Versace unveils capsule collection in support of LGBTQ+ charities

Versace has dropped a new capsule collection to help raise funds for LGBTQ+ charities.To show her support for Pride during June 2020, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace has unveiled a line of apparel featuring rainbow text. A portion of the sal…

Versace has dropped a new capsule collection to help raise funds for LGBTQ+ charities.

To show her support for Pride during June 2020, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace has unveiled a line of apparel featuring rainbow text. A portion of the sales will go towards two organisations – Pride Live in the U.S. and Arcigay in Europe.

“Last year, I had the honour of becoming a Stonewall Ambassador. Supporting LGBTQ+ people has always been a priority for me,” she wrote alongside a picture of her modelling a black T-shirt from the range. “Now more than ever it’s important we add actions to our words.”

Inspired by the rainbow flag – designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 to symbolise social equality – Versace’s new collection also includes the brand’s famed baroque-style motifs.

Pieces include tank tops, crop tops, leggings, swimwear, socks, and slides, while there is also a bracelet made from woven leather.

“Versace celebrates Pride Month and supports the LGBTQ+ community with a special limited-edition collection of warm-weather designs and comfortable activewear. A portion of sales from the collection will go to charities working towards inclusivity,” a brand representative added.

Items are priced from $75 – $495 (£60 – £380).

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Michael Kors pledges support for Black Lives Matter movement

Michael Kors has promised to take on a bigger role in promoting diversity within the fashion industry.In response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, ex…

Michael Kors has promised to take on a bigger role in promoting diversity within the fashion industry.

In response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month, executives at the brand, founded by the designer in 1981, have issued a statement in which they have voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement and other anti-racism organisations, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“Our company does not condone racism, discrimination or violence of any kind. We stand in solidarity with the Black community to work towards ending racial prejudice and injustice,” they said. “As an organisation and as individuals, we have an opportunity to positively impact the future. We are continuing to work diligently with our Global Diversity and Inclusion Council on initiatives to foster greater equality for our employees and the communities that we serve. We are committed to listening, learning and taking the necessary actions to support long-term positive change for the Black community.

“Additionally, we intend to contribute to other social justice, legal and educational organisations to support diversity and inclusion in the future. We look forward to updating you on our progress.”

Bosses at Kors’ parent company Capri Holdings and the designer will be making donations to the NAACP. In addition, Capri’s chairman, John D. Idol, has also confirmed the company will be giving funds to the civil rights group on behalf of the conglomerate’s other brands, including Versace and Jimmy Choo.

Meanwhile, leaders at French fashion company Kering, which owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen, have also vowed to stand in solidarity against racism and will be making donations to the NAACP and Campaign Zero, an organisation that aims to reduce police violence in the U.S.

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Phillip Lim wants fashion industry to ‘reassess and readjust’ following coronavirus pandemic

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restric…

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.

Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement in an effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and other countries, including the U.S., followed suit from March.

While Lim and his fellow designers have been working from home on upcoming collections to prepare for when the fashion industry reopens once again, the 46-year-old thinks it’s time for a much-needed transformation.

“What we all understand from this is that everyone is connected. We all need each other, we will be better as collaborators instead of competitors,” Lim told Teen Vogue. “My hope is that when we come out, we all take our time to really reassess and readjust, and then try to imagine an industry and a world that we are proud to be a part of and that we play a role in it.”

And he urged other designers to continue to create amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 restrictions, as he believes it’s a “pivotal moment” in fashion.

“We have to continue to create. This is who are. Throughout history, whenever there were pivotal moments, it was always because of people creating, people pushing against, people fighting out of necessity,” Lim explained. “I pivot the creativity on different subjects whether it be cooking, planting, books to read, just different ways of engaging. It’s all part of that creative conversation.”

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Elizabeth Hurley rewears chain mail Versace dress after 21 years

Elizabeth Hurley has recycled the purple chain mail Versace gown she wore in 1999 for a magazine photoshoot.The 54-year-old actress first wore the backless, lavender chain mail dress when she attended the 1999 Council of Fashion Designers of America (C…

Elizabeth Hurley has recycled the purple chain mail Versace gown she wore in 1999 for a magazine photoshoot.

The 54-year-old actress first wore the backless, lavender chain mail dress when she attended the 1999 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards with her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant, and she decided to bring the slinky cowl-neck gown out of storage more than two decades after its red carpet appearance to wear it for Harper’s Bazaar’s #TurnUpNotIn photo series, which shows stars in lockdown at home wearing their chicest outfits.

