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Each year, celebrities, models and actors alike descend on France’s French Riviera to take in the most anticipated films set for release in the coming months at the annual Cannes Film Festival. While the occasion is reason enough to discover the industry’s most promising new talents and exciting cinema projects, the annual Cannes Film Festival has also become one of the most stylish red carpets around the globe to look to for fashion cues. Each year, the festival rounds out with the annual amfAR Gala: a yearly event dedicated to raising money and awareness for AIDS research. And every year, the event draws celebrity support in droves, as the best in the business come out to support the charity and deliver their finest fashions simultaneously.

This year, the 2019 amfAR Gala red carpet was no exception. Sara Sampaio dazzled in Armani while Kendall Jenner (above) debuted the latest installment from H&M—a collaboration with Giambattista Valli. Rebel Wilson, Kris Jenner and Winnie Harlow were also in attendance, while Victoria’s Secret Angels Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes made appearances as well. Gowns were cut in high slits as per Adriana Lima and Mila Jovovich, shaped in voluminous silhouettes with tiers of tulle as seen on Chiara Ferragni, and accessorised with feathered embellishments and frills as seen on Dua Lipa. Below, see every look at the 2019 Cannes amfAR Gala red carpet, from Shanina Shaik to Coco Rocha.

Elsa Hosk wearing Redemption at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Dua Lipa waring Maison Valentino at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Stella Maxwell wearing Atelier Versace at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Rebel Wilson wearing Sachin and Babi and Nigora Tabayer at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Coco Rocha wearing Ashi Studio at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Chase Carter at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Sara Sampaio wearing Armani at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Chiara Ferragni wearing Giambattista Valli X H&M at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Natasha Poly wearing Atelier Versace at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Jasmine Tookes wearing Georges Chakra at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Noel Capri at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Karolina Kurkova wearing Gabriela Hearst at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Izabel Goulart wearing Julien MacDonald at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Adriana Lima waring Ester Abna at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Eva Longoria wearing Alberta Ferretti at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Luka Sabbat at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Jordan Barrett at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Josephine Skriver wearing Alberta Ferretti at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Luna Bijl wearing Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Martha Hunt wearing Monique Lhuillier at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Winnie Harlow wearing Richard Quinn at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Valery Kaufman at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Shanina Shayk wearing Georges Hobeika at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Pamela Anderson wearing Ingie at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Milla Jovovich wearing Celine at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Carine Roitfeld at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

Chris Lee wearing Giambattista Valli X H&M and Giambattista Valli at the 2019 amfAR gala red carpet in Cannes.

On Wednesday evening, Rihanna revealed her LVMH-backed Fenty collection to the fashion world, namely industry veterans including Maria Grazia Chiuri, Olivier Rousteing, and Simon Porte Jacquemus.

Held at the new Fenty-pop up boutique in Paris’ Marais district, guests were able to view the new luxury maison, scheduled to drop on May 29. 

The fashion line, as we now know, will be a direct-to-consumer model, with the ready-to-wear clothing and accessories dropping online and in pop-up stores every six to eight weeks. 

Naturally, the signer-cum-make-up-and-beauty-entrepreneur wore one of her own designs to the event: a structured white blazer – in true Fenty style – worn without pants.

There had been speculation for some two years that Rihanna was working on the luxury label, and given the wild success of her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, and her lingerie label, Savage X Fenty, we can expect to see big things from the maison.

Rihanna is also the first woman to create an original brand with LVMH, and the first woman of colour at the helm of an LVMH maison.

For all of the images from the cocktail party, see below.  

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24th May 2019

If you’ve ever been to Rome, you know that Italy’s capital is a maze-like museum of a city, often difficult to navigate without a well-versed tour guide. Enter: 38-year-old Italian supermodel, Mariacarla Boscono.

The Rome born and bred beauty took the time out of her busy schedule to give Vogue a tour of the city she recently moved back to, after spending a total of 15 years in New York. From the Colosseum, which she says is “where everything happens, where everything begins”, to the picturesque Pincian Gardens, Boscono’s guide is one you’ll want to bookmark.

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“I’ve always felt incredibly blessed to be a Roman. There are these specific things and vibes that we have. You know, we’re, let’s say, a little bit different,” she says, confessing she comes from “the most beautiful city in the world.”

