runway shows and fronted campaigns for brands including Givenchy,…

Natalia Vodianova is trying to help her children embrace “low-key” shopping habits.

The supermodel is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having walked in over 200 runway shows and fronted campaigns for brands including Givenchy, Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.

She is mother to five children – 16-year-old Lucas, 12-year-old Neva and 11-year-old Viktor from her marriage to ex-husband Justin Portman, as well as sons Maxim, four, and Roman, two, from her current relationship with CEO of Berluti and director of LVMH, Antoine Arnault.

Though Natalia’s family are of considerable wealth, she is adamant that they don’t overindulge when it comes to their spending.

“We don’t buy too much,” the Russian star insisted in an interview with MailOnline. “Only essential shopping in the U.S. We buy for the year – maybe a couple of jeans, a couple of shirts, something warm and that’s it. We’re very low-key.”

Natalia also recalled a recent instance when daughter Neva was teased because she wore an “old T-shirt”, but is keen for her children to see the value in worn garments.

“Her friends were, ‘Oh my God, you’ve had this T-shirt for three years already!’ So, I try to train her to be funny about it, to say: ‘It’s only ten years till you get the perfect softness,'” she smiled. “I try to get her to spin those things into positives.”

The 36-year-old is a fan of high street brands, acting as the face of H&M’s Conscious collection last year (17), and particularly “loves Topshop – such a cute shop!”

Away from fashion, Natalia is currently spearheading sexual health campaign Let’s Talk with the UN, a symposium to tackle women’s health taboos such as periods and feminine hygiene products.

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Adwoa Aboah happy to see beauty world embrace freckles

Adwoa Aboah is very happy to see the beauty world really embrace freckles.The British model, known for her cropped hairstyle and freckles, is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fen…

Adwoa Aboah is very happy to see the beauty world really embrace freckles.

The British model, known for her cropped hairstyle and freckles, is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi, Topshop, Kenzo and Erdem since launching her career.

Even though models in the past may have been required to cover up freckles, Adwoa is pleased to see the tides changing in the industry.

“I just saw a lot of freckles at the Love party – I think people had drawn them on – they looked really good,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “It was never something I’ve been insecure about so I think it’s quite cool that fashion is embracing them.”

Adwoa recently landed a gig as a Revlon ambassador – her first major beauty contract. She is thrilled to appear in the Live Boldly campaign alongside the likes of Gal Gadot and Ashley Graham, but admitted that she doesn’t actually wear a whole lot of make-up on a day to day basis.

“I like a bit of highlighter but I don’t do contouring or anything like that,” the 26-year-old commented. “Daily, I just do an eyebrow brush and a little bit of gloss on my eyelids when I go out. All the other girls use the InstaFilter foundation but I don’t use it because of my freckles. I generally steer clear of foundation because of that.”

In addition, Adwoa will sometimes use a volumising mascara on her lashes or a slick of classic red lipstick on her pout. But she is “quite militant” when it comes to skincare.

“I have quite a weird relationship with my skin, it goes up and down all the time, so I’m quite militant with skincare,” she added. “I use Sarah Chapman, Barbara Sturm, Glam Glow masks – skincare is where I have a schedule, night and day.”

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Halpern teams with Topshop on disco-inspired collection

Halpern is collaborating with Topshop on a partywear line.Launched by designer Michael Halpern in 2017, the London-based fashion house is quickly building a reputation for offering up unabashed glamour, with celebrity fans including model Adwoa Aboah, …

Halpern is collaborating with Topshop on a partywear line.

Launched by designer Michael Halpern in 2017, the London-based fashion house is quickly building a reputation for offering up unabashed glamour, with celebrity fans including model Adwoa Aboah, lawyer Amal Clooney and actress Lupita Nyong’o.

Now, Halpern is set to make moves into a new market and has confirmed that he is working with high street retailer Topshop on a playful line of disco-ready partywear.

“I think it’s fabulous that as a younger brand we’re able to work with Topshop, making the type of clothing we do for the main Halpern collection in an accessible way so more people can really feel the glamour,” he said in a statement. “I want the whole world to feel as glam as possible, and this type of collaboration is a fantastic way to accomplish that.”

The collection will include 28 pieces, each set to be priced from $45 (£35). Items include sequin jumpsuits, neon velvet separates and camouflage print minidresses.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Michael; especially at such an exciting time in his career. Our capsule embodies the disco spirit and signature feminine silhouettes he is renowned for; we can’t wait to bring the world of Halpern to Topshop with styles that will no doubt kick-start the partywear season for our customers,” added Anthony Cuthbertson, global design director for Topshop and Topman.

The Halpern x Topshop line will be available to purchase from select stores and online from November (18), just in time for the Christmas party season.

Halpern, who hails from the U.S., studied at both Parsons School of Design and Central Saint Martins. Having previously worked for designers including Oscar de la Renta and Versace, the star is considered one to watch in the fashion world and won the British Emerging Talent – Womenswear prize at last year’s The Fashion Awards.

