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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Adut Akech: ‘Talking is the medicine for anxiety and depression’

Adut Akech finds it difficult to open up about her feelings even though it helps her cope with depression and anxiety.The 19-year-old model, who was born in South Sudan, revealed her battle with the mental health issues in January in a candid New Year …

Adut Akech finds it difficult to open up about her feelings even though it helps her cope with depression and anxiety.

The 19-year-old model, who was born in South Sudan, revealed her battle with the mental health issues in January in a candid New Year Instagram post, in which she confessed she “would wake up every morning crying” and cry some more when she got home during 2018.

In a new interview with British newspaper The Times, she explained how she makes time for talking and writing about her feelings to help her manage.

“I suffer from anxiety and depression, and I’ve learnt that talking is the medicine. It’s a challenge for me, as I grew up keeping everything in,” she told British newspaper The Times. “Writing my feelings is a way for me to let them out, without feeling vulnerable.”

Akech spent her early years in Kakuma, one of Kenya’s largest refugee camps, before moving to Australia at the age of six with her mother and siblings. She’s now writing a book to document her experiences and eventually wants to return to South Sudan to open a hospital and school and start a modelling agency representing South Sudanese women.

“I’ve never really spoken about my story, not because I was ashamed of it, but because no one really asked,” she explained. “Now I see the impact that I’m having and the type of inspiration I can give to someone. I’m not just Adut the model, I am more than that. I am the little girl who was once in a refugee camp with no food, and I made my way out of that – that is what my story is.”

The catwalk regular, who is the face of Valentino’s new fragrance Born in Roma, was honoured with the Model of the Year accolade at The Fashion Awards earlier in December, and she called the prize “equivalent to an Oscar”.

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Adut Akech ‘not ashamed’ of her refugee background

Adut Akech is extremely proud of her refugee background.In an op-ed for Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model opened up about her heritage, and explained that while she came to Australia with her family from a refugee camp in Kenya as …

Adut Akech is extremely proud of her refugee background.

In an op-ed for Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model opened up about her heritage, and explained that while she came to Australia with her family from a refugee camp in Kenya as a child, she deserves to be treated equally.

“I am a refugee. It’s my background, it’s who I am – and it’s nothing to be ashamed of,” the 19-year-old wrote. “The Western world tends to make refugees seem weak, and fail to make them feel accepted, welcome or equal to someone born in their world. I can do anything that a person born in the U.K. or the U.S. can do. I am a refugee, and people need to welcome me as I am.”

She also discussed the ongoing battle against racism in the fashion industry and shared her disgust at still being mistaken for other black models.

“There’s still a long way to go,” Adut noted. “We’re in 2019 and I’m experiencing people tagging me as another black person or a different model. It just blows my mind that people care so little. I’m calling people out for it and I will keep calling it out.

“Black models don’t all look the same. It’s insulting, rude and, frankly, it’s racist of people and it needs to stop. It really needs to stop.”

Elsewhere in the piece, Adut, who currently fronts the new campaign for Valentino’s fragrance Born in Roma, opened up on her adoration for her mentor, fellow model Naomi Campbell.

“(She) is my style and beauty icon. She is so stunning; it blows my mind every time I see her. I’m like, ‘Do you ever age?’ I used to watch her and the other supermodels and thought, ‘I want to do what they’re doing one day.’ Did I think I could make it? No. But you can only dream,” she gushed.

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Joan Collins dazzles in Valentino’s holiday campaign

Joan Collins has ramped up the glamour for Valentino’s holiday campaign.In the first of three video advertisements for the Italian fashion house titled Joan for the Holidays, the Hollywood icon is seen arriving at a dull dinner party in a Valentino red…

Joan Collins has ramped up the glamour for Valentino’s holiday campaign.

In the first of three video advertisements for the Italian fashion house titled Joan for the Holidays, the Hollywood icon is seen arriving at a dull dinner party in a Valentino red lace dress, matching coat, and gloves, with the look topped off with diamond jewellery and a glittering tiara.

“Well, well, I see it’s not just the Champagne that’s flat,” she tells the guests, before one responds, “We have some tea if you’d like.”

Joan then fires back: “Darling, why don’t you leave the jokes to me.”

