Extinction Rebellion activists call for end of London Fashion Week

Extinction Rebellion activists are campaigning for the cancellation of London Fashion Week.  The socio-political movement was established in May 2018, with members seeking to protest against climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, and the demonstr…

Extinction Rebellion activists are campaigning for the cancellation of London Fashion Week.  

The socio-political movement was established in May 2018, with members seeking to protest against climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, and the demonstrations ramped up in April, when activists occupied five prominent sites in central London.  

Now, organisers at Extinction Rebellion have taken to social media to announce that they plan to hold events calling for the end of the British capital’s biggest fashion event, which is due to run from 12-17 September.  

“We face an existential threat if we do not change course by 2020, yet meaningful action has not yet begun,” a representative wrote on Instagram, along with a picture featuring the words “Cancel London Fashion Week” in bold font. “We need culture to lead the way. Fashion is one of the most polluting industries and one of the most influential. Fashion should be a cultural signifier of our times, and yet it still adheres to an archaic system of seasonal fashion and relentless newness at a time of emergency.”  

They went on to claim that they had sent a letter to British Fashion Council (BFC) bosses, including chief executive officer Caroline Rush, last month, urging them to scrap the upcoming shows and to declare a “climate and ecological emergency”.  

“We will not stand by while the natural world is being taken from beneath our feet. We will send a clear sign to the fashion industry that business, as usual, is leading us to extinction,” an organiser added.  

In a Facebook post, members of Extinction Rebellion also claimed they will be holding “actions” from 13-16 September and will hold a “funeral procession” at 6 pm on the Strand on 17 September to symbolise the “death” of the spectacle.  

The BFC is yet to issue an official statement on the potential protests.  

Temperley London, Molly Goddard, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Victoria Beckham, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, and Burberry are all slated to hold presentations during London Fashion Week.

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Mary Quant to receive lifetime achievement award

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA). The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the ho…

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA).

The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the honour at London’s Savoy Theatre on 18 September.

The WFA organisers said they selected Quant for the award in recognition of her “amazing journey as a powerful role model for the working woman, challenging conventions, whilst popularising the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers” and to celebrate her role in “encouraging a new age of feminism”.

“It is such an honour to receive this award from the World Fashion Awards. It has been a privilege to have spent my life doing what I love and enjoy with so many extraordinarily talented and passionate people,” she said in a statement.

The award comes months after officials at the V&A Museum in London opened the first international retrospective about the designer, which features over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from her personal archive. It is open until February 2020.

Quant isn’t the only honorary award winner – Dame Vivienne Westwood is set to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion prize at the ceremony.

The World Fashion Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of established and emerging fashion brands, outlets, designers, models, manufacturers, and influencers, and the winners of each category will be voted for by the general public.

Nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year include Marc Jacobs, Elie Saab, Clare Waight Keller, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Quinn, while those competing for Menswear Designer of the Year include Rick Owens, Virgil Abloh, Raf Simons, Ozwald Boateng, and Riccardo Tisci.

The shortlist for International Fashion Icon Award includes Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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Roland Mouret ‘humbled’ to see Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in his creations

Roland Mouret finds it “humbling” to see Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wear his designs.The French designer is known for creating the iconic Galaxy dress, which has been worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Olivia Palermo, and Halle Berry since its launc…

Roland Mouret finds it “humbling” to see Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wear his designs.

The French designer is known for creating the iconic Galaxy dress, which has been worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Olivia Palermo, and Halle Berry since its launch in 2005.

Mouret has also been a long-time favourite of Meghan, with the former Suits actress sporting his outfits to events before she started dating Prince Harry, and in a new chat with British Vogue, the fashion star shared that the British royal has given his label more publicity around the world than he could ever imagine.

“I knew Meghan before she was a royal, so it’s really humbling that she wears my designs,” he told Vogue.co.uk. “When I’m dressing someone famous, it’s my job to give them a moment. My fashion is to help people, not destroy them.”

Meghan sported an inky blue gown back in 2014 to Elton John’s AIDS Benefit gala in New York City, wore a navy wool crepe dress when arriving at a hotel in Windsor the night before her wedding to Harry in May 2018, and opted for chic maternity wear while pregnant with her son Archie, dazzling in a navy sequinned boat-necked dress at an event in January.

