Andre Leon Talley promises new memoir will ‘astonish’ readers

Andre Leon Talley believes the stories in his upcoming memoir will “astonish” readers.The fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches – a tell-all abou…

Andre Leon Talley believes the stories in his upcoming memoir will “astonish” readers.

The fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches – a tell-all about his career in the fashion industry extending all the way back to his first job at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine back in 1974.

While Talley’s book was originally set to debut in September, in light of renewed interest in his professional relationship with U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in recent weeks, it will now begin hitting shelves on 19 May.

“As one of the great French literary writers, Jean Cocteau, said; ‘Astonish Me.’ I hope my new memoir, THE CHIFFON TRENCHES, will astonish all readers. I went into the deepest core of my being; my memory is intact,” he wrote in a post on his Instagram page. “It is a deeply personal story of a life well lived within the world of fashion, in all of its most glamorous and cutthroat moments. I have communed with the greats. And I am thrilled to announce the new publication date, by popular demand: May 19, 2020.”

The Chiffon Trenches is priced at $28 (£22) and is now available for pre-order.

According to the publishers at Penguin Random House, the memoir will explore Talley’s first jobs, professional relationships with key designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as his “unlikely but intimate friendship” with Wintour at Vogue.

“The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last 50 years of fashion,” a summary reads. “At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how Andre not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived – despite racism, illicit rumours, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry – to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.”

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Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni over her behaviour

Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni after she was rude to her at a fashion show.The American model was part of the first-ever group of supermodels in the 1990s, alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Helena …

Amber Valletta was once confronted by Carla Bruni after she was rude to her at a fashion show.

The American model was part of the first-ever group of supermodels in the 1990s, alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, and Claudia Schiffer, walking the runways for fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent and Versace.

In a new interview with Telegraph Magazine, Amber remembered how Italian-French model Carla was very welcoming to her when she was starting out, however, also noted that she felt her wrath when she appeared to be rather aloof at one event.

“She was a very gracious woman. The first time she saw me in a fashion show, she came up and introduced herself,” the star recalled. “I remember a season or two later, after I’d hit my stride and was probably feeling a little bit big for my breeches, I walked into a room and didn’t say hello to her. She came over and said, ‘Don’t be impolite.’ And I really heard it.'”

Amber then reminisced about her modelling days in the ’90s and reflected on how different the industry was back then.

“I don’t have anything bad to say. Everybody’s experience is different (but) for me it was one of the most creative and interesting and fun times that fashion has ever really been in. It was a much smaller industry and it was before social media… What a gift to be a part of that era,” she shared.

Despite being one of the most famous faces in the world, Amber also confessed she doesn’t always want to have her picture taken, especially when she’s approached while out and about.

“I don’t feel like it’s an annoyance. I try to be kind and humble and generous. But I’m a human being: sometimes I’m tired. I don’t always want to have my picture taken,” the 46-year-old stated.

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Zoe Kravitz claps back at online troll over comment about her lips

Zoe Kravitz has responded to a social media follower who falsely accused her of getting lip fillers.The Big Little Lies actress, who has been the face of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute since 2017, recently posted two selfies on Instagram, with the images sh…

Zoe Kravitz has responded to a social media follower who falsely accused her of getting lip fillers.

The Big Little Lies actress, who has been the face of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute since 2017, recently posted two selfies on Instagram, with the images showcasing the products she used from the French fashion house to achieve her perfect pout.

“Pre @ysl show vibes @yslbeauty Rouge Pur Couture Slim Sheer Matte 102 + Natural Pink and Volupte Liquid Balm 1,” she wrote in the caption.

However, one of her 5.6 million followers was irked by the snaps, and claimed Zoe had resorted to using fillers.

“Babe, what have u done to your beautiful natural lips??” the user wrote, prompting the star to set the record straight.

“Um. put some lipgloss on them…” the 31-year-old fired.

Zoe was later forced to comment once again, after more followers accused her of getting lip injections.

