Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai fronting Tory Burch campaign

Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai have been tapped to star in Tory Burch’s empowering new campaign.Coinciding with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the top models are fronting the American designer’s spring/summer 2020 imagery, titled …

Natalia Vodianova and Anok Yai have been tapped to star in Tory Burch’s empowering new campaign.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the top models are fronting the American designer’s spring/summer 2020 imagery, titled Walk the Walk.

Harnessing Burch’s call for women to “embrace ambition”, one black-and-white video shows the trio walking through a park while reflecting on the ways it’s possible to make a difference in the lives of others.

“To me, ambition has to have purpose. I can change lives of other people that didn’t get the chance that I did. I believe in that ripple effect,” the Russian star commented, while Yai shared, “My parents migrated from Egypt to America. My dad would always remind me, ‘This is your life now. But having ambition, it can help our entire country back home.'”

Elsewhere, Burch summed up her personal philosophy and the sense of purpose that drives her.

“I often hear people say, ‘Oh, they’re just one person and they can’t create change.’ And, I totally disagree with that. It just takes one person. Embracing ambition means empowering other women,” she mused.

In addition, the designer noted that the campaign aligns with the message of the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides access to capital, education and digital resources to women in the U.S., as well as a Fellowship programme.

“Our company is committed to our Foundation and supporting women and has given $20 million to the Tory Burch Foundation from a percentage of product sales. We walk the walk and we are committed to supporting women globally in their efforts to do the same,” the 53-year-old added.

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Tory Burch encourages women to embrace ambition in awards acceptance speech

Tory Burch encouraged women to embrace their ambitions as she accepted an honour at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Monday. The American fashion designer and founder of the Tory Burch Foundation was presented with The Visionary Award by Black …

Tory Burch encouraged women to embrace their ambitions as she accepted an honour at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Monday.

The American fashion designer and founder of the Tory Burch Foundation was presented with The Visionary Award by Black Panther actress Danai Gurira at the Lincoln Center in New York, and during her speech she delivered a powerful message about being an ambitious woman and the obstacles she faced as she prepared to launch her eponymous label in 2004.

“When I was first launching the company, I presented my business plan to a group of men; they were the investors. I told them I was going to build a business that focused on purpose. They very concretely said to never mention the words business and social responsibility in the same sentence,” the 53-year-old said. “Of course, that only furthered my resolve. What they called charity work, I called a business plan.

“It was then that I realised that women are criticised for being ambitious, for exhibiting the exact same traits that men are praised for. And that is simply unacceptable… we must combat the unconscious bias at the root of all inequity. And we believe that starts with embracing ambition. I believe that starts with embracing ambition. Whether that means being a stay-at-home mom, a business executive or an activist, whatever ambition means to you.”

Burch, who set up her foundation to help empower female entrepreneurs, added that her dream was to move the needle towards equality and support women who wanted to make it in business.

“To all the women that are here tonight, all of you that have a dream, I want you to remember that the world will say ‘no’ to you in so many different ways. Your job is to keep saying ‘yes’ to yourself,” she concluded. “Because I feel like we’re just beginning, and the conversation is so important. So thank you so much for this honour.”

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Jessica Hart talks decision to quit drinking alcohol

Jessica Hart has opened up about her decision to quit drinking alcohol.The Australian model, who has worked for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch, has penned an article about her issues with booze for the latest edition of Har…

Jessica Hart has opened up about her decision to quit drinking alcohol.

The Australian model, who has worked for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Marc Jacobs, and Tory Burch, has penned an article about her issues with booze for the latest edition of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

In the candid note, Jessica revealed she began drinking as a teenager in Australia, before moving to New York, where she partied hard throughout her twenties.

“In this industry, even the most successful models don’t work every day,” she explained. “If I didn’t have work for a few days, I could go out, proudly drink most people under the table and come home as the sun was rising. It wasn’t as if I needed to drink every day, but when I did, I didn’t stop.

“I was, ‘Go hard or go home.’ And home was never the answer. I never blacked out or was that girl staggering around. But I was having fun, travelling to Europe, partying in Ibiza and Mykonos. But in my late twenties, I started to feel, ‘This is getting old.'”

