Milliner Stephen Jones reflects on 24-year collaboration with Dior

Top milliner Stephen Jones is “greatly honoured” to have collaborated with the team at Dior for the past 24 years.The London-based hat designer is considered to be one of the world’s most radical and important milliners, having created designs for the …

Top milliner Stephen Jones is “greatly honoured” to have collaborated with the team at Dior for the past 24 years.

The London-based hat designer is considered to be one of the world’s most radical and important milliners, having created designs for the likes of John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. As he marks the release of new book Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones, the fashion star has described just how important his work at the French luxury house has been to him over the years.

“Whereas so much of fashion seems ephemeral, Dior has some sort of gravitas – or maybe that’s in my mind’s eye as conversely, hats are the essence of the whimsical,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “Dior hats run the gamut of simplicity to complexity, but most often they attract themselves to the happy spot in between. What is unique that they complete the outfit but can stand by themselves too. This is crucial, because in reality the hat is not about itself but the person wearing it- whether woman, man or child.”

And while Jones is the director of millinary at the brand, he insisted the hats he makes are always dreamed up in collaboration with creative directors, design teams, and craftspeople.

“The different creative directors with whom I have worked always have their distinct point of view. When they arrive at Dior, they understand that hats are an essential part of the Dior iconography, as pivotal as the Bar jacket, fantasy evening dresses or the colour grey. Certainly, hats underline their point of view; To hat or not to hat? Are hats retro or modern? Do they enrich or dilute? These are perennial questions to be resolved every season,” the designer added. “However, the studio is only one side of the story; for me the Dior Atelier Mode is also a huge part of the creative process.”

Published by Rizzoli, Dior Hats: From Christian Dior to Stephen Jones will be available to purchase from 1 September.

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Naomi Campbell reflects on iconic runway fall

Naomi Campbell has reflected on her iconic runway fall in a throwback post on social media.The British supermodel was just 23 when she took a tumble while walking in the Vivienne Westwood show back in 1993, with her outfit comprised of a sweater, plaid…

Naomi Campbell has reflected on her iconic runway fall in a throwback post on social media.

The British supermodel was just 23 when she took a tumble while walking in the Vivienne Westwood show back in 1993, with her outfit comprised of a sweater, plaid skirt, white tights, pink feather boa, and a pair of sky-high platforms.

The blue leather Ghillie shoes, created by the fashion designer, featured an imitation crocodile skin pattern atop a nine-inch heel with a four-inch front platform.

Naomi posted the infamous video on Instagram last week, with the clip showing her hitting the runway with a bump before bursting into laughter, in an effort to teach her followers a valuable lesson.

“‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’ – Nelson Mandela @viviennewestwood #1993 #fbf,” the 49-year-old wrote in the caption.

Some of the star’s famous friends took to the comments sections to show their love for the beauty, including Christy Turlington, who was one of The Big Five supermodels of the 1990s, alongside Naomi, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer.

“This moment and what you did with it @naomi True Grit & Grace!” she posted.

While Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli recalled being at Vivienne Westwood’s spectacle during Paris Fashion Week more than 26 years ago.

“Oh my God I was there at the show and you were absolutely brilliant!!!” he added.

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Naomi Campbell fronts first-ever Vivienne Westwood campaign

Naomi Campbell has been tapped to front a Vivienne Westwood campaign for the first time. The supermodel has been associated with the luxury British brand ever since 1993, when she famously fell over on the catwalk while wearing a pair of purple platfo…

Naomi Campbell has been tapped to front a Vivienne Westwood campaign for the first time.

The supermodel has been associated with the luxury British brand ever since 1993, when she famously fell over on the catwalk while wearing a pair of purple platform heels, and the duo have worked together on many occasions ever since, but never on a campaign.

The British fashion star has finally been tapped to front a campaign for the company and poses in some of the highlights from Westwood’s own line as well as the designer’s collaboration with her husband Andreas Kronthaler.

“I believe things in life come along when they are meant to. It’s taken 33 years to do a Westwood Campaign and I’m so happy to be doing it in my 49th year. Its meant to be when its meant to be…,” Naomi said in a statement.

In images from the spring/summer 2020 campaign, the 49-year-old can be seen wearing a red gown with white oversized statement gloves, a black crepe dress, a multicoloured shirt, and in an explicit shot, Naomi can be seen nothing but an oversized black tulle hat, black heels and a necktie.

Explaining the concept for collection, Westwood added, “When I design clothes they always have to have a story and when somebody shoots me in our clothes I always have to have that story in my mind. I’ve been reading Mythology – for this it was like we were on our way to paradise and we were all going to change from fish into birds…”

The images were shot by photographer Juergen Teller on the backstreets of the 18th Arrondissement in Paris as well as an indoor white space lit with neon lights. Westwood, Kronthaler and French model Kandioura Fissourou also feature in the images and campaign video.