“These are my lips. all pure. the equivalent as they always been,” she stated.

The brunette beauty was in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week and hit the headlines when she attended Anthony Vaccarello’s autumn/winter 2020 show for Saint Laurent alongside her father, Lenny Kravitz.

She wore a silver chainmail crop top with high-waisted jeans as she sat on the front row with her rocker dad, who wore a chic black suit with a striped shirt.

“This is important. @anthonyvaccarello. another beautiful show,” Zoe praised in a separate Instagram post.

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Naomi Campbell thankful to top designers for ‘protecting’ her from abuse

Naomi Campbell is certain she was “protected” from sexual abuse during the early days of her modelling career by designers such as Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.The British star started working in the industry when she was just…

Naomi Campbell is certain she was “protected” from sexual abuse during the early days of her modelling career by designers such as Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.

The British star started working in the industry when she was just 15, and has gone on to become one of the most iconic supermodels of all time, fronting campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Prada, Versace, and Balmain, and walking the catwalk for Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Valentino.

Recalling how she shot to fame in her teenage years in an interview with The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, Naomi described how she is adamant she escaped becoming a victim of the rife sexual abuse from predatory men in the business by her close friends Versace, Saint Laurent and Alaia, who she affectionately called her “papa”.

“Of course, I have empathy and concern for those it did happen to and I feel for their trauma, psychologically how it affects them,” Campbell said. “But it never happened to me.

“I didn’t see any of that s**t, because thank God for my armour, my being called a bad b**ch – I was lucky it never happened to me. I was protected by my angels Azzedine, Gianni and Yves Saint Laurent.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell confessed she was looking forward to turning 50 next year and has already planned a huge bash to celebrate the milestone.

“I’m not afraid of being 50. I’m looking forward to a good old dance, too. I want to make sure I dance the night away, surrounded by people I love and who have been with me through thick and thin,” the model explained.

While she didn’t reveal the guest list, one person who will be invited is her mysterious new boyfriend.

“And it’s actually not someone that you know, but my heart… my heart is happy,” Campbell shared. “And the other thing that’s taken me a while to understand in my growing up is that you have to accept and love yourself first, and not be validated by someone else.”

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Tom Ford: ‘My clothes are sustainable because nobody throws them away’

Tom Ford is adamant his clothes are sustainable because the prices mean nobody throws them away.The award-winning designer and filmmaker discussed the rising environmental problem of fast fashion with his muse, actress Julianne Moore, during an intervi…

Tom Ford is adamant his clothes are sustainable because the prices mean nobody throws them away.

The award-winning designer and filmmaker discussed the rising environmental problem of fast fashion with his muse, actress Julianne Moore, during an interview at the Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference in New York on Thursday.

While the Oscar-winner said that she has promised to stop shopping for at least a year in an effort to combat the excessive consumption in the industry, Ford insisted he will carry on designing, as his clothes are timeless and not meant to be discarded.

“I received an award a few years ago in Milan from a foundation that Livia Firth is involved in, which is about sustainability in fashion, because my clothes are so expensive people don’t throw them away. They auction them or sell them – that was kind of a joke,” the 58-year-old laughed.

The Council of Fashion Designers’ chairman, who previously served as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, said he creates quality pieces for his menswear and womenswear collections so they can be passed down from generation to generation.

“First of all, everything I make is made in Italy. The workers are incredibly well cared for, taken care of, well paid… and the clothes are really not meant to be thrown away,” he explained to Moore. “They are expensive but the workmanship demands it. They are not artificially expensive; it’s how much it costs to put 35 hours of hand workmanship into a jacket.

“They are meant to be handed down, be sold – they are not meant to be thrown away.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the designer revealed that he hates social media, and took aim at Instagram in particular.

“I am exhausted by Instagram, personally,” Moore said, to which Ford scathingly added: “Instagram leaves you feeling ugly, fat, inadequate, dull, pathetic, friendless, sad and makes you want to just jump off a building.”

