Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington petition Victoria’s Secret over misconduct

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Top models Christy Turlington and Doutzen Kroes are among 100 models who have signed a petition urging bosses at Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.

More than 100 models, including Carolyn Murphy, Edie Campbell, Gemma Ward, along with the ’90s supermodel Christy Turlington, and former Dutch Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, have signed a letter to Victoria’s Secret’s chief executive, John Mehas, urging the brand to take steps to protect contractors like models from sexual misconduct. Non-profit organisation Model Alliance posted a copy of the letter on Twitter, with the text reading:

In the past few weeks, we have heard numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking of models and aspiring models. While these allegations may not have been aimed at Victoria’s Secret directly, it is clear that your company has a crucial role to play in remedying the situation.

It is clear that your company has a crucial role to play in remedying the situation. From the headlines about L Brands CEO Leslie Wexner’s close friend and associate, Jeffrey Epstein, to the allegations of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel, it is deeply disturbing that these men appear to have leveraged their working relationships with Victoria’s Secret to lure and abuse vulnerable girls.

Of late, the lingerie label has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel. Emek has not yet responded to the claims, while Bellemere and Kadel have denied the allegations.

“It is deeply disturbing that these men appear to have leveraged their working relationships with Victoria’s Secret to lure and abuse vulnerable girls”, the letter continued.

The petition from Model Alliance is also signed by a member of the Hollywood-led initiative Time’s Up, photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and former Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. Additionally, it asks Victoria’s Secret to sign on to its Respect programme, which was designed by models and aims to support those who need to report complaints about individuals in the industry, as well as provide education and training.

News of the letter comes shortly after Ed Razek, Victoria’s Secret’s chief marketing officer, resigned from his position. He joined the company in 1983.

 

 

 

 

 

Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2019 Collection Takes The Italian Brand in a New Direction

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The decision-makers at Bottega Veneta tapped photographer Tyrone Lebon for their autumn/winter 2019-2020 men’s and women’s campaign, which just oozes with glamour and class.

Backed by a striking gold-coloured sports car suspended in the air, featuring pieces from the Fall 2019 collection, Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director Daniel Lee steers the Italian fashion house in a fresh direction, all while keeping the brand codes with a modern, clean, and sophisticated style. Exploring the contrast between man and machine, everything from the campaign exudes lavish glamour and status.

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Expect to see clean silhouettes with a touch of modernity throughout the collection. From gold statement jewellery and textured coats with a metallic finish, to ribbed high-neck tops for men. We can’t wait to see what more this amazing direction will bring for the brand.

Shot by Tyrone Lebon against the clear blue skies of Joshua Tree, California, Daniel Lee has given the label a complete makeover – one that we are definitely on board for. Amidst a plain, sun-bleached concrete basin, an endless blue sky and far-reaching horizons, the campaign has a warm and sensual vibe, teasing at endless possibilities.

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A head-turning gold-coloured supercar suspended upside down in the air sets off the graphic silhouettes of the new collection. When power is subverted like that, it’s possible to discover a fresh point of view and see things from a different angle when it comes to looking at the traditional status of luxury itself. And by referencing post-modern symbols of prestige and glamour in the campaign, the brand that was founded in 1966 in Vicenza, Veneto is exploring the raw contrast of man versus machine.

Strength, sensuality, being in the moment. Bottega Veneta is about defining a point of view, a new way of seeing subtle individuality, and then subverting that status.

Daniel Lee, Creative Director Bottega Veneta

The British designer, however, is staying true to the house’s modern and chic signature designs. Complementing the scenery, the autumn collection is clear-cut, pure and refined, and it includes gold statement jewellery and textured coats with a metallic finish.

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This is Lee’s first full collection for the Italian fashion house since he was named its Creative Director last June.

Come into the beautiful world of Bottega Veneta.

 

 

 

 

Chic is back: Alberta Ferretti Haute Coututre Collection

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For the Alberta Ferretti Fall 2019 Haute Couture collection, the fashion designer used new style templates, working on more structured, 3-D volumes while keeping silhouettes fluid and simple.

I like simplicity but not simplification,

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The collection featured a color palette, unusually audacious for Ferretti, who favors paler and dustier hues. Instead she went bold, with bright shades of chartruese, fire red, turquoise, and fuchsia enhanced by the luscious textures of radzimirs and liquid silk satins. It gave impact to a voluminous, dramatic winged cape worn over slim-fitting pants, or to a red carpet–worthy, floor-sweeping number with a feminine bow-front bustier.

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The play of elongated, simple contours was continued in tiered chiffon dresses and evening jumpsuits with lace-embroidered intarsia and fan-pleated ruches. Sequined minidresses had a svelte allure. Yet Ferretti’s flair for romance cannot be easily dismissed.

We need to dream, we need a bit of magic and eccentricity.

Alberta Ferretti

No arguing with that. She is ready to provide us with an escape. Just put on one of her delicately sumptuous confections in aquamarine, embroidered with a plethora of shells, coral, and starfish, and deep dive into your magical fantasy.

Come into the beautiful world of Alberta Ferretti.

 

Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Collabs With Vilebrequin on Playful Swimsuits

 

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For his latest collaborative effort, Virgil Abloh pairs Off-White with French swimwear brand Vilebrequin. Together the two offer five new swimsuit styles for Summer 2019.