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Shanina Shaik: ‘I’ve been turned away from casting calls over my skin colour’

Shanina Shaik has been rejected from casting calls in Europe because of her skin colour.The model, who has Pakistani, Saudi, and Lithuanian heritage, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. But while Shanina is now one of the most-sought after nam…

Shanina Shaik has been rejected from casting calls in Europe because of her skin colour.

The model, who has Pakistani, Saudi, and Lithuanian heritage, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.

But while Shanina is now one of the most-sought after names in the industry, in an interview for the January 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, she opened up about the prejudices she has faced since launching her career in 2009.

“I remember going to castings in Europe and getting turned away because of my skin colour,” the 28-year-old recalled. “That was only six years ago… There’s still some jobs I don’t book because I don’t fit into a certain category. I’ve had to bang down so many doors for people to understand and embrace me.”

The Victoria’s Secret Angel went on to explain that she’d had to convince agents and clients to book her for jobs, and even left her home country to try and land more work in New York because she “didn’t look like an average Australian girl”.

“They said I was never going to be a high-fashion model and that I’d never do runways,” she commented. “Agents, clients… they all told me the same thing. I would go to castings and never get the jobs that I wanted, and it really affected me – especially as so much of it was because I look so mixed.”

And while the brunette beauty acknowledges that the fashion business is “moving towards a better future”, she also insisted there is still a long way to go until everyone feels represented and included.

“The fashion industry has to find a voice. Look at Halima Aden – she’s had a huge impact. Beauty doesn’t just have to be one segment or category – it should be international. Why does it matter what colour your skin is? It should matter who you are,” the star added.

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John Boyega steps out in traditional Nigerian dress for Star Wars premiere

John Boyega wowed the crowds at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in London on Wednesday night by wearing traditional Nigerian dress.The actor, who plays Finn in the last instalment of the sci-fi trilogy, wore a royal blue four-piece ensemb…

John Boyega wowed the crowds at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in London on Wednesday night by wearing traditional Nigerian dress.

The actor, who plays Finn in the last instalment of the sci-fi trilogy, wore a royal blue four-piece ensemble, called an Agbada, which featured intricate gold detailing.

John, who was born in London to British-Nigerian parents, completed his look by wearing a Fila, a traditional Yoruba cap.

“Had an amazing time at the London premiere for Star Wars! Last leg of the tour! Couldn’t be more grateful for such an amazing opportunity,” he proudly wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of him on the blue carpet.

The 27-year-old was joined at the premiere by members of his family, who were also dressed in matching west African garments.

Fans on social media were quick to heap praise on the star and thanked him for showcasing his heritage on such a grand scale.

“For a Nigerian kid raised on Star Wars, this means everything to me. Representation matters. Thank you,” one wrote, while another added: “The Force is strong with that stunning family!”

Daisy Ridley, who reprises her role as Rey in the upcoming movie, also stunned in a show-stopping navy Vivienne Westwood gown.

The actress hit the blue carpet in the structured strapless velvet corset dress, which also featured a dramatic skirt.

She complemented her look with sapphire and diamond rings by Beladora Jewelry, silver ear crawlers by Tatiana Verstraeten, and wore custom vegan Jimmy Choo satin crystal-embellished pumps.

Daisy’s co-stars, including the likes of Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, and Keri Russell, also braved the freezing British weather.

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Naomi Campbell announces Fashion for Relief pop-up store

Naomi Campbell will be selling her designer clothes at a pop-up store to benefit Fashion for Relief.The supermodel, who founded the charity in 2005, has curated the pieces to be sold at a temporary boutique in London’s Westfield shopping centre. The st…

Naomi Campbell will be selling her designer clothes at a pop-up store to benefit Fashion for Relief.

The supermodel, who founded the charity in 2005, has curated the pieces to be sold at a temporary boutique in London’s Westfield shopping centre. The store will include bespoke and limited-edition pieces from fashion brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Alaia, and items from her own wardrobe.

“It’s truly a pleasure to be partnering with Westfield London again to launch our fourth Fashion For Relief designer pop-up store,” the 49-year-old said in a statement. “This is a unique opportunity for everyone to get their hands on some really special fashion pieces at accessible prices.

“Whether you are shopping for Christmas presents or just treating yourself, you can do so here knowing that the money is going to help improve the futures of young Londoners.”

The pop-up will run in the Atrium from 27 November until 8 December and will raise money for Fashion For Relief 2019’s charity partner, the Mayor’s Fund for London.

“I’m delighted that Naomi and Fashion For Relief have chosen to support the Mayor’s Fund for London,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said back in September. “We share the belief that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

Up-and-coming designers will also be presenting collections at the pop-up store, as well as pieces donated by Naomi’s celebrity friends.