However, it wasn’t until her early thirties that Jessica decided it was time that she “finally pulled the plug”.

“I just woke up one morning and said, ‘This is it,'” the 33-year-old continued. “I wanted to look after myself.”

She added that she also didn’t want people to view her as the once-beautiful model who destroyed her looks after partying non-stop.

With the support of her sister, fellow model Ashley Hart, Jessica underwent a personal development course with The Landmark Forum and she also joined Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

“In one meeting, (the speaker) said, ‘When you drink, you are pickling yourself,'” she recalled. “‘And, just like a cucumber, once you are pickled you can never be a cucumber again.’ It was an epiphany.”

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Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones added to Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch…

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.

The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.

CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are also participating.

The theme of this year’s summit, which will include Q&As, experiential sessions and group discussions, focuses on the future of fashion. According to Vogue, designers, entrepreneurs, and cultural influencers will address topics from sustainability to inclusivity in “no-holds-barred, everything’s-on-the-table” conversations.

In a chat with the fashion glossy, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Abloh explained his approach to fashion.

“From the beginning, I approached the idea of design from a grassroots level,” he mused. “I removed this idea that it’s somehow detached from the consumer.

“You don’t have to sit in your studio and throw a dart and hope that it lands on the bull’s-eye. If you actually walk up to the dartboard, you can just place it in the bull’s-eye. I think that’s the success of Off-White. I haven’t made a distinction between the design world and the real world – I’ve just immersed myself in both. And because I came from outside the fashion industry, I don’t have the luxury of creating collections in a traditional way.”

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Tom Ford to develop CFDA’s international perspective as new chairman

Tom Ford is keen to develop a more international perspective for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) when he takes over from Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the trade association.Ford’s appointment to the role was first rumoured l…

Tom Ford is keen to develop a more international perspective for the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) when he takes over from Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the trade association.

Ford’s appointment to the role was first rumoured last week, and the CFDA board met on Tuesday (19Mar19) to vote on his nomination. It was later confirmed the designer will step into the position in June, and Ford already has high hopes for what he can do as chairman.

“Coming back from Europe, what’s stunning to me was the isolation I feel here. I feel that America is one of the most isolated countries in the world. We’re very inward looking,” he told Business of Fashion. “What American fashion needs to become in order to be more relevant in the world is to think of itself as not just American but as international.”

Furstenberg has been chairman for the past 13 years, but is well aware the organisation now needs a fresh perspective. And she agrees that Ford, who served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006, is the perfect man for the job.

“When I came in they needed a mother. Now they need a statesman,” she explained. “What I think is great about Tom, a designer that all designers respect and admire, is that he’s a global person (who has helped build) large companies.”

Ford, 57, will be working closely with CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb in his new role, and will be the 11th person to take the position of chairman – with former executives including Sydney Wragge, Norman Norell, Oscar de la Renta, and Herbert Kasper.

“Given his experience working for large luxury brands like Gucci under Kering and having started his own business not so long ago, (Ford) has a wide range of experience that will be incredibly valuable.”

According to Business of Fashion, Michael Kors and Tory Burch were among the other designers considered for the role of chairman before bosses settled on Ford.

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Prabal Gurung took fashion editors on a hippie trail for fall 19

Prabal Gurung fused together his Eastern roots with his Western life for his fall/ winter 19 collection.Recruiting an army of famous models for his New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (10Feb19), including Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham, Winnie Harlow, Duc…

Prabal Gurung fused together his Eastern roots with his Western life for his fall/ winter 19 collection.

Recruiting an army of famous models for his New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (10Feb19), including Bella Hadid, Ashley Graham, Winnie Harlow, Duckie Thot, Candice Swanepoel and Taylor Hill, the Nepali-American designer took inspiration from the Hippie trail – the name given to the journey between Europe and South Asia, mainly through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal from 1957 to 1978 – by members of the hippie subculture.

Stand out looks included Amanda Murphy’s hot pink and red belted smoking jacket, worn over slouchy dark trousers and a yellow and pink swirled top.