Watch as Boscono, who has graced the cover of countless magazines and walked for the likes of Chanel, Valentino and Versace, takes you inside Settimio Al Pellegrino, the trattoria she’s been visiting since she was an infant, before picking up flowers at her favourite market, Campo de’ Fiori.

“In Rome, there’s so many hidden places, secret streets [that] nobody really knows,” she shares. “Sometimes, I drive around and I feel like… I’m driving around in a museum.”

The model go-karts through the Pincian Gardens, marveling at the various Pincian Hill Statues, visits the mysterious Passetto Del Biscione, and introduces viewers to Via della Poesia, a place people often go to donate their books.

“It’s like, a little bit like a poem exchange,” she explains. “Everybody gathers together and reads together, spends time together.” The model admits she spent a lot of her teenage years there, “losing myself” she laughs.

If you’re heading to the Italian capital sometime soon, or want to know more about how and where Boscono grew up, see the full video below for the supermodel’s complete guide to Rome. Directed by Elena Petitti di Roreto, the film saw Alessandro Ubaldi assume the role of director of photographer, and MAI Ltd.’s Neela Quagliola take charge of production.

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24th May 2019

The Cannes amfAR Gala is a famously glittering affair, with top designers squiring actresses and supermodels in haute couture against the sensational backdrop of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and the Mediterranean behind it. If this year’s gala is more glamorous than in the past, it’s thanks to Giambattista Valli and H&M, which are announcing a collaboration at the black-tie affair tonight.

The Paris-based, Italian couturier has designed a limited-edition line of party dresses for his Valli girls, and, in a first, tailoring for Valli boys. The flash collection will drop in select H&M stores around the world and on the H&M website on Saturday, May 25. (A larger collection is to come November 7.) This evening, Kendall Jenner, Chiara Ferragni, Bianca Brandolini, Chris Lee (Li Yuchun), H.E.R., and Ross Lynch are wearing the new designs, transforming amfAR’s red carpet into a veritable runway.

Valli called from Paris earlier this week in the midst of preparations, not just for his H&M launch, but also for a July couture show and a resort 2020 collection before that. He dressed 14 women for the Met Gala, and he has two of his trademark fluro tulle couture confections in the Costume Institute’s Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibition. “I was very surprised and flattered,” he said of H&M’s interest. “The idea is to bring the Valli DNA of extraordinary, of one-of-a-kind, of uniqueness, of couture. We have our fans and they see all these beautiful moments on the red carpet, Valli girls at official events. It’s a nice way to share this flavor with them.”

Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor, is accompanying Valli and his models at the gala. “Giambattista is really a master when it comes to beauty and glamour and sophistication, we’re really happy to be working with him,” she told Vogue.com. “We always want to have different takes on the collaborations. This is different compared to Moschino last year. It’s the first time we’re working with someone doing couture.” Couture at H&M prices. Ranging from USD$17.99 to USD$649, Saturday’s pre-drop features clothes and accessories, including an interpretation of the gobstopper-size natural pearl necklace Valli never takes off.

Kendall Jenner poses for photographers upon arrival at the amfAR, Cinema Against AIDS, benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, during the 72nd international Cannes film festival, in Cap d'Antibes, on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Image credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

“We called this project ‘Project Love,’” the designer said. “The thing that makes me most happy in life is if I can make someone happy. It’s beautiful if I can do that for a wider group of Valli girls and Valli boys.” He continued: “It was very fun to do men’s for the first time. You know, girls pick up things from men’s wardrobes. The Valli boys get prints, some shapes, some materials, and some embellishments from girls—they took it from her wardrobe.”

Speaking of firsts, never before has H&M released a designer collaboration so close to the announcement; typically there’s been six months between the news breaking and the clothes arriving in stores. “It was a matter of finding a new way of doing things,” Johansson explained. “These collaborations have been going on forever [since Karl Lagerfeld in 2004, for the record], and we wanted a little bit of a surprise. We’re trying to be closer to the customer.” With Kendall Jenner’s 111 million Instagram fans watching, the company is off to a good start.