The Dynasty actress proceeds to kick off the party by having her assistant bring in boxes and bags full of Valentino goodies, before inviting the youngsters to dance with her in the living room.

“You know I enjoy my own company, as much as you do,” the 86-year-old states to the camera at the conclusion of the clip.

Joan has had a long relationship with Valentino, with creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli designing the white gown with feather trim that she wore to the 2019 Met Gala in May.

And in an interview for Vogue.com regarding her new campaign, the star noted that she still gets a thrill out of dressing up for events.

“Nobody dresses up anymore,” she mused. “If you do, then people stare at you, or make cutting remarks… well, maybe not cutting, but they’ll say something like, ‘Oh, look at you! You’re all dressed up.’ I find that very sad, because it will be the end of women buying elegant clothes in stores. Everybody’s going to end up in jeans and T-shirts, which I think is tragic.”

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Adut Akech overwhelmed by her Valentino fragrance campaign

Adut Akech was overwhelmed with emotion when she recently spotted her Valentino fragrance campaign in London.The South Sudan-born model has become one of creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s muses, and serves as the new face of the Italian label’s fr…

Adut Akech was overwhelmed with emotion when she recently spotted her Valentino fragrance campaign in London.

The South Sudan-born model has become one of creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s muses, and serves as the new face of the Italian label’s fragrance, Born in Roma.

A few days ago, Adut spotted her face in a huge display in a duty-free store at Heathrow Airport, and took to Instagram to share her excitement with her followers in a sweet post.

“Look mama my face is everywhere!!!” she began, before recalling her days when she first started modelling, wishing she was one of the women fronting the designer perfumes.

“I remember saying to myself, ‘I wish that will be me one’, but in the back of my mind I never thought it would happen. And now look today I get see my face big on screens at every airport around the world. My face is big on billboards, bus stations, my face is appearing on YouTube and TV ads all around the world.”

Adut went on to thank the Valentino team for the chance to live out her dream and credited a hard work ethic as the reason for her success.

“I pinch myself every day that I made this wish come true by pure self-belief, hard work, dedication and not giving up. This fragrance is one of my biggest and most proudest achievement and I’m forever so thankful to my Valentino family for this opportunity,” the 19-year-old added.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli explored Italian heritage with Valentino’s Beijing couture show

Pierpaolo Piccioli wanted to fuse his Italian heritage with Chinese culture for his recent Valentino show in Beijing.The creative director of the Italian house showcased his 2020 haute couture collection in the Chinese capital last Thursday, to coincid…

Pierpaolo Piccioli wanted to fuse his Italian heritage with Chinese culture for his recent Valentino show in Beijing.

The creative director of the Italian house showcased his 2020 haute couture collection in the Chinese capital last Thursday, to coincide with the launch of Valentino’s new flagship store, which was designed by Piccioli and British architect David Chipperfield.

The line, dubbed the Valentino Daydream by the designer himself, featured 45 breathtaking gowns with opulent themes, including a voluminous dress covered with 600 metres of cherry red tulle bows.

And Piccioli revealed that he wanted to create a completely new show in Beijing so he could bring together the different cultures.

“I wanted to keep the identity of Valentino as a couture house, so I decided it’s going to be a Valentino couture show but in a very classic way, showing the extravagance, the boldness, but also the very Italian Renaissance heritage. I feel that being here (in Beijing) it is very important to be close to my own identity and the identity of the house in order to evaluate the diversity,” he explained in an interview with InStyle. “Only when you put together two different cultures, two different worlds and you make them live together, you can create a great harmony.”

Piccioli thinks that by expressing his roots through his show-stopping collections, it stops them from becoming generic.

“It’s interesting when things are different and together, they become one, for one night let’s say, but it’s the harmony you can create because I don’t believe things have to be similar to go together,” the fashion star mused.

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Anwar Hadid: ‘I sew my own clothes’

Anwar Hadid sews his own clothes to keep his personal style unique to him.The 20-year-old, who is the face of Valentino’s new Born in Roma Uomo fragrance, revealed he wanted to be a designer before he became a model and still puts his skills into pract…

Anwar Hadid sews his own clothes to keep his personal style unique to him.

The 20-year-old, who is the face of Valentino’s new Born in Roma Uomo fragrance, revealed he wanted to be a designer before he became a model and still puts his skills into practice to keep his style unique.

