Gucci demystifies backstage rituals with fall 20 runway spectacle

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as pa…

Alessandro Michele has demystified the backstage rituals of a fashion show with his latest Gucci runway spectacle.

The creative director of the Italian fashion house unveiled his fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection titled An Unrepeatable Ritual as part of Milan Fashion Week at the Gucci Hub on Wednesday, with the likes of Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Florence Welch, and Amandla Stenberg all perched on the front row.

But rather than hold a conventional presentation, Michele chose to unveil exactly what occurs behind the scenes, with guests entering the venue to find themselves in the “backstage” area where the models were getting ready and designers, stylists, and tailors were applying final touches.

“There’s the rapture of a gift, in this unrepeatable ritual. There’s the promise of a precious delivery. Lights out. The congregation lingers, awaiting with open hands,” the designer commented in the show notes. “A pin-drop silence, to receive my uneven heartbeats and my thrills. I offer my poetics to this tribe of emancipated spectators. May they use to wonder. May they help me understand it. They can use it to reawaken dormant questions. Or else, they can simply reject it, if they can’t find a way to open a door of compassion.”

With the stage set on a revolving platform, the models in complete stillness at the front.

As always, Michele drew upon an eclectic mix of references, including ladylike dresses with Peter Pan collars, Tudor-inspired lace with embroidery, ruffled ballgowns, Puritan-esque hats, and conservative tartan skirts paired with high-neck lace tops.

Other highlights included a suit with delicate floral pattern and matching tie, a blue velvet baby doll number worn with orange tights, and a lace dress accessorised with a black leather harness over the top and heavy crucifix necklace.

To conclude, Michele offered up a hippy-inspired look comprised of a peasant top, bandana and torn jeans and a jaunty suit made up of plaid trousers and a tangerine blazer with black silk lapels.

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Jonah Hill and Yara Shahidi headline team-themed Adidas Originals campaign

Jonah Hill and Yara Shahidi have been tapped to star in Adidas Originals’ new team-themed campaign.The actor/filmmaker recently confirmed he was collaborating with the German sportswear giant, and earlier this week, announced he was appearing in and ha…

Jonah Hill and Yara Shahidi have been tapped to star in Adidas Originals’ new team-themed campaign.

The actor/filmmaker recently confirmed he was collaborating with the German sportswear giant, and earlier this week, announced he was appearing in and had directed an advertisement titled Change Is a Team Sport.

The clip follows skater Jennifer Soto as she makes her way through a facility, where creators and Adidas brand ambassadors, all decked out in black tracksuits and Superstar sneakers, come together to work for change.

“There’s no knowledge without the older generation who did it first,” Jonah said of the concept. “And there’s no change or progression without the new generation. So, if those two generations come together, I feel like that creates the atomic charge for great art and great creativity.”

In addition to Jonah, Yara, and Jennifer, the commercial also features cameos from famed gamer Ninja, entertainer Kerwin Frost, K-pop sensation Blackpink, Pharrell Williams, skaters Mariah Duran, Blondey, Mark Gonzales, and Tyshawn Jones, basketballers Liz Cambage and Tracy McGrady, soccer star Paul Pogba, designer/DJ Nigo, rapper Jackson Wang, dancer Mette Towley, and fashion designer Anna Isoniemi.

“Change Is a Team Sport campaign celebrates the idea that when creators join together, we can drive and inspire change,” added Torben Schumacher, general manager of the Adidas Originals & Style Global Brand. “Much like the way the adidas Superstar has been the shoe for game-changing creators and teams for 50 years and counting, we’ve looked to our Adidas family to inspire the next generation and create a new legacy for one of the most iconic shoes of all time.”

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Beyonce gifts Reese Witherspoon and Cardi B new Ivy Park collection

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his share…

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.

The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his shares to assume full ownership of the brand, Beyonce revealed in April she was partnering with Adidas bosses to release the new Ivy Park, which is due for release on Saturday.

To promote the line in the run-up to the launch, the Formation hitmaker decided to send the entire unisex collection, contained in a big orange box on wheels, to a bunch of celebrities, who took to social media to gush about their coveted gift.

