Footwear designer Sergio Rossi dies

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto. “He was a master, it was …

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.

The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto.

“He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him,” Sciutto said in a statement to WWD. “He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”

In a statement, Rossi’s son Gianvito confirmed his father died on Thursday night after contracting Covid-19.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Sergio Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear.

Over the years, Rossi collaborated with designers at fashion houses including Versace, Azzedine Alaia, and Dolce & Gabbana, and also opened up boutiques in major cities around the world.

Praising the artisan’s business sense, Sciutto added: “(He loved) women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way. He was never over-the-top, always in good taste. The shoes were always wearable and he was never satisfied until they were perfect. They were not accessories for him. He told me once that he wanted to create the perfect extension of a woman’s leg.”

The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015, with Scuitto joining the following year.

Gianvito Rossi unveiled his own footwear label in 2007.

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Tyra Banks credits Cindy Crawford with inspiring her to branch outside of fashion

Tyra Banks was inspired by Cindy Crawford to pursue a career outside of modelling.In a new interview, the TV personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, and author has credited the supermodel for paving the way for others in the industry to establis…

Tyra Banks was inspired by Cindy Crawford to pursue a career outside of modelling.

In a new interview, the TV personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, and author has credited the supermodel for paving the way for others in the industry to establish their own brands.

“I kind of followed in the footsteps of Cindy Crawford, but just did it my way,” she told WWD. “I was very inspired by her. I remember reading an article saying she had a Revlon contract and an office in the Revlon building, and I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’

“I couldn’t really understand what that meant, but I know there was something powerful behind it. I liked that she took her name and made herself a brand and household name.”

However, the America’s Next Top Model host and creator went on to explain that she is pleased she gave Cindy’s career her own spin and headed into television.

“I added my own passions. It’s producing television and creating a talk show and now being the founder of ModelLand,” the 46-year-old added, referencing her upcoming modelling theme park

The unique attraction, which will give visitors the chance to live out their “ultimate modelling fantasy”, will open its doors in Santa Monica, California in May.

And Tyra said her vision for ModelLand was to give other women the tools to create their own careers in the fashion business.

“I like to say we’re like the Disney of fashion and beauty and self-esteem,” she shared. “It’s a place where everybody can be the fantasy versions of themselves.”

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Ralph Lauren scraps New York presentation due to coronavirus crisis

Ralph Lauren has cancelled his upcoming show in New York due to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.A spokesperson for the American luxury brand confirmed on Tuesday that the presentation in April, which was due to take place in an unspecified location…

Ralph Lauren has cancelled his upcoming show in New York due to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

A spokesperson for the American luxury brand confirmed on Tuesday that the presentation in April, which was due to take place in an unspecified location in the city, was being scrapped.

“In light of the ongoing uncertainties related to the novel coronavirus around the world, we have decided to cancel our fall 2020 show as a precautionary measure and out of respect for our teams, partners and consumers,” they commented in a statement to WWD. “Our primary focus remains on their health and safety.”

Officials in the U.S. have confirmed nine deaths from the virus, called COVID-19, and more than 100 cases. However, some health experts have suggested that the real number may be far higher if coronavirus testing is expanded across the country.

More than 3,200 people have died, and 92,000 people have been infected in more than 70 countries, with the vast majority of fatalities in mainland China, where the outbreak originated in late 2019.

Lauren declined to showcase a fall collection during New York Fashion Week last month.

The news comes after Gucci decided to cancel its cruise 2021 fashion show that was due to take place in San Francisco, California on 18 May, and Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, which had been scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan.

Despite the widespread coronavirus outbreak, Chanel is pushing forward with its cruise show in Capri, Italy on 7 May, while Dior still plans to head to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, on 9 May.

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Jean Paul Gaultier taps Sacai to design next couture collection

Jean Paul Gaultier has selected Sacai’s Chitose Abe to design the next haute couture line for his namesake fashion house.Back in January, the French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and later staged his fin…

Jean Paul Gaultier has selected Sacai’s Chitose Abe to design the next haute couture line for his namesake fashion house.

Back in January, the French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and later staged his final catwalk spectacle at the Theatre du Chatelet as part of Paris Couture Week.

However, Gaultier confirmed on Wednesday that he would be adopting a guest designer model going forward, with Abe to be the first fashion star tapped to create a collection.

“I have the pleasure to announce the new concept for my haute couture,” he posted on Instagram. “Each season, I will invite a designer to interpret the codes of the House and I am doubly pleased that Chitose Abe of @sacaiofficial will be the first one!”