“Just hanging at home watching tv for @harpersbazaarus in a @versace dress I wore 21 years ago to the #cfdaawards #lockdown #nineweekstomorrow#TurnUpNotIn,” The Royals star wrote in the caption as she shared the photo on her Instagram page.

In the picture, Hurley can be seen draping herself over a fur throw while pointing a remote at a television, with her long brunette hair tumbling down over her shoulders.

“I’ve got a zillion great memories and I can remember what I was wearing in all of them,” she told Harper’s Bazaar about the Versace gown. “The dress I unearthed for this shot is Atelier Versace – I wore it 21 years ago to the CFDA Fashion Awards. I was with my then-boyfriend Hugh Grant and had a blast. I put it away in acid-free tissue paper straightaway, and it’s still perfect!”

Hurley ended her relationship with Grant in 2000 after 13 years of dating, but the pair has remained close friends, with the Four Weddings and a Funeral star being made godfather to the actress’s 18-year-old son Damian.

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Kylie Jenner suffered last-minute wardrobe malfunction before 2018 Met Gala

Kylie Jenner suffered a last-minute wardrobe malfunction just before the Met Gala back in 2018.The reality star took to her Instagram Stories on Monday to share her favourite memories of the prestigious fashion bash, and told her 178 million followers …

Kylie Jenner suffered a last-minute wardrobe malfunction just before the Met Gala back in 2018.

The reality star took to her Instagram Stories on Monday to share her favourite memories of the prestigious fashion bash, and told her 178 million followers that she managed to rip her black Alexander Wang gown dress while “squeezing” herself into it.

Kylie arrived at the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination-themed event with boyfriend Travis Scott, just three months after giving birth to her first child, daughter Stormi Webster.

And she revealed that getting ready for the Met Gala didn’t go quite to plan.

“Three months after I gave birth in 2018,” Kylie wrote alongside a snap from her on the red carpet. “Fun fact: this dress wasn’t supposed to have a zipper but it ripped as I was squeezing into it so we added it on the way out the door. But it worked out, I love it.”

Last year, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wore a custom-made lavender Versace gown, which featured crystal mesh, Swarovski crystals, ostrich feathers, and large feathered sleeves.

And she told her fans that sister Kendall Jenner was originally supposed to wear a green or pink coloured Versace dress for the Notes on Camp-themed event, so they could’ve co-ordinated on the red carpet.

“I realllyy (sic) wanted her outfit to be pink but she wanted green or orange. The orange looked fire in the end,” Kylie shared.

The 2020 Met Gala, which was due to be held on 4 May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, has been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Christian Louboutin loved working with ‘very specific’ Blake Lively for 2018 Met Gala

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion …

Christian Louboutin loved working with Blake Lively in the lead-up to the 2018 Met Gala despite her “very specific” requests.

In a new interview with Footwear News, the Frenchman opened up about his favourite moments from the prestigious annual fashion event, and said that the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination-themed bash was at the top of his list.

Louboutin worked with the Gossip Girl star, and his longtime friend, as he created footwear to tie in with her show-stopping ornate gold and burgundy Atelier Versace gown.

He even accompanied Blake on the red carpet as her date for the evening, and told the publication that he thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the big night.

“It was a very fun preparation. Blake was really into it,” he recalled. “The dress was really big, so the whole preparation was a lot of fun.”

Louboutin designed two pairs of heeled pumps, with one decorated with passementerie, an intricate style of elaborate trim work, which he created to the actress’s exact requirements.

“(It was) a peep-toe sandal with three layers of different, successive layers of small platforms, which I adorned in a different way every time,” the 57-year-old explained. “(They were) exactly she wanted. She’s very specific. At the end, she was really incredible.”

He also designed Rihanna’s glittering pumps for that year’s Met Gala, which the Umbrella hitmaker teamed with her infamous papal-inspired outfit by Maison Margiela.

“There was so much effort, especially that year, and it was linked to something that I like,” he added. “It was a vision of a very baroque idea of religion… really extravagant in a religious way, which you barely see in reality. It was something out of an incredible movie.”

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Donatella Versace shares sweet throwback photo featuring brother Gianni Versace

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s …

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.

The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s lockdown to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

And on Wednesday, she shared a touching snapshot of her and her sibling at the prestigious Met Gala in New York City almost 27 years ago.

“Here I am with my brother Gianni in New York, attending the #MetGala, it was May 1993,” Donatella wrote alongside the photo, which shows the then 37-year-old wearing a racy dress from her brother’s infamous bondage-themed Versace show back in 1992.

“Gianni that night was my stylist. I couldn’t give my opinion on one thing. He chose my clothes, my hair, my make-up and my jewellery. I didn’t have a say in ANYTHING!” she joked. “The bondage top, the leather skirt and tall black boots with gold chains were all from our fall ’92 collection, entitled Miss S&M!”

