Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection criticised for excluding plus-size customers

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was rel…

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.

The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was released over the weekend and quickly sold out.

However, many customers were disappointed to discover that the range only went up to an XL, which translates to a U.S. size 16-18 or U.K. size 20-22, and took to social media to criticise Beyonce for using inclusivity to promote the line but not including larger sizes.

“I love Beyonce. I am a noted member of the Beyhive. It is also incredibly disappointing that a woman who has made inclusion a part of her brand willfully excluded plus-size people from her athleisure line. And this isn’t the first time,” one user wrote, referring to Beyonce’s first Ivy Park release with Topshop in 2016.

“We can love her and still say Bey is wrong for Ivy Park’s size exclusion. You can’t celebrate the inclusivity of your other projects, having plus-size dancers and background singers, but ignore us *again* when it comes to this,” another fired. “The exclusion is intentional and I’m tired.”

To promote the line, Beyonce told Elle magazine that she was making the clothing gender-neutral after realising how many men were fans of her 2016 Ivy Park release, and also sent the entire collection to an inclusive range of celebrities including Ashley Graham, Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya, and Lizzo.

On Monday night, the 38-year-old took to Instagram to thank her fans for making the new collection a success.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible human beings who stood in those long lines in the snow and rain,” she wrote. “All the beautiful people who waited in the waiting room online. All of the friends and family who took the time to film videos and dress up in the unboxing. I am humbled, grateful and proud. Y’all look so good in your IVY PARK. I love you deep. B.”

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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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Anne Hathaway dazzles in gold at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging…

Anne Hathaway made her red carpet return at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The Oscar-winning actress, who quietly welcomed her second child with husband Adam Shulman late last year, wowed the crowd in a gold sequin gown with a plunging neckline from Versace.

Anne teamed her outfit with Alexandre Birman high heels, Messika jewellery, and a Judith Leiber purse, and took to the stage during the ceremony to present the Best Actor prize to Joaquin Phoenix for his performance in Joker. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for her role in Modern Love.

Taking to Instagram before the ceremony, Anne posted a mirror selfie in which she showed off her glittering outfit, along with the caption: “Welcome back xx.”

The post quickly racked up thousands of likes and comments, with Camila McConaughey writing, “Looooove!!!!” and Anne’s Ocean’s 8 co-star Mindy Kaling exclaiming, “ANNIE.”

Neither Anne nor Adam has confirmed the birth of their second child, a sibling for their three-year-old son Jonathan. However, the couple was spotted carrying a baby seat while out and about in Connecticut in mid-December.

Meanwhile, other stars to make a splash at the Critics’ Choice Awards included Zendaya, who turned heads in a hot pink Tom Ford ensemble and Christian Louboutin stilettos, Jennifer Lopez, who rocked a nude Georges Hobeika dress and Harry Winston bling, as well as Charlize Theron, who opted for a silver sequin Celine gown and blazer.

Shades of orange were a big trend on the night too, with Laura Dern sporting a tangerine Emilia Wickstead gown, Alison Brie choosing an orange Brandon Maxwell dress, and Rachel Brosnahan stepping out in a Carolina Herrera dress in a similar colour.

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Zendaya stuns in metallic breastplate at 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO dra…

Zendaya stole the spotlight in a hot pink breastplate and matching skirt by Tom Ford at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The 23-year-old, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Rue in the HBO drama Euphoria, stunned as she hit the red carpet wearing the $15,000 (£11,500) bespoke piece from the designer’s spring 2020 collection.

Zendaya complemented the unique creation with a floor-length fuchsia skirt, Mateo New York earrings, Djula rings, and satin pumps by Christian Louboutin. Her stylist, Law Roach, later pointed out that the breastplate was a homage to the vintage pieces by Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent, and called the Spider-Man: Far From Home star a “Warrior Woman” in a post on Instagram.

The piece was also recently worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and the Oscar winner took to social media to lavish praise on the young star.

“Thank God I can say I have something in common with Zendaya,” she commented on a picture of the actress wearing the breastplate.

Other famous faces who also rocked bright colours on the red carpet included Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein, who wore a two-tone pastel pink and red dress with open-toe velvet Jimmy Choo platform heels.

Kristen Bell made a bold statement with her neon green caped jumpsuit by Cong Tri, paired with matching heels, while Awkwafina wowed in a bright yellow Ellie Saab gown, which featured a flowing skirt and sleeves, and Stuart Weitzman platform shoes.