Valli was raving over his red carpet dates. “I love each character,” he began. “Kendall . . . she’s not just a supermodel, she’s a superstar. She has that kind of allure. She’s an icon. Chiara . . . she’s a pioneer of the influencers. Bianca is my original Valli girl; every time I sketch I think about her. Chris Lee, I love that she’s so androgynous, but at the same time so fragile and feminine, and such a strong artist. Ross Lynch, he’s fun. I love to be in that moment getting ready, having fun, having a good time. Lee Radziwill used to say to me, ‘You know, Giambattista, happy times are very few in life. You must enjoy them.’”

This article originally appeared on Vogue.com.

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24th May 2019

Back in January, Prince George revealed to a dog walker while out on a rendezvous with his grandmother, Carole Middleton, that his nickname was Archie. Since then, speculation has surfaced that Prince George was in fact revealing the name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child, who we know to be Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Either way, it was a good reminder that the royals are just like us in a way – they have nicknames too.

This week it’s been revealed that Princess Charlotte actually has a nickname aside from the one we know about (the shortened version of her name, “Lottie”). In case you missed it, the Cambridges had a family outing to the Chelsea Flower Show, with Kensington Palace releasing a number of images and videos of the family playing in a garden co-designed by the duchess. 

One of the videos shows a very happy Prince George giving his mother a “20 out of 10” for her efforts but if you keep watching, it seems Princess Charlotte’s nickname is revealed in the clip.

Prince William, making use of the treehouse swing, calls out to his four-year-old daughter with what sounds like the word “mignonette.” In French, the term “mignon” means cute but the full translation of “mignonette” is equivalent to “cutie” or “little darling” in English.

In the video, Princess Charlotte responds to “mignonette” saying “yes” and then Prince William adds, “give me a push!” 

While some cynical Twitter users believe he’s saying “have you been on here” really quickly, it’s a bit of a stretch – also, Princess Charlotte’s response in the video is more akin to being summoned. Also, Prince William is actually fluent in French, which is a skill we’re certain he’s trying to impart to his children too. (We already know Prince George and Princess Charlotte are both learning Spanish with their nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo). 

You can watch the video and decide for yourself above. See our full list of the royal family’s secret nicknames here. 

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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West tied the knot on May 24, 2014 in a show-stopping fairy tale ceremony in Italy. 

However, the couple didn’t just celebrate with a ceremony and a reception, they made an entire extravagant weekend out of their nuptials, beginning with a trip to Paris where the bride-to-be held an epic bachelorette party with her sisters and friends at the Hôtel Costes.

The following day, May 23, the couple and their then almost one-year-old daughter, North West, along with the Kardashian-Jenner family and a handful of close friends, had a pre-wedding lunch hosted by Valentino Garavani at his and Giancarlo Giammetti’s house, Château de Wideville, just outside of Paris. The bride-to-be wore Valentino of course.

That evening the couple hosted a rehearsal dinner for around 600 guests in the Palace of Versailles’s Hall of Mirrors. Kim Kardashian West wore Maison Margiela and the guests were treated to a fireworks display and a surprise performance by award-winning artist Lana Del Rey.

On the day of the wedding, May 24, the wedding guests were flown on private chartered jet to Florence for the wedding itself. The bride wore custom Givenchy haute couture designed by Riccardo Tisci and was accompanied down the aisle by Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner. Italian singer Andrea Bocelli performed as Kardashian West walked down the aisle towards the most incredible flower wall and her husband-to be. The groom and the couple’s daughter, North West, both wore custom Givenchy to the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, presided over by Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., 200 guests including Kardashian West’s famous family and the couple’s celebrity friends, attended an evening dinner reception.

Scroll on to see inside Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s 2014 wedding weekend.

Pre-wedding 

 

Kim trying on the Balmain mini-dress, designed by Olivier Rousteing, which she later wore for her Parisian bachelorette party. 

 

Pre-wedding 

 

Kim and Kourtney leaving L’Avenue restaurant on Avenue Montaigne, Paris, in Balmain shirt and skirt and Saint Laurent sunglasses. 

Pre-wedding 

 

The bachelorette party was held at Hôtel Costes.

Pre-wedding 

 

Kim posted this photo of her with her grandmother MJ captioned: "Her 1st time in Paris".

