Pierpaolo Piccioli avoids hiring same models for runway shows

Pierpaolo Piccioli makes a point of hiring different models for each of his runway shows.The creative director of Valentino has opened up about his career in an interview with Vogue Australia, and during the chat, revealed he demands diversity and incl…

Pierpaolo Piccioli makes a point of hiring different models for each of his runway shows.

The creative director of Valentino has opened up about his career in an interview with Vogue Australia, and during the chat, revealed he demands diversity and inclusivity on his catwalks.

“For me, I’m a designer. My job is creating images, and through this people can feel emotions and can also reflect about something. Inclusivity for me means embracing a world, so it’s about living together in tolerance,” he explained. “To make inclusivity happen – and not just thinking and talking about inclusivity, because sometimes you talk about it, but you don’t act – I think it’s (about) just acting.”

In recent seasons, Piccioli has also tapped high-profile names to appear in his presentations, with Naomi Campbell closing the spring/summer 2019 couture show in January 2019 and iconic model/actress Lauren Hutton walking the runway during the fall/winter 2019 couture spectacle.

And he’s adamant it’s his passion for diversity that drives him to keep his shows fresh.

“I always encourage women to be themselves, because it is much more interesting – a real woman – than the role she plays, because those are stereotypes, always,” the designer shared. “That’s also the reason why I don’t use models for two times in a show.”

However, one exception to Piccioli’s rule is South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech, who serves as his unofficial muse and has regularly appeared in Valentino presentations.

“In Adut, I feel a fragility and her fears and her strength, which are very interesting,” he touchingly commented of the 20-year-old.

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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 parent company donating $2 million towards fight against coronavirus

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari inve…

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.

As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari investment company behind high-end fashion brands like Valentino, Balmain, and Pal Zileri, has stepped up and given funds to medical and emergency services.

In a post on the Valentino Instagram page on Monday, a spokesperson explained that one half of the donation will go towards the Intensive Care Treatment Unit (ICU) at Sacco Hospital in Milan.

“The city of Milan is one of the more affected in Italy by the Covid-19 pandemic and Sacco Hospital is one of the sanitary structures which is heavily struggling due to the number of infected patients requiring intensive care treatments,” they commented. “The new negative pressure ventilation installation, which Mayhoola will donate to the Milanese hospital, will allow medical staff to safely assist coronavirus patients.”

Negative pressure ventilation will improve the safety of vulnerable medical staff, who are at increased risk of catching the virus due to their frequent exposure, as they assist patients.

In addition, Mayhoola bosses will donate cash to Protezione Civile Italiana, Italy’s Department of Civil Protection.

“Our production plants and offices are widespread across the diverse and beautiful Italian regions: Lazio, Lombardy, Piemonte, Veneto, Tuscany, and many others… it’s absolutely remarkable how Protezione Civile Italiana is operating within the entire country and the way in which it continuously stands behind the needs of Italian citizens,” they added.

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli posted the announcement on his own Instagram page and added in the caption: “This is what our job can do, this is what we can do with our job. Working at our best, doing what we do best. Every single day. I am proud of the company I belong to. Thank you @maisonvalentino.”

While the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China back in December, Italy is now at the epicentre of the crisis. There have been over 63,000 reported cases of the disease, and more than 6,000 fatalities – the most suffered by any country in the pandemic so far.

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Kristin Scott Thomas: ‘It’s really fun to dress up’

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite de…

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.

Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite designers in a new interview with InStyle magazine, Kristin noted that she’s a big fan of high fashion.

“This past January, I went to the Dior Haute Couture show, and seeing those beautiful clothes, there’s part of me that remains a sort of 12-year-old girl who thinks, ‘Gosh, I’d love to wear that dress.’ I can just imagine myself floating along, wearing it,” she shared. “And I cherish that part of me, because I think it’s really fun to dress up.”

However, Kristin tends to favour comfort over couture creations.

“I’m also just as happy in my Bella Freud boilersuit that I’m wearing now, which makes me look like a car mechanic. There is room for both – perhaps just not at the same time!” the 59-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin opened up about her daily skincare regime and confessed that her beauty mantra is to “maintain rather than repair”.

“Who knows, I may succumb to temptation, and if I do, good luck to me. But it’s not in the cards,” she explained, noting that beauty standards are very different in France, where she is based. “I think people’s idea of what is aesthetically acceptable changes. And it depends on what country you’re in too.

“In general, everybody wants to look healthy and happy. If you do, then that’s half the battle.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli reflects on coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on l…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on lockdown, with all public gatherings cancelled and all schools and universities closed until next month.

