Short Hair, Don’t Care: Saudi Working Women Embrace Cropped Locks

Safi, a 26-year-old Saudi physician, poses for a photo with her short hair near the Kingdom Centre skyscraper in the centre of Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on June 19, 2022. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

 

 

When Saudi doctor Safi took a new job at a hospital in the capital, she decided to offset her standard white lab coat with a look she once would have considered dramatic.

Walking into a Riyadh salon, she ordered the hairdresser to chop her long, wavy locks all the way up to her neck, a style increasingly in vogue among working women in the conservative kingdom.

The haircut –- known locally by the English word “boy” –- has become strikingly visible on the streets of the capital, and not just because women are no longer required to wear hijab headscarves under social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler.

As more women join the workforce, a central plank of government efforts to remake the Saudi economy, many describe the “boy” cut as a practical, professional alternative to the longer styles they might have preferred in their pre-working days.

For Safi, who asked to be identified by a pseudonym to preserve her anonymity, the look also serves as a form of protection from unwanted male attention, allowing her to focus on her patients.

“People like to see femininity in a woman’s appearance,” she said. “This style is like a shield that protects me from people and gives me strength.”

– A practical time-saver –
At one salon in central Riyadh, demand for the “boy” cut has spiked –- with seven or eight customers out of 30 requesting it on any given day, said Lamis, a hairdresser.

“This look has become very popular now,” she said. “The demand for it has increased, especially after women entered the labour market.

“The fact that many women do not wear the hijab has highlighted its spread” while spurring even more customers to try it out, especially women in their late teens and twenties, she said.

The lifting of the headscarf requirement is just one of many changes that have reordered daily life for Saudi women under Prince Mohammed, who was named as the heir to his 86-year-old father, King Salman, five years ago.

Saudi women are no longer banned from concerts and sports events, and in 2018 they gained the right to drive.

The kingdom has also eased so-called guardianship rules, meaning women can now obtain passports and travel abroad without a male relative’s permission.

Such reforms, however, have been accompanied by a crackdown on women’s rights activists, part of a broader campaign against dissent.

Getting more women to work is a major component of Prince Mohammed’s Vision 2030 reform plan to make Saudi Arabia less dependent on oil.

The plan initially called for women to account for 30 percent of the workforce by the end of the decade, but already that figure has reached 36 percent, assistant tourism minister Princess Haifa Al-Saud told the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.

“We see women today in every single job type,” Princess Haifa said, noting that 42 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises are women-owned.

Many working women interviewed by AFP praised the “boy” cut as a tool for navigating their new professional lives.

“I am a practical woman and I don’t have time to take care of my hair,” said Abeer Mohammed, a 41-year-old mother of two who runs a men’s clothing store.

“My hair is curly, and if my hair grows long, I will have to spend time that is not available to me taking care of it in the morning.”

– ‘Show of strength’ –
Saudi Arabia has traditionally outlawed men who “imitate women” or wear women’s clothing, and vice versa.

But Rose, a 29-year-old shoe saleswoman at a Riyadh mall, sees her close-cropped hair as a means of asserting her independence from men, not imitating them.

It “gives me strength and self-confidence… I feel different, and able to do what I want without anyone’s guardianship”, said Rose, who did not want to give her full name.

“At first my family rejected the look, but over time they got used to it,” she added.

Such acceptance partly reflects the influence of Arab stars like actress Yasmin Raeis or singer Shirene who have adopted the style, said Egyptian stylist Mai Galal.

“A woman who cuts her hair in this way is a woman whose character is strong because it is not easy for women to dispense with their hair,” Galal told AFP.

Nouf, who works in a cosmetics store and preferred not to give her family name, described the message of the “boy” cut this way: “We want to say that we exist, and our role in society does not differ much from that of men.”

Short hair, she added, is “a show of women’s strength”.

Sexy Lingerie Makes Post-Pandemic Comeback

Models present lingerie creations during a fashion show as part of the International lingerie fair, in Paris, on June 18, 2022. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

 

 

 

Sexy women’s underwear didn’t fare too well during the jogging-bottoms-and-pyjamas phase of the pandemic, but from the red carpet to lingerie shows, ultra-sultry intimate apparel is making a comeback — and is now much more visible.

Rihanna helped set the mood with her radical approach to pregnancy fashion — sporting a transparent babydoll dress over a black thong at the Dior show in Paris this winter.