Pre-wedding 

 

The group of girls included Kim’s sisters and closest friends. 

Pre-wedding 

 

Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner veil up for a night at the famed cabaret club Crazy Horse Paris. 

Lunch hosted by Valentino

 

Kim, Kanye and baby North seen leaving Kanye’s Paris apartment on Rue de Rennes. The rest of the Kardashian-Jenner family set up camp at the Four Seasons King George V hotel. 

 

Kim is wearing a Valentino dress. 

Lunch hosted by Valentino

 

Guests arrived in a motorcade at Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti’s Château de Wideville, just outside of Paris. Only family members and a few close friends were invited. 

Lunch hosted by Valentino

 

Some may remember the lavish chateau from the film ‘Valentino: The Last Emperor’. It was once the home to one of King Louis XIV’s maîtresse d’amour.

Lunch hosted by Valentino

 

The family arrived with their film crew to document the lunch. 

 

Kris and Khloe also wore Valentino, while Kourtney was in a white Alexander McQueen leather biker jacket and long white lace Valentino dress.  

Lunch hosted by Valentino


The couple the day before they became Mr and Mrs West. 

 

Lunch hosted by Valentino

 

The lunch went from 1p.m. to 3.30p.m.

 

Kendall is dressed in a jumpsuit by Australian designer Anna Quan, which is available for pre-order.

Quan tells us exclusively: “It’s an absolute honour to have Kendall in one of my pieces, it definitely came as a shock to have her select something from my range! When I saw the photo of Kendall with Signor Valentino I thought she looked very elegant and confident in the Tommy jumpsuit. She looked every bit the Anna Quan woman – understated yet striking, elegant and graceful.”

 

Lunch hosted by Valentino

 

Andre Leon Talley, who attended, wrote about the lunch for Vogue.com. “I would love to toast these two beautiful people here before me,” said Valentino. “And I also want to thank Kris Jenner for having these beautiful girls. These girls make my dining room even more beautiful.” 

 

In Italian, Valentino toasted Kim and Kanye: “I wish you much success, a lot of love, and a long life.” 

 

Kris Jenner toasted the host: “I first want to toast Kim and Kanye, who love each other, and I say for all of us, this is the most beautiful place we’ve ever been.” 

Lunch hosted by Valentino

 

Dessert was a Valentino special – fraisière, a cake made of green apples and strawberries with no sugar and using Xyla as a substitute. “It’s my dietetic cake,” said Valentino. It was decorated with arrows and hearts and the letters K.  

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 


Kim and Kanye leave Paris for their rehearsal dinner at Versailles. Kim is wearing Maison Martin Margiela. 

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 

 

Heading to Versailles, Kendall Jenner is wearing Johanna Johnson and Khloe Kardashian is wearing Constantina and Louise – both Australian designers. 

Johanna Johnson told Vogue Australia exclusively how thrilled she was to dress Kendall. "We have been working with Kendall’s style team for sometime now and we knew a few of our gowns were in contention. However you never know if your gown will be picked until you see it on the red carpet or at the event," she said. 

"Kim is a private client of mine and has worn our gowns on numerous occasions – both for editorial placements and events, including last years White House Correspondents Dinner with President Obama. We have a great relationship with the Kim and Kendall’s stylist, and they know our fit and quality very well. So much so in this instance there was no fitting involved for Kendall."

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 

 

Approximately 600 guests dined in the Palace’s Hall of Mirrors, while fireworks lit up the sky. 

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 

 

Kim and Kanye address their guests the night before their wedding. 

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 

 

Lana Del Ray gave a surprise performance of ‘Young and Beautiful’. 

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 

 

Lana Del Ray and Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani. 

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 

 

The Kardashian sisters and mum Kris Jenner pose with Lana Del Ray. 

The rehearsal dinner at Versailles 

 

Kendall Jenner plays around in the Palace of Versailles with Balmain creative director, Olivier Rousteing. 

The wedding 

 

Scott Disick on board a private jet to Florence. All the guests were flown from Paris to Florence on two chartered jets the day of the wedding. 