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Naomi Campbell closes Saint Laurent spring 2020 show

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night. The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Sal…

Naomi Campbell closed Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday night.

The iconic supermodel wowed the crowd, which included models Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, and Amber Valletta as well as celebrities like Salma Hayek, Rami Malek, Andie MacDowell, and Ezra Miller, as she closed creative director Anthony Vaccarello’s latest presentation.

She strutted down the long runway in front of the Eiffel Tower wearing a black sequinned blazer jacket and matching trousers – a nod to the French fashion house’s famous Le Smoking suit – and black pointed ankle strap pumps with gold tips.

The 49-year-old shared footage of herself walking in the shimmering suit and wrote on Instagram, “Closing @ysl Spring Summer 2020 tonight was an honour! Thank you @anthonyvaccarello & @pg_dmcasting.”

Naomi had hinted at her appearance earlier in the day by sharing throwback footage of herself walking the YSL runway for the Couture Spring 2002 show and another snap of herself on the runway with Yves Saint Laurent himself.

“Mr. Yves Saint Laurent, you believed in me and stood by my side when I needed it most! Grateful for you and for all the memories we’ve made together over the years. Kind-hearted, creative genius and fashion visionary! We miss you dearly,” she wrote in the caption.

The show marked Naomi’s first appearance for a fashion house for spring/summer 2020. Earlier this month, she walked the runway for her annual charity event, Fashion for Relief, during London Fashion Week.

For his spring/summer 2020 collection, Vaccarello channelled rocker chic, festival style, and bohemian looks, with the collection featuring gold paisley embroidered dresses, chiffon blouses, and peasant-style smocks.

The models, which included Kaia Gerber and Stella Tennant, also donned micro shorts, cut-off jeans, waistcoats, cowboy boots, and tuxedo ensembles.

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Zoe Kravitz to release beauty line with Yves Saint Laurent

Zoe Kravitz is gearing up to launch a beauty line with Yves Saint Laurent. The Big Little Lies star announced her partnership with the international brand on Friday, teasing fans with a sexy promo video clip of herself cooking up a pot of red liquid i…

Zoe Kravitz is gearing up to launch a beauty line with Yves Saint Laurent.

The Big Little Lies star announced her partnership with the international brand on Friday, teasing fans with a sexy promo video clip of herself cooking up a pot of red liquid in a kitchen.

“@YSLBEAUTY#YSLBEAUTYXZOECOLLECTION ME + YSL BEAUTÉ! STAY TUNED FOR MORE, SEPTEMBER 1ST,” she captioned the footage before signing off with a red lipstick emoji.

Although the actress has been the face of Yves Saint Laurent beauty since 2017 and has fronted various campaigns – including the label’s Black Opium fragrance last year – this upcoming venture marks the first make-up line she’s ever launched.

Last month, the 30-year-old became the global ambassador for Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, just months after she was hand-picked to be the muse for the luxury French fashion house. She is also set to front their upcoming campaigns, including the Tatouage Couture collection later this summer.

At the time, the newly-married Zoe, the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, expressed her excitement about working with YSL Beauty, and said it was one of her “favourite brands”.

“Their ability to combine the chicest of styles with a raw edge has always been to me one of the best ways to express yourself through fashion and beauty,” she added.

Zoe’s exciting collaboration announcement comes just weeks after she tied the knot with Nocturnal Animals actor Karl Glusman at her father Lenny’s home in Paris, France in June.

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Naomi Campbell claims she was blocked from French hotel over her skin colour

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, hav…

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.

The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, having most recently walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and H&M x Moschino.

Yet, in spite of her global fame, Naomi has now insisted she is still subjected to racism and was turned away from a hotel in the south of France when the Cannes Film Festival was taking place in May this year.

“I was recently in a town in the south of France while the Cannes Film Festival was going on, where I was invited to take part in an event in a hotel that will remain nameless,” she recalled in an interview with Paris Match. “They did not want to let us come in, my friend and me, because of the colour of my skin. This guy at the door made out that the place was full. But he was letting other people in.”