The Legally Blonde star shared a video on Instagram of her mother wheeling the orange box up her driveway before the pair unclipped the front. The footage then turned into a montage of Reese stepping out of the box and posing or dancing in a variety of Ivy Park ensembles, such as the purple jumpsuit, the purple form-fitting dress, sneakers, and a beanie hat.

“Does this officially make me the newest member of the #Beyhive?” she wrote in the caption. “Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!”

Cardi also posted a video of her standing in front of the orange box before filming herself sifting through items on the rail.

“So, I just got home and look what I got. B**ch Beyonce done give me a closet… I gotta open it,” she can be heard saying.

Zendaya simply shared a picture of her posing in front of the orange box on her Instagram Stories and thanked Beyonce in the caption, while model Hailey Bieber shared a video of her going through the rail and called it “the coolest thing I’ve ever been sent”. She was photographed wearing the purple crop top and matching tracksuit bottoms while she visited a dance studio on Wednesday.

Actresses including Laverne Cox, Yara Shahidi, and Issa Rae were also sent the surprise gift.

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Kristen Stewart plays both Romeo and Juliet in Pirelli Calendar

Kristen Stewart plays the part of both Romeo and Juliet in the new Pirelli Calendar.The famed calendar for the Italian tyre brand features the likes of Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Emma Watson, and Yara Shahidi depicting contemporary versions of the lovestruc…

Kristen Stewart plays the part of both Romeo and Juliet in the new Pirelli Calendar.

The famed calendar for the Italian tyre brand features the likes of Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Emma Watson, and Yara Shahidi depicting contemporary versions of the lovestruck character from William Shakespeare’s play.

Kristen, Chinese popstar Chris Lee, and Indya Moore are also among the famous faces who play both parts of the doomed lovers in the imagery, as well as the accompanying film, shot and directed by photographer Paolo Roversi.

“I was looking for a pure soul, someone full of innocence that combined strength, beauty, tenderness, and courage. I found this in the glimmer of an eye, in the gestures and words of Emma and Yara, Indya and Mia and in the smiles and tears of Kristen and Claire…” Roversi said in a statement. “There’s a Juliet in every woman.”

For 2020, the format has also changed, with Roversi ditching the traditional spiral-bound calendar for a hardback book and a short film.

In the film, which took six months to shoot, each of the women audition for the role of a modern-day Juliet, and answers questions about their own experiences with young love and recite lines from Shakespeare’s tragedy, with Kristen also reading Romeo’s lines.

“I think this is really a portrait gallery of different women, who all express their own character and personality,” Roversi told Fashionista. “It’s not just an image they’re giving, but a presence.”

The photographer’s daughter, Stella, and Spanish musician Rosalia also feature in the calendar.

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Kate Moss and Yara Shahidi star in Coach’s 2019 holiday campaign

Kate Moss and Yara Shahidi have been tapped to star in Coach’s 2019 holiday campaign.Photographed by Juergen Teller, the imagery was released on Monday, with one snap showing the British supermodel posing in a dark red dress with a black leather belt a…

Kate Moss and Yara Shahidi have been tapped to star in Coach’s 2019 holiday campaign.

Photographed by Juergen Teller, the imagery was released on Monday, with one snap showing the British supermodel posing in a dark red dress with a black leather belt as she rests on a fallen Christmas tree.

Moss is also clutching a new version of the Kat Saddle Bag from the brand’s new Horse and Carriage collection, which reimagines Coach’s iconic motif as a colourful pattern on bags and ready-to-wear.

While Black-ish actress Shahidi is seen standing in the snow next to a box of festive decorations and wearing a hoodie with the company’s dinosaur mascot, Rexy, as well as light brown trousers and a printed jacket with suede panels.

Other names to feature in the print images include rapper Megan Thee Stallion, model Fernanda Ly, and actor Miles Heizer.

The group also appears in an accompanying video directed by Bunny Kinney titled Wonder For All, with Shahidi’s family making a cameo, alongside the likes of the Newark Boys choir, Spike and Tonya Lee, model/actress Camila Morrone, Bob the Drag Queen, the winner of season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and writer, actor, and producer Ben Sinclair.

