Gucci pledges $2.2 million towards coronavirus crisis relief efforts

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths…

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths. At present, the U.S., France, and Spain are among the worst affected nations, while hospitals in Italy are being overwhelmed with an estimated 62,000 active cases.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Italian fashion house Gucci announced on Thursday that they will be donating $1.1 million (£897,000) to the Italian Civil Protection Department in aid of health services in Italy and another $1.1 million to the United Nations Foundation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization via Facebook’s $10 million Matching Fundraiser. Officials at the health groups are monitoring and collecting data on the spread of the virus to strengthen intensive care units across the world, supplying protection equipment to health personnel, and fast-tracking the creation of vaccines and therapies.

“Gucci has created a world, open and free: a Gucci global community,” creative director Alessandro Michele and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a joint statement. “We ask all of you to be the changemakers in this crisis, to stand together with us in the fight against the coronavirus. We are all in this together.”

Meanwhile, Valentino founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti are contributing $1.1 million towards the newly established Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome.

“In such a dramatic moment for the whole world, we wanted to give our contribution to win this crucial battle against this invisible, but terrible enemy,” they commented. “Our deepest gratitude goes to those women and men who are fighting night and day to save human lives in our hospitals.”

Other major Italian fashion brands to pledge contributions towards the crisis include Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Versace.

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Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg pay tribute to designer Emanuel Ungaro

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death. The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86…

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death.

The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86 on Saturday. A number of his fellow designers subsequently paid tribute, with Garavani describing him as a “great and generous friend” to WWD.

“Always with a smile and with a kindness very rare in this fashion world. His colours, his draping and the fantasy he put in every dress, deserve a very important place in the history of fashion,” he praised.

Von Furstenberg told the publication Ungaro’s death was “a very sad thing” and added, “Ungaro reminds me of my youth…of happy, sexy printed dresses,” while Alber Elbaz said he “knew him, adored him and loved him”.

Milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute via Instagram by sharing a photo of one of their collaborations and writing in the caption, “So sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent #emanuelungaro @emanuelungaroparis. To work with him was extraordinary.”

Model Marisa Berenson shared a throwback image of Ungaro fitting her in a dress and described him as a “beautiful, refined and generous man”.

“He was one of the greatest designers of his generation and will go down in fashion history,” she continued. “Thank you dear Emanuel for having been the friend that you were, you are in my thoughts and in my heart.”

Ungaro, who was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1933, got his start in fashion by working as an assistant to a Sicilian tailor. He then spent six years learning from legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga before creating his own fashion house in Paris.

He quickly became a success with his feminine designs, colourful draping, and bold prints, with one of his first clients being former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Notable creative directors of the Emanuel Ungaro brand have included Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Giles Deacon, and Fausto Puglisi.

Ungaro is survived by his wife, Laura, and a daughter, Cosima.

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Valentino Garavani to be honoured at 2019 Green Carpet Fashion Awards

Valentino Garavani will receive the Legacy Award at the 2019 Green Carpet Fashion Awards.The Italian designer, who founded his namesake label in 1962, is known for his stunning gowns and signature use of the colour red. Now, Garavani’s contribution to …

Valentino Garavani will receive the Legacy Award at the 2019 Green Carpet Fashion Awards.

The Italian designer, who founded his namesake label in 1962, is known for his stunning gowns and signature use of the colour red.

Now, Garavani’s contribution to the industry is to be feted by organisers of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, which honour fashion leaders who seek to minimise the impact of manufacturing on the environment, at Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 22 September.

In a joint statement, Carlo Capasa, chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Livia Firth, creative director and co-founder of Eco-Age, praised the fashion icon.

“Through his iconic work spanning over five decades, championing Italian talent, design and fashion, Valentino is a creative visionary and truly deserving of the Green Carpet Fashion Award’s Legacy Award,” they commented.

Taking to Instagram, Garavani posted an image of himself at one of his runway presentations and shared that he was delighted by the honour.