Japanese designer Abe founded Sacai in 1999. She has since built up a reputation for breaking down barriers between casual and formal clothing, and has teamed up with the likes of The North Face, Apple, and Nike on various projects.

Abe also posted a snap of herself and Gaultier posing in matching blue boiler suits on a Paris rooftop on her Instagram page.

“I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul’s unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning,” the designer said in a statement, according to WWD. “It’s a true honour to be given the opportunity to be custodian of his house as the first designer of this project.”

The next Paris Couture Week is set to take place between 5 and 9 July.

Of late, bosses at fashion houses such as Moncler and Pucci have also embraced the guest designer business model.

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Gucci cancels cruise show due to coronavirus fears

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by …

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.

A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak”.

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer,” a statement reads. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100.

More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and six people in the Seattle area of Washington state have died after contracting coronavirus.

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele reportedly chose San Francisco to host the cruise show due to its history as a centre of liberal activism, according to WWD.

The decision by the Italian fashion house follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan, and a week after Giorgio Armani scrapped his Milan Fashion Week event in Italy over coronavirus fears.

The 85-year-old designer showed his fall/winter 2020 collection behind closed doors on the last day of fashion week, and the future of his cruise 2021 showcase in Dubai next month is unknown.

Chanel is expected to be staging its cruise show in Capri, Italy, in May, and days later, Dior is heading to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, for their highly-anticipated show.

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Raf Simons named as co-creative director of Prada

Raf Simons is to join Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of Prada.The surprise news was announced during a press conference held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, with Miuccia explaining to reporters that she had been in discussions wit…

Raf Simons is to join Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of Prada.

The surprise news was announced during a press conference held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, with Miuccia explaining to reporters that she had been in discussions with the Belgian designer for more than a year.

The duo will share “equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making” at the Italian luxury label, with Raf to officially begin work on 2 April. They will unveil their joint spring/summer 2021 collection in September.

“I am so thrilled and looking forward to September,” the 70-year-old shared. “We like each other, we respect each other, and we will see if we go somewhere.”

Miuccia also denied that the decision to hire the fashion star was made as preparation for her eventual retirement.

It was rumoured earlier this year that Raf, who previously served as creative director for the likes of Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jil Sander, would be leading the Prada-owned label Miu Miu.

And with regards to the length of his contract, Miuccia told WWD: “In theory, it’s forever.”

During the press conference, Raf also explained that he had wanted to team up with the iconic designer to create a strong business that focuses on creativity.

“The fashion industry is moving more and more toward an industry that might end up excluding creatives,” the 52-year-old explained. “We think we should not forget in this business about creativity.”

Meanwhile, a statement released to accompany the news insisted that Prada’s values were “perfectly in tune” with Miuccia and Raf, who have a history of “reinvention, provocation, brave exploration and the power of ideas”.

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Anya Hindmarch releasing new take on ‘I Am Not a Plastic Bag’ totes

Anya Hindmarch has released an updated version of her popular ‘I Am Not a Plastic Bag’ totes.The British designer first released the canvas bags back in 2007 as part of a collaborative project with global social change movement We Are What We Do, which…

Anya Hindmarch has released an updated version of her popular ‘I Am Not a Plastic Bag’ totes.

The British designer first released the canvas bags back in 2007 as part of a collaborative project with global social change movement We Are What We Do, which is now known as Shift.

The bags sold out immediately, and now Hindmarch has overhauled her sustainability project to create patterned totes using recycled materials.

The new ‘I Am a Plastic Bag’ tote is made from 32 plastic bottles, and the 52-year-old was keen to increase awareness and make a bold statement with her designs, even though it was a lengthy process to ensure the material was of a high-quality.

“The bottles are chipped and melted into pellets, which is then made into a fibre,” Hindmarch told WWD. “It took a while to achieve this high quality of canvas and then to coat it, because I wanted to make sure we have recycled coating which was a real challenge.”

The bag sold out in seconds online, but there will be another release of the eco-friendly bags in April.

Hindmarch also decided to close three of her London stores during the weekend of London Fashion Week and fill them with plastic bottles, in an effort to publicise her new totes and highlight the devastating effects of plastic consumption.

“We filled each store with 90,000 bottles, which equals six seconds’ worth of consumption. I wanted to show people because once you see it, it’s a bit shocking,” she explained, before adding that she’s been working hard to embrace more sustainable practices. “It has to be common sense but once you start, there are so many more things you realise you can do.”