Or there was Megan Fox’s all-but-invisible Mugler dress over a white thong at last year’s MTV Awards.

Having your undies on display has been tried by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and even fictional fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw on “And Just Like That…”

“It’s a trend that we see a lot in pop culture. Rihanna, Cardi B, Kim Kardashian — they’ve seized on these styles in a very extroverted way and with a real feminist dimension,” Renaud Cambuzat, creative director for Chantelle, told AFP.

Lingerie brand Chantelle was previously associated with comfort above all, but it has joined the trend, launching a new Chantelle X line that prioritises sexiness.

That was the dominant vibe across this year’s International Salon of Lingerie in Paris which concluded on Monday — where many were embracing the new appetite for thongs and transparent designs.

Experts say there has been a shift, however, and that this trend emphasises women wearing lingerie for themselves rather than trying to impress others.

“We are witnessing the return of the scruffy sexuality of the 2000s — styles that refer to the archetype of the objectified woman, but which no longer have the same meaning,” said Benjamin Simmenauer, philosopher and professor at the French Institute of Fashion.

“It is no longer a question of being ordered to seduce, but of a feminist reappropriation of sexualised clothing,” he added.

 

A person looks at lingerie creations during the International lingerie fair, in Paris, on June 18, 2022. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

 

– Re-investing in sexy –
The return of sexy lingerie marks a course correction after several years of change in the lingerie business, Chantelle’s Cambuzat said.

“Four or five years ago, we were in #MeToo, and there was a desire to move towards something seen as more respectful,” said Cambuzat.

“The #MeToo fight is not completely won but the field has opened up. There are women and brands that have found legitimate ways to reinvest in ultra-sexy styles.”

The change is evident in the way the big brands have embraced greater diversity in their models and advertising.

 

Models present lingerie creations during a fashion show, as part of the International lingerie fair, in Paris, on June 18, 2022. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

 

Victoria’s Secret — which was seen as symbolising a narrow beauty ideal in the past —  has abandoned its slogan “The Perfect Body” and its army of “Angels” in favour of more full-figured models and strong personalities such as footballer Megan Rapinoe.

“We must not confuse #MeToo and puritanism. A woman can also wish to seduce out of her own conviction,” added Samar Vignals, of French lingerie brand Aubade, which has asserted the need for “more audacity” in the post-pandemic moment.

The company, previously known for its monochrome close-ups on bums and breasts, is now running ads that show faces, sometimes staring straight into the lens.

Aline Tran, founder of the erotic lingerie boutique Les Rituelles, said there needs to be less anxiety around seduction, and it should instead be seen as something empowering.

 

A model presents lingerie creations during a fashion show, as part of the International lingerie fair in Paris, on June 18, 2022. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

 

“We talk a lot more about acceptance of our bodies,” she told AFP. “Seduction is a great feminist asset. It allows us to regain control over our body and by extension over our mind.”

Stars Sparkle At Met Gala In New York

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: (Exclusive Coverage) Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner arrive at The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/ AFP)

 

 

A-listers dressed to the theme of “gilded glamour” sparkled on the red carpet as the annual Met Gala extravaganza known as “the party of the year” returned to its pre-pandemic schedule in New York Monday.

Co-host Blake Lively wowed in a beaded Versace gown with an oversized satin bow that unfurled to reveal a light-blue train while singer Billie Eilish wore an ornate Gucci bodice with green lace sleeves.

US actress Blake Lively and husband Canadian-US actor Ryan Reynolds arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York.  (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

Actress Lively, whose husband actor Ryan Reynolds wore a brown velvet tuxedo, described her dress as an “homage” to New York City architecture, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Grand Central station.

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Alicia Keys attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Mike Coppola / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Alicia Keys attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Mike Coppola / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

Singer Alicia Keys also paid tribute to Big Apple buildings, with a black Ralph Lauren cape that portrayed the city’s skyline in silver beading.

Some 400 famous names from the worlds of music, film, fashion and sports strutted their stuff at the over-the-top costume parade on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s carpeted steps.

 

Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who oversees the philanthropic party that raises millions of dollars for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, was one of the first attendees to arrive.

The high priestess of fashion matched a Chanel dress with a tiara as the fundraiser returned to its usual early-May slot after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of the 2020 event and delayed last year’s edition to the autumn.

Singer Lizzo arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York.  (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Singer Lizzo arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Grammy-winning singer Lizzo made a dramatic entrance in an intricate hand-embroidered gold-and-black coat over a black Thom Browne gown, stopping to play her flute on the steps.