The supermodel recently staged a star-studded catwalk show to benefit Fashion for Relief during London Fashion Week, with Naomi walking the runway alongside models including Stella Maxwell.

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Designers asked Naomi Campbell to fall after infamous runway slip

Naomi Campbell was asked by designers to intentionally fall after once taking a tumble during a Vivienne Westwood runway show.The supermodel famously fell while strutting in sky-high platform heels during the 1993 event, and she still considers it an a…

Naomi Campbell was asked by designers to intentionally fall after once taking a tumble during a Vivienne Westwood runway show.

The supermodel famously fell while strutting in sky-high platform heels during the 1993 event, and she still considers it an awful moment.

“I was embarrassed because also it was not the right time of the month for a woman to fall and I felt like I should have practiced more,” Campbell told Westwood in a new interview for British Vogue. “There’s a trick to walking in your shoes.”

The jaw-dropping incident was so highly publicised, other fashion designers asked her to recreate the moment.

“A couple of people, designers, asked me if I would fall for them,” the 49-year-old remembered. “And I was like, ‘Why would you want me to fall unnecessarily?’ ‘Press! The press that you got!’ But it wasn’t planned!

“They asked me if I would do it and I said, ‘Absolutely not, it goes against everything that I stand for. I’m not falling purposefully.'”

Today, Campbell still replays the words she said to herself that night, adding, “The most important thing is that I said to myself, ‘Get up and keep going. That’s all you have to do.'”

Elsewhere in the interview, the fashion icon revealed that Westwood had taken her and Kate Moss for tea in London when they were starting out in the modelling industry to discuss environmental issues and activism.

“You sat us down and gave us a talking to about being conscious in the world. That had a big impact on me,” she recalled. “You know, they have these posh words for it now, like philanthropy. For me it was just like, you do it because you want to do it.”

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Vivienne Westwood wants people to stop buying clothes

Vivienne Westwood has urged people to cut down on the amount of clothing they buy.The 78-year-old has discussed the devastating impact the fashion industry is having on the environment in a new interview with Naomi Campbell for British Vogue. Westwood …

Vivienne Westwood has urged people to cut down on the amount of clothing they buy.

The 78-year-old has discussed the devastating impact the fashion industry is having on the environment in a new interview with Naomi Campbell for British Vogue.

Westwood stated that climate change has affected the world so severely something “has got to happen this year, or else we’re too late”.

“It’s not enough to just live the life you’ve got already. You’ve got to stick to the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle,” the veteran designer explained, before adding that people can buy less and cut down on their fast-fashion footprint. “You reduce the clothes you’re buying; you buy quality not quantity, (and) make sure you want to keep on wearing it. Go to work in an evening dress if you want.”

The icon also shared that people can make one of their old T-shirts into a Vivienne Westwood original by taking it into any of her boutiques and asking employees to paint “BUY LESS” onto the garment.

Westwood added that her work as an activist and a designer are intertwined, because it’s “very, very important” to look good if you want to make a point “because then people (take you seriously)”.

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell revealed that Westwood had taken her and Kate Moss for tea in London when they were starting out in the modelling industry to discuss environmental issues and activism.

“You sat us down and gave us a talking to about being conscious in the world. That had a big impact on me,” the 49-year-old recalled. “You know, they have these posh words for it now, like philanthropy. For me it was just like, you do it because you want to do it.”

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Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Stella McCartney serves up stripes and suits for spring 2020

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, An…

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, Anna Wintour, Natalia Vodianova, Maisie Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Vivienne Westwood in attendance.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, Stella explained that she wanted to honour “fierce women” who aren’t afraid to make the world their own.

“The free-spirits, the wild ones, the artists and the risk-takers,” the 48-year-old shared in her show notes. “True individuals with strength of character who shine their light bravely. As natural beauty meets modernity, fluid meets graphic and eccentricity meets simplicity, structure is built up and broken down, expressing strength of heart and the duality of the modern woman.”

The spectacle opened with model Krini Hernandez walking the runway in black and white striped trousers, a beige shirt, and a boxy beige blazer, with the look accessorised with gladiator sandals and bio-acetate sunglasses hanging off of oversized artful chains.

A line-up of separates in a palette of white, brown, and Oxford blue followed, while pops of colour were apparent in an orange dress sported by Anok Yai and a teal coat worn by Amber Valletta.

In keeping with Stella’s eco-friendly ethos, items were made from organic cotton, sustainable viscose, hemp, and sustainable raffia, while many of the suits were manufactured from Japanese recycled polyester fabric.

Alongside pieces with petal edging and denim-on-denim ensembles, the fashion star also introduced a series of floral dresses, with the prints inspired by photographs she had taken during bike rides through the English countryside.

Highlights included a floral print suit and shirt combo worn by male model Khadim Sock and a two-piece outfit made from the same fabric which was modelled by Kaia Gerber.

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