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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Amanda Seyfried named global ambassador for Lancome

Amanda Seyfried has been appointed the new global ambassador for Lancome.The 33-year-old joins the likes of Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Zendaya in the role, and will appear in ad campaigns for the French luxury perfumes and cosmetics…

Amanda Seyfried has been appointed the new global ambassador for Lancome.

The 33-year-old joins the likes of Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Zendaya in the role, and will appear in ad campaigns for the French luxury perfumes and cosmetics brand starting early next year.

“It’s hugely exciting to be welcomed to this incredible family of women ambassadors, all so different and yet all so united in their mission to represent Lancome, while also embodying the positive virtues and values that empower and bring happiness and self-fulfilment to women around the world,” Seyfried said in a statement to WWD.

Lancome boss Francoise Lehmann said the mother-of-one embodies the values of the French brand.

“As a true Lancome woman, Amanda brings her immense talent as an actress and singer, her natural beauty and unequaled zest for life to our world. She perfectly represents our values, and we look forward to an exciting time together,” he commented.

Lancome shared pictures of the Mamma Mia! star on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “Join us in wishing a warm and happy welcome to Amanda Seyfried, Lancome’s new global ambassador! Lancome is happy to welcome Amanda Seyfried into our family of talented, empowered and positive happiness activists. @mingey perfectly embodies the spirit of the Lancôme woman with her sunny spirit.”

The actress also posted a snap on her page and added, “Thanks for the sweetest welcome, @lancomeofficial.”

Seyfried has previously served as the face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance, replacing fellow actress Liv Tyler as the French fashion house’s beauty ambassador, and is currently the muse for Japanese luxury cosmetics company Cle de Peau Beaute.

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Jon Watts in talks to direct third Spider-Man movie

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie. In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-shar…

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie.

In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, meaning that the web-slinging hero could no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

However, on Friday, they jointly announced that they had reached a new agreement so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was back on and they would produce a third standalone film together, set for release in July 2021.

Shortly after the agreement was announced, editors at Deadline reported that Watts was in negotiations to return as director and insisted his deal will be “wrapped soon”. According to the publication, Sony and Disney turned their attention to rehiring Watts as soon as their agreement was hammered out, as his return wasn’t set in stone at the time of their separation in August.

Getting Watts back in the director’s chair isn’t surprising given his success with the previous two instalments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880 million (£715 million) worldwide following its release in 2017, while its follow-up Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever with takings of $1.13 billion (£918 million) earlier this year.

As part of their announcement, Sony and Disney bosses confirmed that Spider-Man, currently played by Tom Holland, would appear in a “future Marvel Studios film”.

Holland celebrated the news by sharing a clip from 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character repeatedly yells “I’m not leaving” to a crowd of co-workers. His co-star Zendaya commented with the crying with laughter emojis, while his Avengers castmate Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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Billy Porter wows in sparkly pinstripe suit and platforms at Emmy Awards

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award …

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award at the annual ceremony on Sunday.

And the Pose star did not disappoint on the Emmys purple carpet, wearing a Michael Kors custom-made pantsuit, black leather platforms and a black asymmetrical hat exclusively handmade by Stephen Jones.

Porter shared a sneak peek at his outfit on Instagram and told his followers that he was living his truth.

“Y’all just don’t know what this moment means to me. Here’s to celebrating 50 years of life, 30 years of hard work and learning to embrace the JOY! This isn’t for me… It’s for US!” he wrote.

Porter’s famous friends were quick to show their support for the Tony Award-winning star, with designer Marc Jacobs commenting: “Hell yes to that fit!”

“This ensemble is everything!” actress Debra Messing wrote, while singer Ricky Martin added: “Bravo Billy!”

Another stunning look on the purple carpet came from Zendaya, who rocked a custom emerald-green Vera Wang gown with a racy thigh high split and a sheer corset for the Emmys.

The Euphoria star wore matching Brian Atwood silk stilettos to complete her outfit, which was simply accessorised with Cartier jewellery.

And the 23-year-old styled her red hair in loose waves and kept her make-up subtle, with a chic smokey eye and bold brows, along with a slick of clear lip gloss.

Fans took to social media to share their joy at Zendaya’s stunning look, which some compared to DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy.

“ZENDAYA CAME TO SERVE AT THE EMMYS. PERIOD,” one wrote, while journalist Evan Ross Katz commented: “Zendaya serving Poison Ivy realness on the #Emmys red carpet.”

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Zendaya on red carpet make-up: ‘It’s a matter of trial-and-error’

Zendaya has described the process of perfecting her make-up looks as a matter of “trial-and-error”.The Spider-Man: Far from Home actress is well-known for her flawless style at film premieres and fashion shows. However, Zendaya has now divulged that sh…

Zendaya has described the process of perfecting her make-up looks as a matter of “trial-and-error”.

The Spider-Man: Far from Home actress is well-known for her flawless style at film premieres and fashion shows. However, Zendaya has now divulged that she’s tried plenty of different looks – and products – to nail her ideal make-up.

“It’s really about trying, failing, and trying again,” she told People. “Over time, learning to do my make-up became about taking different techniques, and products, from people I liked and putting them into my Rolodex. Then it was a matter of trial-and-error. I’d go out on the red carpet and later look at photos. Sometimes, I’d be like, ‘Ooh, I look like a ghost,’ so then I’d fix it the next time around.”

Back in February, the Euphoria star landed her role as an ambassador for Lancome, and recently fronted the campaign for the French beauty brand’s new fragrance Idole.

Zendaya opened up about her choice to join the iconic company, and fellow Lancome ambassadors such as Julia Roberts, Isabella Rossellini, and Penelope Cruz, and explained that it came down to diversity.

“They’ve always had a wide range of foundation shades for women of all different skin tones. It was really important to me to align myself with a brand that was already doing that. I didn’t want to have to get there and be like, ‘Excuse me, but I think you need to do this,'” the 23-year-old shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Zendaya shared her top tips for flawless skin, and noted she sometimes switches up her skincare products to make them more effective.

“Usually I’ll just cleanse, tone, moisturise, and move on. Sometimes it’s fun to treat yourself with a little facial before bed,” she added.

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Giorgio Armani to be honoured with top prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The Italian fashion 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 celebri…

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The Italian fashion 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.

Now, officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Armani is to be presented with the prestigious prize at an upcoming ceremony in recognition of his contribution to the industry, creativity, vision of timeless style, and attention to detail.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, in a statement. “With more than four decades in the business, Mr. Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed.”

In addition to his namesake ready-to-wear label, the Armani Group includes the Emporio Armani and A/X Armani Exchange collections.

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who has constantly shaped and reshaped the business through their innovation and creativity.

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.

The Fashion Awards 2019 will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

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