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Cardi B attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

US rapper Cardi B arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Rapper Cardi B shone in a glittering gold chain gown by Versace with matching gloves while singer Olivia Rodrigo also opted for Versace, sparkling in a lavender mesh dress.

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Olivia Rodrigo attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

British model Cara Delevingne arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Actress and model Cara Delevingne took the Met’s “gilded” theme literally, shedding the jacket of her red Dior suit on the steps to reveal she was wearing just gold body paint underneath.

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Chloe Kim attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Mike Coppola / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Chloe Kim attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

Olympic gold medalist and snowboarder Chloe Kim made her Met Gala debut in a feathered tulle ballgown, while actress Michelle Yeoh sported a flowing green Prabal Gurung gown.

 

British actor Riz Ahmed arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

And actor Riz Ahmed took a different approach to the theme, wearing a black open shirt with a white undershirt, and leather boots.

“This is an homage to the immigrant workers who kept the Gilded Age golden,” he said.

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Shawn Mendes attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP )

 

US singer Jon Batiste arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Janelle Monáe attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Mike Coppola / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Gwen Stefani attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

The invite-only guest list is a closely guarded secret. Those in attendance included singers Jon Batiste, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae and Gwen Stefani, tennis star Venus Williams and “The Crown” actress Emma Corrin.

Hillary Clinton wore a red Joseph Altuzarra gown. Embroidered along the neckline were the names name of 60 women who had inspired her, including Rosa Parks.

 

Former US Secretary of States Hillary Clinton arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

US-British actress Julianne Moore arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Actress Julianne Moore and reality TV star Kris Jenner honored Jackie Kennedy while Glenn Close shone in Valentino Pink.

Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Christopher John Rogers design that honored Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, who as Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker was the first Black female fashion designer in the White House.

 

TOPSHOT – Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Sarah Jessica Parker attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

“The idea was to highlight the dichotomy between the extravagant, over-the-top proportions of the time period, and the disparity that was happening in America at the time,” she said.

Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain wore a glittering red sequinned Gucci gown with trailing sleeves and matching turban.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Kim Kardashian attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Kim Kardashian attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

US socialite Kim Kardashian and comedian Pete Davidson arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

A platinum blonde Kim Kardashian shone in the stunning skintight gown Marilyn Monroe wore in 1962 to sing “Happy Birthday, Mr President” to John F. Kennedy.

– ‘End gun violence’ –
At last year’s event, held in September, left-wing politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caused a stir by wearing a dress emblazoned with the slogan “Tax the Rich.”

This time, New York City Mayor Eric Adams struck a political chord with a jacket on the back of which were the words “End gun violence.”

 

CEO, and chief engineer at SpaceX, Elon Musk and his mother, supermodel Maye Musk, arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York.  (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

On the red carpet, billionaire Elon Musk was asked about his $44 billion takeover offer for Twitter.

“My goal, assuming everything gets done, would be to make Twitter as inclusive as possible and have as broad a swath of the country and the rest of the world on Twitter,” said Musk, accompanied by his supermodel mother Maye Musk wearing a red velvet Dior gown.

Last year, the gala brought home more than $16.4 million for the Met’s Costume Institute.

The dress code comes from the annual exhibit that the party coincides with. This year’s is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” a retrospective from the late 19th century to the present.

 

US actor and singer Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York.  (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Monday’s Met Gala was also co-hosted by Oscar-winning actress Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

The gala was first held in 1948 and was for a long time reserved for New York high society. Wintour took over the running in 1995, transforming the party into a catwalk for the rich and famous.

 

 

US actress Blake Lively and husband Canadian-US actor Ryan Reynolds arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

US actress Blake Lively arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Irish actress Jessie Buckley arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

British model Kate Moss arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Influencer Isabelle Boemeke arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

US model Hailey Bieber arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

US model Gigi Hadid arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

US socialite Kylie Jenner arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

(L-R) Jared Leto, Dakota Johnson and Alessandro Michele arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Radha Blank attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

US actress Glenn Close and Italian designer Pier Paolo Pasolini arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Pro-footballer Odell Beckham Jr. arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

British model Naomi Campbell arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Stromae attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Ramla Ali attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

British model Adwoa Aboah arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

US author Amy Fine Collins and Stephen Jones arrive for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Amy Griffin attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