More than 60 million people are affected by the new measures, which were put in place after cases of coronavirus in the country hit more than 12,400, with 827 deaths.

Alongside a photo of him sketching by a pool, the creative director of Valentino praised the people of his home nation for their resilience amidst the global pandemic and put a positive spin on being in self-isolation at his home in the coastal Italian town of Nettuno.

“Home. This country has overcome the toughest moments with pride, creativity, and optimism. And so, it will, once again,” Piccioli wrote. “There is a time for moving and a time for staying still. Even at home, our imagination can lead us anywhere.

“Such a serious situation will not stop us from dreaming,” he continued. “Our will is strong, our duty is to resist, and we will keep on dreaming, harder than ever and we will rise stronger than ever.”

Piccioli’s famous friends were quick to show their support in the comments, with both Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs sending their love.

“Well said. That’s the spirit we all love,” Karen Elson added, prompting the designer to reply: “We stay strong… even at home!”

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Kristen Wiig’s new blonde pixie cut inspired by Sharon Stone

Kristen Wiig’s pixie cut at the 2020 Oscars was inspired by Sharon Stone’s look in Basic Instinct.The 46-year-old was one of the presenters at the annual awards ceremony on Sunday and hit the red carpet wearing a stunning red ruffled Valentino haute co…

Kristen Wiig’s pixie cut at the 2020 Oscars was inspired by Sharon Stone’s look in Basic Instinct.

The 46-year-old was one of the presenters at the annual awards ceremony on Sunday and hit the red carpet wearing a stunning red ruffled Valentino haute couture gown and sporting a chic new ‘do.

Her stylist Erick Orellana told InStyle that Wiig was ready to change her hair and the look they both decided on was inspired by Stone’s platinum blonde locks in the 1992 thriller.

“We agreed that going shorter to a very soft yet chic pixie was a must, since it suits her smaller features,” he explained, adding that they found a picture of the Casino actress from the ’90s which the Bridesmaids star loved.

“What I loved about Sharon Stone’s look at that time was the fact that she took a shorter hairstyle that was mainly known for being cute to the sexy status. It was a game-changer, and iconic and bada*s because it was so unique – just as daring as her role in Basic Instinct,” Orellana shared.

He revealed that Wiig has “never had hair this short”, and while it took some convincing, the Wonder Woman 1984 actress overcame her nerves and went for the chop.

“We came to a nice agreement – Kristen has never had hair this short and this blonde, so change was nerve inducing. But with the right choice of photos, we created this fantastic red carpet look,” he added.

And the low-key pixie style, which Orellana coloured to a bright true blonde tone, will be easy for Wiig to maintain and still look effortlessly sexy.

“I love the versatility of this look; whether it’s sleek and textured or roughly tousled, it’s super attractive,” he added.

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Off-White continues reign as world’s hottest brand

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial b…

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the fourth quarter of 2019 and reported that Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide. The company also topped The Lyst Index for the previous quarter.

Gucci, helmed by creative director Alessandro Michele, was the runner-up, while Balenciaga landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Fendi, Prada, Valentino, and Burberry, though the most surprising leap in rankings came from Moncler.

Nabbing the fourth spot, executives at the lifestyle label have found success over the past three years by harnessing a guest designer roster, which has included capsule collections from the likes of Simone Rocha, Craig Green, and Richard Quinn.

Meanwhile, Gucci’s logo belt was once again the hottest in the list of women’s products, with Amina Muaddi’s Gilda heels taking second place.

“As seen on Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, Muaddi’s Gilda heels sparked an average of 60,500 monthly searches between October and December, while the brand saw a 73 per cent rise in views,” a Lyst spokesperson commented.

Other popular accessories include Prada’s Monolith boots, a scarf from Acne Studios, Spanx’s faux leather leggings, Balenciaga’s Hourglass top handle bag, and the UGG Scuffette II slippers.

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Lauren Hutton was once tempted by plastic surgery

Lauren Hutton was once tempted to go under the knife and get plastic surgery.The model/actress has long been an advocate of ageing gracefully, and while the American Gigolo star loves her wrinkles, she has previously had Botox injections to keep her fi…

Lauren Hutton was once tempted to go under the knife and get plastic surgery.

The model/actress has long been an advocate of ageing gracefully, and while the American Gigolo star loves her wrinkles, she has previously had Botox injections to keep her fine lines at bay.