“I sew my own clothes. I’ve always loved all different types,” Anwar told People magazine. “I like to express myself in whatever I feel suits my energy at that point. I just kind of do whatever makes me happy. Everyone is allowed to express themselves freely.

“I learned a lot about design through modelling. I wanted to be a designer in 2014 before I wrote music or modelled or anything like that. I have a project coming out in the next couple of months with shirts, which is exciting.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Anwar revealed the advice he got from his big sisters, models Gigi and Bella, when he started out in the industry.

“Try to be yourself and be confident and comfortable. Also, wear the clothes and don’t let them wear you. For modelling, you’re an extension of someone else’s creation and vision. You have to honour that,” he explained.

While his career begins to skyrocket, Anwar makes sure he takes time out to relax.

“I use essential oils. I put some in my hand (and smell it) or in a diffuser. That’s something I like to do every day. I’m really drawn to eucalyptus and lavender,” he said, before adding that he deals with fame by surrounding himself with family and friends.

“Honestly, I feel like I’m still the same person that I’ve been since I was young,” he insisted.

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Valentino filed missing report over Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress

Valentino filed a report with police after Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress went missing.The singer and actress wore the custom-made periwinkle gown by the Italian fashion house in January, teaming her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million)…

Valentino filed a report with police after Lady Gaga’s Golden Globes dress went missing.

The singer and actress wore the custom-made periwinkle gown by the Italian fashion house in January, teaming her one-of-a-kind dress with $5 million (£3.9 million) worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds and dyeing her platinum blonde hair a matching shade of blue.

However, she allegedly left the dress in her room at The Beverly Hilton hotel, where the awards show was held, according to a maid who reportedly discovered the dress and handed it into the lost and found department at the luxury venue.

The employee, named Sara Corea, has since put the dress up for auction via Nate D. Sanders Auctions, after the hotel handed the Valentino dress back to Corea because nobody had come forward to claim it.

Now, a spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department has told Entertainment Tonight that the luxury fashion house had in fact filed a police report notifying them that the gown had gone missing following the 2019 Golden Globes.

They added that Gaga had not filed a report and Corea and Valentino are resolving the matter privately.

“It was determined that no crime had taken place. The police do not have an active criminal investigation. The matter is being resolved between the concerned parties,” a statement from the BHPD read.

Gaga wore the gown when she scooped the Best Original Song – Motion Picture prize for Shallow – her duet with Bradley Cooper from the hit movie A Star Is Born.

The dress is currently available to bidders with a minimum bid of $8,000 (£6,230), and auction manager Michael Kirk says the sale will still go ahead on Thursday.

“We take provenance very seriously and do due diligence on all items we take on consignment, including consulting our attorneys when necessary,” he added.

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Off-White tops The Lyst Index’s rankings of hottest brands

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.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…

Off-White has been crowned as the hottest brand in the world in The Lyst Index’s latest rankings.

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 Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, JAY-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.

Now, researchers have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the third quarter of 2019 and claimed Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as brand and product social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while Gucci fell back two spots in comparison to last quarter and landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Versace, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry, Saint Laurent, and Vetements, while notable additions to the top 20 this quarter were Bottega Veneta and Loewe.

Since Daniel Lee joined Bottega Veneta in June 2018, the Italian fashion house has undergone a huge revamp, with the designer winning acclaim for his minimalist designs and Stretch sandals, which immediately sold out upon release following the launch of the label’s pre-fall 2019 collection.

“Daniel Lee has brought incredible energy to the evolution of Bottega Veneta and the reaction has been extraordinary,” Dario Gargiulo, chief marketing officer of Bottega Veneta, said of the brand’s transformation. “Free from any desire to become the hottest brand in the world, our focus is on the beauty and power of subtlety. We forego extensive explanation about our brand in favour of simply being visible and present across the current multicultural landscape.”

Among the most popular products were Bottega Veneta’s padded sandals, Adidas Continental 80 sneakers, Jacquemus’ pocket-sized Le Chiquito bag, Paco Rabanne’s reissued 1969 metal shoulder bag, Fendi’s FF motif bikini, and Mansur Gavriel’s cloud print sweater.

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