Designer Edwin Thompson arrives for the 2022 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022, in New York. – The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The Gala’s 2022 theme is “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Bobby Digi Olisa and Commissioner of NYC Cultural Affairs Laurie Cumbo attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Rianne van Rompaey attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Jeremy Pope attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Radha Blank attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Mike Coppola / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Aurora James and Brandon Maxwell attend The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Blake Lively attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue/AFP (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Influential Creative Director Andre Leon Talley Dies At 73

In this file photo taken on June 5, 2008, American fashion journalist, stylist, former creative director, and American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine Andre Leon Talley arrives at the Saint-Roch church in Paris, to attend the funeral mass held by father Roland Letteron for fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent. A, Andre Leon Talley has died. He was 73. PHOTO: BERTRAND LANGLOIS / AFP

 

Influential fashion journalist Andre Leon Talley, the first Black creative director of Vogue, died Tuesday in New York at the age of 73, with figures from fashion and entertainment paying tribute.

“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Andre Leon Talley,” a statement posted on his official Instagram account said, without specifying the cause of death.

“Mr Talley was the larger-than-life, longtime creative director at Vogue during its rise to dominance as the world’s fashion bible.

“Over the past five decades as an international icon (he) was a close confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso, Diane von Furstenberg and he had a penchant for discovering, nurturing and celebrating young designers.”

 

 

Born in Washington in 1948, Talley was largely raised by his grandmother in Durham, North Carolina, and was interested in fashion from an early age.

“Every Sunday I would walk across the railroad tracks into the affluent part of Durham and buy Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and go back to my grandmother’s house, read my magazines.

“I was allowed to retreat from the bullying and the sexual abuse into a beautiful world,” he told The Guardian in a May 2020 interview.

Talley studied French at university, going on to earn a master’s at prestigious Brown University, and then entered the world of fashion journalism.

After stints with Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, W, and a brief spell at The New York Times, Talley joined Vogue as fashion news director in 1983, the same year as it’s now editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

It was the start of a three-decade association with the fashion bible, serving as creative director, contributing editor, and later editor-at-large until his departure in 2013.

“I scorched the Earth with my talent and I let my light shine,” he told The Guardian in his 2020 interview.

 

– ‘A beacon of grace’ –

A flamboyant and towering figure in fashion, Talley nurtured Black designers and lobbied for more diversity on the runway.

Besides his fashion journalism, Talley served as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model” and also appeared in episodes of “Sex and The City” and “Empire.”

He wrote three books, including his 2020 best-selling memoir “The Chiffon Trenches” in which he detailed his famous falling out with powerful Vogue chief Wintour.

Top figures from the worlds of fashion and entertainment paid tribute to him on social media.

“Goodbye darling Andre… no one saw the world in a more elegant and glamorous way than you did,” veteran designer von Furstenberg said on Instagram.

“No one was more soulful and grander than you were. The world will be less joyful. I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years. I miss your loud screams… I love you soooo much,” she said.

“I am sad to hear of Andre Leon Talley’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones,” Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer tweeted.

Fellow Oscar-winner Viola Davis posted a photograph of herself and Tulley on Twitter, saying: “RIP Andre Leon Talley. Rest well King.”

“Slave Play” playwright Jeremy O. Harris was also among those paying tribute.

“For a little black gay boy who reached for the stars from the south there were few people I could look up to up there amongst the stars who looked like me just more fab except for you Andre,” Harris tweeted.

“For a generation of boys Andre Leon Talley was a beacon of grace and aspiration. RIP.”

 

German Designer Zobel Quits Fashion Label Courreges

In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 German fashion designer for Courreges, Yolanda Zobel, acknowledges the audience at the end of the Courregs Women’s Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show in Paris. German fashion designer Yolanda Zobel parted company with Courreges on January 3, 2020, less than two years after she was brought in to revive the French fashion label.
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German fashion designer Yolanda Zobel parted company with Courreges on Friday, less than two years after she was brought in to revive the French fashion label.

Her departure comes just a month before she was meant to show her latest autumn-winter collection at Paris fashion week.

Courreges said she was leaving after they “mutually decided to end their collaboration”.

She would now “focus on new creative projects”, the brand added in a statement.

Zobel — who drew inspiration from Berlin’s dance scene – was seen as a breath of fresh air when she was brought in in February 2018 to rethink the brand, best known for its 1960s futurist look.