“You’re always tempted to go down that route and they keep finding new things to do, like removing your fat or doing this or that, but you know, I would rather have a face like an African elephant’s bottom anyway,” she told The Telegraph’s Stella magazine, before insisting that she’s never had any work done. “I see an awful lot of women and it looks scary because they’re so smooth and don’t look real.”

Lauren, who is now an ambassador for anti-ageing skincare brand StriVectin, added that she’s lucky to have her wrinkles, and wants other women to feel the same.

“We want to see what someone has done, that is the point of growing up and getting old, and if we are lucky, then we get to do that. Beauty is health. You should enhance yourself to make yourself look healthier without masking yourself up,” the 76-year-old explained.

Elsewhere, Lauren opened up on her “thrilling” appearance during Pierpaolo Piccioli’s couture show for Valentino in July last year, when she stunned on the catwalk in an emerald green dress and trench coat.

“When they asked me, I thought, ‘Well sure, why shouldn’t I do the show?’ It was very thrilling,” she gushed.

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Valentino showcases surprise Onitsuka Tiger collaboration during runway show

Valentino debuted a surprise collaboration with Onitsuka Tiger during a runway show on Wednesday night.Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli made the revelation in a low-key manner during the presentation of his fall/winter 2020 menswear collection as p…

Valentino debuted a surprise collaboration with Onitsuka Tiger during a runway show on Wednesday night.

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli made the revelation in a low-key manner during the presentation of his fall/winter 2020 menswear collection as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s.

The unusual partnership between the Italian fashion house and the Japanese sneaker brand, which is one of the oldest shoe companies in the country, was showcased by several models on the catwalk inside the Galerie Courbe of the Grand Palais.

Onitsuka Tiger’s iconic Mexico 66 sneakers have given a chic update by Piccioli, who has branded the footwear with the Valentino ‘V’ logo on one side, along with another logo on the tongue and sole.

The sneakers, which feature cushioning and a non-slip outer sole, will be available in a variety of different colours, including pink, orange, yellow, and classic white, and will be sold in Valentino’s stores and on its website.

Onitsuka Tiger will also sell its own exclusive version, which will come in a simple design of white, blue, and maroon.

The collaboration is only the second time that the Japanese brand has teamed up with a luxury fashion house, after its partnership with Givenchy in 2018 for artistic director Clare Waight Keller’s menswear debut.

And Piccioli is no stranger to joining forces with a smaller label for a unique footwear collection.

He partnered with Birkenstock for a show last year and gave the German brand’s Arizona sandal a Valentino overhaul, which featured buckles, leather and was available in red or black.

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Naomi Campbell names Valentino and Saint Laurent shows as runway highlights of 2019

Naomi Campbell has named her appearances at the Valentino and Saint Laurent presentations as her top runway moments of 2019. The 49-year-old supermodel has been reflecting on her highlights of the year as part of her Year in Review on Instagram and re…

Naomi Campbell has named her appearances at the Valentino and Saint Laurent presentations as her top runway moments of 2019.

The 49-year-old supermodel has been reflecting on her highlights of the year as part of her Year in Review on Instagram and revealed to her followers that two of her highlights of 2019 were closing the show at Valentino’s spring/summer 2019 haute couture and Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 presentations.

“What a year it’s been… Looking back, the @maisonvalentino #ValentinoHauteCouture #SpringSummer19 show, and the @ysl #WomenSummer20 show are amongst some of my favourite moments over the last 12 months,” she wrote in the caption. “Grateful for all the things this year has brought (praying hands emoji) #YearInReview #FavoriteRunways2019.”

Naomi also shared video clips of her walking down the runway during both presentations. At Valentino, she made a surprise appearance and bared her torso and flashed her nipples in a dramatic black gown with sheer bodice and ruffled skirt at Place Vendome as part of Paris Couture Week, while at Saint Laurent, she walked in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris wearing a black sequinned blazer jacket and matching trousers – a nod to the French fashion house’s famous Le Smoking suit.

In another Year in Review post, the British catwalk veteran shared that her other career highlights included receiving the Icon Award at The Fashion Awards in December, attending the Met Gala in a design by Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli in May, and staging her annual Fashion for Relief fundraising show in her native London in September.

“This year was full of some incredible honors and events that I’ll never forget… Receiving @britishfashioncouncil Icon Award at this year’s British Fashion Awards, accompanying @pppiccioli to the Met Gala in one of my favorite custom looks from @maisonvalentino, and bringing @fashion4relief home to London for a special runway show were three nights amongst so many others that I will cherish forever!” she wrote.

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