The wedding 

On the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, Kim Kardashian West shared new photos inside their wedding day including this picture of her pre-wedding beauty prep. The beauty entrepreneur revealed in the caption accompanying the set of images that because they flew in from Paris that morning her "glam was rushed" so they wouldn’t be late and miss the amazing surprise performer. "We barely got my veil in as I was being pushed out the door so fast to walk down the aisle because Andrea Bocelli had started singing and I couldn’t miss it. I had no idea it was really him until I got to the aisle and screamed inside! So many amazing memories," Kardashian West wrote in the post.

The wedding 

The bride getting her make-up done on the day.

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Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. and Kanye West just prior to the wedding.

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Kanye West getting ready to wed Kim Kardashian West.

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Kanye West and Kourtney Kardashian’s former partner Scott Disick get ready for the wedding.

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Kim walks down the aisle in Givenchy haute couture designed by Riccardo Tisci, a close friend of the couple. 

Kim’s stepdad at the time Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, escorted her down the aisle, while Andrea Bocelli sang. 

The groom was also in Givenchy as was the couple’s daughter North West who walked down the aisle with grandmother Kris Jenner. 

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. conducted the ceremony using traditional vows.

The couple exchanged Lorraine Schwartz wedding bands. West’s is a handmade gold band, while Kim’s is a handmade diamond band to sit alongside her 15-carat square diamond Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring. 

Photo courtesy of People.com, which had the exclusive first look of Kim’s dress. 

The wedding 

 

The venue is the 16th century Forte di Belvedere in Florence. Celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks organised the festivities.  

The wedding 

 

Kanye posted this photo to Instagram of the flower wall (which included roses and tuberose) and piano at the spot where they said ‘I do’. 

Vanessa Beecroft Art Installation created pieces for the wedding, and event company Jaulin Decorations was also spotted at the venue. 

The wedding 

 

Khloe Kardashian (all Kim’s sisters served as bridesmaids) in her dress atop the fortress overlooking the 360 degree views of Florence. 

The wedding 

 

Kris Jenner takes a selfie with Alexander Wang and Olivier Rousteing. Other guests included Kim’s friends LaLa Anthony, Malika Haqq, Brittny Gastineau and designer Rachel Roy as well as film director Steve McQueen and his daughter, Andre Leon Talley, Serena Williams, John Legend (who serenaded the couple with ‘All of Me’ for the first dance) and his wife Chrissy Teigen, personal trainers Gunnar Peterson and Harley Pasternak, rapper Q-Tip (also rumoured to be the DJ), Vogue Italia’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, Riccardo Tisci, Jaden Smith, rapper Common, Robin Antin and magician David Blaine. 

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Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani with Kris Jenner at the wedding.

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The dinner menu at the wedding reception, which was created by restauranteur Giorgio Pinchiorri and his wife Annie Féolde of three Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, with catering by Galateo Reception.

 

The 200 guests sat at a 70 metre long table made from Carrara marble, a gift from master craftsman Gualtiero Vannelli. Guests’ names were engraved in 24-carat gold at their seats. The food was colour co-ordinated around a pink theme. The seven-tiered wedding cake stood at over two metres and was made of sponge, white icing and layers of fruit and decorated with gold leaf.

The wedding 

 

Plenty of photos from the black-and-white photo booth were posted to Instagram, also revealing that Kim swapped her custom Givenchy gown for a short, deep V-neck embellished party dress by Balmain. 

 

The wedding 

 

Kim and Kanye with shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti, who designed the bride’s ivory satin shoes for the big day. Zanotti told a local newspaper of a suite at the San Michele hotel in Florence that was booked just to house the clothes: "The room was invaded by the clothes and shoes, a triumph of elegance and luxury."

Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci uploaded this picture with Kim in the wedding dress he designed for her. 

The first official photos of Kim and Kanye as husband and wife have been released by E! News

The first clear picture of her gown as the couple walks down the aisle (notice North in her grandmother’s arms). 

Kim at her final dress fitting in the Givenchy atelier with designer Riccardo Tisci looking on.  

The newlyweds with their bridal party on the balcony.

A beautiful image of Kim Kardashian West’s custom Givenchy wedding gown and North West’s Givenchy mini-me dress shared by Kardashian West on Instagram.

Kim Kardashian West on her wedding day at her reception.