Naomi went on to describe the incident as “revolting”. However, she emphasised that encountering racist behaviour simply inspires her to continue expressing herself and to find new ways to “make myself heard”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Naomi reflected on her career and some of her biggest champions, including late designers Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent, while she cited African-America model Bethann Hardison, who rose to fame in the early ’70s, as a “pioneer” for the promotion of diversity in the fashion industry.

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Tyra Banks puts modelling success down to careful fashion research

Tyra Banks has pinpointed careful fashion research as the key to her success as a model.The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, found success in co-creating her re…

Tyra Banks has pinpointed careful fashion research as the key to her success as a model.

The supermodel launched her career at the age of 15, and after becoming one of the world’s top-earning names in the early 2000s, found success in co-creating her reality TV series America’s Next Top Model. Reflecting on the early days in a video for The Wall Street Journal, Tyra advised anyone interested in the fashion industry to analyse history, trends, and runway shows.

“I think my success was strategy. I studied how Chanel models walked in that fashion show. I studied how Yves Saint Laurent models walked,” she remembered. “Chanel was very happy and sweet and they kind of twirled their pearls and they kinda winked on the runway. Yves Saint Laurent – hair slicked back in a bun, red lipstick, and they walked really elegantly like haute couture. So, every single fashion show had a different style and different look. So, when I got to Paris, I had a backpack full of stuff, a kit (so that I) could transform myself to every single designer’s look and style.”

And while breaking into the circuit wasn’t always easy, Tyra noted that as an African-American women, she sometimes felt more “accepted” in the French capital than she did “in my own country”.

“I do not think I would have become a supermodel had Paris not enveloped me in her arms and said, ‘You matter. Your beauty matters here.’ I really felt like I was the (entertainer) Josephine Baker of modelling in Paris, with that acceptance there,” the 45-year-old commented.

Elsewhere in the chat, Tyra also spoke about her upcoming business ventures and teased the opening of Modelland. The theme park is due to launch in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, California.

“Modelland is my baby that hasn’t been born yet, but she is due at the end of this year,” she smiled. “Modelland is a location-based attraction where you can be a model for a day. And I don’t mean a professional model, I’m talking about families, mamas, daddies, cousins, uncles, sisters, you know, bridal showers, stag parties, can come to model land and have fun and can be the fantasy versions of themselves.”

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Tom Ford gearing up to launch ‘science-based’ skincare line

Tom Ford is close to unveiling his “science-based” luxury skincare range.The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006 and has more recently delved int…

Tom Ford is close to unveiling his “science-based” luxury skincare range.

The 57-year-old served stints as creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his eponymous fashion and beauty brand in 2006 and has more recently delved into filmmaking with critically acclaimed movies A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals.

While Tom Ford Beauty currently contains a range of cosmetics and fragrance, Ford has been developing a line of skincare formulas for several years and will begin rolling out the line next month.

“I wanted to start a serious skincare arm and have it be science-based,” he told WWD. “This is a real skincare product and regimen. I’m not a designer who has thrown his name on a beautifully packaged cream.”

To create the products, Ford insisted Estee Lauder bosses allow him to set up his own laboratory.

And he drew inspiration from his own experiences and advice he’s received from dermatologists in the past, especially in relation to the power of caffeine.

“Years ago, a dermatologist told me that the best thing for puffy eyes was moist tea bags. Every time I did it, I noticed that it also moisturised my skin,” the designer shared. “Caffeine became one of the most important things we researched.”

After experimenting with 75 different concoctions, Ford’s first products, the Serum Concentrate and Creme Concentrate, which are infused with caffeine from Japanese green tea, gyokuro, and rare ground white porcelain cacao beans, will be hitting shelves from August, and will be priced at $350 and $450 (£280 – £360). Three more products will debut in spring 2020.

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