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Ralph Lauren to stop using mohair in all garments

Ralph Lauren will no longer use mohair in any products.Following pressure from officials at animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), representatives from the Ralph Lauren Corporation, founded by designer Ralph Laur…

Ralph Lauren will no longer use mohair in any products.

Following pressure from officials at animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), representatives from the Ralph Lauren Corporation, founded by designer Ralph Lauren in 1967, have confirmed that they are ditching mohair, a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat.

The ban will apply to all of the New York-based retail giant’s brands, including Ralph Lauren Home, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chaps, Club Monaco and American Living.

“Because a credible animal welfare standard for sourcing mohair does not currently exist, we will not include it in our product pipeline going forward,” a Ralph Lauren spokesperson said, according to The New York Post.

The decision comes after PETA campaigners conducted an expose of the mohair industry in South Africa, where more than 50 per cent of the world’s mohair is sourced. Video footage depicted shearers working quickly and carelessly, leaving angora goats with gaping wounds.

In addition, unwanted goats were slaughtered in agonising ways – with PETA’s legal team asking law enforcement agencies in the nation to investigate and file charges, as appropriate, for potential violations of the Animals Protection Act.

“PETA’s expose pulled back the curtain on the violent mohair industry, and Ralph Lauren responded by banning the cruelly produced material,” added Anne Brainard, PETA director of corporate affairs, in a statement. “Ralph Lauren has joined the growing list of fashion brands that recognise that today’s shoppers don’t support cruelty to animals in the fashion industry.”

Other fashion brands that have banned mohair include Zara, Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Topshop, Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg and Brooks Brothers, among others.

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Lottie Moss won’t ask sister Kate for design advice

Lottie Moss didn’t ask her famous sister Kate Moss for advice when designing her new PacSun collection.Like runway royalty Kate, Lottie has followed a career in fashion, and is also taking after her sister, who has designed multiple collections for Top…

Lottie Moss didn’t ask her famous sister Kate Moss for advice when designing her new PacSun collection.

Like runway royalty Kate, Lottie has followed a career in fashion, and is also taking after her sister, who has designed multiple collections for Topshop, by creating a line for U.S. high street brand PacSun.

“Not really. No, to be honest,” Lottie said to Fashionista when asked if she’d gone to Kate for design advice. “She’s obviously done her collection for Topshop, but, I mean, we’re both separate people, so I just kind of did what I wanted to do. Also, because she’s like a lot older than me. So, yeah, I didn’t really take any advice.”

Lottie launched her clothing line in February (18), with the range made up of festival-ready pieces like pretty dresses, tie front T-shirts and romper suits.

The 20-year-old wanted to create clothes that she and her friends would wear, and her top priority was making sure the designs were a reflection of her own personal style.

“It’s how we would all dress if we lived in L.A! My friends and I would wear that if it was hot enough here, but unfortunately it’s not,” the English model laughed.

As for what’s next, Lottie is determined to make her mark on the fashion world.

“I want to just branch out and do different types of clothing and accessories and swimwear and lingerie. If everything goes well, I could move into beauty or something like that because beauty is such a big part of my life,” she enthused. “I just want to see how this goes and hopefully keep building and building and becoming huge.”

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Julien Macdonald and Topshop Unique snub London Fashion Week

Julien Macdonald and Topshop Unique will not be included in this year’s London Fashion Week schedule.The British brands follow the lead of labels such as Anya Hindmarch and Antonio Berardi who have decided to swerve the event, which kicks off on Friday…

Julien Macdonald and Topshop Unique will not be included in this year’s London Fashion Week schedule.

The British brands follow the lead of labels such as Anya Hindmarch and Antonio Berardi who have decided to swerve the event, which kicks off on Friday (16Feb18), in favour of showcasing the new collections via alternative formats.

A Macdonald spokeswoman has confirmed that the designer will unveil his collection later this year, with details to be confirmed in due course.

This will also be Topshop’s first absence from proceedings since its premium label made its debut in 2005, but it has been decided that this year’s Fashion Week is the right time to “take a pause”. However, the Arcadia-owned company will still be involved in the event and has pledged to continue to sponsor show spaces for emerging talent.

“The brand remains committed to the development and support of emerging and established talent and will be hosting the Topshop Showspace for a roster of designers; Molly Goddard, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, House of Holland, Shrimps and Nicopanda,” said a spokeswoman for the label. “Topshop will also continue its ongoing sponsorship of Fashion East as well as hosting the collective in the show space.”

The U.K. company are currently busy organising the restructuring of their team, with a new roll of creatives and managers on board.

New CEO Paul Price made the move from Burberry last year, while Just Cavalli’s Anthony Cuthbertson was appointed global design director, and Topshop/Topman creative director David Hagglund joined having been a consultant for Hugo Boss.

Versus Versace has also confirmed that it will not be on the upcoming London Fashion Week bill.

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