Kanye West, Virgil Abloh and guests at the wedding reception .

Topshop is shuttering all of its US stores

May 24, 2019 | News | No Comments

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24th May 2019

Following its American debut in New York 10 years ago, British high street chain Topshop is reportedly planning to shutter 11 of its stores across the US, eliminating its presence in the states entirely as per Business Insider. In an effort to avoid administration, parent company Arcadia Group has proposed a significant restructuring of the brand—without which 19,000 jobs will be put at risk.

Although reports confirm that Topshop and Topman will persist online and will be sold through wholesale partners like Nordstrom as well, plans are reportedly awaiting approval for rent price cuts and amendments to the Pension Protection Fund that would see its pension cut in half in order to mitigate the repercussions of bankruptcy.

Amidst a fast-changing retail climate and an increased emphasis on sustainability and waste management in the fashion industry, group CEO Ian Grabiner reflected in a statement to the press that “[It was a] tough but necessary decision for the business” to shutter its stores across America, with shops dotted across Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and New York City set to close imminently.

Business Insider also reports a decrease in sales against competitors Asos and Boohoo, which have seen incredible success both in the United Kingdom and across the world, contributed to the former fashion empire’s rapid decline. As per Companies House, Acardia’s most recent earnings in the 12 months up to August 2017 evidenced a significant drop of 5.6 per cent to £1.9 billion (AU$3.492 billion).

Multiple allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and racial abuse targeted at chairman of Arcadia Group Philip Green (Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and several other brands are helmed by the group) have also contributed to sales slides, with customers boycotting brands under his management.

Despite gaining favour with celebrities and models alike that have participated in extravagant fashion week shows over the years—Cara Delevingne, Hailey Baldwin, Adwoa Aboah have all stalked the runways for Topshop—news of its closure in the United States follows the shuttering of over 200 stores in the United Kingdom over the past three years as per BBC. In the United Kingdom, 23 additional stores are reported to be closing too, which will see over 500 jobs put at risk.

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24th May 2019

Australian actress Margot Robbie has been announced as the new fragrance ambassador for Chanel. The star, who has earned international acclaim for her breakout role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in , and whose performance as Tonya Harding in  secured her an Oscar nomination, has been a Chanel fashion ambassador since 2018. Robbie has also made headlines this week for her Cannes Film Festival debut at the 72nd annual event, attending the premiere of her upcoming film, , where she plays the role of actress Sharon Tate. [ inbox]

In May, for the first time ever, Saint Laurent will be launching an exclusive capsule collection in partnership with online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. The capsule consists of 29 pieces of womenswear, and features a heritage music note print throughout. Each individual piece will have a focus on diversity, incorporating stylistic elements from the 60s through to the 90s. The collection will also feature a selection of menswear, shoes and bags, which you can shop online now. [ inbox]

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From this Friday onwards, the public will be able to see an $8.7 million luxury watch collection tour Sydney. Open for all to visit, the Masters of Time X display can be found at the DFS T Galleria boutique in The Rocks. The styles and trends in the exhibition, which favour richly-coloured stones and ornate detailing, reflect an increasingly female demographic of watch buyers. Indeed, one of the most expensive pieces in the collection is a women’s timepiece completely encrusted with diamonds, valued at over AU$356,000. [Vogue inbox]

Coach has just dropped a new collection in stores called the Rexy Remix Collection. A collaboration between local creatives from two of the world’s most contemporary cities, New York and Shanghai, the collection sees four Chinese artists reimagine the Coach Rexy Dinosaur. Music collective Yeti Out, sculptor Sui Jianguo, graphic artist Guang You, and ink painter and cross media artist Zhu Jingyi have all reinvented the Rexy for the collection, and thankfully, we need no excuse to add these fun new pieces to our wardrobes. [ inbox]

The British Fashion Council Trust has announced its 2019 grant recipients. A charity that offers financial awards and business mentoring to UK-based fashion designers, the BFC has awarded over £2 million (AU$3,691,469) to 42 designer businesses since 2011. Last month, the BFC announced that in 2018 it raised over £2.3 million (AU$4,244,500) for its charities. This year, the BFC Fashion Trust Grant and mentoring recipients include Aries, Eudon Choi, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Nabil Naya, Paula Knorr, and Roberts Wood. Designers who will receive mentoring for 2019 include Hillier Bartley, Huishan Zhang, Mother of Pearl, Paper London and Sharon Wauchob. Congratulations! [ inbox]