Graham modelled a similar print top, this time in yellow and turquoise, which was matched with a padded turquoise jacket, flowing skirt, and shin-high boots.

The colourful hippie pieces gave way to glam eveningwear when Hadid stepped onto the catwalk, wearing a low-cut, floor-sweeping black gown, which had black and white ruffling around the neckline and shoulders.

A shimmering brocade dress complete with pink feathers also brought the glam factor, while multicoloured feathers were utilised on a cute cocktail dress.

In his show notes, which in keeping with the brand’s pledge to be more sustainable, Gurung shared on Instagram rather than printing, he explained how he was influenced by his roots and trips back to Nepal.

Tory Burch also showed in the Big Apple on Sunday, and surprised fashion editors by taking her cue for F/W 19 from Black Mountain College – an experimental college founded in 1933 which closed two decades later.

“I’ve always been obsessed,” she said. “It really formed the trajectory of modern art in America. But what I loved about it was its progressive attitude. It wasn’t about gender or race. It was about sheer creativity and the confluence of all these different artists coming together. It’s where modern thinking should be today.”

The result of her obsession was an eclectic collection of clothes, which featured tailored looks as well as floaty, feminine dresses.

The colour palette was mainly muted, though there were splashes of yellow, red and orange in among the blacks, greys and whites.

On Monday, Carolina Herrera, Proenza Schouler and Anna Sui will all be a part of the catwalk schedule.

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Tory Burch ‘practically lives’ in her favourite leggings

Tory Burch is such a fan of leggings that she “practically lives” in them when off-duty.The designer launched her brand in 2004 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for preppy and Bohemian-inspired pieces. While Tory always steps out in chic …

Tory Burch is such a fan of leggings that she “practically lives” in them when off-duty.

The designer launched her brand in 2004 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for preppy and Bohemian-inspired pieces.

While Tory always steps out in chic ensembles at presentations and events, she has now shared that she can’t get enough of leggings.

“I wear our chevron leggings almost every time I work out,” she told New York magazine’s The Strategist. “They’re breathable, ultralightweight and always stay dry. On the weekends, I practically live in them.”

Tory went on to share how she always keeps House of Marley Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones in her handbag, as well as Matt’s Munchies Organic Fruit Snack to munch on between meetings.

The fashion star also always keeps her beauty kit stocked with Westman Atelier’s Baby Cheeks Blush Stick.

“I tend to take a less-is-more approach to beauty, which is a philosophy I know (make-up artist) Gucci Westman shares. Her new line of cosmetics is incredible. I love how natural this cream blush looks, and it lasts forever,” the 52-year-old said.

Elsewhere in the chat, Tory noted that her favourite book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

And she loves nothing more than to cosy up in her Loewe wool-blend blanket by the fire and binge on the odd TV show.

“I am not much of a binge-watcher, but I did get hooked on The Handmaid’s Tale,” the designer added.

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Victoria’s Secret set to bring back swimwear

Victoria’s Secret is set to bring back swimwear collections. In August 2016, executives at the U.S. lingerie giant decided to discontinue making one-pieces and bikinis, after experiencing low sales. But in light of a major restructure occurring at the…

Victoria’s Secret is set to bring back swimwear collections. 

In August 2016, executives at the U.S. lingerie giant decided to discontinue making one-pieces and bikinis, after experiencing low sales.

But in light of a major restructure occurring at the company at present, Stuart B. Burgdoerfer, chief financial officer and executive vice president of L Brands, the owner of Victoria’s Secret, has announced that the label will soon be offering swimwear again.

“So, on swim, we are where we are. I’m not going to spend a lot of time looking back, frankly. You can look back and learn, but I’m not going to go into that at length,” he said during a conference call regarding L Brand’s quarterly earnings on Tuesday (20Nov18). “As to why we made the decision that we did, fundamentally, it’s about what the customer is telling us, and again, one could question the original decision – again, the decision at that time was to focus our energy and our resources on our most critical categories, that being bras and panties at Victoria’s Secret lingerie, but as we evaluate the situation today, a very important decision – and, we believe, a good one – to re-enter the swim business again, driven principally by customer feedback that we’ve received.”