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Cyndi Lauper defends Victoria’s Secret amid misogyny scandal

Cyndi Lauper has defended Victoria’s Secret as the embattled lingerie brand faces a misogyny scandal.Executives at the U.S. label, who cancelled the annual fashion show last year, are facing increasing demands to overhaul the entire company following t…

Cyndi Lauper has defended Victoria’s Secret as the embattled lingerie brand faces a misogyny scandal.

Executives at the U.S. label, who cancelled the annual fashion show last year, are facing increasing demands to overhaul the entire company following the publication of an expose by The New York Times which detailed claims of inappropriate conduct against former chief marketing officer Ed Razek.

The 71-year-old, who has denied all allegations, was accused of harassment, bullying, and perpetuating a culture of misogyny.

However, despite the scandal, pop icon Cyndi has come out to defend the lingerie firm.

The Girls Just Want to Have Fun hitmaker told WWD that Victoria’s Secret makes affordable underwear for women who “don’t have a lot of money”.

“Women who don’t have money can go into a store and buy some pretty underwear and feel good,” she added.

The brand has also come under fire for not using a diverse mix of models, with Razek also courting controversy with his comments about plus-size and transgender women before he left his role in August.

Speaking with WWD, Cyndi shared her belief that the brand doesn’t have to showcase an inclusive range of models because it’s “a show”.

“It’s not what real people look like. They have these models; they do all this stuff. It’s a show,” she explained. “You gotta give everybody a break with all of this precious s**t. Do you want to look like a Barbie doll? We all had Barbie dolls when we were little. Guess what? When I took her ponytail out, the little b***h was bald… So what am I supposed to do? I know it’s bulls**t. Nobody has a body shaped like that.”

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Michael Kors launching James Bond capsule collection

Michael Kors is teaming up with executives of the James Bond film franchise to launch a limited-edition collection of bags.The three-piece MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection is part of an exclusive partnership with the 007 film franchise and will be ava…

Michael Kors is teaming up with executives of the James Bond film franchise to launch a limited-edition collection of bags.

The three-piece MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection is part of an exclusive partnership with the 007 film franchise and will be available just before the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die, is released in April.

The line consists of three bags – the Bond Bancroft satchel, priced at $1,750 (£1,350); a calf leather Bond Carryall, $2,350 (£1,810); and the cotton canvas Bond Duffel, $1,950 (£1,500).

Kors said he has been heavily inspired by movies throughout his lengthy career and believes his accessories are a “perfect fit” for the 007 franchise.

“When it comes to iconic jet-set sophistication, I think Bond is top of mind for a lot of people the world over. When this opportunity arose, we felt it was a great match. Jet-set glamour, sophistication, speed, energy – these are all words that come to mind when you think about the world of James Bond. They’re also at the core of our brand DNA,” he told WWD.

The Bond Bancroft is also worn by Naomie Harris’ character Eve Moneypenny throughout the upcoming movie, and the Oscar-nominated actress loved using the chic bag on set.

“Moneypenny is usually carrying around a lot of vital information in her bag and filming hours are long. So it was great to have something so comfortable and easy to wear, as well as stylish,” she explained. “(It’s) the perfect embodiment of Moneypenny’s love of traditional workwear with designer, quirky funkiness.”

The MKC x 007 Bond Capsule Collection will be available in select Michael Kors stores, on michaelkors.com and 007.com, in late March.

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Chloe Sevigny wears flared leggings to ‘balance out’ her baby bump

Chloe Sevigny has been wearing flared leggings to try and “balance out” her blossoming baby bump.Earlier this month, the Big Love actress went public with the happy news by showing off her growing stomach as she stepped out with boyfriend Sinisa Mackov…

Chloe Sevigny has been wearing flared leggings to try and “balance out” her blossoming baby bump.

Earlier this month, the Big Love actress went public with the happy news by showing off her growing stomach as she stepped out with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic in New York City.

Chloe is well-known for her eclectic sense of style, and in a new interview with WWD, shared that she is determined to keep mixing designer pieces with vintage garments long into her pregnancy.

“Norma Kamali has been a godsend. I always loved Norma Kamali,” she commented of her go-to designer. “She makes lots of stretch. These stretch pants that go high, up over the belly, they’re flared.

“It’s almost impossible to find flared pants from a (maternity) company, which I think is surprising because I think it’s better for the silhouette to have a little flare at the bottom to balance out this big thing happening in the middle… She makes the perfect flared leggings.”

The mother-to-be is a big fan of the 74-year-old designer’s gender-inclusive collections and is also impressed by her approach to sustainability in fashion.

“She’s always been a real champion of vintage, and she’d always sell in her collection vintage pieces. I love her whole look, her whole vibe, her whole ethos. Everything,” the 45-year-old gushed.

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