As part of an ongoing art project titled Self, curated by Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello, the filmpremiered at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Gaspar Noé, the film stars actors such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Abbey Lee Kershaw, and comments on the process of filmmaking. The art project, which focuses on celebrating attitudes of confidence and the individuality that shapes the Saint Laurent brand, has previously spotlighted the works of Japanese photographer Daidō Moriyama. [ inbox]

Zimmermann is officially launching its first full eyewear collection called Eyes on Summer. The iconic Australian brand stays true to its vision of feminine sophistication and laidback glamour with a 13-piece collection made up of four distinct styles. Expect a range of beautiful sunglasses in a variety of earthy shades and retro 70s-inspired lenses. Fronted by Sydney-born model Jessica Heart, the collection will launch online at the end of May as a part of Net-a-Porter’s vacation edit ‘Jet-a-Porter’, and worldwide later in June. [ inbox]

Staying in the realm of eyewear, American actress and It-girl Chloë Sevigny is launching her second collaboration with Warby Parker. Undoubtedly, the brand is hoping to repeat the success of Sevigny’s first assortment of glasses released just last year. Dubbed the ‘Crystal Overlay’ collection, the frames are vintage-inspired, incorporating elements such as gold metalwork and tortoiseshell shades. Prices begin at AU$210, and proceeds will be donated to the Pupils Project, a program that provides free eye care to schoolchildren in need. []

May 20 marked the return of Wool Week 2019, an initiative launched by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales to celebrate the sustainability and premium quality of wool textiles just in time for winter. This year, home-grown designers such as Viktoria & Woods, Bianca Spender, Camilla and Marc, Jac+Jack, and Dion Lee will participate in a wool campaign to be displayed across all David Jones stores. “Wool is an intrinsic part of the Viktoria & Woods brand,” says founder and creative director of the label, Margie Woods. “We value its luxury handle, sustainable properties and versatility as a premium fibre.” David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes will be the face of the campaign. [ inbox]

Off-White’s CEO Virgil Abloh has created a collection of shoe designs in collaboration with Nike. The ‘Athlete in Progress’ collection draws from Nike’s storied athletic history, and aims to embrace the resilience and confidence of runners. Though Abloh debuted the collection last September in Off-White’s spring/summer 2019 Paris show with a group of famous track and field athletes, he has now recruited 800-metre running champion Caster Semenya to front the initial limited release. Prepare yourself for the collection’s global release late next month on June 27.  [ inbox]

This year, Ralph Lauren will release a five-piece unisex capsule Pride collection for both adults and children in support of the LGBTQ+ community. A rainbow-striped version of their iconic Polo Pony will feature on each piece in the collection, which consists of a graphic T-shirt, polo shirt, hoodie, tote bag and baseball cap. All of the proceeds from the sale of each T-shirt, and 50 per cent of the profits made from the remaining four pieces will go towards the Stonewall Community Foundation. The charity funds scholarships for LGBTQ students, raising awareness about homelessness and family acceptance while providing grants to other LGBTQ organisations around the world. The collection will be available to purchase online and in stores from June 1. [Vogue inbox]

Design hotspot: Tel Aviv

May 24, 2019 | News | No Comments

Image: A French convent and hospital’s chapel now serves as the bar of the Jaffa Hotel in Tel Aviv. Photography: Amit Geron

Variously described as the Manhattan and Miami of the Middle East, Israel’s chilled-out Tel Aviv has turned its back on the wider region’s religious divisions and made an open-all-hours party of diversity. Avowedly secular and supportive of the highest number of tech start-ups outside Silicon Valley, it is a beguiling rub-up of skyscraper, ancient city (Tel Aviv flowered in 1909 just outside of the 4000-year-old port city of Jaffa), pristine beachfront and Bauhaus architecture.