“The campaign follows the band of revellers as they gather at an impromptu party at a New York brownstone. Capturing the magical mood of the season, it champions the belief of coming together for the holidays and the inclusive, authentic spirit of New York,” a Coach representative explained. “It sees the cast in joyful, unfiltered scenes that highlight the house’s spirit of playfulness and the authentic self-expression that defines New York City.”

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Adwoa Aboah ‘honoured’ to be selected for British Vogue’s September issue cover

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue. The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year…

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue.

The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg on the cover of the publication’s Forces for Change issue, which was guest-edited by the royal.

Sharing the cover on Instagram, the 27-year-old told her followers being selected for her work with Gurls Talk, an online community she founded for young women to discuss issues like mental health and sex, is one of her biggest achievements so far.

“I can’t even begin to explain what an honour this is to have been featured alongside these inspirational womxn for @britishvogue’s September Issue (sic),” Aboah wrote. “To have been chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one of 15 #forcesforchange because of all the work I do with @gurlstalk feels like one of the biggest achievements yet. Thank you to everyone who made it a possibility.”

Supermodel Turlington also shared the cover on Instagram and expressed her pride at being featured alongside the other trailblazing women.

“Grateful to have been selected to join these #forcesforchange for the September Issue of @britishvogue I am beyond proud to introduce the #ForcesForChange September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” she wrote in the caption.

The 15 women, which also include actresses Gemma Chan, Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Yara Shahidi, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful unveiled the new cover on Sunday and revealed that Meghan declined to appear on it because she feared it would be a distraction.

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Yara Shahidi joins Michael B. Jordan in Coach’s fall 19 campaign

Yara Shahidi has been tapped to star alongside Michael B. Jordan in Coach’s fall 2019 campaign.The Black-ish actress has been teasing a new project with the New York-based label on social media over the past few days, and on Thursday, the latest market…

Yara Shahidi has been tapped to star alongside Michael B. Jordan in Coach’s fall 2019 campaign.

The Black-ish actress has been teasing a new project with the New York-based label on social media over the past few days, and on Thursday, the latest marketing imagery dropped.

One image shows Yara posing in a tartan coat with black leather detailing and holding the brand-new Tabby bag, while another depicts her standing in front of a tree and sporting a colourful floral-print jacket.

She also appears in Coach’s accompanying video advertisement, entitled Dream It Real, which features a cast of “21st-century dreamers” pursuing infinite possibilities in the Big Apple.

“We find our voices, we spread our wings. We will keep going, keep climbing. We don’t sit down; we stand 50 stories high,” she states in a voiceover, while Coach menswear ambassador Michael adds, “This is the heart of the dreamer.”

In addition, the campaign includes appearances from Coach faces Kiko Mizuhara, Jemima Kirke, Lolo Zouai, Miles Heizer and new Coach ambassador, Chinese model Liu Wen.

Regarding the inspiration, creative director Stuart Vevers looked to present “a new thought-provoking narrative,” and worked with photographer Juergen Teller and director Todd Tourso, as well as stylist Venetia Scott, make-up artist Dick Page and hairstylist Christiaan, to bring the concept to life.

“Juergen was my instinctive choice for fall,” the designer commented. “He is able to create the warm, unpretentious and playful spirit I wanted. He is known for capturing the unique essence of his subjects and is able to reveal the humanity and authentic personalities of our cast. His portrait of our home, New York City, is new and fresh in a way that speaks to my evolved vision for the house and the inclusive, unapologetic and free-spirited attitude that defines us.”

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Yara Shahidi disappointed by make-up artists who don’t cater to her skin tone

Yara Shahidi brings her own cosmetics to photoshoots as not all make-up artists cater for her skin tone.The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been …

Yara Shahidi brings her own cosmetics to photoshoots as not all make-up artists cater for her skin tone.

The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been tapped to appear in the new Confident Beauty campaign alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Chinese star Ni Ni.

While Yara chose to team with Bobbi Brown due to the company’s extensive colour offerings in foundation and concealer, she has found that make-up artists don’t always carry the right shades for her.

“I love that more brands are doing this. There have been times when I got out of the make-up chair and my skin looked grey,” she recalled in an interview with U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s why I think every single person of colour usually brings their own make-up kit to set.”