“Incredibly honoured to receive the Legacy Award from GreenCarpet this next Sunday in Milano. Thank you @liviafirth and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana,” the 87-year-old captioned the snap.

Valentino follows in the footsteps of Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes, who won the first Legacy Award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in 2018.

Models Adut Akech and Jon Kortajarena are to host this year’s event, which will be inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 500th anniversary year of his death.

Hamish Bowles, international editor at large at U.S. Vogue, has been tapped as the creative director for the bash, and promised a beautiful presentation.

“This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci, the protean genius – artist, inventor, designer, botanist, writer – whose glorious artistic legacy continues to illuminate the city of Milan,” he stated.

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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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Pierpaolo Piccioli focused on keeping Valentino ‘relevant’

Pierpaolo Piccioli is determined to keep Valentino “relevant” by embracing inclusivity.The Italian fashion designer has acted as the luxury house’s artistic director since July 2016, after his long-time creative partner Maria Grazia Chiuri decamped to …

Pierpaolo Piccioli is determined to keep Valentino “relevant” by embracing inclusivity.

The Italian fashion designer has acted as the luxury house’s artistic director since July 2016, after his long-time creative partner Maria Grazia Chiuri decamped to Christian Dior.

While Valentino is known for its dramatic dresses and extravagant accessories, Piccioli has now discussed how he is planning to modernise the label, which was founded by 86-year-old Valentino Garavani in 1960.

“Every luxury brand has to become more inclusive. If you remain in your exclusive field, you’re not relevant enough for this moment,” he told Business of Fashion. “I want to take Valentino from a brand of exclusivity to a brand that becomes more relevant to today. I’m keeping the values of the house but taking it in a more inclusive direction that embraces different communities.”

One way in which Piccioli is experimenting with collaboration is with his new Genius collection for outwear company Moncler.

The line includes zip-up hooded capes, padded duvet-like coats and basic down jackets, with the accompanying campaign featuring models dressed in the items while posing in settings evocative of Medieval Madonna paintings.

And while he enjoyed working with a variety silhouettes for the range, he admitted that the technical fabrics proved to be challenging.

“Material is like a language, it’s the essence of a brand,” the designer added. “The team at Moncler has a different kind of mind. Everything is structured to be really worn and not just perfect. I didn’t want to lose that authenticity.”

The first drop of Piccioli’s Moncler line is now available to buy online and in selected boutiques.

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Valentino and Moncler join forces on outerwear collaboration

Valentino and Moncler have teamed up to create a new range of outerwear.The collaboration has been overseen by Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and consists of an exclusive collection of coats for both men and women. Designs appear to…

Valentino and Moncler have teamed up to create a new range of outerwear.

The collaboration has been overseen by Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and consists of an exclusive collection of coats for both men and women.

Designs appear to be distinctly Moncler, which is best known for its luxurious down jackets, but have been customised with elements akin to the Italian fashion house, which even featured two of the garments in its pre-fall 2018 collections in January (18).

The coats feature heritage designs from Valentino’s history, such as the iconic tiger print created by the brand’s founder Valentino Garavani. This particular pattern has been applied to a quilted, hooded, knee-length coat as a graphic print in either green, pink or black.

While another offering from the range sees Piccioli’s Valentino logo – the letters VLTN – printed in white font across the back of a black quilted jacket.

A men’s coat of the same design features the signature logo across the back and sides of the garment.

In addition to outerwear, the two labels have also collaborated on accessories, creating studded, quilted shoulder bags in red, black and taupe, each with a gold chain strap.

The Valentino With Moncler collection is already available to purchase on the official Valentino website, with prices starting from $2,095 (£1,355) for a handbag and ending at $4,200 (£2,500) for the embroidered tiger re-edition quilted down coat. The pieces can also be bought in select Valentino boutiques.

Piccioli was one of eight new designers tapped by Moncler for its Genius design team in February.