She vowed to bring Courreges back to its mould-breaking roots and create “a whole new universe for a free human… engaged and yet able to indulge in liberating moments of fun.”

Zobel quickly made headlines by promising to do away with the space-age vinyl that has been the label’s stock and trade since its foundation in 1961 by French engineer Andre Courreges and his wife Jacqueline.

She launched a numbered capsule collection called “Fin de Plastique” (The End of Plastic) that counted down its stocks of vinyl, promising to replace it with a sustainable version of the shiny fabric.

Yet she struggled to create a new personality for the brand — whose look so defined early 1960s rebellion — although her last collection, shown on a canal barge in Paris, was praised by critics.

Courreges said her final collection, for autumn-winter 2020, will be presented at the end of January.

The daughter of a jewellery creator, Zobel made her name working for Giorgio Armani, Chloe, Jil Sander and the avant-garde Acne Studios.

Courreges is owned by Artemis, the holding coming of the Pinanult family, the French fashion dynasty whose Kering group includes such mythic brands as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.

It took total control of the label in September 2018, seven months after Zobel’s appointment.

Rihanna Back As Ford Promises New Era For New York Fashion Week

 

Tom Ford, Rihanna, and the return of big names including Tommy Hilfiger herald a promised new era for New York Fashion Week which kicks off Friday after a run of underwhelming seasons.

American designer Ford is credited with reviving Gucci in the 1990s and has quickly set about trying to do the same for Fashion Week, shortening its length and strengthening its diversity.

“I want global exposure to the creativity that is in New York,” said Ford, who in June became chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) which runs Fashion Week.

“Everything is too inward-looking in this country. So American star designers, they leave. Virgil Abloh, where is he? He’s at Vuitton.

“You go to Paris and you become global. You stay in New York, and you’re in New York,” he added in the interview with Vogue, published in August.

Ford drove the CFDA’s decision to cut this year’s Fashion Week from seven to five days, a move insiders have been calling for for years to strengthen the event.

The women’s shows — which traditionally kicked off on a Wednesday night — will begin on Friday evening and run through the evening of Wednesday, September 11.

Ford’s background is a significant departure from that of his predecessor Diane Von Furstenberg, who chaired the CFDA for 13 years.

Her house “DVF” has called New York home for half a century, while Ford, a Texan by birth, worked in Italy and England for a time before settling in Los Angeles.

New York is the first of the season’s four big fashion weeks and tightening the schedule makes it more attractive to buyers and foreign media scoping out talented new designers.

Diversity

“A shortened week is more economical and expeditious for attendees, especially those coming to New York from abroad,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA.

New York has struggled in recent years with several leading designers opting to showcase their collections elsewhere, including in Paris and even Los Angeles.

Abloh, Rodarte, Altuzarra, Thom Browne and Alexander Wang have been among high-profile names to skip the event recently, leading some commentators to speculate whether New York Fashion Week was over.

There are early signs that its revival has already begun under Ford with several famous designers returning to the event, such as Tommy Hilfiger who is back for the first time in almost three years.

Pop icon Rihanna will present her bestselling lingerie line Savage X Fenty after it premiered in September 2018.

Another eagerly awaited show is acclaimed Haitian-American designer Kerby Jean-Raymond who will display the latest in his Pyer Moss line.

Telfar, Tomo Koizumi and Khaite are also hotly anticipated.

The fun starts with a dinner chaired by Ford where dozens of young New York designers will be present.

Diversity will again be a major theme. The CFDA is committed to having a greater range of models from different ethnic groups and representing varied body shapes.

The council recently appointed Jean-Raymond, Abloh and British designer Carly Cushnie, who are all black, to its board. Chilean-born designer Maria Cornejo also joined.

“Diversity, inclusion, and model well-being are key to our efforts, as is showcasing young talent, which is core to our work,” said Kolb.

Fashion World Shaken By Cultural Appropriation Claims

 

The women embroiderers of the remote Mexican mountain village of Tenango de Doria made worldwide headlines this week when their government went to war with an American designer for “plagiarising” their patterns.

Wes Gordon, the artistic director of the New York label founded by Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera, found himself accused of cultural appropriation.

The women of the indigenous community in the east of the country told AFP how they felt cheated of their traditional motifs where “each element has a personal, family or community meaning”.

It is the latest in a long line of controversies where multinational brands stand accused of ransacking the cultural heritage of poor villagers.

Four years ago another indigenous Mexican community complained that the French designer Isabel Marant had lifted a 600-year-old Tlahuitoltepec blouse design that is the symbol of the Mixe people.