The 64-year-old reimagined the iconic minidress for Kim Kardashian in 2018, with the reality star spotted leaving her New York City hotel after the Met Gala in a bondage-inspired outfit.

The reality star’s look was inspired by an ensemble once modelled by Helena Christensen, with Donatella recreating the entire leather bustier including multiple straps and buckles.

Gianni was tragically shot and killed outside of his Miami Beach home at the age of 50 in 1997.

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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 Gigi and Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the first quarter of 2020 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 brand also topped The Lyst Index for the previous two quarters.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while sportswear giant Nike landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Prada, Moncler, Fendi, Valentino, Versace, Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Jacquemus.

“Jacquemus enters The Lyst Index of hottest brands ranking for the first time, with the label’s accessories having previously made the hottest products section,” a Lyst spokesperson commented. “The French brand climbs seven places to reach 15th position, after its supermodel-heavy fall/winter 2020 show boosted social media mentions by over 1,100 per cent. The other new entrants this quarter are Thom Browne and Rick Owens, both eponymous labels of U.S. designers, each with a distinctive and consistent aesthetic.”

Meanwhile, face masks have seen a huge spike in interest, having been worn by the likes of Billie Eilish and rappers Travis Scott and Future on the red carpet at recent events, as well as in light of the global coronavirus crisis.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter. Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon,” they continued.

Other popular accessories include Loewe’s Eln fleece zip sweater, a Gucci x Disney hooded sweatshirt, and Bottega Veneta’s padded Cassette bag.

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Donatella Versace shares star-studded throwback photo

Donatella Versace has spread some much-needed joy by sharing a star-studded throwback photo on social media.Earlier this week, the chief creative officer of Versace posted a black-and-white snap of herself sat alongside music icons Mariah Carey and Bey…

Donatella Versace has spread some much-needed joy by sharing a star-studded throwback photo on social media.

Earlier this week, the chief creative officer of Versace posted a black-and-white snap of herself sat alongside music icons Mariah Carey and Beyonce at a party 16 years ago.

“October 4th 2003: I wanted to share this photo with you all next because I see it reposted over and over again on Instagram. Also because I remember having so much fun,” the 64-year-old captioned the picture. “So, this was in Milan and it was the party after my fashion show. We are in the apartment that was my brother Gianni’s and I’m sat with these two amazing Divas. Mariah Carey on one side and Beyonce on the other – Can you imagine?”

In the picture, Mariah is wearing an embellished low-cut dress with her curly hair draped around her shoulders, while Beyonce can be seen wearing a white gown and looking at her Blackberry phone on a table filled with wine glasses and orchids.

Donatella revealed that after the photo was taken, the trio partied all night, and also joked that the Blackberry phone gives away just how old the image is.

“We basically gossiped and laughed for hours and hours and then we danced all night. I remember this like it was yesterday… but looking at my phone, I realise it’s not… @mariahcarey @beyonce,” the designer quipped.

Donatella is currently in self-isolation at her home in Milan, Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the nation.

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Donatella Versace names dressing Michelle Obama as one of her ‘proudest moments’

Donatella Versace has described dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the “proudest moments” of her career.Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Italian designer is using her free time at home to catch up on reading and organise her col…

Donatella Versace has described dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the “proudest moments” of her career.

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the Italian designer is using her free time at home to catch up on reading and organise her collection of photos.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Donatella announced that she will be sharing some of her favourite snaps on the platform over the coming days, and kicked off the concept by posting an image of former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle waiting to welcome Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the White House in October 2016.

“It was my deepest honour to dress the First Lady of the United States in Atelier Versace on the occasion of the state visit of the Prime Minister of Italy,” the 64-year-old wrote in the caption. “Mrs Obama chose this wonderful rose gold chainmail for her dress. It was the perfect choice and she looked stunning as she walked out onto the steps of The White House and simply shone alongside the President.

“It remains one of the proudest moments of my career and like many, I miss them both very much.”

Donatella’s post quickly racked up over 10,000 likes, with many of her followers praising Michelle’s bold fashion choice.

“Absolutely magnificent creation! Couldn’t have chosen a greater woman to wear this dress!” one user wrote, while another added: “She looks POWERFUL AND STUNNING!!! Best dress ever!!!”

In recent days, Donatella has been sharing regular updates on Instagram, and in one post, explained how she was keeping in touch with her design teams via virtual chat.

“I love to see and interact with my teams, they make me laugh and sometimes it’s almost like we are all together again,” she added. “But remember this today: you are not just working from home. You are home in a crisis, trying to work. Do your best!”

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