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Valentino unveils opulent fall 18 couture collection

Valentino presented an opulent collection filled with ‘60s flair for its fall 2018 couture line.Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest high-end range for the Italian fashion house at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on Wednesday night (04Jul…

Valentino presented an opulent collection filled with ‘60s flair for its fall 2018 couture line.

Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli presented his latest high-end range for the Italian fashion house at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on Wednesday night (04Jul18) as part of Paris Couture Week.

The show drew in a number of A-list names, such as Amber Heard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nicky Hilton, Olivia Palermo and Lucy Boynton, while label founder Valentino Garavani, 86, also sat on the front row.

Speaking to Vogue prior to the spectacle, Piccioli explained that the range was inspired by a variety of influences, including medieval armour, Greek mythology, 17th and 18th century painting and David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

“(The line is) Renaissance meets Versailles meets ’60s whatever,” he told the fashion publication, adding that he enjoys exploring the fantastical elements that couture allows. “With ready-to-wear, your vision of beauty relates to the times you are living in. Couture involves a deeper and more intimate perspective, to go further into your own vision of beauty.”

The show opened with a model sporting a bright blue dress with patchwork cape featuring gold fabric and had her hair styled by Guido Palau into a teased coif.

A pink silk dress with oversized sleeves followed, as did a lemon-yellow shirt and burgundy trouser combination that was topped off with an emerald green sequin cape.

Retro touches were evident in graphic printed capes and belted coats, pussy bows shirts and the bold pink and blue eyeshadow swipes across the models’ eyelids, while the inspiration of classical art was apparent in a ruched chartreuse silk shirt with high collar.

Highlights of the line included a pale pink feathered gown as worn by model Kaia Gerber and a dramatic gown with off-the-shoulder neckline made from Valentino’s signature red fabric.

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Valentino experiments with volume for spring 18 couture

Valentino has unveiled a couture collection full of voluminous silhouettes and luxe fabrics for spring/summer 2018.The French luxury fashion house, helmed by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, launched its latest high fashion line as part of Paris Couture We…

Valentino has unveiled a couture collection full of voluminous silhouettes and luxe fabrics for spring/summer 2018.

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, launched its latest high fashion line as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night (24Jan18).

Sticking with his conservative necklines, Piccioli opened the show with a range of eye-catching ensembles, including a white crepe de chine chemise worn with tan wool trousers and dramatic dark yellow cape that was topped off with a light blue feathered hat designed by Philip Treacy.

A number of outfits combining contrasting colours featured, such as a purple and lilac wool cape worn over a mint green coloured top and purple trousers as well as an outfit comprised of brown trousers, a matching trench coat and a vest top made of emerald green satin.

Piccioli ramped up the glamour by offering key pieces in the most luxurious of fabrics, with a red one-shoulder top made from shiny satin and a fuchsia pink top draped in silk. The designer interspersed colour blocked outfits with some numbers featuring a floral print, such as a pair of dark violet trousers covered in tiny white flowers that was paired with an ivory and apple green double cashmere sweatshirt with giant anemone patchwork design.

Rounding out the presentation was a line-up of red carpet-worthy gowns, including a black tulle number with gauze and crepe drops, as well as a taffeta cape dress.

Piccioli also revisited label founder Valentino Garavani’s classic red gown, unveiling a scarlet dress with off-the-shoulder neckline and handmade petals delicately layered onto the skirt.

The show concluded with a dark emerald-coloured gown with oversize organza cape that was worn over a black silk slip with floral applications, with Piccioli taking to Instagram after the show to thank the craftspeople in the Valentino atelier for their hard work.

“In a virtual era characterised by technological acceleration, it gives me pride and makes me feel full of hope keeping alive the Atelier in Rome which I consider a true artist’s studio,” he said. “I know and I admire all the people who work there. I am very touched by their stories. Behind their hands, behind their technical skills I see human stories. The same stories which have the power to change clothes.”

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