Mexico has also previously protested about Zara, Mango and Michael Kors designs.

Tougher copyright laws

Some of the country’s leaders now want to toughen a copyright law that already protects traditional patterns to punish “plagiarism that different indigenous peoples have suffered”.

It is a suggestion that sent a chill down the spines of some designers at Paris fashion week.

Berluti’s new artistic director Kris van Assche — who headed Dior’s menswear line for 11 years — told AFP that “when I was at fashion school we learned that there was nothing shameful about taking inspiration from other cultures.

“We must be careful not to attack everybody for everything,” the Belgian creator added.

Rising young Spanish star Alejandro Gomez Palomo still more forthright.

“Cultural appropriation is something we should all forget,” said the designer, who refuses to leave his own Andalusian village where his Palomo Spain label is based.

‘It belongs to everyone’

“Culture belongs to everyone. Rather than harming us, (referencing indigenous styles) brings us all a little closer and Mexico to the world,” he added, stoutly defending Gordon and the veteran Herrera, who stepped back from designing last year.

“It’s like people accused me of cultural appropriation for having a frilly (gypsy) dress,” he declared.

British designer Kim Jones, who took over last year from Van Assche at Dior Homme, has a more nuanced view, insisting “a huge amount of sensitivity has to be put into place.

“You have to treat everyone with a great deal of respect. I grew up all over the world so you see how things are very particular. In Africa, if you go even from village to village you see a different styling.

“But as long as you speak to the people, work with them and listen to them and celebrate what they do it is fine,” he added.

Hard lessons

Jones, however, learned the hard way during his long reign at Louis Vuitton just how fine the line between homage and appropriation can be.

Having grown up in Kenya and Tanzania, he referenced the shuka, the famous red and blue checked robe of the Maasai people, in a 2012 Vuitton menswear show.

It sparked protests from some, particularly as the cloth was woven in Scotland.

But in a twist which shows how complex these issues can become, the shuka had its origins in the tartan that Scottish traders and missionaries brought to East Africa’s Great Rift Valley in the 19th century.

The Maasai have since hired lawyers to wring cash and credit from companies like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Jaguar Land Rover and other multinationals who have used Maasai iconography.

“With the Maasai, Vuitton made a donation,” he revealed.

For Jones, the thorny issue boils down to two choices, “whether it is cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation”.

Designers can get carried away with themselves “trying to make stories out of things but sometimes they do not know the backstory, the history.

“But if someone has made the things with the people who actually create them in the first place, that is something that is actually positive,” he added.

“When I worked with things that have been culturally referenced we either asked permission of the people that worked with it and they get a royalty, or we work with them to make the things, so you are actually helping them, which is really essential.”

New York designer Thom Browne agreed, telling AFP Saturday that “everybody has to be conscious and sensitive to the world”.

But for the Danish creator Henrik Vibskov there has to be a bigger philosophical leap.

“The world we live in is getting smaller and the only way mankind can reflect this is by meeting other peoples.

“Hopefully this generation creates a new culture,” he added.

Ariana Grande Announced As New Face Of Givenchy

In this file photo taken on December 06, 2018, US singer Ariana Grande attends Billboard’s 13th Annual Women In Music event at Pier 36 in New York. French luxury fashion house Givenchy on May 10, 2019, named pop royalty Ariana Grande the face of its fall/winter campaign, calling her “a strong, independent woman of refreshing character and style.”Givenchy, a legendary brand owned by the conglomerate LVMH, said in a statement. Angela Weiss / AFP

 

French fashion house Givenchy on Friday named pop princess Ariana Grande as the face of its fall/winter campaign, calling her “a strong, independent woman of refreshing character and style.”

“A modern muse and the voice of a generation, Ariana has emerged as one of the most influential forces in pop culture today,” Givenchy, which is owned by the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, said in a statement.

“She naturally embodies the spirit of the Givenchy woman with impertinence, generosity and a lightning wit – all cloaked in a touch of mystery.”

The announcement came one day after the fashion brand teased the reveal, posting to social media a video clip with the silhouette of a woman quickly identified as Grande thanks to her signature high, extra-long ponytail.

“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 honor,” Grande said of her first campaign for a major luxury house.

“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.”

The 26-year-old Grammy winner’s Givenchy campaign is set for release in July.