Burgdoerfer went on to explain that swimwear will be re-launched in the spring of 2019.

In addition, he is also looking to explore more footwear and eyewear options, with some boutiques already selling Ugg boots.

“We are developing our plans in detail. Nothing more to share today, but again, a very important decision to re-enter some important businesses and pursue other growth initiatives through a licensing approach,” the executive added.

Since the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was held in New York earlier this month, the brand has been hit with several controversies, with the bosses receiving backlash over failure to keep up with consumer desire for body positive underwear and in regards to transphobic comments made by chief marketing officer Ed Razek, for which he later apologised.

While on Monday, it was confirmed that chief executive officer Jan Singer was stepping down from her post after a two-year stint, with current Tory Burch president John Mehas named as her replacement.

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Alexander Wang CEO exits the company

Lisa Gersh, the CEO of Alexander Wang, has left the company.Prior to her role at the fashion house, Gersh worked for businesses including Goop and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia before joining Alexander Wang in 2017. Up until her appointment, Wang him…

Lisa Gersh, the CEO of Alexander Wang, has left the company.

Prior to her role at the fashion house, Gersh worked for businesses including Goop and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia before joining Alexander Wang in 2017.

Up until her appointment, Wang himself acted as dual chief executive and designer following on from his time as creative director at Balenciaga, and he will now be assuming Gersh’s duties until a permanent replacement is selected.

“I’m grateful to Alexander Wang for the opportunity to work together and I wish the team continued growth and success,” Gersh said in a statement to Business of Fashion.

The Oxygen Media co-founder was brought in as the New York-based label started to make important changes to its business model, in the hope that these alterations would drive more direct-to-consumer sales.

Wang now intends to complete the rebranding process, and also plans on launching a new e-commerce experience, as well as adding new product categories and markets.

“Innovation and creativity remain core to the Alexander Wang brand,” the fashion mogul explained. “Looking ahead, we will continue to push boundaries and challenge the status quo.”

As Gersh exited the brand, Wang welcomed Stripes Group operating partner Brigitte Kleine to its board, who has formerly worked at Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Tory Burch, the latter of which experienced an increase in sales to over $1 billion in 2016 while Kleine was president.

Alexander Wang presented its spring 2019 ready-wear-collection in June (18), having decided to ditch this year’s New York Fashion Week. The brand’s next show is scheduled for December.

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Tory Burch designs limited edition T-shirt to encourage voting

Tory Burch has designed a limited edition T-shirt in a bid to encourage more U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.The garment is emblazoned with the word ‘Vote’ in funky multicoloured lettering, and all net proceeds with go towards B…

Tory Burch has designed a limited edition T-shirt in a bid to encourage more U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

The garment is emblazoned with the word ‘Vote’ in funky multicoloured lettering, and all net proceeds with go towards Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi’s Eighteen x 18 youth group and its upcoming summit, which will be rallying young people together from across the nation for its #WeVoteNext Summit in Los Angeles on 29 September (18).

With reportedly just under 37 per cent voter turnout in 2014 – the lowest figure since World War II – Burch was compelled to do something to inspire the Millennial generation of potential voters.

“Voting is an issue I care passionately about. It is a pillar of our democracy and something we can never take for granted,” the designer explained to WWD. “We need to do what we can to ensure that everyone registers and makes it to the polls. I’m thrilled that our T-shirt will benefit Yara’s innovative efforts to bring younger voters into the conversation. It’s not about political affiliation, it’s about having a voice.”

The shirts will be sold from 18 September at $68 (£52), and available to purchase from all Tory Burch stores and via Shopbop.com. It can already be bought from the fashion house’s official website.

Burch has a history of inspiring political participation and has also launched an #ownyourvote social media campaign. Prior to the 2016 elections, the 52-year-old wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal voicing her support of initiatives intended to make voting more accessible. She allows her own employees time away from work so that they can go to the polls, and also encouraged other businesses to adopt the same policy in order to recognise and celebrate the importance of voting.

Last week, the fashion house presented its spring/summer 2019 collection as part of New York Fashion Week, which consisted of neutral shirt dresses and chic striped detailing.

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