In addition to building a reputation for her fun beauty looks, Yara is quickly becoming one to watch on the red carpet.

Of late, she has sported very glamorous ensembles from a diverse array of designers, including Prabal Gurung, Monse, and Balmain, but when it comes to what she wears when at home, the star prefers a much more relaxed vibe.

“By not showing skin, I’m making a statement,” the 19-year-old insisted. “My clothes need to have movement. For me, fashion is all about joy.”

In addition to appearing in Black-ish, Yara is working on her spin-off Grown-ish, and is voicing a character in animated series 3Below: Tales of Arcadia.

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Lizzo turns heads in woodgrain-inspired outfit at 2019 BET Awards

Lizzo made a sartorial statement in a woodgrain-inspired number at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night.The Juice hitmaker posed up a storm as she made her entrance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with her quirky outfit from House of Holland tu…

Lizzo made a sartorial statement in a woodgrain-inspired number at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night.

The Juice hitmaker posed up a storm as she made her entrance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with her quirky outfit from House of Holland turning heads.

Lizzo, who also performed her hit song Truth Hurts during the ceremony, accessorised her look with matching hat and handpainted shoes, as well as a custom manicure by Eri Ishizu.

Taking to Instagram, the 31-year-old posted several snaps of her ensemble, and added the captions, “No I’m not a branch at all look baby I’m the whole damn tree! CUSTOM WOODGRAIN LEWK FOR THE @BETAWARDS,” and “Ooop! Did I give you a woody?”

A number of Lizzo’s celebrity pals were quick to praise her outfit, with actress Anna Faris writing, “Yeah!!” and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness commenting, “Slay us to death queen dayum (sic),” alongside a string of heart eye emojis.

Other stars to pull out all of the stops for the 2019 BET Awards included Rihanna, who sported a full black leather outfit when presenting Mary J. Blige with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ciara, who wore a tangerine Jean Paul Gaultier dress with dramatic sleeves. The Goodies star completed her look with Stuart Weitzman shoes and jewellery from Anita Ko.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta personality Eva Marcille showed off her growing baby bump in a flowing pink gown from Michael Costello, Karrueche Tran wowed in a bright yellow suit as she walked the blue carpet with American football player Victor Cruz, and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi opted for a striking Prabal Gurung look complete with silver sequin skirt.

La La Anthony rocked a gold minidress, Migos trio Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset looked dapper in pastel suits with harnesses, and Blac Chyna went for a bombshell vibe in a red dress and platinum blonde wig, while host Regina Hall looked stunning in a black dress with voluminous sleeves.

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Yara Shahidi used to groom eyebrows with mascara

Yara Shahidi used to groom her eyebrows with mascara before she discovered brow gel.The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been tapped to appear in …

Yara Shahidi used to groom her eyebrows with mascara before she discovered brow gel.

The actress, perhaps best known for playing Zoey Johnson on sitcom Black-ish, was recently named as a brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown and has been tapped to appear in the new Confident Beauty campaign alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Chinese star Ni Ni.

Yara has now also filmed a beauty tutorial for Vogue.com, and in the clip, shared that she was late to the eyebrow game.

“Before I learned that people make products just for brows, I used to just put mascara on my brows,” she smiled, before demonstrating how she uses Bobbi Brown’s Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch-Up. “Brushing up brows, which is the one thing that I do every day.”

Yara went on to speak about some of her other go-to products, including SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask and Bobbi Brown’s Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation. She also dabs on a little blush before she steps out, but always opts for lip gloss over lipstick.

“I’m a lip gloss person, I’ve always been a lip gloss person. Lipstick is cool (and) all, and sure you’ll see me in lipstick, but lip gloss is really where it’s at. It’s so pigmented and moisturising,” the 19-year-old shared.

Elsewhere in the video, Yara showed fans how she gets creative with her eyeliner placement on her face, and how she finds inspiration in all sorts of sources.

“I always say for beauty icons, of course, my momma, my nanna, were the first kind of representations I had, like what beauty has meant to me but then also just the world at large has been, people from Solange to Angela Bassett, anybody quite honestly. I’m always saving photos; I have a binder on my phone just called aesthetic in which I just save photos that inspire me,” she added.

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