In a new teaser published Friday, Givenchy portrays Grande as a modern-day Holly Golightly from the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” dressing her in the character’s iconic little black dress – a Givenchy number – worn by actress Audrey Hepburn.

Considered the “original brand ambassador,” Hepburn shared a muse-designer relationship with the house’s founder Hubert de Givenchy for decades.

Grande is the second pop idol to announce a collaboration with LVMH Friday, after Rihanna said she was teaming up with the French giant to launch her own luxury fashion brand in the spring — making history by becoming the first black woman to head up a house for the firm.

Fans Wowed As New Vogue Issue Features Adesua Etomi

 

Nigerian actress Adesua Etomi Wellington has been featured on the latest issue of the Vogue Magazine to the delight of her fans.

Her appearance on the popular magazine cover rode to viral glory on Thursday after fans latched on to her husband’s post.

An excited Bankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W, had tweeted a photo of the cover with the words, “Breaking news: My wife is on the cover of @voguemagazine!!!!!!!!!!”.

In the cover photo of the issue tagged ‘a celebration of global’, Adesua was seen side by side three other woman in what appeared to be a celebration of diversity.

With over five years of a blossoming career, the alluring actress has won the hearts of many as she has taken up major roles in several Nollywood box office hits.

Beyond being excited, Banky W went further to tweet: “@AdesuaEtomiW you are such an inspiration!!! I’m soooo PROUD of you and happy for you. This is only the beginning, by God’s grace. Shine like the star you were always meant to be, baby. Shine!!!”

Arguably the most influential fashion magazine in the world, Vogue has been setting fashion standards for over a century and is the top-selling fashion magazine in the world with editions globally, like Italian Vogue and British Vogue.

This latest issue features 14 countries and 14 superstars including Scarlett Johansson, Doona Bae and Deepika Padukone.

See some of the reactions below.

Fashion World Mourns Death Of ‘Kaiser’ Karl Lagerfeld

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the audience at the end of Fendi 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris. Patrick KOVARIK / AFP

 

The fashion world has been plunged into mourning by the death of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, the rapier-witted dandy who ruled over the industry for half a century.

Chanel, the iconic French fashion house he led for nearly four decades, on Tuesday confirmed his passing, prompting an unprecedented outpouring of emotion from designers and celebrities.

Speculation about the 85-year-old’s state of health had been rife since he missed Chanel’s Paris haute couture week show last month, with the brand saying he “was tired”.

Known as the “Kaiser”, Lagerfeld left many younger creators in the dust well into his 80s, turning out collections season after season for Fendi and his own label, as well as Chanel.

With his powdered white ponytail, black sunglasses and starched high-collared white shirts, Lagerfeld was as instantly recognisable as his celebrity clients.

His friend, supermodel Linda Evangelista, said she was heartbroken, calling him the “great love of my life”.

 Creative stamina 

In recent years the prolific German had visibly weakened, even if his extraordinary creative stamina showed little sign of flagging on the catwalk for the three brands he led.

Friends had always said that the creator would die with a pencil in his hand, and just last week his own fashion line Karl Lagerfeld was still announcing new design collaborations.

Chanel said the reins of the $20-billion empire had been handed to Lagerfeld’s right-hand woman, his head of studio Virginie Viard.

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The designer invited Viard on to the podium with him at the end of two Chanel shows last year to acknowledge how much he relied on a woman he called “my right and left hand” to transform his sketches into glittering reality.

In a statement on Tuesday, Chanel said Lagerfeld was “an extraordinary creative individual… a prolific creative mind with endless imagination”.

 ‘Incredible talent’ 

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte offered their condolences to the designer’s family and colleagues, the Elysee Palace said, adding that the designer had “helped define French style and elegance”.

“France owes so much to this aesthete whose creative genius has left a mark on the imagination of our country and made it shine around the world,” it said in a statement.

Lagerfeld’s longtime muse, Ines de La Fressange, one of the world’s first supermodels, told AFP that he “never rested on his laurels, never doing the same thing twice”.

“I saw him draw surrounded by 15 people. He was the opposite of the great couturier who had to suffer to create. He did nothing but work yet he refused to make it look like work,” she added.

Italian designer Donatella Versace led the tributes among fashion’s leading players as news of Lagerfeld’s death broke.

“Karl, your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I,” she wrote on Instagram, referring to her murdered brother who founded her brand.

“We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.”

Bernard Arnault, the most powerful man in fashion and owner of the luxury giant LVMH, said he was “infinitely saddened” by the loss of a “very dear friend” and a “creative genius”.