And further on in the chat, Mouret put his ongoing success down to his intuitive understanding of the female form.

“I’m the son of a butcher. All my life, I have touched bone, muscle, and fat. I think of these three elements when designing for the body,” the 57-year-old commented, before adding of his most famous design: “It’s complex, because no woman likes each part. The Galaxy deals with what women feel inside, while putting them on a pedestal.”

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Anna Wintour approves of Rihanna’s ‘simple’ fashion line

Anna Wintour has given her seal of approval to Rihanna’s clothing line.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trends and disc…

Anna Wintour has given her seal of approval to Rihanna’s clothing line.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trends and discover designers.

Now, Wintour has praised Rihanna for launching her high-end Fenty range in partnership with executives at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, with the collection including menswear-inspired separates and lots of denim.

“Well, obviously if anyone can be successful at designing clothing, it’s going to be Rihanna. So, I am certain that that will be a huge success for LVMH,” she said in a new interview for her Go Ask Anna video series. “But there are other popstars over the years that have had equal success. Look at Pharrell (Williams) or Victoria Beckham. Or indeed, Kanye West. When we look at Rihanna’s collection, one might be surprised how simple it is. She’s not looking to be the trend of the month. She’s looking for clothes that have a life and that you can wear again and again which is very much in-step with, I think, the way that fashion is going right now with sustainability. And as always with Rihanna, she is always in-step with the moment.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Wintour was asked about her own wardrobe, and she noted that she loves printed dresses and Manolo Blahnik footwear. She surprisingly also confessed she “loves a flip-flop” and predicts cross-body handbags will be a major trend.

“To be honest, I rarely wear a handbag, but I am told by my team here at Vogue that it’s all about the cross-body handbag. Which makes a lot of sense to me because it’s practical, hands-free. You can bicycle around Manhattan enjoying Central Park and they also come in every shape, size, fabrication, so that would be my tip for the season,” the 69-year-old smiled.

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Costume designer elevated Spice Girls’ tour outfits with Swarovski bling

The Spice Girls are making sure they shine on their trek around the U.K. and Ireland with one million Swarovski crystals sewn onto their costumes.The girl power originators, now a foursome after Victoria Beckham declined to join them for the reunion sh…

The Spice Girls are making sure they shine on their trek around the U.K. and Ireland with one million Swarovski crystals sewn onto their costumes.

The girl power originators, now a foursome after Victoria Beckham declined to join them for the reunion shows, are currently on their Spice World 2019 Tour, kicked things off in Dublin last week.

As well as delighting fans with their catchy pop tracks, the singers – Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B – have also made sure their costumes bring the wow factor.

In a statement regarding their outfits, costume designer Gabriella Slade gushed: “It’s an absolute dream job to design for a tour like this, and to be working with such brilliant women as the Spice Girls. The use of Swarovski crystals is really important and integral in designing for a pop show – it really elevates the costumes. You can always tell it’s a Swarovski crystal costume, even from the back of the stadium!”

The Wannabe hitmakers are taking their show all over the U.K. before finishing in London for three nights at the city’s famous Wembley Stadium.

Among the 100 costumes worn by the singers and their dancers is a new take on Geri’s famous Union Jack dress, the animal prints that Mel B became famous for and glitzy sportswear for Mel C, aka Sporty Spice.

And Swarovski executive board member Nadja Swarovski jumped at the chance to work with Gabriella and the British stars.

“(We wanted to) celebrate the amazing, empowering and iconic spirit of Girl Power for the Spice World tour,” Nadja said. “We are thrilled to help magnify the magic and dazzle of this stellar show.”

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Victoria Beckham detoxes on lavish healing holiday

Victoria Beckham rid herself of toxins during a lavish healing holiday in Germany this week (beg13May19).The former Spice Girls star-turned-fashion mogul took some time off to detox at the Lanserhof health and spa resort in Tegernsee and she couldn’t b…

Victoria Beckham rid herself of toxins during a lavish healing holiday in Germany this week (beg13May19).