Renee Zellweger, who scooped the Best Actress prize at the ceremony for her role in Judy, bucked the colourful trend by wearing a black strapless Dior gown, and Best Actress in a Comedy Series winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge rocked a one-shouldered sheer dress also created by designers at the French fashion house.

Little Women star Florence Pugh was among those who embraced show-stopping glittering gowns for the annual ceremony, wearing a silver sequinned column-style dress by Prada, while Jennifer Lopez opted for an elegant cream cut-out gown with embellishment by Georges Hobeika.

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Zendaya had breasts moulded for custom Tom Ford top

Zendaya had her breasts moulded for the stunning Tom Ford creation she wore to the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards.The 23-year-old donned the $15,000 (£11,500) hot pink metallic breastplate from the designer’s spring 2020 collection for the ceremony on Su…

Zendaya had her breasts moulded for the stunning Tom Ford creation she wore to the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards.

The 23-year-old donned the $15,000 (£11,500) hot pink metallic breastplate from the designer’s spring 2020 collection for the ceremony on Sunday, and finished off the show-stopping look with a fuchsia skirt and her hair styled into waist-length braids.

The look caught the attention of her fans on social media, with one curious follower on Twitter quizzing the Euphoria star on how the bespoke piece was created.

“Did they mould that to your t**tles… asking for a friend,” the cheeky post read, with Zendaya quickly replying, “Yes. Lol.”

Her stylist, Law Roach, later pointed out the breastplate was a homage to the vintage pieces by Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent, and shared a picture of his client rocking the red carpet.

“Warrior Woman… wearing @tomford,” Law captioned the snap, prompting his celebrity friends to heap praise on Zendaya’s look.

“Jesus Christ,” Ariana Grande commented. “Incredible Law.”

Tracee Ellis Ross simply left a series of fire emojis, while singer Jessie J, model Alton Mason, and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage also showed their love for the unique outfit.

The Tom Ford piece was recently worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the cover of the latest issue of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and the Oscar winner took to social media to gush over her Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star too.

“Thank God I can say I have something in common with Zendaya,” she commented on a picture of the actress wearing the breastplate.

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Ashley Graham was first pregnant woman to walk in Tommy Hilfiger runway show

Ashley Graham was the first-ever pregnant woman to walk in one of Tommy Hilfiger’s runway shows.In August, the curvy model and her husband Justin Ervin announced that they are expecting their first child, a boy. A few weeks later, Ashley debuted her ba…

Ashley Graham was the first-ever pregnant woman to walk in one of Tommy Hilfiger’s runway shows.

In August, the curvy model and her husband Justin Ervin announced that they are expecting their first child, a boy. A few weeks later, Ashley debuted her baby bump on the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya presentation held as part of New York Fashion Week, and in a new interview with U.S. Vogue magazine, the star shared that she didn’t realise she was making history at the time.

“Tommy told me I was the first pregnant woman who’d ever walked his runway,” she told the publication, adding that navigating the famed Apollo Theater venue was quite a challenge. “It was kind of like a block party in Harlem, all kinds of women, all genders, races, and everybody’s heels were so high. It was not a normal catwalk – it was concrete, still under construction, with potholes. And I was praying I wasn’t going to fall down. Which is an awful lot to ask of a model in her second trimester – I have wounds on my feet!”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley opened up about how she has been contacting her celebrity friends, including Serena Williams and Kim Kardashian, for advice on giving birth and motherhood in general, and she is grateful for how her pals have been so open with her about their experiences.

“Kim immediately started telling me, ‘Ashley, the pregnancy may be the hardest part, but the birth is the easiest.’ I’m just taking in advice from everyone and not putting too much pressure on myself,” the 32-year-old recalled, noting: “Serena was like, ‘Call me; we should talk.'”

Ashley is due to give birth to her son in January.

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Tommy Hilfiger thrilled to collaborate with Zendaya before her career ‘skyrocketed’

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unv…

Tommy Hilfiger feels a little “lucky” to have collaborated with Zendaya just as her Hollywood career was taking off.

The veteran American designer teamed up with the Spider-Man: Far From Home star for her debut collection back in March, and the pair unveiled a second ’70s-inspired line as part of New York Fashion Week in September.