“Fashion and culture have lost a major inspiration. He contributed to making Paris the fashion capital of the world,” the billionaire said.

 Acid tongue 

US First Lady Melania Trump, a former model, paid tribute to Lagerfeld on Twitter, saying “today the world lost a creative genius”.

The singer and former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who had worked as a model for Lagerfeld, wrote a touching tribute to her former mentor on Instagram.

“Thank you for bringing beauty and lightness in our world, so much colour in the darkness, so much wit in our dull days… The whole world and I will miss you.”

In an equally emotional tribute, actress and model Diane Kruger said she was not able to get to his bedside in time.

“I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,” the German star wrote on Instagram.

But while the Hamburg-born creator’s razor wit won him many fans, it also landed him in trouble.

Despite formerly being overweight himself, Lagerfeld caused a furore for lashing “fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps” for “saying slim models are hideous.”

And he provoked even more outrage in 2017 by attacking German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening the country’s borders to migrants.

“One cannot kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place,” he told a French TV show.

 ‘I’d rather die’ 

The controversies were drowned out, however, in a wave of tributes, with British pop star turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham praising Lagerfeld’s “genius” and generosity.

“Thanks for the dry shampoo tip. Will always think of you as I powder my wig,” joked British designer, writer and model Alexa Chung on Instagram, echoing the designer’s love of repartee.

Lagerfeld had long declared that he didn’t want to be mourned at a grandiose funeral like the one France granted its rock legend, Johnny Hallyday.

“What a horror!” he cried. “There will be no burial. I’d rather die… I’ve asked to be cremated and for my ashes to dispersed with those of my mother and those of Choupette (his cat), if she dies before me,” he said.

“I just want to disappear like the animals in the virgin forest,” Lagerfeld added.

AFP

Dior Moves Paris Fashion Show To Avoid ‘Yellow Vests’

Women march with balloons during a rally of the Women’s Yellow Vest protest movement (Femmes Gilets jaunes) near Place de la Bastille in Paris on January 6, 2019. France’s “yellow vest” protesters were back on the streets again on January 5 as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.
Bertrand GUAY / AFP

 

Dior said Friday it was bringing forward its Paris fashion week show after its flagship shop was looted during “yellow vests” protests.

The luxury brand’s men’s spring-summer show was to have been taken place a week Saturday, when more anti-government protests are likely in the French capital.

Dior refused to say if it was bringing the January 19 show forward a day to avoid trouble.

However, demonstrators smashed up its Champs Elysees boutique on November 26 and stole goods and caused damage reportedly to the tune of one million Euros.

Others scrawled graffiti declaring “Screw the rich and immigrants”.

Slogans including “The people want Dior” were plastered on the building after earlier protests.

Luxury boutiques have become a frequent target of the protests, which began in November as a revolt against a rise in fuel prices but which have since morphed into an expression of general discontent.

Chanel, which protected the windows of its shops with fashionably black plywood cladding, has also become a magnet for graffiti, sprayed with slogans such as “Yellow is the new black” and “A perfume of victory”.

The US designer Thom Browne also moved his Saturday show to earlier in the day, while other brands have so far not said whether they will be affected.

Supermodel Bella Hadid set social media alight Wednesday by appearing at a Louis Vuitton dinner during New York fashion week in a luminous yellow vest designed by the creator of its men’s line, Virgil Abloh.

The American came up with the design as a part of his first show for the label earlier this year, but the model’s appearance in it still set tongues wagging.

Many Paris fashion shows traditionally take place near the Champs Elysees, which has been the focus for the “yellow vests” weekly Saturday demonstrations, which often end in violence.

Police have tried to contain protesters by closing metro stations and redirecting traffic from the area.

Paris men’s fashion week begins on Tuesday and is followed by the haute couture shows, which will run until January 24.

Winnie Harlow Makes History As First Model With Vitiligo To Walk Victoria’s Secret Runway

 

Canadian beauty, Winnie Harlow on Thursday made history as she became the first model with vitiligo to walk at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

It’s the 24-year-old’s debut on the runway of the lingerie brand.

She strode out in a pink underwear set with feather detail and shimmery silver camisole and later stunned in a floral cut-out catsuit over a matching balconette bra with yellow trim.

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Harlow gained prominence after she became a contestant on the twenty-first cycle of the U.S. television series America’s Next Top Model due to her condition.