Add to those electrifying contrasts a thriving art and design scene (Israel has the highest concentration of museums in the world), a culinary culture considered one of the most adventurous on the planet, coffee snobbery second only to Melbourne, the highest ownership of dogs per capita in the world, and a climate that bathes in sun for some 300 days per year and you have the most liberal, laid-back metropolis on the Mediterranean.

Image: Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv. Instagram.com/parkbags

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Head to the Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv and book the two-hour walking tour of the White City, an UNESCO World Heritage-listed site so named after the 4000 blanched Modernist buildings designed by the German-Jewish architects who fled the Berlin-based Bauhaus school before Hitler shut it down in 1933. It stands as an extraordinary regional tribute to the International Style.

Image: Design Museum Holon. Photography: Yael Pincus

The Design Museum Holon is a 20-minute drive out of Tel Aviv that’s well worth a look. Housed in rust-coloured steel swoops of Ron Arad architecture, it is both an educational resource and an edgy exhibition platform premised on elevating creative industries in Israeli culture.

Found in the super-arty heart of ancient Jaffa, Saga is a happy hybrid of shop, gallery, cafe, studio space and artists’ residence, all given to the promotion of local talent. Pick up a piece of unique Israeli design (five major institutions are committed to the nation’s pursuit to keep standards high) or some fabulous vintage finds (the Bauhaus bent of White City means wonders abound). A further eight-minute walk will reward with plenty of Dead Sea pampering products on over at Ahava.

Elemento is an interior design studio owned by leading Tel Aviv-based designer Yossy Goldberg, who flies the flag for regionalism with one-of- a-kind luxury furnishings that lean towards the 1960s and ’70s. Shop the showroom for local lighting and accessories.

Image: The Jaffa Pool. Photography: Amit Geron

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What do you get when the archduke of minimalism, British architect John Pawson, meets the School of the Sisterhood of Saint Joseph high on a hill in the old port city of Jaffa? You get the heavenly Jaffa Hotel: a luxury 120-room resort resurrected from the 19th- century Neo-Romanesque remnants of a former French convent and hospital. If the budget allows, book one of the 32 private residences in this high church of the holiday.

On a spring evening, Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre transported select media, friends of the brand and VIPs to Kyoto for a gala dinner inside the grounds of Shin’nyo-do Temple dating back to the year 984. Guests arrived to cocktails and the sound of traditional Japanese music played on a Koto under illuminated maple trees and the shadow of a grand  pagoda.

As part of the theme, ‘Art of Precision’, attendees were invited inside to view the works of Japanese craftsmen and craftswomen, displaying their skills in the traditional arts of embroidery,  woodwork and lacquerware. As the centre and origin of many of Japan’s cultural touchstones, Kyoto served as a backdrop for the works of Mr. Kiju Fukuda, expert embroiderer, Mr. Kenji Suda, master in wood crafts and Mr. Kazuo Yamagishi, the top of his field in lacquerware. All hold the title of living national treasure, bestowed on them by the Emperor. 

Kimonos, wood creations and lacquered boxes were displayed as craftspeople worked on pieces-in-progress, as well as two Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmaker and enameller artisans, with the brand highlighting parallels between Japanese expertise and precision, and their own specialized trades and  performed in the Grande Maison’s home in Switzerland’s Vallé de Joux. 

Dinner, served by three-michelin star chef, Christian Le Squer of Le Cinq restaurant, Paris, was three courses, between which CEO Catherine Rénier welcomed guests before being treated to a traditional Noh performance, one of the world’s oldest musical theatre arts. 

Jaeger-LeCoultre also used the occasion to launch a selection of new watches including the limited edition chiming watch, the Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle. “We are delighted to present our collection of watches dedicated to Art of Precision in the city of Kyoto, known for its uniquely refined atmosphere and heritage,” Rénier said. “Resembling a perfectly executed theatre act, where the role of precision is of utmost importance: in nature, in architecture, in culture and customs.”

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Above: artisans illustrate embroidery techniques at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Art of Precision event in Kyoto.

Traditional Japanese music, played on a Koto, set the scene for Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Art of Precision event in Kyoto.

Scenes from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Art of Precision event in Kyoto.

Jaeger-LeCoultre gala dinner to celebrate its Art of Precision event in Kyoto.

Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Catherine Rénier at the Art of Precision event in Kyoto.

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