In a new interview with Footwear News, Hilfiger revealed that he and his team were glad they tapped the 23-year-old to work with the label before her role in critically acclaimed in HBO show Euphoria hit TV screens.

“When she started collaborating with us, we thought, ‘OK, this is great. She’s a TV star, she’s a movie star, she’s a musician,'” the 68-year-old explained. “But what we didn’t know was that she was going to come out with a new show called Euphoria that was going to skyrocket. I think that it was maybe luck that we engaged with her at that time.”

He noted that the actress, who featured vintage and ’70s-style pieces in both her collections with the iconic fashion house, is “beyond her years.”

“She said, ‘Yeah, I think like a 70-year-old,” Hilfiger recalled. “And I really believe that because she’s so in tune with life. She’s very, very present, and she’s very aware of everything that’s going on around her.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hilfiger explained how he has always been influenced by the “music fashion revolution” and noted that even when launching his business in the 1960s, he wanted to connect his label to musicians and pop culture.

“I really thought that if the musicians who were relevant were wearing my clothes, their fan base would come to us,” he shared. “In a sense, that was social media back then. When Britney Spears was on tour or Jennifer Lopez was playing at a stadium or doing a concert wearing my clothes, their fans would then come to my brand.”

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Giorgio Armani ‘frustrated’ by his accessories sales

Giorgio Armani is “frustrated” that accessories aren’t a bigger part of his fashion empire.The Italian icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clie…

Giorgio Armani is “frustrated” that accessories aren’t a bigger part of his fashion empire.

The Italian icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Zendaya, and Anne Hathaway.

While Armani offers handbags, footwear, and jewellery in addition to his couture and ready-to-wear lines, in an interview for Vogue Italia, he explained that he has always had issues with his accessories categories.

“We have done hundreds and millions of accessories over the years, but nobody talks about them and I am frustrated,” he told the fashion publication. “My challenge is not to be able to sell accessories… Everybody tells me that the fortune of all the other brands is that they sell mostly accessories. I sell very few – so I can always sell more. I do fashion, sports clothes, young people’s clothes – but accessories are not quite there yet.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Armani reflected on receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019 on Monday night.

But even though he was thrilled to take home the prestigious prize, he also found it slightly humorous that officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have taken so long to recognise his contribution to the industry.

“Maybe it’s because I don’t do eccentric fashion, English people have only now understood my evolution,” the 85-year-old mused.

“I know that the old style of English fashion for men is over – it changed, the world has changed – no one smokes pipes anymore.”

Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Manolo Blahnik, among others.

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Zendaya used Tommy Hilfiger show to thank trailblazing black models

Zendaya cast only black models in her debut Tommy x Zendaya fashion show because she wanted to thank them for opening the door for her. The Euphoria actress showcased her first collection with Tommy Hilfiger with a runway presentation back in March an…

Zendaya cast only black models in her debut Tommy x Zendaya fashion show because she wanted to thank them for opening the door for her.

The Euphoria actress showcased her first collection with Tommy Hilfiger with a runway presentation back in March and cast an array of African-American models, including veterans like Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones, and Beverly Johnson.

In a cover interview with Allure magazine, Zendaya explained that she used the show to thank these women for leading the charge towards greater diversity and representation in popular culture and the fashion industry.

“It was a celebration of the women who opened the door for me. Without what these women did in this fashion landscape, without Beverly Johnson, the first black woman to have a (U.S.) Vogue cover, my Vogue cover doesn’t exist,” Zendaya stated. “It’s saying thank you, and it’s also putting it in our minds that that’s what we have to continue to do. That’s the only way that doors are going to continue to be open – if we keep inviting people that look like us, and other people who don’t look like us, to come through the door.”

Her second and final collection with Hilfiger debuted during New York Fashion Week in September, featuring ’70s-inspired clothing such as high-waisted trousers, sweater vests, sharp blazers and bohemian pieces that were designed with women of all shapes and sizes in mind.

“That was my thing – I’m not going to make clothes my sister or my niece or any of the women in my family can’t wear,” she shared. “A lot of the clothes were for tall people too. For my mom, this is the first time that she can wear pants and not get them altered – she’s six feet four.”

The 23-year-old also wanted to pay homage to “the working woman, especially in the time where women were taking over in different career facets, becoming CEOs, becoming bosses, and taking over in that sense.”

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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