The former Spice Girls star-turned-fashion mogul took some time off to detox at the Lanserhof health and spa resort in Tegernsee and she couldn’t be happier about the solo experience, joking her husband David Beckham missed out on not joining her.

“Loved staying at @lanserhof. Thank u @healingholidays and everyone who sent me their top tips on staying balanced,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday as part of a caption attached to a close-up image of herself lying down on white sheets in a white towel and robe.

“Seems I need to be listening to true crime podcasts and having a glass of wine every now and then,” she added. “And if all else fails, keep wearing some good shoes. @davidbeckham you’re just jealous you didn’t come,” signing off the post with a laughing emoji and her initials.

The luxurious Lanserhof resort and medical centre is located in the Bavarian Alps with stunning forest views. The facility has psychological and traditional medicine practitioners on site to offer attendees state of the art wellness services as they detox as part of the company’s signature LANS Med Concept detoxification, purification and de-acidification programme, which lasts from 12 to 16 days. The detox programme costs around $10,000 (£8,000), according to The Mirror.

Victoria shared a number of updates on Instagram Stories as she detoxed at the wellness facility, posting shots from her adventures riding a bike in the Bavarian hills, the vitamins she took, and the Mondquelle branded water – a product which taps into special bio-frequencies in the body.

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Victoria Beckham shows off ballet skills as her former bandmates rehearse for Spice Girls tour

Victoria Beckham has showed off her fun side – as well as her ballet moves – by slipping into her old pointe shoes for her youngest son Cruz.Cruz, Victoria and David Beckham’s third child, recently uploaded a video of his mum demonstrating her dance sk…

Victoria Beckham has showed off her fun side – as well as her ballet moves – by slipping into her old pointe shoes for her youngest son Cruz.

Cruz, Victoria and David Beckham’s third child, recently uploaded a video of his mum demonstrating her dance skills on his Instagram page. The clip showed the fashion designer rising to her toes in a garden as Amy Winehouse’s Tears Dry On Their Own plays in the background.

A voice can be heard saying, “I’m very impressed. Look how good mummy is”, before Victoria, dressed in black leather trousers with a red waistband and a white T-shirt, loses her balance and cracks into a smile.

The 45-year-old previously revealed that she dreamed of a career in dance when she was a child.

“I was never going to be a model. I studied dance until I was qualified to be a dance teacher. My mum said I had to have something to fall back on if it all went wrong. So if it does go wrong, I can always be a tap-dancing teacher,” she said during a 2015 Q&A in New York.

The video comes as Victoria’s former Spice Girls bandmates Emma Bunton, Mel B, Geri Horner and Mel C finally reunited to begin their joint rehearsals for their upcoming U.K. tour.

Emma, Geri and Mel C had been practising their moves and songs without Los Angeles-based Mel B, who recently caused a media storm by claiming she’d had a lesbian encounter with Geri when the Spice Girls first started out, but Scary Spice touched down in London earlier this week and headed straight to the rehearsal room.

The Spice World 2019 Tour kicks off in Dublin on 24 May (19), and finishes with three nights at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium in June.

Victoria has chosen not to join the Wannabe hitmakers.

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Victoria Beckham straightens hair before she deboards a flight

Victoria Beckham’s secret to looking flawless when she steps off a flight is to travel with a pair of straighteners.The fashion designer never looks anything but perfect and has been known to exit an airplane in sky-high heels and smart tailored looks….

Victoria Beckham’s secret to looking flawless when she steps off a flight is to travel with a pair of straighteners.

The fashion designer never looks anything but perfect and has been known to exit an airplane in sky-high heels and smart tailored looks.

She’s now shared with her 25.1 million Instagram followers that as well as slipping into something less comfortable when she lands, she also goes over her hair.

“So I’ve been looking for the perfect hair straighteners that you can use on board that you don’t need to plug in, that get nice and hot so before I get off a flight I can straighten the little bits of my hair,” she said in her Instagram Stories. “And most of them don’t get so hot but I’ve found these Balmain hair straighteners that come in this really nice little bag which I think is going to be a life changer. No more frizzy hair when I get off the plane.”