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh’s label Off-White has always been known for its streetwear-focused pieces (hoodies, oversized T-shirts, sweatshirts and the like), but it has also dabbled in beachwear recently, albeit a relatively small selection seen in its Spring-Summer 2019 line-up for men. To expand the selection further and provide even more options for all, they have decided to team up with renowned swimwear brand Vilebrequin for a 5-piece capsule collection.

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Vilebrequin, the French swimwear label is known for its luxurious trunks, cut to be both comfortable and flattering; here, they’re utilized by Off-White as a canvas upon which to express Abloh’s signature visual style.

The collection comes in colours and prints that’s very much in line with Off-White’s brand identity. Take the Moorise Arrows for example, which features the signature arrow logo, coming in either a Black or White version, while the Towel Diagonal comes with black and white stripes all over for a cool touch.

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But if you prefer a pop of colour, go for the Moorise ‘Off’ Chartreuse which comes in a bright neon yellow, or opt for a chic floral print as seen in the Moorise All Over Flowers. Each swimsuit features an elasticated waistband, a zippered back pocket, a paperclip zipper pull, and co-branded tags.

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The Off-White and Vilebrequin’s Summer 2019 collection will be officially launched worldwide on 13 June 2019, and will be available at all Off-White stores and selected Vilebrequin stores.

 

 

 

 

 

Ariana Grande is the new face of Givenchy

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It’s true. The fashion industry is constantly in a whirlwind of changes and staying relevant is quite a challenge. However, if a fashion house has undergone new creative direction and managed to gain and secure some high profiled figures as friends, then there’s no way to go but up. And that’s what Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller did.

It is with great excitement that French Maison Givenchy reveals its new face – a strong independent woman of refreshing character and style: the multi-talented Ariana Grande.

The only woman to lead the creative reigns at Givenchy has garnered immense success since her debut- especially afterdressing the Duchess of Sussex for her wedding and for several occasions after that. Before she came on board in 2017, Riccardo Tisci was at the helm and some of his biggest muses included Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, Madonna and Kim Kardashian, to name a few. The French fashion house has a long history of collaborating with the world’s biggest celebrities. Founder Hubert de Givenchy was responsible for many of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous looks.

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Ariane Grande wearing the iconic black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Ariana’s signature top-tier ponytail steals the show while she wears a pearl headband in her hair.

And whilst Keller was not one to make bold risks through her visual campaigns, unlike Tisci, she officially ended that streak over the weekend as she announced the newest face of Givenchy. On Friday, the French Maison announced that Ariana Grande is the newest face to join the Givenchy family and will make her official debut with a full campaign due for the Fall season.

I am so proud to be the new face of Givenchy. It is a House I have forever admired and to now be part of that family is such an honour. I love this clothing and the confidence and joy it brings to the people wearing it. Not only is the clothing timeless and beautiful but I’m proud to work with a brand that makes people feel celebrated for who they are, and unapologetic about whatever they want to be.

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The full Givenchy Fall-Winter 2019 campaign starring the pop star will be unveiled in July. We’ll keep you all updated when the Ariana Grande for Givenchy FW19 campaign officially rolls out. Stay tuned!

Come into the beautiful world of Givenchy.

 

 

 

UNHCR awarded Gucci

 

UNHCR-the-UN-Refugee-Agency-awarded-Marco-Bizzarri-recognizing-GucciUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency awarded Marco Bizzarri, recognizing Gucci as one of the 75 Italian businesses which promoted the professional inclusion of refugees and supporting their integration in Italy in 2018.

I am proud to receive this award. This accolade bears witness to our commitment to favouring the professional integration of refugees and to supporting their process of integration in Italy, as well as to promoting and sensitising our employees to an inclusive society model that can prevent and combat xenophobic and racist sentiment against asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection.

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci

 

 

 

Must have: Louis Vuitton’s new monogrammed lipstick case

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Well this is chic with a capital-C. Louis Vuitton has reimagined the ultimate beauty accessory for modern women. Inspired by makeup and jewelry cases of the 1920s, the French Maison has debuted a monogram lipstick case in two neutral colorways.

After launching a collection of travel leather cases for their perfume last year, the latest object of desire by Louis Vuitton will keep your beauty products safe, or at least stylish.

After launching a collection of travel leather cases for their perfume last year, and the news that we’ll be getting some LV wireless earpods, we weren’t surprised the luxury French fashion house went back to the drawing board and came up with a lipstick case.

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We all know about Louis Vuitton’s longstanding tradition of creating fancy travel objects, but the latest monogrammed accessory from the French house has us floored. The French Maison is launching a monogrammed bullet case inspired by 1920s-style jewellery holders, the monogrammed bullet case will come in two colorways: classic chocolate with gold metal casing and light tan with silver accents, with details in brass gold or silver finish with the addition of the ‘LV’ monogram at the very top of the case.

What’s cool is each case can hold up to two lipsticks but to be totally honest, if you can fit anything else in there – mints, hair clips, some cash – it’s gotta be done. No judgments…

It fits up to two lipsticks and secures with a lock. The best part of all is that it comes with a chain so you can wear it as a long necklace, a crossbody, or even link it to your purse as an accessory. The latest object of desire by Louis Vuitton will keep your beauty products safe, or at least stylish.

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Even your lipsticks could be dressed in Louis Vuitton now. The price for the lipstick case is USD$1,390 and they’re expected to drop on 22 February. Looks like our beauty and accessories game will be strong this season. Come in the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.