The mini Balmain Universal Cordless Straightener carries a price tag of $258.89 (£199.95).

Victoria’s other in-flight must-haves include Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Cleanser and Vilhelm Parfumerie’s travel-sized fragrance.

She’ll be packing all of her travel essentials later this year when she flies to Toronto for the fifth series of Suzanne Rogers Presents events, where she’ll be the special guest in November.

Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Zac Posen have all previously spoken at the charity fundraising series, which started in 2010.

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Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock launching swimwear line

Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock is gearing up to launch a line of swimwear.The British singer, who stars in the girl group alongside Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Jesy Nelson, often shares glamorous photos of herself posing on beautiful beaches o…

Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock is gearing up to launch a line of swimwear.

The British singer, who stars in the girl group alongside Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Jesy Nelson, often shares glamorous photos of herself posing on beautiful beaches on social media.

Now, Leigh-Anne has taken her passion for swimwear a step further, and announced on Wednesday (03Apr19) that she has designed a line of bikinis under the brand name In’A’Seashell with her friend Gabrielle Urquhart.

“So for the past year and a half I’ve been working on something very, very exciting with my girl @gabriellenikita,” the 27-year-old wrote on Instagram. “We are so excited to reveal we will be launching our very own swimwear brand called @inaseashell a brand that not only promotes self-love but encourages anyone who wears it to feel confident and sexy AF (as f**k)! So this summer we’ve got you covered because it’s launching in April! So keep your eyes PEELED and your ears OPEN! It’s coming.”

Leigh-Anne didn’t share an exact launch date and a website for the company is yet to go live. However, the star has shared an image of her herself and two other women wearing black bikinis on a beach on her own and In’A’Seashell’s Instagram accounts.

Accordingly, the premise of the line and its message of body positivity has sparked enthusiasm among fans, with one user writing, “This looks so amazing, I can’t wait to purchase some!!” and another adding, “Love it, well done @leighannepinnock you’re the fashion guru!!! I think you’re gonna be the next Victoria Beckham….she better watch her step!”

In addition to working on In’A’Seashell, Leigh-Anne was named as the new face of Umbro last month, and is fronting the spring/summer 2019 campaign for the sportswear label.

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Victoria Beckham revisits her favourite dresses with new capsule collection

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a capsule collection featuring updated takes on her favourite dresses.The British designer is one of the busiest names in the fashion business, as she not only runs her eponymous label but also recently unveiled a sportswe…

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a capsule collection featuring updated takes on her favourite dresses.

The British designer is one of the busiest names in the fashion business, as she not only runs her eponymous label but also recently unveiled a sportswear collection with Reebok.

Now, Beckham has announced the launch of the VB Dress Capsule, a 15-piece range which revisits some of her signature dress silhouettes.

“So happy to have launched my new dress collection, a 15-piece capsule with strong silhouettes focusing on comfort and ease,” she wrote on Instagram on Wednesday (03Apr19) alongside a slideshow of three images depicting her wearing three of her dresses on different occasions. “Each of the dresses mean something special to me and are an evolution from key dresses that I have worn in the past, which I have brought back in my favourite shapes and silhouettes.”

Among the highlights of the line are the Open Back Draped Dress, which is now available in red fabric, and has long, gathered sleeves and a high boat neckline, the Sleeveless Sheer Back Floor-length dress, which has a deep-V front and sheer, cut-out back, as well as the Jacquard Floral Panel Dress, a fitted number with short sleeves and delicate flower print.

Regarding the concept, a brand representative shared that the capsule reimagines modern femininity for today’s customer.

“Celebrating the dress as the brand marks its first decade and offering a wardrobe of dresses for all occasions,” they said, referring to Beckham, 44, founding her namesake label in 2008. “A variety of asymmetric and fluid hemlines in sensual fabrics cut with a consciousness of the body are presented in a confident palette of black, ivory, and tomato, which sit alongside a floral jacquard. Throughout, there is a sense of driving the brand’s signature styles forward through an appreciation of the past.”

The VB Dress Capsule is now available to order online, with the dresses priced from $1,120 – $2,